first_img“I don’t know if there’s another song I could think of that could replace Bohemian Rhapsody,” Penelope Spheeris, who directed Wayne’s World, told Day 6.“It was a brilliant choice on Mike’s part from the very beginning and I think we, as a shooting team, executed it pretty well.“When the film opened in 1992, Bohemian Rhapsody — originally released by Queen 17 years earlier — returned to the top of the U.S. charts, peaking at number two.Myers has said that including the song in Wayne’s World was important because it mirrored his own adolescence in Toronto.“I wanted Wayne’s World the movie to be as cinematic and in the world as possible,” Myers told Rolling Stone in an interview. “I thought Bohemian Rhapsody would be a great way to introduce everybody.”‘It was worth the headache’Filmed over one night in Covina, Calif., the musical number is one of the first scenes in Wayne’s World.Wayne jumps into his best friend Garth Algar’s AMC Pacer and, with two friends already in the backseat, he pops a cassette into the stereo andBohemian Rhapsody begins.The scene immediately resonated with Sean Sullivan, the Canadian actor who played Wayne’s perpetually drunk friend Phil in the film.“I remember driving around in my very beat up — I think it was a Chevy Nova or something … and singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody,” recalled Sullivan.“Then I read the scene and I go, ‘They’re driving around singing to Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s like they’ve been reading my mail.’” Facebook Twitter Mercury died three months before the film’s premiere, but he knew his song — which Sullivan believes to be the singer’s best — would be featured.“Freddie, who was very ill at at the time, was thrilled and heartened by the number being in the movie,” he said.Spheeris says that the band was thankful to the film team for giving Bohemian Rhapsody a second life, and guitarist Brian May even sent a message to the director.Four and a half decades on, she adds, Bohemian Rhapsody is a pop culture staple.“It will be around forever. I hope it will be because, you know, younger generations need music like this now.”To hear more from Penelope Spheeris and Sean Sullivan, download our podcast or click the ‘Listen’ button at the top of this page. Advertisement Advertisement Mike Myers, as Wayne’s from Wayne’s World at the 2008 MTV Music Awards. Myers’s use of Bohemian Rhapsody in the film sent the song back up the charts in 1992. Rami Malek, right, plays Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody which opened in theatres on Friday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press, 20th Century Fox) Gwilym Lee as Brian May, left, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, center, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, right, star in Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. (20th Century Fox)center_img Sullivan calls the scene one of the best “rock and roll scenes” in teen film history.The scene took hours to film and Sullivan estimates that at least one hour was spent headbanging to the song’s instrumental bridge. Sullivan says it was a major pain in the neck.“When we saw the scene it was like, ‘Well, it was worth the headache,’” Sullivan said.Myers saves the QueenBohemian Rhapsody almost didn’t make it into the film, according to Myers.The producer, Lorne Michaels, wanted Guns N’ Roses to open the film. Queen had fallen out of favour by the ’90s.“I said, “I hear you. I think that’s really smart,” but I didn’t have any jokes for a Guns N Roses song. I had lots of jokes for Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s just inherently comedic,’” Myers told Rolling Stone about why he wanted the song in the movie.“I was totally unaware there was any question as to whether or not Bohemian Rhapsody would be in the film,” Spheeris said. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Rami Malek, left, and Mike Myers pose for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Bohemian Rhapsody in London. (Joel C. Ryan/Invision/Associated Press) Mike Myers is helping to revive Bohemian Rhapsody once again — but this time, he won’t be singing it.The Canadian comedian stars as a record executive in the Queen biopic named after the song. The film, which stars Rami Malek as flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, hit theatres on Friday Nov. 2.But despite the buzz around Bohemian Rhapsody, at the end of the day Myers will probably still be better known for his performance of the mini-rock opera in his 1992 debut film Wayne’s World.last_img read more

Forest fire on edge of Saskatchewan town The fire is in the

first_img(Susan and her three daughters get ready to evacuate La Ronge, Sask. Saturday. Jaydon Flett/APTN photo)Jaydon FlettAPTN National NewsThe town of La Ronge is at risk of being taken over by a fast moving forest fire Sunday in northern Saskatchewan, which caused the mass evacuation of over 7,000 people the day before.The fire has reached the airport on the edge of town said Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of Lac La Ronge Indian Band Sunday.“The fire is in the airport and is moving,” said Cook-Searson. “The forecasted weather is not in our favour today (Sunday).”It reached the airport Saturday night. Firefighters remained trying to stop the growing fire.Officials restricted access to the town Saturday, but APTN arrived just before the highway was closed about the time the fire was just several kilometres from town.The restricted zone is made up of three communities – Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Air Ronge and La Ronge –  all made the call for an evacuation.At about 3 p.m. Saturday, nearly every gas station was backed-up with a long line of vehicles trying to leave the area.Long lines at a local gas station in La Ronge Saturday.Many residents had their own transportation, but those who required extra support were urged to meet at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre, where they could register for a bus taking stranded residents to safety.The scene was chaotic at times.Members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band rushed through the smoky parking lot carrying backpacks, water bottles, diapers, laptops and even gaming systems.Mothers held their children close so they wouldn’t get lost in the crowd, many were crying because of the panic and confusion.A mother named Susan adjusted the mask on her youngest daughter’s face.“We’re just, I don’t know, feeling lost,” said the concerned mother of three. “This is our first time, my first time. Never had something like this happen before.”Susan had on a brave face for her three daughters. But some evacuees couldn’t contain their fear.“I’m really shaken up,” said Anthony, after getting off the phone with his sister to let her know he was safe.Anthony talks to his sister Saturday.Anthony didn’t know where he was going, and wasn’t the only one.A woman named Adele was pacing the parking lot.“Well, I’m lucky. I have a friend (to stay with) in Saskatoon,” she said. “I don’t think it really hit me yet. The whole thing is just… unreal.”Adele.Cook-Searson said Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina are completely full with evacuees from further north.As of Saturday morning, prior to the La Ronge evacuation, there were already 5,588 people displaced from their homes.Those from Lac La Ronge Indian Band, who don’t have friends or relatives to stay with in the nearby cities, were being sent to Cold Lake, Alberta where they will receive support from the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross.Many evacuees were distraught Saturday afternoon over rumours that the fire was only three kilometres outside the airport.An RCMP officer APTN spoke to could only said at the moment: “Everyone will be safe. There’s lots of time.”The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations have declared a state of emergency for the region and are calling on the Federal Government to help battle the flames, and support the community.jflett@aptn.caReporter Jaydon Flett is in Prince Albert Sunday. Follow her on Twitter for more updates.@jaydon0nolast_img read more

New report urges States to protect the human rights of migrants says

24 October 2008States have an obligation to protect the human rights of migrants, according to a new United Nations-backed report, which warns that a lack of respect for migrants’ rights reduces their ability to contribute to the development of their destination countries. The report from the Global Migration Group, of which the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is a member, calls for stepped-up measures in both countries of origin and countries of destination to ensure that rights are protected and upheld. “Much of international migration is rooted in the fact that people are not able to fully exercise their human rights in their country of origin,” said Jose Miguel Guzman, the chief of UNFPA’s population and development branch, according to a press release issued yesterday.“Others are forced by conflict or environmental changes to leave their homes. We need to find new ways of international collaboration to protect the human rights of these individuals,” Mr. Guzman added.A significant challenge in protecting the human rights of migrants is the ratification, implementation and enforcement of existing human rights instruments. The report calls for data on migrants’ age and gender to be made available so that measures put in place to safeguard the human rights of migrants can be effectively monitored and assessed.“Detailed information can shed light on the determinants of relevant migration outcomes and on whether laws and regulations governing them are being applied fairly and consistently with universally recognized human rights,” the report noted. Cooperation among governments in countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and migrants themselves is essential to ensure that international human rights instruments are implemented and that migrants are aware of their rights and obligations, according to the report.The report will be presented at next week’s Global Forum on Migration and Development in Manila, which will focus on the protection and empowerment of migrants in the context of development. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9756Brazil real 0.3934China renminbi 0.1893Euro 1.4770Hong Kong dollar 0.159725India rupee 0.01917Indonesia rupiah 0.0000920Japan yen 0.01111Malaysia ringgit 0.2954Mexico peso 0.06647N.Z. dollar 0.8886Norway krone 0.1579Peruvian new sol 0.3831Russia rouble 0.02160Saudi riyal 0.3326Singapore dollar 0.9218South Africa rand 0.09258South Korean won 0.001102Sweden krona 0.1538Switzerland franc 1.2788Taiwanese dollar 0.04133Thailand baht 0.03766Turkey lira 0.3415U.K. pound 1.6471U.S. dollar 1.2472Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

School board considers offers for school property

(Updated)Months after Prince Philip Public School in Hamilton shut its doors for good, the future of the property is now in question. City officials were hoping to buy the property — and transform it into a multi-purpose community centre — something the community has been asking for. But according to the school board, the city will have to get in line.For the time being, the future of Prince Philip Public School in Hamilton won’t be in the hands of the city.The city received a letter early Monday from the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board notifying them that, at this time, they are not being considered as buyers for the property — something that clearly upset ward one councillor and mayoral candidate Brian McHattie: “I’m really outraged of the behaviour of the Hamilton District School Board but not notifying the ward councillor after having extensive meetings with community.”But according to Education Act 4-44, section 98 — when a board has a surplus of property, they must sell or lease it to 10 preferred government agencies in priority sequence.Jessica Brennan, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board: “We see who comes in and shows interest and then we must start with those who are higher ranked than others than that preferred agencies.”McMaster University, Mohawk College and other local school boards are on that list. Each agency has 90 days to submit an offer. That deadline expired last week on Monday.The city and residents hoped to transform the 2.2 hectare property into a recreation centre to better serve the community.Jessica Brennan: “It’s really up to that preferred agency. They are the ones that get first dibs if you will, then other players in the community.”The city of Hamilton ranks number 9 on the list. Ahead of them is McMaster University.There was a lot of speculation that McMaster was interested in the property mainly because of how close its main campus is to Prince Philip. But Brian McHattie says that’s not true: “I’ve spoke with McMaster University. They’ve told me they are not going to acquire the property. I’ve spoken to the English Catholic school board and they indicated they didn’t have an interest.”It’s not clear which agency the board is currently looking at, citing confidentiality. But they will have 30 days to negotiate a fair market value.On top of the list are 4 local district school boards. It’s not known if any of them submitted an offer. But there is a possibility the property could be used as a school once again. read more

US home construction falls 2 pct in January but shows annual gains

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 7:12 am MDT US home construction falls 2 pct. in January, but shows annual gains as economy improves In this Dec. 15, 2014 photo, a worker measures before cutting while working on the framing of a house under construction in Coppell, Texas. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in January on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero) WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders slowed the pace of construction in January, breaking ground on fewer single-family houses ahead of the spring buying season.Housing starts slipped 2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.07 million last month, down from 1.09 million in December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.Leading that decline was a sharp 6.7 per cent monthly drop in starts for single-family houses. Still, a healing economy has caused building activity to move at a faster clip, with single-family starts climbing 18.7 per cent over the past 12 months.Despite the monthly decline, the broader economy should help boost home sales and apartment construction this year.“We have strong job growth, strong consumer confidence, still low borrowing costs,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.In the past three months alone, the economy has gained more than a million new paychecks. Employers are adding workers at an annual clip of 2.3 per cent, the fastest rate in the more than five-year recovery from the Great Recession.The hiring has also fueled expectations that more millennials will sign leases on apartments. Builders have prepared for the additional demand, with apartment construction surging 12.1 per cent in January and 24.5 per cent over the past 12 months.The improving labour market is expected to trigger greater demand to buy homes, boosting prices and then causing builders to further ramp up construction.Metro areas with the fastest job growth are experiencing larger increases in home prices, Jed Kolko, chief economist at the real estate firm Trulia, said in a report last week.“A growing economy fuels housing demand,” Kolko said. Among the 10 metro areas with the biggest year-over-year price increases, nine had at least 2 per cent job growth, he noted.Builders are projected to break ground on 1.2 million new homes and apartments this year with activity strengthening even further in 2016 to 1.49 million homes constructed and 1.61 million in 2017, according to Macroeconomic Advisers, a private forecasting firm.Still, the gains have yet to fully appear ahead of the spring buying season.Much of January’s decline in single-family house construction occurred in the Midwest, while the South and West experienced smaller drop-offs in that segment.Starts could also fall slightly in February because the number of approved building permits declined 0.7 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index dropped in February, falling to a reading of 55 from 57 in January. Much of that decrease came from less buyer traffic, as winter storms this month cut into model home visits. Still, readings above 50 indicate that more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.Building activity should increase with warmer weather, as more potential buyers tour open houses and take advantage of mortgage rates near historic lows.The 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.69 per cent last week, compared to 4.28 per cent a year ago, according to the mortgage firm Freddie Mac. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SAMOA Tsunamihit community honours Ban with chief title

Wearing traditional ‘siapo lavalava’ around his waist and a beaded ‘palefuiono’ with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi in a roofed social centre in Siupapa, a sub-village of Saleapaga. “It has been agreed by consensus that you be confirmed with the title of Tupua,” the Prime Minister said following a traditional ‘ava drinking ceremony. Surrounded by more than a dozen chiefs from local families, as well as the Speaker of the Parliament, Afioga Hon Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, and other senior officials, the Prime Minister said the Secretary-General will be addressed as “Your Excellency Prince Tupua Ban Ki-moon of Siupapa Saleapaga.” An elderly woman in the village confirmed that the holding of such an already rare ceremony has never before occurred in the village on a Sunday.Taking a polished coconut with the ‘ava drink, Mr. Ban toasted the village and pledged the UN’s support to working with the local communities: “I know your country is facing a lot of difficulties. First of all by climate change, rising sea tides. That’s why I am here to show my strong solidarity and unity with the people of Samoa and many other small island States.” Seated nearby were Mr. Ban’s own chiefs, of sort, including his Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mary Robinson, and Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Also joining him was Wu Hongbo, who serves as Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which is due to begin tomorrow in the capital, Apia. Among the topics that will be discussed at the summit over the next four days are adapting to and mitigating climate change, building resilience, and sustainable management of oceans. These are important topics for the communities in Saleapaga, which on 29 September 2009 braced an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that caused sea levels to rise up to 46 feet, according to official measures. Lafi Lesa was working in Apia when she heard the news and drove back that morning. There were at least 189 people killed that day, including five from her family.“It was devastating,” she told the UN News Centre. “Sometimes we go back during the day, but not at night, because it might happen again.”After the tsunami, the community moved to its farmland, a 50-minute walk uphill. Instead of fishing, they grow bananas and taro, and raise cattle. The Government has since installed sirens to warn of a potential disaster, and people are educated in how to evacuate quickly. People still go to the beach to enjoy the sun, but the cement foundations of many houses remain desolate under coconut trees, some which are still broken years later.“People want to go back because there was easy access to roads and to operate their small businesses. Up here, because it’s more or less farmland, it is hard for them, and they can hardly adapt to changes,” said Ms. Lesa.Despite having a 25-year-old daughter who works in a bank in the capital, Ms. Lesa decided to remain on the coast after the tsunami. She has a small shop and also represents her family in the village council. With only one road to the village, however, and few opportunities for education and alternative livelihoods, she worries about the future of her community. Ms. Lesa said that she was overwhelmed by the number of delegates participating in the conference, and she hopes that their decisions this week will lead to real action. read more

The Torg I have paid the price and I want to be

Scott “The Torg” Torgerson apologized and tried to show remorse, but it was too little, too late. Torgerson, former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” radio show on Columbus’ WBNS 97.1 The Fan, was fired Wednesday as a result of an Oct. 13 tweet in which he wished death on ESPN college football analyst and former Michigan football star Desmond Howard. Torgerson and his laywer, Columbus attorney Joe Edwards, said they believe the firing was unlawful and will consider legal action as well as an investigation into ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s potential role in the firing. From 97.1 The Fan’s Twitter account, @971thefan, the station announced the firing, tweeting: “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.” In an email interview with The Lantern, Torgerson said he did not initially expect to be terminated but eventually started to “hear a few things” and began to suspect it. On Friday, The Fan offered Torgerson the opportunity to resign “with a small severance,” but he declined, opting instead to request to be allowed back on the air at a Monday meeting. “I would have had to sign an agreement not to ever talk about this and could not take legal action,” Torgerson said. “The other option was termination with no severance or insurance. They gave me that option Friday and gave me the weekend to think it over. I showed up Monday for our meeting and told them I want to go back on the air. They told me that wasn’t an option. I received a termination letter (Wednesday).” From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted on Oct. 13: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch ‘GameDay’ again.” Torgerson later issued an apology via Twitter, tweeting: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke.” He said he maintains the position that the tweet was a joke, and added that he reached out to Herbstreit and ESPN college football analysts and former OSU football player Chris Spielman to apologize. “(Herbstreit and Spielman) work for ESPN and I am sure it wasn’t a good situation for them. I think everyone who listens or knows me knows it was a joke,” Torgerson said. “Now I have to deal with the (punishment) for my actions. I just don’t feel firing me is a way to handle it. I was employee of the quarter the Friday before. I would think being the sports director, strong ratings, and the income I have made for the station, that deserves a second chance.” The Fan did not respond to The Lantern‘s multiple requests for comment on Wednesday. Josh Krulewitz, vice president of communications for ESPN, declined to immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Edwards, who knew Torgerson prior to the Oct. 13 tweet and was hired as counsel for the firing, agreed, saying he feels it was an unjust firing. Edwards told The Lantern he didn’t think 97.1, which is owned by the Dispatch Media Group, “had just cause in discharging” Torgerson. “He’s now fired. He had a job where he was doing very well, had very high ratings, was very well-liked in the Central Ohio market and now all of the sudden he doesn’t have a job. So we’re going to explore filing a lawsuit against the station and anybody else that was involved in his discharge.” Torgerson had between a year and a year-and-a-half remaining on his agreement with The Fan, Edwards said, and part of a potential investigation of his client’s firing could involve Herbstreit. Edwards, who emphasized that he can’t be sure if Herbstreit played any role in his client’s firing, said he could choose to investigate Herbstreit for “tortious interference,” or interfering with Torgerson’s contract. “At some point in time, we would like to know how Scott ended up getting fired and, at some point in time, what Mr. Herbstreit said, who did he say it to and why did he say it,” Edwards said. “That’s our interest – why did 97.1 The Fan fire Scott? And I know that Kirk Herbstreit did a radio show – his radio show on 97.1 – on Oct. 15 where he went off on Scott Torgerson. And we’d like to know, you know, did he talk to anybody else at the station? Did he call any people in management? What did he say? Why did he say that?” Torgerson said his wife, Lauren Torgerson, has been crying for days, but the couple has maintained some semblance of a sense of humor – in a nod to one of Scott Torgerson’s familiar jokes about firings, she suggested he work at a Citgo gas station for a couple of weeks. “I may do it,” Scott Torgerson said. In the mean time, Scott Torgerson said he appreciates the support he’s received from fans. “Just to the listeners … Their support has been unreal. Someone created a ‘Save The Torg’ Facebook page and in 10 days it has more “likes” than the 97.1 site,” he said. “The ‘Save the Torg’ has over (8,000), (97.1 has) under 5,400. I would have to say the listeners have spoken. They want me back and I want to be back. “I am sorry for what I did. I feel I have paid a huge price and I want to be back on air.” read more

Britains safest car revealed with no road deaths in 16 years

first_imgThatcham Research calls AEB the most significant development since the safety belt, which has been compulsory in new vehicles in the UK since 1965.Thatcham says AEB could save 1,100 lives in the UK over the next decade, and more than 122,000 casualties.The technology also has the potential to reduce car insurance premiums, as evidence suggests that its use can lower the risk of collisions by up to 38 per cent.Although AEB systems are expensive to replace if they are damaged, the lower risk for insurers can result in lower premiums.Research by the BBC suggests that the cost of insurance on a 2018 Volkswagen Golf with AEB is 10 per cent lower than a 2011 model without it.Overall, one in three cars on sale in the UK comes with AEB, and a further one in three has it as an optional extra. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Researchers suggested that car insurance premiums may be lower in the future, if AEB becomes standardCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA The technology is similar to automatic cruise control systems that detect the rear bumper of other cars on a motorway, and match their speed.More recent developments allow vehicles to detect pedestrians while performing other potentially dangerous manoeuvres, such as reversing out of a parking space.center_img The country’s safest car has been revealed as a Volvo model that has seen no drivers or passengers killed inside it in the 16 years it has been on sale.A high-tech safety mechanism for automatic braking saw the Volvo XC90 crowned the safest vehicle ever tested, according to independent laboratory Thatcham Research.Since the launch of the Volvo XC90 in 2002, the car has sold more than 50,000 units, and researchers attribute the spotless safety record to the car’s early adoption of hazard detection technology that warns drivers of potential collisions.Updated versions of these systems are called Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and are now able to automatically apply the car’s brakes, preventing a collision from happening.While the technology is now standard for many vehicles, including the Volkwagen Golf and several Mercedes models, the Volvo XC90 was one of the first to develop it.There are various forms of AEB, but many work using lasers, cameras or a radar to detect other vehicles or pedestrians. PICTURE POSED BY MODEL File photo dated 13/08/14 of a driver at the wheel.last_img read more

Broker loses €60k case against Diceys nightclub after judge said he tried

first_imgBroker loses €60k case against Dicey’s nightclub after judge said he tried to headbutt bouncer Michael Halloran (29) had lodged a €60,000 case over injuries he received. Jan 24th 2017, 12:31 PM Image: Mark Stedman/ Share170 Tweet Email 29,936 Views Short URL No Comments Dicey’s Garden nightclub on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. Dicey’s Garden nightclub on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. Image: Mark Stedman/ Judge Groarke, dismissing Halloran’s case and awarding costs against him, said he had probably erred on the side of caution when admitting he had eight pints to drink on the night. The security staff was entitled to expel him.The judge said he had viewed cctv coverage of the incident and it seemed to him Halloran had tried to head butt a bouncer. Counsel said the man had performed back and front flips on the dance floor. Source: Mark Stedman/“He was drunk..aggressive..argumentative..demanding..upset..angry..and belligerent. He did sustain an injury to his head but it was not as a result of an assault or negligence on the part of staff,” Judge Groarke said.He said the actions of the bouncers were reasonable and the degree of force used was also reasonable. Halloran had conceded in evidence he had told staff he worked in insurance and that his injury was “a €100,000 case.”“Let me say that even if the case had merit it should have been taken in the District Court. I find there was no assault and no negligence on the part of staff and I dismiss the claim with costs,” Judge Groarke said.Halloran had sued P & B Security Services Limited, said to be in liquidation, and Triglen Holdings, trading as the Russell Court Hotel, Harcourt Street, Dublin.Comments have been disabled for legal reasons.Read: Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eight-year-old nephew>Read: Man filmed himself sexually assaulting heavily pregnant girlfriend while she slept > By Ray Managh A “DRUNK…AGGRESSIVE…argumentative..angry and belligerent” insurance broker, who claimed he had been assaulted by bouncers at a Dublin nightclub, has lost a €60,000 damages claim against the Russell Court Hotel and now faces a hefty legal costs bill.Circuit Court President, Justice Raymond Groarke, said Michael Halloran, of Braemor Drive, Churchtown, Dublin, had attempted to head butt one of two bouncers who were attempting to eject him from the club.Halloran (29) said he was a broker with Aon Insurance and on 26 January, 2012, was attending a work party with colleagues at Dicey’s Beer Garden, Russell Court Hotel, Harcourt Street, Dublin.He said he had been dancing and when a colleague was ejected he had tried to have him allowed back in but had been pushed and grabbed by the neck and arms by security staff. He had fallen, hitting and injuring his head.Halloran said an ambulance had been called but he had declined to go with them as he did not have the money with him to pay for emergency hospital treatment.Barrister Desmond Dockery, who appeared with solicitors O’Riordan and Company for the hotel, told Halloran he had been performing back and front flips on the dance floor and security staff had no option but to approach him.Dockery said:all bets were off when you head butted a member of security during an attempt to eject you. Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 12:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Défaites judiciaires Apple doit verser une amende et une indemnisation

first_imgDéfaites judiciaires : Apple doit verser une amende et une indemnisationLa marque à la pomme a enchaîné deux déboires judiciaires cette semaine : l’un au Pays-Bas dans un procès contre Samsung, l’autre en Australie pour tromperie. La firme américaine devra donc payer des dommages et intérêts à la marque coréenne, pour avoir violé des brevets sur la 3G, ainsi q’une amende d’environ 2 millions d’euros, pour avoir menti aux consommateurs australiens sur la 4G du nouvel iPad.Apple a perdu une première bataille dans la guerre des brevets qu’il livre contre Samsung. La fime américaine a été condamné hier au Pays-Bas à verser des dommages et intérêts à son concurrent Coréen.”Le tribunal condamne le défendeur à verser à Samsung les dommages subis par ce dernier depuis le 4 août 2010 suite à la violation du brevet EP 269″, a indiqué le tribunal de La Haye dans son jugement.Samsung avait saisi la justice néerlandaise, estimant qu’Apple violait quatre brevets liés à la technologie de téléphonie mobile de troisième génération (3G), utilisée sur ses téléphones multifonction et tablettes. Ce brevet concerne un système de connexion à Internet utilisé par certains modèles d’iPhone et d’iPad.Quant à la somme des dommages et intérêts, elle sera calculé à partir des vendes effectués aux Pays-Bas depuis le 4 août 2010, date à partir de laquelle Apple avait les moyens de savoir qu’il violait le brevet, a estimé le tribunal.Les deux marques se livrent une dizaine d’autres batailles judiciaires dans divers pays. Apple accuse en effet à Samsung d’avoir copié l’iphone et l’ipad, tandis que le Coréen reproche à son rival d’avoir violé ses brevets sur certaiens technologies.Publicité mensongère Une semaine morose pour la marque à la pomme, puisqu’à l’autre bout du monde, en Australie, la firme américaine a été condamné à verser une amende d’environ 2 millions d’euros. La justice australienne a en effet estimé que la firme américaine avait “délibérément” trompé les consommateurs sur les capacités de son dernier iPad.Dans ses publicités, Apple indiquait que son nouvel iPad était capable de se connecter à réseau 4G, ce qui n’est pas le cas. Car en réalité, la fonction 4G sur l’iPad 3 fonctionne uniquement sur les réseaux des États-Unis et du Canada. L’affaire avait alors été portée en justice par la Commission australienne de la concurrence et de la consommation.”Les agissements (d’Apple) étaient délibérés et très graves”, a déclaré le juge Mordy Bromberg. “Une proportion significative de consommateurs de tablettes en Australie ont été face à une représentation trompeuse” du produit, a-t-il ajouté.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Après avoir été poursuivi par la Commission, Apple avait pourtant proposé en mars de rembourser ses clients australiens qui ont été floués par cette promotion trompeuse. La firme américaine avait aussi publié des annonces clarifiant les capacités de son dernier gadget.Elle devra donc payer un amende de 2,25 millions de dollars australiens (1,80 million d’euros), à laquelle s’ajoutent 300.000 AUD de frais de justice à rembourser, soit une somme totale de 2,55 millions AUD.Au vu de ces défaites judiciaires, la marque à la pomme devra donc augmenter son budget “justice” d’ici la fin de l’année.Le 21 juin 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

West Ham to play attractive football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini

first_imgPablo Zabaleta thinks Hammers fans will see “attractive” and winning football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.The full-back,  who had played under Pellegrini in Argentina and then at Manchester City, also said that the Chilean is “a quiet person” but “strong in his belief about how football should be played”.“Manuel did well when we were at San Lorenzo,” said the Argentine defender via Standard Uk.“He had success there, he built a good team, won the Primera Division title and set some records.“After he left San Lorenzo he went to River Plate and won another Primera Division title. He was always keen on youth development, bringing through good young players who went on to do very well.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by, Rice opens up…“He went to Spain with Villarreal and did a great job, taking them to the Champions League semi-finals. I played against his teams many times when I was with Espanyol and they were always very tough opponents.“He also did well at Real Madrid and Malaga, then he came to City, where we worked together for three seasons and won the Premier League title.“He’s a quiet person but he is also very determined and very strong in his belief about how football should be played.“He likes to play good, attractive football and he plays to win, which the fans of all the clubs he has managed have always enjoyed. He has always been a good manager and I am sure he will show that again with West Ham.”last_img read more

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Heres the firstever photo of black hole and it is undoubtedly stunning

first_imgYouTubeScientists at the European Space Agency have revealed the first-ever picture of a black hole, and as expected, it shows a dark blob surrounded by a ring of bright light. The research report of the study which is now available in the Astrophysical Journal Letters states that this black hole is located in a distant galaxy which is 500 million trillion kilometres away from us.Even though black holes are dark space entities that are not visible to any telescopes, experts have successfully captured the event horizon, which is actually the edge of the black hole where light cannot escape. Scientists made this milestone achievement using an array of event horizon telescope.Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment revealed that the first image of the black hole shows a very intense ring of fire surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole.”What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System. It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe,” Heino Falcke told BBC News.The researcher also added that the bright halo is primarily caused due to the superheated gas falling into the hole. It should be noted that this ‘ring of fire’ light is brighter than all the billions of other stars in the galaxy combined, and it is the main reason why it noticed the attention of human-made telescopes.Dr Ziri Younsi, a top researcher at the University College London revealed that this new picture of black hole falls in line with the popular depiction of these space entities.”Although they are relatively simple objects, black holes raise some of the most complex questions about the nature of space and time, and ultimately of our existence. It is remarkable that the image we observe is so similar to that which we obtain from our theoretical calculations. So far, it looks like Einstein is correct once again” said Younsi.last_img read more

How Infosys TCS Wipro Tech Mahindra are expected to perform in June

first_imgWith the earnings season for the current financial year all set to begin, analysts have started making their forecasts for companies across sectors.The spotlight, as always, will be more on information technology (IT) services companies. Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra will continue to be in focus in the run up to the announcements of their June quarter results.Profit margins of Infosys, TCS and Wipro are most likely to be hit due to the salary hikes announced during the last quarter, according to ICICI Securities. From a revenue growth perspective, Infosys and TCS are expected to lead, while Wipro and Tech Mahindra are projected to lag in revenue growth, it added. The Brexit factor is bound to impact some of the companies.Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies have the highest revenue contribution from Europe, including the U.K., at 29 and 28 percent, respectively, while it is 23 and 26 percent for Infosys and TCS, respectively, according to Edelweiss Securities Ltd.Here is a round-up of how analysts are expecting major IT companies to perform:InfosysThe Bengaluru-based company is expected to have grown 4.2 percent in revenues owing to deal wins in the recently-ended financial year, according to Edelweiss Securities Limited. “We anticipate no major disappointments in Q1,” said the brokerage.The company’s growth will be mainly on account of momentum in deal wins — TCV of $2.8 billion in FY16 vs $1.9 billion in FY15 — aggressive participation in the transformation deals market and investments in IMS and digital technologies.ICICI Securities Ltd. made a similar projection for the country’s second-largest software services exporter. “We expect Infosys to report revenue growth of 3.7 percent in constant currency terms with cross currency a tailwind of ~50bps. Revenue growth in dollar terms should be 4.2 percent,” the brokerage said.In its guidance for 2016-17, Infosys had said it expected revenues to rise 11.5 to 13.5 percent in constant currency terms during 2016-17. The company does not give quarterly guidance.On Monday, Infosys stock closed at Rs. 1,184.25, up almost 1.04 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Also read: Infosys shares fall 4% on COO Pravin Rao’s warning of ‘quarterly bumps up and down’Infosys ADRs rise 8% on Nasdaq, employees get 6-12% salary hikeTCSThe Mumbai-based Tata Group company is likely to see its profit margins shrink on account of wage hike and visa cost, though revenues are likely to post growth broadly in line with expectations. “We estimate TCS to post 3.1 percent QoQ revenue growth, implying almost 3.6 percent constant currency spurt,” Edelweiss said.The company’s topline is also likely to be impacted in the coming quarters, given that it derives about 14 percent of its revenues from Britain. “Changed economic conditions due to Brexit could impact TCS the most on account of 14% GBP exposure—major concern,” the brokerage said.TCS shares closed 0.28 percent lower at Rs. 2,494.80 apiece on the BSE on Monday.WiproThe third-largest software services exporter had given an IT revenue guidance of  $1,901 million to $1,939 million for the June quarter in constant currency terms. “We expect Wipro to deliver dollar revenue growth of 2.4 percent QoQ with ~40bps of growth contributed by cross currency. Wipro had guided for growth in constant currency terms of 1-3 percent in Q1FY17,” ICICI Securities said.Also read: Wipro Q4 net profit falls 1.6%; company raises Q1 FY2017 IT revenue guidance to $1,901-1,939 millionWipro stock closed at Rs. 560.10, a gain of 0.30 percent from its previous close.HCL TechnologiesThe revenue projections are bullish for the company but not profit margins. “We estimate HCLT to log 6.6% and 7.0% USD and CC revenue growth, respectively. We have factored in USD65mn revenue from Volvo and organic growth of 3.0% in constant currency. We expect EBITDA margin to contract 170bps QoQ impacted by lower margins in the inorganic business and visa cost,” said Edelweiss Securities.The stock closed at Rs. 746.30, up 2.04 percent from its previous close.Tech MahindraTech Mahindra is one of those companies that derive a significant portion of its revenues from the U.K. The company is projected to post marginal growth for the June quarter. “We expect overall revenues to grow by 0.2% QoQ to $1,025 million,” ICICI Securities said.”We expect overall new-deal intake to remain healthy in the US$250mn-300mn range with the intake equally dispersed across Enterprise and Communication segments,” it added.Shares of Tech Mahindra stock closed at Rs. 517.35, up 1.11 percent from their close on the BSE.last_img read more

Quick look Nintendo 3DS charging dock

first_imgIn addition to a stylus and a 2GB SD card, the Nintendo 3DS ships with a charging dock. Some people guessed that this was a way for the company to counter the 3DS’ limited battery life relative to the previous DS models. That might definitely be part of it, but it is also be a way to increase the usefulness of the 3DS when its on the desktop.While primarily for charging, the dock gives the gaming device a slight upward tilt so it makes it easy to use the stylus on the bottom display, to use the touchscreen, or to watch videos on the top one. The 3DS is very low to the desk and you can’t grasp it, so it’s not ideal for controlling games but this could be done for short periods of time, with the right game (plugging the charger right into the back of the 3DS would be easier though).AdChoices广告The dock has two main advantages over the 3DS when it comes to charging/desktop use. The first is that the 3DS only has to be slipped into the dock for charging–the wall adapter simply stays in the dock and you don’t have to plug anything in to the actual 3DS. The second feature is that the dock has soft rubber feet on the bottom so that it stays put on a hard surface better than the 3DS (which doesn’t have rubber feet like the DS Lite).In the video I point out one strange part of the dock, a flap in the back that flips down. This seems to be there so that users can have access to the game slot while the 3DS is charging, but it’s so easy to just pull the handheld from the cradle that I can’t really see the point. You can also put your stylus back into its silo with the flap down, but you can’t remove it because it is flush with the end of the 3DS.So overall the 3DS’ charging cradle is a nice accessory to have included with your purchase but it’s not anything amazing. It will be useful for some buyers, but there is definitely room for improvement if any third party companies want to step in an design something nicer with a few more features.last_img read more

Amazon Making a Lord of the Rings TV Series Because 12 Hours

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Earlier this year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he wanted his company to have the next Game of Thrones. So much so that he mandated a huge programming shift at the company. That must have been fun to hear for anyone currently working on an Amazon show. Now, it appears they’ve found their series: The Lord of the Rings. It’s so obvious and market research-driven, it seems almost impossible that a human was involved at all in the decision.Amazon announced in a press release that the company acquired the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s series of fantasy novels, and has committed to multiple seasons. That’s great news because as you know, the number one complaint about Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was that the movies weren’t long enough. How do they plan to pad out the story? By telling new storylines that precede the events of the trilogy. So does this include The Hobbit or not? If it does, then there is at least one potentially exciting thing about this news. If it leads to Amazon giving us a better Hobbit adaptation, that might make all this worth it. There, I’ve found one nice thing to say about it.Look, I love Lord of the Rings. The books and the movies. I’m not saying those movies were perfect, nor did they have everything I wanted to see from the books. They were the best movie adaptations we were going to get. When you turn a book into a movie, some things have to get cut. Changes have to happen if the story is going to work in a new medium. Things were cut to improve the pacing of the film, or because they were pointless diversions to begin with (looking at you, Tom Bombadil). Even at three hours each, the films moved at a quick pace and managed to hit all the most important moments from the books. If you wanted even more Middle Earth content, the extended editions contain most of the scenes the theatrical versions were missing. Sure, people criticized The Return of the King for having a million endings, but if any filmmaking accomplishment deserves a drawn-out, self-congratulatory finish, it was this one. The movies also had a near-perfect cast, ensuring that any actors in the new series are going to have their work cut out for them. How do you play Gandalf now, knowing that Ian McKellen has already given the definitive performance of the character?Ian McKellen (via New Line Cinema)Most importantly, the Lord of the Rings movies only needed to spend one film on each book, and the trilogy is much better for it. Look at The Hobbit movies. The studio took a standalone novel that was significantly shorter than any of the Lord of the Rings books, and stretched it out into three plodding movies. It was cool at first to see every single word of Tolkien’s book on the screen, but that got old real fast. When the movie took a single sentence about stone giants from the book and turned it into a 10-minute action sequence, it became clear we were watching very expensive filler material. That’s what I’m worried will happen with the series. It will have to stretch even the smallest offhand remarks out into huge sequences just to fill up time. It’ll dig into The Silmarillion and the History of Middle Earth for needless supplemental material, and try so desperately hard to convince us that it’s just as interesting as Frodo’s journey. Of course it’s not. If any of it was, Tolkien would have written it into The Lord of the Rings, or at the very least, he would have published it while he was still alive.Worst of all, it betrays a complete lack of understanding of what made Game of Thrones so popular. It’s not because people were hungry for an epic fantasy series, although that may have been a small part of it. Game of Thrones is successful because it subverts our expectations of what fantasy is. It gives us a world of magic and dragons, and makes it just as bleak as the real one. It’s a reaction to Tolkienesque fantasy tropes and remaking the originator of those tropes isn’t going to produce the same results. More importantly, Game of Thrones was something new. Outside of those who read the books, most viewers had never seen anything like it. No matter how much new material the new Amazon series adds, it’s always going to feel like a rehash. If Amazon wants their own Game of Thrones, they need to be looking for something no one has done yet. But that would require looking beyond the algorithm.At this time, there is no release date nor is there anyone to write, direct or produce the series. Amazon’s deal also the potential for spin-off’s because of course it does. I’m actually curious, does anybody want this?center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Supposed Nintendo NX developer sketches the real controller

first_imgAfter last week’s not-so-shocking revelation that the pictures of what was supposedly the Nintendo NX controller were fake, I thought things would quiet down on this front until Nintendo made a formal and official announcement. Wrong! Today, we have gotten a bevy of information from a person who claims to be an AAA developer that has been working on the system for the last six months.Over on Reddit, the (currently unverified) anonymous developer conducted an AMA and released some information about the NX’s controller. For obvious reasons, this individual did not post any real pictures or reveal what studio they work for. The person in question confirms that all of the leaks of Nintendo’s NX controller were indeed fake, and says the controller he is working with is nothing like the ones seen online.Unlike the fake controllers or even the patent from last year, the controller doesn’t have an oval shape. It has a rectangular form not unlike the original NES controller, or even the Wii U’s Gamepad. The controller has physical buttons with a screen behind them. It does not have a form-shifting screen or a touch screen with haptic feedback. However, what the fakes did get right is that the controller will have scroll wheel shoulder buttons. Next to these are traditional shoulder buttons. Like the Xbox One and PS4 controller, the NX controller will have a headphone jack on the bottom.According to the developer, the controller is not meant to be a substitute for the 3DS. He likened the controller to the Sega Dreamcast’s VMU, where one could take it outside the living room to play companion games on. Actual NX games will not be playable on the controller.The developer also disclosed information about the NX itself. They say that they do not believe the system is backwards compatible. The NX is apparently very different from the Wii U and Wii, and the dev believes making games from those consoles work on the NX will be difficult. They also said that no one outside of Nintendo knows the real name of the system. Internally, it is still being called NX.Though this information supposedly comes from a developer working on the NX, this should all be taken as a rumor until we get anything official from Nintendo.last_img read more

Semiconducting nanonetwork could form the backbone of transparent flexible electronics

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers, led by Kwanghee Lee, a professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, have published a paper on the new material in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “So far, there has been no semiconducting material that simultaneously achieves excellent optical transparency, high charge-carrier mobility, and real flexibility,” coauthor Kilho Yu at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology told “Metal oxides, such as ZnO and IGZO, have excellent transparency and high mobility, but they are brittle and show poor mobility if not treated with high-temperature (>200 °C) processes, which are not desirable for fabrication on flexible substrates. General semiconducting polymers are flexible, but show poor mobility without complex processes and are not very transparent because of their high optical absorption coefficient.”The new polymer blend consists of about 15% semiconducting polymer called DPP2T integrated into an inert polystyrene matrix. The two types of polymers do not mix uniformly, but instead the DPP2T forms a web-like nanonetwork through the inert matrix, creating highly ordered, continuously connected charge pathways for rapid charge transport. So far, transparency has been particularly challenging to achieve in semiconducting polymers because of their inherently high light absorption in the visible range. DPP2T belongs to a newer class of semiconducting polymers in which the light absorption peak is red-shifted to the near-infrared range, so it absorbs much less light in the visible range and has greater optical transparency. However, DPP2T by itself still has a greenish tint. Only by blending the DPP2T with the polystyrene matrix could the researchers fabricate a material that is almost perfectly transparent throughout the visible range.In the final analysis, the researchers showed that the individual materials in the polymer blend cannot achieve all three of the desired properties on their own, but only when blended together. © 2017 Field-effect transistors integrated with LEDs, showing transparency and flexibility. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Graphene produces more efficient transport of a semiconducting polymer film Photograph of the flexible, transparent field-effect transistor made of the new material. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Citation: Semiconducting nanonetwork could form the backbone of transparent, flexible electronics (2017, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Kilho Yu et al. “Optically transparent semiconducting polymer nanonetwork for flexible and transparent electronics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606947113 To demonstrate, the researchers fabricated prototypes of colorless, bendable field-effect transistors integrated on top of colorless, bendable light-emitting diodes. The devices could withstand 1,000 bending cycles with no severe performance degradation. (—Researchers may have found a “sweet spot” for organic electronics by fabricating a new 2D semiconducting polymer-blended nanonetwork material that simultaneously achieves excellent charge mobility, high flexibility, and nearly 100% optical transparency—a combination of properties that has so far been elusive for semiconducting materials. According to the researchers, the nanonetwork is the first truly colorless, bendable semiconducting material, as demonstrated by the fabrication of field-effect transistors with integrated LEDs. “The nanonetwork semiconductor can be made very easily and is solution-processable, and it needs no heat treatment or any other complex processes,” Yu said. “It simultaneously achieves excellent characteristics for future transparent, deformable electronic applications. The applicability of the nanonetwork semiconductor was proven by the fabrication drive of prototype FET/OLED integrated devices. In the paper, we also have shown a new paradigm for achieving facile charge transport in semiconducting polymers, which emphasizes the importance of clean charge pathways along the polymer backbone, rather than the degree of crystallinity of the polymer.”The researchers expect that the results will pave the way for the development of a wide variety of applications, such as next-generation “see-through” bendable electronics and skin-attachable medical devices.”We are currently investigating the intriguing charge transport mechanism of the nanonetwork semiconductor using various experimental tools and modeling,” Yu said. “In addition, we are applying this nanonetwork semiconductor toward various electronic applications, in order to make it a platform technology for deformable and transparent electronics.” Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

KMC issues notice to 52 old dangerous buildings

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already issued notices to 52 old and dangerous buildings in the city under the amended Building Laws, Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980. The hearing is in final stages for 13 such buildings, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said during the monthly meeting of the civic body on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the amendment empowers the civic body to acquire old buildings whose owners refuse to repair them.The civic body will give notices to the owners and in case they are tenanted structures, will ask them to sit with the tenants and get them repaired at their own expense. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”In as many as 212 cases, we have already got the approval of the Municipal Building Committee (MBC) to slap notices under the amended Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980,” Chatterjee said, answering a query from Left councillor Debasish Mukherjee, on the implementation of the amended building rules.Chatterjee further maintained that the maximum number of notices have been slapped at Borough 4, which includes 37 old and dangerous buildings. Borough 2 comes second in the list, with notices served to 10 buildings, while the number of notices served in Boroughs 6, 7, 8 and 12 are 4, 1, 1 and 1 respectively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building department is yet to serve notices in boroughs 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16.The civic body has already demolished some buildings in the city, particularly in Central Kolkata, since the month of July.A drive for pulling down a building at 80 Bentinck Street was undertaken on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that when a KMC team had gone for demolition of the building in the morning, they were prevented from doing so and the occupants claimed that they would take up repair work on their own, in consultation with the owner. However, even after late afternoon, there was no trace of the building owner. “The building was posing a major risk to a number of businessmen who were occupying the ground floor and also the pedestrians walking on the footpath. So, we have began the work for pulling it down,” an official of the building department said.In the year 2017, 22 people had died after portions of old buildings fell on them. In 2018 too, there have been some deaths due to building collapses.last_img read more