SC raps Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal for statement on NRC

first_imgThe Supreme Court, which is monitoring the updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, today came down heavily on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for saying the draft NRC will be published by December 31.The NRC is meant to identify original residents of Assam to check illegal migration.The top court said when it was monitoring the process of publication of the draft NRC by an apex court appointed committee, no agency or authority can make a statement like this.“We don’t appreciate any other authority intervening in the matter of preparation and publication of the draft NRC when this court has been monitoring the process,” the bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.F. Nariman said.During the hearing the bench was informed that though the deadline for the publication of draft NRC was said to be March 31, 2019, the Chief Minister has stated that this would be done on or before December 2017.“Last time you had told us that you will do it by March 2018. It is good that you are doing it. But we have an on-record statement of Chief Minister of Assam that the draft NRC will be published in December 2017. Let him supervise then. We will wash off our hands.“When the Supreme Court is monitoring it, we don’t see any other agency or authority to say that we will do it like this,” the bench said.It also said that the apex court has already spend its energy, time for almost two years and “it is not fair to the court”.The apex court had earlier asked for preparation of NRC to keep a check on illegal migration from Bangladesh.The apex court was hearing a matter relating to fencing of Indo-Bangla border.last_img read more

US Open roundup: Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea knocked out in men’s doubles quarterfinal

first_imgIndo-Romanian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea lost their quarterfinal clash against Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt 6-7, 3-6 on Wednesday.The sixth seeded pair came close to winning the first set, but lost the tiebreaker 2-7. They were comfortably outplayed in the second set by their opponents.Bopanna and Mergea had five break point opportunities, but the duo failed to win even one of them.Meanwhile, Bopanna and his mixed doubles partner Yung-Jan Chan will be taking on Indo-Swiss pair of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis for a spot in the final. The second seeded Bopanna-Chan pair faced a tough battle in the quarterfinal against Su-Wei Hsieh and Henri Kontinen, whereas the fourth-seeded pair of Paes and Hingis moved into the final-four after getting a walkover from the Romanian pair of Simona Halep and Horia Tecau.Also read: US Open – Game, set and match! Federer storms into quarter-final Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis will be battling for a berth in the final against Italy’s Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta. Martina and Sania defeated ninth seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei to reach US Open semifinal on Wednesday.Top-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic made it to US Open semifinals for the ninth consecutive time on Wednesday when he defeated 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6. On Friday, Djokovic will take on defending champion Marin Cilic, who battled past Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Second-seeded Swiss Roger Federer will take on 12th seed Richard Gasquet in quarterfinal clash on Thursday morning. Federer who was unfazed in his previous matches is expected to ease past the Frenchman.advertisementAlso read: Paes, Bopanna set to face off in mixed doubles semis Stanislas Wawrinka, who has had a good run in recent majors, will look to continue his record when he battles for a semifinal spot against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. The fifteenth-seeded Anderson knocked Briton Andy Murray out of US Open in the fourth round clash. Murray succumbed against the big-serving South African, thereby failing to maintain his record of 18 consecutive grand-slam appearances.Serena battles past her sisterWednesday saw an intense quarterfinal battle between Williams’ sisters. Serena maintained her dream run in grand slams by beating her older sister 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. It was an ace, a hug, game set and match for Serena. Venus came from behind in the second set, but failed to withstand Serena’s push in the final set.last_img read more

Ganguly flooded with wishes on his 45th birthday

first_imgKolkata, Jul 8 (PTI) A packed day notwithstanding, former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly was flooded with wishes on his 45th birthday. West Bengal Chief Minisiter Mamata Banerjee was one of the first to wish him. “A very Happy Birthday…,” posted Mamata Banerjee on her official twitter handle as #HappyBirthdayDada started trending. His former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh among others. “It was always a pleasure to play with you… Have a good one!,” wrote the Mumbai maestro Tendulkar. Crediting Ganguly for his rise in Tests, Sehwag posted a series of Tweets and photos. “May you keep on helping India wave our flag high, just like u waved ur shirt at Lords (sic),” Sehwag wrote with a photo of him Tendulkar and Ganguly in Team India colours. “Whatever success I could achieve in Test Cricket,I truly attribute it to the wonderful support you gave me,” with the duo seen in white flannels.” he further tweeted. Harbhajan wrote: “#HappyBirthdayDada! Youve always been an inspiration and a true hero. Have a great one… God bless you.” Yuvraj Singh wrote: “Wishing dearest @SGanguly99 many happy returns of the day lots of love dadi.” The Indian Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council also wished him a happy birthday on their official Twitter accounts. “Happy Birthday to one of Indias finest cricketers, Sourav Ganguly! What is your favourite memory from his career?” tweeted global body. “Happy Birthday… Heres wishing you a great year ahead #HappyBirthdayDada,” BCCI posted. Indian Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara wrote: “Happy birthday to the man who has given us innumerable moments to cherish.” Suresh Raina, sports minister Vijay Goel, India discard Pragyan Ojha also wished him. Sports minister Vijay Goel wrote:”A true legend of #cricket who gave us memorable moments. Prayers for your good health & best wishes.” PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more



Analyst Claims 1 Major College Football Program Will “Never” Be Elite Again

first_imga field view of tennessee's neyland stadiumKNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)Never is a long time, an amount of time that the human mind likely can’t even fully comprehend, but that’s the word one college football analyst chose to use when assessing Tennessee’s chances of becoming elite again.Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes has written a piece titled, “Why Tennessee Will Never Be Elite Again.”The Volunteers are one of college football’s most-prestigious programs of all-time, winning six national championships, but it’s been a while since they were elite. Tennessee’s last SEC Divisional title came in 2007. The Vols haven’t won the SEC since 1998.Hayes believes they will “never” reach elite territory again. Look, this isn’t going to get better because Nick Saban and Alabama aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Because Ed Orgeron is recruiting as well as anyone in the league at LSU, and Kirby Smart is locking down Georgia and Florida has Mullen.The days of Tennessee competing with the country’s best are over, he believes.Those same areas (Phillip) Fulmer cultivated two decades ago—when Alabama, LSU and Georgia were underachieving with ill-fitted coaching staffs—are long out of reach now and have been so for more than a decade. The days of Tennessee rolling through the SEC are long gone.Tennessee hasn’t been elite in a while and, probably, won’t be elite anytime soon.“Never” might be a stretch, though. One truly special head coach can change everything – as we’ve seen with Dabo Swinney and Clemson – and while it’s incredibly difficult to land such a head coach, it’s possible Tennessee could do it at some point.Tennessee, meanwhile, is set to open its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Georgia State.last_img read more

Mountie who investigated Surrey six gang murders pleads guilty in BC court

first_imgVANCOUVER — A primary investigator in British Columbia’s largest gang-related mass murder has pleaded guilty to failing to maintain law and order under the RCMP Act.David Attew was described as a star in B.C. Supreme Court for his work on major investigations, including the so-called Surrey six execution-style murders of six men in October 2007.The former staff sergeant was one of four Mounties charged in relation with the investigation and last week one of them was handed a conditional sentence to be served in the community.A publication ban prevented details involving Derek Brassington’s guilty plea and the same ban applies in Attew’s case.Attew’s lawyer Michael Klein says his client had a 19-year policing career before he retired early.Attew, who is expected to be sentenced later today, did not address the court but Klein says his client apologizes for his actions that were related to burnout on the job.Brassington was given a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community after he pleaded guilty to breach of trust and obstruction of justice.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Senate backs 854B bill to fund health education military

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate approved an $854 billion measure Thursday that funds much of the government, including $675 billion for the Defence Department.The bill combines military spending with disbursements for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies.The bill was approved, 85-7, and now heads to the House.With the vote, the Senate has passed nine of the 12 mandatory spending bills for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. That’s a marked departure from recent years, when individual spending measures were routinely ignored in favour of giant spending packages that fund the entire government.The Senate had not passed a labour/health spending bill in more than a decade.The bill boosts military pay by 2.6 per cent and the National Institutes of Health by 5 per cent.Republicans cited defence spending in urging support for the measure, which accounts for about two-thirds of federal spending for the 2019 budget year. The 2.6 per cent military pay raise is the largest in nearly a decade.The 5 per cent boost for NIH is the fourth straight significant increase for the biomedical research agency. The measure would hike spending for Alzheimer’s research to more than $2.3 billion, essentially quadrupling spending levels from four years ago on a disease that requires hundreds of billions of dollars for dementia-related care.Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on labour and health, said that if the United States does not find a solution to the disease by 2050, “we will be spending about twice today’s defence budget on Alzheimer’s care.”The bill also would provide a $145 million increase for treatment of opioid addiction, bringing spending to $3.7 billion to confront what lawmakers called an epidemic of abuse.It would also boost spending for the Head Start preschool program and increase maximum Pell Grants for college education.Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the vote “shows what the Senate can do working together. We all know it’s not easy, but it works.”Some conservatives criticized Republicans for going along with Democratic demands for increases in non-defence spending that match the increase in defence spending. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank , said the bill “continues to fund wasteful and ineffective programs that should be curtailed or eliminated entirely” and omits several policy riders important to conservatives.Senate leaders from both parties have agreed to avoid attaching so-called poison pill proposals to spending legislation to ensure passage.The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to block taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Paul said the amendment offered Republicans who “profess pro-life values” a chance “to turn our words into action, stand up for the sanctity of life and speak out for the most innocent among us that have no voice.”Only 45 senators voted in favour of the proposal.Senate leaders also blocked an amendment by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that would have allowed the Senate to intervene in a Texas lawsuit that could upend health-care protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. The Trump administration has said it will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court.“What’s happening today in the Senate is disgusting,” Manchin said after the amendment was blocked. He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “chose to play politics with the health care of millions of Americans,” including about 1.8 million people with pre-existing conditions in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky.“This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, this is life or death to many,” Manchin said.Manchin’s election opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, has joined states challenging the health care law.The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defence Department, but has not voted on a spending measure for labour, health and education. Senators from both parties have said they want to keep the two measures attached.__Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this story.last_img read more

American Airlines 4Q Earnings Snapshot

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $319 million.The Fort Worth, Texas-based company said it had net income of 69 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.04 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.02 per share.The world’s largest airline posted revenue of $10.94 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $11.01 billion.American Airlines expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.50 to $7.50 per share.American Airlines shares have declined slightly more than 1 per cent since the beginning of the year. The stock has decreased 46 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AAL at Associated Press read more

In major twist pipeline company asks US to pause Keystone XL process

by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 2, 2015 5:06 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In major twist, pipeline company asks U.S. to pause Keystone XL process A yard in Gascoyne, ND., which has hundreds of kilometres of pipes stacked inside it that are supposed to go into the Keystone XL pipeline, should it ever be approved are shown shown on Wednesday April 22, 2015. In a surprise move, the company behind the controversy-plagued Keystone XL pipeline has asked the U.S. government to temporarily suspend its application. That request from TransCanada Corp. adds a new wrinkle to one of the biggest Canada-U.S. political irritants of recent years, involving a pipeline from Alberta to Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Panetta WASHINGTON – In a surprise move that could have a political ripple-effect in two countries, the company behind the controversy-plagued Keystone XL pipeline has asked the U.S. government to temporarily suspend its application.Monday’s request from TransCanada Corp. adds a new twist to one of the biggest Canada-U.S. political irritants of recent years, potentially making the pipeline a 2016 U.S. election issue to be settled by the next president.The administration said it was reviewing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, in which the Calgary-based company requested a delay while the Nebraska stretch of the pipeline remains disputed.It’s another page in an already-epic, years-long battle — which has spilled into similar fights across the continent over export pipelines for Canada’s land-locked oilsands bitumen.“TransCanada believes that it would be appropriate at this time for the State Department to pause in its review of the Presidential Permit application for Keystone XL,” said the letter.“This will allow a decision on the permit to be made later based on certainty with respect to the route of the pipeline.”It’s also an about-face in the company’s message. Until recently, it would have been unimaginable for TransCanada or its government backers in Ottawa to be requesting a delay, given their repeated demands for immediate approval of a project that would carry nearly one-quarter of all Canadian oil exports.With opposition on multiple fronts, opponents say, the company obviously hopes to step back and return to the fray under more favourable conditions — not unlike a military tactical retreat.The Nebraska political activist who organized ranchers against the project urged President Barack Obama to ignore the company’s request — and reject the pipeline now.“They are doing this for one reason — TransCanada hopes a Republican gets into office because they all said they would approve (it),” Jane Kleeb said in an email.“TransCanada is facing a loss, they know it. So this is their last chance to try and save their project.”Its short-term political prospects seem dim indeed. Obama has repeatedly expressed skepticism. His supporters overwhelmingly expect him to reject it.All the major Democratic presidential candidates also oppose it. Because Republicans universally back it, the pipeline has potential to become an election wedge issue.It’s become so acutely partisan that the Democratic party leapt at the opportunity Monday to use the latest development for political gain. The party issued a letter asking new supporters to sign up and help fight this corporation that’s apparently pining for a Republican victory.Monday’s news also holds potential implications for Canada-U.S. relations. With a new Trudeau government hoping to improve ties to the Obama administration, a delay could offer relief from an early sore point.A pause on Keystone virtually guarantees the initial Obama-Trudeau encounters could focus on other topics, as they cross paths several times this month at the G20, APEC and Paris climate summits.There’s a big question mark, however, hanging over this delay request.The U.S. government hasn’t yet responded. The State Department is studying it. Earlier Monday, the White House had signalled plans to announce a final decision during Obama’s term.“Our expectation at this point … is that the president will make a decision before the end of his administration,” Josh Earnest told reporters. “It’s possible (it could happen this year). It’s also possible it could happen next year.”The delay idea was billboarded entirely by the company.And it featured a hairpin-sharp plot twist. In a reversal of roles befitting this seven-year soap opera, the company is now basing its request on a precedent that infuriated it not too long ago.In early 2014, the U.S. announced a delay. It said it couldn’t make a decision on granting a cross-border permit for the pipeline route, because the route was tied up in litigation in Nebraska.The company and the Canadian government fumed at that. The route is no longer being fought in court. It’s back to being reviewed by Nebraska’s arm’s-length public-services commission.And the company is now citing what happened in 2014 as a custom: “The company believes there is sound precedent,” it said in a statement, “for making this (delay) request.” read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_img Get our daily news round up: Actors recreate scenes on the streets of Digbeth during the Peaky Blinders Festival in Birmingham. Source: Jacob King/PA Wire/PA Images#HONG KONG: Police in Hong Kong fired tear gas and water cannons at pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs today, as the city tipped back into chaos after a brief pause in clashes. #AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: Former prime minister David Cameron aimed his ire at Brexiteers as extracts from his new book were published, while Boris Johnson changed tack, comparing the UK to the fictional comic book character the Incredible Hulk. #WEST BANK: Benjamin Netanyahu’s government approved a new settlement in the occupied West Bank today, ahead of an election in the coming days that pundits expect will be closely fought. Parting shotCorgi cafes? Apparently they’re all the rage these days. China, Japan and Thailand have all seen a staggering growth in affection for a dog breed once seen as purely for the royals. No Comments Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 7:50 PM 1 hour ago Share Tweet Email By Dominic McGrath center_img NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news. Dublin defeated Galway in Croke Park today in the All-Ireland Ladies football final. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO 3,955 Views Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Here’s what made the headlines today. An agreement has been reached between meat processors and beef farmers after a weekend of talks concluded this afternoon. Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring’s constituency was awarded more than one-tenth of the entire pot of money from a national scheme designed by his department to fund rural projects and groups.Police in the North have arrested a man in his 20s and two teenagers following reports of a serious sexual assault in Co Down.RTÉ needs to work out its own strategy to help win over younger audiences and become financially stable into the future, Minister for Communications Richard Bruton said during an interview today.A man in his 50s has died after he suffered fatal injuries in a road crash in the early hours this morning in Kerry.In Tyrone, a woman died after she was struck by a car earlier today. Record numbers of people flooded into Croke Park today to see Dublin defeat Galway in the All-Ireland Ladies football final. INTERNATIONAL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Paquets de cigarettes les images choc publiées

first_imgPaquets de cigarettes : les images choc publiéesDes paquets de cigarettes aux photos choc sont vendues en France depuis quelques jours. Le ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Santé a rendu publiques ces images mises en avant pour nous dissuader de fumer.Pour le moment, seules quelques marques sont concernées, mais les paquets de cigarettes aux images choc voire “gores” font déjà parler d’elles. Au dos, on peut y voir le pied d’un mort dans une morgue avec l’inscription “les fumeurs meurent prématurément”, la radio du poumon d’un cancéreux avec la mention “fumer provoque le cancer”, ou encore celle d’un goître énorme, enkysté, d’un malade souffrant d’un cancer du larynx avec la mention “fumer peut entraîner une morte lente et douloureuse”.A partir du 20 avril prochain, ces images choc, destinées à décourager ou alerter les fumeurs sur les dangers de la cigarette, se retrouveront dans tous les bureaux de tabac de France. Il s’agit d’une mesure imposée par le ministère de la Santé.13,5 millions de personnes fument dans l’Hexagone et le tabac tue chaque année 60.000 personnes.Découvrez les images choc mises en ligne par le ministère de la Santé. Le 21 février 2011 à 11:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Time Inc Announces Paid Membership Program for Pet Owners

first_img“As one of the largest direct marketing companies in the US…we have a unique ability to access first-party data and insights on what is important to our customers,” says Jen Wong, chief operating officer and president, digital at Time Inc. “We use this knowledge to rapidly develop new consumer products and services, like PetHero, that we can market directly to our large, direct customer base.”The launch of PetHero serves as the first major consumer product headed under Time Inc. president and CEO Rich Battista and his team, with plans ahead for the implementation of another paid membership product before the end of the year. Battista started his current position in September of last year. Time Inc. announced its plans to join the pet products industry today, launching a paid membership program for pet owners, PetHero™ ( program, set to start this fall at $20/month, will give its members a 25 percent discount on in-house medical services from participating veterinary practices, as well as toy and treat boxes, according to a statement from the company.“PetHero was created to make it easier, more fun and more affordable for families to keep their pets happy and healthy,” says Leslie Dukker Doty, executive vice president of consumer marketing and revenue at Time Inc. “Offering a great discount on vet care nationwide, seasonal delivery of the latest toys and treats, an interactive community and more, PetHero will be an invaluable destination for our passionate and engaged group of pet owners, a group that is growing by the day.”Time Inc. seeks to build upon its audience, which reaches over 100 million consumers, according to 16 comScore Multi-Platform, who own pets or identify as pet lovers across its print and digital audience, according to a company statement.last_img read more

Tech Mahindra Q4 net profit plunges 33

first_imgAn employee sits at the front desk inside Tech Mahindra office building in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013.Reuters fileIT software services company Tech Mahindra on Friday reported Rs 590 crore consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017, a fall of 33 percent from Rs 876 crore in the corresponding period last year.In a regulatory filing on the BSE, the company said consolidated revenue for the quarter under review grew 9.9 percent to Rs 7,733 crore from Rs 7,039 crore in the year-ago period. Sequentially, Q4 net profit declined 30 percent from Rs 845 crore in Q3 while revenue dipped 2.6 per cent from Rs 7,713 crore during the December 2016 quarter. For 2016-17, consolidated net profit declined 5.8 per cent to Rs 2,851 crore from Rs 3,027 crore in 2015-16, while total revenue grew 11 per cent to Rs 29,918 crore from Rs 26,934 crore.Earnings before income tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for Q4 also declined 22 percent over last year and 24 percent over last quarter to Rs 899 crore though operating margin grew 12 percent.Ebitda dipped 2 percent to Rs 4,184 crore, while margin rose 14.4 percent.The company’s Board of Directors recommended 180 percent dividend or Rs 9 per share.”Information technology the world over is going through a major shift with demand patterns changing constantly. Most businesses are battling the geopolitical uncertainties. As a digital transformation company, we see these as huge opportunities in the future. Our clients are approaching us with more problems to solve than ever before, which is a happy problem for us to deal with,” Vice-Chairman Vineet Nayyar said in a statement.The company’s active client base increased by 36 to 843 during 2016-17 from 807 last year.”The industry is going through a paradigm shift amid changing demand pattern from the clients, technological changes and requirement for skill enhancement. We have responded to those changes proactively by reimagining the business, imbibing a culture of innovation, encouraging reskilling and retraining of our workforce,” CEO C.P. Gurnani said.The company’s cash reserves increased Rs 183 crore to Rs 5,383 crore over last year.”We believe our ability to serve the customers across ‘Run’, ‘Change’, and ‘Grow’ embracing DAVID (Digitalisation, Automation, Verticalisation, Innovation and Disruption) in every conversation, with the objective of providing the right kind of experiences will continue to make us relevant for our clients,” added Gurnani.Total headcount stood at 117,693 as of March 31, 2017.last_img read more

Star Wars The Old Republic now available to preorder

first_imgWith the announcement that Star Wars Galaxies is being shut down, the need for a replacement MMO set in the Star Wars galaxy is higher than ever. So it’s fitting that BioWare has just opened up pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic.Three editions are available: Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Collector’s Edition. The Standard Edition gets you the game, and a Color Stone in-game. Pay more for the Digital Deluxe Edition and you receive 6 digital items including a Color Stone, Flare Gun, Training Droid, HoloDancer, HoloCam, and STAP.True Star Wars geeks will be heading right for the Collector’s Edition pre-order button though, and BioWare is certainly rewarding you for doing so. As well as the 6 digital items included with the Digital Deluxe Edition there’s also a Mouse Droid and Collector’s Edition Store that can be acecssed in-game.Real-world objects that form part of the collection include a Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue, The Old Republic galaxy map, custom security authentication key, The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural annotated by Satele Shan, and a Star Wars: The Old Republic Music CD. You also get special packaging including collectible metal cases for the game disks and a collector’s box that everything fits inside to be stored away.All editions come with 30-days of game time and by pre-ordering you get early access to the game. When that early access becomes available depends on when you redeem you pre-order code which involves registering your code on a special page.As BioWare is owned by EA they are pushing the Origin digital store heavily. You can buy the Stanbdard Edition there or from a whole host of retailers worldwide. The Digital Deluxe edition can only be pre-ordered through Origin, where as the Collector’s Edition is the only version not on Origin due to the physical items it ships with.As for pricing, this isn’t going to be a cheap game to purchase. The Standard Edition is $60, Digital Deluxe is $80, and the Collector’s Edition an eye-watering $150 and therefore only for serious collectors. As for a release date, there’s nothing set in stone, but it looks likely the early access will begin in September.via PC Worldlast_img read more

HALs Ryndam comes on line with new enhancements

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Ryndam has become the latest Holland America Line ship to receive the brand’s latest “Signature of Excellence” upgrades, which include a refresh of public areas, staterooms and a range of new activity options.Costing some $525 million the ongoing improvements will be applied to several of the most popular Holland America Line ship with the last ship is slated for completion in early 2011.“We are in the midst of an extensive and exciting phase of our Signature of Excellence enhancements program,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line EVP Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs. “As the most recent ship to receive the new public areas and soft goods, the Ryndam looks wonderful and our guests will feel like they are sailing on a new ship.”During dry dock, the Ryndam saw its existing Casino and Piano bars reconfigured into a new space called Mix, a new multi-themed area with three bars. A brand new jewellery shop is one of the brand new additions.All of the staterooms on board received new carpeting, soft goods and renovated bathrooms, while 16 of the staterooms near the spa have been turned into “Spa Staterooms” with other enhanced amenities.The Explorations Program has been extended with new team members and also includes an expanded menu of programs for guests. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

PATA Chapter Awards recognise Spirit and Excellen

first_imgThe ‘incredible’ determination and resolve displayed by PATA Chapter members in India in the wake of the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai has been acknowledged with the ‘Spirit of PATA’ Award for 2010. The ‘Award of Excellence’ for 2010 goes to the PATA Chapter in Micronesia, recognising the intelligent use of social media and creative marketing to promote a new-look Micronesia brand.For the ‘Spirit of PATA’ award, judges were impressed with the Chapter’s success in promoting both outbound and inbound tourism through its ‘Scandi roadshow’ as well as various advocacy and community relations projects. Its new website also ‘showed promise as a communications and development vehicle’, judges stated.PATA Micronesia Chapter organised an impressive range of activities in 2009 and showed further commitment to industry training. The Chapter displayed solid progress with e-guides for the islands and has demonstrated its efforts to promote the Micronesia brand.The awards will be presented next month at a PATA Foundation gala dinner in Kuching, Sarawak as part of the Association’s annual meeting programme that also includes a special workshop for all Chapters worldwide. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = PATAlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 14 2018 9

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2018 9:23 am PDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email $2M grant will help Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts share works BOSTON – Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has received a nearly $2 million grant to help create travelling exhibitions.The MFA says the money provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art will enable it to share works with four partner museums across the northeastern U.S.Curators from the MFA will collaborate with colleagues from the Fenimore Art Museum, of Cooperstown, New York; the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, of Springfield, Massachusetts; the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, of Utica, New York; and the Mattatuck Museum, of Waterbury, Connecticut.The Terra-Art Bridges sharing project is planned to launch later this year.The MFA and Detroit Institute of Arts are the first museums to receive Terra-Art Bridges grants. It’s part of a $15 million initiative to test new approaches to sharing collections.last_img read more

Judge to be asked to let cameras in court for R K

first_imgJudge to be asked to let cameras in court for R. Kelly case AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — A request by media organizations to have cameras allowed in the courtroom for the case of R&B star R. Kelly is about to come before a judge.The issue is expected to be the focus of a hearing Friday where Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood will preside. Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.Another judge in the same courthouse has yet to decide if he’ll let cameras in court in “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case. Smollett is charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct after authorities say he lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.Cameras were allowed in court during the trial of Jason Van Dyke, a white former Chicago police officer convicted in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.___Check out the AP’s complete coverage of the investigations into R. Kelly.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2019 9:32 pm PDTlast_img read more

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