CPIM leaders son booked in rape case in Mumbai

first_imgThiruvananthapuram/Mumbai: In an embarrassment to the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, the Mumbai police has registered a case of rape and cheating against the son of the party’s state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The case was filed on the basis of a complaint from a 33-year-old woman from Bihar, a former bar dancer, who has alleged that Binoy Vinodini Balakrishnan sexually assaulted her promising marriage and that she has a child from him. Admitting that he knew the woman, Binoy, however, said the allegation was “baseless”. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaSix months ago, the woman had sent a letter to him demanding Rs five crore and alleging that he had married her and had a child from her, Binoy told television channels in Thiruvananthapuram. “I got married in 2008. There is no need for me to keep it under the wraps. This is a blackmailing ploy from the complainant,” he said. Binoy said he filed a complaint in May against the woman with the Inspector General of Police, Kannur range. The complaint was forwarded to then Kannur Superintendent of Police (SP) Shiv Vikram for further action. But with the Lok Sabha polls going on and due to jurisdiction issues, no further action could be taken, police sources said. Binoy said the Mumbai police had not got in touch with him so far and that he was prepared to face the case legally.last_img read more

NDP promises new highincome tax bracket for wealthiest Nova Scotians

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s New Democrats are touting a tax-the-rich plan they say will address growing income inequality in the province.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said Tuesday he would raise taxes on Nova Scotia’s wealthiest if elected May 30, creating the highest income tax bracket in the country.On a day when the provincial Liberals pledged to overhaul major hospitals and the Progressive Conservatives promised funding for long-term care facilities, Burrill focused on creating a “fairer tax system.”“Income inequality in Nova Scotia has reached its greatest height,” Burrill, a United Church minister, told reporters in Halifax. “Our taxation system is a primary means by which these kinds of inequities can be meaningfully dealt with.”The new high-income bracket would tax earnings over $250,000 at a marginal rate of 24 per cent, up from the current top bracket of 21 per cent for anyone earning above $150,000.The increase would push the combined tax rate to 57 per cent, the highest in Canada.But with 45,000 people in Nova Scotia dependent on food banks, Burrill said it makes sense to tax the richest 3,700 people more.Referring to a slogan used during the Occupy Wall Street movement, which took aim at the top one per cent of income earners in the United States, Burrill said the tax hike would affect a “fraction of the one per cent” in Nova Scotia.“It’s only a sign of a moral economy that we would ask those that are making over a quarter-million-dollars a year to make a larger contribution,” he said.Despite Burrill’s promise to address food insecurity and income inequality, he skirted questions about where the revenues from the tax hike will be invested.The tax increase is expected to generate an extra $20 million a year for provincial coffers.Still, he said there will be “no higher priority than seeing in every household in the province there is enough money that everybody will be able to get their food from a grocery store rather than a food bank.”Meanwhile, Premier Stephen McNeil used an announcement Tuesday to highlight a Liberal plan to redevelop major hospitals in the Halifax area.Much of the proposed work was already announced in the months leading up to the election call.The one new item announced by McNeil was a plan to expand the emergency department at the IWK Children’s Hospital.McNeil said a Liberal government would provide $1.2 million for design work that would begin next year to modernize the department and double its size to meet growing demand.“More and more people are walking through the doors, so we need to ensure that our facilities are modern and up to date so our health professionals can continue caring for our loved ones,” said McNeil.He said the expansion would lead to better gynecological and pre- and postnatal care for women, and to improved mental-health services for those aged 16 to 19.Construction is to begin in 2019, although McNeil couldn’t say at this stage how much the expansion would cost.Also Tuesday, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said he would restore $8.2 million in annual funding for seniors’ long-term care.He said the funding loss has meant that senior care homes have had to compromise on the quality of food and services they provide to elderly residents. As an example, Baillie said staff at facilities like Northwood Manor have to supply meals for $5 a day and have to scrimp on things like fresh produce.“Short-sighted, mean-spirited cuts one year after another are exactly the wrong way to ensure that we fulfil our obligation to our seniors,” Baillie said. “Stephen McNeil took away the dignity and respect of seniors who live in long-term care facilities.”last_img read more

CPSE ETF: Govt eyes `3,500 cr from fifth tranche subscription

first_imgNew Delhi: The fifth tranche of the CPSE Exchange Traded Fund will open for subscription on March 19, wherein the government seeks to raise at least Rs 3,500 crore. The fourth Further Fund Offer (FFO), which would be open from March 19-22, would help the government in mopping up funds towards meeting its disinvestment target of Rs 80,000 crore for the current fiscal ending March 31. According to Reliance Mutual Fund, which is managing the CPSE ETF, the fifth tranche would open for subscription on March 19, for anchor investors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalNon-anchor investors, including retail investors, can put in their bids from March 20-22. This would be the second CPSE (Central Public Sector Enterprises) ETF FFO in the current fiscal after Rs 17,000 crore raised November 2018. So far, the government has raised a total of Rs 28,500 crore from rounds through CPSE ETF, including the first offer in March 2014 that mopped up Rs 3,000 crore. “The CPSE ETF is trading at very attractive valuations. As on February 28, the dividend yield of the index was as high as 5.52 per cent compared to 1.25 per cent for the Nifty 50… In addition, the government is also giving a 4 per cent discount to investors,” Reliance Mutual Fund Head (ETF) Vishal Jain said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe ETF tracks shares of 11 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) — ONGC, NTPC, Coal India, IOC, Rural Electrication Corp, Power Finance Corp, Bharat Electronics, Oil India, NBCC India, NLC India and SJVN. Through the latest offer, the government aims to raise an initial amount of Rs 3,500 crore and the offer size could be raised, as per Reliance Mutual Fund. After raising Rs 3,000 through New Fund Offer (NFO) in March 2014, the government garnered Rs 6,000 crore from the first FFO of the CPSE ETF in January 2017. Subsequently. Rs 2,500 crore was mopped from the third tranche in March 2017 and Rs 17,000 crore from the fourth round in November last year. The government has raised Rs 56,473.32 crore through disinvestment till February 28, as against the target of Rs 80,000 crore for the 2018-19 fiscal.last_img read more

2026 World Cup: France Reiterates Support for Morocco

Rabat – In a statement made to French sports newsource L’Équipe, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed his support for Morocco’s candidacy for the FIFA 2026 World Cup.Noel Le Graet, the President of FFF, confirmed France’s support of Morocco’s World Cup bid for FIFA 2026. Graet declared, “I cannot imagine not supporting a country so near to us. Africa has only ever hosted one World Cup in all of FIFA’s history (in South Africa in 2010)—that is not a lot. Morocco is ready, even if it does not have some of the resources that it’s adversaries do. France is only one voice, but maybe it can inspire others to also support the Moroccan bid.”The former President of France, Francois Hollande, had already expressed France’s support of Morocco back in March, but Graet’s reiteration of the sentiment makes the alliance all the more official. On April 17, Morocco will welcome members of the Task Force, who will evaluate its candidacy for the World Cup. The Task Force will be comprised of five experts who will consider the country’s infrastructure (e.g. roads, airports, amenities), ranking various factors on a scale of 1-5. Morocco anticipates receiving at least two out of five points in each of the categories, which would qualify it for the final round of its bid, during which the 207 FIFA member countries will select a winner. The host country for the 2026 World Cup will be announced on June 13, 2018, just prior to the beginning of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. read more

India Sri Lanka bat for strengthening energy ties

Officials from Sri Lanka’s oil and gas sector as well as from India’s petroleum ministry were also present at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) India held discussions with Sri Lanka to strengthen bilateral relations in the petroleum sector, IANS reported.Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting with Anoma Gamage, deputy minister of petroleum resources development of Sri Lanka. He reiterated the commitment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to work with Sri Lanka to make Trincomalee a regional energy hub.He expressed India’s interest in establishing refinery and bunkering operations in Sri Lanka. Lanka IOC is a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. and one of the major retail players in the Sri Lankan market and has been highly active there for several years. “We assure you that India is committed to help Sri Lanka emerge as petroleum hub,” Pradhan told the visiting minister.He expressed confidence that both Sri Lanka and India will work in a spirit of partnership in the hydrocarbon sector.“We hope this visit will benefit our bilateral relationship and economy of Sri Lanka and benefit Lanka IOC,” Gamange said. Pradhan discussed issues like expansion of activities of Lanka IOC, including in the retail business, bunkering and marketing of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and cooking gas. read more

OHCHR to push for full implementation of Sri Lanka Resolution

“There are some emblematic cases which are blocked because of the local justice system. So Resolution 30/1 proposes obtaining foreign assistance. If Sri Lanka is not prepared to do so, then they must propose an alternative. Focusing on the nationality of the judge is not important but what is important is how to unblock this accountability problem. We need to see that justice is done. Right now, we see the process is slow and it’s not delivering,” she said. Rishmawi said that after the 2015 Resolution on Sri Lanka was passed with the support of Sri Lanka, the OHCHR office had been working with the Government to implement the proposals in the Resolution. However, she said the process is going at a slow pace and so the last Resolution calls for a time-bound process.However, President Maithripala Sirisena, last week, criticised the OMP and moves to establish a truth seeking commission while the Foreign Minister said that Sri Lanka would not agree to any deadline.However, Rishmawi said that by cosponsoring the last Resolution, Sri Lanka agreed to show more progress over the next two years. She noted that the Government had taken several important steps which included establishing a task force to look at the human rights issue and made proposals which were in line with the expectations of the international community.From our point of view, we feel several positive measures have been taken since then, such as the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) which will benefit all communities. We also welcome the fact that there is a discussion around the setting up of a reparations office. We support the work of the independent commissions established after the 19th Amendment was passed. We also know there is a Bill on truth seeking. So we acknowledge that a number of positive steps have been taken,” she said. Last week in Parliament, several comments were made on the Resolution and the High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka with different views and interpretations being voiced. “I think we can refocus attention on the implementation of this Resolution. What has happened over the last few days is a little distraction. Instead of saying we have something positive to work with the international community on, there is a distraction on what was said and what was not said. This is not helpful because the Resolution is the Resolution and the report by the High Commissioner is very clear; and the High Commissioner stands by her report,” she said.Rishmawi said that the High Commissioner wants to keep the focus on fulfilling the obligations and ensuring justice and accountability for all communities.“The recommendations are basically an agreed framework. What we want to see is if the recommendations will be implemented or not. So you have a baseline which is Resolution 30/1 and we now see what has been implemented and how we can make sure the rest are implemented so Sri Lanka looks good,” she said. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is to push for the full implementation of the 2015 Resolution on Sri Lanka.The OHCHR Chief of Rule of Law Equality and Non Discrimination Branch Mona Rishmawi, who was in Sri Lanka and met the Government days before the 40th session of the UNHRC, told The Sunday Morning that OHCHR would like to see what alternative proposals Sri Lanka has if it is to reject the proposals made by OHCHR. Rishmawi said that OHCHR is committed to ensure Resolution 30/1 and 40/1 are fully implemented and they hope the Government will support the implementation of the Resolution. read more

Brock researchers to study how parents rate their kids memory

How accurate are you in being able to estimate your child’s ability to plan for the future? It’s a question Brock University Assistant psychology Professor Caitlin Mahy and master’s student Tessa Mazachowsky are aiming to find out.The two are researching the development of children’s abilities to think, plan and remember things for the future.Mahy’s earlier research explored when and how prospective memory develops in children. “Prospective memory” is a process in which we remember to carry out a plan we made earlier, such as going to a friend’s birthday party.Now, she and Mazachowsky want to add parental perceptions into the mix.“This is the first study to look at children’s future thinking from the parents’ perspective,” says Mahy.The duo are seeking approximately 200 parents — mothers, fathers or both ­— to fill out a questionnaire asking them to rate how well their children perform tasks in five categories of future thinking:Prospective memory: how well does your child remember to do things in the future?Planning: how good is your child at making a plan and following through with that plan?Saving: can they save money in their piggy bank? Do they save a picture to show Grandma later?Delayed gratification: do they wait for two cookies later, or take the one cookie they are offered now?Future planning: are they able to imagine themselves in future scenarios and plan accordingly? i.e. can they imagine that they need a tent, blanket, cooking materials, etc. for a camping trip?Of the 200 parents, the researchers would like at least 80 to bring their children to Brock so that the children can perform future thinking, planning and prospective memory tasks.“We’re looking to compare the parents’ answers on the questionnaire to the child’s actual behavioural performance on the tasks, so that’s why we’re going to be bringing some of the parents and children in,” says Mazachowsky.Mahy explains that, for those parents choosing just to do the questionnaire, the researchers will focus on the parents’ consistency in answering questions from the five different categories of future thinking.Mahy says it’s important for researchers to know if parents correctly gauge their children’s future thinking skills.A parent who has an accurate picture of their child’s skills will know if the child might need extra encouragement and support for developing memory and planning skills, says Mahy.The really critical thing in becoming an independently functioning adult is to plan for the future and remember to do things on our own.“Maybe your child is a little bit behind with understanding saving so maybe it’s a good time to start introducing concepts of savings and allowance,” she says. “Or maybe it’s way too early. You give your child a quarter and they’re going to want to spend it immediately; they might not have that ability yet.”Mahy explains that knowing how memory and planning develop in children is vital to laying a good foundation for their future.“The really critical thing in becoming an independently functioning adult is to plan for the future and remember to do things on our own: we might have to remember to take medications, we have to meet with a friend after work,” she says. “The impact of forgetting in some areas can be quite serious.”“I think it is really important to understand how this develops in children and at what stages of development forgetting is ‘normal’ and at what stage this may become a concern,” she explains.The duo aims to make the questionnaire a standardized tool that other researchers can use in their investigations of future thinking.To participate in the research, or for more information, contact: Tessa Mazachowsky, tm10nt@brocku.ca read more

Senior UN official urges donor support for Cambodia war crimes tribunal

“We all agree that there can be no impunity for crimes which tear at the very fabric of our common humanity. But we have to do more than agree – and more than speak out. We have to match our words with actions,” the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, said at the pledging conference in New York for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).“Words do not pay the bills. If we do not pay the bills, we will fail to live up to our noble declarations. We will let down the millions of Cambodians who watched their relatives die, who survived atrocities, and who still live with a burning desire to see justice done. We will fail future generations who look to history for proof that justice can triumph over violence.”The ECCC is a hybrid court established in 2006 to try senior leaders and those most responsible for the crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. It is staffed by a mix of Cambodian and international employees and judges. More than 100,000 people have attended hearings since the trial began, many of them survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime who travelled far to watch the proceedings.The ECCC is funded on the basis of voluntary contributions. However, in recent years available financing has dropped below the Court’s operating expenditures. For months, the staff worked without pay and in September, unpaid staff went on strike.“We are aware that donors are experiencing financial constraints,” Mr. Eliasson said. “In crafting the ECCC’s budget, we have held wide-ranging consultations to achieve all possible savings and make it as cost-effective as possible. The budget now before the Principal Donors Group reflects our stream-lined and scaled-back approach.”Mr. Eliasson stressed that no justice institution, should have to cope with such uncertainties, adding that financially-induced stoppages have a detrimental effect on ongoing judicial proceedings. The Cambodian Government has pledged to fulfil its obligations under an agreement with the UN, by contributing an additional $1.8 million to cover the costs of the national staff through the end of 2013.Mr. Eliasson welcomed this contribution, but added that additional financial support should not be a one-time occurrence and should instead be sustained into the next year of the Court’s operation and beyond.“At the same time, donors should provide consistent and appropriate levels of support in order to sustain the international component of the ECCC,” he said.“The Secretary-General and I are deeply concerned that a project of this global importance is at risk at failing, for want of the necessary financial support. Such a fateful, indeed humiliating, outcome – unprecedented in international justice – would amount to abdication of some of our most fundamental principles and values.”Mr. Eliasson called on all Member States to renew their commitment and cooperation to the ECCC and the on-going judicial proceedings. read more

NHL Players Arent At The Olympics So Who Are These Guys

Germany1,429527 Many of these players have passed their prime, like Team USA stalwart Brian Gionta, who has more than 1,000 career NHL games on his resume. Others are simply out of NHL work: James Wisniewski, who last played significant NHL minutes in 2014-15, was released by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016 after failing to impress on a tryout contract. He’s playing abroad now — in the second tier of the German league.To be fair, much of the age disparity can be accounted for by the fact that those early rosters had to be comprised of amateurs, which largely meant college players.1The IOC changed the rule to allow professionals in 1988, although the NHL didn’t agree to stop its season and release players until 10 years later. And it’s not as though those kids were stiffs — the 1988 team alone boasted players like Brian Leetch, Chris Terreri, Kevin Stevens, Craig Janney, Tony Granato and Mike Richter. The 2018 team features some college players who have the potential to go on and have fruitful NHL careers — Harvard’s Ryan Donato, for example — but the majority of the roster is made up of guys who’ll never get another sniff (or never got a sniff at all).This trend is worldwide: Each team has at least one skater with NHL experience on its roster, and six teams (Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the United States) can count at least 1,000 combined NHL games played in their ranks. In total, the tournament boasts a combined 17,419 NHL games played. Czech Republic1,330649 You probably know this by now, but when the puck drops next week in Gangneung, South Korea, there will be no current NHL players on the ice. And whether it’s the NHL’s fault for being overly cautious and stingy or the International Olympic Committee’s fault for being stubborn — to be sure, it’s a mix of both — the fact remains the same: Pyeongchang 2018 will be the first Winter Olympics since Lillehammer ’94 not to feature a men’s ice hockey tournament stocked with players from the world’s best hockey league.The dearth of North American household names in the men’s tournament has a lot of people wondering if the games will even be worth watching. Every game will be contested while Americans and Canadians are about to go to sleep, are already asleep or are just waking from sleep. North Americans have been forced to ask themselves some important questions, such as: Is it really worth sacrificing sleep to watch a bunch of players you’ve never heard of battle it out for gold? And who are these guys anyway?This decision by the NHL, of course, makes Olympic hockey closer to what it was for decades when the league didn’t release its professionals. In 1980 in Lake Placid, the U.S. rallied behind a bunch of largely anonymous kids from the ranks of college hockey, and it became the country’s greatest Olympic moment. So maybe this is a good thing?A closer look at the rosters in South Korea this month will put a damper on such optimism. Teams are not exclusively bringing a collection of their brightest youngsters from the amateur ranks. They’re bringing something else: players plucked from the NHL scrap heap.You might think that the exclusion of the NHL would bring the average age of Team USA down from previous years, but the 2018 roster is older on average than those from Sochi in 2014 and Vancouver in 2010 — 29.4 versus 27 and 26.6, respectively. In fact, this is the third-oldest Team USA roster in the past 38 years. Canada5,4442,140 Switzerland67157 Olympic Athlete from Russia2,5651,955 Slovenia364 Total IN NHL No current NHLers, plenty of former NHLersOlympic rosters with the most NHL experience and points accumulated Norway14530 Source: NBC Olympics, Hockey-Reference.com TEAMGAMESPOINTS Total17,4197,379 Slovakia593377 United States3,0831,216 Finland48452 South Korea272 Sweden1,612370 Team Canada leads the way with 2,140 NHL points and 5,444 NHL games among their Olympians. Those numbers may seem impressive until you realize that the equivalent numbers from the Canadian team in Sochi — the one with Sidney Crosby and Co. — were 8,400 NHL points and 12,936 NHL games.2Through the 2013-14 season.The Olympic rosters are clearly lacking star power. The one exception is the roster for Team Russia — er, Team Olympic Athlete from Russia — which boasts two forwards who each played more than 800 NHL games and scored more than 800 career NHL points: Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk.Kovalchuk is a former Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, and Datsyuk won three consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies between 2008 and 2010 as the league’s best two-way forward. Each Russian has some very good hockey left in his legs. They’re also the reason the Russians are the odds on favorites to win the tournament.Team Russia is also bringing Kontinental Hockey League star Sergei Mozyakin along to South Korea. Aside from current NHL sniper Alexander Radulov, no other player has won the KHL scoring title in the past decade. The KHL isn’t exactly the NHL, but it’s not exactly a beer league either: It’s the world’s second best hockey league, and 91 of the tournament’s 300 players currently play there. Russia’s games alone should be reason enough to tune in next week.As for the rest? Among the non-KHL cadre, 203 players play across 17 professional leagues spread throughout North America, Europe and Asia; five play NCAA Division 1 hockey; and one — Gionta — is currently not playing any competitive hockey at all. Some teams rewarded players who choose to play their professional hockey on home soil: Every Russian player plays in the KHL, every South Korean player plays in Asia League Ice Hockey, and every Swiss player plays in the National League.3A lot of NHL superstars — including Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Joe Thornton, to name a few — skated in the National League during the lockout of 2012-13. They did so because it is a very good hockey league.But other teams seem to prefer a more well-rounded bunch: The U.S. roster features players from seven professional leagues and a handful of college studs.4And Gionta. And the Slovenian roster features players from 11 leagues across Europe — from the Alps Hockey League to the Czech Extraliga (they know how to score pretty in the Czech Extraliga) to all three divisions of professional German hockey.5This tournament may not feature the world’s top talent, but no one could argue it’s not well-traveled.The NHL’s absence dictates that this won’t be the deepest or most talented group of hockey men ever assembled at an Olympics, but those North Americans willing to stay up late or wake up early will get to see a lot of players they’d never otherwise get to see. read more

Japan get wildcard for Mens IHF World Championship 2019

japanWCh 2019 The International Handball Federation awarded a wildcard to the hosting nation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Japan, to be part of the 2019 Men’s Handball World Championship in Denmark and Germany.The Japanese team, coached by Icelandic born former German national team Dagur Sigurdsson, missed the direct qualification via the Asian Championship in Korea in January 2018.The IHF awards wild cards for World Championships, if no team from Oceania qualifies via the Asian Championships (fifth place or better).Due to the IHF Council decision, five Asian teams will be part of the first ever Men’s Handball World Championship, jointly hosted by two nations: Continental champions Qatar, as well as Bahrain, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Japan. In total, 12 of 24 participants are confirmed so far: besides hosts Germany and Denmark, the defending World Champions France, the European champions Spain and the three African participants Tunisia, Egypt and Angola.The remaining 12 spots will be decided in the Pan American Championships in Greenland (3) and the European Playoffs (9), both carried out in the middle of June. The World Championship will be staged from 10 to 27 January 2019. ← Previous Story Kazan to host draw for Beach Handball World Championship 2018 Next Story → Epic days in Craiova – Football stadium praises golden handball ladies read more

Ireland named Best Tourism Destination by US magazine readers

first_imgAS THE GATHERING enters its final days, there’s some good news for the Irish tourism industry.Ireland has beat off stiff competition to be named the best tourism destination in a survey of more than 22,000 readers of a US travel magazine.Travel industry bosses were presented at the award last night in Los Angeles by Global Traveler magazine, which asked frequent travellers to select their favourite destinations, airlines and hotels.It is the tenth year of the Global Traveler awards and the second year in a row that Ireland has won.More than one million people from North America visited Ireland this year, which Tourism Ireland says contributed around $1 billion (€730 million) to the Irish economy.The summer time was the best for tourism in Ireland in the last six years, according to the Central Statistics Office, with  more than 2.2 million trips to the country between July and September.The head of Tourism Ireland said the award was good news for Ireland in the face of tough competition.“Travellers nowadays have tremendous choice, which makes it more important than ever for us to ensure the island of Ireland stand out from other destinations – so this award is really good news, particularly as we prepare to kick off our extensive 2014 promotional drive in the all-important US market,” said Niall Gibbons.Read: Kilkenny named as Ireland’s 2013 Tourism Town > Read: This guy will make you want to travel more > Read: Communities can take back their town with pop-up museums in vacant spaces >last_img read more

iPhone Confession App Gets Churchs Approval

first_imgIn this fast-paced world, it can often be difficult to find your way to a confession booth. Don’t worry, though, your iPhone can help. A new app called “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” is giving Catholic iOS users a quick and easy way to confess their sins.The app features a “step-by-step guide to the sacrament,” including a “custom examination of Conscience” based on age, gender, and marital status, as well as a confessional walk-through and seven acts of contrition. You can also add custom sins to the thing.According to the BBC, senior church officials in the U.S. have given the app a big thumbs up–an apparent first. The app comes a couple of weeks after the Pope preached Internet responsibility. You can download it now for $1.99. A small price to pay, perhaps.The app will run you $1.99–which may be a small price to pay, depending on who you ask…last_img read more

Minister gets tough on recalcitrant civil servants

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis upped the pressure on civil service administrators resisting government efforts to streamline the public sector by passing a legislative act introducing stiff penalties for noncompliance. The act – which does not require parliamentary approval – introduces monetary and disciplinary penalties against recalcitrant state employees. According to the act, baulkers may see their state funding frozen, face disciplinary action or suffer a suspension of pay if they fail to incorporate all of their staff – including those on open contracts – in the across-the-board pay structure for civil servants.The measure is aimed at rooting out employees who do not have permanent status yet remain on the payroll when they should be among those considered for the labor reserve scheme, which puts employees on reduced wages for a year before their status is reviewed.In a related development, municipal workers on Thursday clashed with police during a protest rally outside a hotel in northern Athens that was hosting a meeting of Greek and German local administrators. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Geek Pick Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Is a Split Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

first_imgStay on target The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Split Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is first and foremost a quality mechanical keyboard. Typing the keys has all the durable, tactile, clacky goodness you want. You can adjust the colors for each key and make use of three different kinds of Cherry MX switches: Red, Blue, and Brown. Only place you might run into trouble is with the tricky driverless SmartSet app for configuring different profiles.But whereas typical keyboards are one solid unbroken board, the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Split Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is sliced straight down the middle and connected by a braided wire. This lets you spread the keys apart and let your hands rest where they may instead of crunching them together. You’ll have to get used to this new typing style but once you do it puts far less strain on your hands. The plush wrist pads add to the comfort, and you can get an optional lifting accessory to angle the keyboard to make it more ergonomic.For more on the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Split Mechanical Gaming Keyboard check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more check out their whole guide on mechanical keyboards.More on Geek.com: Review: Logitech G915 Lightspeed Is a Must-Own Gaming KeyboardGeek Pick: Das Keyboard 4Q Pulses With Brain PowerGeek Pick: Corsair Ironclaw Is a Beefy RGB Wireless Mouse Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Gaming with your hands free is super underrated. Hardcore players swear by hunching over and keeping their hands close together, tightly gripping a controller or keyboard and mouse. But along with being ergonomically unhealthy, positions like this just aren’t comfortable over extended periods of time.Nintendo consoles have embraced the pleasures of freeing your hands with controllers like the Wii remote and detached Joy-Con. Virtual reality headsets do this, too. But the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Split Mechanical Gaming Keyboard brings this comfort to PC gaming as well.last_img read more

Firefighters halt spread of Rangeland Fire near San Diego Zoo Safari Park

first_img#RangelandFire [update] off Rangeland Road and Highway 78 in Ramona (San Diego County) is now 150 acres and 30% contained. Forward spread stopped. https://t.co/5O3WRcz4DC pic.twitter.com/WSPYAE2Ehb— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 9, 2018Police shut down a stretch of SR 78 near the burn zone as crews worked to subdue the blaze, dubbed the Rangeland Fire, on the ground and aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters.By 3 p.m., the fire was no longer an imminent threat to structures as personnel made good progress toward extinguishing the fire, Cal Fire advised.As of 4:30 p.m., the crews had halted the spread of the fire and had the roughly 150-acre burn area about 30 percent contained.The fire was burning near the site of a blaze that blackened an estimated 365 acres two weeks ago, causing no reported structural damage or injuries. **SIGALERT** San Pasqual Vally Rd closed between Bandy Canyon and Weekend Villa for approx the next 4 hours. Please use alt routes and stay clear of the area due to fire. pic.twitter.com/DgEYGo3Nvm— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) August 9, 2018 Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:54 PM August 9, 2018 Firefighters halt spread of Rangeland Fire near San Diego Zoo Safari Parkcenter_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 SettingsSAN PASQUAL (KUSI) — A fast-moving wildfire threatened homes near Ramona Thursday afternoon while charring scores of open acres east of San Diego Zoo Safari Park.The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. off the 18000 block of state Route 78, near Rangeland Road in northern San Diego, according to Cal Fire.In less than 90 minutes, the flames had spread to the east over about 150 hilly acres and were posing immediate hazards to houses in the rural area, the state agency reported. Posted: August 9, 2018 Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Multiple suspects detained after barging into Miramar hotel demanding hotel key

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Miramar Police and a SWAT team were sent to a Miramar hotel after receiving calls of multiple suspects, possibly armed, barging in and demanding a room key.According to Miramar Police, five subjects, four being adults, were detained outside of the Hampton Inn, located at 10990 Marks Way. Police have identified those arrested as 18-year-old Nailah Grace, 19-year-old Jabari Shelley, 19-year-old Richard Williams Jr, 20-year-old Hasani Shelley and an unnamed juvenile.All of those arrested have been charged with kidnapping/false imprisonment and armed robbery.According to police, they received a call stating that there was a vehicle with juveniles in possession of a firearm at a Mobil gas station in West Miramar.Shortly after, police received a call from hotel staff stating that five subjects came into the hotel asking for a key to a specific guest’s room. The hotel staff, however, refused to provide them with a key.That’s when the individuals proceeded to go upstairs and bang on hotel room doors. A witness said that at least one of the subjects had a mask and a BB gun.A SWAT team surrounded the building and investigated the premises to ensure no other suspects were hiding inside, after the five subjects were detained. “Come out to our car. They told us to come to the side,” said a hotel guest. “We didn’t know what was going on.”“It looked like every officer in South Florida was here, though. It was amazing,” said another guest. “It was scary. Looked like SWAT. Looked like everybody.Police then interviewed the two individuals who were inside the room the subjects had wanted access to.No injuries were reported. At this point, the investigation remains ongoing.The roads that were closed as a precaution are now open.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Thief flees jewelry store with stolen gold chain

first_imgTAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – A crafty crook got away with a gold chain after he fled a jewelry store in Tamarac.Surveillance video showed the man as he walked into Nina’s Jewelry & Watch Supercenter on 71st Street and North University Drive, just before 1:45 p.m., on Oct. 14.He asked to look at several gold chains before he tried on a 24-inch, 10-karat gold chain with an anchor.After he admired the look in a mirror, he then turned and ran out of the store. The crook also knocked someone down on his way out.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Saptah celebrations begin at Sai temple

first_imgPadmaraonagar: On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, a seven-day ‘Saptah’ celebrations are being held at Sri Sai Kumar Vyadhi Nivaran Ashram, Padmaraonagar.’Kalyanam,’ a sacred wedding ritual, was performed to neem and peepal trees, the embodiments of Goddess Maha Lakshmi and Lord Narayana respectively. These tree deities, an integral part of the Ashram, are revered for their spiritual and medicinal benefits. They were venerated with due ceremonies in the divine presence of Sri Sri Sri Sadguru Sai Kumar Babaji for the welfare of mankind. Vedic scholars elucidated the benefits that would accrue through divine and charitable activities. Devotees who took part in the festivities revelled in the spiritual bliss that permeated the whole Ashram.last_img read more

DNCC DSCC get united for fighting against dengue

first_imgAnxious guardians with children wait outside the emergency department of shishu (pediatric) hospital in Agargaon, Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Zahidul KarimDhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on Thursday informed the High Court that they will launch a three-day crash programme against mosquitoes to tackle the dengue menace, reports UNB.Two lawyers of DSCC and DNCC, Taufiq Inam Tipu and Sayeed Ahmed Raja informed the matter before a bench of justice Tariq ul Hakim and justice Md Suhrawardy.The court fixed 30 July for next hearing on the matter and sought details on the steps taken by the authorities to prevent the mosquito menace.The HC directed the two chief health officers to bring effective medicine for destroying the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito within a week.The HC sought an explanation by 2:00pm today on whether the medicine would be brought.In the afternoon the two lawyers said it would take one month to bring new medicines, adding that “During that time we will run crash programmes. Earlier we use to spray mosquito medicine twice a day but from now on it will be sprayed four to six times a day.”The court asked what good it would do to increase spraying of ineffective medicine. City corporation lawyers said it might work even though mosquitoes have seemingly developed resistance to the old spray.”Primarily, give us three to seven days”, the lawyers said.Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in all regions of WHO in recent years. Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus. This mosquito also transmits chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika infection.It infected more than 8,500 people since the beginning of this year and claimed eight lives so far, according to official figures.last_img read more

Firefox 68 Picture in Picture mode for Video

first_imgFirefox 68: Picture in Picture mode for Video by Martin Brinkmann on April 22, 2019 in Firefox – 16 commentsMozilla plans to introduce support for a picture in picture mode (PiP) in the organization’s Firefox web browser in Firefox 68.Picture in Picture mode takes video content on a side and displays it in its own window that acts independently from the browser’s main window for the most part.Designed specifically for users who want to watch videos while doing other things in the browser, it is a popular mechanism that is available in several Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome, Vivaldi, or Opera (called Video Pop Out) already.Mozilla revealed that it is working on a Picture in Picture mode for Firefox in February 2019; the organization ran a Test Pilot experiment called Min Vid in 2016 which tested a similar but unrelated implementation.Firefox 68: Picture in Picture ModeMozilla’s implementation in Firefox is straightforward. Users need to hover with the mouse over the playing video on supported sites — most HTML5 video sites should work — to display the Picture in Picture icon.A click on the icon opens the Picture in Picture interface and Firefox continues playback of the video in the new window.The video content area in the main window displays “This video is playing in Picture-in-Picture mode”. Firefox users may resize the Picture in Picture window, drag it around to position it on the screen, or use the play/pause or fullscreen buttons displayed in the window.There is also a close button to terminate the Picture in Picture window; doing so restores the video in the main window automatically. The whole process is fluent and well designed.Other controls are missing from the Picture in Picture window; options to change the volume, video quality, skip to the next video, or change other parameters are not provided.Captions, at least on YouTube, are displayed in the main window and not Picture in Picture window currently; the feature is still being worked on, and Mozilla has some time before it lands in Firefox 68 Stable.Firefox users may control the functionality using the preference media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled. Just load about:config and set it to True (Enabled) or False (Disabled). If you don’t use Picture in Picture mode, you may want to set it to disabled to avoid accidental activation. Firefox 68 is scheduled for a July 9th, 2019 release.Closing WordsPicture in Picture mode is a popular feature; introduction in Firefox brings feature parity with Chrome and many other Chromium browsers. The new mode is enabled in Firefox Nightly, currently at version 68, already.I don’t use the mode at all, mainly because I have enough space on the desktop to display two browser windows side by side.Now You: Do you use (will use) picture in picture modes in your browser of choice?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 68: Picture in Picture mode for VideoDescriptionMozilla plans to introduce support for a picture in picture mode (PiP) in the organization’s Firefox web browser in Firefox 68.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more