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CP asks senior officers to conduct regular refresher courses in dists

first_imgNew Delhi: The Commissioner of Delhi Police told senior officers to conduct refresher courses regularly in every district to polish the knowledge and professionalism of police station staff. The police chief also directed the DCsP to scrutinise the pending cases related to economic offences should be reviewed personally. Police sources told Millennium Post that in crime review meeting at police headquarters, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik directed district that in order to refurbish/polish the knowledge and professionalism of police station staff, refresher courses in each district should be conducted regularly as per instructions already issued. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLast year a special soft skill programme to SHOs and Inspectors has been imparted. 17 such soft skill courses have been conducted by training division of city police in which 340 Inspectors (including SHOs, ATOs and Inspector (Investigation) of police stations) have participated. “Other courses include courses for public facilitation desk officers, Gender Sensitization, the workshop on proactive policing and organizational behaviour, sensitization on issues concerning persons belonging to the North-Eastern States, backward sections of the society, women and children were also conducted,” reads Delhi Police Annual Report of 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice sources said that in the crime review meeting CP also directed that half-yearly inspection of the second half of 2018 should be completed by end of this month. He also directed that half yearly inspection of the first half of 2019 should be conducted as per the new SO. Pending investigation The top cop also discussed on the pendency of cases. “District DCsP were directed to personally scrutinise the pending investigation economic offences and these cases should also be reviewed by the Joint CsP/ Ranges,” sources said. CP directed that the Joint CsP/ ranges and district DCsP should personally focus on the disposal of Rape and POCSO Act cases on a top priority basis. District DCsP should personally examine the POCSO cases which are pending for more than two months. Special CP/Crime should call a meeting of Joint CsP/ Ranges and district DCsP who are lagging behind on this front for further improvement.last_img read more

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Video: Hamas Captures Dolphin ‘Spying’ for Israel

Palestinian Islamic organization, Hamas, claims to have captured a dolphin, equipped with sophisticated technological devices, being used as an Israeli spy off the coast of Gaza, according to Al Quds al Arabi.

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‘The Guardian’ Highlights Ecological Significance of Moroccan Fog Harvesting Project

London – Fog harvesting project, carried out by Dar Si Hmad, an NGO led by women in the vicinity of Sidi Ifni, is a source of inspiration, British daily The Guardian said.This initiative has proved its effectiveness and relevance for the inhabitants of this region, which aims to strengthen and expand this project, the paper said.It added that the success of this project had a positive impact on the daily life of the inhabitants of Tnin Amellou, in the vicinity of Sidi Ifni. “Over the past 10 years, Dar Si Hmad has erected vast mesh nets to capture the moisture at an altitude of 1,225m on the slopes of Mount Boutmezguida – for what is now the largest fog-harvesting project in the world,” said the paper.“About 600 square metres of mesh nets capture water particles from the fog, which then condense and drip into collection trays. Roughly 6,300 litres of water can be harvested daily. The water is then filtered and mixed with underground water. More than 8km of pipelines have been installed to share the water between about 400 people in five villages,” the paper noted.In recognition of its contribution to finding innovative, community-led solutions to climate change, Dar Si Hmad was awarded the 2016 UN momentum for change award, during the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, held on 7-18 in Marrakesh, the Guardian underlined. read more

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Justice’s antitrust chief sketches how he’ll assess big tech

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s antitrust chief is suggesting he’ll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim said in a speech in Israel that antitrust regulators should not just consider whether a company’s dominance leads to higher prices but also weigh such factors as diminished consumer privacy.Delrahim’s speech, published on the Justice Department’s website, follows reports his agency has been given oversight of potential investigations into Google and Apple.Delrahim said effects such as when a business gains so much market share that barriers to entry for competitors are prohibitively high should also be considered.He said acquisitions of competitors can be anti-competitive when they reduce consumer choice, increase prices, hurt quality or slow innovation.The Associated Press read more

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Annan urges lawful approach to Afghan poll dispute as experts named to

In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said “that the election was held without major security incident is a tribute to the determination” of Afghans.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also reported there was massive popular participation in the balloting, enthusiasm around the country and safe conditions for voting.The Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB), the UN-Afghan body charged with overseeing the country’s electoral process, said that after extended discussions yesterday about reported irregularities it had decided to set up a panel “to further enhance the transparency and legitimacy of the election.”After a request from JEMB, the UN nominated Craig Jenness, a former Canadian diplomat and experienced jurist, and Staffan Darnolf, a Swedish election administration expert, to serve on the probe. The European Union has been asked to help identify a third panellist.The investigators will first examine any issue that would require a specific ballot box to be isolated from the counting process, which is expected to take several weeks, for further evaluation.”This will allow the two exercises – counting and investigation – to proceed simultaneously,” the JEMB said in its statement today.The panel will supplement the work of the JEMB’s own complaints and investigations unit, which is also examining Saturday’s result. Presidential candidates have been given until tomorrow evening to submit their complaints.The head of the support team for the election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ambassador Robert Barry, told reporters yesterday that while there were some irregularities, any demand to nullify the election was unjustified.”October 9 was a historic day in Afghanistan, and the millions who came to the polls clearly wanted to turn from the rule of the gun to the rule of the law. If their aspirations are to be met, disputes about the validity of election results should be dealt with as the law provides,” he said.Mr. Barry said one of the problems focused on the indelible ink, which was stamped on each voter’s hand so that they could not vote more than once. In some cases the ink rubbed off, especially after people washed their hands vigorously.”I don’t know whether the problem was primarily using the wrong marker, although I know that in many cases that was the issue, because the markers in the kits looked very similar,” he said. “But there were obviously other places where the bottles of ink supplied were dried out.”UNAMA also said that while there were problems with the indelible ink process, they had been solved by late morning on Saturday.In some polling stations, Mr. Barry added, the agents of candidates or election personnel were observed coaching people about how they should vote. In other stations, candidate agents or election observers were barred from entering.”Clearly that kind of incident should not happen. But again it’s not unique that it happened here,” he observed. “It happens in many countries, especially where polling station staff is not very well acquainted with the rules and regulations.”Saturday’s election was the first of its kind in Afghanistan, which endured more than two decades of war and Taliban misrule until late 2001. read more

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ISIL must be defeated declares Security Council urging common effort to halt

“ISIL must be defeated,” the members of the Council declared in a press statement issued late yesterday evening, which condemned the vicious string of suicide, vehicle-borne, and other attacks perpetrated by ISISL terrorist in Baghdad and surrounding provinces over the past several days, “which have killed scores of Iraqis, including an elected Member of Parliament from Basrah Province and the Police Chief of Anbar Province.” Expressing “deep outrage” about all Iraqis as well as nationals of other States killed, kidnapped, raped, or tortured by ISIL, as well as its child recruitment, the Council called for the perpetrators to justice, and for the international community, “in accordance with international law, to further strengthen and expand support for the Government of Iraq, including Iraqi Security Forces, in the fight against ISIL and associated armed groups.” The Council’s call for enhanced international support for Iraq’s efforts to counter ISIL’s latest bloody offensive comes as media reports describe violent attacks in Iraq’s western Anbar Province and a wave of deadly car bombings that ripped through Baghdad late last week, reportedly killing up to 50 people. “There has to be a common effort amongst governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida,” in line with relevant UN resolutions, said the Council, emphasizing through its statement that “the intolerance, violence and hatred ISIL espouses must be stamped out,” read more

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Kentucky man charged in crystal meth bust in West Virginia

Both men were taken to the Western Regional Jail. Carl Mills, of Inez, Kentucky, faces numerous drug charges in Crum, West Virginia after deputies say they seized 900 doses of crystal meth 9-19-19 CRUM, W.VA. (WTVQ) – A Kentucky man and another from Ohio were charged after deputies seized 900 doses of crystal meth, along with pills and scales in West Virginia, according to investigators.The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in Crum, West Virginia, says Carl Mills, of Inez, Kentucky and Clyde Mills, of Columbus, Ohio, were both charged with numerous drug offenses.- Advertisement – read more

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One in 10 new homes were created in areas of high flood

first_imgThe proportion of newly created residential properties located in areas of high flood risk increased for the second year running in 2015-16.According to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, nine per cent of newly registered residential addresses were located in National flood zone three.Properties in this zone are located in areas estimated to be at risk of at least a one in one hundred chance of flooding each year from river areas or at least a one in two hundred chance of flooding from the sea. This is the highest risk category. The proportion of newly created homes located in these high risk zones has risen in each of the past two years, from seven per cent in 2013-14, to eight per cent in 2014-15 and finally to nine per cent last year.This is not the same as saying that nine per cent of newly built homes are located in these areas as the figures also cover instances where existing buildings have been transformed into residential ones.Roughly 10 per cent of England is located in this highest flood risk zone although it varies across the country and in some of these areas it would be impossible to build houses anyway.On a local authority level, Boston in Lincolnshire saw nearly all its newly created residential addresses located in the highest flood risk zone with 98 per cent placed there.Hull was not far behind with nine in ten new houses created in high flood risk zones, while in Southwark the figure was slightly less than four in five.An LGA spokesman said: “Local authorities throw out planning applications which are reckless and irresponsible.”Councils are generally opposed to building property on floodplains and over 98 per cent of the 77,125 new homes in 2014-15 had planning outcomes in line with Environment Agency advice.”Where building does take place on a floodplain, the local authority would need to be reassured that adequate defences were in place so that the risk of flooding would be minimised and that measures would be in place to prevent or minimise water from entering homes.” The UK has been hit by several periods of flooding in the past year, the most recent of which was Storm Angus which battered the South of England earlier this month.In December last year the North of England, and particularly Cumbria, was repeatedly flooded with Storm Desmond bringing sever disruption to many over the Christmas period.Many scientists believe that climate change is making flooding incidents more likely to occur and this is problematic when trying to consider flood risk. Flood risk models are based on historical events and cannot account for the more extreme weather systems that result from changing climates. It means that although events that are predicted to occur once in every hundred years could actually happen much more frequently.Meanwhile, the proportion of newly created addresses that were located on Green belt land fell from three per cent to two per cent across England this year.Within this figure of two per cent nearly two in five of these properties were located on Greenbelt land that had been previously developed.center_img Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Newly created residential properties in areas of high flooding risk. Proportion of new addresses in National flood zone 3Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 3 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Newly created residential properties in areas of high flooding riskNewly created residential properties in areas of high flooding risk – Highcharts CloudNewly created residential properties in areas of high floodingriskNewly created residential properties in areas of high flooding riskProportion of new addresses in National flood zone 32013/142014/152015/160%2.5%5%7.5%10%Source: DCLG Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Metso wins its largest longterm strategic services contract in North America

first_imgMetso has entered into a five-year, long-term strategic services partnership agreement with Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners to repair, rebuild, and service existing pyro-processing equipment and systems in its Green River, Wyoming, USA, operation. The total contract value is some €27 million.Metso will provide Tata Chemicals with a full-service, custom solution for its North American manufacturing facility. The contract covers the rebuilding of 19 existing pyro-processing units over the contract period, which includes the supply of installation labour, training for site personnel, and full-time Metso experts on-site to oversee the execution of the work. The scope of the new agreement for the seven calciners and 12 rotary dryers also includes several modernization and upgrade measures to improve safety, efficiency, and operational flexibility at the Green River facility. A part of the agreement is booked in Metso’s second quarter 2016 orders received, leaving the rest to be booked throughout the agreement period.To meet their efficiency goals and growing market demands, Tata Chemical selected Metso to provide a total services solution. “We are extremely pleased to have signed a five-year contract with Metso,” said Martin Keighley, CEO & Managing Director at Tata Chemicals North America. “This contract provides Tata Chemicals a long-term partnership with a leading provider of energy-efficient solutions. Metso has decades of experience servicing the mining industry and will be a valued partner to Tata Chemicals.”“It is through the professionalism and knowledge of our own field service engineers that Tata Chemicals came to recognize Metso as a product and service leader during 2015,” says Terry J. Wilkins, SVP, Market Areas USA & Canada at Metso. “With this as a foundation, and through timely sales and engineering leadership, Tata Chemicals decided that a long-term strategic services partnership with Metso would bring many tangible benefits to their refining operations. The partnership with Tata Chemicals embraces our joint desire to have deep customer insights and engaging relationships with all stakeholders leading to sustainability in operations,” Wilkins says. “I speak for the entire Metso team in saying that we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Tata Chemicals.”Metso designs, engineers, supplies, and services pyro-processing equipment and systems. With this latest partnership, Metso continues to be well positioned in its long-term strategy to expand service operations in the western USA mining and industrial community, including Wyoming, Utah, and northern Nevada, where a significant and broad installed base exists.A part of the over $100 billion Tata Group, Tata Chemicals Ltd (TCL) is a global company with interests in businesses that focus on LIFE – Living, Industrial and Farm Essentials. The story of the company is about harnessing the fruits of science for goals that go beyond business.Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality soda ash. Headquartered in New Jersey, TCNA’s manufacturing operations are based in Green River, Wyoming, USA.last_img read more

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ABB helping leading Polish coal miner PGG digitise automate and electrify

first_imgPolska Grupa Górnicza SA (PGG) is a leader in hard coal mining in the European Union, supplying 32 Mt of coal to customers annually. The company is systematically improving its production process and has recently established an office for innovation and implementation of new technologies. It is responsible for acquiring and implementing new technologies, both within the PGG Group and through cooperation with companies and scientific institutions. ABB will support this initiative with its experience in electrification, automation, and digitalisation for the mining industry. The company’s mines Ziemowit and Jankowice already use ABB’s winding machines, and some of the devices in the Marcel mine are powered by inverters manufactured in ABB’s plant in Aleksandrów Łódzki.The combination of the know-how of Polska Grupa Górnicza and the global experience and capabilities of ABB’s specialists expands the potential use for new solutions that will meet the needs of PGG and the larger mining industry. “ABB solutions help secure the reliable supply of inexpensive, high quality energy for mining customers by increasing efficiency and optimising the costs of hard coal production, as well as maintaining high standards of environmental protection and employee safety.”Paweł Łojszczyk, Managing Director of ABB in Poland stated: “We are working closely with our customer PGG on new ways digital technology can help improve their efficiency, worker safety, and capability to react to new market demands and conditions. Innovation is part of our company’s DNA, which is why we are eager to collaborate on the practical use of advanced technologies like those in our ABB Ability MineOptimize portfolio.”“For many decades, ABB has been known as a world-class supplier for turn-key electrification and automation solutions as well as for dedicated mining systems for hoists, gearless or ring-geared mill drives and material handling. Together with its customers andpartners, ABB looked at how mining operation and maintenance can be improved and what the next level of mining will look like. These collaborations triggered many innovative development activities for digital applications and services, that are now part of the ABB Ability MineOptimize portfolio. This truly integrated digital mining solution set includes applications and services for unmatched operation, maintenance, process and production optimisation.”ABB Ability MineOptimize digital applications are based on the ABB Ability automation and information management platforms. “Their proven standardised building blocks are horizontally and vertically connected and ensure the right people have the right information at the right time.”last_img read more

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Varadkar to meet Merkel and Macron as Brexit uncertainty ticks on

first_img 42 Comments By Christina Finn These two meetings reflect the deep and warm relations Ireland enjoys with both France and Germany, including the support shown to Ireland during the Brexit negotiations. Share3 Tweet Email1 9,381 Views Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: SIPA USA/PA Imagescenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Both engagements are part of the Government’s ongoing engagement with EU partners, including strengthening relations and alliances with other Member States.Speaking ahead of the meetings, the Taoiseach said:“I look forward to travelling to Paris to meet President Macron, and to welcoming Chancellor Merkel to Dublin.“Both leaders have been strong and consistent allies of Ireland in responding to the unique challenges we face from Brexit. I will again express the Government’s gratitude for their continuing solidarity. We will take stock of the latest developments on Brexit when we meet, efforts to secure ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and No Deal planning.‘Strengthening relations’ While the Taoiseach said he meets with both the President and Chancellor at the European Council in Brussels, these bilateral meetings are an “important opportunity for an in-depth and one-to-one exchange on how to further strengthen our relations away from the bustle of the European Council”.Pressure mounting? While the Irish government maintains these meetings are about showing solidarity, there have been reports that Merkel is piling on the pressure over Ireland’s no-deal Brexit plans. The Taoiseach has denied this, but has admitted there will have to be “difficult discussions” with the European Commission in the event of a disorderly Brexit.Varadkar said that he was “not under any pressure from Chancellor Merkel or anybody else from this issue”.“What Chancellor Merkel or President Macron would do is ask reasonable questions.”The protection of the Single Market has been flagged as one of the talking points during the bilateral meetings next week. Speaking about the issue last week, Varadkar said the idea of protecting the single market “isn’t some nasty EU regulation”.“It’s our single market. We do need to protect it,” he said, adding: There’ll be consequences to it but it’s not going to be a hard border, physical infrastructure, checks. It’s not going to be that.When asked about the speculation that Merkel is mounting pressure on the Irish government, and could use next week’s visit to state that the danger that the backstop insistence could result in hard border, a government spokesperson said they “wouldn’t take that seriously”, adding that such notions are largely coming from British voices. As Brexit uncertainty ticks on, all eyes will be on the Taoiseach to reiterate the Irish government’s standpoint that the withdrawal agreement, including the backstop, cannot be reopened.  Mar 29th 2019, 11:23 AM Friday 29 Mar 2019, 11:23 AM Varadkar to meet Merkel and Macron as Brexit uncertainty ticks on The Taoiseach will travel to Paris on Tuesday to meet Macron, while on Thursday, Merkel will travel to Dublin. TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR will have two very important meetings with French President, Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel next week. The Taoiseach will travel to Paris on Tuesday to meet Macron, while on Thursday, Merkel will travel to Dublin.The two meetings come at a key point in Brexit, where questions hang over what route Westminster will choose to take. Today, the House of Commons will debate and vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time.Varadkar’s meetings with Macron and Merkel will focus on current EU issues in particular latest developments on Brexit, with the Irish government stating that such important bilateral meetings being held at this time is “reassuring from an Irish perspective” and “shows solidarity with Ireland during these uncertain times”. It is understood the discussions will centre on Brexit, with Ireland standing firm that the withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation. No-deal scenario The Taoiseach is also expected to give his views on both a deal and no-deal outcomes, with a particular focus during the discussions on a post-Brexit scenario. There will also be talks on the Single Market, the EU Commission and the European budget. In a statement announcing the meetings, the Department of An Taoiseach said: https://jrnl.ie/4566708 last_img read more

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La plus spectaculaire vague de cyberattaques jamais dévoilée

first_imgLa plus spectaculaire vague de cyber-attaques jamais dévoiléeLa société spécialiste en sécurité informatique McAfee a dévoilé qu’une gigantesque opération de piratage avait lieu depuis plusieurs années, visant près de 72 organisations officielles, parmi lesquelles l’ONU, les gouvernements de certains pays, ainsi que des entreprises aux quatre coins du monde.  C’est la plus grande vague de cyber-attaques jamais mise au jour. Aujourd’hui, l’éditeur de sécurité informatique McAfee a révélé l’existence d’une opération de piratage baptisée “Shady Rat” et déjà en cours depuis plusieurs années, rapporte le Washington Post. En tout et pour tout, c’est 72 cibles officielles qui ont été identifiées par les experts de McAfee. Une liste qui comprend l’Organisation des Nations-Unies (ONU), le Comité international olympique, les gouvernements des Etats-Unis, de Taiwan, d’Inde, de Corée du Sud, du Vietnam et du Canada, ainsi que des entreprises basées aux quatre coins du monde. L’ampleur des dégâts et des données interceptées sont pour l’instant flous.À lire aussiBlizzard : des millions de comptes de joueurs hackés”Même nous, nous avons été surpris par la gigantesque diversité des organisations visées et pris de court par l’audace des auteurs” a indiqué Dimitri Alperovitch, vice-président de McAfee qui a publié un rapport de 14 pages relatant les découvertes des experts de la société. Selon celui-ci, l’opération aurait été découverte en mars dernier, mais les premières intrusions remonteraient à la mi-2006, explique 20 minutes.fr.Dimitri Alperovitch poursuit ainsi : “Même si une fraction seulement d’entre elles [des données informatique piratées] est utilisée pour concevoir des produits plus compétitifs ou battre un concurrent dans une négociation clef, cette perte représente une menace économique massive.” Selon lui, les informations détournées vont des secrets étatiques aux archives d’e-mails, en passant par des documents en rapport avec l’exploitation de nouveau gisements de pétrole, rapport Le Parisien. La Chine, à l’origine des intrusions ? Si le coupable n’a pour l’instant pas été clairement identifié, il s’agirait, selon McAfee, d’un personne travaillant pour un gouvernement. De son côté, Jim Lewis, expert en sécurité informatique, a confié au Washington Post que la Chine pourrait ne pas être étrangère à ces attaques. “Qui d’autre espionnerait Taiwan ? Tout désigne la Chine. Cela pourrait être la Russie, mais plus d’éléments pointent vers la Chine” a t-il expliqué au journal Vanity Fair.Le 3 août 2011 à 18:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Trailer Features Lana Del Reys

first_img Lana Del Rey’s haunting vocals and creepy clips come together for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’s latest trailer, which debuted on YouTube on Monday.The trailer, which features Lana Del Rey’s cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch,” shows the movie’s main characters encountering creepy creatures, figures, and more ghouls after finding a cursed book, ComicBook.com reported. Based on the popular book series of the same name, Guillermo del Toro and André Øvredal explore dark horror tales in the film, which hits theaters on Aug. 9.“I have admired Lana’s music for a while now and felt in my gut that she would run with ‘Season of the Witch’ – that she would use her alchemy to transform it,” Guillermo del Toro said in a statement. “She is a great artist and has been an amazing partner with us in this adventure. It is an honor for me to have met her.”Something sinister has been unleashed. Experience #ScaryStoriesMovie in theaters this Friday.Don’t miss your chance to get tickets: https://t.co/VNSD4ITY9d pic.twitter.com/qWWvZTq4CV— Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (@ScaryStoriesMov) August 5, 2019The movie, which is set in 1968, takes place two years after Donovan’s hit track debuted in the U.S. It is set in a small town in the middle of America, where the Bellows family remains part of the community’s eerie folklore for generations. When a group of teens discovers a girl’s terrifying book of scary stories, the plot of each one becomes real life scenarios for all of them.“When you’re a kid, you’re curious about two things: sex and death. The rest you can figure out in a manual. A lot of parents shy away from those things,” Guillermo del Toro told ComicBook.com. “But we live in the real world. When we live in a great world, we can avoid these things. But we need to know the darkness to know the light.” Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on targetcenter_img More on Geek.com:‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Film Trailer Teases Bone-Chilling Tales On Luke Perry and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’Vintage Shelf: ‘Election’ and the Joy of Hating a Characterlast_img read more

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Juneau Man Solves Mystery Of Governors Mansion Photo

first_imgThe mystery of a picture found in the attic of the Alaska Governor’s Mansion has been solved, thanks to a Juneau resident.Terry VanLeuven owns the original black and white picture of the late President John F. Kennedy shaking hands with a smartly dressed little boy.Gov. Parnell and Terry VanLeuven with Kennedy picture. (Governor’s office photo)Gov. Sean Parnell’s office last week asked the public if anyone could identify the child, thinking he was an Alaskan. During the 1960 presidential election, JFK made a campaign stop in Alaska.When VanLeuven saw the picture in the Juneau Empire last week, he called the governor’s office and KTOO. He met with Parnell on Monday to tell him the story.VanLeuven’s late wife took the picture when Kennedy was in Oregon, probably during a 1960 campaign stop. The boy in the picture is Brian Kennedy, who was 8-years-old at the time and the son of a Myrtle Point, Ore. logging family.VanLeuven moved from Oregon to Alaska 33 years ago, and brought the picture with him. It still hangs in his home.In 1986, he gave a framed copy to newly elected Gov. Steve Cowper. He had his 21-year-old daughter Tracy present it to Cowper at the annual Christmas open house at the governor’s mansion.Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says the picture will go to the Alaska State Museum and be included in the Cowper collection.VanLeuven, who will be 76 in August, says he was really happy to hear that during his meeting Monday with Gov. Parnell. “Almost made me cry. I have no idea how that picture stayed with me 50 years in all the places I’ve been all over Alaska and some of the stuff I left behind, but I had that picture,” he says. “I guess that picture meant a lot to me or something, because I never lost it, you know.”VanLeuven says the original picture was taken at the community building in Coquille, Ore.Kennedy was the 35th U.S. president, elected in November 1960.  He was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.last_img read more

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Review Anomaly 2 is a worthy sequel in every way

first_imgThe game that redefined tower defense RTS on the desktop, iOS, and Android is back, and way better than before.There’s a small but dedicated group of gamers out there that can’t get enough of Tower Defense games. When you find a good one, you can lose entire days to the puzzles found within these games that pull off tying together strategy, resource management, and a little action to form a complete package.Anomaly: Warzone Earth took a unique approach to the genre, where you acted as the invading force instead of the defending towers. The story put you at the head of a military squad trying to defend Earth from an invading force, and while it was a simple game it was deeply entertaining. The simplicity of the game controls made it easy to port to iOS and Android, and the game significantly more popular overnight. Now, 11bit Studios returns you to the battlefield with Anomaly 2.Visually, everything about Anomaly 2 is greatly improved. The video cut scenes, the actual gameplay, and even the surprise ending to the tutorial really suck you into the game. You’ll find new units to play with, including morphing units that allow you to be a little more flexible about your strategies between long range and short range fighting. Despite these sweeping enhancements, the core gameplay is identical. You get the same high energy game that relies on quick decisions and long term planning at the same time, with the same complex puzzles that made the first game so enjoyable.We failed to defend Earth, and what’s left of the Human race is spread out and far too busy scavenging to actually fight. What little bit of military force remaine is now trying to fight its way towards a last-ditch effort to remove this alien force once and for all.It’s not exactly a unique story, but the basic plot to Anomaly 2 lends itself well to the kind of gameplay that made the game so popular. You plot your course through burned out buildings and broken highways, attacking any alien force that happens to be camping out to reach your end goal. If you’re a fan of the Anomaly storyline, it is well worth the playthrough to see how it all pans out. The big feature in Anomaly 2 for most gamers probably isn’t the single player, but a killer new multiplayer that pits tower defender against invading force.If you’ve got a friend who is also a fan of Tower Defense games, you can play one-on-one games across a handful of maps where you are either Humanity or the alien force. If you’re playing the assaulting force, there’s not really anything different about the game. If you’re playing the aliens, you’ll find that most of the controls are similar, but the gameplay is very much like a traditional Tower Defense game. If you’ve been paying attention to the game so far and know how to use the alien turrets, the back and forth inspired by this multiplayer mode becomes a great deal of fun.Anomaly 2 is available through Steam for Mac, PC, and Linux. Multiplayer functions flawlessly across each of these platforms, and if you grab the game before May 22 you can get 20% off the full price. The game retains a lot of its simple gameplay, so it’s entirely likely that we’ll see an iOS and Android version of Anomaly 2 before long. For $15, even if you picked up two and forced a friend to try it, you can’t go wrong with this sequel.last_img read more

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Sony offers free games and subs to settle PSN Hack lawsuit

first_imgDo you remember the PSN Hack back in 2011? It’s the one where anyone with a PlayStation Network login had their personal details stolen, including credit card information in some cases. Some 77 million accounts were affected, and Sony is still trying to clean up the mess that left behind including a class action lawsuit.This week Sony has tentatively agreed to a $15 million settlement, meaning it’s not definitely happening yet but there’s a good chance it will if the judge in the case approves it.If you are one of the affected users, then get ready to receive some free gifts. Sony has allocated $6 million to cover gifting free PS3 and PSP games to plaintiffs as well as free PS3 themes and PlayStation Plus subscriptions. What you are entitled to depends on which services you were signed up to and whether you took advantage of Sony’s Welcome Back package back in 2011, which offered free games to entice you back to PSN.Remember, this still has to be approved, and if it is full details will be released as to how it works. What we do know is your claim for free stuff will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis and will stop once the $6 million cap is reached.You’ll be entitled to the most free content if you had a PSN account and didn’t take advantage of the Welcome Back package. That includes two benefits chosen from a free game, a free theme, or a free PlayStation Plus subscription. It looks like you can mix and match, so you could choose 2 free games, or a free game and a PS Plus subscription, or maybe 2x the PS Plus subscription.If you did use the Welcome Back package, then your entitlement is reduced to just one benefit from those outlined above. And if you just had a Qriocity account, then Sony is offering one free month of Music Unlimited access.The PSN Hack is a distant memory now for a lot of gamers, so this benefits package will come as a nice surprise if the judge agrees to it. I suspect most people will opt for the free games, but that of course depends on how restricted the list of eligible games is.last_img read more

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The Crazy Things Your Future Credit Cards Will Do Infographic

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals May 6, 2014 Register Now » A kiss on the hand might be quite continental, but diamonds are a credit card’s best friend. Twenty-six rocks on a solid gold credit card, to be exact. That’s what’s in your wallet if you’re one of 100 lucky Visa Infinite cardholders in Kazakhstan. But that’s so yesterday. So are coffee-, orange- and cinnamon-scented credit cards. The credit card tech of the future, as crystal ball-ed in this fun infographic from Richard Branson’s Virgin Money, is so much slicker than gold, bling and shiny things. And smarter by design, too. Related: 3 Biometrics Startups Heating Up the Password Security RaceTomorrow’s credit cards will be decked out with high-tech security features, like PIN-eliminating fingerprint sensors and voice controls, personalized “moving” holograms (prancing puppies, anyone?), real-time touchscreen statement displays, and, yes, features that are invisible until you reveal them with your one-of-a-kind fingerprint. The power!Remember, though, even if tomorrow’s credit card gets pimped out with the latest, greatest identity-protecting authentication tech bells and whistles, it will still put you in debt. And you’ll have to pay that fast cash back one day — and on-time — or you’ll really pay. Check out the infographic below for an eyeful of what’s to come for the credit card.  2 min read The Future Of The Credit Card [Infographic] by the team at Virgin MoneyRelated: Online Debit, Credit Fraud Will Soon Get Much Worse. Here’s Why.  Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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Update Our true heroes desperately try to save family from fire

first_imgTwo armed response officers went beyond the call of duty last night (Wednesday) to try and save a family of four who were trapped by a deadly fire that broke out in the lounge of their house in Mimosa Road.During an exclusive interview with the Ladysmith Gazette, NN Alarms armed response officers Sam Maharaj and Shaun Mynhardt recall the horrific ordeal. The officers themselves are finding it difficult to come to terms with the fact that three lives were lost in the tragic incident. Shouts of “Help! Help! Help!” are still echoing in their minds.The officers were on patrol in Illing Road when their control room informed them to respond to a panic button that had been pressed in Mimosa Road. Not knowing what was going on at the house in question, the officers reached their destination within minutes.On arrival, Sam and Shaun were greeted with smoke and flames coming out of the building.  The two men jumped over the boundary wall and made their way to the back entrance of the house to gain entry.One of the officers broke a window and burglar guard gates in order to enter the house. With no breathing apparatus, Sam Maharaj climbed through the window, knowing full well that he was risking life and limb.“Everything was thick black smoke and extreme heat. I couldn’t see anything.”Hearing petrified screams for help, he knew that people needed rescuing, but didn’t know exactly where in the house they were. He had suffocating smoke and a fiery inferno to deal with and needed to keep his wits about him. Sam first made his way to the main bedroom. However, the room stood empty.Having difficulty breathing, he exited the building, gasping for fresh air to fill his lungs again.The officers then decided to try another entry point into the house. By then, police had arrived and had managed to kick down the front door and open the back door, making it a lot easier for the two armed response officers. Before entering the house again, a neighbour gave the NN Alarms heroes a damp T-shirt to use as makeshift breathing apparatus. The two men shared the shirt, walking side-by-side and searching the smoke-filled home.Eventually, the brave men found the family in a bathroom. All four were unconscious but still alive. However, the younger of the two children was in really bad shape.The family members were carried out of the building by the two exhausted and out-of-breath men.Shaun even tried to perform CPR on the toddler, but by then it was too late.With heavy hearts, the two brave men have to live with the fact that, despite their great efforts, three of the four family members died. Shaun and Sam describe the incident as traumatising and very sad. “We didn’t even think of our lives being at risk. Getting the occupants out of the house was all we thought about.”A seven-year-old girl was the sole survivor of the incident and is currently in hospital.Shaun also had to make his way to hospital to seek medical attention for smoke inhalation. There too, instead of being treated, he helped the nurses with the seven-year-old girl.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Green buildings on the rise in Persian Gulf states

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “There are limitations for how much you can do,” al-Khalifa said.“We don’t want to fool ourselves. We were trying to be part of the system,” he said. “We went to the greenest whenever we could find it. When we selected manufacturers, we didn’t go for a cheaper supplier who didn’t use recycled materials.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Dubai in the UAE is home to one of the region’s first green shopping malls and is building an eco-friendly mosque in 2013. On the outskirts of the country’s capital, Abu Dhabi, the government-run Masdar Institute has built the first phase of a pre-planned city that aims to be powered by renewable sources including solar.Qatar and Saudi Arabia, though, appear to have even bigger ambitions.In Doha, work started in 2010 on Msheireb Downtown Doha, which promises to be the world’s largest sustainable community with 100 buildings using an average of a third less energy.Lusail City, a planned development for nearly 200,000 people on the edge of Doha, has promised to adhere to the country’s voluntary green building guidelines _ similar to those in the UAE and other Gulf countries _ which set standards for everything from water consumption to traffic congestion.In Saudi Arabia, authorities have applied for LEED certification for the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, which will be home to the country’s stock exchange. The nation’s first LEED-certified project, the 26-building campus of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, opened in 2009 and recycles all its wastewater, uses 27 percent less energy than a typical campus and was built with 20 percent recycled content. Top Stories From the sustainably logged wood used in its construction to the 3,500-square-meters of solar panels on the roof, the building designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is considered one of the most environmentally sound convention centers in the world.“We want to change people’s mindsets,” said Ali al-Khalifa, as he led a visitor through an exhibition hall where dozens of ceiling windows helped cut down on electricity. It will take center stage in November when it hosts the U.N. Climate Change Conference, the first to be held by a top oil producer.“We have to make something stay friendly to the environment. We are part of this earth,” said al-Khalifa, the chief executive officer of Astad Project Management which oversaw the construction. “All the oil and gas countries are moving to a green concept to insure the new generation understands they have to preserve this energy and have something efficient.”Green buildings would seem an oddity in this tiny Gulf nation which has plenty of oil and gas and, according to the International Energy Agency, the highest per capita emissions in the world, closely followed by Gulf neighbors Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day To do that, governments in the region will have to make green building codes compulsory _ most are now voluntary _ and provide greater incentives for developers to build or retrofit more sustainably.The other hurdle is sourcing building materials locally, which would cut down on emissions from transporting such things as steel, cement and wood to the region. Due to the lack of resources in the Gulf, most everything is imported and companies producing things like recycled steel are still too few to meet demand.“If you want to build a green building, you need environmentally-sourced concrete, glass, aluminum,” said Steven Platt, a UAE-based expert on LEED. “Although there are local suppliers, they aren’t the greenest materials available.”Those were among the challenges Qatar faced when it set out to design an exposition center that met LEED’s Gold certification. With few green construction materials at home, it went as far as Belgium and South Korea to get the environmentally-certified wood, steel and glass. It increased the initial cost _ and contributed additional carbon emissions from shipping _ but in the end helped ensure the building produces 32 percent less energy than a comparable convention center. AP Environmental WriterDOHA, Qatar (AP) – With massive steel Sidra trees sprouting from the base of the building and a 9-meter (yard) high sculpture of a spider in the lobby protecting a sack of grey and white eggs, Qatar National Convention Center is hard to ignore.But it’s what most visitors don’t see that may become the building’s lasting legacy in a region far better known for over-the-top excesses than conservation. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Most of these green buildings rely on 21st century solutions to reduce their footprint _ high tech operating systems that ration electricity and power, additional insulation and thicker glass to reduce heat coming into the building and designs that orient the structure to limit the sun exposure.But as the university campus shows, the region is also tapping technologies that are centuries old to solve its energy problems.Along with its water savings and solar power, the project features wind towers, lattice-like shading on windows known as mashrabiya and a tent-inspired roof system that blocks the sun and extends throughout the campus.“When we start a project, we will do some research on what people built in this location before they had electricity. How did they keep buildings warm or cool?” said Bill Odell, a senior vice president for HOK Architects who designed the KAUST campus. “We did that on this project and there were serious techniques that clearly worked. … All these ideas we took out of traditional Islamic architecture.”The challenge now, experts say, is going beyond a handful of high profile projects and applying green building practices to the bulk of Gulf construction _ such as low-rise office towers or residential housing projects. How do cataracts affect your vision? But attitudes about energy use are changing across the Gulf. There is a growing recognition that the once seemingly limitless fossil fuels will someday run out and that these countries need to chart a more sustainable path.Buildings are a logical place to start. They consume up to 70 percent of energy in parts of the Gulf _ compared to 40 percent worldwide _ due to the preponderance of glass skyscrapers and brutally hot conditions from Dubai to the Saudi city of Jeddah, according to Thom Bohlen, chief technical officer for the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development.The Middle East has come late to the green building movement, lagging far behind the United States, Europe and Asia in building structures that emit fewer emissions and consume less water, according to the United States Green Building Council. The USGBC’s voluntary program, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is used internationally to certify green buildings.But when it comes to buildings in the works that are trying to earn LEED status, the Middle East is among the leaders. It has 1,348 LEED-registered buildings which surpasses all but Asia and the United States.“Over the past couple of years, there has been a focus on trying to drive sustainable construction practices,” said Peter Templeton, senior vice president of global market development for the USGBC. “It is mostly focused on new construction rather than retrofits of existing building.” 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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November 27 2018

first_imgNovember 27 , 2018 Experts analyze biggest challenges facing Chile at … Chile is to make a love movie set in the country’s cherry orchards to capitalize on the huge success exporters of the fruit have experienced in the Chinese market.Local media reports that the aim is to take advantage of the success in China, where the cherry is considered a symbol of love and happiness. The film will be made during the 2018-19 cherry season, which has recently got underway, La Cuarta reported.China is Chile’s leading cherry market by far, last year receiving more than 80% of Chile’s total exports of a little over 180,000 metric tons (MT). The increase meant that cherries were Chile’s third-most exported fruit.The movie, which will be called El Color de las Cerezas [The Color of Cherries], will tell the story of a Chinese man who falls in love with a young woman at a Chilean orchard.Jorge Lopez, president of the Chilean Association of Directors and Screenwriters, and one of the initiative’s drivers, said the movie would be filmed during the harvest season, with additional shooting to take place afterward.Lopez explained that while he was in Asia, he saw the appreciation locals have for the fruit, and how quickly it sells.”It fascinates them. It’s got to the point that when you say Chile, right away they say cherries,” he was quoted as saying. You might also be interested in U.S.: Half of California cherry crop devastated by … U.S.: California cherry season to arrive later tha … Dalian Yidu chief wins visionary award at Global C …last_img read more

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