ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia’s defence minister says Israel has failed to overcome U.S. objections to a plan to sell 12 used fighter jets to Croatia and the $500 million deal will likely be cancelled.Damir Krsticevic spoke after a meeting with Israeli defence officials in Zagreb on Thursday.Israel reached a tentative deal to sell the upgraded F-16 Barak fighters to Croatia in March pending U.S. approval that would allow the American-made technology to be purchased by a third party.The deal ran into trouble after Washington said that Israel needs to strip off the upgrades that were added to the aircraft after Israel took delivery from the U.S. some 30 years ago.Israel upgraded the jets with sophisticated electronics, which was crucial in Croatia’s decision to buy the planes from Israel rather than from the U.S.The Associated Press
21 November 2011United Nations staff, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today mourned the lives of colleagues that perished in the line of duty with a memorial service at UN Headquarters in New York. Since March 2010, 195 men and women died in various incidents around the world; 95 were military personnel, 23 police, and 77 civilians. While ceremonies have been held on an individual basis, Mr. Ban said today’s memorial service would mark the beginning of a new tradition, in which a ceremony will be held every year for all staff who die while serving the UN.“UN staff give the world daily profiles in courage and commitment… Immersing themselves in their work and their communities, they show the world the great, caring face of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said.“Our best tribute to them, beyond today’s memorial, is to continue the life-saving and life-enhancing work for which they gave their lives.”Mr. Ban added that the UN is taking all necessary measures to protect its staff, and called on countries to ensure those who commit crimes against them are punished.“We continue modernizing our security operations, from infrastructure to threat analysis, training and protection. We are strengthening what we do for families in the aftermath of death and disaster. And we are pressing governments to uphold their responsibility not only to provide security, but to prosecute those who target UN staff for violence,” he said.Recent deadly incidents include a terrorist attack on UN premises in Abuja, Nigeria; a suicide attack in Afghanistan near a refugee compound; two plane crashes – one in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and one in Bolivia; and an attack against aid workers in Sudan.“I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those who have served the UN around the world – far from their countries and loved ones – and who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mr. Al-Nasser.“I would like to underscore that the safety and security of UN personnel – civilian and uniformed – must be a top priority for all involved: the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Secretariat. To this end, we have to work closely with host countries, who bear the primary responsibility for safety and security on their respective territories,” he added.Mr. Al-Nasser commended the Secretariat’s work on the implementation of increased safety and security policies, and said that their execution on all missions would allow for a better assessment of the risks associated with UN operation in the field, leading to better operational decisions in the future. “For all the men, women and children whose lives are richer and safer thanks to the dedication of our staff, there have been those who were lost – the UN personnel who sacrificed their lives for a noble cause,” he said.“As we remember our fallen colleagues, we are all encouraged by their remarkable dedication, and are inspired to work even harder for the collective cause envisaged in the United Nations Charter: to keep peace and to promote better standards of life in larger freedom.”
West Papua is a province of Indonesia, which has been fighting for independence. Indonesia has been accused of shooting and beating activists and there have been claims of torture.When it came to stopping the asylum seeker boats, Abbott says that even before he was sworn in as prime minister he met with border protection agencies and told them their duty was “to stop the boats by all lawful means notwithstanding fierce controversy at home and possible tension abroad”.He continues: “Some media claimed that harsh treatment of boat people was being hidden. Some government lawyers claimed that the operation was beyond power. Some senior officials fretted about the consequences for our relationship with Indonesia. Abbott has penned a 3,706-word essay for the rightwing magazine Quadrant defending and celebrating his two-year period in office, The Guardian reported. Australia’s former prime minister says he is proud of his decision to not “join the human rights lobby” and take a stand against what he describes “tough but probably unavoidable actions taken” by the Sri Lankan government during the civil war there. Abbott says not mentioning the alleged war crimes would have pleased the Sri Lankan president, which was important because it was a “seminal truth” that “all politics is personal” – an aphorism he attributes to the US vice-president, Joe Biden. He suggests his diplomacy allowed the two countries to cooperate more strongly to stop asylum seekers arriving by boat to Australia.That sort of diplomacy is also embodied, he says, by an interaction he had with Indonesia: “As a very early sign of good faith to the Indonesians, I had West Papuan activists, who’d arrived in the Torres Strait claiming asylum, quietly returned to Papua New Guinea.” “But the government simply had to stop the boats – our national interest and our self-respect as a country demanded it – and succeed we did through an indefatigable resolve to get it done.” Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the stand he took on Sri Lanka when he was Prime Minister.Abbott was accused of backing the Mahinda Rajapaksa led Government when it was accused of grave human rights abuses. He adds: “A country that can’t control its borders sooner or later loses control of its future.”Abbott also trumpets his efforts against terrorism. Because of his decisions – and “despite the Turnbull government’s recent decision not to commit specialist troops to ground operations in the Middle East” – Australia is the biggest contributor, after the US, to the battle against Islamic State.
The principal of a Washington, D.C. public charter school is offering students $100 each out of her own pocket to stay off their electronic devices just one day a week for the duration of summer break.Diana Smith, principal of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Northwest D.C. (Courtesy Photo)Diana Smith, principal of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Northwest D.C., said eighth- and ninth-graders can earn the prize by foregoing electronics each Tuesday until school starts in late August.Approximately 160 students are eligible to take on the challenge. Students must get two signed letters from adult witnesses to earn their prize.A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association closely examined the role that cell phones have on brain activity. While the report didn’t decisively link negative health effects to cell phone usage, questions remain about the long-term impact of cell phone use on youth.“I challenge them to stay off of any screens—so television, games, phones, tables, everything—for the 11 Tuesdays that we have of summer break,” Smith told D.C. radio station WTOP. “Kids have these phones under their pillows at night—they’re going to bed, they’re texting each other at 3, 4 in the morning. I have concerns about the amount of sleep the students are getting and the potential loss of focus.”Ward 7 residents Marlon and Tamsin Edwards said encouraged the District of Columbia Public Schools, churches, and the larger D.C. community to enact similar programs and incentives to keep children off electronic devices.As parents of a 16-year-old daughter and twin 10-year-old sons, the Edwards household has a strict ban on most electronics for all but one hour per day.“I think the phones are addictive and lead to anti-social behavior simply because it is a manufactured connection with other people,” Marlon Edwards said. “You can see it in restaurants with entire tables of people sitting next to each other, but still connected to their phones, tablets, televisions, and other devices. They are so busy…online that they fail to interact with each other in the immediate. We do not want our children growing up like that.”The Edwards household requires lots of newspaper and book reading, outdoor activities, and at least two hours a day of talking to each other.“I love this principal’s position not just for better sleep, but also because we know that a certain level of radiation is emitted from these phones, tablets and televisions while in use. What is that doing to our children’s cognition and brain health,” Tamsin Edwards said. “We want our children to sit still in a classroom and listen to someone speak without fidgeting, but we’re equipping their brains to respond to constant stimuli—colorful things jumping about—and so they are losing their capacity to mellow out and pay attention.”
There has been a reawakening.We had heard a lot of rumors. Stories. We weren’t sure it was real… but it’s true. All of it. It’s just been officially announced that a four-disc Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition is on its way this Fall.For fans who picked up the original Blu-ray release in April, this is a bit of a kick in the teeth. If they knew that a better release was on the way, they might have held off for it. It’s not that the original release was barebones–far from it. The original two-disc Blu-ray set features an hour-long making of documentary called Secrets of the Force Awakens, four minutes of deleted scenes, and lots of featurettes about the creatures, battles, music, and more. It’s a decent set but many felt there was something lacking, and now we know why.This new release will offer an audio commentary by J.J. Abrams, more deleted scenes, and a bunch of more featurettes, including a conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega about what it was like to step into the biggest franchise in history. Why were these features left off the initial release? I’m sure fans will have a few theories.The film itself won’t be any different as it’s still the theatrical release, although you’ll get your choice of formats- Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and DVD. Plus, there’s this packaging!This new edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will launch in the US and Canada on November 15. Some regions will see its release on October 31, such as the UK, France, and Sweden, with it rolling out to more territories later on in November.Here’s the full list of bonus features. Is it enough to make you double dip?Audio Commentary with J.J. Abrams – A feature-length commentary with the director, who will reveal all the choices he made developing the film.Foley: A Sonic Tale – Foley artists are always fun to watch in their (serious!) craft as they always look like toddlers destroying stuff. A featurette of how they made the sound match the film.Sounds of the Resistance – Another featurette about the sound design of the film and how it matched up to the originals.Deleted Scenes – More deleted scenes! No word as to their length or how many they are, but as to why they weren’t included with the original deleted scenes is confusing.Dressing the Galaxy – A discussion with costume designer Michael Kaplan about re-envisioning the costumes from the OT for this film.The Scavenger and the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega – The two breakout stars talk about working together and becoming part of Star Wars history,Inside the Armory – A look inside the design and creation of the weapons of the movie.Classic Bonus Features – All the same stuff from the April release of the film.
Carbon features in the COS spectrum of Y453. Image credit: Dixon et al., 2017. Researchers investigate chemical composition of globular cluster NGC 6362 More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1708.01315.pdf Explore further Citation: Astronomers reveal insights into the nature of a distant ultraviolet-bright star (2017, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-astronomers-reveal-insights-nature-distant.html © 2017 Phys.org A team of astronomers led by William Dixon of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, has presented new spectral analysis of the ultraviolet-bright star Y453. The study, presented Aug. 3 in a paper published on arXiv.org, reveals insights about the star’s physical parameters, chemical composition and its evolution. Y453 is part of the globular cluster Messier 4, or M4 (also known as NGC 6121) located about 7,200 light years away from the Earth. The enigmatic ultraviolet-bright stars like Y453 are evolving objects, either from the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) or directly from the extreme horizontal branch (EHB), onto the white-dwarf cooling curve. Therefore, stellar parameters and photospheric abundances of such stars could improve our knowledge about low-mass stellar evolution and white-dwarf formation.In order to better understand Y453 and ultraviolet-bright stars in general, Dixon’s team has observed this star with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The observations, carried out on February 9, 2015, allowed the researchers to obtain important information about Y453.”We have performed a spectral analysis of the UV-bright star Y453 in M4,” the authors wrote in the paper. The team acquired crucial information about Y453’s mass, radius, luminosity, effective temperature and photospheric abundances. They compared these parameters with new evolutionary models, and the star’s abundances with the cluster values.According to the study, Y453 has an effective temperature of 71,675 K, which proves that the star is much hotter than previously thought. Initial optical observations showed that it has an effective temperature of about 56,000 K. The spectral analysis reveals that Y453 has a mass of approximately 0.53 solar masses, a radius of just 0.17 solar radii, and a luminosity (log luminosity of Y453/solar luminosity) of 2.84. These values are consistent with the values expected of an evolved star in a globular cluster.”We scale the model to match the star’s optical and near-infrared magnitudes and derive a stellar mass and luminosity that are consistent with the values expected of an evolved star in M4,” the paper reads.The values derived by researchers indicate that Y453 most likely evolved from the blue horizontal branch, departing the asymptotic giant branch before third dredge-up. The researchers also measured the star’s photospheric abundances of helium (He), carbon (C), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), silicon (Si), sulfur (S), titanium (Ti), chromium (Cr), iron (Fe), and nickel (Ni). They found that the abundances of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen are 0.25 dex greater than those of the second-generation red-giant branch (RGB) stars, while the silicon and sulfur abundances match those of the cluster. Moreover, abundances of the iron-peak elements (except for iron itself) are enhanced by 1.0 to 3.0 dex.”It is likely that the observed abundances of Y453 represent the combined effects of multiple diffusion and mechanical processes within the stellar photosphere,” the astronomers concluded. 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.
© 2017 Phys.org Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are binary star systems comprising of a white dwarf and a normal star companion. They irregularly increase in brightness by a large factor, then drop back down to a quiescent state. Polars are a subclass of cataclysmic variables, distinguished from other CVs by the presence of a very strong magnetic field in their white dwarfs.IGR J19552+0044 was detected in 2006 by the INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) space telescope. Subsequent observations of this highly variable X-ray source have shown that it is a magnetic cataclysmic variable. Now, Tovmassian’s team has revealed the results of a new follow-up optical observational campaign, which helped the researchers to obtain further information about this variable object.For their observations, the astronomers employed three telescopes at the National Astronomical Observatory (OAN) in Sierra San Pedro Mártir, Mexico, two Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes (PROMPT) at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile, and one telescope of South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in South Africa. In the study, the authors also included data obtained by the MDM Observatory on Kitt Peak, Arizona as well as the results provided by the Center for Backyard Astrophysics (CBA), a global network of telescopes observing CVs.This comprehensive observational campaign spanning three years (from June 2011 to July 2014) allowed the team to classify the studied X-ray source correctly.”We conducted follow-up optical observations to identify the sources and periods of variability precisely and to classify this X-ray source correctly,” the paper reads.According to the study, photometric and spectroscopic observations reveal that the white dwarf of IGR J19552+0044 has spin period and binary orbital period of 83.6 and 81.3 minutes, respectively. These discording results indicate that the studied CV is an asynchronous polar. “The system is not an ordinary polar. The photometric period that we identify with the spin period of the magnetic white dwarf is 2.8 percent shorter than the spectroscopic period; we think the latter reflects the orbital period of the system. This is one of the extreme cases of asynchronism,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The study underlines that such rate of asynchronism is among the largest observed in a few similar objects. The scientists are also uncertain about the source of this deviation, however the growing number of found asynchronous polars suggests that such anomaly is not as rare as originally thought. Besides detecting the asynchronism, the authors estimated the magnetic field strength of the white dwarf in this system. They reveal that this value is more likely about 16 MG and not higher than 20 MG. New magnetic cataclysmic variable star discovered Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Gagik H. Tovmassian of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has uncovered new details into the nature of a cataclysmic variable known as IGR J19552+0044. New observations reveal that this object is an asynchronous short period polar. The finding was presented October 5 in a paper published online on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: IGR J19552+0044: A new asynchronous short period polar: “Filling the gap between intermediate and ordinary polars”, arXiv:1710.02126 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1710.02126AbstractBased on XMM—Newton X-ray observations IGR J19552+0044 appears to be either a pre-polar or an asynchronous polar. We conducted follow-up optical observations to identify the sources and periods of variability precisely and to classify this X-ray source correctly. Extensive multicolor photometric and medium- to high-resolution spectroscopy observations were performed and period search codes were applied to sort out the complex variability of the object. We found firm evidence of discording spectroscopic (81.29+/-0.01m) and photometric (83.599+/-0.002m) periods that we ascribe to the white dwarf (WD) spin period and binary orbital period, respectively. This confirms that IGR J19552+0044 is an asynchronous polar. Wavelength-dependent variability and its continuously changing shape point at a cyclotron emission from a magnetic WD with a relatively low magnetic field below 20 MG. The difference between the WD spin period and the binary orbital period proves that IGR J19552+0044 is a polar with the largest known degree of asynchronism (0.97 or 3%). Power spectra multiband photometry of IGR 1955+0044. The solid lines are powers after clean procedure is applied to powers presented as dotted lines. The bluish curves are for the V band, the red are for the I band, and the green are for the WL light curves. Credit: Tovmassian et al., 2017. Citation: Astronomers identify new asynchronous short period polar (2017, October 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-astronomers-asynchronous-short-period-polar.html 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.
Christmas comes but once a year but it’s one time too many for some. While the Ebenezer Scrooges of this world make up a small part of the population, they are certainly persistent and can be found throughout history.Here are 4 classic cases of notorious party poopers who humbugged their way through the holiday season…No Love for an Elvis ChristmasElvis Presley first national television appearance 1956.The King of Rock & Roll became the King of Jingle Bells in 1957, after releasing the classic disc Elvis’s Christmas Album. Yet many in the radio establishment weren’t impressed. A stand was being taken against the perceived low morals of this new and exciting form of music.Program manager Bruce Dennis, quoted in the book Is Rock Dead? by Kevin J.H. Dettmar (2005), said “eight out of ten numbers are trash not acceptable for radio presentation.”One voice of note was DJ Dick Whittinghill. He refused to play Elvis’s hits on station KMPC, and the advent of the festive season wasn’t going to swerve him from his chosen path.Presley in a publicity photo for the film The Trouble with Girls, released September 1969.The PDX Radio website draws attention to a vintage excerpt from Billboard Magazine. Whittinghill “answered a request to play the Presley album, with ‘No, I won’t play it. That’s like having Tempest Storm (stripper) give Christmas gifts to my kids.’”As a result, listeners were deprived of such controversial offerings as Oh Little Town of Bethlehem!This was serious business — at one point Al Priddy of KEX reportedly lost his job for placing Presley’s White Christmas on the decks. The spirit of Scrooge was alive and well on the airwaves of America it seems.Bay Colony Bauble BashersOliver Cromwell, by Samuel Cooper.English Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell was hated for apparently banning Christmas in the mid-17th century. However, some argue it was the Puritan movement he emboldened who were the true Grinches.As written on the Historic England website, “Although Cromwell himself did not initiate the banning of Christmas, his rise to power certainly resulted in the promotion of measures that severely curtailed such celebrations.”The Puritan movement had also crossed the Pond, where they caused festive chaos. In 1630 they landed in America, bringing with them the tough approach of their homeland.Oliver Cromwell c. 1649 by Robert WalkerA 2015 History.com article writes, “Christmas in the 1600s was hardly a silent night, let alone a holy one. More befitting a rowdy spring break than a sacred occasion.” Colonists saw evil in their stocking rather than oranges.Despite the season’s religious aspect, the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony clamped down on festivities. This influence spanned the centuries, with the state finally accepting Christmas as a public holiday in 1856.Ho-Ho-NoA classic American image of Santa Claus.As the first person to be put in charge of the World Health Organization, Brock Chisholm knew a thing or two about well being. Unfortunately, his expertise didn’t extend to Christmas wishes.The Canadian psychiatrist’s reputation took a knock when he warned parents against telling kids about Santa Claus.Quoted in the book Brock Chisholm, the World Health Organization, and the Cold War by John Farley (2008), he went as far as saying “Any man who tells his son” such things “is contributing directly to the next war.”Santa Claus distributes gifts to Union troops in Nast’s first Santa Claus cartoon, 1863.Chisholm reckoned that under these circumstances a boy could easily become the type of person who “develops a sore back when there is a tough job to do, and refuses to think realistically when war threatens.”Ironically the affair earned him the nickname “Santa Claus Man.”A Biercing ScreamAmbrose BierceThe American scribe Ambrose Bierce had his illusions shattered about Christmas at an early age. Reportedly he didn’t take kindly to finding out Santa was made up, despite his mother’s assertions.When it came to the season of goodwill, Bierce was as bitter as a turkey basted in creosote. He penned a poem concerning this festive fury, An Unmerry Christmas, which was printed in his Collected Works (1908).“For Christmas, greetings are like pots of ore,” he wrote. “The hollower they are they ring the more.”Read another story from us: Why “It’s a Wonderful Life” was Initially Considered CommunistBierce was so disappointed that he carried a hatred of his mother into adulthood. It goes to show an angry child can grow into a truly miserly man.
The ultimate same-sex wedding and honeymoon guide for Chicago and IllinoisTake the ultimate gay road trip down Route 66 and explore Illinois in styleInternational Mr Leather, Chicago Pride and other festivals to celebrate summer in IllinoisRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/5-incredible-places-to-visit-in-illinois-that-arent-chicago/ Galena in Illinois | Photo: Enjoy Illinois eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Be sure to check out the town’s amazing local art scene – The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space, for example. Furthermore, explore the amazing craft beer scene with a pitstop at the Craft Beer Bar. Follow this with a delicious corn dog at the Cozy Dog Drive In, or perhaps a horseshoe… Springfield’s signature dish is comprised of french fries, a horseshoe-shaped slice of ham and Welsh rarebit sauceFor Gay Star News’s guide to Springfield, click here.Starved Rock State Park | Photo: PixabayExplore 2,630 acres of protected beauty, not to mention enchanting seasonal waterfalls, on foot or by bike at the Starved Rock State Park.Dramatic canyons and cliff-faces abound; dense greenery explodes into magical colors come fall. And the perfect base for a spot of hiking in this dense, sprawling state park? The rustic Starved Rock Lodge, of course.The World’s Largest Rocking Chair | Photo: Courtesy of the Illinois Office of TourismHome to 2,700 people, Casey is another small settlement that makes a big impression – literally. It is famous for its plethora of Guinness World Record-winning giant objects…Be the envy of your Instagram followers with Borrower-sized pictures of yourself next to gigantic wind chimes, chairs, post boxes and rocking chairs. Then stop by the Big Things in a Small Town workshop to see the items being made!The Blind Pig Brewery. Photo: Sam Logan PhotographyFinally, in central Illinois, you’ll find the glamorously-named Champaign, named best food town in the Midwest by Midwest Living Magazine.A vibrant college town (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to almost 45,000) catering for culture vultures, from the contemporary Krannert Art Museum to the Spurlock Museum, housing ancient relics from Illinois’ history. An important date in Champaign’s diary is Pygmalion Festival, celebrated local arts and culture. Be sure to sample the local ale at the Blind Pig Brewery.Plan your trip at EnjoyIllinois.co.uk.Illinois Office of Tourism is a client of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . There’s no denying Chicago, the largest city in the state of Illinois, is a bona fide bucket list destination. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… With its futuristic skyline, explosive dining and extensive LGBTI scene, the blockbuster supercity is up there with the likes of New York City and Los Angeles as one of America’s most famous destinations. But there is so much more to Illinois than just Chicago.Here are five charming and historical places to visit in The Prairie State, all driving distance from Chi-town, several via the iconic Route 66…Photo: Aldrich Guest HouseFirstly, with a population of just 3,255 people, is Galena in northwest Illinois. This tiny town makes a huge impression. Located near the Wisconsin boarder, it’s worth a visit for a photo op on Main Street alone. This iconic street is perfectly preserved with colourful, charismatic 19th century houses.Why not visit the charming boutiques and coffee houses before mixing it up with a whiskey at the Blaum Brothers distillery? Or perhaps Amelia’s Galena Ghost Tour? The town is believed by many to possess ghoul-infested historical buildings. For blood pressure-friendly activities, head to the Galena Historical Society and Museum or the Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery.For upscale accommodation options try Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast [above], the Jail House Inn and Inn at Irish Cottage.The Illinois State Capitol | Photo: Dice SalesThink Chicago is the capital of Illinois? Think again. The state’s first city is actually Springfield, the former home of the late President Abraham Lincoln, and currently home to 117,000 people.Lincoln’s fingerprints can be found throughout the town, from his former home to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. But our favorite pit stop? The delightfully quaint Dana-Thomas House, designed by the iconic late architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
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___David McFadden on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmcfadd More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The security offensive to catch Coke was one of the bloodiest episodes in the Caribbean island’s recent history. Details of the operation remain murky but there have been numerous claims of unlawful killings, including the death of Clarke. Even the death toll is disputed. Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who built the Tivoli Gardens housing complex in the 1960s and is still revered as a patron by residents, has estimated that as many as 150 people were killed.An investigation by Public Defender Earl Witter into more than 1,000 complaints about rights violations by security forces during the state of emergency is still pending.Terrence Williams, head of an independent commission that investigates abuse allegations against security forces, said his office is committed to assisting with the prosecution of the Clarke case. His report on the accountant’s killing was sent to prosecutors in May, following a 24-month wait for ballistics tests.The initial investigation into Clarke’s death was started by a special police investigative team but was handed over to Williams’ commission in October 2010.Claude Clarke, the slain man’s brother and a former government minister, has said the family is determined to get justice. In a letter to Jamaica’s independent commissioner of investigations, Prosecutor Paula Llewelyn wrote that nagging questions about the controversial case can only be resolved by a jury in a criminal trial.Circumventing a preliminary inquiry process in magistrate’s court, Llewelyn said the Clarke case will be taken straight to the Home Circuit Court after the soldiers are arrested and charged by police, citing the “high public attention that this matter has commanded.”Llewellyn identified the accused soldiers as Lance Cpl. Odel Buckley, Lance Cpl. Greg Tingling and Pvt. Arnold Henry.A statement from the Jamaica Defense Force said it would not comment on matters before a court. Both Jamaica’s military and police have said almost nothing about the case since the killing.Clarke was shot in his suburban home a few days after security forces launched a manhunt for Coke that resulted in the deaths of at least 73 civilians in the Tivoli Gardens slum, a politicized “garrison” community controlled by Coke’s gang.Days before the fighting broke out in West Kingston, gangsters from across Jamaica had traveled to the barricaded neighborhood in a show of support for Coke. The gang leader was caught later and extradited to the U.S., where he was sentenced in June to 23 years in prison for drug trafficking. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Jamaica’s public prosecutor said Tuesday that three soldiers will be charged with killing accountant Keith Clarke, whose May 2010 shooting death occurred days after security forces launched an aggressive hunt for a fugitive underworld boss sought by the United States.Clarke, the brother of a former government minister, was shot at least 22 times inside a bedroom of his home in the upscale Kingston community of Kirkland Heights. Security forces descended on the businessman’s house while searching for drug kingpin Christopher “Dudus” Coke. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aiming to keep Auckland in the forefront of Aussie football fans’ minds, Tourism New Zealand has launched a NZ$1.2 million dollar 100% Pure You marketing campaign promoting the city to Australian travellers.Teaming up with Auckland Tourism, Event and Economic Development (ATEED), the six week promotion was designed to drive more Aussie visitors into the city and its surrounding regions.Coming off the back of the Rugby World Cup, the marketing campaign will include a TV commercial similar to that released by the Group in April and May this year as well as cinema advertising and online promotion.ATEED manager tourism Jason Hill said it was perfect time to launch the campaign.“The great profile generated through Rugby World Cup provides a perfect platform for us to boost awareness of the range of Auckland experiences and prompt bookings for the peak summer season,” he explained. As well as online and cinema ads, the two Group’s have also unveiled special deals for Aussie travellers to convert awareness into actual bookings.According to figures for the year ending September this year, New Zealand welcomed up to 1.1 million trans-Tasman visitors with up to 58.9 percent of them arriving into Auckland.
The latest Hotel Price IndexTM by Hotels.comTM, which compares hotel prices paid in 2014 with 2013, has revealed the top destinations to experience luxury accommodation for less.The list reveals the top 14 destinations where Australians experienced five-star luxury accommodation for under AUD$250 per night in 2014.The top five most affordable luxury destinations were in either Europe or Asia, cementing their position as top destinations for five-star accommodation at budget prices.Hotels.com regional director Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Katherine Cole said both Europe and Asia are becoming more popular among tourists seeking luxury on a budget.“Asian destinations continue to go head-to-head to offer the best-value luxury hotel deals for Aussie travellers, while a depreciating Euro is also making Europe an even more attractive long-haul destination than ever before,” Ms Cole said.“This year we really are spoilt for choice in culturally rich destinations offering luxury for less. With the widest range of hotel choices, competitive deals, and user-friendly technology, Hotels.com is the ideal place to find a luxury escape on a lemonade budget.”Warsaw, Poland came in at number one in the Hotel Price Index, where customers enjoyed a night in luxury accommodation for as little as AUD$147 per night. The Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel offers five-star luxury in Warsaw for travellers on a budget.In Mumbai, India, travellers paid an average AUD$187 per night to stay in luxury hotels and in Bangkok, Thailand luxury accommodation was an average AUD$197 per night.Fourth on list was Delhi, India where travellers could escape for an average AUD$198 per night. The LaLit New Delhi is a popular destination for five-star accommodation for less.Lisbon, Portugal came in at fifth place in the Hotel Price Index with customers enjoying a luxury stay for an average AUD$206 per night.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson
in Data, Origination January 16, 2013 436 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Origination Points Refinance Service Providers 2013-01-16 Tory Barringer Mortgage Applications Rise for Second Week Share Mortgage applications continue to perk up after ending 2012 on a low note, according to data from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.[IMAGE]The Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, increased 15.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted [COLUMN_BREAK]basis in the week ending January 11. On an unadjusted basis, the index was up 45 percent from the prior week.Purchase activity continued strong, with the Purchase Index rising 13 percent to its highest level since April 2011. The unadjusted Purchase Index ended the week 47 percent above the previous week’s reading and was 5 percent higher than the same week in 2012.The Refinance Index also increased, jumping up 15 percent from week to week. The refinance share of total mortgage activity remained unchanged at 82 percent, however.The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 3 percent of total applications, MBA reports.The rise in applications accompanies no apparent change in interest rates. According to the association’s data, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) with a conforming balance was 3.61 percent, flat from the previous week. However, points (including the origination fee) dropped to 0.38 percent from 0.41 percent previously, bringing the effective rate down.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “He’s going to impact me a lot. Football’s a team game and you need 11 guys to go out there and lay it on the line. The better the guys are around you… guys who are long and can rush the passer like he can rush; we’re going to be able to do many more things together.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Top Stories Comments Share Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Having Jones around should help Campbell reach his peak performance.“Just having them side by side like it was with Dwight (Freeney) will be huge,” Arians said. “When Dwight was over there, Calais got free a lot because there was nobody sitting inside waiting for him in a double team.”Campbell had 61 combined tackles (46 solos) and just five sacks last season, but he played inside more than he has in the past. Jones believes he and Campbell will have a positive impact on each other’s numbers and overall effectiveness.“Calais is a guy that seeks a lot of attention from an offense and gets double-teamed a lot,” Jones said. “It takes pressure off of me and it takes pressure off of him when two guys get potentially doubled-teamed on one defense.“When you have an offensive coordinator or an offensive line focusing in on one person, that frees up the other guy and allows him to make plays.”Campbell said Monday there is no news to report on contract talks, but he echoed Jones’ thoughts about the havoc the pair could wreak on offenses.“Chandler has been here working out for the last few weeks so we got a chance to bond and get to know each other,” he said. “Chandler’s such a great guy. He’s a champion and he knows what it takes to win so I’ve been picking his brain on that mentality. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Calais Campbell has so much on his agenda that you’d expect him to be a basket case.He is entering the last year of a five-year contract extension worth $55 million, and his salary cap number this season is $15.25 million (including a $9.5 million salary). That’s the Cardinals’ third-highest number behind quarterback Carson Palmer ($17.88 million) and receiver Larry Fitzgerald ($15.85 million), so the team may look to lower the big defensive end’s cap number by signing him to an extension. Campbell, who turns 30 on Sept. 1, recently hired a new agent (Tom Condon) after the NFL Players Association suspended and fined his former agent, Ben Dogra, in January.Campbell has made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons, but coach Bruce Arians has higher standards for him, and with the addition of Chandler Jones this offseason, much is expected of Campbell.“I don’t worry about that at all,” Campbell said Monday. “I just put the work in and make sure that I am prepared to lead this team.”Given Campbell’s consistent, big-picture perspective and his easy-going personality, you believe it when he says the potential contract talks are not a distraction and that Arians’ tough love is welcome.“You want a coach that’s going to push you and get the best out of you,” he said. “I know he wants what’s best for me so it’s my job just to go out there and respond. We have a great relationship. I love B.A. as a coach and as a person.“The biggest thing is trying to dominate games every single game. Every time I step on the field I want to be the most dominant player on the field. I’ve just got to put that work in to make sure I’m physically fit and mentally where I need to be.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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