Manipur CM meets Prime Minister, takes up Monika issue

first_imgManipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Saturday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is believed to have taken up the issue of weightlifter L Monika Devi’s exclusion from the Indian Olympic team.The Chief Minister is understood to have taken up the issue, which has sparked widespread protest in Manipur, with the Prime Minister, official sources said.Earlier, Manipur Olympic Association (MOA) had decided not to participate in any national championship and forthcoming National Games if Monika was not sent to Beijing as part of the Indian Olympic team.The decision to boycott the national championships and National Games was taken at a joint meeting of the MOA, different sports associations and students organisations on Friday in Imphal.A 24-hour general strike was observed in Manipur on Friday in protest against the dropping of Monika from the Indian team to Beijing.Monika’s exclusion in the team became a major issue, in Manipur with sports associations organising rallies to protest against the dropping of Monika from the team.last_img read more

How Depth at Defensive Tackle Will Benefit Young Defensive Ends

first_imgOklahoma State will be breaking in two new starters on the ends of the defense to start this season, with both redshirt sophomores Jordan Brailford and Jarrell Owens listed as the No. 1’s in the latest depth chart.And on the two deep, there are no returning players at defensive end who boast starting experience with Cole Walterscheid and Trey Carter, two redshirt sophomores, behind them.With all the youth at defensive end, Oklahoma State has plans to free up their guys on the edge by stuffing the middle. The defensive tackle position is arguably the deepest of the bunch, with starting experience and talent not in short supply.“We have a lot of people stepping up, especially on the interior of the D-line,” Brailford said recently. “We have some legitimate pass rushers on the inside this year, so I think that’s really going to help us out on the edge this year.”The two starters from a year ago at defensive tackle started all 13 games in 2015. The experience and quality depth on the interior of the line should allow for fresh bodies to stay in the rotation, and force opposing lines to pay more attention in the middle — opening things up on the outside for the youngsters.The anchor of the position who burst onto the scene last year, Vincent Taylor, appears hungry and ready for the challenge to embrace his new role as what will likely be the focal point of the Ogbah treatment, likely getting more attention and drawing double teams in certain situations.“Me and Motekiai (Maile) are the ones with the most experience,” Vincent Taylor said. “We started all 13 games last year. Now that Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean are both gone, it’s my time to kind of step up as a leader and show the young guys the ropes.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Air Ticket Arena Lets You Bid on Last-Minute Airline Seats

first_img The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Hotels are never fully occupied, “sold out” concerts are often full of vacant seats, and car rental lots are rarely empty. Thankfully for last-minute folks like us, there’s Hotwire, StubHub, and Priceline, respectively. However, until recently, no one had yet figured out how to unload unsold airline seats at the last minute. Enter Air Ticket Arena.The premise of U.K.-based Air Ticket Arena is simple: to provide last-minute fliers the option to bid on unsold air travel. Taking part in the site’s auction process is straightforward. Simply download the free mobile app (currently Android-only) and register for free. After initial verification, you’re ready to bid. Select your departure and destination cities, your travel dates, and the number of tickets you’d like. You can optionally select specific airlines you’d prefer to fly, if any. Lastly, you’ll confirm how much you’re willing to spend on each ticket (prices are in euros, so remember to convert to U.S. dollars if that applies to you).center_img Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The only caveat is that you must bid within 14 days of your date of departure. The service also only works for trips which are 14 days or less in length. But who in the States is getting more than two weeks of vacation nowadays anyway?Approximately 48 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure, the airline will determine the number of unsold seats and the rock-bottom price they’re willing to accept for each. If your maximum bid meets their minimum sale price, you’re in. You’ll be automatically confirmed on that flight and receive an electronic ticket via email. Just keep in mind that you likely won’t be earning any frequent flier or status miles for any flights booked through Air Ticket Arena.Half-empty planes — or, in some cases, fully empty planes — are not uncommon, yet airlines are stubborn about not undercutting themselves. It seems like a matter of willful pride that they’ve been happy to fly with empty seats rather than auction them off to the highest bidder. Until now.Air Ticket Arena is available primarily through a free Android app and, secondarily, through a web-based interface. Be warned that the entire process feels a little “half-baked.” Nevertheless, we’re pretty stoked that mainstream airfare auctions are finally on the horizon.last_img read more

Registration of Political Parties Begins Jan. 2, 2018

first_img In addition, the Prime Minister informed that amendments to the Act, which deal with campaign financing, will come into effect on March 1, 2018, and that the Campaign Finance Regulations, 2017 will also come into effect on that date. The Regulations, which falls under the Representation of the People Act, provides a framework for the registration and deregistration of political parties, and also facilitates a system whereby an accurate and up-to-date record can be kept on each political party. Registration of political parties will begin on January 2 next year, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced.In a Statement to the House on Wednesday (December 6), the Prime Minister informed that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is to formally start the registration process on this date, in keeping with the Political Parties Registration Regulations, 2017.The Regulations, which falls under the Representation of the People Act, provides a framework for the registration and deregistration of political parties, and also facilitates a system whereby an accurate and up-to-date record can be kept on each political party.In addition, the Prime Minister informed that amendments to the Act, which deal with campaign financing, will come into effect on March 1, 2018, and that the Campaign Finance Regulations, 2017 will also come into effect on that date.The Representation of the People Act provides for the registration, regulation, and funding of political parties.The legislation makes it mandatory for a political party to be registered if it is going to contest an election.It also deals with how individuals and organisations can contribute to political parties and candidates, and stipulations regarding the disclosure of the contributions as well as penalties for false and non-disclosures. Registration of political parties will begin on January 2 next year, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Captain Gillis Bridge The Captain Gillis Bridge, on Trunk 19 near Port Hood, is opened to one lane with a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Detours for truck traffic will remain in place.center_img RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-last_img read more

Lankan SC stays Sirisenas execution order till Oct 29

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Friday stayed till October 29 the execution order passed by President Maithripala Sirisena against four drug convicts, ending a four-decade-long moratorium on the capital punishment in the country. Sirisena last month signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts. The apex court’s order came after it took into consideration a number of petitions filed against the president’s order, that termed the order as a violation of the fundamental rights of the convicts. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’There are 11 such petitions filed in various courts. One such petition was filed by M A Sumanthiran, a lawyer, claiming that Sirisena’s decision impinges on the rights of one of the drug convicts. “The case argument was that hanging would be a cruel and degrading treatment”, he said. Meanwhile, Chief of the Prisons Department H M T Tennakoon, earlier in the day informed the Court of Appeal that they are yet to receive details of the time, date and place of the executions. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHe was appearing in the court on a petition filed by one Malinda Seneviratne against the execution order. The court has scheduled July 17 as the next date to decide whether the petition be rejected based on the preliminary objections raised against the plea. However, Tennakoon also informed the court that it will not execute anyone until the next hearing on the petition, which was filed on June 28 seeking an interim order preventing the implementation of the death sentence. Sirisena drew flak from his countrymen as well as the international community since he passed the order despite Sri Lanka having become a party to the UN moratorium on death penalty and voting in favour of the moratorium just six months back. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he and his United National Party (UNP) are opposed to the capital punishment. The British government in a statement condemned the move, saying the decision would have implications on many areas including counter-terrorism cooperation. Sirisena accused the European Union of challenging Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by threatening with tariffs if capital punishment is re-introduced in the country after 43 years. He also claimed to have turned down a telephonic call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to reconsider his decision to reintroduce death penalty.last_img read more

Indigenous children suicides not classified as suicide coroners offices

first_imgMartha TroianAPTN InvestigatesWhen children under the age of 10 die by suicide in Ontario, their deaths are likely to be deemed an accident or as “undetermined” by the provincial coroner’s office, APTN Investigates has learned.That leads to a shortage of suicide data amongst Indigenous children under 10.It’s a concern for some First Nations leaders.Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum says that practice ignores the scope of the suicide problem among young children.“It’s a form of denial on the part of the policy-makers, truth must be told and properly documented,” says Achneepineskum.A senior Ontario coroner explained the reason for the policy in an email to APTN.“It is believed that [children that young] do not have the cognitive ability to fully appreciate their actions,” wrote Cheryl Mahyr with the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, right, says the coroner’s practice ignores the scope of the suicide problem amongst young children.Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political organization that represents 49 First Nation communities in northern Ontario, provided APTN with data showing there have been 87 suicides among children between the ages of 10-14. They have collected data in their territory since 1986.But the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service said there have been 32 suicide deaths of Indigenous children between the ages of 7-14 between 2007 and 2016.It is unknown how many of those deaths involve children under the age of 10 years old.Read More: Data reveals close to 600 suicides in northern Ontario since the mid-1980’sAPTN reached out to other coroners offices across the country to ask how they classify suicide deaths if they involve children 14 and under.The chief coroner with the Northwest Coroner Service Cathy Menard wrote there were no deaths by suicide for children in that age group but they would likely look at the cognitive ability similar to what Ontario has done.The B.C. Coroners Service confirmed four suicides under the age of 14-years-old between 2008-2017. Their statistics are based on self-identification and may not include all cases.Suicide rate amongst children and youth concerningIndigenous communities have been left reeling from high rates of suicide for decades and the suicides of children are particularly horrific.In Canada, suicide deaths in Indigenous communities occur three times higher than in the general public, and youth lose their lives to suicide at a rate five to six times higher than non-Indigenous youth in the country.But obtaining the exact numbers has been proven to be difficult.APTN previously reported how little to no data is being collected by the federal and provincial governments, especially based on ethnicity.Read More: Despite spending millions on prevention, feds don’t keep track of suicide epidemic of Indigenous peopleMeanwhile, Indigenous children and youth do die by suicide — and it’s been happening for years.Ahousaht First Nation, a remote community located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., declared their community in crisis in 2005 after dealing with 70 attempted suicides over a nine-month period. One instance involving a nine-year-old child.Communities in Northern Ontario have also been battling this tragedy for years. Since 1991, there have been 354 suicide deaths of Indigenous people under the age of 25, based on the province’s coroner’s numbers. The Office of the Chief Coroner did not identify descendants of First Nations ancestry until 1991.Last year, a string of suicides took place in the communities of Pikangikum and Wapekeka First Nation. Several children, as young as 12-years-old, had taken their own lives. Other communities were hit hard with suicide, too, with many of these children and youth involved in the child welfare system.Wapekeka child texted her friend ‘goodbye’ and then was goneThree First Nations girls died in Ontario group homes in last 6 months“When a child loses hope at such a young age and gives up on life, that’s obviously something we needed to be tackling, and that’s what the whole scope and aim of the suicide prevention strategy is about,” said David Pratt, a vice-chief with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) in Saskatchewan.FSIN Vice Chief David PrattRecently, FSIN passed a suicide prevention strategy, the first provincial-level, First Nations-driven and First Nations-specific strategy in the country.The political organization that represents 74 Saskatchewan First Nations reported suicide is four times higher than the rate of non-First Nations people in the province.Girls aged 10-19 were 29.7 times more likely to take their own lives compared to their non-First Nation peers.Read here: FSIN Suicide Prevention Strategy“She did leave a note…I’ve never read her note”Eleven-year-old Cassandra Okeese died by suicide on March 30th, 2011 in her home in Geraldton, Ont.Her grandfather, Victor Chapais from the Ginoogaming First Nation located in northern Ontario told APTN her death was devastating to the community.Cassandra Okeese died by suicide in spring 2011.“I still don’t know why,” said Chapais. “She did leave a note…I’ve never read her note.”Chapais said he does not agree with how the Ontario’s Office of the Chief Coroner position classifies suicides for children under 10-years-old.“I’m not too impressed with how they do their job. I don’t know what makes them think not admitting a problem when it’s a problem,” says Chapais.Victor Chapais from the Ginoogaming First Nation in northern Ontario. His granddaughter died by suicide in 2011.Chapais says there are still too many young people taking their own lives.Last year, his home community lost another young person to suicide.Amy Bombay, an assistant professor with the Faculty of Medicine and Health at Dalhousie University has just completed soon-to-be-published research that links suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts to parents who attended Indian residential schools.Her report, ‘Suicidal thoughts and attempts in First Nations Communities: links to parental Indian residential school attendance across development’ finds Indigenous children and youth of residential school survivors are particularly affected by suicidal thoughts and attempts.“The relationship between having a family history of residential schools and suicidal ideation and attempts were stronger in the younger group of youth that were 12-14 versus those that were 15-17,” said Bombay.She stressed the need for culturally-relevant early interventions for the large proportions of Indigenous children and youth affected by residential schools and other collective traumas.Bombay was surprised to hear how the Ontario’s Office of the Chief Coroner classifies suicides for children under 10.“That surprises me especially their explanation that they [the children] don’t have the cognitive ability. I mean they’re clearly making those choices.” read more

Canadian retailer Roots files for IPO plans international expansion

first_imgTORONTO – Another Canadian clothing retailer, Roots Corp., wants to take its company public as it plans a massive North American and international expansion over the next several years.For the heritage-fashion retailer the switch from being a private company for more than four decades comes against a challenging retail environment that’s seen numerous bankruptcies, and mass store closures and layoffs in recent years.The company known for its poor boy style hats and woolly winter mitts that have adorned both Canada’s Olympic athletes and consumers has applied to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ROOT.The retailer, which operates 120 stores in North America and has a partner running another 136 between Taiwan and China, is looking to open dozens of new locations.That includes up to 10 in Canada and up to 14 in the States by the end of its 2019 financial year.Roots is also eyeing international markets, hoping to grow by up to 25 new locations between Taiwan and China, and build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame.Beyond that, the company is evaluating partnerships in a dozen new markets abroad.“When you have such large expansion goals and projections, then it makes sense to go forward with an IPO,” said Tamara Szames, a Canadian fashion and apparel analyst for the NPD Group.An initial public offering would provide some of the capital necessary to fund the expansion plan, she said.The price and the number of shares being sold by Searchlight, Budman and Green — the private investment firm that purchased a majority stake in Roots in 2015 — was not immediately disclosed. A Roots spokesman declined to comment.The company’s IPO comes against “a favourable backdrop,” said Craig Fehr, principal investment strategist at Edward Jones Investments.Investor sentiment is quite positive, equity markets have a lot of momentum behind them and stock prices are up across the board, he said.Additionally, Roots disclosed financial growth in its preliminary prospectus that’s quite strong, he said, a good sign that its managing ongoing disruption to the retail industry by the rise of e-commerce and other factors.The retailer is following in the footsteps of other Canadian fashion companies, including recent initial public offerings by Vancouver-based Aritzia (TSX:ATZ) and Toronto-based winter-coat maker Canada Goose (TSX:GOOS).Shares in Canada Goose have soared more than 40 per cent since they began trading earlier this year, however Aritzia shares have struggled and fallen well below their IPO price. The shares debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Oct. 2016, with an IPO price of $16, but are currently trading below $14.Fehr said the different paths of those retailers may demonstrate that a company with a niche offering like Canada Goose is more likely to succeed.Investors may be more comfortable betting on a luxury retailer whose parkas sell for upwards of $1,400, added Szames, than on Aritzia, which sells its goods at a price range where many retailers are struggling.Roots, which points to its leather goods and footwear products as a possible area of expansion, could position itself in a high price bracket, Szames said.However, both IPOs had one thing in common, she said, highlighting that each stock soared on the first day of trading.Szames anticipates Roots will be seen as a similarly hot item.“We’re going to see that surge,” she said, adding no one can predict what will happen next.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

UN Yearbook goes online bringing the Organizations work closer to the public

9 October 2008The Yearbook of the United Nations, the basic reference book on the work of the Organization, went online today, placing 60 years of UN activities at the disposal of the public. The new website – – provides free public access to the 59 volumes and over 60,000 pages of the Yearbook collection, detailing the work and achievements of the UN system over the first six decades of its existence, from 1946 through 2005.“This is a tremendous step forward,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of the website today at UN Headquarters. “UN Yearbooks document all major events, with information and analysis on virtually every UN resolution and decision.”“I have a full set of the Yearbooks in my office, and I’ll always treasure it,” he added. “But I will definitely be using this new online version. With just a few clicks, anyone can search through this comprehensive historical record.” The new site incorporates a user-friendly search function, allowing users to locate any Yearbook reference using key words, phrases or document symbols, by year or range of years. Search results can be displayed in plain text or as a printable PDF file.“The online edition will not only prove a boon to academics and experts, “said at the launch Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, “but will also help show the people of the world, who are served by the UN system, that the Organization does make a real difference, and can continue to do so with their support.”“For instance,” he said, “as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December, its significance to the principles and purposes of the UN is documented in each volume of the Yearbook since the Declaration. Now anyone will be able not only to read the Declaration but also to find a detailed history of how it came into being and to learn how it continues to be relevant today – all with a few keystrokes and all in one place.”The Yearbook of the United Nations is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference work on the UN. Each volume provides analysis, is fully indexed, and includes the texts of, and votes on, all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions.Yearbook chapters are currently divided into five parts, covering: political and security questions; human rights; economic and social questions; legal questions; and institutional, administrative and budgetary questions. The online version reproduces all Yearbook volumes up to and including the 1,682-page 2005 edition.The launch kicked off the first-ever UN Book Days event, organized by the UN Department of Public Information on 9 and 10 October at UN Headquarters to showcase information products and services of the UN system and intergovernmental organizations. read more

Ericsson Q3 result will be hit by 12B from US probes

HELSINKI — Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson AB says its third-quarter earnings will be hit by a 12 billion Swedish krona ($1.2 billion) provision to settle U.S. investigations into past corruption allegations.The Stockholm, Sweden-based company said Thursday that the probes started in 2013 by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in 2015 by the Department of Justice were linked to Ericsson’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA.Ericsson said it expects to have to pay about $1 billion to settle the U.S. investigations, with the remainder of the provision going to cover related costs.The investigations cover a period up to the first quarter of 2017 and were related to Ericsson’s alleged business ethics breaches in six countries: China, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.The Associated Press read more

Former SNP councillor sent racist texts to secret lover

first_imgA former aide to a senior SNP MP has been convicted of sending a string of racist text messages to his married lover in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks.Craig Melville, 37, who resigned as an SNP councillor in Dundee and an aide to Stewart Hose over the allegations, sent the messages to Nadia El-Nakla, a case worker for health minister Shona Robison, on the night of the 2015 Bataclan attacks.They were later found by Miss El-Nakla’s husband when he searched her phone after discovering the pair were having an affair.Miss El-Nakla told Dundee Sheriff Court she started working at the party’s Dundee offices in January 2014 and in April began an “on off, intimate” affair with Melville, who married his fiancée later that year.She said she was at home on the night of the Paris attacks and in the early hours of the morning she received a drunken call from Melville, who then sent text messages.One read: “It’s not personal I just f*****g hate your religion and I’ll do all in I’m life do defeat your filth.” Another text attacked “horrible murdering Islamic *****”. Nadia El-Nakla received texts Miss El-Nakla said her now estranged husband, Fariad Umar, had taken her phone from her after discovering a text from Melville’s number and downloaded 14,000 pages of information from her phone, including many deleted texts. nadia el nakla Mr Umar, 39, confronted his wife and when she denied the affair the IT specialist used data recovery software to retrieve text messages.He later collated them on a disc that was subsequently passed to police. The messages shown in court included sexual messages mixed among mundane conversation and the racist content.Mr Umar said: “Initially I was only thinking about the affair, but later I thought that someone in his elected position shouldn’t have these views so I sent them to MSPs and his bosses.”Melville, from Dundee, was fined £1,000 after being found guilty of behaving in a threatening and abusive way towards his former lover by sending messages containing “threatening, abusive and derogatory remarks regarding Muslims”.Defence solicitor Douglas McConnell said his client had lost his career in politics and was now working as a personal trainer.last_img read more

UK weather Thunderstorms bring pause to heatwave as Britain to bask in

Essex had 1.7mm of rainfall, Dorset 2mm and Middlesex only 0.7mm, the Met Office said. Aside from pure heat, it was the fourth sunniest June for the UK overall.Scotland saw its highest-ever temperature, with 33.2C in Motherwell on June 28, breaking the 32.9C set in August 2003 at Greycrook in the Borders.’A lot more dry weather’ – Met Office forecastMet Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “There’s a lot of sunshine on offer, a bright and warm start to the day.”Perhaps one or two showers affecting some central areas and stretching down towards the South East as well but they are very isolated.”Later into the afternoon though towards Devon and Cornwall we will start to see a few heavy showers bubbling up. Some of these could be thundery and locally some torrential downpours too.”But otherwise it’s a dry day on the cards, a little bit more in the way of cloud for the North East.”Any showers in the South West are expected to clear out by the evening, she added. Parts of England could be lashed by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, as most of the UK enjoys more hot sunshine.The Met Office said areas in Devon and Cornwall could see “a few heavy showers bubbling up” on Monday afternoon with the chance of “torrential downpours”.Elsewhere, temperatures are widely into the mid-20s, with a maximum of around 30C (86F) possible in southern areas, meaning tennis lovers should see plenty of action as the Wimbledon championships begin.The Met Office, who confirmed last month was the driest June on record in parts of the country, issued its first ever weather warning for thunderstorms on Sunday as heavy downpours hit parts of southern England.Plymouth was hit by 10mm of rain in an hour during the yellow thunderstorm warning, which ran until 10pm on Sunday. No warnings were in place on Monday. For the rest of the week, Ms Mitchell added: “High pressure is largely in charge, we’ll see a lot more in the way of dry weather.”Strong sunshine does mean temperatures will regularly get into the mid-to-high 20s for quite a few spots across the UK. “This does mean though there is a risk of thundery showers still, they’ll be very hit-and-miss I think most places this week will stay largely dry.” Hosepipe ban remains in place for Northern IrelandThe first summer hosepipe ban to be ordered in Northern Ireland in 23 years remains in place.After a week of sunny weather and very little rain, NI Water has said it cannot treat water quickly enough to satisfy the demand.A number of homes in Lurgan, Co Armagh and Coalisland, Co Tyrone as well as some other areas – particularly those that are isolated and high lying, have experienced lower pressure and supply failures.On Sunday evening, NI Water said demand is still 30 per cent higher than normal, and re-issued its appeal to the public to reduce their usage. Last month was the hottest June on record for Northern Ireland and Wales, and the fourth for Scotland and England based on 24-hour mean temperatures, the Met Office said.The average maximum daytime temperature of 19.9C places it joint-second with June 1976 and just behind the 20.6C of June 1940, according to provisional figures.Parts of south-east and central southern England also experienced the driest June on record, with 6% of expected rainfall. Send us your best heatwave pictures The hosepipe ban applies to domestic customers.NI Water said business customers have not been affected because they reply on water use for their livelihood and may already have water efficient systems in place such as metering or water recycling systems.The last summer hosepipe ban in Northern Ireland was ordered in 1995. “By helping us, you are in fact helping yourself, as the ultimate penalty for using water unnecessarily is not a fine it is the heightened risk of widespread supply interruptions.”We continue to maximise our water production and I am grateful to our dedicated workforce who are working continuously day and night to ensure we keep customers in supply. We have also been aided by a wonderful response from business who have supplied tankers to augment our own fleet enabling us to service reservoirs most at risk.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. For more UK weather news, click here. Will the dry and warm weather continue into the new week? Or will we see more thunderstorms? Find out here… ☀️☀️☀️— Met Office (@metoffice) July 1, 2018 Chief Executive Sara Venning thanked some local businesses who lent NI Water their tankers over the weekend to help their efforts to meet demand.”We would like to thank all our customers who are working with us to limit their water usage,” she said.”However, demand remains much higher than normal, particularly during peak times, so we are still struggling to get water around the system quickly enough. Weather map for Monday – and week ahead Good morning, Largely dry, sunny and very warm or hot for many. ^James— Met Office (@metoffice) July 2, 2018 We would like to thank all our customers who are working with us to limit their water usage. However, demand remains 30% higher than normal, particularly during peak times, so we are still struggling to get water around the system quickly enough— Northern Ireland Water (@niwnews) July 1, 2018 read more

So theyre going to sell Flahavans porridge in McDonalds now

first_imgIT’S MORE SLOW food than fast food, but there’s good news for porridge-lovers in need of a quick fix.Well-known Irish brand Flahavan’s porridge oats are to be sold in the 84 McDonald’s fast food restaurants across Ireland.McDonald’s says it already sells around 100,000 portions of porridge in Ireland every year – working out at around 274 portions per day – and says it wants to more than double this to 250,000 per year over the next five years.Flahavan’s have been milling oats at the family mill in Waterford since around 1785 and the company has expanded significantly over the past decade.Porridge has become increasingly popular in recent years – perhaps to the surprise of older generations who relied on it as a cheap and plentiful staple which was especially welcome on cold days.British sandwich chain Pret A Manger has been selling porridge for several years, while McDonald’s rivals Burger King added oatmeal to its breakfast menu two years ago.John Flahavan of – unsurprisingly – Flahavan’s said the company was looking forward to working with McDonald’s, while McDonald’s Ireland said the company was “committed to supporting the Irish agri-food sector”.Read: Waterford sets new world record… for porridge >last_img read more

ExItalian FA commissioner Mancini wasnt my choice

first_imgFormer Italian FA commissioner Roberto Fabbricini revealed that while he likes Roberto Mancini, he wouldn’t have picked him to become the new Italy coachMancini agreed on a two-year deal to replace Gian Piero Ventura as the new Italy coach following their failure to reach the World Cup.However, the former Inter Milan boss has overseen just two wins in his opening seven games in charge of Italy and appears to have done little to convince Fabbricini of his credentials.“Mancini was a good choice, which I shared, but not mine,” Fabbricini told Foglio Sportivo.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Alessandro Costacurta was given full responsibility for the matter by CONI. He went ahead at 1,000km/h with only three candidates: Carlo Ancelotti, his preference, Roberto Mancini, and Gigi Di Biagio.“I’d have considered some Serie A Coaches, maybe Marco Giampaolo or Gian Piero Gasperini. Also [Claudio] Ranieri.“Costacurta didn’t listen to us though, he said: ‘don’t make me laugh’.”The Azzurri will be back in action on November 17 at home to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League before hosting the United States three days later.last_img read more

Mark watched YouTube videos in Firefox

first_imgMark watched YouTube videos in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on May 27, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 13 commentsYouTube Watchmarker is a free browser extension for Mozilla Firefox that marks watched videos on YouTube for easy recognition.One of the main issues on YouTube is that the site’s watched functionality is terribly broken. While YouTube keeps track of the videos that you have watched, it does not mark those when you use the site, nor removes them from the search results. The only option you have to check your watched history is to sign in to   Google or YouTube account whenever you use the site, as this is the only way to have them tracked so tat you can open the listing at any time (as it is associated with your account).We talked about this issue when we reviewed YouWatch for Opera back in 2011, the Chrome extension YouTweak which removes watched videos on YouTube from the search results, or the Chrome extension Better YouTube Watch History which marks watched videos in Chrome.YouTube WatchmarkerYouTube Watchmarker keeps track of the video history on YouTube to mark any video that you watched on the site as “watched” when you encounter it again on the site.Any video that you start to watch is marked as watched, even if you don’t fully watch it. In fact, even if you just watch the video for a couple of seconds, it is marked as watched by the extension.This works well for search results and channel listings, as well as sidebar suggestions. The thumbnail of the watched video is grayed out to a degree, and the watched mark is added to the video thumbnail as well.The indicator helps with the identification of watched videos on YouTube, and it works regardless of whether you are signed in to the site or not.The extension works automatically, but adds an icon to the Firefox toolbar. A click on it loads the options.You may use the page for the following:Import, export or reset the extension’s database — This works as a backup of sorts, but can also be used to use the same database on multiple devices or Firefox profiles. The setting highlights the number of tracked videos as well.History lets you sync the extension’s history of watched YouTube videos with the Firefox browsing history. This is not required usually, but if you run into issues somehow, you can run a manual sync job at any time using the option.The add-on may sync the data from a YouTube account as well if you are signed in.The last option that is provided on the page hides the progress bar that is shown on YouTube when you started to watch a video but have not finished it.VerdictYouTube Watchmarker is a WebExtension for Firefox which means that it won’t stop working when Mozilla releases Firefox 57. The extension works well, and marks any video that you start watching directly on YouTube.While it won’t hide watched videos, it does the next best thing, and more reliably than the YouTube system.Now You:Do you keep track of watched YouTube videos?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 2 votes Software Name YouTube WatchmarkerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

FHFA House Prices Remain on the Rise

first_imgFHFA: House Prices Remain on the Rise December 4, 2017 670 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, journal, Market Studies, News Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA FHFA House Price Index House Price Index mortgage 2017-12-04 David Whartoncenter_img The latest installment of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s House Price Index (HPI) reveals that rose 1.4 percent in Q3 2017, and were up 6.5 percent between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for September increased 0.3 percent from August. HPI calculations are based on home sales price information gleaned from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.In the report, Andrew Leventis, Deputy Chief Economist, said, “With relatively favorable economic conditions and a continued shortage of housing supply, price increases in the third quarter were generally robust and widespread. At some point, declining housing affordability should temper appreciation rates in some of the nation’s fastest appreciating markets, but our third quarter results show few signs of that.”You can see more of Leventis’ comments in the below FHFA video analyzing Q3 2017 highlights.According to FHFA’s HPI, those price increases could be seen from coast to coast in Q3 2017. During the quarter, home prices rose in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In fact, the District of Columbia led the pack in terms of annual appreciation, coming in at 11.6 percent, ahead of the state of Washington (11.5 percent), Hawaii, and Arizona (the latter two states tied at 10.0 percent).Home prices also jumped in each of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas over the course of the past year. Prices increased the most in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington metropolitan statistical area (MSA), climbing 14.6 percent in the past year. On the other end of the spectrum, prices in the Camden, New Jersey MSA were up only 0.5 percent during that period.Breaking things down by census division, the HPI report reveals that the Pacific region boasted the strongest annual appreciation, up 8.9 percent between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017. Since Q2 2017, there has been a 1.7 percent increase for the Pacific division. Compare those numbers to the Middle Atlantic division, which showed the weakest annual price increases—only 0.5 percent.In spite of the increased house prices across the board, a First American Real Home Price Index released last week showed that real house prices were 17.9 percent below the level of real house prices measured in January 2000, and 38.9 percent below their housing boom peak from July 2006.You can read more about FHFA’s House Price Index by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

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