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 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…. 😮🙌🏻⚽️— 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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