Ktaka Speaker KR Ramesh disqualifies 3 rebel MLAs

first_imgNEW DELHI: Three rebel MLAs who withdrew support to the Karnataka government and switched sides, have been disqualified by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. “R Shankar of Ranebennur has incurred disqualification,” the Speaker announced at a press conference Thursday evening amid suspense over the fate of the 15 rebel lawmakers of the coalition government of the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal-Secular.All 15 resigned earlier this month, bringing down the coalition government, which lost the test of strength in the assembly on Monday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIf the Speaker does not accept the resignations, the MLAs would remain members of the assembly and the strength of the house will remain 225, including one nominated member. In such a situation, the majority mark remains at 113. The disqualification of the one Independent MLA does not affect the numbers. The BJP, which currently has 105 members, is not in favour of forming a minority government, party spokesman G Madhusudan had indicated. In such a situation, placing the state under President’s Rule is one of the alternatives for the Governor, he hinted. See P5last_img read more

TNA team to discuss 13A with PM

A delegation, led by TNA Member of Parliament R Sampanthan, will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday. They will also meet the national security advisor Shivshankar Menon today (Monday), the New Indian Express reported.“The Sri Lankan government is acting in breach of the India-Sri Lanka accord. We naturally have to turn to India and bring it to their notice,” TNA delegation member, M A Sumanthiran told Express. He was referring to the Lankan Cabinet last week’s approval for the proposal to modify the constitution to remove the power of the president to merge two or more provinces. A constitutional amendment bill is likely to be introduced in the Lankan parliament on Tuesday. The other controversial proposal on the centre’s power to legislate subject under provincial councils had been referred to a parliamentary select committee. India had already made it clear to Lanka that it would be opposed to any unilateral changes in the 13th Amendment, which was conveyed by a phone call by Khurshid to his counterpart G L Peiris. (Colombo Gazette) read more

RTI bill unanimously passed in Parliament without a vote

He recalled that since 2004 several attempts were made to bring the RTI bill to Parliament but those attempts were unsuccessful.The Prime Minister said that right to information is a right of the public and so the current Government took the initiative to push for it. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the amended bill was submitted to Parliament after extensive discussions with several political parties and civil society. Parliament yesterday began debating the amended Right to Information (RTI) bill. “The failure to access information led to several issues over the past 10 years,” he said.The Prime Minister said that if access to information on public institutions was available to the public in the past then some public institutions could have been saved from suffering losses.Wickremesinghe urged the opposition to support the bill when the vote is taken despite differences of opinion. He said the presentation of the bill in Parliament is a historic occasion for Sri Lanka and the region.The Government said the RTI bill is expected to make changes in a moderate way to uphold good governance and the state functions.The Government also affirmed the bill will allow the public to get information on public officials and will be an important feature for the Government to be responsible at a higher level. (Colombo Gazette) Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said that President Maithripala Sirisena had given an assurance when he took office last year that the RTI bill will be brought to Parliament. The Right To Information (RTI) bill was unanimously passed in Parliament today without a vote being taken.The RTI bill was passed at the end of the second day of a two day debate. read more

Amid heightened tensions Security Council extends UN mission in Golan

The UN Disengagement of Forces agreement (UNDOF) was established by the Council to monitor the ceasefire between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. Since then, UNDOF has remained in the area to maintain the ceasefire and to supervise the implementation of the disengagement agreement.Recent reports indicate that with the conflict in Syria spilling over to neighbouring nations, the region is likely to remain tense. Noting that, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 904 (2014), by which terms it condemned armed Syrian groups’ use of improvised explosive devices in the UNDOF area of operation. The Council also reaffirmed its readiness to list groups providing financing and arms support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Levant (ISIL) or to Al-Nusra Front under the sanctions regime.“There should be no military activity of the armed opposition groups in the area of separation,” the Council underscored, as it urged Member States to convey that message to Syrian armed groups. UNDOF personnel must be able to carry out their mandate, including through unimpeded delivery of its equipment and the temporary use of alternative ports of entry and departure, the Council stated. It also recognized the necessity to adjust “UNDOF’s posture” on a temporary basis to minimize security risk to UN personnel while continuing to implement its mandate. Council also requested that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continue to report every 90 days on developments in the area and measures taken to implement relevant resolutions. In his latest report covering a three-month timeframe from September to November of this year, Mr. Ban warned that the military activities in the area of separation have the potential to escalate tensions between Israel and Syria. This, he said, jeopardises the ceasefire between the two countries and poses a risk to local civilians as well as UN personnel on the ground. Last August, 45 UNDOF peacekeepers were forcibly taken and detained by the Al-Nusra Front. They were released two weeks later. As of 31 July 2014, there are 1,223 peacekeepers from six countries – Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, and the Philippines – serving in UNDOF. read more

Former Montessori chief used charity credit card to pay for honeymoon and

“The sustained high levels of aggression shown by Mr Bujak were quite extraordinary.”Right thinking people will be astonished and appalled to discover what Mr Bujak did in taking advantage as the CEO.”Dugdale was spared jail for VAT fraud after Judge Peter Testar described him as a “decent man who was led into this by others.” Several other family reunions costing nearly £2,000 each time were also labelled on bank statements in this way. The chief executive of an education charity who used the company credit card to splash out on a his honeymoon and paintings at Bonhams auction house has been jailed for six years.Philip Bujak, 58, swindled more than £180,000 from the Montessori organisation to fund his luxury lifestyle and four family reunions at a four star hotel.Bujak, who earned up to £170,000 a year as CEO from 2003 until mid-2014, also arranged kickbacks with a friend who owned a printing company to overcharge Montessori around £60,000.His most lucrative scam came from the sale of Montessori’s St Nicholas Prep school, at Princes Gate – a £13m property overlooking Hyde Park.Bujak used a company called Foris Fortuna to act as ‘agent’ in the sale of Princes Gate and net himself and Adrian Dugdale, 46, a total of around £150,000.The former army officer was finally rumbled when the charity’s finance officer noticed one supposed business trip coincided with his honeymoon.Bujak shook his head and sighed in the dock as he was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.Judge Peter Testar, said: “Mr Bujak has an extremely strong personality – I think for the first time in my career, I saw a defendant bullying counsel. Bujak was issued with a company credit card shortly after joining the charity as Chief Executive Officer in 2003.He created false invoices to cover up personal spending on the company credit card, describing hotel bills and Selfridges shopping sprees as “conference” and “PR/advert”.Bujak even used the credit card to pay for restoration and framing of the watercolours of warships which he had bought at auction with the very same card.He billed Montessori four times between 2010 and 2013 for various “family reunions” at The De Vere hotel at Dunston Hall, in Norwich.”This hotel was a favourite haunt of the Bujak family,’ said prosecutor Benjamin Douglas-Jones QC.”On four occasions between 2010 and 2013 Mr Bujak, through the use of the credit card, paid for various family events that where held there.”He one bill for £465 on 2 October 2010 was for a “charity conference” when it was really for his mother’s 80th birthday party. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

PPP questions Out of 16 GRDB Directors why only 6 linked

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6 former GRDB members summoned by SOCU, chargedMay 18, 2017In “Crime”Fmr deputy GM of GRDB moving to High Court to quash “fraudulent omission” chargesMay 4, 2018In “Court”Opposition MPs, others on $500,000 bail each in alleged fraud at rice boardMay 19, 2017In “Crime” …says political victimization evidentThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has condemned the move by the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU) to arrest and charge another two of its Members of Parliament and four other Guyanese citizens who are aligned to PPP.Those charged were identified as former GRDB General Manager, Jagnarine Singh,  former Deputy General Manager of the GRDB, Rickey Ramraj, Badrie Persaud; former Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema Roopnarine, PPP Parliamentarian, Nigel Dharamlall and head of the Rice Producers Association, Dharamkumar Seeraj. They were arraigned in court for allegedly omitting from the general ledger of the GRDB, $362 million while they served on the entity’s board. They were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that from years 2011- 2015, they fraudulently omitted records regarding the PetroCaribe Fund.However, according to the PPP, “SOCU itself had admitted that its investigations are incomplete and, as such, was unable to provide statements to the court. If its investigations are incomplete, on what basis were the six persons charged?”Moreover, PPP posits that the charges made are matters of accounting and not issues that the Directors would have been directly responsible for. Again, the PPP questions the basis for the charges advanced.Furthermore the political Opposition contends that while there were 16 persons in total who acted as Directors for the GRDB for the years cited by SOCU, the six persons charged are only those who have been linked to the PPP.The Party feels strongly that SOCU is being used as a tool to continue the witch hunting of political opponents, and it being diverted from its intended purpose.See full statement below:Guyanese have witnessed today the depths to which the Coalition government has sunk, in continuing with its political victimization.   The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) condemns move by the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU) to arrest and charge another two of its Members of Parliament and four other Guyanese citizens.The two PPP/C Parliamentarians and four others, who are supporters and perceived to be supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), were charged by SOCU on Thursday (May 18, 2017) and arraigned in court today (May 19, 2017).   However, SOCU itself had admitted that its investigations are incomplete and, as such, was unable to provide statements to the court. If its investigations are incomplete, on what basis were the six persons charged?The six persons – PPP/C Parliamentarians, Dharamkumar Seeraj and Nigel Dharamlall; amongst others – at various times acted as Directors on the Board of the Guyana Rice Development Board.According to the details of the charge, between  January 1 and December 31, 2012, with intent to defraud they did not include the $77.3M in the general ledger of the GRDB’s Republic Bank account for Agriculture Life Skills programme.   SOCU prosecutors contends that similar offences occurred for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 for transactions totaling $9.7M, $130M and $145M.However, while there were 16 persons in total who acted as directors for the GRDB for the years cited by SOCU, the six persons charged are only those who have been linked to the PPP.Moreover, the charges made are matters of accounting and not issues that the Directors would have been directly responsible for. Again, the PPP questions the basis for the charges advanced.These charges also come at a time when our MPs are engaged in community outreaches across the Coastal Regions.The Party reiterates its position that SOCU is being used as a tool to continue the witch hunting of political opponents, and it being diverted from its intended purpose. The Unit’s establishment was part of Guyana’s international obligations to strengthen its Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) apparatus.The PPP will not be not be intimidated, nor will we be silenced or cease our efforts to expose the wrong doings of the APNU+AFC government.The actions of SOCU reflect the latest ‘another act of desperation’ by the Coalition Government, more so coming after the publication of its list of ‘non-achievements’ in its two years in office. read more

PostPrime Day deals from Vizio Save up to 1200 on TVs 200

first_img Save $200 See at Amazon The best Prime Day deals still available The best Walmart Summer Sale deals still available AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks still on sale Prime Day is over, but these laptop deals aren’t: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and more See it Vizio M8-Series Quantum (55 inches): $600 Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals Read the Vizio M8-Series Quantum review Read more Read more Vizio SB46514-F6: $900 1 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The 75-inch version of the PX series above has an even better discount: save a whopping $1,200! It has all the goodness of the 65-inch, with 480 zones of local dimming. The PX75 is also available at Sam’s Club. See at Best Buy Save $100 News • The Vizio P-Series Quantum 65-inch TV gets a $400 price cut Save $500 Amazon Best Buy Vizio The M8-Series Quantum is the only Vizio TV from 2019 we have reviewed, and it’s a winner. It has excellent picture quality for the money, with deep black levels, accurate color and very good 4K HDR performance. The M-Series Quantum breaks new ground among midrange TVs by making quantum dot technology more affordable. Until now Atmos sound bars have been hideously expensive, but the Vizio SB36512-F6 changed that. It was a great deal at $500, and a CNET Editor’s Choice, but at $200 off, this is something else entirely. With great surround sound and easy setup, this is one of the best Prime Day deals we’ve seen. Also available at Sam’s Club and Costco. See at Costco Read the Vizio M8-Series Quantum review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Best Buy Save $130 See It See at Best Buy See also Save $150 The Vizio PX series is Vizio’s best 2019 TV, the successor of the sweet 2018 P-Series Quantum. It’s got higher brightness and more local dimming zones than its predecessor. We’ve yet to review it, but based on what we’ve seen so far it could be one of the best TVs of 2019.  Comment Vizio’s 2019 TVs get Apple AirPlay and beefed-up hardware Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Save $800 The Vizio SB46514-F6 is the company’s flagship sound bar. It offers 5.1.4 Atmos surround in a 46-inch wide bar. It’s $100 off at Amazon right now.  Read more Vizio P-Series Quantum (75 inches): $2,000 Share your voice See at Best Buy Sarah Tew Deals on Vizio sound bars See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Read more Sarah Tew/CNET Vizio P-Series Quantum X (65 inches): $1,400 Save $200 Vizio P-Series Quantum X (75 inches): $2,300 The 65-inch version of the M8 Quantum is also available for $200 off. Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar Save $1,200 See at Costco See at Costco Mentioned Above Vizio P-Series Quantum PQ65-F1 Vizio SB36512-F6: $299 Vizio P-Series Quantum (65 inches): $1,250 34 Photos Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon’s big Prime Day 2019 sale may be over, but nobody told Vizio. The manufacturer is still offering steep discounts on many of its 2019 televisions and sound bars at stores such as Best Buy and Costco, including the 2019 M-series TV that recently earned an excellent CNET review and the CNET Editor’s choice SB36512-F6 Atmos sound bar.Many deals are at Best Buy while others can also be found at Costco, Sam’s Club and Target. As of 6:45 a.m. PT on July 17, all of the deals below were still in effect, but that may change by the time you read this. Vizio M7-Series Quantum (50 inches): $400 Just like the X, the 75-inch version of the 2019 P-Series Quantum comes with an even steeper discount. $1,199 Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Walmart Vizio M8-Series Quantum (65 inches): $800 The P-Series Quantum is Vizio’s second-best TV for 2019. With a slightly dimmer image and fewer dimming zones than the X above, it should have slightly worse image quality. We haven’t reviewed it yet but we expect it to perform a bit better than the 2019 M-Series (below), which was excellent. With fewer dimming zones than the M8 series the M7 probably doesn’t perform as well. But hey, this is a 50-inch TV with 4K resolution, Dolby Vision support and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility for $400. Also available at Sam’s Club. If you’re not a member of either, Best Buy and Target have this for $470. TVs Speakers Read the Vizio SB36512-F6 review Review • Vizio P-Series Quantum: If you can’t afford an OLED, start here Vizio P-Series Quantum 3:12 Now playing: Watch this: $1,498 Amazon Prime Day See also Save $200last_img read more

FCC likely to circulate draft order approving CharterTime Warner Cable merger WSJ

first_imgU.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is likely to circulate a draft order approving Charter Communications Inc’s $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.The order, which could be circulated as soon as this week, would levy some conditions on the deal, such as preventing Charter from including clauses in pay-TV contracts that limit a content company’s ability to offer its programming on line or to new entrants, the WSJ reported on Tuesday.The transaction will also likely include a requirement for Charter to build or upgrade service to more homes, the Journal said.Charter said in May that it would buy Time Warner Cable in a $56 billion cash-and-stock deal that would make it the No. 2 U.S. Internet and cable company after Comcast.The FCC was not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Essel Group eyes hiving off finserv businesses to cut debt burden

first_imgEntertainment mogul Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group, which is under pressure from creditors over Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited’s finances, plans to sell part of its financial services business, media reports say.The move is reportedly part of the Essel Group’s broader efforts to deleverage its different businesses. The group is talking to potential buyers to sell stakes in broadcaster Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd and its road and solar power assets, the Mint website reports. In a candid admission after Zee’s share crashed more than 25 per cent on January 25, chairman Chandra admitted that the situation was a result of misplaced bets in infrastructure projects and the purchase of a rival satellite TV business.”They are looking at the lending business and the mutual fund business,” a company source told the website. “They have started reaching out to prospective buyers.”As the discussions are at an early stage the contours of the stake sale are hazy, according to the source.The Essel Group has declined to comment media reports on plans to financial services stake sale.The group’s financial services arm runs businesses including foreign exchange, lending to small and medium businesses, home finance, mutual funds, wealth management, private equity and investment banking. However, there is still speculation which of the businesses the group is considering to hive off. Essel Finance acquired Peerless Mutual Fund managing assets worth nearly Rs 1,000 crore in 2016.As pressure from lenders mounted, the group announced a 50 per cent stake sale in Zee in November last year. The objective of the stake sale was stated to be to maximize long-term value and transform the company into a global media-tech player. Goldman Sachs (India) Securities was an investment banker for the sale and Lion Tree the international strategic adviser to manage the stake sale.Essel Infraproject’s solar power projects are also on the block for sale for an estimated Rs 6,000 crore, according to earlier media reports.A report in the Mint last month said the Essel group had placed six road projects on the block and was seeking a combined enterprise value of Rs 11,500 crore.The current frantic search for prospective buyers of the stake in various Essel group companies has been triggered pressure from lenders and the share market rout of Zee last month.Chandra said at that time that his group was facing headwinds due to wrong bets in infrastructure, the acquisition of Videocon DTH business as well as a liquidity crisis that hit non-banking financial non-banks after defaults by IL&FS.The share of the group’s flagship company Zee made a comeback on Monday after the group said it had sealed a deal with its lenders for until the end-September to deleverage its balance sheet. The lenders hold pledged shares of Essel group’s listed entities Zee Entertainment Enterprises and Dish TV India.last_img read more

Hold DUCSU elections within six months HC

first_imgDucsu Building. File photoThe High Court (HC) on Wednesday asked the Dhaka University (DU) authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold DUCSU (Dhaka University Central Student’s Union) elections.DUCSU was considered the most prestigious student platform in the country and its leaders had played commendable role in the movement for independence and democracy.An HC bench of justice Syed Md Dastagir Hossain and justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the directives after a hearing a writ petition filed by 25 DU students in 21 March 2012.The petitioners had then sought the court’s directive to hold the DUCSU elections.The court also issued a rule asking the authorities why their failure to hold the polls on time should not be considered illegal.The last time DUCSU elections were held in 1990 leading to the fall of military dictator HM Ershad in that year.Manzil Murshid stood for the petitioner while attorney general Mahbubey Alam stood for the university authorities along with Amit Talukdar.last_img read more

2 killed in Sylhet road crash

first_imgRoad accident LogoTwo workers of Sylhet Palli Bidyut Samity (Rural Electricity Board) were killed and three others injured as a bus hit a van defying a red flag signal at Gazia in Osmaninagar upazila in Sylhet on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased are Abdul Hai and Rasel of Chantashain village in Shahghata upazila of Gaibandha district.According to Palli Bidyut office sources, the accident took place when a Sherpur-bound bus hit the van while the workers were loading electric poles on it, leaving two of them dead on the spot.The injured ones were admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital, said sub-inspector Muminul Islam of Osmaninagar police station.last_img read more

Lava Flows From Guatemala Volcano Prompt New Evacuations

first_imgGuatemalan authorities ordered fresh evacuations of rescue workers and nearby villages on Friday because of escalating activity at the Fuego volcano, which erupted this week, killing at least 109 people. Disaster agency CONRED said on Friday morning that flows accumulated in four canyons and the buildup of volcanic material could spread to other areas. The new round of evacuations came a day after search-and-rescue efforts were suspended because of hot volcanic material and concerns that rainy weather could trigger mudslides.Guatemala’s volcanic institute said in a Friday morning statement that ash reached heights of up to 19,700 feet in two of the canyons where flows accumulated. Rescue workers, volunteers and police who were still in the area fled to escape the flows. “The [flows] carry hot vapor, including fine particles similar to cement … and tree trunks dragged out by the current,” the institute said. As Maria Martin reports for our Newscast unit, rain has hardened layers of volcanic ash that accumulated in the area surrounding the volcano, making it almost impossible for rescuers to dig for the nearly 200 people believed to be missing. Rescuers previously said it would be highly unlikely they could find any survivors after 72 hours since the original eruption on Sunday, The Associated Press reports. The death toll is expected to rise after a series of eruptions that started with Sunday’s giant blast, Fuego’s most violent in four decades. “If the search is not going to be continued [authorities] should send us help because even if it’s just bones, we want our families back,” said Eufemia Garcia, a 47-year-old woman who told Reuters almost 50 members of her extended family are still missing. The AP reports that authorities are facing criticism from residents for focusing efforts on clearing a highway that has been blocked by ash and debris. Without the necessary equipment, residents have been forced to use their hands and small tools available to remove large mounds of ash and rock. “They are cleaning the highway — the president has commitments to businesspeople. … But here, since the people have nothing to offer him, he leaves this part as a burial ground,” William Chavez, a 29-year-old accounting student who was helping with rescue efforts in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, told AP. There are also questions remaining about why evacuation orders for at-risk villages came too late. The country’s volcanic institute warned of possible pyroclastic flows at 6 a.m. on the day of the eruption, but there was no clear call to evacuate. The institute has been blamed for CONRED’s failure to heed those advance warnings. The disaster agency says volcanologists were not explicit enough that the situation was dire. Guatemala’s Public Ministry is launching an investigation into whether authorities were negligent in their handling of the disaster. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

These Seagull Patrol Dogs Protect Diners Food in Sydney

first_img You may have experienced it before: you’re enjoying your sandwich and fries at an outdoor restaurant when a seagull swoops in to steal your lunch right from under your nose. One tourist hotspot is hoping to put an end to this nuisance once and for all.The Sydney Opera House in Australia announced last week that it has started deploying “seagull patrol dogs” to help ward off silver seagulls, a protected species in the country, which have been known to steal food from diners by the harbor.‘Seagull Patrol Dog’ Pepper at work with her handler Vivi to deter seagulls from swopping and stealing diners’ food at the Sydney Opera House on January 28, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)“We’ve enlisted five good dogs to run Seagull Patrol around Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen,” the Sydney Opera said in an “impawtant pupdate” post on Facebook. “They’ll protect your hot chips from crafty gulls, one paw-step at a time.”The very good doggos will be patrolling harbor-side dining venues at the famous landmark in a dog patrol trial during the month of January. To protect their paws from the hot ground, the pups will be wearing custom boots.Results have been “overwhelmingly positive,” so far. Restaurant staff have recorded an 80 percent reduction in meal replacements due to seagulls.‘Seagull Patrol Dog’ Roxy at work with her handler Juliana at the Sydney Opera House on January 28, 2019. (Photo Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)For decades, the Opera House has tried various measures to protect diners and visitors. The seagulls had become such a prolific pest, employees were even specifically trained on how to protect patrons, according to Opera Bar Venue Manager Steve Davis.“It was to the point that we had written it into our staff’s manual that they had to run to the site of a seagull attack to assist the guests,’ Davis told Nine News.The restaurant and bar have tried wire cloches for food and sonic deterrents with little success. “We tried a robotic hawk that didn’t work either, the seagulls seemed to like him more than be scared of him,” Opera House Visitor Experience liaison Jade McKellar said.Sick and tired of seagulls dive-bombing the dinner plates of tourists at waterfront restaurants near the Opera House, managers have brought in a team of crafty canines… @alicemonfries #9News pic.twitter.com/rf5NjlUYwn— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) January 22, 2019So far, diners have had positive reactions to the the cute seagull-chasing pups, which include Roxy, Penny, Scamp and Tauzer, patrolling the venues.“What a great idea! I wouldn’t go there thanks to the birds. How wonderful!” said one commenter on Facebook.“I saw them in action last weekend around the Opera Bar and Kitchen … what a great idea!!! Now you are able to enjoy a meal with no around your head,” said another commenter.‘Seagull Patrol Dog’ Roxy wears custom boots to protect her feet from the hot ground at the Sydney Opera House on January 28, 2019. (Photo Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)The Sydney Opera House also made sure to point out that the dogs come with handlers. “Our fuzzy team are monitored and walked by pawfessional handlers at all times,” it said on Facebook.“This is adorable. They even have socks to protect their little paws,” said a commenter on Facebook.More on Geek.com:Watch: Puppy Born With Upside-Down Paws Recovering After SurgeryBoo, ‘World’s Cutest Dog,’ Diest at Age 12TSA Will Now Use Floppy-Eared Dogs for Airport Security Stay on target Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaBaby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting Plastic last_img read more

Jazz it up

first_imgFor the fourth time again International Jazz Festival in association with the ICCR, this year the color theme is ‘Blue’ which portrays universal symbol for youth and it’s the least gender specific color, having equal appeal for all. It also decreases psychological effects and creates wisdom, royalty and strength.This event will feature world famous international artistes as well as the best local talent from different parts of India. The stars of the event are – Ari Roland Quartet known better as the Golden Age of Jazz; Ximo Tebar, the Spanish musician who has won the most awards in the last few years, PJ Perry who at the age of 72 is one of North America’s premier saxophonists; Tres Butacas meaning ‘three seats’ – a beautiful proposal Colombian music mixed with Jazz, Brazilian, bolero and pop and more.The three-day event will feature performances from a power house line up of musicians and bands including Ari Roland Quartet (USA), Smarton Trio (Hungary), Black Slade Jazz Rock (India), Tres Butacas (Colombia), Obara Quartet (Poland), Mina Agossi Trio (France), The PJ Perry Trio (Canada), Ximo Tebar and IVAM Jazz Ensamble (Spain), Joe Alvares and Trident Jazz Trio (Mumbai) and lastly Modern Han (South Korea). Don’t miss this!last_img read more

What makes an online dater

first_imgBragging is a strict no-no if you wish to attract possible romantic partners through online dating. Rather, present yourself as humble and “real,” suggests new research. Braggers are often seen as arrogant or immodest and highlighting your most favourable physical characteristics and personality traits while minimising negative information in the online profile can reduce the viewer’s intention to contact and date you, the study said.“Daters should strive to present themselves as humble, ‘real’ people,” explained the authors, especially if their goal is to establish a long-term relationship based on trust. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the study, the researchers ask how specific types of content in online dating profiles affect viewers’ impressions of the profile owner and their intentions to act on what they have seen by contacting the profile owner for a date. Crystal Wotipka and Andrew High of the University of Iowa asked 316 online daters what they thought of particular profiles.Participants were presented with one of four sample online dating profiles that exhibited different types of content development by the profile owner. The researchers looked specifically at the effects of two concepts – selective-self presentation and warranting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSelective self-presentation is people’s ability to highlight the most flattering information to others.In the context of online dating, where the goal is to attract a partner, people are motivated to present a lot of positive information about themselves while minimising negative information – or in other words, to brag a little.People can “warrant” their online dating profiles by providing access to corroborating sites – for example, a link to a professional biography page or the name of a blog to which they regularly contribute, the authors explained.The authors found that viewers judged people who were perceived as overly bragging about themselves, their looks or their accomplishments as less trustworthy and less socially attractive, thereby lessening viewer’s intentions to date or contact those profile owners. The findings were published in the journal ‘Communication Monographs’.last_img read more

Windows 10 updates KB4346783 KB4343893 KB4343889 and KB4343884 arrive

first_imgWindows 10 updates KB4346783, KB4343893, KB4343889 and KB4343884 arrive by Martin Brinkmann on August 31, 2018 in Windows – 19 commentsMicrosoft released new cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607 and Windows Server 2016 on August 30, 2018.The updates KB4346783, KB4343893, KB4343889 and KB4343884 are non-security updates that fix a number of issues in the Windows 10 versions they have been released for.Microsoft notes that the updates are available through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update catalog. A quick Windows Update check on a device running Windows 10 version 1803 revealed that the update is not picked up yet on that device, however.KB4346783 for Windows 10 version 1803KB4346783 includes quality improvements only according to Microsoft. The update does not introduce new features or security updates.Note: The update has one known issue that may cause Microsoft Edge to fail to load when Application Guard Window is enabled. Microsoft suggests that users remove KB4343909, install KB4340917, and re-install KB4343909 to resolve the issue.Fixed flickering issue in Microsoft Foundation Class applications.Addressed a reliability issue in applications with extensive window nesting.Touch and mouse events were handled different in Windows Presentation Foundation applications with transparent overlay windows.Fixed several issues with Universal CRT.Fixed client authentication issues with Edge and other UWP on TMP 2.0 devices.Fixed “Access Denied” issue in computer certificate enrollment or renewal after installing the April 2018 update.Fixed data decryption from memory issue after certain CAPI decryption operations complete.Addressed a Device Guard issue that prevented PackageInspector.exe from including all files required for an application to run.Fixed network printer connectivity issue after user sign-in.Fixed printing on 64-bit versions of Windows when 32-bit applications “impersonate other users”. Fix is to either go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print in the Registry and set Splwow64Compat to 1, or to use the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit to enable Splwow64Compat App Compat Shim globally.Fixed a Wi-Fi EAP-TTLS (CHAP) authentication issue.Addressed stop code error 0xD1 DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL on devices that have 802.1x Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) enabled.Addresses an issue that may remove a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) option from a reservation after changing the DHCP scope settings.Key Management Service (KMS) extended to support the upcoming Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC and Windows Server editions. Further information see KB4347075.KB4343893 for Windows 10 version 1709The update shares some of the fixes that Microsoft released for Windows 10 version 1803. It includes the following additional improvements.Fixed an issue that caused win32kfull.sys to stop working with Stop error 3B.Users had to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete twice to exit assigned access mode with autologon enabled.Addressed an authentication issue with PIV/CAC smart cards when using Enterprise resources or Windows Hello for Business.Microsoft Edge stopped working after configuring DLL rules in AppLocker.Fixed high CPU uage issue on Sierra broadband modules devices when switching from WLAN to LAN.Fixed Failed to read from stream. HRESULT = 0xC00CEE3A error when running VMS on a cluster-shared volume.Addresses an issue where changes to the %HOMESHARE% path aren’t reflected in the folder redirection configuration.Fixed password had to be entered twice when connecting to locked devices using Remote Desktop Connect.Provides a stability resolution for native Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) enumeration and the runtime D3 (RTD3) state.Fixed a Start menu not opening after refreshing the PC issue.KB4343889 for Windows 10 version 1703The update shares some of the fixes with Windows 10 version 1709 and 1803.KB4343884 for Windows 10 version 1607 and Windows Server 2016The update shares some of the fixes with Windows 10 version 1709 and 1803. The following fixes are unique to KB4343884:The music metadata service provider used by Windows Media Player is updated.Addressed a lock screen image issue from March 2018 that showed incorrect lock screen images.Fixed a PowerShell issue that caused some operations from working correctly.Fixed a Windows Task Scheduler issue that saw events start a week earlier than selected.Addressed an issue that prevented Hypervisor from starting automatically on restart after enabling Device Guard and running a nested or non-nested virtualization scenario.Fixed excessive Event ID 12660 “Cannot open handle to Hyper-V storage provider” messages.Addresses an issue that causes virtual functions (VF) to be unintentionally removed when a virtual machine (VM) is saved in Hyper-V Manager.Addresses an issue that causes an Azure to on-premise failback operation to fail and puts the virtual machine (VM) into an unresponsive state.Addresses an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) issue where Multi-Factor Authentication does not work correctly with mobile devices that use custom culture definitions.Fixed 15 second delay in new user enrollment in Windows Hello for Business.Addresses an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) issue that causes Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) to stop working intermittently.Addresses an issue that generates Event ID 2006 and prevents the Windows Performance counter from reading Server Message Block (SMB) performance counters.Addresses an issue that causes svchost.exe to stop working intermittently.Issue that caused server to restart when the system nonpaged pool consumes too much memory fixed.Addresses an issue that prevents a drive from being made writable even after BitLocker encryption has completed. This issue occurs when using the FDVDenyWriteAccess policy.Fixed issue that displayed blue screen instead of lock screen on device wake up from sleep.SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 updates KB4346783, KB4343893, KB4343889 and KB4343884 arriveDescriptionMicrosoft released new cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607 and Windows Server 2016 on August 30, 2018. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

President Chinchilla names Edgar Ayales as new finance minister

first_imgPresident Laura Chinchilla on Tuesday appointed Edgar Ayales as the administration’s new finance minister. Ayales replaces Fernando Herrero, who resigned April 2 after the daily La Nación reported he had underpaid his property taxes.Chinchilla said Ayales, an economist, “guarantees strength, [and] sends a message of experience and security because of his track record.”Ayales’ experience includes serving as executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank, alternate executive director of the World Bank and the bank’s manager of macroeconomic projects in Brazil, Suriname and Angola.President Chinchilla also announced that Carlos Vargas, a Finance Ministry official, will take the helm of the Tax Administration, after former director Francisco Villalobos resigned April 3 when it was discovered that he had failed to pay ₡1.8 million ($3,600) in income taxes from 2008. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Crystal marks first construction milestone

first_imgCrystal marks first construction milestoneCrystal marks first construction milestoneCrystal marked an important construction milestone in Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ expansion, as it cut the first piece of steel for Crystal Endeavor at MV WERFTEN Shipyard in Stralsund, Germany.Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber, was joined by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK); Colin Au, group president of GHK; Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV WERFTEN; and local dignitaries Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Dr. Alexander Badrow, Lord Mayor of Stralsund at the ceremony held at the shipyard on Monday, January 15.“Today is a special day in the development of Crystal Endeavor, which will introduce the next level of exploration for the Crystal brand,” Wolber said. “We are pleased to collaborate again with the experts at MV WERFTEN as we work toward a vision for Crystal Endeavor that truly embodies the spirit of discovery of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.”“We look forward to this innovative expedition yacht with great anticipation in the Stralsund shipyard,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said. “A highlight is our investment of over 20 million euros in new equipment so that the Stralsund shipyard will be able to continue to build cruise ships efficiently in the future.”“Crystal Endeavor is a truly exceptional ship. We are proud to be able to implement this project and are particularly pleased to, once again, be starting shipbuilding activities in the Stralsund shipyard, creating hundreds of new jobs,” Laakso said.Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring Crystal’s celebrated service and hospitality, all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations, and unmatched choices for bold adventure in the world’s most remote destinations.Source = Crystallast_img read more