WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturers grew at a faster pace in March, as the pace of employment jumped and new orders and production improved.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index rose to 55.3 last month, up from 54.2 in February. Readings above 50 point toward an expansion in manufacturing. The sector has been reporting growth for 31 months.ISM’s survey of companies for the index is a sign that economic growth should continue, even though the global economy, steel tariffs and the trade battle between the United States and China have been sources of concern.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
Police in Tangier Arrest Danish National Subject to International Arrest WarrantPolice in Tangier Arrest Danish National Subject to International Arrest Warrant
Rabat – Police in Tangier arrested on Tuesday a 23-year old Danish national of Somali origin who was the subject of an international arrest warrant. Danish authorities issued the arrest warrant against the suspect for illegal possession of a firearm.Danish security services issued the arrest warrant against the suspect on May 24, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said on September 17.Police put the suspect in custody for further investigation, pending an extradition procedure. Read Also: Morocco Joins Interpol’s Counter-terrorism ‘Neptune 2’The operation is part of the DGSN’s cooperation mechanism against cross-border crimes.Police in Marrakech also arrested in May a Danish national who was the subject of an international wanted person notice. Interpol issued the notice against the 30-year old Danish national for his alleged involvement in a criminal network and a serious assault in Denmark.In May, DGSN announced that security services in Marrakech had arrested 13 international suspects between May 16, 2018, and May 2019.The Moroccan police also carried out 16 international arrest warrants during the same period.Moroccan security forces regularly carry out operations, similar to the case of the Danish national, to arrest suspects under international search warrants.Morocco’s security services are working with international bodies on operations including tracking suspects involved in undocumented migration networks, and the fight against illegal psychotropic drug traffickers, terrorism, and extremism.
UN rights expert calls for independent probe into humanitarian crisis in FallujahUN rights expert calls for independent probe into humanitarian crisis in Fallujah
Paul Hunt, the Commission’s Special Rapporteur on the right to health, said according to some reports, 90 per cent of the estimated 750 civilians killed in Fallujah were non-combatants.His letter lists a number of allegations that have been made against coalition forces, including the use of indiscriminate force, resulting in civilian deaths and casualties; blocking civilians from entering Fallujah’s main hospital; preventing medical staff from either working at the hospital or redeploying medical supplies to an improvised health facility; occupying the hospital; and firing upon ambulances.”These are extremely serious allegations,” the Special Rapporteur said. “An independent investigation can establish whether or not they are true. If they are not true, the coalition should not be falsely accused. If they are true, steps must be taken to ensure these grave breaches of international law do not recur. Lives are at stake – and so is the coalition’s credibility,” he said.”An independent enquiry is especially important because recent events in Fallujah have been shielded from international scrutiny,” Mr. Hunt added. “Access to the city has been severely restricted – and the extreme insecurity has meant that very few independent monitors have been able to report on events.”
Buckeye Brief Ohio State injury updates and Urban Meyer coaching treeBuckeye Brief Ohio State injury updates and Urban Meyer coaching tree
Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (left) speaks with running backs coach Tony Alford (right) prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday afternoon two days after the Buckeyes’ 54-21 win against UNLV. Here are our takeaways.Injury and suspension updatesRunning back Mike Weber (hamstring) has been cleared to play and middle linebacker Chris Worley (foot sprain) was listed as probable for their game against Rutgers, Meyer said. Neither entered last Saturday’s game against UNLV.Though the Buckeyes will return multiple starters against Rutgers, Ohio State received bad news as Meyer announced redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers is probable for Saturday’s game. He did not play against UNLV and was wearing a walking boot during pregame warmups.Redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a broken bone in his throwing hand prior to the season, played in his first game of the season Saturday and completed all four passes he threw for 37 yards. He only played one offensive series, compared with fellow backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who led the offense for seven series.“Last week I wasn’t going to put him in harm’s way,” Meyer said. “Joe is such a tough guy. He thought he was ready after seven days. It’s a broken bone. So that’s why he went in later.”Redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill will not play against Rutgers due to an ongoing suspension for undisclosed reasons.Offensive line important as everLast year, junior right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled mightily and the issues continued as he gave up two sacks during Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. But Prince, whom Meyer said had his best week of practice, was named the offensive player of the game by Ohio State’s coaching staff for his performance against UNLV.Prince’s improvement will be key to the Buckeyes’ offensive success. Meyer called Ohio State an “offensive line-driven program.” In 2016, Ohio State had two first-team All-American offensive linemen, center Pat Elflein and right guard Billy Price. “I think any coach would stand in front of you and say if your offensive line becomes best in the conference, you’re probably going to win the conference,” Meyer said. “And last year we were not and we did not. So that means that we should be in the hunt if we continue to grow as an offensive line, and Isaiah is a big part of that.”Chris Ash and what makes a good head coachFew coaches have a coaching tree as vast as Meyer. From Texas coach Tom Herman to Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell and South Florida coach Charlie Strong, Meyer has been influential in the careers of many of his former assistants.Rutgers coach Chris Ash looks on during a game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday, Sept. 3.Credit: Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic CommunicationsTherefore, he has seen what types of personalities work as head coaches and what don’t.“I think if he lives in a little-tunnel world, sometimes those are your best assistant coaches, but they’re not meant to be a head coach,” Meyer said. “If they’re big picture people, and I think especially in college, the recruiting aspect, they can’t be good; they have to be your best recruiter on your staff or they’re going to fail.”Rutgers coach Chris Ash, whom the Buckeyes will face off against Saturday night, worked under Meyer as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2014 and 2015 before taking his first head coaching job.Meyer said he thinks the Scarlet Knights have one of the most improved defenses in the country in Ash’s second year at the helm.“I knew Chris was going to be — he’s one of the best we’ve had,” Meyer said. “And obviously did a great job. We went from most missed tackles in college football to the fewest.”
iPhone 5 nanoSIM creates 62000 pounds of plastic waste in a weekendiPhone 5 nanoSIM creates 62000 pounds of plastic waste in a weekend
The launch of Apple’s latest smartphone has come and gone, sending millions of users home with the latest in mobile tech from Apple. Everything about the iPhone 5 C$269.63 at Amazon is thinner, lighter, and smaller, right down to the SIM card.For the second time since the original iPhone, Apple has opted for a smaller SIM to go in their phone. Micro-SIM cards are now the standard for many carriers, just in time for Apple to adopt the smaller nano-SIM for their devices. This means that every iPhone 5 user, even the ones that are moving from the iPhone 4S, need to move to a new SIM card and throw their old ones away. On an individual scale this is no big deal, but what does such a small change mean on a global scale?Within the first day of pre-orders, Apple had sold more than two million iPhone 5 handsets. This doesn’t include any of the hordes of people that waited outside of an Apple Store on the release day for the phone (which took that figure up to 5 million). This launch was the biggest one Apple has ever had, and the largest pre-order event any smartphone has ever had. More than five million people, most of whom already had a smartphone, now need a new SIM card.Despite the nano-SIM being much smaller than previous cards, the plastic tray that every user is given is the exact same size. This credit card sized piece of plastic has a small rectangle notched out where you punch through and pop out your nano-SIM. The previous SIM and the plastic holder for the new SIM are then tossed in the garbage.The previous SIM and the casing to the new SIM together will weigh about 5.6 grams. If you look at the five million users that managed to secure an iPhone 5 already, that is roughly 62,000 pounds of plastic waste generated just by forcing every user to replace their SIM card. Nearly 62,000 pounds of plastic waste generated in a single weekend, and the knowledge that if any of those users move away from the iPhone 5 to another device any time soon, that user will need to change SIM cards all over again.Apple maintains a page on their own website that describes all of the environmental practices, including the things they have done to improve their packaging and manufacturing process along the way. That page has not yet been updated to the iPhone 5, and so does not include any information on what Apple feels the footprint of their latest smartphone is.If you are someone who has just picked up the iPhone 5 and changed SIM, please recyle the plastic.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek computer programmer who was found to be hacking into Photobucket is now an official employee of the company.Twenty-seven-year-old Athanasios ‘Thaos’ Andrianakis and his accomplice Brandon Bourret were found to have pirated thousands of nude images that were being stored on the photo-sharing service’s software.According to the Denver Post, Bourret has been sentenced to 29 months in prison, while Photobucket will take advantage of Andrianakis’ knowledge. Aware of the company’s online weaknesses, the programmer will assist with the writing and development of software that will seek out and expose any child pornographers using the service.He will work as an unpaid intern for a minimum of 15 months to pay off $90,000 worth of compensation.The reason for the different legal sentences is that the case for each defendant were different: Andrianakis played a technical role that focused and exploited Photobucket’s weaknesses, while Bourret contacted victims requesting monetary remuneration to remove their images from a public forum.
Grocery Social stocks more than cocktails in downtown VancouverGrocery Social stocks more than cocktails in downtown Vancouver
Why: The Grocery Cocktail & Social is a well-established, casual cocktail lounge in downtown Vancouver. The menu features comfort food made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted cocktails.What I tried: My dining companion and I tried the meat and cheese plate, the mac ‘n’ cheese, the pork braised collards, the Grocery burger with fingerling jojos, and the grilled romaine hearts.The highlight was the burger, which begins with an airy, toasted potato bun and a Cascade Natural beef patty. A sweet and salty bacon jam, sweet onions, garlic mayonnaise and handmade American cheese with a bit of lettuce is stacked on the burger. It was the best burger I have had in recent memory. The ingredients could not have been more suited to meet atop the beef patty; the result was a delight to the palate. Bacon jam has been appearing on burgers everywhere as of late and until The Grocery’s, I had yet to find one done right. The fingerling potatoes made into jojos were equally impressive. Such a simple thing, but they were perfectly cooked, crisped and seasoned.The grilled romaine hearts combine capers, Parmesan and a creamy, toasted garlic vinaigrette. Topped with a sunny side up egg and crispy anchovies, this is a unique salad worth trying.The mac ‘n’ cheese we found to be bland and less creamy than expected.If you like collards, the pork braised collards will likely satisfy.The meat and cheese plate consists of a couple of meat options and three cheeses along with grilled sourdough baguette slices, dried fruit and pickled vegetables. We found most of it agreeable. I especially enjoyed the creamy variety of cheese, which could be spread on the bread; however, the salami was a bit too fatty for my liking.I also had a hot toddy to ward off the cold evening. It was expertly made.
Gerrard confident Liverpool can win Champions LeagueGerrard confident Liverpool can win Champions League
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that the club have a great chance of winning the Champions League this seasonJurgen Klopp’s side put in a strong display over their two legs against Manchester City in their quarter-final tie with Liverpool emerging with a convincing 5-1 aggregate win.Despite an early Gabriel Jesus goal for City in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool did not lose their nerve and two goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured an impressive away win over the runaway Premier League leaders.Gerrard, who captained Liverpool to their last Champions League title in 2005, has now backed his former club go all the way this season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Unbelievable. There’s a feeling amongst the Liverpool supporters. They’re very confident.” Gerrard told BT Sport (via The Sport Review).“They believe in this manager and they think the team’s growing. They believe that they’ve got a chance of going all the way [in the Champions League] – and so do I.“I think Barcelona going out tonight should give them confidence. Over the two legs, beating at top side like City, they should be on a big wave now.”Liverpool will find out their opponents for the semi-finals of the competition on Friday.
UEFA announces disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool RomaUEFA announces disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool Roma
UEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Liverpool and Roma following the commotion at their Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.Commotion started outside Anfield minutes before kick-off in the first leg of the tie on April 24, with Liverpool fan Sean Cox left in a critical condition following the incident.Based on the incidents, Liverpool have been charged with setting off fireworks and throwing objects while both clubs have been charged for crowd disturbancesReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Ahead of the second leg, Merseyside Police confirmed that they had not received any reports of disturbances between Liverpool and Roma fans in the Italian capital in the lead up to kick-off according to SkysportsThis case is being handled by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and will be dealt with on May 31. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s side face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League on Saturday in Kyiv after beating Roma 7-6 on aggregate.
Diego Simeone set to agree Atletico Madrid contract renewalDiego Simeone set to agree Atletico Madrid contract renewal
Athletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has agreed a contract renewal at Atletico Madrid which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.Simeone who has led the club to a Champions League final has his current contract set to expire in 2020 but Diario AS report via Football Espana an agreement has been reached by both sides for an extension.According to the report, Simeone’s sister and agent Natalia have negotiated a fresh deal which will increase the Coach’s salary, the Argentine currently earns €2m and is said to be the third highest paid manager within world football.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Athletico Madrid have been impressive since Simeone took over from Gregorio Manzano in 2011. He has won a La Liga title and has played in several Champions League knockout stages.Atleti are currently five points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league standings and are still competing in the UEFA champions league round of 16.
National Geographic Gets New System to Manage Its 10000 FontsNational Geographic Gets New System to Manage Its 10000 Fonts
National Geographic Society has called on Extensis’ Universal Type Server to manage its library of over 10,000 fonts. Distributing fonts and maintaining licensing control is a crucial endeavor when considering the size of National Geographic’s library and the number of its publications. Extensis, a provider of font management and digital asset managing software, has already collaborated with many other major publishers including Condé Nast and Future Publishing. Vice president of publishing systems for National Geographic Dave E. Smith describes Extensis’ system as “more robust than the previous system.” To elaborate, the Universal Type Server will now allow National Geographic to categorize, package and distribute the appropriate fonts to the creative directors who need them. Additionally, the system will allow easier access to control, track or reassign fonts as necessary. Smith stresses, “it’s imperative that we comply with font license terms without hindering production work. Universal Type Server allows us to manage font distribution and use across our organization while delegating some control and freedom to our publishing groups.”Smith also suggests that the company’s new system will be most beneficial for the book-publishing group, because they typically rely on a large number of fonts to produce a variety of book titles. However, the system is a welcome addition across all groups because Smith says that the fonts are “part of our brand, they are tied together.”
FreeDive new streaming service from Amazons IMDb offers free films TVFreeDive new streaming service from Amazons IMDb offers free films TV
Freedive is available through your computer or Amazon Fire TV device. Sarah Tew/CNET Add another player to the growing field of streaming services. IMDb is launching a free, ad-supported video service called Freedive, the company said Thursday.It’ll be available via your computer, but also through Amazon’s Fire TV devices. IMDb is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.”With the launch of IMDb Freedive, they can now also watch full-length movies and TV shows on IMDb and all Amazon Fire TV devices for free,” IMDb Chief Executive Col Needham said in a statement. Freedive is promising shows like Heroes, The Bachelor and Without a Trace, as well as movies like The Last Samurai, Memento and Awakenings. It’s available starting Thursday.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 1 Digital Media Comment Tags Share your voice
Vikarabad: The Vikarabad municipality achieved ODF + status in Swachh Bharat programme. The Quality Control of India conducted a third-party inspection on August 9 and 10 and declared the town as ODF+. The status was given based on constructing 100 percent individual toilets, public and community toilets and levying penalty on defaulters to maintain cleanliness, apart from treating sewerage water.
Obaidul QuaderAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said no foreign powers can bring any party to state power since only the people of the country are the sole authority to install any party in power through exercising their voting rights.”No foreign powers can bring anyone to power. Foreigners can be our friends. But it is completely dependent on the people to put anyone in power,” he told a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office after a meeting of the party. Quader, also minister for road transport and bridges, said if the country’s people do not want, none can stay in power by force. “It is not possible to stay in power forcibly,” he added.On the AL delegation recent visit to India, he said, they did not discuss about the election during their meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.”The visit was a party-to-party level one. Modi did not talk about the election. We talked how to further strengthen our relations,” he said, adding that his party has to maintain good relation with the party in power in India in the greater national interest.Quader said during their visit to India, they talked about every important issue prevailing between the two countries, including Teesta treaty and Rohingya crisis.”We drew the attention of the Indian prime minister about the problem we are facing due to paucity of water of the river Teesta,” he said.The AL general secretary said they invited National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav to visit Bangladesh.About the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) and Khulna City Corporation (KCC) elections, Quader said they urged their partymen not to violate election code of conduct and said only the inhabitants of Gazipur and Khulna can take part in election campaigns in their respective city corporations.The minister also assured of extending all-out cooperation from the government side to the election commission to hold the city polls.AL joint-general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, among others, were present on the occasion.
AntiLGBT Republican Michele Bachmann preparing comeback Senate bidAntiLGBT Republican Michele Bachmann preparing comeback Senate bid
Anti-LGBT Republican Michele Bachmann is preparing for a potential political comeback – and a run for the Senate.The Tea Party politician served in the US House of Representatives from 2007 until 2014, earning a reputation while in office as one of the strongest opponents of LGBT rights in Congress. Mrs Bachmann claimed: “I think [gays] want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually.“That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”She also warned there would be “profound consequences” from God in response to same-sex marriage, and claimed that gay people are working alongside Islamist terrorists and the Black Lives Matter movement to undermine American values.But three years on from her exit from Congress, Mrs Bachmann is planning to make a comeback and run for the Senate.The Republican hinted that she plans to stand for the Senate seat in Minnesota vacated by embattled Democrat Al Franken.Speaking to evangelical TV host Jim Bakker, she said: “I’m from Minnesota. I’ve had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat.“The only reason I would run is for the ability to take these principles into the United States Senate and be able to advocate for these principles.”She added: “The question is, should it be me, should it be now? But there’s also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic.”Mrs Bachmann continued: “If you stand up for Biblical principles in DC, the blades come whirring and they try to chop you off. This is not an easy place to be.“We’re trying to be wise. Should we do this? Shouldn’t we do this?”Though Minnesota went for Hillary in 2016, the Democrats retained the Senate seat by just 300 votes in 2008 – leaving it vulnerable to a challenge.Since leaving office, Bachmann, who served on Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, has grown steadily more extreme and disturbing in her public statements.After millions took part in Women’s March protests across the US, Bachmann claimed gays, black activists and Islamists have decided to “work together” against the new President.She said: “People understand Islam abhors homosexuality, yet they often join forces in protests with gay activists.“The answer is simple, Black Lives Matters, the gay agenda, as well as Islamic supremacism, all seek domination over American freedoms. School teacher fired because she married the love of her lifeUS Congress passes resolution condemning anti-gay purge in ChechnyaTrump official tells Supreme Court: Businesses should be free to put up ‘no gay couples’ signsPINK NEWS- “They cannot reach their aims separately, but they can realize the fall of individual liberties if they work together. Once liberties fall, the groups break with each other in a race to impose their particular views on the American populace.“Causing liberties to fall is a long-term project, and they will use whatever allies they can get to realize that phase of their goals.”She also claimed that Donald Trump’s election victory was a “supernatural” intervention by God to stop protections for transgender people.Speaking on ‘Understanding the Times with Jan Markell’, she claimed: “We know that [Trump’s election] just wasn’t in the natural. This was in the supernatural where God sovereignly, I believe, answered the prayers of believers beseeching him and he’s given us a reprieve.”Of course, many people sensed the mysterious hands of an unknown power interfering in the US election, but most of them have concluded that it was the Russian government – or the electoral college system that allowed Trump to gain power with three million fewer votes than his opponent.But Bachmann is certain it was actually God.In the clip transcribed by Right Wing Watch, she explained: “This was the last exit ramp for the country and if we were not going to see a political change,“We were in a situation where the president of the United States on his own just issued a sheet of paper and said, overnight, every single public school in the country would have to have the girls’ bathrooms open to the boys and the boys’ bathrooms open to the girls.“What we were told from the White House, is that when we look at our body in a shower, our body isn’t reality anymore, so we actually get to choose if we’re a boy, if we’re a girl, if we’re one of like 58 different whatever that we decide we want to be that day.“In other words, we were all told that we were forced to repeat a lie, not the truth… and when you repeat lies, Romans 1 tells us, that’s when you fall into deception, God’s gives us over to our own delusion.“[But] we were given a reprieve… God has privileged us in this country that we get to be able to vote for the laws and the people we live under so people decided to take that vote. It was completely unprobable… I know it was a reprieve.”A 2011 investigation found a religious counselling centre owned by Ms Bachmann attempts gay ‘cure’ therapy and aims to repress “homosexual urges”. Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, ran the service.She has also claimed that God would destroy America because of the “sin-sick” culture of same-sex marriage.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)