Madhya Pradesh tehsildars go on three-day mass leave

first_imgDays after patwaris struck work for three days in Madhya Pradesh, tehsildars across the State have gone on mass leave for the same duration starting Thursday demanding pending promotions, better wages and sufficient computers in offices. Tehsildars, under the banner of the Madhya Pradesh Revenue Officers Union, sat on dharnas in 52 districts of the State on Wednesday and Thursday. “To call it a strike won’t be appropriate. We have gone on mass leave for three days. We’ll meet the Chief Minister, and if he doesn’t accept our demands, will go on strike,” said Jitendra Tiwari, executive president of the union. The government must clear pending promotions it had withheld for a while now, he said. “Moreover, salaries of tehsildars and naib tehsildars are too less and need to be increased according to Grade A norms,” he added. Both patwaris and tehsildars had a major role to play in flood estimation, extending relief to farmers and distributing aid. Preliminary estimates pegged damage at more than ₹16,000 crore. And recently, Chief Minister Kamal Nath called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting an immediate aid of ₹9,000 crore and a resurvey by a Central team. ‘Major role’“We have a major role in flood damage estimation and that’s why we pushed this agitation back. The estimation process is almost complete,” clarified Mr. Tiwari. The government was ensuring no work was affected due to the mass leave, Manish Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, told The Hindu.“Even when the patwaris went on strike, the relief work wasn’t affected as most of it had been completed before it,” he said. “Obviously, the overall progress was affected, but relief was still given to farmers.” Patwari thawPatwaris called off their strike last Sunday after meeting Revenue Minister Govind Singh Rajput. Earlier, Higher Education Minister Jitu Patwari had called patwaris corrupt, which had led to the agitation demanding a public apology from him. This had spooked both farmers and the government alike, triggering fears that the strike may hobble the relief process.last_img read more

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Weary Nick Kyrgios Yearns for Home But Doesn’t Want a Ban

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios was dumped from the US Open on Saturday, falling to Russian Andrey Rublev and overheard saying he really didn’t want to be on the court.Rublev advanced to a fourth-round match against Italian 24th seed Matteo Berrettini with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3 triumph. “Nowhere near my best tennis, but it is what it is,” Kyrgios said.A microphone caught Kyrgios commenting that he wanted to go home, which prompted Kyrgios to say, “I guess I’ve been on the road five and a half months now. It’s not easy.”It didn’t get any easier with the ATP issuing a record $113,000 record fine to Kyrgios for his actions at an event in Cincinnati.And Kyrgios could face punishment for calling the ATP “corrupt” after a US Open victory, although he later tweeted a statement saying that was a poor choice of words for the issue of double standards he wanted to raise.The ATP is investigating the remark as a major player violation, which could carry a possible suspension.That would bring time off and a chance to head home.”Would I welcome it? I don’t know if I look at it like that,” Kyrgios said. “I have no say in it. I guess it’s out of my control.” atpnick kyrgiostennisus open First Published: September 1, 2019, 11:35 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Sri Lanka announce full-fledged series against India

first_imgIndia will tour Sri Lanka for a full series beginning with a test match at Galle from July 26, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Friday.The number one Test team in the official rankings, Virat Kohli-led India will play three Tests, five one-dayers and one Twenty20 International against their neighbours.Colombo will host the second Test from Aug. 3, while Kandy is the venue for the third match nine days later, the SLC said.Beginning on Aug. 20 at Dambulla, the teams will play five one-dayers before India wrap up their tour with the Sept. 6 Twenty20 match in Colombo.India, currently in West Indies for a limited-overs series, remain without a coach after Anil Kumble stepped down last month citing a breakdown of relationship with Kohli.India last toured Sri Lanka in 2015 when they won the three-Test series 2-1.Series guide July 26-30: 1st Test, GalleAug 3-7 : 2nd Test, ColomboAug 12-16 : 3rd Test, KandyAug 20 : 1st ODI, DambullaAug 24 : 2nd ODI, KandyAug 27 : 3rd ODI, KandyAug 31 : 4th ODI, ColomboSept 3 : 5th ODI, ColomboSept 6 : Only T20I, Colombolast_img read more

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‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle wins defamation case in Australia

first_imgWest Indies batsman Chris Gayle won a defamation case against an Australian media company in the New South Wales Supreme Court on Monday over an alleged incident during the 2015 World Cup.After less than two hours of deliberation, the jury found Fairfax media had failed to establish the truth of a series of reports it ran alleging the 103-Test cricketer had exposed himself to a masseuse during the tournament.It also found Fairfax had failed to establish that the allegation Gayle had propositioned the masseuse was “substantially true”.”I came all the way from Jamaica to actually defend myself and my character as well. At the end of the day I’m very, very happy,” Gayle told reporters outside the court.”I’m a good man. I’m not guilty.”The jury also found that Fairfax, which publishes The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, was motivated by “malice” in publishing the stories.A hearing over the amount of damages will be held at a later date but the defence lawyer for Fairfax said he would be considering an appeal, local media reported.last_img read more

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Sunshine Coast Accommodation

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast plays host to the NYC from 2013 to 2015. Enquire now for group accommodation at groups@scdl.com.au and plan a fun and naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast getaway.For more information on the Sunshine Coast, check out the website – www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au Related Filessunshine_coast_flyer-pdfRelated LinksSunshine Coast Accommodationlast_img

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This Smart Side Table Will Launch Your Bedroom into the Future

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App With Google Home Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa taking our song requests, cracking jokes on command to entertain us, and finally ridding us humans of the mundane task of turning our own lights on and off, aren’t you getting sick of watching your slack-ass furniture just, like … sit around all the time? Seriously, one good scan of your house and you’ll probably feel like you’re living in the dark ages. Or at least the 90s. Well, here’s some good news: The Renaissance is upon us, and one company is making a play at becoming the Michelangelo of smart furniture.You might remember Sobro from last year’s Sobro Smart Coffee Table, the living room center piece that can charge your phone, cool your brewskies, and do your taxes for you all at the same time (okay, it can’t do your taxes, but it’s still pretty damn cool). This year, the company is one-upping themselves with a brand new smart table that updates and improves upon all the features that made their coffee table such a hit: behold, the Sobro Smart Side Table.Just like its predecessor, the Smart Side Table has a super sleek, retro-futuristic aesthetic that will make your bedroom look like the sets of Star Trek and Mad Men at the same time. At the moment, it’s only available in white, but if the table’s Indiegogo campaign hits $1 million in funding, the company plans to offer it in matte black and a white/wood-grain combo finish that can only be described as “fly as hell.” Chances of the new finishes don’t seem totally out of reach considering the campaign met its full initial funding goal within one hour of going live on the crowdfunding site.So, what are the features of this little smarty? For starters, the cooling drawer that earned so much love for its predecessor returns in the Smart Side Table. The drawer uses thermoelectric cooling for soundless operation so you can have cold drinks on hand all night without bothersome noise pollution. The table’s second drawer is a locking storage compartment where you can stash goodies for safe keeping.With a name like the Smart Side Table, it should come as no surprise that the table has some app-enabled features and is voice assistant compatible. With the help of the Sobro app, LED lighting on the back of the unit will simulate sunrise to wake you up and dim when it’s time to get sleepy. If you’d rather dance than sleep all night, you can use the app to change the lighting color and sync it with your favorite playlists. Where’s that music coming from, you may ask? Why, from the two built-in Bluetooth speakers with a 10m pairing range of course! Bonus: If you have two Smart Side Tables, you can pair them together for stereo output. For those nights when you don’t feel like busting out your Boogie Shoes, use the app’s white noise generator to broadcast some soothing sounds to lull you to sleep. If you need to get up before dawn, an additional motion-activated LED light on the front of the table will help light your way. Dials found on the back of the table let you control the brightness of the lights (or turn them off entirely). WiFi enabled firmware updates via the Sobro app will keep all the amazing features of the Smart Side Table working flawlessly into the future.Of course, no smart furniture would be worth its salt if it couldn’t charge your devices, and Sobro certainly doesn’t leave you hanging on that front. A wireless charging pad is built right in to the table’s surface and can charge two phones simultaneously. The table is also equipped with four USB ports, two 120v outlets, and two AUX-in ports, with cord channels on the top of the table and at the back of the built-in shelf (along with three magnetic cord wraps on the back) to keep your cables tidy.During the Indiegogo campaign, you can snag one of these tables for $349 (or a pair for $629). Think about scooping yours up early 3 once the product hits full release after funding, the table’s MSRP will be $899. Planned delivery for the Sobro Smart Side Table is October of this year, but keep in mind that, with any crowdfunding campaign, timelines can change (or sometimes never pan out at all). Sobro pretty much nailed it with their Smart Coffee Table campaign, so we don’t expect to see a let-down on this project either. Still, it’s a good idea to check out Indiegogo’s terms and conditions before dropping some cash. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail How to Cure Prosciutto at Home Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather last_img read more

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Contract Awarded for Halifax Regional Municipality Paving Project

first_imgDrivers in the Glen Haven area of Halifax Regional Municipality will be travelling on smoother, stronger pavement this summer after the completion of a paving contract awarded by the province. A $916,275 contract to repave Indian Point Road from the intersection of Route 333 at Glen Haven for 4.5 kilometres to the end of the road and including Sunset Drive was awarded to Aberdeen Paving Ltd. “This project brings a much-needed improvement to a road that connects to Route 333, one of our busiest tourist routes,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The community will enjoy a better ride before the summer’s end.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

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MURDA BEATZ MADE A KILLING AT FORTNITE — AND GAVE IT TO

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto councillor Norm Kelly gives hip-hop producer Shane Lee Lindstrom (Murda Beatz) a citation recognizing his donating $20,000 of winnings from a Fortnite tournament at Toronto City Hall on Friday. The money will help low-income students receive books and school supplies. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement It’s been a pretty busy few days from Canadian hip-hop producer Murda Beatz.On Tuesday, he competed in the first Fortnite Pro Am in Los Angeles, finishing 11th with his partner, Valkyrae, winning $20,000 for charity. Last night, he dropped a new track, “Bigger > You” from 2 Chainz featuring Drake and Quavo. On Friday, he was in Councillor Norm Kelly’s office in Toronto City Hall presenting an oversized cheque to donate his game winnings for First Book Canada, an organization that helps lower-income students receive books and school supplies, a campaign (also supported by Xpand Laces) for which Kelly has been enlisting celebrities.Born Shane Lindstrom in Fort Erie, Ont., Murda is one of the most in-demand hip-hop producers right now, with a long list of credits, working with songs for Migos, Gucci Mane, French Montana and many more. He has produced for pop stars like Zayn Malik, and created the beat for Drake recent hit, “Nice For What.” He’s not alone as a pretty big Fortnite fan, but the event still impressed him — “It was actually crazy, I had no idea it was going to be as big as that,” he said Friday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Father held bleeding son after RCMP shooting in Norway House

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarlier this week APTN told you about Evan Cromarty, the 20 year-old man shot by the RMCP on the Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.Cromarty’s father spoke to APTN’s Shaneen Robinson about his son and the shooting incident.last_img

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Mixed emotions cautious optimism greet MMIW inquiry announcement

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsIt was a day of mixed emotions and cautious optimism for some of the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Wednesday in Gatineau, Que., across the river from parliament hill, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett launched phase two of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.last_img

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Canadian Tires Helly Hansen deal could be launch pad for global expansion

first_imgCanadian Tire Corp. views its $985-million acquisition of Norwegian outdoor clothing and gear maker Helly Hansen as a “major step forward” to diversify its offerings at home and launch new opportunities in international markets.“This is a brand that we truly believe has a lot of runway ahead of it internationally,” CEO Stephen Wetmore said in an interview.The Toronto-based retailer has long been one of Helly Hansen’s biggest customers and the deal announced Thursday will bolster a number of its product categories, including camping, hunting and fishing, at both Canadian Tire department stores and its Mark’s clothing chain, he said.Helly Hansen, which was founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877 and is now sold in more than 40 countries around the world, has “successfully and profitably entered many markets” globally with its outdoor adventure, sailing, skiing and casual industrial brand, Wetmore said in an earlier conference call with financial analysts.“This too will serve as a foundation for us to build upon in future years with existing or new owned brands,” Wetmore said during the call.Canadian Tire identified the Norwegian brand as an acquisition target shortly after it established its consumer brands division, seeing it as an opportunity to strengthen some of its most “strategic and brand-sensitive categories,” but the deal took 18 months to come together, Wetmore said.“The journey wasn’t easy and worthy pursuits rarely are,” he said.“And while we would have liked to have been faster, the result was worth the wait.”Wetmore explained in an interview that it took time for the company to convince the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which acquired Helly Hansen in 2012, to become a willing seller.The outdoor brand will continue to be sold in a broad range of stores in Canada, not just Canadian Tire stores, the company said. Canadian Tire stores will also carry a broader selection of Helly Hansen products, including the brand’s footwear line.Canadian Tire will assume $50 million in debt under terms of the deal.Helly Hansen CEO Paul Stoneham and the management team, based in Oslo, Norway, are expected to continue to lead the business.“(Canadian Tire) provides us with the ideal platform to further accelerate our growth trajectory and also strengthen our Canadian presence. This is a great opportunity for Helly Hansen and our team,” Stoneham said.“As a Canadian, I am particularly proud to say that Canadian Tire is the new home for Helly Hansen.”The deal is expected to close in the third-quarter and Helly Hansen is expected to add value to Canadian Tire’s profits this year,.However, Canadian Tire class A shares fell nearly six per cent to $165.08 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the deal was announced and the company reported first-quarter profit that slipped compared with a year ago due to one-time accelerated depreciation charge.Retail analyst Peter Sklar said he believes the price tag for Helly Hansen was expensive and that the deal might be unnecessary to accomplish some of Canadian Tire’s most immediate goals. He also mused about whether managing a high-end, high-growth international brand is too far outside Canadian Tire’s wheelhouse.“While the acquisition gives Canadian Tire a platform for the international wholesale distribution of existing Canadian Tire house brands, Canadian Tire is not planning on capitalizing on this opportunity for at least several years,” he wrote in a note.“Canadian Tire’s immediate plans are to instead focus on deepening the relationship with HH by carrying a fuller offering of HH products at all of its banners, which we believe could have been accomplished without acquiring the brand.”Canadian Tire’s chief financial officer Dean McCann said he’s “very comfortable with the price.”He noted the acquisition presents three opportunities for the company: to strengthen its existing banners by carrying more Helly Hansen items, to take advantage of a very disciplined and well-managed business, and to sell in-house brands internationally.While Canadian Tire is not in a rush to fulfil the latter, “the opportunity is probably closer” than the several years Sklar indicates, McCann said.Canadian Tire reported Thursday a first-quarter profit attributable to shareholders of $78 million, or $1.18 per share for the quarter, down from $87.5 million, or $1.24 per share a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.38 per share. However, Sklar calculated that earnings adjusted for the one-time charge were closer to analysts’ estimates at $1.37 per share.Revenue totalled $2.81 billion, up from $2.72 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated same store sales were up 5.2 per cent in the quarter as Canadian Tire gained 5.8 per cent, Mark’s added 3.4 per cent and FGL, which includes the Sport Chek banner, gained 3.9 per cent.— With files from Armina LigayaCompanies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that Helly Hansen was founded in Oslo.last_img read more

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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Sep. 16Datadog – New York, New York, 24 million shares, priced $19-22, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs. Proposed Nasdaq symbol DDOG. Business: Provides a monitoring and analytics platform for companies’ technology stacks.Exagen – Vista, Calif., 3.3 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Cowen/Cantor Fitzgerald. Proposed Nasdaq symbol XGN. Business: Sells blood tests that can diagnose, prognose, or monitor autoimmune diseases.Monopar Therapeutics – Wilmette, Ill., 4.4 million shares, priced $8-$10, managed by JonesTrading/Agegis Capital Corp. Proposed Nasdaq symbol MNPR. Business: Phase 3 biotech developing therapies for various types of cancer.Peloton Interactive – New York, 40 million shares, priced $26-$29, managed by Goldman Sachs/JP Morgan. Proposed Nasdaq symbol PTON. Business: Sells connected home fitness equipment and monthly class subscriptions.Ping Identity Holding – Denver, Colo., 12.5 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Goldman Sachs/BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed NYSE symbol PING. Business: Provides an enterprise security platform focused on identity access management.The Associated Press read more

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Thousands displaced by latest fighting in DR Congo – UN agency

Some 10,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been forced to flee to Uganda after the latest wave of fighting between Congolese Government forces and the rebel group M23, the United Nations refugee agency said today.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the attacks occurred near the DRC’s border with Uganda’s south-west Kisoro district. Bombs reportedly fell very close to the border, and amid the shelling, some areas of Uganda were also hit.Yesterday morning, UNHCR began transporting refugees from the border to the Nyakabande transit centre. As of last night, more than 3,500 people have been moved, the largest number in a single day since fighting began in April last year.“Many local residents closed their homes and shops and moved away from the border area,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “Refugees arriving at the Nyakabande Transit Centre, some 20 kilometres away, told us that they had seen bodies on the DRC side.”UNHCR estimates that there are now around 8,230 people in the transit centre. The agency is providing them with shelter, emergency relief items, and food supplied by the World Food Programme (WFP). Mr. Edwards reported that many refugees are making their own way by foot to the transit centre despite cold and rainy weather, and he added that many of them are suffering from dehydration and diarrhoea.“We currently have enough emergency relief items for a population of 10,000. In addition to several hundred family tents, there are 11 communal shelters which each hold about 300 people. A 12th is being erected that will accommodate 600 people,” Mr. Edwards said. However, he added that supplying water to the centre remains a challenge as water pressure in the district is very low. “We are also facing shortages in surgical supplies due to the high number of injured we have received,” he said.The majority of those who fled are young children, and many have been separated from their parents while running from the border. Mr. Edwards said UNHCR has so far received more than 100 children arriving on their own, who are being housed separate tents.“The situation back in eastern DRC remains tense and volatile with no one prepared to return and people still crossing,” Mr. Edwards said. “Security officials report that the town of Bunagana is empty of civilians. As of this morning we are moving people by bus from Nyakabande to a refugee settlement at Rwamwanja, to the north. There they will receive more comprehensive assistance.So far this year UNHCR has assisted around 50,000 people arriving from DRC. In Uganda, Congolese refugees make up 65 per cent of the entire refugee population and the majority of these have arrived in the last three years. read more

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UN human rights chief calls for DPR Korea to be referred to

The call from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the latest chapter stemming from a report report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK almost two years ago, which found “unspeakable atrocities” driven by policies established at the highest level of State.It follows similar appeals from the General Assembly to the Council, which alone has the power to make such a referral, as well as from independent UN rights experts.“The abduction of foreign nationals, the enforced disappearances, the trafficking and the continued movement of refugees and asylum-seekers makes this point clearly,” Mr. Zeid told the 15-Member body. “These, in addition to a litany of other gross human rights violations, have still not been halted or reversed by the Government of the DPRK. Victims are still unable to find judicial redress and there is still no accountability grounded in the work of an independent judiciary,” he said, noting that it was apt that today’s discussions were taking place on International Human Rights Day.“Once again, this year, the General Assembly has called on the Security Council to take action by referring the situation in DPRK to the International Criminal Court, which I believe to be essential, given the scale and extreme gravity of the allegations.”But he said calls for accountability must go hand in hand with an open dialogue to encourage the Government toward reform and cited an invitation from the DPRK Foreign Minister for him to visit the country as a “welcome” sign of tentative efforts to engage in the international area.“Millions of people in the DPRK continue to be denied their basic rights and freedoms,” Mr. Zeid said. “They are not allowed to move freely within and outside their country, or to speak out about injustices. They are not allowed to follow their faith. They are denied access to information not sanctioned by the regime, and the right to form organizations that can, in any way, be seen to be critical of the Government.” He cited the Commission’s graphic description of the appalling nature of the DPRK’s political prison-camp system, where people including children have been deliberately starved, made to carry out forced labour, subjected to extrajudicial killings and summary executions, tortured and raped, where hundreds of thousands of people have died over several decades.The camps are still believed to contain between 80,000 and 120,000 prisoners.“The continuing violations and systemic failings simply heighten international anxieties over the possibility of a precipitous turn, an event of great centrifugal consequence, which could rapidly engulf the region,” he concluded.“As we have stated time and again, if the international community is serious over reducing tensions in the region, more must be done collectively to ensure respect for human rights in the DPRK.”Also addressing the Council, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman stressed that the international community has yet to find an effective way to address the deplorable state of human rights in the DPRK.But he noted that although the DPRK has often made clear its objection to General Assembly resolutions on its human rights, unlike in 2014 it has refrained from raising the possibility of conducting a fourth nuclear test in its statements rejecting this year’s resolution.Particular challenges have been posed on how to balance calls for accountability and focus on security matters, and the need for engagement and dialogue, he said. read more

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ZYFRAs VIST Group moves onto automating Kamaz tow truck

first_imgZYFRA Group VIST Group has launched a robotised towing truck project in tandem with Nazarbayev University and Russia-based truck and engine manufacturer KAMAZ.As part of the project, a five-wheel tow truck, a KAMAZ 5490 Neo, will be equipped with computer vision systems to allow it to detect and autonomously manoeuvre around obstacles such as people, animals, traffic barriers and cones.The development comes shortly after VIST automated a BELAZ 7513R truck and BELAZ 78250 wheel loader for open-pit mining.Comparing the two autonomous applications, VIST said: “The implementation of the Kamaz autonomous truck is planned to take place on two fronts: one, the robot KAMAZ, due to its smaller (compared to BELAZ) external dimension, is more manoeuvrable and can facilitate the logistics of closed industrial zones at manufactures of various types, two, in the long run, a train of KAMAZ robot towing trucks could serve for long-distance transportation, probably on a separate lane.”The team is planning to finalise the project by September, it said.VIST is also working on completing  its Intelligent Mine project – a complex solution for unmanned surface mining with application of self-driving vehicles. The company is planning to spend a material share of investment provided by ZYFRA to accelerate its R&D projects including self-driving vehicles, autonomous surface mining machines and appliances, broader IoT- and AI-based solutions application as well as predictive analytics, it said.last_img read more

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Celebrity Greeks get ALP call

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With polls showing that Malcolm Turnbull has given the Coalition the biggest lead over Labor in two years, the ALP have controversially begun sounding out television celebrities as potential pre-selection candidates for the federal seat of Wills in Melbourne’s north west – and two of the highest-profile names are from the Greek Australian community. Former Seven Network journalist Helen Kapalos, now Victoria’s multicultural commissioner, has reportedly been approached and has declined the offer, while ex-SBS presenter Mary Kostakidis has also been touted as a candidate but is believed to have said she’s not interested. While the Wills seat appears safe for Labor on paper – sitting candidate Kelvin Thomson won in 2013 with a two-party-preferred vote of 65 per cent – the ALP is fearful the Greens could overturn the seat that Thomson has held for 20 years, with the Liberal Party considering placing the Greens ahead of the ALP in its preferences. The Wills electorate covers Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Glenroy and Fawkner. Moreland councillor Lambros Tapinos.Controlled by Labor’s right, the local party has become increasingly divided and a number of competing sub-factions are likely to put forward their own pre-selection candidates. This week Moreland councillor Lambros Tapinos threw his hat into the ring. Speaking exclusively to Neos Kosmos Cr Tapinos that he would be putting put his name forward subject to discussions with local party members. “I’m certainly interested but there’s a process to go through,” he said. “But the national executive has absolute power.” Cr Tapinos, who has served on the Moreland City Council (which covers much of the Wills electorate) for seven years, said he hoped the national executive would agree to a local ballot to decide the candidacy. “Bill Shorten has spoken about the need for decisions to be made locally, and we don’t want someone flown in,” he said. “We need local people, people who are engaged in the area.” Cr Tapinos has twice been Mayor of Moreland. Ex-SBS presenter Mary Kostakidis.Among other possible preselection candidates are fellow Moreland councillor Meghan Hopper, former senator Mehmet Tillem, ex-Yarra councillor Joshua Funder, and Peter Khalil, a former SBS director of corporate affairs. Other names in the mix include ALP staffers Ben Maxfield, Anthony Cianflone​, Anna-Maria Arabia and Mamamia editor Jamila Rizvi​.last_img read more

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HandsOn Assassins Creed Odyssey is as Brutal and Horny as 300

first_img I spent a few hours playing Ubisoft’s next marquee murder simulator Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (not to be confused with either Assassin’s Creed Origins or Super Mario Odyssey which both released last year on the same day). But before I detail the standout new features like the warring ancient Greece setting, upgraded RPG elements, and Gerard Butler fighting style, I just have to tell you about the way I ended my demo. It’s about sex, so you understand the urgency.Before the demo even began the team explained how, as part of Odyssey’s new Greek drama-inspired dialogue system and branching storylines, your Spartan mercenary character can now romance certain NPCs like in a Mass Effect game. They even made a Trojan condoms joke. And that playable character could either be a man or a woman. I chose the woman, Kassandra, to pretend this was a Wonder Woman game.While playing through the handful of main quests available on the islands of Delos and Mykonos, I had pledged my support for the more aggressive tactics of a male warrior, all while concealing my Spartan nature. Each of these choices had alternate options. When the fight was won, I expressed my interest in pleasure beyond combat, and my target invited me back to his place. Of course, in order to find it I had to use my bird drone (returning from Assassin’s Creed Origins) to track his trail of flower petal and sexy white smoke across the Mediterranean terrain.Once I arrived I thought we would just do the deed. But first this fool wanted to fight be because he guessed my true identity. He said something about how fighting is the best way to truly know someone “bone to bone.” Kinky. I peppered him with arrows until he fell and the camera cut away while we presumably boned each other’s brains out.Once I was back in control I could choose my response to this encounter and my eyes lit up at one of the options. After my lover told me how much he adored me, I said, savagely, “I can’t wait to forget you.” You now see why I haven’t bothered to name him. We were better off teaming up as fighters anyway. But I could practically pinpoint the moment where his heart ripped in half. And to top it all off, I then earned a nice 6900 experience points.So that’s a thing that can happen in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. But even if you’re not interested in learning whether or not love can bloom on a battlefield, there’s plenty more the game has to offer. What I played very much felt like more of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, even down to the UI, which makes since given this game is only coming one year after that acclaimed Egyptian semi-reboot of the franchise.Odyssey continues Origins’ huge and colorful take on an ancient historical world. The open naval exploration system lets you sail all across the Aegean Sea sinking ships in your way. I climbed up the butts of marvelous marble statues to synchronize the map. A time period dripping with this much (European) culture is a perfect fit for the Ubisoft empire.Odyssey also builds on Origins’ heavier combat feel and customization options. In addition to the new weapons and perks you pick up, you can create a loadout of special moves that burn your energy meter. These moves include health boosts and waves of arrows. But it’s a pretty safe bet most folks will lean towards the 300-style Sparta kick. It breaks guards, pushes opponents far away from you, and is just teaming with dumb awesome power. I kicked a bear in the face and a guy off of his own boat.See you at E3! pic.twitter.com/03NTPhCkCf— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) May 31, 2018Odyssey even manages to one-up Origins in terms of being an Assassin’s Creed prequel. Set in 431 B.C. there are no assassins with iconic hoods and hidden blades, at least in this demo. Just mercenaries like the player trying to make a living during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. You take contracts to make new friends (or enemies). Killing high-profile targets weakens the political strength of certain regions and makes the 300-man battles swing more in your favor.Of course, all the nonsense Assassin’s Creed lore we surely know(?) and love (?) will still be here. You’re still playing as Templar defector Layla Hassan in the present day. Only this time you’re looking for more clues about the First Civilization itself, the cyber Adam and Eve folks, instead of the Assassin Order. The player characters are descendants of famous Spartan King Leonidas himself and have his magic spear. But justifications aside, ancient Greece is just a great Assassin’s Creed setting, especially now that God of War has moved up Norse. Plus, it’s one step closer to my dream game about what really happened at the Crucifixion.Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches October 5, which is maybe a bummer for those of us who thought the franchise could benefit from longer development cycles. But if you’re looking for more Origins gameplay, more ancient Greece digital tourism, and more chances to shatter soldiers’ hearts, you won’t have to wait long.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. 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Diamonds La Gemma dellEst to host World Travel Awards Africa Indian Ocean

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Recommended for you Related Items:Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Planhotel Hospitality Group, world travel awards, Zanzibar Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exuma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, November 25th, 2015 – World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania, has been selected to host the Africa & India Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.Set to take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions.Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, located on the north-western shores of magical Zanzibar, is set within stupendous exotic tropical gardens. The enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort has a total of 138 rooms, all with a private terrace and the majority with sea views.WTA President Graham Cooke said: “Our Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will be the first stage on our 2016 Grand Tour and it will be a pleasure to visit Zanzibar, Tanzania, for the first time.“Zanzibar is famed and predominantly seen as a beach destination – with crystal clear warm cobalt-blue seas all year round and pure white sandy beaches. However, there’s far more to offer the discerning traveller.“From diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, deep sea fishing and many other aquatic experiences, as well as the often forgotten cultural experiences on offer.“WTA will showcase all this and more when we visit early next year.”WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.Commenting on the decision Andrew Cook, General Manager, Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est said: “Hosting the WTA Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 at Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar is one of the proudest moments in the resort’s history.“It is also an opportunity and endorsement for all in Zanzibar to showcase our offerings and reaffirm our country as a fast developing tourism destination in the world.“We not only aim to showcase and educate our guests on ourDiamonds resorts but also with our authentic cultural interactions with the warm and vibrant local ethnic communities.“Zanzibar is a progressive nation, bursting with local enthusiasm, talent and creativity.”Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est is part of the Planhotel Hospitality Group.Founded in 1997 in Lugano, the group has been operating in the tourism sector for over 18 years as a leading hotel management company for resorts and hotels in the Indian Ocean.Planhotel is renowned worldwide for its unique combination of local tradition and Italian style in both its design and guest services, without forgetting its exemplary all inclusive formula.WTA Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.For more information on the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 head over to the official website.last_img read more

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Walker makes pitch for opening ANWR to Obama administration

first_imgGov. Bill Walker has lobbied members of President Barack Obama’s administration on opening up parts of an Alaska refuge to oil drilling.Walker met with reporters Thursday after returning from Washington, D.C.Walker told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell his hopes of filling the trans-Alaska pipeline with oil drilled from a small section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He says both Jewell and the president have told him the proposal would be met with a lot of pushback.The governor acknowledges it will be a challenge, but it was important for him to get his plan on the administration’s radar.He says he might be able to craft a strategy from the pushback he heard. He says he’s not ready to give details yet, but does see a path forward.last_img read more

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