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Taapsee Pannu urges media to recommend her name to makers of MithaliTaapsee Pannu urges media to recommend her name to makers of Mithali

first_imgMumbai: Actress Taapsee Pannu who is known for having a jovial relationship with the media has urged them to recommend her name to the people who are making a biopic on the life of Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj. Taapsee Pannu was interacting with the media when she met cancer-affected children as a part of fundraising initiative by a radio station on Friday in Mumbai. Actor Taapsee Pannu, who was seen in ‘Badla’ and ‘Game Over’ earlier this year, will be seen in a sports drama based on Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj. According to a report of a news website, the actor is all set to play the ace Indian cricketer. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot When asked about the development, Taapsee quipped, “If I will get that film then it will be a lot of fun by playing cricket in it. If someone amongst you (media) know makers of that film then, please recommend my name to them because I really wanted to get signed for that film (laughs).” Slated to release this Diwali, Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar starrer ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ is based on octogenarian sharpshooters Chandro Tomar (87) and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar (82), who reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s, with Chandro being among one of the oldest female sharpshooters in the world. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary The film’s teaser, which released yesterday, has been receiving rave reviews, courtesy the incredible real-life story of shooter dadis, and Taapsee and Bhumi’s earnest performances. Talking about audience response to teaser of ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, Taapsee said, “In that film, I am playing one of the challenging roles of my career. I feel making a decision of taking up acting wasn’t as challenging than taking up this role but I have no regrets about it.” Adding further Tapsee said, “In fact, I am very excited and anxious about it and after getting good response to teaser of our film, the level of excitement has gone up among me and Bhumi (Pednekar). Now, I am anxiously waiting for Diwali as it’s the time when our film will be released.” Taapsee also confirmed that she is working with Anubhav Sinha and Anurag Kashyap in their next films with whom she has worked in ‘Mulk’ and ‘Manmarziyaan’ respectively, she said, “Yes.. I am doing a film with Anubhav (Sinha) sir and I am doing a film with Anurag (Kashyap) as well. I will first start shooting of the film with Anubhav sir then, in November – December, I will start shooting for Kashyap’s film.” Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s project on poet-lyricist-author Sahir Ludhianvi and his relationship with Amrita Pritam has been the talk of the town ever since the project was announced. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been on a hunt for his perfect pair of Sahir and Amrita in Bollywood. Recently, reports were rife that SLB has roped in Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu for the role of Sahir and Amrita. When asked whether she is part of that film, Taapsee said, “I would love to do this role because I really liked the story but I have not been approached for the role yet.” Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, Taapsee Pannu’s next film ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ will have this year’s Diwali release.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopras brothers wedding called offPriyanka Chopras brothers wedding called off

first_imgMumbai: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra’s brother Siddharth Chopra’s wedding may have been called off, if indicators on his fiancee Ishita Kumar’s social media account are anything to go by. On Thursday, Ishita posted on Instagram a new image of herself hanging out at a restaurant with the caption: “Cheers to new beginnings. With a goodbye kiss to beautiful endings.” Her parents’ comments on the image added fuel to the speculations. Ishita’s mother Nidhi Kumar reacted: “Close old book and write”, whereas her father wrote: “We are with you; Feel the expanse of the universe and be the star you were born to be.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Ishita had even shared pictures of her bridal shower last month, but has now taken them off her Instagram page. “Last night was so much fun. Thank you for making it so special. Can’t believe it I’m getting married,” she had penned. Just days after her bridal shower, she had posted a photograph from a hospital, and wrote: “Recovering from surgery. Very painful but glad it’s over.” Priyanka had arrived in the capital city last month amid reports that her brother was getting married. She had welcomed Ishita into the family by sharing a photograph, which continues to be on the actress’ Instagram page. The ‘roka’ picture on Priyanka and Siddharth’s mother Madhu Chopra continues to be there. Priyanka had come down for Siddharth and Ishita’s ‘roka’ ceremony in Delhi in February with her American singer-actor husband Nick Jonas.last_img read more

Top Ugandan rebel surrenders in neighbouring DR Congo says UN missionTop Ugandan rebel surrenders in neighbouring DR Congo says UN mission

23 October 2007A senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, the northern Ugandan rebel group, has surrendered in the northeast of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations peacekeeping mission to that country reported today. Patrick Opiyo Mayasi and his wife gave themselves up, along with their weapons and ammunitions, to Congolese border police earlier this month and have been transferred to the DRC capital, Kinshasa.No known criminal charges are pending against Mr. Makasi, who is believed to be operations and logistics commander of the LRA.The mission, known as MONUC, said it expects Mr. Makasi will be handed over to UN peacekeepers for his reintegration into the disarmament, demobilization and reinsertion programme in the DRC – and possibly for eventual repatriation to Uganda as well.The LRA, which has fought a civil war with the Ugandan Government since the mid-1980s, became notorious during the conflict for abducting as many as 25,000 children and using them as fighters and porters. The children were often subject to extreme violence shortly after abduction, with many girls allocated to officers in a form of institutional rape.In October 2005 the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first-ever arrest warrants against five senior members of the LRA: the leader Joseph Kony, and commanders Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen and Raska Lukwiya.Last year, the Government and the LRA agreed to a cessation of hostilities, but Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate earlier this month that the rebels were failing to meet any of their commitments under the cessation deal.Many LRA fighters have been camped in Garamba National Park in the far northeast of the DRC, rather than assembling in Ri-Kwangba, southern Sudan, as previously agreed. read more

UN peacekeepers introduce local Congolese to the cowdrawn ploughUN peacekeepers introduce local Congolese to the cowdrawn plough

Having watched the local population use hoes and shovels in labour intensive work to prepare their fields while their cows did nothing but eat grass all day long, members of the Pakistani battalion in the UN Mission in DRC, known as MONUC, suggested to farmers in the small community of Walungu in strife-torn South Kivu province that a cow can also be a good tractor.“Some of the farmers were concerned at the beginning that pulling a plough might kill their cows,” Battalion Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Akif said. “But our troops managed to assure them that a little work wouldn’t hurt them. In some of the communities where our peacekeepers come from, cattle are still used for ploughing.”The use of cattle for farm work is something quite radical in Walungu, where herds are raised for prestige, milk and meat. Two oxen, linked by a simple wooden yoke can plough fields five times faster than people with hand tools, and the crop yield per hectare using a deep furrow plough is roughly doubled. After discussing the possibilities with the local chiefs and administrators, the peacekeepers constructed a simple wooden plough and began training some farmers and their oxen. Colonel Akif said that if more farmers decided to adopt the technology, peacekeepers would help them build more ploughs and harness equipment, and train their animals. “It is an easy thing to do and we know from our own experience, that they will benefit a lot,” he added. The Pakistan Battalion has also rehabilitated five kilometres of road from Walungu village to Kashanja, where members of the MONUC Chinese engineering unit are currently working on a 200-kilometre stretch to Shabunda, further west. The absence of roads connecting towns and villages in both North and South Kivu provinces has added to the isolation of thousands of small communities, preventing communication, trade and commerce between them. Without roads, efforts to improve security for local populations have also been seriously inhibited. Turning to the local primary school building, which was in a state of chronic disrepair, the peacekeepers did a major renovation of the roof and supporting walls which were open to the elements, installed new windows, doors and flooring, plastered the internal walls and helped build new desks for all students. They also raised money through their families and friends in Pakistan to provide books, pens and pencils. Future plans of the Pakistani Battalion to assist the Walungu community include similar support for other schools and construction of a vocational centre. 25 November 2009United Nations peacekeepers are going beyond the call of duty in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), not only protecting local civilians from rebel militia but also helping them boost agricultural output as well as resurfacing roads and refurbishing a school. read more

Concurrent education student embraces the opportunities of university lifeConcurrent education student embraces the opportunities of university life

Only a few months into 2016 and it has already been a busy year for Berardocco, but if you ask her, she wouldn’t have it any other way.“I love it and would never change a thing.”Alyssa Berardocco in Sumter, South Carolina with Habitat for Humanity. If you ask Alyssa Berardocco what she hopes to gain from her time at university, she’ll tell you it’s all about experiences.The fourth-year concurrent education student has spent the last four years stockpiling her agenda with extracurriculars, trusting that the broad, wealth of experiences will help take her career path from the abstract to the concrete.“I try to take advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves,” said Berardocco. “I don’t know what else is out there, but I’m excited to experience as much as I can and see where my education and experiences lead me.”A current Brock University Students’ Administrative Council councillor and president of the Concurrent Education Student Association, Berardocco keeps extremely busy.But, she wasn’t too busy to volunteer during Alternative Reading Week. For the second consecutive year, she travelled to Sumter, South Carolina in a trip organized by Student Life and Community Experience (SLCE). They were there to help Habitat for Humanity.“I was working in the department of SLCE when I heard about the opportunity,” she said. “It was kind of a last minute thing for me the first time around and I had such an incredible time that I really wanted to return back to the community of Sumter and do it again.”And do it again she did.Alyssa Berardocco in Sumter, South Carolina with Habitat for Humanity.Along with 20 other students, the group, working with the skilled professionals of Habitat for Humanity, was able to frame a house and set up the trusses for the roof during their five days of work – an impressive feat considering prior experience in construction was not prevalent on the resumes of many who participated.But, according to Berardocco, what they lacked in experience they all but made up for in excitement, enthusiasm and what she refers to as the ‘Brock spirit.’“You could see the energy and the positivity in the group – it was contagious,” she said. “We brought a type of energy like no other and the spirit at the work site was unmatched.”Impressed by the Habitat for Humanity’s leaders, Berardocco said their patience and “can do” approach struck a chord with her.“It really opened my eyes to being patient and seeing the positive effects of simple encouragement,” she said. “You want to make sure everyone tries their best and if they make a mistake, who cares, it’s OK, you can try it again and keep going. All of our nails were bent on the first day but we kept at it and helped each other, and by day five we realized we had framed an entire house. We kept saying ‘surgite’ to each other the whole trip, because that’s what you have to do, you have to push on.” read more

Annan hails 150th anniversary of demilitarization of Åland IslandsAnnan hails 150th anniversary of demilitarization of Åland Islands

“The Åland Islands model is a highly sophisticated and imaginative one, which promoted the coexistence of different linguistic communities within a larger, internationally viable State,” he said in a message marking the milestone. The settlement averted a potential armed conflict between Finland and Sweden by preserving the territorial integrity of both countries while allowing the area’s people to preserve their autonomy and the specific character of their community, and confirmed the 1856 demilitarization of the Islands. The Secretary-General said that elements of the settlement could be used elsewhere, even if the model as a whole could not. “Perhaps the most important lesson it teaches us is that flexibility and imagination are always needed in applying general principles to particular situations,” he said. “Certainly any zone of conflict could benefit from a dose of what I might call the Åland spirit – a spirit of pragmatism, compromise, and, above all, commitment to peace.” read more

Barrick says it will shut Zambian copper mine as a result ofBarrick says it will shut Zambian copper mine as a result of

TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says a change in royalty policy by the Zambian government has caused the company to initiate shut-down procedures at its Lumwana copper mine.The Toronto-based company said it expects to record an accounting charge in the fourth quarter of 2014 to reflect the impaired value of Lumwana, which currently has a carrying value of about US$1 billion.Barrick says the open pit mining operation currently supports about 4,000 jobs, including contract workers. It says that major workforce reduction will begin in March, following the legally required notice period.It expects the operation to be mothballed by the second quarter of 2015, unless there’s a change in the new royalty regime.Zambia’s parliament has approved a 2015 budget that increases the royalty rates on open-pit mines to 20 per cent from six per cent.The new government policy in Africa’s second-largest copper-producing country comes at a time when copper prices have fallen amid slower economic growth in China, the world’s largest user of the metal.“The introduction of this royalty has left us with no choice but to initiate the process of suspending operations at Lumwana,” said Barrick co-president Kelvin Dushnisky.“Despite the progress we have made to reduce costs and improve efficiency at the mine, the economics of an operation such as Lumwana cannot support a 20 per cent gross royalty, particularly in the current copper price environment.”In the first nine months of 2014, Lumwana produced 138 million pounds of copper at a cost of US$2.98 per pound — which is above current prices on the futures market.Copper futures for delivery in March are trading at about US$2.86 a pound. The price was above US$3 a pound as recently as late November.Barrick shares gained about two per cent in early trading Thursday following the announcement. The stock gained 25 cents to C$12.83 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with about 1.6 million shares traded in the first 15 minutes of trade. Barrick says it will shut Zambian copper mine as a result of higher royalties AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 7:37 am MDT read more

EHF CL First match ball for RK Vardar – Montpellier in UkraineEHF CL First match ball for RK Vardar – Montpellier in Ukraine

← Previous Story FIRE ME ONE MORE TIME: Jurasik lost second job in this season Next Story → Barca survive Kiel to come on the edge of 1/4 final! Four matches in Groups A and B will be played on Saturday, but also first knock-out clash between Motor Zaporozhye and HC Montpellier for the TOP 16.GROUP A:SG Flensburg Handewitt – Bjerringbro Silkeborg 17.30STANDINGS: 8. IFK Kristianstad12228323:354(-31)6 3. Telekom Veszprém13724347:337(10)16 1. FC Barcelona Lassa121101350:299(51)22 GROUP B:IFK Kristianstad – Vive Tauron Kielce 18.15HC Meshkov Brest – RK Vardar Skopje 17.30MOL PICK Szeged – RK PPD Zagreb 17.30 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen121011312:372(-60)2 6. Orlen Wisla Plock12327314:336(-22)8 5. HC Meshkov Brest12444326:324(2)12 7. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …12318288:309(-21)7 5. THW Kiel12516302:307(-5)11 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg12309303:338(-35)6 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen13814368:366(2)17 1. HC Vardar12903354:319(35)18 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt11515297:282(15)11 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko13337378:401(-23)9 4. MOL-Pick Szeged12615320:305(15)13 3. KS Vive Tauron Kielce12804355:334(21)16 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…121002380:334(46)20 read more

US senators welcome Irish tax reformsUS senators welcome Irish tax reforms

first_imgBUDGET MOVES THAT will see Ireland crack down on “stateless” corporations that  register in Ireland for tax purposes have been welcomed by two US senators.Former Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain and his Democratic colleague Carl Levin are two of the leading members of the Senate committee investigating tax avoidance by multinationals.Levin and McCain had previously insisted that Ireland is a tax haven, despite the Irish ambassador to the USA’s assurances to the contrary.In a joint statement today, the pair said that while the plan was to be welcomed, questions remained.“Important questions do remain, however, including whether the new rules will continue to allow Irish subsidiaries to dodge taxes by, for example, excluding substantial income from the 12.5 per cent Irish tax rate, calculating taxable income in ways that produce a lower effective tax rate, or simply declaring tax residency in a tax haven with no corporate tax.”The statement continued that the two senators wanted Ireland to “close the door” on what they called “egregious” tax abuses.Yesterday, Michael Noonan pledged to close a loophole that allowed some of the biggest companies in the world use Ireland to ensure they pay lower taxes.Read: Noonan cracks down on ‘stateless’ companies registered in Ireland for taxRead: Senators insists Ireland IS a tax haven, despite ambassador’s letterlast_img read more

Pricing revealed for Google Chromebooks new features explainedPricing revealed for Google Chromebooks new features explained

first_imgIn addition to unveiling the first two Chrome OS notebooks–or Chromebooks, as Google has chosen to brand them–the company also announced its pricing model today at I/O 2011. Google will offer hardware, software, and services in a single bundle and the monthly cost will be $20 per user for academic and government users and $28 per user for businesses. If your Chromebook breaks down while you’re paying, Google will send you a new one. If your Chromebook reaches its EOL and Google introduces a successor, you’ll automatically be upgraded.Google’s Vic Gundotra stated that the company had extensive discussions with hundreds of businesses, and government and learning institutions to determine what place — if any — Chromebooks might have in their organizations. Somewhat surprisingly, prevailing sentiment was that around 75% of existing users could be using a Chrome OS system full-time, that’s due in no small part to business apps like SAP and SalesForce moving to the web.Gondotra also touted Chrome OS’s security features (though nothing was mentioned of the recent VUPEN exploit which escaped Chrome’s sandbox, of course) and its ease of management. Similar to what Microsoft offers with Windows Intune, Google will offer a Web-based administration for Chrome OS hardware, making it easy for IT staff to deploy and manage the devices. The Big G is also offering comprehensive phone, email, and online support.And last but not least, Gundotra revealed that a trio of critical applications — Gmail, Calendar, and Google Docs — would all be available offline on Chromebooks. That’s huge news, since workers and students still need to be able to function when an Internet connection isn’t available.Hardware becomes available on June 15th, and it’s going to be interesting to see how IT departments react.last_img read more

Valves Gabe Newell fears an Apple device that replaces game consolesValves Gabe Newell fears an Apple device that replaces game consoles

first_imgGabe Newell, head of Portal developer and Steam owner Valve, has warned consumers to the possibility that Apple will launch a set-top box that completely disrupts gaming consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.Newell, speaking at the WTIA TechNW conference in Seattle, said that he suspects that Apple will launch a “living room product” that changes people’s expectations, leading to the disappearance of a separate gaming console.Hypothetically, the product Newell mentions could be a future revision of the Apple TV utilizing the A5 processor and faster GPU as seen in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.The Valve leader, speaking broadly, put the living room as a fourth platform for products aside the Web, mobile, and desktop apps. Traditionally, the living room was the sole territory of the console, but that exclusivity is gone.He added that “it’s sort of ominous” that there is a trend away from open platforms and toward closed ones with walled gardens. Apple’s iOS is perhaps the best example of such a walled garden that Newell finds ominous, and many of his comments at the conference appeared to allude to Apple’s strategies and successes.He elaborated that a business will simply decide “I’m tired of competing with Google [or Facebook]” and will then choose a “console model” to exclude dangerous competitors. Businesses that choose this strategy “build a shiny sparkling thing” that becomes popular and then controls access to the same products.Challenged about the open status of Valve’s highly successful Steam platform, which is essentially an iTunes for games, Newell countered that developers can use the Steamworks toolset for free (regardless of selling on Steam or not) and that publishers are allowed to sell the same games on other platforms in parallel to Steam.Read more at the Seattle Timeslast_img read more

Faster than a speeding robot ostrichFaster than a speeding robot ostrich

first_imgAlthough it may be hard to believe, one of the fastest creatures on two feet is the ostrich. Capable of speeds up to 37 mph, the flightless birds have amazing grace and agility as they sprint over rough terrain. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has taken notice, and has decided to borrow from nature again for one of its robotic projects. Depicted above, “FastRunner” as it’s called, is an attempt to create a fast, lightweight bipedal-robot that can traverse difficult landscapes better than a human could.Having contracted the project out to a team made up of members from MIT and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IMHC), DARPA is looking to take advantage of the vast amount of experience the two groups have in the area of robotics. To maximize efforts, MIT has taken on the job of creating the control algorithms as well as contributing to the projects high level design; while the IMHC is handling the practical design and actual construction of the FastRunner.How it works is conceptually very simple, while being rather complex in execution. Using the template that nature has given in the form of the ostrich, the team is creating legs that are both lightweight and designed to keep the robot’s balance during movement. The concept design depicted in the video above uses just one actuator per leg to achieve this, which is an impressive feat. Right now the project has produced one fully constructed prototype leg, and designs for the rest of the robots body. The finished product is projected to only weigh 80 pounds, while standing just over four-and-a-half feet tall.The military applications of FastRunner are obvious. Give the military the ability to put a light-weight robotic runner in the field, with the capabilities of both scouting ahead over rough terrain, or delivering ordinance to an area with no risk to military personnel. A ground-based drone if you will.The most exciting aspect that could come out of this research, however, is the advancement in artificial limbs for human use. It might seem far-fetched, but imagine doctors being able to give someone mechanical legs that would allow them to run faster and farther than ever before?via Gizmodolast_img read more

Amazon Making a Lord of the Rings TV Series Because 12 HoursAmazon Making a Lord of the Rings TV Series Because 12 Hours

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Earlier this year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he wanted his company to have the next Game of Thrones. So much so that he mandated a huge programming shift at the company. That must have been fun to hear for anyone currently working on an Amazon show. Now, it appears they’ve found their series: The Lord of the Rings. It’s so obvious and market research-driven, it seems almost impossible that a human was involved at all in the decision.Amazon announced in a press release that the company acquired the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s series of fantasy novels, and has committed to multiple seasons. That’s great news because as you know, the number one complaint about Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was that the movies weren’t long enough. How do they plan to pad out the story? By telling new storylines that precede the events of the trilogy. So does this include The Hobbit or not? If it does, then there is at least one potentially exciting thing about this news. If it leads to Amazon giving us a better Hobbit adaptation, that might make all this worth it. There, I’ve found one nice thing to say about it.Look, I love Lord of the Rings. The books and the movies. I’m not saying those movies were perfect, nor did they have everything I wanted to see from the books. They were the best movie adaptations we were going to get. When you turn a book into a movie, some things have to get cut. Changes have to happen if the story is going to work in a new medium. Things were cut to improve the pacing of the film, or because they were pointless diversions to begin with (looking at you, Tom Bombadil). Even at three hours each, the films moved at a quick pace and managed to hit all the most important moments from the books. If you wanted even more Middle Earth content, the extended editions contain most of the scenes the theatrical versions were missing. Sure, people criticized The Return of the King for having a million endings, but if any filmmaking accomplishment deserves a drawn-out, self-congratulatory finish, it was this one. The movies also had a near-perfect cast, ensuring that any actors in the new series are going to have their work cut out for them. How do you play Gandalf now, knowing that Ian McKellen has already given the definitive performance of the character?Ian McKellen (via New Line Cinema)Most importantly, the Lord of the Rings movies only needed to spend one film on each book, and the trilogy is much better for it. Look at The Hobbit movies. The studio took a standalone novel that was significantly shorter than any of the Lord of the Rings books, and stretched it out into three plodding movies. It was cool at first to see every single word of Tolkien’s book on the screen, but that got old real fast. When the movie took a single sentence about stone giants from the book and turned it into a 10-minute action sequence, it became clear we were watching very expensive filler material. That’s what I’m worried will happen with the series. It will have to stretch even the smallest offhand remarks out into huge sequences just to fill up time. It’ll dig into The Silmarillion and the History of Middle Earth for needless supplemental material, and try so desperately hard to convince us that it’s just as interesting as Frodo’s journey. Of course it’s not. If any of it was, Tolkien would have written it into The Lord of the Rings, or at the very least, he would have published it while he was still alive.Worst of all, it betrays a complete lack of understanding of what made Game of Thrones so popular. It’s not because people were hungry for an epic fantasy series, although that may have been a small part of it. Game of Thrones is successful because it subverts our expectations of what fantasy is. It gives us a world of magic and dragons, and makes it just as bleak as the real one. It’s a reaction to Tolkienesque fantasy tropes and remaking the originator of those tropes isn’t going to produce the same results. More importantly, Game of Thrones was something new. Outside of those who read the books, most viewers had never seen anything like it. No matter how much new material the new Amazon series adds, it’s always going to feel like a rehash. If Amazon wants their own Game of Thrones, they need to be looking for something no one has done yet. But that would require looking beyond the algorithm.At this time, there is no release date nor is there anyone to write, direct or produce the series. Amazon’s deal also the potential for spin-off’s because of course it does. I’m actually curious, does anybody want this? Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Wilmington Minutemens Flag Retirement CeremonyVIDEO Watch Wilmington Minutemens Flag Retirement Ceremony

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Minutemen held its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6:30pm (Flag Day) at Minutemen Headquarters, behind the Harnden Tavern.The simple ceremony consisted of the Minutemen and American Legion properly disposing of American flags it had collected over the past year. The flags were folded and placed, one-by-one, into a fire pit.  Each flag was saluted.  The public, as well as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and public officials, were invited to attend.The ceremony was the brainchild of former Minuteman Frank Curly.  After 9/11, Curly noted a lot of American flags flying around Wilmington, but – over time – many became worn and tattered.  The Minuteman has been running an Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony since 2002.Residents can drop off the flags, year-round, in the marked boxes at the Wilmington Town Hall and the Wilmington Post Office.Watch video of the event, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, filmed by resident Niki Wilson:———Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPUBLIC INVITED: Wilmington Flag Retirement Ceremony To Be Held On June 14In “Community”PUBLIC INVITED: Wilmington Flag Retirement Ceremony To Be Held On June 24In “Government”VIDEO: Watch The Wilmington Minutemen’s 2017 Flag Retirement CeremonyIn “Videos”last_img read more

ALIET holds workshop on SQL programmingALIET holds workshop on SQL programming

first_imgVijayawada: The Computer Science department of Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology (ALIET) organised a workshop ‘SQL Programming’ on the college premises on Saturday. The resource person for the workshop was G Prakash Chakravarthy, director of Pranav Academy. He explained that a database management system stores, organises and manages a large amount of information within a single software application. It is a highly efficient method for handling multiple types of data. He further explained the students about the importance of database and how it is connected to the real world. The workshop was organised under the guidance of assistant directors Rev Fr Chiranjeevi, Rev Fr Anand, principal Dr O Mahesh and computer science HoD Dr A Srinivas Rao. Faculty and students were present.last_img read more

NATO aims to make space new frontier in defenceNATO aims to make space new frontier in defence

first_imgBanners displaying the NATO logo are placed at the entrance of new NATO headquarters during the move to the new building, in Brussels, Belgium on 19 April. Photo: ReutersNATO aims to recognize space as a domain of warfare this year, four senior diplomats said, partly to show US president Donald Trump that the alliance is relevant and adapting to new threats after he signed off on the creation of a US Space Force.The decision, set to be taken at a Dec. 3-4 leaders summit in London that Trump is due to attend, would formally acknowledge that battles can be waged not only on land, in the air, at sea and on computer networks, but also in space.“There’s agreement that we should make space a domain and the London summit is the best place to make it official,” said one senior NATO diplomat involved in the discussions, although cautioning that technical policy work was still underway.NATO diplomats deny the alliance would be on a war footing in space, but say declaring it a domain would begin a debate over whether NATO should eventually use space weapons that can shut down enemy missiles and air defences or destroy satellites.The decision to declare space a new frontier for defence may help convince Trump that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can be a useful ally in deterring China’s rise as a rival military power, the diplomats said.While NATO countries today own 65% of satellites in space, China envisions massive constellations of commercial satellites that can offer services ranging from high-speed internet for aircraft to tracking missiles and armed forces on the ground.China is developing weapons it could use in orbit and became the first country to land on the far side of the moon last year.Russia, once a strategic partner for NATO but now viewed by many allies as a hostile power, is also a force in space and is one of the few countries able to launch satellites into orbit.“You can have warfare exclusively in space, but whoever controls space also controls what happens on land, on the sea and in the air,” said Jamie Shea, a former NATO official and now an analyst at Friends of Europe think-tank in Brussels.“If you don’t control space, you don’t control the other domains either.”NATO defence ministers are expected to agree to a broad space policy next week at a regular meeting in Brussels, although there will be no decision yet to declare space an operational domain of defence.A second diplomat said that while the decision was weighty and had real consequences, it would likely be “a gift to Trump”.Trump, who used NATO’s last summit in July last year to harangue European allies over defence spending and accused Germany of being a prisoner of Russian energy, signed a plan in February to start creating the US Space Force.Even though the London gathering is some six months away, European allies are already nervous about whether Trump will use the meeting to again question the value of the alliance, of which he is the de-facto head.What Triggers Articles 5?The US military is increasingly dependent on satellites to determine what it does on the ground, guiding munitions with space-based lasers and satellites as well as using such assets to monitor for missile launches and track its forces.No longer forced to simply circle the earth’s orbit, satellites can now be manoeuvred in space to spy on other space assets. India launched an anti-satellite missile test in March.Italy, Britain and France are Europe’s main space powers, while Germany is drafting new laws and seeking private investment to secure a slice of an emerging space market that could be worth $1 trillion a year by the 2040s.France wants more assurances of how its space assets would be used in the event of a crisis. In other areas of warfare, national assets belonging to NATO allies are put under the command of the supreme allied commander during a conflict.Most sensitive of all would be deciding if an attack on a allied satellite constituted an assault on the alliance and whether to trigger NATO’s Article 5 collective defence clause.Similar to a decision to make cyber a domain of warfare in 2016, NATO’s decision would initially mean increased military planning, a review of NATO vulnerabilities and scrutiny of how to better protect commercial satellites used by the military.last_img read more

UPDATE Neighbor Suspect in Murder of Houston Cardiologist Was LonerUPDATE Neighbor Suspect in Murder of Houston Cardiologist Was Loner

first_imgPappas was a deputy constable for Harris County Precinct 2 and Precinct 7 back in the 1980s, according to KHOU 11 News.   Chief @ArtAcevedo gives update in Homicide investigation re: Dr. Hausknecht— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 1, 2018______The Houston Police Department (HPD) has identified the suspect in the murder of Dr. Mark Hausknecht as Joseph James Pappas, 62. Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday that Pappas’ mother was a patient of Hausknecht’s over 20 years ago and died during a surgery he was performing.Acevedo detailed during a news briefing that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has issued an arrest warrant issued for the charge of murder. “It appears that this may be a twenty year old grudge that this man held,” noted the Police chief.Acevedo added that a “check” was conducted last night at Pappas’ residence, but he is still at large.The Police chief also said the investigators have “plenty of evidence” that ties Pappas to the crime. “We believe that this absolutely is the killer,” Acevedo underscored, while adding that the crime took a “lot of planning” and even some skill because of the way in which Pappas shot Hausknecht.Pappas is considered “armed and dangerous,” but the Police chief also commented the suspect sent a text to “someone that said he was going to kill himself.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released a statement emphasizing that “while Houstonians can take comfort in the fact that we believe we know the identity of the suspected shooter, Joseph J. Pappas, he has not yet been located,” and urged the public to provide any information they may have on the suspect by calling HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. Photo: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaHPD has identified the suspect in the murder of Dr. Mark Hausknecht as Joseph James Pappas. Chief Art Acevedo said during a news briefing that Pappas’ mother had been a patient of Hausknecht’s about 20 years ago and died during a surgery he was performing.The Latest on the man police suspect in the murder of Dr. Mark Hausknecht:A neighbor of the man Houston Police Department (HPD) has identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Dr. Mark Hausknecht describes him as a nice, quiet man who kept to himself and had few close friends.Photo: Houston Police Department (HPD)The Houston Police Department has identified the suspect in the murder of Dr. Mark Hausknecht as Joseph James Pappas, 65.Jim Herd said he has known Joseph James Pappas all of his life, having attended the same high school and church as him. He said they would wave at each other in passing, last time coming on Saturday as Herd washed his car in his drivewayPappas’ house is in an older, established neighborhood in southwest Houston. Herd said Pappas had lived in the house since birth and now lived alone since inheriting the home when his father died about 10 years ago.Herd said he saw Pappas mowing his lawn a week after the slaying of Hausknecht.Herd said the death about 20 years ago of Pappas’ mother during surgery hit her son hard. He remembers that Pappas stopped attending church for a long time, but he said he doesn’t remember hearing Pappas speak bitterly of her death or place blame for it.After police released photos of the suspect, Herd said he thought it resembled Pappas but brushed the notion aside.According to the Houston Chronicle Pappas tried selling a cache of weapons and ammunition online days after the killing. It’s unclear whether the guns listed for sale included the weapon used in the doctor’s fatal shooting.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Narcotic drugs worth Rs 5 lakh seized in West BengalNarcotic drugs worth Rs 5 lakh seized in West Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested after about 4,970 ampules of restricted narcotic drug valued at Rs 5 lakh in the international market was seized from him in West Bengal’s Malda district, senior NCB officer said on Wednesday. “Investigation revealed that ampules containing a close to 10 liters of Buprenorphin were seized from Malda district’s Kaliachawk area in the late hours on Tuesday. The drug was sourced from Kaliachawk’s Mojapur area and was destined to Murshidaad district’s Lalgola,” the officer said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The Kolkata team of Narcotics Control Bureau arrested Kalu for the illegal possession of the drug and recovered cash worth Rs. 2000 and three credit cards. Buprenorphin is an opioid used to treat opioid addiction, acute pain, and chronic pain. It cannot be brought or sold without doctor’s prescription. “The accused and the seized contraband would be produced in court on Wednesday,” he added.last_img read more