Moto Z2 Force live images leak for the first time, show dual cameras at the back

first_imgMotorola is expected to launch a smartphone tomorrow – July 25. Although the company didn’t reveal any details about the device as of yet. However, chances are that the company may unveil the most anticipated Z series phone – Moto Z2 Force. The Moto phone has been subjected to several leaks and rumours over the past few months now. But, this is for the first ever time that live images of the Moto Z2 Force has leaked online, which confirms the earlier leaked rumours.The images show the upcoming Moto Z2 Force with dual cameras, and design pretty much alike the recently announced Moto Z2 Play. In the leaked real-like images show the Moto Z2 Force with two horizontally arranged lenses placed at the circular camera bump. Further, there’s also a dual-LED flash unit, which sits right next to the camera setup.Photo Credit: Android HeadlinesThe live images further reveals that the Moto Z2 Force may come with Moto Mods which is said to provide the handset with modular capabilities, like the Moto Z2 Play. That’s about the rear panel. On the front, the Moto Z2 Force is seen sporting a single camera module in the top bezels, next to which is a LED flash. While at the bottom bezel the phone features an oval-shaped physical Home button, in the middle of which sits a fingerprint scanner.Also Read: Moto Z2 Force spotted on AnTuTu with Snapdragon 835, Android 7.1.1 NougatMotorola earlier this month released a teaser, which hints that Motorola will launch a smartphone with shatterproof display on July 25. To recall, a leaked render revealed that Z2 Force is expected to be a shatterproof smartphone. This means, Lenovo’s sub-brand – Motorola Mobility may launch the Moto Z2 Force tomorrow (July 25), but only in New York City. The company has already sent out press invites for tomorrow’s launch event. The media invite that Motorola sent out mentions: “get ready to shatter your expectations” with a hashtag #hellomotoworld.advertisementRenders, rumours and leaks of Moto Z2 Force has been surfacing online for a few months now. Some renders hint Moto Z2 Force may come with the latest processor by Qualcomm – Snapdragon 835, which also powers phones like – Samsung Galaxy S8, Xiaomi Mi 6, HTC U11, and the OnePlus 5. While other rumours hint at Android Nougat operating system. There are some words that the smartphone could possibly come with a 5.5-inch HD display and backed by a 3000mAh battery set up.Last week, Moot Z2 Force was spotted on AnTuTu, a benchmark website. The listing also hints that the upcoming smartphone will come with a model number — Motorola XT1789-05 and is also expected to come with a 12-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Further, Moto Z2 Force scores around 168,000 points on AnTuTu. The smartphone is also tipped to come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage memory.last_img read more

Diego Maradona says he is ‘fine’ after being treated by paramedics

first_imgDiego Maradona has said that he is “fine” now after he was taken to the hospital on Tuesday following Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.”I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not, neither was I interned,” Diego Maradona posted on Instagram.”In the halftime of the game against Nigeria, my neck hurt a lot and I suffered a decompensation. I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all. How could I leave? I send a kiss to everyone, thanks for the support!”Diego Maradona was first treated by paramedics in the stadium before being taken to the hospital at St. Petersburg.According to a report in The Independent, the 1986 World Cup winner was seen taking a private jet to Moscow in the wee hours of Wednesday.Diego Maradona hospitalised after Argentina vs Nigeria match at World CupThe victory helped Argentina qualify for the round of 16 where they will face Group C toppers France, who ended with 7 points after a goalless draw against Denmark on Tuesday. Argentina and France will play the first knockout game on June 30 in Kazan.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEArgentine media, including newspaper La Nacion, said Diego Maradona was treated for low blood pressure in the stadium and was able to leave normally shortly afterwards.In the video posted on Twitter, a man can be seen helping Maradona to stay on his feet as he was led away from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEA photograph also posted on Twitter appeared to show two medical staff attending to Maradona.Maradona stable after needing medical attention at #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/tf0XIPRh72The Sportz Zone (@SportzGlobal) June 27, 2018Earlier, he had been captured by television cameras flicking his middle fingers towards the crowd and celebrating wildly as Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 with the winner coming minutes before the South Americans would have been eliminated from the finals.The Argentine website of sports broadcaster ESPN said Maradona was taken to hospital. But other Argentine media described the incident as only a scare.Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, has battled cocaine addiction in the past. In 2015, he underwent a gastric bypass operation.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir retires from Tests to focus on white-ball cricket

first_imgPakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Amir, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in July 2009, said he wanted to focus on white-ball cricket’.Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. His best bowling figures were six for 44 against the Windies in April 2017. After breaking into the international scene as a 17-year-old, Amir was handed a five-year ban for his involvement in spot fixing scandal in 2011. Amir returned from his ban in 2016 and played 22 Tests, picking up 62 wickets.”It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game,” Amir said in a statement. “I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white ball cricket.”Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.”It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.”I want to thank all my team-mates as well the opponents in red ball cricket. It has been a privilege to play with and against them. I am sure our paths will continue to cross in limited-overs cricket as all of us play and compete with the same vigour and determination.advertisement”I also want to thank the PCB for providing me the opportunity to don the golden star on my chest. And, I am grateful to my coaches who have groomed me at various stages of my career.”Also See:last_img read more

Property dispute Septuagenarian murdered by her son and grandson

first_imgNew Delhi: A 70-year-old woman was killed by her son and minor grandson over a property dispute in northeast Delhi’s Jyoti Nagar area. Police claimed that they have apprehended the accused in the case.According to the investigators, the deceased was strangled. On September 4 at about 3.20 pm, a PCR call was received at Jyoti Nagar police station regarding the incident. “On receipt of the call, it was found that one old lady was lying on the bed. She was dead,” police said adding that her body was sent to the hospital for postmortem. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (north-east) Atul Thakur said that the deceased had four sons. She was having a dispute with her elder son. The other sons suspected the role of their elder brother in committing the murder of their mother. “During the investigation, it has been revealed that accused and his minor son committed the murder of his mother yesterday when no one was in the house. Deceased had injury marks on her neck,” said DCP Thakur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further stated that the accused is having a pending civil case of the property against his mother. Deceased had disconnected the electricity connection of the accused’s living area and wanted to get vacated the portion from her elder son . Thereafter, accused, who worked as a mason, and his minor son killed the woman. A case under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and further investigation is underway. This type of incident was not the first time reported in the city. Recently a 27-year-old gym trainer was arrested for killing his father in Dwarka district. Police said that during interrogation, accused claimed that his father was very abusive.last_img read more

Maple Ridge to temporarily stop issuing film permits in downtown

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We value the film industry. What we really want to is solve issues that can be problems in the longer term,” said Lino Siracusa, the city’s manager of economic development.“This is a short duration time out and in a very small area … we see this as being minor and we hope that the industry will come back and film in this location and the filming will be very sustainable for a long time.”Siracusa says only the downtown area is affected by the moratorium. The rest of the city is still taking applications for permits. Login/Register With:center_img In Maple Ridge, it’s lights, camera and too much action.The city says businesses are complaining that an increase in filming in the city’s downtown is hurting its bottom line by increasing congestion and leaving messes.As a result, the city has imposed a six-week moratorium on taking applications to film in the city’s downtown core as it works on a way to accommodate both filming and downtown shops. Twitter Advertisement Signs like these, directing film and video crews to sets, are a common sight in Metro Vancouver. In Maple Ridge, motion picture production is booming. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)last_img read more

First look at Microsofts Edge browser on Chromium

first_imgSan Francisco: The first look of Microsoft’s Edge browser that the software giant is rebuilding on Google’s open-source web browser Chromium shows new re-touches, animations and a read-aloud accessibility option, media has reported. “Most of the user interface of the browser is a mix of Chrome and Edge, and Microsoft has clearly tried to add its own little touches here and there,” The Verge reported on Saturday. The setup screen prompts users to choose a style for the default tab page before they start browsing. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “When you first install the Chromium version of Edge, Microsoft will prompt you to import favourites, passwords, and browsing history from Chrome or Edge depending on your default choices,” the report said. On the new browser, the software giant has added a dedicated extensions page and sync support for approved extensions. “You’ll also be able to install Chrome extensions from Google’s online store by just flipping a switch in the extensions settings. Currently testers can sync favourites, but not settings, history, extensions, open tabs, passwords and auto-fill information,” the report said. From what is known, Microsoft is yet to add the dark mode on the browser along with the “set aside tabs” and “web writing with stylus” features. Details about the public availability of this new version of Edge remains undisclosed.last_img read more

UN receives assurances of staff safety following Sri Lanka protests

Hundreds of people took part in the protests, which were reportedly led by Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa in response to the setting up of a UN advisory panel on human rights violations committed in the final stages of the conflict between the Government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ended in May 2009.According to UN spokesperson Farhan Haq, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff, Vijay Nambiar, met yesterday with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN, Palitha Kohona, who gave “full and clear” assurances of UN staff safety and security.He added that Mr. Weerawansa himself said in a press conference that UN staff would be allowed to move in and out of the compound.“We trust that the Government of Sri Lanka will honour the commitments made in ensuring the safety and security of our staff so that they can continue the vital work being carried out by the United Nations each day to help the people of Sri Lanka,” Mr. Haq told reporters in New York.The UN Country Team (UNCT) confirmed today that essential staff will return to normal work starting tomorrow.“However, as there are some indications of demonstrators remaining outside the compound, the UNCT will assess whether all staff could return soon,” said the spokesperson. 7 July 2010The United Nations said it is closely monitoring developments in Colombo following yesterday’s protests outside the world body’s offices, noting that it has received assurances of the safety and security of its staff from the Sri Lankan Government. read more

Man injured in Oakville motorcycle crash dies of injuries

A 21-year-old man involved in a motorcycle crash in Oakville last week has died of his injuries.Halton Regional Police won’t confirm the man’s identity but friends say Kadeem Phillip died in hospital on Sunday.Police say he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree near Meadowland Dr. and River Oaks Blvd. around 11 p.m. last Tuesday.The Oakville man was taken to hospital in critical condition.Officers were on scene for about five hours for the investigation and collision reconstruction.Police say they are still investigating the cause of the crash and are asking witnesses to come forward.

Brohm turns down Louisville job will stay at Purdue

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm told athletic director Mike Bobinski on Wednesday that he intends to keep his job with the Boilermakers rather than take the head coaching job at his alma mater, Louisville.Bobinski confirmed the decision in a text message to The Associated Press.Since Louisville fired Bobby Petrino 2 1/2 weeks ago, speculation ran rampant about Brohm returning to his hometown. Instead, he turned down the job.Brohm is 13-12 in two seasons and has taken the Boilermakers to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 2011-12. He beat rival Indiana both years and pulled off one of this season’s most shocking upsets in October with a 29-point rout of then-No. 2 Ohio State.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Michael Marot, The Associated Press read more

Football Ohio State Fiesta Bowl Media Day recap

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) takes questions during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz – On Thursday morning, both the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) and the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (12-1) answered questions from the media during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Media Day in Glendale, Arizona. While both sides have been hard at work studying and preparing to face each other on Saturday evening, Thursday gave players a chance to express their thoughts on their opponents and talk about what they have been doing in practice all week long.During OSU’s portion of media days, Deshaun Watson’s name was a popular one. While the defensive lineman for the Buckeyes talked about limiting his ability to escape the pocket and run, the secondary for OSU seemed ready to force the junior quarterback to beat them over the top.OSU coach Urban Meyer, who highly recruited Watson, is well aware of his big play ability, and has been working tirelessly with his team to ensure the second-team All-Atlantic Coastal Conference quarterback is off balance.“Well, I think when you’re quarterback plays comfortable, that’s a problem,” Meyer said. “So you have to confuse the quarterback and that’s either pressures or … If we play cover one, which is man free which we’ve played a lot, or quarters, which we play a lot, we have no chance. But if you change things up and make a guy like that uncomfortable, you’ve got a shot.”Watson has thrown for 3,914 yards and a career best 37 touchdowns. However, all his success tossing the ball has come at a price, as the Heisman runner-up has thrown 15 interceptions this season.Although the picks did not prevent Clemson from reaching the College Football Playoff, many OSU team members said they will be ready to take advantage of any miscues. However, OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore said it’s more about the Buckeyes creating the turnovers themselves.“We’re always hungry for interceptions, but we still have to get out there and play and force turnovers,” he said. “We can’t rely on him to create turnovers.”The Buckeyes have more to worry about than just Watson, as junior running back Wayne Gallman has racked up just over 1,000 yards on the ground this season. While last season was a much more productive year in terms of yards for the Georgia native, this year has been all about scoring.Gallman has 15 rushing touchdowns so far in 2016. According to OSU redshirt freshman defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, being patient to stop Gallman is a priority for the Silver Bullets.“You learn to be disciplined, you learn how to stay in our gap, stay in our lane,” Jones said. “Not jump out of your gap because once you jump out of your gap, other gaps open up and you have free running lanes.”The defensive unit for Clemson has had its fair share of downs this season, including giving up 42 points to the University of Pittsburgh. Regardless of the occasional shortcoming, senior linebacker Ben Boulware and the rest of the Tigers defense have harassed opposing quarterbacks throughout the season.Clemson’s defense, which allows just 19.9 points per game on average, has gotten to the quarterback a whopping 46 times this year, trailing only Florida State and Boston College in total sacks. On average, the Tigers picked up 3.4 sacks per game.The disruptive presence of the Clemson defense is something that the Buckeyes expressed they were very aware of Thursday. According to OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, however, picking out what to attack is not as easy as it seems with coach Dabo Swinney’s team.“They like to switch it up,” he said. “I feel like it’s one of the type of teams or kind of mindsets that they don’t really want you to catch a beat on what they’re trying to do. Their game plans kind of switch each and every game depending on whatever offense they’re going against.”After OSU finished, it remained clear that the Buckeyes would be looking to play a near perfect game to advance to the national championship. Even then, it remains a question of just how perfect they need to be in order to win. read more

Children find foreign languages so stressful they are being signed off by

But he explained that on other occasions, parents do have legitimate concerns about their children’s mental health and it “doesn’t feel right” to keep them in language classes.Last year, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a network of language “hubs” to boost take-up of modern languages, amid concern about the sliding drastic drop in  entries for both GCSEs and A-levels.    Mr Campbell said that children are particularly opposed to learning languages for “cultural” reasons as they see them as irrelevant.He explained that children go home to parents who say: “Why do you want to do French, German, Spanish…this is nothing to do with us” or “What’s the point? You are never going to go to France”. 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. The English Baccalaureate – known as the EBacc – has been championed by ministers since being established in 2010 by the former education secretary Michael Gove in a bid to reverse the “dumbing down” of GCSEs.  In order to obtain the award, students must obtain five A*-C or numeric 4-9 grades in maths, English, the sciences, history or geography, and a modern foreign language (MFL).The Government has set a target for 90 per cent of pupils to enter the Ebacc, and Ofsted is proposing to inspect schools on how they are planning to meet this. Former education secretary Michael Gove wanted to halt the “dumbing down” of GCSEs Former education secretary Michael Gove wanted to halt the "dumbing down" of GCSEs Children are finding foreign languages so stressful that they are being medically signed off from the classes, a conference heard.Pupils are coming to school with a GP’s note explaining that they must be excused from learning languages because it is causing them extreme anxiety, delegates at the National Association of Headteachers’ (NAHT) annual conference were told.  Rob Campbell, NAHT’s chair of the secondary council, said that parents producing doctors’ notes as a way to get  their children out of language classes is an “increasingly common occurrence”.  “Schools find that children studying GCSEs get predicted grades and it can be common that the weaker subject of theirs is languages,” he said.Rather than “face the prospect of doing badly”, parents put “considerable pressure” on schools to withdraw their children from the classes by producing a doctor’s note.Mr Campbell, who is the CEO of Morris Education Trust in Cambridgeshire, said this has happened at schools in his own multi-academy trust, as well as others in the NAHT secondary group.“In some cases, that might just be kids don’t want to do it because they don’t want do it, and it’s pester power,” he said. “Schools should encourage their pupils to work hard and achieve well without this being at the expense of their wellbeing.”Since the introduction of the Ebacc, the proportion of children taking a language at GCSE has risen from 40 to 46 per cent, the spokesman said.  Headteachers at the NAHT conference passed a motion calling for this aspect of the new Ofsted framework to be challenged.“It is for school leaders to decide on the appropriate curriculum for pupils in their schools and it is not right that Ofsted is championing the EBacc as the heart of a good secondary curriculum,” the motion said.Marijke Miles, headteacher of Baycroft School in Hampshire, told delegates how she recently represented heads at a summit on children’s mental health hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.“What my colleagues told me was that parents were having children wholesale signed off by their GPs the study of MFL because it was making them so unwell they couldn’t attend school,” she said.“What that means is that my secondary colleagues cannot make their Ebacc targets because the children are getting medically disapplied.”A DfE spokesman said: “Learning a foreign language can help broaden a pupil’s horizon and ensure this country remains an outward-looking, global nation whose young people have the skills they need to compete with their peers around the world. “Language teaching, just like any other subject at school, is not designed to be stressful – we have removed incentives for multiple resits at GCSE, helping to reduce the burden on young people studying for their exams.  read more

Scania unveils XT next gen truck for mining and construction at IMARC

first_imgScania Australia has revealed the new XT mining and construction range next-generation trucks at Melbourne’s International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), giving the industry the first opportunity to examine the extra-tough truck in the metal. “The all-new extra-tough Scania XT delivers a highly robust range of solutions for a wide variety of applications and can be configured precisely to an operator’s requirements, utilising one of three available cab sizes.”“Like its on-highway siblings, the Scania XT comes with side curtain rollover airbags as standard that provide industry-leading driver and passenger protection in the event of a crash or rollover. Scania is the only truck maker to offer this potentially life-saving feature, and it is standard across the Australian range.”“The Scania XT is perfectly set-up for a range of construction and mining applications on sealed and unsealed surfaces. The Scania XT has been designed to shrug off tough conditions and a few bumps and scrapes without the need to visit a workshop to replace exterior fittings. Our customers will be happy to gain additional uptime facilitated by this careful attention to detail,” said Mikael Jansson, Managing Director of Scania Australia.Scania says it has a solid history of overcoming harsh environments. “Delivering vehicle solutions for both the mining and construction industries across the world has taught Scania the true meaning of uptime, and what it takes to secure it. The truck is equipped with a unique protruding steel front bumper, headlamp protection grilles, front under-bumper skid-plate, 40-tonne towing point in the centre of the bumper, and robust door mirror housings, as well as an elevated ride-height and all-steel parabolic leaf spring suspension.”“Trucks like these often cover significant distances each year on regular roads in the course of delivery and back-loading, so efficient fuel use is of great importance to the operator. Of course, the Scania XT features all the pertinent safety features and equipment needed to provide the greatest level of safety and safe operation to protect drivers from harm, unnecessary downtime and inconvenience,” continued Jansson.The launch of the Scania XT range is a response to the growth of business the company has attracted in recent years in the mining and resources sector in Australia, as well as an answer to operators involved in the current domestic and civil infrastructure construction boom. “The construction industry faces increasing demands for sustainable and cost-effective production. With a powerful line-up ready for the toughest mining and construction tasks, Scania is well prepared to meet the highly diverse transport assignments within these sectors.”The arrival of the XT Scania says means it is well-placed to service its existing as well as new customers in the mining and construction sectors. Also, the national Scania workshop network and repair and maintenance contracts in conjunction with Scania’s unique Flexible Plans – which tailor maintenance by vehicle and application – “provide the best in-service care for Scania vehicles at the lowest possible cost for the operator.”“We have the right products, the right services, and the right skills to help Australian mining and construction operators specify the perfect vehicle for their needs, securing maximum uptime and enhanced total operating economy, protecting their profitability, and therefore enhancing their long-term business stability,” Jansson said.last_img read more

Poll Did you make it through to the end of Lent

first_img Share Tweet Email 47 Comments Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 9:42 AM YesNoI didn’t give anything upVote 21,944 Views IT’S THE FINAL day of Lent, with tomorrow – Easter Sunday – marking the end of the 40-day fast. A per Christian tradition, people take a break from something tempting each year by making a Lenten vow in the run up to Easter.But it’s not always easy to make it through, so today we’re wondering: Did you manage to make it through Lent without breaking your vow? Short URL No (2283) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I didn’t give anything up (5734)center_img Poll Results: https://jrnl.ie/4600546 Apr 20th 2019, 9:42 AM Yes (2300) Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio By Stephen McDermott Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Poll: Did you make it through to the end of Lent? It’s not always easy to make it through the 40 days.last_img read more

Genting Wynn to face off in court on 29 January over copycat

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team RelatedPosts Load More Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Genting Berhad has described Wynn’s as failing to provide any evidence or “coherent or credible explanation” supporting its assertion.Genting’s local subsidiary, which is due to open Resorts World Las Vegas in late 2020, had previously filed its opposition to an application by Wynn that seeks to halt construction of the property, located directly opposite at the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip.The opposition vehemently denies that Resorts World Las Vegas will look similar to its nearest neighbor, stating Wynn’s application “is predicated on speculative extrapolation regarding the appearance of the Defendant’s unfinished resort and casino, which is still in an early stage of construction with nearly two years left to go before opening.”According to Genting, shutting down construction would cost an estimated US$169 million and result in 500 construction workers being laid off. Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Malaysia’s Genting Berhad has been given an 11-day reprieve until 29 January by a Nevada judge regarding a request by Wynn Resorts for a temporary restraining order on construction of its neighboring Las Vegas Strip property Resorts World Las Vegas.As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, US District Court Judge Gloria Navarro has directed the two parties to present their arguments at the end of the month following a complaint filed by Wynn Resorts in December claiming Genting’s US$4 billion IR resembles the Wynn and Encore Las Vegas towers.last_img read more

First experts committee meeting held for Wakayama IR bid

first_img RelatedPosts The first meeting of experts was held in Wakayama prefecture last week. The committee was established by Wakayama prefecture in May as part of their plan to promote Wakayama Marina City as a candidate location for an IR.The Nikkei and local Wakayama Shimpo reported that it will seek opinions on the attractions of Wakayama and anti-problem gaming strategies based on the IR Fundamental Policy that the government will announce in the Fall (or later), and incorporate these into the prefecture’s plans. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More The committee is comprised of eight members, including university professors and lawyers, Kansai Electric’s Shosuke Mori in a consultant role, and other people related to business, with Motoshige Ito of Tokyo University chairing. Wakayama Governor, Yoshinobu Nisaka, greeted the council saying, “I want to borrow various ideas so that we can play a part in Japan’s growth model.”The meeting was not open to the public and the prefecture explained the concept of a resort-type IR to the committee.The government plans to publish a Fundamental Policy for IR in the Fall or later, which will form the basis of selection criteria for operators. The committee of experts will be asked their opinions when the prefecture is deciding on an implementation policy based on this.After the meeting, Governor Nisaka said, “I would like to gather the opinions from the various perspectives of our members as we discuss this topic.”Chairman Ito commented, “We discussed various issues like how psychology and food culture experts can contribute, and tourism.”One of the committee members said that Wakayama prefecture is progressing with an IR bid.The prefecture is working toward a resort-type IR, based on the IR basic concept it announced in May 2018, which will utilize the natural resources of the area. It will use a combination of tourist attractions such as sailing and fishing on the sea, and hot springs and hiking that can be enjoyed in the mountains.The challenge now will be communicating the attractions of Wakayama as part of the bid. Osaka is considered to be the most suitable candidate site and there are voices saying that Kansai should not be home to two IR facilities. The prefecture argues, on the other hand, that two will not be a disadvantage but instead the two locations will support each other.Dispelling concerns about gambling addiction is another challenge. Wakayama city mayor, Masahiro Obana, agrees with an IR bid, but has expressed that the casino aspect should be for the exclusive use of foreign visitors and this is a subtle difference from those prefectures who support the casinos looking to allow domestic Japanese guests. The date of the second meeting for the committee is undecided. We can expect to hear more opinions from the committee members on the prefecture’s policies.Only days after the first committee meeting, a protest against IRs was held in Kainan city on 10 August, indicating that there are voices of dissent. According to the Mainichi Shimbun, about 70 people participated in the “Kainan Against a Wakayama Casino” citizen’s group event.last_img read more

Why does Roger Federer sponsor a couple who sit in his box

first_imgRoger Federer and Peter Carter.TwitterSwiss legend Roger Federer is one of the greatest players to play the game of lawn tennis. Not only is he a great player, but also a very emotional and kind person at heart. Though he is one of the most composed and calm players on the court, the world has seen him getting emotional after -matches.We have known him to spread joy and happiness by displaying his art of play on the tennis court, but recently a different side of the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who lost in the recently concluded Wimbledon final against Serbian Novak Djokovic, came into view. As reported by Fox Sports, every year at the Australian Open, Federer ensures that a couple who go by the names Bob and Diana Carter are seated in his box.Who are they? Roger Federer has made it to his Wimbledon quarter-final. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty ImagesFederer’s relationship with this couple dates back to the times when he started playing the sport as a nine-year-old. During that time he used to train under an Australian coach named Peter Carter. The Swiss legend’s coach could asses the potential Federer had and was determined to help him reach for the stars. Then time passed and Federer became the king of the sport. He achieved many milestones in his journey to becoming one of the greatest to play the game of tennis. But unfortunately, while the 37-year-old was on his way to the peak of success, Carter died in a fatal car accident while he was on vacation.When Federer got to know about the news he could not control his tears. He was playing in Toronto when the news reached him, and he ran out to the streets sobbing continuously. Roger Federer won the Australian Open and Rotterdam Open in 2018.Getty ImagesAfter that incident, he wanted to do something for his coach’s family as he was grateful for the contribution of Carter in his career. So, he invites the couple — the parents of Peter Carter – every year and ensures that they are seated in his box. He takes care of all of their expenses which include first-class air tickets, hotels, food, winner’s parties and also commiseration parties in Melbourne. They also stay in the same hotel as Federer.The Swiss legend has already proved his mettle on the tennis court, but now we also got to know that he is capable of hitting winners off the court as well.last_img read more

Human hauler driver killed in Faridpur road crash

first_imgAccording to the locals, the human hauler turned upside down immediately after the collision around 11:30am in Bhatdi Bazar area of Boalmari upazila killing Obaidur on the spot. The body was sent to the morgue, said officer-in-charge of Boalmari police station, Mizanur Rahman Police seized the truck driver and arrested its driver, added the OC. A human hauler driver was killed in an accident as his vehicle collided with a truck at Kanaipur-Chitarbazar road in the district on Tuesday. center_img The deceased was Md Obaidur Rahman, 35, son of Panchu Sheikh hailing from East Bhatdi village of Boalmari upazila.   Azizul Mallik, a passenger of the same vehicle was injured and was rushed to Faridpur Medical College Hospital. last_img

AL out to exhaust oppositions capacity to contest polls

first_imgAL-BNP-logoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has made a three-pronged strategy to keep the opposition under constant pressure before the 11th parliamentary elections, the party insiders say.Such strategy includes continued contorl over the streets by holding the ruling party and its alliance’s programmes until the announcement of polls schedule, making top leaders of the BNP, the National Unity Process and Jukta (United) Front ‘controversial’ and stopping the opposition from taking to the streets.The ruling party leaders say they feel the BNP has no other way except joining the next national elections to evade its crisis of existence.AL presidium member and 14-party alliance spokesperson Mohammad Nasim told Prothom Alo that there would be serious repercussion within the BNP to any decision to boycott the next parliamentary elections.He believes the BNP would not take such a path which may lead to splitting of the party.The ruling party leaders said they have been planning to negotiate with the opposition leaders who would take part in the polls following the government’s blueprint.The AL policymakers think opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has realised that their demands including that of the polls-time neutral government will not be implemented.There will be further crisis for the BNP if the court gives verdict against the party’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in the case in connection with the grenade attack on the then opposition AL’s rally on 21 August 2004, the AL camp believes.Trial court has fixed 10 October as the date to pass its verdict.In this context, the BNP and like-minded opposition parties will have little time to decide on whether to join or boycott the national polls, which may create factions in them, they believe.Then, the Awami League will try to break the alliance and if it succeeds, it will then negotiate on sharing parliamentary seats, the AL policymakers said.The opposition leaders, who want to take part in the elections, however, think the government will finally go for negotiations.Others think the opposition’s participation in the polls as per the AL design will only legalise the elections that might be manipulated.“The BNP-led alliance couldn’t foil the 2014 elections and won’t be able to do it in the future,” Nasim, also health minister, said.The government, the Awami League and the 14-party alliance have taken preparation to keep the electoral field occupied through rallies and other programmes until the announcement of polls schedule, he added.Nasim said they will change the publicity method after the announcement of the schedule.The AL is considering two aspects before the elections — one is the verdict of 21 August grenade attack scheduled for 10 October and the ruling party leaders are expecting a harsh verdict in the case, according to many senior leaders.Also, the party has been circulating as many as one million leaflets inscribed ‘vote for Awami League’, ‘Fight against anarchy’ throughout the city as part of the party’s week-long pre-polls campaign declared on last Monday.The 14-party alliance led by the AL will hold programmes in district level after the campaign.AL leaders and policymakers are in fear whether everything will be under their control and whether their plans will be executed properly. The infighting is another reason for the leaders’ concern.Leaders involved with the party’s nomination process said that there was a plan earlier to declare the names who would receive election tickets but later senior leaders gave up the idea in view of possibility of intra-party conflict.In the meantime, numerous ‘false’ cases have been filed against the BNP leaders and workers all over the country. The police on Monday implicated as many as 55 BNP leaders including the party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan and Nazrul Islam Khan, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and joint secretary general Amanullah Aman.Referring to the BNP’s huge popular base, Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumber told Prothom Alo, the opposition party would participate in the election if a congenial environment is ensured.“But a number of senior leaders were implicated in various cases by the police… It seems the government is trying to exchaust the opposition’s ability to stage competion in the election,” Badiul Alam added.*This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza and Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Meat from carcasses seized in Budge Budge tests underway

first_imgKolkata: In a major development in the investigation of meat retrieved from carcasses of animals in Budge Budge, South 24-Parganas, the Diamond Harbour police district, in association with Kolkata Police, conducted a raid at two preservation units of such meat at Rajabazar in Kolkata and arrested as many as six persons associated with supply and sale of the meat of dead animals.The sleuths had arrested two persons a few days ago, on charges of carrying meat retrieved from carcasses of animals, left to decompose in a dumping ground in Budge Budge. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We interrogated one Sunny Mallick – the kingpin of the racket, who was arrested a few days ago by our team in Bihar and pursuing his statement, a raid was conducted at two cold storage-cum-processing units at Rajabazar, under Narkeldanga police station area on Wednesday night. We have recovered 1,000 packets of processed meat, weighing around 20 tonnes. The two units from which the packets were recovered, have been sealed,” said Koteshwara Rao, superintendent of Diamond Harbour police district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSleuths informed that after processing the meat in the cold storage facility, it used to be packaged and then supplied to different places. The fat in the meat was removed first and then it was processed, so that the stuff could be preserved for longer durations.Pursuing the statement of Sunny, the district police formed three teams and arrested six persons from Tangra and Alipore in Kolkata, Bhatpara, Kalyani, Jagaddal in North 24-Parganas and Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas. “We will conduct forensic test of the seized meat to ascertain which animal (or animals) it belongs to,” Rao said.Elaborating on the modus operandi of the racket, a senior police officer informed that they had engaged informers at the dumping grounds, who would inform them as soon as a dead animal was dumped there. The animal was then collected from that place and transported to Rajabazar for storage and processing.Meanwhile, the samples of cooked meat picked up by officials of the Health department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation during their raid in the last few days, will be sent to the state Forensic Science Laboratory for examination. “We have our own laboratory but it does not have the infrastructure to ascertain the nature of the meat, whether it is of cow, goat, or any other animal. We are sending it to the state Forensic Science Laboratory,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said.A KMC Health department official said that they had consulted some private laboratories for forensic test, but they had said that the examination process will take a long time. “We want to have the reports as early as possible,” the official said.last_img read more

Interstate bike theft racket busted

first_imgDarjeeling: The Alipurduar police got a major breakthrough in an inter-state bike theft racket with the arrest of eight persons. As many as four stolen bikes were also recovered.”Recently six bike theft cases were registered under Shamuktala, Jaigaon and Alipurduar police stations in the district. We have recovered four bikes,” stated Sunil Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police, Alipurduar. While investigating the cases, one Prasanjit Das, alias Bhuttu, was arrested from Pakriguri under Kumargram police station. He revealed the name of one Mithun Burman who was then arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBased on information received from the duo, six others were arrested including the kingpin — Phani Sarkar from Pundibari, Cooch Behar. The arrested were produced at the Alipurduar Court on Monday. The police had prayed for 14 days of remand. The Court remanded the arrested to 10 days of police custody. “The bikes were being used for all sorts of illegal activities in lower Assam area including timber smuggling. The arrested were in contact with some militants as well but have not revealed their identities yet,” claimed the SP. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe stolen bikes were usually taken to Assam but not re-registered. Then they were used in remote areas where there wasn’t any police or RTO checkings. They were being used for all sorts of illegal activities. “We are in constant touch with our counterparts in Assam. A stolen pick-up truck has also been traced through the engine and chassis number. It is in the custody of the Forest department in Assam. We will get a court order to retrieve it,” added Yadav.last_img read more