New Delhi: ICICI Lombard General Insurance Friday reported a 7.1 per cent rise in its net profit at Rs 310 crore for the first quarter ended June 2019. The general insurer had posted a net profit of Rs 289 crore in the corresponding April-June period of previous fiscal. The company’s gross direct premium income (GDPI) fell 7.6 per cent to Rs 3,487 crore during June quarter of 2019-20 as against Rs 3,774 crore in the year ago period, it said in a regulatory filing. Excluding crop segment, the company said its GDPI grew by 17.7 per cent to Rs 3,488 crore from Rs 2,964 crore a year ago, which was higher than the industry growth (excluding crop segment) of 13.6 per cent. ICICI Lombard offers products such as motor, health, crop, fire, personal accident, marine, engineering and liability insurance. Shares of the company Friday closed 1.98 per cent lower at Rs 1,070.60 on the BSE.
Greater Noida: A week after two men from Rabupura area of Greater Noida went missing while they had gone to Haryana, the police have found their semi decomposed bodies from a jungle near Delhi-Haryana border. Police have arrested four persons in connection with the case.The two men, identified as Nareshpal (35) and Aslam (32), both natives of Rabupura area, went missing when they had gone to Ballabhgarh area in Haryana on July 31st. Police received a missing complaint from the family who informed that the tractor through they had travelled to Haryana was found parked in Dankaur area with their belongings like shoes and clothes lying in it. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe family suspected that both the men have been kidnapped. When police failed to trace the missing men, their kin blocked traffic near Jewar toll plaza at Yamuna Expressway on August 3. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the throats of both the men were slit with knife and they had injuries all over the body. “The family had suspected involvement of some persons from their village and Rabupura police successfully nabbed the accused persons who confessed to have committed the crime. The accused told police that they have dumped the bodies at a jungle from where police recovered them. The bodies were partially decomposed and have multiple injury marks all over the body. The accused have used some sharp and blunt object to slit their throat,” said Krishna. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to police, the arrested accused have been identified as Shafiq, Muzammal, Kalua and Salman, all natives of Rabupura area. “Upon interrogating the accused, they told police that accused Shafiq was keeping grudges against Nareshpal since his employer had kept Nareshpal as his driver and relieved Shafiq from the job. Shafiq plotted conspiracy to take revenge and involved three of his other friends into the crime,” added Krishna. Police have recovered two knifes that were used in the crime and Rs 15, 000 cash that was looted from the deceased persons:
FIELD, B.C. (660 NEWS) – At around 10:00 am on Thursday a 15-car train derailed in B.C., just east of Field.So far investigators from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) are not able to release much information about what happened.“It was a westbound train travelling at 14 miles per hour,” said Alexandre Fournier with the TSB.Fournier said there were no reports of any injuries brought to the TSB. He could not confirm if there was any kind of spill as a result of the derailment.It’s too early in the investigation to point to a cause of the derailment.CP Rail said in a release there were no injuries and “no concern to the public” at this time.Work crews have been sent to the site of the derailment and the investigation is ongoing.Editor’s note: On Thursday, the TSB said 27 cars derailed but updated that information when an investigator arrived on the scene later in the day. We have changed our article to reflect that detail.
In a statement attributable to UN his spokesperson, Mr. Ban today strongly condemned the flare-up in hostilities between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces in the towns of Bentiu and Rubkona, located in Unity State. South Sudan has experienced several bouts of violence over the past few months, including an incident in which the UN base in Bentiu came under fire resulting in the wounding of one child. Meanwhile, a prior attack caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Approximately 340 civilians took shelter with UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) troops, and then were escorted to safety.Political in-fighting between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.“This resumption of hostilities is yet again a serious violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and undermines the ongoing IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan,” Mr. Ban continued, referring to ongoing regional efforts to bring peace to the young nation. In addition, the Secretary-General reminded all parties of the inviolability of all UN premises, including UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites, where the Mission is currently protecting some 100,000 displaced civilians – including 49,000 of them in Bentiu alone. “The Secretary-General also urges both parties to participate constructively in the ongoing political negotiations in Addis Ababa and reach urgently an agreement on inclusive and comprehensive transitional arrangements,” the statement added.
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Chirurgie esthétique : une demande croissante chez les adosFrance – L’Ordre des Médecins s’inquiète de l’augmentation constante du nombre de jeunes filles françaises passant sous le bistouri pour des motifs purement esthétiques.C’est bien connu, l’adolescence est la période des grands complexes. A cet âge, tout le monde a pensé au moins une fois à modifier son apparence. Mais la différence entre les ados d’hier et d’aujourd’hui est frappante, et inquiète les médecins. Les jeunes de 2010 , et en particulier les filles, n’attendent plus d’être des adultes physiquement et psychiquement développés pour solliciter le recours à la chirurgie esthétique. Le résultat, c’est qu’ils font corriger de tous petits défauts qu’ils auraient accepté avec le temps sans même plus y penser. Cette quête de la perfection est une dérive grave aux yeux de l’Ordre des Médecins, qui alerte les parents : une opération chirurgicale sur un corps qui n’est pas encore développé peut causer des troubles physiques et psychologiques sur le long terme.Si votre ado parle de chirurgie, on ne saurait que trop vous conseiller de le faire patienter. Et si votre opinion ne compte pas beaucoup pour lui, rappelez-vous et rappelez-lui que votre porte-monnaie, si ! Lorsqu’il aura les fonds pour financer son opération lui-même, il sera certainement aussi assez mature pour s’accepter tel qu’il est.Le 21 septembre 2010 à 09:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Comprendre la pollution sonore des océans pour mieux la réduireLa NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) a décidé de lancer un nouveau projet pour lutter contre la pollution sonore qui envahit les océans. Celui-ci vise à mieux comprendre l’origine, la localisation et les effets de ses bruits dérangeants sur le milieu marin. Les océans ne sont plus le milieu paisible et silencieux que l’on se plait à décrire depuis des centaines d’années. Aujourd’hui, le frétillement des poissons et le chant de certains animaux ont en effet laissé place à une véritable cacophonie dont les origines sont multiples. Sonars d’engins militaires, explosions causées lors de l’exploitation du pétrole et du gaz, ou encore sirènes et bruits échappés de flotte de navires commerciaux : tous ses sons ont changé les océans en un milieu très bruyant qui inquiète les experts marins.En effet, selon eux, cette pollution sonore est susceptible de perturber le monde marin et notamment les baleines qui se servent justement de leur ouïe développée pour s’orienter et communiquer. Face à cela et pour tenter de réduire le vacarme, les scientifiques américains ont décidé de lancer un vaste projet qui pourrait devenir le plus grand effort mondial jamais lancé pour combattre la pollution sonore. Imaginé par la NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), le projet vise à documenter les bruits liés à l’activité humaine et à transformer ces résultats en cartes géographiques des sons, les premières du genre. Sur celles-ci, des couleurs sont utilisées pour symboliser comment les radiations sonores se propagent dans les océans. Une représentation “particulièrement dérangeante” Si la tâche est tout sauf simple alors que les océans recouvrent plus de 70% de notre planète, de premières données et cartes des sons ont récemment été dévoilées. “C’est un premier pas. Personne n’a fait cela à cette échelle”, commente Leila T. Hatch, biologiste marine qui dirige en partie le projet. Mais ces premiers résultats ont déjà de quoi inquiéter, selon Michael Jasny du Natural Resources Defense Council qui a intenté un procès contre la Navy pour qu’elle réduise les bruits qu’elle génère avec ses bateaux dans les océans. Cité par le New York Times, il a précisé que les cartes étaient “magnifiques” mais que la représentation qu’elles donnaient de la pollution sonore était “particulièrement dérangeante”. “Nous avons été aveugles à cela. Mais les cartes permettent aux scientifiques, aux régulateurs et au public de visualiser le problème. Dès que vous voyez les images, le risque sérieux que le bruit des océans pose à la structure même de la vie marine devient impossible à ignorer”, a t-il estimé. Les scientifiques du projet expliquent eux, que ces cartes permettent non seulement d’évaluer l’ampleur du phénomène mais aussi d’en localiser l’origine et les zones les plus touchées. Tout ceci dans le but de mieux comprendre cette pollution sonore et ainsi de pouvoir la réduire.Au minimum : stopper l’augmentation Certains experts estiment ainsi que les nouvelles découvertes pourraient permettre d’accélérer les efforts à la fois localement et internationalement pour gérer le problème par l’intermédiaire de lois, de traités, de régulations et de réductions volontaires des bruits. Des actions auxquelles ont déjà réfléchi par le passé plusieurs organisations américaines dont l’International Maritime Organization sans pour autant prendre de réelles mesures. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, “au minimum, le but est de stopper l’augmentation”, a commenté Michael Bahtiarian, membre de l’organisation et de la société Noise Control Engineering. Selon Leila T. Hatch, il y a bien trop de régions à la surface de l’océan qui montrent du orange sur les cartes, dénotant de hauts niveaux de pollution sonore. “C’est comme le centre-ville de Manhattan en plein jour, sans tenir compte des ambulances et des sirènes. Je serais plus heureuse à dire que c’est comme un parc national”, a regretté la scientifique. Pourtant, la technologie serait déjà disponible pour rendre les bateaux plus silencieux, d’après les scientifiques. Mais la majorité des navires ayant une durée de vie d’au moins 30 ans, cela pourrait prendre encore beaucoup de temps avant que la flotte mondiale ne soit entièrement renouvelée. Le 12 décembre 2012 à 09:48 • Maxime Lambert
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It could soon become easier to build manufactured or modular homes in Clark County.On Tuesday, the Clark County Council will consider an ordinance that will remove restrictions currently in place on manufactured homes, prefabricated housing that is mostly assembled in factories and then transported and assembled.The ordinance is part of an initiative launched last year intended to ease the area’s housing crunch by spurring the development of more housing options. Earlier this year, the county council passed a measure easing regulations on accessory dwelling units, small additions to existing houses that typically come in the form of a converted basement, as well as cottage-style housing developments.According to Laurie Lebowsky, a Clark County planner, the changes are being made to align the county’s code with changes to state law.“Bottom line, in terms of state law, you cannot regulate manufactured housing more than any other kind of housing,” she said.The proposed ordinance would remove a large section of code regulating manufactured homes and allow the structures to be placed on individual lots. The ordinance also expands the definition of single-family detached dwellings to include manufactured or modular homes.The ordinance clarifies the difference between “mobile homes” and “manufactured homes.” A manufactured home, under the ordinance, is a single-family home constructed after June 15, 1976, in accordance with state and federal standards.
By Mamadou DemThe former member of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) Yankuba Touray, yesterday agreed with Commission Counsel Amie Bensouda and her colleagues that they were accountable for everything they did in the name of The Gambia.Mr. Touray made this statement when he reappeared to shed more light on loans and grants from the Republic of China on Taiwan and the D3M Account.Continuing with his testimony, he informed Commissioners that he was not privy to the delegation that negotiated the loan in Taiwan. He however said the same delegation negotiated for the loan as well as the restoration of diplomatic relations.When shown a Power of Attorney dated 5th August 1995, signed by the former president, he responded that he had the executive power to give Power of Attorney; that he could not remember whether the issuance of Power of Attorney to Captain Ebou Jallow was disclosed to AFPRC members. Mr. Touray told Commissioners that he was not aware that the Minister of Finance went to China for the negotiation of the loan but was aware that Captain Ebou Jallow led the delegation; that Council members were not told how much they would be given but it was said to be a package.According to Touray, he did not know whether the money was a loan or grant neither did he know the exact amount; but that he came to know about this when it was ratified by the National Assembly.At this juncture, Counsel Bensouda asked him to tell the commission how much was spent on the projects he was supervising and he responded that he could not remember the figures; that his responsibility was to go round at project sites, adding he could not remember seeing the loan agreement coming to cabinet.Mrs. Bensouda further put it to him that the Council allegations were that Captain Jallow stole more than $3,000,000 but he responded that he was not aware of that neither did he find out as a council member; that a panel was however constituted for the recovery of the said sum.Mr. Touray revealed that the management of funds was not a direct responsibility of the council; that some of their transactions were done in secret and he was not privy to all council members’ transactions; that he was more of a field operator; but that there were members of council who were involved in the management of funds which included the former president and Captain Ebou Jallow.Touray however said he was not sure whether Edward Singhatey was part of the financial controllers; that he was not aware whether an additional complaint of $20,000,000 was made against Ebou Jallow.Commission Counsel at this juncture put it to him that he seemed not to be aware of many things other than public information despite the fact that he was council member.“I was not directly involved in the management of funds because it was transacted at the level of the chairman,” he emphasised.When further asked about project documents under his purview, he responded that they should be in the office of the former president; that he was not in possession of contract documents, adding most of the reports were sent to cabinet and he was directed to check them.According to Mr. Touray, during physical inspection, he used to give verbal instructions. It was put to him by Bensouda that he did not know the outstanding balance of the $35,000,000 loan from Taiwan.“I have never asked the Chairman of the Council as to how monies were managed and there was no financial report from the Chairman of the Council neither did I see any detailed report concerning the funds,” Touray said.Commission Counsel put it to him that the AFPRC arrested and charged so many people with Economic Crime yet the sum of $35,000,000 was not accounted for by the Junta. He responded that there were institutions responsible for recovering the missing funds; that their role as a junta was to ensure that they made a difference in terms of managing public resources.Further responding, he said he believed that they were accountable for loans they took on behalf of the Gambian people as well as the way and manner the country was governed. He said to some extent, they had a collective responsibility and were accountable but some of them were different in character.Commission Chairman Sourahata Janneh, put it to him that the AFPRC claimed to be transparent and accountable and asked him why funds were secretly spent. He responded that he thought everything was alright and he even came to know some of the things through the Commission; that he never knew there was an account opened in Switzerland. At this juncture, Commissioner Saine asked him whether he was aware that he had a legal responsibility when he gave and followed orders. He responded in the positive.Further responding to the Chairman, Touray said the objectives of the revolution was to ensure that the Constitution was reviewed and to serve for 2 years. When put to him by Commission Chairman that after removing the previous government, why their salaries were low and seeing how the former president enriched himself, whether he would conclude that they were clean from corruption, Touray responded that he thought so; that he served the Gambia without fear or favour, affection or ill-will; that he was fired and there was no reason given for his removal and thought his firing was political.He was further asked if the AFPRC called for transparency, accountability and probity, why people were fired without reason, Touray responded that the former president was using his presidential powers to sack people.“Do you understand the legal responsibility of a successful coup?” Commissioner Saine asked. Touray responded in the affirmative.Next to testify was Mr. Alieu Ngum, a retired public servant and former Executive Director of African Development Bank (ADB). Ngum stated that he retired as Secretary General in 2005 and was once appointed Minister of Finance.Mr. Ngum was informed that he was summoned in connection to a loan of $35,000,000 but he told the Commission that the Minister of Finance at the time was Balla Garba Jahumpa.According to Ngum, the testimony he was giving the Commission would serve as secondary information because there was a Minister of Finance at the time while he served as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry when the loan agreement was signed.He said the Ministry was not involved in the implementation or programming of any project from this loan, because it was not captured in their books; that their development partners heard about the loans but they did not see it in the debt stock of Government.Mr. Ngum further testified that he did not know how the loan was disbursed neither was he informed by the governor of CBG at the time, but assumed that the Minister might have been informed by the governor.According to him, at some point the CBG was not audited due to an unexplained loan expenditure which included the $28,000,000 loan which the former governor was tight-lip about; that the Ministry of Finance was aware that the account was overdrawn to the tune of $28,000,000.Ngum said he was not in office as Secretary General when the late Baba Jobe withdrew money on behalf of the former president and was not aware of the authority issued by the governor of CBG concerning the said overdraft; that the auditors revealed that the money was wrongly used and should be reimbursed to the IMF.Mr. Ngum told the Commission that he was not privy to the arrangement of the overdraft, and can say very little about the withdrawal of monies by Baba Jobe; that loans and grants were given by the Republic of China on Taiwan.He revealed that there was a grant of $250,000 from the Taiwanese Embassy which was given to the former president; that to the best of his knowledge, the Ministry of Finance was not involved in the administration of the $35,000,000 loan neither did they play any role in the recovery of the $3,000,000 stolen by Captain Ebou Jallow.The Chief Finance Officer of Gamtel Banding Sillah, was summoned in connection to the financing of Gamtel and various contracts entered by Gamtel on the International Gateway.Sillah testified that he has been a public servant for almost 30 years and had a summary of a report and supporting documents; that the Department of International Operation was responsible for the management of the funds of Gamtel; that Global Voice came in 2006 and that revenues were paid by the government and that the Company started as a gateway manager in 2007.Sillah gave a rundown of income generated from the gateway which was paid to Gamtel by Global Voice in 2007 and said it amounted to $10, 812,595.92 while in 2008, Oratus paid Gamtel the sum of $7,875,358 to Gamtal; that the Oratus contract was later terminated and there was an interim management from Gamtel, comprising himself, the Acting Chief Technical Operator among others; but that they operated with the help of Global Voice; that in 2009, System 1 paid $8,653,204.53 to Gamtel while in 2010, they paid $12,770,574.05 and $3,021,662 in 2011.Dwelling on Tell payments to Gamtel, he said the sum of $6,216, 200.62 was paid in 2011 while in 2012, the sum of $ 7,449,284 was paid and in 2013 they paid $4,976,803.At this juncture, documents relating to payments including summary of statements and supporting documents from Gamtel, were tendered and admitted as exhibits.He said there was mobilization of funds locally to make investment and that they had a meeting with Tell but it did not go down well and it was reported to the former president that Gamtel staff were not cooperating.According to him, he was not aware that MGI made an investment of $26,000,000 in Gamtel; that there was an evaluation report which was made but he did not know how much Gamtel was worth.Sitting continues today.
Ahead of the Sunday game that West Ham has to play against Everton, Jack Wilshere is yet uncertain about his place in the game as he is still trying to get to his feet from an ankle injury, according to Daily Mail.He has not been able to feature in the last two training sessions with his club after sustaining an injury to his left ankle.Wilshere has joined West Ham from his former north London side Arsenal through a free transfer in the summer.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The midfielder is quite keen to create an impression at West Ham and he hungers to be a part of the game against Everton.So far, the £100million that Manuel Pellegrini had invested in signing players over the summer has shown no signs in the club’s performance. They are taking up the rear on the league table after losing all their opening four games, which includes having lost twice at home against Bournemouth and Wolves.
Final rally and signature drive for Gas Tax Repeal Initiative 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA final rally was held Tuesday to get signatures for the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative.The rally also gave people an opportunity to get gas for $1.99 per gallon.KUSI’s Lauren Phinney was LIVE with the story. Lauren Phinney Posted: April 3, 2018 Lauren Phinney, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 3, 2018
Should we, or should we not?The Vancouver City Council took audience comments Monday night about whether to accept a $2.3 million federal grant to reopen and staff Fire Station 6 — but they postponed a decision until Tuesday, Aug. 30. That would be two days before the Sept. 1 deadline.Numerous neighborhood association members are urging city officials to accept the two-year grant, but the issue has several snags for Vancouver’s budget makers.For one thing, the firefighter’s union, which has asked for a wage increase of 8.2 percent, apparently has not reached agreement with the city.“Until the contract is settled or an arbitration decision is issued, the city does not know what the costs will be to continue to provide fire services at current or desired levels,” according to a city staff report dated Monday and issued at the meeting.And there’s another catch: The grant mandates that the city must keep its fire department staff at the same level as when the grant, if accepted, goes into effect for the entire two-year period. That means that, if more layoffs of city employees are necessary in the continuing economic downturn, other departments would shoulder the burden.
Read the full Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017. EXCLUSIVE: Two-thirds (66%) of employer respondents use the annual employee survey to measure engagement levels among staff, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that 23% of respondents measure employee engagement through pulse-style research.The proportion of respondents that do not measure employee engagement levels has remained relatively static year on year. Some 16% of this year’s respondents said this is the case, compared to 18% in 2016.Respondents’ main barriers to improving engagement in their organisations also remain consistent year on year. Perhaps unsurprisingly budget remains the top impediment in 2017, cited by more than half (53%) of respondents, followed by time or resource (43%). This compares to 47% and 44%, respectively, in 2016.Engagement levels continue to vary greatly across respondents’ organisations. More than half (54%) believe that staff are moderately engaged with benefits within their organisation, while just under a fifth (18%) say that staff are very engaged with benefits. However, the research also shows that nearly a quarter (23%) of staff are only partially engaged with their organisation’s benefits, and 3% believe their staff are not engaged at all.
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out near an animal hospital, Friday morning, in Pembroke Pines.SkyForce flew over the scene just before 7:30 a.m., at Southwest 184th Avenue, where fire rescue crews were seen ventilating the animal hospital. According to a witness, the fire broke out at a restaurant next to the animal hospital in the strip mall plaza. Pembroke Pines Fire Dept. is on scene at a restaurant off of Pines Blvd. Things appear to be wrapping up.@wsvn pic.twitter.com/XkM2ZsDMDQ— Andrew Scheinthal (@AScheinthalWSVN) May 19, 2017Due to the fire, the employees at the hospital evacuated with the animals.No injuries were reported due to the fire and smoke.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
8:44 2 5G 4G LTE FCC Rumors Sprint T-Mobile The T has always stood for T-Mobile. Someday it may stand for Sprint as well. NurPhoto/Getty Images The long-planned merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has overcome a major hurdle as the companies made concessions to ease a key regulator’s concerns about whether the deal would benefit consumers. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, signaled the shift early Monday. Pai said in a statement that he will recommend to his colleagues that the FCC approve the proposed $26 billion deal. “Two of the FCC’s top priorities are closing the digital divide in rural America and advancing United States leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity,” Pai wrote. “The commitments made today by T-Mobile and Sprint would substantially advance each of these critical objectives.” But the deal isn’t out of the woods yet. The US Department of Justice also has to approve it, and the agency hasn’t yet issued a statement on whether the concessions to the FCC will be enough. On Monday, Bloomberg reported the department’s antitrust section might try to block the deal. Among the concessions, according to Pai: Within three years of the deal closing, the companies plan to have a 5G network that covers 97% of the US population, and within six years, 99%. For rural Americans, the coverage would be 85% within three years, and 90% within six. See Galaxy S10 5G’s jaw-dropping real-world speeds Tags Gigi Sohn, an adviser to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and a consumer advocate, said that even with the conditions the deal is still “anticompetive and anti-consumer.” Sohn said she doesn’t believe the FCC will be able to enforce them. “Does anyone really believe that this FCC, which has asked nothing of the big mobile companies for over 2 years will require the companies to abide by these commitments?” she said. “Moreover, they are the type of behavioral conditions that Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim has said time and again are unenforceable and over-regulatory.”In April, a Wall Street Journal report suggested that some in the Justice Department were concerned that combining the nation’s third and fourth largest carriers would harm competition. In subsequent tweets, Legere and Sprint chairman Marcelo Claure each disputed the report, with Legere calling the premise “untrue.” It would be unusual for the DOJ to come to a different conclusion than the FCC on the merits of the merger. But the two agencies evaluate mergers on different standards. The DOJ looks at antitrust concerns, while the FCC must consider whether the merger is in the public interest.Sohn said in an interview that she finds it hard to believe that Justice Department could sue to stop AT&T’s merger with Time Warner Media and approve the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, especially since the latter deal would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from four to three. She added that the FCC also got no commitments from the companies to address concerns that the new T-Mobile would provide reasonable roaming rates to rural operators nor any commitment to keep wholesale pricing low. “The handful of unenforceable promises made by the merging companies does no more than put lipstick on a pig,” she said. “This classic 4-3 horizontal merger is bad for consumers and competition and the DoJ and the FCC should block it.”Shares of both companies jumped after Monday’s news broke, with Sprint soaring over 23% to $7.64 in early trading and T-Mobile rising nearly 5% to $79.26. News of the new concessions was first reported by Reuters, via CNBC. Originally published May 20 at 6:01 a.m. PTUpdate, 2:57 p.m. PT: Updated to reflect possible DOJ challenge. Updated earlier with new information, comments and background matter. Mobile The companies also have guaranteed, Pai said, that 90% of Americans would see mobile broadband service at speeds of at least 100 Mbps and that the combined entity would roll out an in-home broadband product. In a blog post Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that the merged company, called the New T-Mobile, will “cover 97% of the U.S. population with 5G on low-band spectrum and 75% of the population with 5G on mid-band spectrum” in three years, with an additional focus on using 5G to provide an alternative to traditional home broadband. T-Mobile recently announced it was beginning to trial using its 4G LTE for home broadband, while Sprint last week said that its HTC 5G Hub, a hotspot intended to replace a traditional modem and router, will be available in its first 5G markets on May 31. Just now starting to be put into service around the world, 5G promises to greatly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It’s expected to be 10 to 100 times speedier than a typical cellular connection, and even faster than service over a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. In the US, both Verizon and AT&T have launched mobile 5G networks in limited areas. Bidding bye-bye to Boost Mobile In addition to promises for 5G rollout, Legere also says that as part of the deal the New T-Mobile will divest Boost Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid provider and a rival to T-Mobile’s own Metro. “We’ll work to find a serious, credible, financially capable and independent buyer for all the assets needed to run – and grow – the business,” Legere wrote. “And we’ll make sure that buyer has attractive wholesale arrangements.” T-Mobile has agreed to allow the FCC to approve or deny the divestiture agreement between T-Mobile and Boost, according to FCC officials. The agency said it focused on Boost to address concerns about shrinking competition in the lower-cost end of the market. But there were no concessions made to address consolidation in the postpaid market.Legere also reiterated T-Mobile’s promise to keep prices at “same or better” levels for three years. If the companies fail to fulfill their commitments to the FCC, T-Mobile could face penalties up to $2.4 billion, according to the FCC. “These consequences … create a powerful incentive for the companies to meet their commitments on time,” Pai said. Critics of the merger said they’re still unsatisfied. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who has opposed this deal, said in a tweet that she’s still unconvinced the merger is in the best interest of consumers.”We’ve seen this kind of consolidation in airlines and with drug companies,” she said. “It hasn’t worked out well for consumers. But now the @FCC wants to bless the same kind of consolidation for wireless carriers. I have serious doubts.” Now playing: Watch this: We’ve seen this kind of consolidation in airlines and with drug companies. It hasn’t worked out well for consumers. But now the @FCC wants to bless the same kind of consolidation for wireless carriers. I have serious doubts. https://t.co/Yh4DC0C134— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) May 20, 2019 Comments Share your voice
Suspected Islamists attacked a string of police stations in a small town in northern Mozambique killing two policemen but 14 of the gunmen were slain, police said on Saturday.Police have been slow in releasing details of the attacks which occurred on Thursday and Friday in Mocimboa de Praia.”We recorded 14 deaths and several bandits were wounded,” police spokesman Inacio Dina told AFP.Police said the attacks were coordinated.Local media said three police stations in the sleepy town, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from natural gas fields, were targeted.At a news conference on Thursday, Dina suggested the attackers were linked to a homegrown “radical Islamic sect” but gave no details.Police have so far arrested 10 other gunmen, recovered four firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.”The motive of the attacks is still unknown but in the past police arrested some religious leaders of Islamic extremist sects,” Dina said.”The way they operated makes us believe that there is a structure behind the group,” Dina told AFP, but ruled out any links “between the attackers and external forces”.”There is no evidence that they are members of Shabaab or Boko Haram. According to the information gathered, all those captured or killed are Mozambicans,” said the police spokesman speaking from the capital Maputo.A local journalist suggested on social media that the attackers belonged to the virtually unknown group, Swalissuna, which has been in existence for about five years.”They have specific grievances with the police and aimed the attack at them,” tweeted journalist and private media owner Erik Charas.The attacks lasted two days, until the police dispatched special forces from Pemba, 500 kilometres away.Armed clashes and assassinations of politicians are not uncommon in Mozambique.On-and-off clashes have occurred in recent years between government troops and armed militias loyal to opposition party and former rebel movement Renamo.But a truce unilaterally declared by Renamo in December has been observed with only minor breaches.
“We’re thrilled to add ‘Sona’ to our Alpha slate, because this gripping sci-fi tale is unlike anything we have seen before and because Ashley and [Bradley’s] passion for filmmaking echoes our own — doing whatever it takes to tell the best story,” Johnny Wickham, VP of development at Legendary Digital Networks, said in a statement.Watch the trailer for “Sona”: Popular on Variety Ashley Clements’ “Sona” space-drama series — a labor of love that was shot mostly in her L.A. apartment — premieres today on Legendary Digital Networks’ Alpha subscription streaming service.“Sona” was created by and starring Clements (“Lizzie Bennet Diaries”), directed by Brendan Bradley and produced by Bradley’s Jigsaw Ensemble production company. Legendary’s Alpha, which has exclusive rights to “Sona” for six months, will release new episodes of the eight-part series on a weekly basis each Wednesday. The show is available at watch.sonaseries.com.Set in a future where aliens are no longer welcome on Earth, the show stars Clements as Lt. Belyn Sona, a United Earth Space Corps officer who’s separated from her alien husband (Bradley) and jettisoned into space in a malfunctioning escape pod. Sona slowly unravels mentally and emotionally through a series of flashbacks as she drifts through space in isolation. Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) makes a cameo appearance in the second episode, airing Aug. 29, playing a human who’s not a big fan of the extraterrestrial immigrants. Wheaton was “my dream sci-fi guest star,” Clements said, saying that “Star Trek: The Next Generation” her “gateway drug into sci-fi.”Clements started working on the project with Bradley last year. “It came from a place of making something completely on my own terms – and self-contained enough that I could shoot it in my own home,” she said.The principal photography for “Sona” was shot in Clements’ apartment in Silver Lake, on a space-pod set they constructed in a 6-by-8-foot nook off her dining room. The set took three weeks to design and build, but according to Clements and Bradley, it cost less than renting a soundstage for one day.“She performed it as a one-woman show, essentially,” Bradley said.At that point, the duo turned to Kickstarter to raise money from fans to add post-production elements including VFX, sound design, an original score, and location shoots for flashback scenes (including the one with Wheaton). The “Sona” crew set a minimum goal of $10,000 with the Kickstarter campaign launched in February 2018 — which they raised in four hours — and ended up raising $30,558 in three weeks.During the Kickstarter campaign, Legendary Digital president Adam Rymer reached out to Clements via Twitter DM to inquire about bringing “Sona” to Alpha and they inked a distribution pact.As part of the deal, donors to the “Sona” Kickstarter fund will receive free access to Alpha (projectalpha.com) for a limited time to be able to watch the full series, in addition to posters, postcards, and other show-related swag. Legendary Digital Networks’ Alpha service regularly costs $4.99 per month, or $49.99 for a one-year subscription.The cast of “Sona” includes Lauren Lopez, who co-starred with Clements in Kickstarter-funded series “Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party,” as the voice of on-board computer that Lt. Sona talks to. The score for the series was composed by Erik Scott Smith. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
If the Tetris and Emoji movies are any indication, if a game or digital trend is popular enough, somebody is going to try and capitalize even more on it and put it in a medium where it probably doesn’t belong.So prepare yourselves. It was announced Tuesday that CBS has picked up a live action game show version of Candy Crush Saga, the game developed by King that almost everyone on the subway next to you is playing with the sound turned up.In the game show, teams of two people must work together to play the game on giant, interactive game boards in the Candy Crush Arena. It’s a competition that relies on agility, strategy, and capitalizing on a smartphone game.Lionsgate, CBS, and King are working together on the project.“The Candy Crush franchise is a world-renowned property, so when the head of our interactive and games division, Peter Levin, brought this IP to Lionsgate, we instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman at the Lionsgate Television Group, in a press release.The smartphone game is incredibly popular and has a lot of copycats, including games within King’s own catalog. You match three identical pieces together and it helps to clear the board.“We have a very entrepreneurial culture at Lionsgate, so we look for awesome worldwide IP like Candy Crush and work together across divisions to bring it to fans on every platform possible,” added Peter Levin, President of Interactive Ventures and Games for Lionsgate, and executive producer for the show.There’s no word yet on when the show is supposed to premiere. A host will be announced at a later date. Stay on target Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG GenreCrushing on King Mobile Games is a Real Thing
Kolkata: Two days after a celebrity model-actress was harassed on Kolkata street, a 23-year-old woman had torrid times when a man driving a car passed remarks, chased and tried to block the app cab she had hired in South Kolkata.After the woman lodged a complaint with a police patrol party, the accused was arrested. According to Alipore police station Assistant Sub-Inspector Biplab Kumar Das, he and his colleague were out on night patrol near the zoo around 3.45 am (on Wednesday), when he saw a car screeched to a halt before them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The woman in the app-cab told us that a car blocked her way on Burdwan Road, and was chasing her cab. “After some time the car came to the area, but seeing us, the driver fled with great speed. Then it took a U-turn and came to the spot again. We tried to intercept the vehicle, but it managed to flee again. By that time we had got the car number. We chased the car, but could not reach it. “I lodged a complaint at my police station with the car number. And the duty officer arrested the driver and impounded the car,” said Das. The police are examining the CCTV footage of the area to ascertain the details. Cases on relevant Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections dealing with molestation, forcible blocking of way, chasing a woman have been slapped against the accused. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateRecently, former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta shared her horror experience on social media and narrated her ordeal on June 17 night. She was allegedly chased and harassed by unidentified miscreants when she was returning home from work. Ushoshi had taken an app-cab from the 5-star hotel around 11:40 pm in Kolkata and was accompanied by her colleague. While on her way home, her cab ride turned out to be a traumatic one after a gang of boys rammed into her taxi and also harassed them, besides beating up the driver. All the accused in connection with the incident have been arrested. With agency inputs