DEADPOOL 2 With Ryan Reynolds Starts Filming in Vancouver With a Week

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement After the big X-Men Mansion drop-in a few weeks ago, Deadpool 2’s start of filming in Vancouver proved quieter with a shoot of Deadpool at a kids party and then an afternoon shoot on the roof of  a downtown office tower yesterday.Deadpool was photographed bouncing on a trampoline at a kids party and on the roof wielding  a gun while wearing his mask and Crazy Horse t-shirt.Deadpool 2 — with the working titles Caribbean Blue, Daisy and Love Machine — will shoot in metro Vancouver until early October 2017.last_img read more

Dubai Exhibition Showcases Moroccan Calligraphy Master Belaid Hamidis Students

Rabat – Running until June 20, the fourth edition of Gallery Arabesque’s “Ayaat” calligraphy exhibition is showing in Central Park Towers, Dubai.The event is a celebration of calligraphy, which is regarded as one of the fundamental elements of Islamic art. Hosted by Central Park Towers, the exhibit showcases 85 artworks from 48 international calligraphers. A selection of original masterpieces in Arabic calligraphy by 12 of the world’s renowned masters will also be featured, alongside juried artworks from 36 rising calligraphers and students, comprising 12 nationalities, spanning the Far East to the West, and selected from over a hundred submissions. The artists featured include international students who have worked alongside Jakarta-based Moroccan calligraphy master Belaid Hamidi. Hamidi scripted the text of eight holy books of the Qur’an and is the first Moroccan calligrapher to script Al-Hilya Al-Sharifa in the Maghribi-Andalusian style since 1996. More than 20 of these works are in art museums and private collections in different countries.Recipient of the King Mohammed VI Award for Moroccan Calligraphy in 2010, and the honor award from the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul 2014, Belaid Hamidi has is a well-respected teacher of his craft.Hamidi’s students in the art show come from diverse backgrounds, including  Indonesian (15), Thai (2), Singaporean (1) and Chinese (1).Read Also: Moroccan Government Establishes a New National Art PrizeOther participants in the exhibition include eight students from the Institute of Indo-Islamic Art & Culture in Bangalore – India as well as the UAE, KSA, Iran, Syria, Jordan, India and Pakistan.Among the many visitors admiring the work in the exhibit is the Indonesian Consul-General, Ridwan Hassan, due to the rise of Indonesian calligraphers worldwide steadily gaining prominence in the art world. read more

Cyprus UN envoy says negotiations should start where they ended

“It’s our view that the process should continue on the basis of what has taken place so far,” Alexander Downer, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, told journalists in New York. “We don’t want to see the process start all over again when so much has been achieved over the past 18 or so months.” In 2008, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias committed themselves to working towards “a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolution.” Following the last round of talks on 30 March, Mr. Talat and Mr. Christofias said important progress had been made in the areas of governance and power-sharing, European Union (EU) matters and the economy. Last week, Mr. Talat was voted out of office, replaced by Dervis Eroglu. Mr. Downer said today that both he and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have since spoken to Mr. Eroglu, as well as to Ahmet Davutoglu, the Foreign Minister of Turkey. “We would like to see the progress continue from there, for the two leaders to build on the process made.” Noting that the negotiations are hosted by the UN on its grounds, Mr. Downer emphasized that he hoped they would come to a successful conclusion before too long. “This is not an indefinite process. This is a process that needs to move forward – at least to move forward with a good deal of momentum.” While in New York, Mr. Downer has also met with senior UN political and peacekeeping officials and the head of key countries as well as other interested parties. “A basis for these negotiations is to create a united federal system in Cyprus and I’ve been impressed with what has been achieved. It has taken time. But I’ve been impressed,” Mr. Downer said. A UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNFICYP, has been in place on the island since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence. 27 April 2010Negotiations on the unification of Cyprus should continue where they left off, the United Nations envoy tasked with steering the talks said today as he made his first public remarks since the election of a new Turkish Cypriot leader. read more

Security Council debates closer links between multilateral organizations in Europe and Asia

His message of support came at the start of a ministerial-level debate in the Security Council, focusing on the role of the three bodies – whose member countries include Russia, China, former members of the Soviet Union, as well as India and Pakistan – in bolstering peace and security, particularly with countering terrorist threats.Mr. Guterres outlined the “unprecedented threat” posed by intolerance, violent extremism and terrorism, including cyber-terrorism which, he said, is constantly evolving and affects every country. The UN, he continued, has a comprehensive framework for action, provided by the Organization’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and related Security Council resolutions.Address root causes, promote gender equality, respect human rightsWhilst security measures to pursue and dismantle terrorist groups are “vital”, they must be complemented by efforts to identify and address root causes, counselled the Secretary-General, such as fear and hopelessness, while always respecting human rights: “We must reinforce the social compact, including the provision of basic services and opportunities, particularly for young people. Most recruits to terrorist groups are between 17 and 27 years old. We need to provide paths that offer a sense of hope and purpose to our young men and women, including education, training and jobs”. The frequent subjugation of women and girls, which is a “foundational” purpose of many extremist and terrorist groups, was raised by Mr. Guterres, who said that gender equality and engaging women and girls must be central to efforts to prevent and counter terrorism: “Terrorist groups share an agenda that is authoritarian, intolerant and frequently misogynistic. Our efforts to counter terrorist ideology must be founded on respect for the dignity and human rights of all”. Turning to the specific role of the three organizations at the centre of Wednesday’s debate, Mr. Guterres noted that countries need to cooperate in order to meet cross-border challenges such as the return and relocation of foreign terrorist fighters, and include private sector and civil society partners in these efforts. The UN chief stressed that the UN is strengthening its institutional links with each of them, establishing frameworks for joint activities, and collaboration on capacity-building assistance. He singled out the UN Joint Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia as showing what can be achieved with collective action, leadership and political will.Sergei Lavrov, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, said that more needs to be done to work together with regional and sub-regional organizations, such as the three bodies under discussion at the debate (the CSTO, CIS and SCO). These organizations, he said, have a “rich experience of fighting terrorism and contribute to stability in the Eurasian continent. Their activity is a gauge of security of their Member States, and the effective counter-terrorism efforts they undertake help noticeably to stabilize the situation in Central Asia”.Mr. Lavrov expressed concern at ongoing recruitment by various terror groups in the region, and noted that the CSTO is working to close recruitment channels and illegal migration, as well as paying close attention to the role of the internet in spreading extremist ideologies. He welcomed the commitment from all three organizations to further broadening cooperation in the area of combating terrorism with the UN, in order to maintain regional and international peace and security.China’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, said that counter-terrorism is a shared responsibility for all countries, in a world where terrorism, separatism, and extremism are “rampant”, and are becoming increasingly pervasive and home-grown.This requires that international cooperation against terrorism, continued Mr. Wang, be strengthened and not weakened. No country should link terrorism to a particular country, ethnicity or religion, he added.Promoting political settlements is, he said, the best option for addressing “hot spot” issues, and ensuring that different civilizations and religions live in harmony, and mutual respect. read more

Ohio State field hockey faces off against two top15 opponents

Then-sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28, 2015. OSU won 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State field hockey team is looking to add to its three game winning streak this weekend as they take on No. 15 Northwestern at home before traveling to compete against No. 6 Louisville. OSU vs. Northwestern History Northwestern heads into Friday’s competition having won four of its last five games, including an 8-0 victory over Colgate.  Isabel Flens, who has six goals and four assists, and Dominique Masters, owner of four goals and two assists, return as the Wildcats’ top scorers, leading an offensive line that averages 3.83 goals and 21.8 shots per game. Goalie Lindsey von der Luft maintains a .806 save percentage, along with a 1.19 goals-against average. 11/05/15: Northwestern 4, Ohio State 0 (Bloomington, Ind.)10/23/15: Northwestern 2, Ohio State 0 (Columbus, Ohio)10/25/14: Northwestern 4, Ohio State 1 (Evanston, Ill.)11/07/13: Northwestern 2, Ohio State 3 (Columbus, Ohio)11/01/13: Northwestern 5, Ohio State 0 (Evanston, Ill.) The Wildcats lead the series with a 30-27-2 record, with Friday’s match marking the 60th time the teams have faced off since 1981. The Buckeyes have lost the last three games against Northwestern, most recently in a shutout loss in the quarterfinal of the 2015 Big Ten tournament. Previous matchups include: 10/11/15: Louisville 1, Ohio State 0 (Columbus, Ohio)09/23/14: Louisville 6, Ohio State 3 (Louisville, Ky.)10/01/13: Louisville 6, Ohio State 3 (Columbus, Ohio)10/22/12: Louisville 4, Ohio State 3 OT (Louisville, Ky.)10/04/11: Louisville 1, Ohio State 2 (Columbus, Ohio) “We’re really going to have to use each other, let the ball do the work and just really give them hard shots,” Humphrey said. “Probably the best shots we’ll have to hit at a goalie this year because they have such a strong defense.” The Scarlet and Gray host Northwestern on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. The team will then leave the confines of Buckeye Varsity Field and head to Louisville, Kentucky, to square off against the Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. “You need to play 70 minutes because if you have a low and you’re not managing it, [Northwestern will] make you pay,” Coach Wilkinson said. “No matter what we do all week in practice, once the game starts it’s really about them making decisions for themselves and going out there and really competing.” The Buckeyes (3-3) head into a weekend of competition following a 2-1 victory in overtime against Miami (3-4) on Sunday, marking Ohio State’s third consecutive win in a five-game homestand. The game was a showcase of Buckeye fitness and skill, with junior goalie Liz Tamburro out-saving Miami 5-1 and freshman midfielder Adelaide Penzone scoring the winning point in overtime, marking her third career goal and securing her position as the third leading scorer among Big Ten freshman. Friday’s matchup between the Buckeyes and the Wildcats (4-2) will mark the beginning of Big Ten play for both teams this season. Three of Ohio State’s last five Big Ten openers have weighed in its favor, including a 2-1 victory over Northwestern in 2011. Still, head coach Anne Wilkinson knows that the Buckeyes are going to have to bring a lot of intensity and focus to Friday’s game. OSU vs. Louisville History Sunday’s contest will be the 26th time the Cardinals and the Buckeyes have faced-off since 1989. Ohio State leads the series 16-9, with Louisville emerging victorious from the teams’ last four games. The most recent matches include: Louisville (6-0) remains undefeated, averaging 4.64 goals per game. Offense is lead by Minout Mink, who has eight goals and one assist. Goalie Ayeisha McFerran boasts a .857 save percentage and has only allowed three goals in the last six games. Ohio State junior forward midfielder Maddy Humphrey said that in order to get around the top scoring defense in the country, the Buckeyes’ offensive line is going to have to play its best game of the season. read more

Arniel happy with Blue Jackets performance despite loss to Ducks

Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks was the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first regulation defeat in their last six games — and it hurt. Goals from left winger captain Rick Nash, who has scored in the Jackets’ past eight games, and center Derick Brassard were not enough to overcome early power-play goals by Anaheim at Nationwide Arena. In the first period, Jackets winger Derek Dorsett unleashed a dangerous hit on Ducks winger Corey Perry, sending him headfirst into the boards. Perry fell to the ice, and players from both teams exchanged shoves behind the Anaheim goal before referees separated the players and assessed a five-minute boarding penalty to Dorsett. “It was a hit from behind,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “It’s the referee’s judgment call. When you give (Anaheim) a five-minute major, that gets them off to a pretty good start.” That judgment call produced a two-goal lead for the Ducks. Anaheim wingers teamed up for the first tally. Bobby Ryan fed a pass across the slot to a streaking Teemu Selanne, who had no trouble scoring his 15th goal of the year to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Cam Fowler’s fifth goal of the year gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead just more than a minute later. After being fed by defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and center Saku Koivu, Fowler snapped a long-range shot that snuck past Jackets goalie Steve Mason. Before Columbus fans had settled into their seats, the Ducks had scored their first two shots of the game. But the Jackets responded with a power-play goal of their own just before the first intermission. Nash cut the Ducks’ lead in half with a wrist shot from the slot. Brassard assisted on Nash’s 23rd goal of the season, which made the score 2-1. A quiet second period saw the teams exchange scoring opportunities, but Mason and Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller denied everything. Mason and Hiller finished the night with 19 and 35 saves, respectively. But the game had more goals in store, as Ducks winger Jason Blake would give the Ducks breathing room early in the third period. Blake scored his 10th goal of the season on an uncontested backhand shot, extending the Ducks’ lead to 3-1. Mason was left helpless and hunched in the lower, left-hand corner of his goal when Blake emerged from behind the net. Brassard later narrowed Columbus’ deficit to 3-2 after a redirected shot from the blue line fell to him just outside Hiller’s crease. The tap-in goal, assisted on by winger Jakub Voracek, was Brassard’s 12th of the season. Thanks to Hiller, who extinguished a late surge by the Jackets, the Ducks eventually held on for a 3-2 win. Despite Tuesday’s loss, Columbus will enter the NHL All-Star break with a 3-1-2 record in its last six games. Brassard focused on the Jackets’ recent improvements following the loss to Anaheim. “I think we had a good push tonight,” Brassard said. “In the third, we competed really hard. We are just going to take some rest right now and make sure we are ready to make a big push.” Coach Randy Carlyle’s Ducks head into the midseason break in fifth place in the Western Conference. Carlyle commended his players for their effort. “The guys are putting it on the line,” Carlyle said. “Our guys have worked extremely hard to get themselves in the position we are in. We’re having some fun right now.” Arniel managed to stay upbeat about his team’s current standing after the game. “What we’ve done in the last two weeks has been very good,” Arniel said. “I like the way we’re working and competing.” The Blue Jackets will host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Tuesday. read more

Four teenagers charged after female couple were attacked on bus because they

Four teenage boys aged between 15 and 17 have been charged with an aggravated hate crime over a homophobic attack against two women on a London night bus in May.The incident caused widespread outrage on social media after Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris posted about being beaten by a group of youths.They were attacked after they refused to kiss for the strangers’ entertainment, they said.Four boys, two aged 16, one aged 15 and another aged 17, have been chargedOne of the 16-year-olds, from Wandsworth, south London, is also charged with theft and handling stolen goods, while the other, from the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is accused of possessing cannabis.The 15-year-old boy, also from Kensington and Chelsea, faces an additional charge of handling stolen goods.All four are due to appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on August 21.Former prime minister Theresa May condemned the assault, saying: “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected.”Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community.”In a post on Facebook, Ms Geymonat – who worked recently as a Ryanair air hostess and is originally from Uruguay – said: “I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up just because. “We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself s— like this happens.”Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries after the incident on the N31 bus in the early hours of May 30. 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. read more

Alleged wife abuser to serve 4 years for cocaine guns ammo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCampbellville man charged, remanded for cocaine, guns, ammo possessionMay 31, 2017In “Court”Trio charged with illegal possession of guns, ammo & drugsJune 6, 2015In “Crime”Dataram gets 4 years for ammo possession, wife freedJanuary 19, 2017In “Court” Jailed for 4 years Trevor RodriguezA taxi driver of Campbellville, Georgetown will now spend the next four years of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to trafficking in 11.363 kilograms of cocaine and the illegal possession of three unlicenced guns along with matching ammunition, when he appeared before city Magistrate Annette Singh, on Tuesday morning.Trevor Rodriguez was on Independence Day (May 26) busted with the illicit drug and weapons when police descended on his home following a report of domestic violence. On the day in question, Rodriguez had threatened to shoot his wife, Amanda Rodriquez, who in fear reported the incident to a co-worker that came to the aid of the woman.The cocaine was concealed in two cylinders with false bottomsProsecutor Simmons had related that the co-worker took away the gun from the perpetrator and contacted the police, who swooped down on the couple’s home.The woman reportedly handed the pistol over to ranks who conducted a search on the said premises, leading to the discovery of the two other guns and cocaine concealed in two cylinders with false bottoms.Rodriguez had also faced other charges for making use of threatening language and behaviour towards his wife, but these were dropped after the woman disclosed to the magistrate that she no longer wished to offer evidence against her husband.Based on reports received, Rodriguez was described as a habitual abuser of his spouse who allegedly threatened to kill her on several occasions.Two of the unlicenced weapons found in the man’s homeMagistrate Singh slapped the accused with a four year jail term for trafficking in narcotics, while handing down a 24 months sentence for the six counts of guns and ammunition charges; these terms will be served concurrently. read more

Piratage Firesheep une extension de Firefox capable dusurper des identités

first_imgPiratage : Firesheep, une extension de Firefox capable d’usurper des identitésMonde – Firesheep est une extension qui permet d’espionner les réseaux Wi-Fi non sécurisés. Grâce à elle, n’importe qui peut détourner un compte comme ceux créés sur Amazon, Facebook ou Google -la liste n’est pas exhaustive-, en piratant les sessions web des autres internautes.Barre latérale dans Firefox, Firesheep est une extension qui va directement proposer une liste de personnes en train de visiter des sites non sécurisés. Il suffit dès lors de cliquer sur l’un de ces noms pour avoir accès au compte de la personne et à ses identifiants.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteLe but du créateur de Firesheep était de mettre en lumière les lacunes existant en matière de sécurité et de confidentialité sur la majeure partie des sites web ou des réseaux sociaux. Il révèle que même les sites les plus populaires n’utilisent pas de connexion sécurisée et prouve par l’exemple que se connecter à un compte Facebook, Twitter ,Yahoo! et consorts est un jeu d’enfant. “Ils ont trop longtemps ignoré ces responsabilités et je souhaite que Firesheep aide les internautes à obtenir un Internet plus sécurisé” explique Eric Butler, le concepteur de l’extension.Pour le moment, Firesheep a été téléchargé plus de 30.000 fois, mais le nombre de téléchargements augmente d’heure en heure, d’autant que l’extension est gratuite et de source libre.Le 26 octobre 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Max Mosley porte plainte contre Google

first_imgMax Mosley porte plainte contre GoogleL’ancien président de la Fédération internationale de l’automobile (FIA) attaque en justice le moteur de recherches pour forcer le géant américain à revoir son système de modération.Si vous tapez “Max Mosley” sur Google, les premiers résultats que vous trouverez seront les suivants : “max mosley nazi”, “max mosley video”, “max mosley nazi video” et “max mosley nazi scandal”. Pas étonnant quand on sait que l’ancien président de la FIA, fils d’un dirigeant de l’équivalent du FN anglais, a été surpris en 2008 par le quotidien à scandales News of the World dans une vidéo montrant ses pratiques sadomasochistes avec un groupe de prostituées, le tout en costumes à connotation nazie. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Mêlé à une affaire d’écoutes téléphoniques cette année, le tabloïd aurait versé plus d’un million de livres sterling à “des victimes” pour tenter d’étouffer l’affaire, dont justement Max Mosley. Amené à témoigner dans l’enquête lancée par la justice britannique, l’ex-patron de l’automobile mondiale a, à cette occasion, révélé qu’il avait engagé des poursuites à propos de cette fameuse vidéo contre Google, en France et en Allemagne. Pour lui, le moteur de recherches américain est trop lent à faire retirer les pages de son index. “Le point fondamental, c’est que Google pourrait empêcher (cette vidéo) d’apparaître, mais ils refusent au nom d’une question de principe”, explique l’ancien avocat qu’est Mosley.”Nous ne voulons pas et nous ne pouvons pas contrôler tout ce qui est publié sur Internet”, a de son côté répondu la firme de Mountain View. “Mais lorsque nous apprenons via une requête de la cour qu’une page en particulier présente du contenu illégal alors nous faisons tout ce que nous pouvons pour l’ôter de nos résultats de recherche”. Surtout, Max Mosley veut que les résultats évoqués lorsque son nom est tapé sur Google ne soit plus associé à cette vidéo et ce scandale. Mais, sauf injonction de justice ou revirement de la part de Google, il semble que les internautes ne sont pas près d’oublier son passé trouble…Le 29 novembre 2011 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The iPhone 8 Will Be Revealed September 12

first_imgUPDATE: Apple itself has now confirmed this date is real. The next iPhone will make its debut on September 12, 10 A.M. Pacific Time as the first event in the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.I’m a very qualified Apple fan. I prefer PCs to Macs. I love my iPad but think it’s ultimately unnecessary. And while I never looked back after jumping from Android to iOS, I think every recent iPhone that isn’t the iPhone SE has just gotten worse with their needlessly large screens and lack of headphone jacks.The iPhone is a decade old now, so if there’s any time to show how the product will continue to be a massive success for the next ten years, that time is now. We already knew we didn’t have to wait much longer since iPhone events always happen this time of year, but now we might have an exact date. The future of iPhone may be revealed on Tuesday, September 12.via Nodus and Gordon KellyThat report comes from Mac4Ever, which is claiming that Apple has told carriers to expect the event that day. So this is by no means confirmed, but again, given past iPhone fall events, September 12 isn’t a crazy prediction. Official pre-orders and sales should go up not too long after this reveal.More exciting is what we might see on September 12. Like I said before, recent iPhone disappointments mean I don’t follow the device as closely as I used to. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t rumors to dredge up.Our previous stories have suggested that the next iPhone, whether it’s an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s or both, will feature an elongated, 5.8-inch bezel-less screen with a virtual home button instead of a physical one. While the headphone jack is still shamefully missing, a Lightning port remains (as opposed to a switch to USB-C). With Apple’s recent push into augmented reality, the cameras will be getting an upgrade to improve object and facial scanning and recognition. This will also tie in with the new security features.That’s what we think we’ll see from Apple on September 12, but it could be all wrong, even the date. In any case, the iPhone’s destiny should be revealed soon enough.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Guardiola frustrated despite convincing win

first_imgManchester City’s defending frustrated Pep Guardiola despite winning 6-1 at home against Southampton at the Etihad on Sunday.Manchester City already had a three-goal lead after just 18 minutes, but they conceded before the break when Ederson fouled Danny Ings in the box, and the striker converted the penalty.Ings’ goal was the first goal City had conceded in seven games and Guardiola was infuriated with his team’s defending.“We did some very good things, the first 20 minutes was excellent and offensively we were very good, but we conceded a lot,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.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…“The game gave me a good feeling, but at the same time, we didn’t defend well, although with 6-1 I am so satisfied. We were lucky to score the fourth goal in the final minute of the first half because otherwise, it would have been complicated after half-time.“As a team, he [Mark Hughes] demanded a lot, and today we were very clinical, especially at the start, and we had the feeling we would create a lot of chances.“But when they had the ball in midfield we didn’t control the balls, they won all the second balls, we had to defend deeper and were not stable enough – and that’s why the fourth goal was so crucial.”last_img read more

TMCs social media wing goes proactive under Abhisheks direction

first_imgKolkata: From using a “jumla meter that nails the BJP’s lies” to highlighting the achievements of the eight-year-old Mamata Banerjee government, Trinamool Congress has built a “pro-active campaign” for the Lok Sabha polls, with the help of social media and conventional canvassing. The campaign is being driven from the party’s 24×7 war room in Kolkata, under the leadership of Trinamool Youth Congress national president and party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAlongside him are a crop of media and tech savvy functionaries like the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien. “Our campaign strategy is partly decided on the basis of our own surveys. There is a research team which also places its findings. We have done a lot of work based on support from the ground,” said a party source. Abhishek, who is the MP from Diamond Harbour and now contesting to retain the seat, is the overall in-charge of the campaign. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Abhishek is extremely sharp politically, just like his aunt and comes up with valuable suggestions. Derek and a group of young leaders are with him,” a Trinamool Congress leader said on condition of anonymity. “The 24×7 war room is the venue for constant deliberations, brainstorming sessions and strategy meetings,” he added. A lot of self-criticism takes place during the interactions to understand where the party stands in a particular constituency. Colonel (retired) Diptangshu Chaudhury, the party’s social media convener, said: “We are laying equal emphasis on social media and conventional campaign. For instance, our Asansol Lok Sabha candidate (Moon Moon Sen) has already done 195 public meetings and road shows”. Incidentally, Chaudhury is also the party’s election observer and election agent for Asansol, which Trinamool is striving to recapture from BJP. “Apart from our meetings and rallies, there are many of our dedicated soldiers working behind the scenes. In every booth, we have at least 20 people who are working day and night for the party. At the grassroots level, we are very strong. On the other hand, take my word, BJP won’t get polling agents in 80 percent of the booths in Asansol,” said Chaudhury. Both parties have led several rallies in the state and have several more planned for the coming days. For the sheer intensity of the political campaign here, this could be Ground Zero of BJP’s 2019 Lok Sabha campaign. “We are combating BJP in a pro-active and not defensive manner. We set the agenda, others defend,” Chaudhury added. For taking on BJP’s aggressive campaign led by Modi and Amit Shah, the Trinamool Congress social media team has come up with novel features like ‘Jumla Meter’ which gives immediate, crisp and fact-based rejoinders to BJP’s punches. For instance, on April 20 during his election meeting in South Dinjapur’s Buniadpur, Modi said: “We have shown the way by improving law and order in UP and Tripura.” Within 45 minutes, Trinamool’s Jumla Meter had a post that said: “Yesterday (April 19, 2019) an Election Commission probe confirmed large scale ‘booth capturing’ in Tripura. Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of crimes against women”. Chaudhury claimed that the BJP’s campaign is based on “fake news, lies and disinformation”. “They are mostly selling dreams and jumlas,” he said. Abhishek also heads the social media team, where O’Brien plays a very vital role in strategy and designing an innovative campaign. Besides Chaudhury, former NASSCOM Eastern Regional director Suparno Moitra also guides the party’s social media activities under Abhishek’s overall direction. “The social media is an instrument of god for poorer regional parties lacking in resources to match more opulent opponents,” said Moitra, the party’s joint social media convener. After the Trinamool Youth Congress president revamped the social media unit between mid-2017 and January last year, the focus of the content was broken into two – highlighting development projects of the state government and countering negative propaganda by the Opposition with facts. Trinamool Congress now has a huge presence on every online platform, including Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram and makes extensive use of videos, data and memes.last_img read more

Ghacks moved to new server new CDN network

first_imgGhacks: moved to new server, new CDN network by Martin Brinkmann on April 07, 2017 in ghacks – Last Update: April 07, 2017 – 57 commentsWe have moved the site Ghacks to a new hosting company, Kinsta, yesterday, and also switched to a new CDN provider KeyCDN in the process.I talked about the need to move the site to a new server a couple of days ago. I was quite apprehensive about the move, as things go wrong usually when you move Gigabytes of data, databases, and configuration files to a new environment.It was necessary to move the site however, as the old server got slower over time, and was easily taken off the Internet by sending thousands of requests to it in a short period of time. You may have experienced slow load times or the site not being accessible at all yourself in the past weeks on the site.The time it took support to reply to support requests increased ever since the company was acquired by Liquid Web, it took sometimes hours before I received a first reply. Not good if the site is not on at all at the time, or slow like a snail.KinstaThe move to Kinsta worked out really well. It was the first time that I did not have to move the site’s files and databases myself.Kinsta offers managed WordPress hosting, and one feature of this is that they move your site from the old server to the new. They handle the move, and make sure the site runs fine on their infrastructure. Then they let you know about it, so that you can test everything as well.It took less than two hours to move the site to Kinsta, and switch over the DNS server to the new server IP, and that time included me running tests to make sure the site was working fine in the new environment.Kinsta support is very knowledgeable about WordPress, and the time it takes to get a reply is Flash-like fast.The service uses Google’s Cloud Platform, and Ghacks was switched over to more efficient technologies such as PHP7 and Nginx in the process as well.KeyCDNI then decided to switch to KeyCDN, a content distribution network as well in the process. One core reason for doing so was that they offered features that MaxCDN either did not offer in the plan I was on, or charged extra for.The cost per Gigabyte is about half at KeyCDN, and the service supports free SSL certificates, great performance, and offers CDN locations in Asia on top of that (extra charge on Max CDN).Closing WordsThe move should speed up the site significantly. Not only is it running on powerful infrastructure that should not break a sweat if hits increase to the site, it is also powered by a better CDN with distribution locations in Asia. If you connect to Ghacks from Asia, you should see immediate benefits because of this.Please give it a try yourself, and let me know how the new site feels for you. It is faster than before, more responsive?Also, if you notice anything that is not working correctly, let me know about it and I will get on it asap.SummaryArticle NameGhacks: moved to new server, new CDN networkDescriptionWe have moved the site Ghacks to a new hosting company, Kinsta, yesterday, and also switched to a new CDN provider KeyCDN in the process.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Person hit by train near StokeonTrent

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA person has been hit by a train near Stoke-on-Trent tonight. Virgin Trains report the incident has taken place on the railway between the Potteries and Macclesfield. A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Due to a person being hit by a train between Stoke-On-Trent and Macclesfield all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be delayed or diverted via Alsager. Macclesfield will not be served. “Disruption is expected until 11.45ppm.” Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports trains are being diverted via Alsager – and first reported the incident shortly before 11pm. Read MoreKnife disguised as key found in Stoke-on-Trent park We have no further information on the exact location of the incident at this stage. We will bring you an update on this story when one becomes available.last_img read more

Trump Vancouver opens to frosty welcome

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> VANCOUVER — The furies unleashed by Donald Trump’s rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open.The mayor wants its name changed. A city councilman calls it “over the top, glitz and glamor” that clashes with Canadian values. And the property developer who built it sounds traumatized by the whole affair.The 69-story building designed by one of Canada’s most renowned architects has drawn praise for its sleek, twisting design. Prices for the condominiums have set records.But Trump’s politics, especially his criticism of immigrants, has caused such outrage that the mayor won’t attend the grand opening next week. Even the Malaysian developer has had second thoughts about the partnership.Joo Kim Tiah, who like the U.S. president is the son of a prominent businessman who got into global real estate, said he found it “extremely stressful” when Trump’s statements about Muslims, Mexicans and women, among other things, made him extremely unpopular in Vancouver, one of the world’s most diverse and progressive cities. Unfortunately, it was well after he signed the licensing deal to use the Trump brand.“I was terrified,” Joo Kim of Holborn Development told The Associated Press. “The people who ran the city were not happy with me. I was scared, but I think they understand. They understand that I’m trapped into – not trapped, locked into – an agreement.”The developer said he would have had no legal grounds to back out of the licensing deal, the terms of which have not been publicly released. “There would be severe legal implications,” he said.The hotel and residence will have its grand opening on Tuesday, with Trump sons Donald Jr. and Eric in attendance.Located along an upscale six-lane downtown thoroughfare, the tower is the second-tallest in Vancouver and offers majestic mountain and ocean views. A one-bedroom apartment, at 699 square feet, starts around $1 million and the average 1,153-square-foot two-bedroom condo went for $1.7 million but has since gone up. Hotel rooms in the slow season start at around $228 ($300 Canadian).The chief White House ethics lawyers under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have criticized Trump’s turning over control of his business to his sons, saying it does not eliminate potential conflicts of interest. Legal experts also say Trump’s overseas businesses could violate the “emoluments clause” of the U.S. constitution, which bars public officials from accepting payments or gifts from foreign governments or companies they control without the consent of Congress. A liberal-funded watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Trump citing the clause.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe Vancouver tower is the second Trump-branded property to officially open since he took office, coming shortly after a golf course in Dubai. The Canadian project has generated much more debate, however, because of its location in a place that prides itself on multiculturalism. Forty-eight per cent of Vancouver’s residents are foreign born.Mayor Gregor Robertson, among others, has urged the developer to drop the Trump name. “Trump’s name and brand have no more place on Vancouver’s skyline than his ignorant ideas have in the modern world,” he said in a letter.City councilman Kerry Jang said the tower, which he calls a “beacon of racism … intolerance, sexism and bullying,” is out of place not just because of the views of the person whose name adorns it but for a style that he said clashes with low-key Canada. “It represents a brand that’s over the top, glitz and glamor,” Jang said. “It’s not our thing. ”British Columbia Premier Christy Clark also said the Trump name doesn’t represent the values of a city that is known for its support of environmental causes and open drug policies.Donald Trump Jr. brushed off his father’s Vancouver detractors in an interview with CTV television last year, calling them “ridiculous” and “disgusting.” On Thursday, White House aide Hope Hicks directed all questions about the tower to the Trump Organization, which did not respond to requests for comment from the AP.Joo Kim said he was saddened by the criticism, noting that people of 30 different ethnicities work at the hotel.Silver and gold ingots of chocolate stamped “TRUMP” are displayed in hotel room minibars, part of the sumptuous decor in the $360-million tower.Building general manager Philipp Posch said Trump and his controversies have little to do with the company. “President Trump, what he does is separate,” said Posch, who also opened Trump’s Chicago hotel. “I focus on getting the beds ready and putting a chocolate on your pillow for turndown.”Ten per cent of the condo owners are foreigners, more than double the average in Vancouver. Joo Kim said a few owners called during the campaign concerned that Trump’s remarks would hurt their property values, but no one has sold. Still, he understands why people are upset. “I did a lot of soul searching because people were attacking me for it,” he said.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyJoo Kim’s father, Tony Tiah Thee Kian, is one of Malaysia’s richest men, and built his fortune trading stocks in the 1990s before expanding into property. He was charged in 1999 with abetting a businessman to defraud another brokerage, Omega Securities. In 2002, he was convicted on a reduced charge of providing a false report to the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange and resigned as head of his financial firm, TA Enterprise.The father, who plans to attend the Vancouver tower opening, made a comeback in 2009 with the listing of his property arm, TA Global. Tiah groomed his eldest son as his successor, and 37-year-old Joo Kim was appointed CEO of TA Global last year. He also heads the family-owned Holborn Group, which says it earned $10.4 million from the Vancouver Trump project in 2015, representing 57 per cent of its profit.Joo Kim says he chose the Trump brand in part because he felt a bond with Donald Jr. “We’re both the oldest son and our fathers were really dominant and difficult at times,” he said. “We may be OK financially but we didn’t get the attention of our parents because our parents were always busy working. But at the same time there’s a big expectation to be perfect.”Joo Kim has a picture on Instagram of himself at Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, along with a picture of his ticket for the Liberty Ball, one of three balls the president attended.A protest is planned for the Vancouver hotel’s opening on Tuesday, but the city police department says there haven’t been any special requests for security.The neighbourhood where the tower is located seems split on its presence. Businesses on the block don’t see a threat from the presence of the Trump name or possible protests. The general manager of the Equinox sport club, Zak Miller, said he hasn’t seen any negative impact.The reactions of many passers-by are the opposite.Vancouver resident Jim Smith wondered why anyone would go inside. “It’s bad enough just to walk in front,” he said.Daniela DeSanto, another city resident, said the building ruins Vancouver’s reputation.“I’m so against it,” she said. “I think we should represent the city in better ways than his actions and his way of thinking.” Monday, February 27, 2017 Trump Vancouver opens to frosty welcome Tags: Trump Hotels, Vancouver By: Jeremy Hainsworth And Rob GilliesSource: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Lines drawn on GMOs in Costa Rica

first_imgDuring a Nov. 6 protest organized by the environmental collectives Bloque Verde and the Central American Alliance for the Protection of Biodiversity, more than 100 demonstrators in front of the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry in western San José demanded the prohibition of genetically modified corn in Costa Rica.Inside, members of the National Biosecurity Technical Commission discussed a request by Delta and Pine Land (D&PL), a subsidiary of multinational Monsanto, to plant GM corn seeds in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. A second company, Semillas del Trópico S.A., also sought to import and plant GM seeds, but was rejected because they failed to meet the commission’s requirements.Although the financial weekly El Financiero reported that D&PL hopes to plant 1-2 hectares of GM corn, and Bloque Verde said the company wants to plant 15 hectares, D&PL spokeswoman Eva Barbosa said the area planted would depend on the nine-member commission’s final evaluation.  Farmer Juan Arriaga, from the Sol de Vida Organization, said GM corn seed in Costa Rica would bring “shame, hunger, dependence and illness.” Alberto Font Should Costa Rica allow GM corn to be grown here?  Yes. There is nothing wrong with GMO crops.  No. It’s a dangerous step and could threaten Costa Rican farmers.  No Response. Protesters, including environmentalists, students and farmers, hoped to alert members of the commission about the risks they believe are associated with GMOs and their effect on local varieties of corn and on human health. Farmer Juan Arriaga, a member of the environmental and agricultural organization Sol y Vida in Santa Cruz, the historic city in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, said that introducing GM corn seed in Costa Rica “means shame, hunger, dependence and illness for human beings, and for the nature and biodiversity that we constantly sell [to tourists] in Costa Rica.” “The ICT [Costa Rican Tourism Board] sells the image abroad that Costa Rica is 100 percent natural, with no artificial ingredients, yet we’re one of the countries that most uses poisonous agricultural chemicals,” Arriaga said. “It’s going to be worse if they permit genetically modified corn.” Arriaga worries that GM seeds will contaminate local seeds, as corn cultivation depends on open pollination, meaning that plants are pollinated through the air, water and via insects. Some farmers worry that down the road, they’ll end up having to pay for patented seeds.Before the meeting, agronomy engineer, environmentalist and commission member Fabián Pacheco, said the defense of non-modified, local corn is something that goes beyond a discussion among technocrats in a closed-door meeting.“We’re talking about the future of farmers’ rights, and that can’t be defined by a closed-door commission,” he said.Pacheco pointed to studies, such as one by biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini, that indicated genetically modified corn caused tumors and other organ damage to laboratory rats. However, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has played down the significance of that study, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, saying it was inconclusive. A few days after the commission’s meeting, Pacheco said he had presented various studies and information that demonstrated the problems associated with allowing GM corn into the country. But Pacheco’s stance against GMOs has locked him out of access to company information on the variety of seed D&PL wants to import: Despite sitting on the commission, the company filed a legal motion to block him and other environmentalists from accessing information about the seed variety, Mon 603. Barbosa said the varieties of corn the company plans on using in Costa Rica, if approved by the commission, are genetically modified to resist certain insects and to tolerate the application of pesticides. She said the seed is not for human consumption, but rather to generate more seed for export. She added that no scientifically rigorous studies exist showing that GM seeds are unsafe. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization and EFSA, Barbosa said, GMOs are just as safe as their conventional equivalents, which she said is supported by internationally accepted scientific research. She added that although corn is openly pollinated, studies show that nearly 100 percent of pollen remains within 50 meters of the plant that emits it. Existing regulations of corn-seed certification establish 50 meters of separation with other corn crops to guarantee purity of the seed produced. That statement is disputed by Luis Felipe Arauz, dean of the University of Costa Rica’s Agri-Food Sciences faculty. Arauz said that because corn pollen travels on the wind, it is impossible to keep it in a designated area. He is concerned that crossing local corn with GM corn could result in the introduction of Monsanto’s patented GM corn into local corn varieties. If that happens, he said, farmers would not be able to plant the hybrid corn, because they could risk legal action by Monsanto.For Arauz, the risks outweigh the possible benefits for Costa Rica, and he urged commission members to reject the company’s request.Leda Madrigal, a member of the commission representing the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, said it is important for the public to know that the commission will base its decision on scientific and technical studies, as established by Costa Rican law. According to a press release from the Culture Ministry, a group of citizens asked Culture Minister Manuel Obregón to declare local corn a national heritage, therefore affording local varieties official government protection. The request is based on the idea that a culture of corn generates different cultural products associated with many traditions that are represented in gastronomy, music, literature and indigenous culture, said Adrián Vindas, director of the Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Patrimony. The commission will vote on the company’s request Dec. 3.center_img Facebook Comments GMO’s in Costa Rica No related posts.last_img read more

Qantas delivering goals

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas CEO says turnaround plan is working. The Qantas Group is delivering all its targeted goals, according to the carrier’s chief executive Alan Joyce.Speaking at a financial update today, the airline announced all segments of the Group’s portfolio were profitable during the six months ending 31 December 2012, with the exception of Qantas International.Statutory profit after tax increased by 164 percent to $111 million during the second half of 2012, while underlying profit before tax was $223 million.Although still profitable, Qantas Domestic’s underlying EBIT fell from $328 million in 1H12 to $218 million in 1H13, while Qantas International losses were reduced by 65 percent, sitting at $91 million in 1H13, an improvement of $171 million compared with 1H12.Mr Joyce said Qantas International’s result were an indicator that the group’s turnaround plan was improving business and suspending non-profitable routes and services, although tough decisions, were ultimately benefiting the airline.Meanwhile, the Group expects 2H13 to remain strong despite a challenging environment, predicting an increase of 0.5-1.5 percent compared to 2H12.Speaking at the financial update, Mr Joyce also announced the group would upgrade its entire A330 fleet and order five new Boeing 737s.Click here for more information.center_img ……last_img read more

In this photo taken dated Friday Sept 7 2018 P

first_img In this photo taken dated Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Verzilov is reported Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018, to have been admitted to hospital allegedly after a suspected poisoning attack, and his medical condition is not yet known. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2018 1:47 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pussy Riot member said to regain consciousness in hospitalcenter_img MOSCOW – A member of Russia’s Pussy Riot protest group says a fellow activist who was hospitalized for possible poisoning has regained consciousness.Group member Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press via Facebook that Pyotr Verzilov regained consciousness on Friday, but remained in intensive care. Verzilov has been in the hospital since falling ill Tuesday.Alekhina said she thinks he definitely was poisoned and “there’s nothing other than politics” behind it.Independent Russian news website Meduza reported Thursday that Verzilov’s doctors told his relatives he either overdosed on medicine or was given too much medicine. Meduza did not specify the substance.Verzilov and other activists served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting July’s World Cup final to protest excessive Russian police powers.last_img read more

University of Cyprus rector could shake up presidential race

first_imgThe findings of a survey announced on Friday suggested a rather predictable race could be shaken up by the possible candidacy of University of Cyprus rector Constantinos Christofides.The survey, commissioned by online business portal Stockwatch, asked voters to state their preference among various candidates in the 2018 presidential election, as well as the expected run-off between the two that will prevail in the first round.Under all scenarios tested, incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades looked poised to win against either Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos or Akel-backed former Health Minister Stavros Malas.Among existing candidates in the first round, Anastasiades won 27 per cent of the polled respondents, Papadopoulos 16 per cent, Malas 13 per cent, while Yiorgos Lillikas won 3 per cent, with 1 in 5 still undecided and 14 per cent stating the intention to not vote.But when Christofides was thrown in the first-round mix, Anastasiades and Papadopoulos saw their shares drop in favour of the new challenger.In this scenario, Anastasiades got 23 per cent, Papadopoulos 14 per cent, Malas 12 per cent, Christofides 9 per cent and Lillikas 2 per cent.Again, 1 in 5 were still undecided and 12 per cent said they won’t vote at all.According to the poll, Christofides mainly drew votes from the two leading candidates, as well as the pool of voters who expressed no interest in voting.Christofides has not yet announced his decision whether to stand or not.In the second round, Anastasiades scored 36 per cent when pitted against Papadopoulos, who won 25 per cent.Opposite Malas, Anastasiades’ lead was even wider, with the President winning 40 per cent and the Akel candidate 21 per cent.The Papadopoulos-Malas scenario presented the narrowest spread, with Papadopoulos at 32 and Malas 25 per cent.More than two in five respondents said the upcoming presidential election interests them “a little” or “not at all”.About six in 10 said they were unsatisfied with Anastasiades’ handling mostly of the Cyprus problem, but also the economy and domestic issues.The survey was commissioned by Stockwatch from Cymar Market Research Ltd.It comprised 1,006 telephone interviews with voting-age individuals between September 21 and 27.The statistical error range is 3.09 per cent, with a 95 per cent degree of confidence.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more