Rs 1 crore in cash seized from Dilip Ghoshs PA in Asansol

first_imgKolkata: Goutam Chattopadhyay, who claimed to be the personal assistant of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, was arrested along with his associate from Asansol railway station late on Sunday night for carrying unaccounted cash of Rs 1 crore inside a bag.Both of them, in the face of police interrogation, said that they were bringing the huge amount of cash from Delhi and the money was supposed to be distributed among the voters ahead of the final phase of elections in the state. Chattopadhyay claimed himself to be Ghosh’s personal assistant during the police interrogation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe incident seemed to have validated Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s claim who on repeated occasions accused the BJP leaders of distributing money among the people. During a recent rally, Banerjee had asserted that the Election Commission and police must check the cars of all leaders irrespective of their political affiliations. She also demanded surveillance of the vehicles of top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She also made it clear that she would not mind if the police check her vehicle along with others. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt was learnt that Ghosh’s personal assistant Chattopadhyay, along with his associate Laxmikanta Shaw, was carrying a bag containing cash of Rs 1 crore at Asansol railway station on late Sunday night. They were loitering aimlessly on platform number 5 of the railway station when they were intercepted by the railway police. They found the cash and detained the duo for interrogation. As they failed to come up with any convincing answers, they were arrested. The matter was informed to the Income Tax department. Trinamool Congress leaders in the state have repeatedly alleged that BJP made money out of demonetisation and they were using the same in the elections to influence the voters. When media persons threw questions on them while being taken to court, one of them maintained that the money belonged to the BJP and they were bringing it for distributing among the voters. The duo was remanded to four days’ police custody after being produced before a court in Asansol on Monday. A probe is underway in the trail of ‘ill-gotten money’. Turn to P7last_img read more

SAMIR Refinery Al Amoudi Claims 15 Billion Compensation from Morocco

Rabat – Saudi billionaire Sheikh Al Amoudi is demanding that Morocco pay him back 14 MAD billion ($1.5) as a compensation for the Moroccan government’s supposed role in the downfall of the SAMIR refinery.Al Amoudi is the chief executive of Corral Morocco Holding AB, the Moroccan branch of the Sweden’s Corral Petroleum. Corral Morocco Holding AB held 67% of SAMIR’s assets, before the refinery’s financial problems led the Moroccan government 2015 to declare it bankrupt.Moroccan news outlet Medias 24 reported yesterday that the Saudi businessman is blaming the Moroccan government for neglecting and “violating” a number of contract terms with SAMIR. Key in Al Amoudi’s compliant is Morocco’s alleged role in facilitating the financial debacle that saw SAMIR stop most of its activities in 2015. Medias 24 notes that Al Amoudi handed the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) a memo on April 12 of this year.Read Also: Al Amoudi Lodges a Complaint Against Morocco In Washington, D.C.In the memo,  the Saudi billionaire is said to have provided documents that prove “violations” by the Moroccan government in its contact with Corral Morocco Holding AB. Among the many accusations Al Amoudi levelled at the Moroccan government is the failure to implement regulations and contract terms which would have made SAMIR more competitive. The memo argued that Morocco “allowed” SAMIR to go bankrupt.Medias 24 did not provide details about all of the Saudi’s claims, or the ICSID’s stance on the legal validity of Al Amoudi’s demands that Morocco compensate him as much as $1.5 billion. In the meantime, Morocco has not yet issued a response to Al Amoudi’s claims.The Saudi businessman lodged his complaint at the ICSID on March 14 of last year. Back then, as now, the Saudi billionaire vented his frustration on Moroccan authorities for the “organized indifference” that precipitated his company’s debacle.Al Amoudi claims that Morocco’s failure to commit to an investment agreement with Sweden is the primary reason SAMIR went bankrupt. That agreement included protection against expropriation, as well as equal respect of investments.However, Al Amoudi’s complaints contrast with the verdict of the Casablanca Commercial Court, which in November 2018 ruled that SAMIR’s board’ mismanagement was the main reason behind the company’s financial failures.SAMIR is currently in a dire situation.  Even after a Casablanca court in 2016 ruled that the company’s assets be liquidated, interest in SAMIR has been scant. Although there have been bidders, no offer has been completed to date. read more

UNAfrican Union mission reports return to relative calm in Darfur

Over the past month, the hybrid operation tasked with quelling the violence and protecting civilians in Darfur, known as UNAMID, had reported a rise in attacks on peacekeeping staff, carjacking, armed banditry, the burning of shelters in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and harassment of civilians in Darfur. There has also been concern over the safety of humanitarian workers, many of whom have been ordered to leave the region following the indictment on 4 March of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the region.Over the past 72 hours, UNAMID said that its military force conducted dozens of patrols across the region, including 22 confidence-building patrols, 15 escort patrols, six night patrols, and one investigation patrol covering 45 villages and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).UNAMID’s police component also conducted a total of 96 patrols in and around the villages and IDP camps.The hybrid force was set up by the Security Council to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. More than one year on from transferring the task of suppressing the violence to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), well over 12,000 of the 19,555 military personnel authorized by the Security Council are now in place across Darfur.In related news, the second regular meeting of the Darfur Human Rights Forum will kick off tomorrow in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur state. The one-day meeting is aimed at promoting transparent and constructive dialogue on human rights issues between the Government of Sudan and UNAMID.Attending the gathering will be officials from the Government of Sudan at the local and national level; members of the Advisory Council on Human Rights (ACHR), also representing the Government; members of the diplomatic community; the AU; UNAMID and UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) Human Rights officials. Participants from the Darfur State Committees on Combating Violence against Women and Children will also participate. 13 April 2009The joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region today reported that the security situation is now relatively calm despite some continuing acts of banditry and carjacking in North and West Darfur. read more

Top UN official urges immediate publication of timetable for Ivorian polls

17 July 2009The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire has called for the immediate publication of a timetable for the long-awaited presidential elections, which are now set for 29 November. If the deadlines for each stage of the electoral process are not met, there is a risk that the polls – repeatedly postponed since 2005 – could be delayed, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Choi Y. J., said following a meeting on Wednesday with Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.The UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which is headed by Mr. Choi, has been providing technical and logistical support for preparations for the elections, including in areas such as voter identification and registration. Over 6 million voters have been registered so far, or about 70 per cent of the eligible voter pool in the West African nation, which became divided in 2002 between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north.Mr. Choi, who held a similar meeting with President Laurent Gbagbo earlier this week, also stressed that UNOCI is ready to assist the Independent Electoral Commission and the relevant authorities in overcoming any challenge on the road to the elections, according to a news release issued by the mission.In addition, the Special Representative underlined the fact that the implementation of decisions associated with the country’s 2003 peace agreement had been postponed, including the transfer of authority and the redeployment of the administration in the north of the country. “We talked about how to strengthen the achievements and how to take up the challenges,” said Mr. Choi.In his latest report on the work of UNOCI, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that Côte d’Ivoire’s political parties have the responsibility for ensuring that the elections are held on time and are free, fair and transparent.He added that it is important that the parties sustain the progress achieved so far and complete, “in a timely manner,” the remaining stages of the peace process. In a related development, UNOCI staff met yesterday with their colleagues from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to identify challenges associated with the 1,000 microprojects programme.Launched in 2008, the $4 million pilot initiative is designed to support the Government’s efforts to reintegrate ex-combatants. Some 2,700 people are working on 507 projects throughout the country under the programme, which is financed by the UN Peacebuilding Fund that was set up to help jump-start projects in countries emerging from conflict. read more

Athletics Director moves to new business development role

Robert Hilson will be leaving the office of Director of Athletics next month to take on a new assignment as the University’s inaugural Director of Business Development and Partnerships.Tom Arkell, Associate Vice-President of University Services, said the new position will focus on advancing sponsorships and new business development, as well as marketing the wide range services and facilities within the University Services division. University Services operates such units as Dining Services, Residences, Parking Services, Conference & Event Services, Printing & Digital Services, Youth University and Athletics & Recreation.“Universities are moving in this direction, looking to generate more revenue from their existing assets,” said Arkell, “and Robert is well positioned to help get us to the next level in that respect.”Hilson joined Brock as Director of Athletics in 2011. During his tenure he developed the department’s first strategic plan, significantly grew revenue and oversaw five national varsity athletics championships (second in Ontario).Chris Critelli will serve as Interim Director of Athletics while a search is conducted for a full-time replacement. Critelli, currently Assistant Director of Athletics, is a former Canadian Olympian basketball player and a familiar figure at Brock, having served as a coach and administrator in Athletics for 32 years. read more

DR of Congo Security Council hears of gross violations of human rights

Video of Security Council meeting The Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, updated the Council on the persistent instability in the northeastern part of the country and steps taken by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to achieve a peaceful resolution to the conflict.MONUC has been working hard in the past weeks to defuse tensions among various factions and recommend peace-building mechanisms, Mr. Guéhenno said. He noted that the Mission was deeply concerned by the claims of the leader of the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC), Thomas Lubanga, that he has sole legitimate right to control the entire Ituri region.”If there is no end to the present culture of impunity in the DRC, the progress we seek on the political front may be hard to achieve,” Mr. Guéhenno said, adding that thousands of people were displaced and suffered human rights abuses.In echoing the view of Mr. Guéhenno, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, told the Council in his briefing that the human rights situation has “deteriorated significantly.” He said that information gathered “reveals that prosecution on ethnic and tribal grounds, extortion of property, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women, extra-judicial executions, and the forced recruitment of children are being committed.”In view of these “gross violations of human rights” Mr. Vieira de Mello recommended that there was an “imperative need” to continue to monitor closely and report on the human rights situation in the DRC. He said consideration should be given to the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to look into such violations.”The Council may wish to demand again that the belligerents and their foreign supporters put an immediate end to human rights violations and to the culture of impunity, and that those responsible for such crimes be immediately arrested – including those who continue to exercise military command functions – and eventually brought to justice,” the High Commissioner said. read more

Ohio State unafraid of hostile environment at Penn State

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) celebrates following a play during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Big Ten’s top offense is pitted against the conference’s No. 1 defense, home field advantage could go a long way in deciding the outcome of a game.On paper, that would suggest Penn State (4-2, 1-2) has an edge on No. 13 Ohio State (5-1, 2-0) heading into their Saturday matchup in State College, Pa. But for at least one Buckeye, a road game in a hostile environment is exactly what he wants.“I’ve been waiting to play in this stadium, because apparently it just erupts and is crazy,” Joey Bosa said Wednesday of the Nittany Lions’ Beaver Stadium. “So I’m super excited.”The sophomore defensive lineman said the OSU coaching staff has talked to the team so the players “don’t get nervous,” but he said the Buckeyes’ experience playing at Ohio Stadium should keep that from being a problem. Instead, Bosa said he’s simply looking forward to playing in a loud atmosphere on the road.“I’ve been talking to everybody all year about, ‘Oh, Penn State is supposed to be the craziest environment,’” he said. “We play in front of 108,000 people every weekend, and so it kinda sucks when we go away and they don’t have an environment like that.”OSU leads the nation in average attendance this season, having set a new Ohio Stadium attendance record on Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech and then broke that record on Sept. 27 against Cincinnati. But white-clad Nittany Lion faithful have kept Beaver Stadium crowds not far behind. In three home games, Penn State has averaged just under 100,000 in the attendance column.The Buckeyes have played just two games away from home this season — against Navy in Baltimore and Maryland in College Park, Md. — and both games had attendance numbers under 60,000.Coach Urban Meyer said the atmospheres simply don’t stack up against Beaver Stadium.“Not like this one,” he said.Meyer called Penn State’s stadium a top-five atmosphere, and added the team has been practicing with simulated crowd noise — which could be heard from inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during the latter portions of Wednesday’s night session.“It’s hard to get ready for this one,” Meyer said. “But we’ve had some good practices and the one thing about our setup out here (is) we can get some noise pumped in pretty good.”On top of an already hostile environment, Meyer said the Buckeyes are expecting to take on a team that considers them a rival, even if the Nittany Lions don’t compare to Michigan in the eyes of OSU.“I’ve heard Penn State considers Ohio State their rival,” the third-year OSU coach said. “Obviously we have one (rival).”But Meyer added that he does consider it a rivalry matchup to an extent, and expects to have a difficult game on his hands when the players step on the field.“We consider them a great program and it’s going to be a tough game,” he said.Regardless of whatever sort of rivalry there might or might not be between the two schools, Penn State coach James Franklin said his Nittany Lions have to be ready for one of the best teams they’ll face this season.“You look at their program, you look at their team doing a tremendous job,” Franklin said during a Tuesday press conference. “Probably the fastest, most athletic team and also tremendous size, probably the best combination that we’ve seen so far this year.”Franklin added that he’s seen the Buckeyes turn a corner since their week two loss to the Hokies.“Since then, they have had a lot of success,” he said. “Playing with a lot of confidence, scoring a lot of points and creating a lot of turnovers on defense that are factoring into those points as well.”In the four games since the loss to Virginia Tech, OSU has posted historic numbers on the offensive side of the ball.The Buckeyes have scored more than 50 points in each of their past four games — a school record — and they tied an OSU mark with four straight games gaining 500 or more yards on offense. That torrid pace has put OSU on top of the Big Ten standings for total offense per game, but it’s set to face off with a formidable defense as well.Penn State ranks first in the Big Ten in total defense, giving up just 283.3 yards per game, but it’ll be up against a Buckeye offense averaging 533.8 yards per game this season.Beyond the Nittany Lions’ ability to disrupt the running game — they are best in the Big Ten, surrendering just 60.8 yards per game on the ground this season — OSU redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said Penn State will attack more than other defenses the Buckeyes have faced.“They like to blitz a lot, this’ll be the heaviest blitz team we’ve played so far,” Elflein said Wednesday.For the Buckeye offensive line — and the offense in general — matching up with the Penn State defense is a formidable task. Elflein said there has to be even more emphasis on communication since the game is set to be played in such a hostile atmosphere.“It’s gonna be a hard environment to play in, and communication is key along the offensive line,” he said. “And they like to blitz a lot so we’re gonna have to communicate with (redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett) and everybody and it’s going to be tough.”On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes’ defense is set to face a struggling Penn State offense.Nittany Lion sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg is first in the Big Ten in passing yards per game, but he’s already thrown seven interceptions compared to just five touchdowns. Despite his sophomore slump, OSU senior cornerback Doran Grant said he and the rest of the defensive unit still have respect for Hackenberg.“I still think he’s … a pretty efficient quarterback,” Grant said Wednesday. “He does his things, you can tell he has control of the team. They respect him. He’s going to be ready to play, especially for this game.”Regardless of how much control Hackenberg has over his team, recent history has not been kind to Penn State quarterbacks when they take on the Buckeyes.OSU intercepted the then-freshman Hackenberg twice in a 63-14 win at Ohio Stadium last season. In 2012, then-OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier returned an interception for a touchdown, helping the Buckeyes to a 35-23 win in State College.But the defensive backs aren’t the only players looking to make a statement for OSU.Bosa said OSU has recognized that Penn State’s offensive line hasn’t played well this season, but still said he expects them to pose a challenge.“They have their struggles, they’re young, they have some freshmen in there,” Bosa said. “But they’re going to definitely come out and play their best game against us so we have to prepare just as hard as if it was anyone.”With a questionable offensive line, an up-and-down quarterback and a stifling defense on the books to go along with the Beaver Stadium atmosphere, Grant said it will be key for the Buckeyes to simply settle into the game in order to have success.“Basically just don’t let the crowd get to you … you just keep playing,” he said. “Keep playing and as the game rolls along and it starts to go our way, then you’ll see it just like any other game.”Kickoff between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

WiFi iPad 2 CAN Use Pinpoint GPS If Tethered to iPhone

first_imgSide-by-side, the iPad Wi-Fi and iPad 3G don’t look different at all, but under the hood there are a lot of differences. Customers who bought a Wi-Fi model, for example, cannot use the same sophisticated GPS features that the iPad 3G has. For the iPad 2, however, there is a workaround to this.Not advertised by Apple, an iPad 2 early adopter realized that when tethered to an iPhone via the phone’s Personal Hotspot feature, the iPad 2 was also able to leech off the iPhone’s pinpoint GPS accuracy.“As we got closer, I decided to get some directions to make sure we were on track. I launched the iPads maps app, expecting to navigate the old fashioned way without GPS assistance — knowing full well that GPS only comes in the 3G iPad models. Imagine my surprise when my iPad pinpointed exactly where we were on the road,” wrote the iPad user who noted the feature, Kyle Carmitchel.Via Cult of Maclast_img read more

Hand over the keys Pressure builds on religious groups over child abuse

first_img Friday 10 Mar 2017, 9:32 AM Short URL ‘Hand over the keys’: Pressure builds on religious groups over child abuse reparations The religious groups say falling property prices are the reason only 14% of the total costs have been paid. Share Tweet Email17 111 Comments That’s a far cry from the 50/50 deal that everybody wanted… and it’s a far-cry from what the religious orders promised themselves.Richard BrutonAlthough the current education minister, Richard Bruton, acknowledged that the Christian Brothers were making scheduled payments as agreed, he said there was an ‘issue about taking responsibility of the sexual abuse that was endemic’. • To Cara Nua, the independent trust for former residents: the sum of €20,000,000 cash plus properties then worth €11,590,000.• To the State: properties then worth €80,856,800.• To the voluntary sector: properties then worth €15,060,000.But the financial downturn eroded the value of the properties to the State, according to the Sisters of Mercy. They say that part of the deal was that the value of their contribution would be subject to the price fluctuation of individual properties.Ruairi Quinn Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandOn Morning Ireland today, former education minister Ruairi Quinn said that the Christian Brothers controlled many of the schools, as do many of the other religious teaching orders.“And they are answerable only to themselves and to the head of their organisation, usually someone based in Rome. And in turn that person is answerable only to the Pope. [It would be] as a public token of their remorse and their sympathy with the victims and the relatives of the victims of this terrible period in Irish history.THAT’S WHAT FORMER education minister Ruairi Quinn said today in response to a report that shows less than 14% of the total costs of the child abuse scandal has been paid by religious institutions. The Artane Boys Industrial School, now called St David’s, which was run by the Christian Brothers and was named in the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report.The Christian Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy, meanwhile, have defended the amounts they’ve paid in compensation for child abuse and investigation costs after coming under fire because of the contents of the report by the Comptroller & Auditor General, published yesterday.The report showed that €209 million had been paid by religious institutions for their role in institutional child abuse. Current costs to the State – including an inquiry, a survivor redress scheme and related survivor supports – add up to €1.5 billion.But because of the fall in the value of properties used as payment to the state, as well as the rising costs of the inquiry, the religious institutions responsible aren’t paying half anymore, and the State no longer has the legal authority to change the amount because of a deal made back in 2002.Current education minister Richard Bruton said that they were now looking to put “moral pressure” onto religious institutions to pay and donate to the state as a gesture of goodwill and moral leadership.The Christian Brothers Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandBut the Christian Brothers said that these figures were 14 months old, and don’t account for more recent compensation amounts, with their estimation of what they’ve contributed equalling €615 million.In a statement they said:“The Comptroller & Auditor General report predates significant payments by the Congregation. Of the €34 million cash pledge, €24 million has been honoured with the final €10million being paid on a phased basis in 2017 linked to property sales.”Sisters of MercyThe Sisters of Mercy have said that they’ve honoured all of their commits and have “contributed property and cash measured in the sum of €33,091,114 pursuant to the Indemnity Agreement of 2001″. Mar 10th 2017, 9:32 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha I don’t want to see them bankrupted. They could solve this issue honourably and with dignity by handing over the keys to the properties used for educational purposes to the Irish government, to the Irish people. I don’t see any sense of movement or engagement or responsibility coming from Pope Francis in relation to this matter.He said that the historical scandal involved both the state and the religious teaching orders, but it was the taxpayer who had borne the bulk of the payments.“The taxpayer has now compensated those people, those victims, to the tune of €1.6 billion [in terms of round figures]. The taxpayer has now compensated those people and it has cost you and me and everybody else €1.6 billion at a time when that money could have been used in so many different ways. 15,139 Views http://jrnl.ie/3280100 It’s moral pressure that we seek to exercise: we can’t force them to do anything.“The Church provide moral leadership, and people in the Church will be disappointed they’re not living up to their own [standards].”“The Church should be honouring their responsibilities.”He admitted that the State carried much of the blame as well, as it sent children to these institutions and inspected these schools, and said that the State bore 50% of the responsibility.Read: Religious groups still owe €1.3 billion for institutional child abuseRead: Some Ryan Report recommendations yet to be implemented due to lack of resources Following the publication of the Ryan Report the Congregation committed to making an additional contribution which in December 2009 was valued at €117,506,800 composed as follows: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heartbreak and humanity

first_imgDoujon Zammit’s violent death at the hands of nightclub bouncers from Mykonos’ Paradise Beach is a tragedy that has touched many, but it has also evolved to showcase the best of humanity. This weekend, Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program has a must-watch update to its original report of Doujon’s death and the profound events that followed. Producer Howard Sacre and reporter Liz Hayes have again straddled the sensitivities and shocking realities of a story that keeps on giving.The original 2008 program covered the heart-rending events following the vicious attack on Doujon, which left him with such serious head injuries that he was airlifted to an Athens hospital.His father, Oliver, made the mercy dash from Australia and was immediately thrust into the ensuing maelstrom, with intense media coverage and a situation in which there was no other option but to turn off his son’s life support.Oliver featured in saturated coverage, expressing no ill-will towards Greece and describing Doujon’s death as a freak, one-off event. His insistence that his son’s heart be used to save the life of Athens journalist Kostas Gribilas, and that his other organs be used to keep another three people alive, won admiration the world over.Kostas was dying from heart failure and had days to live but was ultimately given the kiss of life. He and future wife, Poppy, knew who the donor was, and Mr Zammit and wife Rosemarie knew who the recipient was, and they met in a very emotional encounter.It was an extraordinary exception to the general rule that donor and recipient identities be kept confidential, largely to protect the emotional and psychological well-being of the recipient and members of both families.“We’re updating the story because that initial meeting of Kostas and Poppy, and Oliver and Rosemarie, has blossomed into a very unusual friendship,” Sacre told Neos Kosmos.“Kostas and Poppy have also left Greece and now live in Australia. They see Oliver and Rosemarie very often. Our story details this unique friendship.”In early 2013, Poppy gave birth to Konstantina, but at eight months of age in September 2013 she was rushed hospital. Poppy and Kosta had noticed signs of dehydration while teething. Within 48-hours, Konstantina had passed away with heart complications. “It was a baby that took three of us to make,” Kostas says on the 60 Minutes promo.A charitable foundation was established in memory of Konstantina Angelique Gribilas. Details can be found at: www.facebook.com/KonstantinaAngelique PostscriptThere is a personal dimension to this story for me. I was in Athens at the time and fielded frantic calls from members of my extended family following the Mykonos attack.My cousin was, at the time, the girlfriend of Doujon’s travelling companion Cameron Tabone, and I was urged to head to the Athens hospital to assist in any way I could.Once I was confident I’d done all that I could do to assist, I was faced with the decision of whether or not to cover the story for the Fairfax newspaper – The Sydney Morning Herald – to which I was a contributor.In doing so, I was faced with the dilemma that following my journalistic instincts would potentially create awkwardness and tension between my immediate and extended family.I went ahead and reported on a series of events that emotionally, remains as my hardest assignment to date, but at the same time brought the rewards of contact with some exceptional ambassadors for compassion and humanity. I have no regrets. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

After Yogi and Mayawati EC bans Azam Khan Maneka Gandhi from campaigning

first_imgThe prohibition on Azam Khan and Maneka Gandhi begins at 10 am today.Taking note of their alleged controversial remarks, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday (April 15) barred Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan from campaigning for 72 hours while Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has been barred from election campaigning for 48 hours. The prohibition on Azam Khan and Maneka Gandhi begins at 10 am today, April 16.While addressing an election rally on Sunday, Azam Khan had made derogatory remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, the BJP candidate from Rampur constituency.”I brought her (Jaya Prada) to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki underwear,” Khan had said while addressing an election rally in Rampur.Meanwhile, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on April 12 had said in a public address in Sultanpur that her win from the Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency was certain “with or without” the support of the Muslims and the community should realise it since they will need to get their work done once BJP is in power. “You have to recognise that this victory is sure without you and even with you, and you will have to spread the word,” she said while addressing a rally in Sultanpur.Emphasising that she had distributed Rs 1,000 crore for Muslim institutions to flourish, she said, “You came to seek our help at the time of your need. But, if you say during election time that we will not vote for the BJP and instead vote for any other party which can defeat BJP, then it breaks our heart.””I have already passed this election. But now, if you have to lay the foundation for getting help then this is the right time to do so,” Maneka Gandhi added, while indirectly calling upon the Muslim community to vote for her.Earlier on Monday, EC had a crackdown on Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 48 hours and 72 hours, respectively, for making speeches which allegedly violated the Model Code of Conduct.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

AL BCL yet to agree on new committee

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL’s) student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League aka BCL concluded its national council session without forming a new committee.Several BCL leaders said the organisation could not finalise its central committee as its central leadership and their guardians – AL leadership – have failed to reach consensus.The concluding session of the two-day national council session was supposed to be held at 3:00pm at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, in the capital.Instead, the BCL leaders were in Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, who is also the president of AL, at that time.On their return to the council session venue, the BCL leaders gathered at the adjacent Shahbagh intersection and announced that prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina will announce the committee later.Amidst a high hope among the BCL leadership that AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina would remove the “age barrier” keeping in view the next general elections, Hasina at inaugural session on Saturday, rather said that the age limit for the BCL activists would just be raised from 27 to 28 years.Her announcement created apparently a sense of despair among many of the aspirants for the top posts of the ruling party’s student body.Hasina’s announcement has also forced the BCL leadership to find a new equation for electing its leadership.Arifur Rahman Lemon, vice president and also chief election commissioner of the council session, on Saturday night published a list of 38 president aspirants who were excluded for being more than 28 years old.He published another list of 14 general secretaries’ aspirants who were disqualified for exceeding the age limit.Signed also by other two election commissioners — Nowshed Uddin Sujon and Sakib Hasan Swim — the list contained 66 president aspirants and 169 general secretary aspirants whose candidature was found to be valid.But, a group of senior BCL leaders claimed that the prime minister has extended the age limit to 29 years and demanded the list be withdrawn.They also said that though Hasina had announced on Saturday that the age limit would be 28 years for leadership, she later changed it to 29 years following request from some former BCL leaders and AL leaders.On Sunday, the aspirants who were more than 28 years old, too, were seen busy making showdown at the Engineers’ Institute and Dhaka University campus.Several sources in current and former BCL leaders said the central leadership of AL and the BCL might take one or two more days to declare the new committee.When contacted, forest and environment affairs secretary of AL and former BCL leader Delwar Hossain backed the claim of the student leaders, saying that the AL president has raised age limit to 29 years.He said the committee would be declared after scrutinising the past records of the candidates.Several sources in the BCL said leaders including vice president Aditya Nandi, member of central committee Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon, deputy legal affairs secretary Hossain Saddam, and DU unit secretary of immediate past committee Mothaher Hossain Prince, are among the strongest contenders for the posts of president and secretary.Top posts of the student organisation of a ruling political party bear quite importance in the country’s political culture with the student body leadership having a strong influence in almost all of the affairs of the universities and colleges.Allegations have it that the leadership of the ruling party’s student wing often earns millions of taka through various means like controlling tendering process for the construction work in the educational institutions and forming new committees for different units.last_img read more

Apple Working on Combined ARVR Headset Report

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety There is no word yet on how Apple would support both technologies in one device. The likeliest option would be video pass-through, which would essentially use outward-facing cameras to incorporate images of the real world onto the headset’s displays. Cnet reported that Apple is looking to use a separate 8K display for each eye, which is significantly above the resolution of current-generation VR headsets.Prototypes for Apple’s headset apparently work with an external control unit powered by its own chipsets, which wirelessly communicate with the device. Outsourcing rendering to such a unit would allow Apple to run compute-intensive AR and VR experiences at high frame rates similar to PC-based virtual reality, but it would also mean that the device won’t be as portable as a mobile VR headset.Oculus is currently developing a high-end all-in-one VR headset code-named Santa Cruz that works without any such external hardware. The company is expected to give an update on the development of that product at its f8 conference next weekcenter_img Apple is working on a headset that would combine augmented and virtual reality experiences in one device, according to a new Cnet report. The headset reportedly features 8K video displays for each eye, and could ship as early as 2020.Apple declined to comment on the story when contacted by Variety.Apple has publicly thrown its weight behind augmented reality (AR), bringing the technology to its mobile devices with the help of its ARKit developer framework. The company’s public commitment to virtual reality (VR) has been much more limited, with Apple unveiling developer-focused tools to add support for existing VR headsets to Mac computers last year.However, Cnet reported Friday that the company’s still-unannounced headset will support both AR and VR, which would make it a first among headsets manufactured by a major consumer electronics company. Up until now, most headsets have had a clear focus on either AR or VR, with the latter being a lot more widespread.last_img read more

Dynamics of genetic admixture in Brazilian populations

first_img Citation: Dynamics of genetic admixture in Brazilian populations (2015, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-dynamics-genetic-admixture-brazilian-populations.html (Phys.org)—Human genomic diversity studies provide a window to population movements across regions and societies throughout history. Generally, South America has been underrepresented in such studies, but recognizing that Brazil provides a classical model of population admixture, an international group of researchers recently conducted a population-based, genome-wide analysis of three Brazilian populations. More information: “Origin and dynamics of admixture in Brazilians and its effect on the pattern of deleterious mutations.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print June 29, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1504447112 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 23andMe study sketches genetic portrait of the UScenter_img Credit: Marcelo Calvet/Wikipedia © 2015 Phys.org Their study, the EPIGEN Brazil Initiative, represents the most comprehensive genomic analysis of any South American population to date. They have published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The population of Brazil consists of the post-Columbian admixture between Amerindians, European colonizers and immigrants, and African slaves. The authors note that Brazil was the destiny of 40 percent of the African diaspora that characterized the period of the slave trade. Brazil received seven times more slaves than the United States during that period.From 6,487 admixed Brazilian individuals, the researchers genotyped nearly 2.2 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, colloquially called “snips”), which are DNA sequence variations that occur commonly within populations. They studied three population-based cohorts from different regions with distinct socioeconomic backgrounds.This population-based approach allowed the researchers to identify and quantify ancestry SNP components of three representative Brazilian populations for the first time; they developed an approximate Bayesian analysis to infer properties of population admixture; they identified how genetic structure was influenced by ancestry-related social history; and they were able to study the interactions of admixture, kinship, and inbreeding on patterns of deleterious genetic mutations.The populations in question were from Salvador, a coastal city with 2.7 million inhabitants; Bambuí, a city with a population of around 15,000; and Pelotas, a city of 214,000 inhabitants. Across these three regions, the researchers traced a historical pattern of sex-biased preferential mating between men with predominant European ancestry and women with predominant African or Amerindian ancestry.Families from Salvador and Pelotas, the cities with the largest populations, had the lowest rates of consanguinity. By contrast, Bambuí, consisting of the smallest population in the study, had the highest family structure and the most inbreeding, which was correlated with European ancestry. Genomic ancestry in Brazil correlates with a set of phenotypes such as self-reported ethnicity, skin color, and social aspects such as socioeconomic status. The authors write, “… after five centuries of admixture, Brazilians still preferentially mate with individuals with similar ancestry (and its correlated morphological phenotypes and socioeconomic characteristics), a trend also observed in Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.” This was particularly true in the cities of Pelotas and Bambuí, which have higher proportions of individuals with markedly predominant ancestries. In Salvador, however, the population is far more admixed, likely due to a combination of factors including a longer history of admixture and the relatively homogenous socioeconomic status of the inhabitants, according to the authors.The authors investigated how European ancestry shapes the amount of deleterious genetic variants in admixed individuals across domains of heterozygosis and homozygosis. They report that in Latin-American populations, the history of continental admixture comprises the main determinant of the presence of deleterious variants, but in a much more complex way than they expected, and likely unrelated to local demographic history.They suggest that future studies on Northern Brazilian populations or those in the Central-West might reveal larger dynamics of Amerindian ancestry. They also speculate that studies of large urban centers that historically serve as destinations for immigration might reveal the influence and impacts of other global ancestry components. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Bascule bridge opens after temporary repair work

first_imgKolkata: After temporary repair work, the bascule bridge in the Port area was opened for vehicular traffic on Thursday morning. However, it has been decided that until the faulty bearing gets repaired or replaced, heavy vehicles will not be allowed on the bridge.According to sources, engineers of Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) were trying to repair the bearing which became faulty. As it could not be replaced immediately, it has been repaired temporarily. For that reason, KoPT is not allowing any heavy vehicles on the bridge as it may cause permanent damage. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDue to a technical glitch the bascule bridge couldn’t be closed properly from Tuesday night, owing to which huge congestion took place. According to sources, late on Tuesday night the bridge was opened to pass a ship from Singapore. At around 2 am, after the ship crossed the area, on-duty Port Trust employees tried to close the bridge. While doing so, it was noticed that it was not closed fully owing to misaligned sections. Immediately, vehicle movement on the bridge was suspended. Later, all Kidderpore-bound vehicles were diverted towards Taratala via Diamond Harbour Road.last_img read more

Jules Vernes Amazingly Accurate Literary Prophecies About the Modern World

first_imgScience fiction is what we call the stories that use what technology already exists to think about what technologies could exist in the future, and what those developments might mean for the people of that time. Although the term “science fiction” didn’t come into use until the 1930s, as a genre it started to gain traction much earlier than that. When thinkers and story-tellers of the 19th century found themselves living through an age of incredible technological advancement and social and industrial change, it’s only logical that they would start asking themselves what those changes meant for the world we live in and to make some predictions about how it would all play out.Jules VerneOne of the seminal authors in the field of speculative (science) fiction was Jules Verne. Born in 1828, a solid 100-200 years before most of our modern marvels became commonplace, Verne nevertheless had a remarkably accurate mental picture of what many of those marvels would be. In his novels, he imagined technology that his peers found not only remarkable, but, in some cases, so unbelievable as to be nearly unpublishable. The predictions in the latter category were, in fact, some of his most accurate.What sort of things did the father of steampunk imagine that actually came true?Original illustration of Jules Verne’s Nautilus engine roomNational Geographic put together a list of eight technologies he predicted that did, in fact, come to be. Arguably the most iconic of them is the Nautilus, the electric submarine he imagined in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.At the time the book was written, electricity was still novel and even a little mysterious; however, by the mid-1960s, workable and entirely electric submarines had moved from the pages of books to the actual oceans.Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaIn 1865, he wrote From the Earth to the Moon. In that novel, he made several predictions about how space technology would develop.One of the things Verne speculated about was the development of space vehicles that could be moved with light. In our modern times, that same idea has come to be known as solar sails, and the Japanese started launching them nearly a decade ago.An illustration from the novel “From the Earth to the Moon” by Jules Verne drawn by Henri de Montaut.That same novel also described lunar modules, rockets that could take passengers from the Earth to the Moon, about a century before such a thing was ever built. As a sort of sub-set of the lunar modules, Verne also predicted space ships that could hit the ocean and float, just like the Mercury capsule.Related Video: Airship Hindenburg Explodes 1937Not all of Verne’s predictions were related to something as removed from our everyday life as space. In 1863, he wrote a novel called Paris in the Twentieth Century.Jules Verne and Madame Verne ca. 1900.The novel wasn’t published at the time of its completion because it was considered to be too unbelievable and too pessimistic, so it was put aside and largely forgotten until its eventual publication in 1994. Verne’s “lost novel”’ is set in the year 1960, and describes a society that is as socially backward as it is technologically advanced.Stolen History discusses the similarities between Verne’s predictions for the technology of the time and what had actually been developed. Those predictions included the use of elevators, fax machines, high-speed trains powered by magnetism and compressed air, automobiles with internal combustion engines, the paved highway system, cities lit at night by electric lights, and skyscrapers. He even envisioned basic computers which used a networking system very like the internet to communicate with each other.An 1889 Hetzel poster advertising Verne’s worksBesides just the technological marvels, however, Paris in the Twentieth Century was also a study on the impact that those developments had on society. He predicted the rise of suburban development, the spread of mass-produced higher education, the growth of feminism as women increasingly moved into the workplace, and the rise of births happening outside of the bonds of marriage.He paints the Paris of 1960 as being rather soulless and driven by an adoration of business and progress at the expense of people’s emotional and spiritual lives. His view of the future involved people losing themselves in lewd or mindless forms of relaxation when they weren’t losing themselves in work.ParisHe may have been using his imaginings of the future as a means of working out his anxieties over the rapidly changing culture of his time, but does that render his vision any less accurate?One of the traits of a first-rate storyteller is that he or she not only tells what happens, but also gives insight into how it happens and what it means for the bigger picture.Read another story from us: This Steampunk Victorian Home on Wheels is Filled with Remarkable OdditiesJules Verne does that. In many ways, the body of his work not only inspires us to imagine what is possible, but also serves as a reminder that even the most wondrous things can have unexpected prices attached.last_img read more

Disable autoplaying video in Google app on Android

first_imgDisable autoplaying video in Google app on Android by Martin Brinkmann on July 26, 2017 in Google Android – 6 commentsIf you use the Google application on Android, you may have noticed that videos may autoplay when they are shown in search results.Jennifer Slegg was the first to notice this on Google Search on desktop devices. She noticed that Google would autoplay videos on select searches.When she searched for “The Lego Ninjago Movie” or “Justice League Release Date” for instance, Google would display a movie trailer in the Knowledge Graph area of the search results, and play the movie trailer automatically.The video plays without sound by default, and Google users need to click on the video to enable sound playback.It is interesting to note that the queries that Jennifer tested were not specifically looking for trailers for these movies.While the feature is live apparently for some users on the desktop, it may also be live already on Android devices if the Google application is used on these devices.While I could not verify the autoplaying of videos on Google on Android or the desktop, as it still seems to be available for select users only, I noticed that the Google app for Android features an option to disable video autoplay.It would make no sense to have such a feature if video autoplay would not be a thing in the application. I consider this a strong indicator that the reports are true, and that Google may roll out autoplaying videos to Google Search.You can disable the feature on Android in the following way:Open the Google application on your Android device.Tap on Google, then Menu, then Settings.Locate the video settings group and tap on it.There you find two options:Autoplay — Play video previews automatically on Wi-Fi.Network — Allow on mobile networks.If you disable Autoplay, Network is disabled automatically as well. Autoplay is set to on by default, and Network to off. The desktop settings don’t have such an option (yet).If you don’t like autoplaying videos, you may want to disable the feature to avoid those in the Google application.Closing WordsAutoplaying content falls in the same category of annoyances as popups, popunders, blinking distracting advertisement, and other elements that distract the user.It is interesting to note that autoplaying videos are a big no-no when it comes to Google’s own criteria for judging a website’s quality. This is not the first time that Google deviates from its own quality guidelines for webmasters, and it seems likely that it won’t be the last either.Now You: how do you combat autoplaying content?SummaryArticle NameDisable autoplaying video in Google app on AndroidDescriptionIf you use the Google application on Android, you may have noticed that videos may autoplay when they are shown in search results.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Security researchers find flaws in AMD chips but raise eyebrows with

first_imgA newly discovered set of vulnerabilities in AMD chips is making waves not because of the scale of the flaws, but rather the rushed, market-ready way in which they were disclosed by the researchers. When was the last time a bug had its own professionally shot video and PR rep, yet the company affected was only alerted 24 hours ahead of time? The flaws may be real, but the precedent set here is an unsavory one.The flaws in question were discovered by CTS Labs, a cybersecurity research outfit in Israel, and given a set of catchy names: Ryzenfall, Masterkey, Fallout and Chimera, with associated logos, a dedicated website and a whitepaper describing them.So far, so normal: major bugs like Heartbleed and of course Meltdown and Spectre got names and logos too.The difference is that in those cases the affected parties, such as Intel, the OpenSSL team and AMD were quietly alerted well ahead of time. This is the concept of “responsible disclosure,” and gives developers first crack at fixing an issue before it becomes public.There’s legitimate debate over just how much control big companies should exert over the publicity of their own shortcomings, but generally speaking in the interest of protecting users the convention tends to be adhered to. In this case, however, the CTS Labs team sprang their flaws on AMD fully formed and with little warning.The flaws discovered by the team are real, though they require administrative privileges to execute a cascade of actions, meaning taking advantage of them requires considerable access to the target system. The research describes some as backdoors deliberately included in the chips by Taiwanese company ASmedia, which partners with many manufacturers to produce components.The access requirement makes these much more limited than the likes of Meltdown and Spectre, which exploited problems at the memory handling and architecture level. They’re certainly serious, but the manner in which they have been publicized has aroused suspicion around the web.Why the extremely non-technical video shot on green screen with stock backgrounds composited in? Why the scare tactics of calling out AMD’s use in the military? Why don’t the bugs have CVE numbers, the standard tracking method for nearly all serious issues? Why was AMD given so little time to respond? Why not, if as the FAQ suggests, some fixes could be created in a matter of months, at least delay the publication until they were available? And what’s with the disclosure that CTS “may have, either directly or indirectly, an economic interest in the performance” of AMD? That’s not a common disclosure in situations like this.(I’ve contacted the PR representative listed for the flaws [!] for answers to some of these questions.)It’s hard to shake the idea that there’s some kind of grudge against AMD at play. That doesn’t make the flaws any less serious, but it does leave a bad taste in the mouth.AMD issued a statement saying that “We are investigating this report, which we just received, to understand the methodology and merit of the findings.” Hard to do much else in a day.As always with these big bugs, the true extent of their reach, how serious they really are, whether users or businesses will be affected and what they can do to prevent it are all information yet to come as experts pore over and verify the data.last_img read more

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first_img2. Northern Lake Baikal, RussiaAnother amazing lake, this one is located in southern Siberia and is the world’s largest freshwater bit of blue. The water round these parts freezes into sheets of turquoise ice in winter that might look more at home in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Temperatures can plummet to -19°C from December to February, so don’t forget to pack the onesie.  Search for flights to Luang Prabang 1. Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaFrozen in the depths of winter, the world’s largest salt flat is transformed in to a giant sky-reflecting mirror during rainy season. The pools left over from this monumental prehistoric lake create a shimmering, illusory horizon, making it one of the best places to visit in the world if you like a good trick shot or fun selfie! 7. The Door to Hell, TurkmenistanOk, so it’s actually a geyser, but ‘Door to Hell’ sounds much catchier doesn’t it? Plus, this burning pool of lava in Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert looks just how you’d expect a gateway to the underworld to look: red and hot and steamy. We’ve got more bucket-list sights in our round-up of the best natural wonders of the world. 3. Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, LaosAlready a top holiday destination for backpackers, the Laotian city of Luang Prabang is temptingly close to Kuang Si Falls, a three tier splash spectacular with waters so clear and blue it’ll be hard to resist jumping straight in. Hike the trails around the area to escape the tour groups and find your own secret slice of paradise. 4. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, ChileAdmire the amazing Andes and visit one of South America’s most beautiful National Parks. Get your llama legs on and go hiking over mountains loaded with the white stuff and across glorious glaciers. Read all about the best places to travel in South America with our guide. 5. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USAMore wet stuff to blow your socks off, this time in North America. This natural pool, with its rainbow coloured waters, is found in Yellowstone National Park and is the third largest hot spring in the world. Get further off the beaten track in the US with our look at 5 secret states in America. Search for flights to Peru Search for flights to Bolivia Search for flights to Wyoming 6. Huacachina, PeruCatch a glimpse of this impressive desert oasis, built in the 1930s around an existing watering hole. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the lake’s legendary resident, a mermaid. Peru’s also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu and a brilliant holiday destination – take a look at our full guide to find out more. Search for flights to Russia Search for flights to Chile Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Search for flights to Indonesia 9. Mount Rinjani, Lombok, IndonesiaA couple of days of tough climbing is well-rewarded at the summit of Mount Rinjani, the second highest active volcano in Indonesia, with this spectacular view. A crater lake, affectionately known as ‘Child of the Sea’ by locals, sits pretty at the top of this epic climb. And don’t miss the chance to see dragons while you’re in Indonesia, at Komodo National Park. Check out our other gorgeous photo galleries:12 of the world’s most beautiful beachesWelcome to paradise. Here is our selection of 12 of the most perfect beaches in the world7 of the world’s most extraordinary natural phenomenaMake your holiday memories a little bit extra special by seeing these seven spectacular natural events, from solar eclipses to the Northern Lights.Visit the ‘Grasslands’ Planet Earth II locationsThe BBC’s Planet Earth II recently featured the world’s grasslands, a mind-blowing display of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes. From Australia’s Northern territories to the frozen wastelands of the Arctic Tundra, here’s where they’re located and how to get there.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedIn pictures: totally tropical winter sunSun, sea, sand… escape the winter with our stunning collection of beautiful beaches and exotic holiday destinations.10 most amazing natural wonders of the world: in pictures10 of the world’s top natural beauties in one stunning photo gallery.Off the beaten track: check out these exciting alternative destinationsIn partnership with Do you like to do things differently? Are you sick of going to the same old places on holiday? The same places that your friends and family have already been to and bored you about? As part of the FinTech wave sweeping the banking industry, Starling Bank… Thomas CookAlitaliaAegean Airlines Search for flights to Turkmenistanlast_img read more

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