Drugs worth 400 cr seized in Manipur

first_imgImphal: In one of the largest drug seizures in Manipur, the police have seized banned party drugs worth Rs 400 crore in the international market from Thoubal district, a senior police officer said on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team with a help of local civil associations detained a mini truck at Phoudel Keirambi Makha area of Thoubal district on Saturday, Superintendent of Police, Thoubal, S Ibomcha Singh said. The seized truck was brought to the Thoubal police station. During search of the truck the police recovered 40 lakh contraband amphetamine-based World is Yours (WY) tablets, popularly known as party drug, valued at Rs 400 crore in the international market, the SP said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The red-coloured tablets were kept concealed underneath carpets in the mini truck,” Singh said, adding that the drugs were smuggled in from Myanmar. The truck driver Md Hussain was arrested. Based on the information provided by Hussain police arrested a Myanmarese national Kyaw Kyaw Naing from Imphal Airport and two other persons, he said. Naing is suspected to be an international drug dealer, police said. The police had earlier busted a heroin manufacturing factory and seized 183 kg of drugs worth over Rs 160 crore in international market from Moijing Awang Leikai area of Thoubal district on August 17.last_img read more

I have no reason to want my father dead to kill him

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — A talkative Dennis Oland chatted with police at length about his relationship with his difficult dad, Richard, initially unaware that investigators were narrowing in on him as the prime suspect in his father’s murder.Video of the police interview with Dennis Oland on July 7, 2011, the day Richard Oland’s bludgeoned body was discovered, was shown Thursday at Oland’s retrial for the second-degree murder.Oland’s defence team had tried to get the video excluded prior to the trial, but Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench allowed it to remain in evidence. This second trial of Oland, whose 2015 conviction was set aside on appeal, is proceeding before Justice Morrison alone.In the video, entered into evidence by Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot, Oland denies having anything to do with his father’s death.“I have no reason to want my father dead, to kill him,” Oland tells Const. Stephen Davidson of Saint John police in the video.“No, I mean, we’ve had our … things. But no, I wouldn’t rob someone of the fun that they’re having and, you know, I … he’s just … no.”The trial has heard already that 69-year-old Richard Oland was having fun. Worth an estimated $37 million, the former executive of Moosehead Breweries Ltd. and member of the prominent Maritime beer-making family was having a new racing yacht built in Spain.Oland tells Davidson in the video his dad was in great health and still enjoyed racing yachts, skiing and fishing. Oland also said he had become aware, along with other members of the family, of an extramarital relationship his father was having and added that one of his sisters had discovered a jar of Richard’s Viagra.Oland tells the police officer he discussed the affair with a family friend about a year before the murder. He said he told the friend he “should tell Dick that people know and it should stop.”Sitting across from each other in a cramped police interview room in Saint John, Davidson asked Oland if he ever sailed with his dad.“He’s just a real hard guy to be on a boat with, so we just stopped,” Oland said in the interview.“Put you to work, huh?” Davidson asked.“Well, it’s just, no. He just barks and barks and barks.”Oland said he believed his father was somewhere on the autism spectrum and possibly had Asperger’s syndrome which he said would explain his social awkwardness.“He pushed the wrong buttons sometimes,” he said of his father.Richard Oland’s body was discovered lying face down on the floor of his Saint John office on the morning of July 7, 2011. By around 8:30 that evening – two and a half hours after his interview with police began – Dennis Oland was a suspect.The prosecution contends Oland was facing serious financial problems and turned to his father for help on July 6, 2011, the day of the murder. Prosecutors say he killed his father “in a rage.”Oland told police he only visited his father that day, between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., to discuss a subject they were both interested in – the family history of the Olands.The defence is making a case that the Saint John police mishandled the investigation and rushed to judgement in deciding very quickly that Dennis Oland was the killer.Earlier on Thursday, the court heard from forensic toxicologist Dr. Albert Fraser, who examined bodily fluids taken from Richard Oland’s corpse.Fraser said a small amount of alcohol found in Oland’s urine was “consistent with alcohol consumption several hours prior to death.”The court learned there was no evidence that Oland had a drink during the day on July 6, 2011. Defence lawyer Alan Gold suggested the alcohol could have been ingested 60 to 90 minutes before death, but Fraser said that would be too fast for alcohol to travel through the stomach, into the circulatory system and into the urine.Timeline is key in the trial since it is not known for sure when Oland was killed.Dennis Oland left the office at 6:30 p.m. and the prosecution argues the killing occurred around that time. The defence is relying on a witness who heard loud thumps from Oland’s office between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. that night – a time that would exclude Dennis as the perpetrator.But Fraser excluded the possibility that Richard Oland might have had a drink with an unknown assailant after his son left and shortly before his death.The trial has learned that Oland was bludgeoned to death with an unknown weapon or weapons. The 45 wounds on his hands and head were mostly from a sharp-edged implement, such as an axe of some sort, and there were a few round wounds that appeared to be from a hammer.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Graham Nash To Exhibit Photos For Charity

first_imgGraham Nash has helped shape the world around him through ideas, innovations, and influential works of art for more than four decades. A legendary singer-songwriter, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer whose work is represented—by a classic 1969 portrait of David Crosby—in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.Nash’s latest exhibition of photography, “This Could Be You,” opens September 1 at Santa Monica’s Gallery 169 (www.gallery169.com). There will be an artist’s reception from 5-8PM.Widely known as an activist in support of causes related to social justice, peace, environmental stewardship, and progressive politics, Nash addresses these issues in the twelve previously un-exhibited, large format photo assemblages comprising “This Could Be You,” also the title of one of the works. Each hand-embellished mixed-media piece examines and questions contemporary political events and societal mores.“I believe that knowledge is power, that information and ideas are vital to our very survival, that our many problems should be faced, and can be dealt with,” says Nash. “As an artist, I need to reflect my concerns regarding certain aspects of society facing me today. I want to express my personal opinions about what goes on around me. My intent is not to alienate, but to engage. No one has to agree with me, but let’s keep an open mind. After all, this could be you.”A portion of proceeds from sales from the opening reception of Nash’s work at Gallery 169 will benefit the Bradley Manning Support Network and the Veterans For Peace Los Angeles. In 2011, Nash wrote the song — and released the video — “Almost Gone” to support the cause to free PFC Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst arrested near Baghdad in July 2010 under suspicion of leaking classified information—including a video showing the killing of civilians in Iraq—to WikiLeaks.Currently, Nash is touring the U.S. with Crosby, Stills and Nash. CSN 2012, a 25-song set presenting the group’s first live performance film in more than 20 years, was released earlier this summer. Captured in high-definition during the early portion of CSN’s 2012 world tour, the set is available worldwide from CSN Records in Blu-ray, DVD/2CD (3 discs), and Digital formats.Born in Blackpool, England, Nash was appointed OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. He first rose to fame with British Invasion hit makers The Hollies, and went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968. Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.With his photography, Nash has exhibited worldwide. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash. In 1990, he established Nash Editions, now one of the world’s top photographic printmaking houses — and recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Actor Colm Feore and Newsman Tom Clark are on the panel to

first_imgAdvertisement The panel has been asked to assess potential board members based on criteria published on the Governor-in-Council website and to consider seven factors, including whether potential candidates reflect regional and cultural diversity and whether they have contributed to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity. Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada. Under the Broadcasting Act, CBC/Radio-Canada must have 12 directors on its board, including a chair and a president. Each is expected to serve a five-year term. But the terms of at least four of the remaining seven sitting board members aren’t scheduled to expire until beyond the end of this year. Other members of the nine-member committee include theatre and television actor Colm Feore, known for his Gemini Award-winning portrayal of the late prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the TV mini-series Trudeau, as well as his role as a detective in the movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop. Candidates will also be assessed on whether they have an understanding of the impact digital technology is having on broadcasting and the consumption of news and entertainment content. Joly said she expected those members to remain on the board until their replacements are nominated.BY TERRY PEDWELL – THE CANADIAN PRESS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The advocacy organization Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launched a social media campaign a year ago, calling for an overhaul of the board selection process. Critics have for years complained that the process for choosing board members at the CBC left the public broadcaster open to political interference. While the Liberal party’s election platform promised “merit-based and independent appointments,” the heritage minister will ultimately make the final choices of new board members from the advisory panel’s list of recommended candidates. “This new committee will recommend qualified candidates for a selection process that is open, transparent and based on merit,” Joly said in a statement.center_img The panel will provide Heritage Minister Melanie Joly with a list of qualified candidates for each vacant position, as well as the names of supplementary qualified candidates the government can consider to fill posts in the future. Advertisement The committee also includes Winnipeg Franco-Metis film producer Janelle Wookey, British Columbia digital media specialist Prem Gill, Quebec digital visionary Monique Savoie and indigenous documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Facebook OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster’s board of directors. Advertisement Many have also recently noted that the current board, which is already short several members, doesn’t reflect Canada’s diversity and lacks experience outside of the broadcasting sector. The Canadian Media Guild, which represents most English-language employees at the CBC, also actively campaigned for a change of leadership at the Crown corporation when the previous Conservative government was in power. Login/Register With: The term of the current chair, Remi Racine, was to end Tuesday. Hubert Lacroix’s term as president is set to expire in October. Twitterlast_img read more

Alberta advocate says province not doing enough fast enough to protect children

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsIn Alberta, there are too many children in the child welfare system and too many who are trying to take their own lives says the provinces child and youth advocate.“One of the things we are quite concerned about with Indigenous young people is the number of people in care of the government,” said Del Graff. “They are vastly over-represented in Alberta.“We’ve addressed that through a number of reports and we are pushing the government to develop a plan in concert with Indigenous leadership and communities to try to change that tide.”Graff just released his 2016-17 annual report.According to the reports, 69 per cent of the young people in the care of the province are Indigenous.Last year his office made 12 recommendations to the Alberta government to reduce the number of Indigenous youth attempting suicide.In Alberta, Indigenous young people are six times more likely to die by suicide.One key recommendation is to work with First Nation communities to develop their own youth support system.“Certainly a mechanism to enable Indigenous communities, in particular, to be able to attend to the needs of their youth members,” he said. “Through some type of suicide prevention plan – one that’s in the community, built by the community.”Graff said the provincial government is moving slowly toward implementing his recommendations.“From my point of view, they are not doing enough fast enough – but the fact that they are taking some action,” he said. “They are putting a framework together. They are trying to address those needs in Indigenous communities, it is an important development. It’s one we are quite pleased about.”Graff said his office worked with the Alberta government on the Child Protection and Accountability Act which may become a law next year.The law will allow the Advocate’s office the ability to review every death under 20 years old who were part of the child welfare systemThe hope is that the number of children being taken into care, and the attempted suicides will drop.“My office worked very hard to try to make it so that we can reduce the likelihood of trauma for young people that can lead to circumstances like them dying by suicide,” he said.last_img read more

Businessman Nouredine Ayouch’s Attempt to Mediate in Rif Crisis Draws Criticism

Rabat – As the crisis in Rif reaches a stalemate, partly due to the continuous detention of dozens of activists and the death of two protesters – which some have attributed to aggressive police intervention during protests in the region – questions have been raised about whether state-friendly businessman Nouredine Ayouch’s attempt at mediation could bring an end to the deadlock.Ayouch reportedly visited the leading members of the Hirak protest movement in the Rif region. The activists are currently under detention in Casablanca, facing charges of “undermining state security,” which is punishable by long jail terms or even execution.The businessman, advertisement mogul, and civil society actor, known for having high-level connections within the state, acted as an emissary of those high officials. Ayouch met with prominent members of the Hirak, including Nasser Zafzafi and Nabil Ahemjik, reported Moroccan daily Al Massae.During the meeting, Ayouch was said to have expressed the state’s suspicion of the real motives behind the Hirak, that it is serving an agenda beyond its economic and social demands.According to Al Massae, the allegations were totally rejected by Zafzafi, who reiterated that the leading activists made sure that the movement neither deviated from its main demands nor advocated for any political agenda.POURQUOI NOUREDDINE AYOUCHE ?Où est passé l’initiative coordonnée par L’OMDH ?Où est passé le CNDH et sa… https://t.co/TjGjWj9t3Z— Omar EL KINDI (@elkindiomar) 29 août 2017Ayouch promised the Hirak members they would meet again. He also had a meeting with their families and said he was for releasing the detainees, something which has been the main demands since arrests started in late May, but gradually.The choice of Ayouch as mediator has since been criticized, especially as prominent Moroccan public figures had previously issued calls and launched initiatives to promote a solution to the crisis in Rif.Ayad Ablal, a Moroccan sociologist, wrote on Facebook questioning the move. “It is a sign that the sign is crumbling when Nouredine Ayouch negotiates in the name of the state with the Hirak detainees and their families.”Political commentator Driss El Guanbouri raised in another Facebook post several questions about the significant of putting Ayouch in charge of the mission while at the same time the former leader of Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Ilyas El Omari, who is a native of Al Hoceima, the epicenter of protests.“The state’ subconscious acts on the basis of excluding political bodies from hot topics such as these. This is what we saw in the issue of Salafist jihadists and what we will surely see in the Hirak issue. No politics in political issues,” he wrote.While the choice of Ayouch and the significance of his “appointment” to lead such a sensitive mediation is subject of heated debate in Morocco, the major question remains whether this initiative will help bringing a mutually-acceptable end to the crisis. read more

Canada wellpositioned to decarbonize says wind association president

MONTREAL — Canada is well-positioned to transition to a low-carbon economy as wind and solar projects will be the focus of energy investments over the next two decades, a national wind energy conference was told.Almost three quarters of new energy capacity investments in the country through 2040 will be for the two renewable energy sources, said Alex Morgan, wind energy analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.Global investments over the period are expected to exceed US$10 trillion, with wind accounting for US$3.3 trillion and solar US$2.8 trillion for a combined 59 per cent.Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said Canada has to use clean electricity as much as possible in all end uses as the country tries to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.“As the most cost-competitive form of non-emitting generation available today, wind energy will be at the forefront of this effort,” he told delegates Tuesday.Hornung said Canada can completely decarbonize its electricity system. With its untapped reserves of wind, hydro, solar, geothermal and tide power resources, Canada is better positioned than almost any other country to have a 100 per cent climate-friendly grid.“If Canada can’t do it, nobody can,” he said at the opening of the three-day conference in Montreal that will feature a speech on Thursday from Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.Canada is the world’s eighth largest producer of wind power with almost 12,000 megawatts of production, led by Ontario and Quebec.The oil producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan are expected to undergo the country’s biggest wind production growth by adding 7,000 megawatts by 2030 as they aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Because Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall opposes the carbon tax, many assume he doesn’t want anything to do with renewable energy.“But that’s not the case. In reality what we’re seeing in Saskatchewan is a very ambitious goal for bringing wind on in the province,” said Evan Wilson, CanWEA’s regional director in charge of Western Canada.Wind is not ideological, added Jean-Francois Nolet, vice-president of policy and government affairs at CanWEA.“The main driver for wind and why wind is built is costs, because it’s cheap and reliable,” he said in an interview.Nolet said Bombardier’s trade battle with the U.S. is a warning sign about potential consequences of government subsidies on accessing the large American market to sell electricity.He said Canada has to be careful about how electricity transmissions lines to the U.S. are funded and can’t risk being accused of dumping.“If we see big subsidies for transmission projects for example, the Americans can question how is it fair?”Any federal funding of big infrastructure projects related to north-south energy transmission would have to be done in a way that doesn’t block exports, which will be a big driver of renewable energy demand in eastern Canada, Nolet added.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) faces huge tariffs after the Department of Commerce sided with Boeing’s complaint over exports of the CSeries commercial jet. It imposed 220 per cent preliminary countervailing duties on eventual exports and is expected to announce large preliminary anti-dumping duties on Thursday.A final decision on export duties will depend on a ruling in December by the department or the U.S. International Trade Commission early next year on alleged harm to Boeing. read more

UN and US launch 15 million jobs programme in occupied Palestinian territory

Called “Tashghil” – Arabic for “creating job opportunities” – the effort will target 27 hard-hit communities with a combined population of nearly 700,000, UNDP said on Monday, calling the initiative “one of the largest emergency poverty alleviation programmes ever implemented in the occupied Palestinian territory.”Timothy Rothermel, who heads the UNDP Programme of Assistance for the Palestinian People, hailed USAID’s “formidable effort to assist in the alleviation of poverty and employment generation for Palestinians.” Tashghil will aim not only to generate jobs but also to improve access to basic services by constructing schools, roads and community centres. The empowerment of women and youth through the expansion of vocational training opportunities are central to this effort, UNDP said. read more

Iraqis can now check voter registration lists prepared with help of UN

The six-week confirmation process, which began Monday, is a significant step towards the holding of elections planned for January, a UN spokesman said today.There are currently eight electoral experts among the 35 UN international staff in Iraq, with plans to increase the number of electoral experts while staying within the security ceiling.Meanwhile, the UN is “working diligently” to look into the entire security system for those 35 workers as well as assessing whether additional staff can be adequately protected in Baghdad, said Catherine Bertini, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Management, at a press briefing in New York.Fiji has already agreed to provide protection for UN facilities and staff in Baghdad and will be deploying later this month.Ms. Bertini confirmed that the United States has also provided very detailed descriptions of what it is able to provide for UN staff should the additional workers be sent to Iraq.”We’re still assessing that and then have to make a proposal to the Secretary-General and ultimately he has to decide how to proceed,” she said. read more

UN chief spotlights role of interfaith dialogue to empower women

“People place extraordinary trust in their faith leaders, who have a far-reaching ability to help achieve lasting peace and promote the status of women,” Mr. Ban said in his message to a symposium held in New York.“As long as entrenched hatreds and gender bias remain, conflicts will simmer and women will suffer. Only when we achieve a fundamental change in mindsets can we realize true progress,” he added in the message, which was delivered by the Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Lakshmi Puri. Mr. Ban stressed that women are often central to the life of faith-based organizations and possess enormous potential to promote peacebuilding and conflict resolution. However, men dominate faith-based organizations, which underscores the need to ensure women’s presence in positions of authority within these organizations.“This will enable women to discuss and determine their religious and cultural values and to promote practices that respect human dignity,” he said.Mr. Ban underlined that the UN is working with inter-faith groups to advance democracy, human rights and sustainable development through programmes on the ground, partnerships and initiatives such as the Alliance of Civilizations.“Peace, dignity and respect for others are core values common to all of the world’s great religions,” he said. “We welcome all people of faith in this affirmation of our common humanity.”The symposium was organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Peace Islands Institute to commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week. read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell becomes first fourtime AllAmerican in Ohio State history

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) takes the ball down the court in the game against Penn State on Jan. 31. Ohio State won 94-64. James King | Sports DirectorFor the first time in the history of the women’s basketball program, Ohio State has a four-time All-American.Guard Kelsey Mitchell was selected as an Associated Press second-team All-American after her senior season in which she averaged 24.3 points per game, the third-most in the country. She was named a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017, and was a first-team All-American in 2016.In all four years of her career, Mitchell averaged at least 22 points per game and her team made the NCAA tournament after missing it the year prior to her arrival.Mitchell and the Buckeyes suffered a disappointing loss to Central Michigan in the second round of the NCAA to end the season and the star guard’s career. Despite the abrupt end to her career, Mitchell finished her career ranked second in NCAA history with 3,402 career points. She also holds the record for most 3-pointers both made and attempted (497-for-1286) and ended her career on a 92-game streak with a made triple, the longest in NCAA history.She earned the Big Ten Player of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017 and was named conference player of the year by the coaches this season. The first team consisted of South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, UConn forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians, Louisville guard Asia Durr and Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu. Baylor forward Kalani Brown, Iowa forward Megan Gustafson, Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale and UConn guard Gabby Williams joined Mitchell on the second team.With her collegiate career now complete, Mitchell will realign her focus and direct her attention on preparing for the WNBA draft. She is viewed as one of the top two prospects, along with Wilson, in the 2018 WNBA Draft. read more

From Three Blind Mice to 911 the Sunday Telegraph readers 
letters like

The paper published no readers’ letters in its first issue. This might sound like common sense, but The Daily Telegraph, 106 years earlier, had printed a letter in the very first edition off the presses in 1855, from one E Harrisson, a “working man”. The first reader’s letter to appear in the new newspaper was from Geoffrey Howe, commenting on Peregrine Worsthorne’s remarks about Enoch Powell. All three were household names – at least in the households that The Sunday Telegraph hoped to infiltrate. Mr Harrisson explained that he could only afford sixpence a week, and since… Today The Sunday Telegraph marks its 3,000th edition. Pick up a copy of today’s paper for the full celebratory supplement. read more

Calls Needed to Senate Offices on GMO Labeling

first_imgSenate Agriculture Committee Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow continue their discussions this week in Washington on a potential compromise on GMO labeling legislation, with the goal of attracting the 60 votes necessary to pass a bill through the Senate.As few as six and as many as 15 to 20 Democratic votes are needed to pass the bill. Thus, some changes will need to be made to the bill that failed to receive the required 60 votes for cloture two weeks ago.The compromise that brings Democrats to the bill risks losing some Republicans leery of anything mandatory, or opposed to taking away states’ rights in any form.In short, the path to passage of this bill lies in the middle of the road, as is typically the case. Over the next week, soy growers are urged to make as many to Senate offices as possible to encourage that.Soy growers are calling on Democratic offices to reach agreement on a compromise now. Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law will disrupt  interstate commerce, will result in a patchwork of state laws that already is driving up costs for consumers and the food industry, and stigmatizes a technology farmers and a growing world need.ASA urges Republicans to support a solution that garners a sufficient number of Democrats to reach cloture in order to protect the commerce clause of the Constitution and to protect a technology farmers need.In the absence of any solution from Capitol Hill, on-pack mandatory labeling as required under the Vermont law effectively is the law of the land, as witnessed by the number of major food manufacturers scrambling to comply by the July 1 deadline.The soybean industry is supportive of the effort by Chairman Roberts to find a solution, one that might include mandatory disclosure through a QR code, website, 800 number, or other means with exemptions for small businesses, which is much different and better than the mandatory on-pack labeling of GMOs required under Vermont’s law.last_img read more

Zack Snyder reacts to Robert Pattinson replacing Ben Affleck as Batman

first_imgRobert Pattinson as BatmanBossLogic (@Bosslogic/Twitter)Twilight movie hunk Robert Pattinson has officially replaced Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie. Following the announcement, there are a lot of fans who are thinking that Pattinson is a wrong choice to play the role of the Caped Crusader, while there are many who thinks that he will do a fine job. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has now reacted to the reports of Robert Pattinson becoming the Batman.If you are among those who believe that Robert Pattinson is a bad choice to play Batman, then please check out our recent article on why Robert Pattinson is a perfect Bruce Wayne.Earlier this week, a Twitter user shared a screenshot of Zack Snyder liking a post about Robert Pattinson’s casting in The Batman movie on social media site Vero. There is nothing much in the post but it seems like Robert has finally got the approval of the person who previously directed Ben Affleck in a DC movie.Looks like Zack is as hyped as we are!! #Battinson pic.twitter.com/fPSO3yr8vR— Sam (@SamParkerMetal) May 31, 2019If you guys remember, it was not long ago when Zack Snyder openly stated that Ben Affleck was his perfect Batman. On one of his previous posts on Vero, Justice League director shared a snap of Ben Affleck wearing Batman costumes. Zack wrote in the caption that “Ben is my perfect Batman.” So, it looks like the director has some change of heart following Robert Pattinson’s casting.As we earlier stated, Robert Pattinson has done a fine job post his Twilight-days. The actor has received awards and praise for his performance in 2014’s The Rover and 2018’s Good Time. Twilight fans are sure that Kristen Stewart’s former boyfriend will make everyone proud of his performance in The Batman movie. Ben Affleck as BatmanFacebook / Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMeanwhile, very little is revealed to fans about Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie. There are several speculations swirling online that suggest that we might get to see Robin, Riddler, Catwoman, and Penguin in the movie.The Batman movie is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021. As of now, there have been no reports revealing Ben Affleck’s true feelings about Robert Pattinson replacing him as a billionaire vigilante who is avenging the death of his parents.last_img read more

SC stays Apan Jewellers owners bail

first_imgThe High Court order that granted bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases was stayed on Monday by the chamber judge of the Supreme Court, reports UNB.The owners are Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed.A special bench of chamber judge Iman Ali passed the order after hearing three petitions filed by the state.Deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju, the state counsel, said the petitions were initially placed before acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah as no regular vacation bench was functional today.Then, the CJ assigned the special bench of chamber Judge Iman Ali to hear the petitions.Later, the chamber judge set 21 December for next hearing of the petitions in the scheduled vacation bench.Earlier on 14 December, the High Court granted bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim passed the order after the final hearing on three cases.On 22 November last, the High Court issued five separate rules in five money laundering cases filed against them.last_img read more

6 killed in London attacks 3 suspects shot dead

first_imgPolice attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain. Photo: AFPAt least six people were killed by attackers near London Bridge on Saturday, police said.Police said three attackers drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people in Borough Market.“Armed response officers then responded very quickly and bravely and confronted the three male suspects who were shot and killed on Borough Market,” Mark Rowley, Britain’s top anti-terrorism officer, said.“Sadly, six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot by police,” he said.“The suspects had been confronted and shot by police within eight minutes of the first call. The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes,” he said.last_img read more

TMC activist murder case 3 more names crop up

first_imgKOLKATA: In the course of investigation into the murder of Satish Sharma, a Trinamool Congress activist at Titagarh, Barrackpore Police has come to know about a contract of Rs 2.5 lakh that was put out for his murder.One of the accused, Kala Munna, in the face of interrogation admitted to have received Rs 20,000 as advance money for committing the crime. The investigating officers are trying to find out the accused who put out the contract. Police also came to know about the modus operandi planned to commit the crime. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe names of three persons, who had engaged the contract killers, have popped up during police interrogation and are yet to be confirmed. As decided, the accused were given Rs 20,000 in cash and the remaining amount would be handed over after the crime was committed. The senior police officers of Barrackpore Commissionerate were not ready to reveal the names of the three other accused who are still at large. It may be mentioned that police have already arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in the incident. They are Bhola Prasad, Kala Munna, Seikh Samir and Sanjay Das. Kala Munna is the person who shot the victim. Police said Samir and Sanjay are the residents of the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice arrested the four accused after conducting raids at various places in North 24-Parganas. They are remanded to police custody after being produced before a district court on Tuesday. Sharma was shot at by the miscreants on last Monday morning when he was sitting at an under construction Kali Puja pandal at Titagarh. The miscreants came on two motorcycles. Kala Munna has revealed some crucial information to the police which might help them to nab the masterminds. Meanwhile, the victim succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in the city on Tuesday morning. Some of the locals on Tuesday took out a demonstration protesting against the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the accused. Police are probing whether a quarrel over promoting business led to the murder. As per the preliminary investigation, the investigating officers are ruling out its possibility.last_img read more

Years Years release new petty song about gay heartbreak

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Years & Years are back with new song If You’re Over Me, all about gay heartbreak. Released yesterday (11 May), gay frontman of the band, Olly Alexander, took to Twitter to announce the song.He tweeted: ‘I wrote this song when I was deep in my petty feelings.‘Thank you everybody who’s showing it love IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME,’ he added.The band released an unofficial music video for the song as part of the Spotify Pop List in which Olly is in a full-piece sequin suit.we did a lil vertical video for If You’re Over Me which you can watch on the #PopList playlist on @spotify yay ! https://t.co/NtnHKHmpsc pic.twitter.com/IaZRPCwebg— Years & Years (@yearsandyears) May 10, 2018The song talks about being strung along by someone, but then reclaiming your time.The lyrics read: ‘One minute you say we’re a team, then you’re telling me you can’t breathe. Well you should set me free, baby, if you’re over me.‘This heart just wants to break,’ Olly sings.[embedded content] Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander. | Photo: Spotify Pop List Song about sex with straight guysIn March, Years & Years released hit-song Sanctify, which Olly says is about him having sex with straight guys.On the track openly gay pop star sings: ‘You don’t have to be straight with me. I see what’s underneath your masl.’Speaking to Beats 1, he said: ‘I wanted to write a song that was kind of inspired from some experiences I’ve had with guys who identify as straight but I’ve had something a bit more than just a friendship with them.’Olly Alexander | Photo: Press shotSpeaking to GQ about ‘men that present as straight’, Olly furthermore said: ‘Now that I’m an out gay man – very out – I’ve noticed how some straight guys gravitate.‘It’s weird because I’ve almost found myself having these encounters with straight guys and find myself playing this saint and sinner role, or like this angel and devil, because I’m leading them down the path of “sinful gayness.”’He then added: ‘But also I’m helping them satisfy the sexual desire that they feel they can’t get anywhere else.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Olly Alexander: ‘What do I really want? A big d*ck’Years & Years’ Olly Alexander on Grindr, sex with straight guys inspiring new songYears & Years announce massive arena tourRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/years-years-release-new-petty-song-of-gay-heartbreak/last_img read more

Bloomberg says Google Mastercard covertly track customers offline retail habits via a

first_imgGoogle and Mastercard have apparently signed a deal that was kept as a secret from most of the two billion Mastercard holders. The deal allows Google to track users’ offline buying habits. The search engine giant has been stalking offline purchases made in stores through Mastercard purchase histories and correlating them with online ad interactions. Both companies haven’t released an official statement about the partnership to the public about the arrangement. In May 2017, Google announced a service called “Store Sales Measurement”, which recorded about 70 percent of US credit and debit card transactions through third-party partnerships. Selected Google advertisers had access to this new tool, which tracked whether the ads they ran online led to a sale at a physical store in the U.S. As reported by Bloomberg, an anonymous source familiar to the deal stated that Mastercard also provided Google with customers’ transaction data thus contributing to the 70% share. It’s highly probable that other credit card companies, also contribute the data of their customer transactions Advertisers spend lavishly on Google to gain valuable insights into the link between digital ads, a website visit or an online purchase. This supports the speculations that the deal is profitable for Google. How do they track how you shop? A customer logs into his/her Google account on the web and clicks on any Google ad.  They may often browse a certain item without purchasing it right away. Within 30 days, if he/she uses their MasterCard to buy the same item in a physical store, Google will send the advertiser a report about the product and the effectiveness of its ads, along with a section for “offline revenue” letting the advertiser know the retail sales. All of this raises the question on how much does Google actually know about your personal details? Both Google and Mastercard have clarified to The Verge that the data is anonymized in order to protect personally identifiable information. However, Google declined to confirm the deal with Mastercard. A Google spokesperson released a statement  to MailOnline saying: “Before we launched this beta product last year, we built a new, double-blind encryption technology that prevents both Google and our partners from viewing our respective users’ personally identifiable information. We do not have access to any personal information from our partners’ credit and debit cards, nor do we share any personal information with our partners. Google users can opt-out with their Web and App Activity controls, at any time.” This new controversy closely follows the heels of an earlier debacle last week when it was discovered that Google is providing advertisers with location history data collated from Google Maps and other more granular data points collected by its Android operating system. But this data never helped in understanding whether a customer actually purchased a product. Toggling off “Web and App Activity”  (enabled by default) will help in turning this feature off. The category also controls whether Google can pinpoint your exact GPS coordinates through Maps data and browser searches and whether it can crosscheck a customer’s offline purchases with their online ad-related activity. Read more in-depth coverage on this news first reported at Bloomberg. Read Next Google slams Trump’s accusations, asserts its search engine algorithms do not favor any political ideology Google’s Protect your Election program: Security policies to defend against state-sponsored phishing attacks, and influence campaigns Google Titan Security key with secure FIDO two factor authentication is now available for purchaselast_img read more

New Zealands Ministry of Primary Industries has a

first_img New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries has appealed the High Court’s recent decision in the Psa litigation, saying it seeks to “clarify the scope for government regulators to be sued in negligence.”In June the High Court found that MPI was negligent in allowing the devastating Psa disease into the country in 2009, in a class-action lawsuit case brought under the name The Kiwifruit Claim.The court also ruled that MPI owed a duty of care to kiwifruit growers when carrying out its biosecurity functions.Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters’ has said the government could be liable for up to NZ$800 million (US$540 million). Optimizing sorting tech would grant produce indust … In a release, MPI said the court’s finding traverses events dating back 12 years – pre-dating the establishment of the Ministry. It added that MPI is continually enhancing and improving the way it manages pre-border risk and import processes at the border. “We have confidence in our current biosecurity system and its continued robustness. New Zealand enjoys a high level of freedom from the most damaging pests and diseases as a result of the diligent actions of MPI officers, importers and others,” it said.”No biosecurity system in the world can prevent every pest incursion from happening, which is why our ability to manage risk offshore and respond to incursions if they occur are critical parts of the biosecurity system. A strong biosecurity system needs government, importers, industry and the public actively participating and acting to identify and manage risk.”The Ministry considers the High Court finding has the potential to significantly impact on the Ministry’s biosecurity operations. MPI takes its biosecurity responsibilities seriously, and while the decision is being appealed, it must still be applied in the interim. The impact of this for importers and others will be delays in decision-making.” July 24 , 2018 You might also be interested incenter_img AUS: Govt to penalize welfare recipients who turn … U.K.: Tesco adds plant-based meals to its meat ais … U.S.: Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon … last_img read more