PC Chacko overturns Sheilas move to dissolve all block committees in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit dissolved all 280 block-level committees of the party, AICC in-charge of the national capital PC Chacko overturned the decision, a move that hinted differences between the two leaders. Chacko, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Delhi unit, “stayed” dissolution of block committees and forwarded copies of his order to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as well as Dikshit, party sources said. Delhi Congress leaders, including Dikshit and Chacko met Gandhi on Friday, who advised them to work unitedly in the wake of Assembly polls in Delhi scheduled to be held early next year. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHowever, Dikshit taking cognizance of a report by a committee formed by her to probe party’s debacle in recent Lok Sabha polls, dissolved all the block committees hours after meeting Gandhi. A group of Congress leaders on Saturday met Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Chacko and protested the move to dissolve the block committees. “We told the two leaders that the block committees and their presidents were elected and they can not be dissolved all of a sudden before Assembly elections since it takes a lot of time to form them,” said Chatar Singh, who was present in the meeting.last_img read more

BBB offers tips for holiday parties

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BBB offers tips for holiday parties Food and drink can be a centerpiece of the holidays and the Better Business Bureau is offering some tips for those choosing catering services.Camie Leard, vice-president of Communication with the BBB, tells 660News the biggest tip is to plan ahead, but she also has some ideas if it’s getting too close to party crunch time.“The next most important thing is to do your research and to get as much as you can in writing,” said Leard.“These contracts can be complicated and you want to make sure everything you need is down on paper and everyone knows what expect.”Leard said hiring a caterer in a city like Calgary can also come with some extra challenges.“When you’re dealing with an economy like in Calgary and so many head offices that are here, catering companies are in high demand this time of year, for Christmas parties and those kinds of things, so it is important to plan ahead.”Before hiring, Leard said it is best to make sure you have a clear picture in mind of what you want for an event.The BBB has online resources to find an accredited catering service and reviews on businesses on their website. by News Staff Posted Nov 26, 2013 1:29 pm MDT read more

Canada in recession in first half of 2015 StatsCan

Signage marks the Statistics Canada offices in Ottawa on July 21, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 1, 2015 8:32 am MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 7:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email By: Andy Blatchford, The Canadian PressCanada’s economy recoiled for the second-straight quarter of 2015 – knocking the country backwards into a technical definition of recession, fresh Statistics Canada data revealed Tuesday.The federal agency said real gross domestic product contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter of the year, which followed a revised decline of 0.8 per cent during the first three months of 2015.Statistics Canada says the first-quarter performance was weaker than originally estimated, forcing the agency to lower its GDP reading for the first three months of the year from an original estimate of 0.6 per cent.On the positive side, there was evidence to suggest Canada’s economy began to bounce back in June as GDP grew by 0.5 per cent for the month after shrinking over five straight months.That June increase was led by a 3.1-per-cent boost in natural resources extraction – the category’s first increase following seven consecutive months of decline.The new batch of data is likely to add fuel to the heated, ongoing political debate over how best to respond to the weakened economy as parties battle for support ahead of the Oct. 19 federal election.It is also expected to intensify the economic argument over the severity of the technical recession — recently defined by the federal government as two consecutive quarters of negative GDP.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has side-stepped campaign-trail questions about whether Canada was in recession this year. On Monday, he also declined to define a recession when asked about it.“I think it’s more important to describe the reality of the situation rather than to have labels,” said Harper, whose Conservative party has pinned its re-election hopes on its economic record.The hobbled economy has so far shaped up to be the primary issue of the campaign — and Harper’s opponents have used his record as a bull’s-eye for their attacks.Harper has reiterated a stay-the-course mantra, insisting the country must ride out external economic and market turbulence whipped up in places like China. He has argued the only domestic weakness has been in the energy sector, which has suffered from the steep slide in global oil prices.The Tory leader has frequently cited forecasts that predict the economy will rebound in the second half of the year, including a projection by the Bank of Canada. The central bank, however, has downgraded its projections for 2015 and cut its trendsetting interest rate twice this year to cushion the blow of low crude prices.Drilling deeper into the second-quarter data, natural resources extraction contracted by 4.5 per cent.A considerable amount of growth in the quarter was found in household consumption at a time when interest rates remained low.Statistics Canada found that household consumption rose by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, which followed a 0.1-per-cent gain in the first three months of the year. The second-quarter increase was led by 1.5-per-cent growth in transport prices.Exports also crept up in the second quarter by 0.1 per cent after contracting for two consecutive quarters.Positive numbers in the June data suggest the expected turnaround could be underway.On a monthly basis, Statistics Canada said wholesale trade rose by one per cent in June after a 1.1-per-cent decrease in May and a 1.6-per-cent in April.It found that manufacturing output rose by 0.4 per cent after contracting by 1.6 per cent in May.The finance and insurance sector grew by 0.7 per cent in June and the arts and entertainment industry rose by 6.4 per cent, thanks in large part to Canada’s role as host of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.The last time the economy contracted over two consecutive quarters was in 2009 during the Great Recession, when GDP pulled back by 8.7 per cent in the first quarter and 3.6 per cent in the second. Canada in recession in first half of 2015: StatsCan read more

Brock grad receives International Student Excellence award

Brock University graduate Adel Mansurov (BSM ’13) received a City of Toronto International Student Excellence award in the sports category Sept. 27.Brock University graduate Adel Mansurov (BSM ’13) received a City of Toronto International Student Excellence award in the sports category Sept. 27.The awards — a collaboration between the City of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, partner academic institutions, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, and sponsors — recognize the significant economic and socio-cultural contribution international students make.Other award categories include community services, entrepreneurship, academic excellence, arts and culture and professional achievement.As a member of Canada’s Mission staff at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Mansurov helped the Canadian Olympic Committee with six weeks of volunteer service at the highest level in his field.His multiple language skills and Sport Management undergraduate degree prepared him for the role, which included assisting in pre-event service preparation, issue management, and transportation services.Mansurov was born in Tashkent, Russia and has been noted for giving back since he arrived in Canada in 2008. He has contributed to the development of the operational plan for the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Welland, and assisted in communication processes between the guest countries during the same events.Sport Management Associate Professor Cheryl Mallen (second from left) accepts an International Student Excellence award on behalf of Adel Mansurov.Mansurov completed his 12-week, full-time internship in the summer of 2012 at the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada in Montreal.He assisted in developing the appeal panel training program, learned the appeal policies, and also studied and catalogued the historical legal cases as part of his duties in his project assistant role. He was an excellent ambassador for Brock University while serving in his internship.Additionally, Mansurov has fully participated in the community by helping students to improve their English language skills as an international communication assistant, working as a cultural assistant receptionist, participating in the Brock University Student Union (BUSU), and being involved in the International Student Association (ISA).Mansurov was accepted into the Juris Doctor program (law) at the University of Ottawa. read more

East Carolina rallies past Appalachian State 8381

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Jayden Gardner scored 22 points, Seth LeDay added 18 and his go-ahead put-back with 18 seconds left helped East Carolina rally to beat Appalachian State 83-81 on Friday night.ECU rallied from as many as 13 points back and closed to 81-80 on Gardner’s free throw with 1:08 to play. LeDay made his put-back and Gardner iced it with a free throw after the Mountaineers missed a 3 with five seconds left.Shawn Williams scored 15 points and K.J. Davis added 10 for the Pirates (5-4), who shot 52 per cent to the Mountaineers’ 47 per cent and made 24 of 33 free throws.Justin Forrest’s layup put the Mountaineers up 19-17 and they led by as many as 10 points. Williams scored 10 points in the final 2:34, but Appalachian State led 42-40 at halftime after shooting 56 per cent.Ronshad Shabazz scored 25 points, including his 1,600th career point to move into seventh place on ECU’s all-time scoring list, and Forrest added 24 for Appalachian State (2-5). Tyrell Johnson scored eight points with 13 rebounds and blocked a shot for his 96th career block, moving him into a tie with Isaac Butts for seventh on ECU’s all-time block list.The Associated Press read more

The Longhorns Are Usually Good At Football And Basketball Now They Stink

Few colleges had more success in the first decade of this century than the University of Texas, whose football and men’s basketball programs regularly brushed shoulders with the nation’s elite. But what’s been happening in recent years has been nothing short of bewildering.With Mack Brown at the helm, the football team won 158 games in 16 seasons, for a win percentage of .767. That span included the Longhorns’ famous undefeated season of 2005, when Vince Young helped defeat USC and win the school’s first undisputed national title in 35 years. On the court, the Rick Barnes-era was the most successful in the school’s history. Barnes won 402 games in 17 seasons, for a win rate of .691, and took the Longhorns to their first Final Four in 56 years. Under Brown and Barnes, who both coached their first game for the Longhorns in 1998, the University of Texas represented dominance and stability. But after the football team fell to 4-5 on the season under Tom Herman last Saturday and with the men’s basketball team set to open its new season on Friday coming off of an 11-22 record last year, it’s the women’s basketball and volleyball teams keeping the Longhorns from total irrelevance.Don’t get us wrong, the Longhorns will survive regardless of what happens to their two largest sports for generating revenue, especially if the women’s hoops team continues to make it to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. But it’s certainly baffling how much this former juggernaut of football and men’s basketball has declined considering the resources at its disposal to hire top coaches and recruit the best talent. It reportedly cost Texas $19 million to fire Charlie Strong from the top football coaching position and hire Herman from the University of Houston. And the deal to hire current men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart — who had numerous schools trying to secure his services after taking Virginia Commonwealth, a mid-major, to the Final Four in 2011 — wasn’t cheap either, costing Texas about $22 million over seven years.The regression has been significant: Since Brown and Barnes departed, the football and men’s basketball programs combined to win less than half of their games.1Longhorn football has a .435 win percentage since 2014 while the basketball team has a .470 win percentage since 2015. To give this some context, we compared Texas to some of the other schools that have been consistently competitive in both sports — in other words, not one-sport powers like Kansas (basketball) or Georgia (football). Specifically, we looked at every school that ranked inside the top 50 in all-time wins for both football and men’s basketball and calculated the harmonic mean of their football and men’s basketball Elo ratings since 1988, the earliest we have data for both sports.2We used a harmonic mean instead of a straight average to make sure a team was performing well (or poorly) in both sports at the same time. This allows us to see how these teams compare in the combined success of their two biggest programs. UT’s decline has been rapid and, for Longhorns fans, the results will be depressing. Texas is finding its way back onto the recruiting mapUniversity of Texas men’s basketball and football recruiting class ranks *2018 basketball team rank as of Nov. 9, 2017; 2018 football team rank as of Nov. 8, 2017**For basketball, the year of a recruiting class is for freshmen whose first season begins that fallSource: ESPN 20114.5885.615 RECRUITING CLASSTEAM RANKWIN PCT.TEAM RANKWIN PCT. 201515.6069.417 201327.68616.615 20094.7063.929 201611.33310.417 20176?33.444 201421.58816.462 201812?2? 20108.7782.417 BASKETBALLFOOTBALL 20124.4713.692 The basketball program’s recruitment problem hasn’t been attracting top talent — the Longhorns have produced several NBA stars in recent years, including Avery Bradley, Tristan Thompson and, most recently, Myles Turner. Instead the Longhorns have failed to translate their NBA-caliber talent into postseason success — the Longhorns have failed to make the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament since 2008.But things may finally be turning around. After its rough recruiting class in 2017 — which was disrupted by the firing of Strong and hiring of Herman — the football team has rebounded to secure 16 commitments from the ESPN Top 300 so far for the 2018 class and is No. 2 in team rankings. And Smart has the basketball team ranked No. 12 as of Thursday, which is impressive considering that the school is coming off its worst season in decades. Smart’s class could improve after the early signing period, which is happening now. The Longhorns are in the hunt for No. 7 Keldon Johnson and No. 13 Quentin Grimes. Currently, only Missouri ranks worse than Texas, and Missouri’s problems in and away from the sports world have been well documented (sorry to drag you into this, Mizzou fans). For more context, Wisconsin is currently the best two-sport school.3Greg Gard took the men’s basketball team to the Sweet 16 last season, and Paul Chryst’s football team is currently 9-0 and ranked No.8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Based on this measure, it’s fair to say that the Longhorns are in the midst of one of their worst stretches in almost 30 years.On the football side, the problem can be traced to recruitment. Between 2009 and 2012, Texas registered four consecutive top-5 recruiting classes, according to ESPN’s team rankings. In the next five years: zero. Last season, they ranked No. 33. Think about that for a second: The University of Texas with the 33rd-best crop of freshman football talent. The turnover from Brown to Strong to Herman is certainly a factor here. Since NCAA rules stipulate that football players must stay in school for three years, talented high-school players seek stability — not knowing who your head coach will be next year can be the difference between a top recruit committing to your program and going elsewhere.But another disconcerting thing about the Longhorns’ recent dip in recruitment is that Texas plays in the epicenter of high school football — no state produced more recruits in ESPN’s Top 300 rankings in 2016, and only Florida produced more in 2017. But recently, it has lost its hold on the best prospects from within its own borders. As a result, the top Texas high school recruits are increasingly looking outside of the state. Among the top 30 recruits in Texas in 2017, LSU was the most popular destination (five players chose to go to Baton Rouge, compared with the three who picked Austin). Although the school has been rocked by huge personnel turnover over the past four years, there’s a little light on the horizon. The football team has three games remaining on its schedule and is just one win away from being bowl eligible, so Herman’s team could end another tough year on a positive note (Granted, Texas’s boosters won’t be doing backflips over a trip to the Cactus Bowl — but it’s something.) As for Smart and the basketball team, they’re resting their hopes on freshman center Mohamed Bamba, who is ranked No. 4 among incoming freshmen by ESPN heading into the new season. With a fresh start kicking off Friday, Smart will be looking to take his team back to the NCAA Tournament. read more

Sandvik gears up for CONEXPOCONAGG

first_imgSandvik Mining and Rock Technology is to showcase a number of innovative solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, which takes place in Las Vegas, USA, 7-11 March 2017. The focus Sandvik says, “as always, on helping customers to improve their safety and productivity even further, with an emphasis on total cost of ownership, availability of service and parts and inherent product safety.”“CONEXPO-CON/AGG gives Sandvik the opportunity to interact with customers from the global construction industry and introduce to them the very latest developments in technology and services, together with the value those solutions can deliver to a customer’s operations through the support of its global sales, service and distributor organisation. Some of the cornerstones of the extensive Sandvik offering of equipment and services will be on display, demonstrating why it is a supplier of choice in application areas including rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunnelling, quarrying and breaking and demolition.These include the introduction of the introduction of the Sandvik CS550 cone crusher, “the second-stage super producer.” Optimising the secondary step in the crushing process means more money for Sandvik customers. The latest, smartest, high-precision cone crusher for second stage crushing from Sandvik is more than the next generation of crushers. It is an intelligent, uncompromising piece of power built to produce more.”The mobile Sandvik QJ341+ is a new addition to the proven Sandvik QJ341 jaw crusher range. This model comes with the added benefit of a double deck pre-screen as standard. “The pre-screen enables the removal of fines to increase throughput, resulting in greater efficiency, less wear on the crusher and ultimately higher productivity. This will be particularly effective in quarrying applications with a high proportion of fines in the feed material.”The Sandvik UI310+ wheeled impact crusher is an electrically driven wheeled crushing unit “which offers a versatile and highly efficient primary crushing solution.” With the all new patented and highly modularised Sandvik CI512 Prisec™ crusher it offers the flexibility to configure one base crusher into either a primary or a secondary configuration. Purpose designed for the aggregates industry and targeted at the US market in particular, it features a pre-screen to maximise efficiency and is built with many features for ease of operation and low operating costs.The Sandvik QE441 Free Flow mobile scalper is a new variant of Sandvik’s heavy duty QE441 scalper with a two deck 5.4 x 1.75 m Free Flow screen. This features a rigid scalping top deck and a dual motion lower screen deck for processing high specification & or difficult to screen materials. This is an ideal solution for screening material such as; soils, aggregates, ores, waste, biomass and other waste derived fuels and products with high moisture contents.The Pantera DPi series drill rigs feature a redesigned control system, with updated user interface and touch screen. Featuring the latest user interface style from Sandvik, support for new drill rig options and enhanced troubleshooting functions, the new control system enables easier and even more accurate operations. The Pantera DPi drill rig family consists of two models: the Pantera DP1100i for hole sizes of 89 – 140 mm, and Pantera DP1500i for hole sizes of 102 –152 mm.The Sandvik DT912D underground drill rig is a self-contained, air-mist flushing, diesel-hydraulic high reach jumbo which delivers high quality drilling in its most advanced form. Designed for fast and accurate drifting and production drilling of 12 to 125 m² cross sections, the 24 t single-boom jumbo “combines innovative Sandvik technology, creativity and expertise with the vast experience the supplier has gained over decades in the business. Being completely self-contained, Sandvik DT912D is an optimal machine for multifaceted operations, designed to take excavation efficiency to another level.”“We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new equipment to ever smarter customer services,” says Jeff Heinemann, Vice President, Sales Area USA, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “We are focusing on the numbers that matter, by conveying customer value and lower total cost of ownership of the total Sandvik package. At CONEXPO-CON/AGG, we will showcase a compelling offering of products and services, all designed to benefit our customers’ bottom line in terms of increased safety and productivity. Sandvik is at the forefront when it comes to equipment for the construction applications in which we’re present, whether it be crushing or breaking, drill rigs or drill bits. What ties it all together are our dedicated people and our offering of genuine parts and services.”last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #DISPOSABLE INCOME: A total of 1.8 million people have €100 or less left to spend after they have paid all their essential bills, according to the ‘What’s Left’ tracker survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions.2. #KENYA: The authorities say they are in control of the Kenyan shopping centre that has been under siege since the weekend. Gunfire has been heard from the scene this morning.3. #NAIROBI: A woman born in County Down may have taken part in the Kenya terrorist attack. The Kenyan foreign minister said she was believed to be among the attackers.4. #COURT: A man is due in court today charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of James Humphries in Tallaght on Sunday.5. #LIFEBOATS: Due to the warm weather over the summer, the RNLI lifeboats saw a 43 per cent rise in call outs on last year.6. #MICHAELLA: The Irish woman arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru has said she will plead guilty when she appears in court today. [RTE]7. #FARMERS: Eight out of ten farmers say they should have the right to own a gun to protect themselves and their property, according to The Irish Examiner’s ICSA survey.8. #RUSSIA: One of the members of the Pussy Riot group has gone on hunger strike to protest at death threats and what she described as conditions of slave labour at her Russian prison camp.9. #PLOUGHING: More than 200,000 people are set to descend on Stradbally in County Laois today as the Ploughing Championships kick off.Over on DailyEdge.ie: Why you should never, ever leave your children with Lady Gaga, and Kanye West’s crazy interview. The Dredge>last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added tightropewalking gibbons

first_imgTHINGS WE SHARED:Liberace may be a byword for camp but fashion has played a more meaningful role in his legacy than mere decoration: it helped to soften the public aversion to homosexuality and allowed a gay musician something that was largely forbidden in his time – acceptance.Internships and the new economy seem to go hand-in-hand but, Suzanne Moore writes in the Guardian, the big loser in this scenario is society.What, this? Oh it’s just a tightrope-walking gibbon. No biggie.Uploaded by Saasa SA A child is carried by an adult in Khanaung Chaung Wa village, southeast of Yangon, Burma. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED: #SEANAD: The full text of the government’s Bill to abolish the Seanad has been published, outlining the exact changes that would be made to the Constitution if the second House of the Oireachtas was to be scrapped. Debates on whether or not to keep the upper house began today, and you can read our breakdown of what exactly would change if the Seanad was scrapped.#SOCIAL WELFARE: As Live Register figures indicated a small drop today, a new report from the Department of Social Protection revealed that some 2.3 million people, or half the population of Ireland, received a weekly social welfare payment last year. Nearly 1.5 million people received payments each week but when qualified adults and children were included, the numbers benefiting from the payments almost doubled.#SURROGATE: The State is to lodge a Supreme Court appeal against a landmark ruling which allowed a biological mother to have her name included on her child’s birth certificate, even though the child was carried and delivered by a surrogate mother. The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that the Registrar General, against whom the original case was taken, will appeal the ruling in order to “to clarify a number of points of law of exceptional public importance”.#RIP: A 41-year-old Polish man who sustained head injuries after he was assaulted with a weapon last Friday in Galway has died. It is understood a row broke out between a group of men on the Cullairbaun estate in Athenry on 31 May. A post-mortem exam is due to be carried out after which gardaí will decide whether the case should be classed as a murder investigation.#CHARGED: Coronation Street actor William Roche, who has played the character Ken Barlow for the past number of decade, has been charged with a further five charges of indecent assault, alleged to have occurred between 1965 and 1968. Last month Roache was arrested and charged with two offences of rape, allegedly involving a girl who would have been 15 years old at the time.Niamh Fallon, six, from Malahide dressed in Victorian clothing as Heuston Station unveils the oldest narrow gauge steam locomotive in the world, The Princess, which has recently been on display at London’s Paddington station and is coming to Ireland as part of The Gathering. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)THINGS WE LOVED: Dublin City Council has announced a new series of operatic performances for the month of June in Merrion Square Park; ‘Opera in the Park’ will showcase four  lunchtime concerts, with performances taking place at 1 pm each Friday, starting on the 7 June with La Bohéme.PhD student Joshua Katz has mapped out some dialectal differences across the United States, and Buzzfeed have picked out the best… we just have one question, y’all: what the hell are “tennis shoes”?Some people are just gifted at turning lemons into lemonade. Take ‘Dave’ from Birmingham who, after being left with an £84 parking ticket that he couldn’t afford, decided to auction the offending item on eBay, saying: “There must be one person who has done well in life and can relate to this very small horror story who would like to buy it from me and smile for several days knowing they did a great thing.” As it turns out, more than one person was willing to help…last_img read more

FactCheck How many detox beds are there in Ireland

first_imgFactCheck: How many detox beds are there in Ireland? In three parts, FactCheck referees an argument between a Minister of State and a Dublin City Councillor over supervised injection centres. Tonight – Part One. Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 12:18 AM http://jrnl.ie/3241485 Share Tweet Email4 …There are over 787 residential detox beds right across the country…The Facts Source: For a full-size version of this chart, click hereIn response to our request for evidence, the Department of Health and HSE provided the current number of detox and rehab beds in Ireland.144 detox bedsComprising 19 inpatient beds, 121 community-based residential beds, 4 adolescent residential beds643 residential rehab bedsComprising 625 residential rehab beds, and 18 adolescent residential rehab bedsThe combined number of rehab and detox beds is 787, which clearly is the source of Catherine Byrne’s claim.However, her claim specifically related to “detox beds” and “residential detox beds”.In its response to FactCheck, the Department of Health did not state that the Minister of State had actually intended to refer to the combined total of rehab and detox beds.The actual number of detox beds in Ireland is currently 144, clearly far fewer than the “700-something” claimed by Byrne.It’s probably also worth noting that this figure is also far greater than the figure of “about 30″ claimed by Mannix Flynn during the debate.The actual number of residential detox beds in Ireland is 125 (the remaining 19 detox units are inpatient beds).This is more than six times fewer than the figure of 787 presented by Byrne.So the Minister of State appears to have been confusing two significantly different figures in her remarks on Tonight With Vincent Browne.This is a relatively understandable error (she didn’t fabricate the figure she offered, just confused it with another related one).However, we rate her claim FALSE. As our verdicts guide explains, this means: “The claim is inaccurate”. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Short URL Feb 18th 2017, 12:18 AM 21 Comments Find more FactChecks here …There are over 700-something detox beds across this country.Later in the programme, the Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy added: TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. This is the first time we’ve fact-checked a claim by Catherine Byrne. In future, you’ll be able to find her FactCheck File here.On Sunday night, FactCheck will examine Mannix Flynn’s claim that supervised injection facilities do not reduce crime. By Dan MacGuill 12,805 Views Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter THE GOVERNMENT IS advancing legislation to allow for the creation of supervised injection facilities (SIFs), where drug users can legally inject drugs in a medically-supervised centre.Naturally, the debate around this proposal has intensified, and on TV3′s Tonight With Vincent Browne last week, there was a robust back-and-forth between Catherine Byrne, the junior minister in charge of the plan, and Dublin City councillor Mannix Flynn, who is opposed to it.There were a few very noteworthy factual claims, so we’ve broken this into three parts.Today, we’ll examine Minister of State Byrne’s claim that, contrary to widespread contention, there are 787 detox beds in Ireland.On Sunday night, we’ll take a look at Mannix Flynn’s claim that SIFs do not reduce drug-related crime.And on Monday night, we’ll check his claim that SIFs don’t reduce drug-related deaths.(Send your FactCheck requests to factcheck@thejournal.ie, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: There are around 700 detox beds in IrelandWhat was said: You can watch a short video with an excerpt of Catherine Byrne’s comments, and a breakdown of the basic facts, below.But our focus here is on these statements: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The corporate watchdog wants to know more about INMs abandoned bid for

first_img 9 Comments By Fora Staff Take me to Fora Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 2:45 PM 7,975 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3299064 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: RollingNews.iecenter_img Mar 21st 2017, 2:45 PM IRELAND’S CORPORATE WATCHDOG has asked Independent News and Media (INM) to produce records of its abandoned takeover of Newstalk.The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) has asked Ireland’s largest newspaper group “to produce books and records” in relation to the reported bid.INM, which publishes the Irish Independent among other titles, said in its annual results statement today that it is “taking all necessary steps to meet the ODCE’s request”.It was reported last year that the company’s chief Robert Pitt had a disagreement with chairman Leslie Buckley over the price the group might pay for the talk radio station.The group issued a statement at the time to confirm that “an issue arose” between the two board members “in relation to the terms of a possible acquisition”.INM said today that discussions on a possible acquisition “ended at a preliminary stage and the acquisition was never considered by the board”.A buyout of Newstalk would have been highly controversial.Newstalk is owned by businessman Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp, which also owns Today FM and Dublin’s 98FM, among other stations. O’Brien is also the largest shareholder in INM. Denis O’Brien Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieINM said today that it had established a “formal independent review” in December, before it was contacted by the ODCE.The company said it “takes its corporate governance responsibilities very seriously and seeks to comply at all times with all relevant laws and regulations”. Share2 Tweet Email Image: RollingNews.ie The corporate watchdog wants to know more about INM’s abandoned bid for Newstalk Ireland’s largest newspaper group has been asked “to produce books and records” about the reported bid. Short URL “A requirement from the ODCE to produce books and records is a procedural matter that does not involve any conclusion that there has been a breach of law,” it said.‘Challenging’The newspaper group today reported sales of more than €323 million in the financial year ended 31 December 2016, a 0.7% increase on the previous 12-month period. Pre-tax profits for the year increased 11.8% to €41.8 million.However, newspaper and magazine sales shrunk 5.2% to €95.8 million. Print ads generated €63.4 million in revenue, a 9% drop on the previous 12 months, while digital advertising revenue jumped 20.4% to €15 million.The group said it managed to drive down costs by closing a printing operation in Belfast and winding up voucher firm GrabOne.It ended the year with a cash balance of €84.8 million, up more than €25 million on the previous year.Commenting on the results, Leslie Buckley said the group performed strongly “against the continuing challenging backdrop for the news publishing sector”.CEO Pitt also acknowledged that “the group does need to address the structure of its pension obligations”.In November 2016, the company announced that it will no longer contribute to its defined benefit pension scheme – a controversial move given the firm’s profitability and strong balance sheet.“The group is involved in ongoing discussions with the trustees of the two pension schemes,” Pitt said, “and is intent on achieving a satisfactory outcome for all concerned, including pension members, employees and shareholders.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ielast_img read more

Arms Splatoon and Nintendos New Love of Lore

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target While other video game developers are happy to explain their lore in depth (or sell it to you in cash-in novels) Nintendo prefers to let fans try and piece together the weird bread crumbs. After decades of trying to determine a definitive timeline for The Legend of Zelda, 2011’s Skyward Sword introduced an origin story along with the revelation that three valid timelines exist. But the next console game, Breath of the Wild, immediately threw that out the window by not obviously fitting in any timeline (despite our prior speculation).Meanwhile, Super Mario Odyssey has the plumber hanging out with real human beings in New Donk City, raising all sorts of questions about the deeply strange Mario mythology.The real answer, eloquently explained by Mark Brown, is that Nintendo’s play-first design philosophy leads to delightfully offbeat presentation chiefly designed to highlight game mechanics, not story. Pikmin are like ants because that makes the real-time strategy more approachable. You fly underneath arches in Star Fox, so you play as a fox because of the Shinto connections.Older Nintendo franchises have been around long enough for us to just accept their insane gameplay-driven stories because that’s how things have always been. However, now that Nintendo is creating new franchises with new incomprehensible lore, we can see this process happen again but in real time, and it’s spectacular. Nintendo’s madcap approach to mythmaking was on full display during a recent presentation for two of its newest franchises: Arms and Splatoon.We only got a brief trailer for Splatoon 2’s single-player campaign, but it already takes advantage of the nautical nonsense Nintendo cooked up for the first game. Because the developers began with the paint-spraying third-person shooter mechanic, kids/squids became the main characters. And because sprayed ink on urban walls looks like graffiti, the game adopted a streetwise/Japanese punk kid aesthetic that’s like The World Ends With You meets Spongebob SquarePants.That’s such fertile ground to work with. Shrimps and clams sell you new clothes and weapons. There’s a whole music scene with hit singles that make the gibberish squid language sound almost hypnotic. Your guide in the single player adventure is one-half of squid pop sister duo, and the mystery of what happened to them in between games is explained in an online short story. There’s even an official Splatoon manga coming soon!Then there’s the game’s even bigger backstory. Splatoon’s world is actually a post-apocalypse set in a ruined Earth in which evolved squids have developed a culture from what humans left behind. The only mammal is a cat. The whole gameplay conceit itself, in which teams compete for turf with ink, was due to conflicts over the shrinking land masses. It recalls those old crazy Future is Wild documentaries about how animals may evolve post-humans. Only instead of megasquids roaming the jungles, these squids hang out at hip cafés after chasing away gentrifying octopi.In just two short years, Nintendo has turned Splatoon into a phenomenon. In a year with incredible new Mario and Zelda games, Splatoon 2 is poised to be nearly as big. But will the same thing happen to Arms? At the very least, it’s on the same track when it comes to lore.Unlike Splatoon 2, Arms is starting completely from scratch. It’s just called Arms. But the latest video told us so much more. Some people just randomly have extendable arms! Sure! No one knows how or why. They just do because it’s a fun gameplay mechanic. All the absurd details like arms history and ancient alien theories just hang a hilarious lampshade on this fact. There’s almost an accidental metaphor under there about special vs. normal people, but it’s not called X-Men. It’s just called Arms.The rest of what we can put together about the Arms universe comes from the backstories of its colorful fighters. Here, the beauty of dumb Nintendo lore meets the beauty of dumb fighting game lore. Since they have to come up with excuses after the fact to gather a wide array of contestants into a fighting tournament, fighting games have some of the most bizarre lore in all of video games. From the amoral corporate shenanigans of Ed Snowden’s favorite Tekken, to Darkstalkers’ monster mash, to everything happening in Mortal Kombat. Arms proudly carries on this tradition.Spring Man is an athletic everyman, with extendable arms. Ribbon Girl is a singer who maybe sings the theme song? Ninjara went to Ninja College. Min Min is essentially a bowl of noodles turned into a woman. Kid Cobra wants more viewers for his livestreams. There’s a robot cop and dog duo named Byte and Barq. Master Mummy just wants to find his family. Twintelle is a gorgeous movie star who fights with her hair like a boxer Medusa/Bayonetta. Helix is an artificial goo man made by some shady company researching arms. And Mechanica fights with a robot suit because she doesn’t naturally have extendable arms. She’s the Rachel Dolezal of Arms.Put together; there’s a lot going on here in this game that exists because people thought a more in-depth Wii Sports boxing might be cool. And that’s the thing. We’re excited for Arms, Splatoon 2, and these other Nintendo games because of their promising gameplay. Weird lore can only elevate a bad game so much. But if great gameplay then inspires weird lore, the game just becomes that much more memorable.Arms. It’s just called Arms.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more

This Miso Soup Phone Stand Has Us Gushing

first_img President’s Day Deals: Extra 15 Percent Off on Gaming and Tech AccessoriesWalmart joins Best Buy in carrying Verizon iPhone 4 Stay on target If you’re looking for a cellphone stand that’s a little more unique than the standard you can get at Walmart or Best Buy, our friends in the East have you covered. This bowl of spilled Miso Soup is, in fact, a cleverly designed stand for smartphones of all sizes.Japan’s fake food technology is far more advanced than the lowly wax apples you’ll see in the States. This plastic Miso could easily fool someone upon first glance, and it’s even handier when you look closer. You see, if your phone is too tall, you can use the little puddle of soup and tofu cubes to prop it up against the bowl, meaning one size actually fits all here.先日、翌日には完売してしまった「味噌汁スマホスタンド」ですが、本日6/29入荷しました!「こぼれたコーヒー」も数少なですが発売中です。↓https://t.co/pJ28w5gpDS#食品サンプル #株式会社いわさき #味噌汁 #スマホスタンド #限定販売 pic.twitter.com/lBtxFbZO1C— 株式会社いわさき_食品サンプル (@IWASAKI_SAMPLE) June 29, 2017The craziest thing about these bowls is that no two are alike. Food sample maker Iwasaki has their fake food architects craft each one differently, meaning no two combinations of tofu, green onions, wakame seaweed, and broth are alike. Maybe they can team up with Cup Noodles for some future Final Fantasy XV branding.These stands are hand-crafted but surprisingly affordable at ¥5,800 ($51 USD). Unfortunately, you’ll have a hard time getting them. Not only are they exclusively sold via a Japanese company, but they’re also quite popular. The first batch sold out immediately, and the second batch that hit Iwasaki’s online store went just as fast.If you want this Miso Soup phone stand, your best bet is to keep checking back on Iwasaki Online frequently! いただきます!last_img read more

Four Vancouver fire chief finalists share leadership views

first_imgThe four finalists vying to become Vancouver’s next fire chief were peppered with questions on Tuesday night from city leaders and residents about how each man would lead the 170-employee, $27.9 million department.And, as Tuesday marked the first month since Fire Station 6 in central Vancouver closed, there was a common question on many of their lips: How are we going to fix this?At an informal meeting at the Water Resources Education Center, the finalists — Vancouver Deputy Fire Chief Joe Molina; George Blackmore, assistant fire chief for the Austin, Texas, fire department; Scott Ehlers, assistant fire chief and chief of operations for Tampa, Fla., Fire Rescue; and Karry Ellis, assistant fire chief for the Columbus, Ohio, Division of Fire — were clear they don’t have a single set of answers. “If I had the right answer, I’d be a billionaire,” Ehlers quipped. “But to be honest, it comes down to what the public is wanting for public service — about how protected they feel, and what that costs.”He likened providing fire service to buying a car: That people need to decide if they want a Lexus with leather seats, or if they’re only willing to invest in a Toyota Corolla.last_img read more

Oregon man accused of pointing laser at aircraft

first_imgPORTLAND — An Oregon man pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges of aiming a laser pointer at two commercial airliners.Stephen Francis Bukucs, 39, a private security guard who lives in Portland, aimed the laser pointer at United and JetBlue flights on Oct. 13, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.He was indicted and arrested last week. Investigators say he’s the first adult to face criminal prosecution for laser attacks in Oregon. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen F. Peifer told Magistrate Judge Dennis J. Hubel that Bukucs admitted pointing a green laser light at aircraft at least 25 times and said he did it “for excitement, for thrills.” After aiming the laser at the aircraft, Bukucs would go inside and listen for a response on a police radio scanner, authorities said. “His conduct in this case was extremely dangerous,” Peifer said. “It literally endangered hundreds of people.” Bukucs’ lawyer, Mark Cogan, said his client is addicted to painkillers due to a workplace injury and has problems with depression. The judge ordered a mental health evaluation. Bukucs has no criminal record. The Federal Bureau of Investigation found five firearms in Bukucs’ home, including one that he uses for work. Though the judge released Bukucs and allowed him to resume his job, he must relinquish control of his four personal guns to his mother. Cogan said he does not know why Bukucs had the laser pointer or what he used it for.Green laser lights, marketed as tools to point out stars at night, are much more powerful than red laser pointers used by lecturers. The green lasers can point out objects up to 25,000 feet away and can distract or temporarily blind pilots, especially at critical times when they are landing or taking off.last_img read more

Whitlock MayweatherMcGregor is the perfect reflection of society in 2017

first_imgJason Whitlock is in for Colin:Mayweather/McGregor is the perfect reflection of society in 2017Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor held their first press conference to start the hype tour for their August 26 mega fight, and it was a trash-talk, expletive filled circus befitting of what is certain to be a revenue record smashing Pay Per View event.Whitlock sees the fight as a cartoonish exaggeration of all of the current excesses of the current sports culture. With unprecedented money being made, tons of smack talk, and likely a lackluster actual fight, this event isn’t as much a sporting event as it is sports porn.It perfectly symbolizes 2017.“This is porn.”Guests: Floyd Mayweather, Sr. – Trainer and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is in-studio to talk about the first press conference; if Floyd is going for the knockout; and if the hate between the fighters is real or an act.Alexi Lalas – FS1 Soccer Analyst is in-studio to talk Gold Cup; why soccer is mostly short guys; and why soccer players are smarter than football players.Mark Schlereth – New FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss Joe Montana’s comments on Kaepernick; and why NFL offenses designed around mobile quarterbacks are unsustainable; and why Tim Tebow is better at baseball than he was an NFL quarterback.Willie Colon – Former Steelers/Jets lineman is in-studio to talk about moving on from football; his take on the direction of the Jets; and if Calvin Johnson’s comments about the Lions are fair.last_img read more

HP releases Synaptics driver update that removes disabled keylogger

first_imgHP releases Synaptics driver update that removes disabled keylogger by Martin Brinkmann on December 10, 2017 in Misc, Security – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 19 commentsHP released updates for Synaptics touchpad drivers recently for HP notebooks that removes a disabled keylogger from the driver.Again, HP? A security researcher disclosed on GitHub that he discovered a keylogger in the keyboard driver of HP notebooks. While deactivated by default, anyone with elevated access to the machine could enable the logging of keyboard input by setting Registry values.The discovery happened by accident according to the researcher as he was analyzing the keyboard driver to find out how the keyboard’s backlit was controlled. A check in IDA, a cross-platform disassembler and debugger revealed a format string for a keylogger. Further analysis confirmed the assumption, and that the keylogger was not active by default.It did however check locations in the Registry, and the researcher assumed that the correct values would activate the keylogger on the device. Assumed, because it was not possible to test the theory without a HP notebook that had the driver installed.The Registry locations are:HKLM\Software\Synaptics\SynTPHKLM\Software\Synaptics\SynTP\DefaultHKLM\Software\Synaptics\PointerPortHKLM\Software\Synaptics\PointerPort\DefaultHP did confirm the issue when contacted about it though and stated that it was a debug trace. The company released a list of affected notebooks and driver updates for these notebooks that resolve the issue by removing the trace from the driver.HP customers who use one of the affected notebooks are asked to download the updated driver and install it on machines affected by the issue. The HP support page lists business and consumer notebooks affected by the issue.Affected notebooks include HP G4, G5 and G6 devices, EliteBook and Elitebook Folio devices, HP mt* thin clients, HP ProBook laptops , HP zBook mobile workstations, various Compaq notebooks, HP 15* and HP17* notebooks, HP ENVY devices, and HP Pavilion and Omen devices.Basically, if you own a HP notebook or use one at work, search for it on the HP support page to find out if a driver update for it is available.According to the researcher, the update is also distributed via Windows Update.This is not the first issue of its kind that HP had to deal with this year. In April, researchers discovered a vulnerability in HP audio drivers that recorded all keystrokes made by the user and reacted to functions concerning the microphone, and dumped the data in a publicly accessible folder in the file C:\Users\Public\MicTray.log.HP has been in the news last month as well when customers of HP products started to report signs of a Telemetry service.Closing WordsI’m not sure what to make of all of this. It is bad quality controlling over at HP that is causing all these issues? (via Born)Now You: Are you affected by the issue? What’s your take on this?SummaryArticle NameHP releases Synaptics driver update that removes disabled keyloggerDescriptionHP released updates for Synaptics touchpad drivers recently for HP notebooks that removes a disabled keylogger from the driver.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Govt backs trade to sell Vanuatu

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A The Vanuatu Government has doubled its financial support to boost Australian tourism to Vanuatu, the country’s Minister of Finance Moana Kalosil Carcasses announced yesterday in Sydney, amid cheers from wholesalers.According to Mr Carcasses, the fact that tourism accounts for up to 45 percent of Vanuatu’s GDP and with Australia at the fore of visitation numbers and expenditure, an increased investment was necessary. “But I will have to justify this investment to the government,” Mr Carcasses joked.“So please sell Vanuatu to Australia.”The Deputy Prime Minister (who is also the country’s Minister of Tourism and Trade) Hon. Ham Lini Vanuaroroa told e-Travel Blackboard that the Vanuatu Government is committed to building the country’s tourism and hence its economy because “every tourist makes a real difference to our people”.“Tourism is important to the Ni-Vanuatu,” Mr Vanuaroroa told e-Travel Blackboard.“Tourism builds the hospital, supports the community and lets Australians meet our very friendly people.”For more information about Vanuatu, visit http://vanuatu.travel/.last_img read more

She launched in July 2016 carrying the tagline th

first_imgShe launched in July 2016 carrying the tagline ‘the most luxurious ship ever built™’ and now travellers are invited to take a 360-degree virtual tour aboard Seven Seas Explorer as she marks her first anniversary.Regent Seven Seas Cruises has created a new virtual tour series that lets visitors explore the ship’s lavish suites, restaurants and public spaces, and the ‘finest art collection at sea’.To embark on Seven Seas Explorer’s virtual tour CLICK HERE. cruiseSeven Seas Explorervideovirtual tourlast_img

Related Pirate themed places around the Seven Seas

first_img RelatedPirate themed places around the Seven SeasSkyscanner be shivering your timbers with a swashbuckling selection of pirate-themed destinationsBest beaches to be shipwrecked onBest beaches to be shipwrecked onTalk Like a Pirate Day – on-site treasure hunt now on!Talk Like a Pirate Day – on-site treasure hunt now on! Well ahoy there all ye heartie land lubbers, swashbucklers and buccaneers!To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th 2009), let Skyscanner shiver your timbers with its selection of the most piratey places across the seven seas. So raise anchor, hoist your Jolly Roger and go forth in search of pirate booty. Aarhh!NorwayPreceding their Caribbean cousins by a few hundred years, the Vikings were the pirates of the northern seas. They raided and plundered the coasts, rivers and inland cities of Western Europe and their influences can still be seen today. Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo which holds impressive Viking vessels and original Viking artefacts. Find cheap flights to OsloCroatiaMany moons ago, a people called the Narentines who lived in what we now call Croatia, were fierce pirates who prowled the Adriatic looking for ships to plunder. Nowadays, yachts sail freely among Croatia’s beautiful islands without the threat of attack; the islands of Hvar, Brac and Solta are particular favourites with sailors. Find cheap flights to CroatiaBristol, UKThis port city in southwest England has a long history of pirate antics and was the birthplace of Blackbeard, one of the most famous pirates ever to have sailed the seven seas. Splice the main brace by supping on a pint of ale in the Llandoger Trow pub in the dockland area of Bristol which is rumoured to be where many pirates quenched their thirst, recruited their crews and planned their plundering. Find cheap flights to BristolJapanThe Wokou were Japanese pirates who raided the coastlines of China and Korea during the 13th century, plundering exotic booty to bring back home. You can still sail around the seas of Japan in various ferries that take travellers to Japan’s many isles such as Hokkaido – the northernmost island in the Japanese archipelago and a land of smouldering volcanoes, cool lakes and high mountains. Times have changed since the days of pirate galleons though; Japan’s ferries come equipped with on-deck hot tubs, beer vending machines and communal baths. Find cheap flights to JapanNorman Island (British Virgin Islands)This is said to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic swashbuckling pirate tale – Treasure Island. The island remains a tropical tax-haven paradise and tourism is big with excellent yachting, diving and general beach lounging being the big activities here. Find cheap flights to the British Virgin IslandsTortuga, HaitiThis mountainous, rocky island off the north coast of Haiti, featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean and was famed for being a major stronghold of Caribbean piracy. Today Tortuga is largely forgotten by tourists and remains a quiet, underdeveloped island where intrepid visitors come to see its quiet villages, caves, ruins and beaches. Find cheap flights to HaitiMadagascarAt 250 miles off the south east coast of Africa, Madagascar’s numerous concealed coves and hidden beaches made it popular with privateers and retired pirates who often settled there for a quiet life after adventuring on the high seas. Nowadays, Madagascar’s reefs, rainforests and profusion of wildlife (80% is found nowhere else on earth) makes it popular with nature lovers who come to see the lemurs, tree boas and panther chameleons amongst other fauna. Find cheap flights to MadagascarSomaliaModern day pirates have been making headlines over the last year for capturing and ransoming cargo ships and private yachts off the east coast of Africa. Forget any romantic notions of swashbuckling salty sea dogs though, Somali pirates come armed with AK-47s and RPGs and are a major threat to international shipping. Don’t find cheap flights to SomaliaReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more