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October 18, 2019
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Scintillating cascades of the Great Falls

first_imgIt’s early afternoon of the second day since we arrived in Washington and we are lounging in the porch of my brother’s palatial residence in Maryland. A bruised and swollen March sky threatens a downpour even as the giant star above attempts to pierce the dense clouds to display its brilliance. A solitary bird wheels in circles on the vast canvas above us, unmindful of the changing weather. Away from the pressure of work and routine, we vacationers revel in nature’s drama as it unfolds before us in myriad hues. As we drink in the sights and the fragrance of pre-shower earth, little blobs of rain tattoo the lawns with their pearly texture. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressThe ambience and the nip in the air tickle our strong Indian palate which lusts for spicy samosas and hot pakodas. Snack time is advanced and we polish off plates of the decadent savouries. We wash them down with piping cups of ginger-cardamom chai, the quintessential brew for cold, rainy days. Our gastronomic cravings sated, we decide to visit the Great Falls on the Maryland side, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Park, close to my brother’s residence. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightThe brooding sky deters us from making it to the Virginia side of the Falls. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park stretches roughly across 21 km from Georgetown to the Great Falls Park and is a much sought after tourist spot to which residents often bike down from their homes. We motor down and enter the area through an avenue of tall foliaceous trees. As we take a stroll in the park and drink in lungsful of fragrant air, the chill, rowdy breeze flirts unabashedly with the naturally unruly tresses on my uncovered head. We amble across the pathway alongside the serpentine flow of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) as it gushes in fury, crashing over boulders. The avalanche of white froth is laced in portions with Mother Earth. We are told that the rising water getting muddy spells danger for swimmers and rock-hoppers who could be easily deceived by an apparently docile and tranquil river. For, the river is known to swell within minutes to deathly proportions, creating a watery grave for those who’ve dared to take it lightly! As we leisurely saunter closer to the Falls, the ceaseless symphony of the gurgling, thrashing water, feels like music to our ears. From information boards that dot the park, we get a peek into the history of the C&O Canal which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The entire area encompassing the jaw-dropping Great Falls which separates Virginia from Maryland, has been enjoying the status of a National Park since 1971. The Canal, a system with about 74 locks built between 1828 and 1850, runs parallel to the famous Potomac River. It was created to transport goods between Cumberland, a manufacturing centre of timber, whiskey, furs and other products, and Chesapeake Bay. The presence of the Great and Little Falls obstructed the Potomac from being navigable. US President George Washington’s dream since his youth, to make the Potomac navigable, bore fruit when he initiated the construction of the canal system. Unfortunately, he did not live to see the completion of the project which happened in 1801. The Potomac originates as a small spring near Fairfax Stone in West Virginia and travels approximately 575 km to Chesapeake Bay, snaking its way through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland Virginia and District of Columbia. It drops 76 feet through several cascading rapids into the Mather Gorge, a canyon, when it reaches the Great Falls, which is the steepest and most scintillating fall line rapids of any eastern river. In the face of melting snow and a heavy downpour, the Potomac is known to become chaotic with a huge volume of water that is unable to force its way through the narrow entrance of Mather Gorge. The river then backs up to cover the Falls and floods the riverbank. As we attempt to capture the beauty of the raging water on our digital devices, jet sprays of water romance tantalisingly with our faces. It sends the little ones around us squealing in ecstasy. To the west, far ahead, we see the anemic sun sink through a sky that is a splash of peach tinged with grey. Fortunately, the rain-laden clouds have been benevolent with us thus far and have not yet begun their dance earthwards. Not to push our luck too far, we return, tearing ourselves from nature’s mesmerising drama that leaves us thirsting for more. We promise ourselves to visit the Virginia side of the Fall before returning to India a week later. Fortunately, we are in for a couple of sunny days and we make the best of the salubrious weather, to visit the Falls on the Virginia side. Following a 30-minute picturesque drive from my brother’s, we are at the Park’s Visitor Center which is equipped with restrooms and a snack bar. It also offers a 10-minute slide program and houses a three-dimensional model of the Great Falls and Patowmack Canal. The 800-acre sprawl is laced with several trails to suit all kinds of leisure and adventure seekers. There are trails along the Potomac itself and also in the adjacent woods – for walkers, bikers and horse riders. It is at once evident that rock climbing is very popular here. We see plenty of picnickers carry their own grills and settle at cookout sites, conveniently placed in several areas of the park. It is palpable that Washingtonians consider the Great Falls with its unusual landscape, to be the most spectacular natural landmark in D.C. For here, the Potomac dramatically gathers speedy momentum as it descends over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the Mather Gorge. Over 30 plant species, three of which are not found anywhere else in the world, inhabit the bedrock terraces high above the river. The Patowmack Canal Company was formed in 1785 and construction began amidst a lot of engineering challenges, especially at the Patowmack Canal of Great Falls. The Canal, which is in ruins today, was considered to be the most significant engineering feat of 18th century America. For 26 years after its completion, it enabled a diverse range of commodities to be comfortably ferried. The Patowmack Company, though a financial failure, was the forerunner of the spate of lock engineering and canal construction that became significant in America’s development. Joggers of all ages and shapes, dogs – leashed and unleashed – are out for their morning constitutional. Vantage points and observation decks that are also wheelchair accessible allow us some of the most spectacular views of the churning rapids. We feel the adrenaline rush ourselves as we watch a couple of rafters bobbing, flouncing and weave their way beneath the white fluff. We sate our senses with views of the susurrant rush of foaming water from all the viewpoints. As we revel in our expansive surrounds, lulled by nature’s own melody, I am compelled to recall the sentiments of some of my friends who opine that if you have seen one waterfall, you have seen them all! How far off the mark can they be! As I stand here, feeling awestruck by the burbling Great Falls, showing off medley shades at different places and changing hue every now and then, I’m flummoxed at their take! The sky is awash with a splash of colors, much like an artist’s palette, as sundown draws its cloak around us. I make a feeble attempt to capture this sunburst of colours as the giant star disappears below the horizon. The turquoise blue waters assume tints of red-orange but its rhythmic whispers, rushes and thunderous roars continue to pleasantly haunt us as we leave the part precincts, homeward bound.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Ministry of Education Explains its Position on Islamic Education and Philosophy

Rabat – Following the controversy over the disparagement of philosophy in an Islamic educational textbook, the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training has issued a communiqué, rebutting Moroccan reactions and explaining the latest reform of Islamic educational textbooks.The ministry’s communiqué begins with comments regarding feedback from the Moroccan public. The statement suggests that public opinion largely concerns only one textbook and is, therefore, not an accurate representation of educational textbook reform in general.The current uproar began with objections about the content contained in a single chapter titled Philosophy and Faith, from the textbook ‘Manar At-Tarbia Al-Islamiya.’  The textbook is used for instructing first year baccalaureate students. The communique goes on to explain further, that “the issue is related to one passage in ‘Manar At-tarbia Al-Islamiya,’ which offended some as an example of what the textbook emphatically considers as an aggressive stand against philosophy. The passage is preceded by questions to orient the students and prompt them to compare the content of this aggressive stand with another passage that considers critical thinking as device to reach the truth.”In its own defense, the ministry continues explaining that the textbook was chosen as a tool for teaching students the method for and value of critical thinking, while under the supervision of professors. It is felt that it is far better to broach sensitive topics openly and in the context of an educational environment, rather than to ignore them, in the hope of minimizing the effects of radicalization. “Those sensitive topics that are prone to push the students to adopt extreme stands,” the statement is quoted as stating.The ministry goes on to add that “philosophy is privileged in the current syllabus. It is approached as compulsory subjects should be taught to the students in high school.”The reform of Islamic Educational textbooks followed the instructions of King Mohammed VI to review Moroccan textbooks to ensure that they adhere to the precepts of Islam and the Maliki Sunni rite, which advocates moderation, tolerance and coexistence with other religions and cultures.Edited by Constance Guindon read more

October 12, 2019
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Ban Kimoon appoints Ray Chambers as Special Envoy for Malaria

14 February 2008With two children dying each minute from malaria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Ray Chambers of the United States as his Special Envoy to mobilize global support for action on the disease. With two children dying each minute from malaria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Ray Chambers of the United States as his Special Envoy to mobilize global support for action on the disease.“Mr. Chambers will help the Secretary-General to raise the issue of malaria on the international political and development agendas including by doing all in his power to reduce child deaths from the disease,” a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said.A philanthropist and humanitarian, Mr. Chambers is the Founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and Co-Founder, with Colin Powell, of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth.Speaking to reporters in New York, Mr. Chambers recalled the dawning of his understanding about the tragedies caused by malaria through Jeffrey Sachs, the Secretary-General Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of antipoverty targets to be reached by the year 2015.Mr. Chambers remembered the moment when Mr. Sachs showed him a photograph of some children he thought were sleeping. “I said, ‘Aren’t they cute?’ And he said, ‘You don’t understand; they are all in malaria comas.’ They subsequently died, and I’ve never been able to get that rid of that image.”Since then, he studied the disease, which kills millions each year despite being preventable in what Mr. Chambers called “a genocide of apathy.”He reviewed recent initiatives to galvanize action on the issue, including “Idol Gives Back,” a charity event by the “American Idol” televised talent competition, which raised $80 million for malaria and other causes. “We’re going to do that again this April,” said Mr. Chambers. He said efforts would be made to raise $8 billion to $10 billion in the coming years to address malaria, he said. With that budget and concerted action, it would be possible to significantly cut mortality rates. “That won’t eradicate malaria,” he said, adding that a longer-term plan to achieve a vaccine would take perhaps decades. read more

October 11, 2019
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Sudan UN peacekeepers provide medical treatment to prisoners in Malakal

A medical team from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has provided treatment to more than 140 inmates and prison staff in the main prison in Malakal, the capital of Southern Sudan’s state of Upper Nile, during a one-day medical camp in the facility this week. “The treatment provided by UNMIS… is the first of its kind,” said Othow Omot Okec, the Deputy Director of the Malakal National Prison. “They managed to check and treat prisoners, death-row inmates, women, and insane persons,” he added. Mr. Omot said that UNMIS human rights officers had also toured the facility on Tuesday to assess the prison’s state and had identified health care as a priority. “The financial resources [of] the prison [are inadequate] to provide treatment for this big number [of people],” he added. UNMIS human rights officer Sonny Onyegbula said: “Based on our direct contact with the inmates we observed that most of them (prisoners) look malnourished [and] others complained of all kinds of pains and access to proper basic medication was lacking.” Currently, medical assistants provide first aid to inmates, while those in need of specialized medical care are transferred to Malakal Teaching Hospital. Mary Okumu, the Corrections Coordinator of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) last month stressed the need for upholding minimum standards in prisons. “To be sent to prison must not be the same as being sentenced to death,” she told a news conference at UN Headquarters. “Peacekeeping prison work is aimed at supporting national authorities to develop and manage safe, secure and humane prison systems. Prisons are a crucial part of the criminal justice chain and as such they must be addressed. They are often neglected and overlooked,” she added. 16 June 2011A medical team from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has provided treatment to more than 140 inmates and prison staff in the main prison in Malakal, the capital of Southern Sudan’s state of Upper Nile, during a one-day medical camp in the facility this week. read more

September 22, 2019
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KIELCE THE BEST FROM POLAND Wentas team win in Plock again

After VIve TArgi Kielce won match of the Polish league against Wisla Plock in “Orlen Arena” last week, the same success team of Bogdan Wenta repeat in their EHF Champions League clash – 30:28 (16:17). In front of 5400 fans Polish champions beat vice-champion in thight match. Spanish line player Aguinagalde showed how big signing is with 9 goals, while in domestic team Petar Nenadic scored 7…Wisła: Sego, Wichary – Nikcević 2, Jurkiewicz 3, Toromanović 1, Nenadić 7, Lijewski 4, Ghionea 5/2, Wiśniewski 5, Syprzak 1, Kwiatkowski.Vive: Szmal, Losert – Strlek 5, Jurecki 3, Grabarczyk, Lijewski 5, Zorman 1, Cupić 2, Musa 2, Aguinagalde 9/5, Chrapkowski 2, Tkaczyk, Buntić 1.Porto – THW Kiel 26:29Dunkerque HB – KIF Kolding 18:20STANDINGS: 3KIF Kolding320171:674 5Dunkerque HB300366:810 6FC Porto Vitalis300370:910 ← Previous Story PHOTO STORY: SAMSONENKO(LUTION) IN SKOPJE! Next Story → EHF TV: “BEST 7” OF ROUND 3 1Vive Targi Kielce330098:746 4Orlen Wisła Płock310289:892 2THW Kiel330094:866 handballhandball derbyOrlen Wisla PlockPolish HandballVive Targi Kielce read more

September 21, 2019
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Pearse Doherty We would invest the €14bn available putting us on our

first_imgFloundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> http://jrnl.ie/4090121 Jun 28th 2018, 7:01 AM Pearse Doherty TD 18,199 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share89 Tweet Email1 center_img By Pearse Doherty TD Pearse Doherty: ‘We would invest the €1.4bn available, putting us on our way to a new society’ Sinn Féin would choose to invest in shared and stable prosperity for all people of this island, writes Pearse Doherty. WHEN FINE GAEL launched their Summer Economic Statement last week, you’d expect that they would be presenting a plan of major investment in Irish people and our public services. However, they have chosen this year to hold back €1.4bn in investment at a time of crisis and uncertainty.Childcare costs are the highest in Europe. Our health service is completely unfit for a modern society. 10,000 Irish citizens, including some 4,000 children, are homeless. House prices and rents continue to soar, and all the while millionaire developers from abroad have been allowed, and even encouraged, to profiteer from this chaos.The spectre of Brexit looms large over citizens and businesses here, and 40% of corporation tax is paid by only a handful of tech-firms. On the world stage, uncertainty could bring the next economic shock to our door.Low investmentAll of this matters because, for most of the past ten years, investment from the Irish government has been the lowest among European states. Affordable housing, our roads, our schools and hospitals, and broadband and basic services for rural communities have all suffered severely as a result.Put simply, the people of Ireland, our communities, our young people, and our economy, are still reeling from a lost decade.So when Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe stepped forth last week, he was setting out a plan of clear choices, decisions he had made freely. He has chosen not to invest €1.4bn when budget day arrives.Within very strict spending rules, that prevent boom and bust policies, this funding is freely available, and Fine Gael won’t spend it. Indeed, investing what is available to us would still keep us on track to reach our European debt targets.Fine Gael approachWhen crisis visits our families, we all know we have to act to deal with it. We don’t sit on our hands and allow it to deepen. This is the Fine Gael approach. We have 10,000 people homeless, including 4,000 children. The government’s decision not to spend €1.4 billion in the coming budget means that they have taken the conscious choice to leave these people behind.So what is the reason? Fine Gael has donned the cap of ‘prudence’. This is their new excuse for refusing to invest in Ireland at a time when we all urgently need it.Our economy is showing positive signs, so now is the time to strengthen it, secure long-term and stable growth, and rebuild for citizens. But Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe believe that allowing thousands of children to grow up in this state without a home is ‘good governance’.The government argue that not investing €1.4bn in broken roads and broken communities, where we still see the scars of the lost decade, is ‘responsible’. They are trying to convince the Irish people of this, when we know in our daily lives that nothing is further from the truth.An alternativeOf course, none of it is by accident. These are the choices that Fine Gael have made, have always made, and will continue to make in government.But Sinn Féin offers the alternative. The people of Ireland are sparking rapid social change across our island, demanding their rights, and casting off the conservative shackles of the past which stifled our potential and ambition.In our economy, and in this coming budget, we must do the same. We have two paths to choose from. We can either endure another year in Fine Gael’s long mission to turn Ireland into a cheap, low-spend, and profoundly unequal economy, while social crisis is normalised.Or we can decide that the Irish people deserve a State that will care for them, and listen to their calls for change. We can decide to build a new economy for a changing Ireland.Services we’ve never hadThe Irish people want world-class, universal public services, like those enjoyed in modern economies across the world. These are services that we have never had in the history of the state.We want a fair and prosperous economy where hard work is actually rewarded. We want real stability in our lives, wages that provide for our families, and real opportunities to follow our ambitions.In government, we would begin implementing our plan for free healthcare for anyone who needs it, when they need it. We would invest to slash the cost of childcare for struggling families and young parents. We would invest in our future by abolishing student fees, and creating thousands of apprenticeships.All of these are choices, choices that any party of government can make.This budget we would choose to invest the €1.4bn available, putting us on our way to this new economy, and a new society. Sinn Féin would choose to invest in shared and stable prosperity for all people of this island.Pearse Doherty TD is Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Finance and on Public Expenditure and Reform and is a member of the Oireachtas Finance Committee and the Budgetary Oversight Committee. Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Finance Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 7:00 AM 90 Comments last_img read more

September 20, 2019
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Téléchargement illégal la Hadopi britannique repoussée en 2014

first_imgTéléchargement illégal : la Hadopi britannique repoussée en 2014Voté il y a déjà deux ans, le Digital Economy Act, la Hadopi britannique, a une nouvelle été repoussé. La loi visant à lutter contre le téléchargement illégal via une riposte graduée n’entrera pas en application avant 2014.Si elle a été adoptée en avril 2010, la riposte graduée instaurée par la loi britannique contre le téléchargement illégal n’est pas près d’entrer en vigueur. Le Digital Economy Act a en effet une nouvelle fois vu sa date de mise en application repoussée. Les internautes soupçonnés de télécharger illégalement des oeuvres protégées par des droits d’auteurs ne recevront pas d’avertissements avant 2014, au plus tôt. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les mesures comme les lettres envoyées aux abonnés soupçonnés de téléchargement illégal et les éventuelles déconnexions ne seront pas appliquées avant au moins de 2014 “, affirme BBC News. Une nouvelle qui réjouit les fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI) britanniques réunis au sein de l’association Ispa. Ces derniers sont en effet opposés à la riposte graduée. Les FAI British Telecom et TalkTalk estiment que le Digital Economy Act constituera une “invasion dans la vie privée” en plus de nécessiter des “coûts disproportionnés” qui se répercuteront sur les abonnés. Les deux opérateurs ont alors saisi la justice pour obtenir l’annulation de la loi, mais ont vu leurs demandes rejetées.L’Ispa affirme que la lutte contre le téléchargement illégal ne doit pas passer par la surveillance et la répression, mais par le développement de l’offre légale sur Internet. Elle a désormais deux nouvelles années devant elle pour en convaincre le gouvernement britannique.Le 1 mai 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019
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Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and batterysaving

first_img Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> Pokémon Go developer Niantic caught a lot of heat last month when it released an update that had only minor text fixes as users battled more bugs in the code than bug-type Pokémon. The most recent update is much more substantial — it’s the biggest update to the game yet, in fact. However, most of the changes aren’t positive. Niantic seems to have given up on fixing the nearby Pokémon tracker, power-saving mode is gone, and that’s not all.When it launched, Pokémon Go had a neat nearby tracking feature. The Pokémon in your nearby panel were organized by how close they were to you, and a series of 1-3 footprints told you how far away they were. It was like a game of hotter or colder to track them down. This feature stopped working a little over a week after launch, at which time the tracker just showed three footprints for all Pokémon.This “three-step bug” irked the community and really made the game less fun to play, but it looks like the tracker isn’t coming back. In the new update, Niantic just removed the footprints altogether. The tracker is still broken, but it doesn’t look broken. To add insult to injury, Niantic is also going after apps and websites that have been using the Pokémon Go API to map nearby Pokémon. Yes, that’s kind of cheating, but it’s really the only alternative to the non-functional tracker.Also in this update, iOS gamers were saddened to see that the battery saving mode was removed from the game. This feature would dim your phone’s display when the device was at your side, allowing you to wander around to hatch eggs or look for Pokémon spawns without having the screen on full blast. Now you’ll have to manage the brightness manually.The last big change will really only be a bummer for people who relied on the massively overpowered Vaporeon water-type Pokémon. This Pokémon (and others that had similarly overpowered attacks) have been nerfed by lowering the damage dealt by regular attacks, balancing the overall game. There are also refined animations, avatar customizations, and some new warnings about not trespassing or driving while playing. Maybe people wouldn’t be trespassing or driving around aimlessly if they knew where the Pokémon were?last_img read more

September 17, 2019
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Never rule out the Madrid teams says Valverde

first_imgBarcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has warned against underrating the Madrid teams in this season’s La Liga title challenge despite this weekend’s result.Valverde whose future with Barcelona has been a subject of soccer pundits recently issued some words of caution after his side defeated Getafe 2-1 while Real Madrid lost to Real Sociedad 2-0 at home and Athletico Madrid forced to a 1-1 draw with Sevilla.“It has been a hard match,” Valverde told reporters via Goal.“We knew it would be as well.“We withstood the challenge and picked up more points than those behind us.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“For us, it was crucial to be focused. Getafe is a strong rival and pressured us a lot. We have to recognize that they had chances too.”Valverde praised Getafe’s quality and feels the title race is still open.“Getafe is an uncomfortable rival for Barca and for anyone,” he said. “They are experts in winning second balls. They are a hard and difficult team, as the table reflects.“I don’t think too much on the rest of the results. I think about what we have in front of us and never rule out the teams in Madrid or the rest.”last_img read more

September 16, 2019
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Theory in KCarea shootings develops

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — As a felon, F. Glenn Miller Jr. had no legal right to a gun.What’s more, a gun dealer would face prison time for selling him a weapon.Even a friend who gave or sold him guns would risk federal prison time for arming someone they knew or suspected was a felon.Yet the proud racist and anti-Semite stands accused of firing a shotgun and a handgun in the murder of three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park last weekend.So who put his finger on a trigger?Investigators tracing the source of the guns allegedly used by the felon think he was aided by a straw buyer who could clear background checks likely to foil Miller, said a law enforcement official familiar with the case.The law enforcement source, who insisted upon anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said local police and agents from the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives are trying to locate the middleman.Such a gun-buying go-between represents a vexing problem for keeping firearms out of the hands of people like Miller who lost their Second Amendment rights when they became felons.last_img read more

September 10, 2019
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This smartwatch lets you keep an eye on your kids

first_img Tags 1 Comment Parents can keep an eye on their kids with DokiPal, a 4G LTE smartwatch with an integrated AI voice assistant. Doki Technologies Adults aren’t the only ones benefiting from the evolution of smartwatch tech. Doki Technologies on Wednesday rolled out DokiPal, a 4G LTE enabled smartwatch for kids, with features like an AI voice assistant, video calling and location tracking. The $179 watch is water resistant and also includes a fitness tracking leaderboard. Parents can use the Doki App on iOS and Android to see where their kids are and communicate with them through the watch. They can also set events and reminders to let children know about upcoming tasks, and can program notifications for when a kid steps out of a preset area. DokiPal blocks unknown phone numbers, and contacts can only be set using the Doki App.The watch’s integrated AI voice assistant, dokiAsk, is programmed to recognize children’s voices, and parents can be “assured it will not provide answers to inappropriate topics and that their kids’ queries will be answered in a safe and responsible way,” according to a release. DokiPal’s features comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), so children’s data privacy will be protected, the company said. phone-and-watchParents can track their kids’ location and know if they step out of a preset zone using the Doki App. Doki Technologies The watch’s battery lasts up to 48 hours under normal usage, and has a standby time of 72 hours, according to Doki Technologies. DokiPal’s activity tracker records steps, calories and distance. Kids can compete with friends and earn badges, and the leaderboard compares users’ steps to those of kids from around the world. Parents can also see their child’s fitness levels through the Doki App. The watch works using a nano SIM card with cellular data service and has universal 4G LTE connectivity. It can be used in more than 150 countries and is compatible with US networks including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Customers have the option to buy a SIM plan from a local carrier or to activate an accompanying Doki SIM card through the Doki App for $9.99 a month in the US.DokiPal comes in “wave blue” and “plush pink” and features a watch screen made of Gorilla Glass as well as a 1.4-inch color display.The watch is available starting Wednesday in Doki’s online store. It’ll ship to more than 40 countries. DokiPal isn’t the only high-tech smartwatch geared toward kids. The Dyno smartwatch also lets kids call and text their parents, and Verizon’s 4G LTE-connected GizmoWatch lets parents track their kids’ activity and location.  Share your voice 4G LTE AT&T Wearable Tech Fitnesslast_img read more

September 6, 2019
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Six IS terrorist killed in two separate operations in Iraq

first_imgBAGHDAD: As many as six Islamic State (IS) terrorists were killed in two separate operations carried out by US-led coalition and Iraqi security forces in the northern province of Nineveh on Sunday, country’s Army said. According to the media office of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), four IS terrorists were killed in an airstrike carried out by US-led coalition aircraft on a tunnel used by the terrorists as a hideout in Ayn al-Jahesh area in the south the provincial capital Mosul. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The other two IS terrorists were killed in an anti-terrorism operation carried out by Iraqi security forces in the village of Um Haram in the west of Mosul. An explosive belt, an assault rifle, and the vehicles belonging to the terrorists were confiscated from the scene of the incident, reported Xinhua news agency. Although the Iraqi government had declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017, the IS terrorists are still active in rural areas of central and northern parts of the country and carry out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces.last_img read more

September 5, 2019
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Market Watch Sensex rises 255 points gold prices remain flat rupee closes

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex extended its gains on Friday, rising 255 points after the US central bank decided not to hike interest rate and increasing expectations of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).The Sensex closed at 26,218 points while the 50-share Nifty rose 82 points, or 1.05%, to end at 7,981 points.”Technically Nifty Future is in short term correction phase and is likely to trade in broad range of 8150 and 7650, it has immediate support at 7950 with the breach of this it may correct further till the next support of 7800, while with the crossing of the resistance of 8075 it may test the level of 8150,” said Vivek Gupta, CMT -Director Research, CapitalVia Global Research Limited.”Market may remain volatile ahead of expiry of derivative contracts on 24th September. RBI’s monetary policy review is scheduled on 29th September which will pave the way for market movement in near term,” he added.On Thursday, the US Federal Reserve kept key rates unchanged, while the markets widely expected that it would begin tightening of monetary policy. The central bank cited global economic and financial developments as a major reason behind its status quo decision.”The central bank would have to hike during its scheduled October or December meeting to achieve its estimate. Emerging markets might heave a sigh of relief, as Fed’s dovish language implies that the threat of capital outflows has mitigated,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.Besides, the rally in the stock markets was also supported by growing expectations of a rate cut by the RBI at its bi-monthly meeting on 29 September, given falling inflation rates. The wholesale price index (WPI) fell to -4.95% in August, recording a tenth consecutive monthly decline.”Dovish Fed policy stance and moderating India’s inflationary scenario provide much needed leeway to the RBI to act on the rates. There is a strong perception that a rate cut of 25-50 bps is in the offing at the upcoming monetary review at the end of the month,” said Ambani.Among the sectoral indices, realty, banking and PSU were the top gainers, while FMCG, consumer durables and capital goods ended in the red. Axis Bank, ONGC, M&M, Lupin, RIL and SBI were the top gainers among the Sensex components.The stock price of SKS Microfinance plunged over 15% after it failed to obtain a licence from the RBI to start small bank services. On Wednesday, the RBI approved small finance bank licences to 10 entities, with eight of them belonging to the microfinance sector.In the bullion market, gold prices ended flat at Rs 26,600 per 10 grams despite weakness in the metal prices in international markets. Silver prices extended gains for the second straight session, rising by Rs100 to Rs 35,800 per kg.On the other hand, the rupee posted its biggest single-day gain in two years, reaching its highest level since 20 August. It closed at 65.68 against the dollar.last_img read more

September 3, 2019
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255 risky city buildings to be demolished Minister

first_imgHousing and public works minister Mosharraf HossainHousing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday told parliament that steps are being taken to demolish 255 vulnerable buildings in the capital, reports UNB.”Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has identified 321 risky buildings in the city since 2010. Of the buildings, 255 are still there,” he said while replying to a starred question from treasury bench MP M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).Of the remaining buildings, the minister said, the owners reconstructed 28 buildings, while demolished 38 buildings.”Steps are being taken to demolish or remove the existing 255 risky buildings through discussions with the owners,” he told the House.In reply to another starred question from Awami League MP Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4), the minister said the government has a plan to construct a flyover from the city’s Shantinagar point to Mawa Road (Jhilmil) under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).In 2013, the relevant ministerial committee approved in principle the implementation of the project under PPP system. The project is supposed to be completed by June 2022.last_img read more

September 3, 2019
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AL leader remanded over Nusrat murder

first_imgSonagazi Awami League president Ruhul Amin. Photo: Prothom Alo Sonagazi upazila Awami League president Ruhul Amin has been put on a five-day remand over the murder of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.  Feni’s senior judicial magistrate Shoraf Uddin Ahmed granted the remand on Saturday.Earlier on Friday, a team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested Ruhul Amin from his Takia Road residence in the upazila.PBI inspector and investigation officer of the case Shah Alam said police sought a 7-day remand for Ruhul Amin.Ruhul’s name surfaced after one of the key accused Shahadat Hossain Shamim gave confessional statement before the court on Sunday.Shahadat confessed that he had phoned Ruhul immediately after setting Nusrat on fire.He also said that Ruhul asked him to run away.Ruhul was also vice-president of the governing body of the madasa and a close associate of the principal Siraj Ud Doula.Alim examinee Nusrat, after battling for five days,  lost her life on 10 April as she was set afire allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case against madrasa principal Siraj Ud Doula for sexually harassing her last month.last_img read more

August 31, 2019
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Blood sport and great gamblers

first_imgThe Big Fix (Westland) remains a work of fiction. With his vast experience in reporting and a ring side view of it all, Vikas Singh has captured the drama and the excitement of the contemporary T20 cricket game. Vikas gets the atmosphere of the dugout right to come up with a book that is as riveting and as exciting as a cricket match where the decision is reached only after the last ball.Set in the background of the IPL fiasco, the odds are against an out-of-form captain, Shaurya, to win the championship for his team, Capital Cavaliers, as his coach gets murdered. It has all the on field drama captured very vividly in cricketing terms. The book also shows the other side of big money and sleaze, spot fixing, match fixing, and the damage that  big bucks inflict on sports. It gets one to wonder why the game has gone from sportsmanship to just money making, aboard the gravy train of mega bucks. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book is easy to read, with 28 chapters full of action-packed sequences. There is the usual rivalry amongst players which gets accentuated in cricket because the difference between selection and rejection is not another chance to play but humongous amount of money. Singh portrays an attitude that has moved beyond the valve system of the captain’s decision, but is also suggestive (through superb one-liners) of a very promiscuous culture that the sportsmen are increasingly exposed to now.    The honey traps,  for dubious reasons, are captured well! A must read for cricket lovers.last_img read more

August 30, 2019
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BlackBerry CEO Dont Be Tempted By Trendy Popular Phones Buy Ours Instead

first_imgOctober 29, 2014 Kim Kardashian, this one’s for you.BlackBerry executive chair and CEO John Chen has written an open letter to loyal BlackBerry users (current and former), basically pleading with them to forget those shiny iPhones and buy a freakin’ BlackBerry phone already. OK, that might be an exaggeration. But not by much.”It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change – to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to be all things to all people,” Chen wrote in the letter published today on BlackBerry’s blog. “But there’s also something to be said for the classic adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”In other words, please don’t buy an iPhone 6 or the latest Android phone. Instead, try the forthcoming BlackBerry Classic. By “classic,” BlackBerry apparently means throwback. Specific details about the phone aren’t clear yet, though Chen says it will come with a top row of navigation keys and a trackpad, a larger and sharper screen, a “growing” app catalogue, and it will run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system.BlackBerry, of course, was a smartphone pioneer, but saw it’s market share eaten by Apple and Google. Not too long ago, BlackBerry released the awkwardly shaped BlackBerry Passport phone.Related: The Passport Is Not the BlackBerry You’re Looking For”We also recognize that a lot of you continue to hang on to your Bold devices because they get the job done, day in and day out – just like you,” Chen wrote. Overexposed reality star Kim Kardashian recently said at a tech conference that she is still in love with her discontinued BlackBerry Bold, adding that it is her “heart and soul.” Kardashian apparently keeps three in her room at all times and if one breaks she immediately searches eBay for a replacement.Perhaps that was a coincidental plug for BlackBerry and nothing more …Related: Kim Kardashian Apparently Wants to Buy BlackBerry, and Thinks Twitter Is the New GoogleIn his letter, Chen continued to blast the competition while trumpeting the BlackBerrys of yore. “Innovation is a word that gets used too often and carelessly. Innovation is not about blowing up what works to make something new – it’s about taking what works and making it better. … You don’t reinvent yourself every day; you take what you learned yesterday and sharpen it today. You drive change – often on your terms, but sometimes not. That you keep going regardless is what distinguishes you as a grown-up. You’re in it for the long haul. So is BlackBerry.”So, if Classic BlackBerry is your thing, you can sign up for more details once it becomes available.  3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

August 28, 2019
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Recap Three vehicle accident on M6 near StokeonTrent

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Update:  This is now clear Three vehicles are involved in an accident on the M6 motorway in North Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday June 26). The collision has taken place on the southbound carriageway between junction 15 (Stoke-on-Trent/A500) and junction 14 (Stafford North), according to Highways England. One lane is currently closed due to the accident, which Traffic England reports has taken place just south of junction 15. A Highways England spokesman said:  “Lane 1 (of 3) affected for a three vehicle traffic collision M6 southbound between junction 15 Stoke-On-Trent and junction 14 Stafford North in the roadworks section.  “Traffic Officers and Free Recovery en route.” The accident is understood to involve a lorry and a car. Inrix reports traffic is moving slowly in the area. We will bring you any updates we get on the live feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 11:38All lanes reopenedAll lanes have reopened on the M611:12Lane remains closedThe lane remains closed10:59Traffic queueingInrix reports traffic is now starting to queue as a result of the collision.10:54Car and lorry involvedInrix are now reporting a car and lorry are involved in the collision.10:52Latest from InrixOne lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed.last_img read more

August 28, 2019
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5 dead in crash near Ladysmith

first_img5 people have died and 2 are seriously injured after a crash on the Bergville road this evening (September 4).2 light motor vehicles were involved in the crash.Emergency officials are still on scene.Also read: Update: 5 dead in crash near Ladysmith (video included)Also read: Update: 5 dead and 6 injured in horror crash near Ladysmith We will update this story with more information.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img

August 27, 2019
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VectoTech Rapid 1TB External USB 30 Portable Solid State Drive Is Available

first_imgThe most annoying thing when it comes to portable backup devices is the amount of time it takes to transfer data. They are no doubt very handy but take ages to transfer large amounts of data. Wccftech is here with an amazing offer on a device that will not only carry large amounts of data but will also transfer data at great speeds. The VectoTech Rapid 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive is up for an amazing discount for a limited time period. So if you want it, you better hurry up because the offer expires in a few days.VectoTech Rapid featuresStill not convinced about its value? The VectoTech Rapid is a high speed USB. It is lightweight and portable with a 3.0 solid state drive and it is especially designed for users with the highest demand for their SSDs. The device will give you a transfer rate that is 3-4x faster than conventional spinning HDDs and allows you to transfer files at up to 450MB/s. The Rapid will help you save time while transferring files and with USB 3.0 and UASP support, it is a great friend to photographers, videographers, gamers, DJs and anyone who needs instant rapid backups.It is highly rated and reviewed and according to TopTenReviews, it is the Best External Portable Solid State Drive of 2018.Here are some highlights of what it has to offer: Provides 1TB of external drive space Boosts your data transfer speeds to up to 450MB/s Shock and vibration resistant Capacity: 1TB Transfer speed: up to 450MB/s USB 3.0 interfaceVectoTech Rapid is formatted for PC but it can also be reformatted for Mac easily. Another thing is that it has a 3-year manufacturer warranty!Original Price VectoTech Rapid 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive: $399Wccftech Discount Price VectoTech Rapid 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive: $306 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more