Gill, Karna, Amittrajit to square off at National Rally Cship

first_imgCoimbatore, Jul 29 (PTI) Top rallyists, including Gaurav Gill, Karna Kadur and Amittrajit Ghosh, will be squaring off and renewing their battles for top honours when the curtain goes up on the MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) here tomorrow. Thirty-two teams will be in fray at the opening round of the championship, the MRF Rally of Coimbatore, with two-time APRC champion Gill (Team Mahindra Adventure), defending champion Karna (ARKA Motorsports INRC), two-time INRC champion Amittrajit (Team Mahindra Adventure) and Arjun Rao (AR Racing) likely to be the main contenders once again. The rally will cover a distance of 200 kilometres in and around Kethanur, on the outskirts of the city of Coimbatore, with 71.40 kilometres earmarked for 5 special stages on gravel roads. It traverses through closed sections of, both, public and private, roads and the entire route map has already been shared with the competitors for reconnaissance. Arindam Ghosh, Director, RRPM said: “The 2017 edition of INRC is a big season for us. For the first time, we will be hosting a round in Arunachal Pradesh and the good news is that it is being backed by Arunachal Tourism. This is a great development as globally tourism plays a major role in sponsoring motor sports, including in the WRC.” In all, there will be six rounds this year and all of them will be held in different locales and different terrains which will test the skills of the drivers to the hilt. “Last year my car broke down so I couldnt be among the top contenders. But that?s in the past,” Gill said. “I am ready and raring to go now. We are going to have new car set-ups from the next round which will make the cars faster and so a lot more exciting for us,” he added. Defending champion Karna Kadur, who will be competing for a new team this season, conceded that he would need some time to get his car into the groove. Amitrajit also revealed that he was a little rustic as he hadnt been in a rally car for seven months. “I will get into my rhythm soon,” he said. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Under-pressure Mourinho defends Martial move after Hammer blow

first_imgLondon, Sep 29 (AFP) Jose Mourinho defended his decision to play Anthony Martial instead Alexis Sanchez after a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday condemned Manchester United to a third defeat in seven Premier League games — their worst start to a domestic campaign in nearly 30 years.United have 10 points from seven league games, the last time they started worse was in 1989/90, in the old First Division, though they also collected just 10 points in the first seven games of David Moyes’ ill-fated reign. This latest reverse added to the pressure on under-fire manager Mourinho.”For many months people are asking for Martial,” Mourinho told BT Sport about his choice of attackers. “This week it was time to agree and to say let’s give a chance to Martial and let’s leave Alexis out.”United, who kicked off eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool, were behind as early as the fifth minute at the London Stadium, when Anderson opened the scoring for West Ham.And they were 2-0 down before half-time when Andriy Yarmalenko’s shot from inside the box deflected off Victor Lindelof for an own-goal.Barely 60 seconds after midfielder Paul Pogba — whose stand-off with Mourinho during a training session earlier this week featured heavily on social media — was substituted, United cut the deficit through Marcus Rashford’s 71st-minute goal.But hopes this might spark a major recovery by the visitors were soon dashed when Marko Arnautovic — who played under Mourinho at Inter Milan — restored the Hammers’ two-goal lead three minutes later.advertisement- ‘Killed our mentality’ -==========================Mourinho said West Ham’s first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been “aggressive” enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers’ second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautovic’s strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford.”We are not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot,” Mourinho said when asked about the Lindelof own-goal. An offside goal and an own goal.The Portuguese boss added: “The third goal killed our mentality because the referee did not see the foul before.”Nevertheless, Mourinho insisted: “I have no complaints with the players’ attitude. You have always to try, that’s my nature as a football professional.”However, former United defender Rio Ferdinand accused Mourinho’s men of a lack of effort and said questions remained over the former Chelsea manager’s future at Old Trafford.”As a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort,” said Ferdinand, now a pundit with BT Sport.”I didn’t see that today,” added the former England centre-half, who began his career at West Ham.And a concerned Ferdinand insisted: “There are some big decisions to be made at United now. There will be conversations at the top level, about the future of the manager and the squad, because the basics are not being done. There has to be something said.”Victory saw West Ham continue to climb the table after starting the season with four straight league defeats under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.Arnautovic was in no doubt the Hammers had earned their victory.”We have to do our job and we did it excellently, and that is why we deserved to win,” he said.As for Mourinho, Arnautovic added: “I have nothing to say. I look at my team, whatever the other team is doing is not our stuff.”(AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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MHA advises UT Chandigarh to fill up civil posts in 60:40 ratio from Punjab, Haryana

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI) The Centre has advised the Chandigarh Union Territory administration to fill up its civil posts in the ratio of 60:40 from the Punjab and Haryana governments.The Home Ministry has also kept in abeyance its order merging the posts of DSPs of Chandigarh Police with the combined police service of Delhi and other UTs, the DANIPS.In a statement, the Union Home Ministry said the UT Chandigarh administration has been advised that in filling up civil posts, the ratio of 60:40 as may be used between Punjab and Haryana, wherever it is being followed conventionally.There are 17 sanctioned posts of state civil services in the Chandigarh administration of which 10 are filled by the officers belonging to the Punjab government and seven from the Haryana government on deputation.”The ration (of 60:40) is being respected for taking officers from Haryana and Punjab civil services,” Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator, Parimal Rai, told PTI.These officers look after various departments likeIndustries, hospitality, rural development and panchayats, public relations, social welfare, women and child development, sports, state transport authority, Chandigarh Transport undertaking, registering and licensing authority etc.Meanwhile, the home ministry has kept in abeyance its last month’s order merging the posts of DSPs of Chandigarh Police with the combined police service of Delhi and other UTs, the DANIPS.The notification of the home ministry, dated September 25, merging the posts of DSPs of Chandigarh Police with DANIPS has been kept in abeyance till further orders, the statement said.The decision has been taken following strong objections from the ruling NDA ally Akali Dal and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.advertisementThe earlier decision was taken to have uniformity in the composition of the feeder grade for induction into the IPS and due to the practical necessity.Under the existing system, the officers in DANIPS having legitimate claim and also expectations, for promotional avenues, against duty posts in various grades of police service, as per the extant statutory rules and also the resultant vacancies against induction of officers into the IPS.However, the present structure in the UT of Chandigarh is depriving the DSPs from their legitimate claim on such promotional avenues, another official said. PTI ACB ZMNlast_img read more

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India U-18 taste defeat in SAFF opener

first_imgGOAL! Lalawmpuia gives India U18 boys the lead against Bangladesh in their first fixture of the #SAFFU18 Championship 2017. #BackTheBlue. pic.twitter.com/qyr6SdjK6a— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 18, 2017In the 31st minute, a well-won spot kick was neatly dispatched by Edmund into the corner of the net to double India’s lead. The goalkeeper stood no chance despite guessing the right direction. India U18 SAFF U-18 Championship 2017: Bangladesh 4-3 India – Young Blues succumb to second half comeback by Bengal Tigers Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 19:50 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) India U-18 at SAFF 2017 AIFF Media India U18 SAFF Championship India Colts had conjured up a solid 3-0 lead by half-time but a four-goal rout in second half saw Bangladesh pick up maximum points on the day… Despite holding a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead at halftime, India U-18 national team lost 3-4 to Bangladesh U-18 in the opening match of this year’s SAFF U-18 Championship at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu, Bhutan. Lalawmpuia, Edmund and Princeton netted the goals for India in the 18th, 32nd and 47th minute respectively.Lalrindika Edmund and Lalawmpuia joined Roshan Singh in the final third of the pitch while Aditya Patra remained the last line of defence in goal for what would later turn out to be goal-fest.India started the match brightly courtesy of some wonderful wing play on both flanks but it was striker Roshan Singh who managed to consistently get the better of his markers in the Bangladesh defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The striker forced a save from the goalkeeper as early as the 11th minute before going down inside the box only for the referee to wave play on.The early efforts paid off in the 18th minute as a terrific pass from defence found Lalawmpuia’s run. The forward neatly tucked the ball past the goalkeeper to give India the lead. GOAL! Rebello Princeton scores a stunner, triples the lead for India against Bangladesh at the #SAFFU18 Championship 2017.#BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/TbO9ipmnDE— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 18, 2017 While the first half depicted India’s dominance, the second half told a completely different story. Bangladesh passed the ball around with purpose and aggression. Although Lalengzama had his shot hit the crossbar, it was Bangladesh’s players who had most of the joy until the final whistle.A couple of good goals and a third goal courtesy of India’s defensive lapse later, Bangladesh looked favourites to grab maximum points going into the final few minutes of the game. The Bengal Tigers scored from a corner in the added time after ninety minutes to register a 4-3 win over the India Colts in their SAFF U-18 Championship opener.India will now take on hosts Bhutan on September 22. The starting XI for India U-18 today:Aditya Patra, Jayananda Singh Moirangthem, Lalliansanga Renthlei, Sahil Panwar, Lalrindika Edmund, Lalengzama Vangchhia, Lalawmpuia, Princeton Rebello, Asish Rai, Zonunmawia, Roshan Singh Naorem.center_img GOAL! Edmund Lalrindika doubles the lead for India U18 from the spot against Bangladesh. #SAFFU18 #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/yVVsxn1cHq— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 18, 2017Ten minutes later, India’s defenders were called into action for a goal-line clearance and despite a slight dip in concentration, India brought their fairytale first half to an end by adding a stunning third goal before the break.Rebello Princeton scored a sensational free kick 30 yards from goal to sent India into the dressing room with a 3-0 lead.last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyi

first_imgLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been told he can leave AA Gent this month.The Nigerian has struggled for form during his loan and both clubs, reports HLN, are agreed they can cut short the deal.The final choice will be left to the player – and Awoniyi is leaning towards staying with Gent.Impressive with Moeskroen last season, the youngster has failed to repeat the form with Gent.Awoniyi’s management has fielded enquiries from Turkey in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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6 Summer Blazers to Keep You Feeling and Looking Cool

first_img 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Now that Memorial Day Weekend is behind us and summer has (unofficially) begun, many of us across the United States are still saying “Where’s the heat”? Well, stock up the ice chest: The Weather Channel says that, although we had a cooler spring, much of the country is due for normal to above average temperatures starting in June. So how do we keep our sartorial cool once things start getting sticky? Why with stylish lightweight , summer blazers, of course.We like to leave one of these jackets in the office to throw on when the air conditioning is cranked a little too high, for unexpected client meetings, or for a business lunch. They’re also a perfect solution for a breezy night out at a sidewalk cafe, or a casual weekend wedding or party. Light enough to carry when commuting, they also pack easily … a few wrinkles should easily steam out in a hotel bathroom. Choose a neutral color so it can easily be thrown on with a pair of lightweight dress pants, khakis, or jeans…maybe even dressy shorts if the occasion suits.Best BuyExpress Slim Navy Knit Blazer $99You can’t get a much better summer blazer than this one from Express. Not only is it under $100 (!), it’s also slim-cut and in a traditional color, allowing for this blue baby to be worn again and again throughout the season without anyone taking notice. The polyester/rayon shell, combined with the cotton lining, makes for one breathable blazer that can go from office to evening in a flash.See ItOther Options We LikeQ by Flynt Heathered Jersey Blazer $365Felt like you should have been allowed to wear a T-shirt to the office today? Flynt gets you part-way there with a colorful selection of heathered jersey blazers in a cotton/linen blend. Each has a deep, summery glow, and, like your favorite tee, just a little bit of stretch for comfort and weighs just about as much. Throw it on with a short-sleeved button up for a little Rat Pack style.See ItPatrick James Jersey Knit Blazer $375Another soft, comfortable knit option, Patrick James offers a lightweight, stretch cotton blend in a simple pale blue or tan that goes right from the new client meeting to dinner at the marina. It’s even got a built-in pocket square for those summer Fridays when you’re throwing it on over a polo shirt, then bolting to get out of town and don’t want anything extra weighing you down.See ItRowing Blazers Navy Hopsack Blazer $950Rowing Blazers describes it as “The Perfect Blue Blazer,” and we have to agree. It’s handmade in New York, of 100 percent Hopsack, a lightweight, basketweave wool, which has a bit of a coarse hand, but is extremely breathable. Incorporating the “3-roll-2” silhouette (there are three buttons: the top one, like the bottom, remains unbuttoned), three patch pockets and top-stitched “swelled seams.” It is an ultimate classic which, of course, makes it totally on-trend.See ItRing Jacket Olive Balloon Jacket $1,350Ring Jacket synthesizes Japanese precision with Italian distinction in their Osaka factory. The Balloon jacket is the consummate realization of that combo, utilizing a signature fabric that they originally developed to create the ultimate travel jacket. It’s pure woven wool, but combines the comfort of a knit with true performance properties. The Balloon jacket is lightweight and breathable, with natural stretch and wrinkle-resistance.See ItAlton Lane Seersucker Jacket $1,595There are times when only custom will do, and the ultimate expression of summer is seersucker. Here Alton Lane combines the two in a navy gingham check seersucker that is a sophisticated take on the classic. Their model is completely deconstructed, so it’s light, airy, and perfect for summer days. It’s serious enough for the office, but still a little more light-hearted for cocktail parties or happy hours.See ItLooking for a perfect t-shirt to pair with these summer blazers? Look no further. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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Sub-Projects for Logistics Hub will be Implemented – Industry Minister

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has expressed confidence that the necessary short term sub-projects will be implemented in time to make the Jamaica Logistics Hub operational and effective by 2015.Speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, on Wednesday, May 15, Minister Hylton pointed out that four things are critical to meeting the deadline for the opening of the widened Panama Canal, on which the project hinges.These include: dredging of the channel in the harbour; privatization and modernisation of the port of Kingston; establishment of the logistics centre at Caymanas; and implementation of a community port system at Jamaica Customs.The Minister said the mega projects, such as the dry dock facility and the commodity port are medium to long term projects. They are critical to the overall transformational effect of the projects, and would take a longer time to come on stream.“From where I sit, we have every opportunity, every possibility to meet that timeline, and be ready for the opening of the Panama Canal,” he added.The logistics hub initiative is critical to the government’s overall growth strategy for the economy, and will see Jamaica becoming the fourth node in the global logistics chain, joining Rotterdam, Singapore and Dubai.Jamaica’s strategic geographic position on major sea lanes and air routes to North and South America, as well as Europe and South East Asia, has increased its competitive advantage, particularly in the logistics and shipping sector.With the expansion of the Panama Canal to be completed in 2015, Jamaica’s unique location, and natural resources, such as two of the best natural harbours in the world, will see the Logistics Hub initiative enhancing the global trading system, and as such representing a global asset.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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Property Tax Collection Up in Kingston

first_img Property tax collection in the Corporate Area has risen by 169 per cent since April 1 this year Story Highlights 89 per cent increase increased for trade licenses Property tax collection in the Corporate Area has risen by 169 per cent since April 1 this year, when compared to the figure for the corresponding period last year.This was disclosed by Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke, during the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Council meeting, held at its Church Street offices in downtown Kingston, on August 13.“Yes, we know that the rates were increased, yes we know that there are some individuals who have been finding it difficult (to pay), but we have been operating a (Parish) Discretionary Relief Committee, where individuals can apply (for relief), and we have been granting those waivers,” the Mayor said.She noted that property taxes are mainly used for the maintenance of community amenities, adding that “persons who are paying their taxes, need to see their tax dollars in action.”Senator  Brown Burke also informed that for barbers and hairdressers, collection increased by 18 per cent when compared to last year’s figure.With regard to trade licences, the Mayor said that the figure, when compared to last year, represents an 89 per cent increase, and for signs and billboards, there has been a 41 per cent reduction in the figure, when compared to the corresponding period last year.The Mayor pointed out that targets have been set for the 2013/14 fiscal year, and a compliance team has once again been deployed to focus on issues of enforcement and revenue generation.“We intend to target those areas where improvement can still be made, for example, signs and billboards.  We are aware of the impact of the collection of outstanding arrears last year, as a result of the focus of the revenue officer, with specific responsibility for billboards. We also note that there are still areas where signs are erected without any reference to an application to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation,” she said, and encouraged citizens to become complaint with the rules and regulations of the KSAC.Mrs. Brown Burke said the Corporation will continue its on-going public education campaign, as part of efforts to increase its compliance rate for trade licences and property tax.The methods used to encourage people to pay their property tax and trade licences include: notices; the use of a town crier in targeted areas; distribution of fliers and reminders; and advertisements of delinquent properties and owners in the media.At the meeting, Councillor Beverly Prince was officially sworn in after winning the recent by-election in the Cassia Park Division of the KSAC. Property taxes are mainly used for the maintenance of community amenitieslast_img read more

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Naomie Harris Named As Save The Children Ambassador

first_imgHollywood actress Naomie Harris has become an ambassador for women and children’s rights following a recent trip to South Africa as Save the Children claims increasing violence against women and children has been “normalised” in many societies.The actress, who plays Winnie Mandela in the new film of Nelson Mandela’s life, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom visited several Save the Children projects including a crèche and a scheme that empowers children against violence and exploitation in rural Free State.Speaking during her visit to the country, Harris said, “Nowhere has affected me quite like South Africa. I love the spirit of this country. But there are also major problems. South Africa has one of the strongest economies in Africa yet many still live in poverty – and one in five children don’t go to school. Those that do face a daily threat of violence and sexual assault – and that shocks me deeply.“Save the Children offered me the opportunity to see some of their work and that offer galvanised my wish to try and do something to help this country’s young people fulfil their potential. I look forward to raising awareness of these issues not only in South Africa, but in other countries where Save the Children fights for girls and women’s rights.”During her visit, Naomie visited the Hlayisanani Day Care Centre situated in Setswetla, in the heart of the sprawling township of Alexandra Alina where poverty and unemployment rates are rife. The crèche here provides much needed stimulation for children as well as hot meals which, for many, are the only meals they get.Here she also met three girls; 14 year old Busisiwe and Tlaleng and Kgathatso, both 15, who are all benefitting from Save the Children’s Safer South Africa for Women and Children programme. Save the Children run Children’s Committees designed to empower children, giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to speak out against violence directed at both themselves and within the wider community.During a time when there is increasing recognition internationally that there hasn’t been enough focus on stopping the root causes of violence against women and children, the Children’s Committees are empowered to raise peer awareness, provide peer support and improve referrals made within the schools.As part of her new role for Save the Children, Harris hopes to visit more of Save the Children’s programmes which are making a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable women and young girls.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

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TRS banks on good show by regional parties in LS polls

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Monday said most of the regional parties are confident of turning in a good performance in the Lok Sabha elections, giving a boost to its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s idea of forging a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front post-poll.TRS spokesperson Abid Rasool Khan said most of the regional parties were confident of getting lot of seats, and claimed they were open to the idea of such a front proposed by the Telangana Chief Minister. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”As soon as the (Lok Sabha election) results are out, there would be parleys and formation of a (federal) front. If it has the majority, it will form the government,” Khan told PTI. If this proposed front falls short of numbers, it will decide what role it should play and “how it will have control over the government so that the states don’t suffer and policies of the states are not affected,” he said. TRS is counting on parties such as the SP, BSP, BJD and YSRCP to be on board the proposed federal front, party leaders have said earlier. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedKhan said his party was ready to support the YSRCP in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, where Assembly and Lok Sabha elections would be held simultaneously on April 11, so long as it has no truck with the BJP or Congress. In what way the TRS, the ruling party in Telangana, would back YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh is a matter of “political strategisation” between the leadership of the two outfits, he added. Khan said the AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi would campaign for TRS candidates in “all the districts, wherever we require his support, wherever there is sizeable population of minorities and Dalits, and we will extend our support to him in Hyderabad.” TRS deputy floor leader in the Lok Sabha and Karimnagar MP, B Vinod Kumar, claimed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is also the TDP chief, was facing “lot of anti-incumbency” and it might help the YSRCP. Kumar said Chandrasekhar Rao would kick off the party’s campaign in Telangana with a public meeting in Karimnagar in March third week. The TRS, which won 11 of the total 17 seats in the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2014, was already in campaign mode with the party last week initiating Parliamentary constituency-wise meetings chaired by its working president K T Rama Rao. The TRS has said it aims to win 16 seats in the April 11 Lok Sabha polls in Telangana, leaving the Hyderabad segment to Owaisi who would be backed by the party.last_img read more

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Real estate board says poll supports call to scrap Torontos land transfer

Real estate board says poll supports call to scrap Toronto’s land transfer tax by News Staff Posted Jun 8, 2012 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Toronto’s real-estate industry says a new poll shows overwhelming support for scrapping a land-transfer tax imposed by the city under a previous mayor.Ekos Research collected responses from 9,459 Toronto residents in the city’s 44 wards last month.The poll found that a repeal of the tax was supported by at least half of the respondents in 36 of the city’s 44 wards.Ekos was commissioned by the Toronto Real Estate Board, which has long opposed the land transfer tax brought in under Mayor David Miller.Current Toronto mayor Rob Ford has said he’d like to scrap the land transfer tax but he’s having increasing difficulty getting city council to support his proposals.The president of the Toronto Real Estate Board says the poll demonstrates there’s wide voter support for a repeal of the tax and councillors should listen to that. read more

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Kenya

In a press statement, the Security Council extended its condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Republic of Kenya. According to media reports, militants claiming to belong to the Al-Shabaab extremist group hijacked the commuter bus travelling to Nairobi, the country’s capital, in the early morning hours of 22 November, executing at least 28 of the passengers. The members of the Security Council in their statement reiterated their solidarity with the people and Government of Kenya in their fight against terrorism. The members of the Security Council paid tribute in particular to the role of Kenya in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as part of the fight against Al Shabaab. Reaffirming that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, the Council reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations. The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with relevant regional authorities in this regard. Further to the statement, the Council reiterated its resolute and long-standing support to all actors working to end the threat posed by Al Shabaab in the region. read more

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Cubs agree to 1year contract with lefthander Kyle Ryan

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and left-hander Kyle Ryan have agreed to one-year contract.Under the terms of the deal announced Wednesday, he would earn $180,000 if he spends next season in the minors. His salary would increase to $555,000 if he’s in the majors and go up to $700,000 if he spends one day on the active big league roster, not including the disabled list.The 27-year-old Ryan was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in eight starts and 14 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa this year last year. He was 8-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 86 games for the Detroit Tigers from 2014-17.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Reds Indians weeks in review

Cincinnati RedsJust like that, The Reds are above .500 and second in the National League Central behind the division-leading Cardinals.The Reds began the week hosting a three-game series against the Mets in which every game was decided by one run in the ninth inning or later.The Reds won the first game thanks to Laynce Nix’s pinch-hit home run in the eleventh inning in the first game off of Manny Acosta. Francisco Cordero lost the second game for the Reds after allowing a solo shot from Rod Barajas, breaking a 4-4 tie going into the ninth inning. Orlando Cabrera helped the Reds win the series with a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, which gave the Reds their ninth win in the last at bat.The Reds had a day off Thursday before the Cubs came to town.Unlike the series with the Mets, the series with the Cubs was a lot more lopsided.The Cubs took it to the Reds in the first game behind touted-rookie Starlin Castro’s 6 RBIs in his first-ever game. The Reds returned the favor in the second game with a barrage of late-inning runs as the Reds took a seventh inning 3-2, and ended up winning the game 14-2. Mike Leake pitched a gem in the third game, recording his third win and second series win of the week for the Reds.Stud: Joey Votto. After this week Joey Votto leads the team (excluding players who have not had enough at-bats) in batting average, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage. Dud: Homer Bailey. After getting beat up in his last start against the Cubs, Bailey is 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA this season.Next Week: The Reds will begin the week trying to get their first win against the Pirates this season in a three-game series at Pittsburgh, and then will come back home to host the Cardinals in another three-game series. Cleveland IndiansDespite returning to the friendly confines of Progressive Field, the Indians struggled through the past week, winning only one game, 7-4 against the Detroit Tigers Sunday.The visiting Toronto Blue Jays won all three games against Cleveland, including Wednesday when the Blue Jays scored three runs in the ninth inning off Indians’ closer Chris Perez. The Indians are at 11-18, fourth in the American League Central, and are 8.5 games back of the division-leading Minnesota Twins.Stud: Travis Hafner. The player known as ‘Pronk’ came into the week hitting only .189 in 2010. But over the last few games, Hafner’s batting average has increased to .244, and he had an RBI in three consecutive games.Dud: Jake Westbrook. Back from Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament replacement surgery), which kept him from pitching for more than a year, Westbrook is still looking for his first win as the team’s ace. Tuesday, his tough start continued, as he didn’t get past the fourth inning in an 8-5 loss to Toronto.Up Next: The Indians begin an eight-game road trip Tuesday against Kansas City and will travel to Baltimore Friday for a three-game series with the Orioles. read more

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This 8bit computer is handmade down to the motherboard

first_imgIf you’re looking for a real DIY challenge, try building your own computer. We don’t mean price out the components and assemble it yourself when all of the parts land on your door, we mean follow the example of Jack Eisenmann, creator of the Duo Adept.The Duo Adept is a hand-built computer created from scratch using over 100 TTL chips, a good soldering iron, and lots of time and energy. It clocks in at 64KB of main system memory and a whopping 256 bytes of RAM. Consider it “Pong ready.”AdChoices广告Eisenmann is a programmer himself, so he built his own operating system for the Duo Adept, starting from binary and working his way up. Ultimately the OS is only about 263 lines of code, but that’s enough to get it to play Pong and a few other hand-crafted games. He even wrote versions of Get Muffins and Conway’s Game of Life for his creation to play.Eisenmann designed the graphics processor and the CPU himself on a breadboard with a soldering iron, and lots of wire to connect all of the points while he tested everything. Even locked down and in its Tupperware box case, you can still see masses of wire between parts of the board. Best of all, it doesn’t need any cooling or airflow, and he can always pop open the top of the Tupperware case to make modifications or changes if he has to.It’s not a marketable product, and you won’t see the Duo Adept on your local electronics store shelves anytime soon, but that was never the point. Eisenmann designed and built his own computer in a time when most PCs are off-the-shelf, snap-together affairs. The Duo Adept reminds us of the PC’s humble beginnings: a ton of wire, a power source, and instruction sets. If you’re interested in trying to build one yourself, he has the full part listing on his website.Read more at Duo Adept, via PC Prolast_img read more

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China airs documentary proving military university is hacking US targets

first_imgFor a long time now there has been suspicion that China is a hotbed of hacking activity either endorsed or ignored by the government and targeting foreign individuals, companies, and even governments.The Chinese government has always denied this, but high-profile pull outs such as that threatened by Google last year, demonstrate there is definitely something going on, and now we have proof hacking tools are being developed and attacks carried out at official institutions in the country.In July, a documentary full of military propaganda was aired on TV across China. The footage happened to contain proof that a Chinese military university is using hacking software it has developed along with compromised U.S. IP addresses to target dissident groups.The damning footage only lasts for 6 seconds, but that’s all we need to see the evidence. The screen you see above taken from the documentary shows a piece of software developed at the Electrical Engineering University of China’s People’s Liberation Army. The compromised IP being used is 138.26.72.17, which belongs to the University of Alabama in Birmingham.With the IP selected the attack target is selected from a drop-down list. In this case it is Minghui.org which belongs to the Falun Gong spiritual discipline. Due to its size and independence the communist Chinese government viewed Falun Gong as a threat and banned it in the late 90s. Now it seems, they are remotely attempting to wipe it out completely if they can.With the IP ready to use, and the target selected, the bottom left button is pressed in the video and the attack starts.By including the footage by mistake or otherwise, it forms clear proof that at least one university in China is actively developing hacking tool and targeting overseas locations. The fact that this university is directly funded by the People’s Liberation Army either means they aren’t keeping an eye on what students are doing, or this is encouraged. The fact the footage was recorded and put in an official documentary suggests the latter.Now all that remains is for China to explain these very telling 6 seconds. I can’t wait to hear the reasoning.Read more at The Epoch Timeslast_img read more

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Geek deals 50 off Nuance Dragon speech recognition software

first_imgYou have seen Android and the iPhone in action, so you know what can be done with voice recognition, right? Nope. Voice commands and Siri are impressive examples of what can be done on a smartphone, but voice recognition is a whole different game with the far more vast capabilities of a full PC.Dragon Naturally Speaking has been around for a years and Nuance has long-established themselves as a leader in speech software. While early examples of the technology tended to be more frustrating than efficient, it has come a long way and stands ready to reduce your typing and improve your efficiency.Not only does Dragon Naturally Speaking give you speech-to-text for simple activities like writing in a Word document, but it works with nearly any Windows application, will let you post to Facebook or Twitter, and manage things like email.Our friends at PCMag took a look at version 12 late last year and came away pretty impressed with it, even giving it an Editor’s Choice award. Everything worked as expected and they were especially happy about support for working with webmail like Gmail and Hotmail, but cautioned that like with most things it has a learning curve.Whether you are trying to avoid carpal tunnel, repetitive stress injury, or just trying to speed up your typing activities, you can grab this software for just $99.99, half off the MSRP and $20 less than the next best deal out there.Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 12 [download] for Windows or Mac $99.99 (reg. $200 | Mac version here) Our other deals:Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD with upgrade Kit for $188.99 + free shipping (reg. $249.99 | use coupon 6XR$VZZ$QF35T9)Factory refurbished Apple iPad Mini starting at $279 (reg. $329)last_img read more

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Zidane taking nothing for granted

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is adamant that their approach against Juventus will not change, despite their comfortable 3-0 advantageLast season’s Champions League winners defeated the Serie A leaders 3-0 at Turin for the first leg of their quarter-final clash and should they managed to score one goal in the return leg on Wednesday, then Juventus will have to score at least five goals to stand any chance of progressing.But Zidane is refusing to relax and has vowed that there will no changes in their approach with Real currently chasing an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Our approach will not change for tomorrow’s match despite the result in Turin, we need to play another great match. We are playing well right now and we have to keep this up and continue our scoring steak, but also conceding less.” said the 45 year-old, according to the Juventus website.“We have only one final coming up, tomorrow’s match. We have to get through it before thinking about any other games.”Should Real defeat Juventus on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu, then they will have reached their eighth successive semi-final in Europe’s premier club competition.last_img read more

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GDPR to be brought into UK law under new Data Protection Bill

first_imgThe European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be brought into UK law under a new bill to ensure data protection measures are maintained after the implementation of Brexit.The government has issued a statement of intent for the new Data Protection Bill, which is designed to update and strengthen current data protection laws included in the Data Protection Act 1998, in order to reflect the modern digital economy.The government first outlined its intention to implement the GDPR through a new Data Protection Bill in the Queen’s Speech in July 2017.The bill will enable individuals to ask for their personal data that is held by organisations to be erased, and it will also be simpler to withdraw consent for an individual’s personal data to be used. The definition of personal data will be expanded to include IP addresses, internet cookies, and DNA, and explicit consent will need to be gathered to process personal data, eliminating default opt-out or pre-selected tick boxes that have been used in the past to gain consent.The bill will make it easier for individuals to require organisations to disclose the personal data it holds on them, and new criminal offences will also be created to deter organisations from either intentionally or recklessly creating situations where a person could be identified from anonymised data. For example, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be given increased powers in order to issue fines of up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover in cases of data breaches. At present, the maximum fine the ICO can issue is £0.5 million. The new maximum is in line with the GDPR, which includes fines for non-compliance of up to 4% of an organisation’s annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is the greater amount.Under the new bill, organisations carrying out high risk data processing will also be obliged to conduct impact assessments to understand the risks involved.The EU’s GDPR is to be implemented with immediate effect in all member states on 25 May 2018. The new bill will ensure features included in GDPR are translated into UK law successfully. This includes repealing the Data Protection Act 1998 to remove inconsistencies and streamline domestic law, applying the new data protection standards to all general data and not just areas of EU competence, and exercising the exemptions in GDPR that the UK government negotiated, such as requiring social media platforms to delete personal data on request and retaining enablers of processing data that are essential to all sectors of economy.Matt Hancock, minister of state for digital, said: “Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account.“The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world. The bill will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit. We have some of the best data science in the world and this new law will help it to thrive.”Read more about what the implementation of GDPR means for employers in Ruth Buchanan: The new General Data Protection is just around the corner.last_img read more

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