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Battle formationBattle formation

first_imgSoon after the elections were announced, West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress unveiled its list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday. New faces and significant ommissions featured in the list as TMC gears up for the battle to ‘save democracy’ – as reiterated by their chief Mamata Banerjee who is focussed on ousting NDA from power. A list merely announced the representatives of a party that will be instrumental in getting votes for the party. From the micro outlook of elections, it is these representatives and their credibility which will be pivotal besides the party popularity and ideology. Of course, TMC’s credibility is well-known in West Bengal but even then, a reinforced approach in choosing the right person for the right place has been followed by the party to ensure the 42 seats of the state. Each name, new or old, has been chosen for its respective constituency with the collective objective of ensuring victory – as should be the case. But Mamata has done the shuffling to ensure victory all the more in a strong attempt to not let BJP grab those seats. The party objective is crystal clear down to the last fragment. Their representation features a 41 per cent representation to women, higher than 35 per cent in 2014, with 7 candidates from the Muslim community and 12 from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The concoction that Mamata has prepared for BJP in her bastion is no less than a formidable fort’s strong defence line. Mamata expressed her disappointment at the polling schedule which has pitted West Bengal’s polling across all seven phases of the mandate. Her expected criticism was directed towards the saffron party for playing vendetta politics by allegedly influencing the election schedule to disturb the state. She stated the peculiarity of conducting polls in West Bengal with 42 seats in all seven phases but keeping Tamil Nadu’s mandate with 39 seats in just one phase. The Election Commission’s autonomy certainly cannot be questioned, however, the facts definitely tinker curiosity. Not just West Bengal, Mamata’s list fields candidates in other states ensuing from Mamata’s improvised ploy and her efforts in uniting opposition parties against BJP prior to the announcement of elections. Targetting seats in other states where usually other regional parties are supposedly stronger is either a desperate move to maximise outreach or aid allies in their battle. With TMC’s precise objective, evident through the United India rally and pre-poll mutual agenda of dethroning Modi, Mamata has exercised every inch of her arsenal in giving BJP a tight competition besides her bastion – whichever way possible. TMC has declared candidates for three seats in Jharkhand, six in Assam, two in both Bihar & Odisha as well as a solitary seat of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Mamata has ensured that her efforts in these states do not hurt the regional parties by noting that her party will contest the polls in those states in consultation with allies. Politics might be a civil affair but it involves experienced strategising to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved – much like Military affairs. While it is true that public opinion shapes the outcome graph, still there are additional factors which influence polls and both BJP and TMC will certainly look to utilise it to their advantage. Mamata wants to ensure that BJP does not take advantage of TMC’s candidates in the fray since usually multiple candidates by multiple parties only aid fragmentation of votes – a scenario where BJP can capitalise. TMC’s representation of time tested politicos along with the support extended to aid parties in other states devises a perfect plot to ensure that BJP is unable to garner votes. Mamata reiterated that her party would not ally with anybody before the election and urged the strong regional parties to take on BJP on their turfs. A post-poll alliance is on the cards for which not just TMC but all the parties will fix their bargaining power in the formation of a coalition government that the united opposition parties desire. It is the common aim to oust BJP that has demanded them to sideline individual differences and unite. It is not very different from what a general military tactic would be in a foreign land where advantage rests with the regional forces. In this context, TMC has assumed the battle formation, all set to fight!last_img read more

Sri Lankan drug suspect caught in Bangkok after four years on theSri Lankan drug suspect caught in Bangkok after four years on the

Officers from the Immigration Bureau, the Tourist Police Bureau, the Patrol and Special Operations Divsion and other agencies had been tracking the suspect’s whereabouts following a request by Sri Lankan authorities to country members of Interpol. A Sri Lankan man wanted for drug trafficking in his home country has been arrested in Bangkok, four years after he first fled to Thailand, the Bangkok Post reported.Saliya Perera Wiwala Arachchige was apprehended in front of the Narathiwas Residence Hotel on Sathu Pradit Soi 19 in the Chong Nonsi area on Thursday. According to Sri Lankan authorities, the suspect had fled the country four years ago. He has been accused of colluding with a major drug trafficking gang in his home country. The offences with which he is charged could lead to life imprisonment. Interrogation revealed that Mr Arachchige had entered Thailand on a tourist visa in late 2013.He renewed his visa regularly until 2016 when he found that he was wanted on an Interpol red notice. At that point, he told investigators, he stopped renewing his visa for fear of being arrested. read more

Arrests in exbikers murderArrests in exbikers murder

(Updated) Hamilton Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a former Hells Angel earlier this month in the city’s east end.James “Louis” Malone was gunned down in the early hours of Saturday November 9th. Officers have arrested John Josipovic, 50, and 47-year old Mato “Michael” Josipovic, 47. The two brothers, who live in the Grimsby area, have been charged with first degree murder. Mato has appeared in court and will remain in custody until tomorrow. John has also had his court appearance and is being held until another appearance on November 27th.Detective Peter Thom wants to talk to anyone who may have been near another confrontation, that may be connected to the murder.“There was an incident and what we’re looking for are witnesses who were around the Delta Main street around 12/1am Saturday, November 9th. We believe there was some kind of incident betwee three males and we’re looking for witnesses to that. We know there were people watching what was going on and we’re appealing for them to come forward.”A police forensic team continued to search a Grimsby property where John Josipovic was arrested just after noon yesterday. Michael Josipovic was arrested at work around the same time in Milton.Hamilton Police say the brothers grew up with Malone in the east end of Hamilton. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

ExUK minister says Johnson not trying to get a Brexit dealExUK minister says Johnson not trying to get a Brexit deal

LONDON — A senior minister who quit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet says the government is making little or no effort to secure a Brexit agreement with the European Union, despite Johnson’s insistence that he wants a deal.Amber Rudd says “there is no evidence of a deal. There are no formal negotiations taking place.”Rudd stepped down as work and pensions secretary late Saturday, in the latest blow to the embattled British prime minister.Johnson says Britain must leave the EU as scheduled Oct. 31 even if there is no divorce agreement with the bloc. But his plan is meeting fierce resistance, including from some members of his own party.Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted on Sunday that the government was “straining every sinew to get a deal.”The Associated Press read more

Canadian economy contracts by 01 in AugustCanadian economy contracts by 01 in August

by News Staff Posted Oct 31, 2012 12:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada said the economy shrank by 0.1 per cent in August, the first decline in real gross domestic product since February. Analysts had expected growth of about 0.2 per cent on a month-over-month basis. The statistics agency said goods production declined 0.5 per cent in August, mainly due to decreases in mining, oil and gas extraction and manufacturing. “It amazes me that we were talking about the risk of rate hikes in this current environment,” Scotiabank economist Derek Holt said. There were also declines in utilities and construction, while the output of service industries was unchanged. Increases in wholesale trade, transportation services and the public sector  were offset by declines in the output of real estate agents and brokers, retail trade and the finance and insurance sector. The weak reading means that third-quarter economic growth likely slowed to half the pace of the second quarter, in keeping with the Bank of Canada’s recent downward revision to one per cent for the July to September period. business|canada economy|canada GDP|gross domestic product Canadian economy contracts by 0.1% in August read more

NFL draft Cameron Johnston signs as undrafted free agent with Philadelphia EaglesNFL draft Cameron Johnston signs as undrafted free agent with Philadelphia Eagles

Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston (95) and freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) walk off the field during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State’s former punter Cameron Johnston has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet by Johnston. was not among the players drafted by a team in the seven-round 2017 NFL draft, but like former teammate Dontre Wilson, was signed to a contract right after the draft.Johnston leaves OSU as the school record-holder for most punts within the 20-yard line over his career (109), as well as the single-season record-holder for punts within the 20-yard line (31 set in 2015). The fifth-year punter averaged 44.9 yards per punt over his career, the second-longest such distance by any punter in Buckeye history, behind only Andy Groom (2001-2002).Considered one of the top punters in the nation, Johnston was named as a Ray Guy finalist — an award given to the NCAA’s best punter — three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was also named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, and was also named first-team All-Big Ten.Now with the Eagles, Johnston will slot in as the backup punter with Donnie Jones, the Eagles punter since 2013, likely retaining his starting role. read more

Evidence mounts that Nvidia is developing its own Tegra 4 tabletEvidence mounts that Nvidia is developing its own Tegra 4 tablet

first_imgNvidia is a hardware company that focuses on designing and supplying the chips and chipsets to go inside other company’s gadgets. But with the release of Shield, it became a gadget manufacturer itself, and now it looks as though the company isn’t stopping at just one new product line.Although Nvidia has said in the past it has no intention of releasing its own tablet, there’s mounting evidence they are going to do just that with a tablet called the Tegra Tab–a name they have already trademarked.Images have started appearing of the Tegra Tab, which looks to be a 7-inch device outfitted with a textured back very similar to the Nexus 7, a 5MP camera, HDMI and USB ports, and a SIM card slot. As you’d expect, a Nvidia branded tablet will carry a Tegra 4 chip, and with evidence of a SIM card slot there will also likely be a model using the 4G LTE-enabled Tegra 4i chip.It is also thought that manufacturing of the Tegra Tab is being carried out by Shenzhen Granville. That’s interesting because Granville has confirmed in the past they are manufacturing a Tegra 4 tablet that will ship with a stylus.Finally there’s benchmarks appearing, but they aren’t great. They confirm the Tegra Tab is running at 1.8GHz and uses Android 4.2.2. The scores being posted are below that of the Nexus 7, however, the Tegra Tab isn’t official yet and therefore won’t be final hardware. It seems unlikely Nvidia would release anything other than a high performance device that at least equals the competition.Although Nvidia has so far denied a tablet is coming, they are clearly testing something. And if that turns out to be a well-performing tablet they can offer at a competitive price point, I don’t see why they wouldn’t launch it in the near future.last_img read more

Israelis have toppled a huge golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu in TelIsraelis have toppled a huge golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel

first_img Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 9:46 AM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 20,316 Views HammerZalait said he wanted to open a debate around Israeli attitudes to Netanyahu by placing the statue at the spot where Rabin, who won the Nobel prize for his peace efforts with the Palestinians, was killed.He said:The reaction of the Israelis interests me, from those who say they would like to see more statues like that on the squares of the country to those who want to demolish it with a hammer.In the United States in August, a group of artists installed giant and unflattering statues in several American cities of Donald Trump, with the then presidential candidate entirely naked. King Bibi: Toppled – if only in statue form. Source: AP/Press Association Images A grisly end for the Israeli leader’s statue. Source: AP/Press Association Images- © AFP, 2016 with reporting from Darragh Peter Murphy.Read: Aleppo’s Old City has fallen to Assad’s forcesRead: Halligan to tell Israelis to treat Palestinian people ‘in a more humane way’ Israelis have toppled a huge golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv Locals queued for selfies with the work, erected as a dig at some Israelis’ idolatry of ‘King Bibi’. A GOLDEN STATUE of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu that stood over four metres high was raised secretly in a Tel Aviv square in a free speech protest yesterday – and has been promptly pulled downIt was put up illegally early yesterday morning in the centre of the Israeli commercial capital in a square named after former premier Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a Jewish extremist.Israeli artist Itay Zalait claimed responsibility, saying he wanted to spark a debate on freedom of speech by replicating the kind of statue erected by dictatorial regimes.Passers-by gathered out of curiosity yesterday, with some taking selfies in front of the 15-foot depiction of the controversial right-wing leader, erected as a commentary on the idolatry he inspires among some conservative Israelis.“I did it to check one thing: can I do it?” Zalait told AFP. People carry a statue of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Image: AP/Press Association Images 84 Comments Short URLcenter_img Image: AP/Press Association Images People carry a statue of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dec 7th 2016, 9:46 AM SaddamWithin hours the Netanyahu statue had been toppled, apparently by a member of the public.On social media, Israelis joked that it was reminiscent of the iconic Saddam Hussein statue pulled down after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.Left-leaning artists have accused Netanyahu’s government of seeking to muzzle them, particularly with Regev’s promotion of a bill to cut subsidies to cultural institutions deemed not “loyal” to the state.Netanyahu also leads what is seen as the most right-wing government in Israeli history, and critics accuse him of consolidating power.In addition to being premier, he also holds the economy, foreign affairs, communication and regional affairs portfolios. By AFP Share22 Tweet Email Will this work be allowed and will there be sanctions?The response was immediate. Culture Minister Miri Regev hit back on Facebook, denouncing the statue as an “expression of hatred” towards Netanyahu, who has been nicknamed King Bibi for his taste for fine dining and authoritarian tendencies.“How an artist can be disconnected from reality!” she wrote. Locals take selfies in front of the 15-foot statue. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesReferring to the biblical episode in which the Israelites are punished by God for idol worshipping, Regev added:Israel is a democracy, one of the freest countries… the hatred of Netanyahu is their only true Golden Calf. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Snap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 MarchSnap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 March

first_img Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 95 Comments Short URL By Sinead O’Carroll Monday 16 Jan 2017, 5:35 PM 41,664 Views Updated 6.15pmTHE NORTHERN IRELAND Assembly will be dissolved on 26 January and an election will be held on Thursday, 2 March.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire confirmed the dissolution of parliament at a news conference this evening.He said that under relevant legislation, he was obliged to provide a date for the next Northern Ireland Assembly election.A second election in eight months was more-or-less guaranteed when Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness resigned the position of Deputy First Minister last week.Last ditch efforts by Prime Minister Theresa May to encourage Sinn Féin and the DUP to reach a deal to save the power-sharing executive failed this morning.Sinn Féin failed to nominate a replacement for McGuinness, leaving both the First Minister and Deputy First Minister positions vacant at the 5pm deadline and therefore collapsing the executive.Brokenshire, who is due to make a further statement in parliament tomorrow, called for political leaders in the north to “use the time ahead as calmly as we possibly can”.He refused to be drawn on speculation that the DUP and Sinn Féin will fail to reach an agreement to return to power-sharing even after polling day.“There is a period between now and polling day and a short period after polling day – that three week period… We have to use all the time ahead to see there is open communication… and where there is difference, to see where it can be overcome,” he noted.Explainer: What is the ‘cash for ash’ scandal?Brokenshire also confirmed that the elections would not impact when Article 50 is triggered to kickstart the process of Great Britain leaving the European Union. He said the British government “remains very intent” on doing so by the end of March.EarlierArriving at Stormont today, outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster criticised Sinn Féin for forcing fresh elections, accusing the party of ‘pursuing political self-interest’.“They did not like the election result last May and… they are looking at another go,” she said.McGuinness said the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Foster’s refusal to stand aside temporarily to allow for an investigation were his primary reasons for quitting.However, he also took aim at the DUP for undermining the institutions, describing the Unionists as ‘arrogant’.Over the past week, Sinn Féin members have cited their former partner’s stance on the Irish language and LGBT rights as further sticking points.Co-guarantorsCommenting on the dissolution of the Assembly, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan called on all parties to ”act responsibly in word and deed so that the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement will not be damaged in the longer term”.“As a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Irish Government will continue to work with the British Government and the political parties to advance political stability, reconciliation and economic prosperity in Northern Ireland,” he added in a statement.Explainer: What is the ‘cash for ash’ scandal?Earlier: The deadline has passed and Northern Ireland is heading for a snap electionMore: Martin McGuinness criticises the Irish Times, saying he wants his privacy respected during illnessRead: How the Irish language drove a wedge between Northern Ireland’s Assembly Jan 16th 2017, 5:35 PM center_img File photo of Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster Share100 Tweet Email2 Snap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 March Secretary of State James Brokenshire confirmed the Assembly will be dissolved on 26 January. File photo of Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La pomme originelle retrouvée au KazakhstanLa pomme originelle retrouvée au Kazakhstan

first_imgLa pomme originelle retrouvée au KazakhstanLa pomme originelle, dont descendent toutes celles que nous connaissons aujourd’hui, aurait été retrouvée dans les montagnes du Kazakhstan. Alors qu’une trentaine de pesticides sont utilisés pour soigner les pommes du commerce, ce fruit serait naturellement résistant à toutes les maladies. C’est en plein coeur des montagnes du Kazakhstan que pousserait la pomme originelle, autrement dit le fruit qui serait à l’origine de tous les autres pommes. Elle a été découverte en 1929 par le biologiste soviétique Nikolaï Vavilov dans la région d’Almaty, au pied du massif du Tian Shan proche de la frontière chinoise. Or, d’après les recherches réalisées, ce fruit serait résistant à toutes les maladies, précisément celles contre lesquelles 35 pesticides sont aujourd’hui utilisés dans les pommes de nos supermarchés. Comme le raconte l’AFP, le fruit a été étudié par un agronome kazakh, Aymak Djangaliev, après la mort de Nikolaï Vavilov en prison en 1943. Mais c’est en 2010, un an après la disparition du chercheur, que le séquençage de la pomme domestique a permis de découvrir que la pomme sauvage kazakh, baptisée Malus sieversii, était l’ancêtre de toutes les pommes actuelles. Les pommes kazakh descendent d’arbres qui ont poussé voilà des millions d’années. Les pépins des fruits de ces pommiers ont pu s’échapper de l’enveloppe dans lesquels ils étaient enfermés grâce aux ours, friands des pommes les plus grosses et les plus sucrées. Ces fruits seraient ainsi “des fossiles vivants”, affirmait Aymak Djangaliev cité par la réalisatrice Catherine Peix, qui a tourné avec lui un film sur ce fruit originel.À lire aussiLes bourdons pourraient développer une addiction aux pesticides néonicotinoïdesLes pommiers du Kazakhstan, avec leurs troncs de deux mètres de large, culminent à vingt ou trente mètres de hauteur. Ces arbres offrent des pommes aux goûts et couleurs très variés. “Pas un seul arbre ne ressemble à son voisin”, affirme la réalisatrice qui précise également qu’il existerait plus de 6.000 variétés.Des pommiers aujourd’hui menacés En plus de leur résistance naturelle aux maladies, ces pommes sont bien plus grosses et goûtues que celles que nous avons l’habitude de manger. Mais elles sont menacées. Comme le déplore en effet l’association Alma, qui fondée il y a deux ans entend protéger la pomme originelle, la déforestation aurait déjà eu raison de 70% des pommiers kazakh. “On voudrait que l’Inra (Institut national de la recherche agronomique) se saisisse du sujet”, a expliqué l’association. Un croisement génétique entre nos espèces et des Malus sieversii pourrait permettre de donner naissance à des pommes résistantes aux maladies et insectes, et ainsi éviter l’utilisation massive de pesticides.L’université américaine Geneva, située près de New York, a ainsi décidé de collecter des semences issues de 900 arbres différents. En France, à l’école du Breuil, dans le bois de Vincennes, un pommier Malus sieversii sera planté le mois prochain. Mais en attendant l’avancée des recherches, la mairie de Paris accueillera jusqu’au 5 mars une exposition créée par l’Alma. Les visiteurs pourront notamment y découvrir le film de Catherine Peix, L’origine de la pomme ou le jardin d’Eden retrouvé.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 12:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

House Republicans short of votes withdraw health care billHouse Republicans short of votes withdraw health care bill

first_imgWASHINGTON — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly.It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur.The president’s gamble failed. Instead Trump, who campaigned as a master deal-maker and claimed that he alone could fix the nation’s health care system, saw his ultimatum rejected by Republican lawmakers who made clear they answer to their own voters, not to the president.Republicans have spent seven years campaigning against former President Barack Obama’s health care law, and cast dozens of votes to repeal it in full or in part. But when they finally got the chance to pass a repeal bill that actually had a chance to get signed, they couldn’t pull it off.What happens next is unclear, but the path ahead on other priorities, such as overhauling the tax code, can only grow more daunting.And Trump is certain to be weakened politically, a big early congressional defeat adding to the continuing inquiries into his presidential campaign’s Russia connections and his unfounded wiretapping allegations against Obama.last_img read more

Seattles new US Attorney says he wont allow city to open safeinjectionSeattles new US Attorney says he wont allow city to open safeinjection

first_imgSEATTLE — Keeping a promise made by the Department of Justice (DOJ) last summer, the newly appointed U.S. Attorney in Seattle, Brian Moran, has said he will not allow a safe injection site for illicit drugs to open in the city.“That’s a bridge too far for me,” Moran said Wednesday. He said he has told Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to “not go there,” or risk a federal lawsuit.“We are all trying to solve a horrific crisis, and these are people whose intentions are well-mannered, well-meaning and in good faith,” he said of the city and county officials who have promoted the controversial sites.Seattle has been seeking to be the first city in the United States to open a site where illegal drugs can be used under medical supervision, as a way to address the pressing problem of overdoses brought on by the opioid epidemic. States and major cities across the country — from San Francisco to Philadelphia to New York — are considering them, but the proposed facilities have provoked strong resistance, in King County and elsewhere.While Moran acknowledges he hasn’t studied the issue, he said that the idea of allowing people to inject toxic substances in a government-sanctioned site, regardless of the availability of medical professionals, “is fraught with peril,” and would violate federal law.last_img read more

What to expect from Fleet Week San Diego 2018What to expect from Fleet Week San Diego 2018

first_imgWhat to expect from Fleet Week San Diego 2018 Posted: October 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Here in San Diego, we salute our men and women in the military year round but next week, there will be a series of special events designated to help you celebrate and honor our troops during Fleet Week San Diego. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Borough Issues Disaster Declaration For Seldovia NanwalekBorough Issues Disaster Declaration For Seldovia Nanwalek

first_imgThe Native Village of Nanwalek has restricted water use and implemented distribution of non-potable water for non-consumption purposes. In addition, Nanwalek has received, and is distributing, bottled drinking water until a solution to the community’s problems can be found. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) on Thursday  issued a Local Disaster Declaration on behalf of the City of Seldovia and the Native Village of Nanwalek due to a rapid depletion of water the communities’ water reservoirs. Water conservation measures have been implemented, and bottled drinking water has been ordered. The KPB’s local disaster declaration initiates a request for a State Declaration. The request to Governor Mike Dunleavy asks for activation of state public assistance program to address ongoing emergency needs in both communities.center_img Specifically, the KPB has requested technical assistance and access to state resources in order to keep both communities supplied with water. The Borough Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for coordinating the resources and entities contributing to the management of this emergency. Here is a link to the Emergency Declaration: is a link to the media release: read more

Did IBM fire 100000 employees in last few years just to lookDid IBM fire 100000 employees in last few years just to look

first_imgLast month, IBM sacked more than 2,000 employeesCredit: ReutersIn a shocking revelation by a former vice president in an ongoing age discrimination lawsuit, International Business Machines Corp (IBM) has laid off as many as 1,00,000 employees in the last 7 years. The deposition further said that IBM took the step to enhance its appeal towards millennials and look “cool” and “trendy” as Amazon and Google. It is to be noted that the Armonk-based IT giant is facing several lawsuits accusing it of sacking older employees, including a class-action case in Manhattan and individual civil suits filed in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.In a statement, IBM said, “The Company hires 50,000 employees each year, and spends nearly a half-billion dollars on training our team. We also receive more than 8,000 job applications every day, the highest rate that we’ve ever experienced, so there’s clear excitement about IBM’s strategy and direction for the future”.As per a report published in Bloomberg, IBM’s revenue has been shrinking since last seven years. In order to cut down on costs, the company has fired thousands of people in the US, Canada, and other high-wage markets. At the end of the year 2018, IBM’s workforce has slumped to its lowest point in six years with 3,50,600 employees globally which is 19 percent since 2013. michiganmodern.orgThe latest revelation by Alan Wild, former vice president of human resources in one of the lawsuits, claimed that IBM sacked 50,000 to 1,00,000 employees in just the last several years. In a submission to the court Wild said IBM face huge recruitment problems and with the objective to show that IBM was not “an old fuddy-duddy organization” and show itself as “as [a] cool, trendy organization” like Google and Amazon, the company sacked older employees. The document further added that following this strategy, IBM fired Texas-based Jonathan Langley, 61 after 24 years of his services in the company who filed a case. IBM filed a motion requesting the court to dismiss his case, in turn, Langley’s lawyers filed an opposition to that motion.Last month, IBM sacked more than 2,000 employees. The company had said, “We are continuing to reposition our team to align with our focus on the high-value segments of the IT market – while aggressively hiring in critical new areas that deliver value for our clients and IBM.”last_img read more

Scientists design Maglev car with greater stabilityScientists design Maglev car with greater stability

first_img The war on Southern California smog is slipping. Fixing it is a $14 billion problem Citation: Scientists design Maglev car with greater stability (2006, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Since the late ‘60s, scientists have been designing, building and operating “flying trains,” or magnetically levitated (“Maglev”) systems. However, the sci-fi-like technology still faces challenges for increased stability, controllability and cost-effectiveness – but scientists are making steady improvements. Maglev trains, which use the electromagnetic force to overcome gravity, have intrigued scientists for the past several decades. Levitating several centimeters above the track, the train cars have no physical contact and no friction with the track, enabling speeds of more than 400 mph. Implementing Maglevs into urban areas – or even across the country – could make a five-hour drive a smooth 40-minute ride, as well as reinvent the world’s infrastructure.The first operating low-speed Maglev systems, built in England and Germany in the mid-‘80s, are no longer in existence. However, the newest 300-mph system built in 2002 in Shanghai, China has revived political and consumer interest in the technology, despite current large construction costs. Although the city plans to extend the 18-mile track to 100 miles for the World Expo in 2010, the technology must become more economically viable with proven safety for mainstream adoption.As part of the investigation, a team of scientists (W. Yang et al.) from China has recently designed and built a new model for a Maglev car that could offer significant stability advantages over current technology. The scientists used specially fabricated high temperature superconductors (HTSC) for the cars and permanent magnets for the tracks, which demonstrate a higher levitation force and greater stability than when permanent magnets are used on both the track and car. Although the car models are only about 12 cm long and 4 cm wide, they demonstrated frictionless, stable movement across the 10-meter-long track.“The arrangement of the magnets made it easy to get a uniform magnetic field distribution along the length of the track,” wrote W. Yang et al. in a recent issue of Superconductor Science and Technology. “The model can be used [for] a fast transportation system to students and adults.”In the HTSC model, the cars are propelled by a combination of linear motors on the tracks and aluminum rotors on the cars. Photoelectric switches near the linear motors save energy by ensuring that the motors work only when the car is traveling through them.The HTSC model’s large magnetic fields across the track also provide a strong guidance force and good magnetic distribution that prohibits the cars from escaping the track. Because this magnetic configuration provides a large dragging force, it also eliminates the need for any exterior stability control.Using liquid nitrogen to cool the HTSCs to -196 degrees C, the scientists investigated different cooling methods to optimize the levitation and guidance forces. The team found that a field cooled process, which cools the magnets inside the car after the car is on the track, provides significant stability, but also requires further investigation.Citation: Yang, W. M., et al. A small Maglev car model using YBCO bulk superconductors. Superconductor Science and Technology. 19 (2006) S537-S539.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Explore further Scientists have fabricated Maglev car models using high temperature superconducting technology, which could increase stability and inspire further developments to confront Maglev challenges. Photo credit: Wanmin Yang et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Firefox 59 Firefox Screenshots gets image editing functionalityFirefox 59 Firefox Screenshots gets image editing functionality

first_imgFirefox 59: Firefox Screenshots gets image editing functionality by Martin Brinkmann on March 12, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: March 12, 2018 – 23 commentsMozilla plans to improve the built-in screenshot tool of the Firefox web browser in Firefox 59 Stable by adding image editing functionality to the server uploaded images are hosted on.Update: The feature is available for all versions of Firefox as it was enabled server-side.Screenshot functionality is not entirely new. Mozilla added screen capturing options to Firefox back in 2012 when it added the functionality to the browser’s Developer Toolbar.The Screenshot tool, however, improved the visibility of the functionality. First launched as the Test Pilot experiment Page Shot and integrated natively in Firefox Nightly in mid 2017, Screenshots was launched officially in Firefox 56 Stable.Firefox users may use Screenshots to capture the entire visible area of a web page or a rectangle area of it. Users can save captured screenshots to the local system directly, copy screenshots to the Clipboard of the operating system, or use the integrated upload functionality to store them temporarily on Mozilla servers.The new screenshot editing functionality is available already. Firefox users who upload screenshots to Mozilla’s server may notice that Mozilla added image editing functionality to the online part of Screenshots.You activate the functionality with a click on the edit icon on the page the screenshot is displayed on. This enables the editing functionality; all available image editing tools are displayed in the top right corner of the page:Crop the image.Pen to draw on the screenshot.Highlighter to highlight specific areas of the screenshot.Color Picker to select one of nine different colors.Clear to undo changes.The functionality is useful to make quick edits but it misses important editing options such as blur, select, or changing the pen’s size. You may zoom in and out using Ctrl-mousewheel.A click on the save icon saves the edited image, a click on cancel ignores all changes that you made using the image editing tools.Firefox’s Screenshot tool is not a unique feature. Opera Software integrated screenshot editing in Opera 49 Stable released in November 2017, and Vivaldi Technologies screenshot functionality in Vivaldi 1.7 released in later 2016.Firefox users had access to extensions like NativeShot to integrate screen capture functionality in the browser. NativeShot is not compatible with Firefox 57 Quantum.Closing WordsFirefox’s Screenshot tool is popular according to Mozilla. John Gruen, Product Manager of Firefox Test Pilot, revealed that Firefox users took more than 64 million screenshots since the integration in Firefox 56.While it is too limiting for professional use in many cases, it works fine in other cases. Users may use it to quickly share what they see on the screen with others online, or save it to the local system for safekeeping. (via Sören Hentzschel)Related articlesChrome’s Awesome Screenshot extension turns spyware, here are alternativesHow to enable or disable Firefox’s new Screenshot toolTools for GNU/Linux: Third party screenshot utilitiesWhat’s the fastest way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 natively?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 59: Firefox Screenshots gets image editing functionalityDescriptionMozilla plans to improve the built-in screenshot tool of the Firefox web browser in Firefox 59 Stable by adding image editing functionality to it.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Maldives Govt plan to shut down Luxury SpasMaldives Govt plan to shut down Luxury Spas

first_imgThe health of popular tourist destination the Maldives has come under threat as the government ordered the closure of its luxury spa’s and massage parlors in the Islands capital Male and surrounding Islands.The country’s President Mohamed Nasheed issued the ruling after bowing to pressure from the opposition parties who claim widespread sales of pork and alcohol in the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation were offensive, Reuters reported.An opposition-led religious protest last week prompted a statement by President Mohamed Nasheed’s office which declared that the government has ordered the closure of massage parlors and spas in the Maldives.”Ironically, the same opposition leaders who railed against spas and the selling of alcohol and pork to tourists are some of the country’s biggest resort owners,” The statement revealed.However, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s opposition coalition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) said the government move was aimed at leisure business owned by some opposition members.Progressive Party of Maldives spokesman Ahamed Mahloof said “we never asked for the ban”. “We wanted the liquor and massage clinics banned in inhabited islands to prevent prostitution and spread of drugs and alcohol to locals,” Ahamed Mahloof said.“Nasheed is misusing the demands to take revenge by imposing the ban on resorts owned by the opposition members.”Tourism Minister Mariyam Zulfa said the decision had already caused concern and prompted calls from various reports affected.”Several have raised concerns over our decision and we are considering allowing resorts to operate spas,” Mariyam Zulfa said.“They are also aware of the reasons that led us to take the decision.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Almost half of people will book at least one elemeAlmost half of people will book at least one eleme

first_imgAlmost half of people will book at least one element of their next holiday independently, according to the results of a British Travel Awards 2008 survey.According to, 47 percent of travellers plan to book either their flights, car hire, airport to hotel transfers, accommodation or excursions independently from a tour operator in 2009.A further 29 percent of respondents said they planned to book their entire holiday both independently and using the internet.According to the website: “The research was carried out in the run up to October 2008 when consumers who voted in the British Travel Awards (over 90,000 votes were cast) were also asked to fill out a survey about booking patterns for 2009.”Some 26.5 percent of the 12,600 people surveyed said they were choosing to book a package holiday because they thought it was an “easier option”.The results suggest that the internet is becoming more important as a holiday research tool, with over half (54.55 percent) saying they regularly use it to research possible holiday destinations.easyJet was named best low-cost airline at the British Travel Awards 2008.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMost Brits view their foreign holiday as ‘most important luxury’ of 2009Eight out of ten Brits think that their overseas holiday will be their most important luxury of 2009Internet becomes increasingly popular cheap flights search toolMore people are using the internet to research cheap flights to their holiday destination, new research has revealed.Survey shows that more holidaymakers are booking trips onlineMore holidaymakers are turning to the internet to find the best trip deals this yearlast_img read more

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first_imgBrits considering city breaks in Prague will be pleased to learn that the Czech capital is the cheapest destination for UK holidaymakers this spring.According to the Post Office Travel Money’s City Costs Barometer, prices in Prague are 38 per cent lower now than they were in 2009, despite the pound buying less Czech koruna than it did 12 months ago.City break items in the Czech capital including flights to Prague, accommodation, meals and sightseeing totalled £106.17, which is almost two-thirds cheaper than New York (£307.96).CzechTourism spokesman Filip Remenec said Prague has many attractions for tourists in addition to a wide range of hotels catering to all budgets.”In Prague we have over 650 hotels, so there is plenty of choice. We have more beds than in Vienna, Budapest, Milano or even Barcelona,” he explained.Mr Remenec went on to recommend visits to Prague Castle, the Old Town Bridge and Old Town Square, while he also suggested that Brits sample the Czech cuisine.CzechTourism findings published in January showed that Prague is the seventh most popular city in Europe terms of tourist arrivals and the 19th most visited in the world.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPrague city breaks offer cheap Christmas shoppingBrits embarking on city breaks to Prague are benefiting from a wide ranging shopping experience10 amazing Eastern European cities you probably haven’t heard of but must seeThere’s much more to discover in Eastern Europe than those old favourites Prague and Budapest. We’ve picked out ten hidden gems that are ideal for a weekend city break or an even longer holiday.5 flights for under £50!Whether it’s a spring city break or a summer sun holiday, get inspired for your next getaway with our latest selection of cheap flights starting at just £24. Venice, Italy from £24 Warm your heart with a spring break in the Italian city of romance and grandeur. As well as…last_img read more