Pakistan blocks five dating apps including Tinder and Grindr

first_imgPakistan said on Tuesday it has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps for not adhering to local laws, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content”.Pakistan, the second largest Muslim-majority country in the world after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal.The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has sent notices to the management of the five apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming.” PTA said the notices issued to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi sought the removal of “dating services” and moderation of live streaming content in accordance with local laws.The companies did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time, the regulator added.Tinder, Tagged, Skout and Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reuters was unable to contact SayHi for comment.Tinder, a globally popular dating app, is owned by Match Group while Tagged and Skout are owned by the Meet Group. Grindr, which describes itself as a social networking and online dating application for LGBT people, was cleared to be sold by a Chinese company this year to an investor group called San Vicente Acquisition for $620 million.Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows Tinder has been downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan within the last 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had each been downloaded about 300,000 times and Skout 100,000 times in that same period.Critics say Pakistan, using recent digital legislation, has sought to rein in free expression on the internet, blocking or ordering the removal of content deemed immoral as well as news critical of the government and military.In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to short-form video app TikTok over explicit content posted on the platform, while live streaming app Bigo Live was blocked for 10 days for the same reason.Pakistani authorities reiterated that concern to TikTok officials in a recent meeting.Last week, PTA also asked video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final

first_img Comment Sean KearnsSunday 24 Feb 2019 6:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link118Shares Advertisement Ederson could be forced to sit out another League Cup final (Picture: Getty)Muric is far less experienced than Bravo but understands Guardiola is ready to start the 20-year-old against Maurizio Sarri’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementGuardiola will inform his side of his team selection on Sunday but the Spaniard has kept Muric sweating on his place by insisting he will make a late call.‘We will see – I have to think about it,’ Guardiola said on Friday.‘He’s been an important player for us to be where we are. Leicester with the penalties, he was incredible.‘We trust him, that’s why he is second keeper today. We didn’t look to buy anybody in the winter market.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCity are sweating on John Stones’ fitness for the clash at Wembley.The defender missed the side’s 3-2 win away at Schalke in midweek and remained in the north-west to recover from a groin injury.Gabriel Jesus also missed the defeat with a hamstring problem and Guardiola is hopeful that the pair could return to feature in his matchday squad.‘Tomorrow (Saturday) we will see, the info I have is they are getting better but right now I cannot say if they will be ready for Sunday,’ said Guardiola.MORE: Mauricio Pochettino squares up to Mike Dean after Spurs’ defeat to Burnley Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final Advertisement Arijanet Muric has started each of City’s five games to get to the final (Picture: Getty)Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is prepared to stick with Arijanet Muric for today’s Carabao Cup final clash against Chelsea.The 20-year-old has started every round of the Cup so far and conceded just once during five matches.The Kosovo international has served as Ederson’s understudy this term after Claudio Bravo suffered a long-term Achilles injury and was City’s hero in a penalty shootout win against Leicester City in the quarter-finals.Bravo was City’s League Cup goalkeeper last term en route to the final and Guardiola stuck with the Chilean for a 3-0 win against Arsenal, despite calls for Ederson to be reinstated.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Brisbane’s auction volume ramps up

first_img30 Long St West, GracevilleNinety groups have attended inspections and Ms McPhie said she was still fielding enquiries.“People haven’t even been through the property and they’re asking for contracts” she said.The auction of the popular family-friendly home is scheduled for Saturday at 10am.Matthew Condon, from The Auction Group, is calling the action. 30 Long St West, Graceville.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoKathy McPhie from Belle Property Sherwood is confident of selling 30 Long St West, Graceville under the hammer on Saturday. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom Queenslander is north-facing on a 997sq m allotment in the Sherwood State School catchment zone. Ruby and Bill Jaede at their Graceville home which is going to auction on Saturday. Picture: Peter WallisAUCTION activity across Brisbane is ramping up, in line with a significant increase in volume across the combined capital cities.This week a total of 1,500 properties across the markets are expected to go under the hammer, up from last week’s 881.CoreLogic data also shows the number of Brisbane auctions at 117, a rise from last week’s total of 102 with a clearance rate of 57.1 per cent from 84 results.The Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital city region last week with 74 auctions and a clearance rate of 44.1 per cent from 59 recorded results.center_img 30 Long St West, Graceville.Ms McPhie said the owners did a wonderful job updating the home.“It has been of great interest because the renovation was very, very well thought through and it’s been very tastefully done with really good finishes,” she said.last_img read more

Kingscliff house pushes the boundaries in property design

first_imgThe loft-style main bedroom with spa ensuite and balcony as well as the 12-car basement garage are serviced by an Italian-designed lift, which Mrs Witheriff described as “glitzy”.“(The basement) has even got a mechanical pit for servicing of vehicles,” she said.“There’s also a total roof deck which has got amazing views over the suburb and Hinterland.”The onsite auction will be held on Wednesday, November 7.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Make a splash in the pool. The extravagant design makes it one of the most prominent homes in the Salt Village precinct.LJ Hooker Kingscliff agents Brett Swales and Carol Witheriff are marketing the property, which will be auctioned next month.Mrs Witheriff said an interstate businessman bought the property in 2010 as a holiday home for his extended family. However, they no longer use it as often.Given the house’s opulent design and lavish features, Mrs Witheriff said it would be snapped up quickly.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago No expense has been spared in the design. More news: North v South — where’s the best place to live on the Gold Coast? 1 Cactus Court, Kingscliff is a sight to behold.IT’S the type of home that makes jaws drop.With towering windows, a spiral staircase leading up to a rooftop deck and a street-facing infinity edged pool, this Kingscliff property commands attention. “It’s been completely updated and renovated over the last three to four months,” she said.“We opened it for the first time last Saturday and had 12 lots of people through.”The four-storey house is on a 976sq m corner block and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a tiered theatre room, outdoor entertainment area and five water features. More news: Mansion stunning at every turn Relax poolside. Entertain in style. From the front. Inside the property.last_img read more

OEEC 2018: Watch the exhibition trailer

first_imgFind out what Offshore Energy is all about in our latest exhibition trailer. Offshore Energy addresses the technical, operational and commercial challenges associated with future sector growth.The three-day event on (22), 23 & 24 October 2018 includes an exhibition where an expected 600+ supply chain companies will showcase their products and services. Next to that, there is an accompanying conference that covers key topics and solutions for the offshore community.Last year Offshore Energy attracted 12,145 unique attendees representing 90 nationalities.Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference will be held on 22, 23 and 24 October 2018 at the Amsterdam RAI. For more information on the event go to read more

EdgeTech Delivers Emergency Recovery Beacon

first_imgProduct manager Rob Morris said: “Think of the ERB as an acoustic release deck box and dunking transducer all packaged in a 6,000 meter rated housing that you can lower off the side of a ship to get closer to your deep water mooring to ensure failsafe acoustic communication.” The Emergency Recovery Beacon (ERB) is a self-contained, programable acoustic command transmitter and transponder in a 6000 meter rated nickel aluminium bronze alloy housing that can be lowered from the side of a vessel below any surface noise, shipboard noise or thermoclines, the company explained. EdgeTech has recently delivered a new solution for deep water acoustic release mooring recovery. center_img The ERB is programmed through a serial port using a computer running a terminal program and can transmit EdgeTech LF BACS enable, disable and release commands at a pre-programmed rate set by the user. last_img read more

Roosevelt Skerrit – “the most visionary leader in the Caribbean today”

first_imgSenator Arley Gill. Minister of Culture and Public Relations Officer of the National Democratic Congress in Grenada Senator Arley Gill, has announced that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica is the most visionary leader in the Caribbean today. The Prime Minister held a public meeting in his Constituency of Vieille Case on the heels of a recent court verdict which ruled that both he and Education Minister Petter Saint-Jean were properly nominated at the 2009 general elections, dismissing two election petitions filed by the Opposition United Workers Party. Senator Arley Gill told Sunday’s meeting that he has seen the ongoing development works and regards it as the most progressive type of development in the history of the island.“Any student of history will know that this is the most progressive type of development in the history of Dominica. This is the uncontested, progressive period of development that Dominica has ever experienced since its independence. And I say to you that Roosevelt Skerrit is not essentially the most visionary leader that Dominica has seen but as a matter of fact he is the most erstwhile, he is the most dynamic, he is the most visionary leader in the Caribbean today.”Senator Arley also highlighted the achievements of former prime minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop and noted that “since the passing of Maurice Bishop the best leader the Caribbean has ever seen is none other than Comrade Roosevelt Skerrit”.Senator Arley further stated his reasons for naming Prime Minister Skerrit the best leader of the Caribbean since Mr. Bishop.Prime Minister Skerrit and Senator Gill in conversation at Sunday’s meeting“Roosevelt Skerrit reminds us of Maurice Bishop; his boldness, his courage, his vision, he is walking where other leaders fear to trod, he has broken new barriers. I recall when Roosevelt Skerrit joined ALBA all the leaders in the rest of the Caribbean they were quivering in their boots and they criticized him from Bridgetown to Port of Spain, now you have witnessed for yourselves how many islands in the Caribbean that have since joined the ALBA.” The Senator told the Dominica Labour Party supporters; “In Roosevelt Skerrit you have a champion of the working class, you have a champion of the underclass, you have a man who feels it and a man who knows it and at his time of need you must stand by him”. He concluded with a quote from deceased former prime minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop, who would often say to them, “Let us move forward on our feet and not our knees”. “The achievements of the Labour Party here, the members of Cabinet and the speakers have lauded those achievements so it is not for me to rehash those achievements. All I would say is that now you can come into Dominica in the day as well as in the night and that achievement has been brought under Roosevelt Skerrit. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 374 Views   5 comments Share LocalNews Roosevelt Skerrit – “the most visionary leader in the Caribbean today” by: – January 17, 2012center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Government commit 2.9 Million towards a new water supply system in Bense

first_img Share Come March 2013 residents of the communities of Bense, Hampstead and Anse De Mai are set to benefit from a new and improved water supply system.A groundbreaking and contract-signing ceremony on Monday July 09, 2012 marked the commencement of the water supply project to which the Government of Dominica has committed 2.9 million dollars.Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit told the signing ceremony that his government identified this project as a priority. He said notwithstanding economic challenges, his government was able to source the finances to fund such an important project.“Every demand that is placed on the government requires resources to implement it, nothing is free. In a time when the entire world has been grappling with an economic and financial crisis we have been able with the help of God to mobilize the resources not only for this project but for the number of other projects that are ongoing in this country.”The 3.6 million dollar Bense water project will involve the construction of a new intake and treatment facility along the Hampstead River along with a storage tank and associated pipe works.General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe said his company has been aware of the problems which residents of the communities have been experiencing and in 2008 DOWASCO with one million dollars from Government, undertook the first phase of the development of the Bense water system which included pipeline replacement.Ettinoffe says this, however, fell short as it failed to address all the critical issues in the forty-year old water system. Ettinoffe is confident that this new project will seek to address the shortcomings of the water supply.“This phase of the project therefore seeks to address the issues of inadequacy of water at the intake by the construction of a new intake on the Hampstead River. It also provides for a new forty five thousand gallon storage tank to complement the existing twelve thousand gallon tank, which will take the storage capacity in the community to fifty-seven thousand gallons.”Ettinoffe confirmed that the project will also seek to provide new supply and distribution lines from the intake to the storage tank and from the storage tank to existing distribution.“It further provides for the construction of an access road to facilitate construction of the intake, maintenance of the intake and construction and maintenance of the new pipelines.”He said “the new Bense water supply project is expected to be constructed during a nine month period.”Minister responsible for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie says this new water supply project is in keeping with Government’s goal of providing quality reliable water to communities across Dominica.“Our emphasis is on quality water, not just water and so we are spending the extra half a million dollars to ensure that the people of Bense like everyone else receives top quality water. “The Minister noted that it’s the intention of Government to provide all Dominicans with access to top quality potable water by the year 2015.“We are now at ninety-five percent and we are hoping between next year and 2014 we would have met that 100%.”Meantime, Parliamentary Representative for the Paix Bouche Constituency, Hon. Matthew Walter said the new water supply will “eliminate some of the burdens and inconveniences experienced over the years due to a lack of sufficient water supply for domestic use.”“Most of you met me and lamented over the inadequacy of water in Bense, Anse De Mai, Ansoldat. The Government was never hesitant to implement this very important project because we all understand the value of water,” he added.Government Information Service Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Government commit 2.9 Million towards a new water supply system in Bense by: – July 10, 2012center_img Tweet Share 18 Views   3 commentslast_img read more

IPC invite nominations for Athletes’ Council elections

first_img The IPC Athletes’ Council consists of 12 current and retired Paralympians, as well as one International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission representative. The Council members are tasked with participating in key meetings, as well as having effective communication skills in both written and spoken English to relay athlete-related issues to the Movement’s leaders. Representatives must have a high level of knowledge of the Paralympic Movement. Only six summer sports positions on the Council will be up for election at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. “The IPC Athletes’ Council has done a tremendous amount of work to increase its presence and voice within the IPC and the wider Paralympic Movement,” said Chelsey Gotell, IPC Athletes’ Council chairperson. “We’ve established and are now in the implementation phase of the first ever IPC Athletes’ Council strategy and are keen to ensure that the momentum we’ve built continues, as we transition six of our members out for new voices, perspectives and leadership. “We are looking to recruit experienced athlete representatives who are passionate and knowledgeable about the Paralympic Movement, and who have time to commit to being a fully engaged and present member of the IPC Athletes’ Council – both in person at meetings, as well as between meetings as strategy leads and through ongoing discussions. “With an incredibly athlete-focused and athlete-centred leadership within the IPC, it is a very exciting time to be an athlete representative and be part of helping shape the future of the Paralympic Movement.” Loading… Candidates must be nominated through their respective National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). The Council includes Gotell and vice-chairperson Elvria Stinissen, as well as para-cyclists Monica Bascio and Dame Sarah Storey. Wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley and para-archer Gizem Girismen are also among the summer sport representatives. Winter sport athletes include skiers Marie Bochet, Birgit Skarstein and Rudolf Klemetti, while Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha, Suk Man Hong and Natalie Du Toit are co-opted members of the Council. Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova is the IOC Athletes’ Commission representative. “Our athletes are at the heart of everything that we do, which makes their voice pinnacle to the discussions and decisions that are made for the future of the Paralympic Movement,” said Andrew Parsons, IPC President. “As an athlete-centred organisation, the IPC Athletes’ Council has been front and centre in providing valuable feedback to many of our strategic priorities as well as the programmes and initiatives we have implemented. “They are also our direct connection into the athlete community, which has helped us make decisions that are in the best interest of our athletes and our Movement. Read Also:IOC, IPC Intervene in WADA-RUSADA Case in Sports Arbitration “The voice of our Paralympic athletes within the IPC will only continue to grow and we welcome the opportunity to have strong athlete leaders join the IPC Athletes’ Council to help us continue to push the envelope of what it means to be athlete-centred.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are inviting nominations for the organisation’s Athletes’ Council, with elections set to take place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Halflast_img read more

Ayre: Pain will lead to Reds progress

first_imgLiverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists the “pain” associated with the cost of restructuring the squad will be worth the effort after the club posted losses of £40.5million. “The biggest cost base without doubt is player trading and player wages – but these accounts demonstrate that we are still working hard to improve that. I take comfort in the fact that the work we have done, some of which costs us a lot of money in this period and beyond, looks pretty painful at the time. “But as long as you invest in it and manage it in the right way, then hopefully it bears fruit as we go forward and gives us a better platform to exist on in a different environment and in a world where we are expected to break even. You never take comfort from any business that makes a loss but I am pleased that we’re making the progress we are making.” In the period relating to these accounts the club offloaded 11 players all signings by previous managers. The then boss Kenny Dalglish – the cost of whose sacking last May was included in £9.5million of “exceptional payments” – wanted reinforcements for his squad and that meant players had to be moved on to make room. “We see a big charge within the accounts for amortisation (depreciation in value) of players that have been disposed of within the period that perhaps came in on a higher cost,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo. “We’ve made losses as a result of selling them but at the same time we’ve improved our longer-term position in terms of our wage bill by reducing the wages for those particular contracts. “These accounts show investment in the squad – players like Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates – and as we have seen in accounts that flow from that – we will continue to invest in the squad both for improved playing performance but also a far better structure in deals that we have with players. “So we are fortunate in some sense in that we know we are improving in this year and we are continuing to improve.” Press Associationcenter_img The club’s debt rose by £21.8million to £87.2million in the 10 months between August 1 2011 to May 31 2012. However, the loss was less than the £49.3million made the previous year and done against the backdrop of no European football, although Liverpool did get to two cup finals, winning one. But with owners Fenway Sports Group focused on the impending arrival of Financial Fair Play, Ayre stressed there was necessary work to be undertaken. “We are continuing to transition to the point we have been working on for several years under this ownership – which is to continue to improve revenues and manage our cost base effectively,” he said. last_img read more