Woman IAS officer alleges sexual harassment

first_imgA Haryana cadre woman IAS officer on Sunday accused her senior officer — in the rank of additional chief secretary — of sexually harassing her. The officer wrote in a Facebook post that she had sent complaints regarding the incident to the office of the President of India.last_img

LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come back

first_img“I said it two years ago that I was coming back. Last year, some unfortunate event happened but I’m back,” James told the packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.“I’m happy spending this time with you guys throughout my busy schedule, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to be back here in Manila this year and I’m happy I’m celebrating this time with you,” added the NBA superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 32-year-old James had the fans on the edge of their seats with his electrifying dunks when he entered at the five-minute mark of the exhibition game pitting the young guns of Gilas Pilipinas against the former and veteran national team players.LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The three-time NBA champion drew a thunderous roar from the crowd after shaking the rim with his patented Statue of Liberty dunk wherein his arm is stretched in the air and as far back behind his head before emphatically putting it through the hoop.James was just warming up.The four-time MVP delivered another one-handed throwdown, but this time, taking off farther than the first. James fittingly closed the show with a windmill to beat the final buzzer before he was mobbed by Ravena and company, who beat Jayson Castro and the rest of the OG team, 91-72.“You guys are unbelievable and I thank you so much for being part of the LeBron James Tour 2017 and I hope you guys continue to welcome me because I would love to come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief James, who, arguably, has been the best basketball player for the past decade, gave the fans what they were waiting for as he teamed up with the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks and Baser Amer for the Youngbloods and left them wanting more. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA superstar LeBron James soars for a dunk as PBA player Ranidel de Ocampo attempts a chasedown block in an exhibition game featuring former and current national team players at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe King was back in Manila like he never left his throne.Returning to the city known for its unparalleled love for hoops, LeBron James thrilled Filipino fans for the third time in five years.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico And yet the Rockets still led by 10 for most of the fourth quarter until a late surge by the Bucks sliced the lead to 104-99 with 1:06 left on rookie Sterling Brown’s layup.Chris Paul answered with a short floater in the lane with 45 seconds left after driving on Jason Terry to silence Bucks fans who were pleading “Defense! Defense!”Houston obliged after forcing the Bucks to waste 15 seconds on the ensuing inbounds pass and settle for an off-balance 3 that missed. The Rockets led comfortably from there.“There were a few 50-50 balls or offensive rebounds that we needed to secure that if we do, it gives us an opportunity to run,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “If we run, then maybe we can put them on their heels … but the ball needs to move.”Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, while Brown had a career-high 15.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bucks went stretches with the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo playing center to try to put a quicker lineup on the floor to counter the Rockets. Houston still ended up hitting 47 percent from the floor and 35 percent (14 of 40) from 3-point range, and held a 22-14 edge in fast-break points.QUOTABLE“It’s a little carelessness. We played two teams that create a lot of turnovers. A little bit of them and a little bit of us.” — D’Antoni on his team’s seven first-quarter turnovers.UP NEXTRockets: Makes third stop on four-game trip with a visit to the Toronto Raptors on Friday.Bucks: Try to improve to 3-0 this season over New York when the Knicks visit Friday. Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who answered every Bucks charge.Milwaukee used an 11-0 run to get to within 73-69 with 3:25 left on Brown’s corner 3. The Bucks did most of their damage during the spurt around the bucket, with Antetokounmpo leading the way in the post.The NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooting team countered with another display of clutch perimeter shooting.The Rockets would beat the Bucks down the floor to set up open shots on the wing. Gordon knocked down two 3s, and P.J. Tucker added another 3 to help Houston close the third with a 14-7 run for an 87-76 lead.“With a win streak like this you are doing a lot of things the right way,” Gordon said. “We still play for each other. We knew this was going to be a tough road trip.”Houston got off to a sloppy start at the Bradley Center with a seven-turnover first quarter, a night after tying its season high with 22 turnovers in the 10-point win at Oklahoma City.The end of the first half offered a glimpse of what was still to come. Harden hit a deep 3 just before the halftime buzzer from well beyond the arc with a defender in his face for a 58-46 lead.“We’ve just got to stick with the game plan, close out, run them off the (3-point) line,” Brown said.TIP INSRockets: Swingman Joe Johnson missed a second straight game due to illness, while coach Mike D’Antoni rested Nene a day after the center played 17 minutes.Bucks: C Tyler Zeller (back) missed a second straight game. … It does not appear as if Matthew Dellavedova (right ankle) will return soon. The team initially estimated that the guard might miss a month when he got hurt on Feb. 4 at Brooklyn. The Bucks are also still without G Malcolm Brogdon (left quad).GIANNIS IN THE MIDDLE View comments MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Houston Rockets’ James Harden reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — The Houston Rockets had trouble at times holding on to the ball and keeping up with the young Milwaukee Bucks.But as long as the Rockets keep hitting their 3-pointers, they’re pretty hard to beat.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden scored 26 points, Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3s in the third quarter, and Houston beat Milwaukee 110-99 on Wednesday night for its 17th straight win.The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We find ways to win,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be the same way every game.”The latest victory came on the second of a tough back-to-back stretch of road games that started with a 10-point victory at Oklahoma City. No wonder the Rockets looked sluggish at times against the Bucks. Lopez, LA Lakers hold off Magic in bizarre ending John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

Chelsea return is possible – Traore

first_imgTransfers Chelsea return a possibility, claims Lyon’s Traore Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 20:58 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) bertrandtraore-cropped Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 Premier League The Burkina Faso striker left Stamford Bridge for Lyon in June for £9 million, but is open to returning to his former club some day Lyon striker Bertrand Traore harbours ambitions of returning to the Premier League and claims he could even move back to former club Chelsea in the future.The 22-year-old ended a four-year spell at Stamford Bridge when he joined Lyon for £9 million in June after spending the 2016-17 season on loan at Ajax.Brighton 12/5 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Traore said a lack of first-team opportunities at Chelsea, where he made just four Premier League starts, left him with no choice but to seek a transfer.”Going from Chelsea was the best decision for me,” Traore told the Daily Mail. “I am enjoying myself.”As a young player you can only improve if you are playing every week. I enjoyed my time at Chelsea and when I had opportunities to show what I could do on the pitch, I took them with both hands. But there weren’t any guarantees I would play.”I would be happy if it was me in the Chelsea first-team playing every weekend, but this is football and you have to take decisions. Along with Chelsea, I took the decision to sign for Lyon and I am happy with that.”Bertrand Traore ChelseaThe Burkina Faso international was asked whether he might follow in the footsteps of David Luiz and Didier Drogba by returning for a second spell at Chelsea, and he replied: “Why not, it is up to me to develop and progress as a player and prove that I am good enough to play in the Premier League.”Others went back, it is a possibility. I have to focus on Lyon, do my best and see what I do in the future.”Traore scored against Premier League opposition when he got the winner in Lyon’s 2-1 victory over Everton in the Europa League – a competition he knows well after reaching last season’s final with Ajax.”It was an amazing result,” he said. “We didn’t start well in the competition but going to Everton and getting a victory is a big achievement.”Playing in the final last year against United was a dream. At this stage, you don’t realise how big the Europa League gets. The further you go in the tournament, the more you see it.”last_img read more

Britannia Starts Maiden Voyage

first_imgzoom After being officially named by Queen Elisabeth II in Southampton last Tuesday, the cruise ship Britannia sailed to its home port of Gibraltar and started a 14-day maiden voyage around the Mediterranean.Described as the biggest cruise ship designed for the British holiday market, Britannia was built for P&O Cruises by Italy’s Fincantieri at a cost of nearly GBP 500 million (USD 739m). The ship can carry 3,600 passengers and 1,500 crew.After leaving Gibraltar, Britannia set sail to Barcelona, followed by calls at Monte Carlo, Rome, Ajaccio and Cadiz, before returning to Southampton.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Will stick to fiscal prudence lower tax rates if elected Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said the BJP-led NDA will continue with fiscal prudence and lower tax rates if elected back to power. He further said the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council has cut tax rates on consumption items to 12 or 18 per cent from the highest slab of 28 per cent and lowering rate on cement is next on agenda. “I speak in terms of taxation policies… I’m quite clear in my mind that on two issues at least we had – a lot of good fiscal prudence and we brought the rates down, these are two areas, if we are in power we will continue the same glide path,” Jaitley said while addressing the CII AGM here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe general elections will be held in phases beginning April 11 and counting of votes will take place on May 23. Jaitley said India’s growth has stabilised between 7-7.5 per cent and irrespective of global trends, domestic consumption is going to increase. “We have come to 7-7.5 per cent (growth rate) range despite the fact that there is no global boom or support of any kind, and we have stabilised at that, you need to graduate further,” he added. The Reserve Bank of India Thursday cut its GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal by 20 basis points (bps) to 7.2 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe minister said that over the last 5 years the government did not increase tax rates, and in some cases doubled tax base and increased tax collection. “In the last 20 odd months of the GST except for Cement that is because of affordability, … every item of consumption has come down to 18 per cent and 12 per cent category from 28 per cent. So, it is only a matter of time that the last one also comes down,” Jaitley said. Asked what steps would be taken if the government comes to power, Jaitley said, “Wait for a couple of days, when our manifesto comes out, you may find some of the views expressed in that”. The government had revised upwards the fiscal deficit target for 2018-19 fiscal to 3.4 per cent from 3.3 per cent projected in the budget. For current fiscal, which begun on April 1, the fiscal deficit target has been set at 3.4 per cent.last_img read more

Opinion How former Buckeyes are exceeding in the NFL

Dallas Cowboys rookie and former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leads the NFL in rushing yards with 799. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s halfway through the NFL season, but former Ohio State Buckeyes have already asserted their NFL dominance. With half of the season still remaining, here are a few former Buckeyes who have been top performers around the league.Ezekiel Elliott has been as good a running back as anyone else in the NFL. As a rookie, Elliott is leading the league in rushing yards as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He has already reached 799 yards through seven games, and he still leads the league after he’s had a bye week. Playing behind the best offensive line in football, Elliot is on record pace. Many people believe he has a chance to break Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,000-plus yards by a rookie, which would be an incredible feat.Malcolm Jenkins is poised for back-to-back pro bowl seasons, leading the new-look Eagles defense that has been performing at one of the highest levels in the NFL. Jenkins has been making key plays for Philadelphia all year thus far with a 66-yard pick six against Washington and a huge fumble recovery for a touchdown in a winning effort against Minnesota. Jenkins, a former cornerback, has made the switch to free safety and has been playing all over the field for the Eagles. He is a jack of all trades when they need him to be.A bright spot on a not-so-bright team is Carlos Hyde with the 49ers. He has racked up six touchdowns this year while carrying much of the load for the San Francisco offense. Hyde is one of the few backs in the league with multiple games of two touchdowns or more. As of now, he is on pace for a 1,100-yard season along with 16 touchdowns. Needless to say, his Pro Bowl level of play is something San Francisco fans can look forward to.An overlooked performer is Terrelle Pryor with the Cleveland Browns. It’s easy not to pay attention when his team hasn’t won once in eight weeks, but he really is talented. He is on pace for a more than 1,000 receiving yards this season, which is not bad for a former quarterback making the switch to receiver. With a key touchdown over Josh Norman, one of the league’s premier corners, Pryor showed his ability to perform against good competition. In an outing against the Tennessee Titans, he had 75 yards receiving to pair with two touchdowns. A possible Pro Bowl selection, Pryor is making sure his name is heard throughout the league.Arguably the most impactful player for their respective team is Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers. He has been an absolute monster this year and has played only three games. Through three games, he has four sacks, 11 tackles and a safety. For a rookie to dominate at the line of scrimmage this early in his career is an exciting sign for Chargers fans. As of now, he is on pace for 16 sacks in 12 games. As the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Bosa has lived up to every ounce of the hype to this point and Chargers fans can finally rejoice after his contract holdout.The Buckeyes’ early success in the NFL is a true testament to Urban Meyer’s ability to develop his players. After their record year of 14 NFL draft picks, former Buckeyes have not let their foot off the gas. With many exciting Buckeyes around the league, the future looks very promising. read more

Heres what Roy Keane thought of last nights IrelandGermany game

first_imgWHILE THE KNIVES were out in some quarters following Ireland’s disastrous performance last night, one man was surprisingly calm amid all the hoopla.Perhaps Trap’s men were fortunate that Roy Keane was primarily assessing the England-San Marino last night, and was thus, spared having to endure watching the full 90 minutes of the Irish team’s drubbing.Consequently, Keane was relatively laidback in his analysis of the outcome, in stark contrast to his now infamous reaction to Ireland’s similarly comprehensive loss to Spain during Euro 2012.“6-1 is obviously a bit of a hammering,” he told ITV. “In defence of the team, they were missing a lot of senior players. No doubt they’re trying younger players, and when you’re going up against a top team like Germany, it’s a big test, so they failed it tonight.“But what’s important – because no doubt Germany will top the group – is how they respond and obviously, to try to finish second.“They play the Faroe Islands on Tuesday and they need to respond. But it is, no doubt, a setback. No one likes being beaten 6-1 at home.” And after his surprising calmness was commented upon by his ITV colleagues, he was then asked if the upcoming game with the Faroes could still be regarded as a nailed-on three points.“You’d hope so. Again, you have setbacks in your career as a player, and it’s a big setback for the manager even, with all his experience.“But the big challenge is how they respond, and I’m sure the Irish players will roll their sleeves up.”Here’s how Twitter reacted to Ireland v Germany>House of horrors: 5 things we learned from Ireland v Germany>last_img read more

GIY Guru Ive become interested in mindfulness sitting quietly for ten minutes

first_imgGIY Guru: ‘I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning’ From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly. 5 Comments By Michael Kelly AND SO IT begins again. Another year of seed sowing. I did my first sowing of the year yesterday afternoon in the potting shed, and as always was completely and utterly in my element.There’s a lot of talk of late about mindfulness and the need for us all to train our minds to slow down the chatter. Over the last few years I’ve become interested in mindfulness meditation, sitting quietly for ten minutes, usually first thing in the morning.I’ve discovered that you tend to notice the benefits elsewhere in the day rather than during the ten minutes on the cushion. There are simply more moments during the day where you are fully present, noticing a sight or sound or sensation or smell, rather than being permanently distracted by the incessant stream of thoughts in your head.Some activities lend themselves particularly well to mindfulnessYou also notice that some activities lend themselves particularly well to mindfulness. You might have to remind yourself to focus on brushing your teeth for example, for it is a task that becomes so routine and so boring, that you rarely pay much attention to it.But seed sowing for me is an activity that automatically silences the mind, and brings me back to present moment awareness. I guess it’s because it’s such an intricate process, trying to coax the life out of tiny little seeds.Anyway, it’s not surprising that the time I spend sowing seeds in the potting shed, is generally when I am at my most content (and honestly, “content” is not a word that anyone would generally use to describe me). Seed sowing is my happy place.The sowing yearI always find it ironic that the sowing year kicks off in what still feels like the depths of winter with three of the quintessential Mediterranean crops: tomatoes, aubergines and peppers (chilli and sweet). But all three of these vegetables need a long growing season in our climate and so they benefit from a February sowing.You have the option of waiting another few months and buying the seedlings for these vegetables from a garden centre, but if you want to sow from seed then now’s the time to get cracking.It’s way too cold for them to germinate in our miserable February weather (they will need a temperature of between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius) and so you need to provide them with artificial heat. This can be done either by keeping them indoors on a sunny windowsill in the house, or if outside in a greenhouse, polytunnel or potting shed you will need a heated mat. These are relatively inexpensive to buy.My little bit of SpainI sow tomatoes, aubergines and peppers in module trays (one seed to each module) and then place the trays themselves on the heated mat. The mat that I have is about 2m long and can be set to a specific temperature. It also has a sensor so if things warm up in the potting shed during the day, then it will switch itself off automatically.Just to be sure, I also cover the module trays with fleece which should make a bitterly cold Dunmore East feel a little more like the south of Spain. It will be a couple of months before the seedlings are moved on from the module trays into their own pots, and longer again before they’re planted in the ground.Crucially, I will have to wait until July to eat the first tomatoes. But at least we’ve started.The Basics – The Needs of SeedsYou will probably remember from your science classes back in school, that seeds need some specific conditions in order to germinate and thrive. Most seeds need these three conditions:Heat. Generally speaking most seeds need a decent temperature to germinate. A warm windowsill in the house or a heated bench in the potting shed is therefore ideal for starting seeds off. There are exceptions, but it’s a good rule of thumb.Light. Once germination begins, light is essential. This explains why seeds sown too early in the year often get “leggy” and weak. They are literally straining to reach the light because there is not enough daylight. Some veg like celery and lettuce need light in order to germinate in the first place. Most seeds need 14 hours or so of light in order to thrive. Some growers even use artificial lighting to compensate for the lack of natural light early in the year. I prefer to work with the seasons a little more.Humidity/ moisture. The key when it comes to watering seeds is that they need uniform moisture. Not water-logged, and certainly never allowed to dry out. Gentle watering with a fine rose is essential to ensure you don’t wash the seeds away (or push them too deep into the soil to germinate).This Month at GROW HQSpring has sprung (just about) and this month at GROW HQ we’ve a range of courses, classes and events to kick off the growing season. We’ve also a range of cookery courses, and special seasonal eating events including a silent mindful lunch and our monthly Friday Feast. For more check out www.growhq.org.Recipe of the Week – Perfect Parmesan Parsnips Source: Shutterstock/Bartosz LuczakParsnips, as you know, are tough as old boots and I still have a decent batch in the ground outside in the veg patch. Here’s a great recipe for tarting them up a bit from Donal Skehan from the GIY cookbook GROW COOK EAT.Ingredients1kg of parsnips3 tablespoons of wholemeal flour1 tablespoon of ground black pepper1 tablespoon of sea salt1 generous handful of Parmesan cheese2 tablespoons of olive oilDirectionsPreheat the oven to 200oC/390oF/Gas 6. Peel the parsnips, chop them in half and then slice them into four pieces. You may need to slice the chunks in half again depending on what size you want them.Place the parsnips in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring the pot to the boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Rinse with a little cold water and drain the chunks in a colander.Combine the flour, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Tumble the parsnips into the bowl and toss to coat. Place in a large roasting tray, sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil.Roast in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ.Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. 79 Views Feb 18th 2017, 12:00 PM Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Michael Kelly Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gardener http://jrnl.ie/3243233 last_img read more

Antirides les produits de comblement épinglés par lAfssaps

first_imgAntirides : les produits de comblement épinglés par l’AfssapsFrance – L’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) a mis en garde quant à l’utilisation des produits injectables non résorbables destinés au comblement des rides.L’Afssaps a établi un classement des produits de comblement des rides et souhaite aujourd’hui retirer du marché les substances les moins résorbables.”Moins les produits sont résorbables, plus le risque d’effets secondaires est important”, a indiqué Jean-Claude Ghislain, directeur de l’évaluation des dispositifs médicaux de l’Afssaps.”Nous recommandons d’en rester aux produits résorbables ou lentement résorbables”, a-t-il ajouté. Les produits non résorbables “sont difficiles à maîtriser au fil du temps et franchement non recommandés aujourd’hui”.Les personnes qui ont recours à ce type d’injection sont donc invitées par l’Afssaps à conserver toutes les données administratives concernant leur intervention. Le 12 mai 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Facebook compte multiplier ses acquisitions

first_imgFacebook compte multiplier ses acquisitionsLe réseau social Facebook compte faire 20 nouvelles acquisitions de start-up d’ici la fin 2011. De nombreux achats censés lui permettre d’accelérer sa croissance.Facebook est devenue au fil des années une véritable machine de guerre. Le réseau social créé par Mark Zuckerberg compte en 2011 procéder à l’acquisition d’une vingtaine de sociétés Internet et/ou mobile. Depuis le début de l’année, elle en a déjà acquis treize, révèle Vaughan Smith, le directeur du développement de la société dans une interview donnée à Bloomberg et relayée par ITespresso. Un chiffre qui traduit la frénésie d’achats dont est pris le réseau social, alors qu’il n’avait réalisé que dix acquisitions en 2010 et une seule en 2009. À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteDe plus, Vaughan Smith a également précisé que si les plus gros rachats tournaient aujourd’hui autour de 60 millions de dollars, ils devraient être bientôt beaucoup plus importants. Cette stratégie est alors motivée par plusieurs facteurs. D’abord le désir d’améliorer le design du site, pour inciter ses utilisateurs à y rester plus longtemps, mais surtout la volonté d’ajouter des services mobiles pour anticiper l’évolution des modes de consommation vers les smartphones, tablettes tactiles et autres netbooks. Dans un marché aussi concurrentiel, Facebook semble donc bien décider à ne rien laisser au hasard… Le 26 août 2011 à 14:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sherlock Holmes police dog cloned in China in a bid to cut

first_img(Representative image)GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty ImagesScientists in southwest China’s Yunnan province have cloned what they called the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs” in a program they hope will help cut training times and costs for police dogs, state media reported on Wednesday.The dog, named Kunxun, was cloned from a police sniffer dog by the Beijing-based Sinogene Biotechnology Company and the Yunnan Agricultural University, with support from the Ministry of Public Security, the state-owned tabloid Global Times reported.Sinogene is hoping to make it possible to achieve “volume production” of cloned police dogs in order to significantly reduce training times, the company’s deputy general manager Zhao Jianping told the Global Times, but he added that cloning costs remain a major obstacle. [Representative Image] A U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit waits to check vehicles crossing into the United States from Mexico on September 23, 2016 in San Ysidro, California.John Moore/Getty ImagesKunxun, now three months old, will undergo extensive training in drug detection, crowd control and searching for evidence, and will become a fully fledged police dog when it is about 10 months old, the official China Daily said.Training usually takes about five years and costs as much as 500,000 yuan, with no guarantee of success, the paper said, citing an animal expert at the Yunnan Agricultural University. The paper did not say how much a cloned dog would cost.South Korean scientists created the world’s first cloned dog in 2005, and two years later the country began employing cloned Labrador retrievers to sniff out drugs for the customs service, China Daily said.last_img read more

US Navy launches probe after second deadly collision

first_imgThe guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker outside Changi naval base in Singapore. Photo: AFPThe US Navy announced a fleet-wide global investigation on Monday after the latest in a series of accidents left another 10 sailors missing and five more injured.Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders to set aside time, perhaps “one or two days” within a week, for crews to sit down together after the destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker off Singapore.And this will be carried out in parallel to the start of “comprehensive review” of practices.“As you know, this is the second collision in three months and the last of a series of incidents in the Pacific theater,” Richardson said.“This trend demands more forceful action. As such, I have directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world.”The admiral did not rule out some kind of outside interference or a cyber attack being behind the collision, but said he did not want to prejudge the inquiry and his broader remarks suggested a focus on “how we do business on the bridge.”US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, on a visit to Jordan, said Richardson’s “broader enquiry will look at all related accidents, incidents at sea, that sort of thing. He is going to look at all factors, not just the immediate one.”Ten US sailors were still missing after Monday’s collision between the McCain and the Alnic MC in the busy shipping lanes of the Singapore Strait, near the Strait of Malacca, which left a large hole in the USS John McCain’s hull.A major search involving ships and aircraft from Singapore, Malaysia and the US was launched for the missing sailors.Search efforts continued Tuesday with aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America joining the hunt, which was focused on the area in which the collision occurred, the navy said.The USS America—which arrived in Singapore Monday—was also providing support to crew members from the McCain, helping to drain water from the warship and repair systems damaged in the accidentThe badly damaged destroyer limped into port in the southeast Asian city-state of Singapore under escort Monday after the dramatic pre-dawn accident.‘Full transparency’Analysts said the accident, which came after June’s collision off Japan involving a US warship, raised questions about whether the US Navy was overstretched in Asia as it seeks to combat Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.The US Navy said there was “significant damage to the hull” of the vessel, which led to flooding of crew sleeping areas, machinery and communications rooms.A helicopter took four of the injured to a Singapore hospital for treatment, while the fifth did not need further medical attention, the navy said.The warship had been heading for a routine stop in Singapore after carrying out a “freedom of navigation operation” in the disputed South China Sea earlier in August around a reef in the Spratly Islands, sparking a furious response from Beijing.The damaged vessel is named after US Senator John McCain’s father and grandfather, who were both admirals in the US navy.McCain himself, who as a naval pilot was shot down during the Vietnam War and held prisoner, welcomed the review.“I agree with Admiral Richardson that more forceful action is urgently needed to identify and correct the causes of the recent ship collisions,” he said.“I expect full transparency and accountability from the Navy leaders as they conduct the associated investigations and reviews.”President Donald Trump tweeted: “Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway.”The tanker involved in the collision, which was used for transporting oil and chemicals and weighed over 30,000 gross tonnes, sustained some damage but no crew were injured, and Singapore said there was no oil pollution.In June, seven American sailors died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship in a busy channel not far from Yokosuka, a gateway to container ports in Tokyo and nearby Yokohama.The dead sailors, aged 19 to 37, were found by divers in flooded sleeping berths a day after the collision tore a huge gash in the ship’s side.A senior admiral announced last week that the commander of the destroyer and several other officers had been relieved of their duties aboard their ship over the incident.Both the USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald are part of the US Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka.last_img read more

UK unemployment rate hits 45year low

first_imgUnited KingdomBritish unemployment has fallen to a 45-year low, official data showed Tuesday, with the economy holding up despite prolonged Brexit uncertainty.The unemployment rate eased to 3.8 per cent in the three months to March — the lowest level since the final quarter of 1974, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.That compared with a 44-year low of 3.9 per cent in the quarter to February.”The UK labour market has been remarkably resilient in the face of Brexit-related uncertainty,” Hargreaves Lansdown senior economist Ben Brettell said in reaction to the latest data.”These are really strong numbers given the headwinds the economy is currently facing.”The ONS added that the UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1 per cent, which was the joint-highest figure on record.However the strong jobs figures were not necessarily translating into higher productivity, analysts noted.”There are valid concerns that UK firms are hoarding labour instead of much-needed capital expenditure,” said Brettell.”Why would you invest large sums in new plant or machinery in such uncertain times, when you could hire an extra worker and get broadly the same result?”The ONS added that growth in average weekly earnings, including bonuses, slowed to 3.2 per cent in the three months to March.And they increased by only 1.3 per cent when adjusted for inflation, down from 1.6 per cent in the three months to February.”This is unwelcome news for hopes that the consumer can keep spending at a robust rate over the summer and help the economy weather prolonged Brexit uncertainties and a challenging global economic environment,” said EY ITEM Club economist Howard Archer.The unemployment data coincided with the release of a major study by a think tank showing that income inequality in the UK is higher than in every other major economy, except the United States.The Institute for Fiscal Studies noted that the UK has experienced “a decade of stagnant wages and there is recent evidence that ‘deaths of despair’ — deaths from suicide and drug and alcohol abuse — are now rising among middle-aged Britons”.The IFS stated that “great inequalities… risk disrupting both our democracy and our prosperity”.last_img read more

Infinity Ward posts image of branded Xi3 Piston Steam Box

first_imgValve has made a clear statement that it sees the future of gaming happening on Linux, and so we have a Steam for Linux client already in use by thousands of gamers. But there’s also the forthcoming Steam Box — a set-top box-like gaming PC that is meant to sit under your TV with full access to Steam’s library of games.The success of Steam for Linux and Steam Box will come down to the support it gets from publishers and developers. How many of them will be willing to port their games to Linux rather than continuing to rely on Windows? Well, if you wanted proof that Steam Box is getting support from top-tier developers, look no further than Infinity Ward.The Call of Duty developer has posted an image on their Twitter feed and Facebook page showing a branded version of the Xi3 Piston Steam Box. No further detail is given other than the comments “Game development” and “What’s this?” sitting next to the image. The phone has been included for scale.What this looks like to me is Infinity Ward asking Xi3 for a development unit so they can start porting games and checking how they run on Steam Box hardware. In other words, they are ensuring Call of Duty games will be available for anyone choosing to purchase a Steam Box, which is a huge win for Valve if true.You may remember that Xi3 first revealed their Steam Box, codenamed Piston, back at CES in early January. It was certainly tiny, and is based off of the design of their $999 X7A performance PC. Beyond that we know very little about it, and the Infinity Ward image shows a new addition in the form of another box sitting below Piston. According to Xi3’s website, the smaller box is called APPITUR3 and is described as a “search appliance” that offers additional storage of up to 1TB. I guess Infinity Ward need it for development purposes.Regardless of when the Steam Box will be released, it’s clear Infinity Ward is working to bring the Call of Duty games to Linux, and that’s one less reason for thousands of gamers not to embrace the platform.last_img read more

The Fairmont Banff Springs wins environmental hotel of the year

first_imgFairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced The Fairmont Banff Springs as ‘Environmental Hotel of the Year’, beating out more than 60 other hotels in the Fairmont portfolio around the globe.  Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global leader in responsible tourism and through its award-winning Green Partnership program; the company strives to reduce its ecological footprint by focusing on key areas such asenergy management, water conservation, waste diversion, and innovative community outreach programs.  “Being located in both a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site means our commitment to the environment is at the core of our values and in line withFairmont Hotels & Resorts enduring connection to the land and communities where we do business” says Francisco Gomez, Regional Vice President and General Manager of The Fairmont Banff Springs. “Our ongoing efforts support our mandate for responsible tourism and we are proud that our colleagues are taking positive steps to preserving our precious natural resources by continually thinking of innovative ways to be environmentally responsible.” Fairmont Hotels & Resorts environmental programs have charted the course on sustainable environmentally sound hotel operations.  At the heart of its success have been its employees, a passionate and dedicated group who continue to advance the program with innovation, enthusiasm and above all else a firm belief that their contributions and environmental activities do make a difference.  The Fairmont Banff Springs has a dedicated Green Teamand Environmental Champions Jennifer Heim and Chris Chidlow, who are the voice and personality behind our green initiatives, programs and ideas. The Fairmont Banff Springs has become an exemplary leader within the portfolio by encouraging colleagues to participate in enviro events throughout the year. Popular staff events include Highway Clean-up Days, International Mountain Day, Month of Giving, Bike or Walk to Work Days, Hotel Grounds Clean-up and Lakeshore Clean-ups. In addition to proactive environmentalmeasures throughout the hotel, The Fairmont Banff Springs has found a way to connect with the community to share these values and goals. This year The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced a $30,000, three year grant to The Banff Community Foundation. In 2012, $10,000 of thegrant will be used to fund  the Banff Elementary School and Banff Community High School for a project focusing on environmental stewardship by enhancing school curriculums to help youth of Banff National Park develop asense of place and understanding of the unique park and environment in which they live. This will be done through field trips and hands on experiential learning to understand the human impact and to become stewards in protecting and sustaining the ecosystems. The Fairmont Banff Springs holds steadfast in their commitment to preserving the environment by implementing practices on property examples include: Waste Management, energy conservation and water conservation programs are in place and monitored Local, organic, or sustainable menus items are used whenever possible Carbon Management Program is in place and allows us to monitor, track, and report on our progress toward achieving significant CO2 reductions The Fairmont Banff Springs golf course is enrolled and certified with Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries, an organization which sets guidelines for an international system of wildlife and environmental conservation. Recyclables are sorted in reusable plastic trays, eliminating the purchase of large plastic bags; this has resulted in an estimated savings of more than $10,500 annually, and the diversion of 41,000 bags annually from landfill Purchasing green initiatives when considering product sources, and packaging Recycling Bins in place throughout hotel, including all guest and meeting rooms Biodegradable and compost food containers have replaced some plastic food containers Gently used hotel items and bathroom amenities are donated to local charities Electronic equipment is taken to the Town of Banff’s Resource Recovery Centre and recycled Kitchen grease is 100% recycled. Use for biodiesel fuel and sent to local feed mills as an energy source for pigs and poultry Lighting Retrofit in 1991 Exterior Christmas lighting has been changed to energy efficient LED All colleagues complete environmental training during orientation and sign a sustainability promise. Expedia has packages to the Fairmont Banff Springs from $307 per night on selected dates.  Pricing is accurate as at 29 Feb.   For bookings see www.expedia.com.au or call 13 38 10. Source = Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Fairmont Banff Springslast_img read more

BoC agrees to sell UK loan portfolio

first_imgBank of Cyprus (BoC) said on Thursday it has agreed to sell a UK loan portfolio largely composed of residential and commercial real estate-backed facilities to Mars Capital Finance Limited, a mortgage lender and administrator regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK, and to Camael Mortgages Limited.The nominal value of the Loan Portfolio, as at the cut-off date for this transaction, was €361 million (£289 million), BoC said.The sale and transfer of the portfolio is expected to be completed by October 31.The transaction will enhance the group’s liquidity and will have a small positive impact on Common Equity Tier 1 capital due to the release of risk weighted assets, the lender said.The loan portfolio is not related to the group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank of Cyprus UK Ltd, but is part of the wider UK loan portfolio transferred to the group following the acquisition of certain operations of Laiki Bank in March 2013.The sale is in line with the bank’s restructuring plan and part of the strategy of deleveraging through the disposal of non-core operations and of focusing on core businesses and strengthening its capital and liquidity position.The transaction complements the ongoing deleverage of UK loans from the wider UK portfolio transferred from Laiki.An additional €325 million (£261million) of gross loans have been deleveraged at par value since March 2013, through redemptions or refinancing from third parties.BoC had to absorb part of the now defunct Laiki after it was decided to shut it down as part of the terms of the island’s €10 billion bailout. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are Sure To Impress! Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Preparations underway for Cyprus Amateur Mens Open

first_imgPreparations are underway for golfers to compete in the Cyprus Amateur Men’s Open at Secret Valley Resort, from May 17-19Greenkeeping staff at Secret Valley Resort have been busy remedying flood damage to the course after the very heavy winter rains caused the reservoir serving the course to overflow. Thanks to their hard work, the major effects have been overcome, and the course is playing well.This Open is a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) event, attracting high-calibre amateurs from a variety of countries. It is organised by the Cyprus Golf Federation (CGF), which continues to sponsor a hole-in-one prize of €10,000 in travel vouchers – hopefully this year someone will be successful!Last year’s winner, George Kalpakas (Jnr), who was the first Cypriot to win this event, is returning from the USA to defend his title, along with winners from previous years. Secret Valley is George’s home club in Cyprus so he should know the course well.The CGF organises a team of enthusiastic volunteers in a variety of roles, including ball spotting for the players, which is always much appreciated by them.Play will take place over three days – Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, with prizes being distributed at a presentation lunch immediately following play on Sunday.Further details can be found on www.cgf.org.cyYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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