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Onlineonly admission in undergraduate level

first_imgKolkata: The state Higher Education department has directed all universities under its aegis and colleges affiliated to these universities that admission process in undergraduate level for the 2019-20 academic session will be conducted entirely online. Students need not come to colleges during the admission process and will have to report directly on the day of commencement of classes.”We are going for online admission which will be merit-based. This will ensure transparency and students will not face any harassment during the admission process. They should not be called on campus during admission and communication with college authorities, if needed, will be through e-mail. Students will report to colleges only when the classes start,” said R S Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Higher Education department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShukla, however, made it clear that colleges will do physical verification of documents when classes start and if they are found to be not authentic then the concerned student’s admission is liable to be cancelled. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee chaired a meeting with vice-chancellors and principals of colleges on Monday at a private university based in New Town and informed them about the modalities of admission in the undergraduate level. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe admission process will start soon after the results of the Higher Secondary Examination on May 27. It may be mentioned that CBSE Class XII and ISC results have already been published. Student unions will not be allowed to set up any help desk in colleges and the administrative process will be entirely under the supervision of the college authorities. “We have already issued clear-cut guidelines about the admission. Today (Monday) we convened the meeting to clear any confusion. Instructions regarding admission have also been sent to the District Magistrates across the state,” a senior official of the Higher Education department said. It may be recalled that last year, there were allegations of extortion on the part of students’ unions in some colleges for admitting students. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had to intervene to resolve the issue. She had reiterated that if someone is found asking for money for personal interest in lieu of granting admission, stern action will be taken against him/her. Members of students’ unions in some colleges were also arrested by the police after Banerjee’s intervention. The state Higher Education department had issued a notification directing all colleges that counselling for admission to undergraduate courses must be done strictly online and physical verification of documents, if required, can be done only after the commencement of classes. It may be mentioned that it was former Education minister Bratya Basu, who had mooted the idea of online admission for the first time.last_img read more

Cominar REIT sells 97 noncore properties to Slate Acquisitions for 114 billion

QUEBEC — Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust has signed a deal to sell 97 non-core properties to Slate Acquisitions Inc. for $1.14 billion.The real estate trust (TSX:CUF.UN) says the properties are located in the Toronto area, the Atlantic provinces and Western Canada.Cominar announced a plan earlier this year to reduce its debt and focus on its core markets in Quebec and the Ottawa region.Cominar selling properties across Canada to focus on base in Quebec, OttawaFollowing the deal, Cominar will not own any properties in Western Canada, the Toronto area or the Atlantic provinces.The trust says it plans to use the net proceeds from the sale to reduce debt.Cominar owns a real estate portfolio including office properties, retail properties and industrial and mixed-use properties. read more

UN committee against torture to review Sri Lanka

The committee will publish its findings, officially known as concluding observations, on the respective states on 7 December.  (Colombo Gazette) The countries are among the 159 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and so are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee on how they are implementing the Convention and the Committee’s previous recommendations. The UN committee against torture is meeting in Geneva from 7 November to 7 December to review Sri Lanka and several other countries.The UN committee with review Ecuador (8-9 November); Finland (9-10 November); Monaco (11 and 14 November); Sri Lanka (15-16 November); Namibia (18 and 21 November); Turkmenistan (21-22 November); Armenia (23-24 November) and Cape Verde (24-25 November). The committee, which is composed of 10 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the respective Government delegations. read more

Reports of violence still coming out of Sudans Darfur region – UN

The reported attacks are the latest in Darfur which the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and at least 1.8 million others forced from their homes since rebels took up arms against the Government in early 2003, partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources.In South Darfur on 27 and 28 January, armed tribesmen reportedly attacked internally displaced persons (IDPs) gathering at Djedja, killing six and displacing over 4,000 more. Only three routes are clear for UN movement, UNAMIS said.In West Darfur, the situation appears to have calmed down since heavy fighting north of Sirba on 20 January, but the area remains tense.In North Darfur on 26 and 27 January, unidentified persons burnt several huts, including one belonging to a local non-governmental organization (NGO). On 28 January, a group of IDPs in Abu Shouk camp, who claimed not to have received ration cards and not to have received food since their arrival, looted food items, leading to a riot and halting food distribution.Humanitarian agencies are planning to meet to discuss and identify alternative sites to relocate some 25,000 IDPs who have arrived in Abu Shouk camp over the past two months due to insecurity. read more

Spotifys Top 10 most viral tracks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, March 4, to Sunday, March 10, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.1. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin Records)2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)3. Michael Buble, “It’s a Beautiful Day” (Reprise)4. Kat Dahlia, “Gangsta” (Vested in Culture/Epic Records)5. The Neighbourhood, “Sweater Weather” (The (r)evolve Group)6. Rhye, “Open” (Polydor Ltd. (UK) Exclusively licensed in the U.S. to Seven Four Entertainment LLC and Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings Inc.)7. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)8. James Blake, “Retrograde” (Polydor Ltd.)9. Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack” (Hollywood Records Inc.)10. CAZZETTE, “Beam Me Up (Kill Mode) (Radio Edit)” (Veratone AG)UNITED KINGDOM1. The 1975, “Chocolate” (Dirty Hit)2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)3. Frank Turner, “Recovery” (Xtra Mile Recordings Limited)4. Bring Me the Horizon, “Sleepwalking” (RCA Records)5. MS MR, “Bones” (Bones)6. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin Records)7. Rhye, “Open” (Polydor Ltd. UK)8. James Blake, “Retrograde” (Polydor Ltd.)9. Fleetwood Mac, “Everywhere” (Warner Bros.)10. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 11:44 am MDT read more

Hundreds protest Bombardier salary increases for senior management

Hundreds protest Bombardier salary increases for senior management by crystalladeras Posted Apr 2, 2017 2:21 pm MDT About 200 people gathered in front of Bombardier’s Montreal headquarters on Sunday to denounce a hefty increase in compensation to senior management. Protester Paul Bourdon describes the raises as “an insult to Quebec workers.”“I have difficulty to have two per cent, or 1.5 per cent this year for my salary and our money is going to the rich guy out there,” he said.The company has been under fire since it became known last week that compensation to chairman Pierre Beaudoin and five senior executives soared to more than $32 million last year, up from $21 million in 2015. Beaudoin announced late Friday that he has asked the board to scale his pay back to 2015 levels.The increases came as the company recieved hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. Protester Hannah Obermeir is furious at the provincial government for giving the company a billion dollars in 2016 without guaranteeing how the public funds would be used.“Who gives a billion dollars without negotiating some conditions linked to that money? You keep jobs here and the leaders of this company are not allowed to give themselves such abominable raises,” she said.Jean Monty, the head of Bombardier’s human resources and compensation committee, issued an open letter Saturday saying the company must compete with firms globally to recruit and retain talent.Monty’s letter also points out that 75 per cent of compensation for most senior Bombardier executives is based on meeting performance targets and is not guaranteed.Monty’s letter also said pay comparisons between 2016 and 2015 are misleading because some of the executives started with Bombardier only part way through 2015; for example Alain Bellemare was appointed President and CEO in February, 2015. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare steps off of a model of a Global 7000 jet before making a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson read more

NFL Says Its Message is Being Lost in Political

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels during the national anthem in front of teammates before an NFL football game  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.The issues have been “overtaken by political forces,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.“One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particularly our players,” Lockhart said.Trump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel during the anthem.“I think they are afraid of their players if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” He says “most people agree” with him.The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams — Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee — did not take the field until after the anthem.“They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten,” Lockhart said. “It is important for everyone to understand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically.“The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are leaders in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. … They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place.”Lockhart insisted there will be no “leaguewide directive” for future demonstrations.“This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together,” he said. “There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this.“All of our owners don’t always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those,” he added. “We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different.”On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players’ protests. The Pro Bowl tight end shared the “heartbreaking” threats in a social media post.“The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,” Walker wrote. “These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest. read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #GAZA: Israeli troops have pulled out of Gaza for a 72-hour ceasefire which began at 5am Irish time.2. #HOMELESS CRISIS: The number of families being made homeless has risen, with 39 becoming homeless last month in Dublin alone.3. TOO AMBITIOUS: Health Minister Leo Varadkar wrote in the Irish Independent that he’s going to delay the introduction of universal health insurance as well as the abolition of the HSE.4. #UNSECURED: The HSE has said there is no evidence that staff were responsible for inputting inappropriate names on a publicly-available training system, though it has now had the website taken down.5. #RULEBREAKERS: One in ten Irish motorists continue to break mobile phone laws with 53% texting or checking their phones while driving or at traffic lights.6. #FRAUDSTERS: Joan Burton has told the Irish Examiner her department is going to start using some complex computer software to beat welfare fraud which will save €16 million a year.7. #EBOLA: The World Bank has pledged $200 million in emergency funding to tackle the Ebola outbreak as the death toll passes 887, AFP reports.8. #HIGH MAINTENANCE: The Irish Times reports it costs €846,000 a month for the upkeep of courts buildings which includes window-cleaning, security and maintenance.9. #SPIES: A Canadian couple have been accused by Chinese authorities of stealing state secrets – something their son has said is “absurd”, BBC reports.last_img read more

Koreas Tesco reinvents grocery shopping with QRcode stores

first_imgThere’s just no time to make a trip to the grocery store some weeks. Tesco Home Plus is a supermarket chain in Korea that’s vying to be rated No. 1, and leave its second place spot to E-Mart, its main competitor. E-Mart has a greater number of stores than Tesco, but the company is determined to become the No. 1 grocery chain without increasing the number of stores. How does it plan to do this? Why, with the use of a smartphone, of course.According to Tesco, Koreans are the second hardest working people in the world, and time is literally money. Taking an hour a week for grocery shopping can be a real drag, so the company devised a way to have the store come to the people. Tesco set up virtual grocery stores in locations like subway/metro stations so that people can literally do their grocery shopping while waiting for the train.AdChoices广告The walls are plastered with posters that resemble the aisles and shelves of a supermarket. They’re lined from top to bottom with the products you’d normally see while grocery shopping. The only difference is that you can’t just grab the product and check out. The groceries each have a QR code which the shopper scans with a smartphone camera and adds to a shopping list. When the shopper has scanned all the codes for all the groceries needed, he pays using his phone and the groceries are then delivered to his home.QR-code-based shopping allows the customer to shop at more locations, many of which are more convenient than making a trip to the grocery store. A big advantage of getting your groceries delivered right to your door is that in major cities where driving isn’t really an option, people are left lugging heavy bags on the train and up a couple of flights of stairs before they reach their door.A nitpicky gripe to this way of shopping is that checking out the product’s information will be impossible. More specifically, the shopper won’t be able to turn the product around to see the nutritional facts. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to look at this in the store displays. There may be an option available once you scan your QR code, but otherwise, people will literally be buying food based on a photo. You also don’t get to choose what produce you buy, which is a nice part about shopping in a store. Do you like your bananas a little more un-ripened than ripe? You’ll get whatever the store decides to deliver, meaning you can’t pick and choose the exact product that you want. A small price to pay for convenience we suppose.This isn’t the first case of ordering groceries to be delivered to your home, but it’s unique since you’re not just sitting in your home clicking on a website. The customer actually gets to stroll down the “aisle” while waiting for a train to arrive and visually make their choices.via Pocket-lintlast_img read more

Mary Lou McDonald wasnt impressed after meeting Theresa May in London

first_img The Sinn Féin team in Westminster today. Image: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Images Mary Lou McDonald wasn’t impressed after meeting Theresa May in London The new Sinn Féin leader says the British Prime Minister has ‘no plan’. 92 Comments 47,808 Views The DUP’s Nigel Dodds MP and Arlene Foster MLA in London. Source: Yui Mok/PA ImagesIn her outline of how discussions went with the British Prime Minister, Mary Lou McDonald said citizens in Northern Ireland must have the same rights as those in the rest of Britain and Ireland.“Both governments need to work to ensure that citizens in the north enjoy the same rights as citizens all across these islands of marriage equality, for language rights to ensure the legacy funding is not withheld as some kind of bargaining chip in this process,” she said.Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill MLA claimed that all parties to the talks, including the DUP, know that the basis for a deal was agreed.“The British Prime Minister, who the DUP are here talking to today, came and visited last Monday and said there was the basis of a deal. The Irish government said there was the basis of a deal and indeed the DUP were briefing that there was the basis of a deal. We’re crystal clear that we had a way forward,” O’Neill told reporters.In a briefing to the media on the content of today’s meetings, a spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said May told both parties that devolution remains the best option.“In both meetings, she said it was important for everyone to reflect on the circumstances which have led to this and their positions, so a way forward could be found to restore an Executive,” the spokesperson said.She made clear how the UK government remains steadfast in its commitment to the Belfast Agreement and its successors and reiterated that devolved government is in the best interests of the people in Northern Ireland.“On next steps, she set out how the Northern Ireland Secretary would continue to work intensively with the parties on the basis for an agreement. ”Read: ’A standstill is completely unacceptable’: Sinn Féin to meet Varadkar and May over Stormont deadlock >Explainer: Why UK Brexiteers have been told to ‘sod off’ away from the Good Friday Agreement > Short URL By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/3864368 The Sinn Féin team in Westminster today. Image: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 21st 2018, 6:42 PM Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 6:42 PM Share335 Tweet Email AFTER MEETING TODAY with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that the British government “doesn’t have a plan” to deal with the ongoing deadlock at Stormont.McDonald said her party are “disappointed” that the British government favours a “reflection period”, adding that she feels such a wait could be “extremely dangerous” for hopes of a breakthrough.A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said that May impressed on both the DUP and Sinn Féin in separate meetings today that the parties should “reflect” on the situation.Last Wednesday, DUP leader Arlene Foster collapsed talks on the restoration of power-sharing in Stormont and blamed an inability to find common ground on the issue of the Irish language.Sinn Féin has said that the basis for a deal was agreed between the parties but that the DUP would not follow through on it.Speaking to reporters in Westminster this evening, McDonald said she feels the Irish and British governments need to convene talks to ensure progress is not lost.“I have to tell you that we can only surmise from the meeting with the British Prime Minister that the government here doesn’t have a plan. Doesn’t have a viable plan for carving a pathway to the restoration of the institutions.”We’re disappointed that the government seems wedded to what it calls a reflection period. We regard the opening up of a political vacuum as extremely dangerous.“We have reiterated our call for the convening of the intergovernmental conference as per the Good Friday Agreement,” she added.Asked why stalling further talks would be dangerous, McDonald said she felt it would harden positions:I fear drift, I fear entrenchment, I fear that those elements who were clearly never really up for a deal actually dig their heels in further and are further emboldened by delay. There comes a moment in political life to call things and we’re at a point to make a decision.“Just because the DUP has crashed the bus, it doesn’t mean that everybody has to sit at home now, cross their fingers and hope against hope that things will improve,” she added.The DUP has said that it does not favour direct rule from London but is calling for the UK government to start making decisions on an “interim” basis.The DUP’s leadership was also meeting the British Prime Minister today.“In the absence of the devolution that we all want, we can’t continue to have Northern Ireland left in limbo as it’s been for the last 13 months, we need decisions taken on waiting lists, on health, on mental health, on housing and on education,” the DUP’s Nigel Dodds MP said today.In the absence of the devolution that we all want, we can’t continue to have Northern Ireland left in limbo as it’s been for the last 13 months, we need decisions taken on waiting lists, on health on mental health on housing and on education.Following today’s meetings, Downing Street acknowledged that it has “a responsibility to ensure the continued delivery of public services in Northern Ireland.”last_img read more

Speak Greek month to launch on Feb 21

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With less than three weeks to go before Speak Greek month kicks off, the project’s launch date has been set for Saturday 21 February.Planned to coincide with the United Nations’ Mother Language Day, the launch event will take place at the Greek Cultural Centre in Melbourne.Mike Zafiropoulous AM, the founder of Speak Greek in March, told Neos Kosmos that the campaign had already attracted the interest of other Greek diaspora communities.“The campaign has spread to other parts of the world such as Italy and the UK and they have expressed interest to adopt the campaign in 2016.”Pulling together a wide range of educational projects in Victoria under the Speak Greek in March banner, the primary focus of the initiative is to encourage the daily use of Greek by families in the home and by businesses.Mr Zafiropoulous said that choosing such a date for the launch was highly appropriate.“Greek Australians have played an important role in establishing multiculturalism as the most appropriate policy for integrating Australia’s diverse communities into a socially cohesive nation,” he said.“Australia as a multicultural society has an obligation to support and celebrate our nation’s most valuable asset of multilingualism and the Greek Australian community has been at the forefront of advocating for the retention and maintenance of the community languages we have brought to our adopted land.”The UN’s International Mother Language Day – observed annually since 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, was originally given the Feb 21 anniversary date to mark the day in 1952 when demonstrators in Bangladesh campaigning for recognition of their Bengali language, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were killed by police in Dhaka.For further information on Speak Greek in March and how you can get involved, email info@speakgreekinmarch.comlast_img read more

Une grenouille que lon pensait éteinte est finalement bien en vie

first_imgUne grenouille que l’on pensait éteinte est finalement bien en vieUne espèce d’amphibien que l’on croyait éteinte a récemment été retrouvée dans la Réserve Naturelle de la Houla en Israël. Le Discoglosse d’Israël est désormais le seul survivant du genre “Latonia” que l’on croyait ne plus exister notamment à cause d’une destruction de son habitat. C’est une bonne nouvelle que vient d’annoncer une équipe composée de scientifiques israéliens, français et allemands, soutenus par le Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, le CNRS et l’Université de Poitiers. Un batracien que l’on pensait éteint depuis des années serait en réalité en vie et serait même le seul descendant d’un genre de grenouille que l’on croyait également disparu. Il s’agit du Discoglosse d’Israël classé en 1966 comme le premier amphibien éteint par l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN).Une espèce restée cachée pendant 70 ans Le Discoglosse d’Israël est un amphibien au ventre noir avec de petits pois blancs. Il a la peau vert foncé ou brun foncé et appartient à la famille des Alytidae. Cette grenouille découverte en 1943 est attachée à l’actuel Discoglossus sous le nom scientifique de Discoglossus nigriventer (“à ventre noir”). On ne la trouve que dans la vallée de la Houla en Méditerranée orientale puisque les autres espèces actuelles sont basées en occident (péninsule Ibérique, Afrique du Nord, Corse, Malte, Sicile). Au cours des 70 dernières années, aucun spécimen de cette espèce n’avait pu être observé, poussant les spécialistes à la classer comme disparue. C’était avant qu’une patrouille ne tombe sur plusieurs discoglosses d’Israël vivants en octobre 2011. Parallèlement, des restes fossiles à  morphologie de type “discoglosse” ont été également découverts dans plusieurs gisements archéologiques du Pléistocène et de l’Holocène (environ entre -800.000 ans et -10.000 ans) de la Vallée de la Houla.Une batterie d’analyses moléculaires menées sur l’ADN retrouvé dans ces fossiles a alors permis de comparer les différences entre les espèces actuelles et fossiles et de reconsidérer leurs liens de parenté. “Ces caractères montrent que l’espèce d’Israël n’est pas un discoglosse stricto sensu mais qu’elle se rattache, en fait, au genre Latonia que l’on croyait éteint”, explique un communiqué du Museum.  Une espèce survivanteLe Discoglosse d’Israël serait donc une espèce “relicte” (ou forme panchronique, auparavant plus connue sous le nom populaire de (“fossile vivant”) que l’on pensait disparue du fait de la destruction de son habitat et de l’activité humaine de plus en plus intense. “Il est le dernier représentant d’une lignée d’amphibiens anoures, dont certains pouvaient atteindre 20 cm de longueur corporelle, et qui a connu une large répartition en Europe et en Turquie durant l’ère Tertiaire avant de subir une forte régression et ne subsister actuellement que dans la limite orientale de sa distribution ancienne”, ajoute le communiqué.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? D’après les spécialistes, l’amphibien ferait preuve d’une étonnante ténacité ainsi que d’une faculté d’adaptation au milieu impressionnante, au vu des changements climatiques et environnementaux qu’il a connus. Les futures analyses menées sur la grenouille révèleront peut-être comment celle-ci a pu survivre et quelle méthode elle a employée dans ce but. Par ailleurs, si cette espèce a pu faire preuve d’autant de résilience, alors l’espoir serait permis sur de nombreuses autres…(crédits photo : Sarig Gafny) Le 5 juin 2013 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Selectwoman Judy OConnell Endorses Greg Bendel For Selectman

first_imgDear Wilmington Residents,We have an opportunity on Saturday, April 27th to re-elect a very worthy candidate, Greg Bendel, to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.I have had the pleasure of knowing Greg as a person and a community volunteer for several years and it is my honor to call him my friend. Over the years, I have continued to observe Greg’s dedication to his family, his friends and to the Town of Wilmington. For as long as I can remember Greg has always had a willingness to support key initiatives and important projects for the betterment of our children, our schools and our community.During Greg’s first term on the Board of Selectmen I have been impressed with his ability to assist the town leadership team with getting the town’s business done! Greg continues to be a key supporter of the suite of services the Town of Wilmington has to offer its residents such as public education, elderly services & senior housing, youth sports & recreational programs, community health, public safety and veteran affairs to name a few. Greg has been a fiscally conservative leader, an advocate for economic development and a board member who supports the public process. Greg will tackle any issue with transparency and will be the first to offer to help in any given situation.I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Selectmen with Greg and have witnessed firsthand his commitment to the Town of Wilmington. We accomplished a lot together and I will be the first to say we did not always agree on every town topic. However, we respected our common ground and our differences and I always appreciated Greg’s perspective on things. Greg is honest, ethical and of the highest moral character. While working with Greg I always knew he put his head and heart in every decision he made on behalf of the residents of the Town of Wilmington and is a man who tries to always do the right thing! For this reason and many others I am certain that Greg Bendel is the right choice for the voters of Wilmington on Election Day.With Greg’s impressive resume along with his personal qualities and attributes, I believe Greg continues to be an ideal candidate for Selectman. Greg is intelligent, articulate, a team player, a great listener and has the courage and tenacity to take on the most complex issues and render informed decisions. Greg is a great asset to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen and deserves to be re-elected so he can continue to work hard to maintain and improve the quality of life for all Wilmington residents and local business owners to enjoy.Please join me on Saturday, April 27th in voting for Greg Bendel for Selectman. Thank you.Sincerely,Judith L. O’Connell Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel Has A Proven Commitment To Helping SeniorsIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rovers sensory steering wheel uses temperature to send messages

first_img 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes “Research has shown people readily understand the heating and cooling dynamics to denote directions and the subtlety of temperature change can be perfect for certain feedback that doesn’t require a more intrusive audio or vibration-based cue,” said Alexandros Mouzakitis, JLR’s senior manager for electrical research, in a statement.In the future, this system might have a hand in self-driving vehicles, too. The automaker said that it’s also adapted this temperature-shifting technology to work with gear shift paddles, which could inform a driver that the swap between human and computer control is complete. Post a comment Review • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance Share your voice Jaguar Land Rover 2:24 More about 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Land Rover Jaguar Preview • 2020 Range Rover Evoque first drive: Stylish SUV packs X-ray vision 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 5 things you need to know about the 2020 Land Rover Range… Hey, neat, more pictures of the new Land Rover Defender Tags Auto Tech Future Cars More From Roadshow 13 Photos We’ve had haptic feedback in steering wheels for years now, and it’s a great way to notify the driver of a lane departure or whatever without requiring them to stare at a visual alert. Now, Jaguar Land Rover is taking it one step further by bringing temperature into the equation.Jaguar Land Rover this week unveiled its “sensory steering wheel concept.” Developed with the help of Glasgow University, the automaker is investigating whether using heating and cooling can alert drivers to less pertinent information. This wouldn’t replace haptic feedback, but rather it would create a lower-priority tier of messages with its own unique notification method.Here’s how it works. Each side of the steering wheel can be heated or cooled by up to 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and the rate of change is adjustable to suit the driver’s preference. It could alert drivers of an upcoming turn in either direction, when to change lanes or if there’s poor visibility ahead. For things requiring much more pertinent notifications, like a lane departure, haptic feedback is still faster and more efficient for communication. Now playing: Watch this: 0 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkerslast_img read more

New Earthlike planets in our cosmic neighborhood could be habitable

first_img Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sci-Tech Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy 27 Photos 7 See at Amazon Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the AirPods review See It $59 at eBay $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo The Cheapskate $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments $155 at Google Expresscenter_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Read the Rylo camera preview Comment Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET The exoplanets are located in the star’s habitable zone. University of Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics As far as the universe goes, Teegarden’s star, a faint red-dwarf, is located pretty much next door. Astronomers have discovered two intriguing planets located in the star’s habitable zone where they could possibly host liquid water.A research team led by the University of Gottingen in Germany announced the Earth-like exoplanet discovery on Tuesday. Teegarden’s star sits just 12.5 light-years away from us, but it’s very different from our own sun. It’s much cooler and dimmer  and wasn’t even discovered until 2003.teegardensplanets2Enlarge ImageThis illustration imagines the view from the Teegarden’s star exoplanets back toward our solar system and Earth. University of Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics “The two planets resemble the inner planets of our solar system,” said Mathias Zechmeister, lead author of a study on the exoplanets in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. They are both slightly heavier than Earth and might be part of a larger system with more planets.Before we get too excited, it’s important to remember that “Earth like” is no guarantee of a planet hosting life.  The discovery came about through the Carmenes project, which is focused on finding exoplanets around small, cool stars. Carmenes had already located nine other exoplanets.One fun feature of the planets around Teegarden’s star involves the star’s particular location. Possible alien occupants could conceivably look toward our solar system and spot Earth transiting the sun. This creates a faint dimming of our own star as our planet passes in front of it.Perhaps at the same time we’re looking toward Teegarden’s star, extraterrestrials are looking back at us, wondering if Earth could sustain life as they know it. In this wide, wonderful universe, it’s a possibility. Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90)last_img read more

DC Mayor Signs Pot Decriminalization Bill

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.Like all new laws in the district, the bill now goes to Congress for review. House Speaker John Boehner has said Congress will “look at” the bill. Seventeen states have some form of decriminalization, and Congress rarely acts to invalidate district laws.Gray signed the bill on Monday, a day before Democratic primary voters will decide whether he should receive a second term. The bill’s lead sponsor is one of the mayor’s opponents, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells.Wells describes the law as “a victory for the district and a victory for justice,” citing a study that found black residents were eight times more likely than whites to be arrested for pot possession.last_img read more

DMK postpones fast over Jallikattu

first_imgIn an expression of faith in the assertion of Union Minister Pon Radhakrihnan that permission will be secured to hold bull taming sport ‘Jallikattu’ in Tamil Nadu, DMK on Friday postponed its proposed hunger strike over the issue.“I feel that the proposed hunger strike (to seek nod for Jallikattu) at Alanganallur (Madurai) on December 28 to be led by party treasurer M K Stalin can be postponed considering the letter of Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan (that permission would be obtained to hold the event),” Karunanidhi said in a release here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRadhakrishnan had said on Thursday, replying to Karunanidhi’s letter to him over the issue, “I am confident that we will be getting permission to hold Jallikattu on Pongal day based on the talks held for the past one month… Our efforts have the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” Citing the assurance, the DMK chief also appealed to pro-Jallikattu groups who had sought his party’s support, “to accept the postponement of the protest by accepting the confidence expressed by Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan.” An annual affair in southern parts of rural Tamil Nadu, it has socio-economic and cultural dimensions to it.last_img read more

Cher is rumoured to be a part of new American Horror Story

first_imgCher has been rumoured to appear on the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Cult.The show has been host to a whole slew of A-list celebs from Jessica Lange to Stevie Nicks and Lady Gaga and now it looks like the 71-year-old singer is going to join the ranks. Some have speculated that this may be Colton Haynes, Cheyenne Jackson or Billy Eichner. My“For Fun”Surprise Project,First wk Sept— Cher (@cher) August 5, 2017The cast of AHS: Cult posted a picture of themselves attending Cher’s Las Vegas show, sparking the rumours that she could play a part in the FX series.The star has also hinted at a “fun surprise project” in the first week of September on Twitter.Cult premieres at the same time as her “surprise project”.She gave fans further hints of information when she wrote that she was working with “gorge man” on the project. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Some of the more obsessed fans have zoomed in on pictures of the chairs on set and think one might have Cher written on.Moreover, the new season takes aim at the US since the presidential election, and Cher was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton.News,has pace.1.Cartoon,2. Cool-fun tv thing with gorge man & CLASSIC SONG,3. Film cameo & CLASSIC SONG. Poss Australia tour,GREAT FILM NY— Cher (@cher) August 22, 2017Even more, she is a fierce opposer of Donald Trump, and has called him an “assh*le” that would “put an end to any hope”.Chaz Bono, Cher’s son, has also already been confirmed in a role in the new season meaning it could be a family affair.American Horror Story: Cult premieres September 5 on FX.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Cher shuts down Twitter haters after posing for selfie with Aussie PMCher has made an album of ABBA covers and now we need some SOSWeird and wonderful facts about the biggest diva of all time CherPINK NEWS-last_img read more

Report finds Riviera Maya has two of the most expensive luxury hotels

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — A report by Luxury Hotels revealed that two of the top 10 most expensive luxury hotels in the country are located in Riviera Maya.Luxury hotels found Rosewood Mayakoba came in the first most expensive at $930 USD per night followed by a close second with Grand Velas Riviera Maya coming in at $925 USD per night, however, they were not the most expensive in the country.According to the report by Luxury Hotels, the most expensive hotel in Mexico is located in the popular tourist resort of Los Cabos.With a minimum rate of $1,260 per night, Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort in Los Cabos leads the ranking. The Imanta Resort and the Four Seasons, both located in the fishing village of Punta Mita near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, complete the podium with rates of $1,245 and $1,250 respectively.Among the other ten priciest resorts, four are located in Los Cabos, one in Punta Mita and the remaining two in the popular resort district of Riviera Maya.The report compared prices at all luxury hotels in Mexico based on the rate for the most affordable double room during January and February 2018, the months when hotel rates across the country often reach their peak.The list shows the 10 most expensive luxury hotels in Mexico. The rates shown reflect the price for the cheapest available room in each property during January and February 2018.Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Los Cabos) $1,260Four Seasons Punta Mita $1,250Imanta Resort (Punta Mita) $1,245One&Only Palmilla (Los Cabos) $1,240Esperanza (Los Cabos) $1,225Banyan Tree Mayakoba (Punta Mita) $1,220The Resort at Pedregal (Los Cabos) $1,105Grand Velas Los Cabos $1,056Rosewood Mayakoba (Riviera Maya) $930Grand Velas Riviera Maya $925Riviera Maya continues to rank as a top destination globally, attracting millions of national and international visitors each year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5 interesting facts about Mothers Day

first_imgToday (May 13) is Mother’s Day; a day to show appreciation to any maternal figure in your life for everything they do for you.Here are 5 interesting facts about Mother’s Day:1. Many countries, including South Africa, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. This year, it falls today, so do everything you can to pamper your mom.2. The most popular gifts on Mother’s Day are flowers, jewellery and taking mothers out for a meal.3. Anna Jarvis started the tradition of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day. A coloured carnation means that an individual’s mother is still living, while a white one means your mother is deceased. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 4. In many languages across the world, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.5. The first Mother’s Day is believed to have been celebrated in 1908 in the American states of West Virginia and Philadelphia.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!last_img read more