Mumbai girl scores 99.8 per cent, authorities deny admission

first_imgAn error in the admission system has landed a girl seat-less for FYJC program, despite scoring 99.8 per cent in her SSC exam. The first merit list for seat allotment was announced on Monday, June 27, 2016. She will now have to wait till the online procedure for admission to end on July 15 when she would apply in colleges with availability of seats and subject .The inexplicable error:This topper student from Kalyan school was taken aback when she received a message on online admission portal that she had not been allotted a seatAccording to information from the office, a form was filled up on June 10 and 11 but was reset on June 16 and never filled againThe general merit list was announced on June 20, in which her name was missingThe school denied resetting any form, also the admission department officials denied any mistake from their end”With my marks, I was very confident of securing a seat in the collegeof my choice, but I was shocked to see the message pop up,” she said.”The student’s form must have been reset by the school. This could havebeen done on her request. Since the form was never filled up again, shehas not been allotted a seat,” an official from the department told TOI.Read: 50 DU sports quota applicants barred from trials for invalid certificates Read: DU takes DUTA into consideration, plans to redraft ad-hoc appointments guidelines Click here for more information from India Today Education.last_img read more

India Super League: Delhi Dynamos settle for 1-1 draw vs NorthEast United FC

first_imgDelhi Dynamos were lucky to have maintained their unbeaten record in the Indian Super League (ISL) after settling for an entertaining 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. (Latest Football stories)Delhi Dynamos surged ahead after Kean Lewis capitalised on an error from NorthEast United’s goalkeeper Subrata Paul in the 38th minute but the visitors earned a point through Emiliano Alfaro in the 51st minute.The draw saw NorthEast United FC maintain their position at the top of the table with 10 points from five matches while Delhi Dynamos are at the third position with five points from three matches.In an entertaining clash, both teams had several chances to get the upper hand early in the game, but were found wanting in front of goal. The strikers of both teams saw plenty of chances to score, only to be spurned.Former Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Tebar was the first to go close in the 18th minute for Delhi Dynamos as his free header from Marcelinho’s corner kick was misdirected from close range.A minute later, NorthEast United goalkeeper Paul was called into action twice to keep away attempts from Milan Singh and Kean Lewis. Marcelinho then had a chance to finish off the move but only ended up aiming at the sky.NorthEast United had their chances as well, largely from defensive mistakes. First Ruben Gonzalez gave away the ball to Nicolas Velez and the Argentinean squared it for Alfaro whose shot from handshaking distance was embarrassingly wide. Katsumi Yusa and Velez too went close for the visitors.advertisementDelhi Dynamos got the breakthrough when Marcelinho’s corner saw goalkeeper Paul completely miss the flight of the ball and it fell nicely for Lewis, who controlled it well and directed it into the goal.NorthEast United fought their way back into the match six minutes after the second half kicked off. Typically, it came from a defensive mistake by Delhi Dynamos after Ruben gave the ball away to Velez.The Argentine striker, who troubled his markers with pace and swift movements, then picked up Alfaro whose shot was blocked by Delhi defender Chinglensana Singh. However, the rebound fell for Alfaro again and this time he made no mistake, bringing his team back on level terms.Either team could have walked away with full points had their strikers remained sharp. Immediately after drawing level, Holicharan Narzary shot wide with only the goalkeeper at his mercy and then Gadze had a chance at the other end but Paul came to his side’s rescue by saving the attempt with his knee.last_img read more

WBO sanctions Vijender Singh-Zulpikar Maimaitiali bout for August

first_imgWorld Boxing Organisation (WBO) has sanctioned Asia’s biggest showdown between WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion and India’s knockout king Vijender Singh and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali for the first week of August in Mumbai.The battle between two of the biggest pro fighters of India and China will decide the ‘King of Asia’.Neerav Tomar, Promoter IOS Boxing Promotions said, “We are happy to know on WBO’s decision sanctioning Asia’s biggest battle between Vijender Singh and Zulpikar Maimaithiali. The sanction is in place and we can now move forward with Zulpikar’s team SECA to finalise terms and locking the date and venue in Mumbai”.Speaking on one of the biggest fight night of Asia Leon Panoncillo Jr., Chairman WBO Asia Pacific said, “After reviewing fight records of both the participants, I am satisfied with their past results and therefore approved this unification bout of the WBO Asia Pacific/WBO Oriental Super – Middleweight titles.”Both the WBO title holders are number one boxers in their respective country’s India and China as they both remain unbeaten since the time they made their debut in the field of professional boxing. With this fight both the boxers will put their respective titles at stake and it will be a double title fight. The boxer that wins the bout will take home his defended title along with the opponent’s title, by the end of the bout he will have two belts on his name.Vijender Singh, who recently retained his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title entered professional boxing in the year 2015. He has eight wins under his belt with seven of them being won by KO and one by Unanimous Decision. He has played 30 rounds, which puts him a few rounds above his next opponent. Vijender Singh won his maiden title last year in July after defeating Kerry Hope of Australia. Later in the month of December the golden boy of Indian boxing was challenged by Francis Cheka of Tanzania for his title, which he gracefully retained.advertisement22-year-old Chinese boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali fought eight bouts with 24 rounds under his belt. Zulpikar has won seven bouts with no less than five KO wins and one draw. The Chinese boxer made his debut in the year 2015, and won the WBO Oriental Title last year in July by defeating Thomas Mashali of Tanzania by TKO. Now, he would be fighting to defend his recently acquired title against Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh.last_img read more

The Three Lions tax: is it fair for pubs to charge 50p more for a pint during England matches?

first_imgShare on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Food Pubs World Cup 2018 Pass notes Share via Email World Cup Share on LinkedIn Name: Three Lions Tax.Cost: Between 10p and 50p.Appearance Almost invisible.Of course. This government is always trying to pull the wool over our eyes. We should … This has nothing to do with the government.What’s it about then? “Three Lions” makes me think it must relate to that immortal band of heroes who have come to heal our nation, the England men’s football team. That’s right.Outrageous! This England squad should be tax-exempt for life, and all five penalty-takers instantly made dukes. Or maybe just an earldom for Henderson. No, no. You’re getting this all wrong. The “tax” in question is not being paid by the players, but by the England fans who watch matches at pubs owned by the mighty Stonegate group.What kinds of pubs are we talking about? Walkabout, Yates, Popworld …I see. Massive, rowdy booze barns. You might describe some of its establishments that way. Certainly the footage that emerged from Walkabout in Sheffield on Tuesday night, and after the Tunisia win, was … atmospheric.I remember. What great fun they’re having. And, of course, there was that business outside Walkabout in Plymouth, when one fan celebrated by jumping on to, then falling off, a moving car.That kind of fun is not so great. It’s a good metaphor for England at World Cups, though.True. Although we’re going to win them all now. Yeah … Anyway, the point is that Stonegate has raised drinks prices by as much as 50p a pint during England matches, to the consternation of the Sun, which first reported it.I see. And is consternation justified? Stonegate doesn’t think so. A spokesperson said: “Event pricing notices are displayed in certain venues.”That sounds suspiciously vague. The spokesperson added: “It is common practice … to implement event pricing when big events take place.” Apparently, it is needed to cover the cost of hiring more staff, using plastic glasses, cleaning up afterwards and so on.But hang on a minute … won’t the pubs also make more money because they sell more drinks? Yes, that’s a rather good point. In fact, Stonegate recently said it expected to make an extra £6m from this World Cup.You would think that would buy a few plastic glasses. You would. What’s more, not every big venue raises drinks prices during matches, and at least one pub industry expert says it is not “common practice” at all.Still, if people choose to pay, they choose to pay. It’s like Uber surge pricing, I suppose. Sure. And everyone loves Uber right …? Oh.Do sing: “Thirty pence more hurt/Never stopped me drinking.”Don’t sing: “It’s on at home/It’s on at home/It’s on at/The football’s on at home.” features Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update May 19

first_imgNo new cases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) have been confirmed in the province since May 14. Nova Scotians should be advised that the Public Health Agency of Canada is no longer recommending Canadians to postpone non-essential travel to Mexico. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms they should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is 66. All cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

First Nations private company say Churchill rail line deal in the works

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – A group of Manitoba First Nations says it has formed a partnership with a private company that will lead to the reopening of the rail line to Churchill.The First Nations say the deal involves an acquisition agreement with the U.S.-based owner of the Hudson Bay Railway, the Port of Churchill and other assets.Indigenous leaders say the railway and port are crucial to the existence of all First Nations in northern Manitoba.The rail line owned by Denver-based Omnitrax was washed out by floods last spring.A company called iChurchill Inc. says it hopes to conclude the agreement by mid-June so that the rail line can be repaired before the fall.The news release issued by the First Nations and iChurchill Thursday night does not mention Omnitrax by name.“A consortium of Manitoba First Nations, led by Chief Glenn Hudson, and in partnership with iChurchill Inc., a private Canadian company, has entered into an acquisition agreement with the U.S.-based owner of the Hudson Bay Railway, the Port of Churchill and associated assets,” the release reads.“We are proud to have formed this historic partnership and are excited to be working together with the First Nations to restore rail service to Churchill and build a successful business that protects the sustainability of these vital assets well into the future,” said Louis Dufresne, president of iChurchill.The town of 900 people on Hudson Bay has been struggling after losing its only land connection to the south.Omnitrax has said it will not repair the track because it would cost too much money on an already money-losing line.That has meant goods and people have had to rely on very costly air transportation.Last fall the federal government filed a lawsuit naming Omnitrax over the need to repair the rail line.last_img read more

First Nations and federal government collaborate on BC north coast protections

first_imgPRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – A new federal framework giving Indigenous communities a partnership in protecting and supervising Canada’s north and central Pacific coast is a positive step toward reconciliation, the president of the Coastal First Nations says.Marilyn Slett, who is also chief of the Heiltsuk First Nation in B.C., says the framework announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday will formalize a conservation role that Indigenous communities have been filling for millenniums.In 2016, the Heiltsuk First Nation responded when the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat ran aground near Bella Bella, spilling thousands of litres of fuel into same area where the community gathers much of its food.“Our communities are the first responders, we’re out there regardless. But what we’ve noticed, and certainly with the Nathan E. Stewart, in our experience there hasn’t been a formal role around marine response,” Slett said.“So this is something that will definitely address that and address the needs and the infrastructure requirements in our communities.”Trudeau made the announcement in Prince Rupert as part of a celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day.The agreement between the federal government and 14 coastal First Nations launches a partnership on marine initiatives that the government said will advance reconciliation and protect an area covering two-thirds of the B.C. coast.Trudeau said the First Nations and the federal government have agreed to co-ordinate management and conservation of the ocean, including developing a network of marine protected areas while creating a path towards reconciliation.“In understanding that the expertise, the depth of knowledge and understanding that needs to be applied here exists in the form of the elders, of the young people, of the leaders, of the citizens, of the individuals, of the communities who’ve lived here forever,” Trudeau said.The reconciliation agreement will help Canada deliver on the promise of collaborative management to protect and preserve the northern and central coast, he said, adding it’s a template for other First Nations to move towards reconciliation.“We will do this hand-in-hand with Indigenous Peoples, understanding that they are fundamental and essential partnerships in … how we manage, how we create protections, how we reflect on the use of our oceans.”He said the framework agreement sets the bar on how the government will move forward in its relations with Indigenous groups.“I am incredibly humbled to be able to stand here with these extraordinary leaders to say, ‘Yes, we are doing this the right way, we are doing this together.’ “Slett said her First Nations’ first priority under the framework will be Indigenous-led marine response plans, including making sure community members have training, employment and procurement opportunities in the industry.First Nations will also play roles in shipping management and determining which areas need protection under the framework.“Our communities, we’re all unique and we’re in different locations but we have the same concerns around threats to the ecosystem,” she said.The agreement will help protect Canada’s Northern Shelf bioregion, including Haida Gwaii, the north and central coast of B.C. and northern Vancouver Island.It also includes an agreement on what’s called marine spatial planning, which attempts to balance the increased demand for human activities with the need to protect marine ecosystems.last_img read more

Quebec raising minimum wage to 12 as of May 1

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec will raise the province’s minimum wage to $12 an hour as of May 1, Labour Minister Dominique Vien announced Wednesday.More than 352,000 workers stand to benefit from the 75-cent increase, the largest hike in Quebec history.Vien said in a statement the rise is in line with a four-year plan to have the minimum wage equivalent to 50 per cent of the average provincial hourly wage by 2020, without exceeding that level.Quebec’s thriving economy has also helped the average hourly salary rise more quickly than anticipated, she added.“The good economic performance of Quebec allows us to substantially raise the minimum wage,” Vien said.“This increase will improve the quality of life for low-income workers as well as promote the incentive to work, raise the amount of disposable income and contribute to lowering the rate of poverty, without harming the job market and competitiveness of our businesses.”The raise represents between $462 and $979 in the pocketbooks of minimum wage earners, depending on hours worked and family situation.At $12, Quebec’s minimum wage would be the third highest in the country behind Alberta’s and Ontario’s.Ontario raised its minimum hourly wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1 and plans another increase to $15 next January.Alberta’s minimum wage is expected to rise to $15 later this year.Daniel Boyer, president of the Quebec Federation of Labour, which represents about 600,000 workers, said the province could have done better.The labour organization was behind a fight that began in May 2016 for a $15 minimum wage in the province — something Quebec wouldn’t commit to.Employer groups like the Canadian Federation of Independent Business expressed concern with the sudden hike, adding it hoped Quebec would stick with its initial plan.“It’s a bit unexpected,” said Martine Hebert, the group’s senior vice-president. “We would have preferred the government follow its original game plan.”In January 2017, Vien had mapped out increases of 50, 35 and 35 cents between 2018 and 2020, bringing the minimum salary to $12.45 by 2020.But she cautioned at the time the increases could change depending on the economic situation.Workers who make minimum age with tips will see their hourly pay climb by 35 cents to $9.80 an hour, also on May 1.last_img read more

Kellogg cutting 150 jobs as part of Keebler sale

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Co. is cutting 150 salaried jobs across North America as part of the previously announced sale of its cookie and fruit snack businesses.The Battle Creek-based company said Tuesday the action will result in pretax charges of approximately $35 million, including $20 million in severance and termination benefits.Kellogg announced in April that it was selling its Keebler and Famous Amos cookie brands — as well as its fruit snack, pie crust and ice cream cone businesses — to Italy’s Ferraro International for $1.3 billion.That sale is expected to close at the end of July. Kellogg said its job cuts and staff reorganization will be complete by the end of 2020.Kellogg’s shares fell 1.5% to $55.69 in late morning trading.The Associated Press read more

Temporary foreign workers not the answer to meatplant labour shortage minister

EDMONTON – Skills training and better recruiting — not hiring more temporary foreign workers — are the best way to deal with a chronic labour shortage in Canadian meat plants, says federal Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk.The Canadian Meat Council says a shortage of about 1,000 meat cutters and other staff is preventing companies from operating at full capacity or increasing exports.The industry group has been lobbying Ottawa to make it easier for companies to bring in semi-skilled workers from abroad to work in slaughterhouses and processing plants.With tens of thousands of layoffs, mainly in Alberta, it makes sense to hire closer to home, Mihychuk said in an interview.“In the present circumstance, where we are seeing such economic hard times across the Prairies, it would be a very unusual circumstance where we had to resort to temporary foreign workers to fill a position,” she said.“Our focus is to provide more funding for Canadians to get the skills, to help companies recruit Canadians, landed immigrants, refugees that are coming into our country so that they can fill those posts.”Anna Gainey, president of the Liberal Party of Canada, told the meat council in a letter before the Oct. 19 federal election that a Liberal government would fix the temporary foreign worker program to ensure it could fill jobs when qualified Canadians cannot be found.Some meat companies say that despite the economic downturn, they can’t find enough Canadians willing to work on the kill floor or to carve beef and pork carcasses in their plants.Ray Price, president of Sunterra Group, said his pork-processing company near Trochu, Alta., needs at least 20 workers and he could hire 25 more if he could find them.“We have lots of export opportunities that we could capitalize on, but we are not even looking at them because we just don’t have the people,” he said.Werner Siegrist, general manager of Canadian Premium Meats in Lacombe, Alta., said unemployed oilpatch workers who were making $40 an hour aren’t interested in working in a slaughterhouse for half that.“We have people who walk away after a couple of hours,” he said.Price and Siegrest said Ottawa should make it easier for companies to bring in workers from Eastern Europe and the Philippines.Quebec-based Olymel hired a recruiting firm last year to help it find new workers for some of its meat plants after the previous Conservative government imposed restrictions on hiring foreign workers.The recruiter managed to find enough Canadian employees to fill positions at Olymel’s pork plant in Red Deer, Alta.Richard Vigneault, a company spokesman, said Olymel could double production in Red Deer if it could find more employees and hogs.One new source of meat plant workers could be Syrian refugees coming to Canada.The meat council said federal and provincial governments should do everything possible to settle some refugees in smaller rural communities in Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada where their labour is most needed.Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) said it is willing to consider hiring some qualified refugees for vacant jobs at its plants in Brandon, Man., and Lethbridge, Alta. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 11:46 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 12:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Temporary foreign workers not the answer to meat-plant labour shortage: minister read more

Rajant appoints SCAN RF as distributor in Africa

first_imgRajant and SCAN RF Projects today announced that SCAN RF Projects will serve as distributor of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh wireless networking solutions for its rapidly growing list of resellers and clients throughout Africa. As a leading distributor and integrator of wireless network equipment in Africa, SCAN RF Projects designs, delivers and services wireless licensed and unlicensed band networks for a diverse range of sectors including mining.Rajant stated: “With the addition of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh technology, SCAN RF Projects now offers a proven, scalable, fully mobile broadband networking solution to its mining customers and mining channel partners throughout the burgeoning African mining industry. Rajant’s BreadCrumb wireless, portable mesh network nodes with InstaMesh software enable continuous and instantaneous routing of wireless and wired connections. This dynamic frequency utilisation capability allows for total network mobility with robust fault tolerance, high throughput and low latency. Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh technology is used extensively today in demanding military and mining operations to provide reliable networking for remote monitoring, tracking assets, voice and data communications, and video feeds.”“Africa continues to gain momentum as a high-growth region in the global mining market, and SCAN RF Projects is a trusted provider of solutions to African mining operations,” said Rajant CEO Bob Schena. “Mining operators throughout Africa can see immediate benefits from the inherent power of Rajant Kinetic Mesh Networking solutions. As a full-service distributor, SCAN RF is an important ally, and will provide the critical in-country presence and inventory that discerning customers demand, in addition to managing distribution of Rajant solutions through its network of resellers. SCAN RF’s portfolio of value-added services, such as network design, project management, implementation, and technical support, further position the company as a strategic regional resource for Rajant.”last_img read more

7 life hacks to use around the house

first_imgWE ALL LOVE simple tips and tricks that make our lives easier.And wouldn’t it be nice if household chores were a bit easier?Well, we’re here to help.Toothbrush holderA portable, handy and incredibly simple way to make your own toothbrush holder. That’s right. A PEG!Image: Francesco MugnaiMoney for old soapDon’t know what to do with that old sliver of soap in the bathroom? Simply add it to the next bar. No waste.Image: View MixedPlaying ketchupHaving people over? Whether it’s dips or condiments, a baking tray with bun inserts is perfect to hold all your party favours. PLUS – minimal clean-up. Image: Life HackerLost and foundLost something tiny around the house, like an earring? Nightmare. But never fear, you don’t have to scrabble around on the floor squinting for it. Cover the top of your Hoover nozzle with a pair of tights and use the suction to find small items easily.Image: Proper PrimThey grow up so fastGot an old crib that you have no use for any longer? (Sob.) Well here’s a creative use for that old piece of furniture – incredibly handy.Image: Just Life TipsNo fuss no mussGot little messy eaters around the house? Or are you one yourself? Well, for sunny days with ice pops, simply pop a bun case on the stick to avoid sticky drips.Image: TumblrAnd finally…Want to know how to peel a potato in 30 seconds – without a knife or a peeler? Here’s how.WHOA. Time saved. Mind blown.Read: 19 incredibly simple hacks to improve your life>Read: 7 everyday things you are actually doing wrong>last_img read more

5 unusual ways to reach very special Irish places

first_imgBy 120 steep steps:You have to don a hard hat and descend 120 steps to see the longest free-hanging stalactite in the northern hemisphere but it’s worth the stress on the knees. The stalactite is in Doolin Cave in Clare – it is 23 feet long:(Image: Simon Frost/Flickr/Creative Commons)By sandbar:If you want to walk to Inishkeel island off the coast of Tramore Strand, at Narin, near Portnoo, Co Donegal, you can do so – but you have to wait for the tide to go out, and this only applies in spring tides. When it does, it exposes a sandbar linking the strand to the island.Be careful – it’s easy to get cut off – but there are some 12th century monastic ruins on Inishkeel to look at if you have time to kill. St Conal founded a monastery there in the 6th century, say the good folks at Megalithic Ireland, and the sandbar route has traditionally been a pilgrimage passage since that time.This Google Maps satellite image of the coastline off Portnoo and Narin shows Inishkeel marked with a blue balloon – and the sandbar clearly visible.By rope bridge:The tiny island of Carrick-a-rede outside Ballintoy, Co Antrim is reached by a very famous rope bridge. Why would you want to cross an 80-foot deep chasm with nothing but a few slats and ropes between you and gravity? Well spare a thought for the fishermen who used to cross to the salmon-fishing grounds off the island on a much less secure structure than the one used by visitors today – it used to be a single handrail bridge with very widely-spaced slats.According to the Causeway coastal route tourist website, “although no-one has ever been injured falling off the old bridge, there have been many instances of visitors being unable to face the return walk back across the bridge, resulting in them being taken off the island by boat”. For shame.(This image is by Julien Behal/PA Wire – it shows the Olympic flame being carried across the rope bridge earlier this year. Cover article image was by Alan Bruce/Flickr) ONE GOOD THING we got from the boom was the roads – isn’t that what we always hear?There are, however, some more unorthodox methods of getting to specific places in Ireland that have stood the test of time (in one instance, since the 6th century).Have you visited any of these? If you know of other interesting hard-to-get-to places, let us know in the comments.By cable car:Ireland’s only operating cable car system has been bringing visitors and residents (and sheep) across to the sparsely populated island since 1969. It crosses the treacherous Dursey Sound just at the tip of the Beara Peninsula, near Allihies village. The island itself has a long and colourful history – a great primer is Penelope Durrell’s Discover Dursey which is often found for sale in local shops in the area.(Image: globalreachent/Flickr/Creative Commons)By Napoleonic-era causeway:Aughinish Island is an interesting geographical anomaly. While it is officially in Co Clare, the only way to reach it is by a causeway road from Co Galway. Pre-1755, it was joined to Co Clare at New Quay but a tsunami which hit the south of Ireland following the great earthquake off Lisbon in that year, drowned that land link. According to oileain.org and David Walsh: For a time Aughinish remained an unattached island. But then the military constructed the Martello Tower (1804-1810) in fear of Napoleonic invasion. For access, they built a road across a causeway at M295-133 from the E, in County Galway.last_img read more

6 of the best kids tantrums of all time

first_imgTsquiggs123 / YouTubeIn honour of Angry Unicorn Girl, here are some other videos of kids having their own diva moments:1. The girl who got her hair cutThe fact that her mother tries to reference Hamlet’s Ophelia may be lost on her toddlerKristina Phoneix-Artinian / YouTube2. The baby who doesn’t like Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USAWell she’s wrong because it’s amazing, but this is funnySuperDaddy3523. The tantrum that only happens when somebody is watchingDoes this kid realise how much entertainment he’s giving his parents?FunnyFuse / YouTube4. The temper tantrum that involves sliding to the floor and staying thereThis little girl falls and stays there for maximum tantrum effecthellonwheels00 / YouTube5. The tantrum over your singing skillsThis is something of a classicBadSideofHeaven / YouTube6. This infamous girl from Toddlers and Tiaras“LEAVE ME ALONE PEOPLE”kiyokotown / YouTubeGlobal Kids Fashion Week is actually a thing>VIDEOS: What makes Dublin “Uniquely Dublin”?> THE THING ABOUT kids is that they are sometimes prone to throwing tantrums.Ideally we all grow out of throwing an absolute strop when things don’t go our way but kids don’t have to worry about that too much.This video of a girl flipping out over not being able to have her own unicorn (!) has gone viral todaylast_img read more

400K of loose change left in US airports during 2010

first_imgI can say with quite a bit of certainty that at some point during our lives, each and every one of us will accidentally drop some change out of a pocket. Such an event is usually followed by the muttering of some unrepeatable words and a few minutes of trying to pick up those coins that always roll away and underneath something.Apparently, if you visit an airport in the U.S. its highly likely you won’t just drop change, you will leave it there too. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed just how much loose change they collect every year, and the figure is pretty unbelievable.In 2010, the TSA banked $409,085.56 in loose change that had just been left in airports across the U.S. It’s quite incredible that such an amount would just be left for the TSA to claim as their own, but it goes beyond just dropping coins out of a pocket. Travelers also leave behind rather a lot of foreign currency because they have to remove the change from their pockets at security checkpoints to go through the machines. Inevitably coins get left behind in the plastic bins as they drop to the bottom below your carry-ons.At the end of every day the forgotten coins are collected up and sent to the TSA finance office. These extra funds are then put to good use paying for consumables such as light bulbs, or helping to fund replacement computers etc. It can’t be officially made part of the budget as the amount collected isn’t known before hand. If the 400K figure surprises you, what may surprise you even more is the fact it seems to be an increasing amount of income for the TSA every year. In 2008 the total came to $364,000, that then rose to $399,000 in 2009. 2011 is sure to be in the region of $420,000 if it mirrors 2010’s gains.If you don’t feel like giving the TSA any extra money this year, then may I suggest you take a little more time checking those plastic bins before leaving the security area on your next trip. You may just find some coinage.More at NBC San Diegolast_img read more

Turkey backpedals on Aegean military drill

first_imgTurkey backpedaled on plans to reserve a big chunk of air space over the Aegean Sea for military manoeuvres until the end of the year, Greek officials said, following what appeared to be a reaction from the NATO alliance.Foreign Ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras said that Turkey had withdrawn an earlier Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) reserving an extensive area of air space over the Aegean from March 2 to December 31. Greece – which claims that the Turkish move intruded into Greek air space, interfered with traffic to two regional airports and affected two international traffic routes – had over the weekend lodged complaints with NATO, the European Union, the United Nations, and the International Civil Aviation Authority.Earlier, Ankara issued a modified NOTAM excluding the island of Lemnos from the reserved area. However, this was also not acceptable to Athens.Diplomatic sources in Athens said that NATO had played a key role in de-escalating the tension after endorsing Athens’s complaint. According to the text presented by Greece’s Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels Michail-Christos Diamesis to the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Ankara’s move had threatened to undermine NATO’s cohesion during a crucial geopolitical period.Commenting on recent developments, Deputy Defence Minister Nikos Toskas said that Turkey, also a NATO member, was trying to take advantage of Greece’s economic woes for geopolitical gain.There had been no official reaction from Ankara by late Monday.Greece’s opposition parties were united in condemning the Turkish assertiveness.However, a decision by New Democracy to request a meeting of the National Council of Foreign Policy for a briefing on Greek-Turkish relations and conservative chief Antonis Samaras’s decision to contact the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA), Michail Kostarakos, prompted a reaction from the government.Meanwhile in Nicosia, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades criticised Turkey for seeking to set a precedent in the Aegean, urging the EU, the UN and NATO to take action on the issue.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Forage en Guyane Shell assure vouloir protéger lenvironnement

first_imgForage en Guyane : Shell assure vouloir protéger l’environnementLe patron de Shell France, Patrick Roméo, a assuré que son groupe faisait de la sécurité et de la protection de l’environnement ses priorités, tout du moins pour la campagne de forages qu’il s’apprête à lancer au large de la Guyane.Le groupe Shell, qui s’apprête à procéder à quatre forages d’ici à juin 2013 au large de la Guyane française, a assuré que sa “priorité, c’est le zéro accident et la protection maximale de l’environnement”. Si le premier forage doit s’étaler sur trois mois, selon le patron de Shell France, Patrick Roméo, c’est parce que “la priorité, c’est la sécurité”. Il estime ainsi que “ce n’est pas la vitesse qui doit l’emporter”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il assure également que la société a “fait tous les choix qui permettent de minimiser l’impact environnemental” de ces opérations. Mais pas de quoi rassurer suffisamment les ONG que les projets de forages inquiètent. D’autant que la ministre de l’Ecologie, Nicole Bricq, qui avait voulu suspendre cette campagne de forages, a été remplacée la semaine dernière par Delphine Batho.Interrogé sur la question, le patron de Shell France assure n’y être pour rien. Il a indiqué que “aucune compagnie ne pourrait avoir la prétention d’influer sur le choix des hommes et des femmes d’un gouvernement”. Il précise par ailleurs avoir reçu “un soutien très fort des élus guyanais”, excepté le représentant de EELV, farouchement opposé à ces forages.Shell a reçu vendredi deux arrêtés préfectoraux qui l’autorisent à lancer une campagne de forages exploratoires au large de la Guyane et à mener des études sismiques qui permettront de continuer à évaluer le potentiel guyanais en hydrocarbures, après la découverte l’an dernier d’or noir par 6.000 mètres de profondeur, rappelle l’AFP.Le 26 juin 2012 à 18:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The wonderfully misleading box art of the original Atari 2600 games

first_imgWhile graphics continue to get better and we move into immersive worlds that trick our brains into accepting technical realities. Undoubtedly we will spend long periods of time in these new games, but you got to ask yourself, how much of this technological advancement is necessary. 40 years ago, people would spend the same amount of time pushing single pixels across the screen and deriving the same amount of pleasure that we do today. So maybe those expensive processors aren’t what game designers should be trying to tap into, but instead they should be looking at the human imagination. It is more powerful than any computer we can make now, it is upgradable and most important, it comes standard on all people. Air-Sea Battle1/9Are you ready for an epic battle that allows you to simulate combat between modern armed forces? Well then, behold the pixelated glory of your mighty military. At first glance you might scoff at the simplicity of Air-Sea Battle, but it is actually a really fun head-to-head shooter that emphasizes skill and timing, which are the hallmarks of modern shooters.<><> The Atari 2600 had a lot going for it when it launched. It was affordable, easy to use and, unlike many other systems that came before it, was capable of playing games on removable cartridges. The system became the ecosystem for an avalanche of over 500 games of varying quality. A vast marketing machine would grow around the advertising and release of them. When the Atari came out though, it only had nine games. Nine games that were basically abstract concepts represented by a couple of pixels on the screen with a few beeps thrown in for good measure. How do you make those games compelling?You do it by using your packaging to tell a bigger story about what the game is about and asking your consumer to use their imagination. No small feat, but luckily Atari had an ace in the hole. They hired talented artists like Cliff Spohn, Jaekel, Rick Guidice, and George Opperman to design the packaging and cartridge art. All of these talented people had varied backgrounds, from commercial art to concept art for NASA, but they all had one thing in common. They could take a simple idea and translate it into a visual reality that the consumer could use to enhance their gameplay experience.Some might say that this practice “misleading”. While I agree that to a modern eye, this art misrepresents what you are going to be playing, but it makes total sense when you look at the art in the context of the time it was released and try to understand how it was useful to gamers during this period.Modern audiences who have grown up with realistic graphics scoff at these simpler times, but that is because they lack insight into how these games were consumed. When you were driving a pixel block around a track that was supposed to represent a car, you were using your imagination to picture an Indy race car. This took added creativity by the players of the game, but coming up with your vision for the game along with a complete backstory and narrative just made the game that much more endearing. Here is where the art comes in, it gave you a nudge in the right direction. Not showing what you would see, but what you should see when you play the game.Unfortunately no amount of amazing art will make a game playable and the original lineup of for the Atari 2600, like many consoles, had a few duds. At least with the Atari we still got some wonderful packaging to stare at after the game was thrown in a box never to be played again.Here’s the box art for the nine launch titles of the Atari 2600 along with a screenshot of the gameplay. Maybe seeing them side by side will jar some great memories, or if you never played these games before, give you some insight into how early gamers dealt with the disadvantages of early technology.last_img read more

Health department seeks award nominees

first_imgClark County Public Health is seeking nominations for its annual Public Health Community Award.The award recognizes an individual and organization in Clark County for “outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting community health,” according to public health.Nomination forms are available on the public health website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-health. Completed forms can be submitted online, by mail or in person. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 4.A committee of public health staff and Public Health Advisory Council members will review nominations and select the winners. The committee will give special consideration to individuals and organizations that work to prevent health problems, forge partnerships and strive for communitywide outcomes.The awards will be presented at 8:30 a.m. April 25 at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., during a Board of Health meeting.last_img read more

12L acre under Sagar likely to get water for kharif

first_imgGuntur: Farmers of Nagarjunasagar Right Canal ayacut covering 12 lakh acre in Guntur and Prakasam districts are likely to get water for kharif season this year. At present, Srisailam reservoir is getting 2 lakh cusecs of inflows per day. If the same inflows, continue, water level in Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs may reach to their full capacity. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us According to Irrigation department officials, at present Srisailam reservoir is getting 2 lakh cusecs water per day. If the same inflows continue, the water level in the reservoir is expected to touch its full capacity in four days as there are heavy rains in the catchment area. After filing Srisailam reservoir, water will be released to Nagarjunasagarr. The government is expecting good rains in the next few days. Taking this into consideration, the government is considering the proposal to release water from Nagarjunasagar Right Canal ayacut of Guntur and Prakasam districts. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us YSRCP MLAs in the Palnadu region are mounting pressure on the government to release water for Guntur and Prakasam districts. At present government is releasing 10 tmc feet level water to Nagarjunasagar Right Canal to fill the drinking water tanks and summer storage tanks. Full water storage capacity of Srisailam Reservoir is 215.81 tmc feet, at present it has 174.90 tmc feet. This reservoir is expected to get full capacity of water within two or four -days. Full capacity of Nagarjunasagar Reservoir is 312.05 tmc feet and it has 138.91 tmc feet as on Thursday. Nagarjunasagar Right canal Superintendent Engineer CH P GangaRaju said, “Water level in the Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs are expected to reach full capacity in the coming weeks. The government is likely to release irrigation water for NS Right Canal ayacut area of Guntur and Prakasam districts for kharif.”last_img read more