The sole suspect arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police in connection with the killing of the Editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari is giving a tough time to interrogators. A source in the security establishment said the accused, Zubair Qayoom, was present at the scene of crime for almost three hours before Bukhari was killed. The official said Qayoom destroyed his mobile phone hours before the murder and dumped it in a location far away from the Press Enclave area. “He bought a new phone and SIM on the day of the murder. But no calls have been made and no Internet data has been consumed.”“He is hardened and refused to divulge any information. He has shown symptoms of drug abuse,” said the official. On June 14, Mr. Bukhari, 50, was killed when he was leaving his office for iftar. Three attackers emerged at the busy Press Enclave and pumped 16 bullets into him before fleeing away. One of them first opened fire with an automatic weapon at the Personal Security Officer (PSO) driver, and the other two fired upon Mr. Bukhari and another PSO, killing them on the spot.Qayoom, the fourth suspect was arrested a day later. He stayed at the assassination scene and was seen in a video picking up a pistol of the injured policeman. “He had no business to be there. He has not been able to explain his presence there. It was a meticulously planned murder. They watched Mr. Bukhari for several days before killing him. They knew where the PSOs sat in the vehicle and what would have been their reaction in case of an attack,” said the official. The pistol and the clothes he wore on the day of crime have been recovered. The official said there was a strong suspicion that some associates of the attackers videographed the murder and knew the escape routes where there was no police deployment. The J&K police had released two pictures captured on CCTV camera and asked the public to identify the three suspects on a motorcycle. Their faces are concealed and they carried a bag.
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Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte And the Texters indeed played that way, opening up a 30-9 lead early in the second before everything seemingly went in disarray that resulted in their third loss in five games.“It was good that our defense wasn’t bad in the first half, because if it was, we would’ve gotten blown out right there,” Black said. “We just tried to hang in there and we tried to get into the halftime break with a manageable deficit.”Jayson Castro, the star in that win over San Miguel, had 20 points to lead all TNT shooters.Roger Pogoy had 15 points and former MVP Kelly Williams 15 boards in the Texters’ losing effort.“Tonight our communication, particularly on defense, was a lot better,” said Black, whose squad now joins Columbian and San Miguel in a logjam at No. 4.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH bets toughen up “We’ve been getting off to bad starts this conference, that’s why I tried to switch my starting lineup,” said Black, whose charges nonetheless still fell behind by 21 points early. “The only fortunate thing was it was only for the beginning of the game, so we had a lot of time to recover.”Chris Newsome and Baser Amer took turns hitting big shots that got the Meralco rally going in the third period, before the Bolts’ defense frustrated the favored Texters in the stretch that sealed the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNewsome, the former Rookie of the Year, finished with 20 points, while Amer had 17 as the duo led three others in scoring twin figures for Black.TNT came into the game as the logical favorite, having come off two straight wins capped by a 104-93 decision of four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer last Sunday. The Bolts move on to face NLEX at Ynares in Antipolo this Saturday, while the Texters will try to bounce back when they go up against Magnolia at MOA Arena on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chris Newsome leads Meralco Bolts’ comeback. PBA IMAGESMeralco had another bad start on Wednesday night, but, thanks to some old-fashioned perseverance, roared back to life in the second half to stun TNT KaTropa, 88-77, and get back on track in the PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Coach Norman Black tried shuffling his starting lineup in order to avoid another bad jump out of the gates, but instead got a mighty finishing kick from his Bolts in improving to a level 2-2 and tying for fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out of action after he suffered a knee ligament injury in the Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.WATCH FULL VIDEOCity confirmed that Jesus had “suffered a medial collateral ligament injury” and will have further examinations this week to establish the extent of his lay-off.City manager Pep Guardiola said immediately after the match that Jesus would “be out for a little bit more than one month.”The 20-year-old forward left the Selhurst Park pitch in tears after landing awkwardly during the first half and had to be consoled by his club’s medical staff.”Today I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial collateral ligament injury,” Jesus wrote on Instagram on Monday.”Thank God it is not very bad and I won’t have to go through any surgery procedure. Promise to be back as soon as possible.”City are 12 points clear at the top of the table before facing mid-table Watford at home on Tuesday.After 18 games and more than four months, City’s record-breaking run in the Premier League finally ended with the 0-0 draw vs Palace.But dropping points for the first time since August – and failing to score in a league game for the first time since January – might be the least of City’s worries.Guardiola can at least console himself that his team head into 2018 with a 12-point lead with 17 games remaining. Finishing the season unbeaten, emulating Arsenal’s “Invincibles” of 2003-04, is also still a possibility.advertisement”Maybe Arsene (Wenger) is worried about that,” Guardiola said, “but I tell him many times that 2004 run is for him.”Thirteen years later, Wenger is still in the Premier League and, like Guardiola, still breaking records.The Frenchman took charge of his 811th match in the Premier League – a record in a division that was inaugurated in 1992 – when Arsenal visited West Brom in the final game of 2017, and saw his team concede in the 89th minute from a disputed penalty to draw 1-1.
Daniel Ricciardo will leave Red Bull and join Renault formula one team in 2019, it was announced on Friday.”It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far. But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge,” said Ricciardo after announcing that he will leave Red Bull.The surprise announcement will ripple through the driver market, with other teams set to shake up their line-ups as a consequence.”Daniel Ricciardo has advised us that he is to leave the team at the end of the 2018 season,” Red Bull said in a statement without saying where he was headed.”We fully respect Daniel’s decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.”We would like to thank him for his dedication and the role he has played since joining the Team in 2014, the highlights of course being the seven wins and the 29 podiums he has achieved so far with us.”We will now continue to evaluate the numerous options available to us before deciding on which driver partners Max Verstappen for the 2019 season.”Ricciardo had been out of contract at the end of the year and was also linked with Mercedes. But any hope of joining champions Mercedes disappeared when they retained titleholder Lewis Hamilton and Finland’s Valtteri Bottas.Ricciardo is most likely to replace Spaniard Carlos Sainz at Renault. Sainz drives for Renault on loan from Red Bull alongside Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg.advertisementSainz could return to the Red Bull fold alongside his former Toro Rosso team mate Verstappen but has also been linked to McLaren, where he could form an all-Spanish line-up with Fernando Alonso.McLaren have not won a race since 2012 and are going through a rebuilding phase.(With Reuters inputs)
Rajasthan Royals on Saturday announced that captain Ajinkya Rahane will be succeeded by Steve Smith for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League this season.Ajinkya Rahane stepped down from the post after Rajasthan’s terrible campaign in the IPL so far. They have registered just two wins from 8 games so far.Rahane will continue to be “a key voice in the side,” the Rajasthan Royals announced just minutes before their do-or-die match against Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Saturday.”Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the play offs in 2018 in a very challenging scenario and that will go down as one of the great comebacks of the IPL. He remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve.”Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game. We are confident he can lead the Royals to success,” said Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals.Rajasthan Royals are currently seventh in the points table, having picked four points from eight matches.The likes of Rahane and Steve Smith haven’t really got going and Sanju Samson’s form too, has dipped after the hundred he scored against Sunrisers Hyderabad last month.Smith did not play the last game and is expected to be back for this one with Ashton Turner, who made his debut against Punjab, failing to make any impact.advertisementThis will be Smith’s first time leading a professional cricket team since he was sacked as Australia captain last year following the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.Smith was barred from the IPL last season due to his involvement in the ball-tampering controversy and was handed a one-year ban from all forms of competitive cricket by Cricket Australia, along with David Warner.Smith was banned from captaincy for two years while Warner will never be considered for the post.Smith had succeeded MS Dhoni as captain of Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 and led the team to the final that season before he rejoined the Royals in 2018 after the franchise’s two-year suspension got over.Also Read | Rajasthan Royals have to treat every game like final, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane seeks BCCI permission to play for HampshireAlso Read | Pujara, Ashwin among 7 India cricketers to play county ahead of World Test Championship
Juventus Dybala strikes fear into opponents, says Juventus great Del Piero amid Messi comparisons Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:52 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Sassuolo v Juventus Sassuolo Serie A The Argentine has been in blistering form of late, with a stunning hat-trick against Sassuolo on Sunday seeing him draw praise from an iconic figure The form of Juventus star Paulo Dybala has Serie A defenders running scared, according to Italy great Alessandro Del Piero.The Argentina international hit a hat-trick on his 100th Juve appearance on Sunday to help the champions to a 3-1 win over Sassuolo and maintain their 100 per cent record at the start of their title defence.Juve to beat Olympiakos BTTS 2/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Dybala has scored eight times in those four league games and has 10 in six appearances in all competitions following an explosive start to the campaign.His first at MAPEI Stadium was a sublime curled effort from outside the penalty area and he scored two more after the break, prodding home a clever toe-poke finish before completing his treble with a fine free-kick.Former Juve star Del Piero says it is uncertainty over how he will try to score that makes Dybala – who has drawn comparisons to international team-mate and Barcelona icon Lionel Messi – so dangerous.The last player to score in the first @SerieA_TIM matches of the season? Luca Toni in 2005/06. #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/MybKVaqtDd— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 17, 2017Asked about the free-kick, Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia: “It wasn’t an exceptional one and it wasn’t at too much of an angle but there was just enough of one for him to score.”[Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea] Consigli was almost in awe and that tells you Dybala is growing, not only with his goals but also in terms of how he plays.”People are afraid to face him at the moment, even when it comes to free-kicks. You don’t know what can happen.”Consigli could have saved it but he moved too late. The free-kick was well-hit, anyway.”
Chelsea boss Lampard delighted with Kante goalscoring performanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was not surprised with N’Golo Kante’s performance against Liverpool on Sunday.The France international has been stricken with injuries so far this season, but bounced back to score a wonderful goal in the 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge.Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “We end up being not surprised with Kante, which is not fair on him really.”He did it in the Super Cup without training, he did it today with probably not match-fit training, but he’s so important for us you put him in the team and he showed his qualities.Lampard also had special praise for young defende Fiyako Tomori.”I have to single out Tomori. For a young player like him to go up against Mo Salah, who is lethal, and deal with him for pace and in the mind, I thought was class. Everything he did was. Those are the signs I’m looking for individually.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched the U.S. Air Force’s most powerful GPS satellite ever built.A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite toward orbit.The satellite was supposed to soar Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight.Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, says this next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming. It’s the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth’s circumference to within 50 miles (80 kilometres).It was SpaceX’s 21st and final launch of the year, a company record.The Associated Press
New Delhi: An engine of an empty Boeing 777 aircraft of Air India shut down at the Delhi airport during a technical inspection on Wednesday night and “black fumes” were seen coming out of it, the airline said.”Wednesday night at Delhi when an engineer was doing a routine technical examination of the empty aircraft (777), auxiliary power unit (APU) auto shutdown took place,” the airline said in a statement on Thursday. The APU is the smallest engine on an aircraft and situated at the tail of it. It provides the necessary power to start the main engines. Airport personnel observed black fumes from the APU exhaust and sprayed foam spray on it and part of the fuselage, the national carrier said. After opening the cowlings (cover) of the APU, “there was no traces of any burn or external damage noticed except for the minor oil leaks traces, which was normal”, it said.
Mohammedia – When Morocco impressively defeated Cameroon yesterday (2-0), catapulting Morocco’s Lions to Group B leadership with 10 points, qualification was merely mathematical.They still needed to wait for the next group B game between Malawi and Comoros.Despite the joy that came with defeating Cameron, there was in the air a lingering aura that suggested that the qualifying journey still had a next stop. The game against Malawi—assuming first that Malawi defeats Comoros— was still waiting, and it counted enormously for sealing the qualifying spot. So Morocco’s coach, who is famous for his take-nothing-for-granted attitude, seemed to be preaching self-constraint and respect for future opponents. Having coached Zambia in 2012, an underdog squad that shocked the entire African continent, Renard knows what can happen in 90 minutes of football.Meanwhile, Malawi needed two spectacular games—against Comoros today and against Morocco in April 2019—to change Group B dynamics, and perhaps even spoil Morocco’s ultimate joy: qualification. But Malawi’s loss has smashed the country’s hopes to qualify for CAN 2019.The defeat also ends any prospects of surprises in Group B, casting the dice for Morocco, who can now fully relish the joy of sealing qualification before the last game.Mission accomplished, then, as we prematurely reported yesterday. While qualification for Moroccan Lions was simply mathematical after their victory against Cameron, it is now official.And, as they now majestically sit on top of Group B with 10 points, having outclassed Cameroon (second with 8 points) in terms of head-to-head encounter, Morocco’s Lions can already start dreaming about being the continent’s champions.Bottom line: there will be no need to wait until the last game to engage in a thrilling anything-is-possible-in-football exercise.
Rabat – A Moroccan inmate has managed to escape the Sevilla II prison when authorities transferring him from the jail to the police vehicle for deportation on Tuesday, July 30.The Spanish news outlet Las Provincias said that the Moroccan man, who escaped the Seville II Jail, had finished serving his sentence. He was due to be deported in accordance with a court order.EFE said that Spanish police were not able to apprehend the Moroccan national. Authorities have opened a search operation. The Moroccan man was in prison for driving offenses, and an attack on security services reported Sevilla Actualidad.
Deal on Canada Pension Plan reform was swift in policy-making terms Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is flanked by his provincial and territorial counterparts as he speaks during a news conference after reaching a deal to expand the Canada Pension Plan, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday June 20, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Higher Canada Pension Plan premiums are still more than two years off, and the ensuing benefits — meant to accrue to future generations — still several decades away.All of which makes it rather ironic that the “historic” CPP deal reached Monday between Ottawa and most, but not all, of the provinces and territories came together in a relative blink of an eye — by policy-making standards, at least.Even federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, himself a pension expert, had expected it to take until the end of the year for negotiations to wrap up.Instead, the provinces are now being asked to finalize an agreement by July 15 that will eventually increase contributions and retirement benefits through the public plan.Following weeks of talks and an all-day meeting in Vancouver on Monday, finance ministers emerged with an agreement in principle.Even provinces such as Saskatchewan and British Columbia, which had expressed concerns about the timing of CPP reform, had signed on. Only Manitoba and Quebec declined to agree to the terms.The agreement came together as pollsters pointed to overwhelming popular support for public pension reform amid concerns about the adequacy of retirement savings.The federal Liberals ran on platform to upgrade the public pension system, as did their Ontario cousins. The result also means Ontario will abandon its project to go it alone with its own pension plan.How did this all happen so quickly?Sources familiar with the talks said doubters had concerns about the potential economic impact of boosting the CPP, even at the late stages of negotiations.They said Ottawa made a major push in the final days and hours, which helped secure enough country-wide support to expand the CPP. To make the change, they needed the consent of a minimum of seven provinces representing at least two-thirds of Canada’s population.The sources also said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself was personally involved in the 11th-hour effort. Ontario was also a central player in the lobbying drive.Canada’s most populous province has long pushed for an enhanced CPP, going so far as to propose its own, more ambitious pension plan. Indeed, Ontario repeatedly warned it would go it alone on pension reform, if necessary.On Tuesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne gave her government credit for its role in the CPP deal.“Had we not continued to work to implement the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, had we not continued to put this issue on the table squarely with our colleagues across the country, I firmly believe that we would not be here today,” she said.“Ontario’s determination has paid off.”To get there, Ontario eased concerns of some provinces by backing down from its earlier requests that CPP reform be just as robust as its own proposal and that it be gradually introduced starting in 2018.The agreement states the CPP premium increases on workers and employees will only start to be phased in on Jan. 1, 2019.Saskatchewan’s finance minister said his province signed on out of fear that the alternative would be something worse.“I think we played a constructive role knowing full well that, had we not gone along with it, something would have been imposed upon us that maybe was less palatable,” said Finance Minister Kevin Doherty, who less than a week ago had opposed any changes because it could further damage the struggling provincial economy.The CPP deal, however, wasn’t signed by everyone.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the CPP agreement does not address the need for people to manage their own retirement savings.“I guess what I’m talking about is making sure we don’t lose sight of individual responsibility in the hoopla around debating the CPP augmentation here,” said Pallister, who worked for decades in insurance and financial planning.He also said Manitoba abstained from the vote in part because his government was only two months old. The province is, however, still studying the issue.Quebec refused to sign the deal out of concern a broad-based premium increase would have a negative impact of low-income earners. The province operates its own sister program of the CPP — the Quebec Pension Plan. Quebec can adjust the QPP as it likes, but it has typically followed the CPP.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said in an interview he will raise QPP premiums according to the CPP deal. He said he would also phase them in over the same period.But unlike the broader-based CPP reform agreement, he said Quebec would only raise premiums on income earned above $27,500.“Those people already have a hard time saving, so their disposable income is pretty tight — and I think by taking the decision that we took, we will avoid an unfair tax on them and also on their employers.”To help offset the effect on low-income earners of increased CPP premiums, Ottawa said would it enhance the federal working income tax benefit — but it did not immediately indicate by how much.It also said it would provide a tax deduction — instead of a tax credit — on the increased CPP contributions by employees.Critics of CPP expansion warn that imposing additional contributions will squeeze workers and employers — and hurt the economy.Dan Kelly, the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, warned that the CPP expansion is “pretty devastating” for small businesses.“The big question I ask myself is what was the size of the federal cheques that were written to some of these provinces to get them to the table?”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
“We have become effective at lowering the barriers to movements of goods, services and capital, but we have sadly and paradoxically done far less well in addressing cross-border movements of human beings,” said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, opening the International Forum on Migration and Peace in New York.“Migrants provide vital support for the families, communities and countries they leave behind. For developing countries, their remittances are often an economic lifeline, but migrants are also essential for the well-being of the societies to which they venture,” Mr. Eliasson said. “They make significant contributions to the economic and social development of the places they go to.”The two-day form, taking place at News York Law School, was organized by the Scalabrini International Migration Network, along with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in New York, the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN and the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS). During the forum, members of the private and public sector will discuss topics such as human insecurity and international migration governance, and will focus on creating a dialogue on migration issues.Mr. Eliasson said the discussions should recognize the benefits that migrants bring to societies and seek to find ways to overcome stereotyping and scapegoating.“Our task is to identify concrete measures that will help us reduce the costs of transferring remittances, ensure support for vulnerable migrants and, not least, stamp out discrimination and abuse,” he said. In October, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on international migration and development, and Mr. Eliasson said it should help to place migration more firmly in the global post-2015 development agenda as it is a powerful tool to improve the lives of millions of families.“Migration is a complex and sometimes controversial subject in the public debate and discourse. But I believe we can rise above the noise, find common ground and promote the realization that migration is a critical catalyst for development in a globalized world,” he concluded.
Lighting and electronics expert HELLA says it became the first supplier to present a beacon that combines innovative design and state-of-the-art LED technology.The design beacon, presented at the Bauma fair, in Munich, earlier this month, allows manufacturers in the construction and mining industry to give their vehicles a unique appearance, according to HELLA.“The black, futuristic-looking beacon fits perfectly into the existing vehicle silhouette thanks to its design and compact dimensions of around 60 mm in height. For comparison: HELLA’s lowest beacon ever, the K-LED 2.0, has a height of 90 mm. Halogen beacons sometimes even have a height of up to 194 mm,” the company said.HELLA has not only minimised the size of the beacon but also changed the lighting concept with this design.“This once again proves our technological leadership,” Stefan Maierhofer, Product Manager at HELLA, said. The beacon doesn’t need a dome anymore. Instead, the light is visible through a circumferential, ring-shaped light band.Despite the minimal light emission area and the compact size, the beacon achieves the best light values and an ideal warning effect that meet the legal requirements of the European ECE-R 65 directive for beacons, according to the company.An additional advantage is the LED double flash function of the warning light, which emits a direct and remotely visible 360° signal. With this, other traffic participants get alerted at an early stage and occupational safety significantly increases, the company said.The beacon is maintenance-free and, due to its low total current consumption and high-quality, long-life LEDs, is suitable for continuous use. In addition, the vehicle battery is conserved.The beacon complies with IP (International Protection) classes 67 and 9K. This means it is resistant to dust and water and the electronics are protected up to a water depth of 1 m when submerged for a short time.In addition, the warning light is resistant to stronger strains such as shocks and blows or temperature fluctuations, road salt and moisture, according to HELLA. This is ensured by the polycarbonate light band, the powder-coated aluminium housing and the absence of moving parts.“This means that the beacon can also be used in adverse conditions. In addition, it meets the prescribed values for electromagnetic compatibility and therefore does not interfere with any other radio signals,” HELLA said.HELLA was the first supplier to launch a beacon on the market as early as 1955, with the first LED beacon following in 2006. In addition to halogen lamps, the company currently has 14 LED beacons in its product range.
A RESIDENT OF Kilcock got more than she bargained for as she went to hang out her washing today, being stopped along the way by a strange sight in her flowerbeds.A 75-cm long lizard had made its way into the garden but appeared not to be moving.Not sure if it was a real reptile or a toy, the worried homeowner contacted the ISPCA.Chief Inspector Conor Dowling was dispatched to the scene and found the animal was “very much the real thing”.“There was a green iguana just sitting in the flowerbed. It was very cold by the time I arrived and hadn’t moved in some time. Iguanas are cold-blooded and cannot be active when appropriate external heat is not available.”The lizard, subsequently called Iggy by rescuers, was quickly removed to a warm vivarium for some much needed heat. It is presumed that Iggy is a pet that escaped so anybody with information about its owner is asked to contact the ISPCA on 043 332 5035.Dowling added: “Iggy appeared to be in good condition with healthy skin colour. If we can locate the rightful owner it should be possible to reunite them, though we may have to check on the security of the housing!”
A study bythe Centre of Planning and Economic Research, on the deregulation process mandated by the bailout program in Greece, shows positive impact on consumption and employment.The study focused on four commodity markets – baby formula, food supplements and vitamins, bakeries, and cement. These were heavily regulated markets, which have now undergone a liberalisation process that allowed for an expanded range of prices to appear, for the benefit of the consumer.Furthermore, a deregulation on the sales and offers policy in retail, has led to a reduction of prices, though this may also be an aftereffect of the crisis, pushing prices lower. Most of these changes had been met with fierce opposition, but in most cases, the implementation has led to the opening up of new markets, such as the supermarkets entering the bakery industry, being allowed to bake bread from frozen dough.“The interventions in the institutional framework of retail offers and sales resulted in downward pressures on product prices, which were examined according to the highest range of prices during the entire year, not just in the sales periods,” reads the report. “That means consumers have probably benefitted from the changes, while the intermediary sales [in spring and fall] had a similar but weaker impact on prices.”The centre concludes that further liberalization should be implemented, estimating that the consequences would have been even more positive, if the retail sector did not face the combined effects of austerity and heavy taxation, particularly leading to a significant drop in unemployment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nokia : une tablette tactile 10 pouces en préparationFace à sa nouvelle place de 4ème au rang mondial des smartphones (après que Sony lui ait ravi la troisième place juste avant Noël) et à un partenariat avec Microsoft ne donnant pas entière satisfaction, Nokia pourrait peut-être commencer à jouer sa propre composition en soliste et, d’après les informations récoltées par le site The Verge, se préparerait à lancer une tablette ressemblant à s’y méprendre à Surface.Nokia restera-t-il aux côtés de Microsoft après la publication de l’indiscrétion de The Verge ?D’après le site, le constructeur finlandais serait à pied d’œuvre pour le lancement d’une tablette dotée d’un écran de 10,1 pouces, qui disposerait d’une connectivité wifi et cellulaire mais surtout d’un étui intelligent avec batterie, deux port USB et clavier intégrés. Cet étui ferait également office de socle pour l’ardoise numérique, qui, elle, disposerait d’une autonomie d’une dizaine d’heure, selon la source interne travaillant chez Nokia et citée par The Verge.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette dernière déclare également que Nokia sortirait un petit nombre de ces tablettes, qui fonctionnerait avec une architecture ARM sous Windows RT, avant de s’attaquer à un modèle plus étoffé intégrant Windows 8.L’honneur serait donc sauf pour le partenariat Microsoft-Nokia, et l’objectif serait peut-être autre, comme de gêner Apple avec son système d’exploitation, ou Samsung avec l’OS Google.D’après la même source, Nokia aurait prévu de dévoiler cette première tablette tactile de la marque à l’occasion du Mobile World Congress, qui aurait lieu du 25 au 28 février 2013.Le 27 décembre 2012 à 17:49 • Maxime Lambert
It was great popping in and chatting with you all thanks for inviting me! https://t.co/pGnDr99VNo— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019At the ripe age of 29, Ocasio-Cortez defeated 10-term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley in one of the biggest upset victories of the 2018 midterm election primaries, to become the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress.Early this month, an anonymous Twitter user attempted to discredit AOC with a nearly decade-old clip of the then-Boston University student dancing in a “Brat Pack Mash Up” video.The tweet backfired, instead garnering defense, support, and adoration for the politician.Now, on the same day screenwriter Aaron Sorkin encouraged newly elected Democrats to “stop acting like young people,” AOC pronounced her love for the 1990s Nintendo 64 game console. Stay on target If you’d like to use this as a good moment to support the queer community, there’s a charity twitch stream going on for @Mermaids_Gender: https://t.co/vCvvqRhAwb— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019Money raised during the epic marathon will support Mermaids, a UK charity for gender-diverse and transgender children and teenagers.AOC first tweeted about the Twitch stream, suggesting followers “use this as a good moment to support the queer community.”Next thing you know, she’s live on air, blowing H.bomberguy’s mind (watch his face as she formally announces who she is).“It’s a pleasure to meet you,” he blurts out, still reeling from the realization of his special guest. Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountTwitch Celebrates Prime Day With Live Shopping Show ‘Twitch Sells Out’ A charity Twitch stream supporting transgender kids is not the first place most people would think to look for a politician.Which is why the Internet nearly imploded on Sunday when freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez phoned in for a chat.The U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th district briefly joined YouTuber H.bomberguy to discuss trans rights during his weekend-long Donkey Kong 64 stream. Lemons into lemonade https://t.co/fzi4knRPxV— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019“I never owned an N64, though I do think it’s probably the best system out of all of them,” she said on the livestream. “I used to go to my cousin’s house all the time, and she had Super Mario 64, Pokemon Snap, and probably a handful of other things. That’s probably all I know how to play.”Oh, and she also discussed how discrimination hurts trans people’s ability to remain financially stable.“[Discrimination] makes these issues much more acute in their crises,” Ocasio-Cortez explained. “So it’s important that we do talk about these issues in an economic frame, but not let go of the fact that that discrimination is a poor reason for the economic hardship.”More on Geek.com:ACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media SurveillanceStreaming Culture is Diseased. Is There a Cure?Best Nintendo 64 Games
Police in Washington and Colorado appear to be closing more cases since the legalization of marijuana in both states, according to an analysis of FBI crime clearance data by researchers at Washington State University.To do the study, the researchers examined monthly FBI crime data from 2010 to 2015. They performed a statistical analysis looking at the trends in clearances for different crimes before and after marijuana was legalized. Similar data isn’t available at the local level.A clearance rate is the ratio of crimes ending with an arrest, or cases “closed,” with the total number of reported crimes recorded by police. The higher the rate, the more cases are cleared, and researchers and police agencies use the rate as a measure of performance.There were no immediate changes in clearance rates after the laws passed, but Washington’s clearance rate for motor vehicle thefts jumped 5 percent.Longer term, the trend in property crime clearance rates jumped in Colorado, then continued to climb, where Washington’s trend largely levels out to the prior trend over time.Violent crime clearance rates were declining in both states before legalization. Post-legalization, that decline stabilized in Colorado and started to reverse itself in Washington. There’s no similar shift in the country as a whole.