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Produce file on minister’s wealth: Goa Lokayukta

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first_imgGoa Lokayukta, Justice (Retd) P.K. Misra on Thursday directed the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Goa Police to produce the entire file processing the complaint over the disproportionate assets of Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita Madkaikar, the Sarpanch of Old Goa Panchayat, and all connected files on the matter. Lawyer Aires Rodrigues on June 7 filed a complaint with the Lokayukta accusing inaction by the ACB in probing the complaint against Mr. Madkaikar. On July 27, the Lokayukta directed the Chief Secretary of Goa and the Superintendent of Police, ACB to file a status report. The status report stated that the ACB had not pursued the complaint as the Lokayukta was now seized of the matter.Mr. Rodrigues said that Mr. Madkaikar’s company, Nikitasha Realtors Pvt. Ltd. had on April 1 inaugurated a bungalow at Old Goa estimated to cost around ₹200 crores and in his complaint on May 10 demanded that the ACB register an FIR under Sections 13(1) (d) & (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code against the two. Mr. Madkaikar’s Income-tax returns for the financial year 2015-16 showed his total income to be ₹1,44,389, and ₹24,389 as his wife’s, he said.The Lokayukta adjourned the hearing to August 16.last_img read more

Neymar, sponsors suspend some ad campaigns after rape allegation- statement

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first_imgBrazilian soccer star Neymar’s agents said on Friday that he and some of his sponsors had agreed to suspend some advertising campaigns following an allegation that he raped a woman in Paris last month.NR Sports, which holds the rights to Neymar’s name and image, said in a statement that no sponsorship contract had been cancelled and it did not provide details on what ad campaigns had been suspended.”All the partners, for obvious reasons, are alert and aware of the unfolding events,” the NR Sports statement said in part.A Brazilian woman accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. Sao Paulo police are investigating the accusation against Neymar, who plays his club soccer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.The woman told investigators that she met Neymar on Instagram. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room.After media reports on the allegation, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, in which he denied the accusations, said he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.On Thursday, Nike Inc said it was very concerned about the rape accusation, raising questions about its sponsorship of one of the sport’s most famous players.A press representative for Mastercard in Brazil confirmed to Reuters that the company had planned an advertising campaign to coincide with this month’s Copa America tournament but she did not confirm reports in Brazil’s three biggest newspapers that Mastercard had decided to suspend Neymar’s featuring in it.advertisementU.S. press representatives for Mastercard did not reply to requests for comment.Also Read | Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against NeymarAlso Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also Seelast_img read more

Fall Sitting Highlighted by Passage of 32 Bills Throne Speech Outlining Vision

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first_imgOutlining government’s vision for Nova Scotia and moving forward on important steps to realize immediate priorities toward that vision were the focus of the fall sitting of the legislature, which concluded today, Dec. 13. Thirty-two bills were passed during the 16-day session. “Thanks to the efforts and support of all parties, the government was able to move forward on an aggressive agenda and include positive legislative changes proposed by the opposition,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said. The fall sitting opened with the government’s throne speech outlining its five priorities: educating to compete; protecting the environment; better roads and infrastructure; safer, healthy communities; and shorter wait times. Key bills include new legislation to help make streets and communities safer.Measures include: a photo radar pilot project, and changes to allow for red-light enforcement cameras to help reduce injuries and fatalities associated with speed and intersection collisions increases in penalties to combat street racing targetting driver distractions and imposing fines for those using hand-held cellphones and text messaging. changes that will hit criminals where it hurts most, cutting into profits from their crimes allowing electronic court documents, as recommended by the Nunn Commission amendments to enhance the Human Rights Act a bill formally allowing class-action lawsuits to be filed in Nova Scotia legislation that would make reporting gunshot wounds mandatory for hospitals. Legislative changes also further enhance the justice system. These include: Several pieces of legislation from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will strengthen local government and help make it easier for businesses to operate. Six opposition bills were also passed. These include changes to further protect the rights of the province’s retail workers on statutory (designated) holidays, changes to offer the maintenance enforcement director assistance in executing orders, prohibit smoking in cars when children are present and changes to help eliminate lunch-program inequalities at the school board level. “As I promised the people of this province, I continue to work with all parties to make minority government work,” the premier said. Co-operative efforts also passed a law to assist workers, like those at Trenton Works, with pensions if a business closes. Changes to the Public Service Commission Act will mean thousands of seasonal and casual government employees will have access to collective bargaining rights. The premier noted that he was disappointed the opposition parties did not support changes to the Trade Union Act that would have ensured our health system would not be interrupted by strikes and still offered a fair resolution to health labour disputes. The House also voted unanimously to support a motion to commend the survivors of the Halifax Explosion, as well as honour those who perished and the many heroes who emerged on that day 90 years ago. All members also marked the solemn National Day of Remembrance on Dec. 6. The House welcomed back Finance Minister Michael Baker, who recently had hip-replacement surgery but returned to participate in the fall sitting of the legislature.last_img read more

More than four people a day on average die in BC from

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first_imgVANCOUVER – More than four people a day on average died in British Columbia in May from illicit drugs, a death toll the coroner’s service says should serve as a warning to people who are not drug-dependent to avoid experimentation.The service says provisional data show 129 persons died in May, down slightly from 136 who died in April.It says until November 2016, there had never been as many as 100 drug deaths in the province for a single month, but in every month since then the number of deaths has exceeded 110.The highest number of deaths came in December, when 159 died.The service says the powerful painkiller fentanyl was detected in 72 per cent of people who died in the first four months of this year, up from 60 per cent last year.Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said people should not casually use illicit drugs because of the risk.“The number of deaths shows that the risks remain extreme,” she said in a news release on Friday. “The drug supply is unsafe, and casual and occasional users are at high risk of overdose due to their opioid naivete.”The highest numbers of deaths were in Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria.Last year, 967 people died in B.C. from illicit drug overdoses. In the first five months of this year, 640 have died.last_img read more

BC attorney general says serious lack of sheriffs involves low pay

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Taxpayers are footing the bill to fly sheriffs around British Columbia as the province grapples with a chronic shortage of the courtroom staff and frustrated judges speak out about delayed and stayed cases.Attorney General David Eby said the government is working to train more sheriffs to provide courtroom security while dealing with the problem of police forces luring recruits with higher pay.“We have a very serious issue with a shortage of sheriffs in the province and we are currently flying some sheriffs from courthouse to courthouse to make sure we have enough sheriffs to keep courthouses open,” Eby said in a recent interview. “It’s obviously a significant public expense to do that.”Eby said part a $20 million NDP platform commitment has been earmarked to deal with the shortage, and he’s concerned the issue could erode public confidence in the justice system.Lack of sheriffs is a long-standing problem that surfaced under the previous Liberal government, Eby said, adding a low salary is one of the key retention issues.“Many of them are being hired to work as police officers instead of staying on to work as sheriffs because of very significant pay disparity between working as a sheriff in court and being a police officer,” he said.Chief provincial court judge Thomas J. Crabtree said court facilities can’t operate without appropriate security.“B.C. Sheriff Services members are located in each courthouse across the province to ensure the safety of court users while on court property and in courtrooms, including members of the public, witnesses, victims, the judiciary, legal counsel and parties,” Crabtree said in a statement.Dean Purdy, vice-president of Corrections and Sheriffs Services for the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union, said 14 deputy sheriffs have left in the last four weeks and 90 per cent of them have been recruited by police forces.“They’re trying to plug holes where they can,” he said of sheriffs who escort the accused from holding cells and provide security in courtrooms. “They’re triaging the courts. They know which judges will squawk about not having security in their courtrooms and speak out and which judges won’t.”The shortage of sheriffs has led to problems across the province and most recently on Vancouver Island, Purdy said. Two high-profile drug cases were among those thrown out in Victoria because a deputy sheriff wasn’t available.A trial delayed for hours last week in Victoria because there was no sheriff had a provincial court judge calling the situation “appalling.”“We’re pleased to see that judges are speaking out about this issue because the security and the safety of the public and the courts and court staff is paramount,” Purdy said.There’s a $36,000 gap between the top average salary of a sheriff and a police officer, and that has RCMP and municipal forces, along with transit police in the Vancouver area, “actively and aggressively recruiting both correctional officers and sheriffs,” Purdy said.“It costs approximately $30,000 to train a new recruit and it just doesn’t make sense from a fiscal standpoint, and I know you certainly wouldn’t run a business that way, to pay for new recruits to be trained, bring them in, only to have them leave, sometimes months later,” he said.“We’re not saying that both corrections and sheriffs need to be paid the same as police, because they’re not police, but they need to close that gap about half way just so they can retain good, highly trained sheriffs and correctional officers because they’ll continue to leave as long as that incentive of a significantly higher wage is right there in their sight.”Sheriffs are required to pay back $11,000 of the training cost if they leave in the first two years of their job, Purdy said.Union representatives are scheduled to meet with Eby on Oct. 17, the second meeting with the new attorney general since last month, he said.Bentley Doyle, spokesman for the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., said limited court time is wasted when trials don’t go ahead because a sheriff isn’t available.“In that sense, sheriffs and judges are equally important, as both are required in order to make the system run,” he said in an email statement.“There are too many cases in need of trial time. Courtrooms cannot be dark during the workweek. Justice delayed far too often ends up being tantamount to justice denied.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

UN official welcomes new economic measures to help Palestinians

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“I welcome the initial set of measures announced today by Tony Blair, in particular its focus on improving movement and access in opening up trade routes,” Robert Serry, who is the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), said today. “I hope this marks the beginning of improved mobility, economic growth, security and confidence.” According to Mr. Blair’s announcement, Israel has agreed to remove some checkpoints across the West Bank. It has also approved thousands of entry permits to Israel for Palestinian workers. Both sides have also agreed to facilitate access to and from Bethlehem, in a measure designed to boost tourism. Mr. Serry added that “the UN is also giving strong support to the current efforts to achieve a Gaza ceasefire and a reopening of the crossings. Movement forward now is vital in itself, and to sustain the political process at a critical phase.” The Quartet, which is chaired by the UN Secretary-General, comprises the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States. 13 May 2008A new package of economic measures aimed at improving the economic situation for Palestinians, announced by Tony Blair, the Representative for the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, has been welcomed today by a top United Nations official in the region. read more

UNP condemns fuel price hike

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He also said that although the government had promised a Rs. 1500 salary allowance for government servants in the 2013 budget the government was seemingly attempting to recover that money through a fuel price increase. The opposition UNP has condemned the decision to increase the price of petrol octane 90 with effect from yesterday.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, in a statement, said that the price increase will affect even the ordinary man who uses a motorcycle and three-wheeler. Attanayake says that on average a family which uses 2 litres of petrol a day is now compelled to increase its spending on petrol by Rs. 600 which is equal to 10 kilos of rice or 5 kilos of sugar. Both the CPC and LIOC announced yesterday that the price of petrol octane 90 had been increased by Rs. 10 per litre. read more

Queen wishes Sri Lanka good fortune and happiness

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has wished Sri Lanka good fortune and happiness as the country celebrates Independence Day tomorrow.“It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency Maithripala Sirisena my congratulations on the celebration of your National Day, together with my best wishes for the good fortune and happiness of the people of Sri Lanka in the coming year,” the Queen said in her message. (Colombo Gazette)

Haiti Government pays demobilized soldiers following UNsupported meeting

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During two meetings held in Les Cayes and in Cap Haïtien on Monday, both the ministers and the former combatants present agreed that a decision on reconstituting the army, which was broken up in 1994 by then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, would have to be taken by elected politicians following balloting. President Aristide left amid political turmoil in February.The members of the former Haitian armed forces (ex-FAD’H) set forth their requests, including back pay and pension benefits. Government officials, who called the meeting, affirmed their will to address key concerns, and today sent the first cheques to demilitarized soldiers who participated in the UN-run disarmament process.MINUSTAH supported the Government’s action and provided logistical support to the meeting, including two helicopters for transportation, in the framework of its mandate.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his latest report to the Security Council on Haiti, welcomed initiatives to reintegrate into society the demobilized military “whose actions constitute a challenge to the authority of the State.” read more

CPP Investment Board invests in Aston Gardens retirement properties in Florida

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TORONTO – The CPP Investment Board and a partner are jointly buying six seniors housing properties in Florida for US$555 million.The Toronto-based retirement fund manager will own 45 per cent of a new joint venture that will buy the Aston Gardens properties, which have a total of 1,930 rental units in low-rise buildings in several communities throughout Florida.The other 55 per cent of the joint venture will be owned by Welltower Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, which operates a real estate investment trust with 1,400 properties in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.Discovery Senior Living will continue to operate the properties and have a 2.5 per cent ownership stake in the portfolio, which will be owned 97.5 per cent by the joint venture partners.Two of the Aston Gardens properties are in Sun City Center and the other four are in Naples, Parkland, Tampa and Venice, Fla.The CPPIB manages investments on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, which is funded by employee and employer contributions. As of Dec. 31, it had $282.6 billion of assets under management. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 7:09 am MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CPP Investment Board invests in Aston Gardens retirement properties in Florida read more

On ethics of advisers China deals Trump goes case by case

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by Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 2:50 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Anthony Scaramucci announced to the world in January that he would be leaving Wall Street for the White House to become President Donald Trump’s top public liaison. Not long after, Scaramucci was told by Trump’s chief of staff that the sale of his hedge fund — a deal that includes a well-known Chinese conglomerate — raised too many ethics issues for him to start work immediately.Scaramucci never left New York.It’s a different story for Gary Cohn.The former Goldman Sachs executive, the man who is now Trump’s economic adviser reported for duty on Day One and has become a constant White House presence, often at the president’s side. All the while, Cohn has held a multimillion-dollar stake in a Chinese bank, which he’s now selling.White House officials say Scaramucci’s transaction is far more complex than Cohn’s holdings, arguing that’s why it gave them pause. But others point to the two cases as an example of Trump’s uneven approach to handling ethics concerns.The White House on Wednesday acknowledged it did not secure an ethics pledge from ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, who served for two weeks after Trump signed an executive order mandating that officials agree to a five-year lobbying ban and lifetime prohibition on foreign lobbying. White House officials offered no explanation for why Flynn didn’t sign the documents.“At least so far, the ethical standards that are being applied to high-level officials coming in are quite incoherent and seemingly haphazard,” said Meredith McGehee, a chief at the government reform group Issue One who has worked on federal ethics laws and policies for decades.With so many well-off business executives coming into the administration, the Trump team could minimize conflict-of-interest questions by being more consistent and transparent, she said. “Instead, they seem like they are leading with their chin,” she added.White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the Trump team “has been very committed to making sure that we institute high standards here and that we’re held to them.”Business intersections with China are particularly nettlesome, given many Chinese companies’ ties to the country’s Communist Party. Adding another layer of complexity is Trump’s frequent vow to take a tougher stance on China’s trade and currency practices, which could affect Chinese companies’ ability to sell their goods and services in the U.S.But while Scaramucci raised red flags in the White House, others — including Trump’s son-in-law and the president himself — have Chinese business ties that do not seem to have drawn as much internal hand-wringing.Cohn is in the process of selling his stock in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China as he works with the Office of Government Ethics to clear out potential conflicts of interest, according to a White House official who requested anonymity to discuss the personnel matter. The New York Times reported last week that Cohn’s ICBC stock was the largest in his portfolio, valued at about $16 million.White House officials originally said that the ethics office flagged Scaramucci’s deal to sell his stake in SkyBridge Capital to a buyer group that included a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group as the reason he shouldn’t start government work right away. However, the office issued a statement to Bloomberg News saying it “had no involvement whatsoever” in the decision not to let Scaramucci start work.Trump’s family has its own business ties to China.Like Trump, Kushner — who is a senior adviser to the president — followed his father into New York real estate. The 36-year-old sold numerous assets to a family trust and said he has completely stepped away from his businesses and is following all conflicts of interest rules.Kushner Companies, now led by his relatives, has been negotiating with the Chinese Anbang Insurance Group to provide what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in equity for redevelopment of a Manhattan office building.“Kushner Companies is in advanced, ongoing discussions around 666 5th Avenue,” a company spokesman said, declining to discuss Anbang specifically. A person with direct knowledge of the talks confirmed the Anbang negotiations to The Associated Press, although the person requested anonymity to discuss the private deal.Jared Kushner sold his stake in that building to the trust as part of his agreement with the Office of Government Ethics, but his family stands to benefit from the deal. A senior White House official who requested anonymity to discuss a personnel matter said Kushner would recuse himself from any government business to which Anbang Insurance Group is a party.Yet Kushner took a more cautious approach on a business issue that didn’t involve China. When news surfaced last month that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was considering selling the baseball team to the Kushner family and was on deck to become Trump’s ambassador to France, the Kushners called off the deal entirely.The Kushners said in a statement at the time that they were pulling the plug on the potential deal because “we do not want this unrelated transaction to complicate” Loria’s potential ambassadorship. The senior White House official said that although Jared Kushner had nothing to do with the Marlins negotiation his family wanted to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.The president himself hasn’t drawn a bright line when it comes to ethics. Although he handed daily management of his businesses to his two adult sons and a senior Trump Organization official, he placed his assets in a revocable trust that he can take control of at any time.And while the Trump Organization pledged not to enter new foreign deals, it hasn’t stopped selling its domestic properties to foreign buyers.New York City real estate transaction records show that last month a Chinese businesswoman paid almost $16 million for a condominium in one of Trump’s properties.Meanwhile, the sale of Scaramucci’s hedge fund is expected to go through this spring. He declined to comment on his plan, but he’s said publicly that he expects to eventually join the White House. On ethics of advisers’ China deals, Trump goes case by case read more

Men should say menopause three times a day to show solidarity with

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In February menopause cafes were launched as a meeting once every month giving colleagues a place to meet in an informal, social setting to allow male and female colleagues to discuss the menopause over a drink.Dr Davies said the cafes allow women and men to feel more confident about discussing the menopause.She said: “People share tips on how they are managing menopause symptoms at work and at home.”A recent share I really liked was to have a menopause book on the work desk. This is a place to write lists and say how her menopause was today.”She wrote things herself but also encouraged her work colleagues to do the same. This has really helped her not to forget things – that can happen – if you experience intermittent forgetfulness, or what we call menopause brain fog.” Male academics should say the word ‘menopause’ at least three times a day in solidarity with their female colleagues, according to a fellow scholar. Staff at the University of Leicester are being encouraged to open up and talk about the taboo subject in a bid to normalise conversation on the topic.Dr Andrea Davies, from the university’s School of Business, has argued that all staff should be able to talk about menopause openly and without embarrassment and that saying the word three times a day would help.In a bid to open up the conversation she has organised the monthly Leicester Menopause Café, where male and female colleagues are encouraged to come together and chat about the middle-aged phenomena.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”We have been arguing to avoid any closeted words or acronyms and just say menopause – preferably three times a day to make it unremarkable”, she said.“We set out that menopause should not be a women’s only issue.” Dr Davies has also launched a menopause roadshow at the university and says workplaces need to become more menopause-friendly.Since trying to promote the conversation on menopause Dr Davies said male colleagues were “keen to know more to support their family and female colleagues.” There are around 4.3 million working women aged 50 or over – the biggest increase in employment rates since 1994.The menopause occurs at the age of 51 years on average, so many women now undergo the change at work.On average, most symptoms last about four years from the last period.However, about one in every 10 women experiences them for up to 12 years.A report by the Government Equalities Office released in 2017 recommended that employers provide desk fans to help menopausal women manage their symptoms.They should also provide cold water fountains, places to rest, special absence policies and ensure uniforms are made from non-synthetic materials. In the workplace symptoms which can be experienced include headaches, hot flushes, depression and excessive tiredness. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She added: “Confidence to talk about menopause is growing. We are removing the taboo – menopause is visible and in the everyday.”Last year, the university became the first in the UK to introduce a menopause policy.Similar schemes have since been rolled out at the University of Manchester, Severn Trent Water and Nottinghamshire Police, as employers look to support older female colleagues. read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

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first_imgWORLDCoronation Street actor William Roache speaks to the media outside Preston Crown Court, as he was today found not guilty by a jury of two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and four indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968. (PA Wire)#NOT GUILTY: Coronation Street actor Bill Roache was today found not guilty on all charges after being accused of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault. The 82-year-old said that “in these situations, there are no winners”.#HOLY DAVIDSON: A Harley Davidson that briefly belonged to Pope Francis sold at auction for nearly €250,000. All the money will go to a Catholic charity.#DOG OF WAR: The Taliban said that they have captured a US Military sniffer dog, but say that he is alive and well.INNOVATIONEver wondered what stealth technology actually is? Of course you have. Now, you can find out. [Geek.com]Twitter is going to open up the site’s data to researchers in a unique project. [TheJournal.ie]PARTING SHOTIf you haven’t heard it yet, two openly gay members of the Dáil spoke about their experiences of homophobia today.  Labour’s John Lyons told how he knew what it is like “to be called a queer, to be called a fag, to be called a gay”.Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer spoke of being “beaten, spat, chased, harassed and mocked, like Deputy Lyons, because of who I am”.Both speeches can be seen here. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Pictured today is student Michelle MacDonagh at the launch of FAIL BETTER, a free exhibition exploring beautiful, heroic and instructive failures at Trinity’s Science Gallery. The exhibition opens to the public today. (Photocall Ireland)IRELANDThere was confusion over the whereabouts of an 18-year-old Galway man after he had been reported safe and well, a report that turned out to be false.A court heard the details of phone calls between Seán Quinn and the board of Anglo Irish Bank The Dáil debated the Pantigate controversyGardaí appealed for help in finding a missing 15-year-old Wicklow girlTwo men were arrested in connection with the murder of gangland figure Eamon KellyPublic Accounts Committee members John Deasy and Shane Ross engaged in verbal sparring, with Deasy saying Ross was more interested in “getting on the 6 o’clock news” than the truthA family appealed for the return of a watch stolen from their deceased fatherThe former boss of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority was asked to explain credit card expenses in Lillies Bordello and other barsThe Taoiseach said that he will participate in the New York St Patrick’s Day ParadeResidents around Croke Park said that they may attempt to prevent Garth Brooks from holding his summer concertslast_img read more

Arsonists blaming the fire brigade and difficult jobs The week in quotes

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first_imgI was trying to help someone out. I was cold-clocked without warning.Author Colum McCann revealed that he was attacked in Connecticut. Source: TechCrunch50-2008 via Flickr/Creative CommonsIt was poorly communicated, and for that communication we apologise. We never meant to upset you.Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg half-apologised for the website carrying out psychological experiments on users. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandIreland has changed considerably since I first became politically active many years ago. It has changed for the better. Ours is a wealthier nation now, though it doesn’t always feel that way.The parting words of Labour TD Ruairi Quinn, who announced that he was resigning as Education Minister and would not seek re-election in 2016. Source: Mark StedmanTo choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. Garth Brooks said it was all or nothing when it came to the Croke Park gigs. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandI have my placard and all ready… I think I’ll have to write to the pope, the pope Francis might be able to help us. We have to pray, pray hard.Mary Quinn, a Garth Brooks fan with a ticket to one of the cancelled gigs, laid out her options on Joe Duffy’s Livelive. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe Deputy and his Fianna Fáil colleagues are like the arsonist who set fire to the building and blames the fire brigade for not putting it out fast enough.Minister Michael Noonan’s reaction to Dara Calleary’s accusations that he has failed to deliver a deal on retrospective recapitalisation. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandHis life’s changed forever now and even though they said they’re hopeful for a few steps, it could be five or six years down the line before he might [walk again].Gillian Burke, the mother six-year-old Sean Scully who was shot in Dublin in May, spoke of his condition now. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandIn both cases I would say that there wasn’t a reasonable or objective reason for the action taken except that the children did not look like their parents.Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan conclusion of a report into how two Roma children were wrongly taken into care. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe job you are undertaking is a difficult one – I know.The words of Eamon Gilmore to Joan Burton as she took over leadership of the party. IT WAS A WEEK when Ruairi Quinn announced his retirement from politics.A new Labour party leader was elected, and Dublin City Council upset an awful lot of Garth Brooks fans.All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes: Source: AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Stalker Sorry for Stalking Mark Zuckerberg

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first_imgPradeep Manukonda is sorry. He didn’t mean to freak out Mark Zuckerberg. Really. Manukonda issued an apology through no less reputable a source than TMZ, after the Facebook CEO got a restraining order.Manukonda made trips to Facebook’s offices and Zuckerberg’s house. He insists that he wasn’t trying to hurt the billionaire. “I’m a peaceful guy,” he told the gossip site. “I’m sorry he thought I was trying to harm him.”AdChoices广告Manukonda explains that he was just going through some issues and wanted Zuckerberg to help him out. “I thought Mark would be able to give me advice.” Also, he won’t do it again. “I understand he’s a busy man … I’ll respect his privacy.”last_img

Dont Expect New Star Wars Movies After Episode IX

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first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Today Disney and Lucasfilm finally revealed more details (including the title Rise of Skywalker) on Star Wars: Episode IX at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. This holiday, the film will conclude the sequel trilogy that began with 2015’s The Force Awakens and got even better with 2017’s The Last Jedi. Director J.J. Abrams returns to conclude this entire nine-film Skywalker Saga.But after the saga is concluded, don’t get your hopes up for any new Star Wars movies any time soon. In a story on Bloomberg, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the film franchise is going on a “hiatus” following the release of Episode IX.You can see Disney’s reasoning for this. While these new core Star Wars films have all done very well financially, the ambitious slate of spin-off movies have been more hit and miss. Rogue One made a billion dollars but Solo definitely didn’t. And several other films from directors like Rian Johnson, James Mangold, Josh Trank, and the Game of Thrones guys never even came out, becoming stalled in pre-production.There’s also the realization that maybe people don’t want to see a new Star Wars movie every single year. Maybe it turns the franchise into a tiring routine instead of a special event. Children, the key Star Wars audience, seem to agree since toy sales are apparently down. So take a break and make Star Wars actually exciting again when it returns to theaters.And we can’t forget that Disney is also moving a lot of resources to its upcoming streaming TV service Disney+. The platform is already getting multiple Star Wars shows, a Clone Wars revival and two live-action series centering around Mandalorians and Cassian Andor from Rogue One, respectively. So why not turn spin-off movies with so-so box office potential like an Obi-Wan prequel into prestige TV to drive up streaming subscribers?Star Wars will never go away forever. But a temporary absence will definitely make my heart grow fonder. For more on Star Wars get ready for the upcoming video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, check out this R2-D2 observatory, and watch Topher Grace’s emotional trailer for the whole Star Wars saga. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Washington state health exchange shuts down

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first_imgSEATTLE — Washington’s health care exchange shut down after the first few hours of open enrollment Saturday as state officials and software engineers tried to resolve a problem with tax credit calculations.Officials at the exchange said Washington Healthplanfinder appeared to be working fine at first. When the exchange’s automatic quality control system reported the problem, they decided to shut the whole system down at about 10:30 a.m. to fix it.The tax credits were off by just a few dollars in some cases, exchange CEO Richard Onizuka said. He said the system would remain down until it can give consumers who want to buy health insurance accurate information.Spokeswoman Bethany Frey suggested consumers try again on another day.Open enrollment for health care insurance continues through Feb. 15, and officials are hoping as many as 85,000 people sign up. They also hope all of the about 145,000 people who bought insurance during the first open enrollment period, which began Oct. 1, 2013, will renew for another year.Those who run the exchange had been hoping their computer system would handle traffic better than it did last year, when it shutting down and rejected applications for reasons like a hyphen in a last name. About a thousand people who bought insurance the first time around are still having problems getting their payments credited and that money transferred to their insurance companies.last_img read more

At least 10 units destroyed in Stuart apartment fire

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first_imgSTUART, Fla. (WSVN) — At least 10 units were destroyed after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Stuart, Monday night.The Memorial Day blaze took place at Cedar Point Villages on East Ocean Boulevard, a community for people ages 55 and older.According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the 10 gutted units are likely to be declared a total loss.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Fairbanks unveils air quality app

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first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough is unveiling a new air quality app for mobile phones and devices. The app is intended to drive up public awareness of local air quality and assist reporting concerns.Download AudioScreen grab: Fairbanks North Star Borough air quality program.Ron Lovell is the Fairbanks Borough’s air quality manager. He says the new smartphone application allows users to check out air quality at five sites around the borough, see if there are burn restrictions, and scope out current weather conditions.“So it kind of turns into a one-stop shop where an individual can see what the concentrations are, any burn restrictions that are in place and how it might affect them at their residence.”Lovell says personal computer users can access the app using web browsers. He adds, there is a link on the app if users see a troubling event.“An individual can go to the DEC website to see trending data, or they can go to the Borough’s main website, to the complaint portal, so they can fill out a complaint directly from their phone.”The bottom line, says Lovell, is to raise public awareness and stay compliant with federal standards. He says the borough’s website has steadily drawn people to it as winter has set in. In September just over 500 people visited and by December that number had risen to more than 12,000.last_img read more

Metals Realty Drive Indian Stocks Rally Natco Gains 16 Percent

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first_imgIndian stock markets advanced for the third day Tuesday, led by gains from Metal and Realty sector stocks.The benchmark BSE Sensex gained 1.17 percent or 206.44 points to 17,793.55. The 50 share NSE Nifty advanced 1.15 percent or 61.85 points to 5,421.40.Asian and Indian stock markets opened on positive note after the U.S. stocks extended gains into a fourth session Monday ahead of monetary policy decision from the Fed.All 13 sectoral indices are trading in positive territory. Oil & gas and realty sectors gained more than 1.9 percent and metals sector surged 2.8 percent.Among the metal sector, Sterlite Industries, SAIL, Jindal Steel and Sesa Goa surged more than 4 percent.Natco Pharma Ltd. gained 1.6 percent as the management informed that it had received a compulsory license from the Indian patents office to manufacture and sell a generic version of Bayer’s cancer treatment drug Nexavar.Wipro Ltd. declined 1.37 percent after Azim Premji Trust, which owns a majority stake in Wipro Ltd, plans to sell up to 35 million shares, valued at about 15.32 billion rupees, in the company to finance the education activities of its non-profit arm, Reuters reported.The overall market breadth is positive with 1633 advances against 1002 declines on the BSE.In the Midcap space, Manappuram Finance surged 12.68 percent and COX KINGS surged 7.75 percent, while Biocon plunged 4.59 percent and Jubilant FoodWorks declined 2.23 percent.The BSE’s Sensex Midcap rose 1.01 percent to 6,461.85 and Smallcap gained 0.82 percent to 6,851.94. Bank Nifty Index gained 0.78 percent and CNX Metal surged 2.79 percent.last_img read more