2 directors booked for not providing possession of plots to buyers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police have booked two directors of a private company in an alleged case of fraud by not providing the possession of plots to the buyers in the Greater Noida area.The suspects in the case collected crores of rupees from various buyers. According to police, apart from two directors one more suspect (farmer) was also booked. The suspects had vastly advertised their projects in Greater Noida and had shown it to be a well-planned township being developed by them with all the necessary infrastructures. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAccordingly, several persons were enticed by their advertisements and had purchased the plots in the project. At the time of purchasing plots, the buyers were assured by the suspects that they would develop the Green Park Society into good residential society. The suspects also demanded a huge amount towards development charges from the buyers. “Hundreds of people applied for the plots in society and paid a huge amount towards development charges besides the actual registration/sale deed expenses,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe buyers waited till 2014 but the actual possession of their plots was not handed over to them. The buyers approached the suspects and made several requests to them but they kept delaying the matter on the pretext to the other and did not even develop society. Police further added that recently buyers came to know that the suspects have committed fraud with them by selling those plots which were already registered in the name of others. “The major portion of land was sold in the proposed society to some other builder, who had already started construction over the land in order to make another society,” police said. A case has been registered in this regard.last_img read more

Driver stabbed to death after quarrel in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 30-year-old driver was stabbed to death allegedly by two persons after a quarrel on early Thursday in northeast Delhi’s Jafrabad area, police said. The deceased has been identified as Ompal, a resident of the Welcome area, they said. Police said that they have apprehended one person and trying to nab the main accused. “The incident occurred at around 5:50 am on Thursday in Jafrabad. A passerby informed police regarding the incident, following which the victim was rushed to GTB Hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Atul Kumar Thakur. Preliminary investigation revealed that Ompal was stabbed after a quarrel, the DCP said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC, the police said, adding that further investigation is going on.last_img read more

Mahinda gets over 400000 votes in Kurunegala

His rival in the Kurunegala District from the United National Party (UNP), Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, got 286,165 votes. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had got more than 400,000 votes in the Kurunegala District at the 2015 Parliamentary election.Rajapaksa, who contested from Kurunegala under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which lost the election, secured 423,529 votes.

Unifor delivers strike notice to six more Crowns as new offer falls

Members of seven Crown sector unions gathered on Centre Square Plaza to rally in Regina. Workers at six more Crown corporations have signalled they’re ready to take job action on Monday if need be, after Unifor balked at their employers’ latest offer on Thursday.Unifor national president Jerry Dias was at the bargaining table at the Hotel Saskatchewan that afternoon as talks for new contracts for thousands of Crown employees came down to the wire.SaskTel has already received strike notice on behalf of nearly 3,000 workers, but the breakdown of negotiations on Thursday prompted bargaining units at SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, The Water Security Agency and two SaskTel subsidiaries to follow suit. Together they represent roughly 1,700 additional members.Dias addressed a rally of hundreds of Unifor members on Regina’s City Square Plaza at noon, telling them they’re now in the best possible position to leverage a fair agreement through the power of a united front.“If we all stand united, we could have a maximum impact,” he said. “We did all this to get everyone’s attention that we deserve better.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.But Chris MacDonald, Unifor’s assistant to the national president, said better wasn’t in the offing on Thursday. Talks that afternoon revealed the Crown employers were still stuck on two years of flat wages, he said. Unifor has come back with a counteroffer, though he would not say what it involves. Members of seven Crown sector unions gathered on Centre Square Plaza to rally in Regina. The Crowns had previously offered two zeros followed by a one-per-cent hike in year three, with another two-per-cent increase to follow at some tables. Sources on the union side familiar with negotiations suggested the new offer adds another year with a two-per-cent raise.The government could neither confirm or deny those accounts, though it acknowledged the Crowns had made a new offer. MacDonald and others have been adamant that Unifor members are unwilling to accept any deal with zeros. He called that a “big problem.”Dias argued that Premier Scott Moe and his ministers are “calling the shots” and leaving little wiggle room for the Crowns to meet employee demands. MacDonald said the timing of the latest offers prove it.“How is the government not involved if, in one day, all seven Crown corporations miraculously have an offer for us?” asked MacDonald, who called the government a “puppet master.”Dias accused the government of “sheer hypocrisy” for offering workers less than the 2.3-per-cent, cost-of-living increase MLAs granted themselves this year.A government spokesman pointed out how little MLA pay has increased in the last five years. It’s gone up 3.9 per cent while Unifor members have seen hikes ranging from 5.2 to 9.5 per cent over that period, according to information from the premier’s office.The government was not able to put anyone up for an interview, but conveyed a statement from Finance Minister Donna Harpauer.“Unifor has indicated they will take job action if agreements cannot be reached by September 30,” she confirmed. “While job action is part of the bargaining process, and is the right of unions, our government feels a strike is not in the best interest of the Crowns, Crown employees, and Crown shareholders — the people of Saskatchewan.”Harpauer’s statement pointed to the “fiscal environment” in Saskatchewan. She scraped by with a razor-thin surplus this year, which became tighter still in the last quarterly statement. She said the government retains confidence in the collective bargaining process. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Unifor has challenged ministers to join talks directly. Dias sent a letter to Premier Scott Moe’s office on Sept. 24 urging them to “get involved in bargaining this week.”“With job actions potentially commencing at one or more of the crowns at the beginning of next week, time is running out to avoid a disruption in services provided by our members,” Dias wrote.In a reply dated Sept. 25, Moe countered that such a move would be unprecedented. He wrote that he supports the collective bargaining process and hopes to avoid labour disruptions.“While I share your desire to reach collective agreements with our workers… our cabinet ministers have never gotten directly involved in the collective bargaining process and I do not believe that would be appropriate in this instance,” Moe informed Dias.Money isn’t the only sticking point between the two sides. Dias stressed “incredible concerns” around job security, as full-time jobs “disappear” to be replaced by part-time or contract labour.Penny Matheson, president of Unifor Local 2-S at SaskTel, said her bargaining unit has lost about 10 per cent of its members over a 10-year period, largely to what she said are out-of-province contractors.“Precarious work is the new norm,” she said.Unifor members at the lunch hour rally Thursday told the Leader-Post they’re prepared to walk.All seven Crowns have essential services agreements signed with the union to ensure the the public is protected in case of emergency. But MacDonald has warned that a strike would inevitably result in “some disruption” to service.The Crowns have been preparing for managers to pick up some of the slack.There have only been two Crown sector strikes during the Saskatchewan Party’s tenure in government, at the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Agency in 2011 and Sask Gaming in 2010. The scale of the strike Unifor is threatening would be incomparably more significant.NDP leader Ryan Meili said it was easy for the government to avoid labour action in the boom era by throwing money around. But lean years have revealed the Saskatchewan Party’s true stripes, he believes, with labour troubles among teachers, health workers and Crown employees.“This is really coming to a head,” he said.Meili said he understands why the 2.3-per-cent hike for MLAs “wouldn’t be well received” by workers being asked to take far less.He said the NDP will “stand alongside” the Crown workers if they strike.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

Afghanistans stability hinges on international security assistance UN official

Afghanistan needs international support to emerge from decades of war, tackle resurgent militias sabotaging peace efforts, and hold credible elections in September, a senior United Nations official said today.”The persistent woes of Afghanistan – terrorism, factionalism and criminal networks – are as much at work today as they were two years ago, and their ability to subvert State-building and a genuine political process is hardly diminished,” Jean Arnault, head of the UN mission in the country (UNAMA), told the Security Council. “Whether it is in counter-terrorism, electoral security, counter-narcotics or control of factional fighting, at this critical juncture for the Afghan peace process, international security assistance continues to make the difference between success and failure.”Mr. Arnault stated that training, funding and other general forms of help, while important, were not sufficient for Afghanistan. “Widespread, robust international military presence in support of domestic security forces remains critical,” he said.While the security “map” had followed a well-known pattern with little change in the provinces, the situation had worsened in the more risky areas, particularly in the south, with a tangible increase in the number of incidents and their toll. The level of violent opposition to the electoral process was still difficult to gauge, but precautions were being taken as registration pushed into rural areas, he said.Although Afghanistan lacks a strong electoral tradition, the general population has been mobilized. Since the beginning of May, nearly 1 million people have signed up, bringing to 2.7 million the total number of registered voters. Contrary to initial expectations, women’s participation did not drop as voter registration expanded beyond the urban centres. “There is momentum,” Mr. Arnault said. “There are expectations.”At the same time, he warned that the polling must be viewed as fair. “A process perceived to be biased and distorted could deeply undermine the hopes… that differences among Afghans can be settled through peaceful political means.” The Afghan leadership as well as the international community must ensure the legitimacy of the process, he said.”Security, in general, and for the electoral process, in particular, is ultimately an Afghan responsibility, but it is a responsibility that Afghans cannot shoulder without international assistance,” Mr. Arnault stressed, calling on NATO countries to honour past commitments to the Afghan people. Video of Council meeting [29mins] read more

UNs HIVAIDS Africa envoy questions G8 Summit results calls for advocacy

“First, I would argue that the G8 Summit was not a breakthrough; it was in fact a disappointment. I would argue that we got caught up in music, and the spectacle, and the spin and the celebrities, and we applauded before applause was justified,” UN Envoy Stephen Lewis, said at the opening of the 3rd International AIDS Society Conference in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.He said that while the cancellation of multilateral debt for 18 countries – 14 in Africa – was a start, Africa still carried the “insurmountable burden” of over $200 billion of debt that crippled the battle against poverty and the pandemic. The G8 offered only “sonorous words” about agricultural subsidies, which tend to keep produce from developing countries out of the markets of richer nations. And in the case of foreign aid, although official development assistance (ODA) to Africa was doubled by the world’s wealthiest nations in principle, there was an “unblemished record of failure” between principle and delivery, Lewis said.He also challenged scientists to engage in a campaign of advocacy while stressing the need to eliminate gender inequality in the fight against AIDS. “I feel I must say that the greatest single international failure in the response to HIV/AIDS is the failure to intervene, dramatically, on behalf of women.” he said, adding, “I urge you to press upon your governments that the time has come to make women the centrepiece of these reforms, and to promote, passionately, the creation of an international agency to take the lead.”Separately, Dr. Charlie Gilks, the head of treatment of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) HIV/AIDS Department, told the conference that the scientific and public health community must respond quickly to developments on the ground to narrow the gap between discovery and intervention, if universal access to HIV prevention and treatment is to be achieved.He also stressed the need to “learn by doing” and said the scientific community must be committed to applying the results of scientific studies quickly to AIDS programmes while they are being implemented.Coming as close as possible to universal access to HIV treatment by 2010, a goal recently endorsed by G8 leaders at their annual meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, will require a significant new investment of resources and effort in research, Dr. Gilks said. He also cited new formulations of HIV drugs for children, and simpler tests to diagnose and monitor patients as major research priorities for scaling up treatment in resource-limited settings.“This list of research questions is long,” Dr. Gilks said. “But if we are going to achieve universal access, we will need to invest in applied research and move new products and approaches quickly into the field.”Dr. Gilks was confident that the scientific community could meet this challenge and that prospects for rewarding work in the field of HIV/AIDS had never been better. In no other field is the opportunity to translate evidence into action so great as they currently are in HIV/AIDS, he said, adding: “Not only can researchers have direct impact on policy and practice, they can reduce inequities by helping to make scientific advances available more quickly to the millions of people who need treatment.”He also emphasized the importance of research on HIV prevention in addition to more effective ways to deliver treatment. read more

Seven year old boy who fell 30ft from Lightwater Valley rollercoaster in

A seven-year-old boy who fell from a rollercoaster is now in a critical condition, police have said.After the accident on The Twister rollercoaster at the Lightwater Valley theme park, the young child was thought not to have life-threatening injuries.However, doctors have since found that he had injuries not apparent at the scene. After falling from the rollercoaster on Thursday afternoon, the boy was airlifted Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries. Witnesses said the boy plunged up to 15ft from the Twister ride at the attraction, with one saying they heard loud screams before seeing a child on the ground.On Friday, North Yorkshire Police said in statement: “A child was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary after an incident at Lightwater Valley on Thursday 30 May 2019.”On arrival at hospital, the child was assessed and found to have injuries that would not have been apparent at the scene of the incident.”The child remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.”The force clarified that the boy, who has not been named, is seven years old and not six, as previously stated.In a statement, Lightwater Valley said: “We have been informed by North Yorkshire Police that the medical condition of the child involved in the incident at the park yesterday is now described as critical. Riders must be taller than 4ft 11in (1.5m) unaccompanied or more than 4ft (1.2m) if accompanied by an adult, it adds.Durham University student Gemma Savage died when two cars collided on the park’s Treetop Twister ride in 2001.Paris-based Reverchon Industries SA, which manufactured and supplied the ride, was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of two charges of failing to ensure its safe design and construction, and failing to give information necessary to ensure the ride was safe when open to the public. “We are devastated by this news and our thoughts are with the family.Screengrab of footage of an air ambulance helicopter near Lightwater Valley theme park (@RowlandBird/PA)”While the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation is continuing, we will support them and be guided by their advice.”Witnesses have described how the boy fell around 12-15 feet leaving his hysterical mother stuck in the car on the ride above.Members of the public ran to his aid along with park staff before paramedics and an air ambulance arrived.Mark Charnley, who was queuing for the Twister with his 10-year-old daughter while enjoying a half-term break, said he looked up to see the boy “hanging backwards outside of the actual carriage” before he plunged to the ground.North Yorkshire Police said they were working with the Health and Safety Executive, which is leading the investigation into what happened on the ride, which is now closed.The park bills itself as the “ultimate family adventure” on its website.The Twister is described as a “spinning rollercoaster” which “gives an awesome, fun-packed experience for all the family”.”The track is full of seriously tight turns, giving riders the impression that they might not make it around the next corner, with the threat of plummeting into the treetops being a constant source of tension for parents (and amusement for the kids)!” the LightwaterValley websites says. 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. read more

Enmore Martyrs remembrance Jagdeo says duplicity of Govt exposed in bid

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo calls on supporters to be ‘foot soldiers’March 6, 2017In “Local News”Nagamootoo slams GAWU; says gov’t remains steadfast to survival of sugarJune 17, 2015In “Politics”“GuySuCo is a headless chicken without a Board of Directors” – GAWU’s Komal ChandJune 17, 2014In “Politics” …calls on the 1000’s affected to continue the struggle to save the industry Although Government has announced plans to close the sugar industry, former President and current General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has called on all Guyanese and people living in the sugar belt to continue to fight to save the industry.Jagdeo made this plea while addressing residents of Enmore, on the East Coast Demerara, during a public meeting held on Wednesday to mark Enmore Martyrs Day, which will be celebrated on Friday.The former Head of State slammed the Government for the unconscionable decision, stating that it has the potential to create great difficulty for many citizens across the country.“We’ve been growing sugar in Guyana for 300 years and in two years of this Government, not even under (Forbes) Burnham, they have decided to dismantle sugar,” he told the large gathering.According to the Opposition Leader, the decision to shut down the industry was made way before the coalition Government sought to have consultations with the relative stakeholders, including the Opposition.Opposition Leader Dr Bharat JagdeoHe read a letter that he received from the Government on November 16, 2016, which outlined that authorisation was given to discuss any possible sale of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in part or in its entirety.“So, when they started this perfunctory, this show of consultation that they were listening to GAWU and us (Opposition) and they wanted to engage us on a way forward, they had already made the decision to sell the entire industry and this exposes the duplicity of this Government,” he remarked.The former President told the large gathering that the David Granger-led Administration cannot be trusted as they have never negotiated in good faith, explaining that in spite of the promises made to the electorate during the last election, they are determined to dismantle the sugar industry regardless of its consequences.He said, “Today we see an expression of their callous behaviour by their refusal to say what they will do with the 10,000 workers and their families when they lose their jobs,” he added.Jagdeo said the closure of the industry, however, has the potential to affect close to 50,000 people, which in his view is a “political and discriminatory decision” on the part of the Government.Jagdeo reiterated that the sugar industry could be sustained and can become viable if more attention is placed on fixing the current problems that exists. He recalled that between 1976 and 1996, sugar made a huge contribution to the Treasury and paid for the sugar levy.“At one time, one fifth of total Government revenues came from the sugar industry. We carried Guyana for a long period and even after that, when the sugar levy was ended in 1996 we then got GuySuCo to continue to make a positive contribution to the industry,” he noted.The PPP/C General Secretary also pointed out that it was only when there was a cut in the European Union (EU) prices for sugar, it led to the industry loosing $8 billion per annum in revenue. It was at that point that Government had to start looking to begin pumping revenue in the industry.However, the EU had given Guyana over €100 million as part of the transitional arrangement, which according to Jagdeo, was more than the cost of Skeldon Sugar factory. “And so today it is not true that sugar cannot be restored in the future. It’s not true that sugar cannot be profitable.Section of the crowd that gatheredIf we work real hard and we look at the multidimensional contributions of sugar to the economy we will see through an economic analysis that sugar makes a bigger contribution to Guyana than the subsidy it gets in this difficult period,” he asserted.Contrary to what is being done with the sugar industry, Jagdeo said the PPP/C Government ensured that when the bauxite industry needed help, they pumped money into that industry to keep it alive.Jagdeo said this was mainly because the Government was compassionate and caring and did not want to affect the lives of those who were directly dependent on the industry for their livelihoods.“We were concerned about Kwakwani, Ituni and Linden and the residents there, and about how they will keep their families going and we made sure that we worked with those communities and the industry to keep bauxite alive in those places” he said.However, Jagdeo argued that this Government, because it views everything through a ‘political, racial discriminatory’ lens, it will shoot the country’s prospects of improving lives just to satisfy a political agenda. read more

Berbice farmer who ingested poison after murdering wife said to be

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice farmer who murdered wife dies after consuming poisonJune 25, 2018In “Crime”Corentyne farmer brutally stabs wife to death, consumes poison afterJune 21, 2018In “Crime”5 men charged with murdering Corentyne fishermanJune 3, 2016In “Court” The 30-year-old man who brutally stabbed his wife to death before consuming poison on Wednesday evening, is said to be in a stable condition at the Port Mourant Hospital in Corentyne, Berbice.Tovanie Simmons and Imran Lyte in happier timesImran Lyte, a farmer is accused of murdering his reputed wife, Tovanie Simmons, 28, of Second Street, Limilar, Corentyne, Berbice.Based on police information, the incident occurred at about 23:20hrs.This online publication was informed that Simmons was staying at her mother’s residence, and as such, on the evening in question, Lyte visited the home to discuss a misunderstanding between him and the woman’s brother- which had occurred on Sunday last.However, the 28-year-old mother of four, and Lyte became involved in a heated argument.This resulted in the accused allegedly whipping out a knife from his left side pants waist and stabbing Simmons several times.The woman barely managed to run out of the house, jumped from the veranda, and ran about 200 meters east before she fell to the ground.The house where the incident reportedly occurred Lyte then allegedly ran up behind the defenseless woman and slit her throat, before fleeing the scene to hide out in the back dam area of the village.Simmons was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.She sustained 12 stab wounds to her neck, left breast, back, left hip, left forearm, right chest and chin, collectively.Lyte then attempted to take his own life by drinking gramaxone.He was rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital, where he remains under police guard.Investigations are ongoing. read more

Column Selfies and the history of selfportrait photography

first_imgThese early practitioners were either professionals with studios or “skilled amateurs” – often wealthy individuals who took up photography as a fashionable hobby. It would be a few decades before new processes and equipment brought the making of photographs to the masses. Pivotal in the development of amateur photography, George Eastman’s Kodak cameras, which hit the market in 1888, were “designed for the general public, who had only to point it in the right direction and release the shutter.When the 100-exposure roll provided with the camera had been exposed, the whole apparatus was returned to Eastman’s factory, where the paper rollfilm was developed and printed, the camera reloaded and returned to the customer; ‘You press the button, we do the rest’ was his slogan” (quite a bit easier than the painstaking process of creating a daguerreotype or a glass-plate negative). Kodak’s line of Brownie box cameras, first released in 1900 and priced at one dollar, made photography truly available to the broad public. Thus began a long era of popular photography made possible by the cheap production of cameras and efficient processing and printing of film. SELFIE – the Oxford Word of the Year for 2013 – is a neologism defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”The emergence of this phenomenon a few years ago was therefore dependent on advances in digital photography and mobile phone technology, as well as the rise of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, among other sites, which supply an outlet and audience for the photos. But a tradition of self-portraiture in photography is as old as the medium, and the popularity of amateur photography only slightly less so. Robert Cornelius, self-portrait; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs DivisionAccording to the Grove Art Online entry on photography, “Perhaps the most popular form of early photography was the portrait. The very first portraits, especially those produced by the daguerreian process were treasured for their ability to capture the aspects of facial appearance that constitute family resemblance.”Invented by the French painter Louis Daguerre in the late 1830s, daguerreotypes, with their “cold, mirror-like appearance” were well-suited to capturing exacting likenesses of sitters. Portraits were the most commonly produced type of photographs in the first decades of photography, comprising an estimated 95% of surviving daguerreotypes. Among these are some exquisite self-portraits, including what may have been the first daguerreotype made in America, the self-portrait of the Philadelphia metalworker-turned-photographer Robert Cornelius.Jean-Gabriel Eynard, daguerreotypist (Swiss, 1775 – 1863). Self-Portrait with a Daguerreotype of Geneva, about 1847, Daguerreotype, hand-colored. 1/4 plate Image: 9.7 x 7.3 cm (3 13/16 x 2 7/8 in.) Object (whole): 15.2 x 12.7 cm (6 x 5 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los AngelesMany early self-portraits fall into two general categories. In the first type, which had a long tradition in painted portraits and self-portraits, the subject poses with a camera or a set of photographs, showing him as a professional of his trade. As portrait photographers competed for customers, these images demonstrated the photographer’s ability to capture a flattering likeness with his technical skill and his eye for setting and pose.The other type of self-portrait seems to have been the photographer’s attempt to situate photography as a fine art, a novel idea during the era of early photography. In a fine example of this type, Albert Sands Southworth, of the firm Southworth and Hawes, showed himself as a classical sculpted portrait bust, with a far-off, romantic expression.Although the daguerreotype was eventually replaced by other techniques (notwithstanding a 21st-century revival by Chuck Close), self-portraiture has remained one of the most interesting genres in photo history. It seems that from photography’s earliest days, there has been a natural tendency for photographers to turn the camera toward themselves.Unknown maker, American, daguerreotypist. Portrait of Unidentified Daguerreotypist, 1845, Daguerreotype, hand-colored. 1/6 plate Image: 6.7 x 5.2 cm (2 5/8 x 2 1/16 in.) Mat: 8.3 x 7 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angelescenter_img A Kodak Camera advertisement appeared in the first issue of The Photographic Herald and Amateur Sportsman, November, 1889. The slogan “You press the button, we do the rest” summed up George Eastman’s ground breaking snapshot camera system.” Public domain via Wikimedia CommonsThe next great pivotal moment in the history of amateur photography – and perhaps photography in general – was the emergence of digital photography. Early digital cameras were available on the consumer market in the early 1990s, but it was not until technical improvements and a drop in prices over the next decade that digital photography had replaced older technologies. In 2002 more digital cameras were sold than film cameras, and Kodak, a giant in American industry for much of the 20th century, filed for bankruptcy in 2012. According to Mary Warner Marien,…the public use of photographs has changed the medium. Where the photograph was once a tangible item, it can now exist as an array of pixels, seldom printed but collected in phones, cameras, computers and web-based image storage applications. Where once material photographs were saved, now photographs can be considered immaterial phenomena. There are more amateur photographers than ever before, and their conventions emerged in the early 21st century as powerful cultural shapers in the many branches of photographic practice.The ease with which so many can take photographs of themselves and share them with an audience of many millions has made the selfie a “global phenomenon.” On one hand, this phenomenon is a natural extension of threads in the history of photography of self-portraiture and technical innovation resulting in the increasing democratization of the medium. But on the other, the immediacy of these images – their instantaneous recording and sharing – makes them seem a thing apart from a photograph that required time and expense to process and print, not to mention distribute to friends and relatives.The ubiquity of selfies has naturally led some to wonder if the practice is either reflecting or promoting what many see as growing narcissism in contemporary culture. But perhaps, as Jenna Wortham suggests, selfies represent a new way not only of representing ourselves to others, but of communicating with one another through images: “Rather than dismissing the trend as a side effect of digital culture or a sad form of exhibitionism, maybe we’re better off seeing selfies for what they are at their best — a kind of visual diary, a way to mark our short existence and hold it up to others as proof that we were here. The rest, of course, is open to interpretation.”Kandice Rawlings is Associate Editor of Oxford Art Online and holds a PhD in art history from Rutgers University. Read her previous blog OUP blog pots.This article originally appeared on the Oxford University Press blog.last_img read more

Geek deals 475 off Alienware M17x 4K HDTV more

first_imgOur other top deals:Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 7-inch Android 4.0 16GB tablet for $109 plus free shipping (reg. $229 | use coupon USPA0761808)Seiki SE50UY04 50-inch ultra high definition 4K/2K LED HDTV for $899.99 plus free shipping (reg. $1,499.99)Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 (5 User) for $29.99 [download] ($79.99) We’re all familiar with Alienware by now and their reputation for building high performance, high quality PCs is well deserved. The M17x is one of their flagship models, along with its slightly bigger brother the M18x, and we found a huge $475 discount on the 2012 version.It’s powered by the best-of-the-best from 2012: a quad-core Core i7 and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M GPU. Don’t let the 2012 label fool you, this combo is still powerful enough to run nearly any modern game with all the eye candy turned up. Performance will be buttery smooth across the board thanks to the 8GB of RAM and spacious 750GB 7200rpm hard drive.Alienware also saw fit to stuff the M17x’s expansive 17.3-inch chassis full of other goodies too. USB 3.0 was more of an afterthought for last year’s models, but you get four of them here. It also has both an HDMI input and output, allowing you to use the HD+ screen as a display for another device. There are lots of other features included too, like eSATA, Mini DisplayPort, wireless-n, Bluetooth, and more.This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on any M17x r4 models and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Head over to Dell.com and check it out today.Alienware M17x r4 Core i7 gaming laptop with 2GB GeForce GTX 680M for $1,699 plus free shipping (reg. $2,174 | use coupon KD8T76PX1RR$T1)last_img read more

Ive always been scared of the dark but Ive faced Pennywise so

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4799369 By Aoife Barry Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 11:00 AM 19,334 Views Short URL 20 Comments IF YOU’RE A bit of a scaredy-cat, like this writer, then heading to a horror film can be anxiety-inducing. But what if you’re the star of a horror film? Does being on set all day facing monsters remove all your fears – or does it amplify them? That’s something TheJournal.ie put to IT Chapter Two star Chosen Jacobs as he prepared for the release of the new movie in Ireland.For those who don’t know – which can’t be many of you – IT Chapter Two (directed by Andy Muschietti) is the second of two recent movies based on Stephen King’s hefty novel It. Back in 1990, the film was brought to TV, with Tim Curry playing the terrifying clown Pennywise. The story is set in the town of Derry (no, not that one) in Maine, and focuses on a group of young friends who find themselves battling Pennywise, a clown who thinks of the kids as playthings for him to toy with. The first IT film took place in the 80s, helpfully mining our current love of 1980s nostalgia. Making over $700m in 2017, it became the highest-grossing horror film of all time.For IT Chapter Two, which is in cinemas now, we find the five friends returning to Derry 27 years after the initial terror. So, back to our question for Chosen Jacobs, who plays Mike Hanlon. Did working on these two films make him less scared? “I don’t think my level of scaredness has changed thanks to working on a horror film,” he admits. “I’ve always been scared of the dark and monsters but I’ve faced Pennywise – at least I can battle this monster, even though he’s still terrifying.”What going up against Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgaard) has showed Jacobs is that he can summon up courage when he needs to. Which might seem like a serious lesson to learn for such a young actor (he’s just turned 18), but he’s clearly someone who’s had a good head on his shoulders from a young age.Jacobs was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and began his entertainment career aged six, when he joined the Georgia Boys Choir. At just 13, he decamped with his family to LA to try and make it in Hollywood. PennywiseLosers’ ClubIn IT Chapter Two, the adult Mike Hanlon is played by Isaiah Mustafa. Hanlon is the only one of the Derry kids – or Losers’ Club, as they call themselves – who stayed behind in the town.  He becomes the town librarian, and it’s him who summons his old friends back when It resurfaces.But the film doesn’t just deal in pure horror – the young Mike has grown up to become a man with a serious substance abuse problem that stems from the trauma he endured as a youngster. This being Stephen King, we get the schlocky horror but we also get the human impact. “I felt like it was the next evolution of the film,” says Jacobs. “In life, as you get older things can get more complicated. It’s not the same summer as when you were a kid.” Different stressors “weighed on each of the characters”, he says.“I think that’s what’s so beautiful about it,” adds Jacob.center_img Sep 7th 2019, 11:00 AM ‘I’ve always been scared of the dark – but I’ve faced Pennywise, so at least I can battle this monster’ We talk to one of the stars of the new film IT Chapter Two, Chosen Jacobs. The Losers’ Club all grown up.Acting alongside heavyweights like Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Mustafa must have helped the youngster feel even more embedded into Hollywood. “Isaiah is such an amazing guy and just being around him and seeing how seriously he took playing Mike… and the fact he asked questions about the character, it made me feel more confident as an actor that a more experienced actor want to know how I played this character,” agrees Jacobs. Mustafa had even learned some of Jacobs’ mannerisms to ensure he was behaving how the younger version of him would. But for Jacobs, making the decisions he did when playing Mike Hanlon were “more about psychology” than physicality.Finding your tribeJacobs says that the actors formed a “family” while on set, which must impact how viewers see the characters.“I feel like that’s the biggest impact it had on the audience, everyone felt they could relate to the characters,” he says. “Everyone on earth is just trying to find their tribe and find someone who accepts them for who they are. The primary message of it is family and friendship.”And that clown? It stands for whatever “obstacle we’re trying to overcome”.The young actors playing the teens also met each other at pivotal times in their lives, while they were all going through puberty. Some of them have also been seeing their fame skyrocket, like Jacobs’ co-star Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things. On set.“I found my tribe through the film so it made it easier to text guys and gals who are going through the same exact thing we’re going through,” says Jacobs of working together while growing up. “It made me feel not alone, but I found six other people who are going through the exact same thing I’m going through.”There are messages in the IT book and film about who we call outsiders – about how we treat the people who get ostracised or pushed out. The young kids call themselves the Losers’ Club, after all, showing how they absorb such a sentiment. Jacobs admires his character because he still has empathy – “he hasn’t let life change him into an angry person and I admire that a lot”.Mike’s the only African-American member of the Losers’ Club, and due to his race is ostracised growing up in Derry.“I feel like every character had a symbolisation for some sort of ostracisation in the world or bad character which made people put them away and not put them in the light,” says Jacobs about this. “In this world, everybody has an issue.”But the film is also about how those ‘losers’ can triumph.“To ostracise somebody for that is such a horrible thing – people love the film because you saw people who are basically lepers [the Losers’ Club] in their area but they are the heroes at the end of the day.”Triumph over those who try to put you down? At a time of such political unrest and strangeness, that’s a message a lot of people will get behind.IT Chapter Two is out now in cinemas nationwide. 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Townsvilles Glencore Greek Festival honoured

first_imgFor the second time, Townsville’s Glencore Greek Festival has been named the Community Event of the Year as part of this year’s Australia Day Awards.The announcement was made by Australia’s Governor General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, on Monday 26 January. “It was wonderful for the organising committee and all the volunteers to receive such recognition,” festival co-ordinator Bill Malandris told Neos Kosmos.Last year’s Glencore Greek Festival was the 15th year that the Greek community of Townsville has been sharing its language, food and culture with the wider Australian community. Along with the success of the festival, Mr Malandris was also honoured by the Governor General, as the recipient of this year’s Cultural Award. Granted in recognition of his significant contribution to the cultural life of the wider community, Mr Malandris was both surprised and pleased by the announcement. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Geek deals Buy a global SIM kit and get free mobile service

first_imgIf you’re in search of a mobile phone service that delivers affordable coverage in over 60 countries, check out today’s deal from FreedomPop. Spend just $1.99 on a SIM card kit, and you’ll get a free selfie stick. Even better, you’ll have access to free voice minutes, text messages, and data.$1.99 for a three-in-one global SIM kit from FreedomPop with free mobile service and a selfie stick If you have an unlocked GSM phone (compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile), you’re likely already compatible with the FreedomPop service. Just order your SIM, pop it in, and you’ll get 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 200MB of data for free every month. And if that’s not quite enough, there are multiple ways to increase your allotment.If you’d like more monthly data, you can simply invite your friends, or complete select promotional offers. Or if you’d prefer, you can simply invest in a higher service tier, and get unlimited text, unlimited talk, and more data for a very reasonable monthly fee. And if you change your mind, you can cancel at any time. You’re not locked into any long-term contract.Just keep in mind that you’ll start off with a free trial of the $19.99 per month tier and the Premium Plus service. If you’d prefer to just use the free basic plan, you’ll need to opt out of both of them before the next billing period.And if you’re switching away from your current mobile plan, you don’t have to give up your existing number. You can simply port your number over to FreedomPop, or start off fresh with a new number. It’s up to you. Terms and restrictions apply. Availability varies based on your geographical location. See FreedomPop’s site for more details.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals on data plans and smartphones, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Fitbit Data Helps California Police Catch Killer

first_img Never underestimate the power of technology: A slain California woman’s Fitbit data helped local police catch her 90-year-old killer.Tony Aiello was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering his 67-year-old stepdaughter, Karen Navarra, on Sept. 8, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.Navarra, a pharmacy technician described by family as a “recluse,” was discovered by a coworker five days later, after she failed to show up for work.As reported by the Chronicle, police found Navarra “slumped over in a chair, clutching a large kitchen knife with a ‘gaping’ slit to her neck.” The scene appeared to be staged to look like a suicide, the paper said.A subsequent autopsy, however, revealed “multiple deep and intrusive wounds” to the woman’s head and face. The lacerations were likely inflicted by a small hatchet or ax—and not something Navarra could have delivered to herself.Aiello, married to Navarra’s 92-year-old mother, initially told police he brought his stepdaughter pizza on Saturday, Sept. 8; he also claimed to have seen her later drive by his own house with someone in the passenger seat.But that’s not what the surveillance footage says: Cameras captured Aiello’s car at Navarra’s home for at least 21 minutes—between 3:13 and 3:33 p.m. And there is no sign of her car leaving in the direction he claimed.Here’s where the story really gets good.Navarra’s Fitbit wristband, which counts steps and monitors heart rate, recorded a spike in her pulse at 3:20 p.m. Sept. 8, then a rapid decline. The device stopped registering a heartbeat at 3:28 p.m.You just can’t make this stuff up.Aiello, who claimed someone else must have been in Navarra’s house because “she walked him to the door,” was caught with blood-splattered clothes in his hamper (the result, he said, of an old man frequently cutting himself).Aiello is being held without bail and is due in court today, the Chronicle reported.This isn’t the first time fitness trackers have guided a homicide investigation.As The New York Times pointed out, Fitbit location data supported a 2014 personal injury case in Canada and a 2015 sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, and a Garmin Vivosmart GPS recorded a woman’s struggle with her attacker in Seattle in 2017. Police also used a Connecticut woman’s Fitbit data to charge her husband with murder.In Wisconsin, a man’s wearable became an alibi, corroborating his story during the time police said his live-in girlfriend’s body was being dumped in a field.If this isn’t a perfect ad campaign for wearables, I don’t know what is.The latest-generation Apple Watch is also marketed as a lifesaver.Its new fall detection feature helps the wearable figure out if you’ve taken a tumble. And, if you remain unmoving for more than a minute, it automatically calls 911, or a predetermined emergency contact.Fitbit last year launched its first smartwatch, the Ionic. It also joined Apple and Samsung in the FDA’s pilot program to reform digital health regulation. Check out Geek Pick: Fitbit Versa, and stay up to date on all things wearable here. Your Fitbit Data Can Be Used to Advance Precision ScienceGEEK PICK: Fitbit Versa Stay on targetlast_img read more

2 men vandalize Weston country club

first_imgWESTON, Fla. (WSVN) – Police are searching for two men who, they said, vandalized a country club in Weston on two occasions, last month.Surveillance video captured the subjects at the Bonaventure Country Club, along Bonaventure and Blatt boulevards, Oct. 3 and Oct. 23.Police said the duo broke onto the property in the middle of the night and spray painted walls, windows, fences and golf carts.Cameras caught a good shot of one of them.If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mexican woman found dangling from border fence

first_imgTUCSON, AZ (WSVN) – U.S. Border Patrol agents found a Mexican woman dangling from the international border fence, Saturday.According to an official statement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there were agents patrolling the border east of Nogales when they witnessed two smugglers trying to lower the 37-year-old Mexican woman using a harness and hoist rope.Officials said when they approached the woman, she attempted to climb back over the border fence into Mexico, but the smugglers left her to hang.The woman was suspended about 15 feet above the ground, officials said. The Nogales Fire Department was called to safely get the woman down from the fence.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

₹80000 Cr of Unspent Funds at Jaitleys Disposal to Help Limit Fiscal

first_imgFinance minister Arun Jaitley can heave a sigh of relief with an ₹80,000 crore benefit coming from unspent plan expenditure that could help him meet the stated fiscal deficit.The FM is preparing to present his first full budget on 28 February. For the current fiscal, the deficit target is pegged at 4.1% of the GDP. ReutersSince the new government took charge in May 2014 and the budget was presented only in July 2014, most plan expenditure got underway from September, a government official said.For fiscal 2014/15, the total budgeted plan expenditure is pegged at ₹5.75 lakh crore, of which only about ₹3.526 lakh crore was utilised till December. The rules mandate that not more than 33% of the entire budget allocation be spent in the last quarter, and not more than 15% in the last month, i.e., March.This ceiling is applicable to all ministry or department expenditure and also scheme-based expenditure. The motive is to prevent a last-minute splurge derailing overall expenditure management.The evidence of ministries and departments not making use of allocated resources would allow the finance ministry to trim overall allocations substantially when the revised estimates are presented in the upcoming budget.Roads and Civil AviationHowever, the two departments that have utilised allocated resources are the roads and aviation ministries. The ministry overseeing road transport and highways saw fund utilisation level reach 87% of the budgeted allocation of ₹28,881 crore. Civil aviation spent 80% of budgeted ₹6,720 crore.The ministries of home affairs, agriculture, communications, health, human resource development, water and sanitation were unable to use the budgeted resources and are likely to see their allocation being trimmed.The NDA government has refrained from slashing plan spending to keep the fiscal deficit in check, as has been the case over the final two years of the UPA government. The Modi-led government attempted to improve expenditure to help further growth prospects, but a proposed revamp to schemes run by funds controlled by the Centre delayed start, which acted as a damper to expected progress.More than ₹1 lakh crore were curtailed in the last two years. The unspent amount of the current fiscal would mean a continued streak of three years of spending reduction cycle.The government has had to contend with reduced tax revenue and slower growth, even as it pursues various options to help move the economic trajectory to a faster growth phase.On Tuesday, Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan affirmed that he expected the government to adhere to the planned fiscal deficit target for the year. With the deficit touching 100.2% of the targeted estimate, concerns are relatively less, as the government is expected to net funds from disinvestment of state-owned organisations and spectrum auction and a slight pickup in tax revenue. One of the larger benefits comes from the reduced subsidy bill, as a result of fall in oil prices by more than 50%.FM Jaitley had reiterated time and again his commitment to the fiscal deficit target of 4.1% for the current year, read EconomicTimes.last_img read more

Myanmar cartoonists lead mediajeering as Rohingya flee

first_imgCartoons taking aim at Rohingya Muslims are spreading rapidly across social media in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where public opinion on the crisis stands in stark contrast to the outcry overseas.Fanned by Myanmar’s civilian and military leaders, an information war has taken hold and is being embraced with gusto by a legion of satirists, meme-makers and internet trolls.Local cartoonists, many of whom earned their revered status for skewering the former junta, have taken aim at the Rohingya.One widely-shared sketch called ‘crocodile tears’ shows a group of reptiles swimming away from a bank of mutilated animals towards an eager Western cameraman.“I had to flee my motherland,” a crying crocodile says into the microphone, a swipe at the testimonies of Rohingya refugees who have arrived in Bangladesh with accounts of atrocities by Myanmar’s army.“There is something untrue about what they (the Rohingya) are saying,” Win Naing, one of Myanmar’s most famous cartoonists, told AFP.The 58-year-old, whose pen name is Aw Pi Kyeh, said he just wanted to provoke thought in a highly charged situation.“We draw cartoons with a spirit that loves the country.”For decades the paranoid former junta sequestered its people from technology, global opinion and debate.But since the country creaked open a few years ago Myanmar’s public has dived head first into Facebook and Twitter.Now, anti-Rohingya diatribes are being ‘liked’, shared and retweeted—reinforcing long-held religious hatreds against the minority.Since late August, around 430,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, escaping an army crackdown in Rakhine state which the UN has called ‘ethnic cleansing’.The global condemnation has triggered a defensive instinct in Myanmar where the Rohingya are not citizens and are broadly reviled.Keyboard warriors -Armed with crass humour, internet fame and riding a wave of public opinion, cartoonists have delivered sharp counter-punches.When Malala Yousafzai condemned fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to speak up for the Rohingya, one cartoonist hit back with a rendering of the Pakistani activist with human excrement instead of brains—a grim reference to her surgery after being shot in the head by the Taliban.A sketch by cartoonist Okka Kyi Winn, liked nearly 10,000 times on his Facebook page, showed a UN insignia wrapped in a Middle-Eastern keffiyeh, suggesting the body is in cahoots with the Arab world.While the intention may be pure satire, such images are contributing to a siege mentality in Myanmar, where keyboard warriors are trading blows with vocal pro-Rohingya groups scattered across the Muslim world.The prevailing view among the Buddhist majority is that foreign media and international NGOs have embellished the plight of the Rohingya and unfairly bashed Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi.‘The Lady’ has refused to weigh in on the squall of claims and counterclaims, saying only that there is a ‘huge iceberg of misinformation’.Many outside Myanmar are baffled by the seeming lack of empathy, and the often violent rhetoric from a Buddhist people.But toxic Islamophobia has been brewing in the country for years, fed in part by official rhetoric that the Muslim Rohingya are foreign invaders intent on taking a Buddhist land.As his troops blanket Rakhine, Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing has continued with Facebook posts branding the Rohingya as ‘terrorist extremists’ of ‘Bengali’ origin—a state-stamped slur that condemns them to the status of illegal migrants. ‘Better angels’ -Newspapers, TV debates and social media have followed suit, jeering at the Rohingya as they flee, says Sein Win of the Myanmar Journalism Institute.Some of the loudest noises are coming from people who fought repression under the junta, he told AFP, in a remarkable reshaping of the young democracy’s political landscape.“I am disturbed by the actions of the media, civil society and even former political activists. You need to care about humans across the board, not just when it suits you,” he said.On Friday US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy condemned the hate speech on social media and urged the “better angels” of the Myanmar people to find empathy for the Rohingya.But cartoonists such as Maung Maung Fountain (pen name) argue their sketches “don’t insult any religion or any people”.In one, he draws a camel—a code for Rohingya Muslims—that has edged its way into a tent made from the Myanmar flag then bellows ‘Human Rights’ at the startled Burmese man he has just evicted.“I meant say that some people want more and more rights and opportunities.”last_img read more

Baltimore Man Could Face 20 Years for Fires Set During April Unrest

first_img21-year-old Darius Raymond StewartA Baltimore man could face up to 20 years in prison for a fire he allegedly set at a city liquor store during last April’s unrest. Federal and state agents on Sept. 24 charged 21-year-old Darius Raymond Stewart with setting the fire. He was arrested on September 28 on unrelated charges, and was due to appear in court on October 2.The incident happened the night of April 27 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Federal officials said Stewart was caught on surveillance cameras setting multiple fires inside the store, which is located in the 2200 block of West North Avenue. They said that several witnesses were able to confirm that the man in the tape was indeed Stewart.One person was seriously injured in the blaze. Another person was able to escape with minor injuries.In a press release, federal agents painted the picture of the evening’s chaotic events, saying that two waves of looters attacked the store that night. The first group, who banged on the store with pipes and crowbars, were run off by other people in the neighborhood. The second group looted the store and attacked the owner, who was standing outside.“There are recordings and other evidence of people looting businesses, starting fires and attacking innocent victims, and it is our duty to prosecute the perpetrators,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Citizens need to know that the rule of law will be upheld, and criminals who destroy property and jeopardize lives will be held accountable.”last_img read more