first_imgThe governor of Hawaii yesterday brokered a 1-week pause in the construction of the world’s largest telescope atop the Mauna Kea volcano in the wake of protests by Native Hawaiian activists, who say the project is desecrating sacred land.“There will be no construction activities this week,” Governor David Ige (D) said Tuesday at a news conference announcing the pause in work on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). “This will give us some time to engage in further conversations with the various stakeholders that have an interest in Mauna Kea and its sacredness and its importance in scientific research and discovery going forward.”Ige’s announcement came after police last week arrested 31 protesters who had blocked a road to the TMT construction site near the summit of the 4200-meter-high volcano. The arrests sparked outrage among Native Hawaiian activists, with groups holding rallies across the state. 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The moratorium, he says, is simply an attempt to “save face” and stall for time in a bid to wear down the protesters. Construction of the TMT should not have started, he argued, while legal challenges to the project remain unresolved in state courts.In a statement, Ige said he was calling for the moratorium so that he could “evaluate the situation from multiple perspectives.” He pledged to work with leadership at the University of Hawaii, which administers the sublease of summit lands to the TMT, and the state’s Office of Hawaiian Affairs to seek a resolution to the conflict.TMT Spokesman Gordon Squires confirmed that the shutdown of the project—which has completed a 7-year public review process and was approved to proceed last month—was not imposed by the governor’s office, but agreed to by the international consortium that is developing the telescope.Both astronomers and Native Hawaiians see Mauna Kea as a special place. The TMT is sited within a 212-hectare reserve that was set aside by the state of Hawaii for astronomy projects in the 1960s, as a result of its altitude and dark skies. There are already 13 telescopes within the reserve, but the enormous scale of the TMT—which, including parking and roads, would cover a total area of 2 hectares and stand 18 stories above ground—would dwarf them all.Traditionally, Native Hawaiians consider Mauna Kea to be a sacred realm inhabited by several major gods and a place that, traditionally, could be visited by humans only for special ceremonies. Today, many also believe the summit is mismanaged by the University of Hawaii and the state. Although the reserve is set aside for science, critics note that the mountain is often crowded with commercial stargazing tours. The summit is also an ecologically fragile area, TMT opponents note, and is the location of hundreds of archaeological sites.TMT backers, however, say the telescope has gone through a careful review since it applied for permits in 2008. “The TMT site was selected with great care and respect,” Project Manager Gary Sanders said in a statement. “There are no archaeological shrines or burial sites within TMT’s project site.” And there has been “ongoing dialogue and meaningful discussion” among parties with various points of view during the process, he added.Such assurances mean little to the protesters. “Our ultimate goal is to stop the construction, stop the desecration of our mountain,” Kanuha says. Although he and his allies support ongoing legal challenges to the TMT, he says they have little faith in the courts and are employing more direct, grassroots opposition. They hope a long-term blockade will cause costly delays and eventually force the TMT’s international group of funders to abandon the project.At the same time, Kanuha and others hope to use the TMT protests to highlight another cause: Hawaiian sovereignty. Some activists contend the islands have been illegally occupied by the United States since the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, and “the people of Hawaii have never stood on a more grand, more noticeable platform” to discuss that issue, Kanuha says.In the meantime, University of Hawaii Spokesman Dan Meisenzahl noted that the university is in the process of seeking a 65-year extension of its lease on the summit from the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. “Part of that ask is to promise that there will be no more development,” he says. “TMT will be the last telescope on the mountain.”last_img read more

first_imgAaron Finch stole the show with a breezy unbeaten 93 and singlehandely powered Victoria to a sensational seven-wicket win over Central District in their second Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament here today.Finch was at his destructive best as he clobbered the bowlers for 11 fours and three sixes en route his 60-ball match-winning innings.The 23–year-old right-hander was ably supported by Victoria skipper David Hussey and Andrew McDonald, who made an identical 17-ball 18.Chasing Central District’s challenging 166-run target, Victoria rode on Finch’s brilliance to romp home in 19.4 overs and bring back their campaing on track after the opening 28-run loss against Warriors in the Twenty20 event.For Central District it is their second consecutive defeat in the tournament after their 57-run loss to Chennai Super Kings and now stands in the brink of elimation.Earlier, riding on captain Jamie How’s unbeaten 77, Central District overcame a scratchy start to post a competitive 165 for five.How decorated his 55-ball unconquered stay at the crease with 10 fours and three sixes.Victoria started their chase on a steady fashion with Rob Quiney and Aaron Finch adding 40 runs in 4.3 overs.But if not for butterfingered wicket-keeper Tim Weston the scenario could have been different as he dropped a regulation catch off Quiney in the fourth over.But it was not to be Quiney’s day as he failed to cash in on the opportunity and clipped one straight to Michael Mason at short-fine leg off Seth Rance in the next over.advertisementRance seemed to emerge as the lucky bowler for Central Districts as his next over too produced an wicket but this time, courtesy a run out. Victoria wicket-keeper Mathew Wade was the unlucky batsman in contention who fall to a mix up with Finch.Finch, however, remained steady at the other hand and dealt mostly in singles and twos with occasional boundaries in between.Together with captain David Hussey, he stitched a 51-run third wicket stand to keep the Australian side in the reckoning.However, poor fielding was the order of the day for the Kiwi side as Woker dropped dangerman Finch on 43 off his own bowling.But just when it seemed the match was slowly going away from Central Districts grip, Doug Bracewell came up with the big wicket of Hussey, caught by Weston of a short delivery.Finch and Andrew McDonald tried to use their long handle to the maximum with Victoria needing 48 of the last four overs.The duo hit some lusty blows and managed to brought down the equation to 25 off the last two overs.Finch was at his attacking best as he welcomed Mason with a lofty hit over extra cover in the penultimate over to bring down the asking rate.With 12 runs needed of the last over, Finch edged Bracewell to the thirdman boundary in the opening ball and then after two singles, the right-hander finished the runchase with a lofty hit over long-on.Earlier, electing to bat, How led from the front with an unbeaten 77 to take Central Districts to a challenging score after they were two wickets down in the opening over of Peter Siddle.How took the onus on himself to guide his team out of danger and build two crucial partnerships — first with George Worker (29 off 25) and then with Brendon Diamanti (19 off 11) to take the Kiwi side past 150-mark.Together with Worker, How first ressurected the Central Districts with a 48-ball 53-run fourth wicket stand and then added a quickfire 33-ball 66 along with Diamanti to give his bowlers a defendable score.But irrespective of the scorecard, it was Victoria’s bowlers who mantained control over the major part of the proceedings.However, a determined How’s blaxing blade spoiled their party in the end with Central Distrcist piling up 67 runs in the last six overs.For Victoria, Peter Siddle, who returned after a seven-and-a-half months’ lay-off, was exceptional upfront, picking up two Central Districts batsmen in the very first over of the match.last_img read more

first_imgMohali, Nov 27 (PTI) Statistical highlights on the second Mohali, Nov 27 (PTI) Statistical highlights on the second day of the third Test between India and England here. # Parthiv Patels innings of 42 is his highest score vs England in Tests, eclipsing the 19 not out at Nottingham in August 2002. # Patel, as an opener, is averaging 37.00 in Tests. His tally reads 111 in three innings — the sequence being 0 vs New Zealand at Hamilton in December 2002, 69 vs Pakistan at Rawalpindi in April 2004 and 42 vs England today. # Patels 42 is the second highest by an Indian wicketkeeper vs England in Tests at Mohali behind the 100 by Deep Dasgupta in December 2001. # Murali Vijay-Patel pair became the sixth opening pair to represent India in Tests this year. # Cheteshwar Pujaras record this year is superb, aggregating 748 at an average of 62.33 in nine Tests, including three hundreds and four fifties. # Pujara has completed his 11,000 runs in first-class cricket — his tally being 11016 (ave.57.37) in 137 matches, including 36 centuries and 37 fifties. # Pujara has seven fifty-plus innings (3 tons + 4 50s) in Tests this year — the most by an Indian. Just three batsmen have posted more such scores this year — Joe Root (10), Jonny Bairstow (10), and Alastair Cook (9). His tally of seven 50-plus knocks is his best ever in a calendar year in Tests. # Mohammed Shami has bagged 27 wickets at an average of 27.48 in 10 Tests — highest tally posted by him in a calendar year, bettering the 24 (ave.46.20) in seven Tests in 2014. # Shami has registered his best bowling figures vs England in Tests, surpassing the 2 for 30 at Visakhapatnam in the second Test of the series. # Virat Kohlis second fifty vs England is his 14th in Tests. # Kohli has totalled 399 runs at an average of 99.75 in five innings, including a century and two fifties — his best ever performance in terms of run-aggregate in a Test series in India. This performance is his second best overall behind 692 in eight innings at an average of 86.50 vs Australia in 2014-15 in Australia. # Kohli has become the 20th Indian player to complete 2000 runs or more in Tests in Asia — his aggregate being 2014 at an average of 50.35 in 27 Tests, including six centuries and 10 fifties. # Karun Nair has become the 12th Indian batsman who has been run-out on Test debut — Anil Kumble was the last batsman to be dismissed in this way before Nair — vs England at Manchester in August 1990. # Ashwin has posted three 50-plus innings in the present series — a distinction recorded by him for the first time in a Test series. His scores being 70 at Rajkot, 58 at Visakhapatnam and an unbeaten 57 at Mohali. # Ashwin, during his unbeaten 57, has become the second Indian all-rounder to manage 500 runs or more apart from capturing 50 wickets in the same calendar year in Tests — his tally being 530 runs (ave.48.18) and 56 wickets at 22.60 runs apiece in 10 Tests. Kapil Dev had achieved the distinction twice in 1979 and 1983. # Overall seven all-rounders have accomplished the double 10 times in a calendar year in Tests. # Ashwin has become the fifth Indian all-rounder to achieve the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests at home — the first four being Vinoo Mankad, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. # Adil Rashid has taken 16 wickets at 28.18 runs apiece in the present series — the most on either side. The tally is the fourth highest by an overseas leg spinner in a Test series in India — the highest being 29 (ave.19.58) in the 1959-60 five-Test series by Richie Benaud. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The Atlanta Hawks made it look easy for three games and three quarters against the Brooklyn Nets. And when it finally got difficult, it was exactly what they wanted.Unshaken by problems off and on the court April 8 night, the Hawks got the go-ahead basket on Al Horford’s dunk with 19 seconds remaining and beat the Nets 114-111 to complete a season sweep.Playing without injured All-Star Paul Millsap and further short-handed after Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested early April 8 and didn’t play, the Hawks recovered after blowing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.“Brooklyn made a heck of a comeback. For our guys to keep their poise and to keep their composure and stay together and execute in some crucial moments on both ends of the court, that’s what you need going down the stretch,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Horford scored 24 points and Mike Scott had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks, who won their third straight and weren’t fazed by the extra attention springing from the arrests.“No, not at all,” Horford said. “Our focus (was) on this game, this team. We did a good job of that. We came out and we were ready to play.”Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. They fell into a tie with Boston for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with the Celtics owning the tiebreaker.That means the Nets would be eighth if the season ended April 8 and staring at a first-round match-up against the Hawks, who beat Brooklyn by 32 in Atlanta on Saturday night and had “overwhelmed” the Nets in the first three meetings this season, coach Lionel Hollins said before the game.The Hawks then made nine of their first 12 shots and were barely threatened through three quarters.But down 12 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining, the Nets put together a 12-2 flurry behind Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack to cut it to 107-105, and were ahead 111-110 after Deron Williams’ basket with 33.5 seconds remaining.“Tonight they came out, hit us in the mouth early, but we just stayed with it,” Jack said. “We fought, we clawed and that’s just the resilience that we have if we want to make it to that goal that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season.”But Atlanta answered quickly with Kyle Korver firing a pass inside to Horford, who was open after Lopez cheated too far out onto the 3-point ace and had an easy dunk.After Jack and Bojan Bogdanovic missed from the perimeter on the next trip, Jeff Teague added a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds left. Johnson, a former Hawks star, had a tying 3-point try go in and out.Johnson scored 21 points for the Nets, who will be swapping first-round picks with the Hawks because of their trade for the former All-Star in 2012. It could be a lottery pick if Brooklyn can’t hold onto postseason position.“We’re still a confident group,” Johnson said. “Obviously they had handled us pretty much three straight games, basically been no contest, but tonight we gave them a bit of a run.”DeMarre Carroll finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Teague had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds to cap a long day for the Hawks.Antic and Sefolosha were arrested early April 8 after police said they blocked officers from trying to start their investigation after Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and two women were stabbed following an argument on the street near a Manhattan nightclub.Antic and Sefolosha were charged with obstructing governmental authority and disorderly conduct. They apologized in a statement through the Hawks and said they would contest the charges.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year was abuzz with exciting launches and announcements. While a handful of products were trying to rekindle the past, like the retro remake of the Nokia 8110 4G from the original Matrix film, the majority was looking to the future. Two technologies especially stood out as the embodiment of the future of the mobile world:  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 5G communication. But what is the connection between these two fields? Read on to find out.5G + AI = the future (Source: Shutterstock) AI was the most popular buzzword, but how much of it is real? AI is a huge deal. According to KPMG, AI and machine learning garnered $12 billion in venture capital in 2017, doubling the amount from the year before. But, as with every hot trend, the term gets thrown around a lot more than it should. Don’t get me wrong. From autonomous vehicles and robots, to smart speakers and headphones, AI is changing the world. However, many products boast AI as a selling point, when in fact they are based on hard-coded algorithms, so it’s important to differentiate between the buzzword and the real thing.The use of artificial intelligence might not be to create a super-smart, super-strong humanoid like the synths in Humans, or the hosts in Westworld. It could be used for a much less general and more specialized application. But to be deemed AI, it would be expected to include a learning process and generate a result that could not be achieved with straightforward, brute-force calculations. This type of AI is becoming very common, especially around deep learning and neural networks, which power many technologies that are used by millions every day.The challenge of 5G: With great speed comes great complexity Another huge item at MWC was 5G. My colleague gave a superb overview of the status of 5G as of mid-2017, and it’s pretty impressive to see how far things have come since then. 5G is expected to be the enabler of revolutionary technologies like autonomous vehicles, smart homes and cities, mobile augmented and virtual reality and 4K video streaming. The anticipation has been building for a while, and now, the potential of 5G is beginning to crystallize.One example of a recently announced SoC which is ready to tackle the challenges of 5G is Nokia��s ReefShark, which includes the CEVA-XC DSP for wireless communication. According to Reuter’s, even President Donald Trump’s security team is looking to expedite the launch of a 5G network in the U.S., as a countermeasure to cyber and economic security threats from abroad. So, it’s safe to say now that everyone knows that 5G is the future of communication.There are many reasons that 5G is so desirable. The bandwidth will be far greater than 4G, which will support streaming content that was not feasible before. The reliability will be much greater which promises to enable mission critical and ultra-low-latency use cases, like autonomous driving. It will also significantly increase the number of connections, enabling the connectivity of an exponentially larger number of devices, forming the internet of things (IoT). So, from the smallest sensors in the home to the most sophisticated automated vehicles, everyone has something to gain from 5G.The problem is the extremely complex calculations that arise from this. Technologies such as millimeter wave bands of up to 60 GHz, and massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output – 64-256 antennas) together with low-band sub-6 GHz frequencies introduce new challenges and complex, non-linear computations to the 5G physical layer (PHY). In addition to all these complexities, the 5G definition is still not officially standardized. The 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15 is the latest from 3GPP, but any current SoC must remain flexible to support Release-16, as well as other versions of 5G that do not conform to the 3GPP standard. Meeting these demands requires a new approach, unlike anything before.5G:with speed comes complexity (Source: iStock) Taking on 5G challenges with machine learning and powerful DSPs New platforms such as CEVA’s PentaG address these challenges using an approach that combines communication DSPs with AI and specifically machine learning. The CEVA platform integrates an enhanced version of the CEVA-XC4500 DSP together with a cutting-edge AI processor, a powerful Vector MAC Unit (VMU) Co-Processor, a cluster of CEVA-X2 DSPs, and optimized hardware accelerators.This type of platform is capable of handling the demanding calculations of 5G with extremely low power and the flexibility to update the software in the future. A demo at MWC showed how the PentaG handled the complex Channel State Information (CSI) with challenging use cases up to MIMO4x4 and 256QAM. This innovative approach for 5G CSI processing using AI, enables 5G advanced receivers (e.g. based on near-Maximum Likelihood MIMO Decoder) to achieve highest throughput. Introducing AI helps to close the gap of unmatched performance and overcome the complexity barrier of the currently available approaches.Zeev Kaplan is a Communication Algorithms Team Leader in CEVA Wireless BU. He has over 15 years of experience in communications engineering with expertise in algorithms, DSP Cores and systems design. Zeev has a broad experience with LTE, Wi-Fi and wired home-networking (HomePNA, HomePlug, G.hn) networking standards. Zeev Kaplan has a BSc. (Summa Cum Laude) and MSc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. center_img Continue Reading Previous SECO: COMe-C08-BT6 with up to six cores at up to 4.7 GHzNext Wind River to be acquired by TPGlast_img read more

first_imgA Bancroft, Nebraska man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for robbing a Cuming County bank.38-year-old Jeffrey Bonneau was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha.Bonneau had pleaded guilty to robbing the First Bank of Bancroft last April 20th.Prosecutors say Bonneau got away with more than $6,700 from the robbery and escaped on a stole all-terrain-vehicle.He crashed the ATV a short time later.All of the money was recovered.Prosecutors stated that Lenn Zuhlke had driven Bonneau to pick up the stolen ATV before the robbery and was supposed to rendezvous with Bonneau after the heist.Zuhlke also has pleaded guilty in the case and will be sentenced March 19th.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trump administration is likely to quickly trigger the process that will lead to renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, now that a new U.S. trade representative has been confirmed, say two Trudeau cabinet ministers heading Canada’s side of the talks.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said he’ll likely get his first opportunity to meet face-to-face with Robert Lighthizer when the two attend an APEC minister’s summit this week.The U.S. Senate approved Lighthizer as President Donald Trump’s trade czar on Thursday.Soon after, Trump said it was his intention to quickly file a 90-day notice with Congress to kickstart the NAFTA talks with Canada and Mexico, a requirement under U.S. law.Canada maintains a solid footing for the negotiations, whenever they begin, Champagne told Global TV’s “West Block.”“We are ready, we are prepared, and we’re going to see what they put on the table,” he said.“But we’re going to be firm in our position as to protecting Canadian workers and protecting Canadian interests.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she also expected to meet with Lighthizer soon, and that the pre-negotiation process would likely start “very soon.”With Lighthizer’s confirmation, “I think that the process ought to now get moving,” Freeland told CTV’s Question Period.“And we’re enthusiastic about that,” she added.“We’re keen to sit down at the table with our American and Mexican partners and to modernize what has been a really great trade agreement for our continent.”The Trump administration has signalled that it wants significant changes in a range of sectors, including dairy, lumber, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and the NAFTA dispute-resolution system.Trump himself has said he expects “massive” changes, telling The Economist last week that “big isn’t a good enough word” to describe the negotiations.But whether there is time for a “massive” restructuring of the long-standing trade deal is being questioned by observers, who point out that Mexico has expressed a desire to get a new deal by early next year, before the Mexican election.In the meantime, both Freeland and Champagne said Canada will continue pressing Ottawa’s position in behind-the-scenes discussions with political actors in the U.S.; that NAFTA has been a boon for jobs in both countries.last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press EDMONTON — The growing scandal at an all-boys private school in Toronto made its way to the Grey Cup this morning with the coaches of both teams asked about it at a pre-game news conference.St. Michael’s College School has been rocked by allegations of assault and sexual assault by students, including violent hazing.Six boys are facing charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault captured on video that police sources say involved members of a school sports team.Calgary Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson said he and Ottawa Redblacks coach Rick Campbell were concerned at what had gone on, saying sports should be positive and inclusive.Campbell declined comment, saying he did not want to downplay a serious issue but needed more information on what happened.Since the scandal broke last week, a number of former students have come forward with allegations of “sexualized” hazing and the school has said recent incidents clearly indicate it has a problem.   last_img read more

first_imgA wave washes over evidence …… The reader must not get the impression that the Gujarat model went unchallenged. In fact, there were many voices apart from Sen and Drèze who wrote extensively about the limitations of the Gujarat model. Some pointed to the fact that growth rates in Gujarat were high even before Modi came to power. Others pointed out correctly that Gujarat’s social indicators lagged behind those of many other states. In human development rankings, states like Kerala did far better, while states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu had their own growth stories to tell. I myself wrote about the inadequacies of the Gujarat model. From one of my articles in 2014, I will take the liberty of quoting a section that seemed to capture what many were saying at the time. While I and many others felt the Gujarat model represented a discredited ‘trickle-down’ model of economics, Jagdish Bhagwati was arguing that its growth had a ‘pull-up’ effect. That was in essence how the Gujarat model was positioned. As we learnt in 2014, this latter argument won spectacularly. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalThe preceding discussion provides some context for the transformation of Narendra Modi, the man tainted forever by the 2002 Gujarat riots, into a Thatcherite reformer and decisive leader who would pursue good governance, fight corruption and bring achhe din. It is now time to recall what Modi actually promised in specific terms to the people of India. What was the vision and the policies and programmes that gave concrete shape to the exhortation: ‘You gave Congress 60 years, give BJP just 60 months’? Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceModi fought two successful campaigns. While we all focus on his spectacular victory in the 2014 election, he also fought an intra-BJP battle against other contenders who attempted to thwart his rise. He won his party’s internal battle using a potent narrative with just the right amount of Hindu nationalism mixed with a heavy dose of development through ‘good governance’. He had already built up a formidable reputation as a business-friendly chief minister who constantly marketed the Gujarat model of development. And he was already seen as an unabashed standard-bearer of Hindutva since the 2002 Gujarat riots. The BJP establishment had no answer to Modi’s nationalist narrative that powered his inexorable rise to the top. In June 2013, he became chairman of the BJP’s Central Election Committee over the resistance of some of its most senior leaders such as L.K. Advani. Modi was well on his way. The ‘achhe din’ campaign Modi and BJP ran a terrific campaign promising to remake India with ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ and a pledge to usher in achhe din. In speeches at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the BJP’s national council meeting, Modi rolled out his vision for India’s economy. He attacked the UPA for the ‘despair’ prevailing in India and how the country had become a country of ‘underachievers’. Modi presented an all-encompassing vision from the social sectors to infrastructure development to job creation and high economic growth. On education, he said the BJP’s dream was ‘to have an IIM [Indian Institute of Management], an IIT [Indian Institute of Technology] and an AIIMS [All India Institute of Medical Sciences] in all states’. With an eye on middle-class voters, Modi talked up infrastructure and the rural to urban transition. He spoke of building 100 smart cities and bullet trains. He also promised to build hydroelectric power plants, manufacturing hubs, roads, airports and ports. The PM’s party also wanted greater FDI for job and asset creation in all sectors except multi-brand retail. The BJP spoke of generating 10 per cent growth, creating millions of jobs and focusing on much-needed skill development. It was soon clear to everyone that Modi’s impressive rhetorical style was endearing him to the public. While the speeches were not purely about economic development, it is fair to say that the development plank was central to the campaign. Yes, there were references to BJP’s religious and social causes. However, for the most part, the ‘achhe din’ campaign was about good governance, improving economic performance, creating jobs and transforming India into an economic powerhouse that would lift poor people out of poverty and usher in high standards of living for the middle class. The ‘Modifesto’ as BJP’s Manifesto With opinion polls consistently showing that Modi would lead the next government, the BJP’s manifesto, dubbed ‘Modifesto’, was to be the icing on the cake. However, the manifesto was inexplicably delayed. In fact, the BJP released its manifesto on the first day of polling. While not many people may read election manifestos, they are important for holding political parties to account. As widely reported at that time, key members of the committee in charge of drafting the manifesto were not too fond of Modi. Murli Manohar Joshi, the head of the manifesto committee, had to give up his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, so that Modi could contest from there. Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha was back-benched and another senior leader, Jaswant Singh, was expelled. The delay in the release of the manifesto appeared to be strategic in nature, allowing Modi to grow stronger without revealing too many specifics about the delivery of promises. The manifesto generously spouted feel-good statements but remained very stingy about specifics. However, at that point, voters seemed to have made up their minds and any critique of the manifesto for its lack of detail, especially by the Congress, had very few takers. As a Frontline magazine article pointed out, Modi’s imprint on the manifesto was clear. While the images of most senior BJP leaders were on its cover, Modi’s popularity required help from neither the manifesto nor the party leaders gracing its cover. The manifesto boldly declared BJP to be a modern and inclusive party, relegating its pet projects such as the Ram Temple, uniform civil code and cow protection to the peripheries of the document. Frontline noted wryly, ‘So, for the BJP government, apparently both rural and urban areas are to be high priority. And all sections of people are to be empowered: the poor, the elderly, the new middle classes and entrepreneurs, rural dwellers, urban residents, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, minorities, other weaker sections, women, children, senior citizens, the “specially-abled”, the youth, sportspersons, farmers and small-scale business owners.’ Frontline went on to ask: ‘Did anyone get left out in this breathless attempt at inclusion?’ It is helpful to see the manifesto’s broader context without drowning in its details. At the time of the election, I was doing all I could to run down this manifesto. Of course, as with any manifesto, there was a lot to genuinely criticize. However, I could also see the elegance of the presentation. The BJP contended that the next government had to deal with immediate concerns before building a framework supportive of systemic reforms. These reforms required a broader platform, hinting at the need for inclusion. To my mind, that was logical and smart. With immediate problems out of the way and a stronger and inclusive framework, India could leap forward. This presentation clearly captured the hearts and minds of many opinion makers; hence, the victory of hope over genuine fears was complete. (Excerpted with permission from The Great Disappointment; written by Salman Anees Soz; published by Penguin eBury Press. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘The Promise’.)last_img read more

Brigadier Silva was the General Officer Commanding of the military’s controversial 58th Division that battled the LTTE in the Vanni in the final days of the conflict.There are multiple reports that strongly implicate Silva with war crimes. The UN Panel of Experts Report (2011) alleged that it was in surrendering to his Division that several LTTE members were shot dead (the infamous ‘White Flag Case’). According to the South Africa based International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP – 2018), eye witnesses placed Silva on site and claim he even shook hands with the LTTE political wing leaders who surrendered on 18 May 2009, only to be summarily executed shortly thereafter. It has called on the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) to investigate this as the first case if it was serious about criminal accountability for enforced disappearances, and for Major General Silva to be questioned first. Troops under his command were also credibly accused of shelling hospitals and no-fire zone packed with women, children and elderly refugees. “Such appointment, particularly as Sri Lanka’s human rights record is about to be reviewed in Geneva in March 2019, is a clear message to the international community that the country cares little about its views and the potential consequences of its failures in faithfully implementing the UNHRC resolution 30, 34/1,” GTF said. Among all the Sri Lankan military officers implicated in war crimes, Silva is perhaps the most well-known. In many ways, he symbolised war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the last stages of the war and the extent to which the country is prepared to hide and protect its military from honest scrutiny and accountability, GTF added. When Silva was appointed as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to UN in August 2010, it was viewed not just as Sri Lanka’s attempt to give the highest protection to the most notorious of its military officers, but also as a test of the international will with regards to the extent of their commitment in ensuring war time accountability.During his UN tenure, a law suit was filed against Silva by the relatives of Tamil victims in the District Court of the Southern District of New York, which as expected, Silva fended off invoking diplomatic immunity. Though the original attempts at preventing Silva’s appointment to the UN failed, a consolation of some sorts was achieved when Silva was debarred from participating in meetings of the Special Advisory Group related to UN peace keeping missions of which he was a member representing the Asian group of countries.The chairperson of the Group, Louise Frechette, a former UN Deputy Secretary General, informed Silva that his participation in the Group was ‘inappropriate’ and advised him to keep away from all ‘deliberations’ of the panel. GTF says the question is how the international community will face up to these challenges when Sri Lanka once again reports its progress on implementing resolution 30, 34/1 in March 2019, when it will have nothing to report on the criminal accountability of its armed forces.GTF notes the Silva episode must be one important factor when UNHRC member countries decide on appropriate responses and setting up mechanisms to achieve accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka for the post March 2019 period. (Colombo Gazette) Despite these setbacks, the rise and rise of Silva in the ranks of the Sri Lankan army continued unabated after his return from New York – first promoted as Adjunct General, Director of Operations and now a General and the army’s Chief of Staff. None of this is surprising, and indeed expected, by those who intimately understand Sri Lanka’s real lack of commitment to address criminal accountability involving its armed forces, particularly those prominent officers often venerated as war heroes despite their despicable record. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has raised concerns over the recent appointment of Shavendra Silva as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army.In a statement, the influential London based diaspora group said the appointment of Silva has sent shock waves through the Tamil community, and to all those interested in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka. read more

CALGARY — Soaring gasoline prices in Calgary and Edmonton have pushed the national average to a five-year high, according to an online price monitoring firm.Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says the national average price for regular gasoline was 136.0 cents per litre on Thursday, up from 105.2 cents on the same date last year and closing in on the previous high of 139.1 cents in June 2013.According to the website’s live price counter, prices in Calgary averaged 138.2 cents per litre on Thursday morning, up 11.6 cents from last week’s average and 43.8 cents from the same date a year ago.‘Gouging’ to blame for surging gas prices, not taxes, says B.C. Premier John HorganCanadian oil prices on track to rise steadily higher as transport problems ease and demand growsIran tells Trump: Please stop tweeting, you’re driving up oil pricesEdmonton prices were at 136.2 cents per litre, up 13 cents from last week and 47.8 cents from 12 months ago.McTeague says the biggest cause of this week’s surge in Alberta prices was “gas bar shenanigans,” as retailers who hadn’t passed on recent increases in wholesale prices decided to catch up all at once.He doesn’t expect the increases to stick, pointing out some stations in Edmonton are already retreating.A gas pump is shown at a filling station in Montreal. An online price monitoring firm says gasoline prices in Canada have spiked at the highest average price ever recorded thanks mainly to a 17-cent increase in the price per litre of regular fuel in Calgary. “These prices will turtle but the point is that we are testing levels that have never been seen before,” he said.He says average prices in Alberta are below the peak in September 2008 but most people are likely paying more for fuel because the current average is brought down by Costco, which tends to sell gasoline at cost to bring members into its stores.McTeague says price increases are also being driven by higher profit margins at refineries, stronger oil prices, the weak Canadian loonie and higher Canadian taxes on fuel.According to the GasBuddy.com website, prices on the Prairies have jumped the most compared to last year, with Alberta’s average price up 37 cents to 132.3 cents per litre as of Wednesday night, Manitoba up 36.2 cents and Saskatchewan ahead by 31.5 cents.The site says British Columbia’s average price was the highest in the land as of Wednesday at 144.2 cents, a rise of 30.9 cents in the past 12 months. Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS read more

The numbers of migrants needed by developed receiving countries and the potential numbers willing to leave poorer sending countries are out of balance, Joseph Chamie, the Director of the Population Division in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, told a press briefing at UN headquarters.Japan and most of Europe have been facing labour shortages, population aging and decline, and fertility rates well below replacement levels. “These have significant implications for pension schemes, health care, educational programmes and housing,” he said.On the other side of the demographic coin, migrants have been leaving sending countries because of difficulty finding employment at home, but “the supply of the potential migrants who are free to leave their homelands simply exceeds manifold the demand which is set by the receiving countries,” he said.Drawing a contrast, he said population growth in the 15 member countries of the European Union was 300,000 for 2003, but in India a similar population increase of 294,000 took just seven days.In Europe in the past most migrants moved north from southern Europe. Today the migrants, especially those entering illegally, are not only less well-educated and skilled than the native population, but are often vastly different ethnically, raising concerns about integration and assimilation, he said, adding that recent successes of the European right-wing have been based on opposition to such migration.The 9/11 attacks on the United States, as well as attacks elsewhere, have caused a tightening of entry procedures in several countries. The United States is estimated to have 8 million to 10 million migrants without legal entry papers, and Europe has a similar number, showing that cross-border controls are not being managed well, Mr. Chamie said.He noted that the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Air and Sea, a supplement to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, entered into force today, giving governments a legal tool against traffickers. read more

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is profoundly disturbed by news reports alleging that children might have been among those abused in detention centres and prisons in Iraq, a spokesman said today. “Although the news reports have not been independently substantiated, they are alarming nonetheless,” UNICEF spokesman Damien Personnaz told a news briefing in Geneva, adding that any mistreatment, sexual abuse, exploitation or torture of children in detention is a violation of international law. Mr. Personnaz’s statement was the latest reaction by a UN body to widely disseminated reports and photographs of abuse of detainees by United States-led coalition personnel in Iraq. Last week Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan expressed revulsion regarding the reports and photographs. The detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time, and for their safety and protection children should never be incarcerated with adults, Mr. Personnaz said. “All persons in detention must be treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent dignity as human beings,” he added. “In particular, States had an obligation to protect children and to ensure that their officials were aware of, trained in, and complied with the relevant international standards.” read more

The President of the General Assembly today urged representatives of civil society to help shape the debate on migration and development, especially how to harness the benefits of this phenomenon for the common good and for the prosperity of all nations, rich and poor. “If current trends continue, migration may enhance current inequalities between various categories of States,” Vuk Jeremić said in remarks to the informal interactive hearings on international migration and development held at UN Headquarters in New York.“It could even result in what some demographers have called the ‘spectre of ghost countries – of nations that will simply become devoid of necessary human resources to carry on in the longer term’,” he added.Globalization has resulted in the advent of a new era of mobility, said the President. Over the last decade, the total number of international migrants has increased from 150 million to 214 million, creating both challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. In this context, the Assembly will hold, on 3 and 4 October, the second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in New York, following the first one held in 2006.“I would therefore strongly encourage you to discuss not only how you can shape preparations for the forthcoming High-level Dialogue, but also how to influence the way Member States could incorporate the issue of migration into their debate on how to bridge the gap between overall rich and poor countries,” Mr. Jeremić stated.He noted that the UN has created agencies to address many pressing global issues – from arms trafficking, nuclear power, and human rights, to telecommunications, intellectual property, and climate change. “But there is no international mechanism that seeks to regulate migration flows,” he continued. “No accepted criteria have been established; no universal guidelines endorsed. There is literally no global governance on an issue that will fundamentally affect the future of virtually every nation on Earth.“I believe that in the time ahead, Member States should begin their work on creating a basis for coordination on a topic that stands at the crux of sustainable development, as to ensure that migration does not turn into a zero-sum game, where the progress of any nation is held back by that of another.”He also noted that migration is one of the few constants of human history. “All of us trace our roots to somewhere else – some have to go back just one or two generations; others, further rearward. But virtually everyone’s forbearers, at some point over the course of millennia, took the courageous and difficult decision to give up everything that was familiar, in order to seek greater opportunity in territories unknown.” The subject of migration has stirred passionate debates, because for all the good it can bring, it also generates social tensions, the President stated, adding that recent arguments about how to integrate newcomers in a number of Member States have proven especially controversial. In his remarks to the meeting, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the benefits of migration can only be fully harnessed, and the situation of migrants tangibly improved, with “sustained and strong partnerships as well as strategic cooperation between different actors.”The role of civil society is fundamental, he added. Labour unions and employers’ organizations play a critical role in immigration reform; advocacy groups ensure that the voices of migrants are heard and heeded; diaspora organizations highlight the diversity of many contributions which migrants can make to societies; and the academic community has greatly contributed to refuting long-held myths and prejudices by grounding the migration debate in evidence. “The challenge is to share this evidence with the public at large to dispel negative perceptions and often-stated stereotypes,” said Mr. Eliasson. “We need to engage the media to make the public and policy makers aware of the vital and positive role migrants can play in helping build and invigorate nations, economies and cultures.”The deputy UN chief highlighted the need to: improve engagement within and cooperation between States; ensure that migration policies are based on facts; and promote the integration of migrants into societies and economies.Additional priorities are to coordinate national migration policies to ensure that labour market and development considerations are taken into account when planning future migration, and to develop a framework for managing migration from countries and regions affected by crisis and violence. read more

first_imgMartin McGuinness will be “difficult to forgive” in the eyes of many, a priest has told mourners at the former IRA leader’s funeral.The Irish Republican politician was remembered by mourners including Bill Clinton, the former US president, at a ceremony in the Long Tower church, Londonderry. The coffin of Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness is carried up Barrack Street The son of former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Emmet McGuinness (centre left), helps to carry the coffin “That’s a great political story but I’m the last American president that ever lived in a house without an indoor toilet and it’s very much overrated, except for its political value,” Mr Clinton said.Earlier thousands lined the streets of Mr McGuinness’s home city as his coffin was carried from his home in Bogside to the church.Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster, the former Democratic Unionist Stormont first ministers,  also attended the requiem mass. There was a round of applause inside the church as Mrs Foster took her seat.The symbolism of the leader of unionism attending a former IRA man’s funeral is highly significant.While Mr McGuinness was leader of the IRA it carried out attacks including a remote controlled IRA bomb near Sligo which killed Lord Louis Mountbatten. Hours later, 18 paratroopers from the British Army were killed in an IRA ambush in Co Down.  But he also helped broker a historic peace deal, the Good Friday Agreement, in 1998. “Republicans were not blameless, and many people right across the community find it difficult to forgive and impossible to forget,” he said.”By any standards, Martin McGuinness was a remarkable man and his life was a remarkable journey. The values he had, the principles he championed are still very much alive.” The coffin of former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is carried through the Bogside area of Londonderry Chief celebrant Father Michael Canny recalled the many tributes made to the Sinn Fein politician since his death, but admitted that for many, his leadership of the IRA would be “difficult to forgive”. Mr Adams amongst mourners at the funeral Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble Mr Adams amongst mourners at the funeral  Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill, Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald speak at Derry City CemeteryCredit:Brian Lawless/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The coffin of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness is carried up Barrack StreetCredit:Brian Lawless/PA Wire Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill, Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald speak at Derry City Cemetery He added: “There was not a bad Martin McGuinness or a good Martin McGuinness. There was simply a man, like every other decent man or woman, doing his best.”Mr Clinton also delivered a heartfelt eulogy, as he told modern leaders to copy Mr McGuinness’s “honourable compromises”. His comments came before Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, speaking at the graveside, challenged those who described Mr McGuinness as a “terrorist”.”Martin McGuinness was not a terrorist. Martin McGuinness was a freedom fighter,” he said. “He was also a political prisoner, a negotiator, a peacemaker, a healer.” Clinton arrives at the service. McGuinness was once chief of staff of the IRA but later became Sinn Fein's chief negotiator in the talks that led to the Good Friday agreement bringing peace to Northern Ireland Former US President Bill Clinton and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (left) arriving for the funeral of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinnessCredit:Niall Carson/PA Clinton arrives at the service. McGuinness was once chief of staff of the IRA but later became Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator in the talks that led to the Good Friday agreement bringing peace to Northern IrelandCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe “Most of the publicity Martin got as a politician was the very absurd notion that he actually got along with Ian Paisley. I thought it was great that he got a word in edgeways, I never could,” he said.Mr Clinton’s speech was also interspersed with applause and laughter as he recalled Mr McGuinness’ “marriage” to “Gerry” Adams and compared his own upbringing in Arkansas with Mr McGuinness’ early years as one of seven children in a Bogside house with no indoor toilet. The coffin of former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is carried through the Bogside area of LondonderryCredit:PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images The son of former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Emmet McGuinness (centre left), helps to carry the coffinCredit:PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images He made a number of jokes as he spoke to mourners, including admitting he could never get a word in when he spoke to Ian Paisley. Former US President Bill Clinton (centre) and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (left) arriving for the funeral of Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness, at St Columba's Church Long Tower, in Londonderry. Mr McGuinness. 66, died on Monday from a rare genetic condition. Speakers paid tribute to his efforts in the Northern Irish peace process, which led to the Good Friday agreement, signed in 1998.last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$550M cocaine bust: GRA agent, others refused bail, remanded to prisonMay 31, 2017In “Court”$500M cocaine bust: CANU seeking popular biker, businessmenMay 15, 2017In “Crime”$550M drug bust: Stephen Vieira arrestedMay 20, 2017In “Crime” (CMC) The Guyana Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) says it is seeking international assistance as investigations continue into the recent G$550 million drug bust in East Bank Essequibo.The police report that on May 14, CANU agents conducted a raid at a premises in the area and searched a truck laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber prepared for export to the United States. According to CANU, several boards were drilled randomly and revealed a white substance suspected to be cocaine.The cocaine being unearthed (Stabroek News photo)Following the discovery, the truck, its driver and porters were escorted to CANU headquarters where a detailed search of the cargo was completed. The search revealed cocaine in random boards scattered among genuine boards in each pallet. The compromised boards all had a dug out cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing the drug.CANU said its investigation revealed that the truck was hired to pick up and transport the lumber from a saw-mill and then transport it to a wharf in Georgetown. Three men – Hakeem Mohamed, Tazim Gafoor and Nazim Gafoor — were held after the discovery but they were subsequently released when the 72-hour maximum period for detention without charge expired.The investigators did not apply for an extension since they did not gather any new information. The police later held motorbiker Stephen Vieira whose name was found on several shipping documents. Vieira who was in the country at the time of the bust, had travelled to Jamaica via Suriname and Trinidad, one day after the bust was made.He returned to Guyana late last week and was arrested on arrival at the Cheddi Jagan Airport. When he appeared in court on Tuesday, he was released from custody, but according to CANU, he remains under investigation.Following Vieria’s release CANU said a digital video recording device was retrieved from Nazim Gafoor but the information was erased.As such, CANU is now seeking international assistance in retrieving the data that may have been therein,” the agency said in a release on Tuesday.CANU also confirmed that Vieria’s girlfriend, who was arrested and questioned, was also released from custody.However, the owner of the saw-mill, Narine Lall, has not yet been contacted or questioned. Meanwhile, CANU has appealed for patience as investigators work to ensure the anti-drug agency does not lose the expected court case.“It would be expedient to charge persons only after we have enough evidence to link the parties and the contraband all with a view to ensuring a successful prosecution rather than to rush and come up short in the courts,” the agency said. read more

first_imgBayern Munich manager Niko Kovac is confident that James Rodriguez will remain at the club for the new season, despite reports suggesting that Real Madrid are considering recalling him from his loan dealThe Colombia international left the Spanish giants last summer to join Bayern in a two-year loan deal with the club paying €6.5m per season.But Rodriguez has been linked with a surprise return to Real this summer following the departure of Zinedine Zidane with the 27-year-old understood to be considering the idea of returning to his parent club and making a go of things under new manager Julen Lopetegui.In a morning press conference, Kovac commented on the rumours that have been going around the Bundesliga giants of late and gave the media his verdict on Rodriguez’s future.“We have him on a current loan deal which is still valid. It will end, either in this direction if we say, ok, we will not take up the option, or we do,” he said, as quoted by ESPN’s Mark Lovell.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Niko Kovac quotes on James Rodriguez in full. “We have him on a current loan deal which is still valid. It will end, either in this direction if we say, ok, we will not take up the option, or we do.” https://t.co/6hU2qAlfWi— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) July 19, 2018Rodriguez scored eight goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last season.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp seemed less concerned when asked about taking a break from Premier League action to play in the FA Cup.The Reds travel to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, on the back of their 2–1 loss to Manchester City in the league last Thursday.Speaking about the lack of opportunity to get an immediate response to the City loss in the league, Klopp said, according to the club’s official website:“I don’t think about things I can’t change too much.”“I don’t know, it’s OK, it’s like it is, we’ve known it for a while, so it’s not that I feel we have to react immediately in the league because that would feel a little bit like we are insecure about ourselves. We don’t know exactly how it will happen.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“When the draw came up and we saw Wolves it was like, ‘wow, thank you very much’ and it’s away. Then we played there and it was really difficult. Now we have to go there again and so it’s a really tough draw and nobody was looking forward to it and saying at the moment of the draw, ‘nice game, let’s go there and win’.”“We have Brighton to come after and it is always a tough place to go, they’ve had a fantastic season. Do I want play Brighton directly after Man City? I don’t know, I didn’t think about it.”“We have now between the Premier League games nine days or so, and in between is a very, very tough FA Cup game. I didn’t think about it, it’s OK like it is.”last_img read more

first_imgSummit Ascent Holdings Ltd has completed its HK$297 million fundraising exercise after successfully placing 300 million newly issued shares.In a Monday announcement, the company confirmed it had placed all available shares at HK$1.01 per share, raising HK$297 million in the process which will be used to “further develop the hotel and gaming business” at its Russian integrated resort, Tigre de Cristal, located in the Primorye Economic Zone. Load More Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Suncity launches Japanese website, unveils Wakayama IR concept RelatedPosts The transaction also sees majority shareholder Suncity Group’s stake reduced from 29.68% to 24.74%, of which 22.01% is held by its wholly-owned subsidiary Victor Sky Holdings Limited.Suncity acquired its majority stake in Summit Ascent from Taiwan’s First Steamship Company Limited in April. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinnerlast_img read more

first_imgAnother image shown was of a new weapon called the Charge Rifle. The weapon is from the Titanfall games — Apex Legends takes place in the same universe. In those games, it allowed human pilots to do big damage to the giant mechs called Titans by charging up the weapon for a few seconds.  How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? 2:42 Gaming Respawn Entertainment didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.  There was also an image of a Halloween outfit for one of the Legends, Gibby, shown during the presentation. Tagscenter_img 0 Share your voice Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: A new character is coming to Apex Legends. Respawn Entertainment Apex Legends season 2 will have a new character out soon by the name of Crypto and a leak gives players the first clear look at the next Legend. The pictures come from a presentation for the game at the Gamestop GME Conference happening in Nashville, Tennessee.A Reddit user posted the leaked image of Crypto on the Apex Legends subreddit Tuesday. The picture shows the design for the character in his entirety. Crypto made a partial appearance in the Apex Legends season 2 trailer on June 27, where only his hands and part of his outfit were shown. The user says there were no details provided during the presentation about the battle royale game made by an EA representative, but did point out that behind Crypto it says “season 3,” indicating the character will not be released until developer Respawn Entertainment ends the current season at the end of September.last_img read more