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first_imgThe Yamaha YZF-R15 brought about a marked shift in the 150cc segment back in 2008 yet for long, many enthusiasts have also been asking for a naked version of the motorcycle. Well, let’s be honest, the FZ despite its positives simply didn’t match up to the R15’s performance. 2019 finally sees Yamaha launch the MT-15 and we sampled it at the Buddh International Circuit. Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.The Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that. The seat for instance, is a single piece unit that doesn’t bear any resemblance to the R15’s. The tail end of the design is more in line with the MT 09 and MT 07. The fuel tank too isn’t a direct lift off the R15 and of course, the headlamp inspired by the Samurai, definitely bears semblance to the bigger MTs. Yamaha MT-15 gets a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine that is a free-revving and effortless performer.Styling though is far easier to change than the engine and its sub-components. Yamaha MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range. This becomes possible with revised ECU mapping and ignition timing. Samurai inspired DRLs and exposed projector underneath complements the aggressive overall design.The final drive ratio has also been altered with a 52 teeth rear sprocket compared to the 48 of the R15 for better acceleration and mid-range grunt. Yamaha didn’t stop at that and decided that the already sharp steering geometry of the Yamaha R15 had to be sharper still for the streetsadvertisement Box section swingarm replaces the aluminium unit on the R15 along with a larger rear sprocket.More stability has been afforded thanks to the 10mm increase in wheelbase and a box section swingarm too. The famed Deltabox frame remains as do most of the cycle parts from the v3 R15. LCD display, borrowed from Yamaha R15, has similar levels of information display besides looking great.All this means that Yamaha MT15 is just as able in its handling and a few laps around the north section of the BIC proved that. The BIC being a Formula 1 track is obviously very fast for a 155cc motorcycle, so much so that we never hit the sixth cog. Nevertheless, using the engine’s top-end power in fourth and fifth displayed the changes brought about by the modifications. The revs rise strong from the get go and the MT accelerates a little harder than the R15 but the power tapers off sooner, nearing 9,000rpm and higher. This is where the R15 still feels stronger while the MT feels a little lack lustre despite the variable valve actuation. The MT’s intentions are clear in this respect. While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets.While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets, where its sharper dynamics will shine through aided by quick bursts of acceleration that it’s more adept at than its sibling. Turn in is quick, sharp and surefooted while the MRFs offer a good amount of grip. The smooth surface of the BIC doesn’t say much about the suspension when considering road use but on track, the firmness and supple damping was perfectly suited for sport riding. Single seat on Yamaha MT-15 seems spacious but doesn’t allow for much movement.The ergonomics is another stand out difference. The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance. Although, the rider’s triangle doesn’t allow for much movement in the saddle.VerdictThe MT-15 makes its street focused dynamics clear but a true picture of the MT-15’s capabilities shall be revealed when we ride it on public roads. Meanwhile, the question to be answered is the number of people willing to put their money on the MT and its popularity against the FZ16 and the FZ25. The steep pricing might be its only shortcoming as Rs 3,000 separates it on either side of the FZ25 and R15. A fully-faired motorcycle is still a clear choice for many while a bigger engine is always more enticing.ALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200: First ride reviewALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200T: First ride reviewALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture Noireadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid Levante boss laughs off ‘crisis’ talk at Real Madrid Joe Wright 00:19 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) zinedine zidane - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Levante v Real Madrid Levante Juan Muniz, in charge of the struggling Valencia club, says he would love to deal with the kind of problems Zinedine Zidane has at the Bernabeu Levante head coach Juan Muniz has laughed off the severity of the “crisis” at Real Madrid ahead of Saturday’s meeting between the teams in LaLiga.Zinedine Zidane’s side are 19 points behind league leaders Barcelona, although they have played a game less, heading into the clash at Ciutat de Valencia.A shock Copa del Rey exit at the quarter-final stage to Leganes forced Zidane to admit his future could well depend on the outcome of their Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain, the first leg of which takes place on February 14. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Muniz feels it is useful to play against the biggest teams while they have European commitments, but he insists the problems at the Santiago Bernabeu are issues most coaches would dream of having.”It’s true that it’s good to face the big teams when they have to play in the Champions League, but crises for big teams are ones the little teams would like,” he told a news conference.”With [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Gareth] Bale, [Karim] Benzema or Isco, the crises are different. Losing a match is a crisis for Madrid. They are one of the best sides in the world; the crises are relative.20 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20+ goals in each of his nine seasons for Real Madrid in all competitions. Essential. pic.twitter.com/ArhIpW35ZS— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 27, 2018″When a machine works well, it goes to Mestalla and wins 4-1.”Madrid have shown improvement in their form in their last two league matches, with their 4-1 win away to Valencia last time out preceded by a 7-1 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.Muniz, whose side sit just two points outside the bottom three, knows they cannot afford any mistakes if they are to get a result.”Madrid are third or fourth in LaLiga and in the Champions League. We’ll have to have a perfect game on Saturday and not make a single mistake,” he said.last_img read more

25 10 19

first_imgNew Zealand will be a difficult side to beat: Eoin Morgan ahead of World Cup 2019 finalWorld Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan’s England will face Kane Williamson’s New Zealand at Lord’s in World Cup 2019 final on July 14 in a bid to claim their maiden triumph in the quadrennial tournament.advertisement Next Reuters LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 08:04 IST New Zealand stunned India to reach their second successive World Cup final. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland will take on New Zealand in World Cup 2019 finale at Lord’s on July 14Lord’s will anoint new 50-over world champions after Australia and India, who shared the last five titles between themEngland and New Zealand are in search of their maiden World Cup triumphEoin Morgan’s England can cap a stunning white-ball transformation in Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final but awaiting them at Lord’s will be a New Zealand side chasing their own slice of history.Twenty-three years after Arjuna Ranatunga’s rag-tag Sri Lankan side clinched the title in Lahore, Lord’s will anoint new 50-over world champions after Australia and India, who shared the last five titles between them, wilted in the semi-finals.Of the two protagonists who will square off at the ‘home of cricket’, the hosts have more at stake.Morgan’s men are agonizingly close to completing a remarkable turnaround since being dumped out of the 2015 edition following a defeat to Bangladesh, a setback that changed an otherwise Ashes-obsessed England’s approach to one-day cricket.They have since reinvented themselves as a ruthless one-day juggernaut, routinely racking up 300-plus scores with a fearless brand of cricket to reclaim the top ODI ranking last year after a five-year gap.”It’s been a process for the last four years,” Morgan said after his team ended Australia’s title defence at Edgbaston.”In 2015 we were way off the mark. We struggled against the top teams, and the teams that sat below that, so there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket.”They now parade an intimidatingly deep lineup with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, comfortably the most destructive opening pair in contemporary cricket, leading the charge upfront.Their 124-run stand in Thursday’s semi-final against Australia was their fourth successive century partnership in the tournament.advertisementMorgan described Joe Root as the ‘glue’ in the lineup which includes a bevy of swashbuckling match-winners such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.They have had a potent pace attack but Barbados-born Jofra Archer’s spectacular rise has added an extra dollop of hostility.One indication of the significance of the moment is that the final will be shown live on free-to-air television, a first since England’s victorious 2005 Ashes series.”Very cool, particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was sort of the day cricket became cool,” Morgan said.”Throughout the whole summer, the game was on the front and back page of every newspaper going around, everyone was talking about and it that is really good for the game and it’s the game I love so it’s great news that it’s on free-to-air.”MORGAN WARY OF DIFFICULT’ NZMorgan, however, will not take anything for granted, especially against Kane Williamson’s team who upstaged India in the first semi-final in Manchester.Matt Henry and Trent Boult blew away India’s vaunted top order in a low-scoring thriller and with Lockie Ferguson in the ranks, they could be quite a handful for any batting lineup.”I think New Zealand throughout the whole tournament has been probably the hardest side to beat and the best side in the group stages,” Morgan said.”I think their performance in the semi-final was probably their best. They will be a difficult side to beat on Sunday.”The 2015 finalists began well before three back-to-back defeats nearly scuttled their campaign in the group stage.Against India, Williamson and his men showed how to defend a low total against a strong lineup, complementing their accurate bowlers with trademark sharp fielding.The only grey area is their batting, which relies too heavily on Williamson, comfortably their leading run scorer with a tournament-high 91-plus average.Ross Taylor topscored for the team against India but opener Martin Guptill has been woefully out of form since his 73 not out in their opener against Sri Lanka.Known for punching above their weight in the World Cup, New Zealand have the chance to go one better than their seven-wicket defeat to Australia four years ago.”I’m sure people back home are pretty excited and, you know, another great opportunity to play in a World Cup final,” Williamson said, promising to “play our best cricket” on Sunday.Also Read | The contradictions and chaos that shattered India’s World Cup dreamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma or Shakib Al Hasan, who will be Player of the Tournament?Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Eoin Morganlast_img read more

24 10 19

first_imgThe Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) will be observing Disabilities Awareness Week from November 25 to December 3, under the theme: Jamaica: Removing Barriers…Creating Access. Public Relations Officer at the JCPD, Adrienne Pinnock, said this year’s observance will seek to promote the rights of persons with disabilities and the fact that they too, are entitled to the enjoyment of full and equal human rights. “We want to demonstrate that persons with special needs are equal citizens and should be included in the economic, civil and political processes of our country,” she told JIS News in a recent interview. She said the occasion will also be used to inform Jamaicans of the integral role, persons with disabilities play in national development. “Persons with disabilities are capable of reaching their fullest potential, and their efforts should be recognised as valuable contributions towards nation building. With the celebrations, we will be highlighting the skills, achievements, and contributions that persons with disabilities have made over the years,” she noted. She told JIS News that in keeping with the Jamaica 50th Independence theme: ‘A Nation on a Mission’, the week will also highlight the achievements of the Council over the years, as well as new initiatives for 2013/14. “This year’s celebration takes on added significance in this jubilee year. As voices of the disabled community, we are going to be using this opportunity to highlight our achievements over the years, through a number of communication channels, such as public forums and sensitisations sessions island-wide. We aim to show Jamaica the direction in which the Government is moving as it relates to securing the well-being of the disabled community,” she informed. She noted that the JCPD, which falls under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, continues to work to meet the needs of persons with disabilities through a number of interventions. The week gets underway tomorrow (November 25) with a benefit performance hosted by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD), at Stages Theatre, Knutsford Boulevard, starting at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $1,400. The JAD will stage its 34th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday (November 27) at the Alhambra Inn, 1 Tucker Avenue, starting at 3:30 p.m. The meeting, under the theme: ‘Realizing the Vision of Deaf Excellence’, will provide a platform for the JAD to highlight and reflect on its achievements, and to chart a course in moving forward. On Wednesday (November 28) the Special Education Unit in the Ministry of Education, will be hosting an exposition at Caenwood Centre, 37 Arnold Road, starting at 10:00 a.m. The event will showcase products and services offered to persons with disabilities, as well as provide information on disability issues. Church services and sensitisation sessions will be held at various locations throughout the week.  Activities will conclude with the observance of International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Monday (December 3), with a public forum, at a venue to be announced. Disabilities Awareness Week has been observed in Jamaica since 1994.last_img read more

23 10 19

first_imgzoom The Liberian-flagged tanker Alnic MC, which was involved in a collision with US Navy’s ship USS John S. McCain on August 21, is currently discharging its cargo of 12,000 MT of fuel oil.The ship’s manager Stealth Maritime Corporation said the cargo discharge was cleared by Singaporean authorities.“Once the discharge is completed Alnic MC will proceed to a Singaporean anchorage to undergo further assessment and repair. The crew will continue to operate and maintain the vessel during this process,” the company said in an update.The tanker’s manager informed earlier that its ship sustained a gash to the starboard side of the bow above the waterline. There were no injuries to crew and no reported pollution of the Singapore Strait.The Alnic MC was transiting from Mai Liao in Taiwan to Singapore with a partial load of 12,000MT of fuel oil at the time of the incident, the company explained.“Stealth Maritime Corporation is continuing to cooperate fully with all of the relevant authorities in their investigations into the collision,” the latest update further reads.last_img read more

14 10 19

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal budget comes down Thursday.It’s the day when organizations across the country find out whether they’ll be getting cash from the feds.Just about everyone has their wish list ready.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.last_img

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23 January 2012The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, held talks today with the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, in which he discussed the developments in the security situation in the country. Hussein Arab Isse, who is also Minister of Defense, told Mr. Al-Nasser that the security situation had significantly improved in Mogadishu, the capital, since last July.During the meeting, Mr. Al-Nasser stressed the necessity of carrying through the implementation of the Somali Roadmap adopted last September to ensure meeting the August 2012 deadline for the end of the transition process, and reaffirmed the Assembly’s readiness to offer assistance to the Somali people.The Roadmap spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August in the areas of security, writing a constitution, reconciliation and good governance.It also calls on the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to lead the implementation, working with the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP), regional entities, and all sectors of society, including women, the business community, religious leaders, elders and youth.The two men also discussed the agenda for the upcoming London Meeting on Somalia, which will be held on 23 February with the aim of addressing the issue of development and humanitarian aid to the country. read more

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The convoy of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was attacked in Balapitiya this evening, party sources said.Wickremesinghe had gone to visit the families of the fishermen killed during the storm over the weekend when it came under attack. Angry family members of the victims attacked the convoy and damaged some of the vehicles. The UNP leader was unhurt.The UNP blamed government sponsored thugs for the attack. (Colombo Gazette)

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‘Deadpool, and ‘Star Wars’ help Cineplex set attendance record in first quarter by The Canadian Press Posted May 3, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated May 3, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres says it set a record for attendance in the first quarter thanks in part to the continued interest in the “Star Wars” saga and a strong February opening for “Deadpool.”Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) says it hosted 20.6 million patrons during the first three months of this year, a 17.4 per cent increase over the first quarter of 2015.Revenue from all Cineplex business lines totalled $379.9 million, up 30.8 per cent from $289.8 million a year earlier.Box office sales accounted for $192.6 million of the total revenue, with smaller contributions coming from food, amusement games and other types of leisure activities.Cineplex reaped an average of $9.36 per patron from the box office and $5.44 per patron from concession sales, up about five per cent in both cases.Net income more than doubled to $21.5 million or 34 cents per share from $10.5 million or 17 cents per share and the dividend to Cineplex shareholders will increase by 3.8 per cent to $1.62 per share on an annualized basis.“Deadpool” opened in February and was the top film in the first quarter for Cineplex, followed by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened in the fourth quarter of 2015. read more

2 10 19

“To achieve sustainable development, technology, political regulations and financial incentives will not suffice – we need to change the way that we think and act, as individuals and as societies,” UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, told delegates at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).“This is the aim of education for sustainable development,” she added. More than 1,000 participants have gathered in the Japanese port city to take stock of the achievements of the UN Decade of ESD, which ran from 2005 to 2014, and address the issues that will confront the international community in the years to come. Lending his support to the Conference in a video message , UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for sustainability to be “built into everything we do” and suggested that education was “the starting point” for a successful and sustainable future.“Boys and girls must learn about global citizenship, to prepare them for the responsibility of safeguarding our common future,” Mr. Ban said.“There is no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”As part of its overall assessment of the UN Decade of ESD, UNESCO has presented the Conference with a report entitled Shaping the Future We Want , which analyzes the impact of ESD initiatives across the world. Based on questionnaires responded by 70 countries, the document reports that two-thirds of the countries concerned have already a national ESD strategy or plan in place, indicating “an increased global recognition that education is a critical tool for moving societies towards sustainable development,” a UNESCO press release said.Among the issues highlighted in the report, UNESCO underscores the need to align education with sustainable development to ensure that education supports sustainable development objectives, and a “widespread, overt and sustained political support” to make the transition from creating an enabling environment to achieving actual changes in curriculum and educator practice at all levels of education. Writing in the The Huffington Post in an op-ed published to coincide with the opening of the Conference, Ms. Bokova affirmed the importance of ESD as a “transformative” tool, adding that it remained an “absolute priority” as the international community moved forward in preparing a new development agenda around a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). “Focusing on technology and financial incentives will not suffice as we strive to meet the challenge of a growing population of seven billion in a world with finite natural resources,” she wrote.“Education has a major role to play in helping us apply the values, skills and knowledge of sustainable development to local, national and international development decisions, in order to solve the complex problems that we face.”The World Conference – attended by delegates from over 100 countries – will run until 12 November. read more

28 09 19

Led by its defense, the Ohio State men’s hockey team bounced back to take two points from No. 2 Miami (Ohio) and secure home ice in the playoffs.After being mauled in Oxford, Ohio, Friday night, the Buckeyes bounced back from the 6-2 loss to get a shootout victory Saturday in Columbus.When a game goes to a shootout it is officially scored as a tie, but Buckeye goaltender Dustin Carlson said after the game that “I feel like it’s a win, not a tie.”Carlson was the star for the Buckeyes as he shut out Miami through regulation, overtime and the shootout.“He responded well from [Friday] night,” coach John Markell said of his goaltender. In one of the best games of his career, Carlson finished the game with 38 saves.“At the drop of the puck I just knew I was into it right away,” Carlson said. He also attributed a lot of the Buckeyes’ success to the play of the defense, which he attributed to better communication.Junior Peter Boyd, who scored the Buckeyes second shootout goal, also acknowledged the improved play of the defense.“We had guys blocking shots and making sacrifices,” Boyd said. “I think [Shane] Sims had eight blocks tonight.”While the game was low on scoring, it certainly didn’t lack intensity.“Playing back-to-back nights against your rival, that’s pretty intense,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said.Four players were penalized for roughing after the whistle, including OSU’s John Albert and Miami’s Curtis McKenzie at the end of overtime.The penalty against Albert looked to be costly as he is one of the usual shooters for the Buckeyes in a shootout situation, but was unable to participate due to penalty. The Buckeyes were, however, unaffected as both Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd lit the lamp for the Buckeyes, which was more than enough for Carlson.Carlson saved both attempts he faced, securing a 2-0 shootout win for the Buckeyes. Carlson has now saved the past 11 attempts he has faced in shootouts as his confidence continues to grow.“Right now is probably the best I’ve felt all season, playing in five games in a row now,” Carlson said.The shootout victory earned the Buckeyes two key points in their final game of the season and ensured home ice for the first round of the conference tournament. The Buckeyes finish the regular season in eighth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and will host ninth place Notre Dame next weekend.Next weekend’s series will come with a change of scenery for the Buckeyes. The games will be played at the OSU Ice Rink, instead of the Schottenstein Center where the team played its regular season games. But for the Buckeyes it is a welcomed change.“I’m excited about it,” Carlson said. “We practice over there every day, so we know the ice very well. I also like the small barn, it’s not going to take too many of our fans to pack it. Last year when we played Bowling Green the atmosphere was great and hopefully we feed off of that.” read more

22 09 19

← Previous Story Four teams in Banja Luka, one dream – EHF Champions League Next Story → EHF CL last spot battle: Elverum and Alpla Hard at the final! krakowPSG HandballVive Tauron Kielce Vive Tauron Kielce and PSG Handball have played fantastic intro match of the season in Krakow in front of 15.300 fans. The plan to break all attendance record in the Polish handball, but also club’s sport, presented our sport in the best possible way at Tauron Arena in Krakow. You can feel a part of the show from the video done by Vive Tauron Kielce TV.

22 09 19

first_imgTRAFFIC AT DUBLIN Airport topped 20 million passengers last year and was the busiest year at the airport since 2009.The figures from the Dublin Airport Authority showed a 6 per cent increase, boosted in large part by a spike in transatlantic traffic of 13 per cent.The transatlantic traffic increase saw 1.9 million people flying between Dublin Airport and North America last year. Long-haul traffic to the Middle-East grew by just over 13 per cent last year with UK and European markets also recording increases.The DAA say that there is already 16 new routes planned for 2014 with expansions of some existing services also in the pipeline.As a result of the passenger rise, DAA will pay a €5.6 million rebate in airport charges to a total of 40 airlines that increased their business at Dublin Airport during 2013. This rebate is part of the Growth Incentive Scheme which has operated since 2011.“This incentive scheme was designed to encourage growth in passenger numbers and we are delighted to have paid a rebate in each of the three years it has operated,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar congratulated the DAA for the results and referenced The Gathering as a measure that showed the Government’s commitment to aviation.Read: Aer Lingus passenger numbers down 5 per cent in November >Read: Ryanair to allocate seats on flights from February >last_img read more

22 09 19
first_imgTHE LASTEST EDITION of Eurofound’s Quality of Life survey has revealed detailed  information about what life is like in several European countries.This edition, conducted in 2011, involved face-to-face interviews with 35,000 people in different Europe countries.Two others were conducted in 2003 and 2007.Notable findings include a fall of 20% in optimism across all countries, but wide divisions exist between the standard of life in different countries.For example, 22 per cent of people struggle to make ends meet in Greece, compared to just 1 per cent in Finland.Perceived tensions between racial groups and the difference between rich and poor also rose.The authors of the survey described subjective well-being as remaining stable through the decade:“In Member States with the lowest scores in 2003, well-being increased, and most of the other Member States show more or less stable scores. The main exception is Greece, where the economic crisis is linked to sharp falls in both life satisfaction and happiness between 2007 and 2011.”For the most part, countries with higher levels of life satisfaction in 2007 reported decreased satisfaction in 2011.We’ve picked out a few interesting highlights from the survey relating to Ireland. You can explore the data yourself using this mapping tool.Read the full report here.From whom would you get support if you needed to urgently raise 1000 EUR to face an emergency?Like most other Europeans, the Irish would turn to a member of their family for some much needed cash. However, we’re 4th in Europe for turning to a financial institution, with 18 per cent saying this would be their first port of call. The Danes are miles ahead of the rest in this area at 30 per cent.Click here to view a larger version.How would you rate the quality of health services in your country?Ireland comes in at 4.9, below an average of 6.3 in terms of how we view our health care system, but…How respondents rated their health system on a scale of 1 to 10. Click here to view a larger version.Perceived health status… we think we’re pretty healthy, among with fellow bailout countries Cyprus and Greece. 38.3 per cent said their health was “very good” compared to an EU average of 22.4 per cent, and 37 per cent “good”.  Lativa ranks last, due to 42.8 per cent classing their health as “fair”. The percentage of people who responded with “very good” to perceived health status. Click here to view a larger version.I have not felt lonely.65 per cent of people in Ireland picked this when asked if they have felt lonely, the 3rd highest in Europe. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 11 per cent of people in Cyprus feel lonely all the time (we’re here if you want a chat, lads).The percentage of people who responded with “never” to whether they have felt lonely. Click here for a larger version.Would you say that people can be trusted or that you can`t be too careful in dealing with people?The higher score, the higher the trust. We perform pretty well in this, and our score of 5.5 peeks above the EU average of 5.1.Click here to view a larger version.Contacted a politician or public official (other than routine contact through public services)We’re in the top 5 in Europe in this category, with 11 per cent saying that they have. You’re most likely to get in touch between the ages of 35 to 49. We match the EU average for youth (18 to 24) engagement in politics.The percentage of people who said they had recently contacted a politician or public official. Click here to view a larger version.Time spend in getting to and from work or studyWe spend more time commuting than any other country in Europe, at an average of 55 minutes.Click here to view a larger version.Access to public transport facilitiesWhile 43.5 per cent can access it easily, 15 per cent of people in Ireland find it very difficult to access public transport, double the EU average of 6.4 per cent. We come second in Europe in this category, although it pales in comparison to Malta’s 32 per cent figure.However, 73.4 per cent said they had no problems with traffic congestion.The percentage of people who responded with “with great difficultly” to how well they could access public transport. Click here to view a larger version.I have come home from work too tired to do household jobs.While the majority said that they come home too tired “several times a month”, 25 per cent said that “several times a week”.However, 21 per cent of those from Netherlands and Lithuania say they never are.  How they get the energy for that we’ll never know.Click here to view a larger version.Image Credit for all graphs: Eurofoundlast_img
21 09 19

first_imgFor those of us that keep servers at home, for whatever reason, the jump between consumer grade and professional grade hardware can be significant. While it has gotten much cheaper in recent years to build a server, things like networking equipment and power management remain fairly expensive. One of the most useful tools in a server admin’s arsenal when trying to remotely manage hardware are power strips that can force a server to power cycle by cutting power to the outlet. It’s not something you do often, but it’s can come in handy. Recently Alberto Panu released the details to a project that takes an Arduino and turns it into a Telnet-capable power strip.Like any Arduino project that requires playing with electricity, this is not for the casual enthusiast. The project details a DIY method to build a box that allows you to connect up to six items to mainline power and control them by logging in to the microcontroller in the box and issuing commands to either cut power entirely or cut power and then restore ita connected device. This same project could be easily adapted for a much simpler power strip that used residential outlets, but that is very different from what was done here.Once the box was built, all you would need to do in order to use it would be to log in via Telnet. For example, if you had a terminal client installed on your phone you could login and control the power from anywhere.While this implementation is certainly a bit more industrial than what an average tinkerer would build in their free time, it is undeniably cool to see Arduino used in such a way.More at Panu.itlast_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – The diaspora is being touted among the specific areas that will be engaged to attract investment for achieving economic growth.  Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin, speaking in a panel discussion and signing ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium on November 7, said the diaspora is a central repository for investment capital.  He said the EGC will be engaging members of this demographic in visits to Atlanta, New York, Miami, London, Toronto and other diaspora nodes in a move to expose them to the mission of the council and how they can partake in the push for growth locally.Mr. Lee-Chin noted that other areas that are expected to drive growth include insurance, local and foreign investors, agriculture and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. He said investments in renewable energy, mining, tourism, manufacturing and infrastructure are also critical.The Chairman expressed confidence in the commitment to achieving growth of five per cent in gross domestic product (GDP) in four years, noting that the table is set for this due to a confluence of factors – fiscal stability, historically low inflation, low energy and telecoms prices, and improved business confidence.  “The table is set for growth because the Government has accepted its role to enable and facilitate growth,” Mr. Lee-Chin emphasized.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Mr.  Lee-Chin and Vice Chairman, Ambassador Nigel Clarke, used the ceremony to sign a declaration of intent with private sector-groups, unions and civil society, which underscores the Government’s commitment to the specific policies that fall under each growth initiative.The growth initiatives by the EGC, which was appointed by the Prime Minister to consult widely and advise Cabinet on policies and reform that will facilitate economic growth, are to: maintain macroeconomic stability and pursue debt reduction; improve citizen security and public safety; improve access to finance; and pursue bureaucratic reform to improve the business environment.The other initiatives are to: stimulate greater asset utilization; build human capital; harness the power of the diaspora; and catalyze the implementation of strategic projects.last_img read more

16 09 19

first_imgA Camas man critically injured when he was struck by a minivan Sunday would have missed his Rotary Club’s annual Christmas party today, but the group decided to bring the party to him.At 9 p.m., members of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County will sing carols in the lobby of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where member Rich Irvine is being treated in the intensive care unit. Just before 6 a.m. Sunday, Irvine apparently saw a pickup rear-end a blue Honda CRV on Interstate 205 and drive away. He pulled his car to the right shoulder and crossed freeway lanes to help the driver in the CRV, which had careened into a concrete barrier on the left side of the freeway. As he approached the CRV, a Honda Odyssey minivan driven by 41-year-old Fredy Delacruz-Moreno of Seattle struck the CRV and Irvine, according to the Washington State Patrol.Irvine and the CRV’s driver, Steven M. Klase, 25, of Battle Ground were hospitalized. Klase is in satisfactory condition, and Irvine remains in critical condition, hospital staff said Wednesday. Irvine’s wife reported that he had bleeding in the brain and spinal fractures, along with a less serious pelvic injury.To help pay Irvine’s medical bills, more than $18,000 has been raised at www.gofundme.com/ig105w.last_img read more

13 09 19

first_imgThe seven members of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee are asking Senate appropriators to provide defense officials more leeway in spending the department’s fiscal 2018 budget allocation, with the department likely to have less than six months to use the extra funds afforded by last month’s bipartisan budget agreement. The lawmakers propose waiving the one-year limitation on spending operation and maintenance funds and the “80/20 rule,” which restricts officials from obligating more than 20 percent of one-year appropriations during the last two months of the fiscal year, reports Defense News. “Either of these two exceptions will ensure that service secretaries will have the flexibility to obligate funds in an efficient manner to restore readiness and execute the National Security and Defense Strategy,” according to the readiness panel’s March 5 letter. The request echoes a similar proposal House appropriators are considering.Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Joshua Kleinholz Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

11 09 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Health held a brief 30-minute meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Town Hall.EEE & West Nile VirusWilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse reported that there’s been no positive tests for EEE or West Nile Virus in Wilmington mosquitos this summer.“We do typically get a positive West Nile Virus positive. We have in years past. Testing is still ongoing. We could still wind up with one, but Wilmington is currently considered low risk. There’s been no positive tests in town and we hope it stays that way,” Newhouse told board members. “The town’s Animal Control Officer has visited all the horse owners in town. All horses are inoculated. Owners have been given fact sheets and are aware of the seriousness.”Newhouse noted that the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project is continuing to conduct regular sprayings in Wilmington, but will stop once the night temperature drops to 55 degrees.Highland Estates Subdivision Plan ApprovedThe Board approved a modified subdivision plan for Highland Estates. Highland Estates is a conservation subdivision on Hopkins Street, near Sarafina Way, with 17 houses proposed next to 7 acres of open space along Lubbers Brook. The developer made changes to lot lines as a result of relocating a septic tank, which necessitated the Board of Health to reapprove the plan before the Planning Board is able to proceed.Update On New RestaurantsHealth Director Shelly Newhouse updated the board on new restaurants opening in town. Newhouse recently conducted a first wave of pre-opening inspections of Michael’s Place Bar & Grille on Lowell Street and Tremezzo Pizzeria on Shawsheen Street (formerly Uncle Mickey’s).“I think Michael’s Place Bar & Grille will be opening soon,” said Newhouse, noting she was just in last week to conduct an inspection of the equipment and new bar. “And Tremezzo Pizzeria is moving right in shortly.” Newhouse says she will need to conduct additional inspections at each restaurant prior to their openings.In response to a question from Board of Health Chair Elizabeth Sabounjian, Newhouse revealed she was as much in the dark as residents are regarding the status of Casa Blanca, which is slated to move into the old Chili’s location at the Wilmington Crossing. Casa Blanca was originally eyeing a September 2018 opening, but the Mexican chain was affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, closing its Andover location for two months.“I haven’t heard anything from [Casa Blanca] in awhile. It seems like they’ve stopped doing any work in their building,” responded Newhouse.Newhouse also noted that the Wilmington Farmers Market’s fall season runs until Sunday, October 13, 2019 on the Swain Green. And organizers will likely again hold a monthly indoor Winter Market similar to last year.The Board of Health also reviewed several food inspection reports and approved their August Meeting minutes. The Board next meets on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Board Of Health Urges Residents To Use Caution As Mosquitos Test Positive For EEE In AndoverIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: More Mosquitos Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Wilmington, This Time Off Of Adams St.In “Breaking News”ALERT: West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquitoes From WilmingtonIn “Government”last_img read more