Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar has offered to fight the Assembly polls together with the Congress and said he was willing to share the seats 50:50. Mr Ambedkar said he had not yet received any calls from the Congress to discuss the possibility.The VBA, along with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), had contested all 48 seats in the State in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year. While the coalition won the Aurangabad seat, it secured huge gains in others and polled nearly 40 lakh votes across the State. Key leaders, such as former chief minister Ashok Chavan and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti, blamed their loss on the votes polled by VBA candidate in their constituencies. Mr. Ambedkar said he had made a similar offer to the Congress before the Lok Sabha elections, but decided to contest all the seats after the offer was rejected. “We are preparing to contest all 288 seats. The Congress was not ready to form an alliance back then, they are not ready even today. We are willing to fight 144 seats, they can contest the other 144,” he said.He said the Congress only has suitable candidates for around 80 seats. “Even the last time (Lok Sabha) I had said that the Congress andNationalist Congress Party didn’t have candidates for half the seats they were contesting,” he said. Mr. Ambedkar said they were also in talks with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and expected something fruitful to emerge, but said they had not yet heard from the AIMIM or Asaduddin Owaisi for seat-sharing talks.
Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom thrashed Sweden’s Juliana Soderstrom in her opening bout of the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships today. The seasoned Manipuri is now two wins away from booking a place in the upcoming Rio Olympics. Mary (51kg) defeated Soderstrom 3-0 in a thoroughly one-sided contest to set up a clash on Saturday with Germany’s Azize Nimani, who stunned Asian Games bronze-medallist Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam of Mongolia.In a clinical performance, Mary outsmarted Soderstrom, who had the advantage of a superior height and reach.The 32-year-old Indian Olympic bronze medallist had worked hard on her reflexes ahead of the tournament and the efforts were there to be seen as she easily foiled Soderstrom’s attempts of attacking her.The Asian Games gold-medallist, who is eyeing not just a medal but also an Olympic berth in this event, used her left hooks to telling effect against Soderstrom, who failed miserably in capitalising on her reach.In the end, it was hardly a surprise that the judges unanimously picked Mary Kom as the winner.The prestigious event – the final qualifying tournament for women boxers in the three Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg – has 12 Rio tickets on offer, which means pugilists will have to at least make it to the semi-finals of the three chosen divisions to book their berth.(With PTI inputs)
After launching the Holly 4 in India early last month, Huawei sub-brand Honor has now brought out the Honor Holly 4 Plus. As the name suggests, the smartphone is a larger variant of the Holly 4 and packs some upgraded specs such as a 5.5-inch display, 4000mAh battery and an 8-megapixel selfie camera, among other things. The budget smartphone is priced at Rs 13,999 and will be available in Grey, Gold and Silver colours starting November 3 across all Honor partner stores.The Honor Holly 4 Plus sports a metal finish with a fingerprint sensor on the back and 8.5mm in thickness, similar to the Holly 4. It features a 5.5-inch (720×1280) HD display with a 2.5D glass on top and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. To recall, the Honor Holly 4 comes with a 5-inch display and Snapdragon 430 SoC. The latest in the Holly 4-Series is offered with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The handset runs EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0.The rear camera on the Holly 4 Plus has been downgraded to a 12-megapixel sensor compared to the 13-megapixel sensor on the Holly 4. Meanwhile, the front camera gets a bumped up to an 8-megapixel sensor compared to the 5-megapixel sensor on the Holly 4. The camera app includes Slowmotion, Timelapse and Pro modes, among other options. Also Read: Honor 9i review: Beauty that’s only skin-deepThe Holly 4 Plus houses a larger 4000mAh battery compared to last month’s model. You can expect to find the same connectivity options as the Holly 4 including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB with OTG support. Sensors on board include accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors. Much like the Holly 4, the fingerprint sensor on the Holly 4 Plus can be customised for shortcuts as well. advertisement”The success of the Holly series was so overwhelming that it encouraged us to continue making improved and revolutionary products. The Holly 4 Plus has been curated to meet the preferences of our consumers better” said P Sanjeev, Vice President – Sales, Huawei Consumer Business Group India.
The Bill seeks to, among other things, validate and indemnify the actions of the Spectrum Management Authority in increasing regulatory fees without legislative authority for the period April 1 2004 to March 22, 2017. The Telecommunications (Spectrum Regulatory Fees) (Validation and Indemnity) Act, 2018 was passed during the sitting of the Senate on Friday (September 21). Story Highlights The Telecommunications (Spectrum Regulatory Fees) (Validation and Indemnity) Act, 2018 was passed during the sitting of the Senate on Friday (September 21).The Bill seeks to, among other things, validate and indemnify the actions of the Spectrum Management Authority in increasing regulatory fees without legislative authority for the period April 1 2004 to March 22, 2017.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Bill, explained that the formula designed to calculate the regulatory fees did not include a mechanism for annual increase.“So, to address this issue, and after consultation with the telecommunications operators who were affected, the Authority increased the annual operating budget consistent with the level of inflation as determined by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) for the previous year. They continued this action from 2004 to 2017 when new regulations were promulgated to give legislative authority to this mechanism,” she said.The Minister noted that when the new regulations were passed last year, they corrected the decision in respect of the provision for annual increase.Senator Johnson Smith said the telecommunications operators, who were affected by the increased fees, concurred with the move “but the fact is that between 2004 and 2017, the increase was done without legislative authority”.She explained that clause three of the Bill provides for the validation of the actions taken by the Authority specifically declaring that the calculation and collection of spectrum regulatory fees from April 1, 2004 to the March 22, 2017 were properly and lawfully made and done.The clause also frees, acquits, discharges and indemnifies anyone who is liable to be proceeded against from liability.Senator Johnson Smith said the Bill also provides that unpaid regulatory fees validated by the Bill remain due and payable “although, to the best of the Authority’s assessment, there are no such funds outstanding”.The Spectrum Management Authority is the regulator with responsibility for managing radio frequency spectrum.In keeping with the provisions of the Telecommunications Act, and specifically Section 26, spectrum users are required to pay regulatory fees to cover their reasonable operating costs incurred by the Authority in the exercise of its functions.
zoom A female passenger of Carnival Elation fell on Friday morning, January 19, from her balcony to several decks below while the ship was underway on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas.“The ship’s medical team responded immediately, but, unfortunately, she passed away. “The incident was reported to all proper authorities and CARE Team support was offered to fellow travelers and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and her family,” a statement from the Carnival Cruise Line reads.The cause of the incident is yet to be determined as an investigation into what led to the fall is underway.Fantasy-class cruise ship Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville on January 18 on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas.The Panama-flagged cruise ship, built in 1998, is currently moored in Jacksonville, based on its latest AIS data.A similar incident occurred on board Carnival Elation less than a year ago when a passenger went overboard on February 13 while the cruise ship was sailing 14 nautical miles northeast of Great Harbor Cay in the Bahamas.At the time of the incident, the cruise ship was transiting from Jacksonville to their first port of call in Nassau, Bahamas.World Maritime News Staff
Andrea Bocelli brought one of the most successful charity events in the world to Italy, when Celebrity Fight Night left its hometown of Phoenix, AZ for the first time ever last week.Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded annual charity event presented in honor of its yearly special guest, Muhammad Ali, and has been long supported by Andrea Bocelli. With this inaugural visit to Italy, Celebrity Fight Night eclipsed $100 million raised in its 20 year history, with the weekend’s event bringing in approximately $6 million. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ and The Andrea Bocelli Foundation.From September 3 to 7, 100 philanthropic donors and special guests were guided around Tuscany and treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region.On September 4, donors attended the Teatro La Pergola, in Florence, where they were served a gourmet dinner and enjoyed a music and dance show of the Renaissance, sponsored by Stefano Ricci, historical and famous maison of Italian luxury fashion.On September 5, at Forte Dei Marmi, Andrea Bocelli performed and honored Grammy-winning composer and producer David Foster, as well as Sophia Loren for her generosity and for her efforts as an Italian ambassador around the world. During the event, which was sponsored by Antico Setificio Fiorentino, Foster was be joined by Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, John Legend and Ronnie Dunn for a special performance.The charity trip ended on September 7, with a featured gala that was held in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. Andrea and Veronica Bocelli presented the inaugural Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Awards on stage to George Clooney and Lionel Richie, who both took to the stage to accept their honors. Maestro Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, headlined the evening of breathtaking entertainment, incredible auction, and fine cuisine. The elegant décor was designed by the prestigious and refined hand of the Italian fashion brand, and event sponsor, Ermanno Scervino.The auction, which raised nearly $1 million, was hosted by renowned auctioneer, Simon De Pury, and included exclusive items and celebrity experiences such as a dinner with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal.Additional guests at the gala included Clooney’s fiancée Amal Alamuddin, as well as Celebrity Fight Night Chairman and Founder Jimmy Walker, Host Michelle Hunziker, David & Yolanda Foster, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Roberto & Eva Cavalli, Cheryl Ladd, Ronnie Dunn, Laura Pausini, Leonardo Ferragamo & Giovanna Gentile Ferragamo, Mentalist Lior Suchard, and more.The five day experience was sponsored by Stefano Ricci, Ermanno Scervino, Antico Setificio Fiorentino, Roberto Cavalli, Marchesi di Frescobaldi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Officine Panerai, and Maserati.
Rabat – The United Nations closed its military liaison office in the Saharan city of Dakhla on Tuesday as ordered by Morocco amid a row over remarks by the U.N. secretary-general.“This was completed yesterday,” U.N. deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told Reuters on Wednesday. “The three military observers based there were relocated to the Aousserd team site, on the western part of the territory, controlled by Morocco. Morocco’s request to close the liaison office in Dakhla is the first request directly targeting the military component.”Last week, over 70 U.N. international staffers pulled out of the civilian wing of the U.N. mission, known, by its French acronym as MINURSO. Morocco had demanded they withdraw from their offices in Laayoune in response to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the term “occupation” to describe Morocco’s presence in the Sahara earlier this month. Haq said the Dakhla office was the U.N.’s “face-to-face counterpart to the Royal Moroccan Army” since it was established in 1991 after the intergovernmental organization brokered a ceasefire deal between Morocco and the separatist Polisario Front. He added that the relocation made direct talks with the Moroccan armed forces “more difficult.”Ki-moon and the 15-nation Security Council had their monthly meeting on Monday, during which they discussed the ongoing row with Morocco. Several diplomats had told Reuters that the secretary-general left the meeting with the impression that a statement of support for him would be issued soon, however, this did not occur.“In enough time, a lack of a statement can indeed be interpreted as a statement of its very own,” Haq said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A former intern has sued Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s licensing and manufacturing company, saying she worked 50 hours a week but wasn’t paid.Shahista Lalani filed a class-action lawsuit against Dualstar Entertainment Group in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court.Lalani says she worked from May to September 2012. The Daily News reports the lawsuit claims interns were misclassified as exempt from minimum wage requirements.Lalani says her responsibilities included inputting data into spreadsheets, doing errands for paid employees, cutting patterns, photocopying and sewing.A spokeswoman tells the Post the company wasn’t aware of the lawsuit and declined to comment further.The 29-year-old twins founded the company when they were 6. Among other things, it makes videos, books, cosmetics and clothes.Lalani’s attorney didn’t respond to requests for comment from the News. Ex-intern sues Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s company, says she worked 50-hour weeks without pay FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen attend the 2014 World of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue, in New York. Shahista Lalani, a former intern, has sued the Olsen twins’ licensing and manufacturing company, saying she worked 50 hours a week but wasn’t paid. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2015 8:12 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 9, 2015 12:24 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The chasm that exists in the relationship between British Columbia’s political and aboriginal leaders was clearly defined Wednesday as talks got underway at a Vancouver hotel in the second annual all-chiefs meetings.While B.C.’s Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad said there has been remarkable achievements on economic and social fronts with First Nations, chiefs are threatening to go back to court battles and protest camps if things don’t improve.About 500 First Nations leaders are meeting with Premier Christy Clark and members of her cabinet this week with the expectation of signing a joint government-First Nations working agreement.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said they’re giving the government a one-year deadline to negotiate a reconciliation deal.“The underlying message is if we don’t make any progress within the space of the next year, I would suggest all of this will fall through and it will be back to the courts and pretty much back to the barricades,” said Phillip.Last year’s landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision that granted the Tsilhqot’in Nation aboriginal title to 1,700 kilometres of land in B.C.’s Nemiah Valley remains the driving force behind the reconciliation initiative prompted by Clark and First Nations leaders.The decision is the first in Canadian history where aboriginals have been granted title to land they claimed as their own. Tsilhqot’in Chief Roger William said the ruling gives First Nations a legal tool to use as leverage in negotiations with governments and resource developers.Legal scholars and political experts have suggested the ruling gives aboriginals massive powers on land-use issues, especially resource development. B.C. First Nations are seeking government support for aboriginal rights and title to lands, which also includes revenue sharing.Phillip said all involved must have the courage to move forward, build consensus and silence those who predict Armageddon if First Nations are given an equal voice in building and sharing B.C.’s economic future.Clark has said ignoring the Supreme Court ruling puts B.C.’s future in peril, prompting her to meet with the chiefs and councillors from B.C.’s more than 200 First Nations.Phillip said chiefs left last year’s meeting disappointed because the province did not adopt a four-point statement that established government support for their rights and title to lands.“The last time we couldn’t even agree on a public statement,” said Phillip, adding when it comes to reconciliation B.C. is at “strike two.”“We need a legislative framework and a policy framework we can rely on that allows us to reconcile aboriginal title rights interests and other Crown and industry interests. We don’t have that.”Phillip said the economy of B.C. hangs in the balance and all parties are aware of the gravity of the situation.Rustad said the provincial government’s relations with First Nations over the last decade on numerous economic and social fronts have been ground-breaking.The handful of First Nations who have negotiated land-claims treaties have produced spectacular results, but the process takes too long, he said.“We need to be able to find a way to do this in a much more expedited manner.”While much of the conference is closed to the media, Clark is expected to make a public address before the chiefs on Thursday. Chiefs threaten courts and barricades without a signed working agreement in B.C.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva launches State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2016 report, at FAO headquarters, Rome. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto However, it is agriculture, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, which is contributing to a warmer world by generating around a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, agriculture must both contribute more to combating climate change while bracing to overcome its impacts, the report says.Time for actionWithout action, agriculture will continue to be a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. But by adopting climate-smart practices and increasing the capacity of soils and forests to sequester carbon, emissions can be reduced while stepping up food production to feed the world’s growing population, the report says.The report provides evidence that adoption of climate-smart practices, such as the use of nitrogen-efficient and heat-tolerant crop varieties, zero-tillage and integrated soil fertility management would boost productivity and farmers’ incomes. Widespread adoption of nitrogen-efficient practices alone would reduce the number of people at risk of undernourishment by more than 100 million, the report estimates.It also identifies avenues to lower emission intensity from agriculture. Water-conserving alternatives to the flooding of rice paddies can slash methane emissions by 45 per cent, while emissions from the livestock sector can be reduced by up to 41 per cent through the adoption of more efficient practices. “2016 should be about putting commitments into action,” urged Mr. Graziano da Silva, noting the international community last year agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, which is expect to come into force early next month. Agriculture will be high on the agenda at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known by the shorthand COP 22, in Morocco starting on 7 November.Helping small farmers adapt to climate change risks is criticalDeveloping countries are home to around half a billion small farm families who produce food and other agricultural products in greatly varying agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions. Solutions have to be tailored to those conditions; there is no one-size-fits-all fix. Helping smallholders adapt to climate change risks is critical for global poverty reduction and food security. Close attention should be paid to removing obstacles they may face and fostering an enabling environment for individual, joint and collective action, according to the report.FAO urges policy-makers to identify and remove such barriers. These obstacles can include input subsidies that promote unsustainable farming practices, poorly aligned incentives and inadequate access to markets, credit, extension services and social protection programmes, and often disadvantage women, who make up to 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force. The report stresses that more climate finance is needed to fund developing countries’ actions on climate change. International public finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation is growing and, while still relatively small, can act as a catalyst to leverage larger flows of public and private investments. More climate finance needs to flow to sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry to fund the large-scale transformation and the development of climate-smart food production systems. “There is no doubt climate change affects food security,” said the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, as he presented The State of Food and Agriculture 2016 report at the agency’s headquarters in Rome.“What climate change does is to bring back uncertainties from the time we were all hunter gatherers. We cannot assure any more that we will have the harvest we have planted,” he added.That uncertainty also translates into volatile food prices, he noted. “Everybody is paying for that, not only those suffering from droughts,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said.What climate change does is to bring back uncertainties from the time we were all hunter gatherers. We cannot assure any more that we will have the harvest we have plantedFAO warns that a ‘business as usual’ approach could put millions more people at risk of hunger, than in a future without climate change. Most affected would be populations in poor areas in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia, especially those who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Future food security in many countries will worsen if no action is taken today.“The benefits of adaptation outweigh the costs of inaction by very wide margins,” emphasized Mr. Graziano da Silva.
Organised every year since 1999, the Paste seminar series seeks to disseminate the latest advancements in the field of paste and thickened tailings technology by providing a forum to present the work that is being done in the field, and obtain feedback from practitioners working at mine sites worldwide. For many years International Mining has been the international media partner of the event. The next seminar will take place in Vancouver, Canada, a major hub for mining in North America and a home to many mining companies that focus much of their activity on the development of sustainable tailings management practices at their operations. Vancouver also hosts a large number of consulting companies engaged in developing designs and implementation plans for tailings management projects around the world.Paste 2014 will be a truly international examination of tailings practices with emphasis on stacking with paste or filtered tailings. www.paste2014.comTHEMESThe following topics and related themes will be the focus for Paste 2014.• Rheology• Thickening• Filtering• Tailings stacking (hydraulic or dry)• Dewatering (incl. in-line flocculation)• Distribution• Disposal (surface and underground)• Closure
THE NUMBER OF people in receipt of a carer’s allowance has increased from 23,000 in 2004 to close to 57,200 at the end of last month – an increase of 40%.Collectively, carers will receive €806 million in payments this year. It is estimated that there are 187,000 family carers in Ireland.Nearly 25,000 people are in receipt of a carer’s payment at “half rate” as they are also in receipt of another social welfare payment.For example, a lone parent who is caring on a full-time basis for an elderly relative can receive €219.80 in one-parent family payment and €102 per week in half-rate carer’s allowance.There are currently 3,500 carer’s allowance applications awaiting approval.Social Protection Minister Joan Burton informed the Dáil of the figures last week.She was responding to a parliamentary question posed by Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, in which he asked her what she intends to do to help carers affected by the cut in the respite grant last year.€5 billionO’Dea said that for every euro the State spends on carers, it gets back about €5.“The value of the total caring done in this country is estimated to be between €4.5 billion and €5 billion,” he stated.Burton said that she did not know what changes the next budget would hold for carers.There are no commitments at this time in relation to any particular group in respect of the budget.She added that there was “a slight tone of irony” in O’Dea’s comments as he was a member of the government that “cut the weekly payment to carers by approximately €16.40 per week … that is €850-plus per annum”.O’Dea said Burton was “trying to avoid answering the question” and noted that she had overseen a weekly cut of €6.50 in the allowance.Burton noted: “The current payment of €1,375 per annum is more than twice the amount of €635 per annum paid in 2002 by the previous Government, of which Deputy O’Dea was a member, and is higher than it was at the height of the boom in 2006, when it was €1,200 per annum.”‘Hoodwinked’O’Dea remarked that Burton was “well aware that everybody who is in receipt of a carer’s allowance is automatically entitled to the respite care grant”.Thus, when the respite care grant is cut, that represents a cut in the core rate of social welfare. Regardless of how the Minister juggles it up, that is the reality.He went on to say that Burton had “successfully fooled”, “conned” and “hoodwinked” the public.The social protection minister said that recipients of the carer’s allowance also “qualify for free travel and, if they are living with the person they are caring for, the household benefits package”.She noted that payment of the annual non-means-tested respite care grant commenced recently, saying that more than 70,000 carers would receive a total of approximately €122 million this year.On Friday, O’Dea launched Fianna Fáil’s position paper on carers. The document proposed a series of recommendations, including a re-examination of the Household Benefits Packages; changes to the prescription charge and the re-introduction of a Mobility Allowance.Waiting timesThe average wait time for appealing a decision made by the social welfare related to respite care grants is just over 14 months, or 61.8 weeks. The average wait time in 2013 was 24.6 weeks.People Before Profit TD Joan Collins asked Burton if she is “satisfied with the processing times for current social welfare payments that require a medical assessment”.Collins stated:Almost everybody who comes to my office in regard to this problem has been waiting six, seven, eight or nine months or even longer for the claim to be dealt with. The complicated nature of the application is causing huge problems for people and for submitting their information. What does the Minister plan to do to address this?As of the end of April, the average wait times in weeks for the four main schemes involving a medical assessment were as follows:Disability Allowance: 11Carers Allowance: 12Invalidity Pension: 9Domiciliary Care: 10“These processing times are a significant improvement over previous processing times and the numbers of people awaiting a decision at the time when I came into office. The average number of weeks to decide on a new carer’s allowance application has decreased from approximately 26 weeks at that time to a current average of 12 weeks,” Burton noted.She added that a total of €3.4 billion was spent on illness, disability and caring schemes in 2013, including a total of €2.5 billion on the four schemes listed above.“There are currently approximately 3,500 carer’s allowance applications awaiting decision. The equivalent number in 2012 was 11,600,” Burton stated.Collins said that “several things would facilitate a quicker turnaround of claims, one of which would be simpler application forms”.Another would be if someone were to sit down with people and tell them exactly what was required from their doctor in terms of medical evidence. When a doctor writes to the panel and verifies that a person is disabled, very ill and that his or her condition will not improve, the panel should accept this, rather than refusing the application.Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh noted that in the past “up to 50% of the original decisions by social welfare deciding officers were overturned on appeal”.National Carers WeekOver 150 events took place last week to mark National Carers Week.On Monday, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and Care Alliance Ireland published the results of a nationwide survey on carers.Of the 170 people questioned, 82% said they had been affected by cuts to home care packages over the past three years. Some 77% said they had been impacted by cuts to respite services and 70% by cuts to home help.Just over four in ten of the respondents had given up work to look after a person with a neurological condition.Over one fifth of carers who took part in the survey said they could not access any respite services.Read: Survey shows 4 in 5 carers badly impacted by cuts in recent yearsRead: At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused
Is Venom good?Venom is bad.Aw…You seem surprised. Do you not like Venom (the character?)I like Venom just fine…So why wouldn’t y-…in the first storyline he appeared in like 30 years ago. He’s kind of boring and irritating otherwise.Oh.That said, I don’t necessarily think that precludes anyone from making a serviceable movie out of the basic premise – even if I don’t see much use for him beyond being a one-off Spider-Man villain, personally.But they didn’t.They did not, no.Wait – back up: Is Spider-Man in this at all?He is not. They don’t explicitly say that this isn’t taking place somewhere adjacent to the Marvel movies, and there’s a stray mention of an astronaut being named “Jameson” near the beginning that feels either ADR’d in after the fact or trimmed from a previously more prominent position that feels like a placeholder to come back to if they ever wanted to loop these things together (also Tom Hardy is playing “Eddie Brock” and he’s repeatedly said to be from New York despite the film taking place in San Fransisco, but nothing comes of this plotwise); but that’s basically it.Is there reason someone is so hard-up to make Venom movies that they’ll do one even without Spider-Man?Money, mostly. Back before just the name “Marvel” was a money-printing license for any character, Venom was up there with Wolverine and Punisher in terms of “cool looking guys whose t-shirts and posters moved well;” and it’s often speculated that getting the eventual rights to do Venom movies is why Avi Arad (still a producer on this!) grabbed up the Spider-Man rights back in the day. Officially, this Venom is meant to kick-start a “spin-off universe” of dark/gritty Spidey-related movies exclusive to Sony that are maybe/maybe-not connected to the MCU Spider-Man continuity. Based on this movie, I don’t think Disney will be begging to borrow Venom though.Okay, but… if Venom isn’t an alien that looks like a Spider-Man costume and gets mad when Spidey rejects it and helps Eddie Brock become an evil Spider-Man, what’s the story now?Tom Hardy’s Brock is an activist journalist fighting corrupt tech companies in San Francisco who tries to expose a mad-scientist CEO (Rez Ahmed) for experimenting on the homeless by infecting them with alien symbiotes (basically “the blob” but they turn you into Monster-Face Spider-Man for no adequately explained reason) because he believes this will help humans colonize space for efficiently. One such symbiote, Venom, escapes and bonds with Eddie; and they team up to stop the CEO and also the other symbiotes, who are more or less onboard with his “put symbiotes in everybody” plan.So Venom isn’t bad anymore?Venom is “bad,” he’s just… not as bad as the other symbiotes, apparently. And he gets along with Eddie, so they work together as a team rather than like a proper host/parasite. To get more into it will require a spoiler warning…SPOILER-WARNING!Okay, why is Venom fighting the rest of the symbiotes?It’s eventually just one, “Riot,” who wants to bring more to Earth in an invasion. Venom decides to help because on his home planet he is “Also kind of a loser” (like Eddie) and finds he prefers being the only one of his kind of Earth where that’s a huge advantage.Really?Yeah, that’s the big hook they’ve built the movie around: “Venom is actually just some schmuck.” They don’t really DO anything with it once it’s out there (the whole film seems to skip the concept of a second act and sprint to the final battle instead) but that’s what we’ve got. Also, there’s odd editing going on where we’re made to follow the Riot symbiote from person to person as a running subplot until it can take over Rez Ahmed’s character… who’s already the villain, and who’s evil plan was already what Riot wants him to do. So it feels very much like there was a different villain-scenario happening (maybe where “Oh, Riot it also here!” was meant to be a surprise for the audience too?) that got changed at some point – the post-production editing is incredibly sloppy.END SPOILERSIs it fun at all?Not in any of the ways it intends. The action is mostly by boring scenes where Tom Hardly flails around while pieces of CGI beat up stuntmen for him, a couple of brief scenes where he turns completely into Venom and to beat people up that’ll have you thinking “I wonder how Spawn holds up today?,” bizarre staging and cinematography that conspire to make Georgia playing San Francisco mostly look like Seattle and dreary overloaded ultimately bad guy exposition. But then every once in awhile Tom Hardy gets to argue with himself in funny ways or do “alien in human body” physical comedy or generally make a goofy ass of himself and – if only for a moment – Venom becomes something like a growly-edgelord version of The Mask… which is still bad, but at least better than the rest of it.So it’s funny?Yeah, but I don’t think it was supposed to be – at least not this funny in this way. You get the sense that someone was either asleep at the wheel, or the people making this realized the project was going wrong early on and just started trying strange stuff where they could to salvage it in interesting ways. To put it bluntly: When you’re spending this much on CGI, the most memorable setpiece in your movie shouldn’t be Tom Hardy acting like he’s having twitchy withdrawal shakes in a restaurant and climbing into a lobster tank. And you’re most memorable lines shouldn’t be the monster calling itself a “loser” or Hardy (again) exclaiming “Aaah! He’s got one up his ass, too!”Those are the best lines?Well, the best lines other than the one spoken by Michelle Williams near the very end; which feels like the most sincere heartfelt thing anyone says in the entire movie.What does she say?“I’m sorry about Venom.” Check out more: MovieBob reviews A Star is Born, Mandy, and Assassination Nation.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men got into a boatload of trouble after their boat collided with a larger vessel in Dania Beach.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the boaters, both in their 20s, were enjoying a late night of fishing when they suddenly noticed a 21-foot center console boat approaching them in the darkness, just after 1 a.m., Saturday.Officials said the men jumped into the canal moments before the boats crashed.The impact caused considerable damage to their boat, leaving them stranded.Crews responded to the scene and rescued the boaters. They were not injured.The boat was towed to the Harbor Town Marina. The larger vessel took off.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
ORLEANS, MA — Nancy Noble Cook, 89 died peacefully July 20, 2019, at The Terraces in Orleans, MA where she resided for the last four years.Nan was born in Somerville, MA but grew up Wilmington, MA and graduated from the Lowell State Teachers College (now University of Lowell) in 1951 and began a 33-year career as a Reading teacher, specialist and then supervisor. She married the love of her life, William Cook, in June 1956 and the couple moved to Southbridge, MA. Though she and Bill did not have children, Nan nurtured and created opportunities for countless children in her teaching positions and volunteer work. In 1987, Bill retired and they moved to Orleans, MA in 1989. In their retirement years, Nan and Bill traveled extensively, including England, Norway, Canada, Bermuda, the Panama Canal, Alaska, and Hawaii.Nan’s life outside of her marriage, friends, family and career centered around service to others. She was the first female moderator at the Elm Street Congregational Church of Southbridge, and was very active in the Mass Conference of the United Church of Christ. She was an early volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, donating the building lot next door to her house and participating in the build. At the Federated Church of Orleans, she focused her talents and treasure on programs for children and missions such as the Meeting House Preschool and the Mission and Social Concerns Committee. Throughout her life she was an outspoken advocate for mission work to promote education and social justice.Nan was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill. She is survived by a loving niece, Grace (Mel) Keniston and many dear friends from church connections and the lower Cape community.Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Federated Church of Orleans or the charity of one’s choice.A memorial service will be held in August at the Federated Church of Orleans. Burial will be private.For online condolences, please visit nickersonfunerals.com.Nancy Noble CookLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Dorothy Sylvia Lowry, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”
Tags Comments Hacking Privacy CES 2019 In case you missed it, smart home devices are vulnerable to hackers. Experts have been warning us for years that smart devices aren’t so smart when it comes to security, showing us how easily a car, a doll or a security camera could be hacked. And hackers have done their best to prove the cybersecurity experts right — from yelling at a baby through an internet-connected baby monitor to using vulnerable security camera systems to cripple the web’s infrastructure.BlackBerry is betting we’ve had enough and are ready to spend a little extra on safer products. Yes, that BlackBerry. BlackBerry On Sunday, the smartphone maker launched three products designed to make internet-connected devices more secure from hacking. It plans to license the products to companies making internet-of-things devices like smart light bulbs, refrigerators and TVs as well as devices used in factories. Products that’ve integrated the BlackBerry tech will bill themselves as BlackBerry Secure. It’s part of BlackBerry’s strategy of emphasizing mobile technology that others license, moving away from smartphone manufacturing. Its goal: to get you to think of BlackBerry as a seal of approval for your device’s security. “2019 will be the year consumers will begin to vote with their wallets and seek out products that promise a higher level of security and data privacy,” Alex Thurber, BlackBerry’s senior vice president and manager of Mobility Solutions, said in a statement. One of those products is a cryptographic key that makers of smart home devices insert on a microprocessor when they’re manufacturing their gadgets. Hacking the chip alters the key and causes the device to stop working. BlackBerry is also releasing software that stops unapproved code from running on a device. That could prevent things like the 2016 Mirai attack, when hackers conscripted hordes of internet-connected devices like home routers and security cameras into a botnet to bring down a critical internet server. There’s also a management service for devices used in factory or corporate settings. It’s designed to let companies keep tighter control of the information stored on devices and set rules on when devices are allowed to communicate with protocols like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. BlackBerry isn’t alone in trying to make it easier for manufacturers to build a safer internet of things. In April, Microsoft introduced the Azure Sphere microchips that let companies install secure chips and software on connected devices. Amazon and Google each offer services to help secure connected devices. Google has Android for IoT and Amazon has AWS IoT. The timing could be right for BlackBerry and its partners. Consumers may finally be eager to seek out safer products, after months of data privacy scandals involving Facebook and Google in 2018 and the massive Equifax breach the year before. “Everyone looked at BlackBerry as the most secure phone you could buy,” said Jack Gold, a principal at J. Gold Associates, which analyzes the IoT market. “They would like to leverage that label into the internet of things world.” BlackBerry’s strategy is more likely to succeed with things like cars and health care devices, Gold said, where the stakes are higher if a hack occurs. But with inexpensive home products, he said, customers could be turned off if the added security tacks too much onto the price tag. For his part, Thurber thinks it’s time for all companies, not just BlackBerry, to make the internet of things more secure. The potential for damage, even from a connected security camera, is too great. “We can’t just say it’s the price of doing business,” he said. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice Mobile Smart Home Security 5
May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Mobile World Congress 2019 reading • Lenovo IdeaPad C340, S340, S540 are practical laptops with premium details Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags 2:52 MWC 2019 phone trends we’ll see See All Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 13 Photos • Lenovo’s new consumer laptops bring a load of welcome options Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Mobile World Congress 2019 More from MWC 2019 Laptops Lenovo’s newest IdeaPads announced today at MWC 2019 blur the line between its mainstream and premium slim laptops and convertibles. The IdeaPad C340, for example, is a two-in-one available in 14- and 15-inch versions with a fiberglass top and slim bezels — a design touch once solely found on Lenovo’s high-end laptops. The same goes for its webcam-blocking Privacy Shutter and rapid charging feature, which Lenovo says gets the battery to 80 percent in an hour. A backlit keyboard, active pen support and a fingerprint reader are available options as well. Lenovo IdeaPad C340 Andrew Hoyle/CNET The 14-inch IdeaPad C340 will start at $450 (about £345 or AU$630) for Intel and AMD models, while the Intel-only 15-inch will start at $500. Those prices will get you low-end components like an AMD Athlon 300U or Intel Pentium 5405U processors and a 1,366×768-pixel resolution TN display. But, you can also expect options like a full HD-resolution IPS display, up to a Core i7-8565U processor and discrete Nvidia GeForce MX230 graphics when it arrives in April. 1 Joining the C340 are the slim IdeaPad S340 and S540 laptops. These, too, come in 14- and 15-inch versions and are built with higher-end materials like carbon fiber and aluminum, slim bezels around their displays, Dolby Audio, rapid charging and webcam privacy shutters.The lower-end IdeaPad S340 will feature:Up to Intel Core i7-8565U or up to AMD Ryzen 7 3700UNvidia GeForce MX250 GPU (Intel only)Up to 14-inch full HD IPS display or 15.6-inch full HD IPS touch display Up to 12GB of memoryUp to 256GB M.2 SSD (NVMe support) or 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD storage14-inch Intel starts at $370 (AMD pricing not currently available)15.6-inch Intel starts at $450, AMD starts at $430Lenovo’s Privacy Shutter lets you quickly block the webcam. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The slightly higher-end IdeaPad S540, which starts at $850, has an all-aluminum chassis and adds Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics to the 15.6-inch version and dual-action cooling fans to handle its heat, up to a 512GB PCIe SSD and a full HD IPS display with 300-nit brightness (all the other panels top out at 220 or 250 nits). Lenovo also announced the IdeaCentre AIO A340 desktop. Available in 22- and 24-inch sizes, the full HD touchscreen all-in-one PC stands on an asymmetric steel tube base that skirts the line between modern office furniture and cheap lawn chair. Inside you’ll find up to an Intel Core i5-8400T processor with AMD Radeon 530 discrete graphics. It also arrives in April with prices starting at $500 for the 22-inch and $680 for the 24-inch. IdeaCentre AIO A340 Lenovo As well as the PC announcements, Lenovo tacked on a pair of Yoga ANC Headphones. Coming in July for $170, the headphones feature active and environmental noise cancelling, are optimized for Skype, have voice controls and connect to your phone or computer via Bluetooth 5.0 or USB-C. No UK or Australian prices were announced. Comment Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Galaxy S10 Plus ongoing review Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 feels like practical magic Mobile World Congress 2019 Lenovo
0 Share your voice Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps gets Incognito Mode Google’s next-gen Assistant is 10x faster, knows where your mom lives See all our Google I/O coverage Google I/O 2019 See All Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Google I/O 2019 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now reading • Android Q’s speech recognition aims to protect your privacy too Android Q gets security updates without rebooting Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it • Google I/O 2019 A Google presenter describes the new Android feature that captions videos in real time. CNET Google unveiled new Android Q features Tuesday that it says can caption home videos in real time, with no internet connection needed. It’s possible because Google’s speech recognition software requires less processing power, so it can run on your phone or tablet, Google said.That comes with an added privacy benefit. Instead of streaming audio from your device to Google’s cloud servers, the content of your conversations stays on your device. “No audio stream ever leaves it,” Google’s Stephanie Cuthbertson said at the Google I/O developer conference Tuesday. “That protects user privacy.”That means Google’s machine learning software is getting more efficient, and one benefit for users is increased privacy. It’s a notable advance as major tech companies come under scrutiny for how much of our conversations they record and store on their own servers, and as Google itself is consolidating more data about users with its smart home products. Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera. Can you trust it? Google Assistant is 10x faster and knows where your mom lives Human or bot? Google Duplex scares me 2:41 Google and your data Tags Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Machine learning software is typically resource intensive. That’s because it has to analyze large amounts of data, like audio streams or language patterns in texts or emails, and respond immediately with things like captions, audio responses or suggested replies to emails — all things Android devices can do.The on-device machine learning is possible because of a “huge breakthrough in speech recognition” Google made earlier this year, Cuthbertson said. It applies to all of Google’s real-time captions, including for video you watch in apps or in a web browser. That lowered the processing power needed to run the software enough that Android could run it on your phone without quickly draining your battery. Mobile Smart Home Mobile Apps Smart Speakers & Displays Artificial intelligence (AI) Privacy
Sun TV Network, the entertained channel owned by Kalanidhi Maran â€” the grandnephew of DMK president M Karunanidhi, saw its shares plummet 10 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday.The stock opened lower from Wednesday’s close of Rs. 427.55 and touched a low of Rs. 375.80 before recovering to trade at Rs. 376.55, still down 11.88 percent at around 10 .a.m.Early trends have been showing the AIADMK alliance having a lead over archrival DMK in initial trends for the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, counting for which are underway in the state.The stakes are high for incumbent Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her opponent M Karunanidhi.Exit polls had predicted for the DMK-Congress combine.The Sun TV Network had gained about 10 percent on Tuesday, a day after exit polls had said that the DMK-Congress alliance is likely to unseat J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK.The Sensex was trading at 25,592, down 112 points, or 0.44 percent.The rupee opened 18 paise down at 67.15 to the U.S. dollar, the sixth straight day of fall.
Oil prices tumbled on Wednesday as vote counting showed Republican Donald Trump doing better than expected in several crucial battleground states in the U.S. presidential election.With traders glued to their screens, crude futures markets roared into action as counting advanced, with Trump holding narrow leads over Democrat Hillary Clinton in a series of key contests.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 crude futures fell to a session low of $43.07 per barrel, down more than 4 percent from their last close and their lowest since September, before inching back to $43.30 a barrel at 0333 GMT.International Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down 3 percent at $44.68 a barrel.”This is dejavu of the Brexit moment, very worrying,” said Bob Takai, president at Sumitomo Corp Global Research in Tokyo, referring to Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union in a referendum last June, which led to market turmoil.The falls in oil came as prices for gold, a traditional safehaven for investors in times of uncertainty jumped, while the dollar fell sharply against a basket of other leading currencies.”Traders are sort of watching other vehicles like U.S. dollar futures and gold,” said Ric Spooner of CMC Markets in Sydney, Australia.Trump won the key battleground state of Ohio and led Clinton in a series of other states that were too close to call, including Florida and North Carolina, in a surprisingly close race for the White House.Elsewhere, a report by the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed crude inventory figures rising by 4.4 million barrel was also weighing on markets.In Asia, physical oil analysts were digesting mixed data out of China on Tuesday, which showed a fall in crude imports and a rise in exports of refined products.”Crude oil net imports fell to just 6.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in October, down from 8.1 million bpd the previous month. Although this is a very large drop, to the lowest monthly import level since January 2016, it is still up 8 percent year-on-year,” Barclays said.Barclays said that the monthly decline was likely a result of falling strategic stockpiling.”Some (independent) ‘teapot’ refineries are also thought to have used up their crude oil import quotas for the year, and that may also be having a negative effect on crude oil import demand at the margin,” the bank added.