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Illinois steel company announces 197M move to Indiana

first_imgGARY, Ind. — An Illinois steel company has finalized plans to move its operations to northwestern Indiana .The state of Indiana announced Wednesday that Alliance Steel plans to invest $19.7 million in Gary, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from its plant in Bedford Park, Illinois. The company is beginning renovations in Gary in early 2019 and could be operational there by January 2020.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says it’s “an exciting step forward” for northwestern Indiana.Alliance Steel’s CEO Andy Gross says the region is “making all the right moves to recreate a very promising industrial area.”The company currently has about 100 workers and employment in Gary could reach 130 by 2023.The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Alliance Steel more than $2.7 million in conditional tax credits. Gary offered additional incentives.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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HC grants time to ED to file response on maintainability of Robert

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted more time to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file an affidavit regarding the maintainability of Robert Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency.A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel directed the ED to file the response within a week and listed the matter for further hearing on July 18. The court asked Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora to file their rejoinder to the ED’s affidavit in two weeks thereafter. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghCentral government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, appearing for the ED, said the short affidavit was almost ready and they require some more time to file it. The court had earlier on March 25 asked the probe agency to file its response in the form of an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and Arora within two weeks. The ED had opposed Vadra’s plea, saying it was not maintainable as he “wilfully suppressed” material facts from the court. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIt had contended that the plea of Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was an abuse of process of law. When he feared that “law will catch him, he challenged the PMLA provisions”, it had added. The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. Vadra has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional. Vadra has sought in his plea that Sections 3, 17, 19, 24, 44 and 50 of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional.last_img read more

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Vasu says attempt to unify UPFA futile

President Maithripala Sirisena had refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the UPFA to contest the upcoming Parliament elections.The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AAAAA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. However Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that President Sirisena had refused to agree to the proposal so the talks were completely futile. The proposal was that the common list of UPFA candidates be headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Parliament election. General Secretary of the Democratic Left Front and United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Vasudeva Nanayakkara says talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena this evening, in an attempt to unify the alliance, ended in failure.He said that a proposal was put forward for a common list of candidates for the August 17 election to be agreed on, which will include UPFA members supporting and against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today.At the meeting a decision was to be taken with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.At the meeting the President has said that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sushma to have wideranging talks during Lanka visit

The Joint Commission, co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Minister of External Affairs of India will be held on 5 February 2016 in Colombo. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will have wide-ranging talks during her Sri Lanka visit.Swaraj will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 5-6 February 2016 for the Ninth Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, the Foreign Ministry said today. The India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was established in 1992 as an effective mechanism to address matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The discussions will include areas such as economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism, and people-to-people contact.The Eighth Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held in New Delhi on 22 January 2013. Minister Swaraj will arrive in Sri Lanka in the afternoon of 5 February and depart in the evening of 6 February. During her visit, Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Inspections continue as chief UN arms experts hold talks with Iraqi counterparts

A biological team from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) revisited the Communicable Diseases Control Centre in Baghdad – which is responsible for the infectious diseases epidemic control in the country – to carry out discussions related to the site activity.Another biological team revisited Kham Vani Saad to inspect two large hangers. “It is a declared site with tagged equipment,” said Hiro Ueki, a spokesman for UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Baghdad.A third biological team revisited Baghdad Alcoholic Drinks Company, a brewery, in the Zafarania industrial area of Baghdad to inspect the company’s quality control laboratory and the tagged equipment. A fourth team revisited an agricultural site in the southern outskirts of Baghdad to complete the inspection of the remaining buildings that were sealed during their first check on 15 January.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC chemical team returned to the Al Qa Qaa complex to inspect production units while a multidisciplinary team inspected the Rashdiya Munitions Filling Plant.An UNMOVIC missile team travelled 90 kilometres south of Baghdad to inspect the Al Qa Qaa Static Test Stands used to test small rocket motors, located within the Al Qa Qaa complex. Another missile team went to the Al Harith Workshop to re-tag SA-2 missiles, whose tags had been removed the week before for maintenance, and to remove tags from other SA-2 missiles that will go through a maintenance cycle next.The IAEA, supported by UNMOVIC geophysical and chemical inspectors, conducted a simultaneous inspection of two previously uninspected sites in the north of Baghdad, Mr. Ueki reported. read more

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War fears contribute to lower UN forecast for US European economies

The ECE’s Economic Survey of Europe 2003, which covers Western and Eastern Europe, the United States and Canada, forecasts 2.5 per cent growth in US gross domestic product (GDP) and 1.6 per cent for the European Union (EU). By contrast, a UN report on the world economic situation issued two months ago projected US GDP growth at 3 per cent and EU GDP growth at 2 per cent.”Uncertainty surrounding the short-term economic outlook is amplified by the increasing possibility of war with Iraq,” the ECE said in a statement regarding its survey. “This has already contributed to the weakening of consumer and business confidence and has fostered a wait-and-see attitude with regard to big spending items. Even the available baseline forecasts, which assume that there will be no military conflict, however, suggest only a moderate strengthening of growth in the global economy in the course of 2003.”Both reports allow that a variety of risks exist that could push growth rates for the world and key regions even lower. These include geopolitical tensions in West Asia, rising petroleum prices and macro-economic imbalances.One bright spot noted by the ECE is the continuing resilience of economies in transition in Eastern Europe and the former states of the Soviet Union, where 4.2 per cent growth in GDP is forecast for 2003. These economies grew by 4.8 per cent and 4.1 per cent, respectively, in the difficult economic years of 2001 and 2002. read more

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Transat senior executives miss out on bonuses and wage increases in 2012

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transat senior executives miss out on bonuses and wage increases in 2012 by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 5:20 pm MDT MONTREAL – Senior executives at Transat A.T. missed out on cash bonuses and saw their wages frozen in 2012 as the vacation tour company continued to lose money.The top five officials, including CEO Jean-Marc Eustache, didn’t receive any short-term incentives for a second consecutive year. The incentives included a special bonus established to offset salary freezes and cost of living increases, according to a proxy filing with the securities regulator ahead of the company’s annual meeting March 14.The special bonus representing four per cent of the base salary was payable if semi-annual financial objectives were met. They weren’t last winter so no money was paid. The objectives were achieved in the summer period but the executives waived the bonuses.Transat’s (TSX:TRZ.B) executives did benefit from substantially higher option-based awards during the year, although whether those will be paid out depends on the company’s future financial performance.Wages were frozen in 2012 for all executives and will be again this year except for chief financial officer Denis Petrin, whose salary could increase because of a market comparison done in 2010.Despite the freeze, Eustache’s potential total compensation increased nearly 12 per cent to $2.08 million, largely as a result of a 32 per cent boost in the value of such option-based awards to nearly $652,000.His base salary also increased slightly despite the wage freeze to $822,000 because the company’s fiscal year includes two months in 2011. He also received $246,600 in share-based awards, $293,852 in the value of this retirement plan and $65,760 in other compensation.With nearly 34 years of service, Eustache’s pension plan is worth $11.3 million as of Oct. 31, providing him with nearly $900,000 in annual benefits.Transat Canada president Allen Graham’s total compensation was $943,521, up from $700,076 in 2011, a figure that included $400,000 from salary.The other named executives are Daniel Godbout, senior vice-president transport and revenue management, and Andre de Montigny, president of Transat International.Petrin, Graham and de Montigny saw their salaries grow by five to 13 per cent in part because of changes in their responsibilities or market benchmarking, said spokeswoman Debbie Cabana.Petrin’s salary increased 13 per cent to $320,000 representing half his total compensation. De Montigny’s salary grew nine per cent to $295,000 which boosted his total compensation to $557,862.Transat has been attempting to cut costs as it tries to restore profitability in the face of intense competition for packaged holidays to sun destinations and Europe.Meanwhile, the union representing maintenance workers has begun voting on a cost-reduction proposal reached following discussions with Air Transat that will allow Transat to operate narrowbody planes in house instead of continuing to subcontract them to Canjet.The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers couldn’t be immediately reached for comment but it was scheduled to hold votes Friday in Toronto, followed by sessions Tuesday in Montreal. Voting in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton was to be determined.The head of the union representing 1,800 flight attendants said he sees no roadblocks to reaching agreement on changes that could, in the long-term, increase employment.“I’m quite confident that actually we will reach some form of agreement but right now they kind of left it to all parties to look and examine it and come back to the company and say what we would be willing to propose to the membership,” Peter Buzzell, president of the Air Transat component of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, said from Ottawa.The Canjet contract, which started in 2009, ends in April 2014. It follows an earlier deal in 2003 with WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA).The airline’s goal is to cut $20 million in annual operating cost as part of its parent company’s efforts to restore profitability.Some of the savings will come from concessions by employees, who last year accepted a two-year wage freeze. But this time, the company isn’t seeking to touch salaries. Among the changes is a switch of hotels close to airports instead of pricier digs downtown.The $20 million in overall cost savings will help Transat realize its goal of improving its pre-tax operating profit (EBITDA) by $50 million over three years through a series of cost reductions and moves to boost sales.According the Transat’s regulatory filing, its largest shareholder is Letko Brosseau, an independent investment management firm founded in 1987, which owns 5.5 million shares or 14.76 per cent all of the company’s outstanding B stock.It is followed by the Quebec Federation of Labour’s Solidarity Fund, with 4.9 million shares.Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd., held 38.1 per cent of all class A variable voting shares, followed by Norges Bank, which held 31.55 per cent of A shares.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Transat’s shares closed down 18 cents, or 2.7 per cent, to $6.42 in trading Friday. read more

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Man in his 40s shot dead in Lucan burnt out car found

first_imgA MAN IN his 40s has died following a gun attack at a house in Lucan, west Dublin this evening.It happened at the Earlsfort View estate at around 7.30pm, according to gardaí.The man, who is in his mid-40s, was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.A burnt out car, found nearby in Glen Vale, is believed to have been used to carry out the attack.The scene of the killing has been sealed off pending forensic tests, and the Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.last_img read more

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Garda Ombusdman now has direct access to Garda PULSE system

first_imgTHE GARDA OMBUDSMAN’s office now has direct access to the gardaí’s database system, PULSE.The PULSE system is used by gardaí to log case details during their investigations.Previously, the Ombudsman’s office only had access to the system under Garda supervision, either through the two members of the Garda force seconded to the GSOC or through requests to the local district involved in a case under Ombudsman investigation. GSOC got live access to the PULSE system from our offices this week and have successfully made our first direct enquiries.— Garda Ombudsman (@GardaOmbudsman) August 1, 2014 A spokesperson for the GSOC told TheJournal.ie that direct access will be more efficient and more independent, and that it will be restricted to trained members of staff due to the sensitive nature of the information involved.They also said that PULSE would only be accessed on occasions when the GSOC needs to examine case notes to see how an investigation was carried out, such as during disciplinary inquiries.Read: More than 1,100 public complaints filed against gardaí last year >center_img Source: Garda Ombudsman/Twitterlast_img read more

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Coalition unmoved by changes to ENFIA tax

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Complaints continued to emerge from within government ranks about the single property tax (ENFIA), forcing the coalition to replace two of its MPs ahead of the vote on the amendments it made this week.New Democracy’s Lefteris Avgenakis and PASOK’s Nikos Sifounakis both said they would not vote in favour of the latest changes to the tax, which include a 20 percent reduction in the levy on homes that are empty or which do not have electricity. Both MPs said the changes did not do enough to make the tax fairer.“I will not consent for a second time to changes that do not solve the problem and which will cause thousands of taxpayers to correctly believe that they are being taken for a ride,” said Sifounakis.The fact that Parliament is still in its summer session, when 100 rather than 300 MPs sit in the House, means that the parties can replace lawmakers. The government has decided to do this in the case of Avgenakis and Sifounakis to minimize the risk that the amended ENFIA does not receive lawmakers’ support.“I understand the pressure that government MPs are feeling,” said Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis. “But now that the [adjustment] program is coming to its end… our role, and that of our MPs, is to ensure that the Greek economy and the country continue on their course toward exiting the crisis.”Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

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Oracle publie un correctif pour ses logiciels

first_imgOracle publie un correctif pour ses logicielsOracle propose un correctif de sécurité pour ses différents produits. Le patch comprend pas moins de 78 vulnérabilités corrigées.L’éditeur Oracle va publier un correctif pour améliorer la sécurité de plusieurs de ses produits. 78 vulnérabilités au total seront corrigées dans des applications éditées par Oracle et au sein des bases de données MySQL.À lire aussiTwitter, victime d’une faille permettant d’usurper l’identité d’utilisateurs ?Les bases de données 11g, 10g ainsi que les serveurs WebLogic, MySQL et d’autres applications d’Oracle telle que Fusion Middleware, Transportation Management, PeopleSoft Entreprise CRM, HCM, seront plus sûres après installation du “Critical Patch Update” disponible ce mardi 17 janvier.Ce sont donc 11 patchs pour Fusion Middleware, 17 correctifs destinés au système d’exploitation Solaris qui peuvent notamment être installées gràce à ces mises à jour logicielles. Sans celles-ci, les bases de données peuvent être piratées. La liste des mises à jour peut être consultée ici. Le 18 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Off Beat Theres no fine for turning the page on a book

first_imgRegional library officials decided a week ago they won’t charge fines for overdue books.But it doesn’t mean that readers don’t pay a cost when they spend a month or more struggling to finish a book. After all, your time is worth something.We touched on this topic a couple of years ago. But it’s worth a recap following last Monday’s decision by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District trustees to not fine people who hold books longer than 21 days.Sure, some people who get overdue notices are forgetful, some are very busy and some are inconsiderate. But some people view a book as a challenge to be conquered. And if you’re still stuck in Chapter 5 after three weeks, maybe it’s time to give up and return the book.Nancy Pearl, a Seattle librarian and author, explained her formula for that a few years ago in Vancouver. Pearl, who’s become something of a pop-culture star (she has been immortalized in a librarian action figure), recommended that people who are younger than 50 should read 50 pages before giving up on a book.People 50 and older should do a little math to determine when they can move on to the next book in their stack. Take your age and subtract it from 100. If you’re 60 years old, you can give up after 40 pages. If you’re 80 years old, you can quit on Page 20, Pearl said at a library benefit dinner held by the local Altrusa service organization.last_img read more

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Marketers Concerned About Transparency of Programmatic

first_img Around 300 agency and client-side marketers responded to the survey commissioned by Advertiser Perceptions on behalf of TMBI, revealing industry-wide skepticism in two categories: audience targeting, and site credibility. “Big brands are going to want to do business with brands that offer a well lit, transparent environment,” says Rich Sutton, chief revenue officer of TMBI. It is good news for magazine brands, whose greatest asset in a crowded advertising space is their cultural credibility. Most magazines have track records of consistant and reliable content. If marketers are insecure about the “safety” of their brands, what better place for their dollars than in the hands of a legacy publisher? Sutton stresses that this survey does not mean that programmatic is going away. TMBI itself takes in revenues from programmatic buys, and he says that marketers love the high ROI of low cost purchases.  There is a crisis of confidence among CMOs and marketers when it comes to transparency in programmatic, the latest white paper released by Trusted Media Brands claims. Prev1 of 6NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browsecenter_img Flip through to see the survey results for yourself. In short, the concern is this: marketers don’t feel that they have enough information about or control over where their programmatic ads land. In a world of fake news websites and social media accountibility, advertising on a website with offensive material can lead to a negative conversation about your brand in the greater media eco system. Marketers, the survey shows, feel that programmatic sellers are too opaque when it comes to controlling for such errors. Seventy-three percent of respondents agreed that the ability to buy ads programmatically is important. However, 81 percent of respondent agreed that “given recent news concerning credibility of digital sources, it’s even more important to advertise on the right site.” Prev1 of 6NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browselast_img read more

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Dont pull down others because of your own selfish interests Taapsee Pannu

first_imgTaapsee PannuTwitterTaapsee Pannu was seen in an engaging discussion with Vidya Balan on her radio show called Dhun Badalke Toh Dekho with Vidya Balan on Big FM where the two divas talked about the idea of Indian women breaking the glass ceiling.When she asked if there is really a glass ceiling, Taapsee replied, “Yes, it’s very much there. Fingers have been raised on those who have broken the glass ceiling. They get to hear it often that she must have done something or used some strategy. There are cracks which have started appearing and it will break certainly. Women don’t have to back out. Most importantly, we must support each other. Most of the times what I end up seeing is that a lot of women start questioning each other’s potential instead of helping each other out, because we are in the same boat in a lot of ways. I am not saying just go out of the way and support them. Don’t pull down others because of your own selfish interests. We are on the same side and fighting the same battle. So we must all try to join hands together.”Adding further to the conversation, Vidya shared a valuable piece of advice with the women that instead of getting de-motivated by statements, like women are emotional and family oriented, they should see the situation in a positive light and use that emotional and nurturing attitude for their own development.last_img read more

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Steam to offer faster smaller downloads with scheduling coming soon

first_imgValve has announced a major behind-the-scenes upgrade to the Steam digital gaming service. With it, we should all see our downloads happen faster and game updates and patches be smaller. On both fronts it’s good news for those on capped data plans or who were frustrated with just how slow Steam could be.Although Valve hasn’t been very specific about what the upgrade entailed, the key changes include adding significantly more bandwidth to the whole Steam backend. What that should mean is, when a popular new game is released your Steam client doesn’t struggle to download it next to all the other competing gamers trying to do the same thing.If you’ve had trouble getting Steam to work with your firewall and security suite in the past, you’ll be pleased to hear Valve has switched to a HTTP system for content which is “more firewall-friendly” than the Steam we have been using for the past few years.As well as a lot more bandwidth, Valve has promised smaller downloads. This mainly relates to game updates where before, if a file had changed that a game already had an older version of, Steam needed to re-download the entire file. The new system only downloads the differences between the two versions of the file so the data transfer is much smaller.For publishers, smaller downloads and more bandwidth means games get to gamers faster. But Valve has also redesigned the publishing tools that it claims will cut down the amount of time it takes to add a game to the service. The net effect of that is we as gamers should start seeing more games appear because the system and publishing process can cope with more.Finally, we have a promise of key new features coming to Steam. Top of the bill is the ability to schedule your downloads and throttle how much bandwidth is used during those downloads. If you have multiple games to get on your hard drive, you’ll be able to priortize which gets pulled down first. Another first, and much desired feature, is the ability to download updates for a game while you play and then have them automatically applied when you exit the game.Valve intends to roll out this new system slowly, and for the moment only HD videos seem to be using it. The first game to take advantage of the system is expected to be Dota 2.Read more at Steamlast_img read more

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God of War Documentary Raising Kratos Explores 2018s Top Video Game

first_imgStay on target PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&…Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Video Game Awards God of War, last year’s mega-hit video game, was introduced on April 20, 2018. Following the video game’s success, a documentary called Raising Kratos is coming out for fans and it will give a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the PlayStation 4 exclusive.On Friday, PlayStation teased a Raising Kratos trailer, and it features commentary from God of War game director Cory Barlog, stars who played characters such as Atreus, Freya, and Kratos, and other Sony Santa Monica Studio team members who worked on the video game, Comicbook.com reported. And you can watch it now on PlayStation’s YouTube channel. Spoiler warning!“It’s only fitting on the one-year Anniversary, we’re excited to share this peek behind the curtain of God of War’s very own Santa Monica Studio with a trailer for our upcoming film, Raising Kratos,” a post on the PlayStation Blog said. “This full-length feature documentary, coming very soon to PlayStation YouTube, is an exploration into the massive undertaking it took to change the course of the God of War franchise.”Happy first anniversary, God of War! Celebrate with Raising Kratos, an upcoming feature-length documentary on the incredible adventure’s creation. Watch the trailer: https://t.co/ELvh35GmrJ pic.twitter.com/nI9QgEEILF— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 20, 2019God of War, a Norse mythology-based action-adventure video game, took the top prize at the 2019 New York Video Game Awards in January and in March, it won Game of the Year at the Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco, Polygon noted. The video game beat Red Dead Redemption 2, which received the most nominations for the awards, Celeste, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Last year, God of War also became PlayStation 4’s fastest-selling exclusive, selling 3.1 million units within the first three days of its debut, GameRant reported.For more updates on Raising Kratos, visit PlayStation’s website and Twitter.More on Geek.com:PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ Bloodborne Board GamesGive It Up for Worlds at the 2019 New York Video Game Awards Get ‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ for Free to Help Notre Damelast_img read more

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The return of Moti

first_imgAn art deco setup, palatial facade, grand golden chandeliers – it has none of it, yet this humble cinema hall set in the by lanes of Chandni Chowk came into limelight in the last one week-  the week was drenched in despair. It had run into trouble over the issue of its annual license renewal that expired on 31 March. ‘It took longer to get no objection certificates but shutting it down was never in question’ says the manager,’ VK Garg.  A tall and stout man stops me quizzically at the gate of the hall. ‘Now, Moti cinema is functional. There’s no problem anymore’, says Raj Narain, the security guard at the cinema. Wondering why I was there now, he added that the cinema experienced a rather unusual footfall last week.  Journalists from national media thronged to cover the demise of Moti. It’s ironical how single screen theatres get coverage over their demise; media writes panegyrics, evoking the nostalgia of their golden past but the same monumental halls seem invisible while functional. This Thursday night, with an impromptu screening of Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Aatish – a 1994 Sanjay Dutt starrer movie – Moti bounced back to life. Before it goes into oblivion once again, we trace its past and understand its present. The alleyway leading to Moti is flanked with a huge hoarding of Jo Jeeta wahi Baazigar, a Tamil movie dubbed in Hindi, running these days. A man in his mid sixties, Shiv Kumar Jaiswal sits in the projector room with an air of boredom surrounding him. ‘I miss working manually on a projector’, he says pointing to the brand new UFO machine installed in the cinema five months ago. Like other big cinemas, this machine can load up a movie from Mumbai through satellites. He has worked as a projectionist for a good four decades. Though happy with the new technology, he ruminates the loss of ‘actually’ playing with reams of film prints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn his reverie, he exclaims, there were times when he used to queue up to watch a Raj Kapoor movie. The queues used to extend almost till Lal Quila. ‘Imagine a movie running for 52 weeks straight!’ he says with a gleam in his eyes. These days Moti hardly plays Hindi movies; their target audience now are the Poorvanchalis and Bhojpuri movie goers. ‘Our audience loves action, so we run Bhojpuri, Tamil- Telugu dubbed movies and some old Bollywood movies in between to match their interests.’  Going through his yellowing note book, he tells me that Moti didn’t even play the mass entertainer Dabbang. But movies like Wanted, Zilla Ghaziabad and Son of Sardar had a five week successful run.A cat comfortably settles and purrs by in the night shift’s manager room. Suresh Kumar goes back to the halcyon days of Moti. Established around the 1940’s, the cinema had its heydays when Raj Kapoor used to come down to screen his movies here. ‘With the coming of PVR’s in 90’s, we had to switch genres. Nobody was ready to play a Bhojpuri movie Susra Bada Paise Wala a decade back,’ says the manager. They took the risk of playing it and got good returns. Now, they boast of hosting Bhojpuri artists like Ravi Kishen. The security guard Raj Narain chips in, ‘But we also had Ranbir and Nargis here for the shoot of Rockstar,’ sounding outraged for missing out on his foray into movies. He shared screen with the actors for the scene where Moti turned into Amar Talkies for fulfilling one of Heer’s wild dreams to watch Junglee Jawani in Imtiaz Ali’s 2011 blockbuster. All said and done, Moti takes on a new lease of life; showcasing the same genre of movies, offering tickets between the same 30-60 rupees range and the same salted popcorn. And they have no plans of renovating. Why not give single screen a chance before they really fades into history?ALIVE AND KICKING IN THE VICINITYREGAL CINEMA, CP, Amar Kumar Singh Verma, serves as an accountant at Regal since 1977. He gushes, ‘Whoever comes to talk about Regal is sent over to me. Its not viable for a single screen like us to work anymore. But being a point of confluence in CP, youngsters still come down to watch movies here.’ He added that foreigners visit it for its heritage value in Delhi. In those days, a full house was a routine but now its a rare phenomenon. Disappointedly he quipped, ‘Regal witnessed its last housefull on 26 January, this year.’ From Prithiviraj Kapoor’s theatre to latest bollywood movies, Regal has seen it all since 1932. A chequered hall leading to a passage filled with black and white pictures of the yesteryears stars, Regal is a piece of history.  DETAILCapacity: 658 SEATSPrice Range: Rs 50-120Technology: Uses UFO for loading movies from July 2012GOLCHA CINEMA, DARYAGANJ, Established in 1954, it is designed in art deco style of 1950’s. NR Saini, the DGM says ‘ We feature family dramas so are target audience are families ever since we opened’. DETAILCapacity: 689 Price Range: Rs 50- 120 Technology: adopted UFO 2 months agoSHEILA CINEMA, PAHARGANJ, Established in 1960 showcases both Bollywood and Hollywood movies. Its target audience varies from youngsters to foreigners inhabiting the area around, says the manager, Prakash Dubey. He adds, ‘With the rise of affordable hotels and restaurants for tourists around Paharganj, Sheila saw a rise in numbers of foreigners visiting it’. He is hopeful of a better season at the hall when IPL matches get over.DETAILCapacity: 980 Price Range: 60-120 Technology: UFO since the last 10 yearslast_img read more

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Suu Kyi got pilots view on historic trip abroad

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The city is a stark contrast to Yangon, where rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages have spurred protests for more than a week.She drew laughter from the audience by adding, “What went through my mind was, ‘We need an energy policy!’”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Patients with chronic pain give advice More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 ways to recognize low testosterone BANGKOK (AP) – Aung San Suu Kyi delighted the World Economic Forum by sharing an anecdote about her arrival into Bangkok after 24 years of isolation in Myanmar.Suu Kyi said Friday that the captain of her Thai Airways flight was “so very kind as to invite me to sit in the cockpit.”The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who this year made the journey from political prisoner to parliamentarian, said was “completely fascinated by the light” of Bangkok. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Etihad commences luxurious Dreamliner flights to Perth

first_imgA state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will touch down in Perth today after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi.Etihad Airways flight EY486 took off from Abu Dhabi at 10.30pm yesterday and is scheduled to arrive in the Western Australian capital at 1:50pm today where it will be welcomed by a water cannon salute. The return flight EY487 will depart Perth this evening at 5pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 12:25am on 3 June.The B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins. With 299 seats, it delivers 14 per cent more capacity than the Airbus A330-200 it replaces. In the high-demand Business Class cabin, it offers 27 per cent more seats.Etihad Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing, Shane O’Hare, said the decision to upgrade to the Dreamliner reflected the importance of Western Australia to Etihad Airways.“Since launching flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi two years ago we have enjoyed strong two-way demand from business and leisure travellers on the route,” Mr O’Hare said.“The Dreamliner, which adds 518 weekly seats to the route, gives us the extra capacity needed to meet this ever-increasing demand. It also enables our guests to experience the luxury, comfort and hospitality for which Etihad Airways is world-renowned.“Our Dreamliners, with ground-breaking innovations in all cabins, have raised the passenger experience bar, setting the benchmark in world aviation for superior comfort, entertainment, inflight connectivity, and service.”Mr O’Hare also highlighted the contribution the new Dreamliner services would make to inbound tourism to Western Australia.“The additional weekly seats to Perth will bolster Etihad Airways’ existing support for Western Australia’s tourism industry by bringing more international visitors from across our global network to experience the delights of a Western Australian holiday,” he said.“Together with our partner airlines, we offer travellers from Europe, the Middle East and east coast USA, the comfort and convenience of one-stop flights to Perth with seamless transfers at the Abu Dhabi hub.”The Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner features the airline’s highly acclaimed next-generation interiors with 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.The onboard décor and lighting have been inspired by contemporary modern Arabian design, complementing the airline’s eye-catching ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery.Etihad Airways uniquely offers travellers from Western Australia the convenience of US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport. This facility, exclusive to Etihad Airways in the Gulf region, allows guests to complete immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for the USA while in transit at Abu Dhabi – avoiding lengthy queues upon arrival at US airports.Etihad Airways launched daily two-class Airbus A330-200 services to Perth in July 2014.Beyond Perth, Etihad Airways offers connections to eight towns and cities in Western Australia in conjunction with codeshare partner Virgin Australia. The partnership enables guests to seamlessly connect to Etihad Airways’ global network from Broome, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Newman. Etihad AirwaysSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

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Mantra Southbank Melbourne gets a 2m artsinspired makeover

first_imgSource = Mantra Southbank Mantra Southbank, MelbourneMantra Southbank, Melbourne gets a $2m arts-inspired makeoverMantra Southbank, Melbourne has received a multi-million dollar refurbishment which has transformed the hotel’s spacious apartment-style guest rooms into a sophisticated arts-inspired urban oasis.Award-winning architecture and interior design firm Arkhefield, who was at the helm of the makeover, drew inspiration for the new design from Mantra Southbank’s premier location in Melbourne’s vibrant arts and entertainment district.118 one and two bedroom apartments have been rejuvenated, combining the ultimate in guest comfort with a contemporary elegant design. A custom-designed wallpaper featuring some of Melbourne’s iconic city locations juxtaposed with an ethereal prima ballerina acts as a focal point in the refurbished one and two bedroom apartments and a sophisticated monochromatic colour scheme with tasteful bursts of colour adds theatrics. All apartments now include stylish new soft furnishings throughout, including the supreme plushness of brand new mattresses and bedding packages, new window furnishings and bespoke joinery specific to each apartment to maximise functionality for both families and corporates alike. Mantra Southbank General Manager Adrian Lampe said the hotel’s new design takes cues from the hotel’s surrounding arts and dance precinct.“When you have neighbours like the Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company and Centre for Contemporary Arts, it was imperative we reinterpreted the space, modernised our features and added some theatrical fun for our guests,” said Mr Lampe.Mantra Southbank is ideally located at 31 City Road, Southbank in Melbourne’s vibrant arts and entertainment district and within close proximity to Crown Casino and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Superbly styled and fully self-contained, the hotel’s air-conditioned apartments feature full kitchen and laundry facilities, Foxtel, free to air television, and internet access, while those on the upper floors also offer spectacular views of the city and nearby Melbourne Botanical Gardens.Be among the first to experience Mantra Southbank’s new and improved guest rooms.  To book, call 1300 987 603 or visit MantraHotels.comAbout Mantra GroupMantra Group is the leading Australian-based hotel and resort operator. Mantra Group’s portfolio consists of 128 properties with more than 21,000 rooms in properties under management, across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii. Operating three well-known and trusted brands – Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree – Mantra Group operates the second largest network of accommodation properties in Australia (by room number). The Group is positioned to offer both leisure and business style accommodation ranging from full-service city hotels and self-contained apartments to luxury resorts and retreats. The Group successfully listed on the ASX in June 2014 and in its first year as a public company was elevated to the ASX 200:www.mantragroup.com.au; www.peppers.com.au; www.mantra.com.au; www.breakfree.com.au*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale and travel until 30 September, 2017. Block out dates and other restrictions may apply.last_img read more

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