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India’s 73rd Independence anniversary observed with flag-raising ceremony

first_imgIn commemoration of India’s 73rd Independence anniversary, the Indian High Commission on Thursday held a simple yet significant flag-raising ceremony at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre.New Indian High Commissioner Dr K J Srinivasa interacts with invitees during the eventIn the presence of Indian officials and other invited guests, the recently accredited Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K J Srinivasa delivered an address by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, on the eve of the country’s Independence Day.The Indian flag was hoisted on the lawns of the compound as the National Anthem of India was recited.The High Commissioner mentioned that India’s Independence Day is celebrated worldwide by Indians in the diaspora while noting the greatest potential lies in the people, rather than the Government.The Indian flag being hoisted“While the Government inevitably has its part to play, I would argue that the greater opportunity and ability lies in the skill, talent, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship of 1.3 billion Indians. These attributes are not new. They have kept India going and have nurtured our civilisation for thousands of years. There have been many times in our long history when our people encountered hardships and challenges. Even on such occasions, our society proved to be resilient.”Kovind would have acknowledged in his speech that cooperation is key in forging dependable diplomatic relations with other nations. While India has a steadfast economy, it has maintained good relations with many countries, including Guyana.“The spirit of cooperation is what we bring to our diplomatic endeavours as well, as we gladly share our experiences and our strengths with partner countries in every continent. At home and abroad, in domestic discourse and in foreign policy, let us always be conscious of the magic and uniqueness of India,” his address read.India gained its independence from the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947. On August 15, 1947, the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi.On each subsequent Independence Day, the incumbent Prime Minister customarily raises the flag and gives an address to the nation.last_img read more

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first_imgKILLER Stephen Cahoon used several different names so that girlfriends weren’t aware of his evil past, it has been revealed.The Derryman was jailed for life yesterday for the murder of mother of four Jean Quigley in 2008. He was arrested ten days later by a quick-thinking Garda in Donegal Town.Jean’s mother Emma McBride, who found her 30-year-old daughter’s body, said of the murder verdict from the Dublin jury: “It’s never going to bring Jean back, but at least now I know she didn’t die in vain. “To see him getting what he deserves, it’s a relief, but at the same time now I can grieve.”Jean’s brother Gerald said: “People like Stephen Cahoon need to be on a register much much sooner so that people are aware who the criminals out there are that can cause this kind of hurt and pain, so that people like Jean would have known to stay away from them.”Cahoon had a violent history, leaving a teenager for dead in 1999 – an attack for which he was later given five years.Jean Quigley was just his latest victim. Her family said he went by a number of different names and “nobody ever put two and two together”.Police described Cahoon as a “dangerous sexual predator with a history of violence against women. He deserves to stay behind bars for a very long time”.Jean’s sister Anne-Marie said: “He made his past out to be that his partners were as bad as he was. He said he went with some girls and they were crazy, but we found out later on that he was the crazy one.”EVIL CAHOON: FAMILY SPEAK OUT AS KILLER GETS LIFE was last modified: May 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EVIL CAHOON: FAMILY SPEAK OUT AS KILLER GETS LIFEJean QuigleySTEPHEN CAHOONlast_img read more


Man appears in court on burglary and assault charges

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been remanded in custody charged with burglary and assault.John Paul Reilly of 5 Glenard Park, Long Lane, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. Garda Inspector Sean Grant told the court that the Director of Public Prosecution has agreed to trial by indictment at the Circuit Court.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until October 2nd for an appearance by video link.His solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was already in Wheatfield Prison and is not due for release until next March.Man appears in court on burglary and assault charges was last modified: September 25th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultburglarydonegalJOhn Paul Reillylast_img read more

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first_imgA lone raider who broke into the home of an 80 year old woman pulled her wedding ring from her finger.The cowardly thief broke into the woman’s home in the Glencar Scotch are of Letterkenny just after 5am on Saturday morning.The raider escaped with some jewelery and a small amount of cash. The woman was slightly injured in the raid and had to be hospitalised for a time.She has since been released from hospital and is understood to be recovering after her terrifying ordeal.The raid was part of at least three incidents in the Glencar area on Friday night.Another house was also broken into while thieves also stole a car in the area. The incidents have been slammed by the Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal Blake who described them as “disgusting.”SICK BURGLAR TOOK WEDDING RING FROM 80 YEAR OLD’S FINGER was last modified: September 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarletterkennythiefwedding ringwomanlast_img read more


Hatton: Theophane deserves title shot

first_imgRicky Hatton has heaped praise on Ashley Theophane, insisting the Kilburn light-welterweight deserves a world title shot.Theophane, 31, will defend his British title against Darren Hamilton of Bristol at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday after Steve Williams withdrew at short notice because of illness.It is the second successive fight in which he has had to deal with a change of opponent.Theophane trains in New York.In December he overcame a difficult start and battled his way to an 11th-round stoppage of the rugged Ben Murphy, who was a late replacement for Nigel Wright.Ex-world champion Hatton, now Theophane’s promoter, declared: “Ashley is an example to all boxers, and just wants to train and fight all comers.“As soon as Williams pulled out he never once thought about not fighting, because the British title and owning a Lonsdale belt means so much to him. I have nothing but admiration for him.”Saturday’s fight will be on the undercard of the British heavyweight clash between David Price and Sam Sexton.It will be Theophane’s third defence of the belt he took from Lenny Daws last year, meaning a victory would see him keep the coveted Lonsdale belt outright and remain on course for a possible world title challenge.And Hatton, who dominated the light-welterweight division in his heyday, said: “Ashley has done it his way and flown around the world solo just to benefit from top-class sparring and experience in the best gyms.“He has served his dues and a world title fight is no more than he deserves, but Hamilton is still there to give him a test.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Yahoo May Own Tumblr, But Its Users Clearly Aren’t Sold

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NSFW#Tumblr#Yahoo 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Yahoo’s plans to make Tumblr more family friendly hit a snag this weekend, after a user uprising forced CEO David Karp to backtrack on the platform’s unpopular new adult content quarantine. But Tumblr itself dodged a bullet at the same time. Last week, Tumblr quietly imposed a sort of blackout on “adult content” tags, from the obvious “sex,” “porn” and “BDSM,” to the arbitrary seeming “gay,” “lesbian,” and “depression.” In practice, that meant that any and all blogs that mentioned one of these terms were rendered invisible to anyone looking for them via search engines or Tumblr’s own “explore” function. Strangely enough, other sex-related tags like “asshole” and “necrophilia” stayed visible. That move cut off what we can safely say were a lot of blogs from just for mentioning one of the banned tags at some point in time. (Back in April, analytics firm SimilarGroup found that 11.4% of Tumblr’s 200,000 most-visited domains were adult blogs, although it’s not clear how it classified “adult,” nor how that ratio holds up among the remainder of Tumblr’s 126 million other blogs.) In this case, the net it cast was particularly wide: Even your primarily safe-for-work Tumblr blog—the one that’s filled with pictures of your dog and what you had for lunch—would have been blacklisted thanks to that six-month-old post that touched on porn, or even just your battle with depression. User outrage got bad enough that at least 20,000 users signed a petition that complained the blacklist was “shunning people off of Tumblr.” Eventually, Karp had to make a statement rescinding the blackout. The arbitrary tags are still blocked on mobile (Karp blamed the Apple store’s strict guidelines and promised a better solution soon), but NSFW content is back to being an on-off toggle that works like an honor system for racy bloggers. To wit, if your blog isn’t safe for work, you do the right thing and label it, which allows other Tumblr users to ignore it.So What Really Happened?The real question is, why would Tumblr ban a bunch of arbitrary tags in the first place? Why cut out porn, LGBTQ issues, and depression in one fell swoop? Tumblr denies any interference by its corporate parent, instead blaming the Apple store for its heavy-handedness.“The reason you see innocent tags like #gay being blocked on certain platforms is that they are still frequently returning adult content which our entire app was close to being banned for,” Karp wrote.Even if that’s the case, it’s difficult to believe that Yahoo’s influence—direct or indirect—played no role at all here. Otherwise, why would Tumblr also block posts with these “adult” tags from being indexed on search engines and made available in other non-mobile environments? Karp’s explanation also doesn’t have an answer for why some users’ blogs were being temporarily flagged as NSFW without their knowledge—on all platforms. At the time of the acquisition, bloggers reported that Marissa Mayer suggested Tumblr’s porn could stick around, but perhaps that was just wishful thinking. Yahoo has never made an effort to hide its “family friendly” values. It only makes sense that it would want to apply those values to its empire across the board.Tumblr’s crackdown was certainly no surprise to 170,000 petitioners who feared the Yahoo deal would change the blogging platform for the worse, or at least drastically limit the freedom Tumblr users were accustomed to.While we don’t know what its parent company actually asked, or what Yahoo corporate desires Tumblr’s management might have tried to anticipate, in the end, Tumblr’s decision was to reverse the decision. To Tumblr, users are still the boss. And here’s why that could spell trouble for Yahoo.Two Views Of TumblrWhether Yahoo likes it or not, adult content is a huge part of what makes Tumblr useful to its audience. It’s not just porn or nudity, although that’s still a big part of how its largely pseudonymous members choose to use the platform. And what of it?Tumblr is famous for hosting a community of people who vocally champion rights for LGBTQ people and publicize mental health issues once kept behind closed doors. The ability to have a pseudonymous Tumblr username that isn’t tied to email, paired with the ability to search Tumblr by any word or topic, helps people to realize they’re not alone. The sheer number of petitioners shows the importance of Tumblr as a community for topics that others might classify as “adult.” However, Tumblr’s search-by-tag mechanism makes it easy for pornographers to shock unsuspecting users with porn. The #gay tag is full of LGBTQ activism, but also dick pics. The #depression tag can be a helpful haven for suffering people, but it also includes graphic photos of slashed wrists. One great example of users fighting back is the “Reclaiming the Latina tag” blog—a Tumblr written by Latinas tired of finding porn of Hispanic women when they search for Tumblr posts by fellow Latinas.Tumblr’s tagging system does a great job of delivering porn to people who aren’t looking for it. But removing tags like #gay, #depression, or even #latina won’t fix that. As Karp wrote in his apology, Tumblr is going to attempt more “intelligent” filtering to separate the wheat from the chaff. This isn’t the first time users have threatened to leave a social platform if something changed. People have been making the same claims about leaving Facebook for years. But while concerns about Facebook privacy seem to always be bundled in a pile of “what-ifs,” Tumblr users’ worries are immediate and real. If adult content is made to go away, or even severely restricted, they’d have little use for it.Tumblr thought better of throwing away the gay rights baby with the gay porn bathwater. 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‘Avian botulism’ reason for bird deaths near Sambhar Lake

first_imgBotulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14 The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin which is produced by a bacterial strain — as the reason for mass mortality of birds, including migratory species from Northern Asia, at Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.The laboratory tests conducted on the samples of carcasses collected from the lake confirmed the disease infecting the birds, the probability of which was earlier stated by veterinarians in the State. The illness, caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, affected the nervous system of birds, leading to flaccid paralysis in their legs and wings and neck touching the ground.More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists and ornithologists. The scientists at IVRI found the samples infested with maggots of third stage with a clear indication that the avian mortality had occurred over a period of time.Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said the IVRI report had approved the regimen of treatment adopted for birds recovered from the lake’s shores. “The rescue centres established near the lake have treated 735 birds, of which 368 are alive and 36 have been released to their natural habitat,” he said.Located 80 km south-west of Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline water body and has been designated as a wetland of international importance, attracting thousands of migratory birds during winter.Avian flu ruled outA Bhopal-based laboratory had earlier ruled out avian flu as the cause of deaths of birds after examining the viscera. The post-mortem of two bird carcasses by a Bikaner-based research organisation had concluded that bacterium Clostridium botulinum had entered from the soil into the meat of some dead birds.last_img read more

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IPL 2017 final: MS Dhoni-Steve Smith communication has been outstanding, says Stephen Fleming

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant coach Stephen Fleming said Steve Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s “outstanding” relationship was key to the team’s success this season as they eye their maiden Indian Premier League title.Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant will take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2017 final on Sunday at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Fleming tried to downplay the rumours of rift between Smith and Dhoni, who was replaced by the 27-year-old Australian as captain of the Pune franchise before the start of the season.”Between the two of them it has been outstanding. Much has been made of the relationship. Certainly sitting with them, it has been influential for the youngsters, beneficial for the senior players, and it has been helpful for me. So it has been a great dynamic to be part of,” Fleming said on the eve of the final.The change in captaincy appeared to have been prompted by Pune’s ordinary outing last year when they finished seventh in the points table after winning just five of their 14 matches.Under Smith, Pune have enjoyed a massive turnaround, reaching their maiden IPL final.Fleming also defended Dhoni, who has been under criticism from many quarters for his below-par show this season.Dhoni, regarded as one of the best limited-overs finishers to have ever played the game, managed to score 280 runs in 15 matches, including one half-century.”Dhoni has been very successful. He is one of the most successful players of the last decade to have played,” said Fleming, who has been associated with with Dhoni since the first edition of the league in 2008. The former New Zealand captain was also the coach of the now suspended Chennai Super Kings franchise, which was led by Dhoni.advertisement”He has been criticised for not doing as much, but what you have to appreciate is how good he was when he was doing it time and time again,” he added.Dhoni is set to become the first player in history to make it to the IPL final for the seventh time when he takes the field on Sunday.”Another opportunity to win a final for him, something that I know he is up for and motivated for. It has been good this year, he has played some cameo roles,” Fleming said.last_img read more

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Garz & Fricke adds software service provider e-GITS Software

first_imgGarz & Fricke Group is strengthening its position through the addition of the software service provider e-GITS GmbH, based in Stuttgart and Chennai, India. Founder of e-GITS, Sven Liess, will remain as Managing Director of e-GITS and thus retain a key role along with the Garz & Fricke management in developing the corporate group into a leading systems supplier offering a one-stop shop for HMIs, vending machines and payment systems, while also expanding the Stuttgart location.The core competency of e-GITS is to be found in tailor-made cross-platform applications. These mainly involve the development of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for embedded IoT components in the target markets of medical engineering, industrial automation, home automation and smart vending (connected vending machines). Furthermore, e-GITS has been a certified Qt partner for many years and offers training packages in accordance with customer specifications. The software applications cover embedded, mobile and desktop applications for operating systems such as embedded Linux, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS.Including e-GITS, the Garz & Fricke Group employs some 150 people, a high proportion of whom are engineers. As well as increasing the workforce, the additional locations in south Germany and Chennai, India will allow the Group to provide even closer support for its customers in the future. The software development centre in India will continue to be supervised from Germany. Through this merger, the Garz & Fricke Group is rounding off its portfolio of services. As an integrated systems supplier with expertise covering the entire value added chain, its range extends from panel PCs via human-machine interfaces with operating system through to applications (GUIs), payment systems and cloud services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous DUAGON-MEN-GROUP integrates OEM Technology Solutions AustraliaNext ICP: FPGA-based accelerator card for deep learning inferencelast_img read more

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HTC comes back to India with HTC Wildfire X: Key specs, price, special features and everything else

first_imgHTC comes back to India with HTC Wildfire X: Key specs, price, special features and everything elseThe HTC Wildfire X sports good looks, decent hardware and cameras, fairly big battery and good screen. Let’s take a quick look at everything HTC Wildfire X brings to the consumers. The phone will be available starting August 22 on Flipkart.advertisement Next Sneha Saha New DelhiAugust 15, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 08:58 IST HIGHLIGHTSHTC Wildfire X comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. HTC Wildfire X comes to India for starting price of Rs 9,999.HTC Wildfire X will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart starting August 22.HTC is back in the Indian smartphone business with the HTC Wildfire X. This is the smartphone that HTC launched in India on Wednesday after teasing it for some days. The HTC Wildfire X is the first smartphone from HTC this year. The last HTC phone that made to India was the HTC Desire 12 series. We at India Today Tech reviewed the HTC Desire 12+ but weren’t very satisfied with it. Read review here. The question now is, will HTC Wildfire X able to help the company gain back its long lost market presence in India? Let’s find out.We are yet to try our hands on the HTC Wildfire X but by looking at the specs the phone seems like a decent one. Not great, not very bad, but decent. The smartphone is pretty aggressively priced in the country and that’s a good thing about it. Considering the price of the phone the HTC Wildfire X goes against smartphones like the Redmi Note 7S, the Samsung Galaxy M20, among others. But will the aggressive pricing help HTC regain back its market position? This only time will say.The HTC Wildfire X sports good looks, decent hardware and cameras, fairly big battery and good screen. Let’s take a quick look at everything HTC Wildfire X brings to the consumers.HTC Wildfire X specificationsScreen: The HTC phone comes packed with a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS waterdrop display with 88.8 per cent screen to body ratio.Processor: The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor.advertisementRAM: 3GB and 4GBStorage: 32GB and 128GBRear camera: On the back side the HTC phone sports three cameras. The smartphone comes with a 12MP primary sensor, 8 MP 8x hybrid Zoom lens and 5MP depth sensor.Front camera: On the front – inside the waterdrop notch – HTC phone includes an 8MP selfie shooter.Software: The phone runs on Android 9 Pie software.Battery: The HTC Wildfire X comes packed with a 3300mAh batter that comes paired with 10W charger in the box. The phone includes USB Type C port.Colours: Sapphire BlueHTC Wildfire X special features–The HTC Wildfire X comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. — The HTC phone comes with something called a “Mybuddy” feature. This feature helps users use their smartphone as a personal security tool. “The feature allows users to pull out the device from the shell to trigger a loud alarm, send live location information to friends and family, and record and transmit audio/video of surroundings in real time.”–One of the most special things about the HTC phone is the triple camera setup. The phone includes 2x Lossless Optical Zoom and 8x Hybrid Zoom. The company claims that the big pixel (1.25 µm) of the primary camera ensures 25 per cent enhanced low light shots.–The company also claims that the 5MP depth camera provides great edge details in bokeh shots especially under low-light. There’s also a Dual Tone Flash that the company claims intelligently preserves the skin tone in any light condition.– The HTC Wildfire X comes with six months no-questions-asked accidental and liquid damage protection, and complimentary pickup and drop facility. The company also offers a standard 1 year warranty.–The HTC Wildfire X comes with expandable storage and automatic cloud backup with Google Photos.–HTC smartphones have always been big on looks. The HTC Wildfire sports curve edges, slim shape (7.95 mm) and 3D OPVD mirror finish that offers an attractive design. The phone is also very light in weight.HTC Wildfire X price in India and availabilityThe HTC Wildfire X comes to India for starting price of Rs 9,999. This price is for the base model of smartphone that packs 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. There’s another model of the HTC Wildfire X that comes with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage and this one costs Rs 12,999. It must be noted that these prices (Rs 9,999 and Rs 12,999) are under limited period offer and are subjected to change. Flipkart listing shows Rs 10,999 as the price of the base 3GB RAM model and Rs 13,999 as the price of 4GB RAM model. The HTC Wildfire X will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart starting August 22 in India.ALSO READ | HTC Desire 12+ review: Good looking Desire but looks aren’t everythingALSO READ | HTC Wildfire X launches in India with price starting at Rs 9,999, sale begins on August 22Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HTCFollow androidlast_img read more

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