VARIETY NAMES 10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH FOR 2019

first_imgAs Oscar season heats up and the world awaits news of the Sundance Film Festival lineup, Variety announces its 10 Directors to Watch for 2019, featuring a mix of recent festival breakouts and movies yet to premiere in the coming year, all chosen on the strength of films screened for Variety’s editors (sometimes as works in progress).While blockbuster Venice-Toronto sensation “A Star Is Born” demonstrated the birth of a major new director in Bradley Cooper, many of the other talents on this year’s list are less well-known, but no less exciting. From Cannes, Un Certain Regard winner Ali Abbasi is representing Sweden with his film “Border” in this year’s Oscar foreign language race. Film critic and festival programmer Kent Jones won the Tribeca competition with feature debut “Diane,” while Mexican directors Alejandra Márquez Abella (“The Good Girls”) and Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Museo”) were standouts of the competition sections at the Toronto and Berlin film festivals, respectively. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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CESC deploys 200 mobile vans to tackle power disruptions

first_imgKolkata: Power utility CESC said on Friday that it has deployed 200 mobile vans around the city to tackle any likely disruption caused by cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is headed to Bengal from neighbouring Odisha.A CESC spokesman said the mobile vans are fitted with dedicated radio communication sets and are capable of promptly springing into action in the event of power supply failure. Focus will also be on electricity supply to drainage pumping stations, to reduce waterlogging in and around the city, he said. “Teams comprising engineers, workmen and contractors are on standby to respond to consumer requirements across 567 sq km of licensed area,” he added. Company representatives will be present at the Kolkata Police control room and Kolkata Municipal Corporation control rooms, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

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Vape pen causes small fire as passengers board plane

NEW YORK — A small fire caused by an overheated vape pen battery delayed a Houston-bound flight from New York’s LaGuardia airport.The incident occurred on Wednesday during the boarding of a SkyWest flight operating as s Delta Connection.Video posted online shows a flight attendant using a fire extinguisher on a flaming bag, which was in an overhead storage bin.A passenger, Rex Sakamoto of New York City, tells WCBS someone yelled “fire” and there was a smell “like a campfire.”An airline statement says passengers “deplaned routinely” and continued on a different aircraft.___Information from: WCBS-TV, http://www.cbs2ny.comThe Associated Press read more

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Morocco Is Largest Recipient of African Development Bank Funds in 2019

Rabat – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has 35 projects in Morocco for a total investment of about $3 billion so far in 2019, making the country AfDB’s top recipient, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).AfDB’s funding in Morocco focused on the sectors of energy (31.5%), transportation (19.8%), water and sanitation (15.5%), and multi-sectoral and social development operations (12.7%). Some investment (11.2%) also went to the private sector and to agriculture (9.4%), according to the latest synthetic review of the bank’s results, unveiled Thursday, September 26, in Rabat.On a scale of 1 to 4, the performance of the bank’s portfolio in Morocco is “very satisfactory,” progressing from 2.6 in 2009 to 3.7 in 2018. The score improved because there are no high-risk projects, said Rudolphe Petras, senior results specialist at AfDB, who presented the review. The amount of annually approved funding increased from €607 million in 2009 to €733 million in 2018, Petras added.The official highlighted the progress Morocco made from 2009 to 2018 and the bank’s contribution to that progress. Petras stressed that 16 million people got better access to transportation infrastructure, and the loans connected 6.9 million people to the electrical grid for the first time.He added that about 8.5 million people, including 4.5 million women, got access to better health services. And 3.5 million people, over half of them are women, benefited from improved access to drinking water and sanitation.The review underlined Morocco’s significant progress in the areas of governance, business climate, and gender equality. It also approved of Morocco’s leading Africa in renewable energy and the fight against climate change.The AfDB has a mission of improving lives by fighting poverty and investing in socio-economic projects. The bank has been present in Morocco since 1970. The first projects it financed were to develop potable water and sanitation in 1978.Between 1978 and 2017, the AfDB approved 160 operations for a total of $10 billion, according to AfDB.Read also: AfDB, CGEM Sign $560,000 Partnership to Support Moroccan Companies in Africa read more

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Bodu Bala Sena rejects ACJU proposal

The Bodu Bala Sena has rejected the proposal made by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) that the government take over the issuing of the Halal certificates in coordination with the ACJU.Speaking during a talk show over a private television station late this evening, the Bodu Bala Sena said that the issue should be further discussed and the proposal put forward by the ACJU is not acceptable as the final solution. The Bodu Bala Sena also said it is not against the Halal certificate and respects the rights of Muslims who wish to purchase products with the certification. Monks attached to the Bodu Bala Sena had this month launched an anti-halal campaign, during a convention in Maharagama.A declaration adopted at the convention also sought a ban on birth control and sending Sri Lankan maids to the Middle East. However the monks say they don’s want the Halal certified products to be sold to Buddhists. Hundreds of people attended the convention and posters were seen erected on the stage objecting to the Halal certification. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Security Council calls for aid to GuineaBissau as transitional phase ends

In a press statement, Ambassador Bayani Mercado of the Philippines, which holds the Council presidency for the month of September, said the Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo Honwana, briefed Council members on developments in the country, particularly since the results of the presidential elections were announced in August.”Members of the Security Council underscored that Guinea-Bissau will enter now a delicate post-electoral phase and will need further international assistance to meet its multiple short-term and long-term political and economic challenges,” the statement said.They commended all those in Guinea-Bissau who were involved in the transitional political phase, including Transitional President Henrique Pereira Rosa, as well as the country’s international partners, for their contribution to the peaceful conclusion of the transitional period.It will be formally terminated with the inauguration on 1 October of the President-elect João Bernardo “Nino” Vieira as the new President of the Republic, the statement said.The Security Council also stressed the need for the international community’s active participation in the forthcoming donors’ round table, scheduled to take place in November. read more

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Toronto stock market pulls back as Wall Streets economic concerns spread north

by Alexandra Posadzki and David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2015 9:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market pulls back as Wall Street’s economic concerns spread north TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed sharply lower on Wednesday, with nearly every sector pulling back as fresh U.S. economic data raised questions about whether stocks are overvalued.The S&P/TSX composite index ended down 151.89 points at 14,929.37 as worries spread. The Canadian dollar also lost ground, dropping 0.1 of a U.S. cent to 79.89 cents.Traders were faced with a discouraging report from the U.S. Commerce Department showing that orders for durable goods fell 1.4 per cent in February, which suggested that lower demand for commercial aircraft, cars and machinery could be a sign of further trouble to come.Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at Ottawa-based First Avenue Advisory, said that after five years of returning gains above historical averages, stock markets could be headed for a bumpy ride.“I think that we could potentially be setting the stage for a correction and greater volatility as we head into the summer months,” Pashootan said.“We’re seeing the hangover effect of having the market appreciate for five years straight.”Investors are taking a cautious approach as they await earnings data that will indicate how much the stronger U.S. dollar is hurting the bottom lines at American multinational companies. Traders are also looking for more clarity from the U.S. Federal Reserve on when interest rates are going to rise.“You’re not going to see the market set new highs from here unless it sees its next growth catalyst,” Pashootan said.The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 292.60 points to 17,718.54, while broad weakness in technology and biotech stocks dragged the Nasdaq 118.21 points lower to 4,876.52. The S&P 500 index fell 30.45 points to 2,061.05.In commodities, crude oil settled at its highest level in more than two weeks, as political uncertainty in Yemen added pressure to supply concerns. The May crude contract moved ahead $1.70 to close at $49.21 a barrel as the TSX energy sector rose 0.7 per cent, making it the sole advancer.April gold bullion was up $5.60 at US$1,197 an ounce.The TSX metals and mining sector was the biggest decliner, slumping 3.2 per cent.Shares of Kraft Foods Group were up more than 35 per cent following a friendly takeover offer by H.J. Heinz Co. Under the deal, Kraft shareholders will own 49 per cent of the new Kraft Heinz Co. Its shares gained $21.85 to US$83.17.Quebecor Inc.’s (TSX:QBR.B) shares rose 34 cents to $33.68 after the Competition Bureau gave Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B, TSX:PNC.A) approval to buy Quebecor’s chain of Sun Media English-language newspapers and digital properties.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will speak at the Chamber of Commerce in the U.K. on Thursday where he may offer some insight into the impact of weak oil prices on the domestic economy and the timing of another interest rate move. read more

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Federal agents raid Caterpillar offices in central Illinois

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal agents raid Caterpillar offices in central Illinois PEORIA, Ill. – Federal law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at three Caterpillar facilities in central Illinois on Friday, officials said.Caterpillar spokeswoman Corrie Heck Scott said in an email Thursday that the company is co-operating with law enforcement but didn’t comment further.Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield, said “federal law enforcement activity” was being conducted at three Caterpillar locations including the corporate headquarters in Peoria and facilities in East Peoria and Morton.Paul said the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit, the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s office of inspector general are involved in the raids. She declined to comment further.A video on the Peoria Journal Star’s website shows federal agents — some wearing jackets that read IRS Special Agent and Police — wheeling large boxes into a Caterpillar building.Caterpillar is a farming construction equipment manufacturer and is one of the biggest companies of its kind on the world. read more

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Security Council in daylong debate urged to strengthen measures to end rape

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the 15-member Security Council that while preventing sexual violence is a primary responsibility of Governments, the international community must strengthen its collective efforts to root out its causes and prevent sexual attacks, which primarily target women and girls, but also affect men and boys. “To succeed, we must use all the tools at our disposal. This includes our peacekeeping and political missions, our mediation efforts and our efforts to protect human rights and deliver humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Ban told the meeting, which was presided over by Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, whose country holds the rotating Presidency of the Security Council for April. “It encompasses the work of all those involved in building peace in the aftermath of conflict, from restoring the rule of law and advancing gender equality to promoting early recovery and longer-term development,” he added.Mr. Ban highlighted efforts in peacekeeping missions in Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to establish monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements in coordination with UN Country Teams, to be completed “by the end of the year.”These efforts, combined with other tools, such as the updated human rights database of Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) and the protection monitoring project of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), will better place the UN “to systematically identify trends and patterns and thereby become better at preventing these crimes.” Also addressing the Security Council, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, outlined the Secretary-General’s latest report on the topic which reviews 22 conflict areas – conflict, post-conflict and situations of concern – which include Mali for the first time. Among the key themes in the report, Ms. Bangura said, was the nexus that includes sexual violence and the illicit extraction of natural resources. In her remarks, she also discussed sexual violence as a driver of civilian displacement and as an interrogation tactic, as well as the plight of women forced into marriage and sexual slavery by armed groups and children born of wartime rape, on whom there is little or no information and as such no meaningful programmatic interventions.“The report emphasizes the urgency of ensuring that sexual violence considerations are explicitly and consistently reflected in peace processes and peace agreements, and in all Security Sector Reform and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration processes in which the United Nations is involved,” Ms. Bangura told the Security Council. She also pointed to the need to continue UN-efforts to address the negative effects of war-time rape, particularly “critical health, psycho-social, legal and other interventions” that survivors of sexual health must have to rebuild their lives.In addition, Ms. Bangura stressed that the international community must throw a more concerted spotlight on the perpetrators. “The continued engagement of the Security Council must serve as an unequivocal statement of intent: sexual violence in conflict will not be tolerated, and the full force of international order will be brought to bear to ensure accountability for such crimes,” she said.Ms. Bangura also urged the Council to “raise the cost and consequences” for those who commit rape, which, she maintained, remains largely “cost-free”.“Sexual violence has been used through the ages precisely because it is such a cheap and devastating weapon, but more deadly than any bomb. We can and must reverse this reality, making it a massive liability to commit, command or condone sexual violence in conflict,” she said, adding that however great the commitment of the UN, it cannot substitute for the political will and action of national authorities. Among other key recommendations in the Secretary-General’s report is a collective call to include the fight against conflict-related sexual violence at the forefront of peace efforts. “Let us make the commitment around this table today that in situations where sexual violence is a concern, there will never again be a peace agreement, ceasefire agreement, or ceasefire verification mechanism that does not include sexual violence prevention and response as a part of its rationale and definition,” Ms. Bangura urged.“This includes the agreements that must eventually be concluded in Mali and Syria, to bring an end to these conflicts,” she added.Ms. Bangura said she plans to take up invitations by the authorities of Syria, Mali and South Sudan to visit those countries “as soon as possible.” read more

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Senior UN official in Iraq deplores cowardly terrorist attack that kills dozens

In a statement issued by the Mission, known as UNAMI, Deputy Special Representative Gyorgy Busztin deplored the “devastating” truck bomb attack, which took place at Jameela market in Sadr City, east Baghdad and killed at least 45 people and has wounded scores more.“These figures are tragically expected to rise,” says the statement, and Mr. Busztin adds: “I utterly condemn this heinous and cowardly attack, targeting innocent civilians, many children included, in a public market place.” Declaring the attack an “indiscriminate act of terrorism” aimed at weakening the resolve of the Iraqi people, he said: “I have no doubt in my mind that the terrorists will fail.”Mr. Busztin extended his profound sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families and has called for the perpetrators of the crime to be swiftly brought to justice. read more

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James May calls for bike thieves to be killed

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We could attempt to absolve society of its responsibilities and blame the bike makers, for not providing adequate built-in security. These are platitudes. We must deal with the problem of bike thieves at its source, by killing them.”It makes me shudder to write that. I, like any civilised person, am vehemently opposed to capital punishment and any other form of state-sponsored murder.”Justice should not admit a public’s thirst for pure revenge. But that’s not what’s happening here. I have arrived at this conclusion not through knee-jerk reaction or impotent fury, but by a pure and unadulterated process of logic. They have to be killed.”He argued that because police don’t or can’t do much about gangs of motorbike thieves, the only way to stop them stealing bikes is to have them killed. He wrote: “I hate the idea of people nicking my stuff, but in all honesty, I’m pretty well off. If a genuinely desperate man on his last gasp nicks my coat from the pub on a freezing night, well, he’s welcome to it. It’ll change his life, mine’s only inconvenienced by having to buy another one.”Even a truly desperate drug addict can have my coat. He’s made a mistake somewhere in life and I haven’t, which is my good fortune. But the people we’re talking about here are just w—ers nicking bikes for profit, so we should kill them.” James May is usually seen as the mildest member of the original Top Gear trio, and his temper is certainly nothing compared to that of Jeremy Clarkson.However, he has penned a diatribe on the website Drivetribe calling for bike thieves to be killed, and he seems quite serious.He wrote that although he is opposed to capital punishment, he can see a case for an exception when it comes to motorbike thieves.Mr May said:  “But the landscape of crime is never as simple as it seems. It’s all too easy to believe that a zero tolerance crackdown in the community with greater powers and funding for law enforcement agencies (blah blah whatever it is people say on radio phone-ins) is the right thing to say here. Mr May said that some forms of theft are understandable, but the w—ers who steal bikes are different and deserve death.last_img read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markles new titles

Today, almost five months after their nuptials, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their first joint official visit to the county that inspired their royal titles. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The couple are heading to the south coast on a whistle-stop tour of Sussex for several engagements, including viewing the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence…. The Queen bestowed the title of the Duke of Sussex on her grandson when he wed American actress Meghan Markle in Windsor in May, a vacant title that was always the most likely choice for the Prince.  It’s British tradition for male members of the Royal family to receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day, and Prince Harry was no different. read more

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FLSmidth receives order for gas suspension calcination system in India

first_imgFLSmidth, a supplier of equipment and services to the minerals industry, has received an order worth about 100 million Danish kroner from Anrak Aluminium Ltd India for a gas suspension calcination system. The equipment is for Anrak’s 1.5 Mt/y alumina refinery project located 65 km from the city of  Visakhapatnam in the east Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.The contract includes design, engineering, and supervision for the entire equipment package. The scope of supply comprises a gas suspension calciner, hydrate storage and reclaiming equipment, pan filters, baghouse filters, a pipe conveyor and a material handling system for two 25,000 t silos.This is another large order from the alumina industry and the fourth contract FLSmidth has received in India for a gas suspension calcination system over the past four years.FLSmidth’s project centre in India is responsible for the preliminary engineering work and for the co-ordination and execution of the order. The Indian project centre has assembled a global FLSmidth team with the best technology available to provide a ‘One Source, One Partner’ solution for Anrak Aluminium.“Coming close on the heels of the Utkal Alumina project orders, this contract from Anrak Aluminium confirms FLSmidth’s leading position in the supply of technology and equipment for the alumina industries,” Group CEO Jørgen Huno Rasmussen says.last_img read more

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Denmark beat Sweden in Malmo

In the friendly match in front of 7.500 fans in Malmo Arena, Denmark beat home team Sweden 24:23 (10:11). In the same hall, Denmark won the silver medal at the WCh 2011. Interesting fact is that Danes lost two more finals after that, WCh 2013 and EURO 2014.Sweden -Denmark  23-24  (11-10)  Sweden: Kim Andersson 4, Niclas Ekberg 3 (2), Andreas Nilsson 3, Viktor Östlund 3, Jesper Nielsen 3, Fredrik Petersen 2, Anton Halén 2, Markus Olsson 1, Jonas Källman 1, Lukas Karlsson 1.Denmark: Mikkel Hansen 8, Anders Eggert Magnussen 3 (2), Rasmus Lauge Schmidt 3, Hans Lindberg 3 (1), Kasper Söndergaard Sarup 2. Mads Christiansen 1, Mads Mensah Larsen 1, Casper U. Mortensen 1, Lasse Svan Hansen 1, Henrik Toft Hansen 1. DenmarkSweden ← Previous Story 3rd DANAON CUP IN GREECE: Imagine a summer full of sea, sun and handball Next Story → WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 2014 – Hat-trick of Heidi Loke! read more

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Razorthin Nexus Prime profile shot promises something special

first_imgNow that the iPhone 4S has been announced, you can bet that Samsung and Google will be doing everything in their power between now and October 11th, when these two companies will take stage to unveil their latest collaboration. The blogosphere erupted in disappointment as Apple’s conference came to a close without some earth shattering re-invention of their iPhone, and Google will take that disappointment and work it into a hype storm for their  soon to be announced offering.Most commonly referred to as the Nexus Prime, this device will in all likelihood be the third in a line of “Nexus” devices, phones that have been guided into the world by Google and their partners. There’s heaps of speculation surrounding not only this device, but also the release of the next iteration of Android, which the next Nexus will have first. So, what do we actually know about this phone?Contact chargingThis feature is actually an artifact from the Nexus One, with the ability to use a charging dock without inserting a plug into the device to charge. Additionally, the contact charger in the car mount for the Nexus One could detect when you put the phone in the car dock and immediately activate the Car Mode feature. This feature was removed from the Nexus S, and was sorely missed in my opinion.The contact dots are along the side of this device instead of the bottom, which leads me to believe that the docks for this phone will be landscape. Dots like this are not used for any real amount of data transmission, which leaves me curious about things like a home theater dock. I suspect that Google has something a bit more elegant in mind than a HDMI-out when it comes to putting video on your TV. Will we finally see an Android competitor for Apple’s AirPlay?Curved GlassThe Nexus S sported what was called a curved glass display. An iFixit teardown after the release of the Nexus S revealed that the glass on top of the screen curved slightly at the bottom for the soft buttons on the device. Based on the image we’ve been shown, it doesn’t appear that this device is curved the same way. If you remove the blue line, the optical illusion of the curve on this device goes away to reveal an actual curve where the screen is.At its thickest point, the phone doesn’t seem any bigger than a Galaxy S2, but the curve in the screen is a very different design from the current Samsung phones. Much like the Nexus S, this curve seems to be a design encouraged by Google, perhaps as a scratch deterrent when the phone is set on the screen, or maybe as a way to guarantee that Apple won’t be able to say that this phone is similar to the iPhone 4/S. The curved feel of the Nexus S is a great feel in my opinion, and I think a similarly designed phone will be well received.Screen Quality IncreaseA GSM Arena leak with some interesting numbers on a screen seems to confirm that there was a device out there with no soft buttons. The 720p Super AMOLED screen looks legitimate based on Samsung’s reveal yesterday.This phone is clearly razor thin,  and the buttonless bottom of the phone lends nicely to the next iteration of Android. As tablets running Honeycomb seem to have no need for buttons in exchange for software, it would make sense that the phone would go the same route, and we know that Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to be bringing the branches of Android together to a single, cohesive user experience.Final thoughtsThere’s no doubt in my mind that Samsung and Google have something big planned here, and coupled with the next version of Android this phone is sure to be popular on whatever networks it lands on.We’ve heard rumors for months that Verizon is pushing hard to be the candidate for the next Nexus, some even going so far as to claim that the device will have LTE onboard. As I said earlier, Samsung and Google will be taking full advantage of the time they have here to drive the hype machine right into San Diego’s convention center next week. In the mean time, check out the teaser video.last_img read more

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AlJazeera says closure demand is attempt to silence freedom of expression

first_img Image: DPA/PA Images Short URL Al-Jazeera says closure demand is ‘attempt to silence freedom of expression’ The nation’s foreign minister said today that the list of 13 demands given to his government is not reasonable. Jun 24th 2017, 11:57 AM Share13 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3461954 11,012 Views Image: DPA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy AL-JAZEERA HAS accused Arab nations of trying to “silence the freedom of expression” in a list of demands they gave Qatar yesterday, threatening a ‘divorce’ from its neighbours if it does not comply.The news organisation has been accused of stirring up regional strife and it has been a long-standing source of conflict between Doha and neighbouring countries. The government in Qatar has confirmed it received the list and that the 13 demands are currently being studied.Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Al-Jazeera: “The US secretary of state recently called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was ‘reasonable and actionable’. The British foreign secretary asked that the demands be ‘measured and realistic.’ This list does not satisfy that criteria.”He claimed the demands were proof that sanctions against Qatar were “nothing to do with combating terrorism” and were more about limiting its sovereignty and outsourcing its foreign policy.‘Like closing down the BBC’Al-Jazeera said the call to close down the organisation is “nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region and to suppress people’s right to information”.Its English’s managing director, Giles Trendle, said it was like “Germany demanding Britain to close down the BBC”, in a video posted on social media.The list of 13 demands include calls for Doha to cut any ties to groups including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State organisation, Al-Qaeda and Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.Qatar has also been asked to hand over opposition figures wanted by its three neighbours, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt, downgrade diplomatic ties with Iran and shut a Turkish military base in the emirate.Qatar’s Human Rights Committee said the demands represented “gross violations” of basic rights.In Qatar, the hashtag “the list is rejected” trended in Arabic on social media.- With reporting from AFP.Read: Qatar told to close Al-Jazeera and accept other demands or face ‘divorce’ from gulf neighbours> 24 Comments Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 11:57 AMlast_img read more

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Bouygues Telecom lance une nouvelle gamme de forfaits

first_imgBouygues Telecom lance une nouvelle gamme de forfaitsAprès avoir lancé en juillet dernier son offre low-cost, Bouygues vient de dévoiler sa nouvelle gamme de forfaits : Eden. Elle viendra remplacer les actuels Neo et Evasio. L’opérateur a en outre annoncé l’arrivée prochaine d’une connexion 3G+ à 42 Mbps.Bouygues Telecom a levé le voile sur sa nouvelle gamme de forfaits Eden. Dans un communiqué, l’opérateur détaille ses trois offres qui viendront se substituer dès le 17 octobre aux abonnements Neo et Evasio. Avec des prix allant de 19,90 à 79,90 euros, pour des forfaits avec mobile et engagement de 24 mois, les forfaits Eden classic, Eden relax et Eden smartphone voient leur prix diminuer s’ils sont vendus sans terminal, avec un engagement de douze mois, avec ou sans engagement. Il est ainsi possible d’économiser jusqu’à dix euros par mois.À lire aussiUn Samsung Galaxy SIII compatible avec la 4G en novembre ?Tous ces forfaits seront en outre proposés avec un abonnement “Tout-en-un ideo”, qui permet d’accéder à tous les services de la Bbox : Internet, téléphonie fixe et télé. Des offres qui visent à “répondre aux besoins des clients qui recherchent auprès de leur opérateur, souplesse, simplicité et accompagnement”, se félicite Bouygues avant de rappeler qu’il a lancé cet été l’offre low-cost B&YOU, destinée à un public jeune, et uniquement proposée sur Internet.Lors de la conférence présentant ces nouveaux forfaits, Bouygues Télécom a également annoncé le lancement du déploiement d’un réseau mobile capable d’atteindre 42 Mbps en 3G+. Les villes de Paris, Lyon et Marseille devraient être couvertes d’ici à la fin de l’année, bientôt suivies des stations de ski, puis l’été prochain des stations balnéaires.Le 30 septembre 2011 à 20:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Paytag quand le sticker sincruste comme nouveau moyen de paiement

first_imgPaytag : quand le sticker s’incruste comme nouveau moyen de paiementEntre la fin de règne de la carte de crédit, et l’avènement du paiement sans contact par puce NFC, La banque Barclay vient de lancer un nouveau moyen de régler de petits achats, sous la forme d’un autocollant.Il mesure un tiers de la taille d’une carte de crédit, peut se fixer à l’arrière de votre téléphone, ne nécessite aucun contact, ni aucun chiffre à entrer sur un pavé numérique : il s’agit du “Paytag”, un autocollant NFC qui a tout de ce qui pourrait être une révolution dans notre manière de régler nos achats.Pourquoi ? Déjà parce qu’il est pratique : autocollant, il peut se fixer où vous le voulez, là où il pourrait être le plus pratique pour chacun d’entre nous. Un autre atout : sa technologie. Elle peut s’installer de façon universelle, elle ne se configure pas selon le “média” porteur. Last, but not least, le Playtag est soutenu par de grands groupes : la banque Barclay, qui vient de l’émettre à 150.000 exemplaires, et les enseignes Tesco, WaitRose,Mac Donald et la chaîne de restaurant Eat qui s’attendent à prendre en charge le Playtag d’ici la fin de l’année.Petits achats, sécurité maximumAu niveau des paiements, le Playtag ne concernerait, pour l’instant, que de petites transactions. Pour rappel, le principe du paiement sans contact outre-Manche, limité à 15 pounds, sera réhaussé à 20 en juin prochain. Le but étant de ne pas avoir à transporter de portefeuille encombrant en poche pour les petits achats : à la pause du midi, ou en allant chercher du pain et des croissants le dimanche matin ! Amoindrissement de contraintes…Qui vaut aussi comme une prise de risque calculée et calculable chez la banque dont il provient. David Chan, responsable des consommateurs européens chez Barclay, assure que de nombreux tests ont été effectués sur le Playtag, et qu’il peut être considéré comme un moyen de paiement sûr, en complément au système de paiement classique. Et comme le rappelle le Telegraph, d’une manière général, le paiement sans contact ne pourrait être détourné que de façon très sporadique; une poignée de cas sur 15 millions de cartes NFC dans le monde, selon l’étude réalisée par ViaForensics. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour l’heure, le playtag a été distribué à un petit “groupe-test” de clients Barclay à partir d’aujourd’hui. L’ensemble des autres clients devraient rapidement les rejoindre. Et vous, seriez-vous prêt à patcher votre téléphone d’un “Playtag” ?Le 20 avril 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for 262bn in cash

first_imgMicrosoft is to buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn (£18.5bn) in cash, valuing the professional social network at $196 per share, well above its current value of $131. The deal is expected to close before the end of 2016.Jeff Weiner will remain LinkedIns chief executive officer and Microsoft says the distinct brand, culture and independence of the network will remain. Weiner will report directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.Although not on the same scale as Facebook, LinkedIn has seen some recent success, with its user base growing 19% in the last year, to 433 million worldwide.The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the worlds professionals, Nadella said. Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organisation on the planet.Changing the way the world worksWeiner said: Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship with Microsoft, and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIns network, now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works.For the last 13 years, weve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and Im looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story.The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors at both LinkedIn and Microsoft, and the deal is expected to close before the end of 2016, subject to approval by the networks shareholders and regulatory approval. LinkedIns future financials are expected to be filed under Microsofts Productivity and Business Processes segment.A re-founding momentReid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controller shareholder of LinkedIn, said the deal, which was announced on 13 June, is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn. I see incredibly opportunity for our members and customers and look forward to supporting this new and combined business.last_img read more

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5 Laws Of Political Gravity In Midterms Do They Still Apply In

first_img Share MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump delivers remarks at Sheffer Corporation in Blue Ash, Ohio, on Feb. 5. In that speech, he told the crowd “history is not on our side” in the 2018 midterms.The 2018 election cycle has officially begun, with the first primaries being held in Texas on Tuesday.In every campaign cycle, analysts look at the fundamentals — the political laws of gravity that, in the past, have influenced elections. In 2016, Donald Trump seemed to defy a lot of these laws, and Republicans are hoping they can do the same this year to prevent the hit the party in power usually takes at this point in a president’s first midterm.Here are five laws of political gravity to watch as the 2018 campaign plays out:1. When a president’s approval rating is below 50 percent, his party doesn’t fare well at allHistorically, parties that hold the White House lose seats in midterms — even more when they also have complete control of Congress, and even more when the president’s approval rating is under 50 percent.The Republican Party has a bad news trifecta here.Since the Great Depression, when a president’s approval rating has been below 50 percent in his first midterm, his party has lost an average of 41 House and five Senate seats.Midterms are a referendum on the president and his party. Trump is still popular with his base, but because he’s so historically unpopular with so many other voters his ability to help his fellow Republicans is diminished. His “strongly disapprove” numbers have been consistently higher than his “strongly approve” numbers.The latest tracking poll from Gallup showed that 39 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, while 55 percent disapprove. And his approval rating in the RealClearPolitics average is a similar 40 percent approve, 56 percent disapprove.2. The party with the intensity and enthusiasm on its side winsDemocrats have it — and it’s fueled by animus toward President Trump, just like Republicans in 2010 and 2014 were motivated by antipathy to President Obama. (Democrats lost a total of 76 House seats and 15 Senate seats in those two Obama-era midterms.)In the handful of special elections since 2016, and in the Virginia and New Jersey 2017 elections, Democratic turnout has been up. There are hundreds of new Democratic candidates running in races where Democrats have failed to field a candidate in the past, and polls consistently show that Democrats are more interested and enthusiastic about the 2018 campaign than Republicans.As the Washington Post noted Saturday, about 1,200 candidates had registered to run as Democrats for the House by the end of 2017 — a clear record for a single party and the first time since before the wave election of 2010 that Democrats outnumbered Republicans at the same point in an election cycle.3. When people are in a bad mood, the party in power suffersVoters’ attitudes about the state of the country — Are we in a recession? Are we at war? — is always one of the most important factors.Americans remain pessimistic about the direction of the country. On average, just 35 percent think the country is headed in the right direction, while 56 percent think it is on the wrong track.And this year, the measurement isn’t working the way it usually does in at least one big respect. The direction of the country and a president’s approval rating is typically tied to voters’ views about the economy. But right now, the economy is doing pretty well — with Americans’ attitudes about the economy reaching a 17-year high in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — and increasing numbers of people are saying they like the GOP tax cuts.So why isn’t Trump more popular? In fact, he’s suffering poor approval ratings with the very upper-middle class, suburban voters who are probably benefiting the most from his tax cuts.Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report said that it’s as if voters are saying to the president, “Yeah, we feel good about the economy, but we don’t really feel good about you.”There is a wild card on the economy — Trump’s threatened tariffs and a possible trade war. On Monday, the president said that he didn’t think there would be a trade war if he goes ahead with steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, but a few days earlier he tweeted that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.”Republicans worry Trump’s tariffs could undermine the stock market and economic growth — two factors they’re counting on to help them in November.4. The party that has the structural advantages can sometimes mitigate damageThis is the bright spot for Republicans.Even though many Democratic candidates have raised impressive amounts of money to stock their war chests, Republicans have a lot more outside money than Democrats do. The Koch Brothers alone have pledged to spend a whopping $400 million electing Republicans this year, 60 percent more than they spent in the 2016 presidential election.Many GOP congressional districts are also drawn to protect incumbents, and because Republicans control more state legislatures, they have overwhelmingly drawn those districts to advantage their party.Republicans are hoping the mighty fortress of redistricting will help them defend against a big blue wave — if one materializes. They are trying to fight back against a state court ruling in Pennsylvania that redrew the state’s congressional district and is likely to eat into the GOP’s 13-to-5 statewide advantage in House seats. But challenges to maps drawn by Republicans in Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan and North Carolina are unlikely to impact the 2018 election.5. The party that turns out their base usually winsWho actually comes out to vote is an important factor in any election — and it’s hard to predict. But it’s especially true in midterms, when activists traditionally dominate. Consider: There is about a 30 percent drop off in turnout from presidential to midterm years.In 2016, Donald Trump surprised a lot of political handicappers when he got more rural, white, working-class voters to the polls than most turnout models predicted. And things are often favorable for the GOP in a midterm.“The people who turn out the most tend to be older people, tend to be whiter people, tend to be people who are married, and tend to be people who are well educated,” says demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution. “Most of them tend to favor the Republicans.”But there’s one flaw in that profile for Republicans — highly educated voters generally do not like Trump. In fact, more than half of white college graduates have strongly disapproved of him. And, since 2016, they have been turning out for Democrats.This will make it harder for Trump to help Republican candidates in the kind of suburban districts won by Hilary Clinton in 2016. The suburbs are precisely where Democrats are hoping to build their comeback. Clinton won 23 districts where a Republican was elected to the House in 2016. Democrats need to pick up a net of 24 seats to take back the House.What’s more, Trump won independents in 2016, but they’ve flipped.To make up for it, Trump needs to turn out big numbers of his white, non-college-educated supporters to the polls this year — just like he did when he defied the odds two years ago.“Coalitions that are built in presidential elections don’t always translate into midterm elections,” Walter points out. “Just ask Democrats who were counting on the Obama coalition of 2008 to come out in 2010. They didn’t.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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