Minor rape victim undergoes abortion in 19th week

first_imgIn a first-of-its-kind case in the medicolegal history of Madhya Pradesh, a 19-week pregnancy of a minor rape victim was successfully terminated by a team of doctors at Khandwa district hospital last week. The Jabalpur High Court on December 7 (Thursday) allowed an immediate abortion, if medical experts permit, in the interest of the young girl as the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act does not allow abortion after the 20th week.Sonography reportThe court had observed that a sonography test report suggested that the girl was 19 weeks and three days pregnant. “On December 7 evening, we received a copy of the High Court order from Khandwa Superintendent of Police Navneet Bhasin. We had only a few hours before us to decide as there is a restriction on conducting abortions after 20 weeks. A three-member team of expert doctors was deputed to abort the foetus,” said Dr. Ratan Khandelwal, Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) of Khandwa district.At 10 a.m. on December 8 (Friday), the patient reached the hospital. After conducting a series of tests on the patient, thedoctors decided to give her medication to abort the foetus, instead of surgery. “The first dose to abort the foetus was given at 4 p.m. and the process continued for almost 12 hours. Finally, at 4 a.m, the patient’s pregnancy was medically terminated,” said Dr. Khandelwal.‘Patient discharged’According to the CMHO, the patient had minor fever after the abortion and she was discharged from the hospital on Monday after getting a clearance from the team of expert doctors.last_img read more

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U.P. CM orders probe into alleged lobbying for Lalu

first_imgTaking note of news reports, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday ordered a probe into allegations of government officials calling up a CBI special judge to seek favours for fodder scam convict and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.On the basis of media reports about lobbying in favour of the fodder scam convict, orders have been issued to the Commissioner Jhansi division to carry out a probe and submit a report at the earliest, a tweet issued on the official handle of the CM Office, GoUP @ CMOfficeUP, said.Reports in a section of the media have alleged that District Magistrate Mannan Akhtar and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Bhairpal Singh of Jalaun had called up CBI Special Judge Shivpal Singh to seek favours for the RJD chief in the fodder scam case.During the proceedings of the case in Ranchi on January 4, the CBI judge had also stated “Laluji, we are getting a lot of references and calls for you”, without naming the people who had called him up.Prasad was later awarded a sentence of three and a half years in jail and a fine of ₹5 lakh.However, DM Akhtar refuting the allegations, said, “I never spoke to CBI Special Judge Shivpal Singh over phone. I have been here (Jalaun) just for four months and he had come to meet us in November in connection with his land dispute in the district. Nothing else was discussed.”“How can someone level such serious allegations without any evidence? I belong to Assam and am working in Uttar Pradesh. I have no connection of any kind with Laluji,” he said.A 2011-batch IAS officer, Mr. Akhtar became Jalaun District Magistrate in September last year.last_img read more

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Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on June 2, 2017 shows US Venus Williams as she plays against Belgium’s Elise Mertens during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURENew evidence shows Venus Williams was driving “lawfully” when she was involved in a deadly car crash that sparked a lawsuit against the tennis star, police in Florida said Friday.An initial police report on the June 9 crash in Palm Beach Gardens described Williams as being “at fault” in the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend On Friday, Palm Beach Gardens police issued a statement saying new video obtained of the collision showed that “the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to BallenIsles Drive.”She was forced to halt in the intersection when a south-bound vehicle turned in front of her, police said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOnce that car passed, Williams began to proceed through the intersection, also in accordance with traffic laws.By that time, however, the light had changed and a vehicle driven by Linda Barson, traveling west on an intersecting street, collided with Williams’ car. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Barson’s husband, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, died on June 22 of injuries sustained in the crash.Barson’s family filed a lawsuit against Williams in Palm Beach County claiming she “negligently operated” her vehicle.She has not been cited for any violation, and police said Friday their investigation continues.Michael Steinger, a lawyer for the Barsons, said the video confirmed that Williams blocked his clients’ right of way.“The video released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department (PBGPD) continues to support the fact that Ms Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barsons’ right of way,” Steinger said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES “There is nothing that disputes Ms Williams was in the intersection on a red light, and the witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons’ had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection.”Williams, 37, reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Friday. Earlier in the week at the All England Club, she broke down in tears during a press conference when asked about the crash.Lawyers for both sides were in court on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, where Williams’ attorney wanted a judge to set guidelines on how both parties could inspect the cars involved and retrieve data from on-board computers.Williams’ lawyer had obtained an emergency court order preventing the Barson family from unilaterally inspecting the vehicles. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Hardik Pandya wishes birthday boy KL Rahul: Let’s make it our year

first_imgKL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been through a lot since their controversial episode on Koffee with Karan aired in January earlier this year but the two superstar cricketers have moved on since then and are back to their best on the field for club and country.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have made a strong comeback on the field after the brief suspensions were lifted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).The two have stuck by each other through the worst phase of their lives and are now solely concentrating on the sport and the ongoing Indian Premier League where Hardik is representing the Mumbai Indians and Rahul is plying his trade for the Kings XI Punjab.Rahul on Thursday celebrated his 27th birthday and had his good friend Hardik Pandya for company at the bash. Pandya even posted pictures from the party on social media and wrote a short but heartfelt message for Rahul.”Brothers for life !!!!! No matter what !!! Love u bro @rahulkl happy birthday. Let’s make it our year,” Pandya wrote on the post on his Instagram account.Rishabh Pant, Akshar Patel and Krunal Pandya also attended the party which could have been held in Delhi since Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians play their next fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.advertisementKings XI Punjab meanwhile, will also play their next game in the capital on April 20.Pandya and Rahul have both made it to the Indian squad for the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales after their stellar performances for the national team and clubs in the ongoing IPL.Rahul came back strong after the suspension was lifted pending an inquiry by BCCI ombudsman. Rahul played for India A before making an impression with the senior national team during a two-match T20I series against Australia at home in February.In IPL 2019, Rahul began slow but hit peak form for Kings XI Punjab. The KXIP star is second on the list of batsmen with most runs with 387 in 9 matches, including a hundred, at 64.50. He has already hit four fifties so far.Pandya is also in great hitting form with the bat and has amassed 186 runs in 8 games at 46.50 with a strike rate of over 191. He has also picked 7 wickets so far at 33.28 including a man-of-the-match winning performance against Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more

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After JioFiber Airtel launches 1Gbps broadband plan

first_imgNew Delhi: In a direct challenge to JioFiber, telecom major Bharti Airtel on Wednesday launched its ultra-fast broadband offering, Airtel Xstream Fibre, at Rs 3,999. The announcement comes barely a week after Reliance Jio commercially rolled out its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service “JioFiber” across 1,600 cities in India where the users will have an integrated experience of broadband, on-demand entertainment, free HD voice calling, TV video calling and unlimited data, among others. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Besides “unlimited” broadband at 1Gbps speed, Airtel Xstream Fibre also offers “unlimited landline calls” to any network in India along with benefits such as three months Netflix subscription gift, one year Amazon Prime membership and access to premium content from ZEE5 and Airtel Xstream app, the company said. Starting Wednesday, Airtel Xstream Fibre is available for users in in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad, Mumbai, Pune Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The service will be rolled out in more markets over the coming months, Airtel said. “With growing proliferation of 4K HD content, high end online gaming and IoT, we have introduced the 1Gbps Airtel Xstream Fibre for connected homes and premises where multiple users and devices are online concurrently,” said Sameer Batra, CEO — Broadband, Bharti Airtel. “Along with Airtel Xstream devices and applications, our latest Fibre offering will deliver end-to-end experience to customers with blazing fast speeds and all the content you need on a single platform,” Batra added. As part of the Airtel Xstream device portfolio, Airtel launched an Android based over-the-top (OTT) smart stick and an Android based 4k Hybrid Smart Box that brings satellite TV and OTT content together onto the TV screen with the convenience of a single device, making any regular TV a smart TV.last_img read more

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Ottawa looking into Tim Hortons parent company

first_imgThe federal government is looking into Restaurant Brands International, the Brazilian owned parent company of Tim Hortons.The Globe & Mail reports and sources confirm to 680NEWS’s Richard Southern that it’s concerning allegations RBI has not lived up to the conditions set out by the federal government that allowed the company to buy the coffee chain in 2014.Those conditions include not increasing franchisee rents for five years.Franchise owners claim that the head office has effectively raised rents by shifting costs for their supplies to them.The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, says, they are “aware of the concerns raised by the franchisees and looking into them. We are monitoring compliance with the undertakings, as we do with all investments.”Talked to Mr. Bains office. This is a matter of semantics. They confirm to me they are “looking into the matter” and “Analyzing the takeover documents” looking for wrongdoing. It’s not an investigation in the legal sense of the word but very much like one https://t.co/RJzsupt2zv— Richard Southern (@richard680news) April 13, 2018Restaurant Brands International (RBI) claimed that it has not heard of any federal investigation. Minister Bains office says an official government investigation is impossible in this case and what’s currently being done if the closest the ministry will come to any investigation. His office said they are “looking into the matter” and “analyzing the takeover documents” looking for wrongdoing. It’s not an investigation in the legal sense of the word but they have allocated staff to analyze the matter.A war has been brewing between Tim Hortons store owners and Restaurant Brands International for some time now.Last year, approximately 70 per cent of franchise owners formed a group to push back against the head office which they claimed was hurting the brand.“Rome is burning!” said David Hughes, President of the Great White North Franchisee Association in a statement to 680NEWS. “Tim Hortons employs 150,000 across the country, and with our plight in the news across the country for over a year now, we’ve had no government help at any level”“More importantly, where is RBI’s Board of Directors (the so-called Captains of Industry)? They would be the obvious choice to mediate a solution. But they too have remained silent.”“GWNFA has been the only group advocating for the Canadian franchisees and trying to salvage this great Canadian icon from the egregious management policies and practices that RBI has put in place.”Tim Hortons has faced some negative publicity as of late.Some of its Ontario franchisees clawed back employee benefits following the minimum wage hike, and three weeks ago, Restaurant Brands International announced plans for a $700-million dollar renovation of store Interiors with franchise owners expected to split the bill.Same store sales at the chain have softened in recent quarters and shares in Restaurant Brands International are down 8.5 per cent this year.last_img read more

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CBC planning to roll out reinvented The National in October

first_imgAdvertisement McGuire said they are scouting for candidates within and outside of the public broadcaster to take over for Mansbridge, who plans to step down after July 1st. Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of “The National” as anchor and chief correspondent. TORONTO — As Peter Mansbridge prepares to bid farewell to “The National,” the CBC’s flagship news program is looking to possibly enlist multiple hosts for their anchor desk. “We want the hosts of the show to be able to do field-based work too, and that will be more manageable with more than one (person) in terms of how the show works.” “The National” managing editor Steve Ladurantaye was recently reassigned after what the CBC called “an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet” he made as part of a controversial debate over cultural appropriation. McGuire said the broadcaster is in the process of determining which elements of the existing show — such as its At Issue panel — will work with the new concept. A point-of-view segment will be a part of the relaunched show, but the new “National” will also likely have fewer stories and a greater focus on depth of coverage, she noted. “(‘The National’) was conceived at a time pre-24-hour news, let alone the continuous digital news environment that we live in. And we think that what people need at the end of the day has shifted,” said McGuire. “It will be a new format, it will be a new set, it will be new graphics — the whole feel,” said McGuire. “We’re trying to change the visual storytelling style in terms of how we shoot it as well. We’re doing a fundamental relook.”  BY LAUREN LAROSE “Most nightly news shows tend to be a show of record and they look back on the day that was and try to touch every story and tell people what happened. It’s our feeling — and this is supported by research —that most people have some connection point to the news long before they touch it in the evening, so they need the show to take them somewhere else.” The full revamp of “The National” is slated to debut in mid-October.center_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Steve is voluntarily doing some work on understanding particularly the indigenous reality firsthand like every good journalist should do…. He’ll still be involved with helping us with our digital strategy and some other of our storytelling work, which will have an impact on ‘The National,’ but he’s not sitting on top of that team right now.” “We want it to be a show around active journalists,” Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, said in an interview. — Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. McGuire said they still plan to meet with Ladurantaye later in the fall to reassess his connection with the program going forward. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Persons with disabilities can play vital role in AsiaPacific economy – UN

20 August 2010A United Nations meeting which wrapped up in Bangkok today has encouraged businesses to embrace the rights and concerns of persons with disabilities, highlighting the untapped consumer power represented by an estimated 400 million people in the Asia-Pacific region. Over 60 participants at the two-day regional meeting on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability, including Government officials and representatives of businesses and disabled persons’ organizations, explored ways in which business development plans and employment practices could become more inclusive. The meeting, held at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in the Thai capital, adopted a statement urging leadership development of persons with disabilities and the promotion of socially inclusive business development as priorities for the next regional decade on disability.The Second Asia-Pacific Decade for Disabled Persons will conclude in 2012, and the Bangkok meeting recommended that governments in the region proclaim a new regional decade on disability starting from 2013.“Many of the 400 million or so persons with disabilities in the region live in rural and isolated areas in conditions of abject poverty, encountering deep and persistent barriers,” noted Nanda Krairiksh, Director of the Social Development Division of ESCAP. “Viewing them as contributors to our region’s economic dynamism, as entrepreneurs, employees or an emerging market segment enhances everyone’s prospects for prosperity,” she said.The meeting, organized by ESCAP and the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD), in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), also reviewed the implementation of the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action – a regional plan for a barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities. read more

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Victim loses 140000 in lottery scam OPP investigates

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating after a resident in Haldimand County was defrauded of $140,000.Police say the victim was contacted in March by a fraudster who said they had won $1.4 million in a United States powerball lottery.The scammer told the victim they had to pay twenty per cent of the winnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as per government regulations.Investigators say the victim had been making payment installments to the fraudster since March that accumulated to $140,000. A family member noticed the transactions and contacted police.“It’s not always easy to spot a scam, and new ones are invented every day,” said OPP in a news release. “If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone.” read more

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Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 states

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2017 8:53 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Solid hiring nationwide led unemployment rates to touch record lows in three U.S. states last month.Unemployment rates declined in 10 states in April, increased in one — Massachusetts — and held relatively stable in the other 39, the Labor Department said Friday. A significant number of the job gains occurred in nine states, led by Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Indiana was the only state to see a significant decrease in jobs last month.Arkansas, Colorado and Oregon reported the lowest unemployment rates since 1976. Colorado’s rate, at 2.3 per cent, was the nation’s lowest.Those states’ jobless rates fell because more residents found work. In some cases, the rate falls when those out of work stop looking and are no longer counted as unemployed.All told, 19 states had unemployment rates lower than the national average of 4.4 per cent. Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota each had jobless rates below 3 per cent. The highest unemployment rate was New Mexico at 6.7 per cent, while Alaska had the second highest at 6.6 per cent.Nevada, Hawaii and North Dakota enjoyed the stronger percentage job gains last month, while Indiana experienced a loss of 11,300 jobs, or a decline of 0.4 per cent.Across the country, employers added 211,000 jobs in March. Hiring has averaged 174,000 jobs in the past three months, close to last year’s pace. The unemployment rate has tumbled to 4.4 per cent from 4.8 per cent in January. Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 states read more

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Cycle of impunity must end Ban declares on International Day honouring journalists

“More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade – one every five days – simply for bringing news and information to the public. Many perish in the conflicts they cover so fearlessly. But all too many have been deliberately silenced for trying to report the truth,” said Mr. Ban in a message on the second World Day. Noting that only 7 per cent of cases involving crimes against journalists are resolved and less that one crime out of 10 is ever fully investigated, he stressed that such impunity deepens fear among journalists and enables Governments to get away with censorship. “We must do more to combat this trend and make sure that journalists can report freely. Journalists should not have to engage in self-censorship because they fear for their life,” said the UN chief. Mr. Ban urged collective action to end the cycle of impunity and safeguard the right of journalists to speak truth to power. Echoing the sentiment, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that she has consistently and publicly condemned each killing of a journalist and called for a thorough investigation. “In the past six years, I have publicly and unequivocally condemned more than 540 cases of killings of journalists, media workers and social media producers who generate significant amounts of journalism,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement. “The near complete impunity for the perpetrators of crimes against journalists goes against everything that we stand for, our shared values, our common objectives,” she added. Ms. Bokova stressed that each time the perpetrator of a crime is allowed to escape punishment, it emboldens other criminals and creates a vicious cycle of violence. Further, she warned that as attacks on journalists are on the rise, UNESCO has spearheaded the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which is working to end impunity by promoting concerted action among United Nations agencies, working across the world with governments, civil society, academia and the media itself. “This work is bearing fruit,” she said. “The United Nations General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, as well as the United Nations Security Council have all adopted landmark resolutions specifically addressing these obstacles – as has the Council of Europe at the regional level,” added Ms. Bokova. She further said that more and more States are now establishing laws and mechanisms to tackle impunity and improve safety of journalists and added that the judiciary systems and security forces have increased their engagement on the issues. However, Ms. Bokova stressed that efforts must be redoubled to ensure the end of impunity for attacks on journalists, especially since societies are undergoing transformation at present. She stressed that this must be necessitated to uphold Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states “right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Additionally, Ms. Bokova underscored that ensuring protection of journalists is also vital for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16.10, which aims to facilitate public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements. Lastly, she urged all countries to take measures through legislation, protection mechanisms and new sources to ensure that investigations and trials relating to crimes against journalists are undertaken. “I urge everyone to stand up on November 2 and demand that the rule of law is fully applied when journalists are attacked and killed in the line of duty,” Ms. Bokova concluded. The International Day, was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to highlight the urgent need to protect journalists, and to commemorate the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November, 2013. read more

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EU will inspect Irelands finances for decades after bailout under new rules

first_imgEUROPEAN UNION MINISTERS have officially adopted new rules which could mean Ireland would be subject to bailout-style inspections of its financial progress for up to 20 years after the end of the bailout programme.Ministers yesterday adopted the ‘two-pack’ measures, the most obvious impact of which will be the movement of Ireland’s annual Budget from December to October – as a result of new rules which will require countries to send their Budget for prior scrutiny by Brussels.However, the changes will also have a more profound impact on countries which are currently in an EU-IMF bailout – and force them to remain under strict financial supervision, and regular inspections, for years afterwards.Among the rules adopted by ministers yesterday, and which have now officially become EU law, is a clause that bailed-out countries like Ireland will be subject to inspection by visitors from the European Commission and European Central Bank teams until they have repaid three-quarters of their EU loans.With ministers also granting a seven-year extension to the repayment dates of Ireland’s loans, Ireland is not likely to have passed this mark until around 2035 – meaning two decades of regular inspections by visiting inspectors, similar to those currently carried out by Troika teams.Inspections could mean recommendations from other countriesThose inspections could then lead ministers from other EU countries to issue recommendations about how Ireland might act to avoid any further financial calamity – though the rules do not strictly require Ireland to follow any recommendations.The frequency of the visits is also not discussed, and so the visits may not be as regular as those of the current Troika inspectors who come to Dublin every three months.Ireland’s bailout programme is due to formally end later this year, when it empties the €67.5 billion fund put up by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the governments of the UK, Sweden and Denmark.The Troika’s most recent visits to Ireland have focussed on measures that could ensure Ireland is able to borrow from the open markets, and not need further funding from backup sources like the Troika, when the bailout funds are fully drawn down.Ireland has so far drawn down about €58 billion of its total package, including almost all of the funds from the IMF and the European Financial Stability Mechanism.Read: Troika want banks monitored after ‘disappointingly slow start’ on arrearslast_img read more

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TV Hat The Worst Tech Product of 2010

first_imgWait, did we say “neck-wrenching?” It seems that the company is tossing in a free “Neck Protector” for the low price of $29.95 (plus $7.95 shipping and handling, naturally). Never mind.It’s hard to find anything nice to say about this clunky iPod/iPhone accessory–well, it’s probably pretty good at keeping direct sunlight off of the upper half of your face, though, the baseball cap alone could do that as well.All of that said, to the inventor of the TV Hat, we salute you. You had a dream and you saw it realized. May you be rewarded with a million Snuggies. Last week we put the question to you, dear reader–what is the worst tech product of 2010? We asked our staff to whittle down the list to a handful of candidates and put them up for a public vote.You overwhelmingly chose the dark horse candidate. It beat out lackluster entries from such tech giants as Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Heck, it even beat FusionGarage’s much, much-hated JooJoo tablet. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you really, really don’t like the TV Hat.The As Seen on TV device (fittingly sold over at asseenonTVHat.com) managed to get a few votes shy of 50 percent of the total vote–several times more than the closest competitor.So, what precisely is so shockingly bad about this product? Well, just look at the thing–it’s a baseball cap with a TV attached to the bill–it combines the social habits of shut-ins with the fashion sense of apiarists for one of the most awkward convergence devices we’ve ever seen. It’s also a solution in search of a problem–a clunky, oversized, neck-wrenching solution.last_img read more

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REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENT SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER

first_imgThe British Embassy and the Gambia Legion will commemorate Remembrance Day event on Sunday 13 November starting at 10:45 a.m. at The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Kairaba Avenue, Fajara.The Gambia Legion was founded by veterans of the First World War, who like all Legions, adopted the poppy as their symbol of Remembrance and hope. Today the Legion is at the forefront of the commemorations.  A statement from the embassy as we come together in Remembrance of events a century ago, we are reminded of the important work the Gambia Legion continues to provide.To support this cause, poppies can be obtained via a donation from the following locations: British Embassy Consular Reception, Coco Ocean Hotel, Fajara Club, Gambia Experience, Gaya Art Cafe, Kairaba Hotel, Ngala Lodge, Marouns Supermarket, Ocean Bay Hotel, Reo’s, Sea Shells, Senegambia Hotel, Standard Chartered Bank, 3 Chicks & a Grill and Xpress Supermarket.last_img read more

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Marks and Spencer lobbied by MPs over planned pay changes

first_imgMarks and Spencer (M&S) will today (Thursday 1 September) be lobbied by members of Parliament (MPs), campaigners and activists against proposed changes to pay.Its proposed changes include removing premiums for working Sundays and anti-social hours, and reducing bank holiday payments. Under the proposed plans, bank holiday payments will be at a single, standard premium rate and one time window for unsociable hours.According to the retailer, these changes will enable it to increase base pay for its customer assistants from next April, seeing staff earn £8.50 an hour instead of £7.41 an hour for areas outside of London, with employees in Greater London due to see pay rise to £9.65 an hour. Section co-ordinators and section managers will also see pay increases from April 2017.M&S launched a consultation on the proposals with in-house staff representatives on 25 May 2016.In addition, the organisation has also proposed closing its defined benefit pension scheme to future accrual, instead enrolling employees in to its defined contribution plan.Today’s demonstration, which is led Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh, is based on a Change.org petition against the planned changes, which gained almost 90,000 signatures.They will present the petition at Marks and Spencer’s Marble Arch store in London, with McDonagh joined by Labour MPs John Spellar, Carolyn Harris, Karen Buck and Nia Griffith.McDonagh originally raised the issue in Parliament in June, calling on government to close loopholes that allowed organisations to change staff benefits in order to offset the impact of introducing the national living wage of £7.20 an hour in April.A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer said: “We believe our proposed new approach to pay and pensions would reward our people in a fair and consistent way, simplify and modernise our business and help us attract and retain the best talent so we can continue to provide great service for our customers.“The proposals, which are subject to consultation with our employees, include one of the highest pay rates and one of the best benefits packages in UK retail.”last_img read more

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Total pay falls by 03 in real terms

first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, fell by 0.3% in real terms between June to August 2016 and June to August 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: October 2017 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, fell by 0.4% in real terms, which have been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between June to August 2016 and June to August 2017.In nominal terms, that is not adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 2.2% between June to August 2016 and June to August 2017, which is the same growth rate as between May to July 2016 and May to July 2017. Regular pay, in nominal terms, increased by 2.1% over this same time period.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £507 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay for employees in Great Britain in August 2017. This compares to £496 a week in August 2016. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £476 a week for British employees in August 2017 before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £466 a week in August 2016.In real terms, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £488 a week in August 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £459 a week in August 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 34.7% between January 2005 and August 2017, rising from £376 a week to £507 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices Index, including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), increased by 32.8%.Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The latest figures again show the subdued pay outlook across the economy, with a 2.2% increase continuing to lag behind inflation. With no end in sight to this squeeze on living standards, many [employees] will be facing a Christmas period where they will once again be required to tighten their belts. There is little to suggest that wages are responding to low unemployment and higher inflation.”Mariano Mamertino, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) economist at Indeed, added: “Ordinarily employers would ramp up salaries in order to compete in the war for talent, but such anaemic wage growth figures show this just isn’t happening. With the gap between wage and price rises steadily turning into a gulf, [even] more [employees] are seeing their living standards steadily eroded. With consumer prices now rising at 3% a year, real wages are set to fall faster and harder. The resulting pain for [employees] will soon translate into reduced consumer spending and could morph into a serious threat for the economy. While Britain’s unemployment success story means more people are in work than ever before, it is increasingly looking like a distraction from the clear and present danger posed by falling real wages.”Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Unemployment might be at a record low, but the UK has a sticky problem with wage growth. This can be in large part attributed to the three Ps; productivity, public sector pay, and pensions. UK productivity growth is low, which means employers aren’t seeing the same output gains from [employees] they once did, meanwhile public sector pay has been capped in order to keep government borrowing in check. At the same time the roll out of the government’s automatic enrolment programme has seen employers forced to pay into a pension for their staff, which has no doubt diverted some money that would otherwise have flowed into pay packets.”last_img read more

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EarsOn Microsoft Surface Headphones Control The Noise

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. An extremely niche problem I have as a video game journalist is trying to listen to a new game I’m playing with headphones on while simultaneously trying to hear instructions from the PR person guiding me. Demos usually have these really nice gaming headphones trying to make the experience as immersive as possible. But then I always have to awkwardly uncover one ear to hear how to play. So my immediate thought after trying out the new Surface Headphones from Microsoft is that I hope all demos use them from now on because they solve this problem. But for the vast majority of people who don’t have this issue, these are still really nice headphones.The Surface Headphones completely cover your ears and have a nice thick and comfortable layer of gray padding. They connect wirelessly over Bluetooth with a 15 hour battery life charged in two hours over USB-C. Each can itself is actually a big dial users can smoothly rotate to adjust volume and noise-cancelling. It’s a classy and functional piece of hardware.I’m no audiophile, but I was impressed by both sound quality (40mm speakers) and how effectively the headphones cancelled out background noise at the crowded and bustling preview event. It was almost eerie being in complete clear silence with so many people talking around me. And adjusting each ear individually makes it perfect for my “listening to the game in one ear and a person in the other ear” scenario.AdChoices广告You could just stop there, using the Surface Headphones as solid noise-cancelling headphones. But Microsoft naturally wants to draw you into its larger ecosystem which is why the Surface Headphones play so nice with the mobile Cortana digital assistant. With Cortana you can easily use the headphones hands-free to play music, take calls, conference with Skype, schedule meetings, and rendezvous with Master Chief.The Cortana app also makes it simpler to access and adjust the headphones’ more advanced features. Cortana works with Windows 10, iOS, Android, and MacOS. But don’t be shocked when the process is a little more intuitive on Microsoft products, using features like Swift Pair, such as all the new Surface tablets at this event or the Xbox One X running Forza Horizon 4.The Surface Headphones launch later this holiday for $350. For more on cool audio equipment check out pre-orders for Amazon’s recent Alexa announcements and our Geek Pick for the Anker Soundcore Flare.center_img Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountMicrosoft Releases Retro Windows App as ‘Stranger Things’ Tie-In last_img read more

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