Rabat – Finnish Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen is expected to travel to Morocco and Tunisia from March 18 to 22 for a working visit, read a statement from the Finnish Interior Ministry.During his official trip, the Finnish minister will meet with several government officials from the two Maghreb nations to discuss issues related to migration and joint actions to prevent extremism, the ministry said.The Finnish ministry stressed the important role played by Morocco, traditionally a country of emigration due to its geographical location, in “shaping Africa’s migration strategy, aspiring to a holistic and common vision.”The statement added that “the Moroccan government has approved the immigration and asylum strategy aimed at a successful integration of migrants into the Moroccan society.” As migration across the central and western Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe is “clearly increasing, the role of Morocco and Tunisia as key partners of the EU is therefore important,” according to the statement.Furthermore, the Finnish official asserted that the “democratic development of Morocco and Tunisia can have a stabilizing effect” on the whole region.
OSU senior Christy Blough sets the ball during a match against UCLA on Jan. 7 in St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSenior Christy Blough might not play the most glamorous position on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team. However, as the setter for the No. 1 team in the nation that’s also in the middle of a 41-game win streak, he has shown how important his position is to his team’s success.Blough has proved to be an invaluable part of the offense. He is in the top 10 in OSU history with 3,826 assists, averaging 10.99 assists per set.A three-year starter at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York, Blough was primarily a hitter until he was forced to change positions.“I had a shoulder injury coming into my sophomore year of high school and it made me so that I couldn’t hit for a couple of months,” he said. “So, my coach just had me setting, so that’s kind of how I got started.”Even though Blough did not set exclusively until college, he is the glue to the Buckeyes’ offensive attack, said his teammate, junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen.“He is the basis of all of our game, basically,” Szerszen said. “In volleyball, if you don’t have a good setter, you can’t swing well. If he plays good, the whole team plays good.”Coach Pete Hanson likens Blough not to former Buckeyes on the volleyball court, but quarterbacks on the gridiron.“He’s J.T. Barrett. He’s Braxton Miller,” Hanson said. “He’s the straw that stirs the drink in terms of running the offense, getting the ball to those guys in a good position where those guys can make all of the heroic plays.”As a former quarterback himself, Blough feels as though volleyball is more of a team sport than football.“I think, as a quarterback, there are some times that you can go out there and control more aspects of the game,” he said. “You get the snap and you decide where it’s going to go, as opposed to volleyball, where the pass dictates where you are going to go. You rely on the team a lot more in some aspects.”One of the hitters Blough targets most often is senior outside hitter Miles Johnson.“He’s so smart and it shows through his setting,” Johnson said. “He allows us to get a lot of one-on-one opportunities. I fully trust him in his choice in setting.”After four years of playing together, Blough’s assists to Johnson are second nature. But that kind of relationship and level of trust takes time and countless reps.“There are some times where I know where this guy is going to be, and he knows where the ball is going to. I know where he is going to end up,” Blough said. “I think when you watch film from three or four years ago, that might not be the case as much as it is now.”Sophomore setter Sanil Thomas is looking to the senior as an example and a model for when he might take the starting setter spot next season.“Christy is a great captain and a great leader, and I learn a lot from him in that way,” Thomas said. “Sometimes he may not vocalize the stuff that he is saying, but he leads by example and I love that, and I try to model him as much as I can.”Until then, Blough is the centerpiece of the OSU offense, Hanson said.“That is why we are one of the top offensive teams in the country,” Hanson said. “It’s because it’s Christy Blough’s show.”
In his keynote address, Norman Mbazima, Deputy Chairman of Anglo American SA said “this year, the Mining Indaba happens in an ever-changing world, filled with continued uncertainty and opportunities. Today, I would like to focus on what is required to encourage investment back into South Africa’s mining industry. This is a subject that needs an honest airing. The numbers are telling:Last year, South Africa’s GDP grew by a mere 0.7%, well below our population growth of 1.61% and below most of our neighboursBy the third quarter last year, unemployment came in at 27.7%—the highest rate in 13 yearsIn his Medium Term Budget Speech, the Finance Minister indicated that there would be a revenue shortfall of some R50.8 billion, and that our budget deficit would be 4.3% of GDP.“These are alarming statistics. They indicate that South Africa desperately needs to grow its economy at a significantly faster rate. Such growth would help increase government revenue, fund government expenditure, especially the social welfare that some 17 million of our citizens depend on, and provide employment opportunities especially for the youth whose unemployment rate is closer to 40%.“The mining industry, and indeed every other industry, has to contribute—as much as it possibly can—to the required growth. But, the sector’s current performance cannot be described as satisfactory.“In December last year, the South African Chamber of Mines published a report on mining investment in South Africa, which shows that:Gross fixed investment in mining has been stagnant since 2009, and has declined by 5% over the course of the last three yearsWhile net investment has declined by 57% since 2008And despite commodity prices improving by about 11% on average since 2006, our output as an industry has been stagnant.“I want to argue—and I hope I am preaching to the converted here—that we urgently need to get investment back on the agenda for South Africa.“While we may have one of the world’s most endowed mining jurisdictions, we have not been able to bring this endowment to account. We need to attract capital for South Africa’s mining industry, whether foreign or domestic, and we must accept that such capital needs to get a competitive return.”In closing, he stressed that the “five fundamentals that can encourage investment back into South Africa’s mining industry are:a stabilising political environmentcoupled with a regulatory environment that encourages investmentalong with ramping up investment in rail and port infrastructureand understanding the importance of financial returns, fund flows and investment promotion.“We are constantly reminded of the triple scourge of poverty, unemployment, and inequality in South Africa. The performance of our economy in 2017 does nothing to alleviate this, instead, it exacerbates it.“We desperately need the economy to grow much faster than the 0.7% we recorded so that we can generate employment and increase government revenue.“The mining industry can be a significant contributor to this growth, but only if we make conditions right for investment.
We’ve known for months now that sales of the Wii U have been pretty terrible. Figures for US sales in January totaled just 59,000 units. February saw that figure improve only slightly to 64,000 units. That’s in stark contrast to the launch in November and subsequent sales of 890,000 consoles before the end of 2012.Since then retailers have been grumbling that the Wii U just isn’t selling. In the UK, several retailers even implemented an unofficial price cut. But not even that has worked, and now Nintendo has been put on the defensive.Game retailers are currently considering scaling back support for the Wii U, which would translate to giving it less shelf space in stores and less promotion both online and through in-store advertising. If that happened it would come as a major blow to Nintendo turning things around before the launch of the PS4 and Xbox 720 later this year.In order to stop that happening, Nintendo has agreed to meet with all retailers to convince them to carry on their support and “excite” them about the platform. The key point Nintendo intends to make is a strong line-up of games coming later this year will bring a boost. However, that won’t help retailers in the short term, with some suggesting Nintendo has another GameCube on its hands.With sales remaining low everywhere the Wii U is available, not just the UK, it seems likely Nintendo will have to repeat these meetings in all territories. What they will be met with is frustrated retailers wanting a major price cut in order to get stock moving. Will Nintendo oblige? It seems unlikely as they are convinced new games will draw people to the platform.The question is, does Nintendo actually have games in the pipeline that can shift the Wii U off shelves? Many desirable games have been announced as not coming to the Wii U, including Crysis 3, Castlevania, Saints Row 4, and Dead Island: Riptide. What Wii U does have is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate that just released, Resident Evil: Revelations out in May, and Pokemon Rumble U with its novel NFC figures coming soon. There’s also a Mario Kart, Yoshi game, Super Smash Bros, and a Fire Emblem/Shin Megami Tensei crossover coming down the line. But it’s telling that Amazon’s coming soon list for Wii U games only contains 3 titles, and a new Zelda game won’t arrive until 2014.I think Nintendo has to be hoping Monster Hunter 3 starts shifting consoles and that its PR department can put on a good show for retailers. If that doesn’t work, a major price cut for the hardware looks like the only option left, and that might not even work based on retailer’s own experiments.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The International Monetary Fund is grappling with questions about what role it will play in a European-led rescue of Greece.Days after euro zone leaders agreed to provide coordinated loans to Greece with the help of the IMF, officials at the Washington-based lender were unclear over how the fund’s resources would be tapped and how it would impose the sort of conditions that normally come attached to its financial aid.In its first comments since the EU announcement, the IMF said on Friday, “We are following developments closely.” The dilemma for the IMF is that Greece falls under the jurisdiction of European Union rules and is a member of the euro zone where monetary and foreign exchange policies are dictated by the European Central Bank. That makes it difficult for the IMF to set policy prescriptions backed by its money.Under the accord, Athens would receive bilateral loans from other euro zone countries and the IMF if it faces severe difficulties.A senior IMF official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Greece was not expected to request IMF aid just yet.Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said on Thursday Greece would prefer to get funding from financial markets.The European Union said it would shoulder about two-thirds of the funding to Greece and the IMF about one-third.Uri Dadush, senior associate at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said there was no clarity as to who would lead the intervention.“While I greatly welcome the IMF’s involvement as a big step forward, nevertheless, the agreement as outlined has enormous ambiguity and therefore is unlikely to have the desired effect on the market,” said Dadush.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the face of concerted opposition from ethnic communities across Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has abandoned proposals to amend sections of the Racial Discrimination Act.The PM conceded that the controversial amendments had become a “complication” that was damaging his government and more importantly, put national unity at risk.The proposals were made more controversial after Attorney General George Brandis – their architect – declared in a parliamentary debate that people “had a right to be bigots” – a statement that infuriated ethnic, indigenous, Jewish and other religious groups.Mr Abbott chose to make the announcement abandoning the legislation as he unveiled new counter-terrorism measures. The prime minister said he had intervened because “in the end, leadership is about preserving national unity on the essentials, and that is why I have taken this decision.“At a time when the threat to Australia from extremists is real and growing, we must focus on the things that unite us as Australians.The Racial Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group of people” on the basis of their race or ethnicity. In March, Senator Brandis sought to water down the act with an exposure draft for public consultation. More than 76 per cent of 4,100 submissions received were opposed to the proposal.Widely criticised even by some Liberal backbenchers, Nickolas Varvaris MP – who was reported to be uncomfortable with the amendments – told Neos Kosmos: “The government undertook extensive community consultation regarding the proposed amendments. The prime minister has carefully considered feedback received from the community and I welcome his decision”.The abandoning of the amendments has also been welcomed by Greek community leaders.Defamation lawyer Bill Papastergiadis – president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, said the debate around the issue was “part of the democratic process. There was robust debate and we ended up with the right outcome.”Mr Papastergiadis wrote to both the prime minister personally and the attorney general on the matter.“We categorically advised the government that we would lobby vigorously against the proposed amendments, so we’re pleased with the outcome. We had a voice in this debate and they responded”. The GOCMV president described the attorney general’s motivations for repealing the act as “misguided”.“There are laws against trespass and theft, there are laws against defamation, so there is no absolute freedom, and I don’t regard that there should be absolute freedom on comments on a person’s race or religion. There shouldn’t be,” said Mr Papastergiadis.Labor has branded the leader’s call a humiliation for the attorney-general, who remained stoic after the announcement, telling reporters that he accepted the decision. “You win a few, you lose a few,” said Senator Brandis. Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou, who chaired a federal inquiry into multiculturalism during the last Labor government, told Neos Kosmos that the Abbott administration had seriously underestimated the importance of the act to the broader community. “Its decision to drop the proposed changes vindicates all who advocated strongly against the changes, and shows just how misguided and out of step with community sentiment the Attorney General Senator George Brandis is. “This is a victory for freedom of speech and social cohesion,” said Ms Vamvakinou.The government’s promise to repeal section 18c of the act at the election after it was used against News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt. Free speech advocates, including Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, have expressed disappointment with the government’s back down.“There’s nothing more dangerous to a united ‘Team Australia’ than having laws that create legal privileges for some on the basis of their race that others don’t enjoy,” he said.
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Kapra: Kesara Mandal MPP M Indira Lakshmi Narayana inspected Anganwadi School in Bogaram on Thursday. She directed teachers to provide healthy food to students. “Students should be made to exercise regularly apart from excelling in academics,” she said. She added strict action would be taken against the organisers if they are negligent towards their duties. Later, she took part in Haritha Haram programme.
Milap @zmilap #KabirSingh is a ASTOUNDING. Extraordinary saga of Love & Heartbreak. @shahidkapoor best film, delivered a national award winning performance. Fantastic screenplay & dialogues. Brilliant direction, @Advani_Kiara looks & act lovely. Rating- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #KabirSinghReview Film duration is the plus point of #kabirSingh , film would have been incomplete if it had been trim, 3 hrs duration was necessary to keep the soul of the film intact. Special mention to the actor who portrayed shahid’s friend. Its a story of Love & Friendship. SUPER HIT Rahul verma @RahulVerma4860 Priyanka Sharma @iPriyanka_S Pranav12 @Moviecritics3 All I saw of him in the trailers were violent abusing, anger bouts, incessant smoking, doped out, lawless behavior. Hopefully this isn’t the kind of youth we wish to see more in this country. #KabirSingh Haven’t seen the movie so wud give them benefit of doubt. Shahid is a highly over rated actor. He has got some great films in his kitty but he is no patch to his legendary father though people say he bears his genes! Even Supriya Pathak is a powerhouse of talent. Aseem Arora @aseem_arora NJ @Nilzrav #KabirSingh review : First half is excellent with dialogues, humour, abmbush hitting bulls eye.Second half heft towards melancholy but with a feelings embedded in it just to accelerate story further,not a typical love story but definately heart wrenching. My rating : ⭐⭐⭐. I haven’t seen #ArjunReddy so the pain of #KabirSingh ripped my heart out. The director Sandeep Vanga must have lived this love story I feel to portray it so powerfully! The actor who played the best friend was simply extraordinary as was @sureshoberoi sir! @ArjanTalkin super too Yatharth Chauhan @yatharth10 #KabirSingh is an ode to the madness and dark side of love. It is intense, violent yet real and full of heartache and longing. @shahidkapoor’s Kabir is as flawed as the shadows that dance in the dark when your vulnerability seeks light. What a performance! Shahid at his finest❤️ Rishabh Suri @RishabhSuri02 Finished watching #KabirSingh A totally unconventional Writing never gave it a chance to stand even as an Average film. Just like the Kabir says in Film, IQ hai kya? Yes i want to ask this Writer, does he have IQ? I am bot happy with any single field. A horrible Attempt. 4/10* Tushar Joshi @TusharrJoshi Just watched #KabirSingh. Remaking a film like Arjun Reddy isn’t easy, @TheDeverakonda was THAT good. But @shahidkapoor proves he’s effortless at such angst-ridden roles. @Advani_Kiara is bang on as Priti. Their chemistry is good. A faithful remake, sticks to the original. #OneWordReview… #KabirSingh: POWERFUL. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ Not the typical romantic saga. Unconventional, but powerful. Shahid is outstanding, career-best act. Kiara is lovely. Director Sandeep is an incredible storyteller. Overstretched runtime is a deterrent. #KabirSinghReview Walked out of #KabirSingh in the interval. The worst film I have seen lately. @imvangasandeep should know his piece of art has triggered a tsunami of negative emotions in me as a woman, affecting my mental health. The blatant glorification of misogyny, sexism and mental and physical abuse against women in EVERY scene in the name of love is not what we deserve in 2019 but the makers of Kabir Singh beg to differ. Yes a guy slaps his lover and there’s a sad, romantic tune playing in the background. If that’s not glorification then what is? In Kabir Singh’s world, it’s perfectly fine to fat-shame a woman while wooing the girl he likes, saying, “Fat chicks are like teddy bear. They are soft and loyal. Far chicks and good looking chicks are a good combination.” And all this while the girl, he likes, is smiling. Shahid Kapoor in Kabir SinghTwitterDirector Sandeep Vanga Reddy’s Hindi movie Kabir Singh starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, has received positive review and rating from the audience around the world.Kabir Singh is a romance drama film, which is a remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017). Sandeep Vanga, who helmed the original movie, has also written and directed its Hindi version, which has been jointly produced by Cine1 Studios and T-Series. The film has received an A certificate from the censor board and its runtime is 2.55 hours.Kabir Singh story: It is about a short tempered medical student named Kabir (Shahid Kapoor), who falls in love with his junior Preeti (Kiara Advani). The couple shares a very close relationship for years, but later break up as Preeti’s father gets her married to another boy in her caste. This leaves a very strong and brutal impression on Kabir Singh, who becomes an alcoholic and drug addict.Performances: Shahid Kapoor has done a brilliant job in Kabir Singh and his perforamnce is sure to get him the best actor awards this year. Kiara Advani has done justice to her role and her chemistry with Shahid is good. Other artistes have also done good jobs and are assets of the film, say the audience.Kabir Singh movie review live updates: We bring you some viewers’ verdict on the film shared on Twitter. Continue to read audience response:Sumit kadel @SumitkadeI Interval of #KabirSingh .. a cult film for sure. Shahid Kapoor is STUNNING!!! Writer director Sandeep Venga’s #KabirSingh is a passionate intense love story that stretches the envelope and how! The movie is a testimony to the level of AMBITION of Shahid as an actor.Spectacular show by him.Kiara is a perfect foil 4 him.Music is legendary. Dee @deepa_ak #KabirSingh is terrific. The performances will remain with you for a long long time. Outstanding. @shahidkapoor is so so good. Body language, eyes, delivery – so much conviction in each beat. @Advani_Kiara is superb. Blown away. Taran Adarsh @taran_adarsh If you can slip physical abuse, profanity & insults on-screen in the view of self-destructive love & flawed characters, you will like #KabirSingh. Length is a major drawback. Humor & Dialogues are plus points. Rating: 3/5 [Watch for Shahid & Only Shahid] #KabirSinghReview #KabirSingh may have tread on the riskiest of roads but the cinematic experience it offers is certain to enthral viewers. Of course it took a ridiculously flawed character for @shahidkapoor to deliver an almost flawless performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Faridoon Shahryar @iFaridoon $@M @SAMTHEBESTEST There are very few movies which has perfect story, perfect direction and mostly importantly powerful performances. This movie will remain one of the best of @shahidkapoor n @Advani_Kiara . And kudos to shahid Kapoor bro #KabirSingh . from me
N. Biren Singh Manipur on Wednesday got its first BJP ministry, with BSF soldier-turned-journalist-turned-politician N. Biren Singh taking oath as the chief minister.Goveror Najma Heptullah administered the oath of office and secrecy to Biren Singh and eight other ministers.Hours after saying there would be no deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar of the National People’s Party (NPP) was given the post.The other cabinet ministers are Thongam Bishwajit, Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar, Karam Shyam, L. Haokip, L. Kiisi, Thounaojam Shyamkumar and L. Dikko.Shyamkumar was originally elected on Trinamool Congress ticket. He backed Biren Singh in front of the Governor.The Bharatiya Janata Party, the NPP, the Naga People’s Front, Trinamool Congress and the Lok Janshakti Party are represented in the government.The lone independent legislator, Asabuddin, was not inducted.Biren Singh gave no indication when the next expansion would take place.BJP president Amit Shah and cabinet minister M. Venkaaiah Naidu were scheduled to attend the event. But their plane was force to land at Agra due to technical snags.Former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh was one of the guests at the function.
From the photo archives: A woman writes a message on a wall in tribute to victims in Brussels on Wednesday, a day after deadly explosions struck the Belgian capital.Brussels police say that they opened fire on a vehicle after a high-speed chase in the suburb of Molenbeek and the driver told officers there are explosives inside.Belgian broadcaster RTL has quoted a police spokesman as saying that shots were fired at the vehicle after it became stuck in traffic and the driver reversed into a police car.The report says that the vehicle is registered in Germany. Police couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.A police spokesman told RTL: “We got the driver out, and he immediately told us that there were explosives inside.”Brussels has been on high alert since 32 people were killed in 2016 suicide attacks. Many suspects linked to those attacks and the November 2015 massacre in Paris lived in or transited through Molenbeek. Share
Friday, October 5, 2018Top afternoon stories:U.S. Senate Judiciary CommitteeJudge Brett Kavanaugh.Kavanaugh’s confirmation advances in SenateA deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a battle that’s seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump’s effort to tip the court rightward for decades.The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, effectively defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. With Republicans clinging to a two-vote majority, one Republican voted to stop the nomination, one Democrat to send it further.Of the four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday, Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted not to send the nomination to the full Senate.Mattress FirmHouston-based Mattress Firm has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.Mattress Firm files for bankruptcyHouston-based Mattress Firm announced Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close up to 700 stores. An initial group of approximately 200 stores are expected to be closed in the next few days and decisions about additional store closings will be made in the next few weeks.Steve Stagner, the company’s executive chairman, president and CEO, said the stores that will close are “in certain markets where we have too many locations in close proximity to each other.”In conjunction with its prepackaged restructuring plan, Mattress Firm received commitments for approximately $250 million in debtor-in-possession financing, which, subject to Court approval, will be available to support its ongoing operations during the Chapter 11 proceedings.Houston Police DepartmentStuart Mouchantaf.Former Rice football player chargedHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday that a former Rice University football player is charged with causing the death of Blain Padgett, a player he sold pills with an opioid 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.Stuart ‘Mooch’ Mouchantaf, 25, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance causing death, which carries a penalty of five to 99 years or life in prison.“Users better beware that even a spec of this drug can kill you,” Ogg said. “And dealers, you are on notice that if your product kills people, you will be prosecuted for causing a death, not just dealing drugs.”Padgett, 21, was found dead in his bedroom by fellow players after failing to show up for practice in March, 2018.Houston Police investigators determined that Padgett bought pills from Mouchantaf that Padgett believed were Hydrocodone, but actually contained Carfentanil, according to court papers filed by prosecutors. Share
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics with commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including the lack of mainstream media coverage of Bernie Sanders’ massive wins in three states: Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, and why the victories matter. Plus, the civil trial against three police officers accused of brutality and misconduct in the arrest of Abdul Salamm in July of 2013, has turned the spotlight on alleged police misconduct once again. We’ll have a report on the trial, which began last Friday.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
You may be surprised to hear that it’s been over two years since Blizzard released StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty $11.99 at Amazon . The popularity of the series was confirmed when the game managed to sell over 1.5 million copies in the first 48 hours. It wasn’t devoid of bugs though, with one of the most memorable managing to overheat gaming rigs just by navigating through the menu system.We’ve known the game was going to be released as a trilogy, and now Blizzard has confirmed the release date for the first expansion. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will launch on March 12 next year.The Standard version of the game will be available on both DVD and for digital download at a cost of $39.99. But as usual, there’s also going to be a Collector’s Edition made available that doubles the price to $79.99. If you want to stick with a download-only copy, but still want some of those extras from the Collector’s Edition, Blizzard will offer them as part of a Digital Deluxe edition available for $59.99 (Standard edition owners can also upgrade to Digital Deluxe for $20).So, what are the additional items you get when purchasing the Digital Deluxe or Collector’s Edition? Here’s the breakdown:The Digital Deluxe edition includes the following items:StarCraft II Torrasque look for zerg UltralisksStarCraft II Battle.net Portraits and Decals customization assetsWorld of Warcraft Baneling in-game petDiablo III Blade Wings and Banner SigilThe Collector’s Edition includes the following items as well as everything in the Digital Deluxe offering above:Behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-raySoundtrack CDHeart of the Swarm hardcover art bookZerg Rush mousepadBoth the Standard and Digital Deluxe editions are available to pre-purchase now directly from Blizzard. If you want a boxed copy or the Collector’s Edition, then you’ll have to find a retailer and get your pre-order down quickly–especially for that Collector’s Edition, which is sure to be both very popular and limited.As for what the expansion contains, you can expect to be playing 20 new campaign missions. In multiplayer there will be a range of new weapons and units as well as existing units getting capability updates. Blizzard is also promising unranked matchmaking, group and clan systems, a leveling system, Global Play, an improved user interface, a new stat tracking system, and the ability to replay multiplayer games. Basically, if you enjoyed Wings of Liberty this is probably a day one purchase.Read more at Blizzard
Stay on target Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror Maze’The Twilight Zone’ Finale Trailer Introduces Creepy ‘Blurryman’ On Sunday, Jordan Peele took Super Bowl viewers into another dimension called “The Twilight Zone.”Peele, who’s narrating the upcoming Twilight Zone series reboot, appeared in an eerie new CBS All Access teaser during the big game. The teaser showed a glitched CBS sports telecast that transitioned to “The Twilight Zone,” a creepy place where horror, mystery, and sci-fi alter reality. The Twilight Zone reboot, which stars Peele, Lesley Mirza, and Ike Barinholtz, will premiere on CBS All Access on April 1, 2019.Based on the original Twilight Zone anthology series, which was created by Rod Serling in the ’50s, the new reboot will highlight unexplainable, sudden, and strange incidents that happen to everyday people, and its Super Bowl footage highlights this bizarre concept.“CBS is off the air” in The Twilight Zone reboot’s teaser. A stadium, once filled with fans, becomes a desolate environment with a chilling wind in the distance. It’s empty, dark, and creepy, and viewers have no idea what’s about to happen.Peele’s voice then cuts in with, “Witness an empty space, filled with thousands of screaming people. A man, both nowhere and everywhere at the same time answers our new questions. The unthinkable is expected.” On the screen, Peele is seen walking on the football field, and multiple Peels are located in the stands. It’s a complete mind trip if you’re witnessing this confusing scene.Photo Credit: CBS All Access/YouTubeBefore we have time to process this environment, Peele asks us, “When truth is not the truth, what dimension are you even in?” He opens a door on the footaball field, and completely vanishes. The Twilight Zone’s creepy soundtrack then cuts in to wrap up the teaser.The Twilight Zone reboot will leave us in this strange space until April, however, Peele gives us all the chilling vibes for the upcoming sci-fi show. Visit The Twilight Zone’s CBS All Access website for more details on the eerie reboot series.More on Geek.com:Jordan Peele Teases New ‘Us’ Trailer Ahead of Super Bowl‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Airs Creepy Teasers at Super Bowl‘Game of Thrones’ Hijacks Bud Light Super Bowl Ad
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Shareholders of Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N.) voted on Tuesday in favor of a sweetened takeover offer from SoftBank Corp (9984.T), ending a contentious takeover battle for the No. 3 U.S. wireless service provider.Japan’s SoftBank, which fought Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) to buy Sprint, now just needs approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. telecommunications regulator, to close the deal.According to Sprint, about 80 percent of its shares outstanding were voted in favor of the $21.6 billion deal that would leave SoftBank with 78 percent ownership of the company.Sprint said in a statement released after a sparsely attended meeting that it was sticking by its previous target for the deal to close in early July.On June 10 SoftBank increased its bid to $21.6 billion from $20.1 billion and raised the cash component of the deal for shareholders by $4.5 billion, trumping Dish’s bid and gaining support from Sprint’s second biggest shareholder Paulson & Co. which had previously said it preferred Dish’s bid.Dish, which made a bid for Sprint on April 15, abandoned its efforts to buy the company after SoftBank raised its bid.The SoftBank/Sprint deal would be Japan’s biggest takeover of an overseas company. SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son is looking to expand beyond the mature Japanese cellphone market.Sprint needs investment from SoftBank to help it pay for a network upgrade and its proposed buy out of the minority shareholders of Clearwire Corp (CLWR.O), in which Sprint already has a majority stake.Last week Sprint had to raise its offer for wireless service provider Clearwire to $5 per share from $3.40 per share to fight off a rival bid of $4.40 per share from Dish.Clearwire shareholders will vote on that deal on July 8.Sprint shares were up 10 cents or 1.45 percent to $6.96 on the New York Stock Exchange after the news.Shareholders attending the meeting said they were happy SoftBank had beaten Dish in the takeover battle.”Long term this is better for the company,” Rick Weir, a Kansas City based shareholder who is retired Sprint employee told Reuters at the meeting.John Massman, another Kansas City shareholder, said SoftBank’s financial strength won him over. He cited concerns that a Dish deal would have required Sprint to take on too much debt and could have resulted in a move of Sprint operations out of Kansas City to Dish’s headquarters outside of Denver.”I am not a big fan of foreign ownership but if Dish had gotten it a lot of jobs would have gone to Denver,” he said.(Reporting by Sinead Carew in New York and Carey Gillam; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Chris Reese) June 25, 2013 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook fired back at CVS and Rite Aid on Monday after the drugstore chains blocked the iPhone maker’s mobile payments service, saying there were plenty of other retailers around the world to sign up.Apple Pay launched about a week ago and saw more than a million credit cards registered over the first 72 hours. It already totes up more transactions than all other “contact less” payment methods combined, Cook said, citing Visa and Mastercard data.Such services, through which a user pays by holding a smartphone close to a specially designed terminal, have failed to catch on in the United States despite the backing of Google Inc and other influential players.News emerged over the weekend that the two retailers had opted out of Apple Pay in favor of a rival system that roughly 50 chains, including Wal-Mart and Best Buy, are developing for in-house use. “We’ve got a lot more merchants to sign up, we’ve got a lot of banks to sign up and we’ve got the rest of the world,” Cook told the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference, in the company’s most extensive comments on the blockade so far.In launching Apple Pay, the iPhone maker hopes to lock in more customers for its mobile devices by enhancing their overall utility. Industry experts say it stands a chance of becoming the first widely used payments feature on smartphones.CVS and Rite Aid have not explained their surprise move.But the driving force behind developing a retailer-owned mobile payment solution is to avoid paying credit card transaction fees to card companies like Visa and Mastercard, analysts said. Fees range between 2 percent and 3 percent of costs per transaction.Rite Aid stopped accepting Apple Pay last week at its 4,572 stores. Spokeswoman Ashley Flower said the company was evaluating various forms of mobile payment technologies.CVS did not respond to queries seeking comment but a visit to two of its stores showed that the NFC (Near Field Communications) reader on which Apple Pay was used had been deactivated.It remains to be seen, despite early signs of success, whether mobile payments will become widely adopted.Cook argued on Monday that Apple Pay offered better security and privacy than competing services, and that retailers risked alienating customers by limiting choices at checkout.”It’s a skirmish,” Cook said in response to a question about the retailers’ moves.”Merchants have different objectives sometimes. But in the long arc of time, you only are relevant as a retailer or merchant if your customers love you.”(Writing by Edwin Chan; Editing by Stephen Coates) Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 28, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters
The men had been together 20 years but were in the process of divorcing. Their five-bedroom, 4,000-square foot home, valued at $1.5million went up for sale on Wednesday as part of the divorce agreement.See alsoTexas men get federal prison sentences for assaulting men using Grindr Police in Houston, Texas, say they suspect that a gay couple found dead Thursday evening died in a murder-suicide killing. Houston, Texas (Photo: Wikimedia Commons CC-by-2.0) GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A friend of the couple reportedly received a concerning text message from one of the men. The friend went to the couple’s house on Markham Street in the Greenway area but was unable to enter as the doors were locked.The friend called police, who broke into the house. They found the men, apparently dead from gunshot wounds, in an upstairs bedroom. Police have not yet named the men.Houston Police Department investigator Blake Roberts said, ‘At this time it appears to be a murder-suicide.’ No suicide note was found. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Alleged gay serial killer Bruce McArthur charged with sixth murderVigilantes raid home of ‘gay’ men who were sent to Islamic school to ‘cure’ themCops allegedly found man restrained in suspected Toronto serial killer’s apartmentRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/houston-texas-murder-suicide/
The Ministry of Tourism of Trinidad & Tobago recently launched a new automated border control system at the Piarco International Airport. Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism said, “Any initiative that positively impacts our tourists or returning residents’ experience when arriving at our national airports is a win for the local tourism sector.”Mitchell added that whilst this new project will be in “test- phase” for some time, it will bring Trinidad and Tobago in line with present-day border control practices in existence at many international ports of entry. The Tourism Minister added that the potential for reduced time spent in long immigration lines and the possibility for families to be processed together will be a pleasant and welcomed upgrade to this country’s existing entry-processing activity for both tourists and returning residents to our shores in the not too distant future. The Minister also added that these benefits, though simple, add up when one is making an assessment of their experience when visiting a foreign country or returning home.The new automated border control system uses facial recognition and collects users’ fingerprints. It also verifies the validity of travel documents by checking these documents against an international database of photos, passports and ID cards.
U.S.: Procacci Brothers acquires family-owned prod … June 07 , 2019 Bayer faces second U.S. trial over alleged Roundup … You might also be interested in AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a major player in produce freshness solutions, and Zest Labs, Inc., an AgTech company modernizing the post-harvest fresh food supply chain, have announced a new partnership. Through their collaboration, the corporations say they aim to strengthen their end-to-end solutions.AgroFresh says it will incorporate Zest Labs’ Zest Fresh solution into its FreshCloud Transit Insights platform.It explains the agreement will utilize both companies’ resources and strengths to improve operations, increase visibility into produce shelf life and reduce food waste.Zest Fresh to ‘accelerate’ adoption of Agro Fresh techAgroFresh’s FreshCloud platform is a data-backed, insights-driven solution for monitoring produce quality through the supply chain. With this technology, the platform predicts produce freshness, quality and optimal consumption timing.Meanwhile, AgroFresh calls Zest Fresh the post-harvest freshness management solution for today’s produce industry. It adds that Zest Fresh not only meets the industry’s freshness needs but also monitors the grower’s processes.“As we continue to prioritize data and technology to enhance produce freshness and minimize food waste, this strategic collaboration will strengthen our existing portfolio, particularly our data-centric FreshCloud platform,” comments Jordi Ferre, CEO of AgroFresh.“Zest Fresh is a natural fit with our FreshCloud Transit Insights solution and will accelerate the adoption of our technology to additional markets.” Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … Peru expects 20% uptick in produce exports this ye … Expanding into new marketsPeter Mehring, CEO of Zest Labs elaborates. “AgroFresh’s offering of Zest Fresh is significant.”He considers AgroFresh a trusted global expert in post-harvest science. Furthermore, with over 3,500 customers worldwide, he believes the corporation can quickly expand Zest Fresh into new markets.“Our collective science-based, data-driven solutions and shared market vision for ensuring delivered freshness and reducing food waste provide a foundation for a successful partnership.”AgroFresh emphasizes that it has decades of experience concerning produce freshness. Due to this expertise, it says it helps its customers preserve freshness, extend peak ripeness, maximize yield and ultimately, prevent food waste.It believes Zest Fresh can complement its platform by providing analytics and freshness management expertise. AgroFresh notes this, in turn, will strengthen the visibility of key freshness metrics through distribution.Through this collaboration, AgroFresh comments that it will offer the Zest Fresh pallet-level freshness management platform for fresh produce. It adds this will be part of its FreshCloud Transit Insights solution.The corporation applauds Zest Fresh for its accomplishments. Specifically, it notes how the company has provided growers, distributors and retailers with autonomous, field-to-shelf product visibility. In addition, Zest Fresh also works to reduces waste and retail shrink up to 50% or more.As a result of this collaboration, AgroFresh says its FreshCloud solution will benefit more customers across more crops.