An Uttar Pradesh-based criminal was arrested after a shoot-out in the early hours of Saturday on Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in the Capital. Two police officers were injured in the operation.Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) Chinmoy Biswal said wanted criminal Harendra Nagar alias Harendra Pradhan (36), who had allegedly killed land mafia Moti Goyal on April 16 in Barola village over a property dispute, has been arrested after a brief exchange of fire.Trap laid after tip-offThe police said they received a tip-off that Pradhan, who has a bounty of ₹25,000 on his head, would go to Mehrauli via MB Road, following which a team was formed and a trap was laid.“Around 6.30 a.m., a car was spotted on the road and it was followed by the police party. The driver sped the car but the picket staff blocked it using barricades,” said Mr. Biswal.The police team then approached the car, opened the left door and asked Pradhan to surrender, but he opened fire at the officers with his carbine.The policemen managed to snatch the carbine after which Pradhan came out from the right door of the car and fired at the officers with a pistol; the police fired back. “The officers then overpowered him, snatched his pistol and managed to nab him,” said Mr. Biswal.In the operation, two officers — Sub Inspector Yogesh Tanwar and Head Constable Ravi — got injured while adjusting the barricades, the police said.Criminal recordDuring interrogation, Pradhan, who has 13 criminal cases registered against him, allegedly told the police that he met Goyal in Dasna jail in 2008. Goyal told him that he wanted to work with a person who could help him in land grabbing.The two started working together but later Goyal started avoiding him and stopped giving him his share. This enraged Pradhan and he decided to eliminate Goyal. He was shot seven times, allegedly by two contract killers identified as Rahul and Amit. The duo was arrested on April 25 but Pradhan managed to escape by firing at U.P. police officers.
Andy Murray said on Thursday the noise created by the U.S. Open’s new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is a distraction to players and makes it difficult to react to opponents’ shots. (Serena Williams blasts 13 aces to down Vania King in US Open)But the British second seed managed to shut out the noise and Spain’s Marcel Granollers during a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 second-round victory played while rain beat down on the closed roof and crowd noise reverberated inside.The Wimbledon and Olympic champion ground down the world number 45 in a match involving numerous lung-busting rallies and played under a cacophony of sound with the $150 million roof closed from the start. (Zhang Shuai topples former champion Samantha Stosur, Andy Murray breaks no sweat in US Open)”It’s because we use our ears when we play,?? Murray said, explaining the difficulty. “It’s not just the eyes. It helps us pick up the speed of the ball, the spin that’s on the ball, how hard someone’s hitting it. (Death of glamour at US Open: No Maria Sharapova, no Ana Ivanovic)”If we played with our ears covered or with headphones on, it would be a big advantage if your opponent wasn’t wearing them.”At times, the players could barely hear the ball off their strings and the rain hammering on the roof was almost deafening but Murray kept calm to clinch a convincing victory.”At first we didnt know if there was just more people come in at the change of ends, but then we quickly realised it was the rain,” Murray said.advertisementBut the Scot, chasing his fourth grand slam title, said players will cope with the extra noise.”As an athlete, that’s what you do. We adjust to conditions, different conditions every week,” said Murray.”I’m sure if the feedback is that the TV or the spectators aren’t enjoying the match as much then they will look into it and try and change it.”But if it’s fine on TV, which from what I have heard it is, I don’t know what the fans have said about it yet, but the players will adjust.”Murray led 5-2 in the first set only for Granollers to hit back but the Scot won a game lasting more than 10 minutes to break and clinch it on his seventh set point.After breaking for 3-1 in the second set, Murray pulled away to double his lead and he broke in the ninth game of the third to earn victory.Murray, the champion in 2012 and chasing a fourth grand slam title, will now play either 30th seed Gilles Simon or unseeded Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Mike Gundy is ready for another decade. (USATSI)Mike Gundy “give-a-you-know-what” meter has been broken and it doesn’t look like anyone will ever be able to fix it.From “fire him” to “give me 10 more years” in the span of five months.We knew Gundy was back, but on Tuesday he gave some quotes to Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World that were bordering on Spurrier of the Midwest territory.Let’s take a look (there’s a lot going on).• “Sometimes, you think the grass might be greener, but I’ve always been happy at Oklahoma State.”He was talking here about Tennessee and Arkansas but said he also had two interviews with a NFL team after the 2011 season.NFL openings after the 2011 season: Oakland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis.• “I don’t think there’s any question that we would have won by three touchdowns. … We could score with anybody.”This was about playing LSU in the title game in 2011. I mean, that’s a real quote. It’s not satire, it’s not my hyperbole. It’s Mike Gundy straight trashing Les Miles and Jordan Jefferson.I love it.• “The smartest coaching move that I’ve made.”Guess who (not Mike Yurcich).• He said we’re getting 10 more years of him in Stillwater. Only Frank Beamer (28 years) currently has more than 16 years at his current institution. Gundy actually currently ranks No. 8 in longest-tenured coaches at their head coaching positions.• “Whenever I’m finished coaching, then I’ll really comment on what I feel. … We should be doing cartwheels, really.”This was about the SI scandal.• “You’re asking me how many would turn out as clean as us? Less than 20 percent.”Zero. F’s.• “That’s been the most disappointing game of my career as a coach. We couldn’t function. I really felt bad for Oklahoma State players and fans. We could have won that game, but we were terrible. They should erase that game from the history of college football.”Not Iowa State, believe it or not. This was the “we gained 259 yards where is Brandon Weeden why is he not playing what is going on” game.It ranks No. 122 out of 128 games coached by Mike Gundy in total yards gained by OSU.• “Dana is intelligent and has a way of doing things. He was a headstrong person, but I was the head coach. I don’t know if he could have lasted here three years. Being a head coach now, he would probably see things like I do.”That’s who he was talking about.• “There’s more pressure on a coach when you’re winning than when you’re not winning.”Oh yeah?All in all, the entire thing was amazing to read. I don’t know which Gundy we’re getting this fall but if this is a preview, I can’t wait.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license United Arab Emirates-incorporated fund Goldilocks Investment has acquired an 18.3% stake in Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding.The fund, which was launched in 2015 by Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), said that the share includes 4.6% held through a share finance facility, according to media reports.“Goldilocks will be actively collaborating with the management and the board of Gulf Navigation in order to drive an enhanced business performance,” Reuters cited the company, which added that it would also support nomination of new members to the board.The acquisition is the latest purchase by Goldilocks, that has been buying shares in undervalued or financially-struggling companies.Reuters further cited the company as saying that it “continues to be highly active in identifying and securing compelling investment opportunities in the public markets as well as seeking out undervalued companies.”
New Delhi: The CBI has asked Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien to join its ongoing investigation into one of the chit fund cases, sources here said on Friday. The MP has been asked to assist agency officials by the first week of August, in the Saradha chit fund case, where Bengal daily Jago Bangla is allegedly involved. The agency had earlier too summoned the TMC MP but the latter could not join the probe citing a busy schedule. After the news emerged, O’Brien tweeted on Friday night, saying that he was served the notice to appear before CBI officials on July 25 at 2 pm. The tweet read: “JagoBangla is Trinamool’s official newspaper. Publisher: Derek O’Brien. Editor Subrata Bakshi was summoned by CBI a month ago to seek clarifications. Now, publisher served a notice at 2 pm July 25. Trinamool Motion in RS to oppose amendments to RTI Act started at 2 pm July 25”.
OTTAWA – The backlog of outstanding pay problems faced by federal civil servants has now reached a staggering 520,000, the minister responsible for the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system has revealed in a letter of apology to government employees.That number is expected to grow further, Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough said in the letter being circulated to federal civil servants over the next couple of days, which was provided to The Canadian Press.“I am truly sorry that more than half of public servants continue to experience some form of pay issue,” the minister’s letter states. “Too many of you have been waiting too long for your pay.”“Your stories of hardship caused by the backlog of financial transactions keep me awake at night.”The outstanding transactions include non-financial requests from employees, such as changes to banking or home address information.But it also includes 265,000 cases in which government workers have been underpaid, overpaid, or not paid at all and have waited beyond what the government considers an acceptable period of time for their issues to be resolved.In the letter, Qualtrough repeated what she and her predecessor in the portfolio have been saying for months — that the situation is “unacceptable.”And she emphasized that anyone working in government who is experiencing financial hardship as a result of pay problems can request an emergency salary advance.One major factor that has prevented the government from reducing the pay issue backlog was the recent need to retroactively adjust the paycheques of government workers after new collective agreements were ratified.So far, roughly 184,000 government employees have seen their paycheques adjusted to the new contracts, the minister said.But another 20,000 collective agreement payments have yet to be processed and the number is expected to grow in coming weeks as more renewed contracts come into force.Qualtrough said dealing with the pay system backlog will continue to be a slow process as the government seeks a “permanent solution” to the Phoenix debacle.But her letter made no mention of a call this week by one of the country’s biggest civil service unions to build an in-house pay system and to scrap the Phoenix system altogether.The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada said earlier this week that IT professionals already working within government can build and thoroughly test a new pay system within a year.The government has so far earmarked $400 million to fix the system and to deal with the existing pay backlog, partly by hiring more pay administrators at centres in Quebec and New Brunswick. But Qualtrough said in an interview aired last weekend that she could not guarantee the amount wouldn’t reach $1 billion.The government hasn’t hired nearly enough people, quickly enough, to deal with the massive backlog of pay cases, the Public Service Alliance of Canada said Thursday.“The government needs to step up its hiring process and expand the compensation capacity both in the pay centres and in departments,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson.Initiated by the previous Conservative government in 2009, the Phoenix system was meant to streamline the payroll of public servants across dozens of departments and agencies, and save more than $70 million annually.In a joint statement issued Thursday, Qualtrough and Treasury Board President Scott Brison again accused the Conservatives of saddling the government with a “botched” system.“They rushed the design and implementation, did not train staff, all while firing 700 experienced pay advisers who were needed to make sure public servants were paid on time,” said the statement.The Conservatives have denied responsibility for the debacle, saying it was the Liberals, elected in 2015, who ultimately failed to heed warnings from civil service unions that the system wasn’t ready before fully launching it in April 2016.A report from an auditor general’s review of the Phoenix pay system problems is expected to be made public next week.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitter
TORONTO — Research In Motion Ltd. sold its NewBay services subsidiary to Synchronoss Technologies because it wasn’t a core part of its future BlackBerry product lineup, the company said Friday.NewBay provides Internet services that allow customers to store and share content like photo albums and other data, through smartphones, tablets and other devices.[np_storybar title=”Leaked: RIM’s next phone will be called BlackBerry Z10″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/12/20/leaked-ad-reveals-rims-next-phone-will-be-called-blackberry-z10/”%5DRIM’s next BlackBerry phone will be called the BlackBerry Z10, according to a leaked ad obtained by Unwired View. Continue reading.[/np_storybar]RIM acquired NewBay in October 2011, in the final months before Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were replaced as co-chief executives. Their successor, Thorsten Heins, has been restructuring the company since taking over earlier this year.“As we execute our transition and seek to save over $1-billion in operating costs, we have taken the decision to divest NewBay as it was not deemed core for the BlackBerry product roadmap in the future,” RIM said in a statement.The deal was first announced Thursday by Synchronoss, which said it paid US$55.5-million.The deal provides Synchronoss access to NewBay’s European customers, which include Vodafone Group, Orange and Swisscom. Its U.S. customers include AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular. NewBay also works with LG Electronics and Telstra in Asia.Synchronoss expects the acquisition will be neutral to slightly positive, on an adjusted basis, to its 2013 fiscal year results. The company said it would provide more details in February when it reports fourth-quarter financial results.RIM shares traded in Toronto on Friday at $11.87, up 17 cents. Synchronoss shares gained 72 cents to US$21.21 on Nasdaq.The Canadian Press
Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland described the humanitarian situation in Chechnya as precarious, marked by poor security and a serious lack of housing.”This is a decisive hour for humanitarian work and the future of internally displaced persons in [the neighbouring Russian republic of] Ingushetia,” he said.Many Chechen refugees have been returning home from tent camps in Ingushetia. But Mr. Egeland said he was disturbed by reports that some felt pressured to go back. Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, also voiced concern about the possible closure of the camps in Ingushetia.After holding talks in Nazran, Ingushetia, with its President Murat Vyazikov, Mr. Egeland said he had been assured there would be no compulsory returns and no camps would be forcibly closed. The envoy also personally visited three tent camps.Mr. Egeland travelled to Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, where he met government officials and visited a temporary accommodation centre for returning refugees, a centre for disabled children and mine victims, and a maternity hospital.Yesterday Mr. Egeland was in Moscow, conducting talks with Russian Federation ministers. He returned to the city today to begin the second leg of his mission, which will take him to Ukraine and Belarus to focus on the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion.
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. It has emerged that the pensioner – who was confronted by two intruders, one of them armed with a screwdriver – may have been trying to protect his wife Maureen.One of the men went upstairs while Vincent scuffled with Mr Osborn-Brooks and was stabbed. “It is possible that he fled the scene in a vehicle, possibly a white van, leaving the scene in the direction of Further Green Road. Did you see this vehicle? Do you know where it went after this? I ask anyone who can help to call our incident room as soon as possible.”Community describes living in fear of being targetedResidents in the small pocket of south east London where the Vincent family live spoke of their fears about which one of their homes would be next to be targeted. And for one resident, Mr Osborn-Brooks, that traumatic experience has become a “nightmare” after he was arrested for murder. The community has rallied around the pensioner, launching a fundraising page to pay for any legal fees he may incur and vowing to protest if he is charged. Charlene Barnes, a property and legal adviser who lives in Ladywell not far from Mr Osborn-Brooks’ home, said that three masked men had attempted to burgle her last October. Vincent’s uncle Robert Vincent Tributes have been paid to Mr Vincent, said to be a father-of-three girls, by friends and family on social media.His uncle Stevie, who lives close to his home in Orpington, said: “We’re in mourning here. We don’t want to talk about what’s been said about Henry. We’ve already had the Old Bill round here. We’re not commenting on anything.”His cousin, who was not identified, told the BBC she was angry Mr Osborn-Brooks had been bailed. “I don’t know what happened in that home. But all I do know is that my cousin is dead today,” she said.”The Henry I know, he was such a loving person, and it’s probably something which just went wrong but he shouldn’t have died out of it.” Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, is leading the investigation.He said: “I would like to speak with anyone who has information regarding the outstanding suspect from the burglary, who is believed to be a white male; he may have told someone what happened at the address. She told the Daily Telegraph that her 15-year-old daughter had called her screaming and told her they were attempting to get into their house in broad daylight and she rushed to the scene as the police were called. The woman was invited into the house and began crying and asked for a glass of water.A white Ford Transit van later pulled up in front of the address and sounded its horn, according to reports, before the woman left the property and got into the van.After she had left, the victim discovered the catch of his front door was up. A jewellery box containing valuables was found to be missing, believed stolen.The van had also been reported stolen by a delivery driver the previous day.Mr Osborn-Brooks was released on police bail after being questioned on suspicion of murder for several hours following his arrest just after midnight on Wednesday.Police have ordered him to return on a date in early May. His arrest sparked anger from neighbours and an online fund-raising campaign. Scenes of crime offers and forensics teams work at the scene in Hither GreenCredit:Fiona Hanson Vincent’s father Henry Charles Vincent A police van on Further Green Road in Hither GreenCredit:Jamie Johnson/PA He fled the house but died of his injuries in the street outside, despite attempts by the emergency services to save him.He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.37am.The second suspect fled the scene before the police arrived. The men were disturbed by one of her neighbour’s sons and fled. Residents managed to detain one and take his “massive” knife from him, but he escaped before police arrived, she said.Ms Barnes said: “It is a real fear around here, there is a big fear of burglary and knife crime.”I would say that in the last couple of years it has got a lot worse, my mum had lived here for 30 years and had never complained.”It is an awful feeling, we don’t feel safe in our own home.”Crime statistics show that there are around 30 burglaries a month reported in the local area. An intruder killed during a raid on a pensioner’s home was a career criminal who worked in a family gang and had spent time in jail.Henry Vincent, 37, from Kent, was stabbed during a break-in at the home of pensioner, Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, in Hither Green on Wednesday.He was wanted over a separate burglary involving another elderly victim, it has emerged.His family’s gang operated in Kent and south London and was jailed for a total of almost 29 years in 2003 after conning pensioners out of £448,180. They would knock on doors and suggest homeowners had structural problems, promising to fix them for huge fees.The men would even escort their victims to the bank so they could withdraw the cash to pay for the work.Two of the family members made a woman in her 80s sign away her £150,000 property, according to reports. They all admitted deception charges at Croydon Crown Court.Undeterred, Vincent was jailed again in 2009 after being convicted of defrauding an 80-year-old out of £72,000 for alleged roof repairs.His father, with whom he committed the crime, went on the run but was caught and jailed in 2011.In January, Vincent was named and pictured by Kent Police investigating a distraction burglary when jewellery and valuables were stolen from a man in his 70s. The alleged victim said a woman had gained access to his home in Farningham, Kent, by claiming she had been assaulted and was seeking refuge until a relative arrived. Ms Barnes has been speaking to other members of the community and plans to organise a protest if Mr Osborn-Brooks faces charges. “It is outrageous that a 78-year-old was arrested and held overnight when he was just protecting his home and his wife,” she said. “Everyone feels sympathy for him that what started as a traumatic experience has now turned into a nightmare. The whole community will be absolutely furious if we hear about charges and if we do I know that I will be leading a march.” Supporters have given over £1,000 to a GoFundMe campaign for Mr Osborn Brooks. It also emerged that Mr Osborn Brooks had himself been fearful of crime in his local area and had contributed money toward a security gate just 50 yards from his house designed to reduce anti-social behaviour. Councillor Mark Ingleby said: “The fact that he contributed, like all the other residents who did, shows they were doing something about security in the area.”It’s sad for this area, we have worked so hard.”
FEI has reached a milestone for installing more than 200 automated mineralogy systems worldwide. FEI’s Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA) and QEMSCAN automated mineralogy systems are used to understand the detailed mineralogy of the materials they extract during mining and drilling operations and helps evaluate the economic potential of operations.Rudy Kellner, Vice President of FEI’s Industry Group said “Automated mineralogy has transformed from a curiosity to a mainstream necessity in supporting laboratories for major mining and petroleum producers around the world, FEI is leading the competition in sales of automated mineralogy solutions. Most of the top ten mining companies have our systems-one has 21. An exciting trend we are now seeing is the move from laboratory to mine and well sites as the value of faster analytical results in both exploration and production becomes more widely realised.”Automated mineralogy uses a scanning electron microscope and multiple X-ray spectrometers to determine the structure and composition of rocks at the microscopic level. Automation makes the analysis quick and easy for operators and gains statistically significant results that are immediately available to scientists and engineers in the field.The automated mineralogy provides quantitative information on the size and shape particles and grains, particle mineralogy, degree of liberation and mineral association. Results can be used with bulk chemical assays and together help maximize metal recovery and guide decisions in exploration, mining, mineral processing and metal refining.
Delivery Man(MOVIECLIPS trailers/YouTube)For fans of: Artificial inseminationAvoid if: You’re sick of Vince Vaughn playing Vince VaughnVince Vaughn stars as Vince Vaughn, uh, I mean David Wozniak, who donates his sperm as a young man… and finds out 20 years later that due to an error he actually fathered 533 children. Whoops. WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.12 Years A Slave(joBlo.com/YouTube)For fans of: Epics, memoirs, true storiesAvoid if: You don’t want to see the film everyone’s talking aboutBritish director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) brings us the true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man who is kidnapped and enslaved in the USA. Starring our own Michael Fassbender, plus Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano, it’s a tough but powerful watch. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 96 per cent. Audience rating: 93 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 71 per cent. Audience rating: 96 per cent want to see RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 39 per cent. Audience rating: 52 per centThe Railway Man(Movies coming soon/YouTube)For fans of: True storiesAvoid if: You prefer Colin in breechesThis true story centres on Eric Lomax, who sets out to take revenge on the man who tortured him during World War II after he was forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Lomax’s trauma has gripped him his whole life – so what will happen when confronts his former captor?
When Sony started brainstorming ideas for its new portable gaming system, the company decided to start with a price point and work backwards: $310. The mad geniuses at nD LLC had a similar idea, albeit infinitely more radical: deliver a pocketable gaming device for only $10.Some of the features you might have come to expect from a modern system like the 3DS or PSP won’t be included, like a 3D display or touch input. The nD does, however, pack some pretty decent internals. For starters, there’s a 400Mhz CPU — the DSi uses a pair running at 66Mhz and 33Mhz while the PSP runs at 333Mhz. The nD also features a 320×240 pixel screen, which may not sound like much, but it’s better than the DSi (at 256×192). Wi-Fi connectivity will even be built in — enabling online multiplayer gaming — and a rechargeable battery pack will provide power. Hardware could change prior to production, of course, and the company is hoping that starts happening as soon as it wraps up talks with a venture capital group.While the hardware looks pretty decent, the nD is really all about the games. The project’s goal is to sell the hardware at (or very near) cost in order to drive game purchases. And at just ten bucks, the nD crew is looking at other creative ways to distribute the device — like allowing game developers to sell the handheld with the titles they create. The nD SDK is totally free and is comprised of open source programs, and devs will receive 90% of sales driven by the nD Game Store.Yes, the infomercial-esque YouTube promo below shows a price of $19.99, but the company says $10 is definitely possible — citing a readily-available $6 SOC that runs at 454Mhz. I can’t see gaming geeks having a problem shelling out a twenty for this baby anyway.What say you, Geek faithful? Does the nD look like a something you can’t wait to get your paws on?Read more at nD
At Microsoft’s 2011 Partner Conference , the company had a handful of unreleased smartphones on display running the Windows Phone 7 Mango update. The quartet included models from Samsung, Acer, ZTE, and Fujitsu, and it was thought that the phones would launch sometime in September when Mango is due to be released. The Fujitsu IS12T, however, appears to be ahead of schedule and could be the first to market — launching in August on Japanese carrier KDDI.Details on the new smartphones remain scant so far, though the Samsung SGHi937 looks an awful lot like a Galaxy S II — one of the most popular non-iPhones in the world right now — running Windows Phone 7 instead of Android. If the internals remain unchanged, then we know exactly what kind of hardware the SGHi937 will pack.When it comes to the Fujitsu IS12T, there’s not quite as much information. The IS12T won’t sport a massive display like the Samsung’s 4.5″ — instead, it’s a more modest 3.7″ screen that’s expected. There’s also a very good chance the IS12T will feature a 12 megapixel camera, based on its model number, Fujitsu’s past 12MP offerings, and the company’s statement that the phone will feature “great capabilities in terms of the camera.” In addition to a stellar camera, the IS12T is going to be waterproof.While snapping high-quality digital pics in the rain is cool, it’s even more amazing to think that a manufacturer may actually be releasing a smartphone ahead of schedule for once — instead of repeatedly delaying its launch. Pricing has yet to be revealed for the IS12T, but it’s safe to say this won’t be one of those $100 Windows Phone 7 devices Microsoft talked about.More at WM Power User and Nikkei
“But what is politics then if not to give both parts the chance to compromise themselves,” the cynical and reactionary Naphta asks the progressive and enlightened Settembrini in one of the dialogues in Thomas Mann’s masterpiece, The Magic Mountain.In this instance they discuss the shape of Europe on the eve of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and hold opposite views on the nature of politics and moral norms.The prelude of this interview with the young Greek Australian politician Peter Georgiou was written in the informative brochure distributed by his office to the people of Western Australia, whom he represents in Parliament as a senator of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.In addition to his political program, his commitment to serve the interests of the state he represents, he promises his constituency that he is ready to help anyone with issues relating to tax, healthcare, retirement and (keep calm, folks) migration.So what is Peter Georgiou, the admirer of Paul Keating, the senator who recently helped a sparkie from Sri Lanka working in Australia with a 457 visa to get permanent residency doing in One Nation, a party that created and built an important part of its political capital on anti-immigration rhetoric and policy?Is his presence there is an act of political compromise that can -as Mann argues- produce positive outcomes for his fellow citizens or… himself? After all, he did managed to become a senator.It is not easy to draw any conclusions yetOn the occasion of the one-year term since he assumed the senator’s duties after the demise of his brother-in-law, Rod Culleton, whose election was overturned by the Supreme Court, and while bearing in mind his party’s stance, we spoke to Senator Georgiou.Senator Peter Georgiou, Senator for Western Australia, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Senate. 27 March 2017. 170142. Credit: Image by Michael Masters. AUSPIC/DPS.A CHILD OF MIGRANTS WHO WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK ENGLISH AT HOME“My parents are from Evia and Etoloakarnania, grew up in Athens and migrated to Australia in 1972 with my two older sisters. I was born later in Perth. Getting an education was very important for us. My siblings went to university, but I followed my father’s profession. He was an electrician and I used to help him during the weekend and I kind of liked doing this job so I took the same path. I worked for my dad for a while and then I started my own electrical contracting business. At home we spoke Greek and I still speak Greek to my parents, you know, just to keep the language alive.”While he describes himself as nothing out of the ordinary, in reality Georgiou belongs in a “rare breed” of politicians these days. Out of all our state and federal representatives in parliament only 0.5 per cent have had, as they say, real-life experiences, or have been in the workforce earning their bread and butter as electricians, builders, or plumbers.The reasons behind this phenomenon have been discussed to a great extent, and it is widely accepted that it is almost impossible for a tradie to ‘break the glass ceiling’ of the political class which is crowded by businessmen, lawyers and political staffers.It is also pretty clear that the vast majority of tradies and others of similar vocations are not really keen to become politicians.Georgiou, however, is not your next door tradie.“I’ve always had an interest in politics, since I was a teenager. I always kept an eye on what was going on, during the Howard years, during the Keating years, during the Hawke years. Α lot of the topics around the family table or during family gatherings was about politics. Believe it or not I had a wish that maybe one day I could get involved. So the opportunity came up, I put my hand up and here I am.”It sounds like changing a bulb, and in his case it probably is like that since Georgiou does not have any experience nor has he ever held any positions in local or state government. He came second in the ballot in Western Australia, and when Culleton was ousted he just cruised into the Senate.“I was never involved in the union movement or been a member of a party. I was kind of a swing voter, voting on the basis on what was promised and the parties said they are going to do but more on the conservative side. I was a bit more conservative than my parents were, who might had been Labor supporters. I cannot be sure about that though.”HOW ON EARTH???So why on earth does a migrants’ offspring join One Nation?“The appeal with One Nation started for me when I saw things change in Australia in a lot of industries. Being a tradesman and speaking to other tradesmen who been around working for 30, 40 years on the same jobs, they were saying that their opportunities and their income has dropped because of certain changes in society.”So you attribute these ‘certain changes’ to migrants and not economic conditions or policy?“I think it is a bit of both. Yes there are changes in the industry but there is also migration. Two mainly affected industries in WA were the tiling industry and the ceiling fixing industry where they just couldn’t compete anymore because they had people coming over here and just undercutting them, working for basically peanuts, and working 20 hour days. And this was what a lot of the tradesmen told me. One for example was telling me that what these guys are charging what we were charging 20 years ago.“I think we are representing these people more than any other party because we put the people who live in this country before bringing in other people. We all live here, we all try to make a living and I think people who are in this country including myself, including my parents who came over, we are very lucky to be here in Australia, so those policies for putting Australia first were appealing to me and also seeing what is happening in my trade but not as much. Our party is not against migration, it is in favour of controlled migration Who does not want to come to Australia? We all want but we must first ensure a sustainable future for our citizens. This is what the Turnbull Government is doing right now.”He is right when he says the Turnbull Government has begun slowly and steadily to promote a reduction in the number of immigrants that Australia receives, but as he tries to use moderate terms to describe the One Nation’s stance in migration, his leader wore a burqa into in the Senate, and her racist rhetoric against migrants is still valid. She uttered her political mantra in her maiden speech in the Senate in 1996 when she said that “Australia is in danger of being swamped by Asians” and repeated it in the same room in 2016 when she restated that what she said in her first speech is still very relevant.But while he talks about adherence to party policies and the appeal One Nation had on him, he goes his own merry way playing a pivotal role for a Sri Lankan electrician to secure permanent residency, or going against his party policy line saying after the burqa-in-the-Senate incident that he is not against Muslims migrating to Australia as long as proper procedure is followed.Please explain?“Edwin’s case was different. And I had no problem with my party leadership that I helped him. Now as far as the burqa incident, Pauline was trying to make a point. I did not know she was going to do that and I was [as] surprised as everyone else. A lot of countries in Europe have banned the burqa and the point she was trying to make is that if you wear the burqa and your face is covered then you do not know the identity of that person.”The explanation about his actions comes not from the above statement but from his answer to an irrelevant to policy question, about what he finds most gratifying about his new job.“The most rewarding part of the job is when someone comes up with a problem and while they had been through other channels and came against brick walls you’ve kind of pushed with it and you’ve gone to the parliament with it and go to the relevant authorities and you manage to resolve their issue and served this person. Like saving the Sri Lankan electrician from being deported.”Peter Georgiou on site.You went against party policy then; are you willing to do it again to help one of your constituents?“Look, the good thing of our party is that we were given the freedom to do what we have to do for our state. It is different here in WA than it is in Queensland, and Pauline has given us the freedom to do our best for our state, we represent our state and sometimes we can go against party policy if it is for the best results for our state.”It is quite rare for a politician, and refreshing at the same time, to hear a statement like this which, by the way, he put it into practice in the past while it remains in the realm of the unknown if he will repeat similar actions in the future.Perplexed about his fascination over Paul Keating I ask him the reasons behind it.“I liked him because of the way he talked, he was very quick with his responses, quite funny, and very smart. He was someone that I grew up with, he was everywhere. You couldn’t not like him.”It would be pointless to ask him whether he would want one day to become a prime minister. All politicians dream about that moment regardless of whether they admit it or not. The conclusion to this interview comes by asking him to be as quick, and brief as his idol prime minister by stating his opinion of the following politicians.He laughs with embarrassment but accepts the challenge.Malcolm Turnbull: He lost his way.Bill Shorten: He tries hard.Donald Trump: He has not proven what he can do yet.Vladimir Putin: Dynamic leader.Alexis Tsipras: I feel sorry for him.Tayip Erdogan: Trying to become a dictator. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’Iran envoie des animaux dans l’espaceIran – Plus de 50 ans après les Russes et les Américains, c’est au tour de l’Iran d’envoyer des créatures dans l’espace. Cette mission mystérieuse suscite l’inquiétude des grandes puissances qui craignent la possibilité d’envoi de missiles de guerre par l’Iran.L’Iran annonce aujourd’hui avoir lancé avec succès une fusée nommée Kavoshgar-3. Cette dernière, officiellement destinée à la recherche, était habitée par un rat, deux tortues et quelques vers. L’annonce a été faite par la chaîne officielle, qui a diffusé les images du décollage de la fusée avec à l’intérieur la capsule où se trouvaient les animaux. Le général Ahmad Vahidi, ministre de la Défense, a spécifié que cette fusée doit permettre le transfert de données à la Terre. Mais il n’a pour autant rien dévoilé sur le but de l’expérience, ni sur les détails de la recherche. Aucune information ne précise non plus le lieu du lancement de la fusée. Cet évènement survient un an après l’envoi par l’Iran du premier satellite de communication, nommé Obid (Espoir), au niveau national. Le programme spatial iranien suscite l’inquiétude des grandes puissances qui craignent que le pays puisse envoyer des missiles destructeurs. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, à la tête du pays, a spécifié que cette mission prouve que l’Iran a les capacités nécessaires pour battre les grandes puissances dans la bataille technologique.Le 4 février 2010 à 15:10 • Emmanuel Perrin
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BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world gathered with local Christians in the biblical town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus, with spirits lifted by a slowdown in recent violence and cool, clear weather. Security was tight in Bethlehem after deadly attacks on Christian targets in neighboring Egypt and Jordan by Islamic extremists.Yet the faithful braved the chilly weather outside the town’s Manger Square as songs like “Jingle Bells” played in Arabic over loudspeakers and scout groups paraded with bagpipes and sang carols. Elated tourists and local Christians alike wandered around the square illuminated by festive red and golden lights and a large Christmas tree, visiting souvenir shops and restaurants. Adding to the holiday spirit for the Palestinians, locals celebrated a key diplomatic victory at the United Nations the day before, where the Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Sharolyn Knight, 28, a teacher from Georgia, said she was in Bethlehem for the first time and experiencing mixed emotions. “It’s been sobering and humbling because it’s a place with a lot of heavy stuff, religious and historical. At the same time, disillusioning because there is so much strife in the place where Jesus was born.”