Rabat – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as MBS, has claimed responsibility for the killing of prominent journalist and Washington Post contributor, Jamal Khashoggi.MBS admitted that the execution operation ‘happened under his watch.’“It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility because it happened under my watch,” MBS told PBS’ Martin Smith, according to a preview of the documentary, entitled The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, which will be broadcasted on October 1. MBS denied, however, he had prior knowledge of the plot.This is the first time MBS has talked publicly about his role in the killing of Khashoggi.Saudi operatives murdered Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where the journalist had reported to acquire the necessary paperwork for his marriage. marriage.The killing, which happened on October 2, 2018, sparked a global uproar, with the Saudi crown prince viewed as the main culprit in the killing.In a report conducted by UN extrajudicial executions investigator, Agnes Callamard, it has been found that Khashoggi’s death “constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible”.Read also: European Countries Condemn Torture, Lack of Human Rights in Saudi ArabiaReleased on June 19, the report provided a minute-by-minute account of the journalist’s execution and dismemberment.Hours after the report’s release, Saudi Arabia denounced the report with its Minister for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir saying in a Tweet that the report contains “clear contradictions and baseless allegations, which challenges its credibility.”Turkish investigators have not found the remains of Khashoggi’s body. They believe that his murderers dissolved the body in acid and poured the remnants down the drain of the Saudi consulate.Saudi authorities arrested 11 suspects involved in the killing, five of whom could face the death penalty for “ordering and committing the crime.” read more

Mr. Ban also remembered the efforts of Mr. Yeltsin – who served as president from 1991 to 1999 – “in fostering rapprochement between East and West,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York.“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to Mr. Yeltsin’s family and to the people and Government of the Russian Federation.” 23 April 2007Voicing sadness today at the death of Boris Yeltsin, the Russian Federation’s first democratically elected president, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled the critical role he played in promoting political and economic reforms in his country. read more

Mr. Ban is following developments in eastern Chad with “increasing concern,” his spokesperson said in a statement.He appealed to all parties to respect the humanitarian character of the operations of the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in eastern Chad, and to refrain from deploying forces in areas where such operations are under the protection of the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic and Chad, known as MINURCAT.“The Secretary-General stresses that any attempt at destabilization through violent means is unacceptable and reaffirms that MINURCAT will act within its mandate and capabilities to protect civilians threatened by armed elements,” the statement said. In addition, Mr. Ban urged the Governments of Chad and Sudan – which signed an accord on Sunday in the Qatari capital – “to bridge their differences using diplomatic and other peaceful means available to them and to redouble their efforts to implement the Doha agreement.”Eastern Chad faces an acute humanitarian challenge, with over 290,000 Sudanese refugees from the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, more than 180,000 IDPs and a further 700,000 individuals among host communities in need of food, water and health care. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), humanitarian and security conditions have generally deteriorated in Chad, and have worsened even further in recent weeks. UN agencies on the ground warn that the delivery of aid to some 250,000 Sudanese refugees and 166,000 displaced Chadians could be compromised due to mounting insecurity. “As a precautionary measure, they are advising their staff to limit their movement to a minimum, most particularly in and around the towns of Goz Beida, Kerfi and Koukou. These towns are all within 100 kilometres of the Sudanese border where there are reports of tensions between government and rebel forces,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. Meanwhile, 17,800 new refugees have fled into southern Chad from the Central African Republic, joining 60,000 of their compatriots already living in Chad with UN assistance. OCHA reported that a consequence of the overall humanitarian crisis appears to be an outbreak of meningitis in Chad that has claimed 128 lives out of a pool of some 1,160 people who contracted the disease since the start of the year. 6 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned against any attempts to destabilize eastern Chad, where United Nations aid agencies say mounting insecurity could threaten the delivery of aid to over 400,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

The High Commissioner is receiving medical attention. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed reports that Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar had been assaulted by a group of persons at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport today, 4 September 2016.The Government condemned the act of violence on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, in the strongest terms. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka is seized of the seriousness of this incident and is taking all necessary action in this regard through diplomatic channels. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur is coordinating with local law enforcement authorities in Malaysia and other relevant local authorities to identify perpetrators and assist with investigations. read more

first_imgBritish man who killed neighbour who had a disability jailed for life Julie Fox’s body was found in a cupboard at her home in Worcester. By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/4097002 Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images 13 Comments Jun 28th 2018, 2:43 PM Share4 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 2:43 PM 12,863 Views A BRITISH MAN who attacked his neighbour who had cerebral palsy with a blunt object has been sentenced to life imprisonment.Adrian Jenkins, 44, denied killing his neighbour, Julie Fox, 51, but was convicted of murder following a trial at Worcester Crown Court. He was sentenced to life imprisonment today, with a judge ordering he serve at least 33 years.Julie’s body was found in a cupboard at her home in Worcester on 27 December last year by a concerned neighbour who had not seen her for several days.Jenkins, who would help Ms Fox with chores, was arrested on 2 January this year after forensic evidence was found at his victim’s home.The prosecution evidence outlined how Jenkins had hit Julie over the head with a blunt object on 22 December and stole between £200 and £300 from her.Jonathan Kelleher of Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said that Jenkins “murdered Julie Fox for financial gain”.“He had already developed an exploitative relationship with Ms Fox where she would pay him for helping her with some chores. He killed Ms Fox, by striking her head several times with a blunt object, after killing her, he stole from her.“The defendant denied he had killed Ms Fox, however, the CPS presented evidence to the jury, including CCTV footage and forensic evidence, which proved he was responsible for her death.“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Ms Fox.” last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands took part in the three days of protests in Athens and Thessaloniki to mark the one year anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos.Officers detained some 850 people on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before and during protests and 147 were arrested in protests across Greece. Most were released without charges. In Athens, thirty one are to face a prosecutor charged with hooliganism, destruction of property and an attack on Athens University’s rector, Christos Kittas, who was admitted to the hospital in the aftermath of the assault.The Greek Minister for Public Safety Michalis Chrysochoidis defended the police’s recent tactic of detaining dozens of people as a precautionary measure.The police have been criticised for what were deemed to be heavy-handed tactics, with some lawyers even expressing doubt about the legality of these pre-emptive detentions.Chrysochoidis said that “targeted” detentions were a necessary part of the police operation to limit serious incidents of violence in central Athens.Rioters who used the University of Athens and the Athens Law School as their bases, clashed with thousands of police who had been deployed in the city centre to ensure that the anniversary of the killing of Alexis Grigoropoulos passed as peacefully as possible.However, following a calm protest by thousands of people on Sunday, scenes reminiscent of those that followed Grigoropoulos’s death last year began to play out on the capital’s streets as rioters threw rocks, burned dumpsters and damaged a dozen stores. Police reacted by firing tear gas and detaining almost 150 people.Four citizens and 16 police officers were injured during the clashes. In one of the worst incidents, two policemen were dragged off their motorcycles and beaten over the head with metal chains. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The rector of the University of Athens, Christos Kittas, was also admitted to the hospital after rioters stormed into his office. Kittas was struck on the head and was taken to the Ippocrateio Hospital, where doctors placed him in intensive care, saying that he had suffered a mild heart attack.The gates of Athens University had been locked to prevent the premises being used by rioters. A prosecutor yesterday launched an investigation into how they managed to force their way in. Police made a pre-emptive raid on an anarchist hangout in Keratsini near Piraeus on Saturday night where they arrested 22 people.last_img read more

first_imgSteelseries SRW-S1, pour les fous du volantFans de jeux de course, de Formule 1, ce volant est certainement fait pour vous! Pas de fixations pour le volant, pas de pédalier, un gain de place assuré.Et ce n’est pas tout. Calqué sur un vrai volant de F1, l’accélération et le freinage s’effectue en pressant les touches à l’arrière du  SRW-S1(4 gâchettes s’y trouvent). À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?A l’avant, des LED, une vingtaine de boutons et des cadrans viennent compléter l’accessoire pour plus de réalisme. De même avec un accéléromètre inclus (qui permet la détection des mouvements). De nombreux réglages sont alors possibles pour configurer au maximum votre bolide virtuelle. Beaucoup plus pratique que les anciens volants (et pédaliers), le SRW-S1 risque de séduire de nombreux pilotes en herbe. Si avant vous étiez plus de la trempe d’un Jean Alesi dans vos jeux de courses, pour 129 dollars (environ 97 euros), vous pourrez vous rapprocher d’un Schumacher…à ce prix là, c’est du moins ce qu’on espère.Le 27 novembre 2011 à 20:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney is confident that the Major League Soccer (MLS) will continue to grow over the years and attract even more top talent.Ever since David Beckham’s arrival in 2007 from Real Madrid, the MLS’ profile has grown exponentially with a host of big names making the move over to the United States.Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, David Villa, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all played in the MLS in the last 12 years.And Rooney, who reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first campaign at DC United last term, is confident that the MLS will attract more big names in the years to come following his former United team-mate Nani’s arrival at Orlando City.“It’s a fantastic league,” said Rooney, according to Sky Sports.“Obviously Nani came as well (to Orlando City). I think he may be 31 (32), I came at 32.“I think you will start getting players in their mid-20s who, instead of going to big teams in Europe, hopefully, we can attract them to come here.“Because I do think it’s a fantastic league and it has got the foundations to keep growing.“Players are seeing that and they are deciding to come here, when they have other offers on the table around Europe.”However, Rooney revealed that his first Stateside winter has been a surprise for him.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I have realised how cold it gets,” said the English forward. “A lot colder than back in England, so that was challenging.“We couldn’t really take the kids out anywhere, it was too cold!“I am sure, like a lot of people who have got kids, you take them to school, pick them up and take them somewhere to play, or sit down and do their homework with them.“So, it is quite boring but that’s our life and we enjoy it!”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC United last season after completing a move from Everton last June.The 2019 MLS season will begin this weekend with Rooney and DC to start their own campaign at home to defending champions Atlanta United at Washington in the Audi Field Stadium on Monday.🌞⚽️ #DCU pic.twitter.com/bcoHGaYtFY— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 26, 2019last_img read more

first_img Posted: May 4, 2018 Allie Wagner Little Italy farmers market moves back to Date Street Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Allie Wagner, May 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Little Italy Mercato that happens every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is moving back to W. Date Street stretching from Front Street and Kettner Blvd. starting on Saturday, May 5.The Little Italy Mercato is the largest farmer’s market in San Diego and brings residents and visitors from all over the world out to enjoy farm fresh produce, pastured eggs, poultry, meatand fish, flowers, local artisan food, gifts and more!With over 200 tents, some of the Little Italy Mercato’s vendors include JR Organics fresh produce, Bitchin’ Sauce, Prager Brother’s artisan breads, Jackie’s Jams, Three Son’s Farm eggs and many more!The Little Italy Mercato will also celebrate its 10th Anniversary this June 9th.In honor of the anniversary, the market will offer commemorative 10th Anniversary shopping bags, t-shirts and a Homecoming-themed celebration to treat its participating farmers and vendors. last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchor Point Fire & EMS were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the south end of the Old Sterling Highway in Anchor Point On Sunday, at 11:46 pm. According to a press release, 10 firefighters from Anchor Point Emergency Services responded with an engine, tanker, ambulance and a command vehicle. Upon arrival crews were able to quickly extinguish the fully involved vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stated he had been having mechanical problems when the engine compartment caught fire.center_img There were no firefighter or civilian injuries, according to the release.last_img read more

first_img.The High Court has postponed Gazipur city corporation elections following a writ petition.A two-member HC bench comprising justice Naima Haydar and justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order on Sunday after hearing the writ prayer, election  commission lawyer Touhidul Islam confirmed this to Prothom Alo.According to the schedule announced by the EC,  Gazipur city corporation polls were slated to be held on 15 May along with the Khulna city polls.last_img

first_imgA building on fire is seen in Dorud, Iran, in this still image taken from video on 31 December 2017. ReutersNine people were killed as fresh unrest hit Iran overnight, state television said Tuesday, with protesters trying to storm a police station despite attempts to crack down on the biggest demonstrations in years.The attack on the police station in the town of Qahderijan, in the central province of Isfahan, led to violence that claimed the lives of six protesters, the state broadcaster reported.A young member of the Revolutionary Guards and a passer-by were also reported dead in towns near the cultural hub of Isfahan city, while TV had earlier confirmed the death of a policeman in nearby Najafabad, shot dead with a hunting rifle.That brings the estimated death toll to 21 in five days of unrest that represent the biggest challenge to the Islamic regime since mass demonstrations in 2009.Protests remain focused on provincial towns and cities, with only small and sporadic protests reported in Tehran on Monday evening where a heavy police presence was reported.The latest violence came despite President Hassan Rouhani’s vow that the nation would deal with “rioters and lawbreakers”.Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, described the unrest-the biggest challenge to the regime since mass protests in 2009 — as a “proxy war against the Iranian people”.“Hashtags and messages about the situation in Iran come from the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia,” he told local media.‘Seditionist elements’Iran’s intelligence ministry released a statement saying “instigators” have been identified “and will be dealt with seriously soon”.The Revolutionary Guards have yet to fully intervene against the protesters, but published photos on Monday of three wanted people and called on the public to report any “seditionist elements”.Rouhani has tried to play down the unrest, which began over economic grievances in second city Mashhad last Thursday but quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole with chants of “Death to the dictator”.“This is nothing,” Rouhani said in a statement on the presidency website.“Our nation will deal with this minority who chant slogans against the law and people’s wishes, and insult the sanctities and values of the revolution.”Pro-regime rallies were held across several towns and cities-reflecting continued support among a large conservative section of society.Reporting restrictions remained tight, but videos on social media continued to show widespread anti-government protests in many areas.‘People have had enough’Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to mend the economy and ease social tensions, but high living costs and a 12 percent unemployment rate have left many feeling that progress is too slow.The young are most affected, with as many as 40 percent out of work according to analysts, and rural areas particularly hard-hit.“People have had enough, especially the young people. They have nothing to be happy about,” said Sarita Mohammadi, a 35-year-old teacher in Tehran.“The situation is far worse in provinces. Agriculture has been destroyed. I know many who have left the north of the country to come to Tehran to work,” she added.Rouhani acknowledged there was “no problem bigger than unemployment” in a speech on Sunday, and also vowed a more balanced media and more transparency.US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticised Tehran over four days of demonstrations, said it was “time for a change” and that Iran’s people were “hungry” for freedom.The European Union on Monday pushed Iran to guarantee the right to protest and separately British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said “the UK is watching events in Iran closely”.“We believe that there should be meaningful debate about the legitimate and important issues the protesters are raising and we look to the Iranian authorities to permit this,” Johnson said in a statement.In 2009, authorities ruthlessly put down protests against the re-election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At least 36 people were killed in 2009, according to an official toll, while the opposition says 72 died.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump delivers remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq on 26 December 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighbouring Iraq the day after Christmas.Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from US commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, US officials said.”They were upbeat about their ability to wrap things up,” one of the officials told Reuters. “I definitely think that was a seminal meeting” in terms of influencing Trump’s thinking.Lieutenant general Paul LaCamera, the commander of the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, explained to a president who had lost patience with the war why too rapid a withdrawal could not be done without putting troops at risk, according to three officials familiar with the briefing, the contents of which have not been reported in such detail.In the chaotic aftermath of Trump’s 19 December announcement, which was one of the reasons that defence secretary Jim Mattis resigned, the 45-minute briefing appears to have helped crystallize an understanding between Trump and his top brass on the ground. Trump, in remarks to reporters, admitted that he felt better about the situation after talking to commanders in the theater instead of officials in Washington.The briefing also helped win the US military and diplomats some breathing room to plan a more deliberate exit from Syria.It was a novel experience for the president, who was making his first visit to a war zone in his nearly two years in office, fresh from a political pummeling over his decision on Syria from fellow Republicans in Congress and US allies.Nearly three weeks after the briefing, no troops have withdrawn from Syria and only some equipment has moved out.In 2015, then-president Barack Obama first ordered US special operations forces into Syria after long hesitating to deploy “boots on the ground” in the midst of the Syrian civil war. What started off as a mission involving dozens of commandos eventually turned into hundreds and then just kept growing. There are about 2,000 US forces in Syria today.Although Trump initially announced plans for a speedy pullout, he has since said it does not need to go quickly.”We are pulling back in Syria, we are going to be removing our troops, I never said we are doing it that quickly,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Jan. 6.In fact, Trump said on 19 December that American troops were coming home “now” and they had already defeated Islamic State in Syria. No experts believe Islamic State has been defeated, despite the group having lost almost all of the territory it held in 2014 and 2015 after seizing parts of Syria and Iraq and declaring a “caliphate.”The Pentagon said on Friday that the withdrawal “is not subject to an arbitrary timeline,” and would take into account conditions on the ground and talks with allies.Trump’s concession of additional time has set off an apparent scramble by the US military and Trump administration officials to accomplish as much as possible in the twilight of the Syria campaign.US officials tell Reuters that planning for a complete withdrawal from Syria is still underway, despite confusing and sometimes contradictory statements from the White House and tension with Turkey, which was meant to take over the campaign against Islamic State.Several officials said they expected a withdrawal before the end of March, but would not commit to a date, given fast-evolving policy discussions and hard-to-predict battlefield developments.Final BlowsPrivately, some US officials worry the final push will not be enough to preserve hard-won gains against Islamic State or ensure protection for US-backed Kurdish YPG allies who helped in the fight. NATO ally Turkey views Kurdish militia as terrorists, an extension of a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.Trump himself acknowledged his concerns for the Kurds on Monday, warning Turkey of “economic devastation” if it attacks a US-allied Kurdish militia in Syria. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he believed Trump was referring to sanctions.According to US estimates, Islamic State oversaw about 100,000 square kilometers (39,000 square miles) of territory, with about 8 million people under its control. The group had estimated revenues of nearly one billion dollars a year and used its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria as a base to plot attacks in Europe.Backed up by US-led coalition airstrikes, artillery and advisers and equipment, US-supported ground forces in Iraq and Syria clawed back towns and cities from the jihadists. Iraq declared victory against the group in 2017.US military officials are reluctant to predict how quickly Islamic State militants can be vanquished from their final towns in Syria, recalling how the insurgents fought until the death in Mosul, Iraq. The group still influences about 300 square kilometers in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, according to the US-led coalition.The persistence of the group was one of the reasons that Trump’s decision stunned the Pentagon.But after the initial shock, military and civilians leaders including Mattis met at the Pentagon the week before Christmas to discuss the quickest, safest and most responsible way they could carry out the troop pullout and protect Kurdish allies.It became clear that a rapid 30-day withdrawal, as initially suggested by the White House, would not meet the criteria of a “safe and responsible” withdrawal. Before Trump’s surprise decision, Pentagon planning had suggested four months would be needed.One source played down Trump’s concerns about whether the drawdown would be done in weeks or months.”All he wants to know is that it is happening,” the source said.Significantly, Mattis’ order issued before Christmas did not include a specific timeline, although US officials said military commanders told the White House that a safe and responsible drawdown could not be done in less than 120 days. The order has not been changed since Mattis left office on Dec. 31, when his deputy Patrick Shanahan took over, officials said.In the meantime, the US-backed forces in Syria, including Kurds, are keeping up the fight – confounding analysts’ predictions that they would rapidly head north to prepare for an offensive by Turkey.In fact, since Trump’s withdrawal announcement, those forces have been fighting Islamic State with support from US-led coalition air strikes and artillery.US allies, who were caught entirely off-guard by Trump’s announcement, are still seeking clarification about the timing of America’s exit.The troop pullout from Syria dominated discussions by Pompeo during his meetings in Amman, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Iraq over the past week, in which he told US allies that a withdrawal was a tactical change only.Allies also want information about any post-withdrawal role by the US military to ensure Islamic State militants do not rise from the ashes of their caliphate, US officials and diplomats said.But they appear relieved at the apparent slowdown of the pullout.”It seems that there has been a change that I think is positive,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France said last week.last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Stephen Hawking, along with Malcolm Perry and Andrew Strominger has updated his ideas regarding solving the black hole information paradox. In their new paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the trio outlines their ideas regarding soft hair and black holes and why they believe it may hold the key to resolving a problem that has been causing issues for physicists for over forty years. © 2016 Phys.org The black hole information paradox is relatively easy to understand—black holes theoretically suck in everything around them, including light, causing information to be lost, forever. But back in the 70’s Hawking and colleagues discovered that some information escapes—it is now known as Hawking radiation—but the information that escapes is not enough to describe everything that was eaten by a given black hole, so, the question remains, what happens to the rest of the information when the black hole dies? Trying to solve this paradox has proven to be much more difficult. But, this past January, progress was made, Hawking, Perry and Strominger proposed a possible solution to the paradox, a theory based on what they called soft hair—but not everyone was convinced. The idea behind the theory is that quantum excitations known as soft hairs form a halo around a black hole, holding the information for the things that were consumed. The team came to conclude this was possible by identifying two problems with the assumptions that were made back in the 70’s, namely that the vacuum around black holes is unique and that black holes had no “hair.”After posting their paper on the preprint server arXiv, in January, critics were wary of the theory because it failed to explain how it was that information could be exchanged between the black hole and the soft hair. In this new paper, the trio still has not addressed this problem completely, but they have reworked the math and have found stronger evidence for the existence of soft hairs—if they can do the same for gravity, and show that all of the information is held in the soft hairs, rather than just some, it should greatly increase the chances that one day the paradox will be solved once and for, offering relief for those who feared that the paradox might one day lead to having to toss out some of the most cherished theories in physics. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Stephen W. Hawking et al. Soft Hair on Black Holes, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.231301ABSTRACTIt has recently been shown that Bondi–van der Burg–Metzner–Sachs supertranslation symmetries imply an infinite number of conservation laws for all gravitational theories in asymptotically Minkowskian spacetimes. These laws require black holes to carry a large amount of soft (i.e., zero-energy) supertranslation hair. The presence of a Maxwell field similarly implies soft electric hair. This Letter gives an explicit description of soft hair in terms of soft gravitons or photons on the black hole horizon, and shows that complete information about their quantum state is stored on a holographic plate at the future boundary of the horizon. Charge conservation is used to give an infinite number of exact relations between the evaporation products of black holes which have different soft hair but are otherwise identical. It is further argued that soft hair which is spatially localized to much less than a Planck length cannot be excited in a physically realizable process, giving an effective number of soft degrees of freedom proportional to the horizon area in Planck units. Citation: Hawking team updates soft hair theory to help solve black hole information paradox (2016, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-hawking-team-soft-hair-theory.html Physicists split on ideas expressed in Hawking’s latest black hole paper Hawking, Perry, and Strominger suggest that black holes might have “soft hair,” low-energy quantum excitations that release information when the black hole evaporates. Credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker Explore further , arXivlast_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When Milun Tesovic launched his lyrics website, MetroLyrics.com, in 2002, he had no idea it would one day represent 30 percent of all AOL Music traffic. Now 24, Tesovic is the chief technology officer and co-founder of MetroLeap Media, and MetroLyrics attracts more than 40 million unique visitors per month.Milun Tesovic of MetroLyrics.comAfter being nominated anonymously, Tesovic, who resides in Vancouver and is originally from Bosnia, competed for and won first prize at the 2009 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, a contest that recognizes the top full-time university students who are also running businesses. He beat out 1,500 contestants from 27 countries and scored $70,000 in cash and donated services to help support his company and development as an entrepreneur. Tesovic also took home the GSEA Innovation Award for his creativity and unique approach to business.”I’m probably going to be an entrepreneur for the rest of my life, starting my own ventures. I’m having way too much fun with it,” Tesovic says. “I love negotiating terms, setting up strategies and watching my products come to life. I don’t really have a set plan. It’s just keep going, keep learning, and keep doing what I’m doing.””I often looked up lyrics when I was younger, and I was quite disappointed with the lyrics websites out there,” the Simon Frasier University student says. “They didn’t have up-to-date databases or they were inaccurate, and not to mention, they were all operating illegally. So I set out to create my own database, which more than anything would have to be an accurate database, comprehensive and up-to-date, and it started growing from there.”The GSEA, a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, was founded in 1998 as a way to provide support for early-stage entrepreneurs. In 2006, the EO took control of GSEA to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections an influential community of entrepreneurs around the world. Students eligible to compete must be undergraduate students who have owned and operated a business for at least six months.”Companies less than five years old are the ones bringing us new job creation, says Dean Lindal, vice president of global business development for the EO.”It’s not the big businesses–it’s the young entrepreneurs who are defying the odds and coming up with the new innovations and growth. The GSEA provides each contestant with a peer network of other student entrepreneurs they can share ideas with and relate to, and it also gives them access to great mentors who have been there and done that.”Tesovic’s inspiration was simple: The lyrics websites he sought out were at best inaccurate, and, at worst, illegal, so he created a database of his own. Once MetroLyrics developed and had a better business model behind it, Tesovic partnered with global media technology company Gracenote in April 2008 to ensure artists, songwriters and music publishers were properly compensated for the use of their copyrighted lyrics. The more than 600,000 registered users also help to keep the lyrics accurate by acting as moderators. In addition to being the exclusive lyrics partner for all AOL Music properties, with, MetroLyrics also works with Billboard and is in talks with MTV. All of MetroLyrics’ revenue comes from advertising, and Tesovic assures the site will always be free for users.”It’s never going to cost the user anything,” he says. “It was the right thing to do. It was a business model we pursued from day one.”For Tesovic, doing the right thing also means pursuing his passion above all, including money, and he advises fellow aspiring young entrepreneurs to follow suit.”I don’t see people who are just chasing the dollar succeed as frequently as people who are chasing their passion,” he says. “Students who want to make money and succeed need to be in the industry they want to be in, not in the industry where they think they can make money just for the sake of it.”Yale University student Richard Littlehale, the first runner-up in the GSEA competition, also understands the importance of young entrepreneurs starting businesses they’re passionate about.”When you start a company, it’s really important to understand why you’re starting it, what drives your vision and what the point of doing it is,” the 23-year-old says. “I think the right way to think about it is like this: If it was a Sunday afternoon, and no one was telling me what to do, what would I be instinctively doing? Figure out your real hobbies, interests and passions. If you get into a situation where your job is your hobby or passion, then you’re going to succeed.”Littlehale began his green online electronics company, YouRenew.com, in 2008 when he decided he wanted to start a business that could turn a social profit as well as a financial one. Because of their interest in the environment, Littlehale and co-founder Bob Casey set out to create a website that would allow people and organizations to responsibly recycle and remarket old electronics.”We saw this as a tremendous opportunity,” Littlehale says. “We decided it would pretty hard to build a wind farm while we were still in college, so this was a little bit less capital intensive and aligned with our vision of what we wanted to do.”To remarket, YouRenew buys people’s old electronics and resells or wholesales them to a place where they can be reused, and in that process takes a commission for it. When devices need to be recycled, YouRenew helps direct the customer to the metals recycler they work with. With those transactions, Littlehale says even though his company doesn’t make money, he feels it’s a necessary service to provide to customers.YouRenew promotes the idea of “recommerce,” a way for consumers to get the most out of what they buy and cut down on landfill waste.”Our philosophy is, if someone has an old iPod and doesn’t want to use it because they have a new one, well, let’s put that iPod in the hands of someone who will use it,” Littlehale says. “‘Recommerce’ comes from the idea we believe in that reuse is the highest form of recycling. A lot of people have old Blackberries, iPods or other electronics laying around the house that are still usable, and there are a lot of people in the world who can’t afford to buy a brand new device or would happily use that device. Rather than letting it sitting in a drawer, or worse, be thrown away in the trash, we ‘recommerce’ the old electronic.”The GSEA competition provided Littlehale with a forum to meet and network with other entrepreneurs from around the world, and it also helped him build his confidence as an entrepreneur.”I don’t think there’s anything more important in entrepreneurship than being confident in who you are and the idea you drive behind,” Littlehale says. “It’s invaluable to be connected to people who are different than you, and have different businesses, ideas and ways of looking at the world.” Register Now » December 14, 2009last_img read more

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first_imgThe regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, has unveiled a new mobile app that provides travellers with a greater travel convenience from booking to boarding. The mobile app, which has been designed to be fast and intuitive, is aimed at providing users with a functional and seamless user experience.The mobile app includes key features like flight booking, exclusive fares and itinerary management. The SilkAir mobile app home screen can personalised by the users to show relevant flight updates and information, while push notifications can be enabled to receive prompt check-in reminders for upcoming trips. Travellers flying from Singapore Changi Airport can also opt for Mobile Boarding Pass feature that would allow for more efficient flight check-in.In addition, the mobile app would allow members of KrisFlyer to view their membership details, like miles and tier information in an easy-to-read design.SilkAir is celebrating the launch by offering special ‘app-clusive’ deals starting from all-in fares of SGD 159 to Langkawi, SGD189 to Phuket and SGD 229 to Yogyakarta, amongst other destinations. Additionally, bookings paid with MasterCard on the mobile app entitle the customer to free Resorts World SEA Aquarium Passes.“SilkAir is constantly improving and enhancing our various digital touch points to keep up with the changing landscape of the travel industry. With the SilkAir mobile app, customers can expect greater control and convenience when it comes to planning their travel itineraries.” said SilkAir’s Vice President Commercial, Ryan Pua.The new SilkAir mobile app, which has been built in conjunction with MTT, is now available for download at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The mobile app is compatible with iOS 8 and 9 and all Android versions released after 4.0.3 respectively.last_img read more

first_imgJudge Throws Out Much of RMBS Suit Against BofA Bank of America RMBS 2015-02-09 Seth Welborn February 9, 2015 490 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img A federal judge in New Jersey dismissed most of a lawsuit filed by Prudential Financial Inc. against Bank of America that claimed the North Carolina-based megabank sold them more than $1.9 billion worth of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, according to multiple media reports on Friday.U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark ruled that Prudential failed to show sufficient proof that Bank of America and its Merrill Lynch misrepresented the quality of its loans backing securities to ratings agencies, according to reports.Prudential claimed in the lawsuit that Bank of America was guilty of “wide-ranging fraud” that left Prudential with “countless” bad securities that led to foreclosure or default. Chesler dismissed most of Prudential’s claims with prejudice, according to reports. He did rule that Prudential could re-submit a claim involving 21 securitizations where Bank of America acted as underwriter but not as a sponsor or issuer.Chesler said in his ruling that Prudential could not rely on “after the fact” computer analysis to determine that Bank of America knew at the time that the property appraisals for 54 securitizations it issued from 2004 to 2007 were being misrepresented.Spokespeople from both Prudential and Bank of America declined to comment on the suit and the judge’s ruling.Bank of America has had its share of legal troubles over RMBS in the last year. In August 2014, the bank entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for record $16.65 billion over the packaging and selling of toxic mortgage-backed securities that led to the financial crisis. And last week, a federal judge in Manhattan denied the bank’s request to remove a $1.27 billion penalty imposed in July 2014 for a government lawsuit against the bank which accused its Countrywide unit of fraud with regards to mortgage-backed securities. Sharelast_img read more

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