Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday landed in controversy after a video captured him yelling at a group of flood victims voicing their grievances. The Opposition was quick to point out his ‘insensitivity’ and asked whether the State was being run by General Dyer, infamous for ordering the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in the British-ruled India in 1919. Addressing a gathering in Kolhapur, Mr. Patil, who is also guardian minister of Kolhapur and Pune, is seen in the video asking people to be patient and have faith in the administration’s work. Soon after, he can be seen losing his cool and raising his voice at a complainant. This latest incident adds to the list of BJP ministers who have landed in trouble while carrying out flood relief work. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself has been criticised for continuing his political campaign. Last week, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan was seen taking a selfie-video on a boat in a flooded area. Relief and Rehabilitation minister Subhash Deshmukh has been accused of being busy in party programmes in Pune while Minister of State Sadabhau Khot is alleged to have doctored a video showing him rescuing a victim.In the video which went viral on Monday, Mr. Patil is heard yelling at the crowd, “You need to be patient and systematic. The officials have been working for 24 hours with no sleep, and still, you want to complain?” He also gestures in anger at the crowd saying, “shut up”. State unit Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat slammed the minister. “People will naturally get angry if the guardian minister, government machinery does not do its duty on time.” The NCP wanted to know whether Maharashtra is witnessing the rule of General Dyer. “On the one hand the minister is yelling at flood victims and on the other district administration is imposing prohibitory orders. This is nothing but dictatorial behaviour,” said party national spokesperson Nawab Malik.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle made quick work of Adamson, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rookie Jolina dela Cruz led all scorers with 10 points while Michelle Cobb dished out 25 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, who rolled to 2-0 to start the season after beating fierce rival Ateneo in their first game last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Ivy Lacsina fired a game-high 18 points to lead the way for the Lady Bulldogs, who played their first game minus lone setter Joyme Cagande, who sat out the match due to a left knee injury.“We’re happy but I can’t really express how happy we are because everyone knows the team’s struggles,” said Norman Miguel, who is in his first year as NU’s head coach.Without Cagande, who could miss the rest of the season after suffering what is feared to be an ACL injury in NU’s loss to FEU last week, the Lady Bulldogs found an able replacement in Joni Chavez, who was converted from libero to setter.Chavez did not disappoint with 14 excellent sets in her first stint as a setter.“It’s tough at first but I’m just taking it as a challenge,” Chavez said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “There are still situations where they fail to adjust and commit errors and perhaps it’s because of their lack of communication inside the court,” said de Jesus, whose squad blew a 17-11 lead in the second set as Adamson pulled within a point, 22-21.Des Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya added nine points each for La Salle while May Luna chipped in eight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBernadette Flora and Mary Joy Dacoron scored nine points apiece for the Lady Falcons, who fell to 0-2.Facing early adversity, National University rose to the occasion after beating University of the East, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19, in the earlier game to log its first win of the season. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Former US team standout shines for HD Spikers SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Roselyn Doria added 12 points for NU.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The craze for bezel-less phones has led manufacturers to aim for extreme levels of engineering. We have seen Xiaomi and Huawei adopting sliding displays to hide the front cameras in a bid to avoid the display notch, while Vivo and OPPO had opted for motorised cameras for the same. Samsung is meanwhile developing a fullscreen display that hides the camera sensors underneath, but it will be a while before that becomes a reality. Therefore, manufacturers aren’t giving up the workaround innovations, thereby leading Nubia to adopt a dual display setup in order to achieve a fullscreen display. Vivo also seems to be opting for the same with the successor to its flagship NEX smartphone – the NEX2.A major amount of information regarding the Vivo NEX 2 has leaked on the Internet, giving us a fair amount of idea as to what we could expect from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. The leaked photos and posters have shown the Vivo NEX 2 adopting a dual display approach in a bid to avoid the display notch. The dual display arrangement also helps Vivo get rid of the complex motorised camera mechanism from the first generation NEX. Therefore, the NEX 2 now sports an edge-to-edge display with very thin bezels all around. Even the chin seems to have been trimmed down massively. The rear display does have bezels though, with a triple camera setup sitting on the forehead. But how does one use the two displays on a single phone? Unlike Nubia’s implementation that required the user to simply flip the device, NEX 2 users will have to swipe with three fingers to the side in order to switch between the front and rear displays. While an exact reason for this implementation is still unknown, we believe that a manual switching process has been chosen to avoid accidental touches for the rear display.advertisementHowever, what’s impresses, even more, is how Vivo has packaged the rest of the stuff within the limited confines of the NEX 2. The camera ring contains two sensors, with the third sensor and an LED flash sitting outside the ring. The ring also eats into the rear display with a curved notch-like cutout and contains controls for tuning the beauty modes as well. While most leaks have been confirming a triple camera setup, there’s one leak that shows a different prototype with a quad camera setup devoid of any LED flash. That particular leak on Slashleaks also shows numerous prototypes of the NEX 2 with varying designs for the rear, with some of them avoiding the camera ring.While it’s a still few days before Vivo makes the NEX 2 official, official teasers have mostly confirmed what we have seen in the leaks. The NEX 2 is confirmed to launch on December 11 and Vivo could end up offering similar internals as the original NEX. Therefore, we could expect the Snapdragon 845 doing duties alongside 8GB or 10GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The NEX 2 could be carrying a higher price tag than the current model and could challenge the full-blown flagship offerings from Samsung and Apple.ALSO READ | Flipkart big sale starts: ZenFone Max Pro M1 at Rs 9,999, Apple Watch at Rs 24,900 and 5 other top deals to know
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 23:50 IST Rishabh Pant played in the Mohali ODI vs Australia as MS Dhoni was rested. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was taunted by Mohali crowd with chants of ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’Suniel Shetty backed Pant and asked people to evaluate what they were doing at the age of 21Shikhar Dhawan also said it was unfair to compare Pant to MS DhoniRishabh Pant was subjected to ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ chants in Mohali during the fourth one-day international between India and Australia after he missed a couple of stumping chances. Pant’s glovework was surely lacking the skill and speed of MS Dhoni but the chants of Dhoni was unfair to them, many thought.Pant is a work-in-progress when it comes to wicketkeeping. However, he is a decent batsman and that was visible in Mohali. He hit the ball well and scored 36 off 24, including four fours and a six.”They’re missing MSD (Dhoni),” one commentator said, as quoted by Fox Sports.”It’s a little unfair on the young kid,” another commentator said.”They’re chanting ‘Dhoni’ every time he (Pant) misses a bit from behind the stumps. That’s really hard and unfair from the crowd.”Actor Suniel Shetty has now come out in support of Pant and asked people to introspect what they were doing at the age of 21 and that Pant is representing India in all the three formats.He’s just 21 and represents India in all 3 formats. Let’s introspect and see what we were doing at that age. Give him a chance. @RishabPant777 u are pure talent keep the focus, you got this ! pic.twitter.com/GDySpRgiGUSuniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) March 11, 2019Earlier, even Aakash Chopra spoke in favour of Pant and asked people to stop searching for Dhoni in the youngster.Stop searching Dhoni-the keeper in Rishabh Pant. He’s work in progress. The question should beIs he worth investing in?My answerYES. #IndvAusadvertisementAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 10, 2019Also, bear in mind that IF Pant is picked for the World Cup, he WONT be playing ahead of Dhoni. And he WONT be keeping. So…it’s kinda unfair to judge him purely as a keeper. I thought he played a fairly decent knock today. Struck well. #Pant #IndvAusAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 10, 2019Shikhar Dhawan has also backed Pant, saying it’s unfair to compare him to MS Dhoni and that the young wicketkeeper-batsman should be given more time to find his feet in international cricket.”Rishabh is a young bloke and like any other youngster, you have to give time to him. Rishabh is still finding his feet. You cannot compare Pant to Dhoni [bhai], given the experience he has having played over the years,” Dhawan told the media in Mohali.He added: “Of course, had the stumping chance been taken, it could have turned the game. Having said that, the game slipped away from out hands quite quickly after that. The dew also played its part n the game. But that’s what it is.”Also Read | Mohali crowd chant Dhoni, Dhoni after Rishabh Pant’s missed chances vs AustraliaFor 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 Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs Australia Support pours in for Rishabh Pant after Mohali taunt over missed stumpingsMohali crowd chanted MS Dhoni’s name during the fourth ODI against Australia, every time Rishabh Pant made a little mistake behind the stumps.advertisement
Every year, many animals and birds risk being poisoned by ammunition that contains lead. Starting Dec. 20, Natural Resources staff will stop using lead ammunition when they put an animal down. The ammunition will be collected and turned over to the RCMP for disposal. “This is the right thing to do; there is enough evidence showing that animals are being affected by lead poisoning. They eat the remains of animals left by law-abiding hunters and swallow small lead fragments,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. The department’s summary of hunting regulations says lead bullets tend to break up after entering an animal, spreading metal slivers up to 46 centimetres away from the bullet’s visible path. Scavengers such as eagles and foxes eat the remains of animals that have been shot. The lead slivers they swallow enter their blood stream and cause brain, nerve, digestive and respiratory damage. Wildlife veterinarian Helene Van Doninck has long advocated not using lead ammunition, largely based on her experience treating lead-poisoned eagles. She operates the non-profit Cobequid Rehabilitation Centre in Hilden, Colchester Co., which cares for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. “I commend the department’s initiative to reduce the impact of fragmenting lead ammunition on the health of Nova Scotia wildlife,” said Dr. Van Doninck. “Any effort to decrease the risk of lead poisoning is a huge step in the right direction.” There are several readily available alternatives such as steel, tungsten or copper ammunition. “The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters is committed to educating our members about the dangers posed by lead ammunition and we will continue to encourage them to choose safer alternatives,” said Tony Rodgers, the federation’s executive director. The province has not seen conclusive evidence linking lead fragmentation in large game animals to lead poisoning in humans, but that does not mean there is no risk.
OTTAWA – Ever been confronted with a situation and thought to yourself: “There should be a law against that?”If so, Nathan Cullen has a contest for you.The New Democrat MP is inviting constituents in his northern British Columbia riding to send him ideas for a new law.He’ll take the winner to parliamentary legal beagles to write up as draft legislation over the summer and introduce it as a private member’s bill in the fall.The contest is open only to constituents in Skeena-Bulkley Valley. But Cullen hopes the idea will catch on with other MPs, who’ll run their own contests and eventually give Canadians across the country the chance to become lawmakers.“I just think the wisdom of the crowd is untapped,” said Cullen, who also sees the contest as a fun way to try to combat cynicism about politics.“It’s very difficult, particularly to get young people, but people in general, involved. My thinking is, you can’t just use the platitudes — ‘We want you involved, we care what you say’ — we actually have to trust voters, beyond just their vote once every four years, to have real influence over what we do.”Private member’s bills don’t often become law and Cullen acknowledges those that do are typically “safe, meaningless bills” — like declaring a “national hot dog day.”But he points to the outcome of a similar contest he used to run for young people in his riding as proof that it is possible for average folks to have real influence on the federal legislative agenda.Back in 2009, three teenage girls from Smithers, B.C., won Cullen’s “create your Canada” competition with a proposed law to ban the export of cancer-causing asbestos.At the time, Cullen said his own party was nervous about the idea and the other major parties were opposed — all of them worried about a backlash in Quebec, home to Canada’s asbestos industry. He nevertheless introduced a private member’s bill on the matter — flying the girls to Ottawa to witness the occasion — and, while the bill never passed, he credits it with starting a conversation that ultimately led to a ban on asbestos six years later.“These young women, they just got a bunch of allies and they got people who were excited about it and their voices carried a different kind of weight … These young women didn’t care about conventional (political) thinking.”Cullen is opening up the current contest to adults, as well as kids, and will accept proposals until the end of June, after which a volunteer panel of local business, faith, cultural and ethnic leaders will choose the winner. He’ll fly the winner to Ottawa to witness introduction of their bill in the fall.Cullen vows to champion the bill whether or not he personally agrees with it. There are only a few restrictions on contest entries; proposed laws must be within federal jurisdiction and compliant with the charter of rights, and must not involve any new spending.“I’m keeping it very vague in terms of what the bill has to try to accomplish, which is try to make Canada a better place … and that will be from their perspective, not mine.”
Beyond simply piling up along the coast, discarded plastics that end up in the ocean could also be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study by a Canadian-led team of researchers from the University of Hawaii.The team, which is led by Quebec native Sarah-Jeanne Royer, has garnered international attention ever since their findings were published in the American scientific journal Plos One last week.In an interview, Royer said the researchers found that some types of common plastics emit greenhouse gases when they degrade, and that the phenomenon is intensified by sun exposure.“Aided by solar radiation, the plastic will degrade and become microplastic, and the more the plastic breaks down into smaller pieces, the more it will produce greenhouse gases,” the oceanographer told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.“If we look at the last 70 years, all the plastic that has been produced is currently being degraded in the environment and producing greenhouse gases. So the longer we wait, the more (greenhouse gases) will increase exponentially.”Royer said the research is based on low-density polyethylene plastic that is found in food packaging or storage bags, as well as the plastic rings that hold soft drinks or beer cans.Some 90 per cent of the debris discovered along the Hawaiian coast comes either from the fishing industry or from Asia, and washes up on the Pacific island due to ocean currents, she said.“In Asia, they no longer have places to put waste and an incredibly high number of garbage will end up along the coast,” she said.“Afterward, the high tide arrives and brings all this waste to the ocean.”The Quebec-born oceanographer, who was previously based in Brazil, said she left that country to join the Hawaii team in 2015 after it made its first discovery.The work has drawn the attention of California Gov. Jerry Brown, who invited her to discuss her findings at the next global climate action summit in San Diego in September, which will include discussions on ocean protection.It’s unclear whether the results of the American study will interest Donald Trump’s administration, who left June’s G7 summit meeting in Quebec without signing an agreement to reduce plastic waste in oceans, as did Japan.It also doesn’t appear to interest members of the plastic industry, who Royer says have thus far refused to co-operate with her team.“It was extremely difficult to communicate with them, and eventually they all told me they didn’t want to answer my questions or communicate with me,” she said, adding that she doubts her research comes as a surprise to the industry’s big players.“In my opinion, the plastic industries know (the effects of plastic) very well and don’t want to share it.”Despite the rebuff, the Quebec native appears to have joined forces with some strong allies.For the last three years, she’s been collaborating with NGOs such as Greenpeace and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in order to keep the public informed on the latest research into ocean pollution.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version carried the incorrect name of the American scientific journal Plos One.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported yesterday that it urgently needs $20 million to help about 800,000 internally displaced people and refugees in the eastern part of the vast African nation. For the entire country, WFP needs $75 million for a $191 million recovery operation that will help up to 1.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable people until June of this year.Last week, helicopters from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) began transporting UN supplies, including seven metric tons of WFP fortified maize flour, to Mitwaba town, located about 60 kilometres from Lubumbashi in Katanga Province. WFP’s partner, Action Contre La Pauvrete, began distributing the food on Saturday.In addition, trucks loaded with 100 tons of WFP maize flour, enriched vegetable oil and salt left Lubumbashi last week for Mitwaba. The food sent by road and air should cover the needs of 13,600 displaced people for two months.The consequences the five-year-long civil war that ended in 2002 and ongoing unrest have devastated people’s food security, WFP said. Farmers fear for their lives and cannot tend their fields and sexual violence against women continues.Felix Bamezon, WFP’s Country Director in DRC, said the country’s needs remain very acute and the agency’s operations are badly under-funded. “We had to close a sub-office in Mbuji-Mayi, the capital of Kasaï Oriental province, in September because of the lack of funding,” he said.
Freshii debuts on Toronto stock market, eyes aggressive expansion plan Staff from the Toronto-based eatery Freshii attend the opening of the market at the TSX in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan.31, 2017. Freshii is counting on growing consumer appetite for healthy food to power an ambitious growth plan that would see the restaurant chain more than triple the number of franchised locations within three years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Freshii TORONTO – Freshii is counting on growing consumer appetite for healthy food to power an ambitious growth plan that would see the restaurant chain more than triple the number of franchised locations within three years.The Toronto-based eatery, which specializes in customizable salads, wraps, bowls and smoothies, is aiming to have as many as 840 locations worldwide by the end of 2019. It had 244 restaurants throughout North America, South America and Europe as of Sept. 25.CEO Matthew Corrin said his company is poised to capitalize as more people embrace the trend towards improving health and wellness, which can include everything from lunching on quinoa bowls to wearing ethical yoga gear.“Look, I can have a burger with the best of them, but there is a time and place for a splurge,” said the 35-year-old Tuesday following the company’s debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“The reality is that you need to be — more often than not, more days than not, more meals than not — you need to be picking better-for-you ingredients, healthier foods to keep you energized and not put you in a food coma. That’s how I think about it. I think one of the reasons why people have historically picked unhealthy fast food is that it’s the path of least resistance, and it’s the most affordable option out there.”The company’s initial public offering was priced at $11.50 a share, raising total gross proceeds of $125 million. Shares closed Tuesday at $12.22, up 72 cents or 6.3 per cent.Corrin, who founded the company and opened its first location in Toronto in 2005, said he believes Freshii’s appeal of fast and fresh food is universal, pointing to the more than 4,000 franchise applications it receives each year. Store sizes range from 250 square feet to 2,500 square-foot, stand-alone locations.He said Freshii (TSX:FRII) is most popular among consumers typically between the ages of 18 to 34, who want quick, healthy, custom-food options at a reasonable price and want to back a brand that supports philanthropic endeavours. The company donates a meal to a child in need through the charity Free The Children when specific meals are purchased.According to retail consultancy NPD Group, Canadians spent $50 billion eating out at restaurants in 2016, with $322 million of that at fast-casual restaurants like Freshii, Five Guys and Panera Bread.Although it is still considered a small segment of the overall market, Robert Carter, NPD’s executive director of foodservice, said it’s one the fastest growing areas.The number of people visiting fast-casual restaurants, defined as places where food is prepared fresh on the spot, customizable and more expensive than fast-food outlets, grew by 10 per cent last year compared to a year earlier, according to NDP Group data.To achieve its growth, Freshii will have to expand its menu to entice more customers who wouldn’t typically eat at its restaurants and encourage loyal customers to return more often, Carter said.“If you want to grow in today’s market, you have to give customers multiple reasons to come in,” he said.It’s a feat that may prove to be difficult as Freshii competes with other restaurant chains that have expanded into healthier food options, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Tim Hortons.But Corrin believes Freshii’s staying power is that it’s the “next-gen” of healthy eating.“We think there’s going to be Wendy’s and Burger King for every McDonald’s and we’re McDonald’s,” he said. “That’s the way we view it. We started first and we plan on staying first for a very long time.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2017 2:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Following on from IM‘s report in June 2009 about Sweden’s ‘mine of the future’ (MIFU) initiative (p44), copper and silver producer KGHM has now joined the consortium. As the eighth largest producer of copper and the third largest producer of silver in the world, it will bring extensive knowledge and experience to the program. Led by mining technology partner, Nordic Rock Tech Centre, the MIFU project will be used to identify strategic issues that need to be addressed and solved in present operations to increase production efficiency in line with manufacturers in other sectors, whilst also conveying an image of the sector as innovative, interesting and sustainable. It is envisioned that the study will be used to prepare the framework for a Strategic Research, Development and Innovation Agenda 2011 – 2020. The study is partly financed by the Swedish Strategic Mining Research Programme through the national agency Vinnova (http://www.vinnova.se/) in an agreement with the Swedish mining research foundation, MITU (http://www.bergforsk.se/).Henryk Karas, the KGHM representative for the project: “We have found that we share similar challenges for future mining in Sweden and Poland and by joining the MIFU conceptual study, I am sure we will create good solutions together.”For more information on the MIFU program please visit www.rocktechcentre.se
Nintendo is set to launch the Wii U console before 2012 is over, with November 18 being the date everyone expects to be launch day. As for the competition, at least one next-gen console is thought to be launching in 2013. With Sony working on a 10-year console lifecycle, it looks more likely to be Microsoft who jumps first and brings the Xbox 720 to market.However, rumors are abound that Microsoft has September 2013 penciled in as the launch window for the hardware, but it may not be able to hit that anymore. The reason being the processor that will sit at the heart of the next Xbox isn’t being manufactured quickly enough. The yields are so low they apparently make the problems Nvidia had with Fermi GPU production look simple.No processors this year means very limited supplies of development kits, which of course has the knock-on effect of games not being ready in time for launch. And if Microsoft can’t get chip yields to production level soon, then there’s no way it will be producing the thousands of consoles required for a worldwide launch next September.As to what hardware Microsoft has chosen to place inside its next console, all we have to go on are educated guesses and rumors. However, it looks as though AMD is the big winner as Microsoft is thought to have used a multi-core AMD x86 processor and coupled it with a Radeon HD7000-grade GPU. That’s going to be a massive increase in performance over the tri-core PowerPC chip and 500MHz ATI Xenos GPU found in the Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon . But then that’s not hard when your current hardware is 7 years old.If Microsoft really is facing a serious delay due to chip manufacturing problems, the only good news for them is they haven’t actually announced the next machine yet publicly. Depending on how long the delay turns out to be, it could mean Microsoft is forced to ship early in 2014, but still likely well ahead of the PS4.Read more at SemiAccurate
True gaming laptops have always been pricey, out of necessity. When you invest in a gaming laptop, you want your components to handle your gaming needs for as long as possible, since you can’t just drop in a new GPU like with a desktop. This means when an enthusiast is buying a gaming laptop, they tend to prefer the higher end parts which jump the price significantly higher than even mid-range parts.While Alienware has a couple budget systems, they’ve always been good about including high-end parts in their laptops that ensure you don’t have to worry about upgrading for a while. The 17.3-inch M17x is one of these models and is powered by a 3rd gen Core i7 quad-core, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M graphics card, and all the modern tech you could want.For the first time in a while, we are seeing big discounts on the M17x r4 now that Haswell-based laptops are coming out in earnest and the Alienware 17 is waiting in the wings as a replacement. Today’s deal on this 2012 model knocks a massive $475 off the list price and includes a healthy set of base specs, including 8GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, GTX 680M graphics, and more for just $1699 with free shipping.We especially like the huge amount of tech built-in as standard features, including a high capacity 9-cell battery, four USB 3.0 ports, eSATA, triple video outputs (Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA), media card reader, and even an HDMI input to us the 17.3-inch HD+ screen for other devices.All of this is protected by a one year warranty that includes in-home service at no extra cost. Get the details on how to grab this huge discount below, before this deal disappears for good.Alienware M17x r4 Core i7 gaming laptop with GeForce GTX 680M for $1699 + free shipping (reg. $2174 | use coupon BNV?FZK5BWB49D)Our other top deals:Nexus 7 32GB Android 4.2 tablet for $199.99 + free shipping (reg. $249.99)Lenovo IdeaPad U510 15.6-inch Core i7 laptop for $599 + free shipping (reg. $999)ZAGGfolio iPad Bluetooth keyboard/case/stand for $49.99 + free shipping (reg. $99.99)
Image: Everydayhero Share Tweet Email Dec 3rd 2016, 2:59 PM http://jrnl.ie/3117810 THE MOTHER AND sister of Clodagh Hawe have started a fundraising campaign for women and children affected by domestic violence.Clodagh died with her children Liam, 14, Niall 11, and six-year-old Ryan, on 29 August by murder-suicide in their Cavan home.Clodagh’s mother and sister, Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly, have set up a fundraising page for Women’s Aid in memory of Clodagh and her sons.Jacqueline Connolly said, “Clodagh was strong and beautiful inside and out, and was so loving. She was warm, loving, bright and capable and she was bringing her boys Liam, Niall and Ryan, up to have those same qualities.They will live on and her strength will live on. After their deaths, we want to help women who are living in fear and isolation in their own homes. So please support our fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid.Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said, “We are very touched that Mary and Jacqueline have set up a fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid in memory of Clodagh and her children.Martin added that the 24 hour freephone helpline receives around 41 calls a day.“One in five women in Ireland experience domestic abuse. They need us to listen to them, and to support them and their children.Our thoughts and support go to Mary and Jacqueline as they speak out on behalf of Clodagh and her boys to raise awareness of the controlling and abusive nature of many homes around Ireland today.“Their bravery and strength should be applauded and we are only too aware that only a short time has passed since they had Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan cruelly taken from them.” Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie“We encourage anyone living any form of physical violence including emotional abuse and control, physical violence, sexual and financial abuse, to contact our 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 or to visit www.WomensAid.ie.”Coll and Connolly are hoping to raise at least €50,000 through the fundraising appeal.Read: ’How can so much goodness be destroyed?’: Hundreds of mourners attend Hawe family funeral> Image: Everydayhero Short URL Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 2:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20 Comments ‘Her strength will live on’: Mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe start Women’s Aid fundraising page Clodagh died with her children Liam, 14, Niall 11, and six-year-old Ryan, on 29 August by murder-suicide in their Cavan home. By Cliodhna Russell 22,695 Views
Resorts World Manila operator Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc has set a price of Php5.50 per common share for an impending tender offer as it looks to delist from the Philippine Stock Exchange and go private.Travellers, a joint venture between Genting Hong Kong and Alliance Global Group, announced its privatization plans earlier this week, explaining that the move would “allow the company to timely address evolving market demands and rapidly changing customer needs without compromising its business strategies to competition.” Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Revealing the tender price on Thursday, the company also clarified that a minimum of 838,212,542 common shares worth Php4.61 billion must be validly tendered for the delisting to proceed, meaning that a minimum of 95% of the total listed and outstanding shares in Travellers would be held by non-public shareholders. Travellers had previously said that only 17,331,462 shares needed to be tendered with a private holding figure of 90%. Load More RelatedPosts Suncity completes Manila quartet with launch of new VIP Club at Resorts World Manila
Hardik Pandya, Krystle D’SouzaInstagramAfter treating Mumbai Indians a Super Over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad with his hard-hitting knock, Hardik Pandya was seen having a great time with TV actress Krystle D’Souza last night.The actress took to Instagram to post a picture wherein both Krystle and Hardik Pandya were seen flashing smiles to the camera. They were twinning in black and looked happy together. Sharing the beautiful moment with Hardik on her timeline, Krystle wrote on Instagram, “Mere Bhai Jaisa Koi Hard ich Nahi Hai” followed by a hastag #BrotherFromAnotherMother.On Thursday, Krystle was present at the Wankhede Stadium to witness the nail-biting IPL match against Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad followed by the Super Over. “What an enthralling experience! My First ever Live IPL match ! I got a chance to experience a crazyyyyy ‘super over’ followed by a crazier win by my favourites MUMBAI INDIANS,” She wrote on Instagram sharing her picture wearing her customised Mumbai Indians T-shirt with her initials printed on it.SRH’s Manish Pandey had kept MI players on their toes while chasing a 163-run target. Hitting the ball into the stands, Pandey’s sixer on the last ball of the innings tied the scores pushing the team to contest to a Super Over.However, Hyderabad could only manage eight runs before Mumbai overhauled the target with ease and three balls to spare. And it was Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive tight over and Hardik Pandya’s power-hittings that sailed MI through the Super Over to the victory.Mumbai Indians (MI) have now become the third IPL team to qualify for the playoffs.
A burnt out vehicle is pictured at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on 9 November, 2018. Photo: AFPPolice said a Somali immigrant killed one person and wounded two others in a rush-hour stabbing spree in the heart of Australia’s second city Friday, labelling it a terrorist attack.The unnamed man drove a 4X4 truck loaded with gas bottles into the bustling city centre of Melbourne, ignited the vehicle in a ball of flames and then attacked passers-by with a knife, police said.He stabbed three people before being confronted by armed officers who eventually shot him in the chest. One victim died at the scene and the attacker died later in hospital.Counter-terrorism police and intelligence officers are still piecing together how the incident occurred, but said the attacker was known to intelligence services.Islamic State — which often claims responsibility for such attacks — said via its propaganda arm that the perpetrator was an “Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation.”Witness footage showed police struggling for at least a minute to corral the towering man — who was wearing a dark tunic — as he lunged, slashed and stabbed wildly at two officers.At least two members of the public bravely stepped in to help police. One man was armed with a cafe chair while another — swiftly dubbed an “Aussie hero” on social media — repeatedly tried to ram the suspect with an empty metal shopping cart.But as the attacks continued unabated, before one officer opted for lethal force, shooting the suspect in the chest.The police officers are being treated for cuts and scrapes and are not thought to be in a serious condition.”We are now treating this as a terrorism event,” said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, who said the suspect was “someone that is known” to police through family connections.The unnamed assailant was said to reside in Melbourne’s northwestern suburbs, but had come to Australia from Somalia in or around the 1990s, when the country was ravaged by a civil war.- Double blow for city -Ashton refused to give more details due to the ongoing investigation, but the authorities will face inevitable questions about how someone known to the intelligence services nonetheless managed to carry out an attack.The counter-terrorism command has taken a lead role in the investigation and police have set up a three-block-wide exclusion zone.Officers said they “are not looking for anyone further at this early stage” and there was no immediate evidence of an ongoing threat related to the attack.Forensic investigators combed through the scene late Friday, where the dead victim’s body lay covered in a white plastic sheet.Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, a cosmopolitan metropolis of almost five million people famed for its cafes, bars, restaurants and high standard of living.Friday’s attack is a double blow for the city as it coincides with an ongoing murder trial of 28-year-old James Gargasoulas, accused of ploughing his car into crowds in the same area in 2017, killing six people.But the situation away from the immediate crime scene quickly returned to normal, with Melbournians enjoying a spring evening meal or a drink with friends.State Premier Daniel Andrews described the attack as “evil” but said the city would not be bowed.Government sources say Australia has been the target of around a dozen terror plots in recent years. Few have been successful, sophisticated or caused mass casualties, but this latest attack is sure to fuel the already heated debate over migration.
Share Montgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeManuel LaRosa-Lopez.A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Houston-area Catholic priest Manuel LaRosa-Lopez on two of four counts of child indecency charges arising from child sex abuse allegations, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.The indictments are connected to allegations made by a female parishioner about incidents that happened in March 2001, while LaRosa-Lopez was a priest assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.The charges against LaRosa-Lopez are second degree felonies. The other two felony counts are still pending.LaRosa-Lopez was originally charged in Montgomery County on September 10, 2018.He was booked into the Montgomery County jail on September 11, 2018, and was released on September 13, 2018, after making at $375,000 bond. The case is being handled in the 435th District Court in Conroe.On November 28, 2018, the Conroe Police Department, Texas Rangers, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies executed a search warrant at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.It was the fourth search warrant executed in the joint law enforcement investigation of LaRosa-Lopez.Law enforcement agencies previously executed search warrants at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond on September 12, 2018; Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe on September 17, 2018; and the Shalom Treatment Center in Splendora on September 19, 2018. The primary purpose of the search warrants was to gather documents, records, electronics and other evidence in the investigation of LaRosa-Lopez.The Texas office of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reacted to to the news with a statement that said the indictment “sends the message that those who hurt children can and will be held accountable, even if delayed by the mishandling of allegations by church officials.”“We hope that this indictment encourages others in Texas who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and make a report to local police and district attorneys,” SNAP’s statement added.LaRosa-Lopez’s next scheduled court date is May 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Morgan State University’s picturesque campus was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Courtesy photo)Morgan State University, on May 3, was named a national treasure, a designation that aims to provide the school with funds to preserve the institution’s storied buildings. The HBCU was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization. Morgan shares this honor with only one other HBCU, Howard University in Washington D.C., whose library was named a national treasure earlier this year. The National Trust’s President and CEO, Stephanie Meeks said in a statement, “The National Trust believes that historically Black colleges and universities tell an important and often overlooked American story.” She added, “We are proud to partner with Morgan State University, a nationally-recognized innovator and education leader.”Morgan State University dates back to 1867, when it was established as one of the earliest institutions to offer post-secondary education for African Americans. Among the many notable alumni and alumnae are former US representative Kweisi Mfume, acclaimed novelist Zora Neal Hurston and Academy Award winning actress Monique. The campus is home to an impressive collection of historical buildings that were designed by pioneering and celebrated Black architects such as Albert Cassell, Hilyard Robinson, Louis Fry, and Leon Bridges. “We have known of Morgan’s significance on the higher education stage for many years and now, as we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary, the world will know that, in fact, this university is a national treasure,” said David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, in a statement. “We are very excited and honored by this designation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In many ways, it is recognition of the value we have placed on caring for and preserving the history of the great Morgan State University.”Under the agreement Morgan and the National Trust will produce a preservation plan that will preserve the many historical buildings on campus, while planning for the university’s future. The National Trust has already worked with Congress to get Historic Preservation Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the years more than $61 million has been reauthorized and secured for the restoration of historic buildings on HBCU campuses.
Noted fictional parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman doesn’t think about laundry in terms of zeroes and ones. There are many subtle levels, okay?He’s not alone in thinking that way. Japanese electronics giant Panasonic seems to agree, based on their latest product launch. That’s no ordinary clothes hanger you’re looking at, and it certainly doesn’t come in an 18-pack for the bargain price of $18. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target It’s the high-tech Nanoe X, and it sells for ten times that much… though it does do more than just allow you to hang up your shirts and jackets.The Nanoe X can gently shower your garments with a stream of “electrostatic atomized water.” It’s not steam, no sir! Panasonic says that the particles produced by the Nanoe are from 1/30th to 1/120th the size of an ordinary steam particle. Those nanoparticles can remove odors from your clothing, and it’s very likely a more effective method than hanging your previously-worn dress shirts out the window Venkman style.It’s worth noting that the Nanoe X doesn’t actually clean your clothes. While it will put a stop to any odoriferous emanations, it won’t remove soiling or stains. A run through the wash or a good, old-fashioned plunge-and-scrub will still be required to get those out.The Nanoe X will, however, remove pollen from clothing, which is great news if you’re an allergy sufferer. Whether or not it’s $180 worth of good news is your call.Also worth noting: Panasonic uses the same Nanoe technology in hair dryers. The reviews on them are overwhelmingly positive, so if the Nanoe X works as well on clothes as the Nanoe dryers work on hair Panasonic’s hanger might be worth adding to your laundry room or closet after all.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.