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Pune-based ABIL Group Buys London Building For Close To £100 Million

first_imgIn a closely contested auction, Pune-based realty developer ABIL Group has acquired an eight-storey commercial building at Trafalgar Square in London for nearly £100 million, or Rs 900 crore, from American global investment management corporation Black-Rock. The deal value includes stamp duty of 5% and other charges that have been paid as the registration has been concluded. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Flying Sandals and Bollywood Bombs

first_imgThe Indian media was in a tizzy last month over reports that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati flew her private jet “empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand” of sandals.The sensational claim was derived from a colorful 2008 cable, titled ÒPortrait of a Lady,” sent by the political consul at the U.S. Embassy in Delhi, which ridiculed Mayawati as Òa virtual paranoid dictator replete with food tasters and a security entourage to rival a head of state.”The cable, disclosed by Wikileaks as part of its trove of almost 250,000 secret U.S. cables worldwide, recounted another colorful rumor “in which a State Minister was forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on U.P.’s governor.”The cable’s other startling claims – that Mayawati “employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters’ and that “in addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination” – were widely reported, as were its assertions that “Mayawati is obsessed with becoming Prime Minister,” and that journalists in the state are fearful “the government has tapped their phones as well as those of civil servants.”A livid Mayawati, in her characteristically bombastic style, escalated the controversy a notch by blasting Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, as having “gone mad” and “we can make room for him in the Agra mental asylum.” Assange returned fire, inviting Mayawati to Òsend her private jet to England to collect me, where I have been detained against my will …. I would be happy to accept asylum, political asylum, in India – a nation I love. In return, I will bring Mayawati a range of the finest British footwear.”The India media had a field day with the tit-for-tat between Assange and Maywati, before moving on to the next entertaining drama.Lost in the week-long hoopla in the Indian media was whether these outrageous allegations were actually true. The classified U.S. cable relied upon a single unnamed Lucknow journalist for some of the most sensational claims, which were not investigated, much less substantiated, by the embassy before being incorporated into the report. The rumors, presumably peddled to gullible U.S. embassy officials by an imaginative journalist, who could not publish them in his own publication likely because they did not meet even the minimal journalistic standards of local tabloid media, were regurgitated as gospel by India’s mainstream press once they were unloaded by Wikileaks.Perhaps the most startling aspect of the U.S. cables disclosed by Wikileaks is the volume of unsubstantiated rumor and gossip that is peddled in these reports that inform U.S. foreign policy globally. The allegations against Mayawati may well be true and they certainly are not outside the realm of the popular narrative about her outsized ego.She is reportedly India’s richest chief minister with personal wealth exceeding $20 million, according to her own financial statements, and has built grandiose monuments to herself all over the state. But the Wikileak cables gave license to supposedly respectable Indian media outlets to publish salacious, unverified gossip as fact, without even a cursory examination to determine their veracity. To this day, not a single Indian media organization has undertaken an independent investigation to explore not just the allegations against Mayawati, but some of the other equally dubious claims in the thousands of Wikileaks cables relating to India, many of which have received widespread exposure in the media.The U.S. cables are a frontal window to the ineptness and dysfunction of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus. If clueless diplomats can peddle unsubstantiated rumor and gossip drawn from a journalist’s bluster over coffee, is it any wonder that the U.S. government was led astray in its assessment of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, resulting in a colossal $800 billion mistake in the form of the cost of the war in Iraq.Bombing BollywoodIn this make-believe world of U.S. diplomacy, it is scarcely surprising that its diplomats would let their imagination run riot. Pressed to throw up recommendations for help in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, U.S. embassy officials in India lifted a discredited page out of the Cold War and World War II, when the U.S. government marshaled Hollywood studios for the wars, with a proposal to channel Bollywood’s appeal in Afghanistan for its propaganda efforts in the country. A March 2007 cable from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, noting that “Bollywood movies are wildly popular in Afghanistan,” proposed that Òwilling Indian celebrities could be asked to travel to Afghanistan to help bring attention to social issues there.”The cable outlined several “specific, concrete ideas for opportunities for India to use soft power in helping Afghanistan’s reconstruction, with the broader objective of seeking ways for the U.S. to synergize its efforts with Afghanistan’s ‘natural ally.’”It is unclear whether the U.S. ever acted on the proposal, deterred perhaps in part because, as the cable outlines, “Security continues to be an issue of public concern in sending Indians to work in Afghanistan.”As the Economic Times wrote in a mocking editorial, “Winning Ways: Bollywood in the Afghan Wars’: “With Bollywood’s reigning deity Shah Rukh Khan actually tracing his ancestry back to the same stark land (Afghanistan), it is entirely logical that the Americans would have wanted to rope in the big guns of the Bollywood brigade to capture key theatres in Afghanistan… A few star-studded, bump-and-grind Bollywood extravaganzas could well have been far more effective in luring out those lurking in the deepest recesses of the Tora Bora mountains than drone attacks.”Empty SuitsThe cables are often contradictory, even on issues of profound import for U.S. policy. For instance, US envoy David Mulford dismissed Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi as an “empty suit” in 2007, less than two years before the embassy was raving about his mastery as a politician and potential prime minister.In a cable dated Oct 23, 2007, Mulford wrote: “Little is known about Rahul Gandhi’s personal political beliefs, if any. He is reticent in public, has shunned the spotlight, and has yet to make any significant intervention in Parliament. His singular foray to center stage during the UP elections was unremarkableÉ. He is widely viewed as an empty suit and will have to prove wrong those who dismiss him as a lightweight.” Just 20 months later, on May 27, 2009, however, the US Embassy was singing an entirely different tune, praising Gandhi as a “practiced politician” who was Òcomfortable with the nuts and bolts of party organization and vote counting” and a Òcredible candidate for prime minister.”Indeed, Peter Burleigh, the U.S. charges d’affaires, wrote: ÒHe was precise and articulate and demonstrated a mastery that belied the image some have of Gandhi as a dilettante.” He might have ascribed the mistaken image to the U.S. ambassador as well, who, after all, had expressed precisely that view. That may well have been imprudent for a charges d’affaires, but then the embassy cables are notable for their undiplomatic, occasionally even tactless, journalistic-style narrative, replete with titillating headlines and subheads, such as the ones on Rahul Gandhi: “The Son Also Rises,” “Here Comes the Son,” “Rites of Passage,” “Grooming the Heir,” “Changing of the Guard,” “Youth Quake,” “Young Man in a Hurry,” etc.DuplicityPerhaps the most revealing and underreported aspects of the disclosure of the embassy cables are the politicians, policy makers and businessmen who shared their duplicitous, occasionally even illegal, conduct with U.S. officials – assuming that the cables represent them accurately.Considering that journalists have been known to fabricate stories and sources in their highly publicized reports, it is not outside the realm that some of the representations in the classified cables are faked, which is cause for even greater alarm for U.S. foreign policy.But if the cables are accurate, the duplicitous and cynical conduct of Indian politicians and government officials they capture is breathtaking. For instance, according to a Dec. 17, 2009, cable, the Indian government was merely posturing, but not really keen on the extradition of David Headley, the main accused in the Mumbai blast, from Chicago.U.S. ambassador Timothy J Roemer said in the cable that National Security Advisor MK Narayanan had told him that it was “difficult not to be seen making the effort,” but that the government was not really keen on Headley’s extradition “at this time.”According to another cable five days ahead of a crucial vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha over the Indo U.S. nuclear deal, Congress leader Satish Sharma’s aide Nachiketa Kapur showed a U.S. embassy employee two chests containing cash, reportedly part of Rs 50 to 60 crore fund the Congress had assembled to bribe parliamentarians to support the nuclear deal. Kapur, according to the cables, told the embassy official that four MPs belonging to Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal had been paid Rs 10 crore each to support the government.The Manmohan Singh government won the vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha with 275 MPs voting in favor of the UPA and 256 against it, perhaps in part by subverting democracy by bribing MPs, with the full knowledge and at least grudging approval of the U.S. government.A review of atleast the Indian cables in the Wikileaks trove of leaked diplomatic cables makes it clear that embarassment, more than national security, may be what the U.S. government is so desparate to conceal. Related Itemslast_img read more

Revealed: Royal Enfield’s brand new parallel twin engine

first_imgOver the past few months, the internet has been buzzing with activity relating to the new generation motorcycles expected from Royal Enfield. A lot was speculated and a large part of that revolved around the engines which would power these new bikes. All of that has been put to rest as the company has revealed its brand new 650cc parallel twin motor. First and foremost, this is no upgrade from an existing engine. It is a brand new engine designed from the ground up. It displaces 650cc and churns out 47bhp@7,000rpm and 53Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It sports an 8-valve SOHC configuration and is air cooled. The engine gets a six-speed gearbox as well as a slip-assist clutch which is expected to reduce lever effort.  Royal Enfield says that this motor will allow riders to experience the ‘ton’ with ease and this means that the new engines will allow the new motorcycle to cruise effortlessly on highways worldwide.  Another aspect which identifies any Royal Enfield is the ‘thump’ which the existing range of engines emanates. But this new motor will not have a similar engine note. However this new motor will offer a rorty engine note which will suite the character of the bike it will power.  Other important bits include a larger alternator which is ready to power all the accessories which will be offered for the new bikes. So which are the bikes which this motor will power? Royal Enfield is all set to reveal two brand new bikes at EICMA 2017 in Milan shortly and both these bikes will get this engine. The new bikes are currently in pre-production stage and will go on sale April 2018 onwards. The 350cc and 500cc motors will continue to serve the existing range of Royal Enfield bikes.advertisementlast_img read more

Spanoulis: “The greatest comeback of my career happened in Istanbul”

first_imgVassilis Spanoulis talked for Eurohoops camera, discussing his emotions after hearing that the Euroleague Final Four will return to Istanbul in 2017. After all, who can forget what happened in the same city back in 2012 when he won the competition’s trophy with the Reds.“My memories from Istanbul are fantastic. The whole Europe admired what we were putting on court in 2011/2012 Especially in the second half of the season, when we played great basketball”, said the captain of Olympiacos about lifting the Euroleague trophy in “Sinan Erdem”.“The comeback in the Final vs CSKA Moscow with Printezis’ buzzer beater was the greatest of my career.”, he added. “And the most difficult one, taking into account how powerful the two teams were and what targets they had set in the beginning of the season. The comeback of the Greek national team against France in the Eurobasket 2005 was also very difficult. Different but quite difficult too. Both were incredible moments, that’s for sure.”Source: Eurohoops.netTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rishabh Pant always opens up the game for us: Prithvi Shaw after DC win Eliminator

first_imgDelhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw heaped praises on teammate Rishab Pant, calling him the best finisher among youngsters after the 21-year-old helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator here.Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to cusp of victory by Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes even as West Indies’ Keemo Paul finished it off in the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed on Wednesday night.”In these T20 games, there’s a lot of pressure. I was praying that we win. Pant did a brilliant job. I have said that he is the best finisher among the young players. He always opens up the game for us. He has been doing very well. Unfortunately, he could not finish it for us, but Keemo did well in the end,” Shaw said at the post-match press conference.He also pointed out that Amit Mishra’s single run was an important one.The 19-year-old said it was important for him to get back into form after a few bad games.Shaw top-scored with 56 off 38 balls on a “sticky wicket” to give Delhi a great start.”First six overs are important because if you put runs on board, it will take the pressure off the other batsmen. It was a bit difficult to pull the ball. Since their bowlers were bowling cutters on a sticky wicket, it was not pulling. I waited and waited for the loose balls,” he said.advertisementShaw said while playing in the middle he concentrates on choosing the bowlers who he can hit.”While you’re playing in the middle it is simple – just play your game and chose bowlers that we want to hit first and obviously (Mohammad) Nabi and Rashid (Khan) were the best bowlers on their side. It was an interesting game and I’m happy that we won.”On how he plans to tackle Chennai Super Kings bowlers in the Qualifier 2, to be held here on Friday, Shaw said the Delhi players have faced the defending champions in previous IPLs and they understand the game.”The team will have a plan after reaching Chennai. How to face which bowler like Harbhajan (Singh) bahi, Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) sir or (Imran) Tahir sir. We will have to plan. We will look to do what we’ve done earlier.”Shaw said that it is not about who plays who but depends on how prepared the team is for the game.”Personally, whichever ball is lose, I will smash that ball. Even with Harbhajan bhai and Tahir sir is bowling, I will obviously smash it,” Shaw added.When asked about Delhi’s tendency to lose wickets at the most crucial moments, the batsman said, “I think we like to make every game interesting. Every time things are going well, we give away two-three wickets.”But I think that’s the charm of T20 cricket. Till the time you don’t feel the pressure, it is not as much fun.”Shaw also applauded Amit Mishra’s (1/16) effort with the ball, saying: “We knew that the wicket was too sticky-ish and I think our bowlers did a fantastic job. Amit Mishra has got that experience. He has played 10-12 years of international cricket.”Whenever he bowls those four overs, he knows exactly what his plans are. He has bowled to almost every player and he knows where to bowl to them. He has done a great job for the team and I hope he does the same in the next match as well.”Shaw thanked the management for not losing faith in him despite he not being among runs in the last few games.”When you are not scoring runs for the last two-three games, then you need to get that form back, preparation is the best thing to do. I have prepared quite a lot. I wasn’t scoring that good in powerplays and the team wasn’t very happy but they never gave up on me.”They believed in me and more importantly, I believed in myself and thanks to all the support staff…Sourav sir, Ricky sir, Praveen sir and Kaif sir, and players who give me lots of positive vibes. I just played my game out there,” said Shaw.Also Read | Delhi Capitals played very well and they deserved this win: Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant credits ‘muscle memory’ for his big-hitting prowess in T20slast_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Wife Reacts To Michigan Job Speculation

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Believe it or not, there’s actually been some Urban Meyer-to-Michigan talk on social media in recent days. It’s ridiculous, of course, but a photoshop of Meyer in Michigan gear has been circulated by some Wolverines fans with a #WeWantUrban hashtag.Betting odds have since been released for Jim Harbaugh’s potential replacement in Ann Arbor. Meyer made the list.Meyer did at one point have interest in the Michigan job. The Ann Arbor program was one of three jobs (along with Ohio State and Notre Dame) he was allowed to take without asking his wife.Of course, this was before he coached the Buckeyes. pic.twitter.com/sy0C7rpghd— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 24, 2019Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, is not a fan of this. She reacted to the photo of her husband in Michigan gear.“Doesn’t even fit,” she said simply.Doesn’t even fit.— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) September 24, 2019This is all just social media fun and no one really thinks Meyer getting hired at Michigan is realistic (we hope).The former Ohio State head coach won’t even say the word “Michigan,” after all.last_img read more

StandingRock camp getting used to life after police raid

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsProtesters in standing rock are still recovering after police confrontation on Thursday. Personal items taken by State and local police were returned and the energy was very positive.But people at the camp say they can’t let their guards down quite yet – especially after what happend on Sunday morning.tpimentellast_img

Canadian auto sales off to a strong start after recordbreaking January

first_imgRICHMOND HILL, Ont. – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales in Canada bucked expectations to reach an all-time record for the first month of the year.The consulting firm says about 117,300 vehicles were sold in January, up 5.7 per cent from the same time last year.Continued demand for light trucks, which hit a near record of 73.2 per cent of the market, were up 9.1 per cent from December.Sales of passenger cars slumped, down 2.6 per cent from the previous month.Looking at volume, FCA led the field with sales of 17,761 new vehicles, followed by General Motors at 16,791 and close behind, Ford, at 16,461.DesRosiers says it’s too early to predict where the market will be in 2018, but suspects increasing interest rates may have prompted more buyers to lock in a low interest rate in January.Canadians last year purchased more than two million vehicles for the first time thanks to record sales of light trucks.last_img read more

Blueberry River First Nations to host Open House

first_imgThe Open House is taking place on January 25, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.For more information, you can contact Sherry Dominic at sdominic@blueberryfn.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blueberry River First Nations will be hosting a public Open House on January 25.This Open House is for the public to learn about the Treaty Land Entitlement Process and the goals for Blueberry River First Nations’ selected lands.This event is being hosted by the Chief and Council of the Blueberry River First Nations.last_img read more

French Press and Social Media Honor Moroccan Victim of Paris Attacks

New York – Social media users around the world and the French press are paying tribute to the memory of the Moroccan young man who died victim of the terrorist attacks that hit Paris on Friday night.Amine Ibnolmobarak, the 29-year-old architect who was killed while dining with his French wife at café-bar Le Carillon when a terrorist opened fire killing 11 others, has received many tributes and words of praise and compassion.Amine was admired and respected in Paris where he resided with his wife Maya Namate, who was also shot and remains in critical condition, according to French media. French daily Libération published a special portrait of the talented Moroccan highlighting his work and personal life.The young architect was an example to his community in France and back home in Morocco.The tributes speak for themselves:Le @Pavillonarsenal rend hommage à Amine Ibnolmobarak, jeune architecte victime des attentats pic.twitter.com/5s18gQkA24— PAVILLON ARSENAL (@PavillonArsenal) November 16, 2015“He was very enterprising and passionate. He had mounted his agency with Maya. He had a kind of strength in him that you seldom find in people,” a close friend of Amine said.The victim was celebrating his participation at a gallery in the French city where some of his works were being shown.#RIP Amine Ibnolmobarak architecte au diplôme sur le pèlerinage à La Mecque https://t.co/xp5Zv8sMoU #AttentatsParis pic.twitter.com/RA76eJ8ind— Louvre pour tous (@louvrepourtous) November 15, 2015“This Saturday, we were supposed to go to the exposition of architectural projects in southern cities, in which Amine had contributed for the Crous Gallery in Paris,” a friend said lamenting his death.“Amine was a very handsome, brilliant, stylish man. He impressed me with his charisma and the attention he gave to people,” the user added.Some social media users were angry and hurt by his death. They also expressed their feelings through Twitter and Facebook.“This is Amine Ibnolmobarak. He was an architect. He was a Muslim. And he was killed by the Paris gunmen,” a user said indignantly.“Hey bastards here is an example of the work done by a man you took down,” another user wrote posting a link to Amine’s thesis on the Pilgrimage to Mecca.On Friday night, France saw the worst terrorist attack to date. Eight terrorists carried out six coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris, killing at least 129 people and leaving 352 injured. read more

Conference on saving worlds fish stocks opens at UN Headquarters

The conference chairman David Balton, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Bureau of Oceans, cited over-fishing, the effect of fishing on the marine environment and the need for further assistance to developing countries as among the forum’s main issues.The conference is reviewing implementation of the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement that established a legal regime for long-term conservation and sustainable use of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks. It will provide an opportunity for countries to consider new measures to tighten implementation of the legal regime.The agreement, which took effect in 2001 and has 77 States parties, covers highly migratory species that regularly travel long distances, such as tuna, swordfish and oceanic sharks, as well as straddling stocks that occur both within the exclusive economic zone of coastal States – up to 200 nautical miles offshore – and areas beyond and adjacent to that zone, including cod, halibut, pollock, jack mackerel and squid. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that currently three quarters of all fish stocks are in distress and nearing depletion and that the majority of straddling fish stocks, highly migratory species and other high seas fish stocks are either fully exploited or over-exploited. The conference, a resumption of the last review that was held in 2006, will “take a hard look at what is being done to give effect to the Fish Stocks Agreement,” Mr. Balton said. It will also consider progress made in the implementation of recommendations since 2006, many of which led to concerted action to improve fisheries. The conference is open all countries.Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including many that raised concerns about the fate of Atlantic bluefin tuna and two species of sharks at the recent meeting of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), are also participating.Also kicking off today is a UN gathering of experts to discuss pollution in the Caribbean.The UN Environment Programme’s Caribbean arm, known as UNEP CEP, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have invited more than 50 pollution control specialists to a five-day meeting in Panama City.Participants will focus on how to bolster the region’s commitment to ratify the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities, or the LBS Protocol.That pact sets up regional guidelines and standards for reducing pollution’s impact on the coastal and marine environment, as well as on human health. More than 80 per cent of the pollution of the Wider Caribbean’s marine environment is believed to be from land-based sources and activities.So far, only six countries – Panama, Belize, Saint Lucia, France, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago – have ratified the LBS Protocol. 24 May 2010A five-day conference on fish conservation opened at United Nations Headquarters in New York today amid warnings that three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are in distress and nearing depletion while marine ecosystems continue to deteriorate. read more

Mayo official condemns media campaign to blacken Lee Keegans name

first_img Referee Maurice Deegan shows Lee Keegan a black card. Image: James Crombie/INPHO By Alan Waldron Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 5:00 PM Follow us: the42.ie Rochford appoints former Mayo goalkeeper as selector for 2017 Littlewoods Ireland sign up as GAA hurling championship and Camogie league sponsors Image: James Crombie/INPHO Mayo official condemns ‘media campaign to blacken Lee Keegan’s name’ The Westport wing-back was unfairly singled out, according to PRO Paul Cunnane. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 6th 2016, 5:00 PM center_img Referee Maurice Deegan shows Lee Keegan a black card. Short URL THE MAYO COUNTY Board’s public relations officer has lashed out at media organisations for attempting “to blacken Lee Keegan’s name” during the build-up to the All-Ireland final replay.Keegan’s tussle with Dublin forward Diarmuid Connolly attracted considerable attention from the media and supporters before, during and after both All-Ireland finals.The Mayo defender, who was later crowned Footballer of the Year, was shown a black card in the All-Ireland final replay for a challenge on Connolly as Dublin retained their All-Ireland crown.Mayo PRO Paul Cunnane has taken issue with the media’s approach to the Westport man in the county convention report.While largely full of praise for their efforts, Cunane says he felt journalists “took the bait” when it came to their portrayal of Keegan ahead of the 1 October replay.“In the lead-up to the All-Ireland final replay there was a well-orchestrated media campaign to blacken Lee Keegan’s name and I would be disappointed that many media outlets chose to take the bait in the lead-up to the replay,” Cunnane wrote in the report.“Lee Keegan has just won his fourth All-Star as well as being named GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year.“This recognition was due to his excellent displays throughout the national league and championship.“He is one of the finest footballers the county has ever produced.“To see him depicted in this way before the biggest game of his career was very unjust.“Ultimately this campaign worked as Lee was black carded wrongly before half-time in the replay.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share21 Tweet Email1 22,039 Views 52 Comments http://the42.ie/3123470 last_img read more

Childhood Memories of Super Smash Bros 64

first_img There are ton of video games out there, way more than any person could ever play, and many of them you shouldn’t play. But some games are so good, so iconic, so important that you should absolutely play them if it’s the last thing you do. And Jordan Minor from Geek.com, along with some friends from Mashable, is here to tell you what those games are in Games To Play Before You Die, a new panel discussion show (and podcast) that’s pretty self-explanatory.If you don’t have time to watch our full episode on the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64, here’s the part where we talk about our childhood Smash Bros. memories. Watch it!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>For more thoughts on Super Smash Bros. check out our list of the best N64 games and our ongoing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character guide.Buy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Watch: ‘Diablo III’ Is A Game To Play Before You DieWatch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die Stay on targetlast_img read more

Aguero was once again Citys hero

first_imgThe Argentinean footballer has scored a hat-trick once again for the Citizens, as he’s catapulting himself to greater heights.For the second time in less than a week, Argentinean footballer Sergio Aguero scored three goals for Manchester City.He and the Citizens trashed Chelsea in today’s English Premier League fixture.“I think it might be one of the best performances of this team so it was a great game and an even better result,” Aguero spoke to the club’s official website.“I am very happy for the hat-tricks and for breaking records, both in the Premier League and for the club.”“I try to keep those good memories and especially thanks to my team-mates for helping me in the game and what matters most, in the end, is us winning,” he added.“What matters most to me is to try and finish the season in the best way and try to win some silverware.”Former EPL footballer Jamie Carragher was also surprised at how well Aguero is currently playing, and he was quick to give him praise.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s just clever. He’s switched on, he’s alive,” he told Sky Sports.“I’ve played against him and at times he can be quiet in a game, but before you know it something just happens. In terms of a goalscorer, he’s the greatest we’ve seen in the Premier League.”“That’s the difference between him and the other greats, he’s a goalscorer rather than the greatest all-around player,” he added.“He does work a lot harder now than he ever did. The manager has lit the fire under him.”Happy about the win, the hat-trick and for matching an all-times record. It’s my honour and my pleasure to belong to this FC, with great companions, amazing fans, and being part of this wonderful team. C’mon, City!!! pic.twitter.com/BM17BmERe6— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 10, 2019last_img read more

Eighty tons of contested Bristol Bay salmon trashed in Anchorage landfill

first_imgAll 158,318 of highly contested Bristol Bay salmon from the F/V Akutan has been thrown away in the Anchorage landfill. (Photo by Eric Keto/Alaska Public Media)Some 158,318 pounds of highly contested Bristol Bay salmon from the F/V Akutan have reached their final destination: the Anchorage landfill.Listen nowThis summer, the custom processor was supposed to process up to 100,000 pounds of salmon a day for Bristol Bay Seafoods LLC, a small group of fishermen.But nearly everything that could go wrong did. The vessel’s owner went broke, the crew wasn’t paid, and when 158,318 pounds of fish came off the boat in early September, the third-party testing group NSF declared it unfit for human or animal consumption.Capt. Steve Lecklitner said the only test NSF ran on the fish was a sniff test, meaning the tester smelled the fish to determine it was bad.“I kind of chuckled a little bit, but that’s how they’re certified,” Lecklitner said.Lecklitner said a representative from Bristol Bay Seafoods selected the four 50-pound bags that NSF tested. That means less than a tenth of one percent of all the fish was tested.Because the fish was so highly contested, Lecklitner said he suggested to the NSF tester that additional testing be done.“She told me that full testing could be done, but it had to be contracted,” Lecklitner said. “Bristol Bay Seafoods LLC did not pay for that. They didn’t want the report released.”NSF officials declined to comment for this story, saying they want to keep the testing confidential.Pallets of detained fish from the F/V Akutan await transport to Anchorage. (Photo courtesy of William Earnhart/Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot)In a statement, a lawyer representing Bristol Bay Seafoods said the company believes the fish was polluted sometime between an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) inspection in mid-August and when the fish was removed from the processor in early September.“When the fish was unloaded, 25,000 pounds were visibly saturated with fuel,” the lawyer said. “[NSF] inspected the remaining fish and found all samples to be positive for diesel.”The lawyer said it’s unclear whether the Akutan’s crew contaminated the fish on purpose or through negligence.But Chief Engineer Decio Andrade said it wouldn’t make sense for the crew to destroy the fish, because their pay hinged on the fish going to market.“To say that all the fish is condemned — that all the fish has diesel in it — that’s BS,” Andrade said. “There’s no way the diesel ever touched the fish.”Both Andrade and Lecklitner believe Bristol Bay Seafoods wanted the fish to be found unsafe for consumption, because it allows the company to collect on an insurance claim for the fish’s full market value.“If the fish is condemned, then Bristol Bay Seafoods has an insurance claim. They would receive all of it,” Lecklitner said. “If it went that way, then the crew would not get paid.”Lecklitner said the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had liens on the fish. If it had sold, he said Bristol Bay Seafoods would not see any money. Instead, the funds would be used to pay the crew. The DOL has declined to comment until the case is closed.In Alaska, DEC officials said it’s not unprecedented to have this much fish go to waste. Since 2014, the department has ordered more than 100,000 pounds of fish destroyed at least two other times.In this case, Bristol Bay Seafoods said the Anchorage landfill was the only available disposal option in the state.last_img read more

BSE closes points 12213 down on Feb 3

first_imgBSE closes points 122.13 down on Feb 38.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 122.13 down on Feb 38.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 122.13 points down to stand at 29,000.14. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 40.85 points down to stand at 8,756.55. VIDEOCON INDUSTRIES LTD. and DHFL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.90% and 6.15% along with FRL and SSLT with an increase of 6.12% and 5.95% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JSW ENERGY and PNB with a decrease of 10.14% and 8.44% along PFC and JET AIRWAYS with a decrease of 6.94% and 6.20% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 131.66 points at 19,945.88 while the banking sector is down 593.57 points at 22,188.53 and the reality sector is down 25.88 points at 1,789.80. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.72 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 122.13 points down to stand at 29,000.14. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 40.85 points down to stand at 8,756.55. VIDEOCON INDUSTRIES LTD. and DHFL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.90% and 6.15% along with FRL and SSLT with an increase of 6.12% and 5.95% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JSW ENERGY and PNB with a decrease of 10.14% and 8.44% along PFC and JET AIRWAYS with a decrease of 6.94% and 6.20% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 131.66 points at 19,945.88 while the banking sector is down 593.57 points at 22,188.53 and the reality sector is down 25.88 points at 1,789.80. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.72 per dollar.last_img read more

IRCTC offers special air package to Shirdi

first_imgIndian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited is offering an exclusive air package to Shirdi with Shani Shingnapur. Shirdi, a small town in Maharashtra was where the saint Sai Baba lived till his samadhi in 1918. It is counted among the major Hindu pilgrimages which attract thousands of devotees from all over India.The all-inclusive tour package of the duration of five nights and six days will cover Shirdi, Shani Shingnapur, Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga, Ellora Caves and Goa from November 22 till December 5. The package has been priced at Rs. 34,880/- per person on twin sharing basis. This includes air tickets (Delhi – Mumbai, Mumbai – Goa and Goa – Delhi), AC accommodation at hotels in Shirdi and Goa (three-star category), all transfers and sightseeing by AC Buses, breakfasts and dinners at the hotels, insurance, services of an IRCTC tour manager and GST along other applicable taxes. A total of 30 seats are available in this fixed group departure tour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe package has been priced at Rs 34,880/- per person on twin sharing basis. This includes air tickets (Delhi – Mumbai, Mumbai – Goa and Goa – Delhi), AC Accommodation at hotels in Shirdi and Goa (3 star category), all transfers and sightseeing by AC Buses, breakfasts and dinners at the hotels, insurance, services of an IRCTC Tour Manager and GST along other applicable taxes. A total of 30 seats are available in this fixed group tour. The package can be booked from IRCTC offices (PAN India) or digitally through IRCT official website or mobile app.last_img read more

TAP Portugal to add TorontoLisbon flights in summer 2017

first_img Wednesday, December 7, 2016 NEW YORK — TAP Portugal is expanding its network to six new destinations in summer 2017, including Toronto. Rounding out the new additions are Stuttgart, Las Palmas, Alicante, Budapest and Bucharest.The new Toronto-Lisbon flights are scheduled to start next June.“The new routes, along with the operations reinforcement, will result in significant growth for the summer season, clearly emphasizing TAP’s growth in the near future,” said the company. In July 2017 TAP will increase operations by 11% with over 1,176 more flights offered than in same month last year, representing a 19% increase in seat capacity.The growth planned for 2017 comes in line with the carrier’s expansion strategy launched in 2016, an intense year during which TAP not only increased its activity but also introduced quite a few changes, such as the order of a new medium and long haul fleet with Airbus (due for delivery at the end of 2017); the phase-in of two additional A330 aircraft; the cabin retrofit of 48 aircraft currently in progress; the launch of the new brand TAP Express for regional operations; the new Lisbon/Oporto shuttle service; the launch of TAP Stopover and the reinforcement of its positioning in the North Atlantic with the inauguration of two new routes in the U.S.: Boston and New York JFK.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter After completing the restructuring of its network earlier this year, TAP said it has put in place “a new and more competitive fare policy” and is now ready to grow again with an improved and diversified product and reinforced fleet.TAP will also upgrade its offer in the domestic sector, reinforcing summer 2017 operations from Lisbon to Faro, growing from three to four daily flights. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Portugal, Toronto TAP Portugal to add Toronto-Lisbon flights in summer 2017last_img read more

Index of Improving Markets Drops to 247

first_imgIndex of Improving Markets Drops to 247 in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share August 8, 2013 433 Views center_img The number of markets listed on the “”National Association of Home Builders'””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB) Improving Markets Index (IMI) continued to decline in August, though the index still sits well ahead of where it was last year, the association reported.[IMAGE]The index, compiled by NAHB and “”First American””:http://www.firstam.com/, tracks three major indicators–employment, home prices, and housing permits–across the United States to determine which metro areas have shown growth (from their respective troughs) for at least six straight months.””While the number of improving housing markets this August remains well ahead of the same month last year, the index is affected by seasonal softening in home prices just as we saw happen in 2012. The metros that fell off the list this month originally qualified with very small home price improvements that have since slipped back,”” explained NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “”As house prices return to more normal levels in fully recovered markets, further IMI advancements will be more modest.””According to NAHB, a total of 247 markets across 49 states and the District of Columbia qualified for the list in August, eight short of July’s total but nearly three times the number reported in August 2012. Three new metros made August’s list: Kankakee, Illinois; and Atlantic City and Ocean City, both in New Jersey. Eleven markets were dropped, including Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Tyler, Texas; and St. Cloud, Minnesota.Connecticut was the only state not to be represented on the list in August.””In all, 244 metros that were listed as improving in July retained that status in August, and this is an encouraging sign of the continuing housing recovery,”” said NAHB chairman Rick Judson. “”That said, we know that the pace of improvement is being hampered somewhat by challenges that builders and buyers are experiencing with regard to the availability of credit, material, lots for development and labor.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Homebuilders Housing Permits Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-08 Tory Barringerlast_img read more