Chatham native and wife accused of funding terrorism

first_imgThe nightmare continues for a Chatham-born man and his wife who are before the courts in Britain accused of funding terrorism for sending money to their son while he was living in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.The DailyMail.com reported Friday that John Letts, 58, who grew up in Pain Court but has lived in Britain for several years, chose not to enter the witness stand after and his wife Sally Lane, 57, finished giving evidence, which was emotional at times.According to the online story, Lane fought back tears in court while stating she only sent money to her son Jack, who was 18 when left home in 2014, fearing he would be killed any moment and she wanted him to be able to escape Syria.Their son has been dubbed “Jihadi Jack” British media.The couple also allegedly ignored repeatedly warnings that they faced prosecution if they tried to help their son while he was in ISIS territory, according to the story.But the couple’s lawyers say counter-terrorism police had given them the “green light” to sent money to their son.Lane told the jury: “We thought there was a considerable risk that he would be killed.“The papers were full of it at the time,” she continued. “We were reading articles every single day about people trying to leave and being executed and we knew that could happen to Jack.”Her voice broke with emotion as Lane stated: “I thought he would be killed at any moment,” the DailyMail.com reported.The couple deny three charges of entering into a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism.Letts spoke with The Chatham Daily News in late October 2018 to share the details of the ordeal he and wife have endured since their son ended up in hospital in Raqqa after his home was bombed in Iraq.Letts said his son developed obsessive compulsive disorder, accompanied by physical tics, at age 15, around the time he was studying world religions while attending school in Oxford, England, where the family lives.While some of Jack’s friends drifted away, Letts said his son’s Muslim friends didn’t seem to care.Jack later became a practising Muslim and learned to read, write and speak Arabic, along with studying the Qur’an.Letts recalled he and his son were concerned with what was happening in Syria at the time, because nobody seemed to be doing anything about barrel bombs being dropped on innocent people.Jack decided it was his duty as a Muslim to try to help by going to Syria.Fearing for their son’s safety, Letts said he and his wife convinced Jack to go to Jordan to visit a school friend to improve his Arabic skills.They received word in late September 2014 that Jack had ended up in Iraq and married.According to the DailyMail.com story, jurors previously hear Jack married the daughter of a high-ranking tribesman in Iraq and moved to Syria.Letts previously told The Daily News he feared his son was headed for trouble after learning he was in Syria, because he knew Jack couldn’t resist debating ISIS about their religious fanaticism and challenging them on Sharia law.He was right, noting Jack ended up in jail several times while in Syria.Letts said their son was able to speak to them by phone at times, and told them: “I have never been violent, I’ve never held a weapon, I’ve never been with ISIS, but I was in the religious opposition against them.”Realizing, he was facing peril, Letts said his son sent messages to them that he needed to get out of Syria.Letts previously told The Daily News that there has never been any evidence showing his son has been involved in terrorist activities.Letts travelled to Ottawa in the fall of 2018 to try to plead his son’s case, but said at the time attempts to provide evidence and information to the government or legal authorities in Canada were denied.The trial is scheduled to continue Tuesday.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

Frozen Summer Games Returning to Blizzard Beach This Summer

first_imgShare This!©DisneyLast year, Frozen fans could be found in droves at Disney’s Blizzard Beach taking part in the inaugural Frozen Summer Games. Well, this year, the festivities are once again taking place, meaning even more summer fun for the park, that is once again taking advantage of the freak snowstorm that has happened over Central Florida.Beginning May 26 at the popular water park, Guests can join Team Olaf or Team Kristoff in a variety of fun activities including a Snowball Toss, Slide Races, Ski Pole Limbo and Ice Pail Relays. There will also be crafts, games, and yes, a DJ on hand throughout the day for Guests to enjoy.Even better news is that this year, Guests will be able to meet and take photos with both Kristoff and Olaf! (This is the first time Guests will have the opportunity to meet Kristoff at Walt Disney World.)Don’t delay though! The Frozen Summer Games are a limited time event and will end on August 13!last_img read more

Auburndale girls basketball loses at Marathon in WIAA Division 4 regional final

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARATHON – The Auburndale girls basketball team came up a win short of a return to the sectionals after losing 42-35 to Marathon in a WIAA Division 4 regional final Saturday night at Marathon High School.The Apaches, who reached the sectional final a year ago before losing to Algoma, end their season with a 19-5 record. Auburndale had handed Marathon its only loss this season back on Jan. 6.Marathon (23-1) moves on to a Division 3 sectional semifinal Thursday against Crandon (19-6) at Wausau West. Shiocton (14-10) and Algoma (19-4) play in the other semifinal at Seymour, with the winners matching up in a sectional final March 7 at Antigo.Game statistics were not provided.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

I Would Not Feel So All Alone, Everybody Must Get Phoned

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#web josh catone 1 Apple obviously already has a phone. Microsoft has been rumored to be making one. So has Yahoo!. And, of course, the Google phone is supposedly just around the corner. You’re not cool if you’re not rumored to be working on a phone.It’s clear that companies realize the mobile market is big and getting bigger. So where are the eBay phone rumors? Barring Apple, which is a proven gadget company, I think a phone from eBay might make more sense than phones from any of them.Of course, eBay is not a gadget company, and eBay does not make a mobile operating system (like Microsoft), or control a lot of mobile information services (like Google and Yahoo!). What eBay does own, however, are PayPal and Skype — both of which are very well suited for the mobile world. Over the weekend, Google published a patent filed in February 2006 for a mobile payment system called GPay. Duncan Riley theorized that GPay could well be the killer app for a Google phone, and would catapult them ahead of competition. “Whilst it‚Äôs certainly possible that the GPay Mobile payments system could well be platform independent,” he wrote, “given the very strong indication that Google is preparing to launch a mobile phone, GPay could end up as an exclusive GPhone offering, one that gives Google the jump over other mobile operators by enabling mobile payments natively from the handset.”What sort of competition? Well, eBay’s PayPal, for one, which launched its mobile payments service in March. As Duncan Riley notes, Google would have an advantage over PayPal by being able embed their service directly on the Google phone. Mobile payments have been huge in Japan for years, and are just catching on in Europe, but have not yet really made a splash stateside. If Google and eBay were to lock horns, however, one could expect that to change.But leaning on their mobile payments service isn’t the only reason eBay should think about creating a phone (or working closely with handset makers on new phones), the other is Skype. Third party providers like JahJah and Talkety have brought VOIP to the iPhone with specially designed web services, but neither is offered natively, so they still require that you log into the service before making a call. An eBay phone could have Skype built in, and switch to it automatically when using wifi. Skype already works with a bunch of phone makers on wifi phones, so building the capability onto a mobile phone isn’t much of a leap.ConclusionSo does it make sense for an eBay phone? Sure. As much as it makes sense for a Google phone, or a Yahoo! phone, or a Microsoft phone. Part of me thinks that these companies should stick to what they do best: software and services, and leave the phones up to the phone makers. But even if it is too early to tell if Apple’s iPhone will be a long term financial success (my guess is it will be), it has certainly raised the mindshare of the company over the past year with almost non-stop press coverage, so it is harder to argue that a phone is necessarily a bad idea.I doubt that a phone is coming from eBay, but a phone from a third-party manufacturer that ties directly with PayPal’s mobile service and Skype seems like something that is too obvious not to happen. Then again, with the recent Skype and PayPal outages, maybe eBay isn’t who we want running our mobile lives.Who do you think should make a phone? Or are you just sick of all this mobile phone talk? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.1000 mobile phones picture from Gaetan Lee.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Is Walking Into Payments Naked

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts owen thomascenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple payments#e-commerce#iPhone#iPhone Payments#Mobile Payments#online payments The drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says Recode. An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9.So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets?Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by mikecogh)What Apple Must Bite IntoThe technology is one thing. Apple has any number of means of transmitting payment data—via Bluetooth, NFC, or just over the Internet. And it has long experience in e-commerce, dating back to the late-’90s creation of the online Apple Store, which predates its physical retail outlets.See also: Apple May Tap Old Tech For PaymentsBut Apple has a number of challenges it must solve before it can enter the payments market. Those fall into three broad areas: regulation, fraud, and customer service.Apple doesn’t appear to have taken any of the obvious public steps someone getting into the business of moving money would need to do. For example, it hasn’t registered with its home state of California as a money transmitter, as Amazon, Google, Square, and PayPal have. (Even Airbnb, the lodging marketplace, has registered, since it holds rental funds for a few days before disbursing them to hosts.)Apple can argue that it doesn’t need to register if a banking partner is handling the financial aspects of its payments business. And it will need a partner—like Chase, Wells Fargo, or Bank of America—if it wants to process Visa and MasterCard transactions for other retailers. (American Express is different, since it both issues cards and processes transactions: Apple can deal directly with that company for transactions involving its cardmembers.)Fraud is another issue. Apple will likely find ways to protect payment-card details from obvious forms of hacking. But what about merchants and consumers who are out to trick each other, selling bum merchandise or using stolen card numbers? Apple or its banking partners or both will have to figure that out—and any new payment system is attractive to fraudsters.There’s also Apple’s lousy track record with digital security, freshly in the news thanks to the apparent hacks of several celebrities’ iCloud photo backups. In 2012, Wired writer Mat Honan lost years’ worth of documents when his Apple accounts were hacked, allowing hackers to remotely wipe clean his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. Apple is far from alone in having security problems, and has been working to improve its systems—it just fixed a vulnerability that may have allowed hackers to get their hands on celebrities’ intimate photos. But none of this is reassuring when you think about using an account Apple is guarding to make online purchases. If anything, handling payments makes Apple a richer target for hackers.And then there’s customer service. What are merchants supposed to do if a transaction doesn’t go through? Line up at the Apple Store? In 2012, Apple laid out plans to hire 3,600 more workers in its Austin, Texas campus, largely to staff up its AppleCare support operations. Those phone lines will be busy.What Apple Brings To The Cash RegisterApple has undeniable assets to bring to a payments business—chiefly its 800 million customer accounts on iTunes with credit cards on file. It also has intriguing experiments under way, like its Apple Store app, which lets you buy things in the store with your iTunes account without needing to swipe a card or even talk to an employee: You just pay on your phone, grab, and go. It also has iTunes Pass, a program which lets you walk into an Apple Store with cash and load it up on your iTunes account. Especially in developing countries, a link between cash and digital spending could be transformative.Connecting Apple’s physical infrastructure with a payment service could be its biggest advantage. Small merchants pick up iPads and card readers at the Apple Store already. Amazon, Google, and PayPal don’t have that kind of physical touch point with businesses.But before you can start paying with your iPhone, Apple has a lot of questions to answer: Where can you buy things? What will it cost merchants? And who will help if something goes wrong?Photo by mikecoghlast_img read more

Watch the Arctic’s sea ice slowly disappear

first_img Researchers have identified what they’re calling the “last ice area,” a 2000-kilometer stretch of ocean northwest of Greenland where the Arctic’s summertime sea ice might survive for a few more decades. As reported in Geophysical Research Letters and depicted above, sea ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean has declined, on average, by more than one-third from 1984 through 2018. Only in two portions of the last ice area—one patch immediately north of Greenland, and another swath centered more than 1300 kilometers to the west along Canada’s northernmost islands—does near-total sea-ice coverage persist from year to year, the researchers say.Unlike the rest of the Arctic Ocean, ice thicknesses in these two regions range up to a maximum of 4 meters or so. But the team’s new analysis also reveals that ice loss there is occurring at twice the rate it is elsewhere in the Arctic Ocean. These two areas of persistent (for now) sea ice may be the final northern realms where wildlife largely dependent on sea ice for survival, such as polar bears, walrus, and narwhals, can hold out in a warming world, the scientists say.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Sid PerkinsNov. 12, 2019 , 4:30 PM Watch the Arctic’s sea ice slowly disappearlast_img read more

WWE legend Rick Flair vows to ‘never drink again’ after near-death experience

first_imgMOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Still, the “Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun” said he remained sober while performing for his countless fans.“I never drank when I was working,” he said. “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Retired professional wrestler Rick Flair, the subject of the documentary “30 for 30: Nature Boy” participates in a panel during the ESPN Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Aside from his trademark “Woo!” yell, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Rick Flair is perhaps best known for his overly outgoing personality and carefree attitude.The 68-year-old retired professional wrestler certainly knew how to live his life, and admitted his penchant for consuming alcohol on a daily basis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img What he initially thought as a minor issue turned out to be way worse, as his kidneys began to shut down and was on the brink of congestive heart failure, according to The New York Post.“My daughter [Charlotte] told me that the doctor told her to go see me — that I wasn’t going to make it,” Flair shared. “I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me.”As it turned out, Flair’s years of alcohol abuse was the main culprit—a condition he didn’t even know he had.“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he admitted.Flair also confessed that he had never taken a pain pill in his life, but often relied on booze to ease the pain from his wrestling injuries.ADVERTISEMENT But a after a recent health scare that nearly cost him his life, Flair has changed his tune and has vowed to “never drink again.”WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and restingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It scared the sh*t out of me,” the “Nature Boy” recalled his harrowing experience in an interview with People TV.  “I never want to go through this again.”Flair recalled experiencing an upset stomach last month, which prompted his fiancee, Wendy Barlow, to rush him to the hospital. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU sends UST reeling to fourth straight loss Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

first_imgTawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

2G and 3G Spectrum Auction Expected in February

first_imgThe department of telecom is likely to start the auction of 2G and 3G spectrum bands from February 2015.Proposed timeline for February’s auction:- 17 October ( Finalisation of new auctioneer)- 1 December (Notice for auction applications )- 8 December (Pre-bid conference)- January 12 ( Last date for bid submission)- January 28 (List of final bidders)- February (Auction starts)The government has projected ₹9355 crore as revenue receipts from 2G auctions in its budget estimates from current fiscal and is hopeful of raising a further ₹5000 crore through the sale of 3G airwaves.The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is expected to direct the price of 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum by October.”We will write to Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) as soon as the swap comes through,” The Economic Times quoted an official.”On 800 MHz we will write to the regulator for some more clarity once the Telecom Commission has ratified the findings of the Dot (Department of Telecommunications) committee.”The Department of Telecommunication is scheduled to auction a total of 184 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band presently owned by Idea Cellular and Vodafone, the permits for which are due to expire next November.The official also explained that in the previous auctions held in February, the government sold three fourths of the total airwaves available in the 1800 MHz band and the remaining one fourth would be put up for auction next year.There are about 29 licences that would expire across 18 circles in 2015-2016, reported Business Standard.last_img read more

Gubbi Mele Brahmastra Raj B Shetty is the saving grace in the

first_imgGubbi Mele Brahmastra.PR HandoutIn less than three weeks after the release of Mahira, Raj B Shetty is back with his another film Gubbi Mele Brahmastra, a film billed as a complete comedy entertainer. He has paired up with Kavitha Gowda of Bigg Boss Kannada fame in the film, directed by Sujay Shastry, the actor who played the role of Sagani Pinto in Bell Bottom.Story: Gubbi is a software engineer who earns Rs 1.5 lakh per month. He prefers love marriage to arranged marriage but dejected over repeated rejection from the girls. Yet he refuses to marry girls shown by his parents. Director Sujay Shastry plays the role of his friend with a defeatist mindset.Call it an accident or by a chance, Purple Priya (Kavitha Gowda) agrees to marry him, but his friend, this time, plays a spoilsport. When everything looks settled, she is kidnapped. The drama that unfolds thereafter forms the crux of the storyline.Analysis: The story of Gubbi Mele Brahmastra reminds the viewers of Raj B Shetty’s Ondu Motteya Kathe. In both the films, he is a bachelor, who is desperate for marriage but faces repeated rejections. In his debut film, there was a good story peppered with a message, the latest flick has a weak storyline.Leaving logic part aside, the story as a whole fails to keep the viewers engaged as funny moments are overshadowed by inconsistent writing. Especially in the second half, the story loses the momentum although there was great scope to raise the fun quotient in the kidnap episodes.Raj B Shetty has pulled off the role with ease and he is the saving grace of Gubbi Mele Brahmastra. It looks like Raj B Shetty has copied his performance from his Ondu Motteya Kathe and pasted it in the film! For once, he reminds viewers of late filmmaker-actor Kashinath with his performance.Kavitha Gowda should have got more scenes with Raj B Shetty. Sujay Shastry does his part well as an actor. Manikanth Kadri’s ‘Swagatham Krishna’ is our pick from the album.Ratings: 2.5last_img read more