Iranian Movie Depicts Prophet Mohammed By Showing Back of His Head

Rabat – An Iranian film about the Prophet Mohammed’s childhood premiers on Wednesday in 143 movie theaters throughout Iran, according to media reports.The 171-minute film ‘Mohammed, Messenger of God’ is the most expensive film to be made in Iran. It depicts a teenager prophet Mohammed by showing the back of his head.Mohammed Mahdi Heidarian, head of the private Nourtaban Film Industry company, confirmed that his firm had spent $40 million on the epic film. The movie was filmed in Iran with a replica of the Kaaba and Mecca built in the Iranian village of Allahyar, south of the capital Tehran.The film will also open the Montreal World Film Festival on Thursday.The film has come under fire for depicting the prophet, but its director Majid Majidi, 56, said he hopes it will improve Islam’s ‘violent image’.In an interview with AFP in Tehran, the award-winning director said extremists and jihadists such as the Islamic State group “have stolen the name of Islam”.In the Western world, “an incorrect interpretation of Islam has emerged that shows a violent image of Islam, and we believe it has no link whatsoever” to the religion, he said.According to media sources, Majidi and a research team of historians and archaeologists, consulted with Shia and Sunni scholars from several Muslim countries, including Iran, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, and Iraq, to “ensure an accurate portrayal of Muhammad’s childhood”.The film, which is the first part of a trilogy on the life of the prophet, is due to be released in three languages: Arabic, Persian and English.The film “Mohammad, Messenger of God” from Syrian filmmaker Moustapha Akkad also drew criticism in the Muslim world when it was first released in 1976.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Army Major two soldiers arrested over assault on Keith Noyahr

The police media unit said that the Army Major and two soldiers were arrested by a special investigations team of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). His abduction followed a series of threats issued against him, and, according to Keith’s close associates, seemingly because of his regular contributions to The Nation’s weekly defence column published under the nom-de-plume Senpathi.Noyahr had failed to return home after leaving his office the day he was abducted. His wife alerted police and media when she found the journalist’s car abandoned at their front gate with the engine running. He was found hours later near his home, barely able to walk.The abduction in 2008 came shortly after Sri Lanka’s bid to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva failed. (Colombo Gazette) The police said that following questioning the Army Major and two soldiers were produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate and remanded till February 23.The soldiers were arrested following investigations conducted based on a statement given by Noyahr, who is overseas. An Army Major and two soldiers were arrested today over the abduction and assault on former journalist Keith Noyahr.Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free. The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. read more

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Sri Lanka

The Secretary’s first stop will be in New Delhi, India. The US said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to arrive in Sri Lanka later this month on a brief visit.The US State Department said Secretary Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region on June 24th through the 30th to broaden and deepen US partnership with key countries to advance their  shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific. He will also discuss promising opportunities for U.S.-Sri Lanka cooperation based on shared commitments to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.From Colombo the Secretary will travel to Osaka, Japan to participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit from June 28th to 29th, the first such gathering hosted by Japan. The Secretary’s next stop will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where Secretary Pompeo will express America’s solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as they stand united against the despicable Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. The last US Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka was John Kerry in May 2015. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN chief announces independent probe into allegations of chemical attack in Syria

“The investigation mission is to look into the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian Government,” the Secretary-General told journalists in New York this morning.“I am, of course, aware that there are other allegations of similar cases involving the reported use of chemical weapons,” he added.Mr. Ban said the investigation will start “as soon as practically possible.”He said his senior advisers are working on the modalities in close consultation with the relevant bodies, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Detailed issues such as overall mandate, mission composition, and operational conditions, including safety and security, would be considered in those discussions, he said.“In discharging its mandate of an investigation mission, full cooperation from all parties will be essential,” Mr. Ban said, stressing that “this includes unfettered access.”The UN received a formal request from Syrian authorities yesterday for a “specialized, impartial and independent mission” to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons. Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters yesterday afternoon, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said that he wanted a probe to look into the use of those weapons by “armed terrorist groups” in an attack on the village of Khan al-Assal on the outskirts of Aleppo on 19 March.If requested by a Member State, Mr. Ban said he has a mandate to consider conducting an investigation on alleged uses of chemical, biological and toxin weapons pursuant to General Assembly resolution 42/37 C of 1987 and reaffirm by Security Council resolution 620 of 1988.“My announcement should serve as an unequivocal reminder that the use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity,” Mr. Ban reiterated in his press encounter. He also repeated that a political solution is needed in Syria, and called on the regional and international community to find unity and support the efforts of his Joint Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi.Since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011, more than 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and more than three million displaced. In addition, some 1.1 million people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. read more

UN seeks to strengthen disaster readiness with launch of Tacloban Declaration

Speaking in the capital, Manila, Special Representative Margareta Wahlström noted that opportunities exist now to address underlying risks to ensure that the next disaster will not cause similar devastation, in line with President Benigno Aquino’s policy to ‘build back better.’Ahead of today’s start of the three-day conference, participants were scheduled to meet with some of the people and local officials who suffered the brunt of the super typhoon when it swept ashore on 8 November 2013. The typhoon killed thousands and affected nearly 9.8 million people, displaced some 4 million people and destroyed 500,000 homes, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The storm also devastated the country’s infrastructure, hospitals, schools and public services, causing $12 billion in estimated damages.Among other field visits, the delegates were also expected to tour the Bislig Elementary School in Tanauan, as well as Barangay Pago, the site of a resettlement project for some 40 displaced families.These visits will supplement discussions on how to apply new technology and innovations into disaster risk reduction policies, as well as how to strengthen the state and other stakeholders in responding to disasters, and how communities can rebuild better. The conference will also explore ways to improve international coordination and specialization in response to disasters. It is expected to agree on an international disaster risk reduction and management framework called the “Tacloban Declaration.” That document will come as the decade-old Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA), adopted by the world community as the global paradigm on disaster risk reduction and management, is due to end in 2015. read more

Greece and eurozone fail to agree on way forward

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Eurogroup ended without agreement between Greece and its eurozone partners but also without a joint statement on how to move forward.“We explored a number of issues, one of which was the current program,” Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem told a news conference in Brussels.“We discussed the possibility of an extension. For some that is clear that is preferred option but we haven’t come to that conclusion as yet. We will need a little more time.”It appears that the two sides had agreed to release a joint statement but that last minute objections from the Greek delegations, which was led by Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis, led to the process being abandoned.Mr Dijsselbloem said that the all the eurozone finance ministers would reconvene on Monday, which is the last planned Eurogroup meeting of the month, to reassess the situation but there would be no discussion between experts or visits to Athens in the meantime.Mr Varoufakis made a brief statement to reporters after the meeting and played down a failure to reach a common position. He said he believed a “healing deal” could be reached on Monday.He denied that the sticking point had been an insistence from Greece’s eurozone partners to extend the existing bailout and said there were no threats towards Greece during the meeting.“We explained whey this bailout is not working,” he said. “We want a new contract with Europe.”Government sources in Athens who spoke to Kathimerini insisted that Greece would not accept an extension to the current bailout and that negotiations would continue with the aim of reaching a “mutually acceptable solution.”They added that the Greek representatives at the Eurogroup were able to set out the government’s argument that the bailouts had failed and to explain the extent of the humanitarian impact of the crisis, as well as to discuss concerns about Greece’s public debt.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Vancouver police ask for help in solving Image area homicide

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is working with Crime Stoppers of Oregon to solve a December 2017 homicide in Vancouver, and they’re asking for the public’s help.The Clark County Medical Examiner previously identified the homicide victim found dead early morning Dec. 30 in Vancouver’s Image neighborhood as 23-year-old Vincent R. Trevino.Police responded to reports of shots fired shortly after 4 a.m. near the 12500 block of Northeast 28th Street. Officers found Trevino’s body in the area, VPD said.Police department spokeswoman Kim Kapp told The Columbian that witnesses were interviewed, but no suspects were identified.Answers are still being sought in the death.“Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit are investigating and are asking anyone who may have information related to this homicide to contact Crime Stoppers of Oregon,” according to a Friday press release from Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

Foundation announces 317357 in local grants

first_imgThe Honorable Frank and Arlene Price Foundation recently announced $317,357 in health, education and historic preservation grants in Clark and Cowlitz counties and Portland.Among the 31 awards was $25,000 for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation toward construction of a Woodland library; $6,200 to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington to purchase medications for uninsured people; $15,000 to the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities toward senior oral health; and $15,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland for beds and nondrug pain therapy.The Price Foundation was established by Frank Price, a retired Cowlitz County Superior Court judge and Arlene Price, an art teacher at Huntington Middle School in Kelso. For more information, visit read more

Survey to help public consultation on TCI Status Bill

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Immigration Meetings resume; Commission Proposed In New Citizenship Law Related Items:survey, tci status bill Recommended for you Tourism Environmental Awareness Month Launched Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Sept 2015 – Ten questions and an opportunity to comment makes up the online survey the Ministry of Border Control and Employment has created as it aims to establish a Turks and Caicos Islanders Status ordinance. Among the questions put to the general public are whether one supports the enactment of the bill; whether a child born in the TCI should be automatically a Turks and Caicos Islander if their parent is a PRC holder or British Overseas Territory Citizen; if islander status should go to a spouse after seven, nine or ten years; if there should be a commission established which would have the power to revoke or take back TCI status and how often that body, if set up, should meet. The public is encouraged to attend these discussions to get a better understanding of what the Status Bill and Immigration Bill are all about. The meeting will resume on Thursday September 3rd the first one at 10am at the Salt Shed in Salt Cay and the other at 6pm at the Regatta Village in South Caicos. By Shorrell Dames @magneticmedia1 Grace Bay Beach review by Tourism & Government sectorlast_img read more

4 animals rescued during Lilac Fire remain unclaimed County Dept of Animal

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 19, 2017 4 animals rescued during Lilac Fire remain unclaimed, County Dept. of Animal Services asks owners to come forward Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires Tags: Wildfires December 19, 2017center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — During the chaos of the Lilac Fire, amidst evacuations and unpredictable winds, families got separated from their pets.The San Diego County Department of Animal Services rescued a total of 33 animals and all but four have been reunited with their owners.All of these missing critters are currently at the Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad. It’s located at 2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011. You can call them up at 619-767-2675.This three-year-old male Chihuahua/Terrier was rescued on Dec. 8 and was found on Valle Del Sol in Bonsall.  He is not leash-trained but does love attention. Except for being exposed to the smoke, he was not hurt and the veterinary staff have continued to monitor his condition. The owner has until Dec. 22 to claim the dog, and there are already two adoption holds on this dog.This 10-year-old turkey is named Violet. Some of her feathers were singed in the fire. We know she has an owner, we just need help getting in contact with them. The owner has until Dec. 24 to claim Violet.This three-year-old male Spaniel was found on Via Montellano in Bonsall. He suffered severe but superficial burns on all of his pads and between the pads as well. It could take weeks or possibly months for his paws to completely heal. His owner has until Dec. 24 to claim him.This one-year-old female cat was found in the Rancho Monserate manufactured home community in Fallbrook. She also suffered burnt paws and had her whiskers singed off. Her burn wounds are healing well and she is friendly and soliciting attention. The owner has until Dec. 24 to claim the cat. KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Telangana Junior Doctors On Hunger Strike Want More Assistant

first_imgHYDERABAD: Junior doctors held a one-day hunger strike on Friday, demanding immediate recruitment of assistant professors by the Telangana government. The strike was held at state-run Gandhi and Osmania hospitals, chairman of Telangana Junior Doctors Association P S Vijayender said. The junior doctors have been boycotting elective services since the last two days. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us The association demands that the government abolish recruitment of doctors on contract basis, Mr Vijayender said. “We demand immediate recruitment of assistant professors. We also demand complete abolition of contract recruitment of doctors,” he said. The association sought appointment of a committee, also comprising its members, to study the government’s move to increase the retirement age of teaching faculty in government medical colleges from 58 to 65. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us The association submitted a memorandum addressed to Governor ESL Narasimhan at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday, urging him not to promulgate an ordinance on increasing the retirement age.Also, the association contended that increasing the retirement age would “cause huge loss to young doctors as there will be no recruitment for the next 10 years”.last_img read more

Was Hoogerbeets right Earthquake hits Greece after dire warning citing planetary alignment

first_imgRepresentational image | ReutersA couple of days back, Frank Hoogerbeets, a self-proclaimed seismic researcher had shockingly claimed that a powerful earthquake will jolt the planet in the final days of March. The researcher who runs the seismic prediction website ‘Ditrianum’ also warned that the earthquake will measure more than 8 on the Richter scale.Interestingly, in the same timeline, an earthquake measuring 5.3 in the Richter scale hit Greece on March 30. As per the National Observatory, no casualties have so far been reported due to the earthquake and they revealed that the quake had a depth of around 14km and epicentre in the Gulf of Corinth, 200 kilometers northwest of Athens.”It was a strong earthquake felt in the general area and in Athens as well. The situation is under control and we are monitoring it. There are many fault lines in the Gulf of Corinth”, Efthymios Lekkas, head of Greece’s earthquake planning and protection agency, told state TV ERT.The recent quake which hit Greece has made many conspiracy theorists believe that Frank Hoogerbeets’ predictions are authentic and a megaquake may hit the planet in the coming days. Hoogerbeets had claimed that the earthquakes are the result of a critical planetary alignment where Mercury, Earth, Venus, Neptune and the Sun line up together.Hoogerbeets had previously revealed several times that he is using a sophisticated system named solar system geometry index (SSGI) to predict potential earthquakes. Hoogerbeets believes that critical planetary geometry will destabilize the tectonic plates on earth, thus causing a rise in seismic activities.However, experts have dismissed his claims every time stating that no current technology is capable of predicting earthquakes with precision. These seismic experts believe that a small earthquake might be a foreshock which might be signaling a megaquake, but we do not know it is a foreshock until the big one happens.last_img read more

BNP to decide on joining polls after talks with Oikya Front

first_imgLogo of BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will hold talks with its ally Jatiya Oikya Front to reach a decision about contesting in the upcoming parliamentary polls and their next plan of action, according to a number of BNP senior leaders.The policymakers of the significant opposition are apparently in favour of joining in polls, the leaders say. “Whether the BNP will participate in the election or not, will be decided after discussing with Jatiya Oikya Front leaders shortly,” standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Miah told Prothom Alo.The election commission (EC) has announced the polls schedule on Thursday. The 11th national elections are scheduled for 23 December and the deadline for filing nomination papers is 19 November.According to the Representation of the People Order (RPO), a party has to inform the EC within three days after the announcement of election schedule if they are to contest in the polls as a coalition. Therefore, if Jatiya Oikya Front intends to participate in the polls, its allies have to submit applications to collect nominations by Sunday.Also, BNP will have to immediately decide who will accept the party’s assigned election symbol in the absence of its chairperson and acting chairperson. Notably, BNP’s chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail on graft charges while acting chairperson Tarique Rahman has been exiled in London.In this regard, the BNP will hold separate meetings with its 20-party alliances and standing committee members. Later, the senior BNP leaders may meet with Oikya Front leaders, according to BNP insiders.Also, BNP and Oikya Front may share their formal reaction about the polls schedule in a press briefing.Meanwhile, addressing the Jatiya Oikya Front rally held on Friday in Rajshahi, BNP’s general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, the elections can only take place if Khaleda Zia is released, if equal rights are ensured for all political parties and if the election schedule is acceptable.last_img read more

NASA researchers replace silica with polymers to create more flexible aerogels

first_img In the research, led by Mary Ann B. Meador, who described the teams’ efforts at a recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the group first tried coating the silica with various polymers to see if they could reduce the brittleness, but such efforts proved very slow and the results exhibited low melting temperatures, which reduced their usefulness. For those reasons, they wondered if it might not be possible to simply replace the silica with some type of polymer altogether, because the only purpose of the silica in the first place was to allow for a structure to exist. The problem of course, is that with most such polymers, when subjected to supercritical drying, they tend to shrink, just like jellies back in the thirties. Thus, the team had to find another approach.That approach involved cross linking certain polymers with a bridging compound resulting in a new polymer that was stiff enough to hold its shape when subjected to supercritical drying, yet would remain flexible overall; an approach that worked so well that the team was able to create several different types of polymer aerogels that exhibit extraordinary properties.Some of the new examples proved to be exceedingly strong; enough so to support a car when constructed as a thick slab and placed under a tire, the team reports. Others could be made into thin sheets with superb thermal resistance due to their being up to 95% air, which opens the door to a myriad of possibilities ranging from sleeping bag linings to new kinds of refrigerator insulation.More importantly perhaps, at least to the research team, this being NASA after all, are the possibilities the new aerogels allow for future space missions, from space suit insulators to decelerator vehicle components that could one day help craft make it safely through the oftentimes harsh atmospheres found on other planets. (—Back in the early thirties, the story goes, a couple of unknown chemists set about betting one another as to whether they could remove the water from a jelly that had been gelled with pectin, without causing the jelly to shrink. The resultant efforts produced what are known today as aerogels, sometimes referred to as liquid smoke because of their very low densities. Chemists have produced them by mixing silica based materials with water, then removing the water via supercritical drying. Unfortunately, the material produced is very brittle and thus easily broken which limits its use. Because of this researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center looked to polymers (types of plastics) to see if a new type of aerogel could be created that would be less brittle. Explore further Credit: NASA’s Glenn Research Center © 2012 Polyimide AerogelsPolymer Aerogels Provide Insulation For Earth And Spacecenter_img More information: Citation: NASA researchers replace silica with polymers to create more flexible aerogels (2012, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Polymer-reinforced aerogel found resilient for space missions 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.last_img read more

Depressed youth sets himself on fire at Salt Lake residence

first_imgKolkata: A youth reportedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire early on Sunday morning at BF block in Salt Lake. His family members claimed that the youth, identified as Adhip Mukherjee, was suffering from mental depression.According to police, on Sunday at around 5:30 am, one Shaonli Majumdar, a resident of BF-39, saw flames coming out of a window at the first floor of BF-53, which is located just opposite her house. Immediately, she rushed there and alerted the house owner Vivekananda Chakraborty, who along with his wife Sunayana immediately went upstairs. They found that fire had broken out at the room where their nephew resides. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSeeing no other way, Vivekananda broke the door and found Mukherjee lying on the floor in burnt condition. After having a close look, they understood that he was already dead. The Bidhannagar North police station was informed immediately. Later, police recovered the body and searched Mukherjee’s room. During the search, a four-page suicide note was recovered. In the note, it was written that he did not want to live anymore as he was feeling alone in this world. Mukherjee had also mentioned who is going to be the owner of the property belonging to him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring questioning, Sunayana and Vivekananda stated that Mukherjee had tried to commit suicide twice earlier. During July last year when he went to Frasergunj at Bakkhali in South 24-Parganas, he reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into the ocean but was rescued by the locals. Mukherjee had been suffering from depression since 2005, when his father passed away. The situation got worse after his mother died in 2016. Since then, he had been staying with his aunt’s family. He was also going through psychiatric treatment for depression. But recently, he stopped taking his medication. An Unnatural Death case has been registered at Bidhannagar North police station.last_img read more

4500yrold Stone Pillar Depicts Historys First Known Border Dispute

first_imgA “border pillar” shoved into the ground some 4,500 years ago in what is now southern Iraq underscores the fact that disputes over territory are as old as civilization itself. For 150 years, the British Museum’s collection has included the Lagash Border Pillar, a stone white pillar that King Enmetena of Lagash had erected to mark his territory in 2400 BC “and its glistening surface would have shone out brightly and assertively under the sun beating down on the plain.”Votive relief of Ur-Nanshe, king of Lagash, Early Dynastic III (2550–2500 BC).Recently the inscription on the pillar was translated, and its aggressive language showed the struggle to create a “no man’s land” between the kingdoms of Umma and Lagash in MesopotamiaAccording to the Smithsonian, “The fight between Umma and Lagash is one of the oldest known wars in human history and led to what may be the world’s first peace treaty and one of the oldest legal documents, the Treaty of Mesilim, signed around 2550 B.C. The treaty set up a border that was demarcated with a stele along an irrigation canal, similar to the one on view in the museum.”It is the focus of a new exhibit at the British Museum called “No Man’s Land.” Wrote The Financial Times: “No Man’s Land is the latest in a series of tightly focused displays staged in the single-room space that lies immediately to your right as you pass through the museum’s portico.”Plan of a real estate of the city of Umma, with indications of the surfaces of the parts. Third Dynasty of Ur, Le Louvre. Photo by Rama CC BY-SA 2.0 frThe translation on the pillar includes dire warnings (in cuneiform) for anyone who dares step over the boundary. The translation seems to warn that if the gods don’t stomp on you, poisonous snakes will finish you off.Over 4500 years ago, Lagash, and Umma, neighboring states, fought bitterly over a fertile tract of land called Gu’edina, “Edge of the Plain.”“The ancient objects showcased here document the perspectives of the opposing sides, with both territories invoking divine sanction and precedent to justify their claim over the land,” the museum says.Sumerian king Lugal-Zage-Si of Umma’s domains (red), c. 2350 BC Photo by Zunkir CC BY-SA 3.0Alongside the stone pillar in the British Museum stands the Umma Mace-Head that was made for King Gishakidu of Umma, who was Enmetena’s enemy and his contemporary. “Long regarded as a vase, it is now understood that this is a symbolic mace-head which has always been displayed upside down — until now,” the museum says.On top of the mace-head is a black painted representation of the battle net that was used by the gods to immobilize enemies for execution. The Ur Plaque also on display in this show illustrates a tradition followed by Lagash and Umma in which offerings were made at the border shrine under the protective eye of the Moon God.The cuneiform text states that Enannatum I reminds the gods of his prolific temple achievements in Lagash. Circa 2400 BC. From Girsu, Iraq. The British Museum, London Photo by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) -CC BY-SA 4.0The Smithsonian says, “This wasn’t just a roadside sign marking Lagash’s territory. It is a heavily inscribed object, telling the complete story of the war between the two cities over the land. It also includes what may be the earliest-known example of written word play.”“Whoever chiseled the pillar didn’t just take pains to emphasize the name of the Lagash god Ningirsu, substituting some of the cuneiform marks in the name with the symbol for god, they also threw some shade on the rival god of Umma, writing the god’s name in a messy, almost illegible script.”Irving Finkel, a curator in the Middle East department who deciphered the Sumerian cuneiform writing, told The Financial Times, “You have in one breath the use of writing in a magical way to enhance the power of one deity and then nullify the power of the other. This is unique in cuneiform. It’s the most exciting thing you can imagine.”Read another story from us: 4,000-yr-old Tablet is the World’s Oldest Customer Service ComplaintThe museum display, No Man’s Land,  “brings to light the fragility of borders throughout history. The ancient and contemporary works exhibited address the issues around the human desire to dominate land, and allude to the brutality and turmoil borders have invoked on those that inhabit them as well as the landscape itself,” says the British Museum.last_img read more

Take someone special to the Moth Valentines Day dinner

first_imgFebruary is the month of LOVE, so spoil that special someone at the Siegetown Moth Club.A Valentine’s Day dinner will be held on February 14 at the Club.The cost per person is R150 for a 3-course meal. A cash bar will be available.Tickets are available at the bar at the Moth Club.The closing date for bookings is February 5 at 6pm for catering purposes.DID YOU KNOW? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Amit Aggarwal Promoted to CTO of Auctioncom

first_img June 8, 2018 548 Views 2018-06-08 Kristina Brewer Share California-based, the nation’s largest real estate marketplace for distressed asset disposition, announced that due to strong market demand driving a significant expansion of its technological infrastructure, Amit Aggarwal has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer to oversee this initiative.”In keeping with our commitment to provide the best experience for our buyers and sellers, we continue to enhance our tools that create the most dynamic and trusted real estate marketplace,” Aggarwal said. “Through our marketplace, sellers can better monitor their portfolio performance while also optimizing their pricing strategies within one centralized and user-friendly platform. Likewise, buyers gain unprecedented insight into a property through our technology’s ability to aggregate intelligence and provide information such as a property’s condition, its occupancy status, as well as access to resources, such as title reports, tax lien documents, property information reports, and more. This empowers the industry to more efficiently and profitably transform distressed properties into stabilized community assets.”The organization’s technology expansion will be spearheaded by Aggarwal, who will leverage his 16 years of experience in leading, innovating, designing, and executing large-scale enterprise web based solutions. With his promotion to Chief Technology Officer, Aggarwal will now oversee the technology team, which the company projects to grow by more than 25 percent in the coming months.”Our clients and customers value having access to technology that brings unprecedented levels of information and insight to help with their disposition strategies,” Jason Allnutt, General Manager of said. “Our success is directly related to the level of talent within our team, and Amit Aggarwal’s dedication in leading our technology expansion demonstrates his ability to identify and implement industry-leading solutions that truly go ‘Beyond the Bid.’ He is an important member of our organization and in his new role, will play a pivotal part in continuing to lead the way in defining technology’s impact on our industry.”center_img Amit Aggarwal Promoted to CTO of in Headlines, journal, News, Technologylast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Things have turned around for him since.In the team’s 6-6- tie with Seattle, Nelson caught 3-of-7 targets for 84 yards, and this past Sunday in Carolina he hauled in 8-of-12 passes that were thrown his way, picking up 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns.“I was prepared and just tried come out and make plays,” Nelson said after the 30-20 loss Sunday. “I felt like I was in a groove, but I did make a few mental errors that I need to improve.“As a group, we’ve got to clean up all the mental errors and continue to get better.”Whatever mistakes Nelson may have made, none of it was enough to dampen the strides he has made in his second season. Nelson’s 65 snaps against the Panthers were the most of any Cardinals receiver, and after the game head coach Bruce Arians, when asked about how he felt Nelson did while stepping in as a starter, said that there was no stepping in because it was Nelson’s job.On Monday, the coach elaborated on that thought.“J.J., he’s our starter and he’s getting better and better,” Arians said. “He can play better, but he had a heck of a two weeks. He’s just going to get better. We’ve just got to keep him healthy.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Nelson attributed his strong play to being comfortable.“I know all the plays,” he said. “I just have to cut down on the mental errors, stay healthy and get my body right.”Two good games is certainly not enough of a sample size to declare Nelson as the next great receiver, but while his rise may seem a little sudden, Arians said none of this was unexpected.“No, he had such a great spring,” he said. “I’m actually disappointed because we broke his thumb and that set him way back. He was playing with his cast on and he dropped some balls and he lost some confidence. But, after the spring, I thought this is where he would have been in September.”So maybe Nelson is a month or so behind schedule, but for the Cardinals, the important thing is that he got there. With Jaron Brown out for the season with a torn ACL and the documented issues with Floyd and John Brown, a team that looks to its passing game to move the ball was running short on reliable options.And in Nelson, they have a dynamic one.At just 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds he is on the smaller side for a receiver, but of course he was not drafted for his size. Nelson’s 4.28 second 40-yard dash was the fastest at the 2015 combine, and he’s proven to be quite the burner in his brief NFL career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Somewhat lost Michael Floyd’s inconsistency and John Brown’s health troubles has been the ascension of second-year receiver J.J. Nelson.The 2015 fifth-round pick out of UAB caught 11 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, and went into this season with some pretty high expectations.Nelson did not play in the team’s Week 2 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a shoulder injury, and through the season’s first six weeks had caught just four passes for 51 yards. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson (14) catches a touchdown pass as Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly (59) defends in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) “He can’t take as many shots over the middle, but he’s tough,” Arians said. “He can catch the ball. He’s stretching the field. He’s becoming a mismatch.”Follow Adam Green on Twitterlast_img read more