Four Years On, Dutch Remember Those Lost on Flight MH17

Bereaved relatives Tuesday held a solemn ceremony to remember flight MH17, as the families of those lost when the plane was shot down over war-torn Ukraine four years ago await justice.

All 298 people on the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when a Russian-made Buk missile slammed into the plane over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

The ceremony was organized by the victims’ families at a memorial opened last year near Schiphol airport, close to Amsterdam.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte led a procession of relatives and friends in laying flowers at the memorial, planted with 298 trees in the shape of a green ribbon.

The names of each of the victims, who were mostly Dutch but included many other nationalities including Australians and Malaysians, were read aloud.

President of the victims association, Piet Ploeg, highlighted the difficult situation the families find themselves in.

“We are confronted by constant delays and foot-dragging, with some remains still in Ukraine, and we have still yet to identify the remains of all our loved ones,” he said.

Ploeg’s 58-year-old brother, Alex, who died alongside his wife Edith and 18-year-old son Robert, is one of only two victims who has not yet been identified.

In May, Dutch-led international investigators concluded that the BUK missile which blew up the plane had come from a Russian military brigade based in southwestern Kursk, and travelled in a convoy into eastern Ukraine.

That information pushed the Netherlands, backed by Australia, to publicly say for the first time that they held Moscow responsible for the disaster. The two nations are considering whether to launch a case in the international courts against Russia.

‘Black page in history’

While investigators have called for information on two possible suspects, no charges have yet been brought and no-one has appeared in the high-security court in Schiphol where any trial will be held.

“A black page in history that will be remembered around the world today. The Netherlands will continue to fight for truth and justice,” vowed Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok in a tweet.

G7 nations at the weekend urged Russia to “account for its role” in the 2014 disaster, saying the joint investigation had yielded “compelling, significant and deeply disturbing” findings on Russia’s involvement.

“We are united in our support of Australia and the Netherlands as they call on Russia to account for its role in this incident,” the statement said.

Russia has repeatedly denied any role in the crash, and instead blamed Ukraine.

But in June families organized a powerful protest, arranging 298 empty white chairs on grounds outside the Russian embassy in The Hague in a silent rebuke to the officials inside.

July 17, 2018

Vitaliy Shabunin, head of the non-governmental Anti-Corruption Action Centre, reacts after he was splashed with brilliant green substance during a rally in front of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Kiev, Ukraine July 17, 2018.

Amazon's Hopes Its Prime Day Doesn't Go to the Dogs

Amazon is hoping customers don’t see any more dogs, after early problems on Prime Day meant people trying to shop got only images of the cute canines delivering an apologetic message.

Amazon’s website ran into some early snags Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created.

Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links after the 3 p.m. ET launch in the U.S. got only images of dogs — some quite abashed-looking — with the words, “Uh-oh. Something went wrong on our end.” People took to social media to complain that they couldn’t order items.

By about 4:30 p.m., many Prime Day links were working, and Amazon said later Monday that it was working to resolve the glitches.

In an email to The Associated Press, it said “many are shopping successfully” and that in the first hour of the 36-hour Prime Day in the U.S., customers ordered more items than in the same time frame last year.

Still, the hiccups could mute sales and send shoppers elsewhere during one of Amazon’s busiest sales periods that’s also a key time for it to sign up new Prime members. Shoppers have lots of options, as many other chains have offered sales and promotions to try to capitalize on the Prime Day spending.

Analyst Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali at Forrester Research called the glitch a “huge deal.”

“This is supposed to be one of their biggest days of the year,” she wrote in an email. “I am shocked this caught them off guard. But I guess the lesson is to not have a big unveil during the middle of the day when everyone comes to your site all at once.”

Amazon, which recently announced that Prime membership would be getting more expensive, was hoping to lure in shoppers by focusing on new products and having Whole Foods be part of the process. It was also hoping parents would use the deals event to jump start back-to-school shopping.

Jason Goldberg, senior vice president of commerce at Publicis.Sapient, noted that the problems could turn off shoppers for a while, particularly those who planned to sign up for Prime membership.

“If you were planning to find Prime deals to lower the cost of back-to-school [purchases], you’re almost certainly going back to your traditional venue of choice,” he said.

Goldberg noted that it’s easy for Amazon to extend deals on its own devices and brands, but trickier for it to extend deals for its third-party sellers because they signed up for different promotional slots.

While Amazon doesn’t disclose sales figures for Prime Day, Deborah Weinswig, CEO of Coresight Research, had estimated that it will generate $3.4 billion in sales worldwide, up from an estimated $2.4 billion last year. Prime Day also lasts six hours longer than last year.

In Europe, Amazon employees were using Prime Day to draw attention to their complaints against the company. Unions in Spain said most of the company’s 2,000 permanent staff there were on a three-day strike on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, other retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Best Buy, Walmart and Target have rolled out their own promotions, said Charlie O’Shea, lead retail analyst at Moody’s.

“Brick-and-mortar retailers know that they have little choice but to continue offering their own deep discounts, which is evident in the proliferation of `Black Friday in July’ deals that are being launched earlier each year, as well as various `price match’ offers,” he said in a note earlier Monday.

Amazon created Prime Day in 2015 to mark its 20th anniversary, and its success has inspired other e-commerce companies to invent shopping holidays. Online furniture seller Wayfair introduced Way Day in April, becoming its biggest revenue day ever.

Prime Day also usually helps boost the number of Prime memberships. Amazon disclosed for the first time this year that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide. It’s hoping to keep Prime attractive for current and would-be subscribers after raising the U.S. annual membership fee by 20 percent to $119 and to $12.99 for the month-to-month option.

“It has been one of the best vehicles” for signing up members, said Goldberg.

Niantic acquires Seismic Games

Niantic — the company behind Pokémon GO — is back at it with another acquisition.

After acquiring Escher Reality back in February and Matrix Mill back in June, this morning the company announced it’s acquiring Seismic Games.

Seismic Games is probably best known for its work on Marvel: Strike Force, a mobile, turn-based RPG that has players build battle teams made up of all the big names from the Marvel comic universe.

Niantic’s two biggest games of the foreseeable future — Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite — both rely heavily on licensed IP. So acquiring a team that already has a wealth of experience with licensed IP — specifically, a team that can walk that fine line of building enough new content to keep the players happy without doing something that sets off the IP owners — makes sense.

No terms of the deal were disclosed.

Hima Das’s Coach Said She Used To Train With Boys To Enhance Her Performance

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Hima Das’s Coach Said She Used To Train With Boys To Enhance Her Performance

Hima Das has recently made our country India proud with her achievement. The whole country is cheering for her as she created history.

The daughter of a farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district, sprinted her way to victory at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race on the third day of competitions. Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. She finished ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.

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Her coach Nipon Das recently revealed the 18-year-old prefers to practise with male athletes in order to increase her performance levels.

He is credited with discovering Hima’s talent from a remote village in Assam, 140 km from Guwahati. He was instrumental in getting Hima to come down to Guwahati back in 2017 so that she could receive proper training at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.

Nipon, speaking about Hima’s achievement to a leading daily, revealed she prefers to train with male athletes to achieve higher levels of competition. “Normally, when a girl starts to train with the boys, they tend to improve their performance level. And Hima was so desperate to improve that she always wanted to run with the boys,” he was quoted as saying.

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This isn’t the first report about Hima competing or even going toe-to-toe boys in sport. In an interview with PTI, Hima’s cousin Joy Das had said, “Physically also, she is very strong. She can kick a football like any of us. I told her not to play football with the boys but she did not listen to us,” he said.

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Hima’s father Ronjit Das, who is a rice farmer by profession, said Hima always had an unwavering determination and would run through brick walls to achieve her goals. “She is very stubborn. If she wants to do something she will not listen to anybody but she will do it with aplomb. She is a strong girl and that is why she is coming up to -achieve something. I hope she will do something for the country,” he said.

Hima has surely become a great motivation for girls in the country.

Published by Bhaumik Raja on 17 Jul 2018

Gauri Khan post a new pic with daughter Suhana Khan from NYC, SRK has a best response

It seems like vacation is not yet ended for Gauri Khan and daughter Suhana. Both the gorgeous ladies are currently holidaying in New York.

Gauri recently posted a gorgeous picture on her social media handle where she can be seen chilling with daughter Suhana and we most say the mother-daughter duo looked simply perfect together.

She captioned the click s: “New York Times”

The photo of Suhana and Gauri is from a cafe in New York, where the mother-daughter duo seem to be enjoying some quality time.

As Gauri shared the picture, SRK  was quick to leave a witty reply on Twitter. He wrote, “NYTimes is carrying great news..”

Earlier, Gauri shared many pictures from the Europe vacation where SRK also spent quality time with his children. However, he had to return to the city in order to fulfill his work commitments.

Meanwhile, Suhana is currently studying abroad. The star kid has started taking baby steps in the glamour world. Recently, she was finalised to shoot for a magazine. Her mother Gauri Khan confirmed the news. Gauri said, “Suhana is shooting for a magazine. I don’t want to reveal the name but that’s the most exciting thing I am looking forward to this year.”

Samsung is still sending advertisements to users via push notifications

Samsung phones are known for having a lot of bloatware pre-installed. There used to be a Samsung equivalent for every Google app pre-installed. Nowadays, it’s a bit better with a lot less bloatware preinstalled. The one thing Samsung hasn’t gotten any better on is sending ads with push notifications.

Today, I got an ad from Samsung Push Service offering me a $100 discount on the Galaxy Tab S3. This discount is available to everyone and is on the Samsung website. They also are sending these notifications to users with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. This ad is to try to sell the Tab S3 before the new Galaxy Tab S4 comes out soon.

Three years ago AndroidPolice, wrote an article about the company sending ads to their devices through Samsung Push Service. It was to advertise the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. This was sent to customers in Germany. Last year, TheNextWeb wrote about the Samsung Games Launcher sending ads about new free games to users with the Galaxy S8.

This new ad I received today is arguably worse because instead of advertising a free app through their own Game Launcher, it is advertising a product that cost $450. It’s one thing to advertise a couple of free apps and another thing to advertise expensive products.

If you’ve received these push notifications or any other ad from Samsung Push Service and want to stop receiving them, you can disable the app using adb. Run the command adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.sec.spp.push. This will disable the app so it is as if the app isn’t installed on the device anymore. This will work on any Galaxy device from the past 3 years.

I don’t think it’s right for a company to be sending ads to people who already put down money for their product. When buying a device I don’t expect to get ads on it. I want my experience to be ad-free and bloat-free. Luckily, disabling Samsung Push Service can go a little way to help alleviate that.

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