Over 16,000 shifted after heavy rain in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, Neemuch

first_imgOver 16,000 people from Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur and Neemuch districts were shifted to safety on Sunday after heavy rainfall caused water-logging in several areas there, an official said. Heavy showers have been lashing the two neighbouring districts in western Madhya Pradesh for the past few days, crippling normal life in the region.“Around 13,000 to 14,000 people have been rescued from about 100 to 125 villages in Mandsaur. Some of these villages have been fully vacated while others have been partially evacuated,” Superintendent of Police Hitesh Choudhary said.Rescue operations are being carried out in full swing, he said. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” he added.Nearly 2,300 people were also evacuated from the flooded Rampura town in Neemuch after an alarming rise in backwater levels of the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Mandsaur, an official at the Neemuch Collectorate said. Rescuers kept vigil during the previous night, bringing flood-hit people to relief camps on Sunday, he said. Mandsaur received 218 mm rain while Manasa town in Neemuch got 243 mm rain in 24 hours, ending on Sunday morning, as per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) office here.Mandsaur district received 1,927.8 mm rain from June 1 till date, against the normal quota of 742.1 mm, the IMD said. Similarly, Neemuch received 1,569.7 mm rain so far this monsoon against 706.9 mm of the normal quota, it said. After heavy rains, 19 sluice gates of Gandhi Sagar Dam were opened and 4.93 lakh cusec water was discharged, the dam project’s Sub-Divisional Officer N.P. Dev said.The released water was gushing downstream and entering parts of Rajasthan that borders Neemuch, he said. Meanwhile, intermittent showers on Sunday lashed several parts of Madhya Pradesh, which has so far received 33% more rain than the season’s average, the IMD said. The monsoon has weakened a bit in eastern Madhya Pradesh but is active in the western parts of the State, IMD Bhopal’s Senior Meteorologist G.D. Mishra said.Heavy rainfall is likely in Alirajpur and Jhabua districts till Monday morning, he said.last_img read more

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Kallis removes his controversial tweet on SA Govt decision

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) Legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has removed his controversial tweet that he is “embarrassed to call himself South African…” in the wake of a government decision to ban sports federations including cricket for failing to pick enough black players. Yesterday, Kallis, now a coach with IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, had tweeted:”So sad that i find myself embarrassed to call myself a South African so often these days #no place for politics in sport.” This was in fact a twitter reply when local channel News24 posted “Mbalula bans SA from bidding for major rugby, cricket events”. South Africas sports minister Fikile Mbulala had announced that he would veto any bid by the cricket, rugby, netball and athletics bodies to host multinational events as they had missed racial “transformation targets” designed to redress apartheid era inequalities. But that particular tweet since then has been removed where Kallis has defended himself stating that he is not anti-transformation. “Comment yday was re political bullying NOT anti Transformation. 40 underprivileged boys had or having education paid for by JK Foundation,” Kallis tweeted in his defence. The South African cricket team over the years has seen black or coloured cricketers representing the national team. Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso are some of the notable names who are representing the Proteas in cricket. PTI KHS PDS KHSlast_img read more

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Sushil Kumar unlikely to be allowed trial with Narsingh Yadav

first_imgThe Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) said it won’t allow Sushil Kumar to attend the national camp until the next High Court hearing on May 27.Sushil and his coach met with WFI officials today in New Delhi. But there were no concrete decisions taken despite the lengthy meeting.”We won’t allow Sushil to be in the national camp until the next High Court hearing on May 27,” WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told the media.It is clear now that the Federation would wait for the High Court to take the final call. “There’s no question of us getting convinced. We have heard him and we will submit our points to the High Court and let them decide,” Singh said.What this does mean is that the WFI has decided to not hold a trial between Sushil and Narsingh Yadav.Narsingh had secured the Olympic quota place for India last year at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg category.Since then Narsingh has been staking his claim for the berth, while Sushil, who missed the event owing to a shoulder injury, had asked for a trial to determine who ultimately represents India at the Rio Games.A quota place in Olympics is about how many players can represent a country in a given event. It is up to the respective federation to decide which athlete will represent the country in the mega event.Sushil had approached the High Court, who had directed the WFI to hear out Sushil’s plea. advertisementlast_img read more

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PCB to probe Pakistan’s poor Test performance in South Africa, says Ehsan Mani

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board will set up an inquiry to find out the reasons behind the national team’s poor performance in the recent three-Test series against South Africa, said its chairman Ehsan Mani.Pakistan suffered a 0-3 defeat to South Africa in the Test series and Mani said that recent results are disappointing and understandably cricket fans were also upset with the Test performances.Talking to the media in Islamabad, Mani said that after the tour to South Africa is over, the PCB would have an inquiry into the team’s poor Test performances.”No doubt everyone is disappointed with the way our team played in the Test series in South Africa. We will do our best to find out the causes of defeat by holding an in-depth inquiry,” Mani said.Pakistan was whitewashed by the South Africans and before that they lost a three-match Test series to New Zealand in the UAE by 1-2.A well-informed source in the board told PTI that Mani had already spoken to the head of the cricket committee, Mohsin Khan and asked him to meet with his committee members and prepare a report on what they felt went wrong in the Test matches.The cricket committee also includes former captains, Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq and former national women’s team skipper, Urooj Mumtaz.Though the cricket committee can only recommend and make suggestions to the Chairman but the source said that they had been closely watching the performances of the Pakistan team and had some reservations over some selections and other issues.advertisementPakistan bounced back in the first match of the five-match one-day international series, winning by five wickets on Saturday.Mani also said that the PCB was paying a lot of attention to the national women’s team and providing more facilities and structure for women’s cricket.He said efforts were being made to encourage more girls to take up the game and also bring in new players into the national side.He also made it clear that national sports federations needed to understand that sports cant be run through just government funding and these federations also needed to get sponsorship from big corporates and banks and build up their resources.Also Watch:last_img read more

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a month agoArsenal youngster Maitland-Niles raps Xhaka and… Emery!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles raps Xhaka and… Emery!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has questioned manager Unai Emery’s approach for their 2-2 draw at Watford.The Gunners academy star has also questioned club captain Granit Xhaka’s claim that his team were “scared”.Maitland-Niles believes Arsenal should have been streetwise enough to have mixed up their game-plan of playing out from the back.He told Sky Sports: “Words can’t describe how I feel about it.”I don’t think (that the team was scared), I think we tried to play the way we played. We should have changed it instead of being so persistent and trying to play out from the back.”We’ve spoken to each other as a team and the manager has also spoken to us.”We know we’ve done wrong, we can all hold our hands up and blame each other if we wanted to, but we’re a team and we take the responsibility as a team to be better.” last_img read more

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Ranveer Singh strips shirtless under the London sun. Band karo ye nanga naach, teases Saqib Saleem

first_img Next Ranveer Singh strips shirtless under the London sun. Band karo ye nanga naach, teases Saqib SaleemRanveer Singh took to Instagram to post a shirtless photo, in which he can be seen lying under the sun in London. His 83 co-star Saqib Saleem has teased him for his post.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 14:30 IST Saqib Saleem teases Ranveer Singh for posting shirtless photoBollywood’s livewire star Ranveer Singh’s latest photograph, in which the shirtless actor is seen soaking some sun, has taken the social media by storm. Ranveer on Thursday night shared a shirtless photograph of himself on Instagram where he can be seen flaunting his well-chiselled body, as he soaks some London sun with a towel over his head and a pair of dark shades.He captioned the sunkissed image “Heat wave in the UK”.Saqib Saleem, who will be sharing screen space with Ranveer in the upcoming film 83, teased him for his post. Saqib commented, “Band karo ye nanga naach”. Ranveer is currently in London for 83, a film that will trace India’s historic victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup. Ranveer will be playing the role of former Indian skipper Kapil Dev. Saqib will essay the role of former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath in the sports drama.The rest of the cast in 83 includes Boman Irani, Adinath Kothare, Chirag Patil, Harddy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jatin Sarna, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Dinker Sharma, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Dhairya Karwa, Nishant Dahhiya and R. Badree.Directed by Kabir Khan, 83 is being presented by Reliance Entertainment, and will release on April 10, 2020, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.ALSO READ | Saqib Saleem steps into Mohinder Amarnath’s shoes for 83ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO READ | Saqib Saleem on working with Ranveer Singh in 83: I was not intimidated but amazed at his processALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow 83Follow Saqib Saleemlast_img read more

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First LNG Carrier Delivered for Sinopec Project

first_imgzoom The first in a series of six liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, the CESI Gladstone, ordered by the joint venture of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), was delivered on October 31.Featuring a length of 290 meters and a width of 45.6 meters, the carrier was built by China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.With a cargo tank capacity of 174,100 cbm, CESI Gladstone will sail under a long-term charter contract to transport LNG that Sinopec will purchase from the Australia Pacific LNG Project.Starting with the CESI Gladstone, a total of six newbuilding LNG carriers will be delivered from this year through 2018.Sinopec and China COSCO Shipping hold 80% of the joint venture, while the remaining 20% is held by Japan’s shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).last_img read more

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Tax offences failure to pay TDS up to Rs 25L not to

first_imgNew Delhi: Instances of wilful attempt to evade tax, failure to furnish return of income and not remitting TDS in the government exchequer up to the limit of Rs 25 lakh will not be ordinarily filed for criminal prosecution before a court by the taxman, a latest CBDT circular said. The directive is being seen as a major move to cut down tax litigation and will save a number of assessees from legal proceedings. A September 9 CBDT circular said prosecution is a criminal proceeding based upon evidence gathered and the offence of tax evasion has to be “proven beyond reasonable doubt”.last_img read more

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Production begins on Molly McGlynns Mary Goes Round

first_imgAdvertisement Congratulations to writer/director Molly McGlynn (NSI Drama Prize) whose debut feature, Mary Goes Round, has begun production.Mary Goes Round tells the story of an alcoholic substance abuse counsellor who retreats to her hometown to learn her estranged father has terminal cancer.Production in Toronto and Niagara is scheduled to wrap mid-December. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter By Laura Friesen – NSI-CANADA Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Butch Cassidy Film Festival Delights in Helper

Ryan Piccolo (left) and Cindy Lund (right) teamed up to organize the festival.By Andrew HislopTight on the heels of the Sundance Film Festival came the Third Annual Butch Cassidy Film Festival in Helper.The festival opened last Monday, the day after Sundance closed, with “Adventures of Power.” Premiering at Sundance in 2008, the movie was filmed largely in Helper. After his union leader father starts a strike at the coal-fired power plant, Power is discovered at an air drumming competition in Mexico. Sent to Newark to train with “The Jersey Krew,” Power defeats real drummer Dallas Houston and falls in love with a deaf girl who works in a Chinese restaurant.“Believing in one’s self and overcoming obstacles is what the movie’s really about,” said director and lead actor Ari Gold. “Helper is one of the stars of the movie; it just looks amazing.”Tuesday featured documentaries by locals or about locals. First up was “Monumental Memories,” a travelogue directed by a young girl and featuring her family at various locales in Utah and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Next were encores of “Long Drives & Bidding Wars” and “How to Save a Life,” two films originally screened at the previous film festival. “Muledalgo,” an hour long movie entered in competition, ended the evening. It chronicles local Jake Hardy’s solo mule trip across The Swell. Starting in Goblin Valley and ending in Wellington, the film stars Jake’s mule Johnny Ringo and his dog Faye Larkin in an eight-day adventure.“This was a piece of his soul, a spirit-type quest,” said his father, Leo Hardy, after the screening. “His production, his photography, his music, his mind.”Day three featured dramatic shorts embracing the themes of life, death, heaven and hell. “Timber,” “Oasis” and “Gather” were all entered in the competition.“Tonight is my favorite night of the festival,” said film festival co-director Cindy Lund on day three. “The theme of the festival is stories of the American West. Butch Cassidy is just one story, what’s yours?”After an encore presentation of “Thorn, Thank You for Coming,” there was a special screening of “Toss of the Coin.” It features Helper actor Morgan Lund as a demon who loses a coin toss to an angel over who takes possession of a dead body electrocuted by Sprat the Cat.“A sense of humor helps a lot when you’re an actor,” said Lund after the short film.Thursday showcased more documentaries of the American West. “The Lan,” “”In the Year of The Dog” and “Del Burke,” a film about a madam in a brothel in Lusk, Wyo., were all entered into the competition.On Friday was horror night. “Don’t bring your children,” advised Cindy Lund.All three films, including shorts “Sawtooth” and “Stone Hollow” along with dramatic feature “Elsewhere,” were entered in competition.At the conclusion of the festival, “Muledalgo” won the prize for best documentary and “Sawtooth” won best drama.A special thanks is extended to co-directors Cindy Lund and Ryan Piccolo as well as all those who helped make the Third Annual Butch Cassidy Film Festival a success. read more

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Womens Lacrosse Ohio State and Detroit Mercy both looking for bounceback wins

Ohio State then-freshman goalie Jillian Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsComing off a loss in its season opener, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team has an opportunity to bounce back in its home debut against Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. Friday. Ohio State (0-1) fell to No. 10 Navy in a 9-7 road loss its last time out, while the Titans (0-1) were suffered a 21-2 loss to No. 11 Northwestern to open their season. Detroit Mercy was picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conference by the conference’s coaches prior to the season and had the most players picked to the preseason all-conference team.Despite her team’s loss, Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos said the team looks strong defensively. “Playing Navy early in the season, I think we were able to kind of see [the areas] that we’re strong in,” Venechanos said. “We feel like right now we did a good job of competing and I feel like defensively we did well.” Leading the defense is sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo, who had a career-high 17 saves against Navy and held the Midshipmen to a 21-minute scoring drought. Her coach praised her as being one of the main reasons the team stayed in the game against Navy.Rizzo, the only captain who isn’t a senior, has had a positive impact on the team in both games and practice. “She has so much love for her sport, so much confidence and so much joy,” Venechanos said. “She brings it every day at practice, she works hard, and it’s exciting to see her perform like that on the field and her teammates respond so well to her.”Offensively, the Buckeyes look to capitalize behind senior attacker Molly Wood, junior midfielder Baley Parrott and sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez. Venechanos said the team relies on the trio to be the catalysts for the team’s offense in its upcoming matchup.Hernandez and Parrott led the team in goals against Navy with two each. The collaborative effort provided a triple-threat offense against the Midshipmen. “Molly had some great draw controls. Baley I felt like was the fastest kid on the field … and then Liza was Liza, doing her thing on attack,” Venechanos said. “We’re going to need those performances and also a few more on attack this weekend for sure. “The team is looking to improve by taking advantage of big playmaking opportunities when presented with them. “We’re mindful that we have to execute even though we compete,” Venechanos said. “We talked about that as finishing the play, capitalizing on the shots, capitalizing the ground ball [and] the clears.”The Buckeyes host the Titans at 7 p.m. Friday. read more

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Greeks dipping into savings to get through daily expenses

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Forty-seven per cent of Greek consumers say they have relied on their savings to cover their needs in the past few months, while 16 per cent were forced to borrow to spend, according to a survey by the Labor Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) and the Association of Working Consumers of Greece (EEKE).The reduction of incomes continued in 2015 for more than half of Greece’s wage-earners (53 per cent), though this is markedly better than the 70 per cent rate recorded last September.In terms of expectations for the current quarter, consumers (who responded just three or four weeks after the change in government) said that things could not get much worse: Three in four (75 per cent) said incomes would remain stable (from 57 per cent in September), 16 per cent expected a decline (from 40 per cent five months earlier) and 9 per cent even expected to see their incomes rise.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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TCS Launches Centre of Excellence for NextGen Technology Solutions

first_imgIndia’s largest IT firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced the launch of a new Next-Gen Technology Solutions Center of Excellence (CoE) on Tuesday.The state-of-the-art NextGen Technology Solutions CoE is spread across 10,000 sq. ft. and is located at the TCS Hyderabad Campus. The CoE has a dedicated team of over 200 R&D engineers.The NextGen Technology CoE will focus on the research and development of futuristic technologies, and creation of next-generation products and solutions for its global customers in the Semiconductors, Devices and Networks space.The primary focus of the NextGen Technology Solutions CoE is on emerging communication technologies such as Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), 5G and Wireless LAN (WLAN).Another area of focus for this CoE is to create innovative technology solutions for the connected world in areas such as Man-Machine interface, Context-aware systems and resource constrained devices.”NextGentechnologies will play an integral role in our constantly connected world and this center of excellence will work with our customers to co-create new solutions and frameworks to accelerate the product development cycle and create differentiation in the marketplace,” said V Rajanna, Vice President & Global Head of Technology Business Unit at TCS.The NextGen Technology Solutions CoE will participate in various industry forums, standards bodies in defining the future standards.It will collaborate with various partners such as leading Academic Institutes and open source communities to shape up the evolution and adoption of these next-generation technologies.last_img read more

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Anupriya Goenka accuses Panchali web series makers of wrongfully make her shoot

first_imgAnupriya GoenkaInstagramThe makers of web series Panchali that is streamed on ULLU app and its actress Anupriya Goenka are having a nasty fight. Both the parties have been making serious allegations against each other.After the makers of Panchali accused Anupriya of being unprofessional for not promoting the web series, the actress now charged the other party of cheating her in regard to some intimate scenes on the show.Anupriya alleged that while the makers had earlier promised her that the intimate scenes will be shot in dim-light and will not extend 30 seconds, but those were shot and released with full light, extending up to three to four minutes each.”The first three intimate scenes were to be shot in silhouette and dim light and no scene of any intimate nature was to extend beyond 30 seconds each. During the shoot of the first 3 scenes, as if was fully lit, I was once again reassured that in post the scenes would be dimmed and on edit the scenes wouldn’t extend beyond what discussed. Again to realise that once again I was manipulated and as each scene was released for a duration of 3 to 4 minutes in bright light,” Spotboye quoted her as saying.She further said that she was told that Panchali is a short film, but later they released it as a web series. Anupriya added that despite all these alleged anomaly, she was ready to promote the series but she did not receive much support from the team.”I felt let down and admit did not want to promote the project at all, but after having a talk with Mr. Sushant Singh (CINTAA HEAD), I agreed to go promote the series. My PR team, in fact even followed up with their PR team for PR strategy, dates, constantly. Asked for details of interviews they planned with journalists but nothing was ever shared with us. They only wanted me to have a picture with the CEO of Ullu to put on medianet in TIMES. In spite of all the bad blood I was willing to promote the series, but I can’t be made to promote a channel in particular or act as their brand ambassador,” she said.last_img read more

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How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold

first_imgNicolas Maduro. Reuters File PhotoVenezuela’s most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches.With the country’s economy in meltdown, an estimated 300,000 fortune hunters have descended on this mineral-rich jungle area to earn a living pulling gold-flecked earth from makeshift mines.Their picks and shovels are helping to prop up the leftist government of president Nicolas Maduro. Since 2016, his administration has purchased 17 tonnes of the metal worth around $650 million from so-called artisan miners, according to the most recent data from the nation’s central bank.Paid with the country’s near-worthless bank notes, these amateurs in turn supply the government with hard currency to purchase badly needed imports of food and hygiene products. This gold trade is a blip on international markets. Still, the United States is using sanctions and intimidation in an effort to stop Maduro from using his nation’s gold to stay afloat.The Trump administration is pressuring the United Kingdom not to release $1.2 billion in gold reserves Venezuela has stored in the Bank of England. US officials recently castigated an Abu Dhabi-based investment firm for its Venezuela gold purchases, and have warned other potential foreign buyers to back off.The existence of Maduro’s gold program is well-known. How it functions is not.To get a glimpse inside, Reuters tracked Venezuela’s gold from steamy jungle mines, through the central bank in the capital of Caracas to gold refineries and food exporters abroad, speaking with more than 30 people with knowledge of the trade. They included miners, intermediaries, merchants, academic researchers, diplomats and government officials. Almost all requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, or because they feared retribution from Venezuelan or US authorities.What emerges is the portrait of a desperate experiment in laissez-faire industrial policy by Venezuela’s socialist leaders. US sanctions have hammered the nation’s oil industry and crippled its ability to borrow. The formal mining sector has been decimated by nationalization. So Maduro has unleashed freelance prospectors to extract the nation’s mineral wealth with virtually no regulation or state investment.The Bolivarian Revolution now leans heavily on ragtag laborers such as Jose Aular, a teenager who says he has contracted malaria five times at a wildcat mine near Venezuela’s border with Brazil. Aular works 12 hours daily lugging sacks of earth to a small mill that uses toxic mercury to extract flecks of precious metal. Mining accidents are common in these ramshackle operations, workers said. So are shootings and robberies.”The government knows what happens in these mines and it benefits from it,” said Aular, 18. “Our gold goes into their hands.”Maduro has also received a crucial assist from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, a fellow strongman who has likewise sparred with the Trump administration.Venezuela sells most of its gold to Turkish refineries, then uses some of the proceeds to buy that nation’s consumer goods, according to people with direct knowledge of the trade. Turkish pasta and powdered milk are now staples in Maduro’s subsidized food program. Trade between the two nations grew eightfold last year.But scrutiny is intensifying as Venezuela’s politics reach the boiling point. In recent days, many Western countries have recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American nation’s rightful president.Maduro’s adversaries have called on foreign buyers of Venezuela’s precious metal to stop doing business with what they say is an illegitimate regime.”We are going to protect our gold,” opposition legislator Carlos Paparoni told Reuters in an interview.Gold FeverThe gold road begins in places like La Culebra, an isolated jungle area in southern Venezuela. Here, hundreds of men labour in crude mining operations that would be at home in the 19th century. They excavate mineral-laden dirt with picks in hand-dug tunnels, hauling it out with pulleys and winches.Their activity is laying waste to fragile forest ecosystems and spreading mosquito-borne diseases. Miners complain of shakedowns by military forces sent to guard the region, whose homicide rate is seven times the national average. Venezuela’s ministries of defence and information did not respond to requests for comment.Miner Jose Rondon is used to hardship. Now 47, he arrived in 2016 from northeast Venezuela with his two adult sons. His bus driver’s salary could not keep pace with Venezuela’s hyperinflation, which the International Monetary Fund projects will hit 10 million percent this year.The three men net roughly 10 grams of gold monthly from backbreaking work. Still it is roughly 20 times what they could earn back home.”Here I do much better,” said Rondon, resting in a crude bunkhouse strung with hammocks.Gold in hand, miners head to the town of El Callao to sell their nuggets. Most buyers are unlicensed, small-scale traders working in cramped shops fitted with alarms and steel doors.”The state is buying gold, everyone is buying gold, because it’s what is doing well,” said Jhony Diaz, a licensed wholesaler in Puerto Ordaz, 171 kilometers (106 miles) north of El Callao. Diaz says he buys gold from traders and resells every three days to the central bank.Because Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar, is worth less every hour someone holds it, the state pays a premium over international prices to make it worthwhile for those who could smuggle gold out of the country to exchange for dollars.Traders who sell to Diaz end up with bricks of cash to carry back to El Callao and other gold-rush towns to pay miners, who use it to buy food, supplies and send whatever is left to their families.Gold purchased by the government is smelted in the nearby furnaces of Minerven, the state-run mining company, according to a high-ranking employee. It is then transported to the vaults of the central bank in the capital Caracas, 843 kilometers (524 miles) away.The gold does not stay there long. The central bank’s gold reserves have plummeted to their lowest levels in 75 years. Venezuela is selling the artisan metal as well as existing reserves to pay its bills, according to two high-ranking government officials.The main buyer these days is Turkey, the officials said.Turkish AllianceMaduro’s gold program has developed in tandem with his deepening relationship with Turkey’s Erdogan. Both leaders have been criticized internationally for cracking down on political dissent and undermining democratic norms to concentrate power.A Nov. 1 executive order signed by US president Donald Trump bars US persons and entities from buying gold from Venezuela. It does not apply to foreigners. Ankara has assured the US Treasury that all of Turkey’s trade with Venezuela is in accordance with international law.Venezuela in December 2016 announced a direct flight from Caracas to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. The development was surprising given low demand for travel between the two nations.Trade data show those planes are carrying more than passengers. On New Year’s Day, 2018, Venezuela’s central bank began shipping gold to Turkey with a $36 million air shipment of the metal to Istanbul. It came just weeks after a visit by Maduro to Turkey.Shipments last year reached $900 million, according to Turkish government data and trade reports.Venezuela’s central bank has been selling its artisan gold directly to Turkish refiners, according to two senior Venezuelan officials. Proceeds go to the Venezuelan state development bank Bandes to purchase Turkish consumer goods, the officials said.Gold buyers include Istanbul Gold Refinery, or IGR; and Sardes Kiymetli Madenler, a Turkish trading firm, according to a person who works in Turkey’s gold industry as well as a Caracas-based diplomat and the two senior Venezuelan officials.In an interview with Reuters, IGR CEO Aysen Esen denied the company has been involved in any Venezuelan gold deals. In a written statement, she said she met with Venezuelan and Turkish officials in Istanbul in April to offer her views on compliance with international regulations.Esen said she advised the Turkish government that working with Venezuela “would not be right for leading institutions or the state.”As for Sardes Kiymetli Madenler, no one at its Istanbul offices responded to inquiries from Reuters.Turkish consumer products, meanwhile, are making their way to Venezuelan tables. In early December, 54 containers of Turkish powdered milk arrived at the port of La Guaira near Caracas, according to port records seen by Reuters.The Istanbul-based shipper, Mulberry Proje Yatirim, shares an address with Marilyns Proje Yatirim, a mining company that signed a joint venture with Venezuela’s state mining firm Minerven last year, according to filings with a Turkish trade registry gazette in September.The companies did not respond to a request for comment.Even Maduro’s critics acknowledge he has pulled off a neat trick of alchemy: By compensating hard-pressed citizen miners with inflation-ravaged bolivars and obtaining precious metal in return, he has found a way to spin straw into gold.Venezuelan economist Angel Alvarado, an opposition lawmaker, said “dark operations and unusual mechanisms of commercial exchange,” are among the few tools Maduro has left.”There is a desperation to stay in power at all costs,” Alvarado said.last_img read more

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Reportedly Asked Staff to Research George Soros

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is under fire following a New York Times report alleging she asked Facebook staff to conduct research into philanthropist George Soros.The Times cites three sources who say Sandberg asked Facebook’s communications staff, in an email in January, to look into Soros’ financial interests after Soros spoke out against tech companies. According to the Times, the email came days after Soros gave a speech excoriating tech giants like Google and Facebook at the World Economic Forum and calling for their regulation. The goal of Sandberg’s inquiry was to find out whether Soros would benefit financially from the attacks.The news comes on the heels of the revelation that Facebook hired the Republican-linked firm Definers Public Affairs to conduct campaign-style opposition research into organizations Soros had backed. The organization reportedly distributed a theory linking Soros, who has been a frequent target of right-wing conspiracies, to Freedom From Facebook, a coalition calling for Facebook’s fragmentation.center_img In a statement to the Times, Facebook said the research into Soros began before his World Economic Forum speech.“Mr. Soros is a prominent investor and we looked into his investments and trading activity related to Facebook,” the company said. “That research was already underway when Sheryl sent an email asking if Mr. Soros had shorted Facebook’s stock.”last_img read more

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Fire TV Stick Gets Voice Control Upgrade

first_img Popular on Variety Amazon announced at CES that Fire TV devices, including streaming adapters and Fire TV-based TV sets, now have over 30 million monthly active users. This announcement came just days after Roku revealed that it had 27 million monthly active households in Q4. Amazon is giving its Fire TV streaming stick a no-cost upgrade: The company will include its Alexa voice remote with device controls with the Fire TV stick going forward, while keeping the price at $39.99.The new remote, which was previously only available with the slightly pricier Fire TV 4K stick, includes both a power button and a volume rocker, which can be used to directly control most TV sets.Amazon previously sold its Fire TV Stick with a more basic remote control, and offered users interested in voice and device control the ability to upgrade by purchasing the voice remote separately.This is still an option for users who bought a Fire TV Stick in the past, and Amazon is even giving these users another incentive to make the jump: The company is selling the voice remote for just $14.99, which is half off from its previous price, while supplies last.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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The 10 Cutest Puppy Pokemon

first_img We love dogs. They’re the best. I own a cat (and I love Pixel), but dogs are still the best. That extends to Pokemon. There are dozens of sickeningly cute Pokemon out there, but the cutest ones are puppies. And here are the cutest ones!FurfrouSo fluffy! Furfrou is literally the Poodle Pokemon. It looks all kinds of soft and silky and furry by default, but you can take it to the groomer in Lumiose City and give it different haircuts! I’m not kidding, that was a feature in Pokemon X/Y.GrowlitheThe original good boy Pokemon from Gen 1. Look at how regal it is. Muzzle upturned and proud. Chest fluffy and scritchable. Fire type so extra warm when you hug it. And it’s literally called the “Puppy Pokemon.”HerdierHerdier is the best dog Pokemon. They’re all great, but Herdier is the best. Grumpy little terrier with a mustache. Little stubby legs. Wagging tail. Evolves from an adorable puppy (Lillipup) and turns into a proud, fluffy old man dog (Stoutland).HoundourWho’s a good little metalhead dork puppy? Houndour is! How can an angry doberman-looking Pokemon be so cute? Well, give it a weird skull thing on its head and dumb cuffs around its ankles, and then make sure it has a little triangular tail that you know will wag even when it’s trying to look tough.LillipupThis is the puppiest puppy Pokemon, and the first form of Herdier/Stoutland. Just a little, cute fuzzy dog Pokemon. Pure puppy. Tiny. You could put him in a teacup and feed him snacks.PoochyenaDark doesn’t mean bad, and the Dark-type Poochyena is definitely a good boy. It looks more like a wolf cub (or, perhaps, a hyena) than anything else, but wolves are just more badass dogs who don’t get hugged enough. So hug Poochyena. Its evolved form is Mightyena, and while it becomes less cute, it gets much more silky fur. I’m naming my next Poochyena Haida-kun.RioluLucario is basically the Knuckles of Pokemon, but its pre-evolution form is adorable, and even more blatantly a dog. Sure, Riolu is a bipedal dog, but that’s still a dog. Look at those floppy ears!RockruffOkay, I stand by what I said about Herdier, but… Rockland? HNNNGH! The fluffiest tail you’ll see on a Rock type Pokemon, with droopy little ears. And his neck fluff makes it look like he’s wearing a fancy collar!SnubbullPink bulldog. Specifically, a pink bulldog that looks like it’s grumpy because its owner put it in a little dress, but that’s just the Pokemon design. Check out those bulldog jowls. This is easily the second best bulldog on this list.StoutlandHerdier evolves into Stoutland, which looks like a bigger, older, and sterner dog. And that’s adorable, because it’s absurdly fluffy and has a hilariously long mustache that undermines any kind of gruffness it tries to muster. This is a dog Pokemon you have for years, who knows exactly where his spot on the couch is, and who doesn’t even bother to beg for treats because he knows you’ll give him a few after you pet him anyway.FreddieFreddie isn’t a Pokemon. He’s my friend’s bulldog, and he’s cuter than anything The Pokemon Company or Game Freak can come up with. Fight me Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Debnath inaugurates 12th Banglar taant er haat

first_imgKolkata: Demonetisation had harmed the Taant industry in West Bengal, alleged minister of state for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Swapan Debnath, while inaugurating the 12th ‘Banglar taant er haat’ at Central Park mela ground in Salt Lake on Friday. He also informed that the event will be held at Salt Lake instead of Milan Mela ground from now on.”The sales in the fair has increased a lot since 2011. In 2016, the amount was Rs 4.32 crore. In 2017, the amount increased to Rs 5.85 crore. It is expected that the amount will go up this year as well,” said Debnath. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the officials connected with the event, the fair has been organised keeping the upcoming Durga Puja festival in mind. The fair will go on till September 23. “Before puja we Bengali’s usually buy new clothes for ourselves and our family members. Keeping the fact in mind, we selected the date,” said an official from the MSME department.Apart from this, the organisers have thought of some unique steps. Three credit/debit card transaction kiosks have been installed at the mela ground. If any trader with a stall does not posses a card swiping machine, then the kiosks will be there to help them. The customer will be accompanied by a employee of the trader to a kiosk with a valid purchase bill. Operators at the kiosk will swipe the credit/debit card for payment. The amount will be credited to a government-owned account, which will be transferred later to the trader’s account.During the inaugural programme, Debnath unveiled five designer sarees manufactured by Tantuja. He said: “In this year’s fair, 270 stall have been installed. We need to provide more platforms to our taanti brothers and sisters, as instructed by our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”Plastic carry bags have been banned at the fair. Instead of plastic, traders are using bags made of jute and other eco-friendly materials.last_img read more

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Meet the BombProof FlyBag That Could Suppress an Explosion on an Airplane

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global A controlled explosion in the luggage hold of an aircraft was successfully contained by a bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists. The technology shows how a plane’s luggage hold may be able to contain the force of an explosion if a device hidden in an item of luggage detonates.The Fly-Bag is made from multiple layers of fabrics and composites that have high strength and impact, and heat resistance. The fabrics include Aramid, a heat-resistant and strong synthetic fiber used in the aerospace industry, as well as in ballistic body armor.The lining’s flexibility increases its resilience in containing an explosion and any blast fragments, said Dr. Andrew Tyas, of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, who is leading the research at the University of Sheffield. The Fly-Bag, he added, acts as a pliable membrane instead of a rigid-walled container that could shatter on impact.Leading British security consultant Matthew Finn said the Fly-Bag could be an ideal fail-safe in the event that somebody is able to smuggle an explosive device aboard an aircraft.”The risk that we always have in aviation security is can someone get something on board an aircraft. So a lot of our time and attention has been focused on mitigating the risk of people getting things on an aircraft. What the Fly-Bag does is it actually accepts that there maybe an instance where somebody is successful in getting something on board an aircraft. And therefore, the next question becomes how can we mitigate the effect of an explosive device detonating at altitude in an aircraft,” he said.The need for some way of mitigating an explosive device on an aircraft was heightened on October 31 when a bomb ripped apart a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. Islamic State claimed they were responsible for the attack, releasing a photograph of a Schweppes soft drink can it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down the Russian airliner.Explosives experts said it was feasible the device shown in the photo could bring down a plane, depending on where it was located and the density of explosives in the soft drink can. The most vulnerable locations include the fuel line, the cockpit or anywhere close to the fuselage skin.The attack drew parallels with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 by Libyan nationals over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988. An investigation showed a palm-sized explosive in a cassette recorder in a bag in the luggage hold had ripped a 50 centimeter hole in the fuselage and decompression caused the plane to break up in mid-air.Finn, managing director for security consultants Augmentiq, which offers advice to enhance security at airports, ports and international borders, said the Fly-Bag deserves to be seriously considered as a way to mitigate such explosives on aircraft.”I think it has the capacity to transform how we look at hold baggage. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the reconciliation of passengers and their bags; since 1988, since the Lockerbie Disaster, that’s been a big focus of the airline industry. What the Fly-Bag does is look to those situations where there may be the device on board and how do we contain that. I think it’s a really interesting development and I’d like to see it deployed more widely” he said.The Fly-Bag is being developed by a European consortium including Blastech, a spin out company from the University of Sheffield, as well as partners from Greece, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. 4 min read December 14, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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