Tremendous response to recruitment drive, say J&K police

first_imgThe J&K police on Saturday said its recruitment drive had evoked tremendous response from locals, with 77,641 youth applying for 5,199 posts, even once militancy-infested districts of south Kashmir showing equal enthusiasm.“The recruitment offer has evoked tremendous response from the aspiring youth across the Union Territory. Around 77,641 youth applied for these posts. The physical tests for these posts have been conducted across the valley and the final process of recruitment is in progress,” said a police spokesmanDespite the hectic schedule in handling the law and order, it’s conducting recruitment for 5,199 posts of Special Police Officers (SPOs), the spokesman said.In the Kashmir zone, according to the police, 26,594 youths applied for the recruitment drive.Anantnag, which witnessed heightened militancy in the past few years, saw 2,859 applications for 409 posts and Kulgam 989 for 259 posts. “The number of vacant posts was 575 in Pulwama, Shopian and Awantipora districts for which 1,469 youth had applied,” the police said.In the Central Kashmir range including Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, which also saw militant recruitment in the past two years, 6,013 applications for 813 posts were received.“Kupwara alone saw 5,118 youth applying for the 187 posts and Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara and Bandipora saw 10,146 applying for 686 posts,” said the police.In the Chenab Valley’s Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, 11,909 applications were received for 298 posts.The Centre in September enhanced the monthly honorarium of over 30,000 SPOs between ₹6,000 and ₹18,000, depending on the period of service.Besides, the police said it had sanctioned ₹7 crore in favour of 1,100 personnel this year.Dilbag Singh, DGP, on Saturday announced ₹63 lakh in favour of 85 police personnel.last_img read more

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Payet Sets up Marseille to Beat Salzburg 2-0 in Europa Semis

first_imgMARSEILLE, France (AP) — Dimitri Payet looked back to his best after setting up both goals as Marseille beat Salzburg 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.Winger Florian Thauvin headed in Payet’s curling free kick deep to the back post in the 15th minute, although video replays showed Thauvin headed the ball onto his outstretched hand before it went in.“I did touch it with my hand, it seems,” Thauvin said on beIN Sports television. “But I’m happy we won and that we’re in a good position to qualify.”It was Thauvin’s 22nd goal of an outstanding season which has seen him break back into the France squad ahead of the World Cup.Payet is fighting to keep his France squad place, but another performance like this will make it hard for coach Didier Deschamps to freeze him out of Russia. He was involved in all of Marseille’s best moves at Stade Velodrome, and even chased back to harry Salzburg’s players.But he did the most damage with his passing, expertly setting up substitute Clinton N’Jie for Marseille’s second goal in the 63rd.N’Jie had been on the field only a few minutes, but brilliantly took down a pass near the halfway line and flicked it to Payet sprinting down the left. Payet then resisted the temptation to cross quickly, instead waiting for N’Jie to drift into the penalty area before feeding him with a perfect pass to fire home from.Supporters of Marseille cheer their team during the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Olympique Marseille and RB Salzburg at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Salzburg beat Marseille at home and drew away in the group stage this season. But the Austrian side did not threaten until the 29th, when a fine run and shot from right back Stefan Lainer forced a smothering save from goalkeeper Yohann Pele.Midfielder Hannes Wolf almost leveled in the 53rd, but Pele expertly tipped over his rasping shot. Pele had a fine game, rushing off his line to keep out a shot from left back Andreas Ulmer, moments after Ulmer’s pass led to Xaver Schlager hitting the left post with a fine half-volley.“You can’t reach the final without effort, sacrifice and suffering,” Marseille center half Adil Rami said. “But we’re still a long way off.”The winner plays Arsenal or Atletico Madrid in the final on May 16 in the French city of Lyon. Arsenal drew with visiting Atletico 1-1.Marseille’s head coach Rudi Garcia, left, watches Salzburg’s Hee-Chan Hwang, center, during the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Olympique Marseille and RB Salzburg at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The 2019 Lexus ES Isn’t Quite the Luxury Statement It Was Meant to Be

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Next Performance, however, isn’t a problem either. The V-6 wants you to stretch its legs, and not just when you’re late to pick up your kids from school. The 302 horsepower feels almost underrated — if you’re angry enough, or turning and getting onto the gas particularly hard, you’ll get some lovely tire squeal from the front tires. However, these are also attributes of the new Camry.The one issue that I can’t forgive is the interior. Inside the quiet cabin, there’s faux leather, soft touch points, a steering wheel and dash layout that is laid out perfectly and feels like a quality made product, and a bumping stereo by JBL. But here’s the thing: It may not be identical to the Camry’s, but the similarities in design and execution are striking and again bring me to the question of, “Why wouldn’t I just buy a Camry?” 1 of 3 How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Previous On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Underneath the Lexus badge and Predator-style grille sits the same front-wheel-drive Toyota TNGA platform that underpins the more frugal Camry. That, however, shouldn’t be too hard a hit toward the Lexus as the new Camry has a wonderful chassis that communicates the road well back to the driver. In fact, I’ve even taken a Camry to a track and had a helluva time dive-bombing Miatas and GT86s, much to their chagrin. It’s stiff enough to romp curbs, turn in sharply, and take the once-every-five-years track day, but still compliant when you’re just off to get groceries and the only domination happens when you put your foot down to beat a crossover to the last parking spot at Whole Foods.And if that was where the Camry and ES similarities ended, I wouldn’t have such an issue, but they don’t. The car’s power plants are another issue. Lexus offers two engines for the ES: a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid. Both, however, are the same engines also found in the Camry. You’d think Lexus at the very least would tune them to produce different performance metrics to better delineate its ES from the Camry, but for both V-6 models, they’re rated at 301 and 302 horsepower, which is near enough the same. Previous Previous Next NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Next 1 of 9 Editors’ Recommendations Everyone wants to be noticed. They want prestige. Status. A view from the top. They want something more than what their current bank account could rightly afford. Every day, they’re assaulted by differing mediums detailing the lives of others more wealthy. More successful. More, more, more. Car companies know this. In fact, it’s the very mechanism that’s led to a Toyota Camry wearing a Lexus badge.I could, like so many of my colleagues, wax poetically about how automakers understand that consumers want something to aspire to, but still attainable, which is why the 2019 Lexus ES exists. That cars like the ES are important in conquest sales or used to bring new blood into the brand due to their lower price of entry. But let’s be honest: Cars like the ES are nothing more than cheap, economic gains and the knowledge that most buyers won’t scratch away the Lexus badge to find Toyota’s.Of course, you could brand me as slightly cynical for this opinion. But after a day in the Nashville humidity, bobbing through the city’s outer hill country — asking myself repeatedly, “But why wouldn’t I just buy a Camry?” — cynicism is really all that I’m left with. End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health 1 of 6 Now, according to my colleagues, the reason why one wouldn’t compare the two is that they represent differing buyers — different buyers that aren’t cross shopping the Camry and the Lexus ES. This, however, is an idiotic argument, especially since the two cars ride on the same chassis, use the same engines, have similar build qualities, but only differ in cost. Which brings me to my last point: The Lexus ES will have a starting price of over $39,000, according to the company, though exact numbers haven’t been released just yet. A moderately equipped Camry though will only set you back in and around the high $20,000 to low $30,000 range. A fully equipped Camry, one with every bell, whistle, and option — one that could conceivably rival the Lexus ES in terms of comfort and luxury — taps out at $37,090.My opinion, if you haven’t guessed it by now, is that given the cost and the almost identical feature in nearly every discernible category, I’d buy the Camry. Like the ES, the Camry is comfortable, compliant, powerful enough to get onto an on-ramp or have fun on a racetrack, and offers enough amenities to keep myself and my family happy. The only thing it lacks is the Lexus badge. But for those that want the prestige, the status, and the ability to show up and drop your Lexus keys into the valet’s hand, the ES is a great introduction to the brand and the life you want to lead.last_img read more

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13000 terrorists held in restive Xinjiang says China

first_imgBeijing: China said Monday it had arrested about 13,000 “terrorists” in a massive crackdown against militants in the volatile Uygur Muslim-majority Xinjiang region since 2014, denying criticism that Beijing is “buying” silence of the Muslim world with heavy investments in Pakistan and other Islamic countries. China has faced mounting criticism for the detention of thousands of Uygur Muslims in massive “education camps”. “Since 2014, Xinjiang has destroyed 1,588 violent and terrorist gangs, arrested 12,995 terrorists, seized 2,052 explosive devices, punished 30,645 people for 4,858 illegal religious activities, and confiscated 345,229 copies of illegal religious materials,” a white paper released Monday said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt said that some areas in Xinjiang were severely disturbed by terrorism and the infiltration of religious extremism. “For this reason, some people cannot speak, read or write in standard Chinese, have a weak understanding of rule of law, and have difficulty finding employment through a lack of employable skills. As a result, such people are more inclined to be incited or coerced into criminality by terrorist and extremist forces,” it said. China has made significant progress in its counterterrorism and de-radicalisation efforts in Xinjiang, it said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”However, the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism are not gone; their influence can still be felt. And the ‘East Turkistan’ forces are in search of opportunities to create trouble. We still face a severe and complex situation in combating terrorism and extremism in Xinjiang,” it said. Separately, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has denied China is “buying the silence” of Muslim countries with massive investments through the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), of which the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project. Diplomats from Pakistan and several other Muslim countries, who were recently taken on a guided tour of Xinjiang following allegations of detention of over a million Uygurs, said there was no religious and cultural repression. Asked whether China’s was investing heavily in Muslim countries to buy their silence, Geng told the reporters that the BRI investments had nothing to do with Xinjiang related issues. “China pursues preventive counter terrorism measures. I believe the international community recognises this,” he said. The UN human rights panel said in August last year that it had received many credible reports that about a million ethnic Uygurs in China in “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. China defended the camps, saying they are re-education camps aimed at de-radicalising sections of the Uygur Muslim population from extremism and separatism. The US and several other countries, besides UN officials, have expressed concern over the camps. Xinjiang has been in turmoil for the last several years following Uygur protests over large scale settlements of Han Chinese into the resource-rich province. China blames the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for the violent terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of the country in the last several years. A number of Uygurs reportedly joined Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and were planning to return.last_img read more

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27th Arab League Summit Kicks off in Mauritania

Rabat – The 27th Arab League summit kicked off On Monday in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital. The summit, which is being held in Mauritania for the first time since it joined the Arab League in 1973, will focus on decisive steps to stem the growth of terrorism as well as other political, economic, social and security issues in the interest of Arab peoples.The two-day summit was initially scheduled to hold in Marrakech on March 29th, but based on instructions from King Mohammed VI, Morocco declined the right to host the summit, citing the summit’s portrayal of a false sense of unity in the Arab world. In a statement issued last March, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Correspondence noted that, “amid the lack of important decisions and concrete initiatives to submit to the heads of states, this summit will be just another occasion to approve ordinary resolutions and to pronounce speeches that give a false impression of unity.”The agenda for the summit will discuss fundamental issues for the Arab world, particularly the Palestinian issue, inter-Arab relations and the crisis in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq, as well as the scourge of terrorism.We must defeat terrorism, it’s a priority,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry before the meeting began.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, represents King Mohammed VI in the Summit.The 26th Arab Summit was held on March 28-29, 2015, in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, under the slogan “Seventy years of joint Arab action.” read more

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American Outlet Picks Moroccos Amrabat for World Cup Dream Team

Rabat – Nordin Amrabat’s performance did not go unnoticed during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Despite being out of the competition after Morocco’s losses against Iran and Portugal both (0-1), the Moroccan football player has again caught the attention of international press, which chose him as one of the 11 ideal players of the World Cup’s group stage.The 31-year old midfielder was chosen by the American outlet Bleacher Report  alongside other big names in football, such as Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-Woo, Senegal’s defender Youssouf Sabaly, Sweden’s defender Andreas Granqvist, Uruguay’s defender Diego Godin, Brazil’s defender Màrio Figueira Fernandes, Croatia’s midfielder Luka Modric, France’s midfielder N’Golo Kanté, Brazil’s midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Spain’s midfielder Isco and England’s forward Harry Kane.During the competition, the Atlas Lion has made quite the impression. He was called a “warrior” by Coach Hervé Renard and a “hero” by Moroccan fans. Amrabat, who suffered a head injury during the Iran-Morocco game, showed the full extent of his talent with his fabulous attacking skills, showing great determination to make history.After the first game, Amrabat’s doctor gave him a week to rest but he did not want to leave his teammates and showed up to the Morocco-Portugal match wearing a helmet.During the third game against Spain, the football sensation has once again proved his worth by taking on Spain’s best players, including Real Madrid’s star Sergio Ramos.The CD Laganés football player earned the respect of the whole nation when he denounced the “unfair” use of VAR, speaking for many Moroccans. “VAR is bull****” he said in front of millions of viewers.As for the captain of the national team, Mehdi Benatia, he was chosen as a defender in French outlet l’Equipe’s dream team among the eliminated groups. “The Moroccan defender was not particularly shown in the two games he played in the World Cup… However, Benatia can’t do anything about the goals scored against the Atlas Lions and remains an international class player,” wrote the outlet. read more

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Ban Kimoon to appoint new UN envoy for Chad Central African Republic

The mission, known as MINURCAT, was established by the Council last September to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted due to insecurity in the two countries and neighbouring Sudan. It is a multidimensional operation including European Union military forces and comprising 300 police and 50 military liaison officers, as well as civilian staff, focusing on the areas of civil affairs, human rights and the rule of law. Mr. Angelo has served since 2005 as the Secretary-General’s Executive Representative for Sierra Leone, as well as Resident Coordinator of the UN system there. Prior to that, he was UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe. His career with the world body also included positions with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in East Timor, New York, Tanzania, the Gambia and the CAR. He also served as UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Mozambique and UN Adviser in Sao Tome and Principe. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Angelo worked as University Lecturer and Senior Statistician in the Portuguese National Institute of Statistics, and was a member of the Electoral Commission of Portugal. 28 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Victor Da Silva Angelo of Portugal as his Special Representative for the new United Nations peacekeeping mission to Chad and Central African Republic (CAR). read more

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Grad students come together for curling

Brock’s Graduate Students’ Association recently held a Curling Night at the St. Catharines Curling Club.Michael Ou, the GSA’s vice-president of International Student Affairs, said the event was “an opportunity for international and domestic graduate students to socialize, interact and engage with the greater community through the sport of curling.”About 40 grad students participated, including several international students who were trying the sport for the first time.Gord Watt of the St. Catharines Curling Club said students in attendance “who learned to curl were happy, excited and appreciative of the experience.”Added Ou: “It is important that we continue to build opportunities for our international and domestic graduate students to engage with one another as well as the community.” read more

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SMMT announces new President

The 81st President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will be Dr George Gillespie OBE, Executive Vice President, HORIBA Automotive Test Systems (ATS). The announcement was made last night at SMMT’s Annual Dinner, which took place in central London. Dr Gillespie takes office from 1 January 2019, replacing Tony Walker CBE DL, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe – London Office, who steps down at the end of this year after completing the post’s two year tenure.Outgoing SMMT President, Tony Walker CBE DLDr Gillespie has some 25 years’ international experience in the automotive and marine sectors, having previously held senior roles with Ricardo plc and Schenck AG. He joined MIRA in 2009 as CEO, growing the business internationally and leading its sale in 2015 to HORIBA Japan. Today, HORIBA MIRA is one of the leading global providers of engineering, research, development and testing services to the automotive industry.In addition to his work as head of the company’s Automotive Test Systems division, Dr Gillespie is Chair of the Intelligent Connected Vehicles Group within the Automotive Council, where he leads activities relating to intelligent and connected vehicles. He has a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast, for research into low emission engines and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.Dr George Gillespie OBE, new SMMT PresidentDr George Gillespie OBE said:I am extremely honoured to accept the appointment as President of SMMT. It is a pivotal time in our industry to be taking on this role – not only is the global automotive industry undergoing huge amounts of technological change but we have the unique challenges of Brexit and improving air quality to address at the same time. My priority will be to support the excellent team here at SMMT, ensuring we continue to lead at the forefront of the industry on all of these challenges and opportunities.I would like to congratulate Tony Walker on his successful tenure as President and thank him for his strong support as I take on this position.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:The role of SMMT President has a long, prestigious history and we are pleased to welcome Dr Gillespie to be its latest custodian. His wide range of industry knowledge will be vital as the sector experiences some of the greatest changes it has ever faced.I’d like to thank outgoing President Tony Walker for his hard work and dedication to SMMT, his leadership has been pivotal in ensuring the automotive industry voice is heard and he leaves the organisation well positioned to face the challenges ahead.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Heading home for Easter Holidaymakers complain of traffic chaos

first_imgTransport information supplier Inrix warned that the worst time to travel will be between 4pm and 6pm, when traffic is predicted to be 28% above typical levels for that period.Motorists on the M4 towards the West Country are also set to experience tailbacks of up to 45 minutes leaving London on Thursday evening and Friday morning. A number of rail services will be disrupted as Network Rail carries out more than 200 engineering projects.Trains to London, Manchester, Bath, Edinburgh and Glasgow are among those affected.Network Rail said it is carrying out the work over the four-day weekend as fewer passengers use the railways on bank holidays.Travel trade organisation Abta reported that two million British holidaymakers will head overseas during Easter, with Good Friday the busiest day for travel. Tourism body Visit England said 6.6 million Britons are planning a trip involving an overnight stay over the weekend, up from six million last year.Tourism minister Tracey Crouch said: “Staycations are integral to our thriving tourism industry, providing a significant boost to cities, towns, villages and communities across the country.”Easter Sunday is expected to be the quietest day on the roads with 25% fewer vehicles than an average Sunday. Passengers get out of cars to walk through tunnel Only to be turned away.Their cars have now left and their stranded.(welcome to Heathrow ) pic.twitter.com/SMJVxNrjbo— Paul Nunes (@PaulNunes64) April 13, 2017 Spain is the UK’s favourite foreign holiday destination for the weekend, with temperatures set to reach 27C (81F) in Malaga on the Costa del Sol.Cross-Channel rail operator Eurostar is expecting its busiest ever Easter weekend with 163,000 passengers, up 12% on last year.Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Whilst many families may have already begun their Easter break, the Easter weekend is always a busy time of year for the travel industry with many holidaymakers taking advantage of the bank holidays to grab some much-needed sunshine or a trip to one of the world’s great cities.”The roads will be busy, so we would recommend leaving a little extra time to get to your port of departure and if using public transport, to check in advance for engineering works.”GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “The afternoon rush hour is sure to start early this Thursday. “Traffic volumes are expected to peak at around 6pm.”We’re expecting long queues at all the usual motorway and main road locations, including the approaches to the Dartford River Crossing, the M5 south from Bristol, the M55 approaching Blackpool and the A11 towards the Norfolk coast.”To minimise the risk of sitting in stationary traffic for hours, we recommend planning your journey so you’re travelling outside peak times. “For example, if you’re away for the weekend, then set off later on Thursday if it’s feasible.”For any day trips, get going early.”More big queues are likely from lunchtime on Easter Monday as families return from their breaks. “In most regions, school starts the very next day, so once again the roads are going to be extremely busy.” There is already chaos on Britain’s roads as holidaymakers travel across the country for the Easter bank holiday.Easter traffic has already caused roads to be in gridlock, and there is expected to be more travel woe to come.Air travellers on Thursday abandoned their cars and tried to walk to the terminals because of huge queues that built up on the main road into London Heathrow Airport.Some were then turned away and left stranded as the vehicles taking them to the airport had already left.868,000 travelers are expected to travel through Heathrow between Friday and Monday – 200,000 more families than an average weekend.More than 20 million cars are expected to be on the road as Britons set off to make the most of the long weekend.The M25 is expected to crawl along at an average speed of 17mph and the huge number of motorists is expected to mean that 40 minute journeys take more than two hours. M4 spur into Heathrow CLOSED access tunnel closed. Carnage.if yr flying out of T3 or T2 get the tube or park in T5 & get HEX #Heathrow— brock (@TravelBadger1) April 13, 2017 There were long delays on the M6 southbound in Cheshire during the Thursday morning rush hour after an HGV shed two large sections of concrete following a collision with a car, meaning two lanes were closed between junctions 18 and 19.Highways England advised drivers to allow extra time for their journeys on Thursday and suggested they consider alternative routes. Total chaos at Heathrow tunnel. pic.twitter.com/Ah2SKWVyBb— Paul Nunes (@PaulNunes64) April 13, 2017 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.last_img read more

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Hitachi HighTech Analytical Science reveals ExTOPE Connect

first_imgHitachi High-Tech Analytical Science Corp, a Hitachi High-Technologies Corp wholly owned subsidiary engaged in the manufacture and sales of analysis and measuring instruments, has revealed its latest data management and storage service, ExTOPE Connect, for its range of Vulcan and X-MET handheld, and LAB-X500 benchtop industrial analysers.ExTOPE Connect provides users with real-time access to results from any computer, anywhere when internet connection is available, enabling the management of one instrument or a fleet of instruments effortlessly from one centralised location. With unlimited data storage and back up of results to a cloud service, if any questions should arise later, information is readily available for inspection or an audit trail.Users of Vulcan and X-MET8000 series of handheld analysers also will have access to Android and iOS ExTOPE Connect apps. Once the analyser is connected to a mobile phone device, results can be shared instantly with text message, email or WhatsApp. Results can also be uploaded to ExTOPE Connect cloud data management and storage service, including photos of samples and measurement results to maintain a centralised repository of results. The app also allows the printing of results and labels when connected to a network printer, making the whole process more efficient.Mikko Järvikivi, Hitachi Product Business Development Manager, said: “For over 40 years, we have been constantly improving our products and services to ensure they are cutting edge and future proof to meet the evolving needs of our customers. ExTOPE Connect is our latest advancement in providing state-of-art data management and storage services for customers, which we know is critical for many as they seek operational efficiencies.”last_img read more

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Now we have a real chance to make a living wage Brazil

first_img A man works at a recycling cooperative in Sao Paulo. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBrazil passed a law in 2010 to promote recycling and clean up its festering dumps, but progress has been slow on the ground.Brasilia has had a formal selective public recycling program for just three months, and it has had only limited impact.“They didn’t create the necessary infrastructure, and the trash keeps going to the dump,” says Alves.In terms of waste management, Brazil is trailing countries such as Japan, whose fans have stunned locals by bringing their own trash bags to matches and cleaning up after themselves.“We’re still far behind. In Curitiba, where we’ve advanced the most, 20% of waste is recycled. In Sao Paulo, it’s 1.8%,” said Ariovaldo Caodaglio, president of the Sao Paulo sanitation workers’ union.“The private sector wants and needs these materials, and that’s what is pushing recycling the most.”Catadores are increasingly organising to improve their working conditions.“When we started 10 years ago, we were below the poverty line. Now we’re right at it,” said Sonia Maria da Silva, an energetic 62-year-old who set up a trash-pickers’ cooperative.“Our work conditions and quality of life have improved because we organized ourselves and got machinery,” she told AFP, separating rubbish with large gloves on her hands.“Now we have a real chance to make a living wage.”- © AFP, 2014Read: World Cup fans are being incredibly mature about the ref’s disappearing spray foamMore: Man dies after staying up too long to watch the World CupRelated: The World Cup helps prove the Birthday Paradox WORLD CUP TICKETS can cost hundreds of dollars, but Alex Pereira is paid to go to matches – and he doesn’t mind that he spends the game sorting through other people’s garbage.Pereira is one of hundreds of catadores, or trash-pickers, recruited to go through the five tons of rubbish generated by every game, separating out anything that can be reused or recycled.Hundreds of thousands of people scrape out a living picking through garbage in Brazil, which has few public recycling programs.In a first for the World Cup, 850 of them have been recruited and trained to work in Brazil’s 12 host stadiums, sending the materials they collect to 300 trash pickers’ cooperatives for sorting.“The sensation of being in the stadium for the World Cup is fantastic,” Pereira, 38, told AFP.We don’t get to see the games because we’re working, but for us it’s huge to be hired to work at a major event like this.FIFA sponsor Coca-Cola is paying the catadores 80 reals (€35) a day, plus a meal allowance of 25 reals (€11).Outside the stadiums, many trash-pickers work freelance, with no contract or regular income.On a recent game day, Edilson Alves de Souza wove his shopping cart through the crowd of 68,000 fans leaving Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha National Stadium, looking for empty bottles and cans.“The World Cup is good business,” he said with a grin.Teresinha de Jesus Silva, who was crushing empty cans with a stone nearby, was less upbeat.The job is “not enough to survive on”, said the 68-year-old, her eyes cloudy with cataracts.Silent armyCans are the main recyclable item left by fans.Brazil leads the world in can recycling, saving 98% of all cans from the landfill –far above the European average of 67%, according to the Brazilian Can Manufacturers’ Association.That is mainly thanks to the silent army that picks through the nation’s garbage.“According to the government there are 600,000 catadores in Brazil. We believe there are actually more than a million,” said Ronei Alves, coordinator of the National Catadores Movement.There are more and more cooperatives, which improve labour conditions, but the majority still work freelance at dumps.Marlene Rafael, a 25-year-old who says she dreams of going back to school, spends her days at Cidade Estrutural, a sprawling open-air dump outside Brasilia, where hundreds of catadores climb over foul-smelling piles of waste, working without contracts or health insurance.They pick through mountains of garbage that extend for kilometres and grow constantly as hundreds of trucks arrive with new loads.last_img read more

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Armed doughnut thief targets teens who queued for two hours

first_img Source: Nine News Adelaide/Twitter He was pretty much saying ‘if you don’t give me the doughnuts now I’m going to stab you’. It’s pretty bad, you think he’d take the money or something, but he took the doughnuts. Doughnut-lovers camp out at Adelaide’s first @krispykreme store ahead of its grand opening tomorrow morning #9NewsAt6 pic.twitter.com/Cs5vSHPL2V— Nine News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) July 14, 2014 TWO TEENAGE BOYS in Adelaide, Australia, queued for two hours to buy doughnuts from the first Krispy Kreme shop in the city, only to have them stolen at knifepoint as they put them in their car.One of the 17-year-olds bought the doughnuts in order to celebrate his new apprenticeship with his family and new boss.Just before 10pm on Wednesday, he and a friend parked nearby the shop as the drive through was closed. After spending two hours in the queue, the pair returned to the car with six boxes of the doughy goodness. The thief approached them demanding the doughnuts, but nothing else.The boys told 7 News,center_img Police hope to review security footage to identify the suspect, who is described as a Caucasian man aged 16 to 20, 165cm tall and wearing a black hoody and black tracksuit bottoms.The newly opened Krispy Kreme is the first in the city, with some locals queuing outside for days before the official opening. Store manager Mark Higginbottom said that he believes the robbery was an isolated incident, but extra security measures will be added in case. He wants to replace the boys’ doughnuts, but they’re too scared to return as of yet. Source: 9NewsAdel/YouTubeDiner complains about cockroach in his food, so waitress eats it>Police warn women not to hang their pants out due to knicker thief>last_img read more

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US immigration at Dublin and Shannon operating Trumps ban on people from

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3210874 Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 6:55 PM 56,224 Views 163 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Jan 28th 2017, 6:55 PM Short URL By Cliodhna Russell US immigration at Dublin and Shannon operating Trump’s ban on people from 7 Muslim countries Entry to the US is being denied to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE US EMBASSY in Dublin has confirmed that Donald Trump’s executive order of a 90-day ban on people from seven Muslim countries entering the US is in operation at Dublin and Shannon Airport.The US President has barred all refugees from entering the country for three months — and those from war-ravaged Syria indefinitely.Entry to the US is being denied to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.In a statement the Dublin Embassy confirmed, “The Executive Order suspends visa issuance and entry into the United States of nationals of countries of particular concern (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), including dual nationals of these countries.US Customs and Border Protection has implemented this provision at its pre-clearance facilities, including at Dublin and Shannon airports, as well as at ports of entry across the United States.“Nationals of these countries, including dual nationals, who have already scheduled a visa interview at US Embassy Dublin should not attend their appointment as we will not be able to proceed with the visa interview.”A spokesperson for the Embassy told TheJournal.ie that the majority of Irish people won’t be affected.Citizens of countries in the Visa Waiver Program, including Ireland, will continue to be able to travel to the United States for up to 90 days of business or tourism without a visa, provided they receive approval through the ESTA.“Irish citizens renewing the same classification of visa not more than 12 months after the date on which the prior visa expired, may still be eligible to renew their visa without an interview.”Read: Refugees detained at airports after Trump bans them from entering US> Share Tweet Email4 last_img read more

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Slingbox Review

first_imgStay on target Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle The end goal for streaming services these days, from Netflix and Amazon Video to Hulu to even YouTube, is to convince more and more viewers to sever their ties with traditional television and fully embrace online models. Streaming services provide shows you won’t find on TV at prices less confusing than cable, and they can be enjoyed in smart and mobile ways normal TV can’t.Or can it? While plenty of folks are ditching TV for streaming, others have no desire or are too deeply invested in the mainstream TV ecosystem to swap and cut the cord. They’re not giving up football for Iron Fist. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in the benefits of streaming TV services. If that sounds like you, Slingbox might be the hybrid solution you’re searching for.Slingbox from Sling Media (not to be confused with rural murder movie Sling Blade) is a set-top box that serves as an interface between your existing TV feed and your home WiFi network. Once installed you can then use your Slingbox account to easily, legally watch your channels live on your phone, laptop, or basically anywhere with an internet connection and a screen.Slingbox also acts as a DVR, allowing you to record shows to watch later. It’s like using a DLNA server to access home files on the go but specifically for television, and it’s Plex-level user-friendly. It also has shades of the Xbox One’s original, abandoned, TV-centric vision. Remember its HDMI passthrough port? No?There’s no additional subscription necessary. You just buy a Slingbox. But there are several boxes to choose from. The $99 Slingbox M2 provides the core TV streaming and DVR features. That’s really all you need. The $299 Slingbox 500 adds some extra smart set-top box style features, like dedicated apps for YouTube and movies and sports, but those aren’t areas in which Slingbox surpasses the competition. Television on the go, essentially, is what you’re coming for. Heck, even a cheap, refurbished Slingbox M1 might do.Besides the box itself, you’ll also need a Slingplayer video player app to enjoy TV on your device. Along with the browser viewer, Slingbox offers apps for iOS, Android, Windows phones and tablets, and Amazon tablets. You’ll still need to purchase a physical Slingbox to use your account on these apps. Fortunately the apps are now all free, which wasn’t always the case.Using these apps, you can even watch Slingbox-channeled entertainment through another streaming media device like Chromecast, Fire TV, or Apple TV. In college, this is how my roommates and I mostly took advantage of the service. One of us would have a parent using Slingbox back home, and using that account and a streaming stick, we could enjoy cable without becoming even poorer by paying again for cable. It’s like sharing a Netflix password, but you don’t have to watch Iron Fist.However, that also demonstrates the flip side of Slingbox’s benefits. It’s not an independent service. It’s wholly reliant on whatever existing TV package you’re paying for to be useful. Other streaming devices don’t offer much if you don’t then purchase other content after the fact, and again Slingbox doesn’t require a subscription, but you should still be aware of this limitation.Sling Media does offer an à la carte TV subscription service called Sling TV with popular networks to browse, from Nickelodeon to CNN. But it starts at $20 per month, so it’s not necessarily the best match for your Slingbox depending on your channel-surfing needs.A Slingbox is an added convenience for people already accustomed to paying for television, pulling people back from the brink of cutting the cord with promises of portability. If you’re already TV-free, the proposition is much less appealing, as you’ll still have to go through the expensive hoops of buying TV along with the box.Plenty of people still buy old-fashioned TV, though. The world in which the Big Three shift from NBC, CBS, and ABC to Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu isn’t here yet. So comfortably straddle both worlds with the best of them using Slingbox.Check out Slingbox M2 on AmazonCheck out Slingbox 500 on AmazonView as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20.last_img read more

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I tried everything to get the best out of Messi –

first_imgArgentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has admitted that he has failed to bring out the best of Lionel Messi following their World Cup exit at the hands of France on SaturdayThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s struggles at Russia continued on Saturday in his “false nine”position for Argentina as he failed to replicate his stunning form at Barcelona once more for Argentina as they went crashing out the World Cup in a 4-3 thriller against France.Messi was only able to score a single goal in four appearances at the World Cup, but he did register two assists in the defeat to France by setting up teammates Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero for Argentina’s second and third strikes.But, even so, Sampaoli was left wondering what he might have done wrong afterwards.“We have the best player in the world and we had to try to create collective situations to really use that player who can have many brilliant moments,” said the Argentine coach, as stated on Reuters.“We tried many different tactics — surround him, create space for him … we tried to use everything we had to allow him to do what he can do.“Sometimes we managed it, sometimes we didn’t.”Messi was mostly kept subdued by midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi for the entire match and was unable to help inspire the side with Kylian Mbappe instead stealing the show with a Man of the Match performance to end Argentina’s World Cup hopes.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).The teenage sensation often confused the Argentine defence, who were left unable to properly respond to his searing pace.But Sampaoli refused to discuss what had happened and defended his choice of tactics.“All this is very recent. It’s too soon to analyze concrete mistakes we could have made,” he said, who also added that he would not decide on his future immediately.“I’m sure there might have been mistakes but it’s too soon to analyze that. We knew what we wanted to do.“I don’t like the word failure but it’s very frustrating. In every single training (session) I tried to develop an identity for my team.“I always believed that Argentina could win, so of course I feel a certain frustration, but this will make me stronger as a coach, to learn, to grow.”Saturday’s 4-3 defeat to France was the fifth time that Argentina had conceded at least four goals in a single World Cup match with the last time coming in their 4-0 loss to Germany in the 2010 quarter-finals.last_img read more

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Clark County commissioners lean toward nonpartisan freeholders

first_imgAfter a half-hour’s worth of considering different ways to hold a freeholder election this year, Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke said at a Wednesday meeting that the board appears to have gone “back to Plan A.”Wait, what plan is that again? A decision is expected next week.Right now, it appears 15 freeholders will be elected, five per commissioner district, through a traditional election in which the candidates do not list a political affiliation.The freeholders will be charged with crafting a county charter that could be referred to voters. A new charter could increase the number of commissioners, and give voters more rights to petition and referendum.Commissioners have been thoughtful in considering what the best way would be to elect the positions after discovering that partisan positions, as they originally approved, would require the financial burden of a primary.Nonpartisan positions, however, can head straight to the November general election.Mielke, the architect of the resolution to bring home rule forward, said at Wednesday’s meeting that appears to be the current direction.Also under consideration was altering the way an election of freeholders would be held. Rather than a traditional election, where candidates file for one of the five positions open within their district, the option was presented to offer voters a full field of candidates. In that scenario, each voter could vote five times and the top five vote-getters would win spots on the board of freeholders.last_img read more

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Opalocka officials give out free meals to residents

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – The City of Opa-locka showed its support for local residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma.City officials and employees passed out free meals at Segal Park, Saturday afternoon.City Manager Ed Brown praised how the entire community worked together in a time of need. “I want to commend the whole community. They have been working along with the city’s staff, the city administrators, the city commission, as well as our mayor,” he said. “We have seen a show of support and solidarity in making our community better.”Related: Urban League of Broward treats residents to free meals amid Irma recoveryMore than 100 residents showed up for the offering.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Interior Energy Project loses GVEA business to Petro Star

first_imgGolden Valley Electric Association is favoring oil over natural gas to fuel large generators in North Pole. The move reduces the utility’s role as an anchor tenant for the state-backed Interior Energy Project.Download AudioGolden Valley Electric Association is committing to a reduced quantity of natural gas from the Interior Energy Project — a little over half a billion cubic feet of natural gas per year when IEP comes on line in 2017. That’s well short of a predicted 2 billion Bcf.GVEA present and CEO Corey Borgeson says the utility is instead moving ahead with a contract to buy naphtha from the local refiner Petro Star.The decision to go with naptha backs down Golden Valley’s commitment to buy LNG from 3 billion Bcf, to a little over half a billion cubic feet a year.  Borgeson says the Petro Star naptha comes in $7-70 million dollars cheaper than projected LNG prices over 10 years.“The differential between the two, the savings from ‘LNG-cheap’ let’s call it, is in about the $7 million range…. ‘LNG-medium’ is about in the $30 million range… and ‘LNG-expensive’ is in about the $70 million range.”Golden Valley’s board of director made the decision to commit to naptha at a meeting Monday, despite requests from local leaders that they delay until the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority lead IEP firms up a natural gas plan and price. Golden Valley was targeted as an anchor tenant for the Interior Energy Project and Local AIDEA Board member and former state legislator Gary Wilken is disappointed with the utility’s decision.“It was a surprise. It was frankly a blow to the stomach. I’m not particularly happy about it… I don’t think GVEA fulfilled their obligation to be a community partner in this.”GVEA’s purchase of IEP’s gas will be during the summer months — a focus that will balance out winter heating demand. But Wilken maintains the lesser commitment will make it more difficult to make a target gas price, equivalent to $2/gallon heating oil.GVEA’s Borgeson says the utility could not wait for the IEP plan to develop and needed to give Petro Star an answer on naptha. “They needed to go forward. They’re going to have to invest about $20 million of capital in order to develop the naptha splitter that they need to do to make the fuel… and we had to make a commitment to Petro Star to go forward on this deal.”Under the 12-year contract Petro Star agrees to drop the price GVEA pays for naptha as of Jan. 1 while it builds a new facility to produce a lighter blend of the fuel. Borgeson adds that the contract includes off ramps, allowing increased future use of natural gas, and that GVEA’s North Pole generators will be set up to burn both fuels.last_img read more

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