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Bathroom bling

first_imgSicis’ Butterfly Mosaic line flaunts a variety of motifs in brilliant coloursDoes a decadent soak in a bathtub sound inviting? How about splashing around in a semi-precious stone bathtub trimmed with gold that will set you back by a whopping Rs 1 crore? Carved out of amethyst, this opalescent soak,Sicis’ Butterfly Mosaic line flaunts a variety of motifs in brilliant coloursDoes a decadent soak in a bathtub sound inviting? How about splashing around in a semi-precious stone bathtub trimmed with gold that will set you back by a whopping Rs 1 crore? Carved out of amethyst, this opalescent soak pit from Italian bathroom major Baldi is the latest in washroom luxury.If you are game for more, browse through French brand THG’s Prestige collection of faucets that are accented with a rich assortment of coloured stones like quartz rose, rock crystal, red jasper, black onyx, malachite, tiger eye and lapis lazuli.The Rug Collection from the same label has elaborate patterns created from glass tilesSays Jean Noel Edouard, head, product design, Nagina Waters, a Delhi-based luxury bathroom store that showcases high-end brands like THG, Capponi and Baldi, “India is a land that’s traditionally associated with ornamentation. So, going for bathroom fixtures and fittings that lack detailing or colour result in a bland, antiseptic look.” He adds that the bathroom decor needs to be perfectly calibrated to one’s needs and sensibilities rather than being a blind imitation of the reigning Western trend. It is no secret that adornments for washrooms are now being held in high regard. A host of materials ranging from Swarovski crystals and artistic mosaics to precious metal and semi-precious stones are now part of the luxury washroom repertoire.A mother-of-pearl-inlaid vanity from CapponiCashing on this new-found love for extravagant adornments is Italian mosaic brand Sicis, that has retail outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. The label has launched butterfly-shaped mosaic art for bathrooms that impress with their eye-popping colours and shimmer. Nodding to an effervescent spirit, the line, titled Butterfly Mosaic Collection, is made of glass tesserae or pressed glass tile. Depending on the quality of design and installation, this range costs between Rs 3,800 and Rs 75,850. “Sicis gives the opportunity to experience the bathroom as a place of aesthetic and material well being,” says Andrea Azzarello, the brand’s spokesperson.Amethyst bathtub from BaldiThe new age bathroom materials take a cue from opulent decor schemes predominant in the rest of the house. Precious metals like gold and silver, now used in faucets and showerheads, reference accents in the living and bedrooms. Agrees Edouard of Nagina Waters: “Traditional notions of seclusion and privacy are slowly becoming obsolete. Guests are often given tours of designer bathrooms in this day and age.” To satiate a growing appetite for ornate finishes and textures, Nagina Waters has on offer gold, silver and even platinum leaf bathroom tiles from Italian brand Godiva Stone.Soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and soap dish from Baldi. Both Baldi and Capponi are retailed in India by Nagina Waters.Luxurious to touch and pleasing to the eye, Godiva Stone tiles are made of high-quality marble wrapped with a leaf of precious material. This leaf is applied on the tile by a manual process. For the truly inspired, customisation is taken to the next level with etchings on marble with decorative motifs, writings, logos and designs, as dictated by the patron.Indeed, the desire for one-of-a-kind washroom decor has paved the way for grander layouts and fancier materials. Staying true to the trend, interior designers too are pulling out all stops to offer an upscale product to their clients.A washroom created by La Sorogeeka has textured walls and a detailed chandelierA powder room created by Noida-based interior design outfit La Sorogeeka has its high ceiling embellished with white crystal, walls sporting crococeramic tiles with leather finish and a stone floor. Artists of the firm’s workshop have even created an engraved look for some of the walls. The final flourish is added by way of an exaggerated chandelier in black and white. “There’s a new approach to design now. And the powder room is a space showcased to all guests. It should be attention grabbing,” says Anjali Goel, CEO, La Sorogeeka.Gold-plated cotton ball holder from Bathline SensationsAccording to Varun Gupta, joint managing director, Bathline Sensations, a Delhi-based bathroom accessories label that dabbles in Swarovski crystals and metals like gold and silver, the aim is to raise the metal to the category of art. The Starlight Square series from its Acquaviva AG line creates a lavish look through its gold plated and Swarovski embedded gel dispensers, brush holders and cotton ball jars. To ensure a perfect finish, brass is coated with electrolyte, chrome and subsequently 24 carat gold or silver. Embellishments, clearly, have come of age in this country. With their glorious sheen and texture, state-of-the-art bathroom fixtures are now a must-have in every fashionable address.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sardar Singh feels Indian Hockey team deserves gold after all the hard work

first_imgSardar Singh is not new to responsibilities. He has been the face of Indian hockey for years now, often singlehandedly holding the team together in tough situations. Sardar has seen a lot of changes during his career – from coaches being axed to top players retiring; from not qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to making it to London four years later.Even after years of hard work, the midfielder’s love for the sport remains undiminished. With the team set for its next challenge – the Incheon Asian Games – Sardar is hoping to not just guide his team to a gold medal but also make a significant contribution to the team’s cause. “Besides the additional responsibility as skipper, I have always tried to ensure that my contribution as a player is not undermined. I never miss training sessions. I try to improve my performance every day,” Sardar told MAIL TODAY before the team’s departure to South Korea.So focused is the captain on the task at hand that he has even stopped using social networking sites to avoid distraction. “I have not been using my Facebook account for quite some time. My Twitter account is being managed by my fiance Ashpal Bhogal. I have tried to stay away from distractions.” Optimistic as always, Sardar feels the month-long camp was useful and the team is determined not to settle for anything except the gold medal. “We have prepared well and are just waiting for the Asian Games to start,” Sardar said.advertisement”With the way we have been training, the team deserves a gold medal. Of course, there are good teams like Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia, but I have full confidence in my team.”The skipper says his team might have an advantage in Incheon since they have been playing according to the new four-quarter format in the Hockey India League for two years. “All of us have played in the Hockey India League. So, we have a fair idea about the format,” he said.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) official images leaked

first_imgAfter having updated its Galaxy A line-up, Samsung is looking to offer the same treatment to its affordable J range of phones. While a lot is already known about the Galaxy J3 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016), the Galaxy J7 (2016) has now been leaked in what are being called the official images of the phone in question.Folks back at Winfuture.de seem to have gotten their hands on an official set of images leaving nothing to the imagination with regards to the Galaxy J7 (2015). As per the images, the phone – which is a China specific variant — is seen sporting a metal chassis much like the Galaxy J3 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016).Rumoured specs of the Galaxy J7 (2016) include: a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD card), a 13-megapixel camera on the rear along with a 5-megapixel front camera, and a 3,300 mAh battery inside. The phone will reportedly come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI and support 4G LTE connectivity option.The Galaxy J3 (2016) launched last year comes with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM under the hood. The phone is backed by a 2,600mAh battery.The Galaxy J5 (2016) meanwhile sports a 5.2-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone supports 4G LTE.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sony Xperia X review: Stakes are high, so is the price

first_imgThe Xperia X is a paradox, for Sony and for the smartphone world in general. On one side it has been priced at an atrocious Rs 48,990 that makes it instantly qualify for the position of top-tier flagship phone of the year, and on the other it’s missing out on even the most basic feature-set that you’d expect from a top-tier flagship phone of the year. There’s no quad-HD display, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, or crazy amount of RAM, or an optically-stabilised camera, or a sizeable battery, or even a USB Type-C port. Name a top-tier spec, and chances are the Sony Xperia X probably won’t have it. But for Sony, this phone also marks the beginning of a new era, one sans the premiere Xperia Z line-up, which is a little ironical. Both the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium — touted as last Z-phones — were pretty good phones, and in a way, a return to form for Sony. The Xperia X on the contrary seems like a step backwards.Design and build qualityThe Xperia X is not very different from the Xperia Z5, or for that matter even the Xperia Z3 Plus. It’s essentially a box — of all-metal and no glass this time round — only that it’s a lot less boxy than previous Xperia phones. With time, Sony has learnt to appreciate the beauty of subtle curves. And subtle it is, about the curves, with the Xperia X. In fact, it’s hard to make them out with the naked eye. You’ll have to hold it to feel it. You’ll like it. The attention to detail is hard to overlook.advertisementSony just can’t let go of its trademark OmniBalance design. And that is for a reason. No one does minimalistic design better than Sony.The Xperia X’s soft matte finish that transcends all along its length and breadth and curved 2.5D glass on the front make it an instant looker. And it feels every bit as premium. Rounded and bumper corners make a return from previous Z phones, and help the phone bear accidental drops. Sony’s flagship phone is as thick and as light as the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. Although bezels are on the chunkier side. Sony just can’t let go of its trademark OmniBalance design and that is good. No one does minimalistic design better than Sony Button placement stays put from the Xperia Z5. This means the Xperia X continues with the oblong, deep-seated and kind of irritating fingerprint scanner on the right edge. It’s very quick, but you’ll have to get used to it. The volume rocker is still below the fingerprint scanner and I still feel that this is a very bad position for it. The physical camera shutter button stays as well, which is fantastic.The left edge houses a hybrid card slot for two SIM cards or one SIM and one microSD card.DisplayThe Galaxy S7, LG G5 and HTC 10 all boast of 1440p screens. Sony, on the other hand, seems contend with 1080p. The Xperia X (much like the Xperia Z5) comes with a 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with 441ppi pixel density, which — on paper — is significantly lower than what’s on offer on either of the aforementioned phones. What does that mean for the average buyer? Not much, unless the buyer is looking to go all gung-ho about virtual reality on his next buy.The screen of the Xperia X is adequately bright with good viewing angles and more than satisfactory outdoor legibility. But it is no match for what a certain Galaxy S7 — deeply saturated colours — or for that matter even the HTC 10 — neutral colours — has to offer. The screen of the Xperia X may be good, but it’s just not good enough, even though Sony’s X-Reality and Super-vivid modes work well to boost colour saturation quite a bit.SoftwareThe Xperia X runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based Xperia UI. Sony’s Xperia UI (along with HTC’s Sense) was probably one of the very few third-party Android user interfaces that got it right in fewer attempts, than say Samsung’s TouchWiz. Although skinning is on the heavier side of things, Xperia UI doesn’t end up huffing, puffing and losing its breath by the end of the day. It’s smooth, low on in-your-face animations and very functional. And oh, it’s trying to offer some customisation options in the form of themes along the way, which is always nice to have. The drop down notification panel and the apps overview window are characteristic Google-style, which is also nice.   But not everything is hunky dory. Sony seems to have caught the penchant for unwanted apps or bloat, which is a reverse of what Samsung is doing these days. Frankly speaking, the number of unwanted apps has only grown in Xperia phones with time. And that’s not a good thing. The fact that you can’t uninstall — and only disable — many of them makes matters worse. The Xperia X, for the lack of a better term, is a David among the Goliaths. But this time the story has no happy ending. Not even a miracle could save our David here advertisementAnother drawback — on how you decide to look at it — is the suggested apps menu in the app drawer. I for one found it less useful — even more so, since I had way too many apps installed on the phone — and to have to end up on a screen that gathers suggested apps based on my usage patterns every time I swiped through various app screens was overwhelming, and to an extent annoying. There’s already a search box up top on every screen, so this feature is totally redundant. But then, this is something entirely subjective. There can be users who will find it useful.Performance and battery life     Sony’s new top-tier phone is powered by a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor — more a mid-level chip — clubbed with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB RAM. The phone comes with 64GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 256GB via microSD card.It’s pretty ironical that a phone that costs close to Rs 50,000 has the same processor (and RAM) as a phone that costs around Rs 10,000 which in case if you haven’t guessed already is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. But, you can always argue that Sony phones are different. Sony is an older — and a much bigger — company and its phones have never been in the race to break the price barrier. So, it won’t be right to compare the Xperia X with the Redmi Note 3. What then? Compare it with the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and the HTC 10 that retail at similar prices? It won’t be fair to Sony then because simply put, the Xperia X is underpowered. There’s really no subtle way to put it.Also read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Mr dependable like Rahul DravidThe Xperia X, for the lack of a better term, is a David among the Goliaths. But this time the story has no happy ending. Not even a miracle can save our David here.The Xperia X could be your daily driver if you’re someone who’s looking to do just the basics and some gaming. Basics are handled well, and so is occasional gaming (even graphics-intensive) but nothing drastically different — faster — from what we’ve already seen in the case of the Redmi Note 3. And, Xiaomi’s phone runs MIUI, which is notorious for its over-the-top animations and colour schemes. So, that’s particularly not very encouraging.advertisementOne area where the Snapdragon 650 excels is heat, or the lack of it. It’s really hard to get the Xperia X hot, even when you’re out pushing it.Sadly, there’s only so much that a mid-level processor on-board the Xperia X can achieve when compared with rivals, especially during gaming and multi-tasking. Even though Sony’s UI runs mostly smooth as butter, the Xperia X feels visibly slower than Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM toting phones. The camera app — although it loads fairly quickly — takes awefuly long to click a shot and even longer to process the image.The Xperia X boasts of front-firing stereo speakers which get really loud and punchy with little or no distortion at max. It’s one area where the Xperia X really stands out. In fact, next to the HTC 10, it’s rocking the best in-class speakers that we’ve seen in a smartphone of this price range. Phone calls made with the phone are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit. The Xperia X supports dualSIM, 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options.The Xperia X is backed by a 2,620 mAh battery. Battery life is fantastic. It’s safe to say that it is one of the biggest highlights of Sony’s new phone. Extreme (and a mix of moderate usage) saw us get close to 15 hours out of the device with no hiccups. The Xperia X loses negligible charge while it is on stand-by mode, much like the Z5. Most users with more generalised usage will be able to get one to one and a half days of battery life out of the device.CameraThe Xperia X sports a 23-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Basically it’s the same camera that Sony put in the Z5, only it can’t do 4K videos. The phone’s auto-focus system lets the rear camera quickly focus in as little as 0.03 seconds, claims Sony. Results vary depending on available light. All in all, the camera is pretty quick to focus with passable shutter speed, much like the Z5. But, just like the Z5, the camera algorithm on-board is marred by a slight delay in processing and saving pictures after you’ve clicked them.Also, the Xperia X feels a lot slower than the Galaxy S7, HTC 10 or the LG G5 over all. Thankfully, one area where the Xperia X camera excels is in the image quality. The phone clicks amazing photos. Daylight photos pack in substantial amount of detail with colours that look rich and vibrant and dynamic range is spot on. The Xperia X can also capture good quality shots with shallow depth of field, but falls short of the Galaxy S7 in macro photography. Still, the phone can stand neck to neck with the best camera phones in this range especially in good lighting.Images clicked in tricky light situations came out well, even though there’s no optical image stabilisation here.On the front you get a 13-megapixel cam which is a big bump over the 5-megapixel snapper of the Z5. It clicks good quality selfies in good lighting. Low light selfies have some noise.  XPreviousNext  Should you buy it?The Xperia X is not a bad smartphone. In fact, next to the Z5, it is easily among the best Xperia phones that Sony has built in a long, long time. And that ladies and gentlemen is the answer to the all-important question that you’ve all been patiently waiting for.The Xperia X is a good smartphone, but the Xperia Z5 is so much better in every sense of the word. Not to forget, the latter also gets waterproof body.It’s hard to understand why Sony came out with the Xperia X in the first place when it already had a perfectly capable flagship phone up its sleeve. The Xperia X would have perhaps made more sense had Sony priced it say at Rs 30,000. Even that is a little high considering the spec-sheet but seriously this is a Sony phone, so a bit of premium is worth paying. But a price closer to Rs 50,000 is just too much. Sony has been struggling in the market and even though the Xperia X is a decent phone, it is not going to help its case much.####Sony Xperia X####6.5/10########Good stuffPremium stand-out designExcellent speakerCapable camerasExcellent battery life####Bad stuffMediocre hardwareNo 4K video recordingIt is not waterproofVery expensivelast_img read more

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GADKARI-MBPT 2 LAST

first_imgApart from the land development plan, the port trustApart from the land development plan, the port trust is also concentrating on improving amenities for hosting cruise ships and investing Rs 150 crore for a terminal, which is to be built over the next two years, Bhatia said.One of the oldest ports in the country, it is not waiting for the passenger terminal to be ready and will start hosting ships from this season onwards, Bhatia said, adding that 59 such passenger liners will be calling on the city soon.The first such ship will arrive in late October and the port is reviving the Ballard Estate Festival idea every weekend coinciding with the docking of the first ship, which will have 4,000 passengers.Unlike the earlier experience, the port is discontinuing entry tickets for the festival, Bhatia let out, adding that it will be held every weekend.The port trust is also constructing two jetties on the sea on the citys much-visited western waterfront, off the iconic Marine Drive.These jetties, to be constructed over the next eight months to a year, will be used for adventure sports and developing floating hotels.The port is completely revamping the Sasoon Dock in Colaba, under which fish peeling will be shifted indoors, Bhatia said, claiming that it will be a modern fish market. PTI AA PSK BEN NSK ARDlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Pencil me in for final next year, says defeated Sam Querrey

first_imgDefeated Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey said his tournament run had convinced him he could beat the world’s best players, and next year he planned to go one better and make the final.Querrey was beaten by Croatian Marin Cilic on Friday after a Wimbledon adventure that has seen him play a string of five-set matches, vanquish world number one Andy Murray and become the first American man to reach a grand slam singles semi-final since 2009.”It’s been a fun run,” the 29-year-old who hails from California said in typically understated fashion.”It’s given me some confidence … I feel like I’ve really had some ups over the last year, and hopefully there are more of those to come,” he added. “I feel if I play well, my level is at a high enough point where I can beat those top guys.”Asked how he might fare at Wimbledon next year, he said: “Pencil me in for a final, and hopefully that will happen.”Cilic had beaten Querrey in their previous four matches, but the American said his opponent had played better than ever before in the semi-final.”I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today,” he said. “He just does everything really well, he did seem to play at a really high level.”Cilic will face the winner of the match between seven-times champion Roger Federer and Czech Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final, and Querrey said the Croat would a handful for anyone.”If he plays well and plays big, he can give anyone trouble. If he plays Roger, Roger’s the favourite in that one obviously. But Marin can give him some trouble.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Isles Beat Pens in Shootout, 5-4

first_imgPITTSBURGH — It was not the best game for the New York Islanders, and it also was a win against the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.Kyle Okposo scored in the third round of the shootout, sending New York to a 5-4 victory at Pittsburgh.“That’s the sign of a good team, when you don’t play well, and you don’t stay focused, and you don’t do the intangibles that it takes and you still win the hockey game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.Sidney Crosby and New York’s Frans Nielsen scored in the second round, and Islanders goaltender Chad Johnson stopped Brandon Sutter. Okposo deked to his forehand, slipping a shot that hit off Marc-Andre Fleury’s pad and into the net for the win.“He came down, I tried to show him something, and it didn’t work,” said Fleury, who was seeking his 300th career win.Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin and Ryan Strome scored in an impressive flurry in the first, helping New York to the early lead. Strome also had two assists for the Islanders, who have won seven of eight and now trail Pittsburgh by two points in the Metropolitan Division.“This has been one of our biggest rivals over the last few years, so you always get up for these games,” Martin said. “They’re the team we’re chasing in the standings right now.”Patric Hornqvist forced overtime with his 10th goal of the year for the Penguins, who had won three in a row. Sutter, Blake Comeau and Nick Spaling also scored in regulation.Kris Letang nearly ended it in overtime for Pittsburgh, but Johnny Boychuk stopped the wraparound attempt when he got his stick on the puck before it crossed the goal line.New York carried a 4-3 lead into the third period, but Hornqvist tied it with seven minutes left, finishing a one-timer from Evgeni Malkin.“We were able to get ourselves back in the game,” Crosby said. “We just didn’t play a full 60 minutes and didn’t really deserve to win.”Casey Cizikas nearly put the Islanders ahead, but his one-time redirect hit the post to the right of Fleury. The teams in the Metropolitan meet again on Nov. 22 in New York.“We’re going to have to play better tomorrow night if we’re going to have a chance to win the game,” Capuano said. “They’re a pretty good hockey club.”The re-tooled Islanders entered with their best start since the 1987-88 season.The Penguins handed the Islanders their first loss of the season last month during the initial meeting between the teams in Pittsburgh. In that game, New York, which won its first four games of the season, held an early lead before Pittsburgh rallied for a two-goal victory.The Penguins put together a couple of comebacks, but Okposo had the winning play for the Islanders. “The first period, we really didn’t give ourselves a chance, the way we played,” Crosby said. “They carried the play and got rewarded for it.”The Penguins played their first game without veteran winger Pascal Dupuis, who will miss the rest of the season after blood clots were found in his lungs.Sutter opened the scoring just 1:13 into the game, but the Islanders controlled the next two periods as Pittsburgh appeared sluggish without its emotional leader, twice falling behind by two goals.“You don’t want to start games like that, especially when important points are on the line,” Crosby said.The Islanders, who allowed the first goal for the fourth straight game, scored three times in 1:35, taking command midway through the first.Martin started the surge, beating Fleury with a short-side wrist shot during a rush down the left wing.Kulemin followed 29 seconds later, forcing a Paul Martin turnover at the blue line before working past Letang and beating Fleury with a wrist shot from the slot.Thomas Hickey’s shot from the point deflected off Strome’s skate, making it 3-1.Pittsburgh pulled within one when Comeau, while circling around the net, threw a centering pass in front that hit Matt Martin’s skate and trickled across the goal line.Nick Leddy briefly reclaimed the Islanders’ two-goal lead at 5:42 of the second with a one-timer from the faceoff dot, but Spaling got it back for Pittsburgh when he tapped a rebound behind Johnson.(DAN SCIFO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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FRAMOS becomes corporate member of Embedded Vision Alliance

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rigol: real-time spectrum analyzers, electronic loads and decode options for oscilloscopesNext Infineon: driver IC improves efficiency for LED strips FRAMOS recently joined the Embedded Vision Alliance as a corporate member. The Embedded Vision Alliance is a worldwide industry partnership bringing together technology providers and end-product companies who are enabling innovative and practical applications for computer vision for a wide range of markets. In light of the growing importance of truly integrated vision systems, FRAMOS looks forward to collaborating with the Alliance to gain early insights into new markets, technologies, applications and standards, as well as increased influence over the direction of the industry.FRAMOS enables machines to see and think. Intelligent devices and machines are placing new demands on embedded image processing capabilities and systems. Whether it’s driverless cars, intelligent vacuum cleaners or robots interacting as colleagues in industrial production – only fully integrated vision systems can make them effective.Whether it’s about selecting individual components or complex system compositions for embedded vision, FRAMOS engineers support system developers with both technical expertise and services. Ranging from sensors to systems, their engineering services help in choosing the right components, customizing solutions or developing specific solutions for embedded vision systems. FRAMOS assists as a partner at every point in the value-added chain from the decision-making processes up to the finished product.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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OSU gets three-star safety commit from Dallas

first_imgBryce Balous (via Scout).Bryce Balous (via Scout).The Cowboys have already gained momentum following an overtime victory in the Bedlam series Saturday. Late Tuesday night Gundy and Co. received news from a safety prospect who was recently offered by the Pokes.Three-star safety recruit and Kansas State commit Bryce Balous flipped his commitment to the Cowboys last night after being a verbal pledge for the Wildcats for just over a month.Balous is a speedy under-the-radar safety who has been timed running a 4.35 40-yard dash. Balous holds scholarship offers from Kansas State, Arkansas State, Iowa and Nevada.The speedy safety is a teammate of the highly sought after running back Ronald Jones II from McKinney North, who has been committed to Oklahoma State since April. Want to get excited for next season? Do yourself a favor and watch Ronald Jones’ highlights here.The Cowboys have suffered several setbacks on the recruiting trail after going winless in the month of November. Four-star defensive backs Jaylon Lane and Kenneth McGruder both parted ways with the Pokes, in November, but it appears the void left by the two has been filled.Adding Balous and junior college recruit Jordan Burton within the last few weeks will provide depth in the secondary for the 2015 recruiting class, who now have 15 members. Here’s a look at Balous’ highlights. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Watch: Joel Klatt Thinks Dak Prescott’s Success Will Help Deshaun Watson’s Draft Stock

first_imgJoel Klatt speaks about Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson.YouTube/Speak For YourselfDak Prescott has been a revelation for the Dallas Cowboys this season after being drafted in the fourth round. FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt think that may help the stock of Deshaun Watson in next year’s NFL Draft.Every NFL team that can use a franchise quarterback today passed on Prescott in the spring. The former Mississippi State star went 135th overall. Yet, when Tony Romo went out with injury, he answered the call, and has the Cowboys at the top of the NFC East. If it wasn’t for his teammate Ezekiel Elliott’s monster year, Prescott would likely be running away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.Klatt went on FS1’s Speak For Yourself on Wednesday and argued that Prescott’s immediate success could help the stock of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who he sees as a similar player.“The direct comp for Deshaun Watson is a guy who’s having a lot of success, and you can tie his draft stock to his success…I’m talking about Dak Prescott from the Cowboys. As long as Dak Prescott continues to play well, and show the ability to not only throw the ball well, but improvise outside of the pocket, make great decisions in the run game, get the ball to Ezekiel Elliott, Deshaun Watson’s stock is going to go through the roof. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ends up in the top five, maybe even the top three picks in the entire draft, and in large part, due to what Dak Prescott’s doing for the Dallas Cowboys.”Prescott will certainly impact how some scouts view quarterbacks, but we’re not sure how much of an impact it will have on Watson. The Clemson signal caller has been on the NFL radar for some time, and has been seen as a potential top pick since before Dak was even on the Cowboys roster.last_img read more

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Ship Finance’s Boxships Duo to Start Work for Maersk

first_imgzoom New York-listed Ship Finance International Limited said that it took delivery of the remaining two 9,300-9,500 TEU container vessels, adding to the vessel delivered to the company in November 2015.The boxships, which joined their owner in February and in May, have been chartered to Maersk Line for a minimum period of five years, with options for the charterer to extend the period up to seven years.Ship Finance estimates that the aggregate EBITDA contribution from the three vessels during the firm period of the charters would amount to more than USD 32 million per year on average.Additionally, the company said that it continued its fleet renewal and diversification strategy with the sale of an older offshore support vessel in the first quarter and an older VLCC subsequent to quarter end. Ship Finance said that it “will receive sales proceeds of approximately USD 24 million” for the sale of the 1998-built VLCC Front Vanguard, which is scheduled to be delivered to its new owner in June.“Our key focus remains on prudently managing our balance sheet and our existing asset portfolio whilst sourcing new accretive opportunities through our industry relationships and unique access to deal flow,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, said.The company’s net income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 was at USD 47 million, a decrease compared to the USD 54 million reported in the previous quarter, while the operating income for the period increased to USD 57 million from USD 48.5 million seen in the previous quarter.As of March 31, 2016, and adjusted for subsequent sales, the fixed rate charter backlog from the company’s fleet of 74 vessels and rigs was approximately USD 4.2 billion, with an average remaining charter term of 5.2 years.last_img read more

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Only startups with turnover of up to 25 cr eligible for tax

first_imgNew Delhi: Seeking to allay concerns on tax holiday for startups, the tax department on Thursday said only small startups with a turnover of up to Rs 25 crore will get tax holiday on fulfilling certain conditions. It did not recognise the Rs 100-crore turnover definition of a small startup put up by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). “Since the intention was to support the small startup, the turnover limit of Rs 25 crore was considered reasonable for granting profit linking deduction,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalStartup broadly under Section 80 IAC of the Income Tax Act are allowed 100 per cent deduction of income for three years out of seven years from the year of its incorporation. “The CBDT has clarified today (Thursday) that small start-ups with turnover up to Rs 25 crore will continue to get the promised tax holiday as specified in Section 80-IAC of the Income Tax Act, 1961, which provides deduction for 100 per cent of income of an eligible start-up for 3 years out of 7 years from the year of its incorporation,” it said in a statement. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe CBDT further stated that all start-ups recognised by DPIIT which fulfilled the conditions specified in the DPIIT notification, did not automatically become eligible for deduction under Section 80-IAC of the Act. “A start-up has to fulfil the conditions specified in Section 80-IAC for claiming this deduction. Therefore, the turnover limit for small start-ups claiming deduction is to be determined by the provisions of Section 80-IAC of the Act and not from the DPIIT notification,” it said. Seeking to dispel confusion over the eligible turnover limit, the CBDT said there was no contradiction in DPIIT’s February 19 notification and the income tax provisions as the notification clearly mentioned that a start-up shall be eligible to apply for the certificate from the Inter-Ministerial Board of Certification for claiming deduction only if they fulfil the conditions specified in Section 80-IAC. “Therefore, the turnover limit for eligibility for deduction under section 80-IAC of the Act, as per the DPIIT’s notification is also Rs 25 crore,” it said.last_img read more

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PwC says Canadian initial public offering market in 2018 totalled 22 billion

first_imgTORONTO — PwC says the initial public offering market in Canada totalled $2.2 billion last year, less than half of what was seen in 2017.The firm says in all of 2018 there were 54 new equity issues on four exchanges that generated a total of $2.2 billion.That compared with the $5.1 billion raised from 37 IPOs in all of 2017.The largest IPO of 2018 was the $462-million Ceridian HCM Holding issue of the second quarter.It was followed by MAV Beauty Brands with $241 million and AltaGas at $239 million.Dean Braunsteiner, national IPO leader at PwC Canada, says while cannabis firms grabbed the headlines, a surge of activity on the Canadian Securities Exchange and a return of junior miners to the markets were also notable developments of 2018. The Canadian Presslast_img

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Activist jailings blight Egypts march to democracy

first_imgCAIRO – The jailing of three activists has triggered fears in Egypt of a return to the police rule that blighted the Mubarak era, eroding gains made in the march towards democracy.On Sunday, a court jailed Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel to three years for organising an unauthorised protest in a verdict seen as the military-installed government broadening the crackdown on dissent.It was the first such verdict against pro-democracy protesters since the July 3 overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi, whose Islamist supporters have borne the brunt of a deadly crackdown. The three and Alaa Abdel Fattah, a vocal critic of the police and the military detained on similar charges, were at the forefront of the movement that toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011, beginning Egypt’s march towards democracy.But analysts say gains achieved since then are threatened by the targeting of such men and by other moves that could signal the return of a police state.Pursuing these activists “is a deliberate effort to target the voices who, since January 2011, have consistently demanded justice and security agency reform,” Human Rights Watch’s Sarah Leah Whitson said in a statement.“Almost three years after the nationwide protests that brought down Hosni Mubarak, security agencies feel more empowered than ever and are still intent on crushing the right of Egyptians to protest the actions of their government.”Activists have lashed out at the authorities for arming themselves with a new law banning all but police-sanctioned protests, calling it an attempt to stifle freedom of expression — a core value in the fight that toppled Mubarak.The interim authorities justified the overthrow of Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, as a response to massive protests against his turbulent year-long reign, which critics said was marked by power-grabs and economic mismanagement.More than 1,000 people have died in a crackdown on Morsi supporters and thousands have been arrested.The sentencing of Maher, Douma and Adel came days after Ahmed Shafiq, a premier under Mubarak, and the ousted strongman’s two sons were acquitted of corruption.That verdict underscores a sharp reversal of fortune not just for Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement, but for the pro-democracy movement itself.‘A significant step back’“These practices are far from the rule of law. In fact these practices are of a police state enforced more brutally than ever,” 14 Egyptian rights groups said in a joint statement.James Dorsey, Middle East expert and senior fellow at the Singapore-based S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: “The jailing of activists is a significant step back in what Egypt has achieved since the toppling of Mubarak.“Yesterday’s (Sunday’s) verdict strengthens an atmosphere of caution, if not intimidation.”Dorsey said the regime is expanding the circle of people it is targeting beyond the Brotherhood.“It is signalling that it is not looking at broadening the rights and freedoms of the people,” he told AFP.Activists say the way the four were arrested, why they were detained, the acquittal of Shafiq and Mubarak’s sons and the midnight raid on an NGO last week to arrest Adel were all reminders of the Mubarak era.“In principle (the regime) is retaining an autocratic rule. This coupled with the protest law essentially means there is very little public space to express dissent,” Dorsey said.Experts now question the government’s intentions on the road map it announced to usher a democratic transition, the first step being the January 14 and 15 referendum on a new constitution, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.Sunday’s verdict “is sabotage against the front that supports the road map,” said Hassan Nafea, professor of political science at Cairo University.He was referring to Maher’s April 6 youth movement which initially backed the road map after Morsi’s overthrow but on Sunday said it was withdrawing its support from the plan.“Now many questions are raised. Will the elections be free and democratic? Is Egypt heading towards a democracy?” asked Nafea.“The first test on the ground will be the referendum.”Dorsey remains hopeful, however.“The military… does not understand that in Egypt…there has been a fundamental shift. No matter what happens, people are willing to question. The regime can’t legislate away this fundamental shift,” he said.last_img read more

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Over 1600 refugees returned

Officials in the UN refugee agency said that many factors including medical and education facilities were found to be reasons behind the declining number of Sri Lankan nationals return to their native country. “Some of them postpone their applications saying that they don’t want to discontinue medical treatments and education here. But so far nobody had complained to us about ‘safety’ as reason for not returning to their country,” an official said. With monetary aid from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 1,600 Sri Lankan Tamils living in Tamil Nadu as refugees have returned to their country so far since January 2012.According to the New Indian Express, officials of the UNHCR, who have their field office in the city, said that about 1,264 Sri Lankan Tamils, who were living in special camps across the State, had returned through voluntary repatriation to their country between January and December 2012. This year, about 350 refugees have returned so far. In Chennai there are two open refugees’ camps – in Gummidipoondi and Puzhal. About 1,670 refugees returned to their country in 2011 which was comparatively lesser than 2,040 persons in 2010 after the end of war in 2009. The UNHCR also conducts checks for the safety of the refugee back in his country. “Once a person expresses his willingness to return and applies to us, we check if the place they want to settle is safe. We also do random monitoring of these people after they return. But if they face any trouble upon their return, they get back to us,” an official explained.There are over 60,000 refugees from the island nation living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu which constitutes about 36 per cent of total number of refugees in the country. read more

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ExSubway pitchman Fogles appeal of sentence rejected

Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle’s appeal of sentence rejected INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court rejected former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s appeal of his sentence of more than 15 years in prison Thursday for child pornography offences and illicit sexual conduct with a child.A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 188-month sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in Indianapolis.Fogle, 38, pleaded guilty in November to one count each of distributing and receiving child porn and travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. That came four months after FBI agents raided his suburban Indianapolis home in an investigation that ended Fogle’s lucrative endorsement career with Subway, which started after he lost more than 200 pounds in college, partly by eating Subway sandwiches.As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to seek more than 12 1/2 years behind bars, and Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, argued Pratt abused her authority by giving him a sentence three years longer than that.Elberger argued before the appeals court that Pratt was unduly influenced by Fogle’s relationship with Russell Taylor, the former director of Fogle’s foundation convicted of producing child pornography. Elberger also argued Pratt based its sentence on Fogle’s fantasies rather than his actual conduct and that she based the sentence on his acquisition and viewing of pornography depicting children as young as 6 years old.“In light of the district court’s sound exercise of discretion under the disturbing facts of this case, we uphold the above-guidelines sentence as substantively reasonable,” said the opinion written by Judge Joel Flaum.A message seeking comment was left for Elberger at his office.Fogle admitted that he paid for sex at New York City hotels with girls who were 16 or 17 years old and that he had received some child pornography produced by Taylor. Fogle also paid a total of $1.4 million to his 14 victims, with each getting $100,000.Fogle is serving his sentence at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver.Taylor, who headed the foundation Fogle started to fight childhood obesity, was sentenced in December to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of distributing child pornography. Prosecutors say Taylor used hidden cameras in his Indianapolis-area homes to secretly video minors. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2016 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ohio State womens soccer slated for 2 Big Ten road games

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) advances the ball during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy ChiefComing off a season-high six goals in a senior day victory against Northwestern, the Ohio State women’s soccer team heads back on the road for two Big Ten games this weekend. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play at No. 21 Nebraska Friday afternoon and Iowa Sunday.“(This) week’s games we just have to win,” freshman forward Nichelle Prince said. “We have to go in hard, we have to go in even harder than (last) week.”With just three games left in the regular season, OSU currently sits at 3-3-2 in Big Ten play, good for sixth best in the conference. The Buckeyes have scored 11 goals in their past three games, compared to just 18 goals in their first 13 games. Coach Lori Walker is hoping the offense continues its run but is also making sure the defense is getting attention, too.“Consistency is our challenge,” Walker said. “My hope is we didn’t expend all the goals left in the box (on Sunday). We’re going to continue to work on our defending and not giving away transition goals, kind of like we saw today.”Sitting atop the Big Ten standings is OSU’s Friday opponent, Nebraska, who is 7-1 in conference play. Two Nebraska forwards, senior Jordan Jackson and freshman Jaycie Johnson, each have seven goals on the year to lead the Huskers in scoring.“These are two tough games and two very important games,” Walker said. “Nebraska is playing extremely well, and it’s always hard to play Iowa at Iowa, so everyone counts.”Hawkeye sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Clark has shut out seven opponents, tied for the most in the Big Ten this season.OSU freshman midfielder Alexis Degler said for the Buckeyes to be successful, they need to keep their composure and concentrate on the task at hand.“We really need to keep our intensity level and just celebrate the game,” Degler said. “We just really need to bring that the rest of the time, and our soccer will come with it.”Friday’s match at Nebraska is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., and Sunday’s match at Iowa is set to kick off Sunday at 2 p.m. read more

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Noisy bagpiper arrested on the Royal Mile for playing too loudly

However the incident prompted an immediate response online, with many criticising the authorities for “pandering to a tiny percentage of Edinburgh’s public”.Scott Cockburn wrote: “If you rent or buy in High St, do you think it’s a quiet flat? Ridiculous. Council should be representing majority and tourism rather than handcuffing pipers. Madness.”Marion McLaren, said it was “ridiculous” to use the hard-pressed resources of Police Scotland to chase buskers when the force did not “have enough officers and money to tackle real offences”.There was also some support for the action of the police, with Wes Murdiff saying that that in order for a yellow card for noise pollution to be served, personal details are required.He added: “To refuse to give your details is…obstructing a police officer during the course of their duties.” Police and the city council launched the card scheme last summer to help tackle anti-social behaviour, including excessive noise levels.One survey last year found Edinburgh was the fifth worst city in the UK for complaints about noise, with Kensington and Chelsea at the top of the list.Over 14,300 complaints were made in the Scottish capital between 2015 and August 2017.Joanna Mowat, a Tory councillor in the city centre, said at the time that the problem was how to “balance residents’ rights to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home with the desire to make Edinburgh a vibrant city”. He was cuffed by police in front of shocked tourists  Officers engaged with the buskers asking them to consider only playing on six days of the week to give local residents some respite on one dayPolice Spokesperson He was cuffed by police in front of shocked tourists  “On Sunday June 4 officers from the city centre Community Policing Team observed a bagpiper busking at Castlehill.“The noise level was clearly excessive. The busker concerned was told to stop playing and issued with a ‘yellow card’ warning which outlines the relevant legislation. A noisy bagpiper was arrested in front of shocked tourists after playing “too loudly” in the centre of Edinburgh.John McDonald was busking on the Royal Mile on Sunday, one of the city’s busiest tourist thoroughfares, leading from the castle to the Queen’s official residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.He was approached by officers as part of a crackdown on noisy street performances and warned about his sound levels.He is understood to have been arrested after refusing to give his details to officers from Police Scotland.A police spokesman said they actively encouraged responsible busking on a street that is popular with performers throughout the summer, especially during the city’s festivals in August.She added: “Police in Edinburgh have received complaints from local residents and a councillor about excessive noise from bagpipe buskers on the Royal Mile over the last month.“Officers engaged with the buskers asking them to consider only playing on six days of the week to give local residents some respite on one day. 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. “Once a recorded police warning has been issued, officers are required to record the busker’s details. The busker refused to comply with this and he was arrested. He was released later in the day.”Thomas Wilson, 28, another piper who saw Mr McDonald being detained, told the Sun the incident was “disgraceful”, adding: “None of us want hassle from the police.“When they asked him for his details he refused, rightly in my opinion as he had done nothing wrong.“Buskers on the Royal Mile know neighbours don’t always appreciate it so we try to keep the level below 80 decibels.“We all play with bagpipes that output at half level, that’s the noise of an ambient street. We are trying to respect the local businesses.” read more

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SEHA Round 13 Meshkov Brest win brings them closer to F4

7.Borac m:tel144010328 : 42012 8.Nexe13328361 : 38011 dejan manaskovdmitry kamyshnikLino CervarMeshkov BrestmetalurgRastko StojkovicSEHAzeljko babic 3.Meshkov Brest13904357 : 32627 5.Metalurg13742343 : 31125 1.CO Zagreb141112449 : 38334 Metalurg took an important point against Dinamo Minsk few days ago which secured them the L16 phase of the EHF Champions League, but the team could not cope with strong and motivated Meshkov Brest side on Tuesday. Meshkov Brest were leading throughout most of the game, and in the deservedly won with 27:24 (15:12). The victory now puts them on the 3rd place with 27 points, while Vardar is 4th with 25 points and a game in hand, while Metalurg are at 25 points as well, with four rounds left.Dmnitry Kamyshnik led home side with 6 goals from 11 shots, followed by recent arrival Rastko Stojkovic with 5 points from 7 shots. Dejan Manaskov was Metalurg’s best with 5 goals.STATISTICSSTANDINGS: 9.Lovćen153210388 : 45111 6.Vojvodina13508329 : 35415 2.Tatran Prešov131102459 : 36133 10.Partizan141013333 : 4053 4.Vardar12813352 : 30825 ← Previous Story Sebastian Skube to HC Dinamo Minsk Next Story → Miha Zvizej stays in FENIX Toulouse! read more

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Police draw parallels in Mall hit to botched metro bombing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police investigating a bomb that exploded on Sunday inside The Mall in Maroussi, north of Athens, injuring two people, have found similarities between the remnants of the device collected from the shopping center and a bomb used in a botched attack on an Athens metro train last February, Kathimerini understands.According to police sources, the composition of the two bombs and the methodology behind the two attacks were very similar. There had been no claim of responsibility for the Mall blast by late on Monday. A group calling itself the February 12 Movement claimed responsibility for planting an incendiary device on the seat of a train at Aegaleo metro station, west of Athens, in February last year. That device, which did not go off, comprised batteries, switches, a light bulb and 4 liters of flammable liquid. The bomb that went off at The Mall was said to be virtually identical except that instead of flammable liquid, the assailants had used 1.5 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (known as ANFO) and gelignite. Also found in the wreckage at The Mall were remnants of a pressure cooker, prompting police to probe possible connections with the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, a guerrilla group that used such utensils in some of its bomb attacks.A 29-year-old man believed to be a member of that group was released pending trial last week, prompting government officials to slam the judiciary for its handling of such cases.Police believe that there are links between the February 12 Movement and Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.But officers have not indicated that there is any connection between the attack at The Mall and last year’s attempted metro bombing. There are said to be indications, however, that the groups behind these attacks might have been guided by a common “command center” as is believed to have been the case with attacks carried out in 2010 and 2011 and claimed by Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire or Revolutionary Struggle.As regards the Mall bombing, police sources have indicated that closed-circuit television footage suggests that at least four people, including one woman, were involved in planting the device. CCTV footage reportedly shows a man wearing a woolen hat planting a package in a garbage can on the first floor of the complex.Police are also still investigating an armed attack on the offices of conservative New Democracy on January 14 by assailants wielding a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a revolver. It appears that initial reports according to which one of the two assailants spotted at the scene had been carrying a rocket launcher were accurate.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more