Court extends ED custody of Ratul Puri by 4 days in bank

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday extended by four days the custodial interrogation of Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, by the Enforcement Directorate in the money laundering case related to a bank loan fraud.Special judge Sanjay Garg passed the order on the ED’s plea. ED had arrested Puri on August 20 in the money laundering case arising out of the bank loan fraud case. The court had on August 26 extended Puri’s ED custody by four days. There is another money laundering case connected with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam in which the Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was “required for an effective investigation”. Puri was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the bank fraud case after he appeared before the central probe agency here in the chopper scam after it had slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR. The latest PMLA case emerged from a CBI FIR of August 17, where Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Nath’s sister) and others were booked in connection with a Rs 354 crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India. The CBI had carried out multiple searches in pursuance of this FIR. The Puri family, other individuals like Sanjay Jain and Vineet Sharma were booked by the CBI for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption. Ratul Puri was booked in this case in his capacity as executive director of Moser Baer India Limited (MBIL), a firm promoted by his father Deepak Puri. The company is manufactured optical storage media like compact discs, DVDs, solid state storage devices. Ratul Puri had resigned from the post of executive director in 2012, while his parents continue to be on the board, the bank had said in a statement and compliant to the CBI.last_img read more

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Egyptian Journalists Union to File Complaint against MBC Anchor Wafaa ElKilany

Rabat – A group of Egyptian journalists sent a complaint to the Egyptian Journalists Union on Tuesday evening to protest the offensive remarks of Egyptian TV presenter Wafaa ElKilany, who said in her show on the MBC network that Morocco and Africa are the “land of sorcery.”In coordination with the Union of Independent Journalists, Mohamed Abdel Shakur, member of the Egyptian Journalists Union, said that he is leading a campaign to collect signatures from journalists to file a lawsuit against the TV presenter for attacking Moroccans.Noonpress quoted Jamal Abdel-Rahim, a board member of the Egyptian Journalists Union, as saying, “we do not accept such encroachment from any Egyptian journalist in various media against a brother country like Morocco in particular, and the Arab countries in general.” Known for her treatment of sex-related topics, Egyptian TV presenter Wafaa ElKilany described Morocco and Africa as a land of sorcery and black magic, overlooking the fact that Egypt is also an African country.After a string of Egyptian journalists and actors making aggressive remarks against Morocco in recent months, ElKilany comes along now to add insult to injury.In July, Amany El-Khayat, an Egyptian TV presenter, lashed out at Morocco’s King and the ruling Islamist party, claiming that the Moroccan economy is based on “prostitution.”Following her baseless statements, El-Khayat apologized on the air to Moroccans and the Moroccan King. read more

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UNICEF assessing needs after hurricane batters Haiti

8 November 2010Teams from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are assessing the needs in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and other areas hit by Hurricane Tomas and preparing to rush assistance to the affected areas. Heavy rain from the hurricane caused flooding in the country’s five southern departments and in other regions including Artibonite, Centre, North West, and the communities of Léogane and Gressier, west of Port-au-Prince. Heavy rains and severe flooding have also occurred in upper Artibonite with as much as one metre of standing water reported in Gonaïves, north of the Artibonite River.UNICEF is working with the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) and other UN agencies and partners on the ground to respond to the most urgent needs. “Our immediate goal is to assess the impacts of the storm and prioritize our response and coordination efforts to ensure access to adequate sanitation, safe water, and basic health care,” said Francoise Gruloos-Ackermans, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.“It is also imperative in responding to emergencies such as this that separated and unaccompanied children, who are most at risk during emergencies, are protected and reunited with their families,” added Ms. Gruloos-Ackermans, who assessed the hurricane-stricken area of Jérémie at the south western tip of Haiti.UNICEF will be working to ensure the safe evacuation and relocation of children from flooded areas, safeguarding schools and school supplies, protecting children in camps for those displaced from January’s earthquake and orphanages. It will also ensure the continued operation of Cholera Treatment Centres, which are part of measures to prevent further spread of cholera, which has affected Artibonite and communities in the north-west region the most. According to UNICEF, the recent flooding and physical damage caused by the hurricane will further complicate the challenge of responding to the cholera epidemic that emerged just three weeks ago. “Extensive flooding and the deterioration of clean water and sanitation supplies and circumstances can create the ideal conditions for spreading the cholera disease further, a risk that UNICEF and partners are addressing in their response plans,” stated the agency.The latest figures from the Haitian Ministry of Health put the reported cholera death toll at 501, with 7,359 hospitalizations throughout the small Caribbean nation. Later this week UNICEF is expecting a large shipment of supplies, including 1.2 million sachets of oral rehydration salts, more than 8 million water purification tablets, and more than 5,000 tarpaulins for distribution in the most affected areas. read more

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Beside The Points For Monday Oct 23 2017

See more MLB predictions Oh, and don’t forgetThis is the most crazypants play I’ve seen in ages and if I saw it in a comic book I’d criticize it as unrealistic All newsletters NFL See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeJudgement DayAaron Judge, the rookie right fielder for the New York Yankees, set the record for most postseason strikeouts at 27, topping the 26 times Alfonso Soriano struck out for the Yankees in 2003 (although that was across 17 games, whereas Judge needed only 13). The Yankees’ hopes of reaching another World Series were dashed by Houston on Saturday, but if his debut season is any indicator Judge is poised to have a terrific career for New York. [NBC Sports, ESPN]Joe Thomas streak endsJoe Thomas, Cleveland’s left tackle who holds the iron man award for most consecutive snaps played, was injured during Sunday’s game against the Titans and subsequently pulled out. His streak ended at 10,363 consecutive snaps — a run that had lasted since the Bush administration. [ESPN]Top media market to host out-of-town visitors instead of Yankees in series of gamesThe Dodgers are slightly favored to win the World Series against the Astros, with a 56 percent chance according to our MLB predictions. Tuesday’s Game 1 has L.A. with a 60 percent chance of winning given their home field advantage and stronger pitcher, but Wednesday’s Game 2 — where Justin Verlander takes the mound for Houston — is nearly even odds for both teams. [FiveThirtyEight]NAFTA throws down in hockey brawlThe U.S. Women’s national hockey team faced Canada’s team for the first of six games leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea on Sunday, winning 5 -2 and setting expectations for the team high. The U.S. hasn’t won gold in the sport at the Olympics since 1998. [Excelle Sports, Hockey Canada]And thus social progress was madeJenny Boucek was hired by the Sacramento Kings as the assistant coach for player development, making her the second woman currently on an NBA staff full-time. [ESPN]A win is a winRookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed four of seven passes in the Bears game against the Panthers, notching a total quarterback rating of 4.2. That would have been the worst QBR of the week except that isn’t enough action to actually qualify. The defense carried the team and supplied both of Chicago’s touchdowns in the 17-3 victory, proving yet again that even the ugliest wins are still wins. [ESPN, Deadspin]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number95.5 percentThe New York Jets fired back at critics who have been baffled by the team’s strong performance and seeming inability to properly tank. They did this by losing to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday 31-28 despite at one point having a 95.5 percent chance of winning the game according to ESPN analytics. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:[screenshot of “Most Wins by Manager to Not Win World Series: Gene Mauch, 1,902; Dusty Baker, 1,863; Buck Showalter, 1,504; Clark Griffith, 1,491]kyle:i forget, what’s the 538 line on dustyneil:I think he’s actually kinda underrated[THE TRUTH: Last September we published a table of the worst bullpen managers since 2000 and Baker was ranked fourth. However, this past May Neil wrote a piece that ranked Baker sixth on wins above projected since 1961. You decide!]Predictions MLB We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

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Contraband in Prisons flourishing no leniency for officers found colluding Director

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into prisoners posing on FB with contrabandMay 14, 2018In “Crime”3 Lusignan prison officers being investigated after parcel thrown over fenceMay 1, 2018In “Crime”Contraband smuggling: Prison officers must avoid pitfalls of dirty money- SamuelsFebruary 15, 2018In “Crime” Prisoner Officers found colluding in trafficking contraband into the various penitentiaries countrywide will not be shown leniency and they will have to answer to the law.Acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin SamuelsThis is according to Acting Prisons Director, Gladwin Samuels in a press statement on Monday, alluding to the recent upsurge of prohibited items being found in the prison and even in the possession of prisoners.“…Over the past few weeks, despite regular searches, we continue to unearth various forms of contraband including cellular phones, marijuana and local wine, and these are the minor items, which have made their way into our prisons… Trafficking in contraband at all locations is a matter of grave concern, but at the Mazaruni Prison, which is a maximum security prison it is worst because of the extent of the collusion that is needed for many contraband items to get into the prison,” he said.File photo: items unearthed during a prison sweepAccording to Samuels, this is a cause for concern as it questions the commitment to the service [by prison officers], the security of the prison and by extension, the security of the nation.“Make no mistake about it, our security is at risk when we allow these items in.”In an effort to elaborate on his point, the Prison Director said that the prisoners are getting access to these prohibited items by either bringing it into the prisons themselves- which would prove that the quality of searches conducted is poor-, “some persons may be bring in the items out of sympathy for the imprisoned, or some persons are being paid to have the items smuggled in – this would mean that the security at checkpoints are comprised or being bribed.”“We will continue our searches and those found to be colluding in trafficking contraband will have to answer to the law. We cannot compromise…It is said that once you have comprised yourself by becoming a trafficker, you are not allowed to stop even if you want to stop… If we support them and their families in contravening the laws of the prison, we are not helping them; we are in fact condoning the very activities that caused them to be in prison in the first place; we are telling them it is ok to be lawless. We are setting them up for a continued life of crime and failure. Worse, we are showing them that we are no better than they are,” he warned.Further, he charged that prison officers should “stand for what is right!” highlighting that there is still time for the ones who may have allowed themselves to be compromised, to get back on track.Over the past few months, there have been several cases of prohibited items being discovered in the prisons, in addition to instances where prison officers were implicated in the smuggling.Only recently a 37-year-old woman attempted to smuggle marijuana into the prison to her husband- who has been remanded on a murder charge- by packing it into a boxes containing cooked rice. She was charged and remanded to prison last week. read more

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VIDEO TOP 30 goals of VELUX EHF Champions League Year 2016

← Previous Story Vote for ALKALOID WORLD BEST COACH 2016 in Women’s handball! Next Story → Granollers Cup 2017 – Summer in the city where handball is like a religion! VELUX EHF Champions League published a video of TOP 30 goals in Year 2016. Former right wing of Turkish Besiktas, now in Vive Tauron Kielce, Darko Djukic, netted the most beautiful goal of the year.Take a look on TOP 30…

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10 ways to improve your smartphones battery life

first_imgWE’VE ALL BEEN there. You use your phone maybe a few times during the day and before you know it, you’re out of power. While smartphones have become more powerful and versatile over time, their batteries haven’t exactly kept up, to the point where you’re lucky if it lasts the entire day on one charge.While you can’t change your battery, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your phone is still ticking along by the end of the day.Turn off your location servicesWhile a useful feature, location services are probably the biggest reason your battery life disappears so quickly, especially if there are numerous apps using tracking your whereabouts. For iOS, you will find the setting under privacy while Android has an entire section dedicated to it. Windows Phone users need to go into the settings function to find it.Check battery use (Android)Android users have it lucky as they can check to see which apps are using the most power. It’s probably a good idea to check this first to see which apps are putting the most strain on your battery.Windows Phone also has the handy Battery Saver mode, which turns off certain features like email updates and apps running in the background. You can either set it so that it activates when the battery gets low or have it on at all times.Switch off auto-brightnessAuto-brightness is one of those features you don’t realise is a thing until it’s brought up. The idea is that your screen will brighten or darken depending on your surroundings, but the reality is this switching is an unnecessary drain on your battery. Turn it off and then reduce the brightness as it’s a feature you’ll rarely need.Keep number of notifications downOutside of messaging or social apps, the majority of push notifications are redundant. iOS has the notification centre while Android requires you to go into the apps info in settings, where you can tick or untick the notifications box for each one. Keep screen timeout lowScreen timeout is how long your phone stays activated after your last action. On Android, you can go into display and make your device go to sleep after 15 seconds. iOS’ version is auto-lock which you can find by selecting general in settings – the shortest time frame for locking is one minute – while Windows Phone users have to go to Lock & Wallpaper, found in settings.Turn off background appsIf you haven’t turned off your phone in a while, you will have a large number of apps running in the background. On their own,  they’re not harmful, but since our modern attention spans mean we jump in and out of apps regularly, we could have a lot of them running without realising it.While it’s handy to have a few running if you regularly access them, the majority can be turned off. Android has a button dedicated to it while iOS users must double-tap the home button to get the option. Windows Phone users, on the other hand, have to go into each app individually and press the back button to close it.Turn off Wifi & BluetoothSimilar to location services, your phone will be always searching for a WiFi or Bluetooth connection, even if you’re nowhere near a connection. If you know you won’t be near a WiFi hotspot for a while, you should switch them off.Alternatively, switching on Airplane Mode will have the same effect, although doing this will mean you won’t be able to make or receive calls either.Turn off email updatesYour email app is always searching for new arrival and refreshing every couple of minutes to ensure you’re constantly updated. Unless you absolutely need to know when new mail arrives, it’s better to switch updates off and visit the app itself.Download a battery appThere’s an abundance of apps claiming to improve your battery life. While you shouldn’t take these claims too seriously, apps like Battery Doctor, Juice Defender, and Battery for Windows Phone do give you an overview on what services are using up the most battery, allowing you to make better decisions.Get a battery packIf all else fails, maybe you should consider getting a portable battery pack. The majority of smartphone manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung has their own official versions, and there are numerous third-party chargers for both Android and iPhone.Read: Five smartphones battling for your Christmas stocking >Read: Watch: A smartphone that can heal itself when scratched >last_img read more

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Here are 13 of our favourite sporting anecdotes

first_img1. Trigger on Roy Keane at the 94 World CupYouTube credit: tony713elo2. Brian Clough on Peter TaylorYouTube credit: Ged20063. Alex Ferguson on Paul GascoigneYouTube credit: SirManchester14. Charlie Sheen on Lance ArmstrongYouTube credit: CNN5. Alan Quinlan on Declan KidneyThe room is quiet when Deccie wheels in a TV monitor and video machine. The lads look at each other. What the hell is going on? Are we going over tapes of the opposition?“I want you to watch this lads,” says Deccie. “Just watch.”So, for the next couple of hours, the entire Munster squad, a team supposedly in search of their first Heineken Cup trophy and ravenous for another big-name scalp, sit back in their seats and watch fluffy little bundles of golden fur romp across the screen as we view ‘The Lion King’.Tempting though it might have been to make a joke or say something smart, no one utters a word — this is a Deccie Kidney production, so everyone is concentrating hard on exactly what kind of message Simba, Timon and Pumba are delivering.In the end, he called it exactly right showing us the movie, because we beat Saracens on their home ground in a tough encounter.I think they’d have been mortified if they’d known that Munster’s secret weapon had been ‘The Lion King’.From Red Blooded: The Alan Quinlan Autobiography6. Niall Quinn on Jack Charlton “We all shuffled into Harry Ramsden’s. Jack is a shareholder. Packie or Paul or somebody cut a ribbon and officially opened the place. So the night before the game, after a week of drink, I settled down to fish and chips. Gary Kelly took the Harry Ramsden’s Challenge and ate a fish about a yard long and a mountain of chips and anything else they challenged him with. He thought there’d be a certificate but he got a free dessert instead, which he duly ate. Jack herded us out pronto. Twenty minutes later, it’s dusk at Lansdowne Road and we’re all waddling about the pitch, groaning, full of fish and chips and trying to do a training session the night before this must-win game. We’re burping and farting and creased over with laughter. Our main thought was it’s been a happy era and it’s ending soon.”From Niall Quinn: The Autobiography7. Wayne Rooney on RonaldoHe loves his clothes, and the clobber he wears is super expensive and covered in shiny logos – Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, you name it. He’s swaggered into training, looking immaculate from head to foot. He must spend a fortune on his wardrobe, but Ronaldo’s biggest love is football.He tells us he wants to be the best player in the world, that he’s desperate to be the greatest.Ronnie’s ambition isn’t just talk either. In the changing rooms before the 2006/07 season I notice something different about him.He’s bigger. He’s come back from the World Cup in Germany muscly and beefed up, like he’s been on the weights all summer.On the pitch in pre-season, he’s started cutting out the fancy tricks and flicks, and finding an end product to his mazy runs.I know one thing: this change in Ronaldo hasn’t come about by luck. He works bloody hard.When I watch him train or see him scoring great goals for fun in pre-season friendlies, I think he really could become the best player in the world.From Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League8. Chris O’Dowd on Shane Curran and John NewtonYouTube credit: rte9. Various people on a young Jonah LomuYouTube credit: Funnycycling10. John Aldridge and Jack Charlton on that infamous FIFA officialYouTube credit: PeteTop Carton11. The Irish rugby players on Martin JohnsonYouTube credit: markoconroy12. Tony Cascarino on Italia 90YouTube credit: Newstalk106108fm13. Muhammad Ali on Joe FrazierYouTube credit: truebeliever786Snapshot: So, Donncha O’Callaghan seems excited about heading to Edinburgh this evening>Woof! It’s our 25 favourite AC Jimbo intros from Football Weekly>last_img read more

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LG Cloud another multiplatform cloud storage service

first_imgIn a world of homogenous smartphones and tablets, there’s one feature that is slowly but surely coming along for a ride on the bandwagon. It’s cloud storage, and just about every Android smartphone OEM is working on their own implementation of Apple’s iCloud service. Up next: LG, who have revealed some details about their new service called — you guessed it — LG Cloud.Media storage is just the beginning for the service says LG. What makes LG Cloud different is that media transcoding and stream processing is handled by the company’s server back-end — not by the device you’re streaming content to, presumably an LG phone, tablet, or connected TV or Blu-ray player. As you’d expect from the company that built the Optimus 3D (along with countless 3D-capable televisions), LG Cloud is fully equipped to handle your 3D media.Initially, LG is offering up a Windows client and an Android app. Like every other cloud storage app out there, LG’s desktop app can synchronize folders — and it looks like you’ll be given 2GB for a free account. Anyone can register, and you don’t need to have an LG device to use the service. There’s also a web-based interface that you can pull up in any browser to manage or view your files online. However, despite LG’s talk of server-driven transcoding and streaming, clicking a file merely initiates a download — there’s currently to way no play back files within your browser.LG has said that paid storage options will be available when LG Cloud exits beta, but they’ve yet to reveal pricing details. They’ll need to be competitive with Microsoft and Google on the scene now. While LG loyalists may be interested in checking out the new cloud service, most users can probably give it a miss. Chances are you’d be better off signing on with Google Drive, SkyDrive, or Dropbox and getting truly cross-platform access to your files and a rich network of third-party apps with API access — something LG Cloud probably won’t ever boast.More at LG [PDF] and The Vergelast_img read more

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Volkswagen chief apologises after evoking Nazi slogan Arbeit macht frei

first_imgVolkswagen chief apologises after evoking Nazi slogan ‘Arbeit macht frei’ Herbert Diess said he had not aimed to cause offence with what he said. 28 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4543169 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,019 Views Herbert Diess CEO of Volkswagen. Image: Malte Ossowski/SVEN SIMON Image: Malte Ossowski/SVEN SIMON Share38 Tweet Email1 VOLKSWAGEN CHIEF EXECUTIVE Herbert Diess has apologised for making a play on words with a Nazi slogan at a company meeting, insisting he was keenly aware of the German firm’s roots in the Third Reich.Diess told business magazine Wirtschafts Woche he had not aimed to cause offence when he said “EBIT macht frei” during a VW management gathering on Tuesday.EBIT refers to earnings before interest and taxes and Diess said he wanted to emphasise their importance to the company’s bottom line.But the phrase echoed the infamous slogan on the main gate of the Auschwitz death camp “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work will set you free”).“It was in no way my intention to put my statement in the wrong context – I honestly didn’t think it would at the time,” he said. Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 10:25 PM Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Herbert Diess CEO of Volkswagen. It was in fact a very unfortunate choice of words and if I unintentionally hurt any feelings, I am truly sorry.Diess added that he, the company and its staff were “aware of the particular historical responsibility of Volkswagen in connection with the Third Reich”.In 1938, Adolf Hitler himself laid the foundation stone for the first Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg in northern Germany, tasked with building an affordable car for all Germans – which would go on to become the iconic Beetle.During World War II, VW used concentration camp internees and prisoners of war as slave labour in its factories.© AFP 2019 Mar 14th 2019, 10:26 PM last_img read more

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Local councils tasked with rolling out 1000 onstreet electric car charge points

first_img By Christina Finn LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE being tasked with rolling out 1,000 on-street electric car charge points over the next five years. Funding has been announced today to support local councils through capital supports of 75% of the cost of installing the charge point, up to maximum of €5,000,It aims to ensure the development of up to 200 on-street charge points per year. The charge points may be located where public parking is provided on-street or in local authority car parks.In many cases, on-street charge points may be integrated with street lighting in a single lamp-post.There are currently almost 1,100 public charge points available across the island of Ireland. The announcement today comes after the ESB confirmed that it is ending its free charging for drivers of electric cars in a matter of weeks.The ESB said it will be making an announcement around its pricing structure for the charging of electric vehicles at its public stations in September.It is understood that once the prices have been announced, there will be a lead-in time of a number of weeks before drivers will have to pay. On-street charge pointsUnder this new supports scheme, it is expected that local authorities will operate the new charge points, with the help of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, which will manage the scheme.It is planned that the scheme will be open for applications by the end of next month.Today’s announcement is one of the key provisions contained in the government’s Climate Action Plan, which has a big focus on electric vehicle roll out.  The plan commits to a target of 936,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030.Ensuring there is the necessary infrastructure in place to support this step up is crucial, said the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Aug 26th 2019, 6:11 AM https://jrnl.ie/4780048 12,867 Views Image: Shutterstock/mimagephotography Local councils tasked with rolling out 1,000 on-street electric car charge points over the next 5 years There are currently almost 1,100 public charge points available across the island of Ireland. The government plans to have 2,000 charging points nationwide by 2025. Image: Shutterstock/mimagephotographycenter_img The government plans to have 2,000 charging points nationwide by 2025. 80 Comments Monday 26 Aug 2019, 6:10 AM There is significant growth in the number of electric vehicles taking to the road. This year alone there are 5,000 extra electric vehicles on the road bringing the total to over 12,500.A recent department review found that the increase in electric car take-up “could pose a substantial risk to stability of the State’s finances”. It also projected that the €200 million in Project 2040 will soon run out if the uptake continues at this pace, and states maintaining the existing level of supports would be a “regressive choice”Despite the department’s report, the minister maintained that increasing the number of electric vehicles, in particular where battery electric vehicles replace older diesel vehicles, will have a “very beneficial impact on air quality, as battery electric vehicles do not produce any fumes”.He said today’s announcement will build on the 90 new high speed chargers, which charge at three times the power of fast chargers, the 50 new fast chargers and over 500 upgraded charge points which will be supported under the Climate Action Fund.2,000 charging points by 2025 If local authorities hit their target, there will be a network of around 2,000 public charge points nationwide by 2025. Bruton said increasing the number of on-street charge points will allow those who do not have a driveway access to a charge point, which he said will remove a key barrier to the uptake of electric vehicles.The minister added that his department is also looking to expand the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant scheme, which is a grant of up to €600 that is currently available to purchasers of new and second-hand electric vehicles to support the installation of chargers in homes with dedicated parking spaces.He said options are being examined that would see supports for the installation of chargers in residential buildings where there is private shared parking, such as apartments. Bruton said he expects to have this support in place early in 2020.In addition, the government plans to introduce new regulations to require non-domestic buildings with over 20 car parking spaces to install charging facilities. Share17 Tweet Email6 Short URL We are investing in this network to give people confidence to make the switch. Now is the time to make the change. This network, along with the investment ESB are making in new high speed chargers and the renewal of existing chargers, is building a strong network that vehicle owners can trust.last_img read more

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Santorini named Best Island in Europe

first_imgThe Greek island of Santorini is, according to the readers of the US’ Travel & Leisure magazine, the “Best Island in Europe” for 2017, followed by Ischia in Italy and Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia.Based in New York City and known as one of the world’s most influential travel brands, the global powerhouse magazine conducts its world’s best awards survey annually, requesting millions of its readers worldwide to share their global travel experiences, and their views and thoughts on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more.Readers and users of the magazine’s online platform were asked to rate islands according to their activities, sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, friendliness and overall value. The results are publisehd in July each year.“Santorini is a true magnet to travellers the world over. It is hard not to be impressed by the volcanic island whichever way you approach it,” says travel writer and photographer Paul Hellander, who has visited an astonishing 90 per cent of the Greek islands.“By sea the approach is magnificent, as your catamaran or fast ferry slips into the Caldera Bay. “The tall and raw, volcanic caldera walls are softened by a rim of white, which, on further examination, turn out to be buildings built precariously – almost dangerously, one might suggest – on the precipitous cliffs. It is a unique sight. “By air you see the raw nature of an island torn apart [some time] between 1645 BCE and 1500 BCE by a volcanic explosion four times the power of Indonesia’s Krakatoa eruption in 1883. The equivalent of several hundred atomic bombs detonated simultaneously. “Santorini’s geography is duly dramatic”, he adds. Astonishingly, this is the 14th time in the 22 years of the competition that Santorini has claimed the number one spot in this category. “Santorini’s life now hums with glitz and bling throughout the three contiguous caldera communities Imerovigli, Firostefani, and Fira, and the sunset favourite Oia that grips tenuously to the gritty ridge of the volcano rim. It is simply vibrantly stunning,” says Hellander. “You can rub shoulders with the glitterati or the persistently curious of the world. “There is an internationalism pervading Santorini like no other Greek island, whilst it does have ‘spirit of place’ – that undefinable visceral sense that you are in a place that makes you feel good instantly. After all, watching the sunset over the satellite island of Thirasia with a chilled Moët to hand is unbeatable.” As described on the visitgreece.com website, the Greek islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. The Greek National Tourism Organisation lists Greece’s sovereign land as including 6,000 islands and islets scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. This is a unique phenomenon for the European continent, therefore, it is no surprise that Greece commanded a significant portion of Europe’s best 10 islands with Santorini ranking first place, Crete ranking fourth, Paros ranking fifth and Rhodes coming in at number six.Santorini also ranked fifth in the magazine’s World’s Best Island category.“The best Greek island is always subjective to who you are and what you seek. “If you are an international guest, seeking an idealised Greek island experience, have a robust budget and have only a few days to indulge in your experience, then of course Santorini is the winner,” states Hellander. The Greek Archipelago comprises 7,500 km of the country’s total 16,000 km coastline, offering a highly-diversified landscape. Featuring multi-awarded golden sandy, white or black pebble beaches that stretch over many kilometres, sheltered bays and coves, coastal caves with steep rocks, dark coloured volcanic sand, coastal wetlands, historic monuments and stunning natural landscapes. “Ultimately ‘the best award’ is about who you are and what your soul desires and Santorini might be the best for many, but not for all because, let’s face it, with around 70 destination islands to choose from, there are many fine choices, different, but equally ‘best’ in their own way. Many Greek islands deserve awards, it must and should be said. “Santorini is, however, a unique and special Greek island experience and anyone coming to Greece is recommended to experience it at least once.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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The McRib sandwich is returning to McDonalds

first_imgThere’s a lot of mystery around why the McRib comes and goes, but to be honest it’s a local option based on consumer demand.— McDonald’s (@McDonalds) October 23, 2017An unofficial fan-run McRib Locator website tracks sightings of the sandwich in real time. http://mcriblocator.com/map.htmlCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – The popular, polarizing McRib sandwich is coming back to McDonald’s.The fast food giant has posted a blurb on its website teasing its return.“Get ready for the McRib, the tasty fan favorite slathered in tangy barbecue sauce and topped with slivered onions and tart pickles, all on a hoagie style bun.” It appears the McRib will only be available in select locations, so check with your local restaurant to be sure.center_img #8 Reason Why McRib pic.twitter.com/YpAQesjUMg— McDonald’s of Hawaii (@McDonaldsHawaii) October 30, 2017McDonald’s first released the classic item in 1982, but it was removed from the menu in 1985. The McRib has returned to the menu several times since, but only on a limited time basis.According to a tweet by McDonald’s SoCal, the McRib is slated to return on Thursday. McDonald’s of Hawaii tweeted that it would be available on Nov. 7. last_img read more

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Gold sees further losses drops towards lowest level in nearly six years

first_imgGold extended losses on Monday, dropping towards its lowest level in nearly six years, and was poised to record its steepest monthly slide in 2-1/2 years on prospects of a U.S. interest rate hike this year.The precious metal has fallen out of favour as investors position themselves for the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise rates at its next policy meeting on December 15-16.Investors believe gold, as a non-interest-paying asset, will take a hit to demand from higher rates as the dollar gains.Spot gold was little changed at $1,056.30 an ounce by 0340 GMT. It had dropped to $1,052.70 earlier in the session, within striking distance of $1,052.46, the lowest since February 2010, reached on Friday.”With the charts looking increasingly dicey as we head into the Fed policy meeting, just as investment money continues to flee the complex, the odds are good that the $1,000 level is the next stop for (gold) prices,” said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.Bullion has lost about 7.5 percent of its value in November, its biggest monthly dip since June 2013.Investors are pulling money out of bullion funds, exacerbating the sell-off in gold.Assets in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s top gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell to their lowest since September 2008 on Friday.The strength in the dollar also kept a lid on any increase in gold prices.The dollar climbed to a fresh eight-month high against a basket of major currencies on Monday. A robust greenback makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive for holders of other currencies.”Continued dollar strength will likely put further downwards pressure on the precious metals this week, potentially opening up the 2010 low of $1,045,” MKS Group trader Sam Laughlin said.Among other precious metals, silver was poised to log its worst month in year, with a near-10 percent drop.The platinum group metals were the worst performers in the precious group in November. Palladium has lost 20 percent for the month, while platinum has lost 16 percent – both biggest monthly drops in four years.For trading cues this week, bullion traders would be focused on the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report due on Friday. A strong jobs report could seal the case for a rate hike at the Fed’s Dec. 15-16 meeting.The European Central Bank policy meeting on Thursday will also be eyed for impact on the currency markets. The ECB is widely expected to ease policy.last_img read more

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First Lady Melania Trump In Texas To Visit Harvey Responders

first_imgHappening now: @FLOTUS & @SecondLady meeting w 1st responders to thank them for their efforts on behalf of the people of #Texas during #HurricaneHarvey. pic.twitter.com/brJRm2TkU6— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) December 6, 2017 Photo via Twitter @StephGrisham45First Lady Melania Trump has returned to Texas to visit first responders and view recovery efforts since Hurricane Harvey hit more than three months ago.Trump and Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, flew to Corpus Christi on Wednesday. Both posed for photos with emergency staff and military personnel who responded after Harvey barreled ashore in South Texas on Aug. 25.Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush took part in the visit that included a stop in nearby Rockport, where Harvey decimated hundreds of homes and businesses. The group also visited an elementary school in Aransas (uh-RAN’-suhs) Pass.President Trump and the first lady traveled to the Houston area just days after Harvey made landfall to also comfort victims and thank emergency personnel.On our way out of town, @FLOTUS & @SecondLady decided to stop in to @Whataburger for some lunch! The American chain opened its 1st restaurant in Corpus Christi, TX in 1950! pic.twitter.com/Jh7iYaD0I6— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) December 6, 2017 .@FLOTUS & @SecondLady have arrived in #Texas! pic.twitter.com/dGkFGe7vKN— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) December 6, 2017 Share Happening now: @FLOTUS helping pack donation boxes for families still in need. Thank you to @CoastalBendFB for your efforts after #HurricaneHarvey! pic.twitter.com/z2M4J5pQfy— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) December 6, 2017 .@FLOTUS speaking now after mtg family & touring home devastated by #HurricaneHarvey. Offers support & continued resources. #TexasRebuilds pic.twitter.com/nn2ao6m8NI— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) December 6, 2017 .@FLOTUS working w 4th graders at Charlie Marshall Elementary School in #Texas. Today’s lesson: learning the difference between fact & fiction. pic.twitter.com/4C8IqIpLYG— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) December 6, 2017last_img read more

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Watch uThukela explain what went wrong with the water supply

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A community meeting was held yesterday evening (February 14) at Countdown Complex in Centenary Road to discuss the water woes that certain areas in Ladysmith are experiencing.The meeting was convened by community leaders Iqbal Khan and Anwar Jessop, who spoke to the large crowd of concerned residents who had one question for uThukela: “What the hell happened to our water?”Read also: Water Wednesday: All you need to know about water affairs this weekRead also:  Update: uThukela struggles to restore water to hundreds of homesThe angry crowd, baying for blood, repeatedly questioned the honesty of uThukela’s excuses.Speaking on behalf of uThukela, Deputy Water Services Manager Glen Singh stressed that the problem started late Saturday night when they lost their Eskom connection.Read also: Water supply total failure – WHY?High voltage cables were melted to the core. Key areas within the plant were brought to a standstill, which required the closest available high voltage technicians on the uThukela database to attend to the problem.Other key factors at the water meeting saw furious community members and families asking Glen Singh why water tankers can’t be made available to them. It was heard said at the meeting: “If the water tankers do come out, they arrive after midnight and then just fly past the houses. We are lucky to get any water, as most of the time the tankers are empty.”“The question I ask is: How many millions of rands is this going to cost?” said an irate Iqbal Khan when asked for comment.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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UN 279 billion pledged toward Haiti released

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The bulk of that money, or almost three quarters, were grants awarded to the Haitian government, non-governmental groups and private contractors.Another 10 percent went toward grants that supported the U.N., Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank. The rest went toward loans and budget support to the Haitian government.The U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti is run by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The bureau has been tracking the pledges made at an international donors’ conference in New York that came two months after Haiti’s massive earthquake in January 2010. The disaster displaced more than a million people, toppled thousands of buildings in the capital and other southern cities, and killed an estimated 314,000 people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – The United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti said Tuesday that more than half of the $5.33 billion pledged by donors to help the Caribbean nation rebuild after the 2010 earthquake has been released.An analysis of pledges made at a donors’ conference shortly after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake revealed that $2.79 billion, or 52.3 percent of the approximate $5.33 billion pledged by 55 donors for recovery activities between 2010 and 2012, has been disbursed. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Kangaroo Valley Highly Commended in worldwide Responsible Tourism Awar

first_imgSource = Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association Kangaroo Valley has received a Highly Commended Award in the Responsible Tourism Awards announced at the World Travel market in London.It is the first time any Australia destination has ever received a highly commended in the Responsible Tourism awards which is recognised as the most prestigious tourism awards program of its type in the world.With more than 1700 nominations for the awards, the Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association has been recognised by an international panel of expert judges as being an outstanding tourism example and are Highly Commended for the Best Destination category. Previous winners have been New Zealand and Cape Town.Kangaroo Valley, NSW, is located two hours drive south of Sydney and 30 minutes from the sea. Its quaint unspoilt heritage village and Victorian era wooden suspension bridge are nestled in the heart of the valley’s outstanding natural beauty.“We are absolutedly thrilled to have been acknowledged as one of the leading responsible tourism destinations in the world,” says Christopher Warren, President of the Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association. “Responsible tourism is all about offering a real holiday with authentic experiences,” Warren explains.The Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association with other community stakeholders has run a Green Kangaroo program to cut carbon emission and promote greener tourism.“It is all about offering a real holiday, not a ‘supermarket experience’. Tourism has all too often become ‘packaged’ which has led to some destinations offering a bland experience, a ‘me too’ copy of another competitor. This then results in a downward spiral of discounting. It can also leave the community at the mercy of a disproportionate number of visitors. In Kangaroo Valley we focus on authentic holidays which offer real value and create genuine memories”, Chris Warren explains.While Kangaroo Valley might be small, it is blessed with a wonderful array of natural attractions and adventure type holiday experiences like canoeing, horse trekking and bushwalking in arguably the country’s most beautiful temperate environment. But it is the sense of community that ultimately makes Kangaroo Valley different. The historic village and hamlets have a very strong community ethos supporting cultural events, environmental initiatives and the preservation of the heritage listed buildings and monuments including Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension crossing, Hampden Bridge built in 1898.It is this combination of cultural and natural heritage found in this National Trust Conservation Zone, that has led the Tourist Association to claim ‘Welcome to Kangaroo Valley – Australia’s most beautiful valley’.Most visitors are from Sydney and Canberra enjoying a romantic break, family holiday or wedding. Visitors can experience modern tourism facilities which are mindful of their environmental footprint, while also enjoying fresh local food and wine meeting the locals who offer the warm hospitality of a happy community.More about the responsible environmental actionsThe Tourist Association’s commitment to the environment began with the Plastic Bag Free Town campaign, has progressed to become a carbon reduction programme that now is about to embrace a voluntary ban on bottled water and the design of a conservation corridor to help local wildlife adapt to Climate Change.Close to a third of the membership (25) have pledged to reduce their carbon emissions and display their commitment through the use of a Green Kangaroo symbol on the website. These same operators give generously through in-kind gifts, voluntary time and fund raising. These Green Kangaroo members are at the heart of social change within the community, as they have lobbied to protect the village’s heritage values while seeking to demonstrate that greener holidays actually offer a better holiday experiences. The Tourist Association believes that responsible tourism practice like this leads Australia by example.“Many Green Kangaroo members offer eco-friendly accommodation where the focus is just as much on providing comfort, as it is on minimising negative environment impacts. We have restaurants with their own permaculture plots so you eat the freshest ingredients possible. Local produce and local art and crafts feature strongly too, not to mention great fudge and home grown fruit and vegetables, “says Warren. Such measures help to keep transport emissions down and offer something special to the visitor.The net results are that Kangaroo Valley’s responsible policies have helped to deliver positive tourism returns despite the national domestic tourism slide over the last five year. “Responsible tourism means doing good actions to achieve good results for business, and offering good holidays for visitors,” claims Warren. “You’ll see families, friends and couples returning often to what is Australia’s most beautiful valley.”The AwardsThe Responsible Tourism Award’s evaluation process starts with nominations. The entries are evaluated by the International Centre of Responsible Tourism and a long list prepared. From here submissions are invited, evaluated by independent specialist with direct market knowledge and references sort. A short list is then prepared and an expert panel of judges determine the winners. The winners were announced at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday 10th November 2010 on World Responsible Tourism Day – an event supported by the UN World Tourism Organization. The awards event is held at the World Travel Market in London and will be in front of an audience including many of the world’s leading travel journalists and industry specialists.last_img read more

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Related What can I do if my airline goes bustIn t

first_img RelatedWhat can I do if my airline goes bust?In the unfortunate case of your airline going bust or failing, you have a few options for claiming flight cancellation costs on the airline or your travel insurance, but these depend on whether you bought your flights with a credit card, whether the flights were ATOL Protected and how much…Summer season begins at Manchester AirportApproximately 300,000 passengers passed through Manchester Airport during the Easter bank holiday weekend.Monarch wins ‘Best Charter Airline’ awardMonarch Airlines has been crowned ‘Best Charter Airline’ for the second successive year at the Telegraph Travel Awards. More passengers could be booking their summer holiday flights through low-cost airlines after Ryanair warned that more charter flight operators and holiday companies could go bankrupt.The airline said that the disruption that holidaymakers experienced between June and August was likely to continue into next summer as the economic crisis intensified.Commenting, Stephen McNamara, Ryanair’s head of communications, said that the cheap flights carrier had “come to the rescue” of thousands of flight passengers this summer after their tour operator or airline had gone bust without warning.”As we launch our summer schedule we advise passengers not to risk their summer holiday plans by booking with flaky airlines or shoddy tour operators which they know little or nothing about,” he said.Ryanair’s summer schedule offers passengers over 800 routes to 26 European countries, with 50 million seats having been made available between March and October.The airline announced last month that it would be launching a new daily service between London Gatwick and Dusseldorf (Weeze) on January 7th. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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