A geomagnetic storm is coming—should I worry?

first_imgThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is forecasting a moderate to strong geomagnetic storm to occur sometime later today or tonight, U.S. Eastern time. What does that mean? Will it knock out power grids? Will there be a lot of radiation? Your questions, answered.Q: What causes a geomagnetic storm?A: The sun is now just about at the peak of its 11-year solar cycle, meaning that there are a significant number of sunspots visible. Sunspots look like dark freckles on the sun, but they’re actually regions of intense magnetic activity. Clusters of these sunspots can be sources of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), sudden bursts of energized particles that swiftly stream out from the surface of the sun. The largest type of these is called an X-class flare. 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(This one’s rated a G3, on a scale of 1 to 5.) “It’s expected to be manageable and not cause any major interruptions to power transmission,” he said. But he added that space weather scientists are paying closer attention to this event than might otherwise be warranted because two back-to-back CME events, both directed at Earth, is a bit more unusual, and because it’s possible that the two could interact on their way to Earth. The second, more powerful event is also traveling faster than the first and could overtake it (although current models suggest it won’t).Q: Should people flying in planes today worry about radiation?A: No. There are different types of space weather—geomagnetic storms, which affect communications, and solar radiation storms. Although this is expected to be a G3-level geomagnetic storm, it’ll only be an S1 solar radiation storm. Airlines (and astronauts) have procedures in place for storms level S3 and above. Q: What about aurorae? Will we see pretty lights?A: Maybe! You need clear skies, but it’s possible that if you’re far north enough you’ll see aurorae tonight. For example, in the United States, Berger said, for a storm this size, it could be visible at night along the northern tier states bordering Canada, but it’s unlikely to be visible farther south.last_img read more

T-series serves Rs 1 crore notice to CWG OC

first_imgMusic company T-series has sent a Rs 1 crore legal notice to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) for the alleged infringement of audio copyrights. Even as the company sent the notice to the OC on December 11 last year, the matter came to light on Friday, a day after some Australian firms threatened to file multi-million dollar lawsuits against the CWG OC for their unpaid dues. T-series alleged that the OC did not reply to its notice. It said the OC had obtained the ground license meaning that it had the permission to use the songs during the closing ceremony. But the OC did not take permission for the telecast rights of the songs, the company claimed. Apparently the songs of T-series were played during the opening and the closing ceremonies of the Games held in October 2010. It was however not clear which songs were used by the organisers that violated the copyrights. T-series had approached Wizcraft, which had organised the ceremony. But Wizcraft diverted the company to the OC since the rights were to be obtained by it.last_img read more

CBI sleuths arrest a port trust employee for accepting bribes

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Sep 22 (PTI) Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Ganapati Raju Madhav Varma, an employee of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000, it was officially announced here today. According to a CBI release issued here, the CBI registered a case against the accused yesterday. The complainants are in the business of sprinkling water at the Visakhapatnam Port Trust area using water tanker laden trucks, the release stated. The two complainants alleged that Ganapati Raju Madhav Varma allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 2,000 from each of them every month to be allowed to sprinkle water, the release stated. Allegedly, the accused threatened to stop their business of sprinkling water, if they failed to pay the bribe, the release stated. Since the complainants did not bribe Varma, he stopped their water tankers from sprinkling water yesterday and again demanded to be bribed, the release stated. Based on their complaints, the CBI caught Varma red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe amount of Rs 4,000 from both the complainants, the release stated. Varma was arrested yesterday and produced before the Principal Special Judge Court for CBI cases, Visakhapatnam, who remanded him to judicial custody till October 5, the release stated. PTI COR BAlast_img read more

Gisele Bundchen gets anxious watching Tom Brady play

first_imgLondon, May 19 (PTI) Supermodel Gisele Bundchen says she feels nervous seeing her husband American football player Tom Brady in action on the field.The 36-year-old catwalk icon says she wants the New England Patriots star quarterback to be careful while playing as she wants him to live for a 100 years, reported FemaleFirst.”As you know, its not the most, like, lets say, un- aggressive sport, right? I dont really think its a healthy thing for your body to go through, that kind of aggression all the time.”That cannot be healthy for you. Im planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we are 100 (years old), I hope,” Gisele tells CBS.The Brazilian model adds her husband suffers from concussions every year but they do not talk about it. PTI RDS SHDlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistanis savour victory over India with celebratory gunfire and sweets

first_imgCricket-obsessed Pakistanis flooded onto the streets draped in their national green and white flag in celebration on Sunday after their national team trounced arch-foe India in the Champions Trophy final.Fireworks and jubilatory volleys of gunfire echoed around major cities as traffic ground to a halt, and young men danced to the beat of drums following their team’s 180-run victory in the match at The Oval in London. (Also read: Breaking TV sets, burning posters to crying on roads; How Indian fans found closure after Champions Trophy defeat)The stunning turnaround in form of Pakistan, which was thrashed by India in their opening game of the tournament and largely written off, has gripped the nation of 190 million people.”I was not expecting that Pakistan will win the match, it was an unbelievable turnaround,” said stock broker Haris Ali, 55, in the coastal metropolis of Karachi.TV footage showed some fans watching in Pakistan shedding tears of joy after India’s batting order collapsed.”I’m so excited Allah has answered our prayers,” said Nek Amal Khan, 42, a street vendor who was amongst thousands to throng the streets of the northwestern city of Peshawar.Pakistan itself has hosted only a handful of international cricket matches over the past decade due to security fears.In the western city of Quetta, thousands chanted “Pakistan Zindabad”, meaning “long live Pakistan”, while vendors distributed sweets. “I’m so happy,” said Babar Khan, selling mangoes out of a pushcart.Indian fans at The Oval ground in London departed early in their droves as the scale of the impending drubbing dawned on them.advertisementIn the Indian capital New Delhi, some fans watching an outdoor screening at Connaught Place, a central landmark in the city, chanted nationalist and anti-Pakistan slogans but fell silent as the game neared its climax, before drifting away, dejected.The cricketing enmity between Pakistan and India has morphed into one of the world’s greatest sporting rivalries. Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis once said matches between the two nations were neither sport nor war, but “somewhere in between”.Outbursts of jingoistic rhetoric and political showdowns between Islamabad and New Delhi have fanned the rivalry over the decades, despite the two nations’ shared cricketing heritage prior to their violent rupture on the creation of Pakistan at the end of British colonial rule in 1947.Photo Credit: Reuters “WINNER TAKES KASHMIR”In Kashmir — a disputed region over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence — the sporting celebrations swiftly sparked violence.In Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian Jammu and Kashmir state, residents accused officers of India’s Central Reserve Police Force of smashing cars and beating up people for celebrating Pakistan’s win. Many residents in India’s only majority Muslim state support Pakistan’s cricket team.One spectator at the Oval in London was spotted wearing a T-shirt saying: “Winner takes Kashmir”.Over the past decade India has dominated the cricketing rivalry and was the firm favourite going into Sunday’s final, making victory all the sweeter for Pakistanis.”I would have had no regrets had Pakistan lost to other teams, but it would have hurt me and the entire nation had the Indians defeated us,” said university student Nauman Khan, 28, in Peshawar.Pakistan’s unlikely victory comes at a time when the sport has been engulfed in crisis at home. The Pakistan Cricket Board is haemorrhaging money and several Pakistani cricketers have been accused of match fixing.That mattered little, however, on Sunday as Pakistanis savoured the thumping of their much bigger neighbour, whose economic ascendancy and hugely popular Indian Premier League has fuelled fears Pakistan will struggle to hold its own in the future.”The country needed this victory at a time when everything has been going wrong for so many years,” said Yasser Latif Hamdani, a lawyer who hosted a screening in his home in a well-heeled area of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 XL specs leaked, could launch alongside Note 9, Tab S4 on Aug 9

first_imgAugust 9 is going to be a big day for Samsung. The South Korean smartphone maker is all set to launch the most awaited Galaxy Note 9 at its Unpacked event on the stated date. Alongside the Note 9, Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a tablet — Galaxy Tab S4 — and also a Galaxy Watch. A new report now reveals that apart from Tab S4 Samsung is working on another tablet called the Galaxy Tab A2 XL to launch on the same date. The Galaxy Tab A2 XL will apparently come with a massive 10.5-inch display. Some key specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 XL have now surfaced online.To recollect, a couple of weeks ago, few images of the Galaxy Tab A2 XL were leaked by Sammobile. The same source has now revealed some of the key specs of the tablet. Before the specs, it is important to note that this Samsung tablet is going to be a mid-range device, could be cheaper than the Tab S4.Let’s talk about the specs now. The new report suggests that the mid-range Samsung tablet — Galaxy Tab A2 XL — will come with a massive 10.5-inch display with 1920x1200p resolution. Not only a big display, the Samsung tablet will also come with a huge battery as well. The Galaxy Tab A2 XL is said to be backed by a 7,300 mAh battery.On the hardware front, the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, suggests report. The report also reveals that the storage memory of the Galaxy Tab A2 XL can be expanded via a microSD card.advertisementThe Galaxy Tab A2 XL will come with a single camera setup on both rear and front panel. On the back side, the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will sport an 8-megapixel sensor, while on the front the device is said to sport a 5MP sensor. Other features that the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will include are 5GHz Wi-Fi ac and LTE support, Bluetooth 4.2, on-screen navigation keys, face unlock, and iris scanner. On the software front, the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will run Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box.ALSO READ: Flipkart teaser hints Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to launch in India on August 9, sale around August 15As far as the launch of the Galaxy Tab A2 XL is concerned, Samsung is expected to launch the device alongside Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 at the company’s Unpacked event on August 9 in New York City.last_img read more

Top 4-Star Recruit Announces His Decommitment

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top four-star recruits in the country has opened up his recruitment.Chris Steele, a four-star prospect out of Bellflower, California, announced on Twitter that he’s opted to de-commit from USC.The cornerback is ranked the No. 6 player at his position and the No. 42 overall recruit.Steele announced the news on Twitter.“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” pic.twitter.com/mloKbtMfVJ— ?? (@KinggChris7) October 18, 2018Steele has offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.Florida, LSU, South Carolina and Oklahoma, among others, are all interested.last_img read more

Boxship Runs Aground off Norway

first_imgzoom A Cyprus-flagged container ship ran aground in Skatestraumen, south of Maloy, Norway, on Thursday morning, October 22, according to the National Air Ambulance Services of Norway.The 700 TEU BF Fortaleza was sailing from Bergen to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, when it suffered steering failure and ran aground in rocky shallows.The 1996-built boxship reportedly suffered large hull breach in the midship area, after which an unknown amount of water leaked into its ballast tanks.Local Rescue Coordination Center dispatched a towboat and a helicopter to aid the grounded ship and assess the damage.The 121-meter-long BF Fortaleza was refloated and towed to Maloy the next day, where it still remains anchored according to AIS data.No injuries to the boxship’s crew of 12, and no oil spills have been reported.The BF Fortaleza is managed by the Hamburg-based Bf Management.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Indonesia to Delay Sulphur Cap Implementation in Its Waters

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Indonesia would not switch to low-sulphur fuel from January 1, 2020, due to abundant supplies of 3.5% sulphur content fuel, Reuters said citing the country’s transport ministry.Namely, the authorities plan to allow Indonesia-flagged ships to continue burning marine fuels with a maximum 3.5% sulphur content in its territorial waters past 2020 without having to use scrubbers.The officials elaborated the decision by saying that Indonesia’s energy firm Pertamina has large supplies of higher-sulphur fuel, adding that the country would comply with the upcoming regulations after it exhausts these stocks. It is not clear how long would the implementation of the sulphur rule in Indonesian waters be delayed.Indonesian-flagged ships sailing international routes will still need to comply with the IMO fuel rules from January 2020.Under the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulation, scheduled to come into force in 2020, ships will have to use fuel with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, down from the current 3.5%, unless they are equipped with scrubbers.The 0.5% sulphur limit extends to carriage of bunker fuel with sulphur content of more than 0.50% for vessels not fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGSC). The carriage ban will come into effect on March 1, 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Rise Against Drummer Says No To Animal Tests At CUBoulder

first_imgRise Against drummer Brandon Barnes has sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to his alma mater, the University of Colorado–Boulder (CU-Boulder), urging the school to replace all experiments on live animals in undergraduate science classes with modern simulation methods.As Barnes points out in the letter, students at CU-Boulder currently decapitate frogs, force frightened rats to swim in water mazes, and cut open live rats to expose their hearts, even though superior non-animal methods exist and undergraduate science classes at CU-Denver are taught without using, hurting, or killing any animals.“As a Colorado native and alumnus of CU-Boulder, I was horrified to learn from my friends at PETA that in undergraduate science classes at my alma mater, students cut off frogs’ heads and experiment on their organs, force terrified rats to swim in water mazes, and cut open live rats to observe their exposed beating hearts. After spending the last 14 years playing drums in the band Rise Against, whose primary messages are about fighting injustice, I feel compelled to weigh in on this important issue.“Treating other sensitive, intelligent beings like disposable laboratory equipment is wrong, and—although I was a business and music major at CU-Boulder—I know that there must be better ways to teach undergraduates than by having them needlessly torment, maim, and kill hundreds of animals. In fact, apparently even CU’s campus in Denver, where I grew up, does not include any experiments on live animals in similar courses. I understand that experts such as CU-Boulder emeritus biology professor Dr. Marc Bekoff have provided your faculty members with information on interactive computer simulations and other humane methods available to teach students—a growing majority of whom now oppose animal testing—without hurting animals.“As you know, CU-Boulder states that its institutional vision includes “[t]ransforming how we teach, discover, and share knowledge” and “[b]uilding a 21st-century learning environment.” It’s time for CU-Boulder to fulfill this vision by replacing archaic and cruel teaching methods with ones that are more modern, effective and humane.”Source:PETAlast_img read more

House prices up in May

House prices up in May by Kayla Butler Posted Jun 1, 2015 2:55 pm MDT Here’s a surprise in light of the province’s economic woes: home sale prices in Calgary actually increased in the month of May.According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, the average house price moved up by just over half-a-percent from April, and nearly one full percent, year over year.CREB Chief Economist Anne Marie Lurie tells 660News the amount of new listings in May was unusually low.“They’re down over last year by about 30 per cent. They are below long term averanged just for the month of May we are about 18 per cent below the 5 year average, 20 per cent below our 20 year average.”However, Lurie add the with existing inventory the real estate market in Calgary is balanced.The average selling price in May was $454-thousand, with the majority of single family detached homes selling for less than half-a-million dollars. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Kosovo situation yielding fewer results than hoped in 2016 UN envoy tells

“Ultimately, political and societal reconciliation processes must reinforce each other,” Zahir Tanin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told the Security Council. “I hope what awaits Kosovo in 2017 is political dialogue accompanied by necessary progress at community level. In these efforts, the European Union (EU) and UN roles continue to converge.” Established by Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), UNMIK continues to implement its mandate in a status neutral manner. Mr. Tanin said difficulty building a broad political consensus has meant that the territorial demarcation agreement with Montenegro, agreed in 2015, remains unratified, with attendant consequences for Europe’s visa liberalization plans for Kosovo. Political divisions have also made it more difficult to reap the benefits of normalising relations with Serbia within the EU-facilitated dialogue, while Kosovo’s EU Stabilisation and Association process, a major development with far-reaching potential, has been given little focussed attention by officials or the public, he added. Despite the political polarization, some of Kosovo’s leaders are forging ahead with a farther-sighted view of reconciliation, and the re-building of mutually beneficial relations, he said, citing President Thaÿi’s recent engagement jointly with the family associations of both Albanian and Serb missing persons, and his emphasis on treating this issue on humanitarian, not political, grounds. In contrast, Mr. Tanin said, the accelerated passage through parliamentary procedure of a new law on the Trepca industrial complex emerged as another obstacle to constructive dialogue. Assembly members were given less than 48 hours to review the draft, with almost no opportunity given for analysis and argument. The international member of the Special Chamber of the Kosovo Supreme Court has requested that the Constitutional Court review the constitutionality of the law. The results of recent surveys, including one commissioned by UNMIK, indicate that there is little ethnic division in priorities at community level: unemployment, corruption and lack of economic development are the biggest concerns. Among other recent notable findings: The normalization of relations with Serbia is considered to be an important priority in roughly equal proportion in both Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serb communities, over 50 per cent in both cases; and Both Kosovo Serbs and Kosovo Albanians, in substantial majority, believe that the Association-Community of Serb-majority Municipalities will increase the security of Kosovo Serbs.“Regardless of these familiar dichotomies between political issues and ground level concerns, the European perspective remains a force for stabilisation throughout the Balkans region,” Mr. Tanin stressed. In their annual reports, the EU and the World Bank continue to highlight low levels of employment generation, and the exceptionally high rate of youth unemployment, he said. Youth unable to find opportunities within accepted parameters are vulnerable to the temptations of alternative narratives, including extremism. Violent extremism and terrorism are evolving threats in Kosovo and the region. Countering this threat requires a holistic approach, in which law enforcement is one essential component, he said. Last week, the authorities in Kosovo arrested a number of individuals who have allegedly been recruited by extremist militants in Syria to plan and conduct attacks in Kosovo and the region. UNMIK is steadily adapting itself to more effectively address the contemporary challenges of Kosovo, he said, stressing the importance of improving the Mission’s relationship with the Kosovo institutions and urging the Council to help advance the cause of reconciliation. read more

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

The Columbus Crew hosted English Premier League team Crystal Palace F.C. in an international friendly at Crew Stadium Wednesday and a game with unlimited substitutions resulted in a 2-2 draw between the American and British sides.Forward Adam Bedell drew first blood for the Black and Gold on an arching assist by defender Eric Gehrig in the 15th minute, but the opposition was not deterred as Palace’s Glenn Murray equalized with a 36th minute strike.The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the visiting Eagles engage a tighter defensive stance of contesting for possession, likely inspired to battle after their forward evened the game for them.“From the start, they sat back a little bit. That’s just the way that they, that’s just their game plan,” Bedell said after the game, speaking to what the Premier League squad did differently from the Major League Soccer defenses the Crew face every week. “A good block of eight, good defending … MLS teams, when the game’s 0-0, you just play. You don’t see that, that block of eight very often so I think that was the big difference.”Another Crystal Palace goal by substitute midfielder Jake Gray in the 70th minute of play occurred following a scuffle in the box, during which Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson pled his case for having been interfered with on the play. The goal stood to give the guests the 2-1 lead after they had been threatening in transition for the majority of the evening.One of the Crew’s three defensive halftime substitutions saw a homegrown player from Bexley, Ohio, in Ross Friedman get his first career action in a Black and Gold kit when he came in for fellow defender Chad Barson.Friedman, 22, had been playing for the USL-PRO affiliate Dayton Dutch Lions but got the call to suit up as a Crew reserve against a top-flight international team.“I think going out at Dayton and trying to do the little things right — not slacking in any way — you know, prepares me for situations like this,” Friedman said. “This opportunity proves to show we can get called at any point. Situations happen and you’ve got to be ready. So I felt happy with my preparation and I’m ready to build off of it.”Columbus notched an 80th minute goal, however, to tie the game once more.Crew center midfielder Agustin Viana delivered a lofting assist from 35 yards away and his attacking counterpart, Daniel Paladini, fought to contact the ball in midair for the equalizing header. The tie game endured through two minutes of second-half stoppage time.“Adam (Bedell) was fantastic. He had a great header and Danny (Paladini) made a nice run trying to get midfielders running into the box. I was pleased over all,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said.Berhalter, who played as a defender for Crystal Palace from 2001-02, added that “the defending could have been a bit better.”The game marked the first of three stops on Crystal Palace’s American tour before the Premier League season kicks off in August.The Crew are slated to resume MLS play when they travel to Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Revolution in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup Saturday.Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. read more

Allison Pineau is leaving Metz Handball

One of the best female handball player, French star, Allison Pineau (23) will leave the French champion, Metz Handball on the end of the season. Currently injured, one of the best players of the last WCh 2011 in Brasil, Pineau is the target of the many TOP teams in Europe:– Other teams have better offers and we can’t play with them – says team’s president.Allison Pineau was the best World’s Player for 2009 by IHF. Allison PineauFrench handballMetz handball ← Previous Story Sanja Damnjanovic stays in Podravka – Anita Bulath is coming… Next Story → EHF CL Round 9 “Match of the Week”: Metalurg’s triumph in Plock

Over 80 of rents are too expensive for people on housing benefits

first_imgOver 80% of rents are too expensive for people on housing benefits The snapshot from the Simon Community finds private rented supply down 44% since May 2015. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 26th 2017, 6:01 AM Just one property was available to rent within all of the four categories in two of the locations; Sligo town and North Kildare. What we are seeing is that the impact of the increased limits varies from region to region.She added that there was an urgent need for full rent certainty and enhanced security of tenure. Source: Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov“We continue to call for full rent certainty with rent linked to the Consumer Price Index and enhanced security of tenure.”Rent predictability measures are welcome, particularly the designation of Cork City and the four Dublin Local Authorities as Rent Pressure Zones.Rent predictability must be extended as a matter of priority to other areas experiencing continued rent increases, we look forward to the imminent Housing Agency report which it is anticipated will identify 15 additional areas.Single housing unitsShe added that single people and couples must be specifically catered for, given the disproportionate impact benefit limits are having on access to affordable housing.“44% of those on the social housing waiting list are single (40,342 households) and 2,794 of those in emergency accommodation are recorded as single people without dependents.”She urged that the government’s housing plan be implemented as quickly as possible in order to keep people in their homes.The Simon Communities deliver supports and services to over 8,300 people and families who experience or are at risk of homelessness every year.Conducted between 28-30 November, the report, called Locked Out of the Market VI: The Gap Between Rent Supplement/HAP Limits and Market Rents is the sixth study of its kind conducted by the Simon Communities.Read: A new ‘niche’ lender for property investors is tipped to compete with the banksRead: Property prices will rise in 2017 – with the biggest increases just outside Dublin 9,429 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha 58 Comments Short URLcenter_img Share Tweet Email THE MAJORITY OF properties available to rent are priced beyond the reach of people dependent on state housing benefits, a snapshot study by the Simon Communities in Ireland has found.83% of rental properties are priced beyond the upper limit for the Rent Supplement (RS) and the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).This leaves just 17% of all properties available to rent within the RS and HAP limits for the four categories included in the study, which looked at 643 properties in 11 different areas across the country.The average monthly rent for a one-bed property in Dublin City Centre, for example, was €1,900 across 260 rentals. That compares with a RS/HAP rental limit of €660.Between July and September last year, the average rent price rose by 3.9% from €1,037 to €1,077, matching the largest quarterly increase on record.SupplyThe report also found that there were 643 properties to rent over the November 2016 period in ten locations. This is a fall of 44% from 1,150 homes available to rent in May 2015. Source: Shutterstock/ZerborOnly five of these properties were available to rent for a single person within Rent Supplement/Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) limits and only five properties were also available to couples within these limits over the three-day study period.The number of rental properties on the market has increased since the August 2016 study, however critically/crucially the number available to people in receipt of state housing payments decreased from 20% to just 17% of all properties, indicating a growing gap between RS and HAP limits and the market rent.In Portlaoise, there were no properties available to rent – a finding that was mirrored in three previous reports by the Simon Community.Plugging the gap“Already there has been a drop in the number of properties available to people within these limits since our last study in August 2016,” says Niamh Randall from the Simon Community. https://jrnl.ie/3205222 Image: Dominic Lipinski Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 6:01 AM Image: Dominic Lipinskilast_img read more

Washington court Obesity covered by antidiscrimination law

first_imgOLYMPIA — It’s illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone who is obese if they are otherwise qualified for the job, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.In a 7-2 ruling, the high court said obesity is covered by the Washington Law Against Discrimination, which protects employees with disabilities.“Because obesity qualifies as an impairment under the plain language of our statute, it is illegal for employers in Washington to refuse to hire qualified potential employees because the employer perceives them to be obese,” Justice Mary Fairhurst wrote for the majority.Attorney Mike Subit, who filed a friend-of-the-court brief for Washington Employment Lawyers Association in the case, said the ruling “confirms that Washington has an extremely broad definition of disability” — one that covers more than the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.“I hope this ruling will lead to a sea change in the way that courts think about obesity and disability law,” he said.The ruling answered an inquiry from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which asked the court to determine under what circumstances, if any, obesity qualified as an impairment. The justices said obesity “is recognized by the medical community as a ‘physiological disorder, or condition.’”The federal appeals court is considering the case of Casey Taylor, who sued after the BNSF Railway Company told him in 2007 it was company policy to not hire anyone who had a body-mass index over 35. He said the company told him he needed to undergo several tests that he could not afford — including a sleep study, blood work and an exercise tolerance test — or his only hope for getting the job was to lose 10% his weight and keep it off for six months.last_img read more

Keshni Anand Arora new Haryana chief secretary

Chandigarh: The Haryana government Sunday appointed senior IAS officer Keshni Anand Arora as the state’s new chief secretary. Arora, 58, replaces D S Dhesi, who retired on June 30, an official order said. Arora previously served as additional chief secretary, Haryana government, and financial commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management and Consolidation Departments. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us She will be the 33rd cabinet secretary of Haryana since it was carved out as a separate state in 1966. The 1983 Haryana cadre IAS officer will also hold the charge of general administration, personnel, training, parliamentary affairs, administrative reforms departments and secretary in-charge of plan coordination, the order said. Notably, in a state infamous for skewed sex ratio, Keshni comes from a family where two of her sisters have served as Haryana’s chief secretary earlier. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Keshi’s predecessors in the post include Meenakshi Anand Chaudhary and Urvashi Gulati, her sisters. Meenakshi was the state’s first chief secretary when she took the charge in 2006 while Urvashi occupied the coveted post in 2009. Keshi’s father Jagdish Chander was a professor of political science at Panjab University here. During his career, many of his students made it to the IAS. read more

Arulnithi and Shraddha Srinaths K13 hit by piracy as full movie leaked

first_imgArulnithi’s K13.PR HandoutArulnithi and Shraddha Srinath’s K13 is the latest film to be hit by piracy. Hours after its theatrical release, the Tamil movie has been leaked on torrent sites, which is expected to take toll on its collection.Barath Neelakantan-directorial is revolves around assistant director Madhiazhagan (Arulnithi) and an author, Malarvizhi, played by Shraddha Srinath. After getting drunk, he spends a night at her house. To his horror, the hero finds her dead the next morning. What happens next is the thrilling part of the film.K13 has opened to fairly positive reviews. The industry was expecting the movie to do a decent collection at the box office in the next few days. Unfortunately, the full movie has hit the torrent sites which could affect its collection at the box office.The Tamil film industry, like other language industries, has become a victim of piracy. Vishal, the president of Producers’ Council and secretary of Nadigar Sangam, has tried to take a few measures to prevent piracy. But his efforts have gone in vain.Not just Kollywood, piracy has hit many film industries across the world. Though strict measures are in place, the menace remains unresolved.Almost every big movie is hitting the internet within a day of its release nowadays. In some cases, the films are being leaked even before their official release.last_img read more

Ethiopias Amhara leader army chief shot dead amid coup attempt

first_imgAbiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister.The regional president of Ethiopia’s Amhara state and his advisor were killed on Saturday during a coup attempt, in which the country’s army chief was also shot dead. The coup was orchestrated by Ethiopia’s top general, according to a report published with The Guardian. Ambachew Mekonnen and his adviser Ezez Wasie were shot on Saturday, said Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ahmara, on national television in the early hours of Sunday. A statement from Abiy’s office did not give details on who was believed responsible for the attack. “The coup attempt in Amhara regional state is against the constitution and is intended to scupper the hard-won peace of the region,” said the statement.Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, the head of Special Forces in Amhara, said on Sunday, “Most of the people who attempted the coup have been arrested, although there are a few still at large.”Gunfire was reported from Addis Asaba, the capital of Amhara, by the US embassy. Violence around Amhara’s main city Bahir Dar was also reported. “The embassy is aware of reports of gunfire in Addis Ababa. The chief of mission personnel are advised to shelter in place,” the embassy said in one of its two alerts.The coup attempt comes a year after a grenade explosion left two people dead at a rally Abiy was addressing. He has been hailed for his efforts to end the iron-fisted rule of his predecessors, since coming to power in April 2018.last_img read more

Hate Crimes In Houston Go Underreported Rarely Prosecuted

first_img 00:00 /04:11 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: During the race for Harris County District Attorney, then-candidate Kim Ogg charged DA Devon Anderson with dropping the ball on prosecuting hate crimes. We decided to dig deeper, as part of News 88.7’s year-long initiative, DiverseCity.In 1998, three white men – John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and Shawn Allen Berry – kidnapped a 49-year-old African-American man named James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas. The three chained Byrd to a pick-up truck and dragged him for three miles, killing him. That crime led to the passage of Texas’s hate crimes law in 2001, as well as the federal hate crimes statute, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, in 2009. Both raise the level of punishment for any crime in which the victim is targeted because of prejudice.“If we have an aggravated assault, which is a second-degree felony, and we can prove it’s a hate crime, it gets bumped up to a first degree, and we get the higher range of punishment,” says Harris County DA Devon Anderson.Physical evidence alone – say, a bloodstain or a stray fiber – can link an attacker to a victim. But proving hatred as the motive for an attack is often much harder.“We have to prove that the reason that the person or the groups of people were targeted was because of their race, or their color, or their gender, or their national origin. That’s an added element we have to prove,” says Ruben Perez, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas.Even when an attacker makes finding such proof easy, victims aren’t always willing to cooperate.Conrad Alvin Barrett was driving through Katy in November 2013. He stopped when he saw an elderly black man named Roy Coleman. The following sound is from a video Barrett took on his cellphone, later released to the media:“The plan is to see, if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”“How’re you doing? Yeah? Yeah? Knockout!”When Coleman went to a senior’s center the next day, workers there saw he was in agony, his face deformed. They notified his daughter.“He was then taken to the hospital,” says Perez. “Turns out his jaw had been broken in two places. He was missing three teeth. He had not even reported it to the police.”Local and federal investigators got involved. When they took Coleman’s statement, they asked why he hadn’t reported the assault.“He said, ‘When I was growing up, if a white man did something to you, you didn’t say anything. Especially if the police were involved, you didn’t say anything, ’cause it could get worse,’” says Perez.Barrett was ultimately convicted under the Shepard-Byrd Act and sentenced to six years in prison.The Coleman case illustrates another point: some hate crimes are never prosecuted because victims are convinced that speaking up will only bring more unwanted attention, even more attacks.“All of us in this business have known for many years that it certainly appeared that hate crimes were being undercounted,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center.Last year, Houston reported 27 hate crimes. That’s far short of what one might expect for a city of Houston’s size. Other large U.S. cities – such as New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix – reported hundreds.“These crimes are all reported on the basis of individuals reporting to police departments, police departments reporting to the state, and then the state reporting to the FBI. So it’s a completely voluntary reporting system,” Potok says.The Justice Department decided to try to get a more accurate count through statistically representative sampling. Its model revealed that roughly 260,000 hate crimes are committed in the U.S. every year, between 25 to 40 times the number suggested by voluntary reporting. The department is still trying to determine how that breaks down by state and by city.One thing we can tell is how many have resulted in successful prosecutions. Harris County has brought hate crimes charges in six cases under the Texas hate crimes act since 2001. Four have resulted in convictions or plea deals. Two are still pending. Federal prosecutors have won convictions against nine individuals under the Shepard-Byrd Act, not just for Houston but for all of Southern Texas. X Sharelast_img read more