ScienceShot: Express Elevator From Hell

first_imgMolten rock spewing forth in volcanic eruptions may have risen dozens of kilometers through Earth’s crust in a few months rather than over millennia, a new study suggests. When researchers looked at crystals of the mineral olivine (inset) extracted from lavas erupted from Costa Rica’s Irazú volcano during a 2-year eruption that began in 1963, they found that about 15%  contained thin layers with higher-than-normal concentrations of nickel, an element found more commonly in Earth’s mantle than in the overlying crust. The chemical composition of each successive layer represents the environmental conditions that the growing olivine crystals experienced as they rose toward Earth’s surface, and the fact that nickel hadn’t diffused evenly throughout the mineral indicates that crystal-filled magma had risen from the mantle in a short period of time. Indeed, the scientists estimate that those layered crystals had risen through the estimated 35 kilometers of crust below Irazú volcano in as little as 4 months, they report online today in Nature. On average, though, magma migrated upward at about 80 meters per day, or more than 3 meters per hour, the team notes. It’s also in the same range of speeds seen beneath other peaks where networks of seismic instruments have detected deep earthquakes associated with the rapid movement of magma. But alas, deep quakes beneath a volcano may not serve as an infallible sign of an impending blowout (as seen in Italy’s Stromboli volcano, main image), the scientists say: Some peaks with deep quakes didn’t end up erupting, and many that did erupt didn’t show seismic signs of deep magma movement. For now, the signals that betray when and whether a peak will erupt remain elusive.last_img read more

ICC rules out Eden Gardens for World Cup match

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday ruled out Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens as the venue for its first match of the World Cup between India and England on February 27. The Eden GardensAn ICC inspection team, which visited Kolkata on Tuesday, deemed the stadium unfit to host the high-profile World Cup clash as it was still undergoing renovation despite the deadline to complete the work lapsed thrice. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pulled up the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for failing to meet the deadlines. “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said. “Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready, Lorgat said, adding, “This was no easy decision to take and while it is most unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary.” BCCI blames CABBCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla tried to play down the development saying that lack of preparation at Eden Gardens was responsible for it, not the BCCI. He told Headlines Today that the new venue for the match was yet to be decided. He also denied any politics in shifting the venue. “They checked the venues. After visiting the Kolkata venue they felt that it could not be used for World Cup matches. CAB was quite confident that all construction work would be finished in time… but sometimes it happens. They couldn’t complete it. Most state associations have completed their job on time, but Kolkata could not,” Shukla said. Sources said Bangalore was among the front runners to grab the India-England match. The ICC team, comprising Van Furren Eugiene, Campbell Jamieson and Chris Tetley, had inspected the venue for over four hours with the media barred entry to the stadium. None of the members spoke to the media after the inspection. Fate of other matchesadvertisementAs construction activity was still underway at the stadium, which hosted the 1987 World Cup final, the Jagmohan Dalmiya-led CAB missed the deadlines to hand over the venue to the organisers. Eden Gardens was scheduled to host four matches. Apart from India-England match, it was to host Ireland-South Africa tie on March 15, Ireland-Holland on March 18 and Kenya-Zimbabwe on March 20. As things stand, the much-talked about press box and VIP enclosures of the stadium were still not ready. The bucket seats have not been fixed in the upper tiers of five blocks of A, B, C, K and L. Even the basic amenities like toilets were in a spot of bother with building materials strewn all over. CAB cries foulCAB joint secretary Biswaroop Dey said he had no idea why the ICC took such a drastic decision. On the other side, cricket operations manager of the stadium, Naresh ojha, made an open challenge to the ICC. He said, if the ICC wants “Eden Gardens can host a match even tomorrow”. CAB president Dalmiya at the time of latest inspection of the stadium had said it was a “routine ongoing process that happens before every match”. He had blamed the media for giving a wrong picture of the renovation of the historic venue.last_img read more

Kontron: rugged, fanless, IP67, gateway computing platform for in-vehicle applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron: EvoTRAC G102 provides control unit for Hyliion hybrid solution for trucks and trailersNext dSPACE supports AUTOSAR 4.3 features Kontron introduced the EvoTRAC G103 In-Vehicle Rugged Cellular and WiFi Gateway that delivers broad connectivity capabilities that enable a new range of in-vehicle management, remote access and cloud-based applications. Providing the mobile connectivity and onboard recording device storage needed for a new generation of more intelligent systems, the EvoTRAC G103 features a WiFi and 4G Advanced Pro+ LTE module, and includes 64GB eMMC for onboard storage as well as optional fixed storage capacity. The EvoTRAC G103 is a flexible open-architecture building block platform that supports fast access to actionable information from its integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual CAN bus interface that supports 2.0 A and B, along with two USB 2.0 interface. With the explosion of data generated by today’s commercial vehicles, implementing a robust gateway such as the EvoTRAC G103 offloads important information operators can use to keep drivers safe, lower fuel consumption, and effectively manage maintenance costs.Tested to survive extreme temperature and other demanding on and off-road vehicle conditions (shock, vibration, humidity, salt fog), the EvoTRAC G103 Gateway leverages Kontron’s hardened Type 6 COMe E3845 COM Express CPU module coupled with a ruggedized Carrier Board, all packaged in a natural convection, sealed IP67 enclosure. Extremely rugged and mechanically compact, this gateway is based on the efficient, low-power Intel Atom processor, and incorporates protection from water and dust ingress, as well as CISPR25 emissions and ISO 11452-2 susceptibility.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

2 days agoJuventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.” last_img read more

Apple isn’t targeting Netflix with Apple TV+, it is trying to build a TV service of future

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 12:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSApple launched its Apple TV app on Monday.Apple TV app will also feature content from Amazon Prime.Apple announced video subscription service Apple TV+.Video streaming services have become popular and there are millions of people who use services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar and others. So why do millions more, and manyfold more than the number of people who use a streaming service, continue to use a television? The answer probably is because these services live in Silos. You get Netflix but not Amazon Prime unless you subscribe to another service. With Prime, you get Amazon content but not Hotstar. This is where Apple TV and Apple TV+ enter the picture, and I believe they may change we watch TV.But before I talk why and how, some context first: Apple has finally launched its subscription-based video streaming service – the Apple TV+ app — along with the rejigged version of its TV app – the Apple TV app — after months of anticipation. The announcement about its ad-free, on-demand service video subscription service came on a star-studded night at the Steve Jobs theatre at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California on Monday where Hollywood celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, Steve Carell, Kumail and Steven Spielberg and others took to the stage to introduce their shows. The night, as became apparent after a time, ended with the golden lady, Oprah Winfrey, announcing two projects exclusively for the Apple TV+.Star-studded launchNotably, details of some of these projects have been in the public domain for quite some time. For instance, we knew that Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon would star in a show on Apple’s video streaming service. We knew that the service would also feature a science fiction show. We also knew that Oprah had signed a multi-year deal with the company. However, it is only during Apple’s extravagant event that the exact details of these shows and the company’s streaming service came to light.advertisementSo here’s what we know now: Apple is introducing an Apple TV app that would contain shows from the subscription channels and streaming services including Amazon Prime and Roku (this is conditional but about that in a while). It would also include the Apple TV+ or what we like to call the ‘Apple Originals’, which would feature shows by Hollywood celebs. Reese and Jenny would be starring in The Morning Show with Steve Carell, Steven Spielberg would revive his 1985 anthology series Amazing Stories, Kumail Nanjiani would bring immigrant stories with Little America and Aquaman Jason Momoa would be a part of an alternate universe called See. And in case you are eager to know what Oprah is up to, well, she would work on two docuseries – one called Toxic Labor and the other untitled. In addition to this, she would also revamp her famous Book Clubfor Apple’s platform.But what we don’t know so far is when exactly will these get to see these original shows by Apple. Or more importantly, how much will this video subscription service cost, that is if it does decide to charge its users. It also remains unclear if Apple would offer a differential charging plan to Apple device users vs the non-users.Apple has announced that its Apple TV app will be coming to Apple devices – the iPhone, iPad and the Apple TV – this May. Yet the subscription charges to the cable TV channels – HBO, Showtime, Starz, CBS, ESPN+, ABC to name a few — are still a mystery. And now, amid what is being said and what’s not, the service which combines the Apple TV app and the Apple TV+, is being touted as the ‘Netflix killer’. But there is a flaw with this stream of thoughts. Netflix started a DVD rental company almost two decades back in 1997 and it gradually introduced a library of TV shows and movies before taking a step further and introducing its originals almost a decade back around 2011. The video streaming giant since has explicitly focused only on content and improving the overall user experience via mobile and desktop platforms over its user interface. Netflix is a service to access Netflix content. It’s exclusive. It doesn’t give you access to the latest match played between Nadal and Federer.Amazon Prime is similar. It also gives users access to great Amazon Prime only content, like delicious The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. Both Netflix and Amazon also give users access to fantastic old content, including thousands of movies and hundreds of TV shows.In a way, and also because Apple is starting so late, the Apple TV+ may never catch up to Prime and Netflix in terms of the depth of old content and movies. Even it’s originals, despite the star-studded cast, may not match the depth of what Netflix and Prime can offer. But I believe this is not what Apple is trying to do. It is not trying to create a Netflix or Prime, which are content services.advertisement(Apple) TV of futureInstead, Apple is trying to build a TV platform of future that uses streaming. And at the heart of the service is the Apple TV. The Apple TV+ is just the icing on the cake.So as a platform, here is what I think Apple TV is trying to be: It is trying to be a hub where you will have access to other streaming services as well as TV channels. In addition to that, via the Apple TV+ you will have access to some originals.This is very much evident when you see how the Apple TV is going to work. Unlike Netflix and even Prime, Apple TV is not another platform where users would find some original content along with TV shows and movies that they can’t select. Instead, the service offers users an option to select the content from their cable TV subscription, be its cricket matches, news, fashion shows or even movies, that they want to see along with exclusive access to the Apple Originals.In fact, users will also be able to subscribe to services like Amazon Prime and Hulu on Apple TV. Now – for now – this is conditional. After users subscribe to these services on Apple TV, they will still have to watch the Hulu or the Prime content in their respective apps. But it is possible that in future this may change, particularly if Apple TV proves popular with well-paying iPhone and Mac users. Same you can say for Netflix, which right now has said that it won’t join the Apple TV platform. But what happens in future is something that is difficult to pertain right now.One bit that should help Apple is the number of the screens it owns. Apple has the screen power in its hands and its string of devices — majorly iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs — ensure that it can further its agenda and perhaps even convince more people to subscribe to its video subscription service.The big takeaway is this: if you are just looking at the Apple announcement through the prism of “originals”, you are missing Apple’s big TV play. Apple’s idea seems to be putting everything together – the TV, the streaming services, the originals, the sports channels, the news – in one place and it is hoping that it will be able to pull off something that no other company has succeeded in doing so far. Not Netflix. Not Prime. Not Google with its Youtube. And here is the key bit: It is a big task to pull off something like this but then Apple is a big company with deep pockets. If it can get the right content partners, and if it can show to the world that it is finally time to move away from TV by combining the best of the TV with the best of streaming service, it may leapfrog the likes of Netflix and Prime with ease.advertisementALSO READ | Apple’s video streaming will not be free; HBO, Showtime and Starz to cost $9.99 eachALSO READ | Missed the Apple event? Here are 7 things you should know aboutALSO READ | Apple TV app coming to Amazon Fire TV and Samsung smart TVsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow AppleFollow Amazon Apple isn’t targeting Netflix with Apple TV+, it is trying to build a TV service of futureApple TV is trying to be a hub where you will have access to other streaming services as well as TV channels.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Video Here Is the Worlds Largest LEGO Ship

first_imgHong Kong-based cruise line company Dream Cruises has built a huge replica of its World Dream cruise ship out of LEGOs to mark the delivery of the ship.The large-scale replica was built by over 1,000 cruise guests and members of the public under the guidance of Greater China’s first LEGO certified professional, Andy Hung.The ship was constructed using more than 2.5 million LEGO blocks. The ship model weighs over 2,800 kg and measures 8.44 m (27.7 ft) in length, 1.33 m (4.36 ft) in width and 1.53 m (5 ft) in height, according to the information shared on Guinness World Record webpage.The model was officially unveiled at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal after two months of the construction process.Following the final measuring, the endeavor was declared successful, ensuring the company official Guinness World Records certificate.The new 18-deck, 151,695-ton cruise ship, was delivered to Dream Cruises, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, in October 2017.The ship can accommodate 3,376 passengers and is 335 meters long, 39.7 meters wide and can reach a speed of more than 23 knots. This cruise ship also carries a small deep-sea submarine that can take guests down to a depth of up to 200 metres.Video courtesy: Guinness World Recordlast_img read more

ED custody for DK Shivakumar till Sept 13

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday remanded senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar to ED’s custody for nine days till September 13, in connection with a money-laundering case it is probing against him.Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, who has been hearing remand proceedings of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram as well, ordered that family members and lawyers be allowed to meet with Shivakumar for half an hour every day during his time in ED custody. Additional Solicitor-General KM Natraj sought 14 days of custody on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate, citing Shivakumar’s non-cooperation during questioning and said that the Congress troubleshooter had been evasive in answering the agency’s questions about several transactions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNatraj added that Shivakumar’s custodial interrogation was required because he had personal knowledge about how proceeds of crime have been parked and other such details. However, arguing for the Karnataka leader, Abhishek Manu Singhvi pointed out that the foundation on which the ED has built its case does not hold. Singhvi was referring to the fact that the I-T complaint based on which the ED initiated its probe had itself been challenged in a High Court, which had stayed the tax proceedings against Shivakumar. Moreover, the sections under which the Income Tax department had charged Shivakumar with had no mention in the schedule of offences under the PMLA, argued Singhvi. The ED’s case is based on a I-T chargesheet filed after tax sleuths raided his premises in 2017. The tax authority had claimed that Shivakumar had contacts who would allegedly launder his unaccounted wealth through hawala channels. Shivakumar was arrested on Tuesday night after four days of questioning.last_img read more

Amnesty Stands Against Islamophobia After New Zealand Terror Attack

Rabat – Amnesty International has said the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, are “a devastating reminder of the consequences of letting hatred and demonization go unchecked.”The organization’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo condemned the terrorist attack on Friday, March 15. “This is also a moment of reckoning for leaders across the world who have encouraged or turned a blind eye to the scourge of Islamophobia,” Naidoo said.He added, “The politics of demonization has today cost 49 people their lives. Reports that the attackers followed a white supremacist manifesto must galvanize world leaders to start standing against this hate-filled ideology.” He further stated, “The New Zealand we believe in is one that thrives as a multicultural society, welcomes refugees and migrants, and respects the rights of everyone to practice their religion in peace.”For Naidoo, the tragedy is only a trigger to stand against Islamophobia and create “a society built around peace, hope, and justice.” read more

Ban Kimoon pays tribute to role of former international civil servants

22 May 2008The former staff of the United Nations can play a vital role as mentors and guides “to a whole new generation of international civil servants” at a time when the Organization is facing unprecedented demands, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. In a message to the annual meeting of the Association of Former International Civil Servants, held in New York, Mr. Ban noted that the world body is being called on to provide solutions to the world’s most intractable problems, from climate change to food security to peacekeeping and peacebuilding.While the current UN staff are “proving worth of these tasks… there is much they can learn from all of you,” he said, in a message delivered on his behalf by Netta Avedon, the chief of staff development in the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM).“Your accumulated wisdom and institutional memory complement their own youthful energy and dedication. That is why I welcome and encourage regular contact between us.”In his message the Secretary-General also urged the former staff members to be strong public advocates for the UN.“Many of you already defend and explain our Organization through speeches, talks, articles and other outreach efforts. I am grateful for this support and encourage every one of you to contribute to this effort.” read more

Ryanair admits that it tries to keep window and aisle seats free

first_imgA statistician’s analysis of Ryanair seating plans has led to claims that passengers are more likely to win the lottery than be randomly allocated a middle seat as often as they are.The calculations have prompted Ryanair to admit that it tries to “keep window and aisle seats free” but that the remaining seats are still “randomly allocated”.Jennifer Rogers, the director of statistical consultancy at Oxford University, was given access to information on the number of free seats available at the time of check-in on four different flights and from this was able to calculate the probability of customers being allocated the dreaded middle seat – as each of them was, four times over. So tiny, in fact, that you are more than ten times more likely to win the UK National Lottery (a probability of 1:45,057,474), she says, than for this to happen.We put this to Ryanair.“No, this claim isn’t true,” said Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer.  “When a customer does not purchase a seat, they are randomly allocated a seat. The algorithm changes on each flight and each route by reference to demands for reserved seats.” What is this all about @Ryanair ?? Split families up on checkin and then everyone swapping around on the plane #madness #allaboutthemoney— Nicola Hartley (@HartleyNicola) September 1, 2017 'We have to keep window and aisle seats free' says Ryanair Her sums suggest that the allocation of seating for passengers unwilling to pay to select a seat is not as random as they might think.Ryanair has angered some passengers over the summer by suggesting that must they pay an extra charge in order to sit next to each other on a flight.Whereas in the past, many swear blind that they would normally have been seated with friends and family if all were travelling on the same booking, this appeared to suddenly no longer be the case.Ryanair has denied on many occasions in recent months that it has changed its policy and said that it is not deliberately trying to split groups up with the way that seats are allocated. One of the few people able to mathematically put this to the test however is Rogers, who could calculate the likelihood of certain, real-life seating situations arising after being privy to the airline’s seating plans.She was asked by the consumer programme Watchdog to calculate the chances of four programme researchers being randomly allocated middle seats on all four flights, which is what happened.On their Manchester to Dublin flight, for example, she could see that there were 65 seats available at the time of check in, 15 of which were middle.“Therefore, we can calculate the probability of being allocated four middle seats on this flight as 1 in 500,” she said. “Carrying out similar calculations for the other flights, and then combining these probabilities together, I was able to calculate the probability of four researchers being allocated middle seats on their four flights, if the seating allocation was indeed random, as 1:543,094,880. A tiny probability.” @Ryanair @TomWitherow where is our other ‘random’ allocated seat?there are all these free rows around..row 33!!To sit together £28 joke!— niki spiller (@sleepinbooti) July 3, 2017 Seat swapping could lead to flight delays Still confused? Us too.“This is entirely a matter of customer choice,” Jacobs explained. “We are very happy to facilitate any customer who wants a free of charge random seat but we are also going to do our best to facilitate customers who are willing to pay for a reserved seat (usually window or aisle) which start from £2.”In what has, in many ways, become a battle of semantics, Rogers puts it this way. “I don’t think they do allocate seats randomly,” she told Telegraph Travel. “Ryanair have said that they save the window and aisle seats. I think the rows will be randomly allocated, but you will be given a middle seat and then they fill up from there.”When contacted by the Telegraph, Ryanair also denied that it was concerned about reports that some passengers, upon boarding, then try to find people to swap seats with in order to reunite groups. ‘We have to keep window and aisle seats free’ says Ryanair Credit:Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto/NurPhoto Seat swapping could lead to flight delays He went on say that, while the airline did withhold window and aisle seats from “random-seat” customers, they were still able to allocate the remaining seats for them at random.“Some random seat passengers are confused by the appearance of empty seats beside them when they check-in up to four days prior to departure,” he said. “The reason they can’t have these window or aisle seats is that these are more likely to be selected by reserved seat passengers many of whom only check-in 24 hours prior to departure.“Since our current load factor is 97 per cent, we have to keep these window and aisle seats free to facilitate those customers who are willing to pay (from £2) for them.” This has been experienced by members of the Telegraph Travel desk on recent flights and there are reports of it happening on social media too.“No,” replied Jacobs yesterday when asked if it was a concern, “as all customers sit in the seats they have been allocated and the issue doesn’t arise.”last_img read more

Thirty six per cent of Anglican congregations have no parishioners under 16yearsold

Criticising the “toxic” gambling advertising industry that “preys on the young”, the Rt Rev Alan Smith tabled a motion calling on the Government to reduce the quantity of gambling adverts that are reaching British children.“The times have changed since when you would simply enjoy sport by supporting a team or a particular player. Now younger generations are conditioned to enjoy sport only by betting on who is going to score the next goal or which team is going to win,” he said. Describing Brexit as “a historic moment”, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, concluded the Synod with his annual State of the Nation speech.It is understood that the Church are planning a “season of prayer” for five days at the end of March when Britain is due to depart the EU. A senior Church of England source said the event would be to help people reconnect after the divisive 2016 referendum. Speaking at the Synod, the Most Reverend Justin Welby said: “Brexit has revealed how our politics and society have, for many decades, not paid attention to the common good. “One way or another, for better or worse, life will go on.“We remain a nation of great stability compared to many. A nation of world influence, generosity in overseas aid, skilled in the exercise of soft power, with a robust and effective democracy, judiciary and many other aspects which are envied around the world.” 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. Thirty six per cent of Anglican congregations have no parishioners under 16-years-old, the Church of England has revealed. Describing the situation as “shocking” Canon Mark Russell, chief executive of the Church Army, told the Church’s General Synod that only six per cent of Anglican churches have more than 25 under 16-year-olds. The new figures came during the Synod debate on the future of youth evangelism in England, in which the Church agreed to prioritise recruiting more youth workers and being inclusive of LGBT teenagers.Lucy Gorman, a parishioner from the Diocese of York, said diversity and inclusion is an issue within the Church’s recruitment problem, adding: “When one in 25 young people identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual we need to speak into the silence and connect with them to include them in the life of the Church.”The debate followed a motion on tackling gambling adverts in which the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said children have become “conditioned” to enjoy sport by betting on who will win.  read more

Trainee electrician 25 charged with providing funding to a foreign terrorist group

first_img Share Tweet Email A MAN ARRESTED as part of an investigation into the alleged funding of international terrorism was remanded in custody when he appeared at Waterford district court this morning.Hassan Bal (25), with an address at O’Connell Street in Waterford, was arrested in the city before 10am on Thursday morning and questioned throughout the day at Waterford garda station. He is charged with two offences under the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act of 2005.Married and originally from the UK, Bal has lived in Ireland for more than decade and in the Waterford area for most of that time. He holds an Irish passport, worked as a trainee electrician and lived in rented accommodation in the city centre.He is charged with providing funding for a foreign terrorist group on 2 October 2015, and attempting to provide funding to a foreign terrorist group on 23 October 2015.The charges were placed before him in the early hours of this morning at the garda station in Ballybricken, Waterford. He was later taken to a sitting of Waterford District Court at the court service’s temporary facility at Grace Dieu, just outside the city.Wearing a dark grey t-shirt and black jacket, he sat alone in the courtroom, close to a number of gardaí, while waiting for the proceedings to take place.A number of senior gardaí from the area, including Superintendent Chris Delaney, Inspector Anthony Dineen and Detective Inspector Anthony Pettit, were also in court for the hearing.Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Detective Inspector Anthony Pettit and Detective Sergeant Donal Donohue. The court heard the accused made no reply to either charge. Judge Kevin Staunton was told that there was no language difficulty. The accused was not called upon to speak during the hearing.Inspector Anthony Dineen applied to the court for a remand in custody and there was no objection from the accused’s solicitor, Pat Newell, who said they were reserving their position in relation to bail.Judge Staunton remanded the accused in custody to appear again before Waterford district court next Tuesday. He granted free legal aid upon application by Newell.Following the arrest of Bal which came as part of a major investigation led by gardaí in Waterford, linked to a wider UK-based and international intelligence probe, officers carried out a search of the rented property in which the suspect was living.The operation was carried out by local gardaí, members of the Garda Technical Bureau and supported by armed gardaí from the response units.A 22-year-old woman, also from the UK originally and who was arrested at the same time for questioning by gardaí during Thursday was released without charge just after 1.40am this morning. A file in relation to her arrest is being prepared for the DPP.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing.  Short URL By Conor Kane 24,997 Views No Comments Trainee electrician, 25, charged with providing funding to a foreign terrorist group Married and originally from the UK, Hassan Bal has lived in Ireland for more than decade. Apr 28th 2017, 12:04 PM Friday 28 Apr 2017, 12:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Search suspended for Limerick man who went missing off coast of New

first_img 3 Comments Share25 Tweet Email2 Short URL Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 9:09 AM By Cianan Brennan Search suspended for Limerick man who went missing off coast of New York The man was reported missing after going swimming in the early hours of Monday morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 27th 2018, 9:09 AM 22,643 Views Police cruisers at the scene of where the man entered the waters off the shores of Long Beach Source: AB7NY.comSEARCHES ARE CONTINUING in New York for a missing 30-year-old man, who hasn’t been seen since entering the sea early on Monday morning.The man is believed to be from Limerick, according to the Limerick Leader, and had reportedly been living in the borough of Brooklyn.He had entered the waters off the coast of Long Island with two friends at 2am US time (7am Irish time) on Monday morning.The US Coast Guard has said it has made the “difficult decision” to suspend the search.“After searching extensively throughout the night and daylight hours, in coordination with our partner agencies, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our search,” said Commander Andrew Ely, chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, told the New York Post.Rescuers had covered more than 650 miles during a 29-hour search but had been unable to locate the missing man.The Department of Foreign Affairs said it “cannot comment on individual consular cases”.last_img read more

You Can Use This Operating System and USB Drive to Revive Derelict

first_img We’ve all got an older computer or laptop laying around the house that we just can’t be bothered to fix. Maybe it’s riddled with malware because Aunt Clara couldn’t figure out how to stop clicking on those pesky pop-up ads. Or maybe you just didn’t feel like reformatting it after installing and reinstalling things over and over again as the years went by. Whatever the case may be, you’ve probably got one or have one somewhere, and you don’t have much you can or want to do with it.Until now, that is. The creators of the Raspberry Pi have created an experimental operating system known as Pixel that’s meant to revitalize computers just like the ones I described above. It was originally made for the Raspberry Pi itself, which runs about $35, but the company is deciding to offer more than that. Pixel is actually a modified version of Debian, a version of Linux, and it’s got bits of software already installed on it. It’s meant to act as lighter, an airier operating system that doesn’t rely on a whole heaping helping of resources. But it still offers valuable software most users typically run in a normal day of computer usage.Of course, there are a few catches, though none of them are major. Pixel itself can only run when booted from a USB drive, so if you do install it for one of your laptops, you’ll have to leave your USB drive on the computer even when the novelty of running the OS has run all the way out. It also won’t work on all Macs, and you don’t get a copy of Minecraft, though if you’re a Minecraft fan you probably already own a version on most platforms anyway.But if you’re interested in bringing otherwise perfectly functional computers back to life, you can try Pixel from the official blog post here, and make sure you report back on your results. I’m sure we’ve all got some sort of tech graveyard floating around in our lives. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

Selfcontained POGO hubs aimed at separating Chinese workers from locals PAGCOR

first_imgThe development of two self-contained gaming hubs set to house the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) is aimed at limiting interactions between Chinese workers and local Filipinos, according to a PAGCOR official.In an interview aired on Philippines television, PAGCOR’s Vice President of Offshore Gaming, Jose Tria, said the hubs are a response to complaints from Filipinos over alleged “unruly behavior” from POGO workers. “That is the reason why we came up with these POGO hubs. These will be self-contained communities (so we can limit the) interaction between Filipinos and foreign workers,” PhilStar reported Tria as staying.“As soon as … the private participation is able to set up these hubs, we will be canceling all their authority to operate outside these hubs. We will put them there so it is easier to monitor.”The hubs, to be established by online gaming giant Oriental Game, were first announced in July. Initial plans are for two of these self-contained communities to be developed – one in Clark and the other in Cavite – with PAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo stating at the time that they would make regulation of POGOs easier. POGO operators who relocate to the hubs will be offered five year licenses rather than the current three. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more

Sundaram Mutual Fund launches Sundaram Fixed Term Plan HT

first_imgSundaram Mutual Fund has launched a closed-end income scheme called Sundaram Fixed Term Plan – HT. The issue opened on Wednesday (Aug. 31) and will remain open till Thursday (Sept. 1).The scheme will have a duration of 1,100 days from the date of allotment of units to investors and will invest in debt and money market securities that would mature on or before the maturity of the scheme, according to the offer document.There are two options for investors under the scheme: growth and dividend payout (quarterly and half-yearly). The minimum investment is Rs. 5,000 and in multiples of Rs. 10 thereafter per application.There won’t be any buyback of units given that it is a closed-end scheme. “The Fund will not buy the units back till the maturity of the scheme. However, in order to provide the liquidity to the investors, the units of the Scheme are proposed to be listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) within 5 business days from the date of allotment,” the offer document disclosed.Other details of Sundaram Fixed Term Plan-HT:Entry load: NilExit Load: Not ApplicableDividend will be distributed at the discretion of the Trustee from the available distributable surplus, if any. The dividend when declared will be paid (subject of deduction of tax at source).Unitholders may choose to receive the redemption/dividend proceeds in any of the bank accounts, the details of which are registered with the AMC by specifying the necessary details in the “Bank Accounts Registration form”.Individuals, HUFs, Sole proprietor firms can register up to five bank accounts and other investors can register up to ten bank accounts in a folio.Sandeep Agarwal is the fund manager.On all working days, NAV will be computed (except in special circumstances detailed in the Statement of Additional Information/Scheme (NAV) Publication Information Document) and shall be published in at least two daily newspapers having circulation all over India and updated on the websites of Sundaram Asset Management.last_img read more

Turner Is Trying To Influence Key Players In Austin To Get The

first_img 00:00 /00:00 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Al OrtizFrom left to right: Marta Crinejo, Agenda Director for the City of Houston; Sylvester Turner, Mayor; and Ellen Cohen, Mayor Pro-Tem during the Council meeting held on May 10th 2017.Mayor Sylvester Turner is working all the angles and using all his connections to make sure the City’s pension reform happens this year, but he is also trying to ensure the final version of the bill is the one he deems the best for Houston’s financial future.Having served in the Texas Legislature since the late 1980s, Turner knows all the nitty gritty strategies to get things done in Austin and a big one is influencing the right people.“My focus is primarily with the Lieutenant Governor,” the Mayor commented during the customary press conference held after the Wednesday meeting of the City Council.Turner is talking to Dan Patrick — the leader of the senate — because the pension reform bill is about to go to a conference committee, where it will be shaped towards a final version. The Lieutenant Governor will designate five Senators who will serve on the conference committee.Speaker Joe Straus, with whom the Mayor is also in contact, will do the same in the House of Representatives.The members of the conference committee are important because they will decide which amendments remain and which are removed.So, Turner is letting Patrick and Straus know which amendments he doesn’t want to survive.Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is communicating with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus to let them know which amendments he doesn’t want in the final version of the pension reform bill because he doesn’t think they will benefit the City’s finances.The amendment the Mayor sees as the main problem is authored by Representative Dwayne Bohac (Republican-Houston) and would exempt more than 3,000 retired firefighters from benefit cuts.“It’s the one that has the highest cost. It’s twenty 27 dollars annually and it adds 400 million dollars to the unfunded liability,” noted Turner.The legislative session ends on May 29th and the Mayor is confident there is enough time for the bill to pass.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected from an earlier version. There is one conference committee, not two. We regret the error. X last_img read more

After Mishandling Parkland Shooter Tip FBI To Answer Questions From Congress

first_imgAs students stage a national walkout Wednesday morning over gun violence, senior federal officials will be sitting down for an expected grilling from Congress over law enforcement’s failure to act on tips about the gunman behind last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School touched off yet another round of soul-searching and national debate over guns in the U.S. that has drawn in activists, lawmakers and the White House. One major change this time, however, is that Florida teenagers who survived the violence are spearheading the conversation.The Senate Judiciary Committee officially joins the discussion Wednesday with a three-panel hearing that will likely focus, at least in part, on missteps by both local and federal law enforcement ahead of the shooting. In addition to federal officials, Florida Sens. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson will take questions. Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in the shooting, and a teacher at the high school, Katherine Posada, will also participate.“The great tragedy of the Parkland shooting is that it was preventable,” Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said. “The FBI and local law enforcement failed to act on credible tips that should have neutralized the killer and gotten him help.”The FBI has acknowledged that it received a tip in January at its West Virginia Call Center about the alleged Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz. The bureau said the caller provided information about Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”Questions over the bureau’s actions will fall to acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, who will be testifying alongside the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Thomas Brandon, and the head of the National Threat Assessment Center, Lina Alathari.In February, Bowdich told reporters that protocols were not followed in the Cruz case. The tip was not forwarded to the Miami Field Office for follow-up as it should have been.“Let me be clear: There was a mistake made,” Bowdich said. “We know that. But it is our job to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure that does not happen again.”Bowdich said the FBI is conducting a full-scale review of the tip-line, which he said received some 765,000 calls last year. He estimated that 1 in 10 of those calls turns into a lead.Local law enforcement also reportedly missed red flags. The Broward Sheriff’s Office also received a tip about Cruz potentially being a “school shooter in the making,” according to the Miami Herald. The newspaper says deputies didn’t report the warning. Sharelast_img read more

Soon Howrah to get Khel City

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to improve infrastructure for sports activities, Khel City will be developed at Dumurjola in Howrah.While addressing the administrative review meeting in Howrah on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated the need of setting up another cricket stadium as there is only one in the state and there is demand for one more. The cricket stadiumwill also come up in the Khel City.Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, was also present in the meeting. He said: “Survey has been conducted and a plan has also been chalked out to set up the Khel City. Spot visit has also been carried out with the Mayor.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe further said: “All aspects of sports activities will be brought under one umbrella in the Khel City. There are some old buildings. Residents of the buildings will be rehabilitated to another place and HIT will be carrying out the task.””With setting up of the city, there will be infrastructure for cricket, football and other sports including swimming. Moreover, there will be a separate arena for players and sportsmen,” he said, adding that with development of the infrastructure, people from outside will also start flowing in. So, there will also be a hotel for their accommodation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further said that an indoor stadium is also coming up here and it is almost complete.The Chief Minister said in this connection that former captain of the Indian cricket team Sourav Ganguly, who is at present the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), came to meet her and gave proposal of carrying out sports activities.”The CAB wants another stadium and it would come up at Dumurjola. We must allow the same as there is only one cricket stadium in the state,” said the Chief Minister.It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government had given a 15 acre land at New Town to All India Football Federation (AIFF), to set up the National Centre for Excellence in Football. This came after the FIFA Under-17 Football World Cup.Hakim said that he will be holding discussion with Sourav Ganguly, to chalk out a plan to develop the cricket stadium.last_img read more

Where Colin was right where Colin was wrong 2016 football year in

first_imgEvery Monday in The Herd, Colin counts his wins the losses from another week of predictions in Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong. 2017 is here, the NFL regular season is in the books, college football is almost wrapped up, and Colin is ready to review his 2016 football predictions.Here are his biggest hits and most egregious misses from the 2016 football season:Where Colin was right2016 Blazin’ 5 was fiyah– Colin didn’t pick Week 17 games because there’s too much uncertainty with teams sitting players. He was 3-2 in Week 16, and finishes the year at a more than respectable 44-33-3. The saying in Vegas is that you can make a living if you hit 56% of the time. Colin is at 57% for the year. Colin was right.Guaranteed to be the best Blazin’ 5 of the season— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 24, 2016 Where Colin was wrongMatt Ryan is an MVP frontrunner – Before the season, Colin thought Ryan was the 4th best quarterback in his own division, behind Cam Newton, Drew Brees, and Jameis Winston. Ryan hasn’t had any playoff success, and in the last three years he had 75 touchdowns against 50 interceptions.Ryan has popped in his second year with Kyle Shanahan. This season he’s thrown for almost 5,000 yards, 38 touchdowns, only 7 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 117. He threw for another 4 touchdowns yesterday. The Falcons look like a dangerous playoff team and Ryan deserves credit. Colin was wrong.ANOTHER MVP TD from matt ryan . 4 TDs and it’s not even halftime yet!!! #RiseUp— B17 Bomber (@b17fortres) January 1, 2017 Advertisement Where Colin was rightRex Ryan is done as an NFL head coach – Colin has been saying for years that Rex Ryan and his tough guy persona were out of place in today’s NFL, which is dominated by tacticians and details guys. The NFL is a quarterback league, and Rex is bad with quarterbacks. He’s also unwilling to change his style to make it a better fit in today’s game. Ryan was canned after Week 16 and he won’t be a head coach in the NFL again. He should be an excellent analyst, if he chooses that route. Colin was right on Rex.After combing through a ton of video, here’s the best of the best of Rex Ryan at the podium. He sure said a lot over 2 years. #Bills @News_8— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) December 29, 2016 Where Colin was rightAFC Predictions were good – In his preseason predictions, Colin had the Patriots, Raiders, Steelers all making the playoffs as division winners, and the Chiefs getting in as a Wild Card. The Chiefs won the division and the Raiders are the Wild Card, but both still made it. He predicted the Colts would be the top seed, but they’ve been a mess. He also predicted the Ravens and Titans would barely miss out. Not perfect, but still pretty good. Colin was right.Where Colin was wrong.NFC Predictions were awful – Colin had the Packers, Giants and Seahawks getting in the playoffs, but didn’t see the Dallas train coming. He wasn’t alone there. He whiffed on Carolina and Arizona, who disappointed and missed the playoffs. He also predicted the Falcons would finish on the outside at 7-9, and the Lions would finish at a miserable 5-11. Both made the playoffs. Colin was wrong.center_img Where Colin was wrongClemson finally turned it on – Colin did pick Clemson as his preseason college #1, but he’s still calling this wrong because he bailed on them at so many different points during the year. The Tigers dropped a game to 5-loss Pitt, and almost lost to 6-loss NC State. But, the Tigers’ young defensive front turned it on against Ohio State, and DeShaun Watson looks like the best player in the nation heading into the championship game. Colin was wrong.Oh boy. Deshaun Watson runs it in from 7 yards out to make it 24-0 (!!!) Clemson over OSU. #Allin #CFBPlayoff— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 1, 2017 Where Colin was wrong The Big Ten has struggled in bowl season – Colin said that the Big Ten was the deepest conference, mostly due to its head coaching superiority over the SEC. But, the B1G is 2-4 in bowl season, including Ohio State getting blown out by Clemson, and Michigan losing to Florida State. Colin still thinks the Big Ten is strong, but they need more dynamic offensive playmakers to be on the SEC’s level of talent. National Letter of Intent Day is coming up, and Big Ten coaches need to win big. Colin was wrong.Deondre Francois finds Noonie Murray for the MASSIVE 92-yard TD pass, the longest in #OrangeBowl history! #GoNoles #FSUvsMICH— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 31, 2016 Where Colin was rightGreen Bay making the playoffs – A month ago, when the Packers were still down two games in the division, Colin predicted they would make a run and get into the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers has played out of his mind in the second half of the season, Jordy Nelson has returned to his pre-injury form, and the Green Bay defense finally got healthy after cluster injuries devastated their secondary. No one wants to see the Packers right now. Colin was right.Aaron Rodgers scrambles around the finds Jordy Nelson for Nelson’s second TD of the day! #GoPackGo #MINvsGB— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 24, 2016last_img read more