October 18

Windows 7 users opting out before Microsoft ends support

first_imgSan Francisco: A few months before Microsoft ends support for its Windows 7 operating system (OS), the older OS experienced a large drop in July. In July, user-base of Windows 7 dropped 3.6 per cent — down to 31.8 per cent — in the overall PC market, that led to a significant increase in the Windows 10 user-base, TechRadar on Sunday cited a report by analytics firm Net Applications as saying. Windows 10 saw an increased user-share by 3.1 per cent, to stand at 48.9 per cent in the overall desktop market. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Even though Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 2015, in January 2019, the software giant decided to put a final halt on the roll-out of free security patches for the OS on January 14, 2020. The 3.6 per cent decline of Windows 7 in July is the second-largest drop that Net Applications has ever observed and the boost for Windows 10 is the second-largest increase, seemingly underlining the shift that is going on here, the report said.last_img read more

October 3

Feds advisers share recipe for growth investment immigration infrastructure

Chairman of the Advisory Council Dominic Barton (left) listens to Minister of Finance Bill Morneau repsond to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday October 20, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 20, 2016 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Trudeau government’s influential team of economic advisers unveiled a batch of growth-lifting recommendations Thursday that focused on immigration, infrastructure and investment strategies.The objective, the experts say, is to double Canada’s projected growth trajectory and add an eye-popping $15,000 to the annual incomes of Canadian households by 2030.The suggestions comprise a first tranche of ideas from the group of external experts who have been enlisted by Finance Minister Bill Morneau to help Ottawa find ways to resuscitate Canada’s lacklustre economy.The recommendations zeroed in on three areas: productivity-boosting infrastructure, attracting more foreign investment and opening Canada’s doors wider to a larger number of talented immigrants.“Now is the time where we have to take very bold actions,” council chair Dominic Barton, who is global managing director of consulting giant McKinsey & Co., told a news conference in Ottawa.“(The suggestions) may not be new, these have been talked about before — but they haven’t been done. And so what we’re keen to do is to jolt it.”The group called on Ottawa to deliver more than $200 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade using as few taxpayer dollars as possible.To get there, the council suggests the government create an independent infrastructure bank designed to seek out private capital by offering investors steady returns through user fees from projects like toll highways, bridges and airports.“Canada should leverage the trillions in institutional capital waiting on the sidelines and focus this investment productively,” the council wrote in a report released Thursday.The group also called on Ottawa to create an agency with a mandate to increase foreign direct investment into Canada that it believes could triple investment and add $43 billion to the gross domestic product in only a few years.“These actions would bring much-needed coherence to what is currently a disjointed approach to foreign investment,” the report said.It also recommended that the federal government ramp up permanent immigration to 450,000 people a year over the next five years — with a focus on top business talent and international students.“An increased immigrant population has positive implications for business and job creation for Canadians through entrepreneurship and innovation, international trade and if done right, can raise living standards for all Canadians,” the document said.But Immigration Minister John McCallum, who was briefed on the recommendation, has already described that kind of a spike in immigration levels as overly ambitious.“I think there are many arguments for more immigrants — we have an aging population, we have labour shortages, but there are also constraints. It costs a lot of money,” McCallum said Thursday.“But we also have to consider the cost and the speed with which we can integrate them.”Morneau assembled the external, 14-member council earlier this year to help the government build a plan to help Canada break out of its slow-growth rut.The finance minister said the ideas are recommendations only at this point, and that the government will decide whether elements of them will be implemented.“I think they’re all ideas that are going to be extremely helpful for us as we think through our policy options,” said Morneau, who was asked why he sought outside advice.“I don’t think we would have had nearly as good an understanding of the new challenges, nor as thoughtful a way of putting these ideas forward without the advice of this council.”The council’s ideas come just days before Morneau is to deliver an economic and fiscal update on Nov. 1.The official Opposition Conservatives questioned the need for the recommendations when the government is already projecting large deficits.For 2016-17, the Liberals have predicted a budgetary shortfall of $29.4 billion, a number that some experts believe will be even deeper after Morneau tables his fall update.Conservative finance critic Gerard Deltell said it’s “useless to have good ideas if you live above your means and do not control public spending.”Deltell referred to the Bank of Canada’s recently downgraded growth projections for Canada.“A year of reckless Liberal spending has done nothing to improve our economy,” he said in a statement.“Instead of endless consultations, the government needs to take action to lower taxes, cut red tape and make it easier for businesses to compete.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Feds’ advisers share recipe for growth: investment, immigration, infrastructure read more

October 2

Tens of thousands of besieged Syrians receive food aid for first time

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it has made “significant progress” over the previous few weeks, reaching 3.7 million people in July.More than 300,000 of those people are in hard-to-reach areas, said spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs, a figure that is “twice the number of people reached using cross-line convoys in June.”In Moadamiyeh, rural Damascus, the UN agency was for the first time in two years able to bring food rations containing rice, lentils, oil, pasta, bulgur, canned foods, flour, beans, salt and sugar. Access to families there had been blocked since October 2012.“WFP staff delivering the food reported dire conditions of people severely affected by prolonged hunger,” Ms. Byrs said.The UN agency and partners also reached 10,000 civilians trapped in rural areas of Dar’a, who had not been assisted since the beginning of the crisis over three years ago. On 2 August, Syrian Arab Red Crescent teams distributed aid in opposition-held villages of al-Yadoudah, Tal Shihab and Zaizoun.Before 14 July, aid deliveries to Syria were not authorized across borders and conflict lines. By the terms of a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council authorized humanitarian agencies and their partners to use the most direct lines to deliver aid, including through four additional border crossings – Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, al Yarubiyah and al-Ramtha.For the first time, WFP was able to move food trucks across the Bab al-Salam border crossing from Turkey to Syria on 24 July, providing aid to people cut off in areas of Rural Idleb. More convoys are planned for the coming days, Ms. Byrs said.However, fighting along access routes blocked all deliveries to Ar-Raqqa governorate, in north-central Syria.“Security challenges continued to hinder WFP’s ability to deliver food, and the organisation remained over half a million short of its goal of reaching 4.25 million people,” the spokesperson noted.Resources are also dwindling. WFP said it needs to raise $35 million dollars every week in order to meet the food needs of families affected by the conflict in Syria and refugees currently residing in neighbouring countries.Meanwhile, in al-Hassakeh governorate, in the far north-east corner of Syria, newly displaced families continue to arrive. An ongoing airlift of 23 WFP-chartered flights is flying food rations from Damascus to Qamishli airport in the governorate.That was bringing critically needed food for 50,000 of the most vulnerable displaced people in contested and opposition-held areas of the governorate including Tal Hamis, Al-Shadaddeh, Markada, Ras Al Ain and Arisha.Meanwhile, in Homs and Lattakia, WFP has started to provide food vouchers to pregnant women and nursing mothers, allowing them to purchase fresh food, including eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables.At least 10.8 million people inside Syria are in urgent need of assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

October 2

Goodman graduates cap off spring convocation

Students from the Goodman School of Business graduated Saturday during the last ceremony of spring convocation.Chances are, most of those graduating Saturday morning during the Goodman School of Business convocation ceremony felt certain they knew their ABC’s.But Prof. Anamitra Shome from the Department of Accounting took the time to remind them during the convocation address he presented after receiving the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.Borrowing from the classic musical film the Sound of Music, Shome stressed to nearly 600 graduates the importance of knowing their ABC’s of learning, including appreciating what others do for them, accepting themselves and others, and having aspirations.“Much of the world as we know it today is the result of the aspirations of countless people over the centuries,” Shome said. “Never let your dreams die. Pursue them joyfully wherever you are, be open to new ideas, let your mind expand and your vision grow… . Always aspire for results, never rewards.”Prof. Anamitra Shome. Shome urged his audience to never seek personal benefit in what they do, look for the beauty within and around themselves “and spread that beauty wherever you go with a smile, or a word or phrase, or helping hand.”He also stressed the importance of graduates believing in themselves.“Believe in yourself and the good you can do for others, believe in the goodness of others and believe you can make a difference for others,” Shome offered. “Most of all, believe there is no challenge that you cannot overcome.”Before capping off his inspirational speech, Shome told graduates to have the confidence to recognize their limitless potential and power to change their destiny, to have courage, and mostly, to have compassion for everyone, even those they don’t know and will never meet.“You’re about to leave the sheltered halls of academia to begin a life for yourselves and in many ways it’s like earning your degree all over again,” he said.“Whenever you’re unsure of yourself, whenever you feel lonely or lost, whenever you wish you were back in your safe … environment of your classroom, remember the ABC’s we talked about today and forge ahead, suffused with energy and enthusiasm.”Saturday marked the final day of spring convocation at Brock where more than 3,000 students received their degrees during eight ceremonies.In addition to the teaching award, Spirit of Brock medals were presented to two students Saturday.Wanting Zheng (left) and Patricia Bernardo each received the Spirit of Brock medal Saturday.Patricia Bernardo received the undergraduate medal and Wanting Zheng received the graduate medal.The Spirit of Brock is awarded to graduating students from each faculty who best exemplify the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock.Daniel Mancini received the Dean’s Medal for having the highest standing of any honours business student. read more

September 28

Commentary Braxton Miller is the future

Braxton Miller should be the starting quarterback for Ohio State for the rest of the year. Last week in Miami (Fla.), nothing could go right for OSU quarterbacks. This week, after getting the nod from head coach Luke Fickell, Miller shined in his first career collegiate start. Ohio State was able to overpower the visiting Buffaloes 37-17. The disaster in Miami that led to OSU’s first loss of the season was a poor outing for OSU quarterbacks. Senior Joe Bauserman and freshman Miller combined for 35 yards through the air. In the entire game. In Miami, neither Bauserman nor Miller completed a pass to a wide receiver or tight end. The only four completions came on screen passes or dump passes to running backs. Against Colorado on Saturday, Miller played his game, played it well and proved that he should be the starter for the rest of the season. No, Miller is not the most accurate passer. But after two weeks of Bauserman tossing the ball into the stands like it was a souvenir, it was Miller time. (Pun very much intended.) Miller was shifty in the pocket, creative on his feet and was able to lead his team down the field effectively and often. While his passing stats were nothing to brag about, he ran for 83 yards on the ground. He created when there was nothing to work with. Miller had only five completions on the day for 83 yards, but there were several balls in the hands of receivers that were inexplicably dropped. Many of Miller’s passes were rockets and on target. Others kind of made you scratch your head wondering if it was the same guy out there. Without DeVier Posey, inexperience at wide receiver is still very evident. However, he was able to convert through the air when he needed to. He found true-freshman wide receiver Devin Smith twice for touchdowns on the day. The first on a 32-yard pass over the middle to put the Buckeyes up 17-0. The second came on a 17-yard strike to the north end zone to put the Scarlet and Gray up 27-7. Miller to Smith. You’ll be hearing that for a long time to come. Both true freshmen, both great athletes. It is clear that Miller is the future of OSU football, and it was about time he got the chance to get in there. He was able to play some football without the coaches taking him out every other series. Miller had a total of 166 yards of offense using both his arm and his legs. In the end, Miller won that game controlling the ball, protecting the ball and solidifying his position as starting quarterback at OSU. read more

September 25

BBC women ignored belittled or made to feel troublesome over equal pay

first_imgShe said the “storm” about pay had been “brewing behind the scenes” at the BBC for a number of years. Ms Burden, who earns £130,000 for her work for 5 Live, said her colleague Mr Campbell earns more than £400,000 – but said she had never argued for the pair to be on the same money.Writing in The Guardian, she said: “Should we be on the same money? Probably not. I have never argued for that. There has to be room for recognising experience and market value, I get that.”I’ve known how much he is paid for some time – we’ve talked it over frequently and he’s been incredibly supportive of me throughout my career.”Equal jobs should mean equal pay – but where there is disparity, is the gap justified? Are the women paid too little, or the men paid too much?” Lord Hall, Director-General of the BBC,  said he would “value (the) contribution” of more than 40 senior woman presenters and reporters who signed a letter demanding immediate action from him to tackle the gender pay gap.He said: “When figures are published next year I am confident they will look very different.”When other organisations publish their gender pay data by next April, I want the BBC to be one of the best performers when comparisons are made.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Women journalists at the BBC were made to feel as if they were being “troublesome” when they asked bosses if they were paid the same as their male counterparts, Radio 5 Live presenter Rachel Burden has said.The reporter and broadcaster, who presents the breakfast show alongside Nicky Campbell, said it was right that women are uniting to ask for action on the gender pay gap.A letter signed by Clare Balding, Emily Maitlis and Fiona Bruce has called for action to sort out pay inequality “now” rather than by Lord Hall’s self-imposed 2020 timescale. “In many cases, senior managers were directly asked whether women were on the same pay as comparable male colleagues.”Few enquiries had a satisfactory outcome – the female journalists were either ignored, belittled or made to feel as if they were being troublesome,” she said.last_img read more

September 25

Khalid Masood told his children he was going to die fighting for

Police believe there is a “high chance” he attempted to get hold of gas canisters for the attack. However, he never visited the store in person.  Despite his degree, he struggled to get a job in the financial services industry, so he worked for the same cleaning supplies company as his girlfriend. Five years later, in October 1988, he was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour using words to cause fear of violence.On April 21 1989, he was arrested for assault occasioning actual bodily harm for hitting someone in the face after “an incident involving a bus”, but the case was withdrawn and did not go to trial.The following year he was arrested in a restaurant in Tunbridge Wells after he pulled a telephone off its mounting on the wall, and hit police officers when he was arrested and damaged a window.He then met Jane Harvey, with whom he had two children – one in 1992 and the second in 1998. She described him as “an intelligent, powerful, persuasive and charming person”, but said that when he came home after going out drinking she would call his mother for help.He then studied for an economics degree in Brighton, gaining a 2:1. Fellow students described him as a ladies’ man and said that he “looked like he could handle himself”. The court was also told of Masood’s substantial violent history, including a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1983 when he was just 19-years-old. One particularly brutal crime from May 2003, which Masood was later imprisoned for, saw him stab a man in the face “with such force” that the end of the blade broke off. The lawyer representing the victims’ families told the inquest that on the morning of the attack Masood searched ‘when is PMQs’ online. His attack was carried out on a Wednesday, the day Prime Minister’s Questions takes place. He also revealed that Masood frequently told his family that Theresa May was “a liar” and “sick.”  The following spring, in March 2003, he beat a man with a baton so badly the victim was left with a dislocated shoulder, broken collarbone and extensive bruising.In May the same year, he erupted violently after a man called Daniel Smith accused him of being an undercover police officer. He stabbed Mr Smith in the face with such force that the knife passed from his nose, through his mouth and into his jaw, with the point breaking off.Masood was charged with attempted murder, wounding with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a bladed article, but was acquitted on all but the offensive weapons charge on the grounds of self-defence.He was on remand from May 2003 to December 2003, and then released on time served. During this time he again became interested in Islam.In 2004 he moved to Crawley to do a course to train to teach English as a foreign language, and met Farzana Malik, who he married within a matter of weeks. In her words the union was “a disaster” and the pair parted ways after a few months. Masood’s previous relationships were also explained to the court, including the account of one ex-girlfriend who told the police that “obsessive, intelligent and narcissistic” Masood “would have loved the attention and fear he has caused” and that his religion was “a front and an excuse to hurt people.”CCTV footage of Masood’s movements in the minutes leading up to the attack, including reconnaissance trips over Westminster Bridge, were shown to the chief coroner. Before driving his hired Hyundai towards the House of Parliament, Masood parked in St Thomas’ Hospital car park where he sent a “Jihadi message” to contacts via WhatsApp justifying his attack, the court heard.  Born in Erith, Kent, on December 25 1964 with the name Adrian Russell Elms, he grew up with his mother Janet Ajao, his stepfather and two stepbrothers.Masood went to secondary school in Lewisham, south-east London, and at the age of 13 the family moved to affluent Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He could not get into the local grammar school, so he attended Huntley’s Secondary School for Boys comprehensive school.His first contact with police was at the age of 14, when he was arrested for shoplifting and received a caution. His mother believed he was showing “normal boisterous behaviour” but his stepbrothers said he was violent.At the age of 16, Masood went to Tonbridge College to do a business studies course. At this time his mother said she was worried about him going out, getting drunk and looking for fights, describing him as “an angry person” and fearing he might kill someone.He went on to a trainee manager scheme at Woolworths, working first in a store in Tunbridge Wells, then Hastings, before being posted for his third year in Margate or Ramsgate. He walked out of the job after an argument with a manager.In October 1983, at the age of 18, he was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and fined £15 and ordered to pay £105 compensation. The Westminster terrorist told his young children that he “was going to die fighting for God” during a video chat days before the attack, an inquest has heard. Khalid Masood, who killed four pedestrians and one police officer in the assault on the Houses of Parliament on 22 March 2017, also told his mother, Janet Ajao, six days before the attack: “They will say I am a terrorist. I am not.”Police were not made aware of either comment prior to the attack. The remarks came to light at the Old Bailey yesterday afternoon during the inquest into the deaths of the victims of the attack. A detailed timeline of Masood’s movements in the days and hours before he drove an SUV over Westminster Bridge, killing Kurt Cochran, 54, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Aysha Frade, 44, Andreea Cristea, 31, before storming Carriage Gates at the front of Parliament and fatally stabbing Pc Keith Palmer, 48 was also presented. DCI Dan Brown told the inquest that on 10 March 2017, a day after buying two large kitchen knives at a Birmingham Tesco which he used to kill Pc Palmer, Masood researched his local Calor Gas centre online. In the same year it was alleged that he hit someone with a cosh during a robbery. In 2009, a criminal records check was carried out on Masood when he applied for another job. It said he had “a violent temper” and there had been a number of incidents from 1998 to 2003 that had got progressively more serious.These included one in August 1998 when he accused a woman of not liking him because he was black. When she replied that it was his attitude she didn’t like, he spat at her and punched her in the face.In July 2000, he was jailed for two years for wounding after spitting at another customer in a pub. As he was thrown out, he attacked one of the men ejecting him, with a knife.While in jail for the attack between July 2000 and July 2001 in HMP Lewes, Wayland and Ford, he began reading the Koran, but showed no sign of extremist beliefs. His relationship with Ms Harvey ended at this time amid “ongoing domestic abuse”.Masood then moved to Eastbourne, where he was charged with actual bodily harm on a girlfriend who cannot be named for legal reasons, and intimidating a witness, for which he received a fine and community penalty.The violence became more frequent. In September 2002, at a pub he hit a man over the head with a glass and cut another man’s face with a knife. He was arrested but the case was discontinued because the witnesses would not help investigators. It was suspected that he had intimidated them. In November 2005, he began a year’s contract teaching English in Saudi Arabia. Show more Khalid Masood: A life of violence Details of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood’s life, including a litany of violent outbursts, were presented to the inquests into his victims’ deaths. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

September 22

Colm Keaveney Hope has been driven out by cynicism in Ireland

first_imgThe devil lies in the detailWhile I welcome this initiative as an important step on the road towards universal health care, my welcome is tempered by caution. As with many announcements by this Government the devil lies in the detail, particularly when it comes to the question of where the funding will come from.Will the funding for these new under-fives GP cards come from money saved by withdrawing full discretionary medical cards from other children suffering from serious illness or disability? Brendan Howlin announced today that they are looking to cut €133m from spending on medical cards which leaves you with the suspicion that further withdrawal of these discretionary cards are on the Government’s agenda.There is no doubt that the under-fives initiative will be politically popular and a Government flagging in the polls needs it, but that cannot excuse any cynical shuffling of the health budget for political ends.Universal health care is a noble aim and one that I am in favour of. In times of limited resources any progress towards that must be done in a series of steps. The question is that no matter how welcome universal GP care for under-fives is desirable is it the appropriate first step. Directing that spending towards providing medical cards towards those with serious long-term illness seems like a better starting point, given the need to direct resources towards the greatest need rather than towards the greatest political needs.Those with a serious of long-term illness have also been hit with a rise of €1 in their prescription charge. That may not sound like much but for those on limited incomes with multiple medications that can be a relatively significant amount of money. There are no exemptions to this charge, even for those who are homeless.Targeting the elderlyAs well as targeting those with long-term illnesses the Government have also targeted the elderly in our society. Cuts to the household package will mean that many of our older citizens on low incomes will be forced to lose their landlines. This matters as for many these landlines are linked to personal alarms and to house alarms. The resulting insecurity is surely not something that any of us would wish to have inflicted on our parents or grandparents.The young have also been targeted too with reductions to Job Seekers’ payments for those under 26: this in the context of massive youth unemployment and emigration; both caused by poor economic performance.Michael Noonan made a claim today to credit for three years of growth but this is entirely false. There has been no such growth and this year will barely see any. Even the Government had lowered their expectation from 1.7% for this year down to 0.2%. They are forecasting 2% for next year but given the state of our goods export figures, down 7.4% from 2012 according to figures released by the CSO, this seems highly optimistic.Hope has been driven out by cynicismIn the absence of strong exports we need our domestic economy to perform but budgetary policy has targeted those on low and middle income, the very groups that spend a high proportion of their income, while leaving those on high incomes largely untouched. Once again, many of today’s measures will once again be regressive in their impact.Yeats’s lines above refer to the heart being turned to stone. The heart in poetic terms is not only where love and compassion dwell but also hope. It is hope that this country needs but the old idea of politics as an activity aimed at improving our society has been lost. Hope has been driven out by cynicism, a cynicism that the political system itself has generated by its failure to address the needs and hopes of its citizens.Colm Keaveney is a sitting TD for Galway East . MINISTER MICHAEL NOONAN opened the budget with a quote from Yeats: “Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart.” He neglected to quote the line that directly follows: “O when may it suffice?” The answer to this question is worth thinking on in the context of the Government’s budgetary strategy.Different groups in our society have had to endure different levels of sacrifice to others. Some must now be wondering have their sacrifices not already sufficed to satisfy their own just contribution towards our recovery.Last year’s budget was by any measure an anti-women budget with cuts to child benefit and taxation of maternity benefit being the main measures impacting on them. This year’s budget, almost as an afterthought, has now imposed an average cut of €32 per week on women on maternity leave.Of course, the Government might argue that they’ve compensated by this with the introduction of the GP medical card for under-fives.  This measure is the centre piece of the budget in many ways with both Government parties hoping to earn praise from bringing it in.last_img read more

September 21

Unrest hits the school classroom

first_imgA wave of violence and vandalism at schools around Greece, with one young man wielding a gun in an incident in Crete, has put teachers and police on alert. The unrest has broken out as the number of sit-ins at schools dwindled on Monday to 271, from 450 last Friday, according to authorities. However, the pupils, who are protesting spending cutbacks, said on Thursday that the number of sit-ins is higher putting it at 813. Most of the incidents reported to date took place at schools where sit-ins have ended. In a secondary school in Zografou, eastern Athens, teachers found the classrooms vandalised and computers and desks stolen. The Evangelical School in Nea Smyrni was one of several institutions targeted by arsonists. Also, at a school in the village of Arkalohori, in the Cretan prefecture of Irakleio, a group of youths tried to join a sit-in but were pushed back by pupils, prompting one of the intruders to pull out a gun. The pupils managed to defuse the situation before police intervened, detaining the assailants and their parents. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 17

Security guard shoots man after confrontation at a bar in Little Italy

first_img KUSI Newsroom, April 20, 2019 Security guard shoots man after confrontation at a bar in Little Italy Posted: April 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A security guard at a bar in the Little Italy community of San Diego wounded a man in the lower abdomen today when the man followed him out of the establishment after the two and some others had argued earlier, a police officer said.A little before 2 a.m. the security guard, the victim and some others got into an argument at the El Camino Bar, 2400 India St., where the security guard made some threats that something would happen to the others, San Diego Police Officer J. Buttle said.The guard allegedly followed the victim down to India and Laurel streets, where they got into another argument and the victim, Buttle said, punched the security guard in the face.“The suspect pulled out a handgun and fired twice at the victim, striking him once in the lower abdomen,” he said. “The suspect left the scene and went home.”The victim was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The suspect called the police from his home and turned himself in to authorities. Updated: 1:09 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

September 6

Cancer expert Raghu Ram receives FRCS of Thailand

first_imgHyderabad: Well-known breast surgeon and Padma Shri awardee P Raghu Ram has been conferred the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Thailand. Raghu Ram, also the president-elect of the Association of Surgeons of India, received the honour at the 44th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal College in Pattaya. Over 2,000 delegates from all over Thailand and world-renowned surgeons from 20 countries are participating in the conference. Raghu Ram was honoured in recognition of efforts that paved the way for improving the delivery of breast healthcare in India. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Delivering key-note address at the conference themed “ASEAN collaboration in value-based surgery”, Raghu Ram outlined South Asia’s largest population-based breast cancer screening programme that he championed under the auspices of the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Over 3,600 healthcare workers employed with the government were trained to perform clinical breast examination (CBE). They reached out to 200,000 underprivileged women, spread across 4,000 villages in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, between 2012 and 2016, he said.last_img read more

September 5

Virat Kohli finally breaks silence on players workload during IPL major impact

first_imgAmid the growing debate of the workload management of Indian players during this season’s IPL, captain Virat Kohli has effectively pulled the plug on the issue by saying that no instructions have been issued to cap the number of games a player would take part in. He also emphasised that the responsibility for managing workloads lay with the players themselves and that they have to be smart at all times.”You cannot put a cap on anything. If I’m able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest,” Kohli said in Bengaluru.”Someone else’s body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people will be smart about it because you don’t want to miss out on such a big event,” he further added.All players will be responsible during IPL Virat KohliIANSHe also said that the players themselves need to monitor their workloads during the IPL, but at the same time use the IPL as a stepping stone towards the World Cup.”From a responsibility point of view, all the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workloads,” he said.”And to continue the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team – strive towards excellence and improve every day. Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind,” Kohli added.Former Indian pacer and currently the bowling coach of RCB, Ashish Nehra said that since the IPL is a high-pressure tournament, players want to take part and perform in order to be in tune with their game. He also believed taking an extended break before the World Cup can be counterproductive and that players need to understand their own body and game better to be successful. Virat KohliIANSCoach Gary Kirsten, who knows a thing or two about winning World Cups agreed with the point made by Nehra had said that the Indian players should view the IPL as preparation for the World Cup.”And Ashish has made a good point: if you get yourself match-ready during the IPL, that’s going to hold you in really good stead during the World Cup. I think it’s an advantage to the Indian players, actually. Because the IPL is such a pressurised tournament, it’s great preparation for the World Cup,” Kirsten said.last_img read more

September 5

Redmi 7A review Xiaomi goes bold on a classic design

first_img Close Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:25Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:24?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Xiaomi has refreshed its smartphone portfolio to bring some worthy upgrades in the Note-series as well as the Y-series. How could it possibly let its ultra-affordable series out to dry? The Redmi 7A is the refreshed version of the Redmi 6A on all fronts, giving a bang for the buck to consumers. But does it truly live up to the expectations of the masses? Let’s find out.Xiaomi Redmi 7A is easily one of the top recommendations in the sub-Rs 7,000 category. With a price tag of Rs 6,999, the Redmi 7A is designed to attract the masses. At that price point, the handset competes against the likes of Realme C2, Samsung Galaxy A10, Infinix Smart 3 Plus and one of its own – Redmi Go. Xiaomi Redmi 7A joins the crowd but remains unique in its own ways – mostly by giving consumers what matters the most.Here’s a look at what the Redmi 7A is made up of before we jump to the review:Display: 5.45-inch HD displayCamera: 12MP rear camera, 5MP front snapperCPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core 2GHzRAM: 2GBStorage: 16GBBattery: 4,000mAhOS: Android Pie-based MIUI 10The ultra-affordable segment has gotten fierce with entries like Infinix Smart 3 Plus featuring triple rear cameras and Realme C2 boasting a flamboyant design. So it’s no longer giving the basic features to win over consumers anymore.Thankfully, Redmi 7A makes good on some of those fronts. The design may be a tad classic, complete with those thick bezels and a mono-tone back. But we learned that the Redmi 7A is more impressive in the core than in the looks department. Redmi 7A reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe polycarbonate back on the Redmi 7A is robust and keeps smudges at bay. The phone is compact and handy, just like any phone is supposed to be. Single-hand use with the Redmi 7A was never a problem through the review process. The display hasn’t been changed much from the previous generation, but it gets the job done. The brightness is one area where Xiaomi could have improved, especially while using it under the sun. Redmi 7A reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanWhat I loved the most about the design of Redmi 7A is its splash-proof coating. Given the sudden change in weather, regular showers and rains in some parts of India, this feature has been welcoming. I did not have to worry too much about safeguarding the Redmi 7A during the commute. It handled splashes pretty well, so kudos there. Redmi 7A reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe display shows balanced colours, especially on the screen wallpapers. The photos you click are a different story. The 12MP rear camera works its way through some hardships to deliver acceptable results. Shooting during the day or in a good lighting area is the best way to use Redmi 7A’s camera. In low-light, the camera tends to struggle with focusing and then in details once the image is captured. There is a night mode that does little to help, but it’s asking too much from a budget smartphone. Redmi 7A reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe camera is equipped with a host of different modes, accessible under “Scene”. From shooting fireworks to night portrait and sunset, Redmi 7A is trained to give its best shot. The camera is one of the strongest suits for the Redmi 7A, which works as well as its rivals if not better. The selfies turned out to be fine, not great, but fine – just enough to keep your social media presence alive. I would still bet my money on Redmi 7 (review) for better cameras.Check out some camera samples shot from Redmi 7A below: 1/15 Redmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanRedmi 7A review: Camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThe camera performance is well in line with the price tag of the phone, but the overall performance seems worthier. If you’re looking for a reliable daily driver, look no further than the Redmi 7A. It can handle day-to-day tasks with ease. The Android 9-based MIUI 10 is well refined. Even though the ads might be a problem for some, they won’t get too involved with your daily tasks. The limited storage and overloaded bloatware were disappointing, but you can get rid of most apps and free up some space.During our review, the Redmi 7A did a fine job of handling multiple apps. Although some lags were noticed while running Facebook and Instagram, I made peace with the Lite versions of the apps for this phone for a lag-free experience. Even for those who want to use the full version of the app, it’s not a major deal-breaker. But I would strongly recommend using PUBG Mobile Lite instead of PUBG Mobile if you want the slightest chance of getting a lag-free gaming experience. Redmi 7A reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanMy best part of it all was the battery life. With moderate use, I was able to go two full days on a single charge. Days when I want to do a bit of gaming and watch videos and browse social media heavily, the battery would still get through a full day with some juice left in the bank. But there’s a flip side, it takes nearly 3 hours to fully charge the phone, which can get impatient. Leaving it to charge overnight was my solution, but it’s best to unplug the phone once it is fully charged.VerdictIf you’ve to pick a secondary phone for your calls and some basic functions, the Redmi 7A is a solid choice. If you’re looking at the Redmi 7A as a primary device, the main reason has to be a long-lasting battery and a budget that cannot be stretched beyond Rs 7,000.First-time smartphone buyers can find total worth with the Redmi 7A, as it delivers a great experience. But if you want bling in your life, the Realme C2 has that and Infinix Smart 3 Plus gives you triple cameras at the same price point.last_img read more

September 3

Train kills at least 30 in India

first_imgIn a terrible disaster, at least 30 people watching the burning of Ravan effigy were mowed down by speeding train in India’s Punjab on Friday, police said.A large number of people were watching the Ravan effigy in flames while standing along the railway tracks near Dhobi Ghat when the train crushed them.They reportedly could not hear the hooting of the train due to the exploding crackers.A witness told a news channel that as the Ravan effigy went up in flames, people started running when they were crushed by the train on the way to Amritsar from Pathankot.Witnesses said the dead included children. There were reportedly around 700 people at the accident spot.Area legislator and local bodies minister Navjot Sidhu told a news channel on telephone from Bengaluru that the death toll was alarmingly high.His wife Navjot Kaur Singh was the chief guest at the Dussehra where the incident occurred at around 7:00pm.Meanwhile, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday cancelled his five-day visit to Israel. The chief minister has expressed grief over the accident and directed the administration to speed up relief and rescue operations.The chief minister’s five-day visit to Israel was to start from 21 October.last_img read more

August 29

We spent the royal wedding at a cruising spot celebrating sexual freedom

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Dan Glass is the LGBTQI+ activist behind this weekend’s celebration of George Michael | Photo: Daniel Hall eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Whilst the royal wedding took place in its full trumpet blazing and regal glory – a coalition of LGBTI groups donned their best wedding frocks and headed to the UK’s most famous cruising spot. As Megan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated their love as the most pro-LGBTI royal couple ever; A London park hosted a party to celebrate Geroge Micheal’s life, talent, and courage in celebrating sexual freedom.With wedding dress inspiration from Megan Markle – guests put on their best frocks to remember the LGBTI icon at Hampstead Heath.Whether in a classy mesh shirt or glorious wedding dress – the crowd looked beautiful | Photo: Daniel HallOne of the organizers Dan Glass, the Queer Tours of London activist, tells Gay Star News:‘As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry donned their crowns and bow down to the Queen – so did we.‘We celebrated “our culture” with public displays of affection. It was about showing the world queers are fabulous. We are never going underground.’These LGBTI people put on their best royal wedding frocks as this celebration of George Micheal coincided with the royal wedding | Photo: Daniel Hall2018 marks 20 years since the release of George Micheal’s song, ‘Outside.’It was the singer’s infamous response to being arrested by a ‘pretty’ policeman in an LA toilet for cruising. The arrest for ‘indecency,’ cruelly and publicly outed the singer.The song, ‘Outside,’ was his response to the arrest. The sex anthem endeared the singer to many gay men.[embedded content]‘Outside is an anthem from my queer youth’It’s the second time hundreds have gathered on the Heath in his name. Last year the group too held a reclaiming of the way he was outed so cruelly at the same location.This year the party was held at the same time as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. But it was done in the same name, a celebration of love – but one for the LGBTQI+ community.center_img Gay couples, inspired by royal wedding, will protest for marriage equality GAYSTARNEWS- Couples celebrated George Michael’s sexual freedom ideals | Photo: Daniel HallThe event was also raising money and awareness for The Outside Project who support homeless LGBTI people.‘George Michael was dragged through the press for cottaging when I was 13 years old; this was my introduction to homophobia and shaming,’ Carla Ecola who runs the project tells GSN.‘His defiant response – Outside – became the anthem for my queer youth. ‘This is My Culture’ was a beautiful way to celebrate the life, activist and sexual freedom and power that I feel he gave our community.’A coalition of LGBTI groups met on Hampstead Heath this weekend | Photo: Daniel HallSpending the Royal Wedding on Hampstead HeathThe singer had a home in Hampstead in North London. He made little secret of the fact that he sometimes visited the Heath, a well-known cruising spot for gay and bisexual men, for sex.In the last few weeks, one app enshrined this part of the park’s history even more, by using a gay orgy picture to depict the location.But the famous London park has also recently stated its pro-LGBTI stance, by allowing people to define their own gender – and use whichever gendered swimming pool they like.George Michael was not shy when it came to speaking about cruising near his house on the heath | Photo: Daniel HallRead more from Gay Star News:Meet Michael Curry, the pro-gay US bishop at the Royal Wedding Here’s what this LGBTI activist said to make Meghan Markle smileLGBTI celebrities react in awe to the Royal WeddingPrince Harry and Meghan will be the most pro-LGBTI royal couple everRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/royal-wedding-cruising/last_img read more

August 19

Costa Ricans losing faith in democracy

first_imgA new poll published Sunday by Costa Rica’s leading Spanish-language daily La Nación revealed a troubling trend for Central America’s most stable country: The number of Costa Ricans who believe the country’s democratic system is losing credibility increased significantly in recent years.According to the poll, only 36 percent of respondents said they were “very satisfied” with Costa Rica’s political system, down from 55 percent in a similar poll taken six years ago by the firm Unimer for La Nación.Asked if a democratic system is preferred over any other type of government, 57 percent of respondents in the new poll said yes, a dramatic decrease from 78 percent in 2006.The number of respondents who said they would support the idea of an authoritarian government doubled in the same period, from 11 percent to 22 percent.The poll of 1,200 Costa Ricans was conducted Oct. 3-11. The daily did not publish the margin of error.For Costa Rica, which abolished its army 63 years ago and has depended on the popular vote to elect its government for more than a century (with brief interruptions in 1917 and 1948), a democratic system of government traditionally has been a source of national pride, particularly given the various military and authoritarian governments throughout the region in past decades.According to the latest poll, a new tendency is emerging in the Central American country, where citizens increasingly believe that democracy cannot resolve the country’s problems – an opinion held by 40 percent of those polled in the current study. In 2006, that number was 12 percent.The percentage of Costa Ricans who say they have lost faith in political parties increased from 29 percent in 2006 to 46 percent in 2012. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

August 10

Alternative beach holidays for summer

first_img5. Ayvalik, TurkeyHome to some of the best beaches in Turkey, Ayvalık is a seaside town on Turkey’s northwestern Aegean coast. It’s a great alternative to more crowded resort areas like Bodrum. The water’s crystal clear and, in most cases, shallow, making it ideal for children.It’s also one of Europe’s cheapest beach destinations, so it’s a great option for a low cost holiday in the sun.Fly to: IstanbulFind flights to Istanbul 7. Playa de las Galgas, TenerifeA great alternative to Tenerife’s busier beaches, this small bay is a true hidden gem, visited mainly by locals. The vast majority of tourists heading to this part of Tenerife make a beeline for the Costa Adeje’s most popular beaches, such as Fañabé and Torviscas, meaning it’s highly likely you’ll have this beautiful Canary Islands beach entirely to yourself. It’s accessible via a public path or, if you’re staying at the five-star Roca Nivaria Gran Hotel, through a cave.Fly to: TenerifeFind flights to Tenerife 14. Isle of Arran, ScotlandIf you prefer your beaches wild and rugged, head to Arran, the seventh largest Scottish island. The most spectacular section of coastline can be found near Kildonan, which is whre you’ll find Silver Sands, which we reckon must rank as one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches. There’s a campsite nearby, so it’s a great option for a cheap holiday in the UK, and it’s brilliant for wildlife-spotting – the island has a huge colony of seals. Check out some of the best beaches in Scotland here. 4. MacauFly to: MacauMacau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, and getting there is easy – it’s just a 30-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong. Its beaches are deserted and lined with palm trees, and Macau’s small size means they’re all easily accessible, too – you’ll never be far from one of Macau’s top casinos. One of our favourites is Cheoc Van Beach, which has great facilities, including changing rooms and toilets. There’s even an outdoor swimming pool if you don’t fancy battling the waves, although the water remains calm throughout most of the year.Fly to: MacauFind flights to Macau 13. The Gili Islands, IndonesiaAnother great alternative to popular beach destinations like Thailand and Dubai, the three Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) are easily accessible from the mainland but feel fabulously remote. There are no cars on any of the islands – just beautiful beaches, lots of wildlife (keep an eye out for the enormous lizards) and some of Asia’s cheapest beachfront accommodation, ranging from cute beach huts to the luxurious beachfront boutique hotels which have sprung up in recent years.Fly to: BaliFind flights to Bali 12. Perhentian, MalaysiaAs much as we love Thailand’s beaches, they can also be incredibly crowded, so why check out some of Malaysia’s best beaches instead? Head to the Perhentian Islands (there are two of them: Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil) and you’ll find a handful of visitors, some of the best cheap beach accommodation in Asia, fantastic diving and breathtakingly-beautiful beaches. Getting to the Perhentian Islands is easy – simply jump on a ferry in either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu, on the mainland. Both destinations are serviced by regular flights from Kuala Lumpur.Fly to: Kuala LumpurFind flights to Kuala Lumpur 8. Manama, BahrainThis 600-metre-long sandy beach is a great destination for a sun-soaked beach holiday. There’s a huge amount of development taking place in Bahrain, and this beach is close to some of Bahrain’s best hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. And although it’s a great place to catch some rays, Bahrain is also a fantastic diving destination. An added bonus? Local laws state that if you find a pearl, it’s yours to keep.Fly to: BahrainFind flights to Bahrain 9. Ryde, Isle of Wight, UKForget Spain, Greece and Portugal and head to Ryde this summer. Some of the UK’s best beaches can be found on the Isle of Wight. We’re smitten with Appley beach, which is a hidden gem only known about by locals – until now. It’s easy to get to – simply look for Appley Tower, a gothic structure built in 1875 by eccentric local landowner Sir William Hutt. When hunger strikes, head to the Dell Café and enjoy some fish and chips while you watch the yachts glide through the waters of the Solent.10. Cayo Costa State Park, Fort Myers USThis beautiful spot makes a great alternative beach destination to Florida’s most popular stretches of sand because it’s only accessible by boat, although it’s actually only a short hop from the mainland. To get there, simply hop on the ferry from Pineland, to the west of Fort Myers. Once there, you’ll find plenty of wildlife, forests to hike through and cabins which can be rented for overnight stays.Fly to: Fort MyersFind flights to Fort Myers 15. Iki Island, JapanJapan’s beaches are often overlooked, but they’re some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. We’re particularly smitten with the beaches on Iki Island, which is easily accessible from Nagasaki – visit on a day trip or stay at one of the shiny new hotels which have sprung up in recent years. The island’s beaches are dotted with weird and wonderful rock formations. One of our favourites is Saruiwa, or Monkey Rock, which can be found on the western edge of the island and resembles a sitting monkey.Fly to: NagasakiFind flights to Nagasaki 1. Skåne, SwedenIf you fancy a bit of seclusion, head to southern Sweden. The beaches near the town of Skåne are clean and well-maintained, and you’re unlikely to have any trouble finding a space to lay out your sun towel. Our favourites include Falsterbo beach and Skanör beach – the latter is lined with colourful beach huts.Fly to: GothenburgFind flights to Gothenburg2. Yvonand, SwitzerlandOne of the most beautiful beaches in Europe can be found in Switzerland. Yes, we know, it’s a land-locked country, but this particular stretch of sand is on a lake. You’ll find plenty of room to lay out your sun towel while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of forested hills. The lake’s surrounded by campsites, so it’s a great option for anyone considering a cheap holiday in Switzerland.Fly to: BernFind flights to Bern RelatedThe world’s sunniest short-haul beach destinationsIn the market for a short-haul summer break – a sun-soaked, cheap holiday on the beach which won’t cost the earth? We’ve rounded up the ideal destinations, which means all you need to worry about is the sunscreen!20 of the best beaches in Europe that the locals don’t want you to know aboutPlanning a beach holiday and looking for a quiet spot where you won’t have to battle for an umbrella? Beat the miserable British summer by planning your escape to one of these secret beaches across Europe that you’ve probably never heard of…50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesDreaming of summer and longing to park your bum on some sand? Here’s our selection of 50 of the most perfect beaches in the world, including beautiful spots in Bali, hidden coves in Cornwall and spectacular stretches of black sand in Hawaii. 16. Juist, GermanyJuist, one of Germany’s East Fresian islands, might not be one of the most well known beach destinations in Europe but that’s precisely why we love it. It’s a great option for a cheap beach holiday, with hotel prices significantly lower than those in popular beach resorts in Greece and Spain. The island, which is easily reachable from Baltrum on the mainland via ferry, is dominated by Wattenmeer National Park, which is lined with white sand beaches.Fly to: GroningenFind flights to Groningen 3. Queens, New York, USThe beaches in New York City are seriously underrated. Take Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. This wide stretch of sand has beautiful views and some fantastic beach-side restaurants. But one of of our favourite beaches in New York City is Rockaway Beach in Queens. Locals flock here for the great surf, friendly atmosphere and the concession stand-filled boardwalk. Make mine a hot dog to go. Once you’re all beached out, check out some of the exciting free things to do in the Big Apple.Fly to: New York CityFind flights to New York ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Lisbon, PortugalSome of Europe’s best beaches are just a few miles from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon – but luckily for you, most visitors to Portugal haven’t cottoned on to that fact just yet. A large number of beaches in Lisbon are easily accessible from the city centre, either via a bus or a short train journey. We’re particularly fond of Praia da Ursa, a Portuguese beach on the Atlantic west coast, just north of Cabo da Roca. It feels wonderfully remote, with two towering sea stacks at either end of the beach. If you fancy taking a break from the beach life, there’s plenty to see and do in Lisbon, too.Fly to: LisbonFind flights to Lisbon 11. Pwll Du Bay, Gower, WalesWhy head further afield when you’ve got a beach like this much closer to home? Pwll Du Bayi is spectacular and secluded, and a great option if you’re looking for a beautiful beach in Wales but keen to avoid the most popular destinations, like Rhossili Bay, which was recently voted Britain’s best beach – and is now more crowded than ever! 17. Cheung Chau Island, Hong KongHong Kong is made up of over 200 islands, so it’s hardly surprising that great beaches aren’t exactly in short supply. Cheung Chau is just a few miles south of the main Hong Kong island, and it’s filed with temples and gorgeous beaches. There’s also no motorised traffic, so it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. We suggest a walk along Sai Tai Road, which heads south from the pier. Make sure you spend some time at Cheung Chau Island beach, which is a wide stretch of sand where you’ll find some wonderful seafood restaurants.Fly to: Hong KongFind flights to Hong KongThe summer holidays are just around the corner, and the following guides will help you make the most of them:The 10 best free attractions in the UKHere’s how to enjoy cheap holidays in the UK without breaking the bank.15 Mediterranean holiday destinations you can’t miss this summerBooking a Mediterranean holiday this summer? Here are the places to put at the top of your hit list.The 10 best nudist beaches in EuropeHere are the best beaches in Europe if you’re planning to strip off this summer.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.last_img read more

August 9

Republic born child of Turkish father denied a passport

first_imgThe child of a Greek Cypriot mother and a Turkish father has not yet been issued a passport, even though the child was born in Cyprus, its parents are married and the family live in the Larnaca region.A letter Child Commissioner Leda Koursoumba sent on behalf of the parents to Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has not yet received a reply, the office of the child commissioner confirmed on Monday.Koursoumba sent the letter to the minister on August 11, asking him to intervene as the child is a citizen of the Republic.The amount of time it has taken so far to get the document was unacceptable she said.The child’s parents, who have been married for three years, reportedly applied for the passport for their four-month-old baby more than three months ago ahead of a planned visit to the baby’s grandparents in Turkey, but their request has not been processed due to the father’s nationality.The mother told daily Politics that all her attempts to get the passport have been in vain and she was treated badly by officials. The parents have approached various responsible government departments both in Larnaca and in Nicosia.They were told that the child’s birth certificate was not valid as the child’s father is considered a resident of Turkey. His residence permit for Cyprus expires in November 2018.Also on Monday, the Koursoumba delivered the commission’s the annual report for 2015 to President Nicos Anastasiades.She told the president that there had been steady progress in raising awareness for children’s rights, but that the government should not be complacent.“The rights of the child, both as a concept and as an act, are slowly and steadily penetrating our everyday lives, our interpersonal transactions and public debate. The contribution of the media and the people working in the field are essential to this development,” she said.The report, she added, highlights examples of where children’s rights have been violated, especially those most vulnerable such as unaccompanied migrants who are minors. Significant problems in the area of education are also identified in the report.She said that positive steps included the modernisation of legislation which protects children in 2014 and 2015, and a strategy to align Cypriot policies and procedures with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.Anastasiades assured Koursoumba that the state would continue its efforts to protect children’s rights and expressed the government’s satisfaction with the work done by the commissioner’s office.  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Here’s Why)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

August 9

House approves Rep Lillys plan requiring fiscal notes on all bills

first_img17May House approves Rep. Lilly’s plan requiring fiscal notes on all bills Categories: Lilly News,News The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills placed before legislative committees to include reports on the implications they will have on the state budget.Rep. Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the legislation after he was presented with bill after bill in committee with no indication on what impact the measures have on the budget. He said the House and Senate fiscal agencies should analyze each bill before it begins the committee process so legislators know the monetary impact and taxpayers know how their hard-earned money is being used.“As a fiscally conservative representative, I believe I am tasked with knowing how much money will be needed if we advance the legislation, and what implications that expenditure will have on our West Michigan families,” Rep. Lilly said. “The legislative process can move at a very fast pace, and because of that the fiscal analyses of bills are often not finished by the time the bills are placed before a committee. That is not acceptable.”Rep. Lilly said requiring the Legislature to review fiscal notes will make legislators more aware of any negative revenue impacts the bills might create, and how the state plans to pay for services affected by the legislation.“Currently some bills arrive in committee with a report on their price tag, but sometimes this is not included,” Rep. Lilly said. “I think Michigan families deserve to know how their money is going to be used in every case, and this should be written into law.”The House Fiscal Agency report estimates there will be no additional cost to the state when Rep. Lilly’s plan becomes law.The measure now goes before the Senate for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 4679center_img Legislator: Cost to state, taxpayers should be known in advancelast_img read more

August 9

Rep Lower plan brings transparency accountability to petition initiative process

first_img06Dec Rep. Lower plan brings transparency, accountability to petition initiative process State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency.Lower, of Cedar Lake, said Michigan is among a minority of states that allows petition initiatives on statewide issues. His plan ensures the important process remains in place, with significant improvements.“We will strengthen the grassroots lawmaking power of our citizens by preventing deception and improving transparency,” Lower said. “We can’t let out-of-state special interests parachute in and unfairly influence our petition process. Every Michigan voter – from Houghton to Alma to Detroit – deserves to be given a voice in our state’s important citizens’ initiative process.”Protections laid out in House Bill 6595 include:Requiring that not more than 10 percent of certified signatures come from any one congressional district.Requiring initiative campaigns to provide a short summary at the top of their petitions.Requiring circulators to prominently display their paid or volunteer status.Making absolutely clear that if a petition circulator deceives people or provides fraudulent information, the signatures they collect must be invalidated.“These responsible reforms empower Michigan voters,” Lower said. “Increased transparency will ensure voters are made aware when petition circulators are paid by out-of-state special interests and allow people to quickly size up the issue and determine whether or not they believe the initiative should be law.”The plan has been referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.### Categories: Lower Newslast_img read more