BJP to complain against CM for misleading people

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP will complain to the Police Commissioner and Election Commission demanding that criminal case should be filed against Arvind Kejriwal for misleading the people and speaking lies.According to Delhi BJP Vice President Rajiv Babbar, the Election Commission has also made it clear that BJP has no rights to get the names deleted and the Election Commission neither deletes nor adds names on the basis of caste or community. Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal’s false claim that names of lakhs of voters have been deleted from the voter list, has been completely exposed and now Delhi’s Patiala House Court after taking cognizance of a case has issued notices to the Aam Aadmi Party leaders including the Chief Minister. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticDelhi BJP Vice President Rajiv Babbar, Delhi BJP Media Co-Incharge Neelkant Bakshi, Media Head Ashok Goel Devraha, Senior Advocate Ajay Digpaul and S N Verma addressed a Press conference in this connection and claimed that they have proved that Arvind Kejriwal has been lying in this case. Addressing the media persons, Rajiv Babbar said that Arvind Kejriwal has been misleading the people of Delhi for the last several months. He is speaking lies on social media, print media, electronic media and also misleading the people of Delhi that their names have been deleted. Today the court made it clear that Kejriwal its speaking lies and his political conspiracy stands exposed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMeanwhile, Leader of the opposition (LOP) Vijender Gupta slammed AAP leaders for misleading people of Delhi and violating the Model Code of Conduct. “CEO of Delhi should take cognizance of the violation of the Model Code of Conduct in GNCTD and take immediate action against AAP,” Gupta said. On Friday, a delegation of BJP led by Gupta met the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi at his office. He slammed the Delhi CM and his leaders for misleading the people of Delhi on deletion of Names in Electoral List. He said that despite directions of the Electoral and Police officials the call centres are being run by AAP misusing the illegally collected data from government school students, electricity, water and other utility bill. Gupta asked the Election Commission of Delhi to take the cognizance of the violation of the Model Code of Conduct prevailing in GNCTD and take immediate appropriate action by ensuring that the data illegally collected by AAP is seized without any further delay. “We have urged the EC to also take cognizance of the advertisements being run by AAP on DTC Buses, Schools, Mohalla Clinics and other govt institutions violating the model code of conduct. CEC must take immediate action on Delhi CM for using derogatory language against PM and Delhi BJP President,” he said.last_img read more

Over 90 firsttime voters to cast ballot Twitter India

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 90 per cent of first-time eligible voters are expected to vote in the upcoming elections, a Twitter India survey revealed on Wednesday. According to the Election Commission, nearly 1.5 crore first-time voters will exercise their franchise in the seven-phase election starting April 11. Twitter India said that seven in 10 first-time eligible voters in India believe that they are contributing to the public debate by posting on Twitter. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Nearly half (46 per cent) would actively engage with and raise concerns to the government on issues that affect them or their community, versus one-third (36 per cent) of those not on the platform. The survey was conducted as part of Twitter’s youth engagement initiative #PowerOf18. Nearly 54.6 per cent of those surveyed said they will use Twitter to gather support for a cause or movement, and 54.4 per cent will use the platform to express their opinion to be heard. Over 80 per cent said they will turn to social media to find out what’s happening in India and around the world. The study surveyed 1,602 youth aged 18-22 years old, comprising Twitter and non-Twitter users.last_img read more

Trafffic diverted due to IPL match and ShabeBarat

first_imgNEW DELHI: Traffic would be diverted near FerozShah Kotla ground during the IPL T-20 match between Delhi Capitals Vs Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.The religious function of Muslims Shab-e-Barat also falls on the same day hence necessary arrangements have been made on Delhi roads near the ground. The match starts from 8 pm to 11:30 pm on 20 April. Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for parking of vehicles, traffic circulation, pedestrians’ movement and safety of the visitors in and around the Stadium. Spectators are advised to use metro facility to reach the Stadium; Delhi Gate Metro Station (Gate No. 4 & 5) is the nearest to reach the Stadium. ITO Metro Station (Gate No. 3, 4 & 5) can also be used to reach the Stadium. People are requested to avoid the following roads from 4 pm to 11.30 pm on the match day respectively when the spectators would be coming to the stadium and congestion is expected at Rajghat to J.L.N. Marg, J.L.N. Marg from R/A Kamla Market to Raj Ghat, Asaf Ali Road from Turkman Gate to Delhi Gate, B.S.Z. Marg from Ram Charan Agarwal Chowk to Delhi Gate. Display of car parking label on windscreen is mandatory. Vehicle number must be written on the parking label. Those who do not display parking label with vehicle number will not be allowed in the proximity of the stadium, police said. Spectators using app-based taxi and other taxis should use the service lane on Ring Road between I.P. flyover and Rajghat crossing for drop and pickup.last_img read more

Real Madrid to Arrive in Morocco 2 Days Ahead of World

Rabat – Spanish giants Real Madrid are expected to come to Morocco on December 14th, two days ahead of their semi-final clash at the FIFA Club World Cup.Sources acquainted with the issue told MWN that the Los Blancos arrival date in Morocco to take part at the eleventh edition of FCWC is officially confirmed at December 14th.Real Madrid will arrive in Morocco as the club most likely to lift the title especially that the team is producing one of its best performances in years. The Champions League winners made history on Saturday as they recorded their 16th straight win cross all competitions with a 2-1 triumph over Malaga at la Rosaleda.Real Madrid will face in the Semi-final round in Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat the winner of the match that will bring together Cruz Azul from Mexico against Western Sydney from Australia. read more

Terrorism can never be justified participants at joint UN conference conclude

19 November 2007An international counter-terrorism conference in Tunis co-sponsored by the United Nations has wrapped up with participants stressing that no motive can ever justify acts of terrorism and that Islam should not be blamed for the phenomenon. Nearly 200 people – representing all continents, as well as international organizations, research institutes and civil society – spent three days in the Tunisian capital, from 15 to 17 November, in discussions on a series of terrorism-related issues, including an examination of conditions conducive to terrorism, promoting education to prevent the phenomenon, encouraging greater inter-faith dialogue and the role of international and specialized organizations.The conference, called Terrorism: Dimensions, Threats and Countermeasures, was jointly organized by the UN’s Department of Political Affairs in collaboration with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and its Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). It was hosted by the Tunisian Government and held under the high patronage of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President of Tunisia. In the official concluding observations Saturday, a co-chair, Tunisian Culture and Preservation of Heritage Minister Mohamed El Aziz Ben Achour, said the prevailing view of participants “was that terrorism and extremism constitute a threat to the peace, security and stability of all countries and peoples.”He added: “Terrorism has no justification, no matter what pretext terrorists may use for their deeds.”Participants agreed that terrorism flourishes in environments where there is discontent, exclusion, humiliation, poverty, political oppression and human rights abuses, as well as in countries engaged in regional conflicts.“It profits from weak State capacity to maintain law and order,” Mr. Ben Achour said. “These vulnerable areas are exploited by terrorists to mobilize recruits and justify violence. None of the religions are a cause of political radicalism and extremism. Religious doctrine may be ‘tools of mobilization,’ rather than a direct cause.”The participants said it was important for the international community to counter the spread of Islamophobia, which it noted has been growing in recent years in part because of misinformation and misperceptions about the religion.“The emergence of misguided groups that have deviated from the straight path to fanaticism, violence and extremism, attributing their acts to Islam, in no way justifies associating this phenomenon with the Islamic faith. True Islam is the religion of moderation and avoidance of excess, founded on the values of equality, justice, peace and brotherhood.”The conference also backed the need for measures aimed at tackling conditions conducive to terrorism, such as poverty and unemployment.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the conference at its opening last Thursday, saying that the UN’s 192 Member States made history just over one year ago when they adopted the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy as a guide for international activities to counter terrorism. “Yet our work together is just beginning,” he said. “Now we must implement the Strategy in all its dimensions. By next September, when the General Assembly meets to review implementation of the strategy, we must all have concrete progress to show – Member States, the UN system, and our key partners in regional and other organizations.” read more

Cyprus cultural rights are not bargaining chip UN expert warns

Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, visited the country from 24 May to 2 June to assess efforts to enhance the enjoyment of cultural rights by all people.Expressing concern about the administrative obstacles posed by the division of Cyprus, she condemned unjustified restrictions on access to cultural heritage for religious ceremonies, including those that were announced by the Turkish Cypriot authorities during her visit.“The attempt to increase restrictions has been harmful,” Ms. Bennoune said, calling for any unfounded restrictions to be lifted and urging the Cyprus government to abstain from any retaliatory measure. “Cultural rights, including the right to enjoy and access cultural heritage shall not be considered as a bargaining chip,” the independent expert stressed.The Special Rapporteur stressed that there are issues of access to cultural sites in the south of the country, although there is a tendency to consider that such issues only happen in the north.“The Government should make every effort to end de facto limitations on accessing cultural sites, including through clarifying opening hours, simplifying processes for accessing particular sites, and providing for essential facilities such as water and washrooms at some sites,” she said.“Cyprus is making a great deal of efforts to ensure that cultural heritage, which is at the centre of great tensions and could potentially undermine reconciliation, contributes to the solution”, the expert highlighted.Thanks to the opening of the crossings, the expert noted, people visited their old villages and neighbourhoods, their old churches, mosques and cemeteries. “They started talking to each other again, to recognize and re-humanize each other,” she added. “In this way, cultural heritage can promote human rights.”The Special Rapporteur regretted that an application to include the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque on the UNESCO World Heritage List was made “without involving the people having a particular link with the site, when such project may carry significant implications for them in terms of access and maintenance of the site.”The expert noted that Cyprus’s society currently includes not only Greek and Turkish Cypriots, but also a mosaic of historic minorities and more newly arrived persons, people of mixed identities, and those who chose to identify in some other fashion altogether.“Each person should have a right to self-identify,” she underscored. She noted that different people may have diverse historic relationships with the island of Cyprus, which must be acknowledged and respected, but all must enjoy their cultural rights without discrimination.The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report on her visit to Cyprus to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchells experience with USA Basketball broadened

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell answers questions at women’s basketball media day Oct. 10. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorWhen a team has a player as talented and accomplished as Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, there is only so much a coach can contribute. Head coach Kevin McGuff said the prolific scorer has worked to improve her defense this offseason. But he believes Mitchell’s experience traversing the world with USA Basketball will benefit her as much as any specific on-court improvements.Mitchell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, won a gold medal with the Women’s Under-23 National Team in the Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, in mid-August. Then, she was invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California. Mitchell was one of just five college players among the 30 invitees.“It kind of broadened her horizons a little bit and I think any time you get new experiences and have success with it like she did, you can only come out of there with more confidence,” McGuff said during Ohio State women’s basketball media day Tuesday.Ohio State counted on Mitchell to be its primary source of offense last year, and will rely on her offensive prowess again this season. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Big Ten with 22.9 points per game, led the team with 115 3-pointers made and assisted a team-high 137 buckets last season. Mitchell has made the most 3s in Big Ten history.But with so many skilled players at the training camp and on the Under-23 National Team, Mitchell learned to take a step back on offense.“When you go and you play on a USA basketball team, you have to play with so many great players, it’s certainly a different role than what you would have here,” McGuff said. “I just think that was really good for her and what it would mean for us this year, and really good for her and what it means for her future as she moves on to play professional basketball next year.”Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell pulls up for a shot in the second half against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 19. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing editor for ContentMitchell said she spent more time playing off the ball than she usually does for Ohio State and learned how to play in different positions on offense, rather than just dominating the ball. The score-first guard said she now feels more comfortable playing with Buckeye guards Linnae Harper, Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss when they have the ball on offense.Mitchell was able to play with 25 WNBA players at the training camp, but she spent more time learning from the coaching staff.“I did get a chance to talk to [four-time Olympic gold-medal winner] Sue Bird and all those vets, but I really picked [USA Women’s National Team and South Carolina head coach] Dawn Staley’s brain because she had been through it, she know what it’s like,” Mitchell said. “So her being around, being our coach throughout the course of the three days, she helped me a lot in regard to what guards need to see even before it happens, how to play, how to pick things apart, and how to be a good teammate.”Just a little more than a week into training camp, McGuff has already witnessed Mitchell’s progress.“She’s playing fast as ever, because that’s what we expect of her,” McGuff said. “At the same time, kind of maybe even has a little better feel for when to slow down and execute and make sure everybody else is where they’re supposed to be and make sure everybody else is involved.”Mitchell said USA Basketball placed an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball and she brought the intensity on that side of the court to the Buckeyes. McGuff, Mitchell and other players said improved defense would be key to Ohio State’s season when they spoke at media day Tuesday afternoon.Mitchell was joined by Harper on the Under-23 National Team. Harper, who was named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year last season, was a late addition to the team as the redshirt senior replaced South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, who missed the Four Nations Tournament with a groin strain.“Linnae is playing really hard, still one of the best defensive players and rebounding perimeter players in the country, something that they emphasize with her at USA Basketball,” McGuff said. “So that probably just kind of extenuated on the positives that she already has.”Mitchell and Harper will be able to showcase the improvements they made in the offseason when Ohio State opens the season against Stanford at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. John Arena as part of Countdown to Columbus. read more

Prince Philip crash As Duke takes delivery of another Land Rover will

The delivery driver backed the Land Rover out of the… The Land Rover is the same model as the one Prince Philip, 97, was driving in yesterday’s crash, which also involved a Kia. A replacement Land Rover, previously driven by the Duke of Edinburgh, has been delivered to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, hours after his car was involved in a horror crash. It is believed to be the same car he has been seen driving near to Balmoral in September 2018, with a shared number plate.  Armed police were on hand as the replacement vehicle was delivered to Sandringham, where Prince Phillip is now recovering. A black Land Rover Freelander was driven into Sandringham inside a delivery truck on Friday morning.

Presidents overseas travel bill since 2015 to now totals 209M

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related File photo: President David Granger during his address to World Leaders at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkFollowing inquiries from the parliamentary opposition, it turns out that a total of $209.4M has been spent by the coalition government since it came to office in 2015 for the traveling expenses of President David Granger and his entourage.According to information seen by this publication, Granger completed a total of 37 official trips overseas between May 16, 2015 and November of this year. This includes almost a dozen trips overseas in 2015, costing some $57.5 Million.In 2016, Granger made eight trips at a total cost of $44.7 Million. In 2017, he made a similar number of trips for marginally less- $42.7 Million.For the year 2018, the President completed 10 overseas trips, costing 64.4 Million.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Texieira, in whose name the questions were originally posed, had also questioned what short and long term benefits Guyana gained from those trips.In his reply, Minister of State Joseph Harmon related that the trips were for advancing Guyana’s foreign policy objectives.The benefits include, according to Harmon, having Guyana’s territorial case referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). read more

Asus Transformer Prime to get Ice Cream Sandwich in January

first_imgThe Eee Pad Transformer Prime may have the most ridiculous name this side of Droid Xyboard, but Asus’ device has quickly become the best tablet Android has to offer. Not only will it be the first device to run Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, but it also may be the first significant tablet to run Ice Cream Sandwich.Asus suggested that the tablet might be running the latest version of Android by late January. The news came on Asus’s Italian Facebook page; after apologizing for delaying the device’s launch, it said that it might ship with Ice Cream Sandwich around the end of January.You’ll want to keep in mind that this isn’t exactly an official announcement from Asus, and there was no direct mention of the US. But logic dictates that if the Italian Transformer Prime is launching with Ice Cream Sandwich at a certain time, the update will be available in the states at that point, if not earlier.While the bulk of 2011 saw a slew of overpriced Android tablets that tried (in vain) to beat the iPad at its own game, the last couple of months have shown us an improved approach to Android slates. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet offer mediocre performance, but they wisely choose to outdo the competition on price, not on specs. The Transformer Prime, meanwhile, takes everything that was great about its predecessor (quality hardware, keyboard dock) and gives its performance a shot of adrenaline.The US release date of the Prime has been scattershot — though fortunately less so than the Galaxy Nexus. It was previously thought to be December 12, but now it’s looking to ship the week of December 19 (next Monday).via Facebook (Asus Italia), Business Insiderlast_img read more

Analysis The skill and class of Cooper and OLeary have been key

first_img Mar 14th 2017, 5:07 PM 5 Comments COLM COOPER WILL this Friday attempt to land the one major honour that has eluded him in a highly successful Gaelic football career.The Kerry senior will hope to win with his club Dr Crokes in the AIB All-Ireland senior club football final in Croke Park against Derry’s Slaughtneil.But how important are Cooper – and former Kerry senior forward Kieran O’Leary – to Dr Crokes chances of success? We take a closer look at their roles. Dr Crokes Kieran O’Leary and Colm Cooper Source: INPHO***********************DESPITE THE FINAL scoreline of 2-11 to 0-8, Dr Crokes went 16 minutes without scoring in their semi-final last month against Corofin in the Gaelic Grounds.It really wasn’t until the second goal went in that Crokes assumed control again and saw the game out.In many ways Slaughtneil and Crokes play a similar style. Neither team plays with a permanent sweeper although both teams filter back when defending. In most cases they leave at least two men inside, so it’s not a 15 man defence even when the game is all but over.The Kieran O’Leary and Colm Cooper double act was in full swing against Corofin. O’Leary scored five of Dr Crokes 11 points and while Cooper scored just one point – from a free – he was largely the playmaker in much of what Crokes were forward.Cooper had over 30 possessions in the game and was instrumental in the second goal that killed the game.Kieran O’LearyO’Leary plays a very deep role as full-forward and tends to hug that end line. Much of what he does happens inside the opposition’s 13-yard line.His second touch of the ball is a great example of just how deep he wants to play.You can see him on the far left of the picture, almost marking the umpire. If the right ball is played this leaves him one v one, but it also creates a huge pocket of space between the full-back line and the half-back line.Although O’Leary receives the ball quite wide here, Corofin just get back to cut off the goal chance.O’Leary has enough time and skill to create a chance from a tight enough angle.His first score of the game, inside the first minute, was another example of him picking the ball up inside the Corofin 13-yard line and taking on his man.Again Corofin get a man back to stop an obvious goal chance but O’Leary easily taps the ball over the bar.As Slaughtneil won’t play with an out and out sweeper, Crokes could get a lot of joy if they get good deliveries to O’Leary. It will be important that they give him room and don’t crowd the Slaughtneil ’45 until he needs to lay it off.Later in the half we could see Cooper and O’Leary link up and almost create a goal scoring opportunity. O’Leary drifts out the back and gets away from his man. Cooper plays a lovely cross field kick and lands it right on O’Leary.Corofin have extra bodies, something Slaughtneil have tended not to play with. This ball around the back and then laid off to a runner is an ideal opportunity to open up the Slaughtneil defence. With a player of Cooper’s class this ball is always on.You can see above the sort of space that this allows a runner to come in to. In this case the final pass from O’Leary was just a fraction off and the move broke down.But you only have to get this right once to completely turn a game.They got a bit of luck for the first goal but it was an almost identical move. Cooper has what is probably a shot but it falls short.Because O’Leary is hugging the end line he is able to gather the ball. By Rob Carroll Share Tweet Email Short URL http://the42.ie/3286770 10,390 Views Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 5:07 PM With full backs and the sweeper being attracted so deep, it leaves a nice pocket of space around the 13-yard or 21-yard line.There is a lot of luck required for this shot to end up in the back of the net but the space was created by playing so deep. And it means in this case Corofin struggled to get real pressure on Gavin O’Shea.The best way for Slaughtneil to stop O’Leary is to cut off the delivery. The more pressure they can put on the likes of Cooper and Buckley out the field, the more frustrating things will get for O’Leary and force him to come out towards the ’45.In Corofin’s purple patch they did this much better. O’Leary was only involved four times in the second half before being substituted and two of those plays were outside the scoring zone.Colm CooperThe Gooch was involved in over 30 plays in the semi-final and despite only picking up one score, his influence was stamped all over the Dr Crokes performance.The second goal was a great example of his speed of thought, skill execution and something he wouldn’t get the plaudits for, his tackling.Dr Crokes were really struggling at this stage. They hadn’t scored since before half-time and Corofin were within four points. Corofin attack down the right hand side of the pitch and Cooper finds himself back inside his own half.The first good decision he makes is to put the brakes on. His man has beaten him out to the ball but rather than commit he can see the two runners and starts to retreat.Cooper turns his back to the ball but seems to all the time be aware of what is around him.At just the right moment he turns and puts in a massive shoulder on the ball carrier. Although he attacks the ball, he has an awareness of where number 25 (Greg Higgins) is.The tackle is enough to break the momentum of the move but doesn’t turn the ball over. However as soon as the ball goes wide, Cooper immediately spots the danger and returns his attention to number 25.As Buckley pushes towards the ball, Cooper makes 10 yards to meet the pass.And this time he does enough to force the turnover.Cooper has made some great defensive decisions throughout this move and has put in two tackles any defender would be proud of.However he wasn’t content to get his breath back and consider it job done.The referee blows for afree on Fionn Fitzgerald for a high tackle. Even with the ball dead Cooper never takes his eyes off the game. Not once did he look away.Scanning what was in front of him he spotted an opening. Corofin had committed forward and left the opportunity for a counter.How often do you see a player in this case just drop the ball and slow the game down? Not Cooper. Immediately he spots a long kick pass and deliveries with the utmost precision.Daithi Casey picks the ball up and eats up the ground in front of him. He soloed the whole way to the 13-yard line out pacing everyone before laying it off and Jordan Kiely scores their second goal.Corofin did leave themselves open but Slaughtneil like to push up on the opposition and if they are not careful, could leave similar gaps.Someone of Cooper’s ability with the foot will exploit that, given the opportunity. Cooper and Johnny Buckley are the Dr Crokes playmakers. If they can get good service in to Kieran O’Leary, I suspect he will do enough damage to win the game.The key for Slaughtneil will be getting pressure on the ball carrier out around the ’45 and stop that supply.It’s likely that Chrissy McKaigue will pick up Cooper for a period and that battle will be key. Analysis: The skill and class of Cooper and O’Leary have been key to Dr Crokes’ All-Ireland club hopes The42′s columnist Rob Carroll takes a closer look at the Kerry senior attacking duo before the All-Ireland senior club final. Source: The42 GAA/SoundCloud2015 Leinster schools rugby cup winning captain on the bench for Cork U21 footballersSenior hurler in the Waterford U21 football team for Munster semi-final against Kerry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Emergency accommodation for asylum seekers costs three times more than Direct Provision

first_img By Cónal Thomas Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PROVIDING EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION for asylum seekers in Ireland costs nearly three times more than Direct Provision centres.Since September 2018, people seeking international protection in Ireland have been placed in hotels and B&Bs due to pressures on Ireland’s Direct Provision system. The average daily rate across Direct Provision centres is €35, according to the Department of Justice & Equality. The average cost for emergency accommodation is €100 per person per night. So far, the Department has spent over €12 million on emergency accommodation. Until new Direct Provision centres come on-stream, the Department’s Reception & Integration Agency (RIA) will continue to contract hotels and B&Bs, it has said. There are currently over 1,000 international protection applicants living in emergency accommodation with 30 hotels and B&Bs in 12 counties contracted by RIA to provide bed and board.Various groups – including MASI, Irish Refugee Council and migrant rights centre Nasc – have continually hit out at the use of hotels and B&Bs. ‘Unsustainable’ Fiona Finn, CEO of Nasc, told TheJournal.ie that at “a cost of €500,000 per week, the current use of emergency accommodation is unsustainable and is failing to serve either the State or asylum seekers.“It is deeply worrying to Nasc that funds for asylum seekers are going into the hands of profit-making firms and individuals,” she said. A spokesperson for MASI, meanwhile, said that “living in such overcrowded rooms…is incredibly dehumanising as it strips a person of their fundamental human right to privacy.”A number of issues for people living in emergency accommodation highlighted by TheJournal.ie include difficulties accessing GP services, delays in PPS numbers being allocated in order to receive weekly payment, lack of educational access for children and unsuitable accommodation.Criticism has been levelled at a lack of vulnerability assessments for people entering the country before being moved directly to emergency accommodation. These assessments aim to identify specific reception needs for people. Most recently, TheJournal.ie reported ongoing difficulties for people living at The Clayton Hotel in Dublin. ‘Rising Costs’The government plans to end its use of emergency accommodation by late 2019 as it seeks to open new Direct Provision centres. However, public procurement difficulties experienced by RIA alongside issues for Direct Provision residents finding suitable accommodation in the rental sector once granted leave-to-remain, has forced RIA to contract hotels and B&Bs. RIA planned to accommodate people in more permanent Direct Provision centres yet this was not possible following arson attacks at hotels in Moville, Co Donegal and Rooskey on the Roscommon-Leitrim border.A spokesperson for RIA has said “during the past twelve months, there has been a rise in the number of applications and this, combined with well-documented difficulties experienced by the RIA in opening new [Direct Provision] centres, has stretched the system to its full capacity.”“New Direct Provision Centres are expected to come on stream shortly,” they said. In July, Hatch Hall Direct Provision centre in Dublin closed ahead of its redevelopment into a five-star hotel. The cost of Direct Provision is expected to top €120 million this year compared with €78 million in 2018.Around one third of people living in Direct Provision access an ‘Independent Living Model’ which costs the Department €44.15 per day, compared with €35 for remaining Direct Provision centres. MASI has recently highlighted differences in service provision for those living in Direct Provision centres against people living in emergency accommodation, despite hotel and B&B owners being paid more by RIA per night.A recent Direct Provision spending review noted that the total cost of emergency accommodation is expected to reach €20 million this year. Contracting hotels and B&Bs is “significantly more expensive than RIA accommodation centre costs,” the review notes. “Costs have further increased due to higher season pricing for the summer period.”The review recommends that a procurement process be developed, one that is “responsive to demand…and implemented to minimise use of emergency accommodation.” Related Reads Aug 26th 2019, 10:42 PM 23,057 Views 71 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4782558 Share35 Tweet Email3 06.07.19 NGOs asked by justice department to help asylum seekers in emergency accommodation ‘as soon as possible’ Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley in Dublin. Image: Sam Boal Image: Sam Boal Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley in Dublin. Short URL Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 12:05 AM Nasc’s Finn has said RIA should have foreseen these current capacity issues. “The increase in numbers seeking asylum in Ireland was clearly predicted by the McMahon Report and, in fact, we had slighter fewer asylum seekers in 2018 than predicted by the report,” Finn told TheJournal.ie.“Additional infrastructure should have been put in place from 2015 onwards however there was a failure to plan for additional numbers.”In June, retired High Court Judge Dr Bryan McMahon, who chaired 2015’s working group report into the Direct Provision system, said he was “totally against” the use of emergency accommodation for asylum seekers and called on RIA to expand its stock by building on State-owned sites.Deputy Secretary General Oonagh Buckley of the Justice Department told an Oireachtas Committee in June that the same standard of services in Direct Provision centres could not be provided in emergency set-ups. ‘Short-term basis’Since hotels and B&Bs first came into use, only 285 people have been re-accommodated to Direct Provision centres.The EU Reception Conditions directive, which Ireland signed up to last year, states that the Minister for Justice may provide emergency accommodation. But it must be for “as short a time as possible”. Ireland is also legally required to conduct vulnerability assessments, which aim to identify special reception needs for asylum seekers and refugees.Hotels and B&Bs will be in use on a short-term basis, the department has maintained, despite a number of applicants living in emergency accommodation since last November.The Department confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it also has no role in carrying out inspections of emergency accommodation set-ups nor can it permit visits but said that RIA staff hold clinics where they meet with residents in emergency accommodation to address concerns. “The Department does not control access to private premises and for that reason, we are not in a position to allow a visit in the same way that is possible at RIA [Direct Provision] centres,” the spokesperson said. “RIA typically contracts a defined number of rooms within existing commercial hotels and guest houses and therefore does not have exclusive use of the premises,” they added. Emergency accommodation for asylum seekers costs three times more than Direct Provision centres Over 1,000 asylum seekers are now living in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland. 12.08.19 Asylum seekers told not to bring food to rooms ‘under any circumstance’ by Dublin hotellast_img read more

Preorder Deal Game of Thrones Complete Series BluRay Collectors Set

first_img This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Stay on target Attention, Game of Thrones fans: Here’s something to tide you over until the prequel hits the screens, or even until George R.R. Martin (finally) releases the final books.You can save serious cash by preordering the gorgeous Blu-ray collection of Game of Thrones: The Complete Series limited-edition collector’s set right now. Originally listed at $330, you can preorder it for only $250.This set, which collects Seasons 1-8 of the HBO hit, doesn’t release until December 3, but you can take advantage of the preorder deal on Amazon.The collector’s set comes in a collectible, beautiful wooden shadow box, complete with a Hand of the King pin keeping it closed. Each season is represented with amazing illustrations by Robert Ball, the artist behind “Beautiful Death,” a series that features illustrations of characters’ final moments on the show.Preorder your set from Amazon now and in the event prices drop during Prime Day or any other time before it releases, you will automatically get the lowest price thanks to the preorder price guarantee.Game of Thrones: Complete Collection Limited Edition Collector’s Set – $249.95More on Geek.com:Geek.com’s Complete ‘Game of Thrones’ CoverageThe Best ‘Game of Thrones’ ToysAmazon Prime Day 2019 Promises 48 Hours of Dealslast_img read more

WWE takes a shot at CM Punk on Smackdown this week

first_img Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 Facebook During a promo during the opening of Smackdown on Thursday night, Dolph Ziggler made a noticeable mention about former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks without actually saying his name. During the promo, Ziggler addressed his storyline “firing” by The Authority and added, “So I’d rather sit here in this ring and face any punishment they give me out every day for the rest of my life then sit at home on some couch complaining on a podcast.”You can view a clip of the promo which starts around the 3:50 mark. Punk himself seemed to address the shot on Twitter adding on Thursday, “Wasted arrows.”Source: YouTube.com/WWE, Twitter.com/CMPunk WhatsApp Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Twitter WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Preview: Night after SummerSlam, Miz vs. Ziggler, Women’s Tag Team Titleslast_img read more

Fire damages home in Andresen neighborhood

first_imgA small fire damaged the laundry room of a house Saturday in the Andresen neighborhood of Vancouver, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The fire was reported about 10:25 p.m. at 9307 N.E. 52nd Ave. Vancouver Fire Department crews arriving on scene reported a small amount of black smoke coming from the second story.An initial attack knocked the flames down, and firefighters went in with a hand line to follow up.The fire appeared to be limited to the laundry room, though smoke had spread to other rooms.The house’s owner is listed as Robert Espino of Meridian, Idaho, according to county property records.A fire marshal was paged to the scene.last_img

Melco Resorts to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange this week

first_imgMelco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) is set to be delisted from the Philippine Stock Exchange as of this Tuesday 11 June after falling below the PSE’s minimum required threshold for public ownership.The delisting comes six months to the day since Melco (Philippines) completed the crossing over of shares from a tender offer aimed at increasing the shareholding of MCO (Philippines) Investments Limited. RelatedPosts Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Melco (Philippines), which operates City of Dreams Manila, had previously been informed by the PSE on 14 May of its intention to delist the company this week due to a failure to reach the minimum public holding threshold for six full months.Last year’s tender offer saw MCO (Philippines) Investments Limited increase its stake from 72.54% to 96.1%, pushing the amount held by other shareholders well below the required 10% minimum public ownership requirement.Melco (Philippines) is also looking to further decrease the public holding via a reduction in the number of common shares in the company from 5.9 billion to just 11,800, with the value of each share increasing from Php1 to Php500,000. Under the plan, the grouping of Melco’s current share capital into larger batches would create fractional shares, with MCO to then purchase those fractional shares at a price of Php7.25 per current share – the same price as last year’s tender offer.Melco (Philippines) had originally planned its 2018 tender offer as a means of delisting from the PSE but reversed that decision at the time due to investor concerns. Load More Lottery decline hurts Belle Corp bottom line despite rising revenues from City of Dreams Manilalast_img read more

Best gifts for gamers going back to school

first_img Sony PlayStation 4 Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets 5:18 For students who are looking forward to Borderlands 3 more than hitting the books imminently, you can send them off with some great gaming gear to cushion the blow. (Only to use in their spare time, of course!) At a loss as to what will thrill them? Here are some suggestions to get you started, no matter how little — or how much — you want to spend.  Read: Best gaming chairs we’ve sat in for 2019  Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of any products featured on our site. Microsoft Xbox One X $299 at Amazon Smaller accessories are welcome in a cramped dorm room or on an undersize desk; 10-keyless (TKL) keyboards that ditch the number pad are a perfect solution. The waterproof K561 uses Outemu Blue switches that are tactile, clicky and loud — hopefully the new roommate won’t care about that.  Read Xbox Adapter Controller preview $319 James Martin/CNET We took Oculus Quest on vacation $239 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $73 at Amazon Tags $287 at Amazon Oculus Amazon Asus Dell HP Lenovo Logitech Microsoft Razer Sony Nintendo Read Lenovo Legion Y740 review When you’re in that demon-killing mood, you should be able to frag with the best of them. Help your favorite undergrad overcome the frustration of using mainstream game controllers. Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller maps all the typical controller functions to a design that requires less coordination to operate. While it works with an Xbox console, it also works with PC games. $369 Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Lenovo Legion Y740 Sarah Tew/CNET Yes, both the PS4 and Xbox are senior citizens in game console terms. But that also means they’re mature platforms with giant game libraries. The PS4 Slim delivers the base PlayStation experience in a compact wedge-shaped console that can connect to any HDTV. Get this over the Xbox for exclusives like Spider-Man, God of War, the Uncharted series, The Last of Us, Bloodborne and Horizon Zero Dawn. (You could also opt for the 4K-capable PS4 Pro, but it’s arguably overkill for the dorm — especially for TVs under 55 inches.) James Martin/CNET Mobile Edge makes gaming backpacks for Alienware and Razer, but the $104 Core bag is all its own. It can hold up to 17.3-inch laptops (though superthick ones are snug), has extra padding on the straps and back keep things as comfortable as possible, and there are places for all your gaming accessories and external cables for phone or tablet charging as well as room for the day-to-day schlep-arounds. It comes in two styles: one with a molded front and another with a Velcro panel to display team badges or other patches.  Mobile Edge Core Gaming Sarah Tew/CNET $399 at Secretlab Logitech Lightspeed G613 wireless keyboard CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $750 at Dell $398 at Amazon Dell G5 15 Comment If your favorite student needs something bigger and more powerful — whether for streaming games or for studying tech-intensive subjects like programming — the 17-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 comes with some high-end components without breaking the bank. Relatively speaking. 1 Redragon K561 Visnu Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? J. Kaminski/CNET Sure, you could park your students in uncomfortable dorm furniture, but if you feel like pampering them for long days in the seat, the Titan is the most comfortable gaming chair we’ve parked our posteriors in — and it can handle a linebacker-size kid, up to 6-foot-7 inches and 290 pounds. Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 $2,300 at Amazon Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller See it Nintendo Switch Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. There are currently three versions of the Xbox One right now, but the One S is the best one to get if you’re campus-bound. Xbox’s current lineup of exclusives is generally not as impressive as the PS4’s, but the key for this console (if you have a broadband connection) is to sign up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It’s effectively a “Netflix for games” that gives you a steady stream of new and classic titles to play at any given time. We’d recommend skipping the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which is identical except that it doesn’t have a Blu-ray drive. It’s not much cheaper, and the ability to play used or borrowed disc-based games (and movies) still comes in handy. The Xbox One X is the most muscular console currently on the market, but — again — its 4K gaming features are probably overkill for basic campus gaming. Sarah Tew/CNET Xbox One S vs. One S All-Digital Edition vs. One X $101 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See also $100 at Microsoft Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Best back-to-school headphones See All Logitech Lightspeed G903 mouse Oculus Quest While the app library for Oculus’ new headset is small, it’s the best wireless option available, perfect for remaining untangled in a small dorm room or bedroom. But it provides an immersive VR experience with great controls and full positional tracking — requiring no phone, PC or game console — and costs about $400, which isn’t bad. Amazon Aloysius Low/CNET Read Dell G5 15 review Xbox One S $82 at Amazon Secretlab Titan 2020 Series If you’re paying the bills for higher education, the thought of another big outlay probably makes you shudder. The 15-inch Dell G5 is one of the best budget gaming laptops we’ve tested, and it starts at only about $750. Not a cheap gift, but a great value. For snatching moments between classes or on lunch break, get a portable console: the Nintendo Switch. But if they’re willing to take an IOU, you may want to wait until closer to the end of September to give them a Switch Lite, which will be lighter on your wallet at $200 and lighter in their backpacks, too. The catch is they won’t be able to connect to a bigger screen to play or swap out the controllers. If you do go for the original, make sure it’s the new model with extended battery life. Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X See it on Mobile Edge Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 When you’re sharing space with a roommate, clutter is the enemy if you want to keep the peace. Logitech’s G903 wireless mouse and G613 mechanical keyboard, each under $100, play way above their price.  $40 at Amazon See It reading • Best gifts for gamers going back to school Read Oculus Quest review • Read Nintendo Switch review Laptops Consoles Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Desktops Read the PS4 Slim reviewlast_img read more

Chemists make thermoset polymer using amine and triketone that is recyclable

first_imgThe researchers then tested their technique in conditions with other materials in the resultant polymer, such as fiberglass or flame retardants. They report that such additives did not prevent the recovery of the monomers or contaminate the new thermosets that were made from them. They also note that much more testing of their technique is required to make sure the thermosets are safe to use and that they do not create other environmental problems. Unlike conventional plastics, the monomers of PDK plastic could be recovered and freed from any compounded additives simply by dunking the material in a highly acidic solution. Credit: Peter Christensen et al./Berkeley Lab More information: Peter R. Christensen et al. Closed-loop recycling of plastics enabled by dynamic covalent diketoenamine bonds, Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0249-2Press release A team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has devised a way to make a type of recyclable thermoset plastic. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the group describes combining two particular types of monomers to form a common type of polymer that can be recycled using an acid. Coralie Jehanno and Haritz Sardon with the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU have published a News and Views piece outlining the work by the team in California in the same journal issue. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Chemists make thermoset polymer using amine and triketone that is recyclable (2019, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-chemists-thermoset-polymer-amine-triketone.html Reversible, dynamic covalent diketoenamine bonds. Diketoenamine bonds form spontaneously from triketones and both aromatic and aliphatic amines. Under strongly acidic conditions in water, the diketoenamine bond hydrolyses to the triketone and an ammonium salt. Credit: Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0249-2center_img A new class of recyclable thermoset plastics Explore further Plastics have become an environmental problem. Companies make them and use them in a wide variety of applications. Other businesses and consumers make use of the plastics and then discard them. But because they do not degrade very rapidly, they are building up in landfills and the ocean. One particular polymer, known as a thermoset, is particularly troublesome because it is widely used and does not recycle easily. In this new effort, the researchers report a way to make a type of thermoset that can be broken down into its component parts using an acid and then recycled.To come up with the right ingredients, the researchers looked for monomers they could use in a closed-loop cycle (in which the monomer building blocks are recovered) as part of recycling. They finally landed on the monomers amine and triketone. The researchers found they could use them to make a thermoset polymer simply by grinding the two together. Further work showed that if the polymer was soaked in a strong acid for 12 hours, the diketoenamine bonding network would release its bonds, separating the monomers. Next, they found the monomers could be separated and collected using an operationally simple procedure and then reused to make new thermosets that were nearly identical in nature to the original they had made. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Chemistrylast_img read more

Windows 10 Limited Periodic Scanning explained

first_imgWindows 10 Limited Periodic Scanning explained by Martin Brinkmann on May 27, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 21 commentsLimited Periodic Scanning is a new feature of Windows 10’s Anniversary Update edition that configures Windows Defender to scan the system in intervals even if other antivirus solutions are used primarily.The main idea behind the feature is to improve system security by using Windows Defender as a second-opinion scanner on Windows 10 devices.Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool scans detect between 1 and 2 million infections on machines each month, and Microsoft notes that some of these happen on machines with third-party antivirus solutions running on them.Limited Periodic ScanningLimited Periodic Scanning is an optional feature that is not enabled by default. It becomes available only if Windows 10 detects that another antivirus solution is installed and running, and needs to be enabled by the user or administrator of the device first.In other words, Periodic Scanning becomes only available if a third-party antivirus software is listed on the Security and Maintenance Control Panel applet of the Windows operating system.You can verify that in the following way:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-Pause to open the classic Control Panel. If the Pause-key is not available on the connected keyboard, use the shortcut Windows-X instead and select Control Panel on the menu that opens.Select System and Security in the next step. You find the link in the Control Panel address bar if you have used Windows-Pause, or listed as an entry if you have used the Windows-X menu.Click on the Security and Maintenance link on the page that opens.Expand the Security listing on the next page.Locate Virus protection afterwards, and click on the view installed antivirus apps link.The window that opens lists the recognized antivirus solutions.Configure Periodic ScanningPeriodic Scanning is a new option in the Settings application of Windows 10. The feature does not appear to be available as a policy currently.Do the following to configure the new feature:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application on the Windows 10 device.Select Update & Security when the window opens.Select Windows Defender using the left menu on the next screen.There you should find the periodic scanning option.Switch it from off to on.To turn periodic scanning off again repeat the process, and switch the option to off in the last step.The feature uses Automatic Maintenance to determine the best time for a scan and prevent scans during times when the computer is used actively or resources are needed for other processes.When you enable Windows Defender Periodic Scanning on Windows 10, you will be able to use the user interface and history tab of the program to manage threats even if the application itself is not turned on.Furthermore, you will get notifications if Windows Defender detected threats during a periodic scan, and may click on those notifications to be taken to the history tab of the program right away.Closing WordsPeriodic Scanning offers frequent second-opinion scans on devices running Windows 10 if another recognized antivirus solution is installed and if the feature is enabled.This is just one option that you have as you can run third-party security programs as well as second opinion scanners.To name a few: Trend Micro Anti-Threat Toolkit, Kaspersky AVZ Antiviral Toolkit, or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.Now You: do you use Windows Defender?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Limited Periodic Scanning explainedDescriptionLimited Periodic Scanning is a new feature of Windows 10’s Anniversary Update edition that configures Windows Defender to scan the system in intervals even if other antivirus solutions are used primarily.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Former USVI Tourism Commissioner takes the helm at Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

first_img Posted by TORONTO — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has appointed Beverly Nicholson-Doty as its new Chief Executive Officer.Boasting over 30 years of industry leadership experience, Nicholson-Doty most recently served as Commissioner of Tourism at the USVI Department of Tourism from 2007 to 2018. She brings with her significant experience in marketing, sales and strategic planning in Caribbean travel and tourism, and has developed deep relationships across the airline, cruise, hotel and service industries.Her many achievements include the successful development of the Ports of the Virgin Islands concept that elevates the territory’s port facilities, and the creation of USVI’s strategic Meetings and Incentives (MICE) plan. She was also instrumental in engineering double-digit airline capacity growth over a 10-year period.As SLTA’s CEO, Nicholson-Doty will be responsible for overall management of the organization, including oversight of the development of its marketing and destination services and general administration. She will also work closely with the Board of Directors to achieve overall objectives.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“I look forward to this opportunity. Our team at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority will be focused on developing and implementing a strong strategic plan aimed at increasing market share, and even more importantly, increasing visitor spend for maximum return on investment,” she said.For more information go to stlucia.org. Share Tags: CEO, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Travelweek Group center_img Former USVI Tourism Commissioner takes the helm at Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Friday, June 28, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more