The Latest May to step down as party leader on June 7

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit and Britain’s political crisis (all times local):10:05 a.m.Theresa May says she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7, sparking a contest to become Britain’s next prime minister.She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely to take several weeks.May has bowed to relentless pressure from her party to quit over her failure to take Britain out of the European Union on schedule.Her departure will trigger a party leadership contest in which any Conservative lawmaker can run. The early front-runner is Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary and strong champion of Brexit.Britain is currently due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, but Parliament has yet to approve divorce terms.___8:55 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting a leader of her Conservative lawmakers amid mounting speculation that she is about to announce her departure date.The party’s key backbench committee has set a showdown meeting Friday for May to agree to leave soon or face a leadership challenge.Pressure on May to quit over her failure to get Parliament’s approval for a European Union divorce deal reached critical point this week as a senior minister quit and several Cabinet colleagues expressed doubts about her Brexit bill.Several British media outlets reported that May would agree to give up the prime minister’s post June 10, sparking a Conservative leadership contest.She could stay in office as a caretaker prime minister for several weeks until party lawmakers and members choose a successor.The Associated Press read more

Mitsubishi Motors investigated over false mileage data

Mitsubishi Motors investigated over false mileage data Mitsubishi Motors President Tetsuro Aikawa speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it used improper testing methods to make some of its vehicle models look more fuel efficient than they actually are. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2016 2:25 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Officials are investigating Mitsubishi Motors Corp. after the company said it had found employees manipulated fuel efficiency data of more than 620,000 light vehicles it manufactured.Local media reports showed investigators from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism entering offices of the company’s assembly plant in central Japan’s Nagoya on Thursday.On Wednesday, the company apologized for what it said was intentional falsification of mileage test data that falsely boosted fuel economy by about 5 per cent to 10 per cent.Trading in Mitsubishi Motors’ shares halted before the close on Thursday after the shares fell more than 20 per cent.Mitsubishi Motors was tarnished by a massive recall coverup of safety defects 15 years ago.The inaccurate tests by the Tokyo-based automaker involved so-called “minicars” with tiny engines whose main attraction is generally great mileage. Mitsubishi was reporting mileage of up to 30.4 kilometres per litre (71.5 miles per gallon).The inaccurate tests by the Tokyo-based automaker involved 157,000 of its own-brand eK wagon and eK Space light passenger cars, and 468,000 Dayz and Dayz Roox vehicles produced for Nissan Motor Co.All are so-called “minicars” with tiny engines whose main attraction is generally great mileage. They were produced from March 2013. read more

Homeless Manchester hero charged with theft from bombing victim

first_img 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. A spokesman for the crowdfunding site said: “We’re monitoring the situation closely.“We are in full control of the funds and all donors are completely protected by the GoFundMe Guarantee. Anyone concerned about their donation should contact us at gofundme.com/guarantee.” A man hailed as a homeless hero following the Manchester bombing has been charged with stealing a bank card from the arena on the night of the terror attack.Greater Manchester Police said Chris Parker, 33, of no fixed abode, had been charged with two counts of theft relating to a bank card being stolen from the arena on the evening of May 22.He is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.Following the attack, rough sleeper Parker had described witnessing the blast and tending to the injured. Twenty-two people died when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device as crowds left an Ariana Grande concert at the arena. Speaking at the time, he said: “It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away, my gut instinct was to run back and try and help.“There was people lying on the floor everywhere.”He told how he had wrapped an injured girl in a T-shirt and tending to a woman who passed away in his arms.More than £50,000 was raised for him on the GoFundMe website following reports of the help he had given.last_img read more

Jo Whiley speaks of savage abuse over Radio 2 drivetime show

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. Of the criticism, she said: “Aside from family dramas, this is the toughest thing I’ve had to endure. Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley Jo Whiley, the Radio 2 broadcaster, has spoken of the “savage” criticism of her drivetime show, admitting it left her tearful and struggling to leave her home.Whiley, who became Simon Mayo’s co-host on the popular afternoon show in May before the partnership was disbanded in October, said she had been subjected to “hurtful, insulting” resistance from a “very vocal bunch of people”.Saying the relentless criticism had “chipped away” at her, she added: “Aside from family dramas, this is the toughest thing I’ve had to endure.”Whiley returns to Radio 2 with a new evening show on Monday night at 7pm, in a new schedule for the station which includes Zoe Ball as the first female host of the breakfast show and Sara Cox on drivetime.In October, the BBC announced the schedule change as Mayo left Radio 2, following significant criticism of the broadcasters’ on-air partnership.In an interview with the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine, Whiley said she had not been able to “find her voice” on the show, explaining: “I was trying to pretend to be a drivetime DJ when I should have just been myself.” “There was this wall of resistance to me from a very vocal bunch of people.“It was hurtful, insulting. It made me look at who I am not just as a broadcaster but as a person. It made me reassess everything.“It’s too easy to hate these days, to forget there’s someone just doing their thing, on the receiving end of such hostility.”She added: “And it was relentless, every hour of every day. No matter how tough and resilient you are, that chips away at you.“I was tearful quite a lot of the time. Some days it was hard to walk out of my front door, let alone present a radio show.”Whiley told Event: “Invariably the criticism was from women. It was the most disappointing thing in the world.”The driveshow partnership of Whiley and Mayo split in October, after a barrage of complaints from listeners. Telegraph critic Charlotte Runcie called the show “one long cringe, so palpable was the discomfort of the two hosts”Mayo left Radio 2, due to announce a new show later this month, while Whiley took on an evening music programme she described as a “dream show”.At the time, Mayo tweeted his support for his co-host, saying:  ‘When the show was “reconfigured” she was my first and only choice. Some of the abuse she has had has been appalling. Support for a show is one thing, assaulting the dignity of a warmhearted and loyal friend is another.” Simon Mayo and Jo WhileyCredit:BBC Whliey’s new show is on Radio 2 on Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm. read more

Haber and Geobase Metals JV in Zimbabwe to recover green gold and

first_imgHaber has entered into a joint venture with GeoBASE Metals, a private Zimbabwean based minerals company that controls concessions containing gold, PGMs, nickel and other minerals located in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.  The JV plans to develop its concessions and implement the Strategic Abatement of Mercury and Poverty (STAMP) in Zimbabwe using green technology. Haber has proprietary technologies in the separations sciences and environmentally friendly processing of gold bearing ores. Under the terms of the agreement, the JV will form a Zimbabwean company, Haber GeoBASE Africa Minerals Company (HG). Haber will grant to HG a non-exclusive, environmentally friendly, Haber Gold Process Four (HGP4) license and non-exclusive implementation and technology license for the STAMP program covering the African continent excluding Ghana and Tanzania.  In exchange, GeoBase will transfer title to HG on all its concessions located in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana which includes hard rock and alluvial gold properties.Haber will manage the STAMP program, and have exclusive control of all processing facilities required for minerals recovery. GeoBase will be responsible for raising the funding necessary for each project. HG is responsible for exploration, mining and obtaining additional mineral claims, including diamond and molybdenum concessions, if and when, the appropriate opportunities arise.The STAMP program was developed to help eliminate the use of mercury by small-scale miners. It is designed to take advantage of the superior efficiencies, in the high 90% range, using the environmentally friendly HGP4 compared to the much lower efficiencies (some 35 to 65%) using mercury. The differential allows HG to pay mercury users more for their gold concentrate than they would receive by using mercury to extract the gold and dissuades them from using mercury in the future.  STAMP produces ‘green’ gold and raises the standard of living of the workers and adds significant jobs and economic stimulus to the economy while achieving high returns for HG.Zimbabwe is seeking projects which can provide increased government revenues, employment, rural upliftment and significant stimulus to the economy. It also seeks a solution to illegal artisanal poachers, methods to eliminate the use of mercury and control of the illegal production and sale of gold.  STAMP addresses all of these issues positively and directly.  HG has made STAMP presentations to Zimbabwean government officials which received strong support from all parties.  Additionally, there was an expressed interest in HGP4’s ability to treat and process sulfide ores on large scale mining operations which will be addressed in the future.   Albert B. Conti, CEO of Haber stated, “We are pleased to enter into this JV with GeoBase,  which is comprised of experienced banking, business leaders, geologists, miners and management personnel.  Funding is essential to our objectives and we are delighted that Gibson Nyathi, CEO of GeoBASE having served as deputy CEO with the ZIM Banking Corp and with extensive experience in international and corporate banking will be responsible for securing the necessary funding for STAMP and other programs.  HG has acquired a broad and impressive number of concessions from GeoBASE which, we believe, in itself will open up additional business alliances with major mining companies interested in specific mineral concessions under our control.  Haber shareholders have a 50% interest in the valuations of these assets”. Conti, continues, “There is near unanimity among informed mining circles globally that Zimbabwe is the unsung, unheralded and virtually unrivalled home of some of the largest base and precious metal deposits in Africa, waiting to be tapped once the country’s economic and political policy direction have crystallised and placed on a consistent and predictable footing. Zimbabwe represents a unique opportunity; it’s a country that has essentially been dormant in mining for the last three decades.  Accordingly, going forward, HG considers itself strategically positioned to transform itself into a serious mining company by taking advantage of several opportunities for increasing the company’s mineral assets base and engage in multiple mining projects producing substantial revenues.  We expect preliminary ground operations in Zimbabwe on one of HG’s gold concessions and/or the STAMP program to begin, on or before, mid 2010.  However, no matter how optimistic management may be, there are no guarantees that funding will be secured, that STAMP or any other mining project will be implemented or that additional concessions will be acquired as ant! icipated .”Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion has stated government’s approval of STAMP and, while acknowledging that the government does not have the necessary funding at this time, they are willing to provide assistance in the context of government’s regulatory framework in order to facilitate efforts by HG to raise $30 million required to implement STAMP from commercial market sources.With the support and promotional assistance of the Zimbabwean government, HG will be seeking financing from private lending institutions, investors and other funding sources to implement the STAMP program which is projected to employ over 13,000 Zimbabweans when fully operational.Gibson Nyathi, President and CEO of GeoBase, said:  “We are extremely pleased to be Haber’s partner in promoting the STAMP program and HGP4 process in Africa and are impressed with the technical capabilities that Haber brings to the mining sector.  Its ability to deal with sulfide ores and their cost effective HGP4 process allows us to explore every gold project large and small with a great degree of confidence.  Our two companies have entered into a close working relationship and I want to express GeoBASE’s commitment to meet the JV agreements funding mandate and to continue aggressively acquiring the best minerals concessions that can be assembled going forward.  Also we definitively and wholeheartedly share Haber’s commitment to social upliftment and respect of the environment.”The Gwanda gold concessions, located about 150 km southwest of Bulawayo, comprise 38 claims, totalling 380 ha in size, and in the vicinity of an area that already hosts two medium-sized operating gold mines. The Gwanda Greenstone Belt, stretching for some 60 km west to east, is reputedly one of Zimbabwe’s highly prospective gold areas. The Filabusi gold concessions, located approximately 65 km southwest of Bulawayo, comprise 20 claims, totalling 200 ha in size. GeoBASE acquired the mine in 2003. This mine has six separate shafts interconnected underground, with one section of the mine having four underground levels.Gwanda and Filabusi Districts, approximately 75 km apart, have some of the highest concentrations of small-scale gold miners in Zimbabwe, all attracted by a twin combination of the increasing gold price and the need work the country’s high unemployment. Consequently, these districts constitute strong candidates for Regional Processing Centers envisaged under the STAMP Program.last_img read more

Bundesliga Round 16 TBV Lemgo wins a point in Hamburg

14VfL Gummersbach164210416 : 451-3510 : 22 1SG Flensburg-Handewitt161312464 : 414+5027 : 5 2THW Kiel151302487 : 412+7526 : 4 6MT Melsungen15915446 : 424+2219 : 11 13FA Göppingen15438447 : 444+311 : 19 11TuS N-Lübbecke16628442 : 458-1614 : 18 10HSG Wetzlar16628413 : 413014 : 18 HSV Hamburg lost an important point at home against TBV Lemgo 35:35 (17:18). In a handball-krimi the guests from Lemgo with a goal in 59:49 through Benjamin Herth left Hamburg undefeated. It was a game in which none of them had any significant lead throughout the game, but both exchanged the lead on various occassions. Benjamin Herth was the man of the match after having a perfect night with 13 goals scored. Dule Duvnjak scored 9 goals for HSV Hamburg.HSV Handball: Bitter (9 saves, 12.-53.); Cleverly (1 save., 1.-12., 53.-60.) Duvnjak 9, Lindberg 7/6, Djordjic 5, Cañellas 3, Toft Hansen 3, Markovic 3, Schröder 3, Lackovic 1, Mahé 1, Hens, Dominikovic, Pfahl, Jansen n.e., Nilsson n.e.TBV Lemgo: Dresrüsse (10 saves); Bauer Doden Herth 13/5, Hermann 9, Lönn 5, Lemke 3, Kehrmann 2, Zieker 2, Pekeler 1, Pöhle, Possehl, Niemeyer, Ritterbach n.e., Ebner n.e.,Eisenach were crushed at home by SC Magdeburg, losing 23:31, who were led by Robert Weber who had 10 goals.STANDINGS: 8SC Magdeburg16817461 : 451+1017 : 15 16HBW Balingen-Weilstetten162311426 : 482-567 : 25 17ThSV Eisenach163112419 : 488-697 : 25 eisenachHSV HamburgMagdeburgrobert weberTBV Lemgo 5HSV Hamburg141013457 : 423+3421 : 7 3Füchse Berlin161222483 : 399+8426 : 6 7TSV Hannover-Burgdorf15825423 : 426-318 : 12 9Bergischer HC16637461 : 464-315 : 17 12TBV Lemgo15537455 : 473-1813 : 17 4Rhein-Neckar Löwen14932425 : 348+7721 : 7 18TV Emsdetten162014390 : 505-1154 : 28 15TSV GWD Minden15249382 : 422-408 : 22 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Historic night for HC Zomimak! Ademar Leon advance on away goals Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 12): BM Huesca with a seventh win in a row! read more

Milos Bozovic to stay at Tatabanya Grundfos until 2020

The 23-Montenegrian left back Milos Bozovic commited his proffesional future to Hungarian team Tatabanya Grundfos. The third side of the Hungarian handball signed contract with scorer of 31 goals at EHF Cup campaign 2016/2017 until 2020.Bozovic came to Tatabanya from Slovenian RK Gorenje Velenje last summer, where he spent two seasons.He is a regular member of Montenegrian national team.Tatabanya Grundfos were eliminated at Men’s EHF Cup quarter-final. ← Previous Story Yoyogi stadium built in 1964 to host handball at Olympics 2020 Next Story → SUMMER 2018: Luka Cindric to replace Uroš Zorman in Kielce? read more

What do Irish people watch most on YouTube Music videos and comedy

first_imgCHANCES ARE IF you’ve YouTube open right now, you will either be watching or listening to a music video or watching something that will make you laugh.According to a new survey from Google Ireland, which was presented at DMX Dublin today, 91 per cent of Irish users said they use YouTube for entertainment, the most popular videos being music and comedy.Sharing also played a major part with Irish users as 63 per cent of YouTube users would talk about what they saw on YouTube with their friends. It also found that they were 20 per cent more likely to share links or talk about what they saw than those in the UK.While the majority of users are younger people, 44 per cent of its visitors are aged 35 and over. Of that group, 40 per cent visit the site daily while 77 per cent visit it weekly.Another finding from the survey is just how likely these users were to try out new products. According to YouTube’s Industry Manager for Google Ireland, Ruth McEntee, YouTube users were more likely to purchase goods and services as well as try out new products.The research was carried out by Ipsos Media who surveyed over 1,000 internet users across the country.Read: Turkish PM backtracks on his threat to ban Facebook and YouTube >Read: A traditional Irish tune is going viral thanks to these superb street dancers >last_img read more

Dublin legend OLeary urges Diarmuid Connolly to cut petulance out of his

first_img By Jackie Cahill Share26 Tweet Email Monday 10 Apr 2017, 3:37 PM Apr 10th 2017, 3:37 PM Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 26,375 Views Source: RTĖ Sport/SoundCloudThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Kearns vows that Tipperary will only get better following stunning Croke Park successWould an all-Ulster team entering the Liam MacCarthy Cup work? The impact he (Gavin) expected didn’t happen. Come the championship, you’re looking for who’s going to get the key scores. Bernard Brogan has been quiet enough, Paul Flynn has been quiet enough, Diarmuid was going well until a bit of petulance got him sent off.“That needs to be managed. Eric Lowndes played well, the backline is playing well, Philly McMahon (and) Darren Daly had a super game. Ciaran Reddin’s come in from nowhere out of the U21s and had a really good first half in particular. So there are players coming in.“He’ll have to make calls around some of the fellas that have been there for a couple of years, without a doubt, but that’s life. The juggernaut rolls on.” DUBLIN FOOTBALL LEGEND John O’Leary has urged Diarmuid Connolly to cut moments of ‘petulance’ from his game.Connolly’s black card against Kerry in yesterday’s Allianz League final defeat was the latest moment of disciplinary woe for the Dublin superstar.The St Vincent’s man was also black-carded against Monaghan in the group stages of the League campaign, and suffered a similar fate on club duty against Palatine last November.Connolly was also sent off against Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final, and was red-carded in the 2015 semi-final draw with Mayo, before being cleared to play in the replay at the 11th hour by the independent Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).Renowned as a marked man, Connolly was also dismissed in the 2013 Dublin SFC final replay against Ballymun Kickhams, and he received a red card in Dublin’s 2011 All-Ireland semi-final victory over Donegal.Former Dublin goalkeeper O’Leary, speaking to the RTÉ GAA podcast, says that Connolly needs to improve his disciplinary record “to become a great player.”O’Leary said: “I’m not going to preach to him but he needs to become a great player by ensuring he doesn’t fall into those traps that opposition set for you, a pull of a jersey, little niggle and a bit of a push and a shove. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“The really, really good players don’t react to that. They react by becoming even better footballers and putting the ball over the bar and in the back of the net.“Then, the fella that’s been aggravating you feels even worse but he’s risen to that niggle a couple of times, to his own personal cost and a couple of times to the team’s cost.“So he’s got to grow more mature when it happens, and learn from it. He’s still a young man but he’s a lot of experience on the pitch and you’d like to think he’d have it out of his system by now. He has to lose that trait to become a really great player.”Former Dublin goalkeeper O’Leary acknowledged that Connolly (29) is often singled out for special attention from opposing teams.center_img Dublin legend O’Leary urges Diarmuid Connolly to cut ‘petulance’ out of his game “He has to lose that trait to become a really great player.” Dublin goalkeeping legend John O’Leary. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHOBut he added: “You put your heart on your sleeve and you put yourself out there for that exposure.“Plenty of really good footballers have had to live with that, whether it was the ‘Gooch’ (Colm Cooper), Peter Canavan, Mikey Sheehy. Lots of players over lots of decades will be the target because they’re that good. It’s a statement in itself, that they feel he’s such a danger.“He just has to live with it and put up with it. He’s done it really well many a time but a couple of times, the screen falls back and the shade drops and he reacts and gets caught.“But he’s a phenomenal footballer, no doubt.”And O’Leary believes that manager Jim Gavin has some big selection calls to make as Dublin prepare to defend their Leinster and All-Ireland titles. Dublin manager Jim Gavin (right) congratulates Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHe said: “I think he has. If you look at Dublin’s (League) run, they’ve been almost beaten a couple of times.“The bench didn’t work as well as it has in the past, with the exception of Paul Mannion. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 40 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Short URL https://the42.ie/3333370 last_img read more

The Dankest Memes of Star Wars Battlefront II Loot Boxes

first_imgStay on target EA Is Taking Another Crack at Single-Player Star Wars, Battlefront II6 Awesome Star Wars Video Games in Humble Bundle’s Huge May the 4th Sale Star Wars Battlefront II should’ve been a slam dunk. It’s a huge shooter (the biggest genre in gaming) based on Star Wars (the biggest #brand in the galaxy). Yeah the first game got flack for being too rushed and light on content, but it still sold extremely well and was praised for its visuals. Battlefront II looks even better and had some extra years to flesh itself out.And yet, despite a pretty decent single-player mode, the conversation surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II on the eve of its launch has entirely revolved around its poisonous multiplayer microtransactions. This otherwise incredible year in gaming has seen plenty of $60 AAA games ruin themselves with gross mobile free-to-play mechanics to squeeze out some extra cash. Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Call of Duty WWII. Even when the base game is pretty good, the inherently unethical loot boxes leave a bad taste in the mouth.But cramming loot boxes in a Star Wars game already destined to sell millions feels especially greedy, and Battlefront II’s use of loot boxes is especially slimy. If you don’t spend money (beyond your initial $60) you’re forced to go through a ton of waiting and grinding for in-game currency just to unlock famous faces like Darth Vader. And those that do pay can unlock perks that give them a definitive edge in battle, the dreaded “pay to win” model.Fortunately, folks haven’t been quiet about their dissatisfaction with Battlefront II’s progression design. A few days ago, right before the game’s launch, EA slashed the prices for various unlocks, theoretically making it easier to unlock content and maintain your sense of “skill and accomplishment.” And now, EA has temporarily removed microtransactions from the game entirely, apparently after an angry phone call from Disney over the controversy.Star Wars Battlefront II’s microtransactions will return. We’ve already talked about how we think EA’s “apology” is pretty disingenuous. But until then, celebrate your victory over the Empire of added costs with the dankest memes the internet has created mocking Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes.View as: One Page Slides1/81. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Buy Star Wars: Battlefront IILet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

TShirt Tuesday The Best God Of War Shirts

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: If you’re as deep into God of War as we are, these Kratos-themed shirts will let you dress the part.War God ForeverIt’s wild to think that the God of War franchise is thirteen years old – Kratos has a kid almost the same age in the new game. This shirt from designer Olipop commemorates the history with a cartoonish version of the hero’s skull complete with trademark red paint stripe, surrounded by his trademark Blades of Chaos. Although we feel bad that you can’t use those chained knives in the new game, Kratos’s axe is more than a solid replacement.$20, buy it here.G.O.W.We like the smeary, rough-edged illustration technique used by FernyDesigns on this shirt, which uses just two colors to evoke the grim visage of Kratos as he sets out on another quest of brutal$20, buy it here.War And RageReplacing the hero of God of War‘s trademark weapons was a bold choice, but the new Leviathan Axe in the latest game is a fine substitute. It’s a beast at close range, and you can also chuck it with deadly accuracy to lodge in a foe’s skull until it’s recalled. This design by Perroni91 does a great job of incorporating the axe into Kratos’s howling face of agony and rage. Dude really needs to chill and watch some Nailed It on Netflix or something.$20, buy it here.Ghost Of SpartaYou can put Kratos’s trademark facial hair and red paint on just about anyone and it’ll work, but we have to give artist adho1982 credit for really going above and beyond with this design. Casting Boo, the shy ghost from the Super Mario series, as a vengeance-crazed warrior of carnage might be a stretch, but replacing the Blades of Chaos with a pair of Chain Chomps is too funny a visual pun to resist. Great cartoony stylization at play here.$20, buy it here.Clash Of The Old GodsKratos has already hacked his way through the Roman and Norse pantheons, so what gods does he have left to kill? Artist Fuacka postulates a final showdown with the great beings that lurk in the darkness past the end of the universe, the Lovecraftian Elder Gods themselves. What hope does one angry dude with some sharp implements hope to slash away the many tentacles of Cthulu? If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that gamers can do anything at the expense of their sanity.$20, buy it here.Ukiyo-e of WarWe’re living in a truly global culture, where inspiration can come from just about anywhere. Hence this shirt from artist philtomato, which takes the Greek protagonist of an American video game who battles in ancient Scandinavia and interprets him in a classical Japanese art style. This might seem like gilding the lily, but the artist’s delicate line and great composition bring it all together nicely.$20, buy it here.Kratos FailEveryday activities get significantly more difficult when you’re a blood-crazed berserker with a pair of chained knives attached to your wrists. Take this T-shirt by artNpop, which depicts Kratos just trying to shave down his sideburns only to have a little accident. It’s going to take more than a few squares of toilet paper to clean up the blood from this one, but we think the big guy can handle it.$20, buy it here.Leviathan AxeIf you want a better look at Kratos’s new weapon, this shirt by designbystasia should hit the spot. The Leviathan Axe is a beefy one-handed hatchet that’s imbued with a variety of abilities that our hero can tap into for total carnage. We dig the clean line style on display here, with a stylized Norse serpent coiling around the weapon’s handle and blade.$20, buy it here.The GodslayerThe new God of War game sees Kratos moving on to slaughtering the Norse pantheon because he’s already killed all of the Greek / Roman gods. But what happens when our dude gets bored murdering his way through ancient mythology? GranJefe theorizes that he might set his sights on some more modern myths, including Galactus, Superman, and Hellboy. We’d pay some pretty serious money to see those fights, even if they didn’t end up quite like this.$20, buy it here.One Punch KratosSaitama, the protagonist of wildly popular manga One Punch Man, wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common with the star of God of War. He’s so unflappable that it’s ridiculous, while Kratos loses his mind over just about anything. Artist PlatinumBastard meets in the middle with this mash-up shirt. Ok?$20, buy it here.Vaper KratosWe can picture Kratos doing all sorts of things, but puffing on an e-cigarette isn’t something we had on our list. But, because this is the Internet, someone has made a pretty proficient illustration of him doing just that and put it on a T-shirt for you to buy. The artist of this one is Elrokk86, and if you look at their store they seem to be pretty interested in taking pop culture characters and covering them with hipster tattoos, because why not?$20, buy it here.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 1025 Percent

first_imgStay on target Samsung Breakthrough Will Lead to 100-Watt Fast Charging PhonesNissan’s Recycled EV Batteries Power ‘Off-Grid’ Adventures Forget world peace and global warming: Researchers have finally found a way to extend the life of smartphone batteries by up to an hour each day.A team at the University of Waterloo in Canada developed a mobile app that reduces devices’ energy consumption without any significant impact on performance.But iOS users will have to stick to bulky battery packs and tangled charging cables. According to a study published by the journal IEEE Access, the program is currently aimed only at Android handsets.AdChoices广告Split-view—the most prominent feature in Android Nougat 7.0—allows folks to run multiple windows and files at the same time, as on a desktop or laptop computer.“This results in unnecessary energy drain,” co-author Kshirasagar Naik, a Waterloo professor of electrical and computer engineering, said in a statement.“We have developed an app which users can install on their devices and use to reduce the brightness of non-critical applications,” he continued. “So, when you’re interacting with one application, the brightness of the other window goes down, thereby [reducing] the energy consumption on the device.”In an experiment involving 200 smartphone users, the energy-saving technique extended battery life by 10 to 25 percent.And while that might not sound like much, anyone who has ever watched their screen go black mid-social media update or lost a call to a dead battery will appreciate that extra boost—which could mean the difference between arriving at your Google Maps destination and getting lost in the dark.“What happens now is that you put the phone on a charger for the night and when you leave home the next day the battery is at 100 percent, but there is a lot of behind-the-scenes computation and communication going on, and it drains the battery,” Naik explained.“By midday, charge is reduced to 30 percent, and from the user’s perspective, that is a big pain,” he said. “Due to excess energy consumption, the phone becomes warmer and warmer while the frequent charging reduces the life of the battery. So, batteries that are meant to last for three years may have to be replaced in two years.”Hey, we’ve all been there. Here’s to hoping this app hits digital stores soon.Improvements are being made with cell batteries every day. The Samsung Galaxy 9 is apart of that. Read our full hands-on review of the new phone here.last_img read more

Loris Karius I was never told to leave by Liverpool

first_imgLoris Karius has denied he was ever told by Liverpool to leave this summerThe German goalkeeper ended a two-year stay at Anfield this summer for a move to Turkish giants Besiktas on loan after Liverpool signed Alisson Becker from AS Roma.The decision to sign the Brazil international came after Karius’ mistakes in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in May’s Champions League final.“It was a super season with a very unfortunate end, but you must get over it,” Karius told Bild.“I knew that I must get up again and not hide and only concern myself with the past. It was a super team performance to just reach the final. Nobody can take that away from me. Not many German keepers can say they’ve played in a Champions League final.“A lot of things came together that day, and even though nobody wants to hear about it, you will never know how much my mistakes were connected to the injury which was diagnosed later. That’s no excuse — just an explanation.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.A possible explanation for Karius’ mistakes at Kiev could come through a concussion he suffered after Sergio Ramos’ elbow hit him.The Real Madrid captain never apologised to Karius afterwards and the German admitted he watched the footage several times for the next two weeks.“For one [or] two weeks, it was on my mind every day,” he said.“You sometimes don’t understand how a situation like that can happen,” he said. “I wanted to understand it better and that’s why I watched everything again that night and the following day.”Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained his reasons for parting with Karius were nothing personal.last_img read more

Vancouver reaffirms moratorium on new crude oil projects

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council reaffirmed a six-month moratorium Monday on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil.The council passed an emergency moratorium on Sept. 11, and had a public hearing on Monday to fulfill a legal requirement. Last month’s emergency measure was an attempt to head off plans by NuStar Energy LP of San Antonio to apply to start storing crude oil at its two bulk tank terminals in Vancouver, one at the port and one at 5420 Fruit Valley Road. The meeting was announced Sept. 10 in accordance with a state law requiring 24-hour public notice, and NuStar submitted a preliminary application shortly after the city announced the meeting. Assistant City Attorney Brent Boger said Monday that the pre-application qualifies the NuStar project as vested, and therefore exempt from the moratorium.The moratorium also won’t affect the oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies that’s currently under review by the state.Eleven people testified Monday during the hearing, and all were in favor of the moratorium. Many said they also appreciated action taken in June, when the city council voted to formally intervene in the state review process of the Tesoro-Savage proposal, a legal maneuver giving the city the right to present evidence and appeal. The council also approved a broad policy statement opposing any proposal that would result in an increase of Bakken crude oil being hauled through Clark County.Tesoro-Savage wants to build an oil-by-rail terminal that would receive an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day at the port.Eventually, the state evaluation council will make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who will approve or deny the project.Amendments possibleThe moratorium, meanwhile, will give the city time to consider possible amendments to its land use and development codes concerning the transportation and storage of crude oil.Any changes to city code would require a public hearing, Boger said. The city’s moratorium, slated to end in March, defines crude oil as “any petroleum product that requires further refinement before its intended use by consumers.”last_img read more

SJM expects to complete construction of Grand Lisboa Palace in 1H19 as

first_img Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests Although an exact opening date will depend on the issuance of all relevant licenses, SJM said it was “looking forward to completing construction in the first half of this year and beginning operation as soon as possible thereafter.”In the meantime, the company’s gaming subsidiary, Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A., has reported a 45.2% increase in profit attributable to owners of the company in 2018 to HK$2.85 billion thanks to lower share-based payments as well as reduced depreciation and interest expense.Net revenue for FY18 increased 8.3% to HK$33.68 billion while Adjusted EBITDA of the Group grew 21.1% to HK$3.72 billion.Notably, it was mass market where SJM saw progress with mass GGR up 12.1% to HK$23.08 billion, while VIP revenue declined 1.1% to HK$19.66 billion. As a result, mass market revenue accounted for 52.6% of SJM’s 2018 GGR compared with 49.6% the previous year, while VIP share fell from 47.9% to 44.8%.Flagship property Grand Lisboa reported a 4.7% boost in GGR to HK$15.66 billion with Adjusted EBITDA up 24.4% to HK$2.08 billion and profit up 33.8% to HK$1.88 billion.SJM has proposed a final dividend of HK$0.21 per share. Macau gaming concessionaire SJM Holdings has revealed it expects construction of its new Cotai integrated resort, Grand Lisboa Palace, to be complete inside the first half of this year.The news, which formed part of the company’s 2018 annual results released on Thursday, suggests Grand Lisboa Palace could open its doors before 2020 despite long-term concerns to the contrary. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load Morelast_img read more

Nama urges Centre to open medical colleges in new districts

first_imgKhammam: TRS floor leader in Lok Sabha and Khammam Lok Sabha member Nama Nageswara Rao on Monday appealed to the Union government to establish medical college in new district in Telangana State. He also pleaded with the Centre to start a medical college in Bhdhadrai-Kothagudem district. Speaking on Medical Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha, he drew the attention of the government to the lack of facilities in hospitals and it led to suffering of patients. He said his visit to AIMS in Delhi showed that there were not adequate facilities there, he said.last_img read more

Infosys cofounder Nandan Nilekani invests Rs 160 crore in KKR realty unit

first_imgNandan Nilekani, former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, has earned a reputation as an angel investor in start-ups since 2015. In the first half of 2016 alone, he has invested in 6 different firms belonging to diverse sectors.Lately, he invested around Rs. 1.6 billion in a real-estate non-banking finance company (NBFC) KKR India (the highest by far this year), reports the Economic Times. With Nilekani’s investment, the company’s total equity is said to have raised Rs. 16 billion. The NBFC itself has reportedly invested Rs. 300 crore in two projects of Puranik Builders in Pune and Rs. 145 crore in Mantri developers in Bangalore.Here are the investments made by the Infosys co-founder this year.Power2SME: Nilekani is said to have invested around Rs. 140 crore, said a Times of India report. Power2SME, which claims to be ‘India’s first buying club for SMEs’, is an intermediary that caters to around 40,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) source input materials across verticals like chemicals, paints and polymers at affordable prices from major suppliers that include Steel Association of India Ltd and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, among others. The company has reported a gross merchandise volume worth Rs. 312 crore so far this year, reported YourStory.Tracxn: The company did not disclose the amount of funds raised, according to an earlier Mint report. Other than Nilekani, Tracxn had attracted high profile investors such as Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai, Whatsapp’s Neeraj Arora and Junglee co-founder Anand Rajaraman. The research platform tracks funded and un-funded start-ups across 100 sectors including enterprise application, technology, consumer and health, among others. The company focuses on markets in India, the US, China and Southeast Asia. The company’s customer base reportedly increased 400 percent in 2015.Sedemac: Nilekani’s investment of around Rs. 50 crore in the supplier of automotive products is touted to be in line with his choice of “big, transformative ideas over ecommerce platforms,” reported the Economic Times. Founded in 2008, Sedemac Mechatronics Pvt Ltd provides engine control products for retail as well as two-wheelers. Sedemac was the eighth venture backed by Nilekani who believes in disruptive ideas.RailYatri: The app that uses crowd-sourced data and deep-analytics technology to provide useful insights to travellers about upcoming train journeys received an undisclosed investment from Nilekani, according to a YourStory report. Predicting train delays using the user’s mobile GPS and likelihood of a wait-listed ticket’s confirmation are some of its features. Kapil Raizada, the company’s co-founder, said the app serves nearly two million users as of April 2016.Drishti: The eye care centres based in Bangalore received an undisclosed investment from Nandan Nilekani this year, as reported by the Economic Times. The clinic is said to offer affordable eye care services even to below the pyramid segments and looks to expand to six more districts in Karnataka.Nilekani had already made investments in Lets Venture, Mubble, Juggernaut, Systemantics and Fortigo in 2015.last_img read more

Ivanka forced to defend Trump at womens summit

first_imgFirst Daughter and Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump visits the Holocaust memorial during her visit on April 25, 2017 in Berlin. AFPIvanka Trump, making her overseas debut as the US “First Daughter” at a women’s summit in Berlin on Tuesday, was forced to defend her father’s attitude towards women.Sitting on a G20 panel with female leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Donald Trump’s daughter drew chuckles from the audience when she praised “my father’s advocacy” on the issue and his role as “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.The panel moderator, a finance journalist, interjected, saying: “Some attitudes toward women your father has publicly displayed… might leave one questioning whether he is such an empowered for women.””I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated,” replied the 35-year-old Ivanka.”I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades, when he was in the private sector, are testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man.”- Trump ‘enabled me to thrive’ -Ivanka, a glamorous former model who started her own fashion line, has worked for her billionaire-father’s company and now has an office in the White House.She said her father “encouraged me and enabled me to thrive”.”I grew up in a house where there were no barriers to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity … There was no difference for me and my brothers.”Merkel is seen to be cultivating a good relationship with Ivanka as a key communication channel with the Trump presidency.News magazine Der Spiegel saw the meeting as “a summit of the two women who are supposed to moderate Donald Trump — if that is even possible”.It said “the hopes of the free world rest on the two women because they supposedly have the power to influence the man who looks down on women”.- ‘A veritable coup’ -The Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily said that for Merkel to “have lured Ivanka is a veritable coup for the chancellor”.Even though there are higher-ranking US officials, it said, “it would be difficult to find a more important and influential representative”.Ivanka has been accused in the United States of benefiting from nepotism, and was ridiculed on the “Saturday Night Live” comedy show for being “complicit” in promoting Trump’s divisive policies.Undeterred, she has spoken out on women’s empowerment, most recently in a Financial Times op-ed article co-written with World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.They said only 55 percent of women participate in the paid labour force worldwide and called for better training, improved access to finance and legal changes.On the panel Tuesday, however, Ivanka immediately faced a tough opening question from the moderator, Miriam Meckel, editor-in-chief of business weekly WirtschaftsWoche.Asked whether she was in Berlin to represent her father, the American people, or her business, Ivanka replied: “Certainly not the latter… I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, it is quite new to me.”It’s been a little under 100 days but it’s just been a remarkable and incredible journey. You know as an entrepreneur and as an individual prior to this, in the private sector, I care very much about empowering women in the workplace.”A demonstration against Ivanka’s visit was scheduled outside a gala dinner Tuesday.Kathleen Brown, of the protest group Coalition Berlin, charged that Ivanka’s clothing line is produced in “sweatshops” with mainly female garment workers in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh.”How can Ivanka Trump talk of women’s ’empowerment’ at the same time President Trump has blocked funding for international reproductive care? Ivanka’s silence on life-and-death matters for women is deafening.”Trump was also due to visit electronics giant Siemens for a tour of its technical academy and talk with apprentices, and visit Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.last_img read more

Generali profit up despite increase in claims

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories MILAN (AP) – Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali says first-half profits rose 4.5 percent despite an increase in catastrophic claims and recessionary economic conditions in large parts of Europe.Generali on Thursday reported first-half 2012 net profit of (EURO)842 million ($1 billion), up from (EURO)806 million in 2011. It credited the increase to growth in premiums, a strong operating performance and solid returns on investments. The improvement came despite a (EURO)222 million increase in payments for catastrophic events. Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Premiums rose 2 percent to (EURO)35.6 billion, driven by non-life insurance business particularly in Germany, central Europe and Latin America. Nearly three-quarters of the premiums for the insurer based in the northeastern city of Trieste were derived outside Italy.On Wednesday, Generali’s board formally appointed Mario Greco, 53, to replace Giovanni Perissinotto as CEO.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Philippines to question priest over ivory trade

first_imgIn the Philippines’ Archdiocese of Cebu, Garcia founded the Society of the Angel of Peace and is chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission on Worship.Monsignor Achilles Dakay, spokesman for the Cebu Archdiocese, said the Vatican suspended Garcia from his “ministerial duties” in June and removed him as chairman of the Commission on Worship in connection with the sex abuse case in the United States, before the issue of his ivory collection came out. Garcia cannot say Mass or hear confession, he added.He said it was unclear why the Vatican took action against Garcia only this year. “We would like to know who initiated this in the Vatican level because this was supposed to be closed already,” he told The Associated Press.Dakay also said the church will cooperate with authorities if they decide to file a case in court against Garcia and the church’s committee on cultural heritage will help in the inventory of his ivory collection to determine which items were obtained after the international ban.Cebu is where Christianity in the Philippines was founded by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and where devotion to the child Jesus is deeply ingrained and celebrated yearly in the feast of Santo Nino. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project In the National Geographic article, Garcia was quoted suggesting how an ivory figurine of the child Jesus may be smuggled out of the country.“Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it. … This is how it is done,” Garcia was quoted as saying.The report also said Garcia suggested that a certificate from the National Museum of the Philippines could be obtained to declare a religious image an antique, or an ivory carver could issue a document saying it was made before the ban.A fellow priest, the Rev. Brian Brigoli, curator of the Cebu Cathedral Museum, said he doesn’t believe Garcia would be involved in illegal trade.Brigoli said his mentor would not acquire icons with questionable “provenance.”As a “serious collector” of ivory icons, Garcia “knows a lot about how to smuggle, but he is not the one doing it,” Brigoli said.____Online: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/ivory/christy-text Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine authorities will question a Roman Catholic priest about ivory smuggling after his collection of ivory religious icons was featured in National Geographic magazine, an investigator said.Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, who rose to prominence in a Philippine archdiocese despite a U.S. sex abuse case in the 1980s for which he was suspended by the Vatican just this year, is quoted in the October issue of the magazine as describing how to bring ivory figurines into the United States. Sponsored Stories National Bureau of Investigation officer Sixto Comia said Wednesday that authorities are investigating the origin of ivory icons widely used in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. He said Garcia will be questioned but declined to give details.An international ban on trade in ivory and elephant tusks has been in effect since 1990. But poaching for the black market is rife and endangering elephant populations.Customs officials have intercepted more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of elephant tusks in two separate smuggling attempts in 2005 and 2009. A security guard in a government agency where part of the 4,000 kilograms from the 2009 shipment was stolen is facing criminal charges, Comia said.Archbishop Jose Palma, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said Garcia should be given a “fair and just hearing.”“The church does not condone ivory smuggling or other illegal activities, although in the past, ivory was one of the materials used in the adornment of liturgical worship,” he said.Garcia, who is based in Talisay city in Cebu province, is reportedly ill and in a hospital.He was expelled from the Dominican order in 1986 after he allegedly sexually abused an altar boy in Los Angeles. He remains a priest but Palma said Garcia’s “past” case is being investigated by the Vatican. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more