first_imgAs the unprecedented lockdown continues in Jammu and Kashmir with security personnel designated in the region to check any aggression, public demonstrations in Pakistan came to surface over the abrogation of Article 370. Pakistan was quick to summon a National Security Committee meeting chaired by its prime minister in Islamabad which took some immediate decisions to display their dissent over Indian actions. Not considering it an internal matter of India, Pakistan announced a downscaling of diplomatic ties with India. Suspending the bilateral trade, shutting a corridor of its airspace and expelling the Indian High Commissioner, Pakistan’s aggression grew following a neat clearance from Indian Parliament over the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. In fact, to put their point out on the global scale, Pakistan has vowed to take the matter to the United Nations Security Council for a possible intervention into the situation even as India maintained the abrogation and resulting bifurcation to be an internal matter. Suspending the diplomatic route and calling for international attention has been the general retaliation, however, there is a constant threat of infiltrations by terror outfits supported by Pakistan as under-the-cover measures in wake of the grand upset impinged upon it. As per Indian intelligence reports, threats of infiltrations loom large and it is to this length that security forces are deployed in order to counter any misadventures by Pakistan and terror outfits. The UK and US took cognisance of Pakistan’s aggression, urging it to exercise restraint while UAE and Maldives came out in support of the Indian move. For Pakistan, making a move was inevitable since they consider themselves party to anything regarding Kashmir but New Delhi abstained from responding over downgraded bilateral relation between the neighbouring countries. There is nothing in the fray for India to say anyway since there is no ground for Pakistan to argue. Pakistan realises it well that the separatist sentiment which, more often than not, had caused a recurring disturbance in the Valley will now be diminished owing to India’s decision and that is indeed a pain point for it. The pro-Pakistan lobby will cease to exist and with tricolour waving high in the Valley, Pakistan’s longstanding conflict with India over Kashmir will receive a significant setback. It must also worry Pakistan that the insurgency and militant-training through terror outfits that was orchestrated across the border would be hampered once situation normalises in Kashmir and India takes complete control of the region. India’s firm stride into the Valley is obviously threatening for Pakistan which was particularly concerned following the Indian Parliament’s clearance of the bill. In fact, so concerned that they had to call an emergency meeting to take note of the developments and plan their response–a response so not needed. But Pakistan’s step to downgrade bilateral trade is not something that will hurt Indian interests. Owing to very little trade between the countries, there is practically nothing to lose over Pakistan’s decision. Some impact will be endured on cross-LoC trade in Kashmir which the Indian government can compensate now that it has full control over the region. It is a tough spot for Pakistan now that they know Indian grip over Kashmir has grown and perhaps this is the reason why it is pressing hard to internationalise the issue. With Trump having shown interest in mediating the conflict over Kashmir and mending relations with Pakistan for their own interest in Afghanistan, Pakistan sees an opportunity to bring the US to its side on the Kashmir argument. While not letting the Indian move consolidate so easily and hence pressing for some change in the new status quo which India is headed for in Kashmir, Pakistan is forgetting that it has more burning concerns with the Financial Action Task Force. Being in the grey list and hence having to push for narrowing down on terror funding, Pakistan has to avoid getting blacklisted in the October meeting of FATF. Their economy is not in the best shape and their failure to present concrete evidence of terror crackdowns would push them into FATF’s black list, thereby isolating them from World trade completely–a situation Pakistan that will adversely impact the country. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhile the aggression on display by Pakistan is understood considering their history with Kashmir, now might not be the best time to engineer any sort of cross-border activity. But same is not expected out of them and hence Indian agencies are continuously monitoring movements of the Pakistan Army following several threats issued by Pakistan in the wake of the abrogation. Ceasefire violations along the LoC are usually expected and dubbed as Pakistan’s great attempt to keep the issue of Kashmir under the global eye–last week Indian army foiled Pakistan’s BAT misadventure. Pakistan must realise that by observing India’s independence day as a “Black Day”, it is not going to make any dent on proceedings in Kashmir and its best hope is the potential internal aggression caused by the emergency-like situation that India had imposed on J&K prior to the landmark decision. Once India manages to stabilise the region after lifting the curfew, there won’t be any breeding ground for terror or separatist ideology left for Pakistan to capitalise. And, this is perhaps what Pakistan fears most.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsMost people think of passports as a necessary bureaucratic evil when it comes to travelling.But many Indigenous people all over the world are increasingly using them as a means of protest. And that includes four Indigenous Australians who were in Montreal Monday as part of a cross-country tour.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

first_imgKolkata: With the Congress-CPI(M) proposed alliance falling apart in West Bengal, the stage is set for a four-cornered contest in which the main contenders — the Trinamool Congress and the BJP – are in an advantageous position to consolidate the voters in their favour. According to Trinamool Congress sources, the breakdown augurs well for the party, which would be in a better position to bag the nearly 30-per cent minority votes in the state in the absence of another credible “secular force” in the state. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The CPI(M)-Congress seat-sharing talks failed after the latter accused the Left of insulting it by unilaterally announcing 25 candidates in the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats. The cross currrents of the failure to clinch the Opposition alliance will be felt directly in 15 seats spread across north and south Bengal, a TMC leader said. “Although the breakdown of the Opposition alliance has its benefits, it has taken away the buffer from us. Now the maximum anti-TMC votes would be bagged by the BJP, which might alter lot of equations in various seats,” another senior TMC leader said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Had the alliance been there, the anti-TMC votes would have been divided between it and the BJP, which would have helped us,” he told PTI on the condition of anonymity. The TMC will now be directly pitted against the BJP in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Raiganj, Balurghat, Malda South in north Bengal; and Murshidabad, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Basirhat, Barrackpore, Asansol, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and Midnapore seats in south Bengal, sources in the party said. “Had there been an Opposition alliance, we would have been in a comfortable position in most of these seats. But now things will be different. We have full faith in our leadership and things will change once the campaign starts,” a senior TMC leader of north Bengal said. The development has brought cheer to the BJP camp, which has emerged as the main challenger of the TMC in the past few years. The party will be in a better position to find favour with a sizeable portion of the refugee voters in the border districts following its efforts to bring in the citizenship bill. Besides, a section of the Hindu voters, who are unhappy with the “appeasement politics” of the TMC, will support the BJP, said a leader of the saffron party. The refugees have for the past several decades been a trusted vote bank of the Left. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014. “Those voters who are disillusioned with the TMC will now vote for BJP as it is only the saffron party which can provide them with an alternative. If the TMC has Mamata Banerjee, we have Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” said Arjun Singh, a former TMC MLA who had recently switched to the saffron party. Singh is likely to be the BJP’s candidate in Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, which is held by Dinesh Trivedi of the TMC. Leaders of both the Congress and the CPI(M) agreed that the failure to clinch a seat-sharing deal would actually be a negative factor for both the parties and they might not win more than one or two seats in the state. “It is true that elections will now be more polarised between the TMC and the BJP. But the CPI(M) needs to understand that it has to be more flexible while working in an alliance,” state Congress president Somen Mitra told PTI. CPI(M) central committee leader Sujan Chakraborty, also echoed Mitra’s views but said the Congress should have been more active in order to seal the deal. “The people of the state will decide whether we were right or wrong (in breaking the alliance). Despite a lot of hurdles, we had tried to provide a secular alternative along with the Congress, but it had other plans,” Chakraborty said. The electoral history of Bengal shows that it is the ruling party and the main opposition which become the main beneficiaries in the event of a four-cornered contest. In 2014, the state again witnessed a four-cornered election in which the TMC won 34 seats, the Congress four and the Left and BJP two seats each. The TMC had then secured 39.05 per cent votes, the CPI(M)-led Left Front 29.71 per cent, while the BJP and the Congress had secured 17 percent and 9.5 per cent respectively. The CPI(M)-Congess seat sharing deal in the 2016 state assembly polls had failed to halt the return of the TMC to power, but it was successful in stopping the march of the BJP to an extent. But the alliance fell apart after the poll as the CPI(M) decided to part ways with the Congress since its central committee vetoed it. Since then the BJP has steadily taken over the Opposition space in various by-elections and has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC. Mohammed Kamruzzaman, the general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, told PTI that had there been a credible Left-Congress alliance, a percentage of minority votes in north Bengal would have swung in favour of it. “But now minorities would en bloc vote for the TMC to stop the march of the BJP”. Lok Sabha polls will be held in the state in seven phases from April 11.last_img read more

Rabat- King Mohammed VI and Tunisian President Moncef Merzouki expressed determination to endeavor to promote “sound and exemplary ties serving as a major pre-requisite for the Maghreban integration process”.The two heads of state also “underscored their firm will to endeavor to further reinforce, enrich and diversify bilateral cooperation in a way to meet the aspirations of the two brother peoples, achieve progress and prosperity in the two countries”, says a joint communique released Sunday at the end of the official visit to Tunisia by King Mohammed VI.In this context, they stressed the importance given to carrying on joint action in order to raise bilateral relations and lend them a strategic dimension in all fields. The two leaders called for consolidating regular consultation between the two parties and for establishing active and balanced partnerships laying the foundations for promising future perspectives, on the path of reaching complementarity and harmony guaranteeing optimal use of economic potentials of the two countries.Thy also expressed deep satisfaction at the outstanding level reached by Moroccan-Tunisian bonds, voicing will to secure good preparation of the 18th high joint commission, scheduled in the second half of 2014.They called, in this regard, for proposing new initiatives to enrich bilateral cooperation and for the establishment of work programs with clear objectives and mechanisms, in light of the major results achieved by the visit of HM the King in Tunisia, while taking into account present priorities as well as potentials of the two countries and moving toward tapping on the free-trade agreement signed on February 25, 2004, with the genuine opportunities it offers to establish efficient partnerships with the Arab-Mediterranean free trade area.The two leaders welcomed the outcome of the “Moroccan-Tunisian economic forum”, held on the eve of the King’s visit in Tunisia, stressing the importance of holding this meeting in a regular manner and the need to secure the follow-up of its recommendations through new approaches of a balanced and solidarity-based partnership, so that this sector can contribute to reaching the longed-for development in the mutual interest of the two countries.In this regard, the two heads of state also underscored the importance of the two countries’ private sectors in establishing strategic economic partnerships, making utmost use of economic potentials available in the two countries. read more

Salé  –  The criminal chamber in charge of terrorism affairs at the annex of Salé’s Appeal Court handed on Thursday verdicts ranging from to 4 to 5 years in prison with no remission to three women in terrorism-related cases.The court sentenced two women to 5 years in jail with no remission for forming a criminal gang to prepare and perpetrate terror acts as part of a collective project to seriously undermine public order, inciting people to carry out terror acts, raising funds to perpetrate terror acts and praising terror acts and organizations, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Moroccan authorities dismantled in October 2016 a terrorist cell made up of seven minors and 3 women.The same court gave on July 2017 verdicts ranging between 2 and 5 years in prison with no remission against the seven minors for forming a criminal gang to prepare and perpetrate terror acts and praising ISIS and terrorist acts. read more

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Icelandic budget airline WOW Air says it has ceased operations, stranding passengers across two continentsPassengers are being advised to check flights with other airlines Thursday.The airline, founded by entrepreneur Skuli Mogensen, began operations in 2012 and expanded quickly.It specialized in ultra-cheap flights between North America and Europe, with flights from 27 airports, including Washington, D.C, New York, Paris, London and its Reykjavik hub.The Associated Press

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday as traders shook off the geopolitical worries that had roiled markets the previous session and refocused on corporate earnings reports.The S&P/TSX composite index recovered from early losses to advance 62.09 points to 15,266.57.Concern over possible fallout from the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over Ukraine had cast a shadow over markets on ThursdayUkraine accused pro-Russian separatists of bringing down the airliner with 298 people aboard with a surface-to-air missile, sharply escalating the crisis in the region.“Yes, it’s tragic but the market is shaking it off — gold, oil, everything is coming off,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group.“You could see these events are now fully known, unlike the other Malaysian plane we worried about what form of terrorism it might be. At least in this case, we know, it’s probably the Russian rebels and we know where the plane is.”Markets were also focused on the Middle East as Israel launched a ground offensive in Gaza aimed at destroying militants’ tunnels and rocket launcher sites.The Canadian dollar was resilient, up 0.19 of a cent at 93.14 cents US as the latest data showed rising inflation. The consumer price index rose 0.1% in June versus expectations for a slight decline. That translated into an annualized gain of 2.4% against the 2.3% advance that economists had forecast.U.S. indexes were higher after racking up sharp losses on Thursday as the Dow Jones industrials moved ahead 123.37 points to 17,100.18, the Nasdaq rose 68.7 points to 4,432.15 and the S&P 500 index gained 20.1 points to 1,978.22.The industrials sector was the leading TSX gainer, up 1.7% as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) climbed $6.76 or 3.34% to $209.09 on top of Thursday’s 2.25% gain that followed the release of a strong quarterly earnings report. Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) advanced $1.31 to $73.08 ahead of earnings coming out on Monday.“These rails are just phenomenal — CP in particular far exceeded my expectations and they’ve delivered,” Mills said. “They’ve got everything working for them.”The energy sector gained 1.05% with August crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down six cents at US$103.13 after two days of strong gains that followed the release of data showing a sharp drawdown of crude inventories in the U.S. last week. The metals and mining group lost 1.2% as September copper declined four cents to US$3.18 a pound.The gold sector gave back about 0.6% as gold prices backed off after running up $17 on Thursday with the August contract down $7.50 to US$1,309.40 an ounce.In other earnings news, General Electric shares were down 0.56% to US$26.46 after the industrial conglomerate reported earnings that rose by 13% in its second quarter to US$3.55 billion, or 35 cents per share. Ex-items, earnings were 39 cents a share, which met expectations. General Electric also said that it is targeting late July for the initial public offering of its credit card business, named Synchrony Financial.The strong railway gains helped push the TSX up 141 points or 0.93% this week. A generally strong run of earnings reports pushed the Dow up 156 points or 0.92%. read more

VANCOUVER — China Investment Corp. has reduced its holding in Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B) by about 42 per cent as it continues to reduce its exposure to Canada.Vancouver-based Teck said the Chinese state-owned sovereign wealth fund sold 42 million class B shares, reducing its stake in the mining giant from 17.8 per cent to 10.4 per cent.The news helped send Teck’s share price down $2.11 or about 6.7 per cent to close at $29.47, on what was a down day overall for the Toronto Stock Exchange.China Investment Corp. did not disclose the sale price of the shares, but Teck’s stock has seen significant gains since the fund spent $1.74 billion buying 101 million Teck shares at $17.21 each in 2009.The investment, part of the fund’s mandate to diversify China’s foreign exchange holdings, came as part of a wave of buying into Canada’s resource sector, including bets on Penn West Petroleum and SouthGobi Resources and the opening of a Toronto office.China Investment Corp., however, closed the Toronto office in favour of New York at the end of 2015, as the plunge in oil prices took a toll on energy sector stocks.The fund has advised Teck that it plans to hold on to its remaining shares, with CIC executive vice-president Ju Weimin saying in a joint statement that it has confidence in Teck’s management and is supportive of the company’s direction.Teck president Don Lindsay said in the statement that CIC has been helpful in building important relationships with customers in China. read more

After a meeting today with the Monitoring Committee, Mr. Tévoédjrè would continue his efforts to revive government operations and the peace process, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) said in a statement.Last week the UN Security Council expressed deep concern at President Gbagbo’s announcement that he would dismiss opposition ministers and it repeated its concerns about the continuing non-participation of opposition parties in the Government of National Reconciliation.During the past week, Mr. Tévoédjrè met President Gbagbo twice, Prime Minister Elimane Diarra several times, as well as National Assembly President Mamadou Coulibaly, Forces Nouvelles Secretary-General Guillaume Soro and other political and labour leaders, ONUCI said.The SRSG also discussed the stand-off with the ambassadors of France, the United States and other diplomatic envoys. read more

The world must come together to form a comprehensive plan to defeat the ideology of extremism that is the root cause of terrorism in order to win the battle of ideas and not just the battle of military might, said British Prime Minister David Cameron as he took to the General Assembly podium tonight. “Of course it is absolutely right that we should learn the lessons of the past, especially of what happened in Iraq a decade ago,” he said. “But we have to learn the right lessons. Yes to careful preparation; no to rushing to join a conflict without a clear plan.” Yet, Mr. Cameron continued, “We must not allow past mistakes to become an excuse for indifference or inaction,” he said, adding that the right lesson is that “we should act – but act different.” The poisonous ideology spewed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has nothing to do with Islam, which is peaceful religion that inspired countless acts of generosity every day. To defeat ideology of extremism, world leaders must deal with all forms of extremism, not just violent extremism, he said. “For Governments, there are some obvious ways we can do this. We must ban preachers of hate from coming to our countries. We must proscribe organisations that incite terrorism against people at home and abroad. And we must work together to take down illegal online material like the recent videos of ISIL murdering hostages,” said Mr. Cameron. He acknowledged that some will argue this is not compatible with free speech but people should ask themselves: “Would we sit back and allow right-wing extremists, Nazis or Klu Klux Klansmen to recruit on our university campuses?” Muslims around the world must reclaim their religion from “these sick terrorists.” Governments are responsible with showing young people the path to a better, more open and democratic future. The failure to meet people’s aspirations can create a breeding ground where extremist and even terrorist insurgency can take root. In Iraq, this means supporting the creative of a new and genuinely inclusive Government capable of uniting all Iraqis – Sunni and Shia, Kurds, Christians and others. In Syria, it must mean a political transition and an end to Assad’s brutality through a democratic government that looks after the interests of all its people. Recalling his meeting earlier today with Iranian President Rouhani, Mr. Cameron said that while there are some “severe disagreements,” Iran’s leaders could help in defeating the threat of ISIL. For its part, the United Kingdom is strengthening its ability to seize passports and strip British identity from dual nationals and enabling security services to apply strong constraints on those who pose a risk. read more

first_imgCork rivalsIn a statement confirming his intentions this afternoon McCarthy, who chairs the Oireachtas Environment Committee, said: “I see my role as Deputy Party Leader as helping to restore confidence in ourselves, restore confidence in who we are as a party, and provide confidence in ensuring that our vision for Ireland is one of a better, stronger, fairer Ireland. ”https://vine.co/v/MdHXDgPZ3LZSpeaking at Leinster House this lunchtime, McCarthy declined to say how many members of the Parliamentary Labour Party are supporting his bid saying it was about the overall members.“This is not about who brings out the most amount of people,” he insisted.https://vine.co/v/MdHHA9LYLd2Meanwhile Sherlock, a TD for Cork East, has re-entered the race having earlier this week ruled himself out of both the leader and deputy leadership contests. Source: Jan O’Sullivan/Twitter Alan Kelly: Working families are those we really need to support.. We need to refocus on these people— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 29, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 1.45pm https://vine.co/v/MdXqI7p1bXbTHREE TDS HAVE now confirmed they want to be the deputy leader of Labour.Junior Minister Alan Kelly confirmed his bid to be the party’s second-in-command earlier, with fellow junior minister Seán Sherlock and Cork South-West TD Michael McCarthy also declaring that they intend to run. The Tipperary North TD Kelly announced his intentions to enter the race for the position of second-in-command at the portico in Leinster House this morning.Kelly appeared to throw his support behind the leadership bid of Joan Burton saying she would make an “excellent” and “fantastic” leader although he did not outright endorse her.The other leadership contender, who hasn’t yet declared, Alex White was described by Kelly as someone with “huge capabilities”SupportSupporting Kelly are Carlow-Kilkenny deputy Ann Phelan, former junior minister Willie Penrose, Louth TD Ged Nash and Dublin Mid-West TD Robert Dowds. Senators Marie Maloney and John Gilroy are also supporting Kelly’s deputy leadership bid.Housing minister Jan O’Sullivan has also thrown her support behind Kelly in a tweet this afternoon. I will be supporting Alan Kelly for Deputy Leader— Jan O’Sullivan (@JanOSullivanTD) May 29, 2014 Spring Tide?Also this morning, Arthur Spring indicated that he may throw his hat in the ring for the top position, a job Brendan Howlin has already declined to fight for.Spring was one of the ‘gang of eight’ who supported a motion of no confidence in Gilmore, forcing his early resignation last week.The Kerry North-West Limerick TD said he would consider whether he had enough support before making a final decision.Current frontrunners for the leadership are Social Protection Minister Burton, who announced her candidacy yesterday flanked by a number of members of the Oireachtas, as well as local councillors and other party members, and junior health minister White who is expected to confirm his intentions in the next few days.Meath East TD Dominic Hannigan has also indicated that he might run either for the leadership or deputy leadership.Nominations for leader and deputy leader close at noon next Tuesday before a month-long postal ballot process begins with some 5,000 party members eligible to vote. The results of both contests will be announced on 4 July. – additional reporting from Hugh O’ConnellI’m out: Brendan Howlin tells colleagues that he doesn’t want to be Labour leader‘The limits of austerity have been reached’: Joan Burton confirms her Labour leadership bidLabour TD: We need to get rid of people who have been in Leinster House for 25 years “I want to part of the process of renewal of this party,” he said in a statement.“To do that I feel that the position of deputy leader will allow me to assist to rebuild the organisation.“I believe I have the energy and the capability to try this agenda with a new party leader and I look forward to the election taking place.” Phelan, who proposed Joan Burton for leader, said a Burton-Kelly partnership would be “the dream ticket”.During his short speech, Kelly thanked Eamon Gilmore for his services to the party, stating that “history is going to remember him in a very positive way”.last_img read more

first_img(YouTube: djflula·) A woman and child walk watch a dog sculpture in Beijing, China. (Ng Han Guan/AP)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#PENALTY POINTS: Alan Shatter has said he revealed Mick Wallace’s encounter with Gardaí last year in an effort to maintain public trust in the Garda force. Shatter was making a special Dáil statement on the issue, after Enda Kenny once again said his justice minister had no reason to resign.#CORPORATION TAX: A US senate committee has heard that Apple’s use of Ireland as a corporate ‘tax haven’ is leaving US children without education. An influential committee heard evidence today from Apple executives about its tax structure. Back home, the Oireachtas finance committee is to hold its own inquiry into the levels of corporation tax paid by large companies.#ABORTION: The Oireachtas’s health committee has been holding the last of its sessions on the government’s draft abortion law, where there was some feisty exchanges between TCD Professor William Binchy and former Supreme Court justice Catherine McGuinness. Read all about them in our rolling liveblog.#PUBLIC PAY: Brendan Howlin says a series of agreements have been reached with trade unions on securing savings in the public pay bill. The sector-specific deals will now be put to the membership of each individual union, as a substitution to the failed Croke Park 2 deal.#BIN LADEN: A court in the US has ruled that intelligence photographs of a deceased Osama Bin Laden can be kept classified. The court said revealing the pictures could pose a threat to classified intelligence methods.#SCAM: The Jack & Jill Foundation has refunded €130,000 in donations to the holders of credit cards whose details were used for scam payments. Scammers used the card details to make small donations to the charity, testing to see if the cards were still ‘live’ – before then going on to spend the cards’ funds elsewhere.Athletes compete in the men’s 3000m steeplechase during the IAAF World Challenge competition, held in China’s ‘Birds Nest’ National Stadium in Beijing. (Alexander F. Yuan/AP)THINGS WE LOVEDWe’re not sure if ‘loved’ is the right word for this. Erno-Erik Raitanen took these photos by taking bacteria from his own body, and cultivating them on photographic film. The results are colourful and also a bit creepy.Here’s the new 1 World Trade Center, looking pretty damn snazzy in New York’s summery sunshine.No doubt you’ll have heard of the all-conquering CoderDojo – a project aiming to teach computer programming and coding skills to children. Four students from IT Blanchardstown have spent the last year making this short documentary about it, and it’s lovely: (YouTube: coderdojo)THINGS WE SHARED You’ve seen Alan Shatter’s election leaflet where he compares himself to William Shatner, right? Or Simon Cowell? Or a crooner? (Thanks to the excellent Irish Election Literature blog, who also dug up this one from 1987…)Speaking of striking photos: we really enjoyed this Reddit thread about the photos that would be the most baffling if humanity was to lose all knowledge of Photoshop, but retain its images. Our personal favourite is the bearsharktopus.Finally this evening, here’s a quick game for you: can you name three Germans?last_img read more

first_imgThe team that puts together the Google Doodles celebrating key dates in history must have a hard time figuring out what to do next. The dates to celebrate with a doodle are easy as they are set in stone, but how do you go about impressing users and keeping the concept fresh?The Google Doodle today, June 9, does manage to take the doodle to a new level. On this day in 1915 Lester William Polsfuss was born. He is better known as Les Paul, the guitarist, song writer, and most importantly for understanding the doodle, the inventor of the original solid-body electric guitar.As you probably guessed by now, the Google Doodle is of a Les Paul guitar. But it isn’t just an image. Google has used the power of HTML5 to create a working guitar you can play with your keyboard or mouse. Just head on over to google.com and start strumming.The guitar still manages to take the form of a Google logo, and gives the user the option of mouse input by default, or keyboard input with a click of the mouse. The fact it is implemented in HTML5 means you don’t need any plug-ins installed, just a browser that’s up-to-date and supports it.Anyone who has ever played an electric guitar owes something to Les Paul. Originally laughed out of Gibson along with his idea, Paul refined his invention and Gibson changed its mind in the face of competition from Fender. That lead to the original Gibson Les Paul based on Paul’s The Log design.Les Paul died on August 12, 2009, but enjoyed a long life reaching the ripe old age of 94. The man may be gone, but his ideas and inventions will always live on in the electric guiters successive generations continue to play.Additional information from Wikipedialast_img read more

first_imgFacebook : 2 milliards de dollars de revenus en 2010Selon Bloomberg, le réseau social devrait enregistrer un chiffre d’affaires atteignant les 2 milliards de dollars (1,5 milliard d’euros) cette année. Les nouvelles sont bonnes pour Facebook. Le célèbre réseau social devrait, selon Bloomberg, dépasser ses premières prévisions pour 2010. Et de loin. Alors que les analystes tablaient il y a quelques mois sur un revenu un peu inférieur à 1,5 milliard de dollars, il semblerait que Facebook engrange finalement 2 milliards grâce à la publicité, en majeure partie. C’est deux fois le chiffre d’affaires du site l’an dernier.A noter que Google a mis cinq ans pour atteindre un tel revenu et Yahoo!, 10 ans.Le site créé en 2004 par Mark Zuckerberg, élu personnalité de l’année 2010 par le Time la semaine dernière (voir notre article), compte 500 millions de profils et vaudrait plus de 40 milliards de dollars (30,4 milliards d’euros). Le 20 décembre 2010 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAucune tolérance pour les fumeurs qui outrepassent la loiLe ministre de la santé Xavier Bertrand, à l’origine de l’interdiction de fumer dans les lieux publics s’est opposé à une baisse du montant des amendes infligées aux personnes qui ne respecteraient pas la loi. Xavier Bertrand, le ministre de la Santé, a annoncé ce mercredi qu’il ne signera pas la convention entre le ministère de la Justice et le sien concernant le projet de loi sur la “répartition des contentieux et l’allègement de certaines procédures juridictionnelles”. L’amendement prévoyait de diviser par trois les montants des amendes imposées aux personnes qui ne respectent pas l’interdiction de fumer dans les lieux publics. La facture devait ainsi passer de 145 à 45 euros.À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?”Soyons sérieux, on ne va pas se mettre à négocier le montant d’une amende de 68 euros, explique le ministre. Si ce texte revenait, je demanderais une modification”. L’amende de 68 euros doit normalement être appliquée au fumeur contrevenant alors que celle de 145 euros concerne le responsable de l’établissement où l’infraction a lieu.Quoiqu’il en soit, hier, à l’Assemblée nationale, la commission paritaire mixte a pour le moment rejeté le projet de loi, indique Le Parisien. Il revient donc maintenant au Parlement de statuer sur la question, à partir du 13 juillet, rapporte Europe1. Selon l’Association des droits des non-fumeurs (DNF), il y aurait chaque année entre dix et vingt sanctions contre le tabagisme dans les lieux publics. D’où l’importance de maintenir un prix élevé pour que la sanction soit efficace. Le 7 juillet 2011 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgVancouver doesn’t immediately pop into mind when one thinks about the nation’s hot spots for the tech scene. California’s Silicon Valley, Seattle and increasingly Portland are more often the go-to cities.But Allison “Allie” Magyar, the CEO of Hubb, an event management software company located at 4510 N.E. 68th Drive in the Cold Creek Industrial Park, is helping to put Vancouver more prominently on that map (although it doesn’t help when websites write that it’s in Portland and not Vancouver).The business is “bursting at the seams,” Magyar said in an interview with the Columbian at Hubb’s modern offices, complete with a gym adorned with posters of ’90s boy bands like N’Sync and 98 Degrees (she said, with a laugh, that these are motivational for some of the female employees who grew up in that decade), as well as areas where employees can nap.Hubb was named the Emerging Technology Company of the Year by the Technology Association of Oregon this month. Magyar is also a finalist for a competitive Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Northwest award from EY (formerly Ernst & Young), a profitable London-based accounting network firm that provides various corporate business services. (The EY gala is June 15 in Seattle.)For that award, she’s up against 21 other CEOs and founders around the Pacific Northwest, including another Vancouver CEO: Sean McClain of AbSci, a company involved in the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as Matt Thomas, the CEO of the popular drink company Brew Dr. Kombucha, based in Portland.last_img read more

first_imgCagliari and Italy starlet Nicolo Barella says the midfielder that was his role model while growing up was ex-Lazio and Inter man Dejan Stankovic.Inter Milan tops the clubs Barella has been rumoured with for a move this month, while Stankovic on his own made over 300 appearances for the Nerazzurri between 2014 and 2013.When he was asked who he most looked up to as a schoolboy, the 21-year-old replied according to Football Italia:“Stankovic.Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan, Cagliari, Serie AReport: Inter ultra’s claim chants to Lukaku were not racist George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Inter Milan ultras have defended opposition fans of Cagliari as not racist in their monkey chants aimed at Lukaku.This past weekend, after Romelu Lukkku…“I loved his determination as a child. I still remember his great goal from midfield.”Dejan Stankovic’s halfway line volley against Schalke, in the champions league…. 😮🙌🏻⚽️ pic.twitter.com/w6ZcJpzB9j— Titanic Goals (@TitanicGoals) July 31, 2016last_img read more

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A low pressure system covering the western Caribbean Sea and southern Quintana Roo will continue to douse the region in thunderstorms and heavy rain.The large area of instability over the western Caribbean will continue to bring heavy rains for the next two days, and possibly into the weekend. Torrential rains of more than 100 mm of rain per day is forecast for Quintana Roo, while intense rains of 75 to 100 mm per day are forecast for Yucatan.“It is producing many storms near the coasts of Quintana Roo, as well as in the Yucatan Peninsula. They could accumulate intense rains and we could have between 75 and 50 mm per day,” said Saretti Cardóz, a meteorologist at the National Water Commission (Conagua) in the Yucatan Peninsula.Environmental forecasters are warning of coastal winds that could surpass 50 km/ h with sea swells reaching between 2 and 2.5 meters. Port authorities for Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen will continue with nautical updates.The heavy rains have caused major water-logging in the streets of Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres.“At the moment, it is heavy rain  just rain, it’s not a hurricane, it’s not likely to develop into a tropical system,” said Marlene Turriza, head of the prevention department of the Civil Protection Directorate in Cancun.However, according to the National Hurricane Center, the broad, stationary surface low pressure system centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula is gradually becoming better defined.Although showers and thunderstorms, along with strong gusty winds, are confined primarily to the adjacent waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea, gradual development of this system is expected during the next couple of days as it drifts northward near the Yucatan Peninsula.They say that a subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and that locally, heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week.On Tuesday, intense rain in Mexico City caused the suspension of flights in and out of the Benito Juarez International Airport.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img MONTREAL — Transat has teamed up with Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts to launch a new promotion for the remainder of the month.Running until Sept. 30, clients who book an Excellence or Finest Club room will receive a free upgrade to the Luxury Collection.The promotion is valid for travel between Dec. 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 at the following five-star resorts: Excellence Punta Cana (Punta Cana); Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence (Cancun, also part of Transat’s Family Collection); Excellence Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya); and Excellence El Carmen (Punta Cana).Transat’s Luxury Collection comes with many perks, including butler service, pillow menus, free access to VIP airport lounges, Option Plus upgrades on Air Transat, and private roundtrip transfers between the airport and hotel.For more information visit Get Connected. Travelweek Group Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Share Tags: Air Transat, Excellence Group, Transatcenter_img Posted by Transat launches limited-time promo with Excellence Hotels << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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