Army kills three infiltrators on LoC

first_imgAs the Army killed three infiltrators on the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday in north Kashmir, over 10 youth were injured in violent clashes triggered by the killing of a student during a search operation in Shopian on Tuesday evening. The slain militants were part of a group of infiltrators. “The troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) noticed the militants trying to infiltrate into the Valley from across the border in Machil sector under the cover of darkness on Tuesday night,” said the spokesman.The troops, according to the spokesman, engaged the heavily-armed militants in a combat. “Three militants are believed to have been killed in the gunfight. Three weapons were recovered. The operation is continuing in the area.”Violent protestsIn Shopian, hundreds of locals participated in the last rites of 19-year-old college student Adil Farooq Magray. People raised provocative slogans like ‘There is only one solution, it’s gun solution’ as the body was lowered into the grave around 11 a.m. Magray was a resident of Ganawpora. He died after being hit by bullets as locals clashed with a search team looking for trapped militants. His death sparked a string of violent protests in parts of Kashmir Valley.A police spokesman said students of the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, and Higher Secondary School, Pampore, resorted to stone pelting on the security forces. Security forces used smoke shells and pellet shotguns to clear the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. At least 10 students, including women protesters, suffered injuries. Several police personnel too were injured. The IUST authorities have decided to suspend classes on Thursday and Friday.‘Situation volatile’J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president G.A. Mir condemned the student’s killing. “The situation is extremely volatile, as both the State and Central governments have miserably failed to restore peace and normalcy. The situation continues to deteriorate,” he said.CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami asked the security forces to exercise restraint. “The law enforcing agencies are refusing to draw lessons from previous experiences. Such incidents are bound to inflame the situation. Unfortunately, no distinction is being made between civilians and militants,” he said. Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have called for a shutdown on Friday.last_img read more

IIT-Guwahati teacher held for rape bid

first_imgAn assistant professor of mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) was arrested on Saturday for allegedly attempting to rape a woman, who visited him from Kolkata.The police said K.V. Srikanth was picked up on Friday after the woman, an insurance agent, filed a complaint at the Gauripur outpost near the institute. “We registered a case under Sections 354A (related to sexual harassment) and 354B (assault or use of criminal force on woman with intent to disrobe) of the Indian Penal Code. The victim said in the FIR that the teacher had attempted to rape her,” a Kamrup district police officer said.The IIT-G authorities said the woman, who had come to the campus before going out with Mr. Srikanth in a car on Friday, did not lodge any complaint with them. “We received information about the arrest of the assistant professor today [on Saturday]. We are waiting for the legal proceedings,” Labanu Konwar, the institute’s spokesperson, said.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan Live Telecast

first_img pro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live StreamingPuneri Paltan First Published: August 26, 2019, 6:05 PM IST Up Yoddha, after losing to Dabang Delhi in their previous encounter, will eye a comeback as they take on Puneri Paltan in the second match on Monday, which will be played at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi. PKL 2019 Season 7 has entered its sixth week and UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan fixture will start around 8:30PM on August 26. Currently placed at the second-last position after 11 matches, Puneri Paltan are looking for an upward trajectory. Meanwhile, UP Yoddha, who are ranked 10th in the points table, are also in need of a victory.The PKL 2019 Season 7, which began on July 20, will conclude on October 19. Twelve teams have participated in PKL 2019 and they are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019, UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan start?The second match of Day 1 of week six will be played been UP Yoddha and Puneri Paltan. This will be 61st match of the PKL 2019. The match between UP and Pune teams will be played at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi. The PKL Season 7 fixture between UP Yoddha and Puneri Paltan is scheduled to start at 8.30PM on August 26.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan on TV?The PKL 2019 UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan match on live streaming?The live streaming of the UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

India’s Mecca of Cricket, Eden Gardens not a heaven for the hosts

first_imgThe Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata holds a very special place in the hearts of all Indian cricket lovers. The iconic stadium, established in 1864, has been the centre of attraction for cricket in India and is certainly a jewel in the BCCI’s crown. (India vs New Zealand: Ganguly feels Eden pitch will not turn much)The 2001 Test at Eden between India and Australia was perhaps the greatest match held at the venue and is also rated by many as the greatest Test India has ever played. Fifteen years later the stadium is going to host yet another memorable match as India will play its 250th Test at home when they face New Zealand in the second of the three-match series from September 30th. (‘Ambitious’ Gautam Gambhir as excited as debutant after India recall)However, despite Eden being the most sought after stadium in the country, India’s record at the ground remains below average. India have played the most number of its home Tests at this ground but haven’t produced the kind of results that they would have wanted to. (Eden Gardens all set to make India’s 250th Test at home a grand occasion)Out of 39 matches played at Eden, India have won just 11 games, played out 19 draws and lost nine times. The most recent loss being at the hands of England in 2012. In the last 10 matches, India have won 6, lost 2 and drawn two games. (Indian team management asks Eden officials to prune grass off the pitch)These figures won’t impress the fans present at the ground on Friday and it also indicates India’s vulnerability at the Eden Gardens. (Injured Jimmy Neesham to miss Kolkata Test)advertisementIn terms of wins at home, the Chepauk in Chennai remains India’s most successful stadium which has seen the team win 13 of the 31 games played there. The Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi is next with 13 wins for the hosts out of 33 matches. Eden is third on this list followed by Wankhede in Mumbai with 10 wins in 24 Tests. The Green Park stadium in Kanpur, where India played the first match of the series against New Zealand and won by 197 runs in their 500th Test match, completes the top-five stadiums list with India registering seven wins there. (Need to create pressure for longer spells, says NZ coach Hesson)MOST TESTS PLAYED BY INDIA AT A HOME GROUND:Eden Gardens, Kolkata – 39Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi – 33Chepauk, Chennai – 31Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 24Green Park, Kanpur – 22M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – 21Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai – 18Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali – 12Motera, Ahmedabad – 12MOST TEST WINS FOR INDIA AT A HOME GROUND:Chepauk, Chennai – 13Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi – 13Eden Gardens, Kolkata – 11Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 10Green Park, Kanpur – 7Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali – 6M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – 6Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai – 5Despite these numbers, the Eden Gardens still is a stadium where every Indian and International cricketer wants to play atleast once in his career. When filled to capacity, the 66,000-plus stadium is a sight to behold which might put added pressure on the home team.The passionate crowd in Kolkata expects nothing less than a win for the home team which is exactly what Virat Kohli and his team will be gunning for. Victory in India’s 250th Test match and the series in the bag, would be an ideal gift for the people of Kolkata right before the start of Durga Puja.last_img read more

Basketball bodies decision lifting ban on headgear welcomed

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 4 (PTI) The World Players Association of basketball today welcomed the decision of the games governing body of reversing a controversial ban on religious headgear which would allow professional players to play wearing the turban and the hijab during competition.The new rule by the international basketball federation (FIBA) allows female players to wear hijabs and male players to wear turbans and yarmulkes.The move would allow the Sikhs to play international basketball matches with their headgears intact.”Removing the ban would make the sport bigger and more popular,” said Brendan Schwab, the executive director of the World Players Association after Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) took a decision in this regard at its meeting in Switzerland today.”FIBAs decision illustrates an important point: that in the debate between the specific needs of sport and human rights, human rights must always prevail,” Schwab said.The World Players Association believes the long-standing imposition of the ban highlights the need for international sporting bodies such as FIBA to reform their governance and practices in relation to human rights, a media statement said.FIBA had previously banned headgear on safety grounds, but began a review of its policy, and granted exemptions, from September 2014.At its congress in Hong Kong, FIBA agreed a new rule to come into force in October this year that will allow players to wear ratified headgear, that minimises the risk of injury and is the same colour as a teams kit.Qatars womens basketball team withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games after being forbidden from wearing the hijabs.advertisementIts team were asked to remove their hijab and refused, thereby forfeiting its match with Mongolia. FIBA insisted its laws held no religious connotation in the wake of the protest.This was despite several other sports at the Games allowing competitors to wear the hijabs. PTI LKJ KJlast_img read more

Sampoorna software made mandatory in schools in Kerala

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jun 6(PTI) The Kerala government has made it mandatory for all schools in the state to utilise Sampoorna software for recording details of students from class 1 to 12.The software, developed by IT@School, entirely on a FOSS platform, is a one-stop source for all details of students, such as Transfer Certificate, various reports, entry forms- to name a few.The state government has directed all schools in the state, including government and aided, CBSE, ICSE, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Recognised Un-Aided schools to capture complete details of their students only through Sampoorna.It is expected to cover 50 lakh students from 15,000 schools in this portal this month, an official release said.Currently, different sections under the Education Department as well as other agencies and departments collect the same data from schools in different formats either online or offline, which often creates confusion at various levels.By making Sampoorna mandatory, now there will only be a single form of data acquisition for all schools in the state, it said.This also paves way for a complete digital data collection mechanism in Education Department, eventually creating a paper-less environment.Sampoorna would be enhanced with details required for other institutions also such as Pareeksha Bhavan, SSA, RMSA and Statistics Wing.The government order also directs the Educational Directorates to issue periodic instructions for ensuring the authenticity of data captured in Sampoorna.The new software is equipped to provide a multitude of student, details such as Admission Register, Transfer Certificate, different reports of students including Progress Reports, list generation for various Scholarships, Promotion list preparation, Preparation of A-list for SSLC examination, Entry forms for Sports, Games and Kalosavam etc and even for issue of Identity Card for Students, it added.advertisementThe unique application was launched by IT@School in 2010 as part itse-Governance initiatives.In 2012, a major milestone in e-Governance in Kerala was achieved when, for a first time,Head Masters of Schools were given authority to update the students details such as Name, Religion and Date of Birth, which till then was only authorised to a DEO (District Educational Officer) and AEO (Assistance Educational Officer).”On the background of the General Education Rejuvenation Mission, being carried out in the State, we would raise the bar high for Sampoorna, where it is possible to assess the learning progress of a student right from their admission in the 1st standard and even to discover their talents,” Executive Director of IT@School Project, K Anvar Sadath said.In addition to student details, Sampoorna would also capture the details of teachers and non-teaching staff of every school, thereby making it a Comprehensive School Management Software.Detailed information on school facilities such as infrastructure, equipments, furnitures, sanitation facilities etc would also be incorporated in Sampoorna this year itself.The software would be enhanced to include the attendance details of students in addition to their learning progress and evaluation of their learning based activities which the teachers, parents and even public could make good use of, the release said. PTI UD ROH KKlast_img read more

India beat Australia by 26 runs: first one-day international – as it happened

China Orders Merger Between Two Biggest Shipping Companies

first_imgzoom The government of China has reportedly ordered the merger of two of the country’s largest state-owned shipping companies – China Ocean Shipping Group (Cosco) and China Shipping Group – to try to jointly tackle a slump in the industry, according to South China Morning Post.According to an executive from Cosco Group, the two companies were urged last week to come up with a preliminary merger plan within the next three months.The companies will form a 5-member working group to create the merger plan. Cosco will have two representatives in the group, while China Shipping will appoint three other members. China Shipping’s Chairman Xu Lirong will preside over the group.The two groups are mulling the possibility of pooling their container shipping business into one entity, the Cosco executive was reported as saying.Cosco and China Shipping control a total of five listed companies in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. All of the subsidiaries applied for a share trading halt, which came into force Monday, August 10.The merger between Cosco and China Shipping is seen as China’s response to global shipping alliances and their economy-of-scale business model.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The arrests of two men in Richmond Hill Ont not related to

first_imgRICHMOND HILL, Ont. — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the arrests of two men in Ontario charged with possession of an explosive device is not related to national security.The comment came moments after York Regional Police announced the arrests of the men at a home in Richmond Hill, Ont.They said the investigation was launched last Thursday after a tip from Canadian border guards and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Police say officers searching the home found hazardous, explosive materials as well as a detonator device.The two men — identified as Reza Mohammadiasl, 47, and Mahyar Mohammadiasl, 18 — were charged with possession of an explosive device.Goodale said the arrests and the investigation is “a local matter” under the jurisdiction of the York Regional Police.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Charitybuzz Announces 2nd Annual Holiday Givt Guide

first_imgOnline luxury auction house Charitybuzz today announced its 2nd Annual Holiday Givt Guide, to highlight the importance of giving when gifting.The campaign will run from November 29, 2016 through December 15 with more than 100 experiences. The Holiday Givt Guide will once again reveal new experiences daily and feature items crossing the worlds of adventure, lifestyle, sports, and music. It is a curation of some of the top experiences and luxuries Charitybuzz has to offer, curated from around the world.“We are redefining what it means to give. Givt isn’t just a guide but a movement to shift the way we give and emphasize the importance of adding meaning to our holiday gifts,” said Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Charity Network chief marketing officer. “Givting is something that can happen anytime of the year and given voluntarily to show favor toward someone or honor an occasion that also benefits a charitable organization.”Last year CharityBuzz changed the holiday gifting landscape by introducing “givting”as an opportunity for family and friends to give and receive extraordinary experiences during the holiday season while raising funds for charity through Charitybuzz’s online auction platform. The first ever Givt Guide was a remarkable success and raised nearly $6MM for charities by auctioning experiences including:● A private concert in your living room from Jeff Tweedy sold for $135,000 
○ Benefitted: Onward Neighborhood House
● Five night for 12 cruising the Caribbean on the M/Y Lady Joy for $120,000 
○ Benefitted: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research 
● Lunch for two with Larry David in Los Angeles sold for $56,000 
○ Benefitted: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 
● A walk-on role in season two of Outlander in Scotland sold for $47,500 
○ Benefitted: SeriousFun Children’s Network Founded by Paul Newman 
● A two-week holiday to India with roundtrip airfare, accommodations and more sold for $40,000 
○ Benefitted: Learning Matters 
● A meeting with Lionel Messi at a Barcelona FC home game sold for $37,500 
○ Benefitted: Forever Dream Foundation 
● A stay on Richard Branson’s Island during Celebration Week sold for $28,500 
○ Benefitted: Virgin UniteThis year, Charitybuzz and its impressive roster of partners will offer a slate of equally incredible auction items that simultaneously provide an opportunity to benefit charities and treat loved ones to one-of-a-kind memorable experiences including:Adventure 
● Enjoy an exclusive 2-Night Stay at Ol Jogi in Kenya for up to 8 guests 
○ Benefitting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights● Have a nature preserve in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains named after you & enjoy a 1-week RV getaway in Alaska 
○ Benefitting Safe Port InitiativeLifestyle 
● Meet Petra Nemcova and enjoy 2017 New York Fashion Week 
○ Benefitting Tibet House US Entertainment 
● Host an At-Home Canapé Reception for up to 20 from Eric Ripert with a performance by Philip Glass 
○ Benefitting Tibet House US● Dine with Fran Drescher and Cyndi Lauper in NYC 
○ Benefitting Cancer Schmancer● Dinner with the Cast of Scandal at the LA Home of Star Katie Lowes on March 12 
○ Benefiting IAMA Theatre CompanySports 
● Attend the biggest sporting event of the year, Superbowl 51 in Houston 
○ Benefitting George Mark Children’s House● Score New York Mets premium games tickets & meet announcers Howie Rose and Josh Lewin 
○ Benefitting US Fund for UNICEFlast_img read more

Australias Commonwealth Banks 2H profit falls to 33B

CANBERRA, Australia — The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has recorded a drop in statutory net profit in its latest half-year to 4.6 billion Australian dollars ($3.3 billion) as the nation’s biggest lender was hit by costs for misconduct, lower profit margins and a downturn in the housing market.The profit for the six months ending Dec. 31 reported Wednesday was 6 per cent below the AU$4.9 billion earned in the same period a year earlier. But cash profit rose 1.7 per cent to AU$4.68 billion. Cash profit, which excludes one-off gains and losses, are the banks’ preferred measure.Broker Chris Weston says the result was lower than the market had expected.The Associated Press read more

Renewed violence drives thousands out of Somali capital – UN

25 April 2008Some 7,000 people have fled the Somali capital Mogadishu after a new round of fighting this week that killed a significant number of civilians and reportedly wounded 200 people, including women and children, the United Nations refugee agency announced today. “The exodus from the war-ravaged city further aggravates the situation in a country where over 1 million people are already internally displaced,” Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva, adding that some 700,000 left Mogadishu last year alone. “The latest violence also prevents the internally displaced living in areas surrounding the city from returning to their homes.”He pointed out that international aid agencies, including UNHCR, are impeded from providing affected populations with the protection and assistance they need. Furthermore, aid workers encounter problems at checkpoints, including demands for money in exchange for passage.Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces fought with insurgents, and according to eyewitness reports, over 1,000 families fled their homes in two neighbourhoods north of Mogadishu following heavy shelling of residential areas.“Scores of civilians have reportedly been killed or wounded over the past few days, among them worshippers brutally killed in a mosque, sparking fresh fears and renewed exodus of civilians from the city,” Mr. Redmond observed.Many of those who have left Mogadishu are seeking safety in the bush or on the road leading to Afgooye.That town, which is 30 km west of the capital, is already sheltering over 250,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), most of whom who escaped violence in Mogadishu last year.UNHCR reported that since yesterday, the fighting has stopped in Mogadishu, but people continue to leave the city, though the numbers are falling.As soon as the security situation allows, the agency will distribute non-food items – including sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans and plastic sheets – to settlements for up to 14,000 families, or 84,000 people, along the road between Mogadishu and Afgooye. Earlier this week, an independent UN human rights expert condemned the killing of civilians in Somalia, including a number of religious leaders, and called for an immediate end to the violence that has flared up in recent weeks in the Horn of Africa nation.In a statement, Ghanim Alnajjar, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, condemned in particular the alleged deliberate killing of numerous clerics belonging to “Altabligh Group” at the Al-Hidaya Compound/Mosque. “The killings have to be investigated expeditiously and impartially, and any lasting peace in Somalia must be based on justice, truth and accountability,” he stated. read more

Lebanon and neighbours need to make more progress – UN envoy

“Unfortunately, there remain many areas of 1701 where there has been little progress,” Michael Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, told reporters after briefing the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the resolution’s implementation.Resolution 1701 called for, among other matters, renewed respect for the Blue Line separating the Lebanese forces and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling.Mr. Williams noted that, despite repeated criticism by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Israeli air violations of the Blue Line continue “unabated and on a daily basis.” In addition, no date has been set for a withdrawal of the IDF from the northern part of the village of Ghajar, as required under resolution 1701.As noted by Mr. Ban in his report, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) submitted a proposal one year ago to facilitate the full withdrawal of the IDF. The Lebanese Government said last August that it was ready to accept the proposal. While Israeli officials reaffirmed their commitment to resolving the issue, they said they were not in a position to provide a definitive response since the new Government was undertaking a comprehensive policy review. The Special Coordinator said the issue of Israel’s withdrawal from Ghajar is going to be one of the main areas of work in the coming months. “We believe now with a new Government in Israel, the formation of a new Government in Lebanon, the hard work of UNIFIL, that the atmosphere may be more propitious to a settlement.” He added that he believed the Ghajar issue “is far more achievable in the short run” than that of the Shab’a Farms area, which Lebanon and Syria have yet to resolve. The establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two neighbours over the past year, he noted, provides a “sound basis” on which to tackle their border issues.“We believe that with the successful implementation of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Syria, and other positive developments in the relations between the two countries… that the next step to be taken will be the delineation of the common border between the two countries.”Mr. Williams said a “deeply disturbing” development in recent months was the uncovering of alleged Israeli spy networks in many parts of Lebanon.“If these allegations are confirmed in court, this would constitute a very serious violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and, consequently, undermine relevant Security Council resolutions,” he stated. As for allegations that UNIFIL was facilitating the passage of individuals involved in the spy rings across the Blue Line, Mr. Williams described them as “without foundation.” Despite these developments, he said he believed that, “three years after the 2006 war, with the renewal of a democratic mandate for the new Government of Lebanon that Prime Minister Saad Hariri is trying to form, there is a sound basis in the coming months for proceeding with the further implementation of 1701.” 8 July 2009The formation of new Governments in Lebanon and Israel bodes well for the implementation of the Security Council resolution that helped to end their 2006 war, a senior United Nations envoy said today, while lamenting the lack of progress on several key outstanding issues. read more

Local company growing to a tea

A local company is quickly becoming an international success.It’s called “Steeped Tea” and it recently expanded into the United States with plans to sell tea products around the world. Mia Gordon shows us how the company’s owners took this business from their basement to the world.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Kepler Telescope Finds Over 1000 Planet Candidate

first_imgAccording to new numbers from scientists, NASA’s Kepler observatory has identified some 1,235 transiting planet candidates since in launch in March 2009. Most intriguing in these new numbers are the 54 planets that fall within the the “habitable zone,” putting them the proper distance from their stars to offer liquid water. Fifteen of the candidates have been confirmed as planets by terrestrial telescopesThe above image features the stars for the transiting planets on the top row. Our sun is on the row below, with the planets following after that.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Up to 70 people renting in dangerous unhealthy and cramped Dublin house

first_img By Ray Managh Image: Shutterstock/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share85 Tweet Email3 DOZENS OF SOUTH Americans and Eastern Europeans are unlawfully being rented “living space” in a single Co Dublin house in dangerous, unhealthy and cramped conditions, a court heard today.Barrister Liam O’Connell told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that next Friday he would be asking her to order Richard Stanley to immediately end the use of his property at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely, “as what can only be described as an unauthorised hostel.”O’Connell, who appeared in the Circuit Civil Court with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s law agent Dorothy Kennedy, said the overcrowded private dwelling was considered a fire and health risk.“It has come to the council’s notice that the three-storey dwelling is being used as other than a private dwelling with up to 17 individuals in one room and about 36 people housed in the basement,” O’Connell told the court.Aonghus O Neill, a planning inspector with the local authority, told the court in a sworn affidavit that the Lehaunstown house, on four levels, was registered at the Land Registry in the name of Richard Stanley as owner. It comprised a basement with two rooms, a ground floor, first floor and attic level.O’Connell told Judge Linnane that the County Council had become aware of reports that up to 70 people were being accommodated in the house and for health and safety reasons had carried out an inspection.He said O’Neill and another council inspector, Aidan Shannon, found that almost every room they could obtain access to had been filled with either double-beds or bunk beds.Loose electrical cord providing power to a washing machine and two tumble dryers at the top of a stairs leading to the basement had to be avoided. In a boiler room there were no smoke or heat detectors and flammable materials were scattered about the room.One room in the basement contained 11 bunk beds and a second room contained five bunk beds and two double beds. There were electrical extension cables across the floor. Each of the beds appeared to have been recently slept in.They had found a communal dining room and a living room which had been turned into dormitories. Three rooms on the first floor had been locked shut.O’Connell said the use of the property had changed from that of a private dwelling to one involving the provision of accommodation to paying customers in the course of commercial activity whereby occupants were accommodated in large communal dormitories.He said the County Council would be seeking an injunction restraining the continued use of the house as a multi-occupancy dormitory property.O’Connell said the council had sought undertakings from Mr Stanley to terminate multi-occupancy forthwith and to arrange for and provide suitable accommodation for those people currently accommodated there.Judge Linnane said that out of consideration for the plight of the people currently living in the property she would not grant immediate restraints or injunctions but would deal with the matter on Friday on notice to Mr Stanley.Read: Working group to review if AirBnb should face regulations> No Comments Image: Shutterstock/ 16,836 Views Short URL Monday 23 Jan 2017, 4:35 PM Jan 23rd 2017, 4:35 PM Up to 70 people renting in ‘dangerous, unhealthy and cramped’ Dublin house, court hears ‘Up to 17 individuals were in one room and about 36 people were housed in the basement.’last_img read more

DUP a compassionate party that wont bring up abortion or gay marriage

first_img 21,218 Views Jun 12th 2017, 10:01 AM ISSUES AROUND GAY marriage and abortion will not form part of the negotiations between the DUP and the Conservatives to support a Tory government in Westminster according to a former MLA for North Belfast.Nelson McCausland, who held the seat for the DUP, told BBC Radio 4 that the DUP is a “compassionate party” and said that any issues around abortion or gay marriage would be dealt with by the Northern Irish Assembly, and not in Westminster.Talks are set to take place between the Conservatives and the DUP in Westminster this week, as the former seeks the latter’s support to command a majority in the House of Commons.“A compassionate party”McCausland stressed that the DUP was very different from the Conservatives, and would advocate against some of the latter’s key election policies in its negotiations. Nelson McCausland Source: Liam McBurney PA Wire/PA Images“There are many things the parties have in common, but there are differences,” he said.The DUP is what I would describe as a fairly compassionate party.At this point, McCausland was interrupted and asked to clarify his statements, with the claim that “most people would call the DUP an intolerant party”.McCausland said that, in terms of austerity, the DUP is a party that “would want to avoid extremes”.“They would favour retention of the triple lock on pensions,” he said. “They favour retention of winter fuel payments as a universal benefit. They’ve expressed concerns about the dementia tax, and so on.In those ways it would not be a party that is entirely in line with the Conservatives on some issues.When pressed on whether a gay person or a woman wanting an abortion would think of the DUP as compassionate, McCausland said: “Those are matters that are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly.The views held by the DUP are not that different from those that would be held by some members of the Conservative Party in Westminster.He added that matters around gay marriage and abortion would not be up for discussion when the DUP sat down for talks with the Conservatives.Brexit donationsAs well as its stance on issues such as gay marriage, the DUP is also under scrutiny for a €500,000 donation it received in the run-up to the Brexit referendum last year.The party has confirmed that the money was received by a pro-Union donor, but it is not known who actually gave the money.The donation was made by the Constitutional Research Council. The only publicly-declared member of this group is former Conservative general election candidate Richard Cook, who is alleged to have business links with Saudi Arabian intelligence servicesA large portion of the money – £282,000 – was spent on an advertisement in the Metro, a UK newspaper which is not circulated in Northern Ireland.The party faced criticism earlier this year for the donation, with Sinn Féin’s Máirtin Ó Muilleoir calling on the DUP to reveal the source: “Voters have a right to know from the DUP where the actual source of the donation is”.The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, which is says voluntarily declares donations from a single source over £7,500, has called for clarity on political donations in Northern Ireland where the source does not have to be disclosed.Clock is ticking Source: Charles McQuillan/PA WireWith the new government set to present its legislative programme to parliament on June 19, the clock is ticking on efforts to bolster the Conservatives’ position after they won just 318 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been “very good discussions” so far and she would travel to London to meet May tomorrow.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the government was not looking at a formal coalition but would seek assurances that the DUP would vote with May “on the big things” such as the budget, defence issues and Brexit.He stressed he did not share their ultra-conservative views on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, which have caused disquiet among many Conservatives.More than 700,000 people have signed a petition condemning the proposed alliance, saying it is a “disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power”.Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed Irish concerns directly to Theresa May about the impact on the Good Friday agreement of any deal with the DUP.An Irish government spokesperson said: “They discussed the outcome of the UK general election and the Prime Minister outlined the proposed supply and confidence arrangement between her party and the DUP. The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring.He also noted the absence of any nationalist voice in Westminster following the election. Source: Speaking to reporters today, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar said that the election result had significant implications.”I do have a sense that the landscape does change somewhat as a result of the British election,” Varadkar, who is expected to be voted in as prime minister on Wednesday, told reporters.I do think there is an opportunity to soften Brexit. But that all remains to be seen.Minister Heather Humphreys added: “I was in Northern Ireland yesterday and Arlene Foster did say that she hopes that there will be a softer Brexit.”With reporting from Christina FinnRead: Kenny raises Good Friday Agreement concerns with May over DUP dealRead: DUP denies it has made a deal with Theresa May Share207 Tweet Email 81 Comments Monday 12 Jun 2017, 10:01 AM Subscribe for more videos DUP leader Arlene Foster with election candidates in Antrim Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images DUP leader Arlene Foster with election candidates in Antrim Short URL DUP ‘a compassionate party that won’t bring up abortion or gay marriage in Westminster’ The DUP is also under scrutiny for past political donations as it continues talks with the Conservatives. By Sean Murray Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

This Roomba Can Turn Cleaning Maps Into Doom Levels

first_img Roomba and Doom were unexpectedly brought together, thanks to a developer’s new AI-meets-gaming innovation.Rich Whitehouse, a game developer and designer, recently debuted Doomba, which uses Roomba 980 robot vacuums to create different levels of Doom, a first-person shooter video game, Polygon reported.DOOMBA: Turn your Roomba’s Clean Maps into DOOM maps! #doom #DOOM25 @romero @ID_AA_Carmack— Rich Whitehouse (@DickWhitehouse) December 24, 2018Whitehouse, who has credits on many video games including Prey and Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, developed a tool dubbed Noesis, a tool for previewing and converting between different animation formats. Whitehouse’s new Doomba system works similarly to Noesis. It takes Roomba’s digital cleaning maps and transforms them into Doom levels.If the idea of combining a Roomba and Doom sounds amusing, Whitehouse provides easy step-by-step instructions on how to do so here. You’ll need to download the latest edition of Noesis first before jumping to the Python part of the guide, but it’s definitely worth it to see AI and gaming come to life via the Doomba module.Whitehouse only tested this cool feature with a Roomba 980 vacuum, so it’s not guaranteed to work with other Roomba models. However, Whitehouse provided a sample .noeroomba file in the Noesis scenes directory to check out Doomba.“I hope you get some fun out of this feature. I definitely have! Some will say that it’s pointless, but I have faith in my heart that the Dark Lord will wipe these people from the face of the Earth and trap them in a dimension of eternal hellfire,” Whitehouse said on his blog. ” Their suffering will be legendary.”More on Vacuum Showdown: Neato Versus Roomba‘World’s First Digital Dining Plate ‘ Is a Feast for the EyesYou Can Now Use Snapchat Lenses on Dogs Stay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

Klopp not available right now for Germany

first_imgBut the Liverpool coach would “think about it” one day if the Nationalmannschaft needs him one day and he’s availableFor Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp being concentrated and focused is something he’s proud of.And asked today if he would ever manage the Germany National Team, The Reds boss was quick to replay.“If I am asked one day and I am available then I would think about it,” he told Welt am Sonntag in his native country.Reported by, the German manager is focused on only one thing right now.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But am I thinking about it right now, in my current situation when I am tied to Liverpool for the next four years and because Germany has just played a bad World Cup? No,” he said.“I’m not available,” he promptly added.Germany had their worst FIFA World Cup participation this summer, having failed to qualify from the Group Stage into the Round of 16.But both Germany’s coach Joachim Löw and Klopp, have a four-year contract with their teams.last_img read more

Girl 9 injured in BG crash remains in critical condition

first_imgA Battle Ground mother injured in a crash last week has been released from the hospital but her 9-year-old daughter remains in critical condition.Anna Konovalchik, 44, was first listed in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center following a crash Wednesday evening with an alleged drunken driver. Her condition improved and she was released from the hospital on Sunday.Konovalchik’s 9-year-old daughter was taken via Life Flight Wednesday to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland. Hospital staff reported Monday that the girl remains in critical condition.Konovalchik’s 13-year-old son, Jacob Konovalchik, also was injured in the crash but was treated and released from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center the night of the crash, according to hospital staff.The three family members were traveling south on Northeast 182nd Avenue in a minivan at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday when they were struck by a westbound Chevrolet pickup, according to court documents.last_img read more