Bodies of kidnapped M.P. twins found in U.P. river after 12 days

first_imgThe sensational kidnapping of six-year-old twin brothers from a crowded school bus just outside the Sadguru Public Higher Secondary School at Chitrakoot in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district on February 12 came to a tragic end on Saturday night with the recovery of their bodies from the Yamuna in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh. The police have arrested six persons in connection with the murder, including the brother of a regional convener of the Bajrang Dal.The six accused have been arrested on charges of abduction, killing and conspiracy. Five of them are from U.P. and one from M.P., Satna Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh Gaur told media persons.Those arrested are Lucky Tomar, Pintu Ramswaroop Yadav, Ramkesh Yadav, Rohit Dwivedi and Raju Dwivedi, all belonging to U.P., and Padma Shukla from M.P.Mr. Gaur said some vehicles, including motorcycles and an SUV, have been seized. According to photographs being circulated in the social media, of the four motorcycles, two do not have number plates and have colours of a political party painted on them. The seized SUV carries the flag of a political party.According to the police, Padma Shukla’s younger brother Vishnukant alias Chhotu is a regional convener of the Bajrang Dal. However, so far, the police have not found any link between Chhotu and the abductors.Protests in ChitrakootAfter the bodies of the twin brothers were found, violent protests erupted in Chitrakoot town forcing the district administration to clamp Section 144. A large number of locals held a protest against what they called “police’s inaction” and the Sadguru Seva Trust which runs the school where the children studied. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has condemned the incident. Speaking at the State hangar before leaving for Umariya district, Mr. Nath said: “The police will expose those behind all this… whose flag was there on the vehicle in which they were travelling.” The children, both in kindergarten and sons of oil merchant Brijesh Rawat, were kidnapped at gunpoint by two masked persons. The kidnappers had later demanded ransom from the children’s father, Chitrakoot’s Nayagaon police station in-charge K.P. Tripathi said. The M.P. police had announced a reward of ₹50,000 for information on the twins. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

X SPEX: video recorder board replaces frame grabber, display controller and text generator

first_imgAt Embedded World, X SPEX presents the DIRIS video recorder boards with extended functions and new interfaces. Different video inputs make DIRIS Boards suitable for multiple applications: CVBS/S-Video, YPbPr, HDMI/DVI, HD-SDI, Camera Link, BCON.DIRIS Boards can do a lot more than just video recording, such as control by resistive and capacitive touch panel; horizontal mirror, vertical mirror, 180° turn of video inputs; digital zoom (freely configurable steps); Picture-in-Picture display; 180° turn of output incl. overlay elements and touch control; multi line overlay text; EN + PWM für camera light and display backlight; battery charge management for mobile devices. Thus, the DIRIS Board replaces multiple common components, e.g. frame grabber, light control, display controller and text generator. This enables smaller devices with less complex manufacturing.: A flexible OEM configuration regarding all graphics, TTF font, colour selection, menu structure, all texts (different selectable languages, too) enables individual adaptation to requirements, branding and corporate identity of different OEM customers.In addition to configuration of the software, hardware assembly options enable flexible adaptation to customers specific product requirements. Thus, DIRIS Boards provide an ideal combination of reliability and time-to-market of a standard product with the flexibility similar to customer specific developments.The core function of video recording is enhanced by multiple additional features such as Auto-Split, Pre-Trigger, Take photos during video recording, IP Streaming, internal FTP Server, push service to an external FTP server. DIRIS-Boards are the ideal core component for all devices needing video recording and visualization. They enable minimal effort for development and production.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz increases bandwidth of power rail probes to 4 GHzNext Wibu-Systems and Winbond to highlight trusted computing at Embedded Worldlast_img read more

Didn’t have time to think about pain, says Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman

first_imgAsian Games 2018 gold medallist Swapna Barman made the nation proud when she braved pain to bag India’s first ever gold medal in heptathlon at the Games.Swapna, who was suffering from toothache and had her jaw strapped with a tape to nullify it, scored 1003 points in high jump, 872 points in javelin throw and finished second-best in shot put and long jump with 707 and 865 points respectively to bag the top prize.Since then, Swapna, 21, has been a household name and deservingly getting loads of attention for her sensational effort at the Jakarta and Palembang Games.Another reason barring the toothache, that makes Swapna’s achievement really special, is the fact that she didn’t have customised shoes during the event for her 12 toes. She went in like a warrior and conquered the Games in her category.Speaking to India Today, she says that she didn’t have time to think about pain and anything else because she wanted to give her best.Also read – Swapna Barman’s Asian Games 2018 gold treads a new path for homecoming”I just wanted to give my best no matter what and that was the only thing I was thinking about. This pain, injury…I didn’t have the time to think about all this. Swapna Barman had no customised shoes made for her 12 toes (AP Photo)Nobody ever told me that I can’t compete. Especially my parents, they never said anything of that sort. My parents asked me to do it and were hoping that I get jobs,” said Swapna after her Asiad glory despite the lack of special gear.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Swapna Barman wins India’s first ever gold in heptathlonadvertisementSwapna, a resident of Jalpaiguri, also stressed on the fact that she got immense support from her parents and for her, their wish, will always be her command.”They never said anything about my feet and I also never told them that it is paining. I never complained that ‘I’m feeling a lot of pain or like you are sending me to sports. So I need this and that’…never asked for anything. I just wanted to do what they wanted because we are four brothers and sisters and I’m the youngest.So, whatever my parents think, I will do it…no matter what that is,” Swapna said.Swapna’s success in Indonesia has brought upon a lot of attention and that is not only benefitting her but also her native village.Also read – Poverty-stricken Barmans look at bright future after Swapna’s Asiad goldFor decades, the narrow stretch leading to the Barman residence on the outskirts of Jalpaiguri town has been a dirt road. The gravel laden narrow lane between the paddy fields that led to the Ghoshpara village was the first track Swapna ever ran on in her life.But now, as the town gets ready to welcome their daughter, a dozen labourers are busy pouring concrete on to the stretch as villagers eagerly anticipate the return of their golden girl after her Asiad victory. The district administration is converting it into a concrete road as VIP’s have constantly made their presence felt at the doorstep of the poor rickshaw puller’s family.On Saturday, Darjeeling BJP MP SS Ahluwalia visited the Barmans and congratulated the family after state minister Gautam Deb had visited them a day before. Deb made the family speak to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over phone, who in turn announced a Rs 10 lakh reward and a government job for Swapna.last_img read more

Police arrest youth over alleged racist incident before Spurs v Chelsea

first_imgA 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence before the Carabao Cup semi-final at Wembley last night. Share on Messenger Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn Topics Tottenham’s Harry Kane makes most of VAR to put Chelsea on back foot news Chelsea Read more Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on WhatsApp Carabao Cup Race The Metropolitan police confirmed the teenager had been arrested at the venue 20 minutes before the match kicked off and was being held at a police station in north London. Concern had been high ahead of the match over the possibility of antisemitic chants being directed by Chelsea fans.The Met said in a statement: “A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence at the Tottenham vs Chelsea match at Wembley Stadium, at around 1940hrs on Tuesday, 8 January.” The police did not specify whether the boy they arrested was a fan of either team, nor did they give details of the offence for which he was arrested. Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Emaillast_img read more

8 days agoINSIDER: Juventus have beaten Barcelona for Velez Sarsfield teen Matias Soule

first_imgINSIDER: Juventus have beaten Barcelona for Velez Sarsfield teen Matias Souleby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have beaten Barcelona to a deal for Argentine teen Matias Soule.The Velez Sarsfield whiz has been likened to Barca star Lionel Messi.However, local reporter Gianluca Poggi told, “Soulé will sign for Juventus at the end of the year. “He’s a good player, left-sided, able to play as a playmaker, but also on the left side. “He has a good technique and a good sense of purpose.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Deshbhakti curriculum to start in Delhi govt schools from next yr CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi government schools will have a ‘Deshbhakti’ (patriotism) curriculum from the next academic year onwards. The announcement was made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the launch of the ‘Constitution at 70’ campaign. In a tweet the Chief Minister stated, “We want our education system to ensure that each child becomes a good human being, is equpped to support their family and becomes a true patriot.” “We need inputs from everyone about what kind of course [the Deshbhakti Curriculum] should be”, he added in another tweet. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister said, “Yesterday (Tuesday) evening, the Education Minister and I had an hour and half long meeting and we have decided that the time has come to take concrete steps towards building a class of patriotic citizens.” Stating the purpose of introducing this curriculum, he said, “Ordinarily we are reminded of our love for the country either when there is an India-Pakistan match or when there are tensions on the border. In our day-to-day lives we forget about our country. The Deshbhakti Curriculum is being introduced so that each and every citizen of this country truly loves their country. When our children grow older and start working, and at any point if they accept a bribe, then they must feel from within that they are betraying Bharat Mata. When they jump a traffic light, they must feel they’ve wronged their country. We hear of so many incidents where foreign nationals come to India, they are faced with loot, assault, rape. When we hear stories of Indians returning from Japan, we only hear praise for the Japanese and their hospitality. That is our ideal, we have to love our country to the extent that we respect it and respect our guests.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn the outcome of the curriculum, the Chief Minister said, “The Deshbhakti Curriculum is aimed at achieving three important goals. First, each and every child must feel pride for the nation. Children must be taught about the glories of the country. Second, each child must be made aware of their responsibility and duty towards the country. India has a hundred problems. We are poor, our farmers commit suicide. But who will solve these problems? It is us who will have to find solutions. Our children have to realise that the problems our country is facing will have to be solved by all of us. We have to create a sense of ownership among all children that they have to take on the challenges we are facing as a country head on and address them. Third, we have to instill among children the passion and commitment to be prepared to sacrifice anything for the nation.” Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia was also present at the event, said, “I am confident that teachers and Principals of Delhi government schools will be able to do this. They will be at the forefront of the designing of this curriculum, similar to the way the Happiness and Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum were designed. I have directed the department to form a cell to drive this and take inputs from people across the country. I am optimistic that by the next academic year we will be able to launch this curriculum.”last_img read more

Elalamy Responds to Moroccan Merchants’ Anger over Electronic Billing

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Trade and Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy will meet with the chambers of commerce and industry on January 16 following merchants’ strikes against the new electronic invoicing, the industry ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.Early this month, the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) announced the implementation of new tax measures using electronic invoicing.The measures stipulate that merchants should use an electronic system to issue invoices. To do this, merchants must have billing software approved by tax authorities and an information system allowing a common database with the tax authorities. The government introduced the measures in the 2018 Finance Law at the end of 2017 and were expected to come into force in early 2019.Read Also: Morocco’s House of Representatives Adopts 2019 Finance BillThe new measures sparked uproar among merchants. On January 3, many wholesalers in Casablanca closed their shops and held a sit-in at La Victoire Place protesting the new tax law.The protesting merchants were from Derb Omar, Allal Garage Allal, Korea, and Bayada, the main commercial sites in Casablanca.On January 4, Elalamy called on merchants to present their demands in an organized manner through the chambers of commerce and industry.Following the merchants’ demonstrations, the DGI announced that some media reported false explanations and interpretations of the electronic billing system.  The tax authority denied the explanations, saying they are “completely unfounded” and “indicate a misunderstanding of the new provisions of the 2018 Finance Law.”The DGI explained that the electronic billing system “concerns only professionals subject to financial control and does not apply to merchants and service providers subject to the lump sum system,” in a statement on January 8.“The new billing system provisions have not yet entered into force and will only be implemented after the publication of the law.”In the January 16 meeting, Minister Elalamy will discuss the merchants’ demands with their representatives. Members of the DGI and customs will also attend the meeting. read more

Thousands fall victim to sexual violence in Central African Republic – UN

Over 15 per cent of women and girls in the violence-ridden north of the Central African Republic (CAR) are victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.Reports coming in on a weekly basis describe such incidents as two 12-year-old girls being raped while searching for firewood in the bush and a 13-year-old girl assaulted on her way to sell palm oil at a market.“Sexual violence is a disturbingly common feature of the insecurity in the north of the Central African Republic,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. “We must ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”Over 1,000 rape survivors among 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region have received medical and psychological care, including HIV testing and counselling, in the past six months from aid groups.“There is a dire need to expand the programmes that support the survivors of sexual violence and help communities to prevent it in the future,” noted Toby Lanzer, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.This year’s joint aid programme between the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the CAR – for which there has been an appeal for over $90 million – will include seven projects to assist those who have endured sexual violence.Earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that some 6,000 to 7,000 Central Africans have fled their homeland for southern Chad since late January because of the increasing risk of bandit attacks in their home country.Mostly women and children, the refugees are in poor condition, arriving with no possessions and relying on the generosity of locals, the agency said. There are now an estimated 50,000 Central African refugees living in Chad.Both Chad and the CAR have been plagued by violence, instability and impoverishment and last year the Security Council authorized the establishment of a multi-dimensional UN presence – including a peacekeeping mission known as MINURCAT – to try to remedy the situation. 22 February 2008Over 15 per cent of women and girls in the violence-ridden north of the Central African Republic (CAR) are victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. read more

Australia gifts three Stabicraft vessels to boost Sri Lanka Coast Guard fleet

“As the gifting of these vessels demonstrates, Australia recognises and values the contribution that the Sri Lanka Coast Guard makes to maritime security in our region. The Australian Government gifted three Port class Stabicraft vessels to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, reinforcing Sri Lanka’s civil maritime security capabilities and fulfilling a promise made by then Australian Prime Minister Turnbull during his visit to Sri Lanka in November 2017.At a gifting ceremony held in Colombo, Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson said the gifting of these vessels highlights both governments’ commitment to safe and secure borders. “Australia and Sri Lanka have a long track record of cooperation on civil maritime security issues, including working together to combat people smuggling and illegal migration”, Hutchesson said. Further enhancing the Sri Lanka Coast Guard’s operational capabilities will benefit both our countries.”Minister-Counsellor South Asia (Home Affairs), Tara Cavanagh, explained that close cooperation with international law enforcement partners is one way Australia protects its borders. “Australia’s prosperity and success as a multicultural nation relies on secure and well-managed borders”, Ms Cavanagh said.“Our approach to border protection is multi-layered, and strong relationships with our international partners are an important first line of defence. The gifting of these three vessels is a practical example of the strength of Australia’s partnership with Sri Lanka, and underlines the key role of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard in deterring and disrupting the illegal movement of people.”Since September 2013, Sri Lankan authorities have disrupted 15 people smuggling ventures targeting Australia, with more than 500 people prevented from attempting illegal and unsafe boat journeys across the open ocean. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Old Dutch chips recalled due to possible Salmonella

Old Dutch Foods Ltd. is recalling Old Dutch brand Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips due to possible Salmonella contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall affects the 66 gram bag with a best before date of August 10, 2016 through February 24, 2017 and the 255 gram bag with a best before date of August 10, 2016 through March 02, 2017.The product has been sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario.Consumers are advised to throw out the potato chips or return them to the store where they were purchased.Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. The CFIA says if you think you became sick from eating the chips, call your doctor. read more

Funds for family planning supplies needed to curb HIVAIDS UN agency warns

“The most alarming consequences of the financial shortfall, where a condom crisis exists today, are in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid said in Istanbul at the opening of the three-day conference, which seeks to highlight the worldwide problem of securing contraceptive supplies and condoms for family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention, and to identify what must be done in response. UNFPA estimates that in 2002, $946 million will be needed to fund contraceptive commodities for family planning and condoms for preventing sexually transmitted infections. That figure is expected to rise to $1.8 billion by 2015. Ms. Obaid said that making these commodities accessible in developing countries through quality services would require additional expenditures of $4 billion in 2002, rising to some $9 billion per year by 2015. Additional funding, however, will work only as an integral part of a larger strategy, she said. “We have to promote gender equality and combat violence against women; to expand the reach of quality reproductive health services; and to overcome economic, social and cultural factors driving the spread of HIV/AIDS,” she observed. “Young women and girls, in particular, need access to services to help them protect themselves.” The Istanbul meeting was organized by the United States-based non-governmental organizations Population Action International and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), along with John Snow, Inc., and the Wallace Global Fund. Financing was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The forum’s participants included senior government officials from nine developing countries – Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Turkey and Viet Nam — as well as representatives from multilateral, bilateral and private foundation donors. read more

Barrick says its nearing an agreement with local government on Pueblo Viejo

by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2013 7:29 pm MDT TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says it is nearing a firm agreement with the government in the Dominican Republic over its Pueblo Viejo mine.The company has reached “an agreement in principle” that would see the local government receive a higher revenue from the project through various changes to a lease agreement, it said after stock markets closed on Wednesday.Barrick says the changes would result in an even split of cash flows from the mine divided between the corporation that operates the mine and the government from 2013 to 2016.The company says under the proposal, the country’s government would receive tax revenues of about $2.2 billion over the period, and provide an additional $1.5 billion to the Dominican government over the life of the Pueblo Viejo mine.The mine is run by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corp., with Barrick holding a 60 per cent stake, while with Goldcorp (TSX:G) owns the rest.For the agreement to be reached, Barrick will need to reach new terms with the government, which it said could include such factors as an extension of the window to recover its capital investment and reduced depreciation rates.Pueblo Viejo reopened last year and is among the world’s largest gold mines.The government has sought to re-open the contract to help close a budget deficit. Previously, the venture was expected to pay about $7 billion over the 25-year life of the mine. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barrick says it’s nearing an agreement with local government on Pueblo Viejo read more

Readers photos of our delightful winter sky

first_imgTHE SHEPHERDS WERE absolutely delighted this evening when they looked up and saw the pretty red, pink, and sometimes purple glow in the sky.It seems like the rest of you approved of it as well and we’ve collected some of your pictures from around the country.last_img

What do half of black American men have in common by age

first_imgBy age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively.Brame says that it is important to understand the social climate that influences arrests and what role race plays.“As a society, we often worry a great deal about the effects of children watching television, eating junk food, playing sports and having access to good schools,” Brame says.“Experiencing formal contact with the criminal justice system could also have powerful effects on behaviour and impose substantial constraints on opportunities for America’s youth.Going forward it will be constructive to support systematic studies into the sources of these variations and to continue efforts to understand the effects of criminal justice interventions on sanctions on future behaviour.Read: Two-month-old girl shot dead in PennsylvaniaRead: ‘Jihad Jane’ sentenced to 10 years for plot to kill artist A MAJOR NEW study in the US has found that half of black American men have been arrested at least once by their 23rd birthday.The study, printed in Crime & Delinquency, a peer-reviewed American journal, shows that the likelihood of arrest varies across races.Robert Brame, a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina and lead author of the study, says that the most striking differences are across racial divides.In particular, the research points to a higher prevalence of arrest among black males and little race variation in arrest rates among females. The study excludes arrests for minor traffic violations.“A problem is that many males – especially black males – are navigating the transition from youth to adulthood with the baggage and difficulties from contact with the criminal justice system,” Brame says.The study’s key findings include:last_img read more

Ireland is the 20th safest country for newborns and mothers report

first_imgIreland is ranked the 20th safest country for newborn babies and mothers, according to the annual State of the World’s Mothers report.The report, published by the charity Save the Children, showed Ireland was three places ahead of the UK in 23rd.Finland was found to be the safest country while the Democratic Republic of Congo was in last place.The report on 186 countries showed South Asia – which accounts for 24 per cent of the world’s population – recorded 40 per cent of the world’s first-day deaths.IrelandThe report’s birth day risk index showed that Ireland had a first-day mortality rate of one child per 1,000 live births, with a total of 90 deaths recorded. 29 per cent of deaths in children under five occurred on the first-day.Ireland has a first-month mortality rate of two children per 1,000 live births, with a total of 160 deaths recorded. 52 per cent of deaths in children under five occurred within the first-month.The report also found that Ireland had a mortality rate in children under five of four children per 1,000 live births, with a total of 310 deaths recorded.Read the full report here >IndiaMore than 300,000 babies die within 24 hours of being born in India each year from infections and other preventable causes, the report said, blaming a lack of political will and funding for the crisis.India accounts for 29 per cent of all newborn deaths worldwide.MalnourishmentBangladesh and Pakistan also have large numbers of yearly first-day deaths at 28,000 and 60,000 with chronic malnourishment of mothers one of the major factors for the fatalities in the region.“Progress has been made, but more than 1,000 babies die every day on their first day of life from preventable causes throughout India, Pakistan and Bangladesh,” said Mike Novell, the regional director of the charity.Life-saving interventionsThe charity identified three major causes of newborn deaths – complications during birth, prematurity and infections – and said access to low-cost, life-saving interventions could cut down the figures by as much as 75 per cent.“What is lacking is the political will and funding to deliver these solutions to all the mothers and babies who need them,” it said.A decade of rapid economic growth has allowed India to boost spending on poor and rural communities but Save the Children said most such programmes had not benefited those most in need.More than half of all Indian women give birth without the help of skilled health care professionals, leading to infections and complications.In far-flung areas, doctors and hospitals are rare and villagers often put the health of their children in the hands of poorly trained substitutes.But even in cities such as New Delhi with relatively better healthcare facilities women are delivering at home, said Sharmila Lal, a Delhi-based gynaecologist.Home births“Even if hospitals are near at hand, the women are having babies at home in a highly unsafe and unhygienic environment just because of lack of awareness,” Lal added.Lal said India must invest in creating a pool of paramedical staff trained in childbirth to take the load off doctors “who often don’t have time or patience to explain simple life-saving measures to expectant mothers”.The charity said the problem of infant mortality could be addressed by closing the equity gap in a developing country like India where economic benefits have been shared unequally.“If all newborns in India experienced the same survival rates as newborns from the richest Indian families, nearly 360,000 more babies would survive each year,” the report said.- Additional reporting by AFPRead: ‘A child can die within 50 seconds of becoming entangled in a window blind cord’ >last_img read more

Opinion My son is a little boy who happens to like pink

first_imgWE WERE IN a bike shop recently, getting a puncture repaired on the buggy. My three-and-a-half year old son, a proud bike owner since Christmas, was eyeing up the kids’ bikes display.On one end there were blue and green and red bikes, with spiders and monsters on them. On the other, shiny pink bikes with glittering streamers and baskets, some even had seats for dolls and teddies.He took it all in, eyes running up and down the row of bikes. Then, he turned to me and said: “It’s not fair Mama, why do only girls get sparkly things?”He loves the sparkles – sure who doesn’t? I reassured him that sparkles are not just for girls, and he moved on to complaining that only the girls’ bikes had baskets and that boys needed to carry things too. All was well in the world until moments later when the man in the shop tried to dissuade him from saying he liked the pink bike and good humouredly teased him for preferring it.There’s a lot of fuss being made about girls and pink, or branding toys “girls’ or boys’”. But it all tends to focus on the girls being left out or pigeon-holed, not the boys.He happily admits to loving pink I’ve two sons who are old enough to tell me what’s on their minds (and a small daughter who isn’t quite there yet but is learning fast). The boys “know” that pink is “for girls”, but my three-year-old happily still admits to loving pink. He requests the pink cup, the pink straw, the pink sticker. In cafés staff apologise for giving him pink anything, and he explains that he loves pink.In the library at make and do time, glitter is produced and if it isn’t he is straight to the librarian to question the omission. Pink glitter is his favourite. He’ll always choose the sparkly anything, it’s so much more interesting.I love that he’s confident enough to do that now. But lately he’s starting to realise that people don’t think that he should like pink and this awareness means he’s starting to hesitate before asking for it. This saddens me – it’s only a colour, why should it be limited to one gender?He still plays with all the “boy stuff” that he’s supposed to like, he wears only boys’ clothes, he decries anything with princesses as “too girlie” but he likes the colour pink. He also likes baking and watching Peppa Pig, Doc McStuffins and My Little Pony, but the only T-shirts he’ll find with them on are in the girls’ section, with frills and glitter, and he won’t go that far.He’s a little boy who happens to like pink, among other things. Isn’t that allowed?Sinead Fox writes at www.bumblesofrice.comRead: Men “hit harder than women by unemployment during recession”Read: Women in G20 countries will have to wait 75 years to earn as much as menlast_img read more

Leo Varadkars partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice

first_imgLeo Varadkar’s partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice president Mike Pence Last year, Mike Pence told the Taoiseach his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome in Pence’s home if he decides to attend this year. Share952 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Niall Carson By Christina Finn Leo Varadkar and Matt Barrett marching in the NY parade last St Patrick’s Daycenter_img 41,823 Views Leo Varadkar and Matt Barrett marching in the NY parade last St Patrick’s Day Image: Niall Carson Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM Christina Finn reports from Washington DCLEO VARADKAR’S PARTNER will join him for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at US Vice President’s house today. Last year, Mike Pence told the Taoiseach his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome in Pence’s home if he decides to attend this year.Pence made the comments during a private conversation between the two, during which Varadkar raised LGBT rights and equality issues.The US vice president describes himself as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican” and has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT people.The vice president was criticised last year for breaking with the tradition and not allowing media access to the conversation. Members of the press were left on the lawn of the vice president’s home during the meeting. At the time, the Taoiseach said it was the US administration’s decision to have the meeting in private.Prior to it, Varadkar repeatedly said he would talk with Pence about social issues, including LGBT rights.Breakfast meetingConfirming Barrett’s attendance yesterday, Varadkar said:“He’s going to be at the breakfast tomorrow. He was able to get time off work and make the journey. He’ll be taking up the invitation from Mike and Karen Pence to attend tomorrow. Karen can’t be there because she’s in Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics.”Barrett will also attend the traditional shamrock ceremony in the White House but it is understood he will not take to the stage during the presentation. The media are permitted to attend the breakfast meeting this year. Speaker’s LunchAfter breakfast, Varadkar will attend the annual Speaker’s Lunch on Capitol Hill, and meet with senior members of Congress.All eyes will be on the Taoiseach after last year’s kerfuffle when he went off script during his speech.During the luncheon he told a story about Trump contacting him in 2014 in relation to a matter concerning Trump’s golf course and hotel at Doonbeg in Co Clare.Varadkar said that he inquired about the planning permission for a proposed wind farm after he received a call from then-businessman Trump.Varadkar was Tourism Minister at the time.In his comments, Varadkar said that he made contact with the council about the plan.“So I endeavoured to do what I could do about it. I rang [Clare] County Council and inquired about the planning permission and subsequently, the planning permission was declined, and the wind farm was never built, thus the landscape being preserved,” Varadkar said.Varadkar added that Trump “has kindly given me credit for that, although I think it would probably have been refused anyway”.Just a jokeVaradkar later had to issue a clarification, stating that he had gone back to check with his staff and records following the controversy caused by his remarks, adding that he had done nothing wrong. Varadkar said the luncheon is the kind of occasion where people make jokes and tell anecdotes. Later this evening, the Taoiseach will join Trump and his wife Melania, for the traditional shamrock ceremony at the White House, in advance of attending the Ambassador’s St Patrick’s Day Reception.In his meetings he will also emphasise the strength of Irish-US relations, and will recall the important role of the US in supporting peace and the Good Friday Agreement, and outline Ireland’s position on Brexit.He will also press the case for resolving the situation facing the undocumented Irish in’s Political Correspondent Christina Finn will be bringing you all the latest updates from Leo Varadkar’s visit to Washington DC this week, including his meeting with US President Donald Trump on Thursday.Stay up-to-date by following @christinafinn8, @TJ_Politics  and’s Facebook page.  58 Comments Mar 14th 2019, 6:16 AM last_img read more

Sharp fabricant des écrans de liTV dApple

first_imgSharp fabricant des écrans de l’iTV d’Apple ?Sharp sera peut-être le fournisseur de panneaux TFT-LCD qui équipperont la future télévision made in Apple, qui devrait sortir en 2012. Selon Peter Misek, un analyste de Jeffries, Sharp pourrait être le fournisseur de panneaux TFT-LCD, équipant le premier téléviseur Apple. La iTV sera vraisemblablement lancée en 2012 par la marque à la Pomme.Cette nouvelle provient du Japon. Apple travaille déjà avec Sharp pour la production des écrans des iPhone et iPad de nouvelle génération, équipés de la technologie OLED. Sharp pourrait donc également concevoir un écran plus grand format pour Apple.D’après M. Misek, Sharp s’équipe pour concevoir des écrans TFT-LCD dans son usine de Sakai (Osaka). La fabrication de ces écrans pourrait débuter mi-2012. Le développement de ces écrans est tenu secret même si la concurrence tente de relever toute précision relative à ce nouveau produit. Selon M. Misek, la concurrence aura “dans le meilleur des cas entre 6 mois et 1 an de retard.” Le 28 novembre 2011 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more