Oppn MLAs seek probe in leak of budget on FMs Twitter ac

first_imgMumbai: Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday staged a protest over the alleged “leak” of Maharashtra budget provisions on Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar’s Twitter handle before presentation in the Assembly, and sought a probe into the matter. The legislators, including NCP’s Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Dhananjay Munde, held a demonstration over the issue in the state legislature premises during the ongoing monsoon session. “The government leaked the budget on Twitter even before it was presented before the legislature by Mungantiwar on Tuesday. We are protesting against the government’s such irresponsible approach. We want a probe into the matter by the cyber cell,”Munde said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mungantiwar on Tuesday dismissed the budget “leak” charge, saying the provisions were put out on Twitter 15 minutes after the finance minister began his budget speech in the Assembly. Meanwhile, the opposition legislators also criticised the BJP-led state government over the drought situation and sought complete farm loan waiver. They also took a dig at the government for allegedly sidelining senior BJP MLA Eknath Khadse, as he approached the legislature premises to attend the session. Khadse, who was earlier considered No. 2 in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government, resigned from the cabinet in June 2016 over corruption allegations in a land deal, but he was later given a clean chit by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.last_img read more

Innu elders gather to keep knowledge alive

first_imgBy Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsSHESHATSHIU,Nfld.— Over 300 Innu from across Quebec and Labrador are heading home.For the past week, they’ve been meeting in Sheshashiu, Labrador, for a gathering called Healing our Elders.This year’s gathering focused on passing the knowledge to the next generation.last_img

Ministry of Transportation to extend winter tire regulations to April 30

first_imgAccording to the Ministry, the tires must be in good condition and have a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres. For rural highways and mountain passes, tires with the mountain/snowflake symbol provide the best traction and handling.For more information on which routes will be impacted and how this could affect travel plans, you can visit the Ministry of Transportation’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation is reminding drivers that winter tire regulations have been extended to April 30, 2019.This extension is to account for early spring snowfall that could be experienced on some highways, particularly in the northern regions.The Ministry of Transportation says winter tire regulations are currently in effect for most B.C. highways, and people should ensure their vehicle is equipped with tires with the mountain/snowflake or mud and snow (M + S) symbol when travelling on designated routes.last_img read more

Advani BJPs tallest leader Sena

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena Saturday said L K Advani would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP irrespective of his poll presence, two days after the party nominated its chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, a seat represented by the BJP patriarch.In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said Shah contesting in place of Advani is politically translated as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics being “forced” to retire. “Lal Krishna Advani is known as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics, but his name does not feature in the list of BJP’s candidates for Lok Sabha polls, which is not surprising,” the edit said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Sena said the development underlined that the BJP’s Advani era has come to an end. “Advani has been elected from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency six times. Now, Amit Shah will be contesting from that seat. This simply means Advani has been forced to retire,” the editorial said. Marking a generational shift in the BJP, the party recently announced candidature of Shah, who will be contesting his debut parliamentary election, from Gandhinagar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAdvani, 91, had served as Union home minister and deputy prime minister. He won the Gandhinagar seat six times. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to massive victory in 2014 and Shah was made the party president, Advani was made a member of Margdarshak Mandal (group of mentors). The Sena said, “Advani was one of the founding members of the BJP, who along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee steered the rath of the party ahead. “But today, Modi and Shah have taken the place of them (Vajpayee and Advani). An environment has already been created in the party to ensure that seniors do not get any responsibility this time,” it stated. The Sena further said Advani has played a “long innings” in politics and would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP.last_img read more

Peerless has transferred unpaid deposits worth Rs 1514 cr to IEPF

first_imgNew Delhi: Kolkata-based Peerless General Finance and Investment Company has transferred unpaid deposits worth Rs 1,514 crore to the IEPF, an amount that was pending with the company for more than 15 years, according to the government. The Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF), set up under the Companies Act, 2013, primarily focuses on protecting the interest of investors. “In a major success, the IEPF Authority has been able to enforce Peerless General Finance and Investment Company Ltd to transfer deposits worth about Rs 1,514 crore to IEPF. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”This depositors’ money was pending with the company for the last 15 years,” the corporate affairs ministry said in a release Tuesday. The IEPF Authority comes under the ministry, which is implementing the Companies Act. Government officials said the matter came to the notice of the ministry through a communication from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as the Kolkata-based firm was a Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC). The amount of Rs 1,514 crore does not include the interest that was to be paid to the investors over the years, the officials said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe development would be boost efforts to protect the interest of investors, they added. According to the release, the company had garnered the amount through issuance of around 1.49 crore deposit certificates. The data submitted by company showed that 50.77 per cent of the total amount was taken in the form of deposit certificates of value of Rs 2,000 or less. “Geographically, the investors involved belong to 30 states and Union Territories. Majority of the investors belong to West Bengal,” it added. One of the officials said that the total amount due, including interest, is roughly estimated at Rs 3,000 to 4,000 crore. Among others, companies’ unclaimed dividends for seven years as well as the underlying shares are transferred to the IEPF account. The IEPF has an accumulated corpus of around Rs 4,138 crore. Companies have also transferred 65.02 crore shares valued at Rs 21,232.15 crore, as per the release. The IEPF Authority would also be putting in place an online facility to collect primary information directly from retail investors about deposits that have matured and are still pending with various entities for repayment or payment of interests. “The online report will capture only essential fields with various drop down options,” the release said. Separately, the IEPF Authority has issued more than 4,000 notices to companies seeking information for alleged lapses. There have been companies that have transferred unpaid dividend amount to the IEPF but failed to transfer the shares.last_img read more

UN official shocked by killing of Israeli civilians in the West Bank

31 August 2010A senior United Nations official has expressed his shock over this evening’s killing of four Israelis in the West Bank, as long-awaited direct talks are set to begin later this week in Washington between Israelis and Palestinians. According to media reports, the four slain civilians were killed as they were travelling by car to Hebron.“We condemn this murderous act and call for those responsible to be brought to justice,” Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement issued in Jerusalem.He urged all sides “not to allow the enemies of peace to affect the negotiations about to be launched, and to progress with determination and courage on behalf of both peoples, towards a final settlement.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to direct negotiations starting on 2 September, following an invitation from the United States Government and a statement earlier this month from the Middle East Quartet.In a statement issued on 21 August by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “negotiations are on the only way for the parties to resolve all final status issues” and he called on both sides to demonstrate leadership and responsibility “to realize the aspirations of both peoples.”Direct bilateral talks have not been held since late 2008, but indirect, or proximity, talks resumed in May this year, with the former United States senator George Mitchell shuttling between Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas. read more

Progress in worlds poorest countries should be boosted through aid – UN

New UN statistics released this month show that nearly half of the world’s 50 least developed countries achieved growth rates of 5 per cent or better in 2002-2003. Anwarul Chowdhury, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, attributed this advance to domestic reforms, improved donor assistance, rising commodity prices and a recovering international economy. At the same time, he cautioned that the future remains uncertain. “We do not know how sustainable the recovery in commodity prices will be, and how long the international economy will stay strong,” said Ambassador Chowdhury, who will speak at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which opens Sunday in São Paulo, Brazil. “This is the time to get increased aid, fairer trade and more effective debt relief into play,” he added, citing these measures as critical to reaching international anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Global economic trends seem to be favouring the LDCs. They have benefited from the overall rise in official development assistance to all developing countries, which jumped to $68 billion last year from $52 billion in 2001. Recent statements by the European Union and the United States have revived hopes for the successful resumption of the international round of trade talks. Particular concern centres on the farming subsidies in rich countries which take a heavy toll on agriculture-dependent poor countries. The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently ruled in favour of a complaint that included four LDC African nations, whose market for cotton exports is largely blocked by subsidies. The week-long UNCTAD conference – the 11th in a series – will specifically address improving developing countries’ access to markets and the need to redress past imbalances in the global trading system. read more

UN agency seeks funding for relief activities in Central African Republic

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a new 2006 Appeal for $46 million primarily for food and health and education services for impoverished people in this landlocked African nation.OCHA officials said the strengthened security situation and a democratically elected Government helped boost the amount of donor aid to more than $9 million in 2005, up from $3.5 million in 2004. Yet UN officials remain concerned because the amount actually collected for 2005 was a smaller percentage, compared with 2004, of the actual appeal. OCHA issued a 2005 appeal for the CAR of about $28 million.OCHA officials are hopeful that funding prospects will improve this year as the country’s security situation stabilizes. “We think that it is now easier for donors to assess priorities, choose which projects to fund, and monitor them with our support,” said Aurélien Buffler of OCHA.Despite last year’s successful elections, border clashes near Chad between CAR government troops and local insurgents forced several thousand people to flee their homes last month. The 15-member UN Security Council met to discuss the situation in the country last month. At the time, OCHA warned that there could be a renewed humanitarian crisis in the CAR.Last summer, nearly 20,000 people were affected devastating floods swept through the capital city of Bangui, ruining 2,500 homes. read more

Klopp wants to take on Manchester City the next season

first_imgManchester City have been dominating in this season’s Premier League and they were already crowned as the new champions but Jürgen Klopp believes that his side can fight against them the next season.Liverpool have been just one of two teams who have been able to beat Manchester City in this Premier League season and they also eliminated them from the Champions League – and Klopp wants to fight for the title.The former BVB coach spoke about his side’s goals as he said, according to Goal:“Of course I don’t fear the challenge. This year, if City had played a normal season, which they didn’t do, then it would have been really close until the end because we are now all close together.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“United are four points ahead of us, Tottenham are two points behind or whatever. It’s a real fight for all positions.”“All big six pretty much delivered this year but City delivered the best. It’s difficult to deal with success, as it is difficult to deal with other things in football, but I’m pretty sure they will be strong again.”“It doesn’t make life easier but it’s not impossible to step a little bit higher.”last_img read more

1 dead 2 injured after crash on southbound Turnpike in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person is dead and two others were rushed to the hospital after a car crash on the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene, located just before Northwest 41st Street, at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday,Two additional people were taken to the hospital in unknown condition.Crews have blocked off two lanes while they work the area.It is recommended that motorists seek alternative routes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Matter Two Entrepreneurial Innovations for Entrepreneurial Journalists

first_imgThe company opened its doors to six startups last year, and since launching, Ford says its startups are generating revenue, receiving several acquisition offers and launched three new products. The Second ClassThe seven companies that make up Matter Two offer discrete solutions in a number of media disciplines. Data-driven journalism, smarter programmatic advertising and universal platform publishing were just a few of the ideas that surfaced in the demos. Here’s a brief rundown:Beatroot: Founded by Mikko Koskinen and Ville Sundberg, Beatroot is for the data-driven journalist who wants to understand his or her audience better with actionable data-including impact, meaning the ability to trace how one story shaped media agendas or even policy.Butler: Founded by Jeff Wang and Jonathan Liu, Butler offers easy-to-use copy and paste analytics that gives users a much more granular look at visitor behavior. For instance, Bulter can determine not only how a user interacts with an interface, but also how they explore a site, and where in the funnel they might have dropped. Connu: Founded by Susannah Luthi and Niree Noel, Connu is a platform for short story fiction writers to distribute their work. The principal behind the product is to help independent writers scale their personal brand through distribution and audience development.Contextly: Founded by Ryan Singel (formally with WIRED) and Ben Autry, Contextly is an antidote to unintuitive automated content aggregators. In other words, with a simple backend tool, Contextly will allow publishers of any scale to surface recommended stories that tie back to the original entry point. The goal is to increase pages per visit, thus increasing the likelihood of binge consumption.Creative Action Network: Founded by Max Slavkin and Aaron Perry-Zucker, the Creative Action Network is a platform for independent artists to showcase and sell their work to a mass audience. It provides tech tools that optimize reach and discoverability.Made: Founded by Benjamin Evans, Nicolas Parzaile and Emma McGowan, Made is an invitation-only marketplace that connects freelance creatives with employers (and vice versa). The proprietary technology offers a more efficient experience for both the freelancer and hiring company. Think of it as a virtual agency, but with reduced costs for both parties. Phase one is for designers and developers, however the company plansi to scale it to a broader freelance community.Woopie: Founded by Martha Rotter and Stewart Curry, Woopie is designed to make digital publishing across all devices quicker and easier, without sacrificing original quality. Woopie is an acronym for “write only once, publish it everywhere.” The goal is to scale the product so that cumbersome PDF replicas are replaced by content that looks and feels native. The Bigger PictureEach of the startups are very much in their infancy, however they are beginning to earn revenue. Each are seeking somewhere between $300,000-$500,000 in a phase-one seeding. But Ford cautions onlookers to not dismiss where the companies are now, rather consider where they can go, and how they can reshape media.”Technology has been disrupting the traditional storytelling institutions that we have relied upon,” he says. “So the question is: What are we going to do about it? Everything big started small. Entrepreneurs are the ones creating the future of storytelling.”Moreover, these startups, in some cases, are creating tools for entrepreneurial journalists and those looking to forge their own way. While some of the tech is enticing to major players, there is an underlying commonality in that new technology is democrative and not exclusive. New York–On Tuesday, Feb. 25 a group of media executives, reporters and venture capitalists assembled at The Green Space for Matter Two Demo Days. Seven startups from around the world showcased beta and ready-for-market media products that could disrupt the media ecosystem and create new best practices. This was the group’s second demo after last weeks hometown San Francisco debut. What’s Matter?Corey Ford and Jake Shapiro founded Matter with a mission to holistically support entrepreneurs looking to improve storytelling. Support goes beyond the $50,000 in seeding Matter provides; it also includes an intensive 20-week accelerator course with hands-on training from experts in and around the media and tech communities.”Matter is about two things; culture and community,” Ford says. “A culture that encourages these teams to fail forward, and surrounding them with the community that can do just that. “last_img read more

Questions about Developer Selection Process Prompt Concord to Delay Council Vote

first_imgThe city of Concord has postponed Tuesday’s selection by the city council of a master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, located in the East Bay region in northern California, after one of the two candidates accused the other of improperly lobbying the city in violation of the negotiating agreement both finalists had signed.In a letter sent last week to Concord, the attorney for Catellus Development Corp. requested the city investigate its accusations about the conduct of Lennar Urban. Catellus also asked why city staff failed to recommend a preferred master developer as expected, reported the Contra Costa Times.“The reason that we’re sort of pausing this is to make sure we get all of the facts clearly outlined for the council and for the community, so that there isn’t any kind of dark cloud hanging over the decision we’re trying to make,” said Michael Wright, who had been executive director of the Concord Local Reuse Authority until his recent retirement. He now serves as a consultant for the project.The council, in consultation with the city manager, had earlier decided that the staff report on the two developers’ proposals would include a “balanced representation of the facts” but not recommend one over the other, Wright told the paper.The letter from Catellus also said that Lennar “may have arrangements with several prominent local companies that are also lobbying on its behalf.”Last month Concord Mayor Tim Grayson returned $12,600 in donations to his state Assembly campaign from firms linked to Lennar, including its public relations firm, an engineering firm that is a member of its project team for the Concord, and the president of a San Francisco-based investment fund that has loaned money to Lennar for its redevelopment of Hunters Point Shipyard.Kofi Bonner, president of Lennar Urban, vigorously defended his firm’s conduct in an email to the Times.“Lennar has not engaged in any discussions, negotiations or lobbying prohibited under its agreement with the city and has prohibited its consultants from doing so,” Bonner said.“Lennar has full confidence that the city has engaged in a fair and thorough process. We are sorry to see that Catellus has chosen to smear the city of Concord in an apparent last-minute desperate act aimed at sabotaging the selection process,” Bonner said.The 5,046-acre weapons station site is still owned by the Navy with the first parcels of land expected to transfer in the spring of 2016. The city’s reuse plan calls for residential, commercial and office use clustered around the North Concord BART station with greenways and parks separating neighborhood villages. Almost 70 percent of the property would be open space and recreational facilities. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Sunday killing marks 2 dozen Anchorage homicides in 2017

first_imgAnchorage police say the city has had its 24th homicide of the year, after a suspicious death Sunday.Listen nowAccording to police, that’s only one fewer than this time last year — which had the most homicides on record for Alaska’s largest city.Police are releasing few details about the woman found dead recently in the city’s Government Hill neighborhood. Police say a family member discovered her body inside their home and called 911 about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.Police spokesman MJ Thim said Tuesday detectives are not yet releasing the woman’s name, pending notification of her next of kin.Thim said the woman and her killer knew each other, which he said points to an isolated incident. He said police are also not ready to say publicly how she died or why other family members in another part of the home at the time apparently didn’t know what had happened or, for some reason, did not call for help.“They were in other rooms, and they weren’t injured,” Thim said. “We interviewed them, whether or not they witnessed it, what was happening or not, we’re trying to get all the stories about what went down in that apartment.”Thim also declined to say whether the potential witnesses were children or adults. He said detectives have received numerous calls after putting out a call to the public seeking more information and personal surveillance camera footage from the area.Meantime, Thim said Anchorage police have connected many of the city’s recent homicides to drugs.Thim said the police department — under relatively new Police Chief Justin Doll — has reactivated its Vice and Community Policing units amidst what could be another record-breaking year for murder in Anchorage.“If you’re not involved in crimes such as drugs, then you are relatively safe in this city,” Thim said. “Most of them have been determined to be drug-related, so that’s why we’re confident in saying these aren’t random crimes at the moment.”Anchorage police also announced Tuesday a new unit at the department: The Community Relations Unit, which Thim now heads.Chief Doll said in a written statement that, “Community relations are a critical component to this department’s success in fighting crime,” and that the new team will, “ensure APD remains connected to the community it protects and keeps safe.”last_img read more

International Persian Summer School at MANUU

first_imgHyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University( MANUU) in collaboration with Gottingen University, Germany is organizing first International Persian Summer School from 19th to 31st August. According to Prof. Shahid Naukhez Azmi, Head, Department of Persian, the inaugural will be held at 10.30 am at Saiyid Hamid Library auditorium, MANUU Campus. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Prof. Chander Shekar, Indian Cultural Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Prof. Eva Orthmann, Director, Professor of Iranian Studies, Gottingen University will address the inaugural. Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice-Chancellor will preside over. Research scholars of Persian language from various universities in Europe will attend the summer school.last_img read more

11 Other Black Superheroes That Deserve Their Own Movies

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Black Panther is set a million different records for not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe but movies in general. That’s inarguable proof that the increasingly diverse world is thirsty for representation in media, and for good reason – everybody deserves a superhero that looks like them, no matter their race, creed or color. Hollywood does nothing quite as well as follow the money, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see some other dark-skinned heroes make the leap to the silver screen pretty soon.Here are our picks for eleven heroes of African descent that could anchor their own flicks.Mr. TerrificThe original Golden Age Mr. Terrific was a fairly generic (and White) hero notable mostly for the absurd “FAIR PLAY” emblazoned on his long underwear. DC is all about the legacies, though, so when they introduced Michael Holt, the modern Mr. Terrific, in 1997 they mixed things up a bit. A multi-millionaire and Olympic decathlete, Holt has always been able to learn things easily. That aptitude makes him a hell of a crimefighter, as he speaks multiple languages, has mastery of six different martial arts and totes around some sweet weaponry including his floating “T-Spheres.” Mr. T is like a Batman for the Black community, and although he’s shown up on Arrow, we bet he could handle a movie.ShadowhawkCreated by Jim Valentino for the then-new Image line, Shadowhawk always kind of seemed like a second-place finisher to Spawn, the company’s other major Black hero. But Shadowhawk has some interesting nuances that we’d like to see on film. Paul Johnstone was born in Harlem and became a New York district attorney. In a very 90s turn of events, he was attacked by some thugs he put away and injected with AIDS blood. Now despairing of ever having a normal life, Johnstone donned an armored exoskeleton and took it to the streets to violently dispatch crooks by breaking their spines.Brother VoodooThe creation of Brother Voodoo in the 70s was part of Marvel’s sometimes ill-advised outreach to minority communities, and when he first showed up he was a little cliche. Over the decades, though, writers have rehabilitated Jericho Drumm into one of the universe’s most fascinating mystics. Jericho Drumm is a master of a different school of mystic arts than Dr. Strange, calling on Loa and other spirits to help him on his journey through the underworld accompanied by the ghost of his brother Daniel. It’d be cool to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe look at this side of the magical coin.DeathlokIt’s funny how both of the major American comic book companies have Black characters who have had a bunch of their bodies replaced by metal parts. Deathlok has things a little bit rougher than Cyborg, though, as he had to die first. Luther Manning was an American soldier killed in action and reanimated in the far future as Deathlok, a murderous man-machine who battles evil corporations and werewolves and stuff. A Deathlok film was actually optioned and made it to the script stage in the 1990s after the success of Blade, but obviously, it never got any farther than that.Nick FurySamuel L. Jackson has played the super-spy head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in numerous Marvel movies, but what we’d really like to see is a flashback flick featuring some of his adventures in his prime. Think how Wonder Woman used World War I as a brilliant backdrop for high adventure, and then move us to the Cold War and the height of the fight against the Commies. There are tons of great stories to be mined from the classic Steranko era, and it’d do some of the heavy lifting in putting Marvel’s vast history into context.BatwingYes, the Batman movies have sort of taken a nosedive since Christopher Nolan finished his trilogy. But there’s still hope to be had, and one place we’d love them to take inspiration from is Batman Incorporated, Grant Morrison’s transformation of the franchise into a global group of vigilantes, each with their own spin on the mythos. David Zavimbe was a Congolese police officer who had a troubled upbringing as a child soldier before meeting Bruce Wayne and getting kitted out with a sweet-ass suit. Setting a flick in a real African country would give gravitas and weight to any superhero tale.SpectrumMonica Rambeau is one of Marvel’s most accomplished Black superheroines, going through multiple names from Captain Marvel to Photon, Pulsar and finally Spectrum. She’s one of the few characters on this list capable of operating on the cosmic level, boasting the ability to transform her body into any form of energy. Her career has seen her leading the Avengers, being a member of Nextwave and the universe-saving Ultimates. She’s a confident, intelligent woman with a super cool power set and it’s almost criminal that the Avengers are about to face off with Thanos without her.Cloak (& Dagger)Yes, we know that Freeform (the former ABC Family) is debuting a Cloak & Dagger TV series this year, but we have to agitate for the duo on the big screen as well. Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen were teenage runaways shot up with an experimental drug. Instead of killing them like it did everybody else, it granted the duo strange powers that kept them in a state of symbiosis, with Tyrone’s all-enfolding black cloak only kept at bay by Tandy’s daggers of light. It’s a fascinating relationship study that also lends itself to really cool visual effects, both in the comics and on the screen.Isaiah BradleyThe Captain America origin story is one of Marvel’s best-known: a scrawny recruit gets shot up with a serum that transforms him into a flag-clad super soldier. But no scientific breakthrough like that gets tested on a white guy first, and in 2003’s Truth: Red, White & Black we learn that the U.S. government used 300 African-American enlistees as a test base. Five of them survived, including Bradley, who was granted superhuman strength and durability and becomes a legend in his community for his fight against the Nazis. It’d be a cool spin on one of the fictional universe’s most enduring myths.HardwareThe Milestone Comics imprint was DC’s progressive move of getting a group of African-American writers and artists together and letting them launch a completely new universe from the ground up. Quite a few cool characters came out of it, but one we’d really like to see in the movies is Hardware. Curt Metcalf was a child prodigy turned genius inventor who came to realize that Edwin Alva, his lifelong benefactor, was up to his ears in bad business. As the vigilante Hardware, Metcalf set out to take Alva down from within, wearing a high-tech suit of armor with tons of interesting capabilities.StormLogan proved that not only can X-Men solo movies work; they can plumb depths of the characters that the overstuffed team outings can’t. Ororo Munroe has one of the most compelling backstories of any of Marvel’s mutants – born into Kenyan royalty, orphaned in the Middle East and trained as a street thief in Cairo before discovering her weather-controlling abilities, she’s got plenty of pathos to plumb. Halle Berry ably played the character in several films, but she never really got much in the way of development aside from zapping Toad that one time. We’d love to see a flick that really treated her as the complex character she is.Moon GirlMarvel’s recent push to diversify their reader base beyond stereotypical Comic Book Guys has led to some big successes like the new Ms. Marvel and Lunella Lafayette, better known as Moon Girl. Just your average nine-year-old super-genius, Lunella teams up with giant red T-rex Devil Dinosaur on adventures through time and space. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe starts moving on from legacy heroes as actors age out of the roles, they’re going to have to tap the younger members of the bullpen to step in. Lunella has that crossover appeal that could grab both tweens and grown-ups if they go all out with the cosmic craziness. Stay on targetcenter_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic last_img read more

India France set up teams to work out details on Rafale jets

first_imgIndia and France on Wednesday decided to set up teams to work out details of the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition in a “time bound manner”.The decision came following the meeting between visting French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart here Manohar Parrikar.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month announced India’s intention to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France under a government to government deal during his trip to the country. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAs a follow-up on the subject, Drian and Parrikar met here to decide on the way forward.”The two Defence Ministers discussed modalities in order to reach an early conclusion of an Inter-Governmental agreement on the subject. The two sides decided to set up teams to work out the details in a time bound manner,” a short statement by the Defence Ministry said.French defence major Dassault Aviation, manufacturer of Rafale, is likely to enter into a joint venture with state-run HAL or any private player to set up a base here for augmenting its existing production line in Merignac in France, defence sources had said. The deal is estimated to be over $ 6 billion and will have about 30-50 per cent offset.last_img read more

Update River where mermaid was sighted near Ladysmith has dried up

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Questions are being asked if a river mermaid can survive a drought? Way back in October 2013, a Zulu-speaking river mermaid  was sighted in Waaihoek. Since then, there have been no more sightings of the mythical creature and the water has dried up in the river.Locals question if the mermaid could survive!Councillor Abbas Warasally visited the area recently and asked a few people if they have seen the mermaid, but nobody seems to have seen her. They also pointed out that the river was dry and the mermaid may have died.In 2013, a woman from Waaihoek, outside Ladysmith, claims she saw the mermaid and not only that, also saved its life. Fisani Duma shared her magical encounter with the Ladysmith Gazette.The meeting with myth happened on a Saturday afternoon when Fisani was on her way to a local shop to buy cool drink. When she reached the bridge that runs over the Madazane River, she saw four young boys throwing rocks at something. She asked them what they were doing and “the boys told me they were killing a snake that could speak”.Also read: Where have the mermaids gone?Upon closer inspection, Fisani saw something that was half woman and half fish. The creature screamed at her in isiZulu, pleading with her to help it. This really frightened Fisani and she took off running. “I ran away really fast, but I could still hear the thing’s screams for help. It was like it was talking to me specifically. It told me it wouldn’t hurt me and to please help it.”The ‘mermaid’ was stuck in the sand and couldn’t make it back into the water. It had also sustained injuries from the rocks thrown by the boys. “I went back to where it was, and I went to it.”“It said it wouldn’t hurt me, so I helped it back into the water. Then it raised its arms and thanked me.” After this, it disappeared into the water. Fisani immediately went home and relayed the stranger-than-fiction tale to her mother. When asked to describe the creature, Fisani said the top half was human and the bottom half fish. She claimed it was Caucasian with blonde hair, and cried real tears. “It was the size of a baby, but had fully-developed features.“It was small and only came up to my knee, but it was clearly something out of the ordinary.”“At night, I can feel things crawling all over my body and I get so scared,” said Fisani after the encounter. When shown a cell-phone picture of a mermaid that was taken off the Internet, she became hysterical, crying and screaming.Since that incident, there has been talk about the mermaid, with many people going to the same river in the hopes that they too may see the mermaid. However, no further sightings have been reported.South African anthropologist Penny Bernard, who has studied water spirit lore and traditions in that part of the world, has found that many of the traits of the Native American river mermaids also exist in South African tribal beliefs. These water spirits are referred to as the “River People” and are believed to live in certain deep pools of water, especially below waterfalls. Bernard notes “some informants say they are fair skinned, with long dark hair, are naked and some have half-human, half-fish physical attributes. SOURCEClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Update Potholes are being fixed

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite On Tuesday, February 2, we at the Gazette took it upon ourselves to find all the craters we have in our town.These craters (some may call them potholes) were numbered from one to six in a previous post and we gave you, the community, the opportunity to vote for your favourite pothole – be it the size of a car or as deep as one of our problematic storm-water drains.We recently took a very cautious drive through town and noticed that two of our six potholes have since been fixed. These two potholes, incidentally, received the most votes from the public.The first was our very own little Spioenkop Dam on the corner of Pretorius Street. This was what it looked like…This is what it looks like now…Francis Road is our next victorious fix. As if the speed humps that are the size of mini-mountains weren’t enough, you had to go through a “Valley of Death” before climbing the mountain. It is with great pleasure that we can now say you only have the little mountains to climb, as the pothole that was just after the robot as you head up Francis Road has now been fixed.Before…After…The little dam might be missed by the fish that once occupied it, but our vehicles will not miss the damage.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?last_img read more

Libyan turmoil persists year after Gadhafi death

first_img Sponsored Stories The conflicting reports, neither of which could be independently verified, reflect the turmoil that has persisted over the past year, leaving the oil-rich North African nation deeply divided. Tensions have spiked as rival forces battle over the city of Bani Walid.Bani Walid, some 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Tripoli, was the last major city in Libya to fall to the uprising, thanks in part to its protected location in a valley near the mountains. Over the past year, it has seen periodic violence and emerged as the most significant town in Libya still resisting the country’s new authorities since Gadhafi was slain near his hometown of Sirte last year.“We’ve lost too many people in Bani Walid and we are still losing them so I don’t think it’s time for a celebration,” said Abdessalem Mahfoud, a local neighborhood council member in Tripoli, when asked about the anniversary of Gadhafi’s death.The turmoil in Libya, which overthrew Gadhafi last year with the help of NATO airstrikes, has become a campaign issue in the U.S. presidential race after an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. ___Associated Press writers Esam Mohamed in Tripoli and Sarah El Deeb in Cairo contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories In the year since Gadhafi’s death, conflicts have broken out around the country, and despite the unprecedented election of a 200-person national assembly, the central government is weak and power remains with the armed groups that sprung up with the rebellion.A hard-line Islamist militia in Benghazi, Ansar al-Shariah, is widely believed to have been behind the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate, although it has denied responsibility.These groups, especially the armed militias, have often pursued their own agendas, some dating back to longstanding feuds inside a country Gadhafi controlled unchecked for more than four decades.After Gadhafi was killed, the former rebels negotiated a takeover of the Bani Walid and then looted it, prompting the angry citizens to form their own militia and throw out their new rulers in January.The tensions boiled over when one of the rebels celebrated for being among those who captured Gadhafi, Omran Shaaban, was captured and allegedly tortured by the Bani Walid militia.He later died in a French hospital and stencils of his name and face can be seen painted on buildings in Tripoli. As the militias gathered for revenge, the government authorized them to retrieve those responsible for the killing, setting the stage for the current siege. For many who fought against Gadhafi, the new Libya cannot be born until the last vestiges of the old regime, fugitives like Ibrahim and towns like Bani Walid, have been routed.“I don’t think things are really moving in the right direction until we finish with Bani Walid because it is stopping us from making a new Libya,” said Abdel-Basit al-Mzirig, a former deputy justice minister and now on Libya’s human rights council.A statement from the prime minister office said that Ibrahim was caught at a checkpoint outside Bani Walid while trying to flee a recent uptick in fighting over the town and would be taken to Tripoli for questioning.However, the government produced no proof of its claim and hours later, Ibrahim had not been seen in public. State television did briefly show a photograph of a man in a hospital bed with a bandaged shoulder which they labeled as the former spokesman, but the veracity of the photo could also not be confirmed.The urbane, English-speaking Ibrahim became the face of the regime in its final months and was the most well-known former regime figure to remain unaccounted for after Gadhafi’s son and heir-apparent Seif al-Islam was taken late last year. The regime’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi was later detained in Mauritania and extradited to Libya. Associated PressTRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – On the anniversary of the capture and killing of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is still grappling with the legacy of his four decades of rule as the interim government and the dictator’s former spokesman engaged in a war of words amid the ongoing chaos.The Libyan government said Saturday its forces had detained Gadhafi’s high profile spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, but an online recording from a man purporting to be Ibrahim denied that claim and said he wasn’t even in the country. Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk “We are protecting Libya because there are pro-Gadhafi people in Bani Walid. There are many wanted people there _ they are devils,” said Omar Saleh, a militiamen with the Libyan Shield manning the Umm Rashrash checkpoint 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Bani Walid. “We haven’t started to bombard them yet _ we could if we wanted _ but we are afraid of hitting civilians.”Libya is still building a national army and transitional authorities depended heavily on ex-rebel forces such as Libya Shield to secure the country.The civilians, meanwhile, streamed out of the town as the steady thump of heavy machine guns could be heard from miles away.They said the main road was blocked but they had taken dirt roads through olive groves toward the nearby town of Tarhouna.Trucks piled high with mattresses and filled with children and women wearing all-encompassing robes were searched by the militia before being sent on their way.“I left Bani Walid at 5 a.m. There is random shelling there and people are dying, including women and children,” Ghaith Hadi Ghaith said as he waited for his car to be inspected. “There is nothing to eat or drink.”He said the shooting was coming from all sides. He claimed the city only had 150 to 160 pro-Gadhafi people, but that was hotly disputed by the militiamen who said there was a list of 400 wanted figures from the old regime and hundreds more gunmen. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day It is not clear what charges Ibrahim might face, but officials in the past have suggested he might be accused of incitement and disseminating false information.The seven-minute recording, which was posted on Ibrahim’s Facebook page, rejected the reports that he had been captured, as well as subsequent, unconfirmed rumors about the detention of Gadhafi’s son Khamis, who was reportedly killed last year.“We are outside of Libya. We have no relations with Bani Walid and no contact with it. We are nowhere near Bani Walid,” he said.Libyans have failed to overcome deep enmities between those who fought to overthrow Gadhafi and former loyalists of the late leader, whose eccentric and brutal rule focused on pitting tribes against one another.Al-Mzirig said many remnants of the old regime are still working inside the government and only after they have been removed will the country fulfill the promises of the uprising, which began in February 2011 as part of the Arab Spring wave of revolts that swept the Middle East but quickly morphed into a civil war.This attitude, common among many who fought in the uprising, bodes ill for future efforts to bring rival groups together. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

The Week Ahead Differing Opinions Between Appraisers Homeowners

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Appraiser Homeowner Quicken Loans 2016-05-08 Staff Writer The Week Ahead: Differing Opinions Between Appraisers, Homeownerscenter_img May 8, 2016 613 Views History has shown that homeowners typically value their homes at a higher price point than appraisers, and as the housing market evolved, these opinions were beginning to inch closer to reaching a point of equilibrium but that has since changed. Will appraiser and homeowners find common ground this week?According to the most recent Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) by Quicken Loans, on a national level, the Index revealed that in March, home values as determined by appraisers were actually 2.17 percent lower than what homeowners expected. That’s a wider gap than in February, when appraised value was just 1.99 lower than the homeowner’s expectation.“The varying HPPI values across the country illustrates the importance of examining the market at the local level,” said Bob Walters, Chief Economist for Quicken Loans. “If homeowners are eyeing that new home being built across town, they could be pleasantly surprised how much their home will sell for—or in some instances their equity may not take them as far as they think—depending on what area of the country they’re in.”Like the HPPI, the HVI showed some distinct differences in regional data. In the Midwest, appraised values saw a 0.69 percent drop, while the West experienced a 1.52 percent increase over the last month. All four regions of the U.S. saw increases at an annual level.“It’s not always easy for homeowners to keep their finger on the pulse of their equity,” Walters said. “This data shows homes have continued to increase in value since the depths experienced after the last recession. Those increases mean far fewer Americans have negative equity in their homes. This increases their mobility and is a positive development for all segments of the housing market.”Here is the lineup for the week:Monday, May 9, 2016Charles Evans Speaks- 5:10 A.M. ESTChicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans participates in panel at the International Financial Services Forum in London.Tuesday, May 10, 2016Quicken Loans’ Home Price Perception IndexNeel Kashkari Speaks- 1:00 P.M. ESTMinneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari will give a speech to the Economic Club of Minnesota.Wednesday, May 11, 2016MBA Mortgage Applications- 7:00 A.M. ESTThursday, May 12, 2016Loretta Mester Speaks- 11:00 A.M. ESTCleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester will speak on monetary policy in Reichenau Island, Germany.Eric Rosengren Speaks- 11:45 A.M. ESTBoston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren will speak in Concord, New Hampshire.Esther George Speaks- 2:15 P.M. ESTKansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George speech on the economy, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Friday, May 13, 2016John Williams Speaks- 6:45 P.M. ESTSan Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams will give a speech on the economy in Sacramento.last_img read more