Dutch Heineken heirs kidnapper jailed for life for gangland murders

first_imgThe Hague: A Dutch court jailed the country’s most notorious gangster for life on Thursday for ordering the “liquidation” of five people, including his accomplice in the 1980s kidnapping of a Heineken beer tycoon. Willem Holleeder’s “life was determined by greed, lust for power and violence”, judges said as they convicted the 61-year-old at a hearing in a secure court in Amsterdam dubbed “De Bunker.” Holleeder, nicknamed “The Nose” because of his prominent facial feature, became a minor celebrity following the abduction of beer heir Freddy Heineken and his driver in 1983. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The burly ganglord appeared on television and was even known as the “huggable criminal” for posing for selfies with fans on Amsterdam’s beer terraces. But the public image masked the brutal reality of a gangland enforcer who ruthlessly wiped out anyone who threatened his position as king of the Amsterdam underworld. In scenes reminiscent of Hollywood mob movies the Godfather and Goodfellas, he ordered the murder of Cor van Hout, his former friend and partner in crime in the Heineken abduction. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingVan Hout was the father of the children of Holleeder’s sister Sonja but was nevertheless gunned down outside an Amsterdam restaurant in 2003, after two earlier attempts on his life. Holleeder — who has been detained since 2014 — was also convicted of ordering the murders of so-called “banker for the mob” Willem Endstra in Amsterdam in 2004, gangster John Mieremet in Thailand in 2005, building contractor Kees Houtman, also in 2005, and associate Thomas van der Bijl in 2006. Judges said Holleeder “had an unscrupulous and indifferent attitude to life and death.” He will appeal against the life sentence, his lawyers said. Holleeder is further accused of ordering “hits” on his two sisters Sonja and Astrid after they testified against him. They were foiled after a fellow prisoner told police. “He doesn’t tolerate being crossed,” his sister Astrid, who wore a wire to record her brother’s confessions and now lives in hiding, told Dutch newspaper NRC in 2016. The Heineken kidnapping is one of the country’s best-known crime sagas and was turned into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins. Freddy Heineken and his driver were released after a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders (15.8 million euros, 18 million today) was paid. Most of the money was never recovered. Holleeder — whose alcoholic father worked for the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam — was sentenced to 11 years in 1987 for the abduction and released five years later.last_img read more

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Marrakech Hosts the 6th General Assembly of Organization of Military Sports

Rabat – The city of Marrakech is hosting the General Assembly of the Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) organized by the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), from March 3-10. Lieutenant General Abdelfattah Louarak, Inspector General of FAR, at Marrakech’s Royal Air Force School (BEFRA) will inaugurate the major sporting event on March 6.OSMA is organized upon the High Instructions of King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of FAR and will be attended by 38 countries, including Morocco, according to a statement by FAR General Staff. Several personalities and sports officials are invited to this event, such as the president of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), Colonel Hervé Piccirillo, acting president of the Organization of Military Sports in Africa, Brigadier General Katrima Manoni Phinehas, president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), Marius Vizer, and Olympic champion in 400m hurdles at the “1984 Olympic Games” in Los Angeles, Nawal El Moutawakel, currently a member of the Moroccan National Olympic Committee (CNOM).Founded in 1994, OSMA is a continental organization composed of the Armed Forces of African member countries. It brings together 45 countries and is the African representation of CISM.OSMA organizes military and championship games every 4 years as well as the African Military Football Cup every two years. OSMA holds its General Assembly every two years since 2008, the statement notes. read more

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Empowering people with disabilities vital for development targets – Ban

“Persons with disabilities encounter many disadvantages,” he said in a message for the Day, noting that they are often among society’s poorest and most excluded.“Yet they routinely show tremendous resilience, and achieve great heights in all spheres of human endeavour,” he added.The theme of this year’s Day is “making the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) disability-inclusive,” referring to the set of global targets to halve poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015. Mr. Ban pointed out that when persons with disabilities take part and lead development processes, their involvement generates opportunities for all.“The message for the MDGs is clear: putting persons with disabilities and their communities at the heart of our efforts is a proven way to advance the development agenda,” he said, while drawing attention to a summit to be held on the Goals next September.The Secretary-General also called for the implementation and universality of the landmark United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He characterized the pact, which entered into force last year, as “one of our most important tools to advance this cause.”United States singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder was officially designated today as a UN Messenger of Peace to advocate for the Organization’s work, with the artist – blind since birth – to champion people with disabilities.“It is beyond my ability to fathom that ten per cent of the people of this world [living with disabilities] do not matter to the other 90 per cent of the people in the world,” he told a news conference in New York. “I’m not able to believe that.”The new Messenger of Peace stressed that “seeing a person who’s left without an opportunity… means that we are all with a disability and that disability is a lack of being able to care.”The award-winning musical artist underscored his commitment to create a more inclusive world, likening the task that lies ahead with writing a song. “At the end of the day, if I’m challenged to write a song that’s a hit, it’s going to be number one and this is going to be a hit, too,” he said.For her part, the top UN human rights official underscored that people with disabilities continue to face massive challenges in their efforts to live a meaningful life.“Disability is not specifically mentioned in any of the eight MDGs, in the 18 targets set out to achieve these goals, nor the 48 indicators for monitoring their progress,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement commemorating the Day.She hailed the Convention, which has been ratified by 75 States with dozens of others having signed on, for filling “a major gap in international human rights law” by addressing, among others, the rights to education and freedom from exploitation.“If the terms of the Convention are rapidly reflected in national laws and policies, the ability of persons with disabilities to act on their own behalf to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and marginalization can and should be greatly enhanced,” Ms. Pillay stressed.The International Day, according to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, “provides an opportunity to reflect on the work of the [Convention] to date, while also highlighting the progress that remains to be made.”The group pointed to the right to equal recognition before the law as one of the areas in which further progress must be made.The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) today welcomed strides made for persons with disabilities in the region, but cautioned that governments and donors continue to neglect to include the issue of disability when dealing with the MDGs.“If we are serious about addressing poverty then persons with disabilities must be included on MDGs reporting as they are more likely to be poor than other groups,” said Alastair Wilkinson of ESCAP.Events to commemorate the Day will include a panel discussion and a film festival at UN Headquarters in New York, as well as a series of activities to sensitize and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities – including a children’s painting competition – by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal). 3 December 2009Efforts to achieve global development targets must include improving living standards and quality of life for everyone, including the world’s 800 million people with disabilities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. read more

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Montreal borough votes to restrict Airbnbstyle rentals in downtown core

MONTREAL — A Montreal borough is bringing in new rules aimed at limiting the number of short-term rentals in the city’s downtown core.Councillors in the Ville-Marie borough voted in support of a new motion on Tuesday evening to restrict private tourist rentals such as those offered on Airbnb.The rules will limit new rentals to a 3.3-kilometre-long stretch surrounding one of the city’s busiest commercial streets and will prevent new rentals from opening within 150 metres of each other.The city says the bylaw is designed to prevent frictions between tourists and long-term residents.Many Canadian cities are also grappling with how to regulate short-term rentals amid concerns they contribute to housing unaffordability and take long-term rentals off the market.Airbnb said in a statement it wants to work with the city to ensure new rules balance affordability concerns with people’s rights to share their homes. read more

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Marking World Habitat Day UN focuses on improving lives of millions of

“The city is becoming the new habitat for humanity. But it is a habitat where many of our old ideas, attitudes, customs and institutions leave us stranded, unable to foster our own collective well-being,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to mark the Day.The evidence, he said, was “most tellingly in slums, where many of the problems illuminated by the [UN] Millennium Declaration cluster in defiance of common decency.”The Secretary-General stressed that if cities were the collective future of humankind, then “it is time for us to take collective responsibility for their future development.” He urged everyone, “local authorities and urban residents – rich and poor – to seek out and share ways to achieve a sustainable habitat for all of humanity.”This year’s theme, “City-to-City Cooperation,” was an attempt to encourage new forms of partnership to deliver on those Millennium Development Goals, said Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).In addition, the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, made sustainable urbanization a priority by endorsing the UN’s specific target of making a “significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020,” she said in her message.The international community also showed its seriousness in tackling the problems of urbanization by upgrading of the former UN Centre for Human Settlements to a full programme, Ms. Tibaijuka said. UN-HABITAT was now “poised for action.”For his part, the President of the UN General Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, drew attention to “the importance of different links and networks between cities in this globalizing world.” Recognizing the value of cooperation, he said that the theme was formulated, “to advance the expansion of new partnerships between cities for the benefit of all the inhabitants of cities throughout the world.”The Day’s celebrations included a ceremony in Brussels to award the prestigious UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour to individuals and organizations for their contribution towards improving the lot of city-dwellers and dealing with other urban issues. read more

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The NFL Is No League For Old Men

Miami6 Carolina6 Arizona8 You could hardly find a group of people less likely to share an ethos with the counterculture movement of the 1960s than NFL decision makers. But increasingly, they don’t seem to trust anyone over the age of 30, either.In 2007, there were 201 players — not including kickers and punters — over 30 who started at least eight games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.1Pro-Football-Reference.com gives a player’s age for the season as the age he was on Dec. 31 of that season. That number was down to 133 last season, equating to roughly four per team. That’s a drop of 33.8 percent. Buffalo6 Could there be a market inefficiency in older players today, similar to the one that Allen exploited nearly 50 years ago? It seems like Jon Gruden is determined to find out. Last year, the Raiders had eight 30-something starters, tied with Arizona for the league high. A total of six — safety Reggie Nelson, tackle Donald Penn, running back Marshawn Lynch, tight ends Jared Cook and Lee Smith, and defensive end Bruce Irvin — remain. And the team has added linebacker Derrick Johnson (36 this year), safety Marcus Gilchrist (30) and wideout Jordy Nelson (33) as projected starters. Plus, the team signed 32-year-old Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last week to fortify an injury-depleted defensive backfield. Gruden was surprised that he was even available.“Somebody that has a history in this league,” the Raiders coach said to The Fresno Bee. “He’s got a lot of clout, and a lot of people know who he is. We’re hoping we can rejuvenate him and get him acclimated to our defense and potentially utilize his skills he’s proven for a long time.”So it seems like the Raiders are set to put a lot more gray into the Silver and Black. For that, in today’s NFL, they don’t have much competition. Roster construction appears to be a big factor. Last year, the eight division winners spent an average of 52.1 percent of their total salary cap on their top 10 players.2The Saints spent the lowest share on their best players at 42.4 percent, but that was due largely to one of the most productive rookie classes in history. And players on rookie contracts, which span up to five years when including option years for first-rounders, are huge bargains relative to their level of on-field production. That left only about half the available money for 80 percent of those teams’ rosters. This would mean that a lot of minimum contracts are being used to fill in the gaps — and because minimum salaries increase according to service time, only the elite 30-somethings may be surviving.This isn’t necessarily the wrong strategy. Once they hit 30, average players are either in the midst of or rapidly approaching the downside of their careers. Data shows that players at all positions generally see performance declines by age 30, with players’ peak ages ranging from 24 for running backs to 28 for most offensive linemen and quarterbacks. The subsequent declines are gradual from year to year, but the result is pronounced for all positions. So teams seem to be prioritizing younger players who are hitting their peak or ascending at the expense of veterans.There are certainly high-profile examples of older players still at the top of their game. But even the New England Patriots, who have been witness to the age-defying brilliance of 41-year-old Tom Brady, haven’t stockpiled older players. Brady was joined by only three other Pats players 30 or older who started at least eight games last year: Danny Amendola, Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty. And the Patriots let Amendola leave via free agency to the Dolphins.Teams in the past have bucked this trend, though. The George Allen-coached Washington teams in the 1970s were nicknamed “The Over-The-Hill Gang” after they systematically traded draft picks for veterans. In 1971, the average age of Allen’s starters was 29.4, and the team had 11 starters over the age of 30. But Washington won nine games that season and 11 the following year, in which they regularly started nine 30-somethings en route to the NFC championship. Baltimore7 Teams that had the most players age 30 or older who started at least eight games last season TeamNo. Players Age 30+ Cincinnati7 Oakland8 Excludes kickers and puntersSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps Maryland in the first Big Ten game

Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (8-4, 1-0 Big Ten) swept the Maryland Terrapins, 3-0, securing its first Big Ten victory this season on Wednesday. The Buckeyes won 25-20, 25-16 and 25-16, respectively.With a total of 44 kills, five blocks and a .364 hitting percentage, the Buckeyes played well enough to ensure the Terrapins would not take away the home win from them.Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston was proud of how his team played and how they used their strengths to start off strong in the conference.“Maryland is a very good team and we were the aggressors on every facet of (the match),” Carlston said. “Defensively we were great and we passed the ball really well.”The Buckeyes and the Terrapins were both determined to take the first set as they started off the game with nine lead changes and 12 tied scores. Although Maryland delivered four solid blocks, it was not enough to top the Buckeyes’ 16 kills, 11 assists and 11 digs in the first set en route to Ohio State’s 25-20 victory.The Buckeyes did not slow down in the second set as they started with a 5-1 score. The Terrapins upped their game with six blocks from their defensive line, but the Buckeyes fought back with 28 kills, nine of them coming from outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. Ohio State played no different in the third set as the team quickly racked up points. With a 16-10 lead, the Buckeyes called a timeout and seemed to gain more momentum coming out of the break. Maryland’s 19 errors further helped the Buckeyes win the match, claiming their first Big Ten win.Outside hitter Ashley Wenz contributed 10 kills total to the match. Despite playing well, Wenz praised setter Taylor Hughes for how she played the game.“I think [Hughes] played a really smart game,” Wenz said. “She was putting up really nice balls, making smart decisions, getting us split blocks.”Carlston has seen improvement in the team since the start of the season, but believes there is always a way to get better. “I think our leadership is really starting to step up,” Carlston said. “[With a win] you get consistency, build confidence, and we just got to roll up our sleeves and keep getting dirty with what we’re doing and working hard.”The Buckeyes will be heading to West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday to play No. 13 Purdue for their second conference match of the season.Wenz said the past few wins has helped build the confidence the Buckeyes need to go up against Purdue this weekend.“Being able to provide our own energy will be the biggest part of it for us,” Wenz said.Carlston has faith that his team will play well on Saturday after its performance against Maryland.“Every match is going to be a battle, but I think this team will be good on the road, so I’m excited to get out there and play,” Carlston said. read more

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Allegations against dead politicians will form part of Westminster strand of the Independent

But a series of failed business ventures resulted in him being declared bankrupt.In 1988 he sued a number of newspapers over a story which alleged he was promiscuous and was suffering from Aids.He won the initial case, but it was later overturned by the Court of Appeal.Two years ago Mr Gilberthorpe was in the headlines again when he offered to be a witness for US President, Donald Trump, who had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a flight between Dallas and New York City in 1979. Claiming to have been on board the same flight and insisting he had a photographic memory, he contacted Mr Trump’s campaign team saying he would testify that he had seen nothing untoward. The panel has already written to Lady Brittan – widow of the former Home Secretary Credit:Warren Allott  An IICSA spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Gilberthorpe’s claims would form part of the hearing and would also feature briefly in the opening statement by its lead counsel, although he would not be called to give evidence.Mr Gilberthorpe, 57, said: “I just think that for I and others like me to have our say is important.”The panel has already written to Lady Brittan – widow of the former Home Secretary – informing her that she is likely to be upset by the re-examination of previously discounted allegations against her late husband.IICSA is also expected to explore a series of unfounded claims against the former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, who died in 2005 and can no longer defend himself.Harvey Proctor, who has been afforded core participant status for the Westminster strand, said it was increasingly looking as if IICSA would provide a platform for further lies to be spread about those who cannot protect their reputation.It is not clear if Mr Gilberthope has submitted any material to IICSA, but a statement given to Scotland Yard by the Sunday Mirror journalist who interviewed him in 2014, has been submitted.A former Tory councillor in Gloucestershire, Mr Gilberthorpe, once tipped himself as a future Prime Minister. The panel has already written to Lady Brittan - widow of the former Home Secretary  Outlandish allegations against dead politicians made by a bankrupt former Tory activist will form part of the Westminster strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), The Telegraph can reveal.Anthony Gilberthorpe, a former antiques dealer, was paid thousands of pounds by a tabloid newspaper in 2014, for a story in which he claimed to have supplied cabinet ministers with underage boys for sex parties in the 1980s.The 56-year-old said the drug fuelled orgies had taken during the Conservative Party conferences between 1981 and 1984 and were attended by a string of high profile figures.Mr Gilberthorpe, who would have been a teenager himself at the time, claimed he had scoured the streets of Blackpool and Brighton for rent boys, before taking them back to the main conference hotel where they had sex with male politicians including members of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet.On one occasion he claimed the sex party took place in the hotel’s swimming pool with participants taking large quantities of cocaine.The extraordinary claims, which appeared in a Sunday newspaper, were widely dismissed, when they first published with critics pointing out the hotel where the Prime Minister stayed during the party conference was always crawling with police, security, journalists and other politicians.But despite Mr Gilberthorpe’s colourful past and the fact he once admitted to a court that he had fabricated stories, it has emerged that the Government’s beleaguered sex abuse inquiry, will consider his claims in order to assess whether there was any cover up at the time. There is mounting concern that the inquiry – which was set up in the wake of unfounded of a paedophile ring operating at the heart of Westminster – will serve as a platform for unproven allegations against high profile figures to be dredged up once again. 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. read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgHERE ARE THE five stories you need to know before you head out the door this evening.1. #SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius will appear before a court tomorrow charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria. A police spokesperson has said the state will be opposing bail for the Paralympic gold medallist. Steenkamp was shot four times in the early hours of this morning.2. #GARDAÍ: The Garda Representative Association has passed a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. At a meeting today, the Central Executive Committee of the GRA also passed a motion calling on the Garda Commissioner to address the negative effect on Garda morale resulting from proposals to cut Garda pay and change working conditions.3. #HORSE BURGERS: Monaghan-based company Rangeland Foods has withdrawn some batches of its beef burgers for sale after tests found the meat contained between 5 per cent and 30 per cent horsemeat. The company said the meat had originated from Poland. Supermac’s, which is supplied with meat by Rangeland Foods, has moved to distance itself from the findings, saying its burgers are made solely of Irish beef.4. #JOBSWATCH: Online retailer eBay Inc is to create 450 new jobs in Dundalk. The jobs, which were announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton today, will be in the areas of customer services, sales and compliance.5. #FOND FAREWELL: The Health Service Executive rehired three of its former staff last year, just one day after they retired. New records show that a total of 120 former HSE staff were rehired last year, seven of whom had already taken early retirement or voluntary redundancy.last_img read more

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24GHz dualcore CPU is minimum required for Battlefield 3

first_imgBack in July GameStop briefly posted minimum specs for Battlefield 3 on their online store. Now the official PC requirements have been released by DICE and EA, and GameStop weren’t far off the mark.The bare minimum requirements needed to play the game may have a few of you with older rigs moving uncomfortably in your chairs. We all know minimum requirements mean turning all the effects down and getting by with a less than optimal resolution.So, the minimum PC spec will require is:2.4GHz Core 2 Duo or 2.7GHz Athlon X22GB RAMDirectX 10 graphics card with 512MB RAM (GeForce 8+ or Radeon 3000+)20GB hard disk spaceWindows Vista 32-bit with Service Pack 2The minimum actually lists a 2GHz chip, but then offers up the 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo as an example, so go figure. This is minimum hardware, so I would suggest a 2GHz chip may not cut it.As for the recommended requirements, you won’t need any more disk space, but everything else seems to double:Quad-core processor4GB RAMDirectX 11 graphics card with 1024MB RAM (GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon 6950)Windows 7 64-bitIt looks as though a Core i5 CPU might be the best middle ground for running the game with the settings up high, and the graphics card requirements aren’t a cheap purchase either. Still, if you’ve been playing CoD in recent months the chances are your system is already more than ready for Battlefield 3.If your system comes up to spec we’ve got some other good news. Those that have pre-ordered the game via Origin get access to the Open Beta. The date it starts has now been confirmed as September 29, and it runs to October 10. If you bought Medal of Honor: Limited Edition/Tier 1 your 48 hours of access can start a little earlier from September 27. Check out the Battlefield 3 blog for more info on that.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

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Lippi It would be a nobrainer for Real Madrid to hire

first_imgAntonio Conte has all the technical and psychological requirements to get Real Madrid back to winning ways, reckons Marcello LippiThe former Chelsea coach is the rumoured favourite to replace the fired Julen Lopetegui in the dugout at Real.And Lippi, who coached Conte at Juventus during his playing days, reckons that his fellow Italian is a logical choice for Los Blancos.“Conte has all the technical and psychological values to manage a great club and why not, even Real Madrid,” said Lippi, according to the Daily Mail.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“I don’t know if he is interested in Real Madrid and if Real Madrid are interested in him but for sure he would be able to have Real Madrid come back.”Real Madrid Castilla boss Santiago Hernan Solari will be in charge on an interim basis for the next two weeks as the club decides on Lopetegui’s replacement.Former Real midfielder Esteban Cambiasso also backed the idea of Conte taking charge and reckons he will get on well with Real captain Sergio Ramos.Conte has also previously coached the Italian national team and Juventus.last_img read more

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VIDEO State Rep Dave Robertson Talks With WCTV About His First 7

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Rep. Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) recently stopped by WCTV studios to discuss his first 7 months on the job and his committee assignments, as well as several important issues confronting Wilmington, including Olin, Route 38 and the North Wilmington train station.Watch the 30-minute interview between Robertson and WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville below:— Video Playerhttps://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/0/0/1/6/4/3/00164308-e61b-4bb4-82db-aec83c7fc9ee1564592338.989+69375038.033@castus4-wilmington+15645969221564595197430114.vod.1080p.20190731_Discourse_Ep1_Dave_Robertson.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/0/0/1/6/4/3/00164308-e61b-4bb4-82db-aec83c7fc9ee1564592338.989+69375038.033@castus4-wilmington+15645969221564595197430114.vod.1080p.20190731_Discourse_Ep1_Dave_Robertson.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Learn About A Bill At The State House That Will Help WCTV & Other Local Access TV StationsIn “Community”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson Announces June Office HoursIn “Government”last_img read more

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Corporator Alakunta Saraswathi inspects drainage

first_imgTarnaka: Local corporator Alakunta Saraswathi inspected the drainage system in Street No 1 here on Monday. She directed the officials concerned to take steps and check internal drainage pipelines and clear the clogged drainage water. She said it was the need of the hour as the rainy season has started.last_img

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Sazal Jain has all the quality to become and successful Music Producer

first_imgMusic production is not an easy job. Although the technology involved in music production has dramatically changed over the years, creative work has remained unchanged. To be successful, you must have music production skills.Sazal Jain, who is known for helping music artist, has decided to start his production house in a short time. But will it be easy to start a big production house in a day, well atlist we can say the relations which Sazal has developed nothing is impossible for him? But can he do good things with his production house?Why it is commanding because only love for music can not help you grow in this field. He has to deal with individuals from the record label, artists, and probably prima donnas.Sazal has to go through the details because one bad day can spoil everything, and that is the difference between producing a hit and flop song. It will be a daunting task for Sazal; he might need the people of this field who can help him in crucial situations.Sazal has to learn one more thing, and that is patience. If he remains calm and relaxed in every situation, then he will not face significant issues while producing albums. Then he has to be respectful to the people who are working with him because a good team can do wonders for the production house. After all, it is a teamwork.We feel Sazal Jain can come over the above problems because he is a capable person and very energetic with good relations with top names. All these things will help him progress faster than an ordinary production house. So we are confident if he starts his production house, he will get success for sure.Here’s wishing Haryana’s Icon Sazal Jain all the best for his future ventures. We hope it does more good things for penniless souls and artist.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

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Newly elected MPs to be sworn in Thursday

first_imgElection commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed talks to newsmen at his office. Photo: UNBThe election commission (EC) on Wednesday sent a letter to the parliament secretary for taking necessary preparations to organise the oath-taking ceremony of the lawmakers elected in the 11th general elections.EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while talking to newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital on Wednesday.”The gazette containing the details of 298 newly elected MPs has been published and we’ve sent a copy to the parliament secretary so that they can take preparation for the oath-taking ceremony,” he said.He further said, “We heard the oath taking ceremony will be held at 11:00am on Thursday.”Replying to a journalist’s query whether the EC is satisfied with the election, the secretary said, “Our CEC has said that a peaceful election was held in the country and he also thanked everyone related to the election process.”When asked about Oikya Front’s memorandum placed before the EC, he said, “Anyone can place memorandum or letter to the election commission. We accepted it and the commission will take decision about it.””A few incidents of minor violence occurred on the election day and the commission directed the Inspector General of Police to submit a report after investigating the incidents,” he said.The EC secretary also said that the commission has decided to hold the Upazila Election in March as SSC and HSC exams will be held in February and April,” he said.last_img read more

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Genetic study shows explosion of diversity in fish after endCretaceous mass extinction

first_img Reef fish arrived in two waves Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolution A team of researchers from several institutions across the U.S. has found evidence suggesting that there was an explosion of diversity in fish after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, the team describes their genetic study involving more than 1800 species of fish and what they found. Credit: CC0 Public Domain After the end-Cretaceous mass extinction—the one that killed off the dinosaurs—mammals became much more diverse and dominant. Without the dinosaurs to feast on them, they were free to prosper. Much less is known about what went on in the oceans. In this new effort, the researchers have added some new pieces to that puzzle.Prior research has suggested that the asteroid or comet that smashed into the Earth approximately 65 million years ago killed off more than the dinosaurs—approximately 50 percent of all species worldwide disappeared. These include many sharks and other reptiles, leaving a void of sorts in the world’s oceans that allowed fish to flourish. And flourish they did, according to the researchers with this new effort.To learn more about what happened with sea creatures after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, the researchers collected tissue samples from 118 acanthomorph species, looking specifically at 1,000 DNA sequences that were similar across the genomes of their samples—as part of that effort, they searched for variations in genetic sequences that offered clues regarding how closely related the fish were to one another.The researchers found that six large groups of fish originated over the course of 10 million years after the mass extinction. Of those groups, five were acanthomorphs (spiny-rayed fish). Today, there are approximately 18,000 members of the acanthomorphs species and they represent approximately one in three vertebrate species alive today. That so many of them originated in the time after the dinosaurs disappeared shows that they, like mammals, found the world a much friendlier place—one where they were allowed to prosper. Such an explosion suggests that sharks and other reptile populations and their diversity must have plunged, leaving a vast void for the acanthomorphs to fill. Still unclear is why acanthomorphs, rather than other fish species, became so dominant. 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.center_img Explore further More information: Michael E. Alfaro et al. Explosive diversification of marine fishes at the Cretaceous–Palaeogene boundary, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0494-6AbstractThe Cretaceous–Palaeogene (K–Pg) mass extinction is linked to the rapid emergence of ecologically divergent higher taxa (for example, families and orders) across terrestrial vertebrates, but its impact on the diversification of marine vertebrates is less clear. Spiny-rayed fishes (Acanthomorpha) provide an ideal system for exploring the effects of the K–Pg on fish diversification, yet despite decades of morphological and molecular phylogenetic efforts, resolution of both early diverging lineages and enormously diverse subclades remains problematic. Recent multilocus studies have provided the first resolved phylogenetic backbone for acanthomorphs and suggested novel relationships among major lineages. However, these new relationships and associated timescales have not been interrogated using phylogenomic approaches. Here, we use targeted enrichment of >1,000 ultraconserved elements in conjunction with a divergence time analysis to resolve relationships among 120 major acanthomorph lineages and provide a new timescale for acanthomorph radiation. Our results include a well-supported topology that strongly resolves relationships along the acanthomorph backbone and the recovery of several new relationships within six major percomorph subclades. Divergence time analyses also reveal that crown ages for five of these subclades, and for the bulk of the species diversity in the sixth, coincide with the K–Pg boundary, with divergences between anatomically and ecologically distinctive suprafamilial clades concentrated in the first 10 million years of the Cenozoic. © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Genetic study shows explosion of diversity in fish after end-Cretaceous mass extinction (2018, March 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-genetic-explosion-diversity-fish-end-cretaceous.htmllast_img read more

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Applying deep learning to motion capture with DeepLabCut

first_img Citation: Applying deep learning to motion capture with DeepLabCut (2018, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-deep-motion-capture-deeplabcut.html © 2018 Tech Xplore More information: Alexander Mathis et al. DeepLabCut: markerless pose estimation of user-defined body parts with deep learning, Nature Neuroscience (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41593-018-0209-yAbstractQuantifying behavior is crucial for many applications in neuroscience. Videography provides easy methods for the observation and recording of animal behavior in diverse settings, yet extracting particular aspects of a behavior for further analysis can be highly time consuming. In motor control studies, humans or other animals are often marked with reflective markers to assist with computer-based tracking, but markers are intrusive, and the number and location of the markers must be determined a priori. Here we present an efficient method for markerless pose estimation based on transfer learning with deep neural networks that achieves excellent results with minimal training data. We demonstrate the versatility of this framework by tracking various body parts in multiple species across a broad collection of behaviors. Remarkably, even when only a small number of frames are labeled (~200), the algorithm achieves excellent tracking performance on test frames that is comparable to human accuracy. As Wei and Kording note, scientists have been trying to apply motion capture to humans and animals for well over a century—the idea is to capture the intricacies of all the tiny movements that together make up a larger, more noticeable movement, such as a single dance step. Being able to track such movements in animals offers some clues regarding their biomechanics and how their brains work. Being able to do so with humans can aid in physical therapy efforts or improvements in sports performance. The current process involves video recording the subject and carrying out a laborious process of tagging images frame by frame. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a computer automation technique to carry out the process, making it much faster and easier.To create DeepLabCut, the group trained a neural network using information from a database called Imagenet that contains a massive number of images and associated metadata. They then developed an algorithm that optimized estimations of poses. The third piece was the software that runs the algorithm, interacts with users and offers output of results. The result is a tool that can be used to perform motion capture on humans and virtually any other creature. All a user has to do is upload samples of what they are after, say, pictures of a squirrel, with its major parts labeled and some videos demonstrating how it moves in general. Then the user uploads video of a subject doing an activity of interest—say, a squirrel cracking open a nut. The software does the rest, producing motion capture of the activity. The team has made the new tool freely accessible to anyone who wishes to use it for whatever purpose they choose. Wei and Kording suggest the tool could revolutionize motion capture, making it easily available to professionals and novices alike. The hand of a mouse is automatically tracked with DeepLabCut, and the trajectories show the future (left) and past (far right) movements. Credit: Mathis et al, 2018 Explore further Making animated characters jump just got easier 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. A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Germany and the U.S. has developed a deep learning algorithm that can be used for motion capture of animals of any kind. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the group describes their tracking tool called DeepLabCut, how it works and how to use it. Kunlin Wei and Konrad Kording with the University of Peking and the University of Pennsylvania respectively offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the group in the same journal issue. Journal information: Nature Neuroscience Markerless pose estimation during behavior and across multiple species is crucial for many applications in neuroscience. Common model organisms are depicted in action, with the their past trajectories illustrated. Credit: Ella Maru Studio A fruit fly moving in a 3D chamber is automatically tracked with DeepLabCut Credit: Mathis et al, 2018last_img read more

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West Bengal AlliedMedical and ParaMedical Council Amendment Bill 2019 passed

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Allied-Medical and Para-Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the Assembly for the purpose of making provision for selection of the president and vice president of the West Bengal Allied-Medical and Para-Medical Council by nomination instead of election so as to enable the Council to discharge its functions.Some of the opposition MLAs raised questions on the motive of the government to nominate president and vice president. Minister-of-state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya in the Assembly said that the elected body will not be replaced. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataNew posts have been introduced in the name of president and vice president who will help the council run smoothly. Elections will however take place in every three years. There is no provision in the newly passed bill to dissolve the elected council. The minister also reminded that paramedical staffers take a great deal of burden in the hospitals. A separate council was set up by the government to bring transparency in the system. She also assured that the state government’s intention is clear. It wants to ensure that the council functions in smoothly manner. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAnother bill namely, the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also passed in the Assembly. One of the main objectives is to facilitate the single doctor to manage his patients more effectively. Bhattacharya said that the single doctor clinic would be brought within the ambit of the bill. She said that accident victims will be able to visit the single doctor clinic. It may be mentioned here that the Mamata Banerjee government had set up a health regulatory commission to fix accountability on private hospitals.last_img read more

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Protective Clothing Market Study of Revenue Details Threats In The Target

first_imgGlobal Protective Clothing Market by Material Type (Aramid & Blends, Polyolefin & Blends, Polybenzimidazole, Cotton Fibers, Laminated Polyesters and Others); Application (Thermal, Mechanical, Chemical, Radiation and Others) and End-user Industry (Oil & Gas, Construction & Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Law Enforcement & Military, Firefighting) is expected to reach $10,211 million by 2022 from $8,003 million in 2015, registering a CAGR of 3.6% from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report by published by Allied Market Research. It is anticipated that aramid & blends segment would generate the highest revenue throughout the forecast period. In the year 2015, North America led the global market, and is expected to maintain its position throughout the study period.Download Report Sample @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/371In the year 2015, construction & manufacturing was the largest end-user industry accounted for majority of the market share owing to the stringent government regulations regarding worker safety, followed by oil & gas, law enforcement & military, firefighting and pharmaceuticals segment. The thermal segment is accepted to generate highest revenue over the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for fire and flame resistant clothing from various end-user industries, whereas, the radiation segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate over the forecast period.The industry players made significant investments on new commercial avenues for their product segments via strategic partnerships & collaborations. Governmental funding towards extensive research and development activities coupled with an increasing support for application of protective clothing. There is a rise in demand for protective clothing from various end-user industries and an increase in application scope owing to its superior properties. Also, the decrease in prices of protective clothing owing to the improving manufacturing technologies is expected to drive the demand for protective clothing over the forecast period. However, factors such as high price of protective clothing and a constant threat of substitution are expected to hamper the market growth during the forecast period.Get a purchase enquiry @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/371In 2015, North America and Asia-Pacific collectively accounted for nearly two-thirds of the worldwide demand for protective clothing and are expected to maintain their lead position throughout the forecast period. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to be the fastest growing region, with a CAGR of 4.2% in value terms, followed by LAMEA, Europe and North America.Leading industry players:3M Company, DuPont, Teijin limited, Lakeland Industries, Workrite Uniform Company Inc., Ballyclare Limited, Glen Raven, Cetriko, W.L. Gore & Associates, and Koninklijke Ten Cate Nv.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Three adult turtles rescued being sent parcel service

first_imgLa Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) were called to the airport after customs officials found the three turtles in a package bound for Mexico City. The turtles are regulated by the Convention on International Trade for Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, of which Mexico is a member. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Photo: La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente La Paz, Baja California Sur — Three adult turtles have been rescued by environmental officers at the La Paz International Airport from from being sent via parcel service to Mexico City. During inspection, Profepa officers determined that the documentation did not comply with the legal requirements to ship the turtles which are a protected species, and were therefore, seized. last_img read more

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