Maha Civic engineer among 3 held for taking bribe

first_imgPalghar: Three persons, including a civic engineer, were arrested for allegedly taking Rs 15,000 bribe from a man for not razing his house in Palghar district of Maharashtra, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Tuesday. Yogesh Sawant (49), a junior engineer in Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation’s encroachment department, and contract labourer Gorakh Sadgir (29) initially demanded Rs 25,000 from the man when he approached them to save his house from demolition, an ACB release said. Later, they struck the deal for Rs 15,000, it said. The man then approached the ACB which laid a trap on Monday and caught another contract labourer, Narayan Desai (28), red-handed while taking the amount on behalf of the other two accused from the complainant, the release said. The three accused were subsequently arrested and booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, it added.last_img read more

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HALLE BERRY BROKE THREE RIBS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH KEANU REEVES

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Not a whole lot else is known, but seeing as how this is a John Wick movie, Sofia will be getting in on the action. It sounds like Berry did a portion of the stunts herself, but trying to keep up with Keanu Reeves led to some minor injury. Berry loved working with Reeves and told Extra what the experience was like and how it led to her injury:It was pretty amazing [to work with Keanu]. It was a little terrifying at first because he’s so damn good, and I wanted to be on the same level as him. I didn’t want to disappoint him. I broke three ribs when I was rehearsing for John Wick… It’s like a badge of honor for me, we don’t know how it happened.To prepare for Parabellum, Halle Berry was doing stunt training, gun training, dog training, and strength training. She was covering every angle, so you can see how rehearsal might lead to injury.Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like it was serious at all or slowed down production much. Halle Berry noted that director Chad Stahelski waited for her to get better rather than replace her with someone without three broken ribs:I worked for a little while with broken ribs until I could no longer do it. For me, what made me most happy is I thought when that happened, ‘OK, I’m out of the movie.’ They’re going to replace me. The show has to go on. But to [director] Chad’s credit, he waited for me to heal, when I came back I felt better.You’ll be able to see Halle Berry kicking ass alongside Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum when the film arrives in theaters on May 17, 2019. For everything else arriving in theaters this year, be sure to check out our handy 2019 movie release guide for all the big releases.By Matt Wood ~ CinemaBlend LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Next month, the John Wick series continues with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The action franchise is known for its slick choreography and its star Keanu Reeves‘ willingness to throw himself into the thick of it. Halle Berry also stars in the new film and she gets in on the action herself, but when you star opposite Reeves in an action movie, you gotta brace for some bruises. However, Berry ended up breaking three of her ribs, and she doesn’t even know how it happened.John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum finds John Wick on the run from every assassin in New York City and beyond. He’ll turn to whatever connections and friends he has left in order to survive the whole ordeal, and that’s where Berry’s character comes in. Halle Berry plays Sofia, an assassin and close friend of John who decides to help him. Twitterlast_img read more

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UN agency urges review of biofuel policies to ensure poor can benefit

“Biofuels present both opportunities and risks,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf said of his agency’s annual flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2008.“Current policies tend to favour producers in some developed countries over producers in most developing countries. The challenge is to reduce or manage the risks while sharing the opportunities more widely.”Biofuel production from agricultural commodities increased more than threefold from 2000 to 2007, now covering nearly 2 per cent of the world’s consumption of transport fuels.This trend is expected to continue, and although the contribution of liquid biofuels, mostly ethanol and biodiesel, for transport energy and even more so for global energy will remain limited, demand for agricultural feedstocks such as sugar, maize and oilseeds for biofuels will continue to grow over the next decade and perhaps beyond, putting upward pressure on food prices, the study notes. If developing countries can reap the benefits of biofuel production, and if those benefits reach the poor, higher demand for biofuels could contribute to rural development, it adds. “Opportunities for developing countries to take advantage of biofuel demand would be greatly advanced by the removal of the agricultural and biofuel subsidies and trade barriers that create an artificial market and currently benefit producers in OECD countries [Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development grouping major industrialized nations] at the expense of producers in developing countries,” Mr. Diouf said.Other policy measures driving the rush to liquid biofuels, such as mandated blending of biofuels with fossil fuels, as well as tax incentives, have created an artificially rapid growth in biofuel production. These measures have high economic, social and environmental costs and should also be reviewed, according to the report.Higher agricultural commodity prices stemming from the growing biofuels demand offer important opportunities for some developing countries, with agriculture becoming the growth engine for hunger reduction and poverty alleviation, but promoting smallholder participation in crop production requires investment in infrastructure, research, rural finance, market information and institutions and legal systems.Among the risks, however, are soaring food prices which are already hurting developing countries that are highly dependent on imports to meet their food requirements. Particularly at risk are poor urban consumers and struggling food buyers in rural areas. Many of the world’s poor spend more than half of their incomes on food.“Decisions about biofuels should take into consideration the food security situation but also the availability of land and water,” Mr. Diouf said. “All efforts should aim at preserving the utmost goal of freeing humanity from the scourge of hunger.” The environment impact must also be taken into account. “Expanded use and production of biofuels will not necessarily contribute as much to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as was previously assumed,” the report finds. While some biofuel feedstocks, such as sugar, can generate significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, this is not the case for many other feedstocks.This impact could also be exacerbated by land-use change. “Changes in land use – for example deforestation to meet growing demand for agricultural products – are a great threat to land quality, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr. Diouf said. Sustainability criteria based on internationally agreed standards could help to improve the environmental footprint of biofuels, the report states, but they should not create new trade barriers for developing countries. 7 October 2008Global biofuel policies should be urgently reviewed to ensure that the world’s poor benefit by ending trade-distorting subsidies favouring developed nations while countering the rise in food prices sparked by the diversion of foodstuff to energy production, according to a new United Nations report released today. read more

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UNICEF issues warning about malnutrition crisis in Africas Sahel region

Tens of thousands of children are at risk of severe malnutrition in Niger and neighbouring countries unless donors urgently provide more funds for humanitarian programmes, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.Christiane Berthiaume, a spokesperson for the agency in Geneva, told reporters that UNICEF was very concerned that the ongoing drought in much of the Sahel region of Africa has created a food crisis that is jeopardizing the health of the region’s most vulnerable children.Already an estimated 859,000 children under the age of five in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, northern Nigeria and Chad are classified as needing treatment for severe malnutrition, she said.The Sahel region, an arid belt immediately south of the Sahara Desert, is prone to droughts and creeping desertification. Rates of severe malnutrition are often high.Ms. Berthiaume stressed that tens of thousands of children in the region are now in situations of extreme distress and that while UNICEF was ready to help them, it does not have the funds it needs to carry out its programmes.Only half of the $50 million sought by the agency to deal with the crisis has been received so far, she said, adding that the funds are needed as soon as possible because the crisis is expected to peak within the next two months. 9 April 2010Tens of thousands of children are at risk of severe malnutrition in Niger and neighbouring countries unless donors urgently provide more funds for humanitarian programmes, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. read more

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Fighting between Israel and Hizbollah intensifies with UN positions hit again

On the eve of a planned cessation of hostilities set to end the fighting that has engulfed Lebanon and northern Israel for the past month, violence in the region intensified today, according to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which sustained extensive material damage but suffered no additional casualties. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Saturday had announced that following talks with the leaders of both countries, “the cessation of hostilities and the end of the fighting will enter into force on 14 August, at 0500 hours GMT.”Today, UNIFIL reported that over the past 24 hours, fighting worsened throughout southern Lebanon. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) “intensified shelling and aerial bombardment across the south,” while Hizbollah “fired rockets in significant numbers.”There were five incidents of firing from the Israeli side directly inside UNIFIL positions in the areas of At Tiri, Bayt Yahun and Tibnin (3) yesterday and this morning, and one incident of firing from the Hizbollah side directly inside a UNIFIL position in the area of Ghanduriyah yesterday. The impacts caused extensive material damage in all the positions, but no casualties, the mission said in a news release. There were nine other incidents of firing from the Israeli side close to UN positions in the areas of At Tiri (4), Ghanduriyah (2), Brashit, Tibnin and Ibil as Saqi. “UNIFIL strongly protested all the incidents to the Israeli and Lebanese authorities respectively.” The Force’s freedom of movement and the ability to re-supply positions and provide humanitarian assistance were denied because of the lack of security clearance from the IDF and due to the intensive hostilities on the ground. For a week now, a humanitarian convoy to distribute food to the villages in the western sector, and other humanitarian activities planned by UNIFIL, could not proceed because the IDF has denied consent. Blue helmets were able to facilitate medical assistance to a wounded girl who they relocated to the UNIFIL hospital in Naqoura. Three other wounded Lebanese civilians were relocated from the UNIFIL hospital in Naqoura to the hospital in Tyre for further medical treatment yesterday. On Friday, weeks of intensive diplomacy culminated in the unanimous adoption by the Security Council of a resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities. The text welcomed the Lebanese Government’s plan to deploy 15,000 troops across the south of the country as Israel withdraws behind the Blue Line. It also backed the simultaneous deployment of UNIFIL with up to 15,000 peacekeepers from the current strength of some 2,000.The mission will be tasked with monitoring the cessation of hostilities, helping to ensure humanitarian access to civilians and the safe return of displaced persons, and supporting the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy in the south and enforce their responsibilities under the resolution.In announcing the cessation of hostilities on Saturday, Mr. Annan said there should be an immediate end to the fighting “to respect the spirit and intent of the Council decision, the object of which was to save civilian lives, to spare the pain and suffering that the civilians on both sides are living through.”Civilians make up the overwhelming majority of the victims of this conflict, which broke out following Hizbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers on 12 July. According to the Lebanese Higher Relief Council, over 1,000 Lebanese have been killed and 3,600 wounded, while Israel’s Government reports that more than 40 Israeli civilians have been killed. An estimated one fourth of the entire population of Lebanon has been forced to flee their homes. read more

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Who is Charlie Gard what is the disease he suffered from and

first_imgIt has been a heartbreaking legal battle that has captured international attention and drawn offers of support from Donald Trump and the Pope.Now, Charlie Gard has died after his life-support was withdrawn soon after he was moved to a hospice, denying his parents their “final wish” for him to spend his final hours at home.The little boy’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, had asked for more time with their son after he was transferred from Great Ormond Street Hospital, but High Court judge Mr Justice Francis said doctors could stop providing treatment shortly after 11-month-old arrived at the hospice.Here is everything you need to know about the case. Who is Charlie Gard?Charlie is a 10-month old patient in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London.On August 4, 2016, he was born a “perfectly healthy” baby at full term and at a “healthy weight”. After about a month, however,  Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, noticed that he was less able to lift his head and support himself than other babies of a similar age. If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017 Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son CharlieCredit:PA “Nobody knows because it is so very difficult because of the ravages of Charlie’s condition,” she said.”He cannot see, he cannot hear, he cannot make a noise, he cannot move.”Interventions from Trump and the VaticanWhile Ms Yates and Mr Gard said they have been boosted by support from US President Donald Trump and the Vatican, a leading expert has described interventions from high-profile figures as “unhelpful”.Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said in an open letter that Charlie’s situation is “heartbreaking” for his parents, and “difficult” for others including medical staff, but added that even well-meaning interventions from outsiders can be unhelpful. May 23: After analysing the case, three Court of Appeal judges dismissed the couple’s appeal two days later. June 8: Charlie’s parents then lost their fight in the Supreme Court. Charlie’s mother broke down in tears and screamed as justices announced their decision and was led from the court by lawyers. Show more Connie Yates leaves the Supreme Court after a panel of three Supreme Court justices on dismissed the couple's latest challenge A banner hung on railings outside Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in LondonCredit:PA Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie She said that “sometimes parents are right in what they think” and it is not simply that they do not want to switch off life support. May 3: Charlie’s parents then asked Court of Appeal judges to consider the case. He said judges should not interfere with parents’ exercise of parental rights.Lawyers, who represented Charlie’s parents for free, said Mr Justice Francis had not given enough weight to Charlie’s human right to life.They said there was no risk the proposed therapy in the US would cause Charlie “significant harm”.However, Miss Yates and Mr Gard have now acknowledged that the therapy could not help their son get better. Their lawyer, Grant Armstrong, told the court that the delay in offering treatment to Charlie had meant he had no prospect of getting better. Mr Armstrong said damage to Charlie’s muscle and tissue was irreversible.”The parents’ worst fears have been confirmed,” he said”It is now too late to treat Charlie.” Ribbons and hearts tied to trees outside Great Ormond Street Hospital in London by well wishers backing a campaign to allow terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to be treated in AmericaCredit:PA Chris Gard leaves the Supreme Court after it ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:PA June 20:  Judges in the European Court of Human Rights started to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie’s parents make written submissions. A European Court of Human Rights spokeswoman said the case would get “priority”. “In light of the exceptional circumstances of this case, the court has already accorded it priority and will treat the application with the utmost urgency,” she added. She said the family had seven specialist doctors – two from the US, two from Italy, one from England and two from Spain – supporting them.She added: “We expect that structural damage is irreversible, but I have yet to see something which tells me my son has irreversible structural brain damage.”The parents have now acknowledged that the therapy they were seeking could not help their son get better. Their lawyer said the couple felt that continuing their fight would cause Charlie pain.  The interest of the Pope and Mr Trump in Charlie’s case has “saved his life so far”, his mother has said.Ms Yates told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on July 10: “Yeah, they have saved his life so far. It turned it into an international issue.”There are a lot of people that are outraged by what is going on. We have got new evidence now so I hope the judge changes his mind.” Connie Yates leaves the Supreme Court after a panel of three Supreme Court justices on dismissed the couple’s latest challengeCredit:PA June 27: On Tuesday, European court judges refused to intervene. A Great Ormond Street spokeswoman said the European Court decision marked “the end” of a “difficult process”.She said there would be “no rush” to change Charlie’s care and said there would be “careful planning and discussion”.July 10: Charlie’s parents return to the High Court and ask Mr Justice Francis to carry out a fresh analysis of the case. Mr Justice Francis gives them less than 48 hours to prove an experimental treatment works.July 24: Charlie’s parents withdraw their request to change the original court order.  Mr Gordon suggested that Charlie might be being unlawfully detained and denied his right to liberty. The baby will have his life support switched off in the next few days.Why was the case back in court?Charlie inherited the faulty RRM2B gene from his parents, affecting the cells responsible for energy production and respiration and leaving him unable to move or breathe without a ventilator.GOSH describes experimental nucleoside therapies as “unjustified” and the treatment is not a cure.The hospital’s decision to go back into the courtroom came after two international healthcare facilities and their researchers contacted them to say they have “fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment”.Charlie’s parents have now decided to end their legal battle. Grant Armstrong, the parents lawyer, told the court: “for Charlie it is too late.”What did Charlie’s parents argue?Richard Gordon QC, who led Charlie’s parents’ legal team, had told Court of Appeal judges that the case raised “very serious legal issues”. 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. In October, after he had became lethargic and his breathing shallow, he was transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.Why was there a legal fight? Charlie’s parents wanted to take him to see specialists in the USA, who had offered an experimental therapy called nucleoside. A crowdfunding page was set up in January to help finance the therapy. Supporters outside the Supreme Court “They wish to exhaust all possible options,” Mr Gordon said in a written outline of Charlie’s parents’ case.”They don’t want to look back and think ‘what if?’. This court should not stand in the way of their only remaining hope.” Ribbons and hearts tied to trees outside Great Ormond Street Hospital in London by well wishers backing a campaign to allow terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to be treated in America Chris Gard leaves the Supreme Court after it ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street Hospital But doctors at GOSH concluded that the experimental treatment, which is not designed to be curative, would not improve Charlie’s quality of life. When parents do not agree about a child’s future treatment, it is standard legal process to ask the courts to make a decision. This is what happened in Charlie’s case.What were the stages of the legal battle?March 3: Great Ormond Street bosses asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that life support treatment should stop.The judge was told that Charlie could only breathe through a ventilator and was fed through a tube.April 11: Mr Justice Francis said doctors could stop providing life-support treatment after analysing the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in LondonHe concluded that life-support treatment should end and said a move to a palliative care regime would be in Charlie’s best interests.  What did GOSH argue?Katie Gollop QC, who led Great Ormond Street’s legal team, suggested that further treatment would leave Charlie in a “condition of existence”.She said therapy proposed in the USA was “experimental” and would not help Charlie.”There is significant harm if what the parents want for Charlie comes into effect,” she told appeal judges. “The significant harm is a condition of existence which is offering the child no benefit.”She added: “It is inhuman to permit that condition to continue.” A banner hung on railings outside Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London Doctors discovered he had a rare inherited disease – infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).The condition causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. Supporters outside the Supreme CourtCredit:PA Ms Gollop said nobody knew whether Charlie was in pain.last_img read more

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Geological face mapping underground at Cortez Hills

first_imgBarrick Gold Corporation uses Maptek Vulcan at various stages of the Cortez Hills underground operations in north-central Nevada. Cortez District Operations comprises open pit mining of the Pipeline and South Pipeline deposits, and both open pit and underground mining of the Cortez Hills deposit.Cortez is Barrick’s and Nevada’s largest gold producer. Mined continuously since 1862, it is the longest operating gold mine in the state of Nevada.It became apparent that as the operation continues to grow, the old paper and pencil methods would not be able to keep up with the day-to-day demands of detailed face mapping. It is difficult to maintain up to date face mapping using traditional paper based techniques.‘Going digital was the answer,’ explained Dave Todaro, Senior Production Geologist at Cortez Hills underground division.Putting the latest technology in the hands of the mine geologists allows them to work more efficiently. Timely access to all of the underground face data means that essential decisions are well-informed.The picture shows production geologists using tablet undergroundA customised workflow was generated using existing Vulcan functionality to suit the needs of the underground production environment. Customised Lava scripts speed up the workflow and reduce the amount of user interaction required.Before heading out to the field the geologist prepares the tablet, ensuring the appropriate data files have been secured for review during the mapping process.Once in the field the geologist can use the customised Lava scripts and existing Vulcan functionality to digitise the geological features in the correct spatial location.The tablet system also allows the geologist to review geological observations spatially in real time.‘This is a game-changing advantage,’ said Todaro.Back at the office, geological observations can be shared with the team. The geologist now has more time to review the data and make critical interpretations about the ore system, which have the potential to impact decisions made in the production environment.As well as standardising the face mapping process, this customised workflow now provides a way for the team to ‘efficiently go digital’.‘It also opens the doors for doing more with the data than previously imagined. Having access to data while underground means that our geologists are able to visit and clear more headings each day,’ said Todaro.This translates to quicker mining cycles as headings are returned to the mining operations teams faster. It also provides more time for geologists to work on other tasks like bulk sampling and developing sampling methods to meet automated advancements.Thanks toDave Todaro, Senior Production GeologistUnderground DivisionCortez District OperationsBarrick Gold Corporationlast_img read more

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Silvio Ivandija will be new RK PPD Zagreb coach

RK PPD ZagrebSilvio Ivandija ← Previous Story Men’s EHF Cup Round 3 draw – Berlin in Slovenia Next Story → Jovica Cvetkovic to lead Serbian “Eagles”! Silvio Ivandija will be the new head-coach of RK PPD Zagreb. The 52-years old Croatian will come to the one of the hottest working places in handball world from female handball, where he was leading domestic vice-champions ZRK Lokomotiva Zagreb.However, the 52-years old Ivandija had a lot of success with male generation 1992 – the Youth European Champions and Junior European vice-champions in 2010 and 2012. Ivandija also had good period with Qatari Al Quiada.His debut will be the most difficult task in this season – match against RK Vardar Skopje next Saturday.Official promotion is scheduled for Thursday.Veselin Vujovic left RK PPD Zagreb after four defeats at the start of the season. read more

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BATTLE FOR THE UAE CHAMPION The decisive time

uae handball The unraveling of the UAE handball championship has started. After a two-round league competition, the four best teams (Sharjah, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, and Al Nasr as top three, and Al Wasl after extra matches) are playing the play-off for the title. From this season, the champion is decided in an unusual manner: these four clubs play against each other in three rounds in the mini-league. Extra points, dedicated according to the placement from the league part of the season (Sharjah 3, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 2, Al Nasr 1 and Al Wasl 0 points) are added to the points earned during the play-off matches to determine the champion.After the first round of the play-off, it is quite clear that the title winner will be decided between Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai: these two teams showed convincing performances and won their matches without any major turbulence. Sharjah, inspired by an extraordinary party of experienced Tunisian international Slim Hedoui, controlled the match all the time and eventually triumphed against Al-Wasl with 29:25 (17:14). A very similar match was also seen between Shabab Al Ahli Dubai and Al Nasr: a solid party of the Al Nasr veteran Lazo Majnov was not sufficient for Al Nasr to threaten Shabab Al Ahli Dubai at any moment: Abdalla Albaloushi brilliantly pulled the strings of his team`s play, while Ivan Mosic was simply unstoppable, scoring 12 goals from 9m shots. At the end, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai – Al Nasr 30:26 (15:14).The UAE handball championship playoffs will continue during next weekend. If no colossal surprises occur, the champion will be decided in a direct clash between Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in the last round. Judging by the previous matches between the two rival teams, it will be thrilling and uncertain until the very last second. Written by Marko Selakovic ← Previous Story WITH +3 TO BLAUGRANA: Montpellier beat Barca Next Story → VIDEO: We all cried on Saturday, but his tears are special
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Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Sport Ireland withdraws FAI funding, Coveney dismisses backstop rumour and Tusk urges EU leaders to allow Britain to delay Brexit – it’s the evening fix. By Ceimin Burke Short URL 1 Comment Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 9th 2019, 9:02 PM Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 9:02 PM Share7 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND John Treacy (CEO, Sport Ireland) speaking this afternoon in Sport Ireland Institute, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown. Source: Sam BoalSport Ireland suspended future funding from the Football Association of Ireland.Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney dismissed claims that Germany could be open to a five-year time-limit on the Brexit backstop.A report has found a “series of weaknessess” in the execution of the National Children’s Hospital project. Permanent TSB boss Jeremy Masding said the bank has 500 vacant properties on its books. A solicitor avoided jail after giving a mobile phone to an incarcerated notorious rapist after he threatened to rape her child.Gardaí are investigating dissident links to a spate of ATM robbries across the border region. A paramedic who assaulted two female first aid students when he placed them in a choke hold was described as ‘timid’ by a retired Garda.Cliftonville FC footballer Jay Donnelly will serve three months imprisonment for sharing a photo of him having sex with a 16-year-old girl on a WhatsApp group.The Gardaí insisted that there was “no security incident” involving the Commissioner Drew Harris’s vehicle at its Phoenix Park HQ last month.INTERNATIONAL Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot at a polling station in Jerusalem as Israel holds a general election. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images#BREXIT: EU Council President Donald Tusk urged the bloc’s leaders to allow Britain to delay Brexit for up to a year. #NXIVM: US Actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering after allegedly recruiting women to a cult-like secret society that coerced followers into having sex.#SUDAN: Thousands of demonstrators spent a fourth day camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum in a protest against Omar al-Bashir’s rule.PARTING SHOT Today we’re launching Noteworthy, a new reporting project from @thejournal_ie. It will help to fund the type of in-depth investigative journalism the public wants to see #noteworthy— Noteworthy (@noteworthy_ie) April 9, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4584328 Journal Media launched a new website which funds in-depth investigative journalism based on suggestions from the public today. Noteworthy works by crowdfunding and reporting on stories suggested by people around Ireland. Ken Foxe, one of Ireland’s leading investigative journalists, has been appointed as editor.On its first day up and running the site already managed to attract enough funds to pay for three different investigations. 8,511 Views Get our daily news round up: Source: Noteworthy/Twitterlast_img read more

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DOD Business Reform Needed to Streamline Systems Lord Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In remarks at DOD’s first Human Capital Symposium in Southbridge, Mass., this week, Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and sustainment, discussed the three lines of effort in the National Defense Strategy — lethality, strengthening alliances and partnerships, and business reform. Reform is a priority as “Secretary Mattis is well aware that the Pentagon is not a paradigm of efficiency,” Lord said. “We’ve done it to ourselves, and it’s up to us to undo it. Leadership staff changes in the past year have offered fresh sets of eyes to look at how to streamline systems,” she said. Lord is striving to clarify all of the department’s acquisition authorities and contract vehicles, reported DOD News. The acquisitions and sustainment effort is “focused on how we buy things more simply, more quickly and how we get capability downrange,” Lord said. DOD photo by EJ Hersomlast_img read more

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F35 basing decision expected Monday

first_imgAn F-35 flies over Florida (U.S. Air Force photo)The Air Force is expected to issue a final decision Monday on the basing of F-35 fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base.April 4th marks the end of a required 30-day waiting period since the final Environmental Impact Statement for the F-35 basing proposal was published.Eielson is the Air Force’s preferred alternative as the Pacific region base for the high tech fighters, but Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Dodson says it will be good to have a formal decision.“[It’s the] culmination of a lot of work from, obviously, the Air Force, but also a lot of work from people in this community,” Dodson said. “So, I know there’s a lot of people excited about this.”Dodson says he received an invitation to an event at Eielson Monday afternoon, and that the guest speaker at a Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce noon lunch is Eielson commander Colonel Mike Winkler.Governor Bill Walker, and US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are also scheduled to be there.Deployment of two F-35 squadrons to Eielson – which could include as many as 54 aircraft – will add over 1,500 service members, plus 1,200 dependents, nearly doubling the base’s population.The project also includes construction of nearly $500 million of facilities to accommodate the fighter squadrons.last_img read more

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Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad membership drive held

first_imgHabsiguda: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) membership drive was held in Sri Chaitnya Junior College here on Wednesday.Zonal Committee member Vadla Venkatesh Chary said ABVP had been playing vital role in solving problems pertaining in education sector. Activists Akhil, Vamshi, Rohit and Shiva were present.last_img

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Reliance looks for investment opportunities in JK Ladakh after scrapping of Article

first_imgReliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani addresses at company’s 42nd Annual General Meeting in Mumbai on Aug 12, 2019.IANSReliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Monday said that the company is committed to support the developmental needs of the new Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and that it will create a task force to explore investment opportunities in region.At the 42nd Annual General Meeting of the company, he said that the company would make a lot of announcements on the developmental initiatives it plans to take in the newly-created Union Territories.”We stand committed to support the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in all their developmental needs. Reliance will create a special task force and you will see a lot of announcements on Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and our developmental initiatives in the coming months,” Ambani said.His statement comes days after the Central government annulled Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The government also bifurcated the state into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh.About the philanthropic work of the Reliance Foundation, Ambani, during the AGM, said that it has touched the lives of more than 2.9 crore people across the country and through its rural transformation programmes, improved the livelihoods of over 80 lakh people across 19,000 villages.”Last year, our foundation provided relief and rehabilitation to people impacted by natural calamities in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. As we speak, our teams are involved in relief and rehabilitation efforts in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala,” he said. Close PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Revocation of Article 370center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/7:41Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Accused murderer Jubo League activist killed in gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA murder suspect was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Chattogram’s Agrabad early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Jabed, Jubo League activist, also accused in the murder former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Mohiuddin Sohel.Jubo League is the youth front of ruling Awami League while Bangladesh Chhatra League is its student wing.Sudip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Double Mooring police station, said that on information that a gang of terrorists were using drugs in the Jamburi field area, a team of police conducted the drive.Sensing the presence of police, the terrorists opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, leaving Jabed injured.Later, the injured was taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Ashikur Rahman, senior assistant commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police, said that after spotting the location of Jabed, a team of police led by the OC conducted the drive around 12:20am.The OC was also shot in his right leg and is now in hospital.The police team also recovered a pistol and other firearms with several rounds of bullets from the spot.Earlier on 7 January, the former BCL leader Mohiuddin Sohel was lynched by an angry mob at Pahartali railway market of the city on allegation of extortion.Sohel’s family members later claimed at a press briefing that he was killed in a planned manner.Shakirul Islam Shishir, younger brother of Sohel, filed a case with Double Mooring police station accusing 27 named and 150 unnamed people. Jabed was one of the main accused in the case.last_img read more

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The AFROAmerican Newspapers Welcomes Tiffany Ginyard as Managing Editor

first_imgThe AFRO-American Newspapers recently welcomed Tiffany Ginyard to it’s editorial team as managing editor. For Ginyard, a Morgan State University and Baltimore City College graduate, this is a second “tour of duty” to the publication, but she has come back with a renewed vision, a blazing passion for the people, experience as a citizen and community organizer, and more fire to take the AFRO to the next level! She comes back after working many years as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools, as a writer/editor for digital and print publications, and as the producer of the radio show “First Edition w/Sean Yoes.”  In this edition, AFRO Media Correspondent Aniya Thomas chats with Ginyard about her comeback and plans to further the advancement of the AFRO American Newspapers as the new Managing Editor, Tiffany Ginyard.  During the interview, she shares her passion and plans for the advancement of the AFRO. We are so excited for the greatness that is to come.Tiffany Ginyard, The AFRO-American Newspapers Managing Editor. (Courtesy Photo)By Aniya Thomas, AFRO Media CorrespondentAniya: Hello AFRO family I am sitting here with our new managing editor Miss Tiffany Ginyard. How are you today?Tiffany: I fine Aniya, how are you?Aniya: I am great. So what excites you about your return to the AFRO?Tiffany: Well, it feels like home. It’s my dream job, and I love the leadership. When I say it feels like home, I’ve been here before. I started at the AFRO in 2007, coming out of Morgan State University. One of my first stories was to cover a press junket for P. Diddy at a hotel downtown, back when he released Press Play. I wrote it from the news desk at Morgan, where I served as A&E editor of the Spokesman, pitched and sent it to the AFRO all in the same evening.  The AFRO editor at the time gave me a call, published it that week and offered me an internship. From there I served as an intern, copy editor, bureau chief and managing editor before I left in 2010 to pursue a career in teaching in City Schools.  So coming back to the AFRO has been a dream come true. I have always been in the media industry. After sitting behind the desk for three years telling Baltimore’s story, I felt compelled to be a part of the story, and be a catalyst for change. I got restless, and a little frustrated with the climate of our city and I wanted to do make a positive contribution. I didn’t know at the time that what I was doubling as a teacher and investigative reporter. But now that I am back, I realize that I have a lot to write about and even more information to empower my team with to generate compelling coverage of the city.  I am excited.Aniya: How will you advance in technology through this experience?Tiffany: We’re doing it right now. Follow us on Afro.com.  We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and AFRO news. One of my charges as managing editor is to engage our social media audiences, to make sure the people know where we are and that we are still around, with no plans of going anywhere. One of our priority strategies is to engage our online millennial audience with timely information so people can feel like we are here for them.Aniya: We are so glad to have you with the AFRO. Knowing you are an award winning editor. Talk to us more about that. What is the award you have won and how has that enhance you today?Tiffany: Well I haven’t considered myself an award-winning journalist until it was time to reapply for my job. Writing is something that I do, reporting on the stories in my neighborhood, reporting on the stories happening in my community, is part of the fabric of my being. It was an honor to be recognized by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) for my work.  I am just basking in it. Because before when I started at the AFRO, I was in a learning position gleaning all I could from all the super giants at the paper at the time. I had the opportunity to work under the tutelage of the late George Curry and that was an experience. Those experience lead to my recognition for my writing. I am looking forward to more awards, not necessary for me but for my team.Aniya: Yes and that is awesome we are sitting here with you working with  a seasoned editor that can definitely help our youth and enhance our paper in a beautiful way. Where do you see the AFRO’s role in the city’s ongoing healing process?Tiffany:  First of all the AFRO is a family business and I consider Baltimore family, my family. The AFRO also has a legacy of 126 going on 127 years of providing information to the community as well as telling our stories when other people won’t. When we talk about the healing process of our city, the AFRO is in a position to bring us back together as a family on all levels, from our young people to our social institutions to our grass root associations. The AFRO is the authoritative voice to call people to action.last_img read more

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Owner of rehab centre in Behala arrested for abusing minor

first_imgKolkata: The owner of a rehabilitation centre in Behala was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.Police arrested Sanjay Pal, owner of Suraksha Foundation on the basis of the complaints lodged by the parents of the girl. The parents of the girl alleged that they had admitted their daughter to the centre three months ago to treat her drug abuse. The girl often complained of misbehavior by Pal. She also complained that other inmates were beaten up by Pal and other staff of the Centre with plastic pipes. On Wednesday, when the parents went to the Centre the girl again complained of misbehavior by Pal. The parents raised an alarm. Locals took them to the police station. On the basis of their complaints, Pal was arrested. Police also interrogated the staff of the centre.last_img read more

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Tusk KeePass password web browser extension

first_imgTusk KeePass password web browser extension by Martin Brinkmann on January 17, 2018 in Firefox, Google Chrome – 15 commentsTusk is a relatively new web browser extension for Chrome and Firefox — and also compatible web browsers — that adds support for KeePass password manager databases in supported browsers.KeePass is my password manager of choice. I have multiple reasons for that, for example, that I have full control over the data and that the software passed a security audit recently.I don’t need sync or autofill functionality, mobile applications or online storage, but KeePass supports that through plugins, third-party programs or browser extensions. Users who require the functionality can use these tools to add it.Tusk browser extensionTusk is a browser extension that loads KeePass databases to make the authentication data available on the Web. The browser extension does not depend on a local KeePass extension but loads KeePass database files directly from cloud storage or the local system.One limitation of Tusk is that you do need access to a KeePass database. If you don’t have created one in the past already, you need to use KeePass or a compatible application to create a database file.Installation of Tusk is a breeze. The extension adds an icon to the browser’s main toolbar that you interact with. The extension loads a “getting started” guide on the first run that walks you through the steps of setting Tusk up correctly.What you need to do is load a KeePass database either from a supported cloud hosting service, a shared link, or the local file system. You may load a sample database file as well to test the functionality without loading one of your databases.Tusk supports keyfiles. Keyfiles improve security of KeePass databases and add a second factor to the authentication process.The loading of the password database is just the first step of the process. Once you have done so, you need to click on the extension’s icon in the browser’s toolbar, fill out the master password, and click on unlock the database. The extension remembers the master password only for a period. The maximum is 8 hours or until the end of the browser session.Tusk does not have access to the database file until it is unlocked, and it is read-only which means that it does not get access to the cloud storage and does not manipulate the database in any form.Tusk is a fork of CKP, a browser extension for Google Chrome. The main goal of the extension is to improve the user interface, offer better security, and support for the KeePass KDBX 4 format.Tusk can auto-fill usernames and passwords on sites but there is no option to save data to a loaded database. It is an open source application; you can check out the source of the extension on GitHub.Closing WordsIf you use KeePass or a compatible program and like better browser integration, Tusk may be what you are looking for. The extension had a couple of minor hiccups during setup and use, but nothing major.Now You: Do you use a password manager? If so which, and why?Related articlesHow to create Passphrases with KeePassHow to improve KeePass securityKeePass: the global login shortcut to ease your lifeKeepass2Android: local and remote KeePass-based password manager appKeeWeb: Self-hosted KeePass Web and Desktop clientSummary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name TuskSoftware Category Browser Advertisementlast_img read more

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Swiss rail licenses use of iconic clocks to Apple

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day SBB had approached Apple to tell the company that it owned the clock design.In a statement Friday, it said the deal’s terms including the amount of the licensing fee would remain confidential.Engineer and designer Hans Hilfiker developed the SBB railway clock in 1944.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) GENEVA (AP) – Apple Inc. has struck a deal with Switzerland’s national rail company to license the use of its iconic station clocks for the iOS 6 operating system, which is used by iPhone and iPad mobile devices.Swiss Federal Railways, or SBB, says the two parties have signed a licensing agreement, ending their dispute over Apple’s use of round clock faces with black indicators except for the second hand, which is red. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Terrorisms war against tourism – how does tourism respond

first_imgTerrorism’s war against tourism – how does tourism respondTourism and tourists have been prime targets of multiple terrorist attacks in recent months and many more in recent years. Nowhere has this been more evident than the March 22 terrorist outrage in Brussels.In Brussels 34 people were killed and 270 wounded in twin attacks at Brussels’ international airport and on a train in the city’s underground rail network. More than half the casualties were inflicted near the American Airlines check-in counter at the Brussels international airport.In isolation, the Brussels attack is appalling but it is the latest in a string of terrorist attacks which have targeted tourists in recent months in places as diverse as Brussels, Istanbul, Egyptian Sinai, Ivory Coast, Burkino Faso, Tunisia, Kenya, Libya, Indonesia, Israel, Philippines and Thailand.Tourists were killed in the Paris attack of November 2015 but were not specifically targeted in an attack on all Parisians. Most, but not all of these attacks have been have been claimed by or undertaken by Jihadist groups including Daesh (Islamic State) or elements of Al Qaida.Terrorism and TourismFor terrorist groups, the targeting of international tourists from multiple countries is a guarantee of broad international coverage of their ideology or cause. Terrorists crave publicity. Although that publicity will usually be expressed in the form of outrage and condemnation, much of it will also seek to explore and explain the reasons why these groups undertake these murderous acts.The publicity also serves the second thing terrorists groups crave and that is to sow fear of their supposed power and the strength of their cause. Jihandist groups tend to have a world view that they, their beliefs and their cause is the right and only way to live and that anyone who differs from their distorted world view is an enemy who must be eliminated.Tourism, which at its core, promotes cross-cultural engagement and the concept that travel broadens understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity is the natural enemy of the Jihadist world view. Unfortunately, tourists and tourism infrastructure are all too frequently the targets of terrorist attacks.Although airlines and the air-side of airports significant hardened security after the 2001 9/11 attacks in the USA, tourism, tourist attractions, mass public events and tourism infrastructure offer many soft targets for terrorists determined to attack tourists.Security specialists, governments and tourism industry managers are increasingly conscious about the need to enhance security for tourists. Certainly in todays problematic security environment there is much to be said for tourists visiting unfamiliar destinations to allow reputable tourism operators with excellent local knowledge to be their guides.Travellers also need to be far more security savvy. Registering trips with companies such as International SOS or Intelligent Travel will provide travellers with regular security updates on destinations via their apps is a good idea. Irrespective of where a traveller comes from, keeping appraised of your government’s travel advisory is a sensible precaution.Terrorism should not be a reason to avoid or delay travel. Terrorists seek to instil a fear of travel. Caving into that fear as a travel professionals or as travellers only strengthen them. However, travellers are not warriors in the war against terrorism.The best course of action that travel industry professionals can take is to heighten security awareness and to encourage your clients to do so. It is also important at a time when Jihadist groups have been responsible for many recent terrorist attacks to avoid the temptation to demonise all Muslims or adherents of Islam. Islam attracts 1.5 billion adherents worldwide.It is a religion of many streams, Sunni, Shi’te, Wahabites and Salafists and sub groups including Alawites. The majority of Muslim clerics (imams) preach toleration and respect towards non-Muslims. Tourists are traditionally accorded warm welcomes in many Muslim countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman – just to name a few.However, there is a fanatical minority among the various Islamic streams which call for war against the Kuffar (others or infidels) and these swell the ranks of violent and odious groups as Islamic State, Al Qaida and others with similar objectives. Even the term Jihad has different meanings among Muslims. For most Muslims, the term jihad (struggle) is a quest for self-improvement, unfortunately for the fanatical element Jihad is interpreted a call to war against selected enemies.There is no doubt that terrorism represents a real threat to international tourism and it has been present as a threat for many years. However, just as we ask and assist our clients to research their destinations we now, more than ever, need to assist our clients in enhancing their security awareness. International SOS Source = Dr David Beirman Ph.D Intelligent Travelcenter_img terrorism Istanbullast_img read more

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