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New Year 2017 delayed by one second



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This new year 2017 will be delayed by one second to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth’s rotation.

The extra second will occur as clocks strike midnight and a time of 23:59:60 will be recorded, delaying 2017 momentarily.

Earlier a leap second last occurred in June 2015 and it will be the 27th time it has occurred.

The change is important as standard time lags behind atomic clocks.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) which is responsible for the UK’s national time scale – uses the atomic clock to provide a stable and continuous timescale.

Along with other clocks across the globe, it provides the world with its coordinated universal time.

NPL senior research scientist Peter Whibberley said: “Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably.

“Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time.

“Although the drift is small – taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference – if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”

Atomic clocks use the change of electron energy levels to tell the time.

The time created by the clocks is used in GPS location devices and is used to control the wave frequency of television broadcasts.

The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in France gives the information about the Earth’s rotation and declares the requirement for a leap second.

 Wefornews Bureau


Ivanka, husband sued over financial disclosure



Washington, Dec 18: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have been hit with a lawsuit alleging illegal omissions on their public financial disclosure forms.

The couple, both serving as advisers in the White House, are facing a lawsuit from lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky, who claimed they both didn’t include assets from 30 investment funds they were a part of, Politico magazine reported.

The lawyer also alleged Ivanka Trump and her husband didn’t identify the income they received from two other investment groups.

Lovitky stated that for several investment funds, Kushner did not list the assets because of a “pre-existing confidentiality agreement”.

“The (Ethics in Government Act) does not allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the underlying assets of an investment vehicle on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement”, the lawsuit read.

“Nor does the EIGA allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the amount of income derived from any underlying asset of an investment vehicle on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement,” it said.

Kushner has amended his financial disclosure form multiple times since it was filed in March, revealing dozens of assets that were initially left off the form. He has said the assets were “inadvertently omitted.”

Kushner and Ivanka Trump were also fined for submitting late filings.

Lovitky had also sued President Trump over his financial disclosure form alleging that he failed to show how responsible he was for debts he listed on a form filed during the 2016 campaign.


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Abbas hails Qatar’s opposition to US Jerusalem decision




Doha, Dec 18 : Visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised on Sunday Qatar’s rejection to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Abbas made the remarks at his meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, during which the Qatari leader stressed his country’s firm stance of supporting the Palestinian cause and rights.

According to Xinhua, the emir lauded the progress that Palestinians have achieved to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the resolutions of international legitimacy and the two-state solution backed by the international community.

Qatar has close ties with the US, which has its largest military base in the Middle East in Doha for launching anti-terror attacks.

Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal capital in 1980.

But the Palestinians insist that East Jerusalem should be the capital of their future independent state.

On December 6, Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, tossing aside 70 years of US neutrality on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Under the previous Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, the status of Jerusalem should be determined through the final-status talks between Israel and the Palestinians.


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Egypt prepares UN resolution against US decision on Jerusalem




Cairo, Dec 18 : Egypt’s Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal said on Sunday that Egypt is preparing a UN resolution against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Speaking during a parliament session, Abdel-Aal said Egypt has begun contacting all Arab leaders and a number of foreign officials for the resolution. Xinhua news agency reported.

Abdel-Aal stressed that Jerusalem will remain an Arab city, reiterating Egypt’s rejection of the US decision to recognise the holy city as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

All Egyptian parliament members appeared at the session wearing a sash with “Jerusalem is Arab” written on it.

Abdel-Aal added that Egypt’s representative to the United Nations Security Council had called for holding an emergency session to get the US administration to withdraw its decision.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and decided to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city.

Trump’s declaration sparked widespread criticism and opposition from Arab and Muslim countries.

Jerusalem lies at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

While Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, it has not been recognised by the international community.

The Palestinians insist that they should establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in the final settlement.


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