ScienceShot: How to Spot Crappy Coffee

first_imgPeople who enjoy the most expensive coffee in the world can soon sip without worry: Researchers have come up with a way to tell if their cuppa joe is real or faux. The luxury drink in question—Kopi Luwak—gets its name from the Indonesian words for “coffee” and the Asian palm civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, the catlike creature intimately involved in its production. After a luwak consumes the ripe fruits of the coffee plant (image), it digests the outer flesh of the fruit and then excretes the intact beans, which are then collected, washed (thankfully), fermented, sun-dried, and roasted—a time-consuming process that helps contribute to the beverage’s price tag of between $330 to $500 per kilogram. Such a lucrative product is bound to draw counterfeiters and, indeed, the market is flooded with fakes. So, in a new study, researchers chemically analyzed four different blends of coffee—authentic Kopi Luwak, regular coffee, a 50/50 mix of the two, and a brew of coffee beans that producers had chemically treated in an attempt to simulate mammalian digestion. Of the hundreds of organic substances naturally present in coffee, a handful enabled the team to distinguish Kopi Luwak from the other brews, the researchers report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Specifically, Kopi Luwak sports higher concentrations of malic acid and citric acid, as well as a higher ratio of inositol to pyroglutamic acid. Although trained experts and aroma-sniffing devices called “electronic noses” can tell the difference between real Kopi Luwak and other blends, the new study is the first to specifically identify the chemicals that characterize the true brew, the researchers say. The technique may even be sensitive enough to distinguish pure Kopi Luwak from versions adulterated with varying percentages of other coffees—which offers some degree of reassurance when your morning mud costs about $15 a cup.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

New Solar Cell Material Acts as a Laser As Well

first_imgBOSTON—The hottest new material in solar cell research has another trick up its sleeve. At the Materials Research Society meeting here, two groups reported yesterday that these new electricity-generating materials can produce laser light. Because the materials—called perovskites—are cheap and easy to produce, they could help engineers create a wide variety of cheap lasers that shine a variety of colors for use in speeding data flows in the telecommunications industry.Lasers have long been at the heart of modern telecommunications because their intense light beams can be chopped up to represent digital currency’s 1s and 0s and can travel through optical cables at light speed. But making new lasers can be a bear. Researchers must find materials that, when fed electrons, will generate light at a single wavelength. That usually requires growing materials with near-perfect crystalline quality, as defects usually gobble up the electrical charges, the photons of light, or both. Growing such high-quality materials normally requires using high temperatures, expensive equipment, and other costly steps. Making the best solar cell materials requires similarly expensive setups. Perovskites have burst onto the solar scene over the last couple of years because it turns out they form near-perfect complex crystalline structures by simply depositing them from ready-made solutions at low temperatures. But were they good enough to make lasers, an even more demanding application?At the meeting, two groups reported that, in fact, they are. The first, led by Edward Sargent, an electrical engineer at the University of Toronto in Canada, started by simply blasting a perovskite film with a beam of ultraviolet light. The scientists found that light reemerged from the film at a tight range of frequencies in the infrared portion of the spectrum. That was a hint that perovskites could make a good laser material. But it wasn’t a laser yet. To make a laser, researchers must create a structure that bounces light back and forth. In the right material, that shuttling light stimulates a cascade of additional photons to emerge all at a single frequency. So Sargent and his colleagues crafted their perovskites into spheres that prompt light to bounce around inside and found that it emerged as infrared laser light. Meanwhile, physicists Henry Snaith of the University of Oxford and Richard Friend of the University of Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom, reported that when their team sandwiched a perovskite film in between laser mirrors known as Bragg reflectors, it, too, produced infrared laser light when first hit with laser light of a shorter wavelength.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Perovskites still have a long way to go before they’ll make commercially viable lasers, Sargent says. For starters, researchers must show that the materials can lase when plugged into an electrical outlet, rather than when hit with another beam of laser light. Neither Sargent’s group nor Snaith’s has done that yet. If they can, Sargent says, “it would be very important” because perovskites could be grown on cheap silicon wafers, thus potentially creating a new class of cheap lasers for the telecommunications industry.Even without that step, the new work underscores just how impressive perovskites are for something so simple and cheap to grow, says David Ginley, a materials scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. “It’s really remarkable how good the material is.”last_img read more

More medals from PH gymnastics as De Guzman, Capellan bag silver, 2 bronzes

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Reyland Capellan, the floor exercise champion, bagged bronze in the vault, the same output he had two years ago.All in all, the country harvested two golds, one silver and two bronzes in artistics. The Philippine gymnastics team will compete in rhythmic starting Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatrade Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in beam event of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. She scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines hauled a silver and two more bronze medals Wednesday at the close of artistic gymnastics in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.Kaitlin de Guzman added a silver in floor exercise and a bronze in balance beam to earlier gold medal in uneven bars to become the most productive in the entire Team Philippines so far.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

England squad

first_imgEngland are good team and their Ashes exploits have left them even more battle hardened. Skipper Andrew Strauss has a good set of players in his team and will be hoping they peak at the right moment. With names like Paul Collingwood, Kevin Pietersen, and Ian Bell in their ranks, their batting line-up goes deep. Wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior too comes in handy in odd situations.The pace department looks strong with James Anderson and Stuart Broad in it. Offie Graeme Swann leads the spin charge and can be lethal in Indian conditions.Squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), Jimmy Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy.last_img read more

Dermabrasion

first_imgDefinitionDermabrasion is the removal of the top layers of the skin. It is a type of skin smoothing surgery.DescriptionDermabrasion is usually done while you are awake. The health care provider will apply a numbing medicine (local anesthesia) to the area of skin that will be worked on.If you are having a complex procedure, you may be given medicines called sedatives to make you sleepy and less anxious.Another option might begeneral anesthesia, which allows you to sleep through surgery and not feel any pain during the procedure.Dermabrasion uses a special device to gently and carefully “sand” the top surface of the skin down to normal, healthy skin. Petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment is placed on the treated skin to prevent scabs and scars from forming.Why the Procedure Is PerformedDermabrasion may be helpful if you have:Age-related skin growths (seborrheic keratoses)Fine lines and wrinkles, such as around the mouthPrecancerous growths (keratoses)Scars on the face due to acne, accidents, or previous surgeryThere are othertreatments such as laser or chemical peels exist for many of these conditions. Talk toyour health care provider abouttreatment options for your skin problem.RisksRisks of dermabrasion include lasting changes in skin color changes (either lighter, darker, or pinker).Large scars or keloids may also result.The risks of any anesthesia include:Reactions to medicinesSerious heart or breathing problems (rare)The risks of any surgery include:BleedingInfectionScarringChanges in skin colorAfter the ProcedureYour doctor may give you antiviral medicine to prevent severe cold sores from forming.advertisementYour skin may be treated with ointment and a wet or waxy dressing. After surgery, your skin will be red and swollen. It may be hard to eat and talk.You mayfeel some aching, tingling, or burning for a while after surgery. Your doctor can prescribe medicine to help control any pain. You may need to have follow up visits with the doctor for dressing changes in the days after the procedure.Swelling usually goes away within 2 – 3 weeks. The new skin will itch as it grows.Freckles may temporarily disappear.You may have enlarged pores or whiteheads after the skin-smoothing surgery, but they willgo away in time.If the treated skinremains red and swollen after healing has started, itbe a sign that abnormal scars are beginning to form. Talk to your doctor if this happens. Treatment may be available.Outlook (Prognosis)Men who have this procedure may need to avoid shaving for a while, and use an electric razor when shaving again.The new layer of skin will be a little swollen, sensitive, and bright pink for several weeks. Most patients can go back to normal activities in about 2 weeks. You should avoid any activity that could cause injury to the treated area. Avoid sports that involve balls, such as baseball, for 4 – 6 weeks.Keep your face out of chlorinated water (such as that used in pools) for at least 4 weeks.Protect the skin from the sun for 6 – 12 months until your skin coloring has returned to normal. You can wearhypoallergenic make upto hide any changes in skin color.New skinshouldclosely match the surrounding skin when full color returns.Your skin will turn red when you drink alcohol for about 3 weeks after surgery.ReferencesThomas JR, Mobley SR. Scar revision and camouflage. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund VJ, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2010: chap 21.Perkins SW, Sandel HD IV. Management of aging skin. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund VJ, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2010: chap 27.Monheit GD, Chastain MA. Chemical and mechanical skin resurfacing. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, et al, eds.Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 154.Review Date:11/20/2012Reviewed By:Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016: Mandana Karimi, Sarah Jane-Dias play muses at the cutain-raiser

SPORT-RESULTS-3

first_img3rd Race: The Udhagamandalam Plate 1000 M3rd Race: The Udhagamandalam Plate 1000 MSt.Elmos Fire, Mr.Wayne Beck, Mrs.S.Prema, 55 P.Traver, First.Phoebe Buffay 55 Shahar Babu, Second.Rhapsidion Rose 52 A.Ayaz Khan, Third.Picture Girl 53.5 M.Bhaskar, Fourth. Not Ran Mexican Halo,and Orange Pekoe, Rest All ranWon by:SH 1L, LNKTime : One min 0.96 secsTote : Rs.6 for win and Rs.7 Rs.7 and Rs.38 forplacesWinner trained by: Craig MarshallFavourite: St.Elmos FireSHP: Rs.24Quinella: Rs.13Forecast: Rs.18Tanala: Rs.803 on 24 tickets.MORE PTI COR VS RBSlast_img read more

Parkour group was not deported but was granted residential permission: Storror statement

first_imgInternationally renowned parkour group said that they were detained by Mumbai Police for 15 hours without arrest. In an official statement parkour group Storror said they were not deported, but granted residential permission.After reaching the UK, Storror released statement saying they were not aware parkour can be perceived as ‘act of endangering their own life’.Below is Storror’s statement:”Sadly, the team is back in the UK following a misunderstanding, however, I would like to clarify that they were not deported from the country.”On Tuesday [November 27] evening, following a meet-up at Bandra Fort with local fans and Indian NGO partners, all seven members were called in for questioning regarding footage captured by passersby as they practiced on a rooftop. It is untrue that the team entered the property without any residential consent.”Indian authorities physically restrained and detained the team without arrest for over 15 hours after they perceived the footage to be an ‘act of endangering their own lives’.”The group was unaware of the existence of such a law, and given the fact they were in Mumbai on an invitation to speak and perform at Asia’s biggest conference this coming Sunday, December 2, did not know that sport of parkour would fall under this.”No prosecution was made against any of the members involved in the short clip and the team left Mumbai on Wednesday [November 28] morning.Storror are professional athletes and experts in the field of parkour. They have been doing what they love together for the last 12 years without any problems, travelling the world and inspiring millions. The events that transpired on Tuesday night were unfortunate and we believe pressure from Indian media heavily influenced the situation resulting in an outcome far greater than anyone had expected.advertisement”Please note a correction to information circulating – They were not arrested, prosecuted, or deported. They were granted residential permission.”Also Read | Young foreigners jump from one high rise to another in Mumbai, cops start probe after video goes viralAlso Watch | Young foreigners jump from one high rise to another in Mumbailast_img read more

Govt responsive to slowdown but more steps needed Report

first_imgMumbai: With the government announcing a slew of measures to boost the economy, a JM Financial report has suggested that although the government has been responsive to the issues of industry, the steps may not be sufficient and more measures might be needed to give a fresh start to the lending cycle of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). “In our view, while the specifics matter, it was equally important to note that the government is not turning a blind eye to the slowdown and to suggestions from the industry. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The specifics, on the other hand, while broadbased, may not be sufficient to create a virtuous cycle of demand recovery given that the level of pessimism is extremely high, that more is required to lower the real estate inventory and to restart the cycle of lending by the NBFCs,” said the report on the latest measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. It, however, noted that three important takeaways from the announcements were “some preponement of demand in autos (PVs from fleets, LCVs) that can help reduce excess inventory in the near-term, faster payment of GST refunds to MSMEs can help address some amount of liquidity concerns, and that more measures are coming to revive the real estate sector”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn the measures announced to boost auto sales, the report noted that the auto sector may benefit marginally. The government announced an additional 15 per cent depreciation on all vehicles acquired during the period from now till March 31, 2020. According to JM Financial, this move is likely to aid clearing of some of the inventory for personal vehicles (PVs) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs). On the steps to ease liquidity for the NBFCs and the housing finance companies (HFC), it noted that the steps would benefit granular retail housing, vehicle finance and MSME loans. “The government increased the outlay for Liquidity Infusion Facility refinance scheme of NHB (National Housing Bank) from Rs 100 billion (10,000 crore) to Rs 300 billion (30,000 crore). Additionally, public sector banks (PSBs) have been asked to fast-track collaboration with NBFCs for co-origination of loans to MSMEs, small traders’ self-help groups and MFI (micro-finance institutions) client borrowers. “Further, we also await the measures to address the pain of home-buyers where the project is stuck due to lack of funding for the developer. In our view, these steps will benefit granular retail housing, vehicle finance and MSME loans,” it said. The report further observed that the actual requirement is to address the heightened level of risk aversion in the banking sector concerning developer or large ‘loans against property’ (LAP) exposures of NBFCs and HFCs. Otherwise, these measures will continue to result in the PSBs increasing their exposure to a couple of well-managed, strong promoter backed NBFCs and HFCs, it said. “They might not increase their exposure to NBFCs and HFCs with significant developer and large-ticket size LAP portfolios,” it added.last_img read more

Snow in July You bet … in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsJuly brings many things likes barbecues, trips to the cottage and snow.In Iqaluit anyways.A few millimetres of the white stuff gave APTN’s Iqaluit reporter Kent Driscoll enough time to make a snowman.By noon the snow was gone.But the weatherman was calling for more snow on the horizon.last_img

Toronto stock market pushes higher despite energy weakness on drop in oil

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading as gains in the financial, industrial and materials sectors outweighed losses in the energy sector as the price of oil fell.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 79.85 points at 15,236.25.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 107.95 points at 25,495.13. The S&P 500 index was up 26.34 points at 2,752.56, while the Nasdaq composite was up 109.98 points at 7,310.85.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.56 cents US.The December crude contract was down US$2.57 at US$57.36 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 21.2 cents at US$4 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 40 cents at US$1,203.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.05 cents at US$2.70 a pound. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN tribunal reduces jail term of Bosnian Serb after upholding part of

Mitar Vasiljevic will now serve 15 years in jail, instead of 20, after the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) set aside his convictions for murder, persecution and being a co-perpetrator of a joint criminal enterprise.The ICTY’s Appeals Chamber replaced those convictions with a conviction as an aider and abettor and dismissed the rest of Mr. Vasiljevic’s appeal.Mr. Vasiljevic was convicted in November 2002, and sentenced a month later, for his part in the deaths of five Muslim men in the Visegrad region of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 7 June 1992.The Trial Chamber found Mr. Vasiljevic was present when a Serb paramilitary unit led by Milan Lukic forcibly transported seven Muslim men, detained from the nearby village of Musici a month earlier, to the eastern bank of the Drina River, where they were shot. Five men died while two survived by falling into the river and pretending to be dead.Four of the five judges in the Appeals Chamber found the Trial Chamber had made several factual errors in the case. read more

Hillsborough disaster Outrage from victims relatives as safety officer fined €7500

first_imgHillsborough disaster: Outrage from victims’ relatives as safety officer fined €7,500 Graham Mackrell was found guilty of failing to ensure there were enough turnstiles to manage unduly large crowds. Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Image: Owen Humphreys/PA No Comments 11,415 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4633275 Share16 Tweet Email Monday 13 May 2019, 9:15 PM Image: Owen Humphreys/PA By AFP – © AFP 2019. May 13th 2019, 9:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article RELATIVES OF VICTIMS of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster have said they are shocked after the only person ever convicted over the tragedy was given a fine of just £6,500 (€7,500).Ninety-six people died in a crush at an FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the northern city of Sheffield on 15 April, 1989.Subsequent investigations found there had been gross negligence on the part of police and ambulance services.Stadium safety officer Graham Mackrell was found guilty by a jury last month of failing to ensure there were enough turnstiles to manage unduly large crowds.Relatives of the victims were present at the 69-year-old’s sentencing at Preston Crown Court today.“Our 96 deserve better than this and us families deserve better than this,” Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died at Hillsborough, told reporters outside.“Our 96 dead and all it’s worth is £67.70 each. Shameful. Thirty years to get to this… My weekly shopping costs more than £67.70,” she said.Mackrell, safety officer for Sheffield Wednesday who play at Hillsborough, had stood trial alongside David Duckenfield, the police match commander on the day.But a jury last month failed to come to a verdict on Duckenfield, who was accused of gross negligence manslaughter.A hearing to decide whether he will face a retrial is expected to be held next month.last_img read more

PostPanama Is a multilateral approach a BandAid or a permanent fix for

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Given the worldwide media attention and increasing fiscal leakage due to tax evasion and or tax avoidance, the OECD and its member states, including Greece, have been very focused on global strategy to reduce the incidence of tax evasion and restore government revenue by preventing fiscal leakage. In particular, the OECD’s work in developing the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, which Greece is also working vigorously towards, reflects a global attempt to bring Greece’s international tax rules into the 21st century.As a result of the OECD’s work, numerous countries, including Greece and especially the G20, have been very keen to put into place effective strategies to overcome the fiscal losses caused by tax evasion. While Greece has a number of Double Tax Agreements and Exchange of Information Agreements in place, it is suggested they are not able to provide a comprehensive strategy for Greek tax authorities to address the issue of offshore tax evasion and or tax avoidance due to tax secrecy, confidentiality and privacy laws. In order to potentially overcome these types of problems, Greece’s taxing authorities, including its finance ministry, should look at entering into multilateral agreements. The reasons for this are: a) Unless there are multi-lateral agreements in place, the Greek authorities and other authorities are unable to identify and trace arrangements which involve a number of related countries;b) There is also a need for such information to be targeted in a timely manner. If a request for information is made to a country where there is a Double Tax Agreement and TIEA there is the possibility that information can be relocated and transferred to another country which may not be a signatory to such agreements;c) Related to the above is the need for the authorities to overcome the issue of bank secrecy. Unless this is overcome financial details related to tax evasion will be made much more difficult; d) There is the need to be able to identify all the people (or entities) that may hold or have access to such information. In this respect overseas jurisdictions may not be able to gain access to information where there is legal protection such as professional privilege or the information is held by nominees acting in a fiduciary capacity. It is interesting to note that the TIEA with the Cook Islands addresses this issue by ensuring that the competent authority is given authority to obtain upon request information held by banks, financial institutions which is held either directly or by nominees;e) If a country does not wish to enter into a Double Tax Agreement or TIEA there is no enforcement mechanism which can be used directly to encourage an agreement. Rather, other measures such as sanctions and financial restrictions may be seen as too punitive in nature. Alternatively, such countries may be seeking other financial or trade benefits which are too costly and lacking in comparability with other agreements currently in place;f) There is an assumption that any exchange of information between countries is confidential. While this may be true in regard to most DTAAs and TIEAs there may be some countries where this cannot be guaranteed or where there may be some corruption involved. In this case the integrity and confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.In regard to the issues raised above, it is interesting to note that on 3 November 2011, the OECD issued a news release as a result of the 2011 G20 meeting in Cannes. In the release it was stated that all G20 governments have agreed to sign a multilateral convention to tackle tax evasion, this also included Greece. In particular, it noted that the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters offers a wide range of tools for cross border tax cooperation. This includes exchange of information, multilateral simultaneous tax examinations and international assistance in the collection of tax due. (This convention was initially developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and opened for signature by the member states of both organisations on 25 January 1988.)In closing, the use of tax havens is a growing international problem which has resulted in either tax evasion, abusive tax shelters, money laundering or tax avoidance. Furthermore, it has also fostered and led to many other illegal criminal activities. However, on the other hand tax havens have a very legitimate place to conduct business with other countries; there is nothing wrong or illegal in doing business in a tax haven. While the issue of offshore requests notices may seem a useful means of obtaining relevant information relating to offshore dealings and tax havens, it is somewhat limited in its practical operation. Although income tax treaties have been utilised to prevent fiscal evasion, they have also been used to achieve anti-treaty shopping, and more importantly, the exchange of information between countries by the use of exchange of information. This is most relevant where transactions are carried out in designated tax havens.In this respect, it is suggested that the primary goal for Greece and other tax jurisdictions should be the review of existing tax treaties to establish mechanisms which facilitates the exchange of information, by way of exchange of information agreements which would overcome the limitations of the banking secrecy laws of other countries. Furthermore, to prevent fiscal leakage it is necessary for Greece to seek new tax treaties with other countries, including, most importantly, with Australia. It is not sufficient that Greece has in place a limited number of bi-lateral tax treaties which facilitate the exchange of information and overcome bank secrecy laws between two countries without a comprehensive list of multilateral agreements ideally in the future. What is needed is not a range of bi-lateral agreements between Greece and other countries, but rather, a multilateral system of agreements which fosters information exchanges within and between the countries concerned. In this respect, any non-inclusion of a tax haven country raises a considerable risk of leakage and fostering of tax haven activity and tax avoidance. Therefore, it is suggested that Greece should develop a stringent tax treaty policy which includes anti-treaty shopping provisions and exchange of information between member countries and one of those member countries should also include Australia. Finally, it is desirable that the move by Greece’s taxing authority is to develop tax treaties, and the exchange of information by TIEAs, that should ultimately be linked with the activities and direction of the OECD on anti-avoidance. This is necessary to facilitate an integrated and combined approach to the problem of the use of tax havens and tax evasion on a global scale.*Tony Anamourlis is an international tax lawyer and tax academic and managing principal at Templeton Fox Rothschild.last_img read more

Sikinos is Greeces first island to eliminate single use plastic straws

first_imgAwareness is steadily growing around the impact of single use plastic on the environment, and straws in particular, which used daily, contribute to landfill and have a negative impact on oceanic ecosystems.To do their part, the Municipality of Sikinos, a Greek island located in the Cyclades, is taking steps to abolish the use of plastic straws on the island.The initiative is part of a new ecological program titled Sea Change and is being made possible with the assistance of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.Together they will assist both businesses and locals to change their habits and eliminate the use of plastic straws, replacing them with reusable or biodegradable alternatives, which will be donated by the foundation.Launched on Sunday to coincide with European Maritime Day, Sikinos mayor Vasilis Marakis welcomed the program with open arms.“Adding to our ongoing efforts to reduce the use of plastic on Sikinos and the strengthening of our residents’ environmental consciousness, following the replacement of our plastic bag campaign this year, we are now focusing on other single use plastics, such as the plastic straw, and to change our everyday habits. We are very grateful to the AKA Laskaridis Foundation,” he said.To help further educate people about the program and its intentions, an event open to the public is taking place on Saturday at Sikinos School. Attendees will also be shown a screening of relevant documentaries, EGEO – H θάλασσα για μένα and STRAWS in collaboration with Plastic Free Greece.While Sikinos is leading the way, the Sea Change program will soon be introduced to additional islands in the vicinity.In addition to banning straws, the program will also see the organisation of cleaning-up events with locals on beaches, along with educational programs introduced into schools to raise awareness about protecting the environment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

STRAY DOG ACTION PLAN COMING FOR PROVO

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2014 – The stray dog problem also came up in the House of Assembly, the ministerial statement of the Minister of Environment and Home Affairs explained that this month will see the launch of an emergency action plan. The plan for Provo is awaiting approval explained Minister Amanda Missick and it was confirmed that dog traps are now in country. “…we owe a debt of gratitude to the Grand Turk Cruise Center for their generous assistance toward this project. This will assist the Department of Agriculture in containing the stray dog situation.” During 2013 it was exposed that members of the public were not only being increasingly irresponsible pet owners but destroying the traps. While Grand Turk, the Cruise Port capital of the country is seeing the feral dog problem already being checked, there is an alarming increase in complaints about stray dogs from islands like South Caicos and North Caicos. Once started, the emergency action plan for Provo will run until March next year. PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Related Items:amanda missick, grand turk cruise center, Minister of Environment and Home Affairs, stray dog Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beacheslast_img read more

Snaps earnings show that users arent disappearing anymore

first_img Snapchat Tags Getty Images Snap, which has struggled to keep users on its Snapchat app, broke its losing streak.Snap said Tuesday that 186 million users logged in to the vanishing-messaging app daily in the fourth quarter, the same number as in the previous quarter. Snap had seen a drop in daily usage for two consecutive quarters last year after an unpopular redesign of the app.The results helped the company boost revenue and narrow its loss compared with the same period last year.Investors loved the news, pushing the company’s shares as much as 20 percent higher in after-hours trading. That isn’t to say Snap doesn’t have challenges. The company is working on a new version of the app for Android. Snap is also dealing with a string of executive departures, including Tim Stone, the chief financial officer who said last month that he was leaving after less than a year on the job. It also has to compete with larger social networks such as Facebook and its Instagram service, both of which have been investing more in ephemeral messaging, for ad dollars. “The transitions we made in both the Snapchat platform and our business last year were necessary and created many of the opportunities we have ahead of us,” said Snap CEO Evan Spiegel during a conference call with analysts. “But change is always difficult and this past year was no exception.”Snap has rolled out a new version of its Android app to a small percentage of its users, but didn’t say when it will be released more broadly. Spiegel also said during the conference call that the company is trying to get users between the ages of 13 to 34 to spend more time on the app by releasing more original shows on the platform. At the same time, the company is focusing on personalizing the app for users above 34 years old and expanding internationally. In the fourth quarter, the company grew its revenue by 36 percent, to $389.8 million, beating the $377.52 million expected on average by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Snap reported an adjusted loss, which excludes expenses such as employee stock compensation, of 4 cents a share compared with a loss of 13 cents in the same quarter last year. Analysts expected a loss of 7 cents a share. The company also doesn’t expect daily active users to decline in the first three months of 2019. “The fact that Snap was able to maintain its daily active user base quarter over quarter is a positive sign,” Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, said in an email. “When Snap finally rolls out its updated Android app, it could move the company back into growth territory.”First published Feb. 5, 1:23 p.m. PTUpdate, 2 p.m.: Adds quote from analyst. 3:17 p.m.: Adds remarks from conference call. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. 0 Internet Services Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

Army jawan opens fire at colleague inside CRPF camp in Bagnan detained

first_imgAn Assam Rifles jawan opened fire at his colleague inside the CRPF camp located in Bagnan.ReutersIn a shocking incident on Thursday, May 2, an Assam Rifles jawan, Lakshmikant Barman, opened fire at his colleague, killing him and injuring others. The alleged accused, who reportedly fired 18 rounds at his fellow trooper, was on poll duty in Howrah district of West Bengal.The deceased, identified as Bholanath Das, was killed inside the CRPF camp located in Bagnan. The others who were injured in the unfortunate incident were rushed to a hospital. They have been identified as Anil Rajbanshi and Rantu Mani.The accused, who was reportedly under tremendous mental stress, has been detained.The incident has reportedly happened at Bagnan’s Jyotirmoy Girls High School in Bangalpur area of Bengal. Howrah constituency will vote on May 6 as part of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections.The 2019 general election in West Bengal is being held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The Howrah constituency will vote on May 6 as part of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23, and the results will be declared on the same day.last_img read more

Sushant Singh Rajput – Rhea Chakroborty Sara Ali Khan the reason behind

first_imgAfter Kriti Sanon and Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput is rumoured to be dating Rhea Chakraborty. There are rumours of the duo being more than ‘just good friends’ and their latest Instagram picture proves that right. Sushant and Rhea, who are rumoured to be holidaying together in Ladakh, have posted a photo of their vacation on Instagram. Though there is not a single photo of them together, the duo appears to have been clicked at the same place with the same child.As per a report in Deccan Chronicle, Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea have been spending some time together but, are not ready to make it official yet, since Sara Ali Khan is a close friend of Rhea. The two actresses not only share the same choices in food but also used to go for workouts together. Hence, Singh and Chakraborty are finding it difficult to come out in the open with their relationship and the friendship might be at stake.Sushant Singh Rajput, who had a massive fall-out with his ex-Ankita Lokhande, seemed to have a very easy and comfortable camaraderie with Sara once upon a time. However, if a report from TOI is to be believed, the duo was more than “just good friends.” As per the report, the friendship had blossomed on the sets of ‘Kedarnath’ and turned into something more serious with time. And not just that, Sara even shortened her trip to Dehradun to ensure she remains with Sushant to celebrate his birthday in the city. The exact reason behind the duo calling-it-off is unknown but, Sara’s mother, Amrita Singh’s wish for her daughter to just focus on her career was cited as one of the reasons.last_img read more

Social media now used against female demonstrators

first_imgLucky-Akhter-and-Umme-Habiba-BenazirChhatra Union president and a quota reform activist Lucky Akhter has complained that Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists are using social media to harass her, with the help of the police.Detective Branch police picked up a leader, APM Suhel, of the ongoing quota reform movement last week from Lucky’s house in Shantinagar. Police took some snaps of Suhel at the time.“I thought police were only taking Suhel’s photos during the arrest, but I later saw certain content with pictures of Suhel and me on some insignificant online newspaper sites,” Lucky told Prothom Alo.Citing her concern, Lucky further added, “Only the police had those photos. How did the portals get the photos if police did not provide them with the pictures?”The student leader informed Prothom Alo that the police had snatched everyone’s mobile phones during the drive, so nobody else could have taken any photos.Lucky Akhter lives with her husband and two younger brothers in Shantinagar. Suhel, a university junior to Lucky, went to her house to watch the football match and stayed over, when police arrested him at around 4:00am.Lucky then posted a Facebook status describing Suhel’s arrest by DB police. She came under fire in the social media shortly after the status.Student federation president of Dhaka University Umme Habiba Benazir is also being harassed online.Another student involved in quota reform movement who was abused and imprisoned for 27 hours, left Dhaka but was still not spared.Lucky said, in the past when she was a part of the Ganajagaran Mancha,the Shahbag based youth-led movement, she had been abused by Jamaat-Shibir activists over the phone..“BCL activists send exactly the same messages now. Only the abusers have changed, not the words,” Lucky said.Umme Habiba criticised the government and university administration in a speech for their silent role during the quota reform movement in front of Raju sculpture on 3 July.Many has sent her rape threats on social media right after that, even calling her a prostitute. These abusers haven’t even bothered to conceal their identities. There are reportedly a number of BCL leaders among those who issued the rape threats on that day.In reaction to the situation, Habiba has said, “I spoke some bitter truth in my speech and they couldn’t tolerate that.”“Female students who are involved with the movement have two options in case of sexual harassment. Either they have to quit or carry on what they are doing with double determination. I choose the latter,” she added.Another student left Dhaka after being assaulted by BCL men in front of Central Shaheed Minar on 2 July. She was abused in many ways on social media.A Facebook group released a private telephone conversation claiming that the female voice was hers. A relative of the girl told Prothom Alo yesterday, she left Dhaka after the press conference.She keeps her phone switched off most of the time and does not have contact with any relatives, he added.Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik said, “According to the law, a phone call can be recorded with the home minister’s permission for the sake of state security. That means, the audio clip must be submitted before home minister.”“The way the audio clips are being spread, it is against article 43 of the constitution and against the law,” he added.The police refrained from comment when contacted regarding these three incidents.last_img read more