Board to soon consider merger with OBC United Bank PNB

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Saturday said a board meeting will be held soon to consider amalgamation of Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India with itself. The bank has received a communication from the Ministry of Finance that the Alternative Mechanism (AM), after consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has decided that Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and United Bank of India may consider amalgamation, it said in a regulatory filing. “Accordingly, a meeting of board of directors to consider the amalgamation will be convened by the bank shortly,” PNB said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMeanwhile, Corporation Bank, which is going to be merged with Union Bank of India along with Andhra Bank, too said a board meeting will be held to consider the merger. In a stock exchange filing, it said “a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bank to consider the amalgamation will be convened by the Bank in due course”. The government on Friday unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four as part of plans to create fewer and stronger global-sized lenders as it looks to boost economic growth from an over six-year low. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who had last week announced tax sops and measures for sectors such as auto, announced four new sets of mergers — Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India will combine to form the nation’s second-largest lender; Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank will merge; Union Bank of India will amalgamate with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank; and Indian Bank will merge with Allahabad Bank.last_img read more

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Kolkata CP among 4 Bengal cops replaced ahead of polls

first_imgKOLKATA: In a surprising move just days before the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission has removed the Commissioners of Police (CPs) of both Kolkata and Bidhannagar. The four officers cannot be involved by the state government in any election-related duties, the poll panel stated.Dr Rajesh Kumar, ADG, Pollution Control Board has been made the new Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, replacing Anuj Sharma. It may be recalled that Sharma had been made the Commissioner of the city barely two months ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe new Kolkata police chief was once private secretary to Mukul Roy when he was Railway Minister. Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations has been posted as Commissioner of Police, Bidhannagar. The Commission has also removed Birbhum SP Shyam Singh and Diamond Harbour SP S Selvamurugan. In a letter to Chief Secretary Malay De on Friday, the Commission informed that the decision was taken after reviewing the poll-preparedness of the state. Avannu Ravindranath, DC (Airport Division), Bidhannagar, has been posted as SP Birbhum, while Srihari Pandey, DC, KAP 3rd Battalion, has been posted as SP, Diamond Harbour.last_img read more

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SC stays inquiry commission proceedings into Jayalalithaa’s death at Apollo Hospitals

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday stayed the proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in 2016. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the appeal of Apollo Hospitals against the April 4 order of the Madras High Court rejecting its objection against the ongoing inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital. “Notice. Stay of further proceedings of the inquiry commission,” the bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The AIADMK-led state government had set up the inquiry commission to look into circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016 at Apollo Hospitals. The Madras High Court had on April 4 rejected Apollo Hospital’s objections to an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of Jayalalithaa looking into aspects of treatment given to her. As mandated by its terms of reference, the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry was empowered and entitled to go into the appropriateness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the treatment given to Jayalalithaa during her 75-day hospitalisation in 2016, it said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The high court had refused to stall proceedings of the commission and disposed of the petition filed by the hospital seeking to quash the government orders which laid down terms and reference of the probe panel. It had also rejected the prayer of the hospital for setting up a medical board to assist the panel during the inquiry. The high court had said if a harmonious interpretation was made to terms of reference, the government was careful enough to include the word “subsequent treatment provided till her unfortunate demise on December 5, 2016”. This meant the nature and extent of treatment given by Apollo Hospitals, which includes appropriateness, adequacy or inadequacy of the treatment, the court had said. “We are of the view that if the commission is restrained from going into the correctness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the medical treatment provided by the petitioner hospital, it would only defeat the very object with which the government had appointed the commission of inquiry,” it had said. Therefore, the panel can go into the correctness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the medical treatment provided by Apollo Hospitals by screening the records produced before it and arrive at a conclusion, the bench had said. It had disagreed with the hospital’s contention that a retired judge of the high court (Arumughaswamy) cannot be the competent person to deal with the complex and intricate medical treatment and hence experts and professionals should be included in the panel. It had said that even in the absence of inclusion of experts or professionals, as per Section 5B of Commission of Inquiry Act, the commission can independently take the aid of any person who, in its opinion, shall be of assistance for conducting the inquiry. Referring to the hospital’s charge that its doctors were repeatedly questioned and harassed, the high court had said it was not inclined to accept the submissions that witnesses (doctors) were wantonly, willfully and deliberately harassed by the commission. The government had set up the inquiry commission to look into circumstances leading to the death of the AIADMK supremo, citing doubts expressed by various people.last_img read more

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Twelve Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Twelve Indian fishermen were arrested today while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy media unit said.The Navy said that two trawlers used by the Indians were also seized. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The arrest was made by Fast Attack Craft of the Sri Lanka Navy attached to the Northern Naval Command, in the seas off Delft Island.The Indian fishermen along with their trawlers were brought to SLNS Elara at Karainagar and after a medical test they were handed over to the Fisheries Inspectorate in Jaffna through the Department of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, for onward legal action. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Savour the flavour of Niagara

The Niagara region is known for many things – magnificent Falls, history, golf courses and of course the vineyards and their grapes that produce award-winning wines. However, all things considered, a spectacular glass of wine can (and should) be paired with some of the amazing food Niagara has to offer too!Agriculture is a booming industry in Niagara, and with it has blossomed a burgeoning movement towards farm-to-table – in food and wine.According to Tiffany Mayer, food blogger at, not supporting the farm-to-table movement is denying Niagara’s identity; “farm-to-table is about being inspired by what’s available locally.” Restaurants across the region have increasingly adopted this mentality as a way to tell a story through food for their patrons.  The food becomes more meaningful to consumers when they feel a connection to it, and most of the time, it tastes better because it has been created at the height of its freshness.Restaurants and food trucks in the area, like The Yellow Pear (farm-to-truck cuisine) boast that their menus give local businesses and farmers a place to showcase their products and celebrate good, hard, honest work.  Who wouldn’t be excited about eating something they have a personal connection to?  Mayer is proud to note that with the exception of salt, she can eat an entire meal that is full of Niagara produce.When asked why the farm-to-table movement and Niagara wines are a natural fit, Mayer commented that things that grow together, go together. Brian Hamilton, winemaker at Southbrook Vineyard in Niagara on the Lake has noted how important the farm-to-table mentality is to wineries as well. At Southbrook in particular, all of their wines are organic and biodynamically certified and their grapes are estate grown or from other organic and local vineyards.During this year’s Brock Homecoming, we will be highlighting amazing cuisine that Niagara has to offer when we partner Niagara wine with Niagara food; wineries with restaurants and caterers which practice the farm-to-table mentality at our Fine Food, Fine Wine event on Saturday Sept. 21.If you would like to savour the flavour that Niagara has to offer, make sure you get your tickets to Fine Food, Fine Wine on Saturday, Sept. 21.  You’ll join fellow ‘localvores’ (people who prefer to consume locally grown and produced foods) for a unique taste experience that will indulge our taste buds and help us celebrate Niagara’s fine food and award winning wines.To register for Fine Food, Fine Wine, visit the homecoming website at Food, Fine Wine PairingsSyndicate Brewery & Restuarant &  Pillitteri Estate WineryTreadwell & Flat Rock CellarsThe Yellow Pear foodtruck & Southbrook VineyardWellington Court & Creekside Estate WinerySodexo Catering Services & Ravine Vineyard read more

"Savour the flavour of Niagara"

About those interest rates hikes Carney warned about Never mind

About those interest rates hikes Carney warned about. Never mind. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2012 10:00 am MDT OTTAWA – Is the next move for Mark Carney to cut interest rates?The question would have seemed unthinkable a few weeks ago given that the Bank of Canada governor’s last pronouncement on the subject was to issue a wink and a nudge about coming hikes.The signal-sending language — “some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy surplus may be appropriate” — contained in the April interest-setting statement sent markets into speculation hyper-drive that rates could be heading north as early as the summer.Tuesday’s upcoming announcement was never in play and isn’t in play now. Economists are as unanimous as can be that Carney will keep the policy rate moored at one per cent a little while longer.But now the speculation has turned full circle about the nature of the next move, whenever it comes.“The state of the world is increasingly making clear that a rate hike at this point would be premature,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist with CIBC World Markets.“In fact, the OIS futures market today (Friday) started pricing in a rate cut for later this year.”Of course, the speculation on when Carney was going to start tightening policy began cooling long before Friday.The revived crisis in Greece, which increasingly looks unsolvable short of insolvency, the growing banking crisis in Spain, unresolved debt problems in Italy and Portugal, had already lengthened the odds on Carney moving this fall, and likely made him regret his April assessment that Europe’s crisis had moved from “the acute to the chronic.”But if there was any doubt remaining, Friday’s onslaught of weak and very weak data from Canada, the United States, China and Brazil, following a bad output number out of India Thursday, removed it.Friday’s report on Canadian gross domestic product did not show the economy tanking in the first quarter, but at 1.9 per cent growth it was well below the central bank’s April call for a 2.5 per cent advance. It now looks unlikely the bank’s equally optimistic 2.5 per cent for the second quarter will come to fruition either.And given the Canadian export sector’s reliance on flush U.S. consumers, the miserly gain of 69,000 jobs reported south of the border for May was even a worse signal that the next few months will yield at best craw-speed momentum. China and Brazil also reported soft economic data.The two disappointing North American reports all but wipe out the good memories of Canada’s record-breaking 140,000 job gains in March and April. Analysts expect May will pour cold water on the employment front when the number is released next Friday.TD Bank economist Diana Petramala isn’t giving up altogether on a rate hike, however, although she is hedging her bet.In a note to clients, she noted that if growth maintains a two-per-cent pace throughout 2012, “the argument for some withdrawal of monetary stimulus by the fall still holds. However, a continued deterioration in global financial markets could keep the central bank on the sidelines.”Even with the caveat, that is a minority view.Capital Economics’ David Madani thinks 2014 is more likely and Derek Holt, vice president of economics with Scotiabank, is coming around to the view.Carney’s previous signal on interests rates was predicated on the assumption that Canada’s growth rate would smoothly expand at about 2.5 per cent throughout 2012, enabling the economy to return to full capacity in the first half of 2013.At sub-two per cent, however, the output gap is actually widening slightly rather than closing, so the argument for tightening rates evaporates, especially since inflation remains tame.As well, hiking rates raises the cost of borrowing for consumers and businesses, dampening economic activity, while pushing up the Canadian dollar, which depresses exports, analysts note.The only positive would be to help slow down the housing market, which all indicators suggest is already cooling with the rare exception of Toronto condo sector.“I buy that in a perfect world, the bank would love to raise interest rates,” said Holt.“But the growth profile continues to underperform the speed limit of the economy so you still get building economic slack that the Bank of Canada did not anticipate,” explained Holt. “So more slack, more geo-political concerns, that gives the bank full course to leave rates alone for a long, long time yet.”Holt said the bank’s Carney will likely need to do a bit of a climb-down Tuesday. But at the next setting in July, “the April monetary policy review will have to be completely rewritten ” to reflect to gloomier outlook.Carney did get some sympathy from Jens Larsen, the Royal Bank’s chief European economist, during his visit to Ottawa last week.Larsen’s job is to track developments in Europe’s sovereign debt saga and said he too mistakenly judged the temperate easing on the crisis atmosphere. But then stuff happened, he said, and now he too is rueing his previous optimism. read more

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Full 1916 throwback uniforms released for Nebraska on Saturday

No. 6 Ohio State will wear 1916 throwback uniforms versus No. 9 Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: @darrenrovellThe No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes’ primetime matchup versus No. 9 Nebraska in Ohio Stadium on Saturday is a golden opportunity to prove in front of a national audience that they’re one of college football’s premier teams. Based on their uniform choice, the Buckeyes are already coming into the game with style.The Scarlet and Gray will have a different look this week, wearing 1916 throwback uniforms to honor late, great OSU running back Chic Harley, who played at OSU from 1916-17 and 1919. He spent the 1918 season in the military, which is the reason OSU chose this week — the military appreciation game — to wear replica jerseys from 1916 in respect for Harley’s sacrifices.Ohio Stadium is sometimes referred to as “The House that Harley Built.”Darren Rovell of ESPN tweeted out the full look the Buckeyes will be donning on Saturday in the ‘Shoe.FIRST LOOK: Ohio State Nike uniforms, commemorating 100th anniversary of undefeated 1916 team, to be worn vs Nebraska this week— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 1, 2016 read more

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Presidential lip service to Judicial Independence

(Following is an opinion piece written by PPP  Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Mohabir Anil Nandlall)No one can sensibly dispute that an independent and effective judiciary is not only the sine qua non of any democracy, but it is the very foundation upon which the edifice of civil society rests. “If the judiciary is to perform its functions and duties effectively and remain true to the spirit with which they are sacredly entrusted to it, the dignity and the authority of the courts have to be respected and protected at all costs otherwise, the very cornerstone of our Constitutional scheme will give way, and with it will disappear the rule of law and the civilized life in the society.” (Justice Sawant: Re Vinay Chandra Mishra (1995) 2 SCC page 584). Although the above statement was uttered by a Judge of the Indian Supreme Court, that it rings true of the Guyanese Judiciary and indeed judicial systems everywhere, there can be no doubt.No dispassionate mind can credibly justify the Attorney General’s contumacious outburst in open court before High Court Judge Mr. Franklin Holder, a few weeks ago. As an eye witness to the incident, I say that the judge’s recitation, in a letter to the Acting Chancellor, of what transpired on that fateful day, does not only coincide with my interpretation of the events, but the adjectives used by the learned judge to describe the Attorney General’s conduct, graphically but accurately captures the tone, mood and electricity of the atmosphere, at the time. I could not have proffered a better recollection. In that letter the Judge indicated that he made a finding that the Attorney General committed contempt in the face of the court. The Judge demanded an apology from the Attorney General.  The Judge’s letter was published by the media, verbatim.On the 8th of May 2017, when the case resumed, the Judge not only reiterated his finding of contempt but indicated that the Attorney General’s subsequent public statements aggravated the contempt. The Judge was emphatic that he has not lost the power to cite the Attorney General for contempt. Why he did not do so, nor has yet done so, is a disappointment to most law abiding citizens.It is against this backdrop that the President’s statements made on the 17th of May 2017, at the swearing-in ceremony of two appellate court Judges, must have shocked the conscience of the right thinking Guyanese public. The President is quoted in the Press, as saying, “I cannot see that there was anything which could have warranted his being cited for contempt of court. As I said, his behavior was not being contemptuous so in that regard there cannot be any justifiable call for an apology because his behavior was not in contempt of court”.That these sentiments, emanating from the Head of State, and a highly decorated former army general is abominable on so many dimensions, may yet be an understatement. The law, separation of powers, and respect for the majesty of the court aside, just imagine for one moment, a subordinate army officer behaving as the Attorney General did, to Brigadier David Granger, thirty-five years ago, at Camp Ayangana, what would have been his fate.However, on a more serious note. Under the doctrine of separation of powers, a fundamental pillar of our Constitution, the Judiciary is resided with the sole and exclusive responsibility, of being the final arbiter of legal issues within our system of governance. Whether a person is guilty of contempt of court or not, is a legal question to be determined only by the Judiciary. Justice Holder has already pronounced that the Attorney General has committed contempt in the face of the court. This is a conclusive pronouncement on the matter by the lawful constitutional authority. If it is wrong, the Judiciary, itself, offers a procedure to rectify wrong judicial decisions. The raison d’etre of the separation of power principle is to insulate the legislature and the executive from trespassing upon the functional domain of the judiciary and vice versa. The President’s statements have obviously disregarded this sacrosanct constitutional doctrine.To compound the travesty, the President has publicly endorsed the Attorney General’s absolute and contemptuous disrespect for the Judiciary, which constitutes an even greater slap to the dignity of this institution, whose smooth functioning depends so heavily upon public trust and confidence. This is precisely what Justice Sawant warned against in his observations to which reference is made above. If an ordinary person were to act, when appearing before a judicial officer, or before any high authority, in a manner similar to the Attorney General, the President is now bereft of any standing, or credibility, to criticize such conduct.Unfortunately, it is not the first time that the President is publicly quoted as making final pronouncements on legal issues, thereby lending to a usurpation of judicial functions. On or about the 29th of December 2016, a Public Statement, emanating from the Ministry of the Presidency, quoted the President as pronouncing that the 99 year old lease, issued to the Cheddi Jagan Research Institute Inc, in respect of Red House, was invalid, and ordered that the tenants be evicted therefrom within 48 hours. As invalid as anyone may perceive a lease to be, it is common ground that its validity, or lack thereof, and whether or not tenants in a demised premises should or should not be ejected, are purely complex legal issues to be conclusively and lawfully determined by the Judiciary and no other authority, in accordance with the doctrine of separation of powers. Just imagine the social chaos and disorder, which would erupt in this land, if every landlord arrogates upon himself the power and authority to determine that a tenancy is invalid and takes steps to eject his tenants without any resort to the court.There is still yet another dimension. It is judicial independence. At the very ceremony, the President assured the Nation that there is no political interference in the Judiciary. This assurance must ring hollow in the face of the President’s inordinate delay in acting upon the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, as well as, his manipulation of that advice by not swearing-in the advised persons as Judges. This issue is exacerbated by his stamp of imprimatur to the Attorney General’s grossly insolent and irreverent attack upon a High Court Judge. Is the President not, subliminally, signaling to the Judiciary that his Ministers or the Government, itself, can act most egregiously, but yet, enjoy Presidential support, if not approval?In my view, this strikes at the heart of judicial independence, since Judges may now have to contemplate a Presidential reaction to their rulings against the Attorney General and the Government and apprehend the consequences, which may flow therefrom. In Bradley -v- Fisher 80 US 335, Justice Field of the US Supreme Court enunciated the principles thus:“For it is a general principle of the highest importance to the proper administration of justice that a judicial officer, in exercising the authority vested in him, shall be free to act upon his own convictions, without apprehension of personal consequence to himself. Liability to answer to everyone who might feel himself aggrieved by the action of the judge, would be inconsistent with the possession of this freedom and would destroy that independence without which no judiciary can be either respectable or useful.”It is difficult to decipher whether the President makes these statements knowing of their legal ramifications or he just makes them innocently. Either way, it is the duty of his Attorney General to advise him properly on the law. But then again, it is clear that the current incumbent has a demonstrable incapacity to do so. One can only hope that a compliment of five highly decorated advisors would bring reprieve to this very crucial constitutional tragedy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident reaffirms Government’s support for judiciary as new Court opens in LeonoraJanuary 18, 2014In “Local News”Letter: Separation of Powers Doctrine under assaultJuly 20, 2017In “Letters”THE PIPER: The Guardians of GuyanaJanuary 29, 2017In “The Piper” read more

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New conveyor idler aligner delivers improved safety precise adjustment

first_imgProper alignment is an extremely important factor in a conveyor system, as a misaligned belt can cause uneven wear, belt/structure damage and material spillage.  A new conveyor idler aligner featuring a safe and effective method to manually fine tune OEM-style self-adjusting idlers has been introduced by Martin Engineering. The MARTIN® Idler Aligner ensures precise adjustment, using a handle and comb for course modification, with slots for finer tuning.   The aligner bracket mounts to most manufacturers’ self-aligning idlers, allowing for broad application.  To improve safety, the design eliminates the need to tie off idlers to the surrounding structure, and the locking bar features a hole for padlock placement to restrict access and handle movement.The slotted comb on the new idler provides a range of incremental adjustment settings (±7.5°) to ensure consistent performance.  The handle can also be allowed to float freely on top of the locking bar to provide course adjustments of ±2.5°.  The Idler Aligner installs quickly and easily – a one-person job requiring no measuring, cutting or heavy lifting – allowing workers to safely and conveniently make manual adjustments to fine tune the idler from outside of the stringer.  The new design is also available in stainless steel construction.last_img read more

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Déjà vu 11 more Britishbased people who have just discovered hurling on

first_img How will we cope with an hour without live popular sport? Live hurling on sky sports 3 it is…— Andy Mitchelmore (@MitchelmoreAndy) June 14, 2014 How have I never watched hurling before this is great— Rachel (@rach_tennis) June 14, 2014 Source: Andy Mitchelmore/Twitter 9. Michael Cook Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Michael Cook/Twitter 3. Joe O’Shea 2. Alex Case Source: Alex Case/Twitter 6. Ben Nall Source: Jon Horn/Twitter Source: Joe O’Shea/Twitter Watching the hurling on sky. What do all those numbers mean?? @daraobriain— Tom Pengelly (@flyincattlebird) June 14, 2014 Hurling is absolute carnage. About five sports in one— Jon Horn (@Jondavidhorn) June 14, 2014 11. Tom Pengelly Currently watching Hurling on Sky #WTF— Alex Case (@alexcase92) June 14, 2014 5. Lillypad 10. Andy Mitchelmore Source: Ben Nall/Twitter First time watching Hurling on Sky sports 3. From what I can gather it is a sport that involves lots of guys having a pub fight on grass— Ben Nall (@BenNall79) June 14, 2014 English guy in pub who’s watched the hurling on Sky Sports; “mad sport, it’s a bit Game of Thrones, Innit?” #GAA— Joe O’Shea (@josefoshea) June 14, 2014 Source: Rachel Franczeska/Twitter 7. Hannah Sherlock Source: Aaron Skelton/Twitter 8. Aaron Skelton Watching the hurling on Sky sports 3…My paddy cousins are feckin mad… What a mental game…Dublin win I reckon…— Aaron Skelton (@Skelts10) June 14, 2014 It’s like a mixture of cricket, rugby and a egg and spoon race #hurling #skysports— Lillypad (@jacklilly14) June 14, 2014 #GAA I’m watching Hurling. Wexford have scored 4 over the bar and 1 in the net and the score is 7. Can anyone explain?— The Viking Experience Forever!!!!! 😂😂😂😂😂🤷‍♂️ (@TheMCook) June 14, 2014 Source: Tom Pengelly/Twitter Source: Lillypad/Twitter LAST WEEK, WE brought you the amusing reactions of British people who had just discovered hurling, after the sport made its debut on Sky Sports.And unsurprisingly, during Sky’s second live game yesterday, there were more people ostensibly tuning in for the first time and tweeting their hilarious and bemused thoughts, as you’ll notice below.Granted, it’s been done before, but think of this as a sequel to last week’s article — and one that is more Godfather II than Hangover II hopefully.Anyway, here are 11 of the funniest responses in all of their glory…1. Rachel Franczeska 4. Joe Horn The British man who made THAT tweet about hurling>As it happened: Wexford v Dublin, Leinster SHC semi-final>last_img read more

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Paralyzed man sends the first ever tweet created with eye movement

first_imgTony Nicklinson sent his first tweet on Wednesday June 13th. While this feat may seem unremarkable to most — for him it means a window to communicate with the world.In 2005, Nicklinson had a stroke that completely paralyzed him. He can still think and reason, but he’s unable to care for himself, and his only means of communication are with his eyes and he suffers from what is known as locked-in syndrome. Through a combination of hardware and software he’s able to communicate much more sophisticated thoughts than “blink once for yes, twice for no.” The system tracks his eye movements, not unlike the Lenovo Tobii device that made headlines last year, so Nicklinson is able to type out his thoughts letter-by-letter on a virtual keyboard. This program in turn converts each selection into text and/or speech.While eye tracking technology, like Tobii and others, is nothing new to the first world its application is. The fact that a man who would otherwise be reduced to “yes” and “no” queries or only have others to speak for him, can now through the power of micro-blogging site Twitter and this eye movement tech, speak to the world (or at least anyone who wants to follow). The social networking community has met him with great support; as of this posting he has gained over 20,000 followers.His tweets are occasionally uplifting, talking about his flatulent pooch, but mostly Nicklinson has used Twitter to raise awareness about his upcoming hearing regarding his right to die. The site has left some users to question whether the social networking site has changed his mind on his desire to be euthanized, to which he responded, “Let’s hear the judgement first and maybe I’ll tell you.”And the first tweet…Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet. #tony— TonyNicklinson (@TonyNicklinson) June 13, 2012@TonyNicklinson via Guardianlast_img read more

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A breath of oxygen in the accessory market

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?I was just out of university with qualifications in International business and Export Management. I also had some work experience in International Logistics having worked as a freight forwarder. Mum and Dad had the hands-on experience from previous businesses they owned in Europe and Australia and they wanted to try their hand at a new business venture. This created a synergy that enabled us to start an importing business from the ground up. And, because my interest is in fashion we focused our business on fashion accessories and handbags that I personally design. What makes your accessories unique?The Greek influence helps me design fashion accessories that are a little more daring than most. I tend to use bolder colours and have more adventurous designs than the more conventional products on the market. I think the combination of the Greek and Australian culture informs my designs and is giving our Oxygen label a cutting edge. How is business currently?Excellent. We often get told our designs are best sellers and sell out within a couple of days of hitting the shelves. Our Oxygen brand is growing stronger by the year. Our label has now developed a following and we are very excited.What is your vision for the future of your business?We currently sell to leading department stores and fashion boutiques nationally and internationally in countries such as New Zealand, USA and South Africa.Our next move is to expand our market share in Australia and in these countries.Has your Greek Australian background been an influence in your work?Absolutely! It’s provided a bridge between what happens in Australia in business and the importing we do from countries like China. The Greek cultural background has provided a foundation of the wheeling and dealing that happens on an international basis. The Australian culture helps connect us with customers and bureaucracies and infrastructure in Australia. In addition, the Greek tastes inform my designs and make it really appealing to the Australian market. I get a lot of feedback from my clients about how much they like the designs. It’s common for my clients to blow their budget.What are the major trends for accessories this year?Lots of bling in jewellery such as in chandelier style earrings. Bold bright colours and studs in bags and big floral feminine designs.last_img read more

"A breath of oxygen in the accessory market"

When will this end

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the seat of Hindmarsh where I am MP, I represent many Cypriot Australians, many who made their homes in the western suburbs of Adelaide after the 1974 occupation of their homeland and found themselves here as refugees.In 1974, as we all know, the island of Cyprus was occupied – and 37 per cent of that island still remains occupied.Since then, a so-called state has been declared, but it has been recognised by only one nation in the entire world —and it just happens, ironically, to be the nation that invaded in 1974. There are still 1,619 people missing.These people are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. We have, in that 37 per cent of the island, homes where the owners have not been allowed to return. They are still not allowed to return, and 43 years is far too long to still be waiting for a solution.Many UN resolutions have been called for, basically having the same principle: respect for the human rights of all the people of the island. Here in Australia, we can play a role, and many politicians including myself have raised this issue, and many of my colleagues in the South Australian parliament have also raised the issue. When you travel to Cyprus, as I have many times, both as an individual and as part of parliamentary delegations representing Australia, it is an absolute tragedy to see the situation that exists. I have gone along the green line, the demilitarised zone that divides the island. I have spoken with the Australian UN peacekeeping people that have been there over the years, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who have made such a wonderful contribution to patrolling this zone since 1974. It is a real shame and the wrong decision that they are being dismantled by the Australian government, after the announcement at this year’s budget. The AFP played such an important peace keeping and policing role. We can play a bigger and better role. Of course, we can raise this issue here in parliament, as I have done many times but most importantly, Australia can play a role in providing for the implementation of UN resolutions.Everyone I speak to and to everyone that I raise this issue with all have the same view – that 43 years is way too long. I know that talks have been taking place recently between the two communities and different nations that have an involvement. We all wish and hope that they get back on track and for a solution very soon.last_img read more

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Udder surprise Loose cow startles Anchorage cyclists

first_imgThe cow was spotted on a popular trail system in the Anchorage area. (Photo by Abbey Collins / Alaska Public Media)In Anchorage, it’s not unusual to encounter a moose on a trail. And bears, while not always a welcome sight, are a part of living in Alaska, too. But wild Alaska cows? That’s not usually a thing.Listen nowCyclists were perplexed when a bovine creature turned up on a popular Anchorage bike trail.Eric Parsons bikes along trails near the Campbell Airstrip regularly. But on a recent ride, he saw something pretty unusual. Parsons saw a big animal out of the corner of his eye — and it startled him.“As I’m riding by it, I notice that it’s not a moose and it’s not a bear. And I’m like, ‘are my eyes playing tricks on me?’ And definitely, in my mind, I could see that it was a big, black cow,” Parsons said.Parson’s isn’t talking about a cow moose. Parson’s wondered if his mind was playing tricks on him.“I was like, ‘Am I seeing things?’ Because I’ve never seen a loose cow, in the winter, night biking in Anchorage,” Parsons said.But, then Parsons caught word of another sighting.In a post on the Anchorage Fat Bike Facebook group, another biker wrote, “Almost got run over by a cow last night on moose meadow. As in, cattle, not a bear or a moose.”It turns out there is, indeed, a missing cow in the Anchorage area.In a public Facebook post on the fat tire group, an Anchorage resident says they’ve been looking for the cow for “a while.” They said it’s “a very sneaky cow, and doesn’t want to get caught.”They declined to comment further for this story.last_img read more

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AL confident no repetition of 111like changeover

first_imgObaidul Quader. Prothom Alo File photoRuling Awami League (AL) is confident that there will be no repetition of the political changeover that had taken place on 11 January 2007, popularly called as 1/11.Expressing confidence on Thursday, AL general secretary, Obaidul Quader, however, blamed the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for the fear of such intervention.“There is a fear and apprehension in this regard. We have taken lessons from that incident but the BNP did not,” he said in response to queries of newsmen after a meeting at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office.A military-backed government was installed through the changeover on 11 January 2007, following a few months of political unrest due to dispute over holding of parliamentary elections.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said, “The BNP has become aware of its current condition. Watching the people’s support to the Awami League across the country they [BNP men] have understood their prospect in the next general elections.”“The BNP hasn’t done anything to get votes. This is why they are trying to fish in troubled water. The Awami League will not let the BNP to implement its evil design. Repetition of 1/11-like political changeover cannot be staged in Bangladesh anymore,” Quader confidently said.About the party’s candidature in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls, the AL general secretary said no one is candidate until the party nominates anyone.“Many people are calling on party president Sheikh Hasina. This doesn’t suggest that the candidate has already been selected. But the party president [Sheikh Hasina] asked Atiqul Islam to work [for the party],” he said.The Awami League’s candidate will be decided in the nomination board’s meeting on 16 January, Obaidul Quader informed the newsmen.Responding to a question about AL’s thinking of its favour for businessmen, Quader said, “There are differences between the party’s candidate, leader and elections.”“Can’t a politician do business? Will they survive by extortion?” he said.last_img read more

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Drug peddler stabs Chapainawabganj schoolgirl

first_imgMap of ChapainawabganjA schoolgirl was stabbed by an alleged drug peddler in rail slum area of Chapainawabganj town on Wednesday morning over previous enmity, reports UNB.The injured is Sathi Khatun, 13, daughter of Abdus Samad and a class VI student of Kamaluddin Girls’ High School.Chapainawabganj circle police additional superintendent Iqbal Hossain said Monirul, 25, son of late Faku Ali, stabbed Sathi indiscriminately on her abdomen, hands and legs when she was going to school with her classmates around 9:45am, leaving her critically injured.Being rescued by locals, the injured was admitted at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital.Monirul had an enmity with Sathi’s father as he had handed Monirul over to police along with drug, said the police official.Police detained Monirul’s wife Rubina, sisters Shahin Akhter and Jahanara for interrogation.last_img read more

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Only 29 convicted out of 6758 alleged human traffickers

first_imgTrade union leaders, lawyers and migrant rights activists on Wednesday called on the government to ensure justice for trafficking victims by bringing the human traffickers to book.As many as 6,758 people were arrested in connection with human trafficking between 2013 and 2018 but only 29 of them were convicted, according to police headquarters’ report.Expressing frustration at the low rate of conviction and prosecution of cases of trafficking, the rights activists urged the government to protect migrant workers from being trafficked by the rackets of traffickers.The call came from an advocacy meeting on ‘Analysis and Application of the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012’ organised by Solidarity Center- Bangladesh Office, at a city hotel.A total of 4,414 trafficking cases have so far been lodged under the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act 2012, according to the human trafficking cell of the police headquarters.The police data show over 8,000 people — men, women and children inclusive — have been trafficked between January 2013 and November 2018.The expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry’s additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen acknowledged that trafficking in migration has been a major challenge for all.The government has been relentlessly working to stop trafficking in persons, he added.Referring to recently adopted Global Compact on Migration, Saleheen said the government is working to ensure safe, orderly, regular and responsible migration.Saleha Begum, a Jashore lawyer, who made a presentation on the isssue, stressed the need for signing bilateral or multinational agreements between the countries of origins and destinations to check trafficking at all stages, especially in destinations.“Many victims are reluctant to seek legal justice due to ignorance, lack of financial support and immature compromise,” the lawyer said.Solidarity Center official Kelly Fay Rodriguez said that ensuring decent work could be a solution to human trafficking.Kelly emphasised that trade unions, community leaders and media would have to work together to help protection of the migrant workers.Trade union leader Nazma Akter said home, foreign, labour and expatriates’ welfare ministries would have to work together to tackle the human trafficking issues.last_img read more

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Square Enix reveals Dragon Quest X for Wii and Wii U

first_imgThere are only a handful of games that cause the Japanese to take days off work and queue all night. One of those games series is Dragon Quest, and Square Enix has just announced Dragon Quest X (official title: Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku) which is set to see a release next year.With Dragon Quest IX the game made an unexpected leap to a mobile platform in the form of the DS, but it worked and sold millions in its first weekend on sale. This time around Square Enix have decided to release on two platforms at the same time: the Wii and the Wii U. The main difference seems to be better visuals for Wii U owners, but otherwise the same game.The other big change is the focus on online play. DQX won’t be the typical JRPG we have come to expect from the series. Instead, the gameplay will require players go online, create a party with other players, and explore the world together. Importantly, Wii and Wii U players will inhabit the same online world making it possible for friends to play together regardless of what generation Nintendo hardware they own. The 3DS will also play a role, allowing for data exchanges and character transfers.What’s unclear at the moment is whether the game will carry a monthly charge. Based on an information page on the official Dragon Quest portal it looks like that may be the case as both price and a “usage fee” are featured, but with a “TBA” where the pricing should be.One final difference comes from the development of the game which is happening internally at Square Enix. On previous games development would be handled by another studio like Level 5, but fans should be glad to hear Yuji Hori, Koichi Sugiyama, and Akira Toriyama are all involved. The fact that Square Enix has a lot of experience developing the Final Fantasy MMOs makes this a sensible decision.Read more at AndriasangMatthew’s OpinionI’m sure there’s going to be more than a few Dragon Quest fans upset by the fact this game is effectively an MMO instead of a JRPG, but then you can understand why Square Enix decided to go down this route. One of the most popular games series in recent times has been Monster Hunter, which uses a similar feature of going online and forming a party. Add the popularity of such a gameplay system with the massive popularity of Dragon Quest and it makes sense to try it.Choosing the Wii also makes a lot of sense due to the massive installed user base. It also seems to be the easiest system to get an online game working on compared to other current gen consoles, plus the Wii U is going to be the first next-gen machine future proofing the popularity and availability to Dragon Quest X to a large extent.My only hope is that Square Enix either keeps the monthly subscription very low or makes it optional for certain extra features. I also wonder what chance, if any, this game now has of heading to Western markets. But then the Final Fantasy MMOs came West, so why not Dragon Quest?last_img read more

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Reports from Humans 2 Mars Summit suggest dust may prevent human settlement

first_img © 2013 Explore further The announcement comes on the heels of news from Mars One—the Netherlands based group selling tickets for a one way trip to the red planet—announcing that over 78,000 people have signed up so far. Some of those people might change their mind however when they learn of recent discoveries about the content of Martian dust.NASA’s chief health and medical officer, Richard Williams, told those at the summit that perchlorates appear to be widespread on the planet’s surface. The fine dust material produced by perchloric acid has been known to cause thyroid problems in people here on Earth. Just as problematic, Grant Anderson (co-founder of Paragon Space Development) told the audience, is gypsum. The Curiosity rover has found veins of it near the planet’s surface. Though it’s not toxic, it has been known to cause a condition similar to black lung in coal miners in people exposed to it for long periods of time.Both types of dust particles are in addition to the known presence of silicates on the Martian surface—if breathed-in they can cause reactions with water in the lungs and result in the creation of harmful chemicals.Martian dust could pose health hazards because of the difficulty of removing it from space suits and boots. NASA learned during the Apollo space missions that moon dust was a much bigger problem than had been anticipated. They have reported in the past on the large amounts of dust that stuck to astronaut suits and boots. Fine grains stick to materials because of static electricity, and on Mars would likely be sucked into a controlled environment by an air-lock. Over time, health specialists fear the dust would build up in air filters and living quarters, adding yet another life threatening element to the list of other known hazards (traveling and landing safely, exposure to radiation and cosmic rays, etc.) for the people who seek to colonize the planet.Space technologists have yet to figure out a way to remove the fine particulates from suits and boots and because of that, manned missions to Mars could be put on hold indefinitely. NASA scientists eyeing regional dust storm on Mars ( —Reports given by experts in the space-health field suggest it might take longer for humans to build a colony on Mars than has been expected. Such experts speaking to attendees at the recent “Humans 2 Mars Summit” in Washington D.C. expressed concern about the dangers of Martian dust. They believe the health hazards posed by the Martian regolith could prevent humans from colonizing the planet anytime soon. More information: via Newscientist Citation: Reports from “Humans 2 Mars Summit” suggest dust may prevent human settlement of Mars (2013, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Mars surface. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Men act less interested in sex than they really are

first_imgMen sometimes act way less interested in sex than they really are, perhaps because of the assumption that giving an impression of wanting to have sex with anyone, anytime, is definitely not what most women are looking for, suggests new research. “Men who are overly eager do not come across as attractive,” said study co-author Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The findings published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences suggest men and women’s real intentions may be different from the signals they send each other. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, researchers collected two rounds of data from students at NTNU. The survey included questions like when they last met with a potential sexual partner, and whether they eventually ended up having sex. Researchers found women were much more likely to have sex if they thought the potential partner was attractive. The most important factor in whether men had sex was how many sexual partners they have had previously. This could contribute to their being perceived as sexually attractive and available. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s really the same reason for both men and women – the man’s sex appeal – that decides whether they end up having sex,” Kennair said. Men who reported being the most interested in having sex reduced their signals of interest more. Women, on the other hand, might pretend to be a little more interested than they actually are. “The exception to this general sex difference is when the woman is as interested as the man. In this case, women also pretend to show less interest,” Kennair said. “Both men and women who are truly interested in a partner might be trying to ‘play it cool.’ In economic terms, it’s about supply and demand,” he further elaborated.last_img read more

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