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Patole meets Rahul, joining Cong. soon

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first_imgNana Patole, the former Lok Sabha MP from Bhandara-Gondia constituency who resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and as an MP last month, said on Thursday that he would join the Congress in the coming days.Mr. Patole told reporters in Nagpur that he called on Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday. “I met Mr. Gandhi, along with [Maharashtra Congress president] Ashok Chavan, [Opposition leader in Maharashtra Assembly] Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and [Mumbai Congress president] Sanjay Nirupam. We discussed the current tense situation in Maharashtra and how the BJP government at the Centre and in the State is trying to divide people along caste lines,” he said.When asked if he was joining the Congress, Mr. Patole said he had been a man of the Congress ideology since the very beginning. “The Congress has always taken a lead to protect the country whenever we faced troubles. The announcement [on joining Congress] would be made in the coming days.”When asked if he would contest the byelection from the Bhandara-Gondia constituency, Mr. Patole said, “There is a possibility that some other BJP leader may replace Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister. In that situation, Mr. Fadnavis will go to Delhi and might contest this byelection. In that case, I will definitely contest the poll against him. There is also a possibility that the BJP might give the ticket to [NCP leader] Praful Patel. I will contest against Mr. Patel as well. Otherwise, I will make my follower contest the enter the fray.”Sources close to Mr. Patole said the former MP would like to enter the Congress in a “mega event”.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Displaced Snakes Slither Back

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first_imgTaking an invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) out of the Everglades may be a lot easier than keeping it out. That’s because the snakes have an impressive ability to find their way home, report biologists who tracked snakes in Florida’s Everglades National Park. They relocated six Burmese pythons up to 35 kilometers away from the spots where they were captured. In a matter of months, five of the snakes had returned to within a few kilometers of their original locations. By tagging the snakes with GPS devices, the scientists showed that pythons far from home slither about three times faster than those already in their home region and more often travel in long, straight lines. Similar long-distance navigation had been shown only in smaller snakes before. Researchers hope the new observation, published online today in Biology Letters, will help them paint a more complete picture of how the pythons take over new territories and move throughout the Everglades and other areas they’ve invaded.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Protest in Meerut against student being shot at in ‘fake encounter’

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first_imgStudents of Meerut’s Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) on Friday turned up in large numbers at the city collectorate to protest against the ‘encounter’ of fellow student Kadir Ali. Seeking justice for Mr. Kadir Ali, the protesters described Thursday’s encounter as “fake” and demanded action against the police officials involved.Mr. Kadir Ali, who is undergoing treatment at a city hospital, was accused of opening fire at Shanu and Manish, students of CCSU, on Wednesday just before a welcome event for U.P. Transport Minister Ashok Kataria on the campus.After the attack on the students, a case was registered, in which seven students, including Mr. Kadir Ali, were named as accused.On Thursday, the U.P. police declared a reward of ₹20,000 on Mr. Kadir Ali and, later in the day, the police said they arrested him after he was shot at during an ‘encounter’.Local sources say Mr. Kadir Ali is associated with the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad and his uncle Kunwar Basit Ali is a member of Urdu Academy. While students claimed Mr. Kadir Ali was enrolled in BJMC course at the CCSU, university authorities said he had dropped out last year.In a video that went viral on Friday, Mr. Kadir Ali’s brother Sajid claimed that his brother had “surrendered” to the police and that the encounter was “fake”. In a letter to the district magistrate, he said that when his family came to know that a case had been registered against Mr. Kadir Ali, Mr. Basit Ali asked him to surrender to the police. Mr. Sajid said he left his brother at the Civil Lines police station and informed SP (City) Akhilesh N. Singh.He alleged that the police took his brother to an unknown place and shot him in the foot during a ‘staged encounter’.However, the police claimed Mr. Kadir Ali tried to flee from police custody after snatching a sub-inspector’s pistol. Mr. Singh agreed Mr. Kadir Ali voluntarily came to the police station but as policemen were taking him for recovery of the weapon that was used in the incident, he snatched a sub-inspector’s pistol and fled. He was later arrested after an encounter in which he got injured and had to be admitted to a hospital. The protesting students said the police version was false.The students, along with BJP leaders and family members, have decided to meet IG Meerut Range Alok Singh on Saturday and submit a memorandum.last_img read more

Sena man, two others booked for defamatory poster against BJP

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first_imgAn offence has been registered against three persons, including a local Shiv Sena activist, for allegedly putting up a poster defaming the BJP, the police said here on Wednesday. The controversial poster, carrying photos of BJP leaders, stated that the party has been ousted from Maharashtra’s Palghar district, an official said. An offence was registered against Sena activist Prabhakar Raul and two others on Tuesday, he added. The hoarding carried pictures of BJP rebel Santosh Janate, who contested the polls as an independent and lost, and Paskal Janya Dhanare, the sitting MLA who lost his seat in this election, an official said. The poster also carried names of some right wing organisations, he said, adding that the party’s logo and the Janate’s election symbol, a cup and saucer, was printed upside down. An offence under sections 500 and 501 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered with the Boisar police station and the hoarding has been taken down, police public relations officer Hemant Katkar said.The BJP lost both the Vikramgadh and Dahanu seats in Palghar district, where Sena candidates won in the recently concluded Assembly elections.last_img read more

Housing.com acqui-hires Plat & BigBHK

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first_imgMumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) In an attempt to further expand its presence in different verticals and strengthen its product portfolio, property portal Housing.com today announced two acqui-hires Plat and BigBHK. Plat is an online network for agents enabling them to share real estate inventories and requirements, while BigBHK is a property management software (PMS) targeted at rental suppliers, strengthening its supply product portfolio. With these acqui-hires, the company acquires quality talent from premier institutions such as IIT Delhi and BITS Pilani, a statement issued here stated. “The acqui-hires with Plat and BigBHK add immensely to our talent pool which in turn will empower our partners and consumers to better manage their property portfolio ensuring convenience and transparency. This is in-line with our strategy moving forward of focusing on the core of our business,” Housing.com iCEO and COO Rishabh Gupta said. The first step in this direction began with the launch of ?Agents App?, a Housing agnostic product which aims to be a strong technology tool for realty agents across the country, he said. “Since its launch, the App has received close to 10,000 downloads in less than one month. Fulfilling our endeavour of creating a robust real estate ecosystem, the new tool is slated to be a game changer in the agent market both in terms of efficiency and quality of service,” Gupta said. With Plat, Housing.com strengthens its technology know-how to better cater to the needs of the agent community. “This will help drive efficiencies in communications and operations such as posting leads and enhancing property showcase experience, thereby closing deals faster,” he said. BigBHK will empower its partners to manage their property portfolios with a comprehensive web-based property management solution. “Using BigBHK?s robust technology software, partners can streamline their realty lifecycle encompassing rental accounting, e-invoicing, record management, complaint tracking, reports, inventory management, etc,” he said. BigBHK provides tenants access to a free platform to raise complaints, track rent dues and maintenance amount on a monthly basis. It runs successful operations across Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune and is soon foraying into Chennai. PTI PSK GK MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

2017 YTT Australian Flag Bearers announced!

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first_imgVice Captain: Jackson Mills Vice Captain: Hannah Dyball 19’s Boys – Captain: Justin Cridland Australian 19’s representatives, Jackson Mills and Hannah Dyball have been named the Australian Flag Bearers for the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman. Mills will be wearing the green and gold for the second time in his Touch Football career while Dyball will be making her third appearance at a Trans Tasman Series event. TFA wishes to congratulate Jackson and Hannah on this accolade, one that is thoroughly deserved.TFA also wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named as captains of the Australian teams for the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman Series: 19’s Girls –  Captain: Shellie Davis                      17’s Boys – Captain: Blake Moore           17’s Girls – Co Captains: Brittany Clifford & Kobe Nonacenter_img 19’s Mixed -Captain: Jack Hughes  Vice Captains: Marley Simbolon & Brittney Donovan  Vice Captain: Adam Boumoulhem 17’s Mixed – Co Captains: Jessica Potts & Aaron MooreRelated LinksFlag Bearerslast_img read more

Youth robotics global championship returns to Detroit

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DETROIT — Thousands of students from dozens of countries are in Detroit this week competing in the biggest youth robotics event in the world.Still, organizers of the FIRST Championship hope it gets a lot bigger.President Don Bossi (BOH’-see) says FIRST has a presence in only 12% of U.S. schools.He and others with the Manchester, New Hampshire-based non-profit are trying to attract more students, including from under-represented communities.Mary Pangowish (PONG’-wish) is the captain of the First Nations STEM team that qualified for its first FIRST Championship. The 17-year-old says her Ontario-based squad is the only one here made up entirely of indigenous students.Pangowish says she remembers her reaction when introduced to robotics as a middle schooler as, “That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.”Mike Householder, The Associated Press read more

Parents to shell out more than 400 per child for backtoschool

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TORONTO — Canadians will be digging a little deeper into their pockets during this year’s back-to-school shopping season, a new survey suggests.According to the Pollara survey, Canadians intend to shell out an average of $428 per child on items such as school supplies, clothing and technology as their kids head back to class.That’s an increase of 18.2% over last year, when they planned to spend an average of $362 per child.Back-to-school shopping typically marks the start of the peak selling season as retailers gear up for Christmas.Regionally, Quebecers plan to shell out the most on back-to-school shopping this year — an average of $501 per child — followed by shoppers in the Atlantic Canada and the Prairies, who intend to spend $450, on average.Ontarians lag at the back of the pack with plans to spend $390 per child, on average, while Albertans are budgeting for an average of $431 and shoppers in B.C. are planning to spend $403.Parents with kids who are in college or university plan to spend the most — an average of $572 per child.Those with high school kids plan to spend an average of $226 per child, while parents of kindergarten and elementary school children plan to spend $170.The online poll, which was funded by the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), surveyed roughly 1,000 Canadians.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.“The end of summer is an important time of the year for many businesses that sell back to school supplies,” Mike Bonner, vice-president of commercial banking at BMO, said in a statement.“Many will see an increase in the number of shoppers and dollars spent during the season, leading to a positive impact on their bottom line.” read more

Ottawa posts 32 billion deficit for October as new tax credits weigh

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OTTAWA — The federal government said Monday it posted a deficit of $3.2 billion in October due in large part to its new income-splitting plan for families and the doubling of the children’s fitness tax credit.The result for the month compared with a deficit of $2.5 billion in October 2013.The tax changes resulted in a $1.6-billion adjustment to revenue and, without that, Ottawa would have posted a deficit of $1.6 billion for October.The Harper government announced in October it would go ahead with income-splitting plan for couples with children as well as higher child-care benefits.The income splitting plan has been sharply criticized by the opposition who say the $2-billion-a-year program would only benefit about 15 per cent of Canadian households.For October, the Finance Department said revenue was down by $200 million or 0.9 per cent compared with a year ago due to the tax changes, partially offset by increased corporate income tax revenue.Income splitting not the only good tax news for Canadians this weekCanada’s current account deficit shrinks to six-year low in latest sign economy is picking up speedProgram spending for the month was up by $600 million or 3.1%, while public debt charges decreased by $100 million or 3.4%.In its fall economic update, the federal government said last month it expected to post a deficit of $2.9 billion for 2014-15 and a $1.6-billion surplus in the 2015-16 fiscal year.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the falling price of oil will reduce some federal fiscal flexibility, but that it will balance the budget next year.For the current fiscal year to date, the government posted a deficit of $4 billion, compared with  a deficit of $12.8 billion in the same period a year ago.Revenue for the period from April to October increased $5.3 billion, or 3.7%, to $150.3 billion while program spending fell $3.2 billion, or 2.3%, to $137.7 billion. Public debt charges dropped to $16.5 billion from $16.9 billion for the comparable seven-month periods. read more

Iran says no decision to lease aircrafts from Sri Lanka

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The former management of SriLankan Airlines had entered into a contract in 2013 with Airbus for the purchase of eight A350-900 aircrafts to replace the existing wide-body fleet.Tehran Times reported that Sri Lanka was looking to lease three of those aircrafts to Iran. (Colombo Gazette) Iran has not made any decision to lease aircrafts from Sri Lanka, Iran’s Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan said.He was responding to reports that Iran was in talks with Sri Lanka to renegotiate the orders for three A350-900 aircrafts ordered by the last Government. read more

A summary report on the Oct 7 senate meeting

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Click here for the summary report on the Senate 633 Meeting held Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Most important Buckeyes for 2014 — No 1 JT Barrett

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Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap during OSU’s Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray beat Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Lantern originally selected Braxton Miller as the No. 1 most important Buckeye before he suffered a season-ending injury on Aug. 18. Now, just days away from the start of the 2014 football season, The Lantern’s countdown of the top 10 most important players on this year’s Ohio State roster has reached its final stage as we reveal our most important player for the 2014 Buckeyes.No. 1: J.T. Barrett, redshirt-freshman quarterbackAnytime a Heisman Trophy candidate goes down to injury, the team’s backup instantly goes under the microscope.That’s been true with J.T. Barrett.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was thrust into the spotlight when senior quarterback and two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Miller went down with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.Just two weeks ago, Barrett was the third-string quarterback behind Miller and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones. Then coach Urban Meyer announced he had gained a slight edge over Jones in fall camp.Two days later, Barrett was OSU’s starting quarterback.Barrett, who has yet to see playing time in an actual game since his senior year of high school when he tore his ACL, will be making his first start as a Buckeye in an NFL stadium.As if that wasn’t pressure enough, the Buckeyes were picked by many as a favorite to participate in the first ever College Football Playoff before Miller’s injury. Now, some have gone as far as to bump the Buckeyes out of Big Ten title contention.With all that, Barrett must be a manager of the OSU offense, while Miller was more of a playmaker who could keep plays alive when the pocket broke down.His job in the Buckeye offense will be getting the ball to the many playmakers around him, something he has done well in practice, according to players and coaches who have even nicknamed Barrett “the Distributor.”While the young quarterback has other young talent around him, he — along with the rest of the offense — will have to make up for a lot of lost yardage as the Buckeyes only return about 12 percent of its total offensive yards from last season.Among the players Barrett is expected to distribute to are sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and senior wide receiver Devin Smith.Wilson leads all returning players from last season in all-purpose yards with 983, 523 of those yards coming on kickoff returns.The only glimpse Buckeye fans have seen of Barrett in a Scarlet and Gray (well, technically black) uniform was in the 2014 OSU Spring Game, when Barrett completed 17 of his 33 pass attempts for 151 yards, including a 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive.Barrett, along with Jones, has also taken the majority of the practice snaps in spring and fall camp as Miller sat out because of soreness in his shoulder. Meyer said he’s attempted more than 300 competitive throws in camp.Although he has been named the starter for week one, Barrett will have to perform in order to keep the job because Meyer did not rule out the possibility of playing Jones as well in the opener.Barrett and the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season Saturday against Navy at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Market traders dismiss criticism from local businesses as begrudgery

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first_imgMARKET TRADING GROUPS have defended their right to compete with others businesses, following criticism from a Dublin councillor.Kate O’Connell, a Fine Gael Councillor in Dublin South East, said that Dublin City Council should not pay to advertise street markets as it gives “an unfair advantage” to casual traders over local businesses.“It’s daylight robbery. Why should the Council fund these marketeers when struggling local businesses are paying thousands of euro in rates every year and are barely managing to open their doors every day?“Stalls that are seeking to trade in direct competition with existing, rate-paying businesses should be prohibited from being part of local markets.”O’Connell also questioned how the traders’ stalls are inspected in terms of health standards.She was due to raise these issues at a meeting of Dublin City Council yesterday, but her motion had to be pushed back due to time constraints. It is expected that the motion will be discussed next week instead.‘Pop-ups, not bricks’Des Vallely, the co-director of Irish Village Markets (IVM), disputed O’Connell’s claims.She doesn’t really know what she’s talking about, our guys do pay rates.IMV organises nine markets a week, with an average of 15 stalls per market.Vallely said that all of the 55 traders on the group’s books pay rent and VAT and pass all Health and Safety Authority inspections with “flying colours”.“The only difference is that we’re pop-ups, not bricks.”He remarked that businesses should do more to compete with markets in terms of quality and price, rather than engaging in “giving out” and “begrudgery”.Our guys work very hard and have a right to trade … I’ll take [O’Connell] on, if she wants to get into a debate then let’s open a debate about it.‘Trying to make a living’Gráinne Quinn, director of International Operators Market & Street Traders, also defended the rights of stall owners, saying they pay many fees including rent and insurance.These are just local people trying to make a living … Market trading is a very important part of our culture, many shops started out as market traders. There should be equal opportunities for everyone to make a living.O’Connell said that she had “no problem” with traders selling home-made food but in particular questioned stalls that sell coffee.“Coffee is not grown in Ireland so who is that supporting?”She noted that, as a pharmacist, her business is “protected” from any such competition, stating: “Someone can’t start selling Solpadeine outside my door.”However, she said that she was compelled to raise the subject among her peers on the Council after a number of business owners contacted her about it.“I love going to markets and I never thought about [this issue] until traders came to me about it.”Read: Value of Irish food and drink exports nearly €10 billion in 2013last_img read more

New Chromebooks boot in 5 seconds thanks to open source BIOS

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first_imgSo-called “instant on” options have yet to become truly instant, but we’re getting closer. An updated Samsung Chromebook that was just shown off at IDF in Beijing, for example, can perform a cold boot in just five seconds. You’ve still got to log in after that to get at your Chrome OS desktop, of course, but it’s still a pretty impressive feat.Current generation Chromebooks like the Samsung Series 5 and Acer AC700 take around eight or nine seconds to boot. Thanks to this new model’s updated processor (thought to be a Sandy Bridge chip) and a lot of time spent tweaking Coreboot, a Linux-based replacement for the proprietary BIOS options from companies like Award and AMI, there’s almost no need to bother with sleep states on Chromebooks any more.The prototype here closely resembles a unit that Samsung had on display at CES 2012, which was running a dual-core Celeron chip — a healthy upgrade over the original Series 5, which sported a slightly underwhelming Atom N570 chip clocked at 1.66GHz.Google recently introduced an impressive software renderer in Chrome that helped to alleviate some of the performance issues, but with that new Aura interface turning Chrome OS into a more full-featured operating system, new Chromebooks stand to benefit greatly from an upgrade in horsepower.Google’s not the only company focused on imperceptible boot times, of course. About a year ago, Microsoft showed off an HP laptop that reached the Metro desktop in just eight seconds from a powered-down state. Nobody likes to wait, and fortunately everyone developing operating systems seems determined to make sure we don’t have to when it comes to using our computers.More at Netbook Newslast_img read more

Over €40k raised in one day for Kerryman in battle with Bank

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first_imgRay, I am so very sorry for the loss of your wife. I truly hope and pray things will get better for you and your children. Your wife would be very proud of you. Keep fighting Ray. Really hope there are brighter days ahead for you all. Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 10:45 AM All the good people of Ireland are behind you.Fouhy said all funds will go towards paying off the arrears on Flavin’s mortgage. The GoFundMe page can be found here.More on this story: Tracker mortgage scandal: Widower charged wrong interest rate may now lose family home>Related: ‘How did this happen?’: Court hands Bank of Ireland almost 8 acres of land it has no right to>More: ‘They’ll have to shoot me’: Widowed father-of-five’s battle to keep his children in their home> Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3326572 97,960 Views Apr 6th 2017, 10:45 AM 95 Comments Over €40k raised in one day for Kerryman in battle with Bank of Ireland to keep family home More than 1,000 people have already donated to the fund, which will be used to help pay off his arrears. Mr Flavin, I hope this donation helps in some small way in your fight against BoI. Truly horrible, the way you and your family have been treated. I’m sure your wife is looking down on you and your children with pride. Good luck!center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I know it’s not much, but I truly hope it helps. What has happened to your family is so upsetting and wrong. Look after yourself and your beautiful children. Updated 1.52pmA FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN for a widowed father-of-five who is battling to keep his home, has raised more than €40,000 in just one day.This week TheJournal.ie revealed Bank of Ireland had a possession order for 40-year-old Ray Flavin’s house in Lisselton, Co Kerry, and was fighting his appeal, despite admitting in February that it had overcharged him on his tracker mortgage.It also emerged in the High Court recently that the bank had included almost eight acres of Flavin’s father’s land – which was not mortgaged  – in the possession order, and the Circuit Court had still granted it.Flavin, whose wife Trish died suddenly in January this year, told TheJournal.ie he would not “be giving up”.She made a perfect life for me there and I won’t let anyone take it, they’ll have to shoot me or knock it down around me.Two friends of Flavin’s, Brian Fouhy and Niall McMahon, set up a GoFundMe page and in just one day it has raised more than €40,000. The page was set up on Tuesday, but it was not until last night that it started to take off.“I didn’t see that coming, it’s going from strength to strength” Fouhy told TheJournal.ie this morning. “One guy put in €501, I’m just blown away by that.”It’s been a disaster for him. He has five lovely kids and there’s a big mortgage there to get clear so we’ll do whatever we need to.Donations on the page range from €5 to €501 and many of the almost 1,000 contributors have left comments to show their support for the Kerry man. Here are just a few:Well chief I don’t know you and you don’t know me…but what I do know is that the banks etc need to realise we are all actual humans beings, not f***ing bank account numbers. I hope things work out for you and your family. I have three small kids myself and not much cash, but don’t think I could cope if I were in your situation. Best of luck pal, stay strong. From little acorns mighty oaks grow. You may only be one man, but you must fight Ray. Fight and win. We are behind you brother. By Michelle Hennessy Share4803 Tweet Email12 This will all work out for you. We all have your back. Irish people will rally together for this. Stay strong. Hi Ray & family, it’s my pleasure to help, and I wish you and your children the very best of wishes. This is just a battle..we will help you win the war.last_img read more

Appeal for information on 17yearold girl missing from Dublin

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first_img Donna Maughan Source: Garda Press OfficeDonna Maughan is missing from the Blanchardstown area. She is described as being: Appeal for information on 17-year-old girl missing from Dublin Donna Maughan is missing from the Blanchardstown area. Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 6:52 PM Share47 Tweet Email 4 Comments Approximately 5’5″With blonde hairOf slim build with blue eyesAnyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to contact gardaí in Blanchardstown on 01 666 7000. https://jrnl.ie/4586246 Apr 10th 2019, 6:52 PM By Hayley Halpin GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are seeking the public’s help in tracing the whereabouts of a missing 17-year-old girl.  Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39,686 Views last_img read more

Twitter des parodies de Nicolas Sarkozy censurées

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first_imgTwitter : des parodies de Nicolas Sarkozy censurées ?Des internautes accusent Twitter d’avoir censuré des comptes parodiant Nicolas Sarkozy, dans les jours qui ont suivi l’annonce officielle de la candidature du président à sa réélection. Cinq comptes auraient été supprimés depuis mercredi dernier.Cinq comptes Twitter parodiant ou critiquant Nicolas Sarkozy ont été suspendus par le site de micro-blogging suite à l’annonce officielle le 16 février de la candidature du chef de l’Etat aux élections présidentielles. Une censure dénoncée par l’association de défense de la liberté d’expression Internet sans frontières. Dans un communiqué, l’organisation se dit “préoccupée par la censure politique opérée par ce réseau social à moins de 62 jours de l’élection présidentielle française”.À lire aussiTwitter : l’oiseau bleu chante à nouveau !Les comptes @mafranceforte (lien non disponible), @fortefrance (lien non disponible), @sarkozycaSuffit (lien non disponible), @nicolassarkozy (lien non disponible) et @sarkozycestfini (lien non disponible) ont disparu du réseau social, “quelques heures après la création d’un compte officiel Nicolas Sarkozy, le 15 février dernier” affirme l’association qui ne croit pas en une simple coïncidence. Certains de ces comptes, souligne Internet Sans Frontières, existaient depuis plus d’un an.Face à ces accusations, Twitter a rapidement réagi, mais n’évoque qu’un seul compte, @_nicolassarkozy. “Nous avons reçu un rapport selon lequel le compte @_NicolasSarkozy commet une usurpation d’identité non parodique. Bien que Twitter croie fermement à la liberté d’expression, une imitation qui induit en erreur, prête à confusion ou trompe autrui est contre les règles de Twitter” explique le réseau social qui permet à ses utilisateurs de signaler des pratiques indésirables et des usurpations d’identité via un formulaire dédié. Il revient ensuite à Twitter de décider de sanctions ou non.Mais pour l’association, le caractère parodique de ce compte “était inéquivoque. Il ne violait donc pas les conditions générales de Twitter, qui précisent qu’en cas de compte parodique, la mention précisant le caractère caricatural ou parodique du compte doivent figurer dans l’intitulé de celui-ci. Les archives récupérées de ce compte montrent qu’il respectait absolument cette exigence”, affirme Internet Sans Frontières.Le 20 février 2012 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Marijuana busts in Bahamas Crooked Islander among arrested

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #marijuanabusts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – Crooked Island – A man was arrested in Cooked Island for the possession of marijuana after police reportedly found him with the illegal drug.   The arrest happened on Monday around 10am, when police on routine patrol searched the man in the self drive car and found the drugs.The find in a similar stop and search arrest was much larger, five pounds of marijuana was discovered and two Nassau men are in custody.   They were found to be with the drugs in the vehicle they were driving near the six legged roundabout in Nassau on Monday afternoon.In yet another drug arrest, on Sunday around 9pm, one man is in custody when a similar stash was found at the house he was in at the time of the discovery.   Over five pounds of marijuana explained a police crime report issued on Tuesday, were found in the Kemp Road home.#MagneticMediaNews#marijuanabustslast_img read more

Tribes Request King Bycatch Reduction as Pollock Season Wraps Up

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first_imgAs the Pollock season wraps up in the Bering Sea, the Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference want immediate action to protect declining Western Alaska King Salmon stocks from trawl bycatch. Wednesday they filed a joint petition for emergency regulations with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to crack down on king bycatch for the remainder of the 2014 season.Download AudioIn their petition they suggest reducing the 2014 overall Chinook salmon by-catch hard cap in the Bering Sea-Aleutian Island Pollock fishery by 40,000 fish.Natasha Singh is an attorney for the Tanana Chiefs Conference. She says together, the tribes along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers making the request total nearly 100. And they want the Secretary and the Council to make the Pollock fishery conserve the way that families along the rivers have.“There’s not food in the freezers for our families, yet you see significant profit from the fleets in the ocean who are taking kings as bycatch and we know that they have the technology where they could increase avoidance of the bycatch we are pleading that for the sake of the people and the families in the river who depend on the king salmon to eat, to provide and subsist, they reduce the bycatch,” said Singh.The petition calls for the bycatch hard cap in the Bering Sea Pollock fishery to be slashed from 60-thousand to 20-thousand and the performance standard, which is a lower threshold to avoid penalties, to be cut from 47,591 to 15-thousand. That’s just for the remainder of the 2014 season. Historically Pollack bycatch spikes have occurred late in the season in the fall.But that all appears to be moot. Federal officials say the Pollack fishery has reached 99 percent of their available quota and the B season is expected to close soon, perhaps in week or so, which would make an emergency closure redundant. They add that the total bycatch is expected to be under the 15,000, the lower cap requested by tribes.The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which manages off shore fisheries, including bycatch, asked in June for an in-depth analysis of ways to reduce the incidental catch of kings in Pollack nets.Scientists say there are likely many factors that could be impacting the wild Western Alaska King salmon stocks, from food supplies and climate change to ocean acidity. The state of Alaska has committed funding toward a long-term study to try to figure out what’s gone wrong. But bycatch is one consideration.Myron Naneng is President of AVCP. He says after a summer of sacrifice, tribes are eager to see a commitment to conservation from the trawl fleet.“The State of Alaska already implements openings and closures on the river system whenever they feel the returns of salmon are low. So we want that same requirement to be carried through with the trawl fleet in the Bering Sea,” said Naneng.Attorneys for tribes say if the Pollock fishery bycatch stays under the 15,000 mark, it demonstrates what the tribes claimed in their petition, that the Pollock fishery can stay under a Chinook bycatch of 15,000 and still catch the allowable limit of Pollack.last_img read more

3 killed dozens feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

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first_imgMap of India’s Mumbai locating Bhendi Bazaar, where a four-storey residential building collapsed on Thursday. Photo: AFPAt least three people died and dozens were feared trapped when a building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai Thursday, after days of heavy rain swamped the city.Rescuers using diggers could be seen sifting through the remains of the four-storey residential building which gave way around 08:40 am (0310 GMT) in the densely populated area of Bhendi Bazaar.It was the latest deadly housing collapse to strike the teeming metropolis-shining a spotlight on poor construction standards in the Asian country-and came after heavy rains and inundations in the city killed 10 people.A spokesman for the Mumbai civic authority’s disaster control team said three bodies had been pulled from the rubble.“Three people are dead and thirteen injured have been rescued from the building collapse. Two firemen also have been injured during the rescue operations,” Tanaji Kamble, told AFP.An official in the control room of India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said dozens more were thought to be trapped, he added.“Forty people are believed to be stuck inside and a 43-member team is conducting rescue operations,” the official told AFP.He said eight or nine families were thought to have been living in the building.Building collapses are common in Mumbai, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September, when heavy rains lash the western Indian city.Severe downpours began on Tuesday and caused flooding across Mumbai and the neighbouring region of Thane.The collapse came as officials said the death toll from the floods was expected to rise above 10, despite the waters receding after better weather.“We are still on the lookout for more missing persons and the number may go up,” Santosh Kadam, spokesman for disaster control in Thane, told AFP.Bhendi Bazaar, a scruffy colonial-era market, is one of Mumbai’s most historic districts.It is currently undergoing a six-hundred-million-dollar redevelopment project that is set to replace hundreds of ramshackle, decades-old low-rise buildings with around a dozen glitzy new tower blocks.Mumbai has been hit by several deadly building collapses in recent years, often caused by shoddy construction, poor quality materials or ageing buildings.The city is particularly vulnerable to deadly collapse with millions forced to live in cramped, ramshackle properties because of rising real estate prices and a lack of housing for the poor.Activists say housing societies, private owners and builders often cut corners to save on costs. They also claim that corruption plays a part with officials sometimes knowingly certifying dilapidated buildings in return for money.In July, 17 people including a three-month-old baby, died when a four-storey building gave way in the northern suburb of Ghatkopar.In 2013, 60 people were killed when a residential block came crashing down in one of Mumbai’s worst housing disasters.last_img read more