Dhoni will lead India against England at Lord’s in the first of the four-match Test series.It’s a privilege for anyone to step on the hallowed turf at the ‘Home of Cricket’ and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no exception as he prepares to lead his bunch of world beaters in the first Test at the Lord’s on Thursday.Dhoni, says that the experience of leading his team out at Lord’s on Thursday will be an honour to rank with anything he has achieved in his glorious career.”It’s obviously big, leading 15 people who have the expectation of 1.2 billion,” Dhoni told the Daily Telegraph.”It’s an honour, it’s very special. But at the same time it’s an added responsibility. You want the Indian team to win each and every game, which is not possible. Still, that’s what you are expected to do.”The ‘Captain Cool’ during the interview has spoken about how at times he feels like moving far away from the madding crowd on one of his 25 motorbikes.”If get the chance,” he says, “Somewhere in Delhi or Mumbai, I will take my bike out, take the helmet with me and go around for a ride.”The family man in him comes out once he starts talking about his family.”Since 2005, I have not spent much time with my family,” he said, thinking back to the year of his Test debut against Sri Lanka.”In fact, I have spent more time at the Taj Landsend in Mumbai. It was my 100th visit recently, which means I have spent more than 400 days in that hotel, and that is a lot more than I have spent with my family.”advertisement- With PTI inputs
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Q. What makes the Acropolis Mall stand out?Acropolis is an iconic architectural masterpiece with state-of-the-art facilities. It’s situated at a prime location close to an area that has been a favoured shopping destination for years. Sufficient parking space, a fantastic network of vertical transportation and a top-of-the-line facility-management team ensure,Q. What makes the Acropolis Mall stand out?Acropolis is an iconic architectural masterpiece with state-of-the-art facilities. It’s situated at a prime location close to an area that has been a favoured shopping destination for years. Sufficient parking space, a fantastic network of vertical transportation and a top-of-the-line facility-management team ensure maximum convenience for customers and store owners alike. Besides, we house some of the top retail and F&B brands in the city.Q. What is your USP?We believe that a mall is not merely a shopping destination, it have evolved into a space where people socialise. So we strive to create a place where people, irrespective of whether they make a purchase or not, can come and have a good time. Our biggest USP is our effort at engaging with our customers so that they feel connected to the space, and keep returning to it not just to shop but to have a good time.Q. How do you forge a connect with people coming to the mall?Throughout the year, we organise various events like annual inter-college fests, fashion shows, midnight mega sales, and seasonal sales featuring lucky draws with attractive prizes including cars, two-wheelers and iPhones. We have also organised magic shows and Jurassic Park festival, complete with themed decor and activities for children. We use our large central atrium for such activities.Q. Is there any event in the pipeline?August will feature our annual 3-day inter-college gala Festopolis that has seen participation from as many as 40 colleges at a time, while in September the mall will host a fun bakery festival.advertisementQ. How are you gearing up for the festive season?During Durga puja and Diwali, the mall will sport festive themed decor, while later in the year for Christmas and New Years, our focus will be on children. Along with theme-decor that would appeal to them, we will also pack in fun activities. Besides, we will also be hosting a mega shopping festival.Q. Any new brand making an entry?We are talking to several fashion and accessories brands. Helios, the multiple brand watch store from the Tata stable is coming up soon. I must share that Starbucks is also coming to Acropolis soon, hopefully by January.
Inter are hoping to offload Mauro Icardi in the summer and are exploring the possibility of a swap deal with Juventus involving forward Paulo Dybala.According to sources close to the talks, new Inter manager Antonio Conte wants the 26-year-old out, while the board are also keen to sell the Argentina international.The Nerazzurri are pushing Serie A champions Juve to consider a deal that would include Dybala, who saw his role reduced at the club following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Dybala, who had an impressive season in 2017-18 when he scored 22 league goals, has been moved into a deeper position to accommodate Ronaldo and managed just five goals in Serie A in the last campaign.Juve are, however, reluctant to allow the 25-year-old to leave the club and they are yet to appoint a new head coach to replace Massimiliano Allegri, with Maurizio Sarri expected to be announced soon.The Turin club do still retain an interest in Icardi, though, having tried to sign him last summer, before the move for Ronaldo had been confirmed.Indeed, Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has made contact with the player’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, over the possibility of getting a move over the line this time around.Roma, who appointed Paulo Fonseca on Tuesday, would also be interested in bringing in Icardi, although the player is put off by the fact they won’t be taking part in the Champions League next season.Despite reports of interest from England and Spain – and Real Madrid in particular – in the past, the Argentine would prefer to stay in Italy, and Juve seems the most likely destination.Should a bid from abroad arrive, Icardi does still have a €110 million (£98m/$125m) release clause that only applies to clubs from outside of Serie A.Icardi does, however, still want to stay at Inter, with Wanda Nara having revealed at the end of May that the player hoped to stay for “at least another year”, with his contract not due to expire until 2021.The former Sampdoria striker, who joined Inter in 2013, has not been far from controversy during his time at San Siro, with frequent reports of fallings out with team-mates, while he was stripped of the captaincy earlier in 2019.In the aftermath of that decision he didn’t play for the club for almost two months although, in spite of speculation that he would be moved on, he has consistently expressed his desire to stay.Icardi, who has missed out on Argentina’s Copa America squad, scored 17 goals in all competitions for Inter last season, with the Nerazzurri finishing fourth in the Serie A table to secure Champions League for the 2019-20 campaign.
The Nova Scotia government surplus auction in Dartmouth this weekend will offer large blades for snowplows, lawn mowers, weed trimmers, machine shop lathes, vehicles, cellphones, filing cabinets, and even an unassembled 14×16-foot auto body paint booth. A link to a partial list, with photos, is posted on the home page of the Department of Transportation and Public Works’ website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/. Conducted by A&A Auctioneering, the auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Transportation and Public Works’ warehouse at 10 Acadia St., in Dartmouth at 10 a.m. Items can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Payment must be made by cash or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit cards or debit cards will not be accepted. Money earned in this auction is used to pay down the provincial debt.
More Nova Scotia companies are selling more goods and services by competing and winning in new global markets. The Global Business Accelerator Program, part of the province’s jobsHere plan, connects Nova Scotia companies to business experts who can help build world class companies that can compete anywhere. “jobsHere is setting the province up to compete and thrive in the global marketplace,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Now is the time to get ready to build a competitive economy that Nova Scotians and their families are proud to be part of.” Companies like River’s Bend, near Heatherton, Antigonish Co., which is already competing in global markets, will have the opportunity to be even more competitive. “Securing an export market can be challenging for a small business,” said Paul van de Wiel, owner of River’s Bend. “Knowing where to look geographically, finding credible contacts in the market, determining and overcoming potential trade barriers are some of the deterrents to getting started. This program can help small businesses secure markets for future growth.” Businesses will be reimbursed 80 per cent, up to a maximum of $35,000, of the eligible costs of hiring a professional with international business expertise. The program, which is administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc., is expected to support 10 applications this year. Industry associations also see the benefit to their members. “The Global Business Accelerator Program will support Nova Scotia’s high-value aerospace, defence and marine industries and increase their capacity to go global and compete with the best in the world,” said Gordon Gale, executive director of Aerospace and Defence Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “Our companies are already selling into the value chains of some of the world’s biggest companies. This program will help them access local and international expertise on how best to plan and manage international growth.” Helping businesses compete globally is one of the three pillars of jobsHere. More than 300 Nova Scotia companies are being supported through the province’s international business development programs. “This program is helping companies be more innovative so they can sell goods and services all over the world. Making businesses more globally competitive will help them compete for some of the big opportunities on the horizon,” added Mr. Smith. This year’s deadline for businesses to submit applications is March 29. More information on the program, including guidelines and an application form, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/gbap .
HALIFAX – A cartoon in a satirical magazine that depicts a black poet and activist with a jutting chin and sloping forehead is being modified after critics who call it racist launched campaigns to remove the magazine from stores.Andrew Douglas, the managing editor of the Atlantic region version of Frank magazine, apologized to readers on Tuesday, saying he’s fearful that the depiction of El Jones among a group of protesters in the cartoon could attract racists to the publication.Sarah Dunsworth, an actor on the “Trailer Park Boys” series, said on Twitter the “racist harassment … is disgusting and shameful,” and is among those calling for a boycott.Jones said in an interview that she views the cartoon as a throwback to racist images in magazines in the 1800s that depicted African men and women as having features closer to primates than Caucasians.“It’s an animalistic way of representing Africans as monkeys … Anyone familiar with the history of racism and the history of racist depictions can see this immediately,” said Jones, who holds a women’s studies chair at Mount Saint Vincent University and is a former Halifax poet laureate.She said such depictions were part of a wider racist movement once prominent in mainstream magazines that aimed to depict Africans as having lower intelligence.Dunsworth has called for stores, including the Sobeys chain, to pull the latest issue off their shelves.A spokeswoman for Sobeys was not immediately available for comment, but the chain said on Twitter it denounces discriminatory commentary and has shared concerns with the magazine.“This is a discussion we’re having with the magazine and our internal team, and it’s all the information we have to share,” it tweeted Wednesday.Douglas said his apology wasn’t to Jones but to readers.“It’s not an apology to El Jones. In our mind we didn’t use (a) racist character, but having said that we also understand that can be totally subjective,” he said in an interview.“We’d hate to think we’re going to attract the wrong elements by them believing we are racist.”He said he has asked cartoonist Don Pinsent to draw the cartoon again with a depiction of Jones altered.Pinsent said Wednesday he originally intended to exaggerate the poet’s features, but this is his practice with most subjects he draws.“I exaggerate features on people, that’s what I do, and everybody else depicted in the cartoon was exaggerated to the same extent she was,” he said.“What I’ve been asked to do is draw as accurate a depiction of her face as I can.”Douglas said the cartoon has been published multiple times and is a regular feature that has been running since August and is called “the safe space cadets.”He said it is aimed at mocking the protesters on issues such as the push to remove a statue of city founder Edward Cornwallis from a Halifax park.Cornwallis, as governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in response to an attack on colonists. Some members of the Mi’kmaq community have called for the removal of tributes to Cornwallis, calling his actions a form of genocide.Jones said that she doesn’t accept that changing her features eliminates the racist nature of the cartoon.She said that the context of Aboriginal and black women speaking out against the Cornwallis statue, and having an unattended black child crawling on hands and knees near the protesters, are among the elements that make the drawing racist. She said having the child unattended suggest the black parents are inattentive.“To suggest that the racist depiction in this context is just some kind of error in drawing I think is ignoring the racist context of this drawing,” she said.Douglas wrote in a letter to readers that the intention wasn’t to publish a racist drawing. He also said he is aware that drawings that liken black people to primates — such as cartoons that depict former U.S. president Barack Obama as a gorilla — can be viewed in this way.
Skittles announced tonight an eBay auction of musician Steven Tyler’s Skittles portrait to support Tyler’s philanthropic initiative that helps girls who have been abused and neglected: Janie’s Fund.Steven Tyler Skittles PortraitTyler and his Skittles portrait are featured in the Skittles Super Bowl 50 television commercial, in which Tyler comes face to face with a portrait of himself made entirely of the candy. Bidders can bid on the replica Skittles portrait at www.SkittlesPortrait.com starting Sunday evening until Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CST.Proceeds from the auction will support Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s partnership with private nonprofit Youth Villages that raises money and awareness to help Youth Villages provide trauma-informed care to girls who have histories of being abused and/or neglected.Tyler’s hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” originally released Nov. 8, 1989, was born out of a growing desire to speak up for victims of child abuse. Each year, 1 in 5 girls in the United States experiences sexual abuse.For more information, please visit www.JaniesFund.org or call 901-251-5000.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – In just four days, Taylor Swift’s new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.Billboard reports the album, “reputation,” sold 1.05 million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release.Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” was the year’s bestselling album, with 919,000 units sold. Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” has sold 842,000 units.Since Billboard changed how it views albums sales — incorporating single track sales (10 song sales = 1 album sale) and streaming (1,500 streams = 1 album sale) — Sheeran’s album has sold 2.3 million units overall. Lamar’s has moved 2.5 million units.Swift’s “reputation” is not available on streaming services, pushing fans to buy it or wait until it appears on Spotify or Apple Music. It’s Swift’s fourth album to sell more than 1 million units in its first week of release.Swift became the first artist to have three albums sell more than 1 million copies in their first week when “1989” reached the feat in 2014. Her albums “Speak Now” and “Red” also sold more than 1 million units in their debut weeks.
28 October 2010The current security and political calm bodes well for this weekend’s long-awaited presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, underlining the need for the polls to take place as scheduled. The current security and political calm bodes well for this weekend’s long-awaited presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, underlining the need for the polls to take place as scheduled.The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005 and repeatedly postponed, constitute a major step in restoring stability after civil war split the West African nation into a Government-held south and a northern area dominated by the rebel Forces Nouvelles in 2002.The polls are now slated to be held on 31 October, followed by a second round on 28 November if there is no clear winner. In the report made public today, Mr. Ban writes that that the “positive and calm political and security climate engendered by the Ouagadougou Political Agreement [the 2007 blueprint for political reconciliation] and the spirit of compromise and consensus that has brought Côte d’Ivoire thus far are encouraging and bode well for the elections.”He calls the establishment of a final voters list a “major breakthrough” in the country’s peace process. “It not only makes the holding of elections possible, but it will also allow millions of Ivorians to receive identity cards, thus addressing the identification issue, which has been at the centre of the Ivorian crisis.”But he voices concern over reports that militia groups are threatening to disrupt the electoral process, pledging the support of the UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNOCI, to put the necessary security arrangements into place and prevent the undermining of the polls.The mission, set up in 2004 to monitor a ceasefire and to help bring stability to Côte d’Ivoire, has flown in hundreds of additional soldiers to reinforce its 8,650 troops already there.Y. J. Choi, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative, told reporters in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city, Abidjan, today that the polls will be held on Sunday, thanks to a strong electoral dynamic.With 72 hours left before the polls, he voiced confidence that the process will go smoothly, noting that measures have been taken to resolve logistical challenges such as those related to the distribution of identification cards. He added that the recruitment and deployment of 60,000 electoral officers is continuing.To date, the IEC and the UN have transported nearly 12 million cards to nearly all of the polling stations, with the final phase of delivering all sensitive materials, including ballot papers and report forms, beginning tomorrow. The Special Representative said that he is convinced that voting will be peaceful and orderly, with the IEC, supported by national and international observers, ensuring that the elections are credible.“There is no doubt that all the parties and the candidates will accept the proclaimed and certified results,” the official said.He also emphasized that the counting of votes will be transparent. “Everyone agrees that the manual counting will be done in each polling station and it is up to the IEC to decide on the means of electronic transmission from the local commissions to Abidjan…“All the parties will be present and the tabulation will also be done with total transparency,” he stressed.Cote
Leicester City is bigger right?neil:It’s a great Q which was less likely going into the seasonI think Leicester still more unlikelyEPL more ruled by money, less by randomness than NHLBut this was the general consensus going into the year:Wow The Golden Knights Are Going To Be BadPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetomg only $17?! We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions All newsletters It’s my last day at FiveThirtyEight! I’m next starting a daily newsletter, Numlock News. If you’ve been a fan of Beside The Points, please subscribe!Things That Caught My EyeKnights in FiveThe Vegas Golden Knights became just the second-ever expansion team in the post-1960 histories of the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB to reach the championship in their very first season of existence. The Knights dispatched the Winnipeg Jets after winning four games of their series to the Jets’ one. The 1967-68 St. Louis Blues are the only previous team to pull it off, albeit in a league with 12 teams. [ESPN]Warm WNBA welcomeThe Connecticut Sun beat the brand-new Las Vegas Aces 101-65 on Sunday by the largest ever margin of victory for a WNBA opening day game. Vegas rookie A’ja Wilson, the top pick in the 2018 draft, showed promise with 14 points and 10 rebounds in her debut. [ESPN]We’re getting worse at gambling somehowWith sports gambling poised to make a nation-wide splash following a nod from the Supreme Court, it’s worth asking if we are actually even good at it to begin with. In 1992, casinos kept just 2.81 percent of the wagers they handled on sports. Over the next 15 years, casinos got better at wooing easier marks in, and their haul peaked at 7.89 percent in 2006. In 2017 the house took 5.11 percent of all sports wagers. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?U.S.A. is #1 at #3The United States defeated Canada 4-1 to take the bronze medal at the world ice hockey championship. Sweden took gold and Switzerland took silver. This is the third time the U.S. has won the bronze medal in the past six years. [ESPN]Who can’t touch the new ball?This year there are 22 hitters in major league baseball who have seen 30 pitches that were 96 miles per hour or higher and who have failed to generate a single hit off the speedy balls. Several of those players are north of 30 years old, meaning that the necessity to make major adjustments to the new, faster pitching game may be trouble for more experienced players. [ESPN]Ledecky the G.O.A.T.Katie Ledecky set a new record in the 1500m at the IU Natatorium with 15:20.48. She beat the previous record-holder, who is also Katie Ledecky, by a full 5 seconds. At this point the top eight fastest 1500m times are all held by Katie Ledecky. [USA Swimming]Big Number(s)31 horsesCongratulations to Justify, who became the 31st horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes since 1931. Justify was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Sunday. If this horse wants to be the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown — gonna level with you I do not think the horse wants that, it’s a horse, and I doubt horses fully understand the enormous apparatus around professional racing to the level that it’s compelled to aspire — but if Justify does seek to become the 13th crown winner, holding off rival Good Magic by only 2 ½ lengths definitely means the Belmont Stakes in three weeks is any horses’ game. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: micah:
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. She said: “We are all incandescent with rage because of that [police] tweet. “We appreciate some of the problems that the travellers find themselves in when finding places to stay, but the attitude of the police has been a major problem and it is extremely worrying for the police to take that view. “We can take a very liberal approach, as the police seem to be doing, and say these people have every right to live where they want, but some of the travellers seem very intent on causing a great deal of disruption. But Karen Randolph, a councillor who represents Thames Ditton, said the remarks had left residents feeling “completely unsupported”. A police force has come under fire after it told a community fed up with travellers to consider how “upsetting” it would be to be “uprooted every few days”.Elmbridge Police in Surrey posted the sympathetic tweet on its account, which left residents “incandescent with rage”, after settlers illegally set up camp in Long Ditton.Villagers had complained children’s scooters had been stolen from playgrounds and shops were forced to close early because of shoplifting after travellers moved onto Long Ditton recreation ground on Sunday.The group arrived after they were allegedly evicted from a public park in Cobham, six miles away, on Sunday.Elmbridge Police force tweeted: “If we evidence a criminal damage then we would act. But can’t usually. You say upsetting to endure, consider for a second, how upsetting it would be, being uprooted every few days. That’s why we always act in the best interests of all parties with proportionality and legality.”Further tweets were posted in which police said they had attempted to “enlighten followers” to an approach needed towards travellers and added the force was an “inclusive organisation” open to “educated conversation.” “It’s very distressing for local residents, because they feel threatened and intimidated. We are left without any ability to confront it and we feel totally unsupported – especially with that police tweet.”The travellers were served with an eviction notice to leave Long Ditton on Wednesday.A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We are aware that the wording of the tweet on the Elmbridge Beat Twitter account hasn’t been well received. “The tweet was intended to be impartial and to encourage both sides of the discussion. “We appreciate the concern it has raised, given the impact unauthorised encampments have had on the county, however we serve all communities equally and will not tolerate discriminatory behaviour.” We are all incandescent with rage because of that [police] tweetCouncillor Karen Randolph If we evidence a criminal damage then we would act. But can’t usually. You say upsetting to endure, consider for a second, how upsetting it would be, being uprooted every few days. That’s why we always act in the best interests of all parties with proportionality and legality.— Elmbridge Police (@ElmbridgeBeat) August 7, 2018
Updated 8.09am THE GOVERNOR OF the Central Bank, Patrick Honohan, is set to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee later today to answer questions on the mortgage crisis and the Anglo Tapes.Labour deputy Ciarán Lynch, who chairs the panel of TDs and senators, said earlier this month that he would be asking Honohan to appear to give his response to banks’ submissions on the solutions being offered to mortgage holders in arrears.The Anglo Tapes and the Central Bank’s surprise decision not to take any further action over the recordings of conversations between Anglo executives in the period surrounding the bank guarantee five years ago are also likely to be discussed.The CEOs from four banks were asked earlier this month to confirm to the committee whether they had had reached the target set down by Government to have proposed sustainable solutions for 20 per cent of struggling homeowners.All had – some by greater margins than others – but the politicians were surprised at the level of solutions that had been achieved as a result of legal action being launched: almost 15,000.Resolution processesUlster Bank official Steven Bell even conceded to the committee that it was also a “matter of some concern” within management of his bank that the target was being met in such a manner, but he added that they had had confirmation from the Central Bank that it was clearly within the rules set out.Bell said that when a target was given and there were consequences for not meeting it, that “boards of directors will do whatever they have to do”.The banks have been asked to give a full breakdown of their resolution processes and how they have been applied to distressed borrowers in advance of today’s appearance by Governor Honohan.According to Deputy Lynch: “Other issues we will be looking at are how some of the resolutions reached with customers vary from one bank to another – for instance, some banks are using the option of split mortgage solutions more than others”.The meeting takes place in Leinster House Committee Room 4 at 2pm.You can watch proceedings hereFirst published 7.15am Read: No further action from Central Bank over Anglo following tapes controversyWatch: “It’s all gone mad” — 8 moments from this week’s ‘grilling’ of the bankers >Read: Bank of Ireland has addressed 53 per cent of defaulting mortgages >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras, has injected a total of $145,800 into Greek communities in Victoria to further multicultural support, with a total of more than $590,000 going to 411 multicultural community organisations across Victoria. Of the support grants received by the 42 Greek community groups, $104,00 has gone to 10 Greek communities to assist with building grants; $11,000 has gone to six Greek communities as part of the strengthening communities grants; and $30,800 has gone to 26 Greek communities for ogranisational support. Kotsiras sais that “these grants will benefit many Victorians who are members of multicutral clubs, organisations and assocations”. This funding is part of the $5.6 million distributed to Victoria’s multicultural groups this year through the Community Grants Program and provide support to community groups and organisations and acknowledge the significant costs of up-keep to buildings for not-for-profit organisations. The Victorian Government has increased funding to the Community Grants Program by $1.1 million this year.
Censorship – it’s a hot button issue in the video game world right now. When developers alter their vision to better suit the needs of the market, some gamers treat it like a knife to their heart. But the alternative might just be worse. All around the world, video games have been pulled from store shelves because they were just too much for the community to handle.Whether that censorship is justified isn’t for us to say (but let’s be fair, it probably isn’t). What is instructive is to examine the games that got banned and try to figure out what pisses people off. In many cases, it’s pretty obvious – intense violence, graphic sex, or unsavory themes. And you’ll certainly see your share of those things in the games that follow. But there are other reasons that games get prohibited from sale, and they’re pretty weird.RapeLayMany of the games on this list were banned simply because of cultural misunderstandings. You… can’t say that for RapeLay. The insanely controversial game developed by Japanese studio Illusion was released in 2006 and almost immediately kicked off a firestorm of bad emotions. If you haven’t heard of it, RapeLay puts you in the shoes of a sexual predator and tasks you with stalking and having sex with a mother and her two daughters by force. Needless to say, this is incredibly screwed up and not cool.RapeLay was banned in multiple countries after release. It’s illegal to sell it in Argentina, Indonesia, and New Zealand. Here in the States, it received an AO rating, which meant that most retailers would not stock it, but you can still get it online.Manhunt 2Rockstar Games is going to show up on this list a few times, just to warn you in advance. The studio has courted controversy with the Grand Theft Auto games to great success, but when they dipped a toe into the brutal world of snuff porn with the Manhunt games, they got a little more than they bargained for. The first game in the series saw government pushback in New Zealand and other nations, but the second – which amped up the gore and brutality to previously unseen levels – really got hammered. Through the eye.Manhunt 2 was “refused classification” in the UK – basically meaning it was too screwed up to even get a rating. Rockstar went back in and added some graphical filters to obscure the gore, and the edited version was originally released there. It was banned from sale in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, as well as South Korea (which also banned the original).Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2oMexico has never seen a nationwide ban on any specific video game, but one title got regional authorities so pissed off that they managed to forbid it from being sold. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 isn’t just an insanely long title, it’s also a well-reviewed tactical shooter. Unfortunately, the game’s opening mission doesn’t paint the city of Ciudad Juarez in such a good light.Your tactical team works with Mexican authorities to clear out guerillas in the city streets, engaging in brutal firefights. The mayor of Juarez wasn’t terribly popular with a video game painting his city as unsafe (despite the rampant real-world drug violence there), and convinced the governor of Chihuahua to order the seizure of any copies of the game in the state and forbid it from being sold.Postal 2Many games push the envelope of bad taste, but none push quite as hard as the Postal series. The long-running sandbox titles put you in the shoes of an ordinary Joe trying to run errands only to be driven into a violent, homicidal rage (often by Gary Coleman), and their anarchic sense of humor is definitely an acquired taste. The country of New Zealand, safe to say, never acquired it.New Zealand’s ban on the game cites “Gross, abhorrent content: Urination, High Impact Violence, Animal Cruelty, Homophobia, Racial, and Ethnic Stereotypes” as the reasoning, and let’s be fair: all of those things are in the game. Hell, there’s even a key bound to taking a piss. The penalty for owning a copy is a $1,400 fine, which could buy you a whole lot of much better games.Custer’s RevengeFor nearly as long as there have been video games, people have been trying to make them into porn. One of the most notorious smutty games of all time is Custer’s Revenge, which hit the Atari 2600 in 1982. Produced by Canoga Park developer Mystique (who were themselves a subsidiary of an adult movie company), the game cast the player as a horny General Custer with a pixelated boner who had to walk across the screen through a hail of arrows to pork a Native American woman tied to a pole. Classy stuff, right?When the game was released, it sparked a moral panic, with anti-sex feminist Andrea Dworkin claiming it had “generated many gang rapes of Native American women.” No empirical data backed this up, but several cities floated laws to prohibit the game’s sale. Only one did: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma actually passed a measure making sales of Custer’s Revenge illegal within city limits.The Pokemon Trading Card GameWhat kind of country would see fit to ban something as innocuous as The Pokemon Trading Card Game? Welcome to Saudi Arabia, folks. The heavily Muslim Middle Eastern nation issued an edict in 2001 banning both the electronic and physical versions of the game from import. Pikachu, the beloved electric Pokemon and his fellow pocket monsters were considered a threat to national security.Why? Because the symbols used for energy in the game resemble “the star of David, which everyone knows is connected to international Zionism and is Israel’s national emblem.” Promoting Zionism is a big no-no in many Middle Eastern states, for obvious geopolitical reasons. It didn’t matter to the Saudi clerics that the resemblance was unintentional.Grand Theft AutoThe GTA games have been the target of pushback all over the globe for their glorification of violence and mayhem, but only one country has taken the drastic step of banning every single title in the franchise. That’s Thailand, surprisingly enough. The country is not typically censorious of violence (although they do ban games with adult sexual content), but Rockstar’s cash cow is a special exception due to some real-life consequences.In 2008, a young man named Polwat Chino hailed a Bangkok taxi and, when it was time to pay for his ride, instead pulled out a knife and stabbed the driver to death. When cops picked him up, Chino blamed Grand Theft Auto for his violent actions, saying “killing seemed easy in the game” and he needed the money to play it (many Thai people do not own their own consoles or computers and instead play at Internet cafes). The government responded by outlawing all of the GTA games in one fell swoop.Command & Conquer: GeneralsA game’s content doesn’t have to be outrageously sexual or violent to draw the ire of government censors. Sometimes all you have to do is blow up a country to get your game banned. Take Command & Conquer: Generals, the real-time strategy game released by Electronic Arts in 2006. The seventh installment in the long-running franchise let players take command of either the United States, China, or a decentralized terrorist force attacking both. Making a play for the Asian market seems like a good idea, but it backfired a bit.You see, the game’s story mode starts off with a nuclear device being detonated in Beijing, followed by the destruction of the Three Gorges Dam. The sight of legendary Chinese landmarks pissed off that country’s government so much that they issued a blanket ban on the entire series.BullyWe told you that you’d see Rockstar on this list more than once. While it’s certainly logical that governments would have problems with the anarchic GTA games or the over-the-top carnage of Manhunt, what could be so awful about Bully, the company’s classic 2006 tale of an English schoolboy trying to navigate the social structures of boarding school?Ask the government of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost province of Brazil, which brought the hammer down on Bully shortly after the game was released. Their argument was that setting the game in a school would be “potentially harmful” to teenagers. A fine of 1,000 Brazilian reals per day can be levied on anybody selling or even owning the game.EA Sports MMAQuick, what’s the weirdest reason for banning a game you can think of? Wrong, this one’s weirder. EA Sports MMA was the video game giant’s 2010 attempt to cash in on the no holds barred fighting craze without getting the UFC license. It featured fighters from the Strikeforce promotion as well as legends like Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture, and got decent reviews. Sales were poor, however, as without the UFC name fans didn’t want to take the chance.So why was it banned in Denmark? Was it the brutal kicks and merciless chokes? Nope. It was the energy drinks. EA Sports MMA featured in-game advertisements for the caffeine and sugar concoctions before bouts, and that’s against that law in that country. Rather than produce an alternate build of the game with those ads removed, EA just chose to let it be banned from sale instead.The Guy GameWhat would it take to get a game banned in the notoriously free-speech United States? It’s only happened once. We wouldn’t fault you for never having heard of 2004’s The Guy Game – it was the only title ever made by developers Top Heavy Studios, and the Xbox version pulled in a 47 on Metacritic. The gameplay was a bog-standard multiple choice trivia competition, but the hook was that as you answered questions correctly you were rewarded with FMV footage of young women taking their shirts off and letting their boobies bounce free.Unfortunately for Top Heavy, one of those pairs of naked boobies belonged to a 17 year old girl, and the company was now in violation of child pornography statutes. A lawsuit quickly followed, with a judge in Travis County, Texas issuing an edict forbidding additional copies to be sold. 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Mobile Mobile subscribers in cities across the US are getting fasters wireless service as they await the promise of 5G. Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile 5G isn’t here quite yet, but the investments that carriers have been making to prep for 5G in dense urban areas are already paying off with faster and more reliable service. It’s likely to only get better as the race to real 5G continues in 2019.That’s the takeaway from a report from independent network testing firm, RootMetrics. In its semi-annual report, which tests network performance for all four major US carriers in 125 metro markets across all 50 states, the firm saw some of the biggest shifts in performance among all four carriers in cities, where wireless carriers have been busy upgrading their networks to get ready for 5G.”Across the board, we’re seeing the carriers make speed and reliability a top focus across the major U.S. cities,” Doug King, director of business development at RootMetrics. “While all the networks begin to lay the foundation for 5G rollouts, initial implementations are already driving slightly faster speeds and higher reliability for mobile users in metros across the country.” In terms of the testing, Verizon led the pack with the most award wins across the board. It was also the company’s 11th straight overall win in the RootMetrics test. The company recorded median download speeds of more than 20 Mbps in 111 cities out of 125 cities tested. It also scored high marks for reliability. AT&T, which came in second overall, also saw median download speeds of more than 20 Mbps in 98 cities, an increase from 86 markets in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Sprint also made improvements in their networks, especially when it came to speed in cities. In fact, T-Mobile delivered the fastest median download speed of any carrier at 57.0 Mbps in Flint, Michigan, while Sprint increased the number of markets in which it delivered median download speeds of at least 20 Mbps from 31 to 55 metro markets.The race to 5GImprovements in network performance come as the four major carriers race to deploy 5G, the next generation of cellular technology that’s expected to deliver network download speeds that are 10 to 100 times faster than what’s available on 4G. The network is also expected to be way more responsive, paving the way for hot technology trends like streaming VR and medical monitoring. AT&T was the first to launch its 5G network in 12 US cities, including Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans. Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are each promising wide rollouts this year, too. Verizon also launched a variant of 5G as a home internet service.But so far, no carrier has introduced a 5G mobile phone. Verizon has confirmed that Motorola’s Moto Z3 will be the first Verizon 5G handset to launch. And Samsung’s 5G handset will be unveiled soon. Still, the carriers have been busy upgrading their networks to get ready for 5G. They’ve added more fiber and densified radio networks by installing small cell sites throughout cities to add more capacity. They’ve also upgraded their 4G LTE networks with technologies like carrier aggregation, which combines channels of spectrum to provide greater network efficiency and advanced antenna technology like MIMO, which uses multiple antennas at a cell tower and on consumer devices to optimize speed, that can also be reused in 5G. All of this has improved performance of their existing networks, said King. Still, he acknowledges the increase in speed on today’s 4G networks are incremental and many customers may not even notice. But 5G will be a different story. “Consumers may not see starkly different network performance today,” King said.”But we can expect the carriers to continue to improve incrementally as 5G rollouts really ramp up in the coming months.”Indeed, Mike Haberman, a vice president of network engineering at Verizon, said the experience of 5G will no doubt be noticeable. Not only will people be able to download a movie in seconds rather than minutes, but their phones will feel different.”The first thing people will notice is that their devices will just feel spunkier,” he said, talking about the low-latency enabled by 5G technology. “It will feel like you’ve got a faster processor in your phone, because the network will just be so much more responsive.”Say hello to Visible: Verizon’s stealth budget wireless service may finance your next iPhone.5G smartphone on the way: Samsung and Verizon are teaming up to deliver it in first half of 2019. Comments 5 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Share your voice Tags
Payal Tadvi’s suicide note recently came to light in which she accused Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal of constantly taunting and harassing her. The 26-year-old junior doctor at BYL Nair hospital had hung herself in her hostel room on May 22, after writing in a note that the situation had become unbearable and she saw no way out of it. She was working in the Gynaecology department and said that she was given clerical work and not medical.”I literally do not see anyway. For the last one year, we have been bearing them, hoping that one day this will end. But now I can only see the end…there is no way out of it,” Payal wrote in her suicide note, reported India Today.”I am really sorry mum and dad to take away my own life. I know how much I mean to you all and also you are the world to me. But know at the stage it has become unbearable. I cannot stand a minute with them,” Payal added.”For the last year, we have been hearing them hoping this will all end. But now I can only see the end. There is no way out of it really I cannot find a way out of it.”Her letter further read, “Initially me and Snehal [Payal’s friend who gave her statement to the crime branch in Mumbai] didn’t come forward or said anything to anyone. The torture continued to the level that I could not bear. I complained against them [the accused doctors] but it had no result.”Payal went on to explain, “I have lost my professional life, personal life, everything because it has been declared by them that they will not let me learn anything until they are in the hospital. I am prohibited from handling the labour room from last three weeks because they don’t find me efficient. I have been asked to stay out of the labour room during OPD hours.”She ended her letter stating, “I hold Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehra and Ankita Khandelwal responsible for conditions of me and SnehalI have tried a lot, came forward many times, spoke with madam about this, but nothing has been done. I literally do not see any way, I can only see THE END.”After the accusation, Payal wrote how scared she was to leave her friend Snehal alone with the three doctors and hoped that Snehal will cope with them.
Sysmon update introduces DNS Query Logging by Martin Brinkmann on June 10, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: June 10, 2019 – 2 commentsA new version of the Sysmon tool will be released on Tuesday 11, 2019 that introduces DNS query logging to the Windows system monitor.Mark Russinovich, the creator of the tool and Microsoft Azure CTO, teased the new feature in a message on Twitter on June 8, 2019.The system monitor Sysmon extends the functionality of the Windows Event log by monitoring the system for certain events and writing them to the event log.Tip: check out our review of Sysmon 5 to get a better understanding of the free application.Sysmon: dns query loggingThe next Sysmon release introduces support for DNS query logging. Russinovich published a screenshot on Twitter that showcases the new feature. The screenshot shows logged DNS queries and information about one of the logged queries.Particularly interesting is the linking of the query to a specific executable on the system and that DNS query responses are logged as well. The value of “Image” reveals the program the query initiated from.The Windows Event Log supports the logging of DNS queries but it needs to be enabled first before Windows starts logging these events, and does not highlight the executable file that initiated the query.Here is how you enable DNS logging on Windows:Use Windows-R to open the run box on the system.Type eventvwr.msc and tap on the Enter-key to load the Event Viewer.Navigate the following path: Applications and Service Logs > Microsoft > Windows > DNS Client Events > OperationalRight-click on Operational, and select Enable Log.Closing wordsThe new Sysmon feature improves DNS query logging on Windows. Especially the logging of executable filenames and paths should be welcome as it makes it easier to identify the programs a DNS query originated from.Regularly going through the DNS query log could highlight programs that leak information potentially or are dangerous. The feature may also be useful when it comes to the logging of software installations or updates to verify what is happening in the background.The new version of Sysmon will be published on Microsoft’s Sysinternals website.Now You: do you analyze DNS queries? (via Bleeping Computer)SummaryArticle NameSysmon update introduces DNS Query LoggingDescriptionA new version of the Sysmon tool will be released on Tuesday 11, 2019 that introduces DNS query logging to the Windows system monitor.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
A royal wedding guard who reportedly escorted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s horse-drawn carriage after their wedding has another job as a gay porn star. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . According to US news and entertainment site RadarOnline, Broughton’s sexuality is no secret within the Royal enclave: ’It’s never been a secret that Broughton is gay’, the site claims. ‘In fact, he’s believed to be a pal of Harry, who “has even described Dan as his ‘GBF’ — gay best friend,” a royal insider noted’.Porn star and proud military man. Photo: @Dan_Broughton TwitterThe Household Cavalry, one of the oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army. The battalion also serves as the Queen’s official bodyguard as well as carrying out ceremonial duties.Broughton was crowned Mr Gay UK in 2007, when he was listed as a ‘Store manager’.See also:Queen’s new gay footman makes first public appearance Prince Harry and Meghan will be the most pro-LGBTI royal couple everWe spent the royal wedding at a cruising spot celebrating sexual freedomMeet Michael Curry, the pro-gay US bishop at the Royal WeddingRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/guard-who-escorted-harry-and-meghan-revealed-as-gay-porn-star/ Broughton: Royal wedding escort. Photo: @Dan_Broughton Twitter GAYSTARNEWS- Royal mounty: Broughton is a former Mr Gay UK. Photo: Photo: @Dan_Broughton TwitterDan Broughton, who is a member of the Household Cavalry, is also known in the gay adult film world as Dirty Danny. The military guard has more than 64,000 followers on his Twitter account and has profiles on a number of porn websites, including EnglishLads.‘Total charmer’ from the north of EnglandHis profile there describes him as ‘a total charmer’ from the north of England. ‘He’s flirtatious, completely versatile and has a bit of a thing for older guys and straight boys’, the profile reads.Royal guard described as ‘flirtatious’. Photo: @Dan_Broughton TwitterOn Twitter, the former Mr Gay UK describes himself as an ‘international commercial and erotica model’ who is also a member of the ‘British Military’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
The US PlayStation Store Black Friday sale is up, and purchasers can get an extra 10% discount on their total purchase.The following games are available with discount. Please note that those with PS Plus get an additional 10% discount on certain titles.PlayStation 4Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy – $11.99Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – $14.99Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition – $29.39Assassin’s Creed Unity – $11.99Batman: Arkham Knight – $11.99, $9.99Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition – $23.99, $19.99Batman: The Telltale Series Season Pass – $17.49, $14.99BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend – $17.49, $12.49Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – $23.99, $19.79Bound – $11.99, $9.99Bully – $10.49, $8.99Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – $58.99, $48.99Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition – $34.79, $23.99Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition – $8.99, $5.99Destiny The Collection – $44.99, $39.59Destiny The Collection Upgrade – $31.99Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth – $23.99, $17.99Dirt Rally – $29.99, $23.99Dishonored Definitive Edition – $11.99, $9.99Dragon Ball Xenoverse – $13.99, $9.99Dragon Ball Xenoverse + Season Pass – $22.74, $16.24Evolve Digital Deluxe Edition – $19.99, $15.99Evolve Ultimate Edition – $24.99, $19.99F1 2016 – $38.99, $32.99Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force – $17.99, $11.99Far Cry 4 – $14.79Far Cry 4 Gold Edition – $25.19Far Cry Primal – $14.99Far Cry Primal Digital Apex Edition – $19.49Game of Thrones Season Pass – $4.99, $3.99Grand Theft Auto III – $10.49, $8.99Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – $10.49, $8.99Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – $24.49, $20.99Grand Theft Auto V – $29.99Grand Theft Auto V + Great White Shark Card – $37.99Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – $10.49, $8.99Grand Theft Auto V + Megalodon Shark Card – $61.19Grand Theft Auto V + Whale Shark Card – $44.54Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator – $17.99Hitman Episode 2 – $5.99, $4.99Hitman Episode 3 – $5.99, $4.99Hitman Episode 4 – $5.99, $4.99Hitman Episode 5 – $5.99, $4.99Hitman Episode 6 – $5.99, $4.99Hitman Intro Pack – $8.99, $7.49Hitman: The Complete First Season – $35.99, $29.99Hitman Upgrade Pack – Price Not ListedHomefront: The Revolution Freedom Fighter Bundle – $27.99I Am Setsuna – $26.79JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Bundle – $29.99, $23.99Journey Collector’s Edition – $14.99, $12.49J-Stars Victory VS+ – $14.99, $11.99Just Cause 3 – $20.99, $14.99Just Cause 3 XL Edition – $29.57, $21.12Just Dance 2016 – $24.79Mad Max – $9.99, $7.99Manhunt – $8.99, $7.49Max Payne – $8.99, $7.49Megadimension Neptunia VII – $7.49, $4.99Mega Man Legacy Collection – $7.49, $5.99Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY – $9.99, $7.99Mighty No. 9 – $9.99Minecraft: Story Mode Season Pass Deluxe – $14.99, $11.99MLB The Show 16 – $14.99MLB The Show 16 MVP Edition – $24.89MX vs ATV Supercross Encore – $23.99, $20.09Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – $23.99, $17.99Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Deluxe Edition – $31.99, $23.99One Piece: Burning Blood – $29.99, $23.99One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – $17.99, $11.99Overwatch – $39.59, $34.79Red Dead Revolver – $10.49, $8.99Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition – $13.99, $9.99Star Wars Battlefront – $10.49, $7.49Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition – $13.99, $9.99Street Fighter V – $29.99, $19.79Street Fighter V Season Pass – $17.99, $14.99Street Fighter V Deluxe Edition – $44.99, $29.69Sword Art Online: Lost Song – $20.99, $14.99Tales From the Borderlands Season Pass – $2.99, $1.49Tales of Zestiria – $23.99, $17.99Terraria – $4.99, $2.99The Crew – $9.89The Crew Complete Edition – $13.19The Warriors – $10.49, $8.99The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – $19.99, $15.99The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine – $14.99, $12.99The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition – $29.99, $24.99The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – $7.49, $6.49Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – $24.99Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Gold Edition – $39.99Tom Clancy’s The Division – $24.99Tom Clancy’s The Divison Gold Edition – $44.99Trackmania Turbo – $14.79Tropico 5 – $7.49, $5.99Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – $9.99, $6.59PlayStation 3Assassin’s Creed Rogue – $11.99Batman: The Telltale Series Season Pass – $14.99, $12.49Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – $59.39, $44.09Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition – $29.49, $19.49Dragon Ball Xenoverse – $10.49, $7.49Dragon Ball Xenoverse + Season Pass – $19.24, $13.74Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator – $14.99Mafia II – $10.49, $7.49Minecraft: Story Mode Season Pass Deluxe – $13.49, $11.99MLB The Show 16 – $14.99Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition – $10.49, $7.49PlayStation VitaDigimon Story Cyber Sleuth – $15.99, $11.99One Piece: Burning Blood – $19.99, $15.99One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – $11.99, $7.99Sword Art Online: Lost Song – $13.99, $9.99XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus – $6.99, $4.99Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma – $26.79 As noted by NEOGAF user Toki767, there might be a flash sale this Friday so save the coupon until then. Share Tweet Submit