Nagaland police told to stock rations

first_imgThe Nagaland government on Thursday directed all unit commanders of its police force to stock rations and fuel for at least two months in view of the “fluid situation” in the State.This is believed to be in reference to the possible breakdown of 22 years of talks between the Centre and the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) over the issue of ‘Naga national flag’ and ‘Naga Yezhabo (constitution)’.The instruction from the State’s Inspector-General of Police (Armed and Indian Reserve Battalions) to the commandants of the Nagaland Armed Police and IR Battalions was issued three days after the State government cancelled the leave of all administrative and police personnel.On October 21, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy also warned government employees of “disciplinary action” if they criticise the polices and actions of the government in the press, social media or public meetings.“All unit comdrs are hereby directed to keep atleast two months stock of rations/pol in view of the fluid situation in the State. Confirm a/taken (sic),” the wireless transmission message to the unit heads read.Nagaland-based dailies on Friday said the series of messages to the police and government officials have triggered panic buying among a section of the people fearing a “Kashmir-like total shutdown” in case the Naga talks fail.last_img read more

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76ers take Fultz with top pick in NBA draft

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Markelle Fultz walks on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP(Updated, 8:17 a.m.) NEW YORK— The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night (Friday, Manila) with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking Lonzo Ball as the draft started with a pair of freshmen point guards from the Pac-12 Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken READ: Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft loomsFultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing red sneakers made of basketballs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. Now they add Fultz to a promising young core that includes Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, plus Ben Simmons, the top pick from last year who sat out all season with a foot injury.Ball then got the wish he and his father, LaVar, wanted all along by staying in Los Angeles, where he starred last season at UCLA. LaVar Ball had said his son would only play for the Lakers, and it was clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ TNT seeks 2-0 cushion World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

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TOBACCO 2 LAST

first_imgThe health ministry told Rajasthan High Court there wereThe health ministry told Rajasthan High Court there were practical difficulties in immediately implementing the rules since distributors, retailers, importers and the manufacturers of cigarettes and other tobacco products require time to clear the stocks bearing the old health warnings and introduce the packaging with new health warnings.The High Court, which is hearing a petition in this regard, had on July 3, 2015, directed health ministry to enforce the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2014, with immediate effect.The ministry told the court it has taken the necessary steps to ensure implementation of the new warnings by distributing CDs of the images as specified in the rules among the manufacturers of tobacco products who had applied for the same online and/or through letters and/or in person.The images of specified health warnings were uploaded on the official website of the health ministry and a public notice was also issued on February 19, 2016, in all leading national and regional newspapers to facilitate enforcement of the new specified health warnings from April 1.”It is further submitted that observations/recommendations of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, 16th Lok Sabha, as contained in its eleventh report submitted to Lok Sabha on March 15, 2016, are under examination of the Legislative Authority in the Ministry,” it further said.Incidentally, India is ranked 136 out of 198 countries according to the international status report on Cigarette Package Health Warnings, 2014.Nepal has stipulated packaging with 90 per cent space devoted to pictorial warnings, Thailand and Pakistan 85 pc, Sri Lanka 80 pc and, most recently, Myanmar 75 pc. PTI SKC TDS KKMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Another Week 3 College Football Game Has Been Canceled

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Several Week 3 college football games have been canceled, postponed or moved as a result of incoming Hurricane Florence. You can add another one to the list.Southern Miss’ football program announced this afternoon that its Week 3 game has been canceled.The team was supposed to take on Appalachian State on Saturday. However, the game is now off.?SCHEDULE ALERT: Due to Hurricane Florence, we will not be playing on Saturday. Details below.https://t.co/crcsokZSb7— Southern Miss FB (@SouthernMissFB) September 12, 2018From the team:The Southern Miss road football game at Appalachian State scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, will not be played this weekend in Boone, N.C., due to increasing concerns associated with Hurricane Florence.While the scope of the storm’s impact in the High Country is still unknown, Appalachian State University officials have worked in partnership with Southern Miss, the Sun Belt Conference and emergency management personnel to reach a decision that is in the best interests of the safety and well-being of fans, student-athletes and game day personnel.Officials from both schools are exploring options to reschedule the game. Further details on that and any ticket implications will be communicated as soon as possible.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Chennai Super Kings reunion in IPL 2019: Former stars catch up with MS Dhoni’s men

first_img India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 17:13 IST IPL 2019: Former Chennai Super Kings player Irfan Pathan hung out with MS Dhoni’s men in their dressing room earlier this week (@ChennaiIPL Photo)Chennai Super Kings have been one of the most successful sides in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years. CSK have not only managed to excel on the field but they have also managed to build a successful brand, thanks to their envious team culture.Even players who had played for their arch-rivals have come to CSK and felt a sense of belonging. It’s evident from the way former Mumbai Indians off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Rajasthan Royals opener Shane Watson have fit into the Chennai Super Kings dressing room.Recently, some of the former stars of Chennai Super Kings were seen having a blast with MS Dhoni and his men in their dressing room. India pacer Irfan Pathan, who is now part of IPL broadcasters’ commentary panel, was spotted in the CSK dressing room during their IPL 2019 match in Mumbai.Chennai Super Kings have uploaded photos of Pathan sharing a light moment with skipper MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina.Once a Super King, always a Super King! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/misISBJeTlChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 5, 2019In another photo, popular CSK openers Matthew Hayden and Brendon McCullum can be spotted alongside former player and coach Stephen Fleming. Incidentally, Hayden can be seen staring at the two New Zealand greats in the photo. “… that Trans-Tasmanian rivalry is so palpable in the second pic!” CSK wrote as the caption. @ChennaiIPL PhotoHayden is one of the first members of the CSK unit as he joined the three-time champions as early as the inaugural season in 2008. The Australian opener gave CSK solid starts during his three-year stint at the franchise, wherein he scored more than 1000 runs at an average of 36.90. Hayden was one of the most popular stars at CSK and his Mangoose bat became one of the major talking points of IPL in its 2010 edition.advertisementOnly recently, Hayden was spotted going on an undercover shopping trip in one of the busiest markets in Chennai.On the other hand, Brendon McCullum played for CSK only for two seasons but is still regarded as one of the most lethal openers Dhoni’s side has ever had. His former New Zealand teammate Brendon McCullum has been associated with the Chennai-based franchise ever since its inception.CSK, who won the IPL title on their emotional return to the league in 2018, have begun their title defence on a high, winning three of their first four matches. Dhoni’s men will host Kings XI Punjab in their fifth IPL 2019 match on Saturday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.Also Read | Chris Gayle shares throwback picture with Sam Curran: Special moment for any youngsterAlso Read | In-form Jonny Bairstow wants SRH to keep playing the same brand of cricketAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Matthew HaydenFollow brendon mccullumFollow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Irfan PathanFollow Stephen Fleming Chennai Super Kings reunion in IPL 2019: Former stars catch up with MS Dhoni’s menIndian Premier League 2019: Former Chennai Super Kings stars Matthew Hayden, Brendon McCullum and Irfan Pathan were seen spending quality time with MS Dhoni’s men during the team’s trip to Mumbai earlier this weekadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sit on Your Ass All Day? Reconsider a Stand-Up Desk for the SitTight Chair

first_img Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations You probably sit for your job. Most of us do— around 86% of us, in fact. And there’s even a disease being named after it–the oh-so-original “sitting disease.”That’s because sitting has been linked to cardiovascular disease and weight gain. And everyone who works in an office 9-to-5 will agree, it zaps your energy.Scott Bahneman felt the same way. After taking an office job, he gained weight and noticed his health diminishing. So he got off his ass and created a chair that acts as part desk accessory and part workout equipment.The SitTight, which he brought to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, allows you to work on your fitness in the same hours you’re working in Word and Excel. And the concept is pretty simple: Sitting in the chair, you balance on your center of gravity, which keeps your muscles engaged. Bahneman even says your mind gets a flex from having to stay aware and be mindful of your body’s stability.The crew at SitTight call the overall experience: “Balanced Active Sitting.”The bottom of SitTight looks similar to a half-Bosu ball, while the seat is arm and back-less, with a curved and cushioned sitting base.We’re just happy it’s not the size of a treadmill desk and doesn’t involve a bouncy ball.The adjustable height allows for changes depending on your build, the platform base serves as a footrest and prevents you from falling on your ass in front of your boss, while the balance component is an adjustable air bladder below the foot platform.“What I love about this chair is it makes sitting an active process and engages the core and postural muscles, increases heart rate, and burns calories,” said Owner and President of Restore Physical Therapy, John Horsely.So wait… we can get fit while we sit?Yeah, that’s the goal. Not in the sense of making up for your gym workout, but in breaking the sedentary lifestyle we’ve come to adopt as a culture.And it’s critical for our health, since reports say even if you exercise hard for 60 minutes a day, but then sit or lie down the other 23, the quick workout doesn’t make up for the rest – think of it like drinking one glass of water and every other drink beer. (Only on vacation, fellas.)SitTight’s model for solving this huge problem shows great promise… $18,825 worth to be exact (as of Sunday, July 16). But on their way to a $30k pledge, it might be hard for backers to rationalize a $365 pledge getting them one chair. The normal cost for a SitTight will be just shy of $600— which is the ballpark (higher for some and lower for others) for stand-up desks on the market today.The perk compared to its compatriots? Size.SitTight weighs only 39 pounds and takes up only 24 inches. Stand-up desks also don’t have any elements of destabilization to them, so you’re never firing those stabilizer muscles.And in the end, I’m willing to bet you’d value your health higher than $600, so think of it as an early Christmas present. End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snippedlast_img read more

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Snowden refugee living in Montreal calls on Canada to accept others

first_imgMONTREAL — A refugee who helped shelter whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong is calling on immigration officials to allow other members of her daughter’s family to join her in Canada.Vanessa Rodel says she and her seven-year-old daughter are settling into life in Montreal, where since arriving in March they’ve found an apartment and are learning French.But she says five other members of the group dubbed Snowden’s “Guardian Angels” — including her daughter’s father and two step-siblings — remain in Hong Kong. She says they face discrimination there, and four of them could be deported to Sri Lanka.Rodel made the comments at a news conference in Montreal, where her lawyers announced they had filed additional applications to have the remaining refugees accepted on humanitarian grounds and for reasons of family reunification.Lawyer Robert Tibbo says the whole family is suffering psychologically from the separation, and it’s imperative that they arrive in Canada soon.He says a recent case in which Germany granted asylum to two Hong Kong activists lends credence to the Snowden group’s claims that they’ve been persecuted by Hong Kong authorities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Fracking returning to NB after firing of top doctor says provincial NDP

first_img(Elsipogtog First Nation resident Amanda Polchies kneels with an eagle feather in front of a line of RCMP officers on Oct. 17, 2013. The iconic image received international recognition. APTN/Ossie Michelin)APTN National NewsNew Brunswick’s top doctor was fired by the provincial Liberal government to clear the way for the lifting of a moratorium on shale gas exploration this spring, according to the leader of the provincial NDP.Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy says a senior government source told him Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick’s now-fired chief medical officer, would stand in the way of a government decision to lift the moratorium.A lifting of the moratorium would likely trigger a replay of the intense, Mi’kmaq-led protests that rocked the eastern part of the province throughout 2013. The demonstrations were centered around the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog which was adamantly opposed to shale gas exploration in its claimed territory over fears it would lead to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and eventually poison the water.As news spread of Cleary’s firing, a Facebook posting appeared calling on people to “warrior up.”During the 2014 provincial election, the victorious Liberal party campaigned on a promise to impose a moratorium on shale gas exploration. Once in government, the Liberals created a commission to study the issue and give the government recommendations, expected in early 2016.Cardy said Monday that the firing of Cleary was connected to the eventual lifting of the shale gas moratorium.“I was told by a person in the bureaucracy today that Dr. Cleary would stand in the way of the report recommending that the moratorium be lifted,” said Cardy, in a Facebook message to APTN National News.APTN contacted Premier Brian Gallant’s office seeking comment, but has yet not received a response. While in Ottawa for a premiers meeting with the prime minister in November, Gallant said consultation with First Nations was necessary on resource development projects.Cleary had been the province’s chief medical officer since 2008 and in 2012 issued a report raised concerns about the health impacts of fracking.She was also in the midst of conducting research into the use of glyphosate—a herbicide widely used on Crown land in the province—when she was put on leave several weeks ago.Cleary announced Monday that she had been fired.Cardy said there needs to be an independent investigation into why she was let go.The NDP leader, who doesn’t have a seat in New Brunswick’s legislature, took to Facebook earlier Monday to criticize the Liberal government over the firing and linked it to the shale gas exploration moratorium.“A senior source has told me Dr. Cleary had to be cleared away before the Liberals overturn their shale gas moratorium next spring,” wrote Cardy. “The Liberals used Dr. Cleary’s work to justify their first flip-flop on fracking. Now, with none of her recommendations having been acted upon, the Liberals need to make sure the Chief Medical Officer of Health is not around to point out their hypocrisy.”The previous Tory provincial government was stuck with an about $10 million bill from the RCMP as a result of anti-fracking demonstrations. The demonstrations hit their apex on Oct. 17, 2013, when a heavily armed RCMP tactical unit raided an anti-fracking camp that had trapped shale gas exploration trucks.The raid, which resulted in about 40 arrests, did not stop the demonstrations and they continued throughout November of that year and featured confrontations with the RCMP and burning tires on a provincial highway.New Brunswick is also the end-point for the Energy East pipeline which faces grassroots opposition in the province and across the country.TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline proposal would carry Alberta mined bitumen across the country to the Irving Oil refining compound in Saint John, NB.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,409.16, up 32.39 points)Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 10 per cent, to nine cents on 20.77 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 16 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $4.91 on 11.73 million shares. The company reported adjusted net income of US$87 million or three cents per share, beating analyst expectations of one cent per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon, as its rail division improved.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 10 cents, or 1.46 per cent, to $6.74, on 6.29 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and Gas. Down three cents, or 2.13 per cent, to $1.38 on 4.7 million shares.Gildan Activewear. (TSX:GIL). Manufacturing. Up $7.30, or 21.60 per cent, to $41.10 on 4.35 million shares. The company released second-quarter sales and profits that beat analyst expectations and upwardly revised its profit guidance for the year. The company reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share, beating analysts estimates of 49 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 3.62 per cent, to $3.99 on 4.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Down a penny, or 0.29 per cent, to $3.46 on 1.66 million shares. The company that owns Aeroplan confirmed it was in talks with airline alliance Oneworld on a potential loyalty program partnership. News of the talks with a rival to the Star Alliance airline network that Air Canada belongs to comes as Air Canada’s offer to buy the Aeroplan program is set to expire.last_img read more

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General Assembly highlevel debate will proceed as planned UN spokesman says

The “general debate,” which offers national leaders a chance to voice their views on a virtually all global issues of concern, will take place from 24 September to 5 October. Referring to the potential attendance of heads of State and government, spokesman Jan Fischer said, “I don’t think there have been any cancellations that we are aware of.”Meanwhile, the General Assembly, which was forced to postpone by one day the opening of its annual session due to the evacuation of UN Headquarters on Tuesday, continued its work today, taking procedural decisions necessary for its work to go forward. The Assembly elected its 21 Vice-Presidents and was informed of the selection of Chairpersons for its six Main Committees.Vice-Presidents were elected from Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Greece, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mauritania, Nepal, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, as well as the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.In other news, a UN spokesman told reporters today that the high-definition television screens that had been installed during last year’s Millennium Assembly on a loan basis by NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, have been permanently loaned to the UN and are outfitted in the General Assembly hall for this session. “The Secretary-General wishes to thank NHK, and particularly its Chairman, Katsuji Ebisawa, for providing the United Nations with this state of the art system, which makes watching the General Assembly debates a much more vivid experience,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. read more

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Mackenzie Chown complex reopened – information on evening classes

Earlier today there was a fire in an electrical room on the fourth floor of B block in the Mackenzie Chown complex. The fire has been extinguished.The Mackenzie Chown complex has been re-opened, but B block and E block will remain closed until at least 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 1).The 400 level of B block will remain closed until further notice.Escorts to re-enter B and E blocks will be available to gather personal belongings ONLY. Please meet at the SMART Start desk in A block to gain access to B and E blocks.All evening classes for today as of 5 p.m. in the Mackenzie Chown complex will go ahead as scheduled with the exception of classes taking place in B, C and E blocks (all levels).Check back here for more info. read more

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Gold bull market to be examined at annual Perth conference next week

first_imgThe future of the world’s most “recession-proof” metal – and that of Australia’s current band of gold miners and explorers – will come under the spotlight during two days of intense industry debate at the 2009 Paydirt Gold Conference in Perth next week. The annual event, at the city’s Sheraton Hotel, is to be opened by Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Hon. Norman Moore.The Conference comes at a time when gold is attracting increasing interest for its steady showing in the face of the uncertain global financial markets. The yellow metal reached a high of $993/oz in February, and has remained above $900 for most of the past two months. The Paydirt Conference, on April 1st and 2nd, will include presentations by some of Australia’s leading gold explorers, miners and geologists, as well as corporate financiers, market analysts, and minerals industry regulators from Victoria, South Australia and WA.last_img read more

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Over €46000 spent on surveillance of bogs for illegal turf cutting this

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS spent over €46,000 on surveillance for protected bogs to check for illegal turf cutting, according to figures released by Minister Jimmy Deenihan.Following a parlimentary question from TD John McGuinness, Deenihan said his department incurred costs of €34, 422 in 2012 and €46, 243 this year for the hire of private aircraft, for aerial monitoring of activity on raised bogs that are considered Special Areas of Conservation.This surveillance is carried out on bogs where there is a requirement to cease turf cutting, with surveyers looking to see if the bog has been cut.Deenihan said that private aircraft are only used when the Air Corps is not in a position to undertake these flights.The Department of Arts, Heritage and Local Government told TheJournal.ie that a total of 69 monitoring flights were undertaken this year. Thirty of these were performed by the Air Corps and the balance by the National Flight Centre.“Aerial monitoring is used to assess Special Areas of Conservation as it is the quickest and most efficient way for parks and wildlife personnel to assess a large number of habitats in the shortest time,” a spokesperson said. “A relatively short flight can pass over a number of sites that – by car and on foot – would take a much longer time to assess.”In his reponse to McGuinness’ question, Deenihan also said:It should be remembered that Ireland is at risk of action before the European Court of Justice if these Special Areas of Conservation, which are protected under Irish and European law, are not preserved. Ireland also risks daily fines of up to €25, 000 for failure to uphold its obligations under European law.Responding to the minister’s comments, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan told TheJournal.ie that “if they’re going to be flying around for that long, maybe they could bring our turf home for us”.“It’s going on a lot, people have got used to having helicopters and planes flying over but some might say the money would be better spent on helping rural Ireland,” he said.When it was suggested to the deputy that people might blame turf cutters for these costs, Flanagan said that “people can make up their own mind on that”.“But turf cutters, as an olive branch and solution, have moved out of 98 per cent of these bogs and all we need is 2 per cent – if that isn’t a compromise then I don’t know what it”.Flanagan criticised the minister’s efforts in working with turf cutters on the issue with less than 1,000 of them out of almost 9,000 turbary rights owners having signed final agreements for compensation.Read: Last year’s poor peat harvest cost Bord Na Móna over €23m>Read: Turf cutters ‘annoyed’ by wording in compensation agreement>last_img read more

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Microsoft Surface RT tablet to sell for 199

first_imgCould Microsoft really be planning to sell the Surface RT tablet for just $199? It’s a possibility, if there’s substance to the information Engadget has received from a Techready15 attendee.Techready is a twice-yearly event exclusively for Microsoft employees, and it’s certainly not a surprise that two of the key talking points would be Windows RT and the Surface tablets. Microsoft still hasn’t announced any official pricing for its first tablets, rather the company has only gone as far to say that it will be priced to compete with other comparable tablets on the market. Most in the industry expect that to mean the MSRP will fall somewhere around Apple’s prices for the iPad.But other extremely popular tablets sell for a lot less — the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, for example. Is it possible that Microsoft would try to put the Surface RT on retail shelves at a rock-bottom price like $199?The three aren’t exactly comparable, of course. The Kindle Fire certainly isn’t, with just 8GB of internal storage and a dual-core 1GHz processor. The Nexus 7 might be a closer match with its quad-core Tegra 3 processor. With the Nexus 7’s BOM pegged at around $150, it doesn’t seem farfetched that Microsoft could sell the Surface for less than $200. There’s not a big difference in terms of cost for the extra 24GB of NAND, after all, and in mass quantities 10-inch panels wouldn’t be much more than 7-inch.Microsoft also knows that a great deal of the money made from the Surface tablets will come from the Windows Store. The company will be taking a 20-30% commission from everything sold, so it might be willing to sell the hardware at (or very, very near) cost. Will other manufacturers be upset? Maybe, but if Microsoft is giving them a cut of Store sales made on the tablets those companies produce, it’ll soften the blow.So while we might have been expecting the Surface RT to arrive at $400 or $500, it’s always just been a guessing game. It still is, but it’s a lot more interesting if $199 is a possibility, too.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

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Trinity makes it back into worlds top 150 universities after error kept

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3233002 26 Comments Share115 Tweet Email5 Image: Shutterstock/Leonid Andronov 17,094 Views Feb 10th 2017, 4:00 PM TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN has been announced as the only Irish university to make it into the world’s top 150 this year, but an error in the data it supplied to the rankings body meant that it hasn’t been rated as highly as it should have over the past couple of years.For 2016/17, Trinity has been ranked as 131st in the world.It wasn’t ranked in the last round of Times Higher Education World University rankings because of an error in the documentation it supplied to Times Higher Education (THE).When they were excluded from the rankings which were announced last September, a spokesperson for Trinity College told TheJournal.ie said it was working closely with THE to resolve the issue which is a result of “underestimating research income”.The rankings judge different universities based on their citations, industry income, international outlook, research and teaching.A statement from Trinity today said that they had “discovered an error in its returns and undertook an audit of data”.This error “incorrectly depressed Trinity’s ranking”, they said.When they drew the error to the THE’s attention, their rankings have been changed to reflect this.This means that Trinity is ranked 131st in the world this year, and came in 101st place in 2015-16.Dean of Research, Professor John Boland, said: “It is good news for the University and good news for Ireland which now more so than ever needs to promote and nurture the success of flagship institutions with a truly global reach.That said, we have still dropped 30 places in a single year. This amounts to a 30% drop in rank and crystallises the international headwinds facing the Irish university sector following a decade of neglect and chronic underfunding.“If the Government expects excellence from the universities and the capacity to create the sort of skilled workforce needed in a post-Brexit world, it must begin to invest in education once again.”The results for Ireland weren’t positive in the THE World University Rankings for 2016-17, with no other university making it into the top 100.The following was provided before Trinity’s mark was reaffirmed. Source: Times Higher Education World University RankingsPhil Baty, the editor of the rankings, said at the time that the statistics represented “bad news for Ireland”. He said:The country’s best universities are struggling in the most comprehensive and the most exacting of all the global rankings. While the root of the problem is the increased competition among the world’s elite universities, particularly those in Asia, it seems clear that the major funding cuts endured by Ireland’s universities are causing problems.Read: Irish universities fail to make the top 200 in global rankingsRead: Tusla ‘in the process of apologising’ to McCabe over false sex abuse allegation Trinity makes it back into world’s top 150 universities after error kept it out of rankings Trinity College Dublin came in at 131st in the world rankings. Image: Shutterstock/Leonid Andronov Short URL Friday 10 Feb 2017, 4:00 PM By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Phil Foden to sign 6year extension with Manchester City despite lack

first_imgThe teenage prodigy has been linked with clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, among other, but the 18-year-old prefers to continue playing for his childhood club.Manchester City’s Phil Foden will sign a new six-year contract with the Premier League champions on Monday, according to the Telegraph. Foden only has 13 appearances for Man City this season and has yet to start a league match for Pep Guardiola’s team.Multiple teams have asked for Foden on loan but Guardiola believes the youngster will benefit more from being around their first team. Despite pressure to play Foden, Pep insists he is being careful with the midfielder’s growth and development.Foden trusts Guardiola’s judgment and knows he’s in good hands. The player and coach relationship between the two is second-to-none, with the Telegraph reporting that his teammates call him ‘Pep’s lad’ in reference to the manager’s fondness of the teenage Englishman.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Last year, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the Manchester City chairman, said he wants at least one academy player to make it to the first team every year.“I’d like at least a player, if not two, playing and competing at the first team level from the academy every year,” he said. “That is what I would like. Can we do that? We will try everything we can. Certainly, everyone knows that ambition and target and today I think the academy is producing.“The short answer is that the academy is producing what we aspire for it to produce and it is doing it now. I’m not talking about the future, I’m talking about now because I know what we have.”last_img read more

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Arrest warrant issued against exSonagazi OC over Nusrat murder

first_imgMoazzem HossainA Dhaka court Monday issued an arrest warrant against former Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain in a case over spreading a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at the police station, reports UNB.Dhaka Cyber Tribunal judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order after taking the report of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) into congnisance around 12:10pm.The court fixed 17 June for next hearing.Allegations brought against former Sonagazi OC Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder were found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).An investigation report was filed at the Cyber Tribunal by PBI’s senior assistant superintendent of police Rima Sultana on Sunday.Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Siraj Ud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On 6 April, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagazi upazila, reportedly by people loyal to Siraj Ud Doula.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.last_img read more

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Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 4 Abbott Reopens Door To Bathroom Bill

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /15:10 Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, cohosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in Texas political news:Governor Abbott’s State of the State addressSenate approves short term rentals – a win for Air BnBThe Texas Lyceum poll shows actual races are possible. So is Ted Cruz in trouble?Baylor University hires its first female presidentTexas State Board of Education: still talking evolutionThen the guys dig into the return of the “bathroom bill,” as Governor Greg Abbott weighs in on the issue. What was the impact of House hearings on the bill? Is the business community happy? Was it a peace offering to Senate? By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. Listen X  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

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