Minister of State for Home has become a joke KCR

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday said that Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy has become a joke by stating that Hyderabad is a “safe zone for terrorists”. “People are laughing at him. He has become a joke,” Rao said at a news conference on Tuesday night. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said there was not a single incident of communal violence in Telangana during last five years and the Union Home Ministry also went on record to state that the crime rate in the state had come down. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “There was no terrorist attack. We are an active government. This is a neat and clean state. In fact there is no other state like this in India,” he said. Kishan Reddy, who is a member of Parliament from Secunderabad, had said after taking oath as the Minister of State on May 30 that Hyderabad had become safe zone for terrorists as any terror incident in the country would have a link to the city. KCR said since the Andhra Pradesh government had handed back the buildings at the secretariat to Telangana, a new secretariat complex would be built at the existing premises. He said the foundation stone for the new secretariat building will be laid on June 27. The complex with 5-6 lakh square feet space will be built at a cost of Rs 400 crore. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Chief Minister also announced that the existing Assembly building will be preserved as heritage structure and a new legislature complex comprising legislative Assembly and legislative Council will be built at Yerrum Manzil at a cost of Rs 100 crore. He said Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments had agreed to hold talks to solve all outstanding issues with regard to distribution of waters of Godavari and Krishna rivers. KCR said a delegation of top irrigation officials of Andhra will visit Hyderabad on June 27 or 28 for first round of talks.last_img read more

130 kg of soaked dried Afghan heroin seized

first_imgNew Delhi: Special Cell of Delhi Police on Friday said that they recovered about 130 kilograms of soaked and dried heroin being imported under the cover of a basil seed consignment from a container in Navi Mumbai.The consignment originated from Islam Qila, Herat, Afghanistan and took the sea-route to Mumbai via Bandar Abbas in Iran. Two people, a Delhi-based man and a Kandahari Afghan national were arrested during the raids. Total recoveries in ongoing operation now exceed 330 kilograms with a street value of about Rs 1,320 crores. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice identified the accused as Tifal Nau Khez who is believed to be the kingpin of the drug cartel and Ahmad Shah Alokozai a native of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) Manishi Chandra said that after the arrest of one Ahmad Shah, based upon his revelations, a team was dispatched to Mumbai to search for a suspected cargo which was lying somewhere in the vast JNPT Nhava Sheva area of Navi Mumbai. “The team conducted a thorough search at the Customs Bonded area in Maharashtra. A container which was imported by the arrested accused through his contacts in Mumbai from the Bandar Abbas port of Iran was found containing about 260 Jute Bags with Basil seeds,” said DCP Chandra. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDCP special cell further said that on opening the jute bags, it was found to contain another jute bag covered with thin white colour polythene layering. The inner jute bag covered with thin white colour polythene was found containing soaked and dried Afghan Heroin. Each bag has approximately 500 gms of pure raw heroin. On the directions of his handlers based in Afghanistan, Tifal Nau Khez had setup a reconstitution factory at a flat in Zakir Nagar. He was the one who oversaw all the operations from reconstitution to delivery of processed Heroin in Punjab on the directions of Afghan-based drug lord Haji. Alokozai is living in Delhi for the past few years under the cover of wholesale dry fruits dealer. “This time he was given the of handling the consignment of Basil seeds from Mumbai port. This consignment was also sent by druglord Haji, this time through sea route,” said DCP Cell.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI and Nigerian Pres Launch Strategic Partnership Sign Bilateral

Rabat – King Mohammed VI and president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, chaired, on Friday at the Abuja presidential palace, the ceremony to launch a strategic partnership to develop the fertilizer industry in Nigeria. The two leaders also chaired the signing ceremony of several bilateral agreements on the fields of agriculture, fisheries, air services and renewable energy.The strategic partnership to develop the fertilizer industry in Nigeria is part of a shared vision by Morocco and Nigeria for the development of Africa and a strong will to reinforce economic ties between the two countries. This south-south partnership touches on all the agricultural value chain, based on fertilizing solutions that are adapted to the Nigerian soil and cultivation, to the availability of fertilizers on the Nigerian market and to the setting up of support measures for local farmers. It also provides for developing a platform for fertilizer production in Nigeria, and reinforcing the fertilizer market in this country.This collaboration seeks to secure fertilizer supply for the Nigerian market at competitive prices, share a real know-how in terms of developing local blending facilities, promote innovation, research and development, reinforce local distribution channels, and extend the existing agricultural systems.The final goal is to develop a sustainable agriculture in Nigeria while helping with the amelioration of farmers’ daily life in a spirit of south-south partnership.Afterwards, King Mohammed VI and the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria chaired the signing ceremony of two agreements related to this partnership.The first is an agreement between OCP-Ltd and Dangote Industries Limited for the development of a platform for fertilizer production in Nigeria, inked by Mostafa Terrab, CEO of OCP-Ltd, and Aliko Dangote, CEO of Dangote Industries Limited.The second is a draft agreement between the OCP-Ltd and the association of fertilizer producers and suppliers in Nigeria for the development of the fertilizer market in Nigeria, inked by Mostafa Terrab and Thomas Etuh, chairman of the said association.The two leaders also chaired the signing of five cooperation agreements:– An agreement on visa exemption for official diplomatic and service passports, inked by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Geofrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister.– A bilateral agreement on air services, signed by Salaheddine Mezouar and Geofrey Onyeama.– A cooperation agreement on fisheries, inked by agriculture and fisheries minister Aziz Akhannouch and Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development.– A memorandum of understanding on the agricultural field, inked, on the Moroccan side, by Aziz Akhannouch, Hicham Belmrah, chairman of the board of the “Mutuelle Agricole Marocaine d’Assurance,” and Tariq Sijilmassi, president of the board of the “Crédit Agricole du Maroc,” and on the Nigerian side by Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development.A cooperation agreement on the renewable energy field between MASEN and the Nigerian ministry of energy, civil engineering and housing, inked by Mustapha Bakkoury, chairman of MASEN board and Babatunde Raji Fashola, minister of energy, civil engineering and housing. read more

Algiers attacks will not deter UN from its vital work vows Ban

“This was a despicable strike against individuals serving humanity’s highest ideals under the UN banner,” Mr. Ban told the General Assembly via satellite from Bali, Indonesia, where he is attending the UN Climate Change Conference. “We must all condemn this deed, just as we must work, together, to bring its vile perpetrators to justice.” (Click here to view webcast of address) Mr. Ban said the UN is still counting the dead, tending to the wounded, and looking for the missing after a car bomb exploded near the world body’s offices in the Algerian capital. Another car bomb detonated near the country’s Constitutional Court. The Secretary-General said he spoke to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika this evening to express his condolences, as well as to ask the President to take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the UN personnel. Immediately following the attacks, Mr. Ban dispatched several of his top aides to Algiers, including the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Kemal Dervis, to determine how best to aid those injured in the attack and their families. “The security and welfare of UN staff is paramount,” Mr. Ban stressed. “We will take every measure to ensure their safety, in Algeria and elsewhere, beginning with an immediate review of our security precautions and policies.” Mr. Ban noted that the UN has taken many measures since the 2003 bombing of its headquarters in Baghdad to enhance the security of its staff and premises around the world. “Meanwhile, our brave men and women continue their difficult and dangerous work,” he said. “Our mission has been, and will always be, to help those most in need. The Baghdad attack will not deter us. Neither will this most recent attack. Our colleagues in Algiers would ask no less.” 12 December 2007Calling the terrorist bombing against the United Nations premises in Algiers “an attack on us all and our highest ideals,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today vowed not to let the tragedy deter the world body from carrying out its mission to help those most in need. read more

UN Human Rights Council mission on flotilla incident concludes visit to Turkey

27 August 2010The United Nations Human Rights Council’s international, independent fact-finding mission of high-level experts inquiring into the Gaza flotilla incident on 31 May has wrapped up a week-long visit to Turkey. The three experts interviewed Government officials and witnesses who provided first-hand information on the incident, according to a press statement issued today by the Council in Geneva.Technical and legal experts accompanying the mission also held meetings with forensic and judiciary officials and inspected the ship Mavi Marmara, which was part of the flotilla.The team now heads to Jordan on Sunday for a seven-day visit in which they will interview witnesses based in Jordan and neighbouring countries.The 47-member Council voted in early June to dispatch the mission to inquire into the incident regarding the flotilla, which had departed Turkey and was bound for the Gaza Strip. It is slated to present its report at the Council’s next session in September.Judge Karl Hudson-Phillips, a former judge with the International Criminal Court (ICC), chairs the mission, and the other members are Sir Desmond de Silva, a former chief prosecutor at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and Shanthi Dairiam, a former member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.Also expected to deliver a report in September is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s panel of inquiry into the incident.That four-member panel, which started discussions earlier this month on how to carry out its work, is not designed to determine individual criminal responsibility, but to examine and identify the facts, circumstances and the context of the flotilla incident.As part of that, the panel will receive and review the reports of national investigations into the incident and request clarifications and information as it needs from national authorities. read more

Bell wants to sell Astral assets that must be sold as quickly

Bell wants to sell Astral assets that must be sold as quickly as possible AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2013 9:04 am MDT MONTREAL – BCE Inc. is in the process of selling off a number of Astral Media’s radio and TV specialty stations as part of the regulatory approval for the $3.4-billion acquisition, but says it won’t delay the closing of the deal.The takeover of Astral Media by BCE Inc. is expected to close on July 5, the companies said Friday following the final approval by the CRTC.The broadcast regulator signed off a revised version of the deal on Thursday on the condition Bell sell a number of Astral’s English and French specialty TV channels, including the Cartoon Network, Disney DX and Teletoon, along with some of its English-language radio stations.BCE spokesman Mark Langton said the telecom giant was holding an auction to sell off the stations.“The proceeds will offset total financing requirements for the Astral acquisition,” Langton said.“The unsold assets are in trust until approved by the regulator so the process won’t delay closing of the deal.”When the takeover of Astral is finalized, Bell’s share of the English-language market will grow to 35.8 per cent, while its share of the French-language market will be 22.6 per cent.Under the regulatory approval, Bell must adhere to the CRTC’s code of conduct for commercial arrangements that limit anti-competitive behaviour and treat independent programmers and distributors fairly.Bell must also give its competitors “reasonable access” to advertising opportunities on its radio stations, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled.The CRTC is also requiring Bell to spend $246.9 million on “tangible benefits” over the next seven years — $72 million more than the company proposed.Some of those tangible benefits include paying for initiatives in the radio and television sectors that are meant to create more Canadian programming, and spending on Canadian films and festivals to promote them.BCE said the combined company will be led by a team of senior Astral and Bell Media executives. Astral president and CEO Ian Greenberg will also join the BCE board of directors. read more

Somalia Ban UN envoy condemn attack near Mogadishu airport

A vehicle exploded close to a UN convoy near the airport at about 12:30 local time, according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay.The Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which media reports say killed at least six people.“The UN in Somalia strongly condemns the attack and expresses deep sorrow at the reported deaths and injuries of Somali bystanders,” said Mr. Kay, who is head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).He added that a UN car was damaged but no UN staff were injured. Four security escorts were slightly injured.In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General condemned the attack and expressed his deep condolences to the families of the Somali citizens that have been killed and wishes a swift recovery to those injured. “The Secretary-General remains determined to support the Somali Government in preventing such attacks and holding the perpetrators accountable,” the statement said, expressing his appreciation for the UN staff in Somalia for their continued dedication under difficult circumstances. “The Secretary-General reaffirms the undeterred resolve of the United Nations to support the people and Federal Government of Somalia,” the statement added. read more

Brock rowing wins double gold at major regatta competition in US

Brock’s women’s pair and men’s freshman/novice lightweight eight rowing teams both won their divisions at the largest collegiate regatta in the U.S.Brock’s rowing team captured two gold medals at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Pennsylvania. The women’s pair and men’s freshman/novice lightweight eight both won their divisions at the largest collegiate regatta in the U.S.Jen Beaudette and Katie Klassen battled a strong headwind to defeat Wheaton by five seconds in the women’s pair final. The duo advanced after posting the fastest times in their preliminary and semifinal races. It also marked a successful debut for coach Vince Amodeo.The men’s lightweight eight led for most of the final race to win by 18 seconds over Delaware. The team, which is coxed by Earl Cabaluna, includes James Potts, Scott Klassen, Taylor Ashwood, Matt Druken, Connor Pepper, Evan Bull, Can Kilic and Eric Buchanan and is coached by Mike Purcer.Men’s freshman/novice lightweight eight (final)1. Brock 8 (J. Potts) 5 06:48.7102. Delaware 27 (W. Grant) 3 07:06.4443. Purdue 86 (D. Bergquist) 4 07:18.2044. Georgia Tech 44 (L. Page) 2 07:38.5205. Georgia 43 (M. Lynn) 1 07:59.878Women’s pair (final)1. Brock (K. Klassen) 4 09:40.8362. Wheaton (K. Brewer) 2 09:45.1833. Calhoun (B. Hamann) 3 09:51.6324. Sacred Heart (J. Smith) 1 09:53.3815. Georgia Tech (C. Merrigan) 5 10:41.7226. Massachusetts (Julia Deane, Leanne Ondreicka) 6 10:54.322 read more

Late Louisville goal upends OSU mens soccer

Rainy conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium weren’t the only downside to the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s loss Wednesday. The No. 5-ranked Louisville Cardinals, which ended OSU’s season a year ago in the NCAA tournament, snapped the Buckeyes’ 12-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win. An 82nd minute goal from Louisville redshirt senior midfielder Kenney Walker gave the Cardinals the score they needed to come out on top. Louisville entered the game averaging 2.33 goals per game, but the first half of the game was a defensive battle. Louisville controlled the ball for most of the first half, but OSU junior goalie Matt Lampson was up to the task, making five saves in the half. The Cardinals attempted nine shots to OSU’s four in the first half. “(Matt) had a lot to do tonight,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “He handled everything that was thrown at him very well.” Junior midfielder Chris Hegngi stopped the Cardinal’s shooting streak, putting a shot slightly outside of the net with just under 11 minutes left in the first half. It was the only Buckeye shot-on-goal of the first half. At the 40-minute mark in the second half, Hegngi found OSU freshman forward Kenny Cuningham just feet from the net. Cunningham’s header brought the crowd to its feet, but his effort glanced off the crossbar and the game remained scoreless. “I saw it in the air and put my head on it,” Cunningham said. “I thought it was going in, but it was about six inches, maybe a foot from the line.” Inside the 37-minute mark of the second half, Cardinals senior forward Colin Rolfe put a shot on goal that appeared to be destined for the back of the net. But Lampson came up big, diving to ground just far enough to make a one handed stop and leaving the game tied. With 8:24 left in the contest, a Louisville throw-in was kicked around OSU’s penalty area and eventually made its way to Walker. Walker cracked a shot through the crowd of Buckeyes and Cardinals and the ball rolled by Lampson, giving the Cardinals the 1-0 lead. Hegngi got a wide open shot with under a minute left, but the ball sailed wide left. “It was really close… I just tried to get it to the post,” Hegngi said. “It was like an inch away. I’m really sorry I couldn’t score there.” The Cardinals went on to win, 1-0. “We know how we can play,” Cunningham said after the game. “We know we can go against anyone in the country.” Bluem said it was unfortunate that his team couldn’t score in the contest, saying, “If Cunningham scores five minutes into the second half on the header that hits the crossbar and we go up 1-0, then we make life very difficult for them.” On Sunday, the Buckeyes open Big Ten conference play at Michigan. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. read more

EUPHORIA Metalurg soldout tickets for KIF in 17 minutes

EHF Champions Leaguehandballhandball ticketsRK Metalurgsold out handballtickets What a handball weekend is ahead of us in Macedonian capital city of Skopje. Firstly, RK Vardar will host HSV Handball in their first match at EHF CL TOP 16 on Saturday, but only day after RK Metalurg will meet KIF Kolding Kobenhavn, at the same place “Boris Trajkovski” hall with 7.000 fans. RK Metalurg have announced that they sold-out 2.500 tickets in only 17 minutes! All tickets-office was occupied by the fans across whole Macedonia and online selling system collapsed in the first minutes of the process.Previously, Metalurg sold about 3.500 season tickets and keep rest of the capacity for “free buy” option during the season… ← Previous Story EHF Cup (Road to Berlin): Montpellier and Szeged to 1/4 finals! Next Story → Nikola Eklemovic (Wisla Plock): “Pressure is on Veszprem” read more

Appeal for witnesses after man is stabbed in Carlow

first_imgAppeal for witnesses after man is stabbed in Carlow Gardaí were called to the scene of a suspected aggravated burglary in an apartment yesterday. Jun 9th 2017, 1:40 PM Friday 9 Jun 2017, 1:40 PM Share10 Tweet Email3 13,591 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img GARDAÍ IN CARLOW are appealing for witnesses and information following a stabbing incident in Carlow town yesterday.Gardaí were called to the scene of a suspected aggravated burglary and serious assault incident in an apartment at the Riverdell apartment complex in the town at about 2.45pm.A 22-year-old man was receiving treatment at the scene from paramedics for suspected stab wounds. He was taken by ambulance to St Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out and investigations are ongoing.Speaking at Carlow Garda Station, Superintendent Gerard Redmond said: “I am appealing for information from any potential witness who may have heard or seen anything in the vicinity of Riverdell apartments – which are located at Haymarket, Carlow – between the hours of 1pm and 3pm on Thursday, 8 June.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Carlow Garda Station on 059 913 6620 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: Theresa May says she’ll form minority government with ‘friends and allies’ in the DUPRead: Another rainfall warning issued but sunny spells expected tomorrow Image: 5 Comments File photo Image: By Órla Ryan File photolast_img read more

Sécheresse les Français se disent prêts à accepter des coupures deau

first_imgSécheresse : les Français se disent prêts à accepter des coupures d’eauLa sécheresse a imposé à 42 départements des restrictions d’eau. Parallèlement, cinq Français sur six se disent prêts à accepter des coupures d’eau dans la journée afin de limiter son utilisation, indique un sondage Ifop.Le site Internet du ministère de l’Environnement indique que 15 départements français restent concernés par les mesures les plus fortes liées aux restrictions d’eau. Parmi eux on compte ceux de la région Poitou-Charentes, la Dordogne, le Lot et le Rhône. En tout 42 départements sont touchés à divers degrés. Quatre départements restent placés en situation de vigilance.À lire aussiAdBlock, crème solaire et l’hydratation, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 3 juinUn sondage Ifop réalisé pour Sud-Ouest Dimanche montre que cinq Français sur six se disent prêts à limiter leur consommation d’eau potable si cela devient nécessaire. Près de la moitié d’entre eux (48%) se disent même “tout-à-fait” disposés à accepter des coupures d’eau. Pour le moment, les restrictions concernent les usages jugés non-prioritaires (arrosage et remplissage des piscines) mais encadrent également certaines irrigations d’ordre agricole. Les prévisions de Météo France ne sont pas rassurantes. Aucune pluie “étendue et significative” n’est à espérer dans la semaine, rapporte le JDD.Pour la ministre de l’Ecologie, NathalieKosciusko-Morizet, il n’est pas encore temps de mettre en place un impôt sécheresse qui permettrait de venir en aide aux agriculteurs comme en 1976 (deux milliards de francs avaient, à l’époque, été générés par cet impôt). En revanche, elle a dit lors d’une intervention radiophonique, hier, qu’elle estimait “normal” que “des mesures d’accompagnement du monde agricole” soient engagées, indiquant que c’était d’ailleurs déjà le cas. Le 23 mai 2011 à 13:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les dinosaures étaientils des hyperactifs à sang chaud

first_imgLes dinosaures étaient-ils des hyperactifs à sang chaud ? Publiée dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B, une étude anatomique australienne, avec contribution de chercheurs canadiens et allemands, suggère que les dinosaures étaient bien plus actifs que les reptiles actuels, peut-être même davantage que les mammifères.Le Pr Roger Seymour, de l’Université d’Adélaïde, a utilisé les dernières théories de l’anatomie et de la physiologie pour tenter de répondre à une question ancienne : les dinosaures étaient-ils, comme les reptiles actuels, des animaux à sang froid et au métabolisme lent, ou, comme les mammifères, des animaux à sang chaud, très actifs ?Chez l’humain, des trous minuscules dans le fémur, appelés foramens nutritifs, permettent le passage de vaisseaux alimentant les cellules osseuses en sang et donc en oxygène. Et la taille de ces trous est proportionnelle au taux d’activité de la personne : plus l’activité physique est importante, plus le besoin en oxygène augmente pour alimenter les processus d’autoréparation des micro-fractures. Mais qu’en est-il chez les animaux, et qu’en était-il chez les dinosaures ?Utilisant les collections de musées australiens, l’équipe du Pr Seymour a d’abord comparé la taille de ces foramens fémoraux chez des mammifères – de l’éléphant à la souris – et chez divers reptiles actuels, ainsi que leur taux métabolique. “Les résultats sont sans équivoque. La taille des trous est étroitement liée au taux métabolique maximal, correspondant aux ‘pics’ d’activité. Les trous chez les mammifères sont environ 10 fois plus grands que ceux des reptiles”, explique le professeur Seymour.Des créatures à sang chaud très actives À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesMettant à contribution ses collègues du Royal Tyrrell Museum, au Canada, et du Museum für Naturkunde, en Allemagne, il a ensuite examiné les trous fémoraux de 10 espèces de dinosaures de 5 groupes différents (carnivores bipèdes et herbivores quadrupèdes, pesant de 50 kg à 20 tonnes) : “selon une comparaison relative (de façon à éliminer les différences de taille des corps), tous les dinosaures [étudiés] ont dans leur fémurs des trous plus grands que ceux des mammifères”.”Les dinosaures sont apparus encore plus actifs que les mammifères. Nous ne nous attendions certainement pas à voir ça. Ces résultats fournissent un poids supplémentaire aux théories selon lesquelles les dinosaures étaient des créatures à sang chaud très actives, plutôt qu’à sang-froid et lentes”, conclut le Pr Seymour.Le 16 juillet 2011 à 15:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gothams Mad City promises to get even crazier in season 3

first_imgGotham may not be the best-written superhero show on TV. It may not line up with the comics exactly in terms of the timeline of events. It may not even always make sense within its own continuity. But if you’re still onboard after two seasons, those things don’t matter. Above all else, Gotham has only ever really been about one thing: Fan service.For fans of the Batman comics, the most fun part of watching Gotham has been seeing young versions of iconic villains and pointing at the screen, saying “There’s the guy! He’s doing the THING!” The first episode of “Mad City,” Gotham’s third season, has some pretty great “there’s the guy” moments, though no one on screen does all that many things.The season opens by giving an unceremonious conclusion to Jim Gordon’s search for Lee. He walks up to a house and sees her kissing another man through the window. Now, anyone who’s been watching the show this long knows this isn’t the last we’ll see of her, but it’s a little jarring to see their relationship pushed to the side before we even get to the title card. After Jim made such a big deal of going after her last season, this feels like a cop out.That quickly ceases to matter, as we cut to six months later and Jim is back in Gotham fighting… hold on a second, is that Killer Croc? You guys! I think that’s Killer Croc! The battle doesn’t last long though, as Gordon kicks maybe-Croc into the street where he is hit by a semi. That should tell you what you can expect from this episode. It’ll start to show us something cool, or briefly introduce a long-awaited character, only to end the scene just before anything interesting or relevant to the plot happens.Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon fighting a villain, possibly Killer Croc, in Gotham. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Things have changed a lot in the months since the show’s opening scene. Fish Mooney roams the streets with a gang of experiments from Indian Hill, Barbara Kean runs a nightclub, Lucius Fox is now working for GCPD and Gordon is not. He’s a private bounty hunter now, complete with a tough-looking leather jacket and a swagger I can only describe as John Wayne mixed with a little bit of Jack Sparrow.We all know independent Jim won’t last long, but his jaded, done-with-it-all attitude is a fun change, but he doesn’t seem all that effective in this episode. He tries to ambush members of Fish Mooney’s gang and not only does he not catch a single one, he gets Ms. Peabody kidnapped, and later killed.Ben McKenzie and Jamie Chung as Jim Gordon and Valerie Vale in Gotham. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Jamie Chung is a welcome addition to the cast as Valerie Vale, a smart, ambitious reporter and probable love interest of Gordon. There is definitely a relationship forming between the two, though like most of the set-up in this episode, it’s not entirely clear what will come of it.Things finally start to happen just as the episode draws to a close. The Court of Owls sends an assassin after Bruce Wayne after he calls out their members in a Wayne Enterprises board meeting. Fish Mooney is told she must find Strange if she wants to stop her new mind control powers from killing her. And finally, we may have seen the origin of Poison Ivy. I mean, she fell into an open sewer, which in comic book world almost always gives you superpowers. Man-bat seems to be here too.The first episode of Gotham’s third season is almost entirely set-up with no clear indication of what it’s building towards. Hugo Strange’s experiments are running around Gotham, there’s some kind of feud starting between Penguin and Barbara, and Jim Gordon is too busy drinking to effectively fight crime. The ingredients are there for this season to be Gotham’s most insane yet. We can only hope it lives up to its subtitle.last_img read more

Brazil rejects G7 aid for Amazon fires

first_imgBrasilia: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has rejected a $22 million aid package offered by G7 countries to help battle fierce forest fires in the Amazon rainforest, which is often regarded as the planet’s “lungs”. The G7 aid offer was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday. Rejecting the aid, Bolsonaro on late Monday said Brazil was not a “colonial territory” and that there was “a hidden agenda” behind Macron’s offer. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Bolsonaro’s Defence Minister said the fires in the Amazon were “not out of control”. Commenting on the G7 offer of aid, Bolsonaro’s Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni told the Globo news website: “Thanks, but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe.” “Macron cannot even avoid a predictable fire in a church that is part of the world’s heritage, and he wants to give us lessons for our country?” Lorenzoni added, in a reference to the fire that hit Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris in April. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo tweeted on Monday: “No one needs a ‘new initiative for the Amazon’ as Macron suggests when there are already several mechanisms under the UN Climate Convention to fund the fight against deforestation.” In a joint news conference Monday with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Macron announced that G7 countries would allocate $22 million in emergency funding to help with efforts to prevent fires in the Amazon rainforest. He also said France would provide military support in the region to fight the fires. Advertise With Us A record number of fires are burning in Brazil, mostly in the Amazon, according to the country’s space research agency, Inpe. Macron last week described the fires as an “international crisis” and called for an emergency meeting of G7 countries regarding the fires. In an interview with French public broadcaster France 2 at the conclusion of the G7 summit in Biarritz, Macron said Bolsonaro’s attitude towards deforestation could derail ratification of the free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur group. “We respect your sovereignty. It’s your country,” said Macron, before insisting that the Amazon fires are a global issue. “The Amazon forest is a subject for the whole planet… We cannot allow you to destroy everything,” he added. In response to this, the Brazilian Foreign Minister said: “The efforts made by some political currents to extrapolate real environmental issues by transforming them into a fabricated ‘crisis’ as a pretext for introducing mechanisms for external control of the Amazon are very evident. “Brazil will not accept any initiative that involves relativizing sovereignty over its territory, whatever the pretext and whatever the guise.” The Brazilian armed forces, deployed by Bolsonaro in the fight against the fires, are reportedly operating in eight of the nine Amazon states. The mobilization of the troops was announced on August 23 by Bolsonaro as the first measure to fight fires amid strong condemnation he has received for the government’s lack of action against illegal deforestation of the Amazon.last_img read more

Samsung brings allnew Galaxy A20 with InfinityV display in India Top facts

first_imgProcessorSamsung Exynos 7884 octa-core After launching three Galaxy A series- A50, A30 and A10 in March, World’s leading smartphone-maker Samsung is bringing a new A20 model in India.Like the previous models, the Galaxy A20 shares some of the features particularly the design language. It boasts massive 6.4-inch super AMOLED Infinity-V display, which is very rare for a mid-range phone in the mid-range class of phones. Though the resolution is HD+ (720×1560), OLED-made screen will offer an enriching viewing experience with true black. Samsung Galaxy A20 launched in IndiaSamsung India Media KitThe Galaxy A20 comes with Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 7884 octa-core back by Android OS with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable up to 512GB via microSD) and a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging capability via Type C charger. The retail package houses 15W fast charger.As far as the photography hardware is concerned, the new Samsung phone boasts 13MP+5MP dual camera with LED flash on the back and an 8MP front snapper on the front.The new Galaxy A20 will go on sale on Samsung e-store, Samsung Opera House (Bengaluru), authorised e-commerce sites and retail chains across India from April 8 onward for Rs 12,490. It will be available vivid colour options such as Red, Blue and Black. Samsung Galaxy A20 go on sale on April 8 onwardSamsung India Media KitSamsung Galaxy A20 vs competition:Considering the price and its specifications, Samsung Galaxy A20 will be competing with Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 series, Honor 10 Lite and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, among others.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy A20:ModelModelGalaxy A20Galaxy A20ModelDisplayGalaxy A206.4-inch HD+ (1560x720p) super AMOLED Infinity-V screenModelOSGalaxy A20Android OSModelProcessorGalaxy A20Samsung Exynos 7884 octa-coreModelRAMGalaxy A203GBModelStorageGalaxy A2032GB, expandable up to 512GBModelCameraGalaxy A20Main: 13MP FF (F1.9) + 5MP FF (F2.2) with LED flashFront: 8MP FF (F2.0 aperture)ModelBatteryGalaxy A204,000mAh with 15W fast charging via USB Type C chargerModelNetworkGalaxy A204G-LTEModelAdd-onsGalaxy A20Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, rear fingerprint sensor,ModelColoursGalaxy A20Red/Blue/BlackModelPriceGalaxy A20Rs 12,490 Network4G-LTE ModelGalaxy A20 Display6.4-inch HD+ (1560x720p) super AMOLED Infinity-V screen RAM3GB OSAndroid OS Close Add-onsBluetooth, Wi-Fi, rear fingerprint sensor, Apple and Samsung Finally Reach A Truce PriceRs 12,490 Storage32GB, expandable up to 512GB Battery4,000mAh with 15W fast charging via USB Type C charger CameraMain: 13MP FF (F1.9) + 5MP FF (F2.2) with LED flashFront: 8MP FF (F2.0 aperture) ColoursRed/Blue/Blacklast_img read more

Meteor mobile and app speed test for Android

first_imgMeteor: mobile and app speed test for Android by Martin Brinkmann on March 03, 2017 in Google Android – Last Update: March 03, 2017 – No commentsMeteor – App Speed Test is a free application for Google Android devices that tests the mobile connection speed and indicates how well popular apps will run with those speeds.Most mobile benchmark applications do the same thing: they test the ping, upload and download speed, and may use several servers for that located in different regions of the world.While that is great for a quick rundown on the devices connectivity at that point in time, the usefulness of many of these benchmark applications ends there.Meteor – App Speed Test reviewMeteor – App Speed Test is a great looking benchmark application for Android. It looks like any other app of its kind on start — if you forget about the design for a moment — but you will notice that it has more to offer quickly.Note: the application shares anonymized signal and speed data with OpenSignal. You can disable that with a tap on Menu > Settings, and a tap on the on/off button next to data contribution.First thing though is the usual speed test. Meteor tests the download and upload speed of the mobile connection, and the ping to a nearby server. The results are listed in the application’s interface afterwards.You find the new app performance section listed on the same page after the speed test. There you find listed popular applications, YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, Waze and more, and how they will perform under the given network conditions.Not all of the apps are installed necessarily on the device. In fact, you may get the same apps listed even if none of them are installed on the device. You may add more apps however from a list of 16 apps. The additional apps include Chrome, WhatsApp, Twitter, Amazon, or Skype to name a few.The app highlights the projected performance, e.g. very good or awesome, right there on the test results page. You may tap on any application name however to display detailed information.If you tap on YouTube for instance, the performance for several of the video streaming site’s stream qualities are listed there so that you know which work well, and which may not work as well. This can be useful if you want to know if one of the supported applications, and one of the quality options of a given application, works when the device is connected to the network you tested.The application displays tests on a world map, and as a history. You can check those out at any time.Other benchmarking apps for Android that you may be interested in are Network Tester, 3D Mark, or GeekBench.Closing WordsMeteor – App Speed Test is a great looking application for Android that lets you run connection benchmarks, and informs you about how well certain apps and quality settings of those apps will work under those network conditions.Now You: Do you run speed tests to benchmark network performanceSummary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Meteor – App Speed TestOperating System AndroidSoftware Category InternetLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Staples sponsors Gay Star Business to promote LGBTI work diversity

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Staples Solutions, one of the UK’s leading providers of office supplies, is now sponsoring Gay Star Business.Gay Star Business is the leading platform keeping you up to date with how businesses around the world are interacting with LGBTI people and issues. Gay Star Business is thrilled to have Staples on board as its lead business sponsor. ‘Whether you work at home or in a high-rise building in the city, our single focus is to ensure that you have everything you need to turn your opportunities into realities.‘It’s important that the LGBTI community have the choices and opportunities available to all. Andhere at Staples, we’re committed to championing diversity. We want to support LGBTI people through business opportunities.’Scott Nunn, co-founder of Gay Star News, said: ‘Staples Solutions is more than a stationery provider. Staples offers customers their expertise to make workplaces run more effectively.‘In particular, we love their online Knowledge Centre, where they offer advice to make your office healthier, happier and more productive.‘So it seems natural they want to embrace the diversity of the modern workplace. And Gay Star Business is a great way to promote that message. We are delighted to welcome them as a partner.’About Gay Star BusinessGay Star Business launched in 2015. Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP and one of the world’s most famous gay business people, supported the launch.Since then, our team of journalists have covered business stories from around the world. Gay Star Business is the major platform charting how brands and companies are responding to the needs of LGBTI workers and consumers.You can check out the Gay Star Business homepage here. And you can order from Staples Solutions online here.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Staples Solutions is so much more than an office supplier. It prides itself on its customer centric approach, offering its customers genuine business solutions. That is why Staples delivers extensive help and expertise, as well as more choice and more value for money. As the strapline states: ‘At Staples Solutions, we work hard every day to help you make more happen.’Staples moved out of retail in 2017, and now provides business solutions for the B2B sector through the online shop and an online webshop. These platforms cater for the needs of businesses with five to 5,000 employees and beyond.Online, customers will find a host of popular products, including some of the industry’s leading brands, as well as ranges and solutions across furniture, print, facilities and technology. Of course, Staples also offer own brand products for when value really matters. The result is customers have a broad range to choose from.Staples embraces the modern workplaceRobert Baldrey is Managing Director for Staples Solutions UK and Ireland. He explained why Staples wants to support LGBTI people in their workplaces and careers:‘Staples Solutions is so much more than an office supplies and stationery provider. We are here to help you achieve your goals, whatever your background, aspirations and business challenges. LGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonTurkish artist features on the 2018 Pride bags from Gay Star NewsThese powerful portraits by LGBTI artists will blow you awayRead the full article on Gaystarnews: : read more

Beautiful Israel Breakfast Seminar

first_img:: Beautiful Israel Breakfast Seminar :: Top 5 places to visit in IsraelThe major attractions include Jerusalem, a spiritual experience even for a non believer, is a truly ancient city with 5000 year’s history. The Dead Sea, which is one of the finalists in the “Seven Wonders of Nature” competition, at 400 meters below sea level is the lowest place on Earth. It has a very high salt concentration and can actually make you float. The area is rich in unique minerals making it the world’s largest natural spa area. Tel Aviv, popular for its beaches and night life is a fun place and the culture capital of Israel. Known as the city that never sleeps because places are open around the clock. Two hours north is Galilee, the country-side of Israel has an abundance of holy sites on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and Elat located in the south on the Red Sea is a resort city, sunny all year round with watersports and desert tours.For more information visit The “Beautiful Israel“ seminar was held at the Amora Hotel in Sydney this morning. The Israel Trade Commission and Israel specialist wholesalers gave presentations on this historical destination.Merav Gonen, Trade & Tourism Manager – Israel Trade Commission Israel says Israel is a growing destination. 2010 was a record year with 3.5 million tourists reflecting a 26% growth compared to 2009. The same trend was reflected in the Australian market with a 38% increase.Israel is a small country, it’s easy to get from one point to another, less than half the size of Tasmania with the major cities Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and the Dead Sea being about one 1 hour’s drive from each other.Australian passport holder’s visas are granted on arrival. English is widely spoken and street signs are in English.Romy Leibler of EL AL said people’s impressions of Israel are influenced by the BBC, CNN effect! That it’s a rough and dangerous place to go. He said people should of course avoid hot-spots such as Gazza. Halina Hussein of Greece & Mediterranean Travel Centre says Israel is a safe country to visit. I’ve never felt safer! Jeremy Heasrt of Tempo Holidays said Israel is ill perceived as an intimidating destination. Overall the wholesalers said agents should feel comfortable selling Israel with tailor-made itineraries for independent travel or book guided/escorted tours for 1st time visitors.Israel has incredible diversity says Merav Gonen. It’s easily accessible with unique places to see. Biblical sites, archaeological sites and has a rich history. Of course the Mediterranean hospitality, markets, food and nightlife make it a must see destination.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.M.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh India to host the first ATTAs AdventureNEXT in Asia

first_imgAkansha Pandey | New DelhiThe Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), in support with Madhya Pradesh Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Knowledge Partner – Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) has chosen Madhya Pradesh in India to organise the maiden AdventureNEXT event in Asia.AdventureNEXT 2018, a venture towards placing emerging adventure destinations on the global map, will be held in Bhopal from December 10-12, 2018. All in all, 300 delegates are expected to attend the event, along with 120 international hosted buyers and media.A MoU of this event was jointly signed by Shannon Stowell, CEO, ATTA, Hari Ranjan Rao, Commissioner Tourism and Managing Director, MP Tourism, and Capt. Swadesh Kumar, President, ATOAI. A special logo for AdventureNEXT in India was also unveiled during the ceremony.ATOAI has been trying very hard from past Through AdventureNEXT, local suppliers are given opportunities to interact with international buyers and media. Furthermore, a wide variety of speakers and workshops are organised for delegates who want to expand and professionalise their product offerings, said Capt. Kumar.last_img read more