When Nazreen, a resident of Lisadi Gate area of Meerut, filed a case against her husband Salman on August 2 for giving her instant triple talaq, she expected the police to arrest him.“It has been 17 days, and he is still at large. My guess is that he fled to Saudi Arabia where his father is working as a driver. He used to beat me, asked for dowry and on July 29, he gave me instant triple talaq over the phone,” Nazreen told The Hindu.The police registered an FIR under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 3 and 4 of Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, but Nazreen said it didn’t meet her expectations from the law.Tanveer, brother of Bushra, who was given instant triple talaq by her husband Mohsin in Jaani area of Meerut, had similar expectations from the police. “There has been no movement in the case. I want to see him [Bushra’s husband] behind bars,” said Tanveer. Like Nazreen, Bushra also allegedly faced domestic violence and dowry demands.FIRs against husbandsIt has almost been three weeks since The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 came into practice and Uttar Pradesh is seeing a spurt in cases where Muslim women are lodging FIRs to put their husbands behind bars for giving them instant triple talaq.According to an agency report, three dozen cases of instant triple talaq have been filed in the State since August 1, when the President put his seal on the Bill.In Hapur, a woman was allegedly given instant triple talaq on August 13 after she asked her husband to provide ₹30 to buy medicines. In Bareilly, Chand Bi was allegedly given instant triple talaq by her husband because she didn’t know how to cook. On August 9, three cases of instant triple talaq were registered in Bareilly in a day.In Etah, Aamir allegedly said talaq thrice to his wife Seema in the court of a Chief Judicial Magistrate where the two had gone for the hearing of a domestic violence case.Going by the number of cases, it seems, either the Act is not working as a deterrent, or women are filing complaints under sections of the new Act to add bite to already existing cases of domestic violence and dowry.Criminal proceedings Superintendent of Police (Rural), Meerut, Avinash Pandey said criminal proceedings have been started in the case that is under his domain. “There could be a perception that the FIR will lead to immediate arrest in such cases but the due investigation process needs to be followed. In Sections, which attract punishment of fewer than seven years, an immediate arrest is not necessary unless there is a threat to the life of the victim.”On the triple talaq law, he said it definitely has more teeth than Section 498A which asks for a period of mediation. “If used with the right intentions, it could be an empowering tool,” Mr. Pandey said.An anti-triple talaq crusader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, differed. “When we took the fight to the Supreme Court, we expected to get a fortified Act on the lines of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. What we have got at the end is a politically motivated legislation that seeks to put more Muslim men in jail.”Harvard-trained lawyer and gender activist Nazia Izuddin said, “The triple talaq law, if aimed at reformation, must be able to empower lawyers to get monetary relief/alimony, custody of children and safety and protection of the life of the woman and children. In its current form, the law doesn’t provide these remedies or restitution of marital rights to the woman.”
North Korea’s Kim Un Guk broke the world record in men’s 62kg category weightlifting on the way to win gold at the London Olympics on Monday.Kim opened up a big lead by snatching 153kg, equalling the world record held by Chinese lifter Shi Zhiyong since 2002, Xinhua reported. He held on to his lead in the clean and jerk, lifting 174kg to notch a world and Olympic record total of 327kg. The previous world mark of 326kg was set by Chinese lifter Zhang Jie in 2008 at the Asian Championships.Kim, who stands 1.58 metres tall, saluted to a cheering audience with standing ovation as he won the second weightlifting gold for his country.”I want to lift up the world,” the 23-year-old said.”(North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un is waiting for the news so I will be pleased to get the news to him. The whole country will be happy, and the father of the country will be very happy too.”Zhang Jie, the 2011 world champion, succeeded in only two lifts during the competition, with 140kg in his first snatch attempt and 174kg in first clean and jerk. He twice failed to jerk 178kg, an Olympic record, and had to settle for fourth.After the match, Zhang said he was happy with his snatch results, but his clean and jerk was a problem.”I felt a bit nervous,” he admitted. “In the first clean and jerk I felt something strange about the way I was holding the bar, so I tried to change it. It didn’t work.”advertisementThe silver medal went to Colombia’s Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera, who was on brink of elimination when he failed to lift 177kg in the clean and jerk but managed to deliver a successful lift on his final attempt and set an Olympic record.”Concentration. Somehow I managed to maintain my concentration even after my first failure,” Figueroa said.Indonesian lifter Irawan Eko Yuli won the bronze medal with a total of 317kg, the same as Figueroa, but was placed behind the Colombian because of heavier bodyweight.Earlier in the women’s 58kg category, China’s Li Xueying won gold with a 246kg total, surpassing the previous Olympic record of 244kg.Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand grabbed silver with a total of 236kg, and Ukrainian Yuliya Kalina took bronze with 235kg.
These days, Unmukt Chand doesn’t even have the time to go to the market near his residence in Mayur Vihar Phase-I extension. Some of the shopkeepers who have seen the 19-year-old since the time he was a young boy and know him well are aware he is very busy, having been in the news now for almost a week.Sports View by S.Kannan.One would have wished that Unmukt made news just because of his cricket and not anything else. But these days, when anything connected with a superstar becomes big news, he is talked about more because of his university exams and St Stephen’s College.Now that the issue has been sorted out, it’s good the boy can focus on cricket all over again. Those close to the articulate young man say that he has been put through so many interviews that he has hardly been able to spend time with family and friends.And in less than two days, Unmukt will have to be ready for the grind of the India A tour to New Zealand, which will be preceded by a trip to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.What has impressed me the most about Unmukt is his confidence, temperament and clarity when he speaks. It is well known that as a youngster, he was not able to convert the 30s and 40s into big knocks. But it didn’t take him too long to figure out what it takes to get to a triple digit score as he has gained inspiration from the right people.In the good old days, when juniors looked for inspiration in any sport, they would invoke the oldtime heroes. If in football, it had to be PK Banerjee or Chuni Goswami, then in tennis it could well have been the Krishnan or the Amritraj family or Leander Paes.However, these days, in football or tennis, if youngsters are looking for role models at home, they will relate better to a Bhaichung Bhutia or Vishnu Vardhan.Times have changed in cricket as well. Someone like Unmukt relates more closely to the present, which is why he has repeatedly talked about the inspiration he gains from Virat Kohli.It is well known in India that any young batsman will talk about wanting to be like a Sachin Tendulkar. Now that the maestro is again going through a bad patch, when Unmukt talks of how Kohli and Virender Sehwag have helped him evolve as a cricketer, it is indeed very interesting.It is not as if Kohli is a veteran in cricket. Having been pitchforked into stardom recently and also coming good against New Zealand in the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday, it’s a sign of the confidence he oozes.If one goes through the winning performances of India in the under-19 World Cup, before this you had Mohammad Kaif and Kohli as winning captains.While Kaif lost his way and was unable to translate his junior success on the senior platform, Kohli has grown in stature. From a crack batsman in the ODIs, he has now shown maturity in playing good Test knocks.I am sure, even today, Unmukt would have learnt a few lessons watching Kohli bat so fluently against the Kiwis.We often wonder what cricketers do in the dressing room. Now that Unmukt has spoken about the learning process from his Delhi Ranji team seniors Kohli and Sehwag it is clear he is a fast learner.As one who hails from Uttarakhand and studied at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Unmukt has played a huge amount of club cricket in the capital.By his own admission, he has not modelled himself on any particular cricketer and his stroke production is eye-catching.Yet, as he makes the transition from here to the senior level, he knows the priority will be to do well in the India A tour and also in first-class fixtures. As a Delhi Daredevils boy, he has done well not to get swayed too much by the shorter version of the game that the IPL is. So when we hear Unmukt of wanting to excel in all formats of cricket, it’s very encouraging indeed.On a more positive note for Delhi cricket, it’s heartening to note that though the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association remains in the news for all its politics, cricketers are still emerging.In the old days, it was Bombay which produced star batsmen. But from Sehwag to Gautam Gambhir and now Virat Kohli to Unmukt Chand, the capital has a fantastic array of dashing batsmen.Maybe, when the Ranji Trophy season begins, all eyes will again be on Delhi, whose achievements in recent seasons have been below par. As for all the brouhaha over Unmukt’s college results and so on, it really doesn’t matter how many years he takes to graduate. He has a huge cricketing career ahead of him and that’s what matters to cricket email@example.com
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PV Sindhu will be eyeing her second consecutive Badminton World Championships final when she takes on Japan’s world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final of BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China on Saturday.Sindhu buried the hatchet against Nozomi Okuhara on Friday as she beat the defending champion 21-17, 21-19 to guarantee herself a fourth World Championships medal.Sindhu had lost an energy-sapping one hour 50 minutes final against Okuhara in Glasgow last year but this time in the quarter-finals, Sindhu looked far more in control and did not let the past bog her down.She will have to do the same against Yamaguchi today. Sindhu currently leads their head-to-head record 6-4 and in the last six matches between the two, both of them have won three each.Also read – PV Sindhu overcomes Okuhara to reach semis The last time these two met was in the semi-final of All England Badminton Championships 2018 in three games. Sindhu had won the first game 21-19 but lost the next two 19-21, 18-21 to bow out of the tournament.Interestingly, all the three matches out of their last six encounters that Sindhu has won, have all come in straight games. Evidently, Sindhu will have to look to do the same on Saturday as well. Akane Yamaguchi is currently ranked 2nd in the world (AP Photo)Just like Okuhara, Sindhu cannot afford to be bound by the long battles that Yamaguchi will force her into. Sindhu showed a wide range of strokes on Friday to defeat Okuhara and the Indian will have to display a similar variety against Yamaguchi.advertisementYamaguchi is coming into the semi-final at the back of a 21-13, 17-21, 21-16 win against China’s Chen Yu Fei and her ability to fight out of crunch situations will give her a lot of belief.Sindhu will need to believe as well. The failure of 2017 Dubai Superseries Finals final against Yamaguchi will still be fresh in Sindhu mind just like All England. In both these matches, Sindhu won the first game but Yamaguchi took the next two to snatch the match and those memories put Sindhu in a precarious situation.Sindhu will need the mental resolve she showed against Okuhara in the quarter-final. Okuhara took the lead early on in both the games of the match but Sindhu kept her cool and stuck to her plan to take the match. This is what she will require against Yamaguchi.For the past 2-3 years, opponents look to tire her in order to win matches against her. Rallies keep getting longer and the physically fitter players take the match. Sindhu will have to fight that mental block.The win against Okuhara was a step towards resolving the riddle of the rally players in Nanjing only to land herself a stronger but similar puzzle in the semi-final.In the other women’s singles, Carolina Marin will take on home favourite He Bingjiao and whoever takes this match will wait the winner of Sindhu vs Yamaguchi — a match that is slated to be the second last match of the Saturday evening.
zoom Natural gas producer Australia Pacific LNG sent its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment from Curtis Island to Japan for The Kansai Electric Power Company (Kansai Electric) on June 29.The cargo was sent aboard the 164,700 cbm LNG tanker Fukurokuju, which was built to fulfil Kansai Electric’s contract with Australia Pacific LNG.Under the Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA), signed between the parties in 2012, Kansai Electric will receive approximately 1 million tonnes of LNG each year for 20 years.The 2016-built vessel, constructed at Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries, features a length of 293 meters and a width of 49 meters.According to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic, the vessel is scheduled to arrive at the port of Himeji, Japan on July 11.“The departure of Kansai Electric’s first cargo under the SPA represents another significant milestone in Australia Pacific LNG’s history,” Australia Pacific LNG CEO, Page Maxson, said.“This shipment to Kansai Electric marks the 27th shipment by Australia Pacific LNG since exports began,” Maxson said, adding that the company is scheduled to deliver the first cargo from Train 2 by the end of CY2016.
Kolkata: Health services at outpatient departments (OPDs) of various state-run hospitals and medical colleges in the state were partially affected on Wednesday, as the doctors stayed off-duty in response to the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) call for a 24-hour nationwide strike to protest against the passage of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in Lok Sabha.There was a long queue in many of the medical colleges in the city in the morning, as many doctors were not in the departments. As a result, the patients coming to the city’s medical colleges from various parts were serious inconvenienced. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe doctors in the hospitals observed the strike showing solidarity with the country’s apex body representing the medical fraternity, with around three lakh members across the country. The nationwide strike started from 6 am on Wednesday and would continue till Thursday morning. The IMA announced the withdrawal of non-essential services throughout the country, but they assured that all the emergency services would remain unaffected. It also urged the medical students to boycott classes. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe emergency wards at the city’s medical colleges performed normally. The health services in trauma care units, ICUs and ITUs of various government hospitals remained unaffected as well. Doctors from various hospitals took a part in a rally from NRS Medical College and Hospital to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, to protest against the NMC Bill. Doctors and the junior doctors alike cried anti-NMC Bill slogans and also carried posters and banners in their hands during the rally. The IMA argued that the NMC Bill seeks to replace the controversial Indian Medical Council (IMC). It also termed the NMC Bill as “draconian” as well as anti-people, anti-poor and anti-students. IMA also alleged that section 32 of the NMC Bill provides for licensing of 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practice modern medicine.
Jakarta: In his first bilateral visit to an ASEAN country, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Thursday met his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi and they agreed to step up cooperation in connecting Aceh and Andaman and Nicobar islands to promote trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts. Jaishankar is on a September 4-6 visit to Indonesia. “FM Jaishankar and I agreed to step up cooperation in Aceh – Andaman/Nicobar connectivity. Indonesia stands ready to participate in its infrastructure and connectivity development,” Marsudi said in a tweet. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’India and Indonesia last year agreed to set up a special task force to enhance connectivity between the strategic Andaman and Nicobar Islands and provinces in Sumatra Island. Aceh province is located on the northern end of Sumatra. During the parleys that included global and regional issues of mutual interest, the two sides also agreed to strengthen Indo-Pacific cooperation. The two countries also committed to reach a target of USD 50 billion bilateral trade by 2025, including through broader market access. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KDuring the talks, Indonesia also requested India for reduction of tariff for its palm oil. “FM Jaishankar and I agreed that the long and strong bond between the two countries should be reflected in the current bilateral relations,” Marsudi said in her tweet. Highlighting the historical linkages between the two countries, Jaishankar expressed hope of a modern partnership between India and Indonesia through fashion. “Pleasure to meet my Indonesian counterpart @Menlu_RI. My 1st bilat’l visit as EAM to ASEAN. Drawing on historical linkages to fashion a modern partnership. Agreed to address common challenges & explore shared opportunities. Our talks highlighted mutual support for territorial integrity,” Jaishankar tweeted. Jaishankar also met Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Gen(Retd) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and discussed closer cooperation between Andaman and Nicobar and Aceh. “Glad to meet with Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Gen(Retd) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. Discussed closer cooperation between Andaman & Nicobar and Aceh. Look forward to early meeting of the Joint Task Force,” Jaishankar said in his tweet. During his meeting with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Jaishankar discussed cooperation in counter terrorism and defence.
Five stories in the news for Thursday, April 26———POLICE PROBE TORONTO ATTACK AS DETAILS EMERGEDetails are still emerging about the victims of this week’s deadly van attack in north Toronto, as authorities continue a painstaking investigation. Police continue to comb the one-kilometre stretch of Yonge Street where the attack took place on Monday. The area was mostly re-opened to the public yesterday, and mourners continue to visit a makeshift memorial to the 10 people killed. Investigators are pleading for witnesses to come forward, saying they need every piece of information they can get. One potential clue is a Facebook post, allegedly made by the suspect, that praises a previous killing and references involuntary celibacy or “incel.” Twenty-five-year-old Alek Minassian faces 10 charges of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder, with investigators expecting to lay another attempted murder charge soon.———DETAILS ON B.C. PIPELINE COURT CASE TO BE UNVEILEDDetails are expected to be released today about British Columbia’s court case that questions if the province has the power to regulate the flow of oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Premier John Horgan has said a reference case will be filed in B.C.’s Court of Appeal by April 30, seeking to clarify the province’s rights to protect its environment and economy from an oil spill. A B.C. government official says the scheduled announcement today on environmental protection is about the legal reference case.———COMPANIES NEED SUBSTANCE-USE POLICIES: REPORTA report by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction says companies need comprehensive substance-use policies to help struggling employees, especially as marijuana legalization nears. The centre says organizations that appeared to have well-developed policies were typically larger and involved safety-sensitive industries including aviation, marine, rail, construction and law enforcement. Of the 50 policies analyzed for the report, most included disciplinary measures such as being fired, but support for educating employees and training managers was absent.———VIDEO POKES FUN AT TRUDEAU FOR LACKING GENDER PLANJustin Trudeau is being lampooned in a new video by the anti-poverty organization led by his friend and U2 frontman Bono for not having a concrete plan to advance his feminist agenda at the G7. The one-minute video by the One Campaign, which is to be released today, pokes fun at the prime minister, citing his many photo-ops, his “cool socks” and even his Superman Halloween costume. The video says Trudeau’s time is running out, with the Charlevoix G7 leaders’ summit on the horizon on June 8.———WINNIPEG FANS HIT STREETS IN PLAYOFF-HUNGRY CITYNHL Playoff fever has fully erupted in Winnipeg, which has been starved of an NHL playoff victory for two decades. Organizers of the Winnipeg Jets street party say that by Game 5 of the first round — which the Jets won against the Minnesota Wild — almost 20,000 people had gathered in the street outside Bell MTS Place to cheer, watch the game on big screens and be entertained by DJs. “The patience as a fan base … has created this enormous sense of pent-up excitement to explode and let it all out,” says Darren Ford, who led a grassroots campaign to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg after the first Jets franchise left for Phoenix in 1996.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases payroll employment, earnings and hours for February.— The Transportation Safety Board releases its report into the 2016 plane crash near Kelowna, B.C., that killed former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and three others.— A public campaign called Wild First, promoting wild salmon over open-net fish farms, is launched in Vancouver.— The NFL Draft gets underway in Arlington, Texas, with the Cleveland Browns holding the first pick.
TORONTO – Class-action lawyers who secured a landmark $750-million compensation deal for Indigenous victims of the ’60s Scoop have been left in fee limbo amid conflicting views as to how much they deserve.Under the settlement, which required separate approvals from both Federal Court and an Ontario court, Ottawa agreed to pay $75 million to the law firms involved.The lawyers further agreed to split the fees 50-50 between the two groups — one group comprising the Toronto lawyers who began the case in Superior Court in 2009, the other comprising three firms who pursued their action through Federal Court.In June, Federal Court Judge Michel Shore approved the $37.5 million earmarked for the lawyers in his court. The amount was “fair and reasonable” and amounted to less than 10 per cent of the overall global payment, said Shore, who had helped mediate settlement discussions.Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba, however, took a much dimmer view of the fee deal.He delivered a blistering indictment of the agreement, calling $75 million in fees rich beyond reasonable and the system for compensating class-action lawyers broken. He also railed at the split, saying the Federal Court lawyers simply didn’t deserve anywhere near half the total, or $37.5 million.“This decision was a bolt of lightning on this topic,” said Kirk Baert, who represents one of the three groups of Federal Court lawyers.Belobaba did sign off on the class-action settlement, but only after the lawyers on the Ontario end agreed the fee issue would be resolved separately. The Federal Court lawyers, however, balked at re-opening the arrangement.“Why would class counsel, after the bargain has been struck and after we’ve lost all our leverage by going for a settlement approval, agree to take less?” Baert said. “The answer is: We’re not going to.”Still, in light of the change to the Ontario deal, the national lawyers headed back to Federal Court to again secure approval for their end of the class action.As Shore had done previously, Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan signed an order on Aug. 2, with the agreement of the parties involved, approving both the settlement and $37.5 million in fees for the lawyers in his court.According to one source who asked not to be named given the sensitivity of the matter, Belobaba had expected a full hearing in Federal Court on the lawyer fees. After receiving Phelan’s order on Aug. 3, the source said Belobaba began asking for details about what Phelan’s decision had been based on.Days later, Phelan wrote the Federal Court parties to ask for “submissions on the current motion for approval of fees.” Two days later, he further wrote that nothing in his order “should be taken as either explicitly or implied approval of counsel’s fees.”“His directions have left a little bit of confusion,” Baert said. “(But) these fees have now been approved twice. It’s done.”A telephone conference with Phelan and the lawyers involved aimed at clarifying the situation is set for Thursday.Belobaba appears to be awaiting the outcome of those discussions before deciding how much the Ontario lawyers deserve.Morris Cooper, who along with Toronto lawyer Jeffery Wilson was instrumental in reaching a settlement in the Ontario case, said Belobaba should accept that the national lawyers have been awarded $37.5 million and approve the same amount for the Ontario group.“I’m hopeful he will conclude that we shouldn’t be penalized if he’s dissatisfied with how the Federal Court has dealt with it,” Cooper said. “That would be grossly unfair in our view based on his own findings that we were the ones who did everything and deserve at least twice as much as them.”Baert, who called Belobaba’s views “mystifying,” said it would be up to the legislature or appeal courts to make any changes to how class-action lawyers are compensated. The judge’s view that fees should be calculated differently for settlements over $100 million makes no sense, Baert said.“Class actions don’t happen in a vacuum,” Baert said. “Law firms bring them and they pay for them. So when they do their jobs, they should get paid and they should get paid what the defendant agreed to pay.”The fee issue has no bearing on how much will be paid to victims of the ’60s Scoop — Indigenous children who lost their cultural heritage after being taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families. Each will receive between $25,000 and $50,000, depending on how many file claims.
LOS ANGELES — No one expected their culture would ever become mainstream when a few hundred comic book and science fiction enthusiasts and creators gathered in the basement of a San Diego hotel 49 years ago for what would become known as the first Comic-Con.Except Jack Kirby.“A long time ago he said, ‘One day Hollywood is going to come to Comic-Con to get its ideas,’” co-founder Mike Towry said. “That seemed pretty far-fetched to us, but Jack Kirby was pretty visionary.”As the 50th Comic-Comic kicks off Wednesday, with a big Marvel Studios panel on Saturday that’s sure to be the hottest ticket in town, and Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating the box office, Kirby proved to be right. But it took a while for Comic-Con to really “go Hollywood.”“We were just looking to get together with our fellow comic fans and some of the people who created the comics and science fiction we enjoyed,” Towry said of the early years. “Comics back then were looked down on by pretty much everyone.”Roy Thomas remembers being part of one of the first “real movie events” at Comic-Con. In the summer of 1976, the artist and two other panelists took the stage to preview an unknown sci-fi property that wouldn’t hit theatres for another 10 months.It was, of course, “Star Wars” and he was working on the promotional comics that Marvel would put out prior to release.“We had a few posters. But we didn’t even have any footage,” Thomas said. “All we could do was sit there and talk about it and show a poster.”He remembers the PR guy, Charles Lippincott, trying to sell the posters later for $1 apiece.“He didn’t even sell them all,” Thomas laughed. “He ended up giving some of them away.”Compare that to 28 years later, when Lucasfilm revealed the title for the final Star Wars prequel, “Revenge of the Sith.” Germain Lussier, a staff writer for the websites io9 and Gizmodo, remembers it being “electric.” Some 7,000 screaming people jumped out of their seats and made a mad dash to the showroom floor to get one of the T-shirts available at the Star Wars booth.The success of the original Star Wars may have a wake-up call for Hollywood.“It made Hollywood sit up and take notice,” Towry said. And, he thinks, it began the slow evolution of the convention into what it is today.For most, the real tipping point for Comic-Con and Hollywood came in 2008 when “Twilight” descended on the Gaslamp District. The “Twihards” took fandom to a new level when they camped out overnight to secure a spot to see the panel. That had never been done on that level.Since then, Comic-Con has been a madhouse. Nowadays, some 135,000 people descend on the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding Gaslamp District every year. There are lines everywhere for fan needs (panels, toys, autograph sessions, events) and human ones (food, bathrooms, transportation). Tickets are hard to come by, as are hotels and parking, and everything is expensive.There are still artists on the showroom floor and off-the-beaten path panels in the spirit of those first few years. But look around the Gaslamp District where every inch of space has been branded by a movie, TV show, tech company or corporate brand (even down to the hotel key cards and elevators), and it’s clear that Comic-Con has become one big advertisement.“You could feel it when Hollywood really started figuring out that that this was a major publicity opportunity and targeting it,” said film critic Drew McWeeny, who started attending in the early 1990s. “For me that was the end of it.”For McWeeny, the intense focus on movie trailers and tidbits teased by those involved in the major panels at Comic-Con, “reflects the problem with overall culture beautifully: Our conversation about films happens 99% before they come out and 1% after they come out. The film is almost inconsequential. Our cultural conversation is about marketing.”For others, Comic-Con holds value in that filmmakers get face time with fans. “It” director Andy Muschietti is returning this year with some cast and new footage from “It: Chapter Two,” which Warner Bros. and New Line will premiere at its Wednesday night ScareDiego event.“It’s huge. You’re really getting in contact with the fans, even for a brief moment,” Muschietti said. “The fans have the opportunity to meet the cast there that they love so much and get an autograph. I think it’s great.”Lately, it’s become a bit of a mixed bag with just how involved Hollywood movie studios, which can fluctuate based on what there is to promote. Marvel Studios has sat out before, and this year Warner Bros. is not bringing any of its DC properties.“I suspect a lot of studios realized that having movies at San Diego Comic-Con costs a lot of money and I don’t know if it’s worth all that money in the end,” said Perri Nemiroff, a senior producer for Collider.com and host of the YouTube series Movie Talk. She also noted that studios like Disney have their own brand-specific conventions like D23 and Star Wars Celebration.“I do think to some degree it’s rolling back,” McWeeny said. “The best thing that can happen is Hollywood just gets bored of it and it becomes something that is really for fans again.”Plus there’s just the hassle of getting and being there. And perhaps “missing out” is no longer a fear: Fans can see most of the footage online soon afterward.“It’s become so huge now, it’s almost like Yogi Berra said: ‘Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded,’” Thomas said. “That’s why I stay away. I do like it, but I just feel like maybe it’s better to stick with my memories.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
“It is worth insisting that many difficult decisions have yet to be taken in the areas of constitution-making, transitional justice, reconciliation and, it goes without saying, security sector reform,” Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told the Security Council. “In going forward, broad-based support to these decisions is necessary,” Mr. Mitri said, adding that: “For this purpose, Libyan authorities, political forces, community and tribal leaders, revolutionaries and civil society organizations should engage in a process of national dialogue. UNSMIL is committed to assist in this endeavour.”Libya has been undergoing a transition toward a modern democratic State, after decades of autocratic rule and the toppling of the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi. The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.UNSMIL has been assisting the country’s transition process. The persistence of revolutionary brigades and incidents of renewed fighting in various parts of the country are among the security challenges facing Libya, which also needs to prepare a new constitution, promote rule of law, protect human rights, and counter illicit arms proliferation.In today’s briefing, Mr. Mitri reported that the new Government of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and his cabinet have officially taken office and appeared to enjoy broad support from the elected legislature, the General National Congress (GNC), political parties and the public. Pressure has been mounting, however, for progress in the constitution-making process but the GNC has not yet determined whether the members of the constitution-drafting body are to be appointed or elected, an issue intertwined with regional politics, he said, adding that this is an important area where UNSMIL was encouraging inclusive dialogue, with adequate participation of women.The security situation remained “precarious,” he said, while security reform gained momentum and coherence, with over 20,000 revolutionary fighters having enlisted with the Ministry of Interior’s training process since security restructuring plans were announced in December.Those plans have met with resistance from revolutionary brigades who were not yet ready to surrender their weapons, he said. For that purpose, UNSMIL was offering technical advice on demobilization and reintegration, training, national security policies, legal frameworks, organizational structure and budget.Meanwhile, discontent among the population in the south has increased with accusations of insufficient service delivery prompting a temporary walkout by some GNC members. In addition, the country’s president was targeted by an assassination attempt on 3 January, and the Italian consul vehicle was fired upon on 12 January in Benghazi, where police officials have been killed. Benghazi residents organized a demonstration on 28 December in which they demanded an end to the attacks against security personnel and an investigation into the recent events, and, most important of all, the dissolution of all armed groups, he saidEvents in Benghazi, Bani Walid and elsewhere highlighted the urgent need to promote reconciliation and transitional justice, he said, noting UN efforts in that regard and a new law introduced by the Minister of Justice providing for accountability and truth-seeking mechanisms. At the same time, he noted further efforts for the “political isolation” of persons associated with the former regime, for which UNSMIL had urged effects on reconciliation and social cohesion be taken into account.UNSMIL also continues to urge the Libyan authorities to accelerate the screening of detainees held since the civil conflict, the release of those against whom there is insufficient evidence, the transfer of detainees to state-controlled facilities and the reform of the prison system.Security along Libya’s borders also remained a concern, Mr. Mitri said, particularly given the possible impact of recent developments in Mali. Agreements on border security cooperation resulted from a December visit of Prime Minister Zeidan to Algeria, Chad, Niger and Sudan, he added.Coinciding with the Council’s discussion of Libya, the UN today is opening a multimedia exhibition at its New York Headquarters focusing on its support for the country’s post-conflict transition. “Libya in Transition: Helping to Build a New Democratic Libya” features the work of Iason Athanasiadis, a photographer for UNSMIL, and includes contributions from the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), courtesy of photographer Giovanni Diffidenti.
The girl, who had been reported missing from her north London home by her mother, was beaten during the “horrendous” five days she was held captive before police stormed the property on May 25 last year. Thousands of children could be being lured through social media sites such as Instagram into selling drugs in seaside towns, the police have warned as they secured their first modern slavery conviction against those responsible. A complex web of more than 900 “county lines” have been discovered across the UK, where organised crime groups based in urban areas use violence and intimidation to force young and vulnerable people to sell drugs remotely in rural or seaside areas. This could mean that “potentially thousands” of young people are being exploited, the Metropolitan Police said, and they are often targeted on social media such as Instagram and Snapchat, sometimes with the promise of a relationship or money. It comes as Fesal Mahamud, 20, and Mahad Yusuf, 21, from the Enfield-based DA (Dem Africans) gang became the first “county lines” offenders convicted under modern slavery law. They were jailed for 10 and nine years respectively. Their “vulnerable” 19-year-old victim was lured into meeting them through social media, but what she thought was going to be a date saw her driven to a drugs den in Swansea. Once there they smashed up her phone and told her she “belonged” to them, before forcing her to conceal heroin and crack cocaine on her body and help sell the drugs. Fesal Mahamud was part of the “county lines” gangCredit:PA Also present were two other young people – a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy who was found to have drugs hidden inside him.The groups work by setting up a drugs hotlines to a mobile phone at their city base. When they receive an order they use their satellite bases in rural or coastal towns – where they force vulnerable people to work for them using “intimidation and violence” – to deliver the illegal substances. Mahamud was based in London, running the line, whilst Yusuf was the “enforcer” in Swansea running the drugs den and administering the beatings to keep the young people in check. Detective Inspector Rick Sewart, who led the investigation, said: “They use social media to target young, vulnerable people. They use Instagram, Snapchat and other similar social media platforms, often looking for new platforms and new apps.”As the men were sentenced Deputy Assistant Commissioner Duncan Ball, from the Metropolitan Police, revealed that they had already identified “900 plus lines” across the UK and said that this number was a “conservative estimate”. Mr Ball said that because the selling operation could be run hundred of miles away from the base of those responsible, allowing them to distance themselves from the crime. 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. Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, Lead Responsible Officer for the Met’s County Lines Investigations, added: “They specifically use vulnerable or young people to do their dirty work for the increase of profit.”He said that children as young as 12 had been involved in the cases that they had uncovered and as well as using social media the gangs would sometimes hang around outside schools to try and recruit. The police hope that by targeting the organisers using modern slavery laws they will realise: “We have to stop using kids”. DS Champion added: “The violence also comes when other gangs or groups go to the same place and the supply outweighs the demand causing fights over a small market.”
Intel has given its perceptual computing division a big boost by acquiring Omek, an Israeli company focused on motion-sensing tech. Omek has likely been on Intel’s radar since 2011, when Intel Capital led the way on a $7-million funding round.What sets Omek apart from PrimeSense and Leap Motion is that it’s developing middleware that supports a wide range of sensors. There won’t be a specific Omek sensor that drives the experience — any supported hardware will suffice. That could mean that any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone that ships with an Intel processor will include on-chip gesture sensing abilities.PC OEMs will just need to make sure they select a webcam that fits the bill, but they won’t need to license a complete proprietary solution from PrimeSense or Leap if they want to offers consumers top-notch gesture recognition in their devices. As long as they’re dropping in a Core processor that’s got Omek tech built in, they’ll be good to go.Intel has already gotten the integration ball rolling by moving Omek’s personnel into its Haifa, Israel development center. It’s a great place to fast-track the process. Intel has a strong presence in Israel that includes several design facilities and two fabrication plants.Omek was on hand at CES 2013 to show off what it called “the future of close-range interaction,” and it’s certainly possible that they’ll be back next year with a much more prominent presence.Last year, Intel took to the stage in Vegas to pound its chest about the amazing battery life and performance its Haswell chips would deliver. In 2014, gesture recognition could be the star of the show.
Austrade – the Australian government’s trade and investment development agency – will close its office in Greece this week as part of a reallocation of its resources in Europe. Federal Trade Minister Craig Emerson announced a comprehensive reform of Austrade last year, whose annual budget of almost $200 million is being increasingly focused on emerging markets. The closure comes as a raft of new initiatives aimed at connecting Greece and Australia are being rolled out – including an Hellenic-Australia Business Council based in Athens, and the creation of a consultative committee by federal government on bilateral arrangements with Greece. Austrade’s presence in Athens was through one full-time post based at the Australian Embassy. The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) has expressed its disappointment at the decision. George Iliopoulos, HACCI’s director for trade told Neos Kosmos: “We regularly work with the Austrade office in Athens and have done so for over ten years. “It plays an important role, not only in supporting trade and investment in Greece and Australia through business matching and networking but also by providing a framework for bilateral cooperation, and the exchange of trade and business ideas between our two countries.” Mr Iliopoulos said that HACCI would be seeking support from other leading Greek organizations “to protest against this mistimed decision”. Austrade has operations in 100 cities in 55 countries, serviced by 70 Australia-based executives, assisted by many staff locally. HACCI’s president Nick Mylonas has written to Craig Emerson asking for Austrade’s decision to be reversed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A court on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) sentenced 18 people, including former intelligence employees, to jail for up to 15 years for spying for foreign countries.Judge Gojko Ristov said evidence presented during the trial, the first of its kind in FYROM, proved the suspects’ guilt. The countries they allegedly spied for were not named.The prime suspect Marjan Efremov, a former employee of the FYROM secret services, got 15 years in jail, while Goran Stojkov, a former police general, was handed down a nine-year prison term.The others include interior ministry and parliament officials.The court said the alleged spy ring was formed in 2009 and was active until 2012.But local media reports said the members of the group were selling classified information to the intelligence services of Greece and Hungary.The accused were arrested in September last year. Source: AFP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Vampire Weekend Add European Dates To 2019 Tour Vampire Weekend Add Europe Dates To 2019 Tour vampire-weekend-add-european-dates-2019-tour European capitals are added to the GRAMMY winners’ extensive 2019 tour, kicking off this monthPhillip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 14, 2019 – 12:38 pm GRAMMY-winning rockers Vampire Weekend announced they’re adding new Nov. dates to their emerging 2019 tour schedule. Their summer-through-fall North American dates were announced late Jan., and now new U.K. dates have been added as well as the European capitals Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.The band’s upcoming Father Of The Bride or FOTB is scheduled for release on May 3 and will be Vampire Weekend’s first album of new music since Modern Vampires Of The City was released in 2013. The album went on to win Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. Although Rostam Batmanglij left the group and stopped touring with them, he is still a collaborator. Fans are awaiting full details of FOTB’s other collaborations, such as the Internet’s Steve Lacy joining in on the latest release “Sunflower.” https://twitter.com/vampireweekend/status/1106163264184975360 Facebook GRAMMY winner Ariel Rechtshaid produced FOTB, and other guest artists on the album reportedly include Haim’s Danielle Haim, Jenny Lewis and the Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth.”We’ve had three albums of the same voice over and over again,” Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig recently told Rolling Stone. “I like the idea of opening up our world a little bit.”The video for “Sunflower” also features an appearance from GRAMMY-nominated comedian Jerry Seinfeld.More tour details are available at Vampire Weekend’s website.Vampire Weekend Release New Music, Announce Forthcoming Album DetailsRead more News Twitter Email
A man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileEuphoria at the beginning of trading on Monday in the backdrop of massive win for pro-business French candidate Emmanuel Macron saw benchmark indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty opening high, but they later trimmed gains to close on a modest note. However, select stocks hit new 52-week highs, such as ICICI Bank, Vijaya Bank, CESC, DLF, Indiabulls Real Estate and ACC.In all, 36 stocks hit new one-year high on Monday.ICICI Bank has been rallying post the declaration of its Q4 and FY2017 results; with brokerages giving a bullish outlook and setting a target price of Rs 325/365, the share has appreciated from Rs 275 on May 3 ( the day it announced results) to close at Rs 303.30 on Monday, after hitting a new 52-week high of Rs 308.30.Vijaya Bank shares scaled a new one-year-high of Rs 90 before closing at Rs 88.40, up 6.83 percent. The stock has rallied 112 percent in six months, from its November 8 closing of Rs 41.7.In a recent decision, the Indian government appointed RA Sankara Narayanan, currently executive director of Mumbai-based Bank of India, was appointed MD & CEO of Vijaya Bank with effect from September 1.Dinabandhu Mohapatra, executive director at Bengaluru-based Canara Bank, was appointed MD and CEO of Bank of India.Sunil Mehta, executive director of Mangaluru-based Corporation Bank, was appointed MD & CEO of Punjab National Bank. In all, seven such top-level appointments at public sector banks were announced by the government on May 5.ACC, along with Ambuja Cements, spiked on Monday on the back of merger buzz. Ambuja Cements closed 5.89 percent higher at Rs 260.80 while ACC ended with 3.57 percent gain at Rs 1,714.40.Moneycontrol.com reported that CLSA has upgraded its rating for Ambuja Cements to Rs 311 and for ACC, to Rs 1,925.The board of directors of ACC met last week decided to “commence evaluation of a potential merger between the company and Ambuja Cements with a view to combine the strengths of both businesses as to benefit all stakeholers,” the company said in a regulatory filing on May 5. Representational image of new Rs 500 note.IANS
Ola cars in AustraliaContinuing its international foray, Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms, has expanded its presence in Australia by launching services in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.The expansion is a part of Ola’s ongoing efforts to provide the community with a better rideshare experience. Having been present in Australia’s most populous cities, Ola received a large number of requests from drivers and customers alike to introduce its services in other parts of the country.Sunshine Coast was chosen due to the bustling tourism industry and the need for a greater choice in the local rideshare market.”We have seen a tremendous response to our offerings across the country as customer demand has been on an upward trend. After seeing a large number of requests to introduce our services in other parts of the country, we’ve chosen the Sunshine Coast as Ola’s first launch in a non-metro city in Australia. We are now present across 8 cities in Australia and are the fastest-growing major rideshare player in the country,” said Simon Smith, Managing Director of Ola Australia and New Zealand,Ola is offering new customers discounted rides and is also inviting local drivers to join the platform to celebrate the launch. On its way to providing commuters with the best rideshare experience, Ola has enabled Queenslanders to save over five million dollars in fares and travel more than 7.5 million kilometres across the South East.The platform will continue its rollout across the market and work with local authorities to offer enhanced transportation access to commuters. Exponential growth over the past few years has seen the company enabling smart transportation to hundreds of millions of users through its network of over 1.5 million drivers across 250+ cities in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and India.Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 1.5 million driver-partners.