MP alleges plot to kill Bimal Gurung

first_imgBJP MP from Darjeeling district S.S. Ahluwalia has alleged that an unknown agency is trying to eliminate Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung in an encounter. “Some agency wants to eliminate him [Mr. Gurung], but I will not allow this to happen. As long as I am a public representative of the area, I will not allow this to happen,” Mr. Ahluwalia said on Saturday. This is Mr. Ahluwalia’s first visit to the constituency after the hills plunged into political instability in June 2017 when agitations broke out demanding Gorkhaland. He inaugurated a passport office at Siliguri and promised to visit the Darjeeling hills soon. Mr. Ahluwalia was elected to the Lok Sabha from Darjeeling in 2014 with the support of Mr. Gurung. In the changed political circumstances, Mr. Gurung, who has a number of cases filed against him by the West Bengal government, is on the run and GJM leader Benoy Tamang has been appointed chairperson of the regional autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) by the government.Reacting to the allegations, Mr. Tamang said the political culture in Darjeeling had changed and there was no threat to anyone’s life.last_img read more

Inspired by Chris Gayle, Ross Taylor hopes to play 2023 World Cup

first_imgNew Zealand batting mainstay Ross Taylor is preparing to play in his fourth World Cup but he has not ruled out featuring in another one four years later as he get “inspired” by West Indian Chris Gayle.At 35, the upcoming event could be the New Zealand batting great’s final World Cup bow but he says if his body allows he may still be playing in another showpiece event.For that, he does not have to look far for inspiration as he is keen to follow the 39-year-old ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle, for whom age has proven merely a number with runs scored and sixes struck aplenty.”I’m 35 but you never really know what is to come. Chris Gayle is probably an inspiration – he is 39 in this World Cup and I am 39 at the next, so it is not a simple matter,” Taylor, who will be playing in his fourth World Cup, was quoted as saying by the ICC website.”You never know, this will probably be my last World Cup but if these hamstrings and calves hold together then maybe I can be back in a few years.”New Zealand face West Indies in their final World Cup warm-up game at the Oval on Monday. They had beaten India by six wickets on Saturday and Taylor had scored 71.Taylor said he’s keen to keep pressure at a minimum over the coming weeks.”My approach to the World Cup is not necessarily a mindset of going out there just to enjoy it,” explained Taylor.advertisement”You always put a lot of pressure on yourself in big tournaments – pressure comes with it whether you think about it or not, so it is about managing those moments.”No Kiwi comes close to 67 centuries or fifties he has in ODI cricket but with a World Cup trophy still absent from his cabinet, the work is not done yet. New Zealand were finalists four years ago.”I think you have to pace yourself in a tournament like this, it is a long time and the way our schedule is, there are a lot of games at the start and a bit of a break in the middle. The way you rest and train between games is going to be very important,” he said.”When it comes to a warm-up you just treat it as that and then get out of the game what you want to get out of it. For us, we have not played as a team for two or three months, so it was about going out there and testing our skills out against the best.”It is going to be a lot tougher, making the final four years ago we played a lot of games at home and we knew our conditions very well. If you get off to a good start and get onto a roll, you can get into those semi-finals and suddenly you are only two wins away from winning it,” said Taylor.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle treats fans with autographs and selfies during rain break in warm-upAlso Read | Pakistan can end World Cup losing streak against India: Inzamam-ul-Haqlast_img read more

BlogPoll Week 6

first_img17LSU Tigers— SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football RankingsPistols Firing Ballot – Week 6 22Louisiana Tech Bulldogs— 13Clemson Tigers— 15Texas Longhorns— 20Rutgers Scarlet Knights— 7Notre Dame Fighting Irish— 14Stanford Cardinal— 6Florida Gators— RankTeamDelta 11Georgia Bulldogs— 5Kansas St. Wildcats— 10USC Trojans— 23Ohio Bobcats— Screen shot 2012 10 07 at 6.24.13 PM 2Welcome to Week 6 of the blogpoll. I somehow missed the poll last week (I was probably Zapruder-ing the Texas fumble) which is why there’s no delta for this week (my bad). But we’re back at it with the top three spots spoken for and a random number lottery to fill out the rest.Full poll after the jump. 8Ohio St. Buckeyes—center_img 12Florida St. Seminoles— BlogPoll Criteria1. You’ve proved it on the field (see: Florida).2. You looked like a top 25 team even though you played crappy teams (see: La. Tech).3. If two teams are close in resumes, I look and see if I think team X would beat team Y 51 out of 100 times on a neutral field (see: Oregon vs. South Carolina).Seriously, I have no idea who’s good. I was talking to my dad this weekend and we went through about 45 iterations of “mehhhhhh they aren’t that good.”That being said, here are my thoughts on this week’s version:-I know we joke about Bama’s second string being ranked but, yeah, it’s becoming less and less funny every week.-LSU is basically just in the top 20 because their defense is performing at All-American level right now. They have 1 SEC TD. I wonder if Les has contacted future opponents about just playing defense and special teams the entire game. Might not be a bad idea.-I think Texas is better than OU but we’re going to find out this weekend.-Can I get a little Ohio love?-Two OSUs in the top 10 and we aren’t one of them…-Anybody else hoping somehow for Oregon and WVU to play for the title? I know that’s nearly impossible with three SEC teams in the top six but how much fun would that game be?-Is Stanford good? Is USC good? I don’t understand how Stanford rolls over SC then gets taken to the wire by a very average Arizona squad. Like I said, top three are solid, rest is a crapshoot.-What’s going to happen if Notre Dame, Bama, and Oregon go undefeated?-One thing I hate about college football: it’s October 8th and only 10-12 teams have a chance to play for the title. Throw all 11 conference champs and a few at-larges in a tournament and everyone would still be alive. Don’t see why this is that difficult.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 9Oregon St. Beavers— 19Mississippi St. Bulldogs— 25Texas A&M Aggies— 18Louisville Cardinals— 4West Virginia Mountaineers— 21Cincinnati Bearcats— 2Oregon Ducks— 24Iowa St. Cyclones— 16Oklahoma Sooners— 3South Carolina Gamecocks— SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings » 1Alabama Crimson Tide—last_img read more

Cowboys Go ‘Full Pete’ with White-Orange-White Combo

first_imgA look at Oklahoma State’s new helmets— Jackson Lavarnway (@TheLavarnway) August 31, 2017 Tonight’s uniform. ⚪️?⚪️ #okstate #GoPokes— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 31, 2017This is a brand new lid. We’ve never seen the full Pistol Pete on a helmet before and the orange facemask was just debuted last season. That striping also appears to be a first.Here’s a better shot of tonight’s @CowboyFB helmet. Love this Pistol Pete. #OKState— Scott Pfeil (@scottpfeil) August 31, 2017 Love the Pistol Pete helmet #OKStatevsTulsa— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) August 31, 2017 For the season opener against Tulsa, Oklahoma State is going white/orange/white with a new white helmet, an orange Pistol Pete brand and orange facemask. Which means Kyle, Carson and Southwell start off the year tied a 0-1.Go time. #GoPokes #okstate #CowboyUp18— Cowboy FB Recruiting (@CowboyFB_Elite) August 31, 2017 Those helmets are pure awesome! @CowboyFB— Bruce Waterfield (@osusportsphotog) August 31, 2017The White/Orange/White scheme is a classic look and the same color scheme OSU wore during last year’s season opener.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Chelsea Handler To Be Honored At Visionary Ball

first_imgThe UCLA Department of Neurosurgery will be holding their annual fundraiser “The Visionary Ball” on Thursday, October 25th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.A VIP cocktail reception will start at 6:00pm and dinner, awards and entertainment at 7:00pm. Maria Menounos, host of “Extra,” will emcee and Robin Thicke will headline the entertainment.The event will be hosted by Dr. Neil Martin, Chairman and W. Eugene Stern Professor of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, with co-chairs Edie Baskin Bronson, three-time Emmy Award nominee and former Saturday Night Live photographer; Beth Friedman, UCLA Neurosurgery Advisory Board Member and community advocate; and Tony Pritzker, managing partner of the Pritzker Group and philanthropist.This year’s honorees include PayPal founder Elon Musk, who will be receiving the Visionary Award, and comedian/talk show host Chelsea Handler who will be receiving the Rodney Respect Award.Other honorees include Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Director of Imaging for the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Ted Gagliano, President of Feature Post Production at 20th Century Fox; and Kate Berg, founder of the fashion sales showroom Showroom Sixfifteen.The Rodney Respect Award, presented by the comedy legend’s widow, Joan Dangerfield, honors those who have achieved ultimate success in the field of entertainment. Recognizing those who have truly distinguished themselves as masters in entertainment, the Respect Award celebrates the joy each honoree brings to the community and the UCLA Neurosurgery department’s patients. Rodney Dangerfield successfully underwent rare and technically difficult brain bypass surgery in April 2003 at UCLA Medical Center to improve brain blood flow impaired by a blockage in his right carotid artery.To purchase tickets please call Grant Associates at (323) 904-4400.last_img read more

Stars Attend Les Girls Cabaret For Charity

first_imgOn Monday, October 6, the wildly popular cabaret benefit, Les Girls returned to the stage for its 14th annual celebration.Allison Janney attends the 14th annual ‘Les Girls’ arrivals at AvalonCredit/Copyright: Todd Williamson/ Invision for Les Girls/ AP ImagesHosted by Allison Janney and honoring Dr. Judith Reichman, the event kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a sexy and wickedly funny evening of entertainment, made possible by the donated performances of some of Hollywood’s top personalities! All proceeds will support the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020, a strategic plan of action with a January 1, 2020 deadline for knowing how to end the disease.Seamus Dever and Juliana Dever attend the 14th annual ‘Les Girls’ arrivals at AvalonCredit/Copyright: Todd Williamson/ Invision for Les Girls/ AP ImagesAmong the stars who attended were Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Seamus Dever (Castle), Jon Huertas (Castle), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Brit Shaw (Nashville), Alicia Witt (Justified), Keith David (Enlisted), Gary Dourdan (Mistresses), Michael Stahl-David (My Generation), Bojana Novakovic (Rake), Alexis Carra (Mixology), Jonathan Sadowski (Young & Hungry), Juliana Dever (Castle), Adrienne Frantz (The Young and the Restless), Scott Bailey (The Bay), Nicole Parker (MADtv), Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Spencer Garrett (The Legend of Korra), Eric Martsolf (Days of Our Lives), Micah Sloat (Paranormal Activity) and The Company Men, among many others!last_img read more

Prabarkaran was a psychopath

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran was a psychopath who killed his own people.In an interview with The Australian newspaper, the President said that most of the LTTE’s targeted victims were other Tamils as they set about eliminating any alternative Tamil leadership to themselves. Now, his request to outside critics is simple: “I would invite people to come and see for yourselves.” There are regular air services to Jaffna, and the road is always busy. Travel to Jaffna and all parts of the north is free. Outsiders are welcome.But Rajapaksa believes that the international LTTE network is still alive and well, or at least the networks among the Tamil diaspora, which formerly raised funds and waged information campaigns on behalf of the LTTE. He also denied his army knowingly or intentionally killed civilians. “In a war like this, it was a war against terrorists. If we had killed civilians, civilians would never have come to us. But some 300,000 civilians fled to our side. When people tried to flee from the LTTE, the LTTE shot them.” Rajapaksa’s government is involved in the most intimate co-operation with Canberra to stop the people-smuggling trade. The President wants Australia to take a hard line by refusing to allow illegal arrivals by boat any chance of permanent settlement in Australia. Controversially, he believes these networks are deeply involved in people-smuggling from Sri Lanka to Australia: “The LTTE sympathiser networks have been in this business for a long time. It was their big money-raiser. They are still doing it today. I don’t know whether the money they make goes to the LTTE today or to propaganda efforts.“It’s easy money for them. Sometimes they even rent a fishing boat, just hire it, then use it for this (people-smuggling) purpose.”He also accuses the LTTE networks of “using money to bribe politicians” in the West, to get them to take an anti-Sri Lankan government line. “Prabarkaran was a psychopath who had a delight in killing. He killed his own people, his own relations,” the newspaper quoted the President as saying “We are very happy with Australia’s policies,” he says. “If you take (the boatpeople) in and give them all the benefits, then there will be huge pull factors. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Imperial Oil says CEO switch not related to cost overruns at Kearl

Imperial Oil says CEO switch not related to cost overruns at Kearl oilsands mine CALGARY – A sudden leadership change at Imperial Oil Ltd. had nothing to do with a recent $2-billion cost overrun at the company’s Kearl oilsands mine in northern Alberta, the outgoing CEO said Thursday.Bruce March, 56, is leaving Imperial (TSX:IMO) to run parent company ExxonMobil Corp.’s global chemical operations after nearly five years in the role.Taking his place is Rich Kruger, the 53-year-old president of ExxonMobil Production Co. who moved up through the ranks in postings throughout the United States, as well as in the former Soviet Union, Africa and Southeast Asia.The change becomes official on March 1.“Rich is the right person at the right time at the right company. I can’t think of a better guy that I could have any more confidence in than him,” March said of Kruger.The two men have been friends for 10 years.The transition was “not at all” related to an announcement last month that the first phase of the massive Kearl oilsands mine will cost $12.9 billion, up from a previous estimate of $10.9 million. The project was initially expected to cost $7.9 billion.Imperial faced legal and regulatory delays in bringing enormous pieces of South Korean-made equipment to the mine site, which were shipped across the Pacific and then through the United States and Canada by river barge and truck.The 200 modules had to be broken up into smaller pieces so that they could be transported along interstate highways in Idaho and Montana and then put together again near Edmonton.That work added to the pricetag, as well as harsh winter weather around Fort McMurray while final construction work was being completed.Kearl is expected to start churning out oil by the end of the first quarter, March said.He said other factors went into the leadership change announcement, such as the timing of his entrance into the new role at ExxonMobil Chemical Co., which operates in 11 countries.Kruger added that it’s “very natural, logical timing,” given where Imperial is with major oilsands projects.“If you look at the stage of where Imperial is, with the first phase of Kearl being completed here, and now the startup imminent, this is very natural and timely for what we’re doing,” he said.“At ExxonMobil and Imperial, we plan succession well in advance.”Exxon Mobil owns about 69.6 per cent of Calgary-based Imperial’s common stock, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Imperial is one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, worth about $36 billion.Kruger has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.The Minnesota native said he’s looking forward to living in Calgary.“I had hockey skates on at the earliest age and had a stick in my hand,” he said.March, from New York State, said he’ll leave Calgary with fond memories, pride in Imperial’s safety performance and no regrets.“I honestly don’t really have anything that I regret or I’m disappointed in,” said March.Kruger said not to expect big changes between his management style and his predecessor’s.“I think you’ll find that Bruce and I are cut from the same cloth in that regard. You don’t need a great memory if you always tell the truth and you tell it straight and we’ve been developed in the same business model and in terms of honest and ethical behaviour and everything that goes along with that,” he said.“We are all about value, value for the shareholder and doing that in a long-term, safe, environmentally sound, sustainable way. So I think other than some personal style differences that are just natural between individuals, I don’t think you’ll see a material change in how Bruce and I see the business and approach the business.”Imperial shares fell 27 cents to $42.55 Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 4:52 pm MDT read more

Agrium lowers 2016 profit estimate reports loss in third quarter

Agrium lowers 2016 profit estimate, reports loss in third quarter CALGARY – Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) lowered its expectations for the current financial year following a third-quarter loss, amid low prices for fertilizer and soft demand in the United States for its crop protection products and services.The Calgary-based company — which sells fertilizer on the global market and retails agricultural products such as pesticides in North America — had a US$41-million net loss attributable to shareholders, or 29 cents per share.That compared with US$101 million or 72 cents per share of net income in the third quarter of 2015.Agrium, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported sales revenue of US$2.25 billion compared with US$2.52 billion a year ago.The company reduced its 2016 earnings estimate about seven per cent, to a range of between US$4.60 and US$5.00 per share from a range of between US$5.00 to US$5.30 per share.Agrium’s third-quarter loss after adjustments was $17 million or 12 cents per share, after excluding several items such costs associated with a proposed merger with Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT).The two Canadian fertilizer companies have been coping for months with low prices for crop nutrients such as potash, nitrogen and phosphates. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 8:18 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Jeremy Corbyns leadership has radicalised some Labour members into attacking Israel and

A dossier submitted to an official inquiry reveals how a series of Labour members became “obsessed” with Israel after Mr Corbyn’s election.  One user who has since shared a post referring to Dame Margaret Hodge, the Jewish Labour MP, as a “Rothschild Zionist millionaire”, said that she had been… In one case a party member who made no public Facebook comments about Israel before the leadership campaign is now posting more than 300 times per year on the issue, including a claim that “Zionists … bankrolled Hitler … all for one goal [,] Israel.” Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party has “radicalised” some members so they are now publicly attacking Israel and Jews, according to a report. read more

Geek Pick Pocket Ref 4th Edition

first_imgFor broader information you want to keep on-hand with a few post-it note flags on the pages, keep an eye on these sections: First Aid covers everything from CPR to treating burns and chest wounds. The Electronics section’s resistor and capacitor color codes, and electricity formulas, are incredibly useful if you need to solder a circuit. The Mathematics section has triangle, plane figure, and solid figure formulas that make it very easy to calculate the area, or a given side, of anything. And the Rope, Cable, & Chain section has pictures of a lot of different knots.The Pocket Ref 4th Edition is currently available for around $12 from Amazon. It might be one of the handiest books you’ll buy. Fore more Geek Picks check out this ThinkGeek Bag of Holding and Millennium Falcon Wall Mirror.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls I can go on. This book is dense with information. This isn’t the most useful information for everything at all times, but that’s not what the Pocket Ref is for. It’s a reference so you can get the information you need when you need it. And as a book that fits in your pocket, it doesn’t need an Internet connection or electricity.This book is filled with tables and lists and diagrams about math, electricity, metallurgy, carpentry, geology, and even proofreading. Tons and tons of information to use as a reference, and all of it useful. Assuming you have the mechanical skills, the tables and lists offer everything you need to know to put up a cabinet, wire a house, call Greenland from a land line, and tie a trucker’s hitch. Choose your Bibles carefully. I have a shelf of my personal scripture in my apartment, and I think it’s curated very well. There’s the Principia Discordia, the Book of Five Rings, a red letter edition Bible, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, some Nintendo Power strategy guides, and a Pocket Ref. Behold my gospel, and start thumbing through them.The Pocket Ref by Thomas J. Glover is the highlight today, because it is the most genuinely useful book you can possibly keep on-hand. This little 3.2-by-5.4-inch book holds over 600 pages of nearly any general reference information you might need. And I mean nearly any information.center_img Stay on target Crane and hoist hand signals? Page 105 (according to my 3rd edition copy, though it’s up to 4th edition).ASCII character codes? Page 126.International electrical current voltages and frequencies? Page 164.Airport codes? Page 290.Thermal expansion coefficients of different materials? Page 578.Wind chill factor calculation table? Page 644.last_img read more

Neighbors push city to clean up dilapidated crimeridden Water Works Park

first_img• What: Meeting on Water Works Park improvements.• When: 7 p.m. Nov. 19.• Where: Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver.Pepper Kim remembers a time about 20 years ago when she took her kids to play at Water Works Park in Vancouver’s Central Park neighborhood.“It didn’t have the reputation it has now,” said Kim, who is vice president of the neighborhood association. “It was a really nice park. People had barbecues there. The reputation now is drug dealing. They’ve had violence. It’s kind of a scary place to go. I wouldn’t take my grandkids there.”Visitors to the park are subject to aggressive panhandling. Illegal camping, tagging and vandalism are rampant, and there is a constant influx of reports of drug dealing on park grounds.Residents also have been robbed and assaulted in the park.Leaders with local neighborhoods surrounding the park, including Central Park, Maplewood, Rose Village, Fourth Plain Village and Harney Heights, would like to see the city take steps to revitalize the park as it did with downtown’s centerpiece Esther Short Park.“We need to look at ways to attract more good citizens just to fill the park up and not leave a vacuum,” said Harney Heights resident Larry Good. He also owns Southwest Washington Surplus, which is steps away from the park.last_img read more

Karnataka man held captive by siblings rescued after two years

first_img[Representational Image]twitterA 55-year-old man from Karnataka was allegedly held captive at his house by his siblings for more than two years. He was rescued on Tuesday by the child and rescue department.The man identified as Thippa Reddy, a resident of Kelakote in Chitradurga district, was confined inside his late mother’s house for over two years. Reddy is unmarried and used to run a business before he was locked up by his siblings.According to reports, Reddy was released by the welfare department after someone tipped the authorities about his confinement. The officials on Tuesday broke the lock of the house and found Reddy lying on the floor in an unhealthy condition. They shifted him to a hospital to check his condition.It is alleged that Reddy was held up inside the house against his will by his brothers and sisters over some property dispute. However, no formal complaint has been lodged over the incident and the authorities are waiting for Reddy to get back into shape.”Reddy is not in good shape and suffering from depression. We are waiting for him to recover to take his statement. We have also spoken to his family members in this regard,” said Radha K, deputy director of women and child welfare department, reports TOI.According to Reddy’s neighbours, they used to often hear him screaming at night and it stopped once they complained about this to his relatives. The neighbours believe that he was being drugged after that incident. They also said that once in two days, a person used to come and throw food packet inside the house and leave.last_img read more

Bharti Airtel net profit declines 308 percent for Q1 mobile revenues up

first_imgBharti Airtel Ltd., on Wednesday, announced a 30.8 percent decline in net income from the year-ago period for the June 30, 2016 quarter. Airtel’s net income stood Rs. 1462 crore, up 10.8 percent month-on-month, beating Bloomberg’s estimate of Rs 1,360 crore.The company’s consolidated revenues came at Rs. 25,546.5 crore as against Rs. 23,670.9 crore in the March 2016 quarter. Indian revenues, out of total consolidated revenues, stood at Rs. 19,155 crore, which marked a 10.4 percent increase from the year earlier. This was driven by 22.2 percent growth in digital TV, followed by 11.2 percent in home services and 9 percent in mobile services.Revenues in dollars stood at $3,824 million, while net income came at $219 million. While sales rose by 2.5 percent YoY, net income fell by 34 percent compared to June 2015 quarter.”The year has begun well with revenue growth of 10.3% Y-o-Y and continued revenue market share gains. In continuation of our Project Leap announcement, we have now transparently opened up our entire mobile network to our customers so as to partner them in striving to deliver a world class experience,” Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO, India and South Asia said in the company’s statement.The average revenue per user (ARPU) for data moved up YoY from Rs. 198 to Rs. 202 in the first quarter of 2016 fiscal. The overall subscribers of India’s largest telecom network also increased 9.3 percent yearly to 357.8 million across 19 countries.Mobile Data revenues grew by 35.1 percent at Rs 3,525 crore Y-o-Y. Mobile data traffic grew by 62.5 percent Y-o-Y at 194.8 billion megabytes in the quarter.While mobile broadband users increased by 68.3 percent, mobile data customer base rose by 19.1 percent rise in the quarter under review.last_img read more

Husband kills wife for dowry

first_imgA housewife was beaten to death allegedly for dowry in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district on Sunday.The deceased is Sufia Aktar, 40, wife of Abul Munshi of the area.Sufia, mother of one, married Munshi after getting separated from her first marriage, according to a relative of the deceased.Munshi constantly tortured her for dowry and they often had fights over it, the relative added.Following a quarrel over the issue again on Sunday early hours, Munshi beat Sufia with a stick, leaving her head injured. She succumbed to her injuries later on Sunday.Munshi went into hiding soon after the incident.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Gazipur Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy.A case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

Netanyahu to test Trump policy at Washington talks

first_imgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warmly welcomed Donald Trump’s election as US president, will visit the White House Wednesday to test his supportive campaign pledges against emerging policy.Since taking office, Trump has edged away from unqualified backing for Netanyahu’s drive for more Jewish settlement in territory the Palestinians claim for a state, and also from a pledge to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Mark Heller, a political scientist at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, said the embassy issue was “marginal, to the extent that such a promise is unlikely to be kept”.The prospect of a Trump rethink challenges the hopes of the settler lobby, a driving force in Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition government, and others on the Israeli right who want to see at least partial annexation of the West Bank.In an interview published on Friday in the pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom, Trump said settlement growth was not “good for peace”.Netanyahu has announced more than 5,000 settlement homes since Trump’s January 20 inauguration, as well as the first new settlement for more than 20 years.Around 600,000 Israelis currently live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, communities considered illegal by the United Nations and most world powers.- Room to manoeuvre? -“In Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu will test his room to manoeuvre (with Trump) on settlements,” Heller told AFP.”For (the past) three weeks Donald Trump has been speaking differently,” said Michael Oren, deputy minister in charge of diplomacy in Netanyahu’s office. “We must act cautiously.”Netanyahu himself said at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting that strengthening Israel’s ties with its historic ally “requires a responsible and considered policy, and that is how I intend to act”.”I have navigated Israeli-US relations in a prudent manner and I will continue to do so now,” he told ministers and media.His comments may have been aimed at education minister and staunch settlement backer Naftali Bennett, of the far-right Jewish Home party.On Sunday, Bennett urged Netanyahu “not to miss an historic opportunity” provided by Trump’s election and to drop his declared support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”Netanyahu, please make it clear to Trump in our name: There will not be a Palestinian state in the heart of our land,” he wrote on Twitter. “It will not happen.”Such ministerial statements ahead of the White House meeting “can only sabotage our relationship with Donald Trump”, said a senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity.Oren said Netanyahu should not discard the two-state option, which envisions a Palestinian state alongside Israel.”Benjamin Netanyahu must present the two-state solution as a vision, and sketch pending possible interim agreements acceptable to the Palestinians,” he said.- Iran: enemy No. 1 -Netanyahu will expect to find a friendly ear on the subject of Israel’s arch-foe Iran.”Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it says so openly, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world,” he said on Monday at a meeting in London with British Prime Minister Theresa May.He bitterly opposed former president Barack Obama’s backing of a 2015 deal between Tehran and the major powers.The agreement obliged Iran to curtail its nuclear programme and halt any nuclear weapons research in exchange for relief from US and international sanctions.Trump has called it the “worst deal ever negotiated”.Israel also has other concerns about the Islamic republic, including its support for Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has forces fighting in neighbouring Syria for President Bashar al-Assad.”Netanyahu intends to explain to the American president that the United States should act to prevent a permanent military presence of Iran in nearby Syria, close to the israeli border, which would constitute a strategic threat,” the unnamed Israeli official said.Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said Tehran had sweeping regional aspirations.”By establishing itself permanently in Syria with the support of Hezbollah, Iran wants to create a territorial axis linking its territory to Lebanon through Iraq and Syria, which could only endanger the security of Israel,” he said.last_img read more

PlayStation 2 emulator PCSX2 reaches v10 plays games in 1080p

first_imgAs far as Sony is concerned, the PlayStation 2 is an old piece of tech it doesn’t spend much time thinking about anymore. Some of the games get updated if they think there’s money to be made (either as a HD re-release or as a download without modification), but if you want to play a PS2 game on a current gen console, you lost that option on the PS3 a while ago.Inevitably the number of PlayStation 2 consoles that work is going to slowly diminish, which is why emulation projects like PCSX2 are so important for your library of games.PCSX2 is a free PS2 emulator for the PC that has been in development since the year 2000 and managed to reach version 1.0 last week. As an emulator it’s an impressive piece of work, boasting compatibility with over 73 percent of games, which is some 1,697 titles.It can offer up graphics beyond what the original hardware was capable of, achieving resolutions up to 4096 x 4096 with anti-aliasing and texture filtering. You can save games, record video as you play, use a range of controllers, and even adjust game speed if you so wish.Of course, you’ll need a fast machine to run PS2 games at a decent speed, but the spec is still reasonable. It’s recommended you have at least a Core 2 Duo running at 3.2GHz, or a Core i5 at 2.66GHz+. As for graphics cards, a GeForce 9600GT or Radeon 4750 is desirable.As you can see from the two videos embedded here, the quality is pretty amazing and this is certainly the best alternative method of playing PS2 games I have seen. Of course, it all depends on whether the games you want to play are compatible, but you;re sure to own a few that will run.Read more at PCSX2last_img read more

Curio Collection by Hilton opens new gem in Costa Rica

first_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA — Nearly 100 years since its original opening, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton has gotten a modern up-do, complete with a rooftop piano bar and indoor gardens.Originally opened in October 1930, the newly redesigned hotel has opened its doors in the heart of San José, Costa Rica as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio. As Hilton’s 16th property in Central America, it joins more than 50 other Curio Collection hotels and resorts that have been handpicked for their unique character.Gran Hotel Costa Rica, which overlooks the National Theatre, will be a central focus in San Jose’s dining scene with its on-property Cultura 5 restaurant and world-class piano bar, where guests can sample a wide selection of whiskey and gin from around the world.Its 79 redesigned guestrooms now boast organic bathroom amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi, 49-inch televisions, ergonomic workspaces and walk-in showers. Moreover, guests who opt for a suite can enjoy 24-hour butler service as well as access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge featuring complimentary nightly hors d’oeuvres and spirits.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterFor more information go to Travelweek Group center_img Monday, July 23, 2018 Tags: Costa Rica, Hilton Curio Collection by Hilton opens new gem in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Silverseas new solo promo is unprecedented

first_imgTags: Silversea Cruises Share Travelweek Group MIAMI — Silversea has announced zero single supplement fares on 14 curated voyages, a new promotion that the luxury cruise line calls “unprecedented”.For new bookings made between Feb. 14-28, 2019, guests travelling solo will incur no fare supplement on select sailings to Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Far East, Australia and other destinations in 2019 and 2020. The offer applies to fares for lower suites, on new bookings that are paid in full by Feb. 28, 2019.“These special fares make it easier for solo travellers to discover the advantages offered by our intimate ships,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s Managing Director for the Americas. “With welcoming staff, personalized attention and strong senses of community that encourage friendships, our ships provide the perfect settings for our guests to explore the world on their own, accompanied by like-minded travellers.”A sample of the voyages included in the promotion includes:Malaysia and Myanmar: Silver Shadow departs March 21, 2019 on a 12-day, roundtrip cruise from Singapore. Sol fares start from Can$6,700 per person, plus free economy roundtrip air or business class air upgrade for US$2,499 each way is available for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways, as well as free one-night pre- and post-voyage hotel stays, free transfers between airport, hotel and ship, and free select shore excursions.Eastern Caribbean: Departing March 22, 2019 from Barbados to Fort Lauderdale, Silver Spirit will spend 11 days sailing to Mayreau Island, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Barts and Puerto Rico. Soo fares start rom Can$5,800, plus free economy roundtrip air is available for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways, including free transfers between airport and ship.Australia’s Kimberley Coast: On April 25, 2019, Silver Discoverer departs Darwin for Broome on a 10-day expedition along Australia’s remote northwest Kimberley Coast. Highlights include Wyndham, the regions of the King George River, Hunter River, Buccaneer Archipelago as well as Saumlaki on the Indonesian island of Yamdena. Solo fares start from Can$7,400 per person.Japan: Silver Explorer will set sail on this 11-day expedition cruise from Busan to Kobe on May 21, 2019. Destinations include Niigata, Sado Island, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato, Hagi, Kyushu Island, Moji, Miyajima Island, Hiroshima and Okayama. Solo fares start at Can$8,100 per person, plus free economy roundtrip air or reduced business class air is available for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways, including a free one-night hotel stay and free transfers between airport, hotel and ship.South America: This Guayaquil-to-Valparaiso expedition aboard Silver Explorer departs Nov. 9, 2019 and spends 14 days exploring the west coast of South America. Calls in Peru’s Lobos de Tierra Island, Salaverry, Isla Guañape, Lima, Paracas and Matarani are complemented by visits to Chile’s Antofagasta, Isla Pan de Azúcar, Isla Chañaral and Coquimbo. Solo fares start from Can$8,280 per person with Early Booking Bonus. Plus, free economy roundtrip air or reduced business class air is available for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways, including a free one-night hotel stay and free transfers between airport, hotel and ship.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaClients can save even more with Silversea’s Bonus Savings Days offer. For a limited time, the 14 voyages in the promotion also feature combinable Bonus Savings Days, providing up to an additional $250 in savings for solo travellers.Plus, with the exception of the South America cruise, the Last-Minute Savings offer is available on the above voyages, providing a one-category suite upgrade and an onboard spending credit of $1,000 per suite. Moreover, there are additional voyages with reduced single supplements available.For more information go to Friday, February 15, 2019 center_img Posted by Silversea’s new solo promo is “unprecedented” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more