ISI Dcompany resurface with new route to pump fake notes into India

first_imgNew Delhi: After a brief interval, high-quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) are again being printed across India’s eastern borders and are being pumped into the country at an alarming rate. An ongoing investigation of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that nexus between Pakistan’s ISI and the D-Company has resumed to supply fake currency notes into the Indian economy. The nexus was uncovered after the police in Nepal arrested kingpin of the fake currency notes racket, Yunus Ansari, following a tip-off by Indian intelligence agencies. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents According to Indian officials, Ansari is considered to have close links with the ISI and Dawood Ibrahim who is said to be the biggest player in the fake currency notes racket. Along with Ansari, three other Pakistani nationals identified as Muhammad Akhtar, Nadia Anwar and Nasiruddin were also arrested. At the time of arrest, Ansari and his associates had fake currency notes with face value of over Rs 7 crore, an official added. However, Ansari’s arrest has also highlighted that Nepal, once used as the prime conduit to pump in fake currency notes into India, is no longer being used by Pakistan for the purpose. The fake currency is now being sent into India across its eastern border with Bangladesh. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief This was highlighted by NIA’s investigations in various cases of fake currency circulations. The most recent was a case in January where a man from West Bengal was arrested from Anand Vihar railway station here with fake currency notes with the face value of Rs 10 lakh. During investigation, the accused had revealed that the notes were printed in Bangladesh and he was supposed to circulate them in busy markets and shops in the national capital. In another case, the NIA filed a chargesheet in a Gujarat court in May against three accused involved in a case of circulation of fake currency notes, who had been utilising their contacts in Bangladesh. Sanjay Kumar Mohanbhai Devadiya was arrested from Gujarat’s Junagadh by the state police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad in October last year and on being interrogated revealed that two other accused – Mavajibhai Lathidadiya alias Guruji and Tahir Saikh – were also involved in the racket and were operating from West Bengal, where they could easily get fake currency from Bangladesh. While Guruji is already lodged at Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata, Saikh was arrested from Malda in February this year. The latest case of the arrest of two people – Wasim (20) and Qasim (44) – from Gurugram’s sector 48 area by the NIA and the Gurugram Police on Wednesday night and seizure of a cache of fake currency from them, has made it clear that the nexus behind the spread of fake currency has been able to achieve a very high quality of printing and the eastern border has become a new gateway for the counterfeit currency to enter India.last_img read more

India tells Pakistan to act on forced conversions

first_imgNew Delhi: With the latest case of a Hindu girl’s abduction and forced conversion to Islam coming to light in Pakistan, India on Sunday said that it has conveyed to Islamabad the strong condemnation of such incidents by the civil society and the people of India and has asked the neighbouring country to take “immediate remedial action”.The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, said in a tweet that the civil society and the people of India have strongly condemned the recent deplorable incidents of forced abduction, conversion and marriage of “two Sikh girls in Pakistan”. “We have reflected these strong concerns with Pakistan and have asked for immediate remedial action,” Kumar tweeted. The MEA response came even as protests were held outside the Pakistan High Commission here by a large gathering of Sikhs and others, demanding that Islamabad take action in the matter. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Delhi, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, who has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the Sikh girl’s forced abduction, conversion and marriage to a Muslim man in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, said that he has learnt about another Hindu girl, Reno Kumari, from Rohri town in Sindh province of Pakistan, being abducted. “I have been given information about another Hindu girl who was kidnapped from Rohari city of Pakistan Reno kumari D/o Inderjeet Kumar from Rohari is missing from IBA Sukker. We are very concerned about the safety of Hindu and Sikh girls in Pakistan,” Sirsa tweeted tagging the Pakistan government. Sirsa said he has met Amit Shah and has apprised him of the abduction and forced conversion of a minor Sikh girl in Pakistan. “I have met @AmitShah Ji and apprised him about the abduction and forced conversion of a minor Sikh girl in Pakistan. I have urged him to take up this matter with @pid_gov & help in safe return of the girl. He has assured me of maximum efforts for the daughter from Nankana SahibA@ImranKhanPTI,” he posted on twitter. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also expressed shock over the incident. “Shocked to know after abduction & forced conversion of Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib, a Hindu girl has been forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan. Urge External Affairs min @DrSJaishankar Aji to raise issue of ethnic cleansing of Sikhs & Hindus in Pak in UN Human Rights Council,” she tweeted. Earlier, a girl named Jagjit Kaur, daughter of a Sikh granthi from Nankana Sahib, was forcibly abducted and warned that unless she converted to Islam, her brother and father would be killed. She is now known as Ayesha and is married to a Muslim man. On Saturday, the girl’s family members denied that she has been returned to them, terming it as fake news. The girl’s family has appealed to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for justice, saying “they are prepared to go to lengths” to ensure her return. In a video doing the rounds on Twitter, the girl’s brother Dasvinder Singh said that a video claiming that his sister has been reunited with the family was fake. The MEA had earlier said that it has received a number of representations from various quarters of civil society and members of Sikh religious bodies about the incident in Pakistan. According to the FIR filed by the girl’s family, eight men had barged into their house in Nankana Sahib on August 28 and taken away Jagjit Kaur at gunpoint.last_img read more

Doctors getting smaller payment increases doctors per person rising Institute

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Institute for Health Information says doctors in Canada are seeing smaller payment increases at the same time that the number of doctors per Canadian is rising.The not-for-profit says that in 2016-2017, total gross clinical payments to physicians increased 2.8 per cent to $26.4 billion.That’s the lowest single-year increase since the organization started collecting data in 2000.In the same year, the average payments to physicians remained “virtually unchanged” at $342,000, or a 0.6 per cent increase over the previous year.The institute says gross clinical pay covers the cost of running a practice for most physicians, so it should not be considered equal to take-home pay.Meanwhile, it says the number of doctors per Canadian increased for the 11th consecutive year.The number of doctors grew by more than double the rate of the general population between 2013 and 2017, with 11.5 per cent more doctors and 4.6 per cent population growth.“Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increasing number of physicians per person and slowed growth in average gross clinical payments across the country,” Geoff Ballinger, CIHI’s physician information manager said in a statement.“To optimize efficiency and ensure that health care is sustainable, the provinces and territories can use our information to help determine the proper balance of physician supply and payments needed to best serve their populations.”The institute’s report released Thursday shows more details of the change in payments and workforce.Average gross clinical payments ranged from $274,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador to $386,000 in Alberta in 2016-2017.Those payments decreased for family doctors by just under one per cent to $277,000, while medical and surgical specialists saw them rise by about one per cent to $357,000 and $477,000, respectively.The number of female physicians is growing faster than male physicians, it says.And about 30 per cent of family doctors and 22.5 per cent of specialists received medical degrees outside of Canada, with almost one third graduating from South Africa, India and the United Kingdom.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Why building a pipeline on Indigenous land is complicated even if you

first_img There’s a big difference between reserve lands and traditional territoryYou might have seen reports that Trans Mountain has the support of every First Nation directly in the path of the pipeline. Kinder Morgan says it signed agreements with every First Nation whose reserve lands are crossed by the pipeline. But they don’t have signed agreements with every First Nation whose claimed traditional territory is crossed by the pipeline. There’s a big difference between the two.Reserve lands were set aside for First Nations by the federal government and remain in control of Canada under the Indian Act. Traditional territory is the broader land that Indigenous peoples lived on before Canada became a country. Reserves are small. In fact, all the reserves in B.C. combined amount to just 0.4 per cent of the province’s total land base. Combine all the traditional territory? It amounts to pretty much all of B.C. This has huge implications for resource development in the province as First Nations still claim title to their traditional territories today. There’s a big difference between treaty land and unceded landThe Royal Proclamation of 1763 recognized that Aboriginal title exists and stated that it could only be extinguished through a treaty with the Crown. In B.C., unlike the rest of Canada, there were very few historic treaties signed. While Section 35 of the Constitution recognizes Aboriginal title and rights, the Constitution does not define those rights. That leaves a lot of uncertainty about how and where these rights apply, which discourages investment in resource development in B.C. Treaties can provide certainty and clarify aboriginal rights and title, or ownership of B.C.’s land and resources.“We’re not just bands. The decolonization process is that, you know, we have proper title holders of the collective nation … It’s not a band-driven thing,” says Judy Wilson, chief of the Neskonlith band, one of 17 federally recognized bands in the Secwepemc Nation. “You’re talking about unceded, unsurrendered, unrelinquished territorial lands,” Wilson says.Chief Judy Wilson speaks at No Buyout, No Kinder Morgan’ rally in downtown Vancouver May 29, 2018. (Credit: Julia-Simone Rutgers/The Discourse) First Nations in court have a strong title claimIn 2015, the traditional governance group Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN), which includes members of  Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and Skeetchestn Indian Band, declared Aboriginal title over an area known as Jacko Lake, near Kamloops, B.C. The lake is considered a sacred site in Secwepemc culture, a place to reconnect with culture and practice ceremony.The declaration was in response to the AJAX mine that was proposed for the area, to which the Secwepemc were opposed. The mine was eventually rejected in part due to SSN’s strength of claim to that area. The Trans Mountain Expansion is proposed for the same area. “This proposed project is in an area with an epic story, the Trout Children Story, which also tells of our law, X7ensq’t [the sky and land will turn on you]. Our law tells us that if we do not show respect in passing or using this area the land and sky will turn on us. Secwepemc Law and our title dictates that we are the rightful decision-makers on the use of lands and resources in this area,” says Ron Ignace, chief of Skeetchestn Indian Band. “We’ve demonstrated our title exists to that land. And as long as our title exists on that land, our traditional laws apply. This is what we’re looking for is for the government to recognize our laws and recognize our right to make determinations [on] what should or should not occur on our lands, especially sacred lands.”This story was edited by Lindsay Sample with fact-checking and copy editing by Jonathan von Ofenheim.It was produced as part of #TrackingTransMountain, a collaborative reporting project from The Discourse, APTN, and HuffPost Canada that aims to deepen the reporting on Indigenous communities affected by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project. We don’t know who has the final sayDoes that mean First Nations have veto power over the pipeline? Like most elements of the pipeline project, it’s complicated.Legal scholar Hadley Friedland points out: “What happens when Indigenous laws say, ‘No,’ and Canadian law says ‘Yes, it can’? We don’t seem to have developed a principled answer.” Keepers of the Water, an Indigenous rights group at the epicentre of Canada’s oil sands debate, say true consent means Indigenous communities have the right to say no on their land. In his 2015 campaign, Trudeau agreed. He said “absolutely” no means no when it comes to resource projects on Indigenous territory. But in 2016, the Liberal government backtracked, saying UNDRIP does not give First Nations veto power. A policy adviser and former chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, Judith Sayers, says that “if First Nations do not give their consent on a proposed development on their land, it is only an indication of their wishes and the federal government do not have to take it seriously as First Nations do not have a veto.”But if the courts find the consultation to be inadequate and/or consent by First Nations is deemed lacking, it could send the Trans Mountain Expansion Project back to the consultation drawing board.The support for UNDRIP (and overhauling environmental assessment for major resource projects) is not only about recognizing Indigenous rights. It’s also about clarifying what all of this means for companies interested in resource development in Canada. Each First Nation is just that… a nationInstead of Edmonton to Burnaby, imagine building a pipeline from Canada to Mexico. You would need the approval of the Canadian government, the United States government and the Mexican government. You wouldn’t consult with the United States the same way you would consult with Mexico because they are different nations with different cultures and histories, and the project would impact the nations in different ways. You couldn’t lump them into one. The same way you can’t lump over 130 First Nations along the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker route into one.“As a matter of law, each individual First Nation has claimed [Aboriginal] title to its land that has not been been extinguished by the Crown. Those are individual claims,” explains Hoberg. Aboriginal title is an inherent Aboriginal right to a land or territory.“If one of those First Nations’ rights have been seriously violated according to the courts, that can be used as justification for striking down the [pipeline construction] permit,” Hoberg says. “If that happens, the people of Canada just bought a worthless asset.”The Canadian government argues that its decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion met the legal standard for consultations with Indigenous communities. Ottawa maintains that its decision weighed interests and extensive evidence, including the National Energy Board’s recommendation that the project proceed on the basis that the project is in Canada’s national interest.(Story continued below video) Protestors gather at the ‘No Buyout, No Kinder Morgan’ rally in downtown Vancouver May 29, 2018. (Credit: Julia-Simone Rutgers/The Discourse)Experts say the Canadian public may have just spent $4.5 billion on a “worthless asset” if even one First Nation stops the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in court.Trevor Jang, Lauren KaljurTHE DISCOURSEKinder Morgan is the big winner and Canadians are the big losers of a deal to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and Expansion Project with public funds, one Vancouver-based lawyer says. Eugene Kung with West Coast Environmental Law says the project won’t have legal certainty any time soon, as several First Nations are currently awaiting a ruling from the Federal Court of Appeal on whether they were adequately consulted by the Canadian government.“If any of the First Nations are successful, the whole underlying approval goes away,” Kung says. “Canada is assuming that risk.”Environmental lawyer Eugene Kung speaks at ‘No Buyout, No Kinder Morgan’ rally in downtown Vancouver May 29, 2018. (Credit: Julia-Simone Rutgers/The Discourse)Much has been said of the 43 First Nations that Kinder Morgan says signed agreements signalling their support for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. But six First Nations are leading challenges against the project in court. And they could have a major impact on the future of the expansion. Here are seven reasons why building a pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to British Columbia’s coast is complicated, even if you own it. The government has a legal duty to consult First Nations, meaningfully Aboriginal rights are enshrined in Section 35 of the Constitution. The courts have gradually defined the government’s legal obligation to meaningfully consult First Nations before making decisions that might negatively impact these rights, such as building a pipeline. Failure to consult meaningfully could result in the courts overturning an approval of a project, which was the case in 2016 with Enbridge’s $7.9-billion Northern Gateway pipeline. “In the Northern Gateway case, the Harper government, when it was conducting its consultations, did not get the names of First Nations right,” says George Hoberg, a professor who specializes in natural resource policy at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. “[The government] didn’t get the issues that First Nations had expressed addressed properly. So the court could look at it and say that was insincere.” As for the fate of Trans Mountain, Hoberg adds: “The question is whether the Trudeau government did a much better job with consultation to overcome those types of concerns with the courts.” There’s a push to raise the standard from consultation to consentUnder Justin Trudeau, the Canadian government has pledged to fully support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It calls for Indigenous groups to have the right to free, prior and informed consent before resource development projects proceed across their lands. The federal bill to harmonize Canadian laws with the declaration is making its way through Senate, passing a third reading in Parliament on May 30, 2018. Meanwhile, the government is consulting with communities about how to implement UNDRIP.“What’s going on here is we really have two quite different visions of what the proper role of First Nations should be in resource decision-making in their traditional territories. One vision is that of existing Canadian law, that governments are obliged to consult with First Nations, but if they can’t convince a First Nation to support a project, as long as they conduct that consultation sincerely, that the project can go ahead,” says Hoberg. “A competing vision is that the Trudeau government, the Horgan government and the Notley government have all pledged their full support for the U.N. Declaration and that seems to imply that First Nations have the right to consent.”last_img read more

Alberta utilitys late reporting of 2015 PCB spill earns hefty fine

first_imgHINTON, Alta. – The electrical utility FortisAlberta has been fined $300,000 for a spill of potentially dangerous polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in west-central Alberta nearly three years ago.Environment and Climate Change Canada says in a release that a provincial court judge ordered the fine Wednesday after the company pleaded guilty to two charges of violating federal regulations.The department says the charges relate, in part, to FortisAlberta’s failure to quickly notify an enforcement officer or other designated person of the release.Court heard that on May 12, 2016, the utility reported a spill at one of its transformers in Hinton, but an investigation showed the company had discovered the problem on Oct. 19 of the previous year.Test results showed that about 325 litres of oil containing PCBs was released into the environment.The department says FortisAlberta will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry, which contains information onconvictions of corporations under certain federal environmental laws.last_img read more

Brotherhood disavows Egypt violence accuses media of incitement

first_imgCAIRO – The Brotherhood accused the military-backed authorities of using the Mansoura blast as a pretext to designate it as a “terrorist” groupThe Muslim Brotherhood has disavowed any ‘possible’ acts of violence in Egypt, accusing the media of inciting against the decades-old Islamist group.“Some TV hosts speak about a bombing targeting the Defense Ministry and the assassination of some public figures,” the Brotherhood said in a statement.“They blame the Muslim Brotherhood for these attacks in an attempt to incite the uprooting of the group.”The group cited one TV host who, according to the Brotherhood, spoke about a possible powerful explosion in the country.“The following day, a blast rocked a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura,” it said.One day after the Mansoura attack, the government designated the Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, a “terrorist” group.The Brotherhood accused the military-backed authorities of using the blast as a pretext to designate it as a “terrorist” group, even before investigating the explosion.Militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for the Mansoura attack.The Muslim Brotherhood reiterated that it would maintain its peaceful course despite “suppression”.“The movement calls for peace, welfare and progress and is ruled by the Islamic values, which are against destruction and killing,” it said.last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 21, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi6. iSchedule, HotSchedules7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi9. NBA 2K19, 2K10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar GamesTop Free iPhone Apps:1. AMAZE!!!, Crazy Labs2. Clean Road, SayGames LLC3. Stack Ball 3D, Azur Interactive Games Limited4. Draw it, Kwalee5. Roller Splat!, Voodoo6. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.7. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games8. Balls Rotate, Voodoo9. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC10. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB5. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations8. My City : Babysitter, My Town Games LTD9. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB10. Bloons TD 6, Ninja KiwiTop Free iPad Apps:1. Pinatamasters, Playgendary2. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.3. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games4. Roller Splat!, Voodoo5. Draw it, Kwalee6. Homo Evolution, Azur Interactive Games Limited7. Stack Ball 3D, Azur Interactive Games Limited8. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC9. Mr Bullet – Spy Puzzles, Lion Studios10. Clean Road, SayGames LLC__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press read more

Sean Diddy Combs sends his vodka to Grammy parties in his place

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2015 8:54 am MDT Sean “Diddy” Combs sends his vodka to Grammy parties in his place AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 26, 2013 file photo, Sean “Diddy” Combs of the new network Revolt TV addresses reporters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Police say an Arizona man is accusing hip-hop mogul Combs of punching him in the face at a Super Bowl party. Sgt. Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, that Steven Donaldson cussed at the rapper for not performing at the party, drawing the punch. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sean “Diddy” Combs isn’t going to any Grammy parties, but his vodka will be at all of them.The rapper and entrepreneur says the recording academy has named his brand, Ciroq, the official vodka of the Grammys and will be pouring it at various events this weekend.“For a recording artist, a Grammy, there’s nothing like it,” Combs said. “So when you get a chance to also be a part of the Grammys in a way when you have a dream bigger than music, it’s definitely a little surreal.”Combs will miss the Grammy show because he’s preparing for a performance in New York this week with Snoop Dogg.“Ciroq is going to more parties than me,” he said. “Yeah, I’m jealous.” read more

Bad shot taker and maker Deshaun Thomas still Ohio States most lethal

LOS ANGELES – Lately, it seems like Deshaun Thomas can’t help but laugh – and loudly at that. It’s probably not a particularly surprising observation, but it’s one that seems more striking than normal. After all, his Ohio State Buckeyes are one win away from returning to the Final Four for the second-straight year after collapsing down the stretch against Kansas last season. That fact, in part, is thanks to Thomas, who once often had to carry an otherwise lifeless OSU on his back in times when no else could. Things are a bit different now. While there’s little doubt the Fort Wayne, Ind., native is the Buckeyes’ most-reliable scoring threat, he’s had help in OSU’s 11-game winning streak since getting clobbered by Wisconsin in mid-February. Thursday, it was sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross who surged late with 17 points and buried the game-winning shot against Arizona. Last Sunday, it was Aaron Craft, whose buzzer beater punched the Buckeyes’ tickets to their fourth-straight Sweet 16 in Los Angeles. And that might be something worth grinning about. Perhaps, then, it’s not all that surprising that when Thomas was let in on what Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall had to say about him in interviews Friday, his eyes widened and he flashed a smiled. “He is a – and this is a compliment – he is a bad-shot taker and a bad-shot maker,” Marshall said in a press conference at the Staples Center. While it seems rather clear that Marshall’s comments were intended as praise for the Big Ten’s leading scorer, it might also be reasonable to assume such words might sting with a player who’s so defined by scoring that he admits his teammates call him “Eshaun” when he forgets to play defense. When Thomas heard what the Shockers coach had to say, though, he dropped his head down and let out a series of hearty chuckles as his face crinkled and crumpled in laughter. While Thomas continued to grin and glow, his teammate, Aaron Craft, might’ve encapsulated best what it’s like having a player who, sometimes, puts the Buckeyes in binds before personally rescuing them from such predicaments. “Yeah, Deshaun has probably taken more of those shots that you’re really hoping he doesn’t take,” the junior guard and OSU floor leader said. “But he has a knack of putting the ball in the bucket. Even if he misses those shots, he usually finds the way to get the ball again on an offensive rebound. So it’s tough to get angry at him. There are time when you get him to relax and understand situations and things like that, but he’s going to do what he does. He does a phenomenal job of taking the ones that we need him to take and he puts the ball in the bucket. So you can’t complain too much.” But Thomas admits he’s become more and more self-conscience about his shot selection. “Actually, when I take a bad shot and I know, I go to Craft and be like, ‘Man I should’ve taken an extra dribble, you know, I think that was a bad shot,’” he said. “And he’s like, ‘No, you’re fine, you’re fine. It was a good shot.’ So you know, having Craft on your side helps.” It appears that, sometimes, Thomas’ mind is a whirlwind of three voices on the court: one that tells him he should’ve taken that extra dribble; one that tells him he should’ve done what he does best and shoot the ball; and one that tells him he needed to pass. “In basketball, you can be out there thinking like, ‘Dang, I’m gonna get a good shot but like, man, I should’ve passed it,’ and the next thing you know, I just go to the next play. That’s what you got to do as a basketball player,” he said. But Thomas added that passing the ball more is something he dwells on. And for someone who loves to shoot as much as he does, he said it doesn’t bother him. “I don’t really get mad because I passed it,” he said. “But coaches sometimes get mad that I passed up an open shot.” “Even in practice or during the games – (assistant) coach (Dave) Dickerson’s like, ‘No, you got to shoot that’ if I pass it.” Thomas said it’s because sometimes teammates aren’t prepared for him to feed them the ball since usually it’s the other way around. In particular, Thomas playfully took aim at junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr, who he said is rarely ready for  a pass from him. Thomas’ response? “You gotta be ready, I surprise y’all.” It’s why he said Smith and some members of the squad do their best to mock him when he decide he wants to be a facilitator rather than a finisher. “It’s Lenzelle and Craft sometimes … Lenzelle be like, when I pass the ball like on a play that’s normally for me, he’ll be like, ‘Man I don’t know you passing the ball.’ Then he probably air-balled it or missed it,” Thomas said, grinning ear to ear. “You gotta be ready, man. It’s one of my great passes I can make. One of my great.” Perhaps ironically, Thomas said his ability to share the ball was what drew OSU coach Thad Matta’s attention while in high school at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne. “It’s so funny because I didn’t really think about it (but) coach Matta really recruited me because of my passing in high school if y’all really didn’t think about it. I used to get like eight, seven, six, assists in high school. But I got in college and I just got too hungry.” For OSU to return to the Final Four – and maybe further – it might need both versions Thomas: the one who’s gift-wrapping out assists and the one who, as he said, just loves to “hoop.” Against Wichita State Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the Staples Center, it seems that notion will be no less and no more crucial. “Coach Matta always preaches, ‘Deshaun: take good shots. We need good ones,’” he said. “And I learned, and I’m doing pretty good at it.” read more

Phil Mickelson investigated for insider trading by the FBI reports

first_imgA US FEDERAL investigation is probing whether Phil Mickelson and a high-stakes gambler got illegal stock tips from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, US media is reporting.The FBI and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are investigating the stock trading patterns of Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William “Billy” Walters, alleging they may have gotten inside information from Icahn about his investment plans, according to the reports.The probe is focused in particular on investments the men made in cleaning products maker Clorox, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported.Icahn’s company made a takeover bid for Clorox in 2011 that caused stock prices in the company to jump. His bid was ultimately rebuffed, and prices dropped.Walters and Mickelson each made very well-timed trades in the company during this period.This led investigators to probe whether they were acting on information Icahn gave them about his company’s takeover attempt.Insider trading — profiting on the stock market from inside information not available to the general investing public — is illegal.However, it is not yet clear whether Mickelson or Walters were acting on information given to them by Icahn, or, if they were, whether Icahn shared any information illegally.The investigators are also looking into Mickelson’s and Walters’ trading related to another company, Dean Foods, but there is no obvious connection to Icahn, the two papers reported.Icahn denied the accusations, calling them “inflammatory and speculative.”“We are always very careful to observe all legal requirements in all of our activities,” he told the Journal.A lawyer for Mickelson assured the newspaper his client was not the target of any investigation, and Walters refused to comment.The SEC and FBI also refused to comment on the case.Walters and Icahn became friends when Icahn owned a Las Vegas hotel in 1998. The two have spoken about stocks, according to the Journal.Walters and Mickelson play golf together, the paper said, but added Icahn claimed he did not know the golfer.US authorities in recent years have launched a crusade against insider trading, which has already resulted in dozens of indictments.- © AFP, 2014Rory McIlroy dropped shots like [insert joke here] at Memorial today‘He made an incredibly brave decision’ – Harrington on McIlroy’s wedding cancellationlast_img read more

Brown makes top five at Miss America

first_imgJacquie Brown of Vancouver advanced to the final five contestants vying for the title of Miss America on Saturday, but Miss Washington ended the night as third runner-up for the title behind the contest’s youngest winner in 90 years.Brown, who belted out “Papa was a Rolling Stone” by the Temptations in the talent portion of the program and spoke of the need to seek compromise and look after one another in the interview portion, will receive a $15,000 scholarship for her achievement.“Jacquie did an awesome job tonight,” said Cindy Donowitz, co-director of Miss Clark County Scholarship Organization, who attended the pageant. “She said that everyone on stage was a winner, and she was at peace with whatever the outcome would be.”Even before she walked on stage at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas on Saturday, the judges had scored Brown on a range of metrics, including her talent, an interview, her poise in an evening gown, and the respect she has won from other contenders.She learned on live TV that she had advanced to the top 15, then the top 12, 10 and 5 before the judges rendered the final decision.“I was so excited for her,” Donowitz said. “We worked to get her to state and watched her mature over the past year, and it has just been amazing. The growth she’s accomplished over the past year — there are just no words for it.”last_img read more

Microsoft will axe 4700 jobs worldwide in next 12 months

first_imgTechnology giant Microsoft on Thursday announced its plans to cut 2,850 jobs over the next one year. This is in addition to the 1,850 employees it had decided to layoff two months ago.With the new round of layoffs, as many as 4,700 Microsoft employees worldwide will lose their jobs over the next one year. Microsoft currently has 114,000 employees working on full-time basis across the globe. The job cuts will affect four percent of the firm’s workforce. Of the first 1,850 job cuts announced by the company, 1,350 layoffs would be in Finland, which happens to be Nokia’s headquarters. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Vice President for its windows and devices group, sent out an email at that time, stating that the job cuts have been “incredibly difficult but Microsoft needed to be more focused in our phone hardware efforts.” The job cuts would mainly target its smart phone hardware business and global sales unit. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, who took over the company two months after it bought mobile handset company Nokia’s business in 2014 for $7.6 billion, has since then been trying to restructure the firm’s struggling phone business, Reuters reported.With the deal, the Redmond-based company had attempted to take over the market leader Apple and its rival, Samsung Electronics.last_img read more

WhatsApp is testing cool new feature for iPhone users to make chats

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:51Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … WhatsApp is constantly working to improve the user experience on its platform by introducing new and exciting features. With more than 1.5 billion users globally, the cross-platform messaging app is highly popular among Android and iPhone users. To ensure the loyalty of its users, WhatsApp tests new ways to keep them entertained and fulfil their needs and demands.WABetaInfo, a blog that tracks WhatsApp beta updates regularly, discovered a new feature in 2.19.90 beta update of the app. According to it, WhatsApp is soon going to introduce memoji stickers in its iOS version of the app, allowing iPhone users to enjoy chatting with friends and family.WhatsApp users who are a part of the TestFlight Beta Program will only be able to get the new beta feature. WhatsApp will not release the feature to the public until the testing is complete and bug-free. WhatsApp is working on new feature for iOS userspixabay.comSince the feature is being tested on the iOS platform, it is natural to expect memoji stickers will arrive for iPhones before Android users get it. WhatsApp for iOS had received TouchID support in February, but Android users still haven’t got fingerprint security feature. WhatsApp is currently testing the feature with beta users, which means users could get it any time soon. WhatsApp is working on new feature for iOS usersREUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoThis is not the only feature WhatsApp is currently working on for its users. There’s an Instagram-like Boomerang feature in the works, but it appears to arrive for iOS users first and later to Android users.Some interesting features WhatsApp is also working on include, dark mode, a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app and “WhatsApp from Facebook” tag. The company also introduced new features like a preview for voice messages before sending them out. There are several features in the pipeline but only a select few make it to the public.center_img Seven Things You Didnt Know About WhatsApplast_img read more

Farmers to stage sitin 23 May

first_imgBangladesh Krishak Samity (BKS) calls a sit-in programme by farmers on 23 May in front of DC offices across the country seeking fair prices for farm produces. Photo: UNBBangladesh Krishak Samity (BKS) on Friday called a sit-in programme by farmers on 23 May in front of DC offices across the country seeking fair prices for farm produces, reports UNB.”We’ll call non-stop sit-in and nationwide road blockade programmes next month if our demands are not met,” threatened BKS general secretary Sazzad Jahir Chandan while speaking at a human-chain programme organised by BKS in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the morning.last_img read more

Football Kickoff Luncheon Sold Out

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The annual University of Louisville football kickoff luncheon presented by Canon on Aug. 12 at noon at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in downtown Louisville is sold out.Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the event which will include comments from UofL head coach Scott Satterfield and an appearance by members of the 2019 Cardinals. The event was first offered to football season ticket holders and sold out before a public sale could transpire. Questions may be directed to Ronee Baxter via phone at 502-852-2015. Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

13 Best Gifts for TechSavvy Globetrotters

first_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on target Nothing beats a nice winter escape during the pre-holiday season madness. Unfortunately though, some of us can’t afford to send our favorite jet setter on vacation. However, you can give them tech-savvy gifts that will support them on the road. If you’re not sure what to buy as a present, we’ve got you covered. From noise-cancelling headphones to personal Wi-Fi hotspots, here are the best tech gift picks for globetrotters.Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-Cancelling HeadphonesPhoto Credit: Best BuyTune out loud passengers on flights and enjoy beats with these Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones.Buy it HerePotok Selfie Stick Monopod with Integrated TripodPhoto Credit: AmazonDocument your travel journey for the ‘gram with this Potok Selfie Stick Monopod and Integrated Tripod Set.Buy it HereInsignia Portable ChargerPhoto Credit: Best BuyNeed to juice up your devices on the go? Bring an Insignia Portable Charger with you whenever you’re driving, flying, or biking to destinations.Buy it HereFujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant CameraPhoto Credit: WalmartSnap and print travel photos on demand with this colorful Fujifilm Instatax Mini 7S Instant Camera.Buy it HereApple Watch Series 4Photo Credit: Best BuyYou can monitor your heart rate, track your fitness activity, and more when you wear the Apple Watch Series 4 on your next global adventure.Buy it Hereili Instant Offline Language Translator DevicePhoto Credit: AmazonNeed help conversing when you’re abroad? The ili Instant Offline Language Translator Device instantly translates three languages and doesn’t require a Wi-Fi connection.Buy it HereSkyroam Solis Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot & Power BankPhoto Credit: AmazonIf you can’t disconnect on your next trip, the Skyroam Solis Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot & Powerbank gives you top-notch internet access across six continents.Buy it HereSnapchat SpectaclesPhoto Credit: AmazonSharing digital content is seamless with Snapchat’s Spectacles: just press the button, record videos of your adventures, and it will instantly update your Snapchat feed.Buy it HeregoTenna MeshPhoto Credit: AmazonStay on the grid (literally) with the goTenna Mesh. It’s a GPS device that pairs with your phone to help you navigate and stay in touch with your travel buddies.Buy it HereiPad MiniPhoto Credit: Best BuyThe iPad Mini comes in handy for long flights, because you can browse the web, watch movies, or read your favorite magazines for hours.Buy it HereTile MatePhoto Credit: AmazonKeep track of your essentials abroad with the Tile Mate, a Bluetooth-enabled GPS tracker that rings if an object becomes lost.Buy it HereBluetooth Sleeping Eye MaskPhoto Credit: AmazonCatch up on your beauty rest and listen to soothing tunes with this Bluetooth Sleeping Eye Mask.Buy it HereVenoro Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle With LED LightPhoto Credit: AmazonThis Venoro Water Bottle is collapsable and comes with an LED light, so you’ll be able to stay hydrated on the go and illuminated without compromising your luggage limit.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:15 Cool Tech Gifts for Music Lovers25 Geeky Gifts Under $25 for Everyone on Your ListAwesome Tech and Gadget Gifts for Under $20last_img read more

Indias treasure islands

first_imgA walk through the well-painted and restored Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ capital city doesn’t evoke the gloom that was once thrust upon it by its cruel jailer David Barry that “God does not come within three miles of Port Blair”. The strong words still hold true for this dazzlingly beautiful island and Union Territory as the nearest port city on the mainland is located at least 1,200 km away. For Delhi, Mumbai, which is around 1,400 km away, is closer, and for its leaders, the archipelago is a lost cause, an island by itself. Also Read – On a nostalgic tripIf on the one hand, Kerala is God’s own country, then on the other hand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be termed the ‘godforsaken country’. The islands’ significance to India will be referred to as a “once upon a time” story.The Andaman Islands were very closely associated with the Indian Freedom Movement ever since it began in 1857. Innumerable political prisoners were jailed in prisons and even made the supreme sacrifice here and every act of these great sons conveyed the spirit of national unity, integrity and the struggle for the salvation of India. Among its high-profile political prisoners were Maulana Liaquat Ali, Noni Gopal Mukherjee, Batukeswar Dutta, Sohan Singh, Nand Gopal, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Yogendra Shukla, Vaman Rao Joshi, Barindra Kumar Ghose, Upendra Nath Banerjee, Birendra Chandra Sen, and Bagha Jatin’s companion Jatish Chandra Pal. Also Read – Hola HungaryA symbol of undaunted spirit, a mute witness to the untold sufferings and the valiant defiance of the Indian freedom fighters, the Cellular Jail represents an irony, where the price of the freedom of a nation was the captivity of these warriors. The Jail was built in 1906, originally to introduce stringent corrective reforms to prisoners associated with dangerous criminal activities. The Cellular jail, so known for its isolated cells, was spread across seven wings, of which only three remain today. The current well-painted building with its green gardens are quite a contrast to what one might imagine to be a site of many an unspoken torture and stories of determined defiance. Almost a century later, today the islands are left with little to thrive on. The Government of India and the top leaders of the nation have virtually deserted this archipelago while focussing on issues which are more demanding. The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has taken several special initiatives to ensure economic development of Jammu and Kashmir and efforts have been made for employment of Kashmiri youths. During the UPA regime, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took a host of top industrialists of the country including Ratan Tata to attend a two-hour interactive session with about 1,500 students from Kashmir University and affiliated colleges. Kashmiri youths deserve special attention. But why similar efforts can’t be made for people of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands? The government can, well, do a lot to develop tourism infrastructure in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. A lot can be done in terms of basic infrastructural facilities like roads, transport facilities, hotels and accommodation.Emphasising on natural and cultural tourism will keep in focus the benefits for local communities, which are currently faced with limited economic opportunities. The tangible benefits from a successful tourism strategy include increased employment rates, additional revenues for the economy, improved infrastructure, and increased tax revenues that would contribute to the improvement of health care, education, and other social developments. Less tangible benefits include confirmation of local culture and traditions, creation of opportunities to keep the young generation interested in residing in the Andaman Islands or returning to their towns, and exchange of contacts with people of different cultures.Andaman & Nicobar Islands are developing into a major tourism hub with its exotic looking beaches and pristine islands having equally exotic names, wonderful opportunities for adventure sports like snorkeling and sea-walking.In Port Blair, the main places to visit are Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Water sports complex, Chatham Saw Mill, Mini Zoo, Corbyn’s cove, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor Beach, Forest Museum, Anthropological Museum, Fisheries Museum, Naval Museum (Samudrika), Ross Island and Viper Island. Other places include Havelock island famous for Radhanagar Beach, Neil Island for Scuba diving/snorkelling, Cinque island, Saddle peak, Mt Harriet and Mud Volcano. The southern group(Nicobar islands) is mostly inaccessible to tourists. Indian tourists do not require a permit to visit the Andaman islands but if they wish to visit any tribal areas they need a special permit from the Deputy Commissioner, Port Blair. Permits are required for foreign nationals. For foreign nationals arriving by air, these are granted upon arrival at Port Blair.According to official estimates, the flow of tourists doubled to nearly 3,00,000 in 2012 from 1,30,000 in 2008-2009. The Radha Nagar beach of Andamans was chosen as Asia’s best Beach in 2004. Apart from this, the small-scale, village and handicrafts units, numbering 1,374, can be scaled up with proper vision and planning. Two units are export-oriented in the line of fish processing activity. Apart from this, there are shell and wood based handicraft units. There are also four medium-sized industrial units. SSI units are engaged in the production of polythene bags, PVC conduit pipes and fittings, paints and varnished, fiberglass and mini flour mills, soft drinks and beverages, etc. Small scale and handicraft units are also engaged in shell crafts, bakery products, rice milling, furniture making, etc.The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation has spread its wings in the field of tourism, fisheries, industries and industrial financing and functions as authorised agents for Alliance Air/Jet Airways and SpiceJet. The Islands have become a tourist destination, due to the draw of their largely unspoiled virgin beaches and waters. A major source of revenue for the Andaman and Nicobar administration would be to aggressively attract Bollywood and the film industry of various regions for shooting films in the exotic locales spread across the island territory. As I watched the light and sound show at Cellular Jail, which sheds light on the history of the prison in both music and dialogue forms and takes one back into the bygone era of suffering and repression, I strongly felt that everyone in our country, especially our politicians, should come and visit this memorial and spend some time. It will definitely make them contemplate about how our country and its people, irrespective of caste, religion, language or state, won freedom, which should not be taken for granted. The author is a leading member of the Aeronautical Society of Indialast_img read more

The 14 Most Gorgeous and Demanding PC Games

first_imgWhen it comes to PC gaming, most players are in pursuit of one thing: the prettiest experience possible. After all, why settle for console standards when you can have 4K resolutions, volumetric fog, cloth physics and Nvidia HairWorks? However, said graphics come at a great price — a hardware price, to be specific. To get the most out of the shiniest new releases, you’ll need a pretty hefty rig. And if you do start to experience stuttering, make sure to disable auto-updating games in Steam to gain more control over what is downloaded and when. Whether you’re looking for games to convince you to make the jump or you already have a crazy gaming laptop that’s just itching to experience the best in gaming’s graphical fidelity department, the games on this list will make your GPU melt and your eyes water.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/most-demanding-pc-games?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Credit: Deep Silver From $59.99 Assassin’s Creed has a lengthy history of being one of the prettiest series in modern gaming, and Odyssey is no different. Ubisoft has taken its flagship franchise to new heights with this Grecian AC installment. The lighting is vibrant, the textures are crisp, the draw distances lay out all of Ancient Greece in front of you—there’s a visual extravagance to Odyssey that few, if any, of Ubisoft’s other games can rival. Though AC Unity still holds the crown for special achievements in crowd density and world depth, Odyssey takes most other visual aspects of current gaming technology as far as they can reasonably go.Recommended specs: CPU: 4.0GHz AMD FX-8350, 3.5GHz Intel Core i7-3770 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 47GB | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 | OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 Credit: Ubisoft Crysis 3 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt No other series besides Crysis has become infamous for being technologically future-proof. And while this trend started with Crysis 1, it didn’t stop there. Each game kept on upping the ante until Crysis 3, which remains the most graphically stunning game in the series, and arguably the medium, to this day. Though it’s relatively easy to run on minimum and recommended settings, if you try to get Crysis 3 running at a playable frame rate at 4K with every setting maxed out, you’d better have a fire extinguisher handy.Recommended specs: CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-750, 2.7GHz AMD Phenom II X4 805 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 17GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 5870 | OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8Credit: EA Shadow of the Tomb Raider Amazon To this day, no Assassin’s Creed game has come as close to photo-realism as Assassin’s Creed Unity, a game that, when it runs, looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Though the lack of proper optimization was, and to some extent still is, a cause of the hefty hardware this game requires, the majority of the title’s requirements stem from its sheer visual caliber. With the massive crowds, god-ray-lighted stained-glass windows of Notre Dame and concealing shadows of grimy Parisian back alleys, this game is a time machine that plops players into an almost lifelike re-creation of the French Revolution.Recommended specs: CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3770, 4GHz AMD FX-8350 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 50GB | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780, AMD Radeon R9 290X (3GB) | OS: 64-Bit Windows 7, 8Credit: Ubisoft Battlefield V deals?US$49.99ViewUS$49.99ViewUS$59.88ViewNo price informationCheck WalmartWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $10.27 Though this game is not all that graphically taxing, there’s no denying that Star Wars Battlefront II is a gorgeous game. From minute details like leaving footprints in the snowy plains of Hoth to the shining, shimmering armor of each and every clone trooper, this game’s graphical fidelity is virtually unparalleled. Its effects are incredible, its attention to detail is superb, and the overall package is, at least on a visual level, worthy of the Star Wars name. For these reasons, you’ll need a pretty decent rig to get the most out of Star Wars Battlefront II — though nowhere near the beast you might need for some of the other entries on this list. This is in large part due to DICE’s recently consist output of superbly optimized PC ports via its impressive Frostbite Engine.Recommended specs: CPU: AMD FX 8350, Intel Core i7 6700 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 60GB | GPU: AMD Radeon RX 480 (4GB), Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) | OS: Windows 10 64-bitCredit: EA Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has moments where it shines bright as the prettiest game on this list. If you overlook some wonky-looking AI characters, the inanimate framework of the game offers a level of detail that’s practically new to the industry, with every texture featuring some of the crispest art in the entire medium. Couple that with the game’s overwhelming amount of visual touches, such as atmospheric fog, volumetric smoke and even cloth physics, and Deus Ex: MD is as much of a looker as a modern AAA game can be. With that said, you’ll need some intense hardware to get Adam Jensen’s hair and coat flowing in the smoke-laden wind at ultra settings, should you want the full experience.Recommended specs: CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K, AMD FX 8350 Wraith | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 55GB | GPU: AMD Radeon RX 480, Nvidia GTX 970 | OS: 64-Bit Windows 10Credit: Square Enix Deus Ex: Mankind Divided deals?31 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$9.09ViewUS$15.28ViewUS$19.99ViewUS$29.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Final Fantasy XV deals?374 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$13.95ViewUS$18.39ViewUS$19.99ViewUS$44.87US$36.48ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $16.90 Amazon From $39.99 From $28.38 Amazon Amazon Quantum Break From $13.89 Assassin’s Creed: Unity deals?853 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$7ViewUS$8.39ViewUS$19.99US$8.93ViewUS$29.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Crysis 3 deals?US$16.39ViewNo price informationCheck WalmartWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Forza Horizon 4 deals?197 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$34.39ViewUS$59.99US$47ViewUS$59.99US$49.94ViewUS$49.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by As with the Battlefield titles before it, Battlefield V isn’t a very demanding game. However, even while running on minimum specs, it still looks exceptionally pretty. This is doubly true for the game at max settings, wherein it looks absolutely gorgeous. Its scenic WW2 environments are all fully realized, packed with detail, and more destructible than ever, all thanks to the current iteration of EA DICE’s Frostbite engine. Plus, the game supports real-time raytracing with RTX-capable cards, in case you own one of Nvidia’s latest and greatest.Recommended specs: CPU: Intel Core i7 4790, AMD Ryzen 3 1300X | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 50GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB | OS: Windows 10Credit: Electronic Arts Amazon Amazon Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Shadow of the Tomb Raider deals?156 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$18.39ViewUS$59.99US$19.99ViewUS$39.99US$19.99ViewUS$59.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Though Quantum Break is undeniably a very pretty game, the reason for its ludicrous PC requirements (the unofficial ones, mind you — not the bogus, unrealistically low ones that Microsoft claims) are due almost entirely to its nightmarish lack of optimization. Few PC ports can hold a candlestick to how poorly executed this one was, at least for the first few months after its launch. With abysmal frame rates on strong graphics cards, constant driver crashes and a host of other issues, Quantum Break on PC has never been the experience it was meant to be. With that in mind, it certainly lives up to our title — if you want a gorgeous and demanding game for your PC, give this bad boy a whirl. You’ll be lucky to hit 60 fps on max settings with anything less than a NASA Pleiades supercomputer.”Recommended” specs (aim higher): CPU: 3.9GHz Intel Core i5-4690 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 42.3GB | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 390 | OS: 64-Bit Windows 10Credit: Microsoft Amazon From $59.99 Metro: Last Light Redux deals?US$10.92ViewUS$19.99ViewUS$19.99ViewUS$41.24ViewWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Forza Horizon 4 From $19.99 Star Wars Battlefront II deals?413 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$29.99US$4.49ViewUS$12.29ViewUS$59.96US$15ViewUS$16.09ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Amazon Assassin’s Creed Odyssey deals?243 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$19.99ViewUS$59.99US$23.99ViewUS$29.99ViewUS$59.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Assassin’s Creed Unity From $49.99 Batman: Arkham Knight Grand Theft Auto V Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) From $23.99 Grand Theft Auto V deals?107 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$26US$10.67ViewUS$18US$11.99ViewUS$13.49ViewUS$29.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $59.99 If you want a game that has every graphical gimmick imaginable running under the hood, try out Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Its incredible textures are just the tip of the iceberg. This game has volumetric fog and particle effect tricks that distort light, enhanced water reflections, advanced anti-aliasing techniques, environmentally reactive foliage, and so many other high-end graphical tricks that it’d be hard not to call Shadow of the Tomb Raider one of the most visually impressive games in existence. And if you can afford an Nvidia graphics card that goes the extra mile, this game is built with RTX-exclusive real-time raytracing in mind, for those who want the bleeding edge of technological innovation.Recommended specs: CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 4770K, 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 40GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB | OS: Windows 10Credit: Square Enix Battlefield V Amazon Thanks to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s bevy of graphics options, this game can run as easily as you want it to — albeit, the further you dial the game down, the uglier it gets (obviously).Should you choose to amp up The Witcher 3’s settings, be ready to support those graphical ambitions with a powerful gaming rig. The game’s core recommended specs are hefty as is, and those don’t even count for additional features such as 4K, HBAO+ and the most premium of premium features ever conceived: Nvidia HairWorks. If you want your Witcher beasts extra fuzzy and Geralt’s tessellated hair to flow dynamically in the wind, you’ll want HairWorks enabled. However, that feature is the bane of computer hardware (something even Nvidia admits), so get ready to push your rig to the max in the pursuit of a good digital ‘do.Recommended specs: CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 3770, 4GHz AMD FX-8350 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 35GB | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770, AMD Radeon R9 290 | OS: 64-Bit Windows 7, 8, 10Credit: CD Projekt Though it’s not leaps and bounds greater than Forza Motorsport 7 from a technical perspective, Forza Horizon 4 does amp up the Forza franchise’s general beauty. By taking its cars off the racing circuit and onto the roads and open fields of the United Kingdom, Forza is endowed with a whole new dimension of environmental splendor. All the graphical effects of Motorsport 7 are here, with the added benefit of colorful plains, lush woods, snowy mountain tops, and so many other biomes that all add an earthy richness to the franchise’s already top-tier weather effects and visuals. Just be sure your PC has quality specs so that you can get the most out of Horizon 4.Recommended specs: CPU: 3.6-3.8GHz Intel Core i7-3820 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 70GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 970, AMD R9 290X | OS: Windows 10Credit: Microsoft Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Amazon by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement From $59.99 From $26.99 If you want to follow the Jonas Brothers on their most exciting tour yet, you’re going to need a strong gaming rig. Because it attempts to capture every grain of grass and luscious, flowing lock of boy band hair, Final Fantasy XV requires a respectable mid-range GPU just to manage 30 fps — a requirement that is entirely justified by the game’s impressive fidelity. Its incredible draw distance, shiny particle effects and general polygonal perfection (cough, Cindy … or Noctis, take your pick) all mean you’ll need a PC that packs a punch.Recommended specs (for 1080p 30fps): CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3770, 4GHz AMD FX-8350 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 100GB | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB), Radeon RX 480 | OS: 64-Bit Windows 7, 8, 10Credit: Square Enix Amazon Batman: Arkham Knight will forever be one of the more taxing games someone can (try to) play on their rig, though the reasons for placing it on this list are only partially legitimate. Arkham Knight is an absolutely stunning-looking game that requires a lot of horsepower. But it’s still true that this game was — and is — a poorly optimized by-product of Warner Bros. Interactive’s lack of concern for the PC platform. To this day, the game’s requirements remain pretty darn high, and it still doesn’t run buttery smooth, even after the game was taken off digital shelves for months in order to be fixed and optimized. With that said, these days, Arkham Knight at least runs well enough to play, but you should never forget its status upon launch in 2015.Recommended specs: CPU: 4GHz AMD FX 8350, 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3770 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 55GB | GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7950 (3GB), Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 (3GB) | OS: Windows 7, 8.1 64-bitCredit: Warner Bros. Metro: Last Light Redux Quantum Break deals?493 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$20.28US$17.87ViewUS$33.17ViewUS$39.99ViewUS$39.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Amazon While Grand Theft Auto V isn’t all that taxing on normal settings, if you crank it up to its absolute highest graphical settings and really lay on the extras (4K textures, high population variety, maximum distance scaling, etc.), the game can get pretty demanding. And, of course, let’s not forget about the main draw of GTA V on PC: the mods. If you want computationally intensive mods that turn the cartoonish base game into a near-photorealistic interactive action movie, you’re going to need computing horsepower out the wazoo, potentially more so than with any other game on this list. Before you tinker with your copy of GTA V, though, remember that Rockstar is awfully touchy about modding and might ban you from GTA Online if you toy with any component of the game.Recommended specs: CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 3470, 4GHz AMD X8 FX-8350 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 72GB |GPU: Nvidia GTX 660 (2GB), AMD HD 7870 (2GB) | OS: 64-Bit Windows 7, 8, 10Credit: Rockstar Games Though this game might not be the most gorgeous thing ever when it comes to basic textures, Metro: Last Light Redux augments the visual experience by adding so many effects into the mix that one can’t help but be impressed. It utilizes some of the best shaders and lighting technology to ever hit gaming, as well as neat immersion-boosters like fog, frost and even condensation, the latter of which forms on your mask as you trek through the game’s world. That sort of technical ingenuity does a great job of enhancing the already-gorgeous experience. This game’s minimum and recommended specs are light, but you can go far with it if your rig sports greater horsepower.Recommended specs: CPU: Any Quad Core or 3+ GHz Dual Core CPU | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 10GB | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480| OS: 64-Bit Windows 7, 8Credit: Deep Silver Amazon From $39.99 Final Fantasy XVlast_img read more

On the future development of QQ non mainstream site

QQ non mainstream site I think everyone not unfamiliar, whether new or old station, the webmaster should know that QQ non mainstream site but a piece of fat meat, actually you can go take a look at the Baidu search volume, non mainstream on day 40 thousand, QQ space 60 thousand, there are 2 words the long tail, should add up to is a staggering figure.

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how to do these two kinds of sites, from the data in the network there are a large number of QQ non mainstream site, the basic can be used to describe the flood, but the real success of the site is not much, but my QQ group, QQ space station alliance every day I can see the group of friends are crying in site Baidu K, and Baidu pull hair do the station I feel is not very stable, remember the first time I do QQ station is 06 years when I do not know what to buy, the static space of a 50M began to go on my website when the owners of the road, do I have more than 200 IP excited. Later, in order to do better I stop for the domain name does not stop back to the station, but the last is not working, do remember that a non mainstream station Baidu included more than 5000 non mainstream stations can be included so much is not easy, but we all know that how much of a IP station day, very sorry to tell you the reason is only more than 100 IP, my article is collected, then the mind is included will have IP, but instead, it was the site of focus only on the number, but not to the pursuit of quality, so I put up the domain name and domain name registration server again the record began a new exploration of the road. read more

Some local portal to carry out free tasting activity feeling

many local portals have launched free tasting activities, and has long been carried out. Carry out various forms of a variety of activities under the line is the local website based on the book, a good place for members of the website will not lack of exciting activities under the line. I was in operation in Tuyun circle net also carry out regular activities for free tasting, free tasting activities have experience, the following relevant free tasting events to talk about my feelings.

I always think, free tasting activities can bring three benefits to the website: popularity, down to earth, promote feelings. (1): delicacy poly popularity has been a fascinating topic, women and children like, generally local websites in section and click rate are popular delicacy is high. To engage in free tasting activities, namely to meet part of the site also let the chowhound breath, when looking for the delicacy delicacy web browsing enthusiasts found a nice hotel restaurant, accidentally found that always let people have the urge to try. So we often see, if the number of words to carry out free tasting activities to enroll in always a lot, which can have a glimpse of its powerful charm. Although food is a local website to attract popularity magic weapon, but I personally think that relying on food, profit margins are not large. (2) down to earth: must cooperate with the local catering businesses carry out free samples to participate in activities, free samples are local members of the free tasting activity is a very down to earth activities. Many successful operations place, the portal predecessors have always stressed that the site to ground gas, ground gas, because only ground gas site, the site has a strong vitality. (3) promote emotion: many local portals adopt the form of "front door + back forum". Members of the forum in the exchange for a long time, or in the website of the official Q group chat happily, on the cable to know the desire to make friends. To carry out free tasting activities can make the line to meet members of the site, which makes the emotion exchange website member, make people feel that the site is a real warm platform, greatly improve member loyalty to the website. read more