HBOs Watchmen ComicCon trailer goes deep into masked vigilante war

first_img Comic-Con 0 TV and Movies Comics Comments The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 The trailer opens with a vigilante crashing into a convenience store being robbed by a gunman — but this isn’t your fun Shazam-type hero moment. For one, the vigilante wears a noose around his neck. We cut to a Rorschach-inspired mask-wearing vigilante, who says, “soon they will shout, ‘Save us.’ And we will whisper, ‘No.'”  The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises 3:00 Very ominous. HBO Damon Lindelof, best known for creating The Leftovers, is the man helming HBO’s Watchmen. A new trailer for this sequel (of sorts) to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel snuck up on San Diego Comic-Con, despite the absence of a panel. 62 Photoscenter_img More from HBO and Comic-Con HBO HBO’s Watchmen series: New teaser trailer, release date, cast and plot Every Comic-Con San Diego 2019 trailer: Picard, Netflix’s The Witcher, It 2, Top Gun sequel HBO’s His Dark Materials lights up Comic-Con with a new trailer Share your voice Tags Originally published July 20, 11:15 a.m. PT.  Now playing: Watch this: The masks, the vigilantes, Ozymandias — they’re all familiar to fans of the graphic novel, but Lindelof isn’t exactly adapting it. Well, at least that’s what he implied in an open letter to fans. Instead of retreading “sacred ground,” he’s going to remix it. The TV series is an original sequel set in the Watchmen world, where new masks and new characters will take the stage.Regina King plays Angela Abraham, Jeremy Irons plays an older Ozymandias, Jean Smart plays Agent Blake — and that’s pretty much all we know about the new cast of characters. A war seems to be in the cards between vigilantes and the police, who — twist! — have also jumped on the mask-wearing bandwagon.Watchmen is set to arrive on HBO sometime in October, 2019.last_img read more

Ethnic group attacks Myanmar army 30 dead

first_imgMap of Myanmar locating the clashes in the northeast near the border with China. AFPAt least 30 people were killed Monday in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid.Artillery and small arms fire continued throughout the day in Laukkai, a main town in the Kokang region of the northeastern state of Shan.The clashes are some of the worst to break out in the Chinese-speaking Kokang region since fighting in 2015 left scores dead and forced tens of thousands to flee across the border into China.Myanmar is already torn by various ethnic insurgencies. But the Kokang conflict has raised tensions with its giant neighbour.Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is desperate to end the decades-long borderland conflicts, but intensifying fighting threatens peace efforts.Rebels from the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) launched an attack early Monday against police and military posts, according to Suu Kyi’s office.A separate group of fighters later attacked locations in the main town.“According to initial information, many innocent civilians including a primary school teacher… were killed because of attacks by the MNDAA armed group,” the State Counsellor’s Office said in a statement, adding some attackers wore local police uniforms.The statement, accompanied by grisly pictures of the dead and wounded, said at least five civilians and five local police were killed in the fighting.It added that a further 20 “burned bodies” had been found alongside weapons.Government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP those casualties were MNDAA fighters.Unverified video shared on social media appeared to show parts of the town still ablaze on Monday afternoon while civilians scurried to safety amid the rattle of small arms fire.An army source told AFP fighting was continuing as darkness fell.“Residents in town are fleeing. We do not know exact figures yet,” the officer said.The Northern Alliance, an umbrella group of rebels including the MNDAA which has yet to join national peace talks, confirmed its members were fighting in Laukkai.But in a Facebook post it said they carried out the attack “to resist an enemy offensive in self-defence” and cited Myanmar military operations since December.The latest fighting raises the spectre of a fresh refugee exodus into China.In early 2015 tens of thousands fled there when dozens of civilians, rebels and army troops died in months of fighting across the remote and mountainous region.China said Myanmar warplanes dropped bombs on its side of the border during that bout of fighting.Kokang has strong bonds with China—local people speak a Chinese dialect and China’s yuan is the common currency.Observers say Beijing holds considerable sway over the rebels.Skirmishes with the Northern Alliance have intensified across Shan state since late last year, claiming more than 160 lives across an arc of land in the long border region.last_img read more

Modi visits Nepal to restore neighbourly ties

first_imgNepali prime minister KP Sharma Oli shakes hands with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during a visit to the Janaki temple in Janakpur, some 200 kms southeast of Kathmandu on 11 May. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi prayed at a renowned Hindu temple with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli on Friday as he started a visit aiming to reset strained relations between the neighbours.“Nepal has welcomed me here as the prime minister of India, but this grand welcome is in honour of thousands of years of tradition between our two nations,” Modi said at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur, which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita.“This will act as a foundation for our economic development, cultural ties and a strong people to people contact between the two nations.”Modi has cast the visit as part of his “neighbourhood first” policy. It is the latest in a series of goodwill gestures by New Delhi, which has been alarmed by China’s growing influence in Nepal.In 2017, Chinese firms pledged more than $8.3 billion in investment, dwarfing Indian commitments of $317 million. In May last year, Nepal signed up to Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road infrastructure initiative.Modi is due to fly to Kathmandu later where he will inaugurate construction of the India-backed $1.4-billion Arun Three hydropower plant.The plant is the first of five mega hydropower projects, two of which are backed by Chinese companies, to begin construction, which marks a diplomatic win for India.“Historically India-funded projects, while they seem generous, have struggled to show progress, while the Chinese do it quicker and gain on public opinion,” said Kathmandu-based analyst George Varughese.Religious overtonesThe five hydropower plants have been in the works for over a decade and could be a game-changer for Nepal.The Himalayan nation has enough water to be a hydro powerhouse but it has so far harnessed less than two per cent of that potential, according to estimates.Ties between the neighbours dived in 2015 when Nepal passed a controversial new constitution that sparked deadly protests, triggering a months-long border blockade.Kathmandu blamed New Delhi for the blockade that caused a crippling shortage of fuel and goods as the country struggled to recover from a devastating earthquake earlier that year.Oli, then serving his first term as prime minister, won huge public support as he stoked nationalist anti-India sentiment over the blockade. He used the platform again during his reelection campaign last year.Many in Nepal remain suspicious of India’s “big brother” attitude, and the hashtags #ModiNotWelcomeInNepal and #BlockadeWasACrimeMrModi trended on Twitter as the Indian premier touched down.Oli, who needs India-Nepal’s largest trading partner-to realise his ambitious plans to kickstart economic growth, has opted for a more pragmatic approach to relations since he took office again in February.In April, he travelled to New Delhi for his first foreign visit.Modi will visit a second Hindu pilgrimage site near Nepal’s border with Tibet on Saturday. Analysts say the strong religious overtones are intended to send a message to his Hindu nationalist base at home where Modi is fighting a key state election in Karnataka state.last_img read more

Of tall buildings and swanky malls

first_imgHome is where the heart is, seems to be the new mantra for real estate owners in Indian investment – even when these homes are in distant foreign lands like Dubai and other Middle East countries – where real estate players are bullish about rising Indian investment. This was evident at the Dubai Property Show held recently in Mumbai, where numerous developers, builders and real estate giants from the Emirate of Dubai – also famously called the “City of Gold” –  came in their numbers to woo Indian real estate buyers.  Also Read – Revolutionising Indian agricultureBollywood’s celebrity and style icon Malaika Arora Khan kicked off the three-day property extravaganza that showcased the best of the Emirate’s latest real estate offerings in luxury apartments from Rs 65 lakhs to villas around Rs 2.5 crores, besides beach properties and commercial properties galore. The event, which was organised by the Dubai Land Department and Sumansa Exhibitions, witnessed participation of 35 reputed property developers from Dubai including; Falconcity of Wonders, Emaar Properties, Al Hamra Real Estate Development, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Tebyan, Select Group, Nakheel, Dubai Properties, Deyaar Development, Meydan Sobha, Damac Properties, Dubai Sports City, Kleindienst Group, among others, besides also seminars, promotional offers and financing facilities. Also Read – BLACK FIBRESultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of the Dubai Land Department, said Dubai properties would be particularly attractive to the middle-income group, which no longer have to choose between affordability and luxury. “Indians have long understood the value of Dubai real-estate – as evident by their growing investment in the emirate – and they realise the long-and-short-term financial dividends that they can attain. This is why Indian nationals continue to rule the foreign real-estate investment chart. In the first half of 2015 alone, they sliced a significant 15 per cent share – the highest in Dubai’s real-estate market by a foreign nationality,” he said.  Alharith Almoosa, Vice Chairman and Deputy General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, noted that while Dubai’s real-estate sector provided value for money, more significantly – the emirate offered political stability and an easy access to global and regional markets, besides boasting one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Sunil Jaiswal, President, Sumansa Exhibitions, said Dubai real-estate became a sound investment because economic activity in Dubai witnessed healthy figures due to its diversification across various sectors including finance, logistics, tourism and retail, besides also Expo 2020 round the corner to improve the economy further.  “Indians are continuing to be the most prolific foreign investors in the property sector in coming months too, as they have adopted Dubai as their second home and expect high return on their investments,” Kalpesh Sampat, Director of SPF Realty – a leading real estate broker in the freehold property sector of Dubai and Middle East – told Millennium Post on the sidelines of the Show, while highlighting the USP and hassle-free purchase procedures offered by the Dubai realty market. “The key advantages Dubai property markets offer – vis-à-vis investment in Indian properties – is that one does not have to deal with complicated sections and provisions related to Income Tax as there are no personal and income taxes in Dubai. Quick transaction procedures ensure that Indian investors get their money as a seller in 10 days (cash) or 45 days in case of a mortgage.”  “Dubai’s other top draw reasons include: Relatively affordable living for middle and upper class compared to Delhi and Mumbai; Easy assimilation due to prevailing Indian culture; Monetary gains due to fastest-growing economies and rising demand for property; Lucrative yields with world’s highest returns; Close proximity to India; Expo 2020 (to attract estimated 30 million visitors and multiple business opportunities; Strong tourism sector (millions global tourists monthly),” Sampat said.Official statistics show Indians as the top foreign property investors in Dubai with investments of over Rs 30,000 crore in 2014 alone, which is more than a quarter of around Rs 1 lakh crore of Non-Arab property investments recorded that year, according to the Dubai Land Department. Real estate investors from India have shown a marked preference for properties in Dubai owing to the close proximity of the UAE to India. Indians were the most prolific overseas investors in Dubai’s realty market in H1, 2015, clocking 3,017 transactions valued at more than $2 billion.“Dubai is poised on the brink of becoming one of the world’s leading investment hubs, and SPF Realty is an extended selling arm of several premium real estate developers in the UAE. Our Dubai USP is simple: 1) price per square feet is compelling, from investors perspective. Payment plan is 65 per cent post-handover over three more years. So, besides Indians, about 50 per cent buyers are from UAE itself and GCC countries itself who realise the importance including Meydan and “Mohammed Bin Rashid” (MBR) City having an “Etihad Rail Link” with other cities and countries in the GCC region in barely two to three years time, besides a bicycle track of a massive 50 kms length that sees even leaders and VVIPs doing their exercising bit. In fact, SPF’s sales turnover rose from $545 million (2007) to $2 billion in (2014), even as our (G&Co) “Viridian” Millennium Estates will be witnessing handing over of 198 villas by January 2016,” Sampat added.Elucidating on the emergence of Dubai as a prime investment destination for Indian investors, Ranjeet Chavan, Director of SPF Realty which is representing the regions premium property developer G&Co at the Dubai Property Show, reiterated, “Indians accord a second-home status to Dubai – by coming in massive numbers to live, work and invest with a long-term perspective. Lower interest rates, lucrative yearly rental yield in the range of 4-7 per cent, security, tax-free returns on investments or around 20 per cent, a regulated market structure and attractive payment options are additional triggers for driving Indian investments in huge numbers in the Indian market.”Meanwhile, nearer home in India , some developers believe the sky’s the limit and are therefore reaching for the sky. Oberoi Realty launched its “Sky City” at Borivali, Mumbai across 25 acres and featuring multiple towers of 60 storeys each, besides offering connectivity to business districts and leisure options like malls, hotels, theatres and parks alongside multi-terraced gardens, recreational area and lush green landscapes. Describing “home” as the best real estate asset people can experience with value creation, Vikas Oberoi, CMD, Oberoi Realty, said the apartments in Sky City would comprise expansive three-bedrooms, while the City itself would be an aesthetic experience at all levels including swimming pools, aqua gm, courts for tennis, badminton and squash, rock climbing, jogging track, skating rink and kids play areas.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently noted that the real estate sector has huge potential for growth, and expressed the hope that the period of slow down would end soon. Delivering the key-note address at the CREDAI-BANKCON  2015 on Role of Banking and Finance in Real Estate Development in Mumbai,  Jaitley had described the real estate sector as being the next big mover as far as the Indian economy is concerned, but added that the industry must survive on market economy and subsidies should not be the essence of survival.The Finance Minister said the government was committed to housing for all – a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and would adopt a positive approach, though easier availability of land was crucial to realising the dream of affordable housing. “It is not cheaper availability of land, but rather easier availability. If we complicate procedures too much, then we will be preventing people from acquiring affordable homes” he said, while emphasizing on the need of more townships, suburban townships and smart cities to lead the economic development of India.About the taxation proposals made by CREDAI, the Finance Minister suggested the Real Estate body to make a presentation before the newly-appointed committee reviewing the Income Tax Act. With inflation being brought under control and the Reserve Bank also reducing interest rates four times this year, these measures would impact the real estate sector positively, Jaitley said, adding that recapitalization of public sector banks would give more strength and muscle for banking sector’s lending.Focusing on macro-economic issues, the Minister said, “India as a country has become more aspirational and the constituency which supports growth has become bigger”.last_img read more

Google Testing New Search Feature for Gmail Users

first_img min read If email is one of your primary communication tools then your inbox is probably a treasure trove of valuable information for your business. Search giant Google is testing a new search function that could make finding information in Gmail accounts even easier.Right now, if you think you had an email exchange days, weeks or months ago with a customer or colleague on a specific topic, your only option is to search for relevant terms related to that email chain from Gmail’s search tool. In a blog post yesterday, Google said it is allowing users who sign up for a limited trial to get information from their Gmail account right from Google’s main search page. Register Now » August 9, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Related: 5 Ways to Build a Solid Email Marketing List”We think you shouldn’t have to be your own mini-search engine to find the most useful information — it should just work,” Google senior vice president Amit Singhal wrote. “A search is a search, and we want our results to be truly universal.”So, if you’re planning a business trip to San Francisco, for example, Gmail users who sign up for the trial might see emails that are related to that trip on the right hand side of the usual Google results page when searching for “San Francisco.”Google says it’s working on another handy feature for business travelers: Collecting flight information from your email. If you search for “my flights”, Google says it will organize and display your flight confirmation emails for upcoming trips right on the search results page.Related: How to Tame Your InboxDo you plan on signing up for Google’s new email search feature? Leave us a comment and let us know.last_img read more