Kumaraswamy expands cabinet by inducting 2 ministers

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs into the ministry in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month-old wobbly government. In the much-awaited expansion, R Shankar and H Nagesh were sworn in as cabinet-rank ministers by Governor Vajubhai Vala who administered them the oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. Shankar had served as minister during the initial days of the Kumaraswamy government but was dropped from the cabinet during the rejig in December last year. He and Nagesh had sided with the BJP and written to the governor withdrawing support to the government. As the BJP failed in its alleged attempts to topple the coalition government, the two lawmakers made a u-turn and moved closer to the coalition. The two were inducted from the JD(S) and Congress’ share in the ministry, in an attempt to block chances of their switching over to the BJP whom the ruling coalition has accused of trying to dislodge the Kumaraswamy government.last_img read more

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To arrange money for marriage man plotted robbery

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday said that they have arrested a person who scripted a robbery plot of 10 Lakh rupees in Outer North area. Police claimed that the accused wanted to marry her girlfriend for which he committed the offence. Police identified the accused as Gagandeep (22) and his associate Vivek Raghav (30). Complainant ( now accused) Gagandeep had reported the robbery of Rs 10 lakh at Narela Ind. Area police station on the intervening night of 11-12 July. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDeputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma said that as per his statement accused’s employer sent him to Karol Bagh to procure Rs 10 lakh. He claimed while coming back to DSIIDC in Narela, two men on a bike snatched his bag containing money. Later, the accused’s story turned out to be fake. When he was further examined he disclosed some points which were he is a regular spectator of TV serial based on crime. He was aware of how police track a criminal. Gagandeep was in love with a girl and going to marry her on July 20. For that reason he needed money. Further, he was aware that he had gained faith of his employer and his employer has shifted to Panipat. This was the last money transaction through him so he changed his mind and plotted this story with his friend Vivek Raghav.last_img read more

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Concerned over reports of alleged tampering of voters verdict Pranab

first_imgNew Delhi: Joining the ongoing controversy over EVMs, former President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday expressed concern over the alleged tampering of voters’ verdict saying the onus of ensuring institutional integrity lies with the Election Commission, which should put all speculation to rest. He also said there can be no room for speculation that challenge the very basis of Indian democracy. “I am concerned at reports of alleged tampering of voters’ verdict. The safety and security of EVMs which are in the custody of ECI is the responsibility of the Commission,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter handle. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework People’s mandate is sacrosanct and has to be above any iota of reasonable doubt, he said. “The onus of ensuring institutional integrity in this case lies with the Election Commission of India. They must do so and put all speculation to rest,” he said. Mukherjee said as a firm believer in the country’s institutions, it is his considered opinion that it is the ‘workmen’ who decide how the institutional ‘tools’ perform. Protests broke out in some parts of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday after videos of alleged movement and tampering of EVMs went viral on social media, a charge dismissed by the EC as “frivolous” and “unfounded”. The Congress said the EC should take immediate and effective steps to address the complaints of movement of EVMs from strongrooms from various parts of the country. Top opposition leaders, who met here on Tuesday, also decided to move the EC to press for their demand of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the EVM figures.last_img read more

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UN agency urges European nations not to deport Iraqi refugees to unsafe

“We strongly urge European governments to provide Iraqis with protection until the situation in their areas of origin in Iraq allows for safe and voluntary returns,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.“In this critical time of transition, we also encourage all efforts to develop conditions in Iraq that are conducive to sustainable and voluntary return,” he added. UNHCR guidelines for Iraq ask governments not to forcibly return people originating from the governorates of Baghdad, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah Al-din, owing to the serious human rights violations and continuing security incidents in these areas. “Our position is that Iraqi asylum applicants originating from these five governorates should benefit from international protection in the form of refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention or an alternative form of protection,” said Mr. Edwards.On 1 September, a chartered flight with 61 people on board, mainly Iraqis who had been residing in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the United Kingdom, landed at Baghdad airport. UNHCR has not so far been able to confirm reports that three Iranians were among those on board.The agency noted that some of those returned on Wednesday may be destined for safer areas such as that controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government, while others may have elected to return voluntarily. Eleven of the individuals UNHCR interviewed on arrival originated from Baghdad, and at least one person is a Christian from Mosul, in the governorate of Ninewa. “The security situation in that governorate remains extremely volatile,” Mr. Edwards noted.He said that in the Baghdad governorate, the security situation remains unstable with increased attacks and several recent major security incidents, including a series of coordinated attacks on 25 August throughout the country that killed over 60 people and injured 250.Car explosions, roadside bombs, mortar attacks and kidnapping remain daily threats for Iraqis, he added.According to UNHCR, the ongoing violence in Iraq has resulted in large scale internal and external displacement of the population. More than 1.5 million people remain displaced within the country, while hundreds of thousands of people have found refuge in neighbouring countries, mainly in Syria and Jordan. 3 September 2010The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about ongoing deportations of Iraqis from Western European countries back to violence-prone areas of their homeland, stressing that they should continue to benefit from international protection. read more

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US homebuilder confidence rebounds on stronger outlook for sales as demand for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rebounded this month, reflecting improved sales trends during the spring home-selling season and the strongest outlook for sales over the next six months in more than six years.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index climbed to 44 this month from 41 in April. It was the first increase since December.Measures of customer traffic and current sales conditions also improved from April’s reading.Readings below 50 suggest negative sentiment about the housing market. The last time the index was at 50 or higher was in April 2006.Concerns over rising costs for land, building materials and labour have dimmed builders’ confidence in recent months.Regardless, steady job creation, near record-low mortgage rates and rising home values have spurred sales this year. by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2013 10:01 am MDT US homebuilder confidence rebounds on stronger outlook for sales as demand for homes improves read more

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Taiwans TransAsia Airways operator of crashed plane part of Asias aviation boom

Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways, operator of crashed plane, part of Asia’s aviation boom HONG KONG – TransAsia Airways, Taiwan’s third biggest airline by fleet size, is reeling from its second major accident in less than a year. The two disasters in quick succession come as the up-and-coming carrier is expanding to become a more formidable rival to its bigger domestic competitors, China Airlines and Eva Air. To keep up with competition from a growing crop of budget carriers in the region, it started its own discount airline, V Air, in December.HISTORY: The airline was founded in 1951 and was Taiwan’s first private commercial airline, initially flying domestic routes. It was originally known as Foshing Airlines. It suspended scheduled flights in 1958 to focus on working as an agent for foreign airlines. Taiwan cement company Goldsun Development & Construction Co. bought it in 1983 and resumed flights in 1988. TransAsia went public on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 2011.FLEET: The airline operates about 20 planes from its base at Taipei’s Sungshan Airport and has been planning to double that with new aircraft orders over the next five years. Half of its current fleet is made up of ATR 72-500 and 72-600 turboprops used on domestic routes and which came into service in 1991. The plane that crashed Wednesday was an ATR 72-600 on its way to Kinmen near mainland China. It also operates Airbus A320, A321 and A330 jets serving short-haul routes around Asia.SAFETY RECORD: There have been four accidents involving TransAsia ATR aircraft since 1995, according to the Aviation Safety Network. The most serious was last July, when 48 people died when an ATR-72 crashed in the Penghu archipelago in stormy weather. The plane had been carrying 58 people. In December 2002, a TransAsia ATR cargo plane crashed into the sea, killing the two pilots. In January 1995 four people died when another ATR slammed into a hillside. TransAsia’s Airbus jets were also involved in three incidents including a crash landing and a hijacking but those did not result in any deaths.FAST GROWTH: Chairman Vincent Lin, who took over the job in 2010 and whose father heads the airline’s major shareholder Goldsun, has been adding new routes at a furious pace. Since the carrier went public in 2011, it has added about two dozen routes to mainland China and other Asia cities from different Taiwanese airports, although a few were later dropped. Emergency personnel try to extract passengers from a commercial plane after it crashed in Taipei, Taiwan Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The Taiwanese commercial flight with 58 people aboard clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and crashed into a river in the island’s capital on Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) by By Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2015 6:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Dame Tessa Jowell becomes first to sign up to international cancer database

She is currently trialling a special £240,000-a-year skull cap which fires electrical pulses into her brain to halt the growth of cancer cells. Dame Tessa Jowell is currently trialing a special head device which sends electrical charges into her brain GBM strikes 4,000 people in England every year and the average survival rate is little more than a year.  The long term survival rate has remained at only five per cent since the 1970s.Andrew Forrest, the Australian philanthropist leading the Eliminate Cancer Initiative’s Universal Cancer Databank project, said “My motivation for establishing the Universal Cancer Databank is simple: the bravery, leadership and the challenge set out for us by patients like Tessa Jowell.“I am an entrepreneur not an oncologist, but I understand that extraordinary challenges require extraordinary measures.“In this case that means patients and researchers from around the world sharing clinical and genomic data to break the gridlock on the most deadly cancers.” “Genomics has the potential to revolutionise NHS healthcare, but we are concerned that this potential is threatened by delays in the NHS’ digital projects, reduced genomics training budgets, and potential public concerns over sharing personal health data.” The announcement comes ahead of a debate in Parliament on why Britain has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Western Europe.The Science and Technology Committee also today published a new report warning that Britain risked falling behind in using genomics in healthcare because of delays in getting computer systems up and running in the NHS and lack of training.Norman Lamb MP, committee chair, said: “The UK is a world leader in genomics, and the establishment of a Genomics Medicine Service could dramatically improve health outcomes of UK citizens. Dame Tessa Jowell to become first patient in the world to sign up to international cancer database to help future generations fight the disease.The Labour peer and former Culture Secretary, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour last year, volunteered to give her medical data to the Universal Cancer Databank project, which was set up by the Eliminate Cancer Initiative.The database aims to help researchers discover the links between rare diseases in the hope that it could lead to cures.“It is my hope that through my cancer journey and sharing of my data, we will be able to develop better treatments for cancer and speed up the discovery of new ones,” said Baroness Jowell.“Together, with hope, we can achieve greater survival for cancer patients across the world.”Dame Tessa suffers from a rare form of cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme tumour or GBM.The high-grade tumour – which caused her to have powerful seizures – has since been removed and she has received the standard treatment of chemo – and radiotherapy, which typically has a poor prognosis. Dame Tessa Jowell is currently trialing a special head device which sends electrical charges into her brainCredit:PA 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. read more

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HCL looks to the cloud for Anglo American IT infrastructure extension

first_imgHCL Technologies (HCL) has extended its partnership with Anglo American, agreeing a five-year infrastructure services deal that will see the diversified miner use more cloud-based solutions.The multi-year deal is aimed at reducing Anglo’s global data centre footprint through the continued consolidation of its on-premises infrastructure and partial migration to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service operating model. HCL will also continue to provide regional and local service desk support and end-user computing services, it said.HCL was enlisted as Anglo American’s IT services partner in 2013 and has served in the same role for De Beers since 2014. Through the renewed deal, HCL will further improve quality and consistency by standardising and centralising IT infrastructure services across both organisations, HCL said.Sandeep Saxena, Senior Vice President of HCL Technologies, said: “Rather than standing still, our engagement with Anglo American has expanded into other areas where we can drive further value for its business through our more strategic Mode 2 offerings, such as Cloud Native Services.“Our global delivery model also has a particularly important role to play, adding significant value through a mix of onsite and offshore technical skills that set Anglo American on course for future success.”HCL provides IT infrastructure services and has the competency to execute large-scale, complex IT infrastructure transformation projects, the company said. Its Mode 1-2-3 growth strategy encompasses next–generation IT infrastructure services, leveraging automation, artificial intelligence, analytics and cloud to build service-oriented, future-ready IT infrastructure.Anglo American runs mining operations across Southern Africa, North and South America and Australia and has a global workforce of 69,000 people.last_img read more

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Column Celebrity culture is becoming toxic and leading us to set impossible

first_imgThe modern-day backlash has its roots in celebrity scandals of yesteryear. Elizabeth Taylor was one of the first paparazzi targets in Hollywood, scorned by her peers for her perceived thieving of Eddie Fisher from golden girl Debbie Reynolds. Similarly, Ingrid Bergman was shunned for sullying her purer-than-pure image by having an extra-marital affair and baby with Roberto Rossellini.It would be easy to think that these controversies are representative of the social mores of the time, but in many ways they linger today. Consider the stigma that’s still attached to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s relationship, or even the suggestions that Beyoncé’s baby bump was artificial and that she’d used a surrogate to have her daughter. It is the highly public nature of this media scrutiny, more so than anything the stars have done, that’s problematic. We’ve developed a culture that polices people’s behaviours mercilessly. We may not be obliged to like or approve of someone’s actions, but we are so swift to condemn that we don’t seem to notice the effects of such negativity. Loud, vocal hatred of something is often more acceptable than liking it. As Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump recently put it, “We’re so busy broadcasting our latest cultural disdain that we scantly notice anything we enjoy […] We derive our own identities from the act of hating.”Setting impossible standardsMuch has been made, for instance, of the fact that Stewart “doesn’t smile” and often appears uncomfortable in public. Rooney Mara was also criticised for acting like her press appearances in support of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were “a chore.” It seems fair to expect actors promoting a film to appear courteous and professional, but it is patently unfair to condemn someone for not always being comfortable or confident enough to act perky in front of the assembled media hordes. There’s a drastic difference between shooting a film in a controlled environment and facing a baying mob of photographers at a public event. The latter situation is stressful and could easily knock someone’s composure, yet our reaction is more often than not to mock and deride.You may be irritated by someone, dislike them as an actor or a singer or disapprove of something they’ve said or done. You’re entitled to feel that way. But are you entitled to viciously belittle someone because they don’t have a megawatt smile plastered to their face all the time, or because they’re nervous? Does this not feed a much more pervasive and perverse form of public scrutiny, one that places an impossible standard on people who are just as human as the rest of us?Victim-blaming cultureIt’s easy to overlook, especially due to their success, looks, or wealth, the fact that celebrities are people. We are essentially casting our negative eye upon ourselves. Public figures may have stylists to pick their outfits and publicists to mould their image, but the impossible standards of beauty and perfection to which they aspire stem from the endless harsh scrutiny we place upon them. To slip-up is to become tabloid fodder, something we as consumers contribute to every time we click on a sensationalised headline.This may seem harmless, but we are feeding a toxic cycle. Every time we send a sneering tweet or comment, we are normalising harsh judgement and extreme reactions. It may not seem it, but there’s not a huge stretch between berating a 22-year-old actress for “not brushing her hair” and targeting someone you know from school on Facebook. To claim it is legitimate because celebrities put themselves in the public eye is an extension of the repugnant victim-blaming culture rampant in our society. Besides, I don’t think anyone asked to have a photographer hanging in a tree outside their house just because they appeared in a successful motion picture.Criticism can be reasoned, informed, and constructiveFor me, personally, I find this disillusioning. There’s nothing I love more than conversation, but it is increasingly difficult to have meaningful discourse in a culture where people are all but pre-disposed to hatred. Criticism is a necessary part of discussion, but only where it is reasoned, informed, and constructive. Idealistic as it sounds, I would rather focus on people’s artistry than their appearance, and not have to grimace at the thought of the comment section (“boiling seas of acid,” as Stephen Fry put it) before I’ve even finished reading the article. Mob mentality in public opinion may not be anything new, but it often feels as though we build people up just so we can tear them down.Grace Duffy is a 24-year-old UCD Law graduate. A press assistant at the ECJ by day, she also writes about pop culture for Under the Gun Review and Filmoria. A FRIEND OF mine once told me that he’d been a Liverpool fan in his youth, but since becoming a sports journalist he’d developed a neutral outlook on most clubs. I’ve often found myself wishing that this was true of other writers. I write about pop culture – films and music primarily – and over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly struck by the level of hatred hurled at figures in the public eye. People such as 22-year-old Twilight actress Kristen Stewart seem to attract witless jeers from all corners of the media, something which came to a head for me when I read countless tweets viciously rebuking her appearance (on crutches, no less) at the Oscars.Public scrutiny of celebrities is hardly a new phenomenon, but it seems in recent years to have become much more ingrained and bitter, to the extent that one’s very personality becomes a target. Such pernicious behaviour illustrates, in stark terms, the toxic state of celebrity culture today and the way in which we interact with it.A culture that polices people’s behaviours mercilesslylast_img read more

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15 people expose the horrors theyve seen at the urinal

first_img Source: WordPressPeople dropping iPads Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet People skyping Just dropped my iPad in a urinal. K.— Patty O’ Fernitcher (@xsharknadox) October 21, 2013 People… gulp… EATING Source: Imgur Source: Liam Francis Quigley/Twitter I just witnessed a man using an iPad mini during his visit to the urinal. Uhh …— Taylor Martin (@caspertek) September 16, 2013 Source: Liam O’Leary/Twitter People taking selfies Source: Mirror WE NEED TO talk about urinals guys.We need to talk about…People using iPads I’ve previously seen people using an iPad balanced on a urinal which is bad enough, but Skyping is another level.— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) May 12, 2014 Source: Neal Mann/Twitter Source: Photobucket People who don’t respect ‘the rules’ In the gents. Man comes in to use the urinal, carrying an iPad. Two minutes later I see him come out of the gents, wiping the iPad. Lovely— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) September 13, 2013 I was the guy who took a selfie in a urinal last night. pic.twitter.com/DnKnbhdOlm— Liam Francis Quigley (@LiamFrancisQ) July 25, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet If you’r a man and at the urinal you can only look up or down. If you look left or right everyone will see and know you’re a creep— LIAMODEARME (@LIAMODEARME) July 30, 2014 Source: Taylor Martin/Twitter Source: michaelsons368/Twitter Source: Neal Mann/Twitter People on the phone Peeing in a urinal etiquette, look directly down at your Johnson or directly at the wall. No eye contact while I’m holding my business.— michaelsons368 (@michaelson368) July 29, 2014 Source: Casey James/Twitter Today a guy at the Urinal next to me farted so hard it actualy startled me. I accidentally made eye contact— Michael Ewon (@bonersniper) July 24, 2014 Source: Chris Addison/Twitter Although sometimes it can’t be helped Some dude is peeing in the urinal while eating chips……— Randomvibe (@RabbiVibe) July 26, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet I have just seen a man Skyping while using a urinal. I think the world has just hit a new low.— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) May 12, 2014 Source: Michael Ewon/Twitter Source: Richard Lopez/Twitter Mystery toilet bowl on Cork roundabout now has its own Twitter>11 of the most literal things that have ever happened>The 11 unwritten rules of every office bathroom>last_img read more

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Geek proposes to fiancé by creating fake Harry Potter 7 app

first_imgWe’ve seen a good amount of geeky marriage proposals in the past. A popular and geeky way to surprise your fiancé is by popping the question via video game. We’ve guys hack Super Mario Bros., Chrono Trigger, and Earthbound, to name a few. One romantic dude recently decided to propose by creating an app using Android’s App Inventor.Jon Hodgson posted a step by step walk through of the app. His girlfriend naively thought it was a Harry Potter 7 quiz app. When opened, it tells the user that it’s a promotion for Harry Potter fans to get free tickets to see the new movie on opening night. The app itself looks pretty authentic; Hodgson even put in the legal page that every official app has to have. He translated part of the legal terms into Spanish which states that to be eligible for the “Grand Prize,” the user must live in New Jersey and the CRC32 of the user’s first name, last name and birthday have to match that of his fiancée Meghan’s.AdChoices广告There are four pretty standard quiz questions that only Harry Potter fans would know, but the fifth question is when things start to heat up. Question No. 5 pops the question and gives Meghan the chance to choose yes or no.So what would have happen if she were to say no? A screen would come up saying “Oh no! You killed Dumbedore” with an illustration from The PotterPuffs. Thankfully, she said yes. When she did, the app automatically texted Hodgson with his future-bride’s answer. He then took out the actual ring to seal the deal.If I was his girlfriend, I would have a hard time containing my excitement to  continue onto to the “Next” button. However, the app goes on to another screen with a picture of Ginny and Harry from the last movie kissing, along with a corresponding paragraph from that part in the book. How romantic.Check out the video below to learn more about App Inventor for Android from Google Labs.Read more at Jonq.com and App Inventorlast_img read more

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Geek deals roundup Discounts on UHDTVs Batman The Killing Joke Bluray and

first_img60-inch Vizio SmartCast UHDTV for $799.99 with $300 Dell gift card (List price: $969.99)With a UHD resolution of 3840×2160, a 120Hz refresh rate, full array LED backlighting, a handy smartphone/tablet controller app, four HDMI ports, a component input, and a bonus $300 eGift card, this 4K UHDTV is a fantastic value.Pre-order Batman: The Killing Joke Blu-ray for only $16.99If you’re a Batman fan, you’ll want to own this animated interpretation of the classic comic story. Not only can you save 32% off the sticker price, but it’s Prime eligible as well. Street Fighter V collector’s edition for $46.45Street Fighter V has definitely run into some issues this year, but the core fighting has been generally well received. If you’re in need of a fighting game fix now that EVO is over, now’s your chance to grab the collector’s edition on Amazon at a 53% discountAmazon daily deal: Save on camping knives and machetesIf you do a lot of camping and hiking, having a knife around can really come in handy. Small, medium, and large blades (up to 18 inches) are on sale for today only, so the outdoor enthusiasts among us should act fast.100-pack of velcro reusable self-gripping cable ties for $6.32 (Add-on item)Do you have a nest of cables behind your TV? What about all of those USB devices plugged in willy-nilly to your PC? If you’re in desperate need of some cable management, these cheap velcro ties will be a big step in the right direction. Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Mandzukic wants to stay at Juventus

first_imgAfter head coach Massimiliano Allegri announced that he will be remaining, Mario Mandzukic has reportedly announced that he now intends to remain at Juventus, reports Football-ItaliaThe Croatian forward is believed to have been frustrated with his role with the Bianconeri this season with Mandzukic having regularly featured out on the left flank of Juventus’ attacking line-up.In light of Allegri’s reported interest in taking charge at Arsenal for next season, Mandzukic became unsettled by the uncertainty of the boss’ future at Turin and began to question whether it was time for himself to move on.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.However, after winning a fourth successive domestic double this season, Allegri met with the Juventus board and confirmed that he intends to stay with them.Upon learning this, Mandzukic has now declared himself happy to remain at the club with the 32-year-old currently under contract until 2020.Mandzukic was signed by Allegri in June 2015 from Atletico Madrid in a €19m deal and he has since scored 34 goals in 127 appearances and has won seven trophies in his three years at the club.last_img read more

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Meters being installed for the homeless

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Springfield has new parking meters, but there are no plans to charge residents for downtown parking.Instead, the red parking meters are an effort to raise money to help the homeless.City Councilor Terri Leezer is the driving force behind the fundraising effort that got under way Friday. Leezer says a 50-cent donation to one of the meters buys a homeless person a shower, $1 provides a hot meal, $3 means a bus pass and a $5 donation translates to a sleeping bag purchase.A similar effort was made in Denver. A homelessness commission report in that city found that in the first 18 months the meter project led to a 92 percent reduction in the number of panhandlers in the downtown improvement district.Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.comlast_img read more

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Navy Close to Approving Plan to Expand Fleet at Washington Air Base

first_imgThe Navy’s plan to add 36 EA-18G Growlers to the 82 electronic warfare aircraft now based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., could begin next year, after it released the final environmental impact statement for the move last week. The plan, which would establish two new expeditionary squadrons and add two aircraft to each of the installation’s existing carrier air wing Growler squadrons, has sparked local opposition as it would increase the number of training operations at both Ault Field at Oak Harbor and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville, reported the Peninsula Daily News. The Sound Defense Alliance, a coalition of environmental and community groups from Whidbey Island, is calling for the Navy to find an alternate site to host the new aircraft. The alliance is particularly concerned about the planned increase in field carrier landing practice at OLF Coupeville, where annual operations would jump from 6,510 to 24,100.Some relief to residents could come from $2 million allocated in the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill for the Navy to research technologies that could reduce the noise produced by those aircraft. “The reality is the Navy has important work to do with training airmen, training those who keep us safe,” Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer (D) told the Kitsap Sun in August. “At the same time, the Navy needs to be a good neighbor. Part of the reason we’ve focused on efforts to reduce jet noise is to ensure the Navy upholds that obligation,” said Kilmer, who pushed for the funding.Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Jimmie Crockett Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Sony A6600 Canon EOS M6 Mark II show theres still a little

first_img Share your voice Tags How to get discounts on back-to-school tech Post a comment On the higher end, Sony’s new flagship A6600 improves on the A6500 (when did that turn 2 years old?) with one significant update to the body: support for the higher-capacity Z batteries. Even after all these years, battery life in mirrorless cameras is subpar, and Sony’s the only manufacturer who actually takes that seriously. It makes the grip bigger, which isn’t a bad thing if you regularly use heavy lenses on it. It also adds a headphone jack, which is critical for monitoring audio quality for more-than-casual video, and a screen that flips up and down to more obtuse angles and you can now use touch for focusing, tracking and shooting. It also inherits a lot of capabilities from the latest version of Sony’s Bionz X image-processing engine that we first saw in the A9 and more recently in the A7R IV, such as internal HDR 4K/30p video, interval shooting, real-time tracking and eye AF in movies and updated Picture Profile support. When it ships in November it will be pricier than the A6500 was at launch: $1,400 for the body and $1,800 for a kit with an 18-135mm lens. Canon EOS M6 Mark IIThe Canon EOS M6 Mark II continues its “viewfinder optional” policy. Canon Canon EOS M6 Mark II, 90D Canon on the other hand, sticks to its strategy of leaving the viewfinder optional for the update to its competing enthusiast mirrorless, the $850 EOS M6 Mark II, the successor to the EOS M6; alone, the viewfinder costs another $200. It’s bundled with the kits, though, at $1,099 for the kit with the 15-45mm lens and $1,349 for the 18-150mm kit. The M6 Mark II is scheduled to ship in September. But Canon is increasingly turning its dSLR and mirrorless models into twin sons of different mothers — essentially, the same camera, but a little more tailored to the desires of buyers leaning toward one technology or the other. So in addition to updating the mirrorless, Canon also debuted a successor to EOS 80D DSLR, the 90D.  That will run you $1,199 for the body, $1,349 for a kit with the 18-55mm IS STM lens and $1,599 with the 18-135mm IS USM. Both get a bump to a higher-resolution 32.5-megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS sensor with on-chip phase-detection autofocus — 5,481 points, in this case — and a newer Digic 8 image processor that expands the sensitivity range a hair. It also brings UHD 4K/30p and 1080/120p video capabilities, eye and face detection AF in the viewfinder (90D) and continuous eye detection AF for video (in Live View for the 90D). The most significant boost for both is much improved continuous-shooting performance: 10fps for the 90D with continuous AF and 14fps for the M6 Mark II, and a 30fps “raw burst” mode for the 90D. Canon EOS 90DThe Canon EOS 90D’s design is pretty much the same as the 80D. Canon The 90D’s body remains essentially unchanged from the 80D, save for growing a tiny bit, but the M6 Mark II has received some notable physical enhancements. They include a more substantial grip, swapping the exposure-compensation dial for a context-sensitive one and a slight rejiggering of the control layout.  The M6 Mark II also inherits the Fv exposure mode from the EOS RP, which is essentially all the priority-exposure modes rolled into one simple control; you adjust whichever setting you want, shutter speed, aperture or ISO sensitivity, and the others float to compensate. If you switch among the different modes frequently, it’s a nice streamlining feature. sony-a6100-a6600-1The 16-55mm f2.8 lens is a welcome addition to Sony’s E-mount line. Lori Grunin/CNET Lenses Despite the update in its EOS M line, the lack of fast lenses continues to make Canon’s APS-C mirrorless models feel like an afterthought. Canon announced new lenses for its full-frame cameras in its L series lens line for professionals — the RF24-70mm f2.8 is especially critical to filling a key hole in its professional lineup for that mount, and is coming in late September for $2,299 along with a similarly priced RF15-35mm f2.8.  Canon also announced another big hole-filler, an RF70-200mm f2.8 L, but there’s no definite ETA on that — sometime later this year — and no price. Sony, though, further emphasized its commitment to APS-C with two new G lenses — its midquality line. A compact 16-55mm f2.8 is coming in October 2019 for $1,400; the high price reflects dust and moisture resistance, a Nano AR coating and fluorine on the front element for protection, among other things. The new $1,000 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 coming in November is a more general-purpose offering and includes optical stabilization; you need it for that long a focal length and it’s more likely to be used on one of the lower-end cameras that still lack in-body stabilization. 1:10 Cameras Preview • For the EOS M6, Canon strips down the M5 See it $699 Canon EOS M6 See It Mentioned Above Canon EOS M6 (with 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, black) $699center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $699 See It 0 $699 See It Canon Sony Best Buy Dell Now playing: Watch this: Walmart The A6600’s screen has more flexible tilting angles and a deeper grip — with a bigger battery — than the A6500. Lori Grunin/CNET Sony and Canon announced updates to their mainstream APS-C cameras — the Sony A6100 and A6600 and the Canon EOS M6 Mark II and EOS 90D — and as if it wasn’t already obvious, they make it clearer that cameras based around the APS-C-size sensor have very much ceded place to their larger-sensored full-frame siblings when it comes to innovation. They now get the technological hand-me-downs. With prices for older full-frame models like Sony’s A7 II now below $1,000, it’s not surprising. But if nothing else, the newer APS-C models tend to inherit better, more recent autofocus systems and processing engines that may be worth the image quality trade-off (which you may not even notice) for shooting action. Sony A6100, A6600 The A6000 was just too good for its time, and in the five years since it launched the price has dropped to make it a great value. Sony’s been trying to lure buyers upstream to models like the A6300 and more recently, the A6400, but it takes a lot to displace a great deal. Sony’s taking another stab with the A6100.  It’s slated to ship in October for $750 (body only), $850 with the 16-50mm power-zoom lens and $1,100 for a kit with the 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses. Though Sony touts a lot of “new” features, like an improved autofocus system with its real-time tracking and 4K video, they’re only new if you compare it with the old A6000; it looks like the A6100 is more a stripped-down A6400, with the old viewfinder from the A6000 and no support for Picture Profiles, Sony’s settings for shooting video that you’re planning to edit for exposure and color. It costs $150 more than the A6000 and $150 less than the A6400. sony-a6100-a6600-16The A6000’s body is the gift that keeps on giving; the design of its successors hasn’t changed significantly since 2014, and the A6100 is no exception. Lori Grunin/CNET While it might succeed at making a slight dent in demand for the old model, I don’t think the A6100 moves the needle enough for people who are looking for a cheap-but-decent camera kit under $500, especially given how much of a bargain the A6000 routinely becomes around the holiday shopping season. To me, improvements in autofocus and processing are always worth an upgrade, but at that level it’s almost all about price. In fact, it’s more likely to eat into sales of the A6400, as well it should.  last_img read more

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Survey scans for elodea spread in Interior finds naught

first_imgA variety of agencies in the state are working to eradicate the invasive aquatic plant elodea. This summer, elodea was detected and treated in Anchorage’s Lake Hood, and a survey to search for elodea along the Tanana River downstream of Fairbanks has just concluded.Download AudioElodea. (Photo from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)The plant has the potential to make drastic changes to aquatic ecosystems.Elodea is a plant commonly found in aquariums that, if released in the wild, will dominate certain lake or river habitats, choking out native vegetation and altering the food web at all levels.National Park Service Aquatic Ecologist Amy Larsen describes a few of the changes that elodea can bring about:“It increases sedimentation rate, allowing more sediment to settle out of the water.  And it can decrease the dissolved oxygen concentration in the water because it is growing so rapidly and using up all of that oxygen.  But it also just displaces our native aquatic plants, which are good forage for a variety of waterfowl species.”In addition, elodea can ruin the clear-water habitat needed by grayling and spawning salmon, and give an advantage to ambush predators like northern pike.In a place like Lake Hood, elodea was perceived more as a threat to human safety than the environment, because it clogs floatplane rudders or impedes a floatplane’s ability to move along the water.But if pieces of elodea were to hitch a ride on some of the float planes that depart from Lake Hood, it could cause trouble in other ecosystems around the state.So a variety of agencies quickly recognized the seriousness of the situation and the state Department of Natural Resources was granted an emergency exemption to apply a series of herbicides.Invasive Plant and Agricultural Pest Coordinator Heather Stewart with DNR explains that after an initial knockdown with the chemical diquat in July, a more lethal attack with fluridone happened in Lake Hood earlier this month.“Diquat is a contact herbicide so it basically reduces the top biomass in aquatic systems. Whereas fluridone is a systemic herbicide, so there has to be uptake by the plant, and it prohibits the production of chlorophyll in the plant, so it has the plant starve itself in the long term.”The last application of fluridone comes in a slow-release pellet, which continues to work throughout the winter as elodea may be trying to reestablish itself.  Stewart says that the herbicides appear to have worked, and there is no elodea visible in Lake Hood now.  The herbicides killed most of the other plant life in Lake Hood as well.In the Interior, a multi-agency search for elodea just wrapped up, looking along the Tanana River downstream of Fairbanks and up the Tolovana River to the village of Minto.The survey did not turn up any new pockets of elodea.It was motivated by the discovery of the plant in Totchakat Slough near Nenana about a month ago.  That represents a big jump for elodea from its previously-known concentrations around Chena Slough and Chena Lakes.Amy Larsen with the National Park Service says that having elodea in a major river system like the Tanana introduces many new ways for the plant to spread.“The river itself can move that plant around, either when the Tanana floods and floods into adjacent wetlands or when streams back up and reverse flow during flooded periods.  Then fragments of elodea can move up these streams and get trapped on woody debris and then it can root.”Elodea can also be carried downriver by ice during spring breakup.  While it is not a threat to take root in the main stem of deep, silty rivers like the Yukon, it can use these rivers to get to more conducive habitats.It reproduces by fragmentation, when parts of the plant break off and move elsewhere.  It can also send out seed, though Heather Stewart with DNR says she has only seen a few examples of flowering elodea in the state – one of which was Chena Slough.DNR is attempting to get the necessary permits to apply herbicides there, in addition to waterways near Cordova.  Funding is in place to eradicate elodea in Alexander Lake in the Mat-Su Borough as well, and Stewart reports elodea is nearly gone from various locations on the Kenai.Elodea has reached a total of 22 lakes, streams and rivers in Alaska so far.last_img read more

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Term Deposit Rates Cut By ICICI And HDFC

first_imgA man walks past a HDFC Bank branchReutersDays before the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan decided to maintain rates, the nation’s two largest private banks quietly brought down the deposit interest rates on offer; where the best rates now on offer are below 9%.Cutting interest rates by up to 50 basis points on differing maturities, HDFC has bought down the highest rate offered to 8.75% on deposits above one year. The rates are effective from this week.ICICI lowered rates by 25 basis points on term deposits. Currently, the bank offers 8.75% on deposits above 390 days. The rates are in effect since 28 November.Meanwhile, SBI had reduced interest rates by 1% on the shorter end from 1 November to 5%, according to a report in Times of India.Banks cite the ‘improving liquidity environment and systemic trends,’ as contributing factors to deposit rate cuts.Banks have seen deposit growth outstripping growth in advances, enabling better liquidity.The 10-year government bond yields have dipped to a 16-month low, falling below 8%, following the RBI meeting on Tuesday, reflecting in interest rates remaining low.Although deposit rates have been cut, the base rate has remained untouched; this is the rate which determines the pricing of most loans. Banks are awaiting RBI’s confirmation that the downward rate moment is sustainable.Industry has long been awaiting a rate cut to go ahead with their planned investments aided by better loan terms.A fall in money market rates is an indicator of reduction in interest rates. However Rajan noted that the reduction in money market rates not being passed on is a reflection of weak transmission.Following the policy meeting, SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said that the bank’s deposit and lending rates remain frozen at the moment.last_img read more

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Snapdeal will now deliver Rs 2000 notes to your doorstep through CashHome

first_imgOne of India’s leading online marketing portals, Snapdeal, on Thursday announced that in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive, they will deliver Rs 2,000 to the doorsteps of the customers.The firm launched a pilot service called ‘Cash@Home’ which allows users to order cash online. Reports state that the service is currently in its pilot phase and is live in Gurgaon and Bengaluru, where the users can pay for their cash using their ATM cards.The cash delivering service is expected to be extended to other cities soon. Snapdeal said that it will update the details according to the availability of fresh currency notes and will also consider user feedback of the service.According to Snapdeal, they will provide the facility through the Cash on Delivery (CoD) option on the portal. The release stated that the cash requested will be delivered after a day of the order.”The service is a goodwill gesture by Snapdeal to allow users to easily access cash without having to queue up at their bank or at the ATMs. We will charge a nominal amount of one rupee as convenience fee, which will need to be paid through FreeCharge/through a debit card at the time of booking the order,” the firm said in a statement.The company also said that customers can request Rs 2,000 per booking and can use ATM cards of any bank to pay for the ordered cash. The users will be required to swipe their ATM card at the PoS machines carried by the delivery officials associated with Snapdeal’s courier partners.”The launch of the cash on demand service is intended to further help our consumers tide over any cash crunch that they might face in addressing their daily needs,” Snapdeal’s co-founder Rohit Bansal said.”As the country transitions to a more digitally enabled economy, we’ve launched a series of timely initiatives – from wallet and card on delivery, to extending FreeCharge partnerships to smoothen this transition. The launch of the cash on demand service is intended to further help our consumers tide over any cash crunch that they might face in addressing their daily needs,” he added.last_img read more

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Two JMB men held in Rangpur

first_imgMap of RangpurMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in separate drives on Saturday arrested two suspected members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Rangpur city and Gangachhara upazila, reports UNB.Tipped off, a team of RAB-13 conducted a drive at Haragachh in the city and arrested Rafiqul Islam, 58, son of Abdur Rahman, at night, said Khandaker Golam Mortuza, media officer of the RAB battalion.In another drive, the elite force arrested Nurul Islam, 27, son of Sekendar Ali along with leaflets and some jihadi books from Talpatti in Gangachhara upazila.They were involved in collecting members and fund for the militant outfit, RAB claimed.last_img

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