Asian Games: Jwala Gutta pulls out, Ashwini left without partners

first_imgJwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games with an injury.Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games following a knee injury while Ashwini Ponnappa faces a crisis of partners for the mega event.Ponnappa will be without her regular partners in both events – women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Tarun Kona, who was to partner Ashwini in mixed doubles, has been dropped from the contingent.Four other shuttlers – Aparna Balan, Rituparna Das, Kona and Arun Vishnu – too have been struck down. Ashwini’s new partners are yet to be finalised. Jwala aggravated her injury in right knee during a training session on Monday.”My physio advised me to take two weeks rest. I was playing with a sprained By Avishek Roy in New Delhi knee and on Monday I aggravated it during training. I have been playing with taping all this while,” said Jwala.”It was a tough decision. The Asian Games is very important to me but there are important events lined up in next couple of years and I cannot afford to take any risk. I spoke to Ashwini and she understood the problem. I will be looking to make a comeback with the European circuit.”Ashwini, meanwhile, is not clear with whom she will play in doubles. “We can’t do much when injury happens. It is a setback. I thought I will, at least, have my regular partner Tarun in mixed doubles. But it was so unfortunate to find that Tarun’s name has been dropped from the contingent. I don’t know how to go about it,” she said. Though Ashwini’s former partner Pradnya Gadre is in the squad, the former will prefer combining with P V Sindhu.advertisement”I am just looking at different possibilities at the moment. The final decision has to be in the interest of the team. I will be comfortable with Sindhu. She has a good smash and she played in doubles in Thomas and Uber Cup recently,” she added.The final decision will rest with chief coach Pullela Gopichand. A top Badminton Association of India (BAI) official said the ministry had asked them to cut down on a few players. “They asked us which players have the possibilities of winning medals. There is no mixed doubles in team event. We can do with the current list.”last_img read more

Indias chief pistol coach Syed Wajid Ali no more

first_imgPune, Dec 13 (PTI) Indias chief pistol coach Syed Wajid Ali passed away at a hospital here after he suffered a severe heart attack in Punes Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex during a national shooting championship.Ali, 59, who hailed from Delhi and was currently the chief coach of the Indian team (pistol category), had come to the 60th National Shooting Championship Competition (NSCC), underway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Pune, as a chief range officer and jury.”At around 8 PM yesterday he suffered a severe heart attack in the shooting range and was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital, where he was declared dead at around 9 PM,” said Pavan Singh, the convener of the competition and former coach of Indian team (rifle category).Ali had come as a chief range officer and was here to conduct the championship, Singh said.The deceaseds family has been informed and they have reached Pune, he added. PTI SPK GK GKlast_img read more

CSKA Moscow Rips Panathinaikos, 93-66

first_imgMOSCOW – It was a rout from the get-go as the Russian team CSKA Moscow destroyed Greek power Panathinaikos, 93-66 in their European basketball league quarterfinal series on April 14.Without injured AJ Slaughter, Panathinaikos was never in the game after the first minutes and could only watch helplessly as Russia’s best team ran up big leads although the Greek team had it within 10 at 35-25 before watching it slip away.It was a laugher for CSKA, which led 77-42 after three periods and just coasted to the end over the dispirited Greens.held firm in the first quarter of the game, but CSKA ran riot after that, sending its lead close to 30 points at times, with the 35-25 score halfway through the second period turning into a 56-27 half-time score.“We must remember we are Panathinaikos,” forward James Gist, who scored 14, said, second to Nikos Pappas’ 16 for the night.The best-of-five series continues on April 16, again in Moscow.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Google may launch a Rs 40,000 Pixel phone to compete with Poco F1 and OnePlus 6

first_imgGoogle has big plans for Indian smartphone users. Reportedly. A while back Roland Quandt, someone who often leaks details of unreleased phones on Twitter, had said that Google was working on mid-range Pixel phone that would run on Snapdragon 710 and would be launched in first half of 2019. Now, a fresh report notes the same, saying that this new Pixel phones will be priced around Rs 40,000 and will take on the OnePlus 6 and the likes of Poco F1 in India.An unnamed source told the Economic Times that Google was working on a “mid-range Pixel phone”, which will be priced between Rs 40,000 and Rs 50,000. India is the world’s second biggest smartphone market in the world, but Google hasn’t exactly found many takes for the Pixel and the Pixel 2 phones here because of their high prices. This is despite the fact that Nexus phones, because of their aggressive prices, were quite popular in India earlier. So, Google is probably hoping to cash in on preference for Indian consumers for Nexus phones by launching a mid-range and more affordable Pixel phones.Incidentally, Google is not the only company hoping to come out with a relatively more affordable phone. Apple too is likely to launch a more affordable iPhone — this would be the iPhone with 6.1-inch screen and will possibly launch on September 12 — in India. This iPhone, unlike the high-end iPhones that cost above Rs 70,000 at launch, will be priced around Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000.The upcoming mid-budget Pixel phone is said to be focused mainly at the Indian market and could hit the stores next year after the launch of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL arrive in India in late October this year. The Google Pixel hardware team recently visited India to understand the market and explore possibility of a mid-budget device in India. “They have global plans, but they explored the possibility in the Indian market for such a device, especially when OnePlus has done really well,” a person aware of the development told the ET.advertisementThe company has reportedly managed to sell only 80,000 Pixel 2 smartphones since its launch in India. The company with a new mid-range Pixel phone aims to enter Rs 30,000 and above segment which saw the maximum sales from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus in the last quarter. A Counterpoint research shows that Google has just 1 per cent market share in this segment.Google is also gearing up for the global launch of its 2018 flagship phones: the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. The phones are expected to show up on October 9 at an event in New York. The Pixel 3XL is rumoured to feature a large 6.5-inch screen with a big notch. Both the phones will run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset and sport single rear-camera. The phones will come with latest Android 9 Pie.last_img read more

DORR CHARGED IN SIOUX COUNTY BOOK BURNING INCIDENT

first_imgA CRIMINAL CHARGE HAS BEEN FILED IN SIOUX COUNTY AGAINST A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY BURNED FOUR LGBTQ THEMED BOOKS THAT HE CHECKED OUT FROM THE ORANGE CITY LIBRARY IN OCTOBER.62-YEAR-OLD PAUL DORR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 5TH DEGREE.COURT DOCUMENTS STATE THAT DORR CHECKED OUT THE BOOKS ON OCTOBER 6TH AND BURNED THEM ON OCTOBER 19TH.DORR POSTED A FACEBOOK VIDEO OF HIMSELF BURNING THE BOOKS.HIS INITIAL APPEARANCE IS SET FOR JANUARY 22ND AT THE SIOUX COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN ORANGE CITY.last_img read more

Diego Maradona to coach Argentine club Gimnasia y Esgrima

first_img Next Reuters Buenos AiresSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 10:39 IST Diego Maradona won the World Cup as a player with Argentina in 1986. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Maradona is returning to coach Argentine side Gimnasia y EsgrimaMaradona’s new side, formed in 1887, have won just one professional titleMaradona the World Cup as a player with Argentina in 1986World Cup winner Diego Maradona has signed a deal with Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima, returning to coach in his homeland for the first time since 2010.”Star of world football, Diego Armando Maradona, has signed his name and is the new coach of Gimnasia,” the club said in a short statement on Thursday. “The deal runs until the end of the current season.”Maradona, who was an erratic and brilliant striker and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, most recently coached in Mexico, where he led second division side Dorados of Sinaloa to two unsuccessful playoff appearances.His new team, from the city of La Plata just outside Buenos Aires, was formed in 1887 and claims to be the oldest professional football club in the Americas.Known as El Lobo or The Wolf, they have won just one professional title, the Copa Centenario, in 1993.They currently sit at the bottom of the first division table, with one point from five matches.”Finally it’s now official,” Maradona wrote on Instagram. “I am very happy to be the new coach of @gimnasia_oficial.””I want to thank the president Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and say to all the fans that we are going to work with our hearts and souls for The Wolf.”Maradona’s return was eagerly expected and jubilant fans turned up at the club on Thursday to welcome him.It marks a working return to his homeland for the first time in almost a decade, following a spell in charge of the national side between 2008 and 2010. He also had stints as club coach at Mandiyu and Racing in the 1990s.advertisementThe 58-year-old won the World Cup as a player with Argentina in 1986 but has had frequent hospital treatment over the years, often due to his extravagant lifestyle.Maradona was taken into hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.He resigned from the Dorados in June, citing the need for operations on his knee and shoulder.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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Diego MaradonaFollow Gimnasia y Esgrima Diego Maradona to coach Argentine club Gimnasia y EsgrimaDiego Maradona, who was an erratic and brilliant striker and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, most recently coached in Mexico, where he led second division side Dorados of Sinaloa to two unsuccessful playoff appearances.advertisementlast_img read more

SHI Inks LOI with SeaOne Caribbean to Build 12 ATBs

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with SeaOne Caribbean, part of the US-based technology company SeaOne Holdings, for the construction of twelve articulated tug/barge (AT/B) marine vessels.The deal was inked at a ceremony held on May 19.Featuring SeaOne’s patented CGL® technology and systems that include the CGL containment system, the 260-meter-long vessels will be “the world’s largest and most powerful” AT/Bs and will operate in the Caribbean and Central American regions, SeaOne said.As informed, the vessels will be used to transport and deliver a compressed gas liquid (CGL) cargo to clients in support of the SeaOne Caribbean Fuels Supply Project. To meet cargo delivery requirements, the AT/Bs will be fitted with IMO Tier III diesel engines sized to attain a service speed of over 14 knots.“SeaOne has been working with SHI for a while now and we have found them to be a proactive company that listens to new ideas in the gas and liquids transportation business and provides constructive input into the design of the CGL transportation vessels. We are pleased to have SHI as part of the project,” Bruce Hall, President and COO for SeaOne, commented.The CGL containment system is treated as an independent cargo and is not integral to the vessel design. The AT/B cargo holds will be kept at a temperature minus 40ºF/C while the containment system is full resulting in no sloshing or boil off and no retention of a gas blanket after offloading of the cargo, according to SeaOne.Designed by Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., the newbuildings will fly the flag of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The American Bureau of Shipping, a classification society, has worked with the company to help ensure the vessels will comply with the required standards of construction and safe operation.The company’s Caribbean Fuels Supply Project is being undertaken to develop an environmentally-friendly, lowest cost, and safe means of transporting gas and gas liquids together as a single cargo.“This is certainly an industry game-changer. This project will provide to the region, for the first time, the lowest cost of fuel while reducing emissions substantially,” Forrest Hoglund, Chairman and CEO of SeaOne, noted.last_img read more

Alfa Lavals GCU Preferred Choice for LNG Newbuilds

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Alfa Laval Swedish engineering group Alfa Laval has reached a milestone in Gas Combustion Unit (GCU) sales which exceeded 100 units.Namely, the company’s GCU has been chosen for boil-off gas management on more than half of the LNG carriers built during 2018.Since buying the technology from Snecma in 2013, Alfa Laval has proven the GCU concept and built up a strong position for the product in the LNG market. In 2018, the GCU has been the choice for the majority of LNG newbuilds.Continued GCU developmentToday the GCU is central to the Alfa Laval portfolio of systems for LNG, which also includes the Alfa Laval Smit LNG inert gas generators.The company has continued to develop the GCU technology, both in partnership with customers and at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark.Since the expansion of the Test & Training Centre for gas applications in 2017, a full-size GCU has been the focal point of the 1350 m2 testing space.A smaller GCU to arrive soonYet another GCU development will appear in 2019, when a smaller version is expected for commercial release. Whereas the current GCU is most suited to large vessels, the new unit will be optimized for 100–1000 kg/h of boil-off gas.“The smaller GCU will be an excellent fit for small LNG carriers, floating storage and regasification units, LNG bunker vessels and vessels using LNG as fuel, which also need an option for burning boil-off gas,”  Pieter Borg, Manager Exhaust & Combustion Systems at Alfa Laval, said.last_img read more

Twitter to remove spam abuse from your Direct Message inbox

first_imgSan Francisco: Micro-blogging platform Twitter is testing a new feature to filter spam and abusive messages from your Direct Message (DM) inbox. “Unwanted messages aren’t fun. So we’re testing a filter in your DM requests to keep those out of sight, out of mind,” Twitter Support posted on Friday. Currently, Twitter allows users to set their DM inbox open to receive messages from anyone. “This new experiment will test a filter that will move unwanted messages, including those with offensive content or spam, to a separate tab,” reports TechCrunch. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Twitter this week announced several changes coming to its platform, including a way to follow topics, a search tool for the Direct Message inbox, as well as support for iOS Live Photos as GIFs. The new option would allow users search for a particular message by a specific person through a dedicated tab in their DM inbox. The feature would let users search for a particular message via profile name and likely by Twitter handle. Last month, the micro-blogging site redesigned the desktop interface of its platform. The company is also testing an option to let users subscribe to a tweet discussion in order to get notified of any replies.last_img read more

NDP call for investigation into federal governments conduct at human rights tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal New Democratic Party is calling for an independent investigation into the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada’s conduct at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.On Wednesday, the tribunal panel accused both departments of knowingly misleading the tribunal and the parties involved in a discrimination case against the government.“The government has obligations at this tribunal,” said NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder. “And they are well aware of them and they have disregarded those obligations.”The tribunal is hearing a case brought on by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations. Both accuse Canada of spending less on First Nations child welfare than what provincial governments spend for non-First Nations children.The controversy is around tens of thousands of documents relevant to the case that Canada failed to disclose to the tribunal and the parties involved. The discovery of the 50,000 documents only came after Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, became curious about the lack of information being disclosed by Canada at the hearing.In the fall of 2012, Blackstock filed an access to information request to Aboriginal Affairs. In April 2013, she received a compact disc containing thousands of records dealing with First Nations child welfare agencies across the country and information regarding some of the witnesses who had already testified at the tribunal for the case.When Blackstock cross-referenced the information to what the government had disclosed, she found that the information was no where to be found.“There needs to be an investigation into the procedure,” said Crowder. “Who made the decisions? If the access to information hadn’t come up, those documents may never have come to light.”The tribunal panel overseeing the case chastised the government for its lack of transparency.In a ruling released Wednesday the panel wrote: “The respondent (Canada), knew of the existence of a number of these documents, prejudicial to its case and highly relevant in the summer of 2012 and yet failed to disclose them.”According to the panel, the government knew back in October 2012 that it would miss its deadline to disclose the records set for February 25, 2013. It was informed by the company it hired, Public History Inc., that it was at risk of missing its deadline because of the vast amount of information it was sifting through.The government hired a second company to assist in the procedure. Canadian Development Consultants Inc. that also informed the government in March of 2013 that it would not have a package ready until the end of September.“It is deeply troubling that the federal government continues to delay and obstruct an inquiry aimed at achieving fairness, justice and safety for First Nations children,” said Jonathan Thompson, director of Child Welfare for the Assembly of First Nations.”The panel noted in its Wednesday ruling that Canada had several opportunities to inform the tribunal and the parties of the extent of the information and the delays but failed to do so, “had the respondent communicated the challenges it faced in obtaining these large amount of disclosure, the tribunal, with the parties, could have worked together to find a solution. The respondent has denied this opportunity to everyone and forced the tribunal, to put it bluntly, into a mode of damage control.”“The lengths to which this government will go to avoid accountability and responsibility is simply astonishing,” said Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett. “Their priorities are crystal clear in this case: political damage control is more important to them than the wellbeing of Aboriginal children. Canadians should and will be disgusted by this.”Now months behind schedule, the hearings into the discrimination case will resume in September.Cindy Blackstock supports a call for an independent investigation but only on certain conditions.“I would very much welcome an independent review so long as it respects the integrity of the tribunal process,” said Blackstock. “It is very concerning to me that in a case impacting 161,000 children that the Government of Canada has repeatedly tried to derail the tribunal hearings using procedural technicalities and within the past month has been found responsible for violating both the Privacy Act and tribunal disclosure rules in relation to the child welfare case.”APTN asked the department of Aboriginal Affairs to respond to the allegations leveled by the tribunal panel. Instead, the following statement was sent by the department.“Our Government believes that the best way to ensure First Nations children and families get the support and services they need is by working together – with First Nations, provinces and territories. To date, the government has provided 158,000 pages of relevant material to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and we will continue to abide by their rules and procedures by ensuring that all documents relevant to the proceedings are provided.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Trump may add Xi meeting to expected upcoming Asia itinerary

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump works out the details of a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon), he’s thinking about adding a possible meeting with China’s president to his itinerary.The White House hasn’t released details on when Trump might meet Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) as the leaders try to settle a trade war between the economic powers.Trump tells reporters he’s considering trying to see Xi when he’s in Asia later this month for expected denuclearization talks with North Korea’s Kim.Trump says the time and date of his summit with Kim will be announced next week.The Associated Press read more

Nigerian Navy commissions Sri Lankan made gunboats

Sheni said another 20 of the locally built gunboats would be delivered to the Nigerian Navy. The Nigerian Navy has commissioned 30 locally made and nine Sri Lankan gunboats into service, and unveiled an indigenous 38 metre long patrol vessel, the Defence Web in Africa reported.The vessels were commissioned in Lagos on 17 August in a ceremony attended by Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Danjuma Sheni and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, amongst others. The 30 gunboats, which are 8.2 metres long, were built by the Epenal Boat Yard in Port Harcourt. Officials said they would be used to patrol the Niger Delta. The vessels displayed last Wednesday appear to be armed with ST Kinetics 40AGL automatic grenade launchers. Nine of the boats were earlier acquired second hand from Sri Lanka for $4.2 million. They were handed over on 6 May in a ceremony in Sri Lanka. According to the Sri Lankan Navy, six Arrow class boats and three Wave Rider class boats were handed over in what the Navy said was its first international defence sale.The 14.5 metre long and 3.5 metre wide inshore patrol craft are powered by two 350 HP engines. They are equipped with a radar system, GPS and electronic compass. The contract included training for Nigerian personnel in Sri Lanka. In addition to the smaller gunboats, the Nigerian Navy will receive a locally built patrol boat, which was apparently also commissioned last week. NNS Karaduwa is the second Seaward Defence Boat to be built in Nigeria and is 38.9 metres long. (Colombo Gazette) Ete-Ibas was reported by local media as saying that said the Epenal-built boats were an improvement on 30 others unveiled in Port Harcourt in February and featured modifications that improved sea-keeping, amongst others. He said the vessels contribute to Nigeria’s national security and prosperity and come at half the cost of acquiring vessels from overseas, something that is important as “mounting operational challenges in the face of [the] progressively dwindling economy necessitated the navy to explore more cost saving options through local construction of these patrol boats.” read more

Darfur AUUN joint mission chief assesses security and civilian needs on first

“The best solution to the conflict in Darfur is to achieve a lasting peace, allowing conditions to normalize so that citizens can live without fear or intimidation,” Mohamed Ibn Chambas said in a news release wrapping up a series of field visits, his first as the head of the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in the Darfur (UNAMID). The joint envoy’s eight-day trip from April 22 to 30 included meetings with “representatives of internally displaced people, traditional leaders, State authorities and UNAMID staff,” a spokesperson for the Secretary-General told journalists today in New York.In East Darfur, Mr. Chambas travelled to Labado and Muhajeria, where clashes between the Sudan Liberation Army – Mini Minawi and the Government of Sudan have displaced thousands of civilians in recent weeks causing them to take refuge near UN peacekeeping bases. On 29 April, UNAMID and its humanitarian partners delivered the second phase of emergency aid to the families. The first phase of the operation was conducted on 23 April, and consisted primarily of delivering food rations, bottled water and medical supplies delivered and protected by UNAMID peacekeepers, and provided by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).In meetings with authorities in East and South Darfur, Mr. Chambas stressed “the importance of ensuring continued access by UNAMID and humanitarian organizations to enable the delivery aid to the IDPs concentrated around the UNAMID Team Sites in Muhajeria and Labado,” according to today’s news release. An estimated 200,000 civilians remain near the bases.Also in Muhajeria, Mr. Chambas met with UNAMID personnel and expressed appreciation for their professionalism in the protection of civilians, particularly after the killing of a Nigerian blue helmet and injuring of two others by unidentified assailants. In Central Darfur, the UNAMID chief highlighted the benefits that both the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur and the Darfur Donor Conference’s $3.7 billion in financial pledges could bring in terms of achieving lasting peace and much-needed development in Darfur.The Doha Document, negotiated with the support of the Government of Qatar, forms the basis for a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting that began in Darfur ten years ago, pitting government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups.The Sudanese Government and two major rebel groups have committed to the accord. During his visits, Mr. Chambas met with internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Hassa Hissa and Nertiti Camps in Zalingei, Central Darfur, the Kalma Camp in South Darfur, Shadad and Niyasha Camp in North Darfur and Mornei Camp in West Darfur. He also met with State leaders, including South Darfur Governor or “Wali” Adam Mahmoud Jaral-Nabi and East Darfur Wali Abdul-Hamid Musa Kasha.Established in July 2007, UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate, but is also tasked with contributing to security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of agreements and assisting with an inclusive political process, among other responsibilities.According to UN estimates, some 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen erupted in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes. Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses. read more

After grim 2014 UN urges renewed push for Middle East peace

Addressing the opening of the 2015 session of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Eliasson called on the UN system, the international community and all concerned stakeholders to work to revive negotiations for a two-State solution and end the impasse between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples which, he noted, had dangerously deteriorated. While originally designated as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 2014 had been “grim” for the region, as talks between the two sides broke down and violence escalated, he continued. Last summer, for instance, hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip resulted in the deaths of almost 2,200 Palestinians and 72 Israelis, along with the wide-scale destruction of the war-ravaged enclave. According to a recent UN assessment, as it stands now, over 100,000 homes remain damaged or destroyed, affecting more than 600,000 people. Many people still lack access to the municipal water network. Blackouts of up to 18 hours per day are common. He added that Gaza remained “a desolate place under blockade and with much human suffering” and called on donors to fulfil pledges made at last October’s Cairo conference for the reconstruction of Gaza.In addition, the year also saw rising levels of violence in the West Bank with incitement fanning religious tensions in the region and beyond. “I regret that the parties have since taken unilateral steps that have deepened mutual distrust and distanced them from a prospect of negotiated settlement,” Mr. Eliasson declared. “I urge both parties to refrain from any action that could further exacerbate the situation and to demonstrate the necessary leadership for reaching and implementing the difficult decisions that lie ahead.”The Deputy Secretary-General reiterated that Israelis, Palestinians and the international community together held the responsibility for what had become “a collective failure to advance a political solution” to the crisis and said “all good forces must now be mobilised” for a new, successful push for peace.“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of our Organization, I call on this Committee to exert all efforts to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their inalienable rights,” Mr. Eliasson concluded. “I reiterate the commitment of the United Nations to help achieve a just and durable peace between Israel and Palestine, resolving the conflict by ending nearly half a century of occupation and establishing a sovereign and independent State of Palestine – living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security.” read more

Wearable book lets you experience characters emotions while reading

first_imgWHEN YOU THINK of wearable technology, watches, glasses and clothes would come to mind, but researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has applied this technology to reading.The project, called Sensory Fiction, allows readers to experience the protagonist’s emotions through a wearable vest.The vest uses a combination of sensors to convey a character’s emotions through vibrations and other indicators.Depending on what part of the book you’re reading, any changes in the protagonist’s emotional or physical state triggers feedback either through changing the heart rate, creating constriction through air pressure bags or by changing the temperature.The prototype book used was a science fiction novella called The Girl Who Was Plugged In by James Tiptree Jr., which won the Hugo Award for best Novella in 1974.The researchers chose this story as the basis because “the deep love and ultimate despair” the main protagonist experiences throughout the story.The project was one of many created in the Science Fiction to Science Fabrication class. (Video: Felix/Vimeo)Read: Google developing smart contact lens that will aid diabetics >Read: Smart ring sends you phone updates to your finger >last_img read more

CIA director who quit after sex scandal joins investment company

first_imgFORMER CIA DIRECTOR David Petraeus, who resigned in November after revealing he had had an extramarital affair, will join the investment fund KKR.It quoted people close to the situation as saying Petraeus would lead a new institute created by the fund and specializing in economic forecasts, public policy and emerging markets.KKR, which has specialized in taking over large listed companies, hopes to cash in on Petraeus’s contacts and experience to assess potential acquisitions, the paper quoted its sources as saying.Since leaving the CIA, Petraeus, 60, has said he planned to teach at the University of Southern California and City University of New York.Petraeus, a hero of the Iraq war and former commander of the allied force in Afghanistan, took over the CIA in 2011. He was one of the most decorated and respected military people of his generation.He resigned November 9, 2012 after admitting an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, 20 years his junior.© AFP, 2013Read: Obama: ‘No security threat’ in Petraeus and Allen sex scandal>More: New twist in Petraeus sex scandal as top US commander investigated>last_img read more

Woman 40s dies after house fire broke out in Co Meath this

first_imgWoman (40s) dies after house fire broke out in Co Meath this morning The fire broke out at around 9.40am in a house on Castlemartin Avenue. 7 Comments Share119 Tweet Email Mar 23rd 2019, 2:56 PM Image: Google Maps 22,558 Views A WOMAN IN her 40s has died in a house fire in Co Meath this morning. The fire broke out at around 9.40am this morning in a house on Castlemartin Avenue, Laytown.Gardaí in Laytown are investigating the incident. A woman in her 40s was fatally injured in the fire. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body has been taken to the mortuary in Navan General Hospital where a full post-mortem examination will be carried out. Investigations are ongoing.  Short URLcenter_img By Hayley Halpin Castlemartin Avenue, Laytown, Co Meath https://jrnl.ie/4557440 Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 2:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Castlemartin Avenue, Laytown, Co Meath Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

Prison service investigating two staff allegations about management practices

first_img Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie 10,883 Views Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 6:00 AM Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1 Comment Share14 Tweet Email Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/4090342 THE IRISH PRISON Service is currently investigating a number of allegations by staff received through protected disclosures.In its annual report yesterday, the service said six disclosures were received by the head of internal audit last year. Four of these, however, were not considered as protected disclosures as they were not made by staff as set out by the legislation, or they were considered better dealt with under standard grievance and human resources procedures.The remaining two protected disclosure allegations regarding “management practices” are currently under investigation. There is also one case under consideration from 2016 where allegations of penalisation were made by a member of staff.Speaking to reporters yesterday, Director General of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donnellan said one of the agency’s aims in its current strategy is to improve its relationships with staff:“To support our staff who do a very difficult job behind the walls on behalf of Irish society and to encourage their training and their development. So, the more open an organisation we can become, the more support we can give our staff doing a very difficult job then I think the less of those stressful events that can happen.”He also said the need to keep members of rival gangs separated in the prison is putting “huge pressure” on resources.“You’re having to run several regimes within a prison environment which the prison service technically was never set up to do.” Prison service investigating two staff allegations about management practices Another case under consideration from 2016 involves allegations of penalisation. Jun 26th 2018, 6:01 AM last_img read more

Young Greek of the Week

first_imgNameJack Miriklis, 25.Your greatest achievementsBeing National President of and receiving life membership to NUGAS.How did you get to where you are now Perseverance, hard work, long hours and caring about the community.Your greatest challenge Leading a part of the community.Goal for the futureOwning my own IT company and continuing to serve the Greek-Australian community.Best moment of your lifeWatching as 700 people danced at the NUGAS ball and thinking, I helped create this.One word that describes youQuirky.Persons you most admire and whyJason Calacanis, a Greek-American tech entrepreneur and my girlfriend Regine for being as passionate about the Greek youth as I am.Best thing about being Greek-AustralianThe mix of culture, and our passion. If I could say anything to the Greek community… Greek youth are the next leaders of Greek-Australian community. Give us the ability and freedom to pursue new things, while guiding and educating us at the same time.Most embarrassing Greek momentWhen everyone sang Happy Birthday to me at the SAE Conference but I missed it because I was outside! Favourite place to go or hang out atVanilla in Oakleigh, Cafe Greco on Chapel Street and Pancake Parlour in Doncaster.Favourite Greek foodKeftedes.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment One Wild Night – Bon Jovi.I can’t live without…My girlfriend Regi, a frappe/coffee and my iPod. If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Give massive tax breaks, then resign. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Apple lintérimaire qui a remplacé Steve Jobs grassement récompensé

first_imgApple : l’intérimaire qui a remplacé Steve Jobs grassement récompenséÉtats-Unis – 22 millions de dollars. C’est ce qu’Apple a décidé de verser à Tim Cook, le dirigeant intérimaire qui avait remplacé le PDG de la firme à la pomme, Steve Jobs, durant son arrêt-maladie. Chez Apple, on sait dire merci. Le géant américain avait déjà récompensé Tim Cook pour sa prestation en 2009 lors d’un remplacement de six mois du PDG Steve Jobs. La firme à la pomme lui avait alors versé 12,3 millions de dollars en actions. Mais Apple a décidé d’aller encore plus loin, en versant cette fois 22 millions de dollars supplémentaires à ce même Tim Cook, en actions mais aussi en espèces sonnantes et trébuchantes. Lors de son arrivée, les investisseurs s’étaient inquiétés de l’état de santé de Steve Jobs et du peu d’informations ayant filtré avant sa greffe du foie. Avec Tim Cook à la barre, les actions d’Apple ont grimpé de 85 à 140 dollars.Le 18 mars 2010 à 12:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more