De Ligt: Money played no role in Juventus decision

first_imgNew Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has refuted claims that money played a big part in his high-profile move to Italy this month.The 19-year-old shot to prominence at Ajax last season as they reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League and lifted the Eredivisie title, sparking a race for his signature this summer featuring some of Europe’s biggest clubs.The likes of Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona all registered an interest in the Netherlands international before he rubber-stamped his €75 million (£68m/$84m) move to Turin, with the latter seemingly convinced that the teenager would eventually opt for Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? When his decision was delayed, the Spanish champions, who claimed to have agreed terms with the defender, voiced their frustration as new suitors appeared on what felt like a daily basis.At one stage, a potential move to Paris was reportedly dismissed due to the fact that club officials refused to guarantee the Dutchman the same wage structure as star forward Kylian Mbappe. De Ligt, however, has played suggestions that money was the be-all and end-all, reflecting on a summer of speculation that lurched from claim and counter-claim to the downright ridiculous.“Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club,” he said in an interview with VI. “Everyone who knows me, knows that. “Money has never been ‘leading’. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will respect that, but some people were saying things like that very easily.“Every day there was something new. Suddenly, even my father was too fat and that’s why one of the clubs [Manchester United] didn’t want me. That makes you go: ‘come on man’.”He was also quick to defend the part played by his agent Mino Raiola, who was instrumental in constructing his eventual move to the Italian champions.“He has a lot of experience,” said De Ligt of Raiola, who also looks after global stars such as Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli.“I think there may be a certain negative image of him in Holland, but I certainly don’t experience it that way. I think if you ask all of his players if Mino does a good job for them, everyone would say yes. “That’s the most important thing. It’s not about what other people say about him, it’s about what he can do for me.”last_img read more

DTCP approves new policy to set up guesthouses in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: The Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) has approved a new policy to set up guest houses and boarding houses in residential colonies, making it easier for such establishments to operate. The new policy has done away with the restriction of allowing only two guest houses in a sector, said, officials. However, such establishments would only be allowed to operate on sector service roads to ensure residents are not affected. The new rules, notified by the DTCP, also stipulate that guest houses would be allowed only in sectors where all internal and external services have been provided. No guest house will be allowed to rent a room to a guest for more than a month. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe policy, officials said, stipulates that permission for running a guest house would be given by the town planning department in private licensed colonies, by the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) in its sectors, and by the urban local bodies department in municipal areas. It also mandates that the guest/boarding house will be allowed to run only on a residential plot with an area of 500 square yards. The clubbing of two plots to measure up to 500 square yards has also been allowed. In case the plot is in a pocket that has not been acquired, then the applicant would have to get a CLU permission from the concerned district town planner. Guesthouses that are not registered with authorities continue to be a major problem in the city.last_img read more

Warriors stare down injury woes ahead of Game 3 against Raptors

first_imgOAKLAND, CA. (680 NEWS) — No Kevin Durant, no Kevon Looney and now Klay Thompson might not even suit up for the Warriors when Golden State hosts the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Yet Steph Curry is still more than capable of winning games by himself and Raptors head coach Nick Nurse wants to remind everyone that Warrior Demarcus Cousins is pretty good too.“He’s an all-star player, he’s got tons of talent, he’s a big body. I figure as the series goes on and he gets the timing back, he’ll keep playing better,” Nurse said.Thompson is now questionable for Game 3 with a hamstring injury but he’s going to try everything to get on the court.“You just gotta, as cliche as it is, dig deep and realize we have months to rest after this and recover. So for me it’s about doing everything I can up until tip-off tomorrow to be able to go because I hate missing games. I really do.”The Raptors meanwhile are as healthy as you can be this time of year, and when Kawhi was asked to give his health as a percentage, he didn’t hesitate.“One-hundred percent … There’s no excuses.”He also praised Nurse’s coaching abilities but as usual it was all business from Kawhi as he and the rest of the Raptors get ready for a big Game 3 on Wednesday night.The Raptors-Warriors game will be broadcast live on CityNews, followed by a 30-minute newscast.last_img read more

ICSI discusses initiatives

first_imgKolkata: An MOU was signed with Ministry Corporate Affairs (MCA) on Saturday, for recruitment and training of young professionals for Central Registration Centre of MCA. The MOU was signed with the Ministry for engaging the services of Company Secretaries for working as “CRC Executives” at the Central registration Centre of Ministry Corporate Affairs on contractual basis. The entire process of recruitment and training of ICSI members as CRC professionals has been handed over by the Ministry to the ICSI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Consequent upon the recommendations of ICSI Syllabus Review Board, the Institute has come up with its new curriculum for Executive and Professional Program students to ensure the cutting-edge knowledge insights providing empowered Governance professionals who would march ahead with renewed excellence towards New ICSI 2022. Examination for Executive Programme under the New Syllabus was successfully conducted in December, 2018 and for Professional Programme the same shall be conducted in June, 2019,” said Ranjeet Pandey, President, ICSI. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn order to break the distance barrier for students belonging to cities, locations in which the representative offices of the Institute are not in existence, the Institute launched the Study Centre Scheme, under which Study Centres have been established in collaboration with reputed colleges in different locations covering the remote places including Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, North Eastern States, Daman and Diu and Puducherry. The Institute has launched a novel initiative to help the daughters of Martyrs who laid down their lives for protecting the sovereignty of the country. Under the ‘Shaheed Ki Beti’ initiative, the Institute has discontinued the practice of giving mementoes, to the dignitaries and speakers invited for various programmes of the Institute and the said amount will be transferred to the dedicated corpus and will be utilised for the education and welfare of the daughters of martyrs. The grievances, suggestions and queries received from the stakeholders enable the Institute to improve constantly. For achieving this objective, the Institute has created a Grievance Solutions Cell which is monitoring the communications received through the Support Portal. The Call Centre established by the Institute is available to all the stakeholders. In order to provide equal opportunities to the youth from North-Eastern States and State of Jammu and Kashmir, to come to the mainstream and to encourage them for joining the CS Course, the Institute has launched a Fee Waiver Scheme for the related students. This Fee Waiver Scheme, which stood operative till March 31, 2018, has shown an immense success with many students taking benefit of this scheme and has registered them in CS course since the launch of the Scheme. Consequently, the Institute is also in an active process for opening study centers to cater the academic needs of the students of such areas. The Institute has created ‘ICSI Students Education Fund Trust’ which encourages and motivates both economically backward & academically bright students to pursue the Company Secretary ship Course. The creation of the Trust has been one of the important initiatives of the Institute to impart education to economically needy and academically bright students at zero cost thus contributing to the objectives of nation building and social responsibility. In standing shoulder to shoulder with the government towards directed implementation of GST Pan India, the Institute is persistent in building the capacity of its members, students and related stakeholders by advancing their understanding about GST and also by constantly apprising them with updates in GST through various initiatives. Few of their major initiatives in this direction are ICSI – GST Newsletter; ICSI – GST Educational Series; ICSI – GST Point; ICSI GST APP; CS: A GST Practitioner.last_img read more

Taking cue from Melbourne

first_imgAustralian cities are younger than the cities in Europe. So, the city managers in Australia used the opportunity to learn from the mistakes made in Europe while executing water supply and sanitation plans for their big cities. In small villages in the arid region of the Great Artesian Basin in Australia, drinking water is often obtained by the villagers or the tiny hotels by collecting and storing rainwater. Alternatively, 200-300 metres deep bores are drilled to obtain artesian groundwater resulting from old rainfall which infiltrated the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, about 50,000 to 150,000 years ago. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn Australia, major cities like Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne have their own specialties in water supply. They have long-term futuristic plans for obtaining additional water supplies, as the population of the cities is growing and the climate is becoming erratic. The city of Melbourne has one of the ideal water supply schemes managed by the company Melbourne Water. Anyone visiting Melbourne is surprised to see a note from Melbourne Water, displayed in the foyer, stating that the quality of tap-water is as good as any “bottled mineral water”. The note reads: ‘Go ahead, drink and enjoy the Melbourne Water straight from the tap’. Also Read – Insider threat managementSuch confidence arises from the fact that the company takes meticulous precautions in all phases of providing drinking water supply, starting from range-land management to distribution network, in order to provide good quality drinking water to about 400,000 residents spread over roughly 32 square miles of the city area and the neighboring towns. The catchment areas or the range-lands are treated to promote infiltration of rainfall into the ground and to reduce the velocity of runoff. This results in reducing the silt-load coming into the reservoirs. The infiltrated water slowly reaches the streams which flow to enrich the storage reservoirs. Most of these catchments and range-lands have limited public access. They yield very clean raw water to the reservoirs. This water receives further treatment to make it suitable for human consumption. In times of critical excess demand, Melbourne Water uses water from the Victorian Desalination Plant located at Dalyston, producing around 410 mega litres per day. In addition to this, the North-South Pipeline, also known as the Sugarloaf Pipeline, comes from the town of Victoria north of Melbourne, bringing around 96,000 mega litres per year into the Sugarloaf reservoir of Melbourne Water Co. Surface water stays in the storage reservoirs for up to five years, which helps to improve its quality as some of the impurities break down over the time. This storage in several reservoirs also ensures availability of water in lean years when rainfall is low. The reservoirs are interconnected, allowing movement of water from one reservoir to another whenever needed. The citizens of Melbourne know that the color, taste and smell of water could change throughout the year. This is very normal and usually depends on the following factors: source of water — Water could come from a number of reservoirs, each with natural differences in color and mineral content; demand — People tend to use more water in summer, which causes it to travel faster through the pipes; temperature — Temperature changes the taste of water (cooler water generally tastes better) and it depends on the time of the year. In spite of such changes the monitoring of water quality supplied to homes and industries, is very strict. Each year, Melbourne Water tests about 50,000 samples from over 160 locations, including, storage reservoirs, service reservoirs, aqueducts, transfer mains and points of supply to the retail water customers. Testing of water samples helps fine-tune the water treatment processes, so they can add chemicals in the precise amounts needed; identify potential issues like algal blooms in advance; decide where to transfer water, such as avoiding reservoirs with water quality issues. Australia being a dry continent, every provider of water and sanitation service to cities, including Melbourne Water, searches for new methods for water storage such as wetlands, water ponds, aquifers and also for reuse/recirculation of waste water. Unfortunately, groundwater in the local aquifer is not much in use within urban Melbourne due to its brackishness and due to the pollution caused by industries. Given the need to find a sustainable water strategy for the future, it is very likely that the importance of groundwater will rise after purification through Reverse Osmosis Units. The system of harvesting of storm-water in ponds and wet-lands has certain advantages, as it reduces storm water pollutants and turbidity, and it reduces reliance on drinking water for irrigation. The system provides up to 160 mega litres of storm water per year, or 89 per cent of the requirement for irrigation of city parks. Water used for such irrigation is passed through ultraviolet disinfection units. It creates a variety of different habitats, which have resulted in greater biodiversity. The treated storm water flows slowly through about 70,000 aquatic plants. It enables sports arenas to remain green all year round, which has enhanced community health and well-being. It also creates a space for community enjoyment and recreation. Boardwalks, footpaths and educative sign-boards allow the people to connect with the landscape. In Melbourne, one finds a rare combination of high quality drinking water supply along with careful treatment of storm water and waste water, for providing a green living environment to the citizens. (The author is a water resources consultant based in Pune and has visited Australia several times. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Five new UN Goodwill Ambassadors named to help combat hunger

17 September 2009A First Lady, a nine-time Olympic gold medallist, a famous fashion designer and two singers were today named United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors as part of the world body’s efforts to feed more than a billion currently undernourished people. A First Lady, a nine-time Olympic gold medallist, a famous fashion designer and two singers were today named United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors as part of the world body’s efforts to feed more than a billion currently undernourished people.The Dominican Republic’s First Lady Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, United States athlete Carl Lewis, Indonesian singer and songwriter Anggun and Colombian singer Fanny Lu will be officially awarded the title by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on World Food Day – 16 October – in Rome. Goodwill Ambassadors are appointed by the UN and its agencies to drum up public awareness and funding for UN programmes.Mrs. Cedeño de Fernández is being presented with the title of Extraordinary Ambassador in recognition of the numerous social development projects in food and agriculture she has undertaken in her own country and in particular those benefiting women.Mr. Cardin, one of the world’s most famous stylists for both women and men, has initiated a large number of humanitarian projects and public campaigns notably for the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, when 8.4 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine blew up.Mr. Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, was nominated Century Sportsman by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Ms. Anggun, one of the first Asian artists to have broken onto the international music scene with her hit album “Snow on the Sahara,” has campaigned for a wide range of social and environmental causes. Colombian singer Fanny Lu, who has topped music charts in Latin America for the past three years, has been active in promoting World Food Day and the FAO TeleFood campaign to fund micro-projects around the globe.This year’s Day theme – achieving food security in times of crisis – highlights the critical plight of 1.02 billion people who are currently malnourished and the increasingly critical need in the current depressed economic climate to assist the hungry. Both short- and long-term initiatives are needed to provide emergency assistance to the worst affected households and in the longer term, substantially increased investment in agriculture.Investing in rural areas would improve agricultural productivity and enhance livelihoods and food security, develop and conserve natural resources, expand and improve rural infrastructure and broaden market access, strengthen capacity for knowledge generation and dissemination, and ensure access to food for the most needy through safety nets and other direct assistance, FAO said. read more

Land sale to create 400 jobs

The sale of two parcels of land in the Judd Industrial Park is expected to create 400 new jobs in the county.FIGR Norfolk Inc. and Autofeed Corporation will be expanding their businesses in the industrial park in Simcoe, Norfolk County announced Tuesday.FIGR Norfolk Inc. (formally Goldleaf Pharm Inc.) is a licensed cannabis producer that has operated in Norfolk since 2018.The company currently owns a 20,000-square-foot production facility employing 22 workers in the Judd Industrial Park.FIGR Norfolk Inc., under co-founder Larry Huszczo, is proposing to purchase 11.39 acres of county-owned lands to construct an 800,000 square-foot production facility. The new facility will create more than 400 jobs.“This is great news for all of Norfolk County,” Chris Garwood, Norfolk County’s Economic Development supervisor, said in a media release on Monday. “Not only will we be adding a tremendous facility and creating hundreds of jobs but the impact of this deal will be a boon for businesses and organizations throughout the area.”Construction is expected to take 18 months.FIGR owns majority stakes in two Canadian cannabis producers – Canada’s Island Garden in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and Goldleaf Pharm Inc. in Simcoe.Autofeed Corporation is expected to employ 22 skilled workers once its new facility in Simcoe is completed.The company purchased about 2.85 acres of land for the construction of a 10,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. Construction is estimated to be completed in 2020 with further expansion anticipated within five years.Autofeed manufactures machine integrators as well as parts handling equipment and service. The company was established in Hamilton in 1988 and acquired by the current ownership in 2005.The company had outgrown its current space and chose Norfolk to establish a second division, said the release.“This company is a perfect fit for this location because it is a prestige type industrial business with no expected noxious factory waste and no odour, noise or dust nuisance or outdoor storage,” said Garwood. “We’re very excited to welcome the Autofeed Corporation to Norfolk County.”The Judd Industrial Park in Simcoe was purchased by the former Town of Simcoe in 1992 with the purpose of promoting business development in the county. read more

Somalia UN envoy decries journalists murder underscores need for press freedom

Libaan Abdullahi Farah ‘Qaran,’ a reporter for Kalsan TV based in Gaalkacyo, the capital of the north-central region of Mudug, was reportedly shot dead while returning home from work. Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and to all media professionals in Somalia.“UNSOM is dedicated to working with Somali authorities to strengthen the security and justice sectors in order to ensure that Somalia is safe and that perpetrators of violent crime are brought to justice,” he stated in a news release.Mr. Kay also noted that this is a “politically tense” period in Puntland ahead of local elections, and he called for restraint on the part of all political actors. UNSOM said the latest killing brings to five the number of journalists murdered this year in Somalia, which continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a media professional. read more

Syria Food convoy reaches Serghaya as UN agencies urge protection of aid

In Rural Damascus, an inter-agency convoy today delivered life-saving assistance to 15,000 people in need in the hard-to-reach town of Serghaya for the first time since February, according to a United Nations spokesperson. “The convoy contains food, education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and other basic relief items,” spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists in New York. WHO reports up to 40 attacks on medical facilities this yearAttacks on medical facilities throughout Syria are posing additional challenges to humanitarian work in Syria, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The agency today said that it has reports of up to 40 confirmed attacks on health care facilities across Syria in 2016, with nearly 60 per cent of public hospitals in the country closed or are only partially functional. “These latest events represent a serious setback for the affected community and an additional challenge to humanitarian work in Syria,” the agency said today in a news release referring to recent attacks on three hospitals in the country’s Aleppo and Idleb governorates. “It is unacceptable that such attacks on health care, which violate international humanitarian law, are increasing in both frequency and scale.”UNRWA staff killed in AleppoMeanwhile, the UN relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East has confirmed that one of its staff was killed in Aleppo. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) deplored the loss of life on 17 July of Yaser Mahmoud Shuaeeb, one of its drivers, who was struck by shrapnel fragments in his back as he was getting off a bus on his way home. He is the 18th UNRWA staff member killed in Syria. The UN Agency reiterated its call “to all parties to the conflict to respect and comply with their obligations to protect and safeguard civilian lives,” according to a statement released yesterday. read more

Ebola fight ongoing amid evidence of several massacres in DR Congos Ituri

In an update on the situation in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, nearly 11 months after the outbreak began, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 2,284 cases of infection so far, and 1,540 deaths. At the same time, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, announced that a “robust” probe found that 117 people had been killed in “several massacres” involving multiple villages in gold-rich Ituri, between 10 and 13 June.Victims beheaded in scorched-earth policy to prevent returns“The investigative team confirmed that at least 94 people had been killed in Djugu territory and 23 in Mahagi territory, including an as yet undetermined number of women and children,” OHCHR spokesperson Marta Hurtado said. “Some of the victims were beheaded. Homes and warehouses were burned down after being looted. The ferocity and scorched-earth nature of the attacks suggests the assailants intended to prevent survivors from being able to return to their villages.””Since the beginning of the outbreak, we have recorded 2,284 cases and 1,540 people died from the disease, but at the same time we have 637 people who survived the disease,” — @WHO provides an update on the #Ebola outbreak in the DRC.— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) June 28, 2019 Most of the victims belonged to the Hema community, while the remainder were Alur people, Ms. Hurtado said. The attackers were reportedly from the Lendu community, she added, her comments echoing an earlier alert from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, that thousands of people displaced by violence had arrived in Uganda this month, with an average of 311 people crossing the border daily, double the number for May.Despite the insecurity, WHO insisted that frontline workers were doing all they can to tackle Ebola in north-east DRC.“We had 637 people who survived the disease, and I think this is important”, said Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response. Briefing journalists in Geneva, he noted that around 90 people are currently receiving treatment for Ebola virus disease infection, while new cases have dropped from 106 two weeks ago, to 79 last week.Towns seeing only ‘sporadic’ infections, rural areas a serious concernMajor urban centres of Butembo and Katwa were now seeing only “sporadic” cases of infection, thanks to full access, Dr. Fall explained, before cautioning that in Beni, a large town in North Kivu, Ebola had claimed nine lives since Monday.Contact tracing there and other preventative work was slowed earlier this week, he added, amid attacks by taxi drivers who were upset about the death of a colleague who sought help too late. Turning to remote areas, Dr. Fall confirmed that the “very volatile” security situation had complicated the WHO’s work to tackle “a new hotspot” in Mabalako and Mandima. “The outbreak started there last year and spread to other regions,” he said, “so it’s important to break the vicious cycle, to contain very quickly the situation in Mabalako and Mandima, where we have more than 55 per cent of the cases coming from.”For the first time in the current outbreak, Ebola has also reached small forest-based villages such as Alima, where access is “more challenging”, thanks to the presence of armed groups from DRC and neighbouring Uganda, Dr. Fall said.“You cannot just say, ‘I have access, I can go,’” he explained. “You have to negotiate, you have to assess,” conscious that the “risk is still important, because as you know, with Ebola, you only need one case to start spreading or one high-risk contact not followed, transfers the disease”.‘No transmission’ in UgandaAsked about the infection threat in Uganda, where three people with Ebola died earlier this month after arriving from DRC, the WHO official insisted “there has been no transmission” of the virus.More than 1,200 people with potential links to the deceased have been vaccinated in Uganda, he continued, noting that some 5,000 frontline healthworkers had already received the jab before the disease was declared in the country on 11 June.This is in addition to the 150,000 people vaccinated against Ebola in DRC.“Over 68 million people have been screened at the border to make sure that they are not moving with the disease,” Dr. Fall said. “And we have identified so far 19 cases at the border level that were detected since the beginning of the outbreak; 19.”Despite this high level of preparedness at the border, Dr. Fall insisted that there were many more “unofficial” crossings, which meant that the risk of Ebola transmission remained high among DRC’s regional neighbours, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi. Faced with this threat, he called for sustained international support for the campaign against Ebola.WHO’s current funding needs are $98 million in DRC, of which $43.6 million has been received.The budget to prevent transmission in Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda is almost $70 million for the last 12 months – a 40 per cent funding gap remains.“We need to continue investing…in preparedness, because the risk is still there,” Dr. Fall said. “Since the beginning of the year we didn’t get any financing for preparedness in neighbouring countries. It’s really important to continue to invest in preparedness.” read more

In pics Clerys is officially open for business again

first_imgCLERYS DEPARTMENT STORE in Dublin officially reopened today after being closed for months due to water damage.Crowds queued up under the clock to be the first in the door at the newly refurbished store. While the new design maintains the classic features of the historic building, shoppers will have the opportunity to choose from new collections and there is also a new bakery and deli.Santa is also back in the department store in its Winter Wonderland downstairs.last_img

Were not looking for a handout we have to earn citizenship

first_imgI haven’t seen them in 10 years.He says his kids have grown up without him and he can’t leave Ireland to visit them as he would be unable to re-enter the country.Jayson adds that the road to citizenship should not be about handouts. It should be about earning the right to live in a country that migrants are already contributing to.All videos: ‘We care for your children and your grandparents’: 30,000 illegal migrants seek solution AT AROUND NINE o’clock this morning, a group of 30 or so people will leave the gates of Leinster House.After 24 hours, some will trudge home and some will go to their jobs. There, they will clock in as normal, be paid as normal and pay their taxes as normal.However, they won’t be able to avail of state services, they are unlikely to report crime and some haven’t seen their families in a decade.These are the undocumented migrants in Ireland and there are as many as 30,000 of them.Some had come to Ireland on the promise of work permits, some hoping they could find work legally and some who hoped to wait it out long enough to be granted citizenship.Yesterday, led by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, they held a 24-hour “vigil for hope” at the gates of the Oireachtas, calling on the government to implement a system whereby undocumented workers can earn residency.Edel McGinley of the Migrant Rights Centre says that nobody is asking for an amnesty or for borders to be opened.The proposal is similar to one that is being touted in the US, which would see thousands of illegal Irish granted a road to citizenship.An illegal lifeJayson has been in Ireland for nearly 10 years. In that time, he has worked to support his three children and sick father.He says that he has missed his children growing up.“I have three kids and cannot afford to give them a good future in the Philippines.last_img read more

Sams Clubs not getting iPhone 4S on time

first_imgUnfortunately I just received an interesting call from Sam’s Club. Apparently, I’m told, iPhone 4S shipments are not arriving as expected for Friday’s launch. If this were a call from my local store that I pre-ordered from, this certainly wouldn’t be news, but I was contacted by someone at a call center, and it actually appears that this could be a nationwide delay for iPhone 4S shipments to Sam’s Club warehouses.When asked whether this was an isolated or nationwide incident, the rep replied “As far as I know it’s nationwide.” He said that they were only told by Apple that initial iPhone 4S shipments would not be arriving as expected, and that’s all that they know. There was no indication as to whether this delay would be a matter of days or weeks.I was also told that anyone down for a launch day pre-order of the 4S from Sam’s Club will be given a $25 gift card after activating the phone (in store) as compensation for the delay. This was obviously widespread enough of an issue for them to have call center agents reading from a script and offering consolation gifts.Not much is known beyond this, but we’ll keep you updated as we find out more. In the meantime, if you pre-ordered an iPhone 4S for tomorrow’s launch at Sam’s Club, you might want to call and double-check on the status of that order. Also, those who were planning on taking their chances walking into a Sam’s warehouse tomorrow might want to consider other options.We’ll update this post if we learn more.If you do hear something about Sam’s Club or iPhone 4S delays/availability please leave a comment. It’s still on scheduleEditor’s note: Sal here. I pre-ordered my iPhone 4S (16GB, black, AT&T) from and I’m told that it’s currently in Newark, NJ, which is just a short distance away from me in NYC. It’s still on schedule for a delivery some time tomorrow.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 rumored to appear at MWC

first_imgOn a global scale the two biggest smartphone competitors right now are, without a doubt, Samsung and Apple. As we move in to the holiday season, most of the major mobile networks will be carrying both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5.When it comes to choosing which phone is better, it will really come down to personal preference and brand recognition. Samsung has one weapon at its disposal that Apple doesn’t have, however, and that’s the knowledge that Apple won’t be releasing another phone for a year. With the biggest mobile event of the year only a few months away, rumor has it Samsung is planning to announce the next in the Galaxy line of devices, the S4.It wouldn’t be Mobile World Congress without a big showy presentation from Samsung. Last year the company revealed the Galaxy Note 10.1, as well as the Galaxy Beam projector phone. Samsung’s one goal right now will be to maintain the market dominance that it has gained with their global smartphone portfolio.With the growing brand recognition of the Galaxy series, some sources are reporting that Samsung will use their time at MWC to unveil the Galaxy S4. This phone is expected to be a quad core Exynos device capable of delivering an LTE connection in the US and Europe, and boost the screen size from 4.8″ to 5″. While there’s no concrete specifications for the device, the overall message seems to be that Samsung is looking to make a device that is undeniably better than the iPhone 5.Samsung has a lot of other technology floating around, however, so it’s possible that their MWC announcement will be more of an exploration into other kinds of devices. Samsung’s flexible display technology, for example, has been on display at every major Samsung event for the last two years, but we’ve yet to see anything that actually uses the tech. Of course, there’s nothing stopping Samsung from integrating the flexible display tech into this rumored S4, so one way or another it looks like the company will have something interesting to show the world during Mobile World Congress.last_img read more

Farmers furious at SuperValu stunt which gives away free carrots and potatoes

first_imgFarmers furious at SuperValu ‘stunt’ which gives away free carrots and potatoes The IFA has taken exception to a new promotion which gives away free carrots and potatoes. Share Tweet Email4 “This distorts the market for everyone,” Healy said, “regardless of whether your product is on promotion or not.”Healy added he is seeking an urgent meeting with SuperValu to address these concerns.In response to a request from, a statement from SuperValu said: “The current promotional offer, designed as part of our ongoing effort to encourage customers to cook with Irish produce, has been planned and agreed in consultation with our suppliers.The entire cost of this promotion is funded by SuperValu.“SuperValu sources from over 2,200 Irish suppliers, equating to an annual economic contribution of €2.19 billion. We are committed to working with our suppliers to build long-term sustainable partnerships.”Read: SuperValu wins the Christmas supermarket warRead: SuperValu warns of supply shortages after Unilever’s Brexit pricing row spreads to Ireland 74 Comments Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 27th 2017, 7:58 AM Short URL Buy Half Price Round Roast & Get SuperValu Rooster Potato 2kg & SuperValu Carrots 850g bag FREE! Available until 28/01 while stocks last.— SuperValu Ireland (@SuperValuIRL) January 26, 2017 42,604 Views center_img THE IRISH FARMERS Association (IFA) has accused SuperValu of acting “unethically” with one of their special offers, which gives customers 2kg of potatoes and 850g of carrots for free when they buy a round roast.The beef in question is already promoted at a discounted price, and the IFA believes it is another example of why political intervention is needed to ensure farmers are getting a “fair share” of the consumer price.In response, SuperValu said that they fund the cost of this promotion themselves, and they remain committed to work with their suppliers “to build long-term, sustainable partnerships”.IFA President Joe Healy said: “In this case, there isn’t even a consumer price to get a share of. It demonstrates the need for a clear ban on below-cost selling of food. He also said that retailers “cannot pretend” such price promotions do not have serious consequences for the sales of other competing fresh products such as broccoli and cauliflower. Source: SuperValu Ireland/Twitter By Sean Murray Friday 27 Jan 2017, 7:58 AM Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images This sort of stunt is a race to the bottom. Farmers have little or no market power and they will ultimately bear the brunt of this type of unethical price promotion.last_img read more

LiPhone se transforme en thermomètre grâce à ThermoDock

first_imgL’iPhone se transforme en thermomètre grâce à ThermoDockL’accessoire ThermoDock lit votre température en l’approchant de votre front, et transmet l’information à votre iPhone.La gamme des accessoires iPhone n’en finit pas de s’allonger. Après ceux pour la pression sanguine (lien non disponible), les claviers et les autres, voici le thermomètre !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le ThermoDock est un thermomètre infrarouge. Il faut l’approcher du front – aucun contact n’est requis – et il capte la lumière infrarouge émise par la peau. Tout corps émet de la lumière en permanence, en fonction de sa température. Si à température ambiante la peau n’émet pas de lumière visible, elle émet par contre de la lumière infrarouge, mois énergétique. En mesurant sa quantité, il est possible de mesurer la température d’un corps. C’est même le moyen le plus fiable connu, utilisé pour prendre la température des étoiles lointaines. Ce ThermoDock pourrait donc être un très bon moyen de savoir si bébé est malade ! Toutefois, même s’il sera plus précis qu’un bon vieux thermomètre physique, il sera tout de même plus cher : 95 dollars (71 euros) !Le 30 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EC to hold elections to 133 local bodies on 28 Dec

first_img.The Election Commission (EC) will hold elections to 133 local bodies — 125 union parishads (UPs), seven municipalities and an upazila parishad-on 28 December next, reports UNB.The EC on Sunday issued directives to its field-level officials to announce election schedules for the local bodies fixing December 28 for the balloting, joint secretary (in-charge) at the EC secretariat Farhad Ahammad Khan told reporters.Among the 133 bodies, four municipalities, 34 UPs and an upazila parishad will go to the regular polls following expiry of their respective tenures, while three municipalities and 91 UPs will see by-election as some posts of the bodies fell vacant for different reasons.As per the election schedules mentioned in the EC’s directives, the deadline for submission of nomination paper is 27 November while the dates for scrutiny of the nomination papers are 28 and 29 November and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 7 December.last_img read more

US court upholds Muslimmajority country travel ban

first_imgA protester holds up a sign that reads `No Muslim Ban Ever` as he protests against the Supreme Court ruling upholding president Donald Trump`s travel ban outside the the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday on 26 June 2018. Photo: APMaryam Bahramipanah is torn between staying with her husband, who came to Michigan from their native Iran, and returning home to see her mother, who suffered a stroke.With the US Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to uphold president Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, she expects that she can’t do both.”I’m very sad,” said Bahramipanah, who cried when she heard about the decision. “I don’t know what to do. I really don’t know. Now it’s official and I don’t know.”Muslim individuals and groups, as well as other religious and civil rights organisations, expressed outrage and disappointment at the high court’s rejection of a challenge claiming the policy discriminates against Muslims or exceeds the president’s authority. Protesters voiced dismay at rallies across the country.At a protest in New York, Khulood Nasher held back tears as she spoke of her two sons stranded in Yemen. In 2014, she received asylum and her sons were approved to join her in the US But after the US embassy in Yemen was closed in 2015, their processing was delayed. The last year has been filled with starts and stops for the mother, but today felt like a death blow.”Today, we were broken. I lost my heart to see my family,” said Nasher, who works as a translator.Not all reaction was negative, however. A non-profit group that supports Trump’s policies called the decision a “tremendous victory.””Today’s Supreme Court ruling is monumental,” America First Policies spokeswoman Erin Montgomery said. “It states that deciding who can and cannot enter our country does indeed fall within the realm of executive responsibility. Note the word ‘responsibility.'”The travel ban has been fully in place since December, when the justices put the brakes on lower court decisions that had blocked part of it from being enforced. The policy applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. It also affects two non-Muslim countries, blocking travellers from North Korea and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.Detroit-area immigration attorney Farah Al-Khersan expects chaos at border crossings and other points of entry.”For anybody who has a non-immigrant visa who is here – even someone with a green card – I would not recommend that they leave right now,” she said. “Once you’re outside of the country and you’re trying to come in, that’s going to be a problem.”For Afnan Salem, a Somali refugee living in Columbus, Ohio, the decision reinforces worries she may never reunite with her grandparents or father.”We were hoping that at least the Supreme Court would rule at least for fair play and let us be reunited with our families,” said Salem, who came to the US eight years ago and has since become a citizen. “But the decision that came out, our hearts are broken.”Jehan Hakim, program coordinator for the Islamic Scholarship Fund in San Francisco, said the ban in unconstitutional, “regardless of what the government says.””It’s unconstitutional as the Chinese Exclusion Act, it’s unconstitutional as the incarceration of Japanese Americans and it’s unconstitutional as the detainment of Latino immigrants,” said Hakim, a Yemeni-American. “We will not stop fighting.”As Syrians face violence in their native country and a ban on entering the U.S., the executive director of the Syrian American Council says many are scared.Suzanne Meriden, the council’s executive director, choked up as she said, “It’s sad on so many levels. I never cry. We’re here to calm people, but I just get stressed out about it all. You try to hold yourself together, but sometimes it’s too hard.”The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a conservative group that supports tighter immigration policies, heralded the Supreme Court decision and called it “a great victory for the security of the American people and the rule of law.”Bill O’Keefe, Catholic Relief Services’ vice president for government relations, said in a statement that many of the people seeking refuge in the U.S. are victims of the same terrorists Americans are trying to fight, and denying them entry won’t make the nation safer.Bahramipanah, the Iranian woman who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, had hoped the Supreme Court would end the ban for good this time so her mother would be able to come to the US to celebrate Bahramipanah’s birthday next week.”My mother told me, ‘What do I buy you for your birthday?'” Bahramipanah said, choking back tears. “I said, ‘Just pray that this ban does not hold forever.'”Watson reported from San Diego. Associated Press reporters Adam Geller and Stephen Groves in New York City, and Lorin Eleni Gill in San Francisco contributed to this report.last_img

Trump Obama make duelling election appearances

first_imgUnited States President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, ahead of midterm elections, at Pensacola International Airport in Florida on US 3 November. Photo: ReutersRepublican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made duelling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country’s problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign.With opinion polls showing dozens of tight US congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday’s election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.”This election will decide whether we build on this extraordinary prosperity we have created,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Macon, Georgia, warning that Democrats would “take a giant wrecking ball to our economy.”Trump campaigned with Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp, who is in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor’s office.Obama condemned Trump, without addressing him by name, and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies and repeated lies. He hammered Trump and Republicans for repeatedly trying to repeal his signature healthcare law while at the same time claiming to support the law’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions.”The only check right now on the behaviour of these Republicans is you and your vote,” Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.”The character of our country is on the ballot,” he said.Trump and Obama are the most popular figures in their parties, and their appearances on the campaign trail are designed to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters in the late stages of a midterm congressional election widely seen as a referendum on Trump’s first two years in the White House.Opinion polls and election forecasters have made Democrats favorites on Tuesday to pick up the 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the US House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump’s legislative agenda and investigate his administration.Republicans are favoured to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, currently at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.In the midst of a six-day national blitz of rallies ahead of Tuesday’s election, Trump will also appear later on Sunday in Tennessee, which hosts a vital US Senate race.Hard-Line RhetoricIn the final stages of the campaign, Trump has ramped up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues including warnings about a caravan of migrants headed to the border with Mexico and of liberal “mobs.”He repeated those themes in Georgia, urging voters to “look at what is marching up – that’s an invasion.” He said Democrats encouraged chaos at the borders because it was good politics.President Barack Obama walks onstage as he campaigned for Democrats including US senator Bill Nelson and and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in Miami, Florida, US on 2 November. Photo: ReutersRonna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week” program that the media had chosen to focus on Trump’s immigration rhetoric but the president was also emphasizing economic and job gains under his presidency.The Labour Department on Friday reported sharply better-than-expected job creation in October, with the unemployment rate steady at a 49-year low of 3.7 per cent and wages notching their best annual gain in almost a decade.But in Indiana, Obama said Republicans were taking credit for the economic renewal that started under his presidency. “You hear those Republicans brag about how good the economy is, where you think that started?” he asked.Obama also appeared later on Sunday in his old home state of Illinois, which hosts a competitive governor’s race and several tight US House of Representative races. Obama’s appearance on the campaign trail is his second in three days.In the battle for the Senate, Democrats are defending seats in 10 states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, including a handful that he won by double digits.US senator Chris Van Hollen, who heads the Democratic Senate campaign arm, said it was “remarkable” that Democrats were even in striking distance of capturing the Senate given the unfavourable map they faced.”The fact we still have a narrow path to a majority is a sea change from where we were two years ago,” he said on ABC. “These are some very close races and they are in states where Trump won big.”As of Sunday morning, almost 34.4 million people had cast ballots early, according to the Election Project at the University of Florida, which tracks turnout. That is up 67.8 per cent from the 20.5 million early votes cast in all of 2014, the last federal election when the White House was not at stake.last_img read more

Researchers Rediscover Extinct Hawaiian Plant With Drone Technology

first_img UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod Hibiscadelphus woodii, a plant native to Hawaii, was previously thought to be extinct. Now, researchers from the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) on Kauai, Hawaii, have rediscovered the shrub with the help of a drone.The plant was rediscovered in a small colony of three individuals budding on a vertical cliff face in a remote area of Kauai’s Kalalau Valley, said an NTBG press release. This cliff area, which is known as a biodiversity hotspot in Hawaii, is mostly inaccessible to humans and other types of animals, such as goats. The rediscovery of Hibiscadelphus woodii, which is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as an extinct relative of the hibiscus, demonstrates how drones can help with plant conservation efforts on the Hawaiian Islands.In 1991, NTBG botanists discovered Hibiscadelphus woodii in Kauai’s Kalalau Valley. The new species was officially named and published four years later, and at the time, this discovery increased the number of Hibiscadelphus plants to seven species. Hibiscadelphus woodii was last seen alive in 2009, leading scientists to believe that the plant was extinct.NTBG said Hibiscadelphus woodii grows as a small tree or shrub and produces vibrant yellow flowers that turn a purple-maroon shade as they mature. The plant’s nectar-rich flowers might be pollinated by native honeycreeper birds, like the amakihi. Efforts to breed Hibiscadelphus woodii via grafting, tip cuttings, and cross pollination have failed and Hibiscadelphus woodii also faces threats from rocks slides and other invasive plants.Sharing very exciting news of the rediscovery of a native #Hawaiian plant that was thought to be extinct. NTBG researchers were surveying remote cliffs on NW #Kauai when they found Hibiscadelphus woodii growing on an sheer cliff face. See the video here:— Save Plants (@NTBG) April 17, 2019With the drone, NTBG was able to explore the area where the Hibiscadelphus woodii was growing, which could be difficult to access by walking or driving. Thanks to drone technology, NTBG can further study Kauai’s Kalalau Valley without disturbing its rich biodiversity and greenery.“Drones are unlocking a treasure trove of unexplored cliff habitat, and while this may be the first discovery of its kind, I am sure it won’t be the last,” Ben Nyberg, GIS Coordinator and drone specialist for NTBG, said in the press release.More on DJI Drones for Helping Notre Dame FirefightersGoogle Wing Delivers Food, Meds to Australians Via DroneUPS to Transport Medical Samples Via Drone Stay on targetlast_img read more