Dreary drought

first_imgMaharashtra reels under the scorching sun with well-known adversity that has repeatedly featured on the face of the earth – drought. Droughts have been a seasonal affair for this part of the Deccan region. This happens to be the sixth consecutive year that parts of Maharashtra have been facing severe drought situation and discounting the adversity from preceding numbers, six long years seem adequate time to prepare for droughts. Witnessing Odisha’s commitment and resilience to withstand cyclones and safeguard lives, Maharashtra and Karnataka are very much capable of setting up drought redressal systems and action plans in cases of exigency. The disaster management guidelines, to begin with, are apt for this sort of situation which definitely demands attention amidst the polling season. Notwithstanding the fact that Centre and state exchequers will be accessed towards remedial actions but sustenance of crops, animals and farmers is defeated in the face of annual occurrence. The fact that only 16 per cent water reserve is left in the dams in proximity stresses on lackadaisical approach despite imminent adversity. If droughts have been occurring in the parts of both the states forming a pattern which enables to predict future droughts then a lack of redressal system to tend to such calamities is simply a travesty of governance. Requesting whatever quantity of water from neighbouring states, scooping reserves and anticipating financial assistance from the Centre are all haphazard measures usually in place when preemptive measures have effectively either not taken up or failed. The Centre has released 4,562 crores while the state government has allocated 4,300 crores making a total of 8,862 crores to combat the unprecedented drought situation which has regions such as Marathwada, Yavatmal, Nagaon, Aurangabad, Amravati, and Nashik among others in its grasp. Scores of fishes floating lifeless atop the Godavari spotted by locals in Nagaon village does not augur well for the area. While the Centre and state progress to tend to this adversity is welcoming, it hardly makes any difference to locals who have been witnessing droughts for years and remain deprived of alternatives to counter the natural calamity with remedial measures initiated by state authorities being the only hope. Contemporary times have equipped us to predict rainfall and be aware of impending calamities like a drought but state government’s enthusiasm in anticipating and implementing exigency measures has remained an area of concern. It has to be understood that measures also take time to take full effect and not happen overnight. Tankers to water-deprived areas is an expected step to address the severe drought problem but even that will have to be on time and well-coordinated from before. Waking up to droughts and then drafting action plans, consulting and requesting neighbouring states and the Centre for help will delay the remedial measures and the most direct impact would be loss of life – human, animal, fishes – apart from the agricultural setback. Present numbers denote that 4,331 villages and 9,470 hamlets are being supplied water through 5,493 tankers. Arrangements made by the Maharashtra government draw a proactive picture to combat drought but this 2019 severe drought cuts a sorry figure for CM Devendra Fadnavis who had claimed to make Maharashtra drought-free by 2019. And, words of politicos rarely reverberate in the face of adversity because tending to a life-threatening crisis is more important than pulling up authorities for lack of emergency system and audacious promises. The promise was flawed since droughts are nature induced adversities which can be controlled by humans but not overcome entirely. Drought-resistant should be a better aim and efforts should be made to that effort. Hindsight tells a lot about the adversity and it helps us learn from our flaws. It urges us to improvise and reduce damage. It also aids us in predicting the grave consequences which right now parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka imminently face. Interestingly, Bombay High Court has pulled the Maharashtra government for not appearing in court over the prevailing severe drought situation. A petition which was filed two and a half years ago has come to haunt the state government where the petitioner alleges that the state government has not done much to provide relief. He also alleges that the absence of the state government lawyer, in this case, points to the government’s tactic to sit out the drought period till rainfalls hit the area so that damage is reduced and the situation is not as grave as it currently is. Agrarian distress has already been highlighted as a severe issue in the state and it can only be hoped that it was well reflected in the general election polling which has concluded in Maharashtra. While the court now will pass an order on May 20 irrespective of government’s presence for the matter, the state government hurriedly pursues to minimise damage and increase the ambit and outreach of its relief measures. Rainfalls will provide relief but what is the point of progress if the damage inflicted resembles primitive situations.last_img read more

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Longawaited Ivorian polls off to good start says UN envoy

“It is very encouraging because everything is going peacefully and in an orderly fashion,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Y. J. Choi, said after touring three polling stations in the Abidjan and Sud-Comoé region. Leading a high-level delegation composed of members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of observer missions, Mr. Choi voiced satisfaction with regard to the holding of the election, while admitting it was too early to give a definitive assessment.“I congratulate Ivorians who have mastered their passion and emotion and have come out massively to exercise their civil right, peacefully and with discipline after having been patient for so long,” he said. The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, were repeatedly postponed, most recently from March. They are a major step in restoring stability in the country, which was split by civil war into a Government-held south and rebel Forces Nouvelles-controlled north in 2002. An additional 500 troops are in the country to reinforce the 8,650-strong UN peacekeeping force (UNOCI) and assist with security during the election period. A second round of voting is scheduled for 28 November if today’s poll does not produce a clear winner.Cote 31 October 2010The head of United Nations operations in Côte d’Ivoire said on Sunday that he is encouraged by the start of voting in the West African nation’s long-awaited presidential elections. read more

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Mahinda to be issued notice by commission

Referring to the allegations levelled against her by the Opposition that she has no mandate to ask the former President to come to the Bribery Commission for a statement, Wickramasinghe stated that each and every citizen of this country irrespective of their status or positions is equal before the law of the land. Wickramasinghe said that the delay in getting the statements from the former President and MP Attanayake was not due to certain opposition parliamentarians’ agitation in the parliament but due to a number of government holidays in the month of May. Wickramasinghe further said that the Speaker of the parliament has no authority to summon a public servant to Parliament to be questioned.The Speaker had summoned Wickramasinghe after notice was issued on the former President earlier but she was out of the country at the time so the Chairman of the Commission was summoned instead. The Bribery or Corruption commission is to issue notice on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appear before the commission despite recent protests in Parliament and outside.Director General of the Bribery Commission, Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe has told The Sunday Leader newspaper that the former President and former Health Minister Tissa Attanayake’s impending interrogation has not been withheld, but will be carried out shortly. “If the parliamentarians think that the law of this land cannot be imposed on rich and powerful but only against poor and frail then it is up to the legislative council that should pass that law. So then I can investigate the complaints made only against the poor and frail not the rich and powerful,” Wickramasinghe said.According to Wickramasinghe in the event the Commission receive complaints, the Commission will follow the normal procedure to find out whether there is concrete evidence to carry out further investigations or not which is decided by the three Commissioners including the Commission Chairman but not the Director General. read more

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Ceasefire in Ukraine under continuous serious strain UN official warns

“The promise of renewal, and of renewed, energy towards solving Ukraine’s problems embodied in the recent parliamentary elections, threatens to be overshadowed by the worsening security situation in the east of the country,” said Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for UN Political Affairs, in his briefing to the Council.“Nonetheless, the prospect that a new, reform-oriented ruling coalition will be formed, empowering it to move the country closer to a path of peace and stability, provides the avenue for all to support Ukraine out of this debilitating conflict,” he added. Focusing his comments on political developments in Ukraine and the latest developments related to the conflict in the east of the country, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said that the early parliamentary elections held on 26 October were conducted in a manner that observers for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) welcomed as “largely upholding democratic commitments,” although there was no voting in Crimea or parts of Donbas under rebel control. Noting that discussions are under way for the formation of Government, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen expressed hope that the leading coalition will be bound to the “rapid implementation of the comprehensive political, legal and economic reforms to which the Ukrainian authorities have committed themselves.” The ability of the leading coalition to “work constructively alongside the Opposition Bloc” will also be key for the unity and stability of Ukraine, he stressed, expressing hope that a comprehensive national dialogue to rebuild cohesion and address all outstanding critical national issues would begin soon. Continuing, he said that as of 3 November, hostilities in the east reignited with the potential to further undermine the Minsk agreements. Currently, the security situation in Donetsk and Lugansk “almost rivals” the period immediately preceding the ceasefire agreement of 5 September, he stressed. “With the Minsk agreements in question, and uncertainty over how much strain the ceasefire can withstand, we are deeply concerned over the possibility of a return to full-scale fighting,” he said. Alternatively, the conflict may “simmer this way for months, with sporadic, low-level battles, marked by periods of increased hostilities and further casualties,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. While either scenario would be catastrophic for Ukraine, a third prospect is that of a “frozen” or protracted conflict, which would entrench the current status quo in south-eastern Ukraine for years or even decades to come, he said.This past weekend, particularly on the night of 9 November, hostilities were reported to be at their worst in months, with a heavy exchange of artillery shelling in and around Donetsk. A similar level of fighting was reported today, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. Lives continued to be lost daily, including of two schoolchildren as a result of shelling in Donetsk on 5 November.This upsurge in fighting comes amid regular reports from the OSCE of an influx of large convoys of heavy weapons, tanks and troops flowing into rebel-held areas, he continued. In this connection, there is “no doubt that a failure to secure the Russian-Ukrainian border is a factor that continues to impede the path to peace,” he said. Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in parts of Donbas. With the onset of harsh winter conditions, the number of internally displaced persons is expected to increase. If there is a return to full-scale fighting, the numbers could grow exponentially, he warned.Furthermore, he said that consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group with rebel representatives have not been scheduled, while the self-proclaimed leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk “People’s Republics” have reportedly signalled that they would not participate in future consultations, appointing persons of less authority in their place. Yet, he noted that while these agreements have been breached in various respects and are fragile, “no side has unilaterally abrogated them,” he said. In recent days, there have also been some small, albeit positive steps towards implementation, such as a meeting between the general staff of the Russian and Ukrainian military on a line of delimitation. Although no agreement was reached at that time, subsequent meetings are reported to take place soon.Turning to UN activity in relation to Ukraine, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said that the Human Rights Monitoring Mission there has continued its work providing reporting on the human rights situation throughout the country, and on factors that could negatively affect the social, political and security situation and efforts towards the solution of a crisis. The Mission’s seventh monthly report will be published on 20 November. In the meantime, the mission is seeking an extension of its presence in the country beyond 15 December.With nearly 1 million people now displaced by the conflict, both within Ukraine and to neighbouring countries, UN humanitarian agencies continue to scale up their presence to respond to the growing needs, he noted. He also noted that Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is slated to travel back to Ukraine in the near future, pending the formation of the new Government.“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that none of these scenarios take hold,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen concluded. “The only alternative is for the fighting to end so that all Ukrainians can rebuild their lives in a stable and secure country, with Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity preserved.” read more

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Youth accused of snatching womans gold chain in Agricola remanded

A twenty-three-year-old youth will be spend the next few weeks in jail until his next court appearance after a city Magistrate remanded him to prison on a simple larceny charge.However, the accused, Romel Bollers was said to be a repeat offender. In this latest case, police say that he snatched Tanya Drakes’ gold chain and pendant on August 22, 2018, at Agricola, Greater Georgetown.The unrepresented Bollers denied the charge when he appeared before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly.According to the facts as presented by Police Prosecutor, Sanj Singh, the alleged victim was walking at the head of the Agricola Public Road when Bollers appeared, snatched the jewelry off of her neck and made good his escape.As such, the Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that he is a repeat offender and has prior convictions.The alleged gold-chain snatcher was remanded to prison until October 10, 2018, when he is scheduled to again appear in court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRepeat offender gets 3 years for robbing womanNovember 28, 2018In “Court”Joiner accused of gold chain theft remandedMay 14, 2018In “Court”Repeat offender remanded for robbery under arm chargeNovember 10, 2017In “Court” read more

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PSG president dismisses Football Leaks revelations as complete rubbish

PSG president dismisses Football Leaks revelations as complete rubbish

first_imgParis Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no interest in allegations made against him by whistleblowers Football LeaksThe Qatari businessman is at the centre of Football Leaks’ latest scandal, who accuse Al-Khelaifi of engaging in a fraudulent attempt to escape UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.PSG released a statement last week denying the claims made against their president.This comes in light of PSG and Manchester City both reaching settlements with the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in May 2014 over their FFP breaches.“Honestly, I do not look at that,” Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport after PSG’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Napoli on Tuesday.“It’s complete rubbish. Winning our next games is the most important.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Al-Khelaifi also declared his satisfaction with the UEFA’s decision to use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in next season’s Champions League.However, PSG will be rueing the fact that VAR hadn’t been available on Tuesday night after Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up to Napoli’s equalising penalty.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot to cancel out Juan Bernat’s 45th-minute goal for PSG, who also claimed he was denied a penalty of his own.The draw with Napoli leaves PSG third in Group C and a point behind the top two.“We will have to win our last two games to qualify. Of course there is, there is certainly a penalty,” added Al-Khelaifi.“But we will accept. VAR is needed as quickly as possible. We lost two points for two errors of the referee.”last_img read more

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Senator Micciche Says He Does Not Support 1600 PFD Bill

Senator Micciche Says He Does Not Support 1600 PFD Bill

first_imgThe bill is listed as a ‘Finance Committee bill’, but according to Micciche it did not come from Finance Committee. Micciche stated that the bill is believed to have come from the finance chairs or chair. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate on Monday introduced a bill, SB 1002, that would provide for a $1,600 dividend. Senate debate on the proposal, including possible amendments, is expected as early as Tuesday. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “I want to make it clear that I do not support the bill in its current form. We agreed to separate the PFD from the budget, because we were high-centered by the House who wants a much lower PFD. The Senate has committed to a $3,000 PFD and this bill is not something I can support.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy stated that if the bill passes he will veto it: “This bill kills the Permanent Fund Dividend as we know it. The PFD is your share of Alaska’s mineral wealth, and there should be no change to the dividend without a vote of the people. That’s what I promised on the campaign and that’s the promise I intend to keep. I cannot and will not support this legislation.” Micciche: “When it comes to the floor there will be a group of us that will have amendments. We want the funding source to come from the earnings reserve and we want a full statutory PFD.” last_img read more

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Fairbanks North Star Borough first to be certified Storm Ready

first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough is the first in Alaska to be certified as Storm Ready. The recognition was awarded yesterday as part of a program run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service. The certification emphasizes communication and preparation in meeting dire events.Listen nowFairbanks Borough Emergency Operations Director David Gibbs says he and others in the borough have been pursuing the certification for years. In order to qualify a community needs establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency center. It also needs to plan for hazardous events, and be able to receive weather warnings and alert the public by more than one way. There other qualifications as well. Gibbs said all are aimed to help the borough deal with something like the ice storms that have become more common in the interior.“You know, everybody thinks of big storms and lots of snow that could bring us to our knees but ice generally will,” Gibbs said. “I believe it was November 2010 where we had a really significant storm that we had about an inch of precipitation almost immediately following a super cool -25 degree temeperature. That literally brought us to our knees.”Gibbs said an important step to successfully respond to the next emergency is information from the public. Borough Emergency Manager Baird Stiefel said residents are encouraged to share important needs, such as critical medications or physical limitations with a new service called Smart Prepare. Then when a hazardous event strikes responders can prioritize.“Then I can realize, just by looking at the area affected, if everybody’s registered, this person may need oxygen, this person, etc,” Stiefel said. “So you look at your special needs population and try to get those resources out to them.”While the state has 21 StormReady sites, and 13 StormReady/Tsunami ready communities, Fairbanks is the first borough to be certified. Locally, Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Greely are also certified.last_img read more

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Two trains cancelled

Two trains cancelled

first_imgHyderabad: Due to heavy rainfall, water logging and boulder falling incidents in the Mumbai division of Central Railway, the Hyderabad-Mumbai CSMT Hussainsagar Express and Hyderabad-Mumbai CSMT Express were cancelled on Sunday. Mumbai CSMT-Hyderabad Hussainsagar Express train, which left Mumbai CSMT on Saturday, was diverted to run via Kalyan, Igatpuri, Manmad, Aurangabad, Parbhani, Parli and Vikarabad, according to a press release.last_img

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8 killed over 8k evacuated as rains batter Kerala

8 killed over 8k evacuated as rains batter Kerala

first_imgKochi: Eight people, including a one-year-old child, were killed and over 8,000 evacuated to over 60 relief camps after rains battered several parts of Kerala, officials said here on Thursday. State Revenue Minister E. Chandrashekeran said Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasargode and Idukki districts were the worst affected areas. “Three NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams have been deployed in Malappuram, Wayanad and Idukki. We have requested 10 more teams,” he said. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in the state till August 14. Red alerts have been issued in Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode districts. In the morning, a 50-year-old woman died after a tree fell over her house at Attapady in the Palakkad district. A 24-year-old woman died after her house at Panamaram village in the Wayanad district got flooded. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Residents of the Wayanad district said such heavy rains had never been witnessed, even during last year’s floods. Over 700 people were evacuated in the Nilambur area of the Malappuram district. A.P. Sunil, a police officer, said some people had refused to leave their houses. “If they don’t shift on their own, they will be forced to leave,” he said. Kozhikode District Collector Sambhasiva Rao said situation was under control. “If people cooperate, rescue becomes easy. But we are ready for any eventualities,” said Rao. Barring the state capital district and neighbouring Kollam, the remaining 12 districts have been affected by rains.last_img read more

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SIT asks suspended Congress MLA Roshan Baig to appear before it in

first_img“He craftily dropped my name to divert attention from himself since he knew that playing dead would buy him time to plan out further mischief, the helpless victims will have no choice but to look for somebody to point fingers at,” read one of his earlier tweets.The SIT sleuths have arrested high profile officers including Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner BM Vijayashankar and North division ACP for revenue, LC Nagaraj for taking bribes from the IMA chief Khan and issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC). Former minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan was also summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over his dealings with the IMA. Shivajinagar MLA R Roshan BaigTwitterHours after Roshan Baig resigned from the Congress, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the IMA case summoned him over his alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam.The SIT has directed Baig to appear before it at 11 am on Thursday, July 11. Although the investigation has been going on for past one month, Baig was never questioned over his alleged involvement with the firm.Baig who was suspended from the Congress for his anti-party activities will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to reports.In an audio clip, Mansoor Khan said that Baig took Rs 400 crore from him and failed to return the money, as he did not get a party ticket. Khan also said that he and his family were threatened by the lawmaker following which he had to flee from the country.However, Baig had refuted Khan’s claims saying that it was frivolous and baseless and only aims to destroy his political image. He had also requested for a CBI investigation over the matter.last_img read more

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Amazon Launching The Expanse Seasons 13 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

Amazon Launching The Expanse Seasons 13 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

first_img“The Expanse,” produced by Alcon Television Group, is based on the novels by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). The story is set 200 years in the future, when humans have colonized the solar system, with the United Nations controlling Earth and an independent military power inhabiting Mars. The series begins with Earth and Mars on the verge of war over air and water resources located in the asteroid belt — and a conspiracy threatens the survival of humanity.The TV series was co-created and written by Mark Fergus (“Iron Man”) and Hawk Otsby (“Children of Men”). Naren Shankar is the showrunner.The series stars Thomas Jane (“Deep Blue Sea”), Shohreh Asgdashloo (“Star Trek: Beyond”), Steve Strait (“The Covenant”), Dominique Tipper (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Wes Chatam (“The Hunger Games”), Cas Anvar (“Punisher: War Zone”), Frankie Adams (“Mortal Engines”), Shawn Doyle (“Frequency”), Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead”), Florence Faivre (“The Sia Renaissance”) and Cara Gee (“Empire of Dirt”).“The Expanse” has a Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 90% and an average audience score of 96%. Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in L.A. (Amazon hasn’t announced a premiere date for season 4.) Bezos has a personal passion for space exploration, having founded space-aeronautics and spaceflight company Blue Origin in 2000. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Xbox One external USB storage support wont be ready at launch

first_imgYou have to hand it to Microsoft. The software giant and heir to the next-generation gaming throne took criticisms of the Xbox One seriously. It tweaked the DRM, got rid of the region lock, and even made Kinect optional. But still some things aren’t coming together as expected. At PAX last weekend, Xbox Community Manager Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb explained external USB storage support will not be ready when the console launches in November.The standard Xbox One will be rocking a 500GB internal drive, but users won’t have access to the drive as they have in with the 360. Well, they won’t have official access. Someone will probably figure out how to crack the Xbox One open and fit it with a new drive. The lack of external USB storage means most owners will have to make do with a measly half terabyte of space, at least for a while.Major Nelson went on to explain completing work on the USB storage feature is on the list of things to do, but other projects are currently taking priority. He could not provide an approximate release date for the feature.Whether or not this seriously affects early adopters of the Xbox One will depend very much on how fast that 500GB disappears. Xbox One games will be taking up space on the drive, and they’re likely to be quite a bit bigger than 360 games were. The PS4, by comparison, will not support USB storage devices, but will allow owners to replace the 500GB internal hard drive with something bigger. The Wii U supports external USB drives up to 2TB.This isn’t the first promised feature that’s falling behind schedule — Microsoft amended its FAQ page last week to clarify only five countries would have Kinect voice controls at launch. Perhaps making all those changes to the way the Xbox One operates delayed Microsoft more than we thought.last_img read more

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TRYP Fortitude Valley gets a fresh lick of paint

TRYP Fortitude Valley gets a fresh lick of paint

first_imgHong Kong artist Bao HoTRYP Fortitude Valley gets a fresh lick of paintBrisbane’s only street art hotel has received a fresh lick of paint with two very different new murals added by international artists this week.Hong Kong artist Bao Ho, the first woman to add to TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel, Brisbane’s collection, and Colombian artist Gris One took to the walls to wrap up the Brisbane Street Art Festival.Bao Ho creates freestyle murals and illustrations featuring animated characters. She has collaborated with various international brands and worked on projects across the world, including in Australia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Italy and the Czech Republic.Gris One works around the world creating multi-colour compositions inspired by nature and day-to-day city life.“Street art is a key facet of TRYP Fortitude Valley’s identity and one of our main drawcards for guests, so it’s exciting to have some new additions to our collection,” said Hotel Manager Kim Knowles.“We are proud to be able to give artists a platform to display their work while strengthening the street art culture in Brisbane.”Each floor at TRYP Fortitude Valley features works by a different artist, including Fintan Magee, Beastman, Rone and Numskull.Nestled amid the city’s vibrant cultural precinct, close to iconic bars, restaurants, galleries and other attractions, the hotel offers well-appointed rooms complete with coffee pod machines, interactive Lifestylepanel televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi.TRYP Fortitude Valley also provides excellent service and impressive facilities including an onsite gym, meeting room, UP on Constance rooftop bar and ground floor burger restaurant, Chur.For more information and to book, visit trypbrisbane.com Source = TRYP by Wyndhamlast_img read more

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Upscale Hotel Hotel Kurrajong Canberra Canberra

first_imgUpscale Hotel: Hotel Kurrajong Canberra, Canberra, ACT and Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, NTUpper-Upscale Hotel: Crown Metropol, VIC and Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne, VICLuxury Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney, NSWAustralian Lodge: qualia, Hamilton Island, QLDBusiness Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, NSWResort: One&Only Hayman Island, QLDDay Spa: Spa qualia, qualia, Hamilton Island, QLDTo see the full winners list, including People Awards, visit HM Awards.Go back to the e-newsletter > Go back to the e-newsletter >The winners of the 2015 HM Awards for Accommodation Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic, have been named in front  600 attendees at Sydney Town Hall on 4 September.Hosted by television personality Lisa Wilkinson, the HM Awards have, for the 13th time, recognised the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.Mantra Group capped a huge day, taking home the Accommodation Chain of the Year honours just hours after being named in the ASX Top 200 Companies List.Other major awards went to AccorHotels’ Michael Issenberg (Asia-Pacific Hotelier of the Year), IHG’s Karin Sheppard (Australasian Hotelier of the Year), Crown Towers Melbourne (Australasian Hotel of the Year), QT Hotels and Resorts (Brand of the Year), RACV Royal Pines Resort (Environmental Program), The Langham Sydney’s Sonia Lefevre (Australian General Manager), The Rees Hotel in Queenstown’s Mark Rose (New Zealand General Manager) and Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s Peter Hopgood (South Pacific General Manager).This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were aviation and tourism industry legends Geoff Dixon and Brett Godfrey, while the inaugural Ashley Spencer Service to the Industry recipient was Guy Bentley from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.On the night, a significant amount of money  was raised for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research through the Connie Johnson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research.The Australian upscale property award recipients are as follows:last_img read more

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Birth date not performance decides civil service promotions

Birth date not performance decides civil service promotions

first_imgWith the performance of almost all civil servants currently rated as ‘excellent’, their birth date appears to be the only criteria for promotions, the head of the House ethic committee Zacharias Zachariou joked on Wednesday.The committee called for a new assessment system for civil servants, following their briefing by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on the matter.Disy’s Zachariou said 93.1 per cent of public servants are currently rated as ‘excellent’, posing a serious problem when it comes to promotions.“At the end of the day, what is left is their birthdate,” Zachariou said, adding that the state and MPs ought to take the political decisions necessary to create a modern assessment system in the public service which would provide the tools to the PSC to promote the most suitable people for the job.“We need to realise that we are in 2018 and modernise,” he said.A number of bills had been submitted in the past, he said, which have yet to be tabled in parliament. Even if all parties disagree on the bills, he said, “I think, they all agree on the necessity of modernising the assessment system.”An objective assessment system can lead to an increase in productivity, which will benefit society“We have trapped the best minds of the Cypriot society within the civil service and we are not motivating them to perform,” Zachariou said.He added that the PSC is doing an excellent work on recruitment, on the basis of the law on evaluation and the requirement for written examinations, so that the best candidates are being chosen.The head of the PSC, Georgios Papageorgiou, said that problems in the public service should be treated as a national issue.Everyone should look seriously into why, while some of the best brains are being hired in the civil service, a few years later they are locked in a system that “inactivates staff, creates disincentives and does not allow them to perform”.The debate on the evaluation system must be seen as a priority, he said. “We must find ways to get rid of it” and “to change the attitudes that have developed within the public service because of this very system.”He made a plea to the competent state services, parties and the House to seek how to best overcome this situation.You May LikeMedicare | Search AdsMedicare Supplement Plan F May Discontinue After 2020 – See Rates NowMedicare | Search AdsUndoOffshore Injury Attorney | Search AdsAffordable Offshore Accident Attorneys in Rowland HeightsOffshore Injury Attorney | Search AdsUndoNewsXoXo7 Effective Tips That’ll Help You Get Better Sleep at Night!NewsXoXoUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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