Celebrities rejoice Emmy nods

first_imgLos Angeles: Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards came with some surprises and some snubs, but brought along a lot of reasons to celebrate for many. Some were pleasantly surprised, some were pleased, some saw it as a positive sign of representation and some have already started wondering what would they wear at the “coolest party”. The popular fantasy drama “Game Of Thrones”, which wrapped up its story this year, set a new record by earning 32 nominations at the 2019 Emmys. It was followed by Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” with 20 nominations, including nods for Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot HBO’s “Chernobyl” earned 19 nominations. These included a nomination for Best Limited Series, with Jared Harris getting a nod in the category of Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson have received nomination in the supporting actor categories for the show. “Formally the coolest party I could ever dream of being invited to. This is insane. Huge thanks to the Television Academy for the nod and for recognising so many different players from our ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ family who make the show sing,” tweeted Rachel Brosnahan, who is in contention in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for her starring role in the show. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Actress Alex Borstein is in the race to pick up the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series trophy. She reacted with a funny tweet. “Thanks for all the Emmy nom, congrats! Celebrated by making long shadows with my doggie and picking up his p**p,” wrote Borstein, famous as Susie in “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”. The final season of “Game Of Thrones” (GoT) might have disappointed many, but it create a big bang at the Emmy nominations. Season eight of GoT leads the field of nominees, contending in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series, Best Actor (Kit Harington), Best Actress (Emilia Clarke), and four Best Supporting Actress nods — for Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Actors Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage are contenders in the Best Supporting Actor category. “I can’t believe it. Thank you universe… Can it truly be real?” wrote Christie on Instagram. Ava DuVernay’s Netflix docu-series “When They See Us”, which highlights the issue of racism through the real-life story of five black and Latino men who are wrongly convicted for a gangrape, got a whopping 16 Emmy nods including Outstanding Limited Series. “Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story. Thank you Television Academy for honouring the work. Saluting every single crew and cast member… Thank you Netflix for believing in this story and letting me tell it the exact way I wanted. Appreciate the faith and the fearlessness,” DuVernay tweeted. On earning a nomination in the category of Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “When They See Us”, Vera Farmiga said: “Visibility is paramount.” Actress Patricia Arquette was asleep when she got the call to inform her of the news that she had been nominated in two categories — Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “The Act”, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “Escape At Dannemora”, currently streaming on Hotstar Premium in India. “I was dead asleep when my phone rang and it was Joey King on FaceTime crying. But she was crying happy tears and I said ‘Did you get nominated?’ She cried and I said,’What is it? Did you get nominated?’ and she shook her head ‘Yes! We both did!’ It was such a great feeling to see her face and feel her joy,” Arquette said. Actress Joey King will fight for the trophy of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie with Arquette, Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”), Aunjanue Ellis (“When They See Us”), Niecy Nash (“When They See Us”) and Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”). Joey King said that her work on ‘The Act’ was “the most fulfilling and challenging work I’ve gotten to do as an actress thus far”. “To be nominated for an Emmy in a category with such incredible nominees by my side, especially Patricia, is the most surreal feeling. I haven’t stopped crying,” she added. “Pose” star Billy Porter has become the first openly gay black man with an Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Drama, and he is “overwhelmed with joy and gratitude”. “There was no context for this before… to be an openly gay black man nominated for a leading actor drama Emmy Award. It just didn’t happen. And now, I’m living truth that it can be possible. It’s incredible to be recognised for the work. And then it goes much deeper. It’s about representation. It’s about all people’s stories being told. It’s about the art,” Porter said. Reacting on his nomination for “Black Monday”, Don Cheadle said: “Never gets old. Thanks, TV Academy and a huge thanks to the entire cast, crew and creators of ‘Black Monday’. We’ll roast marshmallows on those golden wings if I bring it home.” Sacha Baron Cohen, who was nominated for directing the variety series “Who Is America?”, gave a special shout out to former Vice President Dick Cheney. “I want to thank my crack team of researchers, (who were) told to uncover bigotry, racism and hate in the US. That took them about 30 seconds… they just started following the President. While I am flattered at these nods, it is a shame that my co-stars were not recognised. Particularly Dick Cheney, who I had hoped would come across on camera as someone who’d gleefully sent hundreds of thousands to their pointless death – and boy did he deliver,” Cohen said. “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore was happy to be in competition with Emilia Clarke, Viola Davis, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Laura Linney and Robin Wright in the Outstanding Drama Actress section. “I am still in shock and overwhelmed but filled with gratitude for the nomination in a category with such undeniably strong and talented women, all of whom I absolutely stand in awe of,” she noted. The 71st Emmy Awards will be held on September 22 in Los Angeles.last_img read more

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Man arrested in Regina for sexual assault was in Dawson Creek and

first_imgDuke appeared in a Regina court on Friday and according to CBC Regina, was released on bail with no curfew or travel restrictions.  His next court appearance is August 20, 2019.Regina Police believe there is potential that other victims exist unreported. Duke has travelled across Canada, and was in Esterhazy from November of 2018 to February of 2019, and travelled from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to Dawson Creek and Taylor, British Columbia, in June and July 2019. Duke also has a campsite at Craven Country Campground. His travels are not limited to these areas, but these areas are locations of travel of which police are aware.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your local law enforcement agency, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).  The Regina Police Service thanks the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.Forty-nine-year-old Christopher Cameron Duke, of Regina, was charged with:2 X Sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age [CC 271];2 X Sexual Interference [CC 151]; and2 X Anal intercourse [CC 159(1)]. REGINA, S.K. – Regina Police are looking for potential sexual assault victims in Dawson Creek and Taylor after they arrested a 49-year-old man earlier this month.On August 1, 2019, at approximately 9:15 a.m., police were dispatched to a Regina residence for the report of a sexual assault of a 12-year-old female.  The incident occurred at the residence on the evening of July 31, 2019. An investigation into the incident led to a 49-year-old male, who was arrested and charged.Sexual Assault On A Minor https://t.co/gJMoSYsak1 pic.twitter.com/3Fw1CIAn9W— Regina Police (@reginapolice) August 7, 2019last_img read more

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As constitutional deadline looms in Nepal Ban urges all sides to show

29 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Nepal’s political parties to set aside their differences and show maximum flexibility during negotiations over the next month to reach agreement on the contents of a new constitution before the imminent deadline. A constitution is supposed to be adopted by Nepal’s parliamentarians by 28 May as part of the peace process introduced after the civil war between Government forces and Maoists ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished.The constitutional deadline has already been extended by a year and Mr. Ban warned today, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, that the wider peace process “remains overdue and incomplete due to continuing differences among the parties.”He urged all parties “to exert the utmost effort in reaching consensus on outstanding issues, including the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel and fundamental issues regarding the new constitution.”Mr. Ban stressed that the peace process was now at a “decisive point,” and he called on all sides to “exercise maximum flexibility in seeking a common political ground to enable them to fulfil their commitments.” read more

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BMO lowers rate for five year fixed mortgage

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2013 2:02 pm MDT BMO lowers rate for five year fixed mortgage TORONTO – The Bank of Montreal is lowering its rate for a five year fixed mortgage amid concerns about a cooling housing market.Effective immediately the rate will drop to 2.99 per cent from the current 3.09 per cent.The other big banks could follow suit.Last month, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said new housing construction is expected to be lower this year due to moderate economic and employment growth in the second half of 2012.The Teranet-National Bank index of Canadian housing prices in January continued to show the effects of a cooling trend that has hovered over the real estate market for more than a year.The index was at 153 last month, up just 2.7 per cent from January 2012 — the lowest 12-month growth rate since November 2009. read more

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Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway buying Duracell business from Procter Gamble in 3B deal

by Josh Funk And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2014 6:23 am MDT Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway buying Duracell business from Procter & Gamble in $3B deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.P&G, the world’s biggest consumer products maker, had announced last month that it wanted to make Duracell a stand-alone company. P&G, which acquired Duracell in 2005, said at the time that it preferred a spinoff of Duracell, but that it was considering a sale or other options.The sale of Duracell to Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. turned out to be slightly different from P&G’s initial plans.P&G will receive shares of its own stock that are currently held by Berkshire Hathaway. Those shares are currently valued at about $4.7 billion. Offsetting part of that price, P&G will contribute about $1.7 billion to the Duracell business before the deal closes.“I have always been impressed by Duracell, as a consumer and as a long-term investor in P&G and Gillette,” Buffett said in a statement on Thursday.P&G, whose products include Tide detergent and Pampers diapers, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, P&G has said that it will be left with about 70 to 80 brands.Berkshire has been a significant P&G shareholder since the consumer products firm acquired Gillette in 2005, but the Duracell acquisition will use nearly all of Berkshire’s 52.48 million shares.Buffett has estimated that Berkshire’s P&G stake cost it roughly $336 million.Buffett is always looking for acquisitions to help his conglomerate grow, but this stock deal won’t use up any of the $62.4 billion cash Berkshire held at the end of the third quarter. He favours easy-to-understand businesses that have a strong competitive advantage.Berkshire already owns a number of well-known consumer brands in its portfolio of more than 80 businesses, including Fruit of the Loom, Geico insurance, Helzberg Diamonds and half of the H.J. Heinz Co.Author and investor Jeff Matthews, who wrote “Warren Buffett’s Successor: Who It Is and Why It Matters,” said the deal is a tax-efficient way for Berkshire to sell its P&G stock and avoid capital gains taxes, but he’s not a big fan of Duracell because of the overall shift to rechargeable batteries.“I’d rather have the Procter & Gamble shares,” Matthews said. “I think Procter & Gamble will get more valuable over time, and Duracell will get less valuable.”But Andy Kilpatrick, author of “Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett,” said it appears like a brilliant deal because Berkshire is getting Duracell for less than half what Gillette paid for it in 1996 and saving on taxes.“It is a brand name and he’s getting it cheap,” Kilpatrick said. “And it’s a good way to get out of P&G stock.”Cincinnati-based P&G said it will take a charge of about 28 cents per share in its current quarter related to the Duracell deal. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2015.Shares of P&G fell 37 cents to $89.11 in midday trading Thursday. Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares rose 48 cents to $146.___Michelle Chapman reported from New York.Follow Josh Funk online at www.twitter.com/funkwrite read more

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Goodman researcher to present on mining legislation

The Canadian government is working towards increasing transparency in the mining industry with the creation of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA).In this week’s instalment of the Goodman Luncheon Speaker Series, Associate Professor of Accounting Staci Kenno will discuss the implications of this act as she presents the findings of her co-authored paper, “The Impact of ESTMA on Reputation and Investment.”The talk will take place Friday, March 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Goodman School of Business Room 205.Kenno is the recipient of the 2018 Goodman Department Research of the Year Award for Accounting, based on her recent research and contributions.The business school’s speaker series provides an informal opportunity to listen to and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with business colleagues. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend.Brock community members interested in attending the talk can email Jennifer Brisson at jbrisson@brocku.ca to reserve a seat. read more

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London Marathon cleanup crew accused of bullying slowest runners

Ms Ayres wrote: “Tower Bridge is supposed to be where every runner gets their epic marathon shot. Not for us, we were blocked from continuing through over the bridge for a few minutes by several sewage collection lorries, we ended up having to weave through moving vehicles to get through!”Miles 13 through to 18 were horrendous! We were sprayed with cleaning fluid and water from the clean up vehicles, who couldn’t make up their minds if they had water or chemicals. One eager beaver decided to keep nudging me with his vehicle and spraying me until watching spectators went crazy and started yelling at him to stop, he then pulled back. Watching St John’s Ambulance volunteers were appalled and checked us for possible chemical burns. Remember, I’m an official pacer with a big blue flag!” @LondonMarathon. I saw the treatment of the back markers for myself as we doubled back round Canary Wharf. Road sweeper forcing people off the road with full jets going. Disgraceful treatment! Especially considering that it’s your own pacer team involved. #LondonMarathon https://t.co/PLpz5gsg8K— Garry Morrison (@gazranger78) May 1, 2019 Marshalling mile 10.5 after the 7:30 pacer went by. Treatment of the people at the back was very poor. Workers spraying chemicals onto the road erasing course markings while People were still walking! ? Workers mockingly shouted “come on ladies”from the trucks as they drove by😖 pic.twitter.com/iclnVWuIRp— Victoria Seaman (@VixSeaman) April 30, 2019 As well as this, she complained that once she reached water stations, there was nothing there for her or the slower runners.The group even had to be checked by St John’s Ambulance volunteers, she claimed, as they were reportedly sprayed with cleaning chemicals by the clean-up crew. Many said they had the same experience. Runner Michelle Edmunson tweeted: “I came in on 7 hours after the wheels fell off of my race – I was sprayed by the road sweeper, pushed onto pavements and dodged passers by to get to the finish. The timing mats had been taken up I think as I wasn’t getting times and my friends were worrying – really disappointed.” The London Marathon organisers have launched an investigation after slower runners complained road cleanup was done too early, and claim they were followed by sweepers and denied water.Elizabeth Ayres was the 7½hr official pacer on Sunday, meaning she could help the very slowest people finish their marathon on time.She said that she was “bullied by clean-up crew” and forced to weave past sewage trucks – despite finishing “bang on time”.The runner claimed that at the 5km mark she was already being pursued by the cleaning crew, writing: “The sweeper car had overtaken us at Mile 1 and were claiming that I was moving at a slower pace than 17 min miles. I was so annoyed.”The cleaning crew crept up around us and started cleaning off the blue line right in front of me, I wasn’t impressed as made it known to one of the course cars who then asked them to hold back.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Another, Ruth Yorke, added: “I finished 7:30:19 & was sprayed at least 5 times, mile markers dismantled, no finishers tshirt & now they’re saying they will ‘try to get one sent out’.”A volunteer, Victoria Seaman, said: “Marshalling mile 10.5 after the 7:30 pacer went by. Treatment of the people at the back was very poor. Workers spraying chemicals onto the road erasing course markings while people were still walking! ? Workers mockingly shouted ‘come on ladies’ from the trucks as they drove by”.The Telegraph understands that the London Marathon organisers will be investigating all cases where runners felt they were treated badly.Hugh Brasher, Event Director for the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: “We work hard to provide the best possible experience for every runner in the London Marathon and we were very sorry to hear about the experience of Elizabeth and a small number of other runners on Sunday. “A senior member of our team called Elizabeth yesterday to find out more and we are now looking into this in detail as part of a full investigation. We’ll be talking to the people involved to find out what happened and we’ll also be contacting the runners who were in the group being paced by Elizabeth.”   read more

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Index shows first time buyers spend 17 of their net income on

first_imgIt is clear that property is now at its most affordable level in many years and with house prices increasing in Dublin, there is evidence that consumer confidence is gaining momentum.€100M fundAIB and EBS also announced that they are making a fund of €100 million available for customers to support the Government’s new Home Renovations Tax Incentive Scheme.The scheme is for those seeking to make improvements to their existing home. Customers can either avail of a mortgage top-up or personal loan under this fund. Customers can top up their existing mortgage with a minimum borrowing of €10,000 over a minimum term of five years at the bank’s current home loan rates.O’Keefe said they welcomed initiatives such as the Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme and said to date this year they have already approved more than €60 million in home improvement loans to customers.This additional €100 million fund will facilitate the increase in demand which the Government scheme will no doubt generate over the coming year, added O’Keefe.Column: House prices are rising again, so should we be concerned about a bubble?>Read: Property prices rise again, that’s five months in a row now> HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IS stable nationwide but weakening in Dublin according to the latest EBS and DKM Affordability Index for first time buyers.The index shows that the national affordability level for first time buyers is 17.3 per cent of net income for a working couple purchasing the average property,with this figure forecasted to rise to 17.7 per cent by the end of this year.Property pricesHowever, there is a higher afforability level in Dublin due to property prices in certain areas increasing by up to 12.1 per cent in the six months to September. As a result, affordability levels have weakened reaching 22.4 per cent in September 2013, with the figure expected to rise to 23.7 per cent at the end of this year.Head of Mortgages for AIB and EBS, Jim O’Keeffe said:last_img read more

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Pensions near crumbling point

first_imgThe ticking time bomb of the social security system will not explode in 2025, but 10 years earlier, or next year, according to a study by the Institute of Labour of the General Confederation of Greek Labour (INE/GSEE), which was presented in Thessaloniki on Thursday.The GSEE’s annual report on the Greek economy includes a chapter on the ageing population and the sustainability of the social security system from 2013 to 2050. Its conclusions say that the prolonged recession and high unemployment have brought forward the pension system’s crumbling point by a decade, and that in order to become viable the system requires additional resources of 950 million euros for 2016 alone.The system’s extra requirements are expected to grow rapidly in the following years, soaring to 2.67 billion euros for 2020.The authors of the study note that pension cuts and a hike in the retirement age would have allowed for the sustainability of the system until 2025 had it not been for the deep and protracted recession and high unemployment. As a result 2015 is seen as the year when the social security system could fall apart.They add that new measures will be necessary due to reduced state funding (from 16.4 billion euros in 2012 to just 8.6 billion per year from 2015 to 2018), an explosive rise in the jobless rate, an increase in the number of new pensioners (from 40,000 in 2009 to 100,000 per year after 2010), salary reductions and the growth in undeclared and flexible labour.Already the social security funds’ cash reserves have dwindled from 26 billion euros in 2009 to just 4.5 billion last year, while the demographic shift in Greece resulting from longer life expectancy and a reduction in the birthrate has contributed to a 15 per cent increase in the pension burden on funds, the study notes.The INE/GSEE economists also note that after the recent interventions to the pensions system, the average age of retirement has grown to 63 years (not including early retirement options), while pensions have been cut by about 32.5 per cent.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Man woman found shot dead in SW MiamiDade apartment

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a shooting that left a man and a woman dead in Southwest Miami-Dade, Sunday afternoon, and officials said, it appears to have been a murder-suicide.Police responded to an apartment complex near Southwest 216th Street and 107th Avenue, after reports of gunfire. Once on the scene, they found a man and a woman shot to death.The brother-in-law of one of the victims said he’s in shock. “Somebody FaceTimed my granddaughter as we were preparing Easter dinner and told her that Dearrell had a shootout with his girlfriend, and we’re here just to find out,” said John Wellons.Relatives said both the man and the woman owned guns.The shooting remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Newsweek Taking Steps Closer to OnlineOnly

first_imgAnd while Diller said the brand is stronger, its print operation is still a wrench in the gears. “So what is the problem? The problem is in manufacturing and producing a weekly news magazine and that has to be solved. Advertising in this category is entirely elective. The transition to online from hard print will take place. We’re examining all of our options.”From there, Diller tapered off on providing any specifics on when and how the transition might happen, but noted that things will begin to look “different” starting next year.Currently, Newsweek’s web presence is relegated to a channel via the main nav bar on The Daily Beast’s home page. For the first half, ad pages were up about 8 percent for the magazine, per PIB numbers, and as of the December 2011 ABC publisher’s statement, single copy sales were up about 3 percent for the six-month period.Update: Jim Romenesko has a staff memo from Tina Brown that douses some of the more aggressive reporting that Newsweek is going online only. She says: “Barry Diller would like to make it clear that he did not say on the earnings call as reported that Newsweek is going digital in September. He made the uncontroversial, industry-wide observation that print is moving in the direction of digital.” During IAC’s second quarter earnings call today, chairman Barry Diller provided some feedback on the future of Newsweek as a print magazine. While the print version’s survivability has been endlessly speculated on, Diller took an opportunity in the call to put the issue in better, if not entirely clear, focus. In answering a question from an analyst on the outlook for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and whether there were plans to make it a “lighter asset,” Diller noted that the brand is doing better overall. “The brand is now much better and stronger than when we acquired it,” he said. “There has been a true improvement in the book and Tina Brown and her staff have done a superb job.”However, the recent decision by the Harman family to stop investing in Newsweek has shifted the majority stake onto IAC, as well as more of the burden of managing what is still a money-losing operation. “The consolidation does put it squarely on our heads,” said Diller who added that investments from IAC will also be scaling back. “Our investment next year will be considerably less than it is this year.”last_img read more

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60yrold man arrested for raping teen

first_imgProthom alo illustrationPolice arrested a man in Shalikha upazila on Friday allegedly for raping a teenage girl whereby she became six months pregnant.The arrestee is Abdul Mannan, 60, from Hazrahati village in the upazila.Rabiul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shalikha police station, said the girl was raped by her neighbour Mannan about six months ago when she came out of her house to respond to the call of nature.The rape suspect also threatened to kill her if she disclosed the incident to anyone. The matter came to light recently as the victim became pregnant, according to police.At one stage, Mannan’s family took the girl to a clinic recently and got the child aborted.Later, the victim’s mother filed a case against Mannan on Friday and police arrested the rape suspect at night.Meanwhile, a case was filed against three people over the reported rape attempt on a Class-I girl by a teenage boy in Sadar upazila of Sirajganj.Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj sadar police station, said the incident took place on Wednesday afternoon when the victim was playing in a field near her house at Dukhiyabari village.The 13-year-old boy took her to a ditch and tried to rape her.Hearing the victim’s scream, locals rescued the girl while the boy managed to flee.last_img read more

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BBC uses Halos United Nation Space Command as UN logo

first_imgHalo‘s United Nations Space Command was featured in the BBC’s Thursday broadcast of its News at One segment last week, but it wasn’t concerning violence in video games–or even video games for that matter. It was about Amnesty International criticizing the UNSC’s lack of involvement in Syria.No, Master Chief isn’t about to start getting involved in Earth’s political conflicts, though, it does sound like some Call of Duty/Halo fan-fiction crossover. Rather, someone at the BBC made an error when Google-ing for an image to represent the United Nations Security Council in its segment. In case you haven’t pieced it together, they both share the same acronym.Unfortunately for the news grunt who was no doubt furiously trying to dig up the image, the first few results that load for “UNSC” are Halo’s United Nations Space Command logo. The logo is also surrounded by a stream of space and sci-fi themed Halo-related photos, but when the mighty backhand of up-to-the-minute news hits, it’s sometimes hard to think about anything outside of the assigned task. Then again, the producer should have asked for a UN logo, as the UN Security Council technically doesn’t have its own dedicated seal.After the mix-up, the BBC released a statement to Eurogamer saying that they apologize to viewers for the incident, but “very occasionally mistakes do happen.” If anything, the viewers who caught on were likely more amused than furious–I know I am. The BBC also made sure the image was not used in later news bulletins.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

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AIGenerated Harry Potter Chapter Wins the Internet

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target A new Harry Potter story hit the Web this week—but it wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling.Entertainment group Botnick Studios on Tuesday released “The Handsome One,” a wild and wonderful tale generated entirely with artificial intelligence.The group used two themed predictive keyboards—one for narration, the other for dialogue—to ghostwrite a hilarious chapter from “Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash” (the unofficial eighth book in Rowling’s popular series).AdChoices广告With an air of Jo’s beautifully smooth storytelling, “The Handsome One” sounds like Rowling’s writing voice, but, as io9’s Charles Pulliam-Moore pointed out, “reads like the ravings of a mad person.”It’s nearly impossible to describe the peculiarity of these three-and-a-half pages. So I won’t even try. Instead, feast your eyes on one of my favorite bits from “The Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash”:“‘I think it’s okay if you like me,’ said one Death Eater.‘Thank you very much,’ replied the other. The first Death Eater confidently leaned forward to plant a kiss on his cheek.‘Oh! Well done!’ said the second as his friend stepped back again. All the other Death Eaters clapped politely. Then they all took a few minutes to go over the plan to get rid of Harry’s magic.”Treat yourself to the whole chapter. (Just maybe not in a crowded, quiet place, where your guffaws could disturb other people.)One of the best things to come out of this whole already-amazing experience is Elsa Chang’s gorgeous depiction of one of the more puzzling passages, which she tweeted in response to Botnik’s spellbinding fantasy.Some more AI-generated winners:“Magic: It was something that Harry Potter thought was very good.”“To Harry, Ron was a loud, slow, and soft bird. Harry did not like to think about birds.”“Harry tore his eyes from his head and threw them into the forest.”“The tall Death Eater was wearing a shirt that said ‘Hermione Has Forgotten How to Dance,’ so Hermione dipped his face in mud.”“Several long pumpkins fell out of McGonagall.”“‘I’m Harry Potter,’ Harry began yelling. ‘The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!’”J.K. Rowling, take note.Once you’ve regained your composure, pre-register for a new official Harry Potter mobile game, coming to iOS and Android in 2018.Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery invites Potterheads to create their own character and experience life as a Hogwarts student.No further details were revealed about the upcoming title, which is set to launch under Portkey Games, a new label dedicated to the “magic and adventures” of Rowling’s wizarding world.center_img Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 last_img read more

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G Adventures Poon Tip named one of Canadas Most Admired CEOs

first_img Share TORONTO — Just a few weeks after winning a Travel Vanguard award, Bruce Poon Tip has scooped up yet another big win, this time for being one of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs.The founder of G Adventures was given the distinction by Waterstone Human Capital, Canada’s leading cultural talent management firm. This national program recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations and CEOs for fostering corporate cultures that enhance performance and help sustain a competitive advantage.Poon Tip is the winner in the new Social Entrepreneurship category, which recognizes a leader who has made an outstanding contribution to social impact and corporate culture over the course of their career.“It’s a huge honour to be recognized as one of Canada’s most admired CEOs. I’ve always believed that our culture is our brand. It’s what truly sets us apart and distinguishes G Adventures from other travel companies,” said Poon Tip.Poon Tip added that the company works “tirelessly” to cultivate an engaged culture among its 2,200 employees, who based in more than 100 countries across seven continents. “But we’re also a social enterprise that is committed to giving back to the communities we travel to help make the world a better place, especially for local people.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upOn this year’s winners, Marty Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs, said: “What’s remarkable about this dynamic list of CEOs is their commitment to culture as a competitive advantage. They set the benchmark for cultivating and sustaining great cultures that ultimately drive their growth and power the performance of their teams. They are leaders to be admired for the diverse and impactful ways they make sure culture underpins all that makes them successful.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: G Adventures Posted bycenter_img G Adventures’ Poon Tip named one of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs Travelweek Group Friday, November 23, 2018 last_img read more

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Tigerair Philippines is now Cebgo

first_imgTigerair Philippines is now CebgoTigerair Philippines, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB), now operates as Cebgo. Its new logo utilizes CEB colors, to further reflect the airline’s relationship with its parent company.“The new Cebgo brand clearly identifies us as part of the CEB group, and streamlines our operations further. Cebgo will continue to leverage on CEB’s distribution channels and network, and work together to serve more guests,” said Michael Ivan Shau, Cebgo President and CEO.Starting this May, Cebgo crew has been conducting Fun Games onboard to unify the CEB group flight experience. Flight and ground crew will don Cebgo uniforms in a few months’ time.Cebgo continues to operate flights Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 and Clark International Airport. It flies to 16 destinations:  Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, and Hong Kong.Since CEB’s acquisition of Cebgo last March 2014, CEB managed to quickly turn around its wholly owned subsidiary, narrowing its financial losses significantly. Cebgo has since then launched 10 new routes, offering more options for the traveling public.In 2014, Cebgo carried 1.3 million domestic passengers, compared to 970,000 in 2013.www.cebupacificair.comSource = Cebgolast_img read more

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Arch Capital Group Announces Acquisition of AIG United Guaranty Insurance

first_img AIG Arch Capital Group Bermuda 2017-07-07 Joey Pizzolato July 7, 2017 489 Views Arch Capital Group Ltd. recently announced that on July 1, 2017, it completed its acquisition of AIG United Guaranty Insurance, located in Bermuda, from American International Group, Inc.Arch will be changing the name of the company to Arch MI Asia Limited (Arch MI Asia). The company acquired AIG United Guaranty Insurance in order to bolster its goal to add to the global footprint of Arch’s existing private mortgage insurance businesses. Arch currently has operations in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.With this acquisition, Arch established its position as a leader in the global mortgage insurance industry. Arch MI Asia will expand origination opportunities for lenders in Hong Kong and greater Asia. Arch’s operational, managerial, and risk management experience, together with the local expertise of Arch MI Asia’s management team, will ensure operational consistency for existing customers along with reliability.“This acquisition allows us to leverage Arch’s global resources and innovative solutions in yet another market,” said Andrew Rippert, CEO of Global Mortgage Group for Arch. “Our dedicated professionals understand the unique requirements and challenges of the Hong Kong mortgage market and are committed to providing customers with the best possible service.”Mr. Rippert is responsible for Arch’s global mortgage insurance and reinsurance operations. Tak Ming Chung will continue as CEO and Country Manager for Arch MI Asia. Sharecenter_img in Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Arch Capital Group Announces Acquisition of AIG United Guaranty Insurancelast_img read more

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