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first_imgThe UK government said on Tuesday that it will raise concerns at “senior levels” in India around the case of a British Sikh being held in a maximum-security jail in Punjab.The case of Jagtar Singh Johal, a 30-year-old British Sikh from Dunbarton in Scotland, who is currently being held in Nabha Central Jail on murder and conspiracy to murder charges, was raised as part of a debate in the UK Parliament’s Westminster Hall.Read it at Voice Online Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgSri Lanka exacted a sweet revenge on India with a crushing nine-wicket victory in the second ODI here on Tuesday, to draw the series level at 1-1.It was an absolutely contrasting performance by the Indian batsmen from their last match, as they were bundled out for a paltry 138 in only 33.3 overs.Chasing a target of 139, which isn’t good enough for even Twenty20 format, Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga (59 no, 60 balls) and Tillekaratne Dilshan (50, 49 balls, 5×4) added 119 runs as the islanders hardly broke sweat while racing to the target in only 19.5 overs.The win also means that India won’t get a shot at No 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings, for which they needed a 5-0 margin in the current series.Although the second ODI was played on a different strip, it was inexplicable as to how a team, which scored 314 a couple of days back, showed complete lack of application to get out inside the 34th over.Save opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a fighting 65 (96 balls, 4×4), the other batsmen paid heavy price for their indiscretion on a pitch that demanded judicious shot selection. Thisara Perera (3/14) and Angelo Mathews (3/19) ran through the Indian top-order.Although there was a greenish tinge, the pitch, which was primarily on the lower side, also produced the odd deliveries that reared up from the three quarter.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and expectedly decided to bat despite windy conditions that aided swing bowlers.The visitors got off to a brisk start courtesy Virender Sehwag (15) as he blasted debutant Isuru Udana for a couple of boundaries as they raced to 31 in just three overs.After Udana went for 16 in his first over, Mahela Jayawardene had no option but to turn to Perera whose slower delivery did the trick after Sehwag committed to the shot early for the bowler to take a sharp reflex catch.Failure is a rarity for Virat Kohli (1) these days but today was different. He chased a delivery from Perera that was wide outside off-stump and the faint nick gave Kumar Sangakkara, first of his four catches.Rohit Sharma (0), who is lucky to be still persisted with — purely on the basis of potential rather than performance — once again flattered to deceive as he played on while going for an ambitious cut off a very wide delivery from Mathews.Suresh Raina (1) dragged one from Perera back onto his off-stump. Dhoni (11) hit a couple of fours but then went for a non-existent cut shot off a Mathews delivery. The ball reared up from short of good length and there was virtually no room to play the square cut and Sangakkara took the edge.With all the top-order batsmen save Gambhir back in the pavilion before completion of first 15 overs, the Delhi left-hander had an onerous task of saving his wicket as well as scoring some runs.Irfan Pathan (6) too didn’t stay long but Ravichandran Ashwin (21, 15 balls, 3×4) did throw his bat around during a 28-run eighth wicket partnership after which the burly Tamil Nadu offie was needlessly run-out.Gambhir, meanwhile, got to his 32nd half-century with No 10 batsmen Pragyan Ojha for company. He ultimately ran out of patience as he tried to steer a Lasith Malinga delivery, only for Sangakkara to effect a brilliant one-handed catch.Defending a small target was always going to be difficult irrespective of the conditions and India needed early breakthroughs. However, the pace trio of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav presented the opening duo with a lot of width as they raced to 64 for no loss before break.When Ashwin finally got rid of Dilshan, the contest was as good as over. It was Dinesh Chandimal whose streaky shot through second slip helped Lanka reach the target with 181 balls remaining.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img(REOPENS FGN 33)(REOPENS FGN 33)Apple also launched Apple Watch Series 2, the next generation of its popular smartwatch, with features including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming, and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone.In a tie-up with sports giant Nike, Apple said the Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in India and other countries late October.Apple Watch Nike+ will be available at a price range of Rs 32,900- Rs34,900 from Nike.com, select Nike retail stores, select Apple Authorised Resellers and select specialty stores and department stores. PTI YAS PMSlast_img

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first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Madrid awaits. Spain doesn’t.The gold-medal matchup seemingly everyone wanted in the Basketball World Cup — maybe even some U.S. players — won’t be happening. The Spanish were upset in the quarterfinals, ending the predicted No. 1 vs. No. 2 game Sept. 14 on Spain’s home court.“I think that’s one of the reasons why we came over here, was to play them,” U.S. guard Derrick Rose said. “Too bad we’re not playing them and hopefully we go out there in our next game and play hard and just know that we’re there for a reason.”The Americans held up their end, moving within a victory of repeating as world champions for the first time with a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Sept. 11.James Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans’ quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout.The Americans will face France or Serbia, believing either could provide the test that was expected from Spain.“Obviously they’re playing there for a reason,” Harden said. “We’re not going to take anyone lightly, which we haven’t thus far.”They will arrive as even heavier favorites after Spain’s stunning loss to France on Sept. 10. With their veteran experience and near misses against the U.S. in the last two Olympic gold-medal games, the Spanish were considered the team with the best chance — perhaps the only one — to beat the Americans.Harden was told that forward Kenneth Faried said he’d wanted to play Spain. “Kenneth’s crazy,” Harden said.Some U.S. players watched the game, while others learned the result afterward. Talk of a U.S.-Spain final had lasted as long as the tournament, and though the Americans tried to ignore it, guard Stephen Curry acknowledged that was impossible.“I don’t think we’re disappointed, or wished we played a certain team,” Curry said. “We’re happy to take care of our business.”Their opponent will have to show it can hang with the Americans for more than a half, which nobody in Barcelona did.This one was an eight-point game at the break before the U.S. made 14 of 19 shots in the third quarter and outscored Lithuania 33-14.Kyrie Irving had 18 points and Klay Thompson added 16 for the Americans in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship semifinals, also played on Sept. 11, the date of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001. Kevin Durant scored a U.S.-record 38 points in that one, an 89-74 victory.That was a rare comfortable margin in this series where close games have been the norm. That includes the 2012 Olympics, where the Americans’ 99-94 win was their tightest in London.The physical play nearly turned ugly when DeMarcus Cousins reacted angrily after appearing to be elbowed in the neck by center Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors while battling for a rebound. He wound up as if he were going to punch Valanciunas in the back of the head, drawing a technical foul.The Americans then threw the knockout blow, coming out of the locker room with an 18-2 run — emphasis on run, because they turned this semifinal game into a fast-break drill.That got Harden going. He had the first basket and a 3-pointer to cap a 10-0 start that made it 53-35 in less than 2 minutes.Anthony Davis slammed down a lob from Irving to make it 61-37. “Maybe we let them go,” Valanciunas said. “They were really good in the third quarter.”Valanciunas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas each scored 15 points for Lithuania, which will play Sept. 13 for a chance at its second straight world bronze.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Chess legend Viswanathan Anand Thursday said it will be ‘great’ if the sport is included in the Olympic programme for the 2020 Games. Chess has applied for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a final decision is expected to come next summer. “It will be great for the sport if that happens,” five-time world champion Anand said on the eve of the Indian team’s departure for the Chess Olympiad, to be held in Batumi, Georgia from September 23 to October 6. The country’s other top players such as Tania Sachdev and Vidit Gujarati also felt the same. Gujarati, in fact, felt he could not win an Arjuna award this year, despite being recommended by the All India Chess Federation, as the sport is not part of multisport events. “I have won six medals, including gold, in Asian team events and one in Asian Championship,” Vidit said, presenting his case. The last chess player to win an Arjuna was Abhijeet Gupta in 2013. AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan called for more recognition for the sport. “We have sent the names of Vidit Gujarati and Lalit Babu for the Arjuna Awards. But we did not get any reason why they were not considered. We are trying our best to raise the profile of the sport. We need encouragement and support,” Chauhan told PTI. “Definitely it will be a great boost for the sport if it is included in the summer Olympics. But for now we are are focussed on the Olympiad, which is chess’ equivalent of the Olympic Games,” Tania said.advertisement The chess Olympiad is a biennial event where the world’s top players represent their respective countries. PTI AH SSCSSClast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: India and Myanmar on Monday signed a defence co-operation agreement providing for boosting bilateral military engagement, weeks after the two countries carried out a coordinated operation targeting several militant groups operating in the Northeast.The pact was inked after Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing held extensive talks with Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik. Hlaing, accompanied by a high-level delegation from the Myanmar Defence Services, also met Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of Army Staff Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’General Bipin Rawat and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh. Officials said the talks were aimed at enhancing the overall defence co-operation, including strengthening training being provided to Myanmar defence personnel by India. The two sides also explored ways to boost maritime security cooperation. “On conclusion of the talks, India and Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding on defence co-operation,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement. Hlaing also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him on the success in the recent parliamentary elections. The senior general noted the rapid development of India in the past few years and also the all-round deepening of the unique relations between the two neighbours, including in the area of defence and security cooperation, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.last_img read more

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first_imgBengaluru: EPFO will launch an e-inspection system that will simplify inspection process and ensure organisations with open communications will not be subject to physical inspection until absolutely necessary, according to Central Provident Fund Commissioner Sunil Barthwal. EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation) proposed to amend the Act to limit enquiry period to a maximum of two years in order to curtail harassment, he also said at a Confederation of Indian Industry-organised interactive session last Friday, a CII release said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal A small percentage of employees are unable to generate UAN (a 12-digit Universal Account Number to all employees entitled to EPF) due to mismatch in data, Barthwal said, adding to address this issue, the EPFO is looking at alternative authentication vis-a-vis the employee database. “The EPFO is working towards a three-day settlement period for KYC (Know Your Customer) compliant beneficiaries who have UAN linked to Aadhaar, have a bank account and a registered mobile number,” the release quoted him as saying. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Barthwal also proposed to set up a society of self-regulating consultants, similar to ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India), in order to curb “misuse and corruption.” “In a significant announcement for industry he proposed to decriminalise defaulters and treat the cases as economic offences,” the release said. The release quoted EPFO officers as saying that the process of claim has evolved from offline filing to digital and app-based platform and the next phase of advancement will be based on big data analytical platform that utilises artificial intelligence and machine learning to trigger all activities.last_img read more

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first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – More than 94,000 people in P.E.I. have received an unauthorized spam message from the P.E.I. government.The government issued a statement Monday warning residents not to open an emailed newsletter titled: “Tonight’s Winner is Drawn in 10 Hours.”The email includes a link, which should not be opened.The province says its e-mail newsletter system was accessed without authorization on Sunday.The e-mail system was taken offline when the hacking was discovered.last_img

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Under the revision, establishments with retail licenses to sell beer, ale, stout and wine will be open from 8.00am to 10.00pm.Tourist Board approved premises selling beer, ale, stout and wine can be open 11am to 11pm while establishments not approved by the Tourist Board can be open from 11am to 10pm. (Colombo Gazette) The business hours of liquor licensed establishments have been revised, the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media said today.Minister Mangala Samaraweera issued a special gazette notification under the excise ordinance today which revise the business hours of the liquor licensed establishments in the country.

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“Violent extremism and terrorist activities remain a major threat to security and development in West Africa, further aggravating the region’s humanitarian challenges,” Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), told the Security Council. “While some progress has been made in the fight against Boko Haram, the terrorist group continues its indiscriminate attacks against civilians not only in Nigeria, but also in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Boko Haram continues to adapt its tactics, and is increasingly resorting to using young boys and girls for suicide attacks.”He noted that countries in the region have intensified their efforts to combat the terrorist threats, improving cooperation in areas such as intelligence sharing.But, he added: “It is also crucial for countries of West and Central Africa to also work on developing strategies that address the root causes of the insurgency, and notably the underlying socio-economic grievances of marginalized communities.”Turning to positive political developments, Mr. Chambas cited the “exemplary conduct and peaceful and responsible participation” in Burkina Faso’s presidential and legislative elections, held in a timely manner despite challenges that emerged from a failed coup in September. In Guinea a dialogue, supported by the UN together with regional and international actors, enabled the peaceful holding of elections in accordance with constitutional deadlines, “an important milestone in the country’s process of democratic consolidation,” he noted.Peaceful polls were also conducted in Côte d’Ivoire, while in Nigeria a new Government was elected, committed to actively combating corruption, contributing “to the creation of an environment that will allow the country to realize its full economic potential,” he said, adding that: “These developments demonstrate the democratic resolve of the people of West Africa.”Five presidential elections are scheduled to take place this year – in Benin, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Ghana and Niger. “In the lead-up to these elections, I will continue to call on national stakeholders to utilize dialogue to resolve outstanding electoral-related issues so as to create a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful, credible and inclusive elections,” Mr. Chambas said.He also cited progress on security sector reform with the appointment of a UN adviser to support Guinea’s President Alpha Condé in his efforts to advance such reform.Concerning drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, he noted a regional commitment to fight this scourge, but regretted that progress has been slower in the area of maritime security in the Gulf, with the Inter-regional Coordination Centre still not fully operational.UNOWA was the first UN regional conflict prevention and peacebuilding office, created in 2002 to enhance the achievement of peace and security in West Africa and promote an integrated regional approach to issues impacting stability.“I salute the resilience of the people of West Africa in overcoming adversity and their commitment to uphold democratic principles, and I want to assure you that the UNOWA will not relent in accompanying their efforts toward enhanced democracy and sustainable development,” Mr. Chambas concluded.“In light of the support this Council has consistently provided to our engagements, I am confident that the United Nations will continue to remain a most relevant partner to the countries and institutions of the West African region,” he said. read more

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McGuff-led Ohio State has never shied away from playing some of the top teams in the county in its early season nonconference schedule. That will not change this year.The Buckeyes will challenge themselves again this season as the kick off the 2017-18 campaign with top-10 matchups against No. 10 Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena and versus No. 9 Louisville at 4 p.m. Sunday at Nationwide Arena. “It’s always a big game coming right out,” senior guard Kelsey Mitchell said. “But I think we’ve prepared ourselves. I think we’ve done everything that we needed to prepare for a team like Stanford. It’s all about just going out there and trying to do it.”Though Ohio State returns most of the core players on a team that made the Sweet 16 last season, McGuff said he never truly knows what the team will look like until it steps onto the court for the first regular season game.“We’re going to find out something. We’re going to find out where we’re at one way or another,” McGuff said. “They have a great team, they’re one of the best in the country. We aspire to compete with those types of teams, so we’re going to find out where we’re at.” Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives into the lane during the Buckeyes’ 110-80 exhibition win against Ashland on Oct. 29. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe stakes are high for the No. 5 Ohio State women’s basketball team. If the Buckeyes fulfill their potential and advance further in the tournament than they have since 1993, they could play host to the Final Four. But if things go wrong, Ohio State could be looking at an early exit from the NCAA tournament and a bleak future, since the team will graduate five key players.Since head coach Kevin McGuff arrived in 2013, Ohio State has yet to reach beyond the Sweet 16, where its season ended the past two years. Preseason All-American guard Kelsey Mitchell has led Ohio State in scoring the past three years and will once again be the offensive catalyst in her final collegiate season. The preseason Big Ten Player of the Year leads a high-paced offense which averaged 85.7 points per game last season, the fourth-most in the country. A first-team All-American in 2016 and a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017, Mitchell has owns the program record for most points in a single season (889 in 2015-16) and the Big Ten record for most career 3-pointers made (368). Though she would need to average more than 27 points per game, which she has never done in a single season, Mitchell has a chance to break former Washington guard Kelsey Plum’s NCAA record for most career points scored. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game last season.“She’s an unbelievable player,” McGuff said. “It’s great to see her get the recognition she truly deserves. There’s not a person in college basketball working harder than she is. Those results have been shown on the court. She’s a great kid, great leader, and an unbelievable work ethic.”Mitchell will be joined in the starting lineup by three guards and one post player, redshirt senior Stephanie Mavunga. Mavunga was honored as a preseason All-Big Ten selection and was picked for the second-team All-Big Ten last season, despite missing 13 games due to injuries. She became the third player in program to average a double-double last season with 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.Guards Linnae Harper, Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss will accompany Mitchell and Mavunga in the starting five. Harper enters the starting lineup after being named the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year last season. Though Harper stands just 5-foot-8, the redshirt senior offers Ohio State the ability to use her as a guard or inside due to her scrappy style. The former Kentucky transfer averaged 8.4 points and five rebounds per game last season.Calhoun, one of the team’s top shooters, started every game last season and put up 9.5 points per game. She will play a similar role to last year — when she was second on the team with 68 3-pointers made and first with 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc— as an off-ball shooter. The team’s most effective defender, Doss finished with 41 steals last game and will be one of the key components of an Ohio State defense which must improve.Last season, the Buckeyes gave up an average of 71.5 points per game, 313th-best in the country. McGuff has focused on improving defense and rebounding in the offseason with the hope of correcting the team’s most prominent weakness.“Overall, our defense has just not been good,” Mitchell said at media day on Oct. 10. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s been bad all four years I’ve been here. We’ve been good in spurts, but it’s bad because we can’t piece it together for the whole season.”Though Ohio State possesses a talented starting lineup, its depth leaves much to be desired as it has just nine players on scholarship, two of which have scarcely played. The graduation of forward Shayla Cooper and transfers of a pair of talented freshmen — guard Kiara Lewis and forward Tori McCoy — left Ohio State with less-than-optimal depth. Any key injury during the season could devastate the Buckeyes.Senior forward Alexa Hart and redshirt junior forward Makalyla Waterman will be the two most important players off the bench, but both have dealt with injuries which kept them on the bench for the first of two exhibition games. Hart, a 6-foot-3 post player, will be key for situations in which Mavunga gets in foul trouble. A stretch forward, Waterman will help replace Cooper, who averaged 10.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season.McGuff has heralded sophomore guard Jensen Caretti as someone who had a good offseason and could make a substantial leap. She played 17 games last season, but scored just 40 points and dished 20 assists.“We need her to be good,” McGuff said at media day on Oct. 10. “We need her to step up and to have the season she’s capable of having.” read more

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first_img Friday 26 Apr 2019, 7:38 PM Jamie O’Neill Source: Garda Press OfficeGARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a missing teenage boy.Jamie O’Neill (17) is missing from his home in Bonagee, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. He was last seen on Wednesday in Bonagee.Jamie is described as being 5’9’’ in height, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen he was wearing a dark-coloured tracksuit top.Anyone who has seen Jamie or who can assist in locating him has been asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 916 7100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. 19,762 Views 17 Comments By Órla Ryan Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4608700 Public asked to help find missing teenage boy Jamie O’Neill has been missing from Letterkenny for two days. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 26th 2019, 7:38 PM Short URLlast_img read more

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first_img Richard Bruton announced the plans at the Fine Gael think-in. Government to put pressure on social media companies over online safety Minister Richard Bruton said that new legislation will be introduced to regulate social media companies. Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 6:00 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Dominic McGrath Share1 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4809625 THE GOVERNMENT IS planning to put pressure on social media companies to make the internet safer. Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has said that he plans to introduce an independent online safety commissioner, following calls for more action to ensure that children are using the internet safely online. The announcement was made at the Fine Gael think-in this week.The plan will see social media companies forced to operate under codes of conduct, which will be overseen by the office of an online safety commissioner. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has previously warned social media companies that the era of self-regulation was over. Bruton echoed these comments over the weekend, adding that “we need this regulatory structure as well as supporting young people to be discerning and have the capacity to be safe on online”.  In June, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the government would consult with the UK about its new “porn block” law and how it is working, with a view to perhaps rolling out an age verification system for Ireland.However, Bruton said that the planned legislation, which will put new obligations on social media companies, will not address online porn. “It’s not the top priority,” Bruton said. Carbon taxBruton declined to offer more clues as to the shape a carbon tax could take in the next Budget. Earlier this week, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told reporters that any changes to the carbon tax he introduces in October will be “very different” to other tax changes he’s made in the past – however he said that the exact model is still being considered. Bruton said that the government would “be very carefully designing the use of any funds that are generated to protect those who are most exposed, least equipped to deal with it”. He refused to be drawn over what level of carbon tax would be introduced in the Budget. A €10 increase in carbon tax has been the figure used since last year. Donohoe included a note in pre-budget submissions last year saying he was “currently minded” to implement a €10 increase on Budget day. “The precise choice in year one is not as important as the whole trajectory that we’re trying to achieve. This is a job of communicating and influencing people and empowering people over a decade to 2030,” Bruton said. Bruton announced that each minister will issue a new “climate mandate” for every public body under their department, while also committing to a new retrofitting group to develop a wider plan for homes and properties. On the national broadband plan, which has faced a series of problems and delays, Bruton said that the government will ensure “due diligence” is carried out but said that it would be delivered as “quickly as possible”.  With reporting from Christina Finncenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 15 hours ago Richard Bruton announced the plans at the Fine Gael think-in. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie 16 Comments 4,534 Views last_img read more

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first_img Chevrolet brought a lot of cool vehicles to the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The coolest — by far — was their life-sized Lego Batmobile.Sure, the restyled 2018 Traverse looked sharp. Yes, the Bolt’s 380KM all-electric range is impressive. But the 17-foot-long Speedmobile (which you’ll see in The Lego Batman movie next month) built from a whopping 340,000 Lego bricks stole the show from a geek’s perspective.17 feet seems a bit longer than life-sized, but it’s par for the course for a Batmobile. Even the comparatively stumpy Tumbler was over 15 feet long. Other cinematic Batmobiles have stretched to 25 or even 33 feet! The 11 Weirdest ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest StarsChristian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert Pattinson Stay on target Despite Lego Batman’s claim that he only works in black or very, very dark gray, the Speedmobile does have a few colorful accents. There are the red hubs and striping, blue Technic connectors, and the yellow windshield, signals, and Chevrolet badge.This epic build was assembled by a team of Lego Master Builders at their model shop in Enfield, Connecticut. It took them more than 220 hours to design and over 1800 man hours to actually build it. The finished piece weighs over 1600 pounds, which is supported by a welded aluminum frame.This isn’t the first Batmobile Chevy has had a hand in building. The one Michael Keaton drove in the 1989 Batman film was built on an Impala chassis, and the one driven by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever was powered by a Chevy V8.Want to learn more about the all-new Batmobile? Head on over to the Chevrolet website. They’ve got a full page spread for it just like their production vehicles!MSRP: just $48 million. Pocket change for someone like Bruce Wayne, obviously. And just check out all those sweet features like automatic nerd alert and monster truck mode!You can build your own Batmobile in the comfort of your home! <><>last_img read more

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first_img Posted: August 19, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson August 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Caltrans said they will be permanently closing the northbound SR-163 to eastbound Friars Road off-ramp and will activate a new traffic signal.The off-ramp will permanently close Tuesday at 9 p.m. Beginning Wednesday at 5 a.m., all motorists will use the current northbound SR-163 to westbound Friars Road off-ramp. Jonathan Halvorson, Updated: 1:11 PM SR-163 and Friars Road off-ramp to close with new traffic signal Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – New teachers are getting ready for the first day of school with encouraging words from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ superintendent.Alberto Carvalho spoke to 500 incoming new instructors, Thursday.They attended the “freshman orientation” before they took their place in county classrooms, later in August.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, 32 properties were sold in Wilmington during August 2018: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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related40 Properties Sold In Wilmington In AugustIn “Business”42 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JulyIn “Business”44 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JuneIn “Business”last_img

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first_imgHouse Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski (left) confers with other members of the House leadership just before the vote on House Bill 176, April 15, 2015. The bill repeals a 2.5 percent pay raise for non-union state employees scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska House has narrowly passed a bill that would claw back raises for many state workers. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.Rep. Steve Thompson, a Fairbanks Republican, made no effort to downplay matters when he offered the legislation on the House floor on Tuesday.“House Bill 176 is a pretty short bill — but it’s a controversial bill,” said Thompson.The five-line bill repeals a 2.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment for non-union public employees, which comprise about 2,000 members of the state workforce. Thompson noted the bill would save the state nearly $10 million — equivalent to 90 jobs.“The question we must answer is: Would we rather cut more people’s jobs or keep salaries steady?” asked Thompson.The bill was, indeed, controversial. When it came to a vote, it momentarily looked like it was going to fail on a 20-20 split, until Palmer Republican Jim Colver changed his vote.Most of the opposition came from Democrats. Rep. Les Gara of Anchorage noted that public employee salaries have lagged behind inflation for the past few years. And Rep. Andy Josephson of Anchorage said it was inappropriate for the state to freeze wages when it already committed to a salary schedule with a raise included.“Fundamentally I look at this and I say: Well, we made a promise. We’re breaching the promise. It doesn’t solve the fiscal crisis,” said Josephson. “And so, I have to be a no.”But opposition was not limited to Democrats. Four — Mike Hawker of Anchorage, Wes Keller of Wasilla, Cathy Munoz of Juneau, and Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage — broke ranks with the majority to oppose the bill.“I feel very uncomfortable with this bill. I was always brought up to believe a man’s word is his bond,” explained LeDoux in an eight-second floor speech.But for many Republicans, like Tammie Wilson of North Pole, the fiscal argument won out.“It is about a $3.5 billion deficit. That’s really what it’s about,” said Wilson. “When these agreements were made a couple years ago, I don’t think there was anybody who was sitting down on those contracts who thought we would be where we are today.”The bill may still be reconsidered by the House for another vote before being sent to the Senate. In an interview, Gov. Bill Walker said he opposes the policy. The Legislature is also advancing a similar move that would freeze salaries for unionized employees and back out of collective bargaining agreements. Shortly after the vote on the House bill, the Alaska State Employees Association issued a press release calling the move an “unprecedented assault on state employees.”last_img read more

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first_imgOSAKA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived here in Japan for the G20 Summit during which he will attend important plurilateral meetings and meet with the world leaders including US President Donald Trump. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s sixth G20 Summit which is being held at Osaka on June 28-29. In his departure statement, he said that issues such as women empowerment, artificial intelligence and common efforts to address challenges like terrorism will be high on his agenda. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us “The summit will provide an important opportunity to reiterate and reinforce our strong support to reformed multilateralism, which is crucial for preserving rule-based international order in today’s fast-changing world,” Modi said. He said the two-day Osaka summit will also be an important stepping stone for India towards hosting the G20 summit in 2022 “when we usher in a New India in the 75th anniversary year of our Independence”. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us On the sidelines, Modi said, he “looks forward to engaging with leaders of our major partner countries on important issues of bilateral and global importance. “I also look forward to host the next Russia, India and China (RIC) Informal Summit on the sidelines, and also to participate in the next informal meetings of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and JAI (Japan, America and India) leaders,” he added. Apart from Trump, Prime Minister Modi will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders during the G20 Summit.last_img read more

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first_imgInfosys’ newly appointed CEO Sikka speaks during a news conference at company’s headquarters in BangaloreReutersInfosys has appointed Vishal Sikka, one of the most respected technology professionals as its first non-founder CEO – an event that is thought to embrace radical changes in the company in the face of severe challenges.The 47-year-old, was a former member of German software giant SAP’s executive board and his appointment by the Bangalore-based company signals that it wants to improve its technological foothold in the global market.”The move signifies Infosys’s commitment to something new and a heavier focus on higher margin products and services. It also shows that the company is not afraid to try something different,” Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research said, Economic Times reports.This comes as the company is preparing to bid goodbye to Chairman NR Narayana Murthy, 67, from the company on Saturday. Now after three years of mediocre performance in which the company suffered revenue growth, all eyes will be on the new CEO who is expected to be a game-changer.”His illustrious track record and value system make him an ideal choice to head Infosys,” Murthy, who founded Infosys with his six friends 33 years ago, said.But for those looking for a quick fix are in for a disappointment. “There is no genuine strategy at this time,” Sikka was quoted as saying, indicating that he would need some time before he comes up with a plan. The new CEO will be based in Palo Alto in California’s Silicon Valley.A Learner, who Hasn’t Forgotten Indian Roots Sikka, who was head of technology and innovation at SAP, best known for the company’s famous analytics product HANA, said that he was “looking forward to learning,” setting a tone for his rapport with nearly 1.5 lakh staff members in the company.Infosys appointed two agencies to search for a new CEO after S.D. Shibulal had indicated an early exit. Sikka has revealed that talks about this job had been going on many days after he resigned from SAP in early May.Although Sikka has been living abroad for the past two decades, he doesn’t seem to have forgotten his Indian roots.While interacting with the media at the company’s headquarters in Bangalore, he said: “I am the son of a teacher and a railway engineer. For us Indians, it is a matter of great pride to be part of this company.”SAP’s flagship analytic database platform HANA, developed by Sikka, has been the fastest generator of a billion dollars revenue in the company.Born in Madhya Pradesh to Punjabi parents, Sikka’s family migrated to Gujarat when he was only six. After finishing his schooling at the Rosary High School in Vadodara, he joined the bachelor course in computer science at MSU, Vadodara. But he discontinued the course and instead moved to Syracuse University in New York to earn a BS in computer science.He started a technology company called iBrain after completing his PhD in computer science from Stanford University. He later founded Bodha, a company that helps e-commerce system’s connection with other applications. The two companies were later acquired by bigger companies: the iBrain by Pattern RX and Bodha by Peregrine SystemsHe joined SAP in 2002 where he was most recently, in charge of everything related to products and innovation.last_img read more

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