Taapsee Pannu just wore socks with heels, and we cannot keep calm

first_imgAnyone who’s stepped out in public in urban India, and has bothered to look at people around, knows of some cardinal sins of the fashion world.While most of these sins are widely known, we find our beloved celebrities crossing the line sometimes to tread the unchartered territory. Yesteryear actress Rekha, for instance, was once spotted wearing sport shoes with a linen saree while stepping out of the airport in Mumbai. Now, we’re not saying that’s a fashion faux pas–whatever rocks her boat; to each her own–but it’s obviously jarring to see an icon like that do such a shoddy job of her public appearance, especially when she’s not seen making too many of late.Now, joining the club is critically acclaimed actress Taapsee Pannu, who recently wore a pair of white ankle socks with a pair of black, strappy sandals. Yup, for real.Why, Taapsee Pannu, why? Photo: Yogen ShahNow, we’re not saying Taapsee cannot do that; of course she can, they’re her feet. All we’re saying is that socks serve a purpose, a purpose that’s widely different from the purpose sandals serve. Sandals, especially dainty heels like that, are supposed to make one’s silhouette look more poised while showing off one’s pretty feet. Socks, on the other hand are either worn when trying to escape cold or for absorbing sweat when wearing shoes–in Taapsee’s case, we don’t think either is applicable.Taapsee Pannu promoting Judwaa 2 with co-stars Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez. Photo: Yogen Shah So, Taapsee, the question is simple–WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO A PERFECTLY CUTE OUTFIT?advertisementlast_img read more

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Kroos Scores Late to Give Germany 2-1 Win over Sweden

first_imgSOCHI, Russia (AP) — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area.With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a tricky set play from training that will live in World Cup lore.Down to 10 men after Jerome Boateng was given a second yellow card, Germany rallied for a 2-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday to suddenly revive its title defense thanks to a strike from Kroos that caught the Swedes by surprise and won’t soon be forgotten in Germany.“The fact Toni Kroos put it away is just incredible,” Reus said. “He’s shown that talent on previous occasions but really in this case it was practically the very last opportunity to win this match.”Kroos lined up for a free kick as if he was going for goal but just tapped the ball to Reus, who held it with his toe as the defenders paused. Kroos swung his right foot, curling the ball past a spinning Sebastian Larsson and over the outstretched hand of diving goalkeeper Robin Olsen.The Swedes watched the ball go in, mouths open in disbelief.The Germans ran to Kroos and erupted in emotional relief.Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist, left, and teammate Andreas Granqvist gestures during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)“Happy of course. It was a tough game again today for us,” Kroos said. “We suffered. … If you don’t score an early goal and we have the chances then it’s going to be difficult until the end. It was, but now of course we’re happy because I think we also deserved the victory.”Coming off an opening loss to Mexico, Germany fell behind again when Kroos’ early mistake led to Ola Toivonen’s goal in the 32nd minute. Reus equalized in the 48th. A point for a draw would have been enough to stay alive for the knockout stage, but the Germans would have needed help on the final day.Now Germany has some control of what happens. Mexico leads Group F with six points, and Germany and Sweden both have three. Mexico faces Sweden and Germany takes on winless South Korea in the final group matches.“Of course this was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up until the final whistle,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.Crazy as it seems, all four teams still have a chance to advance on the final day.“There’s nothing strange to get ready for that match,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify.”For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if it would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third straight defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage. They played the final 10 minutes without Boateng.Toivonen gave Sweden the lead, but Germany controlled every aspect by playing aggressive and attacking soccer. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for almost the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off.Germany’s Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal with his teammate Germany’s Antonio Ruediger, left, and Marco Reus, right, during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)“Something that I did appreciate today was that we didn’t lose our nerve, we didn’t panic after going down after conceding a goal,” Loew said. “We kept a level head.”Reus scored to pull Germany even, finishing Timo Werner’s cross that was tapped by halftime substitute Mario Gomez and caused the ball to pop up perfectly for Reus to finish with his leg.Olsen made a major save by stopping Gomez’s header in the 88th minute and Julian Brandt hit the post in the 90th, but he had no chance at Kroos’ strike.“This is probably heaviest conclusion that I’ve experienced in my career,” Andersson said.AFTER THE WHISTLESweden’s bench took issue with the way some Germany staff members celebrated after the final whistle. There was a confrontation between members of both teams on the sideline at midfield and the two groups had to be separated. Loew said he didn’t see “any gestures or aggressive gestures” directed at the Swedes.Andersson said he was annoyed by what he saw from the German celebration.“People behaved in ways that you don’t do,” Andersson said. “You cheer together, maybe, and you leave your opponents to feel sad, and that is the end of it.”NO OZILGermany coach Joachim Loew showed he wasn’t willing to stay with the status quo, making four changes to his starting lineup. One was due to necessity after central defender Mats Hummels injured his neck in training on Thursday.The surprise was Loew dropping Mesut Ozil from the starting lineup in favor of Reus.It was the first time Ozil was dropped from the lineup in a major international championship in his senior career. He started every game at the 2010 World Cup and was one of the stars of Germany’s winning squad in Brazil four years ago.“It was important to give Ozil a break today,” Loew said.INJURIESGermany midfielder Sebastian Rudy broke his nose when he was caught by the foot of a Swedish player in the first half, Loew said. Rudy had to be replaced by Ilkay Gundogan.GROUP DYNAMICSThe victory puts the Germans back on track to advance to the knockout stage if it can get a win against South Korea and have a better goal differential than the Swedes or Mexico depending on the outcome of their final match.Even if it does advance, Germany may be looking at being the No. 2 team from the group and potentially a matchup with Brazil in the round of 16.—By TIM BOOTH , AP Sports WriterSweden’s Viktor Claesson, left, challenges Germany’s Toni Kroos during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Blood drips from the nose of Germany’s Sebastian Rudy during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Fire Extinguisher Damaged in Anger Creates Mess for Braves

first_imgMIAMI — The mess in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse made by a punctured fire extinguisher has been cleaned up before Sunday’s series finale at Miami.The damage occurred when Braves reliever Sean Newcomb kicked a garbage can in anger after giving up the winning run in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s ugly 7-6 loss to the Marlins.The metal garbage can hit the fire extinguisher hanging nearby on the tunnel wall between the dugout and clubhouse, and chemical dust began to spew. A large fan helped send dust and smoke flying, preventing the team from entering the clubhouse.A cleanup crew stayed until early Sunday morning removing the dust. One worker said Newcomb apologized and offered to pay for any damage.Atlanta’s bullpen gave up seven runs in the final three innings of the game, including four in the ninth.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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PSG make easy work of Marseille

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Di Maria at the double as holders put Neymar injury aside Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 06:02 3/1/18 DiMaria-Cropped AFP Hit by the news of Neymar’s impending surgery on Wednesday, PSG cruised into the last four of the Coupe de France by beating Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain put the disappointment of Neymar’s foot surgery to one side to thump rivals Marseille 3-0 and reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.The Ligue 1 leaders announced on Wednesday that the world’s most expensive player will miss next week’s second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid, which they trail 3-1, after the decision was made for him to have surgery on a cracked metatarsal.While Neymar’s prolonged absence may prove fatal to their Champions League hopes, PSG reaffirmed that it will have little impact on their domestic success as Angel Di Maria’s double saw them into a fourth successive Coupe de France semi-final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Di Maria settled the contest with a pair of deflected strikes, the first a vicious shot from outside the box, either side of half-time.Deserved gloss to the scoreline was added courtesy of a wonderful team move finished off by Edinson Cavani, as Marseille again suffered at PSG’s hands having lost by the same scoreline in the weekend’s Ligue 1 meeting, where Neymar suffered his injury.The win keeps PSG firmly on course for a domestic treble and they will be one of just two top-flight teams in the last four after shock triumphs for third-tier Chambly and Les Herbiers, while a free-flowing second-half showing will perhaps give Unai Emery added hope they can fight back against Madrid even without their world-record signing.6 – Angel Di Maria has scored six goals in his last four starts with @PSG_English in all competitions. Revitalized.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 28, 2018PSG started very brightly and, after Yuri Berchiche had an effort beaten away by Steve Mandanda, Cavani wasted a gilt-edged chance to give them the lead.The Uruguay international met Di Maria’s pull back after the Argentina winger was sent clear down the left, but he only succeeded in fizzing a shot over the bar.Aymen Abdennour was then fortunate not to concede a penalty when the Marseille centre-back appeared to handle in the area.Most of the pressing was unsurprisingly done by PSG, but Marseille remained dangerous on the counter-attack and Florian Thauvin curled an effort well over the crossbar.Di Maria then showed Thauvin how it should be done as he bent one towards goal from the edge of the area, only to be denied by a brilliant diving save from Mandanda.But Mandanda could not replicate the same heroics on the stroke of half-time, the Marseille goalkeeper beaten as Di Maria unleashed a fierce half-volley that took a slight deflection off Adil Rami and flew into the bottom-left corner.Javier Pastore replaced Kylian Mbappe ahead of the restart and three minutes into the second half Di Maria effectively put the tie to bed – but in far less spectacular fashion.Marseille failed to deal with Yuri’s cross from the left, which eventually fell to Di Maria, and his side-foot effort deflected off Hiroki Saki and under Mandanda.Di Maria then lashed narrowly wide from long range and Julian Draxler went agonisingly close to scoring one of the goals of the season as his bicycle kick from Marco Verratti’s lofted pass was only just off target.A stunning reflex save saw Mandanda keep out Pastore’s diving header, but the final flourish came in style as Draxler nodded a Verratti chip down for Cavani to fire into the bottom-right corner in an illustration of the kind of football they will need to produce to deliver a Champions League turnaround next week.FULL TIME: See you in the @coupedefrance semifinal ! #AllezParis! #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/g7u73AeC8b— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 28, 2018 read morelast_img read more

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SCI Breaks 6 Mn Deadweight Mark with BWs VLGC

first_imgzoom The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI)  has taken delivery of a 2001- built second-hand very large gas carrier (VLGC), the largest in its gas carrier fleet.The 82,488-cbm ship BW Vision, now renamed to Nanda Devi, was previously owned by Singapore’s BW LPG, part of BW Group.According to Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma, C&MD, SCI, with the addition of VLGC Nanda Devi, SCI has become a six-million deadweight company.“SCI is the first and only Indian shipping company to reach this milestone,” he added.At 53,503 deadweight, Nanda Devi has a gross tonnage of 46,506 and complies with the latest and most stringent international regulations.The ship, built by Japanese Kawasaki Heavy Industries, is valued at USD 33.2 million, based on VesselsValue’s estimation.As pointed out by SCI, the acquisition of the gas carrier is expected to further strengthen SCI’s position in the energy transportation sector.SCI’s total fleet strength stands at 70 vessels totaling in 6.01 million DWT and gross tonnage of 3.35 million. In addition, SCI also manages 53 vessels (0.55 million GT and 0.39 million DWT).last_img read more

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Premier Signs Commonwealth Games Bid Letter with Mayor

first_imgPremier John Hamm signed an official letter of intent to bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games today, July 13, with Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly. Halifax, in partnership with the province, is bidding to be the Canadian city chosen to represent Canada in the international competition in 2007. “Many Nova Scotians benefit when the province and the city work together,” said Premier Hamm. “This project is a terrific opportunity for us to combine our resources and help a lot of people. This project supports several provincial priorities, by creating and promoting a healthier, more active way of life for Nova Scotians, and by helping improve our sports facilities, roads and housing. “We also want to show the world what a wonderful place Nova Scotia is to live, do business, work, and raise a family,” added the premier. The province and the city will share the total costs of this bid, estimated at $750,000. Fred MacGillivray, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, will chair the bid committee. The deadline for letters of intent to bid is July 22, 2005. Commonwealth Games Canada will announce the Canadian representative in December of this year. The country chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be announced in 2007.last_img read more

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Film Productions Announced

first_img the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced two newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, June 21. Television series Sex and Violence Season III, produced by Spiteful Threesome Pictures Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $160,945 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $519,179. Television series This Hour Has 22 Minutes Series XXIV, produced by DHX-Hour Productions (NS) XXIV Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $2,200,346 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $7,334,489. As funding commitments are approved details will be available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding .center_img To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca . -30-last_img read more

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US home construction rose 15 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. home construction improved a slight 1.5 per cent in October, but in a troubling sign, ground breakings for single-family houses fell.The Commerce Department says housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million, up from 1.21 million in September. The gains came entirely from apartments as starts for single-family houses slipped 1.8 per cent last month.A sharp increase in mortgage rates has led to a marked decline in home construction since May, such that ground breakings have fallen 2.6 per cent over the past 12 months.The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage has shot up a full percentage point in the past year to 4.94 per cent, according to Freddie Mac.Permits, an indicator of future activity, declined 0.6 per cent to an annual rate of 1.26 million.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Maghreb Region Expected to Gain 32 Million Inhabitants by 2050

Rabat – According to a study from the High Planning Commission (HCP), the total population of the Maghreb region will increase from the current total of 100 million in 2018 to 132 million by 2050, a predicted growth of one million a year.The current population of the Maghreb region is mostly centered in Algeria and Morocco, accounting for 77 percent, and this will remain true in 2050.The study analyzed the three factors that have the most direct impact on population growth:  mortality, birth rate, and migration. The study credits the high birth rate in the region for the predicted population growth. If this figure is reached, the population of the Maghreb will account for 1.35% of the world in 2050 as opposed to the current 1.5%. However, when solely looking at the demographics of the African continent, Maghreb representation will decrease from the current 7.8% to 5.2% by 2050 due to the population growth also predicted in other African regions.The study also assessed past population growth in the Maghreb region and found that between 1980 and 2018, the population of the Maghreb population doubled from 50 million to 100 million, an annual increase of 1.3 million inhabitants.The population growth may have detrimental effects on employment, protection of the elderly, urbanism, water, and health. It will also cause an increase in pollution, global warming and climate change.Read also: Mohammed is Most Common Name in Berlin, 24th Most Popular in Germany read more

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Afghanistan UN mine clearance officials strongly condemn murder of four deminers

“The Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) will not be deterred from this important work by such attacks, which violate the most basic principles of humanity,” the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said in a statement, referring to a grouping that comprises 46 humanitarian and commercial organizations in one of the largest mine action programmes in the world.MAPA provides employment to over 10,500 Afghan citizens. “There is no known motive for the unprovoked killing of these humanitarian workers,” UNMAS added of the attack, which took place in Abbazhai village of Nahr-e Seraj district as demining teams were conducting normal mine clearance activities.Helmand is the largest province in Afghanistan by area and third largest by population. Provincial records show that in landmines, unexploded ordnance and other arms claimed at least 23 civilian casualties in 2015. The province is heavily affected by unexploded ordnance, with 109 known minefields covering 68 square kilometres.“UNMAS condemns this breach of the understanding that de-miners are neutral, humanitarian workers providing a service to communities in Afghanistan,” the statement said. read more

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Education innovator pushes for expanded use of technology

This is the latest in a series of stories featuring Brock University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.When the revolutionary wave of personal computers started in the early 1980s, Brock University alumnus Dino Miele (BA ’04, MEd ’10) was on the ground floor.Working as an electronic engineering technician, his passion was to make technology accessible. Using the skills he’d learned in the technology business, he assembled a number of other like-minded individuals with the goal of keeping the momentum of technological advancement going in Ontario.It was then, in 1984, that he joined the District School Board of Niagara in the role of Chief Information Officer overseeing and advising the use of technology in schools. It’s a job he still holds today.“I’m a life-long learner,” says Miele. “I like to have an understanding and be learning every day.”That is Miele’s mentality, one that drove him to improve his education in order to approach technology from a sociological perspective. In 2010, he received his Masters of Education from Brock. Earlier this year, he was named the Faculty of Education’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni.After graduating, in a continued effort to teachers and students with the technology necessary for use in lessons, he partnered with Brock to form the Educational Research and Innovation Hub (ihub) in St. Catharines.The goal of the ihub has been to connect innovators with educators, and to ease the creation and implementation of educational technologies. It serves as a space where innovators can experiment with new technologies within a school board without the risk of putting too much pressure on the education system. Through its many endeavours, the iHub creates a valuable impact on the EdTech industry, both locally and internationally.Part of Miele’s passion for accessible technology is because of the perceived frustration of educators around a lack of initiative being taken to bring modern tech into classrooms.“I’m also passionate because the frustration I see about how little computers and technology have changed the way we educate and I know we can do better,” says Miele. “Education still follows an industrial model.”In spite of this frustration, Miele remains optimistic, acknowledging that things are changing, and that the new generation of teachers will bring that change.Miele is equally optimistic about the state of educational technology specifically in the Niagara region, where he says the variety of educational institutions, coupled with a proximity to the U.S. and the number of visionaries, makes for a great place to innovate.Although retirement isn’t far from Miele’s mind, he wants to stay involved in the industry working as a consultant or mentor. read more

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HP shuts down TouchPad and webOS operations

first_imgIf you thought things looked pretty gloomy for HP’s first batch of webOS devices, you weren’t alone. A slow start for the Veer was followed by an even more underwhelming launch for the TouchPad, which was supposed to compete head-on with the iPad 2 — and did, at least on paper. But with excess stock piling up in Best Buy’s warehouses and daily deal site Woot only able to shift a few hundred TouchPads, clearly the public just wasn’t all that keen.Just days ago, HP let the Pre 3 trickle out in Europe. There was no fanfare to speak of, just word from webOS faithful that the phones did, in fact, ship when orders were placed. A white 64GB TouchPad also appeared, but the word quietly filtered out that it would never find its way to U.S. shores.Now it looks like all that shiny, new HP webOS hardware will be finding its way to the Island of Misfit Gadgets. During HP’s quarterly earnings call today, the company announced that it was officially pulling the plug on webOS device operations — including the Pre and Veer phones and the Touchpad.HP is looking for “other ways to optimize the value of webOS” now, and that doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination. Either it’s going to wind up in HP’s other products — in mid and high-end printers, or as a dual-boot option on its PCs — or HP is going to work on licensing the OS to other smartphone, tablet, and microwave manufacturers (yes, webOS is a good fit for appliances too, HP thinks).Come to think of it, the PC integration might not happen either, if HP does actually plan on selling that division to Samsung as the rumor mill is speculating.More at Business Wirelast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Friday

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4506947 The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s the news as you start your day. Short URL Share1 Tweet Email Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,365 Views Image: Shutterstock/Kutsenko Deniscenter_img No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Kutsenko Denis Updated Feb 22nd 2019, 8:46 AM EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #DRUGS: The use of prescription medicine is on the rise among drug users in Dublin’s north inner city as tablets move from the medicine cabinet to the streets, according to the Ana Liffey Drug Project.2. #BREXIT: The Brexit Omnibus Bill, which deals with laws that will need to be in place post a no-deal Brexit, is to be published today. 3. #AUTOMATION: Two out of every five jobs in Ireland are at ‘high risk’ of automation, according to research from University College Cork.4. #GAG ORDER: A US judge has issued a gag order on Roger Stone after the former advisor to Donald Trump posted a picture of her on Instagram with crosshairs in the background.5. #SPACE: A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away has landed successfully, scientists have said. 6. #ABUSE: Catholic Church leaders from around the world have heard an African woman describe being abused for 13 years from the age of 15 by a priest, the Irish Times reports. 7. #ALLIANCE: Fianna Fáil and the SDLP have issued a joint statement calling on pro-remain parties across Ireland to form an alliance, RTÉ reports. 8. #VENEZUELA: Billionaire Richard Branson will host a charity concert near the Venezuelan border tonight as a standoff over allowing aid into the country intensifies.9. #RAMPAGE: A driver who killed six people in a rampage along a Melbourne shopping street has been sentenced to life today.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Friday 22 Feb 2019, 8:46 AM By Hayley Halpin Feb 22nd 2019, 7:53 AM last_img read more

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Greek MP defends WikiLeaks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As whistleblower website WikiLeaks continues to release confidential cables, Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos she supports the release of classified information. “If you believe in the principles of freedom of expression, the freedom of the press and the public’s right to know, then you cannot pick and choose,” she said. Last week, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the release of internal US cables by WikiLeaks was based on an illegal act, but has since insisted the illegal act was the theft of the material by a junior US serviceman, rather than Assange’s website publishing the leaks.“What I would say about the publication of the WikiLeaks information is it’s grossly irresponsible,” she added. Ms Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos on Thursday that support for Wikileaks concerned Australians on both sides of the political divide.“It has been portrayed that support for Assange and WikiLeaks is only a matter of concern for the political left. This is wrong,” she said.Hundreds protested in Sydney and Melbourne this week in support of Mr Assange and his controversial website.Ms Vamvakinou said they were not the only ones concerned.“Overall the Australian public support the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press,” she said.“It is an insult to Australians to suggest that only a minority angst and protest over democratic freedom.”Asked whether Ms Gillard should be doing more to support Mr Assange, Ms Vamvakinou said consular assistance has been given.“Mr Assange is an Australian citizen,” she said.“The Australian public expects its government to protect and uphold the rights of its Australian citizens.”This week, some of the nation’s most senior media professionals wrote to Ms Gillard to express their support for WikiLeaks.Mr Assange is in England, where he was granted bail on Friday morning.The ABC reports Mr Assange and his lawyers insist that moves to extradite him to Sweden to face questioning over allegations he sexually assaulted two women are politically motivated.last_img read more

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Nammos Mykonos beach contract revoked

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Public Assets Department of the Greek Finance Ministry has announced the suspension of the three-year licence of Mykonos’ most popular beach bar/restaurant, Nammos.According to the court order, the spot, notorious for its sky-high prices and for attracting the world’s rich and famous has violated the terms of its license.The contract only allows the establishment specifically 339.6 square metres on the beach for umbrella and sunbed placement, however, the Nammos owners built an extra platform and a ramp for an event that took place on 31 August without notifying the council. The metal and wood construction also included a stage and a staircase that took over 230 square metres more than than what the contract allowed, preventing beach-goers form accessing the site.Moreover, the sound systems were over the 50 decibel limit for the beach.last_img read more

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Warner and DC being sued over Suicide Squad false advertising

first_imgThese days, it isn’t unusual for movie trailers to have scenes that don’t actually make it into the final film. Trailers, especially early ones, use whatever footage is available to create something that will entice viewers to watch the movie. However, as production on a film continues, some scenes may be cut due to any number of reasons. It can be disappointing to expect to see specific scenes in a movie only for them to be missing, but it’s one of the realities we have to deal with.One Suicide Squad viewer from Scotland, however, isn’t having any of it. This man, known as BlackPanther2016 on Reddit, is suing Warner Bros. and DC over the movie’s removal of scenes that were in the trailers. Especially, scenes involving the Joker. He made a post on the Movies subreddit claiming that he drove 300 miles to London to watch “specific specific scenes explicitly advertised in TV ads.” He left the theater feeling disappointed and demanded a refund. According to him, he was laughed at and thrown out of the theater. Now, he is going to sue the makers of the film with the help of his supposed lawyer brother.I’ve seen the movie twice so I can confirm that the trailers do indeed have scenes that aren’t in the film. These scenes include Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn) pointing a gun at the Joker and a fight scene between Katana and Killer Croc, the former of which appears to be under mind control. More alleged changes were compiled in this Reddit thread. Unlike our Scottish friend, I wasn’t upset over these omissions because I (like most people) understand that not everything in a trailer will be in the final cut of the movie.While this man’s frustration is somewhat understandable, him trying to sue DC and Warner Bros. will ultimately be in vain. I fully expect this case to be dismissed by the court judge. Suicide Squad is not the first movie to have trailers with material that isn’t in the film and it certainly won’t be the last. This isn’t a deliberate act of deception by the two companies in question: it is just the way the Hollywood machine works.last_img read more

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Anthony Levandowski Bows to No One But His AI God

first_img Amidst a prominent legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Anthony Levandowski started a new religion.The non-profit devotional organization, dubbed Way of the Future, believes in an artificially intelligent destiny and worships a machine-learning deity.Levandowski in 2015 submitted filings—published last week by Wired—which reveals the group’s objective to “develop and promote the realization of a godhead based on artificial intelligence.”Yep—that sounds super sinister.Details are scant; a Google search for “Way of the Future” (a name straight out of the what-to-call-my-cult book) resulted in nothing but news stories sparked by Wired‘s recent report.California state records name Levandowski as CEO and president of the company which, according to the magazine, has been dodging Internal Revenue Service paperwork for two years.Engineer, entrepreneur, and alleged trade secret thief Levandowski made a name for himself in 2004, when he constructed an autonomous motorcycle for the DARPA Grand Challenge.Before his 30th birthday, Levandowski began work on Google Street View, founded mobile mapping startup 510 Systems, and built a self-driving Toyota Prius.He left Google’s driverless car project last year to launch autonomous truck maker Otto. When the firm was acquired two months later by Uber, he became head of the self-driving vehicle unit.Now, Levandowski is at the heart of a ruthless lawsuit— “his own day of reckoning,” as Wired put it: In February, Waymo sued Uber, claiming the former Google engineer brought proprietary technology with him to Otto.A judge in May rejected a request from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle spin-off, to halt Uber’s self-driving research, but ruled that Levandowski can’t work on any LiDAR-related projects.Waymo is seeking damages of nearly $1.9 billion—almost half of Google’s $4.5 billion valuations of its entire self-driving division, Wired said. Uber, which fired Levandowski in May, denies any wrongdoing. A federal judge in California will hear the case next month.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Bimini man killed in family feud

first_img Related Items:#Biminishooting, #magneticmedianews, #mankillsbrotherinBimini Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 13, 2017 – Bimini – The murder toll for the country is at 34 now after a weekend shooting in Bimini, reportedly between brothers.  A 21 year old man is dead, shot at a home in South Bimini, he was rushed to medical care but he still died.#MagneticMediaNews #mankillsbrotherinBimini #Biminishootinglast_img

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Trumps profanity delights supporters

first_imgUS president Donald Trump pumps his fist as he boards Air Force One upon departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, US, on 12 January 2018. ReutersFrom Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon through Barack Obama, Americans have gotten used to the idea of their presidents using profanity, but Donald Trump’s use of the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and Africa this week sparked a storm of protest.The countries offended condemned the outburst and human rights groups labelled the comment racist, given that Trump described people from largely white Norway as more desirable immigrants.But supporters of the former businessman and reality TV star erupted in applause.“Finally a president that says what we all think! You go @POTUS! #ShitholeCountries #shithole #America1st,” tweeted Marco Gutierrez, a Trump supporter and Congressional candidate from California.Conservative blogger Stacy Rush dismissed criticism of Trump’s language as pitiful and a distraction from the bigger picture: “It is pathetic our country and particularly the MSM (mainstream media) is wasting time on the word #shithole when we have real issues that need to be addressed.”But many from the worlds of diplomacy, academia and even etiquette experts cringed.“The reality is that when you have to resort to it, it does send a message of insecurity,” said Diane Gottsman, author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life, who advises against using profanity in either professional or social settings.Trump’s remarks during a meeting on immigration policy that was held at the White House on Thursday were reported by a US senator at the gathering, who said on Friday that the president had used “vile, vulgar” language, including repeatedly saying “shithole.”Trump denied on Friday that he had used such derogatory language. But he was condemned nonetheless in many African nations, as well as in Haiti and El Salvador, and by international human rights organizations.During the 1960s Lyndon Johnson raised eyebrows by saying that, in politics, “chicken shit can turn to chicken salad.” Experts said the public were shocked by the profanity-laced Nixon tapes from the Oval office in the 1970s Watergate political crisis, and that people are less sensitive now.“People have become accustomed to the idea that presidents swear,” said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University history professor who studies the presidency. “But even with that, I think people still expect a certain amount of formality in public.”Some academic research suggests there could be benefits to swearing in some contexts, from dulling pain to suggesting trust in social situations.Benjamin Bergin, a cognitive science professor at the University of California San Diego who wrote a book on why people swear called “What the F,” said his research has shown profane speech can be perceived as more honest.If swearing kept Trump from storming out of the negotiations, that could be positive, said Timothy Jay, emeritus professor of psychology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and author of five books on profanity.That was not enough to sway Gottsman, who advises people on business etiquette.“My advice would be don’t do it,” she said. “When we are in a position of power, people look up to us.”last_img read more

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Why superstitions are hard to shake

first_imgDo you forward a chain mail even though you know fully well that your action would not bring any promised luck? This is because you might consider the costs of ignoring rationality is low relative to the costs of ignoring intuition, suggests new research.The researchers found that detecting an irrational thought and correcting that error are two separate processes, not one as most dual-system cognitive models assume. This insight explains how people can detect irrational thought and choose not to correct it, a process described as ‘acquiescence’ in the study. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Even when the conditions are all perfect for detecting an error, when people have the ability and motivation to be rational and when the context draws attention to the error, the magical intuition may still prevail,” said researcher Jane Risen from University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the US.Understanding how acquiescence unfolds in magical thinking, can help provide insight into how it is that people knowingly behave irrationally in many other areas of life, the study said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCertain variables create situations in which intuition is likely to override rational thought. For example, people may acquiesce if they can rationalise their intuition by thinking that a particular situation is special. Acquiescence may also be more likely if the costs of ignoring rationality are low relative to the costs of ignoring intuition, the researchers said.The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Review.last_img read more

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