Former Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) DIG Nalaka de Silva was today ordered to be further remanded till January 30th.Nalaka de Silva had earlier been remanded till today by court. He was arrested over an alleged plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)
Taiwan criticizes Chinas ban on individual trips to islandTaiwan criticizes Chinas ban on individual trips to island
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s foreign minister has criticized China’s newly announced suspension on trips by individual Chinese citizens to the island, saying Beijing was preventing its people from “experiencing a country where freedom, openness & tolerance are the order of the day.”China said Wednesday it was banning trips by individual Chinese travellers to Taiwan, in an apparent move to increase financial and diplomatic pressure to force Taipei to endorse Beijing’s position that Taiwan is Chinese territory. Chinese can now only visit Taiwan as participants of group tours, which have vastly declined after Beijing ordered travel agencies to restrict their numbers.In a tweet Wednesday night about Beijing’s move, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu wrote “How very sad?”“What’s to fear?” he wrote in a question directed at the Beijing authorities.The Associated Press
International conference is watershed moment for Cyprus negotiations – UN envoyInternational conference is watershed moment for Cyprus negotiations – UN envoy
“The last days have been a watershed moment for the Cyprus negotiations,” Espen Barth Eide, the UN Special Adviser Cyprus, told reporters today. Recalling the statements made at the Conference’s opening, Mr. Eide said they conveyed a strong message of hope that the long-standing dispute “can now finally be laid to rest and a united federal Cyprus can emerge and can be embraced in a security arrangement that is mutually acceptable for all sides.” He further informed the journalists that the next event in this Conference is a meeting which will take place next Wednesday (18 January), and will see senior civil servants come together to start working on specific ideas, options, proposals to prepare the ground for a structured final discussion between the principals at the very high political level, which will take place later. Noting that the meeting will not be negotiations, Mr. Eide added that while a date is not set for the principles to come together, “it is going to be soon.” He went on to say that while “not everything is new under the sun,” the fact that the guarantors – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – are in the meeting with the Cypriots, and “the fact that we now are setting up this structured conversation about security itself, is new, it has not happened in this forum. All this, Mr. Eide stressed was thanks to the leadership of Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Thanking all participants at the conference for their support, he called on everyone to reflect and prepare themselves for the upcoming meeting.“The idea now is that rather than just rehearsing the old scripts and reading from notes that have been around for decades, we will now try to decompose these different elements together, not to negotiate them but to try to look into the different components,” and find ways to address the concerns of all Cypriots, he explained.“I think that there is a momentum now. Larger political developments remind us that it is probably, or quite surely, very important to use these days as effectively as we can and in as constructive spirit as possible,” concluded Mr. Eide. At the end of yesterday’s discussions, which were opened and chaired by Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN announced that the participants in the Conference had decided to take the following steps: Establish a working group at the level of deputies. This group will commence its work on 18 January. Its task will be to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them;In parallel, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus; and that The Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions.
Commentary Buckeyes offense facing identity crisisCommentary Buckeyes offense facing identity crisis
As the football program’s annual Spring Game inches closer, the two sides of the ball could not be farther apart, in both play and identity. Take Saturday’s scrimmage for example. In 17 possessions, the offense managed just three Drew Basil field goals. The four quarterbacks taking snaps in place of injured starter Terrelle Pryor looked mundane at best. Taylor Graham was the only one without a turnover. That’s not exactly vintage “Tressel Ball.” The receivers helped account for some of those turnovers, dropping passes that turned into picks. The discrepancy between returning starter DeVier Posey and the rest of the receiving corps appears to be wide. Now, the offense does have a handful of legitimate reasons for its struggles on Saturday: Pryor’s injury, starting right tackle J.B. Shugarts’ absence because of a shoulder injury, two new starting guards and too many new faces catching the ball. But the defense, which is replacing seven starters, sure wasn’t offering any excuses. Its play did the talking from the first snap, when the offense started from its own three-yard line. At the snap, defensive linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins slammed through the point of attack and stopped running back Dan Herron in the end zone. The “Silver Bullets” weren’t finished causing havoc quite yet. Cornerback Bradley Roby had two interceptions. Running back Jaamal Berry was crushed by cornerback Dionte Allen on a bubble screen. And on a single play, Simon sacked quarterback Kenny Guiton, forced him to fumble and then recovered the ball for a triple crown of sorts. The defense even appears to have found its director in Etienne Sabino, who seems to have finally seized the opportunity. “(Sabino) is definitely our leader right now in the middle of the field,” cornerback Travis Howard said. “He’s the guy calling all the plays and making all the checks.” Not all is lost for the offense. It appears to have a three-headed monster of running backs up to the challenge, each of whom brings something different to the table. Berry has the speed, Jordan Hall has the shiftiness and Rod Smith packs the Beanie Wells-like power. It’s no secret that the program has been engulfed in a storm of controversy during the offseason. Heck, it couldn’t even finish the scrimmage because a howling thunderstorm showed up in the ‘Shoe. So, whether it’s the offense finding its identity or the defense continuing to assert its own, it’s clear the team has a long road ahead. Lucky for the Buckeyes, it’s spring, not autumn, so they have plenty of time to weather the storm.
Iranian migrants airlifted to hospital with hypothermia during attempted Channel crossingIranian migrants airlifted to hospital with hypothermia during attempted Channel crossing
This boat, which ran aground and was abandoned last week, was seen today carrying ten migrants across the Channel, before getting into difficultiesCredit:Jamie Johnson This morning, a lifeboat from Bolougne-sur-mer raced out to meet the small pleasure cruiser, and its occupants, while the air temperature was just seven degrees celsius, with a wind chill factor making it feel just above freezing.“I have spoken to the Coxswain on board the lifeboat and he says they are really fighting for their lives,” said Gerard Barron, head of the Boulogne sur Mer lifeboat station.“There was a problem with the engine and fumes were entering the cabin, so there were serious problems with carbon dioxide and gas inhalation. That combined with the onset of hypothermia has left them really touch-and-go,” he added. Two suspected migrants were airlifted to hospital suffering from hypothermia and fume inhalation while attempting to cross the English Channel, in the most serious incident this year involving smuggling boats.The two men, who were part of a group of 10 people, are fighting for their lives in Bolougne-sur-Mer after attempting the perilous crossing in heavy seas, high winds and low temperatures.The other eight men, who all presented themselves as Iranian, were rushed back to Calais in a lifeboat after their stricken vessel struggled with engine problems in the busiest shipping lane in the world.They too were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.The small pleasure cruiser on which the men had travelled was confirmed to be the same boat that had been seen by the Telegraph, abandoned on a beach in Northern France last week.The Alicia, a seven-metre vessel had been purchased by a man who claimed to be British last Tuesday. Mr Barron said that, having been rescued, the suspected migrants would be transferred to Calais is just under an hour, as that was the closest port.The boat, which he confirmed was the Alicia, would be towed to Dover.After a spike in attempted crossings of the English Channel by Iranian migrants in November, this month had been relatively quiet until this week.Since Monday, it is understood that 20 migrants have been picked up by Border Force agents in English water, in three separate vessels.More than 130 men women and children, mostly claiming to be Iranian, have reached Britain from France by boat since November. That evening, it had taken to sea, but the one person onboard radioed the coast guard for assistance after getting into trouble in shallow waters in Équihen-Plage, just south of Boulogne sur Mer.The boat was abandoned by its owner and left beached, but questions will be asked of French authorities as to how it was able to be reclaimed as a craft to ferry migrants across the Channel. The ten men were rescued by a lifeboat from Bolougne-sur-MerCredit:PREMAR Manche Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
GCCI head calls on citizens to participate in national discussion onGCCI head calls on citizens to participate in national discussion on
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSovereign Wealth Fund legislation by December- JordanJune 28, 2018In “Business”Natural Resouces Fund should be protected by majority in the National Assembly – RamOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”Local businesses have to build capacity to compete with Int’l firms – JordanDecember 9, 2017In “Business” The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is inviting members of the public to participate in a national discussion on the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), tomorrow (Friday), at the Duke Lodge, Georgetown from 09:00h.The Energy forum will focus on fostering discussions on the draft legislation of the Sovereign Wealth Fund since the President of the GCCI, Deodat Indar strongly believes that certain aspects of the Fund need to discussed in detail before it is signed into law.Panelists will engage the audience, who will be given the opportunity to make recommendations for the draft legislation.Indar, during a press conference today (Thursday), made the call for Guyanese to attend the event noting that it is the first ever energy forum which focuses on the Sovereign Wealth Fund, among other issues.He said, “Since early 2017 we have been asking for a sovereign wealth fund legislation for good reasons. It took a little time but we have in front of us now something that we can discuss as a private sector, something that we can discuss as a country to hammer out the best fashion in which the sovereign wealth fund legislation can be crafted”.According to him, the present document requires the input of other Guyanese so that when it becomes law, it will entail the views of citizens from the private sector.
Risques cardiovasculaires : mesdames, gare au stress !Canada – Les femmes sur la défensive face aux situations de stress seraient plus enclines aux risques cardiovasculaires.L’étude menée par Bianca D’Antono, chercheuse au centre de recherche de l’Institut de cardiologie de Montréal (ICM) montre que les différences hommes-femmes existent également au niveau des réactions biologiques face aux situations de stress. Les chercheurs ont analysé la réaction de 118 femmes et 81 hommes âgés de 20 à 64 ans face à quatre situations stressantes d’intensité variable, durant chacune 5 minutes. La première, de faible intensité, visait à faire lire un texte de géographie aux sujets, la deuxième et la troisième situation mettaient les sujets en scène dans un jeu de rôle avec un scénario comportant pour l’un, des répliques neutres ou agréables et pour l’autre, des dialogues agressifs. Enfin, lors de la dernière expérience, le sujet devait débattre sur l’avortement avec une autre personne. Il s’est avéré que les femmes, plus promptes à développer une attitude défensive face à la crainte du jugement social, avaient une pression sanguine plus forte. La même chose se produirait chez les hommes de plus de 50 ans qui ont une faible attitude défensive face à une situation de stress. Ces hommes auraient un rythme cardiaque plus élevé mais également un taux plus important de cortisol, une hormone qui joue un rôle dans la réaction de l’organisme face au stress.Pour aboutir à ces résultats, les chercheurs ont à chaque fois mesuré la pression sanguine, le rythme cardiaque et sa variabilité, puis ont prélevé un échantillon de salive après chaque passage afin d’en mesurer le taux de cortisol. Cette étude a été rendue publique récemment dans le Journal of Psychophysiology. Le 30 mars 2010 à 10:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
PS4 Pro does not support 4K Bluray discs because nobody uses themPS4 Pro does not support 4K Bluray discs because nobody uses them
With the unveiling of the PS4 Pro Sony isn’t going to compete with Scorpio, but is embracing 4K gaming and 4K media playback. However, there’s one big caveat to that 4K media playback feature: 4K UHD Blu-ray discs are not being supported by the console. This came as a surprise because it seemed like an obvious feature to include and Microsoft added support for the discs in the Xbox One S.We were all left scratching our heads as to this omission, and initially thought it may be a mistake in the media releases. But that’s not the case. Andrew House, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has confirmed that 4K UHD discs will not be supported, and never will be supported by the PS4 Pro.The reasons why Sony chose to do this? Apparently it’s because movies on physical media is no longer that popular and consumers prefer to stream our movies and TV shows. To quote House directly:Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming … Certainly with our user base, it’s the second biggest use case for people’s time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area. While it’s true that services such as Netflix are becoming increasingly popular, having the option of 4K Blu-ray playback would have been nice. Even so, the PS4 Pro is mainly about games, but will support 4K streaming from day one. So if you want to watch movies in 4K you can, just not from a physical disc. <> Right now Sony has a bigger problem to solve with regards to selling the PS4 Pro to consumers. That problems is managing to show gamers what it can actually do. The PlayStation Meeting attempted to show off what 4K and HDR means for games, but it completely failed due to YouTube compression and most viewers not having a 4K + HDR-capable display to watch the presentation. It’s meant to be impressive, we just can’t see it without the right kit.Expect 4K displays hooked up to a PS4 Pro to start appearing in games stores soon. Sony would also do well to offer some uncompressed 4K video downloads of PS4 Pro footage for those with a 4K display to truly gauge the Pro’s capabilities.
REDIPUGLIA, Italy — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning ”war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.Francis’ aim in recalling those who died in the Great War that broke out 100 years ago was to honor the victims of all wars, and it came at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats in the Middle East and Ukraine.Standing at an altar beneath the towering Redipuglia memorial entombing 100,000 Italian soldiers fallen in World War I, the pope said ”even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” The visit was also infused with intensely personal meaning. The pope’s grandfather fought in Italy’s 1915-17 offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire waged in the nearby battlefields, surviving to impress upon the future pope the horror of war.An Italian defense ministry official presented the pope with his grandfather’s military record during the commemorations, and the parents of an Italian soldier killed in Afghanistan last year presented Francis with the distinctive feathered Bersagliere cap worn by the Piedmontese corps, famed for a rugged endurance epitomized by their tradition of marching at a jog.
A Pentagon survey concluding that about half of military facilities worldwide experienced impacts from climate change-related risks de-emphasized the threat installations face as a result of climate change and rising sea levels, according to a draft version of the report obtained by the Washington Post. The final survey, which was submitted to Congress in January, represented the department’s first comprehensive attempt to survey installation officials about the effects of climate change.Overall the December 2016 draft was far more direct in its discussion of climate change and the issue of sea-level rise, according to the Post, with numerous references to “climate change” omitted or altered to “extreme weather” or “climate” in the final version. One deleted sentence, for example, stated, “The changing climate could increase risk to the 420 endangered species that live on our installations, potentially leading to training and operating restrictions.”The revisions “change the feeling of urgency in the report, but not its fundamental conclusion — that our military installations are clearly experiencing climate impacts,” said John Conger, director of the Center for Climate and Security. Conger helped lead the survey when he served as DOD’s top installations official under President Obama.“As highlighted in the report, the effects of climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to missions, operational plans, and installations,” DOD spokeswoman Heather Babb said in a statement. “DOD continues to focus on ensuring its installations and infrastructure are resilient to a wide range of threats, including climate. The department has a proven record of planning and preparing for such threats,” she said.Photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos Dan Cohen AUTHOR
State moves to ban noncitizens from getting senior benefitsState moves to ban noncitizens from getting senior benefits
State officials want to change eligibility requirements that now allow non-citizens to collect monthly senior benefits.The proposed change from Gov. Bill Walker and the state health department would remove 16 people from the program that pays monthly benefits to low-income senior citizens. It would save the state about $43,000 annually.Most of those who would be affected have not met the five-year residency requirement to receive benefits. Three others have moved to Alaska but don’t plan to immigrate, and one person is in the country without legal permission.Walker’s bill would require anyone receiving the senior benefit be a citizen or a qualified permanent resident.The governor’s office says all public assistance programs except one other have citizenship requirements.
A group of people shouting slogans in favour of Awami League and its election symbol ‘boat’ showed shoes and sandals when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade was crossing Narsingdi’s Bhelanagr area on her way to Sylhet on Monday morning.Around one hundred rowdy people started chanting slogans of ‘boat’ in front of Narsingdi district jail at Bhelanagar in presence of huge police as Khaleda’s motorcade reached there around11:20am.At one stage, they showed shoes and sandals towards her motorcade.They also tried to attack a car of Juba Dal central leader Mahbubul Hasan Pinku but the police resisted them.A huge number of law enforcers were seen deployed at different important points on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway centering Khaleda’s Sylhet tour.The law enforcers were also seen obstructing the BNP leaders and activists to take positions at many points of the highway to welcome their chairperson.BNP senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB that the police are not allowing their party leaders and activists to stand on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway’s many points to welcome their party chief on her way to Sylhet.He also alleged that the police were also detaining their party men trying to take positions on the highway. However, he said, the ruling party men were staging demonstrations at some points in presence of the police.Earlier in the day, the BNP chairperson left her Gulshan residence for Sylhet by road around 9:15am to offer fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) as a special court in Dhaka is set to pronounce its verdict on Thursday in a graft case against her.
Tearful reunion for mom daughter separated at borderTearful reunion for mom daughter separated at border
Buena Ventura Martin-Godinez, left, hugs her daughter Janne after being reunited at Miami International Airport, Sunday, 1 July 2018, in Miami. Martin crossed the border into the United States from Mexico in May with her son, fleeing violence in Guatemala. Her husband crossed two weeks later with their 7-year-old daughter Janne. All were caught by the Border Patrol, and were separated. Her daughter was released Sunday from a child welfare agency in Michigan. Photo : APIt had been nearly two months since Buena Ventura Martin Godinez has seen her 7-year-old daughter after the frightened young mother was separated from her family trying to cross from Mexico into the US. They’ve spoken tearfully by phone, but seeing her at a Miami airport Sunday for the first time, she grabbed the child in a tight embrace, tears running down her cheeks during a reunion she feared may never happen.”I feel very happy, now and to complete my joy I would like to have my husband released,” Martin said in Spanish as her daughter Janne clutched a stuffed dog and blue balloons and played with her younger brother at baggage claim.Martin carried her infant son from Mexico into the US in May, fleeing what she said were threats from violent local gangsters demanding money in their hometown in northwestern Guatemala. Her husband followed two weeks later with the young girl.But the family was caught by the Border Patrol and scattered about under president Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy forcing families to be separated when crossing the border. Her husband, Pedro Godinez Aguilar, was convicted of the misdemeanor offense of illegal entry into the US and awaits almost certain deportation at a jail in Atlanta. Martin was held for a week with her infant in Arizona and Texas, at times sleeping on the concrete floor of a detention facility before she was released. She now wears a heavy black monitoring device strapped to her ankle. She and her baby boy are with relatives in a gritty town south of Miami.The little girl was in the custody of a child welfare agency in Michigan and made heartbreaking calls to her mother, asking when they’d be reunited.The family is one of thousands who have tried to find refuge in the US in recent weeks only to be caught up in the harsh reality of an immigration system that has never been as welcoming as many desperate migrants hoped and has grown harsher under Trump, with the separation of parents from children being used as a means of discouraging illegal immigration.More families are crossing the Southwest border from Guatemala than any other nation, with 29,278 families apprehended between October and the end of May.Martin and her husband could easily have been apprehended under the previous administration, too, and would have faced a tough battle for asylum. But the father wouldn’t have been prosecuted for a first-time crossing; he would likely have been briefly detained with his daughter and then released with a monitoring device while they battled their future out in court. Their daughter also would not have been shipped alone across the country, leaving them desperately trying to get her back.At Sunday’s emotional reunion, the child’s uncle Nicolas Godinez said his family had been sick with worry about her return. They’d heard unsubstantiated rumors the US government was putting children like Janne up for adoption.”To receive her is the most marvelous thing I could receive,” he said through tears.Martin, who worked as a nurse in Guatemala, said she and her husband decided to leave San Juan Atitan because masked men were demanding extortion payments from her husband’s small business selling internet access.They traveled by bus to an area just south of the border in Arizona. She said they didn’t use smugglers, though many Central Americans do and find themselves paying off the fees for years. Martin said she waded through knee-deep water with several other migrants and was immediately apprehended. Court records show her husband was caught in the same area on 16 May.Martin has been getting some help from a local activist since she can’t afford a lawyer. She has been working at a nearby plant nursery, earning $9 an hour. She puts her baby in day care as she presses her case for asylum.As the grateful mother clutched her daughter Sunday, she had a warning for other families.”I would advise people to find another country to seek refuge … because here the law is very tough. People don’t have a heart,” she said with tears streaming down her cheeks. “Your child is a treasure and to have them separated is very painful.”
While the gaming world awaits Nintendo‘s E3 2012 keynote, a video of an unannounced Wii U title has shown up on the web: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.Until we see the video show up on a big screen in front of a huge E3 audience, we can’t be sure that it’s real, but at the very least it’s a convincing fake. This certainly wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo has reached into their back catalog and created a full, modern remake. The Gamecube games saw a release on the Nintendo Wii, complete with motion controls, and Zelda 64 showed up on the company’s 3DS handheld. As with the 3DS title, the supposedly leaked video shows a substantial visual upgrade from anything possible on the Nintendo 64. If you’re a fan of the game, it’s enough to bring tears to your eyes.Since Majora’s Mask wasn’t as widely loved as many other Nintendo titles from that era, it would be something of an odd choice to kick off the Wii U with. However, Zelda is still a big name, and Nintendo might be desperate enough to get a Zelda title ready for launch that they’d be willing to try it.Despite the divisive nature of the title, it does have its fans, and that following might be enough for Nintendo to give Majora’s Mask a second chance. A remake of the game would certainly have new Wii U controls, which would be another draw to get players interested.The Nintendo press conference is now underway, we’ll see if Majora’s Mask is among the announced titles.
Amazon Unveils New Echo Spot NextGen Echo SpeakersAmazon Unveils New Echo Spot NextGen Echo Speakers
Amazon this week introduced a new member of the Echo family: Spot.No, it’s not a robotic dog that fetches your morning paper or playfully chews your shoes.The $129.99 gadget, as described by Amazon, “combines the popular small design of Echo Dot, the display of Echo Show, and the features you love about Alexa into an all-new, stylish and compact device.“See the weather, watch video news briefings, glance at your alarm clock, check on your kids, and more,” Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in a statement. “We think customers will find lots of places for Echo Spot in their homes.”Boasting the sleek aesthetic of a high-tech paperweight, Spot perches on a desk or nightstand—where you can turn lights on or off, check the commute time, and browse your calendar. Tilted for your viewing pleasure, the appliance can also sit on a kitchen counter or shelf for easy access to timers, shopping lists, or contacts.Or, place one in each room to serve as an in-house intercom system: Call over to the kitchen to ask when dinner will be ready; check in on the kids to find out how the homework is going.Like Echo Show, Spot can start voice and video calls or send messages; just ask Alexa. In those homes with more than one Echo (of any model), the virtual assistant will respond from the nearest machine, via ESP (extrasensory perception Echo Spatial Perception).Echo Spot is available to pre-order online, and is scheduled to begin shipping in December.Next-gen Echo speaker (via Amazon/Business Wire)The new kid on the block, Spot is joined by the next-generation Echo and Echo Plus, with better sound, new far-field technology, and more features—including automated routines, improved smart home groups, and free outbound calling to the US, Canada, and Mexico.Priced at $99.99 and $149.99, respectively, the Echo and Echo Plus are available now to pre-order, and will start shipping next month.Next-gen Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and HDR (via Amazon/Business Wire)Cord cutters, meanwhile, can snag the refreshed Fire TV, now with 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR). Snag one for $69.99 by Nov. 15, and receive two months of Hulu, one month of Showtime, and a $10 Amazon Video credit for free.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them
Opt for a little red dress or go for a flirty mini skirt and pair it with classic winged eyes and pink blush to woo your date for Valentine’s Day, say experts. 4Little red dress (LRD): A red short sew dress teamed up with metallic stilettos or black boots finished with a red clutch and a black jacket and you are ready to rock the date night.Make-up tip: Keep it simple and elegant with make-up. A classic winged eyeliner and a matte red lip will do wonders. If you not a fan of red lips then team the eyeliner with a nude shade that suits the skin colour. Keep the skin fresh and dewy by adding a little highlighter on the higher planes of the face such as cheekbones. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Be flirty with pink: Layer of a flirty mini skirt (denim) with different shades of pink off-shoulder top. Complete the look with clear sunglasses, pink glitter sketchers or flats.Make-up tip: Opt for a highlighted dewy skin. Add some soft pink blush and choose a pink lip colour. Make sure the lips are matte if you keep the skin dewy and glossy. Don’t forget to layer a lot of mascara to open up those eyes.4Opt for nude coloured garments: Nude coloured ensembles have become a rage because of reality TV star Kim Kardashian sisters. A nude coloured short skirt with a white crop top or sweatshirt. Throw a lot of rose gold accessories. Keep it classy by adding up nude ballerinas and to cut the monotony a brown sling bag and you are ready for the date.Make-up tip: Keep it super simple with this look. Soft pink lips, groomed brows. Don’t forget to add blush, it gives beautiful dimensions to the face without doing much.
Competition Seeks First PET Tracer for Key Parkinsons ProteinCompetition Seeks First PET Tracer for Key Parkinsons Protein
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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This release… read more June 14, 2016 — The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) announced a $2 million prize for development of a positron emission tomography (PET) tracer to visualize the protein alpha-synuclein, the priority therapeutic target and biomarker candidate of Parkinson’s disease research. The prize aims to motivate the field toward this vital research tool, which would allow for earlier and more precise diagnosis, progression tracking, and more efficient and effective intervention testing.”The ability to image alpha-synuclein in the brain would be a game-changer for Parkinson’s translational research and would rapidly accelerate testing of therapies to slow or stop disease progression,” said Jamie Eberling, Ph.D., MJFF director of research programs, who announced the prize at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.Academic and industry researchers, MJFF-funded or not, are eligible to apply for the prize. Contestants must provide pre-clinical and clinical data showing selectivity and viability of their alpha-synuclein radiotracer. Importantly, contestants must also agree to make their radiotracer available for use by the Foundation and MJFF awardees through a nonexclusive license or other MJFF-approved mechanism. There is no deadline for submission; the prize will go to the first team that shows compelling evidence.Alpha-synuclein accumulates in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease, and researchers believe that aggregation is the cause of cell degeneration and death responsible for Parkinson’s symptoms and progression. Five therapies that aim to prevent or degrade alpha-synuclein aggregates (called Lewy bodies) are currently in clinical trials, with more poised to enter human testing in the next few years.However, the lack of an objective biological measure (or biomarker) of Parkinson’s slows testing of new treatments. The ability to visualize alpha-synuclein in the brain would allow scientists to confirm diagnosis earlier, and thereby intervene earlier; monitor disease progression; and determine a patient’s response to treatment in clinical studies.MJFF is partnering Prothena Corp. plc, a biotechnology company developing protein immunotherapies for diseases including Parkinson’s, to support complementary work measuring alpha-synuclein in peripheral tissues and fluids.The Michael J. Fox Foundation has long supported the pursuit of an alpha-synuclein PET tracer — in addition to funding of alpha-synuclein therapies and projects investigating peripheral measures of this key protein. In 2011, with little activity in the field, MJFF established a public-private Alpha-synuclein Imaging Consortium to begin work toward such a tool. If the Foundation consortium is the first to build compelling evidence of a viable, selective tracer, members of the team excluding MJFF staff will be awarded the prize. The Foundation also funds a number of independent studies toward an alpha-synuclein radiotracer.For more information: www.michaeljfox.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more
Go back to the e-newsletterBees are the environment’s sentries, but they are now at risk of extinction mainly due to the widespread use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides and insecticides in large agricultural areas. Bees are indicators of the health of our ecosystems and the only pollinators for a large number of plants. One-third of our food supply would disappear without them.Relais & Châteaux properties are leading efforts to help this cause. Thanks to a new generation of beekeepers, its members are producing honey all over the world in places like Japan, New Zealand, Chile, England, Spain, France and the United States.La Grande Maison Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux (France)In 2009, Bernard Magrez began reintroducing bees at vineyards throughout the Bordeaux region as part of a contemporary art project originated by Pierre Grangé-Praderas. The project aimed to bring back domestic bees to wine-growing areas, increase pollination and share the fruits of their labours with the honey produced. During the season, the bees were only exposed to treatments made from essential oils.Hostellerie La Cheneaudière, Colroy-la-Roche (France)This property sells a line of natural beauty products called Simples et Miel that can only be found at La Cheneaudière. The line is paraben-free and dye-free, plus all the products are made with pure water from the Colroy-la-Roche springs, honey from the property’s beehives, berries from the Vosges forest and plants from the surrounding prairies (common plantain, common mullein or velvet-plant, black elderberry, heather and blueberries).Saint James Paris (France)Saint James Paris installed beehives with expert help from Timothée Quellard of Ekodev in a garden off the restaurant patio. Every year, customers can watch the honey being harvested, learn about the importance of saving bees and then taste a house honey, which Pastry Chef Mathias Alet uses in his creations.Relais Bernard Loiseau, Saulieu (France)Since July 2014, 200,000 black bees of Burgundy have been living on the rooftops of Relais Bernard Loiseau in small hives designed especially for them. Thomas Décombard of Apidis comes from a long line of beekeepers and tends to the property’s hives.Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, Sardón de Duero (Spain)Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine has teamed up with Miel Montes de Valvení to offer guests a chance to play beekeeper on a one-of-a-kind tour. Guests can visit the apiary dressed in special beekeeping gear and get up close to the hives.Relais San Maurizio, Santo Stefano Belbo (Italy)Located in Piedmont, one of Italy’s most famous gastronomic regions, Relais San Maurizio has made a name for itself in the beekeeping trade, which has been practised by Cistercian monks here since the 17th century. The property makes its own brand of honey called Abbey Honey on land halfway between the Alps and the Mediterranean atop a hill gently swept by sea breezes and surrounded by grapevines.Go back to the e-newsletter
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Next1 of 6EXPECT THE UNEXPECTEDWhat surprises many elite visitors is both Puerto Rico’s history as a luxury playground for the super rich and the diversity of the island’s tourism offerings today.In the last century it was names like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller who graced the island; that generation of elite liked it so much they built grand resorts, then came so frequently they became major investors. After World War II Puerto Rico transitioned from agricultural hub to a manufacturing center. The island is about the size of Connecticut, and if it were an independent country, it would rank 84th in the world in GDP, with nearly four million people.In the last century it was names like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller who graced the islandWhile San Juan held its position as a Caribbean airline hub and regional business capital, in the past 30 years luxury resorts aged and either closed or slipped down a few notches. The island’s traditional market of wealthy Northeasterners found newer and sexier resort destinations from Los Cabos and Riviera Maya to Turks & Caicos, Dubai, Maldives, Tahiti and even luxury tent camps in Thailand as ultra-long-haul planes like the 747-400, Bombardier Global Express, Gulfstream G550, Boeing and Airbus Business Jets made traveling the world a one-stop proposition instead of the milk runs of old. For example, today there are more daily nonstop first- and business-class seats from New York to Hong Kong than to San Juan.That said, friendly government policies designed to boost tourism investment, and the interest of global luxury brands to expand their footprint, is combining with Puerto Rico’s natural assets to create a perfect storm of opportunity. Diverse visitor activities from soft adventure (think the world’s highest zip line, trekking through rain forests, horseback riding, sport fishing, kite surfing, diving, three bioluminescent bays) to world-famous Michelin-star chefs, haute local cuisine (with such kitchen luminaries as Roberto Trevino, Juan Cuevas, Mario Pagan, José Enrique, Dayn Smith, Fernando Parrillo, Federico Figueroa and Jose Carles), electric nightlife, over 20 championship golf courses, world-class beaches, a state-of-the-art convention center, high culture that includes the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, a rising crowd of local artists, an 18,000-seat events center that draws acts from Lady Gaga to Elton John and its position as a US territory has Puerto Rico well on its way to holding an important place in world tourism.Next1 of 6
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