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first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief selector MSK Prasad addressed questions regarding the future of wicket-keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the announcement of Indian Test squad for their upcoming series against South Africa. India are scheduled to play three T20Is and as many Tests against the Proteas, starting September 15. Prasad was asked regarding Dhoni’s future during the press-conference and he replied: ”No update on MS Dhoni’s retirement, the news is incorrect.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrasad was referring to Dhoni retirement rumours which started to do the rounds on social media after skipper Virat Kohli posted a memory with former India captain on his Twitter handle. Kohli shared a picture of a Super 10 match against Australia during WT20 2016 and his post read: “A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test.”@msdhoni.” After missing the tour of West Indies, Dhoni won’t take part in the T20I series against South Africa as he wasn’t included in the 15-man T20I squad which was announced last month. Later, Prasad clarified that Dhoni had made himself unavailable for the T20I series and he wasn’t dropped. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Yes he was unavailable for selection,” MSK Prasad said on being asked about Dhoni’s availability. In the 15-man squad announced for the T20I series against South Africa starting on September 15, India went ahead of Rishabh Pant as the designated wicket-keeper. The only change in the side that blanked West Indies 3-0 a month ago was the return of all-rounder Hardik Pandya in place of Bhuvneswar Kumar. Dhoni, who had taken a two-month sabbatical from the sport, is currently vacationing in the United States, having served the Territorial Army for 15 days.last_img read more


first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it is likely that malign foreign actors will meddle in Canada’s federal election in October.In fact, she says it is likely that efforts have already been made by foreign entities to disrupt Canada’s democracy.Freeland made the remarks in France, while attending a G7 ministers’ meeting.The G7 is seized with the issue of foreign meddling in democratic countries, and Freeland made the issue a top priority when Canada hosted the bloc last year.She did not specifically mention Russia, but there were widespread reports about that country interfering in Ukraine’s recent presidential election.Freeland says Canada has a lot to learn from countries like Ukraine, which is seen as a veritable laboratory for malign Russian cyber meddling and disinformation.last_img read more


first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A spokesperson for Jazz Aviation says five people were taken to hospital after a fuel truck collided with a plane on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson airport this morning.Debra Williams says of the three crew members and two passengers who were hospitalized, four have since been released. She gave no more details about the person who remains in hospital.Earlier in the day, a spokeswoman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson, said three people suffered minor injuries in the incident.Beverly MacDonald wrote in an email that an arriving Air Canada Jazz plane collided with a Menzies fuel truck at 1:36 a.m.The aircraft was evacuated and passengers were allowed to leave the airport.MacDonald says the incident had no impact on airport operations. Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s top court is set to thrash out the legalities of last year’s unprecedented intervention by Premier Doug Ford’s rookie government in Toronto’s municipal election.The battle, slated for Monday and Tuesday, pits the city against the province over legislation that slashed the number of councillor seats to 25 from 47 partway through last fall’s municipal election campaign.In new filings, the city urges the Court of Appeal to declare the Better Local Government Act unconstitutional — but to then leave things as they are until the next election in 2022.“There is no reliable evidence to support the province’s suggestion (the act) was necessary because city council is dysfunctional,” Toronto says in its filings. “The rhetoric from the premier or members of the legislature is not reliable evidence.”Carissima Mathen, an Ottawa law professor, said the city faces an uphill battle in persuading the Appeal Court to its viewpoint.“There’s no question that the deck is stacked against them,” Mathen said. “What they do have on their side is this sense that there was something deeply unfair and there was something deeply troublesome about the way the province went about this.”In passing the legislation, Ford’s Progressive Conservatives  maintained that fewer councillors would ensure a more effective council. Critics called it crass political interference from Ford, a failed mayoral candidate and one-term councillor under his late brother, former mayor Rob Ford.In its factum, the province renews its claim the legislation was necessary.“(The act) is a meaningful, proportionate measure to address the dysfunction caused by having too many councillors — ungoverned by party discipline,” the province says. “A smaller council can operate more effectively as a deliberative body, with a lower burden on city staff.”Passage of the act, better known as Bill 5, caused an uproar, sparking accusations the Ford government was riding roughshod over local democracy.The city initially prevailed in its legal fight when Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba, just weeks before the October election, declared the legislation unconstitutional and ordered a 47-seat vote to proceed. Ford further inflamed debate by threatening to invoke the notwithstanding clause in light of the decision.That proved unnecessary after the province won a stay of the ruling pending disposition of its appeal, and the 25-ward election went ahead.In his decision, Belobaba said Bill 5 violated the free-expression rights of candidates and voters under Section 2b of the charter, and “undermined an otherwise fair and equitable election process.” The Ford government, the judge found, had “clearly crossed the line” into undemocratic territory.The appellate court, however, called Belobaba’s reasoning “dubious” in granting a stay. While the legislation might have been disruptive and frustrating, that did not necessarily amount to a constitutional violation, the Appeal Court said.“The question for the courts is not whether Bill 5 is unfair but whether it is unconstitutional,” the higher court said. “We have concluded that there is a strong likelihood that (Belobaba) erred in law, and that the attorney general’s appeal to this court will succeed.”The city argues the Appeal Court should uphold Belobaba’s freedom of expression finding but, in its filings, also argues the legislation violates unwritten constitutional principles of democracy under Section 3 of the charter.“A province does not have the power (under the Constitution) to enact legislation that makes the election of a democratically elected municipal government undemocratic,” the city argues.The province counters that the Constitution does not guarantee any particular structure for local governments, which are essentially creatures of the province. It also argues Belobaba was out of line to order a 47-ward election rather than simply allow time for the legislature to pass new legislation.“There is no basis to conclude that the resulting election was not free or fair — for candidates, their supporters and voters — that it failed to reflect the will of a freely informed electorate, or that the elected city council lacks a legitimate democratic mandate,” the province says.The appeal hearing in which groups such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Canadian Constitution Foundation are intervening will be available via livestream.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


New Delhi – Police foiled an attack by three gunmen on the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in Northwest Charsadda District, Pakistan.The firefight broke out after the gunmen began firing indiscriminately on police guarding the NADRA building. Reports suggest the attack was foiled when police strongly resisted, resulting in the attackers fleeing the encounter and prompting a search operation. Police have sealed off all the routes to the area and army has joined the search operations. So far no casualties have been reported.Last week series of suicide bombings and attacks across Pakistan claimed more than 100 lives. February has been the deadliest month in 2017 for Pakistan, with the Peshawar Shrine blast alone leaving 88 people dead


BEIJING — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details.It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS co-ordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates and places of employment, there were notes on the places that they had most recently visited — mosque, hotel, restaurant.The discovery by Gevers, a Dutch cybersecurity researcher who revealed it on Twitter last week, has given a rare glimpse into China’s extensive surveillance of Xinjiang, a remote region home to an ethnic minority population that is largely Muslim. The area has been blanketed with police checkpoints and security cameras that apparently are doing more than just recording what happens.The database Gevers found appears to have been recording people’s movements tracked by facial recognition technology, he said, logging more than 6.7 million co-ordinates in a span of 24 hours.It illustrates how far China has taken facial recognition — in ways that would raise alarm about privacy concerns in many other countries — and serves as a reminder of how easily technology companies can leave supposedly private records exposed to global snoopers.Gevers found that SenseNets, a Chinese facial recognition company, had left the database unprotected for months, exposing people’s addresses, government ID numbers and more. After Gevers informed SenseNets of the leak, he said, the database became inaccessible.“This system was open to the entire world, and anyone had full access to the data,” said Gevers, noting that a system designed to maintain control over individuals could have been “corrupted by a 12-year-old.”He said it included the co-ordinates of places where the individuals had recently been spotted by “trackers” — likely to be surveillance cameras. The stream indicated that the data is constantly being updated with information on people’s whereabouts, he said in an interview over a messaging app.Gevers posted a graph online showing that 54.9 per cent of the individuals in the database were identified as Han Chinese, the country’s ethnic majority, while 28.3 per cent were Uighur and 8.3 per cent were Kazakh, both Muslim ethnic minority groups.A person who answered the phone at SenseNets declined a request for comment. The Xinjiang regional government did not respond to faxed questions.Xinjiang, which borders central Asia in China’s far west, has been subject to severe security measures in recent years as part of what the government says has been a successful program to quash extremist and separatist movements.The U.S. and other countries have condemned the crackdown, in which an estimated 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in internment camps that the government says are vocational training centres designed to rid the region of latent extremism.Gulzia, an ethnic Kazakh woman who didn’t want her last name used out of fear of retribution, said that cameras were being installed everywhere, even in cemeteries, in late 2017. Now living across the border in Kazakhstan, she told The Associated Press by phone on Monday that she had been confined to house arrest in China and taken to a police station, where they photographed her face and eyes and collected samples of her voice and fingerprints.“This can be used instead of your ID card to identify you in the future,” she said they told her. “Even if you get into an accident abroad, we’ll recognize you.”The security clampdown is far heavier in Xinjiang than in most parts of China, though outside analysts and human rights activists have expressed concern that Xinjiang may be a testing ground for techniques that may be creeping into other parts of the country.Joseph Atick, a pioneer in facial recognition technology, said that facial recognition products can use algorithms to recognize and track people in a crowd, but that privacy regulations in Europe, for example, make it much harder to launch a wide-scale application such as that of SenseNet.“The technology around the world is becoming uniform and it is just the political climate that is different and leads to different applications,” he said.According to a company registry, SenseNets was founded in the southern China city of Shenzhen in 2015 and is majority-owned by Beijing-based NetPosa, a technology company specializing in video surveillance. Its website showcases partnerships with police forces in Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces and the city of Shanghai.A promotional video boasts about SenseNets’ capacity to use facial and body recognition to track individuals’ precise movements and identify them even in a crowded or chaotic setting. Another video on its website shows surveillance cameras zeroing in on the path of a runaway prisoner who ends up in an ailing relative’s hospital room.NetPosa’s website says it has offices in Boston and Santa Clara, California. The website of NetPosa’s U.S. subsidiary touts its products’ use in urban anti-terrorism.In recent years, NetPosa has been buying stakes in American surveillance startups such as Knightscope, a security robot maker. In 2017, NetPosa tried to buy the now-bankrupt California surveillance camera maker Arecont, but later backed out, court records show.In 2010 U.S. chip maker Intel announced a strategic partnership with NetPosa and an Intel subsidiary bought a stake in the company, but NetPosa said in 2015 that Intel had notified the Chinese company of its intent to divest its 4.44 stake by 2016.Gevers said his discovery of the database presented an ethical dilemma. He is the co-founder of GDI Foundation, a Netherlands-based non-profit that finds and informs entities of online security issues. He has become well-known in recent years for helping to uncover similarly exposed information on databases built with the open source MongoDB database program and left unsecured by their administrators.GDI generally reports such discoveries to the entity that holds the information. Part of its mission is to remain neutral and not engage in political controversies.Hours after he revealed his findings on Twitter, Gevers said, he learned that the system might be used to surveil Xinjiang’s Muslim minority groups.He said that made him “very angry.”“I could have destroyed that database with one command,” he said. “But I choose not to play judge and executioner because it is not my place to do so.”Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, The Associated Press read more


first_imgIn the new Mining Izindaba, the organisers of Mining Indaba (to be held in Cape Town, next February – www.miningindaba.com report “regulatory moves by African countries featured prominently” last week, with Kenya leading the way with regulatory processes that embrace new mining development.“We have now positioned ourselves for a significant upturn in mining investment which will see this country become a world-class mining jurisdiction and contributor to widespread economic transformation in Kenya and even possibly the new mining hub for the entire East African region,” says Kenya’s new Mining Cabinet Secretary/Minister of Mines Hon. Dan Kazungu in an interview with Mining Review. Kenya’s new mining act came into effect in May this year.Malawi followed suit last week, by aligning its Mining Regulations and new Petroleum Policy to the Africa Mining Vision, which outlines the roadmap to transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources for the sustainable growth and socio-economic development in Africa. Sadly, Zimbabwe opted for a different path, with its long-awaited mining and minerals bill likely to add to the challenges facing foreign miners operating in the country. A report by Reuters says the draft bill, which has been more than a decade in the making, includes a provision that authorities will only issue mining rights to companies listed on the Zimbabwe stock exchange.Nigeria is seeking investments of $7 billion in mining and steel sectors over the next decade for developing the gold and iron ore extraction industries to diversify its oil-dependent economy [Business News]. Nigerian solid minerals development minister Kayode Fayemi said that one of the government’s priorities is to meet its annual steel demand of 6.8 Mt. Worth noting that Nigeria has proven deposits covering at least 44 known minerals [Frontera News].Zambia’s economic outlook and investment environment is positive, with mining, which accounts for 12% of GDP and 70% of the total export value, expected to be the most important sector due to its large known resource base of copper and other deposits [Southern Times]. In fact, Zambia was among the leading investment destinations in Africa in 2015, according to the 2016 African Economic Outlook [Zambia Invest].The picture shows mining operations explained by GM Operations, Denham Vickers at Base Titanium’s Kwale mineral sands project in Kenya.last_img read more


first_imgFOLLOWING A FATAL stabbing incident yesterday gardaí are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious in the Ormond Square area yesterday.John Maguire, aged 51-years-old, died after he was attacked at his home in Ormond Square, Dublin 7.Gardaí at the Bridewell in Dublin received a 999 call at approximately 2.30pm yesterday.Multiple stab woundsMr Maguire was found to have severe stab wounds to the neck and back. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3pm.The body was moved to the City Morgue in Marino and a full post mortem examination will be carried out at 10am this morning.A Garda family liaison officer has been appointed to the family. Mr Maguire had lived in the area for over ten years.Information appealInvestigating gardaí are appealing for information in relation to this incident and they are particularly anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the general area of Ormond Square from 7.30am yesterday morning.If you have any information please contact the incident room at the Bridewell Garda Station on 01-666 8200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111.Read: Man dies after Smithfield stabbing>last_img read more


first_imgDr Con Aroney’s book Flames on the Water, Tears in the Sea was launched last Saturday in Melbourne. The book was the result of his five year labour of love, as he said it “had to be done one day”.A powerful historical novel about one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century, the destruction of a prosperous Mediterranean city, the massacre of hundreds of thousands of its multicultural inhabitants and the displacement of millions more, the book is based on the involvement of the author’s family in the actual events of the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922. It was Mr Aroney’s maternal grandmother, Eugenia, who would describe in detail what had happened to her family in Asia Minor, telling stories of their struggles, their losses, and their salvation. Con Aroney’s book is a reconstruction of the historical event that took place in Smyrna – the melting pot of different ethnic groups – told through three interwoven stories: those of the author’s maternal grandparents, the Girdis and Caristinos families, and an unknown hero, Asa Kent Jennings. In her speech to launch the book, president of the Greek Australian Cultural League, Cathy Alexopoulos said: “We are honoured to have him with us on such an important occasion and feel very privileged to have in our midst a celebrated academic, a scientist, a researcher, in more ways than one, a man who did not forget his roots and found the time to pay tribute to his ancestors by writing their story thus their legacy lives on with all of us.”The book Flames on the Water, Tears in the Sea is available at selected bookstores or the publisher at www.copyright.net.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgTaxe carbone : la Commission européenne peu convaincueEurope – Alors que Nicolas Sarkzoy a décidé de reporter l’entrée en vigueur de la contribution climat-énergie, préférant attendre la mise en place d’une taxe carbone à l’échelle européenne, Bruxelles a fait part de ses doutes quant à un tel dispositif. Une taxe aux frontières présente, selon la Commission européenne, “un nombre considérable d’inconvénients”.La Commission a mené une étude analysant les différentes taxes envisagées pour faire participer les banques au financement de la crise, de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique ou de l’aide au développement. D’après le rapport publié par Bruxelles, l’instauration de contributions visant à taxer les énergies fossiles “pourrait non seulement créer des inquiétudes concernant leur compatibilité avec les règles de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce, leur faisabilité et leurs coûts administratifs potentiels, mais pourrait aussi risquer de mener à des conflits commerciaux et à de possibles mesures de représailles”. Par ailleurs,la Commission souligne que “les coûts administratifs pourraient être très élevés alors que le taux de la taxe devrait varier en fonction des émissions représentées par les produits”.A la fin du mois dernier, le gouvernement français a annoncé le report de la taxe carbone dont l’entrée en vigueur était fixée au 1er juillet prochain. Nicolas Sarkozy a indiqué vouloir conditionner l’instauration d’une telle fiscalité à l’adoption d’un dispositif similaire à l’échelle européenne, lequel s’appliquerait aux produits en provenance des pays pollueurs. Si le président français a assuré que la Commission européenne proposera, en juin prochain, la mise en place d’un mécanisme de taxe carbone aux frontières, le rapport de la Commission permet d’en douter, à l’heure où les 27 sont extrêmement divisés sur cette question. Le 9 avril 2010 à 18:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsBrendan Frasier Joins Doom Patrol, Superman Returns, & More DC News The CW is getting yet another DC superhero show, making it the new hub for comics-inspired teen dramas that are way better than they have any right to be.The Black Lightning pilot is moving to CW, getting a greenlight for the 2017-18 TV season. This’ll make it the fifth Greg Berlanti-produced DC Universe show on the network, joining Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.There’s been some back and forth in regards to where the pilot would air. Black Lightning was originally set for Fox, with the network ordering a pilot production commitment. However, the network eventually passed, allowing it to join the bulk of its kin on the CW. Variety confirmed the move on Monday.The current plan is to have the pilot ready for next year’s TV season. However, it won’t be a part of the DC lineup. Sources said the shows would be staggered out throughout the year to avoid five straight nights of superhero programming. While Legends of Tomorrow moved to Tuesday nights with The Flash, that might be overkill, even for superhero and comics fans.The pilot was written by Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, who will also serve as executive producers.Black Lightning, also named Jefferson Pierce, is one of DC Comics’ first black superheroes. He debuted in 1977, where he had returned to his home neighborhood in Metropolis and vowed to use his electricity-based powers to clean up the area and lower crime (no, not Static, although the two did team up multiple times). He’s been hopping about the DC universe for the past few decades, helping Batman, the Justice League, and even holding a cabinet position in Lex Luthor’s presidential administration.The fact Black Lightning exists at all is thanks to the work of Tony Isabella, who created the character following an embarrassing failed attempt to create a black superhero over at DC. It was a white man who turned black when he was angry. That was his superpower.“I created Jefferson Pierce to be a reluctant warrior, a man of many extraordinary talents who would hear the call of his community and respond to it, even at great cost to his personal happiness,” he said. “When DC Comics planned to publish a black hero who was actually a white racist, I talked them into dumping that character and going with my creation instead.”The show, according to Variety, takes place after Black Lightning has already hung up his suit at least once before. “But with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend, Black Lightning.” Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Department of Labour, in a strategic alliance with the Ministry of National Security is launching its first public awareness campaign with component two (2) of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), which is the component related to at-risk youth skills training.This programme would directly engage the Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services (PES) Unit by providing data from the surveys to help in the facilitation of job placement for the programme participants.   Specifically, the public awareness activities will be attached to the recruitment and application process for the upcoming soft skills and technical skills training during the first quarter of 2018.   The campaign is targeting the completion of 500 pre-surveys filled out by at-risk youth with an accompanying post-survey to be completed after the training.   These surveys, for practical purposes, will have a tri-part function of screening, application and a monitoring and evaluation tool.The completion of these surveys will not only provide pertinent data in the assessment of placement for unemployed persons, but also serves the purpose of meeting the Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s projected deliverables for its Annual Operation Plan for 2017.The launch of the public awareness campaign, to be held at the Department of Labour’s Rosetta Street location will allow for the general public and the media to be informed of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s purpose, the process for applying and details on the planned training sessions.The projected launch date for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme is Monday, November 27th, 2017. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgNatpe Thunai.PR HandoutThe fortunes of Adhi’s Natpe Thunai at the box office is in danger as the full movie with different qualities has been leaked on torrent sites. The movie was released on Thursday, April 4, to a decent hype.The Tamil flick is a sports drama about hockey players from a locality fighting to save their ground from the clutches of a corporate and a politician. Prabhakaran (Adhi) is a happy-go-lucky guy comes to the city to fulfil his dream and falls in love with Deepa (Deepa). The life for him gets challenging once he meets a retired military man and a coach of a local hockey team.It is a youthful movie which is packaged with comedy and emotions. Although there are a lot of distractions in the storyline, the movie manages to entertain the viewers, as per the critics.With average to positive reviews coming for Natpe Thunai, it was expected that the flick would perform well in the next three days at the box office. Unfortunately, the Tamil movie has been hit by piracy.Piracy has badly affected not only Kollywood but film industries across the world. Although many strict measures and policies have been implemented by governments, none of them has been successful in curbing this menace.Almost all big movies make it to the internet within a day of their release. While some movies made their way to the internet (with good or poor print quality) within a day of release, there have been instances when some movies were leaked online even before they hit theatres.Under the leadership of Vishal, the president of Tamil Film Producers’ Council and secretary of Nadigar Sangam, the anti-piracy cell in Kollywood has taken proactive measures and has brought down many websites and domains of notorious Tamil Rockers, yet piracy continues to exist. Natpe Thunai.PR Handoutlast_img read more


first_imgVivek Oberoi gets roasted for his tweet on India’s loss at World Cup semi-final.Varinder ChawlaVivek Oberoi is yet again under netizens’ attack for his tweets. This time the actor made a tweet on India’s lose at the World Cup semi-final that irked a large section of people.Vivek shared a meme video that shows a man getting excited to see a woman walking towards him to hug him, but actually she hugs another man who was walking behind him. The first man eventually leaves the scene embarrassed.Vivek compared the embarrassed man’s condition with that of Indian fans after the team lost the semi-final against New Zealand. “This is what happened to Indian fans in the #WC semi finals! #CWC19,” he captioned it.This tweet from the actor was followed by series of criticisms and memes on him in return. Many found the tweet distasteful, and slammed Vivek for mocking the Indian fans, when they were heart-broken due to the World Cup loss.While some trolled him on the line of his Bollywood career, some others mocked him with the same meme saying, “this is what happened with Vivek when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan eventually married Abhishek Bachchan”.This is what happened to Indian fans in the #WC semi finals! #CWC19 #WorldCupSemiFinal #INDvsNZ #indiavsNewzealand pic.twitter.com/JuayObK02R— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) July 12, 2019This is not the first time that Vivek got roasted for his tweets. Earlier, he had created a big controversy by making a tweet during last Lok Sabha elections wherein, he compared his past affair with Aishwarya as “exit poll”, her past relationship with Salman Khan as “opinion poll”, and the actress’ marriage with Abhishek as “result”.He was vehemently criticised even then for the “distasteful” tweet that dragged a married woman. However, he had later deleted the tweet, and had apologised for hurting sentiments of people.last_img read more


first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA nurse who went missing in Kushtia on Saturday afternoon was found dead in a sack in Kumarkhali upazila on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The victim was Bilkis Akhter, 40, a nurse of Doctor’s Lab and Private Hospital in the district town and wife of fish trader Rabiul Islam of Amlapara in the town.Officer-in-charge of Kumarkhali police station Jahangir Alam said they had recovered the body from near a bamboo bridge at Kanchanpur around 8:30am and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy.The victim’s husband Rabiul said Bilkis returned home around 2:00pm on Saturday from the workplace. She, however, rushed out without informing anyone after she received a phone call around 5:00pm, he said, adding that since then, she remained missing.He also said they filed a general diary with Kushtia model police station on Monday in this regard.Locals said the couple had no child in their 25-year marriage life.last_img read more


first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Bringing video viewing to the app could also help Facebook solve another problem it has been working on: making video more of an engaging, social experience.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long said that the company wants to move away from passive video viewing in users’ feeds. Instead, the company is looking to make video viewing more intent-driven. Part of that has been the launch of its dedicated Facebook Watch video vertical. But while Watch is still primarily about lean-back viewing, co-viewing in Messenger could be a way to actually make video more engaging and social. Popular on Variety In Messenger, the new feature allows users to invite their friends to watch a video together. Once multiple users start watching a video, all of them can control the playback of the clip, and also add additional videos to their chat. Obviously, there’s also an option to chat about a video that’s currently playing.Facebook told Techcrunch that it is testing the feature internally right now, but didn’t give any further indications about possible launch plans.Co-viewing has long been a tough nut to crack. Countless startups have tried and failed to get users to watch videos together, and even big platforms like YouTube have struggled to make collaborative video viewing work.The biggest roadblock has been to actually get people together at the same time to watch videos. Facebook’s Messenger doesn’t necessarily have that problem, as people are already chatting with their friends in real-time. Facebook has been testing social video co-viewing in Messenger, according to code snippets discovered by Twitter user Ananay Arora. The feature seems to be similar to Facebook’s Watch Party, which launched globally this summer.last_img read more


first_imgCredit: M. Malischewski Newly created ‘sandwich rings’ could lead to better computers © 2016 Phys.org Explore further 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. More information: M. Malischewski et al. Isolation and structural and electronic characterization of salts of the decamethylferrocene dication, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6362AbstractFerrocene and its decamethyl derivative [Cp*2Fe] are the most common standards for nonaqueous electrochemical investigations because of their well-defined and only mildly solvent-dependent reversible Fe(II)/Fe(III) redox couple. Higher oxidation states have only rarely been studied. We report the isolation and crystallographic and spectroscopic characterization of surprisingly stable Fe(IV) salts of the [Cp*2Fe]2+ dication, produced by oxidation of [Cp*2Fe] with AsF5, SbF5, or ReF6 in neat sulfur dioxide as well as [XeF](Sb2F11) in neat hydrogen fluoride. The Sb2F11– salt exhibits a metallocene with the expected mutually parallel arrangements of the Cp* rings, whereas the As2F11–, AsF6–, SbF6–, and ReF6– salts manifest tilt angles ranging from 4° to 17°. Both 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and superconducting quantum interference device magnetization studies reveal identical d-orbital splitting with an S = 1, 3E ground state based on the 3d electronic configuration e2g3a1g1 of all [Cp*2Fe]2+ salts.center_img Journal information: Science Due to its instability, very little research has been done to characterize Fe(IV) compounds. Researchers from Free University Berlin and Fredrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg have demonstrated that pentamethylcyclopentadienide (C5Me5- or Cp*) acts as a strong π-donating ligand that creates a stable Fe(IV)-containing compound. This ligand may serve as a model for investigating higher oxidation states for other metals. This work is published the recent issue of Science.In most cases in which researchers have isolated a compound with an Fe(IV) oxidation state, the metal was coordinated to ligands that offer strong π-donor properties such as terminal nitrido and oxido ligands. These compounds are typically unstable and difficult to analyze. Malischewski, et al. were able to isolate the [Cp*2Fe]2+ dication as a salt with several different anions, allowing them to conduct crystal studies as well as electronic studies using SQUID and Mössbauer spectroscopy.To make the Fe(IV) organometallic salts, [Cp*2Fe] was combined with strong oxidizers (AsF5, SbF5, ReF6, [XeF](Sb2F11)) in either sulfur dioxide or hydrogen fluoride. The resulting salts were isolable and analyzed.The crystal structures of each of the salts showed slight differences in the way the Cp* ring was tilted, which the authors attribute to the identity of the counterion. The rings displayed no tilt with Sb2F11- and tilts ranging from 4.17o for As2F11- to 16.56o for SbF6-. The large anions with eleven fluorides seem to promote little ring tilt while the smaller anions with six fluorides promoted a more pronounced tilt. This may be due the stronger interactions of the polarized cation with the smaller anions, which possess higher charge densities. All of the structures showed hydrogen bonding between methyl and fluorine and a large distance between fluorine and iron. The hydrogen bonding between the methyl and fluorine is more pronounced in the smaller anions and may be another contributing factor to the observed ring tilting. Notably, the Fe-C bond lengths were much longer than the Fe-C bonds in its lower oxidation states. SQUID studies showed that the compounds possess effective magnetic moments of slightly over 3 µB, indicative of two unpaired electrons. The temperature dependencies of the magnetic moments further suggest the presence of considerable spin-orbit interactions. Additionally, Mössbauer spectroscopy studies correlate with the obtained structural parameters and indicate an oxidation state of +4. Both techniques suggest a d-orbital ordering similar to that of ferrocene. This means that the ordering changes two times in a stepwise fashion going from Fe(II) to Fe(IV).This research provides interesting insights into a stable Fe(IV) metallocene. Further research may include possible applications of [Cp*2Fe]2+ salts as well as studying other metals with multiple oxidation states. Citation: Isolation of Fe(IV) decamethylferrocene salts (2016, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-isolation-feiv-decamethylferrocene-salts.html (Phys.org)—Ferrocene is the model compound that students often learn when they are introduced to organometallic chemistry. It has an iron center that is coordinated to the π electrons in two cyclopentadienyl rings. (C5H5- or Cp). Ferrocene is often used as a standard in electrochemical experiments because of its characteristic reversible oxidation of Fe(II) to Fe(III).last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday refused permission to a woman to terminate her 26-week-old pregnancy on the ground of possible abnormality since the foetus has already developed most of its organs and that the mother’s life is not at risk. A medical board at the state-run SSKM Hospital has in a report to the court said the prognosis of the baby is likely to be better if it is delivered near term, i.e., the full term of pregnancy. Refusing permission to terminate the pregnancy, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty noted that the report said it does not appear that the petitioner’s life will be in danger if her pregnancy is continued. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe medical board said test reports have suggested that the foetus is suffering from Down Syndrome, along with problems in the oesophagus, heart and abdomen. Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder that involves birth defects, intellectual disabilities and characteristic facial features and it often involves heart defects, visual and hearing impairments and other health problems. The severity of all these problems varies greatly among affected individuals. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePassing the order, Justice Chakraborty observed that the rights of the foetus need to be considered vis a vis the mental trauma the woman will suffer in giving birth to a child with abnormality. The woman had moved the high court on January 22 after several tests indicated these abnormalities in the foetus and doctors whom she consulted had advised termination of pregnancy, her lawyers Kallol Basu and Apalak Basu said. According to the Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971, permission of high court is required to abort a pregnancy which is 20 weeks or more old.last_img read more


first_imgGog Galaxy 2.0 will feature multi-platform support for a unified game library by Martin Brinkmann on May 24, 2019 in Games – Last Update: May 25, 2019 – 8 commentsValve Software’s Steam, the Epic Mega Store, UbiSoft’s uPlay, Electronic Arts’ Origin, Gog Galaxy, the itch.io client, the Microsoft Store, Battle.net, Bethesda Launcher, and others.The number of desktop clients for PC games exploded in recent time. While choice is good most of the time, it is exclusives and differences between the same release that makes the whole environment such a mess.Each Store needs to be installed (with the exception of Microsoft Store and Gog Galaxy), and gamers may end up with several Store installations on their devices depending on the games they purchased.  Fragmentation is an issue with each new gaming client increasing the level and practically all running on startup of the system by default.An application to manage all games and to launch them from a dedicated interface does not exist currently. If you want to start a game, you need to either launch the game client and select the game afterwards, or activate a shortcut if it exists to start it (which will start the game client and the game).Gog Galaxy 2.0Gog is the first company that tries to do something about it. The upcoming Galaxy 2.0 client — completely optional — is an attempt to bring order into the chaos. Galaxy 2.0 includes cross-platform and cross-client game management functionality. Gog promises that users may import games from PC and consoles to manage these in a single interface.For PC games, the company promises that users of Galaxy 2.0 may launch them directly from the program’s interface regardless of the actual platform and client.The Galaxy 2.0 client offers more than that though: Gog highlights that you may use it to keep track of game stats across platforms, that Galaxy users may bring together all their friends from all platforms, will support cross-platform chat, and will introduce an activity feed that is also cross-platform to see achievements and recent game plays of friends.Gog Galaxy 2.0 has not been released yet. Interested users may sign-up for a place in the beta to test a development release when it gets released.Closing WordsThe only gaming client that does not require installation attempts to bring games from all other PC gaming clients under a single roof, that is quite something. Galaxy 2.0 won’t do away with the requirement to install other gaming clients on the PC but it may make it a lot easier to manage all purchased and installed games.The current client has some interesting features such as rollbacks to previous versions. You can check out our Gog Galaxy review here.Now You: Do you have gaming clients installed on your PC?SummaryArticle NameGog Galaxy 2.0 will feature multi-platform support for a unified game libraryDescriptionValve Software’s Steam, the Epic Mega Store, UbiSoft’s uPlay, Electronic Arts’ Origin, Gog Galaxy, the itch.io client, the Microsoft Store, Battle.net, Bethesda Launcher, and others.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Activists are calling on the UK to stop sending LGBTI asylum seekers to their deaths.The Rainbow Rush scandal has seen ignorance and ineptitude of many UK officials exposed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… What is the Rainbow Rush scandal?UK official told gay asylum seeker ‘to find religion and be cured’Bisexual asylum seeker says UK system is driving him to suicideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/read-this-open-letter-demanding-uk-to-stop-sending-lgbti-asylum-seekers-to-their-deaths/ Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said he is looking at the faults of the UK asylum system after the Windrush scandal.But now it’s time to look at how the system also treats LGBTI people.Open letter on LGBTI asylum seekersDear Mr Javid,Congratulations on your appointment as Home Secretary. The Prime Minister has given you a clear mandate to review and repair the damage the Windrush scandal has done to the UK’s reputation.You will likely, therefore, already have identified another widespread problem with the UK’s policies on immigration and asylum – British official’s treatment of LGBTI asylum seekers.In recent years, Gay Star News and others have highlighted multiple examples of UK immigration officials misunderstanding the needs of LGBTI asylum seekers and mishandling their cases. Home Office officials have turned down genuine applicants, advised them to go home and ‘act discreetly’ or even suggested religion can ‘cure’ them.Despite repeated promises from HM Government that these abuses will end, we continue to hear of multiple cases which indicate the problem is systemic and unresolved.This is the Rainbow Rush scandal.We call on the government to enact an immediate moratorium on deporting or detaining any asylum seekers. We demand an independent inquiry into the Rainbow Rush cases and will be happy to provide evidence to that inquiry. And we further ask that HM Government agrees to accept the recommendations of that inquiry and to enact permanent changes to ensure our asylum system is fair to all LGBTI and other asylum seekers in future.This is a once in a generation opportunity for the UK to put an end to historic wrongdoing by immigration officials and ensure we are, in future, ranked as world leaders in our provision of asylum on humanitarian grounds.Yours sincerely,Tris Reid Smith – Editor of Gay Star NewsPeter Tatchell FoundationUK Black PrideJust A Ball GameBourne Free – (Bournemouth Pride)Proud Cherries – Afc Bournemouth LGBT+African Equality FoundationGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Many asylum seekers have said they felt their cases have been mishandled.Genuine applicants have been turned down, deported, and are forced to go back to a country where they could be jailed, tortured or killed.What is the Rainbow Rush scandal?Disturbing stories from the Rainbow Rush scandalLGBT Asylum Seekers Welcome Here – Socialist Worker banner.In the last month alone, we have revealed several disturbing stories.Awori, from Uganda, alleges a government official told her to ‘find religion and be cured‘.‘He told me to go to a church and repent and then I will stop claiming I am a lesbian,’ she told GSN.‘He kept intimidating me, yelling: “You’re the people causing problems in this country!” I put my complaint in about it and the [Home Office] refused to investigate it.’Orashia is from Jamaica, and he says the UK asylum system is driving him to suicide.Two husbands, married in the UK, are also fighting a deportation order. Officials want to send to one back to Nepal.And posted today, one UK official told a Cameroon rape victim that she couldn’t be gay as she has kids.‘The UK hasn’t done enough,’ Awori said. ‘They haven’t done enough to protect LGBTI people.‘They say they are promoting human rights, equality and diversity. If that isn’t given to everyone, then it doesn’t exist.’ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more