Man stabbed to death during Ganeshotsav in Karnataka

first_imgBengaluru: A 30-year-old man was stabbed to death by a gang in full public view during Ganeshotsav festival at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district allegedly over personal rivalry, police said on Wednesday. The three accused were at large, they said. Karthik Merla, who is the secretary of Hindu Jagaran Vedike, was attending the Yakshagana programme during Ganeshotsava in the town Tuesday night when the gang allegedly stabbed him to death near the Sampya police station. “The accused are absconding. We are searching them,” a police officer told PTI. Situation turned tense in the communally sensitive district after news of the murder spread like a wildfire.last_img read more

Governor General and Tom Jenkins to Launch Their Book Ingenious

first_imgOTTAWA, March 24, 2017  – The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Tom Jenkins, Chair and former CEO of OpenText and Chair of the National Research Council, are launching their book Ingenious, published simultaneously in English and French by Signal/McClelland & Stewart (division of Penguin Random House Canada) and Les Éditions La Presse. The event, presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival, will take place at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.During an on-stage conversation hosted by Catherine Clark, the Governor General and Mr. Jenkins will discuss Ingenious, a book about hundreds of Canadian innovations that have made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier and happier place. The conversation will be followed by a question period and the evening will conclude with a book-signing.On Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m., a second event will take place at MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, in Toronto. The on-stage conversation and Q & A session will be hosted by Marci Ien, broadcast journalist, Bell Media, and will be followed by a book-signing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The co-authors have made sure this collection illustrates the range and depth of innovations that Canadians have given to the world. Ingenious categorizes these innovations by the impact they have made on the world, from the light bulb, the propeller, the electric radio and the zipper, to the life jacket, the basketball, peanut butter and Superman.The co-authors are especially grateful to their many collaborators for their contributions to this work: the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Library and Archives Canada, National Research Council Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Film Board of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.All proceeds from Ingenious will be directed to the Rideau Hall Foundation to support activities and programs that inspire Canadian innovation across the country. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NXNE moves back to YongeDundas in 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The North by Northeast festival will have a new look again this year, albeit a new look that’s oddly familiar.After trying to gain a foothold as a ticketed event in the barren Toronto Port Lands for the past two years, NXNE announced Wednesday that it will return to Yonge-Dundas Square – the site of momentous gigs by the likes of the Stooges, the Flaming Lips, the National and St. Vincent during North by Northeasts past – for three days of free shows from June 15-17, transforming a chunk of Yonge St. into a festival village with comedy shows and more.Heading into its 24th year in 2018, the festival – the full program of which will run from June 8-17 – also promises to offer an expansion of its club-based “Curator Series” that saw local musical luminaries like Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, Billy Talent’s Ian D’Sa and July Talk’s Leah Fay programming lineups for venues.last_img read more

MoroccanDutch Entrepreneur Receives Silicon Valleys Global Ideas Award

first_imgCasablanca- Last month, Chokri Mousaoui, a Moroccan-Dutch entrepreneur and co-founder of Eternal Sun, was awarded the Global Ideas Award at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Jose, Silicon Valley. Chokri’s Eternal Sun, co-founded by Stefan Roest in 2011, is a company that supplies solar simulator systems that enable efficient testing of solar panels. “Winning this award is a great testimony for the rapid growth Eternal Sun has achieved in a dynamic and innovative market,” Chokri shares with MWN. “Having received the award in the heart of technology’s capital, Silicon Valley, is a double triumph,” he added. The company is part of YESDelft, the largest high-tech entrepreneurs centre in Europe. In Eternal Sun, 30-year-old Chokri Mousaoui is in charge of business development and sales.  His mission consists of increasing the company’s sales pipeline, expanding its business model globally and executing strategic partnerships. Chokri has also been an active participant in numerous clean energy forums, and is a regular speaker at global industry summits.He is the oldest son of a Moroccan immigrant family. He attended the European School in Bergen where he obtained his baccalaureate. Subsequently, Chokri sought to invest his entrepreneurial skills in the realm of innovative technologies. Thus, he attended a Systems Engineering program at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He also obtained a degree from the School of Management at Harbin Institute of Technology in china. Unsurprisingly, the Global Ideas Award is not the only prize Chokri earned thanks to his creative mind. In 2013, the Dutch national network organization ‘TANS’ awarded Mousaoui as “Talent of the Year.”The same year, he was also awarded as ‘Best Delegate’ at the Harvard National Model United Nations for his research on the financial policy of China in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to its official website, the Cleantech Open “is a not-for-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups.” Their mission “is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.”The Cleantech Open Global Forum brings together “the latest in cleantech national and international entrepreneurs, the investment community, corporate partners, the cleantech community, and like-minded business leaders.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

Agadir Police Arrest 21Year Old Student in Possession of Thousands of

Rabat – Police in Agadir arrested a 21-year-old university student on Saturday for her alleged involvement in drug trafficking.The arrest was in collaboration with the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the 21-year old woman was in possession of 31,000 psychotropic tablets and 100 gram of cocaine. في إطار #الجهود_الأمنية_لمكافحة_المخدرات_والمؤثرات_العقلية..إجهاض عملية كبرى لترويج 25.000 قرص من الاكستازي و6.000 آلاف قرص مهلوس بمدينة أكادير.— DGSN MAROC (@DGSN_MAROC) June 15, 2019Read Also: Moroccan Police Abort Drug Trafficking Operation in NadorPreliminary investigation led to the arrest of two other people involved in the case.Police placed the suspects in custody for further investigation to arrest possible accomplices involved in the case.The arrest is in line with Morocco’s strategy to crack down on drug trafficking and criminal networks across the country. read more

Liberia and UN mission achieve key target in police recruitment

Speaking at a weekend graduation ceremony for 367 officers, the UN Deputy Special Representative and Officer-in-Charge of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Jordan Ryan, urged the new officers to be “professional in service delivery and accountable to the communities” they serve. At the ceremony, which took place at the Police Academy in the capital Monrovia, Justice Minister Frances Johnson Morris hailed UNMIL’s role in supporting the police, and also stressed to the graduates the importance of respecting human rights.“The benchmark for the restructuring, recruitment and training mandate of the Liberia National Police (LNP) is a total number of 3,500 police officers. We have exceeded this goal today with the commissioning of the graduates of the 30th class, and adding up to a total of 3,522 graduates,” she said.“The Government of Liberia discharges its obligation of safeguarding human rights through the exercise of the police power… The role of UNMIL in this enterprise has been a classic example of accountable support. The United Nations through UNMIL played and continues to play a pivotal role in the realization of this crucial national objective.” Mr. Ryan also praised the new officers for sacrifices they have made towards rebuilding their country’s new police force “which has at its core the foundations of a democratic and principled law enforcement institution.” “Each of you has displayed individual commitment and courage, and collectively you offer your nation the chance for peace, security and stability,” he said.After the graduation ceremony, Mr. Ryan, acting on behalf of the Netherlands Government, handed over 30 new motorbikes for use by the LNP. The Netherlands has so far contributed over $2 million for the restructuring and equipping of the national police service. UNMIL, through the UN Police, has been facilitating and coordinating donor support towards enhancing the capacity of the police. As part of UNMIL’s mandate UN Police officers have been monitoring, supporting and mentoring members of the new LNP to establish a well-trained, mobile police, committed to the protection of citizens’ rights. To date, 3,522 police officers have been trained in modern policing methods and techniques, including a total of 203 women. 9 July 2007More than 3,500 officers have now graduated from Liberia’s Police Academy as part of United Nations-backed efforts to improve the rule of law in the West African country and help the nation rehabilitate after more than a decade of brutal civil war. read more

Terror attacks on US will hurt AsiaPacific antipoverty drive UN official says

Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said that in the wake of the attacks vulnerable groups trying to recover from the region’s 1997 crisis may have more difficulty leaving the ranks of the poor.Speaking on Thursday at a joint briefing of UN officials from various agencies gathered in Bangkok, Mr. Kim said there were also positive signs, including the fact that governments worldwide had recognized the dangers to the global economy posed by the attacks and were taking coordinated action to avert a major recession. Offering a law-enforcement perspective, Sandro Calvani, a representative of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), said the agency’s Terrorism Prevention Branch had set up several databases to monitor terrorist incidents and the prevention and control measures taken in response. For his part, Lalit B. Shah of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), emphasized that the 11 September attacks marked the first time that commercial aircraft were used as weapons of destruction. He said the Montreal-based agency was “identifying the means by which we can eradicate this new threat and restore confidence in a system that remains fundamentally safe, secure and efficient.”Commenting on the potential use of biological agents and chemical weapons, Dr. Bjorn Melgaard of the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the agency continuously monitored disease outbreaks through its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which is charged with detection, verification of rumours and reports, immediate alert and rapid response.ESCAP plans to hold a meeting of eminent persons in Bangkok later this month to discuss issues related to the impact of the terror attacks against the US on the Asia-Pacific region. read more

Muslims and others should not be misled by bin Ladens statements Annan

Asked about the Secretary-General’s reaction to Mr. bin Laden’s recent comments on the UN, spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said, “naturally he disagrees with it and hopes that Muslims and other people around the world will not be misled by it.””The Secretary-General hopes they will understand that the United Nations is an expression of the will of all its Members, the membership of the United Nations is universal, as are the principles enshrined in its Charter,” the spokesman noted. “The United Nations does not represent any particular culture, or the views of any single Member State.” Mr. de Almeida e Silva stressed that the UN’s decisions and actions “are those of Member States working together to pursue common goals based on shared values of equality, tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity.”The spokesman also drew attention to today’s issue of the French newspaper Le Figaro, which carries an interview with Mr. Annan, in which he stresses that “it is an insult to the peoples of the third world to suggest that democracy and human rights are purely Western products.””On the contrary, people in the developing countries understand more and more that these rights, which are economic, social and cultural as well as civil and political, are truly universal and must be realized for all people as an essential part of the development process,” the Secretary-General is quoted as saying, in the interview, which was conducted last week. read more

Conde Nast expands Vogue editor Anna Wintours role names her company artistic

by Samantha Critchell, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 8:37 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Conde Nast is expanding the role of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. She has been named the company’s artistic director.The appointment was announced Wednesday by CEO Charles H. Townsend. Wintour’s new duties include developing an overall “creative vision” for Conde Nast, which has a portfolio of 18 consumer magazines, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Allure and GQ.Wintour, 63, will continue to run Vogue on a day-to-day basis, which she has done since 1988. She will also continue to serve as editorial director of Teen Vogue.Townsend said the promotion comes at a time to “leverage Anna’s extraordinary vision and leadership.”Wintour created the post-recession Fashion’s Night Out. She sits on President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and as an elective trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Conde Nast expands Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s role, names her company artistic director read more

Bangladesh garment factory explosion kills 10 injures 50

Bangladesh garment factory explosion kills 10, injures 50 by The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2017 2:02 am MDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DHAKA, Bangladesh – A boiler explosion at a garment factory in Bangladesh owned by export-oriented Multifabs Ltd. has killed 10 people and injured 50, officials said Tuesday.Local police chief Aminul Islam said the explosion occurred Monday evening at Kashimpur in Gazipur district, outside the capital, Dhaka. By Tuesday afternoon, 10 deaths had been reported.Islam said the search for more victims was continuing. Relatives said about six people remained missing.The injured were being treated at hospitals, Islam said.Authorities have ordered an investigation into the cause of the explosion.Relatives waited outside the four-story building Tuesday for news about their loved ones as firefighters searched for victims.The company’s website says it produces about 140,000 pieces of knitted apparel a day for export.Bangladesh has about 4,000 garment factories and is the world’s second-largest producer after China. The country has improved its factory safety standards after the collapse of a complex housing five factories killed more than 1,100 people in 2013. But experts say many factories still need to upgrade their machinery and increase building safety. Bangladeshi firefighters and rescuers stand on the debris after a Monday evening boiler explosion at a garment factory owned by export-oriented Multifabs Ltd. at Kashimpur area in Gazipur district, outside capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad) read more

The Outcomes of Groups A And B Will Be Decided Today

Monday marks the end of the beginning of the World Cup: the simultaneous matches phase. At 4 p.m. EDT, all teams from Group A will kick off: Brazil will play Cameroon in Brasilia, Brazil, while Mexico will play Croatia in Recife. FIFA schedules these matches simultaneously so that no team might benefit from knowing the score of the other match ahead of time, which could potentially impact strategy.These are the final matches of the group phase and therefore will determine who advances. Sometimes, working through the permutations is easy — as it is in Group B, where the Netherlands and Chile have already guaranteed advancement and are playing only to determine who finishes first in the group. But other cases, like the United States’ Group G, are more complicated.FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasts project the results in a probabilistic fashion, showing each team’s odds of winning and advancing from its group. But we’ll also be working through the possibilities in a more detailed way with matrices, such as the one you see below:That was the simple case I mentioned before: Group B, which will play its matches at noon Monday. The Netherlands will advance first in the group if it beats Chile or draws with it; Chile will do so if it beats the Netherlands by any margin. Australia and Spain are already mathematically eliminated from the tournament, and their game won’t make any difference.But the Chile-Netherlands game matters more than you might think: Up for grabs is the right not to have to face Brazil in the Round of 16, which the second-place team from Group B will probably have to do.Brazil’s Group A is more complicated, even though most scenarios result in Brazil finishing in first place. Cameroon has been eliminated. Brazil is almost certain to advance, but there are wild-card scenarios where it might not. Mexico can guarantee advancement with a win or draw against Croatia. A Croatia win means that it advances while Mexico almost certainly does not. This is what that group looks like:I’m assuming, as a default, that all wins come by a 2-1 scoreline while all draws are 1-1. Cases where the exact score matters are highlighted in yellow.Brazil and Mexico, for instance, are tied atop Group A with four points, but Brazil is ahead on the goal-differential tiebreaker. If both teams win their matches Monday, both will advance with seven points. Will Brazil advance as the first-place team? Yes, if both wins come by our default 2-1 scoreline or under most other realistic scenarios. But it’s theoretically possible that Mexico could surpass Brazil — for example, if it beats Croatia 3-0 while Brazil beats Cameroon 1-0.The more treacherous case for Brazil — albeit extremely unlikely because it’s so heavily favored to beat Cameroon — is if Brazil and Mexico lose. In that case, Croatia will qualify first in the group. Brazil and Mexico will be stuck on four points and tied for second. If Brazil lost by a wider margin than Mexico, it could fail to advance.There’s also one case where Brazil would be denied advancement outright. That comes if it loses to Cameroon, and Mexico and Croatia draw. Then the group standings would be: Mexico 5 points, Croatia 4, Brazil 4, Cameroon 3. Mexico qualifies first and Croatia and Brazil are tied for second. But Brazil would be guaranteed to lose the goal-differential tiebreaker because it and Croatia currently have the same goal differential (+2) and Brazil’s would worsen with its loss while Croatia’s would stay the same with its draw. Fortunately for Brazil, the probability of this happening is only about 0.5 percent. read more

Wrestling Snyder wins BoJo 2nd Ohio State finishes 2nd well behind Penn

OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan watches on during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6, 2015. Credit: Lantern file photoST. LOUIS — Ohio State wrestling placed second at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis with 110 points, trailing only Penn State at 146.5.With five All-Americans, the Buckeyes had a strong performance and are already looking to build for next year. Every starter will be returning for the Buckeyes in 2018.“Senior year, the nationals are going to be in Cleveland,” junior Kyle Snyder said after winning the 285-pound NCAA Championship. “So no better place to bring one to Ohio State. Our lineup is going to be really good next year.”With Snyder returning, the Buckeyes will enter 2018 with six wrestlers likely to be ranked in the top five of their weight class.The team clinched second place by the end of competition in the consolation bracket, before championship matches had begun.While Penn State led the field by a wide margin early and never looked as if they would surrender the lead, OSU had to fend off the likes of Iowa and Oklahoma State to ensure its silver finish. Oklahoma State finished third with 103 points and Iowa finished fourth with 97.The team featured one individual champion, a runner-up, two third place finishers, and a wrestler in both fourth and fifth place.Snyder captured his second national title over Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery at heavyweight, and redshirt junior Bo Jordan finished as a runner-up to Penn State’s Mark Hall.Redshirt junior 133-pounder Nathan Tomasello and redshirt freshman 197-pounder Kollin Moore each finished third in their respective weight classes, while 149-pounder Micah Jordan finished fourth and 184-pounder Myles Martin finished fifth.With that, the team features five All-Americans, each of which will be returning for the 2018 season. read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 9:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Martin McGuinness, Michael Flatley and an avalanche in Italy had people talking. Share3 Tweet Email1 10,420 Views NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Former Riverdance frontman, the Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley will perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump. Source: Graham Hughes/ Enda Kenny ruled out an election in 2017Gardaí arrested a man who had a sawn-off shotgun in FinglasTributes were paid to Wexford music promoter Barry Ennis Short URLcenter_img Maddie, a King Charles Spaniel, studies a 1/6th scale model of a German WW2 1943 Tiger Tank, ahead of the London Model Engineering exhibition held at Alexandra Palace, London. Source: John Stillwell/PA Wire/PA Images#ITALY: More than 25 people are still missing after an avalanche on an Italian mountain.#SAUDI ARABIA: Six British nationals have died in a crash near a Saudi pilgrimage site.#ASSANGE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he will travel to the US.PARTING SHOTToday is Dublin Airport’s 77th birthday. This Flightradar24 gif shows a timelapse of all of the flights coming in and out in a day. By Paul Hosford Get our daily news round up: Jan 19th 2017, 9:00 PM Martin McGuinness announced he is stepping away from politicsThe killers of Dale Creighton were attacked in MountjoyA convicted killer was sentenced to community service for attacking a gardaThe government defeated the AAA-PBP anti evictions billThe PAC was set to investigate a €7 million overspend at Tipperary Hospital Michael Flatley was announced as a performer for the Donald Trump inaugurationINTERNATIONAL No Comments last_img read more

Renewed appeal after man killed in early morning hitandrun in Dublin

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Renewed appeal after man killed in early morning hit-and-run in Dublin A male pedestrian, believed to be in his 30s, was killed when he was struck by a car. Share126 Tweet Email 38,672 Views 25 Comments Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 6:47 PM Jun 24th 2018, 8:08 AM By Órla Ryan Image: R125 via Google Maps Image: R125 via Google Maps Updated Jun 24th 2018, 6:47 PM GARDAÍ IN SWORDS are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a man was killed in an early morning hit-and-run.The incident happened on Rathbeale Road (R125) in Swords shortly after 1.30am. The road links Swords and Ashbourne, Co Meath.Gardaí say they believe that the man was struck by a vehicle which then left the scene.“A pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 30s, was fatally injured when he was struck by a dark-coloured saloon car which failed to remain at the scene,” gardaí said in a statement.This car was driven off in the direction of Ashbourne. The man was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.Gardaí are now appealing to anybody who was in this area between the hours of 10pm last night and 2am today to make contact with them at Swords Garda Station.They added that several witnesses have come forward and assisted gardaí.Gardaí are particularly interested in any dashcam footage that may be available to assist the investigation.Witnesses are asked to contact the incident room at Swords Garda Station 01 666 4700, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Additional reporting by Cliódhna Russell last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews BABY DRIVER 2017

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Baby Driver GoodVery good!Wow! That sounds enthusiastic!It’s been a rough year…So what’s this one about?It’s a bank-heist/car-chase/young-adult/romance/action/musical/comedy set in Atlanta, Georgia.…you’re gonna have to be more specific.Ansel Elgort plays “Baby,” a soft-hearted twenty-something kid with near-supernatural (superhuman, at least) car-driving skills who, because of a childhood accident, has to listen to music 24/7 in order to drown out a constant ringing in his ears. He owes a substantial debt to a ruthless (but also oddly laid-back) criminal mastermind played by Kevin Spacey, who forces him to use his automotive skills as the getaway driver for a series of daring bank heists. Not long after squaring this debt, he meets and falls hard for a diner waitress with a heart of gold who offers him love and a chance at a normal life, but he soon finds that a life of crime is not as easy to escape as he’d hope and finds himself stuck in a rapidly-deteriorating series of chaotic events that will challenge what he thought he knew about his criminal colleagues and ultimately force him to get his hands dirty in a way he’d been desperately trying to avoid.That sounds like a Jason Statham movie.Basically, yeah; but with a tone and main character more suited to a Nicholas Sparks YA Romance thing. Also, the conceit of Baby effectively “scoring” every moment of his life with several iPods full of eclectic pop music means there’s a song underpinning almost every scene more or less turns it into a kind of action-musical.This sounds insufferable. What’s so good about it??Well, it’s directed by Edgar Wright, so…Oh! Now I want to see it! You should probably have led with that.Yeah, Edgar Wright basically specializes in movies that should be completely insufferable but actually turn out kind of great (see: Pilgrim, Scott), and this is right in that wheelhouse. “The Transporter: Heartwarming Millennial Musical Romp Edition” sounds like pure torture, but when you’ve got a timing, pacing and scene-geography savant-like Wright directing and a killer cast (Elgort, Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, John Hamm) bringing their A-game it all kind of clicks into place. It’s a very fast-paced, involving, compelling little movie that doesn’t overreach – despite all the weight and excitement that gets attached to every Edgar Wright project by the critical set; it really is “just” a mid-scale action movie with a more whimsical romantic subplot and a slick soundtrack. And that’s just fine.Is Baby an interesting hero?He is. I didn’t expect anything special out of Elgort based on his previous movies, but he brings it here in a really challenging and different kind of role. There’s something… “off” about Baby that the film never specifically identifies. But it’s an unusual energy that makes him at once compelling, off-putting, weirdly intimidating but also weirdly child-like; and once the plot has been laid out the film is mostly driven by the way the other ostensibly older, jaded “grown-up” characters and compelled to act toward him. Some friendly, some bullying, some nurturing, some hurtful, some bouncing back and forth between all of the above. It’s as though his actual personality is so guarded and inscrutable that the other characters are driven to project one onto him. And that’s an interesting “real-feeling” dynamic that ultimately pays off with a freewheeling third act where surprise character turns as to which of the “bad guys” are or are not actually “bad” plays out in clever, interesting ways.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Will Renewed Middle East Tensions Have Impact on Crude Oil Supplies

first_imgCrude oil prices edged up higher on Monday mainly driven by the speculations that the renewed geopolitical tensions in the Middle East may lead to supply disruption driving up the oil prices higher.Brent crude oil prices traded just shy of $68 per barrel boosted by fresh tensions in Yemen and Iraq although the US dollar remained firm.Saudi Arabia-led coalition resumed air strikes on Houthi rebels positions in the southern parts of Yemen, following the expiry of five-day ceasefire on Sunday.Meanwhile, Islamic State fighters have seized the control of Ramadi in Iraq, the capital city of largest province in the country situated around 110km away from Baghdad.”Traders are keeping a close eye on the situation in that region as it has an impact on global oil supply,” Vandana Hari, editorial director at global commodity information provider Platts, told Business Line.However, analysts believe that tensions will not have much effect on the crude oil supplies, as the US oil production may quickly rebound on higher prices.”Speculative financial investors will doubtless view this as a good opportunity to make further purchases even though it is likely to have virtually no impact on oil supply,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Last week, a report from oil services firm Baker Hughes showed that pace of decline in US oil rig count slowed to a 23-week-low.Oil prices have increased by nearly 50% from the lows of $46 per barrel hit in January on the expectations that the US oil output will slow further leading to a balance in global oil market later this year.”The key message for the short-term outlook is that the effect of lower prices on U.S. output could be quite limited and that a rebound in production might also happen rather quickly towards the end of the fourth quarter and the beginning of the first quarter of next year,” The Wall Street Journal quoted JBC Energy analysts as saying.Many US drillers have ready announced their plans to resume oil production. Besides, the oil cartel Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is widely expected to keep the output unchanged at its June meeting.”We see considerable correction potential for the oil price because it has been driven up by the expectation of falling US supply,” said Commerzbank.last_img read more

Human trafficking scenario worsens in Bangladesh

first_img`Human trafficking scenario worsens in Bangladesh`The latest US Human Trafficking Report 2017 has downgraded Bangladesh to Tier 2 Watch List, saying the country “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”.The government did not demonstrate increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period. The government’s investigations, prosecutions, and convictions of trafficking crimes decreased. Official complicity in trafficking crimes remained a serious problem, yet the government did not make efforts to investigate, prosecute, and convict allegedly complicit law enforcement, border, and manpower officials, said the report.”The number of victims identified by the government decreased. The government remained without a formal mechanism to refer trafficking victims to protective services and, protection services, when acquired, did not provide rehabilitation services designed for trafficking victims’ specific needs nor were they provided for adult male victims. NGOs reported victims were frequently re-trafficked due to insufficient care. While the government maintained labor export agreements with several countries that aim to tackle recruitment fees, the government’s continued allowance of high recruitment fees combined with insufficient efforts to address illegally operating recruitment sub-agents left workers vulnerable to trafficking,” it further added.However, the report mentioned that Bangladesh “demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by finalizing and adopting the implementing rules for the 2012 Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act (PSHTA) in January 2017 and drafting an implementation roadmap for the 2015-2017 national action plan”.The report recommended Bangladesh to “take steps to eliminate all recruitment fees charged to workers by licensed labor recruiters and instead ensure they are paid by employers; increase prosecutions and convictions, particularly of labor traffickers and fraudulent labor recruiters, while strictly respecting due process; establish guidelines for provision of adequate victim care and standard operating procedures for the referral of victims to such services; thoroughly investigate credible allegations of government complicity in trafficking and prosecute officials who are suspected of being complicit; enhance the training provided to officials, including law enforcement, labor inspectors, and immigration officers, on methods to identify trafficking cases and refer victims to protection services; expand the support services available to victims, including adult male victims, within Bangladesh and at Bangladesh’s embassies abroad; expand the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment’s (MEWOE) mandate to include the regulation of sub-agents; improve quality of pre-departure trainings, including sessions on labor rights, labor laws, and methods to access justice and assistance in destination countries and Bangladesh; and accede to the 2000 UN TIP Protocol”.last_img

Cleanup Continues At Oil Spill Near Baytown

first_img Share The U.S. Coast Guard is still responding to an oil spill near Bay Town. The three-mile-long oil slick was first reported to the Coast Guard by Texas General Land Office officials Tuesday evening.A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson said an estimated 40 barrels of crude oil spilled into Tabbs Bay from a “deteriorated valve” on a platform owned by Siempre Energy.The Coast Guard is overseeing Oil Mop, an environmental cleanup company, and said it hopes to finish the cleanup Thursday.Coast Guard helps to clean up oil spill near Baytown— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) June 28, 2018last_img read more

PS4 Games Will be Playable on PlayStation Now Later This Year

first_img PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive Stay on target PlayStation Now is Sony’s streaming games service. Up until now, subscribers were only able to stream PlayStation 3 titles. This will change later this year as Sony has announced that users will be able to stream PS4 games to their PS4 and PC.“We’re excited to announce that PS Now’s catalog is set to grow even further, as we’ll be expanding to include a new platform: PlayStation 4 games,” said senior marketing manager Brian Dunn Senior on the PlayStation Blog. “All of the games in the service, including PS4 games, will be included with a single PS Now subscription.”A private test with PS4 games will begin in the next few weeks. PlayStation Now subscribers are being asked to keep an eye on their email in case they’re invited to participate in the test.AdChoices广告Sony hasn’t released information about which PS4 titles will be coming to PlayStation Now. However, it is safe to assume it will not put brand-new games on the service. That could potentially undercut game sales, after all. While we can only speculate on the timing, it is likely Sony will wait a certain amount of time before it puts certain PS4 games on PS Now. When the service is updated with PS4 titles, expect to see the likes of Knack or Killzone Shadow Fall — both of which were PS4 launch games in 2013. Don’t expect to play Uncharted 4 or Horizon Zero Dawn anytime soon.Later this year, PS Now will be pulled from the PS3, PS Vita, select Sony and Samsung TVs and Sony Blu-ray players. The service will only be available on the PS4 and PC. Currently, PlayStation Now gives users access to 483 PS3 games. With the inclusion of PS4 games, the library will become even more robust. Truth be told, PlayStation 4 owners may not see much benefit of having PS4 games on PS Now. On the other hand, PC users who don’t own a PS4 will certainly appreciate being able to play those titles on their rigs.last_img read more

Study highlights differences between cities planning efforts for global warming

first_img As the planet warms, cities are beginning to feel the pressure of protecting the people that live in them and the assets that keep them running. But to date, the authors note, little research has been done to find out just how much effort is being taken by city planners, as measured in money spent on mitigation projects or how much difference there is between major cities. The authors sought to partially remedy that situation by combing through documents that detail city planning, expenditures and other measures taken by 10 mega-cities across the globe, during the years 2009 to 2015, to deal with environmental problems likely to be caused by global warming, e.g. flooding, water scarcity, increased rates of disease.In looking at the data and analyzing the results, the team was able to generate numbers that represented how much was being spent by different cities along with percentages of GDP for those cities on mitigation efforts, which allowed them to compare and contrast the different efforts between the cities under study, which included New York, Mumbai, London, Addis Ababa, Paris, Beijing, Sao Paul, Mexico City, Jakarta and Lagos.The team reports that it was no surprise to learn that cities in more developed countries have been spending more on such efforts than those in developing countries—the surprise was how huge the differences between them was. They found for example, that New York City spent approximately a hundred times as much as Addis Ababa last year. There were also differences in the amount spent compared to population size—Paris for example, spent approximately 397 Euros per person, whereas Addis Ababa spent just 4.7.The team also reports that though it is difficult to measure, there appears to be a bias towards protecting capital assets over the people that live in the cities and not enough effort is being put into research to determine which threats individual cities face so that funds for mitigation efforts can be allocated more wisely. On an optimistic note, they found that all of the cities in the study were spending more each year on mitigation efforts. © 2016 The Manhattan skyline at night. Credit: Michael Mase Explore further More information: Lucien Georgeson et al. Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities, Nature Climate Change (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2944 Stanford scientist examines ways to put stormwater to use in big citiescenter_img Citation: Study highlights differences between cities planning efforts for global warming (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A small team of researchers with University College London and kMatrix Ltd, Greetham House has conducted a study of urban preparedness efforts by ten major cities around the world in an effort to learn more about how resources are being allocated to deal with changes coming due to global warming. The group has published the results of their efforts as a LETTER article in the journal Nature Climate Change. Journal information: Nature Climate Changelast_img read more