Reaching for smartphone bad for health

first_imgUsing your smartphone to relax and pass time may be associated with negative feelings, lack of control and a reduced sense of purpose in life, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, is the first to thoroughly evaluate how smartphone use is associated with measures of subjective and psychological wellbeing. Researchers at Deakin University in Australia showed habitual smartphone use and entertainment use – to relax, escape and pass time – were the best predictors of lower wellbeing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe survey of over 500 students found problematic smartphone use was associated with feelings of negative emotions, lack of control, a reduced sense of purpose in life, and a ability to resist social pressure. “There’s a constant stream of news and entertainment in our life now, and if that content is not necessarily positive it might be contributing to technological overload or techno-exhaustion,” said lead researcher Sharon Horwood from Deakin’s School of Psychology. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”While there has been some analysis of smartphone use and subjective wellbeing, this study goes into much greater depth,” Horwood said in a statement. Past research has examined wellbeing in terms of life satisfaction and whether people tend to experience more positive emotions than negative emotions. “This research offers a more complete picture of what makes the ‘good life’ including positive social relationships, a sense of personal growth, autonomy, and having a sense of control over one’s life,” Horwood said. “While we found that smartphone use is unrelated to people’s overall life satisfaction, it is associated with mood and these broader indicators of human flourishing,” she said. “Wellbeing is about feeling satisfied with your life, managing day-to-day activities, and positive relationships. We found that problematic smartphone use impacts all those things,” he said. Horwood said there are four main areas of wellbeing which negatively related to problematic smartphone use. These included how much control people felt they had over their use, whether smartphone use interferes with a person’s day-to-day life, whether the phone gets in the way of positive relationships with others, and whether smart phone use was a panacea for boredom and lack of personal growth. “The question is, does using your smartphone in a problematic way lower wellbeing, or is someone whose wellbeing is low for other reasons more likely to turn to their smartphone for comfort, distraction, or perhaps escapism?” she said. However, Horwood said it was important to note her study showed smartphone use was not all bad. “For what we term ‘communication use’ – calls and text messages – we found a slight positive association with wellbeing,” she said. The next step in research is to drill down into the impact of smartphone use on children’s social and emotional wellbeing.last_img read more

First commercial A380 jumbo aircraft lands in Sri Lanka

“For the BIA, this event signals that it is ‘A380 ready,’ and that the world’s largest A380 operator – Emirates – has already operated a commercial flight. Given the Sri Lanka government’s focus on developing tourism, this is an important development. For local aviation enthusiasts it is a matter of pride that their airport has joined the ranks of leading international airports in the A380 league,” he added.In service for nine years, the Emirates A380 remains the most talked-about passenger aircraft in the world today. Emirates is the world’s largest A380 operator with 96 aircraft already in its fleet and a further 46 on order. The award-winning airline currently operates A380 flights to 48 destinations, almost a third of its global network. Since 2008, Emirates has flown over 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet. On the Emirates A380, First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped Private Suites; the cabin also has two exquisitely designed onboard Shower Spas, ensuring a revitalised and refreshed arrival. For First and Business Class passengers the on-board lounge is the social highlight, featuring a fully-stocked bar and a selection of hot and cold canapés. Business Class passengers can relax in seats that convert to flat beds up to 87 inches (two metres) long, whilst those travelling in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches.Customers in Sri Lanka can experience Emirates’ double-decker aircraft by connecting through the airline’s Dubai hub when they travel to A380 destinations in North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, Russia, and the Far East.Emirates commenced operations to Sri Lanka in April 1986 and operates a total of 34 flights a week from Colombo — 27 flights westward to Malé and Dubai and seven eastward to Singapore connecting onwards to Melbourne, Australia. (Colombo Gazette) Arranged to celebrate the BIA’s recently resurfaced and upgraded runway, the special one-off A380 flight operated as EK654 from Dubai, replacing the B777 aircraft usually deployed by Emirates on flights to Sri Lanka. The iconic aircraft was on ground for more than six hours to enable airport executives, VIPs, trade partners and media to enjoy guided static tours of its cabins and unique amenities like the First Class Suites, Shower Spas and the On-board lounge. Welcoming guests on behalf of Emirates at a reception at Gate 8 of the BIA, Ahmed Khoory said: “This one-off flight reflects the strong relationship we have with the market and our commitment to the destination. It signifies that, when demand for the destination grows, as it definitely will, to the point that scheduled A380 flights are feasible, Emirates will be ready to operate one.” An Emirates A380 aircraft landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake today, helping Sri Lanka and the airport achieve an aviation milestone.Minister of Transport & Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva was at the airport to greet Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazhim Al-Mulla, UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial (West Asia & Indian Ocean) Ahmed Khoory who were among the VIPs on the flight, the first A380 commercial flight to the country. read more

President begins Doha visit with focus on bilateral ties

“The two-day visit of the Sri Lankan President to Qatar will further boost the cooperation between the two countries. It will enhance the bilateral diplomatic relationships and common interests in other areas including trade and investment,” ASP Liyanage, told The Peninsula.“Besides several high level meetings between the Sri Lankan President and Qatari dignitaries, there will be six important agreements that will be signed between Qatar and Sri Lanka, including one related to the energy sector,” he added. Sirisena, who is making the second visit of a Sri Lankan head of state to Qatar, is accompanied by a high level delegation including several senior ministers including, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, Rishad Badiudeen, Minister of Minister of Industry and Commerce, Faisal Mustafa, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, Wasantha Senanayake, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ajith P Perera, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy.Around 120,000 Sri Lankans are employed in Qatar and diplomatic relations between the two countries was established in 1976. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as well as with high level officials tomorrow. The President will meet the Sri Lankan residents in Qatar today. Qatar-Sri Lanka Business and Investment Meeting will also be held today. The business meeting aims to attract Qatari investors to seize the investment opportunities available for foreign investment in the island nation. The visit will also witness signing of six agreements between Qatar and Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena began his visit to Qatar today with the aim of further enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries.The high-profile visit will boost cooperation between the two countries in several sectors including energy, trade and investment, said ASP Liyanage, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Qatar, The Peninsula reported. read more

The future starts now Ban says at launch of UN Decade of

“We are here because we understand that sustainable energy is central to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda,” the UN chief told the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, which opened yesterday in New York and wraps up tomorrow, aiming to generate momentum for Mr. Ban’s eponymous 2011 initiative that brings together governments, civil society and business to make sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.The Forum, which sets the stage for the launch of the UN Decade (2014-2024), was also addressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (by video) and John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, which designated the Decade as a vehicle to increase advocacy and action.Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and CEO of SE4ALL (Sustainable Energy for All), announced that the initial two years of the Decade would be focused on a campaign for energy access for women and children’s health.He said that while energy is a global issue, in many places, it is a woman’s issue. It can mean the difference between safety and fear, freedom and servitude, and even life and death. “The world must come together to end energy poverty and ensure that the poor can manage their lives and thrive economically.”“The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is maturing and bearing fruit – thanks to you,” Mr. Ban told the Forum, noting that commitments worth many billions of dollars have been pledged and delivered. More than 80 developing countries have joined the initiative. From India to Brazil a growing number of people have light and power where there was none before.“From NGOs to multilateral development banks, we are working together for a common goal,” said the Secretary-General, recalling that the initiative had set three targets: ensuring universal access to modern energy services, and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.“Our efforts so far show that these objectives are realistic. Our focus now must be to achieve them,” he said, noting that while some 30 countries have announced relevant action agendas this year, the declaration of the UN Decade will provide an “extra boost.”Indeed, Mr. Ban explained that the Decade can bring the world closer to the goals of universal energy and a life of dignity and opportunity for all. “Modern energy services are the key to changing people’s quality of life. Clinics can store life-saving vaccines. Children can study after dark. Cleaner cookstoves can save the lives of millions of women and children every year. Electricity can power street-lights that will make women safer,” he said.“The benefits will be felt throughout society in all countries. That is why we must continue to build our initiative and bring more partners and stakeholders aboard,” he said, adding that the Forum should be seen as an annual meeting place for the global energy community. “Here we can shape a new energy future. That future starts now.” Looking forward to the 23 September climate summit in New York, the Secretary-General said, “The more you bring in terms of concrete deliverables, the more we can achieve towards our objectives, and the better we can support global efforts to combat climate change and strengthen resilience. I count on all actors here today to deliver new and expanded commitments and partnerships that will transform the global energy landscape.”In his remarks, Mr. Ashe said the history of the development of modern society is inextricably intertwined with the story of the development of energy and its impact on the natural, social and economic environments. From climate change to agriculture and from gender equality to health, he said, access to sustainable energy clearly impacts all dimensions of sustainable human development. Energy is woven into the fabric of human life at all levels, and all people and all nations need access to energy to grow and prosper. But it is precisely for this reason that the crippling lack of access to sustainable energy services is so important to address at this point in time, he said. “As we prepare to usher in a new development paradigm in the post-2015 era, the issue of sustainable energy for all must form an integral part of our deliberations on shaping a sustainable future,” he declared, referring to the ongoing UN-led effort to craft a global development agenda to succeed the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more

UN probe says South Sudan attacks nadir of conflict marked by abuses

The Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) issued a report today saying there are reasonable grounds to believe that at least 353 civilians were murdered and another 250 wounded in attacks in the capitals of Unity state and Jonglei state between 15 April and 17 April last year.Having collected and analysed physical evidence and interviewed 142 sources, the report has found that the attacks in the towns of Bentiu and Bor involved the deliberate targeting of victims on the basis of their ethnicity, nationality or perceived support for one of the parties to the conflict, a press statement from the Mission said. “In both Bentiu and Bor, attacks took place against protected objects – a hospital, a mosque, and a United Nations base – which may amount to war crimes,” said the report. “Although the conflict has been marked throughout by gross abuses and violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, these two events seemed to represent the nadir of the conflict.”The attack in Bentiu, capital of Unity State, took place after opposition forces retook control of the town from Government troops. The report says that at least 287 civilians – mainly Sudanese traders and their families who were targeted on the basis of their Darfuri origins – were killed at a mosque before a further 19 civilians were killed at the Bentiu Civil Hospital.Two days later, an UNMISS civilian protection site outside the Jonglei state capital of Bor was attacked by a mob of armed men demanding the expulsion of all youths of Nuer ethnicity. After forcibly entering the protection site, the mob went on a rampage of killing, looting and abductions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), killing at least 47 people whose names appear in report.“UNMISS strongly condemns the continued killing and displacement of civilians on the basis of their ethnic identity nearly nine months after the events of April 2014,” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan. “This risks an even greater polarization of the country along ethnic lines with potentially serious repercussions for the state of human rights and the prospects for reconciliation.”Nearly nine months after the attacks took place, no perpetrator has been held accountable by either the Government of the Republic of South Sudan or the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition and the report says that few accountability measures have been taken in response to the incidents.The Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights referred to the UNMISS report during a briefing in Geneva today, adding his voice to those concerned by the response to the attacks.“Accountability is a big issue. There has been no accountability for the mass atrocities, human rights violations and abuses that have caused the death of tens of thousands of people in South Sudan,” said Robert Colville. “Nearly nine months after the attacks in Bentiu and Bor took place, no perpetrator has been held accountable by either the Government of South Sudan or the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition for the two large-scale killings described in the report.” Updated: 10.42 a.m. read more

Carbon Advances as El Segundo and Red Sox Match Thrills Photo Gallery

Photos by Jeff Barrett Tri-Valley impressed for the second consecutive day with a 12-2 win over Hanford at the 13U Pacific Southwest Regionals Baseball Tournament in Helper on Wednesday. Carbon then beat South Tahoe 11-4 to continue in the tournament. Quade Henrie went 3-3 with a double and three RBIs in the match-up. Tri-Valley and Carbon will play each other at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.In the night game, the Kai Red Sox and El Segundo participated in a back-and-forth thriller. El Segundo went up 3-1 before the Red Sox tied it at three. Then, El Segundo doubled its score to take a 6-3 lead. The Red Sox responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one. With the same score in the last inning, the tying run was just 90 feet away when the Red Sox struck out to end the game. El Segundo survived and punched their ticket to the championship game on Friday. The Kai Red Sox will play the winner of the Carbon/Tri-Valley game. read more

Opinion United States Mens National Team friendly potential preview for World Cup

United States Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson (21) heads the ball away from goal during a World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The USMNT won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Winter Olympics have just ended, but the world’s collective consciousness is already preparing to be taken over by another international sports competition: the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.While the roughly 100-day wait until the opening match on June 12 might seem like a long way off, in playing terms, it’s right around the corner. Most of the qualified teams are competing in friendlies Wednesday, and for many of them the game has some important implications.Wednesday, the U.S. men’s national team is set to play a friendly match against Ukraine in Cyprus, and it’s the final time European-based players will be able to compete for the USMNT before their club season is over in May. Once that happens, coach Jurgen Klinsmann will name a preliminary 30-man squad and take them through a training camp and friendly matches before leaving for South America with his final 23-man roster.There are a number of notable players who are expected to try to use this last chance to solidify their place on the plane to Brazil, transforming an ostensibly meaningless friendly into a final World Cup tryout.One player looking to take his chance will be defender Oguchi Onyewu. A two-time World Cup veteran, Onyewu has hardly been involved with the USMNT over the past few years, and he knows his chances of making it to a third tournament rely heavily on how well he performs against the Ukrainians.Then there’s midfielder Danny Williams, a player whose best performance in red, white and blue came right here in Columbus against Jamaica Sept. 11, 2012. His confident, mistake-free play even led many pundits to believe he could usurp veteran Jermaine Jones’ central defensive midfield position, but since then, Williams has spent the majority of his time on the sidelines. But still, the impression he made about 18 months ago could give Klinsmann incentive to trust Williams should he take his chance.Another World Cup hopeful in the midfield is Brek Shea. A standout in Major League Soccer, Shea has found things difficult since transferring to Europe. He’s made only five appearances for the English Premier League side Stoke City since arriving in January 2013, and is now on loan with Barnsley of the English Championship for the rest of the season. Shea knows he can’t slip up now.And those three aren’t the only ones in that position. Alejandro Bedoya, Juan Agudelo and John Brooks all face a similar challenge when it comes to impressing Klinsmann. The sheer number of World Cup squad hopefuls means someone is bound to miss out.In all likelihood, Klinsmann will give appearances to some players who are nailed on to start the team’s first World Cup group game against Ghana, while at the same time mixing in those looking to catch his eye.Of course, there could be a number of unforeseen circumstances between now and May that shake up the USMNT roster pool, with things like injuries, the emergence of young talent or a simple loss of form.But no matter which way you look at it, the final whistle in Cyprus will mean the journey to the World Cup has reached its final stage.So while many Americans might not see the tournament coming into view, the collection of players hoping to face the likes of Germany and Portugal this summer know that their chance is sharply in focus. read more

Roses could smell sweeter and last for longer after scientists crack genetic

A team from the University of Lyon identified the enzyme that helps produce roses’ intoxicating aroma three years ago.They said the key lay in encouraging the roses to produce greater levels of an organic compound called geraniol, which is produced in petals.Arthur Bouquet, an American horticulturalist, claimed that just 50 per cent of today’s roses have a noticeable scent, compared with 75 per cent in the 19th century. David Austin Roses Vanessa Bell “I hope we will be able to change how these flowers look in the future and make them last longer with more of a scent, which is lost the longer roses stay in a vase.“They could also be made more brightly-coloured.”The research, published in the journal Nature Genetics, is expected to help researchers and breeders to manipulate rose flowering and colour, strengthen scent, or increase vase life.Writing in the journal, the scientists said: “Reconstructing regulatory and secondary metabolism pathways allowed us to propose a model of interconnected regulation of scent and flower colour.”This genome provides a foundation for understanding the mechanisms governing rose traits and should accelerate improvement in roses.” A rose on display at the 2016 Hampton Court Flower show The scientists, led by Mohammed Bendahmane, from the University of Lyon in France, made comparisons with the genomes of other plants including strawberry, apricot and peach, to explore rose ancestry and evolution.They uncovered more than 36,000 protein-coding genes, and a biochemical pathway that co-ordinated the regulation of scent and colour.A number of candidate genes for flowering were identified which could in future be targeted to produce genetically improved rose cultivars.“If you go to the market and look at the cut roses, they won’t smell like anything. They smell like plastic,” Dr Bendahmane told The Times. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, so William Shakespeare’s Juliet famously declared.But a rose that has been genetically improved would smell even sweeter according to scientists who have cracked the DNA code of Britain’s favourite flower.Experts have created the first complete map of the popular flower, which they believe could help restore the heady scene that has dulled in recent years.Researchers said that by developing the blueprint – the first high-quality genome of the flower- they could engineer roses to be more fragrant, more colourful and longer lasting.Due to extensive cross-breeding, modern roses have complex DNA sequences that are difficult to reconstruct and previous attempts to fit together rose DNA molecules have resulted in fragmented and hard-to-read assemblages.But now they have found a way to edit the genes of roses, even if such bouquets are still a few years down the line. For the new work, researchers used advanced techniques to sequence the genome of the species Old Blush (Rosa chinensis). The plant, known for its sweet scent and delicate clusters of pink flowers, is thought to be the first East Asian rose to reach Europe some time in the 18th century. A rose on display at the 2016 Hampton Court Flower showCredit:Geoff Pugh David Austin Roses Vanessa BellCredit:HOWARD RICE Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Britain to send frigate to the Gulf in most serious naval deployment

The plan to base a Type-23 Frigate – and from the mid-2020s the next generation Type-31 – would likely see the whole ship’s company flown out to take over the vessel based in Bahrain.Routine maintenance of the ships would be carried out at the Mina Salman base, with the ship likely to remain in the region for about three years. The more comprehensive depth servicing every five to 10 years will be done in the UK.  Sea Ceptor provides a powerful shield against airborne threats, including hostile combat jets, helicopters and other missilesCredit:Jim Gibson RNR/Royal Navy Gavin Williamson has announced the move in a show of support for NatoCredit:Mark Thomas/Shutterstock Gavin Williamson has announced the move in a show of support for Nato Sea Ceptor provides a powerful shield against airborne threats, including hostile combat jets, helicopters and other missiles Britain has had a presence in the Gulf for decades, but the three-week sea passage to deploy and recover a ship meant there were long periods with no Royal Naval assets in the region. Smaller minehunter vessels have been based in the region for the last 10 years, but crews have deployed via Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships. The use of the new support base and a Type 23 frigate is a step change in naval capability.The Defence secretary also spoke of to the “increasing aggression and increasing assertiveness” of Russia. In 2010 the Royal Navy had to respond once to a Russian navy vessel approaching UK territorial waters. “Last year we had to respond 33 times”, he said. The UK is to send a frigate to be “an enduring presence” in the Gulf, in the most serious naval deployment to the region in more than 40 years, the Defence Secretary has announced in a show of support for Nato.A Royal Navy Type-23 Frigate will be based from the UK’s new £40 million National Support Facility at Mina Salman in Bahrain, unveiled by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the Duke of York last month.Britain has not had a similar posture since 1971, when HMS Juffair in Bahrain was closed following the country’s declaration of independence.Speaking at the Sea Power conference at the Royal United Services Institute, Gavin Williamson warned “liberty, justice and tolerance are under attack from every angle” and Britain must work with allies to defend common interests. “NATO couldn’t be more relevant”, he said.He said that Britain will invest heavily in the Middle East and weave a web of partnerships with allies. A Navy spokesman told The Telegraph the Gulf “forward deployment shows the Royal Navy is going back to the principle of being a more reactive and more available force”.The maritime force will work under Operation KIPION as part of the UK’s support to the US-led coalition of maritime forces in the region. The enduring commitment demonstrates Britain’s ongoing commitment operationally and diplomatically in the region, naval sources told The Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Man who shot porn mogul Larry Flynt given lastminute stay of execution

first_imgA US JUDGE has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a white supremacist serial killer, questioning the drug that was to be used to put him to death.Joseph Paul Franklin, who shot porn mogul Larry Flynt in 1978 and left him paralysed, had been scheduled for execution late on Tuesday night over the killing of another man.But US District Judge Nanette Laughrey in the central state of Missouri granted the stay, CNN and other news outlets said.She said Missouri’s use of pentobarbital carried a high risk of “unnecessary pain beyond that which is required to achieve death.”She wrote:Given the irreversible nature of the death penalty and plaintiffs’ medical evidence and allegations, a stay is necessary to ensure that the defendants’ last act against Franklin is not permanent, irremediable cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.CNN said a second federal judge, Carol Jackson, granted a separate stay on grounds that Franklin was not mentally competent.The state has appealed both stays and defense attorney Jennifer Herndon told CNN she expected the appeals court to rule within the next day.KillingsLarry Flynt (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Franklin, described as being motivated by racism, was due to be executed over the killing of Gerald Gordon outside a synagogue in St Louis, Missouri in 1977.CNN said Franklin is blamed for 22 killings between 1977 and 1980.Flynt was shot by Franklin in 1978 outside a Georgia courthouse, where Flynt was fighting obscenity charges. But Franklin was never tried in that case.Flynt, now 70 and wheelchair-bound because of the shooting, wrote last month that he would like to “inflict damage” on Franklin but did not want to see him die.“As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself,” Flynt wrote in an opinion column in The Hollywood Reporter.- © AFP, 2013Read: Porn publisher offers $1 million for dirt on White House candidate >last_img read more

8 words that have lost all meaning in modern life

first_img Source: Flickr/jblahblalblahHe got a round in, guys, he didn’t save any children from a burning building.Random Source: Flickr/bichxaLike Source: Flickr/grisha_21An Irish verbal tic. We’re all guilty of it.Banter Source: Flickr/crashoverreasonEpic Source: Flickr/Tree Leaf CloverSeriously, Coppers last night is not to be likened to mythic, heroic acts of bravery.LegendarySee above. Source: Flickr/Silence a gogoWhat words have lost all meaning for you? Like, literally, just have some epic banter in the comments. h/t AskRedditRead: 13 useful phrases you’ll only hear in Ireland>Read: “Selfie” has been added to the Irish language dictionary> AS MARK MCCABE sang on his seminal classic “Maniac 2000″ – life: it has no meaning.But what about words? They seem to be losing their meaning at a rate of knots. Words that had fixed, dependable definitions only one generation ago seem to be coming loose and shifting around like some sort of linguistic tectonic plate during an earthquake.Let’s check out the damage.Literally Source: Flickr/BataraAre you? Oh, are you REALLY?HackingNowadays, posting a status from a friend’s Facebook account is referred to as “hacking”. Source: Flickr/fakelvisIt’s not.Herolast_img read more

Surface 2 accessories include Power Cover docking station and a keyboard for

first_imgThe Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are coming soon, and Microsoft had more to show off today than just a pair of new tablets. There’s a whole new wave of accessories on the way, too.First and foremost, there’s the Power Cover. The battery-boosting clip-on was leaked recently, and the rumors were right on the money. It lets the Surface Pro 2 run for nearly two and a half times as long as the previous model did (but keep in mind that the new Surface Pro 2 already runs for 75% longer than the original Surface Pro).Microsoft says that the Surface Pro 2 with a Power Cover will actually run for almost 25 hours.Our math says less, but either way, it’s an impressive boost. Unfortunately it won’t be ready for first day sales — the Power Cover will arrive in early 2014.The other Surface covers have been updated too. Both the Touch Cover 2 ($119) and Type Cover 2 ($129) are now backlit, and the new Type Cover is almost as thin as the old Touch Cover. Microsoft is also offering up a special cover for DJs. Microsoft sweetheart Deadmaus, presumably, has something to do with this.You can also make the new covers wireless, thanks to a $59 clip-on adapter (pictured at the top) that packs its own battery and Bluetooth transmitter. Presumably the adapter would let you use the covers with just about any Bluetooth-equipped PC, phone, or tablet.Surface Pro owners have one more accessory to get excited about. Microsoft is finally offering up a desktop dock. It’s packed with ports — three USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and audio in and out. Like the Power Cover, it’s not going to land on retail shelves until 2014.Apart from not knowing when exactly the Power Cover and docking station will arrive, Microsoft also hasn’t said how much they’re going to cost. We’ll provide the rest of the details once Microsoft reveals them.Now read: Surface Pro 2 ups battery life 75 percent, adds Haswell performancelast_img read more

Body parts found at farm of man who confessed to killing family

first_img Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 8:11 AM INVESTIGATORS HAVE FOUND body parts at the home in northwest France of the man who has confessed to killing four relatives with a crowbar, the prosecutor in the case has said.Hubert Caouissin was let out of custody to accompany the investigators to his farm in a remote part of Brittany and is cooperating in the gruesome search, Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes said in an email.Caouissin, 46, had told investigators that he cut up the bodies of his brother-in-law and his family at his farm in the hamlet of Logonna-Quimerc’h.He said he burned some of the body parts and buried others after killing Pascal Troadec and his wife Brigitte, both 49, and their two children, Charlotte, 18, and Sebastien, 21, in a rage over an inheritance dispute.Caouissin’s partner, 47-year-old Lydie Troadec – Brigitte’s sister, who has been charged with helping dispose of the bodies – remained in custody and did not take part in the hunt, a source close to the probe said.Both were charged on Monday and remanded in custody in Nantes, some 300 kilometres (180 miles) to the southeast of where the murder took place.Wearing white forensic suits under a light drizzle, hundreds of police and investigators fanned out in the woods and fields around Caouissin’s farm and on the muddy banks of the Auln river that forms one boundary of the property yesterday.There they found “body parts and jewelry” belonging to the victims, Sennes said.The searched carried on late into the night and would be resumed today, said local police chief Jean-Rene Personnic.He added that the investigators were searching 30 hectares of “rugged and swampy” ground.Gold coins Caouissin was employed at a shipyard in the port of Brest, but had been off work for the past three years suffering from depression.He told investigators that he thought Pascal Troadec had kept gold coins for himself that were part of an inheritance that should have been shared with him.The value of the coins — and even their existence — remained uncertain.Sennes told a news conference on Monday that Caouissin had harboured “great rancour” over the nearly decade-old dispute.The anger boiled over on the night of February 16, when he sneaked into the house in the Nantes suburb of Orvault where Pascal and Brigitte lived, murdering them and the children, both students who were visiting during school holidays.Psychological units have been set up at their schools, which are planning memorial services for the two youths.- © AFP 2017. Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are under way. Read: TVs used to spy on people? Tech industry keen to reassure public following Wikileaks hack > By AFP Body parts found at farm of man who confessed to killing family of four Hubert Caouissin was let out of custody to accompany the investigators to his farm in a remote part of Brittany. Image: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images No Comments Share4 Tweet Email 17,118 Views Image: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images Mar 9th 2017, 8:11 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Just 8 of rental properties are available in Ireland within rent support

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 31 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Animaflora PicsStock By Hayley Halpin 13,212 Views Monday 4 Mar 2019, 2:25 PM Short URL Mar 4th 2019, 2:25 PM Image: Shutterstock/Animaflora PicsStock OVER 90% OF homes for rent in Ireland are beyond the reach of people dependent on state housing benefits, according to a new Simon Communities study. The charity has called for the implementation of many of the proposals included in the new amended Residential Tenancies Bill 2018, which is currently under consideration in the Dáil. The 13th edition of the Locked Out of the Market report, published today, found that there were just 8% of properties available on the market to rent (48 properties) which were within Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) limits. HAP is a form of rental benefit payment to assist lower-income households.Under HAP, a tenant’s main rent is paid directly to a landlord, with the tenant paying a differential rent to their local council. The tenants must cover their own deposit, and no rent is paid by the council in advance of them entering the home.The research was undertaken over three consecutive days between 21 and 23 November 2018. It found that there was a 51% decrease in the number of properties available to rent in November 2018 (569 properties) compared to the first such study in May 2015, when 1,150 properties were available. ReactionPaul Sheehan, national spokesperson for the Simon Communities of Ireland, has said Rent Pressure Zones provided for in existing legislation need to be properly monitored and continuously enforced by the Residential Tenancies Board. “More broadly, it is clear that the private sector is struggling to deliver the level of affordable housing needed in this country in the long-term. The Simon Communities of Ireland believe it is vital that the State, in conjunction with Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies, build and invest in social and affordable housing across all tenure types nationwide,” Sheehan said.Homeless emergency accommodation figures for January show that there are now a combined total of 9,987 people homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, a significant rise of 234 people from December.The numbers taken over the course of one week in January show that there were 6,363 adults and 3,624 homeless children living in emergency accommodation in the state. “Almost 10,000 people were forced to start 2019 in emergency accommodation. Without an accessible private rental sector or affordable housing, people have nowhere to go if they cannot afford to rent,” Sheehan said. Deeper lookLooking further into the figures, the study found there only five properties were available to rent within HAP or Rent Supplement (RS) limits across all study areas for a single person on the dates surveyed. These properties were located in Athlone (1), Cork City Centre (1), Galway City Centre (1) and north Kildare (2).  Source: Simon Communities of IrelandFive properties were available within RS and HAP limits across all areas for a couple over the course of the study, too. These were also located in the above locations. “It is alarming that in some of the country’s most-populated urban centres, there is absolutely nowhere to rent for people depending on HAP for their housing. Not one property within Rent Supplement/HAP was available across any household category in Limerick City Centre and Waterford City Centre,” Sheehan said.  The Simon Communities support over 13,000 men, women and children.The full report can be found here.  Just 8% of rental properties are available in Ireland within rent support limits That’s according to a study conducted by the Simon Communities of Ireland. Share304 Tweet Email5 last_img read more

Olympus dévoile le Tough TG1 pour des photos en conditions extrêmes

first_imgOlympus dévoile le Tough TG-1 pour des photos en conditions extrêmesLe fabricant Olympus vient tout juste de dévoiler un nouveau modèle : le Tough TG-1. Un appareil notamment capable de résister aux chocs et à l’eau pour obtenir de belles photos même dans des conditions extrêmes.C’est un appareil susceptible de plaire aux aventuriers et grands voyageurs que vient tout juste de présenter Olympus. Grand froid, milieu marin ou hautes montagnes, dans certaines conditions, il est parfois difficile de prendre des photos… à moins d’être bien équipé. C’est précisément ce que propose le nouveau modèle du fabricant baptisé Tough TG-1. Comme le laisse deviner son allure, cet appareil dispose d’un haut degré de résistance. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les caractéristiques dévoilées par Olympus, celui-ci est non seulement étanche jusqu’à 12 mètres mais il résiste également au gel jusqu’à -10°C. En outre, il est aussi antichoc jusqu’à 2 mètres et peut encaisser des poids allant jusqu’à 100 kg. Une résistance qui ne se fait pas au détriment de la technologie puisque le Tough TG-1 dispose d’un zoom optique 4x grand angle (25-100mm), un objectif f2.0, un capteur CMOS rétro-éclairé 12 mégapixels, un processeur TruePic VI, la technologie iHS ainsi qu’un écran OLED de 3″ 610 000 points, rapporteôté aventureux oblige, l’appareil est également doté d’un GPS et d’une boussole électronique, de modes basse lumière, super sports et super macro, une double stabilisation d’image, un mode de détection de visage avancée et ajustement automatique des ombres, un mode photo 3D, un mode beauté, Animaux ou encore des fonctions Panorama intelligent. Soit de quoi prendre de jolies photos dans la plupart des situations. Olympus a annoncé sa sortie pour le mois de juin et un prix de 399 euros.  Le 8 mai 2012 à 18:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Salgado reveals Real Madrids high profile targets

first_imgReal Madrid legend Michel Salgado, revealed that Los Blancos will actually go after one of two high profile targets during the next summer transfer window.Not making any giant moves during the last summer transfer window, doesn’t mean that Real Madrid won’t go after one of the biggest targets next summer and Michel Salgado seems to have some privileged information he just shared. The former Los Blancos full-back and one of the club’s legends, keeps in contact with president Florentino Perez and he expressed his confidence on the club going after one of three big targets for next season. In the last month, there had been reports of Florentino Perez saving over €300 million to sign either one or two players that could replace Cristiano Ronaldo. The president attempted to get Neymar as hard as he could, but Paris Saint-Germain refused to let the Brazilian leave the club and they could never strike the deal Perez wanted. But after the World Cup that the star had with his national team, Florentino’s urge to sign him diminished and he opted to cool down all the transfer talks with the player for now because he is playing the long game for next summer. Perez’s intentions became clear not long ago, when there was a report of him asking for Kylian Mbappé for the near future. There is also another target that Florentino put his eye on last summer, which was Belgian winger Eden Hazard.Extrêmement fier et heureux de pouvoir faire partie cette équipe 🙏🏽 Merci d’avoir voté pour moi #TheBestFifaAwards— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 24, 2018The Chelsea player flirted hard with Real Madrid before the World Cup and he even stated publicly that he wanted to play for Los Blancos, but Hazard was more of a Zinedine Zidane obsession and Florentino backed down from the deal after the French manager left the club. If ‘Zizou’ had remained in Real Madrid, Eden would be wearing white today and probably wearing the number ‘7’ shirt, but for some reason this didn’t happen. So after many failed attempts that Florentino made to get that Ronaldo replacement, the club’s president decided to be patient and save his money for next summer when the market opens again. Those three targets remain a priority with Kylian Mbappé having more pull than the other two, but Perez will go after the one that becomes more accessible for the club’s economy and pretensions. Florentino’s days of spending too much for a top player seem long gone, but he might still do something crazy for a player who could potentially become a legend like the French star. It was precisely this Monday when this new information from Michel Salgado emerged, he claims to have privileged information about Real Madrid’s next market move and he didn’t waste time to divulge it in public.#FIFAFootballAwards Michel Salgado speaking on emerging talents. Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— ACLSports (@acl_sports) September 24, 2018The former Real Madrid full-back claims that Real Madrid will for sure go after one of the best players in the world who are in the club’s orbit bit he didn’t disclose who this player is. The options are pretty clear and specific, Salgado spoke directly to Sports Mole about this possibility and confirmed that the transfer is happening for sure: “Everybody was talking about it. I think the big signing this year, the main change, was the manager [Zinedine] Zidane [leaving]. It was another surprise as well. Our manager Zidane leaving after winning three Champions Leagues back to back, so it was a complicated summer for us. We went and signed the national manager. We’re going to win more possession, team football, to try to score goals in a different way because we don’t have a scorer like Cristiano Ronaldo and it’s very difficult to find something in the market like that right now. Neymar and Mbappe are both at PSG so it’s difficult to take them, but I know the president and I know that something’s gonna happen in the next transfer window or in the summer. For sure I know Real Madrid are going to sign a big, big name,” said Salgado.Michel Salgado#TheBest#Spain— بدر الحمد (@BaderAlHamad5) September 24, 2018Which of the three targets do you think Florentino will sign next summer? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Londonbased family offers £60000 salary for tutor to join them on 12month

first_imgSomething for the weekend: A London-based French family are offering a £60,000 salary for a tutor to home-school their two sons during a 12-month family gap year that will see them travel across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.The job posting, advertised on the online platform of agency Tutor House, asks for an experienced tutor, ideally French-speaking, who can teach two boys, aged six and nine, an array of subjects while the family takes a year to explore the world.As well as a generous salary, the chosen candidate will receive free travel and accommodation in their employment package, as the family plans to jet off to far-flung destinations. The tutor will also be given full sick pay entitlements and 24 days of holiday.When taking a break from teaching the boys, the lucky educator will be able to participate in the family’s adventurous itinerary, which includes snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and holidaying at Disney World, Florida.In order to nab this dream job, applicants must have tutoring experience and be prepared to work up to 35 hours a week, including time for lesson planning; due to the boys’ different ages, the tutor will need to split teaching time evenly in half each day to accommodate the students’ learning levels.The family aims to have selected their ideal candidate by the end of July, in preparation for the start of their trip in October 2019.Alex Dyer, founder at, said: “We sometimes receive quirky requests, but this is one of a kind and definitely something we haven’t seen before. As a former teacher, it makes me very happy to see that the family are still putting their kids’ educational needs first [while] they go on their once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”Here at Employee Benefits, we think this makes an idyllic employment offer. Not only is the salary impressive, but we love the packed holiday agenda and the chance to explore distant corners of the world for free. We might see if the family needs someone to teach their sons some excellent journalistic skills…last_img read more

What made Sunny Leone use Fword at Salman Khans Bharat screening Video

first_imgSunny Leone at Bharat screeningInstagram screengrabSunny Leone is believed to be a kind and soft-spoken person, but the diva was recently spotted using the F-word during the screening of Salman Khan’s Bharat.Before you people jump the gun, Sunny did not abuse anyone, and the F-word came out of her mouth instinctively when a friend tried to steal food from her.Sunny posted a video on Instagram that shows her relishing on some popcorn and samosas. Suddenly one of her friends tried to steal a bite from her stock of junk food, and that is when she said the F-word.She captioned the video as, “About last night! Sorry for the f-bomb! But he was trying to steal my food!! Seriously [sic].”The makers of Bharat had organised a special screening of the film recently that was attended by many celebs. Apart from Sunny, it was attended by Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday and many others. The cast of Bharat including Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff and a few others were also present at the event.Meanwhile, the movie Bharat has had a thunderous opening at the box office. Despite being released on the day of India’s first World Cup match, the film made a record opening day business and became Salman’s highest first day grosser.Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, the majority of the audience seems to be interested in watching the film. It is expected to make big records at the commercial circuits in the coming days.Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat is based on the Korean film Ode To My Father. Set on the backdrop of India’s partition, the movie features Salman in multiple avatars, showcasing his journey from childhood to old age.Watch the video of Sunny’s funny reaction when someone tried to steal her food:last_img read more

Kapil Sharma stuns with his epic transformation Photo

first_imgKapil Sharma, Krushna AbhishekSony TVKapil Sharma leaves no stone unturned when it comes to entertain the audience with his gags on The Kapil Sharma Show which has been topping the TRP charts since the beginning. The comedian has undoubtedly come a long way after overcoming depression and cutting down his alcohol consumption. And Kapil has yet again stunned his fans with his epic physical transformation.Over the past few months, Kapil was seen sporting a bearded look on the show. But now the comedian will be sporting a clean-shaven look.Giving a glimpse of his new look, Kapil Sharma shared a selfie on Instagram flashing his million dollar smile and wrote, “Smile makes you more #lively what you say.”Besides dedicating his time for the shoot, Kapil is also looking after his pregnant wife Ginni Chatrath who has entered into the third trimester. Like his mother, Ginni also accompanies Kapil on the show and can be seen sitting in the front row watching all the madness on the stage.#NewProfilePic— Kapil Sharma (@KapilSharmaK9) July 19, 2019Kapil will now be seen interacting with Kangana Ranaut who has been hitting the headlines for her verbal spat with journalist at the recent Judgementall Hai Kya song launch event which had taken place in Mumbai.On tonight’s episode of The Kapil Sharma show, Kangana will be seen taking a dig at herself saying that she can’t resist herself from getting into trouble.last_img read more

3 arrested for gangraping SSC examinee

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice on Wednesday arrested three people for allegedly gang-raping a female Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee in Dhanbari upazila of the district.The arrestees are Abdur Rahman, Majharul Haque and Jalu Miah of the upazila.They were arrested from different areas of the upazila, said officer-in-charge of Dhanbari police station, Mojibur Rahman.He said the trio called the victim to a house at Lichubagan of Nawabbari on 27 October promising to give her suggestions of SSC examination.When the victim went there, they confined her and raped her throughout the night.The victim’s father filed a case with Dhanbari police station in this regard on Wednesday.The victim was sent to Tangail Medical College Hospital for treatment.last_img read more