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Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year WSJ reports

Apple Inc plans to launch three new iPhone models this year, including one with an LCD screen, to c, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.The iPhone maker also intends to introduce new camera features, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.Apple was not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours. Apple cuts production plan for new iPhones by 10%, Nikkei reports The real reason Apple is struggling in China: Its iPhones are priced at stratospheric levels Apple now says Q1 revenue drop will be up to 10% on weak holiday, China sales The Cupertino, California-based company has decided to stick with liquid-crystal display (LCD) at a time when sluggish sales of iPhone XR cut into its most recent revenue projection, the report said.Last week, Apple issued its first revenue warning in nearly 12 years, citing poor Chinese demand, sending its shares down 10 percent, their biggest intra-day fall in six years.Apple plans to continue with LCD model as the device has been in the production pipeline for months, the report said.However, for 2020, Apple will completely switch to the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, display for iPhones, thereby completely dropping the LCD model, the report said.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

Security Council welcomes establishment of new UN office for West Africa

In a presidential statement read out during an open meeting on Wednesday evening, the Council said the Dakar-based Office would also ensure the development of a fruitful partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), other subregional organizations and international as well as national players, including civil society. “The Security Council emphasizes that greater subregional integration must remain a key goal for the United Nations system in the search for lasting solutions to the conflicts in West Africa and to the human suffering to which these give rise,” said the statement by the Council President, Ambassador Moctar Ouane of Mali. He stressed the need to further strengthen the capacities of ECOWAS towards this end, especially its ability to stem the illicit flow of small arms and the establishment of militia. In that connection, the Council welcomed the three-year extension of the Moratorium on the Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Small Arms and Light Weapons in West Africa and appealed for international financial support for the effort. The Council also underscored the importance of taking steps to develop cooperation and coordination among the intergovernmental bodies and entities of the UN, which could influence the situation in West Africa. Concerning the Mano River Union countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the Council emphasized the “need to see to the effective implementation” of confidence building measures among them. The three were also strongly encouraged to “do their utmost” to hold a summit meeting of their heads of State. With specific reference to Sierra Leone, the Council welcomed progress in the country’s peace process and appealed to the international community for “substantial financial assistance for the programme for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants and other peace-consolidating activities” in the country. read more

Whole spectrum of Afghan society must get behind peace talks UN envoy

He flagged that peace efforts over the past year have created hope, “but also fear for many”.“They hope for an end to the conflict, but they also fear that peace might come at the sacrifice of freedom and rights, which the country has striven to protect and advance for the past 18 years”, he said, pointing out that “young women are worried about future restrictions to their participation in the socio-economic and political life of their country”. Mr. Yamamoto spelled out that any political settlement must include a promise to “protect and advance human rights and fundamental freedoms for all who live in Afghanistan, including those of women, youth, and minorities as well as the freedom of expression and the media”. The Council was meeting just days after months of direct talks between Taliban extremists, who controlled the country up to the allied invasion of 2001, and US Government officials, were declared “dead” by the US President, Donald Trump. The two sides had reportedly been close to a finalized peace deal, that did not directly involve the internationally-recognized Afghan Government. The UNAMA chief told Council members that another important achievement over the past 18 years that needs to be maintained and promoted, was the institutional capabilities of the State.He maintained that moving forward, peace efforts “need to address and bring about a reduction in violence and eventual ceasefire” and regional support remains “critical. Elections due later this monthAfghans are due to head to the polls on 28 September, for what will be their fourth presidential election since 2001. “Credible elections would provide an important political foundation for the future of the country as well as legitimacy and authority to the elected President”, Mr. Yamamoto told the Council, adding that this would be “particularly important” for the peace process.Although UN advisors are working “hand in hand” with electoral management bodies and security institutions are collaborating with international partners, concerns over security, fraud and voter turnout remain. Afghan citizens are expressing “much anxiety”, particularly in view of the Taliban’s stated threat to disrupt the electoral process: “Attacks directed against polling centres and civilians participating in the electoral process are unacceptable; they are clear violations of international law”, said Mr. Yamamoto. “I urge the Taliban to retract this threat, and I urge the Government to provide adequate security arrangements to safeguard the electoral process”.Search for peaceIn closing, he highlighted “the importance of advancing efforts for delivering peace; concretely the start of intra-Afghan negotiations”. Citing past peace negotiations, he noted that “as the prospect for substantive talks becomes real, the challenges will become greater”.According to Mr. Yamamoto, the final stages leading to the start of intra-Afghan talks require delicate handling and “cooperation from all of us”. “The United Nations commends the efforts of all those concerned to bring about direct talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and we in the United Nations will continue to assist such efforts”, he concluded.‘Complex’ criminal situation: drugs and crime agencyThe chief of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, updated the Council on drug production, trafficking and transnational organized crime, which he said, “remains complex” across the country.“Insurgents and other non-State actors control areas under opium poppy cultivation and are raising hundreds of millions of dollars”, he said. “The events of recent days and weeks have shown, more than ever, the urgency of finding a political settlement to the long Afghan conflict”, Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto said. The conflict can only be resolved by direct intra-Afghan talks, Yamamoto, UN envoy in #Afghanistan, tells Security Coun. It is imperative for direct Afghanistan govt & Taliban talks to commence. UN ready to support an intra-Afghan process. Read more— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) September 10, 2019 The persisting challenges posed by illicit drugs, economic and financial crime, corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing “continue to undermine the stability of the country”, according to the UNODC chief.“These crimes have a profoundly negative impact on the Government’s macro-economic objectives of financial inclusion, job creation, robust private sector-led growth and stable domestic revenue”, he reported.Drawing attention to some positive advancements, UNODC and the Afghan government will release the 2019 Afghanistan Opium Survey in October and while the results are not yet finalized, opium poppy cultivation is expected to show a decrease from the record high levels in 2017 and 2018.He flagged that UNODC is assisting the country in its pursuit of balanced, and health- and rights-centred responses to drug supply and demand. Mobile Detection Teams and Precursor Control Units have seized some 800 kilos of heroin, more than 1.2 tons of opium, nearly nine tons of hashish and over 7,500 litres of precursor acetic anhydride – an amount enough to produce more than three tons of heroin.Afghanistan recently commemorated its 100th anniversary of independence, which was tragically marred by further terrorist attacks.Mr. Fedotov welcomed “Afghanistan’s determination to stop such despicable attacks from derailing progress” and commended the Government for “establishing and co-chairing with Spain, the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism”.“UNODC remains strongly committed to supporting Afghanistan to address the inter-linked challenges of drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, and we rely on the assistance of the international community to help us carry out this essential work”, concluded the UNODC chief. read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from unexpected championship run

Coach Urban Meyer lifts the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy following a 42-20 win against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn a season that featured three quarterbacks, the death of a player, three post-season games and ultimately a national championship, the Ohio State football team overcame adversity in a season the likes of which not many have ever seen.The Lantern sports staff was there for the roller coaster ride that it was, and came up with the five biggest takeaways from the Buckeyes’ eighth national title.1. Tom Herman is the biggest loss from the 2014-15 teamEven if all three quarterbacks return for the 2015 campaign, the loss of co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to the University of Houston is the biggest loss from the title team. Herman was largely the reason why OSU was able to win a national title with two different starters in 2014, as he prepared them exceptionally after losing senior Braxton Miller to injury. As he takes the head coaching job for the Cougars, newly hired Tim Beck has big shoes to fill as he takes the same position as Herman.Can the likes of Miller, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones continue their success under Beck? Maybe. But there is no denying Herman is going to go down as one of the main reasons OSU is at the top of college football in 2015. 2. The 2013 recruiting class will go down as one of the best in program historyThe 2013 class marked the first group chock full of Urban Meyer recruits, and even at the time, it was ranked the No. 3 class in the nation by ESPN. But top to bottom, not many could have predicted the impact those players have had through just two seasons in Columbus.Of OSU’s 24 commitments from the 2013 class, 13 started at least one game this season. When the Buckeyes won the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, the offensive MVP — sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — and the defensive player of the game — redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee — were both part of the class.And through all that, there’s still been no mention of Barrett, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, who totaled 13.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss, or other starters like redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Billy Price, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple.Essentially, a huge chunk of the key players in OSU’s title run were from the 2013 class, and all of them will be back for another season at least.If the progression continues, this class could easily go down as the best group in Buckeye history.3. Elliott could be the best running back in college footballEntering the Big Ten Championship Game, the above statement would have be a laugher. Then Elliott ran away from the then-No. 2 defense in Wisconsin before dismantling the Alabama and Oregon defenses en route to back-to-back Sugar Bowl and national title game MVP awards. Elliott has just one more year before he can declare for the NFL Draft, and if he has another year in 2015 like he did this season, NFL general managers will surely hope to see him on everyone’s big board in 2016. 4. Reloading is hard, but the Buckeyes are well stocked to replace all departuresThe Buckeyes this season were young. Really, really young.From quarterback down to the kicker, the lineup was speckled with freshmen and sophomores and a limited number of impact seniors. Sure, losing players like senior wide receiver Devin Smith will be tough to take, but redshirt-sophomore Michael Thomas could well be the best receiver on the team, and he’ll likely be back.At tight end, Jeff Heuerman has run out of eligibility, but redshirt-junior Nick Vannett has arguably developed into an even better player. On defense, seniors like linebacker Curtis Grant and cornerback Doran Grant are gone, but young guns like freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman cornerback Damon Webb are chomping at the bit for the chance to shine.Even at positions where players are departing, OSU is deep enough to fill every game, which is a great sign if the Buckeyes want to repeat next season.5. Meyer has coached some greats, but the 2014 Buckeyes are his masterpieceEspecially at quarterback, there’s no debating that Meyer’s coaching job with the 2014 Buckeyes was his best yet.The team came back from injuries to two Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, an early season loss to a poor opponent and the death of a teammate.And not only did they bounce back, but the Buckeyes went above and beyond to sweep through the postseason on the way to the national championship. Florida in 2006 was a great team led by Meyer, and he did an incredible job molding Utah into the David to college football’s Goliath, but the adversity this team faced coupled with the success it had was something even he couldn’t have seen coming. read more

Ohio State football playing for Christian Bryant Saturday

Senior safety Christian Bryant (2) is helped by the OSU medical staff during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOne week after taking down a top-25 conference foe at Ohio Stadium, the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) are set to face another ranked Big Ten opponent, this time on the road against No. 16 Northwestern (4-0).For a second consecutive weekend, the Buckeyes’ game will be televised in prime time on ABC’s Saturday Night Football, and ESPN’s College GameDay will be on site for the game in Evanston, Ill.OSU coach Urban Meyer tipped his hat to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald when he spoke to the media after practice Wednesday. He said the Wildcat faithful has every reason to be excited for the matchup.“They should have hype, they’re undefeated and (have) got a very good team,” Meyer said. “It’s a big game for them, but I’ve got news: It’s a big game for us too.”OSU’s next test comes on the heels of losing starting senior safety Christian Bryant with a broken ankle in the team’s 31-24 victory against Wisconsin.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett said the pain of losing his teammate to injury was greater than the thrill of victory.“It was tough, honestly, I didn’t even enjoy the win. I mean, that’s the worst news, not being able to play with him,” Barnett said. “A lot of the guys from the team went to the hospital and visited him.”Meyer said redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown is expected to step up during Bryant’s absence.Barnett said there would be no setback in the play of the secondary because Brown is a “veteran that’s had game-time experience.”On the offensive side of the ball, junior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to make his second straight start after missing almost three full games with a sprained left MCL.Meyer said his signal caller is “full-speed, ready to go.”Miller said he’s physically where he needs to be for Saturday, but that the previous game was hard on his body after not playing for several weeks.“After the game, I was really sore,” Miller said. “But, I just feel comfortable where I’m at.”Miller also said he hopes his time off the field didn’t cost him a shot at winning the Heisman Trophy. He said he believes he still has a chance to earn college football’s most prestigious award because, in his opinion, it’s all about how candidates play in the biggest games.Saturday’s prime-time showdown is a great stage for his team to get a big win for the injured Bryant, said junior linebacker Curtis Grant.“We love to stick together and go out on the road. I think that’s one of the best things about football, when you can go into someone else’s stadium and create havoc,” Grant said. “All we can do is go out and win this game for him.”OSU is scheduled to take on Northwestern at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ryan Field. read more

Watch 132 shuttle launches in 132 seconds

first_imgWith the spaceshuttle Discovery flying off today at 4:50PM Eastern time CNN has a posted a video commemorating previous launches. The video below covers an incredible 132 launches in 132 seconds, and its definitely worth watching.It’s interesting how what is essentially the same action can be filmed so many different ways, and how each launch seems to have its own feel. The time of day, conditions, quality of the video, details of the craft, angle of ascend, placement of the camera, and other things you’d normally not even think about (you know, while watching ridiculously huge booster rockets that are the in the process of leaving the Earth’s orbit right) all start to matter.Thought of another way, this is basically a space shuttle launch highlight reel. And as with other highlight reels, they are things everyone can enjoy, regardless of your level of fascination with the subject. So give it the 92 seconds it deserves!via CNNlast_img read more

Russian crime syndicate charged with stealing 10000 pounds of chocolate

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Sebastian Duda No Comments Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM Attack that wiped out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production came from Iran, US official says By Business Insider Jun 11th 2017, 12:00 PM 16,360 Views File photo Image: Shutterstock/Sebastian Duda THIRTY THREE SUSPECTED members of an organised Russian crime syndicate have been arrested in New York on suspicion of various crimes.These include robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy, firearms offences — and stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate confectionery.“Today, we have charged 33 members and associates of a Russian organised crime syndicate allegedly engaging a panoply of crimes around the country,” Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said in statement released during the week.“The dizzying array of criminal schemes committed by this organised crime syndicate allegedly include … a plot to rob victims by seducing and drugging them with chloroform,” the statement continued.According to the Southern District of New York’s State Attorney’s office, charges include:Theft of cargo shipments, including approximately 10,000 pounds of chocolateHaving females seduce men, incapacitate them with gas and then rob themSelling untaxed cigarettesScheming to pay bribes for law-enforcement officialsOperating illegal poker businesses and extorting gamblers who became indebted to themPlans to defraud casinos in Atlantic City and Philadelphia by using electronics that could predict the behaviour of slot machinesThe defendants are allegedly directly associated with the Shulaya Enterprise, an organised criminal group operating under the protection and direction of a ‘vor’ or ‘thief-in-law’‘Vor’ refers to the high-ranking criminals from the former Soviet Union who were respected in the criminal underworld. They were offered tributes from other criminal organisations and used their status to adjudicate disputes amongst other junior-level criminals, the State Attorney’s office said.The racketeering charges are considered to be one of the first of a federal nature to be brought against a vor.“The thief-in-law allegedly established an extensive cross-country criminal enterprise from Brighton Beach to Las Vegas,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. “Thanks to all whose work resulted in the arrest and indictment of 33 today.”Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. – David Choi/Business Insider Read: Mother of woman accused of leaking info fears Trump will ‘make an example of her’Read: Explosive device thrown into US embassy grounds in Kievcenter_img Russian crime syndicate charged with stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate Members of the syndicate have also been charged with robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy and firearms offences. ‘He’s a businessman’: One of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists is urging Trump to back the pro-democracy movement and prevent a ‘nightmare’ for the world economy Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in response to attack on Saudi oil supply Share Tweet Email3 Short URL 46-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri appears to tease an imminent retirement after missing 2 extra points on Sunday Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photolast_img read more

Le bégaiement une explication génétique

first_imgLe bégaiement : une explication génétique ?États-Unis – Des généticiens américains ont découvert une probable cause génétique du bégaiement.En effet, ce trouble de l’élocution est particulièrement fréquent au sein de certaines familles, ce qui laissait présager l’hypothèse d’un lien génétique. Les scientifiques de l’Institut national américain de la surdité et des autres troubles de la communication (NIDCD) ont donc réalisé une étude, parue dans le New England Journal of Medicine ce jeudi. Celle-ci a porté sur plusieurs familles du Pakistan, dont de nombreux membres sont bègues. Quelques études scientifiques avaient déjà été menées afin de déterminer si le bégaiement était bien génétique mais jamais les résultats n’ont été si persuasifs. À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsChez les membres bègues des familles étudiées, les chercheurs ont identifié des mutations du gène GNPTAB, situé sur le chromosome 12. Ces mutations entraîneraient la modification du lysosome,  un composant des cellules très important pour la régulation du métabolisme. Par la suite, ils ont étudié un groupe de 540 Américains et Britanniques, bègues et non bègues. Parmi eux, il s’est avéré qu’une grande partie des bègues était porteuse du même type de mutation que les Pakistanais. Ils ont également identifié trois autres mutations sur deux autres gènes chez 9% des Occidentaux bègues. Près de 1% de la population mondiale souffre de bégaiement. La thérapie habituelle consiste à réguler son anxiété et à contrôler sa respiration afin de pouvoir parler normalement, mais cette méthode n’est pas toujours efficace. Cette découverte pourrait donc être un grand pas en avant pour ces malades. Chez les jeunes enfants, le nombre de bègues atteint les 5% mais que les parents se rassurent : Einstein était bègue et cela n’a pas nui à sa réussite.Le 15 février 2010 à 09:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgBy Sulayman BahChances of coming back to a game for a side losing 4-0 is nearly impossible, as the Gambia got beaten at the fortress Independence Stadium, thus representing the team’s second biggest humbling in the recent past. The last time the Scorpions got mauled this way was in Germany 2010, with 5-1 and 3-0 in Banjul by Ivory Coast in 2014.However, with the Scorpions Saturday’s decapitation by South Africa’s Go Boys comes along with it bitter lessons to learn from.The Scorpions lost to an improved South Africa, a side whose fires they dared in Johannesburg before rambunctious Bafana Bafana supporters. While Gambia read too much into that result, the Go Boys’ dusted themselves off, and, with funding not the least their headaches, went on to play thirteen times, most of it friendly matches. The flurry of matches offered presented chance or coach Mashaba to right the ills dogging his campaign. And, twelve months from that draw, it was no surprise of South Africa sticking the boot on Gambia who’d the weakest of preparations and had changed players close to thirty times. The Zambia friendly was hastily put forward for Sang to get glimpse of new players at his disposal. But true, it wasn’t enough.The rebranding and rebuilding mantra propound by Football House in the wake of Sang’s replacement of sacked Raoul Savoy was a mistiming. Setups are giving the restructuring on the sidelines with international test matches and not in competitions, as is the case with Gambia. Appointed half way into a tournament with funding barely on side, including an open door policy to test every Gambia footballer littered across the globe, last Saturday’s outcome wouldn’t shock sober minds. For any team to walk the path of success, in the modern game, demands consistency with international matches and early preparations –a thing the Scorpions’ situation barely offered.Now to the game, which set tongues wagging amongst even supporters and staunch critics, gaffer Ndong has so much room to conduct a surgical improvement on with his current setup. Injuries to key players namely Sulayman Marreh –ruled for the season and not expected back till July, Hamza Barry, Mustapha Carayol, Demba Savage and Kebba Ceesay, admittedly, did little to alleviate the coach’s course.Leaving out Mamut Saine, who is beginning to secure starting spot at his Finnish club RoPS remains highly understandable. Recalling Tijan Jaiteh or Ebrima Sohna to the fill the void would bolstered the midfield. As it happened, neither of the pair –who come with leadership aura in the team – were deemed suitable, at least in the coach’s view lens.Kabba Sambou was instead preferred who runs short of passing ideas in the heat of the moment and fidgets on the big stage. He’s by no means a bad player but his inexperience and lackadaisical work rate in midfield cost the team, rendering the very defence he should have sealed an enemy camping ground. South Africa’ Dolly Keagan glided in and out of the middle of the park with so much ease, the reason for Gambia conceding two goals at halftime. Jaiteh or Sohna’s inclusion would saved striker Bakary Njie and Bubacarr Trawally trouble of retreating back to the midfield to get balls. We still learn that football runs through the DNA of legendary Biri Biri Njie. So passionate was he on night of Gambia’s humiliation by South Africa that he nearly came to blows with GFF’s Abdou Salam Jammeh according to a reliable source. Commotion began at the VIP section towering little over the allotted press stadium area with Biri and Jammeh reported to have exchanged words. But the situation was soon defused after Biri was pulled away and Jammeh shifted seatlast_img read more

San Diego gas prices rise for 16th time in 17 days

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego gas prices rise for 16th time in 17 days SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose six-tenths of a cent Friday to $3.635, its highest amount since Aug. 23, 2015.The average price has increased 16 of the past 17 days, rising 8.5 cents, including three-tenths of a cent on Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 4.3 cents more than one week ago, 13.3 cents higher than one month ago and 62.5 cents greater than one year ago. It has risen 51.3 cents since the start of the year. April 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 27, 2018last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday March 7

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: GOP is officially making their bid to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. We’ll discuss the implications of the possible end of Obamacare with Vinnie DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and adjunct assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Also, Charles Robinson, veteran reporter for Maryland Public Television’s, State Circle, gives us a legislative update from Annapolis.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Super Pokemon Rumble announced for 3DS

first_imgNintendo has announced the first Pokemon title for the 3DS handheld, Super Pokemon Rumble. A spin-off from the classic monster-collecting RPG franchise, this game is “a powerful battle between toy Pokemon,” according to the game’s Japanese-language trailer.In this game, there’s a world of “toy” Pokemon, and your Mii owns a collection. In gameplay, though, you directly control a Pokemon as it moves about a 3D, top-down world. As usual, players collect Pokemon as they win battles. In settings ranging from grassy plains to mountains, players fight against enemy toy Pokemon and loot defeated ones to level up. When you defeat boss monsters, you gain their appearance as optional skins.You can also enter a Battle Royale mode set inside a Pokemon-flavored ring. If you’re the last person standing, you win. There’s another mode, Team Battle, that allows three monsters to cooperate inside a dungeon. However, it’s a single-player mode.There are multiplayer modes. There is a two-player co-op mode requiring two cartridges. Additionally, the 3DS StreetPass feature is supported and you can gain new monsters to play with (or against) as your system sleeps.The game releases in Japan on July 28th at the standard retail price of 4,800 yen (US$59). As it’s Pokemon we can definitely expect to see this game heading to western shores.There’s also little doubt that the next duo of Pokemon games from the main series will be a 3DS exclusive, although we’re sure that’s going to be a tough decision for Nintendo to make. There are some 146 million DS handhelds in circulation. Would you really want to not keep supporting them for a while yet?via Andriasanglast_img read more

The Three Terrifying Cages on a Church Spire Where Rebels Once Rotted

first_imgThe German city of Münster in the province of North Rhine-Westphalia, today a peaceful university town, was the focus of a turbulent chapter in history, namely the brutal Anabaptist rebellion. St. Lamberti Church, located on the Prinzipalmarkt, is adorned with a rather strange set of ornaments.St. Lamberti Church in Munster, Germany.For almost 500 years, three man-sized iron cages have been left hanging from the church spire as a reminder of the disobedience of the 16th century rebels.The cages that once held the mutilated and tortured bodies of three rebel leaders now hang empty, still provoking debate among the citizens, not all of whom agree that this symbol of torture should be displayed in their town.Cages of the leaders of the Münster Rebellion at the steeple of St. Lambert’s Church. Photo by Rüdiger Wölk CC BY-SA 2.5In 1530, Münster was a town divided between Catholic aristocracy and the disenfranchised peasants, poor and reformist.At the head of the later was Bernhard Rothman, an evangelical Protestant who had drawn a large following among the angry citizens of the town who had felt that their rights were not respected.Historical drawing of the execution of the leaders of the rebellion. In the background the cages are already in place on the old steeple of St. Lambert’s Church.The rising numbers of rebels threatened the position of the Catholic Church and its hegemony. That alarmed the prince-bishop, Franz von Waldeck, who tried to expel the reformists and their leader from the town.However, under the pressure of Rothman’s followers, the city council did not allow for it. On February 14, 1533, the council of Münster granted the religious freedom to all groups in the town.German Historical Museum, Berlin. Pamphlet ‘The Kingdom of Munster’ about the torture and execution of the leaders of the Anabaptist rebellion, 1536. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber CC BY SA 3.0Jan Matthijs, an Anabaptist preacher from Leiden in the Netherlands, figured this treaty of religious tolerance would make Münster the perfect place for him to establish his reformist utopia.The Anabaptist sect, or “rebaptizers” were widely persecuted for their belief that only willing baptism as an adult would allow a person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Their children were thus not baptized, a concept that was feared and even viewed as heretical by many.One of the central tenets of Anabaptism that Jan upheld was social equality. Alongside his idea to ban private property and money and establish a sort of pure communism was another controversial belief that did not sit well with the pious Catholics and Lutheran Protestants. Allegedly, Jan of Leiden was a proponent of polygamy.Jan MatthysHowever, on arriving in Münster, Jan of Leiden and his followers were welcomed by Rothman, who embraced their radical ideals.It did not take long for Jan to style himself as king of what soon became known as the “New Jerusalem,” preaching that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ would happen that coming Easter and leading a rebellion against Catholic rule. The city council was taken over by fanatical Anabaptist believers.The executed dead bodies of the Anabaptists Jan van Leiden, Bernd Knipperdollink and Bernd Knechting were placed in the iron cages following the religious rebellion in the 16th century. Münster, Westfalen, Germany.In a rapid turnaround of the status quo, Jan’s rousing calls to execute those who refused to be rebaptized led to many Catholics and Lutherans fleeing the city, as a flood of Anabaptists moved in. The rebels burned all books apart from the bible, and, according to The Local de, forced all women of marrying age to take a husband — Jan himself had 16 wives. Corporal punishment was meted out freely for trivial offences against the new hierarchy.In a bid to put an end to this anarchistic religious fervor and regain Catholic control over Münster, Bishop von Waldeck gathered a mercenary army and laid siege to the city.Jan van Leiden baptizing a girl during the Münster Rebellion by Johann Karl Ulrich Bähr, 1840.The city was finally broken on the night of June 25, 1535. Aided by a captured Anabaptist deserter, von Waldeck’s army entered through the main gate and recaptured Münster. Jan of Leiden and his two closest followers, Bernd Knipperdollink and Bernd Knechting, were imprisoned and tortured using various techniques.Cages of the Anabaptists at the Tower of St. Lamberti Church, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Photo by Dietmar Rabich CC BY-SA 4.0They were repeatedly burned with hot tongs before being killed. As reported by German Girl in America “the Spanish Inquisition learned from and used these German Torture techniques.”After the prisoners were killed, van Waldeck had the three iron cages made in order to display the mutilated bodies as a warning to any other would-be rebels. Their remains were left dangling from the tower for 50 years.The bodies were a feast for ravens who frequented them on regular basis. According to Mental Floss, this scene prompted artists to draw numerous pictures and paintings of it.St. Lamberti Church, Muenster, Germany.After the bodies were removed, the cages were left on the spire. In 1800 the original tower was demolished and rebuilt — and the cages were put back in the place.During World War II, Münster was a target for British bombing raids. St. Lamberti Church received a direct hit that caused the cages to come crashing down. Four years later the church was rebuilt, and the repaired cages put back in their original place.St. Lamberti Church, Muenster, Germany.The cages were and still are a topic of debate on religious tolerance, as they are seen as a symbol of tyranny and aggression.In 1987, the church installed light bulbs, serving as a replacement for candles, which burn from dusk till dawn “in memory of their departed souls.”St. Lamberti Church in Münster is interesting because of an additional and unrelated reason. It is the only church in Münster to have a Türmerin, or door-watcher. The solitary post is currently held by Martje Saljé, Münster’s first female Türmerin.Read another story from us: The Mysteries and Ghosts Surrounding Ireland’s Most Haunted CastleHer role is to ring the church bells and watch over the town from this high point. Additionally, she lives in the tower.last_img read more

Dazzling Color Photos of the Legendary Romanov Costume Ball of 1903

first_imgIn February 1903, the members of the Romanov dynasty and the cream of the Russian aristocracy gathered for a fancy-dress costume ball, one that in its sheer opulence was nearly blinding. Outside the Winter Palace, the social pressures that would hurl the country into revolution were intensifying, but 14 years before the forced abdication of Czar Nicolas II, the society of St. Petersburg put on quite a show, dubbed by many Europe’s “last great royal ball”. The 1903 costume ball was dedicated to the 290th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, which was at the time one of Europe’s oldest ruling families and almost certainly the one with the most absolutist powers. Russian artist Olga Shirnina has brought this ball to life with some amazing colorized images.Tsar Nicholas II. Colorization by Olga Shirnina.A party given on February 11, 1903, in the Winter Palace was followed two days later by a grandiose fancy dress ball. Called “The 1903 Ball,” it remains the most celebrated festivity arranged in St. Petersburg during the reign of Nicholas II, the last Romanov.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Tsar’s wife Empress Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov. Colorization by Olga ShirninaThe Imperial couple Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. Colorization by Olga ShirninaThe nearly 400 guests arrived in bejeweled 17th-century style costumes, created from designs by artist Sergey Solomko, after consulting closely with historical experts. Court ladies wore dresses embroidered with precious stones and kokoshniks (head-dresses) adorned with the finest family jewels, while the men donned richly decorated caftans and boyar-style fur hats. For the Romanov costume ball, guests took 38 original royal items of the 17th century from the Armory in Moscow to use in this 1903 extravaganza.Famed aristocrat Zinaida Yusupov. Colorization by Olga ShirninaGrand Duchess Ksenia Alexandrovna. Colorization by Olga ShirninaMadamoiselle Anastasiya Korsakova. Colorization by Olga ShirninaMademoiselle Alexandra Taneeva. Colorization by Olga ShirninaNicholas himself was robed in the gold brocade of 17th-century Russian tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, and his wife, Alexandra, wore the raiments of the first wife of Alexey Mikhailovich, Empress Maria Ilinichna. The 20th-century czarina was born in the German royal family of Hesse, and she was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.Cornette Kolioubakine. Colorization by Olga ShirninaThe Czarina’s dress of brocade, decorated with silver satin and pearls topped by a diamond and emerald-studded crown. She also wore a huge emerald. All the jewelry was chosen by court jeweler Carl Faberge. It is estimated that today this dress would cost approximately 10 million euros.Princess Olga Orlova. Colorization by Olga ShirninaBaroness Emma Freedericksz. Colorization by Olga ShirninaPrincess Kudasheva. Colorization by Olga ShirninaNicholas and Alexandra had been married nine years at the time of the ball and were the parents of four girls: Olga, Tatiana, Marie, and Anastasia. The year after the fancy dress ball Alexandra gave birth to a son, Alexei, but he had hemophilia, a genetic disease that was painful and difficult to treat and which his distraught parents tried to hide.The Countess Fersen, born Princess Dolgoruky. Colorization by Olga ShirninaPrincess Elisabeth Obolensky. Colorization by Olga ShirninaMaid of honor, Princess E.V. Baryatinskaya. Colorization by Olga ShirninaAlthough dozens of Romanovs gathered at the ball to dance and celebrate, Alexandra was not popular with her husband’s family at the time, and the Russian dislike of her would intensify through the next decade and more. She did not fit into St. Petersburg high society.Madame Tatischeva. Colorization by Olga ShirninaCountess Elisabeth Moussine-Pushkina. Colorization by Olga ShirninaCountess Keller, born Princesse Schakhovskoy. Colorization by Olga ShirninaRobert K. Massie, in his award-winning book Nicholas and Alexandra, described the St. Petersburg of the turn of the century: “It was the center of all that was advanced, all that was smart and much that was cynical in Russian life. Its great opera and ballet companies, its symphonies and chamber orchestras played the music of Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Mussorgsky, and Tschaikovsky; its citizens read Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, and Tolstoy. But society spoke French, not Russian, and the best clothing and furniture were ordered from Paris…The ‘season’ in St. Petersburg began on New Year’s Day and lasted until the beginning of Lent.”Colonel Alexander Hall.Captain of the Imperial Guard.Grand Duke Mikhail Nicholaevich.Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovitch.Prince and Princess Sherbatov.Colonel Bernov.Group photo of the Costume Ball of 1903.In the vast countryside, however, could be found poverty and political repression. “While we were dancing,” later recalled Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, brother-in-law of Czar Nicholas, “workers’ strikes were happening in St. Petersburg, and clouds were gathering over the Russian Far East.” The Grand Duke Alexander, called “Sandro,” fled to Crimea with his family after the Russian Revolution; they were rescued by the British battleship HMS Marlborough in 1919.Related Photo Article: Ancient Ukrainian Headdresses are Making a Stunning ComebackCzar Nicholas and his family were unable to escape. After months of imprisonment, the entire family met their end in the basement of a house in Ekaterinburg on July 17, 1918.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Yoda actor and Sesame Street star Frank Oz knows Bert isnt gay

first_imgYes, Sesame Street’s denial that Bert and Ernie are gay is homophobicSesame Street writer clarifies whether Bert and Ernie are a gay coupleGay Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex on why straight men can play gay roles (and vice versa)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- ‘They’re not, of course’‘It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay,’ he said. ‘It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course.’‘But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.’One Sesame Street fan replied saying: ‘Uh, because we exist. I’m gay. 100% gay.’He then prompted ridicule by replying to a critic: ‘I created Bert. I know what and who he is.’Today, he furthermore clarified: ‘When I write that I created Bert, I didn’t mean I created the physical Bert Muppet. The brilliant workshop people did that. I meant that, with input from the writers, I created the character of Bert.’Oz has enjoyed a glittering career working on The Muppets, Sesame Street, Little Shop of Horrors and Labyrinth.He is also known for providing the role of Yoda in the Star Wars series.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The actor and director took to Twitter yesterday to say ‘I created Bert. I know what and who he is.’The star was responding to the debate around the characters’ sexualities after one of the show’s old Emmy-winning writers Mark Salzman said he felt the pair were gay because he had no other way to ‘contextualise’ them.Referring to his late partner, documentary filmmaker Arnold Glassman, Salzman told Queerty ‘more than one person referred to Arnie and I as “Bert & Ernie”. […] I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple.’While Sesame Workshop released a statement saying Bert and Ernie are friends because they are puppets and ‘do not have a sexual orientation’, Oz also weighed in.center_img Frank Oz and Bert | Photo: Wiki/Sesame Workshop Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Frank Oz, an iconic puppeteer who worked on Sesame Street, has denied Bert and Ernie are gay.last_img read more

Bipartisan Think Tank Launches Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative

first_img Share October 19, 2012 412 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Dodd-Frank Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Regulation Service Providers 2012-10-19 Tory Barringer At an event in Washington Thursday, the “”Bipartisan Policy Center””: (BPC) announced the launch of its new “”Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative””: to evaluate the financial regulatory system after the Dodd-Frank Act.[IMAGE]Led by co-chairs Dr. Martin Baily (former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton) and Dr. Phillip Swagel (former assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury), the initiative is designed to assistant Congress, the executive branch, and regulators as they work to develop and modify financial supervision and regulation.””Through this new effort we will assess what aspects of Dodd-Frank are working well and what aspects need improvement, while preserving the intent of the law,”” Baily said at the launch. “”We will propose concrete and actionable recommendations for incremental changes to the legislation, as well as more substantive reforms to fill in the gaps left from Dodd-Frank.””The group consists of a number of former regulators, policy advocates, academics, and practitioners from all over the political spectrum. Its ranks include: Annette Nazareth, partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell and former SEC commissioner; Eric Rodriguez, VP of the National Council of La Raza; and John Coffee, professor at Columbia Law School, among others.””Our initiative members have a deep expertise in the issues we will be considering and members from both sides of the aisle will make specific proposals in each area,”” said Aaron Klein, former deputy assistant secretary for economic policy coordination at the Treasury and initiative director.The initiative will consider five aspects of financial reform: systemic risk; failure resolution; capital markets and the Volcker rule; consumer financial protection; and regulatory architecture. Within those areas, the program will consider domestic and international policy effects, the impact of regulatory policies on growth and job creation, the influence U.S. policy may have on other countries’ policies, and other issues.The initiative also plans to review the “”landscape of regulatory actions and inactions”” since the enactment of Dodd-Frank, with a series of white papers to come out starting in 2013. As part of the initiative’s launch, Klein and the co-chairs released their first “”white paper””: with an overview of the issues they’re going to cover.””We understand that it is not possible to eliminate all future financial crises through rules and regulations,”” Swagel said. “”Still, we believe now, two years since the enactment of Dodd-Frank, is a key time to gauge the aspects of the legislation that have helped stabilize the financial system, and to consider possible changes to improve the regulatory system.””We must be sure that any new reforms also promote economic growth, as we continue to deal with the lingering effects of a deep and difficult recession,”” he continued.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Bipartisan Think Tank Launches Financial Regulatory Reform Initiativelast_img read more

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