To stop BJP minorities likely to go with TMC in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Despite nursing a grudge against the state government for its alleged failure to curb communal riots, the minorities in Bengal are likely to vote for the TMC to stop BJP’s march, leaders said. A deciding factor in several Lok Sabha seats in the state, the minorities especially Muslims are likely to vote for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) which they perceive as a “credible force” unlike the Congress-Communist Party of India (Marxist) alliance, they claimed. “Despite having anger against the state government over various issues including several riots that took place in the state, the minorities will vote for TMC in the state to ensure their safety and security,” Mohammed Kamruzzaman, General Secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation told PTI. “In Bengal, TMC is the most credible force as it is in power, when it comes to fight against BJP,” he added. Kamruzzaman, whose organization has the biggest following among Muslim youths in the state, said that the Congress-CPI(M) seat sharing talks have evoked little hopes as credible alternative among the masses. The Imams of the city, who hold a sway over the large Muslim population here, felt that the minorities should vote for the strongest secular candidate. “We would appeal to the minorities to vote in favour of the strongest secular forces in their respective areas. Efforts should be made to ensure that only secular and democratic candidates win,” Qazi Fazlur Rahman, the Imam, who conducts prayers on Eid at Red Road every year, told PTI. The Red Road Eid prayers witnesses the biggest congregation of Muslims in the state. Rahman’s view was echoed by Shafique Qasmi, Imam of Nakhoda Masjid, the biggest mosque in the city, who stressed that the minorities must ensure that there was no division of their votes and only a secular and democratic force comes to power. The minorities, which comprise nearly 30 per cent of the electorate, are a deciding factor in nearly 16-18 Lok Sabha seats of the state. They are a vote bank that every political party has tried to woo. Parliamentary seats such as Raiganj, Coochbehar, Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Murshidabad in north Bengal and seats such as Diamond Harbour, Uluberia, Howrah, Birbhum, Kanthi, Tamluk, Joynagar in south Bengal have very high Muslim population. The TMC presently holds a great influence over the minority votes in the state but several riots that took place in the last four years have angered a section of the minorities. According to Union Home Ministry data released in 2018, communal violence increased sharply since 2015 in West Bengal. While the state recorded 27 incidents of communal violence in 2015, the number almost doubled by 2017 when 58 such incidents were recorded. The recent ones being the Basirshat riots in 2017 and Asansol riots in 2018. The TMC, however, blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for trying to flare up communal passions to serve its own political purpose and expressed confidence that it will repeat its 2014 feat with the help of minorities. “The minorities are very well aware of developmental work that the TMC government has done. Bengal is known for communal harmony but BJP is trying to disturb that for its own political gains,” TMC leader and minister Firhad Hakim said. According to TMC sources, minorities are likely to vote for the party to stop the march of the BJP. Since independence, the minorities in the state voted in favour of the Congress in order to keep outfits like the Hindu Mahasabha and Jan Sangh at bay. However, since the late sixties, they gradually started drifting towards the Left forces, which under the leadership of Jyoti Basu and Promode Dasgupta put up an alternative against the Congress rule in the state. After the CPI(M)-led Left Front came to power in 1977, through its iconic policies of ‘Operation Barga’ – giving land to landless farmers which benefited lakhs including Muslims – cemented its support base among the minorities. Riding on the support of minorities and rural Bengal, the Left Front in 1996 and 2004 had sent the largest bloc of 33 and 34 MPs, respectively, to the Lok Sabha. But things started falling apart for the Left Front after the Sachar Committee report in 2008 painted a dismal picture on the condition of minorities in the state. Adding to their woes was the anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram and Singur that made the TMC, led by Mamata Banerjee, as the new “saviour” of minorities. Banerjee unseating the 34-year-old Left Front regime in the state but has been accused of appeasing minorities by the BJP-RSS, which emerged as the main opposition in West Bengal. “The policies of the state government were only aimed at protecting the interests of a specific community in the state. This has ignited anger among the majority community which feels only BJP can protect their interests,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said. Senior CPI(M) leader and MP Mohammed Salim said the assertion by TMC that it is a saviour of the Muslims in the state has fallen flat in the last few years. While Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan said that minority voting pattern would depend a lot on the credibility of the CPI(M)-Congress alliance in the state. “If we are able to put up a credible alternative then we too will receive considerable minority votes. But if we fail to do so, TMC will take away the entire share,” the senior Congress leader said.last_img read more

5th accused in Alwar gangrape case arrested from Mathura

first_imgJaipur: The fifth accused in the Alwar gangrape case has been arrested from Mathura, police said on Thursday, even as opposition parties held protests against the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.A judicial magistrate recorded the victim’s statement on Thursday under CrPc section 164, DSP (Alwar Rural) Jagmohan Sharma said. The accused, Hansraj Gurjar, was arrested Wednesday night, while search for the prime accused, Chhote Lal Gurjar, is still on, the DSP said. Four other accused –Indra Raj Gurjar, Ashok Gurjar, Mahesh Gurjar and Mukesh Gurjar — have been arrested so far, the police officer said. The gangrape evoked sharp criticism from all sections of the society, with political parties protests holding protests in various parts of the state, including Ajmer, Alwar, Swai Madhopur and Churu. They cornered the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to Lok Sabha elections in the state. BJP leaders said went to the Collectorate Circle Thursday to present a memorandum to the district collector, but he was not available. Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and the state DGP in connection with the alleged rape of a Dalit woman by five men in front of her husband in Alwar. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that a Dalit woman was allegedly raped by five men after tying up her husband in Thanagaji area of Alwar district in Rajasthan on April 26. Reportedly, despite having registered an FIR in the matter, police did not take any action for four days because of elections on May 6,” the rights panel said in a statement on Wednesday.last_img read more

New UN guidebook aims to improve psychological support for disaster victims

The United Nations health agency and its partners have launched a guide to help fieldworkers provide vital psychological support to people affected by humanitarian emergencies. “In the last five years the psychological damage left in the wake of tsunamis, earthquakes, droughts and conflicts has proven as devastating as the physical damage,” said Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “Recognizing that we can do more and do better for the mental health of disaster-affected populations, WHO and partners have developed this guide to ensure that standards and best practices are consistently applied in humanitarian settings,” added Dr. Aylward. The guide is being released to coincide with World Humanitarian Day, celebrated on 19 August, which recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of those who risk their lives to give others help and hope. Produced jointly by WHO, the War Trauma Foundation and World Vision International, the guide reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to provide basic support to people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events. “This guide gives simple, practical guidance for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities,” the three organizations said in a joint news release. It will enable humanitarian and emergency workers from all over the world to provide critical psychological support to people in acute distress, including helping distressed relief workers themselves, they added. The guide instructs aid workers on how to provide basic psychological support, such as listening without pressing the person to talk and assessing a person’s needs and concerns. It also emphasizes support and protection to people who may need special attention such as separated children and people with disabilities. The information contained in the guide can be taught to humanitarian workers within one day for immediate use, the organizations noted. 17 August 2011The United Nations health agency and its partners have launched a guide to help fieldworkers provide vital psychological support to people affected by humanitarian emergencies. read more

In Washington Annan voices hope that US and UK will discipline soldiers

“In all these situations, when it comes to the treatment of prisoners of war, we have to respect international humanitarian law,” Mr. Annan said in response to press questions in Washington, D.C. “I am encouraged that the US Government is taking it seriously and intends to discipline those involved, and I think that is extremely important, because the images going around the world have been damaging,” he said. The United States and United Kingdom must “take a strong and firm stand to ensure that those kinds of activities are not repeated, because it does do damage, as you can see from reactions in the region,” he added. The Secretary-General also pointed out that “the US is in Iraq, as it has indicated, to also try and establish democracy and law and order” making it all the more important that Washington “be seen as dealing very firmly with this.” To questions about the transition to Iraqi sovereignty, Mr. Annan said the country’s people are “keen to see the end of the occupation” and are counting on this taking place on 30 June. “Any attempt to pull it back can be difficult and can raise tensions,” he cautioned. “So I believe we should do everything to make sure that the June deadline is met.” For its part, the UN is “trying to facilitate and work with the Iraqis and the CPA [Coalition Provisional Authority] to come up with a new government” based on broad consultations with the Iraqi people. He also predicted that the Security Council would pass a resolution before 30 June on a multinational force in Iraq. read more

Shell Canada seals second deepwater well off Nova Scotia silent on results

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shell Canada seals second deepwater well off Nova Scotia, silent on results HALIFAX – Shell is moving to seal off the second of its two deepwater exploration wells off Nova Scotia.The company began work on the Monterey Jack well on the Scotian Shelf on Sept. 25, shortly after abandoning its Cheshire well in the Nova Scotia offshore, about 250 kilometres southeast of Halifax.Shell spokesman Cameron Yost said in an email Monday that sealing the well involves “the installation and testing of multiple barriers in the wellbore.”He also said it is too early to speculate on what the results of the well are, saying it will take some time to analyze the information gathered from Monterey Jack by a contracted exploration vessel.Petroleum geologist Grant Wach, a professor at Dalhousie University, cautions deep waters off the Scotian Shelf may require a number of exploration wells before firm conclusions are reached, adding that it required more than 30 wells to make the Grand Banks discovery off Newfoundland.Wach said in an email that he’ll continue to watch what decision BP takes in terms of drilling their potential exploration sites on the Scotian shelf.He also said that Shell’s original news release left the option of drilling five other exploration wells, and these may be the key future sign of whether their deepwater play continue to be possibilities.“If they drill more wells, they are interested,” he said.In addition, there are bid rounds for exploration licensing coming up this year and in 2018 and Wach said interest in these blocks will also be a sign of whether Nova Scotia’s offshore is continuing to attract investment.However, the deepwater drilling off Nova Scotia has attracted opposition from municipal leaders, environmentalists and fishermen’s groups concerned about the possibility of a blowout.During the drilling of the Cheshire well — which did not show commercial quantities of hydrocarbons — the ship contracted to drill the well dropped two kilometres of pipe and other drilling gear onto the ocean floor on March 5.The incident occurred after the ship unlatched the drilling gear from the wellhead due to heaving seas, and was moving away from the site.There were no injuries or spills, but a report has noted the accident was costly and caused delays in the drilling effort.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly reported the Cheshire well showed commercial quantities of hydrocarbon. read more

Didnt Lose a Step Derek Jeter Homers on First

Derek Jeter boasted that he was ready to return to the New York Yankees dugout and one pitch after he took the plate he proved it.The All-Star shortstop homered on the first pitch he saw, his first at-bat Sunday, in the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.The slugger finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI as the Yankees won on a game-clinching single in the ninth from newly acquired Alfonso Soriano.“I said, ‘Thank God,’ because I didn’t want to go out there and play in extra innings because I was tired,” said Jeter. “We need contributions from a lot of people. It is not like I’m some savior.”

Cambridge lecturer defeats exhusband after he tried to halt maintenance payments as

first_imgA Cambridge University lecturer has won a court battle against her lawyer ex-husband who claimed he should not have to pay her maintenance because she is too hardworking.Three judges have refused “belligerent, unhelpful and dictatorial” London solicitor Goran Mickovski’s bid to stop payments to his ex-wife, Kathleen Liddell.The former couple shared a £1.2m family fortune when they split in 2011 after 11 years of marriage.After they broke up, 40-year-old Mrs Liddell moved from part-time to full-time hours despite having “tiny children” to care for, saying she needed to work “as hard as she can” to “survive financially”. I understand and accept her decision to work full time… she is working as hard as she can and she can’t earn any moreJudge Markanza Cudby The case made its way to the Court of Appeal But Lady Justice Macur dismissed Mrs Mickovski’s challenge to Judge Cudby’s order, saying: “The wife says, ‘I need to work in order to survive financially’. She was struggling. Each month her outgoings exceeded her income.”That is why she needs maintenance going forward and why the judge made the findings that she did. The judge congratulated her for getting herself back to work full time with tiny children. “The judge found that the husband had not been accurate in his assertions… she accepted the evidence of the wife. We intend to refuse the husband permission to appeal.”Mr Mickovski was given two months to pay the £34,000 to his ex – who represented herself in court – along with £3,543 in legal costs.He must keep on paying her £723-a-month maintenance until he comes up with the £34,000 lump sum The former matrimonial home in Islington of Kathleen Liddell and Goran MickovskiCredit:Richard Gittins/Champion News The former matrimonial home in Islington of Kathleen Liddell and Goran Mickovskicenter_img Judge Cudby found last year that Mrs Liddell still needed the maintenance payments as she was struggling to make ends meet.”She receives no real financial contribution from her partner,” the judge said, adding: “I’m satisfied that she works hard… I understand and accept her decision to work full time… she is earning £53,000-a-year and I accept she is working as hard as she can and she can’t earn any more.”The judge also branded Mr Mickovski “belligerent, unhelpful and dictatorial” after hearing him give evidence.But his barrister, Stephen Lyon, told the Court of Appeal that Judge Cudby’s decision not to end the maintenance payments had left his ex more comfortable than she needed to be, when by now she should be financially “independent.””The increase in salaried income that she gained by going full-time matched the level of maintenance he was paying, therefore she no longer needed it,” he said.”There was no continuing need for financial support from the former husband at £723-a-month,” he told the judges.Mr Lyon insisted that Mrs Liddell was “in a position now to be independent of the husband and that she could immediately adjust without undue hardship to the immediate termination” of maintenance.The wife’s five-bedroom home “arguably exceeded her needs,” he argued, adding: “There was no consideration of need.””We say the judge gave no reasons for her decision and no analysis. The impression one gets from the judgment is that the judge is saying, ‘you’ve not convinced me you can’t afford it, so you can carry on paying’. That’s not the law, bluntly.” But her 43-year-old ex-husband later took her to court, asking Judge Markanza Cudby to stop the £723-a-month maintenance he had been paying her because his ex-wife’s wages had increased. However, Mrs Liddell was “congratulated” by the divorce judge for her strong work ethic.The judge went on to order her ex-husband to pay her the whole sum of the maintenance she was due for the next four years at once in a £34,000 lump sum.Two more judges at London’s Court of Appeal heard Mr Mickovski challenge that order, arguing that his ex-wife had been left in a financial position that “exceeded her needs”.Lady Justice Macur and Lady Justice Eleanor King heard that the former couple lived in an £800,000 home in Islington, north London, which made up the bulk of their £1.2m wealth.As well as the maintenance payments, Mrs Liddell received a £555,000 lump sum when the marriage broke down and, in return, signed her half of the house over to her ex, who still lives there.The academic used the money to buy a five-bedroom property in Cambridgeshire near her £53,000-a-year job at the University’s law faculty.She now shares the house with her new partner, a chartered accountant, while Mr Mickovski, who is also required to pay child support, has re-married a businesswoman working for British-American Tobacco. The case made its way to the Court of AppealCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Crown producer to make film about 1970 Miss World protests seven years

Now, the climate for such projects has changed, filming on Misbehaviour, which has Keira Knightley, the Oscar-nominated…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– They have made some of the biggest hits of British film and television, including Calendar Girls, The Queen and The Crown, but producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries struggled in vain seven years ago to get anyone interested in another proposed project – a film about the start of the women’s liberation movement.   No-one wanted to invest in a story about the 1970 Miss World Competition, despite its real-life drama of angry women invading the stage and flour-bombing the presenter – comedy legend Bob Hope – during a live broadcast of an event watched by 100 million viewers.

Western Potashs Milestone news fuels international takeover speculation

first_imgBy Marc Davis, www.BNWnews.ca Several delegations of high-powered Chinese investment consortiums, government representatives from Beijing, and state-run mining companies have in recent weeks visited Western Potash Corp.  Crowding into elevators to the 18th floor of the downtown skyscraper that houses the Vancouver-based aspiring potash miner, they weren’t there to enjoy the panoramic view of this picturesque port city. Nor did they care to see for themselves how the metropolis below them has become an affluent and thriving gateway to south-east Asian marketplaces. Their attention lay elsewhere. In fact, their overtures to do business with this small but asset-rich company concern Western Potash’s flagship Milestone potash project, which is far away in Canada’s hinterland province of Saskatchewan.Now their quest has come into much sharper focus following Western Potash’s announcement of an updated resource estimate a few days ago. This key benchmark development suggests that a multi-billion dollar potash mine with a 50-year mine life is now a very viable proposition. Especially since the company’s emerging deposit is situated within the planet’s richest and most prolific potash fields.Last week’s announcement of this independently-assessed and updated resource estimate significantly upgraded the Milestone potash resource calculation. It now stands at 174 Mt in the highly reliable ‘measured and indicated category,’ as well as 560 Mt in the more approximate ‘inferred category.’The news didn’t just offer further encouragement to Western Potash’s Chinese suitors; it was also well-received by potash experts in the investment industry. They include Joel Jackson, a fertilizer analyst for the big-league Canadian institutional investor, Bank of Montreal. The new resource estimate is large enough “for an adequate mine life pending positive results from engineering studies,” he told clients in a June 3rd research note. (In the potash business, mines typically have a decades-long lifespan).Jackson also suggested that this new development makes Western Potash an undervalued stock, when compared to its only peer, Potash One Inc., which trades in the $2 range. One of only two other publicly traded junior potash explorers in Canada, Potash One owns the similarly-sized Legacy potash deposit. It is also in the same region of southern Saskatchewan as Milestone, and likewise benefits from being in close proximity to the major city of Regina. (The Legacy deposit weighs-in at 189 Mt in the measured and indicated category).According to Jackson: “At WPX’s current market capitalization, the stock is currently being valued at less that half that of KCL on a per-tonne basis. So it would not seem a stretch that WPX could be due for a step-up in valuation.”Though Potash One’s project is further ahead along the developmental curve than Milestone, Western Potash expects to complete a scoping study (a very preliminary blueprint for a mine) by July, Jackson also noted.   Regardless of how soon the Legacy and Milestone projects can be commercialized, they both already represent key strategic assets to potash suppliers and end users, alike. This is illustrated by the fact that the planet is facing the daunting challenge of doubling its crop yields over the next few years. And potash-based fertilizer is crucial to boosting crop output, while also ensuring cost containment.To put matters in perspective, there is a dire need to step up food production to sustain a burgeoning global population, which is growing by at least 75-80 million people a year. Then there’s also the fact that three billion people in emerging economies are now demanding feed-intensive animal protein in their diets.  Such scenarios are making both Western Potash and Potash One subject to heightened takeover speculation. Their appeal is also underscored by the fact that the Milestone and Legacy deposits are both amenable to ‘solution-extraction’ mining methods. This translates into much lower capital expenditures and operating costs than conventional potash mines.Jacob Bout, a fertilizer analyst for the Toronto-based investment banking heavyweight CIBC World Markets, believes that potash juniors are ripe for the picking.“Companies involved solely in exploration of potash are likely take-out candidates, either by diversified mining companies seeking a way into the potash industry or by countries looking to lock-in supply,” he stated in a research report entitled ‘Global Potash Supply – A Focus on Saskatchewan Exploration.’These remarks were made at a time when there was only a trio of potash explorers active in Saskatchewan. One of them – Athabasca Potash Inc. – has since been bought out earlier this year by potash-hungry BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s largest mining company. In a deal worth $341 million, Athabasca Potash shareholders were able to cash out at $8.35 a share.A relative newcomer to the potash business, the diversified Australia-based mining giant, BHP Billiton, is on record saying that it wants to be a “major” player in the potash industry within the next decade. And that may prompt the deep-pocketed multinational to keep both Western Potash and Potash One well within its crosshairs.It is also worth noting that Brazil-based global mining giant Vale SA is making a big splash in the potash mining business by aggressively acquiring assets all over the world. Vale already has a strategic foothold in Saskatchewan. This is where it is making headway with a solution-extraction potash mine-the-making near Regina.This also makes Vale another potential buyer for the two remaining advanced-stage potash juniors in Saskatchewan. Notably, Vale’s potash project actually borders the Milestone property. This is particularly encouraging for Western Potash, which believes that its own deposit exhibits similar geological features. Ones that are likely suitable for the realization of an energy-efficient and therefore cost-efficient solution-extraction mine.That said, the three long-standing potash power players in Saskatchewan could also be in the running to gobble up Western Potash and Potash One. These dominant North American producers are Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Agrium Inc. and The Mosaic Company. They act as a cartel and collectively sell their potash via an international marketing arm called Canpotex Ltd.China has to import most of its potash from Canada. And its government is becoming increasingly frustrated with being beholden to Canpotex – which dictates the sometimes exorbitant prices that China has had to pay for an increasingly indispensible nutrient for its burgeoning agriculture industry.So, Chinese importers are keenly aware of the strategic benefits of locking-in their own Canadian potash supplies. That has prompted plenty of speculation that they may yet get the jump on everyone else by striking a deal with Western Potash.last_img read more

Sudanese and Greek community members of Melbourne build bridges

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The South Sudanese Community of Victoria met last night with members of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Victoria to discuss ways that the Greek Community can assist and work with the South Sudanese Community in developing lobbying capacity, language schools and projects that bring both communities together.Fotis Kapetopoulos of Kape Communications and adviser to former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu have been working to bring the two communities together since 2018. Bill Papasterdiagis the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne Victoria, has been a major supported of the idea and while he could not attend the meeting last night said, “I can think of nothing more worthy that a significant community as ours assisting our brothers and sisters in the South Sudanese Community as well as other new and emerging communities.”Leonidas Vlahakis, Jorge Menidis, Theo and Costas Markos among others expressed a deep desire to assist the South Sudanese Community of Victoria in developing their own independent voice.READ MORE: South Sudanese aged carer feels like an honorary GreekPastor Tu Yoa a leader in the South Sudanese Community said: “We understand that the Greek community has been through what we have in the past, we also know that over the period you have developed excellent infrastructure, schools, churches and are able to lobby government and we want to learn from you.”The two communities are working together on a number of projects. Jorge Menidis from the Greek Community said, “We understand much of what you are going through, we went through it in then past, and one area of strength was building our language schools, our cultural events and our churches and we are keen to show you how we did that.”Costa Markos from the Greek Community focused on “dance, language and faith” as the “key building blocks” for the two groups to learn from each other.Another issue touched upon was racism. “We also want our people to know that the  racism you are suffering now was no different to the racism we encountered we want our community to be empathetic and supportive,” said Theo Markos.READ MORE: What happened when Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Greek Centre?Deng Monybuony Kor social worker and representative added that he believed that his community “needs to be seen as South Sudanese not only as African” and in working with the Greek Community his community would “gain the level of independence they need to work as cohesive and strong community”The meeting ended with embraces and some emotion as both communities look forward to a period of collaboration.last_img read more

En images les splendeurs minérales de la planète Terre

first_imgEn images : les splendeurs minérales de la planète TerreNotre planète est définitivement celle de la diversité. Plantes, animaux, paysages, minéraux… Tous offrent une grande variété. C’est aujourd’hui aux splendeurs minérales de la Terre que nous nous intéressons. Les minéraux sont présents dans la couche superficielle de la Terre, c’est-à-dire la lithosphère, et en particulier dans la croûte terrestre. Ils sont classés d’après leurs propriétés physico-chimiques, leur dureté et leur formule chimique. À lire aussiLa pollution atmosphérique en Asie “protégerait” notre planèteParmi ceux présentés par Maxisciences, la calcédoine rose sort du lot par sa beauté. Il existe des calcédoines de couleurs très différentes et les scientifiques les distinguent grâce à la structure de leurs cristaux.Les couleurs bleues de l’azurite attirent également le regard. Le minéral est même considéré comme une pierre fine (anciennement “semi-précieuse”) au même titre que la topaze, l’améthyste ou le grenat.Pour découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/min%e9ral/un-apercu-des-splendeurs-minerales-de-notre-planete_art6626.htmlLe 27 mars 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Breaking Bad Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and Netflix

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ A Breaking Bad movie sequel is reportedly coming to AMC and Netflix, and it will place a familiar character in the spotlight: Jesse Pinkman.On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Aaron Paul, the actor who played Pinkman in Breaking Bad, will be returning for the feature-length film. Sources also told The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix will show the flick before it airs on AMC. No details were provided on when the Breaking Bad sequel will premiere, and AMC and Netflix did not provide comment on the movie.The #BreakingBad movie – coming to Netflix, then AMC – will be a sequel revolving around @aaronpaul_8‘s Jesse Pinkman. Get all the details: https://t.co/mtnNpdZ6LN pic.twitter.com/RVb3aBKGGo— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 13, 2019The Breaking Bad film will be written by Vince Gilligan, who created the original series. In the movie, Pinkman, who’s wrongfully kidnapped by perpetrators, manages to escape and sets out to live a free life. No other details were provided on the movie’s plot, however, other sources said that the sequel might be filming in Duke City, New Mexico, even though the New Mexico Film Office didn’t provide comment on the matter.Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White in Breaking Bad, also confirmed that a sequel flick was in the works. “It’s a great story and there are a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left open [in the series finale],” Cranston said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I don’t know if there’s an appearance — flashbacks, flash forwards — but I’m excited about it because it’s Breaking Bad and it was the greatest professional period of my life.”More on Geek.com:A ‘Breaking Bad’ Film Is in the Works, Sources SayAMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Renewed for Season 10Meet the Cast of Netflix’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Superhero Serieslast_img read more

Kompany Our pride has been hurt

first_imgManchester City defender Vincent Kompany says the recent defeats they suffered at the hands of Crystal Palace and Leicester City have hurt their pride.Ahead of Thursday night’s potential title-deciding clash with Liverpool at the Etihad, Kompany still has hope that they can catch up with league leaders Liverpool despite trailing them by seven points.“We shouldn’t focus too much on points at the moment, we know if we can play to our potential we are a good team,” Kompany told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Our pride has been hurt over the last few weeks but we have everything to play for and it depends on us.“It’s one of those key games you live for. Every living soul that comes into the stadium on Thursday has to be ready to fight and give it to them.“And we should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game.”last_img read more

Millie Bobby Brown Leaves Twitter After Becoming Homophobic Meme

first_img David Harbour: Season 1 of ‘Stranger Things’ Was ‘The Most Miserable Time in My Life’Volume 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 UpHow to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1901:45 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/millie-bobby-brown-homophobic-meme-1202845084/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0003:0203:02More Videos01:45How to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1930:31David Harbour & Kyle MacLachlan – Full Actors on Actors Video00:37Brad Pitt on Retirement01:28Rosalia on Who She Wants to See at the VMAs00:58Young Thug and Lizzo Top the RS Charts | RS Charts News 9/29/1902:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin TarantinoClose There’s a history of users bullying public figures on social media, until they’ve decided they’ve had enough. Leslie Jones left Twitter in 2016 as a result of racist Twitter memes and another “Star Wars” actress, Daisy Ridley, quit Instagram after receiving backlash from an anti-gun post.Brown will return to play Eleven in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”RELATED CONTENT: Until the recent deactivation, the teenage actress was active on the social media platform, frequently posting about the events of her day, political statements, and photos of her relationship with YouTuber and musician Jacob Sartorius. Sartorius has not commented on social media about Brown’s account deletion.Brown’s secondary, anti-bullying Twitter account, @Milliestopshate, is still live, though.center_img A week after trolls from the “Star Wars” fanbase harassed and bullied “The Last Jedi’s” Kelly Marie Tran off Instagram, 14-year-old “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown has deleted her Twitter account after various Twitter users posted memes depicting her as a violent homophobe, some garnering thousands of reacts.The meme-generators generally take various selfies and photos of Brown, and add homophobic statements and slurs. Brown is public supporter of GLAAD’s Together movement and has previously voiced support for Parkland shooting survivors.The reason behind the memes remains unclear, though several Twitter users have claimed they originated as an inside joke for LGBT tweeters.last_img read more

The Game Boy is 25 years old today

first_img 1 2 Today gamers around the world will remember the Game Boy. It’s hard to believe the handheld gaming device is 25 years old, but it is rightly still held in very high regard and is understood to be one of the most important pieces of hardware in gaming’s history.To celebrate the device’s 25th anniversary, we’ve compiled some key facts you may or may not have known about Nintendo’s incredible handheld.Launched in 1989, not discontinued until 2003Depending on your age, the Game Boy is either a distant childhood memory or something you heard about that used to be cool before you were born. But Nintendo’s handheld had a surprisingly long life, and the company kept manufacturing them in different forms until 2003. That’s a life span of 14 years. Incredibly, the Game Boy wasn’t replaced with the Game Boy Color for the first decade. You don’t typically see that anymore with handheld gaming devices, for example, the Nintendo DS launched in 2004 and was replaced by the 3DS in 2011.The Game Boy was redesigned three timesOver the course of its lifetime, the original Game Boy with its monochrome display received three redesigns, although you may have only seen two of those. The first was called Play It Loud! and saw a release in 1995. The spec remained the same, but a range of case color variants were offered (a practice Nintendo has kept on doing with subsequent hardware releases).Then in 1996 we got the Game Boy Pocket. It was smaller, lighter, and cut the battery requirement from four AA to just two AAA while still managing 10 hours of gameplay. The screen was a revised “true black and white” unit, which was much improved over the original. The link port was smaller, and the first batch of units didn’t have a power LED. It was soon added, though, due to public demand.Finally there was the Game Boy Light, which only saw a release in Japan. It is slightly bigger than the Pocket and sported a back light. The bigger unit was required for two AA batteries, which with the light on managed 12 hours of gameplay (20 hours with it turned off).50 different Game Boy variants were releasedSuch a long life span and huge popularity meant there were many opportunities to release hardware variants and special editions. Nintendo took full advantage of this and incredibly released 50 different variants of the Game Boy hardware (that total increase drastically if you count the Game Boy Color, too).As well as many color variants, special editions including a hot pink Kirby edition, limited edition clear case, Tamagotchi and Hello Kitty branded units, and even a glow in the dark version were offered. Many were very limited or even one-offs, making them worth quite a bit today I’d imagine.It only ran at 4.19MHz, but managed 60fpsKnowledge of the hardware that runs inside our gadgets has never been higher than today, with everyone wanting the fastest processor, the most capable GPU, and most memory included. But in the days of the Game Boy the spec wasn’t really important. It ran games, that’s all that mattered.The Game Boy used a custom 8-bit Sharp processor running at just 4.19MHz combined with 8KB of RAM and 8KB of video memory. The 2.6-inch screen had a resolution of 160×144 and a 2-bit color palette, meaning 4 shades of gray. Even with such limited hardware (by today’s standards), game frame rates were approximately 59.7fps.Tetris was the best-selling gamePutting a game in the box with the hardware will do wonders for sales figures, and that was definitely the case with Tetris. Alexey Pajitnov’s game is the best selling title for the Game Boy with over 35 million copies sold.For the North American release of the hardware, Nintendo included the game in the box. It also helped that Tetris was the first game compatible with the Link Cable, making multiplayer accessible between friends, and boosting Nintendo’s profits yet further through all those Link Cable sales.Next page: 716 games, 118 million sales, and the best battery life of any handheld…last_img read more

Picture perfect

first_img17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav organised another phase of Living Legend Series with Raghu Rai. He gave a lecture demonstration on the art of photography in Bahumukh Auditorium, NSD Campus on February 13.He believes that India is a great country for any person to nurture his creativity because the culture is diverse and there are various kinds of people that can be found here. The Padmashree award winner captures real life moments in his camera.  Rai spoke about how he evolved as a photographer and shared a few of his photographs with the audience on various real life situations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The way he explains the inner depth meaning of each photograph is commendable. Rai truly justified the statement- A Picture is worth a thousand words. He said, “Creativity is not about beauty. It means to capture expression and energy.”Playwright Krishna Sobti also gave a lecture-demonstration as a part of the Living Legend series on February 14. She said, “Love, fear, spirituality and mentality become a part of your thinking when you’re on stage.”last_img read more

EC addressing connectivity issues for monitoring polling stations

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission (EC) is trying to address the connectivity issue for monitoring each and every polling station for ensuring a streamlined and peaceful election in West Bengal, an official said here on Friday. “In West Bengal, the number of polling stations with voice and internet shadow zone are respectively 159 and 1,019. Efforts are underway to reduce the number of polling stations falling under the shadow zone,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, Sanjay Basu told reporters. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Asked if security personnel would be increased in these shadow zones, he said: “The District Election Officer, police officers and the observers will decide, and if the booth requires more force, it will be deployed.” This year, the Commission has instructed that the end-to-end movement of all reserve EVMs and VVPATs shall be carefully monitored at all times, for which Sector Officers’ vehicles with reserve EVMs and VVPATs shall mandatorily be fitted with GPS tracking. “This monitoring will be done on a real-time basis. This way the movement will be monitored through EVM Control Room at CEO and DEO levels,” he said.last_img read more

SnapLion An internal tool Snapchat employees abused to spy on user data

first_imgA report released by Motherboard yesterday reveals employees of Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular social media, Snapchat, abused privileged data management tools to spy on Snap users. They gained access to location, contact details, email addresses, even saved Snaps! This news was first reported by Motherboard stating that various departments within Snap have dedicated tools for accessing data. Talking about sources, Motherboard said, “two former employees said multiple Snap employees abused their access to Snapchat user data several years ago”. Along with those sources, Motherboard also obtained information from two other former employees, a current employee, and a cache of internal company emails. The sources and the emails obtained highlight one of the internal tools that can access user data called SnapLion Former employees said that SnapLion was originally used to gather information on users in response to valid law enforcement requests, such as a court order or subpoena. “Both of the sources said SnapLion is a play on words with the common acronym for law enforcement officer LEO, with one of them adding it, is a reference to the cartoon character Leo the Lion”, Motherboard reports. Snap Inc.’s ‘Spam and Abuse’ team has access to the tool and it can also be used to combat bullying or harassment on the platform by other users. Motherboard said, “An internal Snap email obtained by Motherboard says a department called “Customer Ops” also has access to SnapLion. Security staff also have access, according to the current employee. The existence of this tool has not been previously reported”. “Motherboard granted multiple sources in this story anonymity to speak candidly about internal Snap processes”, reports Motherboard. Snapchat has a customer bandwidth of around 186 million users who use it to share photos, videos, or post stories trusting that it may get auto-deleted as per Snapchat’s privacy policies. Snaps are photos or videos that, if not saved, typically disappear after being received (or after 24 hours if posted to a user’s Story). However, in 2014, the Federal Trade Commission fined Snapchat for failing to disclose that the company collected, stored, and transmitted geolocation data. A Snap spokesperson wrote to Motherboard, “Protecting privacy is paramount at Snap. We keep very little user data, and we have robust policies and controls to limit internal access to the data we do have. Unauthorized access of any kind is a clear violation of the company’s standards of business conduct and, if detected, results in immediate termination.” A few years ago, SnapLion did not have a satisfactory level of logging to track what data employees accessed, a former employee said. The company then implemented more monitoring, the former employee added. Snap said it currently monitors access to user data. The second former employee said, “Logging isn’t perfect”. “Snap said it limits internal access to tools to only those who require it, but SnapLion is no longer a tool purely intended to help law enforcement. It is now used more generally across the company”, the former employees reported. One of them who worked with SnapLion said the tool is used for resetting passwords of hacked accounts and “other user administration.” A current employee said that the company’s strides for user privacy and two former employees stressed the controls Snap has in place for protecting user privacy. Snap also introduced end to end encryption in January of this year. Similar to Snap Inc. there are stories where other tech giants like Facebook, Uber employees have accessed their ex-employees’ data. Facebook fired some of its employees in May, last year, for using their privileged access to user data to stalk exes. In 2016, Uber employees, on the other hand, used internal systems to spy on ex-partners, politicians, and celebrities. Read more about this news in detail on Motherboard’s full coverage. Read Next A WhatsApp vulnerability enabled attackers to inject Israeli spyware on user’s phones Intel discloses four new vulnerabilities labeled MDS attacks affecting Intel chips Atlassian Bitbucket, GitHub, and GitLab take collective steps against the Git ransomware attacklast_img read more

Air Canada gets regulatory OK to buy Aeroplan Aimia shareholders vote Jan

first_imgAir Canada gets regulatory OK to buy Aeroplan; Aimia shareholders vote Jan. 8 Share Wednesday, January 2, 2019 By: The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Air Canada MONTREAL — Air Canada’s acquisition of the Aeroplan loyalty program has received all required federal regulatory approvals ahead of a shareholders’ vote on a $450-million agreement reached by the airline in November.Shareholders of current Aeroplan owner Aimia Inc. are scheduled to vote on the cash deal on Jan. 8.Under their agreement, Air Canada will buy the Aeroplan business from Aimia for cash and also assume $1.9 billion of liabilities to points holders – partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards.Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will pay Air Canada about $1.2 billion in total. The banks and Visa have agreed to stay with the loyalty program until at least 2030.Aimia and the Montreal-based airline said Monday they’ve received required clearances under the Competition Act and Canada Transportation Act.last_img read more

Town abandoned by Lotto machines

first_imgIt seems that Ladysmith is now without Lotto machines.Many shops and centres have the machines, but not online.The question is: Is this fair – how can a person try their luck at winning the jackpot in this town?Many store owners are waiting for their Lotto machines to arrive.“I really hope this problem gets sorted out as soon as possible,” said one unhappy shop owner.From the new operators Facebook:ITHUBA is aware that there are retailers who are still experiencing difficulties with their terminals and we are dealing with all the issues as quickly as we can. We are requesting that retailers inform us of any issues via our Retail Helpline 0860 456 886 or info@ithubalottery.co.za. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.Seems like it will be a long wait before any lotto machines are operational in Ladysmith. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more