Number of dead nears 200 over 6000 homes damaged

The death toll from the floods and landslides is nearing 200, according to the latest reports by the Disaster Management Centre.The Disaster Management Centre said that the death toll had reached 180 by this evening and 109 others are missing. Of those killed, 77 are from Ratnapura, 54 from Kalutara and 21 from Matara. Latest reports also stated that over 6000 homes have been damaged. Over 500,000 people have been affected and many of them are now in temporary shelters.Meanwhile the Ministry of Petroleum Resource Development will set up a Disaster Management Unit to continuously supply fuel to the areas affected by the adverse weather. The Unit will be set up with the intention of identifying the issues related to the distribution of fuel and coordinating all the institutions under the Ministry. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Good dog good job Millions of dogs follow owners to work at

Good dog, good job? Millions of dogs follow owners to work at pet-friendly jobs LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Like any new addition to an office, Dolly had an adjustment period. The hardest part: learning not to bark at the mailman.Dolly is one of millions of dogs that accompany their owners to dog-friendly businesses every day. Even more will join her next Friday for Take Your Dog to Work Day.“I consider it a benefit like health care. It’s a huge attraction,” said Dolly’s owner Erin McCormack, who works at Authentic Entertainment in Los Angeles as a producer on the Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings.”McCormack and her Maltese mix walk together before work and at lunch to get some exercise, and McCormack saves money on the dog walker or daycare she would otherwise need.“It’s such a great way to create a productive atmosphere. It makes the environment more conducive to creativity,” she said, at a company that produces shows like the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” and Bravo’s “Flipping Out.”At the same time, McCormack added, “They are a calming force. When things get stressful, you can lean down and pet your dog or take a walk and pet a nearby dog. You get a more efficient workplace, one that’s not consumed with stress.”About 1.4 million owners take some 2.3 million dogs to work every day, according to an American Pet Products Association survey last year.When the group last surveyed businesses, in 2006, one in five was dog-friendly. That number is probably holding steady if you include one-person offices, work-at-home pet owners and retail shops, said Len Kain, co-founder and editor of DogFriendly.com, which lists dog-friendly companies in every state.Some of the nation’s largest employers are dog-friendly — like Google Inc. and Amazon.com. Keeping employees happy is one of the main reasons cited by employers.“Engineering and software companies are often the type of company that is pet-friendly,” Kain said. “These companies have trouble finding people with the skills they need and do not want to lose these employees.”Extrovertic, a health care communications agency with 40 employees and offices in New York City and Cambridge, Mass., tested the waters last year with Take Your Dog to Work Day. On June 22 this year, it is sponsored by North Carolina-based Pet Sitters International to promote adoption.The experiment was so successful that the company went dog-friendly and Sally, a 5-year-old rescue beagle owned by supervising account manager Jared Shechtman, became Take Your Dog to Work Day’s poster dog.“We are a small agency. We want to be different. We want the quality of our employees’ lives to be better than they would get at a bigger agency. Having dogs in the office is another way of saying, ‘We are different and we care about you,’” said company CEO Dorothy Wetzel.Fifteen to 20 of the 120 employees or freelancers working at Authentic Entertainment bring their dogs to work, said co-founder and executive producer Lauren Lexton.Lexton and Tom Rogan decided to let people bring dogs to work when they founded the company 11 years ago, because “it always felt right. Dogs give a softer element to everyday work and there is something about having them around that makes people happy.”When you have great people, you want to keep them forever, she explained, so if they have a dog that’s used to coming to work, the person is less likely to accept a better job offer if it comes along.Having animals around also encourages camaraderie, McCormack said. “Dogs automatically break down barriers. They are automatic conversation starters and ice breakers.”Not every business can allow dogs, said Kain, who started DogFriendly.com with his wife Tara 15 years ago in Anchor Point, Alaska.Companies may be located in buildings that ban dogs; it can be illegal for a food store, restaurant, hair salon (in some states) or medical office; and insurance may be a barrier, he said.For others, allowing pets may be a way to help make do with fewer employees working longer hours. “By allowing dogs at work, an employee doesn’t have to leave to take care of the pet,” Kain said.At Authentic Entertainment, Dolly’s biggest hurdle was deliverymen. “She has always had a fear of carts and boxes and people in uniform,” McCormack said.She introduced Dolly to Authentic’s maintenance man, and because Dolly still barked and growled at outside deliverymen, McCormack asked for a heads-up call from the front desk when they arrived.Now she puts Dolly in her lap until the deliveries are finished. Problem solved.Dolly’s favourite part of coming to work is the attention, McCormack said. At home, she plays second-fiddle to a 3-year-old. At work, Dolly is Miss November in a calendar featuring employee dogs as characters on their shows.“She is the toast of the town,” McCormack said. “Everybody knows her and she is the star.”___Online:http://www.petsit.comhttp://www.authentictv.com/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 12, 2012 3:22 pm MDT read more

Second Cat GH800B Longwall Plow System goes to Ibbenbüren

first_imgThe German Ibbenbüren mine is adding a second Caterpillar GH800B Longwall Plow System to recover its thin seam of anthracite coal, which averages only 1.04 m thick. RAG Anthrazit Ibbenbüren GmbH placed the order for a second system based on the productive performance of the first Cat GH800B system. Ibbenbüren installed the very first GH800B system in late 2013, and it has been effectively working in heights of 0.8 to 1.2 m. The new system is scheduled to start producing in July on a 220 m face.The Cat dealer in Germany, Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH received the order. Zeppelin will provide product support services as it has for the first system. New system components include the Cat GH800B automated plow system and Cat AFC PF4 armored face conveyor, which are manufactured in the Caterpillar longwall products facilities in Lünen, Germany. The longwall team in Lünen worked closely with Ibbenbüren to design and construct the GH800B system for the challenging conditions. A key to good longwall performance in Ibbenbüren is the highly effective controllability of the plow system, even in very soft floor conditions.The new system also includes a shock absorber, an elastomer coupling in the plow pulling sledge to reduce peak loads on the plow system – chain, plow connectors and drives. The effect is smoother plow operation and extended service life of components. RAG, the mining company, has retrofitted its older plow systems with shock absorbers.As with the first G800B system, Cat automation of the complete plow longwall as well as remote control of all functions and adjustments enables high production, enhances safety and minimises operating cost. At Ibbenbüren mine, all underground production operations are controlled from a central control station on the surface. In 2015, Ibbenbüren is going to produce 1.63 Mt of high quality anthracite from its longwall systems working 1,300 m below the surface.last_img read more

iRadio founder Dan Healy to head RTÉ 2fm

first_imgFOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION of John McMahon from the top job at 2fm yesterday, RTÉ Radio has announced Dan Healy as the station’s new chief.The radio man has worked in broadcasting for more than 13 years, including spells at the helm of 98FM and Newstalk. He was also a co-founder of iRadio, where he worked for four years until 2009.He has spent the past three years as CEO of Independent Radio Sales, the parent firm of a number of local and national stations including Cork’s Red FM, KFM, Radio Nova and Spin South West.RTÉ Radio Managing Director Claire Duignan said Healy’s track record in the industry is “unparalleled”.“2fm is a core priority for RTÉ – it’s vital that RTÉ, as the public service broadcaster, meet the needs of younger listeners and this appointment is a significant statement of confidence in the future of 2fm,” she added.Healy said he was delighted to accept the appointment.“It is a wonderful and challenging opportunity to play a significant role in the further development of the station. It’s a well-worn phrase in radio circles, but it’s also true that RTÉ 2fm is a sleeping giant.“It plays a hugely important role in providing outstanding music, sport, entertainment, news and information to its legion of listeners.”Read: RTÉ News chief ‘satisified’ with €167,000 cost of Pope coveragelast_img read more

Tiger Airways to stay grounded

first_imgTiger Airways has stopped selling domestic tickets and said it would refund fares to passengers holding reservations between now and July 31. However, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission head Graeme Samuel warned that consumers may have to wait “several weeks” before getting refunds. He said their failure to warn customers that flights might not take off for an indefinite period. And in the latest for the troubled airline, chief executive Crawford Rix has resigned from his post just hours after the Civil Aviation Safety Authority said it would put forward an application to extend the airline’s grounding until the end of the month. For current and would-be passengers of Tiger Airways, the next couple of days and weeks look set to be dogged by more uncertainty, with the aviation industry safety regulator saying it would apply to extend the airline’s suspension, originally due to end on July 8, until the end of the month. The decision has been spurred on by unfinished investigations into the airline’s safety records. So far discussion between Tiger and the safety regulator are focused on the competence, qualifications and training of the airline’s pilots. Tiger has been instructed to retrain its 100 pilots before it is allowed to resume flights in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Amazon a vendu des millions de Kindle en cette fin dannée

first_imgAmazon a vendu “des millions de Kindle” en cette fin d’annéeLa boutique en ligne a annoncé dans un communiqué le succès fulgurant de sa gamme de liseuses et tablettes Kindle. Des millions d’exemplaires sont déjà partis sous les sapins selon les termes d’Amazon.Le lancement international du Kindle aura donc bien connu le même succès qu’aux Etats-Unis. Amazon a publié un communiqué annonçant que les ventes de ses liseuses sont “largement supérieures à 1 million d’exemplaires par semaine” indique Le Figaro.À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français Autre chiffre de vente donné par l’entreprise américaine, celui du Kindle Fire, la tablette tactile concurrençant l’iPad, quasiment deux fois plus cher. Là encore, la réussite commerciale semble dépasser les espérances de son constructeur. “Le Kindle Fire a eu le meilleur lancement que nous ayons jamais vu. C’est le bestseller absolu sur Amazon depuis 11 semaines, nous en avons déjà vendu des millions, et nous en fabriquons des millions d’autres pour répondre à la demande”, a souligné le patron de l’activité Kindle, Dave Limp, dans un communiqué. En outre, il précise que “la demande s’accélère de semaine en semaine depuis trois semaines”.On ne peut que croire les estimations données par Amazon, l’entreprise ne donnant, comme à son habitude, pas de chiffres exacts. Malgré des critiques presse peu flatteuses, notamment sur le plan du design et de la puissance de la machine, l’objet a, semble t-il, séduit les acheteurs américains par la richesse du catalogue de contenus et le faible coût de la machine (seulement 200 dollars). Son lancement européen n’est toujours pas annoncé par Amazon, mais les liseuses noir et blanc Kindle, elles, sont déjà disponibles et restent dans les meilleures ventes de la boutique en ligne.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Monkeys running amok keep residents on edge

first_imgHyderabad: It is no monkey business this. Fed up with monkeys entering homes, snatching fruits from passerby and forcing residents to stay behind closed doors and windows, the residents of Ramchander Singh Colony, Sriram Nagar Colony and neighbouring took it upon themselves to get rid of the monkey menace.• Residents take it upon themselves to get rid of monkey menace Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us • Spend about Rs 5 lakh to capture; call expert catchers from Nellore • Vexed colony residents paying Rs 500 for each monkey capture • The monkeys being released in batches in Srisailam, Narsapur forestsSudershan Reddy, president, Ramchander Singh Colony Welfare Association, said, “We approached the Peerzadiguda municipality but did not get support from officials. The lack of trained monkey catchers, they said was the reason. We decided to pool in money and brought 12 specialist monkey catchers from Nellore who have been staying here for the past few days and have caught more than 314 monkeys.” Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The monkeys are being released in batches in Srisailam and Narsapur forests. The residents are paying Rs 500 for each monkey capture and are bearing the expenses of food and accommodation of the monkey catchers. “We are spending close to Rs 5 lakh,” says Sudershan Reddy.The reason for so many monkeys making the area their home is attributed to the RTC Bus depot and workshop that has many sheds and shrubs. The simians find it a safe haven as no one dares venture inside the area. Ramu, a resident says, “The monkeys snatch food items from people’s hands and also enter kitchens. Children have stopped going out and we keep the doors and windows closed all the time.” Advertise With Us “The reduction in greenery in the city has led to monkeys invading homes. A large number shifted from Osmania University after a number of trees were felled in the recent years,” says Madhulika Sen, a resident of DD Colony who is also a victim. Central Excise Colony, DD Colony, West and East Marredpally, Uppal, Peerzadiguda and Koti are a few areas in the city where monkey menace is rampant. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Additional Commissioner, Sanitation, P Venkateshwar Reddy, says, “There are no monkey catchers in the East and South Zone. We are training people and would deploy them at the earliest. Last year we caught 339 monkeys and this year 39 have been captured.” An expert monkey catcher Amjad, a resident of Bolakpur is no longer rendering services to the civic body, but has trained quite a few who are now catching monkeys. Officials say, unlike the past, monkey catchers from UP are not showing interest and, as a result, there is a shortage.Monkeys cannot just be released in the forests. There is a need to identify areas that have enough water and resources in the interiors and it is a big problem. Permission is to be taken for capture as well as release of monkeys – A Shankaran (OSD-Wildlife) Last year, 339 monkeys were caught and this year till date 39 has been captured. The number is decreasing with each passing year – P Venkateshwar Reddy, Additional Commissioner, GHMC We approached the Peerzadiguda municipality but it was of little help. Finally, the residents pooled in money and brought expert monkey catchers from Nellore – Sudershan Reddy, president, Ramchander Singh Colonylast_img read more

7 Uttar Pradesh Medical students suspended over ragging

first_imgEtawah: After widespread criticism over the past week, the Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences (UPUMS) in Saifai, Etawah has suspended seven students of the 2018 MBBS batch for three months for ragging junior students and making them tonsure their heads. A fine of Rs 25,000 has also been slapped on each of them. An FIR will soon be lodged against these seven students, sources said. Besides, a penalty of Rs 5,000 was imposed on all 150 students of the 2018 batch, that was involved in ragging the juniors. The decision was taken on Saturday. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The university suspended a hostel superintendent, besides removing the Dean of Students’ Welfare, and sacking the security personnel, who were on duty on the fateful day. In another development, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also summoned University Vice Chancellor Raj Kumar for an urgent meeting. The UPUMS had earlier denied the incident and even justified ragging as a part of tradition and ‘manner building’. However, as media pressure built up, it finally admitted to the incident and initiated action. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Last Tuesday, around 150 first-year students were forced to tonsure their heads and march on the campus by their seniors. They were also forced to salute the seniors. The Medical Council of India (MCI) issued a show-cause notice to the Vice Chancellor over the alleged incident. The Council had warned the institution of a Rs 1.5 crore penalty if it failed to respond within 24 hours. Advertise With Us A probe by the District Magistrate confirmed that ragging had taken place after which the University authorities also admitted to the incident. The University dean said that action against employees of the institute was taken due to their carelessness, as they did not inform the administration. The security guards, who were on duty on the fateful day, have been terminated, he added. Besides, the Superintendent of Sakyamuni Hostel, where the first-year students stay, has been suspended till the completion of the inquiry.last_img read more

Airbus Animation shows how detachable plane cabin patent would work

first_imgClose French aircraft-maker Airbus has come up with a new way to shave off turnaround time between flights: detachable cargo compartments. The US patent office released details of the removable cabins, which could be swapped in and out of an aircraft to increase efficiency for boarding passengers. The concept would also allow planes to fly more frequently, with less time sitting and waiting on the ground.The plans preview how passengers could board a detached cabin from a docking station in advance of a planes arrival. Passengers would then be able to seat themselves while ground crews store their luggage, reducing processing time all around. Once the empty aircraft arrives in the terminal, the fully-loaded cabin container would be lowered into the plane, firmly locking into place before the plane takes flight.Once the flight lands at its destination, it pulls into a new gate at the airport, where the removable cabin would detach and be lifted up into a docking station. The plane would quickly be prepared by ground crews to take on a new cabin of passengers.last_img read more

Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquires SGI for 275 million to expand in big

first_imgHewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired a high-performance computing solutions provider for $275 million in cash and stock. Silicon Graphics International Corporation (SGI) provides storage, servers and software solutions.As per the deal terms, HPE will pay $7.75 per share of SGI, while the latter company’s previous close in NASDAQ stood at $5.5 apiece. SGI’s shares were trading at $7.70, up 40 percent in the stock market following the acquisition announcement.SGI’s head said the acquisition would enable HPE, which has better market outreach, to offer comprehensive suite of solutions in the high-performance computing (HPC) market segment.”Our HPC and high performance data technologies and analytic capabilities, based on a 30+ year legacy of innovation, complement HPE’s industry-leading enterprise solutions. This combination addresses today’s complex business problems that require applying data analytics and tools to securely process vast amounts of data,” SGI CEO and president Jorge Titinger said. The company was founded in 1982.The global market intelligence firm IDC estimated the $11 billion HPC market segment to grow at a six to eight per cent CAGR over the next three years and the data analytics market is expected to grow at over twice the rate.The deal is expected to close before the first quarter of HPE’s 2017 fiscal subject to regulatory approvals. HPE’s first quarter ends in January 2017. The company also said it expects the acquisition to have a neutral effect on its earnings in the first fiscal following the close.Antonio Neri, HPE’s Executive Vice President, said SGI’s range of products and solutions in the field of HPC will complement Hewlett Packard’s offerings in the data centre solutions.HPE has been actively engaged in investment and acquisition activities over the last two years to consolidate its lead in business-to-business enterprise solutions market. In February, HPE had acquired virtual machine back-up infrastructure firm Trilead for an undisclosed amount while in May 2015, the company acquired wireless mobility solutions firm Aruba for $3 billion.Earlier in June, HPE had also invested $57 million in networking company Barefoot whereas in March, HPE betted $73.5 million on Mesosphere, an enterprise software firm specialising in creating operating system for data centres.SGI catered to the high-performance computing market which includes products and solutions focused on providing storage, servers and software in addition to solutions for data management and analytics of large volumes of data.last_img read more

Fire breaks out at MTNL building in Mumbai more than 60 rescued

first_imgTwitterA fire broke out at the MTNL building in Bandra West in Mumbai on Monday, July 22.The fire brigade said that more than 60 people have been rescued so far. No casualities have been reported yet.14 fire engines have been called to the scene. The fire was first put under the level II (minor) category but it has now escalated to level IV (major). #WATCH Mumbai: A level 4 fire has broken out in MTNL Building in Bandra, 14 fire tenders are present at the spot. Fire fighting operations are underway. Approximately 100 people are reportedly trapped on the terrace of the building. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/CVCAP8Tjj2— ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019 The nine-storey building is situated on SV Road in suburban Bandra. Most of the people are stuck on the third and fourth floor of the building.The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet but many eyewitnesses said that they smelt burning wires before the fire began at around 4 PM. The incident comes just a day after a fire broke out the Churchill Chamber building near the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai’s Colaba.last_img read more

SC stays NCLT decision to allow govt to take over Unitech management

first_imgRepresentational image.Raghavendra N IBTLast week, the government received a nod from the bankruptcy court to appoint a new management for the realty giant Unitech. The NCLT also issued notices suspending all the eight directors of the company.NCLT also told the government could appoint 10 directors, whose names were scheduled to be examined on December 20.However, now as Unitech moved to the Supreme Court challenging NCLT’s decision, it will halt the process of appointing new management.NCLT, however, took the decision primarily because of allegations of fund diversion that adversely affected public interest. The company reportedly owes Rs 723 crore to 20,000 homebuyers and 51,000 depositors. The Supreme Court of IndiaIANSThe Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday stayed the National Company Law Tribunal’s (NCLT) decision that directed government to take over the realty company’s management. This came immediately after Unitech on Tuesday urged the top court to stay NCLT’s order.The SC on Tuesday raised concern over NCLT’s decision to allow the government to appoint new management for Unitech and said that the Centre should have asked permission from the court before moving to NCLT as the SC was already dealing with the case.On October 30, the Supreme Court had directed Unitech to deposit Rs 750 crore by December to secure bail of Sanjay Chandra, the managing director of the company. Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra, another MD of the firm were arrested in April on charges of money laundering and for failing to deliver home projects to buyers.”If the Union government intended to move the NCLT, it must have taken permission from us as we have been seized of the matter. It is very disturbing that you did not take leave of the Supreme Court before moving NCLT,” said a bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.”Though we are seized of the matter, the NCLT decided to pass an interim order. It is not good. Explain on Wednesday whether the Union government should have taken leave of the apex court before moving NCLT,” they told the Centre.last_img read more

13 Russians indicted for interfering with US election

first_imgUS deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian organisations for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election on 16 February 2018 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. AFPThe US special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Friday indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, prompting claims of vindication from President Donald Trump.The indictment-which includes the first charges laid by special counsel Robert Mueller for election interference-detailed a stunning operation launched in 2014 in a bid to sow social division in the US and influence American politics “including the presidential election of 2016.”Mueller alleges that by mid-2016, the campaign-under the direction of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin-became focused on boosting Trump and demeaning his rivals including Democrat Hillary Clinton.It allegedly involved “hundreds” of people working in shifts and with a budget of millions of dollars. Three companies were also indicted.Moscow dismissed the allegations as “absurd.”According to the indictment, members of the group posed as US citizens on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, posting content that reached “significant numbers” of Americans.The group was allegedly in contact with “unwitting” members of the Trump campaign, but had a broader “strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system.”Content created by the group was retweeted by the president’s two eldest sons Don Jr and Eric, as well as other top campaign officials and members of Trump’s inner circle.“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.He added that there was also no judgment on whether the campaign “altered the outcome.”‘No collusion!’Trump leapt on Rosenstein’s comments, claiming they vindicated his campaign team.“Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president,” he tweeted.“The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”The allegations are a double-edged sword for Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed claims of Russian interference as “fake news” and a “hoax” designed to take away from his election victory.On one hand, they confirm Russia interference, but they also seem to clear his campaign of knowing involvement with at least a portion of Moscow’s efforts to influence the contest.Russia is also suspected of hacking and leaking embarrassing Democratic emails.Four Trump campaign officials, including his campaign manager Paul Manafort and his national security advisor Michael Flynn, have already been indicted as part of Mueller’s broader investigation.Trump has publicly mulled firing the former FBI director and has repeatedly sought to influence his investigation through public warnings.On Friday, Trump seemed to say that the new indictments should put an end to allegations of campaign collusion.“It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia,” he said in a subsequent statement issued by the White House.Troll farmThe group was said to be based in Putin’s home town of Saint Petersburg, but some of the accused traveled to the United States for political intelligence gathering.Stops included Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan-a pivotal state in the election-Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and New York, according to the indictment.An unnamed Texas-based American political operative is said to have instructed them to focus on so-called “purple states”-which swing between Republican and Democratic control.The group organized pro-Trump rallies in Florida, New York and North Carolina, but much of its work was focused on producing material that was damaging to Clinton and Trump’s Republican rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.The group purchased ads on social media and other websites either “expressly advocating for the election of then-candidate Trump or expressly opposing Clinton,” the indictment said.Other ads encouraged blacks and Muslims not to vote, and alleged voter fraud in several states.Two of the firms are said to have Russian government contracts.Known as Putin’s “chef,” Prigozhin runs a company that works for the Kremlin to cater at receptions. He has been photographed with the Russian president. His Concord group is already under US sanctions.Prigozhin made light of the allegations, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti state news agency.“Americans are very impressionable people. They see what they want to see. I have great respect for them. I am not at all upset that I am in this list. If they want to see a devil, let them,” he said.In carrying out the influence campaign, Prigozhin’s group is accused of buying US social security numbers and bank account numbers.In a separate filing, Mueller indicted an American identified as Ricardo Pinedo for selling such information.None of the 13 Russian suspects are in US custody.“Thirteen people carried out interference in the US elections? Thirteen against the billion-dollar budgets of the special forces? Against the espionage and counter-espionage, against the newest developments and technologies?” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.“Absurd? Yes. But this is the modern American political reality.”last_img read more

Beijing condemns deadly Myanmar border clashes

first_imgChildren receive food in a shelter for internally displaced people in Myitkyina while Myanmar’s military still fighting Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the country’s northern Kachin State, Myanmar on 10 May. Photo: ReutersChina on Sunday condemned fighting on its border between Myanmar forces and ethnic rebels that has left 19 dead, mostly civilians, in some of the worst violence to rattle the restive frontier in recent years.The fighting erupted on Saturday when ethnic-minority insurgent groups, who are locked in a long-running battle with the Myanmar state, attacked security posts around Muse, a border town and trade hub in northeastern Shan state.A local resident told AFP she heard gunfire through the night until early Sunday morning, with fear gripping a town that lives at the mercy of both government militias and ethnic armies fighting for more autonomy.“We heard shooting the whole night until this morning around 6:00am. We do not know what was going on and who was fighting,” said Muse resident Aye Aye.Saturday’s carnage, which also left at least 27 injured, was one of the bloodiest days in recent years in a long-running rebellion that is separate from the Rohingya crisis to the west.Fighting in the remote region in early 2017 sent more 20,000 Myanmar refugees scrambling across the border into China’s Yunnan province, raising tensions.On Sunday the Chinese embassy in Yangon condemned the clashes and said it had urged “relevant parties” to reach an immediate ceasefire.The violence “made people from the Myanmar side flee across the Chinese border, and stray bullets have entered into Chinese territory”, the statement added.Observers believe Beijing holds significant sway over the ethnic rebels near its border and is a key player in a faltering peace process steered by Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Suu Kyi placed the peace bid-an effort to extinguish around two dozen complicated and long-running ethnic conflicts across the country-at the top of her agenda after she was elected to office in landmark 2015 elections.But the effort has been severely hampered by a surge in fighting between Myanmar security forces and an alliance of rebel groups in northeastern Shan and Kachin states.Saturday’s attacks were blamed on the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), which claimed responsibility for operation and apologised for the civilian deaths.Suu Kyi, the first civilian leader of the former junta-run country in decades, lacks control over security policy and the still-powerful military, which has retained key government posts in a delicate power-sharing arrangement.last_img read more

50000 people marooned in Moulvibazar

first_imgAn estimated 50,000 people were stranded in the district as rivers continue to swell from incessant rain and onrush of water from upstream in Moulvibazar, reports UNB.Monu, Dhalai and Kushiara rivers are flowing 85cm, 24cm and 53cm respectively above the danger level.According to Moulvibazar Water Development Board, new areas were inundated after an embankment collapsed at Bishnupur village in Rahimpur union of Kamalganj upazila.Previously, Rampasha, Haktiarkhola, Ghoramara and other villages in the area were flooded after the collapse of an embankment.Overflow of the Dhalai River waterlogged several villages including Pratapi, Jagannathpur, Jaganshala at Rahimpur union while 300 families were marooned in Khalilpur union.People of five villages in Bilashpar area of Sreemangal upazila were marooned because of onrush of water from upstream. Flash flood also left hundreds of people in Rajnagar and Kamarchak union marooned.According to district administration office, 46,000 people are stranded across Moulvibazar.Those affected by flood have been provided with 36 metric tons of rice and 1,000 packets of dried food. Two shelter centres have been opened in Sherpur of Sadar upazila.last_img read more

Logan Is a Great Send Off to Comics and Legacy

first_imgStay on target Throughout Logan, Laura Kinney–the young mutant who ends up following after Logan over the course of the film–seems fixated on comic books. When the titular mutant meets her for the first time and finds a few older issues, he exclaims “looks like we’ve got ourselves an X-Men fan.” She doesn’t respond but remains aloof and hostile. This despite how she’s looking at the Wolverine, who is featured prominently on the cover of one of the comics.Many of us in the theater are in a similar position. I can attest that I’m at least fixated on comic books, especially X-Men comics. Before I knew there was a larger Marvel universe to explore, or that there were decades of dense, absurd storylines to go through, I discovered the X-Men. I followed the stories of Wolverine, Professor X, Jean Grey, Cyclops, or whoever else was leading a story at the moment, and watched them as they grew, got hurt, got intimate, or punched robots in the face.I followed the characters when they came to life in theaters, whether they were depicted in a great film, a mediocre one, or in Wolverine’s case, a tragic one. No matter how many times 20th Century Fox decided to retcon films, or unretcon them, I was watching.While it’s possible to watch Logan without having seen any of the previous X-Men films, doing so would be a disservice to what it’s trying to do. It’s created a world where, as Moviebob pointed out in his review, that’s “disappointing,” dark, and grim by comparison to what was built up before. However, it’s also a world where the power of comic books and fiction is evident but subtle. Like us, Laura is hoping for more from this story because comics have told her there is hope. In that way, Logan makes the greatest case for comic books of any comic book film to date.Logan follows the Wolverine in one of his darkest hours. He’s old and sick. Most of the other X-Men are gone. Charles Xavier, who has served as a begrudging mentor for decades, is battling a degenerative neurological disease and can no longer control his powers. Mutants, for the most part, are an endangered species. When Logan meets Laura, who is not only a mutant but a mutant just like him, you would think he’d begin to question what he has accepted as the new normal. But he doesn’t. He accepts Laura as a person that exists, but his outlook on the world doesn’t change. He’s still dying, his family is mostly wiped out, and there’s a group of cybernetic men after him. All he wants to do is buy a boat. He doesn’t want to fight anymore.The problem of course is that because this is an action film, Logan can’t get that idyllic life. He has to fight, which involves getting Laura to the Canadian border where she can remain safe. She is headed to a place called “Eden,” which we discover she read about in a comic book. At the very least, the nurses and other staff who were tasked with helping the kids escape Transgien read about it in a comic and noted the coordinates. This upsets Logan since it feels like this entire mess–which has put him and the Professor at risk–may have been make believe.But Laura constantly keeps bringing them out and throwing them in front of Logan. When she finally speaks, she keeps pointing at a photo of her friends and at the comic pages. When he skims through them and finds coordinates to a location that may or may not exist, it’s less about the movie pointing directly at a comic that’s in a comic book movie and laughing a bit. It holds emotional resonance.The comic books we see in the trailers for Logan, and which are featured more prominently throughout the film, are more than just a cute Easter Egg, or a fun jab at the world of comics itself. They can pose theoretical problems about the X-Men cinematic universe (so does that mean some of the previous X-Men movies only existed in the comic book world of the movies?), but they’re mostly there to create distance between old and new, or between Logan and Laura.Logan, who has been played by Hugh Jackman for 17 years now, represents the old guard. He’s visibly buff; he’s white, he’s based on a traditional comic book character. For most of his life, Wolverine has been a prototype for the gruff, begrudging superhero. He constantly has to deal with his past both physically and psychologically, often abandons his team when things get too personal, and doesn’t follow the rules. He’s a maverick, but the X-Men always welcome him into their ranks. This characterization has changed over the years. Logan sometimes leads the X-Men, for instance, or acts as a father figure to some of the younger members.Courtesy Logan FacebookIn Logan however, there isn’t any room for that. That is until he meets Laura, who represents this new brand of superhero. X-23 is a relatively new character, created by the show X-Men: Evolution in the early 2000s. She’s Wolverine’s clone but is different than her father. She’s female, most importantly. In Logan, like most of the other clones, she’s a person of color and speaks Spanish. The comic iteration was created to appeal to younger readers, and to replace Logan as the Wolverine in due time, so her existence is already tied to this transition. She is literally a Wolverine replacement as Marvel begins substituting in new versions of beloved characters, such as the Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Iron Man, and others. Most of these have been from groups not typically seen as heroes in comics: women and people of color.This is reflected in the film, which sees Logan having to help Laura cross the border and get out of the United States. In the final battle, Logan works to protect the kids from the Transgien goons, and at first, he is succeeding. However, his age and illness is no match for X-24, who is a younger, more angry Hugh Jackman clone. It’s not him who saves the kids but rather, the kids who save him. The mutants collectively use their budding powers and help to turn the tide.If you’ve seen the film, you know that this is where Logan meets his end. His fight with X-24 proved to be too much, and in his final moments, he reaches out to Laura for the first time.But it’s that moment at the end, when you see one of the kids holding a Wolverine doll over Logan’s grave, or when Laura takes the cross and turns it on its side, transforming it from a cross into an “X,” that you realize that Logan isn’t exactly gone. The X-Men that have come and gone from the big screen are still there, even if we as a culture are done with them. Comics and comic book films were escapism at their most minimal but provided hope at their greatest impact. This is upped in Logan, where comics act as a symbol of hope, and motivation for these lost mutant kids to keep going.Granted this is probably because they’re stories that feature idyllic versions of them, but the message is still there. While Logan is a depressing film that shows the downfall of a beloved hero, there is still hope for the future. It might not be with the X-Men that we are familiar with, but it’s with this new generation.So when people say that Logan is the death of the modern superhero movie, they’re partially right. But they’re also missing how it works as a transition point to the next generation. Superhero movies are only just getting started.You can start the Old Man Logan series with Comixology now and read it digitally here. Anti-Black Panther Group Shut Down, Stan Lee is OK & More MCU NewsThe Future of Marvel’s Stars, Possible New Arrivals & More MCU News last_img read more

Three boys drown in Narendrapur bheri

first_imgKolkata: Three boys reportedly drowned while bathing in a local bheri in Narendrapur on Friday morning. Three other boys, who were bathing with them, informed the local residents about the incident.According to sources, on Friday, around 11 am, six boys from Jagatipota at Khyada in Narendrapur went to have a bath in a local bheri. After they got down in the water, three of them identified as Ranak Das (17), Subhajit (19) and Shan Roy (14) went missing. The three other boys identified as Surajit Roy, Charan Dhali and Bishal Mistry were sitting on the bank of the bheri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDespite they tried to search for their friends they were not able find them. Immediately, they informed some local residents about their friends going missing. Locals informed Narendrapur police station. Some of them went to the bheri and tried to search for the missing boys. Meanwhile, police arrived and asked local residents to arrange for a fishing net. Also the Disaster Management Group of Kolkata Police was called for help. Before the Disaster Management Group team could reach the spot, local residents arranged a fishing net and recovered the trio. They were immediately admitted to M R Bangur Hospital where they were declared brought dead. Later, sleuths came to know that despite the these boys don’t know how to swim, got down into the water while the other three boys were sitting on the banks. The bodies have been sent for autopsy examination as per the legal procedure.last_img read more

Pale Moon plans for 2017 and beyond announced

first_imgPale Moon: plans for 2017 and beyond announced by Martin Brinkmann on April 17, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: June 26, 2017 – 56 commentsThe lead developer of the Pale Moon web browser outlined a development plan today for the web browser for 2017 and beyond.Pale Moon shares a lot of code with the Firefox web browser. As such, it is affected by Mozilla’s decision to cut classic components such as XUL or XPCOM from the Firefox web browser, and replace those with technologies such as WebExtensions or Quantum parts.We have talked about the consequences of Mozilla’s decision already: classic add-ons will stop working when the switch is made, and that is probably the biggest impact for users of the web browser.Developers who produce browsers that share code with Firefox, Pale Moon, Waterfox, Seamonkey, and also other programs such as the email client Thunderbird, face even tougher challenges.While they might make the decision to simply use the new code that Mozilla puts out, it means that features will be deprecated in the programs as well.Pale Moon 2017 and beyondThe Pale Moon team made the decision to avoid this route, and keep on supporting the classic Mozilla platform.The team plans to create a fork of the Mozilla platform before Mozilla cuts the ties to XUL and other technologies completely with the release of Firefox 57. Since Mozilla will cut out some features early, plans are underway to create the fork at the right point in time; this means that the team needs to find one of the last versions that still supports the old platform to gain the most out of the fork.Pale Moon’s lead developer notes that this fork will be open to anyone. He plans to build a Firefox-based browser from the code and publish it.Long-term, it will be a different story for any XUL application (not just Pale Moon). Looking over our options, we’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to maintain a XUL-based browser in 2018 and beyond will be to create a separate (hard) fork of the Mozilla platform code close to the intended change-over — but not too close since there will be a gradual deprecation of features preparing for the main change — without Rust, Quantum or the new front-end, and keep aligning that with developments in scripting and rendering as an independent-from-Mozilla platform solution.The platform itself will be open to other applications, including Pale Moon. Pale Moon won’t be switched over right away, but it could be switched over eventually. It is too early to tell if any of the existing Mozilla platform programs will use that platform eventually; seems unlikely at this point in time. It is open to new applications as well however, so that is definitely an option.Cooperation talks with other application developers, Waterfox and SeaMonkey were named specifically, were not successful. A cooperation would have put more development resources behind the project.As it stands right now, only the Pale Moon team will work on the fork unless another organization or team starts a similar project earlier, or joins the team after all.So, this is where we will put in our long-term effort later this year: building a solid, maintainable platform that can serve as a base for a XUL-Firefox derivative, and potentially Pale Moon’s application code as well, depending on how things develop on the ‘net. It will be a challenge. It will be difficult, but rewarding; it will build something that can offer a future to several applications that are now in peril (even things like a XUL-based WYSIWYG editor, for example).Most of all, it will be a lot of work – and I do hope that people will continue to help out and chime in with development to make this parallel development of the platform and browser feasible without burning our current developers out.Closing WordsThis is a massive undertaking for the team, and it will be time consuming and difficult to work on Pale Moon and the Mozilla platform fork at the same time.It is too early to tell whether this will work out well in the long run or not. If it does, it could become the new home for Firefox users who are disillusioned by Mozilla’s current strategy for one reason or the other.Anyway, I wish the team best of luck. If you are a developer and interested in joining the team, head over the Pale Moon site to do so. (thanks Appster)Now You: Do you think forking the classic Mozilla Platform is a feasible project?SummaryArticle NamePale Moon: plans for 2017 and beyond announcedDescriptionThe lead developer of the Pale Moon web browser outlined a development plan today for the web browser for 2017 and beyond.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Grand opening for Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta

first_img Share Grand opening for Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta Wednesday, February 21, 2018 NUEVO VALLARTA — The 480-room, all-inclusive Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta resort is Krystal Grand Hotels & Resorts’ latest luxury addition to its lineup of prime Mexico beach locations.The resort boasts a spa and fully equipped fitness centre, sports bar and lobby bar, private Rooftop Sky Lounge, three pool areas, including a kids pool and an adults-only pool with a swim-up bar, the largest convention centre in Nuevo Vallarta, which can host up to 1,000 people and separated into six meeting rooms, and an extensive culinary offering.“We want to turn each stay into an unforgettable experience while delivering impeccable customer service. Our business model focuses on offering a high quality, all-inclusive concept that provides guests with comfort, value and upscale amenities,” says General Manager Ricardo Verdayes.Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta has several room categories offering exclusive ocean views, from a standard Deluxe room to Deluxe Suites with swim-up pools. The VIP Altitude Tower, an exclusive enclave of private luxury suites outfitted with ocean facing balconies, a private swimming pool, private concierge services and access to the Sky Lounge takes all-inclusive luxury to the next level.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionDining options include Mexican specialties at El Mortero, traditional Italian cuisine at Risotto, Oriental-style dishes in Ayami and the buffet style O Restaurant. Poolside options are also available for those looking to dine and dive.Located in lively Nuevo Vallarta, between the forested mountains of the Sierra Madre, the hotel is close to mayor attractions like Flamingos Golf Club, El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary and Playa Bucerias. Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Krystal Grand Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

FILE In this Thursday Sept 21 2017 file photo

first_img FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 file photo, Itir Esen, 18, smiles after being crowned Miss Turkey 2017 in Istanbul. A court has acquitted on Thursday, May 3, 2018 the former beauty queen of charges of “insulting” the victims of a failed 2016 coup over a Twitter posting that had caused uproar. Esen was stripped of her Miss Turkey 2017 title and was later charged with insulting a section of the public for the tweet she posted as the country held memorials marking the failed coup. (AP Photo, File) ANKARA, Turkey – A Turkish court has acquitted a former beauty queen of charges of “insulting” the victims of the country’s failed 2016 coup in a Twitter post.Itir Esen was stripped of her Miss Turkey 2017 title and charged with insulting a section of the public for the tweet she posted as the country held memorials marking the failed coup.The tweet, which was later erased, read: “I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs’ day. I’m marking the day by bleeding as a representation of the martyrs’ blood.”Esen had denied intention to insult the victims.The court acquitted her on Thursday citing “insufficient elements” for a crime.Her title was given to the runner-up who went on to represent Turkey in China. Ex-Miss Turkey acquitted over tweet on coup victimscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2018 6:02 am PDT Last Updated May 3, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more