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All you need to know about Assam floods

first_imgVillagers wade through flood waters to their marooned house to bring valuables in Morigaon district of Assam on August 13, 2017.  | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar What could be the cost of all this damage?The Water Resource Department in Assam submitted a flood memorandum to the Centre in 2016 following the flood seeking an ₹5038.00 crore for repairing embankments, flood control structures and repairing of damages to river banks, the department said to The Hindu.This year, the State government has allocated ₹2,723.34 crore to the water resource department.What could be a long-term solution?According to Himanshu Thakkar, an IIT graduate and water activist who is a coordinator of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, it is “not possible to flood-proof the whole of Assam.” However, here are a few measures that can be followed:I) Rejuvenation of wetlands,II) Reconstruction of embankments,III) Decentralised weather forecast. Floods wreak havoc in Assam every year, and this year has been no different. This year, floods caused by three long and heavy spells of rain since March have claimed 157 lives so far. Although the situation in the State has improved over the last week, the damage to life and property has been enormous. There are thousands of people who, having lost their homes, are still living in relief camps. Here are some questions and explanations on why Assam faces this problem every year, and what could be done about itWas the rainfall in Assam above normal this year?No. According to the India Meteorological Department, Assam’s rainfall this year has been in the normal zone.Why does Assam get flooded every year?Topography plays a major role. Because most of the rivers flow downstream in the State, they do so with so much force, especially during incessant rainfall, that breaches in embankments are all too common. There are also human-induced problems like destruction of wetlands, deforestation, and encroachments on river banks. Most cities and towns suffer due to poor planning.Both Brahmaputra and Barak, along with their tributaries, were flowing above danger levels at some point during the monsoon season. Dhansiri, Jia Bharali and Kushiyara, a Barak tributary, continue to flow above danger level.Rainfall in upstream also contributes to flooding, as the water flow increases downstream. China shares water flow information of the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers with India during monsoon as a part of bilateral ties. The hydrological data helps understanding water level downstream. However, this year India did not receive any information from China, said MEA. Medical officials of the Jhargaon Public Health Centre (PHC) on their way to conduct medical camp in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam on August 18, 2017.  | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwarcenter_img What does the State do to tackle this?Rivers in Assam, including the Brahmaputra, are embanked in places. During the monsoon, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and NGOs identify dry lands in upper regions and organise shelter for people living in low-lying areas. Those affected often take shelter in schools, which remain shut till the situation improves.According to ASDMA, it has run 954 relief camps providing shelter to a total of 4,51,846 people this year.However, many people have to help themselves during flood and find a safe place to live during the floods.Do floods claim many lives every year?In the past five years, only in 2013, no death was reported due to floods. It’s noteworthy that an organised system of flood-related data logging is fairly new in the State. Also, the State Disaster Management came into being only in 2010.How many animals died?398 animals died in Kaziranga Natioanl Park this year. Following are the numbers of animal affected (not dead) and washed away.Animals affectedBigSmallPoultry15,99,65710,98,51928,87,612Animals washed awayBigSmallPoultry111109228Which are the most flood-affected areas?Thirty-one of the 33 districts of the State were affected by the floods. In 26 districts, a total of about 61,923 people were evacuated to safety, according ASDMA. The only two districts not to see flooding were Karbi Anglong West and Dimaha Sao, both hilly regions.As of September 4, a report of the ASDMA says that 44,618 people continue to be affected by floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon, Jorhat, and Cachar districts.How has agriculture been affected?Over 3,90,000 hectares of agricultural lands, growing paddy and vegetables, were inundated by the floods.Are people still in relief camps?According to data as of September 4, there are still 6,580 people are living in relief camps. Flood affected children collect medicines from medical officials of the Jhargaon Public Health Centre on August 18, 2017.  | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwarlast_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Marinerong Pilipino crushes AMA for 3rd straight win

first_imgPBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino used a strong start to upend AMA Online Education, 109-93, and grab its third straight win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.The Skippers came out firing, starting the game on a 7-0 spurt which extended to 20, 36-16, at the end of the first period en route to their fourth win in six games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Arvin Tolentino carried AMA Online Education (1-4) with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Robbie Manalang got 15 markers, four boards, and four assists.The scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 109 — Banal 20, Ayonayon 18, Lopez 9, Pasaol 9, Eboña 8, Robles 8, Babilonia 6, Subido 6, Toth 6, Tratter 6, Olivares 5, Iñigo 4, Tolentino 4, Terso 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 93 — Tolentino 18, Manalang 15, Cañete 13, Lao 12, Martinez 7, Taganas 7, Celso 6, Garcia 6, Andaya 4, Escalambre 3, Bragais 2, Antonares 0.Quarters: 36-16, 61-46, 88-76, 109-93.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Player of the Week: Garvo Lanete leading Meralco resurgence Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Nextcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Gab Banal captained the voyage for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists.Rian Ayonayon contributed 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and four blocks as all but one of the 14 Skippers who entered the game were able to score.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The key here is understanding what we want to do, what we want to achieve. Everything just fell into place,” said Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal.It was a dominating display from Marinerong Pilipino on both ends of the floor. The team shot 47 percent from the field and dished out 30 assists while also out-rebounding the Titans, 61-44. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more


November 29, 2019 0

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Tamil Thalaivas vs U Mumba in Chennai: Mumbai Beat Tamil

first_imgTamil Thalaivas lost to Jaipur Pink Panthers in their previous match on Wednesday. ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari and ‘Iceman’ Ajay Thakur have accounted for just 29 raid points in the past three matches and, if the home side are to beat the defensively sturdy U Mumba outfit, their two superstar raiders will have to play a huge role. The defensive duo of Mohit Chhillar and Ran Singh lead the team’s tacklers with seven tackle points during their team’s home leg so far. The teams will hope for the return of their most successful defender this season – Manjeet Chhillar – in order to boost their chances of finishing with a flourish in Chennai.U Mumba have managed four victories in their nine matches so far but are yet to string together a run of two wins on the trot. While their raiding unit has averaged 15.56 points this season, only Abhishek Singh has had a huge impact on proceedings in the matches so far, with Rohit Baliyan and Arjun Deshwal contributing intermittently.While they do boast of a strong defensive unit spearheaded by ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali, the team is averaging just 8.89 tackle points, which ranks 11th in the season. U Mumba have won four of the five matches where they have a tackle strike rate of over 50%, while they have lost all but one of their fixtures where it has dropped under 50. Skipper Atrachali, alongside defensive stalwart Sandeep Narwal and Surinder Singh, hold the key to their team’s victory. If they are able to neutralise the threat that the opposition’s superstar raiding duo possesses in an efficient manner, chances are high that they will emerge victorious on the night.last_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

Favourable Indicators for Development of Health Tourism

first_img The Ministries of Health, and Tourism and Entertainment, are collaborating to ensure the establishment of Jamaica’s first health tourism facility in Montego Bay. The targeted development of health tourism in Jamaica and the transformation into a regional health hub are achievable. PAHO/WHO representative in Jamaica, Margaret Skőld, underscored the need to build efficient and affordable health systems globally. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the targeted development of health tourism in Jamaica and the transformation into a regional health hub are achievable, based on several indicators deemed “favourable” to Jamaica.“We have some of the best health-trained personnel this side of the world (and) logistically, we are at the very centre of the Caribbean,” Dr. Ferguson said in a message read by Special Advisor, Hurley Taylor, at the opening of the Jamaica Association of Health Service Executives (JAHSE) biennial conference, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on October 25.“The favourable health indicators that are associated with our success also tell us that we are ahead in being able to offer a level of service that is in line with First World requirements,” the Minister added.In this regard, Dr. Ferguson said both the Ministries of Health, and Tourism and Entertainment, are collaborating to ensure the establishment of Jamaica’s first health tourism facility in Montego Bay.“This will be a 75-bed facility which will be scaled up over three years with an investment of over US$200 million. Health tourism is not a far away dream; it is a present reality,” the Minister said.Citing the conference theme: ‘Professionalization of Health Service Managers – 21st Century Perspectives’, Dr. Ferguson contended that the “professionalism of health service managers is a non-negotiable requirement,” as it is an “absolute necessity.”He highlighted a few critical elements characterizing the modern health service, including a challenging fiscal environment; an increasingly demanding clientele; and the regulatory framework “with which we have to deal.”The Minister pointed out that “critical and sensible decisions” relating to staff deployment or hiring are made difficult by the “dictates of old arrangements” clashing with “modern administrative methods and new demands.”“I am pleased to report that some of these problems are being addressed by a cadre rationalization exercise presently in train. We are taking a comprehensive look at the structure of the health service,” he informed.This approach, Dr. Ferguson explained, “will see us dealing decisively with those many instances where some posts, in terms of numbers, are inadequate, and where there is a mismatch between present and future requirements, and what we have on the books.”Meanwhile, Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) representative in Jamaica, Margaret Skőld, underscored the need to build efficient and affordable health systems globally.“Having the appropriate number and skills/competencies of health workers is central to this and the achievement of universal health coverage where people obtain the health services they need without the risks of financial hardship linked to paying for them,” she Said.Ms. Skőld noted that “integrated and co-ordinated approaches” are necessary to provide adequate attention to every critical phase of pre and in-service education, regulation, recruitment, and deployment of health workers, “recognizing the roles of all players, including health service managers.”“Health systems need to meet the challenges that health service managers face today, and will face tomorrow. Those they serve, the people of Jamaica, deserve nothing less. By stimulating a deeper understanding of the value of health service managers, let us build the talent pipeline for future generations,” she said.In his remarks, JAHSE President, David Dobson, expressed the hope that the conference’s outcomes will help to pave a new dispensation for health service managers in Jamaica, thus allowing the country to “join the world in advancing this profession and improving the health service we offer.”The conference was held to provide a forum for health services managers to discuss critical issues impacting the sector, and to formulate solutions.The JAHSE is a non-profit, broad-based organization that provides a forum for networking among health care administrators and managers at all levels and from various business and professional backgrounds and experiences. Story Highlightslast_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Downtown Kingston Redevelopment on Track

first_img The UDC is the overall project manager for the $3.968-billion project. Approximately $3.267 billion of the total project cost is funded by a grant from the People’s Republic of China, while the Government of Jamaica is providing funds for the coastal protection, drainage and external works. General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Dr. Damian Graham, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to undertake the downtown Kingston Redevelopment Project.He highlights construction of new offices in downtown Kingston that will house the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.“It is an 11-storey building worth almost $4 billion. The UDC was asked to step in with the Ministry to ensure that the grant funding being provided by China was utilised. We have been taking that project through, and it will be delivered next year,” Dr. Graham said.He was speaking in a recent interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.The UDC is the overall project manager for the $3.968-billion project. Approximately $3.267 billion of the total project cost is funded by a grant from the People’s Republic of China, while the Government of Jamaica is providing funds for the coastal protection, drainage and external works.Another major investment includes the construction of a new corporate head office for GraceKennedy Limited.“They are also moving ahead at the right pace. We have the UN (United Nations) House that is coming downtown at the Jamaica Conference Centre space. We are doing upgrades with the Ministry of National Security, and if you go downtown… you will see cameras going up,” Dr. Graham said.He added that there is now new zoning with respect to security and emergency services.The General Manager stated that the old Oceana Hotel was divested to King Church Property Holdings Limited, adding that the UDC was asked by the Government to refurbish the lower floor to house the Accountant General’s Department.“We have done so and delivered that project. Victoria Pier is on its way to be re-opened for the winter tourism season. You have the festival marketplace that is next door, a $154-million investment that the UDC put in, and we will be going to market soon to invite persons to come into that space to have the Kiosks operating. It is supposed to be the ground zero for the lifestyle centre,” Dr. Graham said.The UDC is the principal public-sector organisation responsible for planning and designing urban environments in designated areas in Jamaica.It is also the entity charged with preparing, developing and implementing plans for urban development, urban renewal and rural modernisation, in collaboration with other agencies. General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Dr. Damian Graham, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to undertake the downtown Kingston Redevelopment Project. He highlights construction of new offices in downtown Kingston that will house the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Story Highlightslast_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

NSLC Releases Year End Results

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) today, July 19, reported income from operations of $181.2 million on net sales of $486.1 million for the 2005-06 year (April 1, 2005 – March 31, 2006). That marks a 6.6 per cent increase compared to last year. The NSLC also announced the award of 13 new agency stores that will improve service to smaller communities throughout the province. A detailed news release on the year end results and new agency stores is available on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com . -30-last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Premier League Arsenal fight back to salvage point against Tottenham

first_imgLondon: Arsenal fought back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw against Tottenham in a pulsating north London derby on Sunday which both sides will feel they should have won. Spurs preyed on the Gunners’ vacant midfield early on as Christian Eriksen tapped home at the end of a flowing counter-attack before Harry Kane’s penalty doubled the Champions League finalists’ lead. However, Arsenal were always a threat going forward and, after Alexandre Lacazette reduced the arrears in first-half stoppage time, were well worthy of a point after the break. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the equaliser 19 minutes from time and Arsenal even had the ball in the net again through Sokratis Papastathopoulos, only to see their celebrations cut short by the offside flag. A share of the spoils sees Arsenal maintain a two-point lead over their local rivals with seven points from the opening four games to Tottenham’s five. Tottenham’s long wait for an away win in the Premier League dating back to January also continues, but they did show some resolve after a desperately disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle last weekend with manager Mauricio Pochettino complaining afterwards of having an unsettled squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe Argentine had sidelined Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen in the opening month of the season but both returned and the Danish midfielder had a huge impact an an open and frantic encounter. Arsenal boss Unai Emery named the front three of club record signing Nicolas Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette together in his starting line-up for the first time, but the Gunners lacked any balance to their attacking intent as Tottenham counter-attacked with ease early on. The visitors went in front with their first serious attack 10 minutes in as Son Heung-min latched onto Kane’s knockdown and freed Erik Lamela through on goal. Bernd Leno got a weak hand to Lamela’s effort and palmed the ball into the grateful path of the onrushing Eriksen to tap home. Leno redeemed himself with a stunning save to prevent Son making it 2-0 and also turned a dipping Eriksen free-kick to safety. However, Leno was helpless to stop Kane continuing his excellent record in the north London derby from the penalty spot after a ludicrous challenge by Granit Xhaka to clearly chop down Son inside the area. To their credit, Arsenal raised themselves off the canvas to reduce the deficit before the break. Hugo Lloris made a fine save low to his right to deny Pepe his first Arsenal goal, but moments later Lacazette burst through before blasting past his French international teammate from a narrow angle to give the Gunners hope. A wild second period raged from end-to-end as Son saw a shot deflected inches wide and Kane struck the inside of the post at one end, while Lloris made a brilliant save to deny Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac somehow skewed wide from point-blank range at the other.last_img read more


October 18, 2019 0

Leo Messi Foundation Helps UNICEF Get Syrian Children Back Into The Classroom

first_imgUNICEF has installed 20 new prefabricated classrooms in Tartus, Syria, and rural areas of Damascus, thanks to a generous donation from the Leo Messi Foundation.The donation has enabled more than 1,600 Syrian children affected by the conflict to attend school with fully furnished classrooms.“More than 60 per cent of children attending these schools have been displaced from their homes due to the fighting,” said UNICEF. “School provides children affected by war with a routine, structure, and a sense of normality in a situation that is far from normal. We are grateful to the generous support of the Leo Messi Foundation to help hundreds of children access education.”After more than six years of conflict, 1.75 million children in Syria are out of school and millions more are at risk of dropping out. One in three schools cannot be used as they have either been destroyed or are being used as shelters or for military purposes.The functioning schools are overcrowded, and some have had to add shifts to accommodate more children, reducing study time and affecting the quality of education.Over seven years, the Leo Messi Foundation has supported UNICEF’s work for children in countries including Haiti and Nepal, among others.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

UN envoy urges DR Congo authorities to probe recent allegations of mass

Earlier this week, the non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) reported that armed men raped over 30 women on New Year’s Day in an attack in the eastern town of Fizi. “I call upon the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to investigate the allegations thoroughly and without delay,” Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said in a statement. “I expect the Government of the DRC to respect human rights, to do everything in its power to prevent abuses of all kinds, and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” she added. The statement also noted that immediately following these reports, the UN peacekeeping force in DRC, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, established an operational base in Fizi.Ms. Wallström said that these reports “unfortunately confirm” the warnings she conveyed to the Security Council in October 2010, namely the risk that it now seems to be soldiers from the Congolese national army (FARDC) allegedly having committed these crimes.The Special Representative, who visited the DRC last April, has described the vast African nation as “the rape capital of the world.”Just a few months ago, a UN human rights team confirmed that more than 300 civilians were raped between 30 July and 2 August 2010 in the Walikale region in eastern DRC by members of armed groups including the Maï Maï Cheka and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).“The use of sexual violence as a weapon or tactic of war, or as a means to wage terror against political opponents, is unacceptable,” stated Ms. Wallström.“Impunity for these types of crimes must not be tolerated,” she stressed, adding that she is also closely following the situations in Côte d’Ivoire and Haiti, where there have been reports of sexual violence. 8 January 2011The United Nations envoy dealing with sexual violence in conflict today called on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to immediately investigate reports of a large number of rapes that occurred recently in the eastern province of South Kivu. read more


October 11, 2019 0

OPP investigate fatal crash on Highway 6 in Hagersville

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a fatal crash on Highway 6 in Hagersville Monday afternoon.Three vehicles collided on the highway between 10th and 11th concession at around 3 p.m.Police say a southbound car went into oncoming traffic and crashed into two other vehicles.Two people were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.A third person died at the scene.Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.You can also give information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online. read more


October 7, 2019 0

Iraq earns additional 362 million under UN oilforfood programme

According to the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, during the week ending 24 August, UN oil overseers approved 12 new oil purchase contracts for a total of 19 million barrels of oil.Over the same period, the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq, known as the 661 committee for the resolution which created it, placed on hold 32 new contracts, valued at $96.4 million. The committee also released from hold nine contracts worth $7.7 million. The total value of “holds” now stands at $3.58 billion, the Office reported.The oil-for-food programme was set up by Security Council resolution 986 in April 1995 as a “temporary measure to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people.” The first oil under the programme was exported in December 1996 and the first shipments of food arrived the following March. read more


October 6, 2019 0

LinkedIn buying SlideShare for 119M 1stqtr profit more than doubles tops forecasts

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 4, 2012 4:07 am MDT MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – LinkedIn Corp. said Thursday that its first-quarter profit more than doubled, and the business networking company is buying presentation sharing website SlideShare for $118.8 million.Shares jumped $9.29, or more than 8 per cent, to $118.70 in extended trading. If that rally extends into Friday’s regular trading session, LinkedIn’s stock price will be close to its peak of $122.70 reached during the shares’ market debut nearly a year ago. The stock has remained well above its initial public offering price of $45 since then.LinkedIn’s net income for the three months ending in March totalled $5 million, or 4 cents per share. That was up from $2.1 million, or break-even per share, a year ago.Excluding stock-based compensation expenses and other items, profit was 15 cents per share, beating the 9 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue doubled to $188.5 million from $93.9 million, topping the $179 million analysts had forecast.In another encouraging sign, the number of people setting up LinkedIn profiles to post their resumes continued to grow at a rapid pace. The company added another 16 million profiles during the first three months of the year to end March with 161 million members. A year ago, LinkedIn had 102 million members.Luring more people to set up profiles is important to LinkedIn because it makes its website more valuable to employers looking for to hire new talent.Most of LinkedIn’s revenue comes from fees it charges companies, recruiting services and other people who want broader access to the profiles and other data on the company’s website. The rest comes from advertising. During the quarter, revenue grew across the company’s divisions.The Mountain View, Calif., company is buying San Francisco-based SlideShare with cash and stock and expects the deal to close by June.“Presentations are one of the main ways in which professionals capture and share their experiences and knowledge, which in turn helps shape their professional identity,” said LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner in a statement. He said SlideShare fits “perfectly” with LinkedIn’s mission and will help deliver more value to its members.LinkedIn said SlideShare had nearly 29 million visitors in March, citing data from research firm comScore.Looking forward, LinkedIn said it expects second-quarter revenue of $210 million to $215 million, above the $208 million analysts had forecast.For the full year, the company boosted its revenue estimate to a range between $880 million and $900 million, up from $840 million to $860 million seen previously. Analysts had estimated $876 million.LinkedIn’s shares had closed up $3.01, or 2.8 per cent, to $109.41 during the regular trading day before its earnings report was released LinkedIn buying SlideShare for $119M; 1st-qtr profit more than doubles, tops forecasts read more


October 6, 2019 0

Cyclist dies in crash in Cork city centre

first_imgA CYCLIST IN his 40s has died after a collision in Cork city centre on Tuesday evening.The man was seriously injured after he crashed into a bollard at Shandon Street at approximately 5.40pm last night.He was brought to Cork University Hospital to be treated for his injuries but was pronounced dead late last night.Gardaí in Cork have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at Watercourse Road garda station on 021 455 8260 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111.A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out and the road has reopened.last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Adult Swim Gave Us New Rick and Morty on a Saturday on

first_img It’s been a year and a half with no Rick and Morty. After 2016 came and went without any hint of when we’d see our favorite dimension-hopping convict and his grandson again, fans were clamoring for any information. Adult Swim had none. Or so they said. After an interminable wait, they finally gave us Rick and Morty season three. And they did it in the most Rick and Morty way possible. A surprise premiere on a Saturday night, on April Fools Day. Dicks.Adult Swim streamed the latest episode on their website until midnight EST. The episode is down now, having been replaced with, at the time of writing, Assembly Line Yeah!, where three women are making and eating pancakes. Man, pancakes sound good right now… Anyway! The new Rick and Morty has been reuploaded to YouTube, so if you missed the episode, it shouldn’t be too hard to find an upload that hasn’t been taken down yet. Just make sure you watch the post-credits scene too. Because of course there’s a post-credits scene.The episode itself was exactly what we’ve come to expect from this show. It was funny, incredibly dark and opened up a lot of new possibilities for this season to explore. It opens, of course, with Rick eating breakfast with his family at Shoney’s. He glosses over how he escaped from the Federation prison, but it soon becomes clear, he hasn’t escaped. The Shoney’s and everyone in it are just a construct built by the Federation bugs to learn how to make Rick’s portal gun.Meanwhile, on Earth, the Federation has taken control of the planet and Jerry is rising through the ranks of bureaucracy at an impressive speed. Summer is the only one that wants Rick back, thinking they owe it to him to help break him out after he turned himself in for them. Morty tries to convince her that Rick only cares about himself, inadvertently reminding her that her real brother is buried in the backyard. Summer realizes that her real Rick must still have his portal gun on him and the adventure begins.In their travels, Morty quickly catches Summer up on the Council of Ricks, particularly why they all want his Rick dead. It’s nice to see Morty be the expert for once, but we all know that won’t last long. Meanwhile, Rick has broken out of his own mind, but not before stopping in a memory of eating McDonald’s Szechuan McNugget Sauce from their 1998 Mulan promotion. Apparently, it was really good, and the company has never brought it back. Yes, this detail is important.Eventually, Summer and Morty are reunited with their true Rick in a standoff with one of the other Ricks. Our Rick tries to convince other-Rick that he doesn’t care about Summer. It works, but Morty believes him too, which appears to ruin the whole plan. That is until Morty gets tired of being taunted and shoots Rick with, as it turns out, a fake gun that Rick had given him for this very purpose. It’s enough of a distraction for Rick to shoot the other Rick and save his grandkids. You got all that?Confusion aside, this opens up some major emotional possibilities for Season Three. One of the things that make Rick and Morty so great, aside from the outlandish sci-fi and hilarious butt jokes, is its heart. The drama among the family is consistently well-written and real, which makes it even funnier when you realize that all the drama is caused by ridiculous inventions and crazy alternate universes. Morty didn’t realize that the gun he held was fake. That’s probably going to come out at some point during the new season.In the end, Rick collapses the Federation economy, forcing them to leave Earth and returns to the Smith household. Jerry can’t accept Rick back into his life and forces his wife to choose between him and her father. She chooses Rick and Jerry, for now, seems to be out of the picture. The episode takes a dark turn when Rick recreates the rant from the first episode of season one. It turns out Rick orchestrated all that, turning himself in, breaking out, everything, to get rid of Jerry for betraying him. Rick goes on to promise that this will be the darkest season yet. That he’s installed himself as the family patriarch now and no one will believe Morty if he tells the truth. Also, he wants to find those Mulan Szechuan Chicken McNuggets. That’s his series arc. If it takes nine seasons… We can only hope.I’m so happy Rick and Morty is back, and it couldn’t have returned with a better episode. I especially appreciated the brief return to Morty’s home dimension, which has been overrun by Cronenbergs. Morty even jokes that you don’t get to see what happens after Rick leaves, but there’s truth to that. Hopping between infinite dimensions is fun, but it’s really interesting to see how the world develops after the chaos. If this is where we’re starting from, I can’t wait to see where the season takes us from here. They’ve given themselves a lot of room to explore for season three. What they actually do with it, we’ll probably never guess. Oh, and they’ve also sparked a demand for McDonald’s to bring back that Szechuan sauce. After this episode, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to try it. Stay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Buffon is not after the Champions League anymore

first_imgItalian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, told the press that his dream of someday winning the Champions League is long gone from his targets.In the life of Gianluigi Buffon throughout over 24 years of career, winning the Champions League almost became an obsession but he never really could fulfill that life goal after so many years.Watching the goalkeeper crying after losing a final became something very common during his time at Juventus, his side was simply not fortunate enough to get that recognition and he eventually decided to stop losing sleep over it.Now that he has made the switch to PSG, the Italian goalie is mostly thinking about the best way to retire and he considered several options as he revealed this Tuesday.PSG just won a Coupe de la Ligue match vs Orleans 2-1, Buffon got in for Areola during the second half and played a fairly good match in the time he had to prove that he is still in great shape.After the game, the press wanted to ask him some questions about retirement and what he is expecting in the Champions League this season for PSG.Manager Thomas Tuchel has made the decision to split the time for both goalkeepers, something that has filled the Italian with hopes for him this season.It was going to take a special offer to keep Gianluigi Buffon in football.He got it ✍️ pic.twitter.com/N4znJu9lPu— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 18, 2018“I had decided to retire. In my mind, I thought the only option was if Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid or Barcelona had come calling,” he told RMC as quoted by Football Italia.“They were the clubs I considered crazy, a dream that wasn’t really worth thinking about seriously. So I was already organizing my post-football life.”“Yet this call arrived in May. I took two weeks to think about it, because if I make a promise and give my word, I want to do it well. I don’t like to embarrass myself.”“After a little introspection and analysis, I thought to myself, I can do another year or two and I can do it well.”“I think PSG will be my last club, because this was a gift to me from life, a reward for behaving professionally. I want to stop playing at a top level club. I never considered going to another country, as I started at a top level and want to end at a top level, that is for sure.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“As soon as I met the directors, they said our objective is not to win the Champions League, because over seven years we’ve realized this is really difficult. You can’t set that as a target, but we have the ambition to improve, that is true.”“Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals, so the objective is to take a couple more steps forward and keep going that way.”“I have been trying for 24 years to win the Champions League and never won it! So I know how hard it is to have just that objective, and above all how wrong it can be to have just that as an objective,” he concluded.Tiene 40 años y sigue compitiendo en la UEFA Champions League. Qué clase de leyenda. ETERNO BUFFON. pic.twitter.com/0RbMsxezIe— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) December 13, 2018At the very start of the season for PSG, things were quite difficult as they started with a defeat at Anfield Road.However, the squad managed to get back on their feet thanks to amazing performances by several of their star players and Buffon’s experiences have also been an essential part of it.The main reason that the French giants decided to convince Buffon to sign for PSG, is because of how much he can bring to the table in terms of wisdom of all the competitions he has been a part of during his time at Juventus.‘Gigi’ didn’t really take too much time to think about the offer, but he doesn’t even like obsessing about the trophy.Sometimes when you stop craving something, it may finally come to you in a more organic manner.Maybe this is the season for Gianluigi Buffon, he has a top squad to achieve great things.46′ PSG made a halftime substitution, with @gianluigibuffon replacing @AreolaOfficiel in goal #AllezParis 🔴🔵#USOPSG pic.twitter.com/yma2KFzRpJ— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 18, 2018Do you think ‘Gigi’ Buffon has a big chance to win the Champions League this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

A Farmers Perspective What You Will Learn at ASAs Succession Planning Workshops

first_imgThere’s a lot to consider when preparing to pass a successful farm operation to a well-prepared next generation.Illinois farmer Chet Esther knows first-hand how daunting the task can seem, which is why he encourages other farmers to attend one of the upcoming ASA eLegacy Connect Succession Planning Workshops. Esther has already been through the workshop taught by Kevin Spafford of eLegacy Connect, and says one day course prepared him to bring valuable information back to his family farm.Click here to hear what Esther had to say about the workshop when he spoke with Andy Eubank of HoosierAg Today earlier this week. To sign up for a workshop in a city near you, click here.For growers in the Sioux Falls, S.D. area, there’s still time to sign up for the July 30 workshop—click here to register now.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Air Indias IndoreDubai flight takes to sky

first_imgHyderabad: Air India on Monday launched Indore-Dubai non-stop flight, fulfilling a long-standing desire for a direct flight to the Gulf from the travel fraternity and tourists. From Indore, Air India is operating a 162-seater A320 neo aircraft, which will fly 3 times a week directly to Dubai on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani and MP Lalwani lit the ceremonial lamp, cut the cake and presented special mementos to all passengers. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us The flight was flagged off by Lalwani and also the Chairman of the Air India. The service in the plush new A320neo aircraft with 150 economy and 12 Business class seats will have very attractive fares. Spacious seat pitch in economy class, delicious meals and an huge baggage allowance, make these Air India flights all the more attractive.last_img read more


September 6, 2019 0

Hiremee conducts placement test online at Krishnaveni Degree

first_imgGuntur: A campus drive was organised by ‘Hiremee’, a placement company for the students of Krishnaveni Degree College, Narsaraopeta on the college premises on Tuesday. The company has been conducting online examination to the students for the last three days. Speaking on the occasion, College Principal N Venkateswarulu said that ‘Hiremee’ was a placement company which provides jobs to the students in various companies. He said that the company conducts online examination to the students and whoever fares well in the exam will be shortlisted and their resume will be forwarded to the companies which they have tie-up with Hiremee. Later, the company which provides job will send call letter to the students, said that principal. In all 800 students attended the online examination in three days organised by Hiremee. Company manager Syed Noorjan, college TPO M Balakoteswara Rao and others were present.last_img read more


September 6, 2019 0

Snapdeal to close handicrafts marketplace Shopoin amid mounting losses fund woes

first_imgFund crunch seems to be taking a toll on Snapdeal. On one hand, the e-commerce retailer is seeking to raise fresh funds at almost half of its peak valuation of $6.5 billion a year back while, on the other, the company is set to shut down Shopo.in, the online marketplace for Indian designer and handcraft products. Stock markets abuzz with rumours of Axis Bank-Kotak Mahindra Bank mergerThe Shopo platform, which Snapdeal had acquired in 2013, is shutting operations from Friday (February 10) as Snapdeal is looking aggressively at cost-cutting measures. In a blog, Shopo.in said: “The e-commerce market in India will continue its robust growth. However, we realize that it will take some more years for a broader ecosystem to develop around the C2C segment. It is tempting to go on, but it is often beneficial to pause, take stock and plan ahead for greater success. It is time for us to pause the Shopo journey for now.” Snapdeal had relaunched Shopo, the handicraft marketplace, as a zero-commission platform and in 2015, it committed to invest $100 million in the business over the next two years. However, in November 2016, Snapdeal merged the entire team of Shopo with FreeCharge and Sandeep Komaravelly, the senior vice-president of Shopo, left the company in January to join Oben General Insurance Ltd. as the chief marketing officer. Approximately 1,50,000 sellers used Shopo.in to market about four million products. Last year, while closing Exclusively.com, an online platform for premium and luxury fashion goods, Snapdeal said it successfully integrated the portal with Snapdeal.com. Snapdeal is said to be closely examining the investments it has made during the last three to four years as losses for the financial year which ended in March 2016 more than doubled to Rs 2,960 crore. Meanwhile, Snapdeal co-founder Kunal Bahl said in an interview recently that the company is looking to turn profitable in the next two years. He added that the e-commerce firm may not need to raise funds unless it decides to make an acquisition. Japan’s SoftBank had invested $627 million in Snapdeal in October 2014. Just a day ago, SoftBank said it has written off around $475 million (Rs 3,226 crore) in the value of its combined shareholding Snapdeal and cab-hailing firm Ola in nine months till December 31. Ola is also trying to raise fresh funds at a valuation of $3 billion, down from its peak valuation of $5 billion.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0