Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Norwood, Washington, and Ahanmisi are all in the United States spending the holidays and won’t be able to join the team in Bahrain since all we’ll be back in the Philippines on the third of January.“As of now we’re working with whoever is with us and I hope that when the three guys come back they’ll be able to quickly pick up the new offensive system,” said Garcia whose team will fly to Bahrain on Jan. 2 and go back to the Philippines on the sixth.Assistant coach Mike Buendia said the trip to Bahrain is not just part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming season but also as a treat for overseas Filipino workers who weren’t able to spend time with their families during the holidays.“This is also for the Filipinos there, sort of like a treat and to bring them some joy,” said Buendia in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Post-game interview with Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao after tying series at 3-3 PLAY LIST 02:20Post-game interview with Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao after tying series at 3-301:11PBA post-game interview with Barako coach Koy Banal after win over Rain or Shine04:23Duterte tells Crown Prince of Bahrain PH ready to give military support to Bahrain02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ The Elasto Painters are set to fly to Bahrain to take on clubs Al Muharraq and Al Manama, the finalists of the Bahraini Premier League, in a couple of exhibition games on January 3 and 4.Al Manama has former PBA import Wayne Chism as its naturalized player while Al Muharraq has former De La Salle Green Archer Bader Malabes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefRain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia said their trip to Bahrain is a good boost to their preparations even if Gabe Norwood, Jay Washington, and Maverick Ahanmisi won’t be able to join them.“This will be good for us because we can see what the other guys can bring,” said Garcia after their 102-90 loss to NorthPort in a tune-up game Saturday at Green Meadows Clubhouse. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid ONE: Team Lakay determined to make 2019 another banner year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine is heading overseas to beef up its preparation for the coming 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT
Ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, which will be celebrated on September 17, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will launch Gajanana, a track from their upcoming film Bajirao Mastani on September 15. The song is said to be dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Ranveer took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share the details of the song launch. You ready? #Gajanana pic.twitter.com/mmZrhWZebW Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 14, 2015 Launching the powerful “GAJANANA” Aarti tomorrow! #BajiraoMastani pic.twitter.com/olkPhVkE5i Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 14, 2015His message was accompanied by an image of Lord Ganesha, and super-imposed on it is a message which reads, “Witness history being created with a Guinness World Record for largest crowd forming a human still of the mosaic image of Ganapati.” Ranveer and Deepika will do the maha aarti at the launch, to be held at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Balewadi, at Pune today (September 15).SEE PICS: Deepika Pdukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in a royal love saga Bajirao Mastani Bajirao Mastani, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a period drama starring Ranveer as the 18th century Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I, while his love interest, Mastani, is essayed by Deepika. Priyanka Chopra plays the role of Kashibai, the first wife of Bajirao. The film will release on December 18 this year.Watch the trailer here:
After a month of felicitations and brand announcements, it’s time for PV Sindhu to capitalise on the gains of Rio where it matters, in tournament play. (After Rio Silver, my life changed but I haven’t: Sindhu to India Today)Sindhu is set to take off to play the Denmark Open, her first competition after the Olympics. Together with coach Pullela Gopichand, team Sindhu decided to skip Japan and Korea Open for lack of preparations.”I am well prepared now for the Denmark Open. I will give my best and play my game,” Sindhu told India Today in an interview. (Sindhu’s secret to Rio Silver: Fitness sessions with boys)Sindhu has found Olympic success early in her career so much so that she is yet to win a Super Series title.”That’s one of the next targets to win a Super Series title. But my immediate focus is the Denmark Open where I wish to play to potential,” she said.Success brings the burden of expectations and responsibility. Sindhu would be hoping she can have more free flowing weeks like the one at Rio. “Everybody’s eyes are going to be on me. It’s just that I shouldn’t take much of pressure and play my game. I just want to go to the court and give my 100 percent,” she added.With brands queueing up to sign Sindhu to capitalise on the Olympics success, a number of these deals would have performance clauses. Sindhu would know only sustained performance will keep the deals going. Fortunately she has the right counsel in Gopichand to see her through.advertisement
Touch Football Australia launched it’s new publication The Hard Wrap at the National Touch League in March. Participants & spectators at the event each received a copy and affilates will receive complementary copies of the magazine in the coming weeks.Free electronic versions of the magazine are also available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your copy.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Ohio State legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George doesn’t want his alma mater to go lightly on Urban Meyer if the head coach is guilty of mishandling allegations of domestic abuse by former assistant coach Zach Smith.George spoke with TMZ Sports this week about the investigation into Meyer. The ordeal is getting close to a resolution and one could come as soon as Wednesday.George told TMZ that Meyer’s punishment must be “severe” if he did in fact cover-up allegations of domestic violence against Smith.“It’s a very sensitive topic. Domestic violence is unacceptable at any level,“ George said, via 247Sports. “Any type of cover-up that may or may not have happened if it is indeed that, the punishment needs to be handed down and severe. There’s no way that someone should cover-up anything of that magnitude. It matters they do their due diligence, which I think they’re doing thoroughly. I think it’ll be the right decision. We have to allow that process to unfold and see where it lands.“To see exactly what happened, who knew what and whatever. This really hinges upon the police report that comes out and what they say. You have to allow it to go through its process and trust that they’re going to make the right decision. I believe this could be, potentially, the best team we’ve seen at Ohio State given the depth and talent. We have tremendous tight ends, receivers, great backfield.”You can watch George’s full comments below:Today, Ohio State announced that the school’s Board of Trustees is being briefed of the investigation committee’s findings today. The board will then meet on Wednesday morning, and an announcement could come soon after.Meyer has been on administrative leave since early August.
Virat Kohli charms fans with autographs after India win 2nd ODI vs New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand: India captain Virat Kohli was seen signing autographs for some fans after India thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui on Saturday.advertisement India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 20:51 IST Virat Kohli’s India have been in dominant form so far in 2019 (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli signs autographs for some fans at Mount MaunganuiIndia thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the 5-match seriesThe third ODI will also be played in Mount Maunganui next weekIndia vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI Brief Scores: India (324/4) beat New Zealand (234) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Bracewell (57), Kuldeep (4/45), Bhuvneshwar (2/42). FULL SCORECARDIndia captain Virat Kohli never misses an opportunity to appreciate the support he receives from his fans. Kohli his often seen taking selfies with Indian fans and signing autographs for them.On Saturday, Virat Kohli charmed a section of the Indian cricket team fans by signing autographs as India registered a comfortable 90-run win over New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. It was India’s biggest victory in terms of runs against New Zealand in New Zealand.”That moment when you get your tee shirt autographed by #KingKohli himself #TeamIndia,” BCCI posted on Instagram.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan smashed half-centuries and Kuldeep Yadav took his second successive four-wicket haul. The victory helped India take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.India are enjoying a fine start to the World Cup year. After winning a bilateral ODI series in Australia for the first-ever time, the second-ranked side have had a solid start to what is being considered one of their biggest challenges ahead of the showpiece event – the ODI series in New Zealand.India had crushed New Zealand by eight wickets in the first ODI in Napier and the visitors did well in the second ODI when they posted 324 for 4.advertisementAll of the top-six New Zealand batsmen got starts in pursuit of a target of 325. The hosts, however, were unable to really build any fruitful partnerships as India took wickets at times just when New Zealand appeared to be getting a slight edge in their chase.Kuldeep Yadav destroyed New Zealand’s middle order as he dismissed Tom Latham (34), Colin de Grandhomme (three) and Henry Nicholls (28) in quick succession to end any hopes of them leading a rear-guard recovery. Kuldeep finished with 4 for 45 from his 10 over. He was ably supported by Yuzvendra Chahal who got two crucial wickets.Also Read | It was a beautiful, beautiful time: Virat Kohli on his meeting with Roger FedererAlso Read | Until opposition learns to tackle Kuldeep, Chahal, they won’t succeed vs India: AzharuddinAlso Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | Kane Williamson frustrated and gutted after New Zealand lose to India againFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat Kohli
a new contract management committee that will review cost-sharing and cost-containment measures a two-year escape clause remains for municipalities that want to opt-out and create a municipal police force clarification of financial and staffing processes, including re-deployment of RCMP to special events. The province has reached an agreement with Ottawa that means the RCMP, which has provided high-quality policing to many Nova Scotia communities for almost 80 years, will continue to keep streets safe for the next 20. Justice Minister Ross Landry said Nova Scotia has reached a final agreement with Canada on a new provincial policing deal that gives the province and municipalities more control over key areas such as containing costs, governance, and operational and financial accountability. This means the province and municipalities will get more input and control into staffing levels, policing standards and construction of new detachments over the 20-year deal. Nova Scotia also maintained the 70-30 cost-share arrangement with Ottawa for all municipalities in the province. “I am very pleased that we reached a successful conclusion to the negotiations,” said Mr. Landry. “This agreement represents the beginning of a new relationship with Public Safety Canada and the RCMP.” “Today is a significant milestone for RCMP contract policing,” said Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews. “I am very pleased to announce that the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia have reached an agreement that will continue the relationship between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the people of Nova Scotia for the next two decades.” “I wish to thank the provincial negotiation team for the work that has been done to provide municipalities more input with regards to containing costs, governance and operational and financial accountability with the new 20-year RCMP contract,” said Jimmy MacAlpine, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Highlights of the agreement, which runs from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2032, include: The RCMP, as the provincial force, police 94 per cent of the land mass of Nova Scotia and 60 per cent of the population in 36 municipalities. There are 37 RCMP detachments and more than 1,500 RCMP employees in the province. The provincial force also provides specialized and centralized services so every community in Nova Scotia has access to major crime investigators, emergency responses teams, dog teams, bomb disposal and other such units. Nine municipalities contract with the RCMP directly and are not part of the agreement. Public Safety Canada will provide those municipalities a contract based on the provincial agreement. Ten municipalities have their own police forces. More information can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/just
Here is your chance to go on an “all-you-can-eat” tour of See’s Candy Factory in Los Angeles plus meet business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffett! And as an added bonus, Mr. Buffett will demonstrate the only acceptable way to eat a bonbon!A charity auction is giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to benefit Communities in Schools, the largest dropout prevention organization in the US.Warren Buffett is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest person in 2011. In 2012, Time magazine named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world.Buffett is called the “Wizard of Omaha”, “Oracle of Omaha”, or the “Sage of Omaha” and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes.In 1972, the See’s family sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway Inc., presided over by Chairman Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charles Munger. Utilizing his philosophy of acquiring solid companies where he could follow his “hands off” policy, Warren Buffett installed Charles N. Huggins as President and CEO. Charles Huggins dedicated himself to the continuance of the company he joined in 1951, guiding it with the old-fashioned values set by Charles See until his retirement at the end of 2005.The auction runs until August 13, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.com. This item is subject to Mr. Buffett’s Los Angeles travel schedule.
APTN National NewsCanada’s largest Mi’kmaw community just hosted its largest powwow to date.It was a chance to shine a positive light on the Eskasoni First Nation and kick start their economy.Oh, and the highlight of the weekend?A free concert by A Tribe Called Red.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
An army major was arrested in Anuradhapura today with ganja in his possession, the police said.The police said that the army major was arrested following a tip-off received by the police. When the vehicle used by the Major was checked by the police 15kg of ganja was found.The police said that they had found another 10kg of ganja in the vehicle of an accomplice of the Major. They Major and his accomplice will produced in court tomorrow (Saturday). (Colombo Gazette)
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from the Toronto Real Estate Board that would have prevented the numbers from being posted on password-protected webpages.Greater Toronto Area realtors can now publish home sales data on their websites after the top court ruled against the real estate board, a case that could have sweeping implications for consumer access to real estate data across the country.TREB’s appeal stems from a seven-year court battle that began in 2011 when the Competition Bureau challenged its policy preventing the publication of such information, arguing it impedes competition and digital innovation.Supreme Court to weigh in on ‘hugely important’ real estate data battleCanada’s largest real estate board, which represents more than 50,000 Ontario agents, argued at the Competition Tribunal and later the Federal Court of Appeal that posting the data would violate consumer privacy and copyright.Both judicial bodies sided with the bureau, prompting TREB to take the fight to the Supreme Court of Canada.Since the court won’t hear the case, lawyers say there is likely nothing TREB can to do to keep its legal battle going and the data from being posted.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed slightly below parity with the American dollar Thursday as nervousness about the consequences of a looming budget crisis in Washington again sent traders to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries.The loonie was off 0.43 of a cent to 99.96 cents US, after falling almost half a US cent Wednesday.If a budget deal isn’t reached by U.S. leaders by the end of December, tax increases and government spending cuts to the tune of US$600 billion automatically take effect in what is being called a fiscal cliff.The worry is that would result in the United States sliding back into recession, dragging down other economies, including Canada’s.On Thursday, traders took in data showing a softer than expected reading on housing starts in Canada in October. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported starts came in at an annualized rate of 204,100 units against expectations of 210,000.“Despite low rates and surprisingly resilient investor demand, housing construction looks to be struggling to attain new heights in recent months,” observed CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.“Although the housing starts data tend to be volatile month to month, we expect to see a trend in softening starts through 2013 as a slowdown in secondary market activity weighs on home building.”Other data showed that Canada’s trade performance beat expectations in September with a smaller than expected deficit of $826 million, much better than the downwardly revised $1.5 billion deficit from August. Performance was aided by a 1.9 per cent uptick in exports.Commodity prices were mainly higher following steep losses on Wednesday. December crude gained 65 cents to US$85.09 a barrel after demand concerns, higher inventories and the rising American dollar combined to send prices skidding more than $4.December copper added three cents to US$3.47 a pound after falling seven cents while December gold bullion climbed $12 to US$1,726 following a $1 dip Wednesday. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 4:26 pm MDT Loonie lower, traders shun risk, move to U.S dollar on fiscal cliff worries
VIDEO: UNHCR’s Babar Baloch says spike in violence in DRC’s Kasai region sends thousands of civilians fleeing into Angola.‘Children being killed or injured’ There is particular concern about the situation of children in Kasaï. An estimated 2,000 children were being used by the militias in the affected region and were yet to return to their homes, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “These children were being killed or injured in the fighting, and were often arrested and imprisoned,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said in Geneva. More than 4,000 children had been separated from their families and at least 300 seriously injured, according to the UN agency. “Those children should be safe in their homes, schools and playgrounds, not forced to fight on the battlefield or wounded or killed in the violence,” Mr. Boulierac added. The violence in the region had also had a devastating impact on education and health systems in the region. More than 350 schools had been destroyed in the provinces of Kasaï Central and Kasaï Oriental, and one out of three health centres no longer function. The UN refugee agency echoed this concern, saying many of the children arriving in Angola are malnourished and sick “suffering from diarrhoea, fever and malaria.” AUDIO: Speaking to UN News, UNHCR’s Babar Baloch says that thousands of children have fled violence in the DR of Congo in recent weeks seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola to avoid recruitment by militia. “Refugees reported fleeing attacks from militia groups, who are targeting police, military officials, and civilians who they believe are supporting or representing the Government,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters at the UN’s Geneva Office. The civilians arrive mainly in Dundo, the capital of Angola’s north-eastern Luanda Norte Province. UNHCR is sending an additional emergency team to the town tomorrow, to support relief efforts. There are concerns that the situation will worsen as Angola’s wet season peaks in April, further complicating living conditions and the health of refugees, particularly women, children, the elderly and the disabled. The refugees are fleeing from the Kasai region, a formerly peaceful area that turned violent in mid-2016, after a traditional leader, Kamuina Nsapu, was killed in fighting with security forces. Since then, the fighting has displaced more than one million civilians. “The new arrivals are terrified and still fear for their lives and mentioned they do not have any immediate plans to return home,” Mr. Baloch said. “Some parents have reportedly sent their children across the border, worrying they would be forcibly recruited by the militias if they had stayed in the DRC.”
The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 20 Prefeasibility Studies, nine Feasibility studies, 24 projects in development, three new mines that have gone into production, six existing mines that are expanding, six merger and acquisition announcements, and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 26 gold projects, 11 copper, 10 silver, eight iron ore projects, four projects on rare earths, zinc, and coal, three mineral sands projects, two projects covering manganese, nickel, lead, and diamonds, and one project each on magnetite, tungsten, fluorspar, phosphate, vanadium, titanium, alumina, potash, uranium and graphite. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Horizonte Minerals has completed a metallurgical test program at the company’s 100% owned Araguaia nickel project located south of the Carajas mining district in northern Brazil. The metallurgical test work has confirmed the suitability of the conventional Rotary Kiln Electric Furnace for the treatment of the Araguaia Nickel ore to produce ferronickel. A market study has also been undertaken by CRU Strategies and confirmed that the targeted grade of 15-17%.High-grade gold surface sample results have been attained at the Ulupong gold discovery, at the Lobo prospect at Red Mountain Mining’s Batangas gold project, located 120 km south of Manila in the Philippines. The results include 6.63 g/t Au and 67.4 g/t Ag from sub-cropping quartz-sulphide boulders in the Bigaan-Ulupong area. The channel sampling results, combined with new soil sampling geochemistry has defined a greater than 1 km long corridor of mineralisation at the south-western end of the >2 km long Ulupong structure.SilverCrest Mines has updated reserve and resource estimations for its Santa Elena mine in Sonora, Mexico. The updated Probable reserves (underground, open pit and leach pad) are estimated at 8.2 Mt grading 74.9 g/t Ag and 1.24 g/t Au containing 19.7 Moz of silver and 327,430 oz of gold, representing 103% increase in contained silver and 50% increase in contained gold over previous Probable reserves.Sunkar Resources has also updated ore reserves for the Chilisai phosphate project in Kazakhstan. This ore reserve estimate, as with the mineral resource update has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the JORC code. Wardell Armstrong has produced the ore reserve estimate, with the application of a 99.5% mining recovery and 11% grade dilution over the entire license area.A Mining Lease for the Norra Karr heavy rare earth element project in Sweden for Tasman Metals has been granted. The mining lease gives the company full mineral rights for the Norra Karr project for an initial period of 25 years. Which is then automatically renewed in10 year increments if the mine is in operation. The lease was granted by Swedish Mining Inspectorate after extensive stakeholder consultation.Big North Graphite has commenced a program of test mining/bulk sampling at the Nuevo San Pedro amorphous graphite project in Sonora, Mexico. The program aims to test existing, active and inactive workings. The cost of this program is estimated at approximately $200,000.Resources Appalaches has started its second week of dewatering operations and more importantly has filed for production permit approval to restart the gold mining activities within the coming months. The production permit application is the only remaining pending permit requirement in order to resume gold production at Dufferin mine. Concurrently, rehabilitation of underground galleries and the launching of the final stage of the mill refurbishment works have begun.Guildford Coal has stated that production activities at its SouthGobi open cut coking coal mine in Mongolia has commence with GUF’s principal contractor, GrandPower, for overburden removal. Coal mining will proceed once surface infrastructure is in place and conformance of mining operations and facilities with submitted plans is verified.An Environment Permit has been granted for Amara Mining’s Sega gold project in Burkina Faso, 20 km to the north of its Kalsaka gold mine. This is a major achievement in the integration of Kalsaka and Sega, which is expected to ensure that Amara continues production in Burkina Faso until at least 2015.Affero Mining and International Mining & Infrastructure Corp (IMIC)have agreed terms in-principal, for the proposed acquisition of Affero by IMIC, which Affero’s Board intends to recommend to its shareholders, subject to the completion of relevant documentation including satisfactory final financing arrangements, and the receipt of a fairness opinion from its financial advisers as to its terms of the proposed offer. Under the agreed terms, IMIC will offer for each share of Affero 80p in cash and a two year convertible loan note of which principle value of 40p.
POPE BENEDICT XVI will meet cardinals from around the world today in his final hours as leader of 1.2 billion Catholics before he becomes the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages.The 85-year-old pontiff stunned the globe when he announced his momentous decision in a surprise speech in Latin on 11 February, saying he no longer had the “strength of mind and body” to carry on in a fast-changing modern world.“I took this step in full awareness of its gravity and novelty but with profound serenity of spirit,” the pope told a cheering crowd of 150,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square in his final public farewell yesterday.The theologian pope – a shy academic whose papacy has been overshadowed by infighting within the Roman Catholic Church and a toxic sex abuse scandal — said his eight-year pontificate had seen “sunny days” and “stormy waters” but added: “I never felt alone”.The Vatican has said that the moment the pope’s powers officially expire at 7pm GMT, the ex-pontiff will officially be known by the new title of “Roman Pontiff Emeritus” although he will still be addressed as “Your Holiness”.He will also keep his papal name of “Benedict XVI” and will not be referred by his original name as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.Once he takes up residence as planned in a former convent on a hilltop within the Vatican walls, the Church will be in the unprecedented situation of having a pope and his predecessor living within a stone’s throw of each other.Vatican analysts have even suggested his sudden exit could set a precedent for ageing popes in the future and many Catholics say a more youthful, pastoral figure could breathe new life into a Church struggling on many levels.‘Hidden from the world’The run-up to the exact moment that will go down in history as only the second voluntary resignation of a Roman pontiff in the Church’s 2,000 years has been filled with emotion but perhaps surprisingly low-key for the Vatican.There will be a small parting ceremony with some of his staff in a Vatican courtyard at 3.50pm GMT and a few minutes later the pope will board a white helicopter emblazoned with the papal insignia from the Vatican grounds.The soon-to-be former pope will see the Vatican City — the world’s smallest state — from the sky one last time as its sovereign ruler and fly to the 17th-century papal residence of Castel Gandolfo on a rocky outcrop near Rome.There the pope will begin a quiet life of prayer and academic research.Within a couple of months, the pope is expected to return to the Vatican and take up residence in an ex-nunnery with breathtaking views of Rome surrounded by extensive well-manicured gardens.Benedict has said he will live “hidden from the world” but the Vatican has said he is ready to help and could provide “spiritual guidance” to the next pope although he could not intervene directly or contradict him in public.“I am not abandoning the cross,” Benedict said yesterday — a response to Stanislaw Dziwisz, secretary to his popular predecessor John Paul II, who said his mentor’s agonising final years showed “you don’t come down from the cross”.At a meeting with hundreds of tearful priests of Rome — the pope’s diocese — Benedict spoke off-script about his experiences as a young reformer during the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s which changed the face of Catholicism.“I will always be with you,” he said, as they chanted “Long live the pope!”Some of the pope’s parting words have been harsh, such as his condemnation of “religious hypocrisy” and “rivalry” in the Church at his final mass in St Peter’s Basilica where his exit was accompanied by waves of applause.“The face of the Church… is at times disfigured,” he said, following months of intrigue over a hugely damaging leak of confidential papal papers and cloak-and-dagger goings-on at the Vatican’s secretive bank.- © AFP, 2013Read: Anyone want to buy some 2014 Pope Benedict calendars?Listen Benedict XVI holds final address before stepping down as pope
Yesterday we discussed DARPA’s 100-Year Starship Study, a program that aims to find one organization that will not necessarily build a spacecraft for interstellar travel, but one that will set the wheels in motion by getting people thinking about what it would take to send humans to other stars.DARPA’s 100-Year Starship Study is an example of something we’re seeing more frequently lately. Organizations and companies are actually spending money — and in DARPA’s case $500,000 — on encouraging people to look outside of the box and to formulate ideas that are just the seeds of something that could be very big hundreds of years from now.Intel is doing something similar to DARPA by commissioning the cream of the science-fiction-writers crop to write short stories using Intel’s technology and transforming it into something hugely imaginative. The collection of stories is called “The Tomorrow Project” and is available to download for free online. The four authors featured in the book are Douglas Rushkoff, Ray Hammond, Scarlett Thomas, and Markus Heitz.The Tomorrow Project’s lead, Brian David Johnson, said it’s an important way to assess future technology trends. Intel thinks the project will help predict consumer desire and help drive the adoption of Intel products. Johnson said the company brought science fiction authors into the mix because the genre gives us a way to think about the implications of the technology we’re building.The concept Johnson refers to is something called “future casting,” which is the process of developing a vision for the future. It involves social science research, technology research, global trends, and things like science fiction. What science fiction does is gives us a way to think about the future and a way to think about the way the technologies will affect the people who will actually be using them.Johnson said that capturing people’s imaginations through science fiction can give consumers a vision of the future. As mentioned in the DARPA 100-Year story, Jules Verne wrote about a future where humans would build a giant cannon and be shot to the Moon in a container. His story, “From the Earth to the Moon,” was published in 1865. A little over a hundred years later, we saw men landing on the moon. However, when people first read Verne’s story back in 1865, they most likely thought of it as nonsense. Verne even wrote the story as a comedy. But, his story got people to think about space travel without even having to suggest the right technology for building a spacecraft.One of the writers of “The Tomorrow Project,” Ray Hammond, said that Intel has owned the desktop and server market for a long time, but was concerned about what Intel would do as the world moves to mobile devices, like phones and tablets, where Intel is no longer top dog. “The Tomorrow Project” aims to suggest where Intel will go in the future, be it the next 10 or 15 years, or the next 100 years.The stories are free to download, and there’s also an audio version here.via BBC
Share4 Tweet Email By Natasha Reid No Comments Dec 1st 2016, 7:08 PM 13,499 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3114668 THE TRIAL OF a woman, charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter, has heard the 999 call made by her partner on finding the child cold in her bed and her mother unconscious.The jury also heard a call made to the poison information centre by a person identifying herself as the accused, looking for the lethal dose of a medication for an adult female. The jurors had already seen a note found at the scene, in which the author wrote of being unable to let the child’s suffering continue.The evidence was heard at the Central Criminal Court yesterday (Thursday) on the third day of the trial of 58-year-old Offaly GP Bernadette Scully.Scully is charged with unlawfully killing 11-year-old Emily Barut at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore. It’s alleged that she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate on Saturday 15 September 2012.She has pleaded not guilty.Crime scene investigator Detective Garda Colin Lawlor testified that he retrieved a brown envelope from a handbag in the sunroom of the house the following day. The jurors were given copies of what was written on the envelope and on a two-sided letter he found inside.LettersHe said the name, Andrius, was written on one side of the envelope. Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, read out what was written on the other side:“If anyone thinks I’m awful for doing this, you should have listened to poor little Emily crying the last eight days. I love her dearly, Bernie,” she read.The barrister then read the letter headed ‘I’m sorry, love’ and dated September 15th, 2012:“Andrius, my love. I love you more than you’ll ever know. You are what has kept me and Em alive over the past five or six years. I do not want to die. I can not let Emily’s suffering continue. I can’t watch it any longer. The pain is too big, the struggle each day is too hard, the loneliness and isolation too much.“I’m of sound mind and I leave everything belonging to me and Emily to Andrius. He needs a home. This is to cancel a previous will I made at a stressful time.”The author then named the person, who was in possession of the will.“Katrina, I love you and I’m sorry. Please keep close to Dad and look after him for me. Mammy, I’m sorry you have to face this at this time of your life. I love you. Do not let anyone contest my wishes. No wake. I do not want people gawking at our bodies. Can we be cremated and our ashes mixed together and given to Andrius to be scattered in Galway, near the swans, where we were happy?“Teresa, I’m sorry I won’t see the children growing up. I love them dearly. Goodbye, my love. Thank you for all you did for me and Em.“My love, Bernie x and Emily x.”Poison informationThe jury also heard from Elaine Donohue of the National Poisons Information Centre. She took a call from a woman identifying herself as Dr Scully from Tullamore just before 2pm that day.“She was enquiring about a patient, who had taken a number of Prothiaden tablets,” she said. “She asked for the lethal dose.”Ms Donohue said she informed her that they wouldn’t usually give that dose, but could give the therapeutic dose and asked about the patient.The caller said it was an adult female, who had taken 15 75-mg tablets.“I told her that would far exceed the toxic dose,” she testified. “She said it had been taken four hours ago, but she was still asymptomatic.” Ms Donohue advised the caller to have the person assessed in hospital with an ECG.Kenneth Fogarty SC, defending, asked that the recording of the call be played in court.Ms Donohue could be heard telling the caller that anything more than four tablets would be toxic.“It’s unusual,” she said when told the patient was asymptomatic.999 callThe jury was then told that the 999 call made by Scully’s partner around 9pm would also be played. Andrius Kozlovskis had given evidence on Wednesday of finding Emily cold in her bed and being unable to wake her mother.“Oh, Jesus,” he could be heard saying, after requesting two ambulances quickly. “Oh, please. I think the child is…I think she took too many sleeping tablets,” he said.“The girl, I think she’s…Bernie, Bernie, Bernie. Oh, Jesus, please.”He was asked if he was beside them.“I’m beside Bernie,” he replied. “I think Emily’s dead.”He was told to go to Emily and was being given directions about what to do when the ambulance arrived. The jury had already heard from the paramedics, who took over at that stage.The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.Comments have been turned off due to ongoing legal proceedingsRead: ‘Regular violent assaults’ lead staff to strike at Oberstown youth detention facility >Read:Garda gets €250k damages after being forced to retire early due to ‘vicious’ pub assault > Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 7:08 PM Woman charged with daughter’s death sought advice on lethal sedative dose, court hears Bernadette Scully (58) has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of her daughter.
The Audiophiliac Share your voice Comments Tags Trenner & Friedl’s Osiris speakers Jussi Tallgren I’ve always been attracted to audio companies that break the mold. Ones with products that jump out from the pack in the way they look and sound. Scan my reviews of Zu speakers, Schitt electronics and the Border Patrol digital converter to see what I’m talking about. Today we’re looking at Trenner & Friedl’s Osiris speaker — even before you hear it you know it’s going to be something special.Where many high-end speakers’ front baffles are festooned with multiple woofers, plus separate midrange and tweeters, Osiris has just a single 6.5 inch paper woofer. Look closer and you’ll see centered on the woofer is a coaxially mounted 1-inch titanium tweeter (see picture). Like I said, Osiris is tantalizingly different. Enlarge ImageThe Osiris woofer has a tweeter in its center Bob Clarke It’s a small floor-standing speaker, just 33.5 inches tall. The cabinet is made from multilayer birch wood, and it has stealthy bass ports tucked away on its bottom panel.Unlike most high-end speakers Trenner & Friedl speakers can be placed within inches of the wall behind them or well out into the room. Instead of the usual set of binding posts Osiris features a cable clamping system; the speaker’s impedance is rated at 8 ohms. Enlarge ImageThe Osiris speaker Jussi Tallgren Build quality is commensurate with the price, Osiris runs $8,500 a pair. The standard finishes are sumptuous walnut veneers, and a variety of extra cost finishes are also available. Big money to be sure, Osiris is aimed at the audiophile cognoscenti. Trenner & Friedl models start at $3,450 a pair for the Sun bookshelf speakers. I’ve only been dimly aware of Peter Trenner & Andreas Friedl’s company, but it’s 25 years old. Their speakers are all made in Austria.Listening to OsirisAll of my listening sessions took place at the In Living Stereo showroom in New York City. There the speakers were paired with a Leben CS600 tube stereo integrated amplifier ($6,495), it delivers 32 watts per channel. No worries — once I started listening I never once felt the Osiris needed more power. If the sensation of live music is what this audiophile pursuit is all about the Osiris delivers on that promise.Jumping from electronica to rock, Osiris took me there. I was drawn to the way this speaker reproduces vocals, they sound so right. Keith Richards’ work with the Rastafari reggae group Wingless Angels amply demonstrated the Osiris’s low bass potency. This acoustic music’s pounding drums filled the In Living Stereo listening room with surprising ease. The Osiris connection to the heartbeat rhythms was palpable, and the soundstage floated free of the speakers locations in the room. Best of all, the Trenner & Friedl Osiris doesn’t need to take over the room and be the center of attention. Just partner it with suitably refined electronics and enjoy the music. It’s as simple as that. Speakers Home Entertainment 3
A still from Baahubali 2: The ConclusionMovie StillsShobu Yarlagadda, the owner of Arka Mediaworks, has issued a legal notice to Rajarajan, the boss of K Productions, after the cheque of Rs 17.60 crore as payment for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion bounced.Rajarajan’s K Productions is one of the leading film production and distribution houses in Tamil Nadu. This banner had the Tamil theatrical rights of Baahubali 2, which hit the screens on April 28, 2017, for a record amount of Rs 52 crore, the highest ever price in Kollywood.Now, the makers of Baahubali 2 claim that Rajarajan is yet to make a payment of Rs 17.60 crore and his cheque of the amount bounced. Hence, they have sent a legal notice to the distribution house. Critic Sreedhar Pillai tweeted a copy of it and wrote,” #Bahubali producers @arkamediaworks issues legal Notice to #KProductions Mr #Rajarajan towards non payment of #BahubaliTheConclusion Payments.”A statement from the legal notice read, “This is to inform you that M/s K Productions represented by its sole- proprietor owes an amount of Rs. 17,60,00,000 (Rs. 17.60 crore as on 31.07.2018) to M/s Arka Media Works (hereinafter “My Client”) towards amounts payable towards purchase of exploitation rights of the feature film Baahubali: The Conclusion.”But S Rajarajan’s cheque was dishonoured with the endorsement “funds insufficient”. “Suffice to state that after issuance of a statutory notice under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, my client has initiated criminal prosecution against Mr. Rajarajan and the said cheque bounce case is pending adjudication,” claims the advocate of Arka Mediaworks in the legal notice.According to the legal notice, Arka Media Works knocked the doors of the City Civil Court in Hyderabad, seeking inter-alia. The court issued a direction to K Productions to “furnish security for an amount of Rs 17.60 crore, within a week from the date of the order, failing which, the bank account of K Productions stands attached.”But Rajaranjan failed to furnish security for the amount. “M/s K Productions and Mr. Rajarajan have failed to furnish security for an amount of Rs. 17.60 crore, till date, owing to which, as per the orders passed by the Hon’ble Court, My Client has sought for attachinent of the bank accounts of M/s K Productions forthwith,” reads the statement in the legal notice.#Bahubali producers @arkamediaworks issues legal Notice to #KProductions Mr #Rajarajan towards non payment of #BahubaliTheConclusion Payments pic.twitter.com/AzthVuPXf7— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) March 25, 2019