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Govt may permit 100 FDI in contract manufacturing

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is working on a proposal to allow 100 per cent FDI in contract manufacturing with a view to attract overseas investments, sources said. According to the existing foreign investment policy, 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) is permitted in the manufacturing sector under the automatic route. A manufacturer is also allowed to sell products manufactured in India through wholesale and retail channels, including through e-commerce, without government’s approval. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The current policy does not talk about contract manufacturing and it is not clearly defined in the policy. Big technology companies across the world are going for this, so there is a need for a clarification on the matter which government is considering positively,” they said. The commerce and industry ministry is working on a proposal that would be finalised soon and sent for Union Cabinet’s approval. Commenting on the proposal, Rajat Wahi, Partner, Deloitte India, said the move if approved by the government will give a boost to the manufacturing sector. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”It is a welcome proposal for technology based companies like Apple,” he said. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech in July had proposed relaxation in the FDI norms for certain sectors such as aviation, AVGC (animation, visual effects, gaming and comics), insurance, and single brand retail with a view to attract more overseas investment. FDI in India dipped 1 per cent to $44.36 billion in 2018-19. Last year, the government had relaxed FDI rules for several sectors, including single brand retail, non- banking financial companies and construction. Foreign investments are considered crucial for India, which needs billions of dollars for overhauling its infrastructure sector such as ports, airports and highways to boost growth. FDI helps in improving the country’s balance of payments situation and strengthen the rupee value against other global currencies, especially the US dollar.last_img read more

DR Congo militias must go but security forces need discipline says UN

Responding to a group of women victims of such violence as he continued to assess the humanitarian situation in North Kivu province, Alan Doss, Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the DRC, voiced the need to “put an end to the presence of armed groups, but also to put discipline into the heart of security forces.”The Security Council has asked the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC) to prioritize the stabilization of the eastern provinces and the protection of civilians there.Fierce fighting of recent months, involving various militia groups and the national army (FARDC), has displaced some 250,000 civilians on top of 800,000 uprooted in earlier violence.During his travels today, Mr. Doss visited the town of Kanyabayonga, where he met with military and administrative officials as well as civil society groups.Those groups underlined the continuing threat of the ethnic Hutu militia known as the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), which has been the target of a joint military operation conducted by Rwanda and the DRC.Among other concerns, they described the situation in the neighbouring village of Luofo, where some 15,000 person have fled after several other localities were attacked just last week by the FDLR.In response, Mr. Doss pledged that “MONUC will reinforce its presence in localities and continue to logistically support the FARDC in its operations against the FDLR.”Mr. Doss also visited the nearby city of Beni, promising to support the establishment of a school in a pygmy community and inaugurating a health centre for police and their families, part of the national plan to stabilize the eastern DRC approved last month.On his return to North Kivu’s capital, Goma, Mr. Doss attended a meeting of humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), where he responded to security concerns by noting that MONUC was ready to reinforce patrols on crucial roadways.MONUC was originally set up in 1999 to help enforce a ceasefire in the DRC following a devastating multi-party civil war that cost four million lives. 19 March 2009In order to end the sexual violence plaguing the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it is necessary to stop the activity of armed groups but also to ensure security forces have strong discipline, the top United Nations envoy there said today. read more

Wrongway M40 crash car had been in a collision five days earlier

The collision killed the Mondeo driver, a 32-year-old former army engineer from Stockport, ChesireCredit:INS Picture Desk/INX News Agency LTD The collision killed the Mondeo driver, a 32-year-old former army engineer from Stockport, Chesire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Footage captured by other vehicles on the motorway showed cars swerving to avoid the Subaru and its caravan which were speeding down the motorway in the wrong direction.It is understood to have travelled the wrong way between junctions seven and six before the crash.Sonia Thomson, a witness to the event, said she was driving in the outside lane of the motorway when the realised the Subaru “was just heading towards me”.Miss Thomson, who works as cabin crew for British Airways, said that the car was “going so fast”,“it was almost past me in the blink of an eye”.“Someone must have been looking after me because 10-20 seconds later and that could have been me,” she added. It was the second triple fatal collision on the Thames Valley’s road in 48 hours as three special needs teachers were killed following a collision with a lorry on the M4 motorway.The death toll has reached 10 in just seven days with a series of collisions on the M40 and M4. A car which crashed into oncoming traffic leaving three people dead had been involved in a collision only five days earlier, police have revealed.The Subaru Forester was towing a caravan at 60mph when it hit a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus on the northbound carriageway of the M40 in Oxfordshire on Monday.The collision killed the Subaru driver and passenger, both in their 80s, and the Mondeo driver, who has been named as Stuart Richers, a 32-year-old former army engineer from Stockport, Chesire.It emerged today that the Subaru had been involved in another crash five days earlier in nearby High Wycombe, prompting a police watchdog investigation.Thames Valley Police made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in relation to the fatal collision “due to previous police contact”.A spokesman said: “On 10 October this year in High Wycombe, a report of a damage-only road traffic collision involving the Subaru Forester was made to the Force. The IOPC will now make a decision as to whether they will carry out an investigation.“The driver and a passenger of the Subaru, both aged in their eighties, died. They are yet to be formally identified at this time.” read more

Cummins wins US best heavyduty truck engines award

first_imgBased on Frost & Sullivan’s independent research surveying heavy-duty fleet, safety, maintenance, and service managers in the US, Cummins emerged as the overall best heavy-duty truck engine supplier. While 49% of the respondents chose Cummins, its closest competitor captured only 23% of the votes. “The large difference in customer selection has served to demonstrate that Cummins is a clear leader in the US heavy-duty truck engine market and thus a worthy recipient of this award,” Frost & Sullivan says.“It is hardly surprising that an overwhelming majority of respondents select Cummins as the top heavy-duty truck engine supplier, as the company manufactures the most comprehensive range of diesel and natural gas engines that can be used for a wide array of medium and heavy-duty truck types and applications,” said Frost & Sullivan Global Director Tonya Fowler. “As an independent engine provider, the company is also in a unique position to allow customers to specify their product requirements and optimize the engine features and parameters to meet their business needs.”The survey also revealed heavy-duty fleet managers’ recognition of Cummins heavy-duty truck engine leadership when it comes to fuel efficiency, operational effectiveness, and reliability. Specifically, the diesel engines designed by Cummins are built to the highest standards of quality and have the best performance attributes. The company has also developed industry-leading 8.9 litre and 12 litre natural gas engines by making good use of its engineering expertise and strong partnerships. These engines operate on 100% natural gas which can be carried on the vehicle in either compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) form.However, heavy-duty fleet managers’ endorsement of Cummins as the leading heavy-duty truck engine supplier doesn’t just come from the merits of its engines; the company’s customer support infrastructure, which is more extensive than that of any other heavy-duty truck original equipment manufacturer in North America, has bolstered its reputation among customers. “To maintain positive customer perceptions, Cummins ensures that it is at the forefront of fuel-efficiency and emission-reduction efforts by working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory bodies to shape the evolution of diesel engines and provide regulatory compliance support,” noted Fowler. “Ultimately, the company aims to lower the total cost of ownership incurred by customers.”last_img read more

Denmark wins TotalCredit Cup – Wilbek took Lauge for the EURO 2012

← Previous Story “Croatia Cup”: Croatia better than Slovakia; Sweden beats Iran Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 Friendly: Serbia beats Macedonia! Danish NT showed the best performance in three days of “Total Credit Cup” in three Danish cities. In the last match, Denmark won ove Iceland 31:27 (16:14) and with two wins and one draw against Slovenia, took the first place.In the second match of the Round 3, Poland broke the resistance of Slovenians in the last ten minutes – 25:24 (10:16).Slovenija: Skok, Prošt, Mačkovšek, Miklavčič 1, Dobelšek 1, Pucelj, Brumen 5, Gaber, Dolenec 3, Skube 1, Špiler 1, Marguč 4, Bombač, M. Žvižej 3, L. Žvižej 4, Bezjak 1.Poljska: Wichary, Wyszomirski, Jaszka, K. Lijewski 1, Tkaczyk 2, Bielecki 3, Wisniewski 7, B. Jurecki, M. Jurecki 3, Tluczynski 4, Jurkiewicz 2, Syprzak 1, Kwiatkowski, Zaremba, Orzechowski 2FINAL STANDINGS:Denmark 5Poland 3Iceland 3Slovenia 1After the match of Round 2 and Danish win over Poland 31:30, Danish NT coach, Ulrik Wilbek decided to add young left back and “match winner”, Rasmus Lauge (20) as the 15th member of the squad for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. read more

Bacteria discovered in Cork improves ability to cope with stress

first_img A STRAIN OF bacteria first discovered by researchers at University College Cork appears to improve people’s ability to cope with stress.The snappily named B. longum 1714 was discovered at UCC’s APC Microbiome Institute. It’s from the family of bacteria that are given to a baby from its mother at birth.Now a major international study has shown that it helps people manage stress by changing how the brain processes stress stimuli.The study was carried out by the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Tübingenin in Germany. As part of the four-week trial 40 participants played the notoriously stressful Cyberball game which saw them virtually tossing balls with two other virtual players.Each of the participants was given a dose of the bacteria or a placebo each day. They experienced heightened stress during the games but those who were given the probiotic were found to be able to manage their stress better.Over the course of the trial period the bacteria was found to improve how their brain deals with stressful events and moderate brain processes that are linked to negative emotions.The study supports what research on animals has shown for a long time.The researchers said they were sceptical about the claims made about probiotics and the gut-brain axis but their comprehensive study provided “novel and innovative” results which provide a basis to assess the “true impact of specific bacterial strains on the brain”.The bacteria are being developed by Alimentary Healthcare for a microbacterial and vitamin supplement.“We are delighted with these results, which show the potential for targeted strains with a scientific basis to support claims,” the company’s CEO, Dr Barry Kiely, said.The study has been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. May 1st 2019, 4:14 PM Bacteria discovered in Cork improves ability to cope with stress The bacteria is being developed for a microbacterial and vitamin supplement. 26,899 Views Image: Shutterstock/anyaivanova 16 Comments Short URL Share49 Tweet Email8 Image: Shutterstock/anyaivanova Wednesday 1 May 2019, 4:14 PM By Ceimin Burke Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Before Photoshop Vintage Photos of UFO Sightings

first_img Is the truth still out there? In September, the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network, two websites that report on UFOs, documented steep drops in worldwide UFO sightings.  The reasons for the decline are varied, ranging from the shift in culture around alien investigations to difficulties in capturing photographic evidence. But a key factor, according to the Guardian, may be that people simply don’t care anymore.But there was a time when people did care. In the 40s, 50s and 60s, there were several reports and photographs of unusual activity in the skies, some actually investigated by the military. And this was in a time before Photoshop. Here, we collect some of the most noteworthy vintage photographs of reported flying saucers and UFOs.Real or hoax? Click through the slideshow to see images.View as: One Page Slides1/161. New Mexico, 1957Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesAn alleged UFO was photographed when it hovered for 15 minutes near Holloman Air Development Center in New Mexico. The object was photographed by a government employee and was released by the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization.2. Circa 1963Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesThe Amalgamated Flying Saucer Club of America, headquartered in Los Angeles, released this photo, taken by a member, reportedly showing a flying saucer estimated at 70 ft. in diameter3. Italy, 1954Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesObservers gaze skyward at two unidentified objects over Sicily, Italy. The photographer claimed the objects were in the sky and remained still for several minutes. 4. Southern Rhodesia, 1954Photo Credit: Barney Wayne/Keystone/Getty ImagesAn alleged UFO in the sky over Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. 5. Oregon, 1950Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesPhoto of an alleged ‘flying saucer’ taken by Paul Trent over his farm, in McMinnville, Oregon.6. Oregon, 1950Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesPhoto of an alleged ‘flying saucer’ taken by Paul Trent over his farm, in McMinnville, Oregon.7. Colorado, 1967Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesRobert Rinker, a field technician at the mountain laboratory weather station on Chalk Mountain near Climax, Colo., discovered this unidentified object on his negative after he shot a roll of film in the area.8. Michigan, 1966Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesWilliam Van Horn, who was a civil defense director of Hillsdale County, Mich., released this photo purporting to show an UFO to challenge an Air Force report that ‘swamp gas’ caused the UFO sightings in March 1966. 9. New Jersey, 1966Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesRobert J. Salvo, a 13, said he was walking his dog when he saw a flying saucer. He took this photo, which he sent to the military.10. California, 1951Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty Imagesuy B. Marquand, Jr., took this picture while on a mountain road near Riverside, Calif. Marquand claimed that he and two friends saw the object fly past at a very high rate of speed, and when it came back, he had his camera ready to take the photo.11. New Mexico, 1967Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesA New Mexico State University student took this photo of what he claimed is a UFO, while photographing land formations for a geology class. He said the object made no noise and disappeared as he looked down to change plates in the camera.12. Australia, 1966Photo Credit: Universal History Archive/Getty ImagesA photo of the unexplained flying object allegedly witnessed by students and teachers from Westall High School in Melbourne, Australia. The UFO was described as being a grey saucer-shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being about twice the size of a family car.13. England, 1954Photo Credit: Ullstein Bild/Getty ImagesThis photo of an alleged UFO was taken by two English boys.14. Germany, 1954Photo Credit: Ullstein Bild/Getty ImagesAn alleged UFO over Bad Hersfeld in Germany.15. Texas, 1951Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesPhotographs of the ‘Lubbock Lights’ over Lubbock, Texas, taken by 19-year old Carl Hart, Jr., on August 30, 1951. The Lubbock Lights were investigated by the U.S. Air Force in 1951. The Air Force initially believed the lights were caused by a type of bird called a plover, but eventually concluded that the lights “weren’t birds… but they weren’t spaceships…the [Lubbock Lights] have been positively identified as a very commonplace and easily explainable natural phenomenon.” 16. Washington, 1947Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty ImagesPhoto of an alleged ‘flying disc’ over Seattle, Washington, by Frank Ryman. Stay on target Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle last_img read more

Police sergeant defends Trayvon Martin targets for shooting practice

first_imgA Port Canaveral, Fla., police sergeant recently posted a You Tube video to defend himself after being fired last week for bringing in shooting targets that resembled Trayvon Martin, according to WFTV and ABCNews.Sgt. Ron King said in the video he had no intention of using the targets and that he’d brought them in as a training tool for a “no-shoot situation.” King also apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin and his fellow police officers.In the video, he also said, “As a result of last year’s Trayvon Martin shooting, a company offered for sale a target of a faceless silhouette wearing a hoodie with his hands in his pockets, one of which was holding two objects, these objects in the hand were non-threatening and the target was something that I viewed as a no-shoot situation.”“While others used it as a novelty,” he added, “I view it as a tool for scenario-based firearms training. Although to date, the targets have never been used, I did possess the targets for those training reasons.”The incident occurred as George Zimmerman awaits trial for second-degree murder for the shooting of Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, told police that he followed Martin after observing suspicious behavior and then confronted the youth. He has stated the 17-year-old then punched him, knocked him down and slammed his head into the pavement.last_img read more

BSO releases body cam footage of Zachary Cruz trespassing arrest

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has released the body camera footage of the arrest of Zachary Cruz for trespassing onto Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s campus.The video shows Cruz speaking to deputies. Deputies could be heard asking why Cruz was at the school, to which he responds, “I just wanted to kinda take it all in.”Initially, deputies appeared to only issue Cruz a warning. However, Cruz is later escorted to the back of a cruiser after officers mentioned that he had been on the school campus before.Cruz is the younger brother of accused Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz. Deputies said he gunned down 17 people inside the high school on Feb. 14.Zachary Cruz is currently being held on a $500,000 bond and has been ordered to stay away from the campus, and he has also been banned from Broward County if he is released.The sheriff’s office also filed for a risk protection order against Zachary Cruz in circuit court under a new “red flag law” that was just signed by the governor last week.If a judge approves the request, Cruz would be involuntarily hospitalized for a mental health evaluation and barred from possessing firearms. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Order books open for the 275750 Porsche 911 Speedster

first_img 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is a 502-hp, limited-run stunner 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Plugging in for performance 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster first drive: Superb sensations 0 Enlarge ImageSpec the optional Heritage Design Package, and your out-the-door price will launch skyward to $300,260 including destination. Yowza. Porsche Porsche’s limited-edition models usually sell like hot cakes, so if you’re after the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster, you’d better act fast, even though it costs as much as a really nice house in some areas.The $275,750 Porsche 911 Speedster’s order books are now open, Porsche announced on Tuesday. Limited to just 1,948 units, the Speedster revives the name (and shape) that’s been an occasional part of the automaker’s lineup for more than half a century. The O.G. Speedster, the 356 1500 America Roadster, was a special edition created specifically for the US market, so there’s quite the connection between this name and our amber waves of grain.That price tag, which includes the $1,250 destination charge, gets you a car that’s as pared back as possible. The front windshield and side glass have been cut down a couple inches, and the convertible top has been eschewed entirely in favor of a big ol’ decklid evocative of prior Speedster models. Carbon fiber body panels abound, mixing with polyurethane to create a curb weight some 200 pounds lighter than the usual Neunelfer.Inside, the air conditioning is gone, but it’s available as a no-cost option for those who want a few creature comforts. A six-speed manual is the only cog swapper available for its 502-horsepower, 4.0-liter flat-six borrowed from the GT3 and GT3 RS. If you really want to heap on the vintage charm, there’s an optional Heritage Design Package from Porsche’s Exclusive Manufaktur department. This aesthetics-only package adds a unique two-tone paint job in silver and white with gold badges, “gumball” graphics on the side and 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior gets two-tone leather and more gold badges. Considering it costs $24,510 to add this to the car, you’ll really have to dig what’s on offer to swallow that large of a lump. Whether you spec that package or not, expect the Speedsters to start hitting dealers later this year. Preview • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Post a comment Share your voice More From Roadshowcenter_img Tags Sports Cars Convertibles 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive: Sweet, sweet overkill 26 Photos Porsche More about 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Porschelast_img read more

Atomic Coilgun Halts Supersonic Beams

first_img First ever demonstration of quantum chaos during atom ionisation By magnetically pulsing a sequence of 64 copper coils in an “atomic coilgun,” scientists have succeeded in stopping a supersonic neon beam in its tracks in just microseconds. The researchers, from the University of Texas at Austin and Tel-Aviv University, have published the results of their experiment in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. In their study, the scientists show how switching high magnetic fields on and off as an atomic beam passes through the coils can remove more than 98% of the beam’s kinetic energy. With their method, they decrease the velocity of an atomic neon beam from 447 m/s to 56 m/s. “We have stopped the beam completely, but in order to extract the atoms to the detector we leave a small residual velocity of 56 m/s,” Mark Raizen, physics professor at the University of Texas at Austin, told “In the future, we do intend to stop and trap the atoms. We will be able to hold them in a stationary trap and then, to detect them, we will have to re-launch them with several additional stages of the coilgun.”The atomic coilgun – with its electromagnetic copper coils – acts upon the magnetic moments of the neon atoms in the beam. (Basically, a magnetic moment is the atom’s internal magnetism, which is caused by the movements of its electrons.) Any atom or molecule that has an unpaired electron can be slowed by the atomic coilgun.“The atomic coilgun is very appealing because of its universal nature, working on about 90% of the periodic table and some molecules – radicals and oxygen,” Raizen said. “There really are no other good methods for slowing beams of atoms, aside from laser cooling, which only works for about 10% of the periodic table.”In their set-up, the scientists generated a cold, fast neon beam, which travels through a funnel-shaped “skimmer.” The skimmer directs the atomic beam into the coilgun, which consists of 64 copper coil solenoids spaced 14 mm apart. After traveling through the magnetically pulsed coils, the beam propagates to a microchannel plate, where the scientists can measure the speed of the atoms in the beam. The key to the coilgun is the ability to control the electromagnetism of each of the copper coils individually. Using data from simulations, the researchers created a timing sequence for turning each coil’s electromagnetic field on and off. Citation: Atomic Coilgun Halts Supersonic Beams (2008, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img The experimental set-up. Image credit: Narevicius, et al. ©2008 APS. “An important feature [of the atomic coilgun] is its simplicity, with copper wire coils driven by discharging capacitors,” Raizen said.As an atom moves into the center of a coil rather than in between coils, it experiences a stronger magnetic field and gains potential energy. But when the coil’s field is turned off with the atom in the center, the atom loses much of its kinetic energy. The loss happens quickly: when the current is switched off, a coil’s 5-tesla magnetic field decreases by about 80% in 6 microseconds.“The amount of energy that is removed per stage is equal to the height of the magnetic hill,” Raizen said, explaining that the exact amount of energy depends on the type of atom. “We remove 1/64 of the atom’s kinetic energy per stage.”As the researchers explain, the timing sequence of the coils is important. If a coil’s field is switched off when an atom is positioned in the center of the coil rather than in between coils, the atom experiences a stronger magnetic field and is slowed more. However, switching the magnetism off when atoms are in between coils allows more atoms to be slowed. The ability to dramatically slow and stop a supersonic atomic beam could enable researchers to study atomic and molecular properties in great detail. The group is currently working on trapping and cooling atomic hydrogen isotopes, such as tritium. Analyzing tritium could enable researchers to make precise measurements of beta decay, which in turn could provide a way to determine neutrino rest mass – one of the greatest unanswered questions in physics.Other possible applications include using the atomic coilgun to trap several types of cold atoms, opening up new directions in cold chemistry. Stopping atoms such as iron and nickel could enable controlled deposition of magnetic quantum dots, and might also serve as a method for magnetic storage. More information: Narevicius, Edvardas; Libson, Adam; Parthey, Christian G.; Chavez, Isaac; Narevicius, Julia; Even, Uzi; and Raizen, Mark G. “Stopping Supersonic Beams with a Series of Pulsed Electromagnetic Coils: An Atomic Coilgun.” Physical Review Letters 100, 093003 (2008). Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore furtherlast_img read more

The story behind Londons TimeTraveling Tomb

first_imgCemeteries make natural breeding grounds for ghost stories and other fantastic tales. Usually, these fictions swell around Halloween, when a few brave teenagers visit them and scare themselves witless, then the tales fade into the ether for the rest of the year. But Brompton Cemetery in London, England, has become the hub of a wild legend that isn’t a ghost story as much as it is science fiction. One mausoleum has become the focal point of a tale about time travel, Egyptian myths, and teleportation.The largest tomb in the cemetery is the resting place of Hannah Courtoy and two of her daughters. According to local musician Stephen Coates, who has made something of a hobby of studying the tomb, the mausoleum may just be a teleportation chamber. It’s impossible to understand how this story arose without first understanding something about Hannah herself.Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, LondonBorn around 1784 (it isn’t clear exactly when), as a young woman Hannah went to work for a wealthy man named John Courtoy, as an employee of the household.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsHe was 70, but when Hannah gave birth to three daughters, she insisted Courtoy was the father. Although many doubted her claim and believed her to be a gold digger, paternity wasn’t provable in the 1800s.Whatever the truth, Hannah took his name and, when he died, a huge battle began over his assets, which wasn’t settled until 1827. Hannah received the bulk of his estate.Hannah Courtoy mausoleum, Brompton Cemetery. Photo by Edwardx CC BY-SA 4.0That money enabled her to indulge her fascination with all things Egyptian. She began a “friendship” with Egyptologist Joseph Bonomi, who dazzled her with stories of Egyptian iconography and astrology.When she died in 1849, Hannah was placed within an elaborate mausoleum, one that was inscribed with hieroglyphics and other Egyptian symbols and had a pyramid shape to its top.It also had a lock and key. The story gets truly weird when Bonomi died; his simple tombstone had a drawing of an Egyptian god that seemed to point toward Hannah’s grave — at least in the minds of those who believe there’s more to her tomb than meets the eye. But for all the speculation, the matter rested there for the following century.Stories abound that this tomb could house a Victorian-era time machine – or, even stranger, an occult teleportation device. Photo by Scott Wylie – Flickr CC BY 2.0Cemeteries, however, are good places for creepy urban legends to evolve, and Brompton is no different. Almost 100 years later, one strange story is still swirling around Hannah’s tomb, thanks in great measure to its missing key.The tale came to light when a reporter with the Associated Press wrote about the tomb in 1998. An associate of Bonomi, one Samuel Alfred Warner, wrote AP, claimed to have built a time machine and wanted it hidden in a cemetery so it wouldn’t attract attention.Hannah Courtoy mausoleum – closeup. Photo by Edwardx CC BY-SA 4.0It is thought that the men were in cahoots to bilk Hannah of her money by telling her they needed funds to get the time machine built.Over the years, the story came into the headlines, then faded away, until 2003, when local musician Drew Mulholland, used the tomb as a backdrop for an album cover, and once more the cemetery made news. The urban legend has persisted so stubbornly that the mausoleum has come to be called, the “Courtoy Time Machine.”Brompton Cemetery. Photo by Scott Wylie – Flickr CC BY 2.0Coates, however, disagrees with this “fantastical idea.” Writing in his blog, The Clerkenwell Kid, he asserts that “In fact the tomb is one of five ‘teleportation’ chambers designed by Joseph Bonomi and built by his occult partner the Clerkenwell inventor Samuel Alfred Warner.”Cemeteries make natural breeding grounds for ghost stories and other fantastic tales. Photo by Edwardx CC BY-SA 4.0His 2011 blog article about Warner and Bonomi’s experiments with an ancient Egyptian “occult method of teleportation” reanimated public interest in the tomb and the stories around it.But when asked directly by Mental Floss if he truly believes the story, he became coy. “It’s an alternative theory based on historical fact,” he said. But, in 2015, Coates and a descendant of Hannah, Roy Godson, told the Independent that they hope to find a way to open the tomb’s door.Warner’s many “talents” included a gift for invention, and Coates told the Independent that, if he is somehow able to open the tomb, what he hopes to find is proof of a bomb that could be teleported a short distance, rather like “a psychic torpedo.”Courtoy Mausoleum. Photo by Edwardx CC BY-SA 4.0Warner claimed to have invented teleportation and managed to convince the Royal Navy that his invention had merit, at least enough to get it tested.Alas, none of the tests supported his assertion that his machine worked. Coates hopes that, if the tomb is opened one day, it will in fact offer up the secrets of Warner’s labors.Not everyone believes tales of time machines and teleporters, of course, but most think it’s all good fun – and good for business. Robert Stephenson, a Brompton Cemetery guide, told the Independent in 2015 that several of the mausoleums there are missing keys; there’s nothing odd about Hannah’s missing one.No one really knows the true story of Hannah, Bonomi, and Warner and how, or even if, their lives intersected. Photo by Edwardx CC BY-SA 4.0He also said that the story brings attention to the cemetery and he enjoys it. “But,” he added with classic British understatement, “I wouldn’t say I was totally behind it.” Nor are Hannah’s descendants convinced that any of the stories are credible.Ray Godson said during the same interview that, although he would find it nice, he doubts the tale’s validity. One individual, Vanessa Woolf, a self-described professional storyteller, loves the whole idea of the tomb’s history – which is not the same as saying she believes it.Ever since she learned of it in 2015, Woolf has hosted presentations at the site to inform audiences about the legend. She told Mental Floss that she describes Warner as a “barking mad” inventor during her sessions, which she has led many times since 2015, after connecting with Coates.The mysterious tale continues to intrigue listeners, thanks in great measure to its missing key. Photo by Edwardx CC BY-SA 4.0She says that Londoners are intrigued by the story and like knowing more about the fabric of the city. She, for one, doesn’t look forward to the tomb being opened.“It’s much nicer, in a way, not having it (the key). It’s really in the minds of the audience. It’s a slab of rock. The real magic is in their minds.” Indeed, no one really knows the true story of Hannah, Bonomi, and Warner and how, or even if, their lives intersected.Read another story from us: Tomb of King Tut Finally Reopened after a Decade Spent Repairing Tourist DamageHannah and the two men took those secrets to their graves. However, the tomb stands in mute testimony to Hannah’s interests. Whether there is a time machine or teleportation device in there seems highly dubious – but the idea will no doubt continue to tantalize imaginations.last_img read more

The Rock Clock for Android

first_imgThe Rock Clock for Android by Martin Brinkmann on May 02, 2016 in Google Android – 4 commentsThe Rock Clock is a new motivational motivational alarm clock for Android featuring messages by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Alarm clocks are a dime a dozen on Android’s official marketplace, and if you want to get into the market you need features that distinguish your app from others, a deep promotional budget, or a celebrity that vouches for it.While I cannot say anything about the budget of The Rock Clock, it is build around wrestling superstar The Rock and has features that you may not find in other applications of its kind.Good news is that the app requires only one extra permission (Photos/Media/Files). It is compatible with Android 4.1 and up.The Rock ClockThe Rock Clock is a motivational alarm clock that combines a project, gain muscle, learn Japanese or save one Dollar a day for the next 365 days, with alarm clock functionality.First thing you do is set up a new project which you can add freely to the app or pick from a selection of sample projects the application ships with.Once done, set the alarm to the time you want to wake up and pick one of the available alarm sounds that feature custom alarm sounds recorded by The Rock himself.These range from The Rock signing Good Morning Sunshine to him saying Beep Beep Beep over and over again.You can play all available alarm sounds to preview them before you select one of the available choices.Another interesting feature of The Rock Clock is that you can set it to wake up at the same time as The Rock which can be — very — early in the morning. This particular alarm is synced with The Rock’s alarm which makes it bit of a hit and miss considering that you may not need to get up when Dwayne Johnson does, or may get up even earlier.The app has a couple of shortcomings: first, you cannot change the hour format from 12-hour to 24-hour, and second, there is no option to set alarms for different days of the week.While you can create multiple alarms and switch between them, it would be useful if you could set up alarms for the whole week in advanced using the application.The app keeps track of your project but only insofar as that it displays start and end date, and informs you when the final day has been reached.It would be useful if you could add some information to the goal, for instance training sessions or lessons, so that you can better track your progress.Closing WordsThe Rock Clock is a well designed alarm clock stands out because of its relationship with a celebrity. If you look at functionality alone, you may come to the conclusion that it is lacking a bit in that department and that it is not all that special.If you are a fan of The Rock on the other hand, there is a chance that you may like it despite that.Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 8 votes Software Name The Rock ClockOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Disneys Frozen is causing huge problems in Norway

first_img Share Tags: Norway Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Norway is feeling the thaw of ‘Frozen’, Disney’s mega-hit animated film that’s causing tourism to spike and infrastructure to reports that Norway’s Lofoten Islands, located north of the Arctic Circle, is being overrun by tourists who arrive in search of ‘Frozen’-inspired snow-capped landscapes as well as locations featured in other Hollywood blockbusters filmed there.‘Frozen’, which was released in 2013, has led to an astounding 20% rise in foreign visitor numbers to the country, and that number continues to climb. Last summer alone, more than one million visitors arrived in the Lofoten Islands.But a tourist spike also comes with a host of problems, as the country is now seeing. Public facilities in Lofoten are being exhausted, with problems like waste disposal, public toilets and car parking. Locals are also concerned about severe erosion of paths leading to the coastline as well as the mass amount of garbage being left behind by tourists. One small woodlands near a top mountain climb has even been dubbed “the forest of sh*t” by residents.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesMore than a million tourists were expected to travel to Norway between April and September. Fredrik Sordal, the mayor of the town of Flakstad, said tourism these days has been “challenging”.“In Flakstad we have, for example, become extremely unbalanced when it comes to tourism this year, and need to take many measures before next year,” he told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is causing huge problems in Norway Wednesday, August 10, 2016 last_img read more

Wozniacki beats Sharapova to reach quarterfinals at US Open

first_imgNEW YORK — The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd roared, and Caroline Wozniacki urged it on, swinging her arms up and shouting triumphantly to a standing ovation. She had just won the break point of her year, chasing down a swinging volley and forcing Maria Sharapova to miss in the deciding third set.“Sweet Caroline” pumped through the speakers after her 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 U.S. Open win over Sharapova, and the 10th-seeded Wozniacki just looked around and smiled wide after advancing to the quarterfinals.The Dane’s public split with golfer Rory McIlroy and early exits in the Grand Slams this year were a distant memory as she flashed her vintage form and reputation as a retriever in arguably the biggest win of her career.In a women’s singles field that has been turned upside down with upsets, the road for Wozniacki to reach the final figures to be easier than the marathon 2-hour 37-minute match she won on Sunday.“It means a lot to me,” Wozniacki, 24, said. “The season for me has been a little bit up and down, and it’s so nice to kind of start feeling like I’m playing the way I want to.”To say it’s been up and down is an understatement for the former world No. 1. It started with a proposal on New Year’s Eve, then a week before the French Open in May, McIlroy announced their engagement was called off.Wozniacki’s upset loss in the first-round of the French Open came with prying questions about the breakup, even after she asked reporters to refrain from asking about it. She said she was committed to moving on and focusing on tennis, but the sport seemed to be moving forward without her. Her ranking dropped six spots from the start of the year. As she stumbled, McIlroy won major championships, and a story line about how he was playing better without her emerged.Less than a month after a fourth-round loss at Wimbledon, Wozniacki announced she would run the New York City marathon in November, the month she was supposed to get married. There was scrutiny about the toll that training would take on her tennis career, but she started to surge soon after she began training, losing three-set matches to world No. 1 Serena Williams in back-to-back tournaments. She got her ranking back to No. 11.“I never doubt myself,” Wozniacki said. “I work hard every day. I know I have the levels to compete against anybody, and I can beat anyone on a good day. But the women’s game is really evolving and it gets tougher and tougher.” Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates match point against Maria Sharapova of Russia after winning their women’s singles fourth round match on Day Seven of the 2014 U.S. Open. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPWozniacki hasn’t been running as much in advance of the U.S. Open, but Sunday’s match was as good a workout as she’s had this week. Sharapova’s returns had Wozniacki sprinting from one end of the court to the other, from the baseline to the net.Sharapova, the No. 5 seed, said Wozniacki’s strength is her ability to get to shots as a solid defensive player, and it ultimately wore Sharapova down in a match with a lot of long rallies.Wozniacki said her marathon training enabled her to feel like she could keep playing more sets even though the conditions were so hot she had to change her sweaty dress after the second set.Sharapova said running a marathon wouldn’t help her, but acknowledged how well Wozniacki was moving on the court. With the third set at 2-1 and Sharapova serving, Wozniacki was a wall, returning everything and breaking Sharapova at love.In the final point of the game, Sharapova had Wozniacki running from one end of the court to the other before Wozniacki surged toward the net to return Sharapova’s swinging volley. Sharapova hit a backhand shot into the net, and the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd gave Wozniacki a standing ovation, admiring how she fought. With momentum on Wozniacki’s side, she broke Sharapova again in the last game of the set to win the match.“I think she’s better at what she’s done really well in her career,” Sharapova said. “I think she’s moving extremely well; she’s fit. I mean, she’s always been fit, but there is a little bit more on her defense shots. It’s not just balls up in the air. She’s doing a little bit more with them.”Sharapova, who won the French Open this year, is the latest top seed to fall at the U.S. Open this week. Williams and No. 7 seed Eugenie Bouchard are the top seeds left after the other seeds in the top six were upset this week.Wozniacki will play No. 13 seed Sara Errani in the quarters, and she wouldn’t face Bouchard or Williams until the final. Wozniacki was a finalist at the U.S. Open in 2009 and was the No. 1 player in 2011.She says it’s hard for her to compare herself now to how she was playing then. A lot has happened.“It’s a new year and I’ve gotten older — and hopefully a little wiser,” she said, smiling. “You know, I feel good.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Federer shines in New York rain, Ferrer crashes Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open champion, played in Costa Rica’s junior tournament 10 years ago At the 2014 World Series, Royals and Giants are truly happy to be here TV exec made Mayweather-Pacquiao bout possiblelast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2018 8:11 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Youth and age crossed on the Grammy red carpet when SZA’s grandmother and DJ Khaled’s son arrived about the same time, one in a wheelchair and one in a stroller.Both had a good reason to be there — they had roles in their family’s Grammy-nominated albums.DJ Khaled’s 15-month-old Asahd was cradled by his dad and was dressed in a maroon crushed-velvet tuxedo just like his father, who called the boy, “My partner in crime, my best friend, my biggest blessing.” Asahd appears on the cover of his dad’s platinum-selling album, “Grateful.”Nearby, Norma Halmon, came from St. Louis, even though she’s in her 90s and hates flying. “This is a huge deal for her,” said SZA. Both her mother and grandmother narrate parts of the album “Ctrl.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: story corrects spelling to DJ Khaled. Norma Halmon, grandmother of singer SZA, arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Nekesa Moody) center_img Spotted on the Grammy carpet, a baby and a grandmotherlast_img read more

The Accounting Office at the foot of the staircase

first_img The Accounting Office at the foot of the staircase has a beautiful view of the opposite mesas. [Photo & Text: T] March 10, 2006 People entering the Arcosanti office building are greeted by the cantilever handrails of the stairwell. [Photo & Text: T] The staircase leads down to the accounting office directly below and to the Red room further down the corridor. [Photo & Text: T] last_img

Arrest for stealing from business

first_imgA 26-year-old man was arrested in Limassol on Thursday in connection with the theft of money from a business.On April 11 an employer, 54, reported to police that when he checked he discovered that between March 20 and April 10 a shortfall of deposits of €28,601 occurred.He believes his employee is the culprit.You May LikeObsevWild Fox Welcomes Unlikely Guest For DinnerObsevUndoThePhotoStickThe Easiest Way To Keep Your Photos & Videos SafeThePhotoStickUndoHealth & Human ResearchSee What Turmeric Can Do To Your BodyHealth & Human ResearchUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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