Some commonality in Dabholkar Pansare killings CBI Maha CID tell Bombay HC

first_imgMumbai: The CBI and Maharashtra CID told the Bombay High Court on Friday that it had, to some extent, established commonality between the killings of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and activist Govind Pansare.A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel was told that in the Dabholkar case all the accused have been arrested but the weapon used in the crime is yet to be recovered. The CBI informed the court that an operation will be carried out within a month to search and retrieve four country-made pistols, which were allegedly dismantled and thrown by the accused into a creek in adjoining Thane district. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”We are awaiting necessary permissions from government agencies to undertake the operation,” CBI counsel Anil Singh told the court. The bench then noted that the operation should not be delayed and should be carried out before the onset of monsoon. CID counsel Ashok Mundargi told the court that in the Pansare case the main conspirators have been arrested and efforts are on to nab the assailants. The bench then asked if investigations carried out so far have pointed out to any commonalities between the two crimes. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize”Yes, to some extent commonality is established between the two crimes,” Mundargi said. The bench, however, noted that there was something lacking in the probe in the Pansare case. “We feel like there is some spark missing in this case. It is not the case that the shooters will never be arrested. They will be nabbed one day. But it should have been done by now,” the court said. “It is the credibility of the probe agency that is at stake. It is a case where eminent persons like Dabholkar and Pansare have been killed,” it added. The court said the government has to provide all assistance and guidance to the probe agencies in such cases. The court was hearing petitions filed by the family of Dabholkar and Pansare seeking court supervision in the probe being carried out by the CID and the CBI. With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Catalonia urges mediation with Spain in secession dispute

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – Catalan separatists called for international mediation with the Spanish government as they pushed ahead Monday with plans to declare unilateral independence this week after a violent police crackdown scarred a disputed secession referendum.The referendum debacle only deepened Spain’s most serious political crisis since democratic rule was restored in 1978. The violence on Sunday in the prosperous northeastern region left more than 890 civilians and 430 police injured when anti-riot squads moved into polling stations and dispersed voters.Shocking videos and photos of police dragging people by the hair and kicking them were flashed around the globe, leading some European leaders to warn about any further escalation of violence.Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said a regional parliamentary commission would investigate why Spain’s anti-riot squads fired rubber bullets, smashed into polling stations and beat protesters with batons to disperse voters in the independence referendum that Spain opposed. He also urged the 5,000-strong contingent of special Spanish police forces deployed in Catalonia to leave immediately.Puigdemont called Monday for the European Union “to stop looking the other way” and urged Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to accept international mediation in the crisis. He urged the EU to view Catalonia’s desire to break away from Spain as a Europe-wide issue.“This is not a domestic issue. The need for mediation is evident,” Puigdemont said.Calls for restraint came from across Europe, including EU chief Donald Tusk, who appealed to Rajoy to “avoid further escalation and use of force” while agreeing that the independence vote was invalid. Several human rights organizations called for an impartial investigation into the violence.Of the 893 civilians injured in the melee, two suffered serious wounds, Catalan health authorities said. The Interior Ministry said 39 police received immediate medical treatment and 392 others had scrapes and bruises.But Spanish authorities commended the police, saying their response to the voting was professional and proportionate. And Spain’s interior minister said the 5,000 extra officers deployed to Catalonia would stay as long as necessary.“I don’t think there was such a heavy hand, but in any case, they had to react,” said Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, calling the police reaction videos “a matter of interpretation.”Speaking in Rome, Dastis said “some of the pictures are real, some of them are not real” but that police had simply responded when people prevented them from doing their job.Catalan officials say an overwhelming majority of the 2.26 million who voted supported independence from Spain — they said 90 per cent — but the central government in Madrid has repeatedly condemned the referendum as unconstitutional and invalid.The Catalan president said the regional parliament will be asked to declare independence this week after final results are announced — and plenary sessions are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.The euro and Spanish stocks fell Monday as investors tried to gauge what the weekend unrest in Catalonia means for the future of Spain and European unity.The referendum fiasco brought Spain and Catalonia closer to a potentially disastrous showdown as each side said Sunday’s events proved them right.Rajoy met with his conservative Popular Party members before seeking a parliamentary session to discuss how to confront Spain’s most serious political crisis in decades. He also met with the leaders of the opposition Socialist and Citizens parties to discuss Spain’s options, although no immediate consensus emerged.The impasse developed after Catalan authorities decided to go ahead with Sunday’s referendum even after Spain’s constitutional Court suspended it while assessing the claims by Rajoy’s government that the vote was illegal. The court has previously ruled against unilateral secession attempts.Amnesty International said the Spanish police used “excessive and disproportionate” force against people “passively resisting” a judge’s order to impede the referendum. U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on Spain’s government to ensure “thorough, independent and impartial investigations” of the violence.Some Catalans said both sides bore some responsibility.“I think both sides involved committed grave mistakes,” said Eric Tigra, 56. “But we must also highlight that if the people of Catalonia go out in the streets and you don’t listen to them, then something is not working right.”In an editorial, the Spanish daily El Pais blamed the Catalan government for Sunday’s “shameful” events but also criticized the Spanish government for its inability to tackle the crisis that began about seven years ago.So far, most European governments, the U.S. and most international bodies have backed Spain in its stance against Catalan independence, fearing that Catalonia could unleash a wave of secessionist movements. French President Emmanuel Macron called Rajoy on Monday to offer support.“These are times for unity and stability,” EU spokesman Margaritis Schinas said, urging all sides in Spain to move from confrontation to dialogue.Catalonia, with the vibrant city of Barcelona as its capital, represents a fifth of Spain’s economy. Polls consistently show that while most of its 7.5 million inhabitants favoured a referendum, they are roughly evenly split on independence from Spain.Those in favour of secession argue that the region contributes more to the national government than it receives in return. Catalans already enjoy a wide measure of autonomy but the central government still controls taxation and other financial levers, as well as infrastructure projects.___Ciaran Giles reported from Madrid.last_img read more

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Technology temporary help keeps farmers on job longer

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Assistive technology, help from seasonal hires and family members, and a general improvement in the health of U.S. seniors in recent decades have helped farmers remain productive and stay on the job well into their 60s, 70s and beyond.In the U.S. last year, the median age for domestic farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers was 56.4 years old. That’s the highest median age of any major occupation tracked by the government’s Current Population Survey for which data was available.Experts worry that without the older farmers, there might not be enough people interested in agriculture to support America’s food production needs.They say steep equipment costs and limited land availability are among the reasons younger workers struggle to establish themselves.Andrew Soergel, The Associated Press read more

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Loonie down incoming Fed chair says economy too weak to withdraw stimulus

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Thursday as traders took in data showing that the country’s trade deficit narrowed far more than expected in September.The loonie was down 0.05 of a cent at 95.53 cents US, but off early lows as the greenback weakened somewhat against other currencies.Statistics Canada said the trade deficit with the world narrowed to $435 million in September from a revised $1.1 billion in August .Economists had largely expected the deficit to come in at $1.1 billion.The agency reported that merchandise exports grew 1.8 per cent while imports edged up 0.2 per cent in September.The other major item on the economic calendar for the week is September manufacturing shipments, which will be released on Friday.The U.S. currency eased during confirmation hearings on Janet Yellen’s nomination to lead the Federal Reserve.Yellen’s prepared remarks were released Wednesday after the market close and they indicated she won’t be straying from the low interest rate policies of outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke.She said the economy has regained ground lost to the recession, but that unemployment remains too high.Later, during a question and answer session with senators, Yellen said the Fed understands that quantitative easing involving the monthly purchase of US$85 billion of bonds can’t go on forever.But she made it clear that “it is important not to remove support while the recovery is still fragile.”Yellen added that “it is also important to remove accommodation when the right time comes.”A strong rally on markets in October has largely stalled this month on concerns that the Fed could start tapering as soon as next month. The Fed’s bond purchases have kept long-term rates low and supported a strong advance on many markets.Commodities were mixed with December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 12 cents to US$93.18 a barrel after U.S. Energy Department data for last week showed that crude supplies rose by 2.6 million barrels against an expected increase of 1.8 million barrels.Copper was unchanged at US$3.16 a pound after losing ground for the past two days, reflecting disappointment that a meeting of Chinese leaders earlier this week failed to yield hoped-for economic reforms.Bullion prices advanced with December gold ahead $17.90 to US$1,286.30 an ounce.Meanwhile, official figures showed that the recovery from recession in the 17-country eurozone continued in the third-quarter — but only just. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, said Thursday that the region posted economic growth of 0.1 per cent in the July-to-September period compared with the previous three-month period. That was in line with market expectations but below the previous quarter’s 0.3 per cent growth. Loonie down, incoming Fed chair says economy too weak to withdraw stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 7:04 am MDT read more

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Alaska governor proposes first income tax in 35 years amid chronically low

Two people walk past a sign heading into a news conference held by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. Walker unveiled his plan to close a $3.5 billion gap in the state budget, including instituting a state income tax for the first time since 1980. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) Alaska governor proposes first income tax in 35 years amid chronically low oil prices by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 1:07 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JUNEAU, Alaska – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proposed instituting a personal income tax for the first time in 35 years as the oil-dependent state looks to plug a multibillion-dollar budget deficit amid chronically low prices.In laying out his budget plan Wednesday, Walker also proposed using the fund that provides annual checks to most Alaskans to generate a stream of cash to help finance state government. The plan would change how dividends are calculated and mean lower checks, at least initially — 2016 payouts would be about $1,000 less than this year’s.The governor warned that if the state stays on its current track, drawing down on savings, the dividend is in danger of ending in 2020.Alaska isn’t alone among oil-producing states to experience hard times as oil prices stay low. But unlike states like Texas or Louisiana, Alaska has few other industries to make up the difference.Walker’s proposal also includes:— Increases in alcohol and cigarette taxes.— Additional budget cuts.— Changes to the oil tax credit system, a big budget item.— Hikes to industry taxes including mining, fishing and oil.The administration says the goal was to spread the burden as widely as possible and that even with the proposed increases, the tax burden on individual Alaskans would be among the lowest nationally.Alaska has been using savings to balance its budget but is blowing through its reserves at an estimated rate of $10 million a day. The state has been warned its bond rating could be lowered if it doesn’t do more to address the deficit. A hit to the credit rating could increase the state’s cost of borrowing and make it harder to finance a major gas project that Walker sees as critical to the state’s future.Alaska has long relied heavily on oil revenue. In recent years, it provided about 90 per cent of the money available for lawmakers to spend. That’s down to about 75 per cent, the state Revenue department says.Oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline peaked at about 2 million barrels a day in the late 1980s but is averaging close to 505,000 barrels per day this year.Alaska is one of seven states without an individual income tax, and it’s the only state to have repealed an existing income tax, according to the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization. In 1980, after oil began coursing through the pipeline, the Legislature voted to repeal the income tax. Two years later, the first dividends were paid.The income tax, as proposed, would generate about $200 million a year, according to the Walker administration.Walker, a Republican-turned-independent, said he hopes Alaskans realize the severity of the state’s fiscal situation. He said every Alaskan will find something in the plan they dislike, and he’ll take any heat that comes with that.While legislators gave Walker credit for laying out a plan and options, Republican leaders said they would like to see deeper cuts than Walker is proposing and Democrats said they were concerned his plan would hit working-class Alaskans hard.House Finance Committee co-chair Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, said he doesn’t want to ask Alaskans to pay an income tax unless it’s absolutely necessary. “We’re not sure we’re there yet; there’s room for more cuts,” he said in a release.Senate Democrats said that with a reduced dividend and the proposed income tax, a family of four making $50,000 could lose 10 per cent of their income. “If you want something to be stable and sustainable, it has to also be equitable and fair and we think we’re far from that with this proposal,” Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner of Anchorage said. She and Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, called for further changes to the state’s oil tax system.Kara Moriarty, president and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said the prospect of the industry paying more in taxes when oil prices are at their lowest point in years won’t improve Alaska’s chances of bringing new projects online and adding oil to the pipeline.Moriarty was waiting for more details on Walker’s proposed tax credit changes.The governor’s plan focuses on harnessing the state’s financial assets — including the $52 billion Alaska Permanent Fund — and moving away from the year-to-year volatility of budgeting based on oil revenue.The permanent fund is a nest egg seeded with money from Alaska’s oil wealth and grown through investments. It is constitutionally protected and can be used only for income-producing investments.Earnings generated from the fund are used for inflation-proofing and paying the annual dividends. This year’s check was $2,072 — paid to about 645,000 people — and was the largest ever. Over the past decade, which included the Great Recession, the check has been as low as $845.While permanent fund earnings can be used for the state budget, legislators have been loath to go there for fear of being accused of “raiding” the fund. read more

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UNICEF fears scores of kidnapped children in South Sudan could be sent

UNICEF, in a press release issued in Juba, South Sudan, reported that 89 children preparing for exams were forcibly recruited last month as child soldiers, but the agency now believes the number of children may be in the hundreds. In addition, adult males were also forcibly recruited during the raids that took place on 15 and 16 February.Witnesses also stated many children have been seen in a training camp as young as 12 years old were seen carrying guns but not in uniform, according to UNICEF.“We fear they are going from the classroom to the front line,” said UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan, Jonathan Veitch. “UNICEF appeals to [militia leader] Johnson Oloni to let those children go back to school and be with their families, immediately.”Mr. Veitch also urged the Government of South Sudan to use whatever influence it had to secure the children’s release.UNICEF said it is confident that the armed group which took the children was a Shilluk Militia under the control of Johnson Oloni. This militia is aligned with the Government’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces, he added.In an intensive information gathering exercise, both in Juba and in Upper Nile state where the seizures took place, UNICEF and its partners have tried to piece together what happened during and after the raid and to discover the location of the children. One of the challenges hampering evidence gathering has been a heavy militia presence remaining in the area, making it impossible to receive first-hand information.From reports received so far it is becoming clear the children are not together in a single group, UNICEF reports, saying that some of the children – including some of the school boys – were believed allowed back into their village to eat with their parents and in some instances some children were allowed to go to school. They were then taken away again at night. read more

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Gallery 2017 Cotton Bowl

The Buckeye offense takes the field for warmups prior to the start of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

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Sarri Chelsea job has been harder than I imagined

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits the squad is still adapting to his system ahead of Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town.The Blues fell to their biggest Premier League defeat in 23 years after being thrashed 4-0 at Bournemouth on Wednesday to fall outside of the top-four in the table.It was Chelsea’s fifth league loss in 12 games with the likes of Graeme Le Saux urging Sarri to change his system now that he’s been sussed out.However, with a bit of patience, Sarri is confident his Chelsea team will come around even if his job has proven to be more difficult than originally thought.“Probably yes, but I knew very well it’s very difficult,” Sarri said via Sky Sports, when asked if he’s had a harder time than he had thought.“The level is very high and this team played another [style of] football. They won with another football, so it’s really very difficult.“But we can do it. We can improve, change mentality and play our football.”Since Roman Abramovich’s takeover in 2003, there have been 12 different managers at Chelsea.But Sarri believes that patience is required if he is to deliver at Stamford Bridge and pointed out that their rivals gave their own managers time to succeed.“I want to remember that in the first season of [Jurgen] Klopp at Liverpool he was in the middle of the table,” added Sarri.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The situation in England is very clear. There are three teams above the other.“In one the coach [Mauricio Pochettino] arrived five years ago, in one [Klopp] four years ago and one [Pep Guardiola] three years ago.“English football is in the hands of these teams because they were really patient. So we need to work to change the mentality.”The Premier League game between Chelsea and bottom-placed side Huddersfield Town will begin at 4:00 PM (CET).Will the Italian be given time by the board at Stamford Bridge? ⏳”We can improve, change mentality and play our football.”Maurizio Sarri says @ChelseaFC head coach job harder than he thought – but there is no plan B: https://t.co/rJFOUnPeKA pic.twitter.com/w77Ng4nHtv— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 1, 2019last_img read more

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Surveillance captures group vandalizing Davie community pool area

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras captured a group of people trespassing onto and vandalizing a community pool in Davie.The video, captured June 12, shows a group of teenagers illegally entering the Scarborough Community.Police said they spent hours in the area before throwing patio chairs and tables into the water.One teen was also seen urinating in the hot tub and breaking a glass bottle.“Trespassing into the pool is one thing, but once you start breaking glass bottles, breaking the furniture, it becomes a potentially dangerous sort of hazard,” said Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone.Police also released surveillance images of the group walking across the neighborhood. Police believe the group was driving a dark Nissan sedan.A similar crime happened early on the Fourth of July, and the pool had to be closed for the holiday. However, residents now say that enough is enough.“I think it’s horrible, especially, you know, we’re in a nice neighborhood,” said resident Richie Mintz. “This is what happens. You have younger generation, people around us, among us, and they just have nothing better to do than to vandalize and have fun jumping into the pool and damaging property.”If you have any information on this incident, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Malaysia poised to become global hub for Islamic finance says central bank

first_imgMalaysia is on course to becoming a global centre for Islamic finance, in tandem with the industry’s projected consistent growth, according to the chief of Malaysia’s central bank.”It (the industry) is set to grow. Its international dimension will continue to increase because we are becoming an international hub for Islamic finance,” Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, governor, Bank Negara Malaysia, told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.She was speaking to them after the convocation at the International Centre For Education In Islamic Finance (INCEIF) at the Malaysian capital after presenting certificates to graduates, reports the malaymailonline.com.The INCEIF was established in 2005 by Bank Negara Malaysia, as part of its initiatives to create a talent pool, under the Malaysia International Islamic Finance Centre (MIFC). Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz is the chairman and chancellor of the INCEIF.The global profile of the student community at the INCIEF will provide the much-needed talent to drive global Islamic finance, an industry whose assets were valued at about $2.1 trillion in 2014, according to the MIFC.Students from Germany, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Indonesia, Brazil and the US comprised about 45% of the graduates who passed out, the rest being Malaysians.”This would be a tremendous boost for the industry that has always complained that they don’t have enough talent. That’s why we established Inceif. This is an investment by Bank Negara. It achieved everything that we wanted in developing talent and in carrying out reserach,” Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz said.The INCEIF is increasingly being seen as providing leadership to Islamic finance industry in many ways, be it independent reporting, making laws, developing human resources or governance, according to its president and CEO Daud Vicary Abdullah.”Malaysia is probably twice as far ahead as the next competitor in terms of its infrastructure to grow and support Islamic finance,” he said.In all, 248 graduates from 40 countries were awarded scrolls during the convocation.According to a MIFC report, the industry’s assets are expected to reach $2.4 trillion by the end of this year, having grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 17.3% between 2009 and 2014.The INCEIF offers three post-graduate programmes in Islamic finance – Masters in Islamic Finance Practice (MIFP), Master of Science in Islamic Finance (MSc) and PhD in Islamic Finance.last_img read more

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Harris County Not Getting Repaid For Super Bowl Security

first_img Share Courtesy of the Houston Superbowl Committee websiteHouston Super Bowl Host Committee LogoHarris County may not be getting repaid from the host committee of February’s Super Bowl in Houston for some of the $1.3 million the county spent for security and support. The Houston Chronicle reports the host committee says it may not have to reimburse county taxpayers because the county didn’t negotiate the repayment. The game was played at the county-owned NRG Stadium. The newspaper reports the city of Houston did include repayment in its negotiations and has received $5.5 million. County officials aren’t saying why they failed to include a repayment agreement. But a spokesman for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says before any future Super Bowls or similar events at the stadium, some type of agreement where the county receives a share of the revenue will be included in negotiations.last_img read more

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Proposition For Alcohol Sales In The Houston Heights Is On Novembers Ballot

first_imgThe Houston Heights Restaurant Coalition gathered around 1800 signatures to get a proposition about alcohol sales on the city’s November ballot.Bryan Poff is with Texas Petition Strategies.He helped approve Heights grocery stores selling of wine and beer last year, and is now helping the restaurant coalition.“Obviously we have some work to do, but were not terribly concerned,” Poff says. “The HEB election went off so well. We know that just from being in the neighborhood that a lot of people are for this.”The local group will be putting out messages on social media, using yard signs, and sending direct mail. Josh Sanders is a spokesperson for the group.He says people concerned that the vote could bring franchises to the Heights and change the character of the neighborhood shouldn’t worry. “Large operations these restaurants and chains are speaking of would already come into the Heights and certainly have the organizational and business capacity to be able to deal with the current laws,” Sanders says.Sanders says right now a lot of Heights restaurants report losing money by having to work around the ban on selling alcohol. Listen 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

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Game of Thrones Series Finale Preview The Last Power Struggle

first_img There is only one more episode left of Game of Thrones, and Season 8, Episode 5’s carnage made fans question Daenerys Targaryen’s true intentions and if there is actually a shot at someone else taking the Iron Throne. The preview trailer for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6 is here, and the final episode of the show shows the Mother of Dragons on a higher ground, and it’s uncertain if the surviving characters are on board with it.HBO released the Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6 preview trailer late Sunday night, and no one knows what’s going to go down: King’s Landing and the Red Keep are completely destroyed, innocent people died despite surrendering, and yet, Daenerys Targaryen kept going with her chaos. There isn’t dialogue, but some characters, including Arya Stark, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister look very grim, as if there is no hope left in the Mother of Dragon’s final plans for Westeros.The last episode of Game of Thrones brings great uncertainty, even though Daenerys Targaryen looks like she will have the last word. However, there is still a chance everything’s not set in stone, maybe fans will get to see the final showdown, after the “Battle of Winterfell” and “The Bells” that will finally deliver a worthy power struggle for the Iron Throne.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 5 Recap: At Least We Got Clegane Bowl‘Game of Thrones’ Director Breaks Down Starks’ Jon Snow Identity Reactions‘The Mountain’ Actor Posts ‘Instagram Apology’ for Killing Missandei Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more

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Murder mystery gets solved after 3 years

first_imgKolkata: Nearly three years after abduction and recovery of skeletal remains of a child in Salt Lake, the sleuths of Bidhannagar City Police have arrested the victim’s uncle in connection with the case.The child, as per the complaint by his father Nagendra Yadav at Bidhannagar North police station, was abducted from his residence at DD7 in Salt Lake in the afternoon of July 25, 2015. Yadav, along with his wife, was busy running his tea stall beside a private hospital, a few metres away from their residence when the abduction took place. The missing child’s elder brother Vivek Yadav had seen his uncle Shiv Prakash Yadav going away with his younger brother. Shiv Prakash used to work at a factory in Kolkata. The aggrieved Yadav family originally hailed from Bilari village under Hadipur police station area in Uttar Pradesh. Around eight months after the abduction, police recovered the skeletal remains of a child from a septic tank adjacent to the private hospital in front of which the child’s parents ran the tea stall. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice suspected that the remains were that of the abducted child Vishal Yadav and a DNA test was conducted to confirm it. The suspicion was found to be true.The investigating officer of the case was changed thrice during the course of probe but police took all steps to keep their sources active so that they can nab the assailant whenever there was an opportunity.”We have arrested Shiv Prakash on the basis of a source information from Tibba Road of Ludhiana Punjab. He was produced at a Ludhiana court and the court has granted seven-day transit remand so that he can be brought and produced in Bidhannagar Court,” said Amit Javalgi, deputy commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar City Police. The arrested person is a resident of Bhodahi under Jyanpur police station area in Uttar Pradesh (East). “A family dispute had triggered the kidnap and subsequent murder of the child,” an investigating officer said. Police will take the arrested person into custody and will grill him to find out whether there are more persons involved in the crime.last_img read more

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Around The World With 10 Hats

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It’s International Hat Day and the kind of hat you wear can mean different things depending on the choice, occasion or which part of the world you are in. Let’s take a look at some of the traditional head gear around the world.JapanThis man wears a traditional kasa at Takayama Spring Festival in Japan. Image by Corbis.Rio De JaneiroA woman wears an elaborate headpiece for the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil. Image by Corbis.FranceA man celebrates his heritage at the Dunkerque Festival in France. Image by Corbis.ItalyWomen Preparing the Symbolic Host of Festival in Italy. Image by CorbisSouth AfricaTraditional Zulu headgear. Image by © Hoberman Collection/CorbisBeninMasked messengers from Yafin Nigerian King in Benin, West Africa. Image by © Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/CorbisChileLocal children dance group in traditional costumes in Puerto Chacabuco in the Chilean Fjords in southern Chile. Image by © Wolfgang Kaehler/CorbisNorth AmericaA woman in Native American headgear, which has become popular all over the world. Image by © moodboard/CorbisMalaysiaMalaysian coopers work making barrels at a winery. Image by © W. Robert Moore/National Geographic Creative/CorbisMexicoThis female tourist and her bandmate are wearing sombreros from Mexico. Image by © Hugh Sitton/Corbislast_img read more

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Rancher Labs announces K3s A lightweight distribution of Kubernetes to manage clusters

first_imgYesterday, Rancher Labs announced K3s, a lightweight Kubernetes distribution to run Kubernetes in a resource-constrained environment. According to the official blog post, this project was launched to “address the increasing demand for small, easy to manage Kubernetes clusters running on x86, ARM64 and ARMv7 processors in edge computing environments”. To operate an edge computing on Kubernetes is a complex task. K3s will reduce the memory required to run Kubernetes and provide developers with a distribution of Kubernetes that requires less than 512 MB of RAM, ideally suited for edge use cases. Features of K3s #1 Simplicity of Installation K3s was designed to maximize the simplicity of installation and operations on a large scale Kubernetes cluster. It is a standards-compliant, Kubernetes distribution for “mission-critical, production use cases”. #2 Zero Host dependencies There is no requirement for an external installer to install Kubernetes–everything necessary to install it on any device is included in a single, 40MB binary.  A single command will enable the single-node k3s cluster to be provisioned or upgraded. Nodes can be simply added to the cluster running a single command on the new node, pointing it to the original server and passing through a secure token. #3 Automatic certificate and encryption key generation All of the certificates needed to establish TLS between the Kubernetes masters and nodes, as well as the encryption keys for service accounts are automatically created when a cluster is launched. #4 Reduces Memory footprint K3s reduces the memory required to run Kubernetes by removing old and non-essential code and any alpha functionality that is disabled by default. It also removes old features that have been deprecated, non-default admission controllers, in-tree cloud providers, and storage drivers. Users can add in any drivers they need. #5 Conservation of RAM Rancher’s K3s combines the processes that run on a Kubernetes management server into a single process. It also combines the Kubelet, kubeproxy and flannel agent processes that run on a worker node into a single process. Both of these techniques help in conserving RAM. #6 Reducing runtime footprint Rancher labs were able to cut down the runtime footprint significantly by using containerd instead of Docker as the runtime container engine. Functionalities like libnetwork, swarm, Docker storage drivers and other plugins have also been removed to achieve this aim. #7 SQLite as an optional datastore To provide a lightweight alternative to etcd, Rancher added SQLite as optional datastore in K3s. This was done because SQLite has “a lower memory footprint, as well as dramatically simplified operations.” Kelsey Hightower, a Staff Developer Advocate at Google Cloud Platform, commended Rancher Labs for removing features, instead of adding anything additional, to be able to focus on running clusters in low-resource computing environments. Kubernetes users have also welcomed the news with enthusiasm. K3s is released with support for x86_64, ARM64 and ARMv7 architectures,  to work across any edge infrastructure. Head over to the K3s page for a quick demo on how to use the same. Read Next Red Hat announces CodeReady Workspaces, the first Kubernetes-Native IDE for easy collaboration among developers Introducing Platform9 Managed Kubernetes Service CNCF releases 9 security best practices for Kubernetes, to protect a customer’s infrastructurelast_img read more

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1 Akihabara Tokyo Japan With is love for hight

first_img1. Akihabara, Tokyo, JapanWith is love for high-tech gadgetry, Japan has long been a top destination for global geeks. Akihabara, Tokyo’s ‘Electric Town’ is THE place to head if you want to immerse yourself in the very latest video games, electronics, robots, computers, cameras, anime and general electronic junk. Want to go to geek heaven? Get flights to Tokyo now!2. International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, USAThe world’s largest consumer technology trade show is held Las Vegas every January. CES is an industry event and not open to the average geek off the street, if but if you can wing yourself a ticket, you’ll be in for an eye popping displaying of the world’s most high-tech companies, ranging from Electronic gaming, to Lifestyle electronics. There’s also concerts, competitions and celebrity appearances for the world’s top tech-nerds – so more than enough geek speak for one week! Find fights to Las Vegas.3. CeBIT, Hannover, GermanyThe ‘Center for Office Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunication’ is quite a mouthful, even for a geek, but CeBIT is the world’s largest computer expo. Held annually in Hanover, it is held as the barometer in state of the art information technology. From the latest in tablet computers to cloud computing and smart grids – geeks from over 90 countries descend on Hannover each year to lap up the latest in circuit board technology. Find flights to Hannover.4. Yongsan Electronics Market, Seoul, South KoreaThough Japan is normally seen as the Emperor of all technology geekery, South Korea is not far behind its neighbour. Yongsan Electronic Market comprises over 5000 stores that sell cutting edge computer gear, video games and other electronic gadgets. With many major tech brands to come out of Korea including LG, Samsung and M-Pio Co, Yongsan is a worthy stop off on the geek world tour. Find flights to Seoul.5. DreamHack, Jönköping, Sweden, 18-21th of June 2011Described by one Skyscanner geek as ‘a massive geek festival’ – DreamHack is the world’s largest digital gathering and holds the official world record as the worlds’ largest LAN party. Focusing on everything you can do with computers, Internet and digital entertainment and culture, it also offers hundreds of live performances from the world’s leading game developers, internet personalities as well as live music and competitions. Get flights to Stockholm, Gothenburgh, or Malmo, which are all within striking distance of Jönköping.6. Minatur Wunderland, Hamburg, GermanyFinally, for those geeks who pine for the days of lower-tech nerdery, a haven for train spotters. Minatur Wunderland is the largest model railway in the world and one of the most popular attractions in Germany. Modelled on railroads from the real world, including the lines of Scandinavia, the Alps and the USA, visitors can enjoy over 10km of plastic track. But it’s more than just trains – hundreds of miniature, computer controlled cars, ships and even people are presented in amazing detail. If you’re model railway geek, then Minatur Wunderland is your ticket to ride. Find flights to HamburgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map In honour of Geek Pride day – 25th May – Skyscanner’s very own geeks recommend six super destinations for the inner nerd.Geek Pride Day is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or geek. The Geek Pride manifesto includes basic geek rights such as the right ‘not to leave your house’, ‘not to like football or any other sports’ and the responsibility to ‘save and protect geeky material.’So – go go geeks! Related10 City Soul Mates; what’s your type?10 City Soul Mates; what’s your type?8 best geek things to see and do in TokyoLove technology and gadgets? Take a tour of 8 of the best hi-tech attractions on the ultimate geek’s adventure in Tokyo.Flight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechFlight Geek of the Week – Wit Wiechlast_img read more

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As the group settles into a task that looks easy a

first_imgAs the group settles into a task that looks easy and is anything but, Joyce works on one of her beautiful traditional Hopi baskets. [Photo & Text: sa] March 15, 2006Joyce and Morgan Saufkie from the village of Shungopovie on the Hopi Reservation on Second Mesa have been part of our extended family for many years. Joyce is an elder of the Basket Weaving Clan and has taught many basket weaving workshops at Arcosanti. [Photo & Text: sa]Joyce and Morgan Saufkie from the village of Shungopovie on the Hopi Reservation on Second Mesa have been part of our extended family for many years. Joyce is an elder of the Basket Weaving Clan and has taught many basket weaving workshops at Arcosanti. [Photo & Text: sa] During a visit this week, Joyce teaches a class of residents and workshop participants. The raw material is Yucca, a local cacti, with pointed and very sharp leaves. Joyce explains several harvest seasons for variety in the color of these very hardy grass-like leaves. Other colors are achieved with natural dies. The start of a basket with a very small middle coil is very difficult and takes very patient attention. [Photo & Text: sa]center_img Joyce patiently gives help and suggestion. Mika Kawai with a nicely balanced little coil. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

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Wider public sector to strike over pay rises

Employees of the public and broader public sector, as well as local government, will stage a three-hour warning strike on Thursday, October 26, over demands for pay hikes made by their trade unions which Finance Minister Harris Georgiades is refusing to discuss, they announced on Tuesday.Following a meeting between reps from all unions on Tuesday they said the three-hour strike will be held from 9 to 12am in the form of a protest outside the Finance Ministry.The unions claim they have a legitimate cause stemming from a framework agreement they signed with the finance ministry in January which allows for pay raises according to the rate of economic growth.In attendance were Sek chief Andreas Matsas, Peo secretary-general Pambis Kyritsis, Oio-Sek boss Andreas Elia, Sidikek-Peo’s Antonis Neofytou, Pasyek-Peo’s Michalis Archontides, Oekdy-Sek’s Yiorgos Constantinou, Deok rep Joseph Anastasiou and Poas head Grigoris Katselis.Speaking after the session, Matsas said the measure is a “reaction to the government’s refusal to implement the deal immediately”.He added that the strike is an “initial measure” aiming to restart the negotiation process.“The measure is not an ultimatum to the government, but action will continue with the same prudence we have shown throughout the economic recession,” he said.“But under no circumstances will trade unions back down from demanding particular workers’ rights that are included in the framework agreement.”Matsas noted that public utility organisations will maintain security personnel during the strike.Kyritsis said the the “other side” must reciprocate the seriousness unions have shown during the negotiations, while “reneging on agreements is not a sign of a responsible stance”.“We are certainly not maximalists, nor do we make unreasonable demands, but we are not spineless either nor are we willing to allow the perception to set in that agreements with the state can be honoured at will,” Kyritsis charged.“If this measure doesn’t produce the desired result, we will return to the table and decide on how to escalate.”Commenting on Georgiades’ argument that concessions close to presidential elections could set a dangerous precedent, Kyritsis said “we had presidential elections when the agreement was made, too”.“There has clearly been a unilateral going back on what was agreed,” he added.In a joint statement, the unions said the January 4 agreement stipulates for no pay raises in 2015 and 2016 and links wage hikes with the increase in the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2017 and 2018.According to the agreed mechanism for calculating the rate of wage increases, the GDP growth rate warranted a 2-per-cent raise in wages.“At the same time, the public sector has had wage cuts since 2012 – and still running – ranging from 3.8 to 17.5 per cent, saving the state over €250 million annually,” the statement said.“In a letter dated August 31, the finance minister refused to discuss the 2 per cent margin, interrupting the dialogue in violation of the Framework Agreement, and repeated this in a meeting on October 6, referring the resumption of the dialogue to March 2018.”The unions urged the government to reconsider its stance to avoid labour unrest and safeguard labour peace, which “helps in economic growth”.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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 Taboola read more

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Government may renegotiate deal with Noble Energy spokesman says

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesGovernment spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that the cabinet may decide to renegotiate the revenue sharing agreement for the 4.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) Aphrodite gas finding, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday.The cabinet, which is meeting on Tuesday at the presidential summer residence in Troodos, may decide whether the renegotiation will commence and if yes, its direction and terms, he said according to CNA.“Decisions are about to be taken regarding demands raised by companies with which the Republic is in cooperation in Aphrodite,” the spokesman was quoted as saying. “Despite challenges or obstacles some people attempt to raise, we are now at a point that decisions of strategic importance have to be taken”.Aphrodite lies in block 12 of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and it is Cyprus’s first gas finding, discovered in 2011. The Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. is the leader of a consortium with the participation of Israel’s Delek and Britain’s BG (British Gas), a subsidiary of Shell.A possible decision to renegotiate the agreement with Noble Energy may come weeks before the ExxonMobil – Qatar Petroleum consortium begins drilling for gas in block 10 of Cyprus’s EEZ, which could be a potential game changer in the development of offshore hydrocarbons. Earlier this month, the government struck a preliminary agreement with Egypt that will allow Aphrodite to be linked with Egyptian liquefaction plants via pipeline, expected to be signed this autumn.In February, Italy’s Eni announced the discovery of an up to 8 tcf gas finding in block 6. NATO-member Turkey, which opposes Cyprus’s plans to develop its hydrocarbons in the absence of a settlement of the Cyprus problem and blocked Eni’s ship from accessing its target for an exploratory drilling in block 3 six months ago, is currently in a confrontation with the US which severely hurt bilateral relations.Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis is expected to reveal details over the decisions that the cabinet will take, Prodromou said.While the decline in energy prices that set off in mid-2014 has negatively affected investment in hydrocarbons, in recent months they started to recover. The price of a barrel of oil had fallen from over $100 per barrel four years ago to as low as below $40. Currently, Brent oil is traded at around $50.Prodromou said that it emerged from a July 30 meeting of the National Council, in which President Nicos Anastasiades briefed participating party leaders “there is consensus, as it is about the interests of the country,” and not the policies of a government or specific political forces.Cyprus’s interests should come first, Prodromou continued adding that Cypriots should approach the matter strategically in the context of the prospects of the entire Levantine basin.He added that the Republic of Cyprus has hired foreign expert consultants in the area in order to be able to take the best possible decision.You May LikeBusinessBuzzo5 Reasons Not To Go To CollegeBusinessBuzzoUndoTripCuratorYou Haven’t Lived Until You Visit These 10 All-Inclusive ResortsTripCuratorUndoSivanguardia.com6 Benefits of oats that will make you adore itSivanguardia.comUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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