Farmer earns ₹6 from onions, sends it to CM

first_imgA farmer from Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar has sent a money order of ₹6 to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to protest against crashing prices of onions. Shreyas Abhale said on Sunday that after selling 2,657 kg onions at the rate of ₹1 per kg at the Sangamner market, he was left with only ₹6 after deducting transport costs. “I felt disappointed… decided to send the amount to the CM,” Mr. Abhale said.last_img

Facebook Starts Fact-checking Fake News in India

first_imgFacebook today announced a partnership with a Mumbai-based fact checking organization called Boom, to help the social network fight the spread of fake news in the Indian state of Karnataka ahead of the elections being held there next month. The social network announced the fact-checking pilot program with Boom in a company blog post, where it briefly explained how the fact-checking process on Facebook currently works. Related Itemslast_img

Double Dealing in Intel’s Duo?

first_imgThe Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is suing Intel for infringing on its patent in the development of its Intel Duo Core chip. A lawsuit filed by the group in federal district court in Wisconsin alleges that four Wisconsin University faculty members, including two Indians, Terani Vijaykumar and Gurindar Sohi, currently head of the Computer Science Department at the university, patented the technology behind the chip in 1998.  Related Itemslast_img

Sydney Test: Akmal gets ICC notice for fixing allegations

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has sent an official notice to Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal telling him that he is under investigation for allegedly fixing the Sydney Test.”Only months after clearing the Pakistan team of any wrongdoing in relation to the controversial Test, the ICC has written to Kamran to advise him he is now in their crosshairs for the Sydney debacle,” a report in the ‘Courier Mail’ said.Kamran had dropped four catches in the Sydney Test where Australia won the match from a losing position, rasing doubts of match-fixing. The ICC then investigated the matter and gave a clean chit to him.However, the world governing body was left red-faced after Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed reportedly claimed that the SCG Test was rigged and players involved in the corruption had pocketed USD 3 million for the staged loss.”ICC investigators have re-opened the SCG case and fingered Kamran as their primary suspect. But investigations aren’t moving at a fast pace, with the NSW Fraud Squad yesterday revealing they had received no contact from Scotland Yard detectives or the ICC,” the report said.Even as the investigators probe the SCG Test, Australian wicketkeeping great Ian Healy said Kamran could not have dropped those catches deliberately.”You couldn’t drop those on purpose the way he was,” he said.last_img read more

New fuel efficiency norms on the anvil, PMO approves but industry disagrees

first_imgThe Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has approved a new set of standards for the automobile industry and car manufacturers, to ensure that every car delivers more per drop of fuel.If what the proposed standards claim translates into reality, the fuel efficiency of your car would improve by 20 to 25 per cent, particularly in the “lighter weight category”. In a country obsessed with mileage, the norms promise high savings for car buyers.Once they are implemented, fuel saving, both in terms of quantity and money, would be humongous.The proposed standards are expected to help the country save (in cars) about 3 million metric tons of oil equivalent per year by 2015; 11 million metric tons in 2025 and 20 million metric tons by 2030.Convert this fuel saving into money – India can save $ 2.5 billion per year (Rs 13,835 crore) in 2015; $ 9 billion per year (Rs 49,806 crore) in 2025 and $ 16 billion per year (Rs 88,544 crore) in 2030.New guidelines for fuel efficiencyClick here to EnlargeA top government officer said: “It would be mandatory for the automobile industry and manufacturers to ensure stipulated fuel efficiency mark as per the weight and design categories framed under the new standards. The move would push the fuel efficiency of the vehicles by 20- 25 per cent, but that would be made possible in two phases – 2015 and by 2020.”For buyers fuel efficiency would be graded in stars.A senior road and transport ministry official said: “The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (which is authorised to notify the standards) has proposed to do a star- based labelling reflecting the efficiency levels, similar to power- saving electronic gadgets. Under this, car models will be ranked according to one to five stars based on their fuel efficiency. This is expected to influence the consumers’ choice.”advertisementThe top 10 car manufacturers, with combined sales of over 96 per cent of the Indian market, have an average fuel efficiency of 16.42 km per litre at present.This average is calculated on the basis of the mileage claimed by the manufactures for all categories of cars, small and big, rolled out by them annually. By 2015, the average is targeted to go up to 18.15 km per litre. By 2020, this is proposed to improve to 20.79 km per litre.The new standards are being set as Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) standards.This means the fuel targets will be different for different weight categories of cars. In all, eight different weight categories have been proposed.The final target for each manufacturer and the industry as a whole would be calculated on the basis of the average fuel economy of all the cars sold by them.”At present, Indian cars on an average are consuming about 6 litres per 100 km. The current official proposal for the standard is to improve this to 5.1 litres per 100 km by 2020, almost a litre less per 100 km. In smaller weight categories, the margin would be bigger,” Anumita Roychowdhury, associate director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said.But the road ahead is not as smooth. The automobile industry and manufacturers are not too positive about delivering on the proposed standards.They claim “the targets are too unrealistic to achieve and achieving higher fuel efficiency would be a trade- off with cost and safety”.Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), an apex body of the industry, is in no mood to oblige. “No way it can be done? the government should not push us to achieve unrealistic targets as we won’t be able to deliver on the proposed standards,” SIAM director general Vishnu Mathur said.Instead of the 20.79 km/ litre, the car industry is aiming to improve to about 18.7 km/ litre by 2020, a target set for 2015.”It would require a lot of investments in research and development (R&D) and in that the Indian companies would not be able to compete with the foreign car manufacturers, say from Europe and Japan. They have huge investment scale for R&D, unlike the Indian market,” said Mathur.The new standards await notification from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Subsequently, it would be the sole responsibility of the road and transport ministry to execute the notified standards.What it meansIt is learnt that the PMO has sent the standards to BEE, asking it to build a consensus among the stakeholders, including the ministry of heavy industries and the automobile sector, and subsequently forward it to road and transport ministry for final execution.The campaign to bring in the fuel standards in India on a par with the European Union has been hanging fire for three years.advertisementThe CSE has been at the forefront of this campaign, pursuing it with the ministries concerned and the automobile industry to bring in the standards in the research and design sectors of the various car models.”This is needed at a time when fuel prices are soaring, oil imports are increasing and the Indian economy is reeling under crippling prices of oil imports,” Roychowdhury said.But even by these standards, if achieved, India would stand at the bottom of top car manufacturing hubs. The European Union will lead, followed by Japan in achieving higher fuel efficiency levels.Toyota’s Sandeep Singh said: “We are aware of the guidelines and the industry is in talks with SIAM and the government to arrive at the best possible option to improve fuel efficiency.” According to Mathur, targeting too high efficiency levels would also be a trade-off with cost and safety.”The higher you aim to achieve the efficiency, the lighter the vehicle has to be, asking the industry to go in for changes in spares and body shield. It can be changed from aluminum to magnesium? more plastics can be used. But that involves huge cost,” he said.Most importantly, the car cost would escalate, says a senior industry representative. “It would also bring in the pressure for tighter regulations and routine monitoring from the government.Do we have the capacity at a time when we still miss out on facilities for safety and crash tests,” he asked.If proposed norms for fuel efficiency in cars are followed, Indians could save Rs 88,544 crore per year on fuel in 2030.last_img read more

Looking to Build on Winning Momentum with U-19 Team: India Head Coach Floyd Pinto

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Al Khobar: A stern test awaits head coach Floyd Pinto’s India side as they get set to kick off their qualification campaign for the AFC U-19 Championships 2020 – aiming to become the first Indian side to feature in the competition’s main draw since 2006.Drawn in Group F of the qualifiers, they will take on Uzbekistan in their first game on Wednesday, followed by hosts Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. “The preparations have been really smooth and all the players are ready for the action to begin. We wanted to come here a few days in advance and get a few training sessions in before the tournament starts,” Pinto said at the press conference.”It helps because the weather here is really hot and considering that two of our matches kick off at 3 p.m. in the afternoon, it’s important that the boys get used to playing in the extreme conditions. I’m happy with the way they have progressed and confident ahead of our first game against Uzbekistan.”Pinto’s team has players from India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign in 2017 and the coach said having players together for a long time helps.There are players such as Prabshukhan Gill, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Jitendra Singh in the team – who have been key members of the Indian Arrows team for the last two years.”There are quite a few players in this batch, who were part of the Indian team in the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017 and then the Indian Arrows. As a result, there is a great bonding and feeling of togetherness within the boys. The experience that these boys have gained training together in the last few years has made them tough – both physically and mentally,” he said.The Indian side will enter the qualifiers high on confidence after two strong showings in Vanuatu and Nepal, where the team finished first in both the OFC Youth Development Tournament and the SAFF U18 Championship respectively.”Winning the SAFF title, especially given the fact it was our maiden one, was a huge boost for the players. The way the team fought in the final was admirable and it has really boosted the confidence level in the team. In our training sessions, we have looked to maintain the same levels of energy and focus, so that we can carry it into the AFC qualifiers as well,” he said.On the opposition teams and what would be the gameplan while approaching these games, Pinto said: “It’s a tough group to be in and all three teams are of high calibre. Saudi Arabia are the defending champions from 2018 and Uzbekistan also have a good record at the youth level. Afghanistan too did well in the recent CAFA (Central Asian Football Association) Junior Championship.” Floyd PintofootbalIndiaIndia U-19 First Published: November 5, 2019, 7:09 PM ISTlast_img read more

MP cannot be disqualified if expelled by party: Centre to SC

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) A member of Parliament or assembly cannot be automatically disqualified after his or her expulsion from the party but may invite action by the Speaker for any overt act, the Centre today told the Supreme Court.The submission in this regard was made by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P S Narasimha before a bench comprising of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Arun Mishra and Prafulla C Pant, which is hearing a plea seeking to revisit its two decade old verdict on the anti-defection law under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.The law states that a member elected or nominated by a political party continues to be under its control even after expulsion.The contentious issue of anti-defection law had cropped up after Amar Singh and cine star Jaya Prada, members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha respectively, had moved Supreme Court on their expulsion from the Samajwadi Party on February 2, 2010, anticipating ouster from Parliament.Putting forth his arguments, the ASG said “upon expulsion from a political party, there is no automatic disqualification under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution from legislative assembly or Parliament and that member will continue as an unattached member as per the direction of the Speaker.”However, if there is any overt act of either joining any other political party voluntarily or defies any whip of any political party then he will attract the provision of the 10th Schedule and action can be taken against him by the Speaker.”Narasimha further said the 10th Schedule contemplated an “overarching principle” that “a legislator who is born into a House through a political party or as a nominated member or even as an independent candidate shall retain his birth mark and shall continue as such till the dissolution of the House.advertisement”This is the principle contemplated under 10th Schedule by operation of deeming fiction,” he said, adding that “this is a constitutional morality contemplated under the 10th schedule”. He submitted that legislators, who are expelled from a party, do not operate in the House as “nomads” joining an existing political party at will without attracting 10th schedule. (More) PTI SJK PPS RKS ARClast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Mohanlal and Nivin Pauly together in Kayamkulam Kochunni

first_imgIt is always a pleasure to see two generation of actors bonding on and off screen. Nivin Pauly has been instrumental in paving the way for new-age cinema in the Malayalam film industry. The actor is currently working on a period film titled Kayamkulam Kochunni, directed by Rosshan Andrews.Earlier, actress Amala Paul was roped in to play the female lead in the film but she backed out due to unavailability of dates. Later, actress Priya Anand was brought on board to romance Nivin Pauly.The film is still in its production stage and already there’s a huge buzz surrounding it. After Nivin Pauly’s recent announcement, the buzz has skyrocketed. Nivin took to Twitter to reveal that the team of Kayamkulam Kochunni has signed on the ‘Complete Actor’, Mohanlal, for an important character in the film.”The charismatic Lalettan is joining the cast of Kayamkulam Kochunni for a role that can only be performed by the Complete Actor himself!! The entire cast and crew is absolutely delighted & thrilled to share the working space alongside him. This is truly a dream come true moment!!!,” he posted on his Facebook page.Nivin Pauly is throwing his lot behind the film. He has been taking Kalaripayttu classes and is also sporting a different hairdo. Thesupporting cast of Kayamkulam Kochunni includes Priyanka Thimmesh, BabuAntony, Sunny Wayne, Manikandan R Achari and Thesni Khan.Mohanlal is currently shooting for Odiyan, in which he will be seen in aslimmer look. He lost a whopping 18 kilos for his character. advertisementALSO READ: With Hey Jude teaser, Nivin Pauly and Trisha promise a fun rideALSO READ: How Mohanlal got his Odiyan new look will make you do a double take ALSO WATCH: Mohanlal reacts over JNU row, Sabarimala case and morelast_img read more

Renesas: 32-bit RX65N MCUs achieve Amazon FreeRTOS qualification

first_imgRenesas Electronics announced the qualification of their RX65N group of microcontrollers with Amazon FreeRTOS, running on Amazon Web Services, which makes it easy for embedded designers to create a more secure end-to-end Internet of Things cloud solution for sensor-based endpoint devices. An RX65N-based design enables sensor data transmission over Wi-Fi or Ethernet and allows users to monitor and control smart meters as well as building and industrial automation systems using a PC dashboard.Developers can jumpstart their designs with the RX65N Renesas Starter Kit that includes a RX65N MCU with 2MB code flash memory, an LCD display module, on-chip debugging emulator, and e2 studio integrated development environment. The kit lets designers edit and debug the sample software qualified to run Amazon FreeRTOS on the RX65N MCU. Using Amazon FreeRTOS, developers can more securely deploy an RX65N MCU-based endpoint device without having to worry about the complexity of scaling across millions of devices. Once connected to the cloud, IoT endpoint device applications can take advantage of all of the cloud’s capabilities or continue processing data locally with AWS IoT Greengrass.The RX65N MCUs feature dual bank flash, designed to improve security and facilitate easy program updating via the network. Compared to other IoT devices, industrial applications are designed for long-term operation, which involves unique and sometimes challenging requirements, such as firmware updates in the field. Having dual bank flash integrated on the RX65N MCUs enables both BGO (Back Ground Operation) and the SWAP function, making it easier for system and network control manufacturers to execute in-the-field firmware updates more securely and reliably.The RX65N MCUs also include Trusted Secure IP as part of their built-in hardware security engine. The Trusted Secure IP driver uses strong encryption key management with hardware accelerators–AES, 3DES, SHA, RSA, and True Random Number Generator–as well as a protected boot code flash area to more securely boot customers’ IoT devices.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Farnell: implement artificial intelligence at the edgeNext Clientron: multi-display thin client for VDI solutionslast_img read more

Oval Test: England overcome Rahul, Pant tons to beat India and clinch series 4-1

first_imgEngland overcame a spirited fightback from India on the final day of the final Test to win by 118 runs and clinch the five-match series 4-1 at The Oval on Tuesday.KL Rahul and Pant denied the hosts for nearly two sessions but the resistance finally broke in the final session as England bowled out India for 345 while defending a mammoth 464 runs.Rahul played a magnificent knock of 149 and added 204 runs for the sixth wicket with Pant, who slammed 114. But they fell within a few overs of each other with Adil Rashid sending back both batsmen to trigger the final collapse for India.India vs England 5th Test Day 5: HighlightsRavindra Jadeja tried his best to bat out the remaining overs but could only manage to play out 46 balls for 13 runs as Sam Curran and James Anderson removed the tail-enders to trigger emotional celebrations in Alastair Cook’s final Test match.Curran ended up with two wickets while Anderson got three including the final one and he fittingly castled Mohammed Shami to surpass Glenn MacGrath’s record.KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test seriesIt was 36-year-old Anderson’s 564th Test wicket in 143 matches, moving him ahead of Australian great McGrath. He is now fourth on the all-time list behind a trio of spinners; Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).Chasing an improbable 464 for victory, India were eventually dismissed inside the last hour for 345, with James Anderson taking the final wicket – his 564th in Test cricket, taking him past Australian great Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler of all time.advertisementRishabh Pant announces his arrival with maiden Test hundredAnderson received a standing ovation as he walked off with Alastair Cook, England’s most-capped player and record Test run scorer who marked his 161st and final match on Monday with an emotional century.For most of the day, however, the story was of spirited Indian resistance that at one point gave them an outside chance of an unimaginable consolation victory, having gone into the fifth and final Test 3-1 down.Rishabh Pant a work in progress, feel former India wicket-keepersWith India beginning the day on a precarious 58-3, a full day’s play looked unlikely for the sparse crowd.But shortly after tea they were motoring along at 325-5 with Rahul and Pant’s partnership worth 204.Opener Rahul, who had earlier shared a 118-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, was eventually bowled for 149 by an Adil Rashid ‘wonder ball’ that pitched way outside leg stump before spinning back out of the rough and hitting off.The 20-year-old Pant lit up a murky day with a sensational maiden century to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a ton in England, striking three fours off one Ben Stokes over.He struck 19 boundaries, including four sixes in a fearless display of shot-making, but shortly after Rahul’s exit he holed out trying to smash Rashid out of the ground.With India’s tail exposed England took the new ball with 18 overs remaining but it was Sam Curran, not Anderson, who struck first having Ishant Sharma caught behind for five.Ravindra Jadeja was India’s last hope, but he nicked a ball off Curran into Bairstow’s clutches.Fittingly, it was left to Anderson to apply the finishing touch and he delivered a beauty to bowl Shami, knocking his middle stump flat.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar can be grabbed for Re 1 during Mi Fan Festival, here’s how

first_imgMi Fan Festival 2019 is here and so are the discounts on Xiaomi products. The Mi Fan Festival begins today, April 4, and will continue on April 6. Xiaomi is offering some great offers during the Mi Fan Festival but the most eye-catchy offer today is Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar at Re 1. Well yes, you can get the newly launched Redmi phone aka Redmi Note 7 Pro at just Re 1. Unlike other offers, this offer is a part of flash sales. Ofcourse.Xiaomi will host the “Re.1 Flash Sale” offer on on all days of the sale. On day 1, April 4, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar will be up for grabs for Re 1. The flash sale will kick off at 2PM on each day of the sale. On Day 2, April 5, the Poco F1 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and Mi Home Security camera basic 1080p white will be available at Re 1. Lastly, on Day 3, the Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones and Mi LED TV 4A PRO will sell for Re 1.Considering this is a flash sale the stock of both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar will have limited stock. This means the interested buyers must hurry to get the products before they go out of stock. For fast check out the buyers must create a Mi account beforehand and login to the profile. The buyers must also add their card details and save their delivery address before the flash sale kicks off at 2PM. The Re 1 Mi Flash Sale will happen on the company’s official website, India, the Redmi Note 7 comes for starting price of Rs 13,999. This price is for the base model which packs 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There’s a 6GB RAM model too which comes for Rs 16,999 in the country right now. To know more about the Redmi Note 7 Pro, read our review. The Mi Soundbar sells for Rs 4,999. Read our Mi Soundbar review here.ALSO READ | Latest OnePlus 7 leak reaffirms previous rumours: Full screen display, pop-up selfie camera and moreALSO READ | Mi Fan Festival 2019 begins: Redmi Note 7 Pro, Mi A2, Poco F1 and other Xiaomi products that get cheaperALSO READ | Apple iPhone XR India price drops by Rs 17,000 to compete with Galaxy S10e, here are the new priceslast_img read more

Petition equating Vande Matram National Anthem dismissed

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking treatment of ‘Vande Matram’ at par with the National Anthem. “We see no reason to entertain the petition,” said a Division Bench presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Harishankar while dismissing the petition. The petition filed by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay also sought directions to the government to take appropriate steps to ensure that ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ were sung in all schools on every working day.last_img

Woman blackmailed by boyfriend goes to police

first_imgKolkata: A girl from Narendrapur in South 24-Parganas lodged a complaint with the police against her boyfriend who had allegedly blackmailed her using some of her personal photographs. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The victim in her complaint also alleged that her boyfriend had established physical relation with her with a promise of marriage.The accused assured her that he would marry her and but later refused to do so. As she demanded an explanation from the accused when he failed to keep his promise, the accused alleged threatened her saying he would upload some of her personal photographs on the social media. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was alleged that the accused had taken some photographs of the girl earlier. Initially, the victim was scared to raise a complaint with the police as the accused threatened her with dire consequences. The victim has been identified as Pradeep Singh. The victim finally gathered some courage and went to the police station. She told the matter to the police officers and also lodged a complaint. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that the victim came in contact with the accused in 2018 through a social networking site. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter interacting with each other, they exchanged their mobile numbers. The interaction eventually led to a relationship in February this year. The victim also told the police that the accused took her personal photographs when they had physical relations. Police suspect that the accused had no intention of marrying the girl. Police are trying to know the whereabouts of the accused. They are also trying to know if he had earlier ditched other women. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprit.last_img read more

International Football Teams Compete Over Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez

Rabat – Three European football clubs are desperate to sign Colombian international footballer James Rodriguez, who plays as midfielder for Real Madrid.The midfielder had signed with Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 for a EUR 80 million bid.International sports speculators have claimed that Real Madrid has named its new price for Rodriguez. The 26-year-old footballer has been heavily targeted by the Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester Untited in addition to Italian giant Inter Milan.According to international sports outlet Marca, Real Madrid told the player’s fans that they can sign him for a GBP 64 million bid.International sports outlets are expecting Manchester United to win the race over the player.

Simon Zebo needs to force Joes hand – Rob Penney

first_imgONE OF THE more notable players to have been left out of the extended Ireland squad released yesterday was Simon Zebo.The fact that the Munster wing was name checked amongst those who “will remain with their provinces to gain further recovery time or game time” means that the door is ajar for him to return to the international fray if he can get back to the kind of form that ultimately resulted in him playing for the Lions last season.Matching the performances that made him a renowned name in international rugby will be no easy task, but if anyone has the confidence to pick up momentum in a short space of time, it is Zebo. Munster head coach Rob Penney says he welcomes the pressure on the 23-year-old.The New Zealander explained his thoughts on why the Cork Con clubman isn’t part of Ireland’s 44-man squad. He’s ready to go, otherwise he wouldn’t be in our group. My take is that I would suspect that he just needs to play. He’s been out of the game for three months and there’s some bloody good talent in the outside backs in the Irish frame.“Simon needs to get back, force Joe’s hand and play so well that he can’t leave him out. It’s a great place for Zeebs to be, because he’s going to need to deliver.”Zebo returned to action as a substitute for the southern province last weekend, having fully recovered from the broken foot he sustained in the Heineken Cup defeat to Edinburgh in October. Also back in the fray was Conor Murray, whose knee injury healed in time for the scrum-half to deliver a composed performance against Gloucester. Conor Murray was back at scrum-half for Munster last weekend. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.Penney highlighted both players’ returns as vital, while also pointing to the input of the man in Munster’s number two shirt.center_img Without doubt, [Zebo and Murray are] two of the more influential attacking members that we have in our group. They’re crucially important to Munster’s future success. Kudos to Damian Varley to get through the amount of work he got through based on leaving the field early against Ulster.“It was great fortitude from that man to get through what he got through.”With all three of those players emerging from Kingsholm unscathed, Penney’s options are looking good for the immediate future. Andrew Conway [groin] is back in training this week, while Donnacha Ryan [knee] and Sean Dougall [ankle] have returned to “limited training”.“Yeah we’ve got some people coming back and have so over the last couple of weeks. So we’re getting more and more numbers around the tracks, which is pleasing enough.”Dave Kearney contract options still ‘up in the air’Simon Hick: French powers tightening their grip on European rugbylast_img read more

Its Baby Got Back in Irish and with added Marty Whelan

first_imgWE CAN’T SAY we ever saw the day that Marty Whelan would star in a video for an as-Gaeilge version of Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts), but that day has arrived.The re-work of the 1987 hit – which is, yes, about liking women with big butts – also stars other RTÉ celebrities including Sinéad Kennedy, Stephen Byrne, Bláthnaid Treacy, weather girl Nuala Carey, Winning Streak’s Geri Maye, Today’s Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, 2fm’s Paddy McKenna, elev8’s Diana Bunici, Seán Regan and Ivan Minnock.They’re all joined in this RTÉ TwoTube video by cast members of Fair City, Ireland’s strongest man James Fennelly, comedian Fred Cooke and dancers from C & N Dance Academy, Ballymun.(TwoTubeTV/YouTube)RTÉ TwoTube, which goes out on Fridays at 6.25pm on RTÉ Two, has launched the video to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge… and, of course, big butts.last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added toddler vegetarians

first_imgCiara Knight’s Tumblr is a pretty simple concept: she just superimposes her face upon the faces of every person in any given picture. The result – ‘My Stupid Face in Stuff‘ – is inexplicably hilarious.Twitter have spent some time drawing maps of the geographical locations from which every tweet is posted. The European map is brilliant because it even shows the major sea routes – check out the thick line between Dublin and Holyhead.We want all of these amazingly-designed products. Including the soother with a moustache.Extra bonus item today: a video of the first time that Jay-Z heard the beat for ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’. The magic happens at 1m45, but it’s best if you compare his mesmerised reaction with his total non-plussedness beforehand: (YouTube: ghproductions1000)THINGS WE SHARED:Here’s an interesting study spotted by Wired: an academic examination of the most controversial articles in Wikipedia, as identified by the number of amendments to pages which were later reversed in full. Gawker has an interesting note: check out the article at Number 4 on the list…Just so you know, ahead of the long weekend: the new meme is Baguetting, and goes a little something like this.Awwwwwwwww. Boy is fed some octopus legs, asks some questions, becomes probable lifelong vegetarian: Emma Roche Murphy from St Kevin’s Girls NS, in Kilnamanagh, at Bloom in the Phoenix Park today. Emma’s school was presented with gardening equipment for being the best growers in the Innocent and GIY ‘Sow and Grow’ project. Unrelated side note: you’re not allowed to bring space hoppers on a train this weekend. (Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED:#ROADS: Two people have been killed, and a third person seriously injured, in a road traffic accident outside Athy this afternoon. A motorcyclist in his 20s died, as did the female passenger of the car he collided with. Her companion – who, like the woman, was in his 80s – is in hospital.#CORPORATE TAX: Two influential US senators have repeated their assertion that Ireland is “a tax haven” – in direct response to a letter from Ireland’s ambassador claiming otherwise. John McCain and Carl Levin say they’re convinced Apple has a special tax arrangement with Ireland, which in their book means Michael Collins’ defence holds no water.#SHOOTING: Gardaí have appealed for information about a shooting in Dublin last night. A 45-year-old man was shot a number of times at St Dominic’s Shopping Centre, and remains in a critical condition at Tallaght Hospital.#MEDIA: The minister in charge of media has said struggling newspapers should not expect to be able to get public funding through the new broadcasting charge. Pat Rabbitte told that the charge, which is to replace the TV licence, needed to ensure that RTÉ was able to maintain its level of public service before being split among other broadcasters.#CHILDCARE: Representatives from the HSE are to be summoned to the next meeting of the Oireachtas health committee to explain how mistreatment at childcare facilities were not discovered sooner. The hearings could also include figures from the chains at the centre of the allegations made on Tuesday’s Prime Time.#BABY NAMES: ‘Jack’ and ‘Emily’ remain the most popular names for babies in Ireland, according to new CSO data. James, Daniel, Sean and Conor round out the boys’ list, while Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily all feature in the girls’ list.So this is a thing that people wear now. A model wears designs by Maiko Takeda during the Royal College of Art graduate fashion show in Kensington, west London. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)THINGS WE LOVED:center_img (YouTube: Raffaella Ciavatta)last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgA man is in hospital with a suspected broken arm after being hit by a Luas. A 19-year-old man was stabbed at Dundrum Shopping Centre last night. The ESRI says Dublin is facing a significant housing shortage. PARTING SHOT This map of connections between Twitter accounts shows there is only one major news site that both pro-Israelis and pro-Palestinians read.Originally posted 9:00pm This video shows how nuclear weapons are made. Today is the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing that killed 150,000 people. []  A man in his 80s was killed in a Donegalroad crash. Fleadh Cheoil organisers ‘respectfully’ returned Shell funding after a public outcry.center_img INTERNATIONAL Displaced Palestinian Umm Muhammad Al Attar stands in a classroom of a U.N. school where the family had sought refuge during the war in Gaza City Source: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images#GAZA: A ceasefire entered into its second day with talks now aimed at securing a permanent truce.#NIGERIA: A second Ebola death has been confirmed in Nigeria. Ireland has pledged €120,000 to help contain the virus.#UKRAINE: The search has been called off for the remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster.#INDIA: Air India was forced to ground one of its planes after a rat infestation.INNOVATION Michaella McCollum Connolly will serve out the remainder of her prison sentence in Northern Ireland. She was arrested this day last year. Robots and artificially intelligent devices are set to take over many jobs now done by people. Some tech experts say, “Automation is Voldemort: the terrifying force nobody is willing to name”. [] Bruce Springsteen was at the RDS today to see his daughter Jessica compete in the Dublin Horse Show. NEED TO CATCH up?  brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Mark Stedman via Photocall Irelandlast_img read more

Un cimetière de marsupiaux géants disparus mis au jour en Australie

first_imgUn cimetière de marsupiaux géants disparus mis au jour en AustralieDans une région isolée du Queensland, à l’est de l’Australie, des chercheurs ont mis au jour un site abritant les squelettes d’une vingtaine de marsupiaux géants. Ces très grands wombats, dont le poids pouvaient atteindre près de trois tonnes, ont vécu dans le pays pendant plusieurs milliers d’années, avant que l’Homme n’apparaisse.Une vingtaine de squelettes de marsupiaux géants a été découverte en Australie, dans une région isolée de l’Etat du Queensland, à l’est du pays. Ces restes appartiennent à des wombats extrêmement imposants, également appelés diprotodons, pouvant peser jusqu’à trois tonnes, et qui après avoir vécu dans le pays pendant des milliers d’années en Australie, ont disparu lorsque l’Homme est apparu.Dans ce cimetière, un spécimen a particulièrement attiré l’attention des chercheurs. Très grand, et parmi les mieux préservés du cimetière, il possédait une mâchoire de quelque soixante-dix centimètres de long. Les scientifiques qui l’ont découvert et étudié l’ont baptisé Kenny, a indiqué à l’APF Scott Hocknull, un chercheur du musée du Queensland, à Brisbane, qui dirige l’équipe à l’origine de cette découverte.Le site mis au jour est selon lui le plus riche en fossiles de wombats géants jamais mis au jour en Australie. Ce cimetière, espère-t-il, devrait offrir aux chercheurs des données précieuses quant à ces animaux et à la façon dont ils ont vécu, et les raisons de leur extinction. “Quand nous avons commencé à fouiller, j’ai été complètement renversé par la concentration des fragments” abrité par le site, raconte Scott Hocknull à l’AFP avant de préciser que ce cimetière est vieux de 100.000 à 200.000 ans. Les plus grands marsupiaux ayant jamais existéÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”C’est une mine d’or pour les paléontologues, on peut vraiment voir ce que ces animaux de la mégafaune faisaient, comment ils vivaient” s’enthousiasme le chercheur. “Avec autant de fossiles, on a une occasion unique de voir ces animaux dans leur environnement. On peut en quelque sorte le reconstruire” affirme-t-il. Les diprotodons sont des marsupiaux très impressionnants, décrits comme un “croisement entre le wombat d’aujourd’hui et un ours, le tout de la taille d’un rhinocéros”. Leur poche ventrale était si grande qu’elle pourrait aujourd’hui abriter un homme, souligne M. Hocknull. Ces animaux ayant vécu voilà deux millions d’années, jusqu’à il y a la fin de l’ère du Pléistocène, il y a 50.000 ans, sont les plus grands marsupiaux ayant jamais existé. C’est lorsque les toutes premières tribus indigènes se sont installées en Australie que l’espèce a disparu. Mais aujourd’hui les raisons de cette extinction sont encore floues et débattues au sein de la communauté scientifique, même si l’apparition des humains est considérée comme l’origine la plus probable de la fin de l’espèce. Les diprotodons ont toutefois laissé derrière eux une importante descendance, représentée notamment par les koalas et les wombats d’aujourd’hui. Ceux-ci ont vu leur taille considérablement réduite. Les petits animaux vivant actuellement dans le sud-est de l’Australie, en Tasmanie ainsi que dans une réserve protégée du Queensland, ne mesurent en effet plus qu’un mètre de long, et leur poids varie entre 20 et 35 kilos seulement. Le 26 juin 2012 à 10:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mrs Tishka Francis of The Bahamas assumes Vice Chairmansh​ip of UN Second

first_img Related Items:bahamas, Second Committee, Tishka Francis, UNGA Committee, United Nations, United Nations General Assembly Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE29th October 2014Bahamian elected to 69 UNGA CommitteeMrs. Tishka Francis, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations, has been elected to serve as Vice Chairperson of the Second Committee of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Second Committee is a subsidiary body of the United Nations General Assembly that deals with Economic, Financial and Environmental matters. The Committee has a normative function, pronouncing on key and emerging international sustainable development issues and providing the foundation for the Body’s operational activities in related areas.During this session, the committee will deal with issues relating to economic growth and development such as macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system, and external debt sustainability), financing for development, sustainable development, human settlements, poverty eradication, globalization and interdependence, operational activities for development, and information and communication technologies for development.Additionally, the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly, will be a critical year for the organisation, as the organisation is expected to elaborate on the post-2015 development agenda, and embark on a number of key processes, including:1) The implementation of the outcome – the SAMOA Pathway – of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States that took place in Samoa, September 2014.2) The convening of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 3) The convening of the third Financing for Development Conference in July 2015As a member of the Bureau, Ms. Francis will play a key role in shaping the agenda for these processes, and in elaborating the relevant roadmaps.Ms. Francis is the first Bahamian to serve in this capacity. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Recommended for youlast_img read more