Noida: In a major relief for residents in Noida, work on three underground parking lots in the city with space to accommodate more than 1,300 cars is nearing completion, Noida Authority officials said on Friday.The multi-storey parking lots, with estimated costs of Rs 141.23 crore are to be built in Sectors 1, 2, and 3, which are infamous for traffic congestion arising as a result of excessive roadside parking, a senior official said. In total, the three underground parking lots in the city will be able to make parking space for 1,361 cars by the end of this year, the official added. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe parking in Sector 1, built at an estimated cost of Rs 47.26 crore, will have space for 534 cars in an area of 17,160 sq metres and is scheduled to get completed by this December-end, Noida Authority’s General Manager Rajeev Tyagi said. “Work is also underway for a Rs 61.82 crore parking in Sector 2 which will have space for 565 cars in an area of 18,273 sq metres,” he said, adding that the project is expected to be completed by October-end. The officer said the third parking is coming up in Sector 3. “It will have space for 262 cars in an area of 11,370 sq metres. It is being built for an estimated cost of Rs 32.15 crore and work on it will be completed by June-end,” Tyagi said.
Police have arrested a 19-year-old Regina man following an investigation into a series of recent auto and property thefts in the city.The man is facing a total of 45 charges, which date back to May 2. He was arrested on Aug. 15 while allegedly driving a stolen vehicle in the area of College Avenue and Halifax Street.According to the Regina Police Service (RPS), plainclothes officers were able to stop the vehicle and arrest the man. Police said he was safely taken into custody, but the arrest did cause a disruption in the neighbourhood and some property damage to vehicles.The man has been charged in connection with seven separate auto thefts. Some of the stolen vehicles include a Ford F150, Honda Accord, Toyota Prius, 2005 Audi and 2015 Audi.Before his arrest, police allege the man pulled a modified gun, a .22 calibre rifle, and attempted to hide it. The arrest led police to obtain a search warrant for an address on the 800 block of Victoria Avenue. There, police found a stolen vehicle and other stolen items.Aside from vehicles, the man has also been charged with stealing gas, possessing a stolen credit card, possessing an identity document belonging to another person and several breach of probation charges.The man is also facing seven firearm and weapon charges, including possession of a gun obtained by crime.The man made his first court appearance on Monday at Regina Provincial Court.
Wrapping up the main part of its annual session, the United Nations General Assembly approved over $1.8 billion in funding for a comprehensive renovation of the world body’s New York campus, drawing immediate praise from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has argued that the refurbishment is essential from a health and security standpoint, and promises to save costs in the long-run.In a statement released by his spokesman, the Secretary-General welcomed the adoption of the resolution on the Capital Master Plan by the General Assembly, pointing out that the $1,876.7 million allocation over the period from 2007 and 2014 will allow for repairs on buildings that have lacked essential upkeep since most of them were completed in the early 1950s. “Through the Capital Master Plan, UN Headquarters will become a safer, healthier and more secure environment for staff, delegates, and visitors,” Mr. Annan said in his statement, one of the last during his decade-long tenure at the helm of the world body before retiring at the end of next week. “It will become better equipped for adapting to change, and for using resources in sustainable and responsible ways,” he added. The Secretary-General “extends his sincere thanks to Member States for funding the Capital Master Plan, and for ensuring that UN Headquarters can remain a workshop for peace for generations to come,” the spokesman said. In adopting the resolution, the Assembly cited “the hazards, risks and deficiencies of the current conditions of the building.” The main UN Headquarters buildings were constructed in 1949 and 1950 and have not been significantly improved or maintained since then. They are extremely energy inefficient, costing the UN more than $30 million a year in energy costs alone.The New York Fire Department has long expressed its concerns that the UN Headquarters buildings do not meet current local fire, safety and building code standards. The Capital Master Plan seeks to redress these shortcomings while tightening security.In other actions on Friday, the Assembly adopted resolutions on UN support to governments promoting and consolidating new or restored democracies. The Assembly also adopted a number of resolutions on Africa, including one on the 2001-2010 Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries and on the new Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).Tying up a number of loose ends, the Assembly voted on resolutions dealing with decolonization and the human rights situation in Myanmar. It also took a technical decision on how to apportion UN costs among Member States. In addition, it adopted resolutions on UN staffing with a view to improving current recruiting practices.In her closing statement, Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain said that she had worked with Member States and Mr. Annan to build bridges and trust, and pledged to continue this effort when Secretary-General-designate Ban Ki-moon takes office in the new year. “You have shown that, when we are united in partnership and overcome mistrust, we can achieve much more for each other,” she told representatives in the General Assembly Hall, citing among other examples the adoption of international pacts on the rights of persons with disabilities, and on protecting persons from enforced disappearance. She also highlighted the informal thematic debate on development as an example of the increasing visibility of the Assembly, and expressed the hope that consensus would be reached on a comprehensive convention on international terrorism. Looking ahead, she said she planned to convene a debate in March on gender equality and the empowerment of women and then, in the summer of 2007, on dialogue and tolerance among civilizations and cultures. She also expressed the hope that “we can begin the new year by working even more closely together in the spirit of cooperation, mutual trust and collective responsibility.”
TSX closes lower, tech-heavy Nasdaq hits record high on strong Google results TORONTO – The Toronto Stock Exchange closed lower while the tech-heavy Nasdaq index finished the day at an all-time high Friday after blockbuster results from Google fuelled optimism for the technology sector.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 88.24 points to close at 14,642.84, while the loonie closed at 77.00 cents US, down 0.10 of a U.S. cent from Thursday’s close.Earlier in the morning, the loonie had been below 77 cents US for the first time since March 9, 2009.American market indexes were mixed, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing 33.80 points to 18,086.45, while the S&P 500 composite index gained 2.35 points to 2,126.64 and the Nasdaq index was up 46.96 points to a record high of 5,210.14.The Nasdaq was boosted by a more than 16 per cent gain in value of Google shares. The tech giant reported strong results that beat analyst expectations after markets closed on Thursday.On the commodity markets, the August gold contract fell $12.00 to $1,131.90 an ounce — its lowest level since 2010.Meanwhile, the August crude contract was down two cents at US$50.89 a barrel and the August contract for natural gas was down 1.6 cents at US$2.87.“All commodities are pretty weak,” said Stephen Lingard, senior vice-president at Franklin Templeton Solutions.Lingard said strength in the U.S. economy relative to Canada’s economy, which may have entered a technical recession, has caused the U.S. dollar to firm.“That historically has led to a headwind for commodities, which are priced in U.S. dollars, so I think that’s why we’ve seen some weakness,” Lingard said.In economic news, Canada’s annual inflation rate edged up to one per cent in June, from 0.9 in May, led by gains in the prices of food and shelter.“Given the decline in the Canadian dollar, that’s actually providing a bit of a boost to our overall inflation numbers, which puts the Bank of Canada in a bit of a hard position,” Lingard said.The central bank slashed its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 0.5 per cent on Wednesday, hoping to offset some of the effects of the plunge in oil prices and weaker-than-expected exports.“To be cutting (the overnight lending rate) as inflation is maybe surprising a little to the upside is a tricky position for the Bank of Canada,” Lingard said. “But I think it’s the right thing to do given that a lot of this is import inflation, meaning our cheap Canadian dollar still has to import foreign goods that have gone up in price given the depreciation in our currency.”South of the border, inflation data was in line with analyst expectations, while housing starts and building permits data were stronger than expected, making a fall interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve seem increasingly likely, said Lingard.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to a 97-cent dollar, rather than 77-cent. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2015 7:03 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Briefing the Security Council on the latest situation in Syria, Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, warned that conditions in the conflict-riven country were worsening, while the UN and partners struggled on the ground to deliver assistance in a timely manner.“Food, medicines, and other assistance is just a short distance away from those who desperately require it,” she said, speaking on behalf of Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.“And if the parties grant access, we can deliver. We can save lives. But our requests have so far gone unanswered,” she added.During her address to the Council, Ms. Kang detailed continuing obstacles on the part of Syria’s Government that were delaying or denying the delivering of aid. Despite such challenges, she continued, the UN and partners worked under “extremely difficult circumstances” to deliver food aid to more than 3.9 million people. In addition, medicines and supplies for 1.6 million treatments had been dispatched, and hundreds of thousands of people had received relief items and other support, he said.She lamented, however, that the UN was only allowed limited access to Yarmouk camp, despite frequent requests. Some 8,500 people received food support, along with 1,100 people who obtained medical treatments and 2,100 who received non-food items. Those figures were just a fraction of the needs in Yarmouk, Mr. Kang noted.In addition, she reiterated that UN requests to reach besieged areas in Rural Damascus, including Duma, Zamalka and Erbin, had gone unanswered by the Government of Syria. Assistance was also ready for the besieged communities of Nubul and Zahra in Aleppo, but the opposition groups had not provided access to reach some 45,000 people in need, Ms. Kang said. In total, some 241,000 people remain besieged in the country, mostly by government forces.“The collective punishment inflicted upon civilians is appalling. And so too is the callous disregard by the parties to the conflict for the people of Syria – for their safety and dignity – and for the country’s future,” she said.Also compromising UN operations was a lack of funding, with just 39 per cent of the required $2.3 billion having been received, the Assistant Secretary-General said, as she called on the international community to redouble its efforts.“The parties must comply with their international legal obligations to protect people. They must allow us the access required to help those in need,” she concluded.The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. It has also spawned a refugee crisis in which some 2.5 million people are being sheltered in neighbouring countries. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced.
The perception after the NFL’s fourth week of play is that parity reigns supreme. Only two teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals, remain undefeated — and they’re both 3-0 rather than 4-0, having had a bye last week. No one else seems to have much momentum. Consider the Atlanta Falcons, who crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 two Thursdays ago in one of the most dominant single-game performances in NFL history. Last week, the Falcons lost by 13 points to the Minnesota Vikings. The Buccaneers? They upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were coming off a big win against the Carolina Panthers.Here’s the thing: All of this is pretty normal. Parity exerts a profound gravitational pull on the NFL. It’s a league of short careers, hard salary caps and redistributive schedules that punish winning teams. Its season is just 16 games. There’s always a lot of parity in the league.The question is whether there’s more than usual, and as best as I can tell, the answer is no. One way to evaluate this is through FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings. (For the methodology, see here.) We can look at the standard deviation of each team’s Elo ratings through the first four weeks of the season. The higher it is, the less parity.After the first four weeks this year, the standard deviation is 92 Elo points. That doesn’t mean much except by comparison to past seasons; but by comparison, it’s about average. In 2013, the standard deviation through Week 4 was … 92 Elo points. In 2012, it was 87 points. In 2011, it was 90 points. The average since 1970 has been about 90 points.Some of the perceived parity in Week 4 is because a number of the best teams were out of action, including the Bengals, Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.Meanwhile, there are at least two really terrible teams in the NFL, and terrible teams count as much as great ones when measuring standard deviation. The Oakland Raiders squandered one of their better opportunities to pick up a win in a London game against the Miami Dolphins last week and now project to win only 2.4 games, according to the Elo simulations. That’s in part because of a tough schedule. (The Raiders have about a 10 percent chance of going 0-16.) The Jacksonville Jaguars have a more forgiving schedule, but they’re worse than the Raiders, according to Elo.We haven’t, however, seen much turnover in which teams might be considered great, average or poor. Before the season began — based on their Elo ratings at the end of 2013 — Elo’s top 10 teams were, in order, the Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Broncos, New England Patriots, Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts.Are any of those teams clearly outside of the top 10 now? Only the Panthers and Saints have fallen out of the Elo top 10; they rank at No. 14 and 15, respectively. You could also make a case for the Patriots after their disastrous performance Monday night. But if there’s anything Week 4 demonstrated, it’s that one game may not tell us much.Meanwhile, the worst 10 teams at the start of the year were — from the bottom up — the Jaguars, Raiders, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Falcons, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans. Nine of those teams remain in the bottom 10. The exception is Atlanta, which has climbed to 22nd place.We’ve seen more reshuffling in the middle tier of teams. The Dallas Cowboys are the biggest gainers so far on the season, having added 61 Elo points. Still, the Cowboys’ schedule has been easy, and Elo will need to see more from them before it concludes they’re anything beyond slightly above average. The same might be said for the Detroit Lions, who are the next-biggest gainers, with 54 Elo points added.But if the early games have not done much to contradict preseason expectations, they have had a pronounced impact on playoff odds. A 10-6 team almost always makes the playoffs, an 8-8 team almost never does and a 9-7 team does about half the time. A “bad” or unlucky or uncharacteristic loss still matters a great deal whether it comes in Week 4 or Week 17. So, which teams have dug themselves the biggest holes, and which have more slack?The Patriots, despite their loss in Kansas City, are still more likely than not to make the playoffs. There are three major reasons for this: The Bills, Dolphins and Jets, the other teams in the AFC East. The Jets project to just a 5-11 record. Buffalo and Miami are better, but with each team at 2-2, Elo is still putting its money on a diminished version of Tom Brady rather than a team with an actual quarterback controversy.The Saints, 1-3 after a loss in Dallas, have seen their playoff chances fall more than any other team since the start of the season (they’ve dropped from 56 percent to 30 percent). Still, New Orleans got a reprieve because division rivals Carolina and Atlanta also lost last week. Every team in the NFC South now projects to finish the season with a negative point differential, and none projects to win more than 8.3 games. That means New Orleans can recover with a merely good — rather than extraordinary — performance. In our simulations, the Saints made the playoffs about 60 percent of the time when they finished 9-7, and almost 25 percent of the time when they went 8-8.The 49ers, on the other hand, still have their work cut out for them despite having secured a victory against Philadelphia last week and ranking third overall in the Elo ratings. They play in the NFC West, by far the NFL’s toughest division. In our simulations, a 9-7 record won San Francisco the NFC West only 1 percent of the time (although it was occasionally good enough to back the Niners into a wild card). The 49ers’ playoff chances improved, but only to 47 percent, from 40 percent a week ago.The loss hurt the Eagles more than the win helped San Francisco; Philadelphia’s playoff chances fell from 65 percent to 51 percent, in part because Dallas (now the divisional favorite) and the New York Giants won.The NFC North, meanwhile, has parity befitting the NFL’s old Norris Division: All four teams have an Elo rating between 1489 and 1521. But the Lions have three wins when everyone else has two, and that makes them the best bet to make the playoffs.Elo ratings can also be used to project point spreads. Since the start of the season, we’ve been recommending that you don’t bet on them, and we hope you’ve heeded that advice. They went 5-7-1 against closing betting lines in Week 4 and are 25-33-2 overall on the season. (As an aside, the Elo point spreads would have had you take Miami over Oakland against the point spread last week if we’d realized the game was in England instead of California. But that wasn’t the forecast we published, so we’ll take the loss.) On the positive side, Elo’s picks are 41-20 straight up this year, including a 10-3 performance in Week 4.In contrast to Week 4, when there were a number of “pick ’em” games, Week 5 features some easier calls, in part because the stronger teams tend to be playing at home. Straight-up (not against the point spread), Elo would have you take the home team in 13 of 15 games. The exceptions are clear: No home-field advantage would be enough to make Washington favored over Seattle, or Jacksonville over Pittsburgh.Compared against early Vegas point spreads, there are several cases with a discrepancy of at least a field goal. Against the point spreads, Elo would have you bet on the Chargers and Cowboys and against the Packers, Saints and Broncos. But to reiterate, we don’t recommend that you do this. I have nothing against gambling; I have something against losing money.
UK and Dubai headquartered Meridian Drilling is looking forward to fresh challenges after concluding its four-year involvement with the Allana Potash project in Ethiopia. The project saw Meridian Drilling complete 25,000 m of drilling; operating two Atlas Copco CS14 wireline drilling rigs for 24 hours a day in the harsh and remote Danakil Depression. Starting in 2009, the contract was initially for just 3,000 m of diamond drilling, and Meridian’s Managing Director Jeremy Moore explained he was initially advised not to take it.“When we first took the contract, everyone thought we were taking a considerable risk,” Moore said. “The problems were obvious – the heat, the remoteness of the location and huge logistical challenges – but I had a hunch, that the project could be extended, and the management and drilling experience that we could gain, would be invaluable.”Those physical challenges included the fact there were no roads or infrastructure within miles of the proposed drill site, with daytime temperatures often exceeding 50°C. Meanwhile salt, whipped up by strong winds, kept Meridian’s maintenance team busy by causing regular damage to mechanical equipment.Below ground there were also issues to overcome. “Drilling through differential beds of carnallite, bischofite and other halides led to dissolution if the drilling fluids were not correctly balanced.,” Moore explained.Meridian Drilling used a full, tri-salt mud system to prevent the dissolution of the potash salts, while casing was driven deep into the ground and concrete drill pads were constructed to stabilize the soft alluvial soils at surface. Both PQ and HQ core samples were collected from the potash sequence for analysis with each hole being logged using industry standard down-hole geophysical logging techniques.The results were positive, giving an estimated 60 million tonnes of recoverable ore within Alana Potash’s mining concession.“We took a risk in coming to Ethiopia, but the risk paid off,” Moore said. “In the process Meridian has developed a reputation for its ability to deliver professional and reliable drilling services in remote locations.”
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.#TRAVEL: There’s been significant travel disruption today as a result of last night’s storm. Some flights were diverted or delayed, there were reports of trees down on routes around the country, and Dublin’s Pearse Street Station was closed because of roof damage.#POWER: ESB Networks crews have been out all day reconnecting homes in the wake of the bad weather. As of this afternoon, electricity had been restored to 55,000 properties, with another 15,000 still awaiting a return to normal service.#STABBING: A 22-year-old man was said to be in a stable condition in hospital this afternoon after being stabbed in the early hours of the morning in Tipperary. A man in his 30s has been arrested.#NGO GOAL has pulled out all of its international staff from South Sudan, amid spiralling violence in the African nation. The last of the 25-strong team were evacuated from the country on Monday, CEO Barry Andrews confirmed today.#SALES: Retailers say yesterday’s St. Stephen’s Day sales were the busiest since the start of the recession. According to representative body Retail Excellence Ireland, most retailers who opened their doors yesterday reported sales were up by over 20 per cent on last year.
THEY KNOW EACH other more intimately than any other Champions League finalists in history, but that in itself means this showpiece match has rarely represented a greater contrast between the teams.For all the base emotion that underscores this truly unique Madrid derby, it is difficult not to boil it down to the figures.On the one side, there is Real Madrid, and all the grandiose European Cup history they entail. The club are aiming for that mythic 10th trophy, while Carlo Ancelotti is himself looking to be the manager to finally match Bob Paisley’s record of three with Liverpool.Those are the kind of white-gold-standard achievements that a billion euro worth of expenditure can bring, which is what the club are estimated to have spent since their last victorious Champions League campaign in 2002.As obvious as it is to say, the trophy is the club’s obsession, probably above another club on the planet.Atletico’s concerns are much more base, in possibly every sense. Both they and their manager Diego Simeone are hoping for a first ever Champions League.Should they win it, they will also be the first club since FC Porto in 2004 to do so from outside Europe’s 20 wealthiest clubs. It would be a modern football economic miracle. The contrasts with Real Madrid have been commonly repeated. Atletico’s wage bill is 27% of their rivals, the annual revenue 21%. In the summer, Simeone was forced to sell his best player in Radamel Falcao, while Real broke the world transfer record in purchasing Gareth Bale.Despite that, it was still Atletico who lasted the pace, and went on to win the Spanish league in remarkably impressive fashion.It is also that victory that lends only another dimension to this game. It is interesting to ponder how Atletico would have reacted had Diego Godin not got that goal in Barcelona on the final day, or Leo Messi’s offside strike been allowed to stand. Would all this famous intensity finally have seen an implosion? Would they have been deflated before this game?Instead, they will only be soaring. They have done the hard part, they have already secured one genuinely sensational achievement. As such, they will come to this game with clear mind, while the pressure on Real only increases.It is now Ancelotti’s side in danger of losing everything, rather than Atletico.Sure, Real may have won the Copa Del Rey but that simply fades to nothing in comparison to the Champions League for a club like this. Worse, there is the club they would be losing to: the supposedly inferior neighbour always in their shadow.The stakes are now close to apocalyptic for Real, at least in football terms. In the build-up to the game, there has already been the first speculation about Ancelotti’s failure if he fails. A Real Madrid supporter poses for a photograph in front of a billboard in Lisbon. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThat is what this means to Real.Worse, they will to attempt it with so many key players either off full fitness or completely absent. There are question marks about all of Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema while Xabi Alonso is suspended.For all the furore about Ronaldo, the absence of Alonso cannot be overplayed. Diego Simeone has already described him as the most important player in the squad.“Xabi Alonso meant that Madrid found the famous ‘balance’ their coach was looking for,” Simeone said. “But the balance is Xabi Alonso, not the others.”The Atletico manager will no doubt seek to tilt that balance further, even though he may be missing Diego Costa and Arda Turan through injury.All of that means that, for two teams that know each other so well, it is only possible to guess how they will respond to all these issues.On Saturday, in the first ever one-city Champions League final, we’ll finally find out.Pilkington focused on Ireland’s call – but admits his Norwich future is uncertain‘I’ve got a job. I’ve got two jobs’ – Roy Keane downplays Celtic job link
Johnson & Johnson is a longstanding company that has a blue chip stock traded on the NY Stock Exchange. The firm has a market capitalization of $239.70 billion, which means it’s a rather large entity even for a publicly traded company.JNJ’s average trading volume is 9,694,550, which means that about 10 million of the company’s shares are traded per day. This doesn’t mean that its shares are traded 9.6M times per day but, even so, they get traded very frequently. This video is a visualization that shows just how many transactions can happen in just one half of a second. As you might has guessed, it’s a lot.The video shows the trades happening each millisecond from 9:37:56:125 to 9:37:56:655 on Thursday May 2, 2013. That’s 530 milliseconds, or just over a half a second. During that time countless (well, not for computers) high-frequency trades were made, though some of those were probably what we consider to be conventional transactions, with deals as bland as employees cashing in their bonuses and people putting their money into a dividend-bearing stock so they could save for retirement.Those entities on the circumference of the circle — BATS, PHIL, CBOE, and so on — are the exchange operators. BATS, for example, runs the BZX Exchange and the BYX Exchange and handles about one-tenth of all US trades each day. (You might have heard of it — the company got a lot of press in January for some high-profile technology problems.) When one exchange processes a trade it goes out to all the others. Each trade much be processed perfectly, otherwise there will be pricing inconsistencies which can be exploited for unfair gains.To get an idea of just how intense the trading is, remember that this is just a single stock. There are many others out there, and while JNJ is a large company, there are others that are more actively traded. Even so, if you go to the end of the video you will see the flurry of madness slow down to a much more understandable trading volume.The next time you read about high-frequency trading and how a few milliseconds can make a big difference when you are trading algorithmically, this video shows you why that’s the case. So much is happening so quickly that humans are uselessly for anything more than programming the computers and then sending them on their way, along with some instructions about what to do in a given scenario… and hopefully a few measures which will help avoid a global financial meltdown.
Short URL 24,525 Views Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 8:15 AM Connolly: Black card brought in ‘because some clown in an RTÉ studio throws toys out of the pram’ Dublin star is no fan of the black card or the ‘mark.’ Dec 6th 2016, 8:15 AM https://the42.ie/3121408 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share236 Tweet Email DUBLIN COUNTY BOARD CEO John Costello launched a scathing attack on the ‘targetting’ of Diarmuid Connolly on the field in 2016, but the player himself has no gripes over his treatment. Diarmuid Connolly was at the AIB GAA Leinster Football Club Championship Final Media Day. Source: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILECostello wrote in his annual report that Dublin’s star forward was “struck about six times” prior to the start of a championship game this year.“Okay, they were not Mike Tyson haymakers he was hit with but, nevertheless, each blow was an infraction of the rules and worse still, happened right under the gaze of one of the referee’s linesmen,” wrote Costello.It is believed he was referring to Dublin’s defeat of Westmeath in the Leinster SFC final, although Connolly has no recollection of the incident.“What game was that?” asked Connolly when he was quizzed about it yesterday at the AIB GAA Leinster Football Club Championship Final Media Day.“Not that I remember anyway. I don’t know what game he was looking at. Some lad hit me six times before the ball was thrown in? Maybe it did happen, I don’t know.“We’ve spoken about this before. It’s part of the game. It’s a physical game. Opponents go toe to toe with each other. I wouldn’t call it targeting as such. Connolly tussles with Aidan McElliggott of Mullinalaghta during the Leinster club SFC semi-final. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“If it’s within the rules of the game, fair enough. If it’s not, then it should be dealt with by the officials. That’s all we are asking for really, isn’t it?“At the same time isn’t it a testament to your own skills that somebody needs to step out of line to curtail you. That’s a compliment really and that’s the way you look at it.”What has annoyed Connolly though is the GAA constantly updating the rule book, which doesn’t make the referee’s job of policing the action any easier.The GAA recently announced the ‘mark’ rule will come into effect across the board from January 1 next year. Two years ago it was the black card which was introduced at all levels in a bid to stamp out cynical fouling in Gaelic football.“I think it’s silly bringing in these rules,” continued Connolly. “There is nearly one every two years, a different change or something going on.“I don’t think it’s benefitting the game. It’s putting bad publicity on the game. The black card has been over publicised so much. Referees are coming under scrutiny for it. Players are coming under scrutiny for it. ‘I’d say there’s a few young fellas on the panel who are thinking, ‘Will he not just f*ck off?’’Carton’s recent Dublin hurling allegations ‘totally wide of the mark’, say county board People in the media. There was no need for it, I didn’t think. Just because Sean Cavanagh pulled a guy down and some clown in an RTE studio decides to throw the toys out of the pram really and make it more than it was.“If they wanted it, in my opinion, make a rule, it would be a red card for a clear goalscoring opportunity, a yellow card for cynical play, for me. You have your two cards, there they are.” Follow us:
Last Friday the Muslim community in Athens was given space to gather for Eid al-Adha, also known as the Greater Eid or the Festival of Sacrifice. Athens, a city of nearly four million, does not have a formal mosque and so as in previous years, as confirmed by Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, spaces were allocated for this purpose. The two spaces provided were the Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF) on Faliro, in Athens’ southern coast, and the Olympic Stadium (OAKA) in the northern suburb of Marousi. Eid al-Adha is a significant festival on the Islamic calendar which commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. It marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, the celebration of holy pilgrimage to Mecca and is celebrated with visits to family and friends and a shared meal. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
RICHLAND — A wildfire burned about 4.4 square miles f the decommissioned Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington.The Tri-City Herald reports Rae Moss, spokeswoman for Mission Support Alliance, the Hanford contractor in charge of the Hanford Fire Department, says no radiologically contaminated areas or buildings were burned.Officials say the fire was spotted around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. It apparently was caused by a lightning strike.The fire burned between Route 4 South and Route 2 South, which come together to form a “V” near the secure entrance. Officials say the roads helped keep the fire from spreading farther.
MIAMI (WSVN) – An initiative to help students reach their goals has launched in South Florida, and it all starts with attendance.The cause, My Brother’s Keeper, was started by President Obama and schools are taking advantage of the program.Miami Dolphins defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh was at Booker T. Washington High School to help kick off the cause. He handed out backpacks stuffed with school supplies while urging students about the importance of hitting the books.“Because of education. Education is something you can never take away,” Suh said. “I’m a football player, but I pride myself in being educated, and at the same time, being more than just an athlete, so that’s why it’s important to me.”This program pairs excessively absent students with an adult who will serve as a mentor.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
If you have any questions, call the City of Soldotna Utility Department at 262-4205. As a result of the flushing and cleaning you may experience a temporary water discoloration. If this occurs, let your cold water run until it clears up. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna Utility Department will be flushing the water mains starting today through September 14, weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is an annual maintenance procedure to maintain and improve the water quality. You may experience low water pressures of up to 30 minutes, according to the city.
“Innovation is one of the hallmarks of our service,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday. “It’s in our DNA.”Modernizing is not just about “what we’re doing on readiness,” Wilson said in remarks at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium. “It’s also about what we’re not doing, including wasting time on stupid stuff.”In the past 17 months, the Air Force has rescinded 302 outdated or unnecessary instructions, she said, adding that the service’s mission requires more than cutting red tape.“Our Air Force is too small for what the nation is asking us to do,” she said. “We have 312 operational squadrons, the clenched fist of American airpower. The Air Force we need has 386 operational squadrons. But it’s not more of the same, to be sure. It must be more modern.”She said that includes changing what and how the Air Force buys.“We cannot win against rapidly advancing adversaries with an acquisition system from the Cold War.”U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark ADC AUTHOR
.Bangladesh continues to remain at the lower end of the Global Hunger Index.According to the Global Hunger Index-2017 of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Bangladesh is ranked 88 among 119 countries. But it is ahead of India (100), and Pakistan (106).The country was ranked 90th among 118 countries in 2016.Bangladesh scored 26.5 in the GHI this year, whereas Pakistan 32.6 and India 31.4, estimated the IFPRI. Myanmar (77), however, ranked better than Bangladesh with the score of 22.6.Among other South Asian countries, Nepal placed 72nd, Sri Lank (84), and Afghanistan (107).China ranked at 29th spot in the report.“India is ranked 100th out of 119 countries, and has the third highest score in all of Asia – only Afghanistan and Pakistan are ranked worse,” IFPRI said in a statement on Thursday.“At 31.4, India’s 2017 GHI score is at the high end of the serious category. According to 2015-2016 survey data, more than a fifth (21 per cent) of children in India suffer from wasting,” it added.“Only three other countries in this year’s GHI – Djibouti, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan – have data or estimates showing child wasting above 20 per cent in the latest period (2012-2016). Further, India’s child wasting rate has not substantially improved over the past 25 years,” the statement added.The GHI, now in its 12th year, ranks countries based on four key indicators – undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting and child stunting.The report ranked 119 countries in the developing world this year, 52 of which were rated as having ‘extremely alarming,’ ‘alarming’ or ’serious’ hunger levels.Sharing some good news, the statement said, “The level of hunger in developing countries decreased by 27 per cent since 2000. During the same period, GHI scores of 14 countries, including Senegal, Azerbaijan, Peru, Panama, Brazil and China improved by 50 per cent or more.”The report, however, mentioned there are many things yet to achieve.
Let’s be clear. The Overpowered DTW3 is a budget machine from start to finish. Yes, its spec sheet sounds great and its price will make you do a double take, but this is the desktop you get when you want to cut costs and don’t mind making a few compromises in the process. Currently, Walmart has its Overpowered DTW3 on sale for $1,299. Although they list it as originally $2,099, it was actually selling for $1,699 last December when we reviewed it. That’s still a decent $400 off and once you see what it includes, you’ll realize no one comes close to this price point. Overpowered DTW3 w/ GTX 1080 Ti: was $1,699 now $1,299Walmart’s freshman attempt at a gaming PC comes packed with a Core i7-8700 CPU, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a GTX 1080 Ti GPU. Priced at $1,299 ($400 off), no manufacturer comes close to this price, but keep in mind the system does make a few compromises.View DealThe Overpowered DTW3 packs a 3.2GHz Core i7-8700 six-core CPU, 32GB of RAM, 2TB HDD with 512GB SSD, and a GTX 1080 Ti graphics card with 11GB of VRAM. It’s a lot of punch for such a small price. By comparison, a Dell Inspiron with the same CPU and 16GB of RAM, 1TB HDD w/ 256GB SSD, and GTX 1070 costs $1,164. In our lab tests, the Overpowered DTW3 easily juggled 40 Google Chrome tabs and four 1080p YouTube videos, all while running Shadow of the Tomb Raider in the background. The desktop also blazed through the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p) at 142 fps, overtaking the 93-fps category average and doubling the ROG Strix’s score (73 fps).However, the machine’s SSD is on the slow side. It copied 4.97GB of data in 29 seconds, for a rate of 175 megabytes per second. That’s very slow compared to the 359-MBps category average. Its design is also kind of bland and some internal components — such as the fan — are made by companies we weren’t familiar with. However, if you don’t mind those compromises, it does offer decent gaming and multitasking performance for the price. Just remember to bring your own keyboard and mouse.
There’s nothing better than a charger that charges multiple devices at once. If you’re looking for one, then AUKEY has a deal for $5.99 which you can’t miss today.AUKEY makes some of the finest mobile accessories around and their wall chargers are some of the best in the business. Today’s deal, on a dual port USB charger from AUKEY is something which everyone should have. Why? Because obviously it has two USB ports, and, it will keep you powered up during your travels.And oh, this charger is so small that it will slip into a pocket of your jeans or your backpack and you won’t even notice that it’s there. But here’s the best part: the charger has foldable plugs therefore allowing you to stow it away without it denting anything at all.On the charging front, this nifty accessory features AUKEY’s AiPower adaptive fast charging. This means that whenever you connect a device (any device, literally) it will deliver the fastest safest charge up to 2.4A. That’s 12W per port, in case you’re wondering.If you have an iPhone, an iPad, or even an Android device, it won’t super fast charge it, but it won’t be slow either. Basically, it will get the job done in a great fashion. Absolutely brilliant.Small & Powerful: A super-compact wall charger that isn’t much bigger than the Apple iPhone 1A charger, yet features dual ports with 2.4A total output and even a convenient foldable plugAiPower Adaptive Charging: Adaptively charge all 5V USB-powered devices (including Android and Apple) at up to 2.4A (Quick Charge not supported)Portable Design: The extremely compact form, foldable plug, and 110–220V worldwide voltage compatibility make it ideal to take on-the-goSince this is an AUKEY product therefore you can expect it to be 100% safe during day to day use.Buy AUKEY USB Wall Charger, Ultra Compact Dual Port 2.4A Output & Foldable Plug – Was $16, now just $5.99 using discount code X9VO4ZMI Share Tweet Submit
We’re well ahead in the year, reaching half the course and the technology has made its way to the mid-range segment. Today, the mid-year sale has begun which offers products on massive discounts. That’s right, we have high-end smartwatches available at insane discounts for a limited time. Our list includes the Amazfit Sports, Honor 4 Sports and many more. Let’s dive in to see some more details on the discount on smartwatches.Discount on Smartwatches As Part of Mid-Year Sale – Features Amazfit Sports, Honor 4 Sports, moreThe mid-year sale offers a discount on smartwatches for a limited time only. This means that the price drop is only available for a short period of time and will revert back to the original model soon. If you’re enticed to get your hands on any one option, be sure to act fast and order your share as soon as possible.Xiaomi Amazfit StratosMain Features:● Perfect Personal Health Tracker: Sleeping Monitor, Heart Rate Monitor● Ultra-long Battery Life: it consumes less power and can generally standby for 5 days● 512MB RAM 4GB ROM: provides room to store pictures, videos, music and more● Original Xiaomi Chip: features low consumption detailed with high performance, flexible and quickly● Data Synchronism: download APP named “Amazfit Watch 2.0” to save and sync the data to achieve your healthy goal• Lift or turn over your hands, light up the screenThe Amazfit Stratos is one of the most high-end pieces on our list of discount on smartwatches. It features a great, sleek, yet equally stunning design that keeps up with the giants of the industry. In addition, the features part of the mix is quite useful as well. If you’re up for it, the Amazfit Stratos is available at a massive 52 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $149.99. Head over to this link to get it.Huawei Honor 4 SportsMain Features●Clear Display0.95 inch AMOLED high-resolution colored display●Heart rate monitorHRM heart rate monitor function will give you real-time feedback, let you know about your heart rate anytime and anywhere●Display Health ParametersThis smart wristband can display the time, date, steps, distance and calories clearly. Let you know your sports data immediately●Sedentary RemindWhen you are sitting for a longer time than the preset duration, the watch would remind you with vibration or a ring that it’s time for exercise●Alarm RemindSetting the alarm clock on the phone, the watch will remind you with vibration●Sleep MonitorAre you curious about your sleep quality? sleep monitor function will give you the answerThe Huawei Honor 4 Sports is the company’s solution to fitness tracking. It packs all the necessary health-related features that you’re looking for, including a sleep monitor. If you’re enticed to get your hands on it, the Honor4 Sports is available at a 33 percent off as part of our discount on smartwatches. This makes the price come down to just $33.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Band 3Main Features:Display sports data● Display the time, date, walking steps, distance, and calories clearly. Let you know your sports data immediatelyClear display● 0.78-inch OLED high-resolution displayHeart rate monitor● HRM heart rate monitor function will give you real-time feedback, let you know about your heart rate anytime and anywhereSedentary remind● When you are sitting for a longer time than the preset duration, the watch would remind you with vibration or a ring that it’s time for exerciseAlarm remind● Setting the alarm clock on the phone, the watch will remind you with vibration, moreIf you’re a fan of Xiaomi and its solid hardware, the Mi Band 3 is the one to get today as part of our list of discount on smartwatches. It comes in a small package so you barely know that it is there. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is available at a 41 percent discount, making the price drop down to just $26.99. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise H19Main Features:● NFC analog IC door card, after the smart door lock writes data to the wristband, you don’t have to care if you forget to carry the door card● Daily sports activity tracking, built-in pedometer, calorie data, synchronized mobile phone GPS, moving distance, multiple sports mode records, etc. Break your own records every day● Real-time health monitoring – heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen and sleep monitoring to take care of your health● Portable extensions for smartphones, never miss a call. Call reminder, one-click rejection, information push, remote shutter, etc.● 1.3 inch 240 x 240 TFT color display for full display of multiple text messages● IP67 waterproof, no need to worry about sweating or rainy days, swimming, moreThe Alfawise H19 is one of our most-selling items as part of our list of discount on smartwatches. It not only has a unique design but also comes with features like an IP67 waterproof rating so you can take it for a swim. It is available at a massive 25 percent off for a limited time, making the price come down to just $20.99. Head over to this link to get it.Amazfit SportsMain Features:● Multiple sports recorders: track running time, heart rate, pace, calories, speed, cadence, altitude, etc.● Well appointed communication tool: receive incoming call, message, email, calendar, weather and notification of App● Excellent wristband performance: with Alipay, GPS, phone-free music, IP67 waterproof●Keep fitness in focusGet fit in style with AMAZFIT – this smart fitness watch helps you maximize every workout and every day, moreThat’s right, we’re saving the best for last. The Xiaomi Heart Rate Sports smartwatch is probably the best option for our list of discount on smartwatches. It features a stunning high-end design with numerous features that helps you complete your daily work our routine and more. If you’re interested in getting it for yourself, the Xiaomi Sports smartwatch is available at a stunning 28 percent off, making the price come down to just $94.99. Note: If you’re early, be sure to wait for the Super Deal to start. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of discount on smartwatches. If any of the options listed entice you, be sure to spare no time and order your share as soon as you can. This is due to the fact that the Mid-Year Sale’s discounts will last for only a short period of time and will revert back to their original model. Moreover, only a few units are remaining so be quick. Also, check out our discount on the Xiaomi Mi 9, being offered at a discounted price of $377.99.This is all for our list of discount on smartwatches. Which option are you looking to get? Let us know in the comments section below. Share Tweet Submit