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No fresh rainfall in north Bengal people return to homesNo fresh rainfall in north Bengal people return to homes

first_imgJalpaiguri: The flood-like situation improved in north Bengal districts on Monday with no fresh rainfall reported in the past 24 hours, officials said. People who had sought shelter in higher grounds in the worst-affected Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts are returning to their residences, they said. Water levels receded in most rivers that were flowing above the danger mark on Sunday, including Teesta, Torsa, Kaljani, Sankosh, Raidak, Korola, Shil and Ghish, the officials said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers The Met department has forecast isolated heavy rain in Alipurduar and Coochbehar districts till Wednesday and light to moderate rainfall in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda districts till July 20. All the districts of north Bengal have been receiving heavy downpour over the past few days. One person had died on Sunday after slipping into an overflowing drain in Shanupara area of Jalpaiguri district. Meanwhile, workers of the closed Madhu tea estate in Alipurduar district staged a protest, demanding a check dam on Kalijhora river to prevent repeated inundation of the tea garden.last_img read more

Singaporean Chinese man gets four weeks in jail for racist remarks onSingaporean Chinese man gets four weeks in jail for racist remarks on

first_imgSingapore: A Singaporean man of Chinese origin was sentenced to four weeks in jail and fined 1,000 Singapore dollars for racist remarks insulting an Indian national working at the Changi airport. William Aw Chin Chai (47) had also stepped on and hurt a foot of a woman, who had held a lift door open for him, and had splashed noodles on two men at the Singtel Shop Comcentre in separate incidents, reported Channel News Asia. He pleaded guilty to the charges of wounding racial feelings, using criminal force and voluntarily causing hurt on Friday. A fourth charge for stealing four mineral water bottles from a food court was taken into consideration. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe court heard that Aw was jobless when he committed those offences on three different occasions last year. On August 3, he was in a lift at Changi Airport Terminal 2 when the victim, 33-year-old Indian national Ramachandiran Umapathy, entered the lift. The construction worker was at the airport to perform installation works for the MRT (metro) tunnel. When he entered the lift, Aw began uttering: “You f****** dirty people, go out”, “F*** off” and “I don’t like to take (lift) with Indians, you smelly”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRamachandiran told Aw off for making such racist remarks, Assistant Public Prosecutor Lydia Goh told the court. The Indian had also filmed the exchange and posted it on the Facebook page of the Singapore Police Force. The video was later picked up by other pages and went viral. Ramachandiran had also lodged a police report. More than a month since the incident, Aw was eating at the Singtel Comcentre along Exeter Road when he picked up a plastic bowl of noodle soup, walked over to two unidentified men and splashed it at them. The incident was captured on closed-circuit television. In January last year, Aw injured a woman who had held a lift door open for him as he was rushing in. The court heard that after Aw entered the lift at the National University Hospital’s Medical Centre, he stood near the woman, 49-year-old Wahida Abdullah, and stepped on her left foot. Wahida sought medical treatment for the mild injury on her foot, before calling the police. The prosecution said the woman was an “innocent victim who was so nice so as to press the lift button for the accused to enter”. “In return for her kindness, he stepped on her foot,” said the prosecutor.last_img read more

UN human rights experts express concern about trial of prominent Spanish judgeUN human rights experts express concern about trial of prominent Spanish judge

8 February 2012A series of independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced concern about the impact of the trial of a prominent Spanish judge on his independence, particularly his efforts to investigate more than 100,000 allegations of enforced disappearances during the country’s civil war and then under the regime of Francisco Franco. Judge Baltasar Garzón is currently on trial in Spain, charged with “knowingly exceeding his jurisdiction” by admitting and investigating complaints related to crimes against humanity regarding allegations of enforced disappearances between 1936 and 1951.These cases are allegedly inadmissible because of a Spanish amnesty law introduced after General Franco’s death and the expiration of the statute of limitations, and last week the country’s Supreme Court rejected a prosecution request to dismiss the case against Judge Garzón.In a joint statement, Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and the five-member UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, said it was “regrettable that Judge Garzón could be punished for opening an investigation which is in line with Spain’s obligations to investigate human rights violations in accordance with international law principles.”Ms. Knaul noted in the statement that “supposed errors in judicial decisions should not be a reason for the removal of a judge and, even less, for a criminal proceeding to be launched,” adding that “autonomy in the interpretation of the law is a fundamental element in the role of a judge and for progress in human rights.”The Working Group, for its part, underlined that enforced disappearance is a continuing offence and human rights violation as long as the fate or whereabouts of the victim remain unclarified.“Reconciliation between the State and the victims of enforced disappearances cannot happen without the clarification of each individual case, and an amnesty law should not allow an end to a State’s obligation to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for disappearances.”The Working Group, set up in 1980 to help families determine the fate or whereabouts of disappeared relatives, is currently comprised of Jeremy Sarkin (Chair-Rapporteur), Olivier de Frouville (Vice-Chair), Ariel Dulitzky, Jasminka Dzumhur, and Osman El-Hajjé. read more

UNorganized human rights workshop educates Iraqi officialsUNorganized human rights workshop educates Iraqi officials

Participants at the five-day workshop, which wrapped up on Friday, also learned about the new UN Human Rights Council and the role of parliaments in human rights, UNAMI said in a press release, adding that the event “generated a highly participatory dialogue among the participants and their interlocutors.” The mission pledged to continue working closely with Iraqi officials to promote and support the establishment of a strong human rights protection system. UNAMI organized the workshop in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and with the support of the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Disney 1stquarter earnings revenue boosted by Frozen movie Infinity gameDisney 1stquarter earnings revenue boosted by Frozen movie Infinity game

Disney 1st-quarter earnings, revenue boosted by ‘Frozen’ movie, ‘Infinity’ game LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday reported earnings and revenue for the holiday quarter that beat Wall Street’s expectations, helped by the hit movie “Frozen” and sales of its “Disney Infinity” console game.The huge box office results for “Frozen,” surpassing $870 million in ticket sales worldwide since its November release, pushed it past “The Lion King” as the most successful Disney-branded animated film to date, according to CEO Bob Iger.It also justified Disney’s $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar in 2006, which was meant in part to rejuvenate animation at Disney under new leadership, Iger said. “Frozen” not only has the potential to become a franchise, with the possibility of sequels or spin-offs, but it will also be made into a Broadway show, he said.“Its success speaks volumes about the future of animation at our company,” Iger said on a conference call with analysts following the release of the earnings report.Disney’s net income in the fiscal first quarter through Dec. 28 rose to $1.84 billion, or $1.03 per share, from $1.38 billion, or 77 cents per share, a year ago.Excluding restructuring charges and other items, adjusted earnings came to $1.04 per share, beating the 92 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue rose 9 per cent to $12.31 billion, beating the $12.25 billion expected by analysts.Shares rose $2.54, or 3.5 per cent, to $74.30 in after-hours trading Wednesday, after already gaining 71 cents to close at $71.76 in the regular session.Along with the strong movie studio results, revenue and profit grew for Disney’s TV networks, with growth at ESPN offsetting weakness at ABC. Higher theme park ticket prices and more guest spending also offset higher costs associated with the launch of its MyMagic+ bracelet, which helps visitors plan their trip and buy merchandise.It was too early to tell exactly how much the rollout of MyMagic+ boosted spending, but Iger said during the peak holiday season, use of MyMagic+ for things like booking multiple rides ahead of time meant that Disney could accommodate 3,000 more people per day at its Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.“It’s more efficient and secondly, it’s enabling guests to have a substantially better experience than they’ve had before because they’re doing more,” he said.The consumer-products division also grew, thanks to the inclusion of Lucasfilm items following Disney’s acquisition of the maker of “Star Wars” in late 2012. Disney plans to release a sequel, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” in December 2015. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2014 2:35 pm MDT In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, photo, a Minnie Mouse character plays piano in a Disney Store display window in Saugus, Mass. Walt Disney Co. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) read more

Hybrid learning helps mature students reach education goalsHybrid learning helps mature students reach education goals

Being a part-time mature student and taking courses during the spring/summer – either to complement or expedite her degree – is a necessity for Renata DiCienzo.When she took a five-day vacation from her job at the casino last spring, Renata DiCienzo didn’t cash in with a trip to the tropics or put her feet up for the week.Instead, the 43-year-old single mom from Niagara Falls spent eight hours a day for five days taking a spring/summer course at Brock: “The Art of the Clown Doctor” (DART 3V91).“It was just a different kind of learning, in regards to time span,” DiCienzo said. “It didn’t matter that it was only a week long, I learned a lot from that course, unbelievable exercises just for creative outlets and things I would never have been able to be exposed to.”DiCienzo’s day job may be at the casino, but she has been working for eight years toward a Brock University degree in public health.She hopes to complete her degree in two or three years. Being a part-time mature student and taking courses during the spring/summer – either to complement or expedite her degree – is a necessity for DiCienzo, who would like to one day earn her master’s in public health.DiCienzo is taking a full credit community engagement course this spring, which includes one week in the classroom and another in the community.“They help immensely because they’re condensed courses,” she said. “For instance, the five-day (clown doctor) course I got a half credit and I didn’t (suffer) any lack of learning or anything … so I was able to work through my employer. It’s really important because it’s hard to manage your family life.“So, if spring and summer can condense and make my life easier, maybe I can do other things, so that’s important.”Under the guidance of renowned clown doctor Bernie Warren, a professor at the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Arts, DiCienzo built an alter ego that captured her youthful spirit – part artsy, part rocker, and always fun loving.“When you’re a clown doctor you can be whatever you want to be, and you’re trying to change attitudes about illness and even death.”The Art of the Clown Doctor course will be offered again this spring in an accelerated format.Additionally, DiCienzo is taking an online women’s studies course that will add another half-credit.The mix of in-class, hybrid and online courses has allowed DiCienzo to chase a dream while raising her seven-year-old son.“I totally encourage it,” she said. “There’s a lot of hurdles to get over. Someone like me who is a first-generation university student … a lot of people like me need a lot of resources.“There are so many different ways to learn, not just the traditional classroom.”Registration is open for spring/summer courses at Brock, and demand continues to grow as the University expands its offerings for both students and community members who wish to begin, continue or extend their education.“(Spring/summer courses) provide students the opportunity to pick up credits that perhaps they’d either not done well in (during Fall or Winter courses), or, to get a head start on the next term,” Lathrop said.Last year, Brock noted a 17 per cent increase in spring/summer enrollments from the year previous. Lathrop anticipates another 15 per cent increase in 2014.A full list of spring/summer courses is online.Other Spring/Summer stories:Expanded spring/summer term offers many diverse coursesThe President takes his hand to teaching an online courseCondensed Spring/Summer courses pack pedagogical punchCourse aims to bridge health-care gap for youth with disabilitiesHockey course offers snapshot of Canadian culture read more

Armed bandits escape from Police after robbing Triumph manArmed bandits escape from Police after robbing Triumph man

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice disarm Triumph gunman following Freeman St robberyOctober 2, 2018In “Crime”Police capture suspected bandit shortly after robbery; ammunition recoveredApril 29, 2014In “Crime”Bandits caught robbing ‘Fish Depot’ at Meadow Bank wharfDecember 2, 2016In “Crime” Police are investigating a robbery under arms committed on a 42-year-old GuySuCo Supervisor of Agriculture Road, Triumph East Coast Demerara (ECD).The robbery occurred around 22:00hrs on Friday night at his residence by three males, two of whom were armed with a handgun and a knife.According to the police in a released statement, investigations revealed that the victim was sitting on a bench in his yard conversing with an in-law when the bandits pounced and demanded cash and valuables.The suspect with the firearm reportedly escorted the victim inside his house, where he ransacked the place and took a quantity of gold jewellery and electronic gadgets, while his accomplices kept the in-law under guard.As the suspects were about to flee the scene, they were confronted by ranks of a mobile patrol who were minutes earlier alerted of the robbery-in-progress and promptly responded.The police in their report said that the armed bandit upon seeing the officers immediately discharged several rounds at the lawmen who returned fire but unfortunately, the suspects managed to elude the cops by scaling a southern fence.No ranks were injured.Investigations are ongoing. read more

WD releases first ever 2TB portable hard driveWD releases first ever 2TB portable hard drive

first_imgDespite all the talk about the cloud, solid-state drives, and all sorts of other bleeding edge stuff, we all still rely on hard drives. They might not be the hot new thing these days, but that doesn’t mean that incredible technology isn’t going into them. The latest evidence? Western Digital has crammed two terabytes of storage into a 2.5-inch portable hard drive.WD’s latest My Passport USB hard drive will start at $130 for a 500GB external drive and go up from there. The offerings include $150 for 750GB, $180 for 1TB, $200 for 1.5TB, and finally $250 for the industry’s only 2TB portable.Thankfully these drives all have USB 3.0 connectivity, so you can access all that storage at a reasonable speed. With USB 3.0’s Super Speed transfers, data will be able to move back and forth at a (theoretical) breakneck pace of 5Gb/s. That’s a big step up from USB 2.0’s meager 480 Mb/s. For example, offloading 2TB at 480Mb/s (much fast than USB 2.0 actually operates, but we’ll use it anyway) would take you about 9 hours and 15 minutes. Going at the real-world sustained speed for USB 3.0 of 100MB/s, will move that full 2TB in 5 hours and 30 minutes. That’s still a long time but, hey, 2TB is a lot of data.Of course, if you care at all about security you might question why someone would risk walking around with 2TB of data in the first place, but chances are if you have that much stuff it’s mostly music and videos, making this a moot point. WD’s My Passport drives have hardware-based encryption anyway, so with the proper precautions you could be completely fine opting for a 2TB sneakernet data transfer. (Don’t make me take out my data calculator again.)Interestingly, WD was the first company to release a 2TB desktop (3.5-inch) drive as well, but they accomplished that back in 2009. The company didn’t say how they were able to cram 2TB into a 2.5-inch container so it probably had more to do with the engineering than it did any major advances in storage technology.The 2TB drives (in silver, grey, black, red and blue) are available today from read more

Paramedics fullbody cramps and regrets Dont make a mess of your firstParamedics fullbody cramps and regrets Dont make a mess of your first

first_img By Alan Waldron Image: Share67 Tweet Email I jostled my way on to a ferry in the pitch black with hundreds of other runners to make the journey across the harbour to Auckland’s affluent North Shore.It took no more than 20 minutes to get to our destination, and the starting gun wouldn’t be firing for another hour.With so much time to kill I sat myself in the corner of the ferry terminal, where it was warmest, scoffed a banana and put the headphones in. Any distraction would do.The wait to get going was agonising, there were only so many times I could tell myself to ‘run at my own pace, go conservatively, and listen to my body’. If I did that, everything else would take care of itself.It’s a rare joy to see the sun rise, but on this particular morning its appearance brought such a sense of relief. The waiting and months of preparation were finally over, my body and mind were ready for this; the sacrifices had been made, the miles were in the legs.I just had to run one sensible race and I’d be enjoying a cold cider and a barbecue with my mates in a matter of hours. If only.It had all been going so well. My troublesome Achilles, which had caused me to taper my training sooner than initially planned, was causing me no pain.Conditions were perfect on a crisp spring morning; the sun would be doing no more than warming our backs by the time we crossed the finish line.My main problem was, for all I tried to avoid it, I couldn’t help but target a time. The goal was certainly achievable, my five 30km and two 35km training runs were testament to that.But I foolishly went beyond that pace in the first half of the marathon, hoping those extra minutes I had gained would stand to me as the lactic acid started to tighten its grip on my legs with 10-15km remaining.I had no business being in 260th position at the halfway point, about five or six minutes ahead of schedule, but the adrenaline was flowing and my body felt good. I was 2-0 up at half-time, I just had to consolidate my lead.I had navigated the hillier part of the course relatively comfortably, aided by the excitement of running across the scenic Auckland Harbour Bridge, a glorious sight usually reserved for motorists. The Auckland Harbour Bridge is not normally open to pedestrians. Source: didn’t take long for everything to fall apart though. Just seven kilometres and a missed drinks station later (I was too busy looking straight ahead, trying to suppress pain), and my legs were wobbling uncontrollably.Scores of people began to pass me, something that my self-destructive ego struggled to comprehend.In a matter of a few hundred metres the horizon began to oscillate before my eyes. Light-headedness was taking over, delirium setting in.That’s when I dropped. For the first time in my life my body and mind combined to say, ‘no more’.As I came to, I saw, through blurry eyes, a paramedic’s fluorescent overalls approaching me on two wheels.Questions were repeated over and over, as we both struggled with comprehension. This wasn’t the standard accent barrier I had to often deal with. I could hear myself speak but they weren’t the words I had conjugated in my head. They weren’t words at all.After testing my blood sugar, the paramedic, an affable New Zealander in his early-30s, told me to call it a day.He was pretty concerned upon telling me my blood sugar was at a low 1.8mmol (millimoles of glucose per litre of blood), but that didn’t mean a jot to me.Besides, I wasn’t even looking at him. I was in a hypnotic daze, fuelled by envy, as I watched streams of sympathetic runners pass me by.In my head, all I could picture was the smirking face of a then employer, who I felt, perhaps unfairly, would take pleasure in my failure. He warned me this would happen, and I couldn’t face hearing ‘I told you so’.“I’m going to have to call you an ambulance,” the paramedic insisted.“Don’t do that. I’ll be OK. I can’t NOT finish this thing,” I pleaded, finally finding clarity in my speech, and staring at him to convey my sincerity.That bought me some time.After a five-minute argument, the paramedic placed his radio back in its holster after putting the ambulance on ice. There was only one place I was going of my free will, and that was further down this coastal road.The change of plan led to me washing sticky glucose energy gels down my trap with cola until my blood sugar returned to a safe level.The paramedic kept asking me how I was feeling but all I wanted to know was how far I had to go — I was still obsessing over my target time and felt, in my delusion, that I could eventually make up for this curbside sojourn.Impatient as ever, I kept encouraging him to repeatedly check my blood sugar so that I could get the go-ahead to get back on my feet, all while slurring questions to passing runners as I attempted to calculate the distance to the finish line.And then, after about 20-odd minutes on the side of the road, my blood had spiked to the magic number and I was helped on to my feet, only to fall down again almost immediately.The stand-stumble-and-repeat process continued, comically to onlookers I imagine, for another 10 minutes until I could complete a slow, meandering, 500m walk unassisted.The paramedic had done all he could at this point. I was now feeling sick from all the sugar and no doubt he had digested more than enough of my stubbornness for a lifetime.It was then, about 40 minutes after my first stumble, and at the marker for 29km, that I was back on my own and facing a lonely 13km where I would find myself plummet into a dogged mental and physical battle I will never forget.I have suffered from cramps occasionally over the years — hamstrings, quads and calf muscles are the usual culprits. But on this occasion, particularly after my dehydrated body had gone cold so rapidly from sitting on the side of the road, I was struggling with full-body convulsions. Each one felt like a mini seizure. It wasn’t pretty.I was no longer surrounded by athletes, I had drifted back into the marathon casualty ward. Limps were more common than not as fellow runners battled calf blow-outs, knee pain and who knows what else.It was only then that I resigned myself to the fact that I would not be achieving the ambitious time that I had so yearned for, the goal that got me through those solo 30km runs before work on a Sunday morning, the lung-busting weekly slog up Auckland’s beautiful, but wickedly steep, One Tree Hill, and the social sacrifices that had turned me into a borderline recluse. Auckland’s scenic One Tree Hill, and reason behind the title of U2’s 1980s hit. Source: WikipediaThe training had been arduous at best, more taxing on the mind than anything else. Every kilometre in preparation was done on my own, rattling thoughts around in my head until they went stale.But the goal was simple at that point — finish this thing. It was a rescue mission, a chance to salvage some pride.My body was doing all it could to abort the challenge but my mind held firm, just. And it wasn’t long before I had built up to a steady jog again. An excruciating, cramp-interrupted jog, but a jog all the same.There was a great sense of solidarity among us wounded runners. Arms were curled around shoulders once grimaces of near-defeat were spotted.My training may have got plenty of miles in my legs but none of that had prepared me for the pain, the burning and the mental anguish I would deal with over the next hour or so.I dipped into reserves I didn’t realise I had, talking myself through it when my body screamed at me to quit.Slowly but surely though, the markers were being ticked off. I set myself small goals.Make it to 30km, 33km, then 35km, next was 36km (6/7ths of the race completed).Reaching 37km saw me cross a huge mental barrier too — just over 5km to go, a distance that wouldn’t cover even the briefest of my three weekly runs.Passing the 40km mark, I felt a smile return to my face for the first time in quite a few hours. There may have even been a chuckle as I considered the ordeal. I’d be crossing this finish line after all.I knew then that I could hobble into work two days later, with some measure of pride.The crowds really lifted me for the last 2000m, so much so that I ran the final 400m at half-pace, only to stumble over the line with another cramp.It took almost 70 minutes longer than I had hoped, but I was over the line nonetheless.I soon found a pair of familiar faces who had come into town to cheer me home, although they were clearly puzzled by my late arrival, especially after checking my halfway split time with officials.I barely had the energy to explain.Instead, one of them insisted on detailing his vicious hangover from the previous night’s Halloween party, and explained what a relief it was to see so many free energy drinks knocking about. If I had any energy left, I would have lost it.A broken man at this point, I was helped into a taxi and taken home.I arrived back to expectant faces who knew straight away something had gone awry.Celebrations were suspended indefinitely as I crawled back into bed, barely seven hours after leaving it, still in my sweaty gear, runners included, but with my medal around my neck.I was woken two hours later as a few friends had called around to offer their awkward congratulations.I lifted myself out of the nest, purely out of politeness, had a couple of mouthfuls of my celebratory Irish cider, a treat bought weeks in advance, and returned to bed less than an hour later, after a shower on this occasion, thankfully.The running gear went in the laundry and the runners were tossed into the back of the wardrobe, much like a Leaving Cert student’s notes at the end of the final exam. I wanted to wash my hands of the whole experience.My body would hurt for a few days but my pride took one hell of a beating.While many people ‘catch the bug’ after running their first marathon, I did the opposite.I still run every week but it’s always short and sharp, nothing over 10km has been accomplished since November 2013.Only now, three years later, am I considering going beyond that mark again.If you’re a novice preparing to run in Dublin tomorrow, don’t do what I did. I knew about the pitfalls and still fell into the trap. Run your first marathon sensibly, that way you might actually enjoy it.If you don’t, you might have a story to tell but trust me, it’s not worth the pain.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! 19,847 Views I’m too old to run and my knees hurt! 3 myths we use to avoid running 16 Comments Oct 29th 2016, 12:00 PM Paramedics, full-body cramps and regrets: Don’t make a mess of your first marathon like I did Common pitfalls of novice runners are well known but still catch many out every year. Runners cross the harbour bridge in the 2014 Auckland Marathon. Image: Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 12:00 PM SITTING ON THE side of the road, being held up by a paramedic, I knew I’d made a mess of my first, and probably only, marathon.Seven months of training, the monotonous pounding of the pavement, struggles with tendonitis in my Achilles, and the gruelling mental battles, only for my ego and irrepressible competitiveness to sabotage it all.Don’t do what I did. If you’re a novice, stick with what you know, run conservatively and don’t obsess over times — finishing one of these things is an achievement in itself.It was almost three years to the day: 3 November 2013, and on the other side of the world.I rose at 5am on that fateful Sunday morning full of optimism, the alarm clock proved an unnecessary precaution; the anticipation of the race had me wired.After making my way into the city centre, I arrived to find the streets still being swept clear of the previous night’s Halloween festivities. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Add us: Short URL Runners cross the harbour bridge in the 2014 Auckland Marathon.last_img read more

Dog walker dodges €4k fouling fine due to drugfilled syringes scattered throughDog walker dodges €4k fouling fine due to drugfilled syringes scattered through

first_imgDog walker dodges €4k fouling fine due to drug-filled syringes scattered through park The dog walker said that the animal’s droppings were within a “hair’s breadth” of a syringe. A DOG walker, who claimed he was unable to clean up after his pet in a Dublin park because of the number of syringes left behind by drug addicts, has avoided a €4,000 fine.Carer Liam Nolan, from Oliver Bond House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8, was prosecuted for dog fouling by Dublin City Council after he refused to accept an on the spot fine on 14 June last at St Audeon’s public park.However, he avoided a conviction and a fine after arguing his case at Dublin District Court where he faced a charge under the Litter Pollution Act.He represented himself during the trial and told Judge John Brennan that he always uses the local park for dog walks and he cleans up after his pet.However, on the date in question he attempted to remove his dog’s faeces but he noted that within a “hair’s breadth” of it there was a syringe.NeedlesHe said he could not remove it and refused to accept a €150 fine from a warden whom he claimed “did not want to hear me”. After waiting with them for 10 minutes, he left. He said that a garda then approached him about it on nearby Thomas Street.Nolan returned to the park a day or two later and took photos of the needles he had seen which he showed to the judge.He said he had made reports to gardaí about the syringes in the park and claimed there was a used-needle bin there which has made the problems worse.In cross-examination, it was put to him that it was his responsibility to clean up his dog’s mess and dispose of it in a suitable manner.The dog owner told the court he showed pictures of needles to a council official who told him that specialist equipment was required and advised him, “I was not to go near that”.He told Judge Brennan that kids from the local school cannot go to the park which he claimed is used by hundreds of heroin addicts who attend the Merchant’s Quay homeless and drugs support service.He said he has also been told by a former official at the park that there were parts of the green area where things could not be picked up because of the drug paraphernalia.Judge Brennan said the litter warden had acted professionally and he had no doubt that Mr Nolan was belligerent but he was satisfied that this was because of a risk to his health and safety and his reason appeared to be genuine. He struck out the case.Read: Garda whistleblowers report will not be published in full >Read: Café owner who grew cannabis to ease back pain given 240 hours community service > By Tom Tuite Image: Shutterstock/Karl Redshaw Photography 46 Comments Share10 Tweet Email Feb 8th 2017, 7:08 AM 26,115 Views Short URL Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 7:08 AM Image: Shutterstock/Karl Redshaw Photography Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Report Juventus plot a move for IscoReport Juventus plot a move for Isco

first_imgJuventus have reportedly joined the race for the battle of Isco’s signature due to his uncertain Real Madrid futureUnder new coach Santiago Solari, Isco is yet to start in any of the Argentine’s seven games in charge of Real.The last time Isco started a game for Real was in their disastrous 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on October 28, which saw manager Julen Lopetegui lose his job afterwards.In a press conference on Wednesday, Solari defended his stance on Isco by stating that there are no undisputed starters in his team.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Now Calcio Mercato claims that Juventus have been alerted to the possibility of Isco’s availability and are plotting their move.Manager Massimiliano Allegri is understood to have been an admirer of the Spanish midfielder for quite some time.However, the Old Lady are not the only ones interested in Isco with several other European giants eyeing a move for the 26-year-old.Isco has made 10 appearances in La Liga this season with half of those coming from the bench.last_img read more

AccorHotels UK extends national living wage to all staffAccorHotels UK extends national living wage to all staff

first_imgAccorHotels UK will pay the new national living wage rate to all employees, regardless of age.The national living wage is the statutory rate for all employees over the age of 25. The mandatory £7.20 an hour rate came into effect from April 2016.The hotel group, which includes Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis,  will use the £7.20 rate as the minimum pay for all permanent AccorHotels employees, including those under 25-years-old.AccorHotels, which employs more than 5,000 staff in the UK, implemented the pay rate for all employees from 1 April 2016.The organisation-wide pay change aims to complement the benefits and bonus structure already in place for staff.Thomas Dubaere (pictured), managing director at AccorHotels UK and Ireland, said: “We believe in investing in our people irrespective of age. We are proud to be part of an industry which is creating jobs and we want to take this opportunity to have all members of AccorHotels employees, including those under 25, on the national living wage and above.”last_img read more

As great as Virat Kohli is I dont want to be comparedAs great as Virat Kohli is I dont want to be compared

first_imgBabar has been a prolific scorer for PakistanAAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistan never ceases to produce exciting young cricketers. Presently, the man who is garnering all the rave reviews, from the batting department, is Babar Azam. Boasting of an incredible record and scoring runs with stupendous consistency, Babar has even managed to stay ahead of the man he is compared with in terms of matches taken for reaching some of the key batting milestones.As the young Pakistani batsman enjoys a fruitful time with the English county Somerset in the ongoing T20 Blast, England’s premier T20 tournament, these comparisons are once again coming to the surface. But Azam has now spoken out and made it clear that he does not look upon them that favourably.The 24-year old gave an interview to cricket website where he outrightly stated that being compared to someone is merely a matter of concern for the fans, not for him.”I don’t think there is or should be any comparison as we are different types of players. I just focus on my batting and working on my strengths and weaknesses and have no desire to be compared with any other cricketer.I’m sure I speak for most cricketers when I say comparisons are only for fans and the media and we cricketers don’t really crave any comparisons or want to be compared to any current or former players as that just creates endless pressure,” Babar asserted. Azam says he isn’t interested in comparisons with Virat KohliBCCI TwitterHe also made a categorical statement about not wanting to be compared to anyone. “As great as he is, I don’t want to be compared to Virat or any other cricketer, I just want to win matches for my country as that is my only aim.”When asked about the batsman he felt most impressed with during the World Cup, the Pakistani right-hander didn’t mention Kohli but the Player-of-the-Tournament Kane Williamson.”I really enjoy watching Kane Williamson bat, apart from when he is scoring runs against Pakistan. What impressed me most about Williamson is the way he paces his innings, the way he plays his shots so late, his calmness at the crease, his timing, the way he handles pressure and the way he leads from the front and absorbs responsibility. He’s just a fantastic role-model for any batsman and he is a batsman who I try to emulate.”One area where Azam has faced criticism is his lack of aggression, at times, in limited-overs game. He, however, seems content with his playing style and doesn’t put much value on his critics’ comments.”I don’t need to answer my critics regarding this. My statistics and performances speak for themselves. I am happy and satisfied with my performances for Pakistan to date and if people want to criticise, then they are free to do that…. Sometimes whatever you do is never good enough and you will receive criticism despite doing your best for your team,” Babar added.last_img read more

Barry Blumberg Joins Mammoth Media as Chief Content OfficerBarry Blumberg Joins Mammoth Media as Chief Content Officer

first_imgMammoth Media, a mobile entertainment-app startup, hired former Defy Media exec Barry Blumberg as its chief content officer.In addition, Mammoth said it has added entertainment veteran Sandy Grushow as a strategic adviser and promoted Talia Kocar to VP of content. The appointments come after L.A.-based Mammoth Media announced $13 million in funding led by Greylock Partners.Mammoth is the studio behind story-sharing app Yarn and Wishbone, a tap-to-vote social networking app that lets users generate polls and side-by-side comparisons.Blumberg officially started at the company on Feb. 14, reporting to Mammoth Media CEO and co-founder Benoit Vatere. In his new role, Blumberg will be responsible for all content produced across existing and developing platforms.“I have loved the digital space because of the more direct connection between a diverse array of creators and their audiences,” Blumberg commented. “Nowhere is this more prevalent than in mobile, and I’m tremendously excited by the prospects for this at Mammoth Media.” Most recently Blumberg served as Defy Media’s CCO before departing a year ago. At Defy, he was involved in the creation and expansion of the Smosh comedy brand, and also headed the company’s programming strategy for brands including Clevver, AWE me, and Screen Junkies. He had joined the company with the 2013 merger of Break Media and Alloy Digital. Prior to helping establish Alloy Digital in 2006, Blumberg was president of Walt Disney Television Animation.Kocar, who has been with Mammoth Media since its inception was previously was director of content and community, will work with Blumberg to manage and oversee the editorial and social growth of the company’s apps and businesses. Mammoth was officially founded in 2015, after spinning out of tech incubator Science Inc.The company has tapped Grushow, CEO of investment and consulting firm Phase Two Media, with an eye on collaborating with Hollywood studios and creative execs. Grushow spent nearly 25 years at the Fox Entertainment Group, including six years as chairman overseeing both Fox’s broadcast network and television studio. Popular on Variety center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Norway promotes a penguin to rank of brigadierNorway promotes a penguin to rank of brigadier

first_imgIf you hear the words penguin and rank used together, you’d probably assume the subject is breath or feces. A fish-heavy diet will do that.There is, however, the rare penguin that gets discussed with the other kind of rank. Military, that is. His name is Sir Nils Olav III, and he’s just received a major promotion in the Royal Norwegian Guard. Sir Olav III is a king penguin, but he’s also an honorary brigadier.That means he’s well on his way to becoming a general, but don’t go barricading yourself in your basement just yet. Norway isn’t working on some top-secret plan to take over the world using an army of super-intelligent penguins with elite combat skills. That kind of thing is strictly for the Madagascar films, at least for the foreseeable future.Sir Olav III is a mascot for the Norwegian armed forces, and he’s part of a proud penguin legacy. Two previous members of his family have “served” and ranks have been passed down through the years.It all started back in 1972, when a Norwegian army unit paid a visit to Edinburgh Zoo. They adopted a king penguin, which they named in honor of Norway’s King Olav V and Major Nils Egelien, the soldier who came up with the idea to adopt.Whenever the army returns to the zoo, the current Nils Olav receives a promotion. At this rate, Norway will have a penguin general in another couple of decades. I, for one, welcome the coming of our new flightless seabird overlord.last_img read more

Fossils of early tetrapods unearthed in ScotlandFossils of early tetrapods unearthed in Scotland

first_img © 2016 Explore further Citation: Fossils of early tetrapods unearthed in Scotland (2016, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Jennifer A. Clack et al. Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2016). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0002AbstractThe end-Devonian to mid-Mississippian time interval has long been known for its depauperate palaeontological record, especially for tetrapods. This interval encapsulates the time of increasing terrestriality among tetrapods, but only two Tournaisian localities previously produced tetrapod fossils. Here we describe five new Tournaisian tetrapods (Perittodus apsconditus, Koilops herma, Ossirarus kierani, Diploradus austiumensis and Aytonerpeton microps) from two localities in their environmental context. A phylogenetic analysis retrieved three taxa as stem tetrapods, interspersed among Devonian and Carboniferous forms, and two as stem amphibians, suggesting a deep split among crown tetrapods. We also illustrate new tetrapod specimens from these and additional localities in the Scottish Borders region. The new taxa and specimens suggest that tetrapod diversification was well established by the Tournaisian. Sedimentary evidence indicates that the tetrapod fossils are usually associated with sandy siltstones overlying wetland palaeosols. Tetrapods were probably living on vegetated surfaces that were subsequently flooded. We show that atmospheric oxygen levels were stable across the Devonian/Carboniferous boundary, and did not inhibit the evolution of terrestriality. This wealth of tetrapods from Tournaisian localities highlights the potential for discoveries elsewhere. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Planet Earth has experienced several mass extinctions, five of which are considered to be the greatest because of the huge loss of plant and animal life. Over the course of one such extinction event, called the Late Devonian mass extinction, approximately 75 percent of all animal species on the planet were believed to have gone extinct. In the years that followed, some of those species that did survive, such as groups of early tetrapods. eventually evolved into what would become the ancestors of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. Unfortunately, the fossil record for creatures of this period is very thin—few specimens have been found, and those that have are fragments rather than complete skeletons. This time period is particularly important in the timeline of evolutionary history because it is when creatures first began climbing out of the sea to move about on land.The fossils found by the research team include two specimens that appear to represent amphibian ancestors while another three are believed to be from bird, mammal and reptile ancestors. Among the finds are other fossil bits that have yet to be identified. All of the fossils came from relatively small creatures—the largest skull was approximately 80 millimeters in length. The team describes the creatures as lizard-like and report that they lived approximately 355 million years ago. They suggest the fossils represent a critical step in the evolution of animal life from a period when creatures were evolving new features that made it possible to live on land—such as limbs and lungs.Prior to this find, researchers have uncovered just two fossil finds from the gap—one from a site in Canada and another in the U.S. In the past, researchers have theorized that there was a dearth of creatures that had bones to leave behind, possibly due to low atmospheric oxygen levels.The new finding strengthens theories suggesting that the lack of fossils from the gap years is due to researchers simply not finding them. The left hand image shows the late Stan Wood pointing to the place where he found most of the tetrapod fossils from Willlie’s Hole near Chirnside, taken in 2010, and the right hand image shows the National Museums Scotland-organised excavation of that site in 2015. Co-authors Walsh and Millward left and centre, with lead author and PI Clack on the right. Credit: Left hand image: Jennifer A. Clack Right hand image: Robert N. G. Clack. (—A team of researchers working at a dig site in Scotland has found tetrapod fossils dated to approximately 15 million years after the Devonian mass extinction—a time period experts in the field have referred to as “the gap,” because so few fossils of creatures from that time period have been found. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, the team describes the fossils they uncovered and outline their place in the evolution of animal life on our planet. Biggest map of dinosaur tree yet suggests they emerged 20 million years earlier than thoughtlast_img read more

Microsoft to Acquire GitHub for 75 BillionMicrosoft to Acquire GitHub for 75 Billion

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The name GitHub may not mean much to you, but for developers it’s a big deal. GitHub is the largest host of source code in the world; it hosts over 57 million project repositories and over 28 million users rely on it to keep that code safe and accessible. Now Microsoft owns it.Bloomberg initially reported a rumor that Microsoft was about to acquire GitHub, and now Microsoft has confirmed the acqusition for an eye-watering $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Back in 2015, the company was valued at roughly $2 billion.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed the acqusition, stating “Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation. … We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”Talk of an acquisition concerned developers yesterday, who were understandably worried about what Microsoft would do to the service. Microsoft is focused on selling proprietary software, whereas GitHub has always been a friend of open source, offering free accounts to such projects. Activity overnight reflected this concern is real, with GitHub alternative GitLab enjoying a huge surge is project migrations from GitHub.Developers can relax a little, though. Microsoft explained that, “GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries.” In other words, GitHub will continue to operate as normal, without any big changes happening, at least for now.In terms of management changes, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman, founder of Xamarin, will become GitHub CEO. Chris Wanstrath, current CEO, will become a Microsoft technical fellow working on strategic software initiatives.Speaking of the acquisition, Wanstrath said, “I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality. … Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.”The acquisition won’t be finalized until customary closing conditions and a regulatory review is completed. After that, I expect the first thing to happen behind the scenes is GitHub becoming a service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing infrastructure. Beyond that, expect a softly-softly approach to introducing anything new that may scare off developers and projects.Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:35 a.m. ET with confirmation from Microsoft. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » June 4, 2018 3 min readlast_img read more

Amara Bangkok unveils yearend celebration packageAmara Bangkok unveils yearend celebration package

first_imgAmara Bangkok unveils year-end celebration packageAmara Bangkok unveils year-end celebration packageAmara Bangkok today announced a year-end celebration package for its customers with fabulous party offers immediate available until January 2018 including upscale event facilities, accommodation and an array of food and beverage options in a very reasonable price.Priced THB 1,200 per person, the celebration package is available for company staff gathering, party and dinner with at least 30 persons attending from now until end of January 2018, subject to availability. Complimentary additions like provision of international buffet, soft drinks and mixers up to 4 hours, corkage charge, changing room, stage backdrop wording with company logo, bring-in band and LCD projector with screen.In addition, with minimum spending of THB 80,000 or minimum guarantee of 80 persons, guests can enjoy either a one-night accommodation at the hotel including breakfast voucher or complimentary 1 barrel of selected draught beer. With minimum spending of THB 160,000 or minimum guarantee of 150 persons, guests can enjoy one choices such as a one-night accommodation at the hotel including breakfast voucher, complimentary 1 barrel of selected draught beer and complimentary karaoke set. Package offers a range of complimentary inclusions so the more spent, the more value the guest will receive!Guests can also enjoy special discount when organizing weekday party (Monday – Thursday) as the hotel will provide 5% discount for a minimum guarantee of 30 persons and 10 percent discount for a minimum guarantee of 100 persons.The all-in celebration package showcases an option for corporate and MICE organisers in Surawong Road, one of Bangkok’s most colourful districts neighbouring Silom Road CBD, popular night markets and shopping malls, a stroll from BTS Sky Train stations and convenient for expressway connections to the airport and major exhibition and convention centres.Facilities in chic meeting rooms streaming with natural light include latest state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and modern amenities from microphones and LCD projector to pens, notepads and flip charts.Amara Bangkok offers 250 tastefully appointed guestrooms designed to suit all guests’ needs and preferences with contemporary furnishings in soothing tones, boasting all modern conveniences including luxurious bathrooms featuring rain showers and top-rate bath amenities.Thai Art pieces feature in every room and hotel spaces. In addition, the hotel offers innovative F&B concepts, Mini Bar Boutique, a Sky Gym and Sky Pool, and a range of function and meeting rooms with glass facades for spectacular city views and natural light.F&B highlights include signature Singaporean and authentic Thai cuisine at all-day restaurant Element, fashionable rooftop nightspot AkaAza with spectacular views and signature cocktails at The Bar and specialty coffee at Barista.Amara Bangkok’s dedicated events specialists will take care of all the important details and the talented chefs will present a selection of tempting cuisine sourced locally and from around the globe.For more information, please call + 66 (0)2 021 8888 extension 5110, email or visit the hotel’s website at Source = Amara Bangkoklast_img read more

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