The BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh has asked the Centre to compensate thousands of people who had to give up their land for defence structures built during the 1962 war with China.Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who represents Arunachal Pradesh in the Lok Sabha, told The Hindu that the compensation could cost ₹3,000 crore. He held a meeting on Wednesday with MoS for Defence Subhash Bhamre, Chief Minister Pema Khandu and other senior officials. “Although the people of Arunachal Pradesh can be branded as ultra patriotic Indians, a sense of resentment has been brewing of late due to non-payment of compensation for huge areas of land occupied by the Army,” he said. Mr. Rijiju called for resolving all pending issues in a time-bound manner.
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accepted NBA star David Lee’s engagement proposal.The former world number one went public with their relationship eights month ago, reports TMZ.She announced the news on Instagram by posting a picture of her engagement ring, captioning it, “Happiest day of my life yesterday saying yes to my soulmate?.”The image showed her hand against the bright blue ocean backdrop in Bora Bora, where the two were vacationing.Wozniacki, 27, was previously engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy from whom she separated in 2014.
Dwayne Bravo won’t be representing the West Indies ever again, at least that’s what the West Indies all-rounder thinks. The n0w 34-year-old believes that his future lies in T20 leagues around the world.Bravo had sustained a hamstring injury during Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) in December 2016, keeping him out of action fror a considerable period. His last match in West Indian colours came back in September in the shortest format against Pakistan.The all-rounder feel that he was not picked by the West Indies when he was fit, he sees no chance of getting a recall into side now that he is in his thirties.”I am looking at these tournaments as a chance to continue playing cricket. As long as I can play cricket, I am happy. As far as internationals are concerned, I have been dropped from the West Indies team,” Bravo told ESPNcricinfo.”I was dropped while I was fit. I don’t think now, at 34, it would make any sense coming back. I just need to see what is left for me, for my fans to see Dwayne Bravo playing cricket. That is my priority,” he added.Bravo has not featured in Tests for West Indies in seven years and not played in ODIs since 2014, confessed that his absence from the game at the start of this year hurt him the most.Earlier this year, Bravo was forced to miss the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after failing to recover from the hamstring injury. He, however, went on to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).advertisementBravo, who is currently in Sharjah for the T10 League, said, “I didn’t play for nine months.That is a lot. I missed the game and I have to be careful now. Playing BPL, we made it to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it all the way through, but I am happy to be playing again.”Bravo was one of the victims in Shahid Afridi’s hat-trick on the opening match of the T10 League. He, however, bagged two wickets by conceding just 12 runs on day two in Sharjah as his side Maratha Arabians secured their first win in the competition against Team Sri Lankan Cricket.(With inputs from ANI)
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton weighs up Murray recallby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton must decide on whether to recall Glenn Murray to his starting lineup.The veteran attacker has enjoyed success against West Ham United, Brighton’s upcoming opponents, in recent games.He scored twice in the 3-0 win at the Hammers last season. But Florin Andone has also been in good form.Speaking on their last win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, Hughton told The Argus: “It was an emphatic win but I also remember the two centre-halves had to defend really well, deal with a lot of crosses.”Glenn got the first one and Jose (Izquierdo) scored a wonderful goal, it was almost like one of those games that everything went our way.”It was a memorable one but they have certainly come on since then. All we want to do is be right in the game but they are a very good team at the moment.”It will absolutely be a more difficult game than last year. They will start as favourites, they are at home, and we will have to make sure we turn up.”
Iowa State Court StormOn the same day they were voted No. 1 in both major polls ,Oklahoma suffered its second loss of the season, 82-77 at the hands of No. 19 Iowa State.And how did the fans in Ames celebrate the big victory? With a huge court storm, how else?Another No. 1 goes down, another court storm https://t.co/s9C2OvR5bO— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) January 19, 2016Shout out to security. Great protection of OU in court Storm pic.twitter.com/vXv9ipdypT— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) January 19, 2016Storm that court! pic.twitter.com/4XTDIyoE8A— Anthony Samuelson (@ajsamuelson) January 19, 2016Storming the court when your team is also ranked? We’re not sure about that. But we do know one thing: the Big 12 is flat-out awesome this year. Every Big Monday game in the conference is must-see TV.
zoom India continues to grow as a global center of technological excellence, accounting for 10 percent of research and development and home to five of the top 10 science and technology schools in Asia. Govt of India, having a network of more than 50 laboratories deeply engaged in developing a range of technologies will invest in a new scientific research platform vessel to be built by Bharati Shipyard, based in Mumbai.The Class XII merchant vessel will host scientists from various Indian government scientific laboratories. It will be used to carry out multipurpose research along the coastal sea belt of India.Bharati has chosen GE Power Conversion, with its extensive experience and understanding of the global marine industry, to supply the power and propulsion system for the ship. This will be the first diesel-electric ship built in India to incorporate medium-voltage equipment, an area in which GE already has a strong position globally. Delivery of the vessel is expected in the year 2015.Bharati has signed two contracts with GE for the current project. The main one is with GE Power Conversion in France for design, production and supply of the power and propulsion equipment (generators, motors and drives). The supplementary contract is with GE Power Conversion in India, which will be responsible for technical services, design, documentation, installation checks, commissioning and sea trials.“One of the key reasons why Bharati wanted to work with GE is because of their ability to provide strong local engineering and technical support,” says Partho Burmon Roy, a director at Bharati Shipyard. “Our two companies know each other well, having worked together in the past on offshore projects.”The medium-voltage propulsion system is rated at 3.3 kV, with two propulsion motors of 5 MW. Each motor is fitted with one of GE’s MV7000 drives, which stand out from the pack with their high efficiency and control flexibility. MV7000 drive technology can be applied to a wide range of equipment: the drives can feed both induction and synchronous machines with high performance vector control across all speed ranges.Paul English, marine business leader for GE Power Conversion says, “GE has built up a good reputation in India over many years, and this has clearly helped us to win this interesting new contract. The people at Bharati know they can trust us to deliver with a medium-voltage propulsion system that will be unique in Indian waters. They also know that we are very good at accommodating application-specific needs into individual projects, according to each customer’s unique situation.”“We are also very happy to gain Govt of India as the final end user of this type of medium-voltage diesel-electric propulsion vessel for the first time, and we will be working hard to make sure it is not the last,” English added. “We have been working on this project for two years, and I think it is fair to say that all parties are very satisfied with the outcome. Overall, we see good prospects for power and propulsion systems in India in the marine industry.”GE, October 4, 2013
Nova Scotians should prepare for a possible significant freezing rain event beginning this weekend and continuing into Christmas week. Environment Canada is predicting rain followed by a sudden drop in temperature that could affect power lines and make driving dangerous. “It’s a busy time of year for many people, but I want to encourage Nova Scotians to take time to make emergency preparations,” said Lena Diab, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “Everyone should have an emergency kit ready with essentials to last at least 72 hours.” Snow and rain is expected to begin today, Dec. 20, and may turn to freezing rain by Sunday. In some regions of the province, 45 mm of freezing rain is expected. “Our crews and winter equipment will be out in full force,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Based on the weather reports we’re hearing now, staff expect clearing the roads will be a challenge because of the fluctuating temperatures. Road conditions could still be extremely slippery during the periods of rain and freezing, especially on local gravel roads. We urge you to stay off the roads altogether if you can.” If people must travel, motorists are advised to check road conditions by phoning 511, viewing provincial highway cameras online or by visiting http://511.gov.ns.ca/ . Twitter will also be used to distribute information. Follow at @nsemo for emergency information or @NS_TIR for road condition or closure updates. “RCMP are reminding motorists to listen to weather forecasts and plan ahead,” said RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc. “If you must travel, remember to refrain from using cruise control on icy roads, keep your vehicle lights on, and mirrors and windshield clean of snow.” As the freezing rain may result in power outages, Nova Scotians are encouraged to prepare an emergency kit that includes at least two litres of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and portable radio, and a first-aid kit. For more information on preparation visit http://novascotia.ca/emo .
WASHINGTON — Christine Lagarde is resigning as managing director of the International Monetary Fund in light of her nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank.Lagarde has already given up her day-to-day duties as head of the IMF, and the international lending agency has named a top deputy, David Lipton, as acting managing director.Legarde said in a prepared statement Tuesday, “I have made this decision in the best interest of the Fund, as it will expedite the selection process for my successor.”Lagarde said her resignation will be effective on Sept. 12.Lagarde took over the IMF after her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was ensared in sexual assault allegations. As managing director, she co-ordinated large bailout loans for Greece in concert with the ECB and European Union.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The weakening economy has made Kim Hawkins’ bridal customers hesitant about splurging, even for their big day.“They’re getting some of the more simple centerpieces, like glass vases or candles rather than the more extravagant centerpieces,” says Hawkins, owner of Events Wholesale, a Watkinsville, Georgia-based company that sells decorative items for weddings, parties and other events.Hawkins has also noticed that more people visit her website but don’t buy. Given the slower spending, she’s stepped up her marketing to companies that put on events; she’s gotten a “pretty good” response that has helped replace her lost business from consumers.As independent retailers and other small businesses prepare for the fourth quarter — the busy season for many of them — consumers have become more conservative. The economy has slowed this year, and the latest retail sales report from the government was disappointing; sales were unchanged in August from July when car, truck and gas purchases were subtracted. And confidence in the economy fell sharply this month, according to the Conference Board, which released its latest survey of consumer attitudes on Tuesday.Meanwhile, retailers have other issues including the Trump administration’s tariffs on imports from China that have made merchandise more expensive. They’re also dealing with consumers’ increasing preference for online shopping.Annie Rupani began seeing shoppers becoming conservative around Valentine’s Day, even though it’s one of the busiest holidays for her Houston chocolate business.“Our average sale value last year was $33.95, whereas this year the average is $29.10,” says Rupani, owner of two Cacao & Cardamom shops and an online store. Customers have gravitated toward the smaller boxes of chocolates she sells.Rupani is adapting to the changing environment by developing products that can be sold at lower prices and that will appeal to chocoholics as well as gift-givers. In her online business, she’s negotiating better rates with her shipping company.“Ours is a luxury product, but it’s as important now as ever to be accessible to everyone,” Rupani says.The retailers that management consultant Carlos Castelan works with are planning for a possible recession, keeping their inventories lean and being cautious about hiring. He advises them to also think long term, responding to consumers’ changing attitudes toward shopping.“Americans are spending less time shopping,” says Castelan, managing director of Minneapolis-based Navio Group. “But when they are coming in to shop, you need to help them, to answer their questions so they can overall have a memorable experience that keeps them coming back for more.”Retailers are learning how to cater to different consumers. Rupani finds that customers searching for fine chocolates on the internet know what they’re looking for, while people who stop in at her shops may not understand that her chocolates are artisanal, not mass-produced. She’s focusing more marketing dollars on the internet, hoping to double her online business to 20% from the current 10%.Eileen Mockus is finding ways to appeal to customers who want upscale organic linens and clothes but don’t want to spend top dollar, especially during the holidays. So Coyuchi, which sells sheet sets that cost into the hundreds of dollars, will be offering items under $50 that will appeal to gift-givers.“We want to be able to have a broader offering for the customer,” says Mockus, CEO of the company that has a store in Point Reyes Station, California and also sells online and through other retailers.The company has also started a program that gives discounts to customers who return their used Coyuchi linens, which are then recycled.The economy has been a factor in OC Facial Center’s shifting its focus away from traditional spa services and to acne treatments. For the company’s customers, dealing with troubling skin issues is a necessity, while massages and facials can become expendable when the economy looks less solid.“If we only focused on the facials, I think we’d be seeing there are some ebbs and flows year over year,” says Daniel Robbins, chief marketing officer for the company that has locations in Mission Viejo and Lake Forest, California.OC Facial Center lost some business several months ago when the stock market tumbled, taking the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 2,000 points.“Being here in Orange County, where the cost of living is so high, people get scared,” Robbins says. But the company’s business treating acne keeps growing, he says.Tariffs are an issue for many retailers; new duties against Chinese goods that President Donald Trump ordered into effect Sept. 1 included tariffs on clothing, linens, glasses and other tableware and jewelry, all of which are big sellers during the fourth quarter. Earlier tariffs have sent prices of thousands of industrial and consumer goods higher.Cacao & Cardamom’s packaging comes from China, and Rupani has seen the prices she pays rise by 50% over the past year. While she packages her chocolates in boxes and paper designed to give an upscale impression, “it is something that we may need to reconsider,” she says.The tariffs have led Hawkins to look for vendors who can sell her wedding and party goods at a lower price. But many candles, vases and other items will still have to be bought in China.“I have been reaching out to different suppliers who might have resources in China that might more reasonable — but they’ll still have the tariff added to that,” Hawkins says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
Interpol to allow 2 airlines to check passports against its database of stolen, lost passports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 4:41 am MDT LYON, France – Interpol is allowing two airlines to check passenger passports against its vast database of lost and stolen travel documents — in a test project aimed to let private sector companies help authorities crack down on criminals who travel with fake documents, the police organization’s leader said Tuesday.It’s not known whether stolen passports had to do with Saturday’s disappearance of a Boeing 777 bound from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board. But Interpol on Tuesday released an image of two Iranians who used valid Iranian passports to get to Malaysia, then boarded the flight with stolen European passports.Up to now, only national authorities such as border police have been allowed to verify whether passengers’ passports turn up in the database of some 40 million stolen or lost passports in the computer systems of the Lyon, France-based international police agency — not airlines or other private sector companies.“I have announced today that Qatar Airways and Air Arabia are two airlines that have committed themselves to making sure that all passengers boarding their planes will have their passport data screened against Interpol’s database,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told reporters at its headquarters.In essence, the two airlines will be able to query the database but not gain direct access to it, in a program called I-Checkit for private sector companies — which could one day include financial institutions or hotels too, officials said.While the database has been available to authorities for more than a decade, only a handful of countries actively use it — primarily the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates. Noble said that more than 1 billion times last year, travellers boarded planes without their passports being checked against the database.Air Arabia and Qatar were chosen to test the idea because they approached Interpol and expressed an interest, said Michael O’Connell, director of Interpol’s operational police support directorate.The Interpol chief said stolen passports have been a known problem since at least the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center: “We know that the terrorist mastermind in that bombing was carrying a stolen Iraqi passport to cross borders.”It takes less than a second for countries to query the database via Interpol software and an Internet connection, once a passport is scanned. Interpol says some of its 190 member countries have cited a lack of police resources, privacy concerns, or political hostilities for their failure to check passports against the global data.“We are saying: Because of the limitations of access by the national authorities, then should we not consider providing access to the airlines themselves as well in a very controlled manner?” O’Connell said. He said the ultimate goal is to expand the airlines program. Now, “it’s at the embryonic stage,” he said.The database contains passport numbers and nationalities, as well as birthdates. It has no biometric data, Noble said.As for the two Iranians, Interpol said it obtained their identities from its office in Tehran, and neither man had a criminal record. In a statement, Noble said the task now is to identify the criminal network that provided the passports. Interpol Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, answers questions after a press conference held at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, central France, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Interpol has released an image of two Iranians who were traveling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Noble said Tuesday the two men traveled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports, then apparently switched to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate a goal from junior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) during a match against Akron on Nov. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12).Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion, it is understandable to experience a sort of emotional high.Many coaches might try to temper those feelings, and get their team to simply look ahead to the next one.Ohio State men’s soccer coach John Bluem, on the other hand, wants his players to ride that momentum all the way to South Bend, Ind.“I think it’s good to have it (the emotional high). I think it’s good to just feel great about yourselves after a win like that,” Bluem said.After tying Akron, 1-1, following two overtime periods Thursday night, OSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in extraordinary fashion: winning a 15-round penalty kick shootout.“It was an awesome game,” freshman forward Marcus McCrary said. “Everyone was just super excited when we won the game, we all jumped around. Everybody was just ecstatic, it was a top game that night I was able to compete in.”Junior midfielder Zach Mason scored in the 15th round of the shootout to clinch the 13-12 penalty kick victory. The co-captain said after the game that he could not believe how long the shootout lasted.“It was just getting to the point where we were like ‘something’s got to happen, or we’re going to be out here all night,’” Mason said. “But it was exciting that we were able to come out on top after that.”OSU’s reward for moving past Akron is meeting the defending national champions and No. 1 seed in the tournament, Notre Dame. The Buckeyes faced Notre Dame in an exhibition game last season on Aug. 26, 2013, something sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell said he does not look back on too fondly.“Last year we played them preseason, and it was probably the biggest domination game I’ve ever been a part of,” Kidwell said. “They had a bunch of shots on us, we couldn’t really get the ball moving or anything.”OSU was outshot by the Fighting Irish 25-6 in that game and lost, 1-0.Bluem said OSU’s difficult regular season schedule this year, which included matchups against teams that eventually made the tournament in 10 out of OSU’s 18 games, prepared it for the challenge against Notre Dame.“One thing you have to do in games like this is play for 90 minutes,” Bluem said. “You can’t have lapses, you can’t take breaks in the game, you can’t go to sleep for periods in the game, because you’ll get punished.“So when you’re playing high-level, good teams during the regular season a lot like we have this year, your players are able to focus mentally better throughout the game.”Notre Dame features a dangerous, balanced attack, with 11 different players netting a goal this season. Mason said it will be a challenge for the Buckeyes to deal with so many offensive threats.“They’re a very organized team, dynamic, many pieces that can provide goals for them,” Mason said. “I just think we’re going to have to be clicked on 100 percent, and play our best game.”Kidwell said he believes that OSU has the capabilities to hang with the Irish.“If we can not let them control too much of the game, and hopefully our back line can hold solid as it has been, we should have a really good shot going in there.”OSU’s second-round matchup against Notre Dame is set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Senior guard Aaron Craft directs the offense during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorRemember this?A total of 333 days ago, Wichita State topped Ohio State, 70-66, in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight March 30. The Buckeyes, given the No. 2 seed after ripping through the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and taking home the title, were halted by the No. 9-seeded Shockers for the duration of the game, trailing by 20 at multiple points before storming back behind 15 second half points from then-sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross to cut the lead to four.But a second straight Final Four trip would not be realized by the Buckeyes, as the Shockers held on and advanced, only to lose to eventual national champion and top overall seed Louisville a week later.The Shockers haven’t lost since.Sitting unscathed at 30-0, No. 2 Wichita State is the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I college basketball this season.The Buckeyes appear aware of that, too.When asked about what he thought about this year’s version of the Shockers, senior guard Aaron Craft wasted no time responding.“And we lost to them last year,” Craft said Friday, looking across the room.Craft had an answer for the next question too, an inquiry into whether he and the rest of the now No. 22 Buckeyes knew how good Wichita State would be this season before everyone else did, simply because their season ended at the hands of the Shockers almost a calendar year ago.“It’s not a moral victory if that’s what you’re hinting at,” Craft said with a grin. “It doesn’t feel any better that they beat us now that they’re having this success.”But despite being unbeaten, the Shockers have not been given the nation’s top spot in the polls this season, likely because they play in a mid-major conference, The Missouri Valley Conference. But the Shockers’ success so far this season doesn’t surprise OSU’s coach either.“I felt going into the game (last year) they were playing, just with what they had done through the tournament to (No. 1 seed) Gonzaga in the second round — they were rolling,” Matta said Friday. “And obviously they’ve done a great job of continuing that momentum going forward.”Craft agreed, saying that even though the Shockers lost two of their three leading scorers after last season — senior guard Malcolm Armstead and senior forward Carl Hall, who scored 14 and eight points respectively against OSU in the Elite Eight — it’s clear why they’re playing well after beating the Buckeyes last year.“It’s very easy to see why they’re successful. They play for each other, and they play for a cause — and that’s what it takes,” Craft said. “They’ve been down, they’ve found a way to fight back and that’s what they do. They have guys that are experienced and they have been in big games, have played in the Final Four. Wouldn’t expect anything less.”Wichita State only has one game remaining on its regular season schedule — Saturday’s season finale when they are set to host Missouri State (19-10, 9-8) — so the odds of it finishing unbeaten are in their favor.But with the way the college basketball landscape has been this season — especially in the Big Ten — with perennial powers losing close games to teams typically in the bottom half of the league, nothing surprises Matta anymore.“I think that’s what it’s become. We use the word parity,” Matta said. “I think one of the biggest things, if you don’t have the star-studded one and done freshman class, the next greatest thing is probably fourth and fifth year guys that have been in the program, have been together. I think that’s where it kinds of lends itself to, the next phase of having a great run if you will.”Wichita State has two juniors and four seniors on its current roster, while the Buckeyes have seven juniors and a pair of seniors in Craft and guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Last season, the Shockers had five seniors and three juniors while OSU had one senior and five juniors. One of those juniors, forward Deshaun Thomas, left early for the NBA and two others were walk-ons.Each team’s makeup this year, thought, hardly has anything to do with how it looked last year, Craft said.“There’s very little carry over. Obviously you would think we’re probably different than people would have expected us to be based off of what happened last year and who we have coming back,” Craft said. “Every year is different, every team is different. You don’t look back and say ‘That was great. We did a good job last year.’ That doesn’t put the ball in the basket and that doesn’t stop anyone this year.”Craft and the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) are slated to visit Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday, looking to avenge a 71-70 overtime setback Jan. 29 and stay in the hunt for a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Adiyaman Belediyespor Two people died and 12 were injured after a bus carrying Turkish handball team Adiyaman Belediyespor players crashed on Saturday along Kahramanmaraş-Kayseri highway.The bus was reported to have toppled overnear Sarız district in the central province of Kayseri as its driver lost control of the steering wheel.The bus was carrying Adıyaman Belediyespor handball team’s players. The sports club is based in southeastern Turkey and was reportedly on its way to Kayseri to play an away match.The 21-year-old player Sadın Ünlü lost his life at the scene of the accident, wheras the 20-year-old player Ahmet Öztürk succumbed to his injuries at Erciyes University Hospital. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 10 SCORERS: Hansen on 100, Ilic losing trophy! Next Story → PARTILLE CUP STARS: Gensheimer, Maqueda, Syprzak, Palmarsson…
Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #GAZA STRIP The PLO has backed demands by Hamas for a truce under specific terms. Meanwhile, a ‘die-in’ protest against the ongoing situation will take place in Dublin tonight, and will feature several speakers including ex-rugby player Trevor Hogan.2. #MH17 A national day of mourning is being marked in the Netherlands today for the victims of the MH17 tragedy. Meanwhile, the plane’s black boxes are being sent to British aviation investigators for analysis.3. #HOMELESSNESS There has been a sharp rise in the number of homeless people turning to Focus Ireland for help. Its annual report, out today, says that it dealt with 10,000 people last year – that’s an increase of 25% since 2012.4. #TRAGIC The teenager who died in yesterday’s quad crash has been named as Kenneth Ryan (17). He died after the quad bike he was driving crashed on a public road in east Limerick. His uncle was one of the emergency service members who attended the incident, says the Daily Mail.5. #PEACHES GELDOF The inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof will take place today in Gravesend Town Hall. The daughter of Paula Yates and Bob Geldof was found dead at her home in Kent in April.6. #LEFT ALLIANCE Independent TDs deny that they are setting up a new political party that could be called ‘Left Alliance’. Despite reports suggesting this, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy said “there isn’t a party being formed called the Left Alliance that I am involved in”.7. #SEA FOG The Coast Guard is warning people to stay away from areas affected by sea fog, after a number of people had to be rescued because of it. Three girls were rescued from Sandymount Beach last night, while a woman was also taken to hospital after she fell on rocks in Dalkey.8. #BANKING A takeover bid of Ulster Bank by a management-supported private equity firm is being considered by Royal Bank of Scotland, the Irish Examiner reports. The price for the bank would be in the rage of €500m to €2.5bn.9. #LET IT BE A pine tree planted in memory of Beatle George Harrison has to be replanted… because the original was killed by beetles. It had grown to 10 feet before it was struck down by an insect infestation.
The cell phone as we know it today is a small device thin enough to slide into a pocket, yet with a screen big enough to watch video and play games on. But it wasn’t always like that. The first phones were carried like a heavy bag, with the battery several times larger than the handset itself.UK artist and designer Kyle Bean has seen fit to depict the evolution of the cell phone in papercraft. As the handsets have gotten progressively smaller, he chose a matryoshka doll (Russian nesting doll) approach to the evolution, putting each generation of phone inside the last.There’s a video available to watch taking you through the whole evolution over at Kyle’s website.We hope Kyle decides to make this work available to buy either finished or as a flat-pack kit. It would look great on a shelf or as a way of wrapping a new smartphone as a present for someone.See more images at Kyle Bean’s website
By Nelson MannehStaff of Social Security Housing and Finance Cooperation (SSHFC) yesterday the 23rd of August, 2018 expressed their disaffection with the suspension a staff member, Mr. Modou Camara, who serves as the staff representative at the board level.SSHFC Staff membersMr. David Gomez a senior staff of SSHFC said the problem between the staff of the SSHFC and the Managing Director (MD) Mr Manjang has been going on for the past six months or so and what they are more concerned about this time is the issuing of a suspension letter to one of the staff who they have chosen to represent them at the level of the board.He said this has raised an alarm because if, Modou Camara, their voice at the board level, is suspended for three months who is going to take charge and represent them?“Earlier on we wrote a petition as a staff body and Modou Camara was not the one who wrote the petition, he was just the staff representative and not necessarily doing everything on our behalf. When this petition was taken to the executive we were told to stay calm and investigation will be taking place with regard of the whole thing,” he said.Mr. Gomez added that the letter issued to Modou Camara is an insult to the whole staff body because they elected Modou Camara to represent them at the board level. “And if somebody is elected to do so why should he be penalized for such?” he retorted.“What have we done for us to be subjected to all this torture? The suspension letter is not clear because it just indicates that ‘I am being directed’ but is not specific. Though it is signed by the Director of HR we cannot say directly who wrote it,” he said.He queried: “The allegations made against the MD is yet to be proven either right or wrong, so why are they issuing suspension letters?”Mr. Kebba Touray another staff member said that the authorities are aware of the issue at hand and should intervene to see how best to solve it.“For us at our level we have been doing what they asked us to do but there is no progress,” he noted.He added that they are still waiting.The staff in their numbers could be seen standing saying that if Modou Camara is to be suspended then all of them have to go because he has not done anything to harm the Corporation. They called for the matter to be given urgent attention.This reporter was informed by the staff that the Managing Director is on leave while the HR Director who signed the letter was out. Foroyaa will endeavour to get his views on the matter.
Former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster has tipped current Germany coach Joachim Low to take over this summer.Schuster enjoyed a successful stint at the club as a player and manager where he won League titles in both cases. And has gone further to anoint his German compatriot for the position.Schuster further claimed he recommended Low to club president Florentino Perez. According to quotes cited on Football Espana.“I spoke with him (Perez) at an honorary event and I explicitly mentioned Low.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He reacted by looking at me oddly as if I had surprised him.“Germans are very highly regarded at Real and it would not surprise me if Real tried to sign Low this summer.”The club confirmed Santiago Solari as their new head coach in October, following the departure of Julen Lopetegui, with a contract up until June 2021.However, there are rumours circulating that the club may make moves for another manager if results don’t pan out well, with Jose Mourinho and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino both linked.
A picture of Ajith Kumar in Viswasam.PR HandoutAjith is currently working on Nerkonda Paarvai, directed by H Vinoth and funded by Boney Kapoor. After this flick, he will be working with the same director and producer. Now, the actor, who is fondly called as Thala by his fans, is rumoured to have given his consent for his 61st film.There have been a lot of rumours about Ajith’s upcoming movies. From AR Murugadoss to Vishnuvadhan, many filmmakers had reportedly thrown hats in the ring to direct his film. But in the end, director duo Pushkar–Gayathri of Vikram Vedha fame has bagged the opportunity to direct him.Rumours are rife that the director duo had approached Ajith and there seems to be a possible development on the project, which is presently referred to as Thala 67.However, the proposed film will not take off in the near future as the directors and the actor are busy with their own projects at this stage.H Vinoth’s next movie after Nerkonda Paarvai will keep him busy for the next 10-12 months, while Pushkar-Gayathri are gearing up to direct the Hindi remake of Vikram Vedha, which starred Vijay Sethupathi and R Madhavan.On the other hand, Nerkonda Paarvai, which has Shraddha Srinath and Vidya Balan playing important roles, will be ready for release in August, possibly on the Independence Day.
SpiceJet crew slams carrier for alleged strip-search Close WikimediaIndia’s SpiceJet said on Friday (April 19) it will prioritise hiring employees of Jet Airways who are losing their jobs after the crisis-hit Indian airline halted all flight operations indefinitely this week.”We have already provided jobs to more than 100 pilots, more than 200 cabin crew and more than 200 technical and airport staff,” said Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet. “We will do more.”Hundreds of Jet Airways employees protested in Delhi and Mumbai on Thursday to push its management for answers about their future after the airline shut down all flight operations on Wednesday having failed to secure new funding from its lenders.Jet Airways has lost many employees as the crisis unfolded. About 400 pilots have moved to other airlines, leaving Jet with about 1,300 pilots, a senior Jet pilot told Reuters. About 40 engineers have also left, a senior engineer said.Lenders, led by State Bank Of India, say they are hopeful of a successful bidding process for Jet. The carrier is saddled with about $1.2 billion in debt.Low-cost carrier SpiceJet, which pledged to add 27 planes over the next two weeks to help to fill in the slots left vacant by Jet’s grounding, said that it is making all possible efforts to minimise passenger inconvenience.The government plans to form a committee to temporarily allocate takeoff and landing slots left vacant by the grounding of Jet’s flights, a senior official said on Thursday. Local airlines including InterGlobe Aviation Ltd and state-run Air India are likely to benefit.Air India on Thursday offered special fares to passengers stranded in international routes due to Jet’s grounding. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:45Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Some 60% of consumers admit they have streamed or downloaded illegally shared movies, TV shows, or music — and at least half of them realize it’s wrong.That’s according to a recent survey of British adults conducted by Muso, an antipiracy tracking and consulting firm, which found 53% of users of piracy services agree that accessing such content is wrong.So why do people do it anyway? Around 35% of pirated-content users cited cost. But 35% also said they turn to illegal services because the content they want isn’t available on services or TV channels they subscribe to. And 35% said the content is not available through legitimate sources in their country (in this case, the U.K.).And check this out: Of those who admitted to accessing pirated material, 83% claimed they try to find content through legal avenues first, according to Muso’s survey. About 91% of those who admit to accessing illegally shared content said they pay for a subscription service such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify or Apple Music. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The results should be taken with a grain of salt. First, the behavior is self-reported, and people don’t always accurately or honestly respond on such surveys (especially when it comes to illegal activity). Muso conducted the survey of 1,000 U.K. adults via CitizenMe, an app that gives users cash for completing questionnaires.But one of Muso’s takeaways from the survey is that many people wouldn’t engage in piracy if there were legal alternatives. The London-based company’s services for content owners include tools for using piracy networks to market legitimate content, in addition to monitoring for copyright infringement and issuing takedown notices.“We want to fundamentally challenge the perception that piracy audiences will not pay for content,” Paul Briley, Muso’s chief commercial officer, said in a statement. “If content owners accept that these are high-intent audiences, they can explore new ways of making their content more readily discoverable, engage these audiences, and create new revenue opportunity in the process.”It may be true that some portion of the piracy-going public would fork over money if only they had easier, or cheaper, access to premium content. But there will always be people who want to get something for nothing — or pirate movies, TV series and music just for the thrill of it.The rise of inexpensive, broadly available streaming-media services like Netflix and Spotify hasn’t put the brakes on piracy. In 2017, consumers worldwide made some 300 billion visits to internet piracy sites, up 1.6% from 2016, according to Muso. The firm found that illegal streaming and downloads of TV shows and music increased last year while the volume of film piracy actually declined. Popular on Variety