first_imgHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the government has decided to discourage paddy crop sowing as the State was staring at a water crisis due to depleting groundwater level.He said a pilot project will be launched in seven blocks of Yamunanagar, Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Sonipat districts, where sowing of maize and ‘tur’ pulses would be promoted by giving incentives to farmers.“The scheme has been formulated keeping in mind the interest of farmers and water conservation. By diversifying the area of non-basmati paddy into maize under this scheme, the total saving of water is expected to be 0.71 crore cm (1 cm = 1 lakh litres of water),” he said, adding that water depletion has led to 60 dark zones in the State, including 21 critical ones in 10 districts.Saves water, powerMr. Khattar said crop diversification is need of the day for the State as it saves water, electricity and improves soil health. “During the 1970s, maize and pulses were major crops in Haryana, but they have been replaced by water-guzzling crops such as paddy and wheat. To revive the old maize or pulses area, immediate crop diversification of paddy by maize and pulses is our priority,” he said.“Under the new scheme, the identified farmers will be provided seeds free of cost. Apart from this, a financial assistance of ₹2,000 per acre will be provided in two parts. The maize crop insurance premium of ₹766 per hectare will also be borne by the government under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Also, the maize produce will be procured by government agencies such as HAFED, Food, and Supply Department at Minimum Support Price. Likewise, ‘tur’ seeds will also be provided free of cost to the farmers along with financial incentive,” he said.The Chief Minister also attacked the Delhi government, saying that arrears of ₹100 crore were outstanding against it for the supply of surplus water through the Yamuna river.last_img read more


first_imgBlackwater has dropped its first two games.  After opening up with a 91-117 loss to NorthPort, it showed remarkable improvement in bowing to Meralco, 94-99.With Almazan returning and Erram now playing for NLEX, Blackwater will have to rely heavily on rookie Abu Tratter to carry most of the responsibilities for the Elite in the middle.Meanwhile, there’s no denying that the KaTropa will have the momentum going into its clash with the Bolts.TNT will enter the game fresh from turning back four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer on Sunday.Jayson Castro scored 24 points and had 11 assists in a 104-93 decision of the Beermen while Troy Rosario announced his return to active duty with a heady performance that helped negate the KaTropa’s disadvantage in size.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations He was in uniform when the Painters edged crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra, 83-80, in Calasiao, Pangasinan, over the weekend.But Garcia deemed it best to play him against the Elite instead and allow for more time for his 6-foot-7 center to recover.“He still didn’t have his timing back for the Ginebra game,” Garcia said of Almazan.“But after two more practices, he moved very well. We will give him a go (Wednesday).”Rain or Shine held Ginebra to just 80 points on Saturday, a testament to how well it is playing defense—certainly bad news for a Blackwater squad that is trying to make a life after losing Poy Erram and John Pinto to trades and still not having Ray Parks, the second overall choice in the Draft, suit up.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Vintage performance from James Yap saves Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESAfter a high-wire triumph on Saturday against one of the teams to beat in the PBA Philippine Cup, Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia wants his Elasto Painters to do one thing when they play struggling Blackwater on Wednesday.“I’ve been telling them the last two days in practice to not let that beautiful game we played (last Saturday) go to waste, for us not to be complacent,” Garcia told the Inquirer as Rain or Shine shoots for a share of the lead at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao faced with a serious challenge SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “But after that game, and after giving them the day off on Sunday, they (Painters) have been practicing well. I didn’t see any let up in them,” Garcia added as Rain or Shine tries to win a third straight game and catch idle Phoenix Pulse on top.Rain or Shine also welcomes back national pool member Raymond Almazan, giving Garcia more ceiling against the winless Elite (0-2).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTNT also shoots for a third straight victory when the Texters battle sister team Meralco in the 4:30 p.m. game.Almazan injured an ankle two weeks ago and is nearing game shape. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READlast_img read more


first_img COMMENT cricket SHARE Published on Big relief for SRH would be the return to form opener Shikhar Dhawan after a poor show in the first three matches. File Photo   –  PTI SRH is occupying the fourth spot in the eight-team standings with six points and Supergiants are languishing at the seventh spot with just two points Big relief for SRH would be the return to form opener Shikhar Dhawan after a poor show in the first three matches. File Photo   –  PTI × COMMENTS On a roll after three consecutive wins, a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad will start as overwhelming favourites against struggling Rising Pune Supergiants in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here tomorrow.After losing two games in a row, Sunrisers turned their fortunes around by posting comprehensive wins against Mumbai Indians (by 7 wickets), Gujarat Lions (by 10 wickets) and Kings XI Punjab (by 5 wickets).The Hyderabad outfit is occupying the fourth spot in the eight-team standings with six points from five games.On the contrary, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Supergiants are languishing at the seventh spot with just two points from five encounters.Despite injuries to its key players, including Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra and Kane Williamson, the Hyderabad side has been on a high with the team clicking collectively in the last three games.SRH captain and swashbuckling Australian batsman David Warner has been in great form and is presently the highest run scorer with 294 runs from five games which includes four half centuries.Warner is just behind Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli who is leading the chart with 367 runs from five games.But for SRH the big relief would be the return to form opener Shikhar Dhawan after a poor show in the first three matches of the season. Dhawan regained his touch with unbeaten 53 against Gujarat Lions and 45 against Kings XI Punjab.Other SRH batsmen, including Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan and wicket-keeper Naman Ojha, have also been making useful contributions for the side in crucial situations.Despite the absence of the seasoned Nehra, SRH bowlers have made an impact to make it difficult for their rivals.In Nehra’s absence, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been leading SRH’s bowling department and is currently the second-highest wicket taker with eight scalps from five games.But it is young Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman who has been the most impressive. He has been using his variations to perfection to earn the accolades from his skipper.Mustafizur, in fact, is fourth on the wicket takers list with seven scalps but it is his misery economy rate of 5.75 per over that what has impressed all and sundry.Besides, the likes of Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda and Bipul Sharma have also been impressive with the ball although they leaked runs on some occasions.New outfit Supergiants, on the other hand, have been struggling to find the right team combination, a fact which head coach Stephen Fleming duly accepted.After the win over Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener, the Supergiants have suffered four consecutive defeats — against Gujarat Lions (by 7 wickets), Kings XI Punjab (by 6 wickets), Royal Challengers Bangalore (by 13 runs) and Kolkata Knight Riders (by 2 wickets last night).And come tomorrow, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be eager to break the sequence of reverses and get the Supergiants’ campaign back on track.Having moved to Pune this year from the banned Chennai Super Kings, where he enjoyed great success, Dhoni will be keen to replicate that in his new jersey with a bit of help from his teammates.So far, it hasn’t been a smooth campaign for India’s twin World Cup winning captain, barring the tournament opener against defending champions against Mumbai Indians.For a team comprising Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Thissara Perera besides Dhoni, such results are surprising.The Supergiants have also been dealt a severe blow in the form of Kevin Pietersen, who have been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a calf muscle injury.Among the team’s overseas players Du Plessis has been among runs while Smith is to yet fire in the tournament even though he got starts.While Rahane’s well made 67 went in vain in the last match, Dhoni is contributing down the order for the new side.But what has hurt Supergiants the most has been the team’s indifferent bowling efforts.Pacer Ishant Sharma is not regarded a potent T20 bowler and has been on and off the playing eleven while the likes of Thissara Perera and Albie Morkel needs to shoulder more responsibility in the pace unit.Medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia has been impressed but the Supergiants have been hit hard by the inconsistent performances of spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin and Ankit Sharma.Teams:Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Shikar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhimanyu Midtun, Eoin Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Mehra, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shanker, Karn Sharma, Barinder Sran, T Suman, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.Rising Pune Supergiants: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Jaskaran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Albie Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, RP Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa. 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first_img Continue Reading Previous Logic-X launches new brand of COTS sensor processing productsNext ADLINK: deploy AI from edge to cloud with Edge AI Solutions and the NVIDIA EGX platform As the industrial computing industry transitions from Low Pin Count (LPC) to enhanced Serial Peripheral Interface (eSPI) bus technology, developers face high development costs to update existing equipment to the new standard. To allow developers to implement the eSPI standard while preserving large investments in legacy LPC equipment, Microchip Technology announced the industry’s first commercially available eSPI to LPC bridge. The ECE1200 bridge enables developers to implement the eSPI standard in boards with legacy LPC connectors and peripherals, substantially minimizing development costs and risk.Product longevity is critical in industrial computing equipment applications because of the significant upfront investment required. The ECE1200 eSPI to LPC bridge allows developers to maintain long lifecycles while supporting the eSPI bus technology that is required for new computing applications utilizing the next generation of chipsets and CPUs. To reduce risk for developers, the eSPI bus technology went through intensive validation for industrial computing applications and has been validated with leading processor companies.Designed for today’s eSPI requirements, the ECE1200 detects and supports Modern Standby mode with low standby current. This helps industrial computing developers manage operating costs and efficiencies, while maintaining the features end users expect from modern devices. The ECE1200 is simple to implement and does not require any software.To streamline development, the ECE1200 comes with a BIOS porting guide, schematics and a layout guide. The ECE1200-I/LD is available in a 40-pin VQFN package.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more


first_imgShubman Gill continued with his rich vein of form and smashed a century to help India C beat India A in the Deodhar Trophy in New Delhi on Thursday.Gill scored 106 not out off 111 deliveries laced with 8 fours and 3 sixes to help India C win the contest by 6 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.In the presence of three selectors, U-19 star Gill proved why he is seen as the next big thing in Indian cricket. And probably, the day is not far when he follows his U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw into the national team.With the first three wickets down for 85 runs, Gill paced his innings perfectly and with the support of Ishan Kishan (69 off 60) and the hard-hitting Suryakumar Yadav (56 not out off 36) took India C to the final scheduled for Saturday.Exclusive – Shubman Gill deeply influenced by Rahul Dravid, harbours World Cup dreamThe Gill special came after Kedar Jadhav’s blitzkrieg in his comeback game.Jadhav plundered an unbeaten 41 off 25 balls in the death overs, pushing India A to 293 for six after the top three Abhimanyu Easwaran (69 off 103), Anmolpreet Singh (59 off 56) and Nitish Rana (68 off 76) scored half-centuries.The chase was a tricky one but Gill ensured India C got home comfortably, sharing an unbeaten 90-run stand. Gill got to a memorable hundred in the final over bowled by Punjab teammate Siddarth Kaul and fittingly hit the winning four.Against a decent attack comprising India’s premier spinner R Ashwin, Kaul, Dhawal Kulkarni and Mohmmad Siraj, Gill was hardly troubled.advertisementOne of Gill’s three sixes came off Ashwin as the teenager showed no fear in depositing the experienced off-spinner into the stands over mid-wicket.The attractive batsman punched and drove beautifully and used the sweep shot to good effect.Yadav too was unstoppable, hammering three fours and four sixes in his entertaining knock, also making Gill’s job easier.India C had a daunting task to chase down 294 considering their opponents scored the highest total of the competition.The start provided by India C captain Ajinkya Rahane (14 off 25) and Abhinav Mukund (37 off 40) was slow and did not help the team’s cause. But Gill and Yadav got together and ensured that an emphatic win for their team.Earlier, it was a significant knock from Jadhav, who played his first competitive game since picking up a hamstring injury in Asia Cup last month, but it was not enough to make the India squad for the final three ODIs against the West Indies.Opting to bat, India A made a solid start with openers Abhimanyu Easwaran and Anmolpreet Singh sharing a 99-run stand. Easwaran played in place of Prithvi Shaw, who was hit on the hand against India B on Tuesday.Easwaran occupied the crease for 103 balls and scored at an ordinary strike rate of 66.99. In contrast to his innings, Anmolpreet played freely, smashing nine fours and a six before he was caught at mid-wicket for India C’s first wicket.Easwaran and Nitish Rana then stitched a 76-run stand with the former being the aggressor.The Delhi-based Rana, used to the conditions at Kotla, paced his innings nicely, collecting six fours and a maximum but missed out on a three-figure score.Skipper Dinesh Karthik (32 off 23), who scored 99 in a losing cause against India B, did not last long this time.India A reached 201 for three in 40 overs and needed a flourish in the final 10. That was provided by Jadhav, who played his first competitive game since picking up a hamstring injury in the Asia Cup last month.Thanks to Jadhav’s effort, which comprised two sixes and as many fours, India A hammered 92 runs off the last 60 balls. Jadhav was drafted into the A side in the last minute with the selectors wanting to assess his fitness.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more


first_img​Real Madrid move forward with women’s teamby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have stepped up plans to launch their women’s team after members voted by a margin of 90.6 per cent to absorb CD Tacón into the club’s sporting infrastructure in time for the 2020/21 season.Tacón’s licence will now be transferred to Real, with the rebranded team to take up their place in the Liga Iberdrola, the domestic women’s top-flight. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_img Next VVS Laxman compares Mayank Agarwal’s fearless batting in Vizag Test with that of Virender SehwagMayank Agarwal scored a brilliant double hundred for India in their first innings of the Vizag Test which the hosts won by 203 runs on Sunday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service VizagOctober 7, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 13:40 IST Mayank Agarwal’s innings was studded with 23 fours and six sixes (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMayank Agarwal scored 215 off 371 balls in India’s first innings total of 502 for 7 declaredMayank is the fourth Indian batsman to convert his maiden century into a double hundredMayank had also shared a 317-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma in the 1st inningsFormer Indian batsman V.V.S. Laxman has lavished praise on Mayank Agarwal, saying the biggest strengths of the 28-year-old are his mental toughness and stability and he plays “fearlessly just like his favourite Virender Sehwag”.In the first Test against South Africa which India won by 203 runs at the ACA-VDCA Stadium, Agarwal scored a brilliant double hundred and helped India post a monstrous first-inning total of 502/7 declared.”He (Agarwal) is a solid batsman and has approached this game like a domestic cricket match. Players usually change the way they play in domestic and international cricket, but he managed to maintain his style in both forms of cricket,” Laxman said on Star Sports’ Cricket Live programme.”His mental toughness and stability are his strength and he plays fearlessly just like his favourite, Virender Sehwag,” he added.During the course of his 215-run knock, Agarwal also became only the fourth Indian batsman after Dilip Sardesai, Vinod Kambli and Karun Nair to convert his maiden century into a double-century. His innings was studded with 23 fours and six sixes.The 28-year-old from Karnataka also shared a 317-run opening partnership with Rohit Sharma and laid a solid foundation for the team. The duo became the third Indian batting pair to stitch together a partnership of 300 runs or more in Test cricket.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too praised Agarwal, saying he has a lot to offer to Indian cricket.”Mayank Agarwal is a good batsman, he uses his feet well comes forward and hits and also executes reverse sweep shots. He has a lot in store and plays them when and where needed,” said Singh.advertisement”He is a hardworking player; the players who come from domestic cricket background have learned a lot. They come in late but have so much knowledge and experience of the game that they value and understand every opportunity that the game brings to them.”Rohit Sharma was trying a different game, but Mayank Agarwal stuck to his game played well,” he added.With a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, India will aim to win the series in Pune when they face South Africa in the second Test beginning October 10.Also Read | This is just the beginning: KL Rahul lauds double centurion Mayank AgarwalAlso Read | No room for complacency yet: Mayank Agarwal after India finish Day 2 on topAlso Read | It’s a feeling I can’t describe: Mayank Agarwal on his double hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mayank AgarwalFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Vizag Testlast_img read more


19 November 2007Voicing regret that many Kosovo Serbs did not participate in general elections at the weekend, the top United Nations envoy to the province today called for talks to ensure that the Serbs and other minority communities are adequately represented in any public institutions. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative Joachim Rücker said in a media statement issued in Pristina that although “it is unfortunate that Kosovo Serbs did not vote in large numbers,” the focus now must be on finding a way forward for the UN-administered province.Municipal, assembly and mayoral elections in Kosovo took place on Saturday and Mr. Rücker stressed that the present municipal assemblies will remain in place until the results of the ballot are certified.“During the interim, there is time for discussions to find a solution so that the Kosovo Serbian community’s interests will be properly protected,” he said.Today Mr. Rücker met with representatives of Štrpce/Shtërpcë, an undivided, multi-ethnic municipality in the south of the province, and both the ethnic Albanian and Serbian members of the municipal assembly there promised to work together and continue their dialogue.Earlier this year Belgrade and Pristina held direct negotiations on the future status of Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one. This followed a report from the UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari in which he proposed a phased process of independence for Kosovo.The UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK), which Mr. Rücker heads, has administered Kosovo since 1999, when Western forces drove Yugoslav troops out of the province amid inter-ethnic fighting. read more


24 September 2008The current turbulence in international financial markets demonstrates that the world needs a renewed sense of purpose in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline, the President of Chile told the General Assembly today. The current turbulence in international financial markets demonstrates that the world needs a renewed sense of purpose in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline, the President of Chile told the General Assembly today.“A better world is possible, but this requires determination to move forward,” Michelle Bachelet told delegates at the annual high-level debate on its second day.But she cautioned that the current economic crisis is proof that such determination is lacking.“The greed and irresponsibility of a few, combined with the political negligence of others, has plunged the world into a situation of great uncertainty,” the President said, noting that the funds earmarked for bailing out global banks could be put to use to stamp out world hunger.States and civil society must band together to set out a course of action to tackle global food crisis and take measures to ensure that economic fluctuations do not impede the achievement of the MDGs, she said.“That is why I appeal for an urgent and genuine commitment to multilateralism,” Ms. Bachelet told the Assembly.Chile is on track to meet the Goals well ahead of the 2015 target, she said, with its economy nearly tripling in size since the end of the dictatorship in 1989.“We have advanced strongly on all fronts: health, education, housing, quality of life, social cohesion,” the President said, noting that the poverty rate has plummeted from 40 per cent nearly two decades ago to 13 per cent in 2006.The South American nation’s successes have been propelled by “a clear political determination, shared by the majority,” she said.Despite differences that occur in any democracy, Ms. Bachelet said, Chileans are united behind the understanding that economic growth, political democracy and social justice are its main goals. read more


McDonald’s is introducing a new training program for its U.S. employees after dozens of workers complained of sexual harassment.The Chicago-based company says its 2,000 U.S. franchisees have committed to provide the training to 850,000 employees.The online and in-person training will begin in October. It will educate workers about harassment and bullying and tell them how to report it, among other issues.McDonald’s said it could eventually offer the training globally, but will begin with its 14,000 U.S. restaurants.Some studies suggest harassment is rampant in the fast food industry. But McDonald’s has been a particular target of workers’ ire.Over the last three years, the labour group Fight for $15 has filed 50 cases against McDonald’s with the U.S. government and state courts.The Associated Press read more


first_imgA NUMBER OF patients were evacuated from their beds this morning after a fire at Mayo General Hospital.The fire sparked off after an electrical circuit tripped in a florescent light in a service duct.An alarm went off, security staff responded, and a fire extinguisher was used. The door was then closed to contain the effects of the fire and smoke.As the affected area was in a service duct, the spread of smoke was extensive, and a decision was made to evacuate patients from part of the hospital’s ‘Ward A’ into rooms nearby.According to the HSE: As a precautionary measure, patients were also moved within the Paediatric and Elderly Medicine wards due to the spread of smoke into parts of those areas.The local fire service responded, the fire was put out, and the scene was declared safe around an hour after it started.According to General Manager of Mayo General, Charlie Meehan: “A review will be undertaken to establish how and why this happened”.“However, the response to the fire and resultant smoke containment appears to have worked well and the staff involved are to be complimented on their prompt and effective response to this situation.”No patients or staff were injured in the course of the incident.Read: Armed US plane landed at Shannon ‘in error’ >Read: Driver, 63, killed in two car collision in Limerick >last_img read more


first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS nominated three people for appointment to the High Court.Included in the latest round of appointees is Dr Max Barrett, the former Head of Legal and Compliance at both Danske Bank Ireland and Rabobank Ireland.Barrett also served as Company Secretary of IBRC  – the former Anglo Irish Bank – which he joined in 2010 following the bank’s crash.He is currently the Head of Legal at SEB International Assurance in Dublin. He has written extensively on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing legislation.His appointment is somewhat unusual in that he is a solicitor rather than a barrister. At 42, he will also be one of the youngest High Court judges ever.He is joined by Marie Baker and Bronagh O’Hanlon as the government’s appointees.Marie Baker was called to the Bar in 1984 and became a Senior Counsel in 2004. She practices mainly in family, civil litigation and commercial law, and is a part-time Commissioner of the Law Reform Commissioner.Bronagh O’Hanlon was called to the Bar in 1989 and became a Senior Counsel in 2005. She practices mainly in family law and civil litigation and is the chairperson of the Family Lawyers Association of Ireland.The appointments follow receipt by Cabinet of lists of suitable candidates from the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board.The three vacancies arose from the death of Mr Justice Kevin Feeney in August and the elevation to the Supreme Court of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne in October.President Michael D Higgins will now be formally advised of the nominations, as is required by the Constitution.Additional reporting by Christine BohanRead: Over half of those released from prison re-offend within three yearsMore: Shot fired in Dublin after man points fake gun at gardaíRead: 902 prisoners abscond over 10 years – 58 are still at largelast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Providenciales, 27 Oct 2015 – It was another successful event for the ‘In the Pink’ organizers and another successful night for the National Cancer Society as organizers of the Pink event say some $40,000 was raised.‘In the Pink’ featured hours of shopping at the Regent Palms Resort where gently used clothing was available at marked down prices. The evening included a Pink Poker Tournament, sponsored by Casa Blanca Casino and an after-party featuring PRIME DJ’s. Karen Whitt, General Manager for The Palms said, “In the Pink gives guests the opportunity to celebrate the joy of giving by coming together to enjoy music, shopping, food and friendship. We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with the National Cancer Society as we join the fight against breast cancer, and we are extremely excited to support such a worthy cause.”The night also featured a raffle for a new cherry pink KIA car. Residents who want tickets can purchase them still at the concierge desk at the Palms; one ticket is for $25; get three tickets for $50. The winner will be announced on October 31st at the Cancer Society’s annual luncheon. At In the Pink, Jack Lightbourne also debuted his highly anticipated, destination song and music video called, “Take Me to Paradise”. Related Items:breast cancer, casablanca casino, in the pink, jack lightbourne, karen whitt, national cancer society, regent palmscenter_img In the Pink attracts hundreds Brazil & Argentina are coming to Turks and Caicos TCI Shines joins National Tourism Month activity calendarlast_img read more


first_img Spotify onboard, but not reallyFitbit’s had music support on its previous Ionic and Versa watches, but it could only side-load MP3s from a computer or work with Pandora premium and Deezer. Spotify Premium is a new app that will also come to Fitbit’s other Versa watches later in the year. But, while I initially thought it would allow Spotify downloads to the watch, much like you can on Samsung smartwatches and Garmin watches (Garmin recently added Amazon Music support to its watches, too), it turns out this is only a remote Spotify Connect app that enables control of songs from the Spotify phone app… which isn’t much of a feature. Fitbit Versa 2 can store music, but only via side-loads, Deezer and Pandora’s premium service.47-fitbit-versa-2Spotify makes the Versa 2, finally, seem like a music watch. Sarah Tew/CNET Versa 2 adds some overdue upgrades, but no GPS or ECGBattery life is another advantage the Versa 2 has over its predecessors: The battery now lasts five days instead of four. Its AMOLED display can work in a new always-on mode for a couple of days. Apps load faster and the watch is more responsive thanks to that new processor. It has the same 50-meter water resistance as previous models and works with existing Versa watch bands, but the charger, which I thought at first was the same as previous Versa chargers, is actually slightly different. This continues an unfortunate trend: Each Fitbit tracker has had its own distinct charger. Fitbit Pay, a contactless-payment competitor to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, is also onboard — and not just on the premium edition like last time.But the Versa 2 also lacks some features: It doesn’t have onboard GPS, making the aging Fitbit Ionic the only GPS-enabled Fitbit device. Fitbit didn’t add any FDA-cleared health features, either. Meanwhile the Apple Watch Series 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 both have electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) technology to sense atrial fibrillation, although Samsung’s isn’t FDA-cleared yet.14-fitbit-versa-2A bunch of the new straps, which also work with older Versa models (the patterned one on the right comes with the Special Edition). Sarah Tew/CNET Fitbit’s newest health addition, Sleep Score, doesn’t need a new watchFitbit’s biggest new health features are sleep-related and could promise to make inroads to sleep tracking where the competition still hasn’t. A new Sleep Score function that was in beta earlier this year will provide more detailed sleep results and grades your night’s sleep based on your resting heart rate, REM and deep sleep measurements and time spent sleeping. (I tried the Sleep Score beta earlier this year and it was a decent upgrade.) The Sleep Score feature will work with any Fitbit that tracks heart rate, but more detailed results and guidance will need a Premium subscription. Fitbit’s also adding a “smart wake” function that will time an alarm to a window in a sleep cycle that will feel less disruptive, according to the company.fitbit-premium-ios-programs-understanding-caloriesFitbit Premium’s extra programs will aim for health coaching. Fitbit Fitbit Premium will eventually offer customized health care guidanceFitbit’s subscription service will focus on exercises, weight loss and general wellness insights when it launches in September. It will prepare a Wellness Report you can show to a doctor, which plans to summarize key Fitbit-collected fitness data. What that amounts to sounds like a summarized chart of exercise, sleep, heart rate and weight over time.Additional health reports are going to be added later on, with a focus on other chronic conditions. This looks to dovetail with an extra add-on service coming in 2020 and being pilot-tested in the US later this year. The new service will also add personalized health coaching, with one-on-one guidance that sounds like a digital trainer. It sounds like this will be a bigger push from Fitbit to become a digital health services provider, but the jury’s still out on how much these one-on-one services will help with challenges like weight loss or diabetes management, two of the conditions Fitbit mentions in its press release. Will Fitbit Premium start to become a service that feels like an at-home trainer? Will its extras (which include some social fitness games and a limited launch selection of programs called things like Get More Zzz’s, Habits for Restful Sleep, Understand Calories and Kick Your Salt Habit) feel essential? Fitbit’s offering a 90-day trial period for its Premium service, but only with the $230 Special Edition of the Versa 2, which comes with an extra, good-looking woven nylon band. Otherwise, it will cost $10 a month, or $80 a year. The Fitbit Versa 2 looks like it’s the best Fitbit device to date. But Fitbit’s subscription service points to a future where software might eventually be more important to the company than hardware.Correction, 1:24 p.m. PT: This story originally misstated the Spotify app’s abilities. It only allows remote control of phone app. 13 3:49 Tags Comments Share your voice The Fitbit Versa 2 has a similar look, but a lot of new features. Sarah Tew/CNET September is shaping up to be a big month for smartwatches. Fitbit on Wednesday announced its new Versa 2, which will arrive in stores on Sept. 15. Samsung has a new smartwatch arriving two days earlier on Sept. 13, and a new Apple Watch is likely around the corner, too. But, the $200 Fitbit Versa 2 has new features that could rise above the competition. The next generation of Fitbit’s most successful smartwatch adds Amazon Alexa connectivity, along with a better display, a faster processor and longer battery life. Fitbit’s also launching a new coaching and fitness guidance subscription service called Fitbit Premium. It will cost $10 a month or $80 a year and is not exclusive to the Versa 2. Fitbit Premium will offer guided plans and workouts covering everything from exercise regimens to weight loss and calorie-counting guides, along with what Fitbit promises will be a customized mix of suggestions based on your collected fitness data. Will Fitbit Premium be worth the subscription cost over Fitbit’s already robust and free app? I can’t tell yet because I haven’t tested it. But it sounds like it could offer more proactive lifestyle coaching in addition to just tracking your information, which is something that I’ve been looking for in a fitness tracker and still haven’t quite found.Fitbit announced its new watch and service, along with a new $50 basic smart scale called the Fitbit Aria Air that measures weight and BMI, at an event in New York where I got to look at the Versa 2 and its accessories up close.08-fitbit-versa-2Alexa is built in and gives text responses on-wrist. Sarah Tew/CNET What Alexa can and can’t doFitbit’s never had a microphone or any voice assistant functions on any of its previous fitness trackers. You can activate Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on the Versa 2 by pressing and holding the single side button. Give your command and wait for the action or answer to pop up on screen. You won’t hear Alexa’s voice, though: Because the watch lacks a speaker, answers are delivered via text responses.Alexa will work on Android phones or iPhones (provided the Alexa app is also installed) and can search for general information, control smart home devices, find local businesses, start or stop timers and do other Alexa-like things. It can also transcribe voice responses to messages, but only on Android phones. It won’t control music on the Versa 2, though, and it won’t control fitness tracker controls until later in the year. I’ll know more about how Alexa works on the Versa 2 once I test it out in our full review.Still, adding Alexa is a step up from previous Fitbits and it’s a fascinating new direction. Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Premium promise to revamp my… Mobile Wearable Tech Fitness Now playing: Watch this: Fitbit Fitnesslast_img read more


first_imgHyderabad: Many get electrocuted due to negligence. While some incidents occur due to official apathy, others occur for not adhering to standard practices. Such incidents increase, especially during the rainy season. At least four mishaps took place in the last four months.According to the Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Ltd (TSSPDCL), some 50 persons died and some 2,000 people were involved in electricity mishaps in the city in 2018-19, with most of them taking place during the rainy season. Add to it, many cases go unreported. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Director for Operations at TSSPDCL Srinivas Reddy says, “About 15% of accidents occur due to negligence on part of the consumers trying to conduct theft through mainlines.” There have been instances when many workers from the department too were injured and even lost lives, as precautions were not taken. In a recent incident occurred on June 3, K Shivaji, an 18-year-old student, died on the spot when the umbrella he was carrying touched an electricity pole at BK Guda in SR Nagar. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Senior officials at the department say that in spite of warning ground-level staff not to venture without turning off the power, they continue to do so, risking their lives. Srinivas Reddy urged power officials to follow precautions before going to pole work and requested the citizens of Hyderabad to use electric devices of good quality to avoid electrocution. Advertise With Us “We conduct awareness campaigns regularly to prevent electrocution and also started conducting regular mass raids and filing FIRs, so that accidents and power thefts can be minimized” he further added. With the arrival of monsoon, the possibility of accidents related to electricity also increases. Rainfall and storm can cause electric safety hazards and may lead to severe damage to health or loss of life and property. In 2018-19, some 141 lakh rupees ex-gratia was paid to the deceased by TSSPDCL.Follow standard practices Majority of electricity-related accidents could have been avoided if people adhere to standard practices, say officials. Even today, people dispose garbage close to transformers. There are instances when the fencing around the transformer too is damaged. It could affect earthing, which is crucial, as it protects from electric shocks.last_img read more


first_imgHoward X, an Australian impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaves the La Paix Hotel in a car while escorted by police, in Hanoi, Vietnam on 25 February 2019. — Photo: ReutersAn Australian comedian who impersonates North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday authorities were deporting him from Vietnam, some 24 hours before the real Kim was due to arrive for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.The Kim lookalike, who goes by the name Howard X, popped up in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi on Friday along with his partner who impersonates Trump, drawing crowds and media.The two real leaders are due to meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday for their second nuclear summit.“North Koreans have no sense of humor,” the impersonator told reporters before heading to Hanoi’s airport to leave the country.“Satire is a powerful weapon against any dictatorship.”The impersonator visited Singapore in June, when Trump and Kim held their first summit, and performed satirical stunts. He said he was briefly detained by authorities there.He also showed up at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, where he danced in front of an appalled North Korean cheer squad before security hauled him away.Vietnamese foreign ministry officials were not immediately available for comment on Monday. Howard X said earlier authorities had questioned him and warned him not to create any disturbance.Vietnam has tightened security around the capital ahead of the summit.Howard X said his partner, Trump impersonator Russell White, was allowed to stay on in Vietnam, but not allowed to do make any more public appearances.The two hugged and kissed goodbye for the cameras on Monday.“Please no World War Three,” Howard X said.“They are scared of a couple of guys that look like real thing.”last_img read more


first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s golf team opened the spring season where it left off by sitting in second place after two rounds of the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate on Monday in Mobile, Ala.The Cardinals, who picked up a win and two second-place finishes in the fall, fired an 18-under-par 558 to end the round five shots behind Florida State, which shot a 23-under-par during its two rounds of action. Western Kentucky is third at 13-under-par and South Alabama is in fourth at 10-under par.The Cardinals held a four shot lead after the first round, but the Seminoles battled back to pick up nine shots during the second round of action.Devin Morley put together his best two rounds of play to finish in a tie for second place after two rounds — four shots behind Jon Pak of Florida State, who carded an 11-under-par 133.A native of Galway, Ireland, Morley fired an opening round of 67 by tallying birdies on four-straight holes on the front nine, including an eagle on the par 5 No. 4. He followed up his round with a 70 to shot a one-day total of 137.Sophomore Jiri Zuska also ended the day in the top 10 by carding a 69-71=140 to finish in a tie for ninth place.Senior Simon Zach is tied for 13th after his two-round score of 71-70=141, while John Murphy placed 17th after his 2-under 73-69=142. Matthias Schmid is tied for 24th after his 1-under-par 71=72=143.Playing as an individual, Trevor Johnson is tied for 44th after his 72-75=147.The final 18 holes will begin on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. ET. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!I love Donkey Kong. He may not be the smartest ape or star in my favorite Nintendo games, but he is my favorite Nintendo character. I love Donkey Kong so much I wrote an essay on my blog that put me on Nintendo’s radar. I love that Donkey Kong’s name is Donkey Kong. So, of course, sooner rather than later one of these glorious gorilla games was going to earn our coveted weekly Game of the Year Prize. However, regardless of my ape admiration, 2005’s Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a legitimately phenomenal game, as long as you play it with the right controller.In the heady days of 2004, as Nintendo dealt with GameCube disappointment while unaware of the DS/Wii fortune in their future, I like to imagine some brave designer shouted, “Screw this! Let’s make some bongo drums!” The results were the DK Bongo Drum Controllers, a sturdy pair of barrel-shaped plastic bongo drums that plugged into your GameCube. Each drum was a button. In the middle was a smaller button as well as a microphone for listening to claps.AdChoices广告The bongos launched with Donkey Konga, a basic percussion rhythm game from Namco in the vein of their Taiko: Drum Master series. You could drum along with friendly pop hits like “Louie Louie” and “We Will Rock You” as well as Nintendo songs like the Mario theme or the song from the Kirby anime. It was a fine game, as were its two sequels, but following its release the obvious question was, “What other kind of game could anyone possibly make with bongo drum controllers besides a bongo drum rhythm game?”Maybe those games were enough. Plastic instrument games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band were just about to blow up, and it’s not like Nintendo ever tried to make a platformer with the dance pad from Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix. Maybe the DK Bongo Drums had served their full purpose.Nope, not even close.Few would argue that the Super Mario Galaxy series is anything less than one of Nintendo’s most magnificent modern masterpieces. That game is the star child of Nintendo’s relatively young Tokyo team. But before they took Mario into the cosmos, that same team made the best Donkey Kong game of all time. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a gorgeous, endlessly creative 2D platformer controlled solely with the DK Bongos.How does that work? From the wild opening logo onwards, players bang on either drum to move left or right, hit both to jump and clap to trigger various context-sensitive actions. It may wear out your palms, but this deceptively deep control scheme makes the act of playing the game a constant stream of rhythmic satisfaction. Commanding DK to nimbly leap throughout his environment, increasing banana combos and bouncing off walls and teaming up with animals pals out of Donkey Kong Country, feels good down to your bones. Pummeling bosses, from wicked Rastafarian Dread Kong to potential Tilda Swinton character Karate Kong, in Punch-Out!!-style fights by drumming as hard and fast as you can is as close as you can get to actually punching monkeys in the face.The control scheme is the draw, but the rest of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a joy from top to bottom. Floating through suspended fruit juice or riding a goat down a mountain hint at the irreverent approach to platforming innovation the team would refine in Mario Galaxy. It’s a little short, but it’s worth replaying as you hone your bongo technique for higher scores. It’s a beautiful game, too. The recent Donkey Kong Country revival from Retro Studios is fantastic. It’s from the creators of Metroid Prime after all. But it was amusing hearing the designers talk about using the power of the Wii U to give DK real fur texture when Donkey Kong Jungle Beat pulled that off on the GameCube.Donkey Kong Jungle Beat was the last game to make use of the DK Bongos. The mediocre racing game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast dropped support from the peripheral when it shifted from GameCube to Wii. Nintendo later released a modified port of Jungle Beat on Wii with more traditional controls. The game remains strong enough to be worth playing, but without the drums, the experience is compromised.It’s a testament to Donkey Kong Jungle Beat’s quality that it single-single justifies the existence of a super specific, and ultimately kind of dumb, controller. We should always appreciate games that make great use of unconventional control schemes in the face of an industry and player base demanding for nothing but boring, homogeneous gamepads. That’s what being a Game of the Year is all about.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!last_img read more


first_imgExclusive preview of Startpage’s new image search tools by Martin Brinkmann on March 24, 2017 in Internet – 14 commentsThe privacy focused search engine Startpage will launch new image search related tools soon that improve the user experience significantly.Startpage, just like Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo, offers a dedicated image search option that users can make use of.While you can use web searches to find sites with images as well, using the image search engine returns image results right away.That’s great for previewing images, something that web search does not really offer. Up until now, you had only a couple of options when it came to finding images using Startpage.Startpage: new image search toolsImage searches start like they always have. Open Startpage and click on the images link there to get started. Or, type in the search term and run a search, and pick the images filter on the results page.You may also run image searches directly by loading this url instead: https://www.startpage.com/eng/pics.htmlNote that it is language encoded. You get the right URL when you right-click on images on Startpage and select copy link address from the menu.The new version of Images search on Startpage features three new tools that users can make use of:Size: This enables you to filter image results by size. You can either pick one of the defined sizes, enter a desired minimum size, find icons, or find custom size images by entering width and height manually.Color: Select the desired color, and Startpage will only return images if the dominant color matches the selected one.Type: Enables you to filter images by file type. Supported are jpg, png and gif.The new tools improve the user experience when searching for images on Startpage. Take the search for new wallpaper images for instance.While you could do so previously as well, the new tools enable you to set a minimum resolution, and also color or file type if you want. So, no more clicking on images to find out if they match the desired resolution for instance.Since you may not want wallpaper images that are lower than the resolution of your device, you can use the image search tools to make sure that all low resolution images are filtered out automatically.Want only super high resolution images? Either pick a custom resolution, or filter all image results that are smaller than 70 Megapixels (that is 9600×7200).Want only red wallpaper images to match the color scheme you set on your operating system, or your favorite color? Done with a simple click on the color filter.Google Images and Bing Images offer similar, or even more image search tools. On Google, you can filter by usage rights or time of publication. On Bing, you can filter by layout and people on top of that.But Startpage brings privacy to the table, something that you won’t get when you run searches on Google’s or Bing’s image search engine. You get the same privacy protection that you get when you run searches on Startpage.Startpage’s image search capabilities surpass those of DuckDuckGo, another popular privacy focused search engine. If you check out DuckDuckGo’s capabilities right now, you will notice that you can only filter by small, medium or large images. There is no option to set a minimum resolution, nor options to filter by color or type.The new search capabilities will be rolled out very soon to the public.Now read: Five Startpage tips to improve your search experienceSummaryArticle NameExclusive preview of Startpage’s new image search toolsDescriptionThe privacy focused search engine Startpage will launch new image search related tools soon that improve the user experience significantly.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more