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  • Video Showcase! Best Stop Motion Videos

    first_imgWe’ve rounded up 16 of the very best stop motion videos for your creative inspiration!The following roundup represents some of the very best stop motion videos today!  From detailed narratives to stripped down illustrations, these stop motion videos provide awesome inspiration for your creative projects!The featured stop motion videos showcase brilliant effects – frame by detailed frame.  Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.GULP from Nokia HDADDRESS IS APPROXIMATE from The TheoryLOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos LascanoPROTEIGON from BURAYANSKATEBOARD ANIMATION from Tilman SingerHUDSON “AGAINST THE GRAIN” from DropbearSORRY I’M LATE from Tomas Mankovsky(NOTES ON) BIOLOGY from ornana filmsTHE OLD MAN AND THE SEA from Marcel SchindlerZERO from Zealous CreativeTHIS IS WHERE WE LIVE from 4th EstateJOY OF DESTRUCTION from Xaver XylophonNO NOODLES from Tyler NicolsonWHAT’S COOKIN? from LRGSEED from Seed MovieAANAATT from Max Hattlerlast_img read more

  • Lava Iris X1 with Android Kit Kat launched at Rs 7,999

    first_imgIndian handset maker Lava has added a new smartphone to its X series, the Iris X1. The Iris X1 is powered by Android Kit Kat and Quad core processor. It is available exclusively on Amazon.in for Rs 7,999. Though, the device will sell on retail counters also.In a press release, the company said, “Lava Iris X1 takes a leaf out of the Iris Pro series as far as the aesthetics is concerned. The handset has excellent build quality and looks beautiful. On the performance aspect, the smartphone provides an excellent experience on the back of a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Broadcom BCM23550 processor powered by 1GB RAM. Iris X1 provides an excellent 3D gaming experience and video performance with help of a specialized graphics engine based on Videocore multimedia technology. Iris X1 sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS (854 x 480 pixels) display that offers high-quality colour-reproduction and great viewing angles. The fully laminated touch screen eliminates the air gaps between LCD and glass and makes it look perfectly black in sleep mode. With an 8.9 mm of thickness and 138 grams in weight, the handset is also very convenient to carry.”The Iris X1 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash . The rear Camera, as per claim, supports full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and comes with Auto focus, touch to focus functionality and HDR mode that automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos to select the best possible shot. It also has a 2.0-MP front-facing camera for video calling.The device comes with 4GB of internal memory that is expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. On connectivity front, the dual SIM Iris X1 comes with 3G connectivity apart from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 BLE (Bluetooth low energy), micro-USB and EDGE. It offers OTG support to enable file transfer through USB drive on the move.Mr. Hari Om Rai, Chairman & Managing Director, Lava International Ltd., said “Lava is proud to announce the launch of ‘X’ series with the Lava Iris X1, a beautifully crafted smartphone with best in class hardware & software features. It is for the consumers who not only want a high performance device but also a beautiful design. Iris X1 is designed to mesmerize the consumers and will surely create ripples in the market at this price point. We are confident that the latest hardware and software features coupled with its great design will surely deliver a rich experience to the consumers.”The Iris X1 will be available in black and white colours. It comes with an intelligent Flip cover powered by hall sensor that puts the phone automatically in sleep mode ensuring reduced battery consumption.last_img read more

  • Andy Murray seeks to end Rafael Nadal’s French Open domination

    first_imgRafael Nadal has won eight tiles in Paris with 64 match wins against a single defeatBriefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals.For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set.And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems. Not only is Ferrer ranked No. 5, and not only was he the runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago – to Nadal, of course – but he also beat Nadal on red clay the last time they played each other.So how did Nadal handle this test? Perfectly. From late in the second set, he won 10 games in a row, and 13 of 14 the rest of the way, to come back and beat Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, setting up a semifinal Friday against Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.”At the beginning,” Nadal acknowledged, “David was playing with a higher intensity than me.”But once Nadal made a key adjustment – deciding to dispense with his surprisingly off-target backhand as much as possible and instead do whatever he could to use his topspin-heavy forehand – he took over.After committing 28 unforced errors across the windy first two sets, Nadal had zero in the third, and only three in the last.”When I was able to hit with my forehand,” Nadal said, “I felt that I was in control.”Ferrer, for his part, said that in the latter stages, “I lost my concentration, my focus.”advertisementIt was Nadal’s 33rd consecutive win at the French Open and improved his record in the event to 64-1. His only loss at the tournament came to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.The Spaniard, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is not used to facing much in the way of hardship at Roland Garros. So Nadal took what he was able to do against Ferrer as a good sign.”At the end of the day, I am rather happy to have been able to turn the situation around,” said Nadal, who wasn’t thrilled to be put on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second-largest arena, for the second time this year. “I managed to pull through, even though it was complicated.”The route Murray took during his 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 victory over No. 23 Gael Monfils of France was far more circuitous, finishing right on the cusp of dusk after 9:30 p.m. In front of a crowd loudly pulling for Monfils at Court Philippe Chatrier, Murray was terrific at the outset, mediocre in the middle, then closed on a high.After a brief discussion with a tournament official over whether there was enough sun to play the fifth set – the Roland Garros courts have no artificial lights – Murray made the whole thing moot. He raced through that set in 21 minutes, winning 24 of 31 points, as Monfils appeared to stop trying.”Everything happened very fast,” Monfils said.Said Murray: “It was so dark at the end. Thankfully for me, he played a poor fifth set once I got ahead.”Murray will be playing in the French Open semifinals for the second time; he lost to Nadal in 2011. In all, Nadal owns a 14-5 edge in their head-to-head matches.”I need to recover very well,” Murray said, “and try to be especially calm for that one.”The other men’s semifinal will be No. 2 Novak Djokovic against No. 18 Ernests Gulbis.Earlier, No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania and No. 28 Andrea Petkovic of Germany both moved into the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Thursday’s other women’s semifinal will be 2012 champion Maria Sharapova against 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.Halep beat 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2, and Petkovic defeated 2012 runner-up Sara Errani by that very same score.A year ago, Halep arrived at Roland Garros ranked 57th. But over the past 13 months, she’s won seven titles. Petkovic, meanwhile, is enjoying a resurgence.She made it to the top 10 in 2011, when she was the only woman to reach three major quarterfinals (although she went 0-3). In late 2012, she hurt her right knee, and her ranking plummeted to 177th last year. But she’s worked her way back, and after eliminating Errani, the gregarious Petkovic kissed her racket – something she said she’d never done before.”I don’t know what happened to me. I was just overwhelmed by emotion,” Petkovic said. “I had no boy to kiss, so I kissed my racket, right?”last_img read more

  • Ian Fleming created Bond to create entertainment for others: Roger Moore

    first_imgMoore at the Lake Palace Hotel: Entertainment pays”It’s not an easy life,” sighs Roger Moore, alias James Bond, Ian Fleming’s indestructible secret agent with a licence to kill. Crossing his legs and lighting up a long, slim cigar, he collapses into a sofa at the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur.,Moore at the Lake Palace Hotel: Entertainment pays”It’s not an easy life,” sighs Roger Moore, alias James Bond, Ian Fleming’s indestructible secret agent with a licence to kill. Crossing his legs and lighting up a long, slim cigar, he collapses into a sofa at the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur. The heat, the pressures of filming, even the swarming long-legged beauties around him, seem to add to his tensions. Dressed in a white cotton shirt and tennis shorts, sporting open sandals and a shoulder bag, the 55-year-old star, whose father was a London policeman, is an astonishingly well-preserved man but remarkably un-Bondish in real life. Unlike the indomitable 007 whose lust for exotic locations, outrageous gadgets and voluptuous women never wanes, Moore’s energies sometimes do. On location for Octopussy, Moore took time off to explain what it takes to play Bond in an exclusive interview with Correspondent SUNIL SETHI. Excerpts:Q. It must he a bit exhausting to keep playing James Bond over and over again…?A. Yes, of course, especially as you have to work in idyllic locations where most normal people go for vacations. I mean, here I am running up and down Udaipur in a dinner jacket like some nut case! I was doing the same thing some time ago in Egypt: you do feel completely foolish. Naturally, your view of the places and the people tends to become somewhat jaundiced.Q. In what way is playing James Bond harder than working on another movie?A. Well, for one, the shooting schedule is much longer, five to six months as opposed to a normal one of about three months. Then, you’re required for 99.9 per cent of shooting time, so it’s inevitable that the pressures build up.advertisementQ. You’re the third star to play James Bond on screen; do you think others will follow?A. Yes, because Bond is a part that has no basic character. There are no details about his personality. Bond’s personality and physical make-up is probably very different to mine, but it’s a question of interpreting him in your own way. You just come on and do the part as it appears to you.Q. What do you think is the difference in your playing Bond and the way Sean Connery played him?A. I’m a lighter type of actor than Sean. It’s like Gielgud and Olivier playing Hamlet – they would both do it differently, and who is to decide which is better, because Shakespeare isn’t around. Nor is Ian Fleming. But I’ve tried to give Bond a lighter humour, a touch of irony, while Sean, being Scottish, was more dour.Q. Still, are there any particular characteristics, like a gesture, that you’ve given Bond?A. No, a spy is meant to be an anonymous character and I try not to invent tricks.Q. Do you think James Bond can live forever?A. As long as audiences want escapism in the form of a far-out spy extravaganza, yes, he can. He’s survived two decades on the screen. I don’t see why he shouldn’t survive another.Q. Is it true that when you play Bond you make up the dialogue as you go along?A. Well, yes, the last thing we get down on a Bond film is the dialogue, which is very sketchy, so I’m to be seen scribbling my ad lib till the moment of the shot. What I feel should be said in a scene sort of comes out automatically before the camera. And it is true that you’d be hard-pressed to find a page of the script that actually fits what we shoot.Q. So, you’re a kind of impromptu script writer for Bond movies?A. You could call me that if you like.Q. Does your double life get schizophrenic, that is to say do the twin stars, Roger Moore and James Bond, overlap on and off the screen?A. No, I sort of slip into the role and out of it. Yet I’m interpreting a character, admittedly close to my skin after all these years, not actually acting it. If the acting shows, something is wrong, wouldn’t you say?Q. Do you also play Bond because of the tremendous profit it makes for you?A. Two things I prefer never to discuss: one is my private life and the other is money I make. Ian Fleming created Bond to create entertainment for others but also a bank balance for himself. And I also play Bond for both reasons. I’m a commercial actor, after all, not a missionary.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Indian Youngsters Feel Bangladesh Match ‘Perfect Stage’ for 1st win of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Campaign

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Guwahati: Striker Manvir Singh, who was impressive in the Indian football team’s goalless draw against Qatar last month, on Monday said that upcoming World Cup qualifiers match against Bangladesh would be the “perfect stage” to notch up the first win of the campaign.After the memorable draw against Asian champions Qatar in Doha, an upbeat India take on Bangladesh in their third match of the second round qualifiers on October 15 in Kolkata. “It’s going to be a perfect stage for us to get our first win in the campaign and we’re eager to achieve that,” Manvir said on the sidelines of the ongoing preparatory camp here, which kicked off on October 3.”I played in Kolkata for a short stint and was mesmerised seeing the passion amongst the fans about the game. I just can’t wait to go out at the VYBK Stadium on 15th and win it together,” he added.The Punjab-born striker, who made 80 percent successful passes against Qatar, was praised by none other than captain Sunil Chhetri who, unfortunately, could not play his part in that match due to an illness.”I honestly don’t know whether I deserve to be praised like this. Sunil bhai said a lot of good things about me in front of everyone and even he wished me after the game personally. It’s huge for me,” Manvir said.Nikhil Poojary, who started in midfield against Qatar, sounded ecstatic while speaking about the match which was played in front of a 23,000-odd crowd at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.”It was a great night for all of us, let alone Indian football. Everyone played their due part and contributed to earn the desired result. Gurpreet bhai dished out one of his finest performances which will be remembered for long,” Poojary recalled.”As coach Stimac mentioned, we have to keep our heads down and keep working to get our first win now. Unless we get to win against Bangladesh, the draw against Qatar will lose its value,” he added.Vinit Rai, who came off the bench against Qatar, mentioned that the ‘never-say-die’ attitude in the dressing room helped India achieve the result against Qatar in front of a hostile crowd.”We can’t thank enough coach Igor Stimac for believing in our abilities. Now, we have a major task to cut out against Bangladesh in Kolkata and no matter what, we have to get the desired result,” Rai said. 2022 fifa world cupbangladeshcaptain sunil chhetriChhetri First Published: October 8, 2019, 9:41 AM ISTlast_img read more

  • ‘Humble’ Jose Mourinho Not Planning on Big Changes at Tottenham Hotspur

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Jose Mourinho is not planning on wholesale changes as he tries to turn Tottenham’s season around and believes he is humble enough to have learned lessons from his failed spell in charge of Manchester United.Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs boss on Wednesday after the Argentine’s five-and-a-year spell ended in the sack with Tottenham 14th in the Premier League. The Portuguese has won 25 trophies in a storied managerial career at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United.However, his time in charge at Old Trafford ended in the sack 11 months ago having failed to win the league at a club for the first time since he left Portuguese minnows Leiria to join Porto in 2002.”I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year, my career, the evolution, the problems, the solutions,” said Mourinho in his first press conference as Tottenham boss on Thursday.”I was humble enough to do that. The principle of the analysis was not to blame anyone else.”Pochettino was let go less than six months after reaching the club’s first ever Champions League final, but results domestically have been on the slide for nearly a year.The Argentine had been keen for a bigger turnover of his squad in recent seasons to prevent his time in charge from growing stale.However, Mourinho insisted he will not demand millions to spend in the transfer market.”The potential of the club is huge, the potential of the players is great,” added Mourinho.”I don’t need players, I am so happy with the players I have, I just need time to understand them better, to know everything about them.”My gift is this squad, the squad is very, very good.”One of the reasons I decided to come was them. I tried to buy some of them for different clubs, I couldn’t. Some of them I didn’t even try because you know how impossible it is.”A return of just three wins from their opening 12 Premier League games leaves Tottenham already playing catch up to qualify for the Champions League next season, 11 points adrift of the top four, and already 20 behind league leaders Liverpool.Under Pochettino, Tottenham made huge progress to become Champions League regulars and compete at the upper echelons of the league, but failed to win a trophy.Mourinho, though, believes they are capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.”We cannot win the Premier League this season. I’m not saying we will do, but we can win it next season,” he added.”If we win titles it will be not the consequence of me, but of the club’s work, this is a package.” footballjose mourinhoPremier LeagueTottenham Hotspur First Published: November 22, 2019, 4:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • Mouser stocking Infineon’s TLE9250 high-speed CAN transceivers for automotive and industrial

    first_img Continue Reading Previous RECOM: long operation lifetime through single AA battery for SensorTile moduleNext Lanner: scalable 10G NIC modules for performance boost and connectivity enhancement Mouser Electronics is now stocking the TLE9250 high-speed CAN transceivers from Infineon Technologies. Designed for high-speed automotive and industrial Controller Area Network (CAN) systems that connect microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators, the TLE9250 transceiver serves as an interface between the physical bus layer and protocol controller to protect against interferences generated inside the network.The Infineon TLE9250 transceivers are designed to comply with SAE standards J1939 and J2284 and meet current and upcoming ISO 11898-2 physical layer specifications. Featuring high electrostatic discharge (ESD) robustness of ±8 kV (HBM) and ±11 kV (IEC 61000-4-2), the device’s RF immunity makes it suitable for use in automotive and industrial applications without requiring additional protection devices.Based on the high symmetry of CANL and CANH output signals, the TLE9250 transceivers provide low electromagnetic emission (EME) within a wide frequency range. This optimal symmetry also allows the devices to support data rates up to 5 Mbps to meet the CAN Flexible Data Rate protocol. The devices’ low EME allows them to fulfill stringent EMC test limits without the need for an additional common mode choke.Infineon’s RoHS-compliant TLE9250 transceivers are ideal for use inside high-speed CAN networks in automotive applications, including include engine control units, transmission control units, chassis control modules and electric power steering. The devices are also useful in a variety of industrial applications, as output current limitation and overtemperature protection features guard the transceivers from damage in harsh environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

  • Jawa Motorcycles confirmed to make a comeback, engine specs revealed

    first_imgJust a few months back, Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra Group answered a query on Twitter. It was from a fan of Jawa Motorcycles. He asked Anand Mahindra how long he will have to wait before he could buy a Jawa Motorcycle here in India. To that Anand Mahindra said “soon.” This little tweet instantly got the interweb rolling with speculation. Now though we are ready to give you some rather concrete news on Jawa’s return.Mahindra has created a brand new company called Classic Legends and this will be the company which will relaunch Jawa in India. Right now we have full details on the new engine which the new bike will come with and it looks very pleasing. When we speak of engines, we generally begin with technical specifications. But let me this time take the opportunity to describe the sheer beauty of this motor. The engine looks exactly like the one we have seen in the past. The single cylinder head has fins in spite of this motor being liquid cooled and the Jawa nametag is embossed too. The rest of the motor is clean and there is little clutter all around. The twin peashooter pipes also hark back to the past. Overall as far as looks are concerned, we give it a full ten on ten. Next up are the specs. The new Jawa will come with a 293cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOHC four-stroke engine. While this is the same motor which powers the Mahindra Mojo, engineers have given it a complete retune. The motor is tuned to produce 27bhp and 28Nm of torque. The company says that this motor offers a generous mid-range and a flat torque curve for an unwavering, consistently powered ride.advertisementThat sounds fancy and very inviting. The engine has been built on a BS6 ready platform and we are told that the fuel injection system has been perfectly tuned for enjoyable rides. But what is even better news is that the company says that it will sound much like the old Jawa. Now if you are a Jawa fan, you surely will be aware of the beautiful engine note which the 2-stroke motors offered. Given that replicating the tone of a classic 2-stroke on a modern day 4-stroke would be a big challenge. A maverick team of sound engineers in Italy worked extensively with us through countless cycles of harmonic pipe combinations and multiple other permutations to discover a sound that was worthy of the new Jawa. Now we come to the most important question of all; the motorcycle! Well, we are told that the new Jawas will be thoroughly modern and will come with a retro design. It will sport all the bells and whistles found in modern bikes and at the same time offer a retro charm. We also believe that there will be more than one variant launched. So what the company will do is create a single platform and the design will differentiate the variants. What we are pretty sure off is the fact that one of these variants will remind you of the old Jawa D250. Needless to say, the new Jawa will take on another icon here in India, the Royal Enfield Classic. Looks like the days ahead are going to be exciting. Stay tuned!last_img read more

  • Helicopter crashes near UK football stadium: police

    first_imgLondon, Oct 28 (AFP) A helicopter on Saturday crashed near the football stadium in the central UK city of Leicester, police said. Sky Sports broadcast pictures of what it said was the helicopter in flames, reporting it belonged to Leicester City Football Club’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The crash took place hours after Leicester drew 1-1 with West Ham in a Premier League match at the King Power Stadium. Sky Sports said the helicopter took off from the pitch between 8.30pm-8.45pm local time (1 am-1:15 am IST) but developed problems shortly afterwards with its tail rotor and crashed in a nearby car park. Leicestershire Police tweeted: “We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.” The ambulance service also tweeted: “We are also in attendance and will update when possible.” Meanwhile broadcaster and former Leicester footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: “Hearing that the Leicester City owners’ helicopter has crashed in the club’s car park.” (AFP) CKlast_img read more

  • Laurent Koscielny returns to Arsenal training ahead of Manchester City clash

    first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 17:10 IST Laurent Koscielny suffered a jaw injury during the FA Cup match vs Manchester United (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLaurent Koscielny was caught by a stray boot from Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku in the FA Cup last weekScans confirmed he has not suffered a fractured jawKoscielny’s return gives manager Unai Emery the option of picking him amid a defensive injury crisisArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at Manchester City after scans confirmed he has not suffered a fractured jaw, the north London club said.Koscielny was caught by a stray boot from Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku in the FA Cup last week, and the French defender did not play in Arsenal’s 2-1 Premier League home win over Cardiff City on Tuesday.Arsenal said scans revealed only “bruising and soft tissue swelling” to Koscielny’s face and jaw, giving manager Unai Emery the option of picking him amid a defensive injury crisis.Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who injured his ankle against United, will be sidelined until the end of the month while Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are out for the season with knee injuries. Stand-in full back Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ right knee will be assessed ahead of the trip to Manchester.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Laurent KoscielnyFollow ArsenalFollow Unai Emery Next Laurent Koscielny returns to Arsenal training ahead of Manchester City clashLaurent Koscielny was caught by a stray boot from Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku in the FA Cup last week, and the French defender did not play in Arsenal’s 2-1 Premier League home win over Cardiff City on Tuesday.advertisementlast_img read more

  • ZOSO Act to be Reviewed

    first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act is to be reviewed.The legislation, which was passed in 2017, is aimed at curbing crime through security-force occupation of vulnerable communities. It also aims to preserve human rights during the period of occupation.“We are coming up on the one-year mark for the passage of the Zones of Special Operations Bill. I think I will await the one-year mark and then come to the House [and] engage a process of review of the Bill,” Prime Minister Holness said.“So, I am placing the Opposition on notice. Of course, we will share the proposed amendments long before the review process, so at that point, the amendment can be seamless in terms of how it is done,” he added.The Prime Minister was speaking during the sitting of the House of Representatives on June 12.According to the Act, the legislation can be reviewed from time to time, by a committee of both Houses of Parliament appointed for the purpose.It notes that the first review shall be conducted not later than three years after the date of declaration of the first zone.The law gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a Zone of Special Operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.Mount Salem in St. James was declared as the first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in September, followed by Denham Town in October. The legislation, which was passed in 2017, is aimed at curbing crime through security-force occupation of vulnerable communities. It also aims to preserve human rights during the period of occupation. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act is to be reviewed. “We are coming up on the one-year mark for the passage of the Zones of Special Operations Bill. I think I will await the one-year mark and then come to the House [and] engage a process of review of the Bill,” Prime Minister Holness said.last_img read more

  • Grants to Help Disabled in Central Nova Scotia

    first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–Grants to Help Disabled in Central NovaScotia Residents of central Nova Scotia who have disabilities or otherbarriers to employment will be among the people who benefit froma $2-million enhancement of vocational day training programs,Community Services Minister David Morse announced today, Feb. 15. “This investment will strengthen programs that enable NovaScotians with disabilities or barriers to employment to achievetheir individual goals and improve their quality of life,” saidMr. Morse. About $1 million in one-time grants will go toward infrastructureor capital purchases and improvements for adult service centresacross the province that provide vocational day programs forpeople with intellectual, mental health or physical challenges.In central Nova Scotia, these centres include Anchor IndustriesSociety, Halifax Adult Services Society, New Leaf Enterprises,Lake City Employment Services and DASC Industries. The centresalready receive core funding from the department. Another $1 million will create similar grants for the province’ssix work activity programs. These programs provide support topeople who have barriers to employment. In central Nova Scotia,the programs include Dartmouth Work Activity Society and OptionsWork Activity Program. The funding is part of the department’s $11-million investment toimprove programs for seniors, low-income earners and people withdisabilities, announced by Mr. Morse in December.last_img read more

  • FIR against Srinagar Deputy Mayor JK Bank officials

    first_imgSrinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday registered an FIR against Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, officers of J&K Bank and government officials for misappropriation of subsidy worth crores of rupees to illegally benefit Sheikh’s firm, Kehwa group. Sheikh Imran is also the Deputy Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. A statement issued by the ACB said: “FIR number 3/2019 under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered in ACB police station Anantnag against Sheikh Imran, director of M/S Kehwa Square Private Limited, officers of J&K Bank and other government officials for illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of a cold storage at Lassipora, Pulwama.” The statement said that M/S Kehwa Square Private Limited inflated the project cost of establishing the cold storage in connivance with officers of J&K Bank and some state government officials to misappropriate government subsidy of Rs 16.50 crore and layering of various transactions. “The group got its loan of Rs 138 crore with J&K Bank restructured to Rs 78 crore. Subsequent to the one time settlement (OTS) surreptitiously consented by Bank officials, the group’s second instalment of Rs 55 crore was further reduced to Rs 27 crore. It then sought further concessions from the Bank. “The involved Bank officers and a joint inspection team of government officials misused their position to confer undue pecuniary/monetary advantage to Kehwa group and help it illegally appropriate crores of rupees from the state exchequer,” the ACB officials said. Last week, the ACB’s raids at J&K Bank’s corporate headquarters were followed by Income Tax raids at the business premises of Sheikh Imran.last_img read more

  • UP cabinet approves interim relief for rape mob lynching victims

    first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to provide interim compensation to victims of rape, mob lynching and other such crimes.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here. “It has been decided to provide interim compensation to victims of rape, mob lynching and other such crimes pending probe. A maximum of 25 per cent interim compensation will be provided on DM’s report,” UP government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh told reporters after the meeting. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said at present the compensation was provided only after the probe, depriving the victims of immediate relief. The proposal is in compliance with the Supreme Court judgment of July 17, 2018, in the Tehseen Poonawala vs Union of India case, he said. Asked about the amount of compensation to be provided to victims of mob lynching or their families, Singh said, “There are different categories. Lynchings are also in different categories and the compensation will be according to these.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe SC had in its order said the state governments should give due regard to the nature of bodily injury, psychological injury and the loss of earning, including the loss of opportunities of employment, education and expenses incurred on account of legal and medical expenses. The said compensation must have a provision for interim relief to be paid to the victim/next of kin within a period of 30 days of the incident of mob violence/mob lynching. The cabinet also cleared the state GST concession to Hritik Roshan starrer ‘Super 30’, which is based on the life of the mathematician who runs the famed Super 30 programme in Patna for IIT aspirants. The chief minister also asked the department concerned to provide similar concession to the movie, ‘The Tashkent Files’.last_img read more

  • National Energy Board to rule today on Enbridges controversial Line 9 from

    TORONTO — The National Energy Board is set to release a decision today on whether it will allow energy delivery giant Enbridge to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of a pipeline that’s been pumping oil between southern Ontario and Montreal for years.The decision on the controversial Line 9 is being delivered some four months after the federal regulator held public hearings on the Calgary-based company’s proposal.During those sessions, a three-member panel heard from a wide range of parties including First Nations, environmental groups, private citizens and representatives from municipal and provincial governments.Enbridge’s own final submissions were delivered in writing after the board cancelled its final day of Toronto hearings over security concerns stemming from planned protest activity.Line 9 originally shuttled oil from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal, but was reversed in the late 90s in response to market conditions to pump imported crude westward. Enbridge now wants to flow oil back eastwards to service refineries in Ontario and Quebec.It plans to move 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the line, up from the current 240,000 barrels, with no increase in pressure.It has also asked for permission to move different types of oil, including a heavier form of crude.Opponents — some of whom have staged protests and held sit-ins at pumping stations — argue the Line 9 plan puts communities at risk, threatens water supplies and could endanger vulnerable species in ecologically sensitive areas.They also worry that Enbridge will run what they claim is a more corrosive product through the 831-kilometre-long line — a move which they claim will stress the aging infrastructure and increase the chance of a leak.Enbridge has insisted that safety is its top priority and has characterized the scope of the reversal as “actually very, very small.”It has said a reversed Line 9 will not be transporting a raw oilsands product, although there will be a mix of light crude and processed bitumen.It has stressed, though, that the products that will flow through the line will not erode it.The company has also said the refineries it supplies can currently only take a small portion of heavy crude and would have to invest significantly in infrastructure to take more.Despite the company’s assurances, Line 9’s opponents have often pointed to an Enbridge spill in Michigan, which leaked 20,000 barrels of crude into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. There are concerns the same thing could happen in Ontario or Quebec in the future.Some opponents have also suggested the Line 9 reversal is ultimately so Enbridge can transport oil to the Atlantic coast for export — something the company denies.A portion of the line has already received approval for reversal and has been sending oil from Sarnia to North Westover, Ont. — about 30 kilometres northwest of Hamilton — since August. read more

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    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — A priest eulogizing ex-Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca says the master pitchman prized kindness above success and family above fame.The Rev. Howard Lincoln spoke Wednesday at the funeral of Iacocca, who died July 2 at 94 in Bel Air, California. Lincoln, who had been Iacocca’s priest, travelled from California to the church in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills for the service.Iacocca put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and two decades later resurrected Chrysler. He was famous for TV ads from that time, in which he said: “If you can find a better car, buy it!”Still, Lincoln says, the blunt-talking, cigar-loving executive was courteous to everyone. The priest added Iacocca told him that next to his family, his successful career “really hasn’t mattered at all.”The Associated Press read more

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    WASHINGTON – AT&T Mobility, the nation’s second-largest cellular provider, says it’s no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users’ smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers’ identities online.The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users’ identities based on their browsing habits.Verizon Wireless, the country’s largest mobile firm, said Friday it still uses this type of tracking, known as “super cookies.” Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said business and government customers don’t have the code inserted. There has been no evidence that Sprint and T-Mobile have used such codes.“As with any program, we’re constantly evaluating, and this is no different,” Lewis said, adding that consumers can ask that their codes not be used for advertising tracking. But that still passes along the codes to websites, even if subscribers say they don’t want their data being used for marketing purposes.The tracking codes are part of the latest plan by the cellular industry to keep tabs on users and their devices. While the codes don’t explicitly contain personal information, they’re unique and nonetheless sent to websites alongside personal details that a user may submit voluntarily — like a name or a phone number.That means enough data can transform a large chunk of random digits into a digital fingerprint that’s as identifying as a Social Security number. AT&T said its tracker was part of a testing project that’s been phased off of its network.“This is more like a license plate for your brain,” said Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, a senior staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization that opposed the practice. “Everything you wonder about, and read, and ask the Internet about gets this header attached to it. And there are ad agencies out there that try to associate that browsing history with anything that identifies you.”For mobile users, the quest for online privacy isn’t easy. Even if subscribers wanted to switch service providers to what they think is a more privacy-friendly carrier, they would likely be slapped with hundreds of dollars in early termination fees before leaving.The magazines Wired and Forbes first reported last month that Verizon and AT&T were inserting the tracking numbers, even if their subscribers wanted to opt out. The investigative website ProPublica also discovered that Twitter’s advertising arm was using Verizon’s tracking codes, which could be used to build a dossier about a person’s behaviour on mobile devices.Some cell providers already collect and store the approximate location of their subscribers’ phones, according to government documents from 2010. That has raised alarm among privacy advocates, who fear government investigators can obtain such personal data and even track Americans’ movements without their knowledge or consent.Consumers’ interest in privacy and their digital anonymity has intensified in recent years, following revelations by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. Top secret NSA documents he leaked to journalists revealed the NSA was collecting the phone records and digital communications of millions of citizens not suspected of a crime, prompting congressional reform.On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Marshals Service was flying airplanes above American cities to secretly collect certain cellphone information from criminals while incidentally gathering data from innocent Americans. The Justice Department would not confirm the practice, but said in a statement Friday the Marshals Service “does not maintain any databases for the purposes of retaining cellphone information of the general public.”___Follow Jack Gillum on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jackgillum___On the Web:Check if your smartphone is being tracked: http://bit.ly/1BpGUbU by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2014 7:04 am MDT AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones, Verizon says it still uses ‘super cookies’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more