The Public Relations Society of India, Kolkata Chapter organised a debate on ‘Criminality is an Unavoidable Ingredient of Political Governance’, at iLead campus and auditorium to commemorate National PR Day on April 21. The event which was inaugurated by Pradip Chopra, Chairman, iLead was attended by various media and mass communication colleges and universities.Out of them, St Xaviers University emerged as the winner and JIS University was the runner-up in the competition. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPR toppers from various colleges, universities, institutions like Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Rabindra Bharati University, ADAMAS University, University of Calcutta, Viswabharati and iLead were felicitated, as an initiative from Rita Bhimani – a veteran Public Relations practitioner and Founder-CEO of Ritam Communications, to commemorate her 50 years in the PR profession. She gave the valedictory address to students on the new trends they should follow in the PR profession. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking at the event, Rita said that image plays pivotal role in building perception and trust, as it works on two way communication between an organisation and public. And, being the largest democracy of the world and the most vibrant economy in recent times, whole world is looking at India. Representing India to the world or an organisation to its public and building bridges of trust, PR and Communication professionals of India work with dedication and commitment. Chairman of PRSI, Kolkata Chapter, Soumyajit Mohapatra, said that ‘Beyond the Classroom’ initiatives would continue apace as a proactive initiative of the PRSI, Kolkata Chapter.
Mau (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said his government was committed towards Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s vision and promised to install his grand statue at the same spot in Kolkata where it was vandalised by “TMC goondas”.Speaking at a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on Thursday morning, Modi said, “We have been witnessing the attitude of didi for long and now the country is also seeing it. Dedicated to the vision of Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, our government will install a panchdhatu (made up of five metals) statue at the very spot and give a reply to TMC goondas.” “The statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was broken by TMC goondas during the road show of BJP President Amit Shah. Those involved in this act should be given strong punishment,” the prime minister said. Modi charged that “anarchy” was spread by TMC workers during his earlier meetings in West Midnapore and Thakurnagar. “In Cooch Behar in Bengal where a dais was to be set up for my rally, didi got a grand dais made for her party. I have been seeing this attitude of didi since long but now the country is seeing it,” he said. Responding to Modi’s offer, Banerjee said Bengal does not need money from the BJP, it has enough resources to rebuild the Vidyasagar statue. She said that it was BJP “hooligans” who had destroyed a heritage of the state by breaking the bust in the violence during BJP Amit Shah’s roadshow. It is a matter of shame for Bengalis that the bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised, she said at a poll rally at Mandirbazar in support of Trinamool Lok Sabha candidate C M Jatua. “Bengal does not seek alms from BJP. We have the money for a new bust of Vidyasagar, who was part of Bengal Renaissance. Don’t you (BJP) feel ashamed saying that Bengal has been reduced to a state of being a pauper,” said West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee was referring to a comment by Shah at a poll rally at Canning earlier this week in which he had said that under Banerjee government “sonar(golden) Bangla has become kangal(pauper) Bangla”. “He (Modi) should squat holding his ears for destroying a heritage of the state,” she said. “The media has shown how Vidyasagar’s bust was broken. Bengalis’ pride is hurt that they will not spare BJP. They will not give it (BJP) a single vote …. It will be very surprising if Modi gets a single vote from Bengalis,” Banerjee claimed. She alleged that the BJP is spreading fake messages on the social media and warned the voters not to fall prey to it.
Rabat – The observation of the lunar crescent expected to announce the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan will take place on Wednesday, Chaaban 29, 1439 (in the Islamic calendar), which corresponds with May 16, 2018, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment announced on Tuesday, May 15.Magistrates, nadhers (traditional moon sighters), and delegates of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment are invited to inform the ministry of the observation of the lunar crescent or its non-observation by contacting it at the following phone numbers: (05.37.76.11.45), (05.37.76.09.32), (05.37.76.05.49) and (05.37.76.89.54) or fax number (05.37.76.17.21), according to the ministry’s website.
Ituri has been the scene of ethnic clashes since June, according to the latest report of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the situation in the DRC. “The violence and the resulting displacement of the population have deepened the mistrust among the communities of Ituri, which is also related to the distribution of resources, as well as manipulation by both internal and external actors,” he wrote. In a statement to the press following closed-door consultations, Council President Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon said the members “appeal to all local groups and, in particular, to the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC), to show restraint and to put their efforts into achieving a political settlement.” Towards that end, he said the members called on Uganda and the DRC to work with the UN Mission in the area (MONUC) to ensure the success of the Ituri Pacification Commission, and asked other States in the region, particularly Rwanda, also to contribute. Uganda, as long as it maintains forces on the spot, should “watch out for the security of the civilian population in and around Bunia” the President added, referring to a town in Ituri. The members also called on all parties to cooperate with MONUC, condemned the difficulties that the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD) and the Mouvement pour la Libération du Congo (MLC) have created for the Mission, and demanded “that this type of behaviour cease immediately,” Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou said. By today’s press statement, Council members welcomed the ongoing withdrawal of foreign troops and asked MONUC to continue its verification work until it can report that all forces have been withdrawn, the Congolese parties were encouraged to continue their efforts to arrive at an inclusive agreement on the political transition as soon as possible.
TOKYO – A court issued an unprecedented order Wednesday for a nuclear reactor near Kyoto to stop operating and ordered a second one to stay offline.The Otsu District Court, which issued the injunction, said the emergency response plans and equipment designs at the two reactors have not been sufficiently upgraded after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.The order requires Kansai Electric Power Co. to shut down the No. 3 reactor and keep the No. 4 unit offline at the Takahama plant in Fukui prefecture in western Japan, home to about a dozen reactors.The two reactors restarted this year after a high court in December reversed an earlier injunction by another court. The No. 3 reactor, which uses a riskier plutonium-based MOX fuel, resumed operation in late January, while the No. 4 reactor had to be shut down late last month after operating for just three days because of a series of technical problems.Kansai Electric said it would abide by the decision and start the shutdown procedures for the No. 3 reactor Thursday morning. The utility, meanwhile, said that the decision was “disappointing” and that it planned to appeal.The decision reflects Japan’s divisive views on nuclear safety and leaves only two of the country’s 43 reactors in operation.The Takahama plant has been a major concern for the region. Residents say a major accident at the plant, which sits right next to Kyoto, a major tourist destination, would destroy tourism. They also worry about radiation impact on nearby Lake Biwa, a key source of drinking water for western Japan.Judge Yoshihiko Yamamoto said the operator has not fully explained exactly how it has upgraded safety features at the two Takahama reactors under the post-Fukushima safety standards. The utility has not fully explained its design philosophy, its measures to mitigate power loss or how to carry out evacuation plans in case of a severe accident and a massive tsunami, he said in the ruling.The decision also shakes the credibility of the stricter safety requirements installed following the Fukushima disaster. Wednesday’s ruling supported concerns by residents and experts that the stricter standards still do not require utilities to have adequate evacuation plans before applying to restart reactors.Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said he could not immediately comment on how the ruling would affect the regulatory activity, but defended the new requirements, which incorporated lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.Lawyers for the plaintiffs welcomed the ruling as “fair, calm and wise,” raising questions over the utility’s safety culture and the regulators’ safety standards. They urged the nuclear authority to amend the safety requirements per Wednesday’s ruling.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the government stands by the regulators’ standards and that plans to restart Takahama and other reactors deemed safe are unchanged.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to restart as many reactors as possible. It says nuclear energy should remain a key power source for Japan, which has few natural resources to fuel its economy.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchiAnd at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mari-yamaguchi Court orders Japan reactor to shut down, keeps 2nd offline by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2016 2:03 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2016 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A grandmother with dementia was tied up by staff on a luxury Mediterranean cruise when she had a panic attack weeks before her death, an inquest heard. Marguerite Hayward was on a dream holiday with her war veteran husband Frederick when she fell ill on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer in April 2017.Mr Hayward, who fought for the British army in Korea and Suez, called for help after she woke up from a nightmare “screaming” in their £8,500 suite.He said his 83-year-old partner, who had mild dementia, became more agitated and “lashed out” at security guards because they shouted at her.Her hands and feet were bound with cords from bathrobes and she was given two doses of a sedative as seven members of staff intervened, a court heard.Mr Hayward said he felt they were being treated “like criminals” and described his wife being “pinned” to the bed and “forcibly injected”. Staff on the Seven Seas Explorer – a six-star ship promoted as the “most luxurious ever built” – gave them a £1,000 bill for the drugs used to sedate Mrs Hayward before they left.She developed bed sores as she was kept sedated for five days in Italy before being flown back to the UK for treatment at West Suffolk Hospital.She was later moved to Glastonbury Court care home, where she died on July 29, 2017, Suffolk Coroners’ Court heard.Coroner Nigel Parsley concluded that the “sequence of events which started on the ship, and the treatment which she received overseas, had a cumulative and contributing effect on her death”.The coroner also concluded that the “nature of the treatment” Mrs Hayward initially received on the cruise ship “contributed to her acute episode of delirium at that time”.Mr Hayward died aged 89 in February but statements he wrote shortly after his wife’s death were submitted as evidence at the hearing earlier this week. He said she was “much calmer” the following day, but the ship’s doctor insisted she had to be “medically disembarked” so she could have “specialist treatment”.The retired property manager and her husband of 64 years, from Lavenham, Suffolk, were ordered off the cruise at the southern Italian port of Sorrento and taken to hospital by a waiting ambulance. Marguerite Hayward and her husband Frederick, who served in the British army in Suez and Korea.Credit:Family handout Giving evidence at the inquest, geriatrician Dr Elena Jameson said it would have been more appropriate to give Mrs Hayward time to calm down rather than rushing her to hospital.Mrs Hayward’s marketing consultant son Martin, 58, from Hertfordshire, told the Telegraph: “I just don’t understand why they didn’t give some space and some time and some care to her.”Why did they create a blue lights and sirens emergency when mum was clearly calm, coherent and walking in the morning?”Regent Seven Seas Cruises maintains it followed correct procedures for dealing with the situation and offered appropriate support.A spokesman said: “We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Hayward family.”We support the coroner’s conclusion that the decision to medically disembark Mrs Hayward to receive further medical attention was correct and that no criticism was made of our staff’s conduct in this very sad and difficult situation.” In his statement, he said: “If only Marguerite had not been wrongly diagnosed by the ship’s doctor, if only the port agent had done his job, she would have been home enjoying her beloved garden instead of suffering the horrendous pressure ulcers caused by the appalling lack of care in the Sorrento hospital.” 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.
“THIS WASN’T ABOUT Lance, it was about something that was bigger than him. But that got lost in the whole message when Lance went on the attack.”Emma O’Reilly, the Tallaght-born former soigneur (personal assistant) who gained worldwide renown for being one of the earliest whistleblowers to expose cycling’s doping culture, is at pains to emphasise that her story does not primarily concern Lance Armstrong — one of the many cyclists she worked with during the four years she spent as a member of staff on the US Postal team between 1996 and 2000, and who was ultimately convicted of doping largely thanks to the willingness of people such as O’Reilly to step forward and refuse to remain silent about the issue.Yet Armstrong is inextricably linked with O’Reilly. Practically every article ever written about the 44-year-old Dubliner, who now runs The Body Clinic in Hale, Cheshire, inevitably has the disgraced cyclist’s name in the headline. Moreover, Armstrong looms large over O’Reilly’s new book, The Race to Truth: Blowing The Whistle on Lance Armstrong and Cycling’s Doping Culture, in which she tells her story, from those early days as a teenage cycling obsessive, to her controversial departure from the sport and all the ensuing revelations and accusations and court cases that followed.Having left the US Postal team in 2000 on acrimonious terms, she eventually agreed to be interviewed by David Walsh of the Sunday Times in 2003, lifting the lid on cycling’s doping culture in the process.Although O’Reilly was somewhat complicit owing to a willingness to tolerate these illegal activities during her time in the sport, even back then, she also clearly disapproved of these secret goings-on to an extent. Known as a “clean soigneur” in a sport riddled with corruption, O’Reilly still occasionally got herself mixed up in this seedy subculture, such as when she used make-up to cover up needle marks on Armstrong’s arm, or the time she transported illegal materials on his behalf.Having been friends with O’Reilly during her time in cycling, Armstrong turned against her once she made these much-publicised accusations, defaming her as an “alcoholic” and a “whore” in an attempt to discredit her controversial statements. Armstrong’s aggressive approach was seemingly working for a while — The Sunday Times, the newspaper he sued as a result of O’Reilly’s claims made in one of their articles — had to initially pay out substantial costs to the then-star of the the cycling world, while she was essentially vilified by a substantial proportion of the sport’s community as a result of her actions.With all this in mind, did she ever regret coming forward, given how bleak the situation increasingly became?“If you’d asked me that question before the USADA report came out in October 2012, I’d have said yes, because I genuinely felt that it had actually brought nothing positive on any level,” she tells TheScore.ie. “But now, since the USADA report’s come out and everything’s changed, yes I would still have spoken out. I would have tried to have protected people closer to me a bit better and be less naive about it. But on principle, I still would have spoken out. I still firmly feel that it needed to be done. I don’t think [the changes were implemented] because of me, but hopefully I helped the tide to turn, because something did need to be done. People were dying.” Source: AP/Press Association Images(This July 25, 1999, file photo shows then-Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong left, riding down the Champs Elysees avenue with teammates, from left, Frankie Andreu, George Hincapie and Pascal Derame — O’Reilly, not pictured, would leave the team the following year)Rather than any desire for revenge against her former employers as had been claimed by Armstrong and others, O’Reilly says it was the cyclists whose deaths were linked with the use of PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs) that ultimately prompted her to conclude that she had no option but to speak out, in an attempt to curtail these continual tragedies. She describes how the premature deaths of cyclists such as Johan Sermon, Denis Zanette and Fabrice Salanson, all of which were allegedly linked with use of EPO, had deeply affected her outlook on the sport.“These lads [who died] all had dreams,” she says. “They all had posters of bike riders on their walls growing up. They went out and they missed their teenage years because they were training. They end up winning races, getting the pro contract, going to Europe, living the dream, and then the dream starts souring and they’re faced with a difficult decision. And that’s one thing I couldn’t ever reconcile. That always stayed with me. I was a facillitator, and it still took me three years [to speak out]. You’re helping the system [by not speaking out]. You’re every bit as guilty as someone who’s administering.”O’Reilly points out that she is one of the few people in this story who has been on both sides — partially enabling the continued existence of cycling’s doping culture, before eventually revolting against it.“That’s probably why I was able to forgive Lance,” she explains. “That whole guilt [of speaking out] had been lifted and the story has had a happy ending. I knew the absolute mayhem that was going to happen. I didn’t think it was going to be quite as bad, but I knew that it was just putting heat on people in the team and these were my colleagues, people I’d shared highs and lows with and who had looked out for me.“So I did feel so bad about speaking out — I was speaking out about the bigger picture. But it meant that some people who had been close to me were going to get hurt in it. I felt so guilty — the guilt of having spoken out and nothing good coming from it. The guilt of the pressure I’d put people under. Nothing good seemed to be coming out of it. It didn’t seem to be changing cycling.”This willingness to forgive others — perhaps partially owing to the Catholic ethos that, she says, was “culturally ingrained” in her — is a recurring theme in O’Reilly’s story. And whereas in the early parts of The Race to Truth, Armstrong is portrayed as someone who is not without redeeming features, Johan Bruyneel, the US Postal team’s managing director at the time, constantly treats O’Reilly in a cruel manner and even fires her for no apparent reason at one point, before being forced to reverse the decision. Yet O’Reilly has even met up with Bruyneel since to resolve their differences. Source: AP/Press Association Images(Lance Armstrong and sporting director of his Discovery team Johan Bruyneel pose for photographers on the Champs Elysees during a victory parade after Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour de France in 2006 – Bruyneel and O’Reilly were constantly at loggerheads during their time working together)“I think it was just a personality clash. It was really interesting to go back and sit down weeks later and see him as a human being, not as my boss, just as Johan. And for me, that lunch was really enlightening, because I actually saw things from his perspective“I kind of realised I played a part in that in what was a hugely stressful melting pot. One of the things I’d never noticed was that he had a lot of pressure to deal with too — it was just a big personality clash. It was probably a bit of a clash between his wife and I, and then it just escalated.”Similarly, she speaks with a tone of understanding when recalling how her ex-husband, Simon Lillistone, initially backed up her claims about cycling’s doping culture, before refusing to do so in court.“That was one of my low moments. I was very upset, but then I thought it’s probably our different personalities, which was what also led to the breakup. So while I was awfully hurt, I thought: ‘he doesn’t owe me anything.’ He owes himself, but he doesn’t owe me anything.“In a sense, that’s why we never would have survived [in a relationship]. And he has the right to get on with his life and do what he thinks is best. If I can bring myself to forgive Lance, I should be able to do it with people close to me. And God love him, he had to put up with me for a few years [laughs].”The book is full of such nuanced depictions, to an extent that even someone who is often regarded as one of the heroes of the Armstrong saga — the Sunday Times journalist David Walsh who spearheaded the revolt against the cyclist — is shown in a not entirely favourable light.O’Reilly says she was badly treated by Walsh, writing: “He’d hung me out to dry — but worse than that, the publisher had even openly warned him of the impact this would have on my life and had recommended proper support. Something I feel I never got.”In light of these feelings, are the pair still on good terms currently?“We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses, and sometimes our strengths become our weaknesses,” she explains. “Everything I put down was a fact. But I’ve nothing but respect for David, nothing but respect for what he’s done, and if I’m going to talk to a journalist, David would still be up there.“My opinion of him is the same as it was in 2003 — this is a good journalist who writes for a good paper who has a brilliant reputation. My naivety, I feel, did lead me to being a little more exploited. But that’s my naivety. Is it David’s job to make me more media savvy, or is it up to me to find out? But as an outsider in the world of media, it’s difficult to find out [how to operate].” Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster/YouTube(Walsh and O’Reilly appeared together on The Late Late Show last year following Armstrong’s much-discussed Oprah interview)While complaining of how she was portrayed by certain media outlets at times over the years and acknowledging that she has become increasingly “reticent” when being interviewed by reporters, she also speaks of encountering “some really good journalists that have put my faith back in the media”. And she is similarly positive when discussing cycling itself, despite the sport’s many detractors. Accordingly, she believes the UCI when they claim the sport has cleaned up its act.“There’s a huge concerted effort, I feel, having spoken to riders and having spoken to the UCI and spoken to people. I believe there’s an effort on every level between the team managers, doctors, the UCI and WADA to clean up the sport. The culture is changing and I think there’s an awful lot of positives now. Cycling is trying to face its demons and deal with them.”She has thus made peace with the sport that brought her worldwide fame as well as threatening to leave her bankrupt at one point, owing to the numerous court cases that her revelations prompted.Indeed, even after the disillusionment she felt and antipathy she received from the cycling community, O’Reilly still worked up the courage and enthusiasm to attend the Tour of Britain as a spectator in 2009, while she has continued to retain an interest in the sport again ever since, cycling on a regular basis herself and attending An Post Rás earlier this year.“I think I’d started watching the tour that summer and thought: ‘awww, that’s nice’. I remembered the effort that they put in, the fatigue, the sheer exhaustion and the sacrifices. I thought this stage would be killing them, or ‘oh my God’ look at this stage. So I could get back into it, but I still took my Doberman with me. I was still a bit nervous.“But it was just nice to go back to grassroots cycling, which is what got me into it in the first place.” Source: AP/Press Association Images(O’Reilly remains friends with Tyler Hamilton — another member of the US Postal team who was ultimately found guilty of doping)Therefore, despite now being 14 years out of cycling and seemingly content with her current situation, O’Reilly has good memories of her past life, and says she would have no hesitation in encouraging other women to emulate her path into the sport.The Dubliner also still has a fondness and respect for former teammates, particularly Tyler Hamilton, who comes across as perpetually friendly over the course of the book, though she also points out that the unrelenting obsession and immense effort that characterised Armstrong’s descent into infamy is far from uncommon in the sport.“I remember, I asked one of my riders: ‘What are you most looking forward to about retiring?’ He said: ‘Not being hungry.’ Even though I’m obviously against drugs in the sport, I feel as if the hard work and the dedication that goes into it has been forgotten.“I would always say that about any sport or any world-class athlete. I used to laugh at them and say ‘lads, you’ve only got two dimensions.’ You’ve got to lose a bit of objectivity to be a world-class athlete. You have to be so focused that you cannot be distracted by other things and most of us have not got the talent to be that focused on anything. They have a drive that I don’t have, and I would see myself as a normal person. I think it’s a talent to be that focused and to have that drive and to block out whatever needs to be blocked out to achieve your goal.”“They’re all in that culture and they feed off each other. One time, I was going to a race and there wasn’t enough food in the car. The journey was a bit longer and they were all complaining. There were three or four of them in the car and they were wanting this and that, so in the end, I pulled into the petrol station and gave them the team credit card and said go get what you want. It was a bit of a maternal relationship.“So they come out of the petrol station with a bit of food, all smiles on their faces and they hand me the credit card. So I said ‘lads, what do I exist on?’ And at least they looked ashamed. In the real world, you don’t get away with that kind of behaviour. So I sent them back into the shop just to get me a can of Coke on principle.” Source: Michel Spingler(Then-US Postal Service team masseur Emma O’Reilly tends to team leader Lance Armstrong, whose leg is seen, after the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Amiens, northern France, in this Thursday, 8 July, 1999 file photo.)O’Reilly understands that some people will balk when she describes how Armstrong was a “deserving champion” in some ways, adding that “everybody’s entitled to deal with things their own way”. Yet she insists the criticism that the Texan-born athlete has been receiving of late, in comparison to other similarly culpable parties, has been too excessive.“I had such intimate access to these lads. I saw the good days, the bad days, the highs, the lows, but I also saw the complete and utter dedication — the sacrifices they make. They’ve got this unrelenting desire to succeed. And I was part of all of that. So I saw them out in the rail and hail. They’d literally have to be carried off their bikes they’d be that tired. To get off their beds to come for a massage would just be one effort too much.“I saw all of that and thought — these are lads are out there everyday, slogging their guts out. They’re deserving in that sense because they have worked very hard and to a level I know I would never be able to reach, even if I had the physical capabilities. So there is an awful lot more to it than just taking drugs.”And despite all the nasty accusations the disgraced cyclist aimed at O’Reilly, the pair had a high-profile reunion last year and have spoken several times since then. Armstrong even gave O’Reilly his best wishes on Twitter ahead of the book launch, after she controversially invited him to write its foreword.“It sounds trite but I’ve had an incredible, emotional journey of highs and lows… I’m sure there’s probably people angry with me because I have made up with Lance,” she says. “It was my idea [for him to write the foreword] — probably as much to bring closure from my perspective more than anything else. That was why I wanted him to write it. Other people had suggested [doing it], but I wanted Lance to write it.“Before I asked him, I thought ‘oh my God, what is he going to say?’ But it was almost part of the journey and by him writing it, we had come full circle. Although we’ve fallen out and fallen in, we’ve known each other for a long time, even if the relationship has been adverse at times.”The Race to Truth by Emma O’Reilly is available to buy now. More info here.Susie Wolff becomes first woman in F1 for 22 years>Tour de France: The route facing the peloton on the road to Paris this year>
While compact flash drives have silently killed floppy drives and their usefulness in our tech society, there are those out there that still find a use for them. Apparently floppy drives can be harnessed to make music.Take, for example, the following setup created by YouTube contributor FunToTheHead. He has taken two 5 1/4- inch floppy drives and two 3 1/2-inch floppy drives and interfaced them with a PIC18f14k50 microcontroller. Then the microcontroller is fed some MIDI code and viola, the floppy drives become musical instruments.Sure you may be thinking that FunToTheHead’s system may look old school, but let me assure you that his system can belt out eerie music like nobody’s business. Watch below as the floppy drive system performs a haunting electronic rendition of Toccata and Fugue.Read more at YouTube, via Reddit
The England national team boss said he made no promises to Declan Rice over his international future with the Three LionsIt has been reported that young Irish national team player Declan Rice has decided not to play for his country for a while.The reason? The London-born footballer wants to be free to decide if he will choose to play for Ireland or England.He’s eligible for both countries since he has only three caps for the Irish team, all on friendly matches.But England’s boss Gareth Southgate has said that even after speaking to him, he has not made any promises.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I think it’s fair to say I have spoken with him but I have not promised anything because I don’t think that’s right,” the England manager explained according to The Irish Examiner.“It would be easy whether you are with a club or national association to promise people things but I can’t promise players who were with us at the World Cup that they will be involved in six months’ time.”“So why would I promise that to a young player? I think that would be unethical. It’s a very difficult situation and I can understand the debate on all sides,” he added.“The landscape is very complicated. The way the world is families are quite transient and nearly every player in Under-15s and Under-16s are dual nationality. This is something all countries are aware of.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the club’s chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator when it comes to transfers and contract negotiations.Pochettino feels he has an advantage over his predecessors when it comes to dealings with Levy because he doesn’t have an agent.The Argentine will face his suitors Manchester United on Sunday, with reports in the English press saying that he remains the favourite to be named the next permanent manager at Old Trafford.The former Southampton boss has shown little desire to leave Tottenham and recently stated just last week that he can envisage himself staying for the next two decades.But Pochettino says he’s aware that Levy makes it as difficult as possible for other clubs to take key personnel out of Spurs.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Daniel is, you know very well, it’s so tough to negotiate with him,” said Pochettino, according to ESPN.“It’s so difficult for different clubs in England to do business with him.”“For me, it’s the opposite. For me, if there was one person that was easy to do business with it was Daniel, personally. For me it wasn’t difficult — I think it was more difficult for him than me. It’s difficult because I’m the manager and he cannot upset me. If we’re talking about extending a contract or giving more money, you need to be careful.”“With agents, you can talk very openly and say anything that you want and then the agent will manage the situation. But when you’re talking directly to your manager, you need to be careful because one word can change the negotiation or change your mind. I think for him that was new and it was tough every time he needed to talk to me.”“I negotiate harder when I’m talking about my staff. I’m tougher when I talk about them because I feel a massive responsibility when I talk about the people I bring with me, because they depend on me.”
Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:32 PM December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego International Airport is a busy place to be this holiday season. As a matter of fact, it’s breaking records!AAA predicts that one third of Americans will travel this season, whether it’s on a plane, train or in a car.That makes this the busiest traveling season on record.A lot of people seem to be heading out of San Diego for a white Christmas, but there will be plenty of people making their way here too.San Diego is the top destination to head to in all of California for the holidays. AAA says Christmas is the busiest time for air travel KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 24, 2018
According to Walters, “I have learned a lot from my time at Haymarket, and we have a fantastic team to spearhead the new company, both commercially and creatively.”Eye has a circulation of about 9,000 and is distributed predominantly in the U.S. and U.K., Walters tells FOLIO:.Haymarket Media Group publishes several magazines in the U.S. and abroad—including titles like Eve, F1 Racing and SC magazine—a number of Web sites and produces several live events. International publisher Haymarket Media Group has handed over ownership of Eye—a quarterly magazine covering graphic design—to John L. Walters, the editor.Haymarket decided that Eye’s “niche-market readers would be better served by a smaller, design-oriented company,” the publisher said in a statement. Eye will now be published by Eye Magazine Ltd, a company started by Walters, art director Simon Esterson, and Hannah Tyson, who was involved with the magazine’s launch in 1990.Vicky McDougal, who served as Eye’s commercial manager, is joining the new management team as publisher.
Focos gives you a side-view of your portrait mode photos so you can precisely change the depth. Angela Lang/CNET When I take pictures of friends and family on my iPhone, portrait mode is my go-to. I love the way it transforms a busy flat background into a dramatic, beautiful blur that makes my subject pop. And with the new iPhone XS, I can change the amount of blur or swap Apple lighting effects to make the photo look even better.But there are times when I crave even more creative control over my portraits. The iOS app Focos caught my attention because it allows minuscule levels of control over every aspect of a photo.My favorite feature, for instance, is the app’s ability to adjust both background and foreground bokeh like an actual lens and camera. Portrait mode photos can be shown in a side view, revealing contour map-like slices that represent depth. Sliders let me adjust which parts of the background and foreground get blurred. Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Boost Mobile Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Apple See It Share your voice $999 Post a comment Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iOS 12 Apple reading • This iPhone XR, XS app lets you blur the background and foreground in portrait mode photos 48 Photos Apple iPhone XS Now playing: Watch this: iPhone XR photos, and how Portrait Mode works 4:02 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See it iPhone XS vs. iPhone XR: How much better is the camera? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Focos lets me change the quality of the blur, too. For example, I can make it more creamy or more swirly in appearance. I can also add effects that make out-of-focus areas take on different shapes like stars, triangles and hearts. The OnePlus 6 had a similar feature in its default camera app, but it didn’t work as elegantly.Best of all, the Focos app is free, though there are some optional in-app purchases. If you take a ton of portrait mode photos, this app is definitely worth a look. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $999 0 See All Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) • Best Buy $999 Phones Sprint
HSBC could be in trouble after admitting that its Swiss-based private banking arm could have held accounts for tax evaders, as the bank potentially risks losing its banking licence in the US by virtue of an agreement signed in December 2012.The bank’s latest confession come after confidential files uncovering widespread tax-avoidance practices were leaked to various media outlets.HSBC admitted that its private banks, including those operating in Switzerland had many clients that “may not have been fully compliant with their applicable tax obligations. We acknowledge and are accountable for past compliance and control failures,” reports FT. After admitting that it processed proceeds of drug trafficking through Mexico and routed the funds to countries like Iran that were under sanctions, HSBC paid $2 billion in fines in December 2012 and agreed to a five-year prosecution agreement with US authorities. The agreement reportedly stipulates that the bank would be liable to criminal conviction and possibly lose its US banking licence if it commits another during the five-year period. HSBC’s statementIn a statement released on Monday, the bank said: “We have taken significant steps over the past several years to implement reforms and exit clients who do not meet strict new HSBC standards.” It also said its private bank client base had shrunk by 70 percent.The current acknowledgement was triggered after international news organisations received client bank account detail files, which were stolen in 2007 by one of its Swiss employees, Herve Falciani, who later fled to France.News reports suggested that the bank facilitated opening Swiss bank accounts for clients who have been subsequently convicted for crimes, or are believed to be in breach of their national tax obligations. Allegations point to HSBC marketing tax avoidance strategy to it Swiss clients.HSBC AmendmentsThe bank noted in the statement that it had made amendments to the terms and conditions involving its private banking arm, enabling it to refuse requests to withdraw cash, besides “strict controls on withdrawals over $10,000.”HSBC said that it had withdrawn from markets where it has been unable to conduct due diligence adhering to the statutory standards. It also said that it reviews all Politically Exposed Persons annually at the highest level in the bank.Tax Authorities Follow the ScentSeveral nations have had access to the stolen files, with some of them – France and Belgium –deciding to take legal action over HSBC as a result.The bank has come under increased scrutiny after France chose to investigate if the bank’s private arm had assisted French citizens evade tax. Switzerland’s UBS had to part with €1.1 billion in fines over similar allegations.Argentine had alleged last year that HSBC provided banking to 4,000 of its citizens to squirrel away their funds to secret Swiss accounts, an act denied by the London-based bank, said the FT report. Regulatory HeadacheLast year, HSBC sold a portfolio of its Swiss private banking assets to Liechtenstein’s LGT Group. The deal cut the number of countries in which the business had customers to 70, from more than 150.HSBC also noted that its Swiss private banking arm cut down its asset base to ₤45 billion at 2014 end, from ₤78 billion in 2007.Even as HSBC claims to have set right its policies, it is unlikely to be the last word in the matter. HSBC’s headache may just be beginning.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kick Some Serious Shell in Injustice 2Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Actual Games of the Year (2017) Stay on target Injustice 2 already has an incredible roster of DC Comics characters to choose from. Sure there are some weird omissions compared to the first game (Lex Luthor, Hawkgirl) but when a game lets me play as Darkseid and Gorilla Grodd and Black Canary and Doctor Fate, I’m not complaining.NetherRealm Studios has also pledged to expand the roster with nine new characters spread across a season pass, and they’ve been paying close attention to fan requests. The first three DLC fighters (Red Hood, Sub-Zero, and Starfire) have already been released. But at Gamescom, we learned the identities of the next three kombatants. Famous DC characters Hellboy and Raiden are joining Black Manta in Injustice 2.Take a look!Well, that was unexpected. Black Manta is the first of this trio we’ll get to try out. He’s coming later next month. When the DLC was first teased, fans tried to pick apart background silhouettes to guess who might be in the works, and Black Manta’s unmistakable shape was definitely there. Plus he’s set to be a villain in the upcoming live-action Aquaman movie, so it makes sense to start raising his profile. I don’t have to tell you again why I think this character deserves so much better.Raiden is the third Mortal Kombat fighter to cross over into Injustice’s take on the DC universe. Scorpion was the most popular DLC fighter of the first Injustice, so of course his cold counterpart Sub-Zero joined this sequel. Thunder god Raiden is arguably the next most recognizable character. Plus one of his special moves was already pretty Superman-esque. One could argue that NetherRealm putting so many of their own characters in this DC fighter feels indulgent, but remember Injustice is really just a successor to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.Finally, there’s Hellboy, who hails not from Mortal Kombat or DC but Dark Horse Comics. Still, as a sardonic demonic superhero, he’d feel at home in either universe. This 3D rendition of Mike Mignola’s striking character design looks fantastic. His voice doesn’t sound like Ron Perlman, though. Maybe they are just trying to prepare us for the R-rated David Harbour reboot. This is an awesome, fan-service addition, like Spawn or Link in Soul Calibur II. I can’t wait to see how Hellboy and his cigars fit into the fight against Superman’s fascist regime. Prepare for Right Hand of Doom combos.Like the previous Injustice DLC fighters, expect Black Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy to land about a month apart from each other. Maybe Hellboy arrives in time for Halloween. There are still at least three more fighters left to be revealed. Fans are guessing folks like The Atom and Beast Boy and Wildcat. But I’m hoping DC just fully gives up and throws Doctor Manhattan in there.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Environmentalists continue fighting the construction of a new marina in the Osa Peninsula. No related posts. Lindsay Fendt PUERTO JIMÉNEZ, Puntarenas – Nearly six years after it was announced, controversy still envelopes a marina project at Crocodile Bay Resort, on the Osa Peninsula. The proposed project has left the tiny town divided, even among friends.Álvaro Ugalde, two-time director of the Osa Conservation Area and co-founder of the Costa Rican national park system, is among those opposed to the marina for environmental reasons, despite a personal friendship with the marina’s developer, Crocodile Bay owner Cory Williams.“My first reaction was that I wanted to talk to them,” Ugalde said. “I wanted to see if we could talk about it instead of fighting about it. Cory was very generous, he came to my house, but we just didn’t agree.”Ugalde joined other environmentalists last week at Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, Sala IV, where justices decided to further review a zoning plan put forth by the Puerto Jiménez municipality. The marina would fall within that zoning plan’s jurisdiction.The court’s decision to review the case was prompted by filings from an alliance of environmental groups on March 25. Despite unanimous court rulings in the hotel’s favor in January, the court’s latest decision could stall the marina’s construction even longer.The court’s decision to review the zoning plan does not currently affect the marina, but because the marina is included in the plan, further legal action from environmental groups could prompt the court to halt construction.“We expect to have this additional paperwork filed within the next 15 days,” Álvaro Sagot, an attorney representing environmental groups, said. “If it is accepted, Crocodile Bay will not be able to begin building.”This isn’t the first stumbling block the project has encountered, Williams said, as environmentalists have challenged the project from the beginning.“These groups are politically against the idea of development so they use bureaucracy and frivolous lawsuits hoping to get a no-build order,” he said. The lawsuits kept Crocodile Bay from starting construction for four years, but Williams said they now plan to start building the $50 million project by the end of the year.The marina’s permits allow for a 257-slip dock, 107 to be built by the hotel. Crocodile Bay said the project would create 400 new direct jobs and 400-800 more indirect jobs. Additionally, the marina will have a regulated gas station – which means it would comply with governmental environmental standards and be built so that gas does not seep into the water – and sewage pump-out services. Currently, there is no regulated marina in the Golfo Dulce to provide those services.“Right now, we have boats in the gulf that cause a lot of contamination as it is,” Williams said. “Our marina is going to clean that up; it is going to apply order and allow the government to keep that in check.”As it stands, Costa Rica only has three sanctioned marinas: Flamingo Marina in Playa Potrero, Los Sueños Marina in Herradura, and Papagayo Marina in Papagayo, near Playas del Coco. Each marina is required to go through a permitting process with the Commission of Tourist Marinas (CIMAT) within the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). According to CIMAT Technical Manager Óscar Villalobos, the marina could help address the gulf’s problem with unregulated docks.“Currently in the Golfo Dulce boats can leave from a number of different points,” he said. “A lot of these are dangerous for tourists, and they don’t provide any cleaning services. A marina is one option to give the area the services it needs. Costa Rica already has a lot of boating activity, and this is a way to make sure it is done responsibly.”Regulation aside, the size of the project is what concerns environmentalists. In addition to the marina, Crocodile Bay plans to build 84 luxury villas, a parking lot and a “Waterfront Marina Village” that will include shops and restaurants.“We aren’t concerned about just the marina,” said Bernardo Águilar, director of Fundación Neotrópica, one of the groups behind the Sala IV action. “This is actually a mega-project that is not in-step with the type of development that the area requires.”According to Manuel Ramírez, executive director of Conservación Osa, another environmental group involved in the Sala IV case, Crocodile Bay was able to divide up permits for different construction phases and conduct independent environmental studies for each phase.“Their environmental studies consider the impact of each part individually, but they do not consider the environmental impact as a whole,” he said. “Each study makes it seem like the effects are very small, but multiply that by the number of projects and it is significant.”The lack of a government environmental study is the crux of the case against the municipality. Sagot argued that regulation should have passed through the Environment Ministry’s National Technical Secretariat (SETENA), based on a 2002 court decision requiring development plans to include environmental impact reports.The Puerto Jiménez zoning plan and the Crocodile Bay permits did not go through SETENA, but the reason, Williams said, was because the permit requirements did not actually change until 2006. Crocodile Bay’s paperwork was filed in 2004.“They are trying to apply a law that didn’t exist when the zoning plan was approved,” he said. “They have to cling to something before 2004, so they are going all the way back to the original 2002 case, before the laws enforcing that were even on the books.” Facebook Comments
The Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) on Jan. 5 and 6 will hold official debates with all candidates looking to become the next president of Costa Rica. Elections are less than a month away, slated for Feb. 2.Each two-hour debate will start at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Sinart Channel 13.In order to include all 13 presidential candidates TSE opted to divide them into two groups in the order they will be placed on the ballots. On Sunday the debate will feature Héctor Monestel (Workers Party), José Miguel Corrales (New Homeland Party), Luis Guillermo Solís (Citizens Action Party), Carlos Avendaño (National Restoration Party), Otto Guevara (Libertarian Movement) and Walter Muñoz (National Integration Party).Óscar López (Accessibility without Exclusion Party), José María Villalta (Broad Front Party), José Manuel Echandi (National Progress Party), Johnny Araya (National Liberation Party), Justo Orozco (Costa Rican Renovation), Rodolfo Piza (Social Christian Unity Party) and Sergio Mena (New Generation Party) will face off at Monday’s debates.The two frontrunners in the polls, Villalta and Araya, will debate Monday. The third and fourth place candidates – Guevara and Solís – go on Sunday. The National University hosted the first presidential debate last October, which only included the six candidates leading opinion polls.The debates also can be followed online at Channel 13’s website: www.sinart.go.crUPDATE: TSE Director of the “Informed Voter Program” Mariela Castro responded to The Tico Times on how the debate’s format will work. Castro said the debate will not be open to the public. However people can send in questions through TSE social media at www.facebook.com/TSECR and www.twitter.com/TSECostaRica.Candidates will respond to questions in three distinct segments. The first will include questions prepared by a group of academics and professionals, and vetted by the TSE. The second batch will consist of questions posted on social media. Castro said debate organizers will choose the “most precise and clear ones” to ask. The last round will have each candidate ask a question to his fellow presidential hopefuls. The order of the questions for the last round will be decided in a draw minutes before the debate begins. Facebook Comments No related posts.
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport has the cheapest airport parking in England, a new survey from Which? has revealed.The consumer group examined parking costs at 15 of the UK’s busiest airports, with Liverpool only being beaten on on-site parking by Belfast International Airport.Which?’s poll found that it cost just £27.99 per week to park at the on-site car park, which is just a short walk to the terminal building.Sammy Patel, Peel Airport Group’s head of car parks business, said Liverpool John Lennon Airport attempts to “strike a balance” between value for money parking and a “more premium car parking product”.”We are naturally delighted that of those airports surveyed, this comprehensive Which? report highlights that Liverpool has the cheapest onsite airport car park in England and we aim to grow our reputation for giving our customers great value for money,” he commented.The survey also revealed that passengers driving to Heathrow are paying almost three times as much for airport parking as some airports in the north.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?These 7 holiday mistakes are costing you moneyWhen it comes to travel, it pays to be smart. Here are our seven top money-draining mistakes – and strategies to help you avoid them.Amsterdam Airport Arrivals & DeparturesGet up to the minute Amsterdam Schiphol Airport departures and arrivals information with our flight status board below. Whether you’re departing from the airport or going to meet an arriving flight we have all the flight information you need. Find cheap flights direct from Amsterdam Find Airport Hotels Download our…
David Copperfield gestures as he takes the stand during his civil trial at the Regional Justice Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Las Vegas. A British tourist claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in one of Copperfield’s signature illusions in 2013. Plaintiff Gavin Cox of Kent, England, alleges he fell after being hurried by stagehands through an MGM Grand hotel alleyway coated with a powdery residue near a trailer-sized trash bin. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Latest on civil trial involving Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield and a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in a signature Copperfield illusion in 2013 (all times local):12:55 p.m.A judge in Las Vegas has rejected a request by David Copperfield’s attorney to declare a mistrial based on the amount of media coverage that a civil negligence lawsuit involving the magician is getting.Attorney Elaine Fresch complained Tuesday about interviews involving plaintiff Gavin Cox’s attorney, Benedict Morelli.Fresch noted that one interview aired on CBS-TV just hours before proceedings resumed.Under questioning by Nevada state court Judge Mark Denton, three jurors said they turned off broadcasts when they saw references to the case on the news during a five-day break in the civil trial.The judge allowed the trial to resume.Copperfield is testifying about whether he knew of anyone besides Cox who was injured taking part in the magician’s audience-volunteer illusion over nearly 20 years he has performed it.____9 a.m.Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield is due to return to the witness stand in a lawsuit by a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in one of Copperfield’s signature illusions in 2013.The magician resumes testimony Tuesday after last week revealing secrets behind a trick that appears to make volunteer audience members vanish onstage and appear a few moments later in the back of the theatre.Plaintiff Gavin Cox of Kent, England, alleges he fell after being hurried by stagehands through an MGM Grand hotel alleyway coated with a powdery residue near a trailer-sized trash bin.Copperfield’s lawyers lost pretrial bids to close proceedings to the public to avoid revealing performance secretsCox and his wife are seeking unspecified damages. The Latest: Judge rejects mistrial bid in Copperfield trial by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 1:00 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 1:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email