Patient’s relatives assault doctor in Dhule hospital

first_img35-year-old resident doctor was assaulted by relatives of a patient at the Dhule Civil Hospital on Sunday night. The video that shows the mob kicking and slapping Dr. Rohan Mhamunkar and hitting him with a cot has gone viral, evoking strong reactions from doctors across Maharashtra. While the police have arrested nine persons, Dr. Mhamunkar, who suffered multiple injuries, including an orbital fracture, was given preliminary treatment. He is recovering at his residence in Kandivali.The incident occurred around 10 p.m. when a 20-year-old accident victim Shatrughan Lashkar was taken to the hospital’s casualty ward with a head injury. Casualty medical officer Dr. Arunkumar Nage started preliminary treatment. Dr. Rameez Raza, a lecturer in general surgery, and Dr. Mhamunkar, a senior orthopaedic resident doctor, also evaluated the patient. The doctors decided that a CT scan would be done after the patient stabilised. They told the relatives that if the patient required a neurosurgeon, he would have to be shifted to a higher centre as the Dhule Civil Hospital did not have the facility. Heated argumentOne of the relatives got into an argument with Dr. Mhamunkar, and suddenly the mob started beating him up.Dr. Mhamunkar was slapped and kicked. Some relatives of the patient hit him with a cot. The mob also ransacked the mini operation theatre. State of shockSoon after the attack, the mob dispersed. The patient was shifted to a private hospital, where he died. After a police complaint was filed, the Dhule police arrested four persons on Monday morning and another five in the evening. However, the doctors are demanding that the mob of 25-odd people be put behind bars.Dr. Mhamunkar is in a state of shock. “He was in pain but he was calm. But, after he saw the video, he went in shock,” Dr. Mhamunkar’s mother Archana told The Hindu.last_img read more

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Two policemen killed in Sukma encounter

first_imgTwo policemen were killed and five Special Task Force personnel were injured in Sukma district of South Chhattisgarh on Saturday during an anti-Maoist operation by security forces.D.M. Awasthi, special Director General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operations Unit of Chhattisgarh Police, said 15 to 20 Maoists were killed in Operation Prahar. He said, “We launched two anti-Maoist operations on Friday. One in Bijapur and the other one in Sukma, where we deputed 1,500 personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force, Special Task Force, District Reserve Guard and Commando Battalion for Resolute Action.“An encounter took place on Saturday morning near Tondamarka village, considered the headquarters of the Maoists’ military battalion number 1.”He said, “About 15 to 20 Maoists were killed in the encounter. We have recovered the body of one Maoist and a self loading rifle, suggesting he was a big Maoist commander. Two District Reserve Guards were killed in fresh firing at 4 p.m. Five STF men were injured in the morning. The firing is still on in the area.” The DGP also said, “Some of our jawans were injured while trying to recover the bodies of the Maoists.”The injured STF men were moved to Raipur in an Indian Air Force chopper. IAF spokesperson B.K. Pande said, “The Task Force Commander of the IAF sent a helicopter as news came in about the jawans sustaining bullet injuries. The area was a high threat zone close to the operations area. As the nearest helipad for Mi-17 operations was at a distance away, it was decided to sent helicopters to evacuate the casualties from site of the encounter. Two helicopters with a medical team on board left for the site at 12.50 p.m. The five jawans were safely airlifted to Raipur for treatment, the helicopters flying more than two hours in the process.” An injured STF jawan told reporters at a hospital in Raipur that more than 300 Maoists were involved in the attack at Tondamarka.In the operation in Bijapur district, security forces gunned down one Maoist and recovered his body. In a separate incident, security forces arrested seven alleged Maoists from Dantewada district.last_img read more

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Siraj, Shreyas Iyer in T20 squad, Vijay back in Test squad against NZ

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Despite speculation, skipper Virat Kohli has decided against taking rest from the New Zealand leg and the first two Tests against Sri Lanka October 23, 2017 Fit-again opener Murali Vijay. File Photo   –  The Hindu 23-year-old fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, first came into prominence for Sunrisers Hyderabad. File Photo   –  The Hindu cricket Published on 1/3 Shreyas Iyer has been a consistent performer for Mumbai and India A during the past one year. File Photo   –  The Hindu 3/3 Shreyas Iyer has been a consistent performer for Mumbai and India A during the past one year. File Photo   –  The Hindu Fit-again opener Murali Vijay. File Photo   –  The Hindu 2/3 23-year-old fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, first came into prominence for Sunrisers Hyderabad. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE × COMMENT Rookie Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj and prolific Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer were the two new faces in the Indian T20 squad announced today for the three-match series against New Zealand starting November 1.Despite speculation, skipper Virat Kohli has decided against taking rest from the New Zealand leg and the first two Tests against Sri Lanka, starting November 16. The first two Tests against Sri Lanka are to be held in Kolkata and Nagpur.However, chairman of selectors MSK Prasad indicated that a “rotation policy will be applicable” for the captain as well. It is expected that Kohli will be rested for the final Test and the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, which is slated in December as he would be required fresh and re-energised before the tough tour of South Africa.There are no surprises in the Test squad with Abhinav Mukund making way for a fit-again first-choice opener Murali Vijay. Vijay did not take part in the last Test series against Sri Lanka due to hand injury and some other fitness related issues.Predictably, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made a comeback in the longer version with Kuldeep Yadav being the third specialist spinner.Senior speedsters Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma are back in the squad for the five-day format along with Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha.While 23-year-old Siraj, who first came into prominence for Sunrisers Hyderabad, came up with some impressive performances for India A during a recent tour of South Africa and matches against New Zealand.Iyer has been a consistent performer for Mumbai and India A during the past one year. He scored a double hundred earlier this year in a warm-up game against Australia along with a match-winning hundred in the final against South Africa A in the summit clash of an away tri-series.His call-up is on expected lines as he has had some good knocks for the Delhi Daredevils in the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League.Ashish Nehra, who will retire after the first T20 game on November 1, has been picked for only that game scheduled in his home ground of Delhi.Squad for T20: Virat Kohli (captain) Sharma, Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ashish Nehra (only 1 game)Test Squad (2 matches): Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandra Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mohamed Shami, Unmesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma. Fit-again opener Murali Vijay. File Photo   –  The Hindu 23-year-old fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, first came into prominence for Sunrisers Hyderabad. File Photo   –  The Hindu COMMENTSlast_img read more

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‘Lives have been transformed’ – the entrepreneur who put £10m into grassroots sport

first_imgSign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Sport “Of course we’ve lost with some kids because they’ve drifted off and got into gangs and stuff,” he adds. “But we’ve won with a lot too. Kids such as Silas Paul-Johnson, a volunteer coach who is now with London Scottish and is part of Sported’s Young Leaders programme. And Romari Doswell, a big kid from Peckham with a stutter who is now at Swansea University doing sports science after we put him through training courses.”Mills has heard countless such stories in the past decade. What is different with Sported, he stresses, is that it has a bottom-up approach and targets many of the poorest areas in the country. Its philosophy is to provide funding, training and other help to local clubs, and then let them get on with it.“If you go around the country there are thousands of clubs like Burgess Sport who do an amazing job,” he says. “We understand that guys like Vernon know the kids and local communities better than any politician. Sadly these clubs are all struggling as local authorities have got less and less money. In fact many are living almost hand-to-mouth so what we try and do is help them in whatever way we can.”Mills has a sporting CV that is longer and deeper than most. He was chief executive of the London 2012 Olympic bid campaign and deputy chairman of the committee that organised and ran the Games. He is also chairman of the Invictus Games – which he started with Prince Harry – and is a major player in sailing. For good measure he was on Tottenham’s board. Not bad for a housing estate lad from Essex who left school at 15 without any qualifications. Share on Pinterest BMX rider Quillan Isidore was helped by Sported and could compete for Team GB at the 2020 Olympics. Photograph: Action Plus Sports Images/Alamy Stock Photo … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Olympic Games 2012 Topics Reuse this content Yet he insists that Sported’s help is needed more than ever given the current economic climate. “I went up to Liverpool a few weeks ago to open a new sports club, which was set up by a guy who lived on the local council estate near the docks,” Mills says. “And I said to him: ‘Other than money, which is always a problem, what are your biggest challenges?’ And he replied: ‘Do you know what? Feeding the kids. I have to go to the food bank every morning so when the kids arrive I can give them something before they go off and go to school. That’s what we’re facing.’“But our core message is these local community sports clubs have massive value to the community, and especially at a time where social cohesion is a challenge. Sported’s role is just to help them do what they do best.” Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Facebook Clubs are struggling as local authorities have got less and less money. We try to help in whatever way we cancenter_img interviews “There’s a whole chunk of sport which has enormous value to society but isn’t talked about because it’s not sexy enough,” says Sir Keith Mills, the founder of the charity Sported, on a bracing December morning on one of London’s largest housing estates. “But you only have to look around to see what grassroots sports clubs can do for communities, especially in disadvantaged areas.”It is 11 years since Mills set up Sported with £10m of his own money as part of his commitment to deliver on the legacy promises of London 2012. This month he will step down as chairman having seen the charity grow to more than 3,000 members, who all use sport to tackle issues such as homelessness, youth unemployment, knife crime and gangs. And in Burgess Sport, an association of local sports groups operating out of Burgess Park in Southwark, south-east London, Mills has a textbook example of how Sported can change lives.He listens as Vernon Neve-Dunn, a volunteer coach, explains how Tre Whyte and Quillan Isidore – who both learned their skills at the Peckham BMX club in the park – are now part of British Cycling’s squad with ambitions of competing at the Olympics. “But there’s dozens of other kids off the local Aylesbury estate whose lives have been transformed by sport,” Neve-Dunn says. “Many of them are also developing leadership and organisational skills thanks to Sported’s help, which is something they can use in their everyday lives. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Olympic Games Share on WhatsApp Twitter One of Sported’s early success stories was Lympstone amateur boxing club in Devon, run by Neil Parsons to benefit disadvantaged kids for nearly 50 years. “Many of them had been referred by either police or the local authority and he was an amazing mentor for them, not only in sport but helping them with their homework and job applications,” says Mills. “But the shop below had caught fire and burned out his boxing club. So we put some money in to boost the amount Lympstone got from Olympic legacy funding, and also put in a mentor to help Neil.“The mentor found out he had a waiting list of between 50 and 100 kids all the time. So they built a club twice the size so he could look after 120 kids. We also helped Neil, who was in his late 60s, to recruit two firemen to come in as club leaders. It meant that when Neil retired as secretary the club was still able to thrive.”But Mills admits it is not easy to raise the £2m a year needed to provide the financial and infrastructure help that is needed. “It’s a challenge,” he says. “We just hope that more funders will see the value of putting money into it.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Pinterest last_img read more

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WATCH: Liga MX goals of the week

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Goals of the Week: The best from Jornada 7 of the Clausura Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:16 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Djaniny Santos Laguna Liga MX Santos Laguna Atlas v Necaxa Lobos BUAP v Tigres UANL América v Morelia Querétaro v Guadalajara Santos Laguna v León Monterrey v Cruz Azul Pumas v Veracruz Puebla v Toluca Pachuca v Tijuana Morelia v Lobos BUAP Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro Atlas Tigres UANL América Pumas Toluca A Veracruz player makes a surprise appearance but Santos Laguna’s Djaniny steals the show with a phenomenal goal that was part of a hat trick Double rounds are weird. They’re a good thing in that lets Liga MX keep up its breakneck pace without totally ignoring international breaks like certain leagues just to the north. It’s also a challenge, though, with managers having to decide which players they’re going to hand a rest or ask to push through the acid burning in their muscles that comes from playing two games in four days.So you always end up with some weird results, like Veracruz beating Pumas. It also is a prime opportunity to see some phenomenal goals. Goal rates the best scoring moves of every Liga MX matchday, and the midweek games produced a fine top three for us to enjoy before we start all over again in just a few days:3. Diego Chavez (Veracruz) – 1-0 vs. Pumas#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Diego Chávez@PumasMX 0-1 @ClubTiburones #Jornada7 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/rQ5FP3vCiz— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 15, 2018A Veracruz player in the Liga MX Goals of the Week is a rare sight indeed, but after the Tiburones Rojos’ surprising win over Pumas it feels justified. It’s not only because of the result, either. The young Mexican scored two goals in the first half to lift Veracruz to the victory.His first goal was a nice bit of work, with Chavez toying with the offside line, then getting onto the end of a pass over the top from Carlos Esquivel. Instead of trying to blast it into the top corner, Chavez slips it between Alfredo Saldivar’s legs to open the scoring and give Veracruz a big boost.2. Mateus Uribe (Club America) – 2-1 vs Monarcas #NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽LAAAAZO de Mateus Uribe@ClubAmerica 2-1 @FuerzaMonarca #Jornada7 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/2PE4aoemhc— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 14, 2018Uribe scored twice in Las Aguilas’ impressive win over Monarcas on Tuesday, and both were quality goals. The midfielder gets plaudits for this play, though, for the way in which he dances past the Morelia defense. The Colombian starts on the right wing, where he played most of the day Tuesday with Joe Corona further back in the midfield in the spot where Uribe typically features, and darts past one defender. A second comes out to challenge him and thinks he’s in a good position to force Uribe to stop. Instead, he unleashes a shot that curls around the defender and just inside Sebastian Sosa’s post.1. Djaniny (Santos Laguna) – 3-1 vs. Leon#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽LAAAAAZO de Djaniny Tavares@ClubSantos 3-1 @clubleonfc #Jornada7 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/n7kQS2PHDt— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 15, 2018Djaniny can not stop scoring. This goal was part of a hat trick he scored against Leon on Wednesday to take his total to 10 goals in seven matches this season. This one is simply stunning. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He actually starts the play on the left, playing a one-two with Jonathan Rodriguez. When he gets the ball back, he moves forward past one defender, nutmegs center back Miguel Herrera (congrats on the midweek start, kid) and chips over Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough. It was the meat of a hat trick sandwich the Cape Verde international assembled in eight minutes. It takes some of us at Goal longer to put together a ham and cheese. For this goal – and for the phenomenal performance – Djaniny has earned Goal’s Liga MX Goal of the Week prize.last_img read more

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Long Pond Distillery Back in Operation

first_img After being closed for four years, Long Pond Distillery Limited, located in Clark’s Town, Trelawny, has resumed operations. The Long Pond Distillery has a long and rich history dating back to 1753, and was closed in 2012 due to waste disposal issues. After being closed for four years, Long Pond Distillery Limited, located in Clark’s Town, Trelawny, has resumed operations.Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager, said the reopening of the 264-year old distillery is welcomed, and is important for the economic viability of the parish.Mayor Gager was representing the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, at the official recommissioning ceremony on July 26.He expressed the Government’s support and commitment to the operation of the facility.The Long Pond Distillery has a long and rich history dating back to 1753, and was closed in 2012 due to waste disposal issues.Chief Executive Officer of National Rums of Jamaica, Winston Harrison, said 22 residents from Clark’s Town are employed at the distillery.He noted that the company is currently in the process of completing several orders for Europe, including for long-standing customers in Germany.Mr. Harrison said the distillery is a historical landmark in Trelawny, producing rums for some of the finest and renowned brands worldwide over the past two and a half centuries.He informed that during the four-year closure, the management of Long Pond worked with the relevant authorities to ensure that the necessary practices and policies were put in place for the resumption of operations.“As an organisation, we have taken all the necessary steps with regard to the disposal of waste and we have the requisite approval to ensure that we can now operate. Essentially, the world is breathing a sigh of relief, Long Pond Limited is back,” he said.Process Coordinator at Long Pond Distillery, Andrew McBean, also expressed pleasure at the reopening, noting that “good things will happen for Long Pond and the citizens in and around will benefit.”center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Chiefs not happy Atleo met with Duncan

first_imgAPTN National NewsChiefs from across the country are still sharing a sense of empowerment after they protested on Parliament Hill last week.But news of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan dampened some of their spirits.Some were quick to voice their displeasure.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more on the story.last_img

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Northern Saskatchewan communities hope to expand fishing industry

first_imgAPTN National NewsCommercial fishing in northern Saskatchewan has been a way of life for many people for generations.Now, some communities are banding together in the hopes of expanding the industry and making it more profitable.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.last_img

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Freedom 58 How Canadians are shaving thousands off the cost of their

TORONTO — A new survey says Canadians, on average, expect to be mortgage-free by age 58, one year later than in a similar poll a year ago.[np_storybar title=”How this man plans to be mortgage free by age 31″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/06/07/mortgage-free-in-canada/”%5DThis 29-year-old pension analyst is $130,000 away from paying off his $425,000 home in Toronto, without money from parents or the lotto. Find out how [/np_storybar]But the survey, conducted for CIBC by Angus Reid, found some big discrepancies across the country.For example, homeowners in British Columbia thought they wouldn’t be able to pay off their mortgages until they hit 66, while those in Alberta expected to be mortgage-free more than a decade earlier at 55. The survey also found that just over half of those polled were taking advantage of the current low interest rate environment to pay down their mortgages faster.Fifty-five percent said they were putting in extra effort into repaying their mortgages, although that was down from 68% last year.CIBC says even small efforts can lead to big savings for homeowners in the long run.For example, someone paying 4.99% interest on a $250,000 mortgage with 25-year amortization can expect to save nearly $35,000 of interest if they add $147 to their $1,453 monthly payments.The same homeowner can save as much as $30,000 on interest if they make $726 payments every two weeks, instead of waiting until the end of the month to make a payment.The bank pointed out that even making a lump sum payment every year — for instance, putting the average $1,600 tax refund towards the mortgage — would shave off $33,103 of interest.“Employing one or more of these strategies does take some planning and discipline,” said Barry Gollom, vice-president of secured lending and product policy at CIBC.“If becoming mortgage-free sooner is something you want to achieve, it’s important to look at your mortgage as part of your overall financial picture and to balance your mortgage payment plan against your other goals.”Of those paying off their mortgages quicker than necessary, 32% said they were making payments more often, 28% were increasing the amount they pay while 18% said they had made either an additional prepayment or a lump sump payment.Beyond Alberta and British Columbia, the survey found the average age respondents expected to be mortgage-free ranged from 56 years in Quebec to 57 years in Atlantic Canada and Ontario and 58 years in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.The online poll was conducted by Angus Reid Forum with 1,509 Canadian adults between May 21 and May 22.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

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Walking on railway tracks banned from today following accident

The ban comes after two young boys were killed while taking a selfie photograph along a railway track in Colombo recently. (Colombo Gazette) Walking on railway tracks has been banned from today following a recent accident.The Sri Lanka Railway Department said that walking on railway tracks has been banned under the law.

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David Norris and Paul Murphy raise homophobia in Irish and EU parliaments

first_imgOr watch here: Updated 11.20pmTWO IRISH PUBLIC representatives have raised the issue of homophobia in both the Irish and EU houses of parliament in the past 24 hours.Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Paul Murphy, and independent Senator David Norris, each made speeches to the EU parliament in Strasbourg and the Seanad, respectively.Senator David Norris today called for a debate on homophobia.These were his comments in full, spoken under parliamentary privilege:I would like to join with other colleagues in asking for a debate on homophobia. I think it’s very important. There is an attempt being made now to close down this debate. And I think it a disgrace that RTÉ has shown such a gathering rush to pay up on this and I wonder what the legal advice they were given was, because I very much doubt if it was clearly in the line in which they took.So I think as a taxpayer, as a licence-payer and all the rest of it, I’d like to know why my money is being given to these people.I know that they won’t co-operate with Sipo, which is extraordinary. I know that they are controlled by a company which was called Lolek, which was founded in 2006. I’d like to know how they achieved their status in society.[Cathaoirleach: Have you a question for the leaders?]Yes, I have, I’ve already asked it, I’m going to continue asking for it.They are self-appointed, they are answerable to nobody. They have consistently misrepresented scientific papers and have been rebuked by the authors of those papers and they did that at the Convention of which I was a member. So it is amazing to me that they are allowed to bully people.[Cathaoirleach: Senator, is this relevant to the other business?]Yes, it is very relevant because I have asked the question and I prefer not to be interrupted. I think it is extremely serious. I have to say to you Cathaoirleach, I’ve sat in this chamber and I listened to colleagues putting down motions that were effectively apartheid. Had I been a Roman Catholic, a black person, or a Jew, and anything that was attempted remotely like that, the person would have been fired out of this House straight away?Would you like to imagine Caothairleach, and my colleagues, how it felt like for me to sit here and hear valued collegues suggesting that I should not be allowed to purchase cake decorations or wedding invitations or this sort of business or denied the services of a hairdresser – as if I needed it.But, I mean, people should take this seriously. This country is rampant with homophobia. It is throughout the media. And there are decent people in the media who are terrified to open their mouths. And I hear all the time about the liberal 4 conspiracy and Dublin and the media. And, this, that, and, the other. Where the hell then are they? Where were they when I was being crucified? Where were they when Panti – a remarkable man – comes out and tells the truth. Tells the truth.So I would like to know. This might have the opportunity of turning the spotlight on the Iona Institute. And I’ve asked repeatedly. And I am asking the leader today as I asked his deputy but I didn’t get very far.And I’ve got to say this, Minister Rabbitte just equivocated the usual ould bladder. One side of his mouth, and then the other side of his mouth. I want to ask the leader another question. I want to ask him – will he instigate some degree of research into the Iona Institute?Where they’re getting their money from. Why they don’t cooperate with Sipo? Who made them an Institute?In Britain, they would be legally prohibited from using the word institute …[Cathaoirleach: Senator, you’re over time. Senator.]…because it’s self appointed.Well, it’s over time, OK. Fine. I said on Sunday the homophobes have had 2,000 years on the stage and I think we’re entitled to a few words now and again. Or watch here:via EuroparlTV/Broadsheet Ie/Youtubecenter_img via OireachtasTV/ItOnlyEncouragesThem/YoutubeYesterday, MEP Murphy, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, spoke in a debate at the EU parliament in Strasbourg:This was his speech in full, similarly spoken under parliamentary privilege::Like the other MEPs, I have been inundated with emails claiming that this report represents an attack on the freedom of speech – because it condemns homophobia. It is deeply ironic because in Ireland at the moment, you have a real attack on the freedom of speech.National broadcaster, RTE, has censored Rory O’Neill for calling out homophobia, even worse than that, it has paid out €85,000 reportedly in damages to those accused of homophobia.It’s an attack by the right wing conservative forces in Ireland, acceded to by RTE, designed to censor debate in advance of a likely referendum on marriage equality. We must refuse to be silenced.When John Waters says that gay marriage is ‘a kind of satire’, that is homophobia. When Breda O’Brien says ‘equality must take second place to the common good’, that is homophobia. When the Iona Institute campaign against gay marriage because it is gay marriage, that is homophobia.In the words of Rory O’Neill, these people should get the hell out of our lives.last_img read more

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Probably The Worlds Most Adorable Flash Drives

first_imgThe cuteness almost makes your stomach hurt, doesn’t it? We’ve seen some pretty adorable flash drives in our day, but these ones from Taiwanese manufacturer Bone are just ridiculous. The company makes silicon thumb drives shaped like owls, rabbits, tigers, dogs, elephants, dinosaurs, penguins, ninjas and more.Bone also offers similarly shaped MicroSD card readers. Ridiculous. Check out a close up, after the jump.last_img

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Video reveals Kinects Project Milo was more than a tech demo

first_imgWhen Project Natal, now Microsoft Kinect, was first announced at E3 2009, one of the most impressive demos was Project Milo.Lionhead Studios and Peter Molyneux had created an experience that saw you interact with an on screen character named Milo. He would react to your speech and movements, and it looked to be a promising project. But then Microsoft stated it was just for demo purposes and would never be released as a game for Xbox 360.A new video from director John Dower reveals that Project Milo was a lot more than just a demo. It had a full story, a substantial amount of behavior and interaction points already working, and a mass of motion capture data for Milo we never got to see.The question now is why did Lionhead spend all this time employing a known director, hiring actors, writing a story, paying for extensive motion capture studio time, and producing what looks to be the base for a full game if Microsoft only ever wanted it to be a demo?The only conclusion we can come to is that Lionhead fully intended Project Milo to be a game released on the system. Microsoft, however, decided it wasn’t worth the investment and killed it.via EurogamerMatthew’s OpinionWhile on the face of it Project Milo looked like an incredibly promising and ground breaking experience, I am not surprised it got canned either by a Lionhead or Microsoft decision.In order to work the game would have to solve a number of problems computers currently have issues handling. For one, natural language processing is far from perfect and a player would no doubt have to follow some rules to get Milo to react properly. That leads to unnatural speech killing the experience to a large extent. On top of that the game would have to deal with accents for each territory it was released in as well as multiple languages.It’s also clear that Lionhead would not be offering a full sandbox experience. While Milo could learn from the player, it would be all preset learning based on the motion capture they had available and stored on the disc. There was also a full story to help things along and eventually leading to a conclusion. It’s difficult to see how that would work well when the player has to constantly be involved through interaction with Milo.I don’t doubt that Lionhead learned a lot from developing Project Milo, most of which will be fed back into games like the Fable series. But the more you think about the work involved, and the difficulties that would have to be overcome for this to be a game, the more you realize why it could have never worked.last_img read more

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Vale Brigadier Rossi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A tireless advocate for marking the duty and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women, Brigadier Keith Rossi died on 20 January in Melbourne at the age of 94. His death is mourned not only by veterans and their families, and the RSL of which he was a member for more than 70 years, but by Australia’s Greek community who have lost a true friend and supporter. Despite the fact that he did not serve in Greece during WWII, Brigadier Rossi was a regular attendee on behalf of the RSL at commemorative events marking the WWII Greece and Crete campaigns. He played an important role in the creation of the Australian Hellenic Memorial in Melbourne’s Domain Gardens as a member of the Memorial’s committee from 1995.Keith Rossi enrolled as a cadet in the militia in 1937 at the age of 15. His service record showing his date of birth as 13 October 1919 is incorrect; he was told to say he was 17 by the recruiting officer. He transferred to the Australian Imperial Force in March 1941, where he first served as a wireless operator. His operational service began in Egypt six months later where he undertook artillery training before joining the 2/2 Australian Field Regiment. Postings to Ceylon (1942) and New Guinea (1943/1944) followed, before he saw out WWII in Morotai and Borneo. After the war he remained a professional soldier and in 1970 served in Vietnam.A member of the Citizen Military Forces until 1976, following his Army career Brigadier Rossi devoted his life to the RSL which he had joined in 1943, and became a volunteer historian working five days a week at ANZAC House in Melbourne. Direct and insightful, there his assistance to those seeking his deep knowledge and robust advice became legend.Joining the many tributes to the brigadier, Steve Kyritsis OAM, president of the Hellenic RSL sub branch Victoria, said: “Keith was a Philhellene and supporter of the Hellenic RSL. His knowledge as a historian was always helpful to matters relating to Australian and its Allies’ military history. “We have lost a great soldier, veteran, and historian who devoted his whole life for the RSL.”Brigadier Rossi was given an honorary life membership of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne in 2012, which described him as “a stern supporter of the Greek community and the Cretan fraternity”. Victoria RSL state president, Major General David McLachlan, said his former colleague would be greatly missed.“Keith received an OBE (Military) in 1964 and was recognised with an AM in 1999 for his service to veterans and their families. He held a wealth of military history knowledge and, with a sharp mind, was a significant contributor to ANZAC House.” Brigadier Rossi was predeceased by his wife Nan and two sons.RIP Keith Vincent Rossi. AM. OBE. RFD ED (Ret’d). Born: 13 October 1921. Died: 20 January 2016last_img read more

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iPad un gadget pour chaque député européen

first_imgiPad : un gadget pour chaque député européenEurope – Chacun des 736 députés européens pourrait prochainement être équipé de la célèbre tablette d’Apple. S’il voit le jour, ce projet de mobilité IP aura un coût de 5 millions d’euros. A l’heure où des plans de rigueur sont annoncés dans plusieurs pays d’Europe, les députés du Parlement européen auront peut-être bientôt en leur possession le nouveau joujou d’Apple, selon un article paru dans le Times.Les députés ont reçu il y a seulement quelques mois un ordinateur portable de marque HP, mais à cause de son poids, certains d’entre eux se sont plaints de “problèmes de dos”.Les critiques se font entendre sur l’utilité de cet investissement, notamment au Royaume-Uni où un plan d’austérité a été annoncé il y a peu. Marta Andreasen, une députée britannique, a fait savoir que cette dépense était “tout à fait inutile, surtout lorsque les contribuables européens sont confrontés à des temps aussi dur”. De plus, d’après elle, certains députés “ne savent même pas utiliser Internet”. Le 26 mai 2010 à 11:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Celebrate Rogue Ones Impending Release With These Star Wars Beers

first_img Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer If you’re one of the bajillions of Star Wars fans waiting and essentially foaming at the mouth for Rogue One, you’re not alone. But how is the release of such an important movie best celebrated? If you’re a beer drinker, popping the top on some amazing Star Wars fantastic is the only way to celebrate.Paste Magazine has put together a gallery of several different top-notch Star Wars beers that you can actually partake in. They’re not all official or anything, but there’s certainly a beer out there for every taste — nine of them, to be exact. Going through the list, Toppling Goliath’s Light Speed is an interesting-looking bit of sudsy goodness. It’s rocking the Star Wars font and what look like blaster sparks for its label, featuring Millennium Hops and Falconer’s Flight blend, leading the brewery to originally coin it Millennium Falcon.Empire Brewing Company’s “Strikes Bock” beer is impeccably branded and you of course know what it’s going for. The company even called the beer “Empire Strikes Bock” previously, but Lucasfilm didn’t really appreciate that. Thus, the new name was born for this lager.New England Imperial Stout TrooperThe rest of the beers include names like New England Imperial Stout Trooper, Brew Kettle Dark Helmet Lager, Lack of Faith, Gilgamesh Brewing Vader, and Dolores River Brewery Death Star.Many of these beers’ names or imagery had to be changed after Lucasfilm stepped in (and Disney too) but there’s a good smattering of Star Wars-inspired booze out there to try.  If you’re looking for a way to spice up your viewing party or pre-gaming before the movie, these are some fine options. Now all you need is a heaping helping of Star Wars-inspired snacks. Luckily for you, the internet is full of those for an awesome, all-out Rogue One experience. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Simple Geeks Guide to Free WiFi

first_imgFree Wi-Fi…dear lord, sweet manna of life! There are few things more integral to a geek on the go than access to the internet. How else would we be able to keep tabs on Joss Whedon’s newest project or check out photo galleries of the best cosplay outfits from PAX? Sometimes being able to access the web from your phone just isn’t good enough, and if you’re traveling overseas, you may not even have international data. So that’s why we decided to break down the best ways to get free Wi-Fi anywhere you go. Go to a Café/Hotel Lobby/Mall: This one is obvious. We’ve all done it a million times. You’re running around town and need to get some work done, so you just pop into one of these spots and viola! You have internet. If it’s a big chain like Starbucks, don’t feel bad about just using their Wi-Fi without buying anything. It’s a small independently owned business though you should buy at least something, even if its just a cup of tea.Foursquare: If you just simply can’t afford to buy something at a business to use their Wi-Fi check them out on Foursquare. In nearly every situation someone has left the Wi-Fi password in the comments. Wi-Fi Databases : Not sure where the nearest spot to get Wi-Fi is? Don’t worry; some other geek has your back. There are lots of different databases that details thousands of places worldwide where you can get your digital fix. These include WiFiFreeSpot.com, HotSpotHaven.com, and Boingo.com (with Boingo you must scroll to the bottom and click “Locations” under “Consumer Wi-Fi.”Libraries: Ha! I bet you forgot these existed. Libraries are all over town, in every town, and always have free Wi-Fi.Public Spaces: In popular tourist cities around the world many public spaces like parks and plazas have free Wi-Fi. This is especially helpful when you’re traveling, and you don’t have an international data plan. Here are some of the cities that are hooking your geek butt up San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Boston, Bangalore, Osaka, Perth, and Barcelona.Tether: There’s just some shizz you don’t want to do on your phone or that you simply need a laptop for. When all else fails you, can always tether your computer to your phone so that it uses your phone’s data to connect to the internet. While this can be much slower than regular Wi-Fi and expensive depending on your data plan, it works in a pinch…unless you have a flip phone.And there you have it. Are there any great tips that we’re missing? Any gems that your fellow geeks need to know about? If so leave them in the comments. Until next time, stay geeky.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at BrokeAssStuart.com.last_img read more

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Your Name Locations Compared to the RealLife Counterparts Are Uncannny

first_img Your Name Director Makoto Shinkai Has Asteroid Named After HimYour Name Creator Isn’t Interested in the Live-Action Remake Stay on target If you know and love the anime film Your Name, you might be excited to know that several of the locations in the movie are actually based on real places. Before you buy a ticket to Japan and start hopping out of your seat to fly there and see everything, don’t get too excited. Some of the scenes you won’t even realize were in the movie, unless you paid really close attention, and others, like the entire iconic town that gets [spoilers redacted] aren’t included because of reasons.Tofugu.com’s Kanae Nakamine had the fortune of visiting several of the easy-to-find real-world locations as seen in Your Name, and you can see them all below. It’s really an awesome project that you’ve got to give the photographer props for, especially when it comes to each image’s framing. It looks absolutely breathtaking.You may recognize this area from the part of the movie where our hero and heroine cross paths in a very important scene, which is 100% pivotal to the movie.This night scene may be one you remember laying your eyes on as well.The big city charm of Tokyo is breathtaking in real life just as it is in the anime. Did you know this sign was advertising a “Forest Beer Garden” when you saw it in the movie, or did you pay attention long enough to notice it?This striking red mailbox wasn’t nearly as vibrant in the movie, but you still get the gist. Yup, it’s definitely the same school crossing sign, alright. This round restaurant was definitely one of the coolest parts of the movie, by far.Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all time, and for good reason: It’s an excellent movie! If these stills inspire you to see the whole thing, you can grab it on Blu-ray right now with both a Japanese and English dub track. It just might change your life.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For October 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, October 9, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session (closed to the public) at 6pm precedes the public portion meeting. Read the agenda HERE. … The Reading Municipal Light Department’s Citizens Advisory Board meets at 6:30pm in North Reading’s Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Wilmington Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Library: Storytime For Threes at 9:30am. Storytime for Fours & Fives at 10:30am. Cookin’ The Books at noon.  Tech Buddies Drop-In at 3:30pm. Art Adventures: Andy Warhol at 3:45pm. Italian Trattoria: Classic Flavors from an Italian Cafe. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Zumba at 9am. Powerful Tools at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Bocci at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Powerful Tools for Caregivers at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. Sign up begins for Fire Prevention class on October 15. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Centre agreed for international airport in city MP

first_imgRajamahendravaram: YSRCP Parliamentary Party chief whip and MP Margani Bharat Ram has assured to put his efforts to bring international recognition to the Grand City of Culture besides making it a green city. Action plan was devised to develop the city on all fronts. Speaking to reporters at his office on Wednesday night, he said steps will be taken to construct an international cricket stadium in the city to make the city a sports hub. TDP government has diverted an amount of Rs 13 crore for Pasupu Kukuma programme from the funds sanctioned to international stadium, he alleged. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us He said that proposals worth Rs 760 crore were submitted to the Minister for laying underground drainage system in the city and assured to develop the constituency as hub for industries. A request also made to Union Minister for Civil Aviation to operate flights from Rajamahendravaram to Mumbai, Shirdi, New Delhi and Tirupati along with a request to upgrade the airport to international level as international cricket stadium is coming up in the city, for which the Union Minister responded positively. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Moreover, a memorandum was also submitted to Union Minister for National Highways to sanction a single flyover instead of three flyovers between Lalachervu and Bommuru on national highway 16, which passes through the city, he averred. All the MPs spoke about the development of the state as well as budget allocations in Parliament sessions along with the implementation of assurances given in Andhra Pradesh State Bifurcation Act and according Special Category Status. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and appealed him to accord SCS to the state, he added. YSRCP leaders RSP Rao, SSR Manyam, G Babu, A Virraju and others were present.last_img read more

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