4 on trial over theft of huge Canadian gold coin from Berlin

first_imgBERLIN — Four young men have gone on trial over the brazen theft of a 100-kilogram Canadian gold coin from a Berlin museum.The “Big Maple Leaf” coin, worth several million dollars, was stolen from the Bode Museum in March 2017.Three men, identified only as Wissam R., Ahmed R. and Wayci R., are accused of stealing the coin during the night using a wheelbarrow to haul it away.The fourth suspect, Dennis W., worked as a guard at the museum for a private security firm and is accused of scouting out the scene.German news agency dpa reported the four men, aged between 20 and 24 years, went on trial Thursday in Berlin district court.Investigators believe that the suspects cut up the coin and sold the pieces.The Associated Presslast_img

Foreign Currency Reserves Morocco Near MAD 253 Billion

Rabat – Net international reserves amounted to MAD 252.9 billion as of February 17, an increase of 7.5 percent year-on-year, according to Bank Al-Maghrib (BAM) numbers. From one week to the next, these reserves increased by 0.1 percent, says BAM, which has just published its weekly indicators. The bank noted that during the week of February 9-15, the dirham appreciated by 0.53 percent against the euro and depreciated by 0.79 percent against the dollar, according to BAM . During the week of February 16-22, the total amount of Bank Al-Maghrib’s interventions amounted to MAD 13.5 billion, of which 9 billion were injected as 7-day advances through a call for tenders. An amount of MAD 4.5 billion was granted under the support program for the financing of small and medium businesses. According to the BAM, during this period, the interbank rate remained unchanged at 2.25 percent and the volume of trade stabilized at MAD 3.8 billion.On the stock markets, the MASI depreciated by 2.7 percent, BAM explains this evolution mainly by the decrease of the sectoral indices “Banks” by 3.4 percent, telecommunications by 4.8 percent, construction materials by 0.9 percent and real estate by 1.8 percent.As for transactions, they amounted to MAD 663.9 million after MAD 789 million registered a week before.In the central market, the average daily exchange amount was at MAD 128.5 million instead of 136.1 million a week earlier.On a year-on-year basis, the pace of growth of the M3 aggregate declined by 5 percent from 5.2 percent in November 2016. This trend mainly reflects an increase in the fall of deposits to 4.5 percent, after the 1.7 percent rise in the previous month and a deceleration of growth by 6.7 percent in banks demand deposits.On the other hand, net claims on central government saw their decline stop at 1.9 percent after 6.8 percent in November, while net international reserves increased by 12.1 percent instead of 13.1 percent. read more

Should it stay or go Clearing out financial paperwork

Spring cleaning — it’s not just for closets and windows.Paperwork is one of the easiest areas to let a mess build and one of the more challenging categories to tackle. That’s in part because it’s difficult to make a lot of decisions. And the stakes feel higher when it comes to financial documents, said Gretchen Rubin, a happiness expert and author of a new book Outer Order, Inner Calm.“You want to err on the side of safety so it mounts up and it gets more and more confusing and discouraging as it builds,” she said.So here’s some expert help on sorting through it all.KEEP SHORT TERMIt’s okay to hold on to typically tossable items until they prove to be useful, or not.So while you can generally jettison receipts, hang on to them if they are for a gift or if you might want to return the item. Bills also can go bye-bye once they are paid, but it may be worth keeping them until the next billing cycle to make sure payment was posted.One big exception is to hang on to these kinds of items a bit longer if you potentially need them to support taxes, insurance claims or warranties.KEEP MID TERMThere are some items you’ll want to keep for a bit longer, but not forever.This includes things such as warranties until they expire, the title for your car as long as you own it, documents for active loans and insurance policies until they expire, according to the National Endowment for Financial Education.Taxes also pose an interesting puzzle. The IRS suggest hanging on to your records for at least three years, because that is how long you have to amend your return and typically the amount of time the IRS has to audit you. However, the IRS says you should keep documents for up to six years if you notably underreported your income and seven years if you file a loss claim from worthless securities or reduction of bad debt. And there’s no statute of limitations for the IRS to take action if you don’t file a return or file a fraudulent one, so if this is your situation, you’ll need those records.For most folks, NEFE says 7 years is enough.KEEP LONG TERMConsider anything associated with a major life event a forever item: birth certificates, death certificates, adoption papers, Social Security cards and proof of marriage or divorce. Other essentials include citizenship documents, proof of military service and passports. There are also your nearly forever items, such as a will or medical directive; replace these when updated.KEEP IT REALIt can be tough to decide what should stay or go. If you are unsure, Rubin suggests considering if you could find this information elsewhere. Most bank or retirement account statements, for example, can be found online.Or try to think through a scenario in which you would actually need it. Can’t think of one? Then it goes.You don’t need a complicated system to organize things and make sure to keep up with regular purges. And make sure to shred, not throw away or recycle, anything with personal information to avoid identity fraud.____Want to suggest a personal finance topic that Quick Fix can address? Email apmoney@ap.org.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

Poverty in Latin America returns to precrisis levels UN report finds

30 November 2010The number of poor people in Latin America will fall this year to 180 million – the pre-crisis levels seen in 2008 – thanks to robust economic recovery in most of the countries of the region, says a United Nations report released today. The “Social Panorama of Latin America 2010,” produced by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), predicts that poverty and extreme poverty will be 1.0 percentage points and 0.4 percentage points lower, respectively, than in 2009, which was when the region bore the brunt of the international financial crisis. “The region’s countries are showing resilience in terms of social variables that has not been seen in previous crises,” said ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, as she presented the report in Santiago, Chile.The report emphasizes that, despite the major repercussions that the global economic crisis has had in the region, poverty rose by just one tenth of a percentage point in 2009, from 33 per cent to 33.1 per cent.The Commission says in a news release that poverty decreased between 2008 and 2009 in most of the nine countries in the study, including in Brazil, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Uruguay, while it rose in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico.The report adds that inequality in the region has been reduced thanks to the rise in the labour income of poor households and public transfers aimed at reducing the impact of the crisis. read more

Coming changes to wholesale rules could impact fees Canadians pay for wireless

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s telecom regulator will issue a decision Tuesday that could affect the fees charged to consumers when they roam with their wireless devices outside of their home network areas.[np_storybar title=”Google just launched Project Fi, a new low-cost wireless service in the U.S.” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/google-inc-seen-unveiling-its-new-wireless-mobile-service-in-the-u-s-today?__lsa=c7f1-f4f0″%5DGoogle launched a new U.S. wireless service that switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low.The service, called Project Fi, will automatically switch between the two networks and more than 1 million open, free Wi-Fi spots, depending on which signal is strongest. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]The ruling from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission comes seven months after hearings were launched into the health of the country’s wholesale wireless market, considered the backbone of Canada’s mobile services sector.Budget measures adopted by the Harper government last year set a cap on wholesale roaming costs — the rates that mobile carriers charge their competitors to use their wireless infrastructure — at no more than what carriers charge their retail customers.The government-imposed cap was intended as a temporary measure that the CRTC could choose to keep, kill or amend. But CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has noted that the government did not take regional differences into account in its legislation.The CRTC heard that the wholesale rate caps were actually hurting smaller players, and thereby stifling competition, particularly where the major service providers had no firm foothold.Regional carriers asked the CRTC to “fine tune” wholesale rates to ensure they aren’t forced to offer Telus Corp., Rogers Communications Inc., and BCE Inc. use of their networks at a discount.The Competition Bureau also called for new wholesale roaming regulations, arguing that rate caps alone will not foster greater competition.Ottawa’s wireless spectrum auction won’t create fourth carrier because of ‘ridiculous’ rules, expert saysRogers Communications Inc, BCE Inc nearly shut out of wireless spectrum auction because of cap rulesWind Mobile Corp’s new CEO recruits two former teammates from Public MobileThe bureau predicted during the fall hearings that expanded mobile wireless penetration in Canada could drive down retail wireless prices by about two per cent.But Rogers, BCE and Telus maintained that further regulation would hinder their ability to invest in improvements to their own wireless networks.Montreal-based Cogeco Cable Inc., which is hoping to offer wireless services without building its own cell tower network, asked the CRTC to adopt new rules to allow for the creation of what are known as mobile virtual networks (MVNOs), which would effectively give smaller carriers access to large players’ spectrum and cell towers.Cogeco warned that, without regulations, the big players will continue to muscle smaller competitors out of existence. read more

UN to press ahead with talks to resolve Cyprus problem before 28

Speaking at his first official press conference of year today at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General said that “this is something we’ve worked very hard on and many people in the region have hoped for.”Asked about a demonstration today in Nicosia by 70,000 Turkish Cypriots in favour of the UN plan, the Secretary-General said, “I am pleased that the people are out in the streets promoting peace and demanding peace and demanding unification.”As for UN efforts in Cyprus and whether the issue can be resolved with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, the Secretary-General said, “Obviously it is up to the people to decide who their leader is and up to the leader to decide whether they persist or resign. But whether a leader resigns or stays on I think the people are speaking and it is very difficult not to listen to the people when they come out in those numbers.”Mr. Annan said that he would urge the leaders to listen to the voices of the ordinary people “about their desire for peace.” read more

Bail hearing today for Hamilton man accused in massive Yahoo email hack

Bail hearing today for Hamilton man accused in massive Yahoo email hack Karim Baratov is shown in a photo from his Instagram account. Baratov, a Canadian man of Kazakh origins, has been arrested in Ontario as one of four suspects in a massive hack of Yahoo emails, Toronto police said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Instagram HAMILTON – A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails is expected to appear in a Hamilton court today for a bail hearing.Karim Baratov was arrested last month under the Extradition Act.U.S. authorities say Baratov and three others — two of them allegedly officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service — were indicted for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.Law enforcement officials allege in documents filed with an Ontario court that Baratov poses an “extremely high flight risk” in part due to his alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents.U.S. authorities describe the 22-year-old Hamilton resident as an alleged “hacker-for-hire” and allege he has the money to leave Canada and the ability to destroy evidence while on the run.Baratov’s lawyer calls the allegations against his client unfounded, saying he’ll seek to have Baratov released and plans to fight an extradition order. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 5:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Former wife of infamous prisoner Charles Bronson found dead aged 38

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. Charles Bronson The former wife of infamous prisoner Charles Bronson has been found dead at her home aged 38. Paula Williamson, who was an actress on shows such as Coronation Street, married the notorious criminal in 2017, decades after he was imprisoned. The couple separated last summer. Staffordshire Police confirmed that they had found Ms Williamson’s body at her home in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday morning.Her death is not being treated as suspicious, with a post-mortem examination due to take place to establish her cause of death. A statement from police said yesterday: “A woman from Stoke-on-Trent who was found dead this morning has been named as Paula Williamson, aged 38. “Paula’s body was found in a house on Gordon Avenue, Sneyd Green, at around 7am.“A post mortem will take place to establish the cause of death but the death is not being treated as suspicious.“A report is now being prepared for the coroner.”Ms Williamson appeared on Coronation Street three times between 2008 and 2012, along with rival soap operas Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. However, she shot to wider prominence after agreeing to marry the man reviled as Britain’s most violent prisoner, whom she had been visiting in HMP Wakefield. A ceremony took place nine months later at Wakefield prison, after which Bronson was returned to his cell. Bronson, now 66, has spent more than half of his life in solitary confinement, after his sentence was repeatedly increased for attacking prison staff and taking them hostage.He filed for divorce from Ms Williamson last July after reportedly becoming outraged over pictures of her on a wild night out in Tenerife. She later broke down during an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women as she spoke of how the ordeal had left her “heartbroken”. Charles Bronson read more

Former hairdresser who claimed she was intimidated by exemployer awarded €25000 in

first_imgFormer hairdresser who claimed she was intimidated by ex-employer awarded €25,000 in damages The man had accused her of theft. 28 Comments Image: Shutterstock/racorn A FORMER HAIRDRESSER, who was allegedly intimidated and frightened by her ex-employer after she was sacked, has been awarded €25,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.Lindsey Bright, who sued Patridge Limited (in liquidation), which traded as Boston Brand Bars, said that in January 2012 she was a manager at the Balbriggan salon in Millfield Shopping Centre when the incident happened.Barrister Pat Purcell, counsel for Bright, said the then managing director approached her, accused her of theft and larceny and told her to leave.Bright told the court the managing director told her to collect her belongings but when she had tried to do so, he had prevented her from taking her items from her locker.She claimed she was in shock and asked him why she was being fired but was told to keep quiet. The court heard the man, who was six feet two inches tall, refused to let her pass to access her locker.She told Judge Karen Fergus that after she eventually managed to collect a few items, he tried to grab them. She added he had been incredibly angry and had “pushed past” her and had grabbed her hand to stop her from taking items off the wall.20 minutesBright, with an address at Castleknock Brook, Castleknock, Dublin, but who now lives in Darwin, Australia, said the incident lasted 20 minutes but it had felt “like hours.”She had been terrified, petrified and shaking. Her sleep had been disturbed following the incident and she had later needed to attend her GP, complaining of exhaustion.Purcell said Bright suffered anxiety and attended counselling sessions. She had been prescribed anti-depressant medication.She sued her ex-employer, with a registered address at Erris Square, Waterville, Blanchardstown, Dublin, for personal injuries.Counsel said the company was in liquidation and its liquidator was on notice of the legal proceedings. He said judgment in default of appearance had already been obtained against the defendant and today’s case was one of assessment of the damages only.Counsel said Bright had won an unfair dismissals claim against the defendant at the Employment Appeals Tribunal but had not been able to recover any money yet.Judge Fergus said she was satisfied Bright had suffered a frightening and intimidating experience which had left her traumatised for some time.She said Bright had made a full recovery and had started a new career in project management in Australia. She awarded her €25,000 damages.Read: Dublin Airport is getting four new multi-storey office buildings 30,626 Views Share2 Tweet Email1 Feb 14th 2017, 2:50 PM Image: Shutterstock/racorn By Saurya Cherfi Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 2:50 PM http://jrnl.ie/3239365 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

PreHalloween DUI emphasis results in 5 arrests 16 citations

first_imgNearly 200 drivers were stopped by Vancouver, Washougal and Clark County officers Saturday as part of an impaired driving emphasis.In total, police made contact with 192 drivers, which resulted in five arrests for driving under the influence, 16 citations, 27 warnings and six arrests for other cause.Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police spokesperson, said the number of stops is high compared to other recent emphases. On Oct. 14, for example, only 29 contacts and two DUI arrests were made.“Halloween is one of those holidays where we seem to have higher rates of impaired driving, especially since Halloween is on a Tuesday — all the parties are over the weekend,” Kapp said.The DUI enforcements are thanks to a Washington Traffic Safety Commission grant that funds officer overtime to conduct regular patrols, especially on weekends and holidays.“We’re hopeful that impaired drivers will stay home,” she said. “But if they can’t stay home we’re going to be out contacting them and arresting them. That’s the whole purpose of this grant.”last_img read more

Seattles Museum Of Pop Culture To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit

first_img Twitter Seattle’s MoPOP To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit seattles-museum-pop-culture-host-pearl-jam-exhibit The band and its fan collective the Ten Club helped make this the best retrospective ever, gathering together more than 200 Pearl Jam artifactsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 8, 2018 – 1:00 pm Right after Pearl Jam’s The Home Shows at Seattle’s Safeco Field on Aug. 8 and 10, which will raise awareness and funds for the city’s homeless, Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture will open the exhibit Pearl Jam: Home And Away on Aug. 11.Pearl Jam’s MoPOP career-spanning showcase will feature more than 200 of the band’s artifacts across 28 years, adding to the efforts made at the PJ20 anniversary with original lyrics, instruments, stage sets, posters, and other art and memorabilia.”This exhibition will give an intimate first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future,” said MoPOP Senior Curator Jacob McMurray. “From their beginnings as one of the originators of the ‘Seattle Sound’ and the grunge phenomenon, to their sustained global impact as one of the most popular and respected bands in the world, Pearl Jam’s story is still unfolding as they continue to sell out shows worldwide and use their stage to further social and political consciousness.” News Email Have you heard the good news about our newest exhibition coming August 11? https://t.co/sgdVNndzpO— MoPOP Seattle (@MoPOPSeattle) May 8, 2018center_img Seattle’s Museum Of Pop Culture To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit https://twitter.com/MoPOPSeattle/status/993909193064173569 The exhibition was organized as a collaboration between MoPOP, the band and their longtime official fan club, the Ten Club, and will remain open through early 2019.This achievement adds to another of Pearl Jam’s accomplishments this year, as guitarist Mike McCready will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his long-term support of MusiCares and addiction recovery on May 10 at the Showbox in Seattle at the MusiCares Concert For Recovery. The concert’s featured performers include Barrett Martin, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and Slash, Mike Ness, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook last_img read more

Dearth of escort cops poses problem to shift jail inmates to

first_imgRajamahendravaram: The prisoners in Central prison are expressing their displeasure over the government for not liberalising the norms to shift the prisoners to hospitals at the time of need. In the last five years from 2015 to July 2019, as many as 41 prisoners died with various diseases in Central prison. In 2015-16, eight prisoners died, in 2016-17, nine prisoners died, in 2017-18, three prisoners died, in 2018-19, 14 prisoners died and in 2019, up to July 19, seven prisoners died. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The jail authorities have to write a letter to the respective police officer requesting him to provide escort to shift the prisoner to government hospital for treatment, which is taking a lot of time and as a result, the prisoners are facing a lot of problem. Though the Central Prison capacity is 1,200 prisoners, it accommodates 1,400 . Though the government headquarters hospital is in a walkaway distance, providing escort is delayed by police department. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Meanwhile, in the headquarters hospital there is no cardiology wing since many years with this the jail authorities are forced to shift the cardiac patients to government general hospital in Kakinada for treatment which is 70 kms away from Rajamahendravaram. In the meantime, the prisoners having cardiac problem are losing their lives and there is a need to provide cardiac wing in Government General Hospital in the city. Speaking to The Hans India on Monday, Central Prison Superintendent S Raja Rao said that they were sending the prisoners to the hospital immediately. Advertise With Us Many prisoners were coming to jail with advanced stage of diseases and at present, there were 24 HIV/ART patients in the jail, who were sentenced for life imprisonment and of them four prisoners were on bail, he said. Usually sanction of bail is not possible to lifers but the jail authorities on humanitarian grounds appealed to High Court and obtained bails to T Srinivasa Rao and Suman because of the seriousness of their problem and getting treatment outside the jail, he told. He said medical camps were conducted in jail frequently to the prisoners to identify the ailments. Establishment of cardiac wing is need of hour in the government headquarters hospital, he averred. Utmost care is being taken relating to the health of prisoners in the jail, he added.last_img read more

Hyderabad CM KCR pays visit to director K Vishwanaths house

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday paid a visit to veteran director K Vishwanath’s residence in Film Nagar and inquired about the latter’s health. The director is learned to have been suffering from health issues for some time now. The Chief Minister and the director is said to have held a brief discussion. K Vishwanath ventured into the direction field with the movie ‘Athma Gowravam’. He garnered critical acclaim for the movies ‘Sankarabharanam’, ‘Saagara Sangamam’, ‘Swati Mutyam’, ‘Swarna Kamalam’ and several others.last_img

Police responding to shooter in Las Vegas

first_imgHarvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on 1 October, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: AFPPolice swarmed the Las Vegas strip late Sunday following reports of multiple shots fired from the Mandalay Bay casino, police and US media reported.”We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino,” police said on Twitter. Several people including a police officer had been shot at a nearby outdoor concert, the Las Vegas Sun newspaper reported.last_img

Railway west zone earns Tk 396b revenue

first_img.The west zone of Bangladesh Railway earned revenue worth around Tk 3.96 billion during the first nine months of the current 2018-19 fiscal year, a sharp rise of Tk 127.7 million than that of over the same period of the previous 2017-18 fiscal.Of the total earning, Tk 1.14 billion was earned by selling tickets to passengers while Taka 1.19 billion from goods and other parcels transportation. A total of Tk 3.83 billion was earned as revenue in first nine months of 2017-18 fiscal.West zone chief commercial manager Shah Newaz said the zone, covering Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions, has been operating 159 trains, including 50 intercity and some inter-country ones, on different routes, including the capital city of Dhaka and Kolkata of India at present.Forty-six locals or shuttle and sixty-three commuter or mail trains are also being operated on various routes which are very popular among the passengers, he added.He stated that the number of passengers of intercity trains on various routes has increased significantly in the last couple of years.Considering the benefit of the passengers in general, he said 31 major stations have been brought under the modern computerized seat reservation and ticketing system. Some of those including Rajshahi have launched ticket selling and seat reservation through online system.Shah Newaj, however, said the revenue earning could be enhanced to a greater extent if the stations which remain dysfunctional are re-launched as early as possible.Additional chief operating superintendent Ahsan Ullah Bhuiyan said there are 76 out of total 238 stations remained inoperative for long due to various problems including shortage of stationmasters, points man, shunting man, booking clerk and other necessary staffs.At present, there are 249 vacant posts of station master out of 559 while 254 points-man posts out of 695.“We have installed computer based interlocking colour light signaling system in Chatmohar, Jamtoil, Bangabandhu Bridge West and Bangabandhu Bridge East stations on Ishwardi-Joydevpur section,” said Asim Kumar Talukder, Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer.The modern system has ensured security to train operation with boosting its operational facilities on the vital route.Backdated mechanical signaling system has been replaced by computer based signaling system in eleven other stations on Ishwardi-Darshana route, he added.Zone general manager Khandakar Shahidul Islam told BSS that many of the non-functioning stations are expected to be functional when the process of manpower recruitment will be completed.In order to improve passengers’ services and the railway sector as well, implementation works of ten infrastructural development projects are being implemented with an estimated cost of around Tk 166.27 billion at present.A non-stop intercity train has been launched for the first time on Dhaka-Rajshahi route last month for benefit of the passengers.The zone has also launched ‘Tungipara Express’ train on Rajshahi-Gopalganj route with another train ‘Pabna Express’ from Rajshahi to Pabna via Ishwardi bypass for the first time for convenience of passengers.“We are committed to providing safe, reliable, cost-effective and time efficient rail transport services everywhere in the zone through modernizing, expanding and maintaining rail system,” Shahidul Islam added.Modernizing signaling, interlocking and telecom systems and up gradation of locomotives, coaches and other rolling stocks are being maintained, he said.last_img read more

Quirk Books Wants You to Have a Very Manfried VDay

first_img Forgot to get a card and in a hurry to get a Valentine for your sweetheart? Looking for one filled with adorable art and purrfect cat puns? Well, Quirk Books has given Geek an exclusive look at these majorly adorably cute Valentine’s Day cards from the creators of the comic series Manfried the Man.Manfried the Man, created by Caitlin Major and Kelly Bestow, revolves around a universe where cats keep humans for pets instead of the other way around. Think of Garfield keeping Jon as a pet, so cool right?! Steve (our anthropomorphic cat), is the owner of stray human Manfried, who takes him in warms to the little guy immediately. When Manfried goes missing, Steve goes above and beyond to get his little friend back home by any means.via Quirk BooksThese Valentine’s Day cards, by Major and Bestow, gives us a little glimpse of the world of Manfried the Man. The Valentine’s are not only charming, and inviting and tell you precisely what your Valentine needs to hear. Are they “Your Favorite Human”? There’s a card for that! Wanna just exclaim how purrfect you think your sweetie is? There’s a card for that! I don’t have a valentine this year, but I swear if I did, I’d present them with one of these cuties. Mmm, you know what? I may just present them to a couple of my friends just for the adorable of it all.via Quirk BooksIf you’d like to snag one of these fabulous little valentines, take a look through the gallery below and pick one out for someone you love and care about!Valentines_BeMyManValentines_BeMyManvia Quirk BooksValentines_Chocolatesvia Quirk BooksValentines_FelineFinevia Quirk BooksValentines_Purrfect2via Quirk BooksValentines_YoureMinevia Quirk Booksvia Quirk BooksManfried the Man is now available for pre-order. This amazingly cute graphic novel is set to release May 1st, 2018. You can find pre-order links through Amazon. Stay on target St. Valentine Would Have Loved Neural Network-Generated Candy HeartsValentine’s Day Doodle lets you swap virtual chocs with your sweet… center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Research team finds graphene may pave the way for new kinds of

first_img Explore further The team, led by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, made their discovery by creating several so-termed p-n nanojunction devices (the boundary that is formed between P and N type semi-conductors) in their lab and then taking careful measurements of each type using laser light to measure the resultant photocurrent produced. They found that as the power to the laser was increased, so too did the photocurrent. During their experimentation, they found that they could produce up to 5 mA/W, even at a low temperature; a number that is 6 times higher than has been demonstrated with any other optoelectronic device based on graphene. They believe this occurs because the electrons in the graphene aren’t able to transfer their heat very well due to poor coupling with other materials.Graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon that has all manner of unique properties and because of that, new applications for it have been announced periodically since its discovery in 2004. Until now though, very little progress had been made in using it in optoelectronics devices. This new property, called a hot-carrier regime by the team, is unusual because it’s normally only seen in other materials at very cold temperatures. With graphene, however, the effect occurs at low, medium or high temperatures making it a very good candidate for practical applications such as photo-sensing or as part of devices that harvest the energy in sunlight.The team notes that the discovery of this new property of graphene they describe is likely just the first step in a very long journey. Much more research needs to be done to find out such things as just how efficient can a process using it be made, or what if more layers of graphene are integrated into a device. They plan to continue work in this area, as will others no doubt, now that this new property has come to light. More information: Hot Carrier–Assisted Intrinsic Photoresponse in Graphene, Science DOI:10.1126/science.1211384ABSTRACTWe report on the intrinsic optoelectronic response of high-quality dual-gated monolayer and bilayer graphene p-n junction devices. Local laser excitation of wavelength λ = 850 nm at the p-n interface leads to striking six-fold photovoltage patterns as a function of bottom- and top-gate voltages. These patterns, together with the measured spatial and density dependence of the photoresponse, provide strong evidence that nonlocal hot-carrier transport, rather than the photovoltaic effect, dominates the intrinsic photoresponse in graphene. This regime, which features a long-lived and spatially distributed hot carrier population, may open the doorway for hot carrier–assisted thermoelectric technologies for efficient solar energy harvesting.Preprint on arXiv: arxiv.org/abs/1108.3826 © 2011 PhysOrg.com Graphene shows unusual thermoelectric response to lightcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A team comprised of researchers from MIT and Harvard has discovered yet another unique and useful property of graphne, this time it involves optics. As they describe in their paper published in Science, when light, or in this case a laser, is aimed at an object with a graphene surface its electrons get hot and remain so for longer than the rest of the object. This property opens up the door to all kinds of possibilities for new kinds of superfast photo-detectors and energy harvesting technology. 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. Citation: Research team finds graphene may pave the way for new kinds of optoelectronic devices (2011, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-team-graphene-pave-kinds-optoelectronic.htmllast_img read more

RealtyTrac Recruits Specialist to Drive Growth of Broker Network

first_img January 15, 2014 429 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers RealtyTrac Service Providers 2014-01-15 Tory Barringer New,RealtyTrac Recruits Specialist to Drive Growth of Broker Network in Technologycenter_img Share “”RealtyTrac””:http://www.realtytrac.com/home/?a=b&utm_medium=7&utm_source=137300&utm_campaign=534&accnt=137300, one of the nation’s leading sources for housing data, announced the hiring of real estate and technology specialist Samantha Tino as VP of sales for the RealtyTrac Network.[IMAGE]””We are excited to announce the addition of Samantha to the RealtyTrac team,”” said RealtyTrac CEO Jamie Moyle. “”Her years of valuable sales experience coupled with her [COLUMN_BREAK]extensive knowledge of the real estate industry will ensure that we continue targeting and serving top-notch brokerages to advance the growth of our exclusive network.””Tino brings to her new position more than 15 years of real estate and sales experience. She most recently served as VP of sales for Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, where her efforts contributed to the development of the company’s sales strategies and its acquisition of new customers. Prior to that, she was director of regional sales for the Western United States at Delta Media Group, a technology marketing and business management company.Tino’s responsibilities at RealtyTrac include spearheading the continued expansion of its licensed broker network in markets across the country.””The RealtyTrac Network provides brokerages with a competitive edge with a multi-faceted offering that includes RealtyTrac’s extensive database, exclusive leads and impressive media reach,”” she said. “”I look forward to expanding the RealtyTrac Network’s reach by bringing this unique opportunity to leading brokerages.””last_img read more

LAS VEGAS Nev – UFC and The Walt Disney Co on T

first_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – UFC and The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced an agreement for live fight coverage on its new subscription streaming service beginning in January.The agreement calls for 15 live UFC events to stream exclusively on ESPN Plus. Each event will be called “UFC on ESPN Plus Fight Night” and will feature 12 bouts.The deal gives Disney’s new Direct-to-Consumer and International segment mixed martial arts inventory popular with young audiences. Financial terms were not disclosed.UFC has had a broadcast agreement with Fox that started in 2011 and expires at the end of this year. UFC spokesman Chris Bellitti said discussions are being held with Fox about having fights on its main network or FS1. Fox declined to comment.“One of our goals for ESPN Plus is to bring sports fans of all genres content they love and are passionate about, and this agreement with UFC is illustrative of exactly that,” Direct-to-Consumer and International chairman Kevin Mayer said. “We look forward to providing UFC’s enthusiastic, growing fan base with a wide array of live events and building a lasting relationship with the industry leader in mixed martial arts.”ESPN’s television channels will carry UFC content, including a 30-minute special previewing upcoming bouts and breaking down matchups leading up to each UFC pay-per-view fight cards, as well as UFC library programming and re-airs of UFC PPV events.“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Walt Disney Co. and ESPN on an agreement that will continue to grow our sport,” UFC president Dana White said. “UFC has always done deals with the right partners at the right time and this one is no exception. We will now have the ability to deliver fights to our young fan base wherever they are and whenever they want it.” UFC fights will be streamed on ESPN Plus starting in January by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2018 9:34 am PDT Last Updated May 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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