first_imgPrior to the blip at Rio de Janeiro, Indian shooters had been making their guns and pistols talk. The barren run in the Summer Games was a reality check and the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) promptly constituted a panel that conducted a thorough probe and recommended a slew of measures to overhaul the setup. A total of 50 countries will be represented by 452 athletes, including reigning and former Olympic champions, world champions and continental champions, in the tournament that will conclude on March 4. PTI Among the worlds top shooters present will be the likes of Diana Bacosi, Gabriele Rosetti, Hoang Xuan Vinh, Mengxue Zhang, Felipe Almeida Wu, Kimberly Rhodes and double Dakar rally champion and Olympic bronze medallist in shooting, Nasser Al-Attaiya. NRAI president Raninder Singh said, “The sport of shooting has come a long way in the country and the ISSF World Cup New Delhi 2017 is certainly yet another inflexion point for the sport in the country. We warmly welcome all visiting athletes, officials and delegates. It is a proud moment for all our countrymen and we are confident that our athletes will give their very best to make the tricolor fly high. “This would not have been possible without the proactive support of the Government, the Ministry of Sports and the Sports Authority of India and I wish to thank all of them for making this happen.” Provision has also been made in the schedule for mixed events as per the new suggestions that are still in discussion stage for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. They will not be medals events, though. PTI AH SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Jesse Lingard’s double rescues point for Manchester United against Burnley

first_img Read more match reports Topics Álvaro Morata sets Chelsea on course for victory against stubborn Brighton After Mourinho’s latest moan about the schedule in the programme his mood will have darkened further. United’s profligacy cost them at Leicester and they were culpable again in their next attack here. Ibrahimovic’s cross fell precisely for Juan Mata to head but he connected only lightly as Nick Pope’s goal gaped.Burnley were proving sharper. When the ball was moved to Gudmundsson down his right corridor the Iceland international was allowed copious time to send in a ball that fell straight on to Scott Arfield’s boot and, though he beat David de Gea, the ball struck the bar.At the other end, Shaw warmed Pope’s fingers with a 25-yard effort and this followed an Ashley Young cross from which Lukaku went close with a header. Then a slick move involving Shaw, Rashford, Ibrahimovic and Mata took United swiftly into the area before Burnley snuffed out the danger by conceding a corner. A second followed quickly but Shaw’s delivery was cleared with ease. Back came United via a strong Young run along the right. He fed Lukaku yet when the centre-forward beat two defenders and stood the cross up, Ibrahimovic’s attempted bicycle kick put off an in-rushing Rashford.When Burnley next pushed forward they showed United how to finish. Arfield was clattered by Young and from the resulting free-kick 25 yards out in a central position Steven Defour curled the ball beyond De Gea into the top-right corner to double Burnley’s lead.Ben Mee remained focused enough to prevent United pulling one back moments later. Rashford stole half a yard but his shot was cleared from the goalline by the visiting captain. As the half petered out a quiet Paul Pogba fired an attempt wide, epitomising United’s afternoon. José Mourinho says ‘£300m not enough’ for Manchester United to compete As United spent virtually all of the second period camped in Burnley’s half, Mourinho could not fault the effort. The problem is more fundamental: a lack of quality where it counts most, in front of goal. Still, having trailed 2-0 at the break, the comeback to share the points showed spirit, an element their manager hailed.“At half-time I need my players to believe in me and accept the risk, not to be afraid to lose three or four, not to be afraid of a possible negative reaction from the supporters,” Mourinho said. “And I’m very happy with their character. Apart from that, also the way they played, they tried to break a very organised wall, I keep saying that to defend well is a quality and they defended very well, so also credit for them to concede only two goals.”After the “childish decisions” bewailed by Mourinho for allowing Leicester to sneak a late equaliser, he made four changes. Victor Lindelof and Jesse Lingard dropped to the bench and Anthony Martial and the injured Chris Smalling were not in the 18. Marcus Rashford, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were drafted in, with the Swede making a first Premier League start this season.Sean Dyche’s only change from the 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur was Ashley Barnes for Chris Wood, who has a knee problem. Burnley started in excellent fashion. Jeff Hendrick forced Rojo into conceding a free-kick down the left and when Johann Berg Gudmundsson swung the ball in a poor defensive header from Romelu Lukaku allowed Barnes to fire Burnley ahead after three minutes. Share on Pinterest Premier League Roberto Firmino double leads Liverpool’s rout of sorry Swansea Burnley Read more Manchester United Mourinho made a double substitution for the second half, with Ibrahimovic and Rojo taken off for Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Nemanja Matic dropped into Rojo’s centre-back berth, with Lingard and Mkhitaryan operating in midfield in a 4‑1‑4‑1 formation. There was nearly an instant dividend. Young fired in a low cross from the right and Lingard made contact but the effort was deflected on to the bar by a Pope hand. Soon, though, Old Trafford did roar as United found the net. In a near identical move, Young zipped in a cross and this time Lingard scored with a back-heel to the crowd’s delight.United’s tempo quickened but their hopes of scoring twice more to win the game looked slim against a parsimonious Burnley defence. Mourinho’s men kept possession without really posing a threat to Pope’s goal. A Rashford free-kick from the left that cleared everyone and went straight out was symptomatic. But, with defeat looming, Lingard struck in the first minute of stoppage time to secure a point.It left Dyche content, though. “To come here and get a point is very pleasing,” he said. “It was tough. That was why they have only lost once here this season. You have to remind yourself of them facts. You have to look at the people they brought off the bench.”Burnley finished with seven yellow cards, which means a Football Association charge. But Dyche will hardly care. It is becoming a dire festive period for José Mourinho. This draw with Burnley, following the identical result at Leicester City on Saturday, means Manchester United will trail Manchester City by 15 points should Pep Guardiola’s men beat Newcastle United on Wednesday night.If it is not already, the deficit to United’s great rivals will soon be embarrassing. Given Mourinho’s personal history with Guardiola these are uncomfortable times for the Portuguese and the delirious visiting support signalled so, at one point comparing him unflatteringly with the Catalan. Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Reportedly Landed A New Job

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was believed to have interest in broadcasting once he entered retirement. The three-time national title-winning head coach has reportedly landed a major job.The New York Post is reporting that Meyer, who retired from college football coaching following the 2018 season, will be doing a pregame show in 2019. It won’t be for ESPN’s College GameDay, though.It’ll be for FOX.Andrew Marchand reports that FOX has landed Meyer for its College GameDay-style show.NEWS: Fox lands Urban Meyer: Inside their ‘Mount Rushmore’ run at ESPN https://t.co/6Xb5JFHwfW via @nypostsports— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) March 11, 2019Meyer, 54, will be joining a couple of other huge college football names on the pregame show.From the report:Fox has signed what it feels, as one source put it, is a “Mount Rushmore of college football over the last 15 years,” for its new, yet-to-be-named Saturday morning pregame show that will air on network TV.Sources say Fox has hired former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and one of the greatest running backs in the college game’s history, Reggie Bush, for its new team.Meyer and Bush will join Bush’s former USC teammate and fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart, ex-Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and host Rob Stone for the show that will air at 11 a.m. Saturdays on Fox, beginning in the fall.FOX’s pregame show will reportedly air from Los Angeles, though it could be taken on the road some weekends, too.Meyer is also serving as an assistant athletic director at Ohio State in retirement.last_img read more

Energy Stakeholders Discuss Natural Gas

first_imgThe Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), has brought together stakeholders from a wide cross section of public and private sector agencies, to participate in discussions on the introduction of natural gas as a means of diversifying Jamaica’s energy sources. The discussions are part of a two-day workshop, organised by the Ministry’s Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project (ESEEP), which is being held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Addressing the opening session today (November 28), State Minister in the MSTEM, Hon. Julian Robinson, said that high energy cost is crippling the economy, accounting for approximately 15 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Stating that Jamaica is on an unsustainable path, Mr. Robinson said there is “a fierce urgency of now, with respect to the energy challenge that we face in the country”.   He noted that “any successful implementation of a (energy) diversification policy requires the buy in, support and full participation of all the stakeholders, with the Government being a critical one”. “All of us need to be on the same page in terms of how we move forward with the energy, and while I know that there have been some uncertainties with the LNG project and a shifting in terms of the Government’s role, the commitment to diversification remains. Identifying cheaper sources of fuel remains, and, as an administration, I would say this is the number one priority for us,” the State Minister said. Principal Director of the Energy Division in MSTEM, Fitzroy Vidal, informed that the workshop, which is being held under the theme: ‘Introduction to Natural Gas, Towards Diversifying Jamaica’s Energy Matrix’, will examine the gas sector in the context of the National Energy Plan diversification strategy. Other objectives outlined included: identifying environmental and socio-economic issues and opportunities in relation to the introduction of natural gas to Jamaica; to sensitise potential natural gas users on issues relating to the gas sector such as procurement, transportation and environmental matters; and understanding the technology and the individual parts and location of the LNG supply chain, which includes lessons from similar gas sector programmes locally. The main facilitator for the workshop was Dr. Yvonne Barton, an expert in Italian energy markets and regulation, and a specialist in the development of LNG receiving and re-gasification facilities. Dr. Barton said that Jamaica’s energy policy should address the energy market itself and the infrastructure that supplies it, and concluded that LNG compared more favourably than other sources. “The first goal is that we should be aiming for an energy market that is more efficient and where energy is conserved. It’s fairly clear that even disregarding cost, even at the same price, gas is most efficient, particularly if we are to use it in industrialised processes using combined heat and power,” she stated. She pointed out also that LNG is a very diverse source, is very reliable, and has security of supply, which has been demonstrated time and again; can have lower unit cost, and emits far less carbons than other fuel sources.last_img read more

Korean Register to Certify Lixembourg-Flagged Ships

first_imgzoom Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has signed a Memorandum of Understanding governing the delegation of statutory certification services for vessels registered in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.KR is now fully authorized by the Government of Luxembourg to deliver “statutory services” and is Luxembourg’s seventh Recognized Organization (RO). The South Korean classification society is now able to conduct relevant surveys, audits and issue certificates to Luxembourg flagged ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ILL, ISM Code, ISPS Code, and MLC.This new signing brings the total number of countries where KR is authorized to carry out ship survey and certification work to 68.last_img read more

Libyan Militants Release Car Carrier Morning Compass

first_imgzoom After Libyan militants seized the car carrier Morning Compass, the vessel was released from captivity on February 21, the ship’s charterer Korean shipping firm EUKOR Car Carriers informed.A representative from the company said that the 6,500 CEU vessel was released around 8 am local time, and is currently sailing as per its original schedule.The twelve Filipino seafarers onboard the 2013-built ship were reported as safe.EUKOR Car Carriers added that it was “unable to make specific comments at this point.”Morning Compass, loaded with some 5000 cars, was on its way from South Korea’s Incheon port to Libyan port of Misurata when it was stopped by the Libyan forces and escorted to the country’s Ras Al Hilal port.Media reports earlier indicated that the ship was intercepted because it was sailing in a no-entry military zone.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Justin Trudeau to visit India in February says Indian news report

first_imgOTTAWA – An Indian news outlet is reporting that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit India in February and may pay a visit to the Punjab region’s famed Golden Temple.The Indian Express reports that an advance team from the PMO logistics branch visited Amritsar this week and is checking possible locations.The Prime Minister’s Office says it has people in India exploring trip opportunities, but won’t confirm a visit.Trudeau has made deepening economic ties with India a priority and recently completed his second visit to China as part of diversifying the government’s trade agenda.Hindus and Muslims make up the majority of India’s pluralistic society, with Sikhs just a small fraction.But a large and politically active Sikh population in Canada has made the Golden Temple an attractive destination for Canadian politicians.Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper visited the site in 2009 and then-prime minister Jean Chretien was there in 2003.last_img read more

UN expert calls for better protection of human rights defenders in Armenia

Margaret Sekaggya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, also voiced concern about restraints on freedom of assembly in Armenia as she wrapped up a five-day fact-finding visit – the first visit to the country by a UN human rights envoy since 2000.“I am worried by documented cases of ongoing violence, assaults, intimidation, harassment and stigmatization of defenders, in particular journalists,” she said in a statement issued in Yerevan, the capital.“These cases would seem to illustrate an apparent culture of impunity in Armenia which impinges upon the work of human rights defenders. This impunity appears to be closely related to the deep-rooted problems within the police system as well as with the shortcomings of the justice system.”She recommended that the Government implement a comprehensive reform of the police service, immediately take steps to tackle the problems in the justice system and set out an anti-corruption strategy for government.Ms. Sekaggya, who met Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan during her visit, urged Armenian authorities to “undertake prompt, thorough and transparent investigations of all human rights violations, in particular attacks against journalists, in order to create a safe and enabling environment in which human rights defenders can carry out their activities.”She also called on Mr. Sargsyan to publicly acknowledge the important role that human rights defenders play in a pluralistic and democratic society.Human rights defenders and civil society groups should be consulted and included in decision-making processes, Ms. Sekaggya said, adding the specific needs of women defenders and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender defenders must also be addressed.In addition the Special Rapporteur spoke out against what she described as “significant constraints” on freedom of assembly within Armenia, nothing that the right to peaceful, open and public demonstrations should be available to all.“I also add my voice to those who have already expressed serious concerns about the amendments to the Law on Television and Radio. If signed into law by the President of Armenia, these amendments will further restrict and seriously hamper the plurality of voices and opinions available to Armenian society.”Ms. Sekaggya serves in an independent and unpaid capacity and reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Her full report on the visit to Armenia will be presented to the Council in March next year. 18 June 2010Armenian authorities must take steps to protect human rights defenders, who are often physically attacked, harassed or stigmatized as they try to carry out their work in the Caucasus nation, an independent United Nations expert said today. read more

Government assures political solution for Tamils

The Government has assured that a  political solution for Tamils will be implemented through proposed constitutional reforms.Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government will hold talks with the Tamil political parties to reach a political solution for the North and East issue. “We will seek a 2/3 majority from Parliament for this,” he said. “Then some claim that the country is going to be divided. This is what happened for 30 years. This actually happened after independence. That is why this war continued,” he said.He said that over the next two years the UNP and SLFP will work together and at the end of the two years they will decide if to continue or go their spate ways. (Colombo Gazette) He said that once the political solution is agreed upon it will be included in the constitutional reforms which will be presented to Parliament for approval. He recalled that in the past when one Government looks to resolve the National issue, the Government which follows has other ideas. The Minister noted that the reason the United National Party (UNP) decided to work with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in a National Government was to address key National issues.He said that without the majority support of Parliament it is difficult for a Government to provide solutions for matters which are of National importance. The Minister also noted that to face international pressure on the war crimes issue, both main political parties need to work together.“If the main two political parties are together then we can tell the UN the two main parties and the public have one stand on the issue. We can tell them to listen to what we want to say as well,” he said.The Minister said that the new Government wants to set a policy where in future there is no change in the National issue even if there is a new Government. read more

Comments still being accepted on Provost AppointmentReappointment

An Advisory Committee to the President for the appointment or reappointment of the Provost and Vice-President Academic has been formed.As part of the process outlined in Brock University’s faculty handbook, the committee will make a recommendation to the President regarding the reappointment of current Provost and Vice-President Academic Prof. Murray Knuttila to a second term, or to initiate a search process for a new Provost and Vice-President Academic.The committee members are:• Jack Lightstone – President and Vice Chancellor• Joe Robertson – Chair, Board of Trustees• Abe Schwartz – Member, Board of Trustees• Gary Libben – Vice-President, Research• Terrance Wade – Chair, Community Health Sciences• Irene Blayer – Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures• Sharon Broderick – Lecturer, Goodman School of Business• Lorenzo Cherubini – Associate Professor, Faculty of Education/Director, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education• Shari Sekel – Director, Graduate Programs• S.J. Segalowitz – Director, Jack & Nora Walker Centre for Lifespan Development Research• Deborah O’Leary Myers – Director, Community Health Sciences• Maureen Reedyk – Professor, Physics• Barbara McDonald – Librarian• Kiel Ormond, President – Graduate Students Association• Christopher Yendt – BUSU Executive• Committee Coordinator – Christine Clark Lafleur – Chief Administrative DirectorAs part of the process, all Brock students, faculty and staff can provide written comments on the reappointment/appointment. Comments can be submitted to the advisory committee via a secure and private email address, advisorycomm@brocku.ca, by May 6, 2013. There is no minimum or maximum length for written submissions. All submissions must state the sender’s name and email address.Individuals wishing to meet in person with the advisory committee should include that request with their written submission. The committee will meet people who have confirmed appointments between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15.Please direct any questions or inquiries to Christine Clark Lafleur, Chief Administrative Director at cclarklafleur@brocku.ca. read more

With job related deaths topping 2 million annually UN calls for preventive

Occupational diseases, ranging from cancers to respiratory illness to circulatory diseases, have become by far the most prevalent danger, accounting for 1.7 million annual work-related deaths and outpacing fatal accidents by four to one, according to new estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Beyond the death toll, there are 268 million non-fatal workplace accidents each year in which victims miss at least three days of work, and 160 million new cases of work related illness, the estimates found. “Despite significant improvements in health and safety in many parts of the world over the past several decades, the global challenge of providing for worker health and safety is ever greater today,” World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Healthy Environments and Sustainable Development, Kerstin Leitner, said in a statement marking World Day for Safety and Health at Work. “Significant and more long-lasting health gains could be achieved if greater emphasis were placed on effective policies and programmes for primary prevention. In many locations, particularly in developing countries, these are weak or virtually non-existent. From a public health perspective, prevention through safety measures is better and also less expensive not only to workers individually, but to the society at large.” The figures indicate that accidents have levelled off in many industrialized and newly industrialized countries, while some countries now undergoing rapid development in Asia and Latin America are experiencing increases. “This is happening because in the newly developing countries workers are often coming out of the rural areas, with few skills and very little training in safe work practices,” ILO Safework Programme Director Jukka Takala said. “Most have never worked with heavy machinery, and some have little or no experience with industrial hazards such as electricity, so they don’t know how dangerous these things can be.” In the construction industry, at least 60,000 fatal workplace accidents occur each year worldwide, about one death every 10 minutes, accounting for 17 per cent of all accident fatalities, while construction workers also face a number of health risks, including exposure to asbestos laden dusts, silica and hazardous chemicals. The most common illnesses are cancers from exposure to hazardous substances, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory diseases, hearing loss, circulatory diseases and communicable diseases caused by exposure to pathogens. Globally, asbestos alone is responsible for 100,000 deaths per year, with pesticides causing a further 70,000 deaths and at least 7 million cases of acute and long-term non-fatal illnesses. WHO called for strengthening surveillance and developing basic national occupational health profiles, building capacity through a network of agency centres to make current information on various risk factors widely available and establishing a minimum package of occupational health services focusing on primary prevention. ILO highlighted the need for better coordination to address safety and health issues on construction sites and a greater focus on reducing work related illness. The agency estimates that workplace accidents and illness are responsible for the loss of some 4 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) in compensation and absence from work. read more

Docs show Liberals push off millions in infrastructure spending to next year

Docs show Liberals push off millions in infrastructure spending to next year OTTAWA – The Liberal government won’t be able to spend hundreds of millions in infrastructure money this year, instead moving the planned spending to next year.Spending documents released Tuesday show that $828 million that was budgeted to be spent this year on the Liberals’ new infrastructure plan will be moved over to the coming fiscal year that begins April 1.That amount represents about one quarter of the $3.27 billion budgeted to be spent on new and existing infrastructure programs in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.The figure doesn’t include $282 million that Public Services and Procurement Canada and Fisheries and Oceans had planned to spend on federal infrastructure projects in this fiscal year. Nor does it include $24.4 million being carried over from a national program to upgrade community and cultural centres as part of Canada 150 celebrations.It’s not unheard of to have federal infrastructure money “reprofiled” from one fiscal year to the next: Spending analyses have shown that about one-quarter of infrastructure funds don’t get spent in the year for which they are budgeted.The reason is that federal dollars only flow once project proponents submit receipts for reimbursement, often leaving a lag between when work takes place and when infrastructure money is actually spent. In some cases, the federal government won’t receive receipts until the end of a project.And projects themselves can be delayed for any number of reasons, such as bad weather or a labour disruption, that are beyond the control of the federal government.The money, however, doesn’t disappear.“Money committed to specific projects continues to be available for those projects and is reprofiled as needed to reflect the updated needs of our partners and their timelines,” said Brook Simpson, a spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi.“We will continue to work with all of our partners to deliver on our infrastructure commitments.”The government’s economic agenda is tied to spurring construction projects that can create enough growth to help bring the budget back to balance, which Finance Canada doesn’t expect to happen for decades under current spending plans.The government is quick to say that a lack of federal spending doesn’t necessarily mean that cities and provinces aren’t spending money on construction projects that can yield the needed economic benefit.The latest figures tabled in Parliament add to concerns raised earlier this month by the parliamentary budget office that departments are well behind on allocating infrastructure spending, putting economic growth projections at risk.The Liberals’ first budget predicted that the infrastructure money would boost the economy by 0.6 per cent over two years.Last week, in an appearance before the Senate’s national finance committee, budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette said the actual impact could now be lower, given the slow pace of fund allocation. Frechette’s office now predicts a reduction in employment equal to 7,400 full-time jobs. by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2017 2:28 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Viktor Szilagyi joins Bergischer HC

← Previous Story Filip Jicha bomb in Zagreb! (VIDEO) Next Story → Marion Limal goes to HBC Nimes Playmaker of SG Flensburg, Viktor Szilagyi (34) will join Bergischer HC from the next season. Since 2000, experienced Austrian player playing in German Bundesliga. After Bayer Dormagen and TUSEM Essen, Szilagyi played for THW Kiel, VfL Gummersbach and in last two years for team coached by Ljubomir Vranjes.He signs two years contract with Bergischer Lions.photo:www.sg-flensburg-handewitt.de Bergischer HCHANDBALL playmkaerplaymakerViktor Szilagyi read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: Linda Martin’s never going back to Eurovision, Rihanna’s printing her own money, and what can we do with Alan Shatter’s saucy book? It’s the Dredge… EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #BRUSSELS: The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is meeting with the European Council in Brussels today where leaders will discuss tax, and in particular, computer giant Apple’s use of Irish subsidiaries to avoid paying large tax am amounts.2. #OKLAHOMA: Rescue workers believe there are no more bodies in the rubble left behind by the Oklahoma tornado and the the final death toll is 24, including nine children. The death toll was revised downward from 51 after some victims were counted twice in confusion. More than 200 people were treated in hospital.3. #PENALTY POINTS: A spokesperson for the gardaí this morning told TheJournal.ie that the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was working under the remit of the office, and effectively just doing his job, when he passed on confidential information to the Justice Minister Alan Shatter about Wexford TD Mick Wallace’s brush with the law. Shatter made somewhat of an apology to Wallace in the Dáil yesterday evening.4. #JOHN KERINS: Gardaí have released the two people arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of former detective garda John Kerins. Searches and a dig at the home of the 49-year-old former garda have now also concluded.5. #IODINE: Studies revel that iodine deficiency in pregnancy may have an adverse effect on children’s brain development. It has raised concerns that the iodine status of pregnant women is a public health issue that needs to be addressed.6. #JOBS: Aer Arann has announced that it is to create 50 jobs over the next year as the airline, which flies under the Aer Lingus brand, aims to double its passenger numbers over the next five years.7. #LIFE’S A BEACH: A report by the European Commission has shown that Ireland’s beaches are among the EU’s cleanest with 97 per cent of them meeting EU standards.8. #MEXICO: Soldiers have flooded Mexico’s troubled western state of Michoacan to rescue the town besieged by the Knights Templar drug cartel. The drug lords roam the area, burning businesses and homes of anyone who refuses to pay them protection money.9. #SPOOKED: The Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O’Muiri, believes that the Mansion House is haunted after his four-year-old daughter Briona saw a ghost watching television early one morning, reports The Sun.last_img read more

The original Chromebook ran Firefox

first_imgJeff Nelson, who began working for Google back in 2006, has shared a very interesting bit of history about a project that he worked on in his early days with the company: Google OS. His work eventually evolved into Chrome OS and spawned the Chromebook %displayPrice% at %seller% , but at the time Nelson’s web-based operating system was built around Firefox.Google hadn’t yet started working on Chrome — the first public release didn’t happen for nearly two more years. But Nelson was already spending the bulk of his day working on web apps inside a browser, and he was looking for a way to claw back some of the development time he lost every day by traditional operating system inefficiencies.Nelson spent a lot of time closing and opening his browsers and clearing cache files. He found himself throwing precious minutes away waiting for those operations to complete, and figured there had to be a better option. Nelson began hacking away at Google OS.Its beginnings sound a lot like Webconverger or xPud — with little more than Firefox sitting atop a stripped-down Linux base. Nelson’s goal wasn’t to build a web-first OS at the time. He wanted something super-fast to do his development on, and he started out by loading the entire OS into RAM. That immediately took care of most of his file system bottleneck issues.Relying on RAM for storage means you don’t have a lot of room for software bloat, and Nelson had to rely on web apps and keep local installs to a minimum. His work was continually autosaved to networked and local storage to prevent data loss, and for years Nelson worked on Google OS running entirely in RAM.Initial reactions to Nelson’s OS were tepid at best, but as it became increasingly clear that web apps really could provide a complete computing experience, Google started pursuing the idea of a browser-based operating system. In 2009, Chrome OS was finally announced and then released on the Cr-48 the following year.In its present form, Chrome OS doesn’t quite deliver the kind of speediness Nelson would have enjoyed in his RAM disk setup. Maybe the next generation of Chromebooks will offer a bit more giddyup.Update: Several current Google employees have come forward to question Nelson’s claims. At this point it seems more likely that his work was a 20% project that happened to utilize a lightweight OS that ran a browser, and not the inspiration for Chrome OS itself.last_img read more

Are you with Vodafone Some customers have been charged their monthly bill

first_imgAre you with Vodafone? Some customers have been charged their monthly bill twice The company said that affected customers will be refunded over the next few days. By Cliodhna Russell Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 9:12 PM We are aware of an issue with duplicate credit and debit card payments for some customers caused by a processing error.“Customers will be fully refunded over the next few days. All impacted customers will also receive an SMS with confirmation of their refund. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”When asked how many customers were affected, the company said less than 4% of its billpay customers were impacted.Vodafone provides services across mobile, broadband and TV to 2.4 million customers. 43,248 Views Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews,ie http://jrnl.ie/3348192 Share Tweet Email14 File Photo Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews,ie File Photo VODAFONE HAS CHARGED some of its customers twice due to a “processing error”.A spokesperson for the company told TheJournal.ie that bill payment were duplicated and debited twice.They added that customers who are affected will be refunded over the next few days. In a statement the company said: Apr 19th 2017, 9:12 PM 36 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

38 primates dead feds say Everett lab broke law

first_imgAn Everett-based medical testing laboratory is alleged to have repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act in actions that resulted in the deaths of 38 primates, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The nine-page complaint lays out the government’s case against SNBL USA, which operates a breeding and research facility at its Everett headquarters, and at a second facility in Alice, Texas.The complaint alleges that the “gravity of violations … is great,” and occurred over a number of years. Despite repeatedly being advised of violations, the complaint alleges that SNBL has “continued to fail to meet” the minimum standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act, the complaint states.The complaint will be heard by an administrative-law judge and could result in financial or other penalties. It was filed by the USDA on Sept. 26 but not made public until this month.Steven Glaza, SNBL’s executive vice president, confirmed in a written statement that the company has received the complaint.“We take these allegations seriously and are fully cooperating with the USDA to ensure that we are in complete compliance. This is everyone’s priority,” he said.last_img read more

Representatives Needed to Cosponsor Biodiesel Tax Credit Bill

first_imgLast week, Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to extend the biodiesel tax credit and restructure it from a blender’s to a producer’s credit. In addition to Grassley, the Senate bill has 15 original cosponsors. A companion bill is being prepared in the U.S. House of Representatives and we need to generate more original cosponsors to demonstrate robust support when the bill is introduced.The American Soybean Association (ASA) needs growers at the state level to contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor the biodiesel tax credit bill to be introduced by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). The bill would provide a three-year extension (2017-19) of the biodiesel tax credit and shift it from a blender’s to a production credit to further promote domestic biodiesel production.In previous years, more than 35 House members have co-sponsored biodiesel tax credit legislation and/or signed letters of support. Numbers need to match or exceed that for co-sponsors this year. Following is a list of the co-sponsors of the House bill in 2016 and the Senate sponsors/cosponsors so far this year.House Sponsors/Co-sponsors 2016:Noem (R-SD)Pascrell (D-NJ)Peterson (D-MN)Loebsack (D-IA)Blum (R-IA)King (R- IA)Young (R- IA)Smith (R-NE)Smith (R-MO)Luetkemeyer (R-MO)Wagner (R-MO)Guthrie (R-KY)Bishop (D-GA)Takai (D-HI)Kuster (D-NH)Cicilline (D-RI)Senate Sponsors/Co-sponsors:Grassley (R-IA)Cantwell (D-WA)Blunt (R-MO)Roberts (R-KS)Heitkamp (D-ND)Thune (R-SD)Whitehouse (D-RI)Ernst (R-IA)Donnelly (D-IN)Heinrich (D-NM)Hirono (D-HI)Murray (D-WA)Franken (D-MN)Klobuchar (D-MN)Shaheen (D-NH)Udall (D-NM)The Soy Action Center will connect growers with their House offices.BACKGROUNDThe current biodiesel blender’s tax credit expired at the end of 2016. Under the structure of the blender’s tax credit, biodiesel imported to the U.S. qualifies for the $1 per gallon incentive when it is blended in the U.S. – even when the imported fuel often already receives incentives in its country of origin.  ASA and the U.S. biodiesel industry supports restructuring the tax incentive to a domestic producer’s credit, as proposed by Noem and Pascrell. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel imports in 2017 totaled approximately one billion gallons – a third of the U.S. market. That total is expected to grow so long as foreign fuel that is already subsidized in its country of origin can be shipped to the U.S. and get an additional $1 per gallon incentive.TALKING POINTSWe need soybean and biodiesel industry supporters to cosponsor the Noem/Pascrell biodiesel tax credit bill to demonstrate support for extension of the biodiesel tax credit.Extending and restructuring the biodiesel tax credit would mobilize U.S. capacity and create American manufacturing jobs.  There is more than enough U.S. production capacity to meet U.S. demand. With significant underutilized capacity in the domestic industry, biodiesel producers across the country are waiting for the right policy signals to expand production.The Noem/Pascrell bill would accomplish a critical, cost-saving reform to the tax incentive by changing it to a domestic producer’s credit that promotes domestic production instead of a blender’s credit that rewards subsidized foreign imports. Last year alone, we saw nearly one billion gallons of imports coming to the U.S. and qualifying for the tax incentive, often after the imports received additional incentives in their country of origin.Biodiesel production benefits soybean farmers and the livestock industry. Approximately half of U.S. biodiesel is produced from soybean oil that is a by-product of soybean production, which is driven by demand for protein meal (soybeans are 80 percent meal and 20 percent oil). In addition, rendered animal fat is a significant feedstock for biodiesel and renewable diesel, further benefiting our livestock industry partners.If you have any questions or get any feedback from your House offices, please contact Tom Hance in the ASA Washington office at thance@soy.org or 202-969-7040.last_img read more

Osaka looking to IR partner for help as World Expo 2025 costs

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Osaka officials have reiterated the need for an integrated resort on the city’s Yumeshima island after it was revealed that the cost of building and maintaining facilities for World Expo 2025 are projected at almost JPY125 billion (US$1.1 billion).According to the Asahi Shimbun, the total cost of facilities for World Expo – which Osaka is currently bidding to host – has been projected at JPY124.7 billion, including JPY54.7 billion yen for construction of facilities such as pavilions and JPY29.3 billion for infrastructure improvements at the venue. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move The local government has already agreed to chip in one-third of the total cost and is looking to the private sector to cover another third, but it also wants an IR partner to cover remaining expenses as part of their own construction costs given that both facilities would be built on the same site.Osaka is also considering making the IR operator pay some of the construction costs for a subway link to from Yumeshima island to the city, assuming it is successful in winning one of the three IR licenses set to be issued in late 2019. The cost of extending the Osaka Metro line has been estimated at JPY73 billion (US$641 million).One stumbling block in that plan remains the collection of any private sector share, the Asahi Shimbun says, quoting Kansai Economic Federation Chairman Masayoshi Matsumoto as saying, “For this moment still we cannot disclose information on a concrete collection method.”A senior member of the Kansai business circle also noted that such funding cannot be collected solely by companies in the Kansai area.“We will ask various economic organizations in Japan to cooperate,” he said.last_img read more

Naidu readies to hit back at YSRCP

first_imgAmaravati: Hitting back at the YSRCP for attacks on the TDP leaders, the party supremo has decided to be in public to give moral support. The party sources informed that as the YSRCP leaders are restoring to political harassment, Chandrababu Naidu will chalk out a plan of action in the next week. Even during an interaction with the farmers at the Amaravati villages late on Friday night, Chandrababu Naidu revealed his intention that he will be with people and will fight against the State government and YSRCP atrocities against the TDP leaders and common public. Also Read – Goldsmith steals gold by polishing jewelry in Bhimavaram Advertise With Us Chandrababu Naidu is contemplating to revolt against all the baseless corruption allegations against the TDP leaders, physical attacks on party cadre across the State, the party sources added. For that, he will intensify party activities across the State and question the government on every attack on the party cadre. After observing one month governance of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the physical attacks by the YSRCP leaders and cadre against the TDP followers, Chandrababu Naidu has decided to launch resistance.last_img read more