WhatsApp favourite tool for rightwing to influence voters

first_imgNew York: In a significant find, researchers have discovered that right-wing users are more effective in using Facebook-owned WhatsApp to spread news, disinformation and opinions during elections. After performing the first large-scale analysis of partisan WhatsApp groups in the context of Brazil’s 2018 election, the researchers from Northwestern University found that right-wing groups in Brazil were much more numerous and shared substantially more multimedia content and YouTube videos than left-wing groups. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year With more than 120 million users, Brazil is the second-largest WhatsApp market in the world after India which has 400 million users of the Facebook-owned platform. “Our ultimate goal is to understand how information and misinformation spreads, so we can find technological interventions,” said Larry Birnbaum, the study’s senior author. “We want to find ways to help people better evaluate the information they receive. Media literacy has not caught up with rapid changes in technology,” Birnbaum added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India From September 1 to November 1, 2018, Birnbaum and Victor Bursztyn followed 232 partisan groups. During that time, they collected 2.8 million messages from more than 45,000 users (This is 3.5 times as many messages and 2.4 times as many users than the largest competing dataset to date). The team discovered multiple differences between right- and left-wing groups. In the studied sample, right-wing groups shared 5.5 times as many messages as left-wing users. Of the messages shared by right-wing users, 46.5 per cent were multimedia messages, such as photos, audio and video files. Just 30 per cent of left-wing messages included multimedia. “It’s hard to say whether multimedia is more effective in influencing opinions, but right-wingers are more savvy in using them,” said Birnbaum. “Images are always more compelling than text.” They also found that the most-shared news by WhatsApp groups during the 2018 presidential election campaign came from websites that spread disinformation, as identified by several fact-checking agencies. “Data suggests that both sides consume this content, but it’s a more prevalent problem on the right,” Birnbaum said. The team will present their findings at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining in Vancouver, Canana, on Friday. During the general elections in India this year, WhatsApp was blamed for influencing voters. WhatsApp turned out to be the biggest social media platform for more than 87,000 groups to target millions with political messaging, according to social media experts. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, in a commentary piece, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of influencing voters via social media platforms in Lok Sabha elections and WhatsApp being their favourite medium simply because of its massive reach. Despite tall claims made by Facebook that it is removing 10 lakh fake accounts a day in India, a recent survey by online start-up Social Media Matters and New Delhi-based Institute for Governance, Policies and Politics revealed that one in two Indians receive fake news via Facebook and WhatsApp. The survey stated that 96 per cent of the sample population received fake news via WhatsApp.last_img read more

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Boeing, FAA say more time needed for fixing troubled 737 Max aircraft

first_imgNew York: Boeing and US aviation regulators say the company needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing’s final software improvements for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.” Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the company needs more time to make sure it has identified and addressed all issues. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChicago-based Boeing offered the same timetable as it works to convince regulators that it can fix software on the planes. “Safety is our first priority, and we will take a thorough and methodical approach to the development and testing of the update to ensure we take the time to get it right,” said Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers. Boeing needs approval not just from FAA, but elsewhere, including Europe and China, where safety officials have indicated they will conduct their own reviews. The planes have been grounded around the world since mid-March. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe news from the FAA suggests that airlines could be forced to park their Max jets longer than they expected. Airlines that own Max jets are scrambling other planes to fill some Max flights while canceling others. “We are aware that the resumption of service for our 737 Max aircraft may be further delayed, and our team will work with all customers impacted by any flight cancellations,” said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein. American Airlines had been pointing toward a late-April return of its 24 Max 8s. Over the weekend, Southwest Airlines announced that its 34 Max 8s will be removed from the schedule through May instead of mid-April. United Airlines has idled its 14 Max 9s through June 5. Separately, US regulators and Boeing are awaiting a preliminary report from Ethiopian investigators into the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 jet shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa. The report will be scrutinized for information from the plane’s data recorders that might suggest similarities between the doomed flight and the October 29 crash of a Lion Air Max 8 into the Java Sea off Indonesia. The two crashes killed 346 people. Data from the Indonesian plane indicates that pilots unsuccessfully fought the automated anti-stall system for control of the plane, which plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff. According to published reports, the same system activated on the Ethiopian Airlines flight. Boeing is making changes in an automated system that is designed to prevent the plane’s nose from rising, which can lead to a dangerous aerodynamic stall. The changes include relying on readings from more than one sensor before the anti-stall system activates and pushes the nose down, and making the system’s actions less severe and easier for pilots to handle. Boeing has said it will pay to train pilots on the technology. Two American Airlines pilots who attended a session with Boeing experts last week expressed satisfaction with the manufacturer’s changes.last_img read more

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Free press access to information vital for development top UN officials stress

3 May 2008Marking the annual World Press Freedom Day, top United Nations officials have stressed the role of a secure and independent media, and access to information, in empowering individuals and advancing development. “When information flows freely, people are equipped with tools to take control of their lives,” noted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day, observed each year on 3 May. “When the flow of information is hindered – whether for political or technological reasons – our capacity to function is stunted.”Mr. Ban stressed that a free, secure and independent media is one of the foundations of peace and democracy. Attacks on freedom of the press are attacks against international law, humanity, and freedom itself – everything the UN stands for, he said.Alarmed at the increasing targeting of journalists around the world, and the failure to thoroughly investigate and prosecute such crimes, the Secretary-General called on all societies to spare no effort in bringing to justice the perpetrators of such attacks. He also paid tribute to all who work in difficult and dangerous conditions to provide the world with free, unbiased information. The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day, which was established by the UN in 1993, is “access to information and the empowerment of people.”In his message on the occasion of the Day, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – the body tasked with protecting freedom of expression – stressed that press freedom and access to information feed into the wider development objective of empowering people by giving people the information that can help them gain control over their own lives. “This empowerment supports participatory democracy by giving citizens the capacity to engage in public debate and to hold governments and others accountable,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.Access to information is primordial to the exercise of the basic human right of freedom of expression, Mr. Matsuura added. To be free, the media need to have access to information. Such access is also indispensable in fighting corruption, which has been defined as the primary obstacle to development.The winner of this year’s UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize is a Mexican reporter who has been a target of death threats, sabotage and police harassment because of her work uncovering prostitution and child pornography networks. Freelance investigative journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro will receive the award today at a World Press Freedom Day ceremony in Maputo, Mozambique, organized by UNESCO.General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim stressed the importance of press freedom, noting that “it is access to information that truly empowers the individual to become more active and more responsible. In this free press is a crucial ally.” He said the media contributes to the process of democratization, to the strengthening of the rule of law and ultimately to institution building by asking the “right and often difficult” questions, providing access to information and representing all views impartially. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marked the Day by noting that harassment and secrecy laws are weakening press freedom. “It is a sad fact that many governments across the world persist in undermining the freedom of the press to report facts and opinions and, by extension, the right of people in general to be informed about events and policies that are shaping our world,” Louise Arbour said.Ms. Arbour noted that governments are becoming more secretive and offering propaganda disguised as objective information – especially when alleged security-related issues are on the table. The proliferation of new or strengthened secrecy laws means that the media are forced to resort to speculation, which can then be used against them to further undermine their credibility, or even as a justification for initiating legal proceedings against them, she added. Echoing her comments, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression marked the Day by calling on governments to end censorship, protect a free and independent media and guarantee their right to criticize.“Freedom of the press cannot be applicable exclusively for those with whom we agree,” stated Ambeyi Ligabo. “On the contrary, the key to freedom of expression is to respect the rights of those with whom we disagree to voice their own opinion. Without this right, democracy itself cannot flourish.”In Afghanistan, Norah Niland, Chief Human Rights Officer for the UN Assistance Mission there, underlined the importance of press freedom as the country prepares for a fresh round of presidential and parliamentary elections next year.“In the run-up to Afghanistan’s elections in 2009 and 2010 press freedom will be more vital than ever, people can only make informed decisions about the political future of their country if they are empowered with balanced objective information,” said Ms. Niland. “The media has a crucial role to play in this respect.” read more

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Oil stabilizes near US88 as Chinese data suggests recovery

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 24, 2012 8:18 am MDT Oil stabilizes near US$88 as Chinese data suggests recovery LONDON – The price of oil was down slightly on Tuesday, after a steeper decline the day before on Europe’s deepening debt turmoil, as a survey suggested a recovery in China’s manufacturing is taking hold.Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 15 cents at US$87.99 a barrel around midday European time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The contract had tumbled $3.69, or four per cent, on Monday to settle at $88.14 per barrel after Spain’s borrowing costs surged, raising the risk that it will require a financial bailout.Those fears persisted on Tuesday, but their impact on the market was tempered by better economic data on China’s manufacturing.Preliminary results of HSBC’s monthly survey of manufacturers showed the contraction in Chinese manufacturing eased in July. The bank’s Purchasing Managers’ Index which combines various measures of manufacturing activity rose to 49.5 from 48.2. Readings above 50 denote growth.The individual gauge of factory output showed an expansion in production and was at its highest level in nine months.HSBC’s chief China economist Hongbin Qu said the survey suggests Beijing’s attempts to stimulate the world’s second-biggest economy are starting to work. “A more meaningful improvement of growth is expected in the coming months when these measures fully filter through.”Later in the day, investors will be monitoring fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products.Data for the week ending July 20 is expected to show draws of 250,000 barrels in crude oil stocks and of 750,000 barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday, while the report from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.—(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

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Burger Kings 1stquarter earnings soar as restaurant costs fall to counter revenue

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Burger King’s 1st-quarter earnings soar as restaurant costs fall to counter revenue drop by Tom Murphy And Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2013 7:35 am MDT Burger King’s first-quarter earnings more than doubled even though revenue fell, as the fast-food chain trimmed several restaurant-related expenses.The Miami-based company had warned earlier this month that sales at established restaurants were expected to fall during the quarter, and they wound up declining 1.4 per cent. That includes a 3 per cent drop in the United States and Canada.Burger King said competition and a strong first quarter last year hurt U.S. and Canadian sales comparisons to this year’s quarter. But it said sales from those countries rallied in March due in part to promotions like the $1.29 Whopper Jr.The company has been adjusting its strategy to focus on more menu deals like that. McDonald’s has been particularly aggressive in touting its Dollar Menu to boost traffic at a time when the restaurant industry is barely growing. Wendy’s also revamped its value menu recently.Overall, Burger King Worldwide Inc. said Friday its net income rose to $35.8 million, or 10 cents per share, in the quarter that ended March 31. That’s up from $14.3 million, or 4 cents per share, in the previous year’s quarter when it was still private.The company previously said adjusted earnings, which don’t count certain one-time expenses, totalled 17 cents per share in the most recent quarter.Revenue fell about 42 per cent to $327.7 million. Analysts expected $305.8 million, according to FactSet.Total restaurant expenses, which include things like food costs and payroll expenses, fell nearly 70 per cent in the quarter to $108.1 million.Burger King has been undergoing a revamp since it was purchased and taken private in 2010 by 3G Capital, a private investment firm run by Brazilian billionaires. The company has been selling more restaurants to franchisees, a move that lowers overhead costs. Instead of booking sales from those restaurants, that means Burger King would collect franchise fees instead.In the first quarter, the company’s restaurant revenues tumbled 69 per cent to $121.1 million, but its franchise and property revenues rose 19 per cent to $206.6 million. The company sold 33 company-owned restaurants in the U.S. and Canada to franchisees during the quarter for $9.3 million.Burger King said about 97 per cent of its restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees.The company’s selling, general and administrative expenses also fell about 30 per cent to $66.7 million in the quarter.3G Capital also has slashed costs, signed international expansion deals and changed the U.S. menu to appeal to a wider audience. The moves came ahead of the company’s return to public trading on the New York Stock Exchange last June.Burger King says its efforts to revamp the brand remain on track. But CEO Bernardo Hees, a 3G partner, is moving on later this year to head Heinz, another 3G investment. Chief Financial Officer Daniel Schwartz, also a 3G partner, will succeed Lees as CEO at Burger King.Burger King shares rose 21 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to close at $18.27 Friday. They have traded between $12.91 and $20.20 since relisting. read more

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Survey Slower pace of hiring in July as US businesses add 185000

In this July 15, 2015, photo, Sasha Vitalis, left, talks about job opportunities to job seeker Omar Delgado at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in July on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Survey: Slower pace of hiring in July, as US businesses add 185,000 jobs by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 6:46 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The rate of hiring by U.S. businesses slowed in July, according to a private survey. But job gains remained at a solid level, which should help boost overall economic growth.Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that its survey shows that companies added 185,000 jobs last month, down from 229,000 in June.Job growth since early 2014 has lifted home sales to their strongest pace in eight years. Construction firms added 15,000 jobs last month. But low oil prices weighed on the manufacturing sector, which added just 2,000 jobs. Energy firms have cut back on their orders for equipment, machinery and pipeline as oil prices have stayed below $50 a barrel.The decline in oil prices “probably will result in extended layoffs in the energy sector,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. The result of those layoffs will be fewer job gains this year compared to 2015.Still, Zandi sees monthly job growth as averaging a solid 200,000 this year, roughly double the pace of the number of workers entering the job market. Continued gains at that pace should further lower the unemployment rate and encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates from its current near-zero levels.Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said that it could be appropriate to raise rates later this year, removing a source of financial stimulus that was introduced in late 2008 to boost spending, borrowing and economic growth.Last month, hiring cooled off across industries. The business services sector hired 42,000 workers in June, down from 61,000 in June. The pace of hiring also slipped in the financial industry and in the trade, transportation and utilities.Hiring also occurred at a slower pace for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. They added 59,000 jobs last month, half of the gains in June. But hiring picked up among larger companies with more than 1,000 workers, which added 47,000 jobs in July, almost eight times more than their hiring levels in June.On Friday, the government will issue its official jobs report for July. Economists forecast it will show that employers added 225,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate held at 5.3 per cent for the second straight month.The ADP survey covers only private businesses, however, and frequently diverges from the official figures. read more

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There Are More Shohei Ohtanis On The Way

Minimum 300 at-bats and 50 innings pitched in a single season.Source: Baseball-Reference.com DecadeMinorsMLB 1970s10 1960s70 1910s632 Two-way players in the minors and Major League Baseball, by decade Had it not been for an oblique injury last year, McKay likely would have been the first minor leaguer since Farmer to reach both 50 innings pitched and 300 at-bats. McKay pitched 78⅓ innings (2.41 ERA) and logged 192 at-bats (.727 OPS) last season combined in Rookie League, Single-A and High A. He dominated Double-A hitters this year, striking out 62 in 41⅔ innings with a 1.30 ERA, before being promoted to Triple-A, where he posted a 1.08 ERA in his first 25 innings.McKay actually improved his hitting at Triple-A as well, belting four homers in his first 49 at-bats to go along with a .951 OPS before being called up.A challenge in developing a two-way player is that one skill is often further ahead in development. McKay and Dodson are more advanced as pitchers, and some observers were already calling for the Rays to limit McKay to pitching this spring. The game has become more specialized over time, and few clubs have bothered to dig deeper into what is possible for hitting and pitching.Injury concerns have also contributed to the near-extinction of the two-way player. If you have a star bat like Ohtani’s, you might not want to risk losing at-bats to injury on the mound.As Angels manager Brad Ausmus said this spring, the key to two-way experiments may be “workload balance and getting enough preparation on each side of the baseball.” Rays officials also noted the challenge of finding enough reps in the day for maintaining hitting and pitching skills.But when you’re the front office of the Rays, competing in a division with the Yankees and Red Sox, you have to question everything. One question is this: just how effective and efficient is baseball training? Maybe there is enough time in the day to develop two-way players.In a study commissioned by the Chicago Cubs in 1938, sports psychologist Coleman Griffith concluded, only 48 minutes per day were spent on “effective” baseball practice while the other two hours and 47 minutes were wasted. (In the major leagues, players generally arrive at the ballpark four hours before first pitch.) While some practices have changed over the years, many have also remained the same, like coach-pitched, on-field batting practice that is far removed from game velocity and breaking balls. There could be an advantage found in rethinking how the baseball day is structured.Is there time for a player to practice both hitting and pitching skills in the same day? “There’s plenty of time,” McKay said.Technology advances are also perhaps helping players get better feedback in practice, allowing for smarter and fewer reps to reduce wear and tear. McKay said the Rays have monitored his heart rate during bullpens to see how his body was responding, as well as how his diet, hydration and workload should be altered. One adjustment the Rays made with McKay this season is that he does not play a position when he is in the lineup as a hitter — he has played some first base in the past — and he slots in at a DH instead.“One of the biggest challenges that comes with this is not just managing in-game workload but structuring practice sufficiently,” Bloom said. “Giving the player enough of a chance to get better at everything he needs to improve at and keep him healthy: That’s something we spent a lot of time thinking about, and we’re learning as we go. We’ve already learned a lot.”In college, Dodson would often play seven innings in center field before he was summoned to close out the game pitching the eighth and ninth innings. Last summer, in his first stint as a pro, he never pitched or hit in the same game. The Rays mapped out a schedule each week for him. “It was, honestly, a lot easier” than the college setup, Dodson said.6Dodson has landed on the injured list three times this season.Dodson’s potential path as a reliever/position player — he is also a switch-hitter — could become a route to a more common two-way player: the ultimate utility man.“Ohtani laid some groundwork, McKay laid some groundwork. I think I’m laying a little different ground work as a reliever,” Dodson said. “I think everything started as something nobody did.”Check out our latest MLB predictions. After the Tampa Bay Rays made Brendan McKay the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft, they brought him to Port Charlotte, Florida, site of their minor league and spring training operations, for a debriefing. McKay had received first-round grades as a hitter and pitcher at the University of Louisville, where he was the program’s first Golden Spikes Award winner. There was outside discussion about whether McKay should pitch or hit as a professional. But several Rays player-development officials had a different question for McKay: Did he think he could he do both?There have been similar debates over what to do with dual-talent, amateur players before, but those mostly centered on which path a player should choose. In 2001, Kent State star John Van Benschoten led Division I baseball in home runs with 31 and posted a 1.532 on-base plus slugging, yet the Pittsburgh Pirates had him focus on pitching after selecting him with the eighth overall pick in the draft.1Van Benschoten tore his labrum in 2005, which derailed his career. Selected just two picks before McKay in 2017, dual-talent Hunter Greene has already put away his bat at the request of the Cincinnati Reds.2Greene had Tommy John surgery this spring.What did McKay tell the Rays?“I don’t see why I couldn’t do it at the next level,” McKay told FiveThirtyEight. “I think they were just as interested as I was.”McKay made his major league pitching debut on Saturday with six shutout innings before taking the first big league at-bats of his career as a designated hitter on Monday. And he isn’t the only player in the Rays organization to be asked that question. Even before Shohei Ohtani arrived last season in Anaheim and became the first player to log 300 at-bats and pitch 50 innings in a season since Babe Ruth in 1918 and 1919,3Ohtani returned to the field as a DH-only player in May. the Rays had already embraced their own domestic two-way player experiment.A month before the 2018 draft, a Rays scout asked Tanner Dodson, then an outfielder and pitcher for the University of California, if he was open to continuing as a two-way player if they selected him. He answered with an enthusiastic yes. The Rays are now experimenting with another two-way player this season in Triple-A: shortstop-pitcher Jake Cronenworth, who pitched in college for Michigan. He’s batting .333 in 276 at-bats and has hit 96 mph in 6⅓ scoreless innings, often working as an opener.McKay, Cronenworth and Dodson are the faces of the club’s latest unconventional approach: taking advantage of the two-way player in an era when it’s never been more needed. Pitching staffs have expanded and bullpens have taken on a record number of innings, so, getting two players for the price of one roster spot should have more appeal. Other clubs have also followed the Ohtani experiment to a degree,4The Pirates are experimenting with J.B. Shuck as a two-way player in Triple-A, Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen has accrued 10 plate appearances this season, and the Angels have other two-way players in their organization. but it’s the team that championed defensive shifts and the opener that is again at the forefront of asking what is possible.“A lot of our thought process was having some humility that we don’t necessarily know enough to shove [them] into a box one way or the other,” said Chaim Bloom, vice president of baseball operations for the Rays. “Baseball is such a hard game that I think the number of players that are going to be able to have sufficient skill to do this is still going to be small. But we’ve seen over time in this business that sometimes it takes someone going out and doing it to expand people’s definitions of what might be possible. So we may see that happen here.”It’s not just at the major league level where the two-way player had gone extinct. Before Ohtani, Mike Farmer was the last player in affiliated baseball to reach 50 innings and record 300 at-bats. That was in 1992 for the Phillies’ High-A club in Clearwater, Florida.5Farmer posted a 1.87 ERA in 53 innings and a .586 OPS in 303 at-bats. But two-way players were once common. Since 1900, there have been 682 minor-league seasons of at least 300 at-bats and 50 innings pitched, including 199 such seasons in the 1940s and 182 in the 1950s, according to data from Baseball-Reference.com. But the two-way player had largely vanished from the minors and all of professional baseball by the 1970s, aside from short-lived experiments like that of Brooks Kieschnick with the Milwaukee Brewers. 1930s830 1950s1820 1920s1110 2010s01 1990s10 2000s00 1980s10 1940s1990 1900s335 read more

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Black cab rapist John Worboys will be asked if he minds wearing

first_imgA spokesman said: “Enquiries by officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are ongoing.”Worboys was given an indeterminate prison sentence when he was convicted in 2009 and told he must serve a minimum eight years in jail. He was convicted of one rape, five sexual assaults and 12 charges of drugging women. Worboys arriving in court in 2008 in handcuffs “If his legal representative said it is not reasonable then that argument would normally go back to the original parole Board panel.”The Telegraph understands the original plan was for Worboys to live in a bail hostel in London where it was felt authorities could keep a closer watch on him, not least for his own protection.A Parole Board spokesman said: “The Parole Board is required to ensure all conditions are necessary and proportionate, while protecting the public and victims.”As a party to the parole process, all offenders have the legal right to make representations as to their licence conditions, but the ultimate decision rests with the Parole Board – which will always prioritise public protection.” John Worboys will be asked if he objects to wearing an electronic tag when he is eventually released from prison.Worboys, 60, dubbed the ‘black cab rapist’, was due to be freed at the end of last month after being granted parole. The Telegraph has learnt that the original conditions for Worboys’ release allowed him to live in London and without an electronic tag. The Parole Board judged him no longer a risk to the public at a hearing in December despite complaints that he drugged and sexually assaulted more than 100 women while working as a London taxi driver.Victims have now protested to the Parole Board about the terms of his release. They are demanding he is tagged and is banned from London where most of his victims live.But Worboys must be asked whether he objects before more stringent conditions can be put in place. His lawyers can contest tougher licencing on the basis that nothing about his circumstances have changed since the Parole Board first agreed them. John Worboys, in his days working as a stripper before becoming a black cab driver The hearing will pave the way for a full-blown legal review, probably within a fortnight. If the victims lose the case Worboys will then be eligible for release by the end of February, a month later than  originally planned. Victims hoping to keep Worboys, a former stripper, in jail will hope that – should the judicial review fail – police and prosecutors can bring further charges against him.The solicitor for the two women bringing the review has passed details of five new victims to the Metropolitan Police. Harriet Wistrich, of law firm Birnberg Peirce, said: “We have passed five new cases on to the police which have never been investigated. We have also asked police to look at cases that were investigated at the time but not prosecuted with a view to new prosecutions.” Ms Wistrich added: “It’s incredibly brave of them. Obviously no one wants to really dig all this stuff up again. All these cases have striking similarities to the cases publicised.”The earliest of the fresh complaints dates back to 1999.Scotland Yard is already actively looking at one fresh allegation. A spokesman said the force could not comment on the extra cases referred by Ms Wistrich. Worboys’ black cab Worboys arriving in court in 2008 in handcuffsCredit:John Taylor A Parole Board source said: “Tagging was discussed initially but wasn’t on the original licence. They [victims] have gone for additional requests. Worboys will now be asked: ‘do you want to be tagged or would you be against being tagged’. John Worboys, in his days working as a stripper before becoming a black cab driver Two victims have lodged a judicial review of the decision to release Worboys, one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders. The High Court is expected at a hearing on Wednesday February 7 to agree to disclose all material in the case.Lawyers for the two women will need to persuade the court that Worboys’ release was irrational because of the danger they insist he still poses.The parole Board is standing by its decision but will not contest the disclosure of documents that led to granting parole to Worboys. Worboys' black cab Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Equipment update for UKs Shotton surface mine

first_imgBanks Mining, a division of the Banks Group Ltd. in Meadowfield, County Durham, UK, develops and operates surface mines throughout England and Scotland. Its Shotton Surface Mine began operations in May 2008 and will extract 5.4 Mt of coal during its lifetime. The Shotton site will be restored to agriculture, woodland, nature conservation and amenity when it has reached its mining capacity. The site currently employs 140 people. Banks Mining is a major supplier of coal to the UK’s electricity generation industry as well as to the domestic coal market and has 30 years of mining experience and operates its own sites using a modern equipment fleet that has recently been adapted to meet stringent production and environmental standards. The coal produced at the Shotton site is helping to meet the needs of local coal users and power stations in the neighbouring Aire and Trent Valleys. About 20% of the coal extraction from the site is suitable for domestic use.Banks Mining already owns a large fleet of construction equipment to run its mining operations but has recently added five Volvo A40F articulated haulers, two EC220D excavators and two EC300D excavators, fitted with bespoke front shovel coaling equipment to its fleet at Shotton Surface Mine. The new recruits join two existing Volvo A40E haulers that have been working at the site since 2009, and are also fitted with coal handling features.The latest A40F articulated haulers have been supplied in standard configuration and are being used to haul overburden from the more difficult areas on site where access and manoeuvrability are harder for the larger rigid haulers. The articulated haulers feature 24 m³ bodies with a 39,000 kg load capacity and the Volvo designed and proven drivetrain is powered by a Stage IIIB Volvo D16 low emission engine with a gross power rating of 350kW.The EC220D excavators are working to clean off the last layers of overburden to expose the coal, which lies in seams ranging from just four inches to over 1.2m thick. The larger 30 tonne EC300D excavators, meanwhile, are used to load coal into high bodied coal haulers. The machines have been converted to face shovel format by Messrs Kocurek of Ipswich and feature a bespoke five metre long boom, 3.4 m face shovel arm and 1.8 m³ clamshell bucket. The EC300D features a generous forward reach of 9.25 m and a load over height of 5.75 m. Heavy duty guards have been fitted to the cab windows and the clamshell bucket is operated through the X1 two way proportional valve.Both the EC220D and EC300D are powered by Volvo Stage IIIB low emission engines developing 129kW and 170kW, which deliver good performance and fuel efficiency. The engine uses precise, high pressure fuel injectors, turbo charging and intercooling plus advanced electronics to optimise engine performance.In line with Volvo CE’s core values, Banks has adopted an environmental policy that establishes environmental control measures, minimizing potential environmental impacts of the mining operations. This includes measures to control and monitor noise, dust and vibration levels.last_img read more

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Gardaí probe shooting of man in Clondalkin

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE CONTINUING to investigate the shooting of a man in Clondalkin, west Dublin last night.The 20-year-old man was shot a number of times as he walked along Moorefield Avenue in the Ronanstown area shortly after 7pm last night.A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that there were no arrests overnight and that the man remains in hospital. He is believed to be in a serious condition.A number of crime scenes are being preserved for a technical examination including the scene of the shooting and a location a short distance away where a car was discovered burnt-out.A burnt-out car near the scene of a shooting on Moorfield Avenue last nightIt’s reported this morning that the shooting is being treated as an attempted murder and could be a case of mistaken identity, but investigating officers are said to be working on a number of theories.Anyone with any information about the shooting or may have been in the area at the time is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda Station 01 666 7700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Man hospitalised after shooting in Dublinlast_img read more

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Geek deals 200 gift card with Alienware BioShock bundle more

first_imgAbout the only time our deal hunting team finds special offers on an Alienware PC is when it’s on closeout, but they are sweetening the pot on their new Haswell-based Alienware 17 with a hefty $200 e-gift card. The 17 is part of the trio of new Haswell models announced a couple months ago that finally brought a fresh new design to the table.Like it’s larger cousin the 18 and it’s only slightly-smaller brother the 14, the Alienware 17 sports a fresh new chassis with angular, flat surfaces.They make no apologies over size either; the Alienware 17 is nearly two inches thick and starts at over nine pounds. But when you consider that it packs things like four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, both HDMI input and outputs, Mini DisplayPort, a 7-in-1 media card reader, surround sound output, and support for dual disk drives, all that heft suddenly makes sense. Don’t forget about the slot-loading optical drive and standard multi-zone customizable LED lighting.We found a $50 coupon that works on all models, but right now you can get a $200 gift card on several of the higher-end versions. An entry-level model with HD+ screen, 8GB RAM, and Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB graphics card starts at just $1,449 after coupon. The $200 gift card offer starts on the exceptionally well-configured model with a faster Core i7-4800MQ processor, 1080p IPS display, 16GB of RAM, 750GB HDD plus 64GB mSATA SSD, Nvidia GTX 770M 3GB graphics, and slot-loading Blu-ray drive. All that tech will run you $2,399, but the $200 gift card helps offset some of that damage.The even higher-end configurations with a $200 gift card will make you weep, both at the awesome specs and the loan-worthy price tags. Suffice it to say that if you want an overclockable processor, RAID 0 SSDs plus a 1TB storage drive, and 4GB Nvidia graphics card, you can’t afford it if you have to ask how much.Alienware 17 Haswell Core i7 Gaming Laptop starting at $1,449 plus free shipping (reg. $1,499)Our other top deals:BioShock Infinite, BioShock 1, and BioShock 2 (PC download) for $19.99 (reg. $99.97 | via Amazon)Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for $99.99 plus free shipping (reg. $149.99 | via Newegg)Dell E2014T 20-inch multi-touch monitor with three-year warranty for $199.99 plus free shipping (reg. $249.99 | use coupon QT4HLGX4TMPLT7)last_img read more

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Selon lOMS un tiers de la population mondiale souffre dhypertension

first_imgSelon l’OMS, un tiers de la population mondiale souffre d’hypertensionLes statistiques sanitaires mondiales 2012 publiées hier par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), indiquent qu’une personne sur trois souffre d’hypertension dans le monde en particulier dans les pays en voie de développement.Un tiers de la population mondiale souffre d’hypertension. Cette estimation calculée par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) fait partie des Statistiques sanitaires mondiales 2012, rapport annuel, publié le mercredi 16 mai. Face à cette redoutable réalité, les professionnels de la santé tirent la sonnette d’alarme. “Ce rapport est une nouvelle preuve de l’augmentation spectaculaire des affections qui déclenchent des cardiopathies et d’autres maladies chroniques, en particulier dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire” indique à l’AFP, Margaret Chan Directeur général de l’OMS.En effet, le détail à l’échelle de chaque pays montre une réelle différence entre les habitants des pays riches comme le Canada ou les États-Unis, sujets seulement à 20% d’hypertension et les habitants des pays pauvres comme le Niger où le taux d’hypertendus s’élève à près de 50%. Selon les experts, ce renversement de situation serait lié aux nouvelles tendances impliquant l’augmentation de l’espérance de vie et les modifications du style de vie.”Nous avons réussi à réduire l’impact des maladies infectieuses et la mortalité infantile est en baisse, cela signifie que plus de gens vivent jusqu’à un âge avancé, au cours duquel surviennent les maladies chroniques” explique Colin Mathers, coordinateur auprès de l’OMS. Par ailleurs, les pays pauvres ne bénéficiant pas de programmes sanitaires développés, les patients souffrant d’hypertension sont rarement diagnostiqués et les traitements destinés à les traiter ne sont pas disponibles.Un risque élevé de crise cardiaque, d’AVC et de maladie À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Un des principaux facteurs de l’hypertension est l’obésité. Celle-ci a, selon les résultats de l’OMS, particulièrement progressé partout dans le monde. A l’heure actuelle 12% de la population mondiale, soit un demi-milliard de personnes sont considérées comme obèses. Une proportion qui a doublé entre les années 1980 et 2008. Les pays représentant les taux les plus élevés se situent en Amérique avec 26% de la population adulte touchée contre seulement 3% en Asie du Sud-Est.Or, près de la moitié des individus atteints d’hypertension et d’obésité décèdent suite à une crise cardiaque ou un accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC). Par ailleurs, les patients sont particulièrement exposés aux risques de certaines maladies non transmissibles comme le diabète ou certains cancers. L’Assemblée mondiale de la Santé, la réunion annuelle des ministres de la santé des pays membres, qui doit se tenir à Genève du 21 au 26 mai prochain, s’intéressera ainsi notamment aux maladies non transmissibles, actuellement responsables des deux tiers des décès à l’échelle mondiale. Le 18 mai 2012 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Torn ACL limits Patterson at Olympics

first_imgTrying her best while competing with a torn ACL in her left knee, Vancouver native Kara Patterson was unable to advance Tuesday in the women’s javelin throw at the London Olympics.Patterson, a 26-year-old graduate of Skyview High School who lives and trains in the San Diego area, had one legal throw in her three attempts during qualifying. Her mark of 184 feet, 6 inches, placed her 31st; the top 12 finishers move on to Thursday’s final.Patterson injured her knee July 1 while finishing second at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She had remained focused on her training for London, declining to publicly reveal the extent of her injury.“I actually tore my ACL competing,” she said Tuesday. “But I did my very best. I am so thankful to all of the medical people at the training center, especially Chris Garcia and my coach Ty (Sevin), and my lifting Coach Jamie, because they just believed in me so much to come here and try.”Patterson competed Tuesday with her knee wrapped in tape and supported by a brace. She told The Oregonian that she would have relinquished her spot on the team had another American reached the Olympic qualifying standard. None had.last_img read more

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Man Arrested For Breaking Into Girls Locker Room At KCHS

first_imgAccording to reports from KPD, officers responded and located the suspect, identified as Bradley J Smithwick, age 22, of Kenai, in the girl’s locker room. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department received a report of a burglary in progress at Kenai Central High School on December 11, at 12:24 a.m. Smithwick was in possession of a bag of women’s clothing items when he was caught. He subsequently resisted arrest and fought with officers over their weapons. Smithwick was ultimately taken into custody and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial for Burglary II, Theft III, Resisting Arrest, two counts of Assault III on a police officer, Criminal Mischief IV, Criminal Mischief III, and two counts of Assault IV on a Police Officer. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-KCHS-locker-room-break-in-.mp3last_img read more

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Avengers Endgame deleted scene reveals possible Gamora spoiler

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $60 at Best Buy 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit $299 at Amazon $59 at eBay Share your voice $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TV and Movies Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best Buy $999 Now, in a touching deleted scene from Endgame, that 2014 Gamora makes an appearance. In the scene, a number of the Avengers poignantly kneel in tribute to their lost comrade (you know who). 2014 Gamora, who to be fair, doesn’t know the departed hero, is seen walking away. It’s proof she is still alive and well, thus possibly setting up the plot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. We have an EXCLUSIVE @Avengers deleted scene from #Endgame that gives fans a heroic must-see moment → https://t.co/Y0tiB90wX7 pic.twitter.com/QZDxovUCT2— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) July 26, 2019 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview 0 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Angela Lang/CNET Read Google Home Hub review See at Amazon 3:04 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.center_img See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal The 2014 version of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is still out there. Marvel Warning: Possible spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and future Marvel movies ahead.The fate of Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) from the Guardians of the Galaxy was unclear after Avengers: Endgame. Her father, Thanos, killed her in the present timeline (during Avengers: Infinity War) because he needed a sacrifice to obtain the Soul Stone. But a 2014 version of Gamora showed up in Avengers: Endgame, and it wasn’t clear what happened to her at the film’s end. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Post a comment Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments Sprint Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Marvel The Avengers,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express Gamora may not be into it, but watching the other Avengers kneel in tribute is a lump-in-the-throat moment for many fans. You can watch the scene above, or catch up when Avengers: Endgame comes to digital download on July 30 and DVD/Blu-ray on Aug. 13. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 Sarah Tew/CNET See it The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Amazonlast_img read more

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Record rainfall leads to flooding in Anchorage

first_imgAnchorage beat an almost 30-year-old record on Monday for most rainfall in a single day.Download AudioRainfall data from Monday, June 6th, 2016. (Graphic from National Weather Service)The record for most rainfall was set in 1988 with a total of .73 inches. By 4 p.m. on Monday, the record was smashed with a new high of 1.02 inches. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Snider said that it looks like the record is likely to be higher by the end of the night.“Looking at the latest radar picture, it looks like there are still some pockets of heavier precipitation out there,” Snider said. “Some of that’s heading towards the Anchorage area and will continue to do that through the rest of the afternoon. So we’re still in the process of setting a new rainfall record.”With the recent spike in wildfires across the state, Snider said that the incoming rain could spell good news for the immediate future.“It certainly helps,” Snider said. “The trick will be does this interrupt a very long dry stretch only for a day, or is this something that’s going to help us stay cool and moist for the next several weeks to come. And it’s really hard to tell if this is something that sticks around that long, but at least for the next several days, this should dampen the wick just a little bit.”Despite the positive outlook for wildfires, the heavy rainfall has caused flooding warnings in the Chester Creek area. Turnagain Blvd. was closed from Spenard Rd. through Borland Dr. intersection due to flooding from the creek. Turnagain reopened Tuesday morning following the rain.The National Weather Service tweeted that the rainfall from Monday caused the third wettest June day in Anchorage on record.Citizens can monitor the rainfall at weather.gov/anchorage.last_img read more

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AR Rahman teams up with Marvel India to compose Avengers Endgame anthem

first_imgAR Rahman.PR HandoutMarvel Cinematic Universe has just gotten bigger! Acclaimed Indian musician, A. R. Rahman has joined hand with Marvel India to compose the anthem for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie.In a released statement, music maestro AR Rahman stated that the track will be released on April 1, few days before the official release of Endgame movie, and would be a treat for Indian fans of the Avengers franchise.”Being surrounded by Marvel fans in my own family, there was too much pressure to come with something really satisfying and apt for Avengers: Endgame. I hope Marvel aficionados and music lovers enjoy the track,” Rahman said in a statement.It won’t be wrong to say that Marvel has a huge fan following in India. The 2018 release Avengers: Infinity War made more than $43.5 million from the Indian territory alone. Whereas, Black Panther managed to earn more than $10.6 million. Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3 earned a whopping $12.2 million from India. Given the fact that more than 80 per cent of Indians enjoy Bollywood movies, earning this much money for a superhero movie is indeed a big deal.Marvel India head, Bikram Duggal, said how an original composition by AR Rahman is the perfect way to celebrate Marvel in India. Avengers Endgame movie trailerMarvel Studios (@marvelstudios/Instagram)”Avengers: Endgame is not just a movie, it’s an emotional journey for fans everywhere in India. An original composition by Oscar winner A R Rahman was the perfect way to celebrate the love for Marvel among fans in the country. This is our small way of thanking the fans here for their extraordinary support.”Our non-Hindi speaking readers who do not know much about the legendary musician, A.R. Rahman; he is considered as the Mozart of India. Over the years, he has won six Indian National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Awards, and hundreds of other Indian music awards.In the past, A.R. Rahman has been credited for several English movies like Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Million Dollar Arm, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and others.In addition to this, Endgame movie’s co-director Joe Russo is also coming to India to interact with the fans ahead of its April release.Jarvis, what time is it in India? Jarvis: Time to meet Joe Russo!https://t.co/vTgXwbyDwC pic.twitter.com/mXmtbbEQpH— Marvel India (@Marvel_India) March 12, 2019Featuring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Brie Larson in the lead roles, Avengers: Endgame movie is slated to release in India and worldwide on April 26.last_img read more

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Jamalpur DC to be made OSD

first_imgState minister for public administration Farhad Hossain on Saturday said deputy commissioner (DC) of Jamalpur Ahmed Kabir will be made an officer on special duty (OSD) over the leakage of a surveillance camera footage showing him in a compromising position with a female office assistant, reports UNB. ”The process is underway. An order will be issued tomorrow (Sunday) in this regard,” he told UNB. The state minister also said departmental action will be taken against Ahmed Kabir after looking into the matter. Earlier in the day, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told UNB that the Cabinet is investigating the matter. “We’re looking into it. It’ll be resolved within a day or two.” Additional secretary Gaffar Khan told UNB that they had launched a primary investigation and are examining the video that has gone viral. “Various agencies are probing the incident. An investigation committee will be formed tomorrow (Sunday),” Khan said.last_img read more

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MArgarita to Ek Duuje Ke Liye

first_imgIndia Habitat Centre throws open its doors to cinema lovers of Delhi with its annual Habitat Film Festival starting from May 8 -17. Celebrating its 10th year, the festival this year has an increased number of screenings and a retrospective and an interaction with the unparalleled master of his craft – Kamal Haasan.The film festival showcases the best of Pan-Indian Cinema from the past year. This year it will screen 48 films in 13 languages. Fresh and innovative storylines, stunning cinematography, veteran actors and directors, rising stars and award winning performances of 2014-2015 are all an integral part of the festival apart from 19 National Award Winning Films. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival opens on May 8 with Shonali Bose’s highly acclaimed Margarita With A Straw and Teen Kahon (Bengali) directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji. Kamal Hasaan retrospective will be screened on May 9 with an interaction with the star followed by a screening of Vishwaroopam (Hindi). Over the next 10 days, Habitat Film Festival will see the screening of several outstanding films including Marana Dandane (Kannada), Bey Yaar (Gujarati), Lajwanti and Gour Hari Dastaan (Hindi), Kuttaram Kadhithal (Tamil), Labour of Love and Chatushkone (Bengali), Quolf (Kashmiri), Shukha Asuchi (Oriya), Piku (Hindi), Elizabeth Ekadasi and Ek Hazarachi Note (Marathi), Ottal (Malayalam), Qissa, Punjab 1984 and Chaar Sahibzaade (Punjabi), Pallefam (Manipuri), Borhxaranya (Assamese) among a host of other wonderful films from various regions and languages. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKamal Haasan’s retrospective showcase his amazing multifaceted talent with Vishwaroopam, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Sadma, Chachi 420 and Saagar, Hey Ram (Hindi) and Virumandi, Nagayan and Guna (Tamil). The Habitat Film Festival provides audiences the unique opportunity to not just watch otherwise inaccessible films but also an interaction with directors in a post film Question and Answer session. This year, some of the actors/directors scheduled to attend are Kalki Koechlin, Shoojit Sircar, Ananth Mahadevan, Pushpendra Singh, Bauddhayan Mukherji, Abhishek Jain, Sohini Dasgupta, Atanu Ghosh, Hiren Bhora, Sajin Baabu and more. Vidyun Singh, Programmes Director, India Habitat Centre said “In the 10 years since we began the Habitat Film Festival to provide a dedicated platform to showcase the Best of Pan Indian cinema, Indian cinema has gone places! A brave new breed of directors, skilled professionals, producers and storylines have ensured an increasing and respected space in the International Cinema space.”Apart from film screenings, there will be several other activities like Rhythm, Raga And Melody—an exhibition throughout the festival., at the Convention Centre Foyer in collaboration with the National Film Archive of India, Pune.last_img read more

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