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first_imgThousands of Indian students are counting their days of stay in the United States, spending sleepless nights as they fear they could be “trapped” and detained anytime by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities for alleged immigration frauds. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over east-central Bay of Bengal may skip Odisha coast, but the State government has taken no chance and kept its coastal districts in readiness for the storm which is likely bring heavy rainfall.Three districts, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Puri, announced closure of schools on Friday and schools would remain close in nine districts on Saturday.“We have sent two units of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force each to nine districts and units of National Disaster Response Force have moved to six coastal districts,” said P. K. Jena, Special Relief Commissioner on Thursday.“The cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over the east-central Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph during past six hours and lay centred about 560 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 680 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 740 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” says IMD bulletin.‘Maha’ spares GujaratIn a major relief to the people of Gujarat, cyclone ‘Maha’ fizzled out into the Arabian sea as a ‘depression’ without making a landfall, the IMD said on Thursday, adding that the cyclone is likely to weaken into a well-marked low pressure area off the south Gujarat coast during next 12 hours,” it said.last_img read more

first_imgiPhone 8 renders have been on and off the Internet for quite a while now. For the first time, however, an iPhone 8 running Apple’s new iOS 11, has made its way on to the World Wide Web giving a clear picture of the futuristic anniversary edition iPhone. Since the new renders are renders and not official in any way, it’s highly recommended that you take these with a pinch of salt for your viewing pleasure. Chances are the upcoming iPhone 8 may be a whole different ball-game whenever it arrives later this year.Speaking of the new renders — courtesy iDropNews — the iPhone 8 is seen sporting an all-screen and almost no-bezel design. The home button is said to be integrated into the display itself, and the only visible signs of a bezel are seen up-top where the iPhone’s front camera, earpiece grill and other sensors are located. The design is that of a typical iPhone — sleek and curvaceous — only with more real estate to work upon.On the back, of the iPhone 8 is seen carrying a vertically aligned dual-camera setup that would apparently house AR capabilities. On the inside it is said to carry some sort of wireless charging technology.The most striking aspect of the renders, however, is the fact that the iPhone 8 on display is seen running iOS 11 giving on-lookers a clear view of what Apple’s soon to be released operating system would look like on the next iPhone. Everything, right from the unified lock screen and notification center, the redesigned Control Centre and the App Store, to the Apple Pay integration into iMessage, are shown in their full glory.The iOS 11 update which is now available as a Developer Beta Preview will be available for all this fall probably around the same time that Apple announces its next iPhone. The iOS 11 update is a giant step for the iPhone and a monumental leap for the iPad, according to Apple. It brings along a slurry of new features — largely to the iPad — that build upon the incumbent release creating a user experience that is supposedly a lot better for the end-user than last year’s iOS 10. At the same time, iOS 11 lays ground work for the future, in that it “opens up to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps.”advertisementAlso Read: iOS 11 at WWDC 2017: 11 features that make it Apple’s biggest iOS update to datelast_img read more

first_imgThe Congress that had not very long ago rubbished allegations of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that EVMs were tampered with during the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year, has leveled similar charges in the ongoing polls in Gujarat. The volte-face by a section of the local team in Gujarat has left a larger dominant leadership sharply divided over the issue. The allegations of faulty EVMs by Congress leaders have prompted the same response its own leaders had fired at the AAP after the party came a distant second in Punjab.The BJP has mocked the Congress of staring at defeat and pulling out excuses in advance.”The Congress had introduced EVMs and it will be very foolish of us to blame an electoral loss on its tampering. While the party has put the BJP on the backfoot right on Narendra Modi’s home turf, if we do not manage to win, we should be a sport and take it on our chin instead of making excuses like the AAP,” said a senior party functionary.Playing down the controversy, Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki told Mail Today, “It is not an unknown fact that some EVMs were found faulty and the Election Commission had to conduct repolls there. But we trust the EC and are sure of a victory.”Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken, who was faced with the same dilemma of whether to back AAP’s claims of EVM tampering during the municipal polls earlier this year, maintained, “I cannot comment on the issue in Gujarat, but in our past experience in Delhi, I had written to Arvind Kejriwal before the municipal polls backing the demand for ballot papers for more transparency in the polling process. But once the elections were announced, we decided to put our faith in the EC and did not question its role in conducting free and fair polls.”advertisementSeveral other senior leaders across state units refused to comment on the issue citing lack of clarity on the party’s official stand.During the first phase of polling on Saturday, senior Congress leader and former Gujarat unit chief Arjun Modhwadia, who is contesting from Porbandar, alleged that mobile phones were detecting some external devices connected to EVMs at polling booths in his constituency.”The chips fitted in EVMs appear to be programmable using bluetooth, and this raises the possibility of tampering,” alleged Modhwadia.Chief electoral officer BB Swain later said as per the inquiry report, the complainant’s phone was detecting another device identified as ‘ECO 105’ giving rise to apprehensions of possible tampering and rubbished foul play. Modhwadia was then backed by senior party colleagues such as Shaktisinh Gohil and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel.ALSO WATCH: BJP rakes up Ram Mandir as it can’t show any development, says Hardik Patellast_img read more

first_imgMumbai Indians thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets to top the table and their head coach Mahela Jayawardene said unpredictability while bowling was the key to success against the visitors in their final IPL league game.Electing to field, MI bowlers, led by Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, put up a spirited show to restrict KKR to a sub-par 133 for 7, which the hosts chased down with 23 balls and nine wickets to spare at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night.Asked whether it was a planned move to use several bowlers in the power-play and bowl slow bouncer to Andre Russell, Jayawardene said, “We didn’t want to be predictable. I thought we were bit predictable in Kolkata and in that scenario they batted well. So, we wanted to make sure that we don’t give them that familiarity and try and create opportunity to take wickets.”He credited Hardik Pandya for bringing the hosts back into the match after KKR openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill conjured 49 runs for the first wicket.”We didn’t get wickets (initially) but Hardik came and picked up those wickets and I thought Krunal (Pandya) bowled brilliantly to keep the pressure on and it was a good combination.”Then Mali (Malinga) with his experience, coming back and picking couple of wickets, we just didn’t gave them loose balls this time around and that’s what a quality attack can do,” he noted.Hardik is in incredible form with both the bat and ball and the MI coach said the Baroda all-rounder has adapted well.advertisement”More than technically it was about his (Hardik’s) temperament, be patient rather than force the issues. With Hardik, it is about holding his shape pretty much (and) he has got a lot of power going forward. It is not just one area where he has improved this year, he is hitting at different pockets, so it is very difficult for bowlers to bowl to him,” explained Jayawardene.”It is not the easiet job in the world when you are batting at number 6 or 7, coming in and give (score) that extra runs for the team but he has adapted well, and he is still learning. So we are quite happy with the progress he has made over the years.”Malinga bowled round the wicket, which is a rarity, but the head coach revealed that it was an area which was worked upon and that the Sri Lankan pacer got rewards.”We have been working on it for a week or so, trying to create a different angle because the batsmen are getting used to him. That’s something we are practising. He was quite comfortable,” Jayawardene said.”We told him it’s about time (he) tries doing that in a game. He did so. That’s a thing in modern day cricket. Even though you have been a great, you still have to find new ways of creating things. It was nice to see him opening up for that idea and getting rewards.”He also said that to do well in the IPL, a team’s bowling unit has to be up to the mark.”We know that to do well in the IPL, your bowling attack has to be the one which delivers for you, day in and day out,” Jayawardene noted.Mumbai take on Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier in Chennai Tuesday.Also Read | IPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad 1st team to reach playoffs with only 12 pointsAlso Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Seelast_img read more

first_imgU17 World Cup India U17 national team – Confident Luis Norton de Matos satisfied with ‘important’ win over Mauritius Anselm Noronha The Portuguese coach also felt that his charges are very close to attaining the physical condition he desired ahead of the U17 World Cup….. Last updated 2 years ago 11:39 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Norton de Matos Cropped gettyimages U17 World Cup India U17 The Portuguese coach also felt that his charges are very close to attaining the physical condition he desired ahead of the U17 World Cup… India U17 head coach Luis Norton de Matos cut a satisfied figure after his charges romped to a 3-0 win over Mauritius U17 team in a freindly held at Goa on Thursday morning. It was the team’s final preparation game before next month’s FIFA U17 World Cup where India are set to play USA, Ghana and Colombia in Group A. As expected, the Portuguese coach used the opportunity to try out all his players, putting out two different teams in each half and expressed his satisfaction at the scoreline. “This match was very important for us as it was the last international before the World Cup. I wanted to play all the players and hence I put two sets of teams. It’s not that the team which played in the first half who would against USA (in India’s World Cup opener). Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “All the teams, if you look, we had the same philosophy which was interpreted by different players. The way we play must be the same. It wasn’t easy as we like to build the game at the corridors and it is difficult to have stability there,” he elaborated. The 63-year-old also lauded his players for keeping their fitness and concentration throughout the game. “Of course, there are two periods for the other team. They started well, were organised and had a good physical condition. But with more minutes, they lost their concentration because their condition wasn’t so good as us,” he assessed. India U17 vs Mauritius U17Though the second half substitutes, especially Boris Singh, impressed, de Matos refused to single out individual names. “I never talk about individual names as it is always about the team. It is the team which is more important.”However, in every game there are players who play better  and some who don’t. However, today those whose didn’t play well perhaps can play well tomorrow. What is important is how we perform as a collective unit.”Boris Singh, who scored the opener, will not be able to play in the opening game of the World Cup due to a suspension he picked up but de Matos sounded unperturbed by the fact. “When I came, I knew he cannot play the first game. I’m happy that he can be in the group,” he revealed. “For me the most important thing from this win is to finish the game without any injuries. This was my main concern. The field was difficult, the body can have a lot of shock from physical contact. It was good physical work for us.” The coach also felt that the team is primed to attain an optimal physical condition which will help them tackle the rigorous demands of the World Cup. He explained, “We have 15 days for the World Cup and 15 days is enough to have a good condition. If you ask me about the match experience, then no but about the physical condition, yes.”The players are here with us for some months and you cannot change nothing now. You must keep the confidence, the players must go on and I’m sure they are going to give 100 per cent.”If it is enough, the future will tell,” he signed off.last_img read more

first_imgkyler murray looks to run the ball during the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners scrambles with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Once the measurements came out for Kyler Murray on Thursday, scouts and media members immediately changed their stance on where he could land in the upcoming NFL Draft. Although there are a few concerns about his stature, the Oklahoma superstar has the potential to be a game-changing player.Considering that Kliff Kingsbury is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, many people believe he’ll want to select Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. This isn’t the craziest theory because the former Texas Tech coach raved about the Heisman Trophy winner in the past.Regardless of all the rumors surrounding Murray to Arizona, the reality is that management might give Josh Rosen another chance. The UCLA product still hasn’t shown his ceiling, and his rookie season was derailed by changes to the coaching staff.Well, it appears former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart believes Murray deserves to be the first player taken off the board.Leinart went on Twitter to post his prediction for this upcoming draft, which would change the landscape of the league.Check it out:Kliff Kingsbury and Az will draft Kyler Murray #1. He is a franchise changing Qb in that system. Question will be: who trades for Rosen? #twoyounggunslingers— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) February 28, 2019It’d be interesting to see Murray playing for Arizona, especially in an uptempo offense. His skillset might actually fit better for Kingsbury’s scheme than Rosen because of his athletic ability.Rosen would instantly become one of the top trade targets in the league, as teams like the New England Patriots might have interest.With the rest of the NFC West featuring top quarterbacks in Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo, it could be time for the Cardinals to find their own superstar gunslinger.last_img read more

first_imgThe province has chosen a consultant to assist with the tenderingprocess for the mineral rights to the Donkin coal resource inCape Breton, Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburtannounced today, April 30. Pincock, Allen and Holt of Lakewood, Colo., was the successfulproponent in the tender, which is valued at $77,000. Fourproposals were received. They were reviewed based on technicalmerit and cost. “Donkin is a significant coal resource that the province mustensure is developed in a responsible manner by a company with thetechnical know-how and the financial capability,” said Mr.Hurlburt. The consultant will help department staff develop a call forproposals for mineral rights to the Donkin coal resource,establish evaluation criteria to assess responses and evaluateproposals. “Pincock, Allen and Holt met our criteria and have extensiveknowledge and experience in the industry,” said Mr. Hurlburt. The Cape Breton Development Corporation surrendered the mininglease for the Sydney coalfield last year after holding thismineral right since 1967. A portion of this former lease areaincludes the Donkin coal resource block, which comprises thelargest remaining offshore coal resource in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgREGINA – An Amber Alert was issued Sunday night for a six-year-old Saskatchewan girl who RCMP say was in the back of her family’s SUV when it was stolen outside a strip mall in North Battleford.Police said that Emma O’Keeffe is Caucasian, three-feet-six-inches tall, and weighs 44 pounds. She suffers from epilepsy and autism, and is non-verbal and unable to walk.“I think any six-year-old that was taken against their will is definitely a risk,” RCMP Corporal Rob King said. “This girl, given her medical conditions, is at higher risk.”RCMP said the vehicle was taken Sunday at around 5 p.m. after the girl’s mother left it running and went into a business in the strip mall.The girl was secured in a child seat in the back of the SUV and police said they don’t believe she would be able to get out of the vehicle herself.The suspect is believed to be driving a dark grey 2010, Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec SUV with Saskatchewan license plate 897 HMX.Police said it’s a case of an abduction by a stranger and there is no indication a family member is involved.“This is a stolen SUV with a child in the back seat,” King said. “This is not a parental abduction.”Emma has brown, jaw-length hair and was last seen wearing a navy-blue, long sleeve T-shirt, black jeans, pink socks and no shoes. She was also wearing a diaper.Police said the girl requires medication every 12 hours and that missing a dose could lead to extreme medical distress.There is no description of the suspect at this time and police said they don’t know what direction the vehicle was headed. The Alert has been expanded beyond Saskatchewan to include Alberta and Manitoba.Investigators contacted the vehicle’s manufacturer to find out if it had GPS tracking, but were told it likely does not. They said it was something they were looking into further.The SUV has a keyless entry system so police said that once the suspect shuts off the vehicle, it cannot be started again.The vehicle is estimated to have had a half tank of gas.Police said they are also reviewing any surveillance video that may be available.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgScholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that a donation of 100,000 new children’s books from The Scholastic Possible Fund will be donated to children in need this holiday season through three non-profit organizations that work to improve global literacy: Toys for Tots (49,200 books), Save the Children (31,700 books) and Room to Read (19,100 books).The donation was made together with Usher and his New Look Charity, a 501c3 organization that develops youth from underserved communities into global leaders.Usher recently joined with Scholastic to launch the new “Open a World of Possible” initiative, designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading for all children. Research and resources are available at:“We know from research that when children discover a book they love, they are motivated to read more, understand more, and learn more. When that happens, everything is possible,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic. “We applaud all the work that Toys for Tots, Save the Children and Room to Read do to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for children in the U.S. and around the world by giving them wonderful new books and stories to experience, enjoy, and own.”On November 6th 2014, eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist Usher hosted a live classroom webcast, viewed by close to 3 million students and their teachers, where he talked about the ways children can get involved in spreading the joy of reading. For their first call to action, students were asked to learn about three leading non-profit organizations and vote for the organization(s) they’d like to receive a donation of books. Each organization is receiving a portion of the donation from The Scholastic Possible Fund based on the students’ votes.The Scholastic Possible Fund was established as part of the Company’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative to provide donations of new, quality books to children in underserved communities and in communities recovering from crises or natural disasters with the goal of improving global literacy. Books from The Scholastic Possible Fund are distributed through non-profit partner organizations that work to help children and families understand the importance of books and reading from birth through adulthood as a pathway to understanding oneself and becoming a lifelong learner.last_img read more

“We are seeing a major emerging challenge – driver distraction, mainly by using mobile phones,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York has he helped launch a global campaign to improve road safety by ending habits that distract the attention of drivers.“Studies indicate that using a mobile phone increases the risk of a crash by about four times. And yet in some countries up to 90 per cent of people use mobile phones while driving,” the Secretary-General said.He announced he was issuing an administrative instruction banning all drivers of UN vehicles from texting as they drive.An estimated 1.2 million people die as a result of car crashes across the world every year and about 50 million others are injured, Mr. Ban said, noting that 90 percent of the fatalities happen in low and middle income countries.“I want every driver in the world to get the message: Texting while driving kills. No SMS is worth SOS,” the Secretary-General said.Road accidents have become the leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 29, Mr. Ban said, adding that speeding, driving while drunk and failing to use seat belts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets increased the risk of death in the event of a crash.“A culture in which driving while distracted – on the phone, or text messaging – is unacceptable. Unacceptable in the eyes of the law and the public,” the Secretary-General said.In March, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2011 to 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety to spur national and global efforts to halt or reverse the increasing trend in road traffic deaths and injuries around the world.In the resolution, Member States also requested the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with other partners, to prepare a plan of action to guide efforts during the Decade, which was requested at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in Moscow last year. 19 May 2010All drivers of United Nations vehicles are now prohibited from using their mobile telephones to send text messages while driving under a new measure unveiled today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to try to promote road safety and save lives. read more

16 November 2010The Security Council today urged parties to the 2005 peace pact that ended the country’s long-running civil war to take urgent action to ensure the holding of peaceful and credible referenda on self-determination in less than two months’ time. Sudanese are slated to vote on 9 January on whether the south should secede from the rest of the country and also to determine the final status of Abyei, an oil-rich area in the centre of the country, as set out in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).In a presidential statement issued at the start of a high-level debate on Sudan, the Council urged the CPA parties to take urgent action “to ensure peaceful, credible, timely and free referenda that reflect the will of the people of South Sudan and Abyei, as provided for in the CPA.”The 15-member body welcomed the start on Monday of voter registration for the Southern Sudan referendum, while underlining the need to make “rapid progress” on a way forward for Abyei’s referendum, outstanding CPA issues, and on resolving critical post-referendum issues such as security, border, citizenship, currency and natural resources.The Council also reiterated its call for all parties to fully cooperate with the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) as it carries out its mandate. This includes ensuring full, unhindered access and freedom of movement for UNMIS personnel and equipment, and for the delivery of referenda materials.Addressing today’s meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it is a “moment of critical importance” for the Sudanese people and for the sub-region, as the people of Southern Sudan prepare to exercise their right to vote on their future.“To ensure that the referendum is conducted in an orderly fashion and that the Sudanese people peacefully accept the outcome, it is imperative that the process be credible and transparent, and that it reflect the aspirations of the population,” he said.Mr. Ban added that notwithstanding the international community’s good will and support, the referenda are Sudanese processes. “The commitment of the international community cannot supplant the willingness of the parties to meet their responsibilities. The Government of Sudan, the Government of Southern Sudan and the Referenda Commissions must rise to this challenge.”The world body is working with both parties on options for a possible augmentation of UN troops, to increase referendum and post-referendum security as well as its capacity to verify and monitor possible cease-fire violations and to protect civilians throughout the mission area. However, the Secretary-General noted, the presence of UN troops will not be enough to prevent a return to war should widespread hostilities erupt. “Only a demonstrated commitment by the parties to refrain from inflammatory statements, uphold the CPA ceasefire mechanisms and reassure the population of their willingness to work together, will succeed in maintaining peace,” he said.Mr. Ban also stressed the “urgent” need to reach a comprehensive and inclusive settlement on the situation in Darfur, where renewed clashes are taking place on the ground between Sudanese Armed Forces and various rebel groups.“The disturbing implication of this fighting is that the parties have not yet decided to give up the military path,” he said, adding that the role of the Council in spurring peace efforts remains “essential.” “I urge you to help build bridges between North and South and, in the same spirit, to ensure that the fundamental imbalances fuelling conflict elsewhere in Sudan are addressed, so that Darfur can be brought into a stable, prosperous and equitable future for Sudan.” Expressing its concern about the increase in violence and insecurity in Darfur, the Council reaffirmed its support for efforts to advance peace in the region. “The Council strongly urges all rebel movements to join the peace process without further delay or preconditions, and all parties immediately to cease hostilities and engage constructively in negotiations with a view to finding a lasting peace in Darfur,” it said in the statement issued today. read more

National Freedom Front (Jathika Nidahas Peramuna) leader Wimal Weerawansa is under fire in his party, this time from Parliamentarian Weerakumara Dissanayake.Dissanayake has raised concerns over attempts by his party leadership to prevent President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from working together. He feels that preventing Sirisena and Rajapaksa from working together will allow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party to rule the country and in the process divide Sri Lanka.Recently National Freedom Front member Piyasiri Wijenayake had also made statements critical of Wimal Weerawansa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The call comes just as four Somali youth are returning from a two-week camp held last month in Spain with football powerhouse Real Madrid. The youngsters, aged 15 to 17, were selected following a month of tournaments involving 384 members of 24 football teams in different parts of Somalia.”The scholarships from Real Madrid have given the four Somali youth the chance of a lifetime to develop their skills and meet counterparts from countries at peace,” said Dirk Boberg, Assistant Resident Representative from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia.”Now is the time for the rest of the world and other international sports organizations to follow suit and support Somali youth through sports partnerships,” he added.Echoing this view, Said Leila Pakkala of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said the experience of the football camp participants demonstrated that “the world has a place in its heart to support positive developments in Somalia.The scholarships also represented an important part of the “Sports for Peace” pillar of the “Somalis for Peace” grassroots campaign, which calls on each of the country’s citizens to work for peace and to demand the same from those who are in a position to deliver it. read more

What Car? readers award industry for anti-lock brakes The introduction of ABS as standard was part of an industry-wide agreement to improve pedestrian protection that also included changes to front-end design and the removal of rigid bull bars. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Manufacturers voluntarily agreed to fit ABS to new cars made after 1 July 2004. ABS allows the driver to stop more quickly and maintain steering control even in an emergency. The system works on the automatic principle of cadence braking, which means the driver applies continuous pressure on the brakes, steering round the obstacle. Readers voted for initiatives in the past year that made their lives safer, easier or cheaper. What Car? editor David Motton said, ‘Previously, buyers were more likely to spend money on optional extras such as alloy wheels or air-con rather than ABS. Now they no longer have to make that choice and lives will be saved as a result.’ The motor industry has been presented with What Car? magazine’s 2005 reader award, for the voluntary fitting of Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) as standard. The award was collected by Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, on behalf of the industry, at a ceremony held at The Grosvenor House Hotel on 20 January 2005. Christopher Macgowan added, ‘I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the motor industry. We are committed to improving vehicle safety for occupants and other road users and the introduction of ABS as standard is an important step forward. All road users will benefit from this development because ABS gives drivers greater control in an emergency situation, preventing many accidents happening in the first place.’ read more

€5m distillery planned for Dublin church

first_imgThe Liberties chosen as site for new €10 million whiskey distillery>Whiskey fans to drop in on new Dublin museum> IT”S A FAR cry from communion wine, but if serial entrepreneur Dr Pearse Lyons has his way, then St James’s Church in Dublin’s Liberties will soon be home to a distillery.Lyons’ company, Alltech, is known for its animal feeds, but has lodged plans with An Bord Pleanala to open a working distillery and visitor centre in the ancient church, which was built in 1268. It became a Protestant church in 1539 before collapsing in 1761 and being rebuilt in in 1859.Daniel O’Connell laid the foundation for the rebuilt church in 1844.Architects are assessing how to fit a distillery into the church, with preliminary indications that the pot still will be put in the old nave of the building. The distillery would be in good company, overlooking Guinness’ Brewery, where over 7 million hectolitres of beer are brewed each year.While primarily focused on animal feeds and nutrition, it’s not the first time that Alltech has toyed with alcoholic beverages. It also owns a family of drinks under the Kentucky flag, including an ales, stouts, bourbon and IPA.The company clocked over$1 billion (€722 million) in sales last year, and has operations in the US, Asiam Europe and South America. Founder Lyons is Irish, and his grandfather was buried in the church graveyard in 1948.The distillery hopes to capitalise on its position on Failte Ireland’s new ‘Dubline’ tourist trail, which runs from Trinity College to Kilmainham. In addition to the distillery and visitor centre, the church will be home to a museum showing the history of the site.If approved, it will be the second distillery in the area, with Teelings whiskey also planning a €10 million euro facility in The Liberties.last_img read more

first_imgOculus VR’s virtual reality headset is right around the corner. You’ll of course need the device and its accessories, but you’ll also need a PC capable of running it. If one doesn’t already have a powerful rig, there are two options available: either upgrade your current PC to meet the specifications required or purchase an Oculus Ready PC.Oculus VR announced today that ASUS, Alienware, and Dell would be releasing the first Oculus Ready PCs to the public. The PCs are not only capable of running the Oculus Rift, but also come bundled with the device and its peripherals, including a sensor, remote, Xbox One controller, and two games: Eve: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and Lucky’s Tale. The PCs can also be purchased separately.These machines will be available to pre-order starting on February 16 from Amazon, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store. These bundles will ship in limited quantities to select countries and regions in April. Those who pre-ordered the Oculus Rift can get one of these PCs at a discount by opting into partner offers from the order page.Bundle prices range from $949 for the ASUS G11D to $2549 for Alienware’s Alienware Area 51, though the latter isn’t offered as a bundle. Check here to see the other PCs available for purchase.Last month, Oculus VR announced that its long-awaited Oculus Rift VR headset would be priced at $600 and that it would be taking pre-orders for the device with it expected to start shipping in March. Despite the relatively high price point, the headset sold out in minutes.Now that there are easy peasy bundles, are you more likely to grab an Oculus? Let us know!last_img read more

first_imgCloudflare launches fast and privacy-focused DNS at by Martin Brinkmann on April 02, 2018 in Internet – 81 commentsCloudflare announced the launch of its new public DNS service on April 1, 2018. The company promised in the announcement that would offer faster speeds and better privacy than other public DNS systems provided by companies such as Google, Yandex or Cisco. Let us find out if the promises hold up to a closer inspection of the service.Note: The company decided to launch the new service on April 1, 2018. That’s a red flag usually as tech companies make all sorts of April Fools jokes on the day. It appears, however, that is real and not a joke.DNS plays an important part on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses for communication but that would be terrible for humans who have a hard time remembering numbers. Would you prefer to visit or is the system that translates domain names to IP addresses so that computers know what to do. Most computer users probably use the DNS service that comes with the Internet connection; it is used by default but usually not the fastest nor most private.Several ISPs started to monetize DNS by displaying custom error pages when a site can’t be accessed.Privacy and censorship are two additional areas that Internet users need to consider when it comes to DNS. Requests that you make on a device use the configured DNS provider which means that the provider knows exactly what you do on the Internet.This is true even if you connect to HTTPS sites only, and may even be true for some VPN services that don’t protect against DNS leaks. Internet Service Providers in the United States may sell customer data and the two viable options that customers have is to change the DNS provider or use a VPN service that uses its own DNS system.DNS censorship is quite common as it is easy to implement. It is not strong as it can be bypassed easily. Basically, what happens is that Internet Service Providers change the IP address a domain name resolves to. This redirects users to a different web page, for instance an error page, a warning page, or a government domain, instead of the desired domain.Cloudflare’s public DNSFirst, the basics: Cloudflare’s public DNS has the IP addresses and How you add those to your system depends largely on the operating system you use.Windows users may do the following:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-R to open the run box.Type netcpl.cpl to open the Network and Sharing Center (note that this may not be available in the newest builds of Windows 10)If it is not available, right-click on the network icon in the System Tray and select Open Network and Internet settings.On the page that opens, click on “change adapter options”.Right-click on the active connection and select properties from the menu.Double-click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)Switch to “Use the following DNS server addresses”.Enter under preferred DNS server.Enter under alternate DNs server.Tip: You can open in your browser. The website offers setup instructions for Windows, Linux, and Mac devices, for iPhone and Android, and for routers.A quick performance test using Gibson’s DNS Benchmark program for Windows confirmed that Cloudflare’s DNS servers are fast; not the fastest, but very fast when compared to other providers.Your mileage may vary as it may depend on your location. I suggest you run benchmarks if speed is your primary consideration when it comes to DNS. You may use Namebench or the aforementioned DNS Benchmark for that.And privacy?Cloudflare promises that it never writes the IP address of the querying system to disk and that the company wipes all logs within 24 hours.The company hired KPMG, an auditing firm, to audit the source code and practices annually and release the report to the public.Cloudflare DNS supports DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS. Both technologies are open and attempt to limit or eliminate DNS lookups over unencrypted connections.We think DNS-over-HTTPS is particularly promising — fast, easier to parse, and encrypted. To date, Google was the only scale provider supporting DNS-over-HTTPS. For obvious reasons, however, non-Chrome browsers and non-Android operating systems have been reluctant to build a service that sends data to a competitor. We’re hoping that with an independent DNS-over-HTTPS service now available, we’ll see more experiments from browsers, operating systems, routers, and apps to support the protocol.Closing WordsCloudflare operates one of the largest infrastructures and the company’s DNS service benefits from that infrastructure as it is one of the fastest available services.The no-IP logging and 24-hour log deleting policy, and implementation of DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS, are welcome additions.Cloudflare is not without controversy and there will certainly be users who won’t use the company’s DNS servers.Now You: which DNS provider do you use, and why?Related articlesDNS Angel: enable family protection with a clickEncrypt your DNS traffic with Simple DNSCrypt for WindowsHow to fix Resolving Host (DNS) issues on WindowsHow To Flush The DNS Cache In WindowsQuad9 DNS promises better privacy and securitySummaryArticle NameCloudflare launches fast and privacy-focused DNS at announced the launch of its new public DNS service on April 1, 2018. The company promised in the announcement that would offer faster speeds and better privacy than other public DNS systems provided by companies such as Google, Yandex or Cisco. Let us find out if the promises hold up to a closer inspection of the service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – Inmates at a violence-prone Honduran prison seized hostages and battled among themselves, leaving at least one inmate dead and 11 wounded, authorities said Thursday.Prison director Orlando Leyva said some women were held hostage inside the prison in San Pedro Sula, where 13 prisoners died in a riot in March.Leyva said police had not been sent in because San Pedro Sula’s Roman Catholic bishop, Romulo Emiliani, was inside the prison negotiating the release of the women. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk “We are trying to avoid a bloodbath,” he said.Leyva said it is not clear who the women being held are. The prison holds female inmates, and prostitutes and inmates’ wives also go in and out.Television images showed inmates armed with machetes, carrying the wounded outside the prison. Shots could be heard.In March, 13 prisoners died during an uprising by armed inmates. One of them was decapitated and the others were killed by a fire started by the rioters.Honduras’ cramped and crumbling prisons, built for 8,000, have frequently been the scene of riots and fights between the country’s 12,500 inmates.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

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