Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has claimed that Internet and satellite communication existed in the days of Mahabharata.”In the Mahabharata, it has been mentioned that Sanjay gave a live relay of the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas to the blind king Dhritarashtra,” Mr. Deb said at a regional workshop on public distribution system (PDS) computerisation and reforms in Agartala on Tuesday evening.“Communication was possible because our technology was sophisticated and developed during those times. We had Internet and a satellite communication system. It is not like Internet or media wasn’t available in the age of Mahabharata,” he said.“I do not know what happened in the middle age though, between the Mahabharata era and now. Some European countries and the United States claim that the modern communication system is their invention, but “we had all these technologies in ancient times,” he claimed.Mr. Deb said he was proud that he was born in a country which had the “best communication system” and “best culture” in the whole world.“Modern technology and digitisation should be used to check corruption and protect secrecy in the administration,” he asserted, adding that his government would dedicatedly work to ensure welfare of the poor and backward people.A few months ago, Union Minister Satypal Singh debunked Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, saying it was wrong and the changes need to reflect in the school and college curriculum. “Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, said they saw an ape turning into a man,” he had said.
Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds AP FILE PHOTOThere’s still no telling when NBA fans of a major cable provider will finally get their basketball fix—and the frustration is expected to mount with the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers and the favored Golden State Warriors kicking off their Finals trilogy on Friday (Thursday in Oakland, California).Reason: The court tussle between media giant ABS-CBN and Solar Entertainment is still going on.ADVERTISEMENT At French Open, del Potro gets lost off court, wins on it Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Meanwhile, Solar recounted the events that led to the filing of a legal suit, broad parts of which were contested by ABS-CBN.Solar said that Sky Cable continued to “air and make money on the NBA shows using Solar’s own channels, BTV and NBA Premium, although its carriage contract ended in 2014.”It added that it continued to feed its two channels and to bill Sky Cable, believing there was an “implied renewal”, an industry practice to prevent a sudden blackout of TV channels and a service disruption to subscribers.In April 2017, Solar said it stopped its NBA feed to Sky Cable “after several unheeded demand letters and realizing that Sky Cable was intent on not paying.”“Now only paying cable stations like Cignal, GSAT, and Dream, among others, can carry Solar’s channels,” Solar said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Solar’s Wilson Tieng got the upper hand in that legal skirmish after the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court issued an order on May 16 to garnish the bank accounts and other assets of ABS-CBN and its cable affiliate, Sky Cable, for airing the BTV and NBA Premium TV channels of Solar without paying the carriage fees for approximately three years.The court also required Solar, the local distributor of NBA games and programs for 16 years, to post a bond for P659 million. This is the amount Solar, in a statement Tuesday, said it is trying to collect from ABS-CBN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingABS-CBN, in a short statement, said it filed a motion to lift the attachment and garnishment on May 29, 2017, which the court granted on the same day.“Thus, at this time, there is no effective attachment or garnishment over any asset of ABS-CBN or Sky Cable,” ABS-CBN said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ABS-CBN’s statement showed that the Lopez family-led media giant and Solar jointly entered into a license agreement with NBA Properties Inc. in 2014.“Since ABS-CBN was paying 60 percent of the license fees, it considered that the same already covered the carriage fees of Sky Cable,” ABS-CBN said.“Unfortunately, Solar disagreed. Despite the good faith attempts of ABS-CBN and Sky Cable to resolve the dispute amicably, Solar cut off the NBA feed to Sky Cable and filed this complaint,” ABS-CBN added.Solar alleged that the respondents did not want to pay “because they wanted Solar to lose its license by default from NBA Properties, Inc. of the US so that ABS-CBN and Sky Cable could take over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next read more
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Although the team had some semblance of success going up against the big guys of Ginebra in 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, there was still the factor of getting banged up throughout 48 minutes.“We’re king of out of position, no matter who we put in now,” said Dickel Sunday at Philippine Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDon Trollano, who stands at 6-foot-3 and mainly plays out in the wings, was tasked to play power forward for TNT and help the 6-foot-6 Michael Miranda patrol the paint.“I thought Don was really good, I just thought he got worn down a little bit just having to guard bigger players the whole game,” said Dickel. “Hopefully, over the next months we can play a little bit better and get him more comfortable, and then our offense will look a bit smoother.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening NBA champions Metta World Peace, Bill Wennington visit Manny Pacquiao TNT KaTropa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—TNT team consultant Mark Dickel has drawn up a system suitable for his undersized lineup, but he still rued the glaring size difference between his team and Barangay Ginebra was still a tough bind.The KaTropa lost to the Gin Kings 90-79 in the PBA season opener in Dickel’s first game running the offense.ADVERTISEMENT Dickel didn’t have his normal power forward in 6-foot-7 Troy Rosario, who’s nursing a deformed nose after his face got hit with an inadvertent elbow from JR Quiñahan in tune-up game against NLEX before the New Year.TNT, though, had a mobile offense that made use of its guards and forwards but the only problem for the KaTropa was their shots just wouldn’t fall.The KaTropa shot the ball 41 times from beyond the arc but they converted only nine of those attempts.“Ultimately, in that game we had to make some more shots if we wanted to have a chance to really trouble them,” said Dickel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? read more
zoomImage Courtesy: Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team Russian cargo ship Kuzma Minin, that grounded off Falmouth, England in December 2018, was not insured, according to a report by UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).The vessel grounded after dragging its anchor in Falmouth Bay in strong winds on December 18. Kuzma Minin was refloated on the next high water. A subsequent inspection showed that the ship, owned by Murmansk Shipping Company, suffered shell plate deformation and breached tanks below the waterline.Although the movement towards shore was quickly detected by the bridge watchkeeper, the actions taken to proceed to sea were interrupted by the anchor becoming fouled by a discarded length of anchor chain, MAIB explained.As focus was turned to clearing the anchor, Kuzma Minin was blown towards the shore at a speed of over 2 knots.Falmouth’s harbourmaster used local resources to refloat the vessel, but concerns over Kuzma Minin’s lack of P&I insurance cover, and its owner’s lack of co-operation in appointing a salvor, “caused unexpected pressures”.Namely, the financial situation of the Murmansk Shipping Company meant that Kuzma Minin’s master was unable to replenish bunkers and lube oil which influenced his decision to remain at anchor on a lee shore when strong winds were forecast.Additionally, the ship’s lack of P&I insurance led to concerns over responsibility for salvage payment which hindered the appointment of experts and the ability to secure the services of an additional tug that was on passage nearby.MAIB issued a recommendation to Murmansk Shipping Company to take steps to ensure that its vessels are adequately resourced to operate safely and in accordance with international conventions, taking into account the potential consequences of vessels having insufficient fuel and oils, and the statutory requirement to maintain P&I insurance.Following the accident, Falmouth Harbour Commission strengthened existing measures to check, where required, visiting vessels have protection and indemnity insurance, and to improve the safety of vessels at anchor in Falmouth Bay. read more
On August 1 and 2 Duffy’s Hope Inc. hosted their 12th Annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball game.This year’s game was held at the University of Delaware, Bob Carpenter Center located at 631 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19716. Also, the Foundation presented a Meet & Greet for their VIP and Floor Seat ticket holders before the Celebrity game.The annual Duffy’s H.O.P.E, Inc. Celebrity Basketball Game featured well known television, movie and music stars! Those who put on their sponsored Moneyball Sportswear uniforms and Reebok sneakers to raise funds for the Duffy’s Hope Organization, as well as lend their time for personal appearances, included: Keshia Chanté (Host of BET’s 106 & Park), Romeo (Jumping The Broom and Madea’s Witness Protection), Jay Ellis (Blue from BET’s, The Game), Allie DeBerry (Paisley Disney’s Hit Show, A.N.T. Farm), McKinley Freeman (Derek VH1’s Hit the Floor), Lamman Rucker (Tyler Perry’s hit TV series Meet the Browns AND Tyler Perry’s film, Why Did I Get Married?), Tammy “T-Time” Brawner (Original Harlem Globetrotters), Christian Keyes (BET’s Let’s Stay Together), Raven Goodwin (Disney’s Good Luck Charlie), Hot Sauce the Streetballer, Manilove and Delaware’s own D.J. Mifflin (Sleepy Hollow).The weekend began with Duffy’s Hope, Inc. hosting their 2nd Annual Evening of H.O.P.E. Reception on Friday, August 1. This special occasion honored contributors and community members for their philanthropic endeavors while recognizing the youth participants who have made significant strides towards a promising future. The “Evening of H.O.P.E.” has become a tradition for kicking off the fun-filled weekend experience of quality prevention programming.Day Two of the weekend continued as Duffy’s Hope was excited to partner with Delaware Prevention Coalition as the sponsor for the Teen Summit Panel held at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. Keynote speaker, Keshia Chanté, host of BET’s 106 & Park opened up the forum by giving personal insight on what her motivation was to succeed; how important education was to her and how not to let anyone stop the goal(s) you have set for yourself. The panel continued with a Question and Answer forum to the five hundred enthusiastic young teens who could not wait to speak with Keshia Chante as well as the other guests who joined the discussion, Allie DeBerry, McKinley Freeman, Jay Ellis, Raven Goodwin Tammy “T-Time” Brawner and Delaware’s own D.J. Mifflin.Additional sponsors included United Way of Delaware, City of Wilmington, New Castle County Government, Herr’s Foods, Delmarva Power, Hilton—Wilmington/Christiana, Erotique, Unico Vino, From Mother’s Garden, Strength of Nature House of Brands, Philadelphia 87ers; The Source and Movement magazines.The weekend grand finale was the much anticipated Celebrity Basketball Game. Fans of all ages from beginning to end experienced a special half-time performance, games and giveaways; in addition to, the opportunities to meet celebrities, get their autographs and take pictures, along with watching a thrilling game, which the Celebrities prevailed over the Local team 57- 46.Duffy’s Hope, Inc. founder and basketball enthusiast, Duffy Samuels has taken his passion and love towards the game of basketball and his community, and channeled it into an organization comprised of dedicated, hardworking volunteers who are committed to providing a helping hand to Delaware youth.The Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Events serve an average of 3,500 spectators; and in its 12th year, the annual Celebrity Basketball Game has become the major resource of promoting the importance of adult involvement and financial support of youth based prevention programs. The event also encourages youth to overcome obstacles and always strive for excellence in all areas of their lives. read more
Facebook Login/Register With: Timothee Chalamet has had everybody talking when it comes down to TIFF 2018 — Getty Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The actor was closely followed by Lady Gaga at No. 2, Bradley Cooper at No. 3, Robert Pattinson at No. 4 and Kristen Stewart rounding off the top 5.The top 10:1. Timothée Chalamet2. Lady Gaga3. Bradley Cooper4. Robert Pattinson5. Kristen Stewart6. Chris Pine7. Nicole Kidman8. Steve Carell9. Natalie Portman10. Mahershala Ali Twitter TIFF officially begins Thursday and there are some stars who already have everybody talking on social media.Twitter Canada has unveiled its top 10 list of the most-mentioned celebs as #TIFF2018 gets underway, with Timothee Chalamet coming out on top.Our @michaelpalombo looks at the stars and films owning the #TIFF18 conversation on Twitter https://t.co/bOgkT6Vc5KMost mentioned #TIFF18 stars1. Timothée Chalamet2. Lady Gaga3. Bradley CooperMost mentioned #TIFF18 films1. Beautiful Boy2. A Star is Born3. High Life pic.twitter.com/Z9kgwVcdmm— Twitter Canada (@TwitterCanada) September 5, 2018 read more
The existing Trans Mountain pipeline crosses a river in Chilliwack, B.C., near Cheam First Nation. Lucy Scholey/APTNAPTN NewsA national group representing Indigenous youth is calling on the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to take a stand against the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project.On Wednesday, just as the AFN was set to elect a national leader, 19 members of the AFN National Youth Council released a letter calling on the chiefs to support those fighting the pipeline expansion project.“We recognize the complexities and implications associated with economic security for our communities,” reads the letter. “While recognition of these imperatives is nuanced amongst First Nations young people across Canada; what remains intrinsic to all, is the shared frustration, anger, and hurt that comes along with these risks.”In the words of the letter, the youth council is also calling on the AFN to:Refocus efforts on the sacred duties of protecting our lands and waters, ensuring a future for our young ones, and respecting our teachings.Prioritize the safety and health of our young peoples, and those yet unborn, over the supposed monetary gain.Support the young peoples and the direction they want to take when looking for alternative solutions.This week, the federal government missed a deadline to find a private buyer for the Trans Mountain pipeline.By the fall, the government is expected to purchase the Burnaby-to-Edmonton pipeline for $4.5 billion. That doesn’t include the cost of twinning the pipeline to nearly triple the flow of oil to Canada’s West Coast.The expansion price tag is estimated at $7.4 billion.“As young leaders of our respective nations, we continue to witness a significant number of our young people making sacrifices across the country to honouring their sacred duties,” reads the letter. “In this dynamic and challenging political environment, we want to prevent the inevitability of harm to our young people due to the inaction of our leaders.” read more