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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: May 13, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Allahabad: Cyclists use a bamboo bridge to cross a drain (B) Mumbai: Sonam Kapoor launches her fashion brand (A) Agaratala: People participate in fishing competition (B) N.Del: Formal launch of Edudharma and No Food Waste (A+B) Guwahati: Tributes paid to the martyrs of Assam movement (B) Bikaner: Children with greeting cards on the eve of Mothers Day (B) New Delhi: Dalits protest against Saharanpur inter-cast clash (A+B) New Delhi: JKNPP protest outside Pak High Commission (B+A) NewDelhi: Kapil Mishras hunger strike enters fourth day(A+B) Varanasi: Girls hold 2-km-long flag on Mothers Day eve (B) Ranchi: Bus catches fire in Ranchi (B) Ahmedabad: Haridk Patel at a press meet (A) New Delhi: Prez pays tributes to Fakhruddin Ahmed on birth anniversary (B) INTERNATIONAL Washington : 2017 Healthier Future Summit in Washington (A) Caracas : A march of senior Venezuelans against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas (B+A) BEIJING:Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, meets Pakistani P M and Pakistani officials during a signing ceremony(B+A) Fatima/Monte Real : Pope Francis delivers his address to pilgrims (A+B) matera: President of the European Central Bank, Mario D raghi, snaps photographs (A) Las Cruces: Doctoral Hooding Ceremo ny at the Pan American Center (A) Beijing: Hungarian P M is shown the way by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (A) Los Angeles : Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti,speaks as he is joined by Los Angeles 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman (A) Boulder City : Hoover Dam, lit up turquoise to promote lung cancer awareness (A) Las Vegas : preliminary competition for Miss USA in Las Vegas (B) Florence : FILE – a car is submerged in floodwaters in Florence (B) Washington : First lady Melania Trump walks out of the East Room of the White House (A) White Sulphur Springs : FILE- Severe flooding in White Sulphur (B) Podolye: Snow falls as a woman walks her dog in the village of Podolye (B) Washington : President Donald Trump waves to military mothers (A) Tehran: Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold his posters (A) Los Angeles : 134th commencement ceremony in Los Angeles (A) Washington : Donald Trump speaks to members of the rocket team (A) SPORTS West Bromwich : English Premier League soccer match (B+A) West Bromwich : English Premier League soccer match (B) Alberobello : Bob Jungels is kissed by hostesses (B) PTI PHOTO GCS DL DLadvertisementlast_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid CF aren’t taking La Liga triumph for granted

first_imgZinedine Zidane insisted his Real Madrid stars don’t feel like champions yet, as his side close in on a potential double.A victory against Celta Vigo on Wednesday at Balaidos would put Madrid three points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table before the season finale on Sunday. They have also secured a place in the Champions League final against Juventus on June 3 in Cardiff.However, Zidane was cautious and says nobody at the club believes they have won anything yet.Asked about the club’s chances of winning the double, the French coach told reporters on Tuesday: “Nobody is speaking about that in the dressing room. We are only thinking about tomorrow’s game.”Nobody feels like champions, we have to continue until the last minute of the last game. We haven’t won anything and we will not relax.”The coach confirmed star player Cristiano Ronaldo would be included in the squad, after the Portuguese striker was rested for their last four away matches in La Liga.”He will be in the squad for the last two league games,” said Zidane, indicating his rotations would come to an end for the club’s final three games of the season.Shrugging off questions on the futures of James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas, players linked with departures from Madrid by reports in Spain, Zidane said the team were focused on the clash in Vigo.Celta, 13th in the table, have nothing to play for other than pride.”It’s tricky because they’re a good team,” Zidane said. “I expect Celta to play like normal. They have a good side and will do everything to play their game.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Guardiola: Man City aren’t fatigued

first_imgManchester City Guardiola says Manchester City aren’t suffering from fatigue Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 12:01 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Pep Guardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Newcastle United v Manchester City Newcastle United Guardiola With his team flying high atop the Premier League, Pep Guardiola said fatigue was unlikely to play a role for Manchester City. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola dismissed concerns tiredness could prove to be the undoing of his high-flying side.City have charged 13 points clear atop the Premier League after winning 18 of 19 games while scoring 60 goals.While their high-energy, attacking style has impressed this season, it may have an impact – including during the busy Christmas period – but Guardiola has no concerns. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Fatigue, I don’t think so. It may happen but we’ve a good enough squad,” the Spaniard told UK newspapers.”Gabriel [Jesus] didn’t play against Bournemouth – he played 120 minutes against Leicester and he’s the biggest fighter in high pressing I’ve seen in my life. He helps us a lot with our intensity.”Danilo, Bernardo [Silva], [Ilkay] Gundogan all helped us against Bournemouth. We have Yaya [Toure]. Last game, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko was man of the match and he was not in the squad against Bournemouth.”Of course we will rotate in this period. We have a game every four days. Everyone that has played in the past is going to play in the future.”Guardiola, whose team visit Newcastle United on Wednesday, said he had a squad capable of continuing their incredible form.”That’s a quality of the players I had in Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now here,” he said.”We’re able to convince them how good it is going forward, be aggressive, without the ball, because after that we’re quick and take decisions with the ball.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Team India exceptional in all aspects of game: Brian Lara

first_imgTeam India exceptional in all aspects of game: Brian LaraIndia are the only unbeaten team in the ongoing World Test Championship with four wins from as many matches — two of them coming in the West Indies in their previous Test series.advertisement Reuters MumbaiOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 11:49 IST India leads the points table of the World Test Championship with 200 points. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrian Lara has said the current Indian side are a force to be reckoned with anywhere in worldIndia completed their 11th consecutive Test series win at home last week when they took an unassailable 2-0 leadLara still holds the record for the highest score of 400 not out in an inningsWhile traditionally formidable on home soil, India’s cricket teams have been known to struggle on their travels but West Indies batting great Brian Lara has said the current side are a force to be reckoned with anywhere in the world.India completed their 11th consecutive Test series win at home last week when they took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-match series against South Africa.They are also the only unbeaten team in the recently launched World Test Championship with four wins from as many matches two of them coming in the West Indies in their previous test series.Lara, who once held the record for most runs in Test cricket before being overtaken by Sachin Tendulkar, said Virat Kohli’s men would have to show a level of consistency for them to be considered in the same league as the world-beating sides of West Indies and Australia of the past.”We all know the Indian team was not the most respected when they travelled. They were very respected at home but now India on a world stage anywhere they play is a force to be reckoned with,” Lara told reporters at an event in Mumbai on Thursday.”Well, those teams dominated world cricket … the West Indies in the ’70s and ’80s, the Australians in the ’90s and the early part of the 21st century. India has that capability.”They’re now travelling well, they’re playing abroad and beating oppositions, which is great. World cricket is a lot more competitive now Australia, South Africa and England.advertisement”So India will have to do it over a period of time, dominating all teams to be considered. But they are definitely a top cricketing nation at the moment.”India have occupied top spot in the world Test rankings since late 2016 and lot of that credit, according to pundits, goes to their fast bowlers.Lara, who scored 11,953 runs from 131 Tests and still holds the record for the highest score of 400 not out in an innings, said India batting mainstay Kohli was the ultimate captain and the side’s fast bowlers were unbelievable.Also Read | Excited to open again with Sachin Tendulkar and face Brett Lee: Virender SehwagAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Brian Lara Nextlast_img read more

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The Valentine’s Day Lingerie Gift Guide

first_img Tips for How to Make Your Own Rotisserie Chicken at Home Here at The Manual, we believe lingerie is the gift that keeps on giving, both to you and the woman in your life.This Valentine’s Day, don’t settle for chocolate and roses—buy her something that will really make her heart race. We rounded up our favorite lingerie brands of the moment to make shopping even easier for you.Montelle Intimates Deep V Bralette & Lace Brief Set ($90)Montelle has been designing lacy, beautiful lingerie out of Montreal since 1994, so they know a thing or two about how women’s intimates should fit and feel. This alluring bralette features a deep-V design that’s as comfortable as it is sultry, and it’s the perfect shape for showing off under a sheer top. Pair it with the matching brief, and it’s bound to be her new favorite set.Enclosed ($55-$549)This is the gift that truly keeps on giving. Enclosed is a concierge panty service that takes the guesswork out of lingerie shopping. You choose the length of subscription (one, three, six and 12 month increments), preferred styles and size, and then Enclosed does the rest. Each pair arrives inside a beautiful box of seasonal flower petals with a personalized note, so you’ll look like a pro without the stress of combing the racks for something you think she’ll love.Lively The Bodysuit ($45)Lively has started a lingerie revolution. Designed for women by women, their team has more than 60 years of experience in lingerie manufacturing, so they know a thing or two about fit, comfort and style. They consider their line of bras, underwear and bodysuits leisurée, and it’s blurring the lines of lingerie, activewear, and swim for pieces women want to live in every day. This bodysuit is perfect for lounging around the house, but she’ll love throwing it on with jeans for an easy put-together look, too.RVCA Rose Park Bra & Short Set ($60)This sweet loungewear set is both comfortable and sexy, so your girl will want to live in it all day, every day. The bra features adjustable straps and beautiful back cutouts, and the boyfriend-inspired shorts are flowy and non-restricting. The drawstring canvas bag is the perfect pack for sleepovers and other adventures.Fleur du Mal Rose Lace Demi Bra & Thong ($193)Fleur du Mal makes the ultimate seductively feminine lingerie, so we know she’s going to feel amazing as soon as she puts on this lace bra and thong. The color is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but she’ll want to rock it all year long. Splurge on the matching kimono if you really want to spoil her this year. How to Shave With a Straight Razor Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider last_img read more

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Chandrayaan2 Heres what A P J Abdul Kalam said on Indias lunar

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 is set to be launched onboard its most powerful rocket GSLV Mk-III from Sriharikota Monday — a week after the lift-off was aborted owing to a technical snag.Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a former aerospace scientist who was widely known as the ‘Missile Man of India’, had given suggestions to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and NASA scientists on Chandrayaan-2 nearly 10 years ago.In 2008, India’s own device MIP (Moon Impact Probe) on ‘Chandrayaan-I’ detected the presence of water on lunar surface, a finding confirmed by NASA that also had an instrument on board the craft. Motivated by the success of Chandrayaan-1, the Indian Space Research Organisation was keen on sending another lunar mission. But this time it was planning a grander version as its first Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 was an Orbiter mission while Chandrayaan-2 is India’s first attempt to land on the lunar surface. With Chandrayaan-2, India will become the fourth country to soft-land a rover on the Moon after Russia, the US and China. A year later, Dr Kalam while inaugurating a national science seminar on ‘Chandrayaan: Promises and Concerns’ in Mumbai, said more validations are being carried out by the scientists on India’s MIP about the presence of water on the lunar surface. The ISRO and US space agency NASA should deploy surface robotic penetrator in ‘Chandrayaan-II’ mission to study more about the presence of water molecules on moon, former President APJ Abdul Kalam had suggested. “I suggested to both ISRO and NASA to work on future mission of Chandrayaan-II using moon surface robotic penetrator during my recent visit to California Institute of Technology in US, where NASA scientists presented the findings of Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) to Indian scientists,” Kalam said during the interaction. Dr Kalam had also suggested space scientists to make spacecraft weighing one-kilogram by 2050 to cut costs and bring it down to USD 2,000 from USD 20,000.After being informed of ISRO’s proposed lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, the former president said this in 2003, “The exploration of the moon through Chandrayaan will electrify the entire country, particularly young scientists and children. I am sure the moon mission is just a start towards further planetary explorations,” With these missions, ISRO has also been signalling a distinct change in its priorities — henceforth, it would be an agency engaged mainly in space and inter-planetary exploration, while other ventures like commercial satellite launches would only be secondary activities. Much would, however, depend on the success of Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Meet the Toronto woman who created nude lingerie for all skin tones

first_imgIt’s 2018 so by now, you’d hope that representation for women of colour–in all aspects of life–would be rich, abundant, and consistent. Unfortunately, it’s not. Toronto designer Chantal Carter Taylor, however, is changing things up for the lingerie world. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Her intimates line, Love & Nudes, aims to represent all women with its diverse range of nude lingerie. Designed with women of colour in mind, Love & Nudes has four shades of nude underwear (Espresso Empress, Knockout Nutmeg, Butterscotch Beauty and Honey Love) that pair perfectly with a wide range of skintones. Using a handy foundation chart or even printable swatches, you can choose which colour is right for you.last_img read more

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UN extends condolences to Morocco Over Death of Three Peacekeepers

New York (UN)  –  The United Nations extended its sincere condolences to Morocco contingent as well as to the bereaved families and the Moroccan authorities over the death, on Jan. 27, of three Morocco’s blue helmets deployed under the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).The UNSG special representative for Côte d’Ivoire and the UNOCI staff “regret to announce the death of three soldiers from Morocco, on Jan. 27, 2015, following a road accident that took place 5 kilometers away from Guiglo and offer their sincere condolences to the Moroccan contingent as well as to the bereaved families and the Moroccan authorities,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.The victims, members of the 21st Moroccan contingent of the UNOCI, were in an escort mission aboard a military vehicle and were deployed as part of the UN Mission in November. Their death brings to 86 the number of peacekeepers who have died since the beginning of the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire in April 2004. read more

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Torstar CEO Costcutting has preserved cash needed for business transformation

TORONTO — Torstar Corp.’s national and local print advertising continued to fall in the third quarter but cost-cutting efforts have been successful in maintaining the company’s cash balances and dividend at an acceptable level, executives said Wednesday.But they also said cost reduction will remain a important area of focus with no end in sight for a years-long decline in print advertising revenue at Torstar’s flagship Toronto Star newspaper and its Metroland Media Group.Torstar chief executive John Boynton told analysts on a conference call that he sees cost-cutting as essential to preserving cash flow that’s required to fuel a transformation of the company’s core business.“In the balance of 2017, we expect to benefit from $3 million in cost-savings related to restructuring and outsourcing initiatives, already undertaken to date, and we expect these cost reductions to offset print ad revenue trends which we expect (will) continue to be challenging,” Boynton said.However, Torstar’s unrestricted cash and cash equivalents was down to $51.4 million at Sept. 30, from $75.4 million at the end of December, leading analysts to ask whether Torstar’s dividend was under review.“We’ll keep looking at the dividend and everything’s on the table, but we don’t have any changes so far that are required at this time,” Boynton said.“We’re still comfortable with our cash position, the amount of cash we need to fuel our transformation.”Chief financial officer Lorenz DeMarchi added that the drain on cash flow is expected to be lighter than in the first half of 2017, when severance and pension expenses were heavy.As of Sept. 30, Torstar had cut about 220 positions. It expects $12.1 million of savings from the cuts in calendar 2017 and $5 million in 2018.Executives also noted that Torstar (TSX:TS.B) has no bank debt and its unrestricted cash doesn’t include its share of cash at VerticalScope or $9.1 million of restricted cash pledged as collateral to standby letters of credit.Torstar’s total segmented revenue, which includes its core Star and Metroland newspaper groups plus a share of revenues from joint ventures and its 56 per cent stake in VerticalScope, fell to $164.6 million compared with $181.7 million a year ago.The quarter had a net loss of $6.6 million or eight cents per share, compared with a profit of $1.4 million or two cents per share a year ago when Torstar benefited from the sale of its printing plant in Vaughan, Ont., and the sale of a property in Guelph, Ont.On an adjusted basis, Torstar says it lost eight cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, the same as the third quarter of 2016.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse. read more

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Judge says funny ads promoting Muslim film can ride New York subway

Judge says funny ads promoting Muslim film can ride New York subway over operator’s objection by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 5:27 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A federal judge gave a green light Wednesday to light-hearted subway advertisements promoting a documentary about American Muslim comedians, saying a transportation agency improperly labeled them political in nature.The ads for the 2013 film “The Muslims Are Coming!” were rejected this year by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subway system and the rest of the nation’s largest mass transit network. The MTA, which had first approved the ads, later concluded they violated its new ban on political ads.Judge Colleen McMahon said the advertisements, created by two Muslim comedians, were not primarily political.“That the advertisements at issue gently mock prejudice and employ Islamophobia as a comedic device does not make their message ‘prominently or predominantly’ political,” she wrote.The advertisements, originally scheduled to run in April and May, were designed to promote the concept that American Muslims are ordinary people and to boost viewership of the film, produced by Vaguely Qualified Productions, which sued in June.The ads were being placed in the subway system in part to counter a campaign by an organization seeking to display ads critical of Muslims, the judge noted.One among six proposed ads included the statement: “The Ugly Truth About Muslims: Muslims have great frittata recipes.”Another said: “Muslims hate terrorism! They also hate: People who tell you they went to an Ivy League school within 10 seconds of meeting them … When the deli guy doesn’t put enough schmear on your bagel … Hipsters who wear winter hats in the summer … the pickling of everything …”All the advertisements included the Internet address of a website promoting the film.The judge called it “utterly unreasonable” that an MTA official would arbitrarily decide that an advertisement including the word “Muslims” was political.The MTA said it was reviewing the judge’s decision.The judge said the MTA delved deeply into whether the ads’ creators had a political objective by seeking information about the organization. She said there was no evidence that the MTA so thoroughly researched other ads when it sought to determine whether they were political in nature.“Indeed, the evidence before the court plainly indicates that VQP’s silly advertisements were subject to greater scrutiny than other potentially controversial ads,” she wrote.Comedians Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad celebrated the ruling supporting their ads.“We’re thrilled that the judge in this case recognized that our Muslim background was not a political issue,” Obeidallah said.“Shutting down a couple of American Muslim comedians from spreading delightfulness on the subway? That never made sense,” Farsad said. read more

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SIPTU told to pay DAA and Ryanairs legal fees over strike injunction

first_imgTHE HIGH COURT has granted both the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Ryanair their legal costs in the injunctions they took against SIPTU over last week’s planned airport strikes.Justice Gilligan placed a stay on the ruling subject to a full hearing on the issues surrounding the strike.The court last week granted an injunction to the DAA to halt the planned closure of Ireland’s airports on 14 March.Ryanair were granted their costs even though no ruling was made in their own injunction case against SIPTU.The Judge said that this was because Ryanair’s case was scheduled to happen after the DAA’s and he felt it would have been successful.He also ruled that Ryanair’s injunction included proposed action at Shannon Airport over which the DAA had no authority and thus was a relevant action in its own right.Justice Gilligan said that, as per a 2008 ruling by Justice Laffoy, in cases where an interlocutory injunction is granted the winning party is granted the costs unless there is a reason not to.This he said “appears to remove the choice of costs” except where the is a reason the court cannot.The purpose of this previous ruling had been to “avoid a re-run” of the evidence the DAA’s counsel had earlier argued.On, the issue of Ryanair application for costs, counsel for SIPTU had argued that Ryanair were not party to the successful proceedings because their employees were not involved in the dispute. They had also argued that no decision had been made in their own particular case.Read: Judge will decide today if airport strikes can go ahead >Read: High Court halts airport strikes by granting injunction to DAA >last_img read more

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Column Game Set and Match to the Banks

first_imgWELL FRANKFURT’S WAY Labour’s way! Varadkar’s “not a cent more to Anglo Irish Bank” became €34 billion and all bond holders have been paid, with our Taoiseach proudly announcing after his election that Ireland would pay every red cent of its debt. But nothing shows the extent to which banks are running Ireland and Europe more than the recently published Insolvency Guidelines and Rules which were launched in April.The Irish banks were recapitalised and their bad loans were taken from them into the hands of Nama, which is paid for by workers and other tax payers.  They received further recapitalisation funds in respect of anticipated mortgage defaults of up to 30 per cent of mortgage holders and there is no significant evidence that they have accepted a write down of any mortgages as a result.The property ladder dreamInstead the Irish Banks, and their highly-paid executives, have skilfully managed to shift the burden of their debt onto the state and the general public. They have avoided the impact of austerity which has largely fallen on those who are dependent on welfare and public servants. However, their biggest coup of all was the hard ball they played with government which now allows them dictate the level of penury imposed on a generation whom they, the politicians and the developers, convinced to incur debt on the basis of “you must get onto the property ladder”.It was government, fully aided and abetted by the opposition politicians of the day, who allowed land prices escalate beyond anything that could be considered reasonable and allowed the price of houses rise to the point where the cost of production bore no resemblance to the sale value.The current government have now created a “PIP” – Personal Insolvency Provider whom, they say, will advocate on behalf of the debtor (mortgage holder) against the big bad banks.  The reality of this is that they have created a middle man who will charge the debtor for any assistance provided and who, in the way of these things, will ultimately become practitioners or businesses that have a more familiar relationship with the banks than any individual client whom they deal with.  Criminals facing the court are entitled to free legal aid but unfortunate mortgage holders, the victims of an overheated economy for which they hold no responsibility, will have to pay for their representation in the insolvency process.Fairer resolution for distressed mortgage holdersThe Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), two years ago successfully promoted a resolution to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions which would have sought a fairer resolution for the generation of mortgage holders whose principal private residence was overvalued to the extent that they are now in negative equity. The motion sought, among other things, that the capital amount would be written down to the current value of the principal private residence, very similar to the scheme which has operated successfully in Iceland.The Icelandic government were prepared to force their banks to burden their share of their reckless lending.  Although passed at the ICTU conference and adopted as policy of the ICTU, it never featured in any pre-budget submission or economic analysis presented by the ICTU.  But that is another matter which is not untypical of the tyranny of consensus which imposed silence on even the largest civic society organisation in Ireland.But alas we have become used to the idea that the first casualty nowadays of politics is the truth.  You can almost be guaranteed that if a government minister or spokesperson says something is fair it will be inherently unfair. Such was the case with the proposals promoted under the Croke Park Extension which, when reviewed independently by an equality expert, were deemed to be discriminatory and inequitable. Likewise, the sight of two government ministers promoting the notion of tax concessions at the same time as Minister Howlin was trying to take €3,000 out of the pocket of the vast majority of nurses and midwives is yet another example that nothing has changed in spite of the huge promise that we would never return to auction politics.The biggest problems facing citizens in IrelandThe insolvency debacle and the mortgage problem which is still the biggest problem facing citizens in Ireland, along with the sustained attack on public service workers, are huge disappointments to anybody who voted for new politics when they voted in this government. Regrettably, this government, to an even greater extent than its predecessors, have debased politics and have further alienated working people and those who contribute most in our society.The recent massive rejection of the Croke Park Extension proposals was the first opportunity that any significant body of Irish people outside of the Irish election got the opportunity to say no. The resounding “No” by approximately 70 per cent of the entire public service should not be ignored and if it is, then the time has surely come for a full confrontation with politicians who ignore the people and believe that they know better.Dave Hughes is the Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.last_img read more

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Boeing delivers final C17 to US Air Force

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Boeing has delivered the final C-17 produced for the U.S. Air Force, more than two decades after the mammoth and versatile transport plane was rolled out as the Cold War wound down.Military officials took delivery of the C-17 Globemaster III — the 223rd sold to the Air Force — during a ceremony Thursday attended by hundreds of workers at Boeing’s Long Beach, Calif., assembly plant.“It was a long run with the U.S. military, and it was a good run,” said engineer Bob Grech, who joined the project 19 years ago.The massive, four-engine C-17 made its first flight in 1991, and military deliveries began about two years later. The plane is used to airlift tanks, supplies and troops, as well as perform medical evacuations. It quickly became a war and disaster workhorse, prized for its ability to operate from basic airstrips and cover intercontinental distances with a full load without refueling.With a payload of 160,000 pounds, it is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers and their equipment.After the ceremony, the Air Force’s final C-17 took off, en route to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. — re-creating the same flight the first production model took when it was delivered in July 1993. As the crowd on the ground cheered, the giant aircraft looped around and performed a low flyover before heading into the clouds.last_img read more

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Troopers seize illegal drugs stolen guns at home in Tok

first_imgTroopers arrested 48-year-old Floyd J. Stuck, who was arraigned Thursday in Fairbanks on two felony gun charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, and three felony drug counts.Troopers acting on a tip met with a person in Tok who claimed to have bought drugs at Stuck’s home.After surveillance, troopers obtained a search warrant.Troopers seized 32 firearms and say half were stolen. They seized 10 grams of methamphetamine, 49 grams of suspected heroin, 42 morphine tablets and seven prescription opiate tablets.Tok is an Alaska Highway community of 1,200 about 200 miles southeast of Fairbanks.last_img

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South Central Railway move to reduce diesel consumption carbon

first_imgSecunderabad: A new technology, the Head On Generation (HOG) system, was introduced in Telangana Express on Wednesday for catering to the power needs of the coaches such as coach lighting and air conditioning.Earlier, there were two power cars known as End On Generators (EOG) on both the ends of Telangana Express for providing lighting and air conditioning in the coaches. These power cars produce electricity by diesel generator for supplying to coaches. Each power car required 40 litres of diesel per hour per non-AC coach and around 65 to 70 litres of diesel per hour per coach in case of AC coach. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us In order to lessen diesel consumption and carbon footprint, a state-of-the-art HOG system has been introduced. So far, the power supply tapped from power lines through pantograph to the train engine is used only to run the engine and haul the coaches. Now, in this new system power supply tapped from overhead to the train engine will be distributed to the trailing coaches. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us This new system does not require any diesel oil consumption and as such will reduces air pollution and also noise pollution. In addition, it also provides uninterrupted illumination in the coaches. On an average it will reduce carbon emission by 700 MT per year per train in regular practice for a train provided with two power cars equipped with diesel alternator sets. Advertise With Us The average expenditure incurred on fuel consumption per trip per each train of Telangana Express is around Rs 2 lakh. Electrical energy consumption cost per trip per train in the new system is around Rs 78,000. The estimated savings for each trip of Telangana Express is approximately Rs 1.22 lakh and the overall estimated savings per year is around Rs. 1.35 crore. All the existing Telangana Express trains will now run on Head On Generation System. Two more trains namely Train No. 22707/22708 Visakhapatnam- Tirupati- Visakhapatnam Express and Train No. 22705/22706Tirupati – Jammutawi -TirupatiHumsafar Express are also running with the new technology of Head on Generation system from South Central Railway. Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway, appreciated the efforts of staff and officers of SCR on this achievement and advised them to extend the same for some more trains to adopt environment-friendly initiatives by reducing carbon foot prints and also fuel consumption measures.last_img read more

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Sonam Kapoor called hypocrite for slamming Vivek Oberoi but defending Tanmay Bhats

first_imgSonam Kapoor trolled for slamming Vivek Oberoi but defending Tanmay Bhat’s jokes earlier.InstagramWhile Sonam Kapoor criticised Vivek Oberoi for his controversial tweet involving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the actress has been trolled for her earlier tweets defending comedian Tanmay Bhat for his rape jokes.Along with several on social media, Sonam too slammed Vivek for sharing a meme that referred Aishwarya’s past relationship with Salman Khan as “opinion poll”, her past affair with Vivek as “exit poll” and her marriage with Abhishek Bachchan as “result”.Sonam called the tweet “disgusting and classless”. While Vivek in counter ridiculed Sonam by saying she should stop “overacting” in films and “overreacting” on social media, many netizens targeted her for her earlier tweets where she had defended Tanmay over his insensitive jokes on social media.Tanmay had a few years ago made some “jokes” on child rape, for which he was vehemently criticised. However, Sonam had then defended him saying that people “overreacted” on his “jokes”.”How do you know children don’t love rape?”, Tanmay had written in one of his tweets, followed by another in which he had said, “Feel really weird every time I see naked baby pics of girls. In my head I go ‘Ha Ha! I saw your boobs! Ha Ha!”.In response, Sonam had tweeted, “Dear @thetanmay, being your friend I know what you say and do is never to offend, but to make people laugh”. In another tweet she had written, “Don’t you guys think there are issues that are more important than @thetanmay snapchat jokes??? I’m in shock with this over reaction.”Many on Twitter have now been sharing Sonam’s old tweets, calling her a “hypocrite” for targeting Vivek for sharing a meme, but defending Tanmay back then for the insensitive “jokes”.”Dear @sonamakapoor, That joke shared by Vivek Oberoi is indeed disgusting and classless. But where was this decency and class when you openly defended Tanmay Bhat who made fun of child rape victims,” wrote one on Twitter.There are scores of such comments, questioning Sonam’s apparent selective outrage. Check some of the tweets here:last_img read more

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Sammilita Parishad wins BMSS Election

first_imgSammilita Parishad celebrating their victory in Bangladesh Mudron Shilpa Samity electionThe full panel of Sammilita Parishad won in the Bangladesh Mudron Shilpa Samity (BMSS) election on Monday, says a press release.The BMSS is a platform of commercial organisations in the country’s printing industry.  Regarding the victory, printing industry entrepreneur and chairman of Omicon Group Md Mehedi Hasan expressed hope that the printing industry would be one of the leading foreign exchange earning sectors in Bangladesh after the readymade garment industry.The election of the executive committee for the year 2018-2020 saw all 33 candidates from Sammilita Parishad winning.Acting president of BMSS Tofael Khan thanked all the voters for casting their votes in a peaceful manner.last_img

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New projects to please voters

first_imgPrime minister and chairman of ECNEC Sheikh Hasina chaired the 9th ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC conference room in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area on 9 October, 2018. Photo: PIDThe government is hastily approving development projects one after another ahead of the general elections, apparently to please the voters, despite these projects not being in the Annual Development Programme (ADP).In the last three months, a total of 126 projects costing Tk 1.12 trillion were passed in the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).Almost 100 per cent of these projects would be funded from other sources as they were not in the ADP.ECNEC meetings are being held thick and fast to approve those populist projects. In the past week, two ECNEC meetings were held. In Tuesday’s meeting, 20 projects were okayed.In an unprecedented move, ECNEC sat for another meeting on Thursday, with 17 more projects getting the nod in the meeting.As many as 26 more projects are being lined up to be okayed, too.Members of parliament and ministers are in a frenzy to lay foundation stones of those populist projects, to win the hearts of the voters. The projects include construction of roads, bridges, educational institutions and mosques and temples.Asked about these projects, former finance adviser to a caretaker government AB Mirza Azizul Islam raised doubt over the feasibility of proper implementation of the projects.He said such projects are passed just to please the voters. Once inaugurated, these projects generally get stalled and voters or politicians lose their interest on them.Aziz thinks, as these projects would not get enough outlay from the ADP, it would be impossible to finish the projects in time and within the initial stipulated budget.Planning commission sources said 10 ECNEC meetings were held from July to 10 October. Five of them were held in last month alone where 83 projects got approval while 37 projects worth Tk 450 billion got ECNEC nod in the last week.Asked about so many projects before the election, planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told journalists after Thursday’s meeting that the government is spending more to continue the growth trend.The growth generally slows down in the election year as private investment decrease, he added.Projects could be passed as routine work after declaration of the polls schedule. However, the government would not go beyond its power stipulated by the electoral law.Planning ministry sources said the populist projects include construction of madrasas by the MPs. On 11 September, a project worth almost Tk 60 billion was passed in ECNEC. Under the project, MPs would construct at least six madrasa buildings in their constituencies.Another project of repairing the roads in 180 upazilas got approval on 9 October. Under the project, 2,210 kilometers of upazila roads and 495 kilometers of union roads would be repaired .Another project is building 5,000 flats for slum dwellers of the cities. The Tk 8.26 billion project includes building two-room flats in 11 city corporations and 24 municipalities.In the current fiscal year, Tk 1.80 trillion was approved for 1452 projects that are there in the ADP.With more and more projects getting ECNEC nod, they will need more budget to be disbursed. There are 1,338 unapproved projects in ADP already.last_img read more

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Extinct Beardogs Get a More Prominent Place in the Carnivore Family Tree

first_imgStay on target Giant Prehistoric Lion Fossil Discovered in Museum DrawerThis 520-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Had 18 Tentacles to Kill Its Prey You know about bears, and you know about dogs, but what about beardogs? They went extinct millions of years ago, but scientist are just now figuring out where these creatures fit in the evolutionary history of life on Earth. A new analysis of beardog fossils has resulted in the reclassification several animals, which alters our understanding of how they are related to living carnivores.Beardogs, or amphicyonids, were members of several species of quadrupedal carnivorous mammals that went extinct 37 million years ago. However, they are members of the same evolutionary line as bears, wolves, weasels, foxes, and the modern domesticated dog. Beardogs ranged in size from just a few pounds (like a Chihuahua) to more than 1,000 pounds (like a  very large polar bear). See the size comparison below. The newly reclassified beardogs are on the small end of the scale, but they’re important to our understanding of all related animals because they were some of the first species to evolve.Susumu Tomiya, a researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, noticed that two of the jaw fragments attributed to known beardog species had some important morphological differences. Both jaws featured teeth with flat surfaces, which would have made them suited for crushing rather than only ripping and tearing like a pure carnivore. They were much more like the larger beardogs that evolved later. Both animals would have gone extinct around 37 million years ago.Tomiya used a CT scan to reconstruct the animal’s skull from the remaining fragments and found that the anatomical features didn’t match the previous identification. Thus, the two specimens were given new names, Gustafsonia cognita and Angelacrtocyon australis. This helps clarify how beardogs evolved and where. These animals were native to what is today the southern US, indicating this region was more important to beardog evolution than previously thought. This work could help researchers studying the evolution of other carnivores as well.last_img read more

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Windows 10 Pro Windows Defender Application Guard support coming

first_imgWindows 10 Pro: Windows Defender Application Guard support coming by Martin Brinkmann on December 21, 2017 in Windows – 1 commentMicrosoft revealed recently that Windows 10 Professional will support Windows Defender Application Guard in the next feature update.Windows Defender Application Guard is a security feature of Enterprise editions of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.The feature uses Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology to add a virtual layer around browsing sessions in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.Basically, what it does is isolate the browsing environment for sites that are not on a list of trusted sites or services. The virtual machine blocks access to the local system, so that untrusted sites cannot escape the virtual environment or access data such as local storage or memory.You spoke, and we listened. Microsoft is bringing Windows Defender Application Guard to Windows 10 Professional in the next feature update of Windows 10. Now, like Windows 10 Enterprise users, Windows 10 Pro Users can navigate the Internet in Application Guard knowing their systems are protected from even the most sophisticated browser attacks.Microsoft launched support in the most recent Insider Build already, but limits the feature to en-us versions for now. PCs need to support Hyper-V to make use of the feature, and it is necessary to enable it as it is turned off by default.You can enable the security feature either through Windows Features or the Group Policy.To access Windows Features, use Windows-I to open the Settings app.Type add feature in the search at the top, and select “Turn Windows features on or off” from the list of suggestions.Locate Windows Defender Application Guard when the feature listing is displayed and check the entry to enable it.Select ok and wait for the process to complete.Windows 10 needs to be restarted to complete the process.The policies are under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Application Guard in the Group Policy Editor (you find them in the Registry under HKLM:\software\microsoft\HVSI).Check out this resource for detailed instructions on enabling Windows Defender Application Guard on Windows 10 PCs.You can start Windows Defender Application Guard sessions in Microsoft Edge by selecting Menu > New Application Guard window.The orange Application Guard button highlights that the window is protected by the feature. You will notice that the Edge instance is different from a regular instance. You don’t have access to your favorites for instance, and cannot save favorites unless you enable persistence in the Group Policy.Also, printing and clipboard activities are not supported by default as well.The Windows 10 Pro version of Application Guard is limited when compared to the Enterprise version. Windows 10 Pro users and admins can run the feature in standalone mode only. The option to set trusted sites is not available.Closing WordsMicrosoft brings a limited version of Windows Defender Application Guard to Windows 10 Pro, and noted that this was a much requested feature by Windows 10 Pro customers.Windows users who want similar functionality for third-party applications may want to try Sandboxie or other third-party sandbox software.SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Pro: Windows Defender Application Guard support comingDescriptionMicrosoft revealed recently that Windows 10 Professional will support Windows Defender Application Guard in the next feature update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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