Genius Smith can be dismissed reveals Ponting

first_imgManchester: Hailing him as a genius, former Australia captain and batting great Ricky Ponting on Friday said Steve Smith can only be dismissed if he is bowled around the corridor of uncertainty, outside the off stump. On Thursday, Smith — who had to miss the third Ashes Test due to concussion — played an incredible knock of 211 to help Australia post a mammoth first inning total of 497/8 and take the driver’s seat at the Old Trafford. Smith re-wrote the history books with his 26th Test century and third Ashes double hundred as he batted for 513 minutes, and hit 24 fours and two sixes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “You hear all sorts of words, ‘genius’ is one that comes to mind,” Ponting told “A remarkable innings again. It’s his application to what he does. He just doesn’t make any mistakes. His concentration levels are obviously unbelievably good,” said the World Cup winning skipper. Asked how he can be dismissed, Ponting said: “He’s only been out nine times lbw in his last 99 innings, so you know if you’re bowling straight you’re not going to get him out,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “The one thing you have to do is try and challenge the outside of his bat. He doesn’t miss it on the inside.” World’s No. 1 batsman Smith is being compared to legendary countryman Sir Donald Bradman, regarded as the best batsman to have played the game. “Even what Smithy is doing now is remarkable, to think how good Bradman must have been to be a third again better than what Steve Smith’s doing at the moment is ridiculous,” Ponting said.last_img read more

Newly developed cracks near sinkhole concerning Nova Scotia town

first_imgOXFORD, N.S. – Officials are growing concerned about new cracks in a parking lot near a Nova Scotia sinkhole, and warn a nearby road could become affected.The Town of Oxford says cracks have developed about 22 metres from the shoulder of Upper Main Street and 44 metres from the sinkhole, and the origins of the cracks require further investigation.A news release says due to a lack of subsurface information around the sinkhole and surrounding properties, it is currently not known what risk the cracks pose to “the community, road and local businesses.”It says as a result, residents should begin considering alternative routes for accessing the Trans-Canada Highway, “should circumstances change.”First reported July 28 as a small hole about the size of a dinner plate, it was measured Monday at 32.6 metres by 38.7 metres — the same size as it was on Friday.However, officials say material continues to erode along the margins of the sinkhole, and heavy rain in the forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday means there will likely be more erosion.The sinkhole has swallowed trees, picnic tables and part of a nearby parking lot at the Oxford and Area Lions Parkland.The spectacle has been drawing curious onlookers to the small town, located roughly 30 minutes from the New Brunswick border, and has even caused minor car accidents. A Tim Hortons cafe and a gas bar are among businesses across the road from the park.“Security fencing is expected to be completed later today and security will remain on site for a period of time,” the town said in the release.“Absolutely no trespassing is allowed and trespassers will be prosecuted under the Protection of Property Act.”Oxford, a sleepy town of about 1,000 people that calls itself the wild blueberry capital of Canada, also said there would be a public information session at some point, but the details have not yet been determined.“We expect the meeting to be an educational one from a geological prospective and hope to address a number of residents’ concerns,” a town release said Friday of the meeting.Provincial geologist Amy Tizzard said last week the wider area is underlaid with gypsum, a soft rock that is prone to the development of fractures, fissures and caves.“Just to the west of here there are dozens of known sinkholes and they’re either flooded and ponded and vegetated — there’s nothing that shows an active process like this one does,” she said.Officials had expected to bring in ground-penetrating radar and other technology in a bid to better understand what is happening, but said that “due to the non-compete clause” federal assistance was unavailable.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Toronto, 13 June 2017 – This Canada Day long weekend, Family Channel is heading back to the classroom, bringing fans across the country a brand new season of Degrassi: Next Class. Premiering  Monday, July 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, season four of the critically acclaimed teen drama takes a look at some of the most relevant issues affecting today’s youth, exploring important topics such as mental illness, gender identity and cultural adjustment. Following the premiere, new episodes of Degrassi: Next Class will air weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For fans who’d prefer to spend their long weekend binge-watching, all 10 episodes will be available on The Family Channel App beginning Friday, June 30.Season four of Degrassi: Next Class picks up with the students returning to school from their winter break, many for their final semester. Still reeling from the reality of Maya’s accident, Degrassi Community School is carefully monitoring everyone’s mental health and ensuring that all students have someone to talk to. While exploring situations teens commonly struggle with today, such as break ups and make ups, peer pressure and balancing academia with personal life, season four also continues to focus on the lives of the Syrian refugees as they try to find their place at Degrassi. The new season also marks the graduation of some of the series’ most beloved characters, but not before a beautiful yet dramatic prom.A special treat for fans in honour of the Canada Day long weekend, on Friday, June 30, the entire fourth season will be available on The Family Channel App, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes extra content. For those who are new to the series, missed a few episodes or simply want to re-watch all the Next Class drama, seasons one through three are currently available on The Family Channel App and on Family OnDemand. Advertisement The season four graduates of Degrassi: Next Classcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook Reprising their roles for season four of Degrassi: Next Class are Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Parham Rownaghi as Saad Al’Maliki; Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell; Dalia Yegavian as Rasha Zuabi and Stefan Brogren as Principal Simpson.Degrassi: Next Class is produced by DHX Media, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for Canadian families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family is also home to F2N – an entertainment haven for teens that features high quality programs after 9 p.m. Family Channel subscribers have access to The Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at DHX Television DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange. Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccos Merchants Close Shops Protesting Electronic Invoicing Law

Rabat – Many shops, groceries, bakeries, butcheries, and service providers are closed in Rabat today.Some people struggled to even find bread this morning, city residents told Morocco World News. Only supermarkets are open.Trade unions and associations representing merchants are demanding the repeal of Article 145 of the General Code of Taxes on electronic billing and the business identification number, which stipulates that merchants have to use electronic billing for commercial transactions. On Tuesday, Minister of Trade and Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy met with the chambers of commerce and industry, customs, the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI), and merchants’ representatives to discuss electronic billing and merchants’ demands.Read Also: Benchaaboun: Moroccan Merchants Are Exempt from Electronic BillingDuring the meeting, trade unions and the DGI and customs signed an agreement to meet the merchants’ demands and end planned strikes. The agreement stipulated that merchants subject to the lump sum system are exempt from the electronic billing system and the business identification number.The text also specified that the implementation of the new measures on electronic invoicing will be suspended. The development of the organic law regarding electronic billing, according to the agreement, will involve the input of professional bodies “in the context of a participatory approach.”The new tax measures, which recently sparked an uproar among merchants, stipulate that merchants should use an electronic system to issue invoices. To do this, merchants must have billing software approved by tax authorities and an information system allowing a common database with the tax authorities.Read Also: El Othmani Halts Implementation of Controversial Electronic BillingOn January 3, many wholesalers in Casablanca closed their shops and held a sit-in at La Victoire Place protesting the new tax law.The protesting merchants were from Derb Omar, Allal Garage Allal, Korea, and Bayada, the main commercial sites in Casablanca.Last week, trade minister Elalamy, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi, and the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) all reacted to the new tax measures on the use of electronic invoicing.On Monday, economy minister Mohamed Benchaaboun also responded to the issue.Last week, El Othmani announced that the government will suspend the implementation of the new tax measures using electronic invoicing, planned to come into force in early 2019 to fight tax fraud. read more

In Mogadishu UN refugee chief urges scaleup of aid for displaced Somalis

“We are seeing here a deadly combination of conflict and drought and the misery is out of proportion to what is being done,” High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said yesterday as he met with IDPs sheltering on the grounds of Mogadishu’s crumbling cathedral.“The whole humanitarian community needs to scale up assistance to reach people wherever they are in Somalia,” said Mr. Guterres, the first head of the UN refugee agency, known as UNHCR, to visit the Somali capital since the 1990s.Tens of thousands of people have already died and some 3.2 million others are thought to be on the brink of starvation in Somalia, one of several countries in the Horn of Africa that is facing a food security crisis. More than 12 million people across the region are estimated to need outside humanitarian assistance, and a state of famine has been formally declared in five regions of southern and central Somalia, including the area in and around the capital, Mogadishu. While in Mogadishu, Mr. Guterres pointed to the “enormous difficulties of access and capacity” for aid workers trying to help the needy amid insecurity. “My main worry is if there is not enough assistance the humanitarian tragedy we are witnessing will get worse,” he said.Aid agencies are continuing with their efforts to assist the millions in need in Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa. A ship transporting 381 tons of food for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in the region was set to depart today from France for Djibouti, which it should reach in around 12 days. Most of this food – which includes wheat flour, sugar, rice and vegetable oil – is a French in-kind contribution that will help WFP to feed 22,600 people in Somalia for one month, said the Rome-based agency.The ship will also carry 66 tons of rice – a contribution from the French Red Cross to WFP operations in Djibouti, where the agency assists 109,000 people, including 16,000 refugees.UN agencies and their partners need an additional $1 billion to tackle the food security crisis gripping Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. 1 September 2011The United Nations refugee chief has called for a rapid increase in aid for Somalis uprooted by drought, famine and conflict, as he visited the capital, Mogadishu, which is hosting some 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

Brock welcomes newest crop of international scholars

Brock President Jack Lightstone and Kim Meade, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President of Student Services, present an award to visiting international scholar Dawei Chen, associate professor at Henan Polytechnic University in China, and her Brock host Cheng Luo, associate professor, Department of Applied Linguistics.Brock welcomed 18 new international scholars to campus last week during this term’s edition of the We Welcome the World reception.The latest visiting international scholars, visiting international professors and university mentorship participants bring the current count of scholars from abroad at Brock to 29. They hail for 27 academic and research institutions from 10 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey.Program participants stay at Brock from as little as three weeks to up to one year, working with faculty, staff and students on campus.Gary Libben, Vice-President of Research, who helped welcome the scholars, said hosting scholars from foreign institutions helps with the internationalization of Brock, one of Brock’s key strategic priorities. International collaboration is also key in today’s society, he added.“Our [international collaborations] have demonstrated that such collegiality has vastly expanded, deepened, and enriched academic discovery and learning,” Libben said. “We are all on a journey together to develop and apply our expertise to make our world a better place in which to live. The ‘global village’ that we live in no longer has boundaries. We are all connected by our passion for research and scholarship.”Awards were also presented to visiting academics and their Brock hosts to formally recognize their participation and contribution to the program. read more

SMMT Open Forum event a success

Over 120 people attended SMMT’s free Open Forum event on Tuesday at Warwick University which provided a full programme of speakers from across the industry. According to feedback, presentations were very insightful, providing good and honest advice.Themes focused on the views of vehicle manufacturers’ and examined key issues relating to the UK’s automotive supply chain, automotive manufacturing and 2011 priorities for the Automotive Council. Richard Parry-Jones, Co-Chair of the Council was among the leading speakers at the event.The event was one in a series of Open Forum events offering new business opportunities for attendees.The next free event is on Wednesday 30 March at the NEC Birmingham and will focus on component and CV manufacturing. Van, truck, trailer, bus and component manufacturers and bodybuilders are invited to attend to discuss aspects of the UK’s supply chain, the work of the Automotive Council and the latest CV and Off-Road vehicle ‘Technology Road Map’.Attendees will be offered greater insight into respective manufacturing sectors through presentations from Lars Holmqvist, Chief Executive Officer, CLEPA and Neville Jackson of the Automotive Council Technology Group with industry analysis from Ian Henry, Director of AutoAnalysis and independent Analyst, Peter Symons.Paul Everitt will chair the closing Q&A session. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. To attend, contact Claire Balch to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Broncos promote rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have promoted rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland from their practice squad and waived inside linebacker Alexander Johnson.The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) on Sunday, juggled their linebacking corps with Shaq Barrett sidelined with a hip flexor. He got hurt against Pittsburgh last week and is expected to miss two to four weeks.An outside linebacker from Auburn, Holland signed with the Broncos on May 1 after going undrafted. He shined in training camp and collected two sacks and recovered a fumble in the preseason. He signed to Denver’s practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster coming out of training camp.Holland was named first-team All-SEC as a junior last season. In three years at Auburn, he collected 13 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered two.The Broncos signed Johnson on Aug. 13, two months after a jury acquitted the former Tigers star who missed 3 1/2 years of football while fighting a rape case.Johnson played in one game, against Houston on Nov. 4.___More AP NFL: and Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

Doctors prescribing antidepressant drugs linked to suicidal thoughts to teens against advice

first_imgMental health charities said doctors should only prescribe antidepressants when talking therapies were also in place.Nick Harrop, campaigns manager at Young Minds: “Antidepressants can have a place in treating some mental health conditions among young people, but they should never be the only course of action – there should always be a balanced approach to treatment, combining a range of therapies to ensure that the person has the best possible chance of recovery.“When antidepressants are prescribed, it’s really important that children and parents have comprehensive information about the effects that they can have.“Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are a postcode lottery, with unacceptably long waiting times and a high threshold for treatment in many areas.” Dr Michael Bloomfield, Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, UCL, said medication should only be given when it is appropriate.“Of concern is the finding that depressive symptoms appear to be increasing in this age group,” he said.  “There must be a wider conversation in society to understand the complex reasons underlying this. “Children and young people suffering mental distress deserve rapid access to expert psychiatric care which includes psychological support alongside careful treatment with medicines where appropriate. “In the UK, we are hearing on the ground that this can be difficult to access.” Earlier this year, a review of 70 trials by the Nordic Cochrane Centre of the most common antidepressants, involving more than 18,000 people, found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under-18s.After comparing clinical trial information to actual patient reports, the scientists concluded pharmaceutical companies had regularly misclassified deaths and suicidal actions or thoughts in people taking antidepressants to “favour their products”. Doctors are ignoring health watchdog guidelines and regularly prescribing youngsters with an antidepressant linked to suicide and overdose, new figures show.Under guidance from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) antidepressants should be a last resort for under-18s, and then only fluoxetine (Prozac) is recommended.But a study by the university of Swansea found 40 per cent of youngsters who need drugs are being prescribed citalopram, even though it carries a warning that it can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviour in the under-24s.Recent studies have also found the drug does not work for children and is highly toxic in overdose. 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. Dr Ann John, the lead author at Swansea, said: “The only antidepressant licensed for use in children and young people is fluoexetine and the recent study showed that it is the only that works.“But over 40 per cent of the drugs that were prescribed were citalopram. Citalopram should only be prescribed when fluoexetine isn’t working but what we found is that citalopram is being given as one of the first antidepressants to lots of children.“So it’s off-label prescribing and it has a known toxicity in overdose, there were warnings given about it in 2011. A third of that prescribing was given to 18 year olds. All the rest of that was given to kids off label and outside prescribing guidelines.”The research, which looked at 195 practices in Wales between 2003 and 2013 also found that anti-depressant prescribing had risen by 28 per cent during that time, even though recorded diagnoses of depression have fallen in that period. There were more than 10,000 first-time prescriptions over the period.Dr John, said that GPs needed better training in distinguishing what was a real mental illness from growing pains so that they were not simply ‘medacalising unhappiness’.“The teenage years are a phase of gaining independence, engaging with the world and testing boundaries,” she said. “This can result in normal developmental range of emotional responses – stress, loneliness, sadness and frustration.“For some young people reassurance that this is within the range of normal human experience may be appropriate.“Across the world we are seeing an increase in the antidepressant prescribing for young people and there is lots of debate and controversy about the idea that we are medicalising unhappiness.”Dr Johns said that prescriptions were sometimes given because waiting times for talking therapies were too long. There is lots of debate and controversy about the idea that we are medicalising unhappinessDr Ann Johnlast_img read more

Gone for good Last Magdalene laundry to be converted into houses and

first_imgFrom our perspective it [a memorial] would include a national museum and a monument.He did say, however, that it would need to be “a viable initiative” for the council to support it. They are now waiting on the decision of Judge John Quirke, who will give his recommendation on what should be done with the site. Judge Quirke is also currently considering the claims of several hundred women who have applied for compensation from the Magdalene laundries fund.(Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Depending on the decision, part of the site could be converted into a memorial. The council was unable to say where the money for a museum would come from if it were to be approved.A spokeswoman did say that money in the council was “very tight” and that “it would possibly be government funded”.“The problem is money…”Two councillors, Lucy McRoberts (Labour) and Christy Burke (Independent), submitted a motion in March, asking for the council to get in touch with the survivors of the laundries to decide what to do with the site.Although the council already met with the Magdalene Survivors Together, McRoberts says that she “would be looking for the council to commit to speaking to all of the survivor groups.”The entrance to the former laundry. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Both McRoberts and Burke submitted an amended proposal that was carried by the city council area committee.The new proposal calls for the site to be developed in a way that “properly recognises and commemorates the women, children and babies born in the Magdalene Laundries”.Burke says that everyone who he talked to about the proposal was in favour of at least a commemorative plaque.He said that while a plaque was a start, he would be “looking for a commemorative area built. The least the state can do now is acknowledge the dignity and integrity of the women. The problem is money.”Cllr McRoberts agreed, saying:The problem with developing a museum is that it would need a huge amount of investment. A memorial plaque may not be considered appropriate [by itself] for survivors of the Magdalene laundries.Dublin City Council expect to hear a decision from Judge Quirke within the next few weeks.Read: Oldest known Magdalene survivor dies at 97 >Read: Magdalene women remembered in vigils in Dublin and Galway > Read: Enda Kenny “deeply regrets and apologises unreservedly” to Magdalene women in emotional speech > THE LAST MAGDALENE laundry to close will be converted into houses and sold as soon as the property market improves, according to Dublin City Council.A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said they “would hope for the site  to be re-developed commercially.” She said that this won’t happen until either house prices pick up or a developer wants to buy the site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin’s inner city.She also said that houses would have been built in 2007, but the deal fell through at the last minute when a developer pulled out because of the collapse in property values.The laundry on Sean McDermott Street, which was closed in 1996, was given to the council by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, who ran the institution.In exchange, the council built them a new convent and gave them a 20-year lease on a specially built hostel. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity declined to comment on any current developments on the site.The interior of the laundry on Sean McDermott Street (Julien Behal/PA Wire)Dublin City Manager Philip Maguire said at a council meeting that the land was only suitable for building commercial houses on because it is so close to O’Connell Street, and therefore “potentially very valuable”. However he also said that the council would not object to a memorial incorporated into any future developments.Monument or museumSteven O’Riordan from Magdalene Survivors Together met with the central area manager Charlie Lowe in March to discuss what to do with the site.He is hopeful that the council will set aside a section of the building for a museum, saying:last_img read more

Un adolescent meurt après avoir dîné chez Quick

first_imgUn adolescent meurt après avoir dîné chez QuickSamedi matin, un adolescent de 14 ans est mort à Oppède, dans le Vaucluse, après avoir dîné la veille dans un restaurant Quick, a rapporté le Dauphiné Libéré. Si la piste de l’intoxication alimentaire est privilégiée, l’origine de la mort du jeune homme de 14 ans qui a mangé chez Quick vendredi, est toujours inconnue, ont indiqué les enquêteurs au Dauphiné Libéré. Le journal rapporte par ailleurs que le père de l’adolescent, qui a également dîné dans ce fast-food d’Avignon, s’est senti malade dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi.L’autopsie du corps de l’adolescent aura lieu aujourd’hui à Marseille. En attendant, le Quick d’Avignon dans lequel il a mangé en compagnie de son père, est fermé jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Le 24 janvier 2011 à 10:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img

Vancouver police investigate alleged assault on transgender girl

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is investigating a student’s alleged assault on a transgender girl at McLoughlin Middle School, the school district announced Friday.Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb wrote a letter on the district’s website regarding an incident Wednesday in which a student allegedly punched 13-year-old Lindsey Smith in the face. Webb wrote that the aggressor was “disciplined immediately,” though what that amounts to is unknown due to student privacy laws. He said information about the incident was provided to police.Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said the school’s resource officer was writing a report on the incident, which when finished will be sent to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.Lindsey’s aunt, Leslie Goodnight, wrote about the alleged attack on her Facebook page earlier this week. The post has been shared more than 13,000 times as of Friday evening.In light of the response, Goodnight has asked people not to call the school or contact the principal to protest the school’s response, which she criticized as too lenient earlier this week.last_img read more

Crown Sydney to retain valuable sight lines after settlement with Infrastructure NSW

first_imgCrown and its development partner Lendlease had earlier signed a Crown Development Agreement with the BDA based on the original concept plan for the area which, among other stipulations, required the BDA to “negotiate in good faith” with both companies on any proposed developments that differed from the concept plan.In an announcement issued early Monday morning, Crown said it has now reached a settlement under which INSW has agreed not to proceed with a government appeal. The terms of the settlement are confidential.“Crown is satisfied with the outcome of the settlement and the retention of sight lines across Central Barangaroo from the Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House,” it said. Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Load More Crown Resorts has received a rare piece of good news after reaching a settlement with Infrastructure NSW (INSW) over the retention of sight lines at its under-construction AU$2.2 billion Crown Sydney.The government department had sought to appeal a judgement delivered by the Supreme Court of NSW in December which ruled the previous government authority involved, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA), had breached an agreement between the two parties regarding lines of sight from Crown Sydney to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The BDA had proposed a nearby development that threatened Crown’s sight lines. RelatedPostslast_img read more

Huawei P30 P30 Pro prices leaked ahead of March 26 launch What

first_img Close Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:50Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?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 …center_img Huawei is only days away from launching its 2019 flagships, P30 and P30 Pro, at an event in Paris on March 26. But the company hasn’t been able to keep a tight lid on the phone’s features and specs until the big reveal and now another leak is giving away the pricing of the premium P30-series.Huawei P30 and P30 Pro prices were leaked by German blog WinFuture, which suggests the phones might be one of the most expensive phones today. According to the report, Huawei P30 Pro’s top variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will cost €1,099 ($1,247) in Europe, while a 128GB variant will be priced at €999 ($1,134).Huawei P30 Pro’s leaked pricing suggests it’ll be more expensive than Samsung Galaxy S10, which starts at $999. The latest flagship by Huawei will be on the same range as Samsung Galaxy S10+, which starts at €1,000 for the baseline model in Europe and $1,000 in the U.S. Prices of Galaxy S10+ go as high as €1,600 for 12GB+1GB Ceramic variant, which is way above P30 Pro’s range.Huawei is also going to launch the P30 at its upcoming event, and as one can guess, this will be the cheaper variant. How cheap you might ask? According to the latest leak, Huawei P30 will be priced at €749 ($850), which will be positioned against Samsung’s cheapest 2019 flagship, the Galaxy S10e. Huawei P30 Pro (L) and P30 leaked rendersWinFutureIn addition to the two flagships, Huawei is also expected to launch a P30 Lite next week, which will be priced just at €369 ($419), targeting budget-friendly shoppers. It may be a bit too soon to judge and compare the unreleased Huawei phones with Samsung flagships.Based on previous leaks, Huawei P30 Pro will justify the premium price tag with its quad-camera setup at the back, complete with Leica lenses and 10x lossless zoom support. The rear camera setup on the P30 Pro will be made up of 40MP f/1.8 primary sensor, 16MP f/2.2 secondary wide-angle lens, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor and a ToF lens. On the front, a 32MP sensor will be responsible for selfies. The only difference in the P30 camera will be the missing ToF sensor. Huawei P30 launch confirmedHuaweiOther features of the P30 Pro include a 6.47-inch OLED curved 2K display with a tiny notch up top, USB Type-C port, IP68 certification, 3,650mAh battery, Android 9-based EMUI 9.1 and Kirin 980 chipset.Huawei P30 will borrow most specs, except for the display, which will be a 6.1-inch OLED flat screen instead. More details will be revealed at the launch, so stay tuned for updates.last_img read more

Section 57 to return in new form

first_img.The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act’s controversial Section 57, which is set to be revoked, will return in new forms in the proposed ‘Digital Security Act 2017’.In the face of widespread criticism from different quarters, the government has decided to abolish the Section 57, along with Sections 54, 55, 56 and 66 of the much talked about ICT law.But, the draft ‘Digital Security Act 2017’ has incorporated some provisions which are in the controversial ICT act’s Section 57.The final draft of the Digital Security Act 2017 received the nod at an inter-ministerial meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat on Wednesday. Officials engaged in drafting the law, said the draft will now be sent to the cabinet for approval and then to parliament to pass it as a law.Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Wednesday said the Digital Security Act could be passed in the next winter session of parliament.According to the proposed Digital Security Act, once the draft act will come into effect, the sections 54, 55, 56, and 57 of the ICT act will stand abolished.According to the ICT Section 57, “If any person deliberately publishes or transmits or causes to be published or transmitted on the website or in electronic form any material which is fake and obscene or its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, or causes to deteriorate or creates possibility to deteriorate law and order, prejudice the image of the state or person or causes to hurt or may hurt religious belief or instigates against any person or organisation, then this activity of his will be regarded as an offence.”For such an offence, according to the Section 57, the person can be jailed not more than 14 years or not less than 7 years and fined maximum Tk 10 million.The definition of the offences under the section 57, the non-bailable provision and punishment drew huge criticism and had made the act controversial.Following widespread misuse of Section 57, the police headquarters directed the police stations to seek permission from the higher authorities before booking any person in a case under the section.Also, the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) asked its activists to consult the party before suing any journalist under the section.Legal experts who’ve already gone through the draft of the Digital Security Act said the offences defined under ICT’s Section 57 have been incorporated in various sections with varied range of punishment in the new Act.Layer Jyotirmoy Barua told Prothom Alo that Section 57 is against human rights.“The government said that the Section 57 will be scrapped. If the provisions are kept in different forms in different sections of the new act, how can you say that the Section 57 is abolished?” said Jyotirmoy.According to the Section 27 of the draft act, if anyone or a group consciously publishes or transmits or helps do anything on website or in any other electronic form to hurt religious sentiment, the act will be considered a crime. The offenders will have to languish in jail for maximum five years or fined maximum Tk 1 million or both.If the person commits the crime for the second time or third, s/he will be jailed for 7 years and fined maximum Tk 2 million or both. The offence is non-bailable here as well.Asked about the matter, Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik told Prothom Alo that the law which calls ‘attack on sentiment’ a crime must be misused.“What hurts whom totally depends on a certain individual and that is prone to the misuse.”“If you really want to keep such provisions, there should be a provision that it must be reported to the magistrate first, instead of police. Once the magistrate is convinced, then he can refer it to the police,” he noted.While talking to newsmen, the law minister, Anisul Huq, however, claimed that Section 57 will not be retained in the digital security act.Those ‘checks and balances’ which are required to defend the freedom of speech will be preserved in the Digital Security Act as well as in the proposed Broadcast Act.Section 28 of the draft digital act says that if a person commits any crime on any website or in any other electronic platform under section 499 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC-1860), the person will face maximum two years of imprisonment or will be fined Tk 300,000 or both.If the person commits the crime for the second time or more, s/he will be imprisoned for maximum five years or fined Tk 1 million or both.Section 499 of the Penal Code reads, “Whoever by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by visible representations, makes or published any imputation concerning any person intending to harm, or knowing or having reason to believe that such imputation will harm, the reputation or such person, is said, except in the cases hereinafter excepted, to defame that person.”Whereas Section 30 of the digital security act says that if any person or group deliberately publishes or transmits on a website or in any other electronic platform any material which creates enmity and hatred among different sections or communities or hurts communal harmony, or creates instability or anarchy or the possibility of deterioration in law and order, the activity will be regarded as a crime.If the section is violated, the person will be jailed for maximum five years or fined Tk 500,000 or both.If the person commits the crime for the second time or more, s/he will be imprisoned for maximum seven years or fined Tk 1 million or both.Another section of the draft act reads that if anyone promotes any propaganda and transmits that or helps do that against Bangladesh’s freedom fight or sentiment of the Liberation War or Father of the Nation, the person will be sentenced to life term in jail or fined a maximum 10 million or both.Another section of the draft act says if any person sends or preserves any secret information by intruding into any government, semi-government, autonomous or constitutional body through computers, digital devices or digital networks or any electronic means, the activity will be regarded as a computer or digital espionage crime.For such a crime the person will be sent for maximum 14 years to jail or fined Tk 2.5 million or both.If anyone commits the offence for the second time or more, the punishment will be life imprisonment or a fine of maximum Tk 1 crore or both.Besides, if any person violates the law even staying abroad, the offence will be taken into cognisance as an offence committed at home.Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said different terms of punishment have been proposed for different types of crimes in the draft Digital Security act.A debate continues over the Section 57 for a long time as a number of people have already been harassed under the section.Quoting statistics of the police headquarters, a Prothom Alo report on 2 August said as much as 42 cases were filed under the ICT act in January and the number of cases rose to 79 in June. A total of 391 cases were filed against 785 persons between January and June this year. Police have already arrested 313 of them. Most of the persons were sued under the Section 57.Dhaka University professor Asif Nazrul Islam was sued under Section 57 with a Madaripur police station by shipping minister Shahjahan Khan’s nephew. The professor, however, secured bail recently.  Dwelling on the digital security act, Asif Nazrul said as the definition of the offences mentioned in the act is not clear, the ruling party’s leaders and activists can easily file case against any person whenever they wish. The ICT act was enacted in 2006 and amended later in 2013, making it stricter.The government started drafting the Digital Security Act in 2015. At first, it was named as Cyber Security Act-2015 and it was renamed as Digital Security Act-2016.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

State Lawmakers Plan Another Bill To Ban Texting While Driving

first_img 00:00 /00:59 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Keith MylesThe Texas legislature will once again be looking into banning texting while driving.Pre-filing for the 140-day session began the first Monday after the General Election. For the fourth time, Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland wants to make it a statewide crime to text while driving. “We feel we’re now down to where only four states in the country (that) don’t have it. It’s time we get it done, with the increased number of accidents caused by texting while driving,” he said.   Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are the remaining states without bans. Nearly 100 Texas cities have banned texting while driving, and Craddick says Gov. Greg Abbott wants to see consistency in the state. “And I think that’s the reason the governor is supporting it. He wants to see one unified law across the state. You can go from Amarillo to Lubbock and go through four difference ordinances, through cities. And then people don’t know what’s right and what’s wrong,” Craddick said. Craddick feels there’s momentum to get the bill signed into law this time. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo has filed a similar bill in the Senate. last_img read more

RwandAir to start India operations

first_imgRwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda, is all set to start their India operations, commencing September 2016. This move will enhance trade, tourism and investments between India and Rwanda.The airline will commence four weekly flights, directly connecting Mumbai with Kigali. The aircraft to be deployed on this key sector will be an Airbus-330, with a seating capacity of up to 274, effectively spread over three classes – First Class, Business Class and Economy Class.Clarence Fernandes, Representative, Rwanda Development Board remarked, “We have been eagerly awaiting the commencement of direct flights between Mumbai and Kigali and are delighted this will be a reality in this September 2016. RwandAir will make a stopover in Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania and we do believe that this will be  great for Rwanda, India and even Tanzania.”“Air connectivity is always a key factor in promoting any destination. With RwandaAir providing this vital link, we can well look forward to a very satisfying year ahead in terms of Indian visitor arrivals into this beautiful land of a thousand hills and a million smiles. This connectivity will also facilitate trade and investments between India and Rwanda,” Fernandes added.Rwanda Tourism and RwandAir will both be present at the forthcoming Outbound Travel Market (OTM) 2016 which is scheduled to take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from February 18-20, 2016.Private sector players, both tour operators and hotel companies will also be present to make an impact and discuss business with their Indian counterparts. Remarkable Rwanda looks forward to welcoming an increased number of Indian visitors and businessmen this year.last_img read more

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