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first_imgCricket icon Sachin Tendulkar feels the advent of Twenty20 cricket has changed batsmen’s approach to chasing big scores in ODIs, something that would be of help if India were to replay the lost 2003 World Cup final against Australia.India lost the 2003 World Cup final against Australia by 125 runs in Johannesburg. Australia had scored a mammoth 359-2 and the Indian batters put up a dismal show to be bundled out for 234.Asked about the loss, Tendulkar said, “I feel if we were allowed to play that match today, the players will approach that game differently.””We were all charged up, we went out to field and right from over one, it was that big moment, unbelievably charged up. (If the) same players are given an opportunity, we will approach it (that game) differently,” Tendulkar said.The 44-year-old was speaking to reporters here on Tuesday after the highlights of his upcoming biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” was shown to the media.”(Players would have approached) differently only because of introduction of T20, in those days 358 (359) looked (a) herculean task, it will be today as well but it will be closer than 2003,” he said.”We have also on number of occasions got 325-340 runs and that is because the format has changed, the rules have changed a little bit. The conditions have also changed (than) what we got there, I just feel the mindset has changed because of introduction of T20 and the calculations are different,” explained the former right-handed batsman.Meanwhile, Tendulkar also heaped praise on Raj Singh Dungarpur, the former BCCI president and chairman of selectors, saying he helped him in his early days.advertisement”Raj bhai clearly told me focus on your exams, you are not going to West Indies (in 1989). This was during semifinals of Ranji Trophy, we were playing Delhi and I was having a net session in the morning.”(I) clearly remember Raj bhai walking up to me and said Sachin, after this Ranji Trophy, you focus on your SSC exams. You will play for India, but you are not going to West Indies.”Raj bhai has always been extremely supportive. Raj Bhai has played huge role in my life,” remembered the master-blaster.He also said his children Sara and Arjun have given a thumbs up to the upcoming movie, which is set to release on May 26.”For the world I am cricketer, but for them I am their father first, so how they react was important for me, when their reaction was positive, I said James (Erskine) has done agood job,” he quipped.The star batsman also revealed that his coach Ramakant Achrekar will watch the movie tomorrow.”Sir will be watching the movie tomorrow. Without him, nothing can happen,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgBoxer Vijender Singh on Saturday defeated China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali in the unified WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight title, maintaining his unbeaten streak. Star cricketers and top Bollywood actors took to Twitter to congratulate Vijender on his thrilling victory.Vijender beat Maimaitiali by unanimous decision to win his second title and also his nine consecutive bout.Speaking about the much-awaited encounter, Vijender had earlier trolled his opponent and said that he would try to finish the bout as soon as possible as “Chinese product don’t last long”.Vijender, who remained unbeaten since his debut in professional boxing, has also fought eight bouts, last one being against former world number one boxer Francis Cheka from Tanzania where he defended his title.Vijender clinched his first title in July 2016 against Kerry Hope of Australia, becoming the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion. He has 30 rounds under his belt, which gives him a slight edge over his opponent, who has fought 24 rounds till now.Tough match this,but congrats @boxervijender .Enjoyed Hakka Noodles while watching ur fight & you made Chinese Hakka Bakka#BattleGroundAsia Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 5 August 2017SINGH IS KING! @boxervijenderWBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title ??WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title ??#BattleGroundAsia IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017He came.He saw.He conquered.@boxervijender kept his unbeaten record in Pro-Boxing intact! #BattleGroundAsia IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017A moment to cherish for all of us! The whole country is proud of @boxervijender. #BattleGroundAsia IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017Surreal atmosphere! The moment when @boxervijender was announced as the champion. Nothing less than goosebumps!#BattleGroundAsia IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017T 2507 – ??? ?? !! ???? ?? ??? ?? ?? ???? !! Vijendra beats China opponent to keep his title !! A slug fest but WE won ! Congratulations ! Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 5, 2017Congratulations to @boxervijender for the great win. Chinese met a grand defeat in Mumbai and same will happen in Doklam #BattleGroundAsia Swami Ramdev (@yogrishiramdev) August 5, 2017Congratulations @boxervijender on yet another victory. Looked like the best match of your pro-boxing career. Superbly done#BattleGroundAsia- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 5, 2017WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champ Vijender Singh ??????????beat WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champ Zulpikar Maimaitiali from China- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017#VijenderSingh 9-0SonnyWhitingDeanGillenSamHyuseinovAlexanderHorvathMatiouzeRoyerAndrzej SoldraKerry HopeFrancis ChekaZ Maimaitiali- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Congratulations my brother @boxervijender!! Sabash shera ??#BattleGroundAsia. Keep rocking- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 5, 2017It was like a #MohammadAli vs #Tyson in styles of fighting..very well fought my brother @boxervijender..retains the title #BattleGroundAsia Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 5, 2017last_img read more

first_imgTenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, opened the 2nd International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS) in Boston with more than 1400 academics, researchers, practitioners and graduate students present for his plenary on Science and Society.Mind & Life International SymposiumIn his remarks, His Holiness challenged the conference-goers with the leading question, “with so many advances over the last 25 years in our research, what more is needed in order for us to integrate contemplative practices into all sectors of society including heath care, education, business and ethics?”The symposium is put on by the Mind & Life Institute, a Massachusetts-based non-profit, that was founded more than 25 years ago as an intellectual experiment by His Holiness, together with neuroscientist Francisco J. Varela and entrepreneur R. Adam Engle. Mind and Life supports the exploration of and interdisciplinary research into the many facets of contemplative science as a way to better understand the mind. Insights from this research can be used for reducing human suffering and enhancing human well-being.Mind & Life Institute’s President, Dr. Arthur Zajonc, facilitated the plenary discussion between the Dalai Lama, Dr. Richard Davidson from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Amishi Jha from the Center for Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative from the University of Miami.In addition to Drs. Davidson and Jha, keynote speakers for the symposium included, Dr. Diana Chapman Walsh, President Emerita of Wellesley College; Dr. David Germano, Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia; Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-In-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group; and Dr. Tania Singer, Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute.The symposium included master lectures by several distinguished scientists, scholars, artists, and contemplative teachers as well as individual and group presentations of papers, panels, and posters that reflect the most current contributions to the ever-growing field of contemplative studies. Also featured were contemplative art performances and exhibits, as well as continuous contemplative practice opportunities with renowned practitioners such as Sharon Salzberg and Jon Kabat Zinn.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Rabat – Spanish police arrested on Wednesday 11 people, including five Moroccans, in connection with terrorist group Islamic State (IS). They were planning to carry out attacks in the Catalonia region.The Spanish authorities said that they conducted raids in Barcelona and Tarragona. The operation resulted in the arrest of 10 men and a woman aged between 17 and 45.Five of them were Moroccans, five Spanish and one Paraguayan. The non-Moroccans are all Islam converts, said Catalonia’s regional interior minister Ramon Espadaler. The police said the members of the group are suspected to have links with “jihadist terrorism, and particularly to the Islamic State,” news website the reported.On March 31st, a Moroccan couple and their sons were arrested in Spain after they planned to join the ranks of extremist groups in Syria through Morocco.According to Spanish authorities, about 100 from Spain are suspected of having joined extremist groups in the Middle East, mainly Syria and Iraq.Espadaler said there were links between the newly-busted network and two other arrests made at the Bulgarian-Turkish border in December.“The Jihadist phenomenon is a reality,” he said. “It exists in our country, in our neighboring European countries and worldwide, but we also have police capable of detecting radicalization and of fighting this phenomenon.” read more

Rabat –  Of the 14.7 million Jews in the world, 2,000 Jews live in Morocco and 8,500 in Iran.The Jewish Agency unveiled statistics of the world’s Jewish population on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the new year,” celebrated on September 9.A total of 6.6 million Jews live in Israel, while 8.1 million live outside Israel. According to Haaretz, the statistics were calculated by Sergio Della Pergola, an Israeli expert on Jewish demography.The number of Jewish people allowed to immigrate back to Israel under the country’s Law of Return, which includes all children and grandchildren of Jews, is estimated at 23.5 million.Of the 8.1 million Jews who live outside Israel, 27,000 live in Arab and Persian countries. Morocco and Iran have the most, with 2,000 Jews and 8,500 respectively. However, some sources, such as the CIA World Factbook, put Morocco’s population of Jews at 6,000 as recently as 2010. Tunisia has 1,000, while fewer than 500 Jews live in each of Yemen, Syria, and Egypt.The US has 5.7 million of Jews, the most of any other country but Israel. The second largest Jewish population outside Israel is France with 453;000, followed by Canada with 391,000.Britain has  290,000 Jews, Argentina 180,000, Russia 172,000, Australia 113,000, Brazil 93,000, and South Africa 69,000.The Jewish Agency also announced that at least 100 Jews live in a total of 98 countries in the world.In the second International Conference on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue held on September 10-12 in Fez, King Mohammed VI spoke about interfaith issues in Morocco.The King said that the choice of Fez to host the event is not a random choice as it “has always been a land of dialogue, peace, coexistence and spiritual fulfilment.”The King also lauded Morocco’s hospitality, emphasizing that Morocco has a unique model in the region.“Indeed, our history attests to a long-established tradition of coexistence on Moroccan soil—particularly between Muslims and Jews—and to openness to other religions,” said the monarch.The World Jewish Congress reported in February 2018 that Morocco has the “largest remaining Jewish community in North Africa.”Morocco has hosted Jewish communities since Roman days. After the Spanish Edict of Expulsion in 1492, some 20,000 Jews emigrated from Granada to Morocco. At their peak before Israel became a state in 1948, Jews in Morocco numbered over 200,000.Between Israel’s independence and Morocco’s in 1956, most of Morocco’s Jews emigrated from Morocco to Israel, Canada, and France. read more

24 February 2011Luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, the media, music and film are joining the United Nations today as it celebrates the birth of a powerful new agency giving voice to women and girls worldwide. Luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, the media, music and film are joining the United Nations today as it celebrates the birth of a powerful new agency giving voice to women and girls worldwide. UN Women – formally known as the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – was established in July 2010 by the General Assembly, merging four previous UN bodies dealing with women’s issues. “With the birth of UN Women, we welcome a powerful new agent for progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment,” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The challenges are great, but I believe that with the new energy, the new momentum and the new authority that UN Women brings, these challenges will be met. True gender equality should be our shared legacy in the 21st century.” UN Women will be working with an annual budget of at least $500 million – double the combined resources of the four agencies it comprises, namely the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW). It is headed by former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who called the launch of UN Women the first of many important milestones in the global pursuit of gender equality. “Think of how much more we can do once women are fully empowered as active agents of change and progress within their societies,” says Ms. Bachelet, who serves as Executive Director. “Historically, we are at a point of great potential and change for women. Now we must seize that opportunity.”Among the priorities Ms. Bachelet has laid out for the new agency is ending violence against women, ensuring their full participation in conflict resolution and enhancing their economic empowerment.The event in the General Assembly Hall featured Mr. Ban, Ms. Bachelet, Assembly President Joseph Deiss, and other dignitaries, as well as special guests from the fields of music and film. Mr. Ban told those gathered that the birth of UN Women could not be better timed, as this year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. “We have come a long way in a century. But we still have far to go. UN Women takes us an important step in the right direction.”The creation of UN Women, noted Mr. Deiss, is an expression of the growing realization that the world’s most complex problems cannot be addressed without the wisdom and full participation of women. “Complex challenges like conflicts, global warming, migration, pandemics or financial crises will only be solved through true global partnership where men and women both have a voice,” he stated.“In uniting to establish UN Women, Member States acknowledged that the United Nations is uniquely placed to take a leading role in advancing the status of women,” he added. “They signaled their willingness to advance the gender equality agenda and, to that end, to tap into the expertise that UN Women will provide.” The launch of UN Women is taking place during the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. read more

A massive $60-million funding shortfall is forcing food aid cuts to as many as 4.3 million people across southern Africa, particularly HIV/AIDS patients, who remain chronically vulnerable despite this year’s reportedly good harvests, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.“Here, where HIV prevalence rates are the highest in the world, people are dying of AIDS-related illness when they could have survived for years if they had had enough food to eat,” WFP Regional Director Amir Abdulla said in the agency’s latest update. “Anti-retroviral therapy is not effective on an empty stomach.” The shortfall comes just as the annual “lean season” approaches, when people have to wait until next March or April for the harvest. Due to a lack of donor support, since September WFP offices across the region have begun to reduce the level of food assistance provided to mother and child nutrition centres, school-feeding projects and patients receiving medication for HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis. Countries like Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland are facing severe cuts of between 80 and 100 percent.“HIV-positive people in poor communities have little or no food at home, because they cannot grow it or pay for it,” Mr. Abdulla said. “If we can help them now, we can avoid a longer drawn-out crisis down the road. Food aid gives them a chance not only to live longer, but also to work and raise their families.” In addition to HIV/AIDS, the region suffers from grinding poverty and other diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and pellagra. Despite some abundant rains this year, millions of people were too poor to buy seeds and fertilizers to grow food, or grains once harvested. Some areas still had insufficient rain, or floods that washed out crops. In Zimbabwe alone, a May 2006 vulnerability assessment identified 1.4 million people as being in critical need of food aid. Yet this month WFP was forced to scale down operations there to roughly half of the 900,000 people it was originally targeting. More cuts may have to be imposed unless funding improves. WFP needs at least $17 million just to get Zimbabwe through the lean season, when it expects to target some 1.9 million people. The country is one of seven under a regional WFP operation, begun in January 2005 and scheduled to continue through December 2007. The others, facing similar shortfalls, are Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. At the other end of the continent, WFP reported today that it faces increasing difficulties in providing food aid to Sahrawi refugees living in remote camps near Tindouf in southwest Algeria. “Thousands of refugees depend on external humanitarian assistance to survive,” WFP Country Director for Algeria Marius de Gaay Fortman warned. “With no donor support, we are simply running out of food to give them.”WFP needs 7,000 metric tons of food worth $5 million in order to continue assistance for the next six months. For 2007, considerable contributions will be required to sustain the food pipeline for the refugees, who fled a territorial conflict with Morocco in 1975.The agency provides a general food package to 90,000 of the most vulnerable refugees and, until the end of this year, an additional 35,000 rations for families affected by severe floods last February. read more

How old is Niagara’s population? Brock researchers unveil findingsA team of Brock University researchers investigates Niagara’s youth and aging population: St. Catharines Standard, Niagara this Week, 610 CKTB, 1057 EZRockDon’t suffer in silence, says Brock profIn the spirit of Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan. 25, Sport management professor Shannon Kerwin discusses in the St. Catharines Standard how mental wellness has affected her and her family, and how mental health initiatives have transformed over the last decade.Rare diseases subject of Brock discussionFourth-year student Eric Mariglia is taking a stand on medication for rare disease patients. St. Catharines Standard profiled the student ahead of the rare disease awareness event on campus on Jan. 27, highlighting his inspiration behind the cause. read more

The guest issue of Country Life The Prince of Wales in the Northumberland countryside Credit:Getty The magazine also includes contributions from the Prince’s family and friends, from Lady Sarah Chatto on her favourite art work to an interview with Dame Judi Dench.The Duchess of Cornwall writes for the issue about the work of one of her favourite charities, Medical Detection Dogs, describing how she had been so impressed by the skills of the animals in sniffing out cancer she “ventured to ask another great dog lover, The Queen, to come and see a demonstration of their skills” earlier this year. “The Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday edition of Country Life magazine is out now. The family will today celebrate the 70th with a glamorous private evening party at Buckingham Palace, with the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall also spending the afternoon with a group of septuagenarians linked to their favourite charities for tea. The Prince and the puppets: meeting Sooty and Sweep at an ITV magic show for his birthdayCredit:WPA pool The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry at Highgrove The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry at HighgroveCredit:Tim Graham/Getty Images He added: “I have spent 40 years of my life trying to warn of the dangers – let alone the waste of money – of losing a vital sense of balance, in so many areas that impact, for example, on the countryside, on the marine environment, and on the planning and design of the urban environment.“I have now lived long enough to see it all beginning to change – but at what cost?“Should we recognise the more timeless aspects of our natural and human environments , which need to be maintained for generations yet unborn?“I am not suggesting it will be easy, but we may be the last generation fortunate enough to experience the wonderful people, skills and activities of our countryside, some of which I have tried to highlight in this special edition of Country Life.” “So the question is how can we ensure that those same life-enhancing, timeless opportunities are there when future generations look for them?” Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets cast members Omid Djalili, puppets Sooty and Sweep and Jim Carter after attending a one off performance of 'We Are Most Amused and Amazed' in aid of The Prince's Trust “Perhaps the clearest way to understand how much is at stake, and what we might want to do as a result, is to try to think ahead to what our grandchildren will want and need,” he said.“Seventy years ago, some aspects of our lives today would have been quite simply unimaginable. Others, such as the pleasures of a walk in the country, good food from local farms, traditional craftsmanship, the beauty of the landscape, gardens and nature, and a sense of community have changed little. “My father’s passion for wildlife is something that extends  from his childhood to today,” he said. “His focus on the environment is something I’ve looked up to all my life.“His unwavering commitment to rural issues and the countryside has been a big inspiration to me and something I am keen to emulate and teach my children about.“No one understands farmers or the issues they face better than my father.”In an amusing aside, he adds: “He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the estate in Scotland – to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them in the house.“He also has hundreds of bird tables at Highgrove and replenishes them by hand personally every day he is there. “His passion for the environment and the natural world is some I want to repeat in the way I raise George, Charlotte and Louis.”Expanding on his unexpected hobby, Prince said of his red squirrels: “They come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside. The Prince of Wales will today celebrate the milestone of his 70th birthday with a manifesto on the future of the countryside, in which he warns his may be the last generation to enjoy the “life-enhancing, timeless opportunities” it offers.The Prince, who stars in a series of warm family photographs with his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren released in honour of the birthday, said the landmark moment had given him pause to consider how Britain had changed since his birth.Joking that he had undergone the “the alarming realisation that I have reached the biblical threshold of three score years and 10, with all the scars that go with it”, he urged the public to look ahead in their own lives to “try to think ahead to what our grandchildren will want and need”.Guest editing an issue of Country Life magazine, the Prince has written 1,960-word letter in which he warns that the countryside and its people cannot be taken for granted.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––His elder son, the Duke of Cambridge, also contributes, disclosing how he hopes to emulate the Prince in teaching his own three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, about the natural world. On the issues facing farmers, and Britain’s place on the global stage, the Prince said: “As a relatively small island, I cannot see how our food production could ever compete within the world’s commodity markets,” he said.”Perhaps, though, we could seek to establish the United Kingdom as the most environmentally-friendly food producer with a unique ‘brand image’, as an island offering the highest standards of quality and natural goodness?” The Prince allows red squirrels to rifle through his coat pockets at Birkhall The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at Birkhall The Prince allows red squirrels to rifle through his coat pockets at Birkhall The Duke of Cambridge hopes to bring his own children up to love the countrysideCredit:AFP “If I sit there quietly, they will do so around me.”Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts – they are incredibly special creatures.” The issue sees the Duke of Cambridge answer a series of questions about the countryside, disclosing how he hopes to raise his own children with the same love of nature his father instilled in him. The Prince of Wales in the Northumberland countryside  The guest issue of Country Life The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at Birkhall The Duke of Cambridge hopes to bring his own children up to love the countryside Reflecting on his birthday, the Prince writes: “Yet even as we grow older, the countryside that is such a special part of our lives somehow manages to adapt to the march of time, changing with the generations as much as with the seasons.“So perhaps this is a good moment to reflect on how rural areas have changed over the course of 70 years. What have we learnt in that time and what might the future hold?”Outlining how the “drive for ‘efficiency” has led to negative changes to Britain’s countryside, leaving “farms amalgamated, hedges torn out, ponds and wetlands drained, [and] river dredged”, he noted the social change that has seen the closure of village shops, rural railways lines and pubs. read more

first_imgTHIS BABY SEAL was rescued by gardaí in Galway yesterday.He was left stranded at Weightman’s Pier at Murrough.Gardaí say, “He was in poor condition and would not have made it through the night.”They believe the seal is about four weeks old.Gardaí managed to get him to a local vet who cared for him overnight.The seal rescue collected him this morning.Gardaí shared the story on its Facebook page saying, “Baby Seal strikes out for Independence on July 4.”Read: Scientists strapped a camera to a polar bear… now see the footage>last_img read more

first_imgThe folks over at the FireWire consortium are no doubt cracking open some bottles of champagne, ahead of the long weekend. The 1394 Trade Association announced this week that two billion of the not-quite-ubiquitous ports have been shipped internationally since Apple first introduced the IEEE 1394 High Speed Serial Bus to the world, back in 1986.The association’s chairman sent out a pretty moderate statement regarding the many zeroed milestone, saying, “FireWire will continue its steady, stable growth.” As CNET points out, that rate of inception pales in comparison to that of USB, which current has 10 billion ports on products that have made it beyond the shelf (that number is closer to 1.2 billion for the FireWire folks).last_img read more

first_imgIt’s been a month since the last Humble Indie Bundle, so it’s time for another. This time, the focus has gone away from introducing Android games and instead includes a brand new game and a feature-length movie.The bundle is actually called the Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle, and with good reason. The game Botanicula is making its debut as part of the offer, meaning this is the first, and currently only way you are going to get to play the game.If you want an incentive to try it, then know that it came from the same team that gave us Machinarium, which also forms part of the bundle. On top of those two titles you get a license for Samorast 2.As usual, the bundle is being offered with the option to pay what you want in return for Windows, Mac, or Linux versions of the games. However, if you pay more than the average then there’s some extra goodies on offer. For this bundle they include the full-length feature movie Kooky and puzzle-art game Windosill. As the three main games in the bundle come from Amanita Design, you also get the soundtracks for those titles too.The Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle will be available for two weeks from today and has already managed to sell over 4,000 bundles. You get to choose how your money is allocated, with the charity this time being the World Land Trust. The WLT takes direct action to save rainforests and wildlife habitats and is well worth donating a few dollars to.Read more at HumbleBundlelast_img read more

first_img 110 Comments Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Share101 Tweet Email1 Do you trust the gardaí? The gardaí’s own survey claims nearly 90% of us do Most people were surveyed before the Templemore and whistleblower scandals came to light. Jun 14th 2017, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Philip Fitzpatrick 086-1683832 Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM DESPITE A NUMBER of high-profile garda controversies, a new report released by the force shows that 9 out of 10 people have a mid-to-high level of trust in officers.The survey, carried out by Amárach Research on behalf of An Garda Siochána, asked 6,000 people to assign a number between 1 and 10 to quantify their level of trust in the force as a whole.During 2016, 11% of respondents reported that they had low trust in gardaí, 47% reported mid level of confidence, while 41% said they had high levels of trust in the force. Just 1% of respondents did not know or provided no response when asked. Source: Garda Press OfficeThe levels of trust people had in the force varied by gender and socio-economic background, according to the report.Women had slightly higher levels of trust with 43% expressing a ‘high’ level of confidence in the organisation compared with 39% of men. Older people were also more likely to have confidence in the force.TrustHowever, different social classes also produced different levels of confidence.For examples, farmers were more likely to express ‘high’ trust in the organisation while 14% of respondents in social class grouping C2, which includes skilled manual workers such as bricklayers and hairdressers, expressed low trust in the force.However, the research was conducted in quarters, meaning that 1,500 people were surveyed every three months of the year last year. It is important to note that many of the more serious garda controversies have occurred in the last six months of this year and late last year so the attitudes of the public following these scandals can’t yet be gauged.In the last nine months a Tribunal has been set up to investigate whether senior gardaí set out to smear the name of whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Serious financial irregularities have also been revealed at the garda college in Templemore.According to the Public Attitudes Survey, fewer people in Ireland were victims of crime in 2016. Overall, 57% of victims were happy with how gardaí handled their case in 2016. More victims felt that sufficient information was provided to them in 2016 compared to 2015. However, satisfaction with how quickly the gardaí respond to incidents dropped by 3% to 60%.Those who responded to the survey “continue to feel that crime nationally is a very serious or serious problem”, according to the survey.Throughout 2016, levels of fear of crime and worry about victimisation decreased. In Q1 2016 43% of people said they either had a lot of fear or some fear about crime, by the end of the year, this had fallen to 32%. However, crime types the public would like gardaí to prioritise most are robberies (91%), sexual offences (91%) and illegal weapons (90%).Read: Two more men arrested by armed gardaí in investigation into Lucan park murder >Read: Company fined €300,000 over death of worker at Corrib gas tunnel > Image: Philip Fitzpatrick 086-1683832 22,966 Views last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County donated night vision goggles, Wednesday, to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Forty night vision goggles were donated to the BSO SWAT Team to help them see clearly at night. “When we are searching for bad guys armed or not armed, we’re going into back yards and low light areas,” said BSO SGT. Matt Patten.“At night, our officers can wear the night vision goggles and literally just stand in the backyard, put the night vision on and immediately know someone is standing in the dark,” said Patten.The foundation made the donation in hopes of making things safer for on-duty deputies.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgShelley Hughes and Pete LaFrance faced each other on public television’s Running. Republican Hughes says she’s been working with the Valley’s legislative delegation for the past two years, and that’s a plus, in her opinion.“I’ve been part of the Valley delegation, which is probably one of the strongest teams as far as the Mat Su delegation, as far as what we have been able to accomplish together. In the majority, I’m actually able to get things done, be very heavily involved in the committees. I’m very proud of the fact that I work bi-partisan. Every bill that I’ve had has had bi-partisan support. So I don’t play party politics. I’m not one to do that. “ Hughes, who has lived in Palmer about a quarter century and is the mother of four, has served one full term in the House. She chairs the economic development, trade and tourism committee, and says that bringing in good paying jobs to the state is a priority“I actually carried successful legislation on that front in a couple of instances. One was to allow the industry related to unmanned aircraft to begin to look to Alaska as a possibility. And, of course, the privacy of our citizens was my number one concern, I was originally hesitant, but I did carry that, and now we have industry looking here in Alaska, we have actually have someone opening a plant to begin to manufacture those. “But opponent Pete LaFrance says Hughes is part of a Republican caucus and will rubber stamp anything, including the state’s operating budget“The budget deficit is huge. I’ve knocked on well over 2,000 doors and this is an issue that keeps coming up. And one of the things that I’ve learned that I have been shocked and dismayed by is this idea of the Republicans’ binding caucus down in Juneau. Where they join the caucus and essentially surrender their vote saying that we’ll vote for the budget that comes out of the committee before they’ve even seen it. We can’t possibly get on a path of fiscal sustainability until we put aside notions like this.”La France, a teacher and an IT professional, was born and raised in Palmer. He spent years working abroad, however in Luxembourg and Mexico.La France says the legislative majority, including Hughes, has locked in three more years of education cuts, while spending money on what he considers wasteful programs.“The fact of the matter is is that we have the largest budget deficit in Alaska’s history this year. And we’ve given money away to refineries, we’ve loaned 270 million to Canadian companies for risky ventures, seven and a half million on an office building in Anchorage that we don’t even own. “The two sparred over which was the most fiscally conservative, especially differing over how to deal with deficits incurred by the state’s employee health benefits plan. Hughes says she’s helped cut that  budget.‘In the two years that I’ve been in, we’ve actually over those two year’s brought down general fund spending by 2.1 billion. And we will continue to work to bring that down, and one of the concerns that I’m hearing, and I understand that my opponent is wanting to return to defined benefits, which is not a cost neutral program, it put the state at tremendous risk.”Hughes questioned LaFrance about his support of a defined benefits plan. LaFrance said previous legislation – Senate Bill 30 – would give workers the option of choosing to a defined benefit pension program.“And the analysis thus far has show that they’re cost neutral. And you can argue with the analysis, but that’s what the people who crafted this legislation have noted. And I think that employees deserve that choice.” Hughes shot back that the last legislature posted a deficit because of the state pension plan.“We are billions in unfunded liability. I will say the three billion [dollars ] we paid will save us over time in the coming budgets, and that’s one of the reasons why we did have the deficit we did was to pay down that three billlion [dollars]” As to how to bring up state revenues and cut spending, Hughes says she participated in gas line legislation and the rewrite of oil tax revenue collection, she says that’s helping to reverse oil production decline in Alaska.LaFrance calls for improvements in Railbelt infrastructure.“We need to invest in key infrastructure. We should modernize our electrical transmission grid, so that we can provide reliable and affordable power across the railbelt.”He says a 900 million dollar investment by the state could save ratepayers up to 200 million dollars a year.As of early October, Hughes has spent about 28 thousand dollars on her campaign , La France 30 thousand dollars.last_img read more

first_imgGeohot or George Hotz as he is known in the real world, is no stranger to the hacking community as he is renowned for the work he did on jailbreaking the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and various PS3 hacks.It’s the latter topic that has finally gotten him in trouble after he released his hack for PS3 firmware version 3.55. Despite claiming on his site that he condones piracy and the hack should not be used to disable key features, Sony has finally had enough and issued a lawsuit.AdChoices广告Currently the initial complaint and lawsuit papers can be viewed on his website in pdf format (though the site is currently down in an official capacity until the matter is dropped). However, the basic gist is that George Hotz (Geohot), “Bushing,” Hector Cantero, Sven Peter and “Segher” are being sued for bypassing the technology protection measures that Sony has installed on the console.In some ways I’m not really surprised that they are being sued. Geohot has in the past come close to fanning Sony’s anger with previous exploits (yet in some ways the latter got more applause, as many people thought Sony were in the wrong on this occasion) and this latest jailbreak has finally broken them, especially now that pirate games have already started to surface thanks to the exploit.On the other side of the coin it fans additional flames, mainly as to what jailbreaking actually means to the general public. To many it allows you to do what you want with the device that you have paid top dollar for.Whatever the outcome this will no doubt spark several more arguments over the legitimacy of Geohot’s jailbreak and in the next few months we should have the court’s ruling.Read more at Shoutpedialast_img read more

first_imgSeeing the world in a grain of sand, capturing the gist of life in a blob of paint — can a canvas capture that? Can devotion, in a land chockfull of contradictions and numerous religious thoughts , be perceived as an abstract and metaphysical piece of creative contemplation, essentially secular and spiritual work of art? The pensive and meditative portraits of spiritual gurus and godly figures of Buddha, Krishna, Shiva, Parvati and others by artists Satish Gupta, Shuvaprasanna, Sudip Roy, Puja Bahri, Prithvi Soni, Chottu Lal ,amongst others, exemplify just that beautiful tenet of Indian spiritual philosophies. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Evocative of complete surrender to the idol of their devotion, the artists dig into their inner selves to seek solace and a relief from the transient nature of life and the ephemeral world around, goading one towards a spiritual path of humility. There is a philosophical and mystical sophistication in their work as well as Sidharth’s art who paints using his hand made colors. The line between the sacred and the profane comes into full play in Sanjay Bhattacharya’s drawings in Pen, ink and water colors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDevotion transforms into adulation and obsession as search for human and physical love, be it a man for a woman or mother for her child. It comes to the fore as in the courting couples and other figurative compositions in paintings by Asit Patnaik, Nayana Kanodia , Mousumi Biswas and Shipra Bhattacharya. The seeds of devotion planted in the mind by desire or awe blossom into love or respect for the chosen subject that often transforms individuals and their life. Depending on its intensity and echelon, ranging from adulation to obsession for a particular entity, cause, idea or faith, human or saintly, factual or fictional, its pursuit can turn things around into one of the two extreme modes of renunciation or revulsion. Then there are fluid depictions at cross roads between painting and sculpture by Venkat Bothsa. Evoking the flourish of the street painter, images of the lotus with the curling tendrils play themselves in painted steel in large dramatic sizes. The cryptic written word found often on the rear of public vehicles has communicated directions, slogans and sometimes nothing. The fonts were developed in an indigenous flavor, combining popular culture, street graffiti and a homegrown language. This is what Alex Davis looks into Devotion. The folk element continues to play through colorful paintings of Telangana women by Vaikuntam.Nature appears in a different mode and frame in Surya Prakash’s colourful landscape and Gurdeep Singh’s bright and colorful canvases. The changing life patterns and the world around are seen to get differently moulded in metal sculptures by Dimpy Menon, Gautam Bhatia and Enas MJ.last_img read more

first_imgReset Windows Update Agent: a second look by Martin Brinkmann on August 25, 2018 in Software – Last Update: August 27, 2018 – 1 commentI reviewed Reset Windows Update Agent, a free script for Windows devices, back in 2015. The script provided Windows administrators with options to run select administrative tasks on the system the script was executed on.The program was designed primarily to fix Windows Update related issues (hence the name) but administrators could run it to fix Winsock or delete temporary files in Windows as well.The author of the script improved it since its initial release and the list of commands grew from nine in 2015 to 18 commands in 2018. The nine original options are all included and the new options increase the functionality of the script significantly.A second look at Reset Windows Update AgentYou can download the Reset Windows Update Agent script from the Microsoft Technet Gallery website.  The script is compatible with Windows XP and newer versions of Windows including Windows 10 and Windows 10 Insider Preview versions.You need to unpack the archive first; it has a size of just 8 Kilobytes and an unpacked size of 38 Kilobytes. You may want to read the readme first before you start the script. Note that you need to run it with elevated privileges.Just right-click on ResetWUEng.cmd and select “run as administrator” to do so. I suggest you go through the script before you run it on your system to make sure it does what it is supposed to do. Also, it is recommended that you create a backup of the system before you use it to perform any actions.A disclaimer is displayed on start that you need to accept. Once that is out of the way all 18 options are listed.Here is the list of options:Open System Properties.Reset the Windows Update Components.Delete temporary files in Windows.Open Internet Explorer options.Run Chkdsk on the partition Windows is installed on.Run the System File Checker tool.Scan the image for component store corruption.Check the image for corruption or other issues.Perform repair operations automatically.Clean up superseeded components.Delete incorrect Registry values.Repair / Reset Winsock.Force Group Policy Update.Search for Windows Updates.Explorer other local solutions.Explorer other online solutions.Download Diagnostic Tools.Restart the PC.While it is clear automatically what some options do, e.g. Open System Properties, it may not be clear what others such as “Delete incorrect Registry values” do.The only option to find out is to open the script in a plain text editor and check the relevant parts of it to see what it does.The temporary file cleaning part for instance uses the two commands del /s /f /q “%TEMP%\*.*” and del /s /f /q “%SYSTEMROOT%\Temp\*.*” to remove files from system temp folders.Some operations run lots of commands. If you select to reset Windows Update components, a series of commands is executed that include stopping services, killing tasks, deleting files, registering files again and more.Closing WordsAdministrators can run all the commands the script includes manually as well if they know them. The script speeds up the process as you just have to press a button and hit return on the keyboard to run the commands.Now You: Do you use scripts for Windows management? (via Deskmodder)Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 8 votes Software Name Reset Windows Update AgentOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. The following is a right of reply submission in response to the opinion column “Miedo y asco en San José,” written by Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson.With great concern we observe that The Tico Times published the information “Miedo y asco en San José (Fear and loathing in San José)” based on a post full of inaccurate and offensive information, speculation and baseless insinuation by conservationist Paul Watson. We’re also concerned that, as informative balance demands, MINAE (the Environment Ministry) has not been consulted on the matter. For these reasons, I would appreciate, in virtue of the right of reply, that you publish our clarification either as an entire piece or as the basis of a news story that provides balance and clarity in light of these falsities.Regarding the opinion posted on Facebook by Paul Watson, the position of the Environment Ministry is the following:–The investigation of the death of Jairo Mora Sandoval does not correspond to, nor is undertaken by, the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica, but rather the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), which is under the jurisdiction of the judicial branch. In Costa Rica, separation of powers exists, and anyone who affirms or insinuates that, “this government cannot solve the case,” does so because he or she fails to completely understand our system of powers, our country and our idiosyncrasies.–The murder of Jairo Mora is something that we all regret and the prompt resolution of the case is something we all want to happen. The Environment Ministry (MINAE) respects judicial authorities and urges them to announce at any time the results of their investigation and arrest the murderers.–In terms of its responsibilities, MINAE has taken various steps in coordination with environmental organizations involved and interested in the protection of sea turtles, as well as consulting Jairo Mora’s family. Principal among these actions, among others, include: the prompt creation of a protected area in Moín and the renaming of the Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge as the “Jairo Mora Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge” in honor of Jairo; the creation of a memorial fund with an initial investment of ₡20 million ($40,000) for environmental education and other activities that will be defined by, and in coordination with, NGOs; and the putting in place of a Plan to Protect Turtles in Costa Rica with the participation of MINAE-MSP-Coast Guard (MSP is the Spanish acronym for the Public Security Ministry) and NGOs that will begin very soon.–On Facebook, people can emit criteria at their will, without proof and without basis. A member of the news media should corroborate and verify, before giving publicity to the affirmations of a person who is being processed by the judicial branch of Costa Rica and is wanted internationally by Interpol. The offenses, speculation and insinuation against the country that is made by a person who faces Costa Rican justice should be taken with reserve and in that context, and as such, we don’t consider it appropriate that any Costa Rican or news organization take seriously these claims, much less support the offensive assessments that seek to damage the image of Costa Rica (as regrettably occurred in some of the comments at the end of the message).–The interview with Minister René Castro that Paul Watson mentions in his post never happened. So much so, that he indicates he interviewed the “then-Minister of Foreign Relations René Castro” in May of 2012, when Minister Castro left that post in August 2011 (nearly one year prior). This type of blatantly obvious incorrectness should be a sufficient indication for a news media member or any other person to doubt these assertions instead of giving them credit, much less reproducing them.–Costa Rica, with all its deficiencies and problems (such as the recent assassination of Jairo), continues being a country that loves Nature and that struggles day to day to maintain its ecological principles, increase its forestry coverage, diminish its carbon emissions, strengthen its institutions and environmental laws, assume its goals with water and seas, guide its productive sector toward sustainability and achieve sustainable development. It’s not an easy task, and much less one that’s finished, but it is the path this country has chosen. The international community should recognize this effort by Costa Rica.Many thanks for your attention,Gabriela Hernández HerreraPress adviserEnvironment MinistryMINAE- Costa RicaNote from The Tico Times: The piece “Miedo y asco en San José” by Paul Watson is an opinion column. Opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of The Tico Times. The only official opinions published by The Tico Times are contained in our weekly editorial. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgOrganizers outraged by a presidential candidate’s comments on rape have announced Costa Rica’s second “SlutWalk,” scheduled for Friday, at 8 p.m. at Parque Central in downtown San José.Accessibility Without Exclusion Party (PASE) presidential candidate Óscar López reportedly said in a radio interview that there was a “thin line between consent and rape,” according to a statement by the march’s organizers.Organizers said López’s comments “minimize the serious problem of sexual violence toward women, justify the actions of rapists, [and] reinforce chauvinistic discourses that view the female body as an object at the service of masculine pleasure.”The theme of the march is “No means No, Violence is never consensual.”López told the daily La Nación that his comments were taken out of context.“These women are upset just because I’m opposed to abortion and have manipulated my words. I would like to offer an apology to all the honorable women of this country who could have been affected by these words, which were distorted by a feminist group affiliated with the Broad Front Party,” he told the newspaper.According to López, what he meant to say was that if abortion were permitted in Costa Rica in the case of rape, a person who ends up with an unwanted pregnancy after partying could simply blame it on rape to get the abortion.“In this hypothetical situation the line gets thin,” he explained, according to La Nación.Marchers will meet in Parque Central Friday night to demand that López retract his statements and publicly recognize that rape is a serious form of violence against women, and that PASE publicly repudiate the candidate’s comments and take steps to “reform the chauvinism” inside the party.They also ask that other political parties speak out against López’s comments and take “concrete steps” to fight violence against women.The first SlutWalk took place on Aug. 15, 2011, in response to statements by Cartago Bishop José Francisco Ulloa asking women to dress “modestly” to avoid being “dehumanized,” and that a women’s ultimate purpose was “fertilization.”Watch a video of the first SlutWalk from 2011: Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more