Stone-throwing in Kashmir on the wane: CRPF

first_imgKashmir police officers advocate ‘soft approach’ to tackle Valley unrest Summer in Kashmir: Trenches in the apple orchard  Several political parties have asked for the complete withdrawal of pellet guns for crowd control. Thirteen people were killed last year and more than 250 were injured after being hit by the pellets, with a some losing their vision.Mr. Bhatnagar said though there was resistance from people during anti-militancy operations in the form of heavy stone-throwing at security forces, this had not disrupted any operation.Non-lethal options“No anti-militancy operation was aborted due to stone pelting. While we have showed lot of restraint, we did not let them run riot. We have revised our standard operating procedures and are increasingly using non-lethal options like tear gas shells and plastic bullets,” he said. Also Read There has been a sharp drop in the number of stone-throwing incidents in the Kashmir Valley this year, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Director-General, Central Reserve Police Force, told The Hindu.Attacks on security forces by stone-throwing youth escalated in the Valley after July 8, 2016 when Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) “commander” Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter. “Last year, around 1,600 incidents were reported when CRPF personnel were attacked with stones. This year, the number has fallen to fewer than half, around 700 incidents maybe. There are days when there is no such incident,” Mr. Bhatnagar told The Hindu. The 1,600 incidents were reported in five months after Wani’s killing, while the 700 incidents were recorded from January to June in 2017.Around 30,000 personnel of the CRPF are deployed in the Valley to assist the local police in maintaining law and order and conducting anti-militancy operations. The government faced severe criticism over the CRPF’s use of pellet guns to disperse crowds and protesters. Also Read  The DG said around 300 vehicles, including buses and vans were being made bullet-proof.Bullet-proof vehicles“The number of militants being killed has gone up sharply and this has led to desperate attacks on security forces. We would bullet-proof all the vehicles that are used for patrolling duties,” he said. “Recently, six of our jawans were saved as their armoured vehicle protected them when they came under heavy fire from terrorists. A sub-inspector sitting at the front was killed; we are getting the vehicles 100% bullet-proofed now,” the DG said. The CRPF is also providing pre-induction training to jawans at their training centre in Lethpura in Pulwama on how to handle the crowd through non-lethal means, Mr. Bhatnagar said.last_img read more

Motorola expected to launch Moto X4 and Moto Z2 on July 25: Everything you need to know

first_imgMotorola has reportedly sent out press invites for a launch event in New York City on June 25. Lenovo, the company that owns Motorola Mobility is expected to launch either the long  rumoured Moto X4 or the Moto Z2 on the stated date.  Meanwhile, the company is gearing up to launch the Moto E4 Plus in India on July 12.Both the Moto X4 and the Moto Z2 have been subjected to several leaks and rumours already. While the Moto X4 is expected to be a new mainstream phone that is most likely to sit between the Moto G and the Moto Z series, the Moto Z2 is will succeed last year’s Moto Z and may be a specced up version of the recently announced Moto Z2 Play.Here’s all we know about the Moto X4 and Moto Z2:–Moto X4 is expected to come with a 5.2-inch screen display, while the Moto Z2 may sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display.–The Moto Z2 is expected to be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, while the Moto X4 may come with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. That being said, Moto X4 may give a direct competition to most of the flagship phones of the year which include – OnePlus 5, HTC U11, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.–Both the upcoming Motorola phones are expected to run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.–On the camera front, the Moto X4 is likely to come with a dual camera setup at the rear, where one primary 12-megapixel sensor and a  secondary 8-megapixel sensor. The smartphone is further said to include a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The Moto Z2 is expected to come with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with a 5-megapixel camera at the front.advertisement–Storage wise, Moto X4 is tipped to come with 64GB, which can also be further expanded via a microSD card. While there are no details revealed about the storage on Moto Z2.–Further, both the Moto X4 and Moto Z2 is rumoured to come with 4GB of RAM memory.–Moto X4 is further tipped to come with a 3000mAh battery. We know nothing about the Moto Z2 battery, after from the fact that the device may come with a much bigger batter compared to its successor – Moto Z.So, that’s all the rumours till date reveal about both the Moto X4 and Moto Z2 smartphones. No details about the pricing have been tipped about either of the smartphones. Now, about the India launch, there are no words as of now, however the company like it did for the Moto C, C Plus, Moto Z2 Plus may also bring these upcoming smartphones in the Indian market in the days to come. Moto E4 Plus India launch detailsMeanwhile, Motorola is gearing up to launch the Moto E4 Plus. Moto India a few days ago posted a teaser stating that the company will be launching the Moto E4 Plus in the country very soon, although didn’t mention the launch date. The video teaser states that the E4 Plus will succeed the Moto E3 Power and further adds that the smartphone will come with a massive 5000mAh battery. The Moto E4 Plus was recently launched (alongside the Moto E4) globally at a price of $179.99 (roughly Rs.11,600).It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and an almost stock version of it. On the optics front, the E4 Plus sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.The Moto E4 Plus will be a Flipkart exclusive product, confirmed both the company and the online e-commerce retail store. The smartphone is expected to go on sale soon after the July 12 launch, which is going to happen at 12PM.last_img read more

Yanks Take Jays Again, 7-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Brian McCann has been helping the New York Yankees win games lately, even if his hitting stats haven’t shown it.He’s got some numbers to point to now, after he homered, tripled and drove in five runs to send the Yankees past the first-place Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on the night of June 18.“It was about time I chipped it in, and tonight was a good night to do that,” McCann said. “It was just nice to contribute — on the offensive side for a change.”McCann hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fourth and added a bases-loaded triple in the seventh to help the Yankees beat Mark Buehrle for the ninth straight time and hand the Blue Jays their 15th loss in a row in the Bronx.“I gave up a flyball to right field that’s a two-run homer and we lose the game,” Buehrle said. “Same thing as yesterday — a little 318-foot flyball that ends up going out. It’s frustrating when you come out and battle, tonight and last night, and pretty much it’s two losses on that short porch in right field.”Rookie Chase Whitley (3-0) remained unbeaten in seven starts since making his big league debut this season.“We had never seen him as a starter,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “So our expectations have changed a lot.”Buehrle (10-4) was trying to tie Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in the majors. He gave up three runs and six hits in six innings and lost his third straight start overall.Buehrle is 1-11 lifetime against the Yankees, with his lone win coming in 2004 while with the Chicago White Sox.McCann tied his career high with five RBIs. Toronto’s Jose Bautista had an RBI double in the eighth for his 1,000th career hit.The Yankees have taken the first two in a three-game series against Toronto.McCann’s third big league triple, and first since 2009 as an All-Star catcher with Atlanta, came off left-hander Brett Cecil, who had been brought in to face pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki with the Blue Jays down 3-2 in the seventh.Cecil walked Suzuki with the bases loaded to force in a run before McCann put the game safely out of reach. Cecil said after the game that he would be going on the disabled list due to his nagging left groin injury.McCann was hitting .174 for June before his homer, which was measured at 348 feet — not far enough to clear most fences in the majors.“We really believe in him as an offensive force and he showed it tonight. A couple tough lefties he’s facing and he drives in five,” Girardi said. “He’s done a great job behind home plate, he’s never taken it behind home plate.”McCann helped the Yankees respond after the Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead on two-out RBI singles by Colby Rasmus and Dioner Navarro in the top half. Alfonso Soriano’s first-inning single put the Yankees on the board.Whitley gave up two runs and five hits in five innings. He walked Melky Cabrera in the fifth, ending his streak of starts without a walk at three. His last walk was May 26 against the Cardinals.(RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2019 FIH Series Finals: India in easy group, to play their matches in Bhubaneswar

first_img2019 FIH Series Finals: India in easy group, to play their matches in Bhubaneswar2019 FIH Series Finals: Indian men’s team has been pooled alongside Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA and Uzbekistan. India will play their in Bhubaneswar from June 6 to 16.advertisement Next Press Trust of India LausanneJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 19:04 IST India will play their matches in Bhubaneswar from June 6 to 16 (Hockey India Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian men’s team has been pooled alongside Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA and UzbekistanIndia will play their matches in Bhubaneswar from June 6 to 16The women’s team has been pooled alongside Chile, Fiji, Mexico, Poland, Russia and UruguayIndia were Monday placed in a relatively easy group in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Series Finals, the first-round qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics, and will play their matches in Bhubaneswar from June 6 to 16.The FIH confirmed the composition of the pools for the six Finals scheduled between April and June this year.”The FIH Series Finals are one of the roads to reach the Olympic Games. Indeed, the top two teams from each FIH Series Finals will secure a place in the Qualification Events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will be held in October and November 2019,” the FIH said in a release.Barring Asian Games winners Japan, none of the teams are expected to offer stiff competition to the home team.Besides India and Japan, the other teams in the group are Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA and Uzbekistan.The women’s team will be battling it out at Hiroshima with Chile, Fiji, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Uruguay from June 15-23.Three pools of eight teams each for women as well as men will compete in these events. No less than 14 teams qualified for the FIH Series Finals played either at the women or the men’s World Cups last year.Canada, China, France, India, Ireland, Malaysia and South Africa all competed at the men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar last month. India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa and Spain were in England last summer for the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London.FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “We can’t wait to see the FIH Series Finals to be played. The line-up of teams is quite impressive and the ‘road to Tokyo’ is at stake, which makes these six events even more attractive.”advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Hockey IndiaFollow FIHlast_img read more

Residents of Mount Salem, Denham Town Benefitting from Interventions – PM

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that residents in Mount Salem, St. James and Denham Town in Kingston, where the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO) are in progress, are benefitting from a wide rangeof interventions.These, he said, include infrastructure development projects, skills training and initiatives aimed at improving access to critical services.In Mount Salem, the National Works Agency (NWA) is spearheading a project to improve the condition of roads and drains in the community.The works commenced in January and is scheduled to continue until March.“I am particularly heartened about the work that the NWA will do in terms of putting in drains and repairing roads and gullies and where possible, we have already started to replace the zinc fences with proper fencing,” Prime Minister Holness said in the House of Representatives on February 13.The zinc fence removal project is scheduled to conclude in April 2018.Already, residents have benefitted from community service fairs, utility regularisation, recruitment for skills training and apprenticeship, civil registration and identification and training of community animators.“There have also been community safety and environmental projects, which focus on physical improvements as well as social engagements such as the unity concert and church community retreat, which have aimed to buildinternal relationships,” Prime Minister Holness noted.Focus has also been placed on enterprise development, with the joint security force, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and HEART Trust/NTA collaborating to promote an environment for the development of smallbusinesses.Activities have included the regularisation of bars and food services, through the provision of spirit licences and food handlers’ permits.There has been a call for proposals in furtherance of enterprise grant funding. This programme commenced in January and is expected to continue until December.Another project being implemented is a community sports programme involving partnership among JSIF, Social Development Commission (SDC),Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Jamaica Cycling Federation, Jamaica Table Tennis Association, and Jamaica Boxing Federation.The initiative, which is scheduled for 12 months, will provide training and equipment, the Prime Minister informed. It will set the foundation for a permanent sports programme in the area.In addition, through collaboration between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and JSIF, the capacity of the community development committee is being developed and a neighbourhood watch is being re-introduced.The Prime Minister noted that the importance of family is also being emphasized. He said it is anticipated that as the operations continue, a number of other projects will be brought into focus.With regards to Denham Town, Mr. Holness said there continues to be significant gains in the zone and the efforts are welcomed and supported by the members of the community.“Undoubtedly, this is supported by the commendable efforts of the joint force in maintaining law and order so that safety and security becomes a critical pillar in community development,” Prime Minister Holness said.During the month of January, the social intervention committee consolidated planning activities for a number of initiatives, and commenced the implementation of specific programmes.In terms of improvements to the physical environment, there has been continued focus on zinc fence substitution and infrastructure development.Just over 400 metres of fence have been completed in Denham Town, with approximately 75 metres being erected in Reggae Villa.The JSIF-funded Integrated Infrastructure Project (IIP), which will encompass major infrastructure works, including road and sewage upgrading, is currently in the bidding stage of procurement and is expected to commenceimplementation in the first quarter of the financial year 2018/2019.The Zones of Special Operations in Mount Salem and Denham Town have been extended for a further 60 days.The Lower House approved two Resolutions requesting the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister Holness.This would be the third extension for the Mount Salem Zone, the first to become operational on September 1, 2017, while it will be the second extension for Denham Town.last_img read more

Mærsk Hammers Out Multi-Billion Facility

first_imgzoom A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S has today successfully completed a $5.1bn syndicated revolving credit facility with a selected group of 21 banks.The new facility is arranged by the company itself and refinances a $6.75bn facility maturing in 2015.A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S has consequently proactively addressed the upcoming refinancing in 2015, taking advantage of current favourable conditions in the global bank loan market and reduced the financial costs.“We have received strong support from our global relationship banks who all participate in the transaction. The facility was oversubscribed and we are very pleased with the terms and conditions of the new facility.With the new facility we have extended the maturity profile of our finance commitments, reduced cost and confirmed our global banking group,” said Jan B. Kjærvik, Head of Group Finance and Risk Management.The facility has a maturity of 5 years which may be extended by up to two years and will be used for general corporate purposes.June 5, 2014last_img read more

Toronto law firm files proposed classaction lawsuit against Fly Jamaica

first_imgTORONTO — Lawyers have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of passengers who say they were harmed when a Fly Jamaica aircraft skidded off runway at Guyana’s main international airport last month.According to a statement from the Toronto-based Rochon Genova LLP, the proposed class-action was filed on Friday and seeks compensation for passengers and their families who have been harmed in the Nov. 9 crash.The airline reported that two elderly passengers had been taken to hospital as a precaution, but said no one was seriously injured after the Toronto-bound flight experienced an emergency less than 20 minutes after taking off.The plane skidded off the runway upon landing, damaging its right wing and engine.Global Affairs said at the time that none of the 82 Canadians on board were hurt, but confirmed that a Canadian citizen that was on board the plane died more than a week later.The law firm says four passengers on the flight who are residents of the Greater Toronto Area will be proposed representative plaintiffs in the class-action.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tense situation between public and police in Kilinochchi

A tense situation was reported in Kilinochchi this evening following a heated exchange between the public and the police.The situation arose after tight security was deployed near a garment factory which was operating during a hartal in the North. Large crowds blocked the streets and set fire to tyres along the road and at times threw stones towards the police.The situation arose when a hartal was in place in the North in protest over the killing of two youth in Jaffna last week. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNs top humanitarian official warns of looming catastrophe in Darfur

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland told a Council meeting that “we could see hundreds of thousands of deaths” in the strife-torn Sudanese region if aid operations – already at grave risk because of attacks against individual workers, dramatically reduced access to those in need, and massive funding shortfalls – collapse. “In Darfur all of our nightmares have become realities,” he said, telling reporters later the situation is worse than at any time since early 2004. The humanitarian lifeline for three million people is in jeopardy and “we are at a point where even hope may escape us.” Mr. Egeland’s closed-door briefing to the Council comes amid a dramatic worsening of conditions since early May, when the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) was signed by the Sudanese Government and some of the rebel groups it has been fighting since 2003 in the vast and impoverished Darfur region alongside its border with Chad. The Under-Secretary-General said clashes with those rebel groups that did not sign that the DPA have “resulted in hundreds of deaths, despicable gender-based violence, systematic looting and an estimated 50,000 displaced in the last eight weeks.” At just one camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur, he said, there are reports that more than 200 women and girls have been sexually assaulted in the past five weeks, while 200 others have been beaten by assailants who lie in wait a few miles outside the camp. Many farmers in North and West Darfur states are also reporting that they are being beaten or harassed – and in some cases killed – to prevent them from cultivating the land. Mr. Egeland, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the number of attacks against humanitarian workers has jumped so much in recent months that many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are contemplating withdrawing their operations. This violence and insecurity have restricted the reach of UN agencies and NGOs to much of the region: Mr. Egeland said the UN currently has no access to the northern sections of West and North Darfur states, as well as large areas in the Jebel Marra area. Despite the deteriorating situation, the UN is facing a shortfall of nearly $300 million for its humanitarian operations this year in Darfur, or what Mr. Egeland described as “the final piece of this bleak scenario.” He called for urgent international action from the Council or any UN Member States with influence to the parties to the conflict, arguing “there can be no military solution in Darfur, and the Government must be convinced that its planned military campaign is a prescription for disaster.” Mr. Egeland also expressed concern about the impact of the current African Union (AU) mission in Darfur, saying some rebel groups consider the AU to be their enemy and biased in favour of the Government and its associated supporters. Council members agreed on Thursday to proceed with today’s meeting, despite a request from the Sudanese Government for a postponement “to enable better preparations.” Council members have before them a draft resolution circulated by the United Kingdom that outlines the size and scope of a possible UN peacekeeping operation. But Khartoum has said on several occasions that it is opposed to the UN replacing the AU in Darfur. Scores of thousands of people have been killed in the past three years and 2 million others have been forced to flee their homes amid fighting between the Sudanese armed forces, allied militias and rebel groups. read more

Here are the stages of getting up on Christmas morning

first_img7.00am: Carnage Source: pennuja7.20am: THE DEN IS ON!Is there anything better than Christmas morning Den? (Even if Ian, Ray, Zig and Zag aren’t with us anymore) DON’T WORRY, YOU’RE not the only one awake and reading this.All across the land kids and adults alike have been up with the birds, excited about the day ahead.Here are the 14 stages of getting up on Christmas morning…3.47am: Wake with a startIs it too early to get up? Has he been yet? It is really Christmas, or did I just dream it was Christmas? Source: Thejournal3.51am: Back to sleepIt’s not too early to get up, I’m getting u…ZZZZZZZZZzzzzz Source: Imgur6.35am: IT’S CHRISTMAS!It’s definitely okay to get up now. It definitely is. Source: Thejournal 6.36am: Aaaand I’m upOut of the bed…. Source: Imgur6.37: DidHeCome?DidHeCome?DidHeCome?Down the stairs…. Source: Imgur6.38am: The calm before the storm Source: www.shutterstock.com6.40am: HE CAME! HE CAME! HE CAME! 7.40am: First Curly WurlyWhat? It’s acceptable at Christmas. Source: Creased Design7.40am: First fistful of PringlesTotally logical follow up to the Curly Wurly. Source: Javier Aroche8.00am: The Snowman is on!Oof. RIGHT in the Christmas. Source: Tumblr8.34: Second Curly Wurly of the morning, and a few RosesPurples ones first, of course. Source: loopingstar9.00: First mention of mass Source: Shutterstock.comAnd so Christmas morning ends, and Christmas Day begins.Happy Christmas everyone, from all at! Source: UproxxRead: The 10 stages of Christmas Eve you went through as a child>last_img read more

Athens airport strike could cause delays to travelers

first_imgThe union representing staff at the Civil Aviation Authority announced a “warning” strike for Monday 30 June and Tuesday 1 July, to press their demand for more state funding.The 48-hour stoppage will not be joined by air-traffic controllers, which means that major flight disruptions are not expected as the tourism season enters its busy period.Authorities, however, did say that travellers should brace themselves for some delays.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Intempéries elles menaçent Haïti de graves inondations

first_imgIntempéries : elles menaçent Haïti de graves inondationsHaïti – Dimanche soir, la Protection civile haïtienne a placé le pays en alerte orange, craignant sur plusieurs régions de fortes averses qui pourraient engendrer d’importantes inondations.Des milliers de personnes vivant dans des camps de réfugiés depuis le séisme qui a ravagé le pays en janvier dernier se préparaient dimanche soir à évacuer la région de Port-au-Prince. Des pluies torrentielles sont attendues au cours des 48 prochaines heures, menaçant d’entraîner des inondations et des éboulements dans de nombreuses régions.Les spécialistes du Centre national de météorologie d’Haïti redoutaient par ailleurs le passage du cyclone Igor sur l’île, dévastée le 12 janvier par un tremblement de terre qui avait fait près de 250.000 morts et 1,3 million de sans-abri. Classé en catégorie 4 sur une échelle qui en compte 5, l’ouragan se situait à environ 1.800 kilomètres à l’est des petites Antilles dimanche soir. Il ne menaçait alors pas les terres dans l’immédiat, mais il devrait encore se renforcer au cours des jours à venir.Le 13 septembre 2010 à 15:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Requins danciennes victimes dattaques plaident leur cause à New York

first_imgRequins : d’anciennes victimes d’attaques plaident leur cause à New YorkNew York, États-Unis – Lundi 13 septembre s’est tenue à l’ONU une conférence intitulée “Des survivants d’attaques de requins prennent leur défense”. Neuf victimes de squales, dont deux Français, ont parlé de la nécessité d’une protection efficace de ces prédateurs victimes de la surpêche.Sollicités par le Pew Environment Group, une fondation américaine pour la protection des océans, neuf rescapés d’attaques de requins ont accepté de plaider la cause de ces animaux devant l’ONU. Ils sont intervenus lors d’une conférence organisée lundi dernier dans le cadre d’une consultation sur “une pêche durable”. À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Une façon astucieuse de changer l’image de prédateurs sanguinaires dont pâtissent souvent les squales, qui sont avant tout des animaux essentiels aux écosystèmes marins. 30% des espèces de requins –il en existe près de 500- sont pourtant menacées. 73 millions de requins sont tués chaque année, victimes notamment du finning (remise à l’eau du poisson après lui avoir tranché les ailerons).Une lucidité, une sagesse et une absence de rancune louables, pour ces participants qui ont pourtant connu l’enfer. Vice-champion de France de bodyboard, Vincent Motais a eu la jambe arrachée par un requin bouledogue à l’âge de 15 ans en 2004, sur la plage de Saint-Pierre (La Réunion). Yann Perras, originaire lui de la Sarthe, a été attaqué en pratiquant la planche à voile au Venezuela en 2003. Il porte aujourd’hui une prothèse pour remplacer son pied, emporté par l’animal. Sept autres survivants, Américains, Sud-Africains, Britanniques ou Australiens, ont également participé au débat. Le 16 septembre 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Miralem Pjanic determined to fight for Juventus future

first_imgMiralem Pjanic has come to the decision that he will remain at Juventus for the upcoming season in order to prove himself alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonardo BonucciThe Bosnia and Herzegovina international had been expected to leave Turin this summer for a fee in the region of €100m in order for Juventus to recoup the staggering €112m they had spent in signing Ronaldo from Real Madrid last month.And Pjanic was not short of admirers either with clubs from both the Premier League and La Liga having been interested in him.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But Calcio Mercato have reported that no team is willing to match Juventus’ asking price and Pjanic has opted to remain to fight for his place at the Serie A champions.The 28-year-old hopes that further down the line he will also be able to earn a new contract at Juventus that will see him improve his annual salary from €4m to €6m.Pjanic scored five goals and made eight assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season.last_img read more

Agency pushes wood stove upgrades

first_imgMore information about the Southwest Clean Air Agency’s wood stove replacement program is available at 360-574-3058.Most Vancouver residents aren’t thinking about their heating systems yet, much less replacing them for the sake of air quality or efficiency.Paul Mairose expects that to change soon.“It still is a little bit slow,” said Mairose, chief engineer at the Southwest Clean Air Agency. “The activity will pick up when we get a good cold snap.”The agency is one of several in Washington that offer financial assistance to residents replacing old, uncertified wood stoves. But locally, demand has been slow since the latest iteration of the program received state funding last year, Mairose said.Southwest Clean Air’s program is available to anyone living inside the Vancouver urban growth boundary, which includes most of the metro area. A state Department of Ecology grant in 2011 gave the Vancouver-based agency just over $200,000 for its wood stove replacement program. That two-year allocation is now in its second year, Mairose said, and a large portion of that funding is still available.“We have the money. It’s there,” he said. “It’s just a matter of getting the word out.”Southwest Clean Air recently used advertising to create a slight bump in demand, according to Mairose. The arrival of more fall-like weather will likely do the same. The program has existed locally for about a decade, but has seen fluctuating interest partially due to inconsistent funding and availability over the years, Mairose said.last_img read more

If you cant buy the Huawei P30 Pro get these phones instead

first_img Mentioned Above Huawei P30 Pro (256GB, black) 8:28 One iPhone XS Max Huawei P30 Pro camera specs vs. Oppo Reno, Pixel 3XL, iPhone XS Max, Galaxy S10 Plus Yes, except ultra-wide reading • If you can’t buy the Huawei P30 Pro, get these phones instead f/3 13 megapixels periscope Ultra-wide angle lens Telephoto lens Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Yes iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P30 Pro sample photos Yes Three Huawei P30 Pro 4K video frame rate f/1.7 48 megapixels N/A Four Two Wide-angle lens 24fps, 30fps, 60fps Apple N/A See All Comments Number of rear cameras f/3.4 8 megapixels periscope N/A Three f/2.4 12 megapixels $765 Time of flight camera News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks 30fps, 60fps N/A 30fps Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier f/2.2 16 megapixels f/1.5-2.4 12 megapixelscenter_img N/A N/A The Huawei P30 Pro’s amazing Leica quad-camera system makes it one of the best and most unique phones released this year. If you pride yourself as a phone camera enthusiast the P30 Pro is worth your consideration. But with the recent news that the White House banned US companies from doing business with Huawei, you might feel a little nervous dropping $900 on a phone even with Google promising to support Google Play and security updates. I know I would. Tags Yes, except ultra-wide Share your voice Review • P30 Pro review: Huawei’s astounding camera shoots past the Galaxy S10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Yes, except ultra-wide f/1.8 12 megapixels Optical image stabilization N/A Yes both rear cameras 24fps, 30fps, 60fps For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019 • Now playing: Watch this: Correction, June 11 at 6:10 p.m.: The US never banned any Huawei phones. Google Pixel 3 XL for photos and low-lightIn terms of taking photos, the best alternative to the Huawei P30 Pro is the Pixel 3 XL. Image quality from both is the absolute best you can currently get in a phone.It doesn’t have a zoom, but the Pixel 3 XL takes some of the best photos on any phone today. Angela Lang/CNET Each phone has a dedicated low-light mode: Night mode on the P30 Pro and Night Sight on the Pixel. Both yield jaw-dropping nighttime photos better than any phone you can buy today.However, the place where the P30 Pro absolutely destroys the Pixel 3 XL, and pretty much any other phone, is its 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom.The Pixel is normally $899 but can be found heavily discounted from time to time.iPhone XS Max shoots the best videoThe iPhone has always been ahead of every other phone when it comes to video. The P30 Pro excels in photos, but video looks less impressive. The video image quality on the P30 Pro appears oversaturated. The iPhone XS Max has a wider dynamic range and is capable of capturing greater detail.huawei-p30-pro-iphone-xs-max-comparison-1The iPhone XS Max shoots the best video on any phone. Angela Lang/CNET The P30 Pro has a Night mode for photos which the iPhone lacks. But the iPhone has a low-light recording setting that automatically reduces the frame rate in darker conditions to gather more light. The results are phenomenal.Read this camera comparison of the iPhone XS Max and Huawei P30 Pro for a deep dive into the photo and video capabilities of each. Oppo Reno has an insane 60x zoomCurrently, the only phone that can compete with the P30 Pro’s 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom is the brand new Oppo Reno, which has a 10x hybrid zoom and a 60x digital zoom. Like the P30 Pro, it’s not sold in the US, but you can find an international version for sale through a third-party retailer on sites like Amazon for $800.oppo-renoThe Oppo Reno has an even more monster zoom than the Huawei P30 Pro and it has this crazy shark fin pop-up selfie camera. Oppo I haven’t had a chance to try the Oppo Reno out, but with 48 megapixels (the P30 Pro has 40 megapixels) the camera specs are impressive.Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for ultra-wide angle delightLike the P30 Pro, the new Galaxy S10 Plus has an ultra-wide angle camera on it. What wows me about it on the Galaxy S10 Plus is how well Samsung matched the main and ultra-wide cameras.huawei-p30-pro-galaxy-s10-plusThe Galaxy S10 Plus makes the perfect ultra-wide angle phone camera replacement. Juan Garzon / CNET In his in-depth camera comparison between the Huawei P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 my colleague Andy Hoyle was impressed with the ultra-wide angle camera on both phones but gave the edge to the Samsung phone.The Galaxy S10 Plus costs $999 but is currently discounted to $899 at T-Mobile.Sony RX100 for better photos, video and zoomOK, so I said four phones, but I had to add this in because it’s better at photos and videos than the P30 Pro in every way. If you are looking for a powerful zoom in a tiny package, it’s worth taking a look at the Sony RX100 series. It’s not a phone, it’s a compact camera that can fit in your jeans Sony RX100 iV has an electronic viewfinder that can retract so the camera can fit in your pocket. Sarah Tew / CNET What makes it shine is a 1-inch sensor and built-in zoom lens. The RX100 series is capable of fantastic-looking video and stunning photos that are leaps and bounds beyond what you can get on any phone. The downside: It doesn’t make calls.The RX100 series has been around since 2012. The newest model is the RX100 VI, which starts at $1,200. Luckily Sony still sells older models for as low as $449 new.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 23 Photos Huawei P30 Pro f/2.4 12 megapixels 30fps Oppo Reno AT&T Google Huawei Leica Samsung Sony T-Mobile Apple Donald Trump Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Even before the ban, buying a P30 Pro in the US was a challenge because it’s officially not sold here. You had to get an international GSM version that lacked a US warranty and would only work with some GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T. Currently the price on an international P30 Pro is on the rise. At the time this story published, a 256GB Huawei P30 Pro costs $969 on Amazon.To quell your P30 Pro doubts, I gathered some photographic alternatives for your consideration. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Google Pixel 3 XL Huawei P30 Pro vs. iPhone XS Max camera comparison See it f/2.2 16 megapixels 7 f/1.6 40 megapixels f/1.8 12 megapixels Phones f/2.2 20 megapixelslast_img read more

Joint Collector reviews land acquisition process

first_imgVijayawada: Krishna District Joint Collector Dr Madhavi Latha ordered the concerned officials to complete the process of land acquisition in a swift manner. She held a review meeting with the concerned officials on Tuesday at her camp office. Speaking on this occasion, the Joint Collector said that all the municipalities, zones and villages including Vijayawada Corporation should complete the land acquisition before Ugadi festival. Government land and survey numbers should be prepared, she stated and directed the officials to prepare a detailed list of beneficiaries, land required for housing, etc. She also instructed them to buy the private land according to government regulations and guidelines, when public land is unavailable.last_img read more

Death threats keep Swapon away from constituency

first_imgZahir Uddin SwaponBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) aspirant Zahir Uddin Swapon in Barisal-1 (Gournadi-Agailjhara) constituency is restrained from going to the polling area for electioneering in fear of death threats by a local Awami League leader alleged the BNP leader who also was former MP of the constituency.Zahir Uddin alleged that the secretary general of Gournadi upazila AL, also the municipality mayor , Md Harisur Rahman publicly threatens the to kill him.Concerned about his safety, the BNP leader urged the election commission to take initiatives to stop this terrorising by of Harisur and his gang.“Harisur is issuing death threats in the open. Haris is provoking his party leaders and activists to kill me and my party workers if we try to enter the constituency to campaign,” Zahir Uddin Swapon told Prothom Alo on Thursday.Denying the allegations, Harisur said Swapon received death threats from the opposite faction of BNP due to the party’s internal conflict. However, a video recording of a rally shows Haris saying during a speech, “If Swapon tries to come to the area, our leaders and workers must forcibly chase him away.”Asked about it, municipality mayor Harisur told Prothom Alo, “AL has only one contestant in the constituency. He is Abul Hasnat Abdullah. BNP has several aspirants. Swapon using my name to come to the limelight.”Similar complaints by othersAt the very least 10 local BNP leaders have complained that more than hundred BNP leaders and activists have been injured since the announcement of the election schedule.Five AL leaders in Gournadi upazila filed cases against 406 BNP leaders and activists while another two AL leaders in Agailjhara have filed cases against 87 BNP workers, according to Gournadi and Agailjhara police station. BNP’s central executive committee member Abdus Sobhan complained that AL leaders and activists have been holding processions and rallies and attacking the opposition workers by violating the electoral code of conduct after the announcement of the schedule.“ Nobody can stay in the area. I am receiving constant threats to keep me away from electioneering,” Sobhan added.With similar complaints, BNP’s central committee assistant organising secretary Akon Kuddusur Rahman, said the election commission is playing a mysterious role in this matter.However, Gournadi upazila Chhatra League president Jobayerul Islam denied allegations of attacking BNP leaders and workers. He said, BNP and their alliances carry out violence and anarchy. “They were expelled from the area because of their activities and now they are blaming us,” he added.last_img read more

Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyis home Myanmar govt

first_imgMyanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to deliver a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Reuters file photoA petrol bomb was thrown at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday while she was away from her home, a government spokesman said.“It was a petrol bomb,” spokesman Zaw Htay confirmed to AFP, without giving further details on a possible motive for a small but rare attack targeting the Myanmar democracy heroine.last_img read more

Ouya will have Final Fantasy III as a launch title

first_imgIt doesn’t matter what name is on a new console, if it doesn’t have a good line up of launch games then there’s little reason for gamers to invest. That’s true of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft hardware, so it’s also true of Ouya.Slated for a launch in March next year, Ouya already has a desirable price point, and it is looking more likely the line-up of launch games will be compelling too. That’s because Square Enix has confirmed Final Fantasy III will be a launch title for the system.Better still, Square Enix is considering other titles for the console, seeing it as an opportunity to port several of its franchises to a machine that already has millions invested in it by gamers eager to pick up the system.From a business perspective it makes sense to cash in on the popularity of the hardware with a well-known gaming series. The fact Square Enix has already committed to supporting the platform means it’s likely other publishers will follow them and port their popular games.Originally released in 1990, Final Fantasy III has since been updated and released on the Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, and later this year PSP. With an Android port already available, there won’t be much work required to get it ready for Ouya. What will be interesting to see though, is if Square Enix makes this an Ouya-specific release and adds something new to the game.The Ouya Kickstarter still has 8 days left to go, but has already received pledges of over $5.8 million. With the original goal being just $950,000, there’s no excuses for the console not to hit its release date and start vying for gamers attention alongside the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii/Wii U under our TVs.via Siliconeralast_img read more