H-1B Spouses: Eshoo, Lofgren Introduce Bill To Protect Work Authorizations

first_imgTwo Bay Area congresswomen introduced a bill Friday that would protect thousands of Silicon Valley immigrants from a Trump administration move to strip their right to work.The bill, written by Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, would prevent the administration from revoking an Obama-era rule giving work authorization to certain spouses of H-1B visa holders.Read it at Mercury News Related Itemslast_img

Erram still optimistic as loses pile up for Blackwater: ‘We still fought’

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH And after being down 62-47 in the third, the Elite managed to go on a 21-8 run between the last two quarters to cut the lead to two, 70-68.Alaska, however, still held on to the lead after the Elite missed seven of its free throws in the fourth quarter.“We’re still on a positive spirit after the game,” said Erram. “Even though that was the performance we had, we still fought, we weren’t down big at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on PLAY LIST 01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “Aside from the missed free throws, we are doing things that we don’t usually do,” said Erram in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We were shooting from spots we shouldn’t be even standing in.”“There were players who were driving who usually don’t drive to the basket.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutErram, who had a monster game of 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks, became a glimmer of hope for Blackwater, but he wasn’t the lone bright spot for the Elite.Mac Belo and Mike Digregorio both finished with 15 points while Allein Maliksi and Roi Sumang had 10 points apiece. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Blackwater’s JP Erram. PBA IMAGESBlackwater is on a funk right now, having lost three straight games to fall to the second-worst record in the standings in the PBA Philippine Cup.After the Elite lost 88-84 to Alaska to slide to 2-4, it’s obvious that they have not been doing things the right way and center JP Erram knows exactly what’s wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Hotshots buck Lee’s absence to beat KaTropa View commentslast_img read more

Discovery of ‘Film Festival’ in India

first_imgThe top award at the festivalIndians-who first discovered the moving picture show as far back as 1896 with an exhibition of the Lumiere brothers’ films in Bombay’s Watson Hotel-have now discovered the film festival. Film festivals in India now happen practically every few months.In the last two years alone there,The top award at the festivalIndians-who first discovered the moving picture show as far back as 1896 with an exhibition of the Lumiere brothers’ films in Bombay’s Watson Hotel-have now discovered the film festival.Film festivals in India now happen practically every few months.In the last two years alone there have been three international film festivals in the country.Now that the stage is set for the sixth International Film Festival scheduled to open on January 3, it might be worthwhile to ask why.Does a country like India need international extravaganzas? Does it need to hold film festivals every six months on so large a scale? The answers lie buried beneath controversial issues.But what is clear is that by the 1950s, the film festival has become to the art world what the Olympic games are in the world of sports.last_img read more

I should have said Ozil was crap, not sh*t! – Bayern chief

first_imgBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that he was wrong to call Mesut Ozil “sh*t”, saying he should have instead labelled the playmaker “crap”.Speaking in August, Hoeness had said that Ozil was using accusations of racism as a distraction from his poor form with Germany, having previously gone on a spectacular rant about the player.Indeed, the Arsenal playmaker was the subject to widespread criticism as Joachim Low’s side crashed out of World Cup 2018 at the group stage, having lost matches against Mexico and South Korea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Hoeness was one of many to take aim at the 29-year-old, though he regrets his decision now.”I should not have said sh*t, but crap,” he admitted. “My opinion of Mesut is clear: I wanted to make a point of diverting the conversation back towards sport. I wanted to divert it away from racism and integration.”Ozil has since quit the international game amid accusations of institutional racism, though Germany’s fortunes have not picked up any. Indeed, Low’s side face the prospect of being relegated from the top tier of Nations League sides after suffering successive defeats against Netherlands and France over the course of the previous week.At the time, this was welcomed by the Bayern boss, who told Sport Bild: “He had been playing sh*t for years.“He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his sh*tty performance hide behind this picture.“Whenever [Bayern] played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point.“His 35 million followers – that don’t exist in the real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a pass.“The development in our country is a catastrophe. You have to go back to what it is: sport. And from a sporting point of view, Ozil has no place in the national team for years.”Prior to the competition, he had been photographed with controversial Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan along with Ilkay Gundogan, sparking a backlash in his homeland. DFB president Reinhard Grindel urged him to explain the incident, but Ozil replied to the repeated attacks by claiming he had been made a scapegoat for the country’s failure and been the target of racial abuse.Hoeness also admitted that he had gone too far with his criticism of Karim Bellarabi last month when he called on the Bayer Leverkusen player to be given a lengthy ban for kicking Rafinha.The Germany international received a four-game suspension, but it was not enough for what Hoeness saw as an “insane violation” and an example of “stupidity”.After reflecting on it, though, he conceded he let his emotions get the better of him.”Sometimes you are emotionally upset after the game,” he said. “I should not have said he was insane.”last_img read more

Ishant Sharma feels bowling for Sussex with Duke ball helped him

first_imgIshant Sharma’s inspired spell of bowling left England reeling as the Indian speedster snared the eight five-wicket haul of his Test career on the third day of the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday.Ishant credited his time with English county side Sussex for his performance with the ball, saying that the stint gave him the much-needed confidence and experience ahead of the current tour of England.Ishant took 5 for 51 runs, including the wickets of Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler all in one over, which was his second five-wicket on on English soil to help India bowl out England for 180 in the second innings.”Playing county cricket has helped me a lot. I was disappointed a bit (on missing out IPL) but I figured whatever happens it’s for your good. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it a lot. I played for Sussex and bowling with Duke ball was good,” Ishant told reporters at the post day’s press conference last night.Also read – Can India win England’s 1000th Test? Key stats and numbers”The good thing was I had overs behind me. I played four matches for Sussex, and a few One-Day matches too, but I bowled nearly 250 overs in that.”It feels nice to represent your country, come abroad and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one. I bowl hard but my wickets’ column doesn’t (always) become bigger. It feels nice to work hard as a bowler,” he added.advertisement Ishant Sharma played county cricket for Sussex before the England tour (Getty Images)Ishant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger.Also read – Ishant Sharma revives Lord’s 2014 memories with inspired Edgbaston spellTwo balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.Ishant changed angles to come round the wicket and most of the English left-handed batsmen found it difficult to handle his swing.When asked about the ploy, Ishant said it was a pre-meditated plan.”In the first innings, we wanted to take the ball away from the left-handers. I started over the stumps but when the ball started to do things I came around.Also read – We need to get Virat Kohli out early, says Sam Curran”Bowling coach told me to come around the stumps straightway. It becomes a difficult angle for the batsmen. When I start to swing the ball, it becomes very difficult for the left-handers,” he said.Accused of being a “defensive bowler” for post of career, Ishant’s defends himself saying that he just bowls according to the situation of the match.”I don’t know where the label (of being a defensive bowler) came from. I try to bowl depending on the situation. I just go with my gut feel and situation of the game,” he said.Also read – Virat Kohli booed at Edgbaston, responds with epic Test hundred”At times you have to bowl defensively and at times you have to bowl attackingly. It depends on the situation, how you will deal with it, and I try to adapt to situation and bowl accordingly,” Ishant added.India ended day three at 110 for 5, still needing 84 runs for a historic win in England’s 1000th Test match. Virat Kohli will be resuming the innings unbeaten on 43 in the company of Dinesh Karthik (18).Ishant is confident of an Indian win with Kohli still there at the crease, even though many have raised questions on the visitor’s batting line-up.Also read – Virat Kohli takes a few hours, buries the demons of 2014 England tour”He (Kohli) is someone who always gives you positive energy and that is a big thing as captain. He always wants to do something special for Team India and everybody knows how professional he is,” he said.”The good thing is that I have scored a 50 in county cricket, so I am carrying that confidence in my batting as well. Hopefully, they don’t need me, and Virat and DK will do the job.”India were reduced to 78 for five at one stage, before Kohli and Karthik held fort until stumps to raise visions of victory.”It gives us a lot of confidence because Virat has scored 150-odd in the last innings. DK got out cheaply in the first innings, but you can see that he has positive intent,” Ishant said.advertisement”Losing five wickets doesn’t mean much because we got their batsmen out quickly as well. Cricket is such a game that you can chase down small totals easily with one big partnership.”I think the tough period is gone. The wickets in England aren’t very helpful to be honest, and it is all down to sun god. If sun is out there is no problem. It is problematic only when it is cloudy and then swing starts,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


first_imgAn Albion, Nebraska man has been given 30 days in jail and fined $1,000 for the crash death of a passenger in his vehicle.19-year-old Blake Baldwin was sentenced Tuesday in Stanton County Court.Baldwin had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular homicide and being a minor in possession of alcohol.Police say Baldwin was driving a sport utility vehicle April 29th when he lost control, causing the SUV to roll.Baldwin and two passengers were thrown from the vehicle.Nineteen-year-old Beau Kellogg, of Norfolk, was pronounced dead at a hospital.last_img read more

Da Milano launches its latest collection of toteally chic handbags

first_imgNew Delhi: Play it as if it’s just the beginning as the new designs of Da Milano’s totes and Satchel are back in the game. The timeless collection of leather handbags is curated in vivacious styles and colors to add the much-needed glamour to your summer wardrobe. Be it classic colors like tan, cognac and black or pop colors like yellow, green and fiesta red, the brand-new collection has it all. Different textures of vegetable tanned leather such as wax, franzy, mat, Saffiano, croco, etc. is used to give a luxurious look to the collection. The multipurpose collection is curated with a lifetime service warranty to cater to the modern-day multifarious woman.last_img read more

Girl among four injured in terrorist attack in JKs Baramulla

first_imgSrinagar: Four members of a family including a two-and-a-half-year-old girl were injured when terrorists attacked a house in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, officials said on Saturday.Unidentified terrorists barged into a house at Dangerpora village late Friday and fired indiscriminately at the inmates, causing injuries to four persons including the girl, the officials said.They said the attackers fled the scene immediately after the attack and a hunt has been launched to nab them. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsEarlier, a police spokesman termed the attack as “merciless act of terrorism” and said the terrorists fired and injured four persons including a baby, Usma Jan.”All the injured were shifted to hospital and are stated to be stable”, the spokesman said, adding police is on the spot and further investigation is in progress.The officials identified the other persons injured in the attack as Mohammad Ashraf Dar, Mohammad Ramzan Dar and Arshid Hussain.last_img read more

GL holds talks in Vietnam

The two sides also agreed to study on signing the Vietnam-Sri Lanka Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) in the future.In 2011, the Vietnam-Sri Lanka bilateral trade turnover reached 100 million U.S. dollars and is expected to hit one billion U.S. dollars by 2015. (Xinhua) Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, for his part, expressed his impression on achievements Vietnam has gained during the innovation and economic development process. Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh met with his Sri Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris for talks over bilateral relations in capital Hanoi on Tuesday during his four-day visit to Vietnam.During the meeting, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke highly of Peiris’s visit to Vietnam, adding that his visit plays an important role in further expanding the Vietnam-Sri Lanka multifaceted traditional friendship relations. The two ministers expressed delight at the positive development of the bilateral relations during the past years and agreed to further cooperation in fields of politic, defense and security, economic, trade and investment, oil, gas, and education. read more

Auditor General visits SLC to expedite forensic audit

During the discussions, Jayaratne informed the Auditor General that the SLC Executive Committee, at their meeting held on the 25th February 2019, directed the Senior Management of SLC to extend their fullest corporation and assistance in conducting of the forensic audit of the SLC accounts into the period of 2016-2018. The move was initiated by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sport Harin Fernando. (Colombo Gazette) Auditor General of Sri Lanka Gamini Wijesinghe visited the Sri Lanka Cricket board headquarters today to expedite a forensic audit.Wijesinghe had talks with the Chief Operating Officer of SLC Jerome Jayaratne as well as other officials at SLC. read more

East Timorese making broad advances towards independence Annan

In his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), the Secretary-General describes the overall security situation in the territory as stable despite a number of serious incidents.Highlighting preparations for the 30 August elections for an 88-seat Constituent Assembly, which will write and adopt a constitution for the fledgling nation, the report notes that thousands of people turned out for a series of public hearings on the future constitution in an “extraordinary expression” of popular participation in the political process. The report also points out that of the 1,138 party and independent candidates who have registered to run in the elections, about 27 per cent are women.The Secretary-General also outlines the shape of the international presence that is to remain in East Timor after it attains independence, calling for the maintenance of both a military and civilian presence in the post-independence period.Although militia infiltration into East Timor remains at a relatively low level, Mr. Annan says that as long as the Government of Indonesia does not disband those groups, there remains a need for a UN force to continue to maintain a secure environment, in close coordination with the Government of East Timor. He recommends that a strong combat force should be deployed at its current level in East Timor’s border regions and in the Oecussi enclave, which is located entirely in West Timor. However, the level of peacekeepers could be reduced in eastern and central East Timor if the situation remains stable there.According to the report, the civilian component of the successor mission would include the essential elements of a sizable operation, including a small political office, headed by a Special Representative of the Secretary-General. In the early days after independence, it will be necessary to maintain within the mission a small team of professionals in various fields, to continue the work of “Timorisation” and skills transfer. These staff would provide help to Timorese officials in areas that are “absolutely critical” to effective government, the Secretary-General writes, such as executive and central management, finances, justice and human rights, and security, as well as areas of national sovereignty such as border control.The Security Council intends to consider the report on Monday 30 July, when it is expected to hear a briefing on East Timor by the head of UNTAET, Sergio Vieira de Mello. read more

British boy 4 drowns on Tenerife holiday

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. A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “Our consular staff are supporting the family of a British child who died in Tenerife and are in contact with Spanish authorities.”The hotel, popular with British holidaymakers, has five swimming pools and four hot tubs. A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Tenerife.The youngster died at a four-star hotel in the resort of Los Cristianos, called Paradise Park, after the alarm was raised at 3.40pm yesterday afternoon (WED).Efforts to revive him by members of an emergency response team proved unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.A receptionist at the declined to comment. However, a spokesman for a local government-run emergency response coordination centre confirmed a four-year-old boy had died at the hotel “after suffering from a possible cardiac arrest following a drowning incident”.It is not immediately clear why the tragedy had happened. read more

Wood Mackenzie poses mine electrification and automation question

first_imgElectrification and automation will be key priorities for mining companies in 2019, new research from Wood Mackenzie has claimed.In reviewing the research firm’s ‘Global trends: what to look for in 2019’ report, Wood Mackenzie Research Director, Prakash Sharma, said: “Building a world-class low-cost mining business seems to be the mantra.“Major players, such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale, are increasing the share of electricity and automation in mining operations. The objective is to not only reduce scope 1 emissions (from their own activities) and air pollution, but also to lower human involvement and operating expenditure.“By employing data analytics, companies are chasing productivity and efficiency and lowering costs as a result. The aim is to stay at the lower end of the cost curve should demand for traditional mining commodities fall.”In 2017, BHP set a long-term goal of achieving net-zero scope 1 and 2 emissions in the second half of this century, while, in 2018, Rio Tinto announced successful deployment of AutoHaulTM (pictured), “establishing the world’s largest robot and first automated heavy-haul long-distance rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia”, Sharma said.“The key question will be whether other mining majors follow this trend in 2019.”In terms of adopting automated technologies, BHP and Rio are far from being alone.Vale’s Brucutu iron ore mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil, is set to go fully-autonomous this year – as a fleet of seven new Caterpillar 240 ton (218 t) 793F CMD fully autonomous trucks is expanded to 13 – Fortescue Metals is continuing its manual-to-automation fleet conversion at Christmas Creek, in Australia, and Norilsk Nickel recently told IM it was looking to introduce a “fully-automated mine”.This is only the start.NGEx Resources and Filo Mining, which are looking to develop open-pit copper operations in South America, confirmed in the past few months they were looking to incorporate autonomous haul truck technology from the off. These admissions came in their prefeasibility studies, which are likely to pre-date mining operations by three to five years.And, underground, Resolute Mining and Sandvik plan to fully-automate the Syama block cave mine in Mali this year. The mine started commissioning at the back end of last year, hit the first production stopes in December and is expected to ramp up to steady-state output of over 300,000 oz/y by June.This is but a handful of trials and projects going on in the automated mining space, with the process plant end also seeing a number of innovative trials or installations to move away from manual mode.On the electrification question, specifically, Sharma told IM that grid-connected mines were acting faster when it came to adoption compared with those operating remotely. “Shovels and drilling machines at surface mines are already using electricity. Up to 100 t dump trucks are using electric-motors (battery-operated) at some mines in China,” he said.“At underground mines, electric machines are increasingly used but batteries are yet to take off.”The latter isn’t the case in Ontario, Canada, where Goldcorp (Borden) and Kirkland Lake Gold (Macassa) are using battery-powered equipment underground in their load and haul and utility fleets. In Sudbury, Canada, too there have been a number of deliveries of such machinery to some of its world-renowned base metal mines. (You can hear more about this at the inaugural Electric Mine conference in April).As with the majority of technology projects, finance is the biggest hurdle for widespread adoption, according to Sharma.“Another issue is around the financial health of the mining companies. Some are not willing to re-invest due to uncertainty around the commodities they mine. Some are focused on diversification of portfolios. There are others who want to act quickly, consolidate and take first mover advantage to decarbonise,” he said.“We believe the electrification and automation in mining will continue to expand and tightening environmental policies will drive the shift. But a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach will not work,” he concluded.last_img read more

Small glasses of cordial have up to five cubes of sugar

first_imgAs parents, we tend to ignore the contribution of liquids to our kids daily calorie intake. We need to start viewing these drinks as ‘threats not treats’ and certainly not something to be had everyday. Milk or water are best for our children.Separate data collected in October revealed that 45 per cent of children are drinking soft drinks at least once a day. The same survey also found that 30 per cent drank cordials at mealtimes.The campaign includes some top tips to avoid sugary drinks, such as not keeping them in a house.“Remember that saying no once at the supermarket is a lot easier than saying no twenty times at home,” experts say.Food Bank centre reacts to a new reality – a new poverty AS PART OF its campaign against childhood obesity, Safefood has revealed research findings to discourage parents from giving their children fruit juices and cordials.A recent label survey into the sugar levels of a wide selection of popular drinks for children showed that many juices and cordial had as much – if not more – sugar than ‘fizzy drinks’.A 200ml Capri Sun Apple and Blackcurrant juice drink matched Coca-Cola, Pepsi and 7Up in terms of sugar content.Some popular supermarket brands of cordials and dilutes had even higher sugar levels, with as much as five cubes of sugar in a small glass.“Many parents may be under the impression that juice drinks that mention the term ‘fruit’ are a healthier alternative for their children than fizzy drinks,” said Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, director of human health and nutrition. “What parents may not realise is that these drinks are often really high in sugar and could contain as much sugar as ‘fizzy’ soft drinks.”According to experts, there is now clear evidence to link the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks to obesity among children and teenagers.“There is evidence that reducing their intake will help your child become a healthier weight,” continued Professor Donal O’Shea, an obesity specialist with the HSE.last_img read more

Nokias 108 camera phone offers 31 day battery life for 29

first_imgSmartphones may be where the global mobile market is heading, but feature phones are still a big deal for developing countries and a good chunk of people who just can’t afford a large-screen, high-tariff handset. Nokia knows this, and is continuing to churn out very cheap handsets with impressive features that don’t class as “smart.”The latest of these feature phones is the successor to the Nokia 105 and it is called the Nokia 108. It’s a so-called camera phone that costs just $29 and comes in both standard and dual SIM editions. You get a 0.3MP VGA camera with video recording capabilities, a 1.8-inch 65k TFT display, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, on-board storage of up to 32GB using the microSD card slot, and MP3 music playback as standard.It’s not much to brag about, but this isn’t a phone that’s meant to compete with smartphones. It weighs just 69.9 grams, measures 110 x 47 x 13mm, has a standby time of 31 days, talk time of nearly 14 hours, and can play music for 45 hours. It’s a tiny, cheap phone for making calls that you won’t be too concerned about losing. Nobody is going to steal it, either.The Nokia 108 will be available in the fourth quarter of this year in a choice of red, black, or white casings. Yellow and cyan are also expected to become color choices next year.last_img read more

Denis OBrien hits out at report which raises concerns about media ownership

first_img 19,394 Views RTÉ did ask for a response on the report and Denis O’Brien’s advisers chose not to give one yesterday. We’d welcome a correction.— Kevin Bakhurst (@kevinbakhurst) October 26, 2016 Communicorp Source: Kevin Bakhurst/Twitter By Cliodhna Russell Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews,ie Short URL Before Denis O’Brien incorrectly accused RTÉ of not seeking a response from him on @LNBDublin report he should have checked + his advisers.— Kevin Bakhurst (@kevinbakhurst) October 26, 2016 Share181 Tweet Email2 Oct 26th 2016, 7:16 PM Source: Kevin Bakhurst/Twitter At the outset it is worth noting that it is self-described as “An Independent Study Commissioned by Lynn Boylan MEP on behalf of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group of the European Parliament”.An “independent study” commissioned by a leading member of Sinn Fein? Hardly.“The two most important controlling entities in the Irish media landscape are the national State broadcaster, RTE, and an individual businessman, Denis O’Brien” this Report states.Yet there is no focus on RTE in the context of:The largest media entity in IrelandThe only entity involved in TV, radio and printRevenues subsidised by licence fees amounting to €178.9 millionBut then this ‘independent study’ was never intended to be a report on the concentration of media ownership in Ireland. Sinn Fein is very diligent and adept when it comes to pushing its agendas, overtly and covertly. After a disappointing General Election, An Phoblact went on the attack: “State broadcaster came in for severe criticism as it slashed Sinn Fein’s coverage following a poll …which showed the party gaining ground…and for two days the voices of Sinn Fein were banned from the airwaves in a bizarre episode that was reminiscent of Section 31 and state censorship.” (March 7. 2016)And on the eve of the Budget, Sinn Fein TD, Eoin O’Broin declared: “Budget Day is all about choices. For decades, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, have looked after the big guy – whether that be Denis O’Brien or Apple.”I am absolutely convinced that the contribution that Apple has made in this country is unquantifiable in financial and social terms. What about the thousands of young women and men who did not have to emigrate and who got a chance to work, live and raise families in Cork?I have said that Apple should not be punished for its tax arrangements in Ireland. Sinn Fein’s stance on Apple has been, I believe both anti-enterprise and anti-Irish. “Sinn Fein has been waiting with some relish for the EU verdict,” wrote Pat Leahy in The Irish Times (August 30, 2016) “and leaped into action:’Give us back our money’ demanded MEP Matt Carthy. For good measure, Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty also called for a public inquiry into Apple’s tax arrangements.” Denis O’Brien hits out at report which raises concerns about media ownership in Ireland In a statement released tonight, O’Brien said the report makes for “very interesting reading”. The Managing Director of RTÉ news and current affairs has taken to social media to say that the state broadcaster did ask for a response from Denis O’Brien. 68 Comments I was surprised, for example, that RTE (and others) did not seek any comment from me on the ‘Report on the Concentration of Media Ownership in Ireland’ in the interests of balance and objectivity. But maybe the powers that be in Montrose felt that they had been given a ‘free pass’ in the report that they chose just to quote from it?I do not believe the Irish media is objective in relation to matters relating to itself. The prime reason is survival. Every media executive and journalist knows that the future of traditional media is bleak. It makes one entity undermining another easier to justify.Sinn Fein/ IRA certainly got the report they paid for. The cost of this report won’t have have bothered them too much. They collected €12 million over 20 years in the US (Irish Times March 7, 2015). The IRA is reported to have €400 million in global assets (Irish Times August 29, 2015). Brian Feeney, author, has suggested that a way should be found to stop “Sinn Fein people saying the IRA has gone away when self-evidently it hasn’t.”The report references the words ‘chilling effect’ and the law in the same sentence. I bow to Sinn Fein’s superior knowledge on these topics.Maybe instead of commissioning reports Sinn Fein would commit just some of its vast resources and support an ailing industry – become a fully-fledged broadcaster and publisher and create some jobs for a change? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Chilling Effect’ Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews,ie ‘Pushing Agendas’ Bankhurst has also called for a correction. This report states that I am chairperson of Communicorp, as has various individuals including Dr. Colum Kenny, Dr. Roderick Flynn and Caoilfhionn Gallagher, legal firms Jonathan Price (Belfast) and KRW Law (London) and media organisations including The Irish Times and TV3. It maybe a rather inconvenient truth, but I am not. I suppose why let the facts interfere with the agenda and the messaging…Is the media objective when it is talking and writing about itself? The media industry in Ireland is in decline. This decline has been ongoing for many years and it threatens and industry that has served this country exceptionally well, providing high levels of employment and spawned a number of writers who have deservedly achieved international acclaim.Independent News & Media (INM) was days from forced closure back 2011. Over €2 billion in shareholder value had been lost and the shares had collapsed from €27.30 to 41 cents as a previous board had racked up unsustainable levels of debt. I became am a substantial minority shareholder in INM (I am not on the board).I am the owner of Communicorp which like RTE, TV3, The Irish Examiner and The Sunday Business Post operates in a very challenging environment. I understand The Irish Times is currently considering various funding options. I believe that some media companies will not survive this decade without radical structuring including substantial funding. http://jrnl.ie/3047885 The comments have been closed on this article due to the high volume of flagged comments. Read: Communications Minister admits he hasn’t read report which criticises media ownership in Ireland> Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 7:16 PM DENIS O’BRIEN HAS hit out at a new report which raises concerns about media ownership in Ireland.The report, which was commissioned by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan for an EU grouping, takes aim at both RTÉ and the billionaire media mogul.It describes Ireland as having “one of the most concentrated media markets of any democracy”, with the two main controlling entities being RTÉ as state broadcaster and “individual businessman Denis O’Brien”.The report also describes Denis O’Brien’s “litigious profligacy” in detailing the 12 lawsuits he has taken against Irish media organisations and personnel in the last six years, and describes Ireland’s defamation culture (ie that in which juries routinely make very high awards to successful plaintiffs) as being “wholly out of kilter with the rest of Europe”.In a statement released tonight, O’Brien said the report makes for “very interesting reading”.He accuses Sinn Féin of pushing its agendas and calls the party “anti-Irish” over its stance on Apple.He also states that he is not the chairman of Communicorp and criticises media outlets and the report for naming him as such.O’Brien also accused RTÉ of not asking him for a response in their coverage of the report. However, RTÉ says this is incorrect and that it did ask for a response but did not receive one.The statement, which has been published in full below, begins by questioning the independence of the study.last_img read more

Le raid scientifique se poursuit à travers lAntarctique

first_imgLe raid scientifique se poursuit à travers l’AntarctiqueDepuis le 20 décembre, une équipe de scientifiques et de logisticiens traverse le plateau de l’Antarctique. Ils devraient rejoindre la semaine prochaine la base russe de Vostok après avoir réalisé de nombreux prélèvements.Il s’agit d’une première aussi bien scientifique que logistique. L’objectif du raid qui se déroule actuellement dans l’Antarctique est de réaliser des prélèvements qui permettront de s’informer sur les variations des paramètres climatiques et environnementaux au long des 300 dernières années. Or, jamais personne n’a foulé ce sol, ou plutôt cette neige. L’équipe composée de 5 scientifiques (4 glaciologues et un sismologue) et de 3 logisticiens affronte des températures de -30°C en plein été austral et progresse sur un plateau situé à plus de 3.000 mètres avec trois tracteurs et une dameuse.Les tracteurs permettent de transporter une caravane “vie” (logement) et une caravane “science” (laboratoires), deux containers pour le matériel et les carottes de glace, et des cuves de fuel, pour alimenter les véhicules. “On devient de vrais routiers de l’Antarctique”, ironise Laurent Arnaud, ingénieur de recherche au Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’environnement (LGGE), dans le carnet de bord quotidien de l’expédition (www.institut-polaire.fr).Le sismologue de l’équipe collecte les résultats de capteurs sismiques qui avaient été mis en place par avion il y a plusieurs années et, en parallèle, des stations météo sont installées en plus des carottes prélevées. “Avoir à la fois des données température et des données sur la composition de l’atmosphère, via les bulles dans la glace, est un atout des carottes de glace”, explique Michel Fily, directeur adjoint de l’Observatoire des sciences de l’univers de Grenoble.Laurent Arnaud raconte, dans le carnet de bord, les forages de 20m, le “spectro-albédomètre” qui mesure les propriétés optiques de la neige, les difficultés d’avancer sur ces neiges intactes dans lesquelles on s’enfonce… Les engins s’enlisent sans cesse, et il faut 11 heures de route pour faire 30 kilomètres. Des journées longues et chargées À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Il explique par exemple, comment, le 21 décembre, la caravane n’a pas bougé mais qu’a eu lieu  une “grosse journée de travail” avec : “puits pour la chimie et les isotopes”, “bouteilles de neige pour la biologie et le mercure”, “mesures de densité et de structure de la neige”, “de mercure et d’ozone dans l’atmosphère”. Bilan : “trois caisses de carottes et une caisse d’échantillons du puits”. Les journées sont longues (plus de 14 heures le 27 décembre par exemple). Mais le soir du 24, c’est quand même la fête : le mécanicien officie aux fourneaux et c’est “repas amélioré avec apéro”. Et le lendemain la route reprend, en fonction des vents, de la qualité de la neige et des forages à réaliser. Autre objectif pour l’équipe : localiser quelque part entre Concordia (le point de départ) et Vostok (la base russe qui doit être ralliée fin janvier) un site (qui prendra le nom de “point Barnola”, en hommage à un chercheur disparu) pour y récupérer un jour une glace vieille de plus d’un million d’années. “Un projet à au moins 10 ans”, indique Michel Fily. Pour ce faire, il faudra trouver des accumulations de neige particulièrement faibles, une calotte épaisse et une topographie du socle sous-jacent favorable. Après un forage profond, il devrait être possible de résoudre une énigme “majeure” : le lien éventuel entre l’accumulation de CO2 dans l’atmosphère et le réchauffement climatique intervenu il y a un million d’années. Le 2 janvier 2012 à 14:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Salihamidzic Sancho chose Dortmund over Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic revealed they were turned down by Jadon Sancho in favour of Borussia DortmundSancho’s decision to choose Dortmund over Bayern in 2017 breaks a trend that has been set across the last several years.This involved the likes of Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels all swapping Dortmund for Bayern.But Sancho’s decision to joined the Lucien Favre’s side instead has paid dividends with the teenage winger a prominent member of the Dortmund team that lead the Bundesliga after 11 games.“The truth is that Bayern Munich did want to sign Jadon Sancho and made him an offer which he, unfortunately, refused,” Salihamidzic told Sport Bild.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, confessed that there had a great amount of interest in Sancho before he arrived at Signal Iduna Park.“In the course of the talks, It was clear that top clubs from home and abroad also had great interest in [Sancho],” admits Zorc.“Fortunately, we tried very hard for him at an early stage.”The 18-year-old has managed five goals and eight assists in 17 appearances for Dortmund this season.last_img read more

Texas Oil And Gas Is Facing A Worker Shortage

first_img Share Bert van Dijk via FlickrA pump jack is seen in Xinjiang Province, China.A Texas oil and gas regulator says the industry can’t hire enough workers largely because of public perception.Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian spoke at state house hearing on Wednesday.“The biggest threat is the misunderstanding of the oil and gas industry and the acceptance of the politically correct-driven, environmental, anti-oil and gas science,” explained Christian. Christian said he thinks that “misunderstanding” leads to the public school system not pushing enough students toward training programs for energy jobs.At the hearing, Democratic State Rep. Armando Walle noted the Houston-area has many energy training programs, including an “energy high school” at HISD.last_img read more

October 5 2000 Robert Storm who has been the Meta

first_imgOctober 5, 2000Robert Storm who has been the Metalshop coordinator at Arcosanti for the last4 months spent his last day welding the door to the new Soleri archives in theEast CrescentComplex. Robert is heading back to the Seattle area. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img