Interviews conducted for hangmen post

Interviews were conducted today for the post of hangmen, at the Welikada prison, the department of prisons said.The prisons department said that several of those who had applied for the post appeared for the interview. The prisons department received 24 applications for the post of hangmen and the department will eventually select two candidates.

Iraq UN agency appeals for 54 million to rebuild seed industry avert

Iraq’s seed industry has collapsed and the country is currently not able to meet farmers’ needs for improved crop varieties, seriously threatening its food security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today as it launched a $5.4 million appeal to rebuild the national seed industry. “Iraq has currently no system in place that provides certified high-quality seeds of improved varieties,” FAO Project Manager for Iraq Tekeste Tekie said. “As a result, crop productivity remains very low because farmers are using their own, mostly low-quality, seeds. “If no immediate action is taken, serious seed shortages can be expected in the near future, threatening the country’s food security. Crops and vegetable seeds that have been developed by farmers over centuries should be maintained and further improved in order to meet local agricultural and nutritional needs,” he added. High-quality seed is one of the most critical inputs for sustainable agricultural production. Iraq had a relatively stable and functioning public-sector controlled seed industry before the war in 2003 when agricultural research centres were devastated and most of the equipment and machinery, including seed processing facilities and seed stocks, were looted or damaged. This has resulted in the loss of almost all generations of seeds of all crops, FAO said. Moreover, much seed expertise was lost during the conflict. As a result, Iraq can only cover four per cent of the national demand for quality seeds from its own resources. Most seeds come from farmers’ own seed reserves, which are of low quality. Building on FAO’s pre-war experience in northern Iraq, the new project seeks to rebuild a modern seed industry and to increase the quantity and quality of seeds available to farmers. “All farmers in Iraq, including vulnerable and marginalized groups, will profit from the seed rehabilitation project. Through the production of high-quality seed varieties, Iraq will be able to increase yields and reduce food imports,” Mr. Tekie said. read more

Clean technologies will attract trillions of dollars over next decade UN says

Introducing “The Working Capital Report,” scheduled to be published in March 2006 by the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), UNEP said the study explores the role of financial service companies and capital markets as they capitalize on new opportunities linked to sustainable development and more effective management of the associated risks.”There is no question that 2005 will be seen as the watershed when the mainstream banking, insurance and investment worlds realized the scale of the commercial opportunities unfolding in the new carbon, clean-tech and sustainable natural resource markets and, also, the legal risks of not being a leader in this area,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said.Financial institutions working with UNEP have predicted that greenhouse gas emissions trading markets could reach $2 trillion a year by 2012 and that the market providing finance for clean energy technologies could reach $1.9 trillion by 2020, he noted.Montreal, Canada, is hosting the first meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP) on climate change, which entered into force this year, in parallel with the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), also known as COP. The meeting started yesterday and ends next Friday.At the international climate negotiations, “the financial service companies in the UNEP FI partnership will ask Governments for two key things: to provide early, clear guidance on the continuation of the international climate policy regime beyond 2012 and to foster an appropriate framework to ensure a liquid and efficient global carbon market,” Mr. Toepfer said.”They will also be looking for countries to meet their emissions reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol and a clear signal that nations will go beyond these, post-2012, according to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities,” he added.”The Working Capital Report” will build on previous UNEP studies. Those include one by the world’s third largest law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, of the world’s largest capital markets on behalf of the Working Group of UNEP FI, a public-private partnership between UNEP and more than 170 banks, insurers and asset managers worldwide. read more

Former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson fully invested in Ohio State

OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson (left) works with members of the defensive line during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to return to State College, Pa,. for the first time since 2012, one particular OSU coach is returning to a place he called home for nearly two decades.OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson is set to return to Beaver Stadium for the first time since leaving Penn State for a job with the Buckeyes in January.After nearly 20 years as a Nittany Lion assistant, Johnson said returning to Beaver Stadium will be an unusual experience.“It will be different. First time. You spend 18 years at one place for a long time, then you walk back in there, different sideline, place you’ve been for 18 years,” Johnson said Monday. “But I’m looking forward to going back. I’m looking forward to going back with Ohio State University. I’m looking forward to going back and (will) be excited to play in the stadium.”Johnson, who replaced Mike Vrabel when Vrabel left for a job with the Houston Texans, earned high praise from OSU coach Urban Meyer before he even coached a game at OSU.“We replaced Mike with a top-shelf coach, a guy that has great respect, very good recruiter, a very good coach. The players love him already,” Meyer said during Big Ten media days in July.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said in March — not long after Johnson was hired — that Johnson had his similarities and differences when compared to Vrabel.“It is just a different attitude,” Bosa said “Their technique is all similar. He is more positive, I daresay.”Meyer seems to have the same outlook on Johnson’s style of coaching.“I think they’re very similar guys. High-end character people, family-oriented guys that you want leading your players,” Meyer said Monday. “I’d say they’re more similar than different. Mike might let some colorful, I don’t want to use ‘language,’ phrases or whatever, but other than that they’re very similar guys.”Johnson said he tries to make an effort to not only coach his players on the field, but off the field as well.“There’s different ways to deliver a message to a player. Mine might be a little different. I am a developer. I like to be closer to a player, develop a relationship,” Johnson said. “That’s my march, try to make sure the players understand I trust them, believe in them, but I am also going to invest in them.”Johnson will now have to lead his players into a stadium he has never seen from the visitor’s sideline, but added that he knows what to expect from an atmosphere standpoint.“It will be loud. We count on it being loud. Our players (at Penn State), they went to another notch when they got to play in front of 108,000, ‘white out,’ those kind of things,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a great environment. There’s 108,000 here. So that’s fun to play in front of also. I think our players will be jacked to go back in there again and play at Penn State.”The last time the Buckeyes traveled to Beaver Stadium — in 2012 — Johnson was in blue and white as OSU defeated the Nittany Lions, 35-23.Despite calling Penn State home for 18 years, Johnson said he has no plans to visit his old stomping grounds other than the stadium.“I won’t stop by. I’m going to be in the hotel planning for the game. I won’t see anything, to be honest with you,” Johnson said.While most of his surroundings will be familiar, there is one thing that will be new for Johnson: the visitors’ locker room.“I have heard about it,” Johnson said with a smile. “It’s very small.”Johnson will be introduced to new surroundings before too long as the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Nittany Lions on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Commentary Columbus hockey fans still suffering as NHL lockout arrives

On Jan. 28, Columbus Blue Jackets fans, who have only witnessed postseason hockey once in the team’s 12 years of existence, received the best news from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman since the team’s inception. The city of Columbus would be hosting the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, or so they were told. At midnight Sunday,the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement expired, and with no new deal in place, players were locked out by the owners for the second time in nine years. Bettman met with owners and members of the NHL Players Association last week in New York City with the bleak hope of agreeing on a new deal that would have allowed for the season to start on it’s scheduled date, Oct. 11. With both sides still “far apart in talks” according to The New York Times, the season’s original start date is very much in jeopardy. While the owners and the players might be in disagreement over a number of issues, both sides realize that the biggest concern is how revenue will be split. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, players received 57 percent of the league’s revenue, and owners received 43 percent. Reportedly, Bettman’s most recent offer to the players would leave them with 47 percent of revenue, roughly a 17.5 percent pay cut. The NHL has experienced its seventh straight year of economic growth, according to Forbes. Another major issue that the two sides are clashing over is owners wanting to limit contract lengths to six years. Currently, there are no term limits on contracts. According to, there are 16 players signed to deals of 10 years or longer. While negotiations might continue informally throughout the month, the likelihood of the season starting on time is very slim. While Ohio natives might cringe at this, I suspect that the savior to Columbus’ All-Star Game could come from Ann Arbor. In April 2011, the NHL signed a massive deal with NBC to be their exclusive broadcasting partner. Part of this agreement was rights to broadcast the annual Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game on New Years Day that, according to Sports Business Daily, generated $22 million dollars when it was played in Pittsburgh in 2010. This year’s game will be at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and, if played, will set the record for largest attendance at a professional hockey game. NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly said that the league does have an opt-out clause with the University of Michigan, but they would stand to lose millions from skipping the annual event, and with pressure from NBC, I believe this should give fans a small piece of hope. According to the News Observer, last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., generated an estimated $11.4 million in spending from out-of-town visitors. The city of Columbus, which according to the most recent U.S. Census, boasts a larger metropolitan area than Raleigh, could stand to make even more than $11 million on the event. During the 2004-2005 locked-out season, Atlanta was scheduled to host the All-Star Game, but did not do so until 2008. If the entire season is lost and the NHL chooses to reschedule the game in Columbus, the earliest it would be played is 2015, because the Olympics are scheduled for February 2014. read more

New Opportunity Corps to receive 29M upgrade

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNOC inmates being sexually assaulted, Senior official covering it up, says staff memberFebruary 26, 2018In “Crime”13 inmates allegedly escape from NOCSeptember 28, 2018In “Crime”Guyana’s eGovernment project picking up pace …100 institutions connected to networkSeptember 29, 2016In “Internet” The New Opportunity Corps (NOC), Onderneeming Essequibo Coast, Region TwoThe sum of $28.978 Million will be spent on the rehabilitation of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) located at Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two, to ensure that the children are housed in a comfortable environment which is in keeping with minimum standards required.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during his recent post-Cabinet press briefing, said that the Cabinet approved the contract which was awarded to PD Construction.The project forms part of the Ministry of Social Protection Capital Programme.According to the Department of Public Information, the ministry will also be implementing a Self-Sufficient Agricultural Economic Services venture, as part of the reintegration programme available for the students at the institution.It was also outlined that steps are also being taken to evaluate the staff complement and the core competencies that are needed to bring the institution in line with the minimum standards required by such an institution.In July 2017, the operation of the NOC was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Social Protection, on the grounds that the institution’s purpose is to prepare and train juveniles for reintegration into society.The NOC caters to children between the ages of 12 to 17 and most of whom are there for committing the offence of wandering.It has a specific mandate to rehabilitate and train adolescent offenders and wanderers so that they could be re-integrated in the society.However, the facility has been plagued with numerous cases of detainees escaping, while some of them have also made accusations of sexual harassment against senior officials who are supposed to oversee their rehabilitation. read more

Electric Razors Better For The EnvironmentBut Just Barely

first_imgIf you’re curious about whether or not using an electric razor vs a disposable one is better or worse for the environment, the good folks at Slate have you covered. And as it turns out, there really isn’t that much of a difference.Because while electric razors by their nature use electricity, disposable have a number of different concerns to worry about. There’s the carbon footprint of the razor as its created, shipped, and sold, as well as the hot water used while shaving. According to Slate, the difference amounts to a measly 14.9 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Or, the equivalent of having a light bulb on for less that an hour. So not a big deal.AdChoices广告What is a big deal though, is shaving in the shower. According to the report, three days of shaving in the shower wastes as much energy as an entire year of shaving at the sink.last_img read more

Oracle prévoit dembaucher 2000 personnes

first_imgOracle prévoit d’embaucher 2000 personnesÉtats-Unis – Alors que la Commission européenne a enfin autorisé le rachat de Sun Microsystems par Oracle, le directeur de ce dernier a annoncé avoir l’intention d’embaucher plus de personnes qu’il n’en licenciera à l’occasion de la fusion des deux sociétés.Larry Ellison, le PDG d’Oracle, a déclaré au Wall Street Journal avoir l’intention de créer 2000 postes au cours des prochains mois, notamment dans les domaines de l’ingénierie et de la vente. Dans le même temps, d’autres postes seront supprimés, mais en nombre inférieur, assure-t-il. Cela devrait porter les effectifs totaux de la société à près de 110.000 employés.À lire aussiLa Russie veut déconnecter l’ensemble de ses habitants d’InternetLarry Ellison a également expliqué que suite à la fusion de Sun et Oracle, sa société se lancerait dans la fabrication de serveurs haut de gamme, estimant “qu’il serait préférable d’avoir toutes les pièces, plutôt que de travailler avec des partenaires” qui construisent des serveurs fonctionnant avec les programmes de Sun et Oracle.Jusqu’alors, Larry Ellison avait rejeté l’idée de développer des équipements, préférant se limiter aux logiciels. Mais grâce à cette nouvelle stratégie, Oracle pourrait générer un supplément de bénéfice de 1,5 milliard de dollars dès la première année de sa fusion avec Sun Microsystems, affirme le PDG désormais convaincu que l’avenir de l’informatique réside dans le développement de systèmes associant équipements et logiciels.La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à la fusion la semaine dernière après de longs mois d’hésitation. Plus rien n’empêche donc l’intégration de Sun à Oracle, qui devrait être imminente.Le 29 janvier 2010 à 11:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Médicaments les prix varient fortement dune pharmacie à lautre

first_imgMédicaments : les prix varient fortement d’une pharmacie à l’autreLa fédération Familles Rurales a publié mercredi les résultats de son Observatoire des prix des médicaments. Les prix de ceux qui ne nécessitent pas d’ordonnance varient d’une pharmacie à l’autre.Familles Rurales a mis en place son dispositif en relevant d’abord en janvier, puis en juin les tarifs des médicaments vendus sans ordonnance dans 72 pharmacies différentes. Les résultats montrent que les prix sont restés stables sur cette période. Ce qui frappe, par contre, est l’énorme variation selon les officines. Pour exemple, une boîte de 20 comprimés de Nurofen 200 mg est vendue entre 1,78 euros et… 4,60 euros ! De nombreux autres produits sont concernés par ces très fortes différences de prix : le lait infantile, le sérum physiologique, le Maalox, le Strepsils… Globalement, l’Observatoire relève que les prix sont plus bas lorsque les médicaments sont en libre-service. Les produits sont vendus plus chers lorsqu’ils se trouvent derrière le comptoir.Pour remédier à cette situation pénalisante pour les consommateurs, Familles Rurales réclame une plus grande clarté sur le mode de tarification, et préconise de vendre plus de médicaments en libre-service. Quant à ceux vendus derrière le comptoir, le pharmacien doit clairement en indiquer le prix au client avant de les lui vendre.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 13:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Altered Carbon Puts Familiar Noir in a Rich Beautiful Naked Sleeve

first_img Netflix is Launching New ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Anime SeriesT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Cyberpunk Shirts Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img The world appears to be coming back around on cyberpunk. The neon-covered subgenre of sci-fi enjoyed a heyday in the 80s/early-90s, and then it just kind of faded into the background. Gone were the days when everyone was freaking out over how great Neuromancer was or making over-the-top and instantly dated movies about hacking. People were still writing Cyberpunk stories, but outside of The Matrix, few of them crossed into the mainstream. Thanks to The X-Files, we all became obsessed with alien abduction and government conspiracy. In the 2000s, we all flirted with steampunk for a bit before we realized that we all looked really stupid putting gears on everything. Dark fantasy has been the genre go-to for a while now, but it’s looking like Game of Thrones might close the door on that one on its way out. And since we’re all hooking our lightbulbs, door locks and sex toys up to the internet, inviting countless scary security vulnerabilities, what better time for cyberpunk to make a comeback.Just in the last year, we got a new Blade Runner and a new Ghost in the Shell (hey, they can’t all be winners). Over in the video game world, the makers of The Witcher series, the closest thing the medium has to Game of Thrones, are leaving the swords and magic behind for their next game, which is just called Cyberpunk 2077. And here on Netflix, we have Altered Carbon. A Blade Runner-esque cyberpunk noir mystery based on the 2002 novel. I say Blade Runner-esque because from episode one, that’s the tone it’s going for. It’s a detective story in an overwhelming futuristic society. It takes its premise to a logical conclusion about what happens when humanity gets its hands on certain technology. It starts to ask the question of what part of us makes us human, though it never takes the question quite as far as Blade Runner did. It even has the main character’s noir-style voice over like Blade Runner’s theatrical cut. Yeah, not every classic pull was a good idea.Ato Essandoh, Joel Kinnaman (Photo via Netflix)Altered Carbon takes place in a world where humans have developed the technology to store their entire consciousness in a removable chip called a stack. Bodies then, are simply sleeves. Many people can afford to go from one body to another, but the process causes some mental decay after a while. If you’re truly rich, you can have your body cloned and preserved, able to jump into your prime self whenever your current sleeve gets old or damaged. Destroying someone’s stack is the only way to permanently kill them. The process is called “real death,” but like pretty much everything in this world, there’s a way around it if you have the means. Rich people can keep periodic backups of their stacks just in case they get real deathed. If someone is killed that way, they can be revived, though they won’t have any memory in between the last backup and the moment they’re brought back. Those missing hours are what drive the mystery of this first season. A rich man named Laurens Bancroft was murdered by a weapon only he and his wife had access to. The murder occurred just before his stack made its scheduled backup. He has no memory of the two days that led up to his death. So he has a former anti-government mercenary who’s been in prison (which is essentially having your stack put in sleep mode) for the last 200 years released. Takeshi Kovacs is placed into the sleeve of a white man, a cop (we later learn) framed for corruption. Bancroft hires Kovacs to find out who killed him. In return, Kovacs gets his freedom.So what we have is a straightforward film noir detective story dressed in elaborate sci-fi trappings. The story does go to interesting places, and has a few surprises up its sleeve, but it all ties back to the mystery. As wild as the show gets, it feels like it always returns to that familiar template. It’s one of the disappointments of the series. All of its original ideas are confined to branches and detours. Though you might not guess the exact outcome of the case, you definitely know how it ends. With a man smartly narrating to a room full of shocked people, broken up by sped-up flashbacks. It’s an oddly by-the-numbers ending to a show that had previously felt new and different. On its own, playing in familiar detective story tropes isn’t a bad thing. It gives you something familiar to hold onto when everything else looks like completely new territory.Will Yun Lee, Nora Inu (Photo via Netflix)The problem comes with the series’s pacing and structure. It spends long periods of time away from the central mystery. Whole episodes go by with Kovacs getting caught up in some plot that doesn’t seem to matter much at all. By the time he actually does check in or start putting puzzle pieces together, it’s less of a cool deductive reveal and more of a, “Oh yeah, he’s supposed to be solving something.” To the show’s credit, it all ties together nicely in the end. Everything eventually is revealed to have a purpose, making for a solid final few episodes. But when the show gives you no indication that any of these different storylines and characters are connected, it’s hard not to wonder why it’s spending so much time on them.Most of its pacing problems come from an over-reliance on its streaming format. This is a show made for Netflix. It’s designed to be binged in one or two sittings. Binging is a bad way to watch something if you want to remember specifics, and Altered Carbon counts on that. That’s why it feels it can have whole episodes where nothing happens. It can introduce some random new element without having to make it pay off in the same hour. Just as long as it gets addressed at some point before the finale. And because Netflix ferries you from one episode to the next, it’s easy to forgive the sins of one as long as the next one grabs your attention again. And Altered Carbon knows when it needs to win you back. It’s very good at it. Overall, I really liked this series. It’s fun, the story is captivating and the acting is all really good. It just has some serious flaws, including a few episodes that seriously drag and don’t hold up on their own. I don’t think it should get a pass on these issues just because its format makes them easy to ignore.James Purefoy (Photo via Netflix)It also has the annoying habit of either undermining or over-explaining every point it tries to make. That grumbly voiceover, while a staple of classic noir doesn’t do anything for the story. It reminds me a little two much of the Harrison Ford voiceover added in post-production to the theatrical cut of Blade Runner. Whenever Altered Carbon gives us anything approaching a powerful image, like the museum that casts Kovacs’ former love as a terrorist villain, Kovacs has to talk over it and explain it to you. It’s relying on telling because someone didn’t have confidence in the series’s ability to show. Then, there are the moments where it undermines itself. It presents a world where inequality and unfettered capitalism have irrevocably widened the gap between rich and poor. Where a rich man can kill a poor woman for sexual pleasure as long as he buys her a new body when he’s done. Where the same rich man can pay even more to kill a woman who doesn’t know she won’t be coming back to life. And it has nothing to say about how we got there. Its point comes across as more “some rich people are bad” rather than looking at the system that allows these rich men so much power.Other attempts at making some kind of statement are just dropped. There’s one great sequence where Bancroft seemingly uses his wealth to do something good. He goes into a quarantined area where people are infected by a deadly plague. The sickness spreads on contact and he gives them the warmth and human comfort they’ve been separated from for so long. His body contracts the sickness and he dies, only to be resurrected in a new sleeve a few seconds later. It looks charitable, but then we see the real reason he did it. Now, the poor are worshiping him as a god. It’s a haunting commentary about how we as a society venerate the rich. Sacrificing our public services and our health in the hope that they deign to show us a second of affection. After this scene is over though, the issue is no more. We never hear about it again. Later in the season, we spend a long time learning that Kovacs and his lover wanted to destroy the stack technology. Arguing that these atrocities were caused by the removal of death, and our humanity along with it. But it’s not like inequality just goes away because rich people can die again. Also, this would have been a great opportunity to really wrestle with the question of humanity. If our entire consciousness is stored on a chip that can be inserted into anybody, which part is the human? Is it the artificial piece of silicon? But this idea is never really brought up. Any questions about the nature of humanity are dropped once the long flashback episode ends.Martha Higareda, Joel Kinnaman (Photo via Netflix)The way it treats bodies is also suspect. A lot has been said about the nudity and violence on this show, and yes it is a little much. Characters get their clothes off for the slightest of justifications. Either because it’s been a while since we’ve had a sex scene and the audience needs some incentive to pay attention to the exposition that comes after, or just because the shower is a really good place to glower. Look, I like looking at pretty naked people just like everyone else does. But in a show about the horror of commodifying bodies, it turns awkward real quick, and not always in the way the show intends. It expects us to be shocked as sex workers are used as props by the rich, their bodies were thrown away and replaced when they’re broken. Then, it tries to titillate us one scene later with closeups of butts and breasts because we can afford $11 a month for a premium streaming service. This wouldn’t stick out so much as a question of the scenes weren’t so gratuitous and ever-present throughout the season.At worst, it undermines a major point it tries to make. In the middle of the series, we meet a couple who fight to the death. The winner gets a new combat-enhanced sleeve; the loser gets a downgraded one. They kill each other for the pleasure of the rich, and the show makes it very clear that the reason they do this is because it’s the only way they can make money. When Kovacs is forced into the fight, and maims but does not kill the husband, his wife starts crying. They can’t afford to fix his sleeve. The only way he gets better is if he dies. It’s a powerful moment, and one of the strongest scenes in the season. A few episodes later, a seemingly endless stream of naked clones rushes at one of the protagonists, each brutally gunned down for our entertainment. It’s a show that indulges in the same sins it tries to take a stance against. Visually, it’s a stunning sequence and a well-choreographed fight. But it comes at the cost of weakening the show’s own arguments.Joel Kinnaman, Dichen Lachman (Photo via Netflix)So yeah, the show has some problems, but it also does a ton of stuff right. The mystery takes some really interesting turns along the way, delivering genuinely earned shocks. The cast is fantastic, giving their full commitment to every line, even when it gets ridiculously heavy-handed. The production design is gorgeous. Every frame of the screen is covered in money. Well-spent money, too. Not only does everything look like the future, but it also looks like a future people live in. Every little piece of the set is packed with detail. Every prop and piece of set dressing has a purpose. Every shot gives you an immediate sense of place and how the people of this world live in it. The worldbuilding on this show is so good you don’t mind that it comprises almost all of the first episode. The story doesn’t really start going anywhere until episode two, but watching the show spend an hour setting everything up is fascinating by itself.Altered Carbon’s flaws would be a much bigger deal if everything else about it wasn’t so much fun. It’s beautifully directed, and as many action sequences as there are, they never get boring. Each one is different, and the fight choreography is brutal and captivating. Even its reliance on detective noir tropes is excusable. Introducing a general audience to a world this complex takes work, and this series takes the time it needs to do that work. As well as it does the worldbuilding, you can excuse a slightly simpler plot. All its flaws are things that can be easily fixed in a second season. Now that we’re familiar with the world, it can focus on telling a more complex story in its next outing. Now that Kovacs’ goal is more focused, the series can more fully explore the implications of the stack technology. Even with its problems, Altered Carbon is a fun, beautiful series that’s absolutely worth the 10 hours it takes from you. After seeing what its first season has to offer, I’d be happy to give it ten more.last_img read more

Minor fire doused at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 200 patients were shifted to safety after a minor fire broke out at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here early on Saturday, according to a statement. The Delhi Fire Services received information about the blaze at around 4.19 am, following which five fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it was doused by 5.15 am, officials said. Also Read – Custody of Ratul Puri extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us In a statement, the Union Health Ministry said the fire was doused immediately by the hospital staff and there was no casualty. “As a precautionary measure, more than 200 patients were immediately shifted to the trauma centre and other places safely,” it said. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and other senior officers visited the Centre-run hospital and took stock of the situation. Vardhan also interacted with the attendants and the patients who were shifted. Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us The situation is fully under control and all the services, including emergency services, are functioning smoothly, the statement said. “Electric supply that was temporarily suspended as a preventive measure has now been restored.” The intensive care unit (ICU) services are also back to the normal. The emergency services that were shifted to the trauma centre have been shifted back to the ground floor, it added.last_img read more

Jessica Jones Gets Another Round Agent Coulson Returns More MCU News

first_imgStay on target He doesn’t give us a whole lot to work with. Just his face next to Nick Fury’s nameplate. That’s enough to get us excited to see Coulson again. As great as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become, it’s just not the same as seeing Coulson in the movies, palling around with Marvel’s biggest heroes. That includes Nick Fury. Those two haven’t appeared together since the season one finale of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is still one of my favorite episodes. It was so cool watching them take on embedded Hydra agents mutated by Kree blood. I can’t wait to see them in action together again in a proper MCU movie.Paul Bettany as Vision in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo via Marvel Studios)Of course, before any of that, we still have Avengers: Infinity War coming up in just two weeks. We’re certainly excited for it, and a whole bunch of other people are too. By all accounts, this is going to be the biggest Marvel movie made yet. Not just in terms of scope or the number of superheroes in it. Fandango managing editor Erik Davis told Variety that Infinity War is pre-selling more tickets than the last seven MCU movies combined. That’s a wild amount of money this movie has already made before anyone has even seen it yet.And the last seven Marvel movies have been pretty successful themselves. Black Panther is currently the highest-grossing movie Marvel has ever made. Pre-sale tickets for that movie were so hard to find, Lupita Nyong’o had trouble getting opening night tickets, and she’s in the movie. Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Captain America: Civil War also made serious bank. And Avengers: Infinity War is on track to outpace all of those movies combined.“Infinity War’ has built up such unprecedented anticipation that it’s pacing to break records, the likes of which we have never seen before for a superhero movie,” Davis said in the interview. “Moviegoers are rushing to guarantee their seats in advance for what is sure to be one of the most talked-about movies of the decade.” He’s not wrong about that.Peter Dinklage (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)We’ve been hearing about this movie for so long now; you almost have to wonder what surprises Avengers: Infinity War has in store for us. And the answer is still “all of them.” Disney and Marvel Studios have gone to great lengths to make sure as few people know about what’s going to happen in this movie as possible. Now, they’re teasing another secret. Who is Peter Dinklage going to play?That’s right, Tyrion Lannister is in Infinity War too, and the directors are being very coy about who exactly he’ll be in the movie. All we really know about it is it’ll be a significant part that will feature in Avengers 4 as well. That’s not a lot to go on. During an interview with, they remained very tight-lipped about any details we didn’t already know.All they said about Dinklage’s role: “It may take you a beat or two, but you’ll certainly recognize him.” That was Joe Russo, with Anthony adding that that’s all they can say. What makes this even harder is in a Marvel movie, Dinklage can be playing almost anyone. In Game of Thrones, you knew exactly which character he was going to be. That’s not the case here. Especially with the Joe Russo’s admission that it’d take us a beat or two to recognize Dinklage. That means he’ll probably be in makeup or some form of CGI. Not very helpful at all. Fortunately, we don’t have much longer to wait to find out. We can all look closely for Dinklage to show up in Avengers: Infinity War on April 27. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Great news for fans of private investigators and unhealthy drinking habits. Just over a month after the second season of Jessica Jones dropped onto Netflix, the show would come back for a third, the streaming service announced. While the second season never quite reached the highs of the first, and suffered from plodding pacing at times, it became a fantastic, emotionally affecting season of superhero TV. A great character can make up for a lot of shortcomings in the story department, and Jessica Jones had two. We watched Jessica deal with the fallout of her encounter with Killgrave and the trauma in her past. We also got to see Trish Walker slowly become Hellcat.That alone makes season three a must for this show. You can’t give us a whole season of turning these friends into rivals and not give us the fight. Jessica Jones has always been more than that. It’s an exploration of trauma and abuse. It’s a smart, stylish noir mystery. All centered around a heavy-drinking woman with super strength. It’s only been a month and a half since the last new Jessica Jones, and I already want more. Though my liver could probably use a break. I know Jessica’s drinking is presented as a problem, but the show makes all the whiskey look so good.That’s not the only TV news to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe today, though. Freeform put out a new trailer for their upcoming series, Cloak and Dagger. This one has more in common with Hulu’s Runaways than it does Jessica Jones. It stars two teenagers in New Orleans with very different, but somehow linked superpowers. As they begin seeing each other, they realize their powers become stronger when they’re together. So far, the show looks pretty cool.I love the light and dark effects, and it looks like a very good teenage superhero shows. If the past year of Riverdale and Runaways have taught me anything, it’s that I secretly love teen dramas. But only if they’re based on comic books. The doomed romance angle of this show could be really interesting. Despite a similar tone and age group to Runaways, there are no plans for any crossovers yet. The two shows are an entire country apart. But certain MCU elements will show up. The Roxxon Corporation features heavily, for example. The 10-episode first season of Cloak and Dagger premieres on June 7.Over on the movie side of the MCU, one character is preparing to make the jump back from TV to the big screen. Clark Gregg hasn’t been seen in a Marvel movie since The Avengers, when Loki stabbed Agent Coulson through the back. He’s since only appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where we learned Coulson underwent a hellish procedure to keep him alive. No one in the movies outside of Nick Fury knows that, though. As far as they’re concerned, he’s still dead. Fortunately for him, Captain Marvel takes place in the past. He’s not dead yet, and as evidenced by Clark Gregg’s Instagram post, he’s in a Marvel movie again. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

WhatsApp messages to be under scanner during poll period CEC

first_imgChief election commissioner VS Sampath on Thursday said any offensive material on social media during election period will be strictly dealt with.‘The chief secretary and the DGP were told to instruct the police stations to register complaints against obnoxious material on social media during election period,’ Sampath said at a press conference here.last_img

The 9 Most Common Spy Techniques Throughout History

first_imgSince the Old Testament and Jacob’s deception of his father Isaac by using a disguise, espionage has been used to attempt to get an upper hand. Dozens of tactics are used, including clandestine meetings, surveillance equipment, telephone bugs, drugs and tricky gadgets. Julius Caesar had spies to inform him of what his enemies were doing. Queen Elizabeth I and other monarchs of the Renaissance kept a vast espionage network because of the scheming and plotting among the members of the court as well as enemies abroad.The United States employed thousands of spies to infiltrate Communist countries during the Cold War. Here are some of the techniques spies used to accomplish their goals.Poison and DrugsAt the turn of the 16th century, Pope Alexander VI was arguably the most corrupt pope in history.His children used jewelry that contained poison pills or powder that could easily be dispensed into a drink.Pope Alexander ViIn the 1950s, a drug could be distributed as a gentleman lit someone’s cigarette by holding the matchbook containing the drug over the victim’s drink.Ladies wearing hats and gloves could hide pills that could easily be retrieved and slipped into a glass.Exchange of InformationAccording to Spycraft by Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton, a technique called the “dead drop” is one of the most used tactics to exchange information.Information may be concealed in an old glove or fast food bag – a commonly discarded or lost item – and put down at a specific landmark such as a park benchmarked with lipstick, or a telephone booth on a specific corner.Dead drop spikeParty one drops the item and party two picks it up after a specified amount of time.The brush pass is another way of passing information that is commonly seen in the movies. An accidental bump or trip and microfilm, money, or notes can easily be tells us tattoos were sometimes coded messages used as far back as 440 BC.Herodotus, historian, and author of The Histories, a complete account of the Greco-Persian Wars from 499 to 479 BC, tells the story of a king who tattooed a message on his servants head and sent the servant to his nephew who was asking to be rescued.HerodotosWhen the servant reached his destination, his head was shaved and the message was revealed.BuggingBugging devices became very popular in the 1960s as technology started changing by leaps and bounds.They were small enough to be attached to the undersides of tables, the speaking end of telephone handsets and behind pictures.Open view of a replica of a bugged US great seal on display at the National Cryptologic Museum in 2005. Photo: Austin Mills –CC BY-SA 2.0In addition, an agent could leave an object such as a jacket or a pair of sunglasses that would transmit its location to create a target for an attack squad.Secret CodesSubtle methods of communication, such as what color shirt a person is wearing, can indicate the success or failure of a mission or signal the need for a meeting.Specific jewelry, certain phrases used in conversation or especially in radio broadcasts can warn of danger or give someone authorization to proceed.Concealed Compass – Flickr – The Central Intelligence Agency.Symbols, cryptology, and codes have been used extensively throughout history. During World War II, an entire complex at Bletchley Park in England was set up with some of the top mathematicians, including Gordon Welchman and Alan Turing, to crack Nazi codes.Smuggling and Intimate FavorsA Southern widow and wealthy socialite, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, made a name for herself in Washington D.C. as an important Confederate spy during the American Civil War.Rose O’Neal GreenhowShe smuggled documents and medicines under her large hooped skirts and was extremely friendly with some of the Union’s top officials.An example of Greenhow’s cipherMany Southern women helped get food and medicines across the lines under their skirts, inside their child’s doll or hidden in their bloomers as the Confederates began to run out of supplies.SurveillanceWhen the CIA learns of a person of interest renting, leasing or staying temporarily in a hotel, agents are sent to move into the same building or on the same street.Many agents had master keys to the major hotels and upscale apartment buildings.People were smuggled out of hotels in modified steamer trunks. Cameras have been built into briefcases, lipstick tubes, books and sunglasses. For high-level surveillance, satellites and aircraft can take pictures and zoom in remarkably close.DisguiseSpies often change appearance to throw off agents who may be watching them. Wigs, hats, false beards and mustaches are common tools.Hair coloring, shoe lifts, eyeglasses and sunglasses and even removing a coat can allow an agent to blend in with the crowd.Hollow Nickel CaseAn agent can leave the hotel as a woman and come back as a man. Some agents have even gone through minor surgery to alter their looks.New TechnologyGPS tracking is one of the latest ways of following someone or watching where a dead drop ends up. A small GPS device can be attached to a vehicle or object, and an app on a cell phone can track the movements of the target.Dash cams and body cams, frequently used by law enforcement, can also record encounters and potential targets.Read another story from us: A Yankee Spy in the Confederacy – The Unlikely Story of Elizabeth Van LewSpies will be around as long as there is a market for them. As technology improves so will methods of surveillance. Even now, face recognition is able to pick a person out of a crowd and civilians can buy drones and spy cameras. These are some of the devices and secrets we do know about. Imagine what we don’t know…last_img read more

The Obamas to Speak at SXSW 2016

first_img 2 min read March 2, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img At SXSW, you can usually expect to network, eat some BBQ, listen to some new music and constantly be on the hunt for an outlet to charge your phone. But this year, alongside leaders in tech and media, festival attendees will have the chance to hear from the leader of the free world.President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will both be keynote speakers at the 30th SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The Obamas will be the first sitting president and first lady to participate in the event.Related: How the First Lady Helped Small Grocery Businesses Reduce ‘Food Deserts’ in CaliforniaOn March 11, as part of SXSW Interactive, the president will have a conversation with Evan Smith, editor in chief of The Texas Tribune about technology, combating climate change and political and “civic engagement in the 21st century.”The first lady will be the opening keynote presentation at SXSW Music on March 16, where she plans to talk about Let Girls Learn, the White House initiative that is working to create opportunities and support for the 62 million young women around the world who do not have access to education.Of the presidential visit, SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson said in a release, “As each new generation comes up at SXSW they look for ways they can be of service, and it’s important to reflect and support that message. President and Mrs. Obama’s visit here will inspire attendees to that purpose.” Register Now »last_img read more

Webjet takes Lots of Hotels to Dubai

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The online company has announced the formation of a new business to be based in Dubai and serve as an international hotel aggregation platform in Dubai, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.Unveiled today, Lots of Hotels will be headed by 30-year Middle Eastern travel veteran, Ossama Wagdi, and will operate under the existing Webjet aggregation model.Expected to produce a total transaction value of $20 million within its first full year of  business, Webjet managing director John Guscic stressed the new platform was not “an experiment” but a tried and tested business.“We have recruited tried and tested staff with a wealth of experience and intimate knowledge of the region,” Mr Guscic said.“This positions us well to capitalise on the growth in tourism intra-region as well as inbound and outbound.”As part of operations, a contracting team and service centre will also be established in Dubai which will also feed back to consumer hotel offerings through Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America.last_img read more

Step off the dock and into the relaxed rewarding

first_imgStep off the dock and into the relaxed, rewarding yachting lifestyle with affordable, hassle-free luxury cruising from The Yachts of Seabourn. The award-winning small luxury cruise line recently unveiled its European schedule for 2010-2011, with plenty of opportunities for friends and family to create lasting memories in every corner of the continent. From new ports of call such as Ponza, Italy, and Trondheim, Norway, to classic itineraries through the historic heart of Europe, guests can expect award-winning service at value-focused rates.With the launch of Seabourn Odyssey in June and Seabourn Sojourn in 2010, the Seabourn fleet has set itself up as the hottest ticket to Europe, able to access hard-to-reach ports on small yacht-style vessels. What’s more, a Seabourn cruise comprises one of the most all-inclusive vacations in the world, with fares including all-suite accommodations, gourmet dining, all beverages including wines and spirits, entertainment, water sports and even gratuities for its renowned service staff.Additionally, Seabourn encourages travelers to make memories with their “Between Friends” promotion offered on select European itineraries. The promotion encourages groups of three or more couples to travel together. This added incentive invites guests to reconnect on private custom activities, such as a picnic in the gardens of Rome’s Villa Borghese or a breathtaking helicopter ride to lunch at Alain Ducasse’s Moulin de Mougins restaurant in the Alpes de Provence.Some New Ports of Call *Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greek Isles —Visit Melissani Lake, formerly a cavern until an earthquake reshaped it, with water so blue that boats appear to be floating on light. Take in stalactite and stalagmite-filled caves, and discover Fiskardho, the last preserve of distinctive Venetian buildings on this Ionian island. *Heraklion, Crete, Greek Isles —Explore Knossos, the great capital of Minoan civilization, whose Palace dates from the second millennium B.C., as well as the renowned Heraklion Archeological Museum, with artifacts and fresco murals dating from the Minoan age. *Ponza, Italy —Set on an island in the Tyrhennian Sea, Ponza is as Italian as it gets and yet remains off the tourist trail. Reminisce upon your return with beautiful photos of the pretty pastel-colored cube houses arrayed in tiers like an amphitheatre rising from the sea. * Szczecin, Poland —Poland’s largest seaport is situated along the southwestern shore of Dabie Lake and is in close proximity to Berlin, one of Europe&rsquos most vibrant cities. *Torshavn, Faroe Islands—Hailed in a National Geographic Traveler survey as the world’s most appealing islands, the Faroes are the perfect example of how Seabourn takes travelers off the radar.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more

Case dropped against suspects in gangland murder attempt Updated

first_imgOn orders from the attorney-general, prosecutors on Monday stayed proceedings in a case involving a plot to murder local gangland figure Alexis Mavromichalis or Alexoui.The court ordered a stay of prosecution against three Serb nationals, suspected of conspiring to murder Mavromichalis in 2016.Two of the men – believed to have been the hired hitmen – had been extradited to Cyprus, while the third was already a convict at the central prisons, serving out a sentence for a drugs-related offence. The latter was believed to have arranged for the €100,000 kill contract.The first hearing in the trial had been slated to take place on Monday. But in court, state prosecutors informed the court that a “significant part of the testimony is no longer available.“As such, the evidence was re-evaluated and it was decided that, at this stage at least, prosecution cannot proceed and is stayed.”The three suspects are to be deported.Media reports, which remain to be confirmed, said the reason was that Mavromichalis and another witness for the prosecution decided against testifying.But in a Facebook post Mavromichalis wrote: “No one asked me about this.”In pre-trial hearings, police had told the court that on March 22, 2016, they had received an urgent message from Belgrade Interpol notifying them of an impending contract killing.Serbian authorities had been investigating a crime ring when they found out that a number of its members were in Cyprus plotting a murder.The court heard that one of the wanted men had contacted an unknown individual in Nicosia’s central prison, who eventually hired him to carry out the contract for €100,000.Police said initial investigations showed that the possible target was Alexis Mavromichalis from Nicosia.The two hitmen arrived in Cyprus through the north at the end of March.On April 5, Serbian Interpol informed the police here that two of the currently wanted men had returned to Serbia the previous day and would return at a later date to carry out the hit.On April 13, it was arranged for a down payment to be paid during a meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece.The two men returned to Cyprus three days later, again using Tymbou airport in the north. But the men left the island some three hours later after they had been tipped off that they were being monitored.Later, in 2017, it transpired that someone at the Interpol office in Cyprus had inadvertently alerted criminals in Serbia that the murder suspects were under surveillance – leading to the hit being called off.A subsequent internal police investigation found no criminal wrongdoing by the Cypriot police officer, attributing his actions to blunder.  You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Personal doctor can register patients hampered by Gesy glitches HIO said

first_imgBeneficiaries of the National Health Scheme (Gesy) can register in the system either on their own or through their family physician free of charge, authorities said on Friday.In an announcement, the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) said that the members of the public may register with Gesy either on their own or through another person with access to the electronic system.Or, they can also ask their family doctor to register them to the system during a visit to their practice. To be able to do so, a doctor must be among the physicians registered to practice under Gesy. Registrations by physicians to the system are free of charge, the HIO said.Beneficiaries can only register under the list of the doctor they choose as their family doctor (GP). When beneficiaries register on the list of their GP, they will be able to freely choose specialist doctors, pharmacies and labs.Regarding technical issues that arose during the enrolment of beneficiaries to Gesy, the HIO said that holders of old Cypriot identity cards where their name appears only in Greek and/or have no expiration date cannot enroll.“In such cases, the public is invited to try submitting their name in English (Latin characters).” If enrolment is still not possible, they may contact the Citizen Service Centers or the district administration offices to be informed of their name’s spelling in English or to update their record to contain their name in English (Latin characters), or to issue a new identity card.It also appears that in some cases non-Cypriot citizens, holders of the MEU1 or MEU3 permits cannot proceed with their enrolment to the Gesy, the announcement said.“The HIO is in contact with the Civil and Migration Department and the government data warehouse, from where all data related to the Gesy beneficiaries is collected, to resolve the matter,” it said, adding  that it will issue an announcement with further information/instructions to the public within the next few days. Persons with working permits including the above, should ensure that their social insurance records are updated to include their Alien Registration Number (ARC). For this purpose, they may visit the Citizen Service Centres or the social insurance services.Holders of Cypriot identity cards who do not have Cypriot nationality are informed that in order to enroll in the Gesy system, they must either obtain Cypriot nationality or obtain a residence permit of the type MEU1 or MEU3 from the Civil and Migration Department.The issue of the non-recognition of specific postal codes by the Gesy system has been fixed, it said. Those affected are kindly requested to retry enrolling to the Gesy again.Athos Tsinontides, the HIO’s acting director, said on Thursday the problem in those glitches appears to lie in the relay of information between the government data warehouse and the Gesy registration system. The issue is purely a technical one, Tsinontides stressed and not a matter of eligibility for free healthcare.Persons who cannot enroll as workers or as permanent residents of Cyprus, although they meet the necessary criteria, are requested to avoid enrolling toGesy by choosing other beneficiary categories, the HIO said, for example as holders of S1 document or as a family member of a beneficiary, since this will cause delays in completing their enrolment process.In such cases, the public is invited to contact the Gesy service centre at 17000 (free call) or at May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoHealthCentral.com7 Sneaky Signs of Lung CancerHealthCentral.comUndo A new way of doing businessUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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