Quebec man charged in weekend slaying of landlord 71 near Montreal

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – A Quebec man has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of a 71-year-old woman over the weekend.Christophe Oliviera was charged Thursday, hours after his arrest.A police tactical unit arrested him around 1 a.m. at a chalet near Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare, about 90 kilometres north of Montreal.Police had been looking for Oliviera since Saturday when they were called to a duplex in Laval, just north of Montreal, and found the victim outside the home with signs of trauma on her body.She was declared dead at the scene.Police say Oliviera, 31, lived with the victim but was not related to her.His case returns to court on Aug. 8.last_img

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Notley says Odin photos show Kenney needs to stop dogwhistle politics

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney must stop the “dog-whistle” politics she says is making hateful extremists believe they have a home in his United Conservative Party.UCP candidates posed for pictures last week at an event with the Soldiers of Odin, a white nationalist anti-immigrant group.Candidates running for the party’s nomination in the Edmonton constituency of West Henday say the Odin members crashed the event and the candidates didn’t know who they were when they posed for pictures with them.All candidates, along with Kenney, have denounced the Soldiers of Odin, saying their viewpoints have no place in the United Conservative Party.Notley says Kenney’s party has been dealing with some candidates who were either banned from running or allowed to stand for nomination despite their homophobic or racist views.She says Kenney has to take more direct action to keep such candidates out of his party.last_img read more

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Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

first_imgWASHINGTON — Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign designed to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, with the 2020 presidential campaign in their sights.Hundreds of young demonstrators are planning to turn out Monday on Capitol Hill to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals — including a nationwide transition to 100 per cent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years — that’s collectively dubbed the Green New Deal. Already embraced by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an increasingly influential figure on the left, the Green New Deal is designed to nudge prospective Democratic presidential candidates to stake out aggressive positions on climate change. Some cast the goals as idealistic and politically risky.Organizers with the Sunrise Movement activist group frame it as a make-or-break issue for Democratic voters, particularly young ones. But they’re fighting recent history on that point.Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., jockeyed during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary over their plans to stave off the devastating effects that scientists have warned of as temperatures continue to rise. Ultimately, however, other issues dominated the debate, and climate change barely registered during the 2016 general election.Stephen O’Hanlon, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, said, “Any senators or any other politician who wants the votes of young people in 2020 needs to back a Green New Deal that would transform our economy and create millions of new jobs stopping climate change.”As he weighs another White House run, Sanders has staked out an early claim on the issue, hosting Ocasio-Cortez for a climate change town hall last week and preparing a forthcoming proposal that an aide said is likely to align with the broad goals of the Green New Deal.“Next Congress I will be working on legislation that addresses the scope of the crisis we face, creates tens of millions of jobs and saves American families money while holding fossil fuel companies accountable for the enormous damage they have done to our planet,” Sanders said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Our job is to be bold, to think very big and to go forward in a moral struggle to protect our planet and future generations.”When Sanders introduced single-payer health care legislation last year, most Senate Democrats also considering presidential runs signed on at the outset. It’s not clear, however, whether other prominent Democrats eyeing the White House would back Sanders’ forthcoming climate change bill or seek to carve out their own territory.Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said last week that “obviously, we have been doing a lot of work trying to find some bolder things we as a nation could be doing” on climate change. Booker spokeswoman Kristin Lynch that his staff has held dozens of meetings since the summer aimed at shaping a broad climate bill and that he welcomes the activists’ effort to spotlight the issue.The staff of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has been in contact with the organizers behind the Green New Deal push, according to spokeswoman Lily Adams, who said the senator is broadly supportive of the sort of sweeping climate change agenda that the effort envisions. As legislation aimed at enacting the Green New Deal begins to take shape, Adams added, Harris plans to take a close look at it.The Green New Deal deliberately omits details on how to reorient the United States toward the drastic carbon emissions reductions it calls for, instead calling for a select committee in the House to devise a plan by 2020. That timetable is designed to rally Democrats behind a climate change strategy as they’re picking a nominee to take on President Donald Trump, who has rolled back multiple environmental regulations and cast doubt on the scientific consensus that human activity is driving global warming.Bill McKibben, a leading environmentalist whom Sanders tapped to help write the Democratic National Committee’s party platform in 2016, said that it would be “hard for me to imagine a serious Democratic candidate emerging” in the 2020 presidential race who doesn’t support a version of the Green New Deal, single-payer health care and a $15-per-hour minimum wage.The plan, named for the New Deal that reshaped America under former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, envisions a costly and dramatically remodeled U.S. energy infrastructure as soon as 2030. It’s a shift from where Democrats laid down their symbolic markers on climate change as recently as last year. Sanders and Booker, as well as potential presidential hopeful Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation then that aimed to shift the nation to 100 per cent renewable and clean energy sources by 2050.Fossil fuels, mostly natural gas and coal, generated 63 per cent of U.S. electricity in 2017, compared with 17 per cent for renewable sources such as wind and solar, according to the nonpartisan Energy Information Administration. Nuclear energy comprised the remaining 20 per cent.“Is it all that realistic? Probably not, in the environment where we work. Certainly not now,” Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the party’s senior member on the environment committee, said of the Green New Deal’s target. “But it’s a good aspirational goal.”Sarah Dolan, communications director for the conservative opposition research group America Rising, warned that Democratic presidential hopefuls’ “race to the left” on climate change, as well as on health care, minimum wage and immigration, would backfire in 2020.“Being the first to take the most progressive position of the day will only lead to a party that can’t compete in the general election as it becomes unrecognizable to independent voters,” she said.Elana Schor, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN team voices concern over human rights situation in occupied Syrian Golan

4 July 2008A three-member United Nations team investigative team expressed concern over the human right situation in the occupied Syrian Golan, restrictions placed on family visits, the treatment of prisoners from the Golan in Israeli prisons and attempts to change Syrian Arab identity. A three-member United Nations team investigative team expressed concern over the human right situation in the occupied Syrian Golan, restrictions placed on family visits, the treatment of prisoners from the Golan in Israeli prisons and attempts to change Syrian Arab identity.The three-member Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories will tomorrow wrap up its annual field visit, which took them to Egypt, Jordan and Syria beginning 23 June, in Damascus tomorrow.In Syria, the team met with officials from the Foreign Ministry, including Vice Minister Fayssal Mekdad, as well as with representatives of UN agencies. It visited the city of Quneitra, where it held talks with the Governor of Quneitra province and six witnesses to hear about the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan.In a press release issued in Damascus, the Committee said that it was “informed by all interlocutors of the serious constraints on the right to freedom of movement, in particular the right to visit relatives in Syria and the impact such separation has on affected families.”The team noted that it had also received reports of economic measures which impacted the human rights of those living under the occupation, including high taxes, land confiscation, limited access to water.It also received information regarding problems pertaining to education, in particular the replacement of the Arab educational curriculum in Arab schools under occupation by Israeli curriculums.“Witnesses and official interlocutors believed that such policies were specifically intended at altering the Syrian Arab identity of the population under occupation,” the Committee said. “The human rights of Syrian women in the occupied Golan and the impact of the occupation were emphasized as being of particular concern, including access to adequate health services and restrictions on family visits.”Regarding the treatment of prisoners, the Committee heard complaints about harsh prison conditions and obstacles encountered by family members trying to visit prisoners.The team’s report on its field mission will be submitted to the General Assembly at its 63rd session this year.Established by the Assembly in 1968, it comprises three Member States: Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Senegal. read more

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Maple aims to resolve BC concerns in TMX takeover by July 31

The consortium aiming to take over Canada’s main stock exchange operator believes it can sort out qualms raised by the British Columbia Securities Commission in time for the deal to close by the end of this month.“We remain optimistic that we can resolve all the outstanding issues before our deadline at the end of the month and that we’ll succeed in getting the transaction closed,” Maple Group Acquisition Corp. spokesman Peter Block said Thursday.On Wednesday, the proposed acquisition which values the TMX Group at $3.8-billion, got the nod from the Ontario Securities Commission and the Competition Bureau, which was thought to be the biggest hurdle it needed to surpass.With those two regulators on-side, along with Quebec, Maple is still waiting on approvals from B.C. and Alberta.[np-related]The British Columbia Securities Commission posted a draft list of conditions on its website in May, inviting the public to comment before the regulator releases its final decision.Its concerns centre around the TSX Venture Exchange, that it and its Alberta counterpart co-regulate. The venture exchange lists scores of small companies, many of which are involved in the mining and energy sectors.“The Canadian venture market is critically important to the economy of British Columbia,” the document said, noting B.C. companies make up half of the listed issuers on the junior exchange and 44 per cent of its total market value.B.C. wants at least one quarter of the exchange’s board members to have Canadian venture market experience. It also wants to maintain TSX Venture’s existing operations in Vancouver and “develop the TSX Venture Vancouver office as the centre of TSX Venture’s efforts to maintain and grow a competitive Canadian public venture market that leads the world in venture financing.”Block said the Alberta regulator is waiting on what the final agreement with B.C. looks like before it gives the deal its blessing.“We were always confident we would get all the necessary regulatory approvals and I don’t think, though, we thought B.C. would be the last one to come through,” Block said.Maple is not proposing any major changes to the way the venture exchange operates, so it’s puzzled as to why B.C. is raising objections, said Block.“Frankly, one of the reasons Maple feels so strongly about its ambitions on the TSX is because it sees and believes that the venture exchange has been enormously successful, has actually been a role model globally in terms of how to run venture exchanges,” he said.“Our proposal, frankly, is to maintain that status quo as much as possible. Our belief is why change it? It’s working exceptionally well.”The Maple consortium has already extended its deadline several times as it awaits full approval for the plan that would see it control as much as 90 per cent of trading activity in Canada.Takeover talks have stretched on for more than a year, starting first in February 2011 when a merger was announced with the owner of the London Stock Exchange. When that transaction was defeated by shareholders, the TMX threw its support behind the Maple bid last October.The investors in Maple are the Alberta Investment Management Corp., Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, CIBC World Markets Inc., Desjardins Financial Group, Dundee Capital Markets Inc. , Fonds de solidarite des travailleurs du Quebec, National Bank Financial & Co. Inc., Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Scotia Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc. and Manulife Financial. read more

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Annan urges Zimbabwe to follow through on pledges regarding upcoming elections

In a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman in New York, the Secretary-General “encourages the Government of Zimbabwe to implement fully and faithfully the actions it has promised to take, including ensuring freedom of speech and assembly, admitting international observers, investigating political violence and scrupulously respecting the rule of law.” The statement came after yesterday’s Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Malawi devoted attention to the situation in Zimbabwe, a move that was welcomed by the Secretary-General. “[Mr. Annan] notes the firm assurances given to the Summit by the Government of Zimbabwe on the free and fair conduct of the approaching elections,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General is aware of the importance of Zimbabwe to Central and Southern Africa, and strongly supports the steps taken by the SADC to facilitate free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.” The Secretary-General is also acutely concerned by the promulgation in Zimbabwe of laws that would severely restrict the ability of political parties to campaign freely, and limit the freedom of the press, according to the statement. “He [the Secretary-General] emphasizes that freedom of assembly and association, as well as free and vigorous mass media, protected by a strong and independent judiciary, are essential building blocks of democracy,” the statement said. “These are key features of the New Partnership for African Development, to which all African states have subscribed – and indeed, basic principles of SADC itself.” read more

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Mary Berry accused of fatshaming chef by angry viewers

first_imgOne disgusted viewer tweeted: “Wow how many times is Mary Berry going to fat shame tonight!”Another said: “Mary Berry has gone down in my estimations. Just casually fat shamed a chef twice, like just because you’re Mary Berry you don’t get to be rude?!”Some commented on the fact his weight does mean he can’t take part in sports, with one viewer writing: “So, #MaryBerry thinks it’s funny to fat shame the chef when he says he likes surfing.” When asked if he was using full-fat yoghurt in a beetroot, apple and pickled walnut salad, he said “you don’t get a body like this eating low fat.”The two appeared to be good friends, joking together and bonding over their love of pickled walnuts.Mary Berry popped the unusual snack into her mouth as if eating sweets, and remarked that she prefers pickled walnuts to chocolate.There is a growing backlash against “fat-shaming” in the UK, with many activists hitting out at Cancer Research for its recent anti-obesity campaign.Professor Linda Bauld, who leads the CRUK’s prevention efforts, said the charity had toned down its efforts following widespread anger over their posters. “You, windsurfing?” Bit harsh Mary. Poor @nathanoutlaw #classicmaryberry— Derek Manson (@derekmanson) March 26, 2018 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.center_img Mary Berry has been accused of ‘fat-shaming’ a Michelin-starred chef on the latest episode of her BBC cookery show.Angered viewers hit out at the 83-year-old cook after she joked about the weight of Nathan Outlaw on Monday night’s Classic Mary Berry.As the two discussed life by the seaside in Cornish fishing village Port Isaac, he revealed he loved windsurfing. Acting surprised, the presenter replied: “you, windsurfing?”The Michelin-starred chef chuckled, saying: “Can you believe it?”Mary Berry joked: “You must go very fast… Bit of weight on that board!”She also made a remark about how his weight would lend him well to crushing garlic. However, Mr Outlaw did not appear offended by these comments, and made a joke about his weight in the programme.last_img read more

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Developing portable highly sensitive gold detection

first_imgDevUniversity of Adelaide researchers are developing a portable, highly sensitive method for gold detection that would allow mineral exploration companies to test for gold on-site at the drill rig. Using light in two different processes (fluorescence and absorption), the researchers from the University’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), have been able to detect gold nanoparticles at detection limits 100 times lower than achievable under current methods.Postdoctoral researcher Dr Agnieszka Zuber, working on the project with Associate Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, notes that “current portable methods for detection are not sensitive enough, and the more sensitive methods require some weeks before results are available.“This easy-to-use sensor will allow fast detection right at the drill rig with the amount of gold determined within an hour, at much lower cost.”The researchers have been able to detect less than 100 ppb of gold in water. They are now testing using samples of real rock with initial promising results. The work is funded by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre.The gold detection project is one of a series of projects presented at the IPAS Minerals and Energy Sector Workshop last week, aimed at linking resources specific research to local companies.Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher says IPAS’s collaboration with partners is stimulating new technologies and contributing to the State’s reputation as a knowledge economy.“The Photonics Catalyst Program helps South Australian businesses, including resources-related companies, identify the emerging laser and sensor technologies that could transform their products or business models,” Maher says.“Technology plays a central role in the competitiveness of South Australian manufacturing, supporting innovation, driving product and service development and improving manufacturing performance. It will play a key role in driving change and will underpin the transformation of the South Australian economy.”The left hand picture shows no fluorescence and therefore no gold, but the right hand green fluorescence indicates the presence of gold particleslast_img read more

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The silver lining to this floating cloud is that its a Bluetooth

first_img This Adapter Lets You Add Bluetooth to Your Nintendo SwitchBluetooth Direction Finding Is Like Super-Precise GPS for Connected Things Stay on target There are well over 9000 Bluetooth speakers for you to choose from to satisfy your wireless listening needs. Not many of them are as cool as this one designed by Richard Clarkson.As part of his Making Weather project, Clarkson cleverly hid a Bluetooth speaker inside a fluffy, white cloud. Like real clouds, each speaker is unique. Their puffy cotton masses are hand-tufted, so there’s no way that yours would look exactly like someone else’s.They do something else that real clouds do, too: they float. The cloud hovers about two inches above its base and can also rotate gently as if blown by the breeze. Clarkson teamed up with the magnetism-minded folks at Crealev for assistance, and they really came through.Their pillowy speakers hide another cool feature: LED illumination. Flick it on with the included remote, and the speaker will put on a light show that’s synchronized to the current track. It looks a lot like the intra-cloud lightning you sometimes see during a storm.Where can you get your hands on one of these beautiful nephrological creations? Unless you’re pals with Clarkson himself or someone who happens to work at Crealev’s studio, probably nowhere. They’re hopeful that it will one day become a commercial product, though, so maybe if we all ask really, really nicely they’ll set up a Kickstarter project and we can help make that happen.Or you could go the DIY route and glue together a bunch of cotton balls on one of Bluetooth speakers you already own and slap it onto one of Crealev’s ready-to-use magnetic levitation platforms.last_img read more

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Revenue keeps falling for pachinko operator Dynam

first_img Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Japan’s second largest pachinko hall operator, Dynam Japan, saw its revenue decline 4.6% to JPY109.8 billion (US$1 billion) in the nine months to 31 December 2018, with results down in both the high playing cost hall and low playing cost hall segments.Both segments recorded near identical revenue of around JPY54.9 billion (US$501 million) for the period, although the decrease was more substantial in Dynam’s high playing cost halls at 6.8% compared with 2.2% in low playing cost halls. Likewise, gross pay-ins at high playing cost halls fell 4.0% to JPY330.2 billion while low playing cost halls declined 1.6% to JPY243.6 billion. RelatedPosts Dynam has made no secret in recent years of its plan to reduce the number of high playing cost halls under its watch and increase low playing cost halls in response to increasing government regulation limiting the payouts, and therefore the attractiveness to players, of pachinko and pachislot machines.“Under such business environment, the group has made efforts to grow and develop with local communities and to improve the machine utilization through various kinds of business measures under the important policies of setting up our halls from the customers’ viewpoint and operating each of our halls with a focus on customers’ needs,” Dynam said in its latest earnings release.“The group is aiming at making pachinko an accessible amusement everybody can enjoy and is working to expand the market shares in the industry by opening low playing cost halls.”Dynam currently operates 450 halls including 180 high playing cost halls and 270 low playing cost halls.last_img read more

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2019 Detroit Auto Shows biggest debuts Mustang GT500 and more

first_img 99 Photos 2020 Ford Explorer is better in almost every way See All Now playing: Watch this: Tags 0 98 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has all the torque • 2020 Ford Explorer is a more efficient, spacious and… May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better But the debut that will almost certainly sell the most is the 2020 Ford Explorer. Sure, not as exciting as either the new Ford Ranger or Ford Bronco, the new Explorer rides on a 6.3-inch longer wheelbase and will come in a variety of flavors, including a new hybrid. Pricing and fuel economy figures, though, are still to be determined.  More From Roadshowcenter_img Detroit Auto Show 2019 It was a little difficult to find a trend at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some incredible cars on the show floor that you absolutely have to see. Top of the list? It has to be the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The latest generation of this iconic pony car is Ford’s most powerful yet, with somewhere north of 700 horsepower. It’s aimed squarely at the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, but the Shelby is intended more for use on the racetrack than for straight-line drag performance. 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler 3:30 If 700 horsepower sounds impressive, how about 1,000 pound-feet of torque? That’s the rating of the new Ram Heavy Duty, which has a maximum tow rating of 35,100 pounds. That’s a ridiculous figure, seemingly enough to trailer every other car on the show floor at once. Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star 57 Photos reading • 2019 Detroit Auto Show biggest debuts: Shelby Mustang GT500, Ford Explorer and more Post a comment Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Share your voice Detroit Auto Show 2019last_img read more

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Colors to launch another Kannada entertainment channel Colors Super

first_imgColors is all set to launch its second Kannada general entertainment channel (GEC) — Colors Super — on July 24. After its phenomenal success with its debut channel Colors Kannada, the promoters are seeing a re-investment opportunity in the south Indian state.Viacom18Media-owned Colors, a flagship entertainment brand, is present in five regional markets: Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Odisha. The company’s CEO Sudhanshu Vats said that Kannada GEC was one of the fastest-growing markets in the regional space.”We have genres and programmes which we are not able to put on the existing channel because we have a limitation of time (7-8 hours of original programming every day),” he told the Mint. With Colors Super, the company plans to host another 25-30 hours of original programming every week.A recent television viewership survey by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India placed Colors Kannada at the number one position among Kannada channels. It said that during the week ended July 1, the channel garnered 292 million impressions. In comparison, Viacom18’s immediate competitor in the regional-language market, Zee Kannada, got 209 million impressions. (Impressions means number of individuals who viewed an event amongst thousands of a target audience; averaged in minutes). Business Standard said that in all likelihood it is the first time a broadcaster was launching a full-fledged regional GEC. Of the seven existing (Kannada) GECs in the market, Colors Kannada got the highest time spent per viewer tag with 242 minutes a day while Suvarna was second with a low152 minutes, the daily added.The Mint, citing estimates from broadcasters and media buyers, said the advertising potential for the Kannada regional market was Rs. 550 to Rs.600 crore, with a growth rate of 12 percent. Rahul Jadhav, trading head of media agency MEC India, said that Karnataka was emerging as an important market for both broadcasters as well as advertisers.Colors Kannada commands 36 percent viewership of the Kannada television entertainment market. Colors Super, the new channel, is slated to capitalise on other unexplored genres like family dramas, social issue stories, romantic-comedies for youth, mytho-historical and horror.Viacom18’s national competitor Star India too is also eyeing the Kannada television entertain market. The company’s Suvarna Kannada will soon air the regional market’s biggest ever (Rs. 60 crore) mythological television drama called “Hara Hara Mahadeva”. Though Star India’s Star Plus Hindi channel rules the viewership ratings at an all-India level, its Kannada channel is placed 4th with 169 million impressions, said Mint. Alongside Colors, Zee and Star, Tamil Nadu-based Sun Network’s Udaya TV vie for the prime spot in Kannada’s GEC genre.last_img read more

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Geetha Govindam producer teams up with Dangal and Mom makers for Ramayana

first_imgAllu Aravind with the team of Ramayana film seriesTwitterNoted Tollywood producer Allu Aravind, who has churned out blockbusters like Geetha Govindam, has teamed up with directors Nitesh Tiwari of Dangal fame and Ravi Udyawar of Mom fame for the Ramayana film series.The speculations about Ramayana film series have been doing rounds in the media for quite some time now. An official confirmation on this project stated that it is going to be a multilingual film to be simultaneously made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Allu Aravind will jointly bankroll it with Madhu Mantena and Namit Malhotra. Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar are roped in to direct this movie.After getting an official statement from the team, film critic and trade analyst added, “Taran Adarsh tweeted, “BIGGG NEWS… Producers Allu Aravind, Madhu Mantena and Namit Malhotra [Prime Focus] to make #Ramayana for the big screen… Nitesh Tiwari [#Dangal] and Ravi Udyawar [#Mom] will direct the three-part series… Will be shot in 3D and released in #Hindi, #Tamil and #Telugu.”The makers are yet to select actors for the Ramayana film series, which is likely from Hindi, Tamil and Telugu to give it a pan-India appeal. Taran Adarsh added, “#Ramayana: The casting is not finalized yet… Actors from various film industries will be cast in the three-part film… The makers are targeting PAN India as well as global audience… The first part will release in 2021.”last_img read more

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Binny Bansal filed police complaint against his accuser withdrew it later

first_img White Woman Calls Police On Black Man Babysitting White Children Close Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Flipkart, Binny Bansal speaks during the launch of Flipkart’s Largest Fulfillment Centre on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 30, 2015.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesScandalous revelations have been made in the alleged sexual assault case involving Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal.The former group CEO of Flipkart stepped down on November 13 after the Walmart management held him responsible for personal lapses, setting in motion a chain of events that shook the e-commerce giant.According to the Economic Times, Bansal had filed a police complaint against the woman who accused him of sexual assault. The complaint was filed in Bengaluru’s Koramangala police station.Bansal’s eventual exit from the top spot in the company stemmed from the complaint the woman sent to Walmart in July. It’s been reported that the woman who accused him of assault had a short-lived relationship with him.Bansal later decided to withdraw his complaint after the woman apologises, but reserved the right to re-open the case in future, the daily reported, citing a source close to the Flipkart co-founder.Walmart’s investigation against Bansal did not find any evidence to corroborate the woman’s claims. But the company concluded that the investigation revealed ‘other lapses in judgement, particularly a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation.”The ET reports that Bansal had tried to deal with the scandal and alleged blackmail in his own ways. The complainant had apparently demanded money, which he paid once. When the demand was repeated the executive had allegedly sought the services of a private security agency.Email to Walmart CEOEventually, the woman sent an email to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, alleging Bansal of sexual assault, the report said.The saga reached its high point when Bansal announced he was stepping down as CEO, leaving Flipkart entirely into the hands of Walmart and a new crop of leadership. Sachin Bansal, the other co-founder, had exited the company earlier this year after the US retail behemoth took a 77 percent stake in the Indian company for $16 billion.center_img Reports said this week Walmart has raised its stake in Flipkart from 77 percent at the time of the takeover to 81.3 percent. Bansal now holds 4.2 in Flipkart. The other major shareholders in the e-commerce giant are Tencent, which has 5.37 percent stake, investment fund Tiger Global (4.77 percent), Microsoft (1.53 percent) and Accel Partners (1.38 percent).last_img read more

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