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October 20, 2019

One nation one election not possible sans constitutional amendment Former CEC

first_imgHyderabad: Former chief election commissioner T S Krishnamurthy Tuesday said the ‘one nation one election’ idea is very attractive but cannot be put into practice without a Constitutional amendment providing for fixed tenure for legislatures.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited heads of all political parties which have at least one MP either in the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha for a meeting Wednesday to discuss the “one nation, one election” and some other important matters. Krishnamurthy, who oversaw the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, said a lot of administrative arrangements, including increasing the strength of paramilitary forces for poll duties, might be required for holding simultaneous elections but they are possible. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe idea has several advantages, he said, but the biggest impediment in its implementation is constitutional provision relating to no-confidence motion and related issues. “The only way out is amendment by which you say…a vote of confidence will be effective only if some other person is elected as a leader; otherwise old government will continue. Unless you provide for fixed tenure of the House, it’s not possible”, he said. “…transitional provisions may be required because some Houses would have had two-and-half years (of its tenure), some would have had four-and-half years, like that. Transitional provision providing for extending the (tenure of) Houses to a common date may be required,” Krishnamurthy said. He further said it’s very difficult to guess if a consensus would emerge among political parties on the issue.last_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Alicia Silverstone Supports Peace Silk

first_img“According to PETA, 3,000 silkworms are killed to make every pound of silk,” says actress Alicia Silverstone.This is because the silkworms are gassed, steamed or boiled before they emerge from their cocoons as moths. Preventing the moths from cutting through the cocoons allows manufacturers to harvest long, single strands of silk.Silverstone supports peace silk, the process by which the silkworm is allowed to live out its full life cycle.“Peace silk is woven by hand by fair trade producers in India,” says Silverstone. “This cruelty-free silk is sourced from the cocoons of the wild Eri moth. The process does not involve touching or harming the moths, nor does it require keeping them in captivity. Rather, their cocoons are collected from the forest after the moths emerge and fly away.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Campbell gets the munchies buys SnydersLance for 487B

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder’s-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.The soup maker said Monday that the acquisition will allow it to expand its distribution channels in the crowded field.Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is paying $50 per share, a 6.8 per cent premium to Snyder’s-Lance’s closing price Friday. That’s about a 27 per cent premium to the stock’s close last Wednesday, just before rumours of a deal began to circulate.Snyder’s-Lance, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, makes pretzels and chips. Its most well-known brands include Snyder’s of Hanover, Kettle Brand and Pop Secret. It will join the Campbell’s division that makes Pepperidge Farm and Goldfish crackers.The Snyder’s-Lance purchase marks Campbell’s sixth and largest acquisition over the last five years. It bought beverage-maker Bolthouse Farms in 2012, baby food company Plum and biscuit company Kelsen in 2013, hummus and salsa maker Garden Fresh in 2015, and soup maker Pacific Foods in 2017.In midday trading, Campbell Soup shares added 36 cents to $49.95. Snyder’s-Lance gained $3.10, or 6.6 per cent, to $49.89.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Ensign Energy Services posts Q1 beat as it digests Trinidad acquisition

The Canadian Press CALGARY — Drilling firm Ensign Energy Services Inc. is reporting a 72 per cent increase in revenue in its first full quarter since buying Trinidad Drilling Ltd. late last year.The Calgary-based company says revenue came to $445 million in the first three months of 2019, up from $258 million in the same period a year earlier, mainly due to its winning the battle for Trinidad over larger rival Precision Drilling Corp.Ensign lost $22.3 million or 14 cents per share in the quarter, down from a loss of $26.7 million or 17 cents the year before.Analyst on averaged expected a loss of 31 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Trinidad’s U.S. oilfield operations were seen as the biggest attraction for its suitors. Ensign says the companies’ combined U.S. operations in the first quarter accounted for $274 million or 61 per cent of its revenue.Its Canadian arm contributed just 24 per cent of revenue and its 56 per cent increase in operating days compared with the year-earlier period was dwarfed by activity in the U.S. which more than doubled. read more

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October 8, 2019

Speaker names PSC

Earlier the UNP had said it will boycott the PSC untill some of its concerns are adressed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today named a 19 member Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to propose changes to the constitution.The PSC will be led by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, and includes Minister G.L Peiris, Maithipala Sirisena, W.D.J Seniviratne, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Douglas Devananda, Susil Premjayanth, A.L.M. Athaulla, D.E.W Gunasekera, Rishard Badurdeen, Champika Ranawaka, Wimal Weerawanse, Basil Rajapaksa, Lakshman Seniviratne, Vasudeva Nanayakaara, Muttu Sivalingham, Sudarshini Fernandopulle and Janaka Bandara. The government had yesterday said that while necessary amendments to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution will be instituted in the future, elections for the 3 provincial councils including the elections for the Northern Provincial Council will be held in September under the present constitutional status.Cabinet spokesman and the Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella had said that the 13th Amendment to the constitution and the Indo Lanka Agreement were imposed on the country without the consent of the people, the government information department reported. (Colombo Gazette) Notable absentees from the list was that of opposition members. The Speaker however said that opposition members of the PSC will be included once the opposition nominates its members. read more

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October 6, 2019

In message to Palestinian rights meeting Annan calls on both sides to

In a message to a United Nations meeting on Palestinian rights being held in Rabat, Morocco, Mr. Annan repeated his “dismay at the disproportionate and excessive use of force which Israel has too often used in conducting its self-defence.” He also reiterated his call on Israel to halt settlement activity throughout the occupied Palestinian territory.At the same time, the Secretary-General recalled his appeals for an end to terrorist killings of Israeli civilians – actions which “can never be justified” – and called for the Palestinian Authority to do more to prevent them.”Both sides must do much more to meet their obligations to protect civilians under international humanitarian law,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the UN African Meeting in Support of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, delivered on his behalf by Mervat Tallawy, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).The Secretary-General emphasized the importance of ending the occupation while providing genuine security for Israel in order to realize the vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace.”I call on Prime Minister Sharon and Chairman Arafat to assume their responsibilities and lead their peoples and the entire region away from the abyss,” he said. “For that to happen neither side should set conditions and no extremist should be allowed to derail this vitally important undertaking.”Mr. Annan pledged “to do whatever it takes to help these peace efforts, in coordination with the ‘Quartet’ [United States, UN, Russian Federation and European Union] but also in cooperation with other important region and international actors.” Calling for intensified international engagement with both sides, he said, “We need to help the parties chart a clear path that will lead to resolving this conflict once and for all.” At the same time, he urged the donor community to provide assistance to the Palestinians, particularly through the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). read more

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October 3, 2019

Software testing company in New Brunswick to create 145 aboriginal jobs

FREDERICTON – A new software testing company in New Brunswick is expected to create 145 information technology jobs, all of which will be filled by aboriginal people.Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization — or PLATO — is the creation of Fredericton businessman Keith McIntosh.“We have a need for people. We have people who want to be here and have a need for work,” McIntosh said Thursday.The new employees will come from a six-month software testing course created by McIntosh.“We want to make sure that First Nations have all the opportunities that they need to be able to gain the skills, education and training that they need for the workforce here in the province,” said Premier Brian Gallant as he announced the jobs at one of the classrooms for the course.McIntosh said they expect to have at least 150 aboriginal people doing software testing on reserves and in other areas of the province by the end of 2018.PLATO now has 10 employees delivering outsourced testing services, and up to 87 more jobs will be created as students complete the training program.Another 58 jobs will be created at Professional Quality Assurance, where McIntosh is the co-chief executive officer.Melanie Griffith, from the St. Mary’s First Nation, is a student in the current class. She said she saw the program as an interesting opportunity.“I hadn’t considered the technology field being a job opportunity before, but when I saw that people were getting hired on and how quick the training was, I was interested,” she said.McIntosh said he’s impressed with the calibre of the students and their desire to work.“For the people that are taking the course it’s work. It’s not free money, it’s work money. Work for fair pay to do a valued job is dignity, and that’s the best thing you can have,” he said.The provincial government will provide up to $982,000 in payroll rebates for the creation of the new jobs.Gallant was quick to defend the financial assistance, saying the work to be done by the graduates will add $11 million to the provincial economy.McIntosh said the work they are chasing now goes offshore. He said it’s an opportunity to create jobs in the province and bring in money from elsewhere.McIntosh said while the new company is based in Fredericton, he is looking to expand to other provinces across the country. Software testing company in New Brunswick to create 145 aboriginal jobs by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2016 9:44 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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October 2, 2019

International Bulletin July 2012 Edition

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George Mason pulls away late beats Morgan State 8275

FAIRFAX, Va. — Otis Livingston II scored five of his 22 points in the final two minutes to help George Mason pull away and beat Morgan State 82-75 on Wednesday night.George Mason (3-5) rebounded from double-digit losses to Cincinnati and Baylor in the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida.Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr. and Stanley Davis scored four points apiece during an 8-2 spurt to tie the game at 71 with 2:19 remaining. Livingston made a pair of free throws and converted a 3-point play as the Patriots closed on an 11-3 surge.Livingston was 7 of 13 from the field, made all six free-throw attempts and added seven assists. Javon Greene chipped in with 17 points and Justin Kier had 14 for George Mason.Kyson Rawls scored 18 points, and Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Morgan State (2-4). Devonish-Prince Jr. finished with 12 points.The Associated Press read more

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September 28, 2019

Opinion Allen Iversons impact on basketball remains clear today

Former 76ers guard Allen Iverson holds the game ball before Philadelphia played the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Credit: Courtesy of MCT“We talkin’ about practice…not a game… not the game I go out there and die for. But practice.”This was Allen Iverson’s most memorable moment to the masses. In this classic rant, he successfully said the word “practice” 22 times in a press conference. In a nutshell, this moment with the media summed up his entire career.The incident was exciting, riveting and defiant, which was exactly who Allen Iverson was. Basketball fans who watched Iverson play know he stood for so much more than a simple rant in an interview. The innovative Iverson will go down in history as one of the most beloved and popular players of the early 2000s era of the NBA for three reasons: his superior toughness, quickness and exciting brand of basketball.Iverson, who last played in the NBA in 2010, has been back in the news recently after a Showtime documentary titled Iverson was released on May 16. The film captures the life of one of the most influential and beloved athletes our generation has ever seen. In the documentary, filmmaker Zatella Beatty tells the story of one of the more intricate individuals we’ve seen in any sport. The story of Allen Iverson touches on his triumph from the depths of poverty-stricken Hampton, Va., into a NBA legend.Iverson, standing at only 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, was the ultimate warrior on the court and feared no one. Not even the likes of 7-foot giants such as Shaquille O’Neal who occupied the painted area could stop the lightning-quick Iverson from slashing for a layup.His uncanny ability to take brutal punishment from players twice his size and always rise to his feet afterward marks the true definition of a warrior. Iverson was relentless and always gave it his all; no one ever questioned Iverson’s effort or determination on the court. Iverson might have always been the smallest in terms of stature on the court, but what he lacked in height he certainly made up with the size of his heart and determinationIverson wore his emotions on his sleeve and was the beating heart and soul of the 76ers organization for a decade. Behind his remarkable MVP season when he averaged 31 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and three steals, the future Hall of Famer carried a lackluster supporting cast in 2001 to the NBA Finals (which stands today as one of the greatest one-man feats ever) against the heavily favored and nearly unstoppable Kobe Bryant- and Shaq-led Lakers.During the Lakers’ run in the 2001 playoffs, they went undefeated, sweeping every opponent they faced until Game 1 of the Finals. Behind Iverson’s amazing 48-point (the next-highest scoring output was Eric Snow’s 13 points), six-assist, five-rebound and five-steal performance, the Sixers defeated the unstoppable Lakers in overtime. The Sixers would go on to lose in five games; however, it was no fault of Iverson’s, who averaged a ridiculous 35 points throughout the series.The Answer’s most formidable of moves on the court were unequivocally his quickness and his killer crossover. Even the greatness of Michael Jordan was no match for a rookie Iverson who found himself in a one-on-one matchup that left His Airness baffled and befuddled.In a one-on-one matchup, Iverson was impossible to guard. His quickness left defenders on their heels and off balance. If the defender would back off too far, he would rise up for the pull-up jumper, whereas if the defender tried to play him close, he’d blow right by him with his electric speed for an acrobatic layup.Iverson loved to play in big moments and relished the opportunity of taking the opposing team’s best player one-on-one and making him look foolish. Because of this style of play, Iverson was often referred to as selfish and narcissistic, but the quality of teammates (or the lack thereof) forced Iverson into attack mode every night, knowing he was his team’s only option to win.Every single time Allen Iverson took a step onto a basketball court, you held your breath. He brought pure excitement and thrill with his brand of basketball that left even the most casual of fans impressed with his all-out efforts. During this time period, “street ball” was extremely popular but viewed as taboo in the professional ranks of the NBA. Iverson changed this mentality with his flair and exuberance that was both rewarding and entertaining.The Answer was a true superstar who seemed to have a special aura about him. The way he carried himself on the court was so infectious and impressionable, with his persona of tattoos, hairstyle and accessories on the floor. As a child growing up, I specifically remember getting my hair braided solely because of Allen Iverson.When one watches a basketball game today, it is impossible to not find at least one player on the court without a shooting sleeve on. Allen Iverson started this phenomenon initially because of a medical issue with his elbow that future players took and turned into a fashion statement. It’s even evident in other sports such as football and baseball today, where players wear a single sleeve on their right arm just like A.I. did. Ultimately, Iverson was cool, fierce and edgy, and that’s why he was so loved.Iverson was an 11-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, two-time All-Star Game MVP and the 2001 Most Valuable Player. Most of all, he was an icon to a generation.The Showtime documentary details a man’s life story that so many could either relate to or really marvel at. His struggle from poverty and trouble-filled youth to becoming one of the greatest players ever is truly a feat captured well in the documentary. read more

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September 22, 2019

I went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldnt

first_imgA MAN WHO went blind after developing Diabetic Retinopathy has spoken today about the importance of managing diabetes correctly.41-year-old Joe McPhilips was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of fourteen but was unaware that his condition could affect his sight in such a profound way.Speaking on Ireland AM today, he described how his life changed, in an instant.I was working. I went to work that morning, as I had done for years. I went down to take my 10 o’clock tea break, I had a flask in this hand, a sandwich in the other, and it was great, total vision, and my right eye haemorrhaged, just a complete bang. I said to myself ‘that’s not good’.A senior optometrist told him that in 6-8 weeks, he would also be blind in his other eye.At first, McPhilips said he was in “complete denial”.“Your whole life is changed as you know it. You’ve no vision,” he explained. “You’ve to re-learn everything. Making a cup of tea with boiling water. Boiling water still scares me. You’ve to reboot and relearn. It just proves how important it is to really manage your diabetes more.”Every day I got up and could still see the press, runners and shoes, work clothes or whatever. Finally, I’ll never forget, I went to go to the bathroom, went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldn’t see my face. I could see what was around me, peripheral vision was still there but the centre vision was gone and. I said ‘oh I’m in trouble here’.The father of two also spoke about the pain he feels at not being able to see his children. Source: TV3“My daughter Annabelle was four. She’ll always be four in my head,” he said. “She’s heading for eleven now so she won’t be happy with me saying she’s four.I have a son Jacob, and the heartbreaking thing is that I’ve never seen him. Jacob was an integral part of me getting back on track because I went into a very dark deep depression aswell. For about two years I sat on the couch and felt sorry for myself.”About one person with diabetes goes blind every week. Also appearing on the programme, eye specialist Dr Susan Kelly spoke about a new free screening available to patients with diabetes aged 12 and over.She also said campaigns like ‘Eye am what I eat‘ are vital in raising awareness for diabetes and those who are living with it.Read: Radiotherapy may increase diabetes risk for some childhood cancer survivors>Read: Drinking a lot more coffee could reduce your risk of getting diabetes>last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Nokia may be working on a 10inch Windows RT tablet

first_imgNokia is already firmly entrenched in Windows Phone 8, and rumors are swirling once again that the company is getting ready to launch a 10-inch Windows RT tablet. There were rumblings last spring, too, saying that Nokia was working on some sort of Windows 8 tablet device — possibly like the one pictured in a patent application. This time around, DigiTimes is saying that Nokia is actually bringing something to market.DigiTimes’ word can’t be taken as gospel, of course, but the site claims that manufacturing giant Compal is set to churn out an initial run of 200,000 Nokia tablets running Windows RT. Nothing else is revealed about the device, save that it will utilize a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. As far as partners go, those names make sense. Nokia chose Compal to build its first Windows Phone 7 devices, and its Lumia phones have leaned on the Snapdragon.Why wouldn’t Nokia choose to stick with familiar collaborators if it’s really building a Lumia Windows RT tablet?While DigiTimes can’t be relied on for air-tight information, it’s not a secret that Stephen Elop at least has tablet ambitions. He went on record last year as saying that there are “200 tablets on the market” and that Nokia didn’t want to simply be tablet number 201. The company’s offering has to be something that is “uniquely Nokia,” said Elop.What could that mean? Inductive charging and PureView imaging tech seem like good possibilities, as does that clever glove-on touchscreen. Elop is right on the money, though. If Nokia does want to bring a tablet to market, it’s got to offer consumers something truly different if the goal is anything more than modest sales. With a compelling Lumia tablet to offer and a more mature Windows Store serving up apps, success is a definite possibility for the once-mighty mobile computing titan.via DigiTimesMore reading: 5 cool Surface RT featureslast_img read more

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Dont want the DHS monitoring you online Avoid these words

first_imgBeen raving to your friends on Facebook about the delicious pulled pork sandwich you had at Subway and lamenting how it gave you gas? Bad news: three words in that update put you on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) social radar.Following a Freedom of Information request, the Department has revealed what appears to be a complete list of the keywords it uses when scouring the Web for terrorist threats and “signs of dissent.”The three-page list is broken down into eight categories: cybersecurity, domestic security, HAZMAT and nuclear, health concerns, infrastructure, southwest border violence, terrorism, and weather/disaster/emergency.Included on the list are some rather obvious terms — like Al Qaeda, pipe bomb, ricin, and jihad. Other terms are a lot more likely to be used conversationally. Words like pork, gas (hello, $5 a gallon), and metro, for example. And there are loads of tech terms on the list, too.Port? Dock? Sure, those could be mentioned in tweets about someone planning to do a dastardly deed in a shipping yard, but an analysis of updates over the past year would probably reveal a tidal wave of iPhone 5 and iPad mini discussion.Whatever the DHS is using to monitor these keywords is no doubt tuned to filter out such noise. They probably don’t want every instance of the word bust coming up on the dashboard… particularly if they’re watching Vine or Instagram.So are you on a DHS watchlist if you’ve been using terms on the list with reckless abandon? Probably not, but if you’ve got a tinfoil hat in your closet you may want to print the list out and tack it up on your wall just to be sure.The DHS does want to remind everyone that keeping tabs on developing situations is part of its mandate to protect the public, and that’s the only reason it listens in. It’s all documented in the Analyst Desktop manual, which you can read for yourself (with redactions, of course) over on Scribd.last_img read more

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Man arrested in connection to murder of Irene White in 2005

first_img Image: Jan 20th 2017, 1:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aoife Barry 24,885 Views 8 Comments Man arrested in connection to murder of Irene White in 2005 White was found fatally stabbed in her home. Friday 20 Jan 2017, 1:28 PM Image: Short URL A MAN HAS been arrested in connection to the murder of a 43-year-old mother in Dundalk in 2005.Irene White was murdered at her home – known as Ice House – on 6 April that year.She was found with multiple stab wounds by her elderly mother.This morning, gardaí arrested a man in his 30s in the Co Monaghan area in connection with an ongoing investigation into the murder of Irene White.He is currently detained at Dundalk Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.On the day of her murder, White left her home at around 8.50am and dropped her three children off to school for 9am. She then returned to her home where she began washing up after breakfast.Her mother, who lived at the back of the property, called to the house at 12.30pm where she found her daughter lying dead in the kitchen.A Crimecall special into the murder was aired in November of last year. Share68 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

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Garda overtime rises massive 52 as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes

first_imgGarda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll Overtime increased by a huge extent last year with an additional €23.5 million paid out to the force’s 28 regional divisions. By Cianan Brennan Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 12:05 AM Share Tweet Email3 Short URL Source: Rollingnews.ieThe top five greatest hikes are all to be seen in the Dublin regions in areas where much of the activity connected with gangland feuding has taken place:Dublin City North Central – up €5 million (+ 94.8%)Dublin City West – up €3.7 million (+99%)Dublin City North – up €3.6 million (+83.2%)Dublin City South – up €1.8 million (+63.2%)Dublin City South Central – up €1.7 million (+21.2%)Outside the capital, significant increases in spending can be seen in Louth (up €1 million, +69.7%, to €2.4 million, the largest budget outside Dublin), Kilkenny/Carlow (site of many of the arrests seen as part of Operation Thor, up 89% to €1.4 million), and Wexford (with a 103% increase to €1.2 million, the single largest percentage increase in the country). Source: An Garda SíochánaClick here to view a larger imageAs previously mentioned, Clare is the only county in the country to see a (very modest) decrease in overtime payments.“The nature of Garda work and the requirement that the Garda authorities respond, in some cases at short notice, to immediate policing demands means that there is a necessity to incur overtime expenses to ensure effective policing,” a Garda spokesperson said.In addition, a number of police led operations require the deployment of extra resources on overtime. This includes the implementation of anti-crime and anti-burglary initiatives such as Operation Anvil and Operation Thor. Similarly non-crime related events within the general public can require overtime to police effectively.Operation ThorOperation Thor is the gardaí’s multi-strand national anti-crime strategy launched in November  2015. Anvil meanwhile is an older project targeting organised crime stretching back to the last decade.Thor in particular in recent months has led to a string of operations leading to hundreds of arrests and high-profile drug stings, such as the €850,000 worth of cocaine and heroin seized in Tipperary last requested comment from the gardaí as to the specific reasons for the massive jump seen in 2016. A response had not been received at the time of publication.While the jump in overtime spend is significant, figures from the pre-recession Celtic Tiger era were significantly higher. Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieIn 2007 and 2008 the total figures were €135.4 million and €112.5 million respectively.In 2011 the figure was €62.6 million, which fell by more than half to €31.2 million the following year. The yearly spend by division has been increasing steadily ever since, although the 2016 jump is easily the biggest seen this decade.Often, relatively junior gardaí can rack up huge overtime expenses in the course of a single year.In 2015 for example, the two highest annual bills for individual gardaí were paid to rank-and-file members and totalled €62,996 and €51,142, equating in the former case to a trebling of the salary of the Garda concerned.Read: ‘More cock-up than conspiracy’: Shatter defends gardaí, but hits out at KennyRead: Six reasons why calls were recorded at garda stations for so long Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Apr 9th 2017, 12:05 AM Gardaí on duty at an anti water charges protest in December 2014 Source: Sam BoalTHE AMOUNT OF money paid to gardaí for working overtime has increased by over 50% in the last year.Last year, €68.3 million was paid in overtime to those working in the 28 Garda regional divisions, as compared to the €44.8 million paid out in 2015, a massive increase of 52%.The increases being seen are country-wide, with only the Clare division seeing any sort of fall in overtime spend.Perhaps more than any other State profession, overtime is generally seen as something of a given for gardaí given the unpredictable nature of the job.With the vast majority of hikes being seen in the Dublin divisions, the effect of both the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud  and the gardaí’s ramped-up efforts to deal with the perpetrators can clearly be seen.Seven people have died as a result of that feud since February 2016, two of whom were victims of mistaken identity. Source: StatistaClick here to view a larger imageThese figures do not account for the total overtime bill, with the Garda national units and the service’s headquarters in the Phoenix Park not disclosed.In recent times, the force has been dogged by a series of scandals, from the Maurice McCabe/Tusla saga (which has led to the current Charleton Tribunal of Inquiry) to the questions surrounding how one million breath-test results were seemingly falsified, to name just two.Significant increasesAnalysing the numbers released under Freedom of Information to, it can be seen that in every single division bar one, the amount spent on overtime has increased significantly, albeit to varying extents. 49 Comments 17,055 Views last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Kate Middleton had a secret instrument that she used to make a

first_imgBritain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives for a charity gala dinner at a restaurant in central London on 23 October 2014.ReutersKate Middleton has reigned as the Duchess of Cambridge for a while now. Though it has not been smooth sailing the whole while, she has managed to weather any crisis that came her way.The early days of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s relationships had its ups and downs as well, and through it all Kate Middleton persevered because she had a “secret weapon”, according to a Royal biographer.Kate Middleton and Prince William suffered some brief break-ups when they were dating – but the Duchess proved to have one “secret weapon”, according to a royal biographer. Biographer Andrew Morton, in his 2011 book “William and Catherine”, delves into the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s romance. Mr. Morton writes: “It was her family and her home, where William quietly spent time on weekend Army leave, that were ultimately to prove her secret weapon.” Kate MiddletonGetty imagesWhen the pair broke up in 2007, the expert claims that it was these very qualities that made Prince William reconsider his decision. “At heart [William] was the kind of old-fashioned man who is attracted to home, hearth and family,” he added. However, not everyone thinks that Kate’s entry into the Royal Family was as innocent and wholesome, In her 2013 book, “Kate: A Biography”,royal author Marcia Moody writes: “For over ten years she has been the person closest to the man who will one day be king, but she only slowly slipped into the public’s consciousness, like the Royal Family’s stealth missile.”That is one way to look at it we suppose. But whatever means Kate Middleton employed to enter the Royal Family, there is no denying that she is now a valued Royal and maybe even indispensable.last_img read more

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September 2, 2019

Bondsmen Sue Harris County Judges Over New Rule To Release Misdemeanor Defendants

first_img Share You can read a copy of Local Rule 9.1 here: Roy Luck/FlickrA bail bond office in Houston, near Minute Maid Park.Three Houston bail bond companies have sued Harris County’s 15 misdemeanor judges and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez over a new rule that will release all individuals arrested for a misdemeanor on no-cash bonds, with some exceptions.The new policy, known as Local Rule 9.1, was written by the county’s misdemeanor judges who were elected last November and will start being implemented Saturday, February 16. The lawsuit accuses Gonzalez of being complicit with the judges.Individuals arrested for domestic violence, repeat drunken driving offenses and bond violations would not qualify for automatic release. Those defendants would have to appear before a judge within 48 hours to determine their risk, but they might also qualify for personal recognizance bonds in some cases.Under the new rule, approximately 85 percent of people arrested on misdemeanors would automatically qualify for release on no-cash bonds, according to the county’s pretrial services division.Arguments of the lawsuitThe lawsuit contends the rule effectively denies defendants their constitutional right to bail by removing it as an option.The lawsuit also argues defendants have a right to use the services of a bondsman, when allowed under the Texas constitution and state statute.Another argument is that judges should have discretion to set bond and the lawsuit alleges the new rule takes away that discretion in violation of Texas law, as Houston Chronicle reporter Gabrielle Banks told Houston Matters on Friday.Banks said the bail bond industry is in the cross-hairs if poor people are no longer subject to costly bonds, especially for misdemeanors. “It’s going to take a bite out of the bail industry and the bail industry is watching very, very closely to see what happens,” she added.LivelihoodsThe lawsuit also argues the new rule threatens bondsmen’s livelihoods.The bondsmen asked the judge to issue an injunction to prevent the rule from going into effect, but that request was denied.The Office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, which represents the misdemeanor judges, didn’t respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit.Harris County’s cash bail system has been under litigation in federal court since 2016 and a settlement is currently being negotiated.You can read a copy of the bondsmen lawsuit here:last_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Neil Gaimans Good Omens Fantasy Series Is Coming to Amazon on May

first_img Good Omens, a new fantasy series, is coming to Amazon Prime Video on May 31, 2019.On Thursday, Amazon announced the Good Omens update at a Television Critics Association press briefing, The Verge reported. The six-episode show, which is based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and Benedict Cumberbatch.Good Omens isn’t your typical fantasy plot: It focuses on Aziraphale (Sheen) an angel, and Crowley (Tennant), a demon, who form a cool friendship and work together to protect Earthlings from a deadly apocalypse. The pair must save the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy who has no idea that he has a role in Armageddon. Cumberbatch will play the devil in the upcoming series, who likes to stir up trouble for the dynamic duo.Amazon hasn’t disclosed any other updates on the series yet, but you can watch an Inside Look at Good Omens, a Bonus Teaser Trailer, and other behind-the-scenes footage on Amazon Prime Video before Good Omens debuts later this year.More on Gaiman and ‘Good Omens’ Cast Reveal Trailer, Discuss ScriptAmazon’s New ‘Invincible’ Animated Superhero Show Has a Cool CastHere’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in February 2019 Stay on target Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

Google to Acquire ConnectedHome Startup Nest for 32 Billion

first_img Today is a big day for the founders of Nest Labs. Tech giant Google announced that it has agreed to buy the Palo Alto, Calif.-based creator of the Nest smart thermostat for $3.2 billion in cash. In addition to the Nest smart thermostat, the company sells the Nest Protect, a smart smoke alarm.Nest was founded in 2010 and launched the following year. The company had raised a total of $230 million in funding, with Google Ventures leading Nest’s Series B round in August 2011 as well as its Series C in 2012.”Nest’s product line obviously caught the attention of Google and I’m betting that there’s a lot of cool stuff we could do together, but nothing to share today,” Nest co-founder Matt Rogers said on the Nest blog.Nest says it has more than 300 employees in three countrie,s as well as a network of more than 25,000 certified professionals who help install Nest in the U.S. and Canada.”This decision wasn’t made on a whim,” Nest co-founder and chief executive Tony Fadell wrote in a separate blog post. “I know that joining Google will be an easy transition because we’re partnering with a company that gets what we do and who we are at Nest – and wants us to stay that way.”Nest will continue to operate under Fadell and with its own distinct brand identity, Google said. The deal is expected to close in the next few months but, of course, is subject to customary closing conditions.Related: The Connected Home: A Huge Opportunity But Slow to Catch On January 13, 2014 2 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.center_img How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

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August 27, 2019

Hot Black Friday 2018 Deal 100 Off All OnePlus 6 Models Straight

first_imgYou can get every single OnePlus 6 model at a flat $100 discount straight from the official OnePlus store itself.Pick Up Any Model of the OnePlus 6 with a Flat $100 Discount on Black Friday, Offer Starts TodayAlthough the OnePlus 6T is the talk of the town right now, with its water drop shaped notch and all, but we can’t discount the OnePlus 6 from the equation at all since it’s a very, very capable handset in a lot of ways. It has a fantastic screen, offer killer performance for the money, features super fast charging and offers one of the best cameras around on a smartphone.If you’ve been considering to get yourself a OnePlus 6, then you will be pleased to learn that you can pick up any model right now with a $100 discount applied to it. Yes, literally any model. Whether it’s the base one, or the highest end one with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, you’re entitled to a discount.Quite frankly, this is a very good deal considering how much firepower the OnePlus 6 packs under the hood. In case you’re wondering, once you part ways with your money you get a smartphone that has a beautiful 6.28-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845, 16 + 20MP dual camera set up, up to 8GB of RAM, super fast Dash charging and more. Needless to say that this phone knows how to toss dirt in the eyes of the competition despite being over half an year old. In fact, I’ll go as far as saying that this is one of the best smartphones you can buy right now once the discount has been applied.Head over to the link below in order to learn more.Buy OnePlus 6 from official OnePlus online store – $100 Off on All Models Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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