Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, an Army spokesman said on Saturday. Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in the Balakote sector of Poonch and Nowshera in Rajouri overnight, drawing befitting retaliation by the Indian Army, he said. The spokesman said Pakistan first violated the ceasefire in Nowshera sector from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday followed by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Balakote from 11.45 p.m. to 2 a.m. There was no report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing on the Indian side, he said. This year, according to officials, Pakistan violated the ceasefire over 2,050 times, leaving 21 Indians dead and scores of others injured. India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC and the International Border.
Tesla Motors Inc said on Tuesday the design of its new Model 3 has not been finalized, even though the electric car maker expects to begin building the mass-market sedan within the next 18 months.Tesla’s plans to expand its Fremont, California factory are still in process and some aspects of procuring and making parts for the Model 3 have yet to be determined, the company said in its quarterly financial report.ALSO READ:Tesla Motors plans 500,000 cars in 2018The Model 3, whose projected starting price of $35,000 is less than half of the luxury Model S sedan, is intended to dramatically boost Tesla’s production volume and revenue, and help the company eventually turn a profit.Tesla has missed many of its key production deadlines, including launches of the Model S and Model X sport utility vehicle, because of quality and supply issues.”We are currently evaluating, qualifying and selecting our suppliers” for the Model 3, Tesla said in the report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.ALSO READ:Tesla Model 3 received almost 400,000 orders, says Elon MuskTesla Chief Executive Elon Musk last week jolted investors with the news that he planned to accelerate production at the Fremont plant, which is now targeted to build 500,000 vehicles in 2018, two years ahead of schedule.The accelerated production schedule is “aggressive,” Barclays analyst Brian Johnson said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “Finalizing the design work, and lining up the suppliers and launching in one and a half years seems not possible.”On a conference call with analysts last week, Musk acknowledged that the Model 3 design was not complete, saying it would take another 6-9 weeks to complete engineering decisions.advertisementALSO READ:Tesla Motors heading to India: Will it work out?An initial rush of 325,000 Model 3 reservations, each accompanied by a refundable $1,000 deposit, could persuade Tesla to raise additional funds to help finance the accelerated production.Tesla appeared to be conserving cash in the first quarter as it struggled to cope with parts shortages and early quality problems on the Model X, the financial filing showed.With an operating loss of $248 million, free cash flow dipped to a negative $466 million, even as Tesla slashed capital spending nearly in half.ALSO READ:Tesla Model 3 gets 130,000 orders, twice more than expectedBut the company said in the filing it expected to ramp up capital spending later this year and could spend more than $2 billion in the next three quarters, including more than $500 million to begin production of vehicle battery cells at its Reno, Nevada plant by year-end.Tesla boosted its cash position to $1.4 billion as of March 31, after drawing down more than $400 million from a revolving credit line.
Koklata, Dec 12 (PTI) Kolkata may soon get one of the largest indoor sports arenas of the country with a capacity to accommodate upto 15,400 people at one time.With this capacity, the arena, which is proposed to come up in the New Town area, will be larger than Indira Gandhi Arena or Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, which has a capacity to accommodate 14,348 spectators at one go.”The proposed indoor stadiums capacity will be 15,400, more than Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadiums capacity at Indraprastha in New Delhi which can accommodate 14,300 people,” HIDCO Chairman Debashis Sen said.The capacity of the citys Netaji Indoor stadium is 12,000.Keeping in mind West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjees Green City Project, the proposed stadium will have solar power and will come up on ten acres of land near the Deer Park in Eco Park.The facility will have lawn tennis, khokho khokho, kabaddi, badminton, basket ball and table tennis courts, Sen said.”The project is in the planning stage. A design has been prepared as per instructions of the Chief Minister. The HIDCO board has passed the design during its recently held meeting and now the design will be forwarded to the state government for approval,” he said.The stadium will have four entrances for vehicles and four entrances for pedestrians with lifts to carry players and VIPs. There will also be two gymnasiums and changing rooms for players, Sen said adding, the area under the stadium will be rented out to various offices for commercial purpose aimed at generating revenue.advertisementNew Town will also get a state-of-the-art Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. Construction work has already started with a completion target of March 2017 and HIDCO officials claimed the centre will be the largest convention centre in eastern India.”The convention centre, as per our information, will be the largest convention centre of its kind in the country, with the main single conference hall having a capacity to accommodate 3,000 people,? Debashis Sen said. MORE PTI SBN DKB SUS SUS
AB de Villiers joined the bandwagon of Royal Challengers Bangalore players, thanking the fans of the team who supported them through the highs and lows in this season of the Indian Premier League.Fans of the Royal Challengers supported the team till the very end despite Virat Kohli’s team failing to finish in the playoffs for the third year in a row. RCB was the first team to get knocked out of the playoffs race this season and will finish in last place if Kings XI Punjab win their final league game.The players of Royal Challengers Bangalore though, gave the fans something to cheer about as they hammered Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Saturday.RCB defeated the 2016 champions by 4 wickets as they successfully chased down 175 thanks to the 144-run partnership between Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann.The duo rescued the team from 20 for 3 in 2.5 overs and took them to safety before Hetmyer perished on 75, followed by Gurkeerat on 65. Colin de Grandhomme and Umesh Yadav then took the team over the finish line.Two men announced themselves to #VIVOIPL, one man redeemed himself with the winning shot for @RCBTweets #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/4YjoLbdhY7IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019″It’s a fantastic way to finish, very sad to see that we were one win away from possibly making it to the knockouts. Crazy to see how close the margins are in this tournament. But it was a nice way to finish, there was a lot of talent we discovered this year.advertisement”Looking forward to next season, just want to thank everyone at the Chinnaswamy and the RCBians for supporting us through thick and thin,” AB de Villiers told RCB’s 12thMan TV host while leaving the Chinnaswamy for one final time this year.Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab are the remaining three teams who are remain in contention for the final playoff spot.SRH finished their league campaign on 12 points and are now tied with the Knight Riders, who will qualify for the knockouts if they win their final league game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.But if KKR lose and Kings XI win their final match against Chennai Super Kings by a huge margin and reach 12 points, then the Punjab-based team will go through if they end up with a superior net run rate than SRH and KKR.Also Read | High time we did something for the crowd: Gurkeerat Singh after RCB winAlso Read | IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: KKR, SRH and KXIP in three-way battle for last spotAlso Read | IPL 2019: I feel your pain, Virat Kohli thanks RCB fans after consolation winAlso Read | IPL 2019: RCB stun SRH to end unsuccessful campaign with a win
Tirupati: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao along with his family members offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala here on Monday. Chandrashekhar Rao, his wife Shobha Rao and other family members worshipped and participated in various rituals conducted by temple priests. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, and his family members had reached Tirupati in a special aircraft on Sunday evening. After the night halt at Tirumala, they offered prayers. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the hill shrine, welcomed the Telangana Chief Minister. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief prayed at the famous temple for the first time after assuming office as the Chief Minister for the second term in December last year. Interestingly KCR’s visit to the temple in Andhra Pradesh came close on the heels of his bete noire N. Chandrababu Naidu losing power in the state. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations YSR Congress Party of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, with whom TRS has friendly ties, stormed to power with a landslide victory on Thursday. Though KCR’s party bagged maximum number of Lok Sabha seats (9) in Telangana, the results were disappointing for the party as the BJP made huge inroads winning 4 seats. Congress won 3 seats and TRS ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) one. KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha was defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency and his plans for Federal Front to form a non-BJP and non-Congress government at the Centre were foiled by BJP’s massive victory in the polls. Jagan Mohan Reddy had called on KCR in Hyderabad on Saturday to invite him to attend his swearing-in as the Chief Minister at Vijayawada on May 30. KCR will attend the swearing-in and also pray at Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada.
OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the constitutionality of a New Brunswick law that ensnared a man who brought home a trunkload of beer and liquor from neighbouring Quebec.The unanimous high court decision Thursday effectively preserves the current trade regime, saying provinces have the power to enact laws that restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose — in this case the desire to control the supply of alcohol within New Brunswick.In October 2012, Gerard Comeau of Tracadie, N.B., drove across the border to Quebec to buy several cases of beer and some liquor from three stores.Comeau was fined $240 and administrative fees under New Brunswick’s Liquor Control Act for being in possession of a large amount of alcohol he had not purchased through his province’s liquor corporation.The trial judge accepted Comeau’s argument the Liquor Control Act provision amounted to a trade barrier that violated Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867.The Constitution Act section says, “All articles of the growth, produce, or manufacture of any one of the provinces shall, from and after the union, be admitted free into each of the other provinces.”The New Brunswick attorney general was denied leave to challenge the trial judge’s decision in the provincial Court of Appeal, but the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, ultimately siding with the province.The ruling underscores a need to renegotiate last year’s interprovincial free-trade agreement, which contains pages of exemptions and creates secretive working groups, but fails to adequately address trade barriers, said Conservative MP John Nater.“Canadians recognize the economic benefits of reducing interprovincial trade barriers,” he said. “It should not be illegal to work or to transport legal products across provincial lines.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the interprovincial agreement “a significant step” towards full free trade within Canada.“We know there continue to be issues that will require further discussion with the provinces, but this is something that we’ve made significant progress on, and we will continue to.”Comeau, a 64-year-old retired power linesman, said he wasn’t entirely surprised by the Supreme Court decision.“I’m not really disappointed,” he said in Campbellton, N.B. “I’m not really sad. I got an answer to what the law is.”Comeau said he’s unlikely to continue buying beer in Quebec. “If it’s against the law, it’s against the law.”For Comeau, the case was simply about his right to stock up on cheaper suds. But for provinces and territories, business interests and economists, it was about whether the correct interpretation of the Constitution entailed full economic integration, potentially reshaping the federation.In its reasons, the Supreme Court said New Brunswick’s ability to exercise oversight over liquor supplies in the province “would be undermined if non-corporation liquor could flow freely across borders and out of the garages of bootleggers and home brewers.”The framers of the Constitution agreed that individual provinces needed to relinquish their tariff powers, the court said. In this vein, the historical context supports the view that Section 121 forbids imposition of tariffs — and tariff-like measures — that impose charges on goods crossing provincial boundaries.However, the historical evidence nowhere suggests that provinces would lose their power to legislate for the benefit of their constituents, even if that might affect interprovincial trade.“Section 121 does not impose absolute free trade across Canada,” the decision says.Rather, the historical and legislative context — and underlying constitutional principles — support a flexible view, “one that respects an appropriate balance between federal and provincial powers and allows legislatures room to achieve policy objectives that may have the incidental effect of burdening the passage of goods across provincial boundaries.”The decision confirms the authority of provinces to tax, price and regulate harmful products such as alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, said Rob Cunningham, a policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society.“From a public health perspective, the judgment is very positive.”Dan Paszkowski, president of the Canadian Vintners Association, is now hoping for signs of progress on trade liberalization in a forthcoming study being conducted under the terms of the Canadian trade agreement.“We are going to continue to work with that group to develop an interprovincial trade system for Canadian wine.”— With files from Kevin Bissett and Teresa Wright— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation is investigating charges of murder and other offences in the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case, sources here said on Thursday.The development comes after the Supreme Court heard a plea demanding a thorough investigation into the case where girls were mentally, physically, and sexually abused at a shelter home in Bihar. The fresh application has been filed by Nivedita Jha, a Patna-based writer, activist and independent journalist, on whose petition the Supreme Court had initially transferred the case to CBI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Through her lawyer, Fauzia Shakil, she has questioned as to why serious charges of multiple gang rapes, rapes, and murders had been left out of the chargesheet filed by CBI in December last year. In the chargesheet, CBI had charged all 21 accused including the mastermind, Brajesh Thakur, in the case under several Sections of the IPC, including Section 376(c), which is to be applied in cases of sexual abuse by a person of authority. The initial chargesheet also included charges under the POCSO Act. According to sources familiar with developments in the case, investigations in the case are not yet completed and the murder charges against the accused are still being investigated.
“Even State Minister Palitha Range Bandara has said he will vote against it,” Kariyawasam said.State Minister Palitha Range Bandara had said earlier that he and a few UNP Parliamentarians will back the no-confidence motion which was submitted to Parliament by the joint opposition. The restructuring will prepare the UNP for the 2020 elections under a new leadership. Meanwhile UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said that the UNP was unanimous in its decision to defeat the no-confidence motion.He said that the UNP will also take a final decision on the restructuring of the UNP by the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. (Colombo Gazette) UNP member and Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that even those who had initially said they will back the no-confidence motion had now decided to defeat it. The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee decided to defeat the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The Working Committee which met today, also decided that restructuring of the UNP will take place soon.
by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2013 12:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Microsoft continues its massive revamp with new Office software TORONTO – It’s been a massively busy last few months for Microsoft, which saw the computer giant release new operating systems for PCs and mobile phones and its first-ever tablet, the Surface.Now it’s the industry-standard Office software suite getting a major update, including a new option to purchase an annual subscription instead of buying a permanent copy.There are multiple options for consumers, starting with buying Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher or Access a la carte for $119 each. Office Home & Student 2013 for use on one computer — which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote — goes for $139. Office Home & Business 2013 adds Outlook and sells for $249.Then there’s the subscription-basedOffice 365, which encourages users to save documents online and edit them across up to five different devices, including Microsoft smartphones and the Surface. It’s $10 a month or $99 a year.“The proliferation of devices and the new requirements of (how people use) technology is why the new version is so important,” said Microsoft Canada president Max Long in an interview.“You’ll be able to have it across five different devices, you choose which devices you want, you’ll be able to have the data follow you. I can take my notes on my tablet and when I’m going out to see customers I can see the same document, the same information, on my mobile phone as well.“The ability now to have it across multiple devices really makes it an attractive proposition and we do expect quite a large percentage of Office users when they buy the new version will go to that subscription version.”Unlike Windows 8 — which has polarized PC users with its radical new interface that many found unintuitive — Long promises Office users will need no adjustment period for the new software.“If you come in and look at (the new) Office you’ll see a lot of similarities and you’ll be able to go in there and be comfortable from the first usage,” he said and insisted PC users are getting over the initial shock of Windows 8 and adapting.Windows 8 got rid of the familiar Start button and hid the traditional Desktop interface. Instead, users are first presented with a layout of tiles that resembles a tablet or smartphone home screen. Users must click through that home screen to get to the Desktop.“People got used to the different interfaces and certainly we found people have migrated very much to the live tiles as they’ve got more used to it,” Long said.Microsoft is an underdog in the mobile world, a long ways away from challenging Apple and Google’s Android. But it is within striking range of Research in Motion’s share of the market and Long said Microsoft’s strategy is to convince consumers of the merits of having a Windows operating system on all their computers and mobile devices.“If you’re used to using Windows 8 on your laptop or you’re using a Surface device or an all-in-one (computer) at home, to have that same experience and have the connected look and feel when you go to a Windows phone is really important to a lot of folks,” Long said.He’ll be paying attention to RIM’s big BlackBerry 10 launch on Wednesday, which is seen as a make-or-break moment for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company.“They’re a good Canadian company and it would be totally remiss of me not to pay attention to what they’re announcing and be engaged and understand what’s going on,” he said.“So yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing what they announce and seeing what they’re bringing to market.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Playboy has announced it will no longer run photos of completely naked women, a change that will take place in 2016. Here are some other milestones in the magazine’s history:1953The first Playboy Magazine is published in December, featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover and in a “Sweetheart of the Month” colour nude photo inside. The magazine sells more than 50,000 copies.___1954Playboy’s second issue in January is the first to feature a “Playmate of the Month.” The term is used in a spread featuring Margie Harrison.___1955Hugh Hefner wins a lawsuit against the U.S. Post Office, which considered Playboy obscene. The magazine is granted the same second-class mailing privileges held by other magazines.___1956Marian Stafford is featured in the magazine’s first triple-page, foldout centerfold in March.___1959The first Playboy Jazz Festival is held and sells out in Chicago. Performers include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.Also this year, Hugh Hefner buys a home in Chicago that becomes the Playboy Mansion.___1960The first Playboy Club, staffed by Playboy Bunnies, opens in Chicago. The worldwide chain of clubs eventually will have 230,000 keyholders.___1962The magazine introduces the “Playboy Interview” with jazz legend Miles Davis.___1965Jennifer Jackson becomes the first African-American Playmate of the Month in the March issue. Jean Bell appeared on the cover of the January 1970 issue with four other Playmates. In October 1971, Darine Stern became the first African-American model featured alone on a cover.___1969Playboy opens a television and motion picture division, Playboy Productions, in Los Angeles.___1971Hefner buys a West Los Angeles estate to become Playboy Mansion West and eventually makes it his permanent home.___1972For the January issue, Marilyn Cole is the first playmate to feature full frontal nudity.Also, Playboy’s first foreign edition is launched this year in Germany. Currently, 29 editions are published in more than 50 countries.___1988Hefner’s daughter, Christie Hefner, becomes chairman and chief executive of Playboy Enterprises Inc. Hefner remains editor-in-chief of the magazine.___2009The November issue features the magazine’s first cartoon character cover model — a fetching, blue-haired Marge Simpson.Also, 60-year-old Patricia Paay becomes the oldest woman to pose for Playboy, appearing in Dutch edition for December. The oldest model to make the cover of the U.S. edition was Farah Fawcett, then 50, in 1997. The October 2006 U.S. issue featured a nude photo of Mamie Van Doren, then 75, but it was not taken by Playboy.___2015Playboy announces it will no longer run photos of completely naked women.___Sources include Playboy website. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2015 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Playboy shows Darine Stern on the cover of the October 1971 issue of the gentleman’s magazine. The magazine that helped usher in the sexual revolution in the 1950s and ’60s by bringing nudity into America’s living rooms announced this week that it will no longer run photos of completely naked women. Starting in March, 2016, Playboy’s print edition will still feature women in provocative poses, but they will no longer be fully nude. (Playboy via AP) Playboy through the decades: A look at key moments in magazine’s history
Mrs Justice Carr told him he had engaged in a “sophisticated and mendacious cover-up” and had “weaved an extraordinary web of deception.”She said: “Samantha was alone in her home where she should have been safe and sound, and trusted you in her house.”On any view, she suffered what must have been a terrifying assault resulting in a killing that was not immediate.“In the agonising hours and days following her death you lied and lied, over and over again, in an attempt to cover up what you had done.”Miss Eastwood had been in a relationship since 2010 and had been due to marry in the summer of this year. A “composed and callous” killer suffocated his midwife lover before laying a false trail for detectives in an act of “breathtaking cruelty,” a court heard.Michael Stirling, 32, flew into such an intense rage during a row with Samantha Eastwood, 28,at her Stoke-on-Trent home that he forced her to her bedroom floor and suffocated her.The pair had been having an “intimate” affair for three years. She had also been in a long-term relationship with his wife’s brother but had called off their engagement months earlier.After murdering her, Stirling carefully laid Miss Eastwood’s unworn wedding dress and engagement ring out on her bed.The following day he sent a series of texts to her sister from her phone, claiming she was having a breakdown and needed some “me time,” Stafford Crown Court heard.One said: “Please leave me alone” while another suggested she had met a “guy off the internet” and was being driven towards the motorway. Michael StirlingCredit:Staffordshire Police/PA 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. Police later likened his level of deceit to that of Soham murderer Ian Huntley.Stirling bound Miss Eastwood’s face and eyes with masking tape before wrapping her body inside a single duvet cover.He then bundled her into a van outside her home in Stoke on Trent and drove to his parents’ house for dinner, where he was “fine and cheerful” before returning home for a shower. “I liken his actions to that of Ian Huntley.” But she called off the engagement in January, to the surprise of friends, and later tried to sell her wedding dress online.She was reported missing by concerned colleagues on Friday July 27 after she failed to show up for a night shift at Royal Stoke University Hospital.At 3pm that afternoon, one of Miss Eastwood’s neighbours heard a woman screaming for “between 15 to 30 seconds”, and then a woman shouting “get off, get off me”.Stirling was arrested two days later but released under investigation.Four days after that, on Thursday, August 2, he inadvertently led police to her body.DI Dan Ison, the officer in charge of the case, told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “His behaviour on August 2 was suspicious to say the least. He was observed on a bicycle which he secreted in a hedge and he ran off.”I knew his phone had been in that area on the night she went missing. We had a 1,000 metre radius as to where she might be.”We started searching on the Saturday and, within an-hour-and-a-half, we found her body.”Stirling was re-arrested on August 4 and pleaded guilty to murder in October.DI Ison said: “To go to that level of deceit, it’s unthinkable really. He then went out in his van on the pretext of searching for Miss Eastwood, disposing of her body “like an animal” in the undergrowth on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorland.Hours later, he returned to her family home where distraught relatives had gathered and hugged her younger sister.Gemma Eastwood told the court: “Forever this will haunt me.”Stirling was caught when he was tailed by police as he returned to check on the body six days later.The married landscape gardener, who has a four-year-old daughter, was on Monday sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 16 years and ten months. Samantha EastwoodCredit:Staffordshire Police
← Previous Story NBSC WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2018: French-Spanish and PSG Handball domination Next Story → Vuko Borozan is two months out Lino Cervar Lino Cervar will lead RK PPD Zagreb until end of the year, when he will be replaced by assistant Tonci Valcic. It is still unknown whether experienced coach will stay on the national team bench after World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark.We have two matches more in CL and few of them at SEHA League before World Championship 2019. I start thinking about January. I am proud on my team, we have same number of points like in season before, when Zagreb had brothers Valcic, Vori, Pavlovic, Miklavcic and some other players. But, life is full of up and down moments – said Cervar before EHF CL match against HBC Nantes.
THE CHAIRMAN OF the Dáil’s spending watchdog has defended his decision to call for health sector bosses to quit over their handling of the HSE’s budget.However, he has been accused of politicising the traditionally non-political role of chair of the Public Accounts Committee.Speaking on RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne, Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness dismissed suggestions that he was attempting to ‘grab headlines’ by branding the HSE as not fit for purpose. and calling for the Director General of the HSE and Secretary General of the Department of Health to step down.“I’m a man who likes to do my job,” he said. “The Public Accounts Committee is where the civil service meets head-on with the politicians representing the public in the context of how they spend tax payer’s money.”Handled “very badly”McGuinness noted the secretary general had failed to provide details as to how certain aspects of the budget are calculated, and said that tax payer’s money was handled “very very badly”, adding that he couldn’t ‘sit on his hands’ when it was being revealed.Speaking on the same programme, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan said he didn’t believe that the Public Accounts Committee ‘was best served by his utterance’.“It’s the first time we’re seeing a party political badge shown by the chair of the PAC,” he claimed, adding that politicians involved should “leave their party political affiliation outside the door”.McGuinness was criticised by members of his own committee for calling for the resignations.Labour TD Robert Dowds, who lead questioning of the health chiefs yesterday, said that McGuinness’s comments were “over the top” and ’smacked of publicity seeking’.Read: ‘Publicity seeking’ McGuinness criticised by his own committee over resignation call >More: PAC Chair says HSE is ‘not fit for purpose’ >
Soon your phone could be powered by nothing more than a thin transparent film covering its screen.A company called Wysips has developed the super thin film, which doubles as a solar panel, complete with strips of photovoltaic cells. The power can then be used to charge up your gadget’s battery. The film is able to charge a traditional phone battery in around six hours of direct sunlight. It also works with indoor light, though naturally the process is much slower.While this may not seem practical for folks who don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, when used in conjunction with a traditional phone charger it could serve as a great way to keep your phone continually full of juice so that you can use the wall plug less.Via Fast Company
Feb 28th 2018, 7:00 AM By John Paul O’Connor Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM 30 hours on a trolley in Kerry: ‘I witnessed an elderly woman being shielded with towels by relatives’ John Paul O’Connor says he was shocked by what he witnessed at University Hospital Kerry last week. 29,627 Views Share532 Tweet Email2 50 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3874205 LAST TUESDAY I was admitted to University Hospital Kerry suffering from severe lower abdominal pain.I entered the Emergency Department at 11am on Tuesday morning and spent the first three hours getting scans and x-rays.I was then placed on a trolley and told that I would be admitted to a ward.I was at the end of a queue of 14 trolleys right next to the public toilets with each trolley facing away from the toilets.I didn’t expect to be on the trolley for more than an hour but I was on it until 10pm the next day – a full 30 hours.I was on a drip and was getting pain relief intravenously but all that time I was looking forward to getting to a ward.There were people constantly using the toilets behind my back and I witnessed one elderly lady being shielded with towels by her relatives while they were changing her.Sleeping tablets There was a shortage of pillows and blankets and no place for relatives to sit down even though some had to stay through the night.I have private health insurance and I enquired regularly as to when I would be going to a ward and was always told they would get back to me.It was the considered opinion that if you made a fuss you had no chance of getting a bed. At one stage there were 17 trolleys lined up.At around 10.30 on the Tuesday night, nurses came around with sleeping tablets and I knew then that I had no chance of getting a bed.I felt the manner in which they were being dished out was a way of putting us to sleep, and hopefully hearing no more, so I refused them.One man in front of me took two sleeping tablets as he said he could not bear it. I didn’t take any but I never slept.‘Beaten into submission’I have worked in construction for over 40 years and would consider myself a strong and fit person but I would not go through this again and I shudder to think of the effect it is having on elderly and less mobile people than myself.I travelled to many different countries with my work and about 20 years ago I was hospitalised in Eastern Europe due to a construction accident. I was dreading it but the experience was far superior to what I just witnessed in my own country.My wife Kathleen was horrified at what she witnessed and she tried to help people as much as possible.It’s also an absolute disgrace that the relatives who are minding their loved ones are faced with penal car park charges when they do decide to go home.I have also come to the realisation that we as Irish people are beaten into submission and are prepared to take anything that is thrown at us while the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.I’d like to clear out all top management and establish a working committee whose salaries would be based on results.John Paul O’Connor worked in construction but lost his business during the recession. He has since started his own food business, Man from the Mountain. John Paul O’Connor
Le vieillissement serait fonction de l’ADNMonde – D’après les résultats d’une étude scientifique rendus publiques par l’Agence France Presse, le vieillissement du corps humain serait lié à ses gènes. Des scientifiques ont identifié des variants génétiques qui pourraient être liés au vieillissement biologique de l’espèce humaine. En effet, notre corps mue au fil du temps : c’est ce que l’on appelle le vieillissement chronologique, fonction des années vécues.À lire aussiL’axolotl, cet étonnant animal capable de se régénérer, révèle ses secretsD’autre part, ces résultats d’étude démontrent que notre ADN joue un rôle important dans le processus de vieillissement de notre corps, c’est-à-dire de nos cellules. C’est là qu’intervient le second paramètre : le vieillissement biologique. Des recherches menées à l’université de Leicester ont identifié plus de 500.000 variations génétiques ayant un rapport direct avec le vieillissement biologique du corps humain. Notre ADN serait un facteur décisif du développement et du renouvellement de nos cellules, et il est prouvé qu’un environnement nuisible à nos gènes (tabac, surpoids…) accroît la vitesse de vieillissement de nos cellules. Cette découverte est cruciale pour la science car nous savons maintenant que certaines maladies cardiovasculaires, tout comme de nombreux cancers, dépendent plutôt de l’âge biologique de notre corps, que de notre âge chronologique.Le 13 février 2010 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Three hunters who illegally killed a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park last year were busted after authorities were alerted about pictures of the kill on social media outlets.In May, Austin Peterson (20), Trey Juhnke (20), and Corbin Simmons (19), were sentenced to a three-year worldwide hunting ban after other hunters tipped game wardens to pictures of the dead mountain lion shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, Fox News reported. According to investigation documents obtained by the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the hunters were also put on unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $1,666 each for the illegal kill.Montana hunting trio who illegally killed Yellowstone mountain lion left trail of photos on social media https://t.co/Y13FTX5GSi— kevin john stockman (@kevinjohnstock2) June 14, 2019“You know, we ended up getting a lot of this information from a guy in Bozeman [Montana] off of Facebook,” Yellowstone special agent Jake Olson told Simmons during an interview, per the documents. “Because you guys put a bunch of stuff on social media.”Photo Credit: United States Department of the InteriorOlson lectured Simmons on the incident and explained that some mountain lions can accidentally cross into Yellowstone National Park, and the right thing to do would have been to report the group of mountain lions and leave them unharmed.“Obviously, that’s where the major error occurred here,” Olson explained, per the documents. “You guys have to police yourself out there. You gotta do this right.”Photo Credit: United States Department of the InteriorEach of the hunters previously admitted that they shot the mountain lion in a marked area of Yellowstone National Park on Dec. 12, 2018 before they took it back to their car across the border. According to the documents, each of the hunters had mixed up stories when authorities held separate interviews for them. Details on boundary posts, Peterson’s GPS screen reportedly malfunctioning, and the lion’s death contradicted each other.According to the documents, authorities determined that all three hunters shot at the male mountain lion, and killed it after it crossed the Yellowstone National Park border. Authorities said the hunters violated the Lacey Act, which bans purchasing, selling, or taking wildlife from protected zones, including those in Yellowstone National Park.More on Geek.com:Mountain Lion Found Dead in California May Have Been PoisonedWatch: Colorado Runner Who Killed Mountain Lion Describes AttackBaby Mountain Lion Rescued From Home After Being Fed Bratwurst Stay on target
Email Twitter Michelle Williams Returns To Broadway michelle-williams-returns-broadway-goddess-love https://twitter.com/playbill/status/1055539753985155072 Williams made her Broadway debut in 2003 as the lead in “Aida,” a hit play featuring music from Elton John and Tim Rice, which took home Best Musical Show Album at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards. She has performed in other major plays, including as the lead in “Chicago” on Broadway in 2010 and most recently reviving her role as Aida at Muny’s production of the play in 2016. She shared her excitement at returning to the big stage in this new role.”I am totally overjoyed to return to Broadway and excited to join the cast of ‘Once On This Island,'” Williams said. “Taking on the role of Erzulie, the Goddess of Love, speaks to my heart. The musical is such a moving, inclusive, spiritual journey that is needed in these times. It feels just right to represent love.””Once On This Island” tells the story of, according to Playbill, “a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love,” who seeks advice in her quest from the island gods, including Erzulie, to be played by Williams beginning Nov. 30.Destiny’s Child fans got a special treat at this year’s Coachella festival, when Beyoncé brought out Williams and Kelly Rowland for a special reunion performance during her headline set, where they treated fans to a medley of their hits including GRAMMY-nominated “Lose My Breath” and “Soldier,” as well as “Say My Name,” which won the group their first career GRAMMY for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocal at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards.Williams told Billboard how powerful it is when the three of them get together, making the performance a special one for her.”I love performing with the girls. There’s nothing like it. Something happens when the three of us come together,” she said. “I just love the power it shows, the unity that it shows, that no matter where we are in life – personally, career wise – that we make time for each other.”Still “Wicked”: Celebrating 15 Years Of The GRAMMY-Winning MusicalRead more Facebook The GRAMMY-winning Destiny’s Child songstress takes center stage again, this time as Erzulie in “Once On This Island”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2018 – 2:36 pm The GRAMMY-winning singer Michelle Williams, who rose to fame as one-third of ’90s R&B/pop sensations Destiny’s Child, is returning to Broadway to join the cast of the musical “Once On This Island” in November. Michelle Williams Returns To Broadway As The Goddess Of Love News
Available as a Limited Hybrid trim, it’ll come with leather seats, navigation, a 14-speaker B&O premium audio setup and wireless charge pad. Standard safety tech will include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, evasive steering assist and speed sign recognition.The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid arrives in dealers this summer along with the rest of the new Explorer lineup and likely will carry a price premium over the regular gas version that begins $33,860. Exactly how much remains to be seen. For reference, the Highlander Hybrid starts at about $37,000. See All Fuel economy figures aren’t yet available, but will surely be measured against the 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway EPA estimates of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The Japanese automaker’s hybrid crossover comes only with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive. The Explorer, on the other hand, is standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available as an option.The Explorer Hybrid will be capable of pure electric motoring of speeds up to 30 mph for two miles on a fully charged battery, with an expected EPA-estimated total range of more than 500 miles for rear-wheel models. Ford says the hybrids will not suffer from any off-road limitations compared to its pure gas counterpart, and is only slightly slower than the 2.3-liter turbo model to 60 mph.Enlarge ImageThe Explorer Hybrid will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Ford Tow capacity does take a small hit, however. Properly equipped gas Explorer models with the 2.3-liter engine pull up to 5,300 pounds, while the hybrid is rated at 5,000, which to its credit still betters the Highlander Hybrid by 1,800 pounds.Inside, the hybrid doesn’t suffer from any space penalties thanks to the liquid-cooled battery pack being built into the chassis below the second-row seats. Cargo space mirrors the normal model with 18.2 cubic feet of room behind the third row and grows to 87.8 with both rows of rear seats folded. May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ford More From Roadshow 40 Photos reading • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid shoots for extreme range at Detroit Auto Show Crossovers Hybrids SUVs 1 Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid is a green, family-carrying… Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Tags Now playing: Watch this: Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comment While Ford is promising fuel economy improvements to the 2020 Explorer with the standard 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder and new 10-speed automatic transmission over the previous model, those in search of max efficiency will likely want to check out the new hybrid model. The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The first Explorer Hybrid is just one part of the new sixth-generation model that will also include a performance-focused ST model. In the hybrid, the drivetrain combines a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6, traditional torque converter 10-speed automatic transmission and electric motor with a 1.5-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. Total output punches in at 318 horsepower and 336 pound-feet of torque with a top speed of 123 mph. 2:15 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: A no-compromise hybrid crossover Ford Toyota
Where to stayLook for somewhere to stay during the Rugby World Cup? Find a hotel in Manchester.Find hotels in ManchesterGoing to any other games this Rugby World Cup? Check out our handy guides to some of the host cities:10 places for post-match munch in Milton KeynesGo ‘out out’ in MK after the match and see a different side to the Buckinghamshire ‘burb.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester Check out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 10 bars and restaurants in London for rugby fans Our tips for 10 best places to eat and drink in London post-World Cup match.Leeds: where to eat and drink for during the RWCWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fans Travelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? 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Take note of our top tips on where to eat and drink in the Welsh capital. If not for anything else, Manchester is known throughout the world as a cradle of musical talent. Oasis, The Smiths, the Stone Roses, Joy Divison, New Order and the Buzzcocks, amongst others, have all pounded the pavements of central Manchester. And of course, it’s a city of sport.You can’t mention Manchester to anyone without the inevitable question: “United or City?”. As a ‘Manc’ born and bred, I know it’s coming (I’m neither but thanks for asking). You’d be forgiven for thinking that football is Manchester’s only sporting preoccupation but rugby has a long-standing tradition in the city, not least as the home of Sale Sharks. During the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the England v Uruguay Pool A match will be hosted at the City of Manchester Stadium – once the centrepiece of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and now home to Manchester City FC. The stadium has previous form; rugby greats Mils Muliaina and Waisale Serevi played in the Sevens final at the Commonwealth Games when New Zealand claimed gold against Fiji.Find flights to ManchesterAlways ranking highly on people’s list of cities to visit in the UK, we’ve pulled together the best places to grab a bite to eat or have a sherry or two on your whistle-stop visit to Manchester for the rugby.1. Trof NQThe Northern Quarter is without question the most happening and interesting part of Manchester city centre. Its quirky bars and cafes and independent boutiques and record shops attract people from all walks of life and tastes; from hipsters to the alternative crowd and everyone in between. Trof is the kind of place where anyone can roll up at any time of day or night. With live gigs, open mic nights and quizes in the evening coupled with an extensive food and drink menu, or a coffee and cake or hangover-busting brunch the morning after, Trof delivers on so many levels.https://instagram.com/p/z4qIioB9Ul/2. Cloud 23Seen from miles around, the Beetham Tower became an instant Manchester icon on completion in 2006. Divided up between a 4-star hotel and residential appartments, the tower is one of the world’s slimmest skyscrapers. For cocktails with a view, the Cloud 23 skybar on the top floor of the Hilton is the highest you can go in the lego brick-like structure and the only bar of its kind in the city. With a 360-degree panoramic view of the Manchester skyline and beyond, you won’t be disappointed. It would be wise to book in advance to avoid disappoint as it’s always in huge demand.https://instagram.com/p/05kOH2yKAt/3. The KnottThere’s something about a bar that draws attention for deliberately avoiding trying to be cool and edgy. Maybe it’s for that reason that the Knott bar at the bottom of Deansgate – Manchester’s main artery – has such a loyal clientele. Tucked beneath a railway viaduct beside the Bridgewater Canal, the Knott is unassuming and unpretentious, not to mention a true paradise for the beer and ale connoisseur. Cask ale from the top micro-brewers from up and down the country feature on the bar’s seven hand pumps while European lagers and crafter beers from the US and UK feature on draught. There’s also an extensive bottle range, featuring the best Trappist beers and more. 4. Matt and Phred’sIf there’s one place in the Northern Quarter with an unimitable ambience and vibe, it’s Matt and Phred’s. With a longstanding reputation on the city’s music scene, live acts take to a stage six nights a week that has been graced by the likes of Jamie Cullum and multi-Grammy award-winner Adele. Free Monday to Thursday with a small entry fee on the door on Friday and Saturday nights, you’ll be tapping along to the best of local and international jazz all night. Happy Hour is until 8pm when you can get two-for-one cocktails or a free pizza with every two drinks bought. There is even a pizza on the menu called the Dave Walsh Special but sadly I can’t take credit for that.https://instagram.com/p/ySoSvHsUw-/5. BakerieThis is not your average bakery, as may be suggested by the name. While churning out delicious fresh bread everyday, Bakerie is also a wine bar in the Northern Quarter with 24 different wines by the glass and 70 by the bottle. Besides that, you can expect hearty food on the day and evening menus, including what has become a speciality, sharing boards. They even offer a tapas-style traditional Sunday roast sharing board which goes down a storm on a lazy Sunday.https://instagram.com/p/0P84ITk7Hj/6. The FontWho could argue with £2 cocktails? Tucked down a side street off Manchester busiest thoroughfare Oxford Road, Font attracts a mixed crowd with its laidback ambience and inexpensive and extensive cocktail menu starting at £2 for classics like Cosmopolitans or Tom Collins’. A place to grab a Full English the morning after your late night celebrations, or somehwere to grab a cheap but filling bite to eat before the match. https://instagram.com/p/y92cQ6xAL5/7. BarburritoThere are quite a few new Tex Mex restaurants around town, like Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn. For food on the go though, you can’t go wrong with Barburrito. Having first opened its doors in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, this small Mexican burrito joint became so popular that it now has two city centre outlets and has spread as far afield as Liverpool, Nottingham and London. Made fresh in front of you, just choose your fillings and let your stomach do the rest.https://instagram.com/p/0xo5Gzw63y/8. Akbar’sLos Angeles has Hollywood Boulevard, Paris has the Champs Elysées; Manchester blows them both completely out of the water with the Curry Mile – the UK’s largest concentration of Asian restaurants. While the renowned one-mile strip in Rusholme is lined on both sides by a plethora of curryhouses, the best in the city has to be Akbar’s on the city’s Liverpool Road. Imagine ordering a naan bread larger than your own head. Don’t believe me? Seeing is believing.https://instagram.com/p/xNJfLmsxb5/9. The Deaf InstituteHelping to transform a derelict space in a historic Manchester building, this venue, bearing the name of its previous incarnation, is three floors of entertainment to unwrap in one package. Most nights, there is a live music gig in the music hall on the first floor while the basement bar plays host to club nights. The main bar, with its booths and big tables, is a bit more relaxed serving up food, cocktails and local ales and craft beers to regulars until the small hours amid décor touches like stag heads and Dolly Parton wallpaper. https://instagram.com/p/yf_3jCluHB/10. ArtisanThe ultra modern Spinningfields quarter is Damien Henderson’s playground of choice, particularly for drinks. One of his favourite haunts is Artisan – a restaurant and bar set in a massive 12,000 sq ft space on the first floor of The Avenue North. A juxtosposition of industrial warehouse chic and an artist’s loft, it looks like something out of 1984 but with murals, sculptures and art adorning the walls and nooks and crannies.https://instagram.com/p/nJFybCv9YB/How to get thereThere is a well-signposted walking route from Manchester Piccadilly railway station to the stadium, taking around 25 minutes.To take the Metrolink, Manchester’s efficient tram system, board a Ashton-bound tram and get off at the Etihad Campus stop adjacent to the stadium. From Piccadilly, the journey takes less than 10 minutes.There are also a number of bus routes from the city centre to the stadium. For further information on bus timetables and routes, use the handy Transport for Greater Manchester journey planner.