India and Nokia in Tax Dispute Before Microsoft Deal

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Music Therapy

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After Game 2 meltdown, Blue Eagles need ‘laser focus’ in do-or-die

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter squandering what could’ve been a title-clinching win, Ateneo now has no other choice but to face defending champion De La Salle in a do-or-die Game 3 in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals.And Thirdy Ravena knows they can’t miss a beat.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We have to stay laser-focused on the third game, we have to be aware that that’s going to happen and we have to be prepared for that situation when that comes in,” said Ravena Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.What Ravena was talking about was the Blue Eagles’ wasted 21-point lead against the Green Archers in Game 2, wherein an Ateneo win could’ve draped the trophy in blue-and-white ribbons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAteneo held a 45-24 lead in the second quarter after Ravena made two free throws, but the Green Archers mounted a 40-10 run that spanned the two middle periods to take a 68-59 lead heading into the fourth.The Blue Eagles never recovered as the Green Archers tied the series at 1-1 after a 92-83 win with the decider scheduled on Sunday. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ NBA: Steph Curry says he can ‘sort of relate’ to Lonzo Ball The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutout “I think we didn’t take that situation [blowing the 21-point lead] well,” said Ravena who had 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists. “We have to realize that when they make those runs we have to play at the same level or even higher. We can’t just keep on doing what we’re doing with La Salle making that run.”“It was a real lesson for us that it’s not over until it’s over, we had a 20-point lead but we got complacent. And when they starting catching up we weren’t tough enough to take on that situation.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 6 spotted with Snapdragon 835 chipset

first_imgXiaomi is soon going to announce its most anticipated flagship of the year – Xiaomi Mi 6. The launch can be in April. However, before the smartphone officially hits the market, rumours surfacing on the web give a partial picture of the how the Xiaomi Mi 6 may look like, along with an insight into the specifications. A post on a Chinese site has suggested that the phone will come with Snapdragon 835. Well, this is probably not the first time that Xiaomi Mi 6 is rumoured to come with the Snapdragon 835 processor. The only difference this time is that the new rumour is based on a tease by Qualcomm, which is the manufacturer of the Snapdragon 835. A newly-shared post by Qualcomm on the company Weibo page hints that Mi 6 will come with Snapdragon 835 processor.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 video leaks, shows 2.5D curved glass on 6.4-inch screenThe original post was made by Qualcomm, which was then re-shared by Xiaomi in China, reports Gizmochina. In other words this means that Xiaomi is almost confirming that the Mi 6 will be using the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm.Xiaomi sharing this post on their Weibo page offers clear indication that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 may come with Snapdragon 835 chipset. Rumours are also such that Mi 6 may come in three variants, where the one may come with Snapdragon 821 SoC, while the high-end version will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. On the other hand, the third variant may be powered by a MediaTek Helio X30 chipset. advertisementIn terms of specifications, Xiaomi Mi 6 may feature a 5.2-inch full HD TFT LCD display with a ceramic body. The device is most likely to run on Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI OS as the top layer, backed by a 3,000mAh battery. Storage-wise the smartphone is expected to come in three variants, where the base variant may include 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, while the mid-variant is expected to come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The third version, which is the top-end model with Snapdragon 835 chipset, may come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.On the camera front, Mi 6 may sport the same camera as that of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Which mean, Xiaomi Mi 6 may come with 19MP Sony IMX400 sensor with 4K video recording capabilities and dual-tone LED flash. While on the front, the smartphone may house an 8MP Sony IMX268 selfie shooter. Other rumours surfacing on the web show Mi 6 with a dual rear camera with dual-LED flash.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A set to go on sale in India todaylast_img read more

Davis Cup: India seal World Group playoffs berth with a 3-2 win over China

first_imgIndia’s Davis Cup squad gave Leander Paes a memorable gift on his historic day as they rallied from behind to overturn a 2-0 deficit and beat China 3-2 in the second round in Tianjin on Saturday.Paes and Bopanna combined to begin India’s revival in the tie when they toppled the spirited Chinese pair of Mo Xin Gong and Ze Zhang 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(3).After that, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran pulled off the must-wins in the reverse singles to help India advance to the World Group playoffs stage.India were trailing 0-2 after Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal suffered surprise tame defeats on Friday and needed a win in the doubles to stay alive in the tie.Paes, India’s Davis Cup hero for years, was tied on 42 wins with Italian great Nicola Pietrangeli for long but finally surpassed him, albeit, in a foreign land.He notched up his 43rd Davis Cup victory on Saturday to become the most successful player in the history of the competition.Meanwhile, Ramanathan, who lost the opening singles on Friday, came back strongly to beat Di Wu 7-6(4), 6-3.The win levelled the tie 2-2 after which captain Mahesh Bhupathi fielded left-handed Prajnesh Gunneswaran instead of Sumit Nagal in the tie-deciding fifth rubber against the Chinese teen sensation Yibing Wu.Gunneswaran did not disappoint as he delivered a 6-4, 6-2 win to seal the tie for India in dramatic fashion.Prajnesh replaced Yuki Bhambri who pulled out due to an abdomen injury.This is the second time in India’s Davis Cup history that the team has emerged victorious in a tie after being down 0-2.advertisementRamanathan and Nagal had lost their respective singles matches on Friday which handed China a 2-0 lead.Needing a win in the doubles to keep India afloat in the tie, Paes stamped his class along with the experienced Bopanna earlier in the day.In the first set, Paes’ service was broken in the 11th game after the two pairs were tied at 5-5.The Indians got more break opportunities than the hosts but struggled to kill it off.The Indians broke Gong in the third game for a 2-1 lead and then held on.In the decider, Paes and Bopanna frittered away a 3-1 lead by losing three games in a row to trail 3-4.Paes came out to serve at 5-6 and went down 0-30 but the veteran used all his experience to pull off the crucial hold to force another tie-breaker.In the tie breaker, Paes and Bopanna used all their experience to roll over the lower-ranked Chinese and pull off the triumph.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Extension Officers Must Live and Work in Communities – Norman Grant

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, is calling for agricultural extension officers to be more fully integrated in the farming communities. “One way that we could see increased production and greater efficiencies in the agricultural industry is by placing agricultural extension officers to live and work in local farming communities,” he stated. Senator Grant was making his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday, February 22, where he recommended a number of measures to increase agricultural production in the country. Among them are the implementation of integrated pest management, and providing loans and grants to farmers for the purchase of drip irrigation and sprinkler systems. He said that the provision of fertiliser subsidies should be based on soil analysis and that there should be greater integration of research stations with the private sector and farmer groups. Meanwhile, Senator Grant said that there is potential for over 114,000 hectares of agricultural farms, which are lying inactive, to be put into demand-led production. “We have to create space for large investors to complement the resilient small farmers across the length and breadth of this island,” he said. The 2007 Agricultural Census identified approximately 326,000 hectares of land available for farming, however only 62 per cent of this land is currently in active farming. Senator Grant commended the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for injecting $8 million in the fight against the coffee leaf rust disease and recommended that measures be put in place to develop the industry. “We need a massive resuscitation programme (for) the local coffee market of over $2 billion,” he stated. He said that banana, sugar cane, pimento, cocoa, domestic crops, and fisheries, also offer significant potential for earning foreign exchange and growing the economy. “These (crops) all have major roles to play in this mission to make Jamaica a great nation,” he said.last_img read more

Sea Monsters at the Maritime Museum

first_imgThis March Break, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will explore the truth, fiction and folklore behind the mysteries that lurk in the ocean’s depths – Sea Monsters! From March 8 to 16, visitors of all ages will discover how many tentacles krakens possess, the Nova Scotia harbour that has been visited by a merman and what it means to find a blobster. “This exhibit is another wonderful example of how the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic presents subjects that are not only fun and engaging, but also significant to this province’s folklore and heritage,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. From stories shared by our First Nations, to mariners’ reports during the 19th century to contemporary sightings as recently as 2003, tales of sea monsters have reflected our fascination and fear of creatures who live beneath the waves. While scientific discoveries during the last 150 years have shed much light on the true nature of sea monsters, the are still occasional reports of unknown beasts. “Over the centuries, dozens of encounters with sea monsters have been reported by Nova Scotians,” said the exhibit’s co-creator, Gerry Lunn. “It’s exciting to think that there are still unexplained sightings. I know I intend to keep my eyes peeled when I’m next on the water!” Program highlights from the exhibit include a legendary kraken with seven-metre-long tentacles attacking a ship, a mermaid and mermen dress-up corner for kids and Oceans Wild’s 20-metre-long inflatable whale. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

KML shareholders vote 99 in favour of Trans Mountain pipeline sale to

first_imgThe Canadian Press Shareholders in Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. have voted more than 99 per cent in favour of the sale of its Trans Mountainpipeline and expansion project to the federal government for $4.5 billion.The brief meeting in Calgary was chaired by the CEO of both Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. and its U.S. parent, Steven Kean.The outcome was not in question as Kinder Morgan Inc. retained about 70 per cent of the shares after spinning off its Canadianassets in a $1.75-billion initial public offering in May of 2017.Earlier Thursday, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain project after finding that thefederal government failed in its duty to engage in meaningful consultations with First Nations before approving the project.The decision means the National Energy Board will have to begin anew its review of the Trans Mountain project.last_img read more

Eric Clapton Teams With Hard Rock For Charity

first_imgEric Clapton and Hard Rock International launched the limited-edition Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight merchandise program today, benefiting Crossroads Centre Antigua.The line, a partnership between the iconic guitarist and world-renowned entertainment brand, includes a men’s and a women’s t-shirt, as well as two collectors’ pins. These limited-edition products will be available in stores and online beginning April 8, 2013.“I am delighted that Hard Rock is once again supporting the Crossroads Centre Antigua by launching a charity T-shirt,” said Eric Clapton. “It is a great project and I hope that people will be proud to wear the T-shirts and pins in the knowledge that those in need of rehabilitation from alcohol and drugs will benefit. It is particularly fitting that the photograph reproduced on the T-shirt was taken by one of the founder Trustees of the Crossroads Foundation, the late Brian Roylance, who was instrumental in the setting up of Crossroads.”A portion of the retail price from sales of Hard Rock’s Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight merchandise will benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua, a non-profit founded and substantially funded by Eric Clapton. The centre provides treatment and education to chemically dependent persons with compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and significant others. Funds raised through the Artist Spotlight program will provide much-needed scholarships for Caribbean residents struggling with addictive behaviors.“Throughout our more than 40 year history, Eric Clapton has been a great friend to Hard Rock – performing at our venues, partnering on philanthropic projects and even donating his Red Fender Lead II, the piece that started Hard Rock’s iconic collection,” said Annie Balliro, Senior Director of Brand Philanthropy, Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock is proud to continue our relationship with Eric through the Artist Spotlight program, while supporting the Crossroads Centre Antiqua and the life-changing work done there each day.”Hard Rock’s Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight t-shirt and pin will be available online at, and at Hard Rock locations in the following cities: Orlando, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood (at Universal CityWalk), Hollywood (on Hollywood Boulevard), Las Vegas, Las Vegas (at Hard Rock Hotel), New York, Prague, San Francisco, Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Florence, Foxwoods, Madrid, Nashville, New Orleans, Niagara Falls, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, San Antonio, San Diego, Toronto, Venice, and Honolulu.• Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight Men’s T-Shirt features a signed image of Eric Clapton playing his guitar and an artist-drawn guitar sketch. A city-specific Hard Rock logo is printed on the center back neck. This short sleeve, black t-shirt is made of 100% cotton and is available in men’s sizes S-XXL. 15% of the retail price will benefit Crossroads Centre Antiqua ($26 USD). • Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight Women’s T-Shirt features a signed image of Eric Clapton playing his guitar and an artist-drawn guitar sketch on the front of the shirt. A city-specific Hard Rock logo is printed on the center back neck. The short sleeve, black t-shirt is made of 100% cotton and is available in women sizes S-XL. 15% of the retail price will benefit Crossroads Centre Antiqua ($26 USD). • Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight Pin is a replica of Hard Rock’s first item in its iconic memorabilia collection, an un-signed Red Fender Lead II donated to Hard Rock by Eric Clapton in 1979. 15% of the retail price will benefit Crossroads Centre Antiqua ($14 USD). A second, online-exclusive Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight Pin is inspired by the ‘90s era Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster in Shoreline Gold, a current piece of Hard Rock’s memorabilia collection ($14 USD).last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California firesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation’s largest utility says it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages over the catastrophic wildfires in California that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The move will allow Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. to hold off creditors and continue operating while it tries to put its finances in order.___Sears’ chairman stands at the centre of fight for companyNEW YORK (AP) — As Sears teeters on the brink of collapse, one man stands at the centre of the fight for its future. Eddie Lampert plays several often-conflicting roles in what could be the final chapter for the 132-year-old company. He’s been chairman, CEO, lender, and largest shareholder — all at the same time. And he stands to win big if Sears survives. The fate of struggling retailer could be decided Monday during a bankruptcy auction in New York.___Company known for deep cost-cutting offers to buy GannettNEW YORK (AP) — A hedge fund-backed bid to buy Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today and several other major dailies, is renewing fears of consolidation, job losses and declining news coverage in the already battered newspaper industry. Digital First Media offered $1.36 billion on Monday for Gannett. Digital First has a reputation for ruthless cost-cutting.___Cold, hard safety blanket: Cash rules as stocks, bonds waverNEW YORK (AP) — The best market move last year was to stay out of it. Cash returned almost as much as inflation, whether it was in a money-market or online-savings account, and held steady while stock and bond prices around the world struggled. But this may be close to as good as it gets for cash, if the Federal Reserve ends up pausing interest-rate increases, as some investors expect.___Fiat Chrysler CEO says company strong enough to stand aloneDETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler’s new CEO says major job cuts or an alliance with other automakers are not in the plans for the Italian-American automaker. Mike Manley says the company downsized its workforce significantly a decade ago, and smaller cuts have been made since. Manley took over for the late Sergio Marchionne last year. Three years ago, Marchionne was shopping for a partner and said the industry needed to consolidate to better share huge capital investment costs.___No shutdown end in sight; Trump says ‘never ever back down’WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to continue to fight for border wall money, insisting that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is needed based on security and humanitarian grounds. Trump spoke to farmers attending a convention in New Orleans and gave no indication that a resolution was near to ending the partial government shutdown now into a fourth week.___Trump points to farmers as benefiting from wetlands rollbackWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has pointed again to farmers as winners from the administration’s proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country. He’s described farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change. But under longstanding federal law and rules, farmers and farmland already are exempt from most of the regulatory hurdles on behalf of wetlands that the Trump administration is targeting. Because of that, environmental groups long have argued that builders, oil and gas drillers and other industry owners would be the big winners if the government adopts the pending rollback.___Newmont’s $10B offer would create world’s biggest gold minerDENVER (AP) — Newmont Mining will buy Canada’s Goldcorp in a deal valued at about $10 billion to create the world’s biggest gold miner. Newmont will acquire each share of Goldcorp Inc. for 0.3280 of its own, plus another 2 cents per share. Shareholders of Newmont Mining Corp. will own approximately 65 per cent of the combined business, with Goldcorp shareholders owning 35 per cent.___Another sign of weakness in China weighs on US stocksNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slip after China said its exports fell in December, but major indexes avoid the big losses they took in late 2018 when investors worried about the state of the global economy. Drugmakers fell after House Democrats launched an investigation into drug prices. Citigroup rose after a strong quarterly report. USA Today publisher Gannett soared after getting an unsolicited takeover offer.___The S&P 500 fell 13.65 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,582.61. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 86.11 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 23,909.84. The Nasdaq composite retreated 65.56 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 6,905.92. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks shed 14.57 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,432.81.Benchmark U.S. crude oil gave up 2.1 per cent to $50.51 per barrel in New York, while Brent crude, the international standard, fell 2.5 per cent to $58.99 per barrel in London. Natural gas jumped 15.9 per cent to $3.59 per 1,000 cubic feet. Wholesale gasoline fell 2.6 per cent to $1.36 a gallon and heating oil lost 1.4 per cent to $1.85 a gallon.The Associated Presslast_img read more

US Indian charged with kidnapping after driving away in car with 2

first_imgNew York: A 24-year-old Indian man has been charged with kidnapping, assault and theft after he drove off in an elderly woman’s car from outside a medical centre in the US with her grandchildren inside the vehicle. Dalvir Singh, a heroin addict, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of kidnapping, felonious assault for dragging Nita Coburn, 69 and grand theft, Middletown Division of Police said in a statement. Coburn was injured when as she tried to stop Singh as the kids jumped out of the car. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe police is also hailing Coburn’s 8-year old grandson Chance as a hero for saving his 10-year old sister’s life by pulling her out of the car as Singh took off in it. The Middletown Police said that on the evening of April 25, it received a call that a car with children inside had been stolen at a medical center in Middletown, Ohio and that an elderly lady was injured. Coburn had taken another woman to the hospital and her two grandchildren were with her in the back seat. When they got to the emergency room, she pulled up close to the door and was helping the other woman into the emergency room. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAbout 10 seconds after she got out of the car, Singh jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with the children still in the back. The little boy opened the door to escape and his sister Skylar started to jump out also but Singh grabbed the hoodie of the little girl not allowing her to leave. As she tried to get away, Chance grabbed hold of her and pulled her away from Singh and they both tumbled out of the vehicle as it was moving. Police said Coburn did not realise that the children were able to escape because they flew out of the passenger side and by that time she was chasing the car on the driver’s side. She opened the driver’s door to regain control of the vehicle she thought her grandchildren were in, but Singh slammed the door shut again and locked the door. She hung onto the vehicle panicking because she thought the children were still inside. The vehicle dragged her until it accelerated at a high rate of speed and she was forced to let go.last_img read more

Samsung Internet TVs to use its own Tizen operating system from this

SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics Co. said its Internet-connected televisions will this year use its internally developed operating system known as Tizen, in the company’s latest attempt to boost its software power.The company said Friday that the first Tizen-equipped smart TVs will be unveiled next week at a trade show in Las Vegas. It will be Samsung biggest use yet of Tizen in its mainstay products.The launch of smartphones using Tizen was postponed several times last year in a setback to Samsung’s efforts to reduce its reliance on Android for its mobile devices. Instead, it used Tizen in the Gear series of smartwatches and a camera, but the market reception for these early Tizen products was lukewarm. Analysts expect Samsung to use Tizen for low-cost mobile devices sold in emerging markets such as India.The company said the adoption of the Tizen OS in televisions will allow a better collaboration with developers and other partners to provide more content to view on televisions.Samsung said Tizen-based televisions will synchronize with Samsung mobile devices to search and share content between phones and televisions. It will also serve as a centre for Internet-connected homes, known as smart home, where residents can remotely control electronics and lighting.Despite being the world’s largest supplier of televisions and mobile phones, Samsung’s software capabilities have been a weak spot.Many of Samsung’s software services and apps have been short-lived even though they were often delivered to consumers pre-installed in Samsung mobile phones. Samsung’s mobile messenger app, ChatOn, will be the latest Samsung service to die. ChatOn is scheduled to be shut down next month.In July, Samsung said it had postponed the Russian launch of a Tizen-powered phone. The company said Friday it is still developing smartphones using the operating system but declined to disclose its launch plan. Samsung Internet TVs to use its own Tizen operating system from this year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Jan 1, 2015 11:23 pm MDT read more

Six Flags discussing building theme park in Saudi Arabia

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Six Flags discussing building theme park in Saudi Arabia by The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2016 3:44 pm MDT DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Theme park chain Six Flags Entertainment Corp. says it is in “discussions” with Saudi Arabia to pursue developing amusement parks in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom.The announcement early Wednesday morning by the Grand Prairie, Texas-based company comes after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates announced the day before it would call for an “exception to the destination’s (Persian Gulf) exclusivity clause with (the) American theme park operator.”Officials in Dubai hope to open a Six Flags theme park by late 2019.The Six Flags push in Saudi Arabia comes after its officials met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman.Six Flags offered no specifics on the discussions with Saudi Arabia, which strictly separates sexes in public and follows an extremely conservative view of Islam. read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #TALLAGHT: Justice Minister Alan Shatter has admitted that the case of the girl removed from a Roma family in Greece “may have had some undue influence” on the two cases in Ireland this week. Separately, there have been calls for a full independent inquiry into the decision by authorities to remove the children from their families in Tallaght and Athlone.2. #RIP: The GAA community is in shock after Galway hurling star Niall Donoghue died suddenly last night. The 22-year-old, who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday, played in the 2012 All-Ireland final against Kilkenny.3. #SPYING: Angela Merkel has called Barack Obama over claims that the US is spying on her mobile phone, demanding an immediate explanation. The US said it is not currently monitoring her phone –  but a spokesperson would not say whether spying may have occurred in the past.4. #CHEAP ALCOHOL: Details on new alcohol pricing laws – including a minimum price on alcohol in a bid to combat misuse – will be published today by the Government. However the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will not contain any measure banning alcohol companies from sports sponsorship, despite previous plans to do so.5. #ARREARS: Almost one third of Ireland’s 20,000 local authority mortgages are in arrears, according to new figures released by the Department of the Environment.6. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Police in Northern Ireland say that an explosive device thrown at  police in Antrim last night was designed to kill police officers. The PSNI said the force was fortunate that no-one was killed or injured in the incident.7. #ROADS: The mother of Taidhg Burke, the bassist with The Calvinists who died following a car crash last weekend, has paid tribute to her son and said that his organs were donated to people who needed them.8. #SHOOTING: Police in California shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica gun after mistaking the item for a real gun, The Guardian reports.9. #AAAARGH: A school in England was forced to close yesterday after becoming infested with – don’t read this if you’re eating your breakfast – venomous spiders. Shudder.last_img read more

Accro aux SMS Attention aux troubles du sommeil

first_imgAccro aux SMS ? Attention aux troubles du sommeilUne étude américaine suggère que les personnes qui reçoivent et envoient quotidiennement de nombreux textos via leur téléphone portable peuvent souffrir de troubles du sommeil et de problèmes relationnels. Vous êtes accro à votre téléphone et ne passez pas une journée sans envoyer des dizaines de SMS ? Méfiez vous car ceci pourrait avoir un impact sur votre sommeil. En effet, si l’on savait déjà que l’excès de téléphone portable peut mener à des conséquences négatives, des chercheurs américains ont découvert que l’impact peut être encore plus sérieux chez certains.Pour en arriver là, le Dr Karla Murdock, de la Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Virginie) a proposé à des étudiants de première année un questionnaire portant sur leurs habitudes en termes d’utilisation des textos, sur leur bien-être émotionnel et sur leur sommeil. Après dépouillage des réponses, elle a constaté que les personnes les plus ‘accros’ aux SMS sont davantage susceptible de mal dormir et de moins bien gérer leurs relations conflictuelles.Le questionnaire demandait notamment d’estimer le nombre de textos envoyés et reçus durant une journée moyenne. Il interrogeait également sur la durée de la nuit de sommeil, le temps nécessaire pour s’endormir, le temps réellement passé à dormir dans un lit, les perturbations du sommeil ressenties, la somnolence diurne constatée, etc. : autant d’éléments permettant d’établir ce qu’on appelle l’Indice de qualité du sommeil de Pittsburgh – un outil classique en médecine.Plus de stress dans les relations À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les résultats montrent globalement une corrélation entre sur-utilisation des SMS et troubles du sommeil, mais aussi entre sur-utilisation des SMS et stress lié aux relations d’amitié : les textos ne sont pas en mesure de transmettre les nuances subtiles d’une conversation, estime le Dr Murdock, qui explique : “ces corrélations indiquent qu’une utilisation massive de ces messageries pourrait être problématique en période de stress”.Selon les chercheurs, le langage abrégé souvent utilisé dans les SMS est trop peu nuancée pour exprimer des émotions complexes, et ce média interdit les indices non-verbaux (inflexions, ton, mimiques…). “Bien que ceci soit spéculatif, on pourrait faire valoir que la messagerie par texte est un mode de communication inapproprié pour faire face au stress interpersonnel dans les relations intimes”, conclut la chercheuse.Le 1 octobre 2013 à 15:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

OFFICIAL Rodgers new Leicester City manager

first_imgThe Northern Irish coach has been appointed as the Foxes coach after almost three years with Scottish Premier League club Celtic.After four years of his last English Premier League adventure, Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers has returned to England to coach.He has been appointed as the new Leicester City boss with a contract until June 2022.Rodgers spent two and a half seasons at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premier League.“It feels great, it’s obviously come very quickly and obviously, of course, over the last few days, but I know I’m joining a fantastic club that has grown so quickly over these last few years,” Rodgers told LCFC TV.“I’m just delighted to be here. I think there was a number of reasons [why I joined]. I was certainly in no hurry to leave Celtic. Celtic is a club that’s a huge club worldwide, a renowned club, and I loved working with the players there.”“We were on a journey of great success over these last years but when the opportunity came to talk to Leicester and I was able to analyze it, it allowed me to think that I’d probably achieved and taken the club may be at Celtic as far as I could at this moment,” he added.“The opportunity to speak with Leicester and find out their ambitions and where we can grow the club and the training facility. Of course, the big attraction for me is working with the players.””I’m joining a fantastic club.” 🔵Hear from our new First Team Manager as we say #WelcomeBrendan 👇Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 26, 2019“It’s a young squad, a very dynamic squad, it’s got huge potential and you’ve got some of the players with good experience also. There was a number of factors in being here and, as I say, I’m absolutely delighted,” he continued.“Coming into the club at this point of the season, it’s never normally ideal, but it gives me the chance to observe and analyze the players over this last period of games.”“I know it’s been a really difficult season for the Club on and off the pitch. It’s been really emotional in many ways,” Rodgers added.“For me, it’s the case of just trying to stabilize the emotion of everything that’s happened this season and looking to inspire the players so that they can then inspire the supporters.”“Myself and my staff will come in and we’ll look to immediately put in place our philosophy and that identity that my teams normally play with and hopefully then over the course of time, the supporters will recognize that and they’ll come to enjoy it,” he concluded.#WelcomeBrendan 🦊— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 26, 2019last_img read more

Dunleavy Releases 10Year Budget Blueprint

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy released his State of Alaska Fiscal Plan on Thursday for 2020 through 2029. The FY20-FY29 10-year plan is now available on the Office of Management and Budget’s website The ten-year plan also contains what the governor is referring to as “alternative approaches” to make up the revenue shortfall over the next decade. Governor Dunleavy: “We can’t continue to spend more money than we have. My plan represents a vision of a smaller State government, with more money in the pockets of Alaskans while laying the foundation for new private sector investment and the new jobs that come with it. While reductions in State services are understandably difficult choices to make. Alaska must implement a permanent fiscal plan to get the economy moving again.”center_img Dunleavy: “These alternatives clearly demonstrate there is no easy, simple solution to addressing the State’s budget deficit. Every option comes at a cost. I believe the plan my administration put forward is what the people voted for when they elected me.” According to a release from the Governor’s office, the plan is based on projected revenues from the spring 2019 revenue forecast, the administration’s proposed balanced budget, and the enactment of the administration’s legislative package to create a permanent and sustainable fiscal plan.last_img read more

Condé Nast Acquires Tech Blog Backchannel Forms Wired Group

first_img Backchannel’s tech business focus will round out the Wired Group’s holistic coverage, when combined with Wired’s tech/lifestyle sensibility and Ars Technica’s attention towards IT trends and tools. A deeper inventory of content and range of audience segments is undoubtably attractive to advertisers.  Condé Nast has acquired Backchannel, a tech business blog on Medium. The site will become part of the newly-formed Wired group, along with Ars Technica and Wired. “Backchannel is one of the most highly-respected tech business brands and seamlessly complements Wired and Ars Technica to create the premier group of leading editorial brands covering the technology sector,” says Fred Santarpia, chief digital officer of Condé Nast, in a statement. “Backchannel’s unique and highly-engaged audience of tech enthusiasts also creates new opportunities for our advertisers.” The company says the site will remain on Medium and will continued to be ad supported through that platform.  As part of the Wired Group organization, tech business journalist Jessi Hempel will move from Wired to Backchannel.center_img The deal is also a talent acquisition for Condé Nast. Backchannel founder and journalist, Steven Levy, will rejoin Condé Nast via the acquisition. Levy spent six years with Wired (2008-2014) but left to launch Backchannel. Now he’s back and is bringing executive editor, Sandra Upson, with him.  Condé Nast did not disclose terms of the deal. Likewise, Backchannel’s audience of monthly unique visitors was not disclosed to Folio: sister site min, so the scale of this acquistion is unclear.last_img read more

Kamma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Redlu controversy RGV unfazed by numerous threat calls

first_img@RGVzoomin if u don’t believe in caste, why u have named ur movie (#KammaRajyamLoKadapaRedlu) like that? Why ur movie name includes two castes? U have grudge on ncbn, may be u have ur own issues with ncbn, but involving two castes in is very very bad. Don’t criticize any cast Anand Aggala‏ @aggala #KammaRajyamLoKadapaRedlu title is height of CASTEISM!!! Why don’t u say anaganaga oka Roju Tag Vijaywada lo and surprise people with ur direction skills, originality & Sense of humour. Rather than a controversial & sensational title make a sensational movieRam Gopal Varma took to Twitter last night and shared a couple of statements in Telugu He alleged that he was getting many threat calls from unidentified people from unexpected foreign destinations like Latvia. His number was shared on whatsapp groups. He dared his detractors and told that he is not afraid of those threat calls. As a director he likes to speak openly and none can stop me from doing it.center_img Ram Gopal VarmaTwitterRam Gopal Varma aka RGV revealed that he has received numerous threat calls from unidentified people from foreign destinations after he announced his new film Kamma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Redlu.After the humiliating defeat of Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, Ram Gopal Varma announced that his next movie is titled Kamma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Redlu. The director tweeted, “My next telugu film title is “KAMMA RAAJYAM LO KADAPA REDLU” ..It will be entirely shot in Vijayawada and Amaravathi and will be produced by Rakesh Reddy in the same combination of #LakshmisNTR.”His announcement angered many people from Kamma community, who expressed their displeasure over his film in their reply to him. After seeing their outburst, Ram Gopal Varma took to his Twitter page to set the things right. He said that Kamma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Redlu does not target any caste.Ram Gopal Varma tweeted on May 31, “There seems to be a misunderstanding in some people that #KammaRajyamLoKadapaRedlu is targeting Kammas..I want to clarify it’s absolutely false ..I don’t belong to either caste nor I bekieve in caste story is just based on the unique situation caused in vja.”Many peopled replied to Ram Gopal Varma’s clarification and asked him why he is using caste names, if he does not believe in them. Some advised him to change the title of Kamma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Redlu.Jhansi‏ @Jhansi25492291last_img read more

3 more killed in gunfights bullethit body of youth recovered

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThree more people have been killed in what the law enforcement has called gunfights in three separate incidents in Jhenaidah, Keraniganj and Natore and a bullet-hit body of an unidentified young man was recovered in Jashore since Wednesday, according to UNB news agency.With these, the number of killing in alleged gunfights since early Wednesday stood at six in five districts.Read more: 3 more people killed in alleged gunfight UNB reports: In Jhenaidah district, a man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Purundapur village of Maheshpur upazila early Thursday.The deceased is Nurul Islam, 48, of the village.Police claimed that Nurul Islam was a robber and wanted in several cases.Being tipped-off that a gang of robbers were taking preparation to commit robbery in the area, a team of police conducted a drive there around 1:45am Thursday, said Md Salauddin, additional superintendent of Kotchandpur (circle) police.Sensing the presence of the policemen, the robbers opened fire on the police prompting the law enforcement to fire back in self-defence, he said.At one stage, Nur caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, claimed the police officer.Police recovered two bombs, one bullet and a sharp weapon from the spot, he added.In Keraniganj, according to the UNB, Nur Hossain Nuru, 35, a suspected drug trader and also wanted in 12 criminal cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) of police at Deushur around 3:00am Wednesday.Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of DB police, said the gunfight took place near Diamond Melamine Factory, from where police also recovered a firearm and 35 pieces of yaba tablets.In Natore, Osman Goni, a suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members in Bahimali area of Baraigram upazila in the small hours of Wednesday.RAB-5 commanding officer major Shiblee Mostafa said sensing the presence of some criminals, RAB members challenged them and asked to surrender. At one stage, the criminals open fire on the law enforcement prompting them to fire in self-defence.After a brief gunfight, the elite force recovered the body of Osman.Meanwhile police recovered the bullet-hit body of an unidentified young man from Jashore-Rajganj road in Manirampur upazila of Jashore on Wednesday.Mokarram Hossain, officer-in-charge of Manirampur police station, said being informed from locals, a team of police went to the spot and recovered the bullet-hit body of the young man, aged around 28 years around 5:45am.Police suspected that the young man might have been killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two groups of robbers, said the OC.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the Kushtia killing independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.With the latest deaths, at least 133 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.last_img read more