HTC’s squeezable U phone to be called HTC U 11, confirms company

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first_imgAfter confirming the launch date of its upcoming U phone for May 16, the company now confirms the name. As rumoured, the next flagship by HTC will not be called HTC U or Ocean instead will be dubbed as HTC U 11. The Chinese smartphone maker has a lot of expectations from its first U series phone, which is tipped to come packed with Edge Sense.The smartphone vendor just the other day sent out media invites for the launch of the HTC U 11, earlier rumoured as HTC Ocean. The launch date is set for May 16. Well ahead of the launch, the company has rolled out an official video teaser of the HTC U 11. The teaser doesn’t reveal many details on the specification aspect, however, shows the complete design detail of the smartphone and also confirms Edge Sense.Also Read: HTC’s squeezable flagship U phone with Edge Sense set for May 16 launchAs per the recent speculations, the HTC U 11 (HTC Ocean) is expected to support Bluetooth 5.0. If that’s the case, the HTC U 11 will be the second smartphone to come with Bluetooth 5.0, after the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Bluetooth 5.0 is successor to Bluetooth 4.2 and offers 4 times wider range than its predecessor. Not only that, it also allows twice the data transfer speed and offers the ability to simultaneously connect two sets of wireless devices. Further, the smartphone is also expected to come with Edge Sense. In terms of specifications, the HTC flagship smartphone will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch Quad-HD display screen and be further powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor.advertisementThe HTC U 11 will further come packed with 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of internal storage. Further, the device is tipped to be backed by a 3,0000mAh battery. While on the optics front, the HTC flagship smartphone is said to hone a 12-megapixel camera. Further, if the rumours are to be believed, the U 11 will also allegedly come with a 3.5mm audio jack. Water-resistance features are also seen on the cards.Also Read: HTC U maybe the second smartphone in the world to support Bluetooth 5.0Further, HTC U 11 might also sport the company’s very own virtual assistant, or better known as Sense Companion. The feature was previously seen on HTC U Ultra. Commenting on the Sense Companion feature, HTC says, “Can suggest that you dress warmer and leave a little earlier for work if snow is forecast; remind you to take a power bank on longer trips, and even recommend a restaurant when you’re away for the weekend and then book seats for you2. Best of all, it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time.”Well, whether the Sense Companion will be seen on the upcoming HTC U Ultra has still not been revealed. But, there are high chances that the device might come with the virtual assistant feature onboard.last_img read more

Ireland v South Africa offers chance to measure tilt in rugby union’s axis

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first_imgThe Breakdown Share on Facebook Read more Twenty years ago, South Africa were pre-eminent and Ireland were struggling but while the former are finding it difficult to keep players at home, the latter have largely managed to fend off the financial lure of clubs in England and France.So while the Springboks failed to record a victory on tour last year, with Italy among their conquerors, and had a 50% record in 2014, beating England and Italy in between defeats in Dublin and Cardiff, Ireland have lost only once in their last two autumn campaigns, to New Zealand in Dublin a year ago – two weeks after recording their first victory over the All Blacks.Under Joe Schmidt Ireland have developed into an efficient, organised side in which everyone knows his role down to the minutest detail. His style has been structured and hands-on, far more so than had he been coaching a side in his native New Zealand, the one rugby country where players come into the senior game armed with basic skills.When Sean O’Brien criticised Rob Howley for delegating to Jonathan Sexton and Owen Farrell on the Lions tour to New Zealand in the summer, he was reflecting an approach that differed from Schmidt’s but as the game develops into one in which the ball is in play for longer and teams look to retain possession rather than kick it away, structure only goes so far.Wales are ripping up a midfield system that has proved successful, in Europe anyway, for one that gives them an extra playmaking option at inside-centre because individual initiative is now counting for something. The way Ireland laboured in attack against France and Wales in last season’s Six Nations before beating England in the rain in a low-scoring, one try affair in Dublin, suggested change was taking time; yet it was largely the same team that scored 40 points and five tries against the All Blacks in Chicago.When Schmidt took charge of Ireland in 2013, he discouraged offloading because of its inherent risk. He relaxed it last autumn, slightly, and he is poised to use this month’s three internationals, Fiji and Argentina follow South Africa to the Aviva Stadium, as opportunities to not only refine tactics but assess his strength in depth: 16 of the Ireland squad have four caps or fewer.“If we want a window where we can be as competitive as we can but also grow the group a bit, this is it,” Schmidt said. “That is part of our strategy behind some of the guys in the back three, the second row and the front row. The next window is a massive pressure cooker for us, the Six Nations, the big competition of the year. We are excited to see how the new guys go: we want an immediate return on our investment but we are also prepared to take a longer-term view.” Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Facebook With autumn comes a fall and a rise. For the first time since the world rankings were introduced in 2003, two European countries are in the top four at the midway point between World Cups.England will remain there into the new year unless they manage to lose to Argentina and a Samoan side who have slipped from seventh in the rankings to 16th in four years but Ireland’s hold on fourth hinges on Saturday’s encounter with South Africa in Dublin.South Africa were in the top two of the rankings in 2005, 2009 – when they were top – and 2013 but are fifth. Victory over Ireland would take the Springboks back into the top four with three Tests to play this year and it promises to be one of the matches of the autumn; not so much in terms of quality but as a measurement of the tilt in the game’s axis in the professional era. Share on Messenger Topics Read more blogposts South Africa rugby team South Africa have been taking the longer view this year, picking almost exclusively from players who are based in the country, although the Bath back-rower Francois Louw is an exception. In this month in 2005, South Africa were second to New Zealand in the rankings, ahead of France, another country that has declined this decade, partly for a reverse reason, the export and import of players.France have slumped to eighth in the rankings, a fraction ahead of Fiji. If selection since Guy Novès has become more consistent, performances have not. In 2009, they had one of the more respectable records against New Zealand, 12 victories and a draw in 47 Tests, but they have lost the last 10 and their last victory at home over the All Blacks was in Marseille in 2000. They will try again in Paris on Saturday night, although their last victory in the fixture in the capital was back in the days when they called Parc des Princes home, 1973, having at one time preferred to take the game’s biggest draw card to rugby heartlands. Rugby and the rainbow nation: can 2023 World Cup heal South Africa’s wounds? Since you’re here… Rugby union Share on Pinterest Ireland rugby union team Pinterest Farrell and Itoje furious at sitting out England’s date with Argentina Twitter Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Argentina have also fallen in the rankings. In 2005 and 2013 they were eighth and in 2009 they were sixth. Now they are 10th, although they are not the lowest of the tier-one nations, with Italy 14th, just above Romania. If France and South Africa have been trying to be more attacking, the Pumas have carried on from the 2015 World Cup when, even in the semi-final against Australia, they would twist rather than stick.They have become, as they showed against an England side in the summer shorn of 15 players, almost as much of a threat to themselves as their opponents, but their head coach, Daniel Hourcade, says there is no going back and that they have two years to turn mistakes into tries.So, for once, the European autumn, New Zealand apart, looks more auspicious for the north than the south. The one caveat at a time when the ball is spent more in hands than in the air, is that the Rugby Championship sides are used to that. Scotland are the closest in the Six Nations, followed by England, but Wales, France and Ireland are a few passes behind. Will Sexton ask Schmidt for the licence he was given in New Zealand?• This is an extract taken from the Breakdown, the Guardian’s weekly rugby union email. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions. Share on WhatsApp Under Joe Schmidt Ireland have developed into an efficient, organised side in which everyone knows his role down to the minutest detail. Photograph: Stickland/Inpho/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Talking Horses: top tips for Lingfield’s bumper Good Friday card

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first_imgAs recently as 2013, this Friday would have been a blank one for racing fans and there were at least a few voices within the industry which argued for keeping it that way. Just five years later, Good Friday is firmly established as one of the most valuable and competitive afternoons of the year, with £1m in prize money on offer at Lingfield alone where the track expects to welcome 10,000 spectators. And the Lambourn Open Day, which some warned would be under threat if racing was allowed on Good Friday, is still going strong.Whether the All-Weather Championships initiative will ever fully eradicate the ingrained prejudice of some punters when it comes to racing on artificial tracks remains to be seen. But anyone who simply enjoys competitive racing regardless of the surface will find plenty to interest them (and there is even a card on turf at Bath as well). Godolphin and Charlie Appleby pin Derby hopes on Ghaiyyath Thank you for your feedback. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The feature event at Lingfield is, as ever, the £200,000 Easter Classic, in which the bookies are currently betting 4-1 the field at best prices and there are three runners within half a point of each other at the head of the market. Mr Owen, who was first past the post in the Winter Derby over this course and distance in February, and Master The World, who got the race in the stewards’ room, would both be worthy winners, but Victory Bond (4.40) could have a little more quality where it matters. He did not get the run of the race behind Utmost, another of today’s rivals, last time out, when Ryan Moore was forced to make ground out wide on the turn for home and Victory Bond’s effort petered out in the straight. With a better passage and perhaps a little more improvement on what is just his fifth start on the all-weather, he will be difficult to beat. James Doyle, Victory Bond’s jockey, takes the mount on several well-backed runners on the Lingfield card, but the level of competition is such that he is unlikely to get an easy ride on any of them. Red Verdon, for instance, is 7-2 favourite for the Marathon but he is stepping up to two miles for the first time and does not have a huge amount in hand of proven stayers like Watersmeet and Funny Kid (2.00), who finished first and second in a well-run race at Wolverhampton last time. Narrow preference today is for Funny Kid, who went like the best horse in the race for much of the way last time and could reverse the form if Maxime Guyon can delay his challenge just a little longer. Elsewhere on the card, Goring (4.10) could offer some value against Second Thought in the Mile, while Pursuer (3.55) is an interesting runner in the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle, where a top-four finish for Gronkowski would book him a spot in the field for the Kentucky Derby. features Read more Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Show center_img Was this helpful? Talking Horses Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Quick guide Friday tips Hide Horse racing tips Lingfield 1.30 Master Speaker 2.00 Funny Kid 2.30 Summer Icon 3.05 Kachy 3.40 Corinthia Knight 4.10 Goring (nap) 4.40 Victory Bond (nb)Newcastle 1.40 Oriental Lilly 2.10 Cowboy Soldier 2.45 Welliesinthewater 3.20 Shabeeb 3.55 Purser 4.25 Hard Forest 4.55 Rude AwakeningBath 1.50 Dan’s Dream 2.20 Izzer 2.55 Baghdad 3.30 Quench Dolly 4.00 Tony Curtis 4.35 Medburn Cutler 5.05 Delagate This Lord Share via Email Horse racing Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Musician Jacob Davis Talks Style and How the Music Scene in Louisiana Inspired his Debut Album

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first_imgToday we meet musician Jacob Davis:Hey all, I’m Jacob Davis. I’m originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. I started playing music in college at Louisiana State University. The music scene in south Louisiana is much like the culture down there…it’s infectious. I loved everything about the slow moving way of life, and the music was just that…with a little bit of funk sprinkled in. It just has a way of making you feel something. The food, the people and the overall spirit of that place. I was drawn to it.I moved to Nashville a year after graduating from LSU in pursuit of playing music full time. I knew it was what I had to do. After being in Nashville for five years now, I recently signed a record deal with Black River Entertainment. I’m currently in the process of making my debut album and couldn’t be more excited to get it out there.As for my personal style:Jeans/Pants: Levi’s 510I’ve just always worn Levi’s jeans. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.Shirts: All Saints T-shirtsA good buddy of mine in Nashville told me about All Saints. I love them. It’s hard to find a good fitting t-shirt.Suits: ArmaniI like a slimmer fitting suit and Armani are usually a slim fit. And they’re just classy as hell.Shoes: New Republic Boots and Tony Lama Ostrich BootsI bought a pair of Tony Lama boots in college and they’re the best boots I’ve ever own. They feel like putting on a sock.Accessories: Swiss Army WatchI like that they can be sporty and casual at the same time. And they last forever.Outerwear: Vintage Remington Outdoor JacketI actually found this old jacket in my father-in-law’s closet. I just took it!Favorite cologne: Acqua Di GioI liked the commercial. I just went with it.Favorite app: The Dan Patrick Show appI’m a huge DP fan. It’s not always just sports…the Dannetes are hilarious.Favorite piece of technology: iPhoneLike everyone else’s answer…Next style/gear purchase: TAG watchI’ve always wanted one. Saving up as we speak. Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Datelast_img read more

Smart Robot Containers to Carry Aquaculture Products

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first_imgzoom A group of Norwegian graduates have developed smart “robot containers” with cooling systems that can sail to ports without any human interaction, classification society DNV GL informed.The graduates developed SEAtrue, a supply chain for offshore distribution of aquaculture products. The consumer application TraceEat sends information about consumer preferences to the digital platform Veracity, which enables best possible use of resources. The seafood is transported in autonomous smart “robot containers” which employ sophisticated cooling techniques to extend shelf life.The self-propelled containers are released from the processing vessel and either positions itself for pick up by a designated container ship or sails directly to a nearby port. That way, transportation by sea becomes more effective and efficient.“SEAtrue is a cutting-edge supply chain system that allows for optimal distribution and lower emissions. Moreover, it adjusts production to meet demand and thereby enhance a sustainable aquaculture industry,” project manager Ole Johan Lønnum, a marine technology graduate at NTNU, said.Presented at DNV GL’s Høvik headquarter, the solution “can revolutionise production and distribution of aquaculture products,” the classification society said.last_img read more

Students Write Provinces First Early Elementary Mathematics Assessment

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first_imgAll Grade 3 students in Nova Scotia are writing the province’s first early elementary mathematical literacy assessment this week. Almost 10,000 Grade 3 public school students will be demonstrating their understanding of a range of mathematical topics based on the Primary-3 curriculum, beginning today, June 5. “We want our students to do well in mathematics,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We need to know how students are doing in the early elementary grades so we can ensure that we are providing them with the strong foundation they need to succeed in later grades.” The assessment is being administered during the first 90-minutes of class on June 5, 6, and 7. It will measure the mental math, computation and problem-solving skills that students are expected to know at Grade 3. It will also identify individual students who need more support. Students’ individual results will be shared with schools and with their parents in the fall. “Assessments like this provide us with valuable information on each student’s strengths and needs,” said Ms. Casey. “What we learn from these assessments will also help us determine if the way we teach math at the early grades is working effectively.” The information gathered will help teachers in their ongoing instruction and assessment of their students. The results will not be included in the students’ report cards. The Assessment is part of the Program of Learning Assessment of Nova Scotia. For more information go to http://PLANS.EDnet.ns.ca .last_img read more

International Business Conference Opens in Halifax Today

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first_imgNearly 600 small business practitioners, policy makers, researchers and educators from around the globe are in Halifax for the International Council for Small Business until Wednesday, June 25. The 53rd annual conference opened today, June 22, with Celtic pomp and circumstance at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Opening remarks were offered by Senator Donald Oliver and Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Small businesses are the economic drivers that create new jobs and support innovation and, ultimately, economic prosperity for our region,” said Mr. Oliver, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “The government of Canada is committed to developing and delivering programs which promote small businesses.” Delegates will spend the next three days attending lectures and workshops on successful small-business development and growth. “The government’s commitment to sustainable prosperity for Nova Scotia means helping small and medium-sized businesses grow and prosper,” said Mr. Muir. “We are proud of the successes of our business leaders and our entrepreneurs, and pleased that this educational conference will further help them to thrive.” The conference will include a Tuesday evening gala Atlantic lobster dinner. The keynote address will be delivered by Canadian entrepreneur Ben Barry of the modeling agency Ben Barry Inc. The 2008 conference, Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results, is at the World Trade and Convention Centre. It is co-hosted by the International Conference for Small Business affiliate Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is organized by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. For conference details, visit www.icsb2008.org .last_img read more

Budget Makes Life Better for Yarmouth Shelburne Families

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first_img Total revenues for 2011-12, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $8.5 billion, a decrease of $133 million over the 2010-11 estimates. The 2011 budget projects a deficit of $389.6 million. This is in line with the $370-million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Total expenses for fiscal 2011-12 are budgeted at $9.3 billion, up $323.0 million from 2010-11, entirely because of reinstating university funding. Today’s budget also includes: investing $42.5 million to help make post-secondary education more affordable opening at least four new Collaborative Emergency Centres this year providing tax breaks, such as an increase in the basic personal amount by $250 reducing departmental spending by $170 million investing $28 million to improve business productivity providing $7.9 million to low-income families to help make ends meet. investment to support efforts to aggressively market Southwestern Nova Scotia as a premium tourism destination hiring of a nurse practitioner to visit nursing homes in Southwest Health Authority and care for seniors where they live, saving them the stress and discomfort of a trip to hospital funding for construction of the new Yarmouth Memorial High School new nursing home beds for Yarmouth expanding the Schools Plus initiative into the Tri-County Regional School Board continued and stable funding support for Western Counties Regional Library helping entrepreneurs in Yarmouth and Shelburne counties by reducing the small business tax to four per cent from 4.5 per cent, the second consecutive year it has declined better road maintenance through government chip-seal and asphalt-plant initiatives continued and stable funding support for local museums, such as Acadian Village Help for local tourism, better health care for seniors in nursing homes and new school construction are some of the highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne counties in the provincial budget today, April 5th. “This budget invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “We still have a difficult financial situation to address, but this budget shows that we are on target to balance in 2013, as promised.” Highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne in today’s budget include: For more information on the 2011-12 provincial budget, visit www.gov.ns.calast_img read more

NB Premier Elsipogtog Chief pledge more talks as Mikmaq Warrior Society ups

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first_img(Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock (l) and New Brunswick Premier David Alward (r) emerge from Fredericton meeting pledging more talks. Photo by Andrea Schmidt/Special to APTN)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News FREDERICTON–New Brunswick Premier David Alward and Elsipogtog First Nation Chief Arren Sock walked out of a meeting Monday in Fredericton holding braids of sweetgrass and pledging more talks to end an anti-fracking highway blockade that continues in a northern part of the province beneath the shadow of a court injunction ordering its dismantling.During the meeting, Texas-based environmental activists hand-delivered a letter from the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society to Houston headquarters of Southwestern Energy (SWN), the parent of the company exploring for shale gas in New Brunswick. The letter was delivered as part of Idle No More’s day of action campaign which also unfolded the same day.The blockade, on Hwy 135, has trapped several of SWN Resources Canada’s exploration vehicles in a compound.Alward and Sock met for about two and a half hours and emerged saying they had agreed to establish a working group to find a solution that would lead to the blockade’s end.Sock said he would be consulting with community members on the make-up of the working group.Alward said the groundwork for creating the committee would begin Tuesday.“What we have is the foundation,” said Alward. “We have indicated collectively, together, that we will be in dialogue every day.”This new working group, however, will take time to come together and time may work against it. A New Brunswick judge handed down an injunction against the blockade last Thursday and, should police move in to clear the blockade, the ongoing dialogue would quickly fall apart.Sock and some councillors met with SWN lawyers in Moncton Sunday who said the company would not attempt any legal maneuverings to press the issue on the blockade for at least three days.“We hope the company acts on good faith and respects the work the premier and I have done so far,” said Sock.Alward said he would not be contacting the company to discuss the situation because the issue was out of his hands.“The government does not direct how an injunction or how a legal process takes place,” said Alward.In Houston, activist with the environmental group T.E.J.A.S entered SWN’s corporate head office with a letter from the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society saying the company’s exploration was a threat and an act of “cultural genocide.” The warrior society’s letter demanded a response within 48 hours.“These attacks to our people’s water source infringe on the integrity of our cultural resources and heritage in our region,” said the letter. “Allowing further development violates our treaty rights to not only hunt, fish and gather…but our treaty right, Aboriginal right and title right to the land and water itself.”SWN’s Houston office did not return a request for comment.The warrior society wanted a seat at the table with the primier, but says it has been cut out of the process.Elsipogtog’s War Chief John Levi, however, attended Sunday’s meeting with the premier in Moncton and the band council considers him a representative of the warriors.The highway blockade is set up in Rexton, NB, about 80 kilometres north of Moncton and about 15 km northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation.RCMP vehicles have sealed off the blockade on both sides. The site sits next to a compound holding several exploration vehicles belonging to SWN.The injunction had not been served at the blockade as of this article’s posting.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Chowkidars only working for rich Priyanka Gandhi

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first_imgNew Delhi: Taking a swipe at the BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said these ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) are only working for the rich and are not bothered about the poor.She attacked the Uttar Pradesh government while citing a media report on Twitter that claimed the dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in the state. Congress President Rahul Gandhi also attacked the Uttar Pradesh government and BJP leaders for not clearing the dues of farmers, saying anyone insulting the farmers of the country cannot be a patriot. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The failure is yours. Why are you punishing farmers for it. Our farmers give us life. Any atrocity on them is an atrocity on the nation. Those who insult our farmers can never be patriots,” Rahul Gandhi said in a Facebook post. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Twitter, “The families of sugarcane farmers toil day and night but the Uttar Pradesh government does not even take the responsibility of paying their dues.” “Rs 10,000 crore of farmers’ dues means everything, including their children’s education, food, health, and the next produce comes to a standstill. These chowkidars only work for the rich and do not care about the poor,” she claimed. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was recently appointed the Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East.last_img read more

Nadal seals semifinal spot with gusty win over Struff

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first_imgBarcelona: Rafael Nadal remained on course for a 12th Barcelona Open title after a hard fought 7-5 7-5 win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-finals. He played Struff for the first time but made a quick start by breaking early and leading 4-1. Struff broke back to level at 4-4 but when serving for the match, Nadal produced two of his best returns of the set to force errors from the German and win the set. The second set stayed on serve until 6-5 when Nadal upped his level again and on match point, he passed Struff with a breathtaking forehand pass. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuMeanwhile, Kei Nishikori on Friday kept alive his hopes of earning a third Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell title, battling past home favourite Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals. The 2014-15 Barcelona champion arrived in Spain on a three-match losing streak, but he has raised his level at the ATP 500 tournament with three straight-sets victories. The World No. 7 won all but six first-serve points (39/45) en route to his one-hour, 53-minute triumph. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”The second set was very tight. I had many chances,” Nishikori said. “I couldn’t convert and he started playing better. He almost had a chance to go to three sets, so it was a very good game, I would say. But the past two games I finished really well and played good tennis again.” Nishikori will face in-form Daniil Medvedev for a spot in Sunday’s championship match. The Japanese star has won two of the pair’s three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, including their only match on clay last year in Monte-Carlo. But the Russian was victorious in their biggest battle, in the final of Tokyo last season. “He’s definitely a tough player,” Nishikori said. “He has a good serve, good reach. He gets many balls. He moves well for his height, so I have to play a lot of good tennis if I want to beat him.” It was not an easy quarter-final for the fourth seed, who was made to fight hard by Carballes Baena, the 2018 Quito champion. The Spaniard did well to neutralise Nishikori’s offence as best he could, taking any opening he could find to dictate play. But after saving the first eight break points he faced in the second set, Carballes Baena could not hold off Nishikori, who also made the 2016 final here.last_img read more

Officials from joint African UnionUN mission bid farewell to Darfur

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Over the last two days, AU-UN Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada visited Nyala town in South Darfur, and El Geneina and Zalingei in West Darfur, where he met with staff from the mission, known as UNAMID, and members of the UN country team. Mr. Adada, whose leaves his post on 31 August, also paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Wali, or Governor, of South Darfur, Dr. Farah Mustapha. Also yesterday, the mission held a farewell ceremony in El Fasher stadium to honour its outgoing Force Commander, General Martin Luther Agwai, who will be succeeded by Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba. In his remarks to the gathering, Mr. Adada recalled that General Agwai arrived in the mission at a time when UNAMID did not exist and when doubts about its deployment were a common belief. “The success of this mission is nothing but a great testimony to the persistent, strategic and charismatic leadership you have shown throughout the service in Darfur…you have been the voice of truth, credibility and reason within this mission,” said the UNAMID chief. General Agwai highlighted the achievements made so far, including progress in the deployment of UNAMID forces in Darfur, as well as the challenges facing the operation, including the lack of critical equipment. The outgoing Force Commander also acknowledged efforts made by the AU, UN, UNAMID and the humanitarian community in protecting civilians in Darfur, which has been beset by conflict and displacement for the past six years. “I believe we have made remarkable progress, but still need to do more,” he said. Meanwhile, UNAMID reported today that the main group of the first Jordanian Formed Police Unit (FPU) consisting of 100 officers arrived in El Fasher today to begin work with the mission, while a second group consisting of 180 officers will arrive tomorrow. These officers were preceded, on 19 August, by an advance party of 20 Jordanian police advisors tasked with assisting in the preparations of the facilities earmarked for the Unit at UNAMID and the coordination of the logistics of the contingent’s owned equipment (COE). FPUs are comprised of police officers who have received specialized training in high-risk operations. Their main task is the protection of civilians, including through conducting community policing, especially in camps housing internally displaced persons (IDPs). They also assist UN agencies in the delivery of humanitarian aid in Darfur. The Jordanian FPU is the fifth such unit to be deployed, after the Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Nepalese and Nigerian, out of the 19 such units mandated by the Security Council when it established UNAMID in 2007. On the security front, UNAMID said that incidents of carjacking were reported in North and South Darfur and banditry activities in North Darfur. A UNAMID vehicle was carjacked on 24 August by two armed men in El Fasher, where the mission is headquartered. On the same day, a vehicle belonging to a UN agency was carjacked near Al Salaam IDP camp in Nyala by three armed men in civilian clothing. In addition, a house occupied by UNAMID police in El Fasher was broken into yesterday by unknown persons who stole two personal computers, a digital cameral and a music system. 25 August 2009The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur and its military chief are meeting with colleagues and local government officials as they wrap up their tours of duty in the strife-torn Sudanese region. read more

Trump Jr tweets Top Gun video of dad shooting CNN jet

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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump Jr. has shared a new doctored video of his father attacking CNN.Trump Jr. tweeted a video of a doctored clip of the 1986 military thriller “Top Gun” Saturday. In it, President Donald Trump’s face is superimposed over Tom Cruise’s character as he shoots down a Russian jet with a CNN logo on it. Trump is seen in the clip repeating his “you’re fired” catchphrase before launching a missile.Trump Jr. called the video, “one of the best I’ve seen.” The source of the doctored video wasn’t immediately clear.President Donald Trump tweeted a video earlier this month of a doctored clip from a pro wrestling appearance that shows him pummeling a man whose face is covered by the CNN logo. The tweet became Trump’s most-shared tweet. Trump Jr. tweets ‘Top Gun’ video of dad shooting CNN jet by The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 6:18 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Adelaide man opposes Greek extradition

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first_imgA man wanted in Greece for his involvement in a major cannabis ring will challenge the Federal Attorney-General’s decision to have him extradited from Australia, a court heard.According to ABC reports Adelaide man Vasilios Konstantinou, 55, has faced the Magistrates Court seeking access to any documents the Government may have regarding claims he has already been exonerated in Greece.Konstantinou’s lawyer, Sam Doyle, said the only person convicted over the alleged drug ring so far had tried to point the finger at Konstantinou, but a Greek court ruled in that case that Konstantinou either did not exist or he was not involved.A lawyer argued it was beyond the magistrate’s powers to take that information into account.The lawyer for the Attorney-General said a double jeopardy argument did not work because Konstantinou was not involved in Greek legal proceedings. The magistrate granted Konstantinou permission to seek the documents.The court also heard the man was planning a Federal Court review of the Attorney-General’s decision last year to approve the extradition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sydney cafe owners caught unawares by government announcement

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sydney locals Deanne and Spiro Coucouvinis have been told by officials their CBD business forms part of a demolition plan to make way for the construction of train stations along the proposed $10 billion Sydney Metro project. Their cafe – Bar Bellino – is in a building on the corner of Elizabeth and Hunter Streets in the city, which is one of 19 in the area that will make way for the rail upgrade. The Coucouvinis were approached during rush hour last week by two customers who turned out to be government representatives to inform them of their ill-fate. Spiro told The Sydney Morning Herald the couple had no intention of selling their business, which they have run since 2003, and are now pessimistic about their outlook, believing the forced acquisition will not be reasonably assessed, whilst Deanne stressed they will face financial hardship as a result of the announcement. “They’re taking away our livelihood. They can pay us the value of the business, but what about my income? How do I bring in money to pay my loans to keep myself living?” Deanne said. “Nothing is going to happen for another 12 months but, during that time, our customer base is going to start to erode.” Authorities stated they did everything to avoid forced buy-outs, with the buildings set to be destroyed over the next 24 months. Source: Sydney Morning Heraldlast_img read more

Les astronomes ont découvert une étoile qui ne devrait pas exister

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first_imgLes astronomes ont découvert une étoile qui ne devrait pas existerDes astronomes ont découvert une étoile très primitive, qui n’aurait pas dû exister selon une théorie jusque là largement admise, parce que sa composition la situe dans une “zone interdite”, selon une étude publiée mercredi dans la revue scientifique Nature.C’est une étoile très particulière qu’ont découverte des astronomes dans la constellation du Lion. Moins massive que le Soleil, celle-ci est constituée presque entièrement d’hydrogène et d’hélium et présente la plus faible quantité connue d’éléments chimiques plus lourds, que les astronomes appellent des “métaux”. Une composition normalement considérée comme une “zone interdite” et qui remet en cause plusieurs théories de la formation des étoiles. En effet, “une théorie largement admise prédit que des étoiles comme celle-ci, avec une faible masse et des quantités extrêmement faibles de métaux, ne devraient pas exister”, explique Elisabetta Caffau de l’université de Heidelberg en Allemagne et de l’Observatoire de Paris, principale auteure de l’étude. Ainsi, “cela a été une surprise de découvrir, pour la première fois, une étoile dans cette zone interdite'”, ajoute dans un communiqué l’astronome, évoquant alors la nécessité de “revoir certains modèles de formation des étoiles”, cite LeMonde.frUne étoile formée peu après le Big BangLes cosmologistes expliquent qu’il est établi que seuls les éléments chimiques les plus légers, l’hydrogène et l’hélium, ont été créés peu après le Big Bang, ainsi que quelques traces de lithium. En ce qui concerne les autres éléments – y compris l’oxygène, le carbone et le fer – ils ont été formés plus tard au cœur des étoiles puis disséminés lors de leur explosion, chaque génération d’étoiles s’enrichissant des éléments fabriqués par la précédente. C’est donc la proportion de métaux dans une étoile qui révèle son âge. Ainsi, l’étoile qui défie la théorie pourrait avoir plus de 13 milliards d’années. Baptisée SDSS J102915+172927, cette étoile est “très primitive et il pourrait s’agir d’une des plus vieilles étoiles jamais découvertes”, indique Lorenzo Monaco, de l’Observatoire austral européen (ESO) au Chili, où les observations ont été réalisées grâce au VLT (Very Large Telescope).La composition de l’étoile est différente de l’Univers à cette époqueC’est dans le halo entourant notre galaxie que cette petite étoile a été découverte. Sa masse qui compte seulement 80 % de la masse du Soleil et 20.000 fois moins de métaux n’aurait pas dû pouvoir se former en l’absence de carbone et d’oxygène, des éléments qui servent à refroidir le nuage de gaz initial qui s’échauffe à mesure qu’il se comprime. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Plus le gaz est chaud, plus la pression augmente”, ce qui peut arrêter l’effondrement du nuage, explique Piercarlo Bonifacio de l’Observatoire de Paris. Pour qu’il poursuive sa compression, “il faut un mécanisme qui puisse refroidir les gaz”, tel que celui fourni par l’oxygène et le carbone capables d’évacuer la chaleur sous forme de rayonnement. D’où l’importance d’une telle découverte dans l’élaboration des théories sur la formation des étoiles. Mais les surprises ne s’arrêtent pas là, puisque cette étoile primitive contient un taux de lithium cinquante fois plus faible que celui de l’Univers à l’époque de sa formation. Une énigme qui pourrait s’expliquer, selon les chercheurs, si la matière de l’étoile a été chauffée à 2 millions de degrés, faisant ainsi diminuer la quantité de lithium. Le 1 septembre 2011 à 14:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

K9 in training to combat Juneaus heroin problem

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first_imgJuneau Police have a new tool to sniff out a steady flow of heroin and other narcotics entering the city. It’s been about 25 years since the department had a K-9 on staff.Download AudioBuddy has been with the Juneau Police Department for about three weeks. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)His partner, Officer Mike Wise, is training Buddy at Dzanktik’i Heeni Middle School to sniff out drugs on campus.Inside a classroom, Wise snaps on blue plastic gloves while Buddy waits in the car.“So, basically right now. I have some narcotics on me I’m going to be planting and basically getting ready to hide,” he says.Wise unscrews the lid off a mason jar and pulls out 4 grams of black, tacky looking heroin.“We’re going to put it in the stash box and then we’re going to put it inside the filing cabinet.”The police department received nearly $25,000 in grant money from the feds to bring the K-9 on staff. Buddy was Russian-born and snapped up by a recruiting agency that finds dogs with a “high drive” for law enforcement.Officer Wise had to fly down to Alabama to pick up Buddy, then named Baddie.  He remembers walking in a kennel with 30 dogs barking. The handler pointed to a German shepherd and handed him a collar.“And I didn’t know who this dog was, I’d never met him before, and he’s never seen me,” he says. “And for a stranger just to walk into his kennel was kind of terrifying.”But Buddy just looked at him and wagged his tail.“There was a huge relief to know that this dog is not going to try to eat me. The first day Buddy walked off and he just wanted to pull me everywhere,” he says.Slowly, Wise started to bond with his new partner; he brushed Buddy’s fur, played with him and did some additional training before bringing him back home to his wife and two kids.“And from then on it’s been inseparable. We just stay together.”Buddy is trained to smell heroin, meth and cocaine. But not marijuana since that’s legal now in Alaska. His nose is so good that he can detect each note in the narcotics. For example, you might walk into a room and smell a delicious pizza.“He smells every little ingredient that’s involved in making that pizza. That’s how he does it with the meth, cocaine or heroin and knows that’s something,” he says.The police department is going to need the help. Last year, they confiscated over $4.6 million of heroin in Juneau. There’s a big incentive for smugglers. A dose here is worth five times more than down south.Lt.  Kris Sell oversees investigations. She says Heroin gets to Juneau in a number of ways.Officer Mike Wise watches Buddy play with his “paycheck.” A piece of hose, sometimes PVC pipe. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)“The people who are importing heroin move regularly between the U.S. mail, other mail delivery services and bring it in on the airlines or on the ferry,” she says.Last year’s seizures were made up of a couple of big busts and several small ones. A drug conspiracy involving stolen Costco jewelry yielded 10,000 street doses of heroin.“In Juneau, we’ve had such a heroin problem, I think you’d be hard pressed to find an adult who doesn’t know a  family who’s been impacted in some way by the addiction.”Sell says there hasn’t been a sudden spike in heroin, it’s more like a steady march. And finding it once it’s here can be difficult.“People have done things like taped drugs to the underside of the baby’s dresser in the baby’s room,  Buddy will help us ferret out things like that. Things we’re worried we haven’t been finding.”Back inside the classroom, Wise holds tight to Buddy’s leash which is attached to a police harness. He walks him around but, really, Buddy is leading him to the place where we stashed the heroin.Right when he sniffs the filing cabinet, he lays down–indicating this is the spot.A black piece of rubber hose is discreetly thrown over Buddy’s head.It’s his paycheck for a job well done. Wise will play tug of war with it and let Buddy win. Then he’ll hurl the toy back out of sight. Buddy is restrained from going after it.“So, he’s always assuming his toy’s in the field out there. So when we’re working. He’s looking for this toy again. That’s why he’s doing what he’s doing for that thing right there,” he says. “So, we’re going to hide it from him. It kind of makes him mad a little bit, but we gotta keep working. ”Wise hopes with Buddy’s help, incoming drugs can be kept off the street. They’ll start patrolling the airport, commercial barges and ferry system soon.last_img read more

Who could be Pakistans next PM

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first_imgLeaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Ali Amin Khan Gandapur (L) and Shibli Faraz celebrate after a Supreme Court verdict against prime minister Nawaz Sharif outside the court in Islamabad on Friday. AFPPakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif was Friday ousted from the top office by the Supreme Court, but as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party he will be able to nominate his successor.Sharif’s chosen candidate will be put to a vote in the National Assembly — a rubber stamp affair as the PML-N holds a strong majority in the house.His daughter Maryam Nawaz is commonly touted as his political heir, but she does not currently hold elected office so cannot be a candidate this time around.Pakistani politics often see dark horses emerge, but the most likely candidates for the country’s next prime minister are as follows:Shahbaz SharifSpeculation within the vocal local media suggests that the party is planning to bring in an interim prime minister for a few weeks before electing Sharif’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif to the post.The young Sharif is currently chief minister of powerful Punjab province — the Sharif family stronghold. He would have to step down from that role and be elected to the National Assembly before he was eligible to become prime minister.That will require a party loyalist to resign from his seat in the national parliament, sparking a hasty vote that Shahbaz would contest on the PML-N ticket.Shahbaz is considered more intelligent but less charismatic than his older brother.He has controlled Punjab — Pakistan’s most populous and prosperous province — for much of the last decade, presiding over a series of big ticket infrastructure projects, including Pakistan’s first metro bus service.Khawaja Muhammad AsifDefence Minister Khawaja Asif is one of the most trusted allies of the outgoing prime minister and considered the mostly likely to succeed him.The former banker has held a series of key positions within the PML-N since 1991. He was elected to the National Assembly from his home district of Sialkot — an important manufacturing centre in Punjab province — since 1993.He is viewed as a strong critic of the powerful military and commentators say that his hardline stance against the army has created problems for Sharif.Sardar Ayaz SadiqThe speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is another strong candidate for next prime minister who is said to have the ear of the ruling Sharif family.Sadiq gained Sharif’s trust after he defeated the PML-N leader’s main rival, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, in a hotly contested race for a Lahore seat in the 2013 general election.Sadiq lost the seat two years later following allegations of vote rigging, only to be re-elected in a by-election, narrowly beating another close aide of Khan. He was restored as the speaker after his re-election.Sadiq began his political career as a supporter of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf party, but quit to contest the 2002 elections on a PML-N ticket.Ahsan IqbalA US-educated lawmaker, Ahsan Iqbal hails from a political family that has long been associated with Sharif’s PML-N party.Iqbal is considered the development brains of the party and a visionary leader.He currently heads the federal planning and development ministry, having previously served as minister for education and minorities. He has also worked as deputy chairman of the Planning Commission from 1998 to 1999 during Sharif’s second term.Chaudhry Nisar Ali KhanInterior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a stalwart of the PML-N, was until recently considered the prime candidate to succeed Sharif.But relations between the two have recently cooled, with some sources suggesting that Sharif is concerned that the vocal Nisar could be positioning himself to wrest control of the party from the embattled prime minister.Speculation this week that he could be about to resign his seat has heightened the intrigue surrounding his relationship with Sharif.Unlike Sharif’s other key allies, Nisar has close ties with the powerful military, often serving as broker between the two — a relationship that would serve Nisar well if he decided to make an independent bid for the top office.last_img read more

Justice Department Reopens Emmett Till Case

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first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comEven before it was cool to cite the hashtags “Black Lives Matter” and “Say His/ Her Name,” Mamie Till made sure the world knew about the brutal beating and monstrous murder of her 14-year-old son Emmett Till in 1955—though the justice system didn’t seem to agree that the Black boy’s life mattered.  A month after his death, the two people accused of murdering him were acquitted in less than an hour by an all-White jury.Over 60 years later and the U.S. Department of Justice is doing what it can to ensure justice is served in Till’s murder.This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. (AP Photo, File)“The Till case has been re-opened by DOJ based upon the discovery of new information,” the department said in March, according to CNN.The accused murderers, Roy Bryant and J.W. Millam later admitted to killing Emmett and dumping his body in the Tallahatchie River, but knew, because of double jeopardy laws, that they wouldn’t be tried, according to CNN.Then last year, Vanity Fair published an article in which a Duke University scholar said Roy Bryant’s wife, Carolyn Bryant – the woman who said Emmett flirted with her, propelling the men to kill him – confessed that she made up the most severe part of her story.As she spoke to the scholar Timothy Tyson for his book, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” Bryant allegedly said of Till’s reported flirting: “That part’s not true.”Milam died in 1980 and Roy Bryant died in 1994 yet, Carolyn Bryant is still alive and may not be excused despite statutes of limitations.Based off the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act, which was first introduced in 2007 and reauthorized in 2016, the Department of Justice can investigate pre-1980 civil rights murders.The Department has not offered any further details about the investigation.last_img read more

Wattpad Teams up With Times Bridge for India Expansion

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first_img ×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 Indian media investor, Times Bridge has made a strategic investment into Canadian online entertainment group Wattpad. The two companies conceive of the move as expanding Wattpad’s position in India.Times Bridge is the investment arm of India’s The Times Group and has previously taken investment positions in Uber, Airbnb, Coursera, Houzz, MUBI and Smule. It also has a business relationship with Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post which sees SCMP content republished by The Times of India. Wattpad claims a global online community of more than 70 million users, and says its mission is to helps local storytellers connect with readers everywhereThe value of the deal and the size of Times Bridge’s stake in Wattpad were not disclosed.The two see their combined efforts as helping writers to establish new strategic partnerships. It will also help Wattpad Studios work with local partners to turn stories into books, TV shows, films, and digital projects. Wattpad recently appointed Devashish Sharma as its first India country manager. Popular on Variety center_img “Times Bridge (will) expand our footprint in the region and create more opportunities for India’s rich literary community to tell their stories,” said Allen Lau, CEO & co-founder, Wattpad, in a statement.Wattpad’s international entertainment partners include iflix, Huayi Brothers Korea, Bavaria Fiction, Sony, and SYFY. It recently launched new publishing division Wattpad Books that will bring Wattpad stories to bookshelves everywhere.last_img read more