Aston Villa announce £12m Ezri Konsa signing

first_imgAston Villa have announced the signing of Ezri Konsa from Brentford in a £12 million ($15m) deal.The England Under-21 defender joins up with former Bees boss Dean Smith, having impressed during the 2018-19 season with the Championship side.Speaking to Villa’s official website of the U20 World Cup winner, Smith said: “Ezri fits the profile of the type of player we were searching for. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “It helps that Richard O’Kelly [assistant coach] and I have worked with him before. He’s a high-potential player who I believe can step up to the Premier League and I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”Konsa becomes Villa’s seventh signing of the summer window as they prepare for life back in the English top flight, with Matt Targett, Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley and Kortney Hause all coming in, while Tyrone Mings made his loan move from Bournemouth permanent.Ahead of linking up with his new team-mates, Konsa himself revealed his excitement at sealing a move to a Premier League side.“I’m over the moon to join such a massive club as Aston Villa,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get started and meet the lads. I can’t wait to get started with Dean and Richard again.“We’ve got a legend here in John Terry as well. He used to be a centre-back so having him here I think will help me a lot.“The atmosphere [at Villa Park] is immense. For me to be here and play in front of the fans week in, week out, for me is something special. I can’t wait.“I’m speechless right now. As a kid I always used to dream about playing in the Premier League and for it to actually happen now is a dream come true for me and my family.“It’s a challenge that I look forward to very much. For me to finally be able to do it against the top players in the world, it’s a privilege.”Konsa will travel on Thursday to meet up with the rest of his new squad in America as the Villans continue their pre-season preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.Villa’s first match back in the top tier of English football will be something of a baptism of fire as they travel to London to face Champions League runners-up Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger To Miss Scrimmage Due To Fever

first_imgOklahoma and Texas play in the Big 12 championship gameARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Sam Ehlinger has a grip on the Texas quarterback job, after an impressive 2018 campaign. The Longhorns have waited a long time for a clear QB1 to emerge.He’s going to miss a bit of time this spring though, unfortunately. According to Anwar Richardson, Ehlinger has come down with a fever.He was out for today’s practice, and will miss the team’s first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. Hopefully this isn’t a much longer term issue.Texas junior QB Sam Ehlinger did not participate in Friday’s practice due to a fever, according to my sources. Ehlinger is also expected to miss Texas’ first scrimmage on Saturday as he recovers, but will optimistically return next week.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) March 29, 2019Sam Ehlinger’s absence could present an opportunity for young Texas quarterbacks Casey Thompson and Roschon Johnson.Thompson, who flirted with a transfer this off-season before ultimately electing to stay in Austin, has already started to get some first team reps.His classmate Cameron Rising elected to transfer to Utah, while former starter Shane Buechele left as a grad transfer to SMU. That leaves Thompson as the QB2, and Tom Herman wants to get him time with the first string, to start to develop chemistry and get better live looks for him.From 247Sports:“I think we have got to get him some reps with the ones because sometimes — especially in the spring when your numbers are limited and you’re still waiting on most of that freshman class to come in — with the twos it can get ugly at times with a snapped ball snapping over your head, guys running right through the gaps and missed assignments. So we’re going to slowly start working him in with the ones just so we can evaluate him a little bit more. But he’s been doing great so far.”Johnson, a four-star member of the class of 2019, enrolled in January, and the three current scholarship guys have reportedly formed a tight bond. From the San Antonio Express-News:“I think you saw him last year really focusing on himself,” Herman said. “This year he’s focusing on everybody. The whole people in glass houses kind of deal, get your house in order before you start talking to other people.“I think he’s confident that his guys believe in his ability to play. Now he can take the next step as a leader which is mentoring some other guys.”Ultimately, barring an unfortunately circumstance, this is Ehlinger’s job come the fall, but the team would do well to make sure it has prepared depth at the position.last_img read more

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Harmless Harvest Introduces First Fair Trade Coffee Coconut Water

first_img 5 Best Sport Drink Brands That Work Just As Well (or Better) than Gatorade Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The day after a late-night bender can be tough. Your head hurts, your stomach aches, and all you want to do is rehydrate. Thank goodness for coconut water. Not only does it quench our thirst, it’s filled with electrolytes to help replenish all that water that drinking sucked out of our system. Justin Guilbert and Douglas Riboud — the guys behind one of our favorite coconut water brands, Harmless Harvest — are at it again, this time with the first 100 percent raw and organic coffee-infused coconut water on the market. Not only does it rehydrate, it gives you that badly needed energy boost that we all need from that lack of sleep. If you’re thinking , What — coffee and coconut water?! Trust us, it actually tastes amazing.If you’re like us and you can’t get enough of Harmless Harvest, they have a whole line of coconut water beverages. Along with the original Harmless Harvest coconut water and the Fair Trade Coffee coconut water, there’s also a Dark Cacao flavor, which actually satisfied our never-ending chocolate craving, and Cinnamon & Clove, which sounded peculiar to us at first — until we tried it. It was something akin to rice pudding if you’re into that flavor.So next time you’re in need of the rehydration that coconut water provides combined with an extra kick to wake you up, go for Harmless Harvest’s Fair Trade Coffee coconut water. Not only will it do both those things, it’s actual Fair for Life, both  Social and Fair Trade certified. What’s better than a beverage that is not just good for you, but also good for the environment?For more information, visit harmlessharvest.com. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weatherlast_img read more

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Canada a Key Market For Jamaica – PM

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Canada remains an important market for Jamaica as it looks to boost visitor arrivals. She said despite the economic recession, tourist arrivals from the North American country grew by 60 per cent between 2008 and 2011, and another eight per cent between January and May of this year. She informed that the market grew “from just under 250,000 stopover arrivals in 2008 to nearly 380,000 at the end of last year. ” The Prime Minister’s remarks were delivered to Canadian travel partners by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. A.J. Nicholson on Wednesday (October 24), at the Rosewater Club in Toronto. Minister Nicholson was representing the Prime Minister, who had cut short her official visit to Canada to return to Jamaica, because of the threat of Hurricane Sandy. The Prime Minister attributed the growth in arrivals from Canada to increased airlifts over the last two years and improvements to the product offering.  She thanked the travel partners, including travel agents, tour operators, and travel media personnel, for their continued support to the island. “It is you, our travel partners, who ought to be praised and commended for continuing to sell and promote Jamaica despite the economic challenges.  Your dedication to our home is truly remarkable and greatly appreciated,” said Mrs. Simpson Miller. She stated that Jamaicans living in Canada have been crucial to the country’s tourism and pledged that the government “will continue to work closely with this group because we know they are loyal to their home country”. “I eagerly encourage you, our partners to work closely with this market.  I believe they represent an area for potential growth.  This is particularly true of second and third generation Jamaicans born in Canada, who are excited about visiting Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said.  She said she is expecting a large contingent of Jamaican Canadians to travel to the island next year for the biennial Jamaican Diaspora Conference. “Let’s work with our partners as I expect many of them to be coming home from Canada for the conference.  Remember, Jamaicans in the Diaspora do not need an excuse to visit and are always looking for a reason to come home, whether it’s to visit friends and family or for a reunion, wedding, honeymoon or church gathering.  This presents a unique opportunity to grow your existing business, which of course, will benefit Jamaican tourism and by extension the economy of Jamaica,” she stated. Also in attendance were Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith; Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan and Dr. Lola Ramocan; Director of Bilateral and Regional Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ricardo Allicock; and Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Philip Rose. Contact:         Carolyn Goulbourne-Warrenlast_img read more

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Gallery: Star Pride Joins Windstar’s Yacht Fleet

first_imgzoom On May 5th, Windstar Cruises debuted the all new, all suite Star Pride in Barcelona, Spain during a christening ceremony and pier-side fiesta to celebrate the launch of the luxury yacht’s inaugural voyage through Spain, France, and Italy.Mrs. Nancy Anschutz, wife of Mr. Philip Anschutz, owner of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Windstar’s parent company, was the godmother of the yacht.During the ceremony, Mrs. Anschutz was joined on stage by her husband Philip, in addition to Andy Todd, CEO of Xanterra Parks & Resorts; Hans Birkholz, CEO of Windstar Cruises; Captain Alan MacAry, 15-year Windstar veteran who serves as master of Star Pride, and Father Marto Rodriguez. “Star Pride is the first of the three small luxury cruise ships added to the Windstar yacht fleet, and it leads the way as Windstar enters a new era of small ship cruising,” said Hans Birkholz, chief executive officer of Windstar Cruises. Star Pride’s debut follows an intensive 3-week transformation period in which all of the yacht’s public spaces, dining venues, and suites were updated. To complete Star Pride’s stem-to-stern transformation in Barcelona, Windstar partnered with Alan McVitty and Trimline Interiors.Following Star Pride’s inaugural voyage, the yacht will spend its summer season in the Mediterranean. In the fall, Star Pride will embark on brand new itineraries to Asia and Arabia.Star Pride is the first of three new power yachts to join the Windstar fleet. Her sister yachts, Star Breeze will begin its maiden voyage on May 6, 2015, from Nice, France, while Star Legend, will make its inaugural voyage on May 25, 2015, from Rome, Italy.All three yachts are identical, with a guest capacity of 212 in 106 suites. At 10,000 gross tons, each yacht is 440 feet long with a breadth of 63 feet and six passenger decks. Similar to Star Pride, Star Legend and Star Breeze will undergo major transformations to public spaces, suites, and dining venues.Windstar Cruises, May 7, 2014last_img read more

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Carbon court Saskatchewan seeks Court of Appeal ruling on federal carbon tax

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government is asking the province’s Appeal Court to rule on whether Ottawa can impose a carbon tax but the federal government says it is confident it will prevail.Saskatchewan wants to know whether Ottawa’s plan to bring in a carbon price for provinces that don’t have one violates the Constitution.Premier Scott Moe’s government has consistently fought against the carbon tax, arguing the province’s own climate-change plans are sufficient to reduce emissions.“Our constitutional challenge asserts that the provincial government, not the federal government, has the constitutional authority to set our policy in this area,” Moe said at a news conference announcing the challenge Wednesday.“Provinces are not subsidiaries of the federal government and in Saskatchewan we have a plan. Our plan reduces emissions without a carbon tax.”The province said it wants a ruling by the end of the year and is prepared to go to the Supreme Court if needed.The federal climate plan calls for the taxing of greenhouse gas emissions starting at $10 per tonne this year, rising $10 a year to $50 a tonne in 2022. It leaves it to the provinces to decide how to do that either through a tax or a cap-and-trade system.Saskatchewan is the lone holdout. Its climate plan includes performance standards for large emitters, better building codes and a freight delivery strategy, but not a broad-based price on carbon.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said in Ottawa that her government is confident it has the legal authority.“We are disappointed to see this news because we’re all in this together,” McKenna said. “We want to have a price on pollution across the country and every province has an opportunity to design a system that makes sense for them.”“There are still people out there who think there’s a choice to be made between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy,” added Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.But Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan said his government’s constitutional lawyers believe Ottawa’s plan can be successfully challenged because it imposes a tax at different rates depending on how each province responds to the federal demands.“We recognize the federal government’s right to levy a tax,” Morgan said. “If there was a total uniform rate, such as GST, it would be a different argument, but that is not the way this is structured.”However, University of Ottawa law professor Nathalie Chalifour feels that the courts will rule the constitutionality of the measure valid.The province’s decision to challenge the carbon tax was met with praise from both the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.“It would be disastrous to agriculture especially now when we’re facing such high fuel prices as it is,” said SARM president Ray Orb. “And we certainly wouldn’t be able to tolerate any kind of a tax on top of that.”Saskatchewan also won an ally in the Opposition United Conservative Party next door in Alberta. Leader Jason Kenney tweeted that his party would seek intervener status and support Saskatchewan.But Amir Attaran, a law professor at the Ecojustice Environment Law Clinic at the University of Ottawa, said Saskatchewan will not win.“It’s doomed,” he said. “They may win at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, but if they go up to the Supreme Court of Canada, I have very little belief that they will win.”— With files from Terry Pedwell in Ottawa. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter.last_img read more

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Baloney Meter How much is the government going to collect from tax

first_imgOTTAWA – “Our investments have already yielded results. We are on track to recuperate $25 billion from our efforts against tax avoidance and tax evasion.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.——-There are two certainties in life, and one of them the government doesn’t want you cheating on.The depth of Canada’s tax evasion and avoidance problem erupted in overwhelming detail last week with the release of a trove of documents about offshore accounts and trusts, dubbed the Paradise Papers, that delivered a broadside to the prime minister’s oft-repeated mantra of creating a fairer tax system for the middle class and its hard-working aspirants.Trudeau responded with a haymaker of his own: The government had identified and was on track to collect $25 billion in unpaid taxes over the last two years. His intended message was clear: Canada won’t turn a blind eye to those who cheat on — or otherwise go to extreme lengths to avoid paying — their taxes.But did the government cheat on its numbers?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSThe prime minister made two statements on Nov. 6, the first day that the fallout from the Paradise Papers hit the House of Commons. During question period, Trudeau first said the government had “identified $25 billion in unreported income.” A few minutes later, he said the government was “on track to recuperate $25 billion from our efforts against tax avoidance and tax evasion.”In the 2016-17 fiscal year, which ended March 31, the agency targeted $8 billion in forgone taxes from large businesses, including about $1.8 billion flagged as stemming from tax avoidance or evasion. There was also $2.6 billion identified as unpaid GST and HST, and a further $1.6 billion in possible unpaid taxes from small businesses.The combined value was $12.2 billion. The agency’s annual report from the previous fiscal year noted virtually identical figures in each category, and a similar total: $12.2 billion, for a two-year total of $24.4 billion — nearly all of the $25 billion cited by Trudeau.The figure represents the extra revenue the government should have collected, said Ted Gallivan, assistant commissioner of international, large businesses, and criminal investigations branch. It usually crosses multiple tax years and can be calculated upon existing taxpayer balances, he said.For really high-value balances, the CRA may make accommodations to collect the balance over time so a business doesn’t go bankrupt, meaning the debt lasts for a while, Gallivan added.The figures for the last two fiscal years are not out of line with the preceding two-year period. Agency reports show auditors identified $20.5 billion in unreported tax between April 2013 and March 2015.In their 2016 budget, the Liberals gave the Canada Revenue Agency $444.4 million over five years to go after tax cheats, expecting it to result in the collection of $2.6 billion in previously unpaid taxes. This year’s budget added $523.9 million over five years, aimed at recouping $2.5 billion in revenues.The net result: the government expected to come out of all that spending $4.13 billion ahead.THE EXPERTSWhen the government cites the $25-billion figure, they’re referring to how much auditors have identified as problematic — not how much officials will collect in the end, said Dennis Howlett, CEO of the advocacy group Canadians for Tax Fairness.It includes years of unpaid taxes that were only recently identified. What’s more, the final figure can change, since the government can settle out of court and discount any penalties without making the details public.Hussein Warsame, an accounting professor and the CPA Fellow in Taxation at the University of Calgary, said the government will likely collect about half of what it expects, or even less once the cost of employee time, legal fees and other expenses are factored in.“That $25 billion is not what the government is going to get,” Warsame said.Well over 90 per cent of the approximately 80,000 appeals of Canada Revenue Agency audits filed each year are settled before they ever go to court, said Geoffrey Loomer, a tax law professor from Dalhousie University in Halifax.Most of the $25 billion in question would likely be wrapped up in those appeals, he said. Of that amount, overseas tax evaders are a small percentage; most are people like restaurant owners who neglect to collect GST, or contractors who fudge their income on their tax returns, Loomer saidTHE VERDICTThe government is no doubt recouping some of its losses from tax cheats and avoiders who hide their money offshore. But are they going to collect all $25 billion? Unlikely, say experts.“There is definitely some truth to what they’re claiming, but they’re prone to exaggerating a bit and they are fuzzy about different terms,” Howlett said.That’s why this statement receives a rating of “a lot of baloney” — the $25-billion number might be accurate, but the chances the government will recoup all of it are remote at best, contrary to Trudeau’s claim the government is “on track” to recover all of it.The prime minister was largely correct when he characterized the $25 billion as “unreported income,” but he overreached moments later by declaring the government was planning to recover the same sum.METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateSOURCEShttps://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/about-canada-revenue-agency-cra/departmental-performance-reports.htmllast_img read more

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Manitoba chief says MMIW inquiry terms of reference falls short on policing

first_imgDennis Ward and Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsA chief in Manitoba says she’s seen the terms of reference of the missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry and believes they fall short when it comes to policing and child welfare.MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson said one of things she’d heard from almost every single family member is the issue of policing and the lack of respect families say they’ve received.“There’s nothing specific in the terms of reference (TOR) that deal with the role of police agencies across this country on this issue,” said North Wilson.North Wilson said the TOR don’t go far enough “in scope to look at the effects indifferent or ineffective policing has had on the families of (MMIW).”North Wilson said the TOR also falls short on Indigenous children in care of provinces, which is nearly 90 per cent in Manitoba, or about 9,000.North Wilson was part of a group of chiefs’ organizations that met with province of Manitoba province Tuesday.Chiefs in Manitoba met with Manitoba’s Indigenous Affairs and Justice ministers Tuesday to find out why Manitoba is holding up the inquiry.The new provincial government has been blamed for not wanting to sign off on the terms of reference and wanting a commissioner from Manitoba to be named to the inquiry.“It shouldn’t be a deal breaker,” said North Wilson. “We shouldn’t hold up the process if we don’t have a Manitoban appointed as one of the five commissioners.”Families were told there was supposed to be an announcement on July 6 until Manitoba said they didn’t agree to TOR.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN last week that before the inquiry can be announced all provinces and territories have to sign off on the TOR and commissioners, which was believed to be five. It’s not known if that number has changed since Manitoba’s demands. It is also unknown if Manitoba is the only province holding up the process.But for families the question remains, if the provinces were not on board, why did INAC promise families the announcement was good to go for July 6?“We should be informed. (Bennett) says ‘families first’ but we are not first,” said Laurie Odjick, whose daughter Maisy, 16, went vanished in 2008 with her friend Shannon Alexander, 17, from Kitigan Zibi First Nation about an hour north of Ottawa. “We need to be involved. No one is helping us. These politicians need to be held to their promises.”dward@aptn.cakjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Successful Iraqi elections cause for optimism UN envoy tells Security Council

The January provincial, or governorate, elections had a 7.5 million-person – or 51 per cent – turnout, “amidst speculations that political pressure could cast doubt on the credibility of the process and latent fears that security could pose the greatest impediment, both proven wrong,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in an open meeting.There were over 14,000 candidates vying for 440 seats, and one-quarter of those elected are women.The polls “have come to signify both a growing political maturity and a general keenness on the part of the Iraqis to partake in a process to shape their country’s future in real and tangible terms,” Mr. de Mistura said.Now, the elected leaders must embark on the challenge of encouraging inclusive dialogue, striking compromises and working in coalitions, he stressed.But the Special Representative, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), cautioned that “the political process doesn’t stop with the delivery of an electoral event,” since polls are only a step towards fostering national reconciliation.“This is a pressing need for Iraq if Iraqis are to grab the chance in 2009 to experience real advances towards national sovereignty, democratic accountability, political stability, physical security and material prosperity.”Regarding Kirkuk and problems such as the oil law and revenue-sharing, Mr. de Mistura said that there must be a “firm recognition” among all parties that a durable peace can only be achieved when solutions acceptable to all are found.With elections for the Kurdish National Assembly and the national parliament slated to take place this year, he pledged UNAMI’s continued assistance, adding that the mission will “adjust to what Iraq requires most support with.”Addressing reporters following today’s Council meeting, the envoy said that the January polls have served as a “very good beginning of 2009, showing how the Iraqis are capable of moving on the path of democracy,” praising the country for “having gone so far in such a short time.” 26 February 2009Recent peaceful and “remarkable” polls are a crucial step in Iraq’s recovery process, the top United Nations envoy to the strife-torn nation told the Security Council today, paying tribute to the Iraqi people for their commitment to democracy. read more

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UN helps Indonesian authorities assess needs after tsunami and volcano

27 October 2010The United Nations and its partners are helping the Government of Indonesia to assess the needs of people affected by the tsunami and the volcano eruption which hit the country earlier this week, the world body reported today. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said authorities had indicated that they have the capacity to respond to both disasters.On the tsunami, which was triggered by 7.2-strength earthquake off the south-west coast of Pagai Island in West Sumatra on Monday, assessments by the Government, UN agencies and their partners got under way today. There have been 154 confirmed deaths, 400 people are missing and more than 500 families have reportedly been displaced. Some 179 houses were severely damaged and another 300 sustained slight damage, according to official reports.The Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java erupted yesterday, causing 24 deaths and triggering the evacuation of thousands of people. OCHA is facilitating an inter-agency rapid assessment team in support of the Government. Authorities have identified blankets, mattresses, masks, and temporary latrines as the most immediate needs of those affected. read more

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Niagara man arrested after shooting himself in foot police say

A 24-year-old man from the Niagara Region is facing several charges after he allegedly shot himself in the foot and tried to blame it on someone else.Police were called a home in Windsor, Ont. around 12 p.m. Saturday for reports of shots fired. Officers found a 24-year-old man with a wound to his foot. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the man used a fake name when he identified himself to officers. He allegedly told police he had been a victim of a crime and had been shot.Investigators believe the man had been holding a firearm during an argument when he accidentally shot himself in the foot.Police have not recovered a firearm. David McComb has been charged with obstruct peace officer, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, break of recognizance and numerous firearm related charges. read more

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Hes eating her hotel owner sobbed in 999 call after cannibal killer attacked

first_imgEmergency services at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Bargoed, Blackwood – the hotel where the attack took placeCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Mr Moore told the inquest: “He was looking wired. He looked to me like he hadn’t been asleep.”The inquest in Newport continues. The 999 call played to the inquest jury heard how Mrs Miles, 50, rang police to get help after witnessing the incident in room seven of her hotel.She said: “There’s a lad in the room. He’s actually eating her. It’s awful. His name is Matthew Williams and he’s in Room 7.”The tape heard Mrs Miles sobbing as she said: “There was screaming and screaming. Oh my God. It’s awful. I went into the room and he’s killed her. Oh my God. Is this real?”There’s blood everywhere and it looks like a horror film. He was using the screwdriver and stabbing.” His mental health “deteriorated” after he split up from the mother of his son about three years before he killed Miss Yemm.Mrs Williams said: “At some point he was sectioned once or twice but I don’t know the details.” 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. Matthew Williams, 34, killed Miss Yemm before committing an act of cannibalism on her bodyCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE The 999 tape was played to the jury after CCTV images were shown of newly-freed prisoner Williams going into the “halfway house” Sirhowy Arms Hotel at Argoed, near Caerphilly, South Wales.They also showed Mrs Miles’s son, Christian, arrive with other guests outside the room. She then told him: “You are not going in there.”She tells her son to come away from the door, after informing the operator that she has seen Williams eating the person inside.The operator tells her that someone from the police will be straight there. Shopworker Cerys Yemm, 22, was cut open with a screwdriverCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE His mother was trying very hard to get someone to see him. He was willing to be helped. He wanted to be helpedFriend Rhodri Moorecenter_img Matthew Williams, 34, killed Miss Yemm before committing an act of cannibalism on her body Emergency services at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Bargoed, Blackwood - the hotel where the attack took place A landlady sobbed “He’s eating her” in a 999 call after seeing a cannibal killer attack a young woman in her hotel, an inquest heard on Wednesday.Hotel owner Mandy Miles unlocked the door after hearing screams to see Cerys Yemm, 22, being attacked by her murderer in the room.An inquest heard Matthew Williams, 34, killed Miss Yemm before committing an act of cannibalism on her body. The 999 operator informs officers at just after 1am that there has been a reported murder at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel where a man has attacked another person with a screwdriver and is eating the person’s face. Williams was sent to prison for two-and-a-half years where he was given medication, but was offered “no support” when he was released on October 23, 2014.His mother said: “There was no mental health support whatsoever. He told me he’d been released without any medication. He’d been released without licence and had no probation restrictions.”She said her son complained “the voices were back” in the days before the killing.”He told me his head wasn’t right,” she said.She dropped food off outside his hostel hours before he killed Miss Yemm, where he “seemed fine” and received a text from him later which said he’d made “a lovely dinner” with the food she’d brought him.That night he killed Miss Yemm in his room, and died in the early hours of the next morning after being Tasered by police.”I returned the next day and that’s when I found out what had happened,” said Mrs Williams.His best friend, Rhodri Moore, told the inquest Williams seemed fine after his release from jail, but deteriorated “after the first couple days”.He said: “He was taking drugs on a daily basis. He said when he looked at a can of Coke he could see faces.”He wasn’t very well. He was seeing things, hallucinating. He was annoyed and on edge. Depressed.”He couldn’t get any medication. His mother was trying very hard to get someone to see him. He was willing to be helped. He wanted to be helped.”He said Williams binged on amphetamines and cannabis after his release, and Williams was smoking weed the day before he killed Miss Yemm. Shopworker Cerys Yemm, 22, was cut open with a screwdriver The 999 operator then said: “This is genuine.”The operator asked to have all the people inside the hotel leave as a number of police officers would be arriving. The hearing was told officers arrived at the hotel 14 minutes after the 999 call to arrest Williams.Williams, 34, was released from prison just two weeks before he  killed Miss Yemm. He then died himself after being Tasered by police.Miss Yemm was found covered in blood lying underneath Williams in his hostel room – after he binged on drink and drugs in the days before.An inquest into both their deaths heard paranoid schizophrenic Williams was released from custody without any medication or supervision despite being sectioned twice and complaining of hearing voices in his head.His mother, Sally Ann Williams, told the inquest that her son had previously been diagnosed with drug-induced schizophrenia after claiming he was a tree and saying his food was poisoned.She said he had been placed in foster care as a teenager after being caught stealing to buy drugs, and his drug addiction was “set in” after he returned from a young offenders’ institution.last_img read more

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Return of Monkmania University Challenge duo Monkman and Seagull given their own

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. Although he said the show was not a “right fit” at the time, he may consider it in the future.Monkman, from Canada, said: “Curiosity is an approach to life. The more you know, the more you realise you don’t know.”My admiration for British genius is one of the major factors that led me to study in the United Kingdom.”I look forward to learning more about Britain’s scientific discoveries and to sharing what I learn with everyone.”Seagull added: “The beauty of our friendship is that we’re both driven by the same thing – a curiosity about the world.” Eric Monkman was the undisputed star of last year’s series of University Challenge, with his brains and expressive responses capturing the nation’s heart.Although Bobby Seagull was on a rival team, the two became fast friends despite the fact they had to eventually face off, Monkman captaining Wolfson College Cambridge, with Seagull leading Emmanuel College at the same university.Now, the pair will be re-uniting to present a new BBC series about Britain’s technological achievements.They will be touring the country in search of brilliant inventions. The two have previously co-hosted a BBC Radio 4 show about polymaths.Seagull, from London,  said he turned down a spot on Celebrity Big Brother, which started last night, after his University Challenge appearances. Monkman sparked “Monkmania” in the UK, sparking unanimous love from the public. What two friends have teamed up to appear in a television series about science and innovation in Britain? #QuizWithEric— Eric Monkman (@e_monkman) August 17, 2018 He was so beloved that the hashtag #Monkmania trended on Twitter every time his college appeared on the show, with eagle-eyed viewers keeping an eye on his striking fashion choices and quirky answers.He captained his team well, taking them to the final of the show, where they lost to Balliol College Oxford.Seagull and Monkman had to face off against each other in the semis, which Wolfson won. read more

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Afghan commando kills two American soldiers in insider attack

first_img AN AFGHAN COMMANDO has killed two American soldiers and wounded two others during a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said, in the latest so-called insider attack on international forces.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the volatile district of Achin, a stronghold of Islamic State jihadists, saying it was carried out by an infiltrator.“Today around noon an Afghan commando opened fire on US troops in Achin district, killing two American soldiers,” provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.“The (Afghan) soldier was also killed in the return fire.”NATO forces in Kabul declined to immediately comment on the killings, saying only that they were aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan.“We will release more information when appropriate,” a spokesman for the US-led military coalition said.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed on Twitter that four US soldiers were killed in the attack. The insurgents are known to exaggerate battlefield claims.In mid-April, the US military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, hitting IS positions in Nangarhar. The deployment of the so-called Mother Of All Bombs killed dozens of jihadists but fighting in the area has continued.American troops have partnered with Afghan soldiers in raids against IS Khorasan, claiming the local offshoot of the jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria is steadily losing ground in Afghanistan.So-called “green-on-blue” attacks — when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on international troops — have been a major problem during NATO’s long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.Western officials say most such attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.The killings have bred fierce mistrust between local and foreign forces even as the rate of such incidents has dropped in recent years. NATO troops have adopted special security measures to try to counter the threat.Three American troops were wounded in March when an Afghan soldier opened fire in southern Helmand province, in the first known insider attack on international forces this year.Similar attacks have also plagued Afghan troops, depleting morale and causing mistrust within security ranks.The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history. US-led NATO troops have been at war there since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.US troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400 today, and there are another 5,000 from NATO allies, who mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.© – AFP 2017Read: At least seven dead in attack on funeral in KabulRead: At least 64 people killed and 320 wounded as bomb blast rips through Afghan diplomatic quarter Afghan commando kills two American soldiers in ‘insider attack’ The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the volatile district of Achin. Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 10th 2017, 5:20 PM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3437435 File photo of US soldiers. Image: AP/Press Association Imagescenter_img Short URL Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 5:20 PM 30 Comments File photo of US soldiers. Share Tweet Email 14,721 Views last_img read more

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Kremlincritic Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days after anticorruption protests

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3439875 Jun 12th 2017, 10:40 PM Monday 12 Jun 2017, 10:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,608 Views Source: Alexander Zemlianichenko/PA ImagesUpdated at 10.45pmRUSSIAN OPPOSITION POLITICIAN Alexei Navalny got a 30-day jail term after non-authorised protests took place across the country against government corruption today.“Sentence: 30 days,” spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter, after Navalny was convicted for organising the protests.Russian authorities detained the 41-year-old and nearly 1,000 of his supporters, most of them in Moscow.The demonstration is the second mass action since 26 March called by Navalny, who has announced his intention to run for president next year and has drawn a new generation to the streets through a relentless online campaign.“Alexei has been detained in the stairwell,” his wife Yulia wrote on his Twitter account about 40 minutes before the anti-corruption rally called by the Kremlin critic was set to start in the city centre.She posted a photo of him getting into a police car in the street outside their home. Police form a human chain during anti corruption rally in St. Petersburg today. Source: Dmitri LovetskyNavalny supporters were demonstrating across Russia, with several arrested as police warned organisers against holding an unauthorised rally in Moscow.His anti-corruption videos have needled the country’s most powerful and drawn to the streets crowds unseen since a wave of protests against President Vladimir Putin’s reelection to a third term in 2012.Local media said roughly 3,000 people protested in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. Smaller rallies also gathered in Krasnoyarsk, Kazan, Tomsk, Vladivostok and many other cities.Navalny’s team has been broadcasting about the various actions from a studio set-up in Moscow, but it went off air just as Navalny was being picked up by police.“They turned off the electricity in the studio,” said presenter Leonid Volkov in complete darkness shortly before the channel went off air, to come back online after a few minutes. Source: AP/PA ImagesRussian website OVD Info, which operates a hotline and tracks detentions at protest events, said 27 people were detained in other cities before the Moscow protest was set to begin at 2pm local time (11am Irish time).‘We support Navalny’ The wave of protests called by Navalny coincides with a public holiday, Russia Day, with Putin handing out awards and holding a reception in the Kremlin.On the eve of the event, which authorities had authorised in central Moscow, Navalny announced the protest was changing location after authorities blocked his efforts set up a stage and sound equipment.Authorities “are forbidding any contractors from getting us a stage and sound”, he wrote on his blog yesterday.“We are cancelling the rally on Sakharov Avenue and moving it to Tverskaya Street,” a main thoroughfare to the Kremlin, he said.Moscow City Hall labelled the decision a “provocation” while the police warned that a different event was being held at Tverskaya and that the protest would clash with festivities.“Any provocative actions by the protesters will be viewed as threat to public order and immediately thwarted,” the police said. A young protestor shouts out as he is blocked during a demonstration in downtown Moscow today Source: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/Press Association ImagesTo mark Russia Day, the City Hall closed off Tverskaya Street to road traffic and set up a chain of events like reenactment of various eras in Russian history, from World War I trenches to a Rennaissance fair and swordfighting.In surreal scenes, dozens of civilian buses filled by policemen were parked nearby ahead of the unsanctioned rally while ordinary people gawked at actors in period costumes.The mood was tense as some groups of protesters vowed to go to the authorised location and worried doing otherwise could get them arrested.Some protesters however heeded his call to change locations. “We support Navalny,” said 16-year-old Yegor with a poster saying ‘Corruption steals the future’.“We want the turnover of power, like in ordinary countries,” he said.The protest on 26 March was the biggest anti-Kremlin event in years and saw hundreds of people detained in the capital, including Navalny himself who subsequently spent 15 days in jail.Navalny called the anti-corruption protests after releasing a film alleging that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev controls a vast fortune through a network of foundations.The video has been viewed on YouTube over 22 million times.- © AFP 2017Read: Sponsors drop play for depicting Julius Caesar as TrumpRead: Puerto Rico votes to become 51st US state Short URL 51 Comments By AFP Share46 Tweet Email Kremlin-critic Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days after anti-corruption protests Russian authorities detained the 41-year-old opposition leader and nearly 1,000 of his supporters.last_img read more

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The Logitech G512 Mechanical Keyboard is a Great Peripheral for PC Gaming

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Logitech G915 Lightspeed Is a Must-Own Gaming KeyboardGEEK PICK: All of the Logitech Audio Stuff center_img When it comes to gaming keyboards, most players prefer the tactile response of a mechanical keyboard. One of the most respected companies making such devices is Logitech. During this year’s E3, I got to check out the Logitech G512 mechanical keyboard and found its design and overall functionality impressive. Logitech was gracious enough to send me the actual keyboard for review. I’m glad this is the case since it allowed me to fully try it out. If you’re in the market for a top-notch mechanical keyboard, you cannot go wrong with the Logitech G512.Based on the Logitech G413, the Logitech G512 is a slick-looking keyboard. It features an exposed aircraft-grade 5052 aluminum top case and top mounted switch configuration. It has a minimalist design, but this is to its benefit. After all, you want a keyboard to feel good, not necessarily look flashy (though this particular keyboard is rather sexy).This is a full keyboard, meaning it has number keys on the right hand size. Despite this, the keyboard is relatively compact. It doesn’t take up much space on one’s desk and it’s also fairly light at just a little over two pounds. Given its size and weight, it’s an easy keyboard to travel with.They keyboard has a six-foot USB 2.0 pass-through threaded cable. Since it’s threaded, the cable won’t get tangled easily. The cable also has two separate USB slots, meaning you can use it on two devices simultaneously. You can also plug devices into the keyboard itself thanks to a USB port in the back. This cleans up any extra clutter on one’s desk, which is certainly appreciated.The only major problem with the cable is that it isn’t detachable. If you want to take the keyboard on the road, you’re probably going to wrap the cable around the device. This can create stress in the portion where the cable connects to the keyboard. Crafty users will surely find their own solution for how to deal with the cable, but it’s something to consider regardless.The Logitech G512 offers users three different key switches: Tactile, Linear, and the new GX Blue keys. My review unit came with GX Blue key switches. The keys give off a satisfactory “click” when pressed. I’m sure some may find this noisy, but I actually enjoyed it. The keys themselves do not provide as much resistance as the Ducky Zero mechanical keyboard I use every day for work. With that said, the GX Blue keys have enough resistance even for someone with heavy fingers like mine.For the purposes of my test, I played Doom (2016), Skyrim Remastered, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I also wrote this entire review using the keyboard. I’m not usually a mouse and keyboard player, but I definitely found the G512 very responsive in the gaming department. I never had any control problems aside from not being very good with mouse and keyboard. If you’re well-versed with this control setup then you’re not going to find any issues when playing. Gaming is the keyboard’s primary function, and to that end, it passes with flying colors.Speaking about colors, one of the coolest features of the Logictech G512 is its RGB lighting. Powered by Logitech’s own Lightsync technology, players are able to customize each individual key to have its own lighting profile. The Logitech Gaming Software makes the process of creating unique lighting and animation profiles easy for users. With 16.8 million colors, the options available are virtually limitless. Of course, if you’re like me and don’t want to bother creating your own lighting profiles, there are patterns available for over 600 PC games. The three games I tested all had their own profiles. You may not get lighting profiles for all of your titles but most of them will have support.The Gaming Software is fairly straightforward. From the main menu, you can choose from any number of pre-installed profiles. You can select effects like ripple, color cycle, breathing, or have a simple fixed color if all those bright colors bother you. Users can freely adjust things like brightness or how fast each effect cycles. One can jump into Game Mode settings and select from a number of pre-saved game profiles. There’s also the aforementioned ability to customize each individual key. While the program is fairly easy to use, it can get complex given the wide number of options. You’ll just have to mess around with the settings for a while to fully get a grasp on it.Given all it provides and its low $99.99 price, the Logitech G512 mechanical gaming keyboard is hard to top. Not only does the keyboard look great with its minimalist design, it also functions perfectly as a gaming keyboard. It feels great to use whether you’re playing your favorite titles or using it as a standard keyboard. The variety of lighting profiles also makes it unique. All things considered, this is a solid keyboard through-and-through.last_img read more

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Daniel Bryan receives two social media awards

first_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Surprising Stats From the 2019 MLB Season Courtesy of WWE.com:Daniel Bryan picked up two major digital honors this week. He has been named Major League Baseball’s Celebrity Fan of the Year in the second annual MLB Network Social Media Awards, and is part of MSN’s “The Power Couples of the Sports World in 2014.”Bryan joined the San Francisco Giants on their road to a World Series victory, leading the team and its fans with his famous “Yes!” chant. He also presented the team with a WWE World Heavyweight Championship replica title during the 2014 World Series victory parade, which was captured on video. The Superstar bested actors Ben Affleck and Eric Stonestreet and more in MLB’s contest. Check out the MLB Network Social Media Awards at mlb.com.Bryan and wife and “Total Divas” star Brie Bella were also honored in MSN’s “The Power Couples of the Sports World in 2014” for their monumental year in WWE. Check it out on MSN.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJhoulys Chacin Reacts To Red Sox’s Win Over Blue JaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 2:02/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 43.02%0:05Remaining Time -1:57 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Jhoulys Chacin Reacts To Red Sox’s Win Over Blue Jays Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Now Playing Up Next Xander Bogaerts Reacts To His Historic Nightcenter_img Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Now Playing Up Next WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Now Playing Up Next Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Facebook WhatsApp Dave O’Brien, Jarrod Saltalamacchia React To Red Sox’s Win Over Blue Jays WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes awaylast_img read more

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The CGI magic of Game of Thrones fiery finale revealed

first_img More than 300 artists worked on various CGI aspects of the show, including ships, castles and huge bloodthirsty battles. The dragon team alone consisted of almost 40 artists.This last season of Game of Thrones had a lot of close-ups of Daenerys’ dragon Drogon. Martin and the team worked hard to make sure Drogon showed emotion through facial expressions during so many moving moments, especially the shocking climactic death.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-6-drogon-dead-daenerysDrogon’s expression was a critical element of this scene. HBO “It was important to not over-animate the dragon or to humanize him too much,” Martin told me. “Drogon should always be a lizard, still stay the animal. Our guideline was how we see our own pets — we can read their emotions even though they can’t talk and have a different physiognomy. We had to tread a fine line.”Having worked on Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games, Martin has won two Emmys for his work on Thrones. As well as designing dragons and building the Iron Throne itself, his team were also responsible for building a mighty armada of menacing ships.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-euron-shipThis shot sails by entirely in CGI. HBO “As VFX artists, we love to start with something real like a filmed background plate, which we will enhance or augment or build on top of,” Martin said. “In this case the establishing shot was full CGI, but needed to match the set ship we see in the following shots. To avoid any guessing, we started by collecting as many real references as possible. We selected photos with a similar light situation, sails and rigging, as well as a similar framing and references for ocean and white water.”The hull of each ship was animated by digital artists, while the sails and water were created by special simulation software using algorithms to mimic the movement of real surfaces. “The sails and rigging react to the ship’s movement in relationship to the wind blowing,” Martin added. “The ocean is a fluid simulation with waves and white water created by the hull slicing through.”The Iron Throne goes up in flames. HBO Since this was the finale of Game of Thrones, Martin hopes fans paid close attention to Daenerys’ reaction upon finally seeing the Iron Throne. Pixomondo worked on Daenerys’ dream sequence in season 2, which foreshadowed her entering the throne room as snow fell around her. “So now, several years later, we could do the actual moment happening with lots of recognizable shots,” said Martin.Eagle-eyed viewers may spot a few differences between seasons 2 and 8, however. “The ceiling structure has changed a lot,” said Martin, “as the throne room got redesigned for the best visual impact on the sequence.”Needless to say, working on the powerful ending to Game of Thrones gave Martin quite a few memorable moments. VFX vendors like Pixomondo generally work in their offices rather than on set, but the show’s overall VFX producer Steve Kullback and VFX supervisor Joe Bauer invited Martin to the set for the end sequence. “That was special,” Martin said. “Having spent so much time upfront with this scene, seeing it all come together on the soundstage was a very rewarding moment. After eight years of raising the dragons and having had all these adventures with them and Dany, we could finally help to finish her journey.” 187 Photos 3:38 1 Comment Now playing: Watch this: Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown Game of Thrones HBO Filmmakers See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Tags The Game of Thrones series finale was a fiery CGI masterpiece.  HBO The ending of Game of Thrones ignited a firestorm of controversy among fans. But whatever you thought about the story, it’s fair to say the final season of HBO’s smash hit fantasy series was pretty spectacular. We took a look at how the unforgettable final scenes were conjured through the artistry of cutting-edge computer-generated imagery.Caution: spoilers ahead! game-of-thrones-spoilersIn the aftermath of one of the bloodiest battles ever seen in the show, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) faced her lover Jon Snow (Kit Harington) — who in turn found himself facing Drogon, a very angry dragon.In a new Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown reel from effects company Pixomondo, fans can see how CGI brought these gutwrenching moments to life. You can watch the video below, while to find out more, we talked exclusively to the company’s award-winning visual effects supervisor Sven Martin. TV and Movies Share your voicelast_img read more

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SEBI Asks PACL to Refund ₹49000 Crore and Stop Raising Money from

first_imgThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has ordered Pearl Agrotech Corp Ltd (PACL) to refund ₹49,000 crore to the investors along with a three-month interest, and has also asked the company to stop raising money from them.This step is the biggest crackdown on a large scale unlawful scheme after the Saradha Scam and is over twice the size of Sahara’s illicit scam.PACL is said to have collected money from depositors and invested in agricultural land across the country. SEBI said that the total number of PACL investors would be 5.85 crore, and that it would file a complaint with the state government or local police to register a criminal case against PACL, reported Economic Times.”Total amount mobilised comes to a whooping (sic) Rs 49,100 crore. This figure could have been even more if PACL would have provided details of funds mobilised during April 1, 2012 to February 25, 2013. The collection of such huge funds suggests that PACL has many more customers than the stated 1.22 crore,” ET quoted SEBI’s statement.In February this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against the promoter of PACL and its subsidiary firm PGF limited, after which the agency conducting an inquiry, as directed by the Supreme Court, into allegations of collection of huge deposits from the public, reported Business Standard.The company claimed to have paid a commission of ₹7893.8 crore up to March 2012. It said that the firm had 5.8 crore customers, which is more than twice the 2.2 crore demat accounts in India.”It is difficult to believe a person in Uttar Pradesh will purchase 100-150 yards of agricultural land 2,000 km away. The lack of maintenance of proper records/data is a clear indication the activities of PACL are in the nature of a Ponzi scheme,” the court said.According to Court’s order, not a single person has received land even after eight years. The company operated through a network of 250 associate companies to avoid state laws on land ownership.Timeline:Mar 4, 1998: SEBI writes to PACL about its schemesMar 23, 1998: PACL replies to the SEBI order, challenges its jurisdictionMay 26, 1999: Delhi High Court directs SEBI to appoint auditors for ascertaining the genuineness of PACL’s transactionsFeb 22, 2000: Report highlights deficienciesNov 16, 2000: Delhi High Court appoints K Swamidurai to verify transactionsJun 24, 2002: SEBI passes order, saying PACL schemes fall under CISNov 28, 2003: High court of judicature for Rajasthan, Jaipur, says PACL schemes not CISFeb 26, 2013: Supreme Court sets aside high court orderAug 22, 2014: SEBI passes order asking company to refund Rs 49,100 crore and asked to stop raising money from investors.last_img read more

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Bidders line up for Indias first airport mall

first_imgLeading property developers have entered the fray to build India’s first airport mall. The mall, which would come up at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi is expected to be built with a budget of Rs. 600 crore.The five companies that have qualified are DLF, Bharti Land, Phoenix Mills, K Raheja Corp and Xander Group. The mall will be spread across an area of 2 million sq. ft and would cater to passengers as well as Delhi and Gurgaon residents, who live in the surrounding areas, Mint reported.The companies are required to submit detailed bids by May.”The proposed integrated retail development is going through bidding process as per and in accordance with statutory requirements/provisions of OMDA (Operations, Management and Development Agreement) and with approval of the DIAL board,” a Delhi airport spokesperson was quoted as saying by the publication.The spokesperson further added that a request for qualification (RFQ), which helps shortlist firms qualified to build a project for retail developments, was reportedly issued on Nov. 5, 2015.”India doesn’t have the mall of this scale yet. When one builds mall of such a scale, it usually becomes a destination for people from all over. The size is such that it can accommodate everyone, so retailers do not want to miss out,” Ashutosh Limaye, research head of property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle’s India unit, was quoted as saying by Mint.Last month, the Delhi International Airport Limited or DIAL had submitted aviation secretary RN Choubey plans of expanding the infrastructure of IGI airport and constructing a fourth runway, which if approved, would be completed by 2020. DIAL is a joint venture company collectively owned by the GMR group, Airport Authority of India and Fraport that operates the IGI airport. The Delhi airport is India’s largest airport in terms of passenger traffic and is the base for Air India, Indigo and Vistara airlines.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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