Morocco: Officer Commits Suicide for Failing to Get Promoted

Rabat – A Gendarmerie officer committed suicide by shooting himself in the head using his official weapon in the capital Rabat, daily newspaper Asabah reported on Tuesday. The incident took place on Friday, Sept. 11. The officer was attached to a Gendarmerie barrack responsible for guarding royal residences.According to the same source, the officer was for years waiting for a promotion, but could not get through. Frustrated, he grabbed his weapon and shot himself dead. A state of emergency was declared immediately after the incident.An internal investigation has been launched into the matter. The body of the deceased was sent to his family.The Gendarmerie officer is survived by his wife and children.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN human rights expert urges China to cancel planned execution

Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, spoke out after Akmal Shaikh, a British national, earlier this week lost his final appeal against the death penalty.Media reports state that Mr. Shaikh was arrested in 2007 in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in western China after being found to be in possession of four kilograms of heroin. Campaigners have said he suffers from mental illness.“Both Chinese and international law clearly indicate that a person who committed a crime while suffering from significant mental illness should not be subjected to the death penalty,” Mr. Alston said in a statement to the press issued in Geneva.The Special Rapporteur said China has recently taken “important steps” to ensure that the death penalty is carried out in line with applicable international standards.“Executing a mentally ill man would be a major step backwards for China and I very much hope that the Government will grant clemency in this case.”He also noted that he had never received a reply to his request in October for the Government to review the decision by Chinese judicial authorities to deny Mr. Shaikh a mental health evaluation.Mr. Alston, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, serves in an independent and unpaid capacity. 24 December 2009A United Nations human rights expert today urged China to cancel the scheduled execution of a man convicted of drug trafficking, saying there are strong signs that he suffers from mental illness and that this was not taken into account during sentencing. read more

As world passes 7 billion milestone UN urges action to meet key

31 October 2011Top United Nations officials today marked the global population reaching 7 billion with a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to guaranteeing equal access to security and justice. “Today, we welcome baby 7 billion. In doing so we must recognize our moral and pragmatic obligation to do the right thing for him, or for her,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a press event at UN Headquarters to mark the milestone.Mr. Ban noted that the world’s population reached 6 billion in 1998, only 13 years ago, and it is expected to grow to 9 billion by the middle of this century, or even a few years earlier – by 2043.“But today – this Day of 7 Billion – is not about one newborn, or even one generation,” he stated. “This is a day about our entire human family.” The world today is one of “terrible contradictions,” said Mr. Ban, noting that there is plenty of food but 1 billion people go hungry; lavish lifestyles for a few, but poverty for too many others; huge advances in medicine while mothers die everyday in childbirth; and billions spent on weapons to kill people instead of keeping them safe. “What kind of world has baby 7 billion been born into? What kind of world do we want for our children in the future?” he asked.“I am one of 7 billion. You are also one of 7 billion. Together, we can be 7 billion strong – by working in solidarity for a better world for all,” the Secretary-General said. In an op-ed published in The International Herald Tribune, Mr. Ban said that as the world population passes 7 billion, “alarm bells are ringing.” He noted that the meeting later this week in France of the Group of 20 leading and emerging economies (G-20) is taking place against the backdrop of growing economic uncertainty and mounting inequality.“In Cannes, leaders should agree to a concrete action plan that advances the well-being of all nations and people, not just the wealthiest and most powerful,” he stated.The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said today’s milestone is a reminder of how the world’s poorest – the so-called ‘bottom billion’ – are rendered vulnerable with little or no access to basic needs.“Seven billion people face, almost on a daily basis – with varying degrees of severity – the consequences of environmental challenges, increasing poverty, inequity, wars and economic instability,” he told the event. “But with each of these challenges comes an opportunity – 7 billion opportunities in fact,” he added, noting that these opportunities can be harnessed to reach global anti-poverty targets, to invest in youth and women, and to re-think the approach to sustainable development. The Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) underscored some of the challenges in an expanding global community, including in promoting the rights and health of 7 billion women, men and children.“We must ensure that, in areas of the world where population is growing fast, we raise the status of women and young girls to be able to access education and make choices for themselves,” Babatunde Osotimehin said at the gathering. “We also owe it to the 215 million women worldwide who require family planning and are not getting it to make it available,” he said, adding it is also necessary to ensure safe pregnancy and delivery for every woman that wants to give birth.At the same time, he highlighted the need to give ageing populations in many parts of the world a life of dignity, and to tackle the rapid urbanization and migration which many countries have to face. The UN human rights chief also marked the occasion, stating that the 7 billionth child is, by virtue of her or his birth, a permanent holder of rights, with an “irrevocable” claim to freedom. “But she or he will also be born into a world where some people, given the chance, will trample on those rights and freedoms in the name of state security, or economic policy, or group chauvinism,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement. “If she was born a girl, she will have fewer choices. If born in the developing world, she or he will have fewer opportunities. If born a descendant of Africans in a non-African country, or as an indigenous person, member of a religious minority, or as a Roma, she or he is likely to face discrimination and marginalization, with a childhood rife with vulnerability, and a future adult life hedged in by exclusion.“But he or she has also been born at a time of great hope,” Ms. Pillay added, noting that the demonstrations and mobilizations of civil society seen in 2011 in a sense “provide a birthday celebration for the 7 billionth person on this planet, and also serve as a warning to those who might be inclined to deprive this child, like many others, of his or her birthrights.” read more

Domestic violence refuge to finally open after twoyear wait

first_imgA REFUGE FOR women and children that had been lying unused in Kildare for almost two years is to finally open its doors to people affected by domestic violence.The refuge, which is run by Newbridge-based organisation Teach Tearmainn, was completed in 2011 but revealed the following year that it had still not opened.The domestic violence support service completed the building, which comprises four self-contained apartments, in 2011. However, it needed in excess of €400,000 a year to stay open, and the HSE could only provide the service with €100,000.Teach Tearmainn initially was approached by the HSE in 1998 about taking on the project, Jacinta Carey of Teach Tearmainn told in 2012.In March of this year, Carey said that the board had not accepted the €100k as they felt it was not enough to provide a safe refuge to people.However, this week Carey told that there was good news on the horizon.We recently signed a contract with the local HSE to open two of the apartments. It will be a phased opening. We’re hopeful that they will be ready to be open and furnished within the first quarter of 2014.She said that the organisation still has “another bit to do” and needs to find funding for more staff so that the remaining apartments can be opened.“When the refuge is fully operational, we could have four women with up to 16 children in the premises at any one time,” she said.It requires a certain number of staff and at the moment with funding received from the HSE we can only employ three staff. That is not sufficient to supervise and be responsible for that number of children.“Until we can get the necessary funding to allow us to employ six staff in total it is regrettable but we won’t be able to open the other two [apartments],” said Carey.She pointed out that this comes at a time when refuges are having to turn people away, and that there aren’t enough domestic violence refuges to cater for the needs of affected people in Ireland.The apartment has to be furnished, funding for which Teach Tearmainn has recently received from the National Lottery. There is also some work to do inside and outside of the apartments to make them suitable and comfortable to live in.When this is completed, Carey said “my timeframe would be mid-late February and I’m hoping we can stick with that”.The apartments will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, but a risk assessment would also be involved.Teach Tearmainn continues to offer its information and support services, as well as its court accompaniment service.The Teach Tearmainn helpline is 045 438461 and its email address is Lack of funding means domestic violence refuge lies unused>Read: Refuge still unopened one year on due to funding issues>last_img read more

Gardaí monitoring potential radicalisation of Irish residents in Syrian conflict

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE MONITORING the ‘foreign fighter phenomenon’ of Irish residents travelling to take part in the conflict in Syria, as well as their potential radicalisation upon their return.The Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter revealed this morning that the government is aware of between 25 and 30 Irish residents having travelled to Syria to take part in the conflict.He was responding to questions from Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith, who said it has been estimated that as many as 11,000 people from 70 different countries have travelled to take up arms in the ongoing civil war.Action as necessary“Gardaí will continue to monitor the situation in this area and will take action as necessary,” Minister Shatter said.Shatter echoed the deputy in describing the conflict as a “humanitarian disaster”.He said that units within An Garda Síochana, such as the Garda Racial, Intercultural & Diversity Office, are liaising with minority communities where there might be individuals more “inclined to travel”, to stress that there are more “beneficial ways of taking part in the conflict than by taking up arms”.There is also a concern among Member States that fighters returning to Europe may pose a threat, he said.“Individuals who participate in the conflict under the flag of fundamentalist and extreme organisation…It is a matter of great concern as to when those individuals return to the European Union whether they may pose certain within member states, in the context of their perspective having been radicalised.”He said that Ireland is working with other states to decide how best to manage the phenomenon.Read: Ireland will take in 90 Syrian refugees this year >Column: Can new peace negotiations end Syria’s three-year nightmare? >last_img read more

EightTrack Tape Museum Opens in Texas

first_imgMiss your old eight-tracks? Good news, now you can go to Texas to look at the things behind glass. The media, which has been obsolete for nearly a quarter of a century, is the focus of a new Dallas-based museum. The Eight Track Museum, which opened in Texas this Monday, is music historian Bucks Burnett’s labor of love. Burnett’s museum is less about the music than the package–you won’t actually be able to listen to the tapes if you pop in. “I am focusing on the cartridges themselves as visual objects,” he told AOL. “If you want the music, listen to a CD or MP3. When you see an exhibit on ancient Egypt, you don’t get to pick up an Egyptian spoon.”Burnett’s museum also offers a little love for other obsolete formats, from the Edison Wax Cylinder to the cassette tape. “We will even have a gift store that will sell music in these formats,” he explained, describing what is sounding more and more like a record store.last_img read more

Return to Imbros

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A small village on the island of Imbros is being restored to its former glory thanks to the vision of a Greek Melburnian.‘I knew that crying would not fix this. Either you leave and never come back, or you stay and do somethingNikos Doldouris, a resident of the island until 1966, always dreamed of returning to his home of Schinoudi after being forced to relocate to the mainland by Turkish authrorities at the age of 24. Speaking of the day he was forced to leave, Mr Doldouris remembers it clearly.“The situation had reached breaking point; there was no future, no hope. We gathered our belongings into two suitcases, locked the house and went down to the port to take the boat and we ended up in Athens … but I was always thinking about returning some day.”The enforced colonisation of Imbros by Turkey dates back to just after the World War 1. As part of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, it was agreed the islands Imbros and Tenedos, situated near the Dardanelles strait, would be surrendered to Turkey. Though the agreement granted islanders self-governing status, it was ignored and eventually colonised by mainland and Bulgarian Turks. Originally boasting a population of 7,000 Greeks and 200 Turkish officials, by 1970, just 40 per cent of the population were Greek.Until recently the island appeared to be abandoned, with many of the original homes destroyed and the majority of Imbros’ former Hellenic inhabitants scattered throughout Greece and overseas.After 24 years in Australia, Doldouris, the owner of a successful Melbourne travel agency, decided to shut up shop and return home. There he witnessed scenes that would move him to tears. “Nothing was as we left it. I started crying when I saw my village and the house I was born in destroyed. But that was it. I knew that crying would not fix this. Either you leave and never come back, or you stay and do something,” says Doldouris. “Unfortunately, it happened. We cannot keep complaining, we need to look forward.”With this positive attitude he set to work. Although Turkish locals didn’t initially know how to respond to his efforts, they soon came to realise his intentions were for the island’s benefit.Soon friends jumped on board to help, assisting Doldouris in the restoration of properties, including friends’ old homes and the local church, along with the upkeep of the cemetery and general infrastructure. Although he is optimistic about the island’s progress, Doldouris realises there’s only so much that can be done with so few resources. In his quest to help secure the future of Imbros, Doldouris is reaching out to others interested in keeping the island alive and thriving.“The situation in Imbros today is much better than 20 or 30 years ago. Some Greeks have returned…“In order to keep this project alive, more people, especially the young, need to return to the island permanently, to live and work here.” Source: Greek Reporterlast_img read more

Suspending Greek pension cuts now being discussed by European officials

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The chance of pensioners in Greece facing yet another cut to their monthly wages appears to be lessening amid reports leaders of the Eurozone are opening up to the possibility of removing the clause from the agreed measures for the economy’s reform.Even though the matter wasn’t touched upon at their recent meeting in Luxembourg, statements made by the participating member country leaders allow for a certain level of optimism with regards to the matter. The leaders appeared to side with the statement made by the coalition government in Greece that should the economy reach its target surplus (something that it has been exceeding the last couple of years), then such a measure would be unnecessary, and should not be forced upon the people.Additionally, Greek officials drafted two scenarios for the future of their economy, one with the pension cuts and one without, something that the European leaders pointed out as a move in the right direction.However, representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) disagree, stressing the cuts are crucial for the viability of the social security sector.Eurozone president Mario Centeno highlighted the improved state of Greece’s economy, and added that he didn’t believe the cuts to pensions would be a fiscal measure but a structural one, while EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that the request to abolish further pension cuts will be examined in depth.Whether or not these pension cuts will come to pass will soon be revealed, as the draft budgets for the economies of the EU members must be submitted to the Commission by 15 October. After that, they will be reviewed and the decision on Greece’s attempt to avoid further austerity measures could possibly be announced at the Eurozone meeting on 3 December.last_img read more

Use common sense to protect pets livestock from cold

first_imgAnimals might come with their own coat, but they’re not immune to the dropping mercury.Last week saw the first sub-freezing temperatures of the season in Clark County. And as humans bundle up and prepare their homes for the winter, they should keep in mind how the inclement weather affects their four-legged companions.State and local law bars cruel or negligent treatment toward animals. But the hard-and-fast, legally enforceable rules for keeping pets and livestock safe during the winter include a lot of gray area open to interpretation. It’s critical, then, that owners and good Samaritans use their best judgment and keep a keen eye trained on the animals in their care.The lawWhen it comes to issues of animal neglect, the text of the law in Washington is vague. A lot of it is left up to the common sense of individual pet or livestock owners.Under RCW 16.52.207, an owner is liable for second-degree animal cruelty, a gross misdemeanor, if she or he “fails to provide the animal with necessary shelter, rest, sanitation, space, or medical attention and the animal suffers unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain as a result of the failure.”It’s pretty subjective. “Necessary shelter” is going to look very different to an Alaskan malamute than it will to a chihuahua.It’s also results-oriented — “as a result of the failure.” The law prohibits behavior that causes suffering, but avoids dictating in detail any best practices that might halt that suffering before it starts. For example, there’s no minimum temperature at which an owner must legally bring their pet inside.last_img read more

Roach paper art a labor of layers

first_imgCheck out Cliff Maynard’s Website at www.roachpaperart.comFor more on Tom Lauerman, visit Maynard discovered his unusual artistic medium one stoned night in art school, as he clipped his way through copies of Fangoria and High Times magazines.His assignment, about 15 years ago at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, was to create a mosaic out of color swatches clipped from various publications. And, being a poor art school student, he also found himself building a marijuana cigarette out of roaches — the stubby leftover ends of joints that some people throw away.“I had no money for anything, so I broke open my roaches — because in that situation you save your roaches until you have no pot and then you smoke them,” Maynard said. “And on one side of me are these magazine clippings, and on the other side are bits and pieces of joints. It was like a Reese’s (Peanut Butter Cup) moment, where I looked and was like ‘Hey, chocolate! Hey, peanut butter! Yum!’ “That eureka moment launched him on the path to becoming a roach paper mosaic artist, he said. But he started with a roadblock in his path: He didn’t have enough roach papers for a full mosaic.“So I start asking all my friends, save all your papers for me, I’m going to do a portrait of Jesus with them,” Maynard said. “I wanted to do something respectful of Jesus, but I also wanted that interesting contrast with the medium.”Along with his friends, he also asked his father — the man who taught him to roll his first joint — if he could save papers for the project as well.last_img read more

Hays and Plusnet shortlisted for best flexible benefits plan

first_imgHays and Plusnet are among the organisations that have been shortlisted in the best flexible benefits plan category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.This award celebrates the most effective use of a flexible benefits strategy within an organisation.The full category shortlist is:Atkins, Your Reward (Entered by Capita Employee Benefits)Hays, You Choose And My WellbeingPlusnet, Plusnet Perks (Entered by Benefex)The winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 9 June 2017.See the full shortlist.For more information and to book your place.last_img read more

British group unveils facial reading liedetector

first_img( — A British team of researchers led by Professor Hassan Ugail of Bradford University have demonstrated a new type of lie-detector at the annual British Science Festival in Bradford. Instead of hooking people up to wires and pressure cuffs, the new system measures heat given off around the eyes and subtle facial movements that are then analyzed using a special algorithm. Ugail claims that the, as yet unnamed system, has been shown to be around 70% accurate when testing volunteers. The new system records subtle clues that people give off when lying, such as increased blood flow around the eyes, tiny lip movements or nose twitching. All of these bits of information are then fed into the computer which uses an algorithm based on the work of psychologists Paul Ekman and Walter Friesen, to give an educated guess as to whether the person being analyzed is lying.One of the major selling points of such technology would be its use in situations where the person being targeted doesn’t know they are being tested, something that traditional polygraph lie-detectors can’t do. Because the research has been backed by the UKs Border Agency, the technology will most likely be used to screen passengers at airports, and in fact, the team is currently working with government and security officials to begin testing at an unspecified UK airport in the near future.Because the tests were done with volunteers who not only knew they were being tested, but were asked to lie when answering mundane questions, Ugail believes the system will prove to be far more accurate when used in real life situations. But he also believes that as more research is done and more variables are added to the algorithm, that the system will one day prove to be as reliable as current lie-detectors, which experts believe are about 90% accurate.Ugail also acknowledges that no lie-detector can be 100% accurate as none of them actually detect lying; instead they rely on cues to make educated guesses. Though he adds that the more tools law enforcement has at its disposal, the better chance they will have of catching those with ill intent.If the new system proves to be as reliable as Ugail hopes, it might make us all safer, but it might also lead to other less noble purposes, such as employers using it in job interviews or by news people in real-time interviews, which some might construe as an invasion of privacy. Scientists: A good lie detector is hard to find Explore further © 2011 Citation: British group unveils facial reading lie-detector (2011, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Hindu college organises an intercollege debate

first_imgThe Old Students’ Association, Hindu College organised ‘The 6th Clash of the Titans Invitational Debate’ at The Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on November 17. The alumni of five prestigious colleges of Delhi University of national fame – Hindu College, Miranda House, Lady Shri Ram College, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Indraprastha College – participated in this great debating competition. The debaters tested their debating skill on a contemporary relevant topic – ‘Freedom of Speech is a Luxury India cannot afford’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRenowned Bollywood director Imtiaz Ali was the Guest of Honour and Justice Manmohan, Judge, Delhi High Court was the Chief Guest. The jury for judging the debaters consisted of Tarun Shridhar IAS, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture; Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum Library and MK Venu, Founding Editor, The Wire. Eminent Media Personality Kajori Sen was the moderator. The winning team trophy was awarded to ‘Hindu College team’ comprising of Saket Jha Saurabh and Rohit Hari Rajan. The best speaker awards went to Radha Kumar from Miranda House and Saket Jha Saurabh from Hindu College. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDistinguished orators participated in this unique debate. The exchange between the alumni from the five colleges of Delhi University – Hindu College, Indraprastha College, Miranda House, Sri Ram College of Commerce and Lady Sri Ram College — explored, prodded and synthesized the subject of the debate. The Old Students’ Association (OSA) of Hindu College was established in 1958. Since its inception, the Association has been active in bringing the eminent alumni of the Hindu College, Delhi on one platform. Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Burman, President, OSA, Hindu College said “We are pleased to organise ‘The 6th Clash of the Titans Invitational Debate’ competition and have distinguished guests and participants from different walks of life who have brought laurels to their alma mater through their achievements. ‘The Titans Cup’ debate is growing in influence each year and this year again women speakers out-numbered the men and had a larger number of youthful debaters being showcased. The debate serves as a unique platform to bring together alumni from different colleges and providing bonding and networking opportunities. We look forward to similar engagements each year. We are grateful to all the college authorities and the alumni for making this event a success.”last_img read more

The Solar Eclipse that Brought Two Sides to Peace

first_imgIn the late afternoon of May 28, 585 BC, a solar eclipse occurred in the Near East, right at the moment when two rival states were engaged in battle. Interpreting this heavenly disturbance as a sign, the two sides put down their weapons and stopped fighting immediately. This was the eclipse that stopped a war. At least, this is the story reported by the Greek historian Herodotus. However, modern historians have puzzled over the event for decades. Astronomical and scientific data have been compared with ancient accounts to determine the veracity of the account.References to calculable astronomical events can provide vital clues to historians seeking to uncover details about Iron Age societies that have left little trace in written or epigraphic sources.Bust of HerodotosHowever, the story of the so-called Battle of the Eclipse is not so straightforward as Herodotus’ account might suggest. According to Herodotus, in the early 6th century BC, two rival states were in conflict over land in Anatolia, in present-day Turkey.The Lydians were an important kingdom that ruled over Western Anatolia, but their expansionist aims drew them eastwards, into the territory of the Medes, who held an empire covering most of Western Iran. Both states wished to expand their territory, and they clashed in central Anatolia.Astronomers Studying an Eclipse painted by Antoine Caron in 1571.By 585 BC, the dispute had been raging for five long years, with neither side making substantial gains. This protracted stalemate was injurious to both sides. The loss of men and resources was taking its toll. Nevertheless, at the end of May, the two armies met once again for a final cataclysmic battle to determine the victor.Herodotus reports that, as the battle warmed up, “day was all of a sudden changed into night.” As they observed the eclipse, the fighters put down their weapons. The two armies began to negotiate, eager to have the conflict resolved as quickly as possible.Solar eclipse occurred in May 28, 585 BC. Photo by Fred Espenak and Jean Meeus (NASA’s GSFC) – NASA, sieheInexplicable occurrences in the sky were often interpreted as signs from the gods, and both the Lydians and Medes understood the eclipse as a sign of the gods’ displeasure at their incessant fighting.Indeed, a full solar eclipse would have had a significant effect on any observers. Eclipses are often accompanied by changes in wind speed and direction, and the growing dark can confuse birds, disturbing their circadian rhythms and causing them to circle, frantically searching for a place to roost.Columbus predicts lunar eclipse to the natives.Add to this the darkening of the sky, and it’s easy to see why the Lydians and Medes would have thought the eclipse to be a threatening omen.According to Herodotus, the two sides quickly came to terms, agreeing the boundary between the two kingdoms would be the river Halys (thought to be the modern-day river Kizilirmak).Astyages, the son of the Median ruler Cyaxares, and Aryenis, the daughter of the Lydian king Alyattes, were betrothed in order to secure the agreement and guard against any further hostilities. The eclipse had brought a peaceful end to the six-year conflict.The solar eclipse of July 28, 1851 is the first correctly exposed photograph of a solar eclipse, using the daguerreotype process.However, modern historians have discovered many inconsistencies in Herodotus’ account. Astronomical data places the eclipse at May 28, 585 BC, but other ancient sources such as Eusebius, Solinus and the Oxyrhynchus Papyrus report that Cyaxares had died by this point, and the decisive battle took place under the rule of his successor Astyages.There is no other archaeological or historical record of the battle, and some historians believe that the cessation of hostilities between the two sides took place a long time after the supposed date of the Battle of the Eclipse.Fragment from the Histories VIII on Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 2099, early 2nd century AD.Historian Kevin Leloux suggests that the two events actually took place years apart, but that they were conflated in the minds of Greek commentators such as Herodotus, who was not an eyewitness to the events. He was born 100 years later, in 485 BC.Whether his report is right or wrong, however, his framing of the battle and the eclipse reveals important details about the perspectives of 5th century Greeks on the historic war between the Lydians and Medes.Although we may never know the truth about the legendary Battle of the Eclipse, Herodotus’ storytelling has resonated over thousands of years.Read another story from us: New Evidence Proves that Humans did Indeed Hunt MammothsIt certainly would be nice to think that such astronomical events could bring about the end of major conflicts, however entrenched they might be.last_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Somatom Definition AS Open Sliding Gantry Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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first_img in Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination Share The year 2016 is expected to usher in the creation of 1.25 million new households, higher rental demand, increased home sales, and a rise in home purchase loan originations even as refinancing volume plummets, CoreLogic’s Chief Economist predicted Monday.Dr. Frank Nothaft, senior vice president and chief economist at CoreLogic, released his 2016 Outlook for Housing. The signature report offers viewers a few twists, turns and apparent contradictions.For starters, Nothaft estimates dollar volumes for single-family mortgage originations will plummet 10% despite his prediction of a significant rise in home equity lending and home purchase loan originations.Still, he says, an uptick in those areas will be offset by a 34 percent decline in refinancing activity as mortgage rates rise, scaring off homeowners who have yet to refinance their existing mortgages.At the same time, multifamily originations will continue to grow considering rental vacancy rates are now at or near their lowest levels in 20 years, Nothaft noted in his report.The economist expects demand for apartments and houses to rise significantly in 2016 as younger households take form.Meanwhile, interest rates will move higher on a gradual basis, causing adjustable-rate mortgage holders to see notable increases in interest rates at a time when the Federal Reserve is expected to raise short-term rates one percentage point between now and the end of 2016, Nothaft says.As for fixed-rate mortgages, Nothaft estimates a one-half of a percentage point rise between now and the end of 2016, with a forecast of 4.5 percent on the 30-year loan.As for home sales and home prices, Nothaft expects both economic fundamentals to experience increases next year. He even predicts the CoreLogic Home Price Index will rise 4 to 5 percebt in 2016 as consumers experience the benefits of an improved economy and financial stability.”As we approach the start of 2016, the consensus view among economists is that economic growth will continue, and the U.S. will enter an eighth consecutive year of expansion in the second half of next year,” Nothaft reported. “Most forecasts place growth at 2 and 3 percent during 2016, creating enough jobs to exert downward pressure on the national unemployment rate.” December 8, 2015 571 Views center_img 2016 Housing Forecast: Home Sales and Prices Rise, Refi Volumes Fall 2016 Housing Market CoreLogic Home Prices Home Sales Refinances 2015-12-08 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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2002career advancement scheme for DPE/librarians since 1996 and up-to-date sanctioning of aided posts Professor Vinay SophatFinance SecretaryPCCTUcriticised the advertisement in newspapersconcerning higher education Since the notification of new pay scales by the Punjab government on September 22009more than 50 per cent colleges are still being deprived of it due to non-enhancement of grant as per 95 per cent grant in aid scheme No grant has been received by the colleges since June 2009 he said “Grant for the months from June2009to February2010is still with the government despite the 2009 budget provision and the government is boasting of its sincerity towards higher education We welcome the opening of new colleges but how can we hope for the success of these colleges when the government has not filled up posts in the existing colleges” he asked For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related NewsFor what is believed to be the first time in its history the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena has suspended a faculty member for gender-based harassment The researcher has been stripped of his university salary and barred from campus for 1 year is undergoing personalized coaching to become a better mentor and will need to prove that he has been rehabilitated before he can resume advising students without supervision Caltech has not curtailed his research activities The university has not disclosed the name of the faculty member but Science has learned that it is Christian Ott a professor of theoretical astrophysics who studies gravitational waves and other signals from some of the most violent events in the cosmos Born and educated in Germany Ott joined the Caltech faculty in 2009 and was awarded tenure in early 2014 According to Ott’s website as of last week he was advising five graduate students He is the principal investigator on two active grants from the National Science Foundation including a prestigious 5-year CAREER award for promising young investigators Part of that award helps support a summer workshop for dozens of graduate students in astrophysics from around the world The case comes to light as harassment has become a major flashpoint within the astronomy community in the wake of an investigation by the University of California Berkeley that found astronomer Geoffrey Marcy had committed serial harassment over a decade (Science 23 October 2015 p 364) The university faced a storm of criticism after giving Marcy little more than a warning; he ultimately resigned Caltech took a different approach says Fiona Harrison head of Caltech’s physics mathematics and astronomy division “I think that Caltech was extremely responsive and proactive and did the right thing” she asserts The Caltech investigation began in June 2015 after two graduate students filed complaints under Title IX of a 1972 federal law aimed at preventing gender discrimination in higher education The university has released neither the names of the complainants nor the details of the complaints Two faculty members led a committee that found the complaints to be valid and recommended action This past September the provost meted out the penalty Harrison says and an appeal was denied later that month In an email to Science Ott wrote that “I cannot comment on confirm or deny anything at this time” The university issued a brief statement in late September saying only that there had been a “violation” of university harassment policies and that it had taken “disciplinary action” More details became known last week after a website posted a two-page letter from Caltech’s president Thomas Rosenbaum to faculty and students The 4 January missive which includes the actions taken against Ott described “[t]his painful incident” as well as the university’s plans for improving support for all graduate students Those steps include forming a council that will conduct a campus-wide review of “student experiences with their advisors” the addition of staff to assist graduate students and initiating activities such as discussion groups aimed specifically at supporting female graduate students The 3-month gap between the two statements Harrison says was the result of university efforts to balance privacy and transparency The goal of last week’s letter she says “was to make clear that the university has absolutely no tolerance for harassment and discrimination” Meg Urry of Yale University president of the American Astronomical Society says that she’s heartened by Caltech’s response “The letter says the institution is committed to doing better and that it plans to do a variety of things to make women feel welcome and supported on campus So good on them” Those who have studied gender disparities in science say that the broader challenge for Caltech and other elite research institutions is creating a more welcoming environment for women That may require increasing the number of women in certain scientific fields (There are roughly six men for every woman among faculty in Caltech’s physics mathematics and astronomy division and in engineering and applied science the ratio is nine to one) “The research has shown that there’s such a thing as a critical mass [in the number of women]” Urry says “And until that happens you just can’t assume that there will be a culture of equity” Large egos may also contribute to the problem Urry believes “The more practitioners in a field talk about themselves as the second coming the fewer women there are in that field” she says “It may be a chicken and egg phenomenon: Do women avoid those fields or does the culture work to exclude them” Yesterday a member of Congress asked federal officials to weigh in on whether universities have a responsibility to share the results of a Title IX investigation of a faculty member with a new employer if that person changes jobs Representative Jackie Speier (D–CA) says that the current rules allow universities to “protect sexual predators” referring to those found guilty of harassment Ott whom Harrison refers to only as “the faculty member” has begun the coaching program which “is specific to his particular situation” she says It is not part of the regular orientation on harassment given to faculty members and students she notes Harrison says “a third party” is mediating the faculty member’s interactions with his graduate students The university decided that such an arrangement was the best way to intervene while allowing the students to remain on course for their degree Rosenbaum’s letter explains that the faculty member must exhibit “a demonstrable change in behavior and mentoring” before he is allowed normal interactions Harrison says she is responsible for determining “when and if” those changes have taken place The faculty member was banned from campus for a year “for the protection of students” Harrison says His courses have been reassigned she adds At the same time Harrison says “there are no 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