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Fully vindicated by PM Modi’s statement, claims Vijay Mallya

first_imgLondon: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya claimed on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in a recent interview confirming the recovery of Rs 14,000 crores worth of his assets has fully vindicated him in his assertion of being a “poster boy” for the BJP-led government.In his characteristic style of issuing statements through social media, the 62-year-old asserted that by Modi’s own assertion the recovery of assets was higher than the alleged Rs 9,000 crores he faces extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I humbly submit that my assertion that I am a poster boy is fully vindicated by the PM’s own statement about me (by name) that his Govt has recovered more than what I allegedly owe the banks,” Mallya said in his latest Twitter outburst. “Fact that I have been a UK resident since 1992 ignored. Suits the BJP to say I ran away, he notes. Mallya’s latest social media intervention follows a recent interview in which Prime Minister Modi said that recovering an amount more than what Mallya defrauded was a big win for India. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”You must’ve seen in the case of Vijay Mallya. He owed banks Rs 9,000 crores but the government has confiscated his properties worth Rs 14,000 crore from across the world. Now, he is in trouble because we are taking double the amount,” Modi had said. In reference to the comments, Mallya noted: “Saw PM Modi’s interview in which he takes my name and says that even though I owe Rs 9,000 crores to Banks, his Govt has attached my assets worth Rs 14,000 crores. So the highest authority has confirmed full recovery. Why do BJP spokesmen continue their rhetoric?” The former Kingfisher Airlines boss, accused of defrauding Indian banks, has filed an application seeking permission to appeal against his extradition order signed off by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid last month. A UK judiciary spokesperson confirmed last week that all the papers have been received and are now awaiting allocation to a single High Court judge who will decide, on the basis of those papers, if permission is given to go to a full hearing. If the application is accepted, the case will proceed to a “substantive hearing” in the next few months’ time. In the event that Mallya’s application is rejected at this stage, he will have the option to submit for a “renewal”.last_img read more

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ITC chooses Sanjiv Puri to succeed Deveshwar as CMD

first_imgNew Delhi: Diversified ITC Group Monday announced elevation of MD Sanjiv Puri as the Chairman and Managing Director of the firm, two days after its long-serving Chairman Y C Deveshwar passed away. Puri (56), who had taken over as Managing Director from May 16, 2018, was appointed as a director on the Board of ITC on December 6, 2015. He became CEO on February 5, 2017 after the company split the role of the Executive Chairman – between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as part of succession planning in the company. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The Board of Directors of the company at the meeting held today appointed Sanjiv Puri, Managing Director, also as the Chairman of the Company with effect from May 13, 2019. Consequently, Puri’s new designation is Chairman and Managing Director of the company,” ITC said in a regulatory filing. His elevation comes after Deveshwar (72), who remained as non-executive chairman, passed away Saturday morning after a brief illness. On his new role, Puri said, “It is a responsibility that I accept with humility and with a deep resolve to build on the outstanding legacy nurtured over the years, further strengthen and build market leadership across all business segments whilst reinforcing ITC’s commitment to put Nation First always”. Puri, an ITC veteran, has held various responsibilities across different verticals of the company, including as President FMCG Businesses, Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division and as Managing Director Director ITC Infotech India Ltd, among others.last_img read more

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Mourners at Mandela memorial display Rabaa sign

first_imgJOHANNESBURG – A group of mourners attending Tuesday’s memorial service for late South African president Nelson Mandela displayed the now-famous Rabaa sign.As keynote speakers delivered speeches in honor of South Africa’s departed liberation icon, several attendees – some of them wearing bright yellow Rabaa t-shirts – could be seen directly behind the stage waving a banner depicting the bright yellow Rabaa sign.The four-finger Rabaa salute commemorates the hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi killed in mid-August when Egyptian police violently dispersed two sit-ins in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza’s Nahda Square. Event organizers could later be seen ushering those carrying the Rabaa sign out of the area.last_img read more

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Ban to appoint experienced Dutch diplomat to head UN mission in Côte

Mr. Koenders will replace Choi Young-jin of the Republic of Korea, who will complete his term on 31 August.The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to Mr. Choi for his “dedicated service and excellent leadership” of the peacekeeping mission, known as UNOCI, during a critical and challenging period in the country over the past four years.Mr. Koenders will bring to the position more than 25 years of experience in international affairs, development cooperation, and international policy-making on humanitarian, development and governance issues.He is currently serving as the co-chair of the Working Group for the Fourth UN High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and as chair of the Rutgers World Population Foundation.Mr. Koenders, who was born in 1958, also served as the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation from 2007 to 2010 and worked on peace support initiatives for Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan. He was previously a Dutch lawmaker from 1997 to 2007.He also served with the European Commission and the UN in Mozambique, and was foreign policy adviser to several Dutch members of parliament.Côte d’Ivoire is emerging from a crisis that ended in mid-April, when former president Laurent Gbagbo finally surrendered, ending months of violence in the wake of his refusal to step down after he lost last November’s UN-certified run-off election to Alassane Ouattara, who was sworn in as President in May.The country now faces a number of key post-crisis challenges, including the restoration of law and order, national reconciliation, the holding of legislative elections, and economic recovery.Cote 28 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint Bert Koenders of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the West African country. read more

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Ranil determined to meet target in 60 months

UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that the UNP was never shaken during defeat and remained strong when it lost elections.He said the commitment and sacrifices made by Wickremesinghe allowed the UNP to win the recent elections.Hashim also noted that the UNP could have formed a minority Government on its own but it decided to form a National Government. He said that some UNP supporters are concerned over the Ministerial portfolios given to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in the National Government but he assured that all UNP supporters will be looked after considering the support they gave him and the President. Wickremesinghe also noted that the feeling that family rule cannot be defeated was proved wrong as a result of the sacrifices made by the UNP. Prime Minister and United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is determined to meet the target of making Sri Lanka a new country in 60 months.Speaking at the 69th anniversary meeting of the United National Party (UNP) at the UNP headquarters in Sirikotha today, Wickremesinghe also said that UNP supporters should not have doubts on the National Government. He said that the UNP leader wanted to change the country and not just have a UNP Government in place and that is why he decided to form a National Government with the SLFP. UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake, who also spoke at the event, said that it was the first time that a President who is a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member was attending a UNP anniversary as the chief guest.He said that with the UNP and the SLFP working together in the National Government the expectations of a majority of the people will be met. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RANIL-SIRI.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

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Families of the missing seek justice at Amnesty event

“Every community in Sri Lanka has been affected by enforced disappearances. We want this day to not only serve as memory of what happened, but to call on the Sri Lankan government to criminalize enforced disappearances and consign them to history once and for all,” said Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka expert. Sri Lanka is the country with the second highest number of enforced disappearances, according to the United Nations. Some estimates have put the total number of people who have been subject to enforced disappearances at up to 100,000 people.“Disappearances have been a tragic fact of life for far too many Sri Lankans for far too long. Many families are still searching for lost loved ones, and many others have sadly given up hope of seeing them ever again,” said Yolanda Foster. In October 2015, Amnesty International invited Sri Lankans in the country and across the world to submit poems around the theme of enforced disappearances. Families of the missing sought justice at an Amnesty International event held in Colombo today.At the event Amnesty International also launched Silenced Shadows, the published collection of winning entries from the human rights organization’s October 2015 poetry competition on the theme of enforced disappearances. The Amnesty International poetry competition offered a creative space and an opportunity to share reflections to this national tragedy in English, Tamil and Sinhala.The competition drew an impressive breadth of entries, from people of different backgrounds. The poems were then judged by distinguished international literary figures. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Gnanasara Thero files case against move to arrest him

A court order had been obtained preventing the controversial monk from leaving the country. (Colombo Gazette) The BBS says Gnanasara Thero is in hiding as there is an alleged threat to his life.The Police had said two weeks ago that Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero is to be arrested for obstructing Police duty and over several other complaints. The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, has filed a petition in court against moves to arrest him.The Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero filed the petition in the Supreme Court through his lawyers. read more

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Human rights situation in Guatemala has deteriorated UN mission reports

The human rights situation in Guatemala has deteriorated, as the climate of intimidation worsened amid threats and the assassination of judges, journalists and human rights defenders, according to a new report by the United Nations mission in the country verifying its peace agreements. The UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) says that during the reporting period from July 2001 to June 2002, the deterioration in human rights has been closely linked to the failure to advance on other aspects of the country’s peace accords. “More than five years after the signing of the peace agreements, Guatemala’s panorama of ethnic discrimination and profound social and economic inequalities persists,” the report says. “The State’s lack of political will and weak institutional response have defrauded Guatemalans’ expectations that the peace process would bring tangible improvement in their lives beyond the cessation of the conflict.” The report notes that the Government has not taken decisive action towards strengthening civilian power and demilitarizing Guatemalan society, as envisioned in the accords. It also says the Government has a “grave responsibility” to confront and dismantle illegal groups and clandestine structures, which are in part an unresolved legacy of the conflict and its former counter-insurgency apparatus. The report says that in order for the peace process, justice and reconciliation to advance, stronger actions are needed to protect human rights defenders, judicial officials, witnesses, journalists, union leaders and the clergy. The Mission urges the Government to fulfil its commitments to combat impunity and strengthen the institutions that protect human rights and battle corruption, calling such actions “key commitments” of the peace process and central demands of the Guatemalan people. MINUGUA also welcomes the country’s ratification of several international human rights treaties during the period under review, and recommends that other steps in the same direction be taken. “The human rights framework would be strengthened by the approval of additional legislation contemplated in the peace agreements,” the report suggests. “Consolidating advances in the peace process, progressing on its unfinished agenda and ensuring its durability are monumental challenges for the Guatemalan State and civil society,” MINUGUA says, adding that it will make priority use of its resources to help civil society, peace institutions and the Guatemalan Office of the Human Rights Counsel become stronger and more effective. read more

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John Lewis extends its click and collect deadline to help lastminute Christmas

first_imgTesco stores have had high demandCredit:Rui Vieira/PA Shoppers will be flooding malls like the Trafford CentreCredit:Paul Thomas /Bloomberg Many have brought in extra staff to ensure customers do not face winding collection queues and that they get all their Christmas presents in time for Christmas.It came as Tesco warned the last day for ordering click and collect items which it could “guarantee” would arrive by Christmas day was Thursday. It said it had nearly sold out of slots with a “very limited” number of click and collect slots left over the next two days.  A Tesco spokesman said: “The last day to collect Tesco grocery Click+Collect orders is 23 December. Due to high demand, there are now a very limited number of Click+Collect slots available over the next couple of days. The service will resume on 27 December.“For non-grocery items, Tesco Direct customers are able to collect in store up to and including Christmas Eve. The deadline for ordering online, to guarantee delivery in store before Christmas, is 5pm on 22 December.”Argos and Amazon are continuing to running to tight deadlines to cope with the demand and will even take orders right up to Christmas Eve afternoon.View latest offers from John Lewis Order last minute gifts before 8pm Friday 23rd Dec to collect from your chosen John Lewis after 2pm Christmas Eve > https://t.co/2iPN9LjDUi pic.twitter.com/iZvzgSSwvU— John Lewis (@johnlewisretail) December 21, 2016 An estimated 8.9 million British shoppers have still not bought a single Christmas present yet, according to Intu, which owns some of the UK’s biggest shopping centres including the Trafford Centre, and the Metrocentre. A report by the firm also found a third of shops still see Christmas Eve as their most important sales day, suggesting the traditional last-minute scenes of hustle and bustle will once again emerge this year on Britain’s high-streets and in supermarkets.center_img A spokeswoman for John Lewis said: “This morning we are pleased to confirm that we will extend the ordering cut off date to 8pm on 23rd December for pre-Christmas collection in all John Lewis shops.”The cut off date for ordering to collect at Waitrose shops remains the 22nd December, in line with previous years.” Tesco John Lewis has extended its Christmas online click and collect order deadline to Friday to spare customers from having to brave shopping in stores on its busiest days of the year.The retailer announced on Wednesday that it was pushing back the last day where shoppers could order online to pick up Christmas presents in John Lewis stores from Dec 22 to Dec 23.Shoppers hoping to pick up items from Waitrose stores will still need to order by Thursday at the latest, it said.  The retailer, along with many other shops across the UK, are expecting record levels of demand for convenient click and collect services over the next two days.  Trafford Centre Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Elderly couple offer reward for car missing in Cheltenham after forgetting where

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. I’m frightened of Cheltenham. I [normally] always go on the busHilda Farmer, who has not seen her car for four days An elderly couple who forgot where they parked their car are offering a reward for anyone who can trace the vehicle.Emmanuel Elliott, 81, and partner Hilda Farmer, 79, parked “within a mile and a half” of Cheltenham General Hospital on Friday whilst attending an appointment, only to later discover they could not remember where they had parked it.Since the confusion the couple from Gloucester are now offering £100 to anyone who can find the car after family and friends were unable to track down the Ford Fiesta during a four day hunt.Ms Farmer had dropped her partner off for an appointment at the hospital before going to find somewhere to park. It then took Ms Farmer about 30 minutes to walk from the car, so it is estimated to be “within a mile and half” of the hospital, according to Mr Elliott.He said his partner parked the silver Ford Fiesta – registration EJ12 VSP – in “a really nice, quiet street” at about 2.30pm on Friday.”There were houses just on one side, and all the cars were parked in their driveways. “On the other side there was greenery – maybe a park or a field,” he told the BBC. “Ours was the only car parked on that side of the road, alongside the greenery.”Police had told him they were “fairly confident” the vehicle will still be where it was left, he added.Ms Farmer said she didn’t know the area or Cheltenham very well as she was born in Gloucester, adding: “I’m frightened of Cheltenham. I [normally] always go on the bus.”Gloucestershire Constabulary were not available for comment.  read more

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Goldcorps Peñasquito project 80 complete

first_imgGoldcorp’s $1.6 billion Peñasquito project in Mexico is 80% complete, CEO Chuck Jeannes said during the company’s annual shareholder meeting. “The crusher is operating and the next stage will be the grinding mill,” Jeannes said at the meeting. Mineweb reports that the Peñasquito project (IM September 2008, Operation Focus) is expected to begin commercial production early next year. It remains on track for mid-year mechanical completion of the sulphide mill and production of initial concentrates in the fourth quarter of 2009.  Mineweb said that Jeannes reaffirmed the company’s production expectations of 2.3 Moz this year, rising to 3.5 Moz by 2013 at the company’s meeting. He said those forecasts did not factor in potential output from the Cochenour mine, which Goldcorp acquired when it bought Gold Eagle Mines last year. Cochenour, which lies close to the company’s flagship Red Lake mine in northwestern Ontario, could begin to produce in 2011 or 2012, Jeannes said. The richer Bruce Channel deposit, which lies below Cochenour, could begin to yield gold in 2014.Peñasquito is a 100% owned development project that will be Mexico’s largest open-pit mine. The project consists of two open pits – Peñasco and Chile Colorado. The mine is in development, with the current feasibility study envisaging an ancillary heap leach operation which started in the second quarter of 2008, followed by a 50,000 t/d milling operations starting in 2009, ramping up to 130,000 t/d in 2010. Annual production over the life of mine (estimated at 19 years) is expected to average around 500,000 oz of gold, 31 Moz of silver and over 400 MIb of zinc.In December 2008, new reserves were calculated with the deposit now containing 17.4 Moz of Proven and Probable gold reserves, 4.6 Moz of Measured and Indicated gold resources and 5.3 Moz of Inferred gold resources. In addition, Peñasquito contains 1,045.7 Moz of Proven and Probable silver reserves, 369.7 Moz of Measured and Indicated silver resources and 395.1 Moz of Inferred silver resources. Significant quantities of zinc and lead will also add to the reserve base.CiDRA Minerals Processing, the technology service provider, has recently been awarded, through M3 Engineering & Technology, a contract to supply SONARtrac® process monitoring systems to the project. It will cover some 39,000 ha, located 27 km west of Concepción del Oro district and the north-eastern portion of Zacatecas State. The SONARtrac systems will provide volumetric flow measurements on critical slurry lines.last_img read more

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Rajant Kinetic Mesh network proves worth at revitalised Porcupine Gold Mines

first_imgRevitalising a historic gold mine located adjacent to the city of Timmins, Ontario, into an open pit siteis no small feat. Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM) faced this challenging task when it launched the Hollinger Project. The project itself was quite an undertaking initially, but the end result was positive for all involved.When the site – originally an underground operation – closed in 1989, the mining activity that had taken place from 1910 to 1968 had left its mark. PGM had to contend with mine shaft openings, near surface stopes, small pits and ground subsidences. After an extensive review, PGM decided that an open pit mine was the best option for the property.While determining the set-up was a good first step, PGM had major considerations to address on the way to fully operationalising the site. One of the most important considerations was implementing and maintaining a private wireless network for communications. PGM required a private network, as broadcasting over a public Wi-Fi network posed security risks. PGM installed MineStar, from Caterpillar, in 2004 and was broadcasting communications between the office and the fleet via the 900 MHz frequency. The team was very happy with the robust system, as it presented very few communications issues.Communications is an important consideration because PGM uses its network for applications such as automating drills. A few years later, PGM learned that MineStar would not support 900 MHz for much longer. The mining company now had to find a different solution – one that would not require upgrades in the near future. PGM had to consider a couple of important facts when searching for its next communications network. The site’s proximity to Timmins and its topography made implementing any wireless network a tricky endeavour. The city was one cause of interference, especially after it installed its own 900 MHz frequency system, which fought with PGM’s system for bandwidth. The five-mile haul road between the open pit and the crusher was also subject to interference, as it wound through a dense pine forest.The mining company needed a network built to withstand a rugged, mobile environment plagued with interference issues. PGM had no idea at first that a solution designed for this very type of environment already existed. PGM decided to move forward with an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) solution for the level of security it offered. The Mining and Special Projects Manager at one vendor did not allow this development to stop his resolve. Jamal Mohammed, of high-tech solutions provider SITECH Mid-Canada, was adamant in his conviction that Rajant, a Kinetic Mesh network solutions provider, could resolve PGM’s wireless communication issues. “We truly believe that Rajant’s network is the most reliable solution and a perfect fit for PGM’s needs. It offers the airtight security they require and was designed for rugged environments, both priorities for PGM,” Mohammed said.Rajant Kinetic Mesh networks have demonstrated the ability to adapt to on-the-fly network changes better than other type of networking technologies. In addition, these networks can handle interference crossing multiple channels, as well as movement onto or off the network, with extreme precision. These variables have made Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh network a suitable match for mining operations. After some time, PGM concluded that LTE was not the best option for its needs. As a result, PGM MineStar Fleet Management Coordinator Shahn Cybulski resumed the conversation with Mohammed. Once Cybulski and his team learned more, they were attracted to the level of security Rajant’s network offered and the local support that SITECH offered. Cybulski and his team were convinced, and PGM signed the contract in August 2014. From there, the race was on to implement the network as close to the original September 2014 deadline as possible.It was impossible for SITECH to make the September deadline because it had to order equipment, which took a minimum of six to eight weeks to arrive. The team was able to begin work when the equipment arrived in October. PGM did not want to fall too far behind regardless of circumstances. Given the priority to implement the mesh network as quickly as possible, SITECH and Rajant collaborated to keep the project moving at a steady pace. The team worked day and night for two weeks, and completed the implementation on October 17, 2014.“PGM was very pleased because we all worked together to complete the project in a timely manner. My crew performed well, and the Rajant team was fully supportive even though it could have pushed back on the deadline,” Mohammed said. SITECH installed 30 nodes on mobile equipment and seven fixed nodes at important communication points throughout the site, including the drills, haul road and main office building. Since the network does not require the level of power usage that others might, SITECH was able to install some of the nodes on solar trailers. This was important to PGM, as the company is passionate about environmental preservation.Nodes are the backbone of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh wireless network. Each node, which Rajant brands as BreadCrumbs®, serves as an intelligent repeater, a wireless access point and a wireless-to-wired bridge. BreadCrumbs are available in various frequency bands, and can be battery- or DC- powered. BreadCrumbs possess the flexibility to transmit and receive data through a myriad of connectivity solutions, including LTE, satellite, point-to-point wireless or wired networks. Since the nodes are able to communicate with each other rather than relying on a single controller node, PGM is able to operate all data communication over a common wireless infrastructure with no single point of failure. In addition, voice, data and video communications can “hop” from node to node with very little administrative overhead burdening the network. The network also can rebuild and “heal” itself based on whatever wireless nodes are available, and nodes can be added as desired to further enhance network performance. In a true ad hoc wireless mesh, the network’s strength improves with the addition of nodes.While Rajant’s network is set up for success, every site has its challenges, and a main issue at PGM is the five-mile distance between the open pit and the crusher. Telecommunications company Ambra Solutions designed the network for PGM. Eric L’Heureux, President of Solutions at Ambra Solutions, addressed the distance issue by using fibre as the backbone. Fibre is subject to break, so L’Heureux incorporated redundancy to maintain communications between the two points. He did this by designing multiple radios that connected to a backbone source. L’Heureux’s hard work has already paid off, most recently by preventing costly downtime in March 2015. Rajant’s network continued to communicate with the drills despite a fiber breakage. PGM’s drills are equipped with a high precision GPS navigation system to direct them. Without the requisite data delivered on the Rajant network, they will not function correctly.Cybulski was surprised to discover that the drills remained in operation even after the fibre broke, with network communications unaffected by the breakage. L’Heureux confirmed to Cybulski that as long as it did not lose connectivity in the main hub, the network would continue functioning. This is a significant benefit on a mining site such as the Hollinger Project.last_img read more

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Samsung SHVE120L leak reveals WXGA screen and 15GHz processor

first_imgIf you like the look of the specs on the new HTC Raider and Titan, but you’d prefer a phone that doesn’t ship with the Sense UI, you’re in luck. The Samsung SHV-E120L has had its secrets laid bare, and they’re every bit as impressive — if not more so.Like the HTC Raider, the SHV-E120L sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Video processing is handled by the Adreno 220 GPU — which is powering the Desert Windws demo you can watch below.  The SHV-E120L is also packing 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, an 8 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front cameras, and a beefy 1850mAh battery.That capacious battery is going to come in handy, too, because the SHV-E120L is topped off by a massive 4.7″ display that pushes out 720 x 1280 pixels. It’s also ready for LTE networks and offers NFC support in addition to the usual sensors (GPS, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer).As much as I hate to sound like the curmudgeonly old man shaking his fist at teenagers on the lawn, it’s still pretty unbelievable how quickly we’ve gone from single-core 1GHz phones with 480×800 screens to the butt-kicking internals in this new batch of superphones.With the HTC models and the LG LU6200 featuring similar specs, it’s safe to assume that this is going to be the sweet spot for the next round of top-end Android phones to hit wireless carriers. That is, of course, until the quad-core models are ready to go.More at PocketNowlast_img read more

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US hunter paid substantial sum for licence to shoot rare red deer

first_img Share1874 Tweet Email3 Dec 5th 2016, 10:26 PM Short URL US hunter ‘paid substantial sum’ for licence to shoot rare red deer in Killarney The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is investigating the allegations. Red deer have been in Killarney for 6,000 years. Monday 5 Dec 2016, 10:26 PM http://jrnl.ie/3121905 40,074 Views center_img Red deer have been in Killarney for 6,000 years. Image: Shutterstock/Karol Waszkiewicz 57 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Karol Waszkiewicz By Rónán Duffy THE WILD DEER Association of Ireland (WDAI) has written to the minister over allegations that at least one US tourist paid for a licence to shoot a red deer in Co Kerry.The association recently launched its ‘Operation Bambi’ programme in a bid to fight poaching and says it has been investigating a report of a stag being shot on 7 October on the edge of Killarney National Park.The shooting is believed to have occurred on private land by a US hunter who believed they were acting legally. A ‘substantial fee’ was paid according to the letter to the minister.Another stag is also believed to have been shot at a later date.The shooting of the deer would have been outside hunting season.Landowners are allowed apply for a section 42 licence to cull deer outside of hunting season if the deer are causing damage to their land.WDAI, however, says that the landowner is then required to nominate a hunter from  National Parks and Wildlife Service to carry out the shooting.“What happened in this case appears to be that the hunter was a guide  who was working with a commercial hunting company and in turn that permit was effectively sold on to an unknown American tourist who thought he was legitimately shooting a native stag,” explains WDAI spokesperson Damien Hannigan.Hannigan adds that commercial hunting is both a big and legitimate business but that questions need to be answered in this case.The rare red deer is a fully protected species in Ireland and there are tougher rules surrounding the granting of licences to shoot them.There is no hunting season for red deer and the only person who may shoot the animal when a licence is granted is the person named on the permit.“In the case of red deer in Co Kerry they are an important part of our heritage, they’ve been in existence for over 6,000 years. They’re the only herd of its kind in the world so, in effect, it’s an abuse of our national heritage to allow one of the permit to be sold on,” Hannigan says.Hannigan also says the payment of money in this case also raises questions about the motivations behind applying for the permit in the first instance.WDAI has written to Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys about the matter and have received an acknowledgement of the letter in return.Read: Outrage as severed heads of deer found in Killarney bin >Read: Deer from Kerry roaming freely in the Phoenix Park? It’s not a good idea > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Le neutralité du net inscrit dans la loi aux PaysBas

first_imgLe neutralité du net inscrit dans la loi aux Pays-BasLes Pays-Bas viennent de faire inscrire dans leur législation le principe de neutralité du net. C’est le premier pays européen à le faire, mais sûrement pas le dernier. La Tweede Kamer, l’assemblée néerlandaise vient d’adopter à une large majorité un texte de loi qui inscrit la neutralité du net dans leur législation. Selon le New-York Times, cette décision devrait inspirer d’autres pays européens. En effet, la décision des Pays-Bas fait suite à plusieurs commentaires émanant de commissaire européens qui déplorent que des fournisseurs d’accès à Internet puisse bloquer le développement de sociétés qui pourraient leur faire de la concurrence.Un opérateur de télécommunication néerlandais avait par exemple avait par exemple évoqué l’idée de facturer certains services comme celui de Skype. En France, le principe de neutralité du net devrait revenir dans l’actualité via une proposition de loi. La députée UMP Laure de la Raudière souhaite déposer une proposition en septembre.   Le 23 juin 2011 à 10:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Man uninjured after shots fired at him while waiting for trolley

first_img October 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police Monday were searching for whoever fired at least three gunshots at a 32-year-old man without striking him while he sat at a trolley station in the Lincoln Park area.It happened at about 12:55 a.m. at the 47th Street Trolley Station east of Interstate 805, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The 32-year-old man was sitting on the trolley station platform when he noticed a laser dot on him and saw sparks coming from the 400 block of 47th Street, Buttle said.The man then ran from the platform to the 200 block of 47th Street, where a home owner called police to report the man was in her yard, Buttle said.The man was uninjured. Officers located three shell casings in the 400 block of 47th street, Buttle said.No suspect descriptions were immediately available.Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call SDPD at (619) 531-2000 or San Diego County Crime Stopper’s anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Posted: October 8, 2018 Man uninjured after shots fired at him while waiting for trolley KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Northeast storm causes flight cancellations and delays in South Florida

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A late-season storm in the Northeast has caused hundreds of flights to be either cancelled or delayed at airports across the country, including in South Florida.As of noon, Tuesday, the powerful nor’easter grounded more than 6,000 flights across the country.The worst of the effects were being felt at airports in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia and the D.C. area.Here in South Florida, hundreds of passengers were feeling the frustration. Storm in Northeast is causing some scheduling disruptions. Please contact your airline for flight status and updates.— Miami Int’l Airport (@iflymia) March 14, 2017The nor’easter came a week after the region saw temperatures climb into the 60s, and less than a week before the official start of spring.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #FLL (8:30 AM) Travel Advisory. Check Flight Status: https://t.co/OGFcGla8ud pic.twitter.com/IOrbbLQP5G— Ft. Laude-Hlwd Int’l (@FLLFlyer) March 15, 2017By noon, there were 109 flight cancellations and four delays at Miami International Airport. At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, there were 39 delays and 32 cancellations as of 8:30 a.m., Wednesday. center_img However, these numbers may change. Officials advise those traveling to call their airline directly to get their flight status.last_img read more

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Miami thrift store owner says fire was intentional

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida thrift store owner is reeling after a fire broke out at his business, and he said the blaze was no accident.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the store, located at 271 NW 54th St. in Miami, to find the business engulfed in flames, Sunday morning.The owner, Schiller Sanon-Gaules arrived at the building to find smoke coming from the store.“We noticed smoke, and I said, ‘Mami, I think the house next door has smoke in the yard,’” he said. “I never thought it was our place, so we got here.”Sanon-Gaules said he’s certain the fire was set on purpose.“Somebody had, I think, deliberately set fire to the place,” he said.The blaze sparked during off hours while no one was inside the store. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Nielsen IPO Report is Rumor and Speculation

first_imgCiting a source familiar with the situation, a recent report indicated that the private equity owners of the Nielsen Company are planning an initial public offering for the company and expect it to value the company (equity and debt) at more than $20 billion. During its first quarter 2010 earnings call Friday, Nielsen CFO Brian West declined to comment on the report, calling it “rumor and speculation.”Meanwhile, the company reported an operating income for the three months ended March 31 $132 million, compared to operating income of $112 million during the same period in 2009. Net income during the period was $42 million, an increase over $5 million through the first three months in 2009. Revenues were roughly $1.2 billion, up about 9 percent from the same period last year.The results included $3 million in restructuring-related charges versus $5 million in restructuring charges during the first quarter last year, the company says. First quarter revenues at Nielsen’s exhibitions business segment—which includes its magazines—was $49 million. Adjusted operating income for the first three months was $19 million.Late last year, Nielsen sold off eight media/entertainment brands—including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard—to media startup e5 Global Media (the deal netted Nielsen $84 million). The company later sold Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews after shuttering both.Since then, the company has sold its travel group magazine brands to Northstar Travel Media and its group of food magazines to Stagnito Media. Nielsen currently publishes seven magazines.As of March 31, Nielsen’s total debt was $8.57 billion, the company says. Cash balances were $408 million. Nielsen’s private equity owners include the Carlyle Group, Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Thomas H. Lee Partners.last_img read more

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