first_imgSouth African speedster Dale Steyn on Wednesday said sitting out of Indian Premier League (IPL) games during this edition had given him time to develop a couple of new tricks in the nets. (Full IPL Coverage)The pacer played just one match and was overlooked by Gujarat Lions for most of the IPL season nine, with Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith getting the nod most of the time.”Unfortunately this year I had to sit on the sidelines, but that was okay as it gives you a different perspective. I watched the games from the side, sat back without that pressure to perform and win games,” Steyn was quoted as saying by”It can be quite overwhelming to continually go out under pressure to win. I got a lot of training done, which means I’ve got a couple of new tricks in the arsenal. So it was a different kind of IPL for me but now I’m ready to go,” he said.Steyn will now feature in six T20 matches for English county side Glamorgan where is looking forward to getting some game time.”I’ve been bowling fast, my body’s feeling good and I just want to play some cricket for Glamorgan now.”Asked how he got into the county side, the 32-year-old said: ??Morne Morkel was supposed to come here and he got selected to go to the Caribbean and I was rested, but I just wanted to get out and play some cricket.”advertisement”He said ‘Maybe you should get hold of Jacques Rudolph because I was going to go to Glamorgan’, and within an hour I was on the phone to (Glamorgan chief executive) Hugh Morris, by the next day I was on my way to get a visa and here I am.””I’m just excited to be here because I haven’t played a lot of cricket this year,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgJay Rodriguez and Harvey Barnes scored as West Brom saw off struggling Ipswich Town 2-1 at Portman Road.Rodriguez opened the scoring after 26 minutes and Barnes capped a swift break 13 minutes from full-time.Kayden Jackson pulled one back for Paul Lambert’s men with five minutes to go but it could not prevent the Baggies moving up to second in the Championship – ahead of the remaining weekend fixtures – while Ipswich remain five points adrift at the bottom. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The visitors had already wasted an excellent chance to open the scoring, Ahmed Hegazi volleying wastefully wide after 23 minutes, before Rodriguez struck.Matt Phillips’ deep cross eluded those in the box but found Kieran Gibbs and he headed back across goal for Rodriguez to tap in.Barnes hit the post either side of two further chances for Rodriguez before West Brom finally got the second goal their pressure deserved, although it demonstrated perfectly why Ipswich are facing a fight to stay up.The hosts’ Teddy Bishop completely fluffed a corner, allowing Phillips to break. The former QPR winger picked out Barnes and he fired inside Bartosz Bialkowski’s left-hand post.Jackson set up an interesting finish, capitalising on a slip up from Tosin Adarabioyo, and Ipswich could have snatched an unlikely point deep into stoppage time when Jack Lankester’s free-kick clipped the outside of the post.FULL-TIME | Town 1 @WBA 2Blues beaten at Portman Road.— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) November 23, 2018last_img read more

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery: Martinelli not a strikerby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery does not see Gabriel Martinelli as a striker despite his two goal performance against Standard Liege on Thursday.Playing as the Gunners’ leading man, Martinelli took his season tally to four from two starts in the resounding 4-0 victory.But Emery does not think the Brazilian will continue to play as a number nine.He said: “He prefers to play as a left winger – he also played as a right winger. I am using him as a striker because he played in that position in Brazil.”Striker is not the best position for him. But the first thing in his mind is to help us.”Tonight his performance and his aptitude was amazing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgFive-star cornerback Dwight McGlothern.Trojan InsiderWith a full year left in recruitment, five-star cornerback Dwight McGlothern is already prepared to make a decision.The Cedar Hill, Texas native is one of the class’ truly elite players.247Sports‘ composite rankings have him at No. 34 overall in the class of 2020.He’s both the No. 4 cornerback in the country, and No. 4 player in the Lone Star State for his class.Right now, it appears to be a four-horse race, with three SEC teams heavily involved for the blue-chip cornerback.Dwight McGlothern is believed to be picking Alabama, LSU, Texas, and Texas A&M on Saturday.The Aggies are considered the favorite. Eight of the nine crystal ball predictions over at 247Sports have him heading to A&M, with the remaining one picking him to commit to LSU.McGlothern announced his decision date early last month.I have made my decision??Announcement coming Jan5th ⏰ @RoSimonJr @Perroni247 @Scott_Schrader @TOCAshton247 @samspiegs @R_Brauninger @MikeRoach247 @CoachMike713 @SamanthaJPellGod ?— Dwight McGlothern jr?? (@DMcglothern2) December 12, 2018Unless something changes in the last minute, which happens occasionally with recruits, one of these teams will be landing a big-time verbal commitment for its 2020 class.It is very early in that cycle, but Alabama and LSU currently have the No. 1 and No. 2 2020 classes in the country. Texas A&M is at No. 8, while Texas sits at No. 20.last_img read more

first_img commentary IPL 2019: MS Dhoni not intimidated by Mumbai Indians’ superior record vs CSKIPL 2019 Qualifier 1: Mumbai Indians have a better head-to-head record against Chennai Super Kings but MS Dhoni said it would be a mistake to give any one team extra respect in a tournament where margins for errors is minimal. scorecard view more view less No data available!center_img graphs advertisement Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 19:56 IST IPL 2019 Qualifier 1: MS Dhoni played down the idea that CSK give too much respect to MI (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSCSK take on MI in Qualifier 1 of the 2019 IPL for a place in the finalMI have a superior head-to-head record against Chennai Super KingsMS Dhoni said he respected every opposition the same despite MI’s better record against his teamMumbai Indians are the only team in the Indian Premier League with a better head-to-head record against Chennai Super Kings. MI have won 6 out of their last 7 matches against CSK and they have not lost at the Chepauk in 9 years.Mumbai Indians have won 15 matches and lost 11 against Chennai Super Kings and the last time they lost in Chennai was back in 2010. These are extremely impressive numbers against the most successful IPL team in history. Moreover, both MI and CSK are the only 2 teams to win the IPL 3 times.However, MS Dhoni is not one to be intimidated. He relies on his instincts as a leader while Rohit Sharma believes in more detailed planning.Mumbai Indians have won both their matches against Chennai Super Kings in the 2019 Indian Premier League. When MI travelled to Chennai, MS Dhoni (along with Ravindra Jadeja) were ruled out due to fever.MI vs CSK, IPL 2019 Qualifier 1 – Follow LiveMumbai Indians are in Chennai again to play the Super Kings in Qualifier 1 for a place in the title clash.The @ChennaiIPL win the toss and elect to bat first against the @mipaltan in #Qualifier1 of #VIVOIPL#MIvCSK (@IPL) May 7, 2019At the toss which CSK won, MS Dhoni was asked if he gave MI any extra respect. His reply was typical: “It will be a mistake if we just respect Mumbai – most of the teams are all dangerous. Mumbai is a very balanced side and they have a squad that can do well in all conditions.”advertisementChennai Super Kings have reached the playoffs in each of the 10 seasons they have played in. They have reached the final 7 times but MS Dhoni once again laid emphasis on the need to follow the process.”You try to break down the process into small things. We don’t think too much about the playoffs,” Dhoni said.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings look to end Mumbai Indians’ 9-year unbeaten run at ChepaukAlso Read | Mumbai eye ticket to final at happy hunting groundFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 commentslast_img read more

first_imgSea Work International, February 11, 2014 zoom From countries across the globe, including Australia, Canada, the US and Europe, over 500 exhibitors will be at Seawork International, the commercial marine exhibition and conference, opening on Tuesday 10 June for its annual three-day run in the ABP Port of Southampton, UK.Over 7,000 visitors are expected to attend Seawork, which will feature products and services relevant to every sector of the commercial marine industry, including offshore wind farm construction and maintenance, safety and rescue, civil engineering, maritime security and a host of other applications and technologies. In 2013, the exhibition attracted visitors from over 70 countries and Seawork 2014, the 17th edition of the annual exhibition, is expected to exceed that achievement.Featuring a number of special interest zones, including 60 vessels afloat, the Innovations Showcase, the Ship Repair & Ship Building Pavilion, the Renewable Energy Pavilion and DiveWork, Seawork’s unique location and layout enables easy navigation of the three halls, Quayside and pontoons.For many commercial marine professionals, the 72-hours of Seawork, which include the presentation of the prestigious Innovation Awards, is a ‘must-do’ event in the diary. With so much of the industry concentrated in one place, it is established as an un-missable opportunity to see, compare, contrast, try and buy and also an excellent place to size up the competition and identify opportunities for new product development.Maritime companies from across the UK migrate to Southampton in June and, increasingly, they include those who have seen the potential of diversifying into the commercial marine market. Bainbridge, Halyard, Harken, Jeremy Rogers, Suzuki, Cheetah Marine and C-Quip are among the 30+ ‘cross-over’ companies signed up for Seawork 2014.European supportFive months before opening day on 10 June, European maritime countries accounted for the majority of overseas exhibitors signed up for Seawork 2014, with the Netherlands leading the fleet with 15 participants, Scandinavia with 11 and France with five exhibitors.“This year, the extended exhibition will feature well over 500 exhibitors, including up to 60 vessels on the specially-built pontoons,” says Andrew Webster, Managing Director of organisers Mercator Media. “The growing contingent of international exhibitors and visitors makes participation in Seawork a sound business decision, saving time and money travelling. Being at Seawork is a time and cost efficient way to update and expand commercial networks across the world.”International flavourThe diversity of products brought to the UK at Seawork indicates the breadth of the commercial marine industry worldwide and its international significance is underlined by the choice of many exhibitors to launch new products to the market at the exhibition.From Germany, Torqeedo, market leader in the fast-growing marine electric engine industry, announces the launch of two new products at Seawork 2014. Its first ever Deep Blue inboard engine and a 40HP version of the revolutionary 80HP Deep Blue system will be unveiled at the exhibition.UK Sales Manager for Torqeedo, John Arnold, says: “We are delighted to launch our two new Deep Blue engines at Seawork. We wanted to develop an inboard version for our commercial customers that offers all the usual Torqeedo Deep Blue benefits, such as being extremely powerful yet virtually silent and highly environmentally friendly.“With the 40HP Deep Blue outboard, only one high voltage battery is required, saving money, weight and space in the boat. The fact that it is naturally more environmentally friendly and forward-thinking, as well as being much quieter than a petrol motor, is a huge bonus.”PM Shipping, also from Germany, is reaping the rewards of a hugely successful Seawork 2013, having since secured the shipment of four separate commercial workboats, and has re-booked for 2014.Project Manager Luke Webster continued: “To secure so many bookings so quickly after exhibiting is real proof that Seawork is a vitally important show for us, so much so that we immediately renewed our stand for next year.”Seawork is one of the most significant exhibitions for Transas Marine of Sweden. One of the stand’s highlights in 2014 will be a new version of the Transas Navi-Planner voyage planning software, recognised as one of the ECDIS market’s most powerful charts and data management tools.In addition to working with the Transas Admiralty Data Service (TADS), the new version of the Transas Navi-Planner is now optimized to handle Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS) charts and permits. This functionality, developed in a close cooperation between the UKHO and Transas Marine, opens the doors for non-Transas ECDIS customers to use Navi-Planner as their tool for chart management and passage planning. This means that, regardless of the ECDIS type installed onboard, all users will get official charts to their ECDIS with only few clicks on the screen.World leader in vessel monitoring and control systems, Maretron from Arizona, USA returns again to Seawork to realise global marketing opportunities. On the stand, visitors will find a range of sophisticated electronics including the MBB200C and TSM800C which both include Maretron’s N2KView vessel monitoring and control software. Maretron will also display the TSM1330C, a 13.3” dedicated touchscreen that includes N2KView, providing a simple ‘touch’ interface for monitoring and controlling critical systems from anywhere on the vessel.For Skagen-based Danish Yachts, exhibiting in the Ship Repair and Ship Building Pavilion at Seawork 2013 created the best possible platform to introduce the new series of carbon fibre SWATH – a unique and efficient mode of passenger transport at sea for wind farm servicing and maintenance teams. Danish Yachts will introduce its latest SWATH designs at Seawork 2014.Rebo Systems from the Netherlands will present its unique range of marine-quality sign and labeling machines at Seawork. The new Toro and Lobo systems are ideal for use on-board, as they do not require mains power and work independently of PC’s and networks. The Toro can produce anything from health and safety signage, equipment and cable marking, equipment tagging, IMO signage and maintenance marking.The Lobo is designed as both a ‘carry around’ and a desk top system. It uses all-in -one ‘snap in’ cartridges, making changes of colour, size and type of material extremely easy. With a rugged design and full size keyboard, the Lobo can be mains or battery powered and includes a wide range of pre-installed graphics and label layouts.Seawork 2014, which opens on Tuesday 10 June in the UK Port of Southampton, is shaping up to be largest, most diversified and busiest ever. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more

first_img -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west from the Inverness Richmond County line, including the on and off ramps at Exit 42, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt concrete repaving from Thursday today, July 10 to Thursday, July 31. Traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946last_img

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will go up against controversial anti-pipeline activist Tzeporah Berman in duelling speeches next month.Notley says she needs to go, in her words, “to counter misinformation and ensure that the whole story is told.”Notley and Berman will not go head to head but will speak at different times on Oct. 13 at an Alberta Teachers’ Association convention near Edmonton.Berman has been an outspoken critic of the oilsands and the oil and gas sector, and became a political lightning rod after joining a provincial oilsands advisory group early in Notley’s mandate.Berman has not been on that committee for over a year, but the opposition United Conservatives continue to remind Albertans of her involvement and the symbolism of anti-energy activists helping steer government policy.Notley, heading into an election next spring, dismissed suggestions that the speeches have a political dimension, and says she doesn’t view Berman as a political albatross that her NDP must find a way to shrug off.last_img read more

Rabat- Saudi Arabia welcomed its first Woman-Only Arab Fashion Week on Tuesday April 10, at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh.The event, which will continue until April 14, brings together big names in fashion such as Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mua Mua Dolls, Aiisha Ramadan, Arwa Al Banawi, and Yulia Yanina in performances banned from photographers and exclusively reserved for a female audience.Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al-Saud, honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council in Riyadh, joined designers, influencers, and industry insiders from Ukraine to Lebanon for the inaugural event of Saudi’s fashion season. “Fashion has always been an interest of Saudi Arabia,” Princess Noura told AFP at the event.“It is not something that was previously ‘off the table’ or ‘out the picture,’” she added. “Our fashion council is trying to bring the fashion industry in Saudi Arabia to a whole new level, a whole new industry.” The event is part of the modernization program and reforms that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been pushing for the past year. Arab Fashion Week will provide a proper platform to showcase the fashion and arts talents as the vehicle for a comprehensive range of entertainment options in Saudi Arabia. Despite lifting the gender-based driving prohibition, Saudi Arabia continues to enforce discriminatory public restrictions against women, who receive permission from a male guardian in their families to study, travel, and even receive hospital treatment. read more

Regulator gets a blast from the public over 36-month cellphone contracts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2012 11:55 am MDT OTTAWA – Three-year contracts from cellphone companies should be banned, Canada’s telecom regulator has been told in submissions to an online consultation.Hundreds of people submitted their opinions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission about a proposed code of conduct for the country’s wireless industry.The overwhelming majority who wrote to the CRTC over the two-week online consultation period passionately voiced concerns about being “held hostage” by 36-month contracts.“Get rid of the 36 months contract!!!,” said one person on the CRTC’s online forum. “It first started with 12 months, then 24 months, now the standard is 36 months, which is ridiculous!”Another person wrote: “CRTC, please get rid of the 3 year contract. Canada will love you for this.”Those submitting opinions and suggestions to the forum were not required to post their names.The first round of consultations, which closed this week, also heard several complaints about a lack of competition in the industry.The regulator launched the online discussion to get the views of Canadians on what should be in a new code for wireless services, including cellphones and other personal mobile devices.The CRTC said in October it would develop a national code so Canadians could have a better understanding of their rights as consumers, and so wireless companies would clearly know their responsibilities.The commission is expected to issue a draft code by the end of next month, after which a second round of online consultations will be launched. Public hearings are also set to begin in February.More than 500 people made submissions to the online forum, a small fraction of the 27.4 million wireless subscribers in Canada, which account for 78.2 per cent of households — an increase of six per cent from 2011.The vast majority of wireless users have contracts with the big three carriers — Bell (TSX:BCE), Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Telus (TSX:T). Those three were at the centre of the most submissions about a lack of competition in Canada’s wireless industry.“Where is the competition? These plans are all the same,” read one submission below a chart showing wireless plans being offered by the big three.Consumers can opt for a smaller carrier but have so far appeared reluctant to move.New entrants, such as WIND, Mobilicity, Public Mobile and Videotron, captured just four per cent of wireless subscribers and two per cent of overall revenues in 2011, according to the CRTC’s latest communications monitoring report, issued in early September.All of the major telecom companies and consumer advocacy groups have voiced support for the idea of national standards for wireless devices, but they have not agreed on how those rules should work.Critics have argued that Canadian subscribers are simply paying too much for wireless services compared with other countries.“Canadian consumers continue to be saddled with higher than average costs for wireless services as compared to other OECD countries,” NDP consumer critic Glenn Thibeault wrote in his own submission to the CRTC.Thibeault noted that the three-year terms offered in Canada lock consumers into contracts that often go far beyond the typical lifespan of a heavily used wireless device.Consumers then end up paying up front for new cellphones, or being forced into extending their contracts by accepting subsidized “upgrades” to newer devices, rather than shelling out sometimes hundreds of dollars in cancellation fees.The New Democrats are also calling for escalating fines for wireless companies that breach the new code of conduct.“Under such an enforcement regime, the commission would be entitled to assess monetary penalties for non-compliance with the wireless code and any resulting regulations,” said Thibeault.Some provinces including Quebec have laws in place that limit cancellation fees and stop companies from automatically renewing cellphone contracts. read more

Sounding the alarm in front of more than 650 experts from 92 member States, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said the inaugural International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World sent “an important message” that the world is finally “serious about protecting nuclear and other radioactive material.”“Reports of actual or attempted cyberattacks are now virtually a daily occurrence,” Mr. Amano affirmed, warning that the nuclear industry had not been immune from the global threat. “Last year alone, there were cases of random malware-based attacks at nuclear power plants and of such facilities being specifically targeted.”The threat of cybercrime and cyberattacks has been steadily growing over recent years and particularly in developing countries where criminals can exploit legal loopholes and weak security measures, according to recent findings by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Conference – organized in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – will run until 5 June and illustrate ways member States and stakeholders can better anticipate and protect themselves from cyber-attacks. In addition, notes the IAEA on its website, member States will also address a range of issues pertaining to trends in cyberattack and defence, computer security management in nuclear security, computer security threat analysis, computer security for industrial control systems and operator experience in implementing computer security. “Staff responsible for nuclear security should know how to repel cyber-attacks and to limit the damage if systems are actually penetrated,” Mr. Amano continued. “The IAEA is doing what it can to help governments, organizations, and individuals adapt to evolving technology-driven threats from skilled cyber adversaries.” read more

CINCINNATI — Tyrique Jones scored 13 points as part of his second double-double of the season, and Naji Marshall added 17 as Xavier pulled away to an 82-55 victory over Miami of Ohio on Wednesday night.The Musketeers (4-3) won their fourth in a row over Miami (3-4), a long-time rival located 35 miles away. The schools have played 102 times, with Xavier leading 55-47.Jones steadied the Musketeers inside, adding 13 rebounds. Xavier shot 54 per cent from the field and had only three turnovers.Bam Bowman had 15 points for Miami — 14 of them in the first half — and picked up his fourth foul with 12:29 to go. The RedHawks shot only 33 per cent from the field.Six Xavier players scored during a 14-3 run that gave the Musketeers a double-digit lead midway through the first half. Xavier led by as many as 17 in the half , shooting 55 per cent from the field, and opened the second half with a 10-1 run.Xavier played its first game since going 1-2 at the Maui Invitational, including an 88-79 overtime loss to Auburn.BIG PICTUREMiami: The RedHawks were looking for another strong game from Bowman, a junior forward who scored 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting in a win over Army. He had 10 of their first 12 points, but top scorers Nike Sibande (18.5 points per game) and Dalonte Brown (17.5) combined for only six points as Xavier built its double-digit lead.Xavier: The Musketeers are trying to break a season-long habit of letting big leads slip away. They blew a 19-point lead in a 79-74 loss to San Diego State. Against the RedHawks, they got up by 17 in the first half and pushed it to 24 early in the second.UP NEXTMiami hosts Wilberforce on Saturday.Xavier hosts Oakland on Saturday, the second of three straight home games.___More AP college basketball: and Kay, The Associated Press read more

first_imgSOME PEOPLE ASSUME our politicians are so far removed from reality that they don’t really get all the modern day fads.But the truth is that your local TD or senator knows a thing or two about what’s going on in the world, be it pop music, the latest television series or something that’s all the rage on Twitter.Even the latest word amongst the young folk does not escape the eyes and ears of our politicians as we saw recently with Aengus Ó Snodaigh and this ‘amazeyballs’ Dáil contribution.Using the excellent we’ve managed to pick out some examples of where TDs and senators have demonstrated that they’re actually down with the kids.Jim D’Arcy is ‘Crazy in Love’ with John CrownThe Fine Gael senator told his independent colleague in the Seanad: “Following Senator Crown is a bit like following Beyoncé at the Glastonbury festival – one has no chance. I have a deep admiration for Professor Crown on a personal level, but Fine Gael did not promise to bring in the new system in this Dáil, even during the election campaign.”All of which got Fianna Fáil’s Paschal Mooney excited: “My enduring fantasy image of this debate will be of Senator Jim D’Arcy dancing to the music of Beyoncé at Glastonbury.”Yikes.There are a lot of references to Love/HateA quick search throws up numerous instances of deputies referring to the RTÉ crime drama particularly in the recent debate on cannabis legalisation.During that debate, Fine Gael TD Derek Keating said: “Colloquial expressions heard in the series ‘Love/Hate’  come to mind, such as ‘goofing off’, or ‘strung out’ individuals waiting for their next fix, contemplating their next crime and considering their next opportunistic attack on society to feed their habit.”Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan responded that his legislation was going to put the likes of ‘Nidge’ (above) out of business to which Keating responded: “Is the Deputy serious or is he smoking cannabis himself?”Alan Shatter doesn’t want to ‘fuhgeddaboudit’Whilst in opposition the Fine Gael TD said of the previous government: “There is a whiff of cordite implicit in the call because it involves a threat, namely: ‘If you do not support what we say we will accuse you of being responsible for what we have done.” This is the Sopranos approach to politics.”Pic: That Hartford Guy via Flickr/Creative CommonsFidelma Healy Eames is no fan of Miley“The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Rabbitte, needs to act on the influence of pornography, which has been brought up in this House before, the early sexualisation of girls and poor role models such as Miley Cyrus.” Ouch.It’s a ‘No’ from Dermot AhernWhen in government, the Fianna Fáil minister hit out at the opposition parties’ no confidence motion: ‘The parties opposite seek to run our country like The X-Factor, changing Governments with every local opinion poll, telephone poll or even text poll.”David Norris thinks Brit is ‘Toxic’Pic: John Shearer/Invision/APThe independent senator put forward an interesting argument for gay marriage: “People like me do not damage marriage. People like Britney Spears, who got married for half an hour in a drunken fit in Las Vegas, damage it.”Everyone mangles references to The SimpsonsHere’s Michael Noonan: “Deputy Pearse Doherty’s piece of casuistry reminded me of Bart Simpson’s defence: ‘We didn’t do it, nobody told us, we weren’t there, it was the other people.’”Here’s his Cabinet colleague Brendan Howlin: “It uses the Bart Simpson style defence: ‘Nobody saw me, you cannot prove it and it was not me.’”And here’s what Bart actually said:We know what Dara Calleary is up to on Sunday nightsThe Fianna Fáil TD, speaking on the household charge, said: “It is wrong that under the proposal, a person living in a ‘Downton Abbey’ style mansion will pay the same as someone living in a ‘Coronation Street’ style terrace.Jim O’Keeffe knows how to party“I am sitting here listening to Bob Marley, flaking out with a nice spliff in me mouth,” the Fine Gael TD read this into the Dáil record in 2006.He was quoting from a letter written by an inmate in St Patrick’s Institution. Phew.Pic: Langevin/AP/Press Association ImagesCatherine Noone wonders if Rihanna is acceptable? The Fine Gael senator raised the important issue of violence against women and the glorification of it by citing a well-known case.She said: “An example of this was a picture of Rihanna’s face covered in bruises – I hope it is acceptable to mention the likes of Rihanna on the Order of Business – with the caption “Chris Brown’s Greatest Hits”. That is supposed to be funny but is actually horrendous.”The Taoiseach reminds Finian McGrath of someone “The Taoiseach is like Jedward,” the Dublin North Central deputy said during Leaders’ Questions when Enda Kenny was explaining why he wouldn’t do a TV debate.WATCH: TDs try to figure out what ‘amazeballs’ meansRead: ‘Who is Nidge from Love/Hate accountable to?’ – Ming kicks off Dáil cannabis debatelast_img read more

first_imgNo clear winner emerged from the first televised debate among the leaders of the six parties in Greece on Monday night in Athens. Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis faced his main election rival George Papandreou, head of the socialist party PASOK, and the leaders of the other four political parties that are represented in parliament and europarliament, in a live televised debate held on Monday night. It was the first debate that was staged ahead of the upcoming Oct. 4 general elections. It lasted over three hours and was shown on six public and private TV channels. Praising the work of his government, Karamanlis admitted to mistakes that had been made, and portrayed himself as a guarantee for a strong leadership during hard times given the international financial crisis affecting Greece. He promised that the ruling conservative New Democracy party ( ND) will work harder against bureaucracy and corruption, if elected again, accusing the opposition parties of populism. On the foreign policy section, he repeated his government’s support for a future Turkish membership in the EU “which will benefit all.” On the other hand, Papandreou and the other heads of the opposition parties criticized the government’s policies and tried to present themselves as the credible alternatives. They placed their bets on “green economy,” promising a war against tax evasion, better management of the available European funds, stronger relationships with Greece’s neighbors and other states “in the benefit of the country.” No clear winners emerged from the encounter though because of the rigid format of the debate.Party leaders were not allowed to directly question or engage with each other. They could only answer questions posed by a panel of journalists and ask another party leader a question at the end, without being allowed to comment. As a result the whole debate was deemed predictable and short of passion by Greek standards. A second TV debate among Karamanlis and Papandreou will take place on tomorrow morning (Melbourne time). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Permanent Fund Dividend is in the news a lot, but where does that money come from? The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is responsible for managing the investment of the $52 billion fund. The corporation does not send out dividend checks, but its investment earnings determine the size of the PFD.KTOO’s David Purdy visited the state-owned corporation’s office in Juneau to meet some of the faces behind the investments.Download AudioWikimedia commons photo by Pen WaggenerThe new Showtime drama Billions is set in the high stakes world of New York finance – think hedge funds and Wall Street.So what kind of drama surrounds the real-life billions at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation?“Whether it’s going well or going poorly – it pretty much looks the same,” said Jim Parise, the corporation’s director of fixed income.For a guy who manages billions of dollars, Parise seemed really calm.“It’s just a steady group of people that have been doing it a long time and know what they’re doing,” Parise said.So what’s the secret to staying so relaxed when you’re responsible for investments are worth every piece of taxable property in Juneau a dozen times over?“It’s about $52 billion total,” said Parise. “So yeah. We all are managing billions each, but we think of it as units. If you think of it as actual money, you would go crazy.”But units or not, markets can be unpredictable. The financial crisis comes to mind.“2008 was really, really tough, because no matter what you did you were getting hurt,” Parise said.In fact, in the early days of the Great Recession, the fund was literally losing millions of dollars a day.And it was tough, and we were down quite a bit, but that’s when you’re really tested to see whether or not your philosophy … and your discipline — the way that you manage money works.”Parise said at the time they placed a lot of “high conviction bets” based on their analysis.“You knew they were going to come back,” said Parise. “It didn’t feel like it at the time.”But their bets paid off, and by 2010 the fund was once again seeing positive returns. So what does a day look like when you’re dealing with that much money? Well, it starts early to match the time in New York – Parise gets in at about 5 a.m.That’s when an issuer like Microsoft may decide to bring a bond deal. They do it first thing in the morning. And so we have to be here to be able to say we’d like some of those bonds or not. And it allows us to do that. If we came in too much later then we would miss out on those opportunities.A lot of that buying and selling happens on the computer nowadays, but sometimes it still down to a negotiation on the phone.We have to agree on a price, so we go back and forth. It’s not just a guess – we have, they have very good data, we have very good data, and we use it against each other to try and figure out what the best price is.So how does he know what’s a fair price? Parise says their analysis often points to a “natural” price that they think a bond is worth. So if the price dips below this natural level, he might take the opportunity to buy it on the cheap. Or he might sell a bond that goes higher before the price comes back down.This strategy requires patience, and in general the fund relies on taking a long-term approach.“The nice thing for the fund is we have an infinite time horizon,” said Executive Director Angela Rodell. “So we can make 5-, 8-, 10-year investments, knowing we don’t need to see the returns on that, or realize the returns on that in the next year.”That kind of long-term outlook could come with some tradeoffs.Gregg Erickson owns an economic consulting firm, Erickson & Associates. He said that there may be a disconnect between long-term results and who’s responsible for them.“Well the problem with that is that, in my view, is that the Permanent Fund is a political organization that’s run on behalf of the people of Alaska, and how are the people of Alaska able to judge whether they’ve done well or not if their time horizon is 15 years?” Erickson asked. “By the time 15 years rolls around and you can prove — or 10 years, and you can prove that they’ve either done poorly or well, the people who were responsible for that are long gone.”The people responsible for that, ultimately, are the corporation’s board of trustees, who are appointed by the governor.Erickson said evaluating the fund’s performance is also difficult because it’s unique – there aren’t that many multibillion dollar funds with similar goals to compare to. One possibility is the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ Retirement System, often called PERS and TRS.PERS and TRS have slightly higher returns over the past 10 years, but they also have different goals and strategies: PERS and TRS have to bring in a certain amount of money to cover retirement benefits, while the Permanent Fund Corporation puts a higher priority on preserving the value of the fund.Ultimately, Parise said he has faith in his colleagues at the Permanent Fund.“Everybody here is very, very passionate about what they do,” said Parise. “And they’ve dedicated themselves to it, and I think that, you know, Alaskans should take comfort in the fact that there’s people here that really care about the Permanent Fund, they care about Alaska, and they care about managing money.”The Permanent Fund’s annualized total returns since 1985 are over 9 percent.last_img read more

HRW terms Digital Security Act a tool ripe for abuse

first_imgThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said the Digital Security Act passed by the Bangladesh parliament last week, despite opposition from the country’s journalists, ‘strikes a blow to freedom of speech’.The law, which replaces the much-criticised Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT), retains the most ‘problematic’ provisions of that law and adds more provisions criminalising ‘peaceful’ speech, says the New York-based global rights body.“The new Digital Security Act is a tool ripe for abuse and a clear violation of the country’s obligations under international law to protect free speech,” said the body’s Asia director Brad Adams, reports UNB.”With at least five provisions criminalising vaguely defined types of speech, the law is a license for wide-ranging suppression of critical voices.”Several provisions violate international standards of free expression.The HRW says Section 21 authorises sentences of up to 14 years in prison for spreading “propaganda and campaign against liberation war of Bangladesh or spirit of the liberation war or father of the nation.”The United Nations Human Rights Committee, the independent expert body that monitors compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Bangladesh is a party, has expressly stated laws that penalise the expression of opinions about historical facts are incompatible with a country’s obligations to respect freedom of opinion and expression, it says.Section 25(a) authorises sentences of up to three years for publishing information that is “aggressive or frightening” – broad terms not defined in the law, according to the HRW.The use of such vague terms violates the requirement that laws restricting speech be formulated with sufficient precision to make clear what speech would violate the law.The vagueness, combined with the harsh potential penalty, increases the likelihood of self-censorship.Section 31 imposes sentences of up to 10 years for posting information that “ruins communal harmony or creates instability or disorder or disturbs or is about to disturb the law and order situation.”The HRW said the government should not be able to punish criticism on the grounds that it may “disturb the law-and-order situation.”Section 31 also covers speech that “creates animosity, hatred, or antipathy among the various classes and communities.”UN human rights experts have stated that restrictions on public debate in the name of racial harmony must not be imposed to the “detriment of human rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.”The law’s overly broad definition of “hate speech” opens the door for arbitrary and abusive application of the law and creates an unacceptable chill on the discussion of issues relating to race and religion, the rights body says.Section 29, like the much-abused section 57 of ICT Act, criminalises online defamation, the HRW says.It says while section 29, unlike the ICT Act, limits defamation charges to those that meet the requirements of criminal defamation in the penal code, it is nevertheless contrary to a growing recognition that defamation should be considered a civil matter, not a crime punishable with imprisonment.Section 28 authorises sentences of up to five years in prison for speech that “injures religious values or sentiments.”The rights body says journalists in Bangladesh also opposed section 32 of the law, which authorises up to 14 years for gathering, sending, or preserving classified information of any government using a computer or other digital device, noting that doing so is a means to expose wrongful actions by officials.last_img read more

Govt decides to extend summer vacation in schools

first_imgKolkata: With the mercury touching 41 degree Celsius in the city, the state government has decided to extend summer vacation till 30 June and private schools have been urged to do the same.The city on Monday recorded the highest temperature of the season so far. There will be no respite from the heat wave for the people in the city and South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours, as predicted by the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore. A heat wave will sweep through the districts in South Bengal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the weather office, there may be some scattered rainfall in some parts but it will not bring any respite. The sultry and discomfort weather will prevail in South Bengal districts while there is prediction of rainfall in North Bengal districts. Heat wave also swept through the city and the districts throughout the day with people witnessing highest level of discomfort.Purulia recorded 40.7 degree Celsius, Burdwan 41. 8 and Bankura and Digha 42.4 and 38.9 degree Celsius respectively. There is no possibility of experiencing a pleasant weather in the next two days as the monsoon current has stalled due to the westerly wind. According to a weather expert, the scorching westerly winds from Northern states are bringing in the heat wave condition to the state. The impact of the westerly winds is high as the monsoon currents remained stalled. Kolkata has not recorded such hot days during this part of the year even after the onset of monsoon.This is considered to be a significant change in the usual weather pattern of the region, an official of the Met office said.The relative humidity will remain over 80 per cent, a weather official said.last_img read more

US Washingtons apple crop to rise by 18

first_img U.S.: Washington’s apple crop to rise by 18% … USDA recommended to approve $1.8m in grants for Id … How California avocado growers keep Persea mites f … “We get a lot of feedback from people about what Arctic® variety they’re excited to see next, and this latest announcement allows us to provide consumers with even more choice when it comes to purchasing value-added fruits for their families to enjoy.”Through biotechnology, the enzyme in Arctic apples responsible for browning has been turned off. This can significantly impact unnecessary food waste when it comes to apples that would normally get thrown out after they have turned brown from getting bruised, sliced, or bitten, enabling the unique non-browning trait to benefit every sector of the supply chain.Arctic apples were commercially available for the first time in the fall of 2017 in select U.S. cities, and availability has increased as more trees are planted and fruit volumes increase.“There have been some major developments for OSF recently, and I’m excited to see what comes next as this is definitely just the start for us,” says Carter.The announcement follows Arctic Fuji approvals by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) granted Sept. 23, 2016, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada on Jan. 30, 2018.The FDA is expected to post a letter announcing the completion of their evaluation on their website in the coming weeks.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ newest non-browning Arctic apple variety, the Arctic Fuji.The genetically modified apple completed the voluntary review process with the FDA last week.Arctic Fuji’s are the third apple variety Canada-based OSF has been approved to grow, along with Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples that previously received regulatory approval in 2015.“Completion of this FDA review is important news for our company as it marks the last step needed for Arctic® Fuji to officially join our commercial orchards,” explained Neal Carter, president of OSF. center_img Rabobank report on what is at stake with the Tomat … You might also be interested in April 29 , 2019 last_img read more

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