Fake police arrest and force woman to deposit cash in latest Canada

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver police say there’s a new twist on a Canada Revenue Agency scam they’ve been warning the public about and the swindle involves being arrested.Police say a 58-year-old woman received a phone call on Wednesday afternoon from someone claiming to be from the agency, who said she owed $6,000 in taxes and there was a warrant for her arrest.The woman was contacted again by a person claiming to be with the RCMP and he convinced her to give out personal information, including her location.Police say two men showed up at her door, dressed as RCMP officers complete with what appeared to be firearms, handcuffed her and put her in the back seat of an older-model sedan.The woman was driven to a Bitcoin machine in Surrey, B.C., to deposit the cash and the two men left the area without the victim.Const. Jason Doucette says taking control of someone like that can be considered kidnapping and they remind people to hang up if anyone calls claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency.last_img read more

Moroccan Ministry of Interior Files Lawsuit Against Chabat over Accusations of

Casablanca – The Ministry of Interior decided on February 9 to file a lawsuit against the accusations of the Secretary-General of the Independent Party (PI), Hamid Chabat, that the “deep state” murdered two politicians. In an article shared in the PI’s official website that created controversy in Morocco, the state was accused of orchestrating the assassination of two prominent politicians, Ahmed  Zaidi and Abdellah Baha who died in Oued Cherrat near Rabat on November 9, and December 7, 2014 respectively.Although the article was deleted from the website, Morocco’s Interior Ministry filed a complaint yesterday against Chabat and his party and called upon the Ministry of Justice to open investigation in this subject-matter. According to the Arabic-language news website, Alyaoum24, the Ministry of Justice has begun an investigation into the allegations following the Ministry of Interior’s request.The article came in response to a media fury surrounding Chabat after his statements on the territorial integrity of Mauritania, which caused uproar inside and outside Morocco.Recently, Rachid Nini, editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Alakhbar,  wrote an article revealing information relating to the properties of Hamid Chabat, which the PI’s article considered an attack by the “deep state” on Chabat and his party.“But unfortunately, those who think that they control the political game believe that the moment when Hamid Chabat must be gotten rid of has come, which denotes ‘Oued Cherrat methods’ as a purely Moroccan-Moroccan method to destroy those who swim against the current,” said the article, noting that ‘Oued Cherrat methods’ means physical, moral and societal termination of individuals.This is not the first time Chabat has alluded to the probability of being murdered by what he claims to be “undemocratic forces trying to manipulate the political scene in Morocco from behind the curtains.”In an interview with France 24 earlier this month, Chabat stated that he was ready to donate his organs whether his death is “natural or not natural.” read more

Stolen California dog returned after theft video goes viral

RUBIDOUX, Calif. — A California woman is overjoyed after her stolen pet dog was returned with the help of a security video posted on social media.The Orange County Register reports that Melissa Cortez’s pug, Andrew, was returned to her Tuesday by the Spectrum cable company.The newspaper reports that a neighbour’s security video taken midday Monday showed a man who was driving a Spectrum van take the 10-month-old puppy from the yard outside Cortez’s home about 53 miles (85 kilometres) east of Los Angeles.Cortez says she filed a report with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, but the cable company contacted her after two video clips were posted to social media and widely shared.Spectrum says the unnamed employee has been fired.Police say no one has been arrested.___Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.comThe Associated Press read more

Indian Finance Minister Jaitley opts out of new government

NEW DELHI — India’s finance minister, who carried out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic initiatives including tax and welfare reforms, has decided not to join Modi’s new government to be sworn in Thursday, citing health reasons.Arun Jaitley, who underwent a kidney transplant last year, on Wednesday released a letter he wrote to Modi saying he would like to stay away from any responsibility in the new Cabinet.Jaitley was a key figure in the government as well as in handling the affairs of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.He took a three-month break from work last year after undergoing the transplant surgery. In January, he travelled to the United States for a medical checkup.The Associated Press read more

Canadian Natural Resources hikes dividend despite losing 776 million

CALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. lost $776 million in the fourth quarter compared with a profit of $396 million a year earlier as it was hit by low prices for Canadian oil.However, the company raised its quarterly dividend to 37.5 per share compared with its earlier payment to shareholders of 33.5 cents per share.Canadian Natural says its loss amounted to 64 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Dec. 31 compared with a profit of 32 cents per diluted share in the last three months of 2017.On an adjusted basis, it says it lost $255 million or 21 cents per share in the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $565 million or 46 cents per share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 14 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Production in the quarter averaged 1,081,368 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 1,020,094 in the fourth quarter of 2017.Related Stories:Microsoft approves $40 bln share repurchase programDollarama misses expectations on profit, but hikes sales forecastFluor cuts dividend in half, to sell some assetsFor the full year, Canadian Natural reported a profit of $2.59 billion or $2.12 per diluted share compared with a profit of $2.40 billion or $2.03 per diluted share in 2017. read more

Rogers stops the presses on 4 magazines cuts back others due to

A copy of Canadian Business magazine is seen in a shop, in Montreal, Friday, September 30, 2016. Rogers Communications announced it will stop publishing the magazine along with Flare, MoneySense and Sportsnet and offer online versions only. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz TORONTO – Rogers Media announced Friday a sweeping overhaul of its magazines — with Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense and Canadian Business becoming online-only publications — in response to declines in subscribers and print advertising revenue.Other changes to take effect in January will see Maclean’s, Chatelaine and Today’s Parent cut the number of print editions that they publish. Maclean’s, the national current affairs magazine founded more than a century ago, will go from weekly to monthly issues, while Chatelaine and Today’s Parent will now be published six times a year.“What we’ve seen is over the past five years a gradual dwindling of the subscriber business across most of our titles,” Steve Maich, senior vice-president of digital content and publishing at Rogers Media, said in an interview.“There are certainly exceptions. But the bigger issue is our ability to monetize those audiences through advertising. The magazine business held up relative to the newspaper business quite well for a long time, but in recent years what we’ve found is the advertising dedicated to Canadian magazines has started to drop off quite rapidly.”For instance, print advertising revenue for Rogers Media plunged more than 30 per cent this year compared to last, Maich said.The Toronto-based media giant, a subsidiary of Rogers Communications, is also looking to sell all of its business-to-business magazines as well as its French publications. Maich said the company is already in active discussions with potential buyers and hopes to close those sales by the end of the year.Maich could not say how many positions will be lost, but added the cuts won’t be significant.“There will be some job loss, particularly related to people whose jobs are overwhelmingly focused on print today,” he said.“But our decisions that we’re announcing today are really not primarily focused on reducing our labour force. We’re in the quality content business. We are already operating very efficiently and we think there’s a big opportunity to deliver more digital content to our audiences.”Rogers Media said its subscribers can request full refunds on their accounts.The revamp is a huge shift in strategy for the company, which came into being after the takeover of Maclean Hunter in 1994 and from there built a publishing empire that features more than 50 consumer magazines and trade publications.In announcing the changes, Rogers Media touted its digital operations, pointing out growth of 41 per cent over the last two years in the number of unique visitors to its Rogers magazine websites. The amount of time people spend on those sites monthly is also up 34 per cent year over year, the company said.But Rogers Media has been afflicted by the same forces that have taken a bite out of the newspaper industry, a sector that has coped with rounds of mass layoffs this year because of falling print advertising revenue.In early September, the Globe and Mail issued a call for 40 employee buyouts. About a month before that, Torstar announced it was laying off more than 50 people, mostly from the Toronto Star newsroom. In January, Postmedia cut 90 positions and merged newsrooms in four cities.Bill Reynolds, the director of Ryerson University’s graduate program in journalism, said he’s encouraged that Rogers Media is keeping Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense and Canadian Business alive in a digital format rather than killing the brands outright.“It does seem like the sky is falling when you make a decision like this, but on the other hand, maybe you have to make a drastic decision at some point,” Reynolds said.He expects there could be more magazines that go digital-only as advertising dollars continue to migrate away from print.“I think some publications will probably resist this temptation and some will see it as being important to have a physical publication and have that presence,” Reynolds said.“But it’s a business for most of them, and if they’re losing money hand-over-fist every year and the revenues keep shrinking and there’s really no money to produce the magazine, what recourse do they have?”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 9:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rogers stops the presses on 4 magazines, cuts back others due to print revenue drop read more

August 2006 vehicle production figures

Commercial Vehicles Home20,853240,4534,38344,94625,236285,399 Total72,959990,3068,746130,18581,7051,120,491 -17.6%-19.1%10.0%-16.3%-13.9%-18.7% Total vehicles Export52,106749,8534,36385,23956,469835,092 -24.9%-8.0%-19.0%-3.7%-24.3%-7.5% Source:Cars % of total71.4%75.7%49.9%65.5%69.1%74.5% -27.4%-3.8%-36.0%4.7%-29.7%-3.0% SMMT LtdAug-06YTD 2006Aug-06YTD 2006Aug-06YTD 2006 % of total28.6%24.3%50.1%34.5%30.9%25.5%Cars: ‘While August car production was lower this year than in 2005, the car industry has been boosted by recent announcements from Nissan and BMW, both of which have made commitments to UK plant investment’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘This is not only testament to the skills and abilities of the UK manufacturing workforce, but it will help support the supply of large-scale components from British-based companies.’ Commercial Vehicles: ‘Commercial vehicle production for export shows an encouraging trend, fuelled by demand on the mainland’, commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Production for the UK has dropped a little this year, following some industrial restructuring. Overall, the outlook is good both in the UK and mainland Europe.’ This month’s plant focus is Rolls-Royce in Goodwood. Click below for detailsDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Injured Kobe Bryant Wants Revenge On Hawks Dahntay Jones

More than 30 minutes after his teammates had departed the Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room at Philips Arena in Atlanta Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant finally emerged from the training area, walking gingerly and looking angry.It was more than the fact that his team that is vying for a Western Conference playoff spot lost to the Hawks, who played without injured starters Jeff Teague and Josh Smith. It was more than about being injured on the potential game-tying shot attempt. It was how he was and who caused the future Hall of Famer’s pain.“I can’t get my mind past the fact that I got to wait a year to get revenge,” said Bryant,  who claimed Jones invaded his space when he went up for a baseline 14-footer that would have tied the game in the final seconds. Bryant came down on Jones’ foot, turning his left ankle.He had x-rays taken after the Hawks’ 96-92 victory; results were negative. He was listed as out indefinitely. But Bryant’s pain tolerance level and will to play is virtually unprecedented.Asked if he thought Jones intentionally tried to hurt him, Bryant said: “I don’t ever want to put that on somebody, I really don’t. I just think players need to be made conscious of it and I think officials need to protect shooters. Period.”It had to increase Bryant’s angst that it was Jones at the center of this situation, for it was Jones  who was called for a flagrant foul for intentionally tripping Bryant in Game 4 of the 2009 Western Conference finals when he played for the Denver Nuggets.Bryant, who erupted for 20 points in the third quarter but otherwise had a horrible shooting night (31 points on 11-for-33 shooing), said: “As defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can’t walk underneath players. That’s dangerous for the shooter.”Bryant later added on Twitter: “#dangerousplay that should have been called. Period.”Jones responded via Twitter: “Tape doesn’t lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man.He later added: “Leg kick that makes contact with a defensive player is an offense foul. Period. The nba changed that rule 2 yrs ago. Stop it!”Bryant drew comparisons of former NBA player Jalen Rose’s similar maneuver in 2000 where he moved in when Bryant was airborne, causing Bryant to land on his foot and turn his ankle. “He Jalen Rose’d me,” Bryant said of Jones on Wednesday night.Rose admitted on “The Jalen Rose Show,” a podcast on ESPN.com’s Grantland Network, back in September that he purposely stepped under Bryant. “I can’t say that it was an accident,” Rose said. read more

Indonesian politicians Metallica guitar seized amid concerns about corruption

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6EOsgcEz9U(YouTube: jhaliteng ertepitoe)INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES will confiscate a Metallica guitar gifted to the heavy metal-loving governor of its capital city, due to concerns about corruption.A beaming Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, appeared on TV earlier this month strumming the maroon bass guitar that had belonged to the US band’s Robert Trujillo and was a gift from a concert promoter.But following the TV appearance, the popular governor voluntarily handed the guitar, which bore the words “Giving Back!… Keep Playin’ That Cool Funky Bass!”, to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).Following an investigation into the instrument, in line with rules about gifts to officials, the commission said today the government will confiscate the instrument.KPK has investigated and decided that the guitar will be confiscated by the government as there is a conflict of interest which could potentially lead to bribery,” commission official Giri Supradiyono told AFP.“It will be state property.”He added: “The promoter probably knew he [Widodo] was a Metallica fan. There’s a possibility he might expect something in return.”He added that the phrase “Giving Back” on the guitar also suggested a “possible exchange of favours”.During his TV appearance, the governor said he was a huge Metallica fan and also listed Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Napalm Death among his favourite bands.Corruption remains rampant in Indonesia, particularly among public servants, and the country last year slid to 118th of 176 countries in Transparency International’s annual graft index.- © AFP, 2013Read: Ireland gets worst ever global corruption rankinglast_img read more

There were regrets but looking back on the great days is a

first_img‘There were regrets, but looking back on the great days is a big comfort’ Former Munster and Ireland back row Denis Leamy has enjoyed success as head coach of Clonmel RFC. Mar 25th 2017, 10:00 AM Share281 Tweet Email2 Short URL From my point of view, I’m still 35 and I don’t think the game waits for anyone,” says Leamy. “I’m retired five years now and I’m conscious that the game moves very quickly and it’s important to stay moving with the game as a coach.“I would like to go on up the levels, I really would. I’d like to possibly get an opportunity within the professional game in Ireland. I’m very conscious that it is difficult to create opportunities in Ireland, from a coaching view.“Mike Prendergast and Bernard Jackman and ROG, of course, have gone across to France to grow their coaching careers. I suppose – with work at home – I’ve got to keep an eye on that, so I don’t know if it’s something that I could possibly look to go across the water.“So, I’m keen to develop within the Irish structures, within the AIL and hopefully on up through the academies or whatever that may be in the Irish professional game.”One thing is for certain: rugby is never going to leave Leamy’s life. Leamy celebrates the 2009 Grand Slam with some fellow Munster legends.From the first day his father packed himself and his brothers, Kevin and Ed, into the car and took them down to Cashel RFC for their maiden training session, it has been a labour of love.“I remember that within a couple of weeks I loved it,” says Leamy of getting the bug all those years ago.I loved the physicality of the game, I loved the whole confrontational side of things, the development of the skills side of the game. There was so much to learn, so much to improve on.“I grew to love rugby very, very quickly and once that happened, there was no looking back. There was only one sport for me from then on.“Rugby has been fantastic to me from right when I started. I have an awful lot to be grateful to the game for.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 7 Comments http://the42.ie/3305273 WHILE HE WAS busy winning Heineken Cups with Munster and a Grand Slam with Ireland, Denis Leamy never really considered a future in coaching.He knew farming would play a big role post-professional rugby, but Leamy justifiably felt that he had a fair few years before he would need to start seriously considering life after hanging up his boots.Then a severe hip injury forced him into early retirement at the age of 30 in 2012. Suddenly, everything changed. Leamy has enjoyed great success with Clonmel RFC.Now 35, Leamy is five seasons into his coaching career, and he has already enjoyed notable success with Clonmel RFC.In his fourth year as head coach, following a stint as assistant to ex-Munster back Ben Martin, Leamy recently guided the club to their third consecutive Munster Junior League Division 1 title.Tomorrow afternoon, Clonmel travel to take on Régis Sonnes’ Bandon in the semi-finals of the Junior Cup [KO 2.30pm in Old Chapel] – a competition Clonmel won for the first time ever under Leamy’s guidance in 2014.Next weekend, the Tipperary club will launch into the round-robin All-Ireland Provincial League Championship, facing Malahide, Ballina and Omagh. Promotion into Ulster Bank League Division 2C – and, therefore, senior status – is on the line. First up, a home clash against Connacht champions Ballina on 1 April at 2.30pm at Ardgaoithe.So, it’s fair to say that things are going very well for Leamy in a position he had not envisaged himself taking on while he was still battering through defences himself.“I didn’t see myself coaching,” says Leamy. “I didn’t really know where I would be. In terms of playing, my career ended prematurely – three, four, five years earlier than I had intended it to. So I was caught a little bit short.”He returned home to Tipperary after 12 years of living in Cork and started working on his family’s beef farm with his father and brother. But rugby didn’t stay away very long before it came knocking again.An old friend from his Rockwell College days was involved with Clonmel RFC and asked Leamy to get involved.“I said I couldn’t really see myself – having been so active in rugby and living my life around the game – just totally going away from it. It was really just for something to do in the winter evenings, to get me out of the house. Paul O’Connell and Leamy with the 2006 Heineken Cup.“At that time in my life, I was still dealing with and coming to terms with the retirement and it wasn’t quite sitting well with me at that stage.”Coaching provided solace for Leamy in those early days, giving him a focus when it would have been easier to sit on the farm and feel sorry for himself, but the transition was still very difficult for the Cashel man.Leamy’s career was a brilliant one, as he played 144 times for Munster and won 57 Ireland caps.He started the southern province’s victorious 2006 and 2008 Heineken Cup finals, was an important part of the 2009 Grand Slam squad, won two Triple Crowns and also featured in two World Cups.I was lucky to play with a brilliant group of players,” says Leamy. “Timing is everything and I was very lucky to arrive on the scene at the same time that a brilliant group of Munster players arrived and also a very, very talented group of Irish players.”The successes made it more difficult for Leamy upon retiring, however. It’s hard not to think that, but for injury, the powerful back row could still be impressing on the pitch even now.“The sad things is that it ended so early,” says Leamy. “I feel that with injuries, towards the last two or three years of my career, those injuries took from me in a big way.“I just wasn’t happy in terms of what I was able to contribute. I felt I was probably two yards slower than I had been and I’d lost an awful lot of my power in terms of breaking tackles and making tackles.“There were a lot of regrets when I retired, in that I felt that if I held my fitness I had a lot more to give. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be, but when you look back on the great days it certainly is a big comfort.” Tony Cantwell and the Clonmel pack this season. Source: Clonmel RFCHe has happily moved on now and, while he tells his Clonmel players that there is nothing quite like playing, coaching “has gone a long way to filling that gap.”Leamy’s mornings are still spent working on the farm, while afternoons and evenings are occupied by rugby.Having initially “limped around the place” in constant pain with his injury, he decided he couldn’t live the rest of his life in that state and “bit the bullet” at the age of 32, having his hip replaced. All is well with his body now.Clonmel have proved a perfect fit for Leamy in the early stages of his coaching career, and the club couldn’t be happier with his impact.“He became head coach and we won the Junior Cup in his first season,” says team manager Joe Winston, a man who has been with Clonmel since 1975 and seen tougher times at their Ardgaoithe base.For many a year, we couldn’t even get into the second round of the Junior Cup! He brought a professionalism to the club. One of his first things was videoing the matches.“Denis watches the matches six or seven times at home to pick up stuff and he backs the team he has around him as well.“He has the respect of everyone in the club. He has very little interference from the committee, if any, because he has been delivering for the last four years. The players can see how passionate he is about it. More than all of us, he still loves being on the field.”Leamy’s leadership convinced many Clonmel-reared players who were at other clubs to return or, for those tempted to head elsewhere, to remain with their home club. Leamy talks tactics with Clonmel’s director of rugby, Tim Normille, and team manager, Joe Winston. Source: Clonmel RFC“Because of their loyalty to the club and to Denis, they’ve stayed,” says Winston. “Other players came back to give it a go with Denis.“We have lads based in Dublin, Waterford, Limerick, but they get back for a midweek session at times, and always get back for training on a Friday. If it was someone else in charge, they might not bother coming back at all.”For his part, Leamy has simply focused on providing the players with a very real sense that they are getting better. In his eyes, that’s the only way to retain and attract players.“It’s been about developing them,” says Leamy. “I’d like to think that, no matter what the age profile of the players when I took over, there’s been a decent level of improvement among the playing group and we’ve developed our game.”Leamy has worked his way through the IRFU coaching badges, with his Level 5 Head Coach status to come next, while he has garnered experience with the Munster academy and spent seven weeks with Anthony Foley and the senior Munster squad last season.Having worked under coaches like Declan Kidney, Eddie O’Sullivan, Alan Gaffney and Tony McGahan as a player, Leamy had important influences in terms of his future coaching, even if he didn’t realise it at the time.“I was very lucky to work with very tactical coaches and I was very lucky to work with coaches who were very good at motivating their team, getting inside the players’ heads and getting the best out of players.“I think that helps, definitely, and a lot of what you do as a coach, you fall back on your experiences as a player.“But you’re obviously continuing to learn and grow as well. The amount that I’ve learned, having coached over the last couple of years – how to approach things, how to set out what you want to achieve and the process it takes, that’s really been the learning curve, rather than teaching tackle tech, or something like that. Leamy celebrate’s Tipp’s All-Ireland hurling success last year with manager Mick Ryan.“It’s really about how you develop the plan that you have in your head, how you actually get there.”Leamy has greatly enjoyed the experience of coaching his old school, Rockwell College, in recent years too, helping them to the Munster Schools Senior Cup in 2015 as forwards coach and being consistently impressed with the level of professionalism.Leamy also joined Michael Ryan’s Tipperary hurling backroom staff last year and says he learned from the way the Tipp squad “approached the big occasions” on their run to All-Ireland glory. Of course, Tipperary gained greatly from Leamy’s contributions too.Clonmel have been benefiting most from Leamy’s thirst to improve his abilities as a coach, though, with their success in Munster having been dominant in recent years.A fantastic crop of homegrown players has been vital too, and the club continues to take great pride in the exploits of the likes of Munster’s David Foley, Bill Johnston and David Johnston – all of whom started their rugby careers with Clonmel.All our current players have come through the underage system in Clonmel, there isn’t one of them who haven’t – even if they went off to Rockwell for school and then came back,” says Winston.Following tomorrow’s Junior Cup semi-final, Clonmel are facing into the All-Ireland Provincial League Championship for the third season in a row, having finished second and third at the last two times of asking, missing out on promotion into the senior leagues.The facilities at the club’s grounds have continually improved in the last decade and now include multiple rugby pitches, a stand alongside the main pitch, two all-weather five-a-side soccer surfaces, the clubhouse and changing rooms.There have been further trophy successes in the Munster Junior Clubs Cup and Dave Dineen Cup, as well as for the women’s team in the Munster League and the Munster Cup. The Tipp club were Munster Rugby’s Club of the Year in 2015.With these foundations in place and their underage structures vastly improved, Clonmel believe that they are in a fine position to continue the success, even if Leamy’s coaching career is to take him somewhere else in the future. Clonmel celebrate their recent Munster Junior League Division 1 title.“The stuff that we’ve learned from Denis, if he went, is there for the future,” says Winston. “We have to keep that bit of professionalism about it. Players need to have basic things like video work, wearing club colours, getting that sense of identity about it.“For some of the players, all they’re used to is winning Junior Cups, Leagues and Challenge Cups. There are some of us who know that winning just one match was an achievement at one time! It’s a nice change of culture and we’re going to try and keep it there.“I can see Denis going much further in the long run because he has it. He can make a team successful and you don’t mess with him.”As for the man himself, Leamy has very real ambitions of moving up the ladder.center_img 28,733 Views Follow us: the42.ie By Murray Kinsella Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM Carolan a smart addition for Connacht but leaves U20s in promising placeMunster back row O’Donoghue keen to ‘kick on’ with Ireland on summer tour Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le plus grand télescope solaire dEurope a été inauguré hier

first_imgLe plus grand télescope solaire d’Europe a été inauguré hierC’est dans les îles Canaries que se tient le plus grand télescope solaire d’Europe qui vient tout juste d’être inauguré. Grâce à cet instrument, il sera possible d’étudier la surface du Soleil avec une précision inégalée à ce jour.Le plus grand télescope solaire d’Europe, et le troisième au monde, s’appelle Gregor. Ce projet allemand de 12,85 millions d’euros a été inauguré hier à l’observatoire de Teide, sur l’île de Ténérife, aux Canaries. Disposant d’un diamètre de 1,5 mètre son système d’optique est capable de compenser les turbulences atmosphériques. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreDe ce fait, ce télescope fournit “une qualité d’image que, jusqu’à présent, aucun télescope solaire terrestre n’avait obtenue, aussi bien dans le spectre visible que dans l’infrarouge”, a souligné l’Institut d’astrophysique de Canaries (IAC) dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP. Mais l’engin possède aussi d’autres spécificités : son toit, rétractable, permet de laisser circuler l’air et d’éviter la surchauffe des miroirs. De plus, il sera opérationnel de jour comme de nuit, et pourra, quand le soleil ne peut être observé, scruter d’autres étoiles de notre galaxie.Cette toute nouvelle technologie “permettra à la communauté scientifique allemande, espagnole et internationale d’étudier le Soleil avec un niveau de détail inégalé à ce jour”, ajoute l’institut. En effet, Gregor a été spécialement conçu “pour étudier les processus physiques à la surface visible du Soleil”, a expliqué Oskar von der Lühe, directeur de l’institut Kiepenheuer de physique solaire de Fribourg. “C’est là que nous voyons comment l’énergie qui provient de l’intérieur [du soleil] émerge pour, ensuite, être lancée vers l’espace extérieur et parfois parvenir à la Terre”, a-t-il ajouté.Le 22 mai 2012 à 18:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington DPW Seeks Senior Clerk

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington recently posted the following job posting for a senior clerk at the Wilmington DPW:SENIOR CLERK AT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKSUnit: AFSCME IIReporting To: Director of Public Works Wages: $786.66/weeklyHours: 35 Hours, Monday – FridayLocation: DPW Administration Office, 115 Andover StreetApplication Deadline: Open Until FilledDefinitionThe Senior Clerk position is responsible for providing higher level clerical support of a more-than-ordinary-difficulty to department heads and staff.Essential FunctionsWorking under the supervision of the Department Head and/or designee:Greet visitors and customers, answer the telephone and general emails, answer basic questions and provide general information. For more complex questions and needs, assist callers, customers, and visitors with reaching the proper staff person or resource. May assist with registering visitors and customers for programs or activities.Prepare or review bills, payroll, invoices, and/or receipts. Maintain moderately complex financial records of revenue and expenditures for the department. Process and track intake of grants, gifts, fees, and donations, and track expenditures. Work with Accounting Department to resolve discrepancies in accounts.Assemble and compute data, prepare statistical reports, summaries, and other municipal records and documents, may assist in assessment procedures including abatement and exemption applications, payroll, purchasing, tax collection, and other related department functions, and monthly statistical reports.Sort, file, record various materials, classify materials according to subject matter or other classification.May provide administrative support to a Board, Committee, or Commission, posting meetings in accordance with Open Meeting Law, recording agenda and minutes, assembling and distributing documentation, and assisting with setup of meetings.Collect, sort, and distribute mail.Prepare correspondence, reports, newsletters and documents, assemble or research content information, provide drafts, final documents, and distribute through inter-office mail, email, us postal service, or otherwise as directed.May manage department supplies and materials, and order supplies and materials as needed.May manage the department webpage, ensure content is timely, accurate and useful, update and add content on a regular basis.Maintain department files in an orderly manner, file documents, and retrieve documents from files as requested.Perform other similar tasks or related works as assigned by the department head and designee.Ability to work overtime during snowstorms or other emergencies.Minimum QualificationsHigh School diploma.A minimum of two years of clerical or administrative experience in a customer service or municipal setting, or any equivalent combination of experience and education.Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with the public.Experience with Microsoft Office products and ability to effectively utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other standard administrative software.Ability to communicate effectively with others, orally and in writing.Ability to exercise initiative and use good judgment, work with limited direction in the completion of tasks and assignments.Ability to organize and perform multiple tasks effectively.Job EnvironmentWork is generally performed inside a building. Work environment is characteristic of an office environment, with even walking surfaces and generally low noise levels. Noise levels may be elevated during certain programs or performances that may be scheduled in the building.Physical RequirementsThe work is generally of an intellectual nature. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand and sit for prolonged periods. Frequently required use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reaches with hands and arms, bends, stoops, kneels, and/or crouches. Specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice and communicate through human speech. Required to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds. This position requires the ability to operate a keyboard, computer mouse, telephone, fax, copier, writing tools, scissors, and other standard office equipment.EOETo Apply:Submit resume, cover letter and completed application to: Town Manager’s OfficeAttn: Town Manager121 Glen Road Wilmington, MA 01887 orvia email at: jobs@wilmingtonma.govIf submitting by email please use “Position: Senior Clerk Department of Public Works” in the subject. Resume, cover letter and completed application may be attached as a PDF to the email. Please note, we will not reformat or fix formatting issues if sending electronically and in a file type other than PDF.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Town Hall Hiring Clerk For Planning & Conservation Dept.In “Government”NOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Town Hall Hiring Clerk For Planning & Conservation Dept.In “Government”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Purchasing Analyst III at OSRAM SYLVANIAFull-Time Maintenance Worker at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time Store Manager at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Fence Installer at Pro FenceFull-Time Buyer / Planner at KochFull-Time Assembly Operator at KochFull-Time Cell Leader – Production at KochFull-Time Heating Technician at Parts 4 HeatingFull-Time Molecular Biologist at ChemGenes Corp.Full-Time Buyer at Locus Robotics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

After Regrouping In Anchorage Kikkan Randall Looks Towards World Championships

first_imgAlaska Pacific University skier Kikkan Randall has spent three years on top of the World Cup sprint standings. This season has been different- she’s struggled to make even the top ten in races. Randall’s back in Europe now, after spending a few weeks in Anchorage to regroup.Download AudioPhoto by Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team.Kikkan Randall was skeptical when her coach Erik Flora suggested she fly back to Anchorage from Europe in the middle of the World Cup racing season:“At first, I have to admit, I thought he was a little crazy.”But she came around to the idea of having a chance to refocus in the comfort of her home city. She says she ate seafood, played with her cats, and trained at Kincaid and Hillside:“It was really, really good. Just to see friends and family and get back in a good training environment. I really feel like it was the break I needed.”Randall’s early results on the World Cup have been disappointing. Her best finish so far is 9th in a sprint race in December in Switzerland. Randall is coming off last year’s Olympics, where she was the favorite to win gold in the skate sprint, but finished far out of the medals. Then in the spring and summer, she thinks she trained too hard, hoping to prove she could peak properly for this year’s World Championships:“I don’t think I rested enough coming off of a big Olympic year and just carried too much fatigue into the summer and the fall. And by the time I realized I was under some fatigue, we were already in the racing season so I was trying to balance resting with the racing and it hasn’t allowed me to find my peak form.”Until this year, Randall’s career has been a steady progression to become the best female sprint skier in the world. She says things were going so well, she got a little complacent thinking that trend would continue. Now she’s experiencing a new kind of challenge- not performing to her own, or the world’s, expectations:“I’ve been laughing a little bit because I often talk in presentations about the importance of focusing on the positive and focusing on the process and the little things you can do each day to build up to your goals, and I feel like I’ve been having to listen to my own advice a little bit.”The big goal this season is the World Championships, which start in Falun, Sweden on February 18th. Randall and her U.S. teammate Jessie Diggins are the defending world champions in the team sprint event. Randall says its a gamble whether her form will be back to 100 percent but she’s excited to get back to racing:“I don’t really plan to put hard expectations down. I think I just want to make sure my body is in a good place and go out and race with what I have and if things go well, it could be some good results.”Alaska Pacific University head coach Erik Flora isn’t worried about Randall’s performance. He says it’s common for elite athletes who have long term success to occasionally take a step back and have a rebuilding year. He says in the long run, one sub-par season shouldn’t matter much for Randall’s career, even if it’s hard to see it that way right now:“With Sochi being a fairly big goal and a lot of the training leading up to it, post Sochi taking a year to adjust, having a bit of an off year, I’m sure when we look back on it, it’s not a big deal at all.”Flora says the APU ski team as a whole is having one of it’s best season’s ever, with breakout performances on the World Cup from Rosie Brennan and Sadie Bjornsen. Both will compete in the World Championships alongside Kikkan Randall who is thrilled by the success of her teammates.last_img read more

Hot day in national capital

first_imgNew Delhi : Delhiites continued to reel under hot weather conditions with the maximum temperature settling at 39.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average. The minimum temperature was recorded at 31.3 degrees Celsius, also four notches above the season’s average. Humidity oscillated between 41 and 73 per cent. The maximum temperature at Palam was recorded at 40.9 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 31.4 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature at Lodhi Road was recorded at 38.9 degrees Celsius and the minimum was recorded at 30.4 degrees Celsius while Ridge recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 29.9 degrees Celsius. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies with possibility of thundery developments towards afternoon/ evening on Sunday. There will be dust raising winds during the day. The maximum temperature on Sunday is likely to be around 38 degrees, while the minimum around 31 degrees Celsius. According to a MeT official, relief from the heat is likely on July 16 as rains are expected on that evening. On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 39.2 and 30.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.last_img read more

CC road works taken up under Railway under Bridge

first_imgTalabkatta: After suffering from waterlogging for several monsoons in the past few years, the nearby residents of the RuB sighed a relief as the authorities finally started works for laying Vaccum Dewatered Cement Concrete (VDCC) roads at Railway under Bridge (RuB) in Talabkatta. The works have been initiated following many requests and representations to the authorities. On the issue, The Hans India also published a report ‘Residents urge permanent fix for nala overflow’ in its June 26 edition, in which the issue of waterlogging was highlighted and residents’ demand for a permanent solution for waterlogging problem under Talabkatta RuB. The works of the VDCC road works has been started recently and the officials said that the works would be completed soon. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Speaking about the ongoing works, Talabchanchalam Corporator Nasreen Sultana said that the works were started last week by GHMC under RuB in Talabkatta and an amount of Rs 18 lakh were sanctioned for the works. The road cutting has been completed and 2 feet road has been dug up and the VDCC road has also been layed on the one side of the RuB and soon the next side will also be started and the entire works would be completed within 20 days of time, she said. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us It may be mentioned here that the locals have pinned their hopes on the newly elected MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri from Yakutpura constituency who had made several visits to the area in the recent months. The residents have been hoping that he would resolve the issue by undertaking permanent works. Last year, Pasha Quadri had visited the area after the heavy downpour and promised of fixing the issue by finding a permanent solution. During rainy season, the water under the RuB gets waterlogged for three to four feet causing inconvenience to the residents of nearby houses and shops. Commuters also suffer as the waterlogged only clears after more than an hour, said Mohammed Hameed.last_img read more

BSE closes points 4912 down on September 13

first_imgNew Delhi, September 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 49.12 points down to stand at 19,732.76. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 0.10 points down to stand at 5,850.60. JPPOWER and NHPC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.03% and 6.50% along with Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. and Oriental Bank with an increase of 6.37% and 6.10% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. and Shriram City Union Finance Ltd. with a decrease of 8.37% and 3.80% along with Pipavav Defence and Wipro with a decrease 3.62% and 3.61% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 92.38 points at 10,942.01 while the banking sector is up 14.91 points at 11,589.03 and the realty sector is up 34.97 points at 1,318.32. The Indian currency is down 0.34% at Rs 63.72 per dollar.last_img read more

Redmi K20 price controversy in India Everything you need to know

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:25Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?center_img The much-hyped Redmi K20 was launched a few days back on July 17, 2019. The much-awaited smartphone was thought to be a flagship killer with its design leaks on the internet and the peep-in specs declared by the Chinese manufacturer before its launch.The launch event on Wednesday gave a vivid picture of the phone with high-end specifications, creative design, firm build quality, flaming display and an amazing camera that fulfilled almost all the expectations of the fans. The shocker came at a time when the company declared the pricing for the phones. The price quotes for the phones have created widespread dismay and the fans have grouped to file a petition bidding to reduce the cost of the phone variants. Redmi K20 official lookTwitter/Manu Kumar JainHere are the reasons that have caused the controversy:Over-the-edge price for the base variant TwitterRedmi K20 was launched with a price tag of Rs 21,999 for its base variant with (6/64 GB) variant and 23,999 for the (6/128 GB) variant. The price quoted for the specs and the storage by the device was at an upper hand leading to the public’s disinterest.Comparison with the competitors Positive tweets by the people supporting the price of Redmi K20TwitterRealme, the competitor of Redmi in the economy price segment, famous for producing high-spec-low-cost devices launched its latest device on 15 July. The device named Realme X created a tough benchmark for its competitors which was mocked by the Redmi loyalists favouring the upcoming launch of K20. But all the Redmi fans have turned around to favour the Realme X as a better option after Redmi declared its price quotes.The petition to lessen the price TwitterThe Redmi loyalists have filed a petition under the link change.org (Link: chng.it/FSFJFLzm) bidding to cut down the price of the base model by Rs 2000. The Redmi fans plead the fans to add on signatures to the petitions so that the authorities can bend down to accept their demands.The open letter by Manu Jain TwitterManu Jain, CEO of Xiaomi replied to the revolting crowd on Twitter stating reasons for the escalated pricing of the K20. He said that the device comes with the latest snapdragon 730 processor and is the first phone released in India with the processor. He added that the research and development of the raw unprocessed software have led to the price hike.The Twitter catfight Twitter TwitterThere has been a feud over the petition and the price issue in Twitter where some of the supporters are actively abusing the reviewers and accepting the statements of Manu Kumar Jain’s open letter. On the other hand, there are people who stand onto their decisions for not accepting the quoted price and in turn, are verbally bashing each other in the tweeting platform.The backlash by famous reviewers TwitterMajor Indian tech reviewers have conveyed their disapproval of the price with the base variant, complaining about the low storage facility and the over-pricing of the device. Almost all the tech reviews who bashed Realme X after comparing it with the specs of Redmi K20 have changed their convictions accepting RealmeX as a better and affordable phone for the Indian market.What to believe: The hype or the controversy?With the entire confusion going on between the stiff minds understanding tech, the general public is in a confused state unable to figure if they should opt for the device or not.The hype about the high-end features are not denied by any fan or reviewer and at the same time there is a controversy about the price and the high tech-intellectuals are stepping back to accept a lower-performing device because of the high price quote in K20.Now it depends on the public to decide what their requirements are, high performing tech or are they okay with compromising a little with the performance for a to avail a lower-priced device.There goes the catch that the company will be focusing on.last_img read more

Russia seeks US help to reconstruct Syria amid tensions

first_imgA boy walks along a damaged street at the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria on 16 April. Photo: ReutersRussia has used a closely guarded communications channel with America’s top general to propose the two former Cold War foes cooperate to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees to the war-torn country, according to a US government memo.The proposal was sent in a 19 July letter by Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian military’s general staff, to US marine general Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, according to the memo which was seen by Reuters.The Russian plan, which has not been previously reported, has received an icy reception in Washington. The memo said the US policy was only to support such efforts if there were a political solution to end Syria’s seven-year-old civil war, including steps like UN-supervised elections.The proposal illustrates how Russia, having helped turn the tide of the war in favor of president Bashar al-Assad, is now pressing Washington and others to aid the reconstruction of areas under his control. Such an effort would likely further cement Assad’s hold on power.“The proposal argues that the Syrian regime lacks the equipment, fuel, other material, and funding needed to rebuild the country in order to accept refugee returns,” according to the memo, which specified that the proposal related to Syrian government-held areas of the country.The United States in 2011 adopted a policy that Assad must leave power but then watched as his forces, backed by Iran and then Russia, clawed back territory and secure Assad’s position.The United States has drawn a line on reconstruction assistance, saying it should be tied to a process that includes UN-supervised elections and a political transition in Syria. It blames Assad for Syria’s devastation.Dunford’s office declined comment on communications with Gerasimov.“In accordance with past practice, both Generals have agreed to keep the details of their conversations private,” said spokeswoman Captain Paula Dunn.The Kremlin and Russia’s defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Syria conflict has killed an estimated half a million people, driven some 5.6 million people out of the country and displaced around 6.6 million within it.Most of those who have fled are from the Sunni Muslim majority, and it is unclear whether Assad’s Alawite-dominated government will allow all to return freely or whether they would want to. Sunnis made up the bulk of the armed opposition to Assad.“The United States will only support refugee returns when they are safe, voluntary and dignified,” said the memo, which is specifically about the Russian plan for Syria.Rebuilding Syria will also be a massive effort, costing at least $250 billion, according one UN estimate.Some US officials believe Syria’s dependence on the international community for reconstruction, along with the presence of US and US-backed forces in part of Syria, gives Washington leverage as diplomats push for a negotiated end to the war.Military ChannelThe exchange offered a rare glimpse into the military communications channel between Moscow and Washington, one that Dunford himself has fiercely sought to keep private.Dunford, who speaks periodically with Gerasimov, has stressed that the two militaries need to be able to have candid, private communications to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to armed confrontation.But it was unclear how reconstruction and refugees fit into military-to-military communications. Gerasimov’s letter suggests that channel is also being used by Moscow to broach non-military matters.President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed Syria, and the issue of refugees, at their 16 July summit in Helsinki. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the talks focused on “how we might get the refugees back.”But US Defence secretary Jim Mattis said last week no policy changes came out of the summit. The US government memo explicitly said the Russian proposal was not “an outcome” of the Trump-Putin talks, but cautioned that Russian officials were trying to present it differently.“Russian diplomats and other officials have also been engaging in an aggressive campaign to describe the initiative in other capitals and to insinuate that it is an outcome of the US-Russia meeting in Helsinki, which it is not, repeat not,” the memo read.The Russian cover letter for the proposal sent to Dunford recommended the United States, Russia and Jordan repurpose a hub designed to monitor a 2017 ceasefire agreement “to form a joint committee to implement the reconstruction and refugee return plan,” the memo said. Jordan is hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees.The Russian letter also suggests that the United States and Russia form a joint group to finance infrastructure renovation in Syria, the US memo says.last_img read more