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Delhi social hubs, nightclubs ensure boredom is not a capital punishment

first_imgFrom movie watching in cushioned comfort to playing golf in green peace and head banging to death metal and hard rock to just sitting back with a drink, delhi’s social hubs and nightclubs have ensured that boredom is not a capital punishment. PVR CINEMAS Who would have thought that a,From movie watching in cushioned comfort to playing golf in green peace and head banging to death metal and hard rock to just sitting back with a drink, delhi’s social hubs and nightclubs have ensured that boredom is not a capital punishment. PVR CINEMASWho would have thought that a man whose family business involved running the 500-truck Amritsar Transport Company would transform the way Delhi saw movies?”I knew it was a risk back then, but I took it anyway,” says Ajay Bijli, chairman and managing director, PVR, who bought over the floundering Priya theatre in 1990 and successfully restored it (twice over) to glory.Though he says that he always believed in the concept of “making movie-watching a complete family entertainment experience,” public validation of his belief came from the first House Full sign on the ticket counter for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Not stopping at Priya, Bijli launched a multiplex in 1997. “For the first four to five days, I would just stand outside the box office and watch people buy the tickets,” he recalls. But that was then.Now, almost a decade later, Bijli no longer has reason to watch or worry-he knows he has a winner on his hands. Or rather winners, for he now has 12 PVRs spread across the NCR. And what’s more, they all provide fun experiences-you get everything from nachos to chocolates, besides popcorn in various flavours. The seats are large and spacious and viewers get to choose from four different movies running at the same time. Ask cinegoer Dr Ritu Dangwal, assistant professor at NIIT, why she goes to the movies at least five times a month and she says: “The hall is close to my home and it gives me a number of viewing options.”advertisementFor 30-year-old Sneha Sharma, it is the best place to meet up with family and friends. Entrepreneur Rina Mishra says she’s happy that PVRs have started showing small-budget films as well which she would not have otherwise had the chance to watch. Though she loved Iqbal, her four-year-old son couldn’t stop raving over Krissh. Clearly a winner by all standards, these days Bijli gets a high hearing “Dad, you rock,” from his sevenyear-old son, who too, loves the big screen experience.IICThe more uncharitable say that the India International Centre (IIC) is a relic run by relics, and they wouldn’t be far from wrong. The illustrious members who have a dominant say in its activities are mostly septugenarians-and it shows. The most exciting event here is the Saturday Club where the aforementioned, joined by elder statesmen, academics and bureaucrats, meet to discuss weighty issues of the day. Other days are spent largely at the 35,000-volume library or the sole dining hall whose speciality befits its lineage-lamb chops or fish and chips.But still, the IIC, with its old worldliness and exclusivity of membership, continues to remain a distant dream for most Delhiites. As veteran Congressman Dr Karan Singh once put it: “It is much easier to become a Member of Parliament than a member of IIC.” Or as former Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee, a trustee for nearly two decades, says: “This is not a yuppie place where you can go get a drink. It has certain values.”ELEVATEOkay, we bet you weren’t the only one who had no idea that Noida had the potential to become the hub of the clubbing circuit. That too on the fifth floor of a family-infested mall. Watching Centrestage Mall transform itself rather eerily from a mallrats’ paradise to party central come sundown is as tough as imagining a paanwala with a pipe. But it does. All due to 26-year-old Monty Chaddha who has brought back the punch in partying till 5 am in the capital.Inspired by Fabric in London, not only does his appropriately named threelevel club, Elevate, (it’s on the fifth floor of the mall) attract rockers, ravers and the never-too-old-toparty lot, it has also manged to entice in an entire subset of Israeli and European DJs, Bhangra breakbeat acts and a medley of popular musicians making this a must-swing-for-a-gig destination. But here’s an insider tip: to really enjoy yourself at Elevate, go to the seventh floor terrace, check out the 5 am bars of Orion, down a few Mohitos and enjoy the music bellowing out from inside. That’s nirvana.OLIVEIf you look at Olive from atop the Qutub Minar, it might seem like a set from a magic realism film. Lime-white walls lit up with candles, gravel scattered down the path and a banyan tree stretching its limbs across the courtyard make it seem like you’re floating somewhere in Middle Earth. While the food here is comme ci comme ca, the wine list can stir a sommelier to ecstasy.No surprise why diplomats and designers have made Olive their sweet spot. Its by now famous Wednesday flea market is a centre of creative chaos where aspiring and established fashionistas showcase their work (that can, quite frankly, be got for half the price elsewhere). But as the wine and moon make you giddy, trust us, you’ll go with the flow and happily pay a mini bomb for the trinkets sold here.advertisementCOLONY CLUBSNothing provides wholesome family entertainment better than the friendly neighbourhood club down the road. From competitively priced liquor and food, card rooms and ball rooms and tennis courts and swimming pools, these clubs are not just great places to unwind, they are also the best way to get to know one’s neighbours. Or bump into Shah Rukh Khan at Panchshila Club (below) if you’re lucky. The libraries at the clubs are also a big draw. “I find it difficult to keep track of time when I’m in the reading room,” says ex Lt-Governor of Delhi, D.R. Kohli, member of Vasant Vihar Club.Noida residents say they have a great social life owing to the Sports and Cultural Club as do members of the DLF City Club in Gurgaon. As designer Nikhil Mehra, who often plays on the synthetic tennis court at the Friends Colony Club, puts it: “The club was a part of my childhood. I learnt to value and enjoy sports here.”IHCThere is no doubt that in the nine years of its existence, the India Habitat Centre (IHC) has long shaken off its tag of the upstart down the road from the elitist IIC. If the latter revels in its old world charm, the former celebrates its youthful vigour. But like the IIC, membership here, too, is now a near impossibility.IHC’s elegant landcaping, contemporary ambience, well-appointed rooms with conference facilties and the variety of multi-cuisine restaurants combine to give it a special buzz. And with plays, movies and exhibitions on all year round, you get culture on a platter, as well. Incidentally, Wipro chairman Azim Premji stays at the Habitat when he’s visiting Delhi.DELHI GOLF CLUBArjun Atwal (PGA golf champion, 2003) has swung his club to many wins here and Ashok Kumar, one of India’s leading golfers, was once a caddy at this most exclusive of the capital’s courses. Coming to the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) is like walking in Lodhi Gardens. You bump into senior bureaucrats, judges, politicians and corporate honchos at virtually every step. The best part: everyone knows everyone at DGC, originally called the Lodhi Golf Course after the Tughlaq and Lodhi dynasty monuments that dot the place.If you start early enough, chances of your seeing neelgai footprints are high, not to mention cheetals, jackals and over 300 species of birds and 200 kinds of trees. All this in the shadow of The Oberoi. “The location is good and the grounds are well maintained,” says Prem K. Khanna, Chief Resident Executive, Birla Group, who has been playing here for 13 years. Try getting a membership and you’re likely to be waiting for the next 20 years. But put in your application anyway, your children will thank you for it.advertisementTC, MEZZ, CAFE MORRISON, BUZZAll crooners and critics have at some point or the other haunted Mezz and Turquoise Cottage in their quest for rock music in the capital. Mezz at New Friends Colony is more of the old school, with a dark smoke pit where rockers turn up in pajamas and head bang themselves into oblivion even as hardcore death metal and classic rock anthems play through the night. Turquoise Cottage, on the other hand, is the hub for those who like their rock music to be a little more mainstream.Parikrama’s Subir Malik says, “Over 10 years ago, Mezz was rock central while TC’s rocking music scene and great ambience make it seem like one big party.” Caf Morrison in South Extension is an updated version of Mezz. Named after (who else but) Jim of The Doors, this caf has become an instant hit with collegians rocking on a budget. Live gigs by new, upcoming and established Indian musicians are a regular feature here. Buzz (at Saket and at Metropolitan Mall, Gurgaon) is perfect for whiling away the evening over ear-splitting sound. DJ Kary mixes across easy listening genres at the Gurgaon Buzz where the best option on a Saturday is to stop by, order snacks and a pitcher of beer, and chill.LAIDBACK WATERS, SHALOMWhen Shalom set up camp three years ago, its strict door policy shook up every lounge lizard in the capital. With owner Dhiraj Arora manning the gate himself, the club thought nothing of turning away the capital’s crass cash lot. Perhaps that’s what has gave this GK1 Med lounge its cool edge, besides its easy seating, dim lighting and delicious food platters. Add to that the perfect ingredient for a good time: acoustic alchemy, inspired by the Buddha Bar lounge in Paris. “Music is the soul of Shalom,” says Arora who is working on the club’s second lounger music compilation CD.Across town at the Qutub, Arora’s other club, Laidback Waters, specialises in sea food. Expansive and slightly baroque, Laidback Waters is a quiet gem among Delhi’s noisy nocturnal jaunts. With live Indifusion music every Wednesday night and capital bands and DJs playing on weekends, Laidback Waters has given the capital’s disco-hating tribe a new reason to bebop to a new, alternative groove.AGNIThis hotspot at The Park has proved that good things (like Someplace Else) can get even better. Experimental, unlike most other capital clubs, Agni has held some great theme parties like masquerade balls and a Chameli Night inspired by the movie starring Kareena Kapoor. Designer Mandira Wirk, who hosted the Chameli Night, says: “Agni is the only space in the capital that lets you go a little eccentric.” The bartenders are friendly and musical and remember your favourite drink. It’s little gestures like that which make Agni a firecracker of a place.DELHI GYMKHANAFuddy-duddy, out of sync with the times or a 27-acre white elephant occupying a large stretch of prime LBZ-the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC) has been called all that and more. But it’s just a case of sour grapes. A frozen membership ensures that this is a closed club, with no sign of the door opening. In fact, members like to brag that the waiting list is so long that if one applies today, the application will come up for review 30 years hence. If you’re lucky, that is. Such is the pride associated with DGC membership that matrimonial columns have been known to carry insertions stating “the girl’s father is a Gymkhana member.” Says DGC secretary Col O.P. Malhotra: “The club is more than a social or sporting hub, members consider it their second home.”last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton grabs pole position at US Grand Prix

first_imgLewis Hamilton needs a late-season charge to catch Nico Rosberg for the Formula One championship. He can start Sunday from pole position at the US Grand Prix.Hamilton outgunned his Mercedes rival and team-mate on the last lap to grab his first pole position at the Circuit of the Americas, where he’s won three times starting from second.”I feel amazing,” Hamilton said. “I could hear the crowd cheering.”Hamilton has been a Texas favorite with his three wins in four years and he returned this year facing a 33-point deficit behind Rosberg in the title chase. His fastest lap of 1 minute, 34.999 seconds pushed Rosberg to No. 2.”It was a good lap I did. Annoyed when Lewis crossed the line and beat me,” said Rosberg, who also threw a jab at Hamilton’s season-long troubles getting off the starting line.”As we’ve seen this year, qualifying isn’t all important,” Rosberg added. “From P2 I still have a great chance for tomorrow.”Indeed, Hamilton has been bedeviled by poor starts and pole position Sunday could mean little. He’s won only three of the previous eight races this season when he started No. 1.A good start will be critical Sunday. The first sector at the Circuit of the Americas sends the cars up through a 110-foot elevation and into a hard left turn that sends them back downhill. Rosberg admits he struggles with the turn, where Hamilton got the inside line at the start in 2015 and bumped him wide.”It’s very technical in terms of braking and positioning. It’s very difficult,” Hamilton said.advertisementHamilton has dominated this track and his win last year clinched his second consecutive season championship and third overall. But Rosberg’s lead is large enough that he can chase down this season’s title without a victory over the final month. Even if Hamilton wins the last four races, Rosberg wins the title with three seconds and a third.But a Rosberg win could crush Hamilton’s rally hopes. Rosberg has said all week he won’t settle into the safety of second place on Sunday.”It would be amazing to win the US Grand Prix,” Rosberg said. “I’ll be focused on that.”A win Sunday would make Rosberg just the fourth driver in Formula One history to get 10 in a single season. And it would push him that much closer to matching the 1982 championship won by his father, Keke Rosberg. He would also be in striking distance of the single-season victories record held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.Red Bull flirted with the top spots Saturday when Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo went 1-2 in the morning practice. But neither car was able to challenge the supremacy of Mercedes once qualifying began.Ricciardo, who finished third in Austin in 2014 and won in Malaysia when Hamilton’s car didn’t finish, hopes he can make another podium. Verstappen will start fourth. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel will start fifth and sixth.”Not really close to Mercedes, but we expected them to be very hard to beat,” Ricciardo said. “It’s a good fun circuit, good for overtaking. We’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Wagner joins Tianjin Teda

first_imgForward Sandro Wagner has left Bayern Munich to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, the Bundesliga club have announced.The 31-year-old joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in a €13m (£11m/$15m) move in December 2017 and scored eight goals as they won the Bundesliga title last season.The Bavarians are fighting for the title once again this season, embroiled in a tight tussle at the top of the table with arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, Wagner, firmly second choice behind Robert Lewandowski, started just one league game this term and failed to find the net in the competition.The veteran striker was contracted to remain at the Allianz Arena until 2020, but he requested for his contract to be terminated after growing frustrated with his role on the sidelines.Wagner will now link up with Tianjin, where he has reportedly been offered a lucrative two-year deal following a €5m (£4m/$6m) transfer.He is set to join compatriot and former Hertha Berlin team-mate Felix Bastians, while German coach Uli Stielike is currently in managerial charge at the Chinese club.Sandro #Wagner verlässt den #FCBayern und wechselt mit sofortiger Wirkung zu Tianjin Teda in die chinesische Super League.Danke für alles und viel Erfolg in China, Sandro!Zur Presseerklärung ➡ https://t.co/sR6uZeZofB pic.twitter.com/1HnPexeLXu— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) January 30, 2019Speaking after the transfer was confirmed on Wednesday, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic stated: “Sandro Wagner came up to us and asked for a release from his contract. He has a very attractive offer from China and we have met his request. “We expressly thank Sandro for spending time with FC Bayern and wish him all the best and much success for his future in China.”Wagner has spent his entire career as a footballer in Germany, rising through the ranks at youth level with Bayern Munich before graduating to the senior squad in 2006.Since then he has also taken in spells at Duisburg, Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern, Darmstadt and Hoffenheim, amassing a total of 50 career goals across all competitions.last_img read more

India grant visa to Pakistan squash contingent for World C’ship

first_imgKarachi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Indian High Commission has finally issued visas to the Pakistan squash contingent, allowing the team to participate in World Junior Squash Championships to be held in Chennai from July 17 to 29. Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) secretary, Tahir Sultan said the visa for the last player in the contingent had been issued yesterday. We have now visas for the entire contingent comprising six players and three officials who will take part in the team and individual championships, he said. Initially, the Indian High Commission had returned the passports of the players and officials of PSF without granting them visa. Sultan claimed that it was after the PSF approached the World Squash Federation and Asian Squash Federation and asked them to cancel the event in India that the matter was resolved. We thank the World and Asian bodies for taking up our case and getting the Indian squash body to convince their government to issue us visas in a change of heart, he said. Sultan said that the World Junior Championship is an international event of the World Squash Federation and it has been given to India to host and there was no justification for keeping Pakistan team out of it. We had asked the concerned bodies and affiliated members to intervene and ensure we get the Indian visas or else the World Championship should not be held in India, he said. The PSF official said Pakistan was a pioneer in squash and had produced several world champions and top players.advertisement I would think that in India where the sport is becoming popular they would benefit from watching our team play there, he had said. PTI Cor ATKATKlast_img read more

Mailbag Wednesday: Who’s your QB/coordinator combo?

first_imgWould you trust Brandon Weeden to Mike Yurcich? (USATSI)Would you trust Brandon Weeden to Mike Yurcich? (USATSI)Welcome back to another edition of Mailbag Wednesday. As always, thanks for all of your questions (or to the OU fans, youre questions).Let’s get to it!@pistolsguy if Winston could play for this year’s team would you want him?— Eric Williams (@Super_EWilliams) October 22, 2014That’s a great question. His one act play drives me insane but I can’t say I wouldn’t want him. Selfishly I’d want him because he’s blogging gold — every single thing he does gets dissected harder than a 6th grade science project.On the flip side a lot of people (a lot more people, I should say) would hate me because I would write honestly about how I felt about him and feel constantly conflicted between his greatness on the field and his childishness off it.He’s Marcus Smart basically, but better at his sport and more absurd (and allegedly dangerous?) off the field. I liked having Smart but I’m also looking forward to a season without him so I’d probably feel the same about No. 5.https://twitter.com/cadewebb/status/525001847577141248Five years of Big 12 football titles for one basketball title? No. I might go one for one straight up but that’s a crazy trade. That’s like trading James Harden for Kevin Martin.@pistolsguy Appropriate payback to Thayer: Daxx throws a Longest Yard style pass at his groin or Ogbah in an unabated blindside QB sack?— ?? Will Klose (@lonestarpoke) October 22, 2014If there was a clip of Thayer standing in GIA as Markel ran from the other end of the arena and dunked on him and just hung on his head for like five seconds do you think that would be the most viewed post in PFB history or just for this year?https://twitter.com/jamiedonwheat/status/525003134629052416The real question is whether KD could start for this basketball team on his scooter. I’m not ruling that out.https://twitter.com/gunters_crff/status/525003704815325184This is a tremendous question. It’s 2-1 OU right now and is about to be 3-1 but I’m going to say OSU. I think Gundy has more years left in him in Stillwater than Stoops does in Norman and whoever follows that Stoops act is going to have his hands full.@pistolsguy on a scale of 1 to the time they announced Gilmore Girls was on Netflix, how excited are you about this 30 for 30 on the Boz?— Nolan (@nolancox) October 22, 2014There isn’t a number. It can’t be measured.Actually if you combine the feelings I felt when Jamie Blatnick picked up that fumble in 2011 Bedlam and the Lucas shot in 2004 along with the realization that Dez was going to wear No. 1 and the first time I saw Tyreek live then you’re about halfway there.@pistolsguy What would be more disappointing, going 5-7 in football or finishing 8th or lower in Big 12 b-ball?— Dylan Hays (@dylanchays) October 22, 2014Football. Disappointment has been removed from my vernacular when it comes to OSU hoops. When you take two NBA draft picks and a cast of legitimately good role players and transform them into the 7th best team in the Big 12 that gets drilled in an 8-9 game in the tournament there’s no such thing as unmet expectations anymore.Just sadness.@pistolsguy Mike & Mike, Dan Patrick, or SVP & Russilo?— Kevin Davis (@kevindavis31) October 22, 2014Dan Patrick is secretly (?) the best show on radio. It’s not even close. And I’m a SVP homer.@pistolsguy better chance yurcich is gone next year or Rudolph starts a game this year?— Kaden McCombs (@KMcCombs2) October 22, 2014Definitely Yurcich being gone. I just don’t see how Gundy and Holder go into a meeting and say “you know who really exceeded our expectations the last two years? The coordinator! Let’s re-sign him and give him a raise!”Think about this in real world terms: To be re-signed to a contract in a competitive marketplace (like college football) you have to meet or exceed expectations. Otherwise the barrier to entry is too low in terms of bring somebody else aboard.In a non-competitive marketplace I would argue that you can fall shy of or barely meet expectations and still be re-signed because there isn’t a long line of replacements to be had. Sometimes familiarity wins out in that scenario. Not so here.@pistolsguy Foursome at Karsten Creek. You and one each from the current PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour. Who ya got?— Chris Tucker (@ctuck2121) October 22, 2014Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, and Scott Verplank. And Verplank would be out-driven by all of us but probably win. @pistolsguy which combo would you pick?Dana/Chelf, Monken/Daxx, Yurcich/Weeden— Kevin Gronwaldt (@the_Kevin_G) October 22, 2014A great one to end on.I presume you have a standard good OSU offensive line for all three and given that I would go…Dana and Chelf. Monken could make me a good QB, I think (I mean look at JW’s 2012 game log!) but Dana is 95 percent what Monk is and Chelf is more than 5 percent better than Daxx.Even Weeden and a corpse would be tempting but if you followed along at all during his two years there you realize that a lot of Weeden’s success was because he was put in the right spots to succeed.I’m not sure I’d trust Yurcich to make my kids peanut butter sandwiches much less handle a machine as high-powered as No. 3.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

New Case in Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program

first_imgAnother case in Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was announced today, Dec. 16. The Department of Justice will offer cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible in the Leonette Marie Purcell of Grand Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality, missing person case. Ms. Purcell, a 60-year-old homemaker, has not been seen or heard from since she disappeared Dec. 16, 2004 from her Grand Lake home, on Highway 2, near the Halifax International Airport. An extensive search of the Grand Lake area was unsuccessful. Investigators want to identify two males who were seen on a security camera at the Enfield Irving Big Stop, one of whom was seen calling the Purcell home on the morning Ms. Purcell disappeared. People with information can call toll-free at 1-888-710-9090. Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke said he hopes the program will encourage people with relevant information to come forward. “The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is important because it reminds Nova Scotians of the responsibility we all share in terms of building safer communities,” said Mr. Clarke. “It gives us an opportunity to help bring criminals to justice.” Those who come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be traced and recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime.last_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year walk happening Saturday in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Coldest Night of the Year walk is taking place in Fort St. John for the second time this coming weekend.The fundraiser walk was started in Ontario in 2011 to raise awareness to the plight of those who have had nowhere to call home and have had to sleep outdoors, especially those whose circumstances might be very temporary. Organizer Faye Anstey said the event will be raising money to support Community Bridge in Fort St. John at this year’s walk, to support their programs to help individuals that have nowhere to go find a warm place to sleep.Children up to age 10 can participate for free. For youth aged 11-17 registration costs $40 dollars, which is waived with a minimum of $75 in donations. Adults 18 or older pay $40 dollars or can raise a minimum of $150 in donations. A toque will be handed out to anyone who pays or raises money for the event. The event gets underway at 4:00 p.m. on February, 24th at Northern Lights College. For more information or to register visit the Coldest Walk of the Year Facebook page.last_img read more

Reports of political detentions in Chad alarm UN human rights agency

22 February 2008The United Nations human rights agency says it is concerned by the reported abduction and detention of several opposition leaders and members of civil society organizations in Chad, following the recent rebel assault on the capital, N’Djamena. “While appreciating that the Chadian Government has faced a major crisis, the Office has called for fundamental human rights and freedoms to be respected during the state of emergency,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said.“We remain concerned about reports of killings of large numbers of civilians during the fighting and call upon the Government of Chad to fully investigate these allegations and hold those responsible to account,” he added. A 15 February presidential decree that declared a nationwide state of emergency authorized house searches and press controls, as well as limiting movement of people and vehicles and banning most meetings, according to OHCHR. “We call on the Government of Chad to respect fundamental human rights and freedoms during the period of the state of emergency, which we hope will be as brief as possible,” Mr. Colville said. read more

Security Council calls on Darfur combatants to make peace based on Doha

“The members of the Security Council called on all parties urgently to resolve their differences, and called on them to make every effort to reach a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible, on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace,” the Council said in a press statement.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received a copy of the declaration on Monday and “welcomed it as the basis for reaching a permanent ceasefire and inclusive peace settlement, and sustainable peace and stability in Darfur,” according to information released by a spokesperson for Mr. Ban.The Secretary-General met earlier this week with Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Djibril Bassolé and Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed bin Abdulla Al-Mahmoud, who co-chaired the Conference of Stakeholders in Darfur, held in Doha at the end of last month.Some 500 persons participated in the conference in the Qatari capital, representing the Sudanese Government, Darfurian rebel movements, civil society delegates, representatives of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Sudanese political party leaders and elected members of state legislatures and the national Parliament.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed since the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen erupted in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes. Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses. 23 June 2011The Security Council today called upon all parties to the long-running conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan to reach an agreement based on the Doha Document for Peace presented to the Council yesterday. read more

Malaysia to grant evisa to Sri Lanka from November

An agreement has been reached to implement e-Visa for Sri Lankan tourists visiting Malaysia and this is expected to be finalised in November, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, expressed the hope that the matter could be finalised when Malaysia attends an international meeting in Sri Lanka in November, the Bernama news agency reported. As such, he said to encourage more Sri Lankan tourists to visit the country Tourism Malaysia could increase awareness on tourist attractions and activities available in Malaysia through aggressive promotions and advertising.On cooperation in tackling terrorism, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia had offered Sri Lanka to send its officials from enforcement agencies for training in Malaysia. To a question on the influx of Sri Lankan tourists to Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid said of late the number had decreased. He said Sime Darby for instance had asked for 5,000 workers to replace the Bangladeshi and Indonesian workers who had been working in their plantation sector. Ahmad Zahid said the two-day visit had left a deep impression on him and had been meaningful in the context of bilateral cooperation and business relations.In fact he added, the Sri Lankan government had classified the working visit as an official visit.Meanwhile Ahmad Zahid and his wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis departed for Malaysia from the Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo at about 2.30pm (5pm in Malaysia). During his working visit today, apart from visiting the Asia Pacific Institute for Information Technology (APIIT) he also attended a Malay Islamic World (DMDI) gathering held at a hotel in Colombo. (Colombo Gazette) “Although we have had a soft launch of the e-Visa system, we hope to finalise its implementation in November when either the Prime Minister or I will be attending an international Islamic conference in Sri Lanka,” he said at the end of a two-day working visit to Sri Lanka today. On the possibility of foreign countries like Sri Lanka having the perception that crime was increasing in Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid said since 2014, the crime rate was reduced by between 45 to 50 per cent.This he said was due to the various programmes including enforcement activities conducted, but sadly when the crime rate decreased, the people’s perception did not change.Speaking on the demand for Sri Lankan workers in Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid said among others the government needed to examine existing rules as well as consider the workers’ qualifications from this country. read more

Direct Energy says software new office to blame for Albertans billing errors

Direct Energy says software, new office to blame for Albertans’ billing errors CALGARY – A utility company that many in Alberta deal with admits it is at fault for many billing mistakes and is blaming new software and a new office for the errors.In October 2014, Houston-based Direct Energy says it updated its operating systems and shifted call centres, closing one while opening another in Guatemala.Many Albertans deal with the company in one form or another — f you don’t have a utility contract, then the company is the default natural gas provider.The company also markets gas and electricity contracts as well.Gary Newcombe, vice-president of Direct Energy, says they have retrained employees and software engineers have fixed the outstanding issues, so things should be running more smoothly now.Calgary customer Ronan Wollersheim mistakenly paid $7,000 for a $70 bill in May, and has been trying to get Direct Energy to issue a refund ever since.Wollersheim said call-centre employees told her cancelling her service was the only way she would get a full refund.The Alberta Utilities consumer advocate office says it has received more than 1,400 complaints about Direct Energy since 2014.(CTV Calgary) by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2015 7:56 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Desliming of DSO fines for African Minerals iron ore

first_imgAfrican Minerals, the developer and operator of the Tonkolili iron ore mine in Sierra Leone, is enhancing product quality. It has previously highlighted a number of technical interventions that it had proposed regarding materials management, particularly in the wet season. The most significant of those is the establishment of screening and de-sliming circuits, which are being installed to further treat the sub 10 mm fines material, which contains fine sticky clay and ultrafines.Those circuits will be fitted to the 1B and 1D processing plants which are currently producing this fines product, and will be fitted to the new 1G process plant once it is commissioned in Q3 2014.At present production consists of fines, lump and All in 32 (A32). This product mix has historically caused material handling problems in the port, where high clay levels have lowered throughput capacity, and has produced fines with high moisture content that requires significant re-handling and drying before it can be shipped.The establishment of new screening and de-sliming circuits will create clean, free draining products with low moisture content and better product quality, which are expected to be shippable all year round.Fines material below 10mm will be screened to +2mm to create a new intermediate product, a Group C cargo, that has no transportable moisture limit (TML) restrictions and can be shipped all year round.De-sliming of the -2mm +0.15mm fraction will remove fine sticky clays and ultrafine material from these fines to create a clean free draining higher quality product, with low moisture content and enhanced material handling characteristics.As a result, product mix at Tonkolili will in future include only de-slimed fines, intermediate product, and lump, until the establishment of production of the friable hematite concentrate.In the screening stage the -10 mm fines material is classified into two fractions that are above 2 mm (now called ‘intermediate product’) and below 2 mm. The intermediate product is expected to be classed as a Group C cargo under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Organisation code, and considered incapable of liquefaction. This product does not have a moisture limitation and can be shipped all year round.The de-sliming process is centred around a series of constant density (CD) thickeners, which effectively separate the fine sticky clays and ultrafine material from the clean iron ore product. This low-cost and low-tech separator is inexpensive to build, inexpensive to run, and can be finely controlled by simply varying the water flow characteristics. The process creates a free draining product with enhanced moisture and handling characteristics. De-slimed fines will still be classed as a Group A cargo, but with a lower moisture content than that which is currently being produced.The current fines have a TML of between 13.1% and 14.8% and have been shipped with an average moisture content of 11.6% in Q1 2014. Indications are that the de-slimed fines product will have a moisture level of below 10% and is also expected to be shippable all year round.It is expected that the annual product split, once the DSO de-sliming circuits are fully commissioned, will be 49% lump, 17% intermediate product, and 34% of de-slimed fines. The mass yield from head feed to product is expected to be circa 85%, compared to the mass yield of 81% in Q1 2014.Fine DSO material below 150 microns that reports to tailings after de-sliming will act as additional ore feed for the friable hematite concentrator stage, the full parameters of which will be announced shortly.Bernie Pryor, Chief Executive Officer of African Minerals, said: “The establishment of these screening and de-sliming circuits will be a game changer for our wet season strategy, in that most if not all of our product will now be able to be shipped year round. Not only that, but the removal of fine sticky clay from our material, and of course the eradication of A32 itself, will greatly improve our port material handling characteristics. With a year round shippable product, and cessation of A32, we also expect our price realisation to improve meaningfully.”last_img read more

LaCie launches the PetiteKey USB stick

first_imgThe USB stick has become the best solution to ultra-portable storage. You can get multiple gigabytes of data on a stick that easily slides into a pocket and is typically very robust. I have yet to purchase a USB storage device that has failed on me.Storage company LaCie offers a range of devices for storing your files, but for pocket-friendly storage they offer the iamakey range, which is basically a USB stick shaped like a key that can sit on a key ring.LaCie first introduced the key-shaped USB sticks back in 2010, when you paid $100 for 32GB of storage. Times have changed though, and the price of storage continues to come down. This week LaCie has updated the iamakey range with a smaller model named the LaCie PetiteKey.The PetiteKey is a 30% smaller version of the iamakey, measures 41 x 21 x 3.5mm, and weighs just 8 grams., Even so, it still manages to offer 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage options through a USB 2.0 connection. And unlike a couple of years ago, you’ll only need to pay $40 to get the 32GB model. The 8GB is $14.99 and the 16GB is $22.99.The USB connector on the PetiteKey is always exposed, but LaCie has ensured it’s both scratch-resistant and waterproof. On the key you’ll find Private-Public, for protecting your data with AES 256-bit encryption, as well as access to the Wuala cloud storage service, which will match the storage on your PetiteKey for one year. So if you pick up the 16GB model you also get 16GB of Wuala for 12 months.As a backup storage option the PetiteKey makes a lot of sense. It’s not too expensive and in order to lose it you’d also have to misplace a key ring full of keys.If you’d like one it’s available now through LaCie’s online store, but will also be made available through a number of retailers. For example, Amazon is already offering each model at a significant discount.Read more at LaCie [1][2]last_img read more

Judge says case of alleged abuse of Kildare teenager is one of

first_img Image: Google Street View Naas Courthouse Image: Google Street View Judge says case of alleged abuse of Kildare teenager is one of the most shocking he has encountered The teenager claims that her mother horsewhipped her. Naas Courthouse Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM 38,178 Views Share6 Tweet Email center_img No Comments Mar 25th 2017, 6:30 AM A KILDARE TEENAGER has given harrowing evidence at Naas District Court against her mother, claiming that she horsewhipped her and knowingly allowed an individual molest her.The presiding judge described the alleged assault by the Newbridge mother against her daughter as one of the most shocking he has encountered.Judge Desmond Zaidan said: “It is disturbing, I am shocked by the evidence, and it takes a lot to shock me.”On Thursday at Naas District Court, the teenage girl alleged through tears how her mother subjected her to several years of severe beatings and the court heard allegations that her mother allowed her to be ‘molested’.In court on Friday, the teenager and her father together gave evidence against the wife and mother relating to physical assault.The accused, a 54- year-old woman who told the court she had worked in the past for disability services, faced charges of assault at a home near Newbridge on 15 October 2015, contravening a protection order on the same date and contravening a protection order on 14 October 2015.She claims that her daughter has autism and that she did the best she could for as a mother.In court on Friday the teenage girl said: “For as long as I remember, my mother was mentally unwell, she abused me.”The teenager told the court that her mother grabbed her by the forearm on the date relating to the alleged assault charge.Judge Desmond Zaidan read a letter to the court that is understood to have been written by the accused to her husband, in which she refers to her daughter as a ‘little bitch and liar’An extract from the letter reads:How dare you think that my safety comes before her [the teenager], if you are not careful, I will get you a barring order. She is a little bitch and a liar, you are taking me away from my family. I will drive you away myself. I will let my solicitor know of your wrongdoing. I will keep following you until you give in. You would want to watch yourself or you will end up dead. I don’t care how many fxxking Gardaí you have after you. I will take everything from you. All I want from you is the child and the money.The letter went on to read: “One of these days you will end up dead, sleep with one eye open.”Evidence was heard how the handwritten note was received on 14 October 2015.RelationshipIn court the teenager described how she never had a good relationship with her mother.She said: “She allowed me to be molested. She always hit me. I never told my Dad, I was afraid of splitting the family up. She hates me for no reason. Anything I ever do, it is never good enough.”In court the victim described her father as her ‘best friend’ adding that she can now tell him anything.The teenager outlined how she recalls her mother beating her father.Addressing the daughter, Sarah Connelly BL put it to her that her mother ‘never laid a hand on her’ and that her father hit her mother.The daughter said: “I did not sleep at night at all, I was constantly losing weight. I remember her beating me with a horsewhip. I have been stress-free since living with my father. My father never laid a hand on her. She would beat him across the face. She would accuse him of all sorts.”In court the father, under cross- examination, said: “She has been very cruel to my daughter. She did not tell me all about it until 2015, she was told that if she told me, I would be gone.”Evidence was given that the accused has been previously banned from Co Kildare arising from a case in the Circuit Court relating to issues with her daughter and husband in connection with a barring order.DenialIn court today, the accused denied ever beating her daughter.She claimed her husband said her daughter ‘needed a whipping’ after being found ‘having sex with a boy in the bedroom’.She said: “I always protected her, I did not go near her. I picked up the clothes, what was lying in the floor – no-one is getting slapped in this house, I said.”Addressing the accused, Judge Zaidan said :”Your daughter said you got violent with her.”The accused denied ever getting violent. She claimed that she herself was sexually abused as a child by a family member and later by her husband.She also claimed that she suffered a miscarriage in her home and that it had an ‘effect’ on her. She denied writing the letter.The court heard the accused state that she has bipolar disorder. She denies hitting her daughter and husband, when asked by Judge Zaidan.The accused said: “I never punched him in the face. I would cross my arms. He abused me for 20 years.”She said: “I am in counselling and I hope and pray that my daughter can come back to me.”At this point her daughter burst into tears and was comforted by her father.Prosecuting Inspector Mel Smyth said: “I put it to you that a protection order was delivered to you.”The accused denied knowing that a protection order had been imposed.Judge Zaidan told the court: “The defendant is economical with the truth.”Evidence was given that the accused had no previous convictions. Connelly outlined that the accused is on lots of medication and is ‘in and out ‘of Lakelands.Addressing Connelly, Judge Zaidan said: “I asked you at the start if your client was okay and you said she was .”The court heard how the accused is currently residing in homeless accommodation.AssessmentJudge Zaidan said: “I am concerned for her safety and the safety of her daughter and husband.” The judge called for the accused to be assessed with ‘the help of probation.’He suggested that the accused be put in prison and assessed by psychiatrists, expressing concern that the accused is ‘in denial.’The judge says that he wants to ascertain if the mother is ‘just a bad person’ or unwell.Connelly objected to the accused being remanded in custody. Judge Zaidan relented and called for a probation report with ‘liberty to re-enter.’Inspector Smyth appealed for strict bail conditions to continue.The accused is banned from Co Kildare and is banned from making ‘any contact’ with her daughter and husband.Judge Zaidan also ordered gardaí to ‘keep an eye on their home’ with liberty to re-enter at any time.The accused is ordered to appear before Naas District Court on 18 May for a full psychological report.Comments are closed as the case is before the courts. 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To mark PM Modis birthday BJP to organise Seva Saptah next

first_imgNew Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party will be organising a week-long ‘Seva Saptah’ or Service Week in mid-September to mark the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on September 17. The campaign will be held from September 14 to September 20 across the country and different programmes related to cleanliness and social service will be organised by the party workers. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us To make the initiative a grand success, BJP has constituted a central committee with party leader Avinash Rai Khanna being appointed as its convenor. Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and national secretaries Sudha Yadav and Sunil Deodhar are also part of the committee. As part of the campaign, BJP workers will also organise blood donation camps, health camps and eye check-up. They will also visit hospitals and orphanages to provide help and relief to patients and underprivileged. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us BJP leaders will also facilitate education assistance for hundreds of specially-abled people during the campaign. During the week-long campaign, books inspired by the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi will be sent to state unites, where senior leaders of the party will distribute them personally during different events. Exhibitions highlighting life and achievements of the prime minister will be organised across the country. Keeping in mind Prime Minister’s call for launching a mass movement against single-use plastic, all party leaders including MPs, MLAs will run a campaign against the use of single-use plastic in different universities.last_img read more

AL not a democratic force Fakhrul

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoSaying that the Awami League has never believed in democracy, opposition BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday observed that the ruling party has killed it.“The Awami League has proved through the 11th parliamentary election that the party is not a democratic force,” he told a discussion.It was organised at the Engineers’ Institution in the capital to mark ‘Ekhusey February Martyr Day and International Language Day’.Fakhrul told the BNP leaders and activists not to lose moral strength or be frustrated. “We have to fight back against autocracy and fascism.””Why do you think that you have been defeated? We’ll fight and must win. We’ve to sacrifice a lot in that struggle,” Fakhrul said.BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed added, there was no election on 30 December and the AL men took over state power through vote rigging.He pointed out that the popularity of BNP is not enough and it has been proved.”Popularity yields nothing without a strong organisation,” Moudud said adding that those in the party who undergo immense sufferings for the party will have to be given opportunity.Mirza Fakhrul called on the partymen to strengthen the party and free BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia who has been in jail for over a year.He demanded the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, and ensuring her proper treatment.BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan urged the leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal to free Khaleda Zia and restore a multiparty democracy.When Fakhrul was adressing, BNP leaders and activists present there demanded fresh agitation programmes.The BNP secretary general said the programmes cannot be floated “whenever you demand”.”Either give programmes or dissolve the BNP,” the leaders and activists shouted back.”We understand your anger and pains,” he said. “You have to understand it is not an easy task to become successful when democratic force fights against the fascism.”last_img read more

Harris County Raises Awareness of Social Isolation

first_imgHarris County Public Health DepartmentA group of seniors recently graduated from a class on managing chronic diseases, which is part of an initiative by the Harris County Public Health Department to mitigate social isolation.Harris County is raising awareness of social isolation in some of its community centers and providing a resource guide to senior citizens who may be at risk of experiencing that problem.Social isolation occurs when people withdraw and become disconnected from family, friends and community.Seniors are more vulnerable to social isolation because of lifestyle changes they experience, such as retirement, the loss of a loved one or the development of health conditions. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, nearly 13 percent of the Harris County population –more than half a million— will be over 65 in 2020.The county’s Public Health Department (HCPH) is in charge of the initiative, which also provides free classes on chronic disease self-management and Tai Chi, an exercise routine that helps seniors build strength and stability.“Social isolation can lead to depression, dementia, and an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension,” said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of the HCPH. “With the growing senior population in Harris County,” Dr. Shah added, “an initiative like this is key to ensure this segment of our population is aging healthy.”According to a report by the Harris County Area Agency on Aging, a focus group found feelings of isolation ranked as the highest concern among the group, with 55 percent of responses related to social isolation.HCPH is also heightening awareness of senior social isolation through an ad campaign, which encourages the public to go to connect2affect.org for resources to combat the issue.The website is powered by the AARP Foundation and enables seniors to take a test to determine if they are at risk of social isolation and find local resources.EDITOR’s NOTE: The original version of this story reported that Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is providing resources to people at risk of social isolation, but HCPH is not providing resources. Instead, it is raising awareness of social isolation and providing a resource guide. The story has been corrected. Sharelast_img read more

Amazon Pulls AntiVaccination Documentaries From Prime Video After Congressmans Inquiry to Jeff

first_img“Vaxxed,” directed and written by leading anti-vax proponent Andrew Wakefield, questions the link between vaccinations and autism. It was selected to be screened at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival before a backlash prompted festival co-founder Robert De Niro to drop it from the lineup. Following the controversy, the film’s distributor gave it a limited theatrical release.Amazon reps did not respond to requests for comment. Amazon’s removal of the anti-vax documentaries from Prime Video was first reported by BuzzFeed News.While the anti-vaccination movies were no longer available on Prime Video, DVDs of the titles remained available for purchase on Amazon (with the exception of “We Don’t Vaccinate!”). The ecommerce behemoth also continues to list multiple anti-vax books for sale on the site.Earlier Friday, Schiff announced the letter addressed to Bezos, which said in part, “There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of [the anti-vaccination] trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information, among them Amazon. As the largest online marketplace in the world, Amazon is in a unique position to shape consumption.” He also cited a CNN report that Amazon accepts paid advertising that contains misinformation about vaccines.Two weeks ago, Schiff also had sent a letter to Google and Facebook requesting details on how the companies planned to combat the spread of information discouraging parents from vaccinating their children.As Schiff noted in each of the letters to Amazon, Facebook and Google, there’s overwhelming scientific and medical evidence that childhood vaccinations are both safe and effective at curbing disease outbreaks. He also cited Washington State’s declaration of a public health emergency due to a measles outbreak in Clark County, “signaling the resurgence of a potentially fatal disease that was effectively eliminated from the United States decades ago by vaccines.” Last week, YouTube said it will no longer serve ads on channels that espouse anti-vaccination rhetoric. The Google-owned video giant cited its advertising policy that bans “dangerous and harmful” content from eligibility in its monetization program. Facebook has said it is working to “reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation” on the platform.Separately, Pinterest recently implemented a change to block all vaccination-related searches on its image and video-sharing platform, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. UPDATED: Amazon has yanked at least five anti-vaccination documentaries questioning the safety of vaccines from its Prime Video streaming platform.The move came just hours after U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) publicly announced that he’d sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressing concern that Amazon is “surfacing and recommending products and content that discourage parents from vaccinating their children.”The anti-vax documentaries had been available in the U.S. as part of Prime Video but as of Friday afternoon were not available to stream. Those include “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe”; “We Don’t Vaccinate!”; “The Greater Good”; “Shoot ‘Em Up: The Truth About Vaccines,” a purported exposé on the danger vaccines pose by potentially contributing to autism, asthma and neurological damage; and “Man Made Epidemic,” described as an investigation into “the autism epidemic and whether MMR vaccines have a role to play.” ×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 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Tablet gaming is about to go hardcore

first_imgGaming console manufacturers are nervous about tablets. While there is still a measurable gap between tablet gaming and console gaming, it’s shrinking. Though Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, a couple of bits of news coming out of CES 2012 could give them cause for concern.First, Razer’s upcoming gaming tablet takes the guts of a gaming PC and puts them into a tablet — complete with dual “nunchuk” controllers. In what may be even bigger news, though, Imagination Technologies has announced that its latest PowerVR Series 6 design could make the graphics in the next iPad 20x more powerful than current-generation GPUs.Project FionaThe Razer tablet is dubbed Project Fiona, and is still only in the prototype phase. However, its potential is enough to make you start setting aside some cash. The Windows 8-running tablet will be powered by an Intel Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor, to guarantee that it’s no slouch in the speed department.Though its performance is enough to grab your attention, Project Fiona’s biggest strength may be its control scheme. This is obviously a tablet designed for the hardcore gamer. It totes dual nunchuck controllers (similar to those designed for the Wii and Playstation Move), which are attached to both sides of the tablet. This solves two problems: a) it bypasses the annoyance of gaming on a touchscreen, and b) it does so while still retaining the handheld feel of tablets.Another big perk for Project Fiona is its software compatibility. If an Android tablet manufacturer had made this, it wouldn’t mean much. Developers would have to tailor their games to work with the peripherals (ask Sony Ericsson how well that has worked). But since the tablet runs Windows 8, most PC games will work out-of-the-box. Devs can still optimize their games to work with the device’s touchscreen, but even if they ignore the device altogether, their games should still work.The Razer tablet is expected to launch sometime later this year. No official price has been listed, but it will supposedly ring up for less than $1000.PowerVR Series 6Meanwhile, Imagination Technology’s introduction of its PowerVR Series 6 core GPUs could have enormous ramifications for tablet gaming. The units promise performance that exceeds 100 gigaFLOPS, and that reaches the TeraFLOPS range. This adds up to performance that can be 20x more powerful than present-day mobile GPUs — with architecture that’s 5x more efficient.What does this have to do with Apple? The company has used the PowerVR architecture in its iPhones and iPads, and will likely continue to do so in future devices. Imagination released the names of several manufacturers who will be using the Series 6 (including Sony Ericsson and Texas Instruments), but Apple tends to force partners to sign NDAs. In other words, Apple could already be placing the Series 6 units in the iPad 3 and Imagination would have to keep quiet about it.Tablets as the new consoles?These two announcements signify a bright future for tablet gaming. The last year has been promising — yet frustrating — to watch. iOS and Android titles like GTA III, Infinity Blade, and several Gameloft console clones have shown promise for the capabilities of tablets. But those same titles also reveal limits. GTA III is impressive for a mobile game, but this is a ten-year-old console game (its performance is nowhere near that of GTA IV, much less Red Dead Redemption or L.A. Noire). Infinity Blade and its sequel are impressive feats, but they utilize the old Punch-Out trick of using limited gameplay environments and reskinned characters to offer improved graphics; expand the game and it couldn’t possibly handle those same visuals. Gameloft’s titles come with varying degrees of quality, but none offer anything original (a familiar refrain is “which console franchise is Gameloft ripping off this time?”).The next year or two, however, may offer the breakthrough that we have been waiting for. The latest PowerVR GPUs can open the door to tablets that outperform current-gen consoles. Razer’s tablet, while it probably won’t have the following of the iPad, skips the need for upgraded mobile gaming and jumps straight into the far superior Windows library. While the company didn’t specifically mention these titles, it should be able to run Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, and Star Wars: The Old Republic out-of-the-box.2010 was the year that Apple introduced the world to tablets. 2011 was the year that the market became saturated with (mostly struggling) competitors. 2012, however, may be the year that traditional gaming consoles begin to get replaced by tablets. While the gaming systems of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will be around for a while, they may want to start investing in that future, or risk falling behind.More at Imagination Technologies and Razerlast_img read more

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