ICBC posts 935M in net losses in first nine months of fiscal

first_imgVANCOUVER – The financial crisis at British Columbia’s public auto insurer is deepening, as $1.3 billion in net losses are now projected by the end of the current fiscal year.The Insurance Corporation of B.C. said the “sizable and significant loss” is evidence of the growing financial pressures from a rapid increase in the number of collisions in the province, as well as the rising costs of those claims.“The number of crashes occurring across B.C. is continuing to escalate year-after-year. As a result, the number of claims we are receiving is growing by thousands each year,” the corporation said in a news release on Sunday.The cost of injury claims is closing in on $3 billion annually, ICBC said.The number of large loss claims, with an average payout of $450,000, has also spiked by 80 per cent in the last 12 months.The spike in the number of claims is also causing a slow-down in how quickly settlements are delivered.“This has particularly been the case with represented claims, which are taking even longer to settle. The longer a claim takes to settle, the more expensive it becomes,” ICBC said.ICBC said $935 million in net losses have already accumulated between April 1 and Dec. 31 last year, signalling that premiums are not covering payouts.The insurance provider asked the provincial utilities commission to hike basic and optional rates last fall to combat its financial crisis.Attorney General David Eby said in September that the rate hikes would mean the average driver can expect an annual increase of eight per cent or $130 per year on their insurance bill.Eby has previously said the Crown corporation’s financial problems are the fault of the former Liberal government for failing to address issues years ago.But Liberal caucus executive director Shane Mills said the previous government implemented strong measures to control costs, including a distracted driving campaign, raising premiums for some high-level vehicles and reducing executive pay.“As well, a third-party review was conducted on how to tie any rate increases to inflation, and is in the hands of the new government,” Mills said in a statement.Eby is expected to deliver his response to the latest losses Monday in Vancouver.Finance Minister Carole James was not available for comment Sunday on how the loss will affect the upcoming provincial budget.last_img read more

Tribunal serves notice to JeI asks why it cant be declared unlawful

first_imgSrinagar: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, constituted by the Centre, has issued a show cause notice to Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir (JeI), which was banned by the government in February, asking it why the organisation cannot be declared as an unlawful association.”A notice is hereby given under sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the Act (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and you are hereby called upon to show cause, within 30 days from the date of service of this notice, as to why your Association, declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act,” said the notice issued by Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Lorren Bamniyal, to the JeI. The notice was issued on April 5. The Tribunal asked the Jamaat to file objections or reply affidavits, if any, before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal at the office of the Registrar. “In case the objections/reply and the documents are in regional language, true English translation thereof be also attached. You may appear through a duly authorised person before the Tribunal on 20 May, 2019 at 3 PM in Court Room number 26 for further proceedings,” the notice said. The Centre had constituted the tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring the JeI as an unlawful association. The Ministry of Home Affairs on March 23 had issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The government in its February 28 notification had banned the JeI, saying it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose. The action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel.last_img read more

Moroccan Man Found inside Container in Melilla Port

Rabat – A Moroccan from the city of Nador was found inside a container at a dockyard in Melilla port on Saturday, Spanish media reported.The 23-year-old was locked inside the container for four days with no food or water in a desperate attempt to reach Europe.He was freed at the port when the Spanish Guardia Civil heard screaming and banging coming from inside the container. After spending a prolonged weekend inside what could have been his coffin, the young man tried to drill a hole through the container’s wall. However, his attempts were futile because the wall of the container was pasted to another container.According to Spanish media, people traffickers are believed to have helped put the young Moroccan in the container before locking him inside. read more

Moroccans Join Blood Drive for Bouknadel Train Accident Victims

Rabat- Many people in Rabat have volunteered to donate blood for the victims of the Bouknadel train accident at the Regional Center for Blood Transfusion to give blood.The blood transfusion center told Morocco World News that many mobilized this afternoon for the benefit of train accident victims. The center specified that many donors are university students, and they have continued to arrive in big groups since the accident. The center has taken hundreds of blood donations. Read Also: El Othmani Tweets Condolences for Victims of Bouknadel Train AccidentThe news of the accident shook Moroccans by its tragedy and created a solidarity movement in the capital. The train between Casablanca and Kenitra derailed this morning at around 10:30 a.m. near Bouknadel killing 7 and injuring up to 90. Rescuers and royal gendarmes transported the victims to the military hospital in Rabat at the request of King Mohammed VI.Read Also:King Mohammed VI Sends Condolences to Families of Train Accident VictimsThe Regional Centre for Blood Transfusion, which distributes blood to Rabat hospitals, is still welcoming donors and encourages the public to contribute and show solidarity with the victims. King Mohammed VI has expressed his deep condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased victims, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.The minister of the interior, Abdelouafi Laftit; the minister of equipment, Abdelkader Amara; and Rabii Khlie, the director of ONCF all came to the scene of the accident within hours.So far, no reports on the causes of the accident have been published. ONCF Director Rabii Khlie told Moroccan media that the company has provided buses for travelers while trains from Kenitra to Casablanca are still on hold. Photo credits: MWN/ Abdelilah Arhal read more

Ranjan says meeting with Rajinikanth not political

Ranjan Ramanayake confirmed in his Twitter page that he met the “one and only superstar of Indian cinema” this morning in at the latter’s home in Chennai. He has also clarified that it was a courtesy call and does not have anything to do with politics. (Colombo Gazette) Actor and politician Ranjan Ramanayake insisted that his meeting with Indian superstar Rajinikanth today was not political.Superstar Rajinikanth’s name being dragged to politics is an unending affair in Tamil Nadu. As Tamil Nadu is getting ready for the big assembly election on May 16, the high profile politician met the evergreen Superstar at his Chennai residence today, India Glitz reported. However this meeting does not have anything to do with TN politics or the impending elections. read more

UN African leadership forum launch Governance Institute

African government officials and civil society leaders meeting in Dakar, Senegal have joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to launch an institute to foster research, advocacy and policy dialogue on urgent governance issues for the continent. “The African Governance Institute is an idea whose time has come…it has enormous potential, serving as a on-stop-shop for information and research on governance in Africa and across the globe, and how it relates to development,” said Abdoulie Janneh, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa at the UNDP. UNDP said the unveiling of the institute comes at a time when African countries are making unprecedented strides in regional integration through the African Union and democratic governance with the African Peer review Mechanism of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The agency is making an initial contribution of $3 million to the institute so that its work can begin as soon as possible. The Institute’s goal is to deepen understanding of democratic governance in African countries and to explore African perspectives on what constitutes good governance. read more

Climate change threatens food cultural heritage and natural sites UN meeting warned

At the time cultural and natural heritage sites – from Charles Darwin’s favourite barrier reef in Belize, Central America, and South Africa’s famous West Coast National Park to 600 year-old Thai ruins and archaeological sites in Scotland – are increasingly threatened by the effects of so-called global warning greenhouse gases, many of them man made.UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative Castro Paulino Camarada told the UN Climate Change Conference in Nairobi that greater attention must be given to the impact of climate change on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and on mitigation and adaptation measures.With the right technologies, converting biomass such as wood and crop residues, grass, straw and brushwood into fuel could provide an abundant supply of clean, low-cost energy while helping spur economic development in rural communities, raise farmers’ incomes and improve food security, according to FAO. Crops like sugarcane, corn and soybean are already being used to produce ethanol or bio-diesel.In the field of forestry, FAO believes that better forest management can play a key role in global efforts to deal with climate change. When over-harvested and burned, forests become sources of the greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, forests and the wood they produce capture and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, playing a major role in mitigating climate change.With regard to heritage sites, some of these priceless treasures are at risk as a result of rising sea levels, flooding and storms. Others, including mosques, cathedrals, monuments, and artefacts at ancient sites, are threatened by changes in climatic conditions, leading to subtle but damaging shifts in moisture levels affecting structures directly, or in the chemistry and stability of soils in which they stand. These are among the findings from a new report released at the conference – The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World’s Greatest Challenge – compiled by researchers with the Stockholm Environment Institute with assistance from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Adaptation to climate change should and must include natural and culturally important sites,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said. UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koichiro Matsuura stressed that climate changes are affecting all aspects of human and natural systems. “Protecting and ensuring the sustainable management of these sites has therefore become an intergovernmental priority of the highest order,” he said. read more

Patrick Halpin still missing after police mixup reported that he had been

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF missing student Patrick Halpin have said that there was a “mix-up” with the information provided by Metropolitan Police in London and that Patrick is still missing.Earlier reports that he had been found were shown to be incorrect a Metropolitan officer confirmed to TheJournal.ie.The officer said that there were reports that he had been found at a London airport but after checks with the investigating team this was found to be incorrect.Patrick’s sister Regina posted to her Facebook this evening that the information they received was wrong:Hi everyone, unfortunately there was a mix-up with information, Patrick is still missing please continue to share and retweet his picture, and keep him in your prayers.Patrick Halpin, a student at Dublin City University, has been missing since early Wednesday morning after a night out in London. He is believed to have been on a college trip with the DCU Drama Society.The Department of Foreign Affairs are assisting in the case.Read: Sister of missing Irishman in London appeals for help from public >last_img read more

Appeal issued for Dublin man missing for seven days

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have asked the public for its assistance in tracing the whereabouts of David O’Reilly, a 48-year-old man missing for the past seven days.The Rathmines resident was last seen in the city centre area at about 8.30am on Tuesday, 19 February.He is described as 5′ 8″ tall, of stocky build, with brown/grey hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information is asked to contact Rathmines Garda Station on 01 666 6700 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Fresh appeal about murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoelast_img read more

Lady Gaga Pharrell Williams Ariana Grande More React To BigTime GRAMMY Wins

first_img 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Lady Gaga & More React To GRAMMY Wins lady-gaga-pharrell-williams-ariana-grande-more-react-big-time-grammy-wins Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Photo: Ariana Grande Instagram Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees And Winners List Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Facebook Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? As reality sets in for this year’s class of GRAMMY winners, music makers take to social media to express their excitement and gratitudeNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 11, 2019 – 2:44 pm Some moments in life transcend words. Winning a GRAMMY can often be one of those magical moments. For the music creators who took home GRAMMY gold at last night’s 61st GRAMMY Awards, reactions varied from shock to elation to tears of joy and more. But when passion, hard work, taking risks and pouring your heart and soul into music results in the ultimate peer-recognized award for excellence, gratitude seems to be the common denominator amongst GRAMMY winners.From H.E.R. shouting out BTS to Ariana Grande’s thoughts on winning her first career GRAMMY, to (of course) a little humor from “Weird Al” Yankovic, let’s look at what winners were posting in the afterglow of Music’s Biggest Night. H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimagecenter_img Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony 61st GRAMMY Awards BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Prev Next Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Twitter 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Email TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande & More React To Big-Time GRAMMY Wins Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Read more 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage News last_img read more

Adam Savage teams up with Peter Jackson and NASA for Savage Builds

first_imgIn the premiere episode, Savage calls on Richard Browning, the inventor and chief test pilot of the Gravity Jet Suit, which is powered by five 1,000-horsepower mini jet engines, to help get Savage’s titanium Marvel Studios’ Iron Man-inspired suit to actually fly.In another episode, Savage will attempt to create a working version of one of history’s most notorious engineering failures — the British military’s World War II rocket-propelled explosive weapon, the Great Panjandrum. NASA engineer Adam Steltzner is on hand to help Savage with the design.Science ChannelAdam Savage sits in his Mad Max-inspired car on Savage Builds. Reilly Savage/Science Channel Roboticist Simone Giertz and maker Laura Kampf also help Savage build three Mad Max-inspired, post-apocalyptic monsters of destruction using only materials they can find from a metal scrapyard. Savage also forges his own version of King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur — using the iron from a meteorite; builds a multi-functional weapon inspired by the classic film The Fifth Element with help from actor Gary Oldman; and visits Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to see his WWI fighter planes collection and perform a high-tech and high-flying aerial plane dogfight.Savage Builds debuts on June 12 on Science Channel and later on Discovery. Richard Browning lands in front of Adam Savage wearing his Gravity Jet Suit. Science Channel If you’ve been missing the science hijinks of MythBusters, the former host Adam Savage has returned to TV with a new maker series called Savage Builds.The eight-episode Science Channel series features Savage making epic creations like a 3D-printed titanium suit of armor inspired by the Iron Man films and actually flies.Each Savage Builds episode will focus on one project as Savage collaborates with experts, colleagues and friends who include filmmaker Peter Jackson, actor Gary Oldman, and former MythBusters cast member Tory Belleci, to name a few. Comment Tags Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photoscenter_img Former MythBusters host Adam Savage back on TV with Savage Builds MythBuster Adam Savage builds ‘The Martian’ spacesuit Adam Savage cosplays as Chewbacca with C-3PO in tow 1 TV and Movies More Adam Savage NASAlast_img read more

Priya Prakash Varrier winks at Arbaaz Khan actors reaction will even make

first_imgPriya Prakash Varrier and Arbaaz KhanViral BhayaniPriya Prakash Varrier, who rose to fame with her wink stunt, recently imitated the act with Arbaaz Khan and the latter gave an epic reaction to it. A celebrity photographer posted a collage on Instagram that shows Priya and Arbaaz imitating the young actress’ popular act.Seeing Arbaaz’s reaction to Priya’s wink, the latter burst out in laughter. We are sure even Arbaaz’s girlfriend Georgia Andriani would laugh at her beau and Priya’s cute act.Meanwhile, Arbaaz and Georgia are more open about their relationship now. Georgia even seems to be gelling well with Arbaaz and Malaika Arora’s son.Post Arbaaz and Malaika’s divorce, the two have moved ahead in their lives with their respective new partners. While Arbaaz is dating Georgia, Malaika is also now open about her relationship with Arjun Kapoor.Malaika and Arjun are often trolled on social media for their age difference but the two never pay attention to such negative comments. They are even rumoured to be planning to get married.On the other side, Arbaaz and Georgia are now often spotted hanging out together with the former’s son Arhaan. It appears that Arhaan has also accepted her as his father’s new lady love. However, there has not been any buzz of they getting married anytime soon.last_img read more

Manchester terror attack What we know

first_imgArmed police stand guard at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017. AFPNineteen people died in a suspected terror attack at a pop concert in the British city of Manchester late Monday.Here is what we know so far about the attack, which was the deadliest in Britain since 2005.What happened?Police said they were called at 2133 GMT to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, who is popular with teenagers.British Transport Police said the blast occurred at “within the foyer area of the stadium” and the venue said it was “outside the venue in a public space”.The arena foyer connects the 21,000-capacity auditorium with Victoria train and tram station, a major hub on the northern edge of the city centre.Eyewitnesses described a “huge bomb-like bang” and scenes of panic as young fans rushed out and parents waiting outside looked for their children.Who is behind it?Police said the incident was “currently being treated as a terrorist incident,” but no one has so far claimed the attack.British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned it as “an appalling terrorist attack”.Greater Manchester Police’s chief constable Ian Hopkins said local police in the city were working with national counter-terrorism and intelligence officials on the investigation.Who are the victims?Police said 19 people were killed and around 50 injured, who are being treated in six hospitals.The local ambulance service said on Twitter it had taken 59 casualties from the incident and treated “a number of walking wounded on scene”.Elena Semino from Lancaster told the Guardian she was with her husband waiting for her daughter by the arena’s ticket office when the explosion went off.”There was this heat on my neck and when I looked up there were bodies everywhere,” she said.Gary Walker from Leeds told BBC Radio 5 Live he was hit by shrapnel in his foot and his wife sustained a stomach wound as they waited for their daughters to come out of the concert.”We heard the last song go and then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke,” he said.Other attacks in the UKThe incident in Manchester is the second terror attack to hit England in less than two months.On March 22, five people were killed and more than 50 injured when a man drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in central London, before crashing into the fence surrounding parliament.The attacker, 52-year-old Muslim convert Khalid Masood, was then shot dead by police at the scene after knifing a police officer to death.Investigators described the lone-wolf attack as “Islamist related terrorism” but have not charged anyone in connection with the incident.The deadliest bomb attack on British soil took place on July 7, 2005 when four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attack London’s transport system, killing 52 and wounding 700.last_img read more

BNP to join polls announcement today

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front. File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist party on Saturday decided to join the 11th parliamentary polls and it would request the election commission to defer elections by a month, according to BNP leaders.Party policymakers said they have decided to participate in the election following a series of meetings.BNP standing committee members held a meeting, and the party also held a meeting with its 20-party alliance partners at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday. The Jatiya Oikya Front including BNP also held another meeting at the same venue.After the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Gano Forum president and Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain will announce their decision through a press conference at the National Press Club today, Sunday.An Oikya Front leader said Kamal is likely to set some conditions, including the deferment of its schedule by one month, reports UNB.The leader said Kamal may also announce a foot-march programme towards the election commission for 13 November to force it to accept the demand.Besides, the Oikya Front will send a letter to the EC on Sunday for deferring the election schedule and the alliance leaders seek time to meet the chief election commissioner on Monday.A top leader of the 20-party alliance said BNP has given its registered alliance partners a green signal to send letters to the election commission on Sunday informing it that they want to join the election in alliance and use BNP’s election symbol.At the BNP’s standing committee meeting, Mirza Abbas and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy questioned the justification of the party’s decision on joining the election and locked into an altercation with Moudud Ahmed over it at their meeting, party insiders said.However, other leaders convinced Abbas and Gayeshwar and decided to join the election in alliance.The party also formed a coordination committee, led by its standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, to settle the seat-sharing issue with its two alliance partners.However, the party leaders said they may wage a movement by boycotting the polls halfway through if a level-playing field is not ensured.BNP wants to join the election as it is a pro-election party, UNB quoted Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir as saying.”But our chairperson Khaleda Zia is still in jail. Our leaders and activists are being harassed and arrested even after the announcement of the election schedule as the government is trying to hold another lopsided election.”He said the EC has announced the election schedule unilaterally ignoring political parties’ opinions. “A credible election is not possible without a level-playing field. So, we first want to see a proper election atmosphere for a neutral election.”BNP insiders said the party will try to hold an informal meeting with the prime minister to release Khaleda Zia from jail and stop the arrest and harassment of their party leaders and activists.Besides, they will keep in touch with diplomats to mount pressure on the government to hold an acceptable election.The party leaders are likely to brief diplomats very soon about the outcome of the talks and the country’s latest political situation.At their meeting, a 20-party leader said all the partners, except BJP, Islami Oikya Jote and Democratic League, gave their positive opinions about joining the election.The Jamaat representative who was present at the meeting said they want to participate in the election independently, not in alliance.He, however, took two days to inform the party’s final decision in this regard.After the meeting, Oli Ahmed, president of LDP, one of the components of the 20-party alliance, said, “We discussed the election issue and the country’s overall situation. We didn’t take the final decision yet whether we’ll participate in the election or boycott it.”“Our alliance’s main partner BNP will make the decision public after discussion with Jatiya Oikyafront within a day or two.”Oli said their alliance is now giving its main focus on the release of their leader Khaleda Zia. “She’ll have to be freed to ensure an election atmosphere.”Accusing the government of arresting the leaders and activists of the 20-party alliance, he said a level-playing field is yet to be created.Replying to a question, Oli said the registered political parties under the 20-party will write letters to the election commission on Sunday informing it that they may contest the polls either with their own election symbols or with BNP’s if they decide to participate in the election.After the meeting of the 20-party, top leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front also sat in a meeting with the BNP senior leaders at the same venue.However, Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain could not to go to the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office to join the meeting due to his illness.BNP insiders said party chairperson Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman also sent out positive messages to join the election in consultation with the two alliance partners.A BNP standing committee member said they want to take part in the election as part of their movement and stage a revolution on the election day applying their all strength to bringing the results in their favour.BNP insiders said the party has almost completed its candidate selection process and election manifesto by the time.The party top leaders in consultation with BNP acting chairman has completed the party selection process, but still it did not finalise the list of seats it will share with its alliance partners.A BNP standing committee member said some party leaders and pro-BNP intellectuals drafted the party’s election manifesto in light of the ‘Vision-2030 which was presented by Khaleda Zia on 10 May 2017.On Thursday evening, chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in a televised address to the nation announced the schedule for the next general election.As per the schedule, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held on 23 December while the last date for submitting nomination papers is 19 November, the date for scrutinising nomination papers is 22 November and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is 29 November.last_img read more

More Marvel Podcasts Wed Listen to After Wolverine The Long Night

first_img Not satisfied conquering the realms of comics and cinema, Marvel has recently turned its attention to another new medium ripe for superhero serialized storytelling. Marvel and Stitcher just wrapped up the first season of Wolverine: The Long Night, a podcast that’s basically a moody hard-boiled radio drama starring everyone’s favorite angry Canadian mutant.At ten 30-minutes episode, Wolverine: The Long Night is quite easy to binge. The story, from writer Benjamin Percy, is a very grounded and textured story about a depressed Alaskan town oppressed by Aurora Borealis cults, local oligarchs, and mysterious murders. Logan and the more fantastical X-Men elements surrounding him flow in and out of the story like ghosts in the grand Marvel tradition of superheroes appearing in our own real world.Wolverine: The Long Night also takes advantage of the podcast form in clever ways. The voice acting is top notch, headlined by baritone Hobbit star Richard Armitage as Logan. But the sound design and Foley work, captured by next-gen microphones, does wonders for the immersion. It’s the sounds you take for granted, like casual footsteps and fidget spinners and lapping waves and radio distortion, that get so much love here. Characters themselves also frequently have to rely on senses our than sight to find out the truth.Wolverine: The Long Night’s conclusion certainly sets up more, and wilder, adventures in a Marvel Podcast Universe. But while we’re waiting to see (and hear) if that ever comes to fruition, here are some ideas for other Stitcher Marvel podcasts we’d like to listen to.View as: One Page Slides1/91. The PulseThe Marvel Podcast Universe absolutely needs a show that’s just reporting on general news from a world filled with superheroes. And we already got a comic book series doing this in the form of Brian Michael Bendis’ The Pulse, a Daily Bugle column about superheroes. Characters like Jessica Jones, Robbie Robertson, and J. Jonah freaking Jameson have the voices and personalities big enough to be entertaining radio journalists.2. Doctor Strange’s Guided MeditationDoctor Strange’s mystic arts are all about spiritual transcendence. Close your eyes and listen in order to truly see in this self-help podcast for conjuring your own magic, or just feeling more relaxed in the workplace. Strange spouting his trademark nonsense in your ear like “Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth” and “Ymir’s Frosty Beard” would make the ASMR crowd drop dead from pleasure. Maybe loop in Iron Fist and Daredevil as guest hosts, for different yet equally obvious reasons.3. Radio Free WakandaDon’t even pretend that Wakanda doesn’t have the dopest radio stations ever to grace the planet. Turn the dial however you want and you’ll find pure gold. Vibranium life hacks? Incredible fashion advice? Underground Wakandan hip-hop bands? The Black Panther’s daily address? Just give me a podcast that let’s me pretend I’m a citizen of this great nation please. Even as a being made of pure sound, Klaw can’t compete with this.4. The Future FoundationPodcasts like Radiolab prove listeners are curious to learn more about science during their morning commute. And who better from the Marvel universe to teach us about science than Mr. Fantastic himself, Reed Richards, who could frankly stand to rebrand himself as a friendly, Bill Nye type. Other members of the Fantastic Four would of course show up as well, but keep the Future Foundation name as it sounds much cooler.5. The Captain’s American History HourAfter being frozen for decades during one of the most transformative eras of American history, Steve Rogers has a lot of catching up to do. But being the selfless hero he is, he’s inviting you the listener (and Bucky) to join him on this educational journey learning about what happened to the land he sacrificed so much for. We can’t wait for the episode where Captain America reads about the CIA inventing crack.6. I Am Iron ManUnlike so many Marvel superheroes, Tony Stark has no issue with being completely transparent about his life as Iron Man. He flaunts it. He would absolutely have a podcast talking about how cool and rich and smart he is. He probably builds livestreaming tech into the latest Iron Man helmets. Add in some other Avengers as interview subjects and this would basically be WTF with Marc Maron with capes.7. HydraWarsIn the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was eventually revealed that Nazi-offshoot Hydra had been secretly controlling and destabilizing the world for decades. So you know once that news broke conspiracy theorists went off the deep end. It was bad enough when alien gods became a real thing. Take the craziest rantings and ravings of the Alex Jones type dudes in the general Marvel population and pump it directly into my ears.8. Get Nuts With Squirrel GirlTo truly represent podcasting as an art form, we absolutely need a Comedy Bang Bang-style improv comedy show starring Marvel characters. This is where we think Squirrel Girl would thrive. Listen to studio technicians wrangle squirrels in the recording booth. Hear whatever wacky characters and sketch ideas Doreen and friends can come up with. Dunk on Doctor Doom, Thanos, Galactus, and every other villain Squirrel Girl has canonically defeated every week.9. Star-Lord’s Awesome MixesPeter Quill’s mixtape volumes on endless loop. That’s it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe last_img read more

Mario Kart 8 is shaping up to be great

first_imgNintendo fans, your wait is almost over. One of the most highly anticipated Wii U games is only a couple of weeks away. We’ve spent a little bit of time with the all new Mario Kart 8, and so far, it appears to have been worth the wait.After years of substandard racing games on mobile devices, including a downright knock-off off featuring tiny malcontent birds and piggies, Mario Kart has returned in glorious high definition. The past weekend has been all but dedicated to the exploration of the new installment game, and so far there’s very little to be unhappy about. Mario Kart 8 has a new coat of paint, new characters, and a whole new driving system complete with tons of unlockable content. We’re going to take a quick look at one of the Star Cup races, Mount Wario.As you can see, things are quite different from the last time you played Mario Kart. Not every race is a series of repeated laps, and Nintendo has made it so you have to learn how to balance racing styles across the different surface types. The AntiGrav modes behave very differently from the rest of the race, which either means you can use it to get ahead or get left behind. The flying parts of the game can be used to your advantage as well, depending on what accessory you have chosen and how you use it. By the time you start racing 150cc or online against friends, you’ll most likely have your own personally chosen combination of Kart, wheel, and kite to give you the advantage you need.We’ll be publishing a full review of this game later this month, as well as more footage from other races as we continue playing, but so far the game has been nothing short of amazing. You can keep an eye on our YouTube channel for now, and if there’s anything you want to know about the game, just drop us a note in the comments.last_img read more

128YearOld Kodak Looks to the Future With Launch of Instagram Competitor

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global With its sights set on Facebook and Instagram, 128-year-old Kodak will roll out its new photo sharing and storytelling app, Kodak Moments, at SXSW.Not to be confused with Twitter Moments or Facebook Moments, the new app, from Kodak Alaris, is hoping to parlay positive feelings about the brand and the “Kodak Moment” into a user base for the new app. Up to this point, the Kodak Moments platform has only been used to make prints of users’ digital images.The troubled company was famously a bit late to the party regarding innovations in digital photography — the first digital camera was invented by a Kodak engineer in 1975, but the company clung to film and nothing ever came of it. In 2013, a restructured Kodak exited its Chapter 11 protection after filing in 2012, moving away from cameras and more towards mobile technology.Related: 3 Signs Your Social Strategy Needs Help — and the SolutionsWith the ad-free Kodak Moments app, users can edit photos and share images and text with their followers within the app, or on other social-media platforms. Although Kodak Moments looks to be following in the footsteps of photo-sharing sites such as Facebook and Instagram, the company is banking on it to uphold its traditional business: selling prints, ordered directly through the app.”We’re not interested in showing you ads or selling your data … we’re not in that business,” says David Newhoff, Kodak Alaris’ vice president of Product Mobile Imaging — Consumer.Related: 15 Tips to Grow a Social-Media Audience for Your StartupWhile the Kodak Moments platform was initially more geared toward young families, Newhoff believes that the app would appeal to anyone who is frustrated with the content they find on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Newhoff called SXSW a “perfect platform” for the app’s debut, citing the successful launches of Twitter, Instagram (which is now owned by Facebook) and photo-sharing app Path, which was bought by Korean internet company Daum Kakao.Related: How Shutterstock Is Training Its System to Help You Find Better Photos Kodak may be positioning Moments as a different kind of service than Facebook or Instagram, but it’s still leveraging those more established sites as a way to build up its app’s user base from its already established customers. Right now, Kodak suggests people for you to follow, and you can invite people through your contacts, but soon there will be a way to send invites through Facebook.You can get started on the app by pulling in photos from not only your photo roll on your phone, but Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram. Kodak Moments will be available in the U.S. first on iOS, with an Android version to come in late May to early June.center_img March 11, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

NASA Satellite Provides FirstOfItsKind Supernova Observation

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementObserving SupernovaeA supernova is a large explosion that typically takes place when a star reaches the end of its life cycle, according to NASA.However, another type of supernova occurs in binary star systems, where two stars share a single point of orbit. One of these stars is often a carbon and oxygen rich white dwarf, which tends to steal matter from its companion star. Once the white dwarf manages to collect too much matter, it will trigger a massive explosion.Observing supernovae from Earth has been difficult given that they often occur in distant galaxies. German astronomer Johannes Kepler made the last observation of a supernova in the Milky Way in 1604. This has limited scientists’ understanding on what these cosmic events are.To find out more about supernovae, Vallely and team developed a way on how to use TESS to identify and observe explosions in space. They focused their study on a supernova that involved a white dwarf star.”We have known for years that these stars explode, but we have terrible ideas of why they explode,” Vallely said.White Dwarf SupernovaOne particular question the OSU scientists had to answer was whether white dwarf supernovae leave behind traces of hydrogen, which is a key building block of stars and other bodies in the universe. By their nature, white dwarfs would have already burned through their supply of hydrogen. This would make them an unlikely source of the gas needed to trigger a supernova.With the help of TESS, Vallely and his colleagues were able to identify hydrogen traces in the aftermath of a white dwarf supernova for the first time.”The most interesting thing about this particular supernova is the hydrogen we saw in its spectra,” Vallely said.”We’ve been looking for hydrogen and helium in the spectra of this type of supernova for years—those elements help us understand what caused the supernova in the first place.”Initially, it was believed that the hydrogen may have come from the companion star, meaning that it was not a white dwarf itself. However, measurements of the light curve from the supernova the OSU scientists observed indicated that the second star was indeed a white dwarf.Kris Stanek, an astronomer professor at OSU and coauthor of the study, said it is possible that the hydrogen was taken from a companion star that was not a white dwarf. However, he also theorizes that the gas may have come from another star that was near the exploding white dwarf. This third star may have been consumed in the ensuing supernova by chance.While the researchers mostly agree that the companion star helps trigger a white dwarf supernova, they have yet to determine the exact mechanism of such a massive explosion. The makeup of the companion star also needs to be identified.Stanek believes their research helps provide evidence that the companion star in such a supernova is most likely a white dwarf itself. TAG Supernova, NASA, Ohio State University, White dwarf Search Bestseller Ads by Amazon ENDS IN AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Close Astronomers at Ohio State University are looking to use a recently launched NASA satellite to monitor massive explosions in space known as supernovae.In a study featured in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, OSU graduate student Patrick Vallely and his colleagues detailed how they were able to observe a supernova using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.The results offered new insights regarding the nature of such a cosmic event and the different elements it often leaves behind. All ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Last season, Ellington caught 39 passes for 371 yards and one touchdown. It was his performance, however, as a running back (652 yards and three touchdowns) that really opened everyone’s eyes, including Palmer’s.“He’s so explosive. He’s so quick. His vision is so good,” Palmer said. “And then you want to put him the pass game, too, because he’s so good in the pass game that it’s hard to kind of predict, ‘well, I hope he has x-amount of yards and x-amount of catches’ because he’s so talented in both. Selfishly, I want to use him in the pass game, but selfishly I want to use him in the run game, too, because that helps us all out, too.”None of what Ellington accomplished his rookie year surprised him — “I knew what I was capable of,” he said — yet he knows he has yet to arrive.“Every day I remind myself I’ve got to improve. I was a sixth-rounder,” he said. “Even though I’m starting this year, but that’s nothing. I’ve got to still get better.”Of course as Ellington’s play increases so too will the spotlight.“I just let my play speak louder than anything,” he said. “I just go out there and handle my business. As long as I’m taking care of that part of my game, I’ll be fine. I’ll get that attention. It’s all good to have that attention, but at the end of the day, if you don’t put in the work on the field, you won’t have it.” Top Stories Because of that success — he became only the fifth rookie in franchise history to surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage — and the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington enters his second NFL training camp as the No. 1 running back on the Arizona Cardinals’ roster.“I’m very confident,” he said, surrounded by reporters. “Last year, I wasn’t aware of what my role would be on the team. But now I’ve kind of got an idea so I’m going to approach this season a lot different than I did last year.”That began in the offseason when he added about eight to 10 pounds of muscle to his 5-foot-9, 199-pound frame.“I bulked up my upper body a little bit (more) than I was last year,” he said. “Not too much. I didn’t want to get slow. I had to keep my speed.”Then, there was the matter of learning all three wide receiver positions, something Ellington had never been asked to do during his four years at Clemson.“It was a little tough at first, but as the spring went on, I got used to it,” he said, adding he sought out advice from Larry Fitzgerald and others. “As long as I can get the ball in my hands, I’ll be fine. I enjoy (playing receiver). It helps a lot. It gets me in space and that’s kind of like how I want to play. I want to play in space and (then) I don’t have to take on those hits time-after-time so I’ll take (the ball) in space all day.” – / 32 0 Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — Typically, the spotlight does not shine on a sixth-round draft pick. But Andre Ellington is no ordinary sixth-round talent.Head coach Bruce Arians has expressed a desire to get the ball in Ellington’s hands 25 to 30 times a game, while quarterback Carson Palmer continually raves about the 25-year-old’s talents, calling the success he had a year ago “pretty rare” for a player drafted 187th overall. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more