Assam faces shutdown over Citizenship Bill

first_imgA conglomerate of 46 organisations has decided to go ahead with a 12-hour Statewide shutdown on Tuesday against the Centre’s move to pass the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government has warned these organisations of a crackdown besides imposing a penalty on their leaders for the losses likely to be incurred. Data provided by the government in the 126-member Assembly a few days ago said every shutdown makes Assam lose an average ₹67.80 crore.The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), spearheading the stir, said that the Citizenship Bill would lead to “dumping Hindu Bangladeshis” on Assam. The Bill seeks to grant citizenship to “persecuted” non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who migrated to India till December 31, 2014.‘Hindu Bangladeshi’ is a term used primarily to mean Bengali-speaking Hindus from Bangladesh, though there are other Hindu immigrant communities such as Koch-Rajbongshi and Hajong in Assam.“The Assamese groups and organisations have called the bandh against the Citizenship Bill, because it is a dangerous move to make the locals lose their political space and identity,” KMSS leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi said on Monday.‘Not anti-Bengali’He clarified that the protest was not anti-Bengali but the “Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre is trying to create animosity between the Assamese and the Bengalis” by pushing the Bill.The Sarbananda Sonowal government has asked people not to participate in the shutdown and warned that strict action would be taken against government employees for not reporting on duty. It has ordered the educational institutions, courts and offices to function normally, and threatened to cancel trade licences if shops and commercial establishments remain closed.The government has directed the administration to take action against troublemakers and recover costs from the organisations whose members are found involved in vandalism and destruction of public property.Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reminded the 46 organisations of a Gauhati High Court order which had termed bandh illegal. “We have to follow the Court’s order and take action against those who participate in or support the shutdown,” he said.The Meghalaya government had in 2017 begun imposing heavy penalties on organisations and their leaders for calling bandhs and curbing the rights of the common people. This acted as a deterrent.According to Assam’s Commerce and Industry Department, the State incurred a loss of ₹881.40 crore due to 13 Statewide bandhs this year.last_img read more

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The Son Rises

first_imgThe youngest child of well known actor Sanjay Khan and his beautiful wife Zarine, the current teenage heart throb  Zayed Khan talks about his foray into films and why he didn’t want his father to launch.Is it true that your mom would be absolutely sure each time she was pregnant that it would be a boy and she would name him Ali, and then have a girl instead?How did you know that? It’s absolutely true. I guess both my parents were very keen for a boy, something that isn’t such a big deal anymore now, but it was then perhaps, and each time she did think Ali was going to arrive. In fact when my third sister was born she was so disappointed she wouldn’t look at the baby, until the nurse came to her and said, “Madam you are very strange. This is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen.” Mom took a reluctant peek and fell instantly in love.  I arrived after that.So were you spoilt?Well I suppose I was to some extent. Having three older sisters and a mom is like having four moms in the house, but I think it really gave me a great understanding of how amazing women can be. It taught me respect for women, it made me admire their strength and yes it taught me to say sorry even if it wasn’t my fault! I think it was a blessing really.My mother is the most amazing woman I know. To bring up four pretty grounded kids, away from the fake world of films, star wives, starry parties, and see through the façade, handle complicated relationships, is a tough job. She is the biggest superstar in our house.Dad has been my coach, in some ways giving me a pretty frank opinion about anything even if it hurts,  and constantly pushing me to excel. It was irritating at times, but as you grow older you begin to understand that it’s their own method, to teach you. I realize now that he has been quite an inspiration in many ways. But my mom like the true Parsi woman that she is was the one determined to make her son a successful, well rounded man, and she knew when I needed what, to move forward.You went to a boarding school at a young age. That must have been hard for mom. Is it true you asked her not to kiss you in front of all the other boys before leaving and she did just that?You know even that? Well it’s true. The boys had quiet a field day ragging me about it after she left. Actually I was about 11, when my father was badly burnt in the fire that raged on his production sets. He was badly burnt and it was a long recovery. I was 11 then, old enough to know what had happened but not old enough to understand the gravity of the situation. At that time somehow my family felt I should be shielded from the situation and decided I should be sent to a boarding school. I think it was hard for mom to let go, but even harder to see the condition of the dorm in which I had to live. I think that experience taught me a lot about real life. I folded my own clothes, polished my own shoes, took cold showers and learnt that there was a world out there that was not as affluent as the one I knew. I learnt about team spirit, about my country, because there were kids from all kinds of backgrounds from all parts of the country. I think it allowed me to grow up in a way I probably wouldn’t have, had I stayed on in Mumbai. I learnt a lot about relationships and friendship there. Still having been sent away at a time when my dad was in a tough situation has made me very deeply conscious of what they went through. Today all I think of is that I must do everything to make sure they never have to face what they did then. I just want to take good care of them, because they have given so much to their children.So did you see any of dad’s films? And I did read somewhere that you always had it at the back of your mind to become an actor.My all time favorite film has been Abdullah. I must have seen it twice a day every day for a long time. I have also loved the way dad was able to extract a superb performance from Raj Kapoor who was a close friend of my father’s.Yes I always wanted to be an actor but I had this illusion that since I’m Sanjay Khan’s son I will be given everything on a platter. I used to just while away my time, quite complacent about everything. When I told dad, I wanted to be an actor, he told me quite bluntly, that he saw nothing in me at that point that indicated I had it in me to be an actor. I was very hurt, but he was right. It was mom who came to my room and said, okay so you want to be an actor. Then go and prepare yourself to be one. Get the tools you need to make it. I have this poem in my room which has become my mantra. It’s a well known poem which saysI asked for Strength………And God gave me Difficulties  to make me strong.I asked for Wisdom………And God gave me Problems to solve.I asked for Prosperity………And God gave me Brain and Brawn  to work.I asked for Courage………And God gave me Danger to overcome.I asked for Love………And God gave me Troubled people  to help.I asked for Favours………And God gave me Opportunities.I received nothing I wantedI received everything I neededMy Prayer has been answeredIt took me four years of tremendous work to get ready. I took martial arts classes, acting glasses, dancing classes which I just loved. Today’s actor has to be a complete package and when I started out I was far from it.So why did you not ask your father to launch you? Your uncle Feroz Khan launched your cousin Fardeen.My father is a very hard task master. Also I just feel I can never act in front of my dad. I don’t know if it is because he knows me so well, or my fear that if I don’t agree with him on how a certain scene should be shot, I wont be able to say it out of respect for him. I also think I was very adamant that I didn’t want to be known as Sanjay Khan’s son. To find Zayed, Zayed had to go to production houses who didn’t give a damn about who’s son I was. I wanted to be with people who chose me because they saw something in me and I could only do that by venturing out on my own. I didn’t want to fill any one else’s shoes. I wanted to walk in my own.Chura Liya Hai was your first film and it turned out to be quite a fun film with some outstanding stunts.What was it that you discovered about yourself?That I had a lot to offer. My father didn’t agree with me when I chose to do Chura Liya. But then I thought, do I just sit there whiling away my time for 4-5 years waiting for a big banner to happen to me, or do I take a chance and accept what is there right in front of me, because it seemed a decent project. I have always been very sure about one thing. I don’t want to live my life based on the experiences of others. I want to create my own successes  and learn from my own mistakes. I think I was really raw in the film and that worked to my advantage. I didn’t feel any pressure. Today I do, because with each film and more experience I know there are better, and many more ways of doing any given role that I am enacting. I learnt a very valuable lesson from Shahrukh Khan. He told me conserve and control your energy otherwise you’ll burn out and he was right.My dad has hated some of the films I’ve accepted, but the cool thing is that since I’ve made my own decisions, we can disagree without being disagreeable.Le’ts talk about Shabd and Vaada. In Shabd you played a younger man in love with an older woman opposite Aishwarya Rai. In Vaada you played an obsessive lover who finally loses control and is out to destroy the very woman he loves so much. Considering you were in your early twenties were those roles tough to do? Also is it true that you stood under a crossing train and wished to act opposite Aishwarya Rai one day?Well, I’m not joking about this, there is a fable that if you stand under any place in Bombay where a train is crossing above and wish for something, the wish comes true. So one day, there I was, standing under the path of a train and as the train went over me I said, well what do I wish for and then I said I wish to work with Aishwarya Rai one day because I admire her so much. Before I knew it I was being given the narration for Shabd, a story about this older, married woman who finds her self drawn to this younger man. I said that is a fabulous narration. Then  director Leena Yadav said to me, “Oh, by the way, we are thinking of Aishwarya to do the female lead.” I was stunned though I said nonchalantly, oh really. Shooting with Aishwarya was a blast and we got along like a house on fire. She is such a fun loving, truly nice person, but as we sat on the beach in Goa, laughing and joking, I thought to myself, this is such a strange yet special moment, that wish came true.As for the movie, I don’t think age has anything to do with wisdom or understanding of life. I felt totally at ease with Shabd. The theme of older woman younger man relationships had not caught on then as it has now, so I was really glad that Indian cinema was looking at a subject that was a very real part and parcel of our lives. I liked my role, of this positive, fun loving man, who adores this woman and the fact that at one point she wants to give in to the experience. Unfortunately Shabd was a classic case of the script not being translated to screen that successfully and the movie didn’t shape up that wel. Maybe it was a difficult concept to translate on screen, but I enjoyed doing the movie and I admire Leena for being such a deep thinker and so cutting edge in her choice of subjects.As for Vaada, it was interesting when Vashuji came to me and said, “I am offering you a negative role and in that Arjun Rampal is 20 percent then you are 16 percent in terms of weightage.” I said, oh great I’ve already been demoted to a negative role so soon in my career, but after I heard the narration, I was excited by what I felt could be done with the role.I have been around and been in situations where even the nicest of people can act contrary to their nature when they obsess about something or someone. In obsessive love there is no regular way of doing things; there is a deep profound sense of blind belief that whatever the person is doing is right and they ignore the fact that it can hurt a lot of people. More than it being destructive, I think it is a  terribly sad tragedy. So I told Vashuji that you have to give this character some redemption at the end. I think the role turned out well and at the end I felt it was no longer a 20-16 equation, but a well balanced parallel performance.You acted in Shaadi No 1. Its every actor’s dream these days to act in a film directed by David Dhawan. How was the experience?I can only say this, if you want to act under David Dhawan, do not bring your script to the sets. Davidji hates prepared, methodical actors. He wants you to come to the sets with a smile, he will tell you the scene and you have to improvise and deliver. The first time I stood there poring over my dialogues, he said, “What are you doing?” And promptly tore my script to pieces. I came on the sets of Shaadi No 1 at all kinds of random times, shot all kinds of scenes, and before I knew it the film was ready. There is some method I’m sure in his madness, but the end result always turns out to be a film every one seems to enjoy watching.The role that catapulted you to fame was the blockbuster Main Hoon Na with Shahrukh Khan and directed by ace choreographer Farah Khan. Many kids just remember you as Lucky, the character you played. It was an all-round, feel good fun film with great music. You also said the character was a lot like the real you? Were you such a trouble maker?I have done a lot of wild things in my life, from sneaking into Welham’s girls hostel to meet this girl I liked and being caught by this Nepali watchman that I used to bribe, but who caught me. Instead of feeling embarrassed I was initially really mad at the watchman for swallowing my moolah and turning me in, the ungrateful guy! My punishment was there for all to see, though! I was a mischief maker in college too. I guess I tried not to break the law but still see how far I could go!Farah is like an older sister, but she is also extremely outspoken and doesn’t hesitate to call a spade a spade. Both Shahrukh Khan and she are such powerhouses of knowledge that one can learn decades of acting nuances by just working with them in one film. We used to fight a lot and she would yell at me all the time. I once remember we were to shoot this song in Darjeeling and the air was very thin at the height where we were shooting. It was a one shot thing because if we stopped we would lose the impact of what was coming immediately after the song. So we had already had 12 takes, and the air was getting thinner and thinner. Here I’m dancing away when two-three dancers in the troupe keel over and faint. So I stop and she screams, “Why are you stopping?” I say these people are lying here unconscious. She yells, “Then dance over them dammit.” I go ahead dancing and prancing with this fixed grin on my face wondering if those women were going to die, and as soon as  we finished I said cut. Farah got even madder and yelled, “How dare you say Cut on my sets.” When it comes to giving my opinion if I don’t like the way a scene is being shot, I often go ahead and argue it out with some directors, but I’ve learn that with Farah it’s best to keep your mouth shut, simply because your best opinion will not be at par with what she finally comes up with. I loved the film and being with Shahrukh Khan who has always been such an inspiration for me.People have always joked that Sunjay Dutt and Salman Khan took their shirts off and it has now become a trend for men to strip on screen in every Bollywood film. You need to have a well toned body to take that shirt off. However on the heels of this focus on fitness come the disturbing media reports that steroid use is rampant in the film industry. Well there is an easy way to fitness and there is a hard way to fitness. There are terrible long term effects for steroid users, but so many people get caught up in the glitter of wanting to be in the limelight, or on the cover of a magazine. The lure of fame and money is a powerful magnet, it drives people to do all sorts of things. I feel bad for them, but I can’t be judgmental because so many of these aspiring actors/models, have no one in the film industry to help their careers. While I never took my father’s help, his name attached to mine will always open doors for me. These people on the other hand know they have only one chance perhaps at stardom and they do everything they can to make an impact.I make it a point to work out at various gyms around town where all the aspiring actors and models work out. It is mind boggling to see the amount of hard work some of them put at the gym and that too for a two minute shot they may have in some film. It keeps me humble and grounded, and also puts things in perspective for someone like me who had expected it all to be given to me on a platter.I injured my back during a shooting six months ago, and ended up with a slipped disc, but before that I had a very punishing schedule. I began my day with a run and a two-three hours workout at the gym, a minimum of four-five times a week, working out every body part, alternating it with martial arts. Again the nature of our work is such that it makes everything so erratic: late night shootings, dinners, parties, etc., and one has to be very careful to find the balance there as well.You talked about hurting your back. It seems more and more actors are doing their own stunts. Your brother-in law, actor Hritik Roshan had a near miss when he fell almost 50 feet during a shoot in Singapore, after the harness holding him above broke. Why court danger like that? Shahrukh Khan seems to have a chronic back problem now because he chose to do his own stunts for so long.I think that is why Shahrukh told me to conserve that uncontrolled energy. I think we are perhaps better trained in martial arts, etc. than our actors in my dad’s time were, and maybe its because deep down we really believe we can do those difficult stunts and get away with it. Cinema is larger than life and people who watch films can see when the artist is doing his own stunts and when it’s a double. For me the motivation is to give my fans the real thing. My elders feel that I’m stupid to think like that but I think that is what separates the men from the boys, but it is risky business all the same.So what’s in the works?There are two films I’m really excited about – Vikram Bhatt’s Rocky, about a vigilante who believes in what he does and  another film Cash. I’m looking at different scripts and trying to make sure that I don’t get stuck with similar roles. I think I can do justice to all genres and I also have a very highly developed aesthetic sense about film making. I want to make sure I do stuff where all that I have to offer is utilized to its fullest potential. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Water sports to resume from tomorrow in Goa

first_imgPanaji, May 26 (PTI) Water sports, which were suspended by the Goa government for two days, owing to rough sea, will resume tomorrow, an official said.The Ports department had issued an order suspending water sports for two days – yesterday and today – after death of a tourist in South Goa during a water sport.”We had issued the orders after there was a casualty on the Colva beach. Water sports was stopped yesterday and will resume tomorrow,” Captain of Ports James Braganza told PTI.He said from tomorrow only para-sailing and jet-ski would be allowed and that too under restricted timings.According to Braganza, these activities would be permitted depending on the weather condition and winds.The department will be meeting again on May 30 to decide the fate of water sports activity, he added.The order came yesterday, after a tourist from West Bengal died on May 24, after reportedly falling from the parachute on Colva beach in South Goa.”At the time of the incident, Drishti (lifeguard providing firm) had some of its most experienced and well-trained lifeguards at the location,” a Drishti Lifesaving Services spokesperson said.”Although best efforts were made, the tourist could not be revived. The lifeguards were on high alert since the weather was extremely dangerous for water sports,” he said.Goa beaches are currently flooded with tourists due to the summer vacations. PTI COR NRB PVI BASlast_img read more

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Elbow injury may rule Novak Djokovic out of US Open: Report

first_imgFormer world number one Novak Djokovic is in doubt for the U.S. Open due to his elbow injury, Serbian media reported, citing the country’s Davis Cup team doctor.Djokovic retired hurt during the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and said he was considering taking a break from playing to recover from the long-standing injury to his right elbow.Serbia’s Sportski Zurnal reported that the 30-year-old could face up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.”He has a bruised bone due to excessive playing,” it quoted Zdenko Milinkovic as saying.”Novak is in Toronto undergoing some further tests with specialists.”The 12-times grand slam champion won the U.S. Open in 2011 and 2015. This year’s tournament begins on August 28.last_img read more

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Conte apologises to officials after being sent off

first_imgPremier League Conte apologises to officials after being sent off in Chelsea win Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:14 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Conte-cropped Getty Images Premier League Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Swansea City Swansea City The Blues boss furiously protested a decision and Swansea City’s time-wasting tactics but later apologised for his actions Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte issued an apology to referee Neil Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason after he was sent off following an outburst during Wednesday’s 1-0 win at home to Swansea City.Conte cut a frustrated figure when he was dismissed to the stands by Swarbrick approaching half-time at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea 4/5 to beat Newcastle to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 48-year-old Italian furiously protested a failure to award his side a corner when Alfie Mawson deflected a cross behind as he shouted in the face of Mason.Conte’s tension simmered post-match and the Premier League-winning boss told reporters: “After the game, I think it’s normal, it’s right to apologise for what happened during the game.Read all about it… #CHESWAhttps://t.co/5SUVIheV8k— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 29, 2017″During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time. I said this a few times to the fourth official. At the same time, I didn’t see something change in the first half. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.”I repeat: I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.”They are wasting time. I was a bit animated. I said this and I shout this. It was not the first time. I think for this reason the fourth official lost his patience. But I repeat: the fault was mine, not the fourth official’s. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”Asked where he watched the remainder of the game, Conte – who was initially positioned above the Chelsea dugout – replied: “In the dressing room. Because we have the tactical camera. For this reason I watched the game very well. But I don’t like.”I suffered in the same way also in the changing room. To watch the game on the video and then to not have the possibility to communicate with your players. It’s very strange. It’s very tough for me.”Very glad I could help the team to get the 3 points #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve #CFC @ChelseaFC @PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/4A1HqfRgIv— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) November 29, 2017Chelsea consolidated third position in the table thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s goal 10 minutes into the second half, with Conte’s men now in the midst of a six-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.”This type of game, you are able to score early, otherwise you must have a lot of patience to try the best way to score,” he said. “At the same time, you must pay attention for the counter-attack.”My feeling now is we are better than before, when we started this season. We started this season with many problems. Now we are trying to solve these problems. I think now we are improving. We are trying another system of play. And I had the possibility to alternate these two systems. These are good options for me.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Bale features but no Ronaldo as Madrid launch new kit

first_imgReal Madrid Bale features but no Ronaldo in Real Madrid’s 2018-19 kit launch Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 17:15 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Bale Real Madrid kit Real Madrid/Adidas Real Madrid Gareth Bale Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Primera División The Welshman has been heavily linked with an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu but has been pictured in the new strip for the 2018-19 season Gareth Bale may be linked with a mega-money move to Manchester United, but the Wales forward has featured in Real Madrid’s latest kit launch.Bale scored twice in the Champions League final at the weekend, the first a brilliant overhead kick, as Real ran out 3-1 winners over Liverpool in Ukraine.However, his exceptional acrobatics did not dominate the headlines, as he gave an interview after the game insisting that he must be playing regularly, sending the transfer rumour mill into a frenzy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now You’re nobody until you create Our new home and away kit by @adidasfootball. https://t.co/odfWCbsdVu#HalaMadrid #HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/BInQm2Lw4g— #CHAMP13NS 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) May 29, 2018United have been heavily linked with the 28-year-old, while former club Tottenham are said to have first refusal on any deal.Nevertheless, the attacker features heavily in Madrid’s kit launch, along with Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Nacho Fernandez.Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the launch may set tongues wagging, too, after the Portugal superstar hinted at a potential exit from the club in the immediate aftermath of Real’s win in Kiev. In photographs posted on the club’s official website, every player in the squad is shown wearing the kit, bar Ronaldo, with a shirt bearing his name replacing the usual portrait of him.Real Madrid kit Cristiano RonaldoHe has, however, appeared to play down those reports as he said “until next year” when he addressed supporters a day after Madrid’s final triumph.Real’s pristine white home kit remains, with some classy black piping, while they will wear black away from home.The goalkeepers at Santiago Bernabeu will wear black at home, and light blue away from home.Real have yet to announce the colour of their traditional third kit, which is usually worn in the Champions League.last_img read more

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Dembele – NxGn Star of Russia

first_imgOusmane Dembélé Ousmane Dembele, the NxGn starlet supporting France’s endless attacking talent in Russia Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy NxGn Dembele GFX Getty/Goal composite Ousmane Dembélé France v Australia France World Cup The Barcelona youngster has overcome his early injury issues in Spain and has everything required to be on of the stars of this year’s World Cup After moving from to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund last summer, Ousmane Dembele did not enjoy the blockbuster season he and the Blaugrana were hoping for.A hamstring injury suffered in September forced the Frenchman to miss virtually the entire first half of the season, and further fitness woes combined with the arrival of Philippe Coutinho in the winter transfer window saw the France international make a relatively meagre 17 league appearances as Ernesto Valverde’s side strolled to the La Liga title.The former Rennes attacker did manage nine goal involvements during his fleeting stints with the Barca first-team, but he will be hoping to completely rubbish any thought of stagnation when he arrives in Russia with an exciting France squad brimming with attacking talent. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Dembele Samsung WC NxGn GFXDidier Deschamps has no end of elite attackers to choose from, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe providing competition that may prove to be too stiff for Dembele as far as a place in the starting line-up is concerned.But Dembele’s presence in the squad allows Deschamps to significantly change his personnel and approach in attack without losing anything in terms of quality. The former Juventus coach’s preference is to deploy Griezmann behind Olivier Giroud with Mbappe and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar situated out wide, but if that approach isn’t working then Dembele can be introduced, allowing Paris Saint-Germain’s golden boy to operate centrally as he did to great effect in a recent friendly against Russia.Despite featuring sporadically for Barcelona and the slight murmurings over his future, Dembele was still able to showcase his quality and effectiveness at the Camp Nou.He managed to complete 40 of his 68 dribbles and made 28 key passes in 17 La Liga matches; only Barca teammate Philippe Coutinho made more among players who featured in 20 games or less in Spain’s top tier.Ousmane Dembele FranceHis varied attacking style and relative freshness could prove invaluable to France, who had to rely a lot on in-game changes and individual moments of brilliance during their Euro 2016 campaign. With Deschamps’ side up against Denmark, Peru and Australia in one of the tournament’s tougher groups – judging by FIFA’s much-derided ranking system – Les Bleus may again encounter problems against opposition who may feel it necessary to focus more on containing the 1998 World Cup winners.France’s inefficacy in the face of compact defensive blocks was highlighted in the group stage of the Euros two years ago, when they required last minute heroics from Dimitri Payet and Griezmann to overcome Romania and Albania.Dembele may be tasked with emulating his compatriots if the French falter from the start in Russia, and the 21-year-old will no doubt intent on reminding everyone why Barcelona were willing to fork an inordinate amount of money for his services 12 months ago.Get Goal+ for your Samsung device now – it’s the ultimate stats app for fans that features real-time performance data and is now available on the hottest new mobile devicelast_img read more

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NWC K-Factor Programme to Create Over 5,000 Jobs

first_imgThousands are slated to be directly employed under the National Water Commission’s (NWC) K-Factor Programme. Some 5,000 persons are expected to work on the programme which will see the implementation of potable and waste water projects across the island. Speaking at the programme’s launch on Wednesday (January 23) at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Andrew, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, said jobs will be created for hundreds of other skilled workers. The K-Factor programme has, as its primary objective, the sustainable regeneration, rehabilitation and improvement of the country’s water and waste water systems. The projects, which total $50 billion, will be implemented over the next eight years, with 300,000 NWC customers to benefit. Minister Pickersgill said so far, approximately $15 billion worth of K-factor projects have been approved by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR). This first tranche will focus on providing critical service to some areas and completing efficiency improvement projects across several parishes. He said that the K-factor programme is a key part of the NWC’s strategic plan to comprehensively address deficiencies and improve water supply and sewerage services. “The introduction of the K-Factor facility is a monumental response to the NWC’s operational challenges, including aging infrastructure, and the servicing of equipment and machinery, which continue to threaten its prospects for viability,” “[The project will] help [us] manage our water resources for long-term sustainability, improve the regulatory and institutional environments; spearhead transformation of the water and sewerage sector, and support the development of our nation,” the Minister said. The projects earmarked under the K-Factor programme include an $8.13 billion Tanks and Pumps Rehabilitation programme; an island-wide non-revenue water reduction and control programme to reduce physical and commercial water losses by 50 per cent; rehabilitation of 44 wastewater plants across the country; and the expansion of connections to the Kingston Metropolitan Area sewerage system. NWC Chairman, Dr. Leary Myers, said it is critical that projects are implemented in a timely manner. “The board of commissioners has formed itself into a projects committee and will in no uncertain terms, hold the officers and staff of the commission accountable for meeting schedules,” he stated.The K-Factor Programme is an interagency partnership involving the NWC, OUR, and the Government.The OUR-monitored facility, allows the NWC to use a pre-determined percentage of customers’ bills to implement non-revenue water reduction, sewerage and other specifically approved operational efficiency projects. The K-Factor funds are later repaid to customers as an X-Factor on their bills.last_img read more

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Zerotolerance policy for states that fail to allot land for Central institutes

first_imgNew Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry will adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards states that fail to allot land for centrally funded institutes, including the IITs and the IIITs, and will shift those to other cities if the campuses are not provided within a stipulated time, officials said on Wednesday.HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ made this announcement at a recent review meeting of the IITs, IIMs, NITs and IIITs. The Indian Institute of Technology-Goa and the National Institute of Technology-Sikkim are functioning out of temporary campuses. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaIIT-Goa started functioning from July, 2016 and has been operating from Goa Engineering College, Farmadi. The Goa government had sanctioned land at Cotarli-Nagvem for the institute but had to go back on its promise following agitation. Construction of the other IITs, sanctioned by the Centre, in Jammu, Dharwad, Tirupati, Bhilai and Palakkad, which have been allotted land, is underway. The National Institute of Technology-Sikkim was founded in 2010 and has been functioning out of a temporary campus at Barfung Block, Ravangla. The Sikkim government has sanctioned land for the institute. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe HRD ministry is likely to give a month’s deadline to states for allotting land for permanent campuses, failing which it will consider the option of shifting the institute to a place where land is available. According to an official, “The deadline by the minister will help. It has been observed that the cost estimates almost double if the sanctioned institutes fail to get land and construction does not begin.” For instance, if the estimate for the construction of an IIT is prepared in 2007 and it gets land in 2017, that means the cost estimates are almost 10 years old and the expenditure incurred for building the campus will almost double, he said.last_img read more

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Usher Features On UNCF An Evening Of Stars

first_imgActor-comedian Anthony Anderson, co-star of NBC’s Guys With Kids, hosts the 34th annual United Negro College Fund An Evening of Stars Educating our Future Presented by Target.The show premieres nationwide on Saturday, January 26 (check local listings for stations and times) and airs on BET Networks on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The nationally televised variety show focuses public attention on America’s need for more African American college graduates and UNCF’s work getting students to and through college.The show features Grammy-Award winner and founder of the Usher’s New Look Foundation, Usher, presenting a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle. Additionally, superstars Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan will present scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.The national audience will be electrified by performances and appearances by some of the hottest names in entertainment including Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Melanie Fiona, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenan, Ivory Wayans and many more.“I hope everybody tunes in and donates from the bottom of their hearts and the bottom of their pockets,” said Anderson. “Unfortunately, over 60,000 students apply for scholarships and financial aid every year and UNCF is able to award scholarships to just 15,000 who need help going to college. That’s why I’m a part of what UNCF is doing and I’m here for the long run.”“UNCF is delighted that stars like Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan have agreed to make our cause their cause,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax , Ph.D., “performing for the UNCF An Evening of Stars national audience and introducing UNCF’s “rising stars” — the high-achieving students who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy. The country is facing a crisis in African American education, and UNCF, BET and our galaxy of rising and established stars are determined to do something about it.”“We are very excited to be a part of this inspirational night,” says BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee . “Historically black colleges and universities hold a special and important role in the African American community and we are honored to help raise funds and awareness to support the education of the next generation of leading African American professionals.”UNCF, the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF’s Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF’s 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students. UNCF’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a rate significantly higher than the national college graduation rate.
UNCF An Evening of Stars, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 34-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars has featured a who’s who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars at www.UNCF.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Greyson Chance To Join Ed Sheeran And Jason Mraz At Charity Family

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Greyson Chance and Emblem3 to their impressive lineup of artists for its 14th Annual Family Day on Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at Roseland Ballroom in New York City.“I am honored and excited to be performing for an organization that truly helps our society,” says Greyson Chance who, at fifteen years old, has already had a number one single, performed live on Ellen and Good Morning America and has shared stages with iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove and Big Time Rush, previous Family Day honorees.As the breakout band on the hit show X Factor, amassing over 15 million YouTube views, Emblem3 is another amazing addition to this year’s event. According to the band members, “We are so excited to be performing at this year’s Family Day with such an incredible lineup of artists supporting the T.J. Martell Foundation. We are stoked to be able to do our part to help in the fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS.”Joining Chance and Emblem3 at Family Day is multi-Grammy award-winning singer Jason Mraz who will perform live along with Ed Sheeran and rising pop star Austin Mahone. Both Sheeran and Mahone are taking a break from their sold out tour with superstar Taylor Swift to perform at the event. Disney breakout star Bridgit Mendler from the hit series “Good Luck Charlie” will round out the line-up as the event’s guest host.Family Day is one of the music industry’s signature events providing a spectacular day full of fun games, carnival activities and food to raise money for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. Having steadily grown into one of the Martell Foundation’s most successful events, Family Day has raised close to $5 million for Martell-funded research at twelve hospitals across the country. Last year’s sold out event honored Grammy-award winning band Train with performances by Cobra Starship, Cody Simpson and new singing sensation Ariana Grande.Fans can purchase tickets and VIP packages, please visit www.tjmartell.org or call the Foundation at (646) 841-1394.last_img read more

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William Shatner Jann Arden first Indigenous NHL player among 125 appointments to

first_imgAdvertisement Armstrong, who says she is “thrilled and honoured” with the recognition, remembers a time when she had to fight with editors and publishers to cover the issue she has dedicated her career to.Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist Sally Armstrong will be made an Officer of the Order of Canada. (Andy Hincenbergs/ CBC)She broke the story of how women were being gang-raped during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia for Homemaker’s magazine, bringing an issue she says was ignored into the spotlight. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Canada’s newly minted Governor General, Julie Payette, has announced 125 appointments to the Order of Canada in a list that includes famous faces such as William Shatner and Jann Arden as well as two former Supreme Court justices and the Catholic priest Father John Walsh.Since its inception in 1967, almost 7,000 people from all walks of life have been invested into the Order of Canada. This year’s nominees will be awarded their honours at ceremonies to take place later in the year. Dates have not been set.Journalist and documentary filmmaker Sally Armstrong, who also happens to be the mother of CBC host Peter Armstrong, will be made an Officer of the Order for her groundbreaking work “highlighting human rights and the struggles of women in the world’s conflict zones.”last_img read more

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Colombia UN envoy embarks on lastditch effort to salvage peace process

The Acting Special Advisor on Colombia, James Le Moyne, left Bogotá this morning for the demilitarized zone after he received word from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that they were willing to see him, a UN spokesman said in New York.”Mr. Le Moyne is undertaking a facilitation mission at the request of the Government of Colombia and the FARC in a final effort to prevent the peace process from breaking down completely,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The spokesman quoted Mr. Le Moyne as saying at a press conference yesterday in Bogotá that after three years of trying to achieve peace, “it cannot be that we now lose this opportunity and the hope for peace…that Colombia should become a land of war, of blood and tears, especially when there are alternatives.”Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced increasing concern about the deteriorating situation in Colombia and its impact on innocent civilians, particularly with the latest impasse in the peace talks and the recent murders of two activists.UNHCR fears that an intensification of the conflict would lead to additional displacement and human suffering, a spokesman for the agency told a press briefing in Geneva. Kris Janowski added that UNHCR was “particularly outraged by the murders in late December of two leaders of the Peace Communities of the Atrato River.””The murdered leaders – Petrona Sánchez and Edwin Ortega – were both dedicated to serving their community, especially children and women, and to creating an environment in which people could live together in peace,” Mr. Janowski said.Peace Communities were established in the late 1990s for thousands of displaced people from the Uraba area in northern Colombia and are a unique initiative to allow peaceful return of displaced people to their places of origin. “They send a message of neutrality in the face of the conflict, and of resistance to the violence in Colombia,” stressed Mr. Janowski. read more

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Oustanding Young Alum Kyle Dubas inspires graduating class at sendoff

Kyle Dubas at the Grad Send-off at Isaac’s Pub.Kyle Dubas left Brock in 2007. Ask the alumnus, though, and he’ll tell you Brock never left him.That was part of his message to the Class of 2015 at last week’s first Grad Send-Off, a trade show-style event where Dubas gave the keynote address to inspire the crew of future alumni in attendance.They were humble words from someone who has had an enviable career since graduating with his sport management degree nearly eight years ago. Dubas, 28, headed up the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as general manager before being tapped last summer to serve as assistant general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs.Dubas, who’s known for being a stats-based analyst, credits his alma mater for helping in his success.“Brock, the University in general and the sport management program in particular – I learned how to learn and I was always challenging myself to learn more,” he said. “That was massive in terms of how it shaped me and my career. Without that lesson, I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d become.”In addition to sharing words of wisdom with more than 350 people at Isaac’s Pub, Dubas was the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for his incredible accomplishments.He was a natural choice for the honour, said Shelley Huxley, director of Donor and Alumni Relations.“Kyle is a great example of what our young alumni can achieve,” she said. “He spoke highly of his years at Brock University, the sport management program, and he encouraged students to look beyond the classroom for experience. He attributes his success to this well-rounded approach. I think he is a terrific inspiration to our young alumni: work hard and you will be rewarded.”The Grad Send-Off is a new event intended to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating classes and help with their transition to becoming alumni.Attendees have the chance to learn about the perks of being informed and involved alumni, and gain access to career services and the opportunity to expand their network in time for graduation. read more

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Delaware eases away from UMES in second half to win 7162

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Ithiel Horton scored 17 points, Matt Veretto added 16 and Eric Carter posted a double-double as Delaware defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 71-62 on Friday night.Horton made four 3-pointers while Carter scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, his second double-double this season for the Blue Hens (6-2), who are off to their best start through eight games since the 1999-2000 team began 9-1. Kevin Anderson added 11 points and six assists with Delaware shooting 52 per cent and making 14 of 15 free throws.The Hawks (1-7) were led by AJ Cheeseman with 16 points before fouling out, Bryan Urrutia with 15 plus six assists and Ryan Andino with 12 points.Delaware led 29-27 at halftime. The Blue Hens used a 15-6 run with seven points from Veretto to take their largest lead of 62-50 with 4:22 remaining and the Hawks didn’t get closer than seven thereafter.The Associated Press read more

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Live Brexit latest news JeanClaude Juncker says a Brexit deal can be

The European Commission president said a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” for both the UK and EU,… A Brexit deal can be done with the UK before October 31 and the backstop can be removed, Jean-Claude Juncker has said. Boris Johnson’s lawyers urge judges not to order him to recall Parliament  Rees-Mogg praises Farage as he urges Brexit Party supporters to return to Tory fold Rosa Prince: The ‘grey man’ has seen red over Brexit, but we shouldn’t expect any less from John Major ​ ‘Displeasure’ in Buckingham Palace after Cameron reveals he asked Queen to intervene in IndyRef Who do the polls say will win a general election? Sign up: Brexit Whatsapp updates and the Brexit Bulletin   read more

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Ephraims bid for release rejected

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Appeals magistrate Eirini Kalou on Thursday rejected a bid by Ephraim, the Vatopedi Monastery monk at the center of a suspect land swap deal with the state, to be released from custody on bail. Kalou ruled that the abbot did not meet the criteria for bail despite prosecutor Panagiotis Mantzounis recommending that Ephraim, in detention since December, should be granted conditional release. Ephraim is accused of money laundering and embezzlement in the exchange forproperty between Vatopedi and the state that allegedly left the monks better off: and Greek taxpayers footing a bill for millions of euros. An Athens first instance court is due to begin hearing a case brought by the state against Vatopedi Monastery concerning an 18-hectare plot of land in Edessa, northern Greece on Tuesday. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Emery backs Guendouzi after sending off

first_imgDuring the Wednesday’s cup win, 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for the Gunners over Blackpool, but his manager is not worried a bit about the red card shown to the youngster.Drama: @MatteoGuendouzi is shown a second yellow after the referee adjudged him to have pulled down Thompson#CarabaoCup 🔴 2-0 ⚪️ (56) pic.twitter.com/76ekIpBBHw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 31, 2018Guendouzi will now miss Saturday’s clash with Liverpool as Emery had this to say:“That is football. Things can be positive or negative like an injury, a red card, 90 minutes of hard work that don’t allow you to play other matches,” Emery told reporters via Goal.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“A red card is like that.“We have a lot of players looking to play, to help us and take responsibility. His quality for the team, I am going to prepare with other players for the big match.“He’s playing well. He’s playing with a spirit – [he’s] competitive. The action is… it’s an action, he plays that action as a normal moment in the game.“He is pushing behind the player. He is playing with the spirit I want today and every match.“We have spoken. It is very important to control, but I don’t think he lost control. The red card is one circumstance.”last_img read more

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Fortnite Was The Most Talked About Game on Twitter in 2018

first_imgHere is the full list of the most tweeted about video games in 2018 (based on users in the U.S. only):“Fortnite”“Call of Duty”“Overwatch”“Pokémon”“EA Sports Madden NFL”“NBA 2K”“Super Mario”“Super Smash Brothers”“Splatoon”“Grand Theft Auto”Additionally, Twitter said the most retweeted tweet in 2018 was this one from Spanish gamer El Rubius. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 LeBron James was the most tweeted about athlete in the world in 2018, according to Twitter. The most tweeted day was Sunday, Feb. 25. That was the day of the closing ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. About 103 million tweets were sent about the Olympics this year.An average of 125 million hashtags are shared every day, Twitter said. There were also more than half a billion GIFs tweeted in 2018, which averages to about 1.6 million a day or over 1,000 per minute. Now that 2018 is ending, Twitter is sharing some of the topics that got people talking this year, including the most-tweeted video games in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, Epic Games’ popular battle royale title “Fortnite” tops the list.“Fortnite” is a pop culture phenomenon with over 200 million registered players. It recently hit a milestone of 8.3 million concurrent players as well. Those numbers are up from June, when it had an estimated 125 million registered users. It’s also the largest free-to-play console game of all time, and the iOS version is pulling in about $2.5 million a day since the launch of its sixth season, according to market intelligence company Sensor Tower.Nintendo is also apparently a popular Twitter topic. Four of the games listed in the top ten are from the Japanese company, including “Pokémon,” “Super Mario,” “Super Smash Brothers,” and “Splatoon.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

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John Carmack severs ties with id Software to focus on Oculus Rift

first_imgJohn Carmack was the visionary game designer behind some of the biggest franchises in history. Doom and Quake were both designed by id Software during his tenure. Carmack took on the position of CTO for 3D virtual reality startup Oculus VR a few months ago, but at the time id said his work there would continue. However, today it was announced that Carmack is severing ties with the company he founded to focus entirely on the Oculus Rift.Carmack co-founded id Software in 1991 alongside Tom Hall, John Romero, and Adrian Carmack. He is also the last of the founders to officially leave the company, which was acquired by Bethesda Softworks several years ago. In a statement announcing Carmack’s official departure from id, the company said his decision to leave won’t affect any current projects.Indeed, Carmack said on Twitter that he had wanted to remain an advisor to id, but he simply didn’t have the time with his duties at Oculus VR. The statements from Bethesda and Carmack both seem painfully polite. There was likely some friction with the Bethesda software machine, which has a different culture than the startup-minded id Software.In addition to Oculus VR, Carmack is still technically a rocketry developer at Armadillo Aerospace, the space firm he founded in 2000. Armadillo has been on the back burner since Carmack took the position at Oculus in August.The Oculus Rift is currently available as a $300 developer kit from the company’s website. The consumer version of the Rift is expected to debut in the not too distant future with a higher-resolution screen and lighter frame. The final version will support Android in addition to desktops.Carmack leaving id is the end of an era, but maybe Oculus VR is the beginning of another one.last_img read more

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