Mike Tyson breaks ground on California marijuana ranch

first_imgCALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana entrepreneur.TheBlast.com reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that’s about a 110-mile (177-kilometre) drive north of Los Angeles.Partner Robert Hickman tells the website that the undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated and that Tyson Ranch will be an oasis.In a video of the event, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanks Tyson for his commitment to the community, saying the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, revenue, jobs and income for residents.Calls and emails from The Associated Press to a Tyson representative and the mayor were not immediately returned Tuesday.last_img read more

‘Stay indoor,’ says CM … cancels all rallies

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled all her political rallies scheduled on Friday and Saturday in the wake of cyclone ‘Fani’ and urged people to be safe and stay indoors.Banerjee will supervise the situation from Kharagpur in West Midnapore where she is currently staying. Expressing her concern, she advised people to stay indoors during the next 48 hours to prevent any untoward incidents. She also urged people to remain calm in the wake of this approaching natural calamity and not get swayed away by any rumours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Don’t stay in the mud houses as they may collapse during the cyclone, putting human lives at risk. I would also request the common people to stay indoors as much as possible in the next 48 hours. I will request those staying in dilapidated houses to move to nearby rescue centres. If one is left with no other alternative and has to go out, he/she has to be extremely cautious. Keep an eye on the trees and electric poles,” Banerjee added. She has also made an appeal to the people to switch off electronic gadgets and put off gas cylinders during the storm as preventive measures. She also directed those living in the coastal districts to seek refuge in the rescue centres that have been opened by the state government in various districts. She also reminded that the state government is absolutely alert and closely monitoring the situation. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”I am continuously monitoring the situation and necessary instructions to the administration will be issued. The Chief Secretary of the state is also keeping an eye on the situation. I have also asked Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim to put in place all the necessary arrangements including the mobilisation of the disaster management forces to combat any untoward situation. The Mayor himself is monitoring the situation from the KMC headquarter,” she maintained. “People’s lives are more precious. Do not take any risk. I have also cancelled the election rallies that were supposed to be held through the next 48 hours to avoid any untoward incidents. The state government has sounded an alert to cope with the severe cyclonic storm. We are monitoring the situation from time-to-time,” Banerjee added. The state government has taken all precautionary measures in the districts including East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram and Kolkata. “All arrangements have been made in the districts. Relief materials have been sent to the districts and we have opened one monitoring cell at the state secretariat 24X7 to keep a watch on the situation,” Banerjee stated.last_img read more

CAN 2019: Morocco Secures Historic 2-0 Win Against Cameroon

Rabat – Morocco’s key forward Hakim Ziyech scored two goals for the Atlas Lions during the second half of the match. This is the first time that the Moroccan team has beaten Cameroon in an official match.  Renard and his boys can finally breathe a fresh sigh of relief, especially following the heavy criticism the team received after two successive disappointing displays against the Comoros.Morocco’s key forward Hakim Ziyech has scored two goals for the Atlas Lions during the second half of the match. This is the first time that the Moroccan team has beaten Cameroon in an official match. Prior to the Morocco vs. Cameroon game, there was apprehension and doubt. But there was also fear and perhaps panic among Atlas Lions’ fans. True, Cameroon’s lads are no longer the indomitable lions they were when they had the likes of Patrick Mboma and Samuel Eto’o. But they are the reigning champions of the continent, having won the latest Africa Cup of Nations (CAN). They were also Group B leaders prior to taking on Morocco’s Lions tonight at the Mohammed V Complex in Casablanca. So the apprehension and doubts were legitimate.But Hervé Renard had no time for doubt and half-hearted conviction. Speaking with usual vigor of a true believer on the eve of the game, the Moroccan coach said, ‘I am not afraid of Cameroon.’If anyone still doubted that, tonight was their answer. Perhaps Renard knew that his team is defiant and utterly different when it has Hakim Ziyech and Mehdi Benatia, two of the many high-caliber names Morocco so unmistakably missed in their latest games.Morocco’s superstar Nordine Amrabat trying to dribble the ball during tonight’s game against CameroonHarnessing the defensive solidity and the tactical prowess they showcased in Russia, Morocco was present when Cameroon looked frightening in the first 30 minutes of the game. After that, it was almost a one-man show for Morocco, except for some intermittent bursts of energy on the Cameroonian left flanks.Read Also: Herve Renard Confident, Ready to Face CameroonMorocco parked the bus when it was needed, played fearless offensive football when it was required—which is why, despite Cameroonian players bout the penalty (first goal) and the late-minute red card, it is hard to argue that, this time too, Morocco was lucky.Perhaps there was luck; there always is when one wins. But what we mostly saw tonight is what this Renard-coached team is capable of when there is focus, harmony, and public support: it delivers. Mission accomplished, then! read more

UN expert on exploitation of children to meet officials and abuse survivors

During his five-day mission, which starts on Monday, Special Rapporteur Juan Miguel Petit will examine the situation regarding trafficking of children into and through France for prostitution and other purposes.The expert will also probe the incidence of child pornography and domestic child sexual abuse in the country.While in France, Mr. Petit will hold meetings with governmental and non-governmental organizations and survivors of abuse. He will also visit children’s shelters as well as the “children’s desk” at the Interpol office in Lyon. read more

UN food programme boost 2003 beneficiaries by 50 per cent

But its 2003 budget target of $4 billion will fall short by $580 million by the end of the year, spokesperson Christiane Berthiaume told a news briefing in Geneva.Since it was set-up in 1963, the Rome-based organization has invested $27.8 billion and delivered more than 43 million tons of food to combat hunger, promote economic and social development and provide relief assistance in emergencies throughout the world.

US housing starts tumble 3 per cent in August sharp drops in

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2015 6:40 am MDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 photo, a builder works on the site of the Landmark community, a group of condos and townhouses built by Lennar Homes, in Doral, Fla. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in August on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) US housing starts tumble 3 per cent in August; sharp drops in Northeast and Midwest WASHINGTON – Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year.Housing starts last month fell 3 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million homes, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Construction activity slowed sharply in the Northeast and Midwest last month, edged downward in the West and climbed in the South.Still, homebuilding appears much stronger than a year ago, despite figures that can be highly volatile on a monthly basis. Construction slowed in part due to the expiration of tax incentives for developers in New York.“This is a mere blip on the radar,” said Tom Wind, executive vice-president of home lending at EverBank. “The housing market’s underlying fundamentals remain on pace for continued recovery.”Housing starts have climbed a solid 11.3 per cent this year to date. Steady job gains of 2.9 million in the past 12 months are contributing to increased demand from buyers and renters. And as the recovery from the Great Recession has entered its seventh year, residential construction has stated to both reflect and fuel broader economic growth.Developers see favourable demographics helping to sustain demand, as approved permits rose 3.5 per cent in August to an annual rate of 1.17 million.Confidence among builders is also improving.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday rose this month to 62, up from 61 in August. The last time the reading was higher was October 2005 at 68.New construction has yet to fully satisfy demand, a sign that further building will likely remain profitable.Only 5.2 months’ supply of new homes is listed for sale, well below the standard level of six months usually seen in a healthy market. This shortage has led to rising prices for new and existing homes.At the same time, median rental prices are rising annually at 4.2 per cent — roughly double the increase in average hourly wages — because of an influx of downsizing baby boomers and millennials entering the job market.The rental demand is coming in part because the United States will add the equivalent of Illinois’ population — 12.9 million people — to the housing market in the next five years, said Robert Hart, chief executive of TruAmerica, a Los Angeles-based firm that renovates and manages apartment buildings.As younger Americans are entering the housing market, they’re renting longer before buying, held back by student debt and a lack of down payment savings. The share of the country owning homes has tumbled to 63.4 per cent, the lowest level in 48 years.“People are delaying ownership until they’re on a more solid ground — personally and professionally,” Hart said.But there are also signs of limits to how far housing activity can expand.The lack of supply has caused prices to shoot up in many of the largest job markets, reducing affordability for potential buyers and renters. And sales at furnishers and building supply stores fell in August after posting gains over the past 12 months, the government reported Tuesday. read more

Le Duffs Bridor to expand Montrealarea bakery with 40million investment

Le Duff’s Bridor to expand Montreal-area bakery with $40-million investment by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2017 5:16 am MDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bridor says it will spend $40 million to double the size of its Boucherville baking facility east of Montreal and increase its capacity by 80 per cent.The company has more than 300 recipes for French-style crusty and artisanal breads and 150 types of pastry, produced at four North American plants.It currently employs 500 people in Canada, out of 700 in North America, and expects the Boucherville expansion to add about 60 positions by the end of the expansion project.The owner of Bridor is Louis Le Duff, CEO and founder of Le Duff Group, which includes the Brioche Dorée chain in France.The Boucherville expansion is part of a five-year global investment plan announced by Le Duff in June, which aims to spend 500 million euros on the Bridor business. read more

Fans worried for AlexanderArnold ahead of Wednesday clash

first_imgPrior to the first leg of the quarter-final clash of the Champions League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City, fans have been worried for the well-being and defensive capabilities of Trent Alexander-Arnold.TAA has been suffering for quite a while now – he was initially tormented by Marcus Rashford in the eventual loss to Manchester United and then a few weeks after, it was Wilfried Zaha that took care of the young man in Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday according to Football Insider 24/7.Zaha had noticed the mistakes Alexander-Arnold encountered with his positioning, which helped him win an early penalty, converted by Luka Milivojevic.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Joe Gomez is out due to an injury and Nathaniel Clyne has not played a single minute in this Premier League season, which makes claims for bringing him back right now really doubtful.However, fans have been extremely worried about his performance against Manchester City, as he will need to be taking care of Leroy Sane, the Citizens’ left winger, who has been in an extraordinary shape.last_img read more

Alcohol amnesty for minors law signed

first_imgThose under 21 who call for medical help for a drunk friend — and the friend — won’t face minor-in-possession-of-alcohol charges under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee last week.The law, approved by the Legislature last month, is meant to encourage minors to call 911 by removing the fear of prosecution. It follows a similar law for drug overdoses passed in 2010.By expanding the law to cover alcohol, Washington has joined a growing list of states that have embraced the policy, sometimes over stark opposition due to fears it could encourage underage drinking.Twelve states have now passed alcohol “good Samaritan” laws since Colorado approved the first one in 2005, according to The Medical Amnesty Initiative, a national nonprofit established last year to boost the policy.Six other states are in the process of approving a version of the policy, said initiative founder AaronLetzeiser, a 23-year-old recent Michigan State University graduate who got passionate about the idea in college.“We don’t support underage drinking, but unfortunately it’s something that’s never going to be at zero,” Letzeiser said. “This is a policy that can really help to save young lives.”last_img read more

Bad condition of internal road

first_imgShapur Nagar: The commuters of the area are facing hardships to travel on the internal road, as the road is not properly laid. Abhishek, a commuter, said that the bad condition of the road in this area is putting public safety at risk. The stretch is becoming worse by the day, he added. Locals want the officials concerned to treat the issue seriously and lay a new road at the earliest.last_img

Exclusive 30 Years on from Bhopal Gas Tragedy Dow Chemical Shareholders Demand

first_imgOn the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak, shareholders in Dow Chemical are to table two resolutions calling for the company’s management to accept responsibility for the worst industrial disaster in history, to fully compensate victims and to pay for a full-scale clean-up of the still-contaminated area.Tens of thousands of people died, more than half a million were injured and thousands more were left with debilitating illness after methyl isocynanate (MIC) leaked and spread through the shanty towns around the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal City as night fell on 2 December 1984.Dow, which completed a takeover of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) in 2001, claims it has no corporate responsibility to face the charges open in the Indian court and has consistently failed to appear at hearings, despite repeat summonses.But shareholders have told IBTimes UK that the reputational damages the company is facing are excluding it from a burgeoning Indian chemical market that is growing by 17% per year, having a serious commercial impact on Dow Chemical’s business.”Looking at it from an investor point of view, this is a lost business opportunity and our view is that it’s one thing for Dow Chemical to have problems in Taiwan or Thailand but to be frozen out of India, one of the most dynamic growth markets in the chemical industry, is really unacceptable,” said Bennett Freeman, senior vice-president for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments, which holds stock in Dow Chemical.Calvert plans to table a resolution questioning the governance of the company and calling for the roles of chairman and CEO – both occupied by Andrew N. Liveris – to be separated.Other, non-activist shareholders have also expressed their concern at Liveris’ governance. Hedge fund Third Point, which holds a 2% stake in Dow, is reportedly considering launching a proxy contest, after discussions over board seats broke down.The second resolution will call for Dow Chemicals to acknowledge that, rather than becoming ashareholder in UCC (which Dow’s management claims), the companies became a single entity, thus combining assets and liabilities.The company would then be forced to face the civil and criminal proceedings in India. This could lead to the company being hit with billions of dollars’ worth of fines, but would, say shareholders, allow it to operate as normal in the Indian market.”When you look at the detail, you see the substantive behind the form of separation doesn’t stand up to scrutiny,” said Tim Edwards of the Bhopal Medical Appeal (BMA). “At the time of the merger, which is how it was described at the time by Dow Chemical, UCC was valued at $10bn. It’s now valued at $4.2bn. At the same time Dow’s valuation has gone up from $22bn to more than $60bn. It’s quite evident where the bulk of the value of UCC has developed: within Dow.”The implication is that if Dow has enjoyed the benefits of the UCC brand then it should also face the liabilities.When requested to comment on the shareholders’ resolution, a Dow spokesperson refused to be drawn on future events, but did say: “What I can tell you is that Dow never owned or operated the former plant site in Bhopal and efforts by some to attach this to the company are misguided and misdirected.”This is despite the fact that Dow acknowledged UCC’s asbestos liabilities in the US, stretching back as far as 1972. The company set aside $2.2bn to deal with these historical UCC cases, yet rejects the suggestion that successor liabilities (a buyer being held liable for a seller’s obligations) apply in relation to the Bhopal disaster.Dow has repeatedly failed to appear in Indian courts to face charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder – the same charge faced by the jailed South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, related to the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.The latest no-show came as recently as this month. After failing to show for last week’s court date, a new summons notice has been issued and the hearing rescheduled for 14 March 2015.Toxic EvidenceUCC is accused of operating an “ultra-hazardous, under-designed and poorly maintained” pesticides factory, which led to a large amount of water and contaminants mixing with over 40 tonnes of the highly reactive, volatile and toxic chemical methyl isocyanate (MIC) on the evening of the 2 December 1984.This led to a runaway exothermic reaction, which in turn led to around 27 tonnes of MIC gas – five times more lethal than phosgene, used as a WWI chemical weapon, and 500 times more potent thanhydrogen cyanide – exiting the top of a smokestack and drifting into Bhopal city in a dense cloud.By the time the gas dispersed, 573,000 people had been exposed to it, with thousands being killed. The chief cause of immediate death was pulmonary oedema, whereby victims were drowned by fluid produced within their own lungs. Other observed effects were bronchial and nasal lesions, heart attacks, spontaneous abortion, blindness, racking cough, concussion, paralysis and signs of epilepsy.Corpses were stacked “one on top of another like they were bags of wheat”.Contemporary medical research shows that there are still higher rates of mortality in the area. Pollution from the abandoned site has been detected in the local water supply and poses an ongoing threat to the health of surrounding communities, according to Amnesty International.”Here we are, weeks away from the 30th anniversary, and it’s tragic that so many victims remain unsatisfactorily compensated and the environmental remediation remains incomplete. The financial compensation has been inadequate. It’s not sufficient to complete the environmental clean-up or to compensate the victims,” said Bennett Freeman.To date, the primary restitution paid has been a $470m financial settlement, from UCC to the Indian government, in 1989. For a company with a turnover of $57bn in 2013, this is a mere drop in the ocean.The Business CaseThis is not the first time shareholders – many of them activists – have attempted to table resolutions to force Dow to accept responsibility for the Bhopal disaster. Last year, Dow Chemical successfully appealed to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to have the motion excluded and taken off their ballot.This year, shareholders including Calvert Investments, the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF) and Amnesty International are confident that they will garner further support from within the investor ranks. IBTimes UK understands that at least one major top 40shareholder is considering tabling a resolution before the end of November.Some of the largest shareholders in Dow Chemical include Vanguard Group (5.33%), Capital World Investors (4.98%), State Street (4.46%) and BlackRock Fund Advisors (3.02%).Those campaigning for the resolution point to a number of metrics, statistics and events which they say highlight the damage the failure to acknowledge its alleged Bhopal liabilities is having on the Dow Chemical brand. Critics of the company’s corporate structure point out that most of these have been affecting the company since Andrew Liveris became chairman in 2006 (he has been CEO since 2004).Core Brand’s Brand Power Index “compares the size and quality of a brand to all other brands in the Corporate Branding Index. The Brand Power rankings provide a market-view evaluation of brand strength regardless of industry affiliation”.In 2007, Dow Chemical ranked 68 of almost 1,000 companies. In 2011, the company’s ranking had fallen to 174, then to 218 in 2012 and, this year, it had plunged to 226th position. This coincided with a period of heavy advertising and branding spend by Dow – including sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics.The implication is that despite the expanded budget, Dow’s reputation has been nose-diving as protests against its failure to accept accountability for Bhopal continue to grow each year.A 2006 interview conducted by the magazine Advertising Age with Dow’s former vice-president of Public Affairs, Brand and Reputation Patti Temple Rocks seems to confirm that the company’s branding efforts stem from a desire to disassociate itself with Bhopal.The article reads:”An exec VP at GolinHarris, Chicago, at the time, Temple Rocks started her marketing career at Dow in the early 1980s. She knew the company, its history and its culture. And she knew of Dow’s desire to restore its reputation after years in which most media mentions of the company centered around breast implants and its association (through its acquisition of Union Carbide in 2001) with the Bhopal chemical leak disaster.”I thought this is such a great company; how did it get off track?” Temple Rocks said.She continued: “By literally making it part of my title, it really is a signal to everyone within the organisation that we mean business. Our reputation at its most basic level is our license to operate. We are a company that is undergoing a great deal of transformation.”The website Sigwatch, which “tracks over 4,000 activist groups on over 700 issues across the globe, and measures their impact on 5,000 companies and their brands”, ranks Dow Chemical as the 10th most targeted corporation over the past 12 months around the world.According to the popular investment advice website The Motley Fool, “the chemical manufacturer has set some audacious targets for improving the business and returning value to shareholders, but it has actually underperformed the S&P500 by 40% over the last decade when dividends are included”.The Fool continues to warn that “it’s important to remember that an acquisition doesn’t only include the assets of a company, it also includes the liabilities. Unfortunately, Dow Chemical hasn’t taken responsibility for its subsidiary’s actions 30 years later – and it takes a rather arrogant stance against the Indian legal system”.Counting the CostIt’s impossible to compute the material damage Dow Chemical’s relative exclusion from the Indian market has. But there are some handy pointers – particularly when looking at some of the progressions made by Dow’s rivals in the Indian market, in comparison with the company’s own difficult time.Germany’s BASF is the only chemicals company in the world that’s larger than Dow in terms of revenue and the company’s growth and investment in India gives some indicator of the remuneration Dow is missing out on.BASF operates nine production sites in India, with more than 2,100 employees. Dow, on the other hand, has “around 900 employees in locations spread across the country” in four manufacturing plants.In October of this year, BASF began production at a new site in Gujarat which will create an additional 500 jobs, directly and indirectly. The €150m investment is its largest in India to date. Meanwhile, Dow Chemical has been struggling to expand its investments in India.In 2010, groups campaigning for justice over the Bhopal disaster were among those that successfully forced Dow to abandon its $100m research and development unit in Pune, India.From the Environmental Justice Atlas: “The US chemical multinational is the owner of Union Carbide, responsible for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy in which several thousand people were killed due to the release of 40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas. This issue raises concern among the local villagers.”In 2005, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) faced a boycott led by trade unions in protest to business links to Dow Chemical and, by extension, UCC. The IOC was alleged to be purchasing UCC technology for a naphtha plant in Panipat, Haryana. The deal was subsequently cancelled.In 2008, Dow Chemical entered into a deal with the state-run caustic soda major Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) to establish a plant in Gujarat. As the Indian government renewed legal cases against UCC officials and the company itself, the deal ran into difficulty and was “quietly dissolved” in 2012.”As investors we know that Dow Chemical has suffered a lot of hits to its reputation and brand from the fact that it has failed to meet its responsibilities to the victims of the explosion,” Simon Billenness, the founder of the CSR Strategy Group, who is co-ordinating the shareholder activism, told IBTimes UK.”We know that it’s been shut out of certain markets in India because of this. That’s where we see this unresolved legal and moral issue directly hurting the bottom line. For a company to be shut out of the Indian market… it’s like being shut out of the Chinese market,” he said.In September of this year, the chairman of UCC at the time of the Bhopal disaster, Warren Anderson, died aged 92, in a Florida nursing home. The Indian government had over the years made multiple requests to extradite him, and officially labeled him a fugitive. A judge there called him an “absconder”, in reference to his skipping the country, shortly after being arrested when visiting Bhopal four days after the disaster occurred.Anderson will never face the charges of culpable homicide he was served with. But, as we approach December, there are hundreds of thousands of people suffering still who have yet to see justice for the crimes that occurred in Bhopal 30 years ago.last_img read more

Article 370 After Samjhauta and Thar Express Pakistan suspends DelhiLahore Dosti bus

first_imgThe Lahore-Delhi bus service was restarted in July 2003.TwitterIn the wake of India’s move to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan has decided to suspend the Lahore-Delhi friendship bus service.This is part of a series of actions Pakistan has taken since Narendra Modi-led BJP government decided to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.Earlier, Pakistan had unilaterally suspended the Thar Express services (Jodhpur-Karachi) and the Samjhauta Express train services between Delhi and Lahore.The Lahore-Delhi bus service was started in February 1999 but was suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. It was restarted in July 2003.Taking to Twitter, Pakistan Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed confirmed the decision saying: “In line with the decisions of NSC Pak-India bus service is suspended.”The bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) buses every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore. For the return trip, DTC buses leave Lahore every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas the PTDC buses are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.On Thursday, Pakistan Minister of Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad had confirmed that the Samjhauta Express train service was stopped. Meanwhile, on Friday, the Thar Express train service with India was suspended. The last Thar Express train left for India late on Friday night.The 133 km new track of the Thar Express, which operated between Jodhpur’s Bhagat ki Kothi station to Karachi, was built with the cost of Rs 13 billion for Thar Express.Pakistan’s decision to suspend the services of the two trains came after it expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria on Wednesday. The country has also cut off diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.However, India’s stand on Article 370 will open the doors of development in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and help people to prosper.last_img read more

Razer is Developing a Portable Gaming Device to Compete With Switch

first_img There’s no denying the Switch is a successful gaming device. A huge reason for that is its portability. There’s little doubt others are thinking about trying to replicate what Nintendo is doing. One manufacturer is Razer, who is apparently going to release a portable gaming device of its own.“One of the most hotly rumored things about Razer is that we’re coming up with a mobile device. And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment,” said CEO and co-founder of Razer, Min-Liang Tan to CNBC. “We’re hoping to have it come by the end of the year, so that’s something we’re working on.”Razer is best known for producing gaming PCs and peripherals. As noted by Gizmodo, Razer is also known for wild concepts like the triple screen Project Valerie laptop, the modular Project Christine PC, and the Project Fiona gaming tablet — all products that never saw the light of day. Because of that, recent rumors of Razer creating its own portable gaming device weren’t taken very seriously. But it appears Razer is going to move forward with this venture.AdChoices广告“The mobile market is one of those that we’ve taken a long-term view to look at. We realized that a lot of our gamers are also passionate about the mobile gaming market, so we’ve done a couple of moves,” said Tan.How will Razer fare in the portable/handheld market? If we go by history, it’ll be a challenge. Many companies have tried to compete with Nintendo in this field only to meet with defeat. Only Sony’s handhelds managed to stay afloat, and even those weren’t exactly successful outside of Japan (especially the PS Vita). Razer has a tough battle in front of it. Still, it will be interesting to see how its portable gaming system will differ from Switch and what (potential) innovations it will bring to the portable gaming space.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Finally, Razer Is Making a Gamer ToasterGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PC last_img read more

Bengal to get new police chief

first_imgCalcutta: The Bengal government has picked 1985 batch IPS officer Virendra as the new director-general of police and create a new post – advisor (security) – for current DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha after his retirement on May 31, sources in Nabanna said. Virendra is currently posted as the DG (security). S.N. Gupta, a 1992 batch IPS officer, will head the security directorate which looks after the protection of chief minister and other VVIPs after Virendra becomes the DGP. Gupta is the present director of security. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Files related to the changes in the highest echelons of the police have already been signed by the chief minister. But it is still not clear what the role of the outgoing DGP would be as the advisor (security),” said a senior government official.Some officials said Kar Purkayastha was likely to be an advisor to the chief minister on security-related issues, which means indirectly, he would have a role in running the police force.”This is a prize posting for the chief minister’s trusted police officer,” said an official.Kar Purkayastha was the first DGP in Bengal to be given an extension after his official retirement in 2016.(With inputs taken from The Telegraph)last_img read more

Aboriginal LGBTI people celebrate Love Won with art

first_imgSydney Mardi Gras is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It’s not the only birthday being celebrated. The groundbreaking Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative showcases art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI artists. Artwork by Boomalli Co-operative artist, Jenny Fraser (Photos: Jenny Fraser) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Too pretty to be gay’, what it means to be a gay Aboriginal womanArtwork celebrates 40 years of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi GrasNominations open for Australia’s ‘gay Oscars’ awardsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/boomalli-aborigine-australia-art/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘I’m definitely 100% super happy that Australia has marriage equality,’ he says. ‘But we still have a lot more work to be done in terms of human rights for the indigenous LGBTI community, and also around health equality.’Bonson, who is based in Darwin, won’t be able to attend Mardi Gras this year (‘it would have been great to see Cher,’ he laughs), but says it is one of the LGBTI spaces where he feels more welcome. He has experienced both racism on the gay scene and homophobia in aboriginal spaces.He says aboriginal advocates are more often being included in discussions, but it’s sometimes a tokenistic gesture, not in ‘any kind of substantive way.’ Rather than just a seat at the table, LGBTI aboriginal people still need their own piece of the table.‘Weaving’ by Peta-Joy Williams in collaboration with Kirketon Road Centre (Photo: Boomalli)‘Our true north star’One artist included in the show is Jenny Fraser. Asked about  marriage equality, she indicates to GSN that although welcoming the result, it was unfortunate it went to a public vote.‘It seemed as though the government was using a minority group issue as a political football, and paying one hundred and twenty million dollars for their blood sport… However, it was a relief that so many mainstream Australians showed public support and this was a win.’Explaining her contribution to the show, she says, ‘The title of my installation for the Boomalli exhibition is “When your government is a Dog Act since Seventeen Hatey Hate”, which is tongue in cheek because it juxtaposes with a portrait of myself hugging a koala and showing the love for community, yet also calling out our so-called leaders of society at the same time.‘I really hope that people in the community can stay strong, having survived for so long already, and move on in the direction of our true north star.’Luscious All Sorts: Love Won runs at 55-59 Flood St, Leichhardt, Sydney, Australia, from 23 February-1 April as part of the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras program.See alsoGay rugby star slams boxer Anthony Mundine for anti-gay rant GAYSTARNEWS- Formed in 1988, it is celebrating its 30th anniversary.To commemorate both events, Boomalli is launching its annual Mardi Gras exhibition this Friday (23 February). The show is entitled Luscious All Sorts: Love Won. Opening the event this Friday will be former rugby league player and LGBTI advocate, Casey Conway.Casey Conway is a prominent advocate of LGBTI and aboriginal rights (Photo: @caseyconway_ | Twitter)The show has been curated by Kyra Kum-Sing. She says Boomalli was originally formed by Aboriginal artists frustrated at the lack of recognition in the mainstream art world.‘The Co-operative’s existence and continued longevity has been an enabler for hundreds of Aboriginal artists.She says the ‘ripple effect’ of the co-operative’s work has been ‘profound’. Many of its associated artists have enjoyed enduring and successful careers. ’Love wonAsked how she felt about marriage equality coming to Australia, Kyra says it was ‘long overdue.‘As an Aboriginal person I believe this is one step into the right direction as I can get married if I choose.’Kyra Kum-Sing has curated the new Boomalli show (Photo: Facebook)However, she points out there are plenty of other issues to tackle.‘We strive in continuing our cultural practices in the form of the arts. This is big part of our traditional story lines and has been for many generations before me. It’s important for us as Aboriginal peoples and NSW Aboriginal Language groups to maintain our connection of our dreaming stories and family bloodline.‘This is continuing on our lines for the next generations for our existence.‘There are many social and emotional issues that face Aboriginal peoples, with high rates of incarceration, health, land rights/native titles and many more issues that still need to be addressed. I believe the arts helps our people by giving them a voice to tell their stories.’Her viewpoint is backed up by Dameyon Bonson, the founder of Black Rainbow, an inspiring LGBTI Aboriginal advocacy group.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEuropean Waterways is making the 2016 season a special occasion by offering up to $12,000 off select whole boat charter prices and up to $2500 off per cabin on select hotel barges and cruises.  The charter offers apply to vessels that include Panache in Alsace-Lorraine throughout July and August, the Anjodi on the Canal du Midi in May, June and August, and L’Impressionniste in Burgundy, among others. They must be booked by 29 March 2016 to qualify.“More and more people are discovering the unique experience of a luxury hotel barge cruise through the scenic countryside of Europe,” said Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways.  “There are so many wonderful cruising regions to choose from in our program and our specials make these vacations even more attractive.”The stylish 12-passenger Panache hotel barge cruises through the storybook settings of the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, famous for its Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture.  It is offering $12,000 off the full-boat charter price for its 29 May departure, as well as for all departures in July and August. Panache is also offering $2500 off per cabin for select departures in April and May, and waiving single supplement fees for select departures in April.Further south, the eight-passenger Anjodi, which cruises the Canal du Midi, is offering $8000 off the full-boat charter prices for select departures in May, June and August. It is also offering $1250 off per cabin for select departures in June through August. Anjodi’s passengers will enjoy distant views of the Pyrenées during their cruise, as well as pass through the Malpas tunnel, the world’s oldest.  The vessel is also waiving single supplement fees for select departures in June.The light and airy 12-passenger L’Impressionniste is offering $12,000 off full-boat charters for select departures in May, July and August.  It is also offering $2500 off per cabin for select departures in April and May and waiving single supplement fees for select departures in April and May. The vessel, which cruises the Burgundy Canal past medieval hilltop châteaux, is the perfect choice for fine wine and food lovers.The eight-passenger Rosa hotel barge is offering $8000 off full-boat charter prices on select departures from April through July.  It is also offering $2500 off per cabin for select departures in April and June, as well as $1250 off per cabin for select departures in July. Highlights on this traditional Dutch ‘clipper’ vessel on the Canal de Garonne include a crossing of the 300-metre long Pont du Cacor aqueduct and a visit to the abbey at Moissac, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

CBC chief warns against handing over Laiki assets to depositors

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTHE Central Bank (CBC) governor has warned MPs that turning over the assets of defunct Laiki Bank to its depositors and creditors could have negative effects.Quoting a letter to parliament, news portal Stockwatch said Chrystalla Georghadji emphasised the need to avoid adverse developments that could arise from parliament’s intention to transfer Laiki’s assets to its creditors and people who lost deposits over €100,000 after the lender folded as part of the island’s bailout in March 2013.The governor said the CBC did not disagree with the decision, but it should be done in a way that it would not prompt the reaction of supervisory authorities in the countries where Laiki had subsidiaries, which could wipe out their sale value.Georghadji said measures included taking over the subsidiaries or the voting rights, or forced sale.The governor said that so far foreign authorities’ concerns have been allayed because the CBC has control over the assets.The failed lender’s main assets are the 9.6 per cent stake in Bank of Cyprus, and investments in subsidiary companies in Greece, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Russia.Those companies continue their operation normally despite the inability to offer them any financial assistance, the governor said.Depositors have demanded that they be put in charge of legacy Laiki, saying that two years after the bank was wound down, the Resolution Authority – essentially the Central Bank – has done next to nothing to recover its assets.Uninsured deposits (over €100,000) were wiped out in the March 2013 ‘bail-in’ of depositors; any assets the Resolution Authority can recover would presumably go towards compensating Laiki’s burned savers.Laiki had amassed some €9bn in emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), the bulk of which was green-lighted at a time many believe the bank was insolvent.ELA is authorised by national central banks. According to the regulations, insolvent banks are not eligible for ELA.That debt was transferred to the Bank of Cyprus, which absorbed most of Laiki’s operations.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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