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Vedanta eyes 70 topline growth in 3 years on Rs 55000 crore

first_imgMumbai: Resources major Vedanta is expecting 60-70 percent revenue growth over next three years when its Rs 55,000-crore capex programme gets completed, according to a top company official. The company has completed a Rs 10,000 capital expenditure in the just concluded year. “We had a strong year of performance. We have a capex programme of Rs 55,000 crore for the next three years. Of this, Rs 25,000 crore are for base metal (primarily zinc) expansion, Rs 20,000 crore will be spent in the oil and gas sector and the remaining Rs 10,000 crore in aluminium. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”As we complete this capex programme we expect our revenue to grow 60-70 percent from where we are currently and once this capex is over, we expect our volumes to grow by 50 percent,” chairman Navin Agarwal told reporters on the sidelines of the 54th annual general meeting. He said majority of the capex funds will be met through internal accruals and the company will go for any external debt for this. Whether they are planning any production cuts due to the falling commodity prices, he said, “commodity prices will go up and down. We follow a very strict capital allocation policy which is based on very conservative commodity price forecast and our minimum hurdle rate, which is a 20 percent return on investment. And due to this,we don’t see any risks.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe said following this expansion and the projected growth plans, Vedanta will be the largest zinc producer and one among the top three silver producers globally. The company commissioned the Gamsberg mining complex in South Africa earlier this year, which has the world’s largest zinc deposits, Agarwal said. The country’s largest primary producer of aluminium is expecting 50 percent volume growth to 3 million tonne spread over the next three years from the current 2 million tonne. During FY19, Vedanta had revenue of Rs 93,373 crore with an operating margin of 31 percent at Rs 24,961 crore, giving a free cash-flow of Rs 11,553 crore, which an increase of 47 percent year-on-year. Vedantat had paid Rs 18.85 a share dividend, aggregating to a total payout of Rs 7,005 crore during the year,” he said. Talking about uptake from the Barmer fields in Rajasthan, group chief executive S Venkatakrishnan said, the company is investing around $3 billion for expansion, largely focused on increased recoveries. “You will start to see oil production go up from this year, while we saw just 2 percent increase in production in FY19. We expect 2,00,000-2,20,000 barrels of oil and gas per day. You will see that stretch to around 450,000 barrels from our existing block next year,” he said. About the crisis-hit Tuticorin copper plant, he said, it is one of the best environmentally complaint plants which is even better than some of the smelters in Germany. “The National Green Tribunal has given us a favourable order, which was confirmed by the Supreme Court as well. Now we are awaiting the state process to be completed,” he said, adding the company hopes to reopen the plant at the earliest.last_img read more

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IceT Speaks At Bunker Hill Community College

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist Ice-T spoke as part of Bunker Hill Community College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series on February 26, delivering a lively talk that drew laughs and applause from an overflow audience.Grammy Award-winning artist Ice-TBefore his presentation, Ice-T enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students and interacted with students in two Learning Community Seminars, “Connecting to Your Inner Orange Line: Next Stop, Community College” and “Do the Right Thing.”Ice-T described losing both of his parents at an early age and finding a substitute family as an affiliate of the Rollin’ 60’s Crip Gang in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted as a U.S. Army Ranger and served four years, he said, but when a sergeant told him he wouldn’t make it in real life, Ice-T decided to “stop being a chess piece on a board.” Eventually he transformed what he called crime rhymes into a rap career as the self-proclaimed original gangster, and paid his dues in a handful of low-budget films before winning better roles.Offering encouragement to the largely student audience, Ice-T said, “You are starting from a better place than I did. You’re right where you should be.” He advised students to choose their own path, stay focused and be willing to work hard. After Ice-T’s talk, BHCC English major and veteran Robert Harrigan rapped a rhyme he wrote about suicide and PTSD that won sustained applause from Ice-T and the audience.Born Tracy Marrow in Newark, New Jersey, Ice-T launched his rap music career in 1984 in the film Breakin’ and went on to record a string of groundbreaking rap records. He subsequently formed the thrash metal band Body Count. His acting career includes roles in the films New Jack City, Ricochet, Trespass, Johnny Mnemonic, Surviving the Game, Tank Girl, and on NBC-TV’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where he plays Detective Fin Tutuola. At 17 years his is the longest running stint for a television cop. He serves as a mentor for at-risk youth.For more than a decade, Compelling Conversations has brought high-profile speakers to Bunker Hill Community College to discuss their professional experience and provide inspiration for students — from actor Giancarlo Esposito to boxer Laila Ali, filmmaker Ken Burns, author and political commentator Bob Woodward and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. Learn more about the BHCC Compelling Conversations Series at bhcc.mass.edu/cc.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Moroccos Reforms Strengthened its Economys Resilience

Rabat – Various large-scale projects, launched since the early 2000s, as well as a range of reforms undertaken in several sectors had strengthened Moroccan economy’s resilience in a generally unfavorable international environment, king Mohammed VI said on Thursday.“Morocco has also begun reforming the subsidy system. This has helped redress the public finance situation and create budgetary margins to promote economic investment and social safety nets for the most vulnerable segments of the population,” the sovereign pointed out in a message to the participants in the 40th Meeting of Council of Arab central bank governors and of Arab monetary agencies, which kicked off Thursday morning in Rabat.“To consolidate this turnaround and improve the visibility and transparency of public finances, a new organic budget law came into force in 2016,” the monarch added in this message which was read out by governor of Bank Al-Maghrib (central bank) Abdellatif Jouahri. “At the monetary and financial level, Morocco has continued to develop and modernize the national financial system so as to bring the Kingdom’s monetary policy in line with international best practices, while maintaining an accommodating policy to support the financing of the country’s economy, including very small and medium-sized businesses,” he underlined.A legal framework and a crisis-resolution mechanism have also been set up, in consultation with other regulators, the sovereign said.In this regard, Bank Al-Maghrib is continuing its action to align its banking supervision system with international standards and assist Moroccan banks as they develop abroad, the monarch pointed out, adding that Moroccan banks already have branches in some thirty countries.Thanks to these efforts, the national financial system fared well in the assessment carried out by the IMF and the World Bank in April 2015, thus confirming the robustness of the Moroccan banking system, the King stressed.The reforms introduced and the political stability and security enjoyed by the country have enabled Morocco to consolidate its reputation vis-à-vis international partners, rating agencies and investors, the sovereign noted. He added that the new Precautionary and Liquidity Line recently approved by the IMF and the flow of foreign direct investments – of which a good number come from Morocco’s partners within the Gulf Cooperation Council – are an indicator of the trust and esteem enjoyed by the Kingdom.“These major achievements mean our foreign policy choices have been pertinent. These accomplishments have also enhanced our open policy vis-à-vis the region and the world at large, since Morocco has signed free-trade agreements with 56 countries so far, including several Arab sister nations,” he said. read more

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UN holds workshop on building national human rights commission in Iraq

Iraqi Government officials, members of the country’s Council of Representatives, civil society organizations and United Nations workers came together in Larnaca, Cyprus, from 8 to 10 March to discuss the body’s establishment. The workshop aimed to lay the groundwork for the building of an independent national human rights commission for Iraq, as provided for in the Constitution approved by referendum last October, according to UNAMI.In a message to the meeting, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said the establishment of a commission is part of the process of creating a strong national protection system in Iraq, as it could help ensure the provision of remedies for abuses and contribute to the building of a culture of human rights. Nermin Othman, Iraq’s Acting Minister of Human Rights, encouraged those present to air their views for the benefit of all, including the representatives from other national human rights commissions. During the workshop, participants discussed a range of topics including the independence of a national human rights commission; its core functions, structure and methodology; and best practices from other similar commissions. Representatives from the Afghan and Malaysian national human rights commissions shared their experiences. The participants adopted a Statement of Principles and Plan of Action for follow up work toward the creation of the commission in Iraq read more

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Python found lurking in Essex toilet

first_img“He was frantic, and shaking, and I could tell something was wrong, but that was not what I expected,” she said.”I had to use a broom handle to lift the lid, then out popped its head and its tongue came out as well.”Mrs Cowell telephoned several companies asking for help until specialists from Scales and Fangs, a local pet store, came to her aid. But when he arrived at the house, he found the young python, which was “clearly someone’s pet that had escaped into the toilet system”.”It was in quite good health,” he added, “but it unfortunately had a bit of a skin problem as its skin had been covered in bleach.”The family were scared of course, but I told them that the snake was completely harmless”.Mr Yeldham said that Scales and Fangs plans to look after the baby python until its scale rot is cured, and if no one comes forward for their pet the snake will be put up for adoption.It’s the first time in ten years of business that they’ve seen a snake in a bathroom, he added. “Normally we find about one or two in the garden each year, and last summer we found a corn snake in a family’s living room, but there’s never been one in a toilet.” Credit: Laura Cowell The snake When a five-year-old boy went to use the toilet at his home in Southend, Essex, he found a three-foot-long python concealed under the toilet lid.The specialists who rescued the snake have surmised that it was probably a local family’s pet that had gone down their toilet and made its way through the connecting sewers to another house’s bathroom.Laura Cowell, the boy’s mother, said that she was “petrified” after the incident, and placed weights on the toilet lid in that bathroom for a few days after the snake had been removed.Before she knew about the snake, Mrs Cowell had noticed that the toilet seemed blocked and the water wasn’t  draining properly. But she only found the cause when her son went to the bathroom on Wednesday and was shocked to discover the baby royal python lying hidden inside the toilet. Rob Yeldham, the shop’s owner, was expecting to find a native grass snake when he got the call from Mrs Cowell, and brought along gloves and a hook to release it  back into the wild.  Laura Cowell The snakeCredit:Laura Cowell 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.last_img read more

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Woman wins Supreme Court libel battle against exhusband over Facebook strangle post

The judge ruled that she couldn’t have intended the second definition as she said that he had “tried” to strangle her and the police who were called after the incident in March 2003 “had found handprints on her neck” and therefore she must have been referring to the first definition. But Lord Kerr, whose ruling was unanimously backed by the other four judges on the panel, noted that a statement is “not fixed by technical, linguistically precise dictionary definitions, divorced from the context in which the statement was made”.“The fact that this was a Facebook post is critical,” he said. “The advent of the 21st century has brought with it a new class of reader: the social media user.”He said “that this is a casual medium; it is in the nature of conversation rather than carefully chosen expression; and that it is pre-eminently one in which the reader reads and passes on.”Mr Stocker, who was ordered to pay all legal costs, said that he was “disappointed” with the judgement.Harriet Wistrich, director of Centre for Women’s Justice which supported Mrs Stocker, said that is was “a victory for common sense and for women who seek to warn others about men’s abuse”.The human rights lawyer added: “We are appalled that a woman speaking out about an accepted incident of domestic violence was subjected to these court proceedings – it is another example of abusive men using the court system to perpetuate their controlling behaviour.” He said that the readers of posts “do not subject them to close analysis. They do not have someone by their side pointing out the possible meanings that might, theoretically, be given to the post.” Facebook users do not ‘pause and reflect’ on posts so dictionary definitions do not apply, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark defamation case.Nicola Stocker, 51, had been found by two previous courts to have libelled her ex-husband Ronald Stocker after telling his new lover that he had tried to strangle her.The judge used the Oxford English Dictionary to define strangling and decide that because she was still alive she had implied that her millionaire ex was trying to kill her when in fact his intention when putting his hand round her neck during an argument was “to silence, not to kill”. But the ruling was overturned by the highest court in the country on Wednesday in what has been described as a “victory for common sense”.Lord Kerr said that judges have to consider what the ordinary reader would have thought the words meant and Mr Justice Mitting should have taken into account that Facebook is a fleeting medium. “People scroll through it quickly. They do not pause and reflect,” he said in the judgment. “They do not ponder on what meaning the statement might possibly bear. Their reaction to the post is impressionistic and fleeting.” Ronald Stocker, pictured with partner Ms Bligh, had won a High Court battle against his ex-wifeCredit:Jeff Gilbert Speaking after the case Mrs Stocker, who had been facing a £300,000 legal bill before today’s ruling, said that she hopes it will make other men “think twice” before dragging women through the courts.  “I am just delighted, hugely relieved,” she said. “I think it highlights the danger that the courts are being used by men to continue an abusive process, whether it be in the family courts or through a libel court.””If they have got the money to do it, they will. It has been five years of my life that has been hell.”The emotional and financial damage that it does is huge.”After 13 years of marriage the Stockers’ went through an acrimonious divorce in 2012. In December of that year Ms Stocker commented on a Facebook post by Mr Stocker’s new girlfriend Deborah Bligh. She stated that he “tried to strangle me” and had been arrested a number of times including over some “gun issues”, threats and a breach of a non-molestation order. In 2016 Mr Justice Mitting ruled that the dictionary defines “strangle” either as “to kill by external compression of the throat” or to “constrict painfully” the neck or throat.  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. Ronald Stocker, pictured with partner Ms Bligh, had won a High Court battle against his ex-wife Mrs Stocker said she had endured “five years of hell” after the ruling Credit:Jeff Gilbert Mrs Stocker said she had endured "five years of hell" after the ruling  read more

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136 professionals to be liberalised

first_imgThe Finance Ministry has made public the list of 136 professions that will be liberalised from July 2 as part of the economic reforms Greece has been encouraged to make by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The reform means that those seeking to enter these professions can do so freely, without restrictions on the number of people in the sector or limits on where they can set up their businesses. The professions in the list published range from taxi drivers to beauticians but do not include some of the key so-called closed professions. Notaries, lawyers and civil engineers will see their professions liberalised at a later date, yet to be set by the ministry. Greece has been under pressure to liberalise the closed sectors of its economy as this is seen as a way to boost growth. Although the law opening up these professions was passed several months ago, this week’s announcement marks the first effort by the government to actually apply the reforms. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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GEEK PICK Anki Overdrive Fast and Furious Edition

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Anki as you’ll remember is the same company behind affordable yet impressively intelligent home robots like Cozmo and the upcoming Vector. And whether they feature Vin Diesel or not these Overdrive race car toys feature a similar level of surprising cleverness. It’s basically mobile-powered slot car racing.Players create their own track by easily snapping together different pieces. The included track sections let you make a variety of loops and straightaways, but you can purchase more pieces for more expansive and creative designs. The only requirement is a starting piece. For extra safety and flair you can also add guard rails and risers to lift up the track.After charging the cars and connecting over Bluetooth, you can then use your phone app to drive them around. Whatever magic the track magnets or AI path-finding is using to keep cars in place, lining them up at the starting line and aligning them behind each other, is really cool to watch to motion. Even if they get knocked completely off the track the cars quickly get back in formation. While racing you can accelerate, brake, and shift lanes, trying to stay on the inside track. And after races use the tire cleaner tool to keep up vehicle performance.Along with races against F&F legends like Hobbs, Letty, and Tej, the app also challenges you to Mario Kart-esque battle matches. As the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 proved, trying to blast opponents while racing around a loop isn’t ideal. And aside from some vibration and changing light colors, it’s tough to tell when you’ve actually made a hit. But the battle mode does add some appreciated variety to the racing.We’ve still got at least a few more good years of Fast and Furious movies to look forward to, especially if they really start piling on the spin-offs. So it’s a good thing that toys based on the series like Anki Overdrive Fast and Furious Edition are actually pretty good! For more on Fast and Furious check out our review of The Fate of the Furious as well as how Street Fighter V’s story mode is basically just Fast and Furious.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Toys cars are about as classic a piece of Americana as you can get. Give children a playful taste of the open-road freedom awaiting them in adulthood. Even if you don’t like the reality of driving, the allure of driving is nigh irresistible, which is also why we flock to ridiculous racing action movies like, oh, the operatic Fast & Furious franchise. So naturally toy cars based on Dom’s framgibliava are a thing. However, Anki Overdrive Fast and Furious Edition ($169) isn’t a lazy use of the #brand. It’s a really nifty combination of modern toy tech and classic car thrills.last_img read more

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Valdano Real Madrid Isco must resolve their problems

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano urged the club to find a way to resolve the “lost” Isco’s struggles in privateThe Spanish playmaker has found himself out of favour under manager Santiago Solari this season, despite being a prominent member of the Real squad that’s won the Champions League for the past three seasons.Isco’s problems with Solari appear to not be reaching an end anytime soon after the Argentine left him as an unused substitute in Real’s 2-1 La Liga win at Real Betis on Sunday.The 26-year-old hasn’t started a single league game since Solari first took charge of Los Blancos from Julen Lopetegui in October.Now Valdano believes that action must be taken in regards to Isco in a private manner.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“A year ago, the great hopes of Real Madrid were Isco and [Marco] Asensio,” Valdano told Onda Cero.“One has been lost along the way and the other is under observation.“Everyone knows that something is wrong with Isco, but nobody knows what is happening. It should be solved in private. Cristo Gonzalez played ahead of Isco [against Betis] – this is a serious problem.“I suppose it is something that is talked about within the club. Isco must do some soul-searching.”Real Madrid will next take on Leganes on Wednesday in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with a 3-0 aggregate lead.last_img read more

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Latin star Maluma makes surprise visit to cancer patients at Baptist Hospital

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Latin pop star Maluma stopped by Baptist Hospital to let patients cut his hair on World Cancer Day.The Grammy Award-winning artist made the surprise visit at the hospital’s Miami Cancer Institute in Southwest Miami-Dade, Monday.“Today specifically is World Cancer Day, and I had the opportunity to visit a hospital with very special patients,” Maluma said in a video shared by Baptist Health South Florida. Our kids at Miami Cancer Institute helped latin music superstar, @maluma get a brand new look! ✂️ Thank you for the memories and the endless smiles! #MalumaBaby #WorldCancerDay #PediatricCancer #Maluma pic.twitter.com/wegAK5bj1O— Baptist Health S FL (@BaptistHealthSF) February 4, 2019In the video, he’s seen sitting on a chair as patients take turns with scissors.The singer expressed that while he knows going through chemotherapy is difficult, he wanted the kids at the hospital to know that he is with them. last_img read more

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SCCL director plants over 1000 saplings in Kothagudem

first_imgKothagudem: Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) Director(Finance) N Balaram conducted plantation programme and planted 108 plants in morning hours in bungalows in Kothagudem on Monday.Speaking on the occasion, he said SCCL will plant one crore saplings in all areas of the company under Haritha Haram programee. He said he had the target of planting 5,000 saplings and till now he has already planted 1,237plants at Sri Rampur in one hour. Director S Shanker, Assistant General Manger Harinarayana attended the programme.last_img read more

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CCI orders Google to pay a fine of Rs 136 crore or

first_imgThe Competition Commission of India has ordered Google to pay a fine of Rs 136 crore because the search giant violated competition laws in India. [Representational image]Creative CommonsGoogle was on Thursday, February 8, fined nearly Rs 136 crore — or $21.1 million — by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for breaking antitrust laws in India because, it said in its order, the search giant was “found to be indulging in practices of search bias.”The country’s antitrust watchdog said in its order, that it ” finds it appropriate to impose a penalty on Google at the rate of 5 percent of their average total revenue generated from India operations from its different business segments for the financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015.” CCI later said in an official statement that Google had “abused its dominant position in online general web search and web search advertising services in India.”The commission also noted that “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services. The competitors were denied access to the online search syndication services market due to such a conduct.”This, the CCI said, was in contravention of Section 4(2)(a)(i) of India’s 2002 Competition Act.The order to impose the hefty fine of Rs.135.86 crore on Google was passed by a 4-2 majority by the CCI, which noted that the fine was imposed on the search giant “taking into account its revenue from its India operations only.””However, CCI did not find any contravention in respect of Google’s specialized search design (OneBoxes), AdWords, online intermediation and distribution agreements,” the watchdog said in its statement.The 190-page order came in two cases that began in 2012 following information that was given to the CCI by Matrimony.com Limited and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS). A Google spokesperson told IBT India over email about the CCI order and the fine: “We have always focused on innovating to support the evolving needs of our users. The Competition Commission of India has confirmed that, on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws.”He added: “We are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps.”last_img read more

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3 killed in Chandpur road crash

first_imgAt least three people were killed in a collision between a pickup van and a CNG-run auto rickshaw in Panchani area of Matlab upazila of Chandpur on Tuesday morning.Identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Matlab police control room confirmed that the incident took place around 9:30am in the area.last_img

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Correct Names Twitter Calls It Like It Sees It

first_imgStay on target Raw Bacon pic.twitter.com/gtG4J9nheg— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) July 22, 2017 Energy Sausage pic.twitter.com/uv6ii1MYwt— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) July 26, 2017 Prison Pony pic.twitter.com/BookNWioXD— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) April 12, 2017 Pull on some feet gloves, grab a glass of snowman blood, and relax on the human shelf while learning the “correct names” for socks, water, and sofa.Less than four months old, the Twitter account of the same name describes everyday things as they should be labeled.Eyes, for example, are really just skull windows. And, let’s be honest, snow is nothing more than cloud dandruff. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature center_img Bagel Seeds pic.twitter.com/xMw7j6KEha— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) July 11, 2017Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. T-REX Deer pic.twitter.com/c9pXPF6gGG— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) June 17, 2017“Correct Names was a page I thought of when I was on holiday with my family at Easter,” Dempsey said.“I was talking to my mum about something, and I couldn’t remember the ‘real’ name of the object I was describing,” he continued. “So I came up with other names for it, and thus @CorrectNames was born.”Most of the tweets “are from my own mind,” according to Dempsey, who receives “a lot of submissions,” only a handful of which get published.“They need to be good as I’m quite OCD with the look of the account,” he added.The Manchurian teenager balances his acting studies at the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (ALRA) North with work as a content creator for marketing agency Social Chain.All while inventing hilarious, often bizarre descriptions for everything from food and animals to appliances and instruments. Panda Fish pic.twitter.com/qZCevz9SS7— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) June 5, 2017The account, run by 19-year-old student Mark Dempsey, offers regular suggestions for more appropriate terms: Mirror? More like ego booster/destroyer. (Check out some more of my personal favorites in this post.)@CorrectNames boasts 120,000 followers, including Entertainment Weekly social media editor Alex Steinman, Team Canada rugby player Ray Barkwill, and The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean. (And, now, me!)“I … receive a lot of messages from people praising the account, which is a nice touch,” the creator told Geek in an email.Dempsey is no stranger to viral social media sensations: He previously contributed to the “put Titanic music on things” trend. Car Juice pic.twitter.com/9NwP9wk9KI— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) June 10, 2017last_img read more

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Amazon launches Free Games with Prime on Twitch

first_imgAmazon launches Free Games with Prime on Twitch by Martin Brinkmann on March 14, 2018 in Companies, Games – 3 commentsI have to admit that I did not pay a lot of attention when Amazon announced Twitch Prime some time ago even though I’m an Amazon Prime customer.Amazon acquired the game streaming service Twitch a while ago and added an option to Twitch to link an account on the site to an Amazon account.Doing so is beneficial to Amazon customers as it unlocks ad-free viewing, free loot that includes free commercial games, and discounts for some games on Amazon.Linking the account is beneficial if you use Twitch or play games every now and then.Twitch’s Joveth Gonzales announced yesterday on the official Twitch blog that Free Games with Prime is coming to Twitch in the coming months.Free Games with Prime on TwitchFree Games with Prime starts on March 15 and runs for at least two months. It hands out a selection of free games to Twitch Prime members; all that is required is to sign in on Twitch and claim the games to add them to the account.The following titles will be available in March:SuperhotOxenfreeMr.ShiftyShadow TacticsTales from Candlekeep Tomb of AnnihilationI played two of the games, Mr. Shifty and Shadow Tactics, already and liked them a lot. Mr. Shifty is a fast paced violent action game in which you control a character with shifting capabilities. It works like little teleports and helps you pass walls and do better in fights.Shadow Tactics is a tactical strategy game set in Japan around the Edo period. The game plays similarly to the classics Commandos game if you remember it.Twitch plans to unlock five additional games in April 2018. They are:Tales from the BorderlandsSteamWorld Dig 2KingswayTokyo 42DubwarsI did not play any of these games but a quick check on Steam and other sites indicates that they are well received.You need to claim the games on Twitch during the period in which they are offered. Simply click on the “crown symbol” on Twitch to display the available offers and claim those that you are interested in. The games are added to your Twitch account then and should remain there even after the offer expires (at least until now, games were not removed after you claimed them).To play them, you need to download the Twitch Desktop client. You find the games listed in it when you sign in, and can install them in the client then to play them.Closing WordsWhile you do need to link your Amazon Prime account to a Twitch account to take advantage of the free game offers, it is worth it in my opinion if you like to play computer games. The games offered are quite good and well received from what I can tell, and you get new free game offers regularly on Twitch as long as you maintain your Prime membership.Now You: What’s your take on Twitch and Twitch Prime?SummaryArticle NameAmazon launches Free Games with Prime on TwitchDescriptionTwitch’s Joveth Gonzales announced yesterday on the official Twitch blog that Free Games with Prime is coming to Twitch in the coming months.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Firearm licensing dos

first_imgIn order to ensure that the process of renewing firearm licences is as efficient as possible, the South African Police Service (SAPS) calls upon all those whose licences are due for renewal to start the process at least 90 working days before they expire.The purpose of renewing a firearm licence or permit is to determine if a person still complies with the provisions of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000) and the Firearms Control Regulations, 2004, in order to ensure effective control and responsible firearm and ammunition ownership.All applications for the renewal of a licence or permit to possess a firearm are subject to the provision that the applicant must be in possession of a valid and relevant competency certificate. Any person who wishes to renew his / her licence to possess a firearm, to deal in firearms, to manufacture firearms or to conduct business as a gunsmith, must, at least 90 days before the expiry date of the licence, apply for the renewal of the applicable licence as well as a renewal of the relevant competency certificate.Furthermore, the SAPS, in the name of quality service delivery and to avoid problems for new applicants, advises applicants to be in possession of a valid competency certificate before an application is lodged for a firearm licence.Whereas some of the requirements are that the applicant must be a South African citizen or a permanent resident, be above 21 years old, be gainfully employed, and more, it is advisable for the applicant to get in touch with the designated firearm officer at their nearest police station for clarity on any piece of information or to visit the SAPS website.Regardless of the kind of firearm licence/s being applied for, all applicants are required to produce a competency certificate for that category, identity document or proof of permanent residency, and documentary proof specific for the category of licence/s they are applying for. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Air Canada and Air China expand codeshare services lounge agreement

first_imgAir Canada and Air China expand codeshare services & lounge agreement << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 13, 2017 MONTREAL — To coincide with the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, Air Canada and Air China Limited are expanding their mutual codeshare services and lounge agreement, strengthening tourism and trade ties between the two countries.Moreover, the two airlines have launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer their respective Aeroplan and PhoenixMiles members up to 30% bonus miles, effective Dec. 15, 2017, for eligible travel between April 1, 2018 and June 15, 2018 on all flights between Canada and China operated by Air China and Air Canada.As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China will place its code on Air Canada’s new daily Montreal-Shanghai flight, as well as Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver to Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Regina.In addition, Air Canada will place its code on Air China’s flights between Beijing and Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Nanjing, as well as Air China’s flight between Montreal and Havana, Cuba.The expanded codeshare cooperation is scheduled to come into effect in April 2018, subject to regulatory and government approvals.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionTo enhance passengers’ travel experience, both carriers have also implemented an expanded lounge agreement. In addition to Star Gold customers, all Air China First and Business class customers will now have access to Air Canada’s recently upgraded International Maple Leaf Lounges featuring enhanced food and beverage offerings at Montreal and Vancouver airports. Air Canada’s eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to Air China’s lounges in Beijing, Shanghai and other airports throughout China.“Air Canada and Air China have worked hard over the past several years implementing new routes between Canada and China. In fact, the Canada-China air travel market has grown on average by almost 14 per cent annually over the past six years and this trend is expected to remain strong according to airline industry trade group IATA,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, in Beijing. “As members of Star Alliance, we are pleased to promote our growing cooperation with the first-ever joint frequent flyer promotion with Air China for our customers. Now, we are focused on finalizing a definitive joint venture agreement that will deepen our cooperation in scheduling and sales to offer customers of both airlines additional travel options throughout our respective networks.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemCurrently, Air Canada offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air China between Beijing and Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xi’an and Shenyang, and between Montreal and Beijing, and between Vancouver and Beijing. Similarly, Air China offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver and Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg, and between Montreal and Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as Vancouver and Toronto to and from Beijing and Shanghai.Air Canada operates up to a total of 35 flights per week between Canada and China, from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal serving Beijing and Shanghai. Air China operates up to 11 flights per week between China and Canada, from Beijing serving Vancouver and Montreal. Sharecenter_img Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Air China Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Greek leader meets creditors seeks bailout breakthrough

first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ____Gatopoulos reported from Athens. Sylvie Corbet in Paris and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “We decided to intensify the effort to bridge the remaining differences and proceed — I think will proceed — to a solution,” Tsipras said after the talks.Wednesday’s talks came after Juncker’s European Commission had said the offers made by Greece last week were still not good enough to unlock the bailout funds.“For this final push, the Commission is of the view that the ball is clearly now in the court of the Greek government,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.With the onus firmly on Greece and options increasingly limited, Standard & Poor’s in New York downgraded Greece’s credit rating 1 notch further into junk territory, saying it’s likely the country will default on its commercial debt within a year if it can’t strike a deal with its creditors.The ratings agency said Greece has shown it is giving higher priority to its pensions and other domestic spending than making debt payments on time.S&P lowered Greece’s rating to “CCC” from “CCC+” with a “negative” outlook.Finance ministers from the 19 nations using the euro currency will meet in Luxembourg next week with the Greek deadline for payment ever closer. How do cataracts affect your vision? European Commission vice president Vladis Dombrovskis stressed the importance of agreeing on overall targets for Greece’s primary surplus — the budget excluding debt and interest payments. Athens has been arguing for lower primary surpluses than creditors demand, saying that insisting on high primary surpluses curtails the amount of funds that can be spent on the country and causes unnecessary hardship.Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris, a close aide to Tsipras, told Alpha television that primary surplus being demanded by lenders is now 1 percent, and that Greece wants 0.75. He said Greece could settle at 0.85 and said it should be linked to further debt restructuring.Tsipras’ radical left Syriza party won elections in January on promises of repealing the harsh budget austerity measures that accompanied Greece’s 240 billion euro bailout program.With the country facing a severe cash crunch, he has agreed to make some concessions, although he insists he will not cross certain “red lines,” such as imposing further pension and salary cuts.Tsipras must also face down hardliners within his own party, many of which have called for a break in relations with creditors and for Greece to go it alone, even if it means leaving the euro.center_img Sponsored Stories The lack of visible progress in the negotiations over the past weeks has revived fears Greece could default on its debts and drop out of the euro, a move that would create huge uncertainty for Europe and global markets.“The goal is to keep Greece in the eurozone,” Merkel said. “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Yet she insisted it was up to Tsipras first and foremost to show that willingness.Greece has three weeks left to conclude a deal with its creditors before its bailout program expires at the end of the month, when it will also have to repay about 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the International Monetary Fund.“We must be quick. We must not let things drag out,” Hollande said.Tsipras insisted not only Greece was at risk.“We must find a solution that will give Greece the opportunity to safely return to growth and a sustainable debt — on a course that will bring back security and stability not just to Greece but all of Europe.”Athens is at odds with its creditors over what reforms Greece must make in return for the bailout loans. Each side has submitted its own proposals. But talks have been deadlocked since Athens rejected the creditors’ suggestions as irrational last Friday, saying they would make life harder for Greeks already reeling from five years of deep spending cuts and soaring unemployment. BRUSSELS (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reinforced his diplomatic offensive on Wednesday to try to convince European creditors to pay out the bailout loans the country needs to avoid default.The creditors have made it clear that Greece has to improve its offer of economic reforms before they release 7.2 billion euros ($8.1 billion) the country needs to pay debts due at the end of the month.Tsipras had a short meeting with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and another with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande that lasted into early Thursday. He planned to continue talks with Juncker on Thursday. Check your body, save your life Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at Syriza headquarters to brief senior party members about the bailout negotiations in Athens, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Greece has made new proposals aimed to end a long standoff with international bailout creditors and unlock vitally needed rescue funds, officials in Athens and Brussels said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)n Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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Thousands expected at Hong Kong prodemocracy rally

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up A protester burns a picture of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a protest outside a flag raising ceremony venue to mark the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The banner reads ” I want universal suffrage and Leung Chun-ying step down.” (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)center_img The event comes seven months after the end of student-led protests that blocked streets in key districts for 79 days to demand free elections for the southern Chinese city’s top leader.Wednesday’s protest march marks the start of a new, uncertain chapter in the city’s democratic development, which is now stuck in limbo after Hong Kong lawmakers voted down the government’s blueprint for inaugural elections in June. The plan had required candidates be vetted by Beijing, which activists criticized as “sham democracy.”Beijing and Hong Kong officials say future leaders will continue to be picked by a panel of mostly pro-Beijing elites and they will now focus on economic issues rather than restarting the political reform process.“Hong Kong people now have experienced the Umbrella Movement last year and are trying to think of other more progressive ways to express their views” now, said Eddie Chan, vice convener of protest organizer Civil Human Rights Front. Last year’s street protests were known as the “Umbrella Movement,” after the demonstrators’ preferred method of defending against police pepper spray.Ahead of the rally, a small group protested outside a morning flag raising ceremony attended by Hong Kong and Beijing officials. They burned the Hong Kong flag and a picture of city’s Beijing-backed leader, Leung Chun-ying, and called for him to step down. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kongers are set to take to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy for the Asian financial hub in a rally that follows a turbulent year of protests over political reform.Organizers expect tens of thousands at the annual protest march, held on a public holiday marking Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule. Local media reports say some 3,000 police will be deployed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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