first_imgNetmagic to invest Rs 2k-cr to set up two data centers by 2018New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Data centre company Netmagic plans to invest about Rs 2,000 crore to set up two new facilities, one each in Mumbai and Bengaluru, by April 2018, apart from increasing its headcount to meet growing business.The Mumbai-based company operates nine (rpt) nine data centres in the country across Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru.”When we launched our last projects in Bengaluru and Mumbai, we thought it would take 5-6 years to fill their capacity but within six months of the launch of Mumbai data centre, we have started to build two new facilities. We are seeing demand beyond our expectation,” Netmagic Executive Director and President Sunil Gupta told PTI.He said there is huge demand from the e-commerce sector and the launch of 4G services will fuel demand for videos and high-definition content.”We have decided to invest about Rs 2,000 crore to set up two new data centres to meet the demand. One will be in Bengaluru with 3,000 racks capacity and other will be in Mumbai with 4,000 racks capacity,” Gupta said.He added that Netmagic plans to increase its headcount from about 1,100 at present to 1,400 by March 2017.Netmagic had in October 2015 launched its data centre in Mumbai, which it says is the largest such facility in the country.”About 60 per cent of the data centre capacity has been contracted to clients and we expect to contract rest of the 40 per cent in other six months,” Gupta said.advertisementThe company has dedicated more than 80 per cent of its capacity to the e-commerce sector.”We are also aware of what global majors are talking about with the Indian economy growing. There are Japanese companies who have keen interest in India, especially in infrastructure space.”We see huge demand coming from them in near future. Therefore, we need to be ready with capacity,” Gupta said.He said the company had earlier expected to close 2015-16 with revenue of Rs 445 crore, but exceeded the target by 20 per cent at about Rs 534 cr. PTI PRS ABM ABMlast_img read more

Hima Das, star sprinter and social worker, to be rewarded by Assam chief minister

first_imgAssam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for Hima Das, who won a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland last week.Hima, born to a rice farmer in a village in Assam, shot to fame after she clocked 51.46 seconds to win the 400m race in Finland.On Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr G Parameshwara took to Twitter to congratulate Hima for her feat and announced a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.He tweeted, “The Grit and Perseverance displayed by @HimaDas8 is inspirational for thousands of aspiring sportspersons across India.”The Grit and Perseverance displayed by @HimaDas8 is inspirational for thousands of aspiring sportspersons across India.As a token of our appreciation, it is my pleasure to award you with a cash prize money of ?10 lakh on behalf of Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education.Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 14, 2018On the same day, she was also assured of government funding till the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.”Hima, post her excellent performance at CWG 2018, where she ran her then personal best of 51.32, was inducted in ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in May 2018.Also read – Watch Hima Das run for glory and gold at Under-20 World Athletics”Under the scheme, in addition to the Rs 50,000 per month as Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA), she would be provided end to end support towards her Olympic preparation by the Govt,” said Sports India (erstwhile SAI) DG Neelam Kapur.The 18-year-old Hima, a pre-tournament favourite, triggered wild celebrations in the Indian camp as she won the Gold even as the timing was not her personal best, having clocked 51.13 last month in Guwahati at the National Inter State Championships.advertisementWith the medal in Finland, she became the first Indian — men or women — to have won a gold in a track event at the world level.Also read – Hima Das’s parents offer prayers of gratitude as daughter creates historyRunning in lane number 4, Hima was behind Romania’s Andrea Miklos at the final bend but produced a stunning burst during the final stretch to cross the finishing line well ahead of the field. She produced her trademark burst at the final 50m.Soon after clinching gold, Hima wrapped the tri-colour and thanked India for the support and good wishes.Hima, who hails from Kandhulimari, about five kilometres from Dhing town in central Assam’s Nagaon can certainly run like the wind but she is also a socially conscious girl.Also read – Hima Das plays down AFI tweet controversy: My English is not that goodThe 18-year-old had taken the lead in the village’s fight against country liquor vends.Ranjit, Hima’s father, Hima and a few other women had warned the men who were found selling liquor.. “When she came to know about a few members of our village selling country liquor, she took with her a team of women from our village and demolished the vendor’s (liquor shop).”Also read – How Hima Das compares with PT Usha and India’s other sprint queensThe next day Hima was threatened by a member of the vendor’s family but she was undeterredHima’s fiend Subhangini Neog, a resident of Dhing said the community was proud of India’s latest sports star.”Hima is not only an athlete, she is also engaged in a lot of social work Once she had banned selling of wine in her native village and many women had cooperated with her.”last_img read more

Frenkie de Jong writes Netherlands script while Stones fluffs his lines

first_imgThere was a moment of double-take deep into the second half of a steamy, slightly wild Nations League semi-final at the Estádio D Afonso Henriques. Frenkie de Jong took the ball in his own penalty area facing the Dutch goal and straight away heard the thundering hooves of Fabian Delph at his back, the white shirts sensing a turnover.De Jong did something surprising. He slowed to a walk, floated left, half-turned, then flipped back the other way. Without looking up, but sure in his movements, he fizzed a hard, flat pass out 40 yards to a free orange shirt, the weight of the day, the breath of Delph, the dying moments of a semi-final, falling away from his shoulders like an evening mist. Pinterest It was a moment of entirely natural grace and a glimpse in microcosm of a sporting culture. De Jong was not following a plan or acting under some earnestly undertaken notion of DNA and blueprints. He does not have any other way to play. This is the only way he gets on the pitch from academy to first team, as the guy who takes the ball and keeps it and finds the space around him.In the first half he had done something similar in the centre circle, taking the ball and changing direction three times before deciding which way to move, feet moving at different angles from the average human biped. Some footballers run like thoroughbreds. Some run like carthorses. De Jong is like a footballing unicorn, all magic dust and rainbows and feet that barely leave an imprint. By the final whistle he had touched the ball 108 times, and had a 97% passing accuracy, not so much running the game as elegantly ushering it along.Fast forward seven minutes from that final whistle and John Stones found himself in the same penalty area, in almost exactly the same position, the ball suddenly at his feet. Stones also turned, also heard the sound of chasing behind him. Stones stopped, lost the ball, fell over and could only watch as Memphis Depay’s shot was palmed out, then forced in by a combination of Quincy Promes and Kyle Walker’s right leg to give Holland a decisive 2-1 lead. Twitter Share on LinkedIn Topics features John Stones of England is dispossessed by Memphis Depay in the lead up to the Netherlands’ decisive second goal. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Netherlands 3-1 England: Nations League player ratings Share on Pinterest Read more Gareth Southgate backs Stones and Barkley after errors against Netherlands England Nations League Sportblog England had taken the lead half an hour in at the end of their own best period, the goal a product of their own greatest strength, the pressure, the movement, the shark-like sense of purpose of their front three.The progress made to this point has been all about the shift from straight lines to more subtle, varied angles. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford had left the Dutch backline a little dazed at times. The opening goal came from that pressure. Matthijs de Ligt is never hurried. England hurried him. De Ligt is not careless. England made him careless, or flustered enough to misread a pass from Marten de Roon, the ball squirming under his foot. Rashford came sniping in to pinch it. De Ligt stumbled, stuck out a foot, made contact in the area. Rashford put away the penalty.England’s energy dissipated as the game wore on. The equaliser, headed in by De Ligt, was deserved, as was the Netherlands victory. In the end England were schooled by a Dutch team who play their game but play it more naturally, for whom this is not a slogan or a set of rules, but a style of football that has been bred deep into the system since Rinus Michels and all that. It felt like the end of a cycle: Southgate will hope it is the beginning of another. Facebook Seventeen minutes later Stones again tried to play out from the back in a tight spot. His pass was intercepted. Depay crossed. The ball was volleyed high into an unguarded net by Promes, England’s defence again reduced to scrambling slapstick by its own attempts to play with patience and craft from the back. Netherlands Reuse this content Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp There are two things worth saying about this. Actually three. Firstly it is not, and never really seemed to be, coming home. England will now play a third-place Nations League play-off against Switzerland in Guimãeres, an international fixture so thrillingly dull in outline it almost seems ready to take on its own air of urgent cultish excitement. Where were you when England came back to Guimãeres? Ideally, anywhere but Guimãeres.Secondly, and in his defence, Stones has not started a league game since April. He had until that point played quite well. Mistakes do simply happen sometimes. And third, if there are errors playing out from the back this is often a function of the lack of options in front. England’s midfield was flat here, lacking the movement and ease on the ball that makes playing out from the back so much easier.Gareth Southgate spoke about poor execution afterwards, and he is, of course, right. Those moments do not demonstrate some fatal flaw in England’s gameplan. But those two semi-final defeats in 11 months have brought into relief the distance left to travel. This was always a game of craft versus thrust, speed of thought versus speed of foot.At times England’s youthful team showed the best of itself going forward. But as against Croatia last summer the points of weakness were also there, most obviously in a midfield that was outmanoeuvred for long periods by a fine Netherlands team defined by the gossamer craft of De Jong. Read more England extra-time misery after John Stones’ blunder lets in Netherlandslast_img read more

Ocean Yield Collects USD 125 Mn from Hybrid Bond Issue

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Oslo-listed Ocean Yield has completed a new perpetual hybrid callable bond issue of USD 125 million.The net proceeds from the hybrid bond would be used for general corporate purposes including new investments, according to the company.The bond carries a coupon of 3 months LIBOR + 6.50 % p.a. with quarterly interest payments. The issue attracted strong interest and was well oversubscribed, Ocean Yield said.It will be accounted for as book equity and is subordinated to the company’s outstanding senior unsecured bonds.Earlier this week, Ocean Yield agreed to acquire a Handysize dry bulk newbuilding at a price of USD 18 million net of pre-paid charter hire, scheduled for delivery by the end of September 2019.The vessel has a 10-year bareboat charter to a company owned and guaranteed by Interlink Maritime Corp.last_img read more

Angolan officials deny their country banned Islam dismantled mosques

first_imgCasablanca- Two officials at the Angolan Embassy in the United States, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, denied  yesterday that their country had banned Islam and dismantled mosques, according to International Business Times.The first official who denied the ban argued that his country distances itself from interference in religious matters when he said  that the Southwest African republic is “a country  that does not interfere in religion.”He further bragged about the country’s religious diversity, stating that there is freedom of religion in Angola. He went on to explain that  his country  hosts followers of distinct religions, including Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and evangelical people.The second official at the same Embassy doubted the credibility of reports regarding Angola’s ban of Islam.“We’re reading about it just like you on the Internet. We don’t have any notice that what you’re reading on the Internet is true,” the official was quoted by the International Business Times as saying.Both officials did not want to be identified.Numerous  news outlet, including MWN, reported on the alleged ban of Islam based on alleged statement of Angolan officials. “This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country,” Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos was quoted by Nigeria’s Osun Defender newspaper as saying.The Angolan minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz  was quoted by  the Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune as saying that, “Regarding Islam, the legalization process has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Therefore all mosques would be closed until further notice.”According to IBTimes, the officials at the Angolan Embassy in Washington could not attest to the veracity of the comments attributed to the president and minister of culture. According to the same source, initial reports about Angola’s dismantling of mosques used a picture that allegedly depicts the minaret of an Angolan mosque being destroyed  in October 2012. Yet a close examination shows that the same photo was posted on January23, 2008 by the Housing & Land Rights Network to depict  the destruction of Bedouin homes in Israel, which reinforces the hypothesis that the reports on the ban of Islam in Angola are inaccurate.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more

Congolese parties agree on need for dialogue and reconciliation – Migiro

“I carry with me a strong feeling of triumph, having seen the efforts of the National Assembly and its president in promoting reconciliation and dialogue in a bid for unity and to strengthen democracy in the DRC,” said Asha Rose Migiro following a series of high-level meetings in the country. Ms. Migiro, who also met with the Minster of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said all those she had talked to were “proud that the DRC elections were held in a free and fair manner.”She said that the recent March violence in Kinshasa, although regrettable, is “something that can still be an incentive for the country to consolidate the peace dividends and to put in place mechanisms and institutions that will ensure that human rights thrive, and that democracy continues.” This, Ms. Migiro said, “will enable the Congolese people to sit down and to pick up the challenges, and put in place programmes to ensure that they overcome the immense social and economic problems that the country is facing.”She added that all parties she had spoken to “agree that there cannot be any alternative to dialogue and reconciliation.” The UN can give a guarantee of its “engaged presence in the DRC, and a readiness to continue to work with the Congolese people and their Government,” she added. Another guarantee, she said, was that the Congolese themselves have demonstrated that “they want the path of democracy and peace,” by voting peacefully in last years elections. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that they are rushing aid to mitigate the suffering of tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes after an outbreak of fighting in north-eastern DRC. In North Kivu province alone, close to 65,000 people have been displaced in recent weeks due to intensified fighting between militias and government forces. 24 April 2007The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that all parties there agree on the need for dialogue and reconciliation in order to achieve lasting peace in the country, where recent clashes have forced thousands to flee in the northeast. read more

UNArab League envoy briefs Ban on visit to Syria and Middle East

In their meeting, which took place on the margins of the recently opened 67th session of the General Assembly, Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi focused on how to address the appalling levels of violence in Syria and on how to progress towards an inclusive political solution that will address the legitimate demands of the Syrian people, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. In addition, more than 260,000 Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries and an estimated 2.5 million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.During his trip to Damascus last week, Mr. Brahimi met with Mr. al-Assad to discuss the escalating crisis. He then visited refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan, where he gained first-hand accounts of the struggles facing those who fled the conflict in their homeland.Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi agreed that the crisis represents a steadily increasing threat to regional peace and security and discussed the importance of the presence of world leaders at UN Headquarters in the coming days as an opportunity to encourage increased support for addressing the violence in Syria and its impact on the neighbouring countries.Earlier this month, Mr. Brahimi assumed the peace-facilitation role, which had been carried out since February by former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, with the aim of bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations in Syria, and promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict. He is scheduled to brief the Security Council on Monday morning. read more

Leaders of Latin American countries urge major push to promote social justice

In a wide-ranging address, Bolivian President Evo Morlaes Ayma said that over the past few days, he listened to the speeches of other world leaders and it became clear that their views on liberty, equality, dignity and sovereignty “leave a lot to be desired.” It also became clear that Bolivia and other countries in the region followed a different path from many so-called industrialized nations. Yet, while those countries claimed to be experiencing a financial crisis, Bolivia was, among other gains, bringing people out of poverty, expanding its coverage for maternal health, boosting literacy and investing in water and sanitation. In short, he said, Bolivia was on the path towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. “We live in sovereignty and dignity; no longer dominated by the North American empire…no longer being blackmailed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” he said, telling delegations gathered for the Assembly’s annual General Debate that when Bolivia had freed itself politically and economically, its social conditions had changed radically for the better. Mr. Morales went on to say that while some of the statements he heard this week espoused peace, democracy and social justice, when he looked at the actions of the speakers – military intervention, blocking airspace, espionage and using companies to spy on private citizens – he wondered, “just what kind of peace and social justice are they talking about?”“Those like the United States who follow such a course can not believe that they are masters of the world. They are not,” he said, stressing that if the Obama Administration and its allies really wish to fight terrorism, they should do so with policies, not military bases. If they really wanted to fight intolerance, they would do so with education, not weapons. Citing a raft of grievances against the current Administration in Washington, he urged the international community to move to ensure that no President anywhere in the world be able to damage the lives of fellow human beings. “We must think of a world without hierarchies,” he said, appealing to all delegations to fight economic polices that damage humanity.Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, President of the Republic of El Salvador. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeIn his address, Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, President of El Salvador, said the development agenda must ensure protection for those most affected by the economic crisis and the impacts of climate change. For some years, El Salvador’s economy stopped growing, and exports declined, as had family remittances. “This terrible reality was the result of decades of outside economic and social models that promoted inequality, backwardness and injustice,” the President said. Yet, as his Government had begun to press ahead with fair and inclusive implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, that situation had changed. It also decided not to push the costs of the crisis unto the poorest and most vulnerable in the country. Indeed, Mr. Funes Cartagena said, the Government reduced the number of homes and individuals living in poverty, and among other gains, boosted literacy, improved access to water and sanitation, and had achieved a “remarkable” decrease in maternal mortality. It had also brought healthcare to the remotest regions of the country. These and other deep changes had been driven by the decision to follow a different economic model, one which focuses on, among others, small framers, children and the poorest sectors of the country. It also introduced polices to reduce violence and combat crime. He said that the Government also facilitated an accord between the country’s two largest youth gangs, a move that had also led to a reduction in violence. Mr. Funes Cartagena said his region is exposed to major climate-related phenomena, affecting the most vulnerable populations and leading to millions of dollars in losses. His Government is taking steps to address such issues and also made a formal apology to the victims of human rights abuses, including the relatives of those that had been disappeared. He is convinced that the best investment is in the poor; in transforming them into a vibrant and productive middle class.Ollanta Humala Tasso, President of the Republic of Peru. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardEchoing some of the those thoughts, Ollanta Humala Tasso, President of Peru, said that worldwide, inequality has become more acute, deepening the gap that marginalizes the poor from the benefits of progress and development, preventing them from enjoying the rights enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.“It is necessary to strengthen, renew, and uphold our global commitment to develop peaceful relations among peoples, and to find solutions that rule out the use of force to fix our problems,” he said. He said that the theme of the General Debate regarding establishment of sustainable development goals converges with the post- 2015 development agenda and should help the UN contribute to solving urgent development challenges. “It is, thus, pressing to integrate the various efforts undertaken separately,” he said, stressing that the UN should have a single and comprehensive development agenda.“Yet, in order to do so, we need to change the equation and put at the centre of our efforts the fight for equality. Let us not make growth an end in itself, but rather, let us turn it into a tool,” he said, emphasizing that Peru believes the correct formula is “include to grow.”These leaders are among of scores of officials to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

Middle class Oxford rejects demand explanations for missed places amid fears they

But students from white middle class backgrounds who went to a private school or grew up in an affluent area do not fit into any of the “diversity” categories. Middle class Oxford rejects are increasingly demanding explanations about why they missed out on a place, amid fear that they are being “squeezed out” by the university’s diversity drive. There has been a rise in requests for “ultra feedback” and it is feared that students will consider taking legal action against Colleges… Oxford is under growing pressure to admit more undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds and Colleges have started using “contextual data” about a student’s background to inform tutors’ decisions on their application. read more

Shouts of Justice for Daniel in court as Richard Dekker is found

first_img Short URL Mar 7th 2017, 3:11 PM Shouts of ‘Justice for Daniel’ in court as Richard Dekker is found guilty of teenager’s murder Daniel McAnaspie was stabbed to death in Dublin in 2010. Image: PA Archive/PA Images 14,820 Views Share89 Tweet Email Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 3:11 PM Updated 5.25pmRICHARD DEKKER HAS been found guilty of the murder of Daniel McAnaspie by a unanimous jury verdict.Dekker (30), with an address in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown on 26 February 2010.Trevor Noone (28), also from Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month for his role in the teenager’s death.The trial was heard in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.There were roars of ‘Justice for Daniel’ when Dekker was put in custody after he was found guilty.Dekker’s conviction came after a week-long trial and more than eight hours of deliberation by the jury at the Central Criminal Court. When the foreman confirmed that the verdict was unanimous, at least one of Daniel’s family could be heard whispering ‘Well done, well done’.When Justice McCarthy said he would remand Dekker in custody until a sentencing hearing on 3 April, they cheered and clapped. One shouted: ‘Well done judge, well done jury’, while others shouted ‘Justice for Daniel – a slogan that has been emblazoned on t-shirts worn by the victim’s family during the trial.Prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan SC said Daniel’s family will prepare a statement for the court which will be read out at the sentencing hearing. Having been convicted of murder, Dekker faces a mandatory life sentence.The trial heard that Daniel’s parents were dead and he was in the care of the HSE in February 2010. On the day he died his carers dropped him off in Finglas where he was going to hang out with some friends.His curfew was 9pm but he skipped it and went to Blanchardstown with a friend to meet two girls. He was drinking and, according to several witnesses, was in good form.Daniel, his friend Gary Arnold and the two girls, Denise Kelly and Shauna Burke, hung out on a residential street in Blanchardstown where they met Dekker and Noone.It was the prosecution’s case that later that night, after Daniel’s friends had left, Dekker and Noone lured him to Tolka Valley Park where they stabbed him to death with a single blade from a garden shears.Garda interviewsLast week, Detective Garda Patrick McDonagh told prosecuting counsel Grehan that he interviewed Dekker several times on 24 and 25 May 2010 at Cabra Garda Station.Daniel’s decomposed body had been found in a drainage ditch 11 days earlier.The jury heard that Daniel begged for his life as he was stabbed to death.Dekker and Noone were known to have been among the last people to see Daniel. During those interviews Dekker at first denied all knowledge of what happened to the teenager.He told gardaí he felt sorry for Daniel’s family but added: “I didn’t know Daniel. I don’t know who stabbed him. If I did I would tell you.”He said the kind of people who would kill Daniel were “low lives” who should be buried alive. When gardaí asked if he was being honest, he replied: “Yes.”The interviews continued through the night and at around 6am gardaí showed Dekker a transcript from a statement made by Noone in Blanchardstown garda station the previous evening. In it, Noone said Dekker had stabbed Daniel.After reading the statement, Dekker said: “He is a fucking lying bastard. A scumbag lying bastard.”He told gardaí he would tell them everything that happened and that all the things Noone had accused him of were things that Noone himself had done.He explained that there was a clash between Noone and Daniel earlier in the evening when Daniel started talking about different people he had fought.One of the people he mentioned was a relative of Noone and when he heard this Noone punched Daniel once in the face.That incident blew over but later on Noone told Dekker that he wanted to bring Daniel over to Tolka Valley Park “to give him a hiding”. He said he knew Noone had the blade of the shears on him but Dekker did not think he was going to use it.Vicious attackThe three of them left Whitestown Avenue, where they had been drinking, and walked into Tolka Valley Park and onto a wooden footpath that crosses the Tolka River.As they walked along, Dekker said Noone had the blade in his hand and used it to stab Daniel in the back.The teenager fell down towards the river and begged: “Please, please lads, I’m dying.” Dekker told gardaí that he also begged Noone to stop, shouting: “Leave him, he’s fucking dying.”“I was begging him, pleading and begging him,” he told gardaí.Dekker said he got scared because he thought Noone would use the blade on him. He said he had “evil” in his eyes as he continued his attack on Daniel saying: “He has to go.”“I always used to be able to kick the bollocks out of Trevor but that night I wouldn’t even go there,” he said.He told gardaí that Noone had done bad things in the past, including stabbing a dog to death and burying it in his garden.Describing the final attack on Daniel, he said Noone “viciously, viciously, viciously stuck him with the blade” and twisted it “to make sure”.Following the attack he said Noone picked up the teenager’s body and threw it into a bush. Gardaí asked him what happened next and he said: “We just walked off home.”‘Just a couple of digs’In his final interview he said he knew Noone was carrying a blade but he thought he was “just going to give him a couple of digs”.Gardaí asked him if he knew how the body got from Tolka Valley Park to where it was found in a drainage ditch on a farm in Rathfeigh, Co Meath, some 30 kilometres away.He said he didn’t know what happened to the body as Noone would not tell him. He said Daniel did not deserve to die the way he did. “He didn’t deserve it one bit. He was only a young fella,” he said.He later brought gardaí to the area in Tolka Valley Park where he said the attack took place.Also giving evidence, Dr David Casey of Forensic Science Ireland told Grehan that he examined a hoodie, jumper, jacket and t-shirt found on Daniel’s body in the ditch.They were badly damaged but he was able to identify “stab cuts” on each garment. The jacket had about 12 stab cuts, he said.Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber found multiple stab wounds on Daniel’s body which he said could have been caused by the garden shears that the prosecution alleges was used to kill Daniel.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Jury in Daniel McAnaspie murder trial hears how teenager begged for his life http://jrnl.ie/3275197 By Eoin Reynolds No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

Study Pacemakers Frighteningly Vulnerable to Hacks

first_imgYou’d have to be pretty heartless to mess with another human’s pacemaker.According to a recent study, implantable medical devices from four major manufacturers contain security weaknesses that open the door to particularly malicious hackers.Medical device security consultancy WhiteScope last week reported a whopping 8,000-plus known vulnerabilities in four different physician programmers from four different manufacturers.Intended for use by trained medical professionals in the operating room or doctor’s office, programmers allow the practitioner to test pacemaker functionality and set parameters over a wireless connection.The “controlled” machines are meant to be returned to the manufacturer after use by a hospital. But WhiteScope managed to find about seven on public auction site eBay, selling for $500 to $3,000.Snagging a handful for research purposes, the company booted directly into the programming software; no login or password needed.“Pacemaker programmers do not authenticate to pacemaker devices,” WhiteScope founder Billy Rios wrote in a blog entry, lamenting the ease with which an attacker can remotely tamper with the technology.The company twice confirmed patient data was stored unencrypted on a programmer; in one instance, analysts discovered decoded names, phone numbers, social security details, and medical data belonging to a “well-known hospital on the east coast.”“Keeping devices fully patched and updated continues to be a challenge,” Rios said. “Despite efforts from the [Food and Drug Administration] to streamline routine cyber security updates, all programmers we examined had outdated software with known vulnerabilities”—more than 8,000, in fact.For a closer look at WhiteScope’s findings, check out the full paper online.Concerned for the “overall confidentiality, integrity and availability” of the pacemaker ecosystem, the company suggests vendors perform an “in-depth and holistic evaluation of implemented security controls.”“By ensuring appropriate security controls are implemented, vendors can help protect against potential system compromises that may have implications to patient care,” WhiteScope said.last_img read more

San Diego teens killed executionstyle during trip to Mexico

first_imgIt is not yet known what might have led to the killings.A GoFundMe has been set up to cover funeral expenses for Gomez and Suarez-Garcia. To donate, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Two teenagers from San Diego who traveled to Mexico on a day trip reportedly ended up being shot and killed execution-style.Fox 5 identified the victims as 17-year-old Christopher Gomez, a high school senior, and Juan Suarez-Ojeda, who graduated high school earlier this year.Gomez’s family fold the San Diego Union-Tribune that the teens and a third victim, an unidentified 18-year-old man from Mexico, had gone together to a barbecue in Ensanada, located 64 miles south of Tijuana.The trio made the trip on Black Friday, and were supposed to come home that night. When they never returned, the families contacted Mexican authorities to search for the missing teens.Police discovered the bodies of the three teens at an apartment complex in Tijuana early Sunday morning.Investigators said they believe the boys had been forced to kneel before each one was shot in the head execution-style, according to local media reports.A detective told Gomez’s family the teens had been tortured before they were shot, the LA Times reports. last_img read more

Miami Police host 1st gun buyback of 2019

first_imgWe want to thank all our friends in the media who promoted our first Gun Buyback of 2019. It was a huge success with over 40 firearms turned in. A special thanks to our community for making it possible. pic.twitter.com/0b0RmtcaUy— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 23, 2019“We want to go ahead and give the community a big thank you for turning in these firearms. They did their part,” said Miami Police Cmdr. Freddie Cruz. “That’s lots of opportunities that we’re taking away from criminals to get a hold of these firearms, or even as child. We’re tired of seeing tragedies. We’re tired of seeing people lose their lives.”People who brought firearms received a gift card. Police said they’re happy with the event’s turnout and are planning to host more buybacks in future months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police hosted their first gun buyback of 2019 in their ongoing efforts to make the streets safer.The event was held Saturday along the 4300 block of Northwest 17th Avenue.The department purchased all types of unwanted guns, including rifles and shotguns, with no questions asked.last_img read more

Marijuana Business Granted Permit In Kenai

first_imgCassie Kiel, owner of Kelsi’s Closet objected citing “concerns with the impact on clientele and potential smells.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a marijuana business within Kenai City limits. Cathy Hammer, operates a tax and accounting business in a suite of the strip mall noted “the state has legalized marijuana, but it is still illegal federally and was concerned that it would jeopardize her licenses which were federal licenses.” Story as aired: This was the second time Tunseth has applied for a permit with the City of Kenai, and the permit was approved at its “reconsideration” meeting on December 8, after it failed last month. East Rip, will be located in the strip mall in central Kenai, on the Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road. The commission voted 4-2 to permit the shop, and now East Rip will be going through the state permitting process. Kenai code prohibits marijuana businesses within 1,000 feet of schools and 500 feet of churches, correctional facilities, drug abuse treatment centers, and recreation centers. Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kenai-gets-marijuana-business.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kenai-gets-marijuana-business.mp300:00RPd East Rip owner Ryan Tunseth faced numerous objections from neighboring businesses during the public testimony period of the commission meeting.last_img read more

Preview of new Alaska Native exhibits at SLAM

first_imgDownload Audio  State museum officials say they have an opportunity to do something they’ve never done before.“It’s a pretty tall order to wrap your head around the task that we’ve been put to, which is to build a whole new exhibit from scratch basically,” said Steve Henrikson, curator of collections at the old Alaska State Museum.He said some of their old exhibit displays used to be cobbled together on a shoestring and with salvaged materials.That’s not the case for the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum that’s under construction in downtown Juneau. Henrikson continues as curator of collections at the new facility.Grand opening is in May for the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)“In this project, we actually had millions of dollars to totally redo the exhibits,” Henrikson said.Henrikson said they’ve been helped by community curation, or consulting community members from various Alaska Native tribes about selecting items for their permanent exhibits and how they should be shown.Henrikson provided an update on exhibit planning during a presentation at the “Sharing Our Knowledge” clan conference held recently in Juneau.He said they’ll show Native artifacts from all regions of Alaska, but their displays will likely have a Tlingit emphasis since the museum is located in the heart of Tlingit territory.“The theories of how migration happened or if it happened, and in what direction are changing so much that we’ll try to reflect some of that uncertainty in the exhibits,” Henrikson said. “We’re trying to get away from having definitive answers about history that’s contested.”Henrikson said original house posts and a house screen that were on loan and displayed in the old museum’s Tlingit clan house have been returned to Klukwan and Seattle. A new Tlingit clan house is now being built inside the new museum.“When houses like this have been put into museum exhibits before, there’s been a tendency to try to skirt the thorny issue of whose house to put up by creating something that never really existed before,” Henrikson said. He used the example of an Eagle-Raven house, or a house that had everybody’s crests on the house posts.As a result, Henrikson said visitors are usually confused.Instead, he said they’re working with Áak’w Kwáan members to accurately depict the house as belonging to a representative clan of one moiety as the host. Hats from the other moiety will be on display inside the clan house.“And so, the balance is achieved,” Henrikson said. “It’s a realistic scenario then of the hats inside representing guests coming to a ku.éex’. And then the host clan is the one that has its crests on the screen and the house posts.”The clan house will include objects ranging from several hundred year old artifacts to contemporary Native art, like a painted panel by Jim Schoppert.State curator of collections Steve Henrikson highlights a 6,000-year-old recovered basket fragment (right) and a replica (left) made by noted basket weaver Delores Churchill. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)“It’s going to be continually reinforced that Alaska Natives, Tlingits and other tribes are still here and still doing many of their traditional activities,” Henrikson said.“So, there won’t be this implicit understanding that all of those people were just in the past and have been assimilated.”Elsewhere in the museum, Henrikson said cross cultural exhibits will show similarities and compare differences between all Alaska Native groups and tribes on trade, art, basketry, bentwood objects and water craft.A 6,000-year-old fragile basket fragment may be exhibited if museum officials can protect it from vibration, even visitors’ footsteps can be destructive. Other key early objects on display will include an ivory figurine from St. Lawrence Island, a stone oil lamp from Kodiak Island, and a petroglyph from Southeast Alaska.Henrikson said they’ll likely use plain body forms for clothing displays, and avoid the controversial practice of using lifelike mannequins to represent Native people.Artifacts from the Haida, Tsimshian, Athabascan, Yup’ik, Iñupiaq, Alutiiq and Aleut peoples will also be exhibited, as well as items from European contact, the Russian era and the American period. All of the displays will flow together in a partial loop around the first floor exhibit area.“We really feel strongly that in this area, particularly, where we talk about the Alaska Native response to colonialism, that we have to talk about the negative things,” Henrikson said.“Once we have an understanding about that, we can talk about how the resilience of the people allowed them to survive through it.”Museum officials plan to display Tlingit armor, the white man crest from the top of a Tongass village totem, a replica of a possession plate buried by Russians to mark their territory, a portable American cannon, an unexploded shell and a beaver bowl recovered from the 1882 bombardment of Angoon and part of a whale harpoon used to kill a shaman.“There’s been a lot of talk lately about the concept of ‘Why can’t Alaska Natives just get over it?’ This is the evidence, the physical evidence showing why they can’t just get over it,” Henrikson said. “It’s the same as if we were presenting a legal case.”Henrikson said they’re consulting with clans about the display of such sensitive items.He said exterior work and landscaping is largely complete at the $139 million museum facility, and interior work is now underway.As many as 90 new exhibit cabinets and cases will be arriving in January. Artifacts will be installed and labeled over the winter.The grand opening of the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum is planned for May. State curator of collections Steve Henrikson explains their plans for exhibits in the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)last_img read more

India excludes 4m from citizens list in Assam

first_imgA woman carrying her son arrives to check her name on the draft list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at an NRC center in Chandamari village in Goalpara district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, 2 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersIndia said on Monday it had excluded more than 4 million people from a draft list of citizens in the border state of Assam who could not produce valid documents, a move that has sparked fears about the future of thousands in the region.Security has been tightened across the state, which borders Bangladesh, as thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims worry about being sent to detention centres or deported, a Reuters witness said.The tea-rich state of Assam has long been the centre of social and communal tensions with locals campaigning against illegal immigrants, a fight that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government has championed.In 1983, scores of people were chased down and killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.The government said the draft was not meant to drive people out and those struck out of the list would have a chance to re-apply.”Based on this draft, there is no question of anyone being taken to detention centres or foreigners’ tribunal,” Sailesh, India’s census commissioner who uses only one name, told rerporters in Guwahati, the state’s main city.Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India from Bangladesh during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan in the early 1970s. Most of them settled in Assam, which has a near-270 km (165-mile) border with Bangladesh.More than 30 million people had applied and 4,007,707 had been excluded from the list, Sailesh said.To be recognised as Indian citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971.Sailesh did not provide a breakup of people who had failed to make to the draft list.Critics see the citizenship test as another measure supported by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed at minority Muslims. The BJP denies any bias but says it opposes a policy of appeasement of any community.Authorities in the state have previously said the citizenship test was crucial to protect ethnic Assamese, many of whom have demanded removal of outsiders they accuse of taking jobs and cornering resources in the state of 33 million.The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), released on Dec. 31, confirmed the citizenship of 19 million people, leading to jubilation for some and heartbreak among others.The NRC, however, told the Supreme Court this month that 150,000 people from the first list, a third of them married women, would be dropped from the next one, mainly because they provided false information or gave inadmissible documents.”If the government has decided to brand us foreigners what can we do?” said Abdul Suban, 60, a Bengali-speaking Muslim, earlier.”The NRC is trying to finish us off. Our people have died here, but we will not leave this place.”last_img read more

Why the Gap Between Fashion and Tech Still Exists

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read October 3, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. On September 9, Apple debuted its Watch in another attempt to close the gap between fashion and technology. The iconic tech company came out with three versions of the new device including the Watch Edition, which comes with an 18-karat gold case and may sell for as much as $5,000 according to one Apple insider.  It’s too bad the fashion world was unimpressed.Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, told Reuters that “It’s not pretty…It’s very future techno as opposed to feminine sexy.”  According to New York Magazine, models Arthur Kulkov and Alexa Chung both gave Apple Watch a thumbs down for being too dorky and toy-like. Designer Todd Snyder said, “I would never replace my Rolex for that watch.”Related: Can the Apple Watch Win the Wrist?Despite coming up short in the eyes of fashionistas, Apple still forced the fashion and tech industries to again question the conflict between style and utility. This has implications that could stretch far beyond the watch industry — if, and only if, designers are willing to take the risk of pioneering “smart fashion.” It is potentially a multibillion-dollar opportunity but there is no guarantee it will work out.With makers of textiles, handbags, jackets, shoes and jewelry now in a position to shape the future of all wearable technology, it’s worth asking two big questions: Why hasn’t fashion already seized this opportunity? And if they do enter the wearable market, how should they proceed?Why fashion remains on the sidelines. The fashion industry has a contradictory relationship with technology. Today, retailers are effectively tech companies that study and analyze shopping behavior. They have developed algorithmic personalization engines, mobile apps and social-media strategies well ahead of other industries. Yet, fashion designers have felt no competitive pressure to integrate technology into their products. This is why they remain on the sidelines.Related: Capitalizing on Fashion Week: How This Tech Accessory Company Made It to the RunwayThink about it: Why would Prada, Gucci or Burberry create “smart” digital handbags when women will already spend several thousand dollars on a single “dumb” handbag with tremendous profit margins? What would compel Giorgio Armani to make digital suits with built-in smartphone chargers and biometric sensors? Trying to force technology into high- end fashion products could backfire and alienate one of their core demographics who have not expressed demand for such features.Fashion designers aren’t expected to solve practical problems. They create demand for their products on an emotional and aesthetic level. Even the techiest among us can’t deny that fashion helps us define and represent who we are. When my wife wears a designer dress, or when my friend wears a solar-powered, smartphone-charging jacket (for real), both are expressing beliefs and values via fashion.Technology has so far failed to address the desires of people who express themselves through style rather than functionality. The Apple Watch is the best attempt so far. Likewise, fashion has failed to serve the needs of people who express themselves through functionality before appearance. So, people who value both style and function — probably the majority of consumers — are arguably underserved.Making a multibillion-dollar collaboration work.Since fashion and technology have always existed as distinct entities, unifying the two is a risk even if there appears to be a widely underserved demographic. Overcoming this divide is impossible without collaboration. To win over the elite fashion crowd, Apple and other tech companies need the sensibilities of top designers (Google recently teamed up with Diane von Furstenberg for Google Glass designs). And if fashion designers want a piece of the multibillion-dollar wearable technology market, they need the capabilities and regard for user experience that tech companies bring to the table.Related: How Russell Simmons Plans to Style and Inspire Millennials Through FashionWhile Apple may be considered a guinea pig in this new smart fashion market, the press is now speculating that Intel and other companies will try to one up Apple in the high-fashion wearable market. But many famous fashion houses are noticeably on the sidelines of this competition, with a few exceptions. Tory Burch now produces metal and silicon-printed bracelets to hide the Fitbit’s rubber bands. Ralph Lauren just launched the ‘Polo Tech’ line of athletic shirts that measure heart rate, breathing and movement. They plan to put this technology into dress shirts later in 2014.This is why there is such a huge opportunity for designers to partner with tech companies. If you’re a fashionista, would you prefer your smartwatch band to have the logo for Apple or Armani? If tech companies want wearable devices to gain acceptance with a wider audience, who could be better partners than designers who are so compelling that they convince women to buy five-figure handbags and endure the brutal discomfort of high heels?The choice before the fashion industry is simple:Partner with tech companies and take a piece of the wearable market, or let tech companies flounder with design and style. Designers could make or break the smart fashion trend. My personal hope is that design houses join in and provide those of us who love tech and fashion equally with a higher degree of self-expression and choice. Related: Talent’s Never Enough: Emerging Fashion Designers on Honing Business Savvylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 2.9 yards per carry.Of course, that’s not all him. Some blame surely is on the offensive line. Monday, Bruce Arians was clear he was not pleased with their work in Santa Clara.But last year the Cards rushed for 3.3 yards per carry for the whole season and made it to the playoffs. We all know the number 3.3 isn’t the reason they couldn’t get any further in the playoffs than they did.The injury would be much easier to accept if Andre Ellington were healthy, but he’s not. The tough-but-fragile Ellington is now dealing with a turf toe, one that may keep him out longer than Johnson according to one former NFL team doc on twitter.Can David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and perhaps Kerwynn Williams keep defenses honest enough to allow Carson Palmer to do what he does? After watching how far they went last year with a suspect running game I certainly think the answer is yes. How the rookie out of Northern Iowa performs in blitz pickup may determine more than anything else. And then of course there is the fumbling issue that causes all involved to hold their collective breath.I can’t predict what will happen from here on out. But I know what a devastating late-season injury looks like. I saw it and so did you. And this ain’t it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When news first broke from Jay Glazer that Cardinals running back Chris Johnson suffered a fractured tibia in the win over the 49ers, my thoughts — in order — went something like this:How long is he out (answer: not sure yet but not necessarily the rest of the year)?Gratitude. Cornball as it sounds, it’s entirely appropriate given how important Johnson has been in providing the Cardinals something they’ve so rarely enjoyed; a steady productive running game.Is 2.9 irreplaceable?As important as Chris Johnson has been up until this point, it’s also fair to wonder if that needle was on “E”. Excluding the extremely productive game against Baltimore (18/122/TD), Johnson has rushed 99 times for 287 yards and no touchdowns in his last five games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Carl Davis (94) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Located on the island

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLocated on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, Nihiwatu continues to add new resort experiences, including the overnight Uma Izzie Spa Safari, the Coconut Cove Surf School and Nio Beach Bar and Infinity Pool for an exceptional getaway.Overnight Uma Izzie Spa Safari (Bale No. 4)Set in the nearby valley of Nihi Oka lies the Nihi Oka Spa Safari in which couples can enjoy an unlimited number of pre-selected treatments amidst uninterrupted views of the sea and next to abundant surrounding rice fields on the open air bales. For exclusive privacy, guests can also book the Uma Izzie Spa Safari (Nihi Oka Bale No. 4), a Sumbanese inspired one-bedroom villa for an overnight stay during their all-inclusive spa retreat.Coconut Cove Surf SchoolAn alternative to the iconic Boathouse with large swells from the popular surfer’s ‘Occy’s Left’ at Nihiwatu, Coconut Cove is home to a surf school with the calmest seas and pristine white beaches. The smaller waves at Coconut Cove are ideal for beginners and families for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, body boarding and wake boarding. All equipment will be provided by the resort and guests can reach Coconut Cove by Nihiwatu’s Safari jeep or by boat.Offering a reprieve from a full day of water activities, guests can recharge on a comfortable chaise lounge, enjoy drinks and snacks from the bar and refresh with a quick shower. Coconut Cove is also great for those wanting a day away to explore other and calmer bays at Rua, the name of the sleepy fishing village where it has planted its roots.Nio Beach Bar & Infinity PoolA welcome addition to the existing Nio Beach Club is the Nio Beach Bar and 20-metre infinity pool, perched on the ‘Edge of Wildness’, offering stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Occy’s Left and local village life during low tides. Lunch and snacks are served by the pool, allowing guests to fulfill their wish to stay poolside for the rest of their stay. For special occasions, the Nio Pool can also be transformed into a magical setting for romantic dinners at sunset.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Rep Muxlow announces February office hours

first_img Categories: News Tags: #SB 05Feb Rep. Muxlow announces February office hourscenter_img State Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City announced House District 83 office hours for the month of February for residents of Sanilac County, Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township and the city of Port Huron.Muxlow is hosting two meet-and-greet sessions next week: Feb. 9 in Port Huron and Feb. 13 in Port Sanilac.On Monday, Feb. 9, the lawmaker will be at the Blue Water Chamber of Commerce, 512 McMorran Blvd. in Port Huron, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.On Friday, Feb. 13, he will be at Bark Shanty Community Center, 135 Church St. in Port Sanilac, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.“I enjoy meeting with citizens and listening to their suggestions and concerns,” Muxlow said. “It is very important to keep in constant communication with residents so that I can properly represent them in the House.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Muxlow at (517) 373-0835 or via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov.#####About Rep. Muxlow:State Rep. Paul Muxlow is a second-term lawmaker representing the 83rd House District. The 83rd District includes Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township, Port Huron city and Sanilac County. Muxlow can be reached at (517) 373-0835, via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov or on his website at www.reppaulmuxlow.com. For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more