Nietes wants either Gonzalez or Sor Rungvisai next

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Well-rested Wangs-Letran blasts JRU, ends 2-game skid “There has been talk of me fighting ‘Chocolatito’ (Gonzalez) next. That’s a fight I want. I’d also like to fight [Sor Rungvisai],” Nietes said in an interview with after improving to 41-1-4, 23 KOs.Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs), who was widely considered as the top pound-for-pound fighter until he lost to Sor Rungvisai in March of last year by majority decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two fought again six months later and this time, the Thai champion didn’t leave anything to chance by knocking out the hard-hitting Nicaraguan in the fourth round.Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KOs) also kept his belt on Sunday after edging Mexican challenger Juan Francisco Estrada by majority decision in a slugfest. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:54Nietes wants move up to super flyweight: ‘My dream fights are there’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP PHOTOSDonnie Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino champion, isn’t the type of fighter who settles for a second-rate opponent.Nietes, who retained his IBF flyweight title after stopping Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco in the seventh round Sunday in the US, wants either former four-division champion Roman Gonzalez or WBC super flyweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai next.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Swamy, Sidhu nominated to RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 22 (PTI) BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy and Navjot Singh Sidhu as well as Narendra Jadhav, member of erstwhile National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, were today nominated by the Modi government to Rajya Sabha.Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, journalist Swapan Dasgupta and boxer Mary Kom were also nominated to the Upper House of Parliament.President Pranab Mukherjee nominated the six personalities from different fields to the House of Elders following a recommendation of the Narendra Modi government, a Home Ministry spokesperson said here.He said a formal notification regarding their nomination to the Upper House would be issued shortly.The President recommends the names of the nominated members drawn from fields such as literature, science, sports, art and social service ? on the advice of the government. Swamy, a Harvard-educated economist, was a former Union Minister for Commerce and Law. He was also a former member of the Planning Commission.66-year-old Swamy, a known baiter of Nehru-Gandhi family, was one of the petitioners in the 2G spectrum scam. He had joined BJP a few years ago.Sidhu, cricketer-turned three-time Lok Sabha member of BJP from Amritsar, was given a Rajya Sabha seat apparently to stop him from joining Aaam Aadmi Party, which was reportedly planning to project him as chief ministerial candidate for Punjab Assembly polls in 2017.The 52-year-old former cricketer had made way for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to contest from Amritsar in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, Jaitley had lost the election.62-year-old Jadhav, an economist, was a member of Sonia Gandhi-led NAC during the UPA tenure from 2010 to 2014.advertisementBesides NAC membership, Jadhav has had held several positions. He was a member of Planning Commission from 2009 to 2014 and Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune.He is a prolific writer in three languages – Marathi, English and Hindi – and credited with writing and editing more than 30 books.Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist and has held different editorial posts at The Statesman, The Times of India and India Today besides others.60-year-old Dasgupta, a known BJP sympathiser, was awarded with Padma Bhushan last year. He regularly appears in political debates in electronic media, mostly arguing for the Modi government.Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi has been a known supporter of of the BJP in the last few years.He is known as an action hero in Malayalam cinema and has mostly played roles as honest and committed police officers in several movies.33-year-old Mary Kom, who hails from Manipur, is a five-time world amateur boxing champion and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.She was picked to ensure representation from Northeastern states. PTI ACB AKK AKKlast_img read more

Tata Motors shares soar 10% on robust Q4 earnings

first_imgMumbai, May 31 (PTI) Shares of Tata Motors surged over 10 per cent today after the company posted a three-fold rise in consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31.The stock jumped 10.30 per cent to Rs 463.90 on BSE. The scrip was the top gainer among the 30-Sensex components during the morning trade.On NSE, it soared 10.11 per cent to Rs 463.85.The companys result came after market hours yesterday.A remarkable turnaround of its struggling domestic unit, record high volumes and margin improvements at its marquee British business boosted Tata Motors Groups net profit by three-fold to Rs 5,177 crore in the three months to March from over Rs 1,717 crore a year ago.Profit of its British unit Jaguar Land Rover, which has been its cash machine for many years now, soared 56.3 per cent to 472 million pounds from 302 million pounds a year ago, driven by record sales across its key markets of Europe, China and the US.While JLRs retail sales in Europe surged 55 per cent in the quarter under review, its deliveries in China climbed 19 per cent, driven by the local production of the Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV and the ramp up of the Jaguar XE sedan. This helped JLR, for the first time, cross the half-a-million sales mark at 5,21571 units for the year.Standalone net sales stood at Rs 12,459.51 crore as against Rs 10,676.19 crore, driven primarily by truck and bus business and partly by the demand for its new cars – the Bolt, Zest and the new Nano.For the full year, the domestic unit posted a net profit of Rs 234.23 crore as against a whopping net loss of Rs 4,738.95 crore in 2014-15.advertisementDomestic net sales rose 16.87 per cent to Rs 41,948 crore during the fiscal compared with Rs 35,890.5 crore in 2014-15. PTI SUM PRB MKJlast_img read more

Poll Question: How Do You Grade OSU At The Halfway Point?

first_imgThe array of answers here will be interesting. I’m curious about how you guys would grade OSU at the halfway point of 2016. A 4-2 (5-1) record and 2-1 in the Big 12 with six more Big 12 games on tap.A lot of the votes will likely be dependent on how you viewed OSU coming into the season. Expectations were high. Higher than a 4-2 record through six games certainly. I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments section as well. Results will be posted on the blog tomorrow.Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Chelsea team news: Morata & Hazard lead the line

first_imgChelsea Chelsea team news: Morata and Hazard lead the line again versus Leicester Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:05 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chelsea - Newcastle: Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City The Blues welcome the Foxes to Stamford Bridge seeking to cement a standing inside the Premier League’s top four Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard will once again lead Chelsea in pursuit of goals during a Premier League home date with Leicester.The Blues drew a blank in their last outing, as they were held to a goalless draw by Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.Antonio Conte has, however, kept faith with the majority of those to have been contained by the Gunners. Article continues below 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 Chelsea XI v Leicester 130118Conte’s side have actually played out successive 0-0 stalemates, with their battle against Arsenal coming on the back of a tie against Norwich in the FA Cup third round.Chelsea really need to rediscover their spark against Leicester, with Morata especially in need of a boost.The Spanish frontman has gone four games without finding the target, while Hazard has only one effort to his name in his last nine outings.While they will be hoping to cause havoc in the final third, Gary Cahill has been drafted back in to a defensive unit seeking to keep the Foxes out.Elsewhere in the matchday squad, Michy Batshuayi makes the bench amid intense speculation surrounding his future and a possible loan move to Sevilla.Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Luiz, Zappacosta, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.Leicester City starting XI: Schmeichel, Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Your Samsung Galaxy smartphone could play PUBG smoother with this upcoming feature

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 10:34 IST HIGHLIGHTSNew software technology will boost GPU performance on its smartphones.The feature is called the Neuro Game Booster technology for now officially.Huawei came up with its GPU Turbo technology on select Huawei and Honor smartphones.Samsung has been lately on its toes when it comes to innovation in the smartphone space. At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018, it proudly showed-off their first foldable smartphone prototype and announced to make it commercial sometime in 2019. It also wooed the world with its anti-notch solution in the form of punch-hole displays, also known as Infinity-O display. Samsung also catered to breeding grounds of gamers with its Galaxy Note 9 last year. It seems that Samsung has taken its affiliation with the world of gaming a bit seriously and is working on several features for next-gen Galaxy smartphones.A new media report states that Samsung is working on a new software technology that will boost GPU performance on its smartphones. The technology has been registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (UIPO) under the name of Neuro Game Booster technology. While the patent registration hasn’t mentioned how the technology works, it seems that Samsung will be relying on neural networks that Android and the next-generation chipsets will offer.However, this isn’t the first time such a kind of technology has come to our knowledge. In the past, Huawei came up with its GPU Turbo technology on select Huawei and Honor smartphones. Huawei’s technology worked on a different principle, wherein the GPU stored the rendered frames in the cache memory for a while. The CPU would then re-use the pre-rendered frames to reduce the stress on the GPU and cut down on processing time. This was particularly helpful if the same scene is repeated in a particular game. The GPU Turbo technology delivered higher frame rates in demanding games, making the overall gameplay experience smoother.advertisementIn the case of Samsung’s technology, it remains to be seen what kind of underlying technology is used to boost GPU performance. The next generation chips and modern software will let Samsung exploit artificial intelligence to possibly reduce the stress on the GPU and offer higher frame rates. The effects of the technology won’t be evident on the high-end models, but midrange models could be able to benefit from the technology with less-powerful internals.As of now, it’s now known whether Samsung will deliver this technology to its existing lineup of Galaxy smartphones. The flagship models such as the Note 9 and S9 have a high chance of getting the Neuro Game Booster Technology. However, the current crop of Galaxy A series and J series smartphones could highly benefit from such technology in place. It also remains to be seen whether the game boost technology will only be limited to its Exynos chips or trickle down to the models sporting Qualcomm chipsets.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fold may offer a smaller battery than Galaxy A70, new leak suggestsALSO READ | Exclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M10 may come with 6.2-inch Infinity-V display, Exynos chipGet 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 SamsungFollow androidFollow smartphonesFollow Exynos Your Samsung Galaxy smartphone could play PUBG smoother with this upcoming featureSamsung’s version of a game boost is expected to rely on artificial intelligence for improving GPU performance.advertisementlast_img read more

Countries Participate in Fisheries Workshop

first_img More than 30 government officials from 14 countries are in Jamaica taking part in the three-day Wold Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Workshop on ‘Fisheries Subsidies for Caribbean Countries’.The workshop, which opened on Tuesday (April 9) at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston, aims to update the participants on the current status and main issues in the global fisheries subsidies negotiations, and facilitate discussions on specific interests and concerns.The negotiations, which were launched at the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, aim to clarify and improve existing WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies; strengthen WTO rules on subsidies provided to the fisheries sector; and eliminate subsidies contributing to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.Delegates attending the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2017, agreed to conclude the negotiations this year.The importance and the need for stakeholder adherence to the laws and regulations governing the oceans and seas was underscored by Chief Technical Director for Special Projects in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, at the opening ceremony.He noted that IUU fishing remains a global challenge for developed and developing countries, and emphasised the universal recognition of the “vast importance of the blue (marine) economy, and the need to properly manage the resources of our oceans and seas”.“Ours is the shared responsibility to be good stewards of the economic and environmental value of the [fisheries] sector… so that we can sustainably manage, protect and preserve the oceans and seas for this and future generations,” he said.Mr. Cole further stressed the importance of broad stakeholder access to the “fairest parameters possible” and ensuring that all parties are able to operate in a global space that prohibits fisheries subsidies facilitating overcapacity, and IUU fishing practices.He said Jamaica’s position underscores the need to tackle IUU fishing practices at the local, bilateral, regional and international levels, hence the Ministry’s embarking on a comprehensive strategy to address the issue.Mr. Cole reiterated the strategy’s focus on modernising the regulatory framework and technical capacity to monitor Jamaica’s territorial waters, enhancing surveillance, and “ultimately [ensuring] that IUU vessels do not cross into our territories”.“As largely small island developing states, we in the Caribbean region will require, not just technical assistance to address IUU issues and monitor fish stocks towards improving sustainability but we also need to work collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes in the current negotiations on subsidies,” he added.Mr. Cole, in acknowledging that the region’s fishing fleet and industries are “relatively small”, emphasised the need for flexibility to facilitate development within sustainable levels through subsidies.Ultimately, the Chief Technical Director said the discussions and negotiations must be “rooted in our commitment to develop the capacity to fully exploit fisheries resources within our exclusive economic zones and other legal spaces”.It is anticipated that the workshop, which ends on Thursday (April 11), will facilitate increased stakeholder awareness and knowledge about the issues being discussed in the fisheries subsidies negotiations, now under way at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland.This is expected to encourage greater participation by CARICOM in the negotiations, with a view to contributing to the outcome.Also represented at the workshop are The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop, which opened on Tuesday (April 9) at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston, aims to update the participants on the current status and main issues in the global fisheries subsidies negotiations, and facilitate discussions on specific interests and concerns. The negotiations, which were launched at the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, aim to clarify and improve existing WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies; strengthen WTO rules on subsidies provided to the fisheries sector; and eliminate subsidies contributing to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. More than 30 government officials from 14 countries are in Jamaica taking part in the three-day Wold Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Workshop on ‘Fisheries Subsidies for Caribbean Countries’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

RCMP confirm child arrested in death of boy on Saskatchewan First Nation

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe RCMP confirmed what APTN National News first revealed last week that the alleged killer of a six year-old boy on a Saskatchewan First Nation is a child himself.Officers told media Tuesday in Regina they are working with social welfare officials to figure out the next steps.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has been covering this story.last_img

Seattle homes attract fewer multiple bids as market cools

first_imgSEATTLE — Prospective home buyers in Seattle as late as last year faced the prospect of entering bidding wars or getting edged out by competitors with cash. That’s not the case anymore.At one point in 2017, 92 per cent of homes sold in the city featured multiple bidders, the Seattle Times reported . Since then, there’s been a cooling of the market.Just 21 per cent of homes sold in Seattle in November had multiple bidders, according to the Redfin real estate brokerage firm. It’s the lowest rate since the firm began tracking in 2011.Seattle now has the lowest rate of bidding wars among cities tracked by Redfin, the company said.Across the broader Seattle metro area, 79 per cent of homes had multiple offers in 2017. That has fallen to 25 per cent, also the lowest on record.For buyers, finding a home in the overheated market could be depressing. Some made offers and were immediately outbid, sometimes by $100,000 or more, or lost out to competitors offering cash.Home buyers sometimes had so sign away rights, such as backing out of a sale if the home was damaged.As late as February, Seattle led the nation in home sales with more than one bidder, but the change has been rapid.The number of buyers continues to fall and more sellers are seeing homes stay unsold for weeks, prompting them to cut list prices.The new scenario gives prospective buyers several advantages. With homes selling on average in three to four weeks, up from one week a year ago, buyers have more time to think over one of the biggest purchases of their lives.Sellers largely no longer “offer review dates,” a deadline for buyers to submit their bids, usually a week after the listing goes live, said Peng Tea, a broker for John L. Scott. Instead, they take bids on a first-come, first-served basis.Buyers also are getting a break on terms. Fewer are being asked for nonrefundable earnest money and sellers have been more willing to fix things such as defective plumbing.“You’ll have a much higher likelihood of keeping some protections for yourself as a buyer,” Tea said. “It’s a much more favourable market for a buyer today, especially as you go toward the higher price points. You have more power to negotiate.”Several reasons are behind the cooling market. Interest rates rose, which cut into buyers’ earnings power. Rents in the past year stayed flat, lessening pressure on people to buy. Prices grew more than twice as fast as incomes for half a decade, making it harder to purchase homes.Brokers also report reported less investment money from Chinese buyers more likely to make all-cash offers.Seattle reflects a national trend. Markets are cooling in other areas, especially in pricey West Coast cities.The national rate of multiple bids was 22 per cent in November, the lowest in at least seven years, and down from 59 per cent at the start of the spring, according to Redfin.___Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Teen killed in Jammu grenade attack Hizb operative held

first_imgJAMMU: A teenager was killed and 32 others were injured Thursday in a grenade attack by suspected terrorists in the crowded general bus stand area in the heart of the city, officials said. This is the third grenade attack by terrorists in Jammu bus stand since May last year, viewed by security agencies as an attempt to disturb communal harmony and peace in the city. Mohammad Sharik, 17, a resident of Haridwar in Uttarakhand, who was among 33 people brought to the hospital, succumbed to splinter injuries in the chest, the officials said. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe condition of four more injured persons was “critical” and two of them were operated upon by the doctors to save their lives, they said. The injured included 11 residents of Kashmir, two from Bihar and one each from Chhattisgarh and Haryana, the officials said. The person who threw the grenade has been arrested, police said, adding he is a Hizbul Mujahideen operative and had reached Jammu from Kulgam this morning. Police say they identified him using CCTV footage. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat'”Camera footage was examined and based on oral testimony of witnesses we were able to identify a suspect. He was wearing jeans and a red rucksack. We were on the lookout for anyone matching the description. The accused was arrested and he confessed to his crime. Hizbul commander from Kulgam had tasked him with the grenade attack,” said Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Manish K Sinha. The police said the grenade was under a bus at a bus stand in the heart of the city. Most of the injured, an officer said, are bus drivers and conductors. It is unclear if there were people inside the bus. Police parties along with sniffer dogs and forensic experts rushed to the spot and launched a search operation to catch the attacker, officials said. The attack comes a week after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes on the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e Mohammad in Pakistan’s Balakot. Jaish has taken responsibility for the February 14 attack, surprising security forces who said the group’s top order in the state has been wiped out.last_img read more

TSX steady as US stocks tumble

Gold prices helped lift the Toronto stock market into positive territory on Thursday, as Wall Street weakened on disappointing earnings and a weak outlook for the Chinese economy.The S&P/TSX composite index initially opened down but was soon up 11.10 points to 13,999.30, propped up mainly by the gold sector.The Canadian dollar is trading below 90 cents US for the first time since mid-2009. The loonie dropped to 89.91 cents U.S in early trading, down 0.28 of a cent from the previous close. The dollar fell nearly a cent on Wednesday following the Bank of Canada’s latest interest rate announcement.In commodities, the February gold bullion contract rose $18.40 to US$1,257 an ounce. The TSX gold sector rose 3.4 per cent.The energy sector was flat as the March crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 43 cents to US$97.16 a barrel.On Wall Street, stocks moved sharply lower after several companies reported disappointing results and as signs emerged that manufacturing in China was set to contract.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 158.68 points to 16,214.66, the Nasdaq was 34.94 points lower at 4,208.06 and the S&P 500 index was off 15.63 points to 1,829.50.A preliminary reading of HSBC’s purchasing managers’ index for China dipped this month to the lowest level since July.Several U.S. companies were lower after reporting quarterly results, including KeyCorp, Johnson Controls and Jacobs Engineering.In economic data, Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 0.6 per cent in November to $41 billion, the fourth increase in five months.Separately, it reported that 512,300 people were getting regular employment insurance benefits in November, a number virtually unchanged from October.Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX:DII.B) is closing an assembly and testing facility in Pennsylvania and moving a research and development unit in Connecticut in a cost-reduction effort at its Recreational and Leisure segment, which makes bicycles. Dorel says about 100 employees will be affected globally. Dorel shares were down 30 cents to $40.91.Canadian cheesemaker Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) has emerged victorious in a bidding war for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter after Australia’s largest dairy producer called off the battle. The Murray Goulburn Co-Operative will sell its shares to Saputo, and expects to receive at least AU$92.8 million cash in return. Saputo shares rose 24 cents to $52.93.McDonald’s Corp. earned $1.4 billion, or $1.40 per share, in the fourth quarter, which is a penny more than Wall Street expected. The world’s biggest hamburger chain also reported that global sales slipped 0.1 per cent at established locations. In the U.S., where it recently revamped its Dollar Menu, the figure fell 1.4 per cent. McDonald’s shares rained 23 cents to US$95.11.Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) says it’s laying off 475 employees worldwide, adding to the 700 positions it has eliminated over the past six months. The decision comes nearly two weeks after the retailer lowered its fourth-quarter profit outlook as it grapples with the fallout of a massive security breach. Shares of the retailer fell 37 cents to $58.61.In Europe, Germany’s DAX slipped 0.6 per cent to 9,662 and the FTSE 100 index of leading British companies lost 0.3 per cent to 6,804. But France’s CAC 40 was up 0.3 per cent to 4,312.Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 0.8 per cent to close at 15,695.89 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng sank 1.5 per cent to 22,733.90. South Korea’s Kospi lost 1.2 per cent to 1,947.59.The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China retreated 0.5 per cent to 2,042.18. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.1 per cent to 5,263.00. read more

SuarezNoa murder trial to resume on Monday

Haiden Suarez Noa confessed to killing his girlfriend in March, 2013. A Hamilton jury saw and heard what he told police the day after 36-year-old Tania Cowell was killed in her Stoney Creek apartment. 38-year-old Haiden Suarez Noa sat hunched over, rubbing his face in his hands many times as that confession video played. He described to a Hamilton detective basically what happened the night Tania Cowell was stabbed to death, but not why. On March 9, 2013, Tania Cowell was at home with their then five-month old son. The couple had been arguing over text message since the previous day. Cowell wanted Suarez Noa to do more housework, but she eventually allowed him to come home. He had been in Guelph, working and then eating with friends. He arrived at the apartment around 8:00 pm. A few hours later, the couple fought, and Cowell was attacked. Suarez Noa wouldn’t tell detectives why he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Cowell eleven times in the face, chest and back. We heard audio in a second police interview in which Suarez Noa complained of Cowell’s nagging. The crown has now rested her case and the judge confirmed with Haiden Suarez Noa’s lawyers that they will take the weekend to decide whether to present a defense case. The defense doesn’t have to present any evidence, but it could, for example, put Haiden Suarez Noa on the stand. The case resumes Monday November 16. read more

Column I dont teach for good money or cushy holidays

first_imgTO DESCRIBE THE life of second level education as hectic is an understatement. Teaching was once said to be a vocation, I like to think of teaching as a profession of great importance. I struggle to think of any other profession which has a greater impact upon the lives of children. As a colleague recently said to me, we are in the business of educating children and unfortunately that business has increasingly come under threat in recent years.The average teacher (and I use that term very loosely here) at second level works 22 hours a week, 167 days a year spread over three terms. To clarify, this is what second level teachers are paid for and to further shatter the myth, the pay for 167 days contact time at 22 hours per week is paid over a 12 month period. Now that that chestnut has been thoroughly roasted let’s discuss an average teacher’s working day and week and the challenges that entails.Fantasy and realityAn average teacher will have roughly 33 contact class periods per week in which they are expected to deliver the curriculum of their chosen subject. These curricula are laid down by the Department of Education and Science and there are detailed learning outcomes, teaching strategies, aims, objectives and many other wonderful aspirations which are designed to help the children of the nation obtain the best possible future. The reality is far removed from the fantasy.Teachers are paid to deliver curricula that are cumbersome, ill defined and often do not serve the needs of the students. The delivery and implementation of the recent Project Maths scheme is just one example of the unplanned and haphazard approach to education in Ireland today. The discussions and plans for the proposed Junior Cycle reform are also frightening and I shudder to consider what will emerge from the mind of the minister next. Thirty-three class periods is the basic minimum of a teachers working life.The challenges associated with teaching a class in any of Ireland’s second level schools deserves a dissertation all of its own. A class teacher is expected to manage, monitor and control the behaviour of increasingly larger class sizes due to budgetary cuts. While managing a class of 30 adolescents is do-able it is difficult, especially considering the challenges of delivering the curriculum, dealing with differentiation in the classroom, learning difficulties of some students, embedding key skills, co-operative learning (group work), sharing learning outcomes and aims, assessment for learning and homework. All in 40 minutes. Nine times a day. Five days a week. On average.Extra-curricular activitiesNone of this includes the hours, upon hours of preparation time. Detailing schemes of work and preparing handouts, notes and basic educational material that every student not only needs but deserves. Simple things like organising a class room to make it a comfortable and accessible learning environment and to promote teaching and learning takes more than a few hours a week, it takes months or years to get right.The correction and assessment of homework, which is probably the most important part of the job, takes hours a week. Children and young adults only learn through their mistakes and rely on the feedback from their teachers.Then there are the extra-curricular activities that many teachers engage in, in their own free time. This may often entail washing jerseys for a team or travelling great distances with a debate or quiz team, staying after hours to prepare for a music event or organise field trips. This is all happening right now in Ireland. This work goes on the length and breadth of the country – largely unnoticed – just like the challenges that the teaching profession are now enduring.Arguably the most pressing challenges facing the Irish education system at the moment are the erosion of the status of the profession and the lack of finance.Firstly, teaching is no longer an attractive profession for young Irish students. The illusion of all the holidays and the ‘handy’ life has been thoroughly shattered. The inept nature of the teacher unions and the complete lack of understanding of successive ministers and governments in terms of the basic needs and provisions of Irish education are staggering.Secondly, increased class sizes, a freeze on recruitment and the lack of adequate professional oversight has, I fear, irreparably damaged the morale of many within education. A professional body was formed to regulate and run the teaching profession, financed by teachers, many of whom have yet to see the benefits of this organisation.The public’s perception of teachingThe biggest problem is the public perception of the teaching profession. The “excessive” holidays that teachers “enjoy” is a contentious issue for many people and is a complex issue all of its own and requires a far greater discussion. The other target is the ‘job for life’ argument. This is absolutely ludicrous. There are thousands of teachers working in Ireland today with little or no security of tenure in their employment and no prospects of this changing in the near future. Education is the backbone of any economy and sadly the lack of adequate investment in the futures of Irish children is both short-sighted and irresponsible.With all this in mind, I hear you ask, why do you teach? The simple answer is I, like many of my colleagues, know nothing else but the need and the desire to help.From my own perspective there, is nothing better than being there in the moment when a child of 15 or 18 opens their Junior or Leaving Certificate results. To see that unconstrained and pure joy, in that moment, makes everything worthwhile. It’s not the student who gets the A, because you maybe always hoped he/she would, it’s the lad who got the C, the lad who worked so hard and struggled through every lesson, assignment and exam and drank in your every recommendation and when there was nothing left to give achieved the seemingly impossible.That is job satisfaction. That is why I teach. That is what gives me hope.Gerry Sutton has been a teacher at second level for 11 years with a Master’s and PhD in History.last_img read more

Aaron McKenna Reports of drug users shooting up on public transport stops

first_imgRead: It just got easier to get home from the Christmas party> THE MINISTER FOR Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly took to castigating the small minded plebeians of the nation this week, telling us in an Irish Times interview that ‘middle- class snobbishness’ is curtailing public transport use in the country.“Some people believe public transport is something that other social classes use and do not see it as the ‘middle class’ thing to do. This is especially true for bus transport,” said the TD for the Middle Class Guilt Party.“People’s negative impressions can be very strong and deeply ingrained, but they have to be tackled and ultimately changed,” we were told, a wet day after this publication carried a story about a man dropping his trousers to inject heroin into his testicles on a Luas. On a related note, Gardaí on Monday announced that they will have a presence on public transport over the holiday period.There are many things reducing the market for public transport in Ireland. The now very regular fare increases that, at several times the rate of inflation, narrow the cost gap for many people between driving and taking public transport is a major feature. People place a non-monetary value on convenience and comfort, and if the monetary difference between driving themselves and taking public transport narrows too much then they’ll take their cars.Poor serviceGenerally poor service and a lack of faith in management to address shortcomings also runs through the feedback seen on this publication and elsewhere from regular and occasional commuters alike. For example, one interesting thread running through comments is the very simple matter of speedy Dublin Bus drivers having great difficulty with the concept of gradual braking in their ten ton standing room only machines that are, in any event, sans seatbelts.Complaints about punctuality, reliability, cleanliness and other areas of operation are widespread. I don’t think it’s particularly snobbish to not want to put up with crap service at a high price compared to just a few years ago, when most of the rest of the economy has been reducing its cost base and prices.Cost and service aside, another major problem with particular modes of public transport is the abundance of antisocial behaviour that generally goes unmolested by any authorities. I believe that revulsion at witnessing something like a junkie dropping his trousers to inject himself with heroin is a classless indulgence.There exists a very narrow slice of society that regularly succeeds in making life, at best, disagreeable for the duration of their forays into the midsts of the rest of us. Sometimes this slice expands itself from the archetypical junkie or delinquent youths that probably spring to mind, to include the likes of drunken office Christmas party hooligans that the Gardaí likely have in mind to police over the coming weeks. The slice of unpleasantness can be quite classless, and depend a lot on the time of day and day of the week.Antisocial elementsBut that it exists is no secret to anyone who uses public transport even irregularly. My own observation of public transport in Dublin, which I used daily for years and only irregularly in the past year; is that outside of the early morning commute it’s an open ended gamble as to where and when you’ll meet antisocial elements and what they’ll get up to.In my time, I’ve seen fights. I’ve seen windows broken. I’ve seen quiet commuters threatened and attacked unprovoked. On one memorable trip a torrent of urine came gushing through a bus, much to the delight of all. It’s a very regular occurrence to see drugs being prepared and get a whiff that brings you right back to the cultured canals of Amsterdam; but I have to admit to being quite amazed the day a couple decided to make up and smoke a joint of heroin. Myself and about a dozen others weighed up the advice on passive smoking of normal cigarettes, and decided to get off.That most users of public transport have some sort of similar story tells its own tale. If there is an attitude problem in relation to using public transport, it ties very firmly back onto the class of the experience than the class of the user.Private security Attempts are made to police antisocial behaviour by the likes of Irish Rail and the operators of the Luas, by hiring private security guards to roam the network. Some bus drivers take initiative and pull up at Garda stations on their routes, but this is a risky tactic given that they are likely to be rostered on the same route and meet the same scumbags when they are inevitably re-circulated into society.These efforts are ad hoc and not entirely successful. Private security guards have very limited powers compared to police officers, and their use is patchy.There are none for Dublin Bus, for example.What we could do with in Ireland is a dedicated transport police, an innovation in common use around the world. Not a division of An Garda Síochána, though that is a possibility; but its own standing force tasked with the maintenance of public order and upholding the law on all forms of public transport.The Gardaí clearly recognise the need of their services on public transport over the busy period of Christmas, but this high-profile time of year just sees an increase in antisocial activity from an already elevated baseline. As is, your typical Dublin Bus or Luas is a law-free zone most of the time; with their thresholds rarely darkened by uniformed officers.PatrolIt is unacceptable that mass public transport should be a place where a majority of honest, decent people are cooped up alongside regularly antisocial elements with very little chance of reprieve before their journey ends. Much as Gardaí patrol the streets, we should have police patrolling on public transport; or patrolling by car and dedicated to respond to calls from drivers in a prompt fashion.Until we see antisocial behaviour curbed in a major way on public transport, Alan Kelly and his like cannot simply cry ‘classism!’ at anyone who would rather take the car.Related: Minister called on to retract ‘insensitive’ comments about middle-class snobbishness> Read: Man injects himself in the groin on the Luas>last_img read more

Five new gaelscoileanna to be opened in Dublin over next three years

first_img 28 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 8:32 AM Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Five new gaelscoileanna to be opened in Dublin over next three years “I want to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education,” Education Minister Joe McHugh said. By Hayley Halpin Short URLcenter_img FIVE NEW GAELSCOILEANNA are to be opened in Dublin over the next three years. The five new schools will serve areas of growing populations where there is no existing Irish-medium primary school or where there is more than one new school to be established by 2022. Minister for Education Joe McHugh made the decision following an analysis of the availability of gaelscoileanna in a number of areas of Greater Dublin. New gaelscoileanna will open next year in Donabate and in the Newcastle/Rathcoole/Saggart area, according to the Department of Education. Two more will open in the Donaghmede/Howth/Dublin 13 and the Dublin 2/4 areas in 2021. The last of the five new gaelscoileanna will open in the Sallynoggin/Killiney/Cherrywood area either next year or in 2022. The Minister took the decision to designate the language of these five schools after amending criteria which are considered in determining the ethos and language of instruction of new primary schools as part of the patronage process for new schools.Under the changes, if there is no existing Irish-medium provision in a school planning area, and a new primary school is being established to meet demographic demand, the new school will be designated as a gaelscoil.Furthermore, when a number of new primary schools are due to be established in the same school planning area during the period of 2019 to 2022, at least one of these schools in the area must be a gaelscoil.This will happen “unless there are particular local circumstances where this would not be appropriate”, the Department said. “I want to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education, so I have changed the criteria as part of patronage processes that will allow some schools to be designated as gaelscoileanna,” McHugh said.“This will provide more choice for parents and children and it will give them better certainty about the availability of Irish medium education for their children,” he said. In total, 13 new primary schools are to be established between 2020 and 2022.  Sep 3rd 2019, 8:32 AM 12,797 Views Share5 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Après le tactile Apple veut passer à la gestuelle

first_imgAprès le tactile, Apple veut passer à la gestuelleLa marque à la pomme a breveté un clavier où serait intégré un capteur de mouvements, d’après le site peine la révolution des claviers tactiles est-elle entamée qu’Apple pense déjà au futur. Le futur, c’est le clavier à reconnaissance gestuelle, que la firme de Cupertino aurait d’ores et déjà breveté. Cela consiste en un clavier manuel normal muni de quatre “Slot Cameras”, qui feraient office de capteurs de mouvements. Le mouvement des doigts de l’utilisateur seraient capturés et retranscrits sur l’ordinateur, permettant ainsi de concentrer les périphériques de pointage et de saisie dans le clavier. Le site spécialisé MacRumors s’est intéressé à ce système et en a dévoilé les grandes lignes : “La surface de capture de mouvement est directement incorporée au design du clavier avec 4 ‘slot cameras’ disposées sur le périmètre du clavier. Ces caméras sont capables de capturer le déplacement des doigts directement au-dessus des touches pour fournir l’équivalent d’une souris ou d’un trackpad ainsi qu’un mode de défilement”. Reste à tester l’engin afin de vérifier que tout cela ne relève pas en réalité du gadget…  Le 25 janvier 2011 à 11:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Infosys Asks West Bengal Govt to Accord SEZ Status to its Proposed

first_imgFrustrated at the Mamata Banerjee government’s reluctance to accord Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status to its proposed software development centre in the state, Infosys has asked the goverment to either expedite it or return the ₹75 crore advance paid by the company for acquiring the land at Rajarghat.”We have told the state government that it should either give us the SEZ status or pay back the money which was advanced to get the land,” PTI quoted a senior Infosys official as saying. In 2008, the Bengaluru-based IT software services company had paid the money for a 50-acre plot at Rajarhat to build a development centre when the Left Front government was in power. The then government had agreed to give SEZ status to the first Infosys centre in the state, as it was estimated to generate 15,000 jobs.But it could not take off due to opposition from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, which came to power in 2011 and has remained firm in its decision.The Infosys official said that the new government cannot renege on a committment given by a previous government.   “Even if governments change, the continuity in policies should not. We have immense faith in West Bengal”, he added.When asked if his company has decided to withdraw its project in West Bengal, he said, “We hope the government will change its mind.””What the state government would have to do is just forward our proposal to the Centre with a recommendation and nothing else. We have presence in 11 states across the country and all of them have done that,” Infosys spokesperson said.last_img read more

NAACP Sues Trump Administration Over Ending Protected Status For Haitians

first_img Share Lynne Sladky/APChildren hold signs at a November news conference in Miami in support of renewing temporary protected status for immigrants from Central America and Haiti.The NAACP is suing the Department of Homeland Security over the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the temporary protected status, or TPS, of tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S.At least 46,000 Haitians are living in the U.S. with protection from deportation and the ability to work under the TPS program, which is meant to help immigrants from countries affected by natural disasters or wars.In January 2010, the Obama administration announced that it would give TPS protections to Haitians already in the U.S. after a devastating earthquake flattened hundreds of thousands of buildings and killed more than 100,000 people in Haiti.But the Trump administration announced plans to cancel the status for Haitians in November, saying conditions have improved since then. Former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said the “extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist” in the country.The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, seeking a court injunction of that decision, arguing it was “an egregious departure from the TPS statute’s requirements and an intent to discriminate on the basis of race and/or ethnicity.”The complaint says Haiti is “ill-prepared to receive” the tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S. after a cholera outbreak in 2010 and a hurricane in 2016 impeded Haiti’s recovery from the earthquake.The group argues that Duke and current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “took irrational and discriminatory government action, denying Haitian immigrants their right to due process and equal protection under the Fifth Amendment.”The legal defense fund and the NAACP say the suit has been filed on behalf of Haitian members of the organizations who are protected under the TPS program.The lawsuit cites a May 2017 report by The Associated Press that a top official from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requested data on crimes committed by Haitians in the TPS program, a step the AP calls “unorthodox.”The group also quotes a New York Times report that President Trump said 15,000 of the Haitians who came to the U.S. in 2017 “all have AIDS” as evidence of what it calls President Trump’s “racialized goals concerning immigration.” Earlier this month Trump also reportedly asked why the U.S. needs “more Haitians” and immigrants from countries he allegedly described with a vulgar slur.The end of the TPS program for Haitians does not take effect until July 2019 to allow time for what the DHS called an “orderly transition.”The administration has also announced the end of TPS status for the roughly 200,000 Salvadorans now in the U.S. who have been protected since large earthquakes in El Salvador in 2001; that is scheduled to end in September 2019. About 57,000 Hondurans make up the other major group protected under TPS; the DHS says it will determine whether to extend or end their status by early May of this year.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more