New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) A delegation of Andhra Pradesh Congress today met President Pranab Mukherjee and a host of political leaders accusing the BJP government at the Centre of “failure” to honour its promise of Special Category Status (SCS) to the state.The party claimed it has collected signatures of one crore people of Andhra Pradesh who are “incensed” at the “inordinate delay” in granting SCS.The Congress leaders said there was an “unambiguous consensus” among all parties before Lok Sabha polls that SCS was a non-negotiable need for Andhra Pradesh in its post-bifurcation development.Even the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a statement in the Rajya Sabha promising SCS to the state in 2014, and passed a resolution in the last Cabinet meeting of the UPA government.”At the time, BJP pledged its support for SCS as well. SCS for Andhra Pradesh was specifically included in BJPs election manifesto and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu assured on the floor of the Rajya Sabha that BJP would grant SCS to Andhra Pradesh for 10 years.”However, after coming to power, BJP reversed its position, stating that for various reasons, special status would not be possible for Andhra Pradesh. When confronted, BJPs response is full of falsehoods,” the party alleged.”Consensus from all states was not obtained for 10 states that currently have SCS. Today, all the BJP government needs to do is issue an executive order after obtaining resolution from the National Development Council (NDC). Yet, when we raise these points, we are not met with answers but with silence.advertisement”It is also important to mention Special Category Status is not the only promise that BJP has failed to deliver for Andhra Pradesh. Several key developmental provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act are still pending, including tax incentives for industrialisation, finance for the Polavaram Project, reimbursement for the fiscal deficit, and financial assistance for backward areas,” the delegation said in the memorandum to the President.Holding that it is the duty of the state government to represent the rights of the state before the Centre, the Congress alleged TDP, despite being a coalition partner in the NDA, has been completely “ineffective” in this regard.Talking about the agitations by the Congress on this issue in the last two years, the delegation sought the Presidents intervention in ensuring that the commitments made to Andhra Pradesh are honoured immediately.The delegation, led by PCC president N Raghuveera Reddy, also met JD(U) President Sharad Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and CPI General Secretary D Raja. PTI AMR JD SMN SK SMN
quality of edu: FadnavisMumbai, Oct 8 (PTI) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said Maharashtra, which has been “languishing at either 14th or 15th place in terms of quality of education”, has moved to the third place in the last one year.He also announced that a Board of Studies would be set up for divyang (differently-abled) students in the state.”For the last few years, Maharashtra was languishing at either 14th or 15th place in terms of quality of education. But we have jumped to the third position in the past one year. In the future, the state will be number one in the education sector,” Fadnavis said.The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering after presenting the Adarsh Shikshak and Savitribai Phule Adarsh Shikshika (Best Teacher awards) to 109 teachers here.”The state government disburses around Rs 50,000 crore to the education sector but it does not consider it an expenditure but an investment for the future.”Teachers are responsible for readying the young generation for the future and making them fine, law-abiding citizens. Students uplift cannot happen without these teachers,” he said.Fadnavis said that this year, 25,000 schools have been made digital and that the state government will undertake Maharashtra Net on the lines of Bharat Net being implemented by the Centre.”Under this, the health and education services will be made available to people at the village level. For instance, in Nagpur, 750 gram panchayats have been completely digitalised,” he said.The digitalisation will ensure the gap between cities and villages decreases and by 2018, we will provide digital connectivity to all gram panchayats, he added.advertisement”For the divyang students a Board of Studies will be constituted,” Fadnavis said, adding the focus of his government is on innovative teaching methods, Right to Education among others.This award ceremony for teachers from Maharashtra was organised by School Education Department, where Education Minister Vinod Tawde and other dignitaries were present, a statement from chief ministers office said.The 109 awardees include 38 primary and 39 secondary teachers besides 19 from tribal schools and two sports teachers and those from other categories. PTI MM MR NP TIR SRE
LAS VEGAS — Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.The former Los Angeles Laker and member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family was in a Las Vegas hospital the night of Oct. 13 and there was no immediate word on his condition, officials said.The Nye County Sheriff’s Department was called at about 3:15 p.m. to Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas for a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance, Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly said in a statement.The 35-year-old was stabilized and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump, the statement said. Officials then tried to have him airlifted to Las Vegas, but the 6-foot-10-inch Odom was too tall for the helicopter that was available and he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other legal brothels in Nevada, said his staff had picked up Odom from a home in Las Vegas on Oct. 10. “He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax,” Hof told The Associated Press in a phone interview.Hof said Odom was “happy, he was sleeping every night,” while visiting, but two women went to check on Odom the afternoon of Oct. 13 after not hearing from him since early morning, and found him face down and unconscious.When they turned him on his side at the direction of a 911 operator, Odom started “throwing up all kinds of stuff.”Hof said Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and had drunk part of a bottle of cognac since arriving, but had no knowledge of his use of any other drugs.“It’s incredibly sad,” said Hof, who turns 69 on Oct. 14. Hof is known for his own onetime reality show, Cathouse, on HBO.Odom’s hospitalization was first reported by TMZ.Odom, who won two NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, last played in the NBA in 2013, and saw recent reality TV fame through his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge.The two were married in 2009 in a large ceremony that was taped for the E! network, following a whirlwind engagement that was also filmed.The Lakers played an exhibition game in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, losing 107-100 to Sacramento. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are Odom’s only remaining teammates on the roster.World Peace clearly was distraught about Odom’s health after the game.“There’s not one word I could say that would make sense,” World Peace told reporters, declining further comment.Bryant left the arena without speaking to reporters.Odom spent the best years of his career with the Lakers, winning two championship rings and the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 2011.After seven years in purple and gold, he was crushed in December 2011 when the Lakers attempted to trade him to New Orleans in a multiplayer trade for Chris Paul. He eventually went to Dallas in another deal, but was out of the NBA just two years later.Some troubles that met Odom before and during his career appeared to worsen after he left the league, and included a no-contest plea to drunken driving shortly before his divorce.Odom was suspended during the 2000-01 season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months. During the 2010-11 season, a cousin he was close to died and Odom was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident in New York that killed a cyclist.Odom played one season at Rhode Island before being drafted in the first round with the No. 4 overall pick by the Clippers in the 1999 NBA draft.Born Lamar Joseph Odom on Nov. 6, 1979, in New York City, he was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of cancer when he was 12. His father was a drug addict.In 2006, Odom’s 6-month-old son Jayden died from SIDS while sleeping in his crib in New York.He has a daughter, Destiny, and a son Lamar Jr., from a previous relationship.____By Andrew Dalton and Sally Ho. AP Sports Writers Beth Harris and Greg Beacham also contributed to this story from Los AngelesTweetPinShare0 Shares
Thomas Muller plundered a hat-trick as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-1 Audi Cup win against Fenerbahce at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.Niko Kovac’s side were in ruthless mood against their desperately poor Super Lig opponents, with Renato Sanches, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman adding to Muller’s treble.Max Kruse gave the visiting support something to cheer with a 64th-minute consolation strike, but it did little to take the shine off a consummate attacking performance by the reigning Bundesliga champions. 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? Bayern – who face Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on Saturday – will take on Tottenham in the final on Wednesday, while Fenerbahce will have to pick themselves up for a third-place tie against Real Madrid on the same day.Sanches got Bayern on their way after 22 minutes, sliding into an empty net after being teed up by Robert Lewandowski. Make that more for @esmuellert_!Hat-trick complete #AudiCup (59′) 6-0 pic.twitter.com/grwyvEMjkt— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 30, 2019That was followed six minutes later by a second, Goretzka driving into the penalty area to meet Coman’s cutback with a low, right-footed strike from 12 yards.Muller – who had been introduced for the injured Serge Gnabry after 20 minutes – made it three in the 31st minute after picking Nabil Dirar’s pocket just eight yards out and slotting past a helpless Harun Tekin.The Fener goalkeeper picked the ball out of his net again five minutes before the interval when the impressive Coman slotted underneath him after Lewandowski’s pass was fortuitously deflected into his path.Vedat Muriqi flashed narrowly wide at the other end but normal service was resumed in the 44th minute, Muller adding his second from the penalty spot after Lewandowski was hauled down by Mauricio Isla.Muller completed his hat-trick in style shortly before the hour mark, superbly controlling Niklas Sule’s long ball with his heel and firing past Tekin, who had inexplicably raced off his line, from 35 yards.Bayern eased up after a raft of substitutions, allowing Kruse to run at their defence and fire past Sven Ulreich from the edge of the penalty area for the most inconsequential of goals.It still appeared to be too much for Dirar, who seemingly had to be prevented from walking off the pitch with 20 minutes remaining by his coach Ersun Yanal and a number of team-mates. read more
Addressing the swearing-in ceremony for 35 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for Manchester at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on February 1, the Minister said at least six regional court complexes are needed over the next three to five years, and that at least three are to begin in this fiscal year, “but at the very minimum, we must have two, one of which must be in Manchester.”. Mr. Chuck said that when the Health and Safety Act is implemented in the next few months, the Mandeville courthouse building could be declared a disaster and could be locked down, and he might have to beg for time to complete the new courthouse. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says construction of a new courthouse for Mandeville, Manchester, should begin in the next fiscal year.Addressing the swearing-in ceremony for 35 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for Manchester at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on February 1, the Minister said at least six regional court complexes are needed over the next three to five years, and that at least three are to begin in this fiscal year, “but at the very minimum, we must have two, one of which must be in Manchester.”.Mr. Chuck said that when the Health and Safety Act is implemented in the next few months, the Mandeville courthouse building could be declared a disaster and could be locked down, and he might have to beg for time to complete the new courthouse.“The difficulty is that we have 40 acres on which it could be built, but the land is too far away in Hatfield and everyone wants it in Mandeville, where there is no place to put it. I will be speaking to all the stakeholders and residents of Manchester, so that if Hatfield is not the right place, then they will have to find me a place in Mandeville where we can start building in early 2020 or the end of this calendar year,” he said.The Minister commended the new JPs and encouraged them to strive to make Manchester the best and let the parish shine.(more)New Courthouse…2“A lot will depend on you to make Jamaica a better place. We want to create a good society, but we cannot have a good society of bad people. You are good people, who would not have been selected if you were not persons of good character. Character is everything, if you have it, you don’t care what other people say. That is expected of all of you. You must know that when you are not being watched, you know you are doing right,” he said.Mr. Chuck also told the new JPs to stand up for what is right, good and just and be persons of substance to whom young people could look for mentorship.Meanwhile, outgoing Custos, Hon. Sally Porteous, told the audience that it was her final commissioning ceremony in the role as Custos of Manchester, as she would be retiring as soon as a new one had been selected by the Governor-General.“As you embark on your new career, people will look at you differently. They will expect things of you today that they did not expect yesterday. They will try to make you do things and sign papers that are not correct, so I beg you to be strong and vigilant,” she cautioned.The Custos told the JPs to be mindful of their behaviour and comportment, as people would be watching to see how they conduct themselves, treat others, respect law and order and conduct their affairs.“Remember that you were selected because we believe that you can play an important role in your communities, not only in helping to keep the peace, but in setting the kind of example that will bring positive and lasting influence on those around you,” the Custos said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says construction of a new courthouse for Mandeville, Manchester, should begin in the next fiscal year.
Small and medium-sized businesses in Nova Scotia will soon have access to funding for support and services through a pilot program to help them become more innovative and productive. The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Pilot Program will award eligible businesses vouchers for up to $15,000 to help purchase services and support to expand their businesses. The program targets areas such as research, management of intellectual property, new product and product prototype design, lab equipment rental, and support for post-graduate students placements. “This program reinforces government’s commitment to support and stimulate innovation and productivity, ensuring that our businesses are globally competitive and sustainable,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIssac. “A key benefit of this program is that it will provide small and medium-sized businesses with a range of options, allowing them the flexibility to choose the services they need in a way that is most convenient for them.” Organizations interested in providing services for the voucher program are invited to visit www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/ to submit information about their services and programs. A final list of eligible service providers will be posted Friday, Nov. 21. Businesses can submit applications for the program vouchers, on the same website, beginning Monday, Nov. 24. The Department of Economic Development will review the applications on a first-come, first-serve basis and award the vouchers based on eligibility criteria set out on the website, and the level of demand for the various service providers. Once approved for a voucher, a business will select from the service providers, and arrange for the work to be done. The pilot program will use $1 million in private-sector productivity and innovation funding allocated in the 2008-09 provincial budget. The program will accept applications from businesses until Dec. 21. Innovation voucher programs have been used successfully in Ireland and the Netherlands. For more information on the Productivity and Innovation Voucher program, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/ .
United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appealed to India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint” to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, amidst sudden spike in tensions between the two neighbours.”The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observed and reported an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days. The UN appeals to both sides to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate,” a statement issued by Dujarric said. The UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary between the two neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. UNMOGIP was established in January 1949. India, however, maintains that UNMOGIP has “outlived its relevance” after the Simla Agreement signed between the two countries in 1972. PTI
Advertisement Cirque du Soleil’s decision to go ahead with more performances in Saudi Arabia next month despite international outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is creating a malaise within circus ranks, The Canadian Press has learned.Following stops in Italy, Germany and Croatia, the Quebec-based troupe will pitch its tent in Riyadh from Dec. 17 to 29 in a visit that has been in the works for about a year.Daniel Lamarre, the Cirque’s president and CEO, is scheduled to be in the Saudi capital for the show Toruk, inspired by the James Cameron film Avatar. Twitter But in light of recent events that have sparked an international political crisis, some artists are asking why the Cirque is sticking to its schedule.“The approach is dogmatic, and the message sent by the company is, ‘We are a business, we want to make money and we are an apolitical company,” one Toruk employee, who asked not to be identified because she fears losing her contract with the Cirque, told The Canadian Press.She and another employee decided to share their displeasure after Cirque founder Guy Laliberté last month expressed his own discomfort with the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia last September.Saudi Arabia facing criticismThe Cirque put on a show in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 23 to mark the country’s national holiday, which was before Khashoggi was killed but during a diplomatic quarrel between Ottawa and Riyadh.The Cirque artists said they tried many times to approach the managers of the tour with their concerns, but they got nowhere.In recent weeks, the kingdom has faced intense criticism over the death of Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia first insisted he’d left the consulate, then said he’d been killed in a fist fight inside the consulate before finally admitting his murder had been premeditated.Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi hit squad — including at least one member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage — tortured, murdered and dismembered Khashoggi.One of the Cirque’s four pillars, according to its website, is to “act as a responsible agent of change in the community.” But the second employee who spoke to The Canadian Press said the operation can no longer boast of being a change agent.“We no longer think that Saudi Arabia has taken steps to modernize,” he said. “This is a business decision. The Cirque is from now on just a business.”The employee said the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia contrasts with the 2016 cancellation of Cirque performances in North Carolina to protest against a law limiting protections offered to the LGBTQ community.Events ‘created a malaise’Marie-Hélène Lagacé, the Cirque’s senior director of public relations, acknowledged that senior management considered cancelling the Saudi shows despite being bound by a contract.“It would be a lie to say this has not created a malaise,” she said. “We have also had discussions with our employees about it. Reactions surrounding these events are very emotional.”She said the decision to maintain the Saudi dates was “very difficult” but fit with a desire to be consistent across the more than 60 countries where it has shows.If the Cirque pulled out of Saudi Arabia, “we are going to have to do it elsewhere if we want to be consistent,” she said.“How do we justify that we are not going to this country, but we are going to other markets where, potentially, there are other issues that are just as serious?”The employees who contacted The Canadian Press said they will accompany the troupe to Riyadh because they do not want to have their contracts cancelled for the rest of the tour, which concludes in London next June.“For artists who live on contracts, it is hard to know what will be our next job,” one of them said. “And for those who hope to work long-term with the Cirque, this situation could have repercussions on their relationship.”By Julien Arsenault | The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
The man behind Apple News wants to shake up the travel industry and give travellers a cut of commissions from online hotel bookings.Jochem Wijnands launched TRVL this year. Here are five things you should know about using the online platform.What is TRVL?TRVL is a website that allows travellers to sign up as so-called TRVL agents and search for hotels for their trips or recommend places to stay to others. The agents receive a commission — up to 10 per cent — any time someone books travel through a link they provide.Who can use it?Anyone over 18 can sign up for the service, so long as they abide by the site’s rules.Anyone can message a TRVL agent on the website, without having to sign up, and book a recommended hotel through a link they provide. However, the site is currently blocked in Ontario.Where does the commission money come from?Online booking websites, like Booking.com and Hotels.com, have a built-in portion of the price that typically goes to a travel agent, said Wijnands.Travellers who book online themselves pay that fee but don’t receive the service, he said.TRVL lets its agents recoup that cost by cutting them in on the commission hotels pay to websites that send customers their way.How much does it pay?TRVL agents receive up to 10 per cent of the cost of the hotel booking in payment 30 to 60 days after the trip takes place. So, travellers can recoup up to $20 on a $200 hotel, for instance. However, money earned for each booking depends on the price of the hotel and the percentage of commission TRVL offers.Does it cost anything to book?The service is free to use. TRVL makes its profit by taking a cut of the commission its booking service providers pay.
London: Manchester United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s permanent manager on a three-year contract on Thursday following a highly successful caretaker spell in charge. The Norwegian, 46, has inspired a dramatic revival of United’s fortunes since taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, winning 14 of his 19 games and leading the Red Devils to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United, was already a hero to fans as the man who scored the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final to complete the treble. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” Solskjaer said in a statement on the club’s website. “It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. “The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far. “This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club.” After Mourinho was sacked following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool on December 16, Solskjaer initially arrived from Norwegian club Molde “on loan” until the end of the season. Solskjaer, who spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford as a player, took over with the club in sixth place in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four. But they have lost just once in the league since then and are now in fifth place, just two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with eight games remaining in the season. The highlight of his reign so far was a dramatic 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 in the Champions League, with United overturning a 2-0 first-leg defeat to reach the quarter-finals on away goals. Solskjaer’s former United teammate Peter Schmeichel tweeted: “Congratulations my friend, it is well deserved. Up and onwards let’s chase some trophies.” Former United defender Gary Neville welcomed the appointment and urged the club to back the new full-time boss financially. “I’m delighted for Ole,” Neville tweeted. “I didn’t think this would happen when he was appointed. However the results and spirit in the club have been incredible since he arrived and he deserves it. He now needs support in the transfer market in terms of finance and the right resource!” Another former United teammate of Solskjaer’s, Rio Ferdinand, tweeted: “Yessss Ole is officially at The Wheel… Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Manager of @ManUtd! I hope my Thank You is in post Ole.”
Torrellano Cup One of the biggest youth handball tournament in Europe this summer will be held in Spain – Torrellano Cup 2016! Handball-Planet.com already wrote about this event, but now word has Torrellano Cup director Jeronimo Cartagena Gonzalves.What do you think of the development that the tournament has experienced through the years?This is the Spanish most ancient international tournament and this year we celebrate the 28th edition. The economic crisis has damaged the tournament during some years, but we have resist and we hope that after some years the tournament will be the same once again: one of the greatest international handball tournaments.How big is the tournament impact on the local community?The tournament doubles the number of people in the city with the players, the parents and companions. It increases the restaurants and shops’ sales. The organization creates a tour to visit the Elche Parque Industrial shops so that everyone interested can enjoy the facilities.What is the main quality of Torrellano Cup and its biggest advantage in comparison with others?The main quality is the good weather that we have during the tournament. You can spare your free time going all over the Costa Blanca beaches. Furthermore, there is an international airport within 10 minutes to where the teams stay, so they do not have to struggle with any problem. Finally, there are six covered courts for the competitions and this creates a great environment because everything is in the same place. The fact that all the players are in one place makes easier the water distribution and the massage therapists and physiotherapist service that take care of the players before, during and after the matches.How many teams and countries do you expect this year? Which countries would you like to attract?We expect to receive around 200 teams from 12 different countries this year, and we would like to receive again teams from America to participate again and live this experience with 20 or 21 different countries. Which kind of programme have you prepared for the guests?During the tournament there is a tapas contest, the participants can taste the different chef creations from all the bars. Saturday 16th, there will be an enormous paella for all the participants and companions. In addition, they will be able to participate on the outlet shop tour in the city and buy different products at the best price. Finally, we have organized several parties at some city nightclubs and at the opening and closing ceremony some performances will take place – concluded Jeronimo Cartagena Gonzalves.IT IS THE LAST WEEK TO APPLY FOR TORRELLANO CUP 2016! ← Previous Story EHF FINAL 4 HANGOUT: Warm up for exciting weekend Next Story → VELUX EHF FINAL 4: Who will win this time?
RONAN KEATING AND Kanye West? Same age. Ray D’Arcy and Keanu Reeves? Same age. Rob Kearney and Rob Pattinson? Same age.Here are some more celebrities (and/or public figures) that you probably didn’t realise were the same age. Prepare to be surprised.1. Ryan Tubridy and Tyra Banks (born 1973) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA2. Eamon Dunphy and Helen Mirren (born 1945) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA3. Joe Brolly and Javier Bardem (born 1970) Source: TheScore.ie/PA4. Daithi O’Sé and Adrian Grenier (born 1976) Source: RTÉ/PA5. Joe Duffy and Kim Cattrall (born 1956) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA6. Brendan O’Connor and Rachel Weisz (born 1970) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA7. Lucinda Creighton and Kim Kardashian (born 1980) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA8. Bryan Dobson and Colin Firth (born 1960) Source: RTÉ/PA9. Katie Taylor and Lady Gaga (born 1986) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA10. Charlie Bird and Lionel Richie (born 1949) Source: Photocall ireland/PA11. Leo Varadkar and Pete Doherty (born 1979) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA12. Anne Doyle and Nile Rodgers (born 1952) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA13. Simon Harris and Drake (born 1986) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA14. Michael D Higgins and Nick Nolte (born 1941) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA11 summer panics every Irish person has >11 facts everyone knows that are actually completely wrong >
Samsung would have you believe that their first Android tablet, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, is selling like gangbusters… and it’s true it’s selling better than other Android tablets, and is largely what is responsible for Android reducing iPad‘s marketshare to “just” 77%.That said, Samsung has been being disingenuous about the Galaxy Tab’s actual sales numbers. There’s a reason why you don’t see people pulling out Galaxy Tab’s in public: while Samsung is shipping a lot of Galaxy Tabs to stores and carriers, their real sales are “quite small” according to company official Lee Young-Hee.Here’s the thing: when a company releases sales numbers in an earnings call or press release, there’s two numbers they can dole out. The first is the number of units sold to customers, but this is the smaller number: the bigger number is the number of units “shipped” or ordered by stores.You can see the problem: a company might want to give out the bigger number of how many units went to a retail store or big box, but that doesn’t actually mean the gadget’s a success. In the Galaxy Tab’s case, a lot of orders might be accounted for by retailers who don’t have a deal with Apple for the iPad, but want to have a tablet to sell people if they come in asking about one.In other words, Samsung — which claimed to sell a respectable two million Galaxy Tab units last quarter — has actually sold quite a few less. Samsung’s success in “reducing” the iPad’s marketshare to just 77%, then? It might be, and probably is, significantly overblown.Read more at Electronista
The title calls it a Parkour robot, but the latest video showing off University of Pennsylvania and Boston Dynamics’ RHex has more in common with an artsy skateboarding video.Like a cinematographer setting up lavish shots of a rail grind or air trick, director Kurtis Sensenig puts the emphasis more on the visual splendor of the RHex style of movement than on its practical abilities. When the robot flips up in slow motion to grab the edge of a high wall, the video cuts away before the machine can hoist itself up to the top, as we know it can.Slow motion closeups focus on the elegance of the RHex unit as it sails through the air with its legs pulled back like a human diver. Set against trippy trance music, this video makes it easy to forget that RHex was born primarily to work toward military contracts.RHex is primarily an all-terrain robot solution. BigDog and its contemporaries are impressive enough, but their delicate stepping can be foiled by water, large obstacles, or uneven terrain. Not RHex. With a simple yet versatile mode of travel, the robot can step, jump, or climb over just about anything before it. The unit can be made to be totally amphibious, swimming while completely submerged and still ready for anything once it hits the shore.Readings from each leg are used to change movement strategy on the fly.This particular version focuses on keeping the now decade-old design simple and light — hence the parkour title. The free running aspects of its locomotion come much more easily thanks to a lower overall weight. RHex can now launch itself over gaps that are larger than the robot itself, and the carbon fiber shell can withstand the punishment of falling from even great heights.Perhaps the most impressive aspect of RHex at this point is how it can adjust its movement based on the situation. Force sensors let feedback from the legs dictate the specifics of motion — running on concrete is best achieved with forceful footfalls, but moving over pebbles or grass requires a softer approach. By adjusting the basic style of movement to everything from the contours to the materials of the ground, it can attack all-terrain problems like no other robot before it.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Privacy Commissioner, Helen Versey, is establishing a Youth Reference Group and is seeking nominations from young people aged 15-25. “The aim of the group is to inform and support the Office’s privacy awareness and policy work with young people. Having a group of young people directly inform and advise my Office about the privacy issues and challenges affecting them will be of enormous benefit to our work. I am particularly seeking participation by young Victoria’s from our diverse multicultural communities, including the Greek speaking community” Ms Versey said. Recent Australian research about the way that young Australians use online social media shows that young people can put their privacy at risk. For example, “sometimes personal information was divulged online without an understanding of the potential consequences of disclosure, for example, posting information about going on holiday and not realising that this could give an unintended recipient information about their whereabouts” “I have also learnt from talking with young people that they have concerns about being able to keep personal information secret, such as their home address, and they are concerned about strangers knowing things about them that they would prefer to keep private, such as their mobile phone numbers” Ms Versey added. Nominations to join the reference group are being sought from young people who may be at secondary school, in tertiary education, working or unemployed. Application forms are available at www.privacy.vic.gov.au. Nominations close September 25 .
L’exceptionnelle éruption du Mont Shinmoedake en imagesAu Japon, le Mont Shinmoedake est entré en éruption le 19 janvier. Hier, l’activité du volcan s’est intensifiée, si bien que l’état d’alerte niveau 3 a été annoncée par les autorités japonaises. Les nuages de cendres et de fumée sont spectaculaires.A Kyushu, la troisième plus grande et la plus méridionale des quatre îles principales du Japon, le ciel s’est brutalement obscurci aux alentours du Mont Shinmoedake. Depuis le 19 janvier dernier, ce volcan, peu connu, crache de la lave, mais surtout de la fumée et des cendres. Son activité est si intense qu’un immense nuage opaque s’est emparé du ciel à cet endroit de l’île. Hier, les autorités ont même annoncé l’état d’alerte niveau 3.Un internaute japonais a voulu partager cette éruption avec le monde entier en la filmant et la mettant en ligne sur la plateforme de vidéos You Tube. Les images sont impressionnantes.Découvrez cette éruption exceptionnelle du Mont Shinmoedake en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 28 janvier 2011 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
During the Wednesday’s cup win, 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for the Gunners over Blackpool, but his manager is not worried a bit about the red card shown to the youngster.Drama: @MatteoGuendouzi is shown a second yellow after the referee adjudged him to have pulled down Thompson#CarabaoCup 🔴 2-0 ⚪️ (56) pic.twitter.com/76ekIpBBHw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 31, 2018Guendouzi will now miss Saturday’s clash with Liverpool as Emery had this to say:“That is football. Things can be positive or negative like an injury, a red card, 90 minutes of hard work that don’t allow you to play other matches,” Emery told reporters via Goal.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“A red card is like that.“We have a lot of players looking to play, to help us and take responsibility. His quality for the team, I am going to prepare with other players for the big match.“He’s playing well. He’s playing with a spirit – [he’s] competitive. The action is… it’s an action, he plays that action as a normal moment in the game.“He is pushing behind the player. He is playing with the spirit I want today and every match.“We have spoken. It is very important to control, but I don’t think he lost control. The red card is one circumstance.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida representatives reacted to reports that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.Initially, representatives met Monday morning, in Fort Lauderdale, to discuss their concerns about Trump’s new health care plan, but the focus shifted in the wake of the report that Trump shared classified information.“President Trump should be banned from getting access to highly classified sensitive information,” said Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who hosted the meeting along with Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch.“President Trump is causing people to lose sleep,” said she said. “He is making them feel panicked and like their safety and security is in jeopardy.”Rep. Deutch believes the sharing of classified information puts the United States at risk.“The leak of classified information by the president of the United States to the Russians, in the Oval Office, puts at risk our relationship with our allies at a critical time,” said Deutch. “It puts at risk the ability to gather the intelligence that is necessary to keep us safe, and as a result it puts at risk our national security.”Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said the sharing of information “demonstrates that the president is undisciplined.” “Russia is not our friend and he should know that,” she said.Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart tweeted “Putin and the Russian regime are dangerous players in the global arena. They’re not our allies and can’t be trusted with sensitive information, classified [information].”Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo also took to Twitter saying, “The importance of carefully handling classified information was one of the big lessons of 2016. All leaders should be held to the same standard.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio believes that accuracy is important when discussing the recent reports.“I have very specific questions, and I hope they’ll be answered at some point today,” said Rubio.Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen believes the issue isn’t whether or not the president has the power to declassify information but how he uses that power.“You have the power to fire the FBI director,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “You have lots of powers. That doesn’t mean you use it and abuse it.”Ros-Lehtinen also believes the president has jeopardized relationships with allies “because they believe the United States can’t be trusted with classified information,” she said.Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson also released a statement saying she believes the president is desperate for attention and needs psychological help.“He’s the president of the United States,” said Wilson. “There are some things that must be confidential just with your secuity staff, even with your nation.
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a man suspected of using stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards.In late December, the thief was seen on surveillance footage charging gift cards on different credit cards at a CVS in Pompano Beach. One of those cards was traced to the theft of a man’s satchel in North Lauderdale.That victim received a purchase alert on his phone on Dec. 27 from his credit card company.When he went to get his wallet from his car he realized the satchel containing it had been stolen.Deputies said that although this victim was only charged for one $200 gift card, they believe he is not the only victim, as the thief was seen using several credit cards to buy the gift cards.If you recognize this man caught on camera, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.