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Former BCCI President and BJP MP Anurag Thakur has filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking impediment in the ongoing case concerning implementation of Lodha reforms in Indian cricket board.Thakur has sought recall of the court order dated 2nd Jan 2017 when the court had concluded that he “by his actions and conduct rendered himself unfit for continuance as President of BCCI”.The court had proceeded with contempt and perjury proceedings against him, for which Thakur unconditionally apologized after which the proceedings were closed by the court.But Thakur’s fresh petition, one-and-half years after he lost the top BCCI job, is seen as an attempt to clear decks for a possible return.His petition says “the court order has caused him immense mental anguish and personal embarrassment and has affected his personal image.”The petition goes on to argue that it is in the interest of justice after he has been directed to cease and desist as BCCI President which is ‘an extremely prestigious elected post’.Thakur’s petition also comes at a time when the modified court order before the BCCI is thrown back to democracy, is expected anytime soon.The court at the time of reserving the order in its last hearing on 5th July had indicated, it may be open to relaxing some clauses in its original order concerning terms for BCCI office bearers which opens up comeback possibilities for those like Thakur.Thakur was last seen at the BCCI awards function in June this year in Bangalore as well as an invited spectator during the IPL final in May end.advertisement
HMD Global is now rolling out the Android Pie update for the 2017 Nokia 5 smartphones. This comes just a day after the company revealed the Pie update roadmap for its remaining Nokia phones. HMD said the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.1 Plus would get updated to Android Pie this week, and the company is now halfway through its promise. This means you can expect the Pie update for the Nokia 3.1 Plus to rollout any time now.HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas tweeted that the Android Pie update for the Nokia 5 (2017) is now rolling out. The update will likely roll out for all Nokia 5 users over the next few days, so if you do not see the OTA update notification right now, you should keep checking for it manually by heading into Settings.With the Android Pie update, the Nokia 5 should get the latest January security patch as well. It is definitely nice to see HMD make sure its two-year-old phones stay up-to-date with the latest Android versions. The Android Pie update should bring features like App Actions, Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness. Users will also be able to download Digital Wellbeing from the Play Store after updating. Some Nokia 5 users who have posted screenshots of the update log reveal that the Android Pie update is about 1.7GB in size.The Nokia 5 (2017) was launched in India back in August 2017 running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It was updated to Android Oreo in January 2018. With the Android Pie update rolling out, the Nokia 5 has now received two major Android updates, which means it will probably not get Android Q in the future.advertisementThe Nokia 5 offers a 5.2-inch HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It sports a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing sensor. The Nokia 5 aso houses a 3,000mAh battery and comes with a 6000 series aluminium body. It was launched at Rs 12,999 in India and was succeeded by the Nokia 5.1. Both these phones are currently unavailable for purchase online.The Nokia 5 is now the eight Nokia phone to get updated to Android Pie following the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 5.1 Plus, Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco. The company will now push out the Pie update for the Nokia 3.1 Plus and the Nokia 6 soon after. You can find out when the remaining Nokia smartphones will get updated to Pie here.ALSO READ | Nokia 5, Nokia 3.1 Plus to get Android Pie this week, here’s when your Nokia phone will get updated to PieALSO READ | Nokia 8 Sirocco now receiving stable Android Pie update
Eleven soccer players in Georgia have been arrested on suspicion of match-fixing and face lengthy prison sentences.The State Security Service says eight current players and three former players have been arrested in relation to matches in the country’s two top divisions.Five were members of the WIT Georgia squad which lost to league leader Dinamo Batumi 2-0 on Sunday in one of the games under investigation. Players from two lower-league clubs are also among the suspects.The security service says the players were approached by an “organized group” which made 93,500 lari ($34,000) off the match-fixing.The players face between four and six years in prison under Georgian legislation.Also Read | Kylian Mbappe hints at move away from PSGAlso Read | Napoli leave Inter Milan’s Champions League hopes hanging in balanceAlso See
World Cup Which teams will play in the 2018 World Cup? Mike Slane Last updated 1 year ago 03:41 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw, we want to see how closely you followed the eventful final round of qualifying by asking you to name all 32 nations With the 32-team World Cup field set and the draw quickly approaching, it’s time to test your soccer knowledge ahead of Russia 2018.World Cup qualifying couldn’t have been more exciting, with traditional regional powers like Argentina and the United States going into their final matches not guaranteed a spot the tournament. Some teams missed out for the first time in decades, while others will be representing their nation on the world’s biggest stage for the first time in history.Goal wants to know if you can name the national teams that will play in Russia next summer. Can you list all 32 teams in 10 minutes? Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player
Wife of Man Utd, Arsenal target Carrasco: Many clubs interestedby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe wife of Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco admits offers are arriving this month.The Belgium international is being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.And Carrasco’s wife Noemie told RTBF: “There are a lot of things going on. “He has been called by many clubs. Many clubs are interested. Now nothing concrete, nothing has been signed yet.”Carrasco’s deal at Dalian Yifang runs to 2021. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights The facility includes a community library, internet café, bathrooms and multi-purpose hall Member of Parliament, Dr. D.K. Duncan presented the group with a gift of $100,000 The JN Foundation would be dedicating resources to the centre Residents of Mt. Hannah and surrounding districts in eastern Hanover are to benefit from the opening of a resource centre valued at approximately $10 million in their area.The Mt. Hannah Resource Centre, established by the Mt. Hannah Primary School Past Students Association in collaboration with the Organization of International Development (OID), was officially opened on August 5, the eve of Jamaica’s 51st anniversary of Independence.The facility includes a community library, internet café, bathrooms and multi-purpose hall; and will benefit hundreds of students and adults from across the districts of Donalva, Mt. Hannah, Maryland and adjoining communities.Member of Parliament, Dr. D.K. Duncan, congratulated the Mt. Hannah Past Students Association and the wider community for “persevering together and achieving great things for the community.”He presented the group with a gift of $100,000 that will go towards further construction work on the resource centre.“In consultation with Councillor Lloyd Hill, we have decided that this is an appropriate venture for us to make even a small contribution of $100,000 to the project out of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). This is in appreciation for what you have together achieved for the benefit of many of this immediate community and surrounding areas,” Dr. Duncan said.Delivering the main address at the opening ceremony, Representative of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation, Virginia Turner, said the activities at the Mt. Hannah Resource Centre are going to be successful because the entire community has “embraced and bought into the dream.”“We at JN Foundation firmly believe if you give persons the resources and you get them to buy in, that they are responsible for the development of their communities and if they are given the opportunities and the resources, then they can make changes in their societies,” Ms Turner noted.She pointed out that unless the young people and seniors alike are engaged in these tough economic times to get themselves trained and to become self reliant, the country will be in trouble.“I am therefore encouraging all citizens across this and adjoining communities to make the best use of the many opportunities that will be emerging from this resource centre. I am also encouraging the formation of senior clubs for both females and males, in order to bring out their creative and resourceful abilities.” she said.Ms.Turner noted that the centre has to make money to be sustainable. “If the centre is not sustainable after a while nothing will go on here, so be resourceful and the centre will benefit entire communities of the parish,” Ms.Turner said.She announced that the JN Foundation would be dedicating resources to working with the centre in the extensive structuring of programmes and activities in ensuring that members benefit as they prepare for the future.
More than 70 Nova Scotian teachers were in class this week learning about online resources and how to integrate technology more effectively into the classroom. Teachers from Nova Scotia’s regional school boards and the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey board participated in the Information and Communication Technology Summer Institute from Aug. 1-3 at the Agricultural College in Truro. “The summer institute is an excellent opportunity for teachers to learn how to use technology effectively for 21st century learning,” said Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Nova Scotian teachers are extremely hard-working, dedicated individuals, and it’s great to see so many from across the province putting kids and learning first by spending part of their summer upgrading their knowledge to make a real difference for their students this fall. “And what better place than at the NSAC in Bible Hill which is soon to become a faculty of Dalhousie University.” The sessions offered at the summer institute include using digital images to meet learning outcomes, using digital microscopes and science tools, creating webpages for classrooms, using GPS technology to enhance students’ exploration, and creating stop motion animation. Teachers also received an introduction to MOODLE, an interactive web-based tool that helps teachers share resources and deliver curriculum materials to students. “Technology integration allows teachers of all subjects and grade levels, as well as from every region of the province, to collaborate together to benefit students and learning,” said Tami Cox Jardine, a Grade 6 teacher at Falmouth District School and facilitator at the event. “The summer institute is an opportunity for teachers to gain insight, wherever they are teaching.” Participating teachers also explored tech-gadgets such as SMARTBoards, tablet computers and cameras, along with online resources and apps used in classrooms. “These summer sessions are all about promoting technology innovations and excellence in the classroom,” said Eric Therrien, Information Technology Integration Consultant and keynote speaker of the summer institute. “The summer institute provides a portal for teachers that gives them easy access to the many online resources that assist in the teaching practice and are valuable for students’ success.”
T ry sitting home on a rainy day and you will experience a surreal pause from the fast-paced life. All the sounds including that of the rain beating against the window panes or a cricket chirping come magically into the focus. Strangely, this can give rise to a melancholic feeling.So why not use these heightened senses to listen to something for a fulfilling experience? Here is a list of some of the hand-picked podcasts you can tune into on Hubhopper. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Baatein by Chhaya Dabas’Baatein’ is all about cutting off from the maddening city life and connecting with yourself and others through poetry. Breaking it down to decipher the underlying meaning of the poem, the podcast converts it into regular conversations. Stories of Premchand This podcast has the most loved stories of all times, and narrates each story at its own unique pace. Listening to a Premchand, one can feel the story world come alive. It gives a deeply enriching experience, and an unparalleled value in an age where we don’t have enough time to read novels. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardKachi Mitti – A Body of Barefoot StoriesNarrating stories with a unique perspective, this podcast can have a calming effect on you. It creatively explores different topics through seemingly simple stories. Listening to it, one can feel enlightened. Spanecdotes by SonataSonata shares her adventures and experiences in Delhi and different lessons about life through this podcast. It is entertaining and highly relatable for the millennials. It makes use of refreshing language to capture your interest and effectively convey the message intended. Daily Meditation PodcastThere is nothing more calming than de-stressing at home while listening to the rain drops’ sound. This podcast has a series of meditation sessions, to help you get ou mentally relaxed and focused through various events of your day. The sessions are short and effective. You can just quickly plug-in to your earphones at any point of your day – before starting your day, while travelling or at the end of a stressful day. (Inputs by Gautam Raj Anand, Founder, and CEO, Hubhopper).
The deadline for Aecon Group Inc. to complete its sale to a Chinese state-owned business has been extended to July 13 as Ottawa continues its national security review of the $1.5-billion deal.The Toronto-based construction company and acquirer CCCC International Holding Ltd. (CCCI) had faced a self-imposed deadline of Friday to close the controversial transaction.“The parties chose to extend the outside date because of the ongoing review of the proposed transaction under the Investment Canada Act,” Aecon said in a brief statement on Wednesday.“As Aecon previously disclosed in February, its expectation is that, assuming approval under the Investment Canada Act and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions for a transaction of this nature, the transaction will close before the end of the second quarter and before the July 13, 2018, outside date of the arrangement agreement.”The national security review ordered by Ottawa in February was to wrap up within 45 days, or late this week, but Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, wouldn’t say Wednesday if it was being extended.“We will take the appropriate time that we need,” the minister said. “So it’s not about any specific date, it’s making sure we do our proper due diligence.”He wouldn’t say what issues the review is examining, nor would he speculate about what measures it may order.The review’s extension for a second 45-day period can be inferred by the Aecon news release and comes as no shock, said analyst Derek Spronck of RBC Dominion Securities in a note to investors.“Due to the nature of the transaction, the government previously indicated that it will need to do a comprehensive and thorough review and, as such, the extension of the outside date is not surprising,” he wrote.“The government clearly invoked this second 45-day review period,” he said, pegging a potential decision by May 11.Analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital said in a report Wednesday he continues to believe the government will demand changes as a condition of approval. He said previously the government might order the sale of Aecon’s telecom infrastructure group, which builds core communications networks for several major Canadian carriers.“Given the precedents set through prior security reviews, we believe it likely that there could be some impact to the transaction, which could include divestitures or other conditions being imposed, which could prompt further delays or changes in the transaction,” he wrote.The takeover of Aecon by CCCI has been criticized by several people, including Conservative MP Tony Clement, a former industry minister.Government approval under the Investment Canada Act is the last major hurdle that Aecon must clear to close the deal.The company has already received approval from the Competition Bureau, Aecon shareholders and the Chinese government.With a file from Ross Marowits in Montreal.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the company’s headquarters is in Calgary.
JASPER, Alta. — One person has died and another was taken to hospital after a small plane crashed into a river in western Alberta.RCMP Const. Shelley Nasheim says the aircraft was attempting to take off from an airstrip near Jasper on Sunday around 1:30 p.m. when it crashed into a nearby river.CityNews map showing approximately where a deadly plane crash happened, July 21, 2019. (CREDIT: CityNews)Nasheim says it appears there were only two people on board.The single passenger–a 31-year-old man–was pronounced dead on scene. The man who was piloting the flight was rushed to an Edmonton hospital by STARS Air Ambulance and is in serious but stable condition.The identities of the two people have not yet been released.The Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate.The Canadian Press
In an address yesterday to Cambodia’s National Assembly, Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that Southeast Asia remained a major centre for the trafficking of women and children, with more than 200,000 persons trafficked in the region every year.The High Commissioner noted that the scourge was a cross-border issue in Southeast Asia. Cambodia was a source, as well as transit and receiving country. Vietnamese girls and women were trafficked into Cambodia, while Cambodian children, women and men were sent to Thailand and other countries to do the most degrading work.”The women and children who are subjected to this inhumane cruelty are not foreign to us,” Mrs. Robinson said of the victims. “They are our sisters and daughters, they are our children. This trafficking in them must stop.”She urged all countries in the region to work together to end what she called “this vicious and inhuman trade.” In her appeal, Mrs. Robinson urged governments in the region to adopt national action plans to combat trafficking as part of the UN’s Inter-Agency Project on Trafficking in Women and Children in the Mekong Sub-Region.The High Commissioner stressed that human rights must be the core of any credible anti- trafficking strategy. “A human rights approach also demands that we acknowledge the responsibility of governments to protect and promote the rights of all persons within their jurisdictions,” she said. “This responsibility translates into a legal obligation for governments to work towards eliminating trafficking and related exploitation.”
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 3:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report says Saskatchewan potash royalty system ‘a mess,’ urges simpler approach SASKATOON – A tax policy expert says Saskatchewan’s potash royalty structure is a complicated “mess” and Premier Brad Wall has “his head in the sand” if he thinks it’s working.Jack Mintz, with the University of Calgary, said in report released Friday that the current royalty and tax system for Saskatchewan’s potash industry “has actually reached the point of incoherence and absurdity.”“It’s incredible, really,” Mintz said at a news conference in Saskatoon.“I mean I’ve worked (in) a lot of countries and this is absolutely incredible as a system. In fact, in my view it’s the worst royalty system I’ve seen in Canada.”The report said the “tangled thicket of royalties, taxes and credits” can differ between start dates for production, projects of different sizes or even projects of similar size but with different profitability. It also has potash producers generally enjoying a much lighter tax burden on marginal investments than those in other industries, according to the report.“The result is distortions and inefficiencies, resulting in subpar investment activity, which can only stand in the way of Saskatchewan reaching its full economic potential.”The government collects royalty money from companies that develop resources and that has helped fill provincial coffers.The potash royalty system has layers of levies, includes a production-based levy, revenue-based levies, profit-based taxes and other taxes on capital investment.Investments are treated differently according to whether the company existed prior to 2002.For those producing potash in 2001 and 2002, the maximum taxable volume is their average sales in 2001-2002. However, for those who were not producing potash until after 2002, their maximum taxable amount is 75 per cent of their sales but for no more than 1 million tonnes.All of it is overly complex, said the report.“Such complexity not only undermines economic efficiency…but also causes confusion and wasted resources in compliance and administration.”The report said that needs to change. It said it’s possible to develop a far simpler and efficient royalty structure.“Such a properly structured royalty and tax system can deliver improved productivity, without reducing investment incentives, resulting in a better partnership for both Saskatchewan’s industry and government in the long run.”Wall mused in August 2012 about adjusting the way the province collects money from companies that extract natural resources.The premier said companies should have royalty stability especially after they’ve spent billions investing in the economy. But he also said it’s important that taxpayers are properly compensated if in 20 years potash production has doubled.However, the premier also said it could be years before the discussion gets into any specific detail and there might just be some tweaking rather than any major adjustments. Wall also said the province and industry would work together to avoid “royalty shock.”Wall said Thursday that he had heard a little about the report and was braced for it.“It wouldn’t be the first broadside that Jack has delivered. He’s very good at what he does,” Wall said before the report was released.“I think it’s good for all governments to have someone on that flank, so to speak, on the tax competitiveness and simplicity flank, always pushing the envelope. It’s helpful to us.“But I would just say this — of all of the jurisdictions in the world that have potash…I don’t where there’s one that is welcoming about $12 billion in expansion, thousands of construction jobs, hundreds of new jobs to come and so, while there obviously are anomalies within the system, it seems to be working pretty good for the province’s economy.”Mintz suggested the premier’s not seeing the whole picture.“I’m afraid the premier has got his head in the sand,” said Mintz.“Just because you’re getting $12 billion more in the potash industry doesn’t mean you’re necessarily getting a high amount of investment in Saskatchewan on the whole. So I think you want to make sure that you’re actually developing the economy in a very balanced way.”— By Jennifer Graham in Regina; With files from CJWW
Thanks to the work of two Brock professors, first-year university students studying biology in Canada will no longer have to rely on U.S. textbooks.Professors Fiona Hunter and Mike Bidochka from the Department of Biological Sciences were instrumental in the development of a newly published “made-in-Canada” biology textbook along with two other professors from the University of Toronto, Scarborough.Publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson held an official launch for Biology Canadian Edition last week at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.“There are dozens of American introductory biology textbooks being used in universities all across Canada,” Hunter said. “This text is the first book of its kind to be published with a Canadian perspective in mind. It includes many examples of Canadians’ contributions to discoveries in biology, which we hope will motivate students to see themselves as ‘scientists in training’.”“The Canadian edition of this popular book features more of the type of content requested by educators,” Bidochka said. “The book features interviews with Canadian scientists, topical discussion around Canadian research in the field and it also has an extensive interactive component.”Professor Hunter is a medical entomologist and an international leader in biting fly research. She is one of the few remaining medical entomologists in Canada. Areas of interest include the behavioural ecology of black flies, the chromosomal systematics of black flies and West Nile virus mosquito surveillance.Professor Bidochka is a molecular biologist and registered microbiologist who looks at insect-pathogen interactions, assessing virulence factors. His lab focuses on obtaining knowledge on the basic biology and molecular genetics of insect pathogenic fungi so that they might be used more effectively for biocontrol.Both professors have worked with the internationally renowned Edinburgh Malaria Research Group at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. They have both conducted work in areas related to malaria transmission and malaria control.
AN EXPLOSION RIPS through a chemical weapons depot. Bleeding victims stumble out of the building and scream for help.Six inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have just arrived at the scene and hit the ground.Was it an attack or an accident that tore through the building and shattered the calm of the foggy countryside? What are the immediate threats? What to do?With real-life scenarios such as this one, as well as simulated combat and hostage situations, the German military is training chemical weapons inspectors headed into Syria.“If you venture into places like this, you should forget Hollywood,” said Colonel Reinhard Barz, head of the German military’s UN Training Centre in Wildflecken, Bavaria.UN vehicles in Syria (AP Photo) Most people only know such situations from war movies or media reports and, if headed there, need realistic hostile environment “awareness training”, said Barz.This is especially true for Syria, “certainly one of the hottest patches we have right now”, he said.The inspectors will have to cross territory controlled by different armed factions, may come under fire and face explosives attacks, “and they must realise that they could be wounded,” said the colonel.The conflict in Syria has claimed more than 100,000 lives in two and half years.Many members of a new batch of 24 inspectors of the OPCW, the body that won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, are headed straight to one of the world’s worst frontlines, some as early as this week.To prepare them for the dangers that await, OPCW arms specialists, chemical weapons experts and translators from 17 countries joined the training course last week at the German Bundeswehr’s United Nations Training Centre.Inspectors sent into ‘middle of ongoing conflict’“All of our inspectors have to go through this course,” said Franz Ontal, head of inspector training at The Hague-based OPCW, who called the time in Germany “very rewarding”.Ontal said that, despite the organisation’s long-standing expertise with chemical weapons, “the difference now is that we are active in the middle of an ongoing conflict”.The mission resulted from a US-Russian agreement after the United States threatened the Damascus regime with punitive strikes over a deadly August 21 chemical attack attributed to the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, who has denied culpability.About 60 experts and other staff of the UN and the OPCW have been engaged in Syria since October 1, with their numbers set to be boosted to up to 100.The Bundeswehr centre every year trains some 12,000 soldiers and police, UN staff, employees of various organisations that operate in dangerous areas, including from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and participants in European Union missions.The job aheadOntal said he was happy with how the inspectors, who were wearing helmets and flak jackets for the exercise, reacted to the explosion scenario.“They immediately recognised that it was an accident in the chemical weapons storage facility and not a hostile situation,” he said.The inspectors gave first aid, applied bandages and took the wounded to safety.“They reacted exactly as they were supposed to,” said Ontal.The goal of the Syria mission under a UN resolution is to make Syria’s chemical weapons production facilities unusable by November 1 and to catalogue and destroy the regime’s chemical weapons arsenal by June 30.It’s a tight timeframe, said Ontal, a US citizen who is also headed for Syria.“Even in a country at peace, such a mission would usually take years,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: UN chemical inspectors shot at in Syria > Syria: Inspectors prepare to destroy chemical weapons >
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aoife Barry Irish men to drive from Mayo to Mongolia to raise money for the homeless They’ll set off on the adventure on 7 July. Feb 18th 2018, 8:00 AM Image: Nax Nash Cars taking part in the Mongol Rally in 2014. Image: Nax Nash http://jrnl.ie/3848824 Cars taking part in the Mongol Rally in 2014. 44 Comments Share329 Tweet Email1 FOUR IRISH FRIENDS are to journey from Mayo to Mongolia in order to raise thousands for the homeless.The foursome will drive from Ireland to Russia and then on to Mongolia as part of the famous intercontinental Mongol Rally, and want to raise money for the Dublin Simon Community along the way.It’s brilliantly simple. We give you a start point and a finish point but where you go or what you do in between is entirely your steaming bag of adventuring magic. We recommend that you don’t spend too long planning your route or pouring over useful maps or guidebooks. Find out what’s there when you arrive. Unleash the unexpected. – Mongol Rally organisersTo date they have fundraised over €3,250 for their chosen charity, the Simon Community. They have pledged to donate 100% of this money to the charity – their car for the trip is sponsored by JJ Burke’s garage in Co Mayo.“We’re four friends – three from Mayo and one from Greystones,” explained Ben Ruddy. “We wanted to do something for charity and we were thinking these days you have to do something big to get people’s attention.”Wicklow man Luke Cafferky and Mayo men Ruddy, Dave Kelly, and Joe McGing, make up the group. Kelly and Ruddy grew up together, and met Cafferky while travelling in South America. With Ruddy having worked in South Korea for the last seven years, the men are travelling some distances to reunite for the challenge.As “mad travellers”, they thought the long trip would be perfect for them.The Mongol Rally began in 2004, with just six teams taking part in the first event. Though the event used to end in Mongolia, now it technically ends in Russia, after the drivers pass through Mongolia.Ruddy volunteered with the Simon Community while in college, so he said he always wanted to go back and do something else to help them. “I knew there was such a spiralling problem with homelessness in the Leinster region,” he explained. “So we decided to go with Dublin Simon Community. ”On 7 July, they will leave Westport, take the ferry from Rosslare and begin their trip to Mongolia. To make things even more interesting, they will be travelling in a 1.2 litre Clio.“We’ll be passing through Iran, Kazakhstan and Mongolia so we are hoping to take a less well-travelled path to get out there,” said Ruddy. They are also planning to raise money right up until they arrive in Mongolia, in September.It will take about three months to complete the journey. Around 350 cars are taking part this year, so the group won’t be alone in their challenge.“So we will definitely be in touch with other teams and it’s definitely a case of helping each other cross the finish line,” said Ruddy. The event isn’t a race, he said. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes you. There is a closing date to get there – September 10, but most people don’t mind. It’s the camaraderie and the journey rather than a race.”Plus, with a limit of a 1.2l car engine, they can’t exactly travel fast anyway.The four men know that taking part in such a challenge will be, well, challenging. “We will definitely have problems along the way,” said Ruddy. “We barely know how to change a tyre! It’s going to be interesting – there’s definitely not a mechanical bone between us. If we break down we’ll have to get on the good side of the locals.”“We think it will be good challenge – we definitely are determined to get out there,” he added.“We are hoping we will get to €5000 or more,” said Ruddy of their fundraising goal. “We really need to get sponsors behind us.”They have even set up a site where people can follow their progress and donate if they wish.Read: Over 8,500 people spent Christmas Day in emergency accommodation> Short URL 27,151 Views Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 8:00 AM
Facebook : le projet Titan avancerait à pas de géantÉtats-Unis – D’après les informations circulant sur la toile, Facebook serait sur le point de développer son propre webmail.Selon Techcrunch, le célèbre blog américain d’actualité du web, Facebook met au point son propre système de messagerie électronique. Étant donné que le système de messagerie actuel du réseau social est défaillant, la conception d’un site d’actualité combiné à une messagerie électronique sous l’enseigne de Facebook est à prévoir.À lire aussiFossile, Mars et Google Chrome, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 4 juinBaptisée “projet Titan”, cette entreprise a une “dimension sociale et communautaire”, explique Techcrunch. Elle devrait permettre de fidéliser les internautes et d’acquérir de nouvelles parts de marché. En France, les leaders du marché sont Hotmail, Orange et Yahoo! On peut imaginer que Facebook veuille les concurrencer.Une menace pour Google : en effet, le bébé de Mark Zuckerberg, qui a fêté ses six ans la semaine dernière, représente 25% des pages vues sur la toile aux États-Unis chaque jour. Le projet Titan pourrait bien porter atteinte à la santé du leader mondial de l’actualité.Le 8 février 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Under collective bargaining agreements approved Tuesday for 460 Clark County employees, wages will be frozen for two years. And, for the first time, full-time county employees will pay a portion of their health care premiums starting in January 2012.Francine Reis, the county’s human resources director, said negotiations are ongoing with unions that represent other county employees. The agreements unanimously approved Tuesday by Clark County commissioners were with Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 11, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 17 and Laborers International Union of North America Local 335.The unions represent engineers, appraisers, office staff and other employees, and the agreements were worked out over 16 months, Reis said. The previous contracts had expired in June 2009, so the wage freeze applies to 2010 and 2011.In 2012, the employees will receive a 2 percent raise. They had been receiving, on average, a 3 percent raise every year.Responding to criticism from residents who testified that public employees get a much sweeter deal than private-sector employees, Commissioner Tom Mielke said it all averages out. “Our CEO makes a fraction of what the CEO of G.E. makes, while our truck drivers might make a little more,” Mielke said. County Administrator Bill Barron earns $170,000 a year. His salary, along with the wages of 280 management employees, has been frozen for two years.To Mielke’s point, the CEO of General Electric has a base salary of $3.3 million and total compensation package of $9.8 million in 2009, according to Forbes magazine.
WILMINGTON, MA — All aboard! Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show stops in Wilmington on Saturday, November 17, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, November 18, from 10am to 4pm at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).Greeberg’s Great Train & Toy Show is the largest and longest-running model train and collectible toy show in the country. The show is geared towards the general public and towards modelers and hobbyists, featuring hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more.The show features:Hundreds of Tables of Trains for SaleExhibitors from Across the CountryHuge Operating Model Train DisplaysFree Workshops and DemonstrationsRiding Train for Kids and AdultsInteractive Slot Car RacetrackModel Trains That Kids Can OperateFree Door Prize GiveawaysFree Test Track – Test Run Your Trains at the ShowPlus Much, Much More!Adult Admission is $10 Saturday or $9 Sunday. (On-site ticket sales are cash only.) Kids 11 and under are admitted FREE and do NOT need a ticket. Parking is FREE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: Huge Train Show Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 23-24In “Community”Huge Train & Toy Show Coming To Wilmington On March 23-24In “Community”Huge Train & Toy Show Coming To Wilmington On March 17-18In “Community”
Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesOn Thursday ICE officials confirmed at least six immigrant detainees on a hunger strike are being force-fed through a nasal tube.At least six immigrant detainees on a hunger strike have been force-fed through nasal tubes by immigration authorities, while nine other asylum-seekers are starving themselves, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed on Thursday.Eleven of the detainees refusing food, some for more than a month, are in custody at the El Paso Processing Center. Four others are in ICE detentions centers across the country: one each in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.Ruby Kaur, a lawyer for two of the detainees in Texas says her clients, like the majority of those taking part in the hunger strike there, are Indian immigrants who entered the U.S. through southern border more than six months ago and turned themselves in to officials.“They have tubes that have been shoved through their noses and IV’s giving them fluids. It’s extremely painful and it’s against their will,” Kaur told NPR, adding that as recently as Thursday morning her clients told her in a phone conversation that they are experiencing nasal and rectal bleeding and vomiting.They began the hunger strike at the start of the new year to call attention to what they say are inhumane conditions, repeated verbal threats of deportation and debilitating angst created by a total absence of information about their impending asylum cases.Kaur said that up until 10 days ago — about the time a federal judge ordered the nasogastric intubation — both of her clients and several others, were held in solitary confinement for two weeks “to intimidate them” into ending the protest.“They want to get out and be with their families. They want move forward with their legal cases,” Kaur explained, adding that each of her clients have extended family living in the U.S.ICE acknowledged that officials had resorted to the extraordinary step of acting on the court orders to force feed the detainees after the Associated Press broke the story Thursday.In a statement the agency said, it “fully respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion without interference,” and “does not retaliate in any way against hunger strikers.”Interventions are triggered when a detainee does not eat for nine consecutive meals or 72 hours.According to the statement, the ICE Health Services Corps is “medically monitoring the detainees’ health and regularly updating ICE of their medical status.” Additionally, the agency says officials have explained the negative health effects of not eating to the detainees participating in the protest.But Kaur says that is untrue.“My clients don’t speak any English, and part of the reason they are doing the hunger strike is that ICE has not provided them with anyone who can speak Punjabi,” she said.While ICE did not respond to NPR’s questions regarding the allegations of solitary confinement, the agency’s policy states, “When medically advisable, a detainee on a hunger strike shall be isolated for close supervision, observation and monitoring.”Detainees have been joining the self-imposed hunger strike in stages. The statement from ICE said two detainees began on Dec. 30. Three more began on Jan. 2 and four started their protest on Jan. 5. The final two started on Jan. 30.A federal judge in the Western District of Texas signed all six of the “non-consensual hydration/feeding” order between Jan. 15 and Jan. 17, according to the ICE statement.Christina Fialho, director of Freedom for Immigrants, has been working on behalf of nine asylum seekers involved in the protest in El Paso, including those being force-fed, but she said there are currently dozens refusing to eat.The organization says it has reports of approximately 30 detainees staging their own hunger strikes. Most are Sikh men from India, but they also include Cuban and Honduran asylum seekers.Since May 2015, the nonprofit group has documented nearly 1,400 cases of individuals staging hunger strikes in 18 detention centers nationwide. But Fialho said she is only aware of one instance in which the court granted ICE officials at a detention facility in Georgia the authority to force feed a man. However, in that case, the individual ended his protest rather than be subjected to the nasogastric procedure.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Share