Delhis Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday wrote to the Election Commission and the party alleged there have been irregularities in voter card distribution. “The EC must ensure that all these missing voter ID cards along with all the other cards yet to distributed are properly and fairly delivered to rightful recipients at their registered addresses,” said Raghav Chadha, AAP South Delhi candidate.Chadha on Sunday tweeted a photograph of voter identification cards and said that more than 200 of them were allegedly recovered from the roadside in south Delhi’s Badarpur area. “The EC must crack down on this dangerous conspiracy by the BJP immediately within the next few hours by identifying the Election Commission Officers who are acting as BJP agents and have donned Khaki knickers under their uniforms and to identify BJP leaders who are conspiring to snatch away people’s democratic right to franchise,” said Chadha. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also said that the party has also received news from Deoli and Chattarpur that Booth Level Officers and postal workers have left the voter ID cards in the offices of local BJP leaders and BJP leaders are calling people and inviting them over and claiming that they have got their voter ID cards prepared. “Is the BJP the distribution agency of the Election Commission? BJP leaders don’t want to let potential AAP voters vote, or they want to intimidate them to vote for the BJP. This is a concentrated effort to influence the elections and instead ensure biased and unfair elections,” the AAP leader said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsChadha alleged that the EC remained a mute spectator as BJP engineered a massive voter deletion fraud in Delhi. “Now when CM Arvind Kejriwal ensured that votes of those people whose names had been illegally deleted were restored; the BJP is colluding with Booth Level Officers and preventing these voter ID cards from reaching the voters by abandoning them, burying them or destroying them. Today we present these voter ID cards in front you,” said Chadha. He also clarified that even though the abandoned Voter ID cards are in AAP’s possession at the moment, the is no authorised to distribute the same and thus the AAP will submit these with the EC. Describing the situation the AAP leader said, “The shocking discovery of more than 200 voter ID cards yesterday, found lying in garbage dump only a few hundred metres away from Badarpur MLA’s office has exposed the nexus between the BJP, the Booth Level Officers and officers of Postal Department as they work in tandem to ensure that voter IDs of those registered though AAP registration camps are not received by them.”last_img read more

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UN agriculture development fund supports microfinance in Pakistan

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced that it will provide a $35 million loan to a new $46 million programme making microfinance services available to about 160,000 new clients – at least half of them women.“It is a pivotal time for microfinance in Pakistan,” says Nigel Brett, IFAD’s country programme manager for Pakistan. “Future growth in this sector will depend partly on microfinance institutions and commercial banks forging successful financing partnerships. This programme will work to build such partnerships.”The IFAD-supported programme will work with small farmers, livestock owners, traders and microentrepreneurs; women and households headed solely by women; and vulnerable rural households living below the poverty line.In another development, IFAD announced an over $14 million project to boost the market value of Bolivia’s millions of llamas, alpacas and undomesticated vicuñas in products like meat, hides and wool-based handicrafts, as well as eco-tourism. The agency will contribute a loan of $7.2 million for the initiative. “The project will give poor rural people better access to financial services and provide them with technical assistance, knowledge and information, so that they can start small businesses,” said Roberto Haudry de Soucy, IFAD’s country programme manager for Bolivia. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. Although GDP per capita grew during the 1990s, it was insufficient to reduce poverty, inequality and social exclusion, IFAD said. Poverty in rural areas is almost double the rate it is in capital cities, and extreme poverty is nearly triple. 22 November 2007The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced that it will provide a $35 million loan to a new $46 million programme making microfinance services available to about 160,000 new clients – at least half of them women. read more

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United Kingdoms Queen Elizabeth II plans to address UN General Assembly

The British monarch is slated to address the 192-member General Assembly on 6 July for the first time in over 50 years.The spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that Mr. Ban “looks forward to receiving Her Majesty personally on this historic occasion,” in a statement issued today.The head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other UN Member States, the Queen has addressed the General Assembly only once before, in 1957.“The President of the General Assembly is very happy for this visit,” his spokesperson Jean-Victor Nkolo told the UN News Centre, noting that the confirmation comes on the heels of Mr. Treki’s own trip last week to London, when he met with the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband and its Minister for Europe Baroness Kinnock.“The President of the General Assembly hopes the Queen will throw her weight and support behind the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and other important issues on the agenda of the General Assembly,” said Mr. Nkolo. 25 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Ali Treki today welcomed the announcement from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II will visit United Nations Headquarters in New York in July. read more

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Anoma to be proposed if Fonseka is opposed

Some members of the United National Party (UNP) are to propose the name of Anoma Fonseka to be included in Parliament under the National List instead of her husband Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.UNP sources said that there is strong opposition among some UNP members to have Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka fill the position left vacant by the demise of the late MP M.K.D.S Gunawardena. The UNP is expected to meet ahead of the Parliament session on Tuesday to decide on the National List seat of the UNP. Fonseka’s Democratic Party and the UNP reached an agreement to work together last week and as part of the agreement the Democratic Party is expected to get a seat in Parliament through the UNP National List. (Colombo Gazette) Sources said that if a majority of the UNP members oppose Fonseka’s inclusion then Anoma Fonseka’s name will be proposed. read more

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UN electoral team set to travel to Iraq in a few days

“The coalition has promised to do the maximum to protect the team working in Iraq. I think that in a few days the team will be able to travel and start its work,” the Secretary-General told reporters in Brussels after inaugurating the UN’s new European Regional Information Centre, which replaces nine national UN information centres that were closed down at the end of 2003.The Secretary-General announced Tuesday that he would follow through with a request earlier this month by Iraqi and coalition officials for a UN technical mission to visit Iraq to establish whether elections for a transitional national assembly can be held before 30 June, and, if not, what alternative arrangement would be acceptable.Two separate UN security teams are already in the country; the first is liasing with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the coalition forces, as well as providing a focal point for UN national staff remaining in Iraq, while the second is preparing for the arrival of the electoral team.Responding to other questions during the press encounter, the Secretary-General said he was concerned about the situation in the Middle East, describing it as “extremely worrying.””We have seen in the last couple of days many, many people killed,” he said. “As you know, I have always condemned without reservation suicide bombings that take innocent lives and have also indicated that we need to be active and energize our efforts to find a way of bringing the parties to the table.””And it is essential that we do all we can to lead them to the path of peace and I believe we owe it to the people in the region, their families and their children, to really find a way of breaking this cycle of violence and revenge,” he added, stressing that, “The only solution to this is to focus on peace.”On his talks last night with the President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, Mr. Annan said they had a good discussion and that the President also affirmed his determination to resume talks – “the sooner the better.”The Secretary-General added that he would still need to hear from the Turkish Cypriots, “and I would also be in touch with the Greek Government, which is one of the motherlands.”Mr. Annan also noted that he spoke last night to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, who indicated that Washington would be supportive. “We will need all the support we can” get, the Secretary-General said. “We have very little time and I hope the parties will come to the table with concrete ideas and determined to move forward.” Ten nations, including Cyprus, are scheduled to join the European Union on 1 May.The Secretary-General had concluded his official visit to Belgium this morning with a meeting with Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and a dozen senior members of his Government, including Foreign Minister Louis Michel.In the hour-long meeting, they discussed the situation in Iraq. The Secretary-General also made a strong pitch for troop contributions to peacekeeping operations. In addition, the two reviewed in detail the subject of UN reform, according to UN spokesperson in New York.Before leaving Brussels, the Secretary-General received an honorary doctorate degree from Ghent University, and then had a working lunch with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and senior members of their staffs, discussing Cyprus and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).After lunch, the Secretary-General flew to Geneva, where he was to meet with Presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Ricardo Lagos Escobar of Chile and Jacques Chirac of France on a fresh initiative to combat global hunger and poverty. read more

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Max Domi scores twice as Canadiens topple Senators 52

MONTREAL — Max Domi scored twice and added an assist and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and two helpers as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Tuesday.Artturi Lehkonen and Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens (13-10-5), who entered the game with one win in their last seven. Carey Price stopped 28 shots.Mark Stone and Dylan DeMelo scored for the Senators (12-13-3), who had a three-game win streak snapped. Craig Anderson made 36 saves.Drouin scored with 5:30 left in the opening period as he and Domi used their speed on a two-on-one against Senators defenceman Cody Ceci. Domi sped up the wing before feeding the puck to Drouin, who backhanded it through Anderson’s legs.DeMelo tied the game in the second period, wiring a one-time pass from forward Mikkel Boedker from the blue line that Price just couldn’t get to.But the Canadiens replied with three unanswered goals in the second period.Domi scored with 5:22 left in the second period, burying a one-time pass from Drouin. Domi added his second of the period three minutes later, again on a pass from Drouin. Drouin recorded his first three-point game of the season, while Domi has two this season.Lehkonen made it 4-1 with his fifth of the season 18:17 into the second and Gallagher scored his 12th of the season four minutes into the third.Stone made it 5-2 with his 13th of the year midway through the third period.The Canadiens and Senators play a rematch Thursday night in Ottawa.NOTES: Gallagher was named the 2017-18 recipient of the Jean Beliveau Trophy for community involvement before puck drop. …The Canadiens wore jerseys with nicknames on the back during warm-up. The jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off, with proceeds going towards the Canadiens Children’s Foundation. … Brady Tkachuk has been held without a point in three games, his longest drought of the season.Julian McKenzie, The Canadian Press read more

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Ohio State rifle team looks to carry recordsetting start to NCAA championship

OSU freshman Michael Steinel. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State rifle team set a program-high opening match score of 4,658 at its season opener in Reno, Nevada, on Sept. 26 and 27. The Buckeyes, who entered the season ranked No. 7 in the country, fired a score of 2,316 in smallbore and a team score of 2,342 in air rifle. The combined total marks the program’s fourth highest all-time. OSU coach Ryan Tanoue said he views the score as a positive sign, but acknowledges that there’s still work to be done.“I think it’s definitely a good sign for us and the outlook for the year. At the same time, I don’t think you want to read too much into it,” Tanoue said. “I think there’s definitely a lot of room for us to improve, and we know that.”Sophomore Drew Cheezum led the way for the Buckeyes in Nevada, setting a personal best 586 in smallbore. An NCAA qualifier last year, Cheezum is picking up where he left off last season.“Last year I was really only proud of one score, which happened to be the last match that we shot in smallbore,” Cheezum said. “I felt a little bit more pressure since I finished so strongly last year. It just felt really good to do even better than I finished off.” Despite the record strong start, sophomore Joshua Black said he thinks they can push themselves further.“It’s not exactly a satisfying score even though it’s a season-opening record,” he said. “I think a record that we can easily break this year is going to be the team record overall as a school.” Alongside Cheezum and Black, all of the rifle team’s starters from last season have returned, giving the Buckeyes an experienced squad. Black said he feels having a year of experience under his belt is helping him focus on competing.“I feel like my freshman year I had a pretty big learning curve, and right now I’m just trying to develop my skills and really go out and perform in the matches,” Black said.Tanoue also looks at the team’s experience as a strength. “It’s huge in terms of our comfort level throughout the season and also in being able to deal with the expectations of being able to go on the road and have the form, so it’s a very good thing to have everybody back,” Tanoue said. “We’re going to rely very heavily on that experience throughout the year.”Freshman Michael Steinel, the lone new face to the travel team, said he enjoyed the experience of his first collegiate match.“It was really nice traveling with the team. It was a very good atmosphere,” he said. “It was a little strange not having my family there, my old teammates and things like that, but coach takes care of everything for you and the team really supports you.”Despite still learning to adjust to the college lifestyle, Steinel said he feels comfortable in competition.“I’d say I had a fairly productive time as a junior. I went to a lot of big matches and got a lot of experience there,” Steinel said. “But I was home-schooled, so time management is a lot different here.” The Buckeyes, who are part of the Patriot Rifle Conference, a rifle-only conference for schools whose primary conferences do not have rifle as a sponsored sport, have goals on multiple levels.“Some of the smaller goals we have are to be as competitive as possible within our conference. Our conference is very strong,” Tanoue said. “Even though we came into the preseason ranked seventh, Texas Christian and Alaska Fairbanks were ranked second and third in those rankings.” While success in conference competition is a smaller goal, reaching the NCAA championships is the ultimate objective for the team. “The big goal for our team, and every rifle team out there, is to qualify for the NCAA championship,” Tanoue said. “I think we’re on a good track to be able to do that, but it was only match one.”Cheezum and then-junior Remington Lyman qualified as individuals last year, but the team narrowly missed out. “It was a really neat experience to go there as an individual because you didn’t have the pressure of performing for a team, but being there without the team was a little sad,” Cheezum said. “It just makes us want to work that much harder this year.” The rifle team looks to continue its strong start on Oct. 16, when it is set to compete against Air Force in Fairbanks, Alaska. The following day, the Buckeyes are scheduled to square off against Alaska. read more

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Position battles being decided as spring practice winds down

Urban Meyer must replace 8 starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith spring graduation just around the corner, it’s more than just Ohio State seniors preparing for the next chapter in their life.Buckeye football coach Urban Meyer must replace eight starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.“A lot of guys get the mentality, ‘Well I’m going to go win the spot in August.’ The spot in August is already done and we’re trying to go win a football game,” Meyer said. “Things happen in August, but that’s not the time to go get the spot.”Among the positions that have been filled, Meyer said redshirt-senior offensive lineman Chase Farris has locked down the right tackle position, “if he continues to progress.”The Buckeyes also have two wide receiver positions to fill after the departures of Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and Meyer said one particular receiver has caught his eye.“Noah Brown has solidified (a spot). If he just takes care of a little more business in the classroom, then I was going to announce him as one of the starting three or four,” Meyer said.Brown played sparingly as a true freshman, making just one catch for nine yards against Illinois and one carry for a loss of four in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama.Among the others who could be joining Brown, Meyer said redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, junior H-back Dontre Wilson and running back turned H-back Curtis Samuel are players that he expects to make an impact in 2015.On the opposite side of the ball, the Buckeyes must fill the voids left by defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Steve Miller to go along with graduating seniors Doran Grant and Curtis Grant at cornerback and linebacker, respectively.Meyer mentioned three players along the defensive line who are candidates to replace the outgoing seniors, but added two of them are currently battling injuries.“(Senior) Tommy Schutt has got the lead (at defensive tackle). (Redshirt-senior) Joel Hale was right in the middle of that thing, too, before he got hurt,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt-sophomore) defensive end Tyquan (Lewis) has the upper edge. He has also had an injury.”Meyer said Hale sustained a calf tear while Lewis suffered a shoulder injury, adding he expects both to miss about four weeks.But for the healthy players of the group, Meyer said Schutt has stood out.“He’s had a good spring, his best spring since he’s been here. He has cut weight, and has done a very nice job,” Meyer said. “As of right now, him and (senior) Adolphus (Washington) would be starting inside. I am not ready to say (Schutt) is the guy yet.”Meyer said sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt-sophomore cornerback Eli Apple have had a good spring, as likely replacements for Curtis Grant and Doran Grant.But what about the seemingly never-ending OSU quarterback carousel?“I don’t know who our quarterback is going to be,” Meyer said before adding that redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be the two signal-callers who will play in the Spring Game.The annual team exhibition is set for 1:30 on Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

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Conman who pretended washing powder was cocaine guilty of defrauding drug users

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jamie Lee Taylor’s customers thought they were snorting cocaine. Library imageCredit:ANDY DRYSDALE/Rex Features It’s just not easy to work out what the principles of sentencing are in your caseJudge Simon Bourne-Arton QC Taylor, of Gresham, Middlesbrough, was already on licence from a previous jail sentence and has now been recalled to prison.He listened via videolink as lawyers puzzled over the case and discussed potential sentences of up to six years.Alex Bousfield, defending, said: “It’s an unusual case. He has not been supplying drugs to anyone. “Surely the real peril in the offence of drugs is it contributes in continuing that misuse of drugs and everything else that follows from it.”He knows throughout, he’s the only one who knows, these are not drugs. He knows it’s not a drug, so it’s a difficult one.” Cocaine A conman who was found to be selling washing powder as cocaine has ended up in court for fraud.Jamie Lee Taylor, 27, passed off the household cleaning product as Class A drugs for two months.His enterprise paid off in the short term as he made “a fair bit of money”, Teesside Crown Court heard.But he ended up in the dock as he had broken the law, despite never having sold illegal narcotics.Taylor pleaded guilty to offering to supply cocaine to others between July and September and “possession of an article for use in fraud” – three bags of white powder – on September 5. Prosecutor Rachel Masters said: “Essentially, the defendant is purporting to sell drugs in the way that a drug dealer would sell drugs. He’s making a fair bit of money out of it as a result.”Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said he needed some time to think about the case.He said he was not sure about passing sentence from guidelines for offences involving real drugs.He adjourned the case, telling Taylor: “You knew throughout you were selling a product which was not drugs. I know that.”It’s just not easy to work out what the principles of sentencing are in your case. I’m going to sentence you next Monday. In the meantime you’re remanded in custody.”last_img read more

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Major South African auction of mining equipment scheduled by Ritchie

first_imgRitchie Bros Auctioneers is set to sell a large selection of mining equipment and trucks at an unreserved auction in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 27, 2013. The auction is open to the public and bids can be made in person at the auction site or online in real-time via the company’s website www.rbauction.com. There are currently more than 320 mining equipment items featured in the auction, and all items “will be sold on auction day to the highest bidders, regardless of price—without minimum bids or reserve prices.” All equipment in the auction is being sold for Sentula Mining, a leading mining service provider and coal miner based in South Africa with operations in 16 African countries.“It’s unusual in the industry to have this many quality mining units together in one place and sell everything by unreserved auction in one day,” said Steve Barritt, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. “The inventory will be of interest to anyone in the market who wants to acquire high quality, well-maintained mining equipment and trucks, ranging from Caterpillar 777 rock trucks to D-series dozers, and from wheel loaders to large Hitachi hydraulic excavators. There’s even a big selection of unused spare parts, engines and attachments included in the auction.”Specific auction highlights include:95 rock trucks (incl. Caterpillar 777B, 777D, 777C, 785B)55+ articulated dump trucks (incl. Volvo A40E, A40D, A35D)40+ hydraulic excavators (incl. Hitachi EX1200-5C, ZX870LCH-3)40+ dozers (incl. Caterpillar D11R, D11N, D10N, D9T, D9N)10+ wheel loaders (incl. Caterpillar 994D, 992G, 992D)Other items, including trucks, spare parts, engines, blades, cabs and attachmentslast_img read more

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Dozens killed in Nigeria gun battles

first_imgDOZENS OF PEOPLE have been killed in fierce fighting between Nigeria’s military and suspected Islamists after troops raided an insurgent hideout in the northeast, a government source told AFP today.Gun battles broke out in the remote fishing village of Baga on Friday, forcing residents to flee the town that also serves as a small trading centre on the shores of Lake Chad.The village lies in Borno state, the home base of Boko Haram Islamists who are blamed for carrying out scores of attacks across northern and central Nigeria since 2009.The fighting “killed dozens of people,” said a state government official who refused to be named.Borno state military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa told AFP that media reports that some 180 people could have died in the clashes were “extensively inflated.”“There could have been some casualties, but it is unthinkable to say that 185 people died,” Musa said.“On my honour as an officer, nothing like that happened,” he added.Massive fireHeavy damage was visible throughout the village, including signs that a massive fire had razed several homes and a market, according to an official who toured the area on Sunday with regional governor Kashim Shettima.The official, who also requested anonymity, said local residents reported deaths among the insurgents, soldiers as well as civilians.A regional spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said his personnel had arrived in Baga, but communication was difficult and it was too early to assess the scale of the attack.Mobile phone network coverage in some parts of Borno was crippled last year after Boko Haram burned down a series of telecommunication masts.NEMA is trying to distribute “humanitarian assistance to victims,” Ibrahim said.A precise death toll and reports that some 2,000 homes were destroyed “cannot be independently verified,” he added.Red Cross spokesman Nwakpa O. Nwakpa told AFP that a significant attack occurred, but said, “we really don’t know yet how many people died.”“Once the security situation is clear, (Red Cross staff) will move in,” he said.Baga is more than 150 kilometres from the state capital Maiduguri, a precarious drive on poor roads in a region hit by waves of violence.Boko Haram has used Maiduguri as a base for its insurgency, but scores of militants have reportedly fled to more remote corners of the state following a crackdown by security forces in the city.Clashes with troopsLocal residents told the governor’s delegation that the clashes started when troops surrounded a mosque that was allegedly sheltering insurgents.A shootout ensued and there were reports from residents of the Islamists using heavy weapons including rocket propelled grenades, but the nature of the fighting could not be confirmed and details were still emerging.Nigeria’s security forces have a history of minimising casualty figures in the conflict with Boko Haram, in a bid to downplay the Islamists’ capacity.But resentment of the military is high in some communities and locals have in the past given inflated death tolls while accusing the military of indiscriminately killing civilians during their operations.Boko Haram has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, but the group’s demands have shifted repeatedly.The conflict in Africa’s most populous country and top oil producer is estimated to have left about 3,000 people dead since 2009.The toll includes people killed by the security forces, who have been accused by international rights groups of massive abuses, especially in the northeast.Facing mounting political pressure over his inability to end the violence, President Goodluck Jonathan set up a panel last week to study how an amnesty could be offered to Boko Haram.It is unclear if members of the radical sect are open to an amnesty deal.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

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Samsung reportedly puts Tizen and Bada on hold until 2013

first_imgIFA 2012 is fast approaching, and there’s going to plenty of new hardware on display from manufacturers, especially Samsung. One thing you won’t see at the Korean electronics giant’s booth are any new Bada or Tizen devices, according to a report from Sammobile. The story was very different last year, with Samsung showing off all the new features and improvements to its home-grown Bada OS in version 2.0. There were also a trio of new phones on hand running Bada, the Wave 3, Wave M, and Wave Y.Samsung took over the lead role with Tizen back in September of last year, and then followed up by announcing that it would be merging the Bada code in January. Developer phones were handed out to a select few in May, but things have been relatively quiet ever since. The Tizen developer community isn’t too happy about that either, with many claiming that a lack of software updates and an incomplete toolset are hindering progress.So why the shift? Samsung may be trying to narrow its focus from its original scattergun four mobile operating systems to a more manageable number. If that’s the case, the company will be zeroing in on Android — where it currently dominates sales — and Windows Phone 8 — in an attempt to challenge Nokia for the role of biggest smartphone fish in a small pond.You can’t blame Samsung for trying to simplify its mobile strategy, but it’s important to note that the report doesn’t cite any specific sources or include any information that might confirm the shift — like a roadmap or list of devices that Samsung will be showing off at IFA. There’s not long to wait, now, so the whole truth will be revealed soon. As much as it ever is in the smartphone world, anyway.via Sammobilelast_img read more

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Never fear Elder Scrolls Online will support firstperson combat

first_imgFor the longest time, a common notion regarding the Elder Scrolls series is that it was a single player MMO. It had all the makings of an MMO — exploration, character customization, a big open world, sprawling landscapes and intricate cities — except it didn’t have the multiplayer aspect.When ZeniMax, parent company to Bethesda, announced Elder Scrolls Online, it would seem that the aforementioned common notion held by players was also held by the developers — that Elder Scrolls can make a decent MMO. As information regarding the MMO slowly leaks, one of the more disappointing details was that the series’ staple first-person mode was going to be very limited. Now, mercifully, ZeniMax has shown that the once-limited first-person mode will be fully-fledged.For the uninitiated, the Elder Scrolls games mainly operate in first-person mode. The more recent entries, Oblivion and Skyrim, allow players to jump into third-person mode, but it is noticeably something of an afterthought, as it is difficult to know when to swing a weapon and when to block incoming blows. The limited first-person mode in ESO reportedly didn’t feature combat capability, which is a fairly large portion of Elder Scrolls gameplay.However, ZeniMax showed off a video of the game being played fully in first-person mode, satiating longtime Elder Scrolls fans. Reportedly, the footage looked quite similar to the more recent entries in the series, Oblivion and Skyrim, and first-person mode will surely help keep the Elder Scrolls feel. The first-person mode is currently playable, and in testing.The game is set to release sometime this year, and ZeniMax also confirmed that it will release on Mac on day one — something that Mac users still aren’t used to regarding MMO releases.last_img read more

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Donald Trump is TIMEs Person of the Year 2016

first_img Source: TIME/YouTubeRead: Son of Trump advisor fired over tweets about Hillary Clinton and paedophiliaMore: Plans for Trump wall along Clare coast withdrawn – but a new one is on the way 127 Comments Dec 7th 2016, 12:58 PM Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 12:58 PM DONALD TRUMP HAS been named as Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016.The president-elect of the United States of America said it was a “very, very great honour” to receive the accolade today.Every December, the magazine chooses the man or woman who has had “the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year”.“So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer,” editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs writes in this month’s issue.She concludes:For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year. Short URL By Sinead O’Carrollcenter_img Share68 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3123557 17,390 Views Donald Trump is TIME’s Person of the Year 2016 The president-elect will move into the White House in January 2017. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Washington State holds on for 2721 win over UCLA

first_imgPULLMAN — Over the past three weeks, Washington State has started conference play by taking down three of the teams expected to be at the top of the Pac-12.The Cougars are rolling and they’re winning with more than just Luke Falk’s arm.“Hey, we can do it other ways,” Falk said.Gerard Wicks rushed for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns, Jamal Morrow added another TD run, and Washington State won its fourth straight, 27-21 over UCLA on Saturday night.The Cougars beat Oregon, Stanford and UCLA in consecutive weeks and validated their position as the other contender in the Pac-12 North along with Washington.Wicks’ first touchdown late in the second quarter gave the Cougars (4-2, 3-0 Pac-12) a 10-0 lead and his second 1-yard plunge pushed the lead to 17-7 midway through the third quarter. Morrow added a 3-yard TD run late in the third as the Cougars beat UCLA in consecutive years for the first time since 2006 and 2007.“I was proud of our guys for sticking in there and playing tough like they did. Because the conditions and our opponent, you have to be tough,” Washington State coach Mike Leach said. “We could have finished better but we had a lot of awful good stuff in between to make this happen.”last_img read more

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Maxwell AFBs Air University Takes Step to Improve Families School Options

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In response to poor performance ratings for Montgomery, Ala., schools, the Air University at Maxwell AFB last month formed a working group aimed at improving education options for military families at the installation. The group is looking at ways to increase attendance at the on-base school, streamline the application process for Montgomery’s magnet schools, expand school choice options for military families and establish local charter schools, reports the Montgomery Advertiser. About 56 percent of the airmen in last year’s Air War College stayed in Montgomery without their families, Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander and president of Air University, said at a recent education summit. The quality of local schools also harms Cotton’s ability to recruit faculty and staff, and economic development throughout the River Region. The group will consider the overriding concerns of the military community and reach out to local school officials, said Kent Davis, director of communication and outreach at Air University. The group attended a strategy meeting with the superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools and now is working to host an education summit in January to bring together all of the region’s school systems. It is led by Christina Karvwnaris, chief of academic outreach for the Air University’s Curtis LeMay Center, and includes military and civilian faculty and staff, chamber of commerce members and a military spouse representative.“This is a long-term process,” Davis said. “We are taking baby steps right now but we are serious that this is an issue that will be at the forefront. We are here to help, not to just be critics.”Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworthlast_img read more

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin flaunt their wedding bands

first_imgJustin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are taking their romance and wedding vow to a new level. The singer has finally sported his wedding ring, which is the first time! Ever since they got married in a small secret courthouse ceremony last year in September, neither Hailey, not Justin have worn their wedding bands. However, earlier, the couple was spotted wearing their wedding bands as they stepped out.While they may be taking their sweet time to plan an extravagant wedding, they certainly are taking things one step after another. During the Memorial Day weekend, Justin and Hailey were spotted shopping at Carter, perhaps for wedding bands? At the beginning of this week, Hailey was spotted flaunting her huge diamond engagement ring. However, right under it was a pretty silver band. Later the same day, Justin also took to Instagram to share some promotional pictures of his clothing line, Drew, where he sported his wedding band. Along with his clothes, Bieber held his hand out with a silver band sticking out. Check it out below. Justin Bieber’s Instagram postInstagramEver since the couple announced their engagement back in July, Hailey has been wearing her engagement ring everywhere. Speaking to People, a source from the jewellery store stated, “In the end, Justin wanted something that would gracefully accentuate Hailey’s beautifully shaped hands. We settled on an oval stone that was just exceptional in its length and grace. Look at her hands — she’s exquisite.” Although Justin and Hailey did plan to host a big wedding for their friends and close family, they have had some ups and downs.Earlier this year, in February, to be specific, Bieber announced that he was taking help for mental health. “Hailey keeps supporting him. They will still have a wedding when they feel they are ready,” the source said. “The most important thing for them is that Justin is mentally healthy.” As his treatment for depression began, things have been much better for the Canadian pop star. “It seems his treatment has helped him a lot. It has changed the way he thinks,” the insider said. “He is much more focused on taking one day at a time. It’s when he starts thinking too far ahead that he gets stressed out and feels pressure.” Hailey Baldwin’s Instagram postInstagramThe source further added that what prompted him to take therapy is thanks to Hailey. “He wants to be the best possible husband for Hailey,” the source said. “It’s one thing to have your issues when you’re single, but when you’re married, there’s two people’s happiness at stake. He’s working on himself so that he can be a good partner to her.” Looks like things are going to be better for these two.last_img read more

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Gerrit Cole Excited To Join World Series Champion Astros

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @astrosCole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last year, leaving him 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in 127 big league starts.Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.“I was just tremendously excited,” Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston Astros acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I was out with some friends having a good time for my wife’s birthday weekend. So, it was a really good phone call. How you can ask for anything more than coming to the World Series champions.”Wearing a No. 45 uniform, the 27-year-old right-hander was introduced at Minute Maid Park. He was obtained for right-handed reliever Michael Feliz, right-hander Joe Musgrove, infielder Colin Moran and outfield prospect Jason Martin.Watch as Gerrit Cole is introduced live from Houston. https://t.co/DEplA88rTH— Houston Astros (@astros) January 17, 2018Houston ace Dallas Keuchel was joined late last season by Justin Verlander, who helped the Astros win their first championship.“I’m certainly happy with the depth of this rotation,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s hard to argue the quality we can throw out there every day if we are healthy and if we continue to push forward.”Cole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last year, leaving him 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in 127 big league starts.He will make $6.75 million in 2018, is arbitration eligible again next winter and can be a free agent after the 2019 season. The New York Yankees, who lost Game 7 of the AL Championship Series to the Astros, were thought to be interested in Cole.“We had some chips to give up, so maybe they didn’t have the depth on that side,” owner Jim Crane said. “Any time we can beat the Yankees, that’s good.”Keuchel won the 2015 AL Cy Young Award. Verlander earned the 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP honors.“I’m sure he has a wealth of knowledge that he has accumulated winning Cy Youngs and World Series,” Cole said. “I don’t anticipate learning one or two specific things. I’m just looking forward to playing next to him. He is somebody that every right-handed power pitcher has looked up to. Just a cool opportunity to be able to work with somebody that good.”Among Astros pitchers, Cole is familiar with Charlie Morton, his former Pirates teammate.“Charlie has been a good friend of mine ever since I came up,” Cole said. “He’s got nothing but wonderful things to say about the organization, the city, the fans. He has really enjoyed his time here. He’s excited to play with me again, I’m excited to play with him again. Just a lot of great feelings.”Following the trade, Cole heard from Astros catcher Brian McCann.“We talked a little bit about his career and mine and tried to get to know each other a little bit,” Cole said. “He gave me a few insights on his philosophy. How he likes to work, how he likes to communicate with his starting pitchers. Other than that it was a hello and welcome to the club.” Sharelast_img read more

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The Gordon Ramsay Group partners with Atlantis The Palm

first_imgAtlantis, The Palm has partnered with internationally acclaimed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to bring his popular Bread Street Kitchen restaurant to Dubai’s leading entertainment resort. Set to open in Fall 2015, Bread Street Kitchen will follow in the steps of its highly successful London counterpart, offering an exciting restaurant and bar space creating an atmosphere-led, high quality dining experience serving a British European menu.“I am incredibly excited to open Bread Street Kitchen in Atlantis, The Palm,” stated Gordon Ramsay. The expertise of the team at Atlantis makes them ideal partners and I will be working closely with them to deliver a dining experience of the highest standards and one that reflects the ethos of its sister restaurant in St Paul’s London.”Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis will be Ramsay’s fourth outpost, following locations in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.“We could not be happier to be partnering with Gordon Ramsay on our latest offering,” said Serge Zaalof, President and Managing Director, Atlantis, The Palm. “Bread Street Kitchen will be a fantastic new addition, offering a casual, European dining experience to complement our roster of existing outlets. Working with the Gordon Ramsay Group to bring his restaurant to Dubai is only the beginning of an incredible partnership.”last_img read more

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GLENDALE Ariz — Parents for the most part say

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Parents, for the most part, say they don’t pick a favorite among their children.Head coach Bruce Arians, who has two kids, is the same when it comes to the eight players in this year’s draft class, his first with the Arizona Cardinals.“I like the whole class,” he said Thursday.“Jon(athan) Cooper is playing outstanding. Kevin Minter, the silent assassin. Nobody ever talks about him, but he’s doing a heck of a job. D.C. Jefferson goes up and down like a yo-yo, but when he’s up there he’s pretty good. If we just keep him up there. He’s shown really good progress. Earl Watford has shown really good progress. Tyrann (Mathieu) obviously gets a lot of ink, but those other guys are, they’re doing their jobs.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fifth-round pick Stepfan Taylor must have felt he did the job of two running backs with as much time as he spent on the field in the preseason opener against the Packers.He’ll receive some help this week when fellow running back Andre Ellington, a sixth-round selection, makes his debut. He traveled to Green Bay but did not play because of a stiff neck.Linebacker Alex Okafor, drafted in the fourth round, will also see his first action after an ankle injury kept him sidelined last Friday.For Cooper, his goals for only his second NFL game are quite simple.“My goals are to really just perform up to par and not look like a rookie out there; just really be comfortable out there, try to make as few mental mistakes as possible and really be mentally sound,” he said.Cooper, whom the Cardinals drafted with the seventh-overall pick, admitted to being anxious in his first professional game, something he believes contributed to the mistakes he made.“I think just my technique,” he said. “That was just very rookie of me, just kind of wild and flailing versus really sound and just smooth transitions through everything.”Now that game No. 1 is behind most of his rookies, Arians expects those mental errors to be reduced, if not eliminated entirely. “That’s when you hope they get the jitters out,” he said. “Playing at home, you can hear the communications a little bit better. Yeah, you would like to see that cleaned up.” – / 31last_img read more

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