CPI(M) cries foul play in Tripura

first_imgThe CPI(M) sees foul play in the decision of the Election Commission to conduct repolling in six polling stations following the malfunctioning of the EVMs and VVPATs during the Assembly elections in Tripura on February 18.The party’s State secretary, Bijan Dhar, wondered why the EC ignored the demand for repolling in three booths in the Takarjala Assembly constituency, but opted for places where the exercise was not demanded by any political party.Reelection would take place in one polling station each in Sonamura, Dhanpur, Teliamura, Sabroom, Ampinagar and Kadamtala-Kurti Assembly constituencies on Sunday. In a communiqué signed by its secretary Arvind Anand, the commission said the schedule was declared after considering reports and material circumstances.Mr. Dhar described the decision partisan and an attempt to “boost the morale of the BJP till the counting on March 3”.“We believe the commission’s directive was based on reports from the State’s Chief Electoral Officer. He and his subordinate officials were fully responsible for this distress,” he said, adding that the decision smacked off a conspiracy.He sought a response from the ECI on the party’s demand to conduct a repolling in three polling stations in Takarjala. The ruling party has alleged that workers of the IPFT, an election ally of the BJP, resorted to “unprovoked attacks” and issued threats to its supporters in the tribal reserved constituency.last_img read more

Salman Khan lives up to his name the Devil in Kick

first_imgWe all know how much of a devil is Salman Khan but now he will also be referred by the same name in his upcoming film Kick. Yes, Salman Khan who is starring in an adaptation of the 2009 Telugu film Kick is all set to be the devil. Kick is slated to release in July 2014.In the film directed and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, Salman is universally referred as The Devil by all the characters of the film, although in the Telugu film, his character was called Kalyan and was played by Telugu star Ravi Teja.Sajid thinks Salman perfectly fits the boots to play the character, and presents a devil-ish look in the film.Sajid is quoted as saying, ‘He is the Devil incarnate. His character is grey and edgy, even the goatee he sports is a salt and pepper mix. You’ve never seen him play a character like this before’.Apparently, Sajid simply narrated out the script to Salman a few days before shooting, and Salman, being his noble self, agreed to do the film on the condition that Sajid directs the film. The film is slated to release on 27 July 2014last_img read more

Etihad team visits Mihan to explore cargo service from Nagpur

first_imgNagpur, Sep 10 (PTI) A high-level Etihad Airways team visited the Multimodal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) to explore the possibility of launching a cargo airline service from the city, it was officially announced here today. According to MIHAN release, the Etihad Airways team comprised Vice-President Indian Subcontinent Neerja Bhatia, Vice President Cargo David Karr, Vice President Network Planning Alex Featherstone, General Manager Airports Mathew Davies and Senior Manager International and Public Affairs Mokha Watta. The team visited MIHAN and met senior Maharashtra government officials after an invitation from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis, the release stated. “India is a crucial part of Ethiad Airways global cargo and passenger network and we are already a long-term investor through our stake in Jet Airways,” the release stated. MIHAN Technical Advisor S V Chahande, Chief Engineer of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) S K Chatterjee, Senior Airport Director Abdesh Prasad and General Manager Abid Ruhi explained technical details of the Mihan project to the visiting Etihad team, the release stated. PTI JOE BA MKJlast_img read more

Jinder Mahal’s Punjabi Prison match: All you need to know

first_imgJinder Mahal will face Randy Orton for the WWE Championship belt on SmackDown pay-per-view, WWE Battleground, in Philadelphia on July 23 in a Punjabi Prison match.SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon announced on this week’s episode granted Randy Orton the re-match, while announcing that Jinder Mahal would get to decide the match stipulations.The ‘Modern Day Maharaja’ will be defending his title for the second time after successfully defeating the ‘Viper’  at Money in the Bank, and as Champion got to decide the match stipulations.Jinder Mahal won the WWE Championship belt defeating Randy Orton at WWE Backlash and then successfully defended it at Money in the back pay-per-view.If you are wondering what a ‘Punjabi Prison match’ is, the simplest way to put it would be that it is a cage match but with a twist.The Punjabi Prison match, very much like a steel cage match at Hell in a Cell or Elimination Chamber, is where two or more Superstars are locked inside to battle it out for supremacy without outside intervention.The difference being that there is a cage made of bamboo which is again surrounded by another octagonal bamboo structure while being  topped with a series of razor-sharp bamboo spikes.The rules of a Punjabi Prison match is complicated and is far from what the regular cell matches.The WWE put the rules as,- To win, a Superstar must escape both cages. The interior structure contains four doors, all of which are attended by a referee.- When a Superstar calls for the door to be opened, they have one minute to walk through it and into the outer structure.advertisement- If they don’t make it through in time, the door is shut and locked for good. If a Superstar fails to make it through all four of the doors in the allotted time, they must climb out of the inner structure.- It makes for good practice, as the only way to escape the outer ring is to climb up and over it.- The first Superstar whose feet touch the ground wins the match. That means a Superstar cannot achieve victory inside the Punjabi Prison by something as ordinary as a pinfall or a submission, but must fight his way out.Here is what happened the last time the mach took place, Take a look at the last time the #PunjabiPrison was in play! https://t.co/ibn6hokCOT- WWE (@WWEIndia) June 28, 2017The competitors would find it impossible to escape and help from outside would be impossible, ‘outside help’ being the operative word.The continued interference from The Singh Brothers has irked many fans who would rather prefer a champion of a lighter hue.Up until now, there have been two Punjabi Prison matches in the history of the WWE and was introduced by The Great Khali.The Great Khali was supposed to take part in the first ever Punjabi prison match against The Undertaker at Great American Bash 2006, but couldn’t after failing to pass medical, as Big Show took his place. The second Punjabi Prison match was at No Mercy 2007 when The Great Khali faced Bautista.last_img read more

Giants Hold Off Bucs, 32-18

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Eli Manning and the New York Giants shrugged off a bad loss and stayed on top of the NFC East.Manning threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, helping the first-place Giants rebound from last weekend’s debacle at New Orleans with a 32-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 8.Josh Brown booted four field goals for the Giants (5-4), including fourth-quarter kicks of 53 and 44 yards that gave New York some breathing room after the Bucs (3-5) pulled within two points. The victory on the heels of a 52-49 loss to the Saints moved New York back over .500.Manning threw first-half TD passes of 8 yards to Reuben Randle and 4 yards to Shane Vereen. The defense, bolstered by the return of Jason Pierre-Paul, did its part by keeping the Jameis Winston-led Tampa Bay offense out of the end zone until the rookie scrambled 10 yards for a TD that made it 20-18 with 9:25 remaining.Winston’s 2-point conversion pass to the rear of the end zone was caught out of bounds. The Giants sealed the victory with Brown’s fourth field goal following a long, time-consuming drive, and Trevin Wade had a fumble recovery for a touchdown on the game’s final play.Winston completed 19 of 36 passes for 247 yards. The rookie went a fourth straight game without a turnover, but running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims hurt Tampa Bay’s chances of winning consecutive games for the first time in two years by losing fumbles.A week after allowing 608 yards, including 505 yards and a record-tying seven touchdowns passing to Drew Brees, the NFL’s last-ranked defense held the Bucs to three first-half field goals — one after Manning threw an interception on the first play of the game and another after Winston and Mike Evans teamed on a 68-yard catch and run to the New York 12.Evans had eight receptions for 150 yards, but also hurt the Bucs with several dropped passes.Pierre-Paul made his season debut for the Giants, playing for the first time since the July 4 fireworks accident that sidelined him for training camp and the first eight games.The sixth-year pro lost his right index finger and suffered other damage to the hand in the accident. He returned to practice two weeks ago and was believed to be on track to return next week against the New England Patriots.But he progressed enough during workouts that the Giants decided to activate him against the Bucs.The game was a homecoming of sorts for Pierre-Paul, who played in college at South Florida. The Bulls play home games in Raymond James Stadium, which is also home to the Bucs.Manning, who threw for six TDs the previous week against the Saints, completed 26 of 40 passes and was intercepted twice. Odell Beckham Jr. had nine receptions for 105 yards.(FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Don’t see anyone winning athletics medal in Olympics in near future: Milkha Singh

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 22:25 IST We will have to train athletes to win Olympics medal: Milkha Singh. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMilkha Singh said he does not see any Indian winning a medal in athletics in the OlympicsMilkha is most remembered for finishing fourth in the 400m final in the 1960 Rome Olympic GamesMilkha Singh was speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours 2019The legendary Milkha Singh on Friday said he does not see any Indian winning a medal in athletics in the Olympics in the near future.”Abhi tak toh mujhe koi aadmi aisa nazar nahi aata jo aaney walein Olympics Games ke andar athletics mein medal jeet paye (Till now, I don’t see anyone who can win a medal in athletics in Olympics),” the 92-year-old Milkha, popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’ told reporters here.He was speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours 2019, which are being instituted by Virat Kohli and RP-SG. Milkha informed that he would be bestowed with an award during the function.”Kid, you have spoken about Olympics, but I will speak to you more about athletics … I, Gurbachan (Singh) Randhawa, P T Usha, Anju Bobby Geroge and Sriram Singh reached the final (in the Olympics) but could not get a medal,” rued Milkha.Milkha is most remembered for finishing fourth in the 400m final in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, while Randhawa finished fifth in 110m hurdles in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. P T Usha came fourth in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics while Anju Bobby George was fifth in the 2004 Athens Games.”If we have to win a medal in the Olympics, we will have to keep the athletes at one place and train them. Then (only) we can win a gold medal in the Olympics, suggested Milkha.Meanwhile, gymnast Dipa Karmakar said that her “fitness was good” amid her injury concerns.Current and former India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane, Smriti Mandhana, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh, chief badminton national coach P Gopichand were among a host of athletes and other celebrities who attended the award function.advertisementAlso Read | IAAF World Championships: Sreeshankar fails to qualify for final in long jump Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Milkha Singh Don’t see anyone winning athletics medal in Olympics in near future: Milkha SinghMilkha Singh was speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours 2019, which are being instituted by Virat Kohli and RP-SG. Milkha Singh said he does not see any Indian winning a medal in athletics in the Olympics in the near future.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

The Travel Corporation introduces new, innovative online Travel Portal

first_imgTrue to The Travel Corporation’s ethos, to support its agency partners, the family owned & led company has engaged 3000+ travel advisors and tracked one year of traveler usage interactions to deliver a newly optimized My Travel Portal 2.0 to aid advisors in effortlessly delivering enhanced service and engagement to their customers New York, N.Y. June 11, 2019–The Travel Corporation (TTC) has re-affirmed its ongoing commitment to its valued travel agent partners with the evolution of it’s My Travel Portal (MTP) platform. One year since launch, MTP has supported travel advisors in delivering an enhanced service for their customers, our guests. Everything is taken care of within the cohesive online portal, from travelers being able to personalize their trip and access day by day itineraries, to hosting an e-documentation hub and supporting advisors in ensuring a reasonable duty of care for every traveler. To build on the successful first year in market, and true to the family-owned, international travel group’s philosophy, driven by service excellence, TTC has invested to optimize the platform to further enhance the end to end experience with its brands. Following a 3000+ travel advisor research initiative and an in-depth consumer study on utilization and feedback, the platform now provides even greater functionality and ease of usability. The optimized MTP 2.0 streamlined offering means even less hassle for agents and their customers alike. From having travelers’ emergency contact details timely available now in the event of unforeseen circumstances to obtaining travelers’ personal preferences to ensure their trip becomes tailored to their specific tastes, MTP facilitates assistance with vacation plans in one centralized and convenient platform for advisors. Addressing pre-trip and on-trip needs, the portal continues to also help TTC and its valued advisor partners do its part in Making Travel Matter. When travelers choose the option to view itineraries and documents on their mobile device rather than in paper format, TTC plants a tree in conjunction with the non-for-profit organization focused on global reforestation, One Tree Planted. Together, last year we already reforested several hundred acres of barren and devastated land. Insight Vacations travel advisors and guests with bookings to travel in 2019 are now able to access the newly optimized Travel Portal, joining our sister brand Trafalgar who launched earlier in May. Luxury Gold, Costsaver, Contiki and Uniworld will also be rolling out in the coming months with additional brands from the TTC group being added to the platform in due course. Also, additional enhancements and other tools are planned to be added later this year and into 2020, to continue to enhance its functionality in conjunction with continued travel advisor and guest feedback. Commenting on the My Travel Portal (MTP) launch and e documentation program across TTC, Brett Tollman, Chief Executive said: “We are proud to announce our latest innovative initiative, the evolution of My Travel Portal 2.0, which has been carefully optimized in line with our advisor partners input. At TTC, we take immense pride in the trust and valuable relationships we have built across the industry, globally, and we continually strive to equip advisors with the best tools for success. Given that sustainable tourism practices are a cornerstone of what we stand for at TTC, we are delighted to confirm our continuation of e documentation and partnership with One Tree Planted, who share our vision for preserving the environment for future generations. With the help of all those who opt out of paper documents, we will be able to continue to make a significant impact. We thank our partners in advance for all that they will do to educate their customers on the power of MAKING TRAVEL MATTER – our TTC mantra today.  We look forward to continuing to invest in enhancing this MTP tool further in the future as well.” For further information please visit www.ttc.com  About The Travel Corporation The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful, family owned and passionately run international travel group. Our philosophy is simple – to create enriching experiences for travelers by combining an unbeatable amalgamation of exceptional service and consistent quality at great value. No matter what your taste, whether you are a family or a couple, a group or traveling solo – TTC offers holiday experiences for everyone. Our multi-award-winning portfolio ranges from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences. For more information about TTC, visit www.ttc.com. About The TreadRight Foundation Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. TTC is dedicated to helping bring the industry together with a shared goal of benefitting local communities and the environment. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org.last_img read more

New UN report outlines measures to prevent electoral violence in Asia

29 June 2011A new United Nations report warns that Asian nations are at risk of electoral violence, driven by real and perceived fraud and corruption, and stresses the need for strong oversight and other measures to strengthen election credibility. A new United Nations report warns that Asian nations are at risk of electoral violence, driven by real and perceived fraud and corruption, and stresses the need for strong oversight and other measures to strengthen election credibility. In “Understanding Electoral Violence in Asia,” the UN Development Programme (UNDP) studies electoral processes in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand, drawing lessons and making recommendations to reduce the risk of electoral violence.“The mere suspicion or allegation of fraud is often enough in democracies where there is a lack of confidence in authorities for people to react violently,” says the study.According to the report, in a number of cases political parties and political party supporters were the main instigators of physical violence, citing several types of groups and organizations that play key roles in either preventing or perpetuating electoral violence.The design of political systems, the mandate and powers of electoral laws and election monitoring, as well as the role of civic education, media and civil society in informing voters can all help to reduce or prevent the likelihood of election-related violence, it adds.The report points out that the state itself can also contribute to election disorder. “In instances where security forces are seen to be partisan or corrupt, there is a higher chance that they will be purveyors of violence rather than protectors of peace.”The media, when controlled by special interests, can also have a “destructive role in promoting narrow interests, inflammatory political rhetoric and retarding democratic processes,” it says.The report recommends measures to strengthen election credibility, which it says is key to preventing electoral violence. These include strong oversight and enforcement powers for election commissions, wide-ranging dispute resolution mechanisms and systems to track party political spending, as well as ensuring perpetrators of electoral violence are brought to justice. read more

Ignoring womens poverty imperils nations World Bank official tells UN meeting

Failure to pay attention to poverty among women carries a serious economic risk to society at large, an official from the World Bank told a key United Nations women’s rights committee today.Ignoring gender disparities came at a great cost to people’s well-being, to a country’s ability to grow and govern, to the effectiveness of development assistance and, ultimately, to poverty reduction, Cecilia Valdivieso, Sector Manager for Gender and Development, World Bank, told the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which began its annual session in New York on Monday.Offering a specific example, Ms. Valdivieso pointed out that women’s access to agricultural resources could increase productivity in sub-Saharan Africa by 20 per cent, while ensuring equal schooling for the region’s boys and girls could lower child mortality by 25 per cent. Also addressing the session today, Wariara Mbugua, Chief of the Gender Issues Branch of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), spoke out against a passive approach to economic growth, calling instead for special measures to help promote the advancement of women, such as providing them with access to credit and technology. She also stressed that efforts to eradicate poverty among women must be linked to their ability to access reproductive health services.For her part, Ndioro Ndiaye, Deputy Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), called attention to the plight of women in Afghanistan, where following more than two decades of conflict, a glimmer of hope had, at last, appeared. At the same time, she cautioned that in order to participate fully in the reconstruction of their country, Afghan women must first overcome the “numbness” of isolation and years of oppression. read more

In Philippines Ban pledges solidarity with people of typhoonhit Tacloban

“I’m deeply saddened and humbled by what I have seen – the immense loss of life and total destruction,” said the UN chief during a press conference after touring the area.He said that while pleased by the community’s warm welcome, his heart was heavy; the tragic suffering of the people and the utter devastation left in the wake of the storm was “hard to describe.” Tacloban suffered the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan, which swept ashore in the Philippines on 8 November and has been called the strongest such storm to ever touch land. It left nearly 6,000 people dead and displaced millions, affecting close to 14 million people overall. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I’m here to convey my strongest solidarity and that of the United Nations and the international community,” Mr. Ban said, adding that while the people of Tacloban and other communities were dealt a terrible blow, “it can be overcome when we are united. I am here to bring that unity and solidarity to all of your people.” “My message to the Filipino people is: never despair. The United Nations is behind you. The world is behind you,” declared Mr. Ban. Noting that the United Nations was among the first to respond in the aftermath of the typhoon, he said the Organization had deployed high-ranking officials and hardworking staff who “have been working day and night with all of their people.”The Secretary-General appreciated and commended the “very courageous leadership” of Philippines President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, his ministers and his team who have been courageously addressing the tragedy.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban said, the UN will continue to mobilize resources, including nearly $800 million over 12 months, announced last week as part of the Organization’s broader humanitarian response strategy for 2014. “This will be just to complement what your people, your Government, will do. We will try to provide life-saving support – water, sanitation, food, and shelter – and also a long-term development strategy,” he said, explaining that while the Government is responsible for resettlement, reintegration, and infrastructure, the UN and the Filipino authorities “will work [together] very closely”. Turning to a assess the broader implications, the Secretary-General said that at this time, it may be very difficult to attribute one single storm to the climate change phenomenon. Yet, the intensity, severity and magnitude of the destruction and frequency of natural disasters, extreme weather patterns, indicate clearly what international scientists have been saying: that it may be a man-made disaster because climate change has been caused by human beings. “Then, the solution must be found by human beings. That’s why I am here,” said the UN chief, noting that he discussed [this] at length with President Aquino this morning, how the UN and its Member States, including the Philippines, can work together to strengthen the world’s capacity to reduce disasters. While storms like Haiyan might not be prevented, “at least we can reduce and minimize the loss of life, the damage of our properties, valuable properties. That’s what I’m going to [sound the] alarm [to] the world again, send out strong messages to the world, and I’ll try to … have the world focus, on reconstruction and resettlement of your country and of your community.” He thanked Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Leyte province Governor Dominico Petilla and all leaders, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ministers in Tacloban for their hard work. He also commended the hard work of all the people now clearing debris. In addition, Mr. Ban said many international organizations are sending their helping hands to the area, with at least 180 international partners already there, and some 25 nations already proving engineering and military rescue teams. “I really appreciate their very noble generous support. This is what we need to do for humanity,” he added. The UN chief said that despite the devastation, he was heartened to see that the people of Tacloban are returning to their normal lives, businesses are coming back, “and people are working hard, people are united.”“You cannot do [this] alone. Maybe the United Nations cannot do [this] alone. We need support from all the Member States… your country and neighbouring countries and the world,” said Mr. Ban, pledging to keep the world focused on the recovery effort in the Philippines. read more

Pakistan Ban condemns appalling terrorist attack at hospital in Quetta

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged the Government to do its utmost to ensure safety of the population and bring to justice the perpetrators of today’s attack.According to media reports, more than 50 people were killed earlier today Quetta, which is in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, a when an explosion struck a hospital where dozens of lawyers had gathered to mourn the killing of a prominent colleague.“He extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” said the statement, adding that the Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan.

Brazil without Patrianova at Olympic Games in Rio

Arthur Patrianovabrazil handballOlympic Games in RioOlympic handball The Brazilian left back Arthur Patrianova will miss the Olympic Games in Rio! The 23-years old RK Celje Pivovarna Laško left back restored an old right knee injury during week with his national team on tournament in Qatar and won’t be able to help his team-mates until end of the season.Patrianova came to Celje last summer as injured player, he celebrated come-back in November and made a few good appearances at EHF Champions League, but without luck to finish the season in a big style with appearance at Olympic tournament on home soil. ← Previous Story FATHER & SON: Alex Dujshebaev to Kielce? Next Story → Torrellano Cup 2016 – Unique handball experience!

Vodafones Evolution of Mobile advert using 3D projection mapping

first_imgVodafone has just released a new advert in the UK, and used some cutting-edge 3D Projection Mapping techniques to show off the evolution of the cell phone in a different way.Most of you will have seen projection mapping before in those videos of buildings being seemingly destroyed or manipulated at night. Here’s a good example:AdChoices广告Vodafone look to have perfected the effect yet further, though, with this great evolution video. It starts with the old Motorola brick phone we’re all glad has now disappeared. That then morphs into a smaller Nokia 1G phone with a little help from a hidden hand replacing the device on the table.The text message, first popular game (Snake), color screens, GPS, and Android are all highlighted. In fact, Vodafone show the HTC Desire S last, meaning they think it is currently the most evolved. But they also ask the question “what’s next?”via Android Centrallast_img read more

Court challenge brought against use of Dublin community centre as homeless hostel

first_img Image: Google Maps By Aodhan O Faolain Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 6:20 PM 14,013 Views Share Tweet Email Court challenge brought against use of Dublin community centre as homeless hostel Dublin City Council says it is reacting to a “humanitarian crisis”. http://jrnl.ie/3193034 Image: Google Maps No Comments Jan 18th 2017, 6:20 PM A CHALLENGE AGAINST Dublin City Council’s decision allowing a former community centre in the Liberties be used as a hostel for homeless people has opened before the High Court.The action has been brought by local residents in relation to the former Parish Centre at Carman’s Hall, Francis Street in Dublin 8 which opened before Christmas as an emergency temporary accommodation for rough sleepers with a capacity of 65 beds.If the residents are successful in the action the hostel run by the Simon Community and the Salvation Army, will face closure. The residents want the building, which is owned by Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, used as a community centre.The hall, which the residents claim was used as a community centre for many years was closed in 2013 over accessibility and fire safety concerns. The residents claim they have campaigned for over the last three years to have the building used as a community centre.In their action Carman’s Hall Community Interest Group, Michael Mallin House Residents Association and community worker Elizabeth O’Connor claim DCC’s decision of 28 October last authorising a change of use and refurbishment of the building is unlawful and in breach of the planning laws.In proceedings against DCC the residents seek an order quashing DCCs decision permitting the change of use.DCC oppose the action. It says the facility was opened to deal with the “humanitarian crisis” of rough sleepers in Dublin.Serious situationOpening the case Declan McGrath SC, appearing with Niall Handy Bl, for the residents said his clients accepted there was a serious homeless situation at present.The residents have every sympathy with those sleeping rough and had first hand experience of homelessness. However he said there was much anger in the locality over the “underhand way” in which DCC went about converting the Hall, which his clients want used as a community centre, into a homeless accommodation.DCC were in talks about using Carman’s Hall as accommodation for the homeless as far back as last May.A lease was signed in September, but the first local people and public representatives for the area knew about it was in late October, “when there were boots on the ground,” when works started on the building, counsel said.DCC did this because it knew there would be public opposition to the facility, counsel said.Counsel added that part of their case is the are over saturated with such facilities and services for the homeless. Counsel said it is also part of their case that by not going through the public consultation process in regards to a change of use of the building DCC are in material contravention of the Dublin City development plan.He said the residents are also concerned about assurances from DCC that the building is to be used as a temporary facility. In other situations such facilities “turned out to be anything but temporary,” counsel said.Over-saturatedIn its statement of opposition DCC, represented by James Connolly SC and Stephen Dodd Bl, rejects claims the change of use amounts to a material contravention of the City Development plan or that the area is over-saturated with facilities for the homeless.The hall was offered to it as use as accommodation for the homeless was the in May 2016. In a letter to the court the local Parish Priest Fr Martin Dolan said the building was never a “community centre”.He said It was used primarily used for Catholic members of the Parish of Francis Street and any group they decided to share it with. He said he and the local parish council voted unanimously to lease the property to DCC with “the specific purpose of housing people who are forced to sleep rough on the streets of the city.”Fr Dolan added that as a Catholic Community they also felt “a moral imperative to fully support this project.”The action was launched in early December, when the locals secured permission to bring proceedings against DCC when residents secured a stay preventing the hostel from opening.Following a High Court hearing before Christmas the stay was lifted allowing the hostel to open.The hearing before Mr Justice Donald Binchy continues. Short URLlast_img read more

ExPortsmouth star walks off field during Serie A clash due to racist

first_img Short URL Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 8:31 PM Share Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3367307 35,373 Views By The42 Team 💭 “It was a little kid w his parents right next to him, doing nothing about it, who said bad things about me”- Muntari on the racial abuse pic.twitter.com/8wdnhrJxRz— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) April 30, 2017PESCARA MIDFIELDER SULLEY Muntari walked off the field in protest at racist chants during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Cagliari on Sunday.The Ghana international appealed to the referee to stop the game, claiming the home support were racially abusing him.But referee Daniele Minelli apparently did not hear the chants and instead opted to book the former Inter player for dissent.Muntari then walked off the field, leaving the already relegated Pescara to finish the game with 10 men.Pescara coach Zdenek Zeman criticised the decision to punish the 32-year-old instead of dealing with the abuse.Muntari asked the referee to intervene, but he did not do it,” he told reporters. “We talk so much about racism, but then we just move on. This happened to Muntari who has played in Italy for several years – we want to change the mentality.“He left the field because of the chants, but we should not have to take justice into our own hands.”Muntari was not the first apparent victim of racial abuse in Italy on Sunday, as Roma director Frederic Massara said defender Antonio Rudiger suffered from it in his side’s 3-1 loss to Lazio.He was very angry with the racist chanting we had to put up with,” he said. “It’s a shame you still hear these things.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Apr 30th 2017, 8:31 PM Follow us: the42.ie 26 Comments Ex-Portsmouth star walks off field during Serie A clash due to racist abuse Sulley Muntari complained to the referee about the chants but was punished for dissent. Aiden McGeady’s brilliant season recognised with Preston’s player of the year award>Balde brace ruins Francesco Totti’s final Rome derby> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pour devenir un nageur hors pair le manchot a dû renoncer au

first_imgPour devenir un nageur hors pair, le manchot a dû renoncer au volDes chercheurs britanniques ont étudié les dépenses énergétiques du guillemot – un oiseau marin bon nageur et qui ne vole que médiocrement. Ceci leur permet de suggérer aujourd’hui que les manchots – excellents nageurs mais incapables de voler – ont dû, au cours de l’évolution, ‘sacrifier’ leurs ailes pour les utiliser comme nageoires.”Comme beaucoup de gens, j’ai toujours été intéressé par les manchots, et en les voyant faire ces marches phénoménales sur la glace, j’ai souvent pensé: mais pourquoi ne volent-ils pas, tout simplement ?”, commence le Pr John Speakman, de l’Université d’Aberdeen (Écosse). L’une des hypothèses déjà évoquées par le passé est que, faute de prédateurs terrestres, ces oiseaux ont naturellement cessé de voler avant que l’évolution ne fasse le reste.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais c’est aujourd’hui une autre hypothèse que les chercheurs écossais exposent dans la revue PNAS. Une hypothèse plutôt biomécanique. “Quand l’oiseau vole et pratique aussi la plongée, il doit utiliser ses ailes pour faire deux choses différentes. L’hypothèse biomécanique, c’est que [la nature] ne peut pas construire une aile apte à faire [efficacement] les deux”, poursuit Speakman. C’est donc pour tester cette théorie que lui et ses collègues se sont penchés sur les performances du guillemot.Cet oiseau de mer, s’il plonge et nage presque comme le manchot, est encore capable, lui, de voler – sur de courtes distances. En étudiant ses dépenses énergétiques, les chercheurs ont constaté que celles-ci étaient bien supérieures lors du vol que lors de la nage. “Les coûts énergétiques sont très, très élevés. Ces oiseaux ont de très courtes ailes et ils doivent les battre à une vitesse incroyable pour rester en l’air, ce qui est épuisant pour eux…”, explique le Pr Speakman.Des ailes pour nager ou pour voler Les chercheurs pensent que le guillemot, au prix de beaucoup d’énergie, est tout juste capable de se maintenir en l’air. L’espèce représenterait ainsi un ‘point de basculement’ vers le modèle type ‘manchot’. Chez ce dernier, “(…) les ailes sont devenues de plus en plus efficaces pour la plongée, et de moins en moins efficaces pour voler. Arrivé à un certain point, il est devenu si coûteux de voler qu’il valait mieux ‘y renoncer’ et ‘transformer’ les ailes en petites nageoires”, indique le scientifique. Le manchot aurait donc ‘renoncé’ à ses ailes pour devenir un meilleur nageur. Le 28 mai 2013 à 20:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mission Bay undergoes massive dredging project after 50 years

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIf you’ve driven by Mission Bay lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of big machines working in the water.This is a massive dredging project, the first one in 50 years.Over those years, the floor of the bay has become uneven so it’s time to straighten it out.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with details on how it works and how long it will take. February 16, 2018 Posted: February 16, 2018 Dan Plante, Mission Bay undergoes massive dredging project after 50 years Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Mission Bay FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Is Garden Gun Done

first_imgDarwin told Mediabistro’s Fishbowl NY last week that Evening Post Publishers Co., a newspaper company that had been publishing Garden & Gun, would cease its five-year agreement with the magazine, effective January 31. As a result, the Charleston, South Carolina-based magazine is “actively engaged in discussion with investors” to find a way to continue publishing the magazine. Garden & Gun’s February/March issue ships this week. With negotiations ongoing, the sales team is continuing to work on the April/May issue, Darwin wrote in the e-mail.According to Mediabistro, Evening Post Publishers’ decision to stop publishing Garden & Gun “had more to do with the dire economic situation surrounding the newspaper world than with the magazine’s success.” In fact, according to Darwin, Garden & Gun saw ad revenue soar 230 percent in 2008 compared to 2007. Late last year the magazine said it was cranking up its rate base from 150,000 to 200,000 in 2009 and increasing frequency from seven to eight times per year. UPDATE: Garden & Gun SavedGarden & Gun, a high-end Southern lifestyle magazine that launched in April 2007, faces going out of business if it doesn’t get a cash infusion—quick.“We are considering several options and will make an announcement at the appropriate time,” president and publisher Rebecca Darwin wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.last_img read more

Troubled BSNL may get DoT package nod for 4G services rollout

first_imgThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may soon offer a bailout package to troubled public-sector telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).Facebook/BSNL IndiaThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may offer the struggling public sector telecom provider Bharat Sachar Nigam Limited (BSNL) a massive Rs 13,000 crore bailout package. The BSNL’s financial situation is so bad that it has failed to pay the 1.76 lakh employees their February salary while there are reports even the March pay may be delayed.The DoT proposal, which is in the final stages of deliberation, may include the allocation of 4G spectrum allotment through Rs 6,767 crore equity infusion, a long-standing BSNL demand amid intense competition with private telcos that have been offering pure-play 4G service.The DoT package may also include Rs 6,365 crore voluntary retirement package, and monetisation of real estate assets. The state-owned BSNL that was a monopoly operator across much of the nation has extensive real estate assets in almost all cities and villages that are worth in thousands of crores.The package is being considered as banks are reportedly reluctant to give even short term loans to the BSNL, DoT sources said. The company’s losses in FY’19 are likely to be top Rs 7,000 crore, including Rs 4,000 crore in operational costs account. The company reported Rs 8,000 crore loss in FY18, compared to Rs 4,786 crore in the previous financial year. Its losses are showing no signs of tapering off, a report says.Though DoT had approved the BSNL’s request for 4G spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to launch fourth-generation (4G) services across the country, it is yet to get the Union Cabinet’s nod. The BSNL in 2017 submitted a detailed project report for acquiring spectrum worth about Rs 13,885 crore, seeking Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government. A man speaks on his mobile phone as he walks past a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) advertisement painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata on August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe BSNL has got 16 years to pay for the spectrum after the Telecom Commission, the highest telecom policy-making body, extended the duration for spectrum payments to 16 years from 10 following an inter-ministerial group’s (IMG) recommendation. “The telecom department has accepted our proposal and is in the process to allow the spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to run 4G services,” BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told ETTelecom last month. He expressed the hope that the telco would be able to launch high-speed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services soon. LTE is the contemporary technology standard for high-speed wireless communication services for mobile devices.Employees unions say the BSNL should have already launched 4G services, considering the nation is getting ready to move on to 5G later this year. The BSNL’s efforts to compete with market leader Vodafone Idea, second-placed Bharti Airtel and aggressive Reliance Jio have been hobbled by its failure to provide 4G services. They blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s bias favouring private players for the delay in decision making.Shrivastava had said that the telco was planning to roll out 4G services on the 2100 Mhz band in all 21 licensed service areas (LSA) except Rajasthan where it held airwaves in the 800 MHz range. “We have already rolled out 4G in Kerala and Karnataka on a pilot basis and can concurrently run 3G and 4G services if an additional 5 Mhz is allocated in the 2100Mhz band,” the report quoted Shrivastava as saying.last_img read more

Include mothers name for citizens identity HC

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Monday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why mother’s name should not be attached along with father’s one for a citizen’s identity, reports UNB.Home and law secretaries, Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission and Bangladesh Supreme Court Registrar General were asked to respond to the rule in four weeks.The HC bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed by lawyer Jobaida Parvin.Assistant attorney generals Samira Tarannum Rabeya and Suchira Hossain stood for state while lawyer Suraiya Begum represented the petitioner.The women and children affairs ministry issued a gazette earlier which made it compulsory to include mother’s name in children’s identity but it is yet to be implemented, said Suraiya Begum.last_img read more