A fire that broke out in an ice hotel near Quebec City has left the establishment smoky but intact.While the exact cause of the fire in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier has not been officially determined, one hypothesis is that a lit candle fell on bedding.Thirteen of the hotel’s 14 rooms were occupied when the fire started in the wee hours of Tuesday.Nobody was injured, although some people suffered minor smoke inhalation.There was no structural damage and the hotel did not melt.But as there are no windows, the smoke left a strong smell.The hotel will be closed for at least a few days.In 2009, a fire destroyed the ice hotel’s administrative offices, which were in a separate building.
Qatars Asian Cup Victory Is Likely to Intensify Tension in GulfQatars Asian Cup Victory Is Likely to Intensify Tension in Gulf
Rabat – Qatar’s recent victory at the Asian Cup is an instance of the inescapable link between politics and sport and may deepen regional tension, according to experts.On Friday, February 1, Qatar made history by beating Japan 3-1 and winning the Asian Cup for the first time.In a run of an impressive month-long display of footballing prowess, Qatar emerged victorious from a continental tournament featuring countries with more footballing pedigree. The team scored 19 goals, conceded only 1, and collected individual prizes for best goalkeeper, best player, and top scorer. Blockading countries embittered by Qatar’s winQatari striker Almoez Ali, whose nine goals set a new record for the number of goals scored at an Asian Cup, won global admiration. On social media, even the Argentinian ace Lionel Messi joined the conversation on Ali’s brilliant performance.Kristian Coates Ulrichsen of Rice University recently told Al Jazeera that traditional narratives of football as a venue for social cohesion and peace are naive and irrelevant in the context of the ongoing Gulf crisis. Qatar’s victory, he explained, is more likely to deepen tension than defuse them.“Any sense of embitterment in Abu Dhabi at the way the tournament they hosted turned out may translate into an escalation of rhetoric against Qatar.” The point was a striking reference to the fact that, en route to its continental crown in the final, Qatar thrashed the UAE, the host country, 4-0.But the bitterness at the defeat by Qatar is not the only element of the potential escalation of tensions, according to Ulrichsen. He explained that the celebratory mood that greeted Qatar’s triumph in other Arab countries, such as Kuwait and Oman, is bound to outrage Abu Dhabi and Riyadh even more.“Omanis and Kuwaitis have rejoiced in Qatari success and have done so in extremely public fashion, visibly emphasizing their rejection of the blockading states’ attempt to isolate Qatar in the region.”More than just sportOther experts who spoke to the same newspaper agreed with Ulrichsen’s grim reading of the implications of Qatar’s victory for Gulf geopolitics.More than a mere instance of footballing joy, Qatar’s triumph in Abu Dhabi is “a modern-day sporting parable soaked in geopolitics and symbolism,” noted the enthusiastic Al Jazeera report.James Dorsey, a senior fellow at Singapore’s Rajaratnam School of International Studies, buttressed the media outlet’s enthusiasm. He said the victory was an emphatic message to blockading countries that “Qatar can stand on its own, whatever the obstacles.”The Qatar-UAE game gave some hints of the expert’s pessimism for peace prospects in the Gulf. Not only did Qatar play without fans because of the UAE’s travel ban on Qataris, but the Qatari squad was booed and greeted with projectiles of shoes and bottles when they celebrated their goals.Referring to that incident in which Almoez Ali and company kept their composure, Salford University’s Simon Chadwick suggested the tournament could be seen from the perspective of a public relations competition. In that case, Chadwick elaborated, Qatar improved its public image at the expense of its “rancorous rivals.”“Qatar’s image and reputation has gained advantage over its rivals, especially given the apparent calmness on Qatar’s team when faced with sometimes rancorous rivals.”Two days before the Al Jazeera report, the Guardian reported the arrest of a British citizen by UAE authorities for showing up with a Qatar jersey at one of the Asian Cup games. The report noted that “promoting” sympathy for Qatar is an “offense” punishable by imprisonment or a “substantial fine.”
Darfur UN envoy vows to build momentum in peace processDarfur UN envoy vows to build momentum in peace process
12 December 2007The United Nations Special Envoy for the Darfur peace process says UN and African Union mediators will try to speed up the momentum of the talks in the next few weeks so that direct negotiations can take place between the Sudanese Government and the war-wracked region’s many rebel movements. Jan Eliasson told reporters yesterday in Khartoum, after several days of talks and consultations in the Sudanese capital and other locations in the region with the Government, the movements and neighbouring countries, that the recent round of meetings has given the mediators extra energy to push towards a successful conclusion.But he warned that “the negotiations do not exist in a vacuum. We also have to take into account the reality on the ground – the political reality that is also complicating our work.”The consultations involving Mr. Eliasson and other UN and AU officials are the latest efforts of the two organizations to broker a comprehensive peace accord to quell the violence and humanitarian suffering in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed in 2003. The situation has been complicated by the splintering of the rebel movements into more than a dozen separate factions and an increase in inter-tribal fighting. The UN and AU are deploying a hybrid peacekeeping mission (known as UNAMID) to Darfur at the start of next year to take over from the existing but under-resourced AU mission (AMIS), but objections and obstacles raised by the Sudanese Government and a lack of offers for critical force units have left the deployment in jeopardy, senior UN officials have warned.Mr. Eliasson said today that for the peace process to work, “I have come to the conclusion that we have to have the right developments on four different levels: the Security Council; the regional countries; the Government of Sudan and the movements. All four have to pull in the same direction. If we have a situation where one of these four circles is not pulling in the same direction, we do not seem to get peace.”Direct negotiations between the Government and the movements are supposed to form the third phase of a three-part process that began with talks between the two sides in Sirte, Libya, in late October.He noted that the improved climate in the Security Council and the growing cooperation of the regional countries means that the crucial issue has become whether the Government and the movements will head in the same directions on talks.“We will do our very best to bring that about, but the environment in some regards is not conducive, and I hope that the Government of Sudan and the movements will take the responsibility to prepare for the talks to begin as soon as possible in the New Year.”
Amtrak passenger train derails onto Washington interstateAmtrak passenger train derails onto Washington interstate
VIDEO: An Amtrak passenger train derailed over Interstate 5 in Washington on Monday morning, leaving at least one car dangling from the overpass.
People leaving London in record numbers as crime and cost drive themPeople leaving London in record numbers as crime and cost drive them
For every year since 2012, the south east was consistently the most popular destination for those choosing to leave London. London typically attracts young people drawn by university and career opportunities and it often loses residents in older age groups, particularly families with young children. However the new figures reveal a net inflow of 30,094 people aged 20 to 24, slowing to just 5,816 for the 25 to 29 age group.This has flipped to a net outflow of 19,070 for people aged 30 to 34. Rising rent and property prices have been to blame for young families looking to escape the capital. Neil Park, head of the ONS’s population estimates unit, said: “In the last two years, population growth in the UK has been at its lowest rate since 2004.“For the fifth year in a row, net international migration was a bigger driver of population change than births and deaths.“However, overall population change to the year mid-2018 has remained fairly stable, as an increase in net international migration has been roughly matched by the fewest births in over a decade and the highest number of deaths since the turn of the century.” However their figures are increasing. In 2017, 336,010 people left London and the figure for the previous year was 291,630. This continued the rising trend from 2015 (283,0000), 2014 (273,0000), 2013 (251,00 and 2012 (255,140). In April the ONS released data revealing that knife crime had surged to the highest level since records began. Murder and manslaughter figures also reached a 10-year high in 2018 with 732 people killed.Earlier this week the former Oasis frontman, Gallagher, blamed the London mayor, Sadiq Khan for the capital’s knife-crime epidemic.The 46-year-old father of four, who lives in north London, said: “Every time you wake up in the morning, there’s some 16-year-old kid been knifed to death. I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers.”Last weekend, four people were killed within four days in London, putting the capital’s knife crime in the international spotlight as US President, Donald Trump also criticised Mr Khan over his handling of the issue. Londoners are leaving the capital in record numbers as property prices drive people to the south coast, official data shows. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today revealed that 340,498 residents quit London to live in other parts of the UK. It marks the highest rate of people fleeing the capital since the ONS began collecting data in 2012. Experts have blamed the exodus from London on inflated house prices and violent crime rates.Over the same period, just 237,270 people migrated into the city from elsewhere in the UK, meaning that the capital lost a net 103,228 individuals to other parts of the country.The record figure only relates to 2018 and therefore does not account for the recent slump in the market, which is widely attributed to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. It also only tracks internal migration, and does not account for migration from sources outside the UK.Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) said that “property prices are a big deal” and the main cause of internal migration from London. “Obviously people also want a better quality of life, but they also want access to good schools, to live in rural areas and to get away from the stabbings.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Champions Cup doubleheader in store for Leinster and Munster in AprilChampions Cup doubleheader in store for Leinster and Munster in April
https://the42.ie/3208587 APRIL FOOL’S DAY will see both Leinster and Munster in back-to-back Champions Cup quarter-finals.The EPCR unveiled their schedule for the knock-out fixtures today with the return of Jimmy Gopperth and Wasps to the Aviva Stadium kicking off the quarter-final stage at 15.15 (BT Sport). The TV crane above Thomond during the win over Racing. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandSecond seeds Munster have been slotted in to Sky Sports’ prime time slot for their clash with Toulouse at 17.45.The second set of quarter-finals will take place on Sunday 2 April, starting off with Glasgow Warriors’ tough trip to Saracens (13.00, Sky Sports). Last up, the competition’s bridesmaids Clermont welcome familiar foes Toulon (15.15, BT Sport) to determine who faces the winners of Leinster-Wasps. Jamie Heaslip and Adam Byrne during their clash with Northampton in the Aviva. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSemi-finals will take place on the weekend of 22 April but kick-off times and venues will not be known until the results of the quarter-finals are in.2017 Champions Cup quarter-finalsSaturday 1 AprilQF 2: Leinster Rugby v Wasps, Aviva Stadium (15.15) BT SportQF 4: Munster Rugby v Toulouse, Thomond Park (17.45) Sky SportsSunday 2 AprilQF 3: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors, Allianz Park (13.00) Sky SportsQF 1: ASM Clermont Auvergne v RC Toulon, Stade Marcel-Michelin (15.15) BT Sport(All times Irish)2017 Challenge Cup quarter-finalsFriday 31 MarchQF 3: Edinburgh Rugby v La Rochelle, BT Murrayfield (20.00) Sky SportsSaturday 1 AprilQF 2: Bath Rugby v Brive, Recreation Ground (12.45) BT SportQF 4: Gloucester Rugby v Cardiff Blues, Kingsholm (20.05) Sky SportsSunday 2 AprilQF 1: Ospreys v Stade Francais Paris, venue TBC (17.45) BT SportSemi-finals of both tournaments will see the winners of QF1 v QF2 and QF3 v QF4.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Jan 27th 2017, 12:26 PM Follow us: the42.ie By Sean Farrell 32 Comments Welcome to the pit stop of sporting weekendsU20 captain Kelly eager to learn as he leads Friday 27 Jan 2017, 12:26 PM Short URL Champions Cup double-header in store for Leinster and Munster in April Any floating fans hoping to get to both quarter-finals are going to need a helicopter. 23,903 Views Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
LG Display sapprêterait à produire un écran Full HD de 5 poucesLG Display sapprêterait à produire un écran Full HD de 5 pouces
LG Display s’apprêterait à produire un écran Full HD de 5 pouces440 pixels par pouce…au creux de la main : c’est l’annonce, preuve à l’appui, que vient de faire LG Display. Le Retina d’Apple aurait du soucis à se faire !LG vient de présenter un prototype d’écran révolutionnaire, puisqu’il ne fait que 5 pouces (12,5 cm) et qu’il affiche une résolution de 1920 par 1080 pixels…Oui, cette mini-dalle est Full HD, en 16/9ème s’il vous plaît, comme celle qui équipe la majorité des salons aujourd’hui !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans les spécifications techniques de l’écran, LG n’hésite pas à écorner la concurrence : en annonçant que sa création est capable d’afficher 440 pixels par pouce, son produit fait mieux que le fameux Retina d’Apple, affichant lui 326 pixels par pouce, ou l’Xperia S et ses 342 ppp.Pour information, C’est Toshiba qui détient le record en la matière, avec une dalle qui serait capable d’afficher 498 ppp, avec une résolution de 2560 par 1600 pixels en WQXGA.Le 28 mai 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambert
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Season two announced for WWE Supercard mobile gameSeason two announced for WWE Supercard mobile game
Amazon Throwing Career Fair To Fill 30,000 Jobs Google+ Alex Webb Pinterest WhatsApp NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta Now Playing Up Next Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Find Jeremy Renner Items On Amazon Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) Amazon Faces Probe by U.S. Antitrust Officials Over Marketplace Now Playing Up Next WWE sent out the following:2K Announces WWE® SuperCard – Season 2 Now Availablefor Mobile DevicesExceeding 7.5 million global downloads to date, 2K’s action-packed WWE mobile collectible card game delivers larger roster, increased customization,expanded tournament play and moreNew York, NY – August 20, 2015 – 2K today announced the action-packed entertainment of WWE® SuperCard, the Company’s renowned collectible card-battling game, will raise the stakes with extensive content in WWE SuperCard – Season 2. Featuring an expanded roster of WWE Superstars, Divas, Legends, the debut of NXT Superstars and Divas, enhanced King of the Ring tournament play, an updated Exhibition Mode with a new WWE Divas card slot, increased customization options and more, WWE SuperCard – Season 2 is available now as an update for download free of charge on the App Store for iOS devices, including the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, as well as the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore for Android™ devices.WWE SuperCard has exceeded 7.5 million global downloads since its release in August 2014 and carries an average rating of 4.5/5 stars on the App Store, as well as a 4/5 rating on Google Play. Offering more than 700 cards in active play, with more to come in Season 2, WWE SuperCard challenges players to build teams of WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, train them to full potential, battle in various match types and test their luck in fast-paced tournament action. In addition, players can enhance their free-to-play experience through purchase of individual card packs.“WWE SuperCard sets the standard for bringing together the right brand and fan base in WWE with the competitive and engaging nature of collectible card games,” said Harley Howe, Co-Studio Head at Cat Daddy Games. “Season 2 elevates the authentic, hard-hitting WWE action more than 7.5 million fans have grown to love through new content certain to enhance the WWE experience in a mobile format.”WWE SuperCard – Season 2 features include:CUSTOMIZABLE CARDS – Customize and train Season 2 cards while earning tokens to permanently increase stats;LARGER ROSTER – Access hundreds of cards featuring a variety of WWE and NXT Superstars and Divas, including Season 2 additions Brock Lesnar®, Undertaker®, Stone Cold Steve Austin®, Kevin Owens™, Samoa Joe™, Adrian Neville™, Charlotte™ and many more;EXPANDED EXHIBITION DECK – Compete with an additional WWE Diva in solo matches, as well as in new Divas tag matches;LOYALTY FUSIONS – Convert Season 1 cards into powerful Season 2 variants via the game’s Fusion Chamber;GLOBAL CHAT – Connect with anyone in the world while playing WWE SuperCard;WEEKLY EVENTS – Participate in weekly, real-time events with exclusive rewards to increase overall deck strength;ENHANCED KING OF THE RING – The 16-man, multi-day tournament is now more strategic than ever with a new enhancement system.Developed by Cat Daddy Games in conjunction with Visual Concepts, both 2K studios, WWE SuperCard is available now download free of charge on the App Store for iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Pod touch, as well as the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore for Android devices.For more information on WWE SuperCard and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram or subscribe on YouTube.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAmazon Faces Probe by U.S. Antitrust Officials Over MarketplaceVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 66.58%0:04Remaining Time -1:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Amazon to Hold Job Fairs Across the US Videos Articles Amazon Is Having An iPad Pro Sale Twitter Now Playing Up Next
Infosys Sacks BPO Finance Chief Over Violation of Code of Conduct CEOInfosys Sacks BPO Finance Chief Over Violation of Code of Conduct CEO
IT services company Infosys has fired the chief financial officer (CFO) of its BPO unit on grounds of violation of code of conduct, reportedly after a whistleblower’s revelation of financial irregularities in the unit.Infosys sacked BPO CFO Abraham Mathews, who has been in the position since 2003, in a departure it said was “in keeping with the company’s goal of setting the highest standards of corporate governance and adhering to the letter and spirit of the company’s code of conduct.”However, in its filing with the BSE on Tuesday, Infosys did not elaborate on the issue – the first time that the Bengaluru-based firm was involved in an incident of this nature.According to reports, Mathews had failed to disclose financial irregularities by an employee who reportedly overbilled a client at one of the BPO’s centres, and the lid was blown off by a whistleblower.”An employee blew the whistle. The auditors found [sic] out the employee responsible for the racket and sacked him. The CFO was asked to go for poor financial control,” a source told The Times of India.The employee charged with the fraud has also been sacked though the irregularities were termed as ‘immaterial’.Infosys BPO CEO Gautam Thakur has also put down his papers, citing responsibility on “moral grounds”.The company has named senior members Anup Uppadhayay and Deepak Bhalla as the unit’s chief executive and chief financial officer respectively to take charge of the BPO unit, which contributes up to 7% to the company’s revenue, Reuters reported.”BPO is of fundamental and strategic importance to our company. Our endeavor is to transform BPO with process innovation, automation and artificial intelligence to delivery exceptional efficiency and business value to our clients. I am very confident that under the leadership of Anup and Deepak, our BPO practice will become an exemplar on how business processes should be run,” Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said in his statement.
Viral Sonam Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor will burn your laptop screens withViral Sonam Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor will burn your laptop screens with
Trust the Kapoor sisters to surprise you with their fashion statements and the divas never disappoint. Sonam Kapoor’s picture and Janhvi Kapoor’s latest Instagram pictures are living proof of that. The divas recently shared their best photos on Insta and as fans, we just can’t keep calm.Flaunting her curves and assets in this refreshing vintage style swimsuit, Sonam shared the picture and wrote, “Flashback to this summer I love vintage style swimsuits they really flatter my curves.. esp @normakamali.”Sonam Kapoor’s cousin sister and the latest girl-next-door of Bollywood, Janhvi Kapoor, too shared a bright picture of herself in a red dress. Reminding us a lot of her late mother, Sridevi, Janhvi looked absolutely flawless in the picture.On the personal front, Sonam Kapoor is happily married to beau Anand Ahuja and their Insta PDA shows us what happily ever afters are made of. Janhvi, on the other hand, is rumoured to be dating Ishan Khatter, while both have been constantly denying it.Talking about their long distance relationship, Sonam had said in an interview with Times Now, “I think the distance definitely makes the heart fonder. I miss him a lot and I think it’s important we both work. It’s important for our relationship, as partners. I hope one day we find work in the same country (laughs). I do tell him when I am doing something. Ya, I do take his opinion on…dates! Because obviously, I have to spend time with my husband. So, he and I coordinate on dates.”While Sonam Kapoor will be seen working with Dulquer Salmaan in the movie ‘The Zoya Factor’, Janhvi is busy shooting for the Gunjan Saxena biopic.
Three motorcyclists were killed after a truck knocked them in Akbar Shah area of Chittagong city early Friday.The deceased are Qamrul Islam, 27, Md Nizam, 32, and Md Rezaul, 30.Akbar Shah police station officer in-charge Md Alamgir said a truck hit the three motorcyclists in Shahid Lane area of the city around 3:00am, leaving them dead on the spot.“Police have detained the driver and his assistant and seized the truck,” he added.The OC also said the bodies were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
A Lot Has Changed Since Houston Last Hosted The Super BowlA Lot Has Changed Since Houston Last Hosted The Super Bowl
Listen 00:00 /03:25 Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaMetro now has three light rail lines to carry Super Bowl visitors. In 2004 it only had one.It was February 1, 2004 when Houston last hosted the Super Bowl. The thing a lot of people might remember most about it happened at halftime — Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. Millions of viewers saw it live.And there was also a streaker. He got on the field dressed in a referee’s uniform. The game itself was actually said to be one of the best in history. With only four seconds left on the clock, the New England Patriots kicked a 41-yard field goal, defeating the Carolina Panthers 32 to 29.The NFL had awarded the big game to Houston shortly after Bob McNair acquired the Texans franchise. The team started playing in 2002, back when their brand-new stadium was still called Reliant.To get the 2017 game, Houston had to really work for it. The city beat out a proposal from south Florida.Today preparations are moving ahead in the same venue, now known as NRG Stadium. The Patriots will be making a return visit to play the Atlanta Falcons.We spoke with NFL Director of Events Eric Finkelstein as he watched crews pull up the Texans logo from the end zone so they could install the Super Bowl 51 insignia.The stadium itself looks much the same, but it’s added a lot of amenities since 2004.There’s more food to choose from, a lot of it from local restaurants. There’s also stronger wi-fi to handle all the social media that wasn’t around 13 years ago.As for game day itself, Finkelstein says they’re always looking for ways to make the Super Bowl bigger and better.“There are so many different things that are happening, so many additional pieces that it’s amazing how much it’s evolved,” says Finkelstein.But the most striking difference could be what’s happening off the field, before and after the game. Metro CEO Tom Lambert remembers what it was like downtown in 2004 when he was the transit agency’s police chief. Discovery Green wasn’t built yet so the crowds converged on North Main Street.“I still recall at Texas and Main looking up at the Rice Hotel and the balcony and it was wall-to-wall people,” recalls Lambert. “And one said, oh my God, I hope the balcony stays there.”The Main Street light rail line had opened only a few weeks before and Lambert says things got so congested they had to shut it down.“Just the ability to move people, that was a concern,” adds Lambert. “And when you have that limited space and more and more people congested in that space, that’s always a concern.”Today Houston has three light rail lines, and they’re expected to carry thousands of fans. But Lambert says even with the limited service they learned a lot.“It demonstrated the carrying capacity of a rail car, where you could carry 200 people plus on a rail car,” explains Lambert. “And when you tie those two cars together you could move a lot of people in a dedicated corridor with very good frequencies.”And that’s another big difference between this Super Bowl and the one in 2004. University of Houston Professor Jason Draper does research on tourism and events. He says visitors now have better ways to get around Houston without a car.“I think it’s important with all the development around town, providing more opportunities and access to those areas, not having to depend on driving so much,” says Draper. “Or as much as in 2004 at least.”Events will be going on all week at Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and dozens of other venues.Experts say the city could see an economic impact of about $350 million. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
UnFurTunate Cat Filter Ruins DoubleHomicide Police PresserUnFurTunate Cat Filter Ruins DoubleHomicide Police Presser
Stay on target FaceApp Responds to (Mostly Unfounded) Privacy ConcernsInstagram Employs Machine Learning to Stop Bullying The B.C. RCMP are giving a press conference on the two people murdered on the Alaska Highway, and they have the cat ear filter on. pic.twitter.com/j8GvkvKA4u— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) July 19, 2019Police said they were aware of the “technical difficulties,” and have since uploaded a new, feline-free video of the press conference to their Facebook page. It’s hard to take anyone seriously when they have digital cat ears and whiskers superimposed onto their face.A lesson Canadian police learned the hard way.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in British Columbia have apologized after livestreaming a press conference detailing a double homicide—with an augmented reality “cat filter” turned on.AdChoices广告Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of North Carolina, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, of Australia, were found Monday morning alongside Highway 97 in British Columbia.A blue 1986 Chevrolet van with Alberta license plates was also at the scene.The couple, as reported by CBS17, were on a road trip through Canada; after visiting national parks, they planned to end the journey in Alaska.It remains unclear whether the duo were specifically targeted or the victims of a random act of violence.“Early in the investigation, the deaths were deemed suspicious and investigators from the North District and BC RCMP Major Crimes Units were called to assist the investigation,” Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said at a Friday press conference.Unfortunately, the somber announcement was marred by a pair of pink cartoon cat ears and animated whiskers on Shoihet’s otherwise earnest face. .@BCRCMP apologizing for the cat filter. Says it was not the result of an “outside party,” was an internal error and the mistake has been fixed. “Our effort to be available via a social media platform did have technological challenges which is a risk that can happen.” https://t.co/DFUgJ6Vz8F— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) July 20, 2019Investigators are asking to speak with anyone traveling in the area of Liard Hot Springs and on the Alaska Highway 97 between 4 p.m. July 14 and 8 a.m. July 15—especially those with dashcam footage.Anyone with information relating to the blue van or the deaths of Deese and Fowler should contact the Northern Rockies RCMP at 250-774-2700.The same furry filter recently turned Pakistani politician Shaukat Yousafzai’s live-streamed press conference into an unintended farce.According to the BBC, Yousafzai was unaware of the digital distraction, but later said it was a “mistake” and should not be taken “so seriously.”More on Geek.com:Google Apologizes for ‘Hidden’ Nest Secure Microphone DilemmaFreeze! Police in Illinois ‘Arrest’ Elsa Due to Extremely Cold WeatherOops: Apple’s Squid Emoji is Upside Down
India and Bangladesh launch two crosscountry bus servicesIndia and Bangladesh launch two crosscountry bus services
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic tour to Bangladesh and signed 22 agreements on various bilateral issues. For the first time in history, Chief Minister of a state accompanied the Prime Minister in such an official tour. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not only there with Prime Minister Modi, but also played a key role of catalyst when Modi met his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina. The three leaders flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus services marking a historic moment between the two countries.During the flag off ceremony, Modi handed over a symbolic ticket of the Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata service to Hasina and in return, she handed over a symbolic ticket of Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service to Modi. Mamata Banerjee gave Hasina a symbolic ticket of the Kolkata- Dhaka-Agartala service.PM Modi said the bus services – that will link West Bengal to three North-eastern states of India via Bangaldeshi capital Dhaka, will strengthen relations between both the countries.The Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala service would reduce by 560 km or nearly one-third the distance between West Bengal and the land-locked state of Tripura, which is surrounded by Bangladesh from three sides, benefitting commuters.When asked about her feeling on the bus services, Hasina said, “How can we forget the contributions and the role played by India during our Liberation War?” “It will bring relief mainly to those who want to travel between Kolkata and Agartala. We could not ignore the demand of the people in Bengal,” said Bangladesh’s Information and Broadcasting Minister, Hassan Ul Haque Inu.There would be two buses on the Kolkata-Agartala-Dhaka route, one of which would be run by the West Bengal Government and the other by the Tripura Government. The solo bus in the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati route would be run by the Bangladesh Government. Buses on this route would originate three days a week each from Guwahati and Dhaka, respectively.India and Bangladesh are also keen to strengthen railway connectivity, particularly to revive railway links which were in existence prior to 1965. They are also set to sign a coastal shipping agreement to facilitate sailing of small vessels from India to various ports in Bangladesh which now go through Singapore.
Thomas Cook India hosts the first ever India Travel Summit 2016Thomas Cook India hosts the first ever India Travel Summit 2016
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd recently hosted the first ever India Travel Summit, an initiative aimed at providing a successful platform for the exchange of ideas benefiting the travel and tourism industry. The half-day summit comprised of three focused panel discussions addressing challenges and highlighting opportunities related to security and consular assistance, outbound and inbound travel and repositioning India as a premium tourist destination on a global platform.The summit saw the attendance of over 100 senior travel professionals from across the eco-system. The panel discussions were moderated by Mahesh Iyer, Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd; Vishal Suri, MD, SOTC Travel Services Pvt Ltd; and Dipak Deva, MD, Travel Corporation (India) Ltd.In his welcome address, Madhavan Menon, CMD, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, said, “With economic uncertainty, terrorist attacks, political unrest being the ‘new normal’ it is challenging for the travel & tourism industry to facilitate a safe and unhindered travelling experience to travellers. India’s travel story is going to be much bigger and it is fast emerging as one of the most significant markets for tourism, both inbound and outbound; hence there is a clear need for stakeholders in the travel ecosystem to plan the way forward, in sync with current realities.”Colin Jones, UKVI, Regional Operations Manager, British High Commission, UK, added, “India is a key market for the UK and we witnessed an 11% growth in visa applications in 2015 and we are confident of touching a 15% growth figure in 2017. Brexit has not had an impact on the plans of Indian tourists and the travel process doesn’t change. We believe that there will be an increased effort towards digitisation of the travel process as a result of this.”G B Srithar, Regional Director (South Asia, Middle East & Africa), Singapore Tourism Board, added, “The Indian traveller is ‘price conscious’ and yet wants something new and unique. Therefore, for us, it is all about highlighting the value proposition that Singapore as a destination offers.”Urs Eberhard, Head of Markets, Switzerland Tourism, agreed that while Switzerland is on the bucket list of many Indians, a significant number are now travelling to the destination to explore unique experiences. “Yoga in the Alps or a spa retreat or even snowboarding…the global Indian traveller is setting new trends these days. This new age Indian traveller is also influenced heavily by social media and word of mouth, it is no surprise then that our India page has the highest number of members,” he said.Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, believes that India has the potential to attract a larger number of tourists than it does today. “Initiatives like visa on arrival are steps in the right direction,” he added.Talking about taking a marketing approach in promoting tourism, David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said, “There lies a good opportunity for public-private partnerships to create a structure jointly and then having a professional marketing organisation to go out and promote the destination.”
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