Bengaluru: After the flood and rain havoc in Karnataka in the past few days, things have improved in the affected districts of the state, where 6.77 lakh people had been evacuated in the past week. Inflows in the reservoirs are steadily decreasing, an official update issued by the State government said on Tuesday. “… flood situation is normalising. The water has started receding in many flood-affected districts and flood situation has improved,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday visited flood-affected areas in his home district of Shivamogga. The state government said relief operations were in full swing, and senior officer camping in the districs were overseeing them and also visiting relief camps. Several districts in the north, coastal and Malnad regions of the state had been badly hit by the flood and incessant rains, leaving a trail of destruction. The rain fury has left 48 people dead in the State, while 16 are missing. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Flood waters of Tungabadra river that had entered the ground level of the UNESCO world heritage site in Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom, receded on Monday and there was no damage to the monuments, officials said. A total of 2,217 villages in 86 taluks of 17 districts have been affected due to floods and rains in the State, where 1,224 relief camps have been opened giving shelter for nearly four lakh people. As many as 41,915 houses damaged, and agriculture and horticulture crop loss (preliminary assessment) stands at 4.30 lakh hectares. The state government has requested the Centre to immediately release Rs 3,000 crore. “If we total all districts, the loss will be around Rs 40,000 to 50,000 crore. We have requested the Centre to release Rs 3,000 crore immediately”, Yediyurappa said.
The Canadian Press CALGARY — The premiers of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories are mixing business with pleasure at the Calgary Stampede.According to a release from the Alberta government Jason Kenney will officially welcome the other provincial leaders at a traditional white hat ceremony during the premier’s annual Stampede pancake breakfast this morning.It says formal meetings will follow, noting the five leaders share common goals such as building pipelines and free trade within Canada.The Calgary meeting, according to the release, will build on discussions from last month’s Western Premiers’ Conference in Edmonton, where Kenney and B.C. Premier John Horgan clashed over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that would carry Alberta oil to the West Coast.Kenney warned that Alberta was ready to use provincial legislation to limit oil and gas exports to any province blocking pipelines, while Horgan said his government would push ahead with a legal challenge of that law.The first ministers are expected wind up their Calgary gathering by taking in some Stampede rodeo action before travelling to Saskatoon for this week’s Council of the Federation meeting.
Twitter When Jamal Abdourahman helped found Vancouver Fashion Week in 2001, it was to take local designs to the world by giving them a place to showcase their creations.Now, the world is coming to Vancouver to be part of a show and a program that has a reputation for pushing boundaries and embracing the many cultures that make up the city.“Every designer is unique, and they are always cutting edge and [trying] to one up each other every year,” said Abdourahman. An easy-to-wear, unisex design paired with a simple, elegant hair style. (CBC) Advertisement A travel-inspired piece with a Middle Eastern top and Italian linen. (CBC)Evan Clayton This will be the 30th fashion week that Abdourahman has programmed.The event runs twice a year, showcasing collections for the upcoming season.This week, Our Vancouver got a sneak peak of what five local designers have created for their spring 2018 collections.A D A M Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment An edgy look – with piercing and hair as sharp as the clothing. (CBC)Aiki District Facebook With files from Our Vancouver An alien-like silhouette for both the dress and hair. (CBC)Sam Stringer Theatrical colours and cut-outs, with samurai-inspired hair. (CBC)Mary Ebra Advertisement
Todd Lamirande APTN NewsA Senate committee debating Bill C-45, the cannabis law, heard from a company advocating for full Indigenous participation on Monday.Mike Fontaine, of IndigiCo, a company that wants to help First Nations get on the cannabis bandwagon, told senators the new bill represents a “generational opportunity for creating economic dignity for Indigenous people.”“The ability to be a licensed producer provides the means to produce and or distribute cannabis outside of the reserves or traditional Indigenous territories leading to substantially larger positive participation in the economy,” added IndigiCo’s Sara Loft.Fontaine told the committee on Aboriginal peoples that marijuana is relatively safe in terms of its toxicity.“There’s no evidence anywhere that cannabis has killed one person,” he said. “I think the amount necessary to create a lethal dose in an individual is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1,500 pounds ingested in 15 minutes.”That statement seemed to annoy Ontario Senator Vernon White.He quoted statistics from Colorado where traffic fatalities from marijuana influence had increased.“So when you say nobody’s ever died from marijuana use I have to say after 32 years in policing, I’ve seen a lot of death as a result of people using marijuana. So what research are you using?” he said.Meanwhile, a delegation from Nunavut expressed great concern over the new law.One elder, Isaac Shouyuk, said this could destroy the territory’s smallest communities.“Many many people committing suicide because of the alcohol and because of the cannabis,” he said in Inuktitut. “This is unacceptable. We don’t want any more problems being placed in front of us. Things we cannot deal with. Because there’s nothing in place to legalize cannabis in Nunavut.”The senate will next hear about Bill B-45 and how it affects Indigenous people.
NEW DELHI: Only 13 out of the total 173 candidates fighting the Lok Sabha election in Delhi are women, putting their share among the total number of contestants at a dismal seven per cent. Each of the major political parties –Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party –has fielded only one woman candidate in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12.In 2014, 150 candidates contested the Lok Sabha polls from the national capital, of which 13 were women. Of the 13, only one –Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP –got elected. In 2009, out of 160 candidates, 18 women contested and only one got elected. The Congress has fielded its veteran leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the BJP and the AAP have named lawyer-politician Lekhi and Atishi Marlena respectively in the contest. Nominations of 173 candidates have been found valid for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. As many as 349 candidates filed nominations from April 16 till Tuesday, the last date to file the nomination papers. In Delhi, there are over 1.43 crore voters, and of these, 64 lakh are eligible women voters while there are 72 lakh male voters. Besides, there are 669 voters who belong to the third gender. Three-time chief minister Dikshit will contest from North-East seat against state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey while BJP’s incumbent Lekhi will face Congress’ Ajay Maken and Aam Aadmi Party’s Brijesh Goyal in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency. The AAP has pitted Marlena against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and former Delhi minister and senior Congress leader Arvinder on the east Delhi seat. There are ten women candidates who are fighting elections either as an independent or on behalf of little known parties. Deepti Chopra from Prism Party, Richa Katiyar Kanaujia from Right to Recall Party and Suman Devi from Bharat Lok Sewak party are in the fray for the electoral battle from Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency. There is only woman candidate –Dikshit –from North-East constituency. From East Delhi seat, Atishi Marlena, Deepti Nadella from Pyramid Party of India and Neeru Mongia of Prism Party are fighting elections. Priyanka, an independent candidate, and BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi are in the fray for the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.
Strasbourg – Moroccan businessman Adam Hachimi was awarded, on Friday in Metz, the Insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honor.The decoration was handed to Hachimi by Moselle’s chief of police Emmanuel Berthier, on behalf of the president of the republic during a ceremony held at the Pompidou center in Metz, in the presence of several figures as well as the consul general of Morocco in Strasbourg in charge of relations with the council of Europe Mohamed Arrouchi.Hachimi holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Metz and is currently CEO of the LHP Group, composed of the companies “Micro-Pollutants Technology”, “Leces” and “ACN”.
The Colombo High Court released Weeratunga and Pelpita on cash bail of Rs. 100,000 each and surety bail of Rs. 1 million each. Lalith Weeratunga, the secretary to the former President, and former Telecom Regulatory Commission Chairman Anusha Pelpita, were today given bail in the ‘sil redi’ case.They were accused of misappropriating Rs. 620 million of Government funds to distribute ‘sil redi’, cloth used by Buddhist devotees, to voters last year.
Resettlement endeavours in this area have proven to be an extremely difficult task mainly due to the massive destruction caused to all infrastructure facilities, which require to be built from scratch. The project will be an all-inclusive endeavor, focusing on the development of the education capacity of the district in a sustainable manner, including infrastructure development, teacher training, community awareness activities, and initiatives to secure parental support for the promotion of their children’s education.This new development cooperation initiative will be carried out as part of KOICA’s continued efforts since the 2000s to help uplift the living standards of less developed, marginalized parts of the island to achieve equal and sustainable development. (Colombo Gazette) Situated in the heart of the Northern Province, Kilinochchi was severely ravaged by the prolonged armed conflict which dragged on for nearly three decades. Among the many devastations caused by the war, the destruction of infrastructure was one that has greatly challenged post war reconciliation efforts, particularly in the process of resettling the internally displaced. Taking these factors into consideration, KOICA identified the importance of investing in the development of education in the war ravaged district of Kilinochchi, in order to help restore normalcy to people’s lives and build a better future for their children.Keeping in line with the Korean Government’s partnership strategy with Sri Lanka where education has been identified as a key priority area for cooperation, in 2011, KOICA initiated a USD 5.6 million project for the improvement of the education sector in Kilinochchi. Based on the success of this initial project which concluded in the year 2014, KOICA has decided to grant a further USD 7.5 million for a new initiative to ensure that high quality education is made available to the youth of this area who have already suffered severe setbacks in life due to the internal conflict. Taking a step forward in its endeavors to improve the education sector in the Kilinochchi district since 2011, KOICA has decided to provide grant aid worth USD 7.5 million to renovate a number of schools in Kilinochchi.The agreement between the two countries for the project was signed by Lee Dong Ku, Country Director of KOICA Sri Lanka Office, S. Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Ministry of Education and Priyantha Rathnayake, Director General of the Department of External Resources. State Minister of Education, V.S Radakrisnan was also present on this occasion.
Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.Long before the debate over pipeline construction, the oil price differential, production curtailment and government-purchased rail cars dominated headlines, a pair of Toronto entrepreneurs were busy travelling from wellsite to wellsite in frigid northern Alberta, testing technology that has the potential to transform the conversation.Ian Burgess and Nouman Ahmad had developed a system to help energy companies receive a fairer price for their product — a possible solution to the price differential problem that has plagued both conventional and unconventional oil and gas producers.“On our very first hardware field test, I hit a whiteout storm driving north from Edmonton,” recalled Burgess with a laugh, “and my van full of equipment started to skid. I remember thinking ‘this could turn out to be a very expensive first trip.’” Fortunately, he was able to stay on the road. Innovation Nation: Why has the government put a cap on innovation success? Move over oil, Big Data is the new fuel to run the world Innovation Nation: AI godfathers gave Canada an early edge — but we could end up being left in the dust At that stage, Validere Technologies, as the two named their fledgling company, had just graduated from Silicon Valley’s prestigious Y Combinator seed accelerator, in the summer of 2016.Through Y Combinator, the company received critical early stage capital from Clint Chao and Ammar Hanafi, partners at Palo Alto, Calif.-based venture capital firm Moment Ventures. “We invest in industry verticals outside the immediate sphere of Silicon Valley,” Hanafi said.“When Nouman and Ian first presented to us, it was clear they were thinking big picture on how to effectively introduce leading edge AI powered IoT tech to the age-old world of oil and gas,” Chao added.As crude oil moves from wellhead to refinery, custody transfer takes place an average of eleven times. Each time this happens, it mixes with different crude oil streams from different storage facilities as it moves progressively from smaller feeder pipelines to larger arterial trunklines, to eventually arriving at a refinery thousands of kilometres from where it was drilled.Inevitably, the commodity’s composition changes.Whenever there’s a compositional change, there is a good chance it’s no longer representative of what was sold — all crude oil is not created equal. “Of course, there are third party labs that do sporadic tests, but they aren’t done in the field or in real-time,” Burgess said.Validere’s technology works in two stages. Validere 360 is a testing product, sold on a software as a service model. Alpha takes that data and uses artificial intelligence to suggest what to do with the oil once the information is known. “Whereas 360 is all about producing useful crude oil quality data through internet connected testing devices in the field, Alpha is about how to use that information over time, in the most optimal way, using our proprietary predictive AI engine,” Burgess said.Once a pipeline company has a greater degree of confidence in the quality of the crude entering their system, it can then for example, redirect a sour (referring to crude oil’s hydrogen sulphide content) stream of oil into a more appropriate storage facility. “Our technology creates trust because if ever there is a custody transfer dispute, we can print out an audit form showing much more accurately how, at various points along the supply chain, the composition of the oil changed,” Ahmad said.So how do a pair of energy-industry neophytes end up coming up with a possible solution to one of the Canadian oil industry’s most nettlesome problems?After the 2013 disaster in Lac Mégantic, when an unattended freight train carrying crude oil from North Dakota rolled down a hill and derailed, causing a massive explosion that killed nearly 50 people, Burgess was awarded a research contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help it better understand what went wrong.It was then that Burgess, who by age 24 had already graduated from Harvard with a PhD in Applied Physics, was first exposed to crude oil quality testing. It was also where the first of many iterations for Validere’s underlying technology was born. “After a while I started to realize there was a big problem in the oil and gas industry,” Burgess said.A key finding in his research was the crude oil’s vapour pressure in the rail car tanks was off-spec — essentially the oil in the tanks shouldn’t have been there in the first place.Shortly after completing his work in 2014, Burgess met Ahmad, who had just recently exited a successful fintech startup focused on life insurance. A coffee here, a conversation there, and soon they agreed there was an opportunity in crude oil quality testing. “At the start we worked together without any formal agreements,” Ahmad said. “It was a time for us to explore whether we were capable of working together.”They then entered a pitch competition at Harvard to work out their business plan, and yearning to return home, they then looked north to Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) — a seed-stage program for “massively scalable, science-based companies.” CDL is unique in that it employs a mentoring process, with the goal of maximizing equity-value creation.Here they met Canadian tech investor T. Chen Fong. “From pretty well the moment we met Chen, he has been an invaluable adviser to us, and was one of our first significant investors,” said Ahmad, a former investment banker who immigrated as a child with his family to Canada.They also met senior M&A lawyer turned Parkland Fuel Corporation executive Pierre Magnan. “CDL is great at bridging the gap between industry and academia,” said Magnan, who runs Parkland’s considerable Caribbean holdings from Grand Cayman. “And the Validere story is as much about gritty hard work as it is innovative tech.” Magnan sits on Validere’s board and was also an early investor.Flash forward to October 2018 when Validere announced a $7-million round of financing led by Houston-based energy private equity firm Sallyport Investments, the family office for renowned U.S. energy executive Doug Foshee.“In the six years we’ve been in business, close to 2,000 deals have come across my desk,” Managing Director Kyle Bethancourt, who came to Sallyport from the Blackstone Group, said. “In that time, we’ve only invested in thirteen deals. Validere being one of them.”Ahmad and Burgess’s focus for the past several years has been to iterate Validere’s underlying technology, listen to the needs of their customers, and prime for scalability. “Now we’re at the stage where we can focus on growth rather than survival and build out the business,” Ahmad said.Validere has successfully completed six platform deployments with large Canadian oil and gas clients, and now has more than 20 employees, with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Houston. The Toronto office is staffed with the company’s tech talent — a reflection of Toronto’s status as a global hub for artificial intelligence. The Calgary and Houston offices are staffed by Validere’s energy experts.The market Validere is going after is global. “In Canada alone, every producer, midstreamer, and refiner wants to know the quality of the crude oil they’re buying and selling,” Fong said. A senior crude oil trader working for a Calgary-based midstream company agrees. “We blend our crude oil all the time and so we need to know what the composition is. To have that information in real-time would be tremendous.”The same can be said for the United States’ energy industry — and that’s before considering the value of Validere’s technology to other hydrocarbons like natural gas and natural gas liquids. There are 18 frequently measured properties of crude oil — vapour pressure, colour, density, and so on. These properties, or variables, dictate the quality of oil being tested and its value.“It is hugely important that the variability of crude oil stream characteristics is as well understood as possible,” said Tony Mate, a twenty-ﬁve-year veteran of Canada’s energy business with experience spanning ﬁnance, accounting, communications, and trading.Mate currently works as CFO of Outlier Resources, a Calgary based private natural gas producer. “It can be a challenge to have the best possible data when extracted in extreme conditions, and any automation like this would certainly be worth a look.”Success hasn’t come with challenges however, many of which are still on the horizon. “The sophistication and disruptive nature of their technology requires patiently educating their market,” said Fong. “That is their greatest challenge to scaling up, since they really don’t have any direct competitors.”Not to say there aren’t competitors, however when Validere does compete for a client’s business, it’s typically over a feature here and there. “Never do we fully compete over our full suite of technology, and the insights we’re capable of producing,” Ahmad said.But educating the market takes time, especially since Validere’s technology involves mission critical business decisions. “We’re certainly not operating in the consumer tech space where adoption tends to occur much faster,” Burgess said. “The more we demonstrate how our technology can save as much as $15 per barrel in lost revenue, in the field, in real time, adoption should occur in any business climate.”But for the duo, one of the most satisfying aspects of their journey has been to help make the life of field operators that much easier.“After my first trip into the field, I came away with a profound appreciation for how difficult many field operators’ jobs are,” said Burgess. “We exist to help those guys, and anyone along the crude oil supply chain, make smarter business decisions based on the quality of crude they are trading.”Financial Post
New Democracy has decided to call off the leadership election due to take place on Sunday as technical problems prevented conservative voters from casting their ballots in the morning.The party’s electoral committee took the decision after IT complications meant the voting process could not begin. As a result, current leader Evangelos Meimarakis, who was the favorite to win the ballot, had asked for the election to be suspended.Another of the four leadership candidates, Adonis Georgiadis referred to the failure as a “fiasco” and demanded the resignation of all the members of the electoral committee.“This is not an image that honors New Democracy,” he added.Another hopeful, Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the failure to hold the election “a black page in the history of New Democracy.”Mitsotakis also called for ex-Education Minister Marietta Giannakou to take over as interim leader of the party until the elections are held.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
According to a new FCC filing, Amazon is working on some new, secret project. Business Insider discovered the documents which suggest that the digital retailer is testing some new, experimental communications tech over the next few months.If you’re in the US and you’re broadcasting wireless signals, you pretty much have to deal with the FCC. That’s actually a really, REALLY good thing, because it keeps TV signals from overpowering your Wi-Fi, and helps make sure that all our devices can work together smoothly. To make all that work, companies have to request permission from the FCC when running signal tests. The FCC makes sure you won’t be using frequencies that could hurt people or interfere with anything other communications. So when a business completes an FCC filing, it can often be a hint at some snazzy new tech under development.What’s interesting is that former NASA astronaut and a senior manager on Amazon Prime Air, Neil Woodward, completed the filing. That could mean that Amazon is looking to test some new systems for managing its drones. Amazon’s been eager to switch up its delivery networks and get more products to consumers as fast as possible. Amazon Now already supplies many major US cities with same-day deliveries for some basic good, but Prime Air wants to take that a step further with drone deliveries in a matter of minutes or hours.The key is that the filing lists using low-power stationary transmitters as well as several mobile units. That would seem to suggest a system to control a small fleet of drones. Which, given another filing from Amazon last month, could even mean that the retailer is looking to test its “Airborne Fulfillment Center” (or AFC) concept. Essentially, Amazon could dispatch a blimp wherever high demand for specific goods is expected. These blimps would then control and manage dozens of drones to coordinate final delivery.In any case, it’s a bit surreal to think that we may soon be living in a world where AFCs part at a sporting event, for example, and send out everything from t-shirts to hotdogs on demand. Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
The top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 4 and 10 October 2018 were:EXCLUSIVE: Cisco adopts wide family-centric organisational culture to support staffSky launches Frazzled Cafe meetings for 7,500 UK employeesEXCLUSIVE: Unilever chatbot to transform HR services in 106 countriesCourt of Appeal hearing set for Asda shop-floor workers’ pay claim rulingsIndustrial Tribunal awards £3,000 to man told he was ‘too old’ to apply for jobEXCLUSIVE: Addison Lee’s Mat Davies describes the future of HR as “heavy metal HR”More than half of workplaces do not encourage employees to exerciseEXCLUSIVE: DWP calls for HR professionals to act as workplace pensions advocatesUber drivers set for 24-hour strike over workers’ rightsEXCLUSIVE: ACCA launches mental health resilience workshops for wellbeing champions
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced Friday the five recipients of the 2019 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, according to a DOD press release.The highly competitive presidential distinction recognizes the exceptional efforts of those operating and maintaining military installations.Installations are evaluated in performance areas such as installation management, including mission support, energy conservation, quality of life and unit morale, environmental stewardship, real property management, safety, health and security, communications and public relations.Recipients of the 2019 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence are:Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. (Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas, Col. Jason Wolter)Naval Base San Diego, Calif. (Capt. Roy Love)Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. (Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, Jr.)DLA Distribution Susquehanna, New Cumberland, Penn. (Col. James Callis II)Ramstein Air Base, Germany (Brig. Gen. Mark August)DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando ADC AUTHOR
Email Alejandro Sanz Reveals New Album Is “Coming Soon” alejandro-sanz-reveals-new-album-coming-soon Facebook News Twitter Alejandro Sanz Reveals New Album Is “Coming Soon” The Spanish singer’s last studio album was 2015’s Sirope, which earned him a Latin GRAMMY and a GRAMMY nod that yearAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 5:51 pm GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning Spanish ballad singer Alejandro Sanz has revealed more details about his upcoming 12 studio album, titled #ElDisco, set to be released this year.On the red carpet at the Premio Lo Nuestro Latin music awards last night, Sanz told Billboard that his highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Sirope, which earned Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album at the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards, is “coming soon.” He also confirmed that a U.S. tour in its support is in the works.He teased details about an upcoming single from the album, which samples late GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning icon Celia Cruz’s “Por Si Acaso No Regreso.””The result has been very beautiful. People have received it very well and they understand the meaning behind the song and what the lyrics are about,” Sanz said of his song, which is about those who have to leave their country of origin and eventually feel homesick.The singer’s latest release is “Back In The City,” featuring Latin GRAMMY-winning reggaetonero Nicky Jam, and will be featured on Sanz upcoming album. The pair performed the song last night onstage at Premio Lo Nuestro.Ozuna, J Balvin & More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo NuestroRead more
Minority leaders complained to police over Adilabad MP Soyam Bapurao on Sunday. Minority leader Saajid Khan has lodged a complaint with Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police Kancha Mohan. For reportedly criticizing Muslim youth by saying that he will cut down the heads of Muslim youth who are abusing adivasi girls in recent public meeting. Saajid khan condemn inappropriate comments.
Hrithik Roshan and Kangana RanautinstagramHrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut are again in news for their respective upcoming movies, and also for their fight reviving on social media. Apart from Kangana’s sister, who is the actress’ spokesperson, making nasty comments on Hrithik, another issue that has been much-talked-about on social media is the actor’s decision to avoid a box office clash with his rival.The entire brawl started after makers of Mental Hai Kya postponed its release to July 26, thereby causing a box office clash with Hrithik’s Super 30. A lot of people on the internet had then attacked Kangana saying that she deliberately did this to challenge the Kaabil actor.However, producer Ekta Kapoor soon came up in Kangana’s defence and clarified that the decision was solely taken by the production house. But things turned worse when Ekta in a tweet condemned the tweets that criticised Kangana.”The ugly underground tweets have begun. I’ve promised to keep it clean and have assurances from my actors on the same. I hope personal assaults on them stop, because it’s my decision & Not theirs [sic],” she had tweeted.Reacting to this tweet, Rangoli had made a series of tweets targeting Hrithik and his PR team, accusing them of running an anti-Kangana campaign. While Super 30 team had earlier stated that they would not change the release date of their film, Hrithik after Rangoli’s jibes made an announcement stating that they have decided to shift its date in order to avoid “personal trauma”.This decision by Hrithik has been widely talked about on social media. While some praised the actor’s stand, some others opined that he should not have changed his film’s release date. His decision received a mixed response from people as some found it to be a “dignified” thing to do, many others felt that it puts the potential of Super 30 under doubt.Check some of the tweets:Nice of @iHrithik to back down & not play such petty games! ? #Super30 https://t.co/XvzJQyzFW7— Raj Baddhan (@RajBaddhan) May 9, 2019I’m literally crying after reading this.? What a gentleman you are!! One more reason to love this man @iHrithik ?#WeLoveYouHrithik #Super30 pic.twitter.com/Y1mtHrMq5S— Ravi Ranjan (@raviranjanhr) May 9, 2019Respect his decision & the silence he has maintained over the past few weeks, instead of indulging in becoming a part of the Twitter circus. That’s definitely a classy, respectable move by @iHrithik ! https://t.co/vQaZIaacez— Samina Shaikh (@saminaUFshaikh) May 9, 2019Sorry Hrithik but your wrong this timeAs a Critic, and trade Analyst, I understand business, and we are capable of having 2 big films at Box Office, and as far as personal reason is Concerned, let me tell u this, Jitna bhagoge woh utna bhagaegi, Datt ke samna karo woh har jaegi— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) May 9, 2019Bt it is wrong decision of hrithik…super 30 is safe film in front of mental kya hai …if kangana n her so called attention seeker sister is battle of life than I would prefer hrithik to fight with this battle— fan (@EklavyaShalluu) May 10, 2019let me say this Openly@iHrithik has taken a WRONG DECISIONApne aaj ek choti film banayi hai, aap peche hatt gaye woh jeet gayiKal aapki badi film aegi, High Budget ki woh fir apni ek choti film leke chali aegi aap fir MENTAL TRAUMA kehke shift karenge???Kab Tak karenge aisa?— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) May 9, 2019
An Israeli drone drops tear gas grenades during clashes with Palestinians, during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City March 30, 2018. Photo : ReutersAn Israeli drone crashed in southern Lebanon overnight between Friday and Saturday, the Israeli military and Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported.”An unmanned Israeli spy plane crashes between the villages of Beit Yahoun and Baraachit,” al-Manar reported.A statement from the Israeli military said the drone had crashed because of a technical malfunction. “The incident is currently being reviewed. There is no risk of leaked information,” the statement said.Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah last fought a war in 2006. Israeli and U.S. officials say Iran is helping the group build factories to manufacture precision-guided missiles or refit its longer-range missiles with precision guidance systems.The heavily armed Hezbollah joined the Syrian civil war in support of Assad in 2012, and has played a critical part in helping his government defeat Sunni rebels backed by the United States and its regional allies – Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.Hezbollah has spearheaded a coalition of Tehran-backed Shi’ite militias that have deployed to Syria from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Iran’s expanding power in Syria has caused deep alarm in neighbouring Israel.Israel has mounted numerous air strikes in Syria against what it has described as Hezbollah and Iranian targets.Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy leader of the Iran-backed Shi’ite group, told Reuters in an interview on March 15 that Hezbollah does not expect Israel to launch a war for now in Lebanon but that it is prepared for one.
If you were to ask any PC gamer over the age of 30 what title help them to cut their teeth with the first person shooter genre, most of them would immediately respond with the 1992 classic Wolfenstein 3D from id Software. With the runaway success that it still enjoys as one of the most played games of all time, it was only natural that someone would attempt to recreate the Wolfenstein gameplay experience inside of Minecraft, everyone’s favorite voxel sandbox.The first video above shows the work of one David Ruzicka, a fan of both games that decided to tackle a 1:1 reconstruction of the E1M1 level using a Wolfenstein texture skin to achieve his goal. Comparing his work to a run-through of the original level, we have to say that Ruzicka did a darn good job! He certainly spent a lot of time working on this.Trying to create the most authentic experience that he could, Ruzicka created the level to include the sights and sounds that are most likely burned into your brain from spending many long hours in front of your old PC. The background music alone will have you peeking around corners for mutant Nazi soldiers looking to to capture and kill you.While this isn’t the first recreation of the classic video game, this is one of the first that has been done using Minecraft as a platform and has even garnered the attention of Notch himself! Not too shabby to get a nod from the creator of one the most popular games around today. Currently this modified level isn’t available for download, but Ruzicka states that he’s planning to release it in the future, and is even contemplating a full recreation for public enjoyment. Let’s hope that he decides to move forward as it would be a bit of nostalgic fun to run through the game again in this way!Read more at Ruzicka’s blog.
After three manic days of gaming, queuing, drinking, chatting and even more queuing, the Australian edition of PAX has come to a close. This year’s show was more popular than ever, and occupied the enormous Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This cavernous space was filled with massive booths showing off this holiday season’s blockbusters, but we sidestepped the big bling, instead spending our time in the heaving PAX Rising area. Devoted solely to indie game developers, over 50 different games vied for our attention. What follows is our pick for the best 10 indie games of the show. Apologies if we miss any obvious inclusions off the list, but with so many games on show, it’s bound to happen. One thing is for sure — the quality of indie games continues to skyrocket, exhibiting a level of sheen and polish that used to be reserved for B-grade games from major publishers.10) Defect: Space Destruction KitThis spaceship-building and combat game looks much like many other games in the same genre, though the gorgeous art style immediately caught our eye. Each ship module has been built in 3D, which is then converted to 2D, lending them a depth and realism that hand-drawn art struggles to replicate. Hundreds of parts are available in the construction of your craft, which you then have to take out into a 2D battle. But here’s the catchL once you win the battle, your crew defects with your ship, and you have to build a new one to beat them. Hence the name of the game — building a defect into your ship, so that you can take out the defectors, is crucial to winning.9) The Time ProjectDescribed as a narrative-driven adventure game, The Time Project has some of the simplest controls we’ve ever seen in a game. Swiping right moves time forward, left moves it backwards, and that’s it. The goal is to align specific objects in the environment based on timing, so it’s basically a bit of a puzzler. What really helps this game stand out though is the stunning art and music. The developers have turned outside of the game industry, leveraging the talents of the Soft Science Illustration Studio to create the water-painting style of art. When combined with the peaceful, idyllic soundtrack, The Time Project evokes a dream-like atmosphere that is sure to prove popular for those looking for a more relaxing experience.8) BearzerkersIf there was one trend that we noticed at PAX, it’s that indie developers just love couch-based co-op. Bearzerkers is designed for four pals to battle it out together, either in adversarial or co-op mode. It’s basically a bunch of mini-games where players have to avoid the death-snappy jaws of roving bears, and it looked like a right royal hoot. The arena action is fast and frenetic, with each round over in a matter of minutes, leaving you no time to get bored with each mode. Throw in a few beers and we reckon this will prove to be a massive party hit.7) KieruA first person sword-fighting game might not sound too unique, but it’s the way Kieru shades its world that makes all the difference. The entire environment is comprised of black and white textures, and each character falls into one of those colors. A white ninja standing against a white wall is invisible, and the same is true of black on black. Slashing an enemy sees them sprout a gushing trail of red blood, making them easier to spot. Thus ensues one of the coolest stealth FPS games we’ve ever played.6) HacknetWe feel a little bad promoting a game that has already proven to be a smash hit, but Hacknet deserves to be celebrated as an Aussie Indie. Built by a lone developer in Adelaide, South Australia, Hacknet has proven to be a smash hits since its August release date. Put simply, it’s a hacking simulator, but it’s the style of the thing that has fans so addicted. Forget Hollywood’s laughable 3D GUIs, it’s all about text-based command prompts here baby. Add a wicked techno sound track, and Hacknet is a glowing success story for the Aussie indie scene.5) Vector 36It’s hard to believe that this stunning 3D physics-based racer has been built by one man, given how incredibly complete and complex that it already appears to be. Using an intricate physics model, players have to build and tweak skimmers to complete courses on the terraformed surface of Mars. We played Vector 36 with the optional Oculus Rift support, and were transfixed by the weightiness of the vehicles within. Transfixed is our humble way of saying we got our butts handed to us on a platter; our skimmer didn’t even make it around a single pass of the track without exploding from damage. Hit Steam’s Early Access to check this slick racer out asap.4) DesyncSay hello to the unholy-but-most-awesome love child of Tron and Doom. Dripping in neon, this old-school first-person shooter has the rapid-fire speed that shooters used to be known for. Forget crouching or ADS, here it’s all about Attack Sequences (combos by another name), Overkills, and Streaks. And that side weapon you’re carrying isn’t just for those times your primary is out of ammo — it has certain effects that must be used to open enemies up to attack. With stunning visuals and adrenaline-raising gameplay, we can only hope that the team uses more banging techno tunes from Daniel Deluxe, who supplied the music for the Desync YouTube video.3) Objects in SpaceThese guys have to get the nod for coolest booth at the show, as they’d built a physical cockpit that replicated many of the in-game features. This space simulator uses an art-style termed as modem-punk, and looks like one of the PC sims from the late 80s. Borrowing heavily from the sub sim craze of the era, it plays kind of like 688i Hunter Killer, but in space. It’s all about ensuring your ship isn’t firing off noisy engines or reactors when enemies are around, and ducking into nearby nebulae when necessary. The Ceres spaceship we flew had dedicated rooms for the Bridge, Power, Engine, Comms, Airlock and Cabin, each giving access to numerous systems. Throw in a lengthy text story discussing the politics of each region, and this is looking to be a killer nod to the sims of old.2) Assault Android CactusThrow together three ex-Sega veterans, remove the pressure of triple-A publishing, and Assault Android Cactus is the end result. This joyous celebration of 4-player twin-stick shooters was one of the most professional games at the show, dripping in high production values, rock-solid 60fps gameplay and twitch-tastic controls. Designed to be approachable to genre novices, the player has infinite lives to complete the campaign. Serious competitors will strive to do it as efficiently as possible though, lest their names not shine brightly in the online leaderboards.1) FortsStill with us? Good, as the wait has been worth it. The idea for Forts came to the creator over a decade ago, back when he was working at Ratbag. Fast forward to today, and after three solid years of development Forts is looking primed for release. This real-time physics-based game plays out a little like Bridge Builder, but the player has to build a giant honking fort instead of a boring river-crossing device. Build it too high and it’ll collapse, forget to pad it out and the enemy AI or multiplayer opponents will blow your fort to high heaven and back. We’re amazed nobody has released this type of game before, given how many gamers doodled blueprints of giant forts as kids. Well now you can build them, with hundreds of components and weapons, and then face them off against your friend’s fort. Indie Game of PAX, ’nuff said.
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