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Unidentified man commits suicide at Delhi Metro station

first_imgNew Delhi: An unidentified man in his 50s committed suicide on Monday by jumping in front of a Metro train at the Welcome station in east Delhi, affecting Metro services for about half hour, authorities said. The police were informed shortly after 7 a.m that a person was found dead on the tracks near Platform 2. “He had been crushed by a train and his head had got severed. We found Rs 1,620 were on his body while no identity proof was found from his possession,” said a senior police officer. CCTV footage showed that the man jumped on the tracks at about 6.35 a.m., said a police officer. The body was shifted to the GTB Hospital mortuary. Efforts were on to identify the deceased.last_img read more

Petronas buys into LNG Canada project

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas says one of its wholly-owned entities has signed an agreement for an equity position in the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C.Petronas, which did not divulge the investment amount in a news release early Thursday, says it expects the agreement to be completed in the next few months once regulatory approvals are obtained.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped a $36-billion megaproject in British Columbia. A consortium led Petronas announced in July 2017 that it would not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., due to what it called an “extremely challenging environment” brought on by prolonged low prices.In the new agreement announced Thursday, the Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership would hold a 25 percent stake in the LNG Canada project.Shell Canada Energy would hold 40 percent, PetroChina Canada Ltd., would have a 15 percent stake, Mitsubishi Corp., subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd., would also hold 15 percent, and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd. would have the remaining five percent.Petronas says the proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas, including marine facilities.The plant will initially consist of two LNG processing units with an option to expand the project in the future.“Petronas is pleased to be part of the LNG Canada project,” said the president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin. “We are committed to deliver LNG and natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel in the world, to the growing global energy market.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Indian’s death in Maldives in 2016: AIIMS tells HC he died due to natural causes

first_imgNew Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which was asked to look into the death of a man who died allegedly due to medical negligence while on a honeymoon at a Maldives resort in 2016, has told the Delhi High Court that he died as a result of acute onset of high levels of fat in the blood.An eight-member medical board of the AIIMS, set up on the high court’s direction, has placed before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani a report which said the deceased suffered from hypertriglyceridemia, that indicates high levels of fat in the blood. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The board members have “unanimously concluded” that the “cause of the death was cerebro pulmonary oedema secondary to heart failure with associated hypertension”. “…death is due to acute onset of the disease and its complication, an unexpected natural cause of death,” it has said. The board, in its report, has also recommended “strengthening the medical case set up in such island resorts”. The report was filed after the high court on April 4 had asked the AIIMS to set up a panel to examine the forensic and post-mortem report of the deceased. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe direction had come on the plea by the deceased’s father, Chelakara Ramaswamy, who has contended that his son died due to medical negligence of the doctor — Dorjee Khandu — who treated him for food poisoning while he was staying at the resort at the Vilu Reef Island, which is more than 100 km away from Male, capital of Maldives, and can be reached only by sea planes. He has also alleged that the J J Hospital at Mumbai, where the post-mortem was carried out, did not follow the procedure properly and gave a “sham report”. He has further claimed that the Final Cause of Death Certificate, issued by the J J Hospital was not in terms of the Maharashtra Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 2000. The court on April 4 had also issued directions to the forensics department of the Maharashtra government, which had carried out the post-mortem of the deceased and analysis of tissue samples, to find out how the viscera samples in the case had disappeared. The state government, in its report, has told the court that the viscera samples “got destroyed unknowingly”. It has said that the official in-charge of the samples was transferred and the acting in-charge had given the order to destroy all analysed viscera samples as a routine process. The acting in-charge was unaware about the instant case, the state government has claimed in its report.last_img read more

Mauritanian President Stops Football Match at 63 Minute, Orders Penalties

Rabat – Mauritanain President entered history over the weekend for becoming the first head of state to attend a match and order the referee to end it before time.According to media reports, the Mauritanian president was attending the Super Cup final between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar over the weekend when all of a sudden he ordered the referee to end the match at the 63rd minute and go to penalty shootout.The reason behind this atypical behavior? According to the Gazzeta World, Oueld Abdel Aziz was not enjoying the football match. “A football game in the Mauritanian Super Cup was bizarrely sent to a penalty shoot-out in the 63rd minute of play after the country’s head of state grew tired with the match,”According to the same source, the Mauritanian head of state grew bored with the pace of the game, which was tied at 1-1. Instead of waiting until the end of regulation time and maybe extra-time, he just ordered the referee to end the match and send the two teams to penalty shootouts.“Upon being given the instructions, the referee brought the match to an abrupt halt, much to the bemusement of the players and fans, before immediately sending the game to be decided on spot kicks,” the same source said.The astonishing decision caused uproar among Mauritanian fans who called on the country’s football federation to provide explanation on the reasons that pushed the referee to end the match before time.The head of the Mauritanian football federation issued a statement in which he denied the intervention of the President in the match, arguing that the decision was made in coordination with the consent of the coaches of the two teams.“I deny in the strongest terms the intervention of the President of the Republic. The decision was made due ??to organizational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams.” read more

Morocco-Côte d’Ivoire Relations Are Unique: FM

Abidjan –  Relations between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire are “unique” with strong historical foundations, particular human and religious ties, and very fruitful economic cooperation, said minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.In recent years, King Mohammed VI has given a strong impetus to these relations, especially through the many visits that the Sovereign has made in this brotherly country, Bourita told the press on the occasion of the King’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire, which started on Sunday.The minister, who also recalled the official visit of Ivorian president Alassane Dramane Ouattara in 2015 to Morocco, noted that these visits helped to strengthen the bilateral relations, give a strong and concrete content to the partnership between the two countries, and to launch projects, which are today a source of pride for Africa and constitute a model of South-South cooperation. Referring to the current visit of the King, Bourita stressed that it will be an opportunity to monitor progress on the projects launched during the previous royal trips, give an even stronger impetus to these ties and to continue the tradition of consultation between the King and his brother president Ouattara on regional and international issues.King Mohammed VI arrived Sunday in Abidjan for a working and friendly visit to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, during which the Sovereign will also take part in the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, to be held on November 29-30 in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital. read more

Attacks on girls schools jeopardizes Pakistans future says UNESCO chief

1 April 2009The future of all of Pakistan is being endangered by ongoing threats to girls’ education in the country’s north, the head of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) said today. The future of all of Pakistan is being endangered by ongoing threats to girls’ education in the country’s north, the head of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) said today.For months, there have been attacks on schools, teachers and students, with girls’ educational institutes being singled out for attack in the Swat district of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura noted, with both the Government and the Taliban having set up military posts in school buildings.Last year, over 150 schools – two-thirds of which were girls’ schools – were destroyed by the Taliban and their allies in the NWFP. In the Swat Valley, the Taliban decreed in December 2008 that all girls’ educational facilities must close their doors by 15 January 2009, adding that they would attack schoolgirls and their schools after the deadline.“Hostage-taking is never acceptable,” he said. “But when the hostages are schoolboys and schools girls, the situation is even more shocking. The future of an entire country is taken hostage through its education system.”In February, a ceasefire was signed between the Pakistani Government and the main Taliban group in the region, known as the TTP, which said that girls could theoretically return to school.In spite of that agreement, “fear still reigns,” with many parents still refusing to send their daughters to school and teachers having fled the region in recent weeks, Mr. Matsuura said.Last month, there was a suicide attack on a girls’ school in Baluchistan, in eastern Pakistan.To reassure frightened parents and teachers, any agreement must reflect the Government’s commitment to the goals of ‘Education for All,’ including facilitating girls’ access to education, Mr. Matsuura stressed.“A strong signal must be sent, so that everyone can once more benefit from education, which is a determining factor for their future and for the future of the country,” he declared. read more

Norfolk County resident loses 140k to virus scam

Norfolk County OPP are reminding the public not to grant access to their computers to anyone they haven’t contacted first after an area resident lost close to $140,000 in what is known as the “virus scam.”Police say the resident received a pop-up alert on his computer on Jan. 31, 2017, saying there were issues with his computer’s antivirus software.The resident clicked on the message, followed prompts he received and signed a form indicating repairs on the computer had been completed, police said.The man also exchanged several other emails with the scammers between January 2017 and March 2019, granting further access to the computer, police said.It wasn’t until the resident reviewed his statements that he realized his line of credit had been accessed, police said, with scammers stealing close to $140,000 from the victim’s account by the time the fraud had been discovered.This is the second reported case in the last few days In Norfolk County of a person falling victim to the virus scam, police said.  Another resident lost thousands of dollars after granting access to their computer to a caller who said their device had a virus.In that case, the scammer stole the resident’s financial accounts and passwords and convinced them to buy close to $7,000 in Google Play cards, police said.“Computer users are reminded that, unless you initiate the call, do not allow anyone access to your computer. Don’t give out personal, banking or credit card information to anyone unless you are sure of whom you are dealing with,” police said in a statement.TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINEDon’t download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent by e-mail Update anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly Don’t click on links or attachments in e-mails from senders you don’t know Turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature Never click on a pop up that says your computer has a virus read more

Syria Ban disappointed that Presidents speech does not contribute to ending suffering

“What the Syrian people desperately need at this time are real solutions to the crisis that is tearing their nation apart,” the spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, added in a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “The speech rejected the most important element of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012, namely a political transition and the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive powers that would include representatives of all Syrians,” he continued.In his 6 January speech – made in the capital, Damascus, and his first public remarks in around six months – President al-Assad reportedly put forward a peace plan involving an army ceasefire which would follow a halt to operations by rebel groups, as well as a national reconciliation conference and a new constitution, amongst other points. He was also reported to have described opposition groups as “puppets” of Western countries.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month.The so-called ‘Geneva communiqué’ was issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the Action Group for Syria, and it lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in Syria. Amongst other items, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the League of Arab States; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League.Just last week, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, reiterated his belief in a political solution to the crisis in Syria – with the Geneva communiqué providing the basis for a peace process.In his statement to the media, Mr. Nesirky said that Secretary-General Ban reaffirms his long-held view that there is no military solution to the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation.“The Secretary-General and Joint Special Representative Brahimi have worked and continue to work towards a political solution to the conflict through a political transition that includes the establishment of a transitional Government and the holding of free and fair elections under the auspices of the United Nations,” Mr. Nesirky said.“Now more than ever,” he added, “it is critically urgent that the international community comes together to assist the Syrian people build, as early as possible in 2013, a new and democratic Syria – one where the rights of all groups and minorities are properly protected.” In late December, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, warned of the increasing risk of sectarian violence in Syria, and called on all parties to the conflict to refrain from targeting individuals or groups based on religious or ethnic identity.According to UN estimates, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country has quadrupled between March 2012 and December 2012, from one million to four million. UN humanitarian aid planning estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013, with most of these located in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.Mr. Nesirky noted that the United Nations remains committed to do its “utmost,” in cooperation with other partners, to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, both inside and outside of the country. “The United Nations will also continue to help the people of Syria fulfil their legitimate aspirations for peace, dignity, freedom, justice and democracy in a united and sovereign Syria,” he said.The spokesperson also provided reporters with an update on Mr. Brahimi’s activities, noting that the Joint Special Representative met yesterday in Egypt with Moaz Khattib, the President of the opposition umbrella group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, as well as with its Vice Presidents, Riad Seif and George Sabra.Today, Mr. Brahimi was expected to meet with Qatar’s Prime and Foreign Affairs Ministers, and with Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday evening.The envoy has been holding a series of meetings in the region and elsewhere, as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end the Syrian conflict. In late December, he had been in Moscow where he met with Russia’s Foreign Minister, and he also visited Damascus, where he met with President al-Assad. read more

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai among winners of 2013 UN human rights prize

The Prize, which is bestowed every five years, is an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. Previous recipients include Amnesty International and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela.“The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all,” stated a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The six winners announced today are: Biram Dah Abeid of Mauritania, a son of freed slaves who works to eradicate the heinous practice; Hiljmnijeta Apuk of Kosovo, a campaigner for the rights of people with disproportional restricted growth (short stature); Liisa Kauppinen of Finland, President emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf; Khadija Ryadi, Former President of the Morocco Association for Human Rights; Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice (the Constitutional Court); and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes and is now a renowned education activist.The award ceremony will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 10 December 2013, as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day, which will this year include the observance of the 20th anniversary of the creation of OHCHR and the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.Among the events in Geneva today to mark the 20th anniversary was a discussion on issues such as the balance between security and privacy online, and a performance by musician Salif Keita of Mali, who was born with albinism and has been working to raise awareness about this condition.In her opening remarks today, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay underscored the significance of the two documents adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights, held in the Austrian capital in 1993.“The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action crystallized the principle that human rights are universal. It committed States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems,” she stated.“Today, human rights are increasingly permeating all corners of the work of the United Nations, and that is fundamentally changing the way the United Nations works with national authorities and the international community.“The key now is to implement the laws and standards to make enjoyment of human rights a reality on the ground. Unfortunately, too often, the political will, and the human and financial resources, to achieve this are lacking.”The High Commissioner said the 20 years since Vienna have seen many setbacks and a number of tragic failures to prevent atrocities and safeguard human rights. “In several instances where deplorable, large-scale violations of international human rights law were occurring, the international community was too slow, too divided, too short-sighted – or just plain inadequate in its response to the warnings of human rights defenders and the cries of victims.“We can and we must do better,” she stressed. “The Vienna Declaration should be viewed as a blueprint for a magnificent construction that is still only half built. It should be viewed as a living document that can and should continue to guide our actions and goals.” read more

Toyota UK factory tour – Burnaston Derbyshire

Toyota Motor Manufacturing will open their doors at their Burnaston site in Derbyshire over a two week period, they have invited local schools to tour their facility to see how Toyota manufacture their cars and to also see the Apprentice Development Centre.The students will also learn about career opportunities in Toyota and also carry out team building activities.VenueToyota (UK) LtdBurnaston, Derbyshire DE1 9TAOrganizerJulia Langley01332 283611Julie.Langley@toyotauk.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

A brief history of the Sony Playstation

first_img(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Release date: September 1995 Sold: 102.49 million worldwide Specs: CPU: 32-bit (33mhz) GPU: 32-bit (33mhz) System RAM: 2mb Video RAM: 1mb Resolution: 640×480 Media: CD-ROMIf you want to pinpoint the birth of the original Playstation, you may be surprised to learn that it was Nintendo that got Sony into the console market. Wanting to compete against Sega – who brought out the ill-fated Sega CD at the time – it experimented with bringing a CD add-on to the Super Nintendo and worked with Sony. After that deal fell through, Sony decided to go it alone and the rest is history.The Playstation became one of the most influential consoles released and opened up gaming to a new audience. This was thanks to a large number of quality titles appearing on it such as Gran Turismo, Tomb Raider, Wipeout, Silent Hill, Tekken, Driver, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid. The console was so popular that even after the PS2 arrived, games were still being developed for it until 2006.Best selling gamesFigures given are number of copies shipped worldwide. Also included are figures for both sequels and prequels on the same console.Gran Turismo (10.85 million)Its sequel Gran Turismo 2 sold 9.37 millon. (Video: MrYASSER111/YouTube) Final Fantasy VII (10 million)Its sequels FF VIII and IX sold 8.15 million and 5.3 million respectively (Video: ROFLSoup/YouTube)Tomb Raider 2 (8 million)The original Tomb Raider sold 7 million. (Video: cubex55/YouTube) Metal Gear Solid (7 million) (Video: Marek Šterbinský/YouTube)Crash Bandicoot (6.8 million)(Video: cubex55/YouTube)Playstation 2(Image: Wikimedia Commons)Release date: March 2000 Sold: 155 million worldwide Specs:CPU: 128-bit (299mhz) GPU: ‘Graphics Synthesizer’ (147mhz) System RAM: 32mb Video RAM: 4mb Resolution: 720×480 for SD, 1280×720 for HD Media: 4.7 GB DVDBuilding upon the success of the Playstation wasn’t going to be an easy task, but the PS2 not only surpassed its predecessor but became the most successful Playstation model released.  Seeing off challenges from both Nintendo’s Gamecube and Sega’s Dreamcast, the latter ended up leaving the console market entirely, it dominated the console market until it made way for the PS3.Best Selling GamesFigures given are number of copies shipped worldwide. Also included are figures for both sequels and prequels on the same console. GTA: San Andreas (17.33 million)GTA: Vice City sold 9.61 million while GTA III sold 7.9 million (Video: Moiz009/YouTube)Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (14.89 million)Gran Turismo 4 sold 10.76 million (Video: Tomsas1roed/YouTube)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (7 million) (Video: SneakingFox/YouTube)Final Fantasy X (6.6 million)FF XII saw 5.2 million copies shipped. (Video: Playstation/YouTube)Kingdom Hearts (5.9 million) (Video: cubex55/YouTube)Playstation 3(Image: Wikimedia Commons)Release date: March 2007 Sold: 80 million worldwideSpecs:CPU: ‘Cell’ (3.2ghz) GPU: ‘Reality Synthesizer’ (500mhz) System RAM: 256mb (3.2ghz) Video RAM: 256mb Resolution: 720×480 for SD, 1280×720 and 1920×1080 for HD Media: 25gb BD,The Playstation 3 faced a number of obstacles when it launched. A high price and strong competitors in the form of the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii meant that it didn’t have quite the impact it would have liked. While it didn’t get off to the strongest start, thanks to titles like The Last of Us, the God of War series and GTA V, it still kept up the momentum Sony had with the PS2.Best Selling GamesFigures given are number of copies shipped worldwide. Also included are figures for both sequels and prequels on the same console. Gran Turismo 5 (10.66 million)Gran Turismo 5 Prologue sold 5.35 million (Video: Hostilenemy/YouTube)GTA V (7 million)GTA 4 sold 2.73 million (Video: GameNewsOfficial/YouTube)God of War III (5.1 million)The God of War collection sold 2.4 million. (Video: VISO Games/YouTube) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (4.8 million)Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 3.2 million, Modern Warfare sold 1.9 million and World at War sold 1.83 (Video: Gamehelper/YouTube)Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (3.8 million)Uncharted 2 also sold 3.8 million while the original sold 2.6 million. (Video: UNCHARTED/YouTube)Playstation 4(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Release date: November 2013 Sold: Unconfirmed (sold one million in 24 hours in the US) Specs:CPU: low power x86-64 AMD ‘Jaguar’, 8 cores GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS System RAM: 8GB GDDR5 Video RAM: 1GB Resolution: 720p, 1080p and 1080i Media: BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAVSince it’s only been released today, it’s far too early to say whether the PS4 is going to be a success or not, but the early signs are encouraging. It sold one million consoles in 24 hours in the US and Sony expect to sell 5 million by March, meaning that there are high hopes it will come out on top this generation.Beyond the 30 launch titles, gamers can look forward to titles like Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Infamous: Second Son, The Witcher III, Minecraft, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Kingdom Hearts III which are expected to arrive next year.The AdsAs great as the games were, the Playstation wouldn’t be as significant as it was if it wasn’t for the numerous advertising campaigns it ran. Since its launch, it’s been responsible for some of the most memorable ad campaigns shown on TV and while some of them didn’t go to plan, there were more than enough ads to make sure the console stuck in your mind.Double life (Video: DigThatBoxRETRO/YouTube)Alien girl (Video: VideoGameAds/YouTube)Long live play (Video: IGN/YouTube)This is living (Video: Antonio Hagiu/YouTube)For the players since 1995 (Video: Playstation Acesss/YouTube)Playstation 4 ‘Perfect day’ (Video: Playstation/YouTube)Read: Sony sold one million consoles in 24 hours >Read: The cost of building a PS4 is cheaper than you would expect > FOR PLAYSTATION FANS across Europe, today’s a big day as they finally get their hands on the Playstation 4. Both it and the Xbox One are released in time for the Christmas season and will battle it out for a place in people’s living rooms.Yet the Playstation has come a long way since it first arrived on our shores in 1995. To mark the arrival of the PS4, we take a look back at the consoles, the games and advertisements that came before it.Playstationlast_img read more

Flaming Lips and Bell X1 for day one of Forbidden Fruit festival

Pakistani Company Uses WikiLeaks to Sell Feminine Pads

first_imgWikiLeaks means a lot of very different things to a lot of very different people. But this? Well, this is just…different… A Pakistani company is invoking the name of the controversial whistle blowing site in a new ad for its feminine hygiene product, the Butterfly.Thanks to advertising agency RG Blue Communications, there are now a number of billboards in the country’s financial capital of Karachi carrying the slogan, “WikiLeaks … Butterfly doesn’t.”AdChoices广告The agency claims to have “received a very good response,” thanks in no small part to the fact that it’s gone viral via Twitter and Facebook. RG Blue’s art director Munir Bhatti explains the ad thusly, “I could have also shown a girl like other ads have. But the idea was to make it very different and to use the word WikiLeaks–and that’s what this is.”Fair enough, Munir. Fair Enough.last_img read more

Car crashes into Hialeah canal driver OK

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A car plunged into a Hialeah canal after, officials said, the driver lost control of her car, Tuesday morning.The woman said she hit the gas too hard while backing out of her condominium parking lot, causing the vehicle to spin out of control. Her car then struck a fence before going into the water along West Okeechobee Road and Northwest 103rd Street.She sustained no injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Study Digital Ad Spending to Overtake TV by 2017

first_img It’s worth mentioning that the same report just two years ago projected digital’s share would expand at a slower rate and wouldn’t pass TV until 2018. It also estimated mobile ad spend would total $26.59 billion in 2015, which is $5 billion less than the $31.59 billion actually spent last year. So it’s not unreasonable to wonder how these figures will change as mobile media continues to proliferate and attract advertiser interest over the next four years. Mobile ad spending in the U.S. is projected to reach $43.6 billion this year, which is a 38 percent increase over last year. This, according to a recent eMarketer report that also suggests digital ad spend will overtake TV’s majority share in 2017.  The message: Mobile-first isn’t just industry jargon anymore. Mobile now accounts for more than half of the total digital ad spend—nearly two-thirds, in fact (63.4 percent). What’s more, it will continue to be a growth catalyst, and by 2020 will account for about 70 percent of the total spend within digital, and 32.9 percent of the overall share—the same as TV. The report has less than favorable findings for print magazines. According to projections, magazines will account for 6.8 percent of the total share this year, and only 5.6 percent by 2020. Of course, digital will help offset some of this, but the players who will benefit most are few. Ad networks like Facebook, Google, Adblade and about a dozen others are certain to generate the most digital revenue, but there is presumably still meat on the bone for publishers with scale. Likewise, publishers who max out on every platform—print, digital (including mobile and video), social and events—and have brand collateral to leverage licensing opportunities, will presumably thrive.last_img read more

UAF To Play Central Role In USLed Arctic Council

first_imgNow that the United States has assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will play a central role in carrying out the U.S. agenda in the region, UAF’s top two administrators said Friday.UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers outlined that role Friday during a live webcast of the Arctic Council meeting at the Murie Building on the campus’s West Ridge. During the meeting, Canada formally relinquished the presiding role to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.Rogers told a group watching that as the nation’s Arctic university, UAF has always been active in shaping and informing U.S. policy for the far northern regions. Rogers says UAF’s role will increase during the nation’s two-year term heading up the Arctic Council.“This is a really important time for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks as well,” Rogers said. “We have the expertise, we have the reputation to make significant contributions to support the work of the Arctic Council, to support Arctic policy and science generally.”Rogers says UAF will see a lot of Arctic Council-related activity over the next two years. Upcoming activities include an Arctic Energy Summit and a Polar Law Symposium this fall,which will include sessions at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Rogers says the council itself will be meeting in Alaska over the next two years. And members of its delegations and its advisory panels will frequently be coming to the state, along with observers and non-governmental organizations that are associated with the council.last_img read more

Walmart tops Fortune Global 500 list Which are worlds 100 largest companies

first_imgFortune magazines’ annual ranking of the world’s largest companies by revenue is out. The Fortune Global 500 list is dominated by American companies, with 132 positions out of the top 500, followed by 109 Chinese and 51 Japanese companies.In 2016, the world’s top 500 companies collectively generated $27.7 trillion in revenues and $1.5 trillion in profits. When it comes to employment, this year’s Fortune Global 500 companies together employed 67 million people in 34 countries.The companies are ranked based on total revenues for their respective fiscal years, ended on or before March 31, 2017. All companies that have made it to the list are required to publish financial data and report their figures partially or entirely to a government agency. Customers shop at a Walmart store on January 17, 2017 in Skokie, Illinois. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., America’s largest employer.Scott Olson/Getty ImagesAmerican multinational retailing corporation Walmart has topped the list consecutively for the past four years. Since 1995, the retailer has claimed the top spot a total of 12 times.In terms of industries, banking was the one with the most number of companies (55) on the list, followed by automakers/parts suppliers and petroleum refiners with 34 and 28 companies, respectively.Here’re the top 100 companies by their annual revenue:1 Walmart — $485,8732 State Grid — $315,1993 Sinopec Group — $267,5184 China National Petroleum — $262,5735 Toyota Motor — $254,6946 Volkswagen — $240,2647 Royal Dutch Shell — $240,0338 Berkshire Hathaway — $223,6049 Apple — $215,63910 Exxon Mobil — $205,00411 McKesson — $198,53312 BP — $186,60613 UnitedHealth Group — $184,84014 CVS Health — $177,52615 Samsung Electronics — $173,95716 Glencore — $173,88317 Daimler — $169,48318 General Motors — $166,38019 AT&T — $163,78620 EXOR Group — $154,89421 Ford Motor — $151,80022 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China — $147,67523 AmerisourceBergen — $146,85024 China State Construction Engineering — $144,50525 AXA — $143,72226 Amazon.com — $135,98727 Hon Hai Precision Industry — $135,12928 China Construction Bank — $135,09329 Honda Motor — $129,19830 Total — $127,92531 General Electric — $126,66132 Verizon — $125,98033 Japan Post Holdings — $122,99034 Allianz — $122,19635 Cardinal Health — $121,54636 Costco — $118,71937 Walgreens Boots Alliance — $117,35138 Agricultural Bank of China — $117,27539 Ping An Insurance — $116,58140 Kroger — $115,33741 SAIC Motor — $113,86142 Bank of China — $113,70843 BNP Paribas — $109,02644 Nissan Motor — $108,16445 Chevron — $107,56746 Fannie Mae — $107,16247 China Mobile Communications — $107,11748 J.P. Morgan Chase — $105,48649 Legal & General Group — $105,23550 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone — $105,12851 China Life Insurance — $104,81852 BMW Group — $104,13053 Express Scripts Holding — $100,28854 Trafigura Group — $98,09855 China Railway Engineering — $96,97956 Prudential — $96,96557 Assicurazioni Generali — $95,21758 China Railway Construction — $94,87759 Home Depot — $94,59560 Boeing — $94,57161 Wells Fargo — $94,17662 Bank of America Corp. — $93,66263 Gazprom — $91,38264 Nestle — $90,81465 Alphabet — $90,27266 Siemens — $88,41967 Carrefour — $87,11268 Dongfeng Motor — $86,19469 Microsoft — $85,32070 Anthem — $84,86371 Hitachi — $84,55872 SoftBank Group — $82,89273 Banco Santander — $82,80174 Citigroup — $82,38675 Petrobras — $81,40576 Robert Bosch — $80,86977 Deutsche Telekom — $80,83278 Hyundai Motor — $80,70179 Comcast — $80,40380 Credit Agricole — $80,25881 IBM — $79,91982 Electricite de France — $78,74083 Huawei Investment & Holding — $78,51184 Enel — $78,06485 State Farm Insurance Cos. — $76,13286 China Resources National — $75,77687 AEON — $75,77288 HSBC Holdings — $75,32989 Pacific Construction Group — $74,62990 Aviva — $74,62891 Uniper — $74,40792 Tesco — $74,39393 Engie — $73,69294 Airbus Group — $73,62895 SK Holdings — $72,57996 Phillips 66 — $72,39697 Johnson & Johnson — $71,89098 Procter & Gamble — $71,72699 U.S. Postal Service — $71,498100 China Southern Power Grid — $71,242 Close Should UK investors copy Warren Buffetts investments?center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:46Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

2 die in Uttara fire

first_img.At least two people have been burnt alive in a fire at Uttara in the capital on Monday morning.Fire fighters recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from room 302 of Sea Shell Hotel and Residence.Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.The fire broke out around 5:00am. A total 14 fire fighting units brought the fire under control at about 9:00am in the morning after a 4-hour battle.Fire Service director (operation) Major Shakil Newaz said, “We talked to the hotel authorities, but they failed to provide us with the identities of the deceased.””The bodies were sent to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.”The fire service control room said the fire broke out at three buildings in Uttara. Later, it engulfed four floors of the Sea Shell Hotel.last_img read more

Kamal says no space for autocracy in Bangladesh

first_imgKamal Hossain. File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Monday said those who think of giving autocracy a permanent shape in Bangladesh are living in fool’s paradise as people will surely wake up like that of the 60s to resist it, reports UNB.”Autocracy repeatedly tried to take a permanent shape in the country destroying democracy, but no one could do that. It’s a light of hope for us. As per my experience, I can give you a 100 per cent guarantee that there’s no space in Bangladesh for autocracy,” he said.Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, further said, “If the autocrats think they’ll be able to hang onto power for lifelong time using guns, money and other influences, they’re living in fool’s paradise.”He was speaking at a civic condolence meeting at the National Press Club in memory of journalist Mahfuz Ullah who died at a hospital in Thailand on 27 April last. Former adviser to a caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan presided over the programme.Mentioning that many signs of autocracy are visible in the country, Kamal said only people’s unity can help overcome it.Mahfuz Ullah always spoke the truth without any fear and took stanch in favour of fairness taking risk. “It’s still risky to speak the truth here. But there’s no reason for us to be disappointed,” Kamal said.Referring to the presence of cross-section of people and leaders of different political parties at the condolence meeting, Kamal said it proves people have still attraction for unity. “Let’s get united based on fairness and the spirit of the Liberation War to take place a mass-upsurge against autocracy like that of the 60s.”He also said those who will try to divert people from the way of freedom and Liberation War will finally become unsuccessful. “We’re in favour of path of freedom and we’ll turn victorious.”The Gono Forum president said Mahfuz Ullah tried to inspire people for bringing a social change and ensure their freedom with his fearless assertions. “He’ll remain as a source of inspiration for us. We should continue to put in efforts to forge a greater unity and use the power of unity to materialise Mahfuz Ullah’s dream.”Akbar Ali Khan said Mahfuz Ullah made outstanding contributions to his profession, especially to environmental journalism.”Mahfuz Ullah was also a good writer for which people will remember him for a long time. He could not complete the writing of some more books. Had he been alive, he could have given us courage and strengthened our journey towards democracy,” he observed.Akbar Ali said Mahfuz Ullah authored the biographies of some politicians of a particular party based on research and correct information. “Those biographies were necessary from the historical point of view.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Mahfuz Ullah tried to bring a social change, turn Bangladesh into a welfare state to make the country’s independence meaningful and fortify democracy by playing a strong role as a journalist.Recalling that the journalist severely criticised BNP at a programme in presence of him, the BNP leader said Mahfuz Ullah never hesitated to speak the truth.”At the tough time of the country, he tried to wake us up with his fearless voice and writings presenting the truth. I miss him a lot as he could inspire us not to get disappointed, but be vocal and courageous,” he observed.Fakhrul also turned emotional recalling Mahfuz Ullah’s close relation with him.Bangladesh Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon said Mahfuz Ullah was a brave and honest journalist who will remain alive with his many books and other works.Menon said Mahfuz Ullah will also be remembered by people for a long time for his book titled ‘Purba Pakistan Chhatra Unioner Itihas’. “It’s his outstanding contribution to politics.”Ex-VC of Dhaka University professor Emajuddin Ahamed, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, senior Awami League leader Nooh-ul-Alam Lenin, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, former caretaker government adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, former cabinet secretary Saadat Husain, Dhaka University professor Asif Nazrul, former Bangladesh Bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed, senior journalist Reazuddin Ahmed, Daily New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury and National Press Club president Saiful Alam, among others, spoke at the programme.last_img read more

Intels latest graphics driver boasts 37 percent 3D gaming performance gain

first_imgIf you own a high-end graphics card then you know that applying the latest graphics driver update is probably going to give your games a bit of a performance boost as well as sort out a few bugs. What kind of performance gain you see depends on the games and the age of the card, but a single-digit percentage gain is most likely.Intel also has to release graphics driver updates for the chips it sells that include an integrated graphics solution. For example, the latest Sandy Bridge Core processors with Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated. What we didn’t expect to see is the latest version of Intel’s drivers boasting as much as 37 percent 3D gaming performance gain in a certain Blizzard-developed title.That’s exactly what Intel is claiming though, with the release notes accompanying driver versions 15.22.50.2509 and 15.22.50.64.2590 listing substantial performance gains for six popular titles. Here’s the games and claimed frames-per-second gain you should experience:Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty – Devil’s Playground – 37% gainDawn of War: Chaos Rising – 29% gainBattlefield: Bad Company 2 – 28% gainSupreme Commander 2 – 16% gainDIRT 2 – 12% gainResident Evil 5 (Benchmark) – 10% gainThe reference machine used to log those gains was an Intel Core-i7-2677M running at 1.8GHz on an Intel 6 Series Chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and Hitachi 320 hard drive. The Intel graphics and Media Control Panel Power Plan was set to “Plugged In, Balance” and the games were all running on low settings.The new drivers also fix an issue with HDMI monitor connections crashing machines intermittently, and rendering artifacts have been resolved in a long list of titles. Any games using OpenGL should also see some performance improvements due to a new extension, performance optimizations, and a few fixes.One thing is clear, if you run a version of Intel’s HD Graphics solution then it’s definitely worth updating your drivers if you use your laptop for gaming or anything involving 3D rendering.Read more at the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver page and associated release notes (PDF), via Hot Hardwarelast_img read more