The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is acting like an extra-constitutional authority, alleged Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in a special Assembly Session here on November 29. He dared the RSS to convert itself into a political party and come out in the open. “The RSS is acting like an extra-constitutional authority in the country. It should convert itself into a political party and come out in the open,” he said, claiming that no Minister or Chief Minister could be appointed without its consent. “During the Emergency, it was alleged that Sanjay Gandhi was acting as an extra-constitutional authority but all know whether he acted like that or not but the RSS is acting like an extra-constitutional authority in the country,” he said during the Assembly Session convened to discuss the Constitution. The Chief Minister added that an RSS leader had once said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was just a face. “You have no faith in the Constitution. You have to follow it because you have to win the elections in the democracy,” he said. The Chief Minister also said a Congress-free India could never be reality, “at least for next 100 years”. He also asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever took the name of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in six years. Mr. Modi did not feel proud on India’s achievements like the creation of Bangladesh and her sacrifice for the nation, he said. The Chief Minister said India and Pakistan got independence at the same time but what was the condition of the neighbouring country was known to all.“What is Pakistan in comparison to India? But an atmosphere was created in the country in the name of nationalism. Was it on the lines of the Constitution,” he asked. He targeted the Prime Minister for his working style and decisions like demonetisation and GST. Mr. Gehlot said at least 150 people died in the aftermath of demonetisation and economy suffered badly. Revenue to the states from the Centre had reduced, which would adversely impact development works, he claimed. Mr. Gehlot also took a dig at political developments in Maharashtra, resorting to sarcasm on the slogan, “Modi hai to mumkin hai”.He said it was not known how long the “democracy in the country would survive”. The Governor forwarded the recommendation to revoke the President’s Rule, the Prime Minister recommended and the President revoked it at 5.47 am, he said. “The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister took oath at 8 a.m. and the Prime Minister congratulated Devendra Fadnavis, who too said ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai’,” he added. He also termed electoral bonds the biggest scam of the country. Mr. Gehlot said an atmosphere of mob lynching and violence was created in the country, which was never there.
Ginebra outlasts Magnolia in OT UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines was touted as one of the best teams even before the start of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament began.The Lady Maroons won the collegiate conferences of the Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleyball League during the offseason and were poised to put on a strong showing in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte But the hype dwindled after the Lady Maroons dropped two straight games to Ateneo and National University.So when UP put a stop to that slide with a four-set win over Adamson University, 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21, it’s as if a huge weight was lifted off its shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s really a big thing especially since many of us are seniors,” said fifth-year setter Ayel Estrañero Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “So much is expected from us and we can’t just say that there’s much pressure, we really have to push each other to play well.”In terms of talent and seniority, UP is one of the top teams in the league with Estrañero, who’s long considered as one of the finest playmakers in the league, orchestrating an offense that includes Diana Carlos, Season 78 Rookie of the Year Isa Molde, Justine Dorog, and Maristela Layug all of whom are in their fourth year. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES The Lady Maroons, however, have been inconsistent this season going 4-3 in the first round and settling for a share of the fourth place with last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University.Carlos, who had 14 points against the Lady Falcons, said their win at the end of the first round was confidence-booster for them as they head into the second round.“It’s incredibly relieving especially for Ayel and I who are co-captains with Isa,” said Carlos in Filipino. “We felt that we couldn’t lead our team that well so the win really boosted our confidence.”Estrañero, who had 28 excellent sets against Adamson, added that they knew breaking their slump wouldn’t wasn’t just playing well on the floor but also enjoying the game that they love.“Today, it was evident that we played together and we really enjoyed the game,” said Estrañero. “Those are really big factors for us to win more games in the second round.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other
PIRAEUS, Greece — Manchester United’s troubled season took another turn for the worse on Feb. 25 as David Moyes’ side slumped to a 2-0 first leg defeat to Olympiakos in the last 16 of the Champions League.Moyes described the match as “the worst performance in Europe” he’d seen from his players, and took full responsibility for the result.Argentine striker Alejandro Dominguez broke the deadlock at Karaiskaki Stadium when he got his foot to a shot from Yiannis Maniatis in the 38th minute and turned the ball past goalkeeper David de Gea.First-half composure from the visitors soon turned to complacency after the break when striker Joel Campbell, on loan from United’s Premier League rival Arsenal, caught De Gea off guard with a well-placed shot in the 55th minute.Wayne Rooney produced no threat up front and strike partner Robin van Persie missed the visitors’ only clear chance — a shot over the crossbar in the 82nd minute — as United slipped to its first defeat in the Champions League this season.“It was a very poor performance, and we didn’t deserve to get anything. To a man there was nothing,” Moyes said. “I’m just surprised. I just didn’t see that level of performance coming. We didn’t offer enough on the night to create any goals.”Olympiakos coach Michel Gonzalez played down the implications of the result, saying that 2-0 wasn’t a big enough margin to give an advantage in terms of qualifying.“I will never say anything bad about Manchester United, because I have such great respect for them. The players know that we still have more to do,” Gonzalez said. “But I can’t hide it. I am very happy. It’s the players I’m so proud of … to get this result against a team of this caliber.”Runaway leaders in the Greek league, Olympiakos fielded its untested strikers after the sale last month of Kostas Mitroglou. But the hosts threatened early with Dominguez nearly grabbing a goal in the eighth minute, stopped only by a last-ditch tackle from Nemanja Vidic.Moyes brought on Danny Wellbeck and Shinji Kagawa in the second half but they made little impact, while Olympiakos nearly made it 3-0 in 67th but Michael Olaitan failed to finish.Despite the defeat, United midfielder Michael Carrick insisted that the three-time European champions could turn the result around in the second leg on March 19 at Old Trafford. “We just haven’t been getting the right results,” Carrick said. “As players we have to stand up … that’s the business we’re in.”Premier League champions last season under Alex Ferguson, United is currently sixth in the domestic standings — 15 points adrift of leader Chelsea. It also made an early exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav and other members of the Indian cricket team have been seen enjoying their time off the field with their wives and children and regularly unwind after matches.The wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the Indian cricket stars have been spotted cheering for their partners during the matches in England. While actress Anushka Sharma has been leading the WAGs brigade for cheers in the stadiums, Kohli has been flooding his social media of his rendezvous “with the bestest”.However, it looks like those pictures, dinners and outings will have to stop for a while and for perhaps a month, the cricketers will have to stay away from their partners.The team management has informed the players that no wives and girlfriends will be allowed in the camp till the end of the third Test, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.Also read – India cricket stars head to exotic locales post ODI series loss vs EnglandThe first Test begins on August 1 in Birmingham while the third Test is slated for August 18-22 in Nottingham.The report further mentions that the unwinding process of the players ended on Sunday and the team has advanced to Chelmsford from London, where they will play a four-day practice game against Essex. The practice match will begin on Wednesday.”We’ve had four days of rest before settling down for the serious task ahead. The players had moved out with spouses, friends and relatives and tomorrow (Monday) we will leave for Chelmsford,” a team source told Mirror.advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli enjoys meal with wife Anushka Sharma in LondonAs the third and final ODI ended, the Indian team stayed back in London and took some time off. Meanwhile, the Test specialists joined the squad and the limited-overs players left the party.According to the Mirror report, the team management also gave a thought to having India A players with the national team for some help in the nets. However, they decided against it keeping in mind the upcoming Quadrangular series that also involves sides from Australia A and South Africa A.The Test squad, comprising of 18 players including Jasprit Bumrah, all came together in London and left for Chelmsford together.Also read – Strolling on the streets in England: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and AnushkaBumrah, who has been suffering from a finger injury, is yet to recover completely and will not be available for the first Test. However, he is apparently ready to bowl in the nets, the team source informed Mirror.”He had a finger injury and we’re hoping he will recover for the second Test. Meanwhile, he is fit to bowl in the nets,” the source said.
Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says that a strategic plan is being developed for the treatment of cancer.He said the idea is to provide an integrated approach to cancer treatment and care, and over time establish a centre of excellence, where quality care will be available at an affordable cost.The Health Minister, who was speaking to JIS News after his presentation at Friday’s (January 25) neurosciences symposium at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, said that the Ministry has identified cancer as a “big ideas” project, with major focus placed on the disease. “We have, in the first year, improved significantly, the chemotherapy unit at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and we are looking now at improving critical pieces of equipment for radiation,” he said. There has also been major upgrading of the cancer wards of the KPH and Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James.In his presentation at the symposium, the Minister reiterated plans to launch a “broad spectrum attack” on the disease to involve prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.“We will, on a phased basis, streamline the cancer care path and systematically remove the bottlenecks to effective treatment, including reducing the high cost associated with its care and treatment,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson said he would be ready to work with the private sector, voluntary groups, universities, the Diaspora, the Caribbean Neurological Association and any other organization willing to collaborate in the effort.He stated that the establishment of an 18-station chemotherapy ward at the KPH, “is just the beginning of things to come”.
Lucknow: A special court has given a major relief to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a 20-year-old murder case as it dismissed the case.The Allahabad High Court’s special court for MPs and MLAs, on Tuesday, dismissed the 1999 case of murder of head constable Satya Prakash Yadav against the Chief Minister.Yadav was the personal security officer of then Samajwadi Party leader Talat Aziz who was killed in Maharajganj after Yogi and his supporters reportedly opened fire at Aziz and the supporters.The CB-CID probing the case had filed a final report which gave a clean chit to Yogi Adityanath.The CJM court also upheld the final report and the special court has endorsed the CJM’s report dismissing the case of murder against Yogi Adityanath.
TORONTO – Fans and a Who’s Who of hockey remembered Johnny Bower as a great goaltender and a better man Wednesday.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Hall of Famers Yvan Cournoyer, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler and Doug Gilmour were just some of the hockey elite on hand for what was billed as a celebration of the legendary goalie who died Dec. 26 at the age of 93 after a bout of pneumonia.Coach Mike Babcock and the entire current Toronto lineup watched from the Air Canada Centre floor. Four generations of Bowers including Nancy, Johnny’s wife of 69 years, were also front and centre.Fans, many in Leaf jerseys, sat in the lower bowl and chanted “Go Leafs Go” when prompted by Bower’s grandson John Bower III.They heard stories about a family man who loved to laugh — especially at himself — a humble guy who knew the value of a buck, doted on animals and always worked tirelessly for others.A Canadian who lied about his age so he could enlist in the Second World War. A booster of female hockey. An honorary member of the Union of Ontario Indians with the name of “Johnny With a Heart as Big as an Eagle’s Wingspan Bower.”A five-foot-nine man with a huge heart who became synonymous with the Maple Leaf after a winding 13-year journey to becoming an NHL regular. Bower was 34 before he was Toronto’s starting goalie.In 12 years, he built a Hall of Fame career that include two Vezina Trophies and four Stanley Cups before he retired at the age of 45 after just one game in the 1969-70 season.“His road to the Maple Leafs and the four Cups was much bumpier, much harder and much longer than many of us,” said teammate Dave Keon. “And yet, he became the centrepiece of our team.“Winning the Cup takes heart, but John was our soul.”A blue and white casket with the Maple Leaf logo stood in front of the dais. Bower’s banner, which normally hangs in the rafters, was displayed behind the podium between the banners denoting the four Stanley Cups he won in the 1960s.Team members wore buttons with JB etched on the Leafs logo.Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said Bower was a player respected by teammates and opponents alike.“Generous, soft-spoken, warm and welcoming. I’m sure Johnny had an ego but he didn’t show it. There was no entitlement in Johnny Bower,” said Shanahan.Keon reminded listeners that prior to Bobby Baun scoring his storied overtime winner on a broken ankle in Game 6 of the 1963–64 Stanley Cup final, Bower had made a key save early in the third period to keep it a one-goal game.Toronto tied it up and then won it on Baun’s goal.“In sports as in life everyone remembers the heroic moment, in this case an overtime goal,” Keon said. “But only teammates remember the save that got us to overtime. That save as much as the goal, if not more, brought us back to Toronto where John shut out the Wings 4-0 to win our third Cup in a row.”Teammates Ron Ellis and Mahovlich also spoke at the memorial.Immediately prior to the event, current Leafs centre Tyler Bozak said Bower represented “what a Maple Leaf is” and talked of how he used to quiz him about how he played without a mask night after night.“He’d act like it was nothing. That’s the crazy part about it,” he recalled with a laugh. “None of us could even come close to comparing to anything that he went through as a player.”Morgan Rielly recalled the care with which Bower use to sign autographs, unlike other players who might cut corners“He took time for every person, for every kid, every fan,” said the 23-year-old defenceman. “He made sure they got what they were looking for.”Former captain Darryl Sittler recalled how competitive Bower was, even when retired, when he dressed for practice.“He didn’t want a puck in the back of his net,” he said.Keon also recalled one day after practice when his 10-year-old son took shots on Bower, who let the first puck in but then stopped the rest.“I let him have one Davey, because he’s your son,” Keon said Bower told him later. “But one was all he was going to get.”Bower, who became known as the China Wall, was happily playing in the minors in Cleveland when he was picked up by Toronto almost 50 years ago. He said he only showed up to avoid being suspended for not reporting.Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976, Bower’s No. 1 was raised to the rafters in Maple Leafs Gardens in 1995 and permanently retired in 2016 when he was voted the seventh best Leaf of all time in the franchise’s centennial season.The Leafs, in their first game at home since Bower’s passing, wore jerseys with Bower’s name and No. 1, during warmups prior to Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Four generations of Bowers including Nancy, his wife of 69 years, accompanied by Leaf greats watched a pre-game tribute from ice-level that drew a prolonged standing ovation.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter
Though he received two dozen other awards and scholarships during his time at Brock University, winning the President’s Surgite Award was the icing on the cake for Goodman School of Business graduate Thomas Francescutti (BBA ’16).Francescutti, who graduated this year with an average of more than 90 per cent, was one of only 10 recipients of the prestigious award that recognizes a student’s leadership and impact on Brock’s academic reputation and student life.As a St. Catharines native he grew up being well aware of Brock, and was already looking forward to attending Goodman by the time he was in high school. When he was accepted into Brock, Francescutti received substantial financial incentives to help him get started in Goodman’s Business Administration program.“I wanted to go to a school that I would be proud to have on my resume and that would allow me to have confidence going into interviews,” he said recently.The all-round high achiever thinks his secret to success was a personal leadership philosophy of acting in both a bold and sustainable fashion. He was also not afraid to try different things, and during his Brock years Francescutti was involved with the Brock Marketing Association at Goodman, the Goodman Student Ambassador Association and the Brock Finance and Investment Group at Goodman. he also volunteered as a senior mentor for the co-op programs office. A highlight came when he was selected to represent Goodman at the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit in Orlando.“My philosophy helped me develop my leadership skills and it allowed me to become more innovative and creative, essentially leading to my full-time position before I was even done school,” he said.Francescutti worked at Mondelez International for nearly two years before moving to his current role at PepsiCo Canada.“One of the reasons I chose Brock was that it seemed like the University was willing to help those few top individuals progress, and I thought, ‘If they are willing to do this for me now and they don’t even know me, what are they going to do for me when they know what I can do, and I’ve been able to prove myself to them?’ “
NASSAU, Bahamas — The first stop is Sam Snead and his 82 career PGA Tour victories.The ultimate stop is Jack Nicklaus and his 18 majors, the gold standard in golf.Both milestones are now in play for Tiger Woods, which is not to suggest they are within reach. That they are at least a topic of conversation is a victory in itself considering it took four back surgeries — the last one to fuse his lower spine — for Woods to even compete again.And then he took hopes to another level by winning the Tour Championship for his 80th career tour victory.“I know I can win tournaments again,” Woods said Tuesday.His next chance is at the Hero World Challenge this week, an unofficial event that counts only in the world ranking, his bank account and his confidence. More curious is what Woods will do in 2019 and for how much longer.He turns 43 at the end of the year, and with age comes a dose of practical thinking.His expectations are high by his standards. Given the level of attention he draws, the expectations of everyone around him are sure to be much higher. He was asked if he was close to having the same expectations he did 15 years ago.“It’s not the same. It never will be. I’ll never feel that again,” he said. “To be what, 28 years old? Physically, I’ll never be like that. So expectations are different than they used to be, for sure. Now, can I still win? Can I still compete? Yes. Can I do it for the next 20 years? No. Because that’s not realistic.”Indeed, his expectations at the peak of his career were far different.“Just win. Win everything,” he said. “Because I felt like I could.”And now he knows he can win again, a process that took two weeks short of a full year.It began in early October a year ago when he posted a short video of a slow, full swing that was the first sign he could return. He was No. 1,199 in the world ranking when he played his holiday event in the Bahamas last year. He twice had a chance to win on the back nine in Florida. He had the lead on Sunday in a major at Carnoustie, and he challenged Brooks Koepka to the finish at Bellerive in the PGA Championship. He went from being a vice captain to a captain’s pick in the Ryder Cup.Woods returns to the Bahamas at No. 13 in the world, which on paper sounds more amazing than it really is because he was so low in the ranking from having played so little that he essentially was starting from scratch. There was no way to go but up.Woods can’t call this his best year because he had 11 years of at least five victories and nine years with at least one major through 2008, when he won his 14th major at Torrey Pines on a left leg that required season-ending surgery after the U.S. Open.But it was special, measured beyond victories.“Probably the most rewarding, because there was a point … I just didn’t know if I would ever do this again,” he said. “You always hear me say, ‘It’s a process.’ But if you look at this entire year, it literally was a process. You saw me have flashes, and then I would rework a few things here and there. Toward the end of the year, I just became more and more consistent as a tournament player again.”It culminated at East Lake, when he beat Justin Rose and then Rory McIlroy in the final group over the last two days to win the Tour Championship.That was the moment that mattered.And then the moment was gone. Never has a victory this big had a shelf life so short.Woods was in Paris the next day as all the attention shifted to the Ryder Cup, which ended with a European victory and Woods failing to win a match. He says he was exhausted from a long summer. Woods qualified for the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone at the last minute, meaning he played seven big tournaments in a span of nine weeks, all of them in stifling heat except for Paris.Winning didn’t really sink in until he returned home to Florida and was given a surprise celebration party at his restaurant. He said it has become “our Jupiter tradition,” celebrating victories for PGA Tour players when they win.“Finally, they get to celebrate one of my wins,” he said.The next one?The first step is figuring out where to play. Woods is eligible for the winners-only start to the year at Kapalua, which is a possibility. He might end up dropping a tournament or two in the spring because of the crowded calendar. Three of the majors are on courses where he has won before — Augusta National, Bethpage Black (PGA Championship) and Pebble Beach (U.S. Open).There will be talk of catching Snead and resuming the chase of Nicklaus, all because of one win that a year ago didn’t seem likely.Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press
GARDAÍ IN NORTH County Dublin have issued a new appeal for information in a bid to trace a 25-year-old man who has been missing since Christmas Day.Paul Byrne was last seen in the early hours of the morning on 25 December on Sandy Lane in Rush.He is 5’5″ in height, of thin build, with blue eyes and short light brown hair. When he was last seen, Paul was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black jacket with a Ralph Lauren logo on one side.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 – 802 0510, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
Joe Murray via Andrea KavanaghHAIL IS A common weather phenomenon in Oklahoma.But the state’s stones are nothing like the pea-sized balls we’re used to in Ireland. In 2010, a hail storm devastated Oklahoma City, causing about a billion dollars in damages to homes, vehicles and crops.Hailstones can be as big as baseballs or grapefruits, as Joe Murray’s photo reveals.His Ireland-based cousin, Andrea Kavanagh, sent TheJournal.ie this shot of a hailstone he found at the back of his house ahead of Monday’s tornado.Search for tornado survivors as Oklahoma mourns 9 childrenVIDEO: Emotional reunion as tornado survivor finds dog buried alive under houseScenes of death, destruction as tornado strikes Oklahoma suburbs
Ever since Microsoft announced that “Mango” would actually be Windows Phone 7.5 and a much larger feature update than previously anticipated, we’ve all wondered what Windows Phone owners would have in store when the update is finally released. Steve Ballmer let a few details fly in a speech at the Japanese 2011 Microsoft Developer Forum, saying that the update will include 500 new features. He also advised developers to stick around: tomorrow at the show the company plans to unveil new WP7 devices.We’ve seen a few previews of what’s to come in Windows Phone 7 over the past couple of months. At the MIX 11 conference, developers showed off enhanced multitasking and hardware access for developers. At the same show, they also previewed developer tools, like private apps and betas. Earlier this month, we learned that Windows Phone 7.5 will also get Bing integration and Windows Live Messenger Support, as well as Facebook and AIM chat, visual voicemail, and support for SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service.AdChoices广告The features list is racking up nicely, but that hardly adds up to 500. It’s likely that a large number of those new features will be tweaks and changes to existing functions branded as new, and minor changes that may be transparent to many users. Ballmer didn’t list any of the new features during his speech, so we’ll have to wait until Microsoft releases more information. He did, however, point out that new Windows Phone 7.5 devices would be available in Japan later this year, which gives us a loose timeframe for when we can expect to see Mango in the wild.Ballmer also noted that this week would also see the launch of several new Windows Phone 7 devices, and many of them would be on display at the Developer Forum. Mango development tools will also be made available to members of the Windows Phone Developer Program by the end of the week.Read more at WMPowerUser, via Engadget
Samsung has pretty much all screen sizes covered when it comes to Android devices, from 4-inch phones to its 5-inch phoneblet, right up to the 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab models. Not wanting the world to think it had given up on the original Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch design, Samsung has officially outed a successor to the first carrier-bound Android tablet that enjoyed appreciable consumer success.Meet the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It has matured quite a bit, now featuring a 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos dual-core processor and a full gigabyte of RAM. Unlike the Galaxy Tab 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1, the 7.0 Plus uses a PLS LCD touchscreen that offers 768×1024 pixel resolution. There’s a more pedestrian 3 megapixel rear-facing camera (with LED flash), though the front-facing camera still packs a 2 megapixel sensor. The 7.0 Plus will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors (both with microSD expansion). 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built in, and it’s ready for use on GSM and HSPA networks. Android 3.2 and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UX are also on board.In addition to a lower-resolution camera and display, Samsung has opted to equip the 7.0 Plus with a substantially smaller battery. Whereas the 7.7 packs 5100mAh, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus only offers 4100mAh. While no official pricing has been revealed, these three features might indicate that Samsung is positioning the 7.0 Plus as a low cost Android tablet option for wireless carriers. Based on how reactions have been to $500-plus tablet announcements, you’ve got to believe people are expecting more budget-friendly options.Now someone just has to deliver. Maybe that someone is Samsung, and maybe the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will offer consumers a bargain-priced HSPA-ready option when they go looking for a tablet to take home. Austria and Indonesia will get the first Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus units next month, with a global rollout to follow.More at Samsung
Short URL I am calling on the government to implement the Law Reform Commission’s Report on mandatory sentences as a matter of urgency. This report from 2013 recommends that where an offender is convicted of murder, and is therefore sentenced to life imprisonment, legislation should provide that the judge may recommend a minimum term to be served by the offender.I believe that we need to give judges stronger powers when it comes to sentencing murderers. They should be allowed to set sentences that are proportionate to the seriousness of the crime.The sentencing powers of judges are a crude instrument. Once the life sentence has been imposed, the duration of imprisonment is effectively out of the judges’ hands.A life sentence shouldn’t mean an early release Share18 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3111842 Senator Michelle Mulherin Source: Shutterstock/corgarashuAs the law currently stands here, a sentence of life imprisonment means that the prisoner is subject to that sentence for the rest of his or her life. A prisoner serving a life sentence has no right to be released early at any stage.That said the reality of the situation is that after a mere seven years in prison, the prisoner begins the parole process, essentially charting their path to freedom.Currently a person sentenced to life imprisonment in Ireland is, on average, likely to spend 18 and a half years in prison before receiving any extended period of temporary release.The Parole Board advises the Minister for Justice and Equality on the administration of longterm prison sentences. This includes advising the Minister on progress to date, the degree to which there has been engagement with the various therapeutic services and how best to proceed with the future management and administration of the sentence.This process is not solely concerned with the release of a prisoner.We need a tougher approach to sentencingThe Programme for Government lays the ground for implementing a tougher sentencing approach for offenders, but I believe that we need to look very closely at what constitutes a life sentence. The Government has been making strident progress in law reform, for example strengthening the law on repeat offenders.Allowing judges to set minimum terms once a life sentence has been imposed would help give the families of victims some solace in the knowledge that the perpetrators of these heinous acts go to prison for a very long time.Fine Gael is strengthening the rights of victims of crime and their families, through implementation of the EU Victims’ Directive and providing for a right of access for victims to information and protection.We need also to end any ambiguity in relation to life sentences, which would further help victims and their families move on with their lives.I believe that for society to function properly we need sentences that reflect the gravity of the crime. This will keep violent offenders off our streets and act as a deterrent to others.Michelle Mulherin is a Fine Gael Senator.‘Seven years seems like a lot – for us it’s nothing’: Murder victim’s brother welcomes parole reform>Irish law around suspended sentences ruled unconstitutional> Dec 2nd 2016, 1:00 PM 51 Comments Friday 2 Dec 2016, 1:00 PM By Senator Michelle Mulherin Michelle Mulherin: ‘We need to look at murder sentencing. Our law isn’t fit for purpose’ The Law Reform Commission’s Report on mandatory sentences needs to be implemented urgently, writes Senator Michelle Mulherin. THIS CHRISTMAS SEES the eighth anniversary of the deaths of Sharon Whelan and her daughters Zsara and Nadia. They were murdered in their home in Kilkenny on Christmas day 2008 by Brian Hennessy.Hennessy, who was convicted of the three murders, had his three life sentences reduced to a single life sentence on foot of an uncontested appeal. Hennessy was able to begin his parole process earlier this year after 7 years in prison and is eligible for release after 12 years.Law isn’t fit for purposeTo me, this does not reflect the gravity of his actions in violently extinguishing the lives of a mother and her two children. It could be said that the law in this instance is not fit for purpose. 811 Views
Manger des fraises pour prévenir les ulcères de l’estomacSelon une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs européens, la consommation de fraises protègerait la muqueuse de l’estomac contre d’éventuelles inflammations liées à l’alcool. Manger des fraises fraiches permet non seulement de prévenir les ulcères à l’estomac mais également de soigner ceux déjà formés. C’est du moins ce qu’ont constaté, au cours de leurs travaux des chercheurs italiens, serbes et espagnols qui ont observé que les antioxydants contenus dans ces fruits offraient une protection idéale à la muqueuse gastrique contre d’éventuels dommages causés par la prise d’alcool. À lire aussiLa bactérie du cancer de l’estomac bientôt éradiquée en Amérique Latine ? Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont administré une dose d’éthanol à deux groupes de rats dont l’un avait été nourri au préalable avec des extraits de fraises pendant dix jours et l’autre non. Les résultats publiés dans la revue américaine PLoS ONE montrent une réduction considérable d’inflammations de la paroi stomacale chez les rongeurs ayant consommé préalablement les fruits. Selon les chercheurs, les bienfaits de la fraise seraient liés essentiellement à sa composition riche en antioxydants qui permettrait non seulement de protéger l’estomac mais également d’activer les défenses immunitaires de l’organisme. Un régime incluant une portion régulière de ces fruits permettrait donc de ralentir la formation d’ulcères liés à l’ingestion de boissons alcoolisées ou plus important encore à des infections virales. L’équipe s’attache donc désormais à tenter de développer d’éventuelles applications pharmaceutiques tels que de nouveaux traitements contre des inflammations de l’estomac. Le 5 novembre 2011 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambert
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NEW YORK — Researchers who analyzed 30 years of sports deaths among youths found that football accounted for 57 percent of fatalities blamed on blunt-force trauma. Many would have been prevented if athletes with head injuries had been kept off the field.The report, which reviewed information from a U.S. registry of sudden deaths of young athletes from 1980 to 2009, found that 261 deaths were caused by blunt trauma. The study, published Monday in the journal of Pediatrics, analyzed data on fatal injuries that occurred during 22 different sports.Twelve percent of the 138 football deaths caused by head or neck injuries involved students who returned to the game after a concussion, researchers said. In some of these “second-impact syndrome” deaths, athletes were cleared for play despite symptoms from a previous head injury. More education is needed for coaches, trainers, parents and students on the consequences of repeat head blows, the researchers said in the report.The deaths analyzed in the report occurred among those younger than 21 and involved scholastic sports teams as well as those in youth sports leagues not affiliated with schools. All the second-impact football deaths occurred among high school athletes, according to the report.Increased awareness of second-impact syndrome among football players has led 21 states to enact laws that pull student athletes from a game after a head injury and set procedures for allowing them to safely return, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MOSCOW – North Korea asked Russia and other states to consider evacuating their diplomats from the capital as tensions mount with its southern neighbor, warning that embassies can’t be protected in the event of a conflict.A North Korean Foreign Ministry official met Russian Ambassador Alexander Timonin Friday to deliver the message, said Denis Samsonov, a spokesman for the embassy in Pyongyang. The British Embassy was told by the Asian nation’s government Friday that it won’t be able to guarantee the safety of foreign missions starting April 10 if a conflict flares up, the Foreign Office in London said in an emailed statement.Russia is “alarmed” by the tensions on the Korean peninsula and is in “close contact” with the United States, China, Japan and South Korea over the proposal to empty diplomatic missions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to a statement on the ministry’s website. Russia also sought clarification from the government in Pyongyang, he said.A crisis is escalating after the communist nation threatened to wage nuclear war on the U.S. and South Korea. Kim Jong Un’s regime warned this week that “the moment of explosion is approaching soon” and said it’s poised to conduct a “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike.” North Korea also has moved a missile to its eastern coast rocket-launch site, possibly for test-firing, according to South Korea’s defense minister.The North Korean initiative was prompted by “the escalating situation” in the region, the Russian diplomat in Pyongyang said, adding that there were no tensions currently in the capital city.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces a subpoena from a Canadian Parliament committee. James Martin A Canadian Parliament committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to issue a subpoena calling for appearances from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. The Facebook executives were invited to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa on May 28, but neither responded. Zuckerberg also ignored requests to address a Canadian committee looking into election meddling and disinformation on Facebook.The subpoena can only be enforced if Zuckerberg and Sandberg go to Canada.”Our committee feels strongly that Mark Zuckerberg and his COO Sheryl Sandberg have a duty to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy and answer questions from lawmakers representing over 372 million citizens worldwide,” Bob Zimmer, chair of Canada’s Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, said in a statement. If Zuckerberg and Sandberg don’t respond to the subpoena or refuse to appear before the committee, the committee will “submit to the full Parliament a motion to hold them in contempt,” Zimmer told CBS News. (Editor’s note: CNET is owned by CBS.)”Over the last year, we have participated in numerous meetings and hearings with government bodies around the world,” a Facebook representative said Thursday. “We will work with the Committee to ensure Facebook is appropriately represented at the May 28 meeting.”Last year, Zuckerberg testified before Congress following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy. $299 at Amazon Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches ‘The future is private’ Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mark Zuckerberg Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 7 Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple iPhone XS Amazon Share your voice Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Angela Lang/CNET 2:50 Read the Rylo camera preview $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Comments Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Originally published May 8.Update, May 9: Adds comment from Facebook and Zimmer. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $6 at Tidal Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 The Cheapskate null Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best Buy See at Turo Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo 0 $999 Sprint $60 at Best Buy $999 See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Tech Industry Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout.
The GSLV Mk III before launchISRO via TwitterThe Indian Air force has started looking for the 10 potential crew members for the country’s first ever manned space mission codenamed Gaganyaan project. The final three astronauts among the ten shortlisted candidates will be chosen by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). ISRO Chairman K Sivan told The Times of India that the IAF will “screen and select 10 potential crew members for the country’s first manned space mission in two months”.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced India’s ambitious first manned flight Gaganyaan before 2022. The mission aimed at sending a three-person crew to space for a period of seven days. The spacecraft will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km. The programme is expected to cost less than Rs 10,000 crore.”We have an agreement with the IAF for crew training at Isro’s Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru. IAF will screen around 10 crew members for the mission. This screening and selection will happen within one to two months. Isro will finally choose three members from these 10 crew members for the human spaceflight mission,” the ISRO chief said. ISRO’s most powerful launcher ever, GSLV Mk-III being rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly building to the launch pad for its experimental flight.IANS FileThis year in May, the Indian Air Force (IAF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for astronaut selection and training for ambitious Gaganyaan Programme, scheduled for 2022. Moreover, the first meeting of the national advisory council (NAC) was also convened which witnessed the participation of all organisations and institutes involved in the Gaganyaan project participated. Taking another lead forward, ISRO also tested CE-20 engine, meant for the upper stage of human-rated GSLV MK-III, the engine which will take the Indian astronauts to space.Sivan further added “In the NAC meet on June 8, Air Vice-Marshal R G K Kapoor, assistant chief of air staff operations (space), Rear Admiral DS Gujral, assistant chief of naval staff, Defence Research and Development Organisation director G Satheesh Reddy, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited chairman and managing director R Madhavan and veterans of different institutes attended the meeting. All these agencies will play crucial roles in the mission. While the IAF will handle crew selection and training, DRDO will provide the life support system for crew and Navy will help in recovering the human capsule once it re-enters the atmosphere and splashes down in the sea.”