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Home Minister likely to visit J&K this monthHome Minister likely to visit J&K this month

first_imgAs Jammu and Kashmir witnesses a fresh wave of violence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to visit the State later this month. Mr. Singh is likely to visit the border areas where the Centre has spent funds to create infrastructure including bunkers and shelters. The Home Ministry is reviewing the ongoing projects in the State and will identify places Mr. Singh could visit. The visit will be the Minister’s third in two years after the situation turned volatile in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016. March trip cancelledMr. Singh was scheduled to visit Kashmir University in March but the visit was cancelled at the last minute due to an “unforeseen situation”.On April 1, security forces launched multiple operations in south Kashmir in which 13 militants were killed. Four civilians and three Army personnel also died in the operation. Protests have erupted after the encounters, resulting in injuries to scores of people.Several persons have been admitted to hospital with pellet injuries to their eyes. Till March 11, as many as 64 incidents of ‘terrorist violence’ were reported in the State. During the same period last year, 39 terrorist related incidents were reported. In 2016-17, as many as 664 terrorist-related incidents were reported, whereas in 2015, 208 such incidents were reported.Mehbooba’s pleaOn Monday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met the Prime Minister in New Delhi and sought frequent meetings with Pakistan at the “highest levels.”She “stressed on finding ways and means to end the cycle of violence in the State by addressing the element of alienation among youth.”She said the people of the State were looking up to the country’s political leadership to support them in getting out of this cycle of uncertainty and deaths, a J&K government statement said.last_img read more

Podcast: Cat domestication, robot ghosts, and people who navigate like batsPodcast: Cat domestication, robot ghosts, and people who navigate like bats

first_imgWhat genes turned wildcats into housecats? How does a robot make people feel like a ghost is nearby? And can people learn to navigate like bats? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Meghna Sachdev. Plus, Science’s Elizabeth Pennisi discusses overcoming hippos’ dangerous reputation and oddly shaped bodies to study their important role in African ecosystems.last_img

Stanley Pringle comes alive as NorthPort stuns TNT for 3-0 startStanley Pringle comes alive as NorthPort stuns TNT for 3-0 start

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ LATEST STORIES The NorthPort defense also forced TNT import Terrence Jones to his worst PBA game as the KaTropa slumped to their first loss in three outings and exposed all the weaknesses of their super import to the rest of the field.Coming into the game averaging 42 points and 18 rebounds, Jones showed a short fuse against the Batang Pier and wound up with just 17 and 14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere were five players in twin digits for the Batang Pier, with Robert Bolick also coming off the bench to scatter 21 points and import Prince Ibeh more than holding his own against Jones with 18 points and 20 rebounds.The Batang Pier will be playing three straight powerhouses from here on, starting with San Miguel Beer and then Barangay Ginebra before winding up a cruel stretch against Magnolia. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Butch Ramirez accepts SEA Games chef de mission post PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Stanley Pringle vs Troy Rosario. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–NorthPort claimed the biggest fish in its surprising run early in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations, bringing down powerhouse TNT, 110-86, on Wednesday night to stay undefeated while claiming a piece of the lead.Stanley Pringle was supposed to be less than 100%, but came off the bench to shoot 22 points in less than 29 minutes to lead the Batang Pier to their third straight victory and into a tie with idle Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Ian Chappell backs India captain Virat Kohli in Anil Kumble coach fiascoIan Chappell backs India captain Virat Kohli in Anil Kumble coach fiasco

first_imgAustralian legend Ian Chappell has backed India skipper Virat Kohli in the controversy that erupted after his fallout with former coach Anil Kumble, saying “if a coach is to be inflicted on a captain”, it should be someone with whom he is comfortable.In his column for ‘ESPNCricinfo’, Chappell played down the role of a coach in any team.”Kohli didn’t have the same harmonious relationship with Anil Kumble that he enjoyed with Ravi Shastri when he was cricket director. The fact that India have now reverted to Shastri as coach prompts the question: ‘Why change something that isn’t broken?’,” he asked.”If a coach is to be inflicted on a captain then at least it should be someone with whom he’s comfortable,” he added.Kumble resigned from the position after the Champions Trophy last month and admitted that his relationship with Kohli had become “untenable”. Kohli, on his part, has not yet given any comment on the rift.last_img read more

OnePlus 6T goes on sale today and you can actually buy it for Rs Rs 34,999 or less. Here is howOnePlus 6T goes on sale today and you can actually buy it for Rs Rs 34,999 or less. Here is how

first_imgThe OnePlus 6 is a good phone but the latest OnePlus 6T is even better. The phone was launched globally on October 29 and it goes on sale starting today on Amazon India and OnePlus official website. Offline buyers can walk up to Croma retail store or nearby Reliance Digital stores to get it. Now, OnePlus 6T with starting price of Rs 37,999 is also more expensive than the OnePlus 6. But there are a number of offers on the launch day on the OnePlus 6T, and you can actually buy it for Rs 34,999. Here is we explain how.There are three variants of the OnePlus 6T: one with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage costs Rs 37,999, the second variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage costs Rs 41,999 and last the higher-end variant that comes with 8GBRAM and 256GB internal storage at Rs 45,999. The phone can be bought in either Midnight Black or Mirror back colour options.The starting price of OnePlus 6T is higher than the OnePlus 6 which could dampen the spirit of many intending buyers. Not every buyer would settle down with the fact that the company this time is giving a larger storage size than the OnePlus 6 with the base model. The base model of OnePlus 6 came with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. OnePlus has dropped the 64GB variant this time and instead launched the 128GB storage model for OnePlus 6T.Here is something that might cheer up buyers who are in two thoughts with the price of OnePlus 6T. Amazon India is giving a flat discount of Rs 1,000 on the phone which bring brings down the price of the phone to Rs 36,999 for the base model. This discounted money will be credited to your Amazon Pay wallet. If you are an ICICI bank or Citibank credit card user, you will also get an instant discount of Rs 2000 which will further bring down the price to Rs 34,999. This is not the end. Amazon is giving a discount of up to Rs 16,000 if you buy the OnePlus 6T in exchange for your old phone.advertisementComing to the specs of the phone, OnePlus 6T is more or less similar to the OnePlus 6 except a bigger screen and a bigger battery. The 6T comes sports a 6.41-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 86 per cent. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the same processor that we see inside the OnePlus 6. The phone runs Android 9.0 Pie and is supported by a 3700mAH battery. The camera specs are similar to that of OnePlus 6.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T review: Perfect to a Tlast_img read more

Jack Kiser Sees Meteoric Rise In 247Sports Recruiting RankingsJack Kiser Sees Meteoric Rise In 247Sports Recruiting Rankings

first_imgBrian Kelly clapping on the Notre Dame sideline.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Before 247Sports updated its 2019 recruiting rankings, Jack Kiser was among Notre Dame’s lowest-ranked incoming players.The Pioneer High School star played in a small football division in Indiana, which depressed the amount of coverage he had as a prospect.As a recruit in the program’s backyard, clearly Brian Kelly and his staff knew what they were doing.According to ND Insider, Kiser was ranked No. 672 overall, and No. 43 among outside linebackers in the class of 2019 at 247Sports.With the updated rankings, he has to be one of the recruits whose rankings has gone up the most.Kiser shot up 481 overall spots, to No. 191 overall, and he jumped up to No. 13 at his position.247Sports also made Jack Kiser a four-star recruit in its latest rankings update.From 247’s Tom Loy:Crazy move up the rankings for Jack Kiser. Had an outstanding senior season and career. @JBKiser4. Another big riser is Zeke Correll. That dude is going to have one heck of a career. @zekecorrellMore on #NotreDame here…?? https://t.co/ovRlTSMHyu— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) January 23, 2019Kiser still lags behind in the other rankings that comprise the site’s composite, so he’s at No. 411 overall there and No. 20 among outside linebackers.Still, it is an impressive jump for the future Fighting Irish defender.He is one of 10 early enrollees in Notre Dame’s 2019 class. The group is ranked No. 15 in the country.last_img read more

Australia Fines Captain for Navigating GBR Without PilotAustralia Fines Captain for Navigating GBR Without Pilot

first_imgThe Newcastle local court issued AUD 8,500 (USD 6,600) fine to the captain of the bulk carrier China Steel Developer for navigating the Great Barrier Reef without a pilot.The 66-year-old Taiwanese ship’s master Lu Chih-Ming attempted to depart Australian waters through Hydrographers Passage, a compulsory pilotage area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, without a pilot on board.On February 14, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers and investigators from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) met the 154,191 dwt China Steel Developer soon after it docked in the Port of Newcastle.”For certain sections of the Great Barrier Reef and for particular types of vessels, the use of pilots is mandatory because they greatly enhance protection of animals, habitats and sensitive areas of the Marine Park, including coral reefs,” GBRMPA General Manager Andrew Skeat said.The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of AUD 85,000 (USD 66,000).last_img read more

SIMON SCHUSTER CANADA ANNOUNCES HIGH SCHOOL A MEMOIR BY AWARDWINNING MUSICIANS TEGANSIMON SCHUSTER CANADA ANNOUNCES HIGH SCHOOL A MEMOIR BY AWARDWINNING MUSICIANS TEGAN

first_imgAdvertisement “We are tremendously proud to be publishing this memoir by two Canadian icons. Like its writers, this book is authentic and outspoken. It shines new light on the high school experience and reveals how these two artists found their voices and a sense of belonging,” says Nita Pronovost, Vice President and Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster Canada.During the course of their twenty-year career, Tegan and Sara have sold well over one million records and released eight studio albums. They have received three Juno Awards, a Grammy nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards. Outspoken advocates for equality, in 2016 Tegan and Sara created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. The sisters currently reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, and split their time between there and Los Angeles, California. Visit them at www.teganandsara.com or connect with them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @TeganandSara. Login/Register With: TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2018 – Simon & Schuster Canada announces High School, a memoir by award-winning musicians Tegan and Sara, to be published September 24, 2019 alongside Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the U.S. and Virago in the United Kingdom.Tegan and Sara (photo by Bruce MacDougall) (CNW Group/Simon and Schuster Canada)High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary Alberta, growing up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.“How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers,” Tegan and Sara explain. “Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.” Tegan and Sara (photo by Pamela Littky) (CNW Group/Simon and Schuster Canada) Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Nenshi sides with Notley on AlbertaBC pipeline disputeNenshi sides with Notley on AlbertaBC pipeline dispute

first_imgFor the first time, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is weighing in on the latest dispute between Alberta, British Columbia and the Trans Mountain expansion project.Premier Rachel Notley has promised economic or legal action against B.C., which announced plans this week to ban increased shipments of bitumen off its coast until it can determine if shippers are prepared to deal with a spill.Nenshi said the B.C. government needs to do a better job of reviewing the federally approved project.“I would strongly encourage the British Columbia government to actually read the N.E.B. ruling that talks, in great detail, about what they claim to be concerned about, about the risk of bitumen spills. I will also remind them that when you fill up your gas in the lower mainland where do you think that gas came from? It came from the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline,” said Nenshi.He’s happy with Notley’s decision.“What the province of British Columbia has done on Trans Mountain is a stunt, it is a dangerous stunt. It is absolute political pandering of the worst kind,” said Nenshi. “I am strongly behind Premier Notley on whatever she does to push this. It is time for us to show our strength and I’m also calling upon the federal government to come together and assert their responsibility and their jurisdiction on this matter.”Nenshi said without the pipeline, oil would be shipped by tanker into Burnaby, B.C., adding that transporting product by pipeline is not only safer, but it also keeps coastal gas prices lower.last_img read more

Dealing with stressDealing with stress

first_imgApril is National Stress Awareness Month. And as we all know, we’re all stressed in some way or the other. According to a recent survey, 52 per cent of working professionals in the US say their jobs are stressful. Throughout the world, there is a lot of research going on to address stress-related problems that may be linked to every serious health problem that we know of from depression, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, obesity to even cancer. The need for stress relief products is growing in popularity with each passing day. However, there are cheap and easily available ways to address this. Medical research has shown that spending time in nature can reduce symptoms of mental and physical ailments and boost the body’s production of immune cells and cancer-fighting proteins. Other studies show that spending just 20 minutes in nature can greatly reduce a person’s stress levels — and people who live close to birds and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. In the modern world, where life-threatening situations are encountered rarely, stress itself is playing that role. Especially when it comes to kids, the “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” theory doesn’t work anymore. But the pursuit of a stress-free life is not healthy and many opine stress is like exercise, it’s pretty uncomfortable at the time but that does build stamina and strength. Stress is really just the body’s response to a challenge. Hence, the whole idea should be how to approach stress. Getting affected is strictly restricted to our handling abilities. It depends on us to wield our experience to address stress as either manageable or deadly. It is impossible to avoid stress in today’s society but how to deal with it is in our hands and that in turn, determines our mental, emotional and physical health conditions. Not everyone responds to stress in the same manner. Stress appears to manifest itself differently in men and women. A person’s genetic makeup also helps explain why some thrive on stress while for others it can trigger a devastating mental illness. Stress is unavoidable and according to scientists, the quest for a stress-free existence is likely to be futile. In the given scenario, it is important to uplift individual stress-enhancing capacities in everyday life so that one can succeed in the face of adversity. It is an individual’s mind and motivation that can save him from the darkest impacts of stress — from preventing a cardiac arrest, psychiatric disorders to lesser serious ones like pounding hearts, lurching stomachs and clammy hands. Lastly, it’s important to be patient and take care of one’s own body and not to stress out!last_img read more

Amazon brings its unlimited twoday shipping service to CanadaAmazon brings its unlimited twoday shipping service to Canada

TORONTO — Amazon is bringing its unlimited, two-day shipping service to Canada.The world’s largest online retailer says starting Tuesday, Amazon Prime will be on offer to Canadian customers for an annual fee of $79.The service is already available in the U.S. and six other countries.Amazon (Nasdaq:AMZN) says the two-day shipping guarantee will be offered in most of Canada. Customers in rural areas, particularly in the North or the Maritimes, can get unlimted shipping but without the two-day guarantee.Some areas will also get the option of upgrading to one-day shipping for an additional fee starting at $3.99 per item.Steve Oliver, the country manager for Amazon.ca, says the shipping guarantee will apply to millions of products sold by the online store, including everything from DVDs to baby strollers.“We have been working on (it) over the last year and we’re very excited to launch,” said Oliver from the retail giant’s headquarters in Seattle.Oliver says the company knows that consumers are not only looking for selection and value when shopping online, but convenience.He said selection and price are important and the “other critical piece of convenience is knowing you can get products quickly and when you want them.”Amazon Prime has been offered in the U.S. since 2005, and recently expanded to include a free e-book lending service for Kindle users and a television and movie streaming service to its subscribers.At this point, Oliver says there are no plans to offer these options in Canada.He says the company was ready to bring Amazon Prime to Canada once its second fulfillment facility was opened in Delta, B.C., south of Vancouver in the fall.It also operates a similar facility in Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto that assists with filling Canadian customer orders.Amazon.ca sells millions of items including English and French books, CDs, DVDs, electronics, sports and outdoors products, as well as baby, home and garden products. read more

On eve of Liberias runoff election Annan urges voters to go toOn eve of Liberias runoff election Annan urges voters to go to

Commending the two leading candidates “for their personal commitment to a peaceful campaign,” the Secretary-General, through his spokesman, called on all Liberians registered to vote to do so in a peaceful and orderly manner, just as they did during the first round on 11 October.He emphasized that the run-off election “offers the people of Liberia an opportunity to elect a President to lead the country into a new era of peace, democracy and prosperity.”The Liberian National Elections commission, with support from the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMIL) and other partners, has put in place all the necessary arrangements for the second round of presidential elections to take place on schedule, the spokesman noted in a statement released in New York.Thousands of international and Liberian electoral observers will be deployed throughout the country to monitor the polling process, and the statement assured the Liberian people that UNMIL, working closely with Liberia’s security agencies, “will maintain a safe and secure environment to enable them to cast their votes without fear of intimidation or violence.”The Secretary-General also called on all Liberians to accept the results of the presidential elections so that the country can continue to build a future based on a solid democratic foundation.Civil war has ravaged Liberia over most of the past 15 years, killing over 150,000 people and displacing many more. Among its tasks, UNMIL has for the past two years assisted the country’s transition to peace and democracy. read more

Soaring numbers of children seeing psychiatrists amid anxiety epidemicSoaring numbers of children seeing psychiatrists amid anxiety epidemic

first_imgThe number of young children seeing psychiatrists has risen by a third amid an ‘epidemic of anxiety’ official figures show.A new report shows soaring numbers of children receiving psychiatric treatment – with a 31 per cent rise in one year among those aged nine and under.Experts said children were struggling to cope with mounting levels of anxiety, bullying and depresssion, fuelled by social media.The analysis by the Children’s Commissioner comes as the Government prepares to publish a green paper on children’s mental health. Ministers are expected to say therapists should be sent into schools, to deal with a rising tide of anxiety. Every school will be told to have a designated teacher in charge of mental health, with new targets to cut NHS waiting times.Earlier this year a study by University College London found one in four teenage girls reported symptoms of depression. The research which tracked more than 10,000 children found widespread evidence of emotional problems, with misery, loneliness and self-hate rife.Charities said children were becoming overwhelmed by today’s pressures, with social media and bullying at school fuelling intense distress.The new analysis by the Children’s Commissioner shows a total of 328,000 NHS psychiatry outpatient appointments for children in 2016/17 – a rise from 241,000 the year before.The steepest rise – of 31 per cent – was among those aged nine and under, with more than 60,000 such appointments in 2016/17, the NHS Digital statistics show.The figures show particular problems among young boys, which made up 43,721 appointments among this age group, up from 31,555 the previous year.While the number of appointments for girls of this age was lower, with 17,534 cases last year, the rise was sharper, from 11,547 the year before.Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said the number of children receiving treatment was just a “fraction” of the numbers in need of it.“These figures show the need for mental health services amongst children in England is growing. I am particularly concerned to see an increase amongst very young children,” she said.“I want many more children to be supported before they get to the stage of requiring specialist psychiatry,” she told The Telegraph.“We need seismic change to the system to meet the growing demand and unmet need, or more children will fail to receive the support and care they need.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Monday the green paper is expected to set out plans to boost provision of mental health services within schools, with thousands of therapists sent into the classroom.Ministers are also expected to propose new waiting times for children’s mental health – capping waits at four weeks, compared with an average wait of 11 weeks now.However, they are expected to say the targets will be piloted, and are unlikely to be intreoduced nationally until 2021.In October a study in the BMJ found self-harm among young teenage girls rose by nearly 70 per cent between 2011 and 2014.Experts said an “extreme” obsession with social media among girls, and a dissatisfaction over physical appearance were driving the trend.center_img Ministers are also expected to propose new waiting times for children’s mental health – capping waits at four weeks, compared with an average wait of 11 weeks now.However, they are expected to say the targets will be piloted, and are unlikely to be introduced nationally until 2021.Sarah Brennan, chief executive of charity YoungMinds said: “We know from our research that young people face a huge range of pressures, including stress at school, body image issues, bullying and the pressures of around-the-clock social media.“With rising levels of awareness and of referrals, it’s crucial that there are sufficient services to meet the demand,  so that all children who need specialist support are able to get the care they need.”In October a study in the BMJ found self-harm among young teenage girls rose by nearly 70 per cent between 2011 and 2014. Experts said an “extreme” obsession with social media among girls, and a dissatisfaction over physical appearance were driving the trend.They raised fears that social media was increasingly “normalising” such practices, with teens encouraging each other to self-harm by sharing videos and pictures of the practice online.Dr Bernadka Dubicka, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “As a doctor specialising in child and adolescent mental health, I have never been busier. Demand for services is rising, yet the number of child and adolescent psychiatrists is falling.“We know that psychiatry saves lives, but without enough mental health doctors to treat them, children can fall into crisis and even end up taking their own lives.”last_img read more

Ming Flanagan Unless you come from the old guard you are irrelevantMing Flanagan Unless you come from the old guard you are irrelevant

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3239704 Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 7:00 AM MEP Feb 15th 2017, 7:00 AM By Luke Ming Flanagan Short URL BRENDAN HOWLIN IS acceptable. Michael Martin is acceptable. People who vote for them have more of a right to be listened to than those who vote for the likes of Mick Wallace, Clare Daly and myself.That is the reason why over the last week both The Labour Party and Fianna Fáil have been allowed to move centre stage on the issue of Garda malpractice. Mainstream journalism does not really accept the result of the 2011 General Election.It does not accept the result of the 2016 General Election. Unless you come from the old guard of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour then you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media, with a few rare exceptions.The media classed us as a rabbleAfter years of seeing the big three political parties attempting to run this country and failing miserably, the people decided they wanted a change, more variety, more representatives that spoke like they did themselves, that looked like they did themselves.Our media found this disturbing. After years of simply having to engage with three parties they now had to deal with a myriad of groups, alliances, different individuals.Rather than actually listen to us, however, they classified us a rabble; rather than honestly analyse what we say and report it, they dismissed it, rubbished it, diverted attention from what we were saying by talking about what we looked like.So when people such as Clare and Mick raised issues about Garda malpractice, spent months on end in the last Dáil building the house that is accountability, their efforts (for the most part) went unreported.Question after question was tabled, tactics perfected and employed to make it more likely that those question would be discussed orally and not dismissed as they are when replied to in written form. Experts on policing were consulted. Bills were constructed, a huge body of work was carried out.The real opposition is sidelinedYet when push came to shove, and despite all that work, last year it was Mícheál Martin who was given the credit for bringing the whole fiasco with Shatter and Callinan to a head. What Mícheál Martin said in the Dáil about Maurice McCabe, was all said before by Mick and Clare.Was it said more eloquently by Mícheál, more passionately, with any more depth of knowledge? No – anything but. But it was said by the leader of Fianna Fáil.The house of accountability so carefully constructed by the real opposition was moved into by the acceptable opposition, with the media driving the removals van. Mícheál Martin, the man who instructed his party to vote against ombudsman legislation which would have changed everything, was now the man to change everything.The new champion of mainstream mediaWhich brings us to the present. The new champion of our mainstream media, the new acceptable opposition, is Brendan Howlin. Forget the fact that when in government, Brendan trashed Mick Wallace’s attempts at bringing in decent ombudsman legislation. Forget the fact that Howlin himself introduced whistleblower legislation which is useless.Forget that Howlin “sat idly by” as Enda Kenny made a joke of allegations that there was heroin dealing taking place at Athlone Garda station. Forget all that because, you know, there is an acceptable opposition and there is an unacceptable opposition. The Labour Party’s turn has come to wear that acceptable hat.The message to the people from our media is clearYou should vote only for someone within the very limited spectrum that is Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael or Labour. That’s the spectrum our media understands, that is the spectrum which itself has an understanding with the media.Perception is what it’s all about as our media tries to convince us that switching from a Fine Gael-led coalition to a Fianna Fáil-led coalition is change. It’s not. Heroes like Maurice McCabe, Nicky Keogh, Keith Harrison and John Wilson are to be used as tools in the resurrection of the political careers of the acceptable opposition, but they will ultimately be shafted.I feel sick thinking about it.Luke Ming Flanagan is an MEP.Opinion: ‘Lack of transparency makes it difficult to know who controls the Irish media’>‘The media should tell the truth about the alt-right’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Luke Ming Flanagan Ming Flanagan: ‘Unless you come from the old guard, you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media’ Mainstream Irish media tends to focus on the very limited political spectrum that is Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, writes Luke Ming Flanagan. 171 Views Share541 Tweet Email4 87 Comments last_img read more

BP plus une goutte de pétrole dans le Golfe du MexiqueBP plus une goutte de pétrole dans le Golfe du Mexique

first_imgBP : plus une goutte de pétrole dans le Golfe du Mexique ?Hier, un groupe composé entre autres de militants et de pêcheurs ont manifesté devant le siège de BP à Londres en Angleterre alors que la compagnie organisait sa première assemblée générale depuis la marée noire de 2010.Un an après la marée noire survenue dans le Golfe du Mexique, l’après-midi a été houleuse hier à Londres au siège de la compagnie pétrolière BP. Des actionnaires, des artistes, des militants et des pêcheurs spécialement venus du Texas ont en effet perturbé l’assemblée générale qui se tenait dans les locaux du géant britannique. La première assemblée depuis la catastrophe du 20 avril 2010 qui a conduit à la mort de 11 personnes et au déversement de près de 4 millions de tonnes de pétrole dans le Golfe du Mexique au large des côtes américaines.À lire aussiUne ‘zone morte’ d’une superficie record se forme dans le golfe du MexiqueCe mois-ci, BP a assuré que pas une goutte ne s’était échappée de l’ancienne plateforme Deepwater Horizon depuis la réparation de la fuite du 15 juillet 2010. Par ailleurs, la compagnie a également lancé une campagne de pub, notamment dans la presse britannique, afin de renouveler ses excuses et maintenir son engagement de nettoyer le Golfe. Mais ceci n’a pas suffi à calmer la colère des militants et pêcheurs venus demander des comptes et révéler une situation beaucoup moins optimiste. Une version confirmée par certains scientifiques américains comme le rapporte Le Monde. Si la situation semble s’être bien améliorée, des chercheurs de l’Université de Georgie aux Etats-Unis ont découvert en décembre dernier une épaisse couche de pétrole couvrant le plancher océanique sur 7.000 kilomètres carrés ainsi que des organismes morts ou couverts d’une vase noire. Ainsi, Samantha Joye, membre de l’équipe de recherche avait indiqué au Guardian : “Il n’est pas insensé de dire que 50% du pétrole flotte encore dans les eaux autour du puits”.Du côté des scientifiques de la National oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) dépêchés sur les lieux par le gouvernement américain, la conclusion est moins grave. Pourtant, elle s’oppose à l’optimisme de BP et indique qu’il n’y “aucune raison de conclure que le Golfe retrouvera une situation normale avant la fin 2012”, ce alors que les scientifiques rappellent qu’on pourrait ne pas connaître certaines des conséquences de la marée noire avant plusieurs décennies, comme l’explique Le Monde. Depuis le début de l’année, les restes de la catastrophe auraient entrainé la mort et l’échouage de centaines d’animaux. Mais BP a tout de même reçu l’autorisation de reprendre le forage dès juillet prochain.Le 15 avril 2011 à 10:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Media Raheem Sterling wants £100k pay rise at Man CityMedia Raheem Sterling wants £100k pay rise at Man City

first_imgRaheem Sterling is reportedly requesting a pay rise of £100,000 a week at Manchester City before committing to a new long-term contractThe 23-year-old winger currently earns around £175,000 a week and has been locked in negotiations with City over a new deal for quite some time now.The Times claim that the reason why talks have been going on for such a long time is due to the fact that Sterling is asking to receive a similar wage to that of the Citizens’ best-paid player Kevin De Bruyne.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But the Premier League champions are wary of breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and so, therefore, are reluctant to hand Sterling such a big pay increase.The Citizens are also worried of the image rights, bonuses and a signing-on fee that will be spread across the duration of the deal.David Silva, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson have all signed new deals at City in recent times.last_img read more

Kane believes he can eclipse Rooneys recordKane believes he can eclipse Rooneys record

first_imgHarry Kane believes it’s possible to eclipse Wayne Rooney’s record to become England’s all-time record goalscorer but admitted that is not his current focus.The former United talisman who notched in 53 goals for England tipped Kane to overtake his record after making his 120th and final appearance at international level.Kane, who has 19 goals for England, told ESPN: “It’s definitely possible but it’s still a fair bit away.“I don’t like to set my targets that far ahead in the future because a lot of things can happen.“We’ll see over the next few years how many goals I’ve got and hopefully I’m still fit and healthy and still getting picked by the manager.“It’s definitely something that’s achievable but not something I’m thinking about too much right now.”wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate said his side had improved since losing to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals.“I think we’ve learned with every experience that we’ve had,” he said. “We’ve added more depth to the squad in terms of some more young players emerging, more competition for places.“We’ve had a slight change of system which has also added something different, so we’ve got some flexibility in how we can play.“So we’re always improving and I think in those five matches that you’ve seen since the summer what we haven’t done is sat on our laurels and said ‘OK, we’re happy with what we did at the World Cup — that’s it for the year, we’ll look forward to the European Championship.’“We’ve wanted to keep improving and I think the players have shown that mentality as well.”last_img read more

Microsoft and Kroger put connected grocery shopping to the testMicrosoft and Kroger put connected grocery shopping to the test

first_img Internet Services Tech Industry Comment 1 Inside Amazon Go in San Francisco Share your voice The Kroger stores have a different focus from the cashierless Amazon Go locations, which are designed to let you shop without a wallet and without having to stand in checkout lines — you scan the Amazon Go app on your phone as you arrive, you pick up items while monitored by the store’s cameras and you’re charged via your Amazon account as you leave.Last summer, rumors suggested that Microsoft was in talks with Walmart to implement its own cashierless store technology.Kroger has also been looking to innovate within the grocery delivery market, with unmanned delivery pods zipping around Scottsdale, Arizona, as part of an autonomous delivery pilot program.This is not your father’s Microsoft: Satya Nadella’s shaking things up at the world’s largest software maker.Trial by shopping: In Amazon Go, no one thinks I’m stealing You can use the Kroger app to write a shopping list before you go to the store, and it’ll guide you once you get there. It works in tandem with the EDGE system to display a personalized image that’ll help you spot the item you need on the shelf.The same system helps employees find groceries for pickup orders, while ceiling-mounted cameras can spot out-of-stock items and gather valuable marketing data for Kroger, according to Bloomberg.Microsoft’s Azure system crunches all this data and offers Kroger a chance to advertise more directly to you.”Using video analytics, personalized offers and advertisements can be presented based on customer demographics,” Microsoft noted in a release.The success of these pilot stores will determine how the program expands.center_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Kroger and Microsoft are collaborating to pilot two “connected experience stores.” Kroger Microsoft and Kroger have teamed up to offer customers a “connected store experience” that’s very different from the one offered by Amazon Go.The companies opened pilot stores that use digital shelf labeling in Monroe, Ohio, and in Redmond, Washington, near Kroger’s and Microsoft’s respective headquarters.The labeling system is known as Enhanced Display for Grocery Environment (EDGE, not to be confused with the browser), which Microsoft revealed last year, and replaces traditional paper price tags with digital displays that can be altered in real time — so no more outdated or illegible tags. It can also display promotions and nutritional information as needed. 2:32 Amazon Microsoftlast_img read more