Cahill, Choudhary fire Jamshedpur back into top four

first_imgJamshedpur, Dec 12 (PTI) Jamshedpur FC brought their campaign back on track with an excellent 2-1 comeback win against Delhi Dynamos to keep their play-off hopes alive at the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) here Wednesday. Lallianzuala Chhangte opened the scoring in the 24th minute but Tim Cahill restored parity in the 29th minute with a trademark header. Jamshedpur completed the comeback after the break with a 61st minute match-winner from Farukh Choudhary. After this win, Jamshedpur were back in the top four with 19 points, while Delhi languished at the bottom following their fourth successive loss. Delhi started with a bang and almost scored within seconds from kick-off at the Tata Sports Complex. Adria Carmona played a neat one-two with Rene Mihelic outside the box and thumped a powerful shot that rattled the crossbar and went out. The visitors’ desire to take an early lead denied Jamshedpur time and space on the pitch. In the 7th minute, Marcos Tebar played a delightful ball over the top for Lallianzuala Chhangte who beat Tiri for pace but hit the ball off target. Delhi kept knocking on the doors and took the lead in the 24th minute. Narayan Das’ cross from the left flank was met by Mihelic inside the box who squared the ball for Chhangte. The pass took a deflection off Tiri and fell perfectly for Chhangte who slotted home. Jamshedpur hit back with an equaliser five minutes later. Carlos Calvo took a short corner and exchanged passes with Memo before delivering into the box for Tim Cahill who headed into the net.advertisement The hosts tried to put pressure on the Delhi defence after the break. In the 50th minute, Choudhary delivered a low cross from the right flank and with the defenders focused on Cahill’s movement inside the box, Mario Arques timed an excellent run towards the near post but failed to head the ball on target. The creator then turned goalscorer in the 61st minute. Delhi failed to deal with a Carlos Calvo corner that caused panic inside the box. Marcos Tebar tried to head the air-borne ball clear but it fell to Choudhary who slammed a terrific strike into the top left corner of the net from the edge of the box. In the 70th minute, Nandhakumar Sekar failed to get the better of Robin Gurung inside the box as the ball hit the full-back’s hand. The visitors’ appeals for a penalty were waved away as the loose ball fell to Andrija Kaludjerovic whose snapshot was kept out by Subrata Paul. Kaludjerovic tried to single-handedly rescue a point for Delhi with a mazy run from the left flank. The striker skipped past a couple of challenges, entered the box and sent a forceful strike at Paul who parried the ball away and thereby, sealed a vital victory for Jamshedpur. PTI ATKATKlast_img read more

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Cyprus says it stands to gain 9 billion from gas field

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ energy minister says the east Mediterranean island nation stands to gain more than $9 billion over 18 years from the export of gas from its offshore ‘Aphrodite’ field.Georgios Lakkotrypis said Wednesday that a renegotiated contract with the consortium made up of Shell, Texas-Based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek paves the way for exploitation of the field that’s estimated to hold 4.1 trillion cubic feet of gas.He said financial terms were drawn up on the base-case scenario of $70 per barrel of oil in 2022. Government ratification of the contract is expected as soon as the field development plan is agreed.Lakkotrypis said production is set to start in 2024-25.The gas will be sent by undersea pipeline to processing plants in Egypt and shipped to European markets.The Associated Press read more

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Ban calls on more businesses to embrace UNled initiative to empower women

9 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the business community to continue working alongside the United Nations to empower women and especially to help break the proverbial ‘glass ceiling.’ Last year the UN launched the Women’s Empowerment Principles – a set of seven steps companies can take to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community – as part of its broader campaign for empowerment and equality. The steps include treating all women and men fairly at work; promoting education, training and professional development for women; and measuring and publicly reporting on progress to achieve gender equality.As representatives from business, government, civil society and the UN met today to take stock of how the Principles have been put into practice and identify areas of improvement, Mr. Ban thanked those who joined the world body in its effort to ensure that women are treated fairly in their companies. “When you embrace these principles, you join a great and gathering movement to unleash the power of women and change the world. This is critical,” he told the event in New York, co-hosted by the UN Women and the UN Global Compact Office, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Principles.“We are making progress… but in too many countries and societies, women remain second-class citizens,” he added. “Businesses have a tremendous reach. You have ideas. You have capital. You are innovators. By working together based on shared values, we can advance the common good.”The Secretary-General noted that since last year, a number of companies that have embraced the Principles raised their targets for hiring women. Others realized that women-owned enterprises deserve equal chances to compete for procurement. “I applaud the more than 160 companies that have signed on to the Principles. But we need thousands more to reach a real tipping point,” he stated. “You have heard of the glass ceiling – the invisible barrier that stops women’s advancement. In some countries, in some fields and in some businesses, that barrier is not made of glass – it is made of iron,” Mr. Ban added.“You can help change this. You can work with us to empower women. Together, we can shatter the iron ceiling.”Today’s event was held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, observed worldwide on 8 March. read more

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Mangala says questions asked over failure to act on Rajapaksas

Samaraweera said that even the Wasim Thajudeen murder case is moving at a slow pace. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says questions are being asked over the failure to act on the allegations against the Rajapaksas.Speaking in Matara, Samaraweera said that some people ask if the treasury bond commission is so effective why similar effectiveness cannot be seen with regards to the investigations on the allegations of corruption against the Rajapaksas. Samaraweera however noted that the Attorney General’s Department also faces some issues when looking to take action on corruption and other cases.He noted that, as a result, some investigations will take time. (Colombo Gazette) He said that if details related to the telephone calls received by former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa at the time Thajudeen was killed are exposed like the details of the members of Parliament were exposed in the treasury bond case, then more information on Thajudeen’s murder could be revealed. read more

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Grains higher livestock higher

CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was up 2.40 cents at $4.8660 a bushel; Dec. corn gained 17.80 cents at $3.68 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 2.40 cents at $2.8440 a bushel; while Nov. soybeans advanced 29.60 cents at 8.6860 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Oct. live cattle rose .67 cent at $0.9905 a pound; Sep. feeder cattle was up .17 cent at $1.3662 a pound; Oct. lean hogs gained 2.22 cents at .6540 a pound.The Associated Press read more

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Annan commends Israeli withdrawal from Gaza

“If there is to be peace in the Middle East, it will require leadership, vision and the willingness of leaders on both sides to make sacrifices for the greater good,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman in New York. Mr. Annan also notes that it is an important opportunity for the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate its commitment to peace and security by establishing the rule of law in Gaza following the withdrawal. He also condemns the shooting death of Palestinian civilians by an Israeli gunman yesterday and sends his condolences to their families and to the Palestinian Authority. “The Secretary-General believes that a successful disengagement should be the first step towards a resumption of the peace process, in accordance with the Road Map,” the statement adds, referring to the plan sponsored by the diplomatic Quartet – UN, European Union, Russia and United States – which calls for a series of parallel steps leading to two states living side-by-side in peace by the end of the year. read more

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Security Council urges implementation of UN strategy against Lords Resistance Army

“The Council demands an immediate end to all attacks by the LRA, particularly those on civilians, urges LRA leaders to release all those abducted, and insists that all LRA elements put an end to such practices, and disarm and demobilise,” the 15-member body said a presidential statement.The regional strategy, which was endorsed by the Council in June, focuses on five key strategic objectives to address the threat posed by the LRA – the Ugandan group notorious for carrying out massacres in villages, mutilating its victims and abducting boys for use as child soldiers, while girls are often forced into sexual slavery.The Council has urged swift implementation of the strategy’s objectives. These include support for the full operationalization and implementation of the African Union (AU) regional cooperation initiative against the LRA; enhancing efforts to promote the protection of civilians; and expanding current disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration activities to cover all LRA-affected areas.The other objectives are to promote a coordinated humanitarian and child protection response in these areas, and to support LRA-affected governments in the fields of peacebuilding, human rights, rule of law and development, to enable them to establish State authority across their territories.In its presidential statement today, the Council urged the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the UN political and peacekeeping missions in the region and other relevant UN presences to coordinate their efforts in support of the implementation of the strategy, and called on the international community to provide assistance “as possible” to advance these goals. Furthermore, the Secretary-General was requested to present to the Council a prioritised and sequenced implementation plan to support the strategy no later than 28 February 2013, based on a clear division of labour between all parts of the international system as well as UN organizations. Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNOCA, Abou Moussa, told the Council that the UN and the AU will seek increased funding early next year for the strategy “The most urgent step revolves around the need to promptly finalize the LRA programmatic document and mobilize sufficient resources for its full implementation,” he said. He added that once the programmatic document is finalized, his office, in partnership with the office of the AU Special Envoy on the LRA, Francisco Madeira, plans to organize a resource mobilization forum early next year with the aim of raising funds for the most critical areas of the strategy. The LRA was formed in the 1980s in Uganda and for over 15 years its attacks were mainly directed against Ugandan civilians and security forces, which in 2002 dislodged the rebels. They then exported their activities to Uganda’s neighbours, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.The Council welcomed the “significant” increase in individuals escaping or defecting from the LRA over recent months, and strongly supported ongoing efforts to promote defections through the distribution of leaflets, targeted radio broadcasts, and the establishment of safe reporting sites. In addition, it called for the remaining LRA fighters to leave the group’s ranks and participate in a disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration process. read more

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Rise in number of children killed maimed and recruited in conflict UN

These violations contributed to the overall rise in the number of children globally affected by fighting in 2017, as documented in the annual report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC).UN chief António Guterres has expressed outrage over the numbers, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“Boys and girls have once again been overly impacted by protracted and new violent crisis.  Despite some progress, the level of violations remains unacceptable,” the statement said.“The Secretary-General reiterates that the best way to address this horrific situation is to promote peaceful solutions to conflicts.  He calls on all parties to exert maximum efforts in this regard.”Among the most significant violations registered in 2017 were killing and maiming, recruitment and use and attacks on schools and hospitals – Virginia Gamba The report covers 20 countries, including hotspots such as Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, but also situations in countries such as India, the Philippines and Nigeria.Virginia Gamba, the UN’s expert on Children and Armed Conflict, said 66 parties to conflict are listed this year – three more than in the 2016 report – with nine government forces and 57 armed groups named.“Among the most significant violations registered in 2017 were killing and maiming, recruitment and use and attacks on schools and hospitals, all of which registered a rise in comparison to the previous year,” she told journalists at UN Headquarters.Overall, the UN verified more than 21,000 grave violations of children’s rights between January and December 2017, compared with 15,500 the previous year.Government forces committed at least 6,000 of these crimes while the majority involved various non-state armed groups.Ms. Gamba said crises in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen were the main reason for the “serious increases” reported.She provided examples, including what she described as the “despicable trend” of turning children in Nigeria into “human bombs”, where nearly half of the 881 verified child casualties resulted from suicide attacks.Also worrying is the number of children detained for their alleged association with armed groups. For example, more than 1,000 children in Iraq were held due their suspected affiliation with the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.Ms. Gamba also reported positive developments, such as the formal release of more than 10,000 child soldiers from armed groups and forces, while four armed groups in Myanmar have agreed to work with her Office. read more

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What If Rafael Nadal Had Never Won a Grand Slam Title

Imagine a tennis world in which Rafael Nadal never picked up a racket. Some of his rivals must have. Novak Djokovic could be excused for daydreaming about it after Nadal beat him in Sunday’s French Open final, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Who would benefit most in a hypothetical world without Nadal? Well, let’s divvy up Nadal’s 14 Grand Slam titles. Although he might never reach Roger Federer’s record of 17 major titles, Nadal already leads Federer and all other Open-era greats in the ranking of biggest obstacle to a single Grand Slam title.To quantify this, I give you the “title block.” A title block isn’t an official tennis stat — I made it up. Here’s how it works: If Nadal beat a player in a final, I figure that given the next best possible opponent, the man who lost to Nadal would, on average, have a 50 percent chance of winning. So that win counts as half a title block. (This may undersell some blocked players’ chances of winning, but because this is hypothetical, treating unplayed matchups as coin flips is safest.) Similarly, a semifinal win cost the loser a quarter of a Grand Slam title and so on. Then I summed the title blocks for each Grand Slam tournament. I used data from Tennis Abstract, adding data from the just-completed French Open from rolandgarros.com. I ignored walkovers but included mid-match retirements.No matter how many times Nadal bites trophies, they don’t get broken up into pieces. But because this is a what-if exercise, these hypothetical titles come in fractions. If Nadal beats a player enough times, those fractional titles can start adding up. Nadal’s four wins in French Open finals over Federer, plus one semifinal ousting, count for two and one-quarter titles that Nadal has deprived Federer. Meanwhile, by beating Djokovic in two French Open finals, three semifinals and a quarterfinal, Nadal has cost him one and seven-eighths French Open titles.In a non-Nadal world, Djokovic would have one more U.S. Open crown in addition to those one or two French Opens. Federer would have another Australian Open title, along with those two or three additional French Open titles. And David Ferrer would no longer be in the running for best player never to win a major, because he’d have lifted a French Open trophy.We can expand this to other tennis greats. Let’s skim the cream off the top of the tennis world one great player at a time: Let’s get rid of each of the 12 men who have won at least six Grand Slam singles titles since the Open era of pro tennis began in 1968, one by one. We’ll add an unlucky No. 13 in Murray, who has had the misfortune to compete in an era dominated by three of those 12 men: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.Nadal’s dominance of Federer and Djokovic rank first and second, respectively, among title blocks at the four Grand Slam tournaments, ahead of other famous blocks like Federer’s of Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, Pete Sampras’s of Andre Agassi at the U.S. Open and Bjorn Borg of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Nadal’s defeats of Ferrer at the French Open the Top 10: By costing Ferrer one title, Nadal also takes the 10th spot on the list.Overall, Nadal has blocked Federer from three and three-quarters major titles; Federer would have 21 without Nadal. That’s No. 1 on the title-blocks list overall, and Nadal’s blockage of Djokovic from almost four major titles is No. 2 on the overall list.Don’t pity Federer too much, though: He did win the French Open in 2009, the one year in the past decade that Nadal didn’t. Djokovic still hasn’t won the clay-court major. Murray, meanwhile, would have more than triple his current total of two Grand Slam titles if not for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, who each have cost him more than one.Nadal has had the better of all of his rivals, but he, too, could have won more majors without Federer, Djokovic, et al. By beating Nadal in two Wimbledon finals, Federer has cost Nadal a third Wimbledon title to go with the two Nadal has won. Djokovic, meanwhile, beat Nadal in the finals of three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments over 2011 and 2012, which cost Nadal one and a half major titles. read more

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Half a million Whirlpool tumble dryers to be recalled after unprecedented government

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Whirlpool has been ordered to recall 500,000 tumble dryers in an “unprecedented” government move, a business minister has announced.The announcement comes after nearly three million customers were told not to use their faulty machines two years ago as they may not be safe.Around half a million faulty machines, which were produced between 1 April 2004 and 30 September 2015, are estimated to still be in use in UK homes.Business minister Kelly Tolhurst said Whirlpool was informed on June 4 of the Government’s intention to serve a notice to recall the remaining 500,000 unmodified machines.Her remarks came after Conservative former minister Andrew Griffiths raised “great concern” over Whirlpool’s “straightness” and whether or not people have unsafe products in their homes. Kelly Tolhurst  Speaking in the Commons, Mr Griffiths said: “The Office for Product Safety and Standards undertook a thorough review into the modification of Whirlpool tumble dryers, yet there still remains great concern not only about the straightness of Whirlpool, but whether people have unsafe products in their homes.”Can the minister update us on what’s happening in relation to Whirlpool?”Ms Tolhurst replied: “Consumer safety is a Government priority.”I want to assure (Mr Griffiths) that we have kept Whirlpool’s actions under review and I can tell the House we have informed Whirlpool of our intention to serve a recall notice as a next step of the regulatory process. In April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report which told Whirlpool to improve its risk management and communication with customers regarding repairs to tumble dryers to prevent fires.A Whirlpool Corporation spokesman said in a statement: “Safety is our number one priority and we remain committed to resolving any affected tumble dryers that have not yet been modified.”To this end, we are in ongoing discussions with the Office for Product Safety and Standards to agree additional measures we have proposed to reach consumers who have not yet engaged with this safety programme.”We have co-operated with OPSS throughout its recent review of the programme and welcome its findings that consumers whose tumble dryers have been modified can continue to use them safely.”The crucial message to anyone who still owns an affected dryer and has not already had it modified by Whirlpool is to contact us immediately on 0800 151 0905.”In the meantime, anyone with an affected dryer that has not been modified should unplug it and not use it until the modification has been completed.” “This is unprecedented action.” Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst announced that Whirlpool have been served with a letter of intent to recall 500,000 machines from the GovernmentCredit:UK Parliament read more

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Britain bans hidden practice of forced marriage

first_imgBRITISH LEGISLATION BANNING forced marriage came into effect today, with those found guilty of the largely hidden practice facing up to seven years in prison.The law applies not only within Britain but also makes it a criminal offence to force a British national into a marriage abroad, as many youngsters are flown out to weddings in their ancestral homelands, particularly in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.Nearly two-thirds of the cases dealt with by the government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) relate to Britain’s South Asian communities.Campaigners welcomed the new laws as a “huge step forward”, while the government hopes they will protect potential victims.A practice wrecking the lives of unknown thousands of British-born youths, forced marriage has been increasingly exposed in the last decade.“Forced marriage is a tragedy for each and every victim, and its very nature means that many cases go unreported,” said Home Secretary Theresa May.“I am proud to say that the UK is already a world leader in the fight to stamp out this harmful practice with the government’s FMU working hard to tackle this terrible practice in the UK and overseas.“Today’s criminalisation is a further move by this government to ensure victims are protected by the law and that they have the confidence, safety and the freedom to choose.”Last year, the FMU dealt with some 1,300 cases — 18 percent of them men.Forty percent of victims were aged 17 or under; three quarters were aged under 22.Officials fear the number of victims coming forward is just the tip of the iceberg.Meanwhile charities say few leaders with influence in their communities are prepared to take a stand, for fear of losing their support base.The cases related to 74 different countries, although 43 percent were linked to Pakistan, 11 percent to India and 10 percent to Bangladesh.Other countries with multiple cases included Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran and Tunisia.The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said children as young as 12 had contacted them about forced marriage, with the numbers calling up two-thirds in the last year.The charity’s Ash Chand called the new law “a huge step forward which we hope will deter those plotting against their own children.“Many young people who call our ChildLine service about this issue are frightened, concerned and feel control of their lives is being wrenched from them.”- © AFP 2014.Read: Spoon in underwear saving some British youths from forced marriage>Read: Shafilea Ahmed parents convicted of ‘honour killing’ murder>last_img read more

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Joans Day After months of doom and gloom Labour had something to

first_imgArriving at the Mansion House later in the afternoon, Gilmore was grinning from ear to ear.He has looked genuinely unburdened in recent weeks and was, frankly, in terrific form yesterday afternoon as he hailed the election of Labour’s first female leader.Any regrets?No, said Gilmore and he was off inside to hold hands with his successor – a sight few could have anticipated given the events and the very obvious strains in the pair’s relationship in recent years:Earlier failed leadership contender Alex White had declared this “Joan’s day” accepting defeat in a most gracious manner.In truth it was a landslide for Burton but White had probably accepted it was going to fall this way sometime ago as hard as he had tried to distinguish himself from the supposedly ‘old guard’ candidate.Once inside and the result was declared, Gilmore was up to give a short speech.Councillor and returning officer Richard Humphreys had introduced him as the Tánaiste before Gilmore playfully corrected him and declared himself “so proud” that Labour has a woman leader – it’s first.He said this would be a difficult job, adding half-jokingly: “I know.” Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Kelly later spoke to the media and made no bones about the fact he expects to be in Cabinet. He also wants to help rejuvenate the Labour party.Over the past five weeks Labour has been engaged in a cathartic and therapeutic process of talking about its problems. In the leadership and deputy leadership candidates, these members have found sympathetic ears and lots of reassuring words.It’s over to Burton and Kelly to deliver on those words now and lift the junior coalition party that has been battered so much over the past three years.But before that there’s the great political game that is ‘The Reshuffle’ or as one ministerial hopeful put it on their way out of the Mansion House last night: “There’s a few gaps to fill over the next few days.”They added hopefully: “And I hope to fill one of them.” They aren’t the only one.Read: Here are 6 big challenges facing Joan Burton as the new Labour leader and TánaisteRead: Alan Kelly is Labour’s new deputy leader and expects to become a Cabinet ministerTánaiste Burton: ‘Labour will enshrine equal rights from the workplace to the wedding ceremony’ Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Joan Burton will become only the third female Tanaiste in the history of the State pic.twitter.com/6TvUVn4Nas— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 4, 2014 Then everyone was back to the Mansion House for Alan Kelly to be crowned deputy leader — and crowned he was, in quick time.Kelly’s victory speech once more contained the line he has used up and down the country at hustings in recent weeks about Labour being in his DNA and about his deep, deep love for the party.He was, as it is easy to be when you’re the winner, full of praise for the losers, saying Labour is “in good hands when you have the calibre of Ciara, Michael and Seán” running for office.He took auction politics to a new level by pledging “1,000 per cent loyalty” to Burton before he gave way to each of the failed candidates to make short speeches.Conway pointed out that she would never tire of saying “Tánaiste Joan Burton”. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Then it was over to Burton who was as emotional as some of her closest advisors were in the audience below her.White said his bit and stuck to the theme of this being very much “Joan’s Day” by hailing her as a “woman of exceptional ability… she is tenacious, she is a fighter”.Then Labourites decamped to the Royal College of Physicans where for some reason it was decided to hold a press conference, but in truth it was more like a rally.Journalists were outnumbered by party members and TDs were openly gossiping about what lies ahead for them in the hotly anticipated reshuffle.Burton arrived to huge applause, cheers and a standing ovation:She had some news.In the period between her leaving the Mansion House and arriving at the Royal College she had been appointed Tánaiste. Thunderous applause ensued.She gave a considered speech and spoke of the party having “governed perhaps too much with the head and not enough with the heart” borrowing a quote from her one-time colleague in Leinster House Michael D Higgins.Burton outlined her priorities – housing and tackling low pay – and gave typically Burtonesque answers to the media’s many questions i.e. lots of words but absolutely no hints as to what lies ahead in the reshuffle negotiations next week.She said Gilmore was “eminently well-qualified” for the role of European Commissioner but when TheJournal.ie asked her if he was more qualified than the other contender Phil Hogan she joked: ”I am sure that there are many people, the length and breadth of Ireland, who would consider themselves eminently qualified.”The Dublin West TD was laughing too when she shrugged off the very notable absence of ministers Ruairí Quinn and Pat Rabbitte from the day’s festivities. They were having some down time with their family or maybe even a pint, she said.She had spoken to Rabbitte at lunchtime and had had a long chat with Quinn earlier in the week. ‘No biggie’ was the general response to any suggestion of a sinister reason for their absence.Besides, this was all about celebrating: THE BOXES HAD only been open for a few minutes but it was already abundantly clear what was happening.“There’s a trend already,” was the buzz phrase doing the rounds as Joan Burton was not only ahead of Alex White but ahead by a margin of 3 to 1.It wasn’t even close, it was all over bar the counting but seeing as Labour prides itself on the democratic process we would have to wait for official process to play out.Party member had begun arriving in the spacious Round Room at the Mansion House – an appropriate location given it was where the first Dáil assembled in 1919 – from just after midday already knowing what was going to happen.The only surprise of sorts was in the deputy leadership contest where junior minister Alan Kelly was so far ahead it looked like he wouldn’t even need to rely on transfers, and so it transpired.center_img The deputy leadership contenders including winner Alan Kelly pic.twitter.com/2TGGV04Lak— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 4, 2014 Here is Eamon Gilmore’s resignation letter pic.twitter.com/Ig6zQR6P9k— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 4, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Hands in the air pic.twitter.com/qPV269cQC5— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 4, 2014 “There’s a trend already” say the Labourites here. It looks like Joan’s pic.twitter.com/rxbJne0F7A— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 4, 2014 The day moved at a fast pace with all the bricks falling into place neatly for Burton to take her place as the second most powerful politician in the country.The next big development of the day was the resignation of Eamon Gilmore.The now ex-Tánaiste has had his clashes with Burton over the past three years but was graciously stepping aside to allow the Taoiseach to appoint his successor “at the earliest possible time”. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitterlast_img read more

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Western Digital to Buy Hitachi GST for 43 Billion

first_imgEveryone debating whether Western Digital or Hitachi drives are better can stop arguing now: WD has dropped $4.3 billion in a combination of stock and cash to buy Hitachi GST and fold the two storage technology companies into one. The new company will retain the Western Digital brand, and keep most of its staff and its headquarters in Irvine, California, but Hitachi GST President and CEO Steve Milligan will get a new office as President of Western Digital. The new merged company hopes its combined resources will put it in a better position to scale and compete with their now chief rival: Seagate. It may not be Seagate the company will really have to contend with though: as SSDs and NAND based flash memory becomes more popular in desktop PCs, notebook computers, and tablets, traditional spinning hard drives may be on the way out both in consumer and enterprise applications. Still, hard drives aren’t going anywhere just yet, and Western Digital hopes that the new merger will give it a stronger foothold in enterprise storage while retaining its hold over consumer technology. [via Forbes]AdChoices广告last_img read more

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The digital afterlife a very expensive advertfilled existence

first_imgIf you count yourself as a geek, then you’ve no doubt thought about technology progressing to the point where uploading your brain to a computer is possible. Robots continue to improve both in intelligence and physical actions, hard drives now hold terabytes of data and continue to get bigger, and the Internet has already shown us how diverse and rewarding digital communication with others can be. So my brain stored on a server and interacting online doesn’t sound outside the realms of possibility in a few decades.Tom Scott has taken that idea one stage further and produced a video called “Welcome to Life.” It shows one view of what a digital afterlife might be like, but more specifically, what that first after death interaction will consist of. And I have to admit it acts as a bit of a reality check.Any life after death in digital form will inevitably cost money, and it will be up to the individual who died to have the money to fund that second life. And just like today where we select the online services we want to use, what level of service we want, and what content we are willing to pay for, Tom’s video tweaks that for actual life.As well as paying for continuing to be alive, meaning the costs of running the server you are stored on, there’s the small matter of the contents of your brain. Remember any book you’ve read or scenes from a movie you watched while physically alive? There will be a copyright charge for continuing to remember them. And of course your thought patterns will be filtered so as not to be offensive to others. You won’t be exactly the same person and you’ll probably end up working in some capacity to ensure continued service can be funded.A digital afterlife seems like a lot less fun after watching that video. It will require I die with a large sum of money in the bank, my afterlife could be controlled by a company like Google, and if I run out of funds my provider will limit what I can do while increasing the amount of adverts I see. And don’t forget those ads will be extremely well targeted seeing as your entire mind is online and searchable because of those terms and conditions you signed to keep “living.”A digital afterlife now seems a lot less appealing.via Tom Scottlast_img read more

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Blood was pouring I thought I was going to die Appeal after

first_img 1 Comment By Sean Murray Monday 6 Mar 2017, 4:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3273500 7,537 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL The aftermath of the shooting at the petrol station on the Crumlin Road Image: PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img A POLICE OFFICER who was shot at a petrol station in Belfast has said he thought he was going to die in the attack which occurred earlier this year.On 22 January, the PSNI officer was shot at a petrol station forecourt on Crumlin Road, north-west Belfast. An AK-47 was believed to have been used in the incident.Tonight, an episode of BBC’s Crimewatch will issue an appeal for information related to the attack, which the police are treating as attempted murder.The programme will feature the officer, whose identity is kept anonymous, describing the moment that he was fired upon:I felt something hit me… everything slowed down. Blood was pouring out. I thought that was me. I thought I was going to die on that forecourt.The moment the shots were fired was caught on CCTV and there is further footage of a red Audi A4 car which police say is linked with the shooting.The vehicle – registration KNZ 2862 – was later found burned out in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast.Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: “I welcome the opportunity to make a fresh appeal for information on Crimewatch tonight more than one month after the attack when I will also reveal new pieces of information in relation to the investigation.The programme will also feature my colleague speaking about his ordeal publicly for the first time. He will bravely describe the moments leading up to the attack, his thoughts and feelings on realising he had been shot and injured, and also describe his road to recovery.At the time of the shooting, the PSNI said it believed the attack was carried out by dissident republicans.Two men who arrested in connection with the attempted murder were released unconditionally in the days following the incident.The programme airs on BBC1 at 9pm this evening.Read: ‘A jaw-dropping gaffe’: Jeremy Corbyn thinks PSNI man died in shooting incidentRead: Two men arrested over shooting of PSNI officer in North Belfast released unconditionally The aftermath of the shooting at the petrol station on the Crumlin Road ‘Blood was pouring. I thought I was going to die’: Appeal after shooting of PSNI officer An appeal will be made on BBC1′s Crimewatch programme this evening. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share31 Tweet Email Mar 6th 2017, 4:30 PM last_img read more

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43 would feel more valued if offered group income protection or critical

first_imgJust under half (43%) of respondents would feel more valued at work if their employer provider group income protection (GIP) or group critical illness cover, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,004 full and part-time employees also found that 29% of respondents would be more likely to stay with their organisation if it provided GIP and group income protection cover.The research also found:31% of respondents without income protection would be worried about how to survive financially if an injury or illness prevented them from working; this rises to 45% for respondents who have two children.61% of respondents do not have any form of income protection.27% of respondents without income protection would rather take the risk than pay for income protection, and 18% believe they will never need income protection.44% of respondents are unable to afford income protection.50% of respondents agree it would be very important to return to work as quickly and safely as possible following an illness or injury, with 62% citing financial reasons.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group, said: “From an employer’s perspective, GIP is a relatively minor cost with major potential gains. Not only can GIP prevent valuable staff from taking long-term absence, but it’s a great way of improving recruitment and retention.“Additional benefits like GIP make a benefits package stand out at a time when all employers are now, or soon will have to, offering pensions through auto-enrolment. Our research shows employees who are offered GIP feel more valued and are more likely to stay within their organisation, making this a highly valuable retention tool.”last_img read more

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Hozier Opens Up About Nina Cried Power Reveals Whats On His Playlist

first_img Email Hozier Dissects His Moving Song “Nina Cried Power” hozier-opens-about-nina-cried-power-reveals-whats-his-playlist The soulful Irish singer/songwriter tells us about his new single featuring Mavis Staples, how music remains a powerful vehicle for social change, and what’s currently on his playlistNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 5, 2018 – 9:00 pm Just as singer/songwriter Hozier seemed to sing with a conviction stronger than you might assume from his age on the GRAMMY-nominated smash hit “Take Me To Church,” his latest offering, an EP and its title track, “Nina Cried Power” featuring soul legend Mavis Staples traces an even deeper through-line into music’s past. Summoning images of some of music and society’s most revolutionary figures, the song puts Hozier’s swagger and soul on full display while teasing a glimpse of what might still come from his own musical legacy. Facebook Hozier Opens Up About “Nina Cried Power,” Reveals What’s On His Playlist News Twitter We spoke with Hozier backstage at Austin City Limits prior to his Friday set to hear how “Nina Cried Power” came together, how he sees music as a vehicle for social change and what is currently spinning on his timeless playlist.How did “Nina Cried Power” come together with the great Mavis Staples?I wrote the song at some point last year. I came off the road, and I think geopolitics was in an odd kind of place, certainly at home and I’m sure abroad, too. There was a very divisive rhetoric… being given a fairly mainstream platform 24/7, so I just wanted to write something that was not cynical, that was hopeful and came from a place of solidarity. Even though it acknowledged the difficulty of, “How do you start addressing these things? Where do you start and what’s worthwhile about addressing them?” I just wanted to point to the legacy of other artists that we refer to as heroes and that we call heroes for a reason. In far more difficult circumstances, they sang about what was important to them, they spoke about what was important to them and what affected real people, what affected people at the time; artists like Mavis Staples. So, it was really important, I think, to have her involved in that project. I was super proud that we were able to get together and do it.What do you think it is about music that has played such a role in social change over the years? I think music is a vehicle for anything… When artists are honest about things and honest about the circumstances that they find themselves in or honest about representing the human experience in music, it can be a vehicle for our best selves and I think it can be a lovely reminder of what makes us people and what the best of us is at our best intentions. But, either way, music is a vehicle for the zeitgeist and whether we’re aware of that or whether we engage with that, it’s a vehicle for our times, it’s a vehicle for the lives that we live.As such, it remains as a document far beyond ourselves. I think what’s awesome about songs like that, songs that Mavis Staples would’ve sang on, songs that the Staples Singers or Bob Dylan or Pete Seeger or Billie Holiday sang on, they’re documents we can look at now and say, “Look, these are the difficulties that these people faced,” and there’s something that’s worthwhile about that, I suppose.What’s inspiring you now, and what are you listening to now?My head is still buried firmly in the 20th century stuff like blues music and folk music. Before this record, I was listening to a lot of Alan Lomax’s field recording, which I thought again just as documents, it’s so worthwhile that they exist. More recently, I was listening to a bit of Margaret Glaspy. Bahamas. Maggie Rogers, as well, too. I’m really excited about her. I think she’s awesome.What’s next for you, musically? So, the rest of the year I will be, for the most part, touring this. I have another single that we’re hoping to release in a couple of weeks’ time. I’m really excited about it. It’s one of my favorites off of the upcoming record. But the actual album proper would be early next year, so I think in the first quarter of 2019, so February/March time would be the actual full length. I’m really excited about that.Victory Boyd Gives Soulful Performance In New Series, Press PlayRead more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 5, 2018 – 8:58 pm Hozier On “Nina Cried Power,” ACL & Morelast_img read more

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Karimnagar Farmers told to register their names in Pradhan

first_imgKarimnagar: E-District manager of Karimnagar Sriram Srinivas Reddy appealed the farmers to enrol their names under the Central government’s pension scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan-Dhan Yojana’ (PM-KMY).In a statement released here on Tuesday, he said the Central government has introduced pension scheme for farmers in the name of PM-KMY during 2019-20 budget session in the parliament, under which a farmer, who enrolls his name under the scheme will get Rs 3,000 pension after he crosses 60 years. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The farmers in the age group of 18 to 40 years are eligible for this scheme and they must register their names in the Common Service Centres, established in every village and must pay Rs 55 to Rs 200 according to their age. After attaining 60 years of age, these farmers will get a pension of Rs 3,000 per month through Life Insurance Company. If any farmer expires before reaching 60 years, then the total amount that was paid by him, will be handed over to the nominee along with interest. If any farmer, who is receiving the pension through scheme expires after 60 years, then half of the pension amount will be paid to his family members, he explained. Sriram Srinivas Reddy appealed the farmers in age group of 18 to 40 years to register their names by visiting CSC centres by uploading their details inhttps://pmkmy.gov.in website.last_img read more

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Experience the wetlands in Ladysmith with all 5 senses

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Last Saturday (February 17), the Ingula Partnership hosted its eighth Wetlands Walk on parts of its 1000-hectare Bedford wetland.Around 180 people from across the country came to experience the wetlands and grasslands firsthand. Although the weather did not look promising, the determination of the participants turned their luck around. Perfect hiking and walking weather prevailed.Eskom manages 8000 hectares of mountainous grassland, including the magnificent wetland at Ingula.To raise awareness of its wetlands and the Ingula conservation area, an annual wetlands programme is rolled out, giving participants a rare opportunity to experience wetlands with all five senses.This conservation area is soon to be proclaimed as a nature reserve, which will be a third Eskom-owned nature reserve (Koeberg and Majuba).Among the participants were two schools, Nhlonhlweni and Isiqophamithi primary schools, as well as the young Nakekela Nature Warriors from Van Reenen.Wetland walkers included the members of the Ingula Partnership, made up of Eskom and prominent conservation NGOs, BirdLife South Africa and Middelpunt Wetlands Trust.New participants included the Eskom Group Executive of Human Resources, Elsie Pule, and visitors coming from as far as Durban, Johannesburg and Nelspruit.“The youngsters’ swim in the river was a memorable event and will hopefully increase their understanding of the Ingula ecosystem. And they had fun!” said Jabulani Hlophe, Environmental Manager, Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.Peter Nelson (Senior Consultant, Environmental Management in Eskom Peaking Generation) said, “Ingula can certainly go a long way to changing people’s perceptions of industry in general and Eskom specifically, while also contributing to the collective appreciation of the environment.”The Ingula Visitors Centre conducts tours of the power station and conservation area on weekdays. Presentations and exhibitions can be done at your own event on request. Booking in advance is essential. Contact 0363423236 or email: ingulavisitorscentre@eskom.co.zaClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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ComplianceEase Promotes New Chief Technology Officer

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology October 14, 2015 441 Views Share Jason RothComplianceEase, a provider of automated compliance solutions to the financial services industry, recently announced that the company’s co-founder, Jason Roth, has been named chief technology officer.In this newly created position, Roth will be responsible for technology, strategy, and execution across all of the company’s platform and product lines, which include automated compliance, income and identity verification, and loan document generation, and closing.His organization now comprises all the company’s software development and testing, technology operations, and client/partner platform integration teams, according to ComplianceEase.“Jason has played a critical role in the development of our flagship product, ComplianceAnalyzer, and has been a major contributor to our growth,” said John Vong, president of ComplianceEase. “As CTO, Jason will drive efforts to continually modernize the company’s technology development and deployment, making our suite of products even more accessible, secure and reliable, and allowing us to meet the market’s needs more rapidly.”As SVP of Product Management, Roth was primarily responsible for leading the development of the company’s automated compliance suite, including the design and launch of the new TRID Monitor module within ComplianceAnalyzer, which builds upon the company’s RESPA Auditor product to help lenders comply with extensive requirements under the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulations.Roth is a technology executive with nearly 20 years’ experience in software development and management in the consumer, mortgage lending, and financial service industries. His technical expertise ranges from design and development of enterprise Software-as-a-Service products to expert systems and web services platform technologies.Prior to ComplianceEase, he worked on Adobe Acrobat and PDF document technology development teams at Adobe Systems, Inc.He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology, and a Certified Mortgage Technologist designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association.center_img Chief Technology Officer Co-Founder ComplianceEase Promotion 2015-10-14 Staff Writer ComplianceEase Promotes New Chief Technology Officerlast_img read more

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