TAOISEACH DEFENDS APPOINTMENT OF SEANAD HOPEFUL McNULTY

first_imgKilcar man and FG Seanad candidate John McNulty.TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has defended a Donegal businessman on his appointment to a semi-state museums board so he can run for a seat in the Seanad.John McNulty has been at the centre of a political storm all week.“It is the right of the leader of the day to decide who is nominated. I have to decide who should be nominated. I have to verify all the nominations of all the candidates for General Elections and for the Seanad. The process is one Fine Gael has always followed,” said Mr Kenny on a trip to America. Mr Kenny added: “I hope that John McNulty will prove to be an outstanding Senator. He is a young man with considerable energy and potential. He is involved in a lot of different activities in an area that needs every help it can get. Where obviously rural Ireland needs every assistance it can get.”Mr Kenny also rejected an argument the appointment should have been given to a woman.“Well I saw some commentary about this about gender balance. The two candidates in the Dail by elections, Cait Keane and Maura Hopkins, speak for themselves and are well able to speak for themselves and hopefully will win those elections,” he said.TAOISEACH DEFENDS APPOINTMENT OF SEANAD HOPEFUL McNULTY was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fine Gaeljohn mccolgan financial adviceSeanadlast_img read more

Gaming in the Cloud: OnLive Launches Tomorrow

first_imgOnLive, the cloud-based gaming service founded by Apple alum Steve Perlman launches tomorrow. The service hopes to mark a monumental shift in the way gaming works: no more downloads, no more patches, no more discs. Instead of running a video game locally, players on OnLive connect via broadband to a gaming system that runs and stores not just their data, but the entire game itself. OnLive enables video games to be played on Mac or PC and, using their “micro console device” on your TV.In a world where “lag” – latency due to Internet or graphics hiccups – means “death,” there have been a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to make cloud-based gaming feasible. Some eight years in development, OnLive’s vision of instant-access, on-demand gaming has necessitated huge tech developments in both the servers’ and in the broadband capabilities. The machines required to run these games, for example, have to have graphics capabilities not typically associated with servers. According to Venture Beat, the service will limit players’ access, depending on their location from a server and the processing power of their computer, in order to ensure gameplay that’s, well, playable.According to CEO Perlman, the launch marks “the first step toward a future where video game content is increasingly free from the restrictions of device and location, while showcasing the ability to instantly play the latest, most advanced games at the touch of a button.”OnLive promises over twenty games available at launch, including Prince of Persia, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and Mass Effect 2. For a limited time, founding subscribers are being offered their first year of OnLive membership for free in a program sponsored by AT&T. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Announcements#cloud Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Rohtak is Haryana’s crime den

first_imgTwo persons arrested on charge of drug-peddling. A special “Clean Rohtak Operation” has been launched in the district against drug-peddling, illegal arms supply, bootlegging and gambling.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Dimpi Gulati, a relationship manager with a nationalised bank, being honoured by Mr. Nain for chasing and catching a snatcher. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in a meeting with senior police officers in Chandigarh recently announced a reward of ₹1 lakh for anyone providing information on snatchers, highlighting the growing menace.Drug abuseThe number of cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act this year till June 30 has increased more than double to 49 compared to 21 last year for the corresponding period.The Rohtak police have so far seized 12.18 kg opium, 700 gm Charas, 16.5 kg poppy husk, 55 gm smack, 112.5 kg ganja and 75 bottles of a cough syrup with the arrest of 52 people in one of the largest seizures over the past few years. The drugs are mostly supplied to this region from Jharkhand and Odisha and the consumption is on the rise on account of a huge population of students, said the police officers.‘Operation Clean Rohtak’Mr. Nain said that “Operation Clean Rohtak” was kicked off three months ago for improved detection of drug-peddling, illegal arms supply, bootlegging and gambling. The police officer claimed that the increased number of cases under these Acts proved that the operation was a success and would continue. “The action taken under the operation shows decrease in the number of heinous crimes such as murder and attempt to murder this year. Also, there has been no substantial increase in the number of theft cases and the incidents of burglary have actually come down,” said Mr. Nain. For a safer city: Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain cycling with over 200 students and teachers of MDN Public School to create awareness about traffic rules  Crime RecordWoman chases down snatchersEven as the city police are struggling to deal with the increasing cases of snatching in Rohtak, a young woman relationship manager with a nationalised bank displayed exemplary courage to chase down a snatcher and get him arrested.Dimpi Gulati, a resident of Sector 1, was on her way to work on a two-wheeler on July 5 morning when a man on a motorcycle came from behind and snatched her bag containing cash, mobile phone and important bank documents. However, Dimpi followed the snatcher and rammed her two-wheeler into the motorcycle from behind.The accused fell on the road and Dimpi raised an alarm seeking help from the passers-by to catch him. The accused, Diwan Singh, a resident of Sunariya Khurd village, hit himself with a stone to implicate Dimpi, but he was arrested. Diwan purportedly told the police that he was a drugaddict and had snatched the bag to arrange money for drugs. Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain invited Dimpi and her family to his office and honoured her.Thieves flee leaving booty, pistolThe day Dimpi Gulati chased and caught the snatcher, two young men allegedly tried to flee with cash from the counter of a juice corner. According to the FIR, the accused came to Nandal Juice Corner at Bhiwani Chungi around 6.30 p.m. and ordered two glasses of juice. When the shop owner, Pawan, turned to serve juice to the duo, they ran off with the cash chest. Pawan, a resident of Rajendra Colony, gave them a chase and raised an alarm.At this, one of the two men allegedly fired on the ground to scare Pawan. When Pawan continued to chase them, they left the cash chest and pistol behind and ran away. Mohit, a passer-by, ran after them, but they managed to escape.Pawan in his complaint said that ₹500 was found missing from the chest. No arrests have been made in the case so far.Fire in ATM, cash missingIn February, three youth on a motorcycle set an ATM booth at Gandhi Camp in Rohtak afire and made off with the mobile phone of the security guard. The case was worked out within 24 hours with the arrest of four employees of a company entrusted with the replenishment of ATM booths of the bank.The story emerged that the accused loaded ₹4.5 lakh in the ATM at Gandhi Camp, but showed in their records that they had loaded ₹34 lakh so as to siphon off the remaining amount. They burnt the ATM to destroy the evidence. However, the investigation revealed that only ₹58,800 was recovered from the burnt ATM and ₹4 lakh was withdrawn form the machine. This exposed their plan. The police recovered ₹27.5 lakh from the arrested persons. While Arun and Balraj used to load cash in ATMs, Sukhwinder and Jaibir worked as gunmen with the firm.Double murder over ₹800While murders in Gurugram and Sonipat are mostly committed over property-related disputes, the motive behind most of the killings in Rohtak is found to be personal enmity or vendetta. In one such case, an auto-rickshaw driver and his tea-seller father were beaten to death with iron rods and bricks over delay in payment of just ₹800.Amit, a resident of Karor village, had bought a music-player, a speaker and a memory card from Rampal, also an auto-rickshaw driver, but was dilly-dallying over the payment of ₹800. Enraged, Rampal hatched a plan with his friends Sohan, Rohit and Sandeep and murdered Amit at his father’s tea shop on May 14 night. When his father, Shri Bhagwan, tried to stop them, they killed him as well. The double murder came to light the next morning when Amit’s brother found the bodies lying in the fields near the tea-stall. In a dramatic turn of events, Rampal too ended his life by jumping in front of a train. However, his three accomplices were arrested in the case.center_img  “We have observed during our meetings that Dalit women, migrant labourers, their girl children and physically or mentally challenged women are being increasingly targeted in Rohtak. The response of the police is found to be delayed and the government agencies such as the Social Welfare Department lack the resources to help the victims. The only so-called achievement of the present government in opening Mahila Thanas is already a failed experiment. It is at the best an attempt to adjust the women police officers due for promotions as male officers do not prefer to work under them,” said Ms. Sangwan.Snatching menaceEven as robbery and theft show an upward trend, coupled with poor work-out rate, there has been a sudden spurt in snatching cases in the town this year. While only 45 cases of snatching were reported last year till June 30, 85 cases have been reported this year so far. In 2014, only 70 snatching cases were reported. According to the police officers, the increase in the number of snatching cases is directly connected to the increase in drug abuse. “There are a few organised gangs involved in snatchings. Most of the accused arrested are drug addicts operating on their own to arrange money for drugs. In some cases, school and college students are also found involved,” said Rohtak Police, PRO, head constable Sunny. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Not to be left behind in this age of information technology, the Rohtak police now have presence on Facebook and Twitter to connect directly with the residents and share information on traffic situation and new initiatives.Police in a soupMr. Nain, after he took charge in December last year, not just ensured that the social networking websites of the Rohtak police were updated daily, but also launched a WhatsApp number announcing a reward of ₹1,000 for any complaint related to a police personnel.“A common man hardly goes to a police station to make a complaint against the police. So we decided to reach out to them through WhatsApp and also announced a reward. It was a huge success and we were inundated with pictures of police personnel violating traffic rules. It helps more and more residents connect with the police and also keeps a check on traffic violations by the policemen,” said Mr. Nain. One of Haryana’s fastest growing and politically important towns, Rohtak, around 70 km north-west of Delhi, has been in the news over the past few months for some of the most sensational and gruesome crime cases.The town recently grabbed national headlines when a young Dalit woman, kidnapped from neighbouring Sonipat, was gangraped and bludgeoned to death in Rohtak.A few months earlier, a man was killed and five others were injured after unidentified assailants dressed as women opened fired outside a court premises in Rohtak in broad daylight. In March last year, a national-level Kabaddi player, Sukhwinder, was shot dead point-blank in his village. Besides, the brutal gang-rape and murder of a mentally unstable Nepalese woman, a minor girl impregnated by her step-father and the murder of a politician sent shock waves across the region.Crimes against womenThe figures of crimes against women for the first six months this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, indicate a considerable increase in cases of molestation and dowry, even as there is no let-up in rape cases. Superintendent of Police, Rohtak, Pankaj Nain argued that a mechanism was put in place in the wake of the rape of a Dalit woman earlier this year, to ensure that FIRs were registered in all cases of crimes against women. This resulted in an increase in the number of cases registered.“The Women Helpline (1091) is informed about all complaints regarding crimes against women, a designated woman DSP speaks to all the complainants the next day and a case is promptly registered. I myself and the Inspector-General of Police office keep track of the serious cases of crime against women,” said Mr. Nain.Pressure on policeAll-India Democratic Women’s Association vice-president Jagmati Sangwan, a Rohtak resident, argued that though there was pressure on the police to register FIRs in cases of crime against women following the Nirbhaya gang-rape, there was no denying the fact that such cases were on the rise.last_img read more

Gujarat sounds flood alert amid heavy rain

first_imgHeavy rains lashed half a dozen districts of central and north Gujarat on Tuesday. The State sounded an alert in some low-lying areas as continuous rainfall might lead to floods. “We had heavy rains in Panchmahal, Chhota Udepur, Sabarkantha, Mahisagar and Vadodara districts since Monday. Chhota Udepur was battered by 271 mm rain, leading to rivers overflowing across the district,” said the government. Three persons travelling in a car had a narrow escape when their vehicle was washed away while crossing a flooded causeway near Nasvadi in Chhota Udepur district, an official said, adding local residents had saved the passengers. “Despite warnings, the three insisted on crossing the causeway.” In another incident, a car was washed away while crossing a flooded causeway over the Dev river near Vyara village in Vadodara district, said the police.They said they suspect that a lone person travelling in the car might have drowned. An NDRF team was pressed into service to locate the car and the person.The met department has forecast heavy rains in several parts till Wednesday evening.last_img read more

25 days agoBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move close

first_imgBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move closeby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNiklas Sule has revealed he almost joined a Premier League club before deciding on a move to Bayern Munich in 2017.The 24-year-old added that he would love to play in the English top-flight one day.“It was a thought to go to the Premier League [in 2017],” the 24-year-old exclusively told Goal and DAZN.“This is one of the leagues in which I really want to play. At the time, however, I saw the change to Munich as the best step. And, as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern.“Not only because I got my way, but also because the fans and all the staff are great.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

24 days agoEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Everton

first_imgEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Evertonby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA former mentor of PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he was in contact when Everton blocked his move in January.Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, the founder of the Diambars Institute in Senegal, was one of Gueye’s junior mentors.He recalled: “I was often in touch with him at that moment – because I felt the big disappointment coming, I had to be there to discuss with him, to advise him, to reassure him that it was only part of the process. “It is said that the train never runs twice, but I was convinced that he was doing too well so that it would not happen one day or another. What happened this winter has reinforced the desire to work together on both sides.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoShearer says Liverpool team to beat in title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer says Liverpool team to beat in title raceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Alan Shearer can’t see Liverpool being caught at the top of the Premier League table.He wrote for BBC Sport: “It is only the start of October, but Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the table already looks ominous for Manchester City.”Yes, City’s injuries have hurt them – they have been nowhere near as solid as usual defensively, and they lacked a creative spark in Sunday’s shock home defeat by Wolves too.”But, regardless of what their rivals are doing, to come out and win their first eight Premier League games of the season has been a fantastic response from the Reds after they went so close to winning the title last term.”There has been no hint of a hangover from that near miss.”Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side have thrown the gauntlet down to City, and now they are definitely the team to beat in the title race.” last_img read more

Trudeau talks trade with Mexican president ahead of meeting with Pence in

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Two of the three political leaders with the most at stake at the NAFTA table huddled Friday behind closed doors, their most senior trade lieutenants alongside, in hopes of unlocking a mutually beneficial solution to the cross-border conundrum posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto gathered on the sidelines of a major international summit in Peru’s capital, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pulled out of the summit at the last minute, sending his deputy, C. J. Mahoney, in his place.The sit-down, the first face-to-face between the two leaders since November, comes at a critical time, with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. all looking for a breakthrough in the ongoing effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement — and Trump’s wild-card trade strategies doing little to clear the air.It was also a chance for Trudeau to take stock of Mexico’s position — and perhaps share strategies — before the prime minister heads into a meeting Saturday with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence.Pence is in Peru instead of Trump, who was originally scheduled to attend but decided against it at the last minute, ostensibly to deal with the American response to a chemical attack in Syria.Freeland described the conversation between Trudeau and Pena Nieto as “a good one,” even as she expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, which are continuing in Washington this weekend.“Canada and Mexico found that we’re very much on the same page in believing that now is the moment to very, very intensely engage and to really enter a new stage, a new rhythm, a new level of negotiations,” she told reporters after the sitdown.The meeting between the Canadian and Mexican leaders came one day after U.S. officials indicated they were willing to soften their demands on autos, which Trump followed by warning that he was willing to renegotiate “forever.”Freeland refused to speculate on these apparently competing messages, even as she said all trade negotiations are subject to “moments of drama.”“There certainly have been moments of drama in the past,” she said of the NAFTA talks. “And I will make a prediction … there are more dramatic moments (coming) in the days to come. And we should not be distracted by those.”Trudeau’s meetings with Pena Nieto and Pence come as the three are attending the Summit of the Americas, which is held every four years and brings together leaders from across the Western Hemisphere.The prime minister started his day Friday by meeting Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who served as Peru’s ambassador to Canada before the previous president was forced to resign over a scandal last month.Trudeau delivered a 10-minute address to business leaders from across the Americas encouraging them to invest in Canada, noting that the country has free trade agreements with dozens of countries around the world.Even as his government struggles to deal with a pipeline crisis at home, one that has forced him to return to Canada on Sunday before resuming his travels to Europe, Trudeau pitched his country as a great place to invest, telling hundreds of business leaders “that big things can get done in Canada.”More than half the countries with which Canada has free trade agreements are in the Americas, Trudeau said, and the hope is to add a deal with Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, to that tally.“Even in this age where the value of trade is being questioned by some, we have successfully negotiated landmark agreements with Europe and with Asia,” Trudeau added – a not-so subtle dig at protectionists like Trump.The prime minister went on to emphasize Canada’s skilled labour force, low unemployment and debt-to-GDP ratio, recent federal investments in infrastructure and a new investment agency as proof that Canada is open for business.The message appeared well received, and Kenneth Frankel, president of the Canadian Council for the Americas, said the region offers a natural opportunity for Canada – particularly as it looks for a northern partner who isn’t Trump.Yet Siegfried Kiefer, president of Calgary-based engineering firm Atco Ltd., said Latin American leaders have told him they need massive new investments in infrastructure to grow their economies first.On that front, Canada’s own record on infrastructure and “national-interest projects” has room for improvement, Kiefer said, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which is at the centre of a fierce battle between the Alberta and B.C. governments.“The business community is generally looking for proof in the pudding,” he said.“The public unrest relative to some of these projects is really what you’re trying to deal with. And that in my mind deals with how do you gain the trust of the people of the country that you have looked at the merits of the project objectively.”Trudeau’s day also included hosting a lunch with representatives from the 15-country Caribbean Community, where he announced $25 million in new funding to help the region deal with natural disasters such as hurricanes.The prime minister also met with Chilean President Sebastien Pinera, who took office in March and whose country is an important political and trade partner with Canada.– Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had a typo in Siegfried Kiefer’s first name.last_img read more

Turkish inflation eases from 15year high as lira recovers

first_imgISTANBUL — Official figures show that Turkey’s inflation rate eased in November in the wake of a firmer currency, which kept a lid on import prices.The Turkish Statistical Institute said Monday that consumer prices in the year to November were up 21.6 per cent, down from October’s 15-year high rate of 25.2 per cent.Turkey’s national currency hit an all time low this summer over concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a diplomatic and trade spat with the United States.Improved relations with the U.S. and a big 6.25 per cent interest rate hike have helped shore up the Turkish lira in recent months. Tax cuts and discounted prices have also helped rein in inflation.The Associated Presslast_img

Special air quality statement in effect for Northeast BC

first_imgIndividuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.The smoke is not emanating from any local wildfires, and could be coming from wildfires that erupted elsewhere in the province over the long weekend.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.last_img read more