As many as 90 Indian citizens were victims of modern slavery during 2016 in the United Kingdom, according to a report by public watchdog National Audit Office. The number is a conservative estimate as it only counts people who have been reported to authorities. India is among the top eight countries whose citizens were referred to UK authorities as being victims of slavery.“The campaign to drive out modern slavery is in the early stages,” NAO head Amyas Morse said in a statement. “So far it is helping to establish the scale and international nature of this issue. To combat modern slavery successfully, however, government will need to build much stronger information and understanding of perpetrators and victims than it has now,” he added.“Modern slavery is a barbaric crime that destroys the lives of victims across the globe,” a Home Office spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Independent. “We welcome the NAO’s report’s recognition of the work we have done to identify the issue and put in place the ambitious Modern Slavery Strategy and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 – the first legislation of its kind in the world.“Since the NAO examined our work on modern slavery we have made significant strides in a number of areas it identifies in its report.”Indian citizens accompany their employers using a domestic worker’s visa and but end up in abusive situations with poor wages, and unable to change their employer after arriving in the United Kingdom, the report, released on Dec. 15, said. Albania, with 472 referrals, topped the list in the report, followed by Vietnam with 292 people embroiled in modern slavery.Campaign groups such as Human Rights Watch, Kalayaan and Southall Black Sisters say that Indians are among the largest number of foreign nationals facing such situations.Permila Tirkey’s case is an example of modern slavery. She was employed as domestic help by an Indian-origin couple and was under severe restrictions. She was paid much below United Kingdom’s minimum wage, and her passport was withheld by the employers. Tirkey was awarded £184,000 by an employment tribunal in 2015.There were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the country in 2013, as per Home Office estimates in 2014. The report, titled “Reducing Modern Slavery,” said the authorities had an “incomplete picture of the crime,” the victims and the perpetrators.The report added that until the government is able to establish effective oversight of the modern slavery system as a whole, it will not be able to significantly reduce the prevalence of modern slavery or show that it is achieving value for money.Modern Slavery Strategy was introduced by the UK government in 2014 to curb the prevalence of the practice. The 2015 Modern Slavery Act made provisions for slavery, servitude, forced labor and for human trafficking, including those for protection of victims and for an independent anti-slavery commissioner. Only 80 prosecutions were held under the Modern Slavery Act for 155 offences in 2016. Related ItemsEmploymentTraffickingUnited Kingdom
Orlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton, left, scoops up a loose ball in front of Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Magic’s shots went in and the Lakers’ starters went out in the third quarter Wednesday night.Los Angeles never recovered.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who never led after the first quarter.When Elfrid Payton’s three-point play gave the Magic a 66-53 lead 93 seconds into the third, Lakers coach Luke Walton yanked all five of his starters out of the game.“I just thought we came out with no energy. (Speights) got a quick 3 and it didn’t feel like our guys were ready to play,” Walton explained. “The message was, look, if you’re not ready to play or you don’t want to play, you’re not going to play. So we went to the second unit. It was a teaching moment.”The Lakers (19-31) never again got the margin under 11.Hezonja hit a 3-pointer, Fournier followed with two more and Jonathon Simmons added two more 3s to help the Magic finish the period on a 22-13 run for a 20-point lead. They led by 29 early in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ The Lakers were down by 12 when three straight baskets by Clarkson got them back in the game midway through the second quarter. Speights scored Orlando’s final 10 points of the half, including a couple of 3s.It was a dispiriting loss for the Lakers, who had won eight of 11.“We lost by 30 (actually 22) to the team that has the worst record in the league,” Kyle Kuzma said. “That’s kind of deflating, but give credit to them. They beat us.”TIP-INSLakers: It was Clarkson’s sixth straight game of 15 or more points. … Rookie G Lonzo Ball missed his eighth straight game with a sore left knee. … The Lakers, the worst 3-point shooting team (.327) in the NBA, went 4 of 20 from long range.Magic: F Aaron Gordon missed his second straight game with a strained left hip flexor. Orlando is 2-9 without him. … The Magic shot 54 percent from the field. … Orlando wore new uniforms without the words “Orlando” or “Magic” on them.UP NEXTLakers: Play at Brooklyn on Friday night, the fourth stop on a five-game road trip.Magic: Home on Saturday night against Washington. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Wizards’ John Wall expected out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Marreese Speights scored 21 points, Evan Fournier added 19 and Orlando ran away from the Lakers for a 127-105 victory. Winning for only the fourth time in 24 games, the Magic hit a franchise-record nine 3s in a 43-point third period.“The 3-pointer is a momentum shot,” Speights said after making his second start of the season. “You come out and hit a couple like that and you can beat a team easily. You saw that happen in the third quarter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOrlando (15-35) was 9 for 13 from behind the arc in its highest-scoring quarter of the season. The Magic shot 18 for 32 (56 percent) from 3-point territory overall.“It seemed like we were going to make every single shot,” said Mario Hezonja, who hit two of his four 3-pointers in the third. “When that happens, you can take a breath and say, OK, we don’t have to go crazy tonight and try to protect anything. We can control the pace of the game. And we did that.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View comments
Oscar PistoriusAfter 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.In a fitting reminder of how South Africa has changed in the 20 years since apartheid, the fate of Pistorius, a wealthy white man from privileged roots, rests in the hands of a 66-year-old black woman from Soweto, Judge Thokozile Masipa.Throughout the on-off six-month trial, Masipa – only the second black woman to rise to the bench in South Africa – has remained calm and impassive, seemingly impervious to the global interest in a case that has drawn comparisons to the 1995 murder trial of American football star OJ Simpson in California.For Pistorius, the options when Masipa starts delivering her judgement on Thursday, winding up probably on Friday, are stark.If she sides with the state, which argues that he murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a fit of rage on Valentine’s Day last year, he faces a mandatory life term – effectively 25 years behind bars before eligible for parole.A conviction of murder with less explicit intent could still see him incarcerated for up to 20 years.Alternatively, Masipa could reject any notion of intent but still rule culpable homicide, equivalent to Britain’s manslaughter, for the reckless or negligent killing of Steenkamp, who was shot through a toilet door at Pistorius’s luxury Pretoria home.Or she could accept Pistorius’s assertion that he acted in ‘putative’ self-defence, firing four shots from a 9mm pistol through the door in the mistaken but genuine belief that an intruder was lurking behind it.advertisementGiven the explicit curbs in South African law on the use of lethal force without a direct threat to life, legal analysts say the final option is the least likely.”It’s entirely possible that he could be convicted of murder but not premeditated murder,” said James Grant, a criminal law professor at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, who thinks that at best the court will rule Pistorius was negligent.”The court is going to ask whether he acted as a reasonable gun-owner, and I think the answer to that is going to be no,” he said.If convicted, sentencing is likely to be delayed to another hearing in a few weeks, during which time Pistorius can apply for bail. He would also be almost certain to appeal.SHADOW OF RACESince it first broke on the morning of Feb. 14 last year, the case has gripped millions around the world who saw Pistorius as the embodiment of triumph over adversity, a man whose lower legs were amputated as a baby but who reached the semi-finals of the 400 metres at the London Olympics in 2012.That same year, Time magazine included him in its list of the world’s 100 most influential people, “the definition of global inspiration”.In sports-mad South Africa, the shooting caused an even bigger impact, the stunning downfall of a sporting hero feted by black and white alike in a society still divided by its racist past.But as the trial unfolded that sentiment changed.The prosecution painted a picture of Pistorius as a gun-obsessed hot-head – he faces three other weapons-related charges – who handled a loaded pistol in a packed restaurant and whooped with joy when he blew apart a water-melon with a high-calibre pistol, likening the red mush to brains.With many glued to the live court broadcast, post-apartheid South Africa was forced to look in the mirror and ask itself some uncomfortable questions, not least about male attitudes to violence and the reality of whites and blacks still inhabiting largely different worlds.Why, commentators asked, of 34 witnesses called were only two – a security guard and police ballistics expert – black?Why, Masipa aside, were nearly all the leading protagonists white in a nation where whites are just 10 percent of the population?Was South Africa really so dangerous that Pistorius and his friends were justified in feeling the need to carry handguns?And, as backdrop to it all, the universal white suburban fear: how to protect yourself from an intruder – assumed to be black – in the middle of the night, a fear hardwired by years of apartheid propaganda about the ‘swart gevaar’ (black danger).Some even wondered aloud whether Pistorius would be on trial at all had his victim really been a black male burglar rather than a white, female model.”This imaginary body of the paranoid imaginings of suburban South Africa has lurked like a bogeyman at the periphery of this story for the past year.advertisement”It is perhaps the most atavistic of white South African fears,” wrote South African novelist Margie Orford at the start of the trial. “The threatening body, nameless and faceless, of an armed and dangerous black intruder.” – Reuters
We bring you potentially big news regarding Liverpool, with assorted media outlets reporting that Zeljko “The Brain” Buvac has sensationally quit his role as Jürgen Klopp’s assistant after a 17-year partnership that began when the pair first met as players at German club Mainz. The Daily Record reports the pair had a falling-out that led to to Buvac being frozen out of team meetings, but the Guardian’s man on the Merseyside beat says the 56-year-old has left until the end of the season for personal reasons the club consider a private matter and remains a Liverpool employee. Elsewhere on Merseyside, Everton are planning a summer clear-out, that could result in Wayne Rooney being sold only one year after arriving from Old Trafford. Despite enjoying a reasonably bright start to his second stint at the club, the 32-year-old has failed to make much of an impression during an underwhelming season for the club that most fans would be happy to see consigned to the dustbin of history. Despite scoring 11 times since rejoining the club, Rooney has failed to trouble any scoreboard operators since before Christmas and could move to the US or China.Stoke City midfielder and part-time chicken enthusiast Joe Allen may fly the Britannia Stadium coop and pitch up at Molyneux next season. Having secured promotion to the Premier League, Wolves are looking to add some steel to their midfield and are preparing a £20m bid for the Wales international. Celtic’s 20-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney is likely to be the subject of no end of transfer speculation this summer and is already being mentioned in conjunction with moves to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Bournemouth. Eddie Howe is ready to spend £20m on the three-times PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and is hopeful the prospect of playing Premier League football week in and week out will convince him to move to the Vitality Stadium.After being patronised to within an inch of his life in the wake of that “pity penalty” he scored to round off Crystal Palace’s 5-0 rout of Leicester on Saturday, Christian Benteke will discuss his future at Selhurst Park with club officials in the coming weeks. The Belgian striker’s self-confidence has bottomed out during a season in which he has scored only three goals in 29 appearances and, despite having two years left on his contract, may decide a change of scenery would be beneficial. Football Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily email on the world of football. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Read more Rumour mill Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Topics features On the subject of big, burley Belgians, despite speculation that Marouane Fellaini is ready to move elsewhere once his contract expires at Manchester United in June, José Mourinho claims the scorer of Sunday’s match-winning goal against Arsenal is close to agreeing a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford. Share on Messenger
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Warnock thinks Liverpool captain Henderson misses out in Klopp midfieldby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEx-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock believes captain Jordan Henderson could be dropped for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Warnock thinks the trio of Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provides the perfect in midfield for Jurgen Klopp.He has told BBC Sport: “It feels like there are midfield places up for grabs in this Liverpool side, more so than any other department. Klopp has to decide who best complements each other.”In their next game, at home to Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday, who he picks might also depend on how he thinks Spurs will line up.”If Tottenham play in a 3-5-2 shape then Klopp will want someone in midfield who can get between their lines to cause problems. You would think that someone would be Oxlade-Chamberlain – especially given the form he is in.”I would expect [Georginio] Wijnaldum to come back into the team too and with Fabinho cemented in the side, that would mean no place for Liverpool’s captain, Henderson.”That would not be a message that Henderson is out of favour, though. Far from it.”When you are part of a squad at a club like Liverpool or City, you have to understand that the team is being picked to win a specific game, and if you are left out it is nothing personal.”All of Liverpool’s midfielders are going to have a part to play in the next few weeks, especially if Klopp decides to rest some of them in certain games – but I would urge caution there.”Liverpool’s next game in Champions League Group E is at home to Genk on Tuesday 5 November, before they play champions Manchester City at Anfield five days later.”There will be plenty of people who will want Klopp to put out a weakened team against the Belgians, but my mind-set would be not to take any chances.”If I were a Liverpool player, I would want to go into the City game feeling sharp and I would not want a week off beforehand.”
Que ce soit de la dinde ou d’autres mets traditionnels qui seront au menu pendant les fêtes, on demande aux Néo-Écossais de ne pas oublier quelques importants conseils pour pouvoir apprécier leur nourriture en toute sécurité. « Nous encourageons tous les Néo-Écossais à tenir compte de la sécurité alimentaire pendant la période des fêtes, et d’adopter les pratiques appropriées pour la manipulation des aliments, a dit Keith Colwell, ministre de l’Agriculture. Le fait d’être attentifs à la façon dont nous manipulons, cuisons, conservons et transportons les aliments nous aidera à protéger nos proches contre les maladies d’origine alimentaire. » Voici quelques conseils à ne pas oublier : Il faut garder les surfaces de travail et les ustensiles propres, séparer les aliments pour éviter la contamination croisée, faire cuire les aliments à une température appropriée et refroidir les aliments sans délai afin d’éviter la croissance de bactéries. Le ministère de l’Agriculture a publié en ligne plusieurs fiches d’information sur la sécurité alimentaire, notamment aux sujets suivants : Les fiches d’information peuvent être consultées à l’adresse www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/food-protection/factsheets-publications. Le personnel du gouvernement provincial responsable de la salubrité des aliments assure l’éducation des consommateurs et l’inspection des établissements pendant toute l’année afin de protéger la santé des Néo-Écossais. la préparation et le service d’un buffet; le transport de la nourriture; la préparation et la conservation des aliments pour les fêtes; la commande et le service d’aliments à emporter tels que les plateaux de viandes froides; la conservation et le service des restants; l’achat, la décongélation et la cuisson d’une dinde, et la conservation des restants.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Friday amended the norms for auctioning of commercial plots meant for development of commercial centres. “The developer/auction purchaser constructs multi storey commercial buildings on such plots and sells shops/units/spaces to different individuals. As per lease conditions of the DDA, the auction purchaser being lessee, further sells such units/shops but does not execute apartment deeds in favour of these buyers, thereby making title of the property defective and non transferable,” noted a statement.It added that Authority has decided that space buyers can approach/apply DDA for execution of Apartment Deed in their favour in case the Developer/Builder does not execute the same with them. “Further, they can also get their such spaces free hold despite non co-operation from the builder/developer, if they are willing and ready to pay all dues of DDA in respect of the building/plot on pro rata basis. This will give a huge relief to those space buyers who have purchased the space from the Developer but the developer does not cooperate in making Apartment Deeds in their favour for making a property free hold. The above decision has been taken for implementation of the provisions of Delhi Apartment Ownership Ac,” noted the statement. The DDA has also planned draft regulations in Delhi to enhance walkability. “The Draft Regulations for Enhancing Walkability and Green Mobility in Delhi were approved by the DDA and was decided to be sent to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India for notification. The Policy aims to improve pedestrian friendly walkability by creating a quality urban environment that facilitates social interaction on streets where more people are encouraged to walk as the first choice to undertake short journeys” noted the statement. The DDA has also planned special house allotment scheme for the people from SC/ST community.
Marrakech- The border crossing between Syria and Turkey close to Ain Al Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, has seen over 100,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees fleeing ISIS (known also as ISIL) atrocities over the last 48 hours, according to the United Nations. The same source added that the number of refugees is likely to increase.Eyewitnesses reports that ISIL terrorists are executing men women and children at random to scare other inhabitants of Kobani and kidnapping others to effect a form of ethnic cleansing. Kurdish politicians renewed their call for young people and Kurdish fighters to go to Kobani to protect and help the population.Many Kurds blame Turkey for covertly supporting ISIS or the Islamic state and there have been clashes on the border between Kurdish refugees and Turkey’s security forces, which have used tear gas to restore order. Turkey opposes the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, which is linked to the Syrian Kurds. The PKK has fought a guerrilla war against the Turkish army for many years seeking a separate Kurdish state. It is just one of the ethnic clashes afflicting the region. The Kurds from Kobani have compared themselves to the Yazidis and Christians who are being persecuted by ISIS.
Police are in the early stages of an investigation into a stabbing in east Hamilton last night.They began investigating after a man with stab wounds was brought to Hamilton General around 4 am by his girlfriend.The investigation has led to 77 Tindale Ct, near Quigley Rd & King, where police believe some sort of fight led to the stabbing around 11 pm last night.Officers have gathered witness statements, but are waiting to talk to the victim in hospital.He’s expected to recover.
While action can be taken on any of the 500 treaties deposited with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, focus will be on such agreements as the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which requires countries to cooperate with one another for the apprehension and conviction of criminals engaged in cross-border illicit activities. Under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, countries agreed to criminalize the act of providing or collecting funds with the intention or knowledge that those funds would be used to carry out a terrorist attack as defined by the treaty. This year, following the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, special emphasis is also being placed on the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel. Other treaties include the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global agreement negotiated under the auspices of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. In a letter of invitation sent in April to Heads of State or Government asking their participation, the Secretary-General reminded them of the “adequate measures” they might need to take to bring their domestic legislation into line with the treaty obligations, and that, should they need it, assistance is available.
“This global challenge is interconnected with corruption, terrorism and illicit flows of money,” Mr. Ban told UN official and delegates at a meeting ahead of a UN General Assembly special session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in April. “Those who traffic in illegal drugs may also be involved in human trafficking, kidnapping, firearms smuggling, murder and numerous other crimes. But the world drug problem is also a health problem, linked to overdoses, the ravages of addiction and the spread of HIV and hepatitis,” he added. The UN chief insisted that implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted last year by UN Member States to wipe out poverty and fight inequality over the next 15 years, will require “collective partnership and solid commitment.” “UNGASS 2016 provides an opportunity for the international community to enter into an informed and wide-ranging discussion on drug policy in all its aspects,” Mr. Ban explained. “It can help in the development of objectives, based on human rights and concern for the health and welfare of people, that will support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” He underlined that the Special Session can also reaffirm the central principle that no country can confront these issues alone. “Shared responsibility can ensure the delivery of balanced and comprehensive drug policies with a renewed focus on human rights and public health, including prevention, treatment and care,” he added. But the UN chief said the world can also go further, looking at different options such as alternatives to prison or punishment for appropriate minor offences; greater access to controlled medicines for the relief of pain and suffering; and promoting alternative livelihoods for vulnerable farmers and their families. “In all our work, which is based on the international drug conventions, the human rights of people, especially the vulnerable and their communities, must come first,” Mr. Ban concluded, noting that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is uniquely placed to assist this process through its work on both the supply and demand sides of this issue. The UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem is scheduled from 19 to 21 April at UN Headquarters in New York. The Assembly previously convened a special session on the issue in 1998. ‹ › Participants at the interactive stakeholder consultations in support of the preparatory process for the Assembly’s special session on the world drug problem, scheduled to take place from 19-21 April 2016 at UN headquarters. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Mack and US Volvo ‘streamlined’ The Volvo Group says it will spend $60m to improve efficiency in its US Volvo and Mack subsidiaries. Mack will move its HQ and many other functions from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Volvo’s base in Greensboro, North Carolina next year. Later this year the firm will start building its highway trucks at its plant in Macungie, rather than the New River Valley plant, leaving that factory to make Volvo trucks. Mack’s parts distribution network will be restructured to include a new Volvo Group North America central warehouse. The firm will also spend $20m on the Macungie plant’s paint shop and $50m at its Hagerstown powertrain plant. More from MÃƒ¥rten Wikforss on +46 31 661 127 or email@example.com Jail for distracted drivers who kill The SMMT’s Week in Westminster bulletin reports that changes to the Road Safety Act 2006, into force on Monday 18 August. These will mean that causing death by careless driving when distracted, for instance by using a mobile phone or eating or drinking will carry a jail sentence of up to five years. Unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers who kill may get up to two years. More from www.smmt.co.uk Renault wins on fuel economy Ten new three axle Premium 450 tractor units on a five-year contract are the first Renaults to join Funstons’ 70 strong mixed fleet. All have Renault’s Optidriver automated gearbox and are doing temperature-controlled deliveries to retailers across the UK. “We chose the Renaults as we’ve been trialling a Premium which, to date, has returned a better than average fuel economy,” said Steve Heal, MD at Funstons. Heal says the firm is benchmarking trucks in a bid to improve fuel economy. Hill Hire supplied the trucks on a single sourcing basis on the back of a conquest deal, won by Renault Trucks dealer, JDS Trucks. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or firstname.lastname@example.org ‘Global’ recognition for 2009 CV Show Telematics specialists GlobalLive will more than double its stand space at the 2009 Commercial Vehicle Show, following its success at this year’s event, when it took orders worth over £250,000. The firm, which says it is one of Europe’s leading telematics operations, offers a wide range of vehicle tracking, fleet monitoring and management services. “We attended the CV Show for the first time this year, with excellent results,” said Dr David Clayton GlobalLive director. “Four months on and we’re still bringing in orders from companies who visited us for the first time in Birmingham.” CV Show organisers say that by 1 August, 270 exhibitors have already booked well over 30,000m2 of exhibition space in next April’s show. Space sales are better that at the same time last year. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or email@example.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Trafford takes CitroÃƒ«n Trafford Council in Manchester is taking 56 CitroÃƒ«n vans and minibuses on a ten-year contract with local authority fleet management specialist provider, TransLinc. The vehicles include 28 CitroÃƒ«n Relay 3.5 tonne tippers, four Relay minibuses, five Dispatch Combis and a number of smaller CitroÃƒ«n vans. Trafford Council will use its new fleet on a wide range of jobs including general and community transport. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or firstname.lastname@example.org UK rail freight to double by 2030 – more rail capacity essential The Rail Freight Group and Freight Transport Association have recently published new forecasts that suggest rail freight will double by 2030 with a 30% increase in tonne kilometre from 2006 to 2015. Both say the UK needs to start building more rail capacity now. “Building new capacity takes a long time, possibly 25 years if we follow the example of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Crossrail,” said Tony Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group. “2030 is only 22 years away, so the time for action in identifying overall rail capacity shortfalls and possible solutions is now.” More from Tony Berkeley on +44 (0)7 710 431 542 or email@example.com Andrew Morley joins Prohire Staffordshire-based Prohire plc, the independently owned commercial vehicle contract hire and fleet management firm says Andrew Morley is its new sales and marketing director. Morley joins from trailer maker Schmitz Cargobull UK Ltd, where he was UK sales and marketing director for two and a half years. Prohire recently made the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic list of the Top 100 fastest growing companies in the UK. More from Andrew Morley on +44 (0)8 708 501 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jobs for the environmental boys The SMMT’s Week in Brussels says the European Commission may appoint a climate change commissioner next year in an attempt to bolster the EU’s profile in global climate negotiations and strengthen its climate policy. The new commissioner would be backed-up by a climate change directorate-general. Stavros Dimas, the environment commissioner is thought to be the front-runner for new job More from www.smmt.co.uk Early Low Emission Zone results ‘encouraging’ Transport for London’s first report on the effect of the London Low Emission Zone, which started this February shows 96% of the trucks over 12 tonnes affected meet the emissions standards of the Zone compared to 70% during 2007. The second phase, from July, included light trucks over 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches, shows 91% meeting the standard. Nick Fairholme, head of the Low Emission Zone at TfL, says that while it is too early to quantify the air quality effect of the LEZ, “the signs so far for the success of the scheme are highly encouraging.” TfL says its calculations include the fact that new, cleaner vehicle registered over the period meet the emissions standards anyway and their numbers contributed to the air quality improvement. More from Nancy Lynn on +44 (0)2 071 261 469 or email@example.com Burnt Tree spends £1m on minibuses Minibus firm Burnt Tree Vehicle Solutions is spending over £1m on 27 new CitroÃƒ«n Relay and Volkswagen Crafter minibuses and Mercedes coach-built buses. The firm has used its Xcessabus brand to expand its services, with big growth in the three years since it started supplying accessible buses. It says it is now one of the top five suppliers to the public sector and will take its new minibuses by 1 September. The coach-built buses are a new idea for Burnt Tree. “We’ve been increasingly asked for this type of minibus,” said Simon Cassidy, Xcessabus product manager. “So this is a really natural, common sense decision for the Group to take.” More from Jo Gadsby on +44 (0)1 743 240 759 on firstname.lastname@example.org New colour measurement system from X-Rite X-Rite Inc., which says it is the world’s largest designer and maker of colour measurement instruments and software, just launched its xDNA system with a new MA98 handheld, 31 point spectrophotometer. The new kit aims to take the guesswork out of measuring the colour of special effect paints. The firm says that since metallic flake, pearlescent and other effect paints were introduced, vehicle makers and their suppliers have struggled to accurately measure the colour and appearance of coatings with ‘sparkle.’ X-Rite’s xDNA and MA98 package can cut the time and money wasted when trying to match body panels, fascias and other parts coated with these paints. It will also show if a fault is due to manufacturing process or paint formulation and predict if a person will see the difference when a paint formula or process is changed. More from Mike Smyth on +44 (0)7 769 930 361 or email@example.com Bus and coach Whole Vehicle Type Approval seminar On Thursday 11 September, the SMMT will run a bus and coach Whole Vehicle Type Approval seminar at Optare, Rotherham. It will bring chassis makers, bodybuilders, converters and suppliers together to talk about the business implications of the changes in vehicle approval law which take effect in stages from next spring. They mean that for the first time an entire bus, coach or minibus will need a set of approvals to cover the completed vehicle. ‘It’s time to move on from discussion of the administrative details of the system and consider how businesses need to adapt and work together” said Bob Davis, manager of the Society’s Bus and Coach Section. “Everyone involved in the supply chain is affected by the changes. If anything goes wrong and an approval fails, the repercussions are huge – no approval means no registration.” Places cost £50 including VAT. SMMT members get a £10 discount. More from Suzy Kelham on +44 (0)2 073 449 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sainsbury’s run on rubbish Sainsbury’s is using Clean Air Power’s ‘Genesis’ Dual-FuelÃ¢â€ž¢ combustion technology for heavy duty diesel engines to enable it to run a Mercedes-Benz Axor using a combination of diesel and bio-methane obtained from a landfill site managed by Gasrec. This follows a successful trial and will run on the 500km round trip from Sainsbury’s distribution centre in Bristol to the firm’s new environmental store in Dartmouth. The Genesis Dual-FuelÃ¢â€ž¢ system, available as an aftermarket product, was developed for the Daf CF85 and Mercedes-Benz Axor Euro 3 heavy trucks and now for Euro 5 trucks. “This is a real first for how food is delivered in the UK, although the technology used is already used in Lille, France where city buses and refuse lorries run on bio-methane. Our aim is to now roll this out to our entire fleet so that we can make this technology work for all food deliveries across the UK,” said Alison Austin, environmental affairs manager for Sainsbury’s, More from Andrew Andersz on +44 (0)1 865 343 100 or email@example.com New low-cost calls to Vosa The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency will change its national phone number on 1 September to 03 001 239 000. 03 numbers are cheaper to call than the 08 number that Vosa has been using. The new number works already. The old 08 number will still work for 18 months, but if you forget and dial it, you’ll get an invitation to redial on the new, lower rate number. More from Zita Easton on 01 179 542 561 or firstname.lastname@example.org Last chance to have your say on type approval The Department for Transport’s public consultation on European Whole Vehicle Type Approval closes on Friday 22 August. Bodybuilders, converters, van, truck and trailer makers, minibus, coach and bus makers and their dealers, suppliers and customers are all going to be affected, from as early as next April. “If you think your business is going to be hit, you need to read the papers on the DfT website and tell the Department what you think,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. “The change in the law from next spring will progressively affect every vehicle type and will mean that without a Type Approval document, you won’t e able to register a new vehicle.” There is still just time to have your say. The documents are on the DfT website at www.dft.gov.uk More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or email@example.com Transfrigoroute wants bigger reefers Fridge transport pressure group Transfrigoroute says its use of fridge trailers, reefers, is inefficient and will stay that way unless its members can use bigger trailers. The outfit wants trailers 20cm longer and 10 cm taller to give better air circulation around loads and more effective temperature control. Transfrigoroute says its research shows that cold air fails to circulate properly around pallets in a standard reefer, leading to hot-spots in the load, which may create a health hazard. “We are not trying to increase payloads,” says Alan Lines, of Lines Industries and a member of Transfrigoroute’s technical committee. “This is simply an issue of safety and a bid to help the cold chain network operate to the highest possible standards.” Transfrigoroute aims to persuade a committee in Brussels that Europe should accept its ideas. More from Judith Ball on +44 (0)1 326 569 657 or firstname.lastname@example.org Transport News Brief Week 34, Tuesday 19 August 2008 Piaggio kept on trucking at the Motor Show Piaggio Commercial Vehicles says it took the decision to exhibit at the British International Motor Show for the first time within the What VanLive area. This gave visitors the chance to try Piaggio Porter’s range of light commercial vehicles. The firm decided that Tim Slaughter, MD and Nicola Dandridge, head of PR and marketing should be on the stand throughout the show order to gauge the level of interest the range and to understand the needs of the potential customers. The firm dealt with a lot of enquiries, mainly from business users running single vans or small fleet owners, with many looking into changing to electric vehicles. Piaggio says the show was a success and it was delighted to support What Van in its first venture into the event. More from Nicola Dandridge on +44 (0)1 491 415 230 email@example.com Jost opens new factory in India Jost India Auto Components says it opened its new production plant in Jamshedpur, west of Kolkata, at the end of July. Some 100 people will make fifth wheel couplings for the Indian market. More from GS Pradeep on +91 (657) 657 62 61 or firstname.lastname@example.org Veolia to take 500 MAN trucks MAN says it has won a 500 truck deal with waste handling firm Veolia PropretÃƒ©. This will see a mix of MAN TGL, TGM and TGS trucks delivered in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and Poland through 2009. Most of the trucks will be TGS models, fitted with skip-loading bodywork. MAN says it won deal on the back of Euro 5 engine technology that dispenses with any additives. “That simplifies use of these vehicles enormously,” said JÃƒ©rÃƒ´me Lecardonnel, purchasing director of Veolia PropretÃƒ©. The automated MAN TipMatic gearbox also scores well with the firm’s drivers, allowing them to concentrate on traffic without the distraction of gear changing. More from Simon Hall on +44 (0)1 263 715 900 or email@example.com Qi seals gets it covered and sealed Qi Van Systems, which says it is one of the UK’s leading vehicle racking and conversion specialists, has launched a new service to its customers; spray lining for van interiors and truck beds using the Line-X system. The firm says its Line-X spray coating gives a tough corrosion-proof finish forming a watertight and airtight seal to cut noise, vibration and chemical stains. It is easy to clean, certified food safe, maintenance free and can be applied in any thickness. Qi Van Systems says it can complete a new or used pick-up in less than three hours. “The options are endless, with refrigeration or water-sample vans and catering trucks all professionally converted,” said Roland Preece, MD. More from Tony Adams on +44 (0)1 952 292 166 or firstname.lastname@example.org Brigade at the IAA, the Hannover CV show Brigade Electronics says it will use its stand H12 in hall H11 to show new vehicle safety systems at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover, Germany this September. These include a bbs-tek self-adjusting white sound alarm, now thought to be the safest reversing alarm system on the market. “The self-adjusting bbs alarm is ideal for use with varied ambient noise levels,” says the firm’s Emily Randall. Other new products on display include Brigade’s new five inch, low cost monitor with ten LED lights for low light performance. The UK’s Noise Abatement Society and the Dutch authority Piek have approved a range of bbs reversing alarms for use on night-time deliveries. More from Emily Randall on +44 (0)1 322 420 300 or email@example.com Circle Express wins new business Circle Express says following its success winning UK distribution business of Panalpina, the firm has won more business during the first half of the year, including contracts for international freight forwarders Anglo Overseas and Skymart Worldwide. Circle does collection, delivery and support services including a same-day courier service and handling hazardous and dangerous goods. Circle has regional depots in Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester. More from Kevin Popely on +44 (0)1 753 214 644 or firstname.lastname@example.org Fortress takes more Heil trucks Midlands based Fortress Recycling has put two more Heil front-end loading dustcarts to work. The firm says the ability to use the vehicles for one-man operation makes for the most cost effective waste collection system. Fortress now has a 14 strong dustcart fleet working from bases at Warwick and Lichfield with three Heil trucks doing commercial waste and recycling across the Midlands. “We really keep a grip on our costs per lift,” said David Pass, accountant at Fortress. More from Niky Keane on +44 (0)1 326 560 403 or email@example.com And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column says that when Alex Cowley typed the name of a bike into the search box on the Raleigh bikes website he got this message: “The search returned 3 results of which the top 10 are listed below.” More from www.newscientist.com Mercedes takes another step toward zero emissions As part of Mercedes’ plans for zero-emission transport, its subsidiary Mitsubishi has launched a ten-strong hybrid truck trial in and around London. The firm is working with ten ‘blue chip’ operators to gain experience on widely differing duty cycles, using specially modified Canter models. These use a diesel-electric parallel hybrid system based on those working successfully in Japan. “We chose London because it is one the most congested cities on the planet but with its Congestion Scheme and Low Emission Zone has unique traffic management experience,” said Mike Mudie, manager for Mitsubishi in the UK. The ten trucks, each with a different operator will run for three years, collecting data on operating costs. “We’re particularly keen to establish the economic data and see how the figures stack up in practice for different types of operation.” More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The King’s right hand is raised in a gesture of worship and his left hand holds a mace. Lebanese art dealer Halim Korban, who is suing Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-HoweCredit:Facebook The country’s most senior police officers often face criticism, but rarely do they have an ancient Assyrian curse hanging over their heads.With just a few weeks left in the job, and no doubt looking forward to a peaceful retirement, Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has become embroiled in a legal dispute over the ownership of a 2,800-year-old artefact.Worse still the rare artefact, worth an estimated £800,000, comes with a chilling curse placed over anyone who tampers with it or moves it from its place of origin.On the black basalt slab, part of a larger piece depicting King Adad-Nirari III, are carved the words: “Whoever discards this image from the presence of Salmanu . . . and places it into a taboo house which it is inaccessible, may the god Salmanu, the great lord, overthrow his sovereignty; may his name and his seed disappear in the land, may he live in a contingent together with the slave women of his land.”In a saga worthy of a Hollywood archaeological adventure film the Met’s Commissioner is being sued by a Lebanese antiques dealer after his officers seized the slab, known as a ‘stele’, following claims it had been stolen. The Treasure was eventually sold by Mr Korban and a colleague as agent for the seller to former Sotheby’s chairman Peter Wilson, who in turn sold it to the Marquess of Northampton. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe in front of his New Scotland Yard headquartersCredit:Steve Brown/BBC The lower portion of the stele (L) along with the upper portion (R), currently held by the British Museum 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. Eighteen months after the raid police charged Geneva-based antiques and jewellery dealer Emile Chayto with fraud by false representations in connection with the artefact.But Mr Korban has gone to court to have the artefact returned and is demanding £200,000 compensation for loss and damage as part of his claim.A spokesman for the art dealer told the Sunday Telegraph: “The stele is a valuable object which Mr Korban considers his and he wants it back. He can show proper provenance and utterly rejects the notion that it was obtained illegally.”The British courts may seem like an unlikely venue to settle the fate of an artefact brought into being by master craftsmen in 800BC.The complete stele would have measured 2.1 metres tall, and depicts King Adad-Nirari III, ruler of Mesopotamia between 810 BC and 783 BC, in a position of worship.Alongside him are the symbols of the winged sun disc of Shamash; the star of Ishtar/Venus, goddess of human passions in love and war; and the thunderbolt of the weather god Adad. The upper half of the stele, showing King Adad-Hirari’s profile, has been held at the British Museum since it was acquired in 1881 from the private collector Joseph M Shemtob, two years after its discovery at the Tell Sheikh Hamad site.But the museum declined to buy the lower portion of the piece when offered the opportunity by Mr Korban in November 2011.The dealer turned to the open market, but on the eve of the auction officers from Scotland Yard’s art and antiques unit raided the Bonham’s warehouse where it was being stored and seized the King Adad-Hirari stele as evidence in any future trial. Before the planned auction Bonham’s had said that the stele was “given as a gift from father to son in the 1960s” and that although no details about how it left Syria were available, it was confident of its provenance.Mr Korban holds Mr Hogan-Howe personally responsible for the actions of his men in seizing the stone and preventing its planned sale.In his writ against the Commissioner he said: “At all times since their seizure of the stele the police have been aware of the claimant’s [Mr Korban] claim in respect of it, namely that he is its owner, and that he is who is entitled to its possession.”But Scotland Yard intends to mount a robust defence against his claims, curse or no curse.It maintains that the artefact is held legally as part of a criminal investigation.In a written submission the Met’s solicitors have told the High Court that “there are reasonable grounds for believing that the provenance provided is false and the object of the false representation was to disguise the theft and illegal export of the stele from Syria.”This is not the first time Mr Korban has become embroiled in controversy over the provenance and ownership of a valuable piece.He was at the centre of the sale of the Sevso Treasure, a collection of 14 pieces of Roman silver worth up to £200 million. The J Paul Getty Museum, in Los Angeles, had hoped to buy the treasure, but declined, believing that Lebanese export documents had been forged. The controversy began when it became known in art circles that Halim Korban was planning to auction the stele at Bonham’s, in Geneva, in April 2014.The Beirut-based Saadeh Cultural Foundation informed UNESCO that the stele had been obtained illegally, probably after being looted from a site in modern Syria, and should be returned to that country “as soon as circumstances permit”.
For fans of the Royal Family it has all the hallmarks of a perfect day out, seeing them welcomed into a pictureqsue royal residence for an exclusive three days to benefit charity.But those visiting Frogmore House and Gardens this year may notice a small change to the programme, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into the grounds.A “small area” of the garden closest to their new home of Frogmore Cottage will be out of bounds, it has been confirmed, to prevent intrigued fans of the Sussexes getting too close to their newly-renovated home.By the time of the opening, between the 28 and 30th of May, the couple will be joined by their first baby, living as a family of three in the large home.The couple have had a close affinity with Frogmore, known to have spent time there when they were dating and releasing engagement photographs taken on the steps of the house. The Queen, Prince Philip and their children at FrogmoreCredit:Rex The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the grounds during their wedding receptionCredit:AFP In May 2018, they held their wedding reception in the grounds, later issuing a Christmas card with a photograph of them watching the fireworks at the end of the night.Built in the 17th century, Frogmore House became a royal residence in 1792 when it was purchased by Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III.In 1867, Queen Victoria described its 35 acres as “this dear lovely garden…all is peace and quiet and you only hear the hum of the bees, the singing of the birds.” This year’s opening, run by the Royal Collection Trust, will benefit three charities: the National Garden Scheme, the British Heart Foundation, and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.Tickets are expected to be particularly popular with fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will be intrigued to see more of the place they call home.The Duchess is reported to be planning a home birth at the cottage, which has rarely been photographed and will be subject to the utmost security from now on.
Découvrez la faune de l’archipel des Chagos en imagesArchipel des Chagos, Océan Indien – Les écologistes demandent au gouvernement britannique de reclasser l’archipel des Chagos en “plus grand espace marin protégé au monde”.Situé dans le centre de l’Océan Indien, l’archipel comporte 55 îles. Il constitue le plus grand groupement de coraux en atoll au monde grâce à ses eaux, les moins polluées de la Terre. 220 espèces de coraux y ont été recensées ainsi que 1.000 espèces de poissons. La faune y est essentiellement marine : requins, tortues marines, dauphins, crabes… y vivent, ainsi que quelques espèces d’oiseaux.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Les eaux bordant les côtes de cet archipel sont connues pour être les moins polluées de la planète. En effet, les 1.100 Chagossiens qui y vivaient ont tous été déplacés vers les Seychelles et l’île Maurice entre 1967 et 1973. Ils ont laissé place aux militaires américains et britanniques qui peupleront jusqu’en 2016 l’île de Diego Garcia. Un port, un aéroport et des routes y ont été aménagés.Neuf associations écologistes veulent mettre en place un plan de protection de cet écosystème. Ces îles deviendraient le “plus grand espace marin protégé au monde” avec une surface de 554.000 km². Certaines zones sont déjà défendues par la convention de Ramsar depuis 1971 mais cela ne suffit pas puisque le nombre de requins, de tortues, de concombres de mer et de poissons a déjà diminué.Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/archipel-de-chagos/la-faune-des-les-chagos_art5550.htmlLe 29 janvier 2010 à 12:56 • Emmanuel Perrin
Actes médicaux superflus : des mesures réclamées par les hôpitauxLes hôpitaux ont demandé aux pouvoirs publics de prendre des mesures radicales contre les actes médicaux superflus. Il s’agit là pour les responsables hospitaliers d’alléger la situation financière de l’Assurance maladie.Mardi 14 décembre, les responsables des hôpitaux publics ont demandé à travers la Fédération hospitalière de France (FHF) aux pouvoirs publics que ces derniers contrôlent davantage ce qu’ils considèrent comme des actes médicaux superflus. Ainsi, la FHF veut ici affirmer une “volonté politique” qui devra passer par des contrôles adaptés et la publication de données “plus transparentes”, rapporte l’AFP. Parmi les actes visés, les dépistages injustifiés, les radiographies inutiles et les césariennes qui peuvent être évitées.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour Jean Leonetti, président de la fédération : “Nous pouvons faire mieux au lieu de faire plus, c’est un objectif à la fois qualitatif pour le malade, et financier”. De son côté, le professeur Mornex prend l’exemple des radiographies du crâne : “Il a été admis de manière absolument formelle que la radiographie du crâne, seule, ne set à rien dans les traumatismes crâniens qui n’ont pas de manifestation clinique de complication. Pourtant, on continue d’avoir plus de 900.000 radiographies du crâne par an”. Et d’ajouter concernant les césariennes : “Vingt-quatre des trente maternités ayant le plus fort taux de césariennes sont des cliniques commerciales”. La demande de mesures contre les actes médicaux superflus s’appuie sur les résultats de travaux menés par une commission concernant les “bonnes pratiques médicales”. Et Jean Leonetti de conclure : “Si nous avions une maîtrise médicalisée organisée, nous pourrions avoir une baisse de nos dépenses de santé qui tournerait autour de 10% au minimum et 20% au maximum”.Le 15 décembre 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’ATV-3 pourrait être lancé le 23 marsLe véhicule spatial ATV-3 devrait être finalement lancé le 23 mars prochain en vue de rejoindre la Station spatiale internationale. Il devait initialement décoller le 9 mars mais le tir a été reporté.Le module spatial Edoardo Amaldi pourrait finalement n’avoir que 14 jours de retard. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé l’Agence spatiale européenne sur Twitter en indiquant que le tir pourrait se faire le 23 mars prochain à 5h31. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreInitialement, le lancement de l’ATV-3 devait avoir lieu dans 3 jours mais les équipes n’étant pas tout à fait prêtes, Arianespace et l’ESA se sont accordés pour reporter la date. Néanmoins, cette nouvelle date doit encore être confirmée par l’ESA.Le décollage doit se faire depuis le centre spatial de Kourou en Guyane à bord d’une fusée Ariane 5. S’il est lancé le 23 mars, l’ATV-3 pourrait alors s’amarrer à la Station Spatial Internationale (ISS) le 28 mars à 23h51 pour une mission de ravitaillement. Ce véhicule spatial, troisième du genre, porte le nom du physicien italien Edoardo Amaldi (1908-1989). Le 6 mars 2012 à 10:18 • Maxime Lambert
TV and Movies Tags Everything to know about Game of Thrones season 8: From how to watch to who’s returning. 10 Photos Inside the workshop where Game of Thrones swords are made 0 There are still two-plus months before Game of Thrones returns to HBO for its eighth and final season, and on Wednesday, the network released a slew of photos from the upcoming episodes.The Thrones’ network kings and queens aren’t dummies — they didn’t exactly drop major spoilers with the photo reveal. But still, a few hints and clues can be gleaned from some of the images. Here are just a few.Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) need to invent Ancestry.com to figure out their relationship. Helen Sloan/HBO Has your aunt ever gazed at you like Daenerys looks at Jon Snow? Oh right, they don’t know they’re related yet, and in Westeros, it might not matter. (Cough — Cersei and Jaime — cough.) Just a reminder that this revelation has yet to break, and it’s going to be devastating, and possibly kingdom-changing.The clock is ticking on the reign of Cersei (Lena Headey). Helen Sloan/HBO Is that a new look for Cersei? Her gown appears to have hardcore armor epaulets, which the queen might need. So many people are out to kill her that even her shoulders may require protection. Also, does she look pregnant to you? Is that claim of a baby legit? Someone get to the Westeros Walgreen’s for an EPT.Does Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) still have her list? Helen Sloan/HBO Being home at Winterfell doesn’t mean Arya can relax. Her kill list still has the following names on it: The Hound, Cersei Lannister, Ilyn Payne, The Mountain, Melisandre and Beric Dondarrion — we think. The biggest spoiler in this photo is just the look on Arya’s face. She appears as determined as ever to complete her deadly quest.Tyrion has served as the acting Hand of the King (for Joffrey, yuck) and now is the proper Hand of the Queen for Daenerys (a better deal, if you ask us). Helen Sloan/HBO Tyrion Lannister’s birth supposedly killed his mother, and as an adult, he intentionally killed his dad (kudos, because Tywin was a monster). As the pin he wears here shows, now he’s serving as Hand to Daenerys, watching (sadly) as she and Jon fall in love, and bracing for the inevitable final conflict with his horrendous older sister Cersei. Will Tyrion or Jaime be the little brother that the prophecy said will kill Cersei? Really, we’d take either at this point.Additional photos shared by HBO are mainly straight portraits, with perhaps a few clues hidden for those who squint and use their imagination. Pictured are Sansa, Brienne, Jaime, Bran, Sam, Varys and Davos.Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14. Game of Thrones HBO Post a comment Share your voice
Tech Industry Tags A judge ruled Qualcomm is a monopoly. The Justice Department charged Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act. And Apple redesigned its MacBook keyboard in response to complaints about sticky keys.That’s just scratching the surface on the big tech news from this week. Here are the stories you don’t want to miss. Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video clip of you from a single photoEven the Mona Lisa can be faked. Egor Zakharov Uber’s IPO millionaires could buy every home for sale in the Bay AreaAnd they’d still have half a billion dollars left over for avocado toast. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Why Facebook wants this creepy-crawly robot to teach itself to walkIt’s all about AI. James Martin/CNET Game of Thrones finale was so disappointing I actually miss the booksI loved how the show distilled the novels. But I will stomach George R.R. Martin’s bloated, rapey prose again if it can help me understand Daenerys.Huawei could survive without Android, but not very wellChina may not need Google, but Huawei does. Angela Lang/CNET Star Trek: Picard trailer — possible reasons Captain Picard left StarfleetThe trailer for the new Picard show poses an intriguing question. What would prompt The Next Generation’s captain to abandon his crew? Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Jeff Bezos’ space colony plans are straight out of 1970s science fictionThe Blue Origin billionaire wants to send us all into space. Humans have been dreaming about that for a long time. Blue Origin Aladdin review: Guy Ritchie’s Disney remake dazzles and surprisesThis live-action update isn’t quite a whole new world, but it’s still one worth visiting despite its forgettable villain and unsettling Genie CGI. Disney Instagram website leaked phone numbers and emails for months, researcher saysThe flaw made the information easy to scrape and turn into a database. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Post a comment 0 Game of Thrones Blue Origin Artificial intelligence (AI) Facial recognition Jeff Bezos Privacy Robots Space Star Trek Facebook Huawei Instagram Samsung Uber Share your voice
A 15-kilometre long tailback was created on Dhaka-Tangail highway due to slow vehicular movement caused by potholes in Elenga area of Tangail.A 15-kilometre long tailback was created on Dhaka-Tangail highway due to slow vehicular movement caused by potholes in Elenga area of Tangail since Friday midnight, reports news agency UNB.Tariqul Islam, a sub-inspector at Elenga Highway police station, said potholes were created as construction works have been going on the highway at Elenga in Kalihati upazila, making the journey difficult mainly for north-bound passengers.As a result of slow vehicular movement, hundreds of vehicles remained stuck on the highway around a 15-kilometre stretch from Elenga to Korotia in Tangail, causing sufferings to passengers amid cold weather.However, traffic police were trying to ease the congestion, the SI added.