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first_imgFor the fifth year in a row, salaries will grow the fastest in India among all Asian countries, according to a new survey.An annual survey by the global human resource company Hewitt Associates, expects Indian salaries to rise an average 15.2 percent, after increasing 15.1 percent last year. Salaries in China are projected to grow by 8.5 percent, followed by the Philippines with 8.3 percent.The survey measures compensations in five job categories – executives, managers, midlevel staff, clerks and manual workers.The survey covered 2,000 Asian companies, 540 of which are in India.  Related Itemslast_img read more

No repeat in Boston as Red Sox eliminated from playoff race

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first_imgBoston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, watches from the dugout during the bottom of the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — It’s official: There will be no repeat in Boston.The World Series champion Red Sox were mathematically eliminated in the late innings, then lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Friday night when Willy Adames had an RBI single in the 11th.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: OF J.D. Martinez (left groin tightness) could start Saturday night. … Cora doesn’t have a date for when LHP Chris Sale (left elbow inflammation) will resume throwing. Sale, rehabbing in Florida, spent time with teammates before the game. … INF Michael Chavis (sprained left shoulder) will mostly likely be shutdown for the season.Rays: CF Avisaíl García left after six innings after feeling dizzy. Cash had no update postgame. … INF Brandon Lowe, out since July 3 with a bruised right shin and later a strained left quadriceps, is to play in an instructional league game Saturday.UP NEXTRed Sox RHP Travis Lakins (0-1) will start a bullpen day Saturday night against Rays RHP Tyler Glasnow (6-1), who will be making his third start since returning from a right forearm strain.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Titles stay put as Filipino fans get real treat in thrilling WWE Manila return A year after going 108-54 to win their third straight AL East title, the Red Sox (80-73) were knocked out during the ninth inning when Cleveland beat Philadelphia, around the time Mitch Moreland hit his second two-run homer.Boston lost eight of its opening 10 games and 13 of its first 19, then struggled to recover. After moving into second place on July 27 at 59-47, the Red Sox skidded to a season-worst eight-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We were very inconsistent from the get-go and it just carried over throughout the season,” manager Alex Cora said. “We never put (together) one of the stretches that we knew we could, but other teams were better — New York and Tampa in our division. They did an outstanding job.”There has not been a repeat World Series champion since the 1998-2000 New York Yankees. Ten of the last 18 champions failed to reach the playoffs in the year after their title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ “That’s kind of the question we’ve been asking ourselves, why is it so difficult?” Boston starter Rick Porcello said. “It takes a lot out of you to make a run and win the World Series. Maybe some carryover to that. Also, you’ve got a bullseye on your back. All those things are things you think you should be able to deal with, so it’s hard to answer that really.”Tampa Bay (91-63) remained tied with Cleveland for the second AL wild card, two games behind Oakland. While the Red Sox have the highest payroll in the major leagues at $228 million, the Rays have the lowest at $66 million.“We’re learning a lot about ourselves right now in this environment,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s the best environment that we can be in going forward.”Mike Brosseau and Daniel Robertson drew two-out walks in the 11th from Trevor Kelley (0-3), and Adames lined a single to left that scored pinch-runner Johnny Davis from second base.Diego Castillo (4-8) struck out Moreland with a runner on first to end the top of the 11th.ADVERTISEMENT Moreland put the Red Sox ahead 2-0 with his seventh-inning homer off Charlie Morton on an 0-2 pitch, then tied the score against Emilio Pagan with an opposite-field drive to left.“It’s just been an uphill battle the whole year,” Moreland said. “We got off to a tough start and it seems like it kind of snow-balled on us.”Porcello gave up three hits over six scoreless innings. After a pair of walks by Darwinzon Hernandez in the seventh, pinch-hitter Nate Lowe grounded into a run-scoring forceout, Adames hit an RBI double off Marcus Walden and Josh Taylor threw a run-scoring wild pitch.Ji-Man Choi made it 4-2 on an eighth-inning RBI double off Andrew Cashner.Morton, bidding for a career-high 16th win, allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings.“For us to be down by a couple runs late in the game and comeback, it’s gritty,” Morton said.Mookie Betts went 0 for 5 as a designated hitter in his return to Boston’s lineup after missing a week with left foot inflammation. Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi came out in the third due to a bruised left thumb and will likely be sidelined for a few days.Tampa Bay’s Austin Meadows was hitless in four at-bats, ending a 16-game hitting streak.REMEMBERING ROBERTOThe Rays took part in Roberto Clemente Day. The team wore T-shirts honoring Clemente during batting practice and Clemente’s son, Luis, threw the ceremonial first pitch. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more

Priyankas khaki shorts lead to troll trouble

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first_imgNew Delhi: It was a fashionable outing for Priyanka Chopra, but she became a target of trolls who took a dig at her decision to wear khaki shorts. In photographs which are viral on social media, Priyanka was spotted leaving a hotel in New York with her husband Nick Jonas. She opted for a black top along with high waisted khaki shorts for the outing. She upped the glamour quotient by adding a blazer and a pair of boots to complete her look. She also added a brace to her left knee. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyShe was seen with a large black bag in hand and accessorised her look with a pair of rectangular shades. The actor kept her wavy hair open. The look was an instant hit on the social media – wherein people appreciated her stylish appearance and some ridiculed it by comparing it with the uniform of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). One person on social media wrote: “Priyanka Chopra finally joined RSS”, while another said: “International Brand Ambassador for #RSS.”last_img read more

New Brunswicks next premier is a fiscal hawk and former Irving Oil

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first_imgThe man poised to become New Brunswick’s next premier has a well-earned reputation as a tight-fisted fiscal manager whose resume includes 33 years as a senior executive working for one of Canada’s richest families: the Irving clan.Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs, a 64-year-old engineer and former finance minister, was hired by Irving Oil a week after he graduated from the University of New Brunswick. He was eventually promoted to director of distribution, overseeing oil transportation across eastern Canada and New England.His extensive big business experience has informed his approach to politics. Higgs refers to citizens as customers, and his campaign for the Sept. 24 election was replete with references to getting results.“I came from a company where you had to deliver results in order to survive,” Higgs said when he released the Progressive Conservative platform.“(New Brunswickers) are paying the bills but they’re not getting the service to reflect the amount of money being spent.”Higgs had promised to cut government waste and balance the province’s budget in two years — a year earlier than his outgoing rival, Liberal Premier Brian Gallant.And like other right-of-centre politicians, he also promised not to raise taxes, while offering a modest spending plan.“We will set lofty goals and achieve them. We don’t need more taxes, we need results,” Higgs said Friday after Gallant’s government fell on a confidence vote.“We ran a principled campaign and ran on the belief that New Brunswick needs better service from the political leaders.”Tom Bateman, a political science professor at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, says as a former Irving executive, Higgs will face scrutiny when weighing just about any government decision.“There is an imbalance that would create that perception with any government,” he said. “Mr. Higgs would be well aware of that perception and would want to disabuse people of the idea that he was a cipher for the Irving companies.”The company is one of the province’s largest employers, with interests in forestry, pulp and paper, transportation, oil refining and distribution, retail, media outlets and shipbuilding. Canadian Business magazine says the privately owned empire was thought to be worth $7.8 billion, making the Irving family the eighth richest in Canada.“The interactions between public policy and the Irvings are multitudinous,” Bateman said. “It’s a very large and influential group of companies in a province that is very small and short on alternative means of economic development.”Before the election campaign began, the Liberals took aim at Higgs’ business background, saying he has opposed minimum-wage increases, income tax increases for the richest New Brunswickers and a plan to make tuition free for some post-secondary students.“He wants to help the wealthy and large corporations,” Gallant said at the time. “And he’s demonstrated that in his voting record as leader of the Opposition.”The Liberals also produced a series of attack ads, which included the slogan: “Blaine Higgs puts big business first.”However, no one in the province was surprised when the Liberal cabinet ministers who unveiled the negative ads made a point of not mentioning the Irving brand.Bad-mouthing the Irvings is bad politics in New Brunswick.And it’s been that way since Higgs was growing up in Forest City, N.B., near the Canada-U.S. border. The son of a customs officer, he married his high school sweetheart, Marcia, and settled down in Saint John, where they had four daughters: Lindsey, Laura, Sarah and Rachel.The couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this summer and now have three grandchildren.First elected to the New Brunswick legislature in 2010 — four months after he retired from Irving — he served as finance minister for four years. He was elected as Tory leader in October 2016.On the national stage, Higgs isn’t expected to ruffle too many feathers. Unlike Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Higgs is no populist.“His message isn’t that different from previous premiers,” said J.P. Lewis, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. “He’s more like a traditional Progressive Conservative. He’s like a Harper-era cabinet minister.”Still, Higgs and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are expected to clash over how to deal with climate change.Higgs has said he will join with his counterparts in Ontario and Saskatchewan in rejecting Ottawa’s bid to get the provinces to impose a carbon tax on their citizens.Last month, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said his province would also scrap plans for a carbon tax. As well, Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s Opposition, has promised to repeal the province’s carbon tax if his party wins the 2019 spring election.“Based on (Higgs’) rhetoric, he could become another thorn in the side of Trudeau, especially when it comes to natural resources,” Lewis said.Higgs also faces a daunting task in turning around the province’s economy, which some economists have said is headed for a “fiscal cliff.” Carrying a $14 billion debt, it could be pushed over the edge if there’s a sharp rise in interest rates or a credit-rating downgrade.The province has the nation’s lowest median household income, and was the only province that recorded a population decline between 2011 and 2016. As well, its tax base is shrinking and the province has suffered through consecutive deficit budgets.Economic growth — forecasted by the Conference Board to be about 1.3 per cent this year — is expected to remain sluggish as the province struggles to increase its population.“We can fix this,” Higgs said before the election campaign. “We have to be straight with each other and talk about real issues, not pretend all is well.”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Hicham El Guerrouj and Moroccan Fans Hyped up…

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Rabat- Moroccan fans of the Atlas Lions are hyped up in Moscow, one day before the start of the World Cup 2018 tournament and two days before Morocco’s first World Cup match against Iran on June 15.The Moroccan mile-race Olympic champion and world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj shared on his Twitter account a video of Moroccan fans chanting “I love a red flag,” from a popular Moroccan song.The Atlas Lions are playing in the World Cup for the first time since 1998. El Guerrouj’s 17-second clip captured the fans as they held the Moroccan flag together and jumped up and down in sheer enthusiasm in Moscow, where a few Russian passersby got to witness the jovial cheering.From Russie to support our @Morocco2026_FR & @EnMaroc ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ????? ????? pic.twitter.com/F2WHHCz7pn— Hicham El Guerrouj ???? ?????? (@elguerrouj32600) June 11, 2018The Atlas Lions will play against Portugal in their second game on June 20 and against Spain on June 25 in the final first-round match. Recently, many Moroccan celebrities displayed support for the national team in their own way, including French-Moroccan rapper Lartiste who wore a T-shirt reading “Keep calm and support Morocco” during his performance on the French show “Chanson de l’année 2018” (Song of the Year 2018). In addition, many artists, such as Said Naciri, Abderrahim Souiri, and Leila Haddioui, joined together in a music video, Malhama Abtal Al Watan (Saga: Heroes of the Nation), which received nationwide ridicule and criticism for its “lack of creativity.” read more

Norfolk council holds off on Hastings decision

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Norfolk County council is taking a wait and see approach to the situation on Hastings Drive in Long Point.Property owner Mary Weber made a public deputation to council on Tuesday asking for those who own vacant lots on the 3.2 kilometre strip of land be able to park trailers and RVs on their properties.The land that sits on the shore of the Inner Bay was home to a number of cottages before a large storm in 1985 wrecked and damaged several structures. Fearing another weather event would endanger the structures and people in them, the Haldimand-Norfolk Region imposed a hazardous land designation.In recent years, an estimated 11 owners have parked trailers on their lots and left them for much of the summer season. Trailers are considered to be vehicles and were deemed a legal non-conforming use of the land.In the days following the Oct. 28 municipal election, 16 charges were handed to land owners, most for having trailers on their property which goes against a 2014 Norfolk by-law.There are 24 cottages in total on Hastings Dr., 75 lots are privately owned and 47 are owned by Norfolk County.“Please do the right thing here,” Weber urged council. “I’m not asking you to allow us to build three storey condos, dig up deep basements or put up street lights, I’m asking you to save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation costs and allow what has been allowed by this county since at least 1985. These recreational vehicles are as much of the colour of the landscape on Hastings Drive as the (24) cottages are. In fact, they are as much a part of the landscape on the rest of Long Point as those 800 cottages are.”A 2018 decision by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal – an agency that replaced the Ontario Municipal Board – said that all new development on Hastings is forbidden because the land is declared hazard land. The LPAT decision did not deal with the suggestion that camping trailers, RVs and the like count as a legal non-conforming use and thus should be allowed.Waterford Councillor Kim Huffman noted that some property owners purchased their land following 1985 knowing it was designated hazardous.“To me, that’s two different issues, that you had people that owned their property, had a structure on it, the structure was lost and then we have people who bought (land) after,” she said.Weber said she doesn’t think there’s a difference between the two.“People bought lots (after 1985) because they wanted to fish, they wanted to launch boats so there’s no difference between people who have a lot that has been in their family for generations, or people who just bought a lot ten years ago with the hope of spending the day on their property,” Weber said.“Respectively, there is a little bit of a difference,” Huffman replied.Stephen Corke of Brantford – whose family owns two lots – also spoke at Tuesday’s council meeting.“Our lot and many others are referred to as vacant lots,” he said. “We’ve never considered it a vacant lot, we never considered it abandoned. We feel we have uses established with it from 1940 on.”Long Point and area councillor Tom Masschaele said he finds the situation “troubling”.“We’re here today and some very good people who are residents of Norfolk County have actually had to come here to plead to council to have their rights as property owners listened to,” he said.Masschaele made a motion that Norfolk wait for a ruling in a civil action against Norfolk by Randy Mawhiney of St. Williams before proceeding on the issue. Mawhiney, who owns vacant lots on Hastings Drive, is challenging Norfolk’s current restrictions.Masschaele also suggested Norfolk withdraw from those proceedings.The motion was seconded by Simcoe councillor Ian Rabbitts and agreed upon unanimously.Weber applauded council for hearing the case of lot owners.“I think it’s moving forward because we have a council that is at least considering both sides of the story,” she said. “In my option, our old council was very much against anything on Hastings Drive. I look at this as a step forward, baby steps – it’s all going to be baby steps – but there were great questions, people wanted clarification and they’re willing to listen.”jrobinson@postmedia.com read more

AP Source Airbus plans to build first US factory in Alabama

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European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Ala., a person with knowledge of its plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The person, who requested anonymity because a public announcement has not been made, says the company would build A320s there.The A320 is a widely-used plane flown by U.S. airlines, including Delta and US Airways. An Alabama plant would have Airbus building planes squarely in the territory of archrival Boeing.The plan was first reported by The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, who said that an announcement could come as soon as Monday.Airbus has said it wants to expand, and that it favours a site in the Southern U.S. A spokeswoman says no decision has been made by the company’s board. by News Staff Posted Jun 27, 2012 7:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP Source: Airbus plans to build first US factory in Alabama read more

On World Day UN cites press freedom as critical to reaching development

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(MDGs). This call was made in a joint message by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who said UN bodies are already working together and with other partners under UNESCO’s leadership to create a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers around the world. Their message goes on to stress that this year, the international community has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to prepare a long-term agenda for sustainable development to succeed the MDGs when they end in 2015. “Successfully implementing that agenda will require that all populations enjoy the fundamental rights of freedom of opinion and expression, the officials said, underscoring that those rights are essential to democracy, transparency, accountability and the rule of law. “They are vital for human dignity, social progress and inclusive development.” World Press Freedom Day, which was designated as May 3rd in 1993 by the UN General Assembly, is being marked in about 100 countries and UNESCO is holding an international conference entitled “Media Freedom For a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda” from 5 to 6 May in Paris. Also marking the Day, 31 specialists from the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system called on all Governments to promote and protect the rights to freedom of expression and information, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association and public participation. Protection of these fundamental freedoms is essential for full realization of all human rights for all and for the achievement of related development goals. “States must develop more inclusive political processes and allow the media to play a key role in guaranteeing the right of everyone…to freely access information and engage in meaningful development related discourse.” The experts, known as Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, comprise the Organization’s largest body of independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. “Without free media to advocate for and monitor the implementation of the new set of post-2015 targets, there can be no real development for all marginalized, vulnerable or discriminated against. Not now, not ever,” declared the experts. At a UN Headquarters this past Thursday, senior officials stressed that free media, traditional and new, are indispensable for development, democracy and good governance, during a briefing on “Media freedom for a better future: shaping the post-2015 development agenda.” “Freedom of expression, independent media and universal access to knowledge will fortify our efforts to achieve lasting results for people and the planet,” Mr. Ban said in opening remarks to the briefing. The discussion mirrored the theme of this year’s Day, and will also feed into the major effort under way throughout the UN System to achieve a new development agenda to succeed the landmark MDGs. Mr. Ban said that every day of the year, the fundamental freedom to receive and impart ideas through any media is under assault, “to the detriment of us all.” Indeed, journalists are being singled out for speaking or writing uncomfortable truths – kidnapped, detained, beaten and sometimes murdered. “Such treatment is completely unacceptable in a world ever more reliant on global news outlets and the journalists who serve them,” said the UN chief. He told the briefing that last year, 70 journalists were killed; many caught in the cross-fire of armed hostilities. Fourteen more have suffered the same fate this year. Also last year, 211 journalists were being held in prison. Some 456 journalist have been forced into exile since 2008. And since 1992, well over 1,000 journalists have been killed – nearly one per week. “These are alarming figures. Behind each statistic stands a man or a woman simply going about their lawful business,” the Secretary-General said, stressing that there must be no impunity for those who target journalists for violence, intimidation or distorted uses of legal procedures to disrupt or impede their work. As for the post-2015 agenda, he said free media, traditional and new, are indispensable for development. They can promote transparency about the new goals that Member States will adopt – progress as well as shortfalls. “Social media and mobile technologies offer new tools for accelerating citizen participation and economic and social progress,” he said, adding that the media’s watchdog function is essential for holding Governments, businesses and others to account. Echoing those sentiments, John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, said freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental rights that form an essential pillar of democratic societies. “When journalists are able to report freely, they support informed citizen participation in political and social processes and promote civic engagement,” he added. Mr. Ashe recalled that in December 2013, the Assembly adopted for the first time a resolution condemning all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers, and proclaimed 2 November as the International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. “Our Assembly called upon Member States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference. In this regard, the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity is an important multi-stakeholder mechanism,” he said, adding that only by ensuring that journalists can work safely and without fear will they be able to give voice to those who do not have one, tell stories that are untold and help build open and transparent societies. read more

New Schneider PlantStruxure automation strengthens mining portfolio

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first_imgSchneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the launch of PlantStruxure PES V4.2, integrating new hardware with capabilities from the company’s award-winning Modicon M580 ePAC family “to strengthen the company’s automation portfolio” in the mining, minerals and metals and other industries.Built for Industrial Internet of Things applications, the addition of Modicon M580 redundant controllers “delivers industry-leading plant and asset availability for critical continuous process operations, helping to improve overall business performance.”Today, 50% of PlantStruxure PES projects require at least one pair of redundant controllers within the configuration. PES V4.2 meets the next generation of requirements with the M580 ePAC and the ability to lock down ports within a single configuration environment. “With the highest levels of cybersecurity available on the market, PES V4.2 ensures nearly 100% uptime for customer systems.“As IT and OT converge, we need solutions that boost plant connectivity and security,” said Chris Lyden, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Schneider Electric’s Process Automation business. “PlantStruxure PES enhances the ability of plant operators, engineers and managers to take better advantage of process and energy management data, which better enables them to improve maintenance, increase asset reliability and uncover additional operational efficiencies, all in a more secure environment. By making our PlantStruxure PES automation system secure and future proof by design, we are meeting the needs of tomorrow’s production facilities, today.”A core feature of the Modicon M580 ePAC is its Ethernet-based architecture. Integration into the PES solution improves system management and provides customers with a level of standard communication, guaranteeing a future-proof system. Additionally, new services will be available for engineering and commissioning, which will make navigating a control program easier, as well as improve performance when making project changes. PlantStruxure PES V4.2 is also equipped with ready-to-use application and industry libraries, allowing systems to be built more quickly and with lower engineering costs. And by integrating energy-management features from other Schneider Electric automation and power devices, such as Altivar drives, the system will help users realise higher energy cost savings.last_img read more

Extract I watched my father walk free from court after confessing to

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first_imgDublin woman Fiona Doyle suffered through her childhood and teenage years at the hands of her own father, Patrick O’Brien, who repeatedly sexually abused her. Her mother, who knew what was happening, did nothing to help her. After many years of inner struggle, Fiona spoke out about the abuse and pursued her father through the courts. Last year, after a long and harrowing trial, O’Brien was found guilty of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against his daughter.However, in a verdict that shocked Ireland, the  judge suspended nine years of O’Brien’s 12-year sentence and initially released him on bail .In this extract from her book, Too Many Tears, published by Penguin, Fiona writes about the moment she watched her abuser walk free from court. JUDGE CARNEY SAID: ‘If I impose a serious custodial sentence and suspend it, it will go out in soundbites, as these things do, that in one of the most serious cases of serial rape of a daughter, the man walked. That is all the community will be told.’‘On the other side if I impose a heavy sentence unsuspended I will be branded as a trial judge who substituted one injustice for another. I am trying to strike a balance.’Mr Justice Carney then spoke about another judgement, the Kennedy case, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal suspended a moderate sentence imposed on the grounds of the health of the defendant. He said he was ‘horrified’ in that judgement to find the DPP, ‘behind my back, saying it’s “a matter of indifference” whether that accused served a prison sentence or not’.I don’t really understand what point the judge is making. The last part of what he’s said has gone over my head. Still though, I feel that he’s getting close to announcing his decision. I’m conscious of my body stiffening. Anxiety begins to gnaw at me. It feels like everything has slowed down. He is still speaking. I realise, to my horror, that he’s praising my dad.He’s talking about his remorse, his good character, his early guilty plea. What remorse? My father has never expressed remorse to me. He mentions my father’s history of employment. Then he notes the length of time since the offences. So that makes it alright then? That he hasn’t offended since he abused me? Didn’t he hear my Victim Impact Statement?“He’s going to get away with it”I feel my body shake. I’m going to lose control. Oh God. I turn to my husband Jim, bury my head in his shoulder. ‘He’s going to get away with it,’ I whisper to him. ‘This has all been for nothing.’ Judge Carney continues, saying he is sentencing my father to twelve years with nine of those years suspended. My brain is trying to catch up. What? Twelve years? Nine suspended? So three years?Three years. He then directs my father’s solicitor to apply for bail, pending an appeal. What? What’s he saying? What does he mean? Bail? He’s walking free?Oh God, he’s not going to walk free, is he?I started to cry. I could feel my shoulders moving. My whole body was racked by sobs. I tried to stop but it only made it worse. I could feel people’s arms around me. Jim tried to move me, tried to get me to stand up. I raised my head and became aware that the next case was starting. I couldn’t really see through my tears. I was embarrassed to be crying like that in public. Jim took my arm and led me outside.The DPP’s counsel, Monika Leech, stopped me. She took me through a door, into a room. She explained what had happened. I didn’t want to know. I wanted to go to my kids, to be with them. She had tears in her eyes. So did Garda Phelan. Jim was crying too.I just wanted to get out, to flee the court.I was still crying myself. There was a glass panel in the door and I kept looking out, at my family gathered outside. I wasn’t listening to what Monika Leech was saying at all. I said to her, ‘Just let me out to my kids.’ She knew I wasn’t taking in what she was saying to me so she opened the door and I went out to Paddy and Kristel and Laura. Laura was crying too. I looked around. Everyone was crying. I didn’t know which way to turn or who to go to. I hugged my kids, then Laura. Then Richard hugged me. I said to him again that it had all been for nothing.I was conscious then of my father walking out of the courtroom. We all turned to look at him. He didn’t look at us. He walked away in the opposite direction. I just wanted to get out, to flee the court. I started to walk towards the stairs. I’d been told that Christine and Richard had decided they’d walk out of court with me in a gesture of solidarity. I had already asked Jim and Paddy to leave with me, walking shoulder to shoulder, to give me strength, and that’s what they did.I’d prepared a statement as I knew the media would be waiting outside, given the attention the case had got in the press the week before. But it was no good now. I didn’t have one for my father walking free from court. It wasn’t supposed to be like that.We were surrounded by reporters, television and press cameras. I tried to stop crying, I felt so exposed, them taking pictures of me in tears.I was asked how I was feeling. ‘Devastated,’ I said. ‘Not a day, not a day behind bars.’ I can’t remember what else I said, I was in shock. I had such a feeling of being exposed, I felt like the cameras could see inside me. I just wanted to get out of there. I wanted to stop them looking inside me.Too Many Tears by Fiona Doyle is published by Penguin at €14.99 and out now (also on Kindle).last_img read more

Review Powerbag gadgetcharging backpack

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first_imgThere’s an undeniable battery problem when it comes to smartphones today: My first mobile phone would last me a week on a charge, and that was if I played Solitaire too much. There’s obviously some serious differences between that little monochrome screened toy and my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s obnoxious to need to plug in to a wall every 14 hours. Some users have battery packs they connect to their phones, or purchase extra batteries to swap out during the day. Not everyone has that luxury, and some of us just can’t be bothered to remember to bring one more thing with us everyday. Something integrated — something I didn’t have to think about — was necessary. The guys at Powerbag thought they had what I needed.Powerbags are normal bags with cables for all of your must-have electronics sewn in and distributed throughout the bag. These cables connect to a battery that has also been sewn into the bag. Each Powerbag has an iPhone-friendly cable and a MicroUSB cable in phone-sized zipper pockets in the bag. As long as you are content to leave your phone in the little zipper pocket so it can charge, the bag does its job. If you are like me and your phone never leaves your hand, you need something else. Each Powerbag also has a USB port on the battery cradle for you to plug whatever you want into it. I was able to charge phones, tablets, even my wireless keyboard with no problems. For someone who travels a lot, or someone who is not always at an outlet at the end of the day, the Powerbag is a great idea.Powerbags come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you’re a backpack traditionalist, a trendy sling fan, a minimalist who just needs something for a tablet, or a messenger bag fan like me, there’s a Powerbag for you.Recharging your Powerbag is something you will need to get used to. There ares two options: The bag itself has a power outlet hidden somewhere on it for you to plug in to the wall, or you can remove the battery entirely and just charge it. If you need to charge your Powerbag and your accessories, you can plug your gadgets into the Powerbag and plug your Powerbag into the wall. Once your gadgets are fully charged, your Powerbag will start to charge itself.Removing the battery is important for airplane travel as well. It doesn’t say it anywhere in the instructions or warnings for the bag, but TSA will hold you up for awhile if you do not separate the battery from the bag when you go through checkpoints. The battery slides out and snaps in very quickly, however, and nothing else needs to be done with the bag. Not all Powerbag batteries are made equal, either. Some bags will have a 3000MaH battery, and some will have 6000. When choosing your bag, be sure to know which battery it comes with, or your power output results will be less than you would expect.The Powerbag logo is actually the power button for the charging unit. Holding it down on any bag will cause four lights to begin to glow. As your use your bag more, these lights will disappear. When the bag is charging, the light animate to reflect that it is receiving power. From the 6000MaH battery, I was able to charge my iPhone 4, my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and my HTC Flyer simultaneously two times. Each time all three devices were completely dead and powered off. If your devices are on and in use, your results will be different. If you are just charging a single device, you are likely to get three or four complete uses out of the bag before it needs to be recharged.Most Powerbags are around $100, though some models can go as high as $170 depending on what you are looking for. Powerbags are available through a variety of online retailers, and are expected to start hitting shelves in brick-and-mortar stores sometime this year. As someone who both travels a lot and abuses his electronics mercilessly, the Powerbag is a nice addition to my arsenal. The battery doesn’t come along with much extra weight or affect my daily use in any way. I can travel and just as easily not use it, but I can use my devices free of any crazy power saving techniques knowing I still have plenty of power in my bag.They are available at MyPowerBaglast_img read more

Washington House passes lowcarbon fuels standard

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first_imgOLYMPIA — A measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other transportation fuels passed the Washington House on Tuesday night.The measure passed on a 53-43 vote and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The bill is a key piece of the legislative agenda of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who jumped into the presidential race earlier this month with climate issues at the core of his campaign.The bill directs the Department of Ecology to adopt a clean fuels program similar to ones in California and Oregon. It would require fuel producers to reduce the carbon emissions associated with their products 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. The program would begin by Jan. 1, 2021.The carbon intensity of certain transportation fuel types would be calculated over its entire life cycle, from when it’s produced and transported to when it’s used in a vehicle. Fuels used by aircraft, vessels and railroad locomotives would be exempt.Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, a Seattle Democrat who sponsored the measure, said that while climate change is not an easy problem to solve, the bill will move the state toward cleaner fuels.last_img read more

Tis The Season For Harvesting Christmas Trees On Public Lands

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first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cutting an Alaska-grown Christmas tree is an annual tradition that many residents enjoy. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s an excuse to tromp around in the woods enjoying the stark beauty of Alaska in winter. Residents may cut Christmas trees on state lands designated as open for cutting. No permit or fee is required. The maximum tree height is 15 feet and the limit is one tree per household. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources released a list of guidelines to follow for safe, legal cutting of Christmas trees on public lands:Properly identify land ownership where you intend to cut your tree. If you have any questions regarding land ownership, consult your Division of Forestry area office.Cut trees as low to the ground as possible.Cutting trees in all state parks and experimental forests is prohibitedThe Division of Forestry does not maintain forest roads. Anyone traveling on forest roads should have appropriate gear and equipment in the event they get stuck. This includes tire chains, a shovel, tow strap and warm clothing.Christmas trees cut on state land are for personal use only and may not be sold.Do not litter and be courteous to other tree cutters and/or residents who live in the area.center_img The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opened on Thursday for Christmas tree cutting. Trees may be taken anywhere on the Refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area.last_img read more

AK Khan inspects construction works of Gurukul schools

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first_imgZaheerabad: State Advisor of Minority Offence AK Khan paid a visit to Gurukul Schools which are being constructed in Sangareddy, Sadasiva Peta, Kandhi, Zaheerabad on Tuesday.AK Khan said, “There will be drastic change in minorities after starting Gurukul Schools. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is also introducing welfare schemes to educate minority people.” He further added, “At present, there are 206 minority Gurukul schools in which there are 91,000 students are getting educated. There are 23 pakka buildings and the remaining are in progress. They will be constructed with High quality.” Shafiulla and officers from different divisions are present.last_img read more

Camila Cabello and Matthew Hussey call off their relationship

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first_imgCamila Cabello has officially split from her coach boyfriend Matthew Hussey. Interestingly, the timing of Cabello dropping her new single, Senorita with Canadian hunk Shawn Mendes has set the speculation meter running! Reports state that Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s closeness could have caused the split.As per a source who spoke with The Sun, “Camila’s relationship with Matthew had run its course and they decided to break up about a fortnight ago. It was a mutual decision to end things. But they have spent a lot of time together over the last year and a half and want to stay friends despite going their own way.” The source also added, “This is, of course, going to fuel rumours that she and Shawn have become more than just pals though.”Senorita music videoYouTubeCamila and Matthew started dating each other back in 2018. It was confirmed in public when the two made their first appearance together at the Vanity Fair Oscars party. Speaking about their relationship, Cabello was quoted as saying, “In person, we’re just weird and silly and stupid together. He makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.” She had further added, “Basically, there’s the me that I really am, on the inside, which is the nerdy one — the kind of introverted, shy one — and then there’s the sexy, overly confident one, doing great dance moves and being super sassy.”Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been friends for a long time now. Senorita is not their first collaboration together as they have previously also worked together. In the latest song though, they play lovers, her a waitress and him a mysterious motorcyclist who is very smitten by each other. Ever since the music video has been dropped, people have commented on their undeniable chemistry. Be it their sultry dance or their passionate romance, their chemistry has been noted and it sure is sizzling. Shawn Mendes and Camila CabelloInstagramHence, it is not surprising that fans and everyone actually, are assuming that there could be something more than friendship brewing between them. Well, let’s wait for either Shawn or Camila to be the one to comment on the same!last_img read more

The US Army is designing a grenade with selectable explosion modes

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first_imgThe US Army has started work its first new hand grenade in 40 years, which could give soldiers much more control over the explosive effects of their ordinance. The Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) grenade being developed at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey will allow soldiers to choose between fragmentation mode and concussive mode before tossing it.For the last several decades, all Army personnel have been outfitted with the M67 fragmentation grenade. The last concussion grenade that saw wide use in the Army was the MK3A2, which was used from the early 20th century through Vietnam. However, the casing of the MK3A2 contained a lot of asbestos, so it would spread those fibers through the air upon detonation. That was a danger to anyone in the area after the blast.A fragmentation grenade cross-section.Concussion grenades in general, are a desirable option, though. They’re still lethal weapons, as opposed to stun or “flashbang” grenades. However, the lethal radius of a concussion grenade is only about 2 meters, allowing soldiers to reduce the risk of collateral damage. A fragmentation grenade can be lethal at several times that distance because it actually ejects shrapnel in the explosion. Concussion grenades rely on the force of explosion alone.The ET-MP is still in the planning phase, but designers envision a dial on top of the device that will allow the user to select between the two modes before the pin is pulled. It will also feature a safer electronic fuse, which has a longer operational life and more precise timing. It’s also ambidextrous, whereas the current M67 fragmentation grenade is intended for right-handed use. The Army has allocated just $1.1 million for the development of the grenade in 2017, so it’ll probably be a few years before there’s a physical prototype to test.last_img read more

Horror crash on R103

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Two taxis were involved in a crash just past Colenso during the early hours of this morning (Saturday).Sharaj Ambulance Services, RTI, police, Colenso Fire & Emergency and other emergency personnel were on scene.There were mass casualties and two lives were lost.It took officials over an hour to clear the scene. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals’ identity lies with their defense, and so far it’s paying off for them. After allowing just over 26 points per game in the team’s first three contests, the Cardinals have limited their last two opponents to 16 points combined, and both games have resulted in wins.For head coach Bruce Arians, that’s exactly what he had in mind when taking over the Cardinals, saying he supports being known as a defensive-first team. “I love it,” Arians said. “That’s always been my motto and we want to be dominant on defense. We’ll scratch some points out, but we always want to be a dominating defensive football team.”Star cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has three interceptions on the year, agrees with that mentality.“The saying always stands true: ‘Defense wins championships,’” Peterson said. “If we want to be a good ball club, our defense must be strong.”The Cardinals are coming off a strong defensive year in 2012, but a tough schedule, inactive players and getting used to a new coaching staff might have hidden the true talent level of the group. With tough matchups coming up in the next two weeks, against San Francisco and Seattle, Arians remains confident in his defense.“I think our defense matches up with everybody,” Arians said. “We’ve got good speed. We’re starting to understand the defense better each week.”last_img read more