Genoa defender Romero set for Juventus medical

first_imgGenoa defender Cristian Romero is set to undergo a medical with Juventus on Tuesday ahead of a move to the Serie A champions, Goal can confirm.Following the medical, Romero will sign a contract through 2024 with Juve, but then return on loan with Genoa for the 2019-20 season.While Juve wait on the completion of a Matthijs de Ligt deal with Ajax and a €15 million (£13m/$17m) move for former Sassuolo defender Merih Demiral already completed, Juve’s depth chart in defence had already been filled out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare As it currently stands, there is no place for the 21-year-old Romero among those ranks this season.Therefore, the Bianconeri have decided it is better for the Argentine’s development for him to continue to feature at Genoa for the coming season, after making a strong impression in his debut campaign at the club.Romero moved to Genoa last July for a reported €1.7m fee from Argentine club Belgrano, and featured in 27 Serie A contests last season, all from the start, and scored two goals as his club narrowly avoided relegation.The performances of the Argentina youth international attracted the interest of Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici.Paratici wished to steal a march on the club’s Serie A rivals for the promising defender and quickly was able to come to an agreement with Genoa.But a loan back was on the cards, and new Genoa coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is already awaiting Romeo’s return at the club’s pre-season camp in Austria.He will look to keep Genoa up another season after a brutal end to the last campaign almost cost the club top-flight status.Genoa went winless after a March 17 victory over Juventus, a streak of 10 games that saw them collect just five points.The club finished level on points with Empoli, but narrowly survived thanks to having defeated the 18th placed side twice last season.Meanwhile, Juve are still aiming to complete the signing of highly-sought after Ajax captain De Ligt.The club have agreed a contract with the centre-back but remain around €10m short of what Ajax want for their star.last_img read more

K Line Upgrades Northern Vietnam RoRo Service

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) plans to enhance its Asia/Vietnam Roll-on/Roll-of (RoRo) service in an effort to “accommodate increased demand for RoRo transportation to Vietnam.”According to the company, the service enhancement for North Vietnam port includes high-frequency, fixed day and direct calling from all Asian ports.Port rotation for Trunk Line Express Service, Asia/Vietnam Line is as follows: Jakarta (Indonesia), Singapore (Singapore), Port Kelang (Malaysia), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh, Haiphong, (Vietnam).K Line has changed the service’s Northern discharging port from Vietnamese Cai Lan to Haiphong.The company said it will deploy the 12,308 dwt vehicles carrier Jasa Bakti as well as one additional vessel.The service is expected to start on October 16, 2016, with the vessel’s arrival in Laem Chabang.The service frequency will be changed from one sailing to two sailings per month.last_img read more

German Shipping Firms Convicted of Discharging Sludge

first_imgTwo German shipping companies that owned and operated the general cargo ship Nils B pleaded guilty to an environmental crime in US federal court, admitting that they knowingly failed to keep records related to the discharge of sludge into the ocean.W. Bockstiegel Reederei GmBH & CO. KG and W. Bockstiegel GmBH & Co. Reederei KG MS NILS B pleaded guilty to one felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for failing to accurately maintain an oil record book for the 1998-built ship.Namely, the firms failed to disclose that oil contaminated water had been discharged into the ocean from the vessel without the use of pollution prevention equipment.On August 5, 2014, personnel from the United States Coast Guard boarded the vessel after its entry into the Port of San Diego, California. Once onboard, the Coast Guard discovered that the crew had failed to keep an oil record book for a significant period of time, modifications had been made to piping coming from the oil water separator, and oil was discovered in discharge piping that should not have been present.The defendants, in pleading guilty, admitted that the oil record book on board the vessel did not disclose any discharges of sludge between the time that the overboard discharge valve had been cleaned and its entry into the Port of San Diego in August.According to the plea documents, the company and the United States agree to recommend that the Court impose a total criminal penalty of USD 750,000, of which USD 250,000 will be a community service payment.Sentencing is scheduled for November 3, 2016.last_img read more

4 states provide max subsides to fishermen Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have extended highest subsidies under different programmes, including those for safety purposes and for kerosene, to their fishermen in 2018-19, India has informed the World Trade Organization (WTO).These states have extended the subsidies for purposes like providing navigational aids, sales tax on high speed diesel, motorisation of traditional boats, reimbursement of sales tax on purchase of diesel for fishing boats and sales tax exemption on industrial kerosene. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have provided subsidies worth Rs 247.4 crore, Rs 243.6 crore, Rs 180 crore and Rs 109 crore in 2018-19, respectively, according to the data provided by India to the WTO. The other states and union territories which extended the support include Maharashtra (Rs 54.7 crore), Kerala (Rs 41.9 crore), Goa (Rs 16.5 crore), West Bengal (Rs 8.4 crore), and Odisha (Rs 3.3 crore). The union territories (UTs) include Andaman and Nicobar, Daman and Diu and Puducherry. The communique to the WTO, India said, contains information on programmes granted or maintained in respect of fisheries sector by the central government as well as various state governments and UTs for the financial year 2018-19.last_img read more

The Latest In AP tally 21 states confirmed hacking targets

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Latest on the federal government’s notification to 21 states about election hacking (all times local):8:50 p.m.A 50-state tally by The Associated Press shows election officials in 21 states confirm their election systems were targeted by hackers last year.The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.Federal officials said they reached out to election officials in 21 states on Friday but did not name the states.U.S. Sen. Mark Warner praises the government’s notification to the 21 states but says it should have come sooner. The Virginia Democrat says it’s unacceptable it took almost a year after the presidential election to notify states their elections systems were targeted.The Department of Homeland Security says it’s working to refine its processes for sharing information.___8 p.m.A 50-state tally by The Associated Press shows election officials in 19 states confirm their election systems were targeted by hackers last year.The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.North Dakota was the only state that failed to provide answers. Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he “can’t be specific at this time what the situation is.” He says he’s trying to get more information from Washington.A response also isn’t available from the District of Columbia.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it recognizes state and local officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure.___7:10 p.m.Virginia U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is praising the federal government’s notification to 21 states about election hacking attempts last year but says it should have come sooner.The Democrat says it’s unacceptable it took almost a year after the presidential election to notify states their elections systems were targeted. He says he’s relieved the Department of Homeland Security is finally informing the top elections officials in all 21 affected states “that Russian hackers tried to breach their systems in the run up to the 2016 election.”States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In most cases, they had not known until notified Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.Warner says Homeland Security needs to notify state and local governments in real time of attempts to attack voting systems.Russia has denied hacking the election.___5:05 p.m.The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In most cases, they had not known until notified Friday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.Homeland Security officials tell the AP that in September hackers believed to be Russian agents targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states.The disclosure to the states comes as a special counsel probes whether there was any co-ordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russia and associates of Donald Trump.Trump won the election and calls the Russia story a hoax.last_img read more

Moroccan Official Describes Scandinavian Murders as Unusual Crime

Rabat – The spokesperson of Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), Boubker Sabik, has commented on the heinous crime committed against two tourists near Mount Toubkal.In a television broadcast, Sabik described the murders of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland as unusual because of the manner of the killings.He added that only one suspect of the first four people arrested has a history of extremism. He was arrested in 2013 for his alleged role in recruiting youth for an extremist organization. Sabik said that the suspects, who did not have formal jobs, all “have a low level of education.” Moroccan analysts have called on the government to reform the education system for the “marginalized” people in Moroccan society.Although the four suspects appeared pledging allegiance to ISIS Sabik said that the suspects acted alone without coordination with ISIS.Sabik emphasized that when the bodies of Louisa and Maren were found on December 17, Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) identified the first suspect through “security information” and data collected at the crime scene within 24 hours.He added that Morocco’s security services were quick to arrest the first suspects to avoid any potential risks for citizens.Morocco arrested the first suspect on Tuesday, December 18. The public prosecutor at Rabat’s Court of Appeals said that the suspect was a member of a “radicalized” group.The police arrested three more suspects on December 20.Read also: Imlil Murders: Danish Ambassador Grateful for Morocco’s SupportVideo still under investigationSabik also commented on the video which allegedly shows the murder of one of the tourists. The video was posted online two days after the bodies of the two tourists were found 10 kilometers from Imlil, a village in the Atlas Mountains.While Norwegian police said that they had no evidence that the video was not real, Sabik said that Moroccan authorities are still analyzing it.He said that the footage was submitted to a laboratory for analysis. He said that the video’s “authentication is not an easy thing” to determine. Technicians are still reviewing the video under the supervision of the prosecutor.He emphasized that authorities will reveal the outcome of the investigation on the video.Moroccan fighters with links to ISIS have challenged Morocco’s security branches. The official said that 1,692 Moroccans fought with ISIS. Morocco arrested 242 fighters on their return to Morocco.Returnees typically receive sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years in prison.In the last three years, Morocco’s BCIJ has dismantled a number of terror cells and helped several countries to arrest suspects with ties to terrorism.Morocco’s strategy makes the North African country safer than many powerful countries, including the US and France. Morocco ranked 132nd out of 163 in the 2018 terrorism index, which showed the North African country was among the nations least affected by terrorism. Morocco gained nine places compared to the 2017 report when it ranked 123rd. read more

Natural disasters could cost 70 billion this year UN environment agency says

The financial toll from natural catastrophes worldwide could top $70 billion by the end of this year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.Releasing findings of a study conducted by a re-insurance company called Munich Re which is part of the agency’s Finance Initiative, UNEP told delegates attending a climate change meeting in New Delhi that disasters have already cost countries about $56 billion during the first three quarters of this year.The bill comes as a result of record-breaking rains, devastating floods in Europe, the destruction of homes across the Caribbean and life-threatening mudslides in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to the agency.UNEP’s report to the Eight Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change says there have been over 500 major natural disasters already this year, killing thousands of people, rendering hundreds of thousands homeless and affecting millions of others. “Climate change, linked with human-made emissions, is already under way,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. He warned that globally, there will be a rise in extreme weather events impacting “every facet of life,” including agriculture, health, water supplies and the natural environment.“It will be the poorer parts of the world, the poorer people, who will suffer most because they have neither the financial or other resources to cope,” Mr. Toepfer said, calling on industrialized nations to ratify the Convention’s Kyoto Protocol, which contains binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The UNEP chief also urged broader efforts “to help the poorer parts of the world adapt, to help them cope with the more unstable and more extreme environments likely in the coming decades.” read more

As European Central Bank prepares to start stimulus rate of decline in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2015 4:05 am MDT As European Central Bank prepares to start stimulus, rate of decline in eurozone prices eases German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker attend a conference on innovation and competitiveness hosted by the European Investment Bank in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) LONDON – The 19-country eurozone got a double dose of mildly positive economic news Monday that will likely be met with relief by the European Central Bank’s policymakers as they prepare to hold their next meeting on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.Official figures from Eurostat showed that the fall in consumer prices eased notably in February, a development that will temper the more alarming predictions that the region is sliding into a protracted period of deflation. Separately, the statistics agency found unemployment in the region fell in January to 11.2 per cent, its lowest level in nearly three years, amid signs that the recovery is gaining some momentum.Making sure falling prices don’t become entrenched — causing long-term economic stagnation — is the primary economic goal of the European Central Bank, which holds its next policy meeting on Thursday. It will gather in Nicosia, the Cypriot capital, one of a two meetings it holds every year away from its Frankfurt headquarters to stress its role as the monetary authority for all the states using the euro.Following an announcement in January, the ECB is due to start a massive bond-buying program this month as part of a drive to get inflation back toward its target of just below 2 per cent. More details on the mechanics of the program are expected Thursday.The bank’s president, Mario Draghi, and his peers on the governing council may find some comfort in Monday’s news that consumer prices in the eurozone were 0.3 per cent lower in February compared with a year earlier, half the rate of decline recorded in January. Prices have been dropping on an annual basis for three months, but February’s rate was slightly less than 0.4 per cent drop markets were anticipating.Once again, lower energy prices were largely responsible for the decline, down a whopping 7.9 per cent on the previous year. Stripping out volatile items such as energy, food, alcohol and tobacco, the so-called core inflation rate held up at 0.6 per cent, with the services sector showing an uptick in prices.Lower prices may sound good in principle, especially if they are due to a fall in oil prices — the euros saved filling up a car can be used elsewhere, promoting economic activity.The problem arises when the fall in prices endures, a situation that is often referred to as a deflationary spiral. That can choke the life out of an economy if consumers put off purchases in the hope of future bargains. It can also erode companies’ profits and make governments’ debts appear greater. Deflation can also prove difficult to reverse, as evidenced by the case of Japan.That’s why the ECB has embarked on its new course. Proponents of the stimulus, which is set to be worth around a trillion euros ($1.12 trillion), say the policy can help shore up the recovery in the eurozone and support prices by reducing the borrowing costs for businesses, households and governments. The associated fall in the currency — the euro is trading at around decade-lows against the dollar — could also help boost growth by making exports cheaper and push prices up by making imports more expensive.In a separate encouraging development, unemployment across the eurozone fell to 11.2 per cent in January, its lowest level since April 2012. Though the rate masks huge divergences across the region, it’s another indicator showing that the eurozone’s economic recovery is gaining some momentum. Compared with December 2014, the number out of work fell by 140,000.It’s still not much to celebrate, though, not least because many countries in the region, notably Greece, continue to grapple with high debt.The most Bill Adams, senior international economist for PNC Financial Services Group, could say about Monday’s figures was that they were just “less awful.” read more

Sony promises VR music video other entertainment content

Sony promises VR music video, other entertainment content TOKYO – Sony Corp.’s video game division is readying not just games but also music, movies and other kinds of entertainment for its Virtual Reality headgear, set to go on sale next month.Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia President Atsushi Morita appeared at a Tokyo event Tuesday, ahead of the Tokyo Game Show annual exhibition opening later this week. The latest in video games, including VR, will be on display at the show at Makuhari Messe in the Tokyo suburb of Chiba.One of the VR experiences being promised is a music video that’s a collaboration between the “Biohazard” horror game, called “Resident Evil” in the U.S., from Japanese game maker Capcom, and L’Arc-en-Ciel, a Japanese rock band, that takes advantage of VR technology’s illusion of 3-D and 360-degree surround imagery.VR can make games more immersive, enhancing the effects of horror, razzle-dazzle and erotic titillation.The Japanese electronics and entertainment company’s PlayStation VR headgear device, going on sale next month for about $400, less than rival VR headsets. Oculus Rift’s goes for about $600, and HTC Vive’s for $800.Another VR shown at Tokyo-based Sony’s event was the “Anywhere VR,” which delivers to headset wearers a relaxing scene, such as a beach or a star-studded sky, even in their living rooms, while they take care of smartphone chores in VR.Morita said the PlayStation VR will also be used to show live-theatre performances, tours of historical sites and karaoke video.“As a child, I learned so much from games,” he said.Morita defended his industry against the common criticism that it distracts children from education and real-life development.He said he learned about societal rules and human drama from games, manga and music. That spirit of creativity must be passed down to future generations, he said.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 2:59 am MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bangladesh court orders seizure of Canadian oil and gas firms assets

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 10:36 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Calgary-based Niko Resources says the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has ordered the seizure of its assets in the country and ruled that its production agreements are no longer valid, the latest setback in a dispute that has dragged on for a dozen years.It says the court agreed with a petitioner who asked that the assets be held until Niko provides “adequate” compensation for two natural gas releases in 2005 in northeastern Bangladesh that resulted in fires that damaged trees and crops.Niko didn’t say why its production agreements with two national oil companies were set aside but Bangladesh media reports online reported that the court said it voided the agreements because they were obtained by corruption.In 2011, Niko pleaded guilty in a Calgary courtroom to bribing a Bangladeshi government minister with a luxury SUV and trips to New York and Calgary in the wake of the 2005 blowout. The company agreed to pay a $9.5-million fine.Niko didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. In a statement, however, it said it will continue to “vigorously pursue its rights” in Bangladesh.The company recently reported it was owed $37 million as of June 30 in withheld payments from its 60 per cent interest in the Bangladesh gas fields.It also reported a “critical” liquidity shortage that threatened its ability to continue in business. Bangladesh court orders seizure of Canadian oil and gas firm’s assets read more

Rights of gilets jaunes protesters in France disproportionately curtailed say UN independent

The demonstrations were sparked nearly three months ago by President Emmanuel Macron’s introduction of fuel taxes, but quickly morphed into a more general revolt against austerity measures, and the political establishment in general, despite a Government climb-down over the tax.“Since the start of the yellow vest protest movement in November 2018, we have received serious allegations of excessive use of force. More than 1,700 people have been injured as a result of the protests across the country”, the experts said.It is very disturbing to note that despite weeks of demonstrations, the restrictions and tactics of managing rallies and the use of force have not improved – UN rights experts“The restrictions on rights have also resulted in a high number of arrests and detentions, searches and confiscations of demonstrators’ possessions, and serious injuries have been caused by a disproportionate use of so-called ‘non-lethal’ weapons like grenades and defensive bullets or ‘flashballs’,” they added.The experts said that they were aware that some of the demonstrators themselves had resorted to violence, “but we fear that the disproportionate response to these excesses may deter the population from continuing to exercise its fundamental freedoms.”It is very disturbing to note that despite weeks of demonstrations, the restrictions and tactics of managing rallies and the use of force have not improved,” the experts said.They also expressed “deep concern” over a proposed law aimed at preventing  violence during demonstrations and to punish the perpetrators, pointing out that some of the provisions of this law are “not in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which France is a Party.”“The proposed administrative ban on demonstrations, the establishment of additional control measures and the imposition of heavy sanctions constitute severe restrictions on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. These provisions can be applied arbitrarily and lead to extremely serious abuses,” the experts emphasized.”We encourage France to rethink its law enforcement policies and encourage the French authorities to establish avenues for dialogue to reduce tension and to recognize the important and legitimate role that social movements play in governance,” the experts said.The experts adding their names to the statement are Seong-Phil Hong Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders;  and Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. read more

God of War Useful Tips to Know Before Starting

first_img ‘God of War’ Documentary ‘Raising Kratos’ Explores 2018’s Top Video GamePS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&… Stay on target God of War has finally released on PlayStation 4. I’m sure many of you have suddenly come down with an inexplicable ailment preventing you from working or going to school today. The hype surrounding the game is understandable given all its advancements and how beloved the franchise is. As I said in my review, this entry is exactly what the series needed. It is among the series’ finest entries.God of War is very straight forward. You don’t need a massive tome to understand how to play it. However, there are certain things you may want to know before fully diving into the game. That’s where I come in. This is a list of some things you’ll want to keep in mind as you journey through the lands of the Norse gods. You can, of course, play however you wish. It’s your experience. With that said, it’s never a bad idea to get some advice. Especially if it helps you get the most out of this brilliant game.Stay the &$%^ away from YouTubeI’m not even kidding with this one. The game has been out for less than 24 hours, and there is already a flood of YouTube videos containing massive spoilers. Seriously, stay the hell away from YouTube until you’ve beaten the story! You do not want a single second of the experience ruined thanks to some inconsiderate assholes.Upgrade whenever possibleGod of War is one of the most difficult installments in the series. Even on normal, the game will not have mercy upon you. If you want to survive, you’re going to want to upgrade Kratos’ equipment and abilities.As you kill enemies and make discoveries, you’ll gain experience points. You can use these to unlock different abilities in the skill trees for both Kratos and Atreus. These allow the characters to unleash devastating attacks and to withstand a great deal of punishment. The same applies to armor, via rune stones. Runes can give you more protection or let you dish out elemental attacks like frost or fire, and more. Runes that give you extra health are especially helpful.Some equipment and abilities are locked until you obtain specific materials or enough money. However, even if you’re short on supplies, you should always have enough to upgrade yourself, even by a fraction. A seemingly small upgrade can go a long way. Belive me, you don’t want to ignore this aspect of the game.Break everythingUse your fists or weapons to smash up everything around you. Boxes, vases, shields, and more are worth destroying since they almost always drop useful items. Most of the time, it’s money, but you may also find health stones. Going around pulverizing every object in sight sounds like an exercise in monotony. However, if you want to make sure you’re never low on cash for upgrades, it’s best to make sure no object is left standing. Go nuts!Pick up anything on the groundYou’ll find money almost everywhere you go. I’m not just talking about cash found in breakable items either. There are few places where you won’t see money just sitting on the ground. The ancients must have had crappy pockets or something. Their loss is your gain, as this easy cash is great for buying equipment upgrades. Money shines brightly, so it’ll be very difficult to not find a bunch of it during your travels.Along with this, you’ll also find a good deal of cash while traveling by boat. Barrels almost always have a decent amount of money. There’s even some (not-so-hidden) gold which sparkle on the water’s surface. If you’re short on funds, take a short boat ride around the game’s central hub to fill your pockets. Don’t forget to pick up Yggdrasil dew which is found all around the central lake. These help permanently boost stats like vitality, rune magic, strength, and more.Defend yourself!In previous games, you could get away with just blindly attacking whatever was in front of you. You had to dodge every now and then, but for the most part, you could spam attacks all day long. That isn’t the case here. If you don’t defend yourself, you will get bodied before you know it. You’re going to have to think fast, smart, and use some of Kratos’ new tools to prevent an early trip to Valhalla.The best way to defend yourself is with Kratos’ fancy new shield. It doesn’t look like much, but this thin wooden shield is the difference between life and death. Best of all, you can use the shield to deflect attacks. This leaves enemies vulnerable to your assault. With certain upgrades, you can even use the shield to deflect projectiles. Its usefulness can’t be understated.Dodging is another crucial component of survival. Enemies will always try to gang up on you from all sides. With the camera angle being so close, you can’t always see who or what is behind you. Enemies outside your field of vision are indicated by arrows. If the arrows are yellow, it means they are preparing to attack. Red means an attack is seconds away. When you see red, it’s best to dodge out of the way. For good measure, roll away twice to avoid attacks with a longer reach. Rolling is great for repositioning yourself, so use it often.Study the battlefieldThis goes hand-in-hand with defense. Every enemy behaves in a specific way. They almost always give a visual cue before attacking. If you pay attention, you’ll know exactly what’s coming and can prepare accordingly. Also, make sure to use the appropriate elemental attack whenever possible. Fire monsters are weak to ice, and ice monsters are weak to fire. Once you’ve faced enough monsters, you’ll become more confident in yourself since you’ll know how to react.Another great piece of advice is to know when to stand your ground or when it’s best to flee. Enemies have a health bar above their heads. To the right of that is their current level. If an enemy’s bar is green, it means it is close to your level. A yellow bar indicates a strong foe, and a purple bar means certain death. Foes with green health bars are fair game, and yellow ones should be approached with caution. As for purple… yeah, you’re going to want to avoid them. There’s no shame in running. You can always return once you’ve leveled up and gotten better gear.Fully explore AFTER you’ve finished the storyGod of War has vast worlds filled with all manner of hidden goodies to find. These include power-ups, collectibles, money, and more. As tempted as you might be to grab everything the first time around, it’s better to hold off until after you’ve completed the story.The first reason is simple: the story is so good that you’ll want to play it until it’s over. This game’s narrative certainly takes some detours along the way. For the most part, it does tell one cohesive narrative that flows rather nicely. Dropping everything to find hidden Valkyries or to close rifts stops everything in its tracks. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t collect things along your path. You definitely should. But for the most part, stick to the main narrative path until the end then come back to grab whatever you’ve missed.Also, you can’t collect everything the first time around even if you wanted to. Not until the very end of the game. As you progress, you’ll see chests you can’t open and obstacles which seem insurmountable. Like previous installments (and practically every Metroidvania-type game), you can only acquire certain items with abilities and equipment you get later in the game. This is why it’s better to hold off on collecting stuff. There is a specific part near the end of the game where you’ll have everything needed to find hard-to-get items. But as I said, you’ll be so close to finishing the game you may as well just complete the final mission and return to collect items after the credits have rolled.last_img read more

Tim Cook joins advisory board tasked with revamping American workforce

first_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Rylo See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $60 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal 7 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Boost Mobile $155 at Google Express $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Tim Cook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 3 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Read Google Home Hub review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $299 at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 $59 at eBay Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it Politics $999 The Cheapskate Tags Tim Cook is one of 25 members of a workforce policy advisory board.  Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a new advisory board put together by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and advisor to the president Ivanka Trump. The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board will “develop and implement a strategy to revamp the American workforce to better meet the challenges of the 21st century,” according to a press release Wednesday.Cook is one of the 25 members, along with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and a mix of governors, mayors, university presidents and CEOs from companies like Walmart, Visa and Home Depot. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. “We want all Americans to have the skills and opportunities to secure good paying jobs and successfully navigate technological disruptions and the rapidly changing nature of work,” Trump said in a statement. Cook also participated in a tech summit hosted by the White House in June 2017. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves walkingtomusic meme proves once again he can do no wrong

first_img Comment hypnotize -notorious BIG (request by @cosmiccaptains) pic.twitter.com/cCkFG9pvZJ— keanu reeves walking to music (@keanuwtm) May 31, 2019 John Wick 4 announced with 2021 release date The Matrix remembered at 20: Keanu classic or cyberpunk snooze? Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter to return in Bill & Ted 3 movie Now Reeves’ slo-mo strut has its own Twitter account — Keanu Reeves Walking to Music — that replays the movie’s comedic scene using different music soundtracks. Remarkably, Reeves’ walk remains cool regardless of what music it’s set to.Some of the best examples include Reeves strutting his stuff to the songs Hypnotize by Notorious BIG, Whatta Man by Salt-N-Pepa, Kokomo by The Beach Boys, Need You Tonight by INXS and Blue Monday by New Order, just to name a few. Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more need you tonight – inxs (request by @villeneuve2049) pic.twitter.com/SlgocW6vz2— keanu reeves walking to music (@keanuwtm) May 31, 2019 Share your voice blue monday – new order (dedicated to @rhollingstones) pic.twitter.com/CkWsJ6ZBi0— keanu reeves walking to music (@keanuwtm) June 6, 2019 Netflix Twitter A new Twitter account shows Reeves can make a meme-worthy entrance.  Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Whether Keanu Reeves is delivering violent vengeance as disgruntled hitman John Wick, fighting the Matrix as hacker hero Neo, or time traveling as the clueless teen Ted Logan, he’s always had a knack for making a memorable movie entrance.In the new Netflix film Always Be My Maybe (starring Ali Wong and Randall Park), Reeves plays Wong’s romantic interest, an annoying hipster version of himself. But what steals the movie is Reeves’ hilarious slow-motion walk into the restaurant with the song “Sail” by Awolnation playing in the background.center_img whatta man – salt n pepa (request by @villeneuve2049) pic.twitter.com/G8qtcLz2ZA— keanu reeves walking to music (@keanuwtm) May 31, 2019 21 Photos Got more song ideas for Reeves’ walk? More Keanu 1 kokomo – the beach boys pic.twitter.com/246GpDhLTv— keanu reeves walking to music (@keanuwtm) May 31, 2019 TV and Movies Online Tagslast_img read more

FTC sues Cambridge Analytica settles with firms former CEO and app developer

first_img Share your voice Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best Buy Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it 7 Mobile Security Politics See at Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET 1:39 Chris Monroe/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $520 at HP Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy $999 Apple iPhone XS Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile $6 at Tidal Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Cambridge Analytica is now a target of the Federal Trade Commission. Cambridge Analytica Following its announcement of a $5 billion fine for Facebook Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company at the center of privacy scandal, Cambridge Analytica. The complaint says that the data firm was responsible for “deceptive acts and practices to harvest personal information from Facebook users.” The FTC also settled with the app develop Aleksandr Kogan, who worked for the firm, and former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix. The two agreed to follow FTC orders and destroy all personal information acquired. Cambridge Analytica shut down in May 2018 following the Facebook privacy scandal. On Wednesday, the FTC announced that Facebook will pay a $5 billion fine for how it handles its users’ privacy, including in violation of a 2012 order from the commission. At the same time, Facebook settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $100 million after a probe found the social media company didn’t give investors warnings of third parties violating Facebook policies. Kogan and Nix couldn’t immediately be reached for commentOriginally published on July 24 at 6:08 a.m. PT.Update, 6:37 a.m. PT: Adds background details. $59 at eBay Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Google Home Hub review Cambridge Analytica,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo See It 1 $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon Comment DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate See It $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Google and Facebook probed again and Amazon Alexa’s data… Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

Alarming rise in number of ecigarette users vaping marijuana in Dubai 97

first_imgThere is an alarming increase in the number of people vaping marijuana from e-cigarettes in Dubai. According to Gulf News, there were two arrests in the first quarter of 2018 for vaping marijuana oil. The number has steeply risen to 97 arrests in the first quarter of this year.According to the police, the users inject marijuana oil, a synthetic drug and inhale it. This drug is also called cannabidiol or CBD. Marijuana is a banned substance in the Middle East and those caught in possession of it will face dire consequences. Since it is a banned substance in Dubai, many smuggle the contraband through Dubai customs.The issue was discussed in a forum in Madinat Jumeirah. Brigadier Eid Thani Hareb, the director of the Anti-Narcotics Department, addressed the 14th Hemaya International Forum and Exhibition on Monday. He spoke about the 97 people caught with marijuana oil and that most of them were non-Emirati visitors.”It is a big number as we arrested two people carrying (CBD) in the first quarter of 2018. During the first quarter of 2019, we arrested 97 people carrying marijuana oil. It’s a big increase,” Hareb was quoted as saying by Gulf News.Talking about how parents and teachers need to keep an eye on the children and look out for signs of addiction, Marwan Ahmad Al Sawaleh, the under-secretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs said, “Protecting our children from drug addiction is a responsibility between the family and the schools.”He added, “We focus on precaution methods in cooperation with concerned authorities. We train school’s staff on how to identify the signs of addiction between students and how to deal with it.”Adding to this, speakers in the forum said that different curricula need to be introduced in school to teach students on the dangers of narcotic use and the different ways drugs are becoming technologically advanced.last_img read more

Truce reached with Israel to end deadly escalation say Palestinians

first_imgPalestinians check the damage in a destroyed building following Israeli airstrikes, targeting Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 5 May. AFP File Photo Truce reached with Israel to end deadly escalation, say PalestiniansPalestinian leaders in Gaza agreed to a ceasefire with Israel on Monday to end a deadly two-day escalation in violence that threatened to widen into a fourth war between them since 2008.An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the deal, but there appeared to have been no rocket fire or Israeli strikes in the hours after it was due to take effect, an AFP correspondent in Gaza said.Israel also lifted restrictions on civilian movements in communities around the Gaza border on Monday morning.Egypt brokered the agreement to cease hostilities from 4:30 am (0130 GMT), an official from the strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas and another from its allied group Islamic Jihad said on condition of anonymity.An Egyptian official also confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity.It came after the most serious flare-up in violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war.The escalation began Saturday with massive rocket fire from Gaza, drawing waves of Israeli retaliatory strikes, and continued throughout Sunday.At least 23 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed.Four Israelis civilians were killed.Sensitive timeThe flare-up came as Hamas sought further steps from Israel toward easing its blockade under a previous ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United Nations.Israel at the same time faced pressure to restore calm and put an end to the rockets hitting communities in the country’s south.It commemorates its Memorial and Independence Days later this week and is due to host the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv from May 14-18, which is expected to draw thousands to Israel.On the Gazan side, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began Monday.Palestinian officials in Gaza accused Israel of not taking steps to ease its blockade as promised under previous ceasefire deals.The Islamic Jihad official said the new truce agreement was again based on Israel easing its blockade.Among the steps, he said, were the relaxing of limits on fishing and improvements in Gaza’s electricity and fuel situation.Israeli opposition politicians — and at least one from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s own party — criticised the agreement.Former military chief Benny Gantz, who challenged Netanyahu in Israel’s April 9 general elections, called it “another capitulation to blackmail by Hamas and terrorist organisations.”Brink of warIsrael and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008 and the escalation brought them to the brink of another.The Palestinian dead included a commander for Hamas’s armed wing who Israel said it targeted due to his role in transferring money from Iran to militant groups in Gaza.It was a rare admission of a targeted killing by Israel’s army.Israel said its strikes were in response to Hamas and Islamic Jihad firing some 690 rockets or mortars across the border since Saturday, with air defences intercepting more than 240 of them.In addition to those killed and injured, the rockets repeatedly set off air raid alarms in southern Israel and sent residents running to shelters while also damaging houses. At least 35 of the rockets fell in urban areas, according to the army.The army said its tanks and planes hit some 350 militant targets in Gaza in response.It targeted militant sites and in some cases militants themselves as well as their homes if they were found to be storing weapons, military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.Several buildings in Gaza City were destroyed, including one Israel said included Hamas military intelligence and security offices.Turkey said its state news agency Anadolu had an office in the building and strongly denounced the strike.Gaza’s health ministry said the dead from the Israeli strikes included a 14-month-old baby and a pregnant woman, 37. It first identified the woman as the baby’s mother, but the family later clarified she was the aunt.Israel strongly disputed the claim, with Conricus saying that based on intelligence the deaths of the woman and baby were not due to an Israeli strike.”Their unfortunate death was not a result of (Israeli) weaponry but a Hamas rocket that was fired and exploded not where it was supposed to,” he said.The Gazan ministry reported late Sunday that another four-month-old baby was among those killed in Israeli strikes in the northern Gaza Strip. Israel’s army had no comment.On Sunday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad said their armed wings had targeted an Israeli army vehicle with a Kornet anti-tank missile.Conricus said a Kornet missile had hit a vehicle and killed an Israeli civilian.Calls for calmEgyptian and UN officials held talks throughout to reach a truce, as they have done repeatedly in the past, and there were international calls for calm.US President Donald Trump meanwhile assured Israel on Sunday that it had Washington’s full support against “these terrorist acts.”The escalation followed a gradual uptick in violence that threatened a previous ceasefire, including Friday clashes along the Gaza border that were the most violent in weeks.A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, brokered by Egypt and the United Nations, had led to relative calm around Israel’s election last month.That truce saw Israel allow Qatar to provide millions of dollars in aid to Gaza, paying salaries and financing fuel purchases to ease severe electricity shortages.last_img read more

Lady Gaga collaborates with Giorgio Moroder

first_imgPop star Lady Gaga’s new album is being worked on by Giorgio Moroder.The critically-acclaimed producer has revealed that he has written “five or six” tracks for the forthcoming studio record, but he missed a recent studio session with Gaga because he fell ill.“I was supposed to be in the studio with (Gaga) a week ago, but I got a cold,” Moroder told Popjustice.“I’ll see her when I’m back. I have about five or six tracks, just basic ideas. Drums, keyboard, bass. I’m going to be surprised, I think – I don’t have a clue about the way she’s recording. Will she play the piano? Will I,”he added.last_img read more

Helloworld Limited to merge with AOT Group

first_imgAfter extensive talks, Helloworld Limited (ASX:HLO) has today announced it will merge with AOT Group Limited (AOT) to create a single, more competitive travel company.Following the resignation of HLO chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines in June, AOT CEO Andrew Burnes will assume the position of CEO and managing director of HLO at the completion of the transaction.Structured as HLO’s acquisition of AOT on a cash- and debt-free basis, the transaction’s consideration totals 218.7 million HLO shares and AU$25 million in cash.Privately owned AOT provides travel services in the inbound, corporate/government and leisure sectors throughout Australia and the world.In the 2014/15 financial year, AOT generated a revenue of AU$55.8 million.HLO says AOT’s strong management across the aforementioned sectors will help bolster HLO’s existing travel business.Combined with Mr Burnes’ existing 10.3 per cent share, AOT venders will hold 40 per cent of HLO shares at the completion of the transaction.Major shareholders Qantas and Europe Voyager, who collectively hold in excess of 50 per cent of HLO shares, have confirmed they intend to vote in favour of the transaction, unless a more superior proposal arises. Helloworld LimitedSource = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

Cheap flights carrier bmi has announced that it wi

first_imgCheap flights carrier bmi has announced that it will double the number of its flights from Riyadh to London from January 15th next year.Services to Heathrow from Riyadh will increase from three to six per week, with a flight every day apart from Saturday. The return service will operate every day apart from Friday.Commenting on the new services, Nigel Turner, chief executive officer of bmi, said: “The doubling of frequencies to and from Riyadh will enable us to offer an extremely attractive schedule that will appeal to point to point traffic as well as creating a much wider range of connecting opportunities at Heathrow, particularly to and from the USA.”Mr Turner added that bmi has established a foothold in the Saudi Arabia flights market since British Airways stopped services to the country two years ago.The news comes after bmi announced last week that it had come to a codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines – a deal that will see bmi operate flights to the Belgian capital from Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Relatedbmi to launch new flight between Heathrow and Kievbmi has announced that it has won the right to launch a new flight between London Heathrow and KievBritish Airways to resume services to Saudi ArabiaBritish Airways (BA) has announced that it will resume flights between Heathrow and Saudi ArabiaBmi improves service on Heathrow to Cairo and Amman routesAn increased number of passengers will be able to access cheap flights to Cairo and Amman from Heathrow.last_img read more