New Sony Xperia X smartphone appears in leaked images

first_imgSony may not be done with its Xperia X series just yet. Leaked online today is an image alleged to be Sony’s “New Xperia X” smartphone.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ beats Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T to become most popular flagship in second half 2016 Appearing to the taken secretively (and in dim light), the image posted on Slashleaks reveals a new Sony Xperia X could be in the making. Though the image, apart from creating the phone’s online existence reveals little about the smartphone. The front of the smartphone is visible in the image though, sporting a black color body. It appears to have little bezels around the display, but its design appears largely the same, having defined corners and 5-5.5 inch form. A dedicated camera button is also visible at far end, on the bottom of the right edge of the phone in the photo.Beside the phone is the name New Xperia X written with some text below it.Sony could be planning to launch a 2017 variant of its Xperia X smartphone, but nothing definite can be said right now. The uploader itself can’t be identified, though the site gives its trust score at 57 per cent.Sony witnessed a hard time pulling off a stint in the Android market with its previous flagship, the Xperia X that appeared both under-powered and over priced when it was launched.The company later launched the Xperia Z5 with upgraded hardware under its Triluminos mobile display.Also Read: Top smartphones coming to India in early 2017 advertisementAs of now, Nokia, Xiaomi, Huawei and Blackberry are expected to launch their Android flagships in the first quarter among other companies, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch is reportedly pushed further to April.last_img read more

Premier League: Fixtures, results & table

first_imgPremier League Premier League fixtures & results: TV schedule, live stream & guide to Week 9 Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:04 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Newcastle United West Ham United Swansea City Everton Leicester City AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Liverpool Watford Chelsea Burnley Huddersfield Town Crystal Palace West Bromwich Albion Southampton Stoke City Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion Chelsea v Watford Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Swansea City v Leicester City Newcastle United v Crystal Palace Manchester City v Burnley Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth Southampton v West Bromwich Albion Everton v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Goal keeps you up to date with the latest results from England’s top division, as well as the upcoming fixtures and the current standings Tottenham blasted four goals past Liverpool to record a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Reds at Wembley on Sunday.Spurs, led by two Harry Kane goals, looked by far the more likely side to be in title contention in the final fixture of the weekend against the defensively vulnerable Reds.Arsenal won 5-2 at Everton before that and on Saturday, Manchester City stretched their lead at the top of the table by defeating Burnley as rivals Manchester United lost away to Huddersfield Town. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal has your complete guide to the latest set of fixtures, including the updated table.PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES Date Match Time TV? Oct 20 West Ham 0-3 Brighton 20:00 Sky Oct 21 Chelsea 4-2 Watford 12:30 Sky Oct 21 Manchester City 3-0 Burnley 15:00 None Oct 21 Swansea City 1-2 Leicester City 15:00 None Oct 21 Huddersfield Town 2-1 Manchester United 15:00 None Oct 21 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace 15:00 None Oct 21 Stoke City 1-2 Bournemouth 15:00 None Oct 21 Southampton 1-0 West Brom 17:30 BT Oct 22 Everton 2-5 Arsenal 13:30 Sky Oct 22 Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool 16:00 Sky Slaven Bilic will be feeling the heat after West Ham suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss at home to newly promoted Brighton on Friday night.The Saturday lunchtime kick-off saw Chelsea pull off a dramatic comeback win over Watford as they put their shock loss at Crystal Palace behind them.Manchester City strengthened their grip on top spot with a 3-0 win over Burnley, with rivals Manchester United slipping up against Huddersfield Town, losing 2-1.Elsewhere, managerless Leicester City defeated Swansea 2-1 in Wales, Newcastle United ended their winless run with a 1-0 victory over Palace and Bournemouth recorded an away win over Stoke City.A stunning late goal from Sofiane Boufal was the difference at St Mary’s where Southampton edged out West Brom in a close contest.On Sunday, Arsenal piled more pressure on Ronald Koeman by recording a 5-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, with Idrissa Gueye sent off.And the latest round of fixtures was capped off with the most notable matchup of the lot as Tottenham hammered Liverpool at Wembley.PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE Pos Team Pld W D L GD Pts 1 Manchester City 9 8 1 0 +28 25 2 Manchester United 9 6 2 1 +18 20 3 Tottenham 9 6 2 1 +13 20 4 Chelsea 9 5 1 3 +7 16 5 Arsenal 9 5 1 3 +5 16 6 Watford 9 4 3 2 -2 15 7 Newcastle United 9 4 2 3 +2 14 9 Burnley 9 3 4 2 -1 13 8 Liverpool 9 3 4 2 -2 13 10 Southampton 9 3 3 3 -1 12 11 Huddersfield Town 9 3 3 3 -3 12 12 Brighton 9 3 2 4 -1 11 13 West Brom 9 2 4 3 -3 10 14 Leicester City 9 2 3 4 -2 9 15 Swansea City 9 2 2 5 -4 8 16 West Ham 9 2 2 5 -9 8 17 Stoke City 9 2 2 5 -10 8 18 Everton 9 2 2 5 -11 8 19 Bournemouth 9 2 1 6 -7 7 20 Crystal Palace 9 1 0 8 -17 3 PREMIER LEAGUE TV COVERAGE Alexandre Lacazette ArsenalIn the UK, Premier League games will be available to watch live on Sky Sports and BT Sport, with the BBC broadcasting highlights on Match of the Day. Viewers will also be able to stream games live online using Sky Go and the BT Sport app. UK TV channel UK online stream Sky Sports / BT Sport Sky Go / BT Sport app In the U.S., up to 250 Premier League games will be available to watch live on television on NBC’s various channels, including NBC, NBCSN and CNBC. These games can be streamed on NBC Sports Live.The network also announced in June that a further 130 games would be exclusively available with the ‘Premier League Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. The ‘Premier League Pass’ service will cost $50. US TV channel US online stream NBC Sports NBC Sports Live LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS Date Match Time TV? Oct 14 Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United 12:30 Sky Oct 14 Burnley 1-1 West Ham 15:00 None Oct 14 Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City 15:00 None Oct 14 Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea 15:00 None Oct 14 Tottenham 1-0 Bournemouth 15:00 None Oct 14 Swansea City 2-0 Huddersfield Town 15:00 None Oct 14 Watford 2-1 Arsenal 17:30 BT Oct 15 Brighton 1-1 Everton 13:30 None Oct 15 Southampton 2-2 Newcastle United 16:00 Sky Oct 16 Leicester City 1-1 West Brom 20:00 Sky Liverpool hosted Manchester United in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, with chances few and far between in the 0-0 draw. David de Gea made the best save of the match to deny Joel Matip from close range.The rest of England’s Champions League clubs were also in action on Saturday due to their European fixtures the following week.Kevin De Bruyne starred and six different players scored in Manchester City’s 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City, which kept them top of the league for another weekend.Things were not nearly as good for Chelsea, who were stunned by a resurgent Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and lost 2-1 – the Eagles’ first win and first goals of the season.Tottenham did not convince much more at Wembley but Christian Eriksen’s sole goal was enough to see them defeat struggling Bournemouth.Swansea City pushed themsleves up the table with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town and Burnley denied West Ham three points with a late Chris Wood equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw.Later on, Watford claimed a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Arsenal thanks to Tom Cleverley’s 92nd-minute winner.There was more late drama on Sunday, with Wayne Rooney cancelling out Anthony Knockaert’s 82nd-minute opener to deny Brighton a win over struggling Everton and Manolo Gabbiadini’s double rescuing a point for Southampton against Newcastle United.Leicester City saved a point against West Brom on Monday night thanks to Riyad Mahrez’s 80th-minute equaliser but it was not enough to keep Craig Shakespeare’s job as the manager was sacked Tuesday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Moussa Faki It Is Time for Africans To Manage Migratory Issues

Rabat – On Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and the chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki, signed a headquarters agreement on the African Migration Observatory.Proposed by King Mohammed VI, the African Migration Observatory will be in Rabat. It will have the task of collecting data and developing exchanges as a well as facilitating coordination between African countries on migration issues.Faki told the press that the observatory will be an important tool for analyzing migration and obtaining reliable statistics that are specifically African. Read Also: Guterres Welcomes Marrakech’s ‘Fantastic Miracle’ Conference CenterHe added, “It is time for Africans to manage this (migratory) issue on their own,” according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Faki also expressed Africa’s “strong” commitment to the Global Compact on Migration adopted yesterday. He said that the document includes “important provisions to protect migrants.”Faki also confirmed that migration is now at the heart of the global and African agenda, saying the adoption of the document in Marrakech is the best illustration.Bourita said that the King had proposed the observatory and that  African leaders supported it in July in Nouakchott at the 31st AU summit.The observatory, according to Bourita, is the beginning of the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration, which emphasizes that better knowledge of migration will lead to better management.At the opening of the conference, Bourita recalled King Mohammed VI’s message to the participants.In his message, King Mohammed VI said, “Africa will not be the subject of the Global Compact, but the African continent will be an actor – a key one.”Bourita said the King’s message carries “strong signals in terms of dealing with the migration issue.”He added that migration requires shared responsibility from all affected countries. read more

Manufacturing is an answer to poverty in Africa – UN report

“Africa now accounts for about 1 per cent of global manufacturing, and cannot realistically hope to reduce widespread poverty if its governments don’t take effective measures to expand this vital economic sector,” says the report by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Economic Development in Africa Report 2011 calls for “a practical, well-designed approach to industrialization, that is adjusted to specific country circumstances and based on extensive discussion with and feedback from businesses and entrepreneurs,” the agencies said in a news release. The report says that Africa is losing ground in labour-intensive manufacturing – which is generally the entry-level step in industrial development, and is a category especially important in Africa, where jobs are needed in rapidly growing cities. Strategies to spur industrial development – in order to be effective – must be individually tailored by governments, according to the agencies.The report says government support to private firms is necessary to steer investment and business activities into areas of industry critical for long-term economic growth and employment generation. But such support should not be open-ended. It should be terminated if improved performance – such as the production of competitive export goods – is not achieved within a specified period of time.It also calls for building effective state-business relations; improvement in roads, railroads and electricity supplies; and “putting into place a mechanism for monitoring, evaluation, and accountability.”“While the report stresses the need to promote manufacturing development, it argues that this must not be achieved at the expense of the agricultural sector,” the agencies noted, adding that agriculture has been and will continue to be a major source of revenue, employment, and foreign exchange earnings, in the short to medium term. 11 July 2011A new United Nations report released today on development in Africa calls for increased manufacturing on the continent to reduce poverty. read more

Syrian crisis reaching stage of civil war UN human rights chief says

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told journalists in Geneva that 4,000 was a conservative estimate, with “the reliable information coming to us… that it’s much more than that.”Ms. Pillay will address a special session tomorrow of the UN Human Rights Council, which is meeting in Geneva to discuss this week’s release of an independent international commission of inquiry into the crackdown.That three-member commission, established by the Council, found evidence that Syria’s military and security forces have committed crimes against humanity since March, when a public uprising began across Syria, in line with similar movements across North Africa and the Middle East.The commission’s report is based on interviews with more than 200 victims and witnesses of human rights violations, including civilians and defectors from the military and security forces.Aside from its findings, the commission called on the Syrian Government to immediately end the ongoing rights violations, to initiate investigations of these incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice.Speaking today, Ms. Pillay warned that as more defectors threatened to take up arms, there is an increasing threat of “a civil war and at the moment that is how I am characterizing this.” 1 December 2011The deteriorating situation in Syria is now close to a civil war and the death toll from the nine-month crackdown by the country’s security forces against protesters has passed at least 4,000, the United Nations human rights chief said today. read more

Polio adding to Syrias humanitarian disaster say aid agencies

first_imgMASS GLOBAL ACTION is required to stem an outbreak of polio in the Middle East, aid agencies WHO and UNICEF have warned.Eight months after the outbreak, the agencies are reporting progress in their polio vaccination programme in Syria, but say that health workers need better – and safer – access to hard-to-reach areas if they are to adequately tackle the disease.Two months ago, WHO’s Director General declared the spread of polio a public health emergency of international concern – the second time ever such a declaration has been issued.In a new report, WHO and UNICEF outline their plan to halt the outbreak in the Middle East, particularly Syria. Polio has returned to Syria for the first time in 14 years, caused, the report authors say, by the impact of the ongoing conflict on the country’s health system and population movements.The country’s first case of polio since 1999 was diagnosed in October 2013.Since the conflict, polio vaccination coverage has declined in Syria from an average of 99% to just 52%, and cases of polio have spread over its borders into neighbouring countries.“Polio has forced its way back to Syria, adding to what was already a humanitarian disaster,” said Chris Maher, WHO manager for polio eradication and emergency support. We got to a point where we had to work with very limited resources to defeat what had been a long forgotten enemy in this region: one that does not know borders or checkpoints and can travel fast, infecting children not just in war torn Syria but across the region.The first phase of the WHO/UNICEF vaccination programme has just been completed, reaching 25 million children under the age of five across seven countries, but the agencies say they need to secure funding to continue repeat vaccinations in the region this year.Yesterday, the UNSC approved a resolution to allow UN agencies provide aid to Syrians inside their state’s borders, whether President Assad’s government agrees to allow the assistance or not. Read: In Syria, children swim in craters made by barrel bombs >Read: How many Syrian refugees has Ireland offered to take in? > #UNSC #Syria resolution will allow @UN to side-step regime obstruction and move across international borders to provide food and medicine.— U.S. Embassy Syria (@USEmbassySyria) July 14, 2014 Source: U.S. Embassy Syria/Twitterlast_img read more

On your mark

first_imgTake a strong desire for change. And throw in some like minded runners and cyclists who happen to be animal lovers. That’s what it takes to complete the Penny Marathon, an annual 42-kilometre run, cycle and roll event held in Athens and Sydney in July that aims to raise awareness of the plight of stray animals in Greece.Although there are no official statistics, some figures suggest that there are around 500,000 stray cats and dogs in Greece, largely a result of abandoning animals or ‘street dumps’ when owners lose interest. When you consider an un-spayed animal can generate several litters a year of around six kittens and pups each time, the numbers skyrocket very quickly. These animals are largely expected to fend for themselves. The marathon – now in its third year – is named after a small dog that was probably abandoned. Although she tried, Penny ultimately failed to survive the streets of Athens and her life came to a tragic end; the fate of many animals like her.“We’re runners. We’re also people who care for stray animals,” says John Spinoulas, who manages the event in Athens. “We run in honour of all the Pennys but also out of profound respect for the many Greeks that carry the burden of trying to help these voiceless four-legged Greeks.”The Penny Marathon started in Athens in 2012, when a handful of runners completed the original route from Marathon to Athens. Last year, this number spiked to 70, with more expected to participate this year. It has now become an international event, with a team now running in Australia, and is likely to grow and spill into other cities and countries in years to come.The point of the marathon, says John, is to raise a bit of money but the main driver is to raise awareness. “For us – the people involved – it’s also an unconventional way to build solidarity and hope, especially when constantly confronted with despair, sadness and loss in the fight to save the lives of these animals,” he adds.To learn more about the Penny Marathon visit www.pennymarathon.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dr Ewer to present lecture on first victory of WWII the defence

first_imgAustralian historian and author Dr Peter Ewer will present a lecture entitled ‘First Victory: the defence of Greece, 1940’ at the Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture next week.Taking place as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), the free event will be a chance to learn more about the defeat of the Italian invasion of Greece in October 1941. The first successful land campaign for the Allied cause in the Second World War, to this day, outside of Greece, Dr Ewer believes the achievement has never received the recognition it deserves. This battle saw the Greek people defend themselves from fascist aggression for more than six months, successfully changing the course of the war. For this reason, it would be timely to recall the ‘first victory’ on the 75th anniversary of the later German invasion of Greece.In 2008 Dr Ewer’s book Forgotten Anzacs: the campaign in Greece, 1941 was the first extensive re-examination of the Greek campaign since the publication of the official histories in Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s. The revised edition, published this year also incorporates fresh archival research into British planning for the campaign, shedding new light on the ANZAC contribution to the defence of Greece.The lecturer and author also served as the historical advisor to the 42nd Street Memorial Trust, the community organisation that built the memorial at Tsikalaria Street in Tsikalaria, Crete to commemorate the fighting there on 27 May, 1941. The lecture will take place on Thursday 1 September at the Greek Centre, Level M, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC at 7.00pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Containment increases on Southern California wildfire

first_img MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have made progress against a wildfire that burned dangerously close to homes in Southern California while another blaze has exploded in size in a remote area at the northern end of the state.An approximately 3-square-mile (7.7-square-kilometer) threatening the communities of Murrieta and La Cresta is 20% contained early Friday.Some roads have reopened but mandatory evacuation orders for about 570 homes remain in place, along with a voluntary evacuation advisory for another 2,200.The fire broke out Wednesday, possibly from a lightning strike as thunderstorms moved through.In Northern California, a lightning-sparked fire in a remote area of Tehama County west of the city of Red Bluff has grown to more than 9 square miles (23.3 square kilometers), with no containment.Evacuations have been ordered for rural properties. AP, AP Posted: September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019center_img #TenajaFIRE [UPDATE] Containment overnight increased to 20% and the fire remains 2,000 acres. Clinton Keith Road is still closed. However, Los Gatos and Via Volcano are open. All evacuation orders and warnings remain in place. @RivCoReady @RSO @MurrietaFire— CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU) September 6, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter Containment increases on Southern California wildfirelast_img read more

5 killed in Burkina clashes

first_imgMap locating Soum province in Burkina Faso. AFPFive people have been killed in Burkina Faso in a clash between police and angry youths who went on the rampage at a police station after a young man was shot dead, the security ministry said Saturday.A crowd of about 100 youths stormed the police station in the western town of Orodara on Friday after the alleged gunman took shelter there following the deadly shooting of the young man earlier Friday.Five people were killed and eight wounded in the clash, the ministry said in a statement, without giving details about the victims.”Gendarmerie and police reinforcements have been deployed in Orodara where calm has returned,” a security source said.A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in the town, where the market and other public venues were closed and gatherings banned, according to provincial commissioner Abdallah Sangare.Last week, two policemen were lynched Nafona, another town in the west of the country, by a crowd opposed to an arrest they were making.Burkina Faso lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a bloody Islamist insurgency.The region turned into a hotbed of violent extremism and lawlessness after chaos engulfed Libya in 2011.last_img read more

Fellow Christian writers start Twitter prayer chain as Rachel Held Evans is

first_img Share This! Tags#PrayForRHE homepage featured Rachel Held Evans social media,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Rachel Held Evans, a popular progressive Christian writer and speaker with an active social media presence, is no stranger to using hashtags.On Friday (April 19), the hashtag #PrayForRHE appeared on Twitter, forming a prayer chain for Evans as news spread she has been hospitalized.Within hours, the hashtag was trending in the United States, signaling that it was one of the most read and commented-on topics in the country.Later in the evening, her husband Dan Evans posted an update on her website, letting readers know the writer is in a medically-induced coma and thanking them for their support and sympathy.Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu, both co-curators with Evans of the Evolving Faith Conference, had asked their Twitter followers to join them in an hour of prayer for Evans Friday afternoon.Bessey requested “prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, strength and healing,” using #PrayForRHE.Evans tweeted Sunday that she had been admitted to the hospital with a “flu + UTI combo and a severe allergic reaction” to antibiotics she had been given, asking for prayer and lamenting she would miss “Game of Thrones.”She had posted several times about the flu days before, calling Influenza A “no joke” and praising her husband for caring for their two small children both while she was sick and while she was traveling earlier this month for Why Christian?, another conference she co-founded with the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.Bessey confirmed Friday morning that Evans remains hospitalized and that it “has been a difficult few days.”Dan Evans said in his post that she began having “unexpected symptoms” while receiving treatment for an infection, and doctors found her brain was experiencing constant seizures. They are working to determine the cause and the solution while she is in a medically-induced coma, he said.Evans is known for her popular blog and best-selling books, including “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” “Searching for Sunday” and, most recently, “Inspired.”She writes openly about her faith journey, which led her from a conservative evangelical upbringing to the mainline Episcopal Church. Along the way, she has chronicled her faith, doubt, honest questions and evolving views with a sense of humor.Readers tweeted Friday that they have recognized themselves in her words.Christian writer and speaker Cara Meredith tweeted before the vigil began Friday that she was “praying for a woman who’s influenced my faith more than she’ll ever know.”Seminarian Becky Castle Miller noted that a number of women would not have pursued ministry if not for Evans, and one Twitter user posted that Evans’ books have had a hand in his own healing. Others said they weren’t sure they believed in intercessory prayer anymore — and it was only because of Evans they found themselves gathered in prayer on Good Friday, the solemn day Christians remember Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.Among them was Glennon Doyle, bestselling author of “Love Warrior,” who said that, while she doesn’t pray in the same way anymore, “for Rachel, I’d do just about anything.”Another Twitter user shared her prayer for Evans: “Health. Wholeness. Restoration. Peace. Good News. Light. Testimony. Miracle. Powerful Women. Grace. New Life. All the things Easter weekend is supposed to represent, I ask to be sent to” Evans. By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This!center_img Stranded at New York auto show, car writers meet for (corporate-sponsored) seder Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Catholicism Share This! News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,In new film, Mary Magdalene is rechristened a revolutionary, healer and baptizer last_img read more

ECs monitoring panel to keep check on election material ads

first_imgDarjeeling: Election-related advertisements and campaign posts on social media will be under strict scrutiny by the Election Commission during the forthcoming general elections this time.”A monitoring and certification committee has been constituted at the district level as per the direction of the Election Commission. Any sort of advertisement or campaign advertisements or materials will not be allowed to be printed or broadcast before prior certification from the monitoring and certification committee,” stated Joyoshi Das Gupta, District Magistrate and District Election Officer (DEO.) Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHowever, there is a time-frame for this. Any candidate or party will have to submit material being published or broadcast three days before. For individuals it will be seven days. The advertisements or campaign materials for print will be checked and certified within 48 hours. For electronic, it will be on the same day. “Nothing will be allowed to be published or broadcast without prior clearance or certification. This is to ensure that the model code of conduct is not violated,” added the DEO. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCandidates along with the parties fielding their candidates will have to file separate affidavits stating if they have any criminal cases (whether ongoing or convicted) in a prescribed format. The affidavits will be filed thrice (separately by the candidate and the party from the last date of withdrawal of nomination to 48 hours before the closing of polls). A new app has also been launched by the Election Commission. Known as the Citizen’s Vigil App it will be used to keep a strict check. “If any person is found violating the norms, then citizens have to take a video clip and upload it through the app. The complaint will come to the district centre from where a team will scrutinise the matter. The case will be disposed of within an hour. Cases like distribution of liquor, cash to voters can be reported through the app.last_img read more

Speed up the Windows 7 update rollup

first_imgSpeed up the Windows 7 update rollup by Martin Brinkmann on June 13, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: October 16, 2016 – 14 commentsIt can take hours or even days to update a freshly installed version of Windows 7 using Windows Update.Windows Update displays a “checking for updates” prompt when you run the first update check after installation that seemingly does nothing at all.This can be extremely frustrating, especially since it is not recommended to run a copy of Windows that is not patched and have that copy connected to the Internet.Previously, there was one main option to speed up the process. Third-party tools enable you to download all updates at once, and apply them to the machine in one quick operation.This cuts down on the time it takes to get started, but requires the use of third-party software which may not always be an option.While you can create special media that includes all the patches, it is a complicated process and not really an option for users who require this once every other year or so.Windows 7 update rollupsMicrosoft introduced so called update rollup patches recently for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 that solves the problem.Note: These updates are also available for Windows Server 2008 R2.Basically, what they do is contain all patches released for the operating system after a baseline image. That baseline image is the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 respectively Windows Server 2008 R2.The rollup patches include all security and non-security patches released for the selected operating system, and Microsoft plans to update the rollup patches frequently to include newer patches.So, instead of having to wait hours or even days before updates are detected and installed, it is easy as pie to push the updates to Windows 7 and Windows Server systems.The update processIf you want to patch Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2, the first thing you need to do is install the September 2016 servicing stack update which is a requirement for installing the update rollup patch on those operating systems.Windows 7 32-bit — Servicing Stack Update September 2016Windows 7 64-bit — Servicing Stack Update September 2016Windows 8.1 32-bit — Servicing Stack Update July 2016Windows 8.1 64-bit — Servicing Stack Update July 2016Once done, head over to the Microsoft Update Catalog website to download the update rollups for your version of Windows.Update: You may use any browser now to open the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Internet Explorer is no longer required.Note: Internet Explorer displays an ActiveX installation dialog on first run. You need to allow the site to install the ActiveX component to continue.For Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit, and Windows Server 2008 R2,  use this link to open the download options on the page. Windows 8.1 users should point the browser to this page instead on the Update Catalog website.Add one or multiple update rollup patches to the basket on the page. This can be convenient if you plan to update machines that are not connected directly to the Internet as you can install those patches on any device as Internet connectivity is not required to install them.Once you have added at least one package, click on the view basket link at the top, and there on the download button. You can remove patches from the basket again on the same page as well.Microsoft Internet Explorer displays a download options popup afterwards. This is used to pick the download location on the local system for the selected patch(es).The patches are then downloaded to the system, and may be executed once they are ready.The update installation process starts immediately, but it will take a while before the installation completes.It is necessary to restart the system after installing the updates. Windows will display a “configuring Windows updates” screen on start to finalize the installation of the updates.You may want to run a check for updates on the first system start to catch any update that has not been installed yet.DownsideThe main downside to using update rollup patches is that you don’t get a say in what gets installed and what does not.This means that you cannot block the installation of certain patches or updates, so that any update included in the rollup patch will be installed on the device. Furthermore, it is not possible to remove specific patches afterwardsThe second downside is that these updates are only available via Microsoft’s Update Catalog. The catalog is only accessible using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer currently (not even Edge is working), but Microsoft promised to change that later this year.Closing WordsThe update rollup patches speed up the installation of patches on devices running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2.While that is convenient, you need to weight the downside of the all or nothing approach against this. This is not only problematic if you don’t want a specific update to install on a machine, but also for troubleshooting as you cannot remove updates that may cause issues on the device.SummaryArticle NameSpeed up the Windows 7 update rollupDescriptionWindows update rollups are designed to improve the update process of freshly installed machines by installing all updates in one go.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAdventure World TravelappointmentBrochuresExplore Worldwide Explore Worldwide has appointed Adventure World Travel as its new GSA for Australia. “The new partnership is an exciting one for us. To elevate our brand and distribution network, recent NTIA award winners, Adventure World Travel were an obvious choice,” said Joe Ponte, Managing Director of Explore Worldwide. “They have built a strong reputation as providing agents a ‘one stop shop’ for adventure travel. We will provide the full range of small group trips to complement their own tailor-made soft-adventure product offering. In what is a rapidly growing sector in the industry, the timing is perfect to cement our profile in Australia and show more adventurous travellers our award-winning trips.”The small group adventure specialist has been running for over 37 years, and today, Explore Worldwide is one of the most trusted travel companies, particularly in the UK, with over 600 trips to more than 130 countries.Explore Worldwide will look to position the brand firmly towards the active and adventurous 50 plus audience through local market experts, Adventure World Travel.Neil Rodgers, Managing Director Adventure World Travel commented, “We are thrilled to welcome back Explore Worldwide into our portfolio. Adventure World launched them into these markets back in 1984, so it is wonderful to connect and work together again. They are renowned in providing expert knowledge, exciting diverse itineraries and outstanding service as part of their sustainable travel experiences. We are proud to be incorporating such a large range of small group trips into our portfolio of journeys and look forward to working with them to continue to innovate product for the discerning Australian traveller.”All new bookings from 16 October 2018 will be handled by Adventure World Travel who can be contacted using the same free call number 1300 439 756 or via res@explorworldwide.com.auThe full 2019/20 brochure collection can be viewed on exploreworldwide.com.au or by ordering through Brochure Flow. last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” a wicked blast of nasty fun, gleefully dispenses with the usual decorum of the period drama to free its powerhouse trio of actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — in a deliciously performed romp through the wigs and corsets of 18th century British aristocracy.That the acting — and that includes the spectacular supporting player Nicolas Hoult, too, as Tory leader Robert Harley — should be such a feast in Lanthimos’ latest is a surprise. His earlier films (“The Lobster,” ”The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” ”Dogtooth”) were intentionally performed in a flat, emotionless manner that seldom rose above an awkward monotone.But the brisker “The Favourite” is, to a degree, a departure for Lanthimos who this time is working from a script by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara instead of his usual collaborator, Efthimis Filippou. “The Favourite” is no less vicious or pitiless than their previous films, nor does Lanthimos (surprise, surprise) find the customs of early 1700s English royals any less grotesque than the contemporary norms he’s so savagely satirized before.Yet “The Favourite,” a kind of “All About Eve” translated into a triangular power struggle in Queen Anne’s court, is indeed a riot, albeit a frigid and disquieting one. And it’s not just because Lanthimos favours anachronism over historical accuracy. (Both modern-day slang and dance moves make cameos.) It’s the pleasure of seeing three of the finest actresses weave between one another in ever more absurd acts of seduction and betrayal.In a rickety and crowded carriage, we arrive in Queen Anne’s court with Abigail (Stone), a distant relative of the queen who, having been lost by her father in a game of cards, has slipped out of the nobility. She’s desperate to restore her standing with a position in the royal household, and after initially being sent to scrub floors, the Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah Churchill (Weisz), takes her on a chambermaid.Our glimpses of Abigail’s so-called “diminished circumstances” (including more than one face-first pushes into the mud) are vivid enough to earn our sympathies and warrant her increasingly cold-blooded tactics for elevation. In one of many such transactional exchanges, Abigail allows a more high-born man into her chamber at night and asks if he’s there to rape her or seduce her. “I’m a gentleman,” he defensively protests. “Rape then,” she matter-of-factly replies.Through cunning, blackmail and flattery, Abigail soon has the ear of Queen Anne (Colman), not to mention her bed, a newfound status at odds with the queen’s previous confidante and lover, Sarah. Weisz’s duchess is using her position with the queen to extend the war with France, and her methods of manipulation are far more aggressively controlling. But they are also more straightforward than Abigail’s hollow appeasements. In one scene, Sarah deters Anne from a meeting with the prime minister by holding up a mirror to her make-up-caked face: “You look like a badger.” As Abigail emerges as a rival, Sarah, icy and formidable, doesn’t shy away from the fight. “I have a thing for the weak,” she says.Through wide-angled and fish-eye lenses Lanthimos tracks the three-sided drama, pulling it toward its most primal expressions. These characters may live in lavish opulence but beneath their powdered faces they are primitive and power hungry. So Lanthimos lingers on a surreal slow-motion duck race down a palace hall and the agony of Anne’s gout, scored with an eerie single piano note and a scratchy violin.Much of “The Favourite” is caustically clever but it’s Colman who elevates it to something magnificent. Her Anne is a glorious and sad ruin of a queen, a woman wrecked by time and heartache. (She keeps 18 bunnies, one for each child that didn’t live.) Her interest in keeping up with her royal duties has comically disintegrated. In her flowing gowns, she’s like a puddle. Weepy and lonely, she’s torn between her suitors.With its spurts of violence, splashes of blood and cynical sexual encounters, “The Favourite” is, oddly enough, about love. In their opposite ways, Sarah and Abigail offer a melancholy dichotomy: Love is either flattery and false, or honest and abusive.In other words, the only true love is telling someone they look like a badger.“The Favourite,” a Fox Searchlight release, is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. Running time: 120 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.___MPAA Definition of PG: Restricted. Children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press Review: A delicious, vicious acting feast in ‘The Favourite’center_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2018 4:09 pm PDTlast_img read more

Polling Underway in Jharkhand 2994 Voter Turnout Till 11am

first_imgRanchi: An estimated 29.49 percent of the 65.87 lakh electorate cast their votes till 11 am in Jharkhand, where the second phase of polling is underway in four Lok Sabha constituencies, an election official said.No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the four constituencies – Koderma, Ranchi, Khunti (ST) and Hazaribag, the official said. Koderma recorded a turnout of 30.80 per cent, followed by Ranchi at 30.05 per cent, Hazaribag at 29.05 percent and Khunti(ST) at 27.21 percent, he said.Prominent candidates in the fray include Union Minister Jayant Sinha, former chief ministers Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi, former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay and ex-MLA Kalicharan Munda.Of the 65,87,028 electorate, 31,44,679 are female and 83 belong to the third gender.The Election Commission has appointed 39,909 polling personnel and 1,191 micro observers for the polling. Jharkhandjharkhand-lok-sabha-elections-2019Lok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 6, 2019, 2:11 PM ISTlast_img read more