Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was soldby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has again hit out at the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus over a year ago – and Calderon says the club is yet to recover.He told AS: “He should never have left, it’s amazing that he was let go. “It’s impossible to do without such a player. 60 goals per season … no player can bring you such a guarantee. He is irreplaceable, just like (Lionel) Messi. “I am outraged that this may have happened, while (president) Florentino (Perez) keeps saying that Cristiano’s signature was the best of his mandate.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Harry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool jobby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp admits he regrets missing out on the Liverpool job.Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has revealed how he would have loved a chance to stand in the Anfield dugout as the Reds’ manager.”If I had one club I’d loved to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them,” he told the Daily Mail. “I can see them winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now. “I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out!”
Inter have accepted Luka Modric is out of reach and turned their attention to Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.Rafinha spent last season as a loaned player at Inter. The Italians wanted to keep him, but were unable to collect the €40 million Barcelona requested in order to make the deal permanent. As a result, he went back to Catalonia and even started in the team’s 2-1 Spanish Super Cup victory over Sevilla last night.After much talk about a potential move for Luka Modric, Inter have finally come to terms with reality. In the search for alternatives, Rafinha is on top of the list (Football Espana). The Brazilian started 12 out of 17 games for Internazionale after coming over in January.Stay focused✔️ pic.twitter.com/T839nXhqmQ— Rafinha Alcantara (@Rafinha) July 23, 2018Barella shows patience as Inter and Cagliari bicker over deal Taimoor Khan – July 2, 2019 Inter Milan are keen on signing Nicolo Barella this summer but it appears that Cagliari are more open to doing business with Roma instead.Nicolo…The deal being discussed at the moment also involves an initial loan, with an option to make it permanent next summer. In a recent interview (Calcio Mercato), Rafinha expressed the wish to continue his career in Inter.“I spent some splendid months at Inter, and I would have liked to continue playing there, I’d like to return there but I am a Barcelona player now.” “My objective is to play, any player would want to play. I don’t know if this will be here or elsewhere but I want to play.”Rafinha Alcantara would be a great addition for Inter Milan (albeit not as good as Modric). The Nerrazzuri have Brozovic, Nainggolan, Vecino and Borja Valero in midfield, but neither of them is capable of playing in an advanced midfield role as Rafinha is.
Recommended for you Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Frederick McAlpine is now the subject of scrutiny following his remarks in the House of Assembly last week about what should or should not happen as it relates to the students of Dominica, which The Bahamas has pledged to help. The Member of Parliament for Pineridge shocked the PM and FNM Party Leader with strong words discouraging the move to have the Dominicans in the country; words which many say in reflection seemed to be ignorant of the plan laid out by the Prime Minister Minnis.However, the speech, which was promoted on McAlpine’s Facebook page was one not to be missed, came hours after an impassioned plan, tearfully explained by the country’s leader and which is now being widely accepted as reasonable, though unprecedented for The Bahamas. It is strongly intimated in at least one write up that pastor McAlpine is embittered because he was not included in the FNM Cabinet of Hubert Minnis, and while the MP admits to being disappointed, he defended that he was not rebuffing the prime minister or rebuking the prime minister but representing the views of his constituents.#McAlpine is quoted saying, ‘the Prime Minister has ears, I came to speak for Pineridge.’ Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis visited #Dominica, which last month decimated the island nation leaving even the Prime Minister homeless.#MagneticMediaNews Bahamians applaud MPs for standing up for constituents Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #McAlpine, Dominica
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insists the team’s UEFA Champions League second round which pits them against Liverpool is a tough one.The German champions who were seeded for the draw which took place on Monday morning, will face Jurgen Klopp’s team over two legs when the knockout stages begin in February.“They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.” Salihamidzic said, according to the club’s official website.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy. You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Andres Jung, another board member of the German club, said:“Liverpool are one of the strongest teams we could’ve got. We’ll prepare well and certainly have no fear. It’ll be a great away game but the stadium isn’t that big, so we won’t have many tickets for our fans. We have respect for every team, and certainly for Liverpool. They’ll be two great games.”
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Flu cases remain widespread in San Diego County, with medical officials confirming more than 500 new diagnoses, county health officials announced today.The county confirmed 564 cases last week, down from a revised total of 692 confirmed cases the week before. County officials have identified influenza A H3N2 as the season’s primary strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the county’s Health and Human Services Agency both issued advisories last week, reminding doctors to consider influenza as a possible cause of respiratory issues in patients.The county received only one report of a resident dying due to flu-related causes last week. The county has confirmed 55 flu deaths and 8,470 flu cases this season, a far cry from the 325 deaths and 20,097 cases reported at this time last flu season.“Given the elevated level of influenza activity, the flu season is likely to last several more weeks,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “If you have not gotten a flu shot, do it now, especially if you’re part of the groups at higher risk of developing complications.”County health officials and the CDC strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.org, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom More than 500 new flu cases reported, season likely to last several more weeks Posted: April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom,
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received two separate reports of a phone scam on January 18. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the individual called and advised they were a State Trooper and the person missed Jury Duty. The caller then proceeded to advise the individual they needed to pay fines so they won’t be arrested. The caller will ask the individual to pull cash out of their bank account and buy some type of gift card. They will ask you to read the number to them and destroy the number after you read it. If at any time the public receives a phone call and needs to verify if it’s a scam they can contact their local police department or State Troopers 24 hours a day at 907-262-4453. There are many different phone scams currently taking place, according to Troopers.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Starting Friday, service members and their family members requesting a ride from or within Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., using ride-hailing company Lyft will be matched only with drivers who have self-identified as cleared to make pickups and drop-offs on the base. The new “Base Mode” feature — being offered under a yearlong collaboration between Lyft and Marine Corps Community Services — will only appear to riders within the installation, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune. The new feature, which Lyft says is the first of its kind, is intended to avoid the need for riders to cancel trips if the driver they are matched with does not have base access.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels
2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Now playing: Watch this: reading • Ferrari F8 Tributo one-ups the 488 in Geneva with 710 hp Geneva Motor Show 2019 Ferrari Review • 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB: As good as it gets Ferrari F8 Tributo is a 710-hp replacement for the 488 See All 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar 0 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 67 Photos Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More From Roadshow Ferrari Geneva Motor Show 2019 3:19 Share your voice Exotic Cars Performance Cars Coupes The Ferrari 488 GTB was introduced in 2015 as the replacement for the 458 Italia. Now, the 488 is being replaced, but Ferrari’s changing up its nomenclature a bit — and adding more power, natch. Tags Post a comment Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US More about 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB The Ferrari F8 Tributo was unveiled last week, just ahead of its proper debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The 488’s successor builds upon an already excellent supercar with more power and a newer, flashier look. It still has a V8, but now it’s been tuned to put out about 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, 50 hp more than the 488 GTB and about the same as the limited-edition 488 Pista, which debuted at Geneva last year.While the middle bit of the F8 Tributo might not look all that different from the 488, every other part of the body has been given a serious once-over. The nose looks longer and sleeker now, with some complicated ductwork in the lower part of the front bumper. Out back, the car clearly drew some inspiration from the larger 812 Superfast. As always, there’s a monstrous rear diffuser surrounding the tailpipes. There’s also a new polycarbonate engine cover that pays tribute to the hallowed F40.Enlarge ImageHard to believe it’s been almost five years since the 488 GTB debuted. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow Ferrari says that the new bodywork contributes to a 10-percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency. At the same time, the car is some 88 pounds lighter than the 488 it replaces, which means the car should seriously hustle. According to the automaker, the F8 Tributo will reach 62 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds, continuing on until it reaches its top speed of 211 mph.The cabin’s been given a pretty hefty refresh, too. Ferrari says the dashboard, door panels and transmission tunnel have all been redesigned, and they look every bit as exotic as you’d expect from Ferrari. There’s also a new steering wheel, which has a smaller diameter than before, but it retains Ferrari staples like the “manettino” mode switch and the turn-signal buttons that replace the usual stalk. To keep passengers busy, there’s a 7-inch touchscreen display for them to fiddle with.While Ferrari hasn’t yet given a price for the F8 Tributo, for context’s sake, a 488 GTB retails around $250,000 before options and personalization. Odds are, buyers will probably spend a fair bit more than that.
High CourtThe High Court on Tuesday imposed a status quo for two months on publishing the gazette notification for implementing the recommendations of ninth wage board for journalists and employees of newspapers and news agencies, reports news agency BSS.An HC division bench comprising justice Obaidul Hassan and justice Mohammad Ali passed the order after holding hearing on a writ filed by Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).Advocate Eusuf Ali moved the writ for NOAB while deputy attorney general Yasmin Begum Bithi stood for the state at the court.
Eddie Seal for The Texas TribuneDanielle Hale and her son, Conner, 8 help friends rebuild their home damaged by Hurricane Harvey, on August 11, 2018.Danielle Hale had been working 18-hour shifts for a few days already when her son Conner, then 7, called.It was August 2017 and she was stationed in a conference room at the Port of Corpus Christi, where she’s the manager of safety and emergency planning. Days earlier, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, shaking the coastal communities of Rockport and Port Aransas before traveling further up the Gulf Coast to stay put over Houston.Hale’s son — along with her husband and two other children — evacuated to her in-laws’ home near Lake Corpus Christi. She stayed behind to run the port’s emergency operations center.“Mommy, I don’t want to go home,” Conner told her over the phone. “There are no leaves on the trees.”The Category 4 hurricane had blown through Rockport — where the Hales live — with winds on the verge of 130 miles per hour. Conner had overheard the grown-ups talking about the destruction left in Harvey’s wake.The eye of the storm passed right over Rockport, destroying countless homes and businesses. The Hales’ home was among those lost.A year later, Hale and her family continue to help rebuild Rockport, where residents are still repairing damaged homes and City Hall remains closed. In nearby Corpus Christi, the port continues to fine-tune its emergency preparedness plans. Earlier this year, Hale was named a StormReady Community Hero by the National Weather Service for her work at the port and also for her contributions to the community in the months after Harvey. She is the seventh to receive the award since it was created in 2002, and the first for actions related to a hurricane.“She was very diligent and worked really hard on staying on the designated course,” said Rosie Collin, director of community relations at the port. “She had her family back home and personal challenges, but you wouldn’t have known it had you seen her. She was so poised and dignified at a time that taxes you because you’re so tired. A remarkable, resilient woman.”As the sun came up the morning after the storm made landfall, Hale’s husband, Micah, got word that everything in their coastal neighborhood was destroyed.With the help of family and friends, the Hales have been able to transition from being displaced to living in an RV to finally moving into a new home.At the same time, the Port of Corpus Christi has continued to hone its emergency preparedness plans under Hale’s leadership, training more staff to fill a variety of emergency response roles, and ensuring plans for other types of disasters are thoroughly vetted.“As we plan for the future, we’re highly cognizant of the fact that during hurricane season, we have to be prepared,” Collin said.As manager of the emergency operations center, Hale ensures that the port’s incident management team stays on schedule and follows emergency procedures, while coordinating with different departments at the port. After Harvey, she stayed at the port until Aug. 31 before regrouping with her family.Through it all, coworkers at the port kept asking her, “How are you here? Go home and be with your family.”But Hale chose to stay. It was her job, but it was also an outlet to keep her mind busy.“No, this is the place. This is what I was made for,” she would tell people. “One of these days, there’s going to be other members of that team who are going to go through what I’ve gone through. And they have to know it’s going to be OK.”Always preparedHale “accidentally” found a career in emergency response when she moved back to Rockport after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001. After watching her mother work as an EMT, and surviving the Aggie bonfire collapse of 1999, she felt instilled with a desire to help. So, she took a job as a 911 dispatcher.From there, she expanded her skills to work as an EMT, volunteer firefighter and paramedic. She started teaching courses at regional fire safety schools. Interested in how to make the emergency response system better, she made the jump from providing one-on-one treatment to emergency management. After about 15 years of working throughout the Coastal Bend, she started at the port in October 2016.The Port of Corpus Christi is a key shipping access point on the Gulf, handling commodities like petroleum and grain. It is the fourth largest port by tonnage in the country.In early August, just as Harvey was forming off the coast of Africa, the port was recognized as “StormReady,” as part of the National Weather Service’s community preparedness program. By then, Hale and her team were already keeping tabs on the storm’s movement. They activated the emergency operations center before Harvey made landfall.Hale had handled hurricane response before, managing emergency operations during Katrina and Ike. But Harvey was her first Category 4 storm.Harvey was also the first major storm for Hale’s team at the port. With no hurricanes hitting Corpus Christi since the 1970s, all they had to rely on was past planning and training.“These folks are being asked to do something that is not part of their day job,” Hale said. “But there was no problem that came into the [emergency operations center] that we couldn’t handle. What they lacked in emergency experience they made up for in positive attitude and professionalism.”For days, Hale coordinated between different port departments and first responders. After six days, the port was able to re-open with no casualties or environmental incidents.As operations at the shipping hub returned to normal, it was time to assess the damage to the community. For Hale, that not only meant figuring things out for her family, but for friends in the area as well.Eddie Seal for The Texas TribuneDanielle Hale (pink shirt) is joined by her family (left to right) Gillian Hale, 14, Wyatt Hale, 17, Micah Hale and Conner Hale, 8, in Rockport’s Historic District on August 11, 2018. Hale was named a StormReady Community Hero by the National Weather Service.“My family is extremely resilient. They know what Mommy does,” Hale said. “My entire family rallied and said, ‘How can we help?’ You have an opportunity to go prop people up that need the help, and later you can go back and take care of yourself.”Hale knew of generations of families in her community who had lost their homes at once. She would ask friends questions like, “What can you do today until dark to be successful? What can you do this week?”“None of that’s amazing or earth-shattering,” she said. “It’s just what people do to help each other.”She and her family organized meals on their property and connected people with clean clothes. She still organized the Aransas County 4-H Club’s annual fundraiser in the months after the storm, even though the club had lost most of its resources.Hale was surprised to see these details mentioned in the nomination for her StormReady Hero award.It shouldn’t be about her, she said. Rather, her award is a chance to remind people to gear up for hurricane season and reflect on the progress her community has made.“I don’t want the people away from this area to lose sight of the fact that there are still a lot of people rebuilding,” Hale said. “There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity here to help us continue in that. Keep us in your thoughts. If you get a weekend, come down and go fishing if nothing else.”Disclosure: Texas A&M University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Share
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 In addition, after warning users last week that “certain movies may not always be available in every theater on our platform,” CEO Mitch Lowe told MoviePass employees that at least two major summer releases — “Christopher Robin” and “The Meg” — would not be available to subscribers, according to a BI report. MoviePass claims it has more than 3 million subscribers.On Tuesday, MoviePass raised the price of its one-movie-per-day plan, from $9.99 to $14.95 per month, and said subscribers would not have access to nearly all Hollywood blockbusters within their first two weeks of release. First-run movies opening on more than 1,000 screens will “be limited in their availability during the first two weeks, unless made available on a promotional basis,” MoviePass announced.More info on Atom’s promo targeting MoviePass is available at atomtickets.com/promotions/moviepass-breakup-sweepsteaks. The contest runs through Aug. 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. PT (although MoviePass may have gone belly-up by then).Atom also is running a buy-one-get-one-free promotion this week, available in the U.S. on the Atom Tickets mobile app using the code “WEGOTYOU.” The offer is valid through Sunday, Aug. 5, at 11:59 p.m. PT.Atom Tickets’ primary rival is NBCUniversal’s Fandango, and both have launched new customer-rewards programs this summer. To date, Atom has raised $125 million from Lionsgate, Disney, 20th Century Fox Film, and Fidelity. Its advisory board includes Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Tyler Perry, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia (and Johnson and Garcia are also investors). Atom Tickets, smelling blood in the water, launched a contest encouraging customers of the flailing MoviePass service to cancel their memberships for a chance to win one year of free movie tickets.The movie-ticketing company, whose backers include Disney, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate, on Tuesday kicked off a “Break Up Sweepstakes” — offering one ex-MoviePasser the chance to win the grand prize of a free daily movie ticket for 365 days (valued at $4,380). To enter, MoviePass customers must tweet a picture of their cut-up MoviePass card to @AtomTickets with the hashtags #MOVIEPAST and #ATOMSWEEPS.Atom’s kick-’em-when-they’re-down campaign comes after cash-strapped MoviePass suffered a major outage July 26 and its parent company was forced to borrow $5 million to resolve the issue. MoviePass reportedly had technical problems again Monday.
“Last year the Nobel Prize recognized the significance of this field with John Hall and Theodor Hänsch,” says Chris Oates of studying optical atomic clocks. “There are a lot of new ideas coming out, and we hope that our idea is one of those that will help the clocks.” Chris Oates is one of six physicists who published a Letter, “Magnetic Field-Induced Spectroscopy of Forbidden Optical Transitions with Applications to Lattice-Based Optical Atomic Clocks,” in Physical Review Letters demonstrating a unique technique for creating more stable optical atomic clocks. Building on ideas suggested by two Russian colleagues, Oates and his co-workers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a process to improve one of the most promising types of optical atomic clocks, which divide the second into extremely small pieces in order to enable better timing precision.Perhaps one of the more intriguing questions to come out of this is: Does it really matter whether we have a more precise atomic clock?Oates thinks so. “Atomic clocks provide exquisite timing,” he explains to PhysOrg.com. “One of the most practical applications for atomic clocks is GPS. The timing must be very good in order to properly pinpoint a position. Every GPS satellite carries multiple atomic clocks.” He also cites the communications industry, where faster data rates require more precise timing, as other applications that are affected by atomic clocks. But he admits that the new optical clocks will likely not be used for such applications.“These optical atomic clocks won’t be used in GPS, but rather for more far-out applications,” Oates says. “Space navigation or imaging would be good applications, and communications between satellites is quite likely.” But the real benefits of using optical atomic clocks comes in when one looks at the implications of increased precision in scientific measurements.“Timing for electronics in high-energy accelerators, where particle physics is investigated, will be improved. Synchronization is very important in these experiments, and what we are developing in the way of optical atomic clocks can only help,” Oates says. A note of excitement creeps into his voice as he continues: “Tests of fundamental physics is the place where these clocks will have the most immediate impact.”Oates explains that astrophysicists look back into time by observing quasars and other objects in space. He says that these studies reveal that some natural fundamental constants of nature may change over time. While these theories have yet to be tested, the ability to more minutely track seconds can lead to the ability to detect natural constants that change over time. According to Oates, building optical atomic clocks built on different atoms and ions, and then comparing the differences, can provide verifiable laboratory measurements that could possibly answer questions as to whether some natural constants might experience change. Redefining the limits of measurement accuracy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Oates says that already obstacles are being overcome in the area of optical atomic clocks. One of the biggest problems is the magnetic sensitivity that the isotopes of neutral atoms have. In order to get around this, many experiments were done using ion traps. The major drawback to this method, however, is that only one ion can be trapped at a time. So, while the ion environment is very favorable and free of any sort of perturbations, it requires some time to take the number of measurements required.The team from the NIST and the Institute of Laser Physics SB RAS in Russia instead use about 10,000 neutral atoms, and hence achieve an average measurement almost instantaneously. The problem is that they move around, distorting results. The team put together an array of about 1,000-lattice “wells,” which Oates refers to as “pancakes” (see the PhysOrg.com story) that each hold about 10 atoms. The lattice pancakes hold the atoms very still, eliminating one problem. But the problem of magnetic sensitivity still remained.“The answer was quite simple,” Oates explains. “We realized that we could apply a magnetic field to enable the use of a different isotope of ytterbium and get rid of magnetic sensitivity. We could make what wasn’t allowed into something that was allowed.” He pauses with a small laugh. “Weakly allowed, but enough. We found that this works, and it really removes what looked like a major roadblock to the use of neutral atoms for optical atomic clocks.” Indeed, the successful experimental demonstration of this technique by the NIST team led by Zeb Barber and Chad Hoyt is described in another article in the same issue of Physical Review Letters.So, while optical atomic clocks appear to be making inroads in the world of physics, practical applications for the rest of the world are still down the road. But Oates doesn’t mind. “Sharing this with the world is a tantalizing challenge.”by Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Image source: GraphicsByDezign.com Citation: Tick Tock: Who Needs an Atomic Clock? (2006, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-tock-atomic-clock.html Explore further
Kolkata: The state government has denied permission to BJP’s “Rath Yatra” but stated that if the saffron party wanted to hold meetings, then it could go ahead with the same. A communication will soon be sent stating that the BJP can organise meetings and take prior permission from the administration for the same. The state government has clearly stated that the law and order situation might be affected due to the Rath Yatra and maintained that it would not be possible to deploy adequate police personnel due to the upcoming festive season. “A huge contingent of our forces will be deployed Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefor Christmas tentatively from December 21 to 31 and from January 7 to 17 due to Ganga Sagar Mela,” sources said. Senior officials of the state government in the ranks of Chief Secretary Malay De, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya and Director General of Police Virendra held a high-level meeting at Nabanna on Saturday after getting reports from the District Magistrates and police superintendents who stated that such “Rath Yatras” may disturb communal harmony.
After an exciting start to the New Year with releases of over 30 books across genres in January, the upcoming month is once again dotted with several interesting titles that may catch the attention of bibliophiles. Narrowing down a list from dozens of books releasing in February, here are some recommendations for the month, dominated largely by fiction and accompanied by a memoir and a commentary on Pakistan, is both subtle and appealing at the same time. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere are the five books that we cannot wait to read this February:1. A Century is Not Enough, by Sourav Ganguly A sporting classic and a manual for living Sourav Ganguly’s life has been full of highs and lows. Arguably among India’s greatest cricket captains, he gave confidence to the team, re-energised it and took India, for the first time, to spectacular overseas victories. But Ganguly’s story also came with great challenges – from his early days when he had to wait four long years before being included in the team to the ugly battle with coach Greg Chappell. He fought his way out of every corner and climbed back up from every defeat, becoming India’s ultimate comeback king. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat does it take to perform when the pressure is sky-high? How do you fight back and win? How do you make a name for yourself when you are young and have started the journey which is closest to your heart? As Sourav takes you through his life, he looks at how to overcome challenges and come out a winner. Time and time again.2. Do We Not Bleed? Reflections of a 21st-Century Pakistani, by Mehr Tarar This is a passionate, illuminating book about contemporary Pakistan. Comprising original profiles of diverse Pakistanis – some of whom are internationally feted and many others who are relatively unknown – as well as essays that examine the major fault lines in Pakistani society, the book offers the reader an insider’s perspective on the state of affairs in the country today. The book is divided into five thematic sections, each corresponding to a subject that the author feels strongly about. ‘Religious Persecution and Other Discontents’ delves into the killings and oppression generated by religious discord that are now a routine feature of life in Pakistan. ‘The Pakistan You Do Not Know’ shows us little known aspects of everyday life in Pakistan. And the other three sections of the book too focus on similar aspects and bring many unknown facets to the fore.3. Karmachari: Short Stories About Ordinary People, by Vasant Purushottam Kale and Vikrant Pande You who stand in a queue, who try to board a running local, who tolerate your boss’s snide remarks and the trials and tribulations of marital life – you still manage to discuss politics with enthusiasm, to finish a game of cards, to laugh and to make others laugh… You are a true karmachari.A collection of unforgettable short stories about ordinary people, Karmachari is a mirror held up to society. Set in suburban Mumbai of the 1970s, yet universal, it is peopled by characters we might meet in real life. They come alive under V. P. Kale’s sharp but compassionate gaze, and prod us gently towards a world of greater kindness and understanding.4. On The Road To Tarascon, by Arnab NandyA lover’s note among a senile woman’s possessions sets off a chain of events that could lead to the discovery of a Van Gogh masterpiece – one of the most important paintings to have been lost in World War II. When travel writer Neil Bose falls for Eva Schicktanz, he does not know he is getting involved with much more than a dimpled girl in nerd glasses. Neil and Eva must stay ahead of unknown pursuers after a common goal, and follow an unusual trail charted in 1945. But after so many years, does the trail even exist? A quest spanning continents and seven decades, this edge-of-the-seat thriller keeps you hooked till the last page.5. A Murder on Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey Sujata Massey is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed mystery writer best known for her Rei Shimura series. Set in the multicultural mix of 1920s’ Bombay, ‘A Murder on Malabar Hill’ expertly combines the delights of Agatha Christie with the period charm of Downton Abbey. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father’s prestigious law firm to become one of India’s first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s rights.When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen’s suspicions are aroused by a curious provision which could disinherit Farid’s three widows and leave them vulnerable. Are the Farid widows – who live in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to men – being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen decides to investigate, but when tensions escalate to murder, it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal peril and she will need to use everything in her power to outwit a dangerous criminal.
Tony Cohen has stepped down as FremantleMedia CEO and will be replaced by Cécile Frot-Coutaz. She is currently the CEO of FremantleMedia North America and has been with the company for seventeen years. FremantleMedia said that Cohen is stepping down to “focus on his non-executive work”.Guillaume de Posch, co-CEO of FremantleMedia parent company RTL Group said: “I want to thank Tony Cohen for his outstanding achievements. He transformed FremantleMedia from a collection of individual entities into a global content power house.”
Some 24% of Hong Kong consumers use a TV box that can be used to stream pirated television and video content, according to research commissioned by CASBAA.The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia said that the surge in pirated TV boxes “poses a major threat to the subscription video industry,” with users able to use these ‘illicit streaming devices’ to access hundreds of thousands of pirated TV channels and VOD items – often after a one-time payment.The research, which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of CASBAA, found that of the 24% of consumers who purchased one of these streaming devices 49% claimed that they had cancelled all or some of their legal pay TV services.Some 26% said that they cancelled their subscription to local pay television services as a direct consequence of owning illicit streaming device, while 19% said that they had cancelled a specific part of their traditional cable TV bundle or packages after purchasing such a device. Some 21% said they had cancelled an international subscription service.Among the most popular illegal streaming pirate TV boxes for Hong Kong consumers were BossTV (9%), Ubox (7%), EVPad (6%), Lingcod (5%), and Magic Box (4%), which come pre-loaded with applications that, according to CASBAA, allow ‘plug-and-play’ access to pirated content.“The damage that content theft does to the creative industries is without dispute. However, the damage done to consumers themselves, because of the nexus between content piracy and malware, is only beginning to be recognised,” said Neil Gane, the managing director of CASBAA’s Coalition Against Piracy.“The piracy ecosystem is a hotbed for malware, whether purchasing illicit streaming device from Sham Shui Po’s Golden Arcade or downloading content from infamous torrent sites. Unfortunately the appetite for free or paying cheap subscription rates for stolen content, blinkers some consumers from the real risks of malicious malware infection such as spyware.”CASBAA CEO, Louis Boswell, added: “The illicit streaming device (ISD) ecosystem is impacting all businesses involved in the production and distribution of legitimate content. ISD piracy is also organised crime, pure and simple, with crime syndicates making substantial illicit revenues from the provision of illegally re-transmitted TV channels and the sale of such ISDs.”