London Olympics 2012: Geeta Phogat crashes out of wrestling

first_imgIt just did not turn out to be Geeta Phogat’s day in the 55kg freestyle wrestling at the ExCel Arena on Thursday.Having lost to Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada in the morning without a modicum of a fight in the very first round, the Indian girl had to wait till the afternoon.Once Tonya made it to the final, Geeta got a chance to fight for the bronze through the repechage system. It was the same system which enabled Sushil Kumar to win bronze in the Beijing Olympics four years ago.However, Geeta was nowhere in the kind of form where you could have expected a medal.Up against the seasoned Tetyana Lazareva of Ukraine, Geeta looked very much the underdog as she entered the arena in the evening.A 31-year-old mother of two boys, Tetyana was a very strong competitor as she clinched eight quick points in the first round.The sparse crowd was excited, watching the powerful and fast Tetyana dominate proceedings.That, in itself had finished the Indian challenge. In the second round, Geeta, gold medallist at the New Delhi Commomnwealth Games, had no chance.Her opponent, a four-time world medallist, had a superior technique and won the round by just one point.In repechage, a wrestler who has lost in the first round has to win two bouts to clinch a bronze medal.However, as Geeta lost in the very next round, her Olympic campaign ended.”My opponent was superior in technique and so I lost,” Geeta said. “We have good coaches In India but we need more foreign exposure.”advertisementlast_img read more

Silicon Labs introduces broad portfolio of automotive grade timing solutions

first_imgSilicon Labs has launched the industry’s broadest portfolio of automotive grade timing solutions designed to meet the demanding clocking needs of in-vehicle systems. The new AEC-Q100-qualified timing devices include Si5332 any-frequency programmable clock generators, Si5225x PCIe Gen1/2/3/4/5 clocks, Si5325x PCIe buffers and Si5335x fanout clock buffers. These timing devices help automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers simplify clock tree design, reduce system points of failure, increase system reliability and optimize the performance of high-speed serial data transfer. The devices target a wide range of automotive applications including camera sub-systems, radar and LIDAR sensors, ADAS, autonomous driving control units, driver monitoring cameras, infotainment systems, Ethernet switches, and GPS and 5G connectivity.The Si5332 clock leverages Silicon Labs’ proven MultiSynth technology to provide any-frequency, any-output clock synthesis with more than 60 percent lower jitter than competing automotive clock solutions. Supporting up to eight clock outputs, selectable signal formats per output clock (LVDS, LVPECL, HCSL, LVCMOS) and independent 1.8-3.3V VDDO, the Si5332 clock easily interfaces to a broad range of FPGAs, ASICs, Ethernet switches/PHYs, processors, GPUs, SoCs, and PCIe Gen1/2/3/4/5 and NVLink SerDes. Clock synthesis, clock distribution and format/level translation are consolidated on-chip, enabling optimized single-IC clock tree solutions for automotive designs. The Si5332 clock generators and Si5335x clock buffers are configurable and customizable using Silicon Labs’ flexible ClockBuilder Pro software, enabling developers to create optimized solutions that exactly match specific clock tree requirements, with samples shipping in less than two weeks.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Tech developers seek robust perception in ADAS/AVNext 10 factors for finding the perfect switch for your applicationlast_img read more

MS Dhoni, quick as a flash, stumps Ross Taylor. Awestruck fans can’t keep calm

first_imgBrief scores: New Zealand 100/4 (17.1 overs) chasing 325 vs India (324/4). Tom Latham (10*); Jadhav (1/16) (SCORECARD)MS Dhoni’s sharp wicketkeeping skills got the better of Ross Taylor as New Zealand chased a stiff total against India in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Taylor missed a straight deivery from and lost his balance – Dhoni took the bails off in a flash.Dhoni’s batting form was cause for concern for the last two years before he smashed three successive fifties against Australia in 2019. Against New Zealand on Saturday, Dhoni blasted a quick 48 not out. What was never in doubt was his wicket keeping skills.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Live ScoreAlready the third most successful wicketkeeper in ODIs behind Kumar Sangakkara and Adam Gilchrist, Dhoni at 37, effected his 430th dismissal. When Dhoni whipped off the bails to dismiss Ross Taylor, it was his 119th stumping in one-day internationals. Kumar Sangakkara (99) has the second most stumpings behind MS Dhoni.The Master: MS Dhoni … Zaman (@taimoorze) January 26, 2019@ChennaiIPL Master class Stumping #Dhoni #Thala T (@tvlsun) January 26, 2019In 337 ODIs, Dhoni has 311 catches and 119 stumpings. No other wicketkeeper has played more international matches than MS Dhoni’s 520.Earlier in the New Zealand catch, Dhoni had dropped a regulation catch after Martin Guptill edged Bhuvneshwar. But India did not have to pay dearly because Guptill fell cheaply to Bhuvneshwar.Dhoni’s presence behind the wickets is of immense value to the Indian team. He is a like a coach to the two wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.advertisementHow Ross Taylor see’s Dhoni…@msdhoni #INDvNZ (@yeahokigetit) January 26, 2019Dhoni as Keeper walks once in a blue moon! #MSDhoni @msdhoni #NZvIND S D (@Vidyadhar_R) January 26, 2019In the first ODI, Dhoni brilliantly plotted Trent Boult’s dimissal, telling Kuldeep Yadav exactly what to bowl. Besides, MS Dhoni is brilliant with the DRS and reads the game better than most international cricketers.No wonder then that the Indian captain and coach fiercely backed MS Dhoni when he was struggling with the bat.With the World Cup barely a few months away, MS Dhoni has struck form with the bat. His glovework, if anything, just keeps getting better.Also Read | MS Dhoni misses 4th straight fifty, Rohit Sharma falls short of 23rd hundredAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s batsmen create history in Mount MaunganuiAlso Read | Rohit-Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag with 14th-century standlast_img read more


first_imgA former Sibley-Ocheyedan football coach and teacher fired after the superintendent found him sleeping in his classroom next to a 10-year-old has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault.Court records say 39-year-old Kyle Ewinger entered the written plea Wednesday in Osceola County District Court.Ewinger was fired after he was found with the boy sleeping on an air mattress.A criminal complaint says the boy reported that Ewinger had performed a sex act on him.His trial is scheduled to begin October 17th.Nebraska court records say Ewinger has pleaded not guilty a charge of sexually assaulting a child in Douglas County.No trial has yet been scheduled for that case.APlast_img read more

Mayor urges friendly Pasifika rivalry after Rugby League World Cup fan clashes

first_imgWaikato Stadium is expected to welcome a large contingent of supporters from both sides. Tensions are high after a number of clashes between Samoan and Tongan fans in south Auckland this week, including one in Otara involving 200 people and weapons in which police made six arrests.“Tonga and Samoa communities have a fantastic relationship – it’s a special bond and one underpinned by the importance of the Christian faith,” Mr King says. “The two island nations also have a huge sporting rivalry, and that rivalry needs to stay on the field.”He said disorderly behaviour will not be tolerated at the stadium and urged respect among fans and shown towards players, officials and staff running the event. Police have indicated they will have a noticeable presence in Hamilton for the match.Superintendent Sandra Manderson, the national commander of major sporting events, says police “want everybody to have a safe and enjoyable time and remember this special occasion for all the right reasons”. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share via Email Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Rugby League World Cup: Fiji’s Jarryd Hayne back at home in black and white Share on Messenger Rugby League World Cup 2017 Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Read more Share on Twitter Topics Hamilton mayor Andrew King is calling for peaceful rivalry among the Tongan and Samoan fans as the city prepares to host the two nations for a Rugby League World Cup clash on Saturday evening. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Rugby league Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Manuscript for unpublished Pickton book released to lawyer

first_imgAPTN National NewsCameron Ward has won one of his battles.Ward is the lawyer representing the families of Robert Pickton’s victims at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, and he’s received the unpublished manuscript of a book written about the Robert Pickton case by Detective Lori Shenher.Shenher was critical of senior officers in the Vancouver Police Department when she took the stand at the MWCI earlier this year, and while sections of the book have been redacted by both Shenher and the VPD, Ward says that “the document will be interesting”.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith talks to Ward about the manuscript, and what might happen next at the inquiry.last_img read more

The Latest Trump US flags to fly at halfstaff for Bush

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit (all times local):1:15 p.m.President Donald Trump has ordered American flags to fly at half-staff for 30 days to honour former President George H.W. Bush.In a proclamation signed Saturday, hours after Bush died, Trump has also designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning. Trump encourages Americans to gather in places of worship “to pay homage” to Bush’s memory.He adds: “I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.”Trump hails Bush as “one of America’s greatest points of light,” a reference to one of Bush’s signature phrases about American civic culture.Trump has mocked the “points of light” phrase, saying at campaign rallies that “I never quite got that one.”___12:40 p.m.President Donald Trump is cancelling a planned news conference at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina Saturday, “out of respect for the Bush Family” after death of former President George H.W. Bush.In a tweet, Trump says he was “very much looking forward” to speaking with the news media before leaving the summit in Buenos Aires “because we have had such great success in our dealing with various countries and their leaders at the G20.”He adds: “However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference.”Trump is scheduled to meet down Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping before returning to Washington.___4:45 a.m.When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner Saturday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, their table talk will undoubtedly have a global impact.Trump and Xi will be seeking a way out of a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies, while also saving face for their domestic audiences at home. Trump says: “There’s some good signs. We’ll see what happens.”The Trump-Xi meeting is the marquee event of Trump’s whirlwind two-day trip to Argentina for the Group of 20 Summit.Trade analysts and administration officials acknowledge it won’t be easy. The United States and China are locked in a dispute over their trade imbalance and Beijing’s push to challenge American technological dominance.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rs 21 crore in cash, bullion seized

first_imgKolkata: The Income Tax (I-T) Department and other agencies have so far seized over Rs 21.11 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from Bengal after the announcement of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, an official said here on Thursday. Of the total seizure so far, about Rs 10 crore in unlawful cash has been recovered in this year’s drive in the state, which is higher that the around Rs 8 crore cash seized during the two-month effort before the 2014 general elections, I-T sleuths said. “Our drive aimed to curb black money flow during elections. I-T officials and other agencies have so far recovered over Rs 21.11 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion after the declaration of the elections. The seizures were done mostly in Kolkata and also in Siliguri and Balurghat,” said I-T investigation wing’s principal director Ashish Verma. The seizures were made from businesses, cash handlers and hawala operators, he said. “With our intensifying efforts, we have unearthed nearly Rs 10 crore in cash in just 15 days of operation after the announcement of polls. Last time, we had recovered around about Rs 8 crore in cash,” Verma added. He also said the I-T officials have been conducting a search operation for over two months at a private vault having about 649 lockers at central Kolkata’s Vardaan Market basement and that the operation will get over on Thursday. “In this operation, we have so far seized Rs 5.16 crore of unaccounted cash and jewellery and bullion worth Rs 13.62 crore,” he said. “Of the about Rs 12 crore worth of jewellery and bullion seized so far after the announcement of elections, around Rs 8-9 crore worth of specious metals were recovered from the Vardhan market operation,” Verma said. The I-T Department has deployed over 200 of its officers and employees across West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Island to monitor election expenditure and flow of black money. The department will also have dedicated teams for each of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal which will have seven-phase polls.last_img read more

‘Morocco a Safe Country,’ Diplomatic Source Says Amid Investigations into Tourists’…

Rabat – As fear and speculation that the tragic deaths of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco’s Imlil village will have long standing negative repercussions on Moroccan tourism, diplomatic sources are confident in the country’s ability to shed light in the murder and reassure hesitant tourists.“Morocco is generally perceived as a safe country,” an anonymous diplomatic source told Morocco World News, suggesting that Rabat is collaborating with Copenhagen and Oslo to investigate the murders of two Danish and Norwegian tourists.Read Also: Murder of 2 Scandinavian Tourists in Morocco, Act of Terror: SourceFollowing the murders, both Denmark and Norway warned their citizens from hiking and visiting the area alone without local guides. “The vast majority of trips to Morocco are free of any problems, but precautions must be taken,” Norway foreign ministry said in a statement.Earlier this week, Moroccans and Morocco-loving tourists woke up to the news of two murders in Imil near Mount Toubkal, one of Morocco’s most prized tourist destinations. Like millions of tourists who visit Morocco yearly, 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, from Denmark, and 28-year-old Maren Ueland, from Norway, visited the region in in  hopes of exploring its stunning natural beauty.“Dear friends, [I am] going to Morocco in December. Any of you guys who’s around by then or any mountain friends who knows something about Mount Toubkal?” read one of Jespersen’s most recent Facebook posts, making it clear that the 24-year-old looked forward to making the most of her Moroccan stay.Read Also: Four Suspects Involved in Murder of Scandinavian Tourists Near Mount ToubkalMonday, however, the two tourists were found dead in the area where they had been seen camping. Fear and apprehension quickly soared as major news outlets reported on the unfortunate incident. Danish and Norwegian outlets even reported that the two young women had defied their loved ones’ warnings about their planned trip to Morocco. The families reportedly had doubts about security in Morocco and did not want them to travel there.Although other tourists have since spoken of Morocco as a safe holiday destination country, the harm has been done and fear appeared to have taken deep roots. For all the fear surrounding the incident, the Moroccan diplomatic source told Morocco World News that Rabat has received guarantees from representatives of the two Scandinavian countries about their readiness to cooperate on the dossier. He said authorities from the two concerned countries reiterated their faith in Morocco’s security. “Danish diplomats have reassured us that they believe Morocco is a safe country and that no Danish national has experienced problems while in Morocco” prior to this week’s tragic incident.Moroccans and foreign nationals have been equally appalled by the murder, and police have, so far, arrested three suspects. Further investigations are being conducted to shed more light on the murders, the source said. read more

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets second green light from Ottawa

The federal cabinet is also requiring another consultation with Indigenous communities affected by the project to determine how they can potentially become economic partners in the project.The government has accepted the 156 conditions the National Energy Board put on the project approval, but is amending six of them to include requiring Indigenous communities to be involved in developing marine emergency response plans, mitigating potential impacts on sacred sites, and Indigenous involvement in post-construction environmental impact reporting.There are also eight new accommodations required to take into account Indigenous concerns, including working with some communities to potentially move the route.Timeline: A look at key dates in Trans Mountain’s history The federal Liberal government is giving the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion a second lease on life.“Today I’m announcing that our government has approved the Trans Mountain expansion project going forward,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa after markets closed Tuesday.“This is a new decision. The company plans to have shovels in the ground this construction season.”The decision to reapprove the project comes nine months after the Federal Court of Appeal ripped up the original federal approval, citing incomplete Indigenous consultations and a faulty environmental review. Trudeau says the court said the government needed to do better.“And you know what?” Trudeau said. “They were right.”Critics, of which there are many, wasted little time denouncing the news and predicting another courtroom rejection.“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision,” said Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in B.C. “We will be appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.”The Liberals ordered the National Energy Board to look at marine shipping impacts; Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi started another round of consultations with Indigenous communities affected by the project.Tuesday’s decision also comes the day after the Liberals passed a motion in the House of Commons declaring climate change a national emergency that would require more cuts to emissions than have already been promised.In 2016, the National Energy Board said the production of another 590,000 barrels of oil, which would maximize the twinned pipeline’s capacity, could generate 14-17 million more tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, which means Canada would have to find ways to cut more from other sectors to meet and then exceed its current targets.RELATED: Trans Mountain timeline: A look at key dates in the project’s historyTrudeau says he is sympathetic to concerns about the environment and the need to transition to cleaner sources of energy, but says that in order to fund that transition, Canada needs to take advantage of its natural resources while they are still needed.“The policies of the last century will not serve Canadians in this one,” he said, acknowledging the concerns of environmentalists who fear the twinning project will exponentially increase the risk of a catastrophic spill on the West Coast.“I understand your desire to protect your coastline and your ocean, because I share it,” he said directly to British Columbia residents. “Our top priority is making sure there is no spill in the first place, but we know we need to be prepared for anything.”Before he was done, however, Trudeau struck a decidedly partisan note, aiming to frame this fall’s federal election campaign in terms of which party can best shepherd economic and resource development through the ever-narrowing gauntlet of environmental grassroots opposition.“The Conservatives built exactly zero pipelines to new markets, but they did manage to build one thing: extreme animosity between those who want pipelines and those who don’t.”Trans Mountain, coupled with two Liberal energy bills currently making their way through Parliament, have become the biggest flashpoint between the Liberals and their opponents, with Conservatives demanding the government do more to get the pipeline built and the NDP and Green party urging a full stop.Green party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose parties are staking claim to the same political territory, were unequivocal in their opposition to Trudeau’s decision.“This announcement represents cynicism and hypocrisy at a level that is quite breathtaking,” May said in a statement, citing the Liberal motion passed Monday in the Commons declaring climate change a national emergency.At the other end of the political spectrum, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer scoffed at the idea the pipeline would ever be built, and cast doubts on Trudeau’s sincerity about supporting the energy industry.“He hasn’t done anything,” said Scheer. “Show me the pipeline. Where is it?”The project has also caused major friction between British Columbia and Alberta. Trudeau called both B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to inform them of the decision Tuesday. Kenney lauded the cabinet decision, but echoed Scheer’s skepticism.“This second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline isn’t a victory to celebrate. It’s just another step in a process that has frankly taken too long,” Kenney said.He urged the federal cabinet to take action on other fronts to get more oil to global energy market, such as accepting proposed amendments on Bill C-69 and abandoning Bill C-48. C-69 overhauls the assessment process for approving major projects like pipelines; C-48 bans oil tankers off B.C.’s northern coast.The government will require that every dollar in federal revenue coming from the project be reinvested in clean energy and green technology. That includes an estimated $500 million a year in new annual corporate tax revenues once the pipeline is in service, as well as any revenues from the promised sale of the entire expanded pipeline back to the private sector.The Prime Minister is vowing that every dollar of profit earned through the pipeline expansion will be invested in green energy and technologies. When the expansion is fully operational those profits are estimated at $500-million annually #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 18, 2019“To those who want sustainable energy and a cleaner environment, know that I want that too,” said Trudeau. “But in order to bridge the gap between where we are and where we’re going, we need money to pay for it.”Trudeau says construction will restart this construction season, but there is no specific date yet. Trans Mountain Canada will have to apply a second time for all the necessary federal, provincial and municipal permits before breaking ground. 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Ontario Securities Commission to review TSX approval in HBC land deal

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission is holding a hearing Wednesday at the request of a Hudson’s Bay Co. activist investor to review a Toronto Stock Exchange decision concerning shares involved in the sale of a New York City property.Land & Buildings Investment Management LLC applied on Monday for the regulator to review the TSX’s Nov. 7 decision to provide conditional support to Rhone Capital’s $632-million equity investment in the form of eight-year mandatory convertible preferred shares.The funding was part of a deal that included the sale of HBC’s Lord & Talyor Fifth Avenue building to WeWork Property Advisors for nearly $1.1 billion and to pursue a strategic alliance with WeWork to pursue future real estate transactions.Hudson’s Bay investors want debt reduction, payouts from real estate proceedsHBC accuses Land & Buildings of misleading shareholders about Rhone investmentThe owner of Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor said it expects Rhone will initially hold a 21.8 per cent voting and equity interest in the company on a partially diluted basis and that could grow to 30 per cent if the preferred shares are held to their eight-year maturity.Land & Buildings has urged the retailer to consider a bid for its German operations by Signa Holding and criticized HBC for selling a controlling interest in the company without seeking the approval of minority shareholders.The retailer and its investor have been in a war of words, accusing one another of misleading shareholders regarding the building’s sale and the related Rhone Capital investment. read more

UNDPsupported talks on trade between Asia and Africa are held in Paris

“The timing of this multi-faceted event is highly significant: it is being held in the aftermath of the 2005 World Summit during which world leaders agreed to take action on a range of global challenges, including trade liberalization, and prior to the forthcoming high-profile World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong,” the Director of the TICAD/UN Development Programme Africa Bureau, Bouna Sémou Diouf.The two-day public forum, organized by the TICAD/UNDP Africa Bureau and the Club Millennium, a Paris-based think-tank on African development, will examine trade, investment and cooperation between Asia and Africa and discuss ways of sensitizing the African public about the TICAD Initiative. According to the World Bank, a TICAD co-organizer, African exports to Asia are still small but have grown significantly in the past 12 years. Of the continent’s total export earnings, estimated at an average of $134 billion per year from 2001 to 2003, 15 per cent came from sales to Asia and the rate of increase, about 10 per cent per year, has been higher than the comparable rates for trade with the European Union (EU) or the United States. In addition to senior officials of the TICAD/UNDP Africa Bureau, speakers will include Anicet Dologuele, President of the Banque de Développement des États de l’Afrique Centrale; Marie Gosset, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to the Kingdom of Belgium and accredited to ACP and EU; Hiroshi Hirabayashi, Ambassador of Japan to France; Maggie Kigozi, Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority; Elson Ng K, President & CEO of the Singapore-based GMG Global Ltd. and Alizetta Ouédraogo, Chair and CEO of Tanz Aliz in Burkina Faso. read more

Tunisia beach massacre Report questioned security at Sousse hotel before terror attack

first_imgTunisian hotel gunman Seifeddine RezguiCredit:SITE Intelligence Group Some of the 38 people who died in the Tunisia terror attack Mr Ritchie asked whether the Foreign Office (FCO) travel advice warned tourists were a target for terrorists.She said: “It does say attacks happen in places visited by tourists. It does say there was a high risk of terrorism and foreigners may be at places that are targeted. I.e foreigners are potential targets.”However Mr Ritchie pointed out the advice in fact did not say tourists were targets. Tunisian hotel gunman Seifeddine Rezgui Tunisia attack victims’ relatives arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice for the inquestCredit:Nick Ansell/PA Relatives arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ahead of an inquest into the deaths of 30 Britons in the Tunisia beach terror attack Rezgui began his attack by firing on sun loungers arranged on the sands behind the hotel, before using the beach gate to enter its grounds and shoot down fleeing holidaymakers. Twenty people were shot dead on the beach, eight inside the hotel and another 10 in the hotel grounds.The shooting was the deadliest terrorist attack against Britons since the 2005 London Tube bombings.The inquest has already heard Tunisian official claims that local security forces “deliberately and unjustifiably” stalled their response to the attack.The court heard on Tuesday that in December 2014 Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) had released a video threatening attacks against Tunisia. Some of the 38 people who died in the Tunisia terror attack In March 2015, 21 people, mainly tourists, had been shot dead in an attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis. The inquest was shown emails between a security consultant and travel operator TUI the day after the Bardo attack.In it the consultant said: “We had the video posted on YouTube by [Islamic State] as recently as December and they have vowed attacks on Tunisia as it works to establish its network there.”I would say this incident is the start of campaign within Tunisia.”Part of the video which was translated said: “We are going to expand to Tunisia whether you like it or not and we won’t be content until we have slaughtered the unbeliever.”Mr Ritchie QC put it to Jane Marriott, then a director of the Foreign Office Middle East desk, that in the Bardo attack tourists were a target.She said: “That is how it looked to us.” 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. Making clear the families’s position, Mr Ritchie QC said: “I offer no criticism of the FCO for its decision not to embargo travel.”The families accept that it is a tricky decision and you can’t just embargo the whole world at the jerk of a knee. My criticism only goes as far as not putting that tourists were targets.”The inquest is expected to last for seven weeks. Foreign Office officials knew security at hotels in the Tunisian resort of Sousse was too weak to stop a terrorist attack months before a gunman shot dead 30 British holidaymakers, an inquest has heard.A reconnaissance of hotels by a Foreign Office official found there was little security in place to prevent or respond to an attack.The survey included the hotel where Seifeddine Rezgui would later go on a shooting rampage and focussed particularly on the security of beachfront entrances such as the one he would use during his assault.The Foreign Office then did not raise its threat level warning to tourists despite a deadly attack killing tourists in Tunis museum.Rezgui shot dead a total of 38 tourists in a marauding attack through the Imperial Marhaba hotel on June 26, 2015. The second day of an inquest into the deaths heard another Sousse hotel had been targeted by a suicide bomber in 2013, though the bomber only killed himself.Andrew Ritchie QC, representing the families of 20 of the dead, told the Royal Courts of Justice that a Foreign Office trade representative visited nine hotels in January 2015.The unnamed official had been in Mumbai during the 2008 attacks and went to Sousse to examine security and collect floorplans as part of a “contingency plan”.Mr Ritchie said: “Given that the attack on the Riadh Palms Hotel in October 2013 was launched from the beach, particular attention was paid to the beach access points.”It [the report] said ‘Despite some good security infrastructure around the hotels and resorts there seems to be little in the way of effective security to prevent or respond to an attack.”last_img read more

Charity appeals for your unwanted Christmas gifts

first_imgDUBLIN’S PRO CATHEDRAL is asking people to keep the spirit of giving going beyond Christmas.Staff at St. Mary’s Cathedral are urging people not to exchange unwanted Christmas gifts this week – but to donate them to Crosscare who will give them to those most in need, young people living on the margins and the homeless.Any surplus gifts, that were not needed for people in need, were sold during the year in Crosscare’s, Blanchardstown service, and the money raised given back to the homeless services for essential supplies.Father Damien O Reilly, administrator in the Pro Cathedral, said they were delighted to be able to facilitate the appeal which every year resulted in those most in need receiving some Christmas cheer.“This simple scheme allows Crosscare to give a gift to someone in their services who would not normally receive one, he said, “it is also a reminder to us all of how we can get needlessly caught up in wasteful commercialism at this time of year.”He stressed that Pope Francis has consistently preached about the need to control waste in our world – using gifts you don’t need to give to those who have little, is one small gesture of sharing that can help, he says.The unwanted gifts appeal will make sure that as well as the essentials, people who are struggling with life, will get a small token of cheer each Christmas. Unwanted presents can be brought to the crib in the Cathedral until 6 January.Read: Childline responded to 1,450 calls, texts and messages on Christmas DayRead: This online forum helps strangers save Christmas for children in needlast_img read more

Sony latest Cybershot cameras with Full HD and plenty of zoom

first_imgIf you like your cameras with plenty of zoom then Sony may have just the ticket as they have unveiled two new 16.2-MP Cyber-shot cameras with FULL HD video recording.First up you have the DSC-HX100V which packs in a 27mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with a large 30x optical zoom. It can also shoot video at FULL HD (1920 x 1080) at up to 60fps and take 3D content using its 3D Sweep Panorama/3D Still Image modes.AdChoices广告The slightly smaller DSC-HX9V offers a similar spec but is lighter and has 16x optical zoom with a 24mm wide angle lens.What seems like a great feature is that both cameras have Sony’s new dual record mode which allows you to shoot both video and 3MP stills at the same time. Additionally, you have a GPS/Compass function that captures location and shooting direction for each shot.The Cybershot cameras will be out in April and will cost $450 for the DSC-HX100V and $350 for the DSC-HX9V.Read more via PR Newswirelast_img read more

Microsoft accidentally leaks its upcoming social project

first_imgYou can’t expect Facebook and Google to get into a social war without Microsoft wanting in on the action too, can you? This morning, Microsoft claims they unintentionally leaked their own upcoming social platform, codenamed “Tulalip.” The image above is a view of the teaser page that was “accidentally” published on, a URL that Microsoft owns.“Tulalip” is actually the name of a Native American tribe that lives near Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, so it makes sense that the entire project may retain its name even as it goes public. Still, it would be difficult to see Microsoft launching a social network with such an esoteric name – especially when there’s rumor that Microsoft may have paid up to $2.6 million for the domain you visit now, you get an all-text splash page that says that the project is “an internal design project by Microsoft Research which was accidentally posted to the Web.” It goes on to say “We didn’t mean to, honest.”That may be true, but it does raise questions about what Microsoft is planning to do in the social space – and before the project was “accidentally” published and now nonchalantly dismissed, we had no idea Microsoft was planning anything.Now, at least, we know that they’re working on a service that will allow users to share content with one another, and that Bing will probably play a significant role, since search is present on the login page. We also know that Microsoft will likely offload authentication to Facebook and Twitter, meaning that whatever Tulalip is, it’ll be a companion service to a user’s existing networks, as opposed to a replacement for them.The whole thing seems a little bit like Microsoft Vine, which was a social service that never really found its footing or purpose. Microsoft eventually admitted defeat with Vine and shuttered the project, but the company clearly isn’t finished with social yet. We’ll just have to wait and see if Tulalip becomes reality.Read more at, via TechCrunchlast_img read more

Soldes dhiver razzia sur les achats en ligne

first_imgSoldes d’hiver: razzia sur les achats en ligneCette année, deux internautes sur trois utiliseront Internet à l’occasion des soldes, soit 22 millions de Français, selon la Fédération de l’e-commerce et de la vente à distance (Fevad). À la première heure des soldes, des millions d’internautes se sont connectés pour valider leur panier. Les accros se sont-ils aussi levés aux aurores pour se ruer dans les magasins ? Il y a peu de chance. Acheter en ligne présente de nombreux avantages, non négligeables. Plus besoin de se déplacer dans les magasins bondés, ni de porter les sacs de course toute la journée. Sur internet, le paiement est sécurisé et les achats livrés à domicile. Les grands marchands en ligne préparent même leurs serveurs, de façon à ce qu’ils puissent supporter le nombre important de visiteurs. Et en restant chez soi, bien installé dans son fauteuil, le cerveau a moins de chance de passer en mode soldes, du coup, moins de chance de succomber à l’achat lié à un effet d’entraînement.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Mais pas question de se restreindre pour autant. Selon et, les sites Brandalley et Spartoo attendent respectivement 1,5 millions et 4 millions de visiteurs aujourd’hui. prévoit 100.000 commandes la première semaine. Comme d’habitude, ce sont les produits d’habillement qui remportent le gros lot dans les intentions d’achats. Suivi des produits techniques, du mobilier et de la décoration, de l’électroménager et du matériel de sport. Et avec la montée en puissance de Facebook et Twitter, les bonnes affaires devraient largement être partagées sur les réseaux sociaux. Le panier moyen des Français se stabilise autour de 187 euros pour les achats sur internet. Le budget des hommes (228 euros) dépassera largement celui des femmes (150 euros), les hommes achetant davantage de produits high-tech. La majorité des “cybersoldeurs” feront leurs achats derrière leur ordinateur, mais avec l’avènement des tablettes et des smartphones, ces derniers devraient aussi être largement utilisés, notamment chez les 25-34 ans. Les achats en ligne devrait permettre aux e-commerçants de largement booster leur chiffre d’affaire. Mais attention, avec une multitude d’offres, de remises et de sites, les soldes sur internet pourraient rapidement devenir un casse-tête. Le 11 janvier 2012 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sarri plans to make a few changes for MOL Vidi

first_imgAccording to the British news outlet, Sports Mole, Maurizio Sarri will make a few changes ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with MOL Vidi.The Blues have opened their Europa League journey with a narrow 1-0 triumph over PAOK in Thessaloniki, but two exhausting encounters with Liverpool over the past seven days forced the former Napoli manager to make some calculations.Some of the players that should take a rest are Eden Hazard, Willian, and Jorginho, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek might be available despite recent claims suggested otherwise.”He has to get used to the pressure”Maurizio Sarri has told Ruben Loftus-Cheek to get used to the pressure of playing for a club like Chelsea.More: Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 3, 2018When asked about potential changes for a duel against Videoton, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I don’t think that in West Ham we didn’t win because of the match in Greece. We changed a lot of players so I don’t think the reason was that.“Of course tomorrow we need to change some players because we have spent a lot of mental and physical energy in two matches against Liverpool and then after this match, we have to play a match again in 62 hours so tomorrow we need to change. I don’t know how many players but we need to change.”The arrival of Sarri has made a positive impact on the side that last season failed to qualify for the Champions League, as Chelsea are yet to lose a match this year.last_img read more

Solskjaer focused on the next six months

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s not focused on taking the job on a permanent basis but wants to lead the team for the next six months.Mourinho’s two-and-a-half-year reign at Old Trafford ended on Tuesday when he was sacked, and United brought in former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take the reins until the end of the season.Solskjaer took his first United training session on Thursday and spoke to the media ahead of their trip to Cardiff City on Saturday.“I’m going to enjoy the ride,” Solskjaer told MUTV.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s six months. I’m back home. I’m going to be myself. The club is running a process to find the next manager so I’m going to be myself in the meantime with Mick, Kieran, and Michael. We’ll get the players enjoying their football again.“I’ve had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I’m confident. I’ve won the league, I’ve won cups, I’ve been relegated. It’s about man management. It’s about managing players, staff and it’s about getting the best out of everyone.“The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him. He’s been the biggest influence but then again we’re different.“I’m a different personality. I like to speak to people, I like to engage with people. I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy.”last_img read more