SecretaryGeneral of Gulf Cooperation Council invited to visit Sri Lanka

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka invited the GCC Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient time to further strengthen the cooperation. The Secretary-General accepted the invitation.Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar collectively host the largest Sri Lankan expatriate community in the world. (Colombo Gazette) The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani has been invited to visit Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said.The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim met with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the GCC Headquarters in Riyadh. At a warm and cordial meeting, two sides discussed mutually important topics ranging from manpower, energy, trade, tourism and investment between the member countries of the GCC and Sri Lanka.  The discussions were also focused on how Sri Lanka could benefit from technical cooperation programs of GCC subsidiary organizations such as the Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO).Ambassador Thassim encouraged the GCC Secretariat to further engage in multilateral initiatives currently spearheaded by Sri Lanka, which are also important to the GCC member countries.   The Secretary-General expressed his satisfaction on Sri Lanka’s bilateral engagement with the member countries of the GCC and underlined that further strengthening ties between Sri Lanka and the GCC member countries is much important at this juncture. read more

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Police warn of Hamilton sex offender

Hamilton Police are taking the unusual step of warning residents about a convicted sex offender who’s been released into the community.35 year-old Keith Theodore Constantin was released from custody on Wednesday and moved to an area near Gage Park Friday.He has prior convictions for sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, robbery and possession of explosives.He’s not allowed to be near day care centres, swimming areas, schools or playgrounds and he’s not allowed to be with anyone under the age of 16, unless the 16 year old is with a responsible adult over 18. read more

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Shrubbery Japanese forest grass stolen from Tillsonburg park

Oxford County OPP are asking for the public’s help after plants were stolen from Bert Newman Park in Tillsonburg.Police were called to the park on Lisgar Avenue Saturday morning about 10:30 a.m.They found that someone has removed shrubs, Japanese forest grass and hosta plants that were planted in the spring.Police believe the shrubbery was taken between Aug. 1 and Aug. 10.If you can help Oxford OPP, please call 1-888-310-1122. Tips can be submitted anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

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Security in Libya worsening Ban says following abduction of Prime Minister

The Prime Minister was reportedly abducted from a hotel in the capital, Tripoli, and held for several hours by armed men.Mr. Ban, who condemned the abduction, said Libya is facing “a deteriorating security situation and increasing acts of violence,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. “The Secretary-General calls on all Libyan parties and the Libyan people to form consensus around national priorities and work towards building a strong, stable country, respectful of the rule of law and the protection of human rights.” Mr. Ban also reiterated the support of the United Nations for the Libyan people as they aspire to establish a democratic State and move forward the political transformation of their country, and called on the international community to support them in this process. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) also denounced the Prime Minister’s abduction and called on all parties to continue the transitional political process and affirm the legitimacy of democratically-elected institutions.UNSMIL has been supporting the efforts of the Libyan Government and people to ensure the success of the democratic transition process, which has been under way since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago. read more

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Scandalhit ambulance trust launches investigation into bullying and harassment claims

first_imgAlmost every executive has now resigned from a scandal-hit ambulance trust, amid mounting leadership chaos and the launch of an investigation into bullying claims.South East Coast Ambulance Service trust has told staff it will “finally properly address the bullying and harassment issue” within the trust, after being dogged by repeated allegations about a “culture of fear”.The trust has appointed an external expert in workplace conflict, who will survey all staff amid promises to make “culture change” a priority.It comes amid a string of scandals at the trust.On Tuesday the Telegraph revealed leaked reports which said desperate 999 call handlers attempted suicide amid an “endemic culture of bullying” at the trust.Separate documents show complaints of bullying by Paul Sutton, then head of the trust, and by Geraint Davies, now acting chief executive, were upheld following an investigation by conflict resolution experts.The disclosures come as the trust struggles with a deterioration in 999 performance.Figures for the last week of January show just 59 per cent of the most pressing emergencies receiving a response in eight minutes, dropping to 45 per cent among other life-threatening calls.The latest staff bulletin tells employees: “I am pleased to let you know that we are about to kick off the first sage of a project to finally properly address the bullying and harassment issue within SECAmb.”While acknowledging that the most recent Care Quality Commission inspection described “a culture of bullying and harassment,” – with more 30 per cent of staff saying they were victims of it – it does not refer to the latest allegations.The trust said Prof Duncan Lewis, from the University of Plymouth, author of the largest ever study into workplace ill-treatment has been commissioned to undertake a “diagnostic review” and report on bullying and harassment.In recent months the trust has seen the resignation of a string of executives, with just one permanent director now listed in its staff. Kent Ambulance Service, which she had joined, merged to become part of a much larger South East Coast Ambulance Service trust in 2006.The problems arose following a restructuring in 2012, her parents said.As the years went on the thirtysomething woman became increasingly withdrawn, finally telling her parents that she was struggling to cope with bullying in the control room.Her mother Pat, 70, who previously worked for the ambulance service, encouraged her daughter to speak up for herself, and her colleagues.“We encouraged her to stand up for herself, we said they can’t treat you like that, we encouraged her to put in a grievance but that just made it worse,” she said.During one heated confrontation, the young woman was even followed her into the toilet, as she desperately sought refuge, she said.Des worried not only about the pressures on his daughter, but also on what this meant for the public, relying on 999 services to provide a calm emergency response.“You are doing a job that is life or death and you’ve got people shouting at you the whole time – I said to her can you concentrate on it? No, of course you can’t.” Ambulance car Things came to a head in May 2013.“We assumed she’d gone to work as normal then at about 8pm Pat got a call,” Des recalls.“She was really really distressed –  she said ‘I’ve done something stupid, I’ve taken an overdose.’”What followed was a long emotional night“She did it from sheer desperation,” Pat said. “She couldn’t go on.”“She was sobbing her eyes out,” Des said.This was to continue for months. Show more Dave Hawkins  They told the Telegraph that their daughter had been left in a state of post traumatic shock, after suffering abuse that left her so desperate she could see no way out.An investigation into the centre said staff reported that the abuse was so great that it left them struggling to make life-or-death decisions about 999 calls.Several described “psychological games” played by managers, with shouting and swearing, and anonymous phone calls employed as weapons. Separate documents say that women working in the centre were attacked as “f***king c**ts”.An investigation into the Coxhealth centre was ordered after a group of stafff came forward to raise concerns with a trust board executive.Several said they decided to speak up after the attempted suicide of the handler, because of guilt about not speaking up when colleagues had been bullied.The report states: “The incidents that were described relating to the xx case allege severe bullying, coercion and intimidation that were overbearing and aggressive and meted out by a number of managers in the EOC that resulted in her attempted suicide.“It was also alleged that when she returned to work and received the investigation report into her case she was then threatened with suspension.”“The decision to suspend this member of staff after her return from extended sick leave due to an attempt on her life is not justifiable, nor indeed what a caring employer would do. It is still unclear who took this decision,” the report said.The Telegraph is protecting the identify of the woman, whose parents came forward to speak about her daughter’s experiences.Her father, Des, 73, said: “She joined the ambulance service 20 years ago, back in 1997 – it was what she always wanted to do, it was her dream job.”For years she was happy, her parents said, enjoying the atmosphere of the busy control room, working alongside colleagues to serve the public.She received a commendation for her work, and attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace, her parents fondly recall. We’ve had to sit back and watch SECAmb destroy her. She doesn’t trust anybody nowFather of 999 call handler Call handler who says she attempted suicide as a result of NHS bullying was “destroyed” by dream job, parents sayThe parents of a 999 call handler who says she attempted suicide as a result of NHS bullying have said their daughter was “destroyed” by a job which had been her dream.The case is one of two alleged suicide attempts detailed in investigation reports into South East Coast Ambulance Service trust, which describe a “climate of fear” in a Kent control room.One woman, then 37, attempted to take an overdose, after becoming unable to cope with repeated bullying from managers in the Coxheath emergency operations centre, her parents said. Paul Sutton resigned as chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service trust in May 2016 after he was found to have authorised a covert policy to deliberately delay thousands of calls  Credit:Simon Dack /Alamycenter_img Ambulance Her retired parents said they struggled to see their daughter shrink into her shell.“She was very withdrawn, losing weight. It was absolutely distressing to see how they destroyed her,” Pat said.Her retired parents were left paying her mortgage, after her sick leave left her on half pay for months.“We’ve had to sit back and watch Secamb destroy her,” says Des. “She doesn’t trust anybody now.” Dave Hawkins, a senior operational manager for the ambulance trust, was  reported to have said ‘the oldies have to go in the end’ Mr Sutton resigned last year, as did chairman Tony Thorne, after the Telegraph exposed their part in a rogue operation which deliberately delayed responses to 20,000 calls.  Chief operating officer James Kennedy also resigned, soon after an acting chairman took over.For almost a year, the trust has had an acting chief executive and chairman.Now, almost every other executive director on the board has left their posts, amid mounting managerial chaos at the organisation, which was placed in “special measures” in September.Prof Andy Newton, director of clinical operations stood down from his role last month, as did interim medical director Dr Rory McCrea and non-executive director Katrina Herren.Just one permanent director – the trust’s finance director – remains in a permanent role, according to the trust’s own website.Yesterday all staff were emailed by Mr Davies, the acting chief executive, who said that the disclosures in the Telegraph covered “a range of historic allegations, which have been investigated and dealt with already.”The email also appears to discourage all staff from raising concerns with the press.“I am also saddened that today’s article has arisen after a large amount of internal information has once again been leaked to a journalist from within the Trust,” Mr Davies wrote.“And I appreciate that, at times and especially previously, it may have felt like there were no internal avenues for serious concerns to be raised. However, this is not the case now, with a range of options available for staff who want or need to do this including the appointment of a Whistleblowing Champion at Board level and structured support for those staff who do raise concerns.”In January, the trust appointed a new chief executive – Daren Mochie – from the Scottish Ambulance Service who takes up post in April.A trust spokeswoman said: “The Trust has been through an extremely challenging period, which has seen a number of changes at board level, to help ensure that we have the right skills and experience.”She said staff were not being warned off from speaking to the media and that the trust had a recovery plan in place to to address its response times, amid rising demand.“As confirmed with staff last week, a project to tackle bullying and harassment is now being rolled out. It has been agreed as part of the Trust’s broader recovery with NHS Improvement and has been extremely well received by staff so far.“Regarding the allegations of bullying in Coxheath EOC, as we have stated previously, this was fully investigated at the time. As a result, a number of disciplinary hearings were held and action taken where necessary.” 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. An investigation said evidence from witness statements “strongly suggests” that alleged bullying emanated from Dave Hawkins, who led the Coxheath centre Credit:Terry Blackman /Alamy Paul Sutton  Dave Hawkins last_img read more

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Disaster support plans never triggered as Grenfell tragedy unfolded

first_imgProtesters march towards the Grenfell Tower, during a demonstration following the fire that engulfed the 24-storey building Plans for crucial disaster support were never triggered as the Grenfell Tower disaster unfolded, it has been claimed.A panel of expert emergency planners said there were alarming gaps in Britain’s preparations for a similar major incident and that lessons had not been learnt.Tony Thompson, a disaster response expert with the Emergency Planning Society, said a vital crisis plan was never triggered and that survivors were let down.“We are looking at shelter, we are looking at housing, we are looking at food, somewhere to stay away from the emergency,” he said.A submission sent to the public inquiry by senior emergency experts said the Risk Register, a legally required assessment of potential public dangers failed to mention tower block fires at all, according to ITV News.It also warned that a humanitarian assistance plan which specifies practical and emotional help for casualties was never put into action and that Kensington and Chelsea Council repeated poor responses highlighted in a role play exercise just 15 months earlier.It had received detailed recommendations on emergency response but the report suggests lessons were not learnt. Protesters march towards the Grenfell Tower, during a demonstration following the fire that engulfed the 24-storey buildingCredit:AP 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.center_img The London Risk register was published in February this year by the London Resilience partnership and is intended to help multiple agencies prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from incidents. It claims to provide a summary of the main risks affecting Greater London. The UK National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies, last updated in March 2015, provides a similar outline of risk for the UK as a whole. Neither mentions tower block fires.A Humanitarian Assistance Plan was also published by London Resilience in June 2013. Its aim is to “ensure that humanitarian care is delivered in an effective manner that meets the needs of those affected by major emergencies.”Sir Thomas Harris, former British consul to New York, said: “Do we seriously expect a major disaster in London to be left to one of the London boroughs instead of having a coordinated proper, city wide plan?”The deadline for submissions to the public inquiry passed at 5pm on Friday. It is understood to have received more than 300 submissions from residents to experts.The Justice4Grenfell group has urged inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick to make his investigation wide-ranging, including an examination of local and national social housing policy and whether it “increased risks to residents”.It urged the inquiry to investigate not just Kensington and Chelsea Council but also Government departments including the Home Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government and 10 Downing Street.The vast criminal investigation into the blaze, believed to have killed more than 80 people, continues, with 60 organisations identified as having a hand in the tower’s refurbishment, which is suspected to have aided the spread of the fire.last_img read more

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Driver jailed after crashing through a familys front living room

A couple have slammed a driver on a “motorised pub crawl” who devastated their lives when he crashed into their living room.James Sparham has been jailed for five years after driving his car at high speed through the living room wall of a family home.The 29-year-old was almost three times the drink drive limit when he crashed through the wall of the home owned by David Garnett, 54 and his wife Claire, 50, in the early hours September 3 2017.The crash, which caused damage totalling £175,000, left David with “life changing injuries” after he was trapped underneath the bonnet of the car, York Crown Court heard.Two passengers who were also in the vehicle, Sophie Armitage and Nathan Lofthouse, were hospitalised after the crash in York, North Yorks. Prosecuting, Rachael Landin told the court David and Claire had been sat in their living room on separate sofas moments before the 3am crash, when she left the room to enter the kitchen and heard a “loud bang”. She then struggled to try to pull her husband from the rubble and their 12-year-old son came downstairs and witnessed the horrific sight of his father trapped, the court heard.In a moving victim impact statement read on his behalf to the court, Mr Garnett said he thought the car was going to “explode any second”. Defending, Stephen Littlewood said Sparham was remorseful for his actions and had written a letter to the victims of the crash.Sentencing Sparham, Judge Recorder of York Paul Batty QC said: “This is the worst case of causing damage by dangerous driving possible to imagine.”You caused three people life changing injuries as a result of your driving.”A householder in his own home was trapped under your car when it crashed through the wall of his home.”You caused life changing injuries to your two passengers. You were drunk at the relevant time.”On this particular night you had been going on a motorised pub crawl.”Sparham pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one of criminal damage. He was also banned from driving for a total of seven and a half years and must carry out an extended driving test. James Sparham was jailed for five yearsCredit:North Yorkshire Police/PA James Sparham was jailed for five years The family said they were devastated by the incident The family said they were devastated by the incidentCredit:North Yorkshire Police/PA He said: “That moment made my life change forever. I had to learn to walk again.”I am a shell of the man from before the crash and I am in mental freefall. I don’t know how I will ever recover from this incident.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Elexon partners with CSIRO AMTC and Itasca on slope deformation monitoring

first_imgA partnership between Elexon Mining, CSIRO Chile, the Advanced Mining Technology Center (AMTC) of the University of Chile, CSIRO Australia and Itasca International will use the Australian-developed Smart Marker technology to create a world-first system to measure and monitor slope deformation using wireless in-ground markers. This system will allow ground movement to be monitored from the mine´s onsite office using data from strategically-placed markers.This data will allow operators to detect in-ground movement before it reaches the surface and causes slopes to fail. Such a proactive approach will help identify potential slope failures at an early stage and therefore increase the chance of preventing slope failures or at the very least, minimising the consequences of failures. Elexon Mining and its partners are working with major Chilean mining companies to develop and validate this system.Elexon Mining’s Development Manager, Simon Steffen, said, “This partnership will allow us to create a system that will enhance a mining operation’s geotechnical monitoring capabilities and improve their ability to deal with major safety and production risks related to slope stability. We are building on the proven Smart Marker technology to create a wireless in-ground monitoring solution. The new system will be easy to install, low maintenance and efficient to manage. It will provide accurate, real-time information to detect potential slope stability issues at an early stage through measuring in-ground movement and changes in pore pressure.”The development of the new monitoring system is part of the “Smart Open Pit Slope Management” Project which aims to “better understand the behaviour of the rock mass and its influence on mining operations through improved monitoring, geotechnical and hydrogeological data analyses and modelling, and field validation of this emerging technology. Thus, the partnership between the research organisations (CSIRO and UCh-AMTC), developers (Elexon), service providers (Itasca) and the mining industry is the best combination towards delivering on the R&D in the shortest possible time” adds AMTC Project Leader, Dr Eleonora Widzyk-Capehart.Elexon anticipates that the first mine trials of the new system will be conducted in 2016 with a commercially viable product that can be sold to mine sites around the world within one to two years afterwards. Smart Markers were released in 2009 and are a world-first electronic cave flow monitoring product used in most sub-level and block caving mines around the world. Cave mines are exposed to the significant risks of elevated waste ingress and ore loss, both of which have a direct impact on a mine’s financial bottom-line. Smart Markers assist in reducing these risks through the delivery of flow and recovery data that allows mine personnel to make informed decisions leading to operational improvements. Smart Markers were developed in Brisbane, Australia by Elexon Mining over a period of four years with the support of the Mass Mining Project and major mining companies worldwide.last_img read more

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These handbags held the precious belongings of asylum patients

first_imgYou can’t blame the Church. The State government and local families knew what was going on. There were many people who did need care. There were many people because it was so easy to get rid of the “inconvenient”.“In these systems of institutional management, the human being suffers,” said Counihan. “They have to suffer as the system is more concerned with its own running than the people it cares for.”“In some of them there were life histories,” said Counihan.“Photos of children, perhaps of themselves on a beach, boys playing on haystacks. There were seashells, lipsticks, mirrors, vanity compacts, books of Virgil.” A great cultural richness is to be found within this material that might tell us much about ourselves and about our society.Alan Counihan first heard of the personal items when he saw the final Mary Raftery documentary, Behind the Walls.He was fascinated by the idea of the hospital archives, which go back almost 200 years and contain a “huge pile of mostly women’s handbags and possessions”.These belongings had been found scattered around the room, but as Counihan discovered, they had initially been carefully kept in boxes.“Over the years, people broke into boxes, went through them and rifled them. And that’s how they came to be out on the floor,” said Counihan.As an artist, he felt that the bags would be an interesting subejct from an artistic but also a social point of view. He contacted the National Archives who then put him in contact with the retired chaplain and head of nursing at Richmond, who had kept the items for safekeeping.Counihan received permission from the HSE to sort through the items, and soon a vision of how they could become a work of art came to him.I saw the image really early on of the handbags in a dark room turned upside down, lit from inside with contents spilling out. And I just said ‘I have to make this’.A looped soundtrack plays the recorded voices of actors reading from correspondence found within the containers, from case notes and from hospital management records.Life in a bagThe items belonged to patients who died within the hospital for the most part, and so the work brings up questions of abandonment, confinement, and the treatment of people with mental health issues.The items are not presented in a way that betrays the patients’ identities. “The right to privacy doesn’t die with the person,” asserted Counihan. “That privacy had to be protected.”He acknowledges there was a sense of voyeurism to some of his work, in discovering people’s lives; like a letter from a man to his girlfriend who was in a mother-and-baby home.“Something happens in a life that for however long a period or short a period, they lose their moorings,” he said of the patients. “And they end up in institutional care.”He also noted that asylums sustained towns like Ballinasloe and Clonmel, being a source of revenue. This would have led to a reticence to close them down.Counihan found the HSE to have been “very trusting” with him over the project, although it was difficult to get funding for – he was turned down by the Arts Council twice.However, thanks to a Fundit campaign, he was able to get it over the line.Emotional exhibitionIn the late 1950s, Ireland had the highest per capita rate of institutionalised or hospitalised people with mental health issues in the world.Counihan describes the exhibition as “poignant and sad”, and says it has gotten an interesting response from people.“Everybody knew what was going on inside those mental hospitals,” he said. It wouldn’t leave my mind – I said ‘whatever happened to those belongings?’PHOTOGRAPHS. ROSARY BEADS. Letters. Tickets. Silver spoons.Did the people who tucked these into their handbags before they entered the Richmond Asylum in Grangegorman know that they would never see their precious items again?That’s one of the questions brought up in Personal Effects: a History of Possession, an exhibition of personal items discovered in the attic of a disused hospital building that will be on display at axis: Ballymun 5th-15th August.GrangegormanThe exhibition showcases the personal effects of past patients from The Richmond Asylum – later known as St Brendan’s Hospital – in Grangegorman.It’s put together by artist Alan Counihan, who alongside members of the Grangegorman Community Museum and under the guidance of the National Archives, sorted through the paper records that were retrieved.Behind the Walls center_img Interestingly, every single handbag had at least one set of rosary beads, and every single handbag had a set of keys. The keys, I presume, would have been to the hall door. You hear stories of people going back and locks being changed. Many of those doors were never opened again.Part of the institutional process is “depersonalising” the person, as Counihan put it; belongings like handbags were taken away.There are still hundreds more handbags in Grangegorman that need to be sorted.“I really think somebody has to take responsibility for that,” said Counihan, suggesting that sociology students in the new DIT Grangegorman campus could become involved.He plans to bring the exhibition around Ireland, and is currently making a radio documentary about them.He wants to help spark discussion and debate. “If it doesn’t have that effect, it’s been wasted,” he said.“It’s like they say – if we don’t learn lessons of past we’re condemned to repeat them.”Read: ‘Continued effort needed’ to tackle stigma towards mental health issues>Read: Reports that mental health service plans are 30 years old are “not new”>last_img read more

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Wii U to launch May 2012 Sega thinks so

first_imgNintendo has made the Wii U official with the unveiling and teaser details being announced during E3 last week. We don’t yet know when the console launches other than a 2012 timeframe, but Sega may have just given us a very big clue.Alan Pritchard, Sega’s exectuive vice president of marketing, gave an interview with GameSpot during which he mentioned a timeframe for the Wii U’s launch twice.AdChoices广告Sega has Sonic Generations releasing this November on PS3/360/3DS, but GameSpot asked Pritchard if the game would be coming to Wii U. His response is very telling for someone who must know when to expect the Wii U. He said the timing didn’t work for that game because “Wii U is coming out next spring/summer.”He goes further by stating that releasing Generations “on a platform six or eight months after we release PS3” isn’t something Sega want to do.So, if Pritchard isn’t guessing, which as exectuive VP of marketing at Sega we don’t think he is, we have a definitive timeframe of May-July for the Wii U release. That’s much sooner than the expected Holidays 2012 we had heard banded about before E3.Read more at GameSpot, via CVGMatthew’s OpinionReleasing before we get to the main holiday season next year makes a lot of sense. The Wii U is clearly a machine Nintendo wants the family sat around again, so it needs to have stock levels up well before we reach Christmas as it is going to be a must-have gadget if they get the marketing and games right.If the PS4 or next Xbox was arriving, I think Sony and Microsoft could get away with releasing in September/October as the hardcore gaming crowd would soon empty the shelves at the high launch price. For Nintendo, it’s different. The price can’t be too high because it’s a family games machine parents will likely be buying.last_img read more

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Final 119 WWE RAW rating overall number sees a drop

first_img This week’s 11/9 WWE RAW drew a 2.23 cable rating with an average audience of 3.17 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.480 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.177 million viewers and the third hour drew 2.863 million viewers.This is down from last week’s 2.32 cable rating with 3.25 million viewers. The third hour is among one of the lowest overall viewer totals for RAW in modern non-holiday history.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Velvet Sky Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Impact Ratings: Viewers see another drop on June 28 featuring Rayne vs. Blanchard main event Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Twitter Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollins Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Gerrard rules out January move for Alfredo Morelos

first_imgAs the January transfer window approaches, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that striker Alfredo Morelos is “going nowhere”.Morelos scored a brace on Sunday as Rangers came from behind to win 2-1 at St Johnstone.Last January, Rangers rejected an £8m bid from Chinese club Beijing Renhe for the Colombian striker.After scoring 19 goals across all competitions in the first half of the season, Gerrard is gearing up for another fight to keep the 21-year-old.“He’s a top-class finisher. He must be a nightmare to play against because I see him constantly keep giving defenders tough afternoons,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He comes alive in the box and at big times and big moments, he has stepped up for us.“So we’re really pleased with him. All good players around the world receive interest and bids – that’s football.“I won’t turn my phone off. I’ll listen to what (interested clubs) have to say. He’s going nowhere and that’s the message.”last_img read more

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Squires EReader Content Ad Formats Need to be Standardized Immediately

first_imgNEW YORK—It’s very early days but the opportunity, and ways to realize that opportunity, with digital reading initiatives are becoming clearer, according to John Squires, managing director of Next Issue Media, the joint publishing venture between Time Inc. Hearst, Conde Nast, Meredith and News Corp., to create a digital content production service and storefront. Squires gave the keynote address to a packed house here this morning at the MPA’s Magazines 24/7: The E-Reading Evolution event.Next Issue Media is focused on four key areas: Open standards; storefront offerings for paid content; digital advertising platforms with measurement tools; and a robust publishing platform for multiple devices.The consensus was that current devices are not optimized for magazines but there is excitement with the release of Apple’s iPad just two weeks away. “Many of the devices today are not suitable for magazine content,” Squires said. “The hardest part is the publishing platform—we need the printing press of the future. I’m excited about what’s coming, especially with Apple and the iPad.” Squires says the three key features the industry needs to look for are a combination of mobility, color and touch screen ability. “Those are the machines interesting in terms of targeting,” he added. “After all, the print magazine is the ultimate touch reading device.”The opportunities for publishers include:■ Superior photography.■ Video. “Video highlights can get us into TV or video in a controlled way that the Web didn’t,” said Squires.■ Timely information updates. “We need to give the consumer more choices and maybe charge more for them.”■ Additional edit content and deeper ad content■ Sharing capabilities■ Bundled offers of print and digital. “That’s the most important part,” said Squires. “Consumers want both and publishers want consumers to have both. That’s the transitional model.”Squires shared some preliminary results of a consumer test Next issue conducted that simulated the digital reading experience and asked consumers how they wanted content and what they would pay. It’s important for publishers to give readers a sense of the digital experience, said Squires. Before they saw the demo, just 22 percent said they wanted a digital reading experience. After the demo, that number increased to 39 percent. “People are not sure what the digital magazine experience is until you show them,” said Squires.Next Issue also asked consumers about renewal, and 53 percent said they would be willing to pay for a digital/print bundle, compared to 47 percent who would pay for print alone. “If we know how to bundle packages we have the opportunity to grow the entire market,” said Squires. “This doesn’t have to be the disintermediation that some people think it could be. We can sell additional access to consumers.”‘We Need to Get Advertising Right’Squires warned publishers that they need to work with their partners to create an enjoyable advertising experience. “We need to focus on getting advertising right,” he said. “We need to be careful about giving readers the choice to view advertising. If we create an ad medium that’s interruptive or has qualities we know aren’t as attractive, we risk losing readers.”While metrics are essential, Squires said publishers shouldn’t establish any one form too early. “A lot of parties want to measure this for us but we need to know what consumers are doing first.”Content, however, should be standardized immediately. “Most forms of content are not standardized and it’s in the industry’s interest to focus on this quickly regardless of devices,” said Squires. “We need to think about the way files are created and ad formats that are consistent.” While Squires acknowledged that the early emphasis has been around more male-oriented magazines such as Sports Illustrated and GQ, more female readers will adopt digital devices as the price comes down. “We have enormous strength in our customer base,” he said. “We need a way to say to consumers, ‘Go buy a device and here’s an attractive incentive to do it.’”last_img read more

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Gremlins is back with a brand new animated series

first_img TV and Movies Post a comment More animated series More Gremlins are on the way in a new animated prequel coming to WarnerMedia’s streaming service. WarnerMedia There’s no news of a third Gremlins movie happening anytime soon, but a new animated prequel could make fans happy in the meantime. WarnerMedia announced on Monday that a new 10-episode animated series called Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is on the way, according to Deadline. Serving as a prequel to the original 1984 Gremlins live-action movie and the 1990 sequel, the new animated series is set in 1920s Shanghai, and will reveal how shopkeeper Mr. Wing first discovered the Mogwai named Gizmo, according to Variety on Monday.  50 Photos The new series is written by Tze Chun (Gotham), who will also serve as co-executive producer. Executive producers include Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Sam Register (Animaniacs), with Brendan Hay (Robot Chicken) serving as co-executive producer. Dan Krall (Coraline) is a supervising producer.”A year ago I walked into Amblin to pitch this Gremlins animated prequel,” Chun tweeted on Monday. “Thank you to Warner Bros and WarnerMedia for making this a reality!”The new series will debut on the WarnerMedia streaming service. No word yet on casting or official release dates, and WarnerMedia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Tags New Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures show gives you every lightsaber clash Avengers: Endgame directors are making Magic: The Gathering show for Netflix New Dungeons & Dragons animated series breaks Kickstarter record Share your voice A year ago I walked into Amblin to pitch this Gremlins animated prequel. Thank you to Warner Bros and WarnerMedia for making this a reality! #Gremlins #GremlinsSecretsOfTheMogwai https://t.co/HlhTIwscAb— TZE CHUN (@thetzechun) July 1, 2019 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 0 The story also introduces 10-year-old boy named Sam Wing and a teenage street thief named Elle, who go on a quest through the Chinese countryside to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure.The trio crosses paths with colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore, while the kids are also pursued by a greedy industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.last_img read more

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Railways to offer additional 4 lakh berths in trains soon

first_imgNew Delhi : More than four lakh additional berths will be available to Railway passengers every day from October, thanks to a new technology that will allow power generation cars to be replaced with sleeper coaches, senior officials said on Wednesday. Currently, most trains have power cars housing diesel generators, which supply electricity to coaches for various purposes including lighting, fans and air conditioning. Indian Railways now plans to introduce a new technology, known as “Head on Generation” (HOG), which is already in use worldwide. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us In it power supply is tapped from overhead power lines and distributed to train coaches. Currently, the power tapped from overhead tension wires through an equipment known as pantograph is used only to run the engines. Officials say by October this year, over 5,000 coaches of the Indian Railways will be modified to run on the new technology so that they will be able to accept power coming from the overhead cables via the engines. This will not only enable trains to shed their power cars and make way for more coaches but also save the national transporter more Rs 6,000 crore in fuel bills annually, they said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us A power car needs 40 litres of diesel per hour per non-AC coach while an AC coach needs 65-70 litres of diesel per hour. Around three units of electricity is provided by one litre of diesel, so a non-AC coach uses around 120 units of electricity per hour. The new system, which is eco-friendly, with no air or noise pollution will reduce carbon emissions by 700 MT per year per train, officials said. “In regular practice, two power cars equipped with Diesel Alternator sets are placed at either ends of the rake run in for example every Shatabdi Express. Advertise With Us After we move to the HOG system, there will be a need of only one power car for standby purpose only. “Another power car can be removed and replaced with an extra passenger coach without increasing the train length. Once all Linke Hoffman Busch coaches are on this system, we have calculated an increase of more than four lakh berths every day through this and thus additional revenue as well,” the official said.last_img read more

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BNP for army deployment in city polls

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday demanded cancellation of the election commission’s decision to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Gazipur and Khulna city polls.The BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also demanded deployment of army personnel during the upcoming elections in two crucial city corporations.”Though the voters have no interest in EVMs, the Election Commission has announced to use that in many centres in the two city polls. We think the Commission’s decision has reflected the government’s will,” the BNP leader told a discussion.He said, “I, on behalf of the BNP, demand the election commission deploy army and withdraw its decision of using EVMs in the two city polls.”Justifying their party’s demand for army deployment, the BNP leader observed that the voters have no confidence in law enforcers as they are now working as the government’s party force.He also alleged that the Election Commission still could not ensure any sign of level-playing field in the election areas of the two cities.”The ruling party cadres are roaming around brandishing arms. Their leaders and activists are holding rallies and bringing out processions in the election areas while BNP leaders and followers can’t stay at their homes, let alone holding meetings,” the BNP leader said.He urged the election commission to ensure a level-playing field in the two cities and take steps to stop the arrest of BNP leaders and activists and repression on them.Last week, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced that the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be held on 15 May.According to the election schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is 12 April, while the dates for scrutinising those are 15 and 16 April, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 23 April.BNP candidates Moniruzzaman Moni and MA Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur polls respectively in the 2013 polls.last_img read more

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Iran attack death toll 12 as IS claims responsibility

first_imgMembers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard secure the area outside the Iranian parliament during an attack on the complex in the capital Tehran on 7 June, 2017. Gunmen and suicide bombers carried out coordinated attacks on Iran`s parliament and the tomb of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini on 7 June, 2017, state media reported, killing at least three people. Photo: AFPGunmen and suicide bombers stormed Iran’s parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader on Wednesday, killing 12 people in the first attacks in the country claimed by the Islamic State group.Dozens of people were wounded in the attacks, which ended after a standoff lasting several hours as the gunmen holed up in parliamentary office buildings.IS released a video of the attackers from inside the building via its Amaq propaganda agency — a rare claim of responsibility while an attack was still going on.Police said all the attackers had been killed by around 3pm (1030 GMT), some five hours after it started.The Sunni jihadists of IS consider Shiite Iran to be apostates, and Tehran is deeply involved in fighting the group in both Syria and Iraq.The assaults began mid-morning when four gunmen burst into the parliament complex in the centre of Tehran, killing a security guard and one other person, according to the ISNA news agency.An interior ministry official said they were dressed as women and entered through the visitors’ entrance.At roughly the same time, a team of three or four assailants entered the grounds of the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the 1979 Islamic revolution, killing a gardener and wounding several other people.Iran’s emergency services said a total of 12 people were killed in the two attacks and 39 wounded.Two of the attackers at the shrine, one of them a woman, blew themselves up, while another detonated a suicide vest on the fourth floor of the parliamentary office building.- Parliament undeterred -A picture on social media showed police helping staff escape through windows.Large crowds gathered around cordons to watch as police struggled to disperse the crowds.Parliament was in session as the attacks unfolded and members were keen to show they were undeterred, continuing with regular business.Some posted selfies of themselves looking calm, even as gun battles raged in surrounding office buildings and snipers took position on nearby rooftops.Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed the attacks, saying they were a “trivial matter” and that security forces were dealing with them.An official at Khomeini’s mausoleum in south Tehran said “three or four” people had entered via the western entrance and opened fire, according to the Fars news agency.It published photos showing the suicide bomber blowing herself up outside.The intelligence ministry said there had been a third “terrorist” team that was neutralised before the attacks started.The city was on lockdown, with streets blocked and parts of the metro closed. Journalists were kept away from the shrine by police.Interior minister Abdolrahman Fazli told ISNA he had convened a special meeting of the country’s security council.- Targeted by IS -Jihadist groups have clashed frequently with security forces along Iran’s borders with Iraq and Afghanistan, but the country has largely escaped attacks within its urban centres.The intelligence ministry said in June 2016 that it had foiled a plot to carry out multiple bomb attacks in Tehran and around the country.IS published a rare video in Persian in March, warning that it “will conquer Iran and restore it to the Sunni Muslim nation as it was before.”Iran, the predominant Shiite power, has been helping both Iraq and president Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria to battle IS.The jihadist group is under increasing pressure in both countries, having lost significant territory in the face of offensives now targeting its last two major urban bastions, Raqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.Militant groups are also known to operate in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, which borders Pakistan and has a large Sunni community.Jaish-ul Adl (Army of Justice), which Tehran accuses of links with Al-Qaeda, has carried out several armed attacks on Iranian soil in recent years.Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that attacks by IS in Europe and elsewhere showed that Western policies in the Middle East have backfired.”This is a fire that (Western powers) themselves ignited and now has backfired on them,” he told a gathering of senior officials in Tehran.last_img

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UPDF man shot dead

first_imgrangamatiAn activist of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF), a Chittagong Hill Tracts-based political party, was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Karengatoli Bazar area of Baghaichhari upazila in Rangamati on Thursday.The victim is Uday Bikash Chakma alias Chikkodhan Chakma, 45, an upazila coordinator of the UPDF.UPDF leaders alleged that the Janasanhati Samity (MN Larma) men shot Bikash. But the Janasanhati Samity leaders rebutted the claim saying none of their men are involved in the incident.“Armed activists of the Janasanhati Samity (MN Larma) men shot our activist to death. We condemn the incident and demand trial of the murder,” UPDF’s Baghaichhari unit chief Jewel Chakma told Prothom Alo.But Janasanhati Samity (MN Larma) central assistant information and publicity secretary Prashanta Chakma rejected the claim. “There can be no question of our involvement in the incident. This could be the result of UPDF’s internal clashes.”Police and witnesses said, a gang of eight-nine miscreants surrounded Bikash at a tea stall in Karengatoli Bazar and opened fire aiming him, leaving him dead on the spot around 11:00am.Muhammad MA Monzurul Alam, officer-in-charge of Baghaichhari police station, confirmed about the death to Prothom Alo.UNB added: Tension was prevailing in and around the area and additional members of the joint forces have been deployed.last_img read more

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AL councilor sent to jail over BCL leader murder

first_imgA Chattogram court sent Saraipara ward councillor Saber Ahmed to jail on Tuesday over the killing of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Mahiuddin Sohel, reports UNB.Saber was taken into police custody, said his lawyer Sheikh M Iftekhar Shimul.The Awami League leader secured a month’s interim bail from the High Court. He was told to get bail from the subordinate court within this period.Chattogram metropolitan magistrate Akbar Hossain Mridha rejected his bail plea after a hearing in the case.BCL leader Sohel was lynched by a mob at Pahartali Railway Market for alleged extortion on 7 January.Sohel’s family claimed that it was a premeditated murder. His younger brother Shakirul Islam Shishir filed a case at Double Mooring police station naming 27 people.Saber is one of the main accused.So far, 17 suspects have been arrested.last_img read more

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The PS4 launch titles we know about so far

first_imgSony’s PlayStation 4 had a very good showing at E3, having undercut the Xbox One in price and including support for used games in the traditional way. But what it really comes down to is games, and the PS4 certainly has some. Here are the games we know of so far. Driveclub — Exclusive, Launch titleAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag — Early 2014Kingdom Hearts 3 — Mid 2014The Elder Scrolls Online — Early 2014Warframe — Early 2014Killzone: Shadow Fall — Exclusive, Launch titleTom Clancy’s The Division — Early 2014The Witness — 2013, Possible launch titleWatch Dogs — Launch titleThe Order: 1886 — Exclusive, Early-Mid 2014Battlefield 4 — 2013, Possible launch titleThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Early 2014Knack — Exclusive, Launch titleDying Light — Early 2014Mirror’s Edge 2 — Mid 2014Wolfenstein: The New Order — Late 2013Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain –Early 2014Infamous: Second Son — Exclusive, Early 2014Destiny — Mid 2014Deep Down — 2014That’s all the big titles set for early in the PlayStation 4’s life cycle. More announcements are sure to trickle out as time goes on, but the lineup is looking solid already. Sony might have better luck with this generation than the last. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Deep Down Deep Down Destiny Infamous: Second SonMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainWolfenstein: The New OrderMirror’s Edge 2Dying LightDying LightKnack The Witcher 3: Wild HuntBattlefield 4The Order: 1886Watch DogsThe WitnessTom Clancy’s The DivisionKillzone: Shadow FallWarframe The Elder Scrolls OnlineKingdom Hearts 3Kingdom Hearts IIIAssassin’s Creed IV: Black FlagDriveclublast_img read more

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