Fadnavis calls on Governor, seeks release of funds for farmers

first_imgFormer chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Friday amid an ongoing political crisis in the State. While the former CM officially met the Governor to request release of funds for the farmers affected due to unseasonal rains, the meeting sparked off speculations that Mr. Fadnavis discussed the political developments in Maharashtra. “Met honourable Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ji at Rajbhavan to request release of funds to the farmers affected due to unseasonal rains. Honourable Governor had assured immediate action on this,” Mr. Fadnavis said. According to State estimates, unseasonal rains have affected nearly 92 lakh farmers damaging 87 lakh hectare crop area. The Governor will have to provision for nearly ₹8,000 crore in damages and compensation for the farmers who have suffered losses. Senior officials at Raj Bhavan said Mr. Fadnavis also requested reopening of Chief Minister’s relief fund during the ongoing President’s rule. “I also requested to honourable Governor for reopening and smooth functioning of Chief Minister’s Relief Fund through Governor’s office. The honourable Governor assured that this fund will be run by his office and will extend support to patients,” Mr. Fadnavis said. The BJP leader was appointed caretaker chief minister when term of Assembly ended on November 9. He ceased to be caretaker CM after President’s Rule was imposed on November 12. Mr Fadnavis had last met the Governor to hand over his resignation as a full term CM. “This was not a political meet as is being speculated by a section of media,” said a senior official of Raj Bhavan.last_img read more

Golden day for Indian athletics

first_imgPreeja Sreedharan and Sudha Singh made it a golden evening for India as the track and field athletics programme got off to a roaring start at the Aoti arena on Sunday. Riled and ridiculed in the last edition of the Asian Games in Doha and a flop show at the Beijing Olympics, Indian athletics is beginning to show guts and glory. If the Commonwealth Games was a big surprise, Day One at athletics was truly sensational as Preeja and Nashik-born Kavita Raut clinched gold and silver respectively in the 10,000 metres in a classy field where the Chinese and Japanese runners were supposed to dominate. Even before the euphoria of the 10,000m could sink in, unassuming Railways girl Sudha Singh won a sensational 3,000 steeplechase final with China’s Jin Yuan at her heels. She clocked 9 minutes 55.67 seconds. Back to the first surprise of the day, the way Preeja and Kavita ran the 25-lap event in front of a packed stadium was remarkable.Not having won a medal in the Commonwealth Games, rankled Preeja. As one who has also been battling asthma, the Kerala girl’s hunger for success was magnified. Yet, what made the two Indians look so good on Sunday was the final stage of the race when Preeja came into her own and outkicked the field after the final bend to seal gold in a personal best 31:50.47. Her winning margin was almost a second and Kavita came second in 31:51.44. Both of them clocked their personal best timings. In a race where saw seven of the 11 runners registered their personal best timings, another Ethiopian-born Bahrain athlete Shitay Habtegebrel claimed bronze. In the history of the 10,000m which was introduced at the Seoul Asiad in 1986, this is the first time a Chinese or a Japanese runner did not win a medal.advertisementAt 28, Preeja is one of the most accomplished 5,000 and 10,000 metres runner. An Asian Games gold was very special as she did an emo- tional victory lap with Kavita as fans cheered them. “Our coach Nikolai (Snesarev) had told us to run a tactical race. His advice was that if Kavita and I could run together, there was a medal chance. And that’s what we did as the last lap turned out be decisive. Our coach has been truly inspirational,” said Preeja. “I ran my own style and my own pace and I won. I didn’t think about the other competitors,” she said. The uniqueness about the 10,000m event was that till the last 100 metres, neither Preeja nor Kavita led the field.Japan’s Kayoko Fukushi, who had the fastest personal best in the field at 30:51.81, led for the first 2,000 metres. After that, Shitaya Habtegebrel of Bahrain took the lead for a couple of laps after which the lead kept changing between Fukushi, her teammate Hikari Yoshimoto and Habtegebrel. As the runners approached the last two laps, it was Habtegebrel who took the bell first and even on the back straight of the final lap, she looked in control. Into the final bend, the Indians made their decisive move and raced home. The 3,000m steeplechase turned out to be even more dramatic as the Mumbai-based Sudha held off a strong late challenge from China’s Jin Yuan, with close to 55,000 fanatic fans cheering, to win by four one-hundredths of a second.The sparse Indian fan base had their jaws gaping as in the final moments of the race Jin increased her stride length rapidly. Had the race been a metre longer, she may have won. Sudha had finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in October and was very keen to do well here. However, it is on nights like these that a star is born and Sudha made a sudden burst for home. Minori Hayakari of Japan won the bronze medal. “I have won at the same venue before at the Asian championship when I broke the national record. “I knew I had to win at any cost as I lost a medal at the CWG. This is a very big day as I had not dreamt of winning gold,” said the ultra-thin Sudha.last_img read more

Cuban discus thrower Yarelys Barrios stripped of Beijing Silver medal

first_imgCuba’s Yarelys Barrios has been stripped of the Silver medal she won in the discus at the Beijing Olympics after failing a doping re-test, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.The IOC also said that Qatari sprinter Samuel Adelebari Francis had also failed a re-test and had been disqualified from the men’s 100 meters in which he finished 16th. (Also read: IOC sanctions two Beijing Olympians including Cuba Silver medalist)Barrios and Francis were among 98 athletes who have tested positive in reanalysis of samples from both the 2008 Beijing Games and the 2012 London Olympics.The IOC ordered samples from the two Games to be re-tested using new techniques not available at the time of the competitions in attempt to root out cheating.Six athletes, including three Russian medalists, were disqualified on Wednesday from their events at the Beijing Games.Barrios tested positive for the prohibited substance, acetazolamide, a diuretic and masking agent, the IOC said. (Also read: Russia stripped of women’s relay Gold of 2008 Olympics)It said that the 33-year-old “has the Silver medal, the diploma, and the medalist pin obtained in the discus throw event withdrawn and is ordered to return these”.It also added the governing body of athletics, the IAAF, to modify the results of the event and “to consider any further action within its own competence”.Francis tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol, the IOC said. He was also entered for the 200 meters but did not start.last_img read more

IPL 2017 GL vs MI Highlights: How Jasprit Bumrah defended 11 runs in Super Over

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 35 between Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians in Rajkot. (POINTS TABLE |  SCORECARD)We played hard and we played tough tonight, but Congratulations are in order for @mipaltan. What a match! #GameMaariChhe #GLvMI pic.twitter.com/u0xtADed3d- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 29, 2017#IPL Match 35: BUMRAAAAAAAAH – @mipaltan beat @TheGujaratLions in a thrilling #SuperOver #GLvMI pic.twitter.com/058DJbv7xa- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2017We couldn’t chase down the target, but Bumrah had a special over up his sleeve for us in the #SuperOver.#GLvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI pic.twitter.com/OQJnV0OhCL- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2017MUMBAI INNINGS:00:04 IST: Exceptional character shown by Jasprit Bumrah in pressure situation. After having control of the match for most part of it, Mumbai Indians threw wickets to let Gujarat come back in the game. Also exceptional fielding effort by Gujarat Lions took the match to the Super Over. James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja and one run out by Irfan Pathan defined Gujarat’s fielding tonight.00:01 IST: Another full delivery by Bumrah and Mumbai Indians win the match in super over.23:59 IST: Exceptional stuff from Bumrah. Becoming Mumbai’s hero tonight.23:58 IST: Brilliant bowling by Bumrah, McCullum just couldn’t get to that.23:57 IST: Beautiful slow ball by Bumrah.23:57 IST: WIDE! Bumrah is feeling the pressure.23:56 IST: And just like last two times, he bowls a good one.23:56 IST: NO BALL! Bumrah oversteps yet again. Third time in the same match.23:50 IST: Bumrah is out to ball the crucial over with Finch and McCullum set to bat.advertisement23:48 IST: WICKET! Excellent catch by Ishan Kishan! Slower ball and Buttler got trapped. Gujarat need 12 runs to win.23:47 IST: WICKET! Good catch by Finch in the deep. Pollard back to pavilion23:46 IST: SIX! Pollard smashes Faulkner for a six over long on.23:46 IST: FOUR! Pollard hit it to the ropes over deep extra cover.23:45 IST: One run off the first ball.23:42 IST: Faulkner is out to bowl as Jos Buttler and Pollard will be batting.23:36 IST: Match tied! It’s going to the super-over! The first Super Over of the 2017 Indian T20 League. Pathan from around the wicket fires it full on leg, Malinga is hit on the boot as he looks to flick and the ball lobs on the off side. It goes to Jadeja at point and the batsmen are off for the run. He scores a direct hit at the striker’s end and replays show Krunal is short of his crease.23:34 IST: MI need a run from 1 ball. Malinga on strike.23:30 IST: Another run-out! It’s Ravindra Jadeja hitting the stumps directly this time. Bumrah departs and MI need 4 runs in 3 balls now.23:29 IST: SIX! This is exceptional cricket! Pathan’s loose ball gets hit straight by Krunal over the ropes.23:26 IST: WICKET! Brilliant fielding effort by Irfan Pathan and what a run-out! McClenaghan was miles away from the line.23:24 IST: WICKET! Basil Thampi gets his third as he traps Harbhajan with an lbw and sends him on a duck.23:22 IST: This is turning out to be an interesting chase. Players are fighting for each run.23:20 IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya departs cheaply at 4. Presents an easy catch to Ishan Kishan at deep mid-wicket. Thampi gets his second wicket.23:18: FOUR! That’s such an important hit, so so close though. Great effort, Baz! Full and on middle and off, Krunal lofts it over mid-wicket. Brendon McCullum from wide long on sprints to his left and dives, but just can’t get to it. Boundary to end the over. 15 off the last two.23:15 IST: Amazing effort by Raina! The captain manages to save three runs with his flying effort.23:12 IST: Pandya brothers are on the crease together now. Gujarat Lions are back in the game.23:09 IST: WICKET! Pollard throws his wicket away. Easy catch for McCullum on long-off from Thampi’s delivery.23:09 IST: FOUR! Pollard in control. Hit a powerful boundary over mid-on.23:05 IST: FOUR! Faulkner to Krunal! Faulkner switches the angle and it’s done him no good. Krunal Pandya stands tall to this length ball and punches it aerially back down the ground. Beats the mid off fielder and picks up a boundary.23:01 IST: Good over this by Thampi. Just 5 off it and the umpire signals for Strategic Time-out. MI 114/4 in 15 overs, need 40 runs off 30 balls.22:59 IST: Krunal Pandya on the crease with Pollard now.22:55 IST: WICKET! Big wicket this! Good cathc by Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel departs at 70.22:54 IST: DROPPED! Kieron Pollard gets a life as Basil Thampi drops an easy catch.22:50 IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma is caught behind by Dinesh Karthik off James Faulkner.advertisement22:50 IST: FOUR! Jadeja to Parthiv! It’s short and Parthiv Patel puts it away. Camps back and pulls it with a lot of power over mid-wicket for a boundary. Leaves the man out in the deep with no chance.22:46 IST: Another good over from Ankit Soni. Just 3 runs off it. MI 93/2 in 12 overs.#IPL – @aj191 has been carried off the field on a stretcher after he got injured while fielding #GLvMI pic.twitter.com/3YCeWzm0gd- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2017.@JasonRoy20 is on the field for @aj191 who seems to have injured his left shoulder. #GameMaariChhe #GLvMI- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 29, 201722:37 IST: Gujarat in trouble! Andrew Tye hurts himself as he dives to save the boundary and he looks in a lot of pain. MI 86/2 in 10.1 overs vs GL22:34 IST: WICKET! Ankit Soni sends in-form Nitish Rana back to pavilion.  Floats it in the line of the stumps, Rana goes for the reverse sweep. Misses it completely and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire obliges. Rana is disappointed with something as he walks back. Oh! But replays have showed otherwise that he had gloved it.22:32 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Quicker one outside off, Rana drives it over covers for a boundary.22:29 IST: Mumbai 72/1 in 8 overs.21.57 IST: FOUR! Expensive from Thampi. MI:13/0 (1 over)21.56 IST: FOUR! Buttler eases it off his pads. Precious timing! Angling into the pads, Buttler shuffles a bit and just pushes it off the back foot through the wide mid on region. Pathan gives it a chase but the ball wins the race.21.53 IST: FOUR! Parthiv starts things off with a hook. Short and wide outside off, Patel wastes no time and powers that over point for a boundary.21.52 IST: Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel walk out for Mumbai as Thampi gets the new ball.GUJARAT INNINGS:Choosing to bat first, Gujarat Lions got off to good start with Ishan Kishan displaying excellent batting skills but a middle order collapse dented their progress. Krunal Pandya, Malinga and Bumrah showed great character and didn’t let the Gujarat side settle down. Mumbai are to score 154 runs to win the game.21:40 IST: Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga all shine for Rohit’s Sharma’s squad with 3, 2 and 2 wickets respectively.21:39 IST: McClenaghan gets hit for a six in the last ball but Mumbai managed to stop Gujarat at 153/9.21:36 IST! DROPPED! Nitish Rana drops a sitter.21:34 IST: WICKET! Excellent end to the over by Bumrah. He fires it in full on leg, Faulkner leans across to play the paddle scoop but misses the ball completely. The leg pole is knocked over and that’s another wicket in Jasprit Bumrah’s kitty.21:32 IST: WICKET! Good work by Bumrah. Full toss on middle, Faulkner hits it straight back to the bowler. Bumrah runs back seeing Tye out of his crease and easily takes the bails off. Run out and Tye’s breezy cameo comes to an end.21:30 IST: FOUR! Gujarat’s tailenders are doing the job.advertisement21:28 IST: Bumrah bowls back-to-back NO BALLS! He gets it right for the free hits though. Tight balls both of them.21:27 IST: FOUR! Tye is on a roll. Hits a square drive off Bumrah’s first ball of the 19th over.21:25 IST: Back-to-back SIXES! Andrew Tye is counter-attacking Mumbai. McClenaghan’s over gone for 19 runs. Gujarat 129/7 after 18 overs.21:24 IST: FOUR! First one for James Faulkner. Slower short ball outside off, Faulkner gives the charge and slaps it over extra cover. Picked his spot well and put it away for a boundary. Gujarat need more of these, and he’s the man to do it.21:22 IST: FOUR! It’s in the slot, he takes the aerial route and gets the desired result. Full on off, Andrew Tye smacks it over the bowler’s head and picks up a boundary as the two fielders chasing it can’t stop it. Gujarat 110/7 after 17 overs.21:18 IST: Gujarat 102/7 in 16 overs.21.14 IST: WICKET! Irfan Pathan back in hut. Krunal Pandya bags his third wicket. Fuller and outside off, Irfan Pathan kneels down and goes for the big slog sweep. Gets a big top edge and the ball flies towards wide long on. His brother Hardik is out there in the deep and he does a good job. Settles himself under the ball and takes a good catch. Gujarat are in real trouble here. GL 101/7 (15.4 overs) vs MI21:06 IST: WICKET! Krunal picks Jadeja’s wicket. Pushed quicker through the air, outside off, the southpaw gets low and goes for the big hit across the line. Gets a big top edge which balloons to the left of the bowler. Krunal Pandya moves to his left and takes a good catch. Good captaincy from Rohit Sharma, got a spinner back into the attack and that’s paid dividends. Gujarat look like a sinking ship at the moment.21:01 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Jadeja carves this away. Lifts it over backward point and sends it across the rope for a boundary. Gujarat 92/5 in 13 overs.20:57 IST: Wonderful spell from Harbhajan. Concedes 23 runs in 4 overs. Gujarat 85/5 after 12 overs.20:53 IST: WICKET! Ishan Kishan misses out on half century. Miscues Harbhajan’s delivery around off and gives an easy catch to Pollard.20:52 IST: At the end of 11 overs, Gujarat are 83/5. Ishan Kishan stands on the crease at 48.20:49 IST: FOUR! Jadeja continues the onslaught. Malinga delivers wide of off and Jadeja just angles his bat to gets it across the third man boundary..20:47 IST: FOUR! Good feet movement by Ishan Kishan. Hits Harbhajan Singh over long on. Gujarat 70/4 in 10 overs.20:43 IST: SIX! Ravindra Jadeja finally gets Gujarat’s their big hit. Gujarat 62/4 after 9 overs.20:41 IST: WICKET! Dinesh Karthik departs, stumped by Parthiv Patel off Krunal Pandya.20:39 IST: It’s been 25 deliveries since Gujarat’s last boundary, which was hit by Ishan Kishan.20:37 IST: Strategic time-out! Gujarat 55/3 in 8 overs.20:33 IST: Another economical over for Mumbai. Krunal Pandya concedes just 2 runs off it. Gujarat 51/3 after 7 overs.20:28 IST: WICKET! Malinga picks his second wicket of the night and its Aaron Finch! Dragged on! On a good length outside off, Finch goes to punch it on the off side. Gets a thick inside edge which goes onto rattle the stumps. Malinga gets his man and the dangerman Finch has to walk back to the hut. Gujarat are now in trouble. Gujarat 48/3 in 5.5 overs.20:24 IST: Excellent over by Bumrah! Concedes just a run in the over and gets the big wicket of Raina. Gujarat 57/2 after 5 overs.20:20 IST:WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah scores the wicket of Suresh Raina on the second ball of his first over. On a good length around leg, Raina is unsure of the length and he plays a half shot towards the fielder at mid on. Pollard back tracks a bit and takes a good overhead catch. Raina departs early and this could be a big blow for Gujarat. Mumbai is excited.20:19 IST: Gujarat 46/1 in 4 overs.20:17 IST: Different over, same story! Kishan welcomes Harbhajan Singh by cutting Harbhajan’s outside off delivery for a boundary through the point region.20:13 IST: Back-to-back boundaries! Ishan Kishan is on a roll! Length delivery outside off, Kishan stays in his crease and flashes it through the point region for a boundary.20:12 IST: SIX! Kishan keeps it going from one side. Take a bow, Kishan! Back of a length delivery into the batsman, Kishan picks the length up well and sents that into the stands over mid-wicket.20:10 IST:WICKET: Malinga sends McCullum packing after he was hit for a beautiful FOUR. Gujarat 21-1 after 2 overs.20:08 IST: SIX! Kishan hits the first six of the match at mid-off.20:07 IST: WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side, Kishan swings his bat to it but was way down the leg side. The umpire signals it as a wide.20:04 IST: Gujarat 7 for no loss after the first over by McClenaghan.20:02 IST: FOUR! Lucky runs! Short delivery into the body, Kishan stays in his crease and goes for the pull. Gets it off his gloves and over the keeper’s head for a boundary.20:00 IST: WIDE! McClenaghan sends the first ball to Kishan wide.19:59 IST: Ishan Kishan and Brendon McCullum have come out to bat. Kishan will be on strike first. Mitchell McClenaghan to bowl the first over!19:55 IST: Trivia! Suresh Raina is the only player to have scored more than 300 runs in each edition of the Indian Premier League.19:41 IST: Here are the playing XI for both the teams.Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel(w), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit BumrahGujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik(w), James Faulkner, Andrew Tye, Irfan Pathan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni19:33 IST: TOSS! Gujarat win the toss and elect to bat first.Suresh Raina says they will bat first. Raina mentioned that they will look to build on their performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous game.One change of Gujarat Lions as Irfan Pathan makes his debut in place of Nathu Singh.Rohit Sharma that he would have liked to bowl first. On being asked about the feeling among the team after their last stumble, Rohit said, “The feeling is good among the team. We still got to come out and do the basics right.”Mumbai have brought in a couple of changes! Lasith Malinga and Krunal Pandya replace Johnson and Karn Sharma.19:09 IST: Mumbai Indians have won 6 of the right matches they have played. Here are some of their batsmen to watch out for.Brief Preview:As the Indian Premier League (IPL) enters its middle phase, Gujarat Lions will aim to accelerate from here as they face a comfortable looking Mumbai Indians at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday evening.Gujarat, who have six points from eight matches, are improving day by day as out of the last three matches, they have won two. Their last win was a seven-wicket thrashing of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). What would have pleased the Rajkot franchise is the way the bowlers dismissed a power-packed batting line-up of Bangalore for 134 on Thursday.Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye has been their leading light. With 12 scalps, he is the second highest wicket-taker of this edition so far. Along with him, youngsters Basil Thampi and Nathu Singh are improving, keeping veteran Praveen Kumar on the bench.”Nathu Singh has been bowling extremely well in the last two games and Basil Thampi too has been a consistent wicket-taking bowler in first class cricket. Credit also goes to Ankit Soni, who has joined the team recently and performed well under pressure,” captain Suresh Raina said after the win in Bengaluru.A lot will depend on the performances of all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner. It would also be interesting to see if Irfan Pathan, who was roped in as a replacement for injured all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, would be included.In their last game at Rajkot after which the Gujarat Lions will move to Green Park, Kanpur, it will be important for the Suresh Raina-led team to hit some kind of momentum that should help them move up the ladder.Their next encounter is against second-placed Mumbai, who saw their six-match winning run came to an end with a three-run loss to Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday.Mumbai will know that out of the two opponents they have lost to in the eight matches played so far, Gujarat are one of them and the visitors will be keen to get back to winning ways.Their batsmen have been contributing. Nitish Rana (266 runs), Jos Buttler (230), Parthiv Patel (169) have been consistent, along with all-rounders Kieran Pollard (199 runs), Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya. Rohit Sharma has shown signs of returning to form with two crucial knocks.Mumbai’s bowling line-up boasts the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hardik, Harbhajan Singh and Pollard.It should be an interesting contest when these bowlers will be up against Gujarat’s destructive batsmen Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik.”We have a lot of match-winners in our team, starting from McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Jadeja, Finch and myself. We have that balance in our team and today was a result of that combination that we have been searching for,” Raina felt.last_img read more

Bridge & Burn and Kiriko Launch Japanese Textile-Inspired Collection

first_imgAs the Japan-Portland trade relationship continues to grow, more and more fashion labels are jumping into the mix. Two of the Rose City’s best, Bridge & Burn and Kiriko have joined forces on the aptly-named “Bridge & Burn x Kiriko” – a capsule collection of men’s and women’s pieces inspired by B&B’s classic designs and made with heritage Japanese fabrics sourced by Kiriko.“This was the opportunity to collaborate and complement what we each do so well,” says Bridge & Burn Founder Erik Prowell. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic center_img “We spent plenty of time with these fabrics and really tried to used these traditional fabrics with some updated materials,” Prowell says,The result is an interesting collection that’s as much of a statement about the power of collaboration as it is a seamless blend of both cultures.Both companies are celebrating the launch with two release parties in Portland this week: February 2 at Bridge & Burn’s flagship in downtown Portland and on Friday, February 3 at Kiriko’s store in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood.You can get more information on the collection and the launch parties at Bridge & Burn’s or Kiriko’s sites. The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The men’s collection is six pieces: The “Warusawa” jacket is a mid-weight trucker jacket with a water-resistant indigo cotton face; the “Kannon” is a lighter piece with a striped lining and four other pieces all meant for easy spring wear in the city or the country.As a whole, Bridge & Burn x Kiriko blends classic Pacific Northwest silhouettes with Japanese traditions. Among the highlights are “Sashi-ori,” the fabric used in Kendo and Judo uniforms acting as woven armor and “Sashiko,” a decorative stitching often used to reinforce clothing.Once Kiriko creator Katsu Tanaka sourced the fabrics, Prowell got together with his chief designer and began formulating the woven identity of the collection.last_img read more

SnowSearch Wants to be Your One-Stop Shop for Booking Ski Trips

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Planning the perfect skiing or snowboarding trip can get very complicated. Not only do you need to organize transportation to and from the destination, but you also have to book accommodations at a resort, purchase lift tickets, and figure out how to get all of your gear safely to the hill. That can lead to a lot of moving parts to keep organized, making the entire process a bigger hassle than it needs to be. But a new website promises to make it easier than ever to plan your winter escapes, serving as a one-stop-shop for making the ultimate ski vacation a reality.SnowSearch was co-founded by Bryan Dunn and Luke Zirngibl to address the growing challenges that skiers and snowboarders face when planning a winter trip. Gone are the days of the loyal traveler who only visits the same ski resort year in and year out. They’ve been replaced with a younger, more mobile customer who is constantly looking for new experiences and is willing to travel to find them. But until now, this new breed of traveler had to do all of their planning and organizing on a variety of different websites. SnowSearch looks to change that.Image courtesy of SnowSearch Image courtesy of SnowSearchDunn and Zirngibl have assembled the largest selection of hotels, vacation rentals, and shared accommodation options aimed specifically at skiers. They have partnered with the likes of Expedia, HomeAway, VRBO, and VacationRentals, making it as easy as possible to find a place to stay, either at a resort itself or within striking distance of the hill. These accommodations are broken down by region across the U.S., Canada, and Japan, making it relatively easy to find a place to stay, no matter where you’re going.Additionally, SnowSearch has also partnered with Get Ski Tickets, Ski Butlers, and Ship Skis to simply the process of purchasing lift tickets and getting the proper gear shipped to and from a specific location. In fact, the website makes it easy to get passes and equipment for more than 400 different resorts.All of that helps make SnowSearch a handy tool for skiers and snowboarders, but what truly separates it from similar sites goes beyond just booking accommodations, lift tickets, and renting gear. The website has also partnered with knowledgeable local experts from each of the regions it represents, providing customers with firsthand knowledge of what to expect when they reach their destination. Those contributors include local skiers, foodies, and pro athletes who provide helpful information on where to shop, where to eat, and where to go after spending a long day on the slopes. SnowSearch even provides weather reports with updated power accumulations.If you’re planning a ski trip this winter, chances are SnowSearch can help with the process. You can visit SnowSearch.co to get started.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvestlast_img read more

Global stocks sustain rally as USChina trade talks wrap up

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks around the world built on their early 2019 rally Wednesday after negotiators from the U.S. and China extended their trade talks to a third day, which investors took as a sign the discussions were productive even though no major breakthroughs have been announced. Oil prices also continued to climb and stocks linked to faster economic growth, such as technology companies, kept climbing.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index climbed 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,580 as of 9:50 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 110 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 23,900. The Nasdaq composite rose 29 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,926. The Russell 2000 index of smaller and U.S.-focused stocks added 4 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,431.Indexes in Europe and Asia made bigger gains. Germany’s DAX added 1.3 per cent and the CAC 40 in France climbed 1.4 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 jumped 1 per cent. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 1.1 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong rallied 2.3 per cent. South Korea’s Kospi advanced 2 per cent.CHINA-US TRADE: The latest round of trade negotiations between the world’s two largest economic powers have now concluded, but investors were cheered when they learned the two-day talks would be extended. No details were immediately announced.The Trump administration wants the government of President Xi Jinping to alter its handling of technology and intellectual property held by foreign companies, and change plans for government-led creation of Chinese leaders in advanced technologies. Chinese officials have suggested they could revise some of their industrial plans but have but won’t abandon larger goals that they consider a path to prosperity and global influence.FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE: Beer and wine maker Constellation Brands slumped after it cut its annual profit forecast, saying it now expects sales and profits for its wine and spirits division to fall in the current fiscal year. The stock gave up 10.4 per cent to $154.37.EARLY RISERS: Technology companies kept edging higher after their steep losses over the final months of 2018. Chipmakers made some of the largest gains. Intel climbed 1.3 per cent to $48.37 and Micron Technology picked up 6.6 per cent to $3.598. Elsewhere, Microsoft added 0.8 per cent to $103.67.OVERSEAS: ENERGY: Oil prices also continued to rally. U.S. crude rose 3.3 per cent to $51.40 a barrel in New York. It hasn’t traded above $50 a barrel in almost a month. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 2.8 per cent to $60.35 a barrel in London.Crude oil is on track to rise for the eight day in a row and ninth in the last 10. U.S. crude has jumped 13 per cent so far in 2019.BONDS: Bond prices continued to fall. That sent yields higher, a sign investors expect more economic growth and higher long-term interest rates. the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.73 per cent from 2.71 per cent.FED MINUTES: Later Wednesday the Federal Reserve will release minutes from its policy meeting last month, at which the central bank raised interest rates and reduced its forecasts for the number of hikes this year from three to two.CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 108.47 yen from 108.65 yen. The euro climbed to $1.1519 from $1.1443 and the British pound rose to $1.2785 from $1.2719.____Pan Pylas contributed to this story from London.Marley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Interim injunction against Wetsuweten members not going away soon lawyer

first_imgRoss says both sides also agreed to shift a deadline for his clients to file a response to the injunction application to Feb. 20 from Jan. 31, which needs court approval.The B.C. Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an interim injunction against Wet’suwet’en members and supporters after a roadblock was erected along a logging road the company says it needs to use.The arrest of 14 people when RCMP enforced the interim injunction on Jan. 7 sparked protests across Canada and internationally, as many within the First Nation argue the project doesn’t have authority without approval from its hereditary clan chiefs. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation who oppose a natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory says they will likely be ordered to maintain a 10-metre distance from any work site or workers for several months.Michael Lee Ross says interim injunctions like the one granted to Coastal GasLink in December typically remain in effect until a judgment is delivered on the main injunction application to the court.He says that he and Coastal GasLink’s lawyers recently agreed to shift the hearing date deadline to May 31 from May 1, but that date could change again.last_img read more

After five days buried alive in Haiti UN worker recalls moment of

And yet the 48-year-old Danish national somehow survived this ordeal, dehydrated and sore but with little more than a bruise on his upper arm and a scratch on his right hand when a search team from the United States rescued him on 17 January.Three days after being rescued, Mr. Kristensen was back at work as a senior humanitarian officer coordinating the relief effort between the Department of Peacekeeping (DPKO), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the outlying agencies.“If you see the devastation in Haiti at the moment, it is enormous. I cannot just evacuate. I feel physically sore after five days on a concrete slab but mentally I am strong enough to do it. And certainly at a time when the country needs so much assistance,” he told the UN News Centre, his sentence cut off by the roar of an aid plane landing in Port-au-Prince. “They land regularly now,” Mr. Kristensen continued. “This is still very much a crisis situation. I see that the relief effort is gearing up. It’s more organized and reaching more and more people.”The relief effort has kept Mr. Kristensen so active that while staff counselling in Port-au-Prince is available, he has not sought it. “I think I can handle it, but you never know. That will come to the test in a few weeks. Right now I’m busy. It keeps me occupied. Maybe when I’m not busy there will be a reaction. That’s what all the people tell me. Maybe it’s true. I don’t know.”Mr. Kristensen worked through the 2002 earthquake in Afghanistan, the 1999 quake in Turkey and one in Ecuador in 1987. He said he had been able to process the crisis and the changing environment but “nothing as traumatic as being buried alive for five days under dirt and not knowing if you’ll live.”At 4:53 p.m. on 12 January, Mr. Kristensen was in his office on the third-floor of the five-storey Christopher Hotel which housed the MINUSTAH headquarters. He was sitting at his desk reading documents for a meeting the next day. The earthquake started with a minor tremor, and then four seconds later the major quake hit.“I debated in a split second whether to run for the door or hide under the table. The door was closed and I thought that maybe it was too far and I would be caught under falling debris, so I hid under the table.”He said that a bookshelf fell towards the desk, miraculously preventing him and the desk from being crushed.“I was confined as if in a small coffin. Five feet in length. Maybe a foot tall. And a foot and a half wide. I could move a little to the side and bend my neck.”Mr. Kristensen said that during the aftershocks, he scrunched under the desk, hoping that the roof would not suddenly give in. When quiet, he used the light from his mobile phone to look around.“I looked for what could potentially have fallen down that I could use to inform people or make myself more comfortable. I thought if I banged, a search and rescue team would find me.”Among the items found were a jar of instant coffee and an envelope. Mr. Kristensen saved the coffee in the envelope and his urine in the jar.“It doesn’t taste or smell particularly well but it could have prolonged my survival by a couple of days.”Mr. Kristensen said that he willed himself to stay calm by not moving a lot and by focusing on attracting help. His greatest psychological challenge was keeping a hold on time.“You lose your perception. You don’t know if you slept five minutes or five hours. It is difficult to remain sane and calm when you don’t know the day and time.”Mr. Kristensen admits that he considered the possibility that he might not be found. “I wondered how long it takes to die and what a horrible way to die. If you have an accident, at least you die quickly. Here you have days and days and days on end. What a horrible end.” On Sunday around 6:30 in the morning, an oil leak shut off the hum of generators and Mr. Kristensen heard muffled voices some 12 feet above where he was buried.“I almost thought no, I’m too tired to bang and shout. I could feel that it was more of an effort, but I thought – you have to take every single chance. It doesn’t matter how many times it didn’t work. This could be the once chance and it would be really, really stupid if you don’t do it.”Six hours later, Mr. Kristensen saw the faces of his rescue team. [Watch video] “It was so amazing. I cannot explain it. It really was like I had received a second birthday,” he recalled, laughing. “I am eternally grateful and in awe of the search teams who drop everything at an hour’s notice and go to faraway places and put themselves in danger to save people.”Mr. Kristensen, who met with his rescuers on Friday, is one of 132 people rescued by international teams. He also described the support from friends and colleagues, and from people around the world whom he has never met.“The hugs and kisses and genuine happiness I have seen from people here on seeing me again, and on knowing I’m alive has been wonderful. It is so amazing the support and the comradeship. You feel part of a larger family. I am very, very appreciative and thankful for their support.” Mr. Kristensen acknowledged that he has a new opportunity in life, but he does not have plans to radically change.“I’m not going to put on a backpack and hike the Himalayas. For me, it’s a mental change. There are so many things you postpone because they are not a priority, especially when you are on mission. I like to travel. I like cultural things. I like to learn new things. Of course I will continue to work and perform the way that I do, but also to see more of my friends and family.” 25 January 2010For five days, Jens Kristensen felt like he was living in a coffin. Under the twisted mountain of rubble of the United Nations headquarters in Haiti, the aid worker was enclosed in a five-foot long space so dark that it made no difference if his eyes were open or closed. read more

UK national deported for Buddha tattoo

Sri Lanka has denied entry to a British tourist sporting a Buddha tattoo on his arm because he showed disrespect to Buddhism, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.The unnamed Briton was turned back at Bandaranaike Airport, AAP qouted local media as saying. An airport official confirmed the report, but declined to give details.Last August, three French tourists were sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for five years, for kissing a Buddha statue in what the authorities considered was a sign of disrespect. “When questioned about the tattoo, he spoke very disrespectfully about Buddhism,” an immigration official said. “If he expressed such views after entering the country, it would have been a threat to his own safety.” In 2010, Sri Lanka prevented US rap star Akon from visiting because one of his music videos featured scantily clad women dancing in front of a Buddha statue. read more

Stocks move higher as investors pivot after broad selloff

NEW YORK — Stocks moved broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as investors pivoted to riskier holdings a day after taking shelter from the latest salvos in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.Investors snapped up technology, industrial and bank stocks. Encouraging overseas developments helped paint a more stable economic picture, despite the ongoing trade war. Politicians in Britain are seeking a less chaotic exit from the European Union and political tensions in Hong Kong have eased.Chipmakers, which have been at the mercy of trade war volatility, did much of the heavy lifting for the technology sector. Intel rose 2% and Nvidia rose 2.3%. Apple rose 1.2%.Banks rose broadly as bond yields climbed. JPMorgan Chase and PNC Financial both rose 1%. Higher bond yields allow banks to charge more interest on loans.Industrial companies were also among the biggest gainers. Honeywell rose 1.9% and United Technologies rose 1.8%.Investors moved away from safe-play holdings, such as utilities and consumer product makers, which lagged the market.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.49% from 1.46% late Tuesday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose 0.7% as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 170 points, or 0.7%, to 26,290. The Nasdaq rose 1%.OVERSEAS: Asian stocks moved broadly higher. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong surged 3.9% as word spread that the government would withdraw an extradition bill that had set off three months of protests in the region.Stocks in Europe moved broadly higher following the latest developments in Britain’s plans to exit the European Union. Britain’s parliament will attempt to defy Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his plans to pull out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a withdrawal agreement. Leaving the EU without a deal that covers trade and other issues could result in economic chaos for Britain and complicate trade with member nations in the EU.DISSAPOINTING DRUMSTICKS: Tyson Foods fell 4.8% after the meat producer slashed its 2019 profit forecast because of commodity costs and a fire at a beef processing plant. The company and its competitors are all facing higher costs for animal feed such as corn because flooding delayed the planting season.BAG HANDOVER: Tapestry rose 3.7% after CEO Victor Luis resigned from the upscale handbag maker less than a month after it warned investors about a profit slump. The company has been struggling with its Kate Spade brand, which it bought in 2017. It also owns the Coach brand.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Uber to pay 285M to settle safety ad lawsuits

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 8:47 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits SAN FRANCISCO – Uber said Thursday that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.The company told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who made U.S. trips between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2016.The judge must still approve the deal.“We are glad to put these cases behind us and we will continue to invest in new technology and great customer services so that we can help improve safety in the cities we serve,” the San Francisco-based company said in a statement.The lawsuits attacked Uber for charging a fee of up to $2.30 per trip for what it called industry-leading background checks on would-be drivers. However, Uber didn’t do the kind of fingerprint checks required of taxi drivers.Under the settlement, Uber also would stop using certain “safety-related” advertising language and would rename its “Safe Ride Fee” as a “Booking Fee.”Uber said its technology does provide safety features, such as track trips through GPS and sharing a driver’s photo identification and license plate number before the passenger gets into the car.“However no means of transportation can ever be 100 per cent safe. Accidents and incidents do happen,” Uber said. “That’s why it’s important to ensure that the language we use to describe safety at Uber is clear and precise.”Similar lawsuits filed by the district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles are still pending.The prosecutors settled a similar lawsuit with Uber competitor Lyft in 2014. Lyft agreed to pay $250,000 and to stop claiming its background checks were among the best in the industry.Uber and its competitors have encountered various political hurdles as they expand services.Government entities around the globe are grappling with how to regulate and monitor ride-hailing companies. Taxi and limousine drivers and companies complain that the app makers should be subjected to the same regulations and fees they face around the world.The ride-booking companies counter that their drivers are private contractors who use the startups’ technology to find customers in need of rides. read more

RPMGlobal to acquire MinVu mine operational reportinganalytics solution provider

first_imgRPMGlobal (RPM) has today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of MinVu, a privately owned Australian headquartered group of companies and leading global provider of mine-wide operational reporting and analytics software solutions to the mining industry.“This transaction represents the 7th software acquisition RPM has undertaken in the past three and a half years. It continues RPM’s determination to deliver a complete Commercial Off-the-Shelf enterprise platform for the mining industry, built on open industry standards which delivers a step change in value chain optimisation through investments in software innovation.”“MinVu are headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and have been providing enterprise operational software to their global customers for over 18 years. Miners rely on the MinVu products to understand exactly what their mining equipment is doing at any time of the day or night.”“Development of the MinVu product has involved significant customer engagement since formation of the company in 1999. This collaborative nature of development has resulted in a comprehensive suite of integration adaptors and data validation functionality being built. The integration adaptors feed operational data into a structured Operational Data Store which is used by more than 250 standard reports and real time dashboards.”“The ability to connect and extract real-time data from operational systems and then turn this data into meaningful transaction based information is at the heart of the MinVu solutions. This includes, but is not limited to, Fleet Management Systems (FMS), Dragline Monitoring Systems, Dozer, Loader and Drill positioning Systems and On-board Machine Health Systems. All of this data is extracted, validated and augmented to ensure that the reports that are presented to operational management can be used with absolute confidence.”The mining companies that use MinVu every day in their mining operations include BHP, Glencore, Anglo American, South 32, Yancoal, US Steel, Canadian Natural Resources, PT Bumi, Ok Tedi, New Hope Corporation, Dominion Diamonds, and Wesfarmers. MinVu allows these mining companies to have a real-time view of operational data (from all of the discrete items of mining equipment operating in a mine) in one report.Commenting on this acquisition, RPM CEO and Managing Director Richard Mathews said, “Since acquiring a copy of the Fewzion Short Interval Control (SIC) product twelve months ago we have been building the underlying architecture to enable us to deliver a fully automated Short Interval Control system. Having the ability to automatically take live data feeds off our customer’s operational systems will dramatically accelerate our move into the Short Interval Control space where real time plan verses actual performance is the goal.”“MinVu is the only company that we know of who have built a comprehensive suite of standard integration adaptors across all key operational systems that operate in a mine. As such we believe the integration, data validation, structured Operational Data Store (ODS) and associated reporting will give RPM a commanding head start over other software vendors who decide they want to provide a mining Short Interval Control system in the future.”“While the major consideration for this acquisition was advancement of our Short Interval Control System many of our other products will benefit from access to operational data via our enterprise planning framework (EPF).”“The company’s Ultra Short Term Planning product XECUTE will be able to immediately utilise the MinVu integration adaptors to bring back data such as Equipment GPS coordinates, actual bucket positions, material movements, drill-hole details, actual production rates and incorporate them into the production plan. This will extend the functionality of XECUTE whilst increasing the number of modules in the RPM suite.”“Our strategic maintenance product AMT will use MinVu’s Operational Historian to store actual health data from on-board systems to be compared against planned maintenance events and feed this into our Dynamic Life Cycle Costing engine.  This will bring together asset life cycle costing and condition based monitoring.”“Having an Operational Data Store enables RPM to not only deliver rich plan vs actual analysis, but we can use this data to adjust planning parameters to align with what is actually happening in the operations.  This seamless integration helps planners increase the level of predictability in their production plans.”“RPM’s HAULSIM and SIMULATE products will also benefit from being able to take direct feeds from many different FMS systems. The GPS position data as well as a detailed breakdown of the haulage cycles will accelerate model calibration. Importantly MinVu already has the logic to clean the data (removing erroneous results) which has always been the major issue with the use of on-board data feeds.”“The combination of RPM and MinVu’ product offerings will create the most advanced single vendor Short Interval Control System for mining companies. It will assist to reduce the cost of mining as operational staff will be able to monitor the performance of their equipment in real-time using the most advanced user interface in the industry.”Co-founder and Director of MinVu, Mike Taylor said “For the last 18 years we have worked tirelessly building software solutions with our customers that help them improve their operations. We have always wanted our products to be integrated with the industry’s leading production, costing and simulation systems and this transaction delivers exactly that.”“We have been very impressed with RPM’s vision for the industry and the investment they are making in their products in what has been a difficult period for suppliers to the mining industry. We are convinced that the MinVu product suite will benefit from increased investment and the sales and marketing support which RPM can offer it right around the world. As evidenced by the structure of this deal and the consideration we have accepted for RPM shares, we firmly believe in this complementary combination of the two product suites and management teams.”last_img read more

Funeral of David Spain to take place in Shankill today

first_imgCondolences Hundreds of messages from friends and family have been flooding in to his condolences page. Borough Boxing Club stated:Rip Spainer. Sadly missed by all at the club , our thoughts are with your family at this time.Here are a few of the other messages:Rest in peace David. You were a great guy who put a lot of smiles on peoples faces. You will always be remembered and missed greatly xxx THE FUNERAL OF David Spain, the 26-year-old that was fatally stabbed in the early hours of St Stephen’s Day, will take place today in Shankill.Spain had returned from Sydney, Australia ten weeks previous to the incident, so he could spend Christmas with his family.MassThe funeral mass will begin at 10am at St Anne’s Church, Shankill and will be streamed live so that his friends in Australia can view the funeral.The link to view the mass can be accessed here. It will also be available on playback.Following the funeral, his remains will be brought to Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill for burial. The family have asked that donations, if desired, be made to the Irish Kidney Society.His friend, Sean Turner, a well-known professional boxer in the area, was also stabbed and he remains in St Vincent’s Hospital with serious internal injuries.Wayne Kennedy, aged 32, was brought before Bray District Court and charged over the attack.His death notice reads:David (Spainer), dearly beloved son of David and Iris, much loved brother of Jennifer and Sean. Sadly missed never forgotten by his heartbroken dad, mum, sister, brother, grandparents, godson, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. One of the nicest kids from Shankill, little Spainer in his Celtic gear playing football at the back of the old school. An absolute pleasure to have know you, and you a shining credit to you Mum and Dad. RIP fella Your a sound bloke Spainer any night I was out with ya had a great night your a funny fella who’s sadly missed by everyone our thoughts are with your family Rest in Paradise Spainer, absolute gent taken long before his time, Thoughts and prayers are with the whole Spain family. RIP.Read: Man charged over St Stephen’s Day murder>More: Man dead and another seriously injured after early morning stabbing in Shankill>last_img read more

Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy line of phones tablets

first_imgYou can’t check the tech headlines these days without stumbling on a patent lawsuit of some kind. This time it’s Apple bringing the legal thunder against Samsung for allegedly infringing on its design patents when building the Samsung Galaxy line of phones and tablets. While it’s common knowledge that the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab bear a resemblance to the iPhone and iPad, this is the first time anyone’s implied that the design similarity is enough to warrant a patent lawsuit.Apple’s assertion is that Samsung is trying to copy the iPhone and iPad experience from top to bottom. From the design of the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and even the Galaxy Player (which isn’t available in the United States and subsequently isn’t really reflected in the lawsuit,) Apple contends that the design, packaging, and even user interface have been modified to look like Apple products and iOS.AdChoices广告In the court filing, Apple contended that Samsung copied a number of basic elements from patents that Apple was awarded in 2009 and 2010. Those patents covered the basic design of the iPhone and the placement and design of app icons on the home screens. Apple accused Samsung of copying those design elements, and even of infringing on the iPhone and iPad’s “trade dress,” which is a heavy-handed way of saying Samsung went out of their way to make sure the products look, feel, and are packaged alike.Samsung reps have responded in kind, vowing a long battle in court and claiming that their devices and UI differ significantly enough from Apple’s that customers would never get the two mixed up. They claim that any similarities between the two products aren’t so much that they get to the point of patent infringement, and that they’re looking forward to defending themselves in court.All things equal, it’s not a secret that the Galaxy S looks physically similar to the iPhone. It’s also no secret that the way Samsung chose to skin Android on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab resembles iOS on the iPhone and iPad. Reviewers have even noted those similarities as a way Samsung made sure to make sure its devices are accessible to a market that’s used to being inundated with images of the iPhone and iPad as the primary examples of a smartphone and tablet.However, it will be up to the courts to decide whether those similarities go too far and exceed the boundaries of acceptable similarities and into the realm of patent infringement. At the same time, even as Apple files claims against Samsung, it’s also worth noting that Apple is up against similar lawsuits from Nokia and HTC claiming that their patents have been infringed upon. The entire smartphone industry is awash in trademark and patent lawsuits, and it’ll be years before they settle down.via All Things Digitallast_img read more

Man raped teenage daughter once per week while his wife was away

first_img By Brion Hoban https://jrnl.ie/4582547 Apr 8th 2019, 9:22 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie No Comments A DONEGAL FATHER-of-six raped his teenage daughter once per week while his wife was away from the house, a court has heard.Maurice Lafferty (50) of Corcullen, Castlefin, Donegal, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughter Annie Lafferty at his home on dates between 1 November 2010 and 30 June 2011.Garda Sergeant John Dorian told Paul Carroll SC, prosecuting, that the accused’s wife worked in Letterkenny and lived away from the home four nights a week during the period of offending.Sergeant Dorian said that on a night in November, 2010, Lafferty came into his then-seventeen year old daughter’s bedroom. “You’re my good little girl, you’re the only one I can trust,” Lafferty said to her.He started to grope her and said he wanted to “show how much I love you”. His daughter tried to push him away and he called her “a tramp” before pinning her on the bed and raping her.Afterwards he told her not to tell anyone about what he had done. Lafferty said that no one would believe her and that her younger siblings would be taken away if she said anything.Sergeant Dorian said that Lafferty continued to rape his daughter once per week.Lafferty (25) told the court she wished to waive her right to anonymity.In her victim impact statement, which she read out in court, she said her parents were more interested in drinking than being parents and she took over caring for her younger siblings.Lafferty said “to say I was scared is an understatement” during the period she was abused by her father. She said that “instead of protecting me, he was the one who did me harm”.“My cry for help was ignored”, said Lafferty. She said she told her mother about the abuse, only for her mother to turn her back on her and believe her father’s version of events.She said he was the one who decided what she did and “it was like I was a puppet attached to strings”. She said the “scars that man left on me will always be there”.Anne Rowland SC, defending, said her client was “drinking extremely heavily” at the time of the offences. She said he suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which causes him to “black out” during fits of extreme coughing.Rowland said that Lafferty built his house himself and it is about to be repossessed.Justice Alex Owens remanded Lafferty on continuing bail and adjourned the matter for sentencing on 29 April next.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Man raped teenage daughter once per week while his wife was away, court hears Annie Lafferty (25) told the court she wished to waive her right to anonymity. 60,735 Views Monday 8 Apr 2019, 9:22 PM Share50 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

Objet Geek du Week End lélectroportrait de Steve Jobs

first_imgObjet Geek du Week End : l’électro-portrait de Steve JobsL’emblématique Steve Jobs a été reconstitué à l’aide de seuls composants du MacBook Pro. Et le résultat obtenu est tout simplement incroyable !C’est sans véritable surprise que les hommages artistiques à Steve Jobs se sont succédés depuis la mort de l’un des fondateurs d’Apple. Cette pièce hommage au créateur du Mac, de l’iPod, de l’iPhone, a été réalisée par la Mint Foundry.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette fondation a fabriqué une œuvre à partir de seuls composants trouvés dans un Macbook Pro ! A l’arrivée, le dessin de l’entrepreneur apparaît de manière distincte et le travail fait mouche. Il aura sans doute fallu beaucoup de patience aux créateurs pour en arriver à une tel résultat !Mais l’œuvre est là et comme en atteste cette photographie, nous reconnaissons Steve Jobs au premier regard. Et la matière première du “tableau” se prête tout à fait à l’esprit Apple ! La Mint Foundry a d’ailleurs déclaré alors que le projet était en cours d’élaboration : “ce fut une expérience incroyablement humble”. Nous tenons là sans doute un futur collector, que le Geek fortuné accrochera avec fierté sur le mur de son salon interactif, à n’en pas douter…Le 28 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Governance by relying on Institutions creates Certainty in Outcome

first_imgAfrica is struggling to put an end to personality centred governments and build institution centred governments. A personality centred government leads to the centralisation of power in one hand thus consolidating a monarchical system of government. The rule of law becomes insignificant and the rule of might holds sway. The end result is that institutions become the casualty. Hence they are allowed to decay. The services they should render become unavailable.On the other hand, where institutions are the basis of governments, their performance is constantly monitored and evaluated to determine efficiency and effectiveness. Such checks compel institutions to improve their performance. Thus services are rendered to the satisfaction of the beneficiaries.There was a big debate as to whether or not the Supreme Court of the Gambia was properly constituted. Lawyers who needed the services of the court for the past year but could not get their cases heard told the general public that the court was not fully constituted. Now the debate is over. During the hearing of an election petition, it is now evident that the court is not properly constituted.Justice is never complete until a person who is convicted is accorded the right to exhaust appeals. If that is not done then justice is derailed.Gambians should now prepare themselves to build a republic with the proper checks and balances so that institutions will not be found wanting in rendering the services they are designed to provide.last_img read more