Maroc Telecom to buy over UAEs Etisalat affiliates in Africa

Rabat – Morocco’s telecom operator “Maroc Telecom” announced this Monday it has reached an agreement with UAE’s Etisalat to buy over the UAE company’s units in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Niger, Central African Republic and Togo. The USD 650-million deal, which also includes Prestige Telecom in Cote d’Ivoire, which provides IT services to the operations of Etisalat in these countries, will allow Maroc Telecom to take control over Etisalat’s participation in these companies as well as shareholders’ loans.The deal is subject to several conditions, particularly the conclusion of Etisalat’s purchase of Vivendi’s participation in Maroc Telecom and the approval of the nine African countries’ authorities, said Maroc Telecom in a release. Etisalat agreed in November to acquire Vivendi’s 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom in the Middle East’s largest takeover of a phone carrier.Maroc Telecom group posted in the first quarter of 2014 a consolidated turnover of 7.2 billion Moroccan DH, a growth of 0.4 pc compared to the same period of 2013.Etisalat had announced a consolidated net profit of 2 billion Emirates Dirhams in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 1.8 billion Emirati dirhams in the same period of 2013. read more

Thousands of Returning Moroccans Overwhelm Ceuta Border

Granada – Thousands of Moroccans living abroad (MREs) returning to Morocco for Eid al-Adha overwhelmed the Moroccan border with Ceuta over the weekend.As many as 295,000 Moroccans have returned to Morocco from Spain for the summer holidays since July 15, when Spain’s Operation Strait Passage (OPE) began. Each year, OPE facilitates the return of Maghrebis to their home countries.The weekend saw the operation’s busiest days as many Moroccans returned home for the Eid of sacrifice. Muslim families celebrate together God’s provision of a lamb for Ibrahim by sacrifcing a ram or goat. Lines of vehicles waiting to cross from Ceuta into Morocco inundated the border on Saturday, August 10. Many Moroccans had come across the Strait of Gibraltar from Algeciras to Ceuta by ferry. In Algeciras, some ferries left more than 30 minutes after their scheduled departure due to the large volume of vehicles.Officials anticipated the large influx of MREs, and there were no incidents reported in connection with the delays at Algeciras.Read also: Spain to Implement Facial Recognition Technology at Ceuta Border In 1982, an “avalanche” of vehicles and people descending on Algeciras to take the ferry to Ceuta led the Spanish government to implement special plans for dealing with the numbers. In Algeciras, the government set up a special parking lot for vehicles waiting to board the ferry. Upon arrival in Ceuta, officials segmented vehicles into groups of 100 to navigate from the port to the border with Morocco.In Morocco, the government prepares annually for the return of MREs with Operation Marhaba. The operation coordinates the smoothe arrival of hundreds of thousands of Moroccans returning home for the summer holidays from Europe.Last month, the Spanish interior minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, said Marhaba was an “example of good coordination between the different public administrations and between neighboring countries.” read more

TSX rises BlackBerry slides commodities decline amid strong data

The Toronto stock market was slightly higher Monday while BlackBerry stock continued to sell off amid collapsing sales and commodities failed to benefit from strong manufacturing data out of China and Europe.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 11.76 points to 12,818.23 with strength coming from the telecom sector as the major domestic players put down a deposit to take part in Canada’s next wireless spectrum auction in January but there were no foreign participants.BlackBerry shares were down 38 cents or 4.2 per cent to $8.70 after plunging more than 16 per cent Friday after the Waterloo, Ont.-based company warned of a huge second-quarter loss of almost $1 billion amid plunging sales of its new smartphones. It’s also slashing about 4,500 jobs. BlackBerry releases its quarterly results Friday.Monday’s further deterioration in BlackBerry’s stock price came amid a number of downgrades, including RBC Capital Markets which cut the stock to underperform from sector perform.It was a much different story at Apple. Its stock rose four per cent to US$485.72 after it said shoppers had snapped up nine million of the newest iPhones since the devices rolled out Friday.The Canadian dollar was up 0.09 of a cent to 97.19 cents US.Losses on American markets gained momentum after the president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, Dennis Lockhard, said that data show the employment dynamics of the U.S. economy are slower, with fewer firms expanding employment and fewer people quitting work to find new opportunities.The Dow Jones industrials down 34.62 points to 15,416.47 while the  Nasdaq declined 14.64 points to 3,760.09 and the S&P 500 index slipped 7.91 points to 1,702.On the TSX, the telecom sector rose 0.8 per cent as Telus (TSX:T), Bell Mobility (TSX:BCE), Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) and Quebecor’s Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) were among the prominent telecom companies that have put down a deposit to take part in Canada’s wireless spectrum auction next January. Industry Canada says that a total of 15 participants have put down the deposit for the auction next Jan. 14. None of the 15 are foreign companies. Rogers led the pack, up 73 cents to $45.57.Commodity prices were lower despite signs that the world’s second biggest economy is gradually recovering from a prolonged slowdown.The preliminary version of HSBC’s purchasing managers’ index for China climbed to a six month high of 51.2 from 50.1 in August on a 100-point scale. Numbers above 50 indicate an expansion in activity.The eurozone composite purchasing managers’ index, a gauge of business activity across the manufacturing and services sectors published by financial information company Markit, rose for the sixth month running to a 27-month high of 52.1 points in September from 51.5 in August.The base metals sector rose one per cent as December copper lost three cents to US$3.29 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 34 cents to $28.66.The gold sector was up 0.7 per cent while December bullion declined $8.60 to US$1,323.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) rose 24 cents to $19.35.November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $1.25 to US$103.50 a barrel. Prices fell almost four per cent last week amid dealmaking aimed at eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons and the energy sector dipped 0.45 per cent.  Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell 35 cents to $30.34.Investors are now turning their focus to the U.S., where the possibility of a government shutdown looms amid negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that concerns over the latest fiscal showdown was a factor in the central bank’s decision to maintain its asset purchase program. The Fed surprised markets by not announcing that it would start tapering its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Calgary-based fertilizer producer Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) says its third-quarter results will be negatively affected by soft prices and lower sales volumes in its wholesale operations. It says wholesale earnings before interest and tax will be about $200 million lower than in the same period last year.Agrium also said it will increase its dividend by 50 per cent to US$3 a share per year but its shares fell $2.90 to $90.60.Overseas, London’s FTSE 100 index declined 0.45 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was down 0.34 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 dropped 0.54 per cent. read more

Siemens introduces electro mobility solutions for underground mining

first_imgExpanding its portfolio of electrification, automation and digitalisation solutions for the mining industry, Siemens has introduced a new drive system for underground mining vehicles, “providing a dedicated power range and performance for higher levels of productivity, safety and return on investment.”The high-efficiency electric drive system includes Siemens robust and proven propulsion and auxiliary inverters, established control hard- and software as well as optional energy storage solutions. At the heart of Siemens’ drive train is the high-efficient PEM Motor typically connected to the wheels with a planetary type gearbox. This PEM motor, which is suitable for difficult mining conditions achieves a higher efficiency of up to 97% in operating-speed range compared to the efficiency of standard induction motors of similar size. With these components working together, the haul truck’s braking energy can be intelligently harnessed and stored for electric propulsion.“To mine raw material, which is situated much deeper below the surface, the current trend is shifting from surface mining to underground mining, thus requiring market-specific solutions that not only ensure a high yield of return on investment, but also ensures added safety for the health of miners,” says Daniel Robertson, Business Manager, Mobile Mining, Siemens. “Our new powertrain offers a greater power to ground ratio, thus providing higher haul truck productivity to transport more tonnes raw material per energy unit,” says Robertson.By shifting from a pure diesel-mechanic to a diesel-electric configuration, mine owners and operators can significantly reduce mine ventilation costs, often the biggest expense for underground mines. This also increases access to adjacent ore bodies that may not have been feasible before. The conversion from pure diesel trucks to diesel electric trucks should be considered as a necessary precursor to apply fully electric vehicles in underground mining in the not so far future.The new drive system is currently in development on a 60 t articulated underground haul truck application, yet more than 1,000 mining-duty powertrain systems are deployed globally in the open pit mining market which includes all-electric excavators and various haul truck applications. As many UG vehicles have similar power and propulsion requirements, Siemens plans to expand its development activities for other loading and transport applications in underground mining.last_img read more

Google CEO Promises Fix for Blasphemous Cheeseburger Emoji

first_img As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a cheeseburger is a “hamburger topped with a slice of cheese.”Yet Google has been building burger emojis upside down for years.Over the weekend, eagle-eyed media analyst Thomas Baekdal pointed out the tech titan’s mistake. I think we need to have a discussion about how Google’s burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top pic.twitter.com/PgXmCkY3Yc— Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) October 28, 2017Apple takes a traditional approach, placing tomato and cheese slices atop the patty. Google, meanwhile, erroneously uses the melted Muenster to cushion the meat at the base.Frankly, they’re both wrong: It goes bun, lettuce, pickles (I don’t like raw tomato), sauce, cheese, patty, bun. Simple.Put the cheese on the bottom, and you’re just asking for a soggy, doughy mess crumbling between your fingers. You might as well just order a plate of cauliflower and call it a day.So egregious is Google’s error that CEO Sundar Pichai stepped in on Sunday, promising to “drop everything” to address the cheeseburger issue, assuming everyone can agree on the correct ordering.The hamburger emoji (also known as “burger” and “cheeseburger”) was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010, and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. Individual companies can decide how they want to render each pictograph.Not all cheeseburgers are created equal (via Emojipedia)Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter, for instance, get it right with their Five Guys approach: lettuce, tomato, cheese, and patty, sandwiched between two buns. Served up with an abundance of salted fries, and a whipped cream-topped milkshake to boot.Everyone seems to have their own take on the cheeseburger emoji; like snowflakes, no two burger emoticons are the same.Samsung takes a page from Google’s misguided playbook, placing the cheese on top of the lettuce and sending chills down the spine. The bold HTC includes two patties, allowing for optimum separation of cheese and lettuce (though the top-to-bottom-bun ratio is all sorts of off).Ever send a cheeseburger emoji in WhatsApp? The intricate image includes what looks like mayonnaise and ketchup spread over cheese, with a salad underneath the meat.I expect Pichai is hard at work already, gathering a team of burger connoisseurs to put their heads together and remake that dreadful excuse for a cheeseburger.While they’re at it, maybe Google should take a closer look at some of its other emojis: Stay on target Hmmmm, Google, this is not how beer works pic.twitter.com/rLsmThcLKM— Thomas Fuchs (@thomasfuchs) October 29, 2017Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Study: People Who Use Emojis Have More Sex (Kinda)’Emoji House’ Feud Turns Calif. Neighborhood Pink With Rage last_img read more

Mourinho snaps at female reporter

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho snapped at a female reporter’s question after his team’s defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.The United gaffer could only watch in despair as his team were beaten 3-2 by Chris Hughton’s Brighton.First half goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross ensured that Brighton took all three points at the Amex Stadium to pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho.And the strain clearly got to him during a routine interview with beIN Sport reporter Carrie Brown after the full-time whistle.Mourinho gave short shrift to the first question put to him about how the game had gone, saying: “We made mistakes, and we were punished by the mistakes” according to Daily Mail.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Brown attempted to ask about the level of cohesiveness between his players, asking if it was a fair assessment to suggest the squad was struggling for communication and chemistry on the pitch.The United boss took issue with the question, answering back sarcastically: “You must be fantastic in your job to have the ability to speak about chemistry between players.”Despite the reaction she got from the United manager, Carrie decided to ask one final question, only for her to receive the same cold and short reply.Brown took to Twitter to deliver her own reaction to the bizarre footage, reposting the brief clip with a shrugging emoji.Mourinho has endured a not so positive start to the season and has criticized the club’s board for lack of transfer additions and the lack of senior players during preseason.last_img read more

Drip irrigation project targeting food security

first_imgPhoto credit: Norman Grindley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 25, 2016 – Government is moving to safeguard Jamaica’s food security against the impact of climate change through the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) drip irrigation project.   Agricultural Specialist with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), which implements REDI, Vincent Thompson, tells JIS News that the project is an “aggressive approach” to minimizing the debilitating effects of climate change on agriculture.Mr. Thompson says despite Jamaica not experiencing extreme drought conditions this year, as prevailed in 2015 resulting in hiked food prices due to reduced outputs, the Government is endeavoring to be proactive in safeguarding the nation’s food supply.  This, he adds, due to the unpredictable nature of climate change.  Mr. Thompson reports that phases one and two of the project, undertaken in 2014 and 2015, respectively, have positively impacted nearly 1,160 farmers in 13 communities in St. Catherine, St. Thomas, Trelawny, Manchester and South St. Elizabeth.The farmers were provided with irrigation lines, drip kits, 1,000-gallon water storage tanks and harvesting implements.  They were also exposed to innovative farming techniques, food safety practices, business management, record keeping and marketing strategies.   The beneficiaries, who are members of the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) Limited Water Users Association, were provided with water from NIC pumping stations, such as the facility in New Forest, Manchester, and guided on efficient irrigation methodologies.Phase three will benefit 690 farmers in the South St. Elizabeth communities of Tryall, Red Bank, Ballards Valley, Essex Valley, Flagaman and Top Hill, where the fustigation technique was introduced to increase outputs.  Fertigation is the injection of fertilizers, soil additives and other water-soluble inputs into an irrigation system.  This is then applied directly to the plant root for optimal delivery of nutrients.“The farmers used to apply the fertilizer on the surface of the soil which, often, the nitrogenic factor in the fertilizer is volatilized by sunlight. Now, they are able to apply liquid fertilizer through the drip lines. So now they can reduce the cost of production, because they are better able to utilize fertilizers using fertigation,” he further states.Drip irrigation, Mr. Thompson contends, has significantly increased crop yields where utilized.  “We have found that, overall, our farmers in South St. Elizabeth (in particular) have been able to achieve up to (a) 60 per cent increase,” he says.  “With climate change, no one can predict when we are going to have drought, heavy rainfall or flooding. By providing the farmers with drip irrigation equipment during the dry season, they are better able to plan their production so we don’t have any shortages. (As a result) we (hope to) have a consistent supply of produce (from here, onwards),” he adds.Among the crops grown in St. Elizabeth are tomato, sweet pepper, scallion, thyme, watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon, as well as pumpkin, hot pepper, broccoli and cauliflower.  Mr. Thompson points out that a key advantage of drip irrigation is that farmers now have greater control of production.  “We can mitigate the effects of climate change, especially when we are going through a dry spell. We are actually changing the way in which farmers (cultivate),” he says.The drip irrigation project is also being carried out in the agro park communities of Colbeck, St. Catherine; Plantain Garden River, St. Thomas; and Braco, Trelawny, as part of the Government’s Onion Production Project targeting produce for the domestic market.The REDI project is being implemented with World Bank funding support totaling US$15 million, with additional financing of US$2.5 million from the Government and through community contributions.  The project, which started in 2010 and ends in July 2017, aims to improve market access for micro and small-scale rural agricultural producers, as well as tourism product and service providers, through grants to support infrastructural development. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Broward Museum of Science hosts Family Day

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida families stormed the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale to learn about hurricane season.The museum hosted a Family Day featuring the new Wall of Wind (WOW) exhibit presented by Florida International University.“We also opened our new WOW exhibit, which is the Wall of Wind exhibit that came from FIU, where they do research to test whether structures will hold up to hurricane force winds,” said Vice President of Visitor Services Marlene Janetos. “It’s just been a really great day to get people encouraged to prepare for the hurricane season.”7’s Weather team was also on hand to help visitors make their own broadcast in the museum’s storm center.The event served as a reminder to residents to prepare for the hurricane season, which began June 1.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

4 more awarded death penalty for war crimes

first_imgwar crimesThe International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Tuesday handed death sentence to four war criminals for committing crimes against humanity in Rajnagar upazila of Moulvibazar during the 1971 liberation war, reports UNB.After the Awami League came to power in 2009, more than a dozen opposition leaders who allegedly opposed the liberation war of 1971 were sentenced to death or life-term in prison. So far, six of them were executed.The four latest condemned convicts are Akmal Ali Talukdar, Abdur Nur Talukdar alias Lal Miah, Anis Miah and Abdul Mosabbir Miah. Of them, Akmal Ali is now in jail while the others remained absconding.The three-member tribunal, led by Justice Shahinur Islam, passed the order.Two allegations brought by prosecutions were proved against the criminals.They have been sentenced to death in one allegation and in another one, the ICT sentenced them to jail unto death.Earlier on Monday, the tribunal fixed today (Tuesday) for delivering its judgment against four war criminals.On 27 March, after concluding the hearing on the arguments from both sides, the tribunal kept the verdict pending.All of them were accused of committing genocide, murder, abduction and torture between 7 May to 24 November during the 1971 Liberation War carried out in Panchgaon and Paschimbhag villages in Rajnagarupazila.Earlier on 7 May 2017, the tribunal framed charges against them.On 26 November 2015, the ICT issued warrants for the arrest of four war crimes suspects. Police arrested Akmal Ali on that day from his village home.last_img read more

Trump Economic Aide Cohn Departs After Trade Disagreement

first_imgWhite House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Davos. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Top economic adviser Gary Cohn is leaving the White House after breaking with President Donald Trump on trade policy, the latest in a string of high-level departures from the West Wing.Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, has been the leading internal opponent to Trump’s planned tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, working to orchestrate an eleventh-hour effort in recent days to get Trump to reverse course. But Trump resisted those efforts, and reiterated Tuesday he will be imposing tariffs in the coming days.Cohn’s departure comes amid a period of unparalleled tumult in the Trump administration, and aides worry that more staffers may soon head for the doors.The announcement came hours after Trump denied there was chaos in the White House. Trump maintained that his White House has “tremendous energy,” but multiple White House officials said Trump has been urging anxious aides to stay.“Everyone wants to work in the White House,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. “They all want a piece of the Oval Office.”In a statement, Cohn said it was his honor to serve in the administration and “enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people.”Trump praised Cohn despite the disagreement on trade, issuing a statement saying Cohn has “served his country with great distinction.”Cohn is a former Goldman Sachs executive who joined the White House after departing the Wall Street firm with a $285 million payout. He played a pivotal role in helping Trump enact a sweeping tax overhaul, coordinating with members of Congress.Cohn’s departure is a blow to Capitol Hill Republicans and business groups who were hoping Trump might listen to their worries on tariffs — and that Cohn would serve as a moderating force as the administration pushes a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan had said talks with the White House were “ongoing” and he was “encouraged” that the White House would adjust course.“I hate to see Gary go,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Associated Press.Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who is trying to persuade the administration to target the steel and aluminum tariffs as narrowly as possible, acknowledged his side of the argument was increasingly outnumbered in the administration.“I’m sorry to see him go,” Toomey said, calling Cohn “a very important voice in encouraging free trade.”Josh Bolten, the President and CEO of the Business Roundtable, which opposes the coming tariffs, called Cohn’s exit “a real loss for President Trump and the American people.”Trump loved to boast about the former executive’s wealth, but Cohn’s tenure in the White House was rocky. Cohn nearly departed the administration last summer after he was upset by the president’s comments about the racial violence in Charlottesville, Va. Cohn, who is Jewish, wrote a letter of resignation but never submitted it.“Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK,” Cohn told The Financial Times at the time. “I believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities.”The comments came as Cohn was under consideration to serve as chairman of the Federal Reserve.Earlier in the administration, Cohn found himself on the losing side of several contentious battles with Trump’s more nationalist-minded aides — including then-chief strategist Steve Bannon — on policies including the announcement of plans to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.Cohn had also hoped to steer more than $1 trillion into infrastructure investments. But the multiple rollouts by the Trump administration failed to gain traction, often overshadowed by controversial statements made by the president himself.Cohn often faced ridicule among some inside the White House for being a registered Democrat who last year met with former Republican officials pushing a form of a carbon tax that was designed to reduce the risks from climate change.Yet his stock improved to the point that he was one of names Trump was floating for chief of staff last month, when it looked like John Kelly was on thin ice. He was a frequent ally of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in internal staff struggles.Cohn told other White House aides in recent weeks that he would have little reason to stay if Trump followed through with his tariff plans, according to a White House official familiar with his views. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.“I mean it is no secret that he disagreed with Trump on trade and he was opposed to the policy,” said Stephen Moore, who served as an economic adviser to Trump’s campaign.The White House did not immediately announce a replacement for Cohn, whose deputy, Jeremy Katz, departed in January. Among those who have been discussed as potential replacements are CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow and Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, according to a person familiar with the discussions.“Will be making a decision soon on the appointment of new Chief Economic Advisor. Many people wanting the job – will choose wisely!” Trump tweeted late Tuesday.In an earlier tweet, Trump sought to portray himself as the architect of the White House staff changes, writing, “I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection).”Trump acknowledged he is a tough boss to work for, saying he enjoys watching his closest aides fight over policy. “I like conflict,” he said during the press conference.Cohn was nowhere in sight at the press conference and a seat reserved for him in the East Room was filled by a different aide.Dating back to the campaign, Trump has frequently and loudly complained about the quality of his staff, eager to fault his aides for any mishaps rather than acknowledge any personal responsibility. But the attacks on his own staff have sharpened in recent weeks, and he has suggested to confidants that he has few people at his side he can count on, according to two people familiar with his thinking but not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.Coinciding with the heated debate over tariffs, Trump’s communications director Hope Hicks, one of his closest and most devoted aides, announced her resignation last week, leaving a glaring vacancy in the informal cadre of Trump loyalists in the White House.Turnover after just over a year in office is nothing new, but the Trump administration has churned through staff at a dizzying pace since taking office last January, and allies are worried the situation could descend into a free-fall.Making matters worse, the list of prospects to replace departing aides grows shorter as the sense of turmoil increases. Vacancies abound throughout the West Wing and the administration at large, from critical roles like staff secretary to more junior positions in the press office. Sharelast_img read more

Halo fan creates life size Reach sniper rifle out of Legos

first_imgHalo: Reach fan and Lego hobbyist Nick Jensen has created something that can be admired whether you play the popular FPS or not. Pictured above is the life-sized replica of the Sniper Rifle System 99 Anti-Matériel that he created almost entirely out of Lego bricks. Taking four months of trial and error, Jensen ended up with a finished product that shows his dedication to detail and realism. The model features a removable magazine, sliding bolt, and movable safety to add to its realism.With a total length of five feet three inches, and a weight of ten and a half pounds, the Reach sniper rifle is very close to what is portrayed on the screen. Jensen used various screen shots from his own games, as well as the action figures created for the game by McFarlane to understand the nuances and fine points of the gun. Apparently, At first Jensen was daunted by the sheer size of the project, but eventually broke it down to three stages to make the build easier. He focused first on building the barrel, then worked his way back to the main body, finally ending up with the scope assembly.The only items of the piece that are not made of Lego bricks are a dowel rod to support the barrel, and the custom decals applied for customization. That’s pretty amazing given just how accurate this thing looks. In the shot above the barrel looks a bit crooked — probably thanks to its length — but in this image it appears to have been corrected.Jensen did not keep a brick count for the model, but it’s safe to assume that a lot of plastic and money went into this masterpiece. The sniper rifle and its creator will both be at the upcoming Brick World convention for people to see in person.Flickr via The Brick Brotherslast_img read more

Perfumed fine dinning on Orient Express

first_imgVanilla bean-scented baby leeks soup, scallops in jasmine jus, artichokes with thyme and lavender honey glazed chicken. Brought to India by an unusual person, Nicolas De Barry, who studied sociology and politics and then entered the world of perfumery while in Brazil. That is not the only thing unusual about Nicolas, but the fact that he replenishes the senses with an assortment of scents while one is fine dinning at the Orient Express. The legendry Orient Express at Taj Palace, New Delhi is hosting an exclusive perfume festival where the sensorial feast stylishly blends with gastronomy as master perfumer, Nicolas De Barry travels through exotic destinations of the traditional Orient Express train. The guests are taken on a perfume trail through Paris, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and Istanbul while exploring exotic, legendry and luxurious fragrances inspired by their unique cultures. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Complimenting the perfumes, the April menu created by Executive Chef of Taj Palace, Rajesh Wadhwa at the award-winning Orient Express restaurant is infused with the delicate fragrance of roses. Some of the must tries are sandal wood smoked balic salmon with bergermot dust and oil and agar wood scented pan seared fresh duck foie gras with marigold and fig relish. For the vegetarians, the angel hair pasta with saffron and micro greens is recommended. The rose petal sorbet is an absolute treat of a palate changer while the chamomile tea parfait, morello cherries and peach compote serve as the perfect dessert! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNicolas De Barry organizes work shops and master classes world wide and has created ‘very own fragrances’ for celebrities around the world. He has published 15 books and before starting in the perfume business in 1992, he was a diplomat. Nicolas sources his ingredients from all over the world including Agar and sandalwood from various parts of India. The perfumes used by the Mughals in India are one of his favourites.Great care is taken to find the best natural ingredients for his scents from the best sources around the globe. Nicolas is developing hundred percent natural perfumes, which are rare and use precious oils from blue lotus in Thailand and rose from Grasse or Crimea. In 2003, Nicolas had the distinction of recreating with the utmost fidelity the genuine perfumes of King Louis XV, Empress Sissi, etc.The Agar perfumes used by Nicolas can set you back by over Rs. 1 million for a kilogram! (Suvendu Banerjee is President and CEO of Business Images, one of India’s leading PR and Communications agencies and can be reached at suvendu@businessimages.info)last_img read more

EC trying to bring in overseas voters who still elude polling booths

first_imgKolkata: Ambar Hazra (name changed) has been working in an oil company in Canada for the last nine years. He had registered himself as an overseas voter in 2014 but couldn’t turn up to cast his vote. He might not be able to make it to the booth this year as well.”We get a long leave in winter but in summer it is not possible for us to come and cast our vote. There is a financial complication involved and we cannot afford to spend so much only to cast our vote. I registered myself with the hope that the Election Commission will do something to facilitate our Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatavoting process but nothing has happened. So the chances of me participating in the democratic process of our country are very low,” said Hazra, an overseas voter from the Diamond Harbour constituency. Prashanta Sen (name changed), who has just left his job in South Africa and come back to India a few months ago, will be able to cast his vote after 16 years. “I am thrilled that I will be able to cast my vote this time. I had registered myself as an overseas voter a long time ago but couldn’t come. The ECI should think of some-thing so that we can also become a part of this process. If the service electors can cast their votes, why can’t we?” said Sen, a resident of Lake Town. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHazra was among the 8 voters who had registered themselves for the 2014 Loksabha election, but only one had turned up at the booth. In the 2016 Assembly election, the number of ‘overseas voters’ from Bengal had doubled to 16, but none had come to exercise their franchise. Nationally, the figure is even more pathetic. Of the 12,234 ‘overseas voters’ registered in 2014, only 8 persons had cast their votes. The latest Election Commission data shows that Kerala has the highest number of overseas voters with 12,585 people registered, followed by Punjab with 169 voters, Tamil Nadu with 125 voters, Puducherry with 65 voters and Goa with 27 registered ‘overseas voters’. Bengal, with 22 ‘overseas voters’, is the sixth in rank. In the entire state, Kolkata is the highest with 7 persons registered as ‘overseas voters’. Kolkata is followed by Birbhum with five voters, North 24-Parganas with 4 voters and South 24-Parganas and Hooghly with two voters each. There is one voter each in Howrah and West Midnapore. According to Election Commission officials, the enrolment of ‘overseas voters’ can be done online. The interested voter needs to visit the ECI website, choose the state or union territory and go to the State Election Commission of India division, opt for Form 6A and download it. They can then submit the form with relevant passport pages and visa documents by post or in person. “Naturally, people can register themselves easily but when it comes to voting they need to appear in person at the booth, show the passport and cast their vote. This is a problem,” a commission official said. He added that the commission has separate notifications in every country, asking Indian citizens to register themselves as voters. “We need more campaigning so that people living outside the country understand the importance of their votes,” he maintained.last_img read more

Shoe designer Straight guys are offended by high heels for men

first_imgMade from 100% luxury Italian leather, Bush is hoping this start-up takes off.But there’s been a snag.While the brand hasn’t officially launched yet, Bush began promoting the designs on Facebook and he began noticing a trend.Cross Sword ‘Mahogany Jav’ £415. | Photo: suppliedBush told Gay Star News: ‘If Facebook sticks the ad on the community page, then all of our negative feedback unfortunately comes from mostly heterosexual men.‘No one’s actually slagged off the product itself, but men feel offended when high heels land on their homepage.‘It’s nothing we wouldn’t see as normal bigotry,’ the shoe designer said.Cross Sword ‘Bicolour Jav’ £415. | Photo: suppliedWhen asked what type of things these fragile straight men say in response to high heels, Bush said responses ranged from ‘Are you serious?’ to ‘Why in the hell has this landed on my Facebook?’He added: ‘So nothing offensive per se but it’s people taking it the wrong way.’‘It’s like standing on the edge of a swimming pool’Bush identifies as straight himself, but says he’s not intimidated by high heels.He said: ‘I’m a heterosexual man and I’ve worn them. They’re really comfortable.‘I had never worn heels before in my life and when I tried them on and walked around, I spent all afternoon in them.‘I was totally comfortable walking around in the park with them and doing everyday things. And after a while, I forgot I had them on.Cross Sword ‘Mahogany Jav’ £415. | Photo: supplied‘People were giving me funny looks, as if to say it’s something new and something different. It’s like standing on the edge of a swimming pool in summer – it takes ages to jump in but once you’re in, you don’t realize,’ he said.As a shoe designer, Bush said comfort is the most important part in developing high heel shoes for men. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A new shoe designer is hoping to challenge the stigma with men wearing high heel shoes.Daniel Bush is the director at Cross Sword, a new shoe brand targeting men to wear tailor-made heels. He said: ‘A man’s foot is completely different to a woman’s foot. So we designed our shoes to try to be as comfortable as possible.Cross Sword ‘Black Patent Brian’ £365. | Photo: supplied‘Heels for men are usually women’s shoes that have been made larger, but these are designed specifically for men’s feet,’ he said.Cross Sword sets sights on LGBTI communityBush said he believes these shoes are perfect for the LGBTI community. He said this community in particular is not afraid to embrace individuality.The shoe designer said they’re targeting gay, bi, trans, intersex and non-binary men.He said: ‘We’re actively targeting the community that, within the shoe trade, has not really been done.’And when asked who specifically in the community, Bush replied: ‘Fashionistas.’He said he’s consulted with the gay and transgender community through forums and personal contacts. He’s also showcasing the shoes at a gay wedding show later this month.Cross Sword ‘Mahogany Jav’ £415. | Photo: suppliedAs for price, it’s a luxury shoe brand so it comes with a high end costs.Bush said: ‘Starting price for an average shoe is £365 ($520 €415) and then it goes up to a brogue shoe peaking at £415 ($590 €475).’And the height? They’re all 6cm (2.4″) high.Bush said: ‘We’ve got plans to do a higher heel in the future, because a lot of the feedback from people who’ve seen the shoes, said they’re not high enough.’Cross Sword ‘Blue Antony’ £365. | Photo: suppliedCross Sword is currently only online but there are plans to create a physical shop in London.They’re also hosting a launch party on 8 February.–––Cross Sword is a luxury high heel shoe line for men. For decades, high heels have been turning heads for ladies – now Cross Sword will deliver that for men.Cross Sword is a client of Gay Star News.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/shoe-designer-straight-guys-are-offended-by-high-heels-for-men/last_img read more

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first_imgTravel Counsellors use annual conference as a springboard to go from Good to GreatTravel Counsellors use annual conference as a springboard to go from Good to GreatFocusing on taking the brand from ‘Good to Great’, the annual conference for Travel Counsellors Australia kicks off today. Running from May 20-22, the conference program includes an inspiring mix of influential guest speakers and presenters and will be attended by Travel Counsellors agents from all over Australia, special guests from the Travel Counsellors management team located in both Australia and the United Kingdom, head office staff and trusted suppliers, sponsors and partners, including headline sponsor Travelport.With the Gold Coast’s luxurious Palazzo Versace chosen as the venue for the conference, this highly anticipated event is the biggest event of the year for Travel Counsellors Australia. With Travel Counsellors agents operating from home offices located all over Australia, this conference gives the network of home working agents a chance to connect with each other and head office staff in person. It also gives suppliers and partners a chance to meet and mingle with agents and head office staff, share ideas and celebrate in each other’s continued success.Taking the Travel Counsellors brand from ‘Good to Great’ is the focus of the conference and with inspiring guest speakers sharing their knowledge over the course of the weekend, the team are guaranteed to receive plenty of motivation and inspiration. A gala dinner, awards presentation and range of speeches and workshops ensures the weekend will be a fun, informative one.David Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia believes that this year’s conference will be Travel Counsellors’ best yet. “I’ve been looking forward to this event for many months now. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the Travel Counsellors family to get together to celebrate our shared success and plan for the future. With directors from the UK visiting, it gives us an opportunity to share with them how well we are performing and introduce them to the incredible team we’ve built in Australia. As the theme of the conference is going from ‘Good to Great’, we’re all keen to learn how to build on the success of what we’ve created. Collectively, Travel Counsellors agents and head office staff want to continue to offer something special to our clients and take our business to new heights in the future. This conference is an important part of our growth plan, as we’ll be celebrating our significant achievements as well as setting clear intentions for where we want to be in the years to come,” comments David.About Travel Counsellors: Travel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has over 135 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,500 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 350 staff at the company’s UK headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE and Belgium. Become a Travel Counsellorjoin by clicking here Source = Travel Counsellors Australialast_img read more

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