Arunachal BJP MLA’s son arrested in drug-peddling case

first_imgThe son of a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA in Arunachal Pradesh has been arrested in a drug-peddling case.Tumme Amo, the Superintendent of Police of Capital Complex said, four people caught on suspicion of consuming drugs led to the arrest of Lokam Lulu at Naharlagun on Sunday. The man turned out to be the son of Lokam Tassar, a BJP legislator from Koloriang Assembly constituency.Naharlagun and Itanagar, about 15 km apart, are together called Capital Complex.Mr. Amo said a police team in Naharlagun led by sub-divisional police officer Rike Kamsi caught four people in an inebriated condition while patrolling. One of them identified as Manu Barman said he bought heroin from Mr. Lulu.The police raided Mr. Lulu’s house but did not find him or any contraband items. He was later caught from his wife’s house with 10g of heroin, some cash and several empty vials.“Lulu admitted that the recovered heroin belonged to him and the seizure was made in the presence of an executive magistrate,” a member of the raiding team said.The Naharlagun police said a case was registered against Mr. Lulu under a relevant Section of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. An investigation was on to find the source of the recovered drugs, they added.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: High schooler LaMelo Ball gets signature shoe

first_imgView comments Orquina shakes off flu, sizzles en route to Three-Point crown Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said in an email to The Associated Press that she could not speak specifically about LaMelo Ball but that his eligibility could be at risk if he directly profits from shoe sales.“Generally speaking, a college athlete or prospect paid for use of their athletics reputation or ability risks their future eligibility in that sport,” James said. “This includes profiting from the sale of items bearing the young person’s name. NCAA rules, however, do allow prospects to promote commercial products prior to enrollment provided it is not for pay.”LaVar Ball told ESPN on Thursday that his son’s amateur status is not a concern at the moment.“Who cares? If he can’t play, then he can’t play. It doesn’t mean he’ll stop working out and getting better,” he said. “Maybe in two years they’ll change the rule and he’ll be able to the NBA straight out of high school.”LaMelo Ball, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 26.7 points and 10 assists as a sophomore last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img LaMelo Ball, who plays for Chino Hills High School, would still be eligible under California Interscholastic Federation rules as long as he’s not wearing his team’s uniform or logo while appearing in any advertisements or promotions for the shoe.The bigger concern is with the NCAA. LaMelo Ball has committed to UCLA, where he would start playing in 2019.Melo Ball 1, youngest in the game.👉🏽 👈🏽— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The MB1, which costs $395, is available for pre-order and will ship in December. In May, Big Baller introduced its first signature shoe for Lonzo Ball, the former UCLA star was drafted second overall by the Lakers. Those go for $495. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Today, LaMelo Ball becomes the 1st high school player ever to have his own signature shoe. The “Melo Ball 1”— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 31, 2017LOS ANGELES — Two of LaVar Ball’s sons now have their own signature shoe. The latest one has led to plenty of questions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBig Baller Brand shoes announced Thursday that it is coming out with a shoe for LaMelo Ball, who is a junior in high school. It is the first signature shoe for a player still in high school.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

HWL Final is a new journey after Rio disappointment: Knowles

first_imgBhubaneswar, Nov 30 (PTI) Having endured a “disappointing” Rio Olympics, world champions Australia are currently on a rebuilding process under a new coach Colin Batch and the Hockey World League Final is their first step towards reclaiming their numero uno position in world hockey.Captain and the teams most experienced player 33-year- old Mark Knowles, with 305 international caps, knows the pain of “underachieving” at last years Olympics, a competition where they went as world no. 1 side, only to finish a disappointing sixth.”It was massive disappointment for us. We were in the no.1 team in the world and we really underachieved (in Olympics). There is a range of different thing that every sporting team goes through. Winning and losing is one thing but there is so much to high performance sports,” said Knowles about their last Olympics showing.With one gold, three silver and as many as five bronze medals, Australia hold a good record in the quadrennial event.”We didnt really play well in the key moments of the tournament (Olympics). We allowed some losses to get on top of us too much. The most important thing is we got to the quarterfinals and from there we didnt play really well. There were individual faults.”It was a group where we werent really good enough. In tournaments like Olympics and the World Cup those small moments can become very big and thats what happened to our group,” said the veteran.Knowles is aware of the close gap between teams in modern day hockey and also relishes the mentorship role in the team.advertisement”Its a developing and young group. I am the most senior player and that is something I enjoy. I love that responsibility. For me its about passing on experience about playing on such an amazing stadium in front of a good crowd. I also know that as a player I have to play well,” he said.”Top 8-9 teams in the world are so close. We saw in Rio no.7 team in the world beat no.6. The margin of error today is very small.”Australia have been Indias nemesis in the last few years having beaten them in almost all occasions, but Knowles said the Kookaburras wont take the home team lightly.”We normally play important matches at a very high level and India are one of our biggest rivals. They are our Commonwealth rival and they are our world rival now,” he said.Asked about their preparation and mental frame of mind before facing India, against whom they have registered convincing wins in the past couple of years, Knowles said: “No definitely not (dont take India lightly). The games we played against India were important games. We played them in last Commonwealth Games final, we played them in the World Cup, the Champions Trophy final. We played them numerous times and India are one of the teams against whom we played well.”If you look at our records against a team like Holland in the last 10 years, it is very similar. As I said we love playing the best teams and thats what Kookaburras mentality has been like for long period of time. Thats the same mentality under the new coach (Batch). Thats what he is trying to get back after not so good performance in Rio,” he added. PTI SSC CM CMlast_img read more

ITTIA: DB SQL and QNX SDP 7.0 platforms empower manufacturers of mission critical systems

first_img Continue Reading Previous Winbond extends performance of Serial NAND Flash Memory with new 1Gbit device offering maximum data-transfer rate of 83MB/sNext Trinamic launches multi axis stepper motor servo module ITTIA announces support for QNX SDP 7.0, the most advanced and secure embedded OS developed for use in all safety and mission critical applications. With ITTIA DB SQL and QNX SDP 7.0, embedded system designers are now empowered to collect, store, analyze and connect real-time data on safe and secure devices built on a highly reliable operating system software foundation that helps guard against system malfunctions, malware and cyber security breaches.ITTIA DB SQL peer-to-peer replication provides QNX SDP 7.0 applications the high availability solution for maintaining data consistency across multiple devices and database files. Changes are continuously propagated to guarantee data availability on demand or in real time.On QNX SDP 7.0, the flexible data management platform offered by ITTIA DB SQL enables discrete applications to safely and securely share a common database file. Because applications can concurrently read and write to flash media, ITTIA DB SQL is ideal for use cases with frequent updates. The on-disk, in-memory, and hybrid storage engines offer the best performance, whether SQL queries are executed on the local system or a remote device.In addition to supporting industry standards and ease of use for developers, ITTIA DB SQL’s multiple concurrency models, rich data type support, support for redundancy, security algorithms, cloud connectivity protocol support, performance, and quality technical support all play an important role in providing great value for manufacturers of embedded systems.ITTIA DB SQL and QNX SDP 7.0 platforms empower manufacturers of mission critical systems with complete standards-based development tools to build and deploy the next-generation of products for automotive, medical and industrial embedded systems. With QNX Neutrino®, embedded systems designers can create compelling, safe and secure devices built on a full-featured and robust operating system that helps guard against system malfunctions, malware and cyber security breaches.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Oklahoma State is 50-1 to win it all in 2015

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! James Castleman won't be there but OSU will still be good in 2015. (USATSI)James Castleman won’t be there but OSU will still be good in 2015. (USATSI)As you know Oklahoma State will be one of the favorites to knock TCU and Baylor off their perch for the 2015 Big 12 championship.Bovada has Baylor as a 16-1 favorite to win it all and TCU (which returns so many people they’re going to have two scout teams) a 15-2 favorite.Oklahoma State is at 50-1 along with Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas.Texas!Even better than Texas though is OU at 25-1. You mean the team that got beat by 250 in a thing called the Russell Athletic Bowl and just fired all of its coaches? Sure, 25-1 sounds great!The numbers are even more stark other places. Westgate Las Vegas has Oklahoma State at 100-1 (give me some of that) and OU at 12-1. Really…12-1!I think 50-1 or 60-1 is probably fair for a 7-6 team like OSU that returns most of its starters and one of the coveted QBs in the Big 12.Especially one that has the favorable schedule OSU has.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

PM Challenges National Sport Council to Influence Sport Development

first_imgPrime Minister and Minister of Sport, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has challenged members of the reconvened National Council on Sport to influence Government’s decisions and policies on sport development.Addressing the Council at a meeting at Jamaica House on Tuesday, April 23, the Prime Minister said sport should be explored and treated as a big business and “we have a responsibility to ensure that we push this area of development in the same way as tourism” and the Council needs to explore how we can exploit greater earnings from sport. The Prime Minister said the development of sport at all levels, particularly in the basic and prep schools, is critical to Jamaica’s continued success in sport.For her part, the Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley outlined the 2013/2014 strategic priorities for Sport to the Council and gave an overview of the National Sport Policy which was tabled in March 2013. She added that the growth and development of sport in Jamaica requires innovation and creativity.Among the priorities outlined were: updating of the National Sport Policy aligning it with other national policies and international treaties with respect to sport development and physical education; building and strengthening of multi-sectoral linkages with key stakeholders in sport development; development of the National Sport Museum; enhancing and leveraging the sport component of Brand Jamaica; establishing an enabling economic environment to attract investment to support a robust sport industry; establishment of advanced sport institutions and programmes in Jamaica; development of a long-term national plan for design, development, maintenance and management of sport infrastructure islandwide; and the design and upgrade of national and community facilities for multi-purpose use to include accessibility for all persons.The 23 member Council which represents a cross section of the various sporting discipline is the advisory body to the Government on matters related to sport. The Council will advise the Government on relevant aspects of sport development and coordinate sport activities; analyse the impact of government’s policy directives and assess through feedback mechanisms, the efficiency of policy initiatives.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: read more

Applications for Adjudicative Boards Being Accepted

first_imgIndividuals interested in serving the public on adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are asked to send their applications to the province. Adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions have quasi-judicial functions and serve various roles and diverse interests. They are established by statute or regulation. Board members review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions affecting a person’s liberty, security or legal rights. “The participation of Nova Scotians as members of provincial adjudicative boards is fundamental to the successful administration of government,” said Frank Corbett, Deputy President of the Executive Council. “Agency, board and commission members help to make democracy work for everyone.” Appointments to adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are based on an assessment of the skills and qualifications of the prospective candidate and the needs to be filled. For a complete list of opportunities or to learn more about the appointment process, visit the Executive Council Office website at or call 902-424-4877 or toll free 1-866-206-6844. Closing date for applications is Nov. 9. The government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application, covering letter or resume.last_img read more

State to set up help desks to aid students in online form

first_imgKolkata: The state government will set up help desks in districts to aid students in rural areas in filling up online admission forms for colleges, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said.The move follows reports earlier this year that many students had faced problems during the online admission process due to their lack of familiarity with the internet or poor net connection in rural areas. “From the next academic session, students and guardians who will face difficulty in filling up online forms can approach the help desks,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe facilities, to be run by the state Higher Education department, will be set up near colleges during the time of admission in May-June 2020, the minister said on Wednesday. To prevent interference by students’ unions during admission, the state government had directed all colleges in May that the process, including payment of fees, would be completely online and students cannot be asked to come to the campus before the start of classes.last_img read more

Sharon Stones Planet Hope Helps Girls Become Prom Princesses

first_imgEvery young student across the nation deserves a chance to feel like a prince or princess on their prom night – regardless of their financial situation.Prom is an important part of the high-school experience and yet rising costs have made it increasingly difficult for under-privileged high school students to participate. Some schools are charging upwards of $150 per student simply to attend! And this does not include the dress, tuxedo, shoes and various accoutrements.Planet Hope saw a need and decided to take action by enlisting co-founders Sharon and Kelly Stone and some extremely generous friends and supporters to provide dresses, shoes and accessories to 1000 students who would otherwise not be able to attend prom. High Schools in several states will benefit, including Los Angeles, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois and Virginia.“Planet Hope is proud to help high school girls feel beautiful from the inside out on prom night,” said the Stone sisters.Founded in 1993 by sisters Kelly & Sharon Stone, Planet Hope provides help to the homeless, abused, and terminally ill children. Planet Hope Programs include: Summer Camp, Food and Warmth Resources, Emergency Referral Programs and Hope for the Holidays. “HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS” is one of the core programs of Planet Hope. Each year 12,000 gifts and toys are given to children living in homeless or abuse shelters and children living in hospitals with terminal diseases. Additionally, Planet Hope provides sleeping bags for the homeless living on the streets of Los Angeles. Last year they distributed 1700 sleeping bags downtown on Christmas Eve.“Hope is the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or in the world at large. Despair is often regarded as the opposite of hope.” Currently, there are 58,000 people in DESPAIR in Los Angeles and all they have is HOPE!For more information, click here or call (818)284-5892 .last_img read more

Onion Lake First Nation appeals ruling ordering it to publish financial records

first_img(Onion Lake Chief Wallace Fox was not available to comment on the community’s appeal.)APTN National NewsThe Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan is appealing a June court ruling ordering it to release financial information to its band members.The case was brought by Charmaine Stick, who partnered with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in 2016 to force the band to comply with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act – a law passed by the Stephen Harper Conservatives requiring First Nations to publish salaries and expenses online.“This is like a bad joke,” said Stick who is a member of the Onion Lake band in a statement released Wednesday. “Because the chief and council can’t seriously think they can convince a judge or anyone else that they should be able to spend our community’s money without being open about what they’re spending it on.”In November 2014, Onion Lake launched a $50 million court action against Ottawa over damages suffered as a result of “punitive measures” imposed by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department after the Cree community refused to publicly disclose its finances as required by recently passed legislation.The legal action also seeks to have the Federal Court find that the legislation, known as the First Nation Financial Transparency Act, has no force on Onion Lake Cree Nation and that the legislation breaches the community’s treaty rights. Onion Lake is also seeking a ruling that finds Ottawa has breached its fiduciary duty.Less than a year later, Federal Court of Canada Justice Robert Barnes ordered the federal government to stop pursuing legal action against several First Nations who have yet to submit their public financial disclosure to the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.But according to Stick, 90 per cent of First Nations across the country have complied with the law.“Why are they spending thousands of dollars on legal bills to appeal a court decision in favour of transparency? Grassroots people are demanding transparency and we’ll continue the struggle until we all know what’s happening with the money in First Nations communities,” she said.In its first few months of being in office, the federal Liberals said they would not enforce the compliance measures in the transparency act and lifted sanctions against communities that refused to abide by the law.The government said it would bring in measures in a more cooperative way.An administrator in the Onion Lake band office said officials at the moment have “no comment” about the appeal – but did say the community of 6,200 does have access to the band’s financial records. The administrator would not say if those records included salaries and expenses.2007-2008 was the last time the community filed an audited statement with Indigenous read more

Pot companies gear up at home cast global net in strong quarter

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian marijuana companies were riding high in the latest quarter as they ramped up production capacity ahead of the deadline for the legalization of recreational cannabis next summer while also extending their reach outside the country’s borders, analysts say.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer, was the latest to report its second-quarter earnings, posting a $1.3-million loss attributable to shareholders, despite doubling its revenue compared with a year ago.Still, its chief executive Bruce Linton told analysts Tuesday the company is “driving ahead” and taking actions now needed to position the company for the future, such as strategic partnerships in Denmark and Jamaica.“The international opportunities are now increasingly happening,” Linton said on Tuesday’s conference call.It was a strong quarter for Canadian cannabis companies, said Russell Stanley, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners, with many indicating they are on track and on budget with expansion plans ahead of the federal government’s July 2018 deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana.Still, as marijuana companies gear up for the domestic recreational market amid concerns of a supply shortage, many have also been laying the groundwork to benefit from future growth markets such as Germany and Brazil, he said.“Specifically on the medical front, the potential for exporting to other markets or establishing a partnership on a local basis and produce domestically, in country, is there and very real and in markets that are substantially larger than ours,” Stanley said.For example, MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF) in August completed its first international export of medical cannabis oil to Brazil, Canopy Growth in September signed a supply license agreement to Spain and a strategic partnership in the Danish market, while Aurora Cannabis shipped its first 50 kilograms of dried cannabis flower to Germany through its subsidiary in September.Shares of Aurora (TSX:ACB) shot up more than 28 per cent Monday on the back of its earnings last week that showed a 169 per cent jump in revenues in the quarter ended Sept. 30, and $1.2 million in sales of dried cannabis in Germany, said Chris Damas, the author of the BCMI report.There has been much talk about the potential for international sales from Canadian licensed marijuana producers, but Aurora’s disclosure was the first to quantify them, he said.“These companies are really attacking the export markets… That is really where the growth is going to be. I think most companies and analysts too have come down in their expectations for domestic sales,” Damas said.He noted that the distribution plan for recreational cannabis in Ontario, the largest market, with 40 stores initially is unlikely to support the kind of growth these companies seek.However, the ripple effect of marijuana exports on the domestic supply of the drug is unclear.MedReleaf chief executive Neil Closner told analysts on its second-quarter earnings call that it is there is likely to be more demand than supply when recreational pot is legal.“We may have to make difficult decisions on which markets we initially support and where we allocate our products,” he said on Monday.Stanley says the ongoing medical cannabis shortage is likely to persist in the near term. But with Health Canada ramping up approvals of new licensed producers, to 73 currently, up from 38 at the end of January, the gap is likely to close in the medium and long term, he said.“Whatever supply shortage that we see in the near term, the market’s going to iron them out, ” Stanley said. “Because the single biggest barrier to ironing them out is really no longer much of a barrier.”last_img read more

Death toll rises to 15 in Chinese gas plant explosion

BEIJING — Authorities in central China say the death toll in a gas plant explosion has risen to 15 with another 15 seriously injured.China’s Ministry of Emergency Management says about 270 firefighters and rescue workers have completed three rounds of search and rescue since the Friday evening explosion in Yima city in Henan province.The official Xinhua news agency says the explosion occurred in the air separation unit of the Yima gas factory of the Henan Coal Gas (Group) Co., Ltd. It says all production has been stopped.China experiences frequent industrial accidents despite orders from the central government to improve safety at factories, power plants and mines.More than 60 people died in March in a chemical plant explosion in eastern Jiangsu province.The Associated Press read more

Two dead in separate Oxford County crashes Monday night Tuesday morning

Oxford County OPP closed Potters Road between Middletown Line Road and Summerville Line on Tuesday for much of the day following a single-vehicle collision that left one man dead and several others with serious and life-altering injuries, according to police. The SUV in the crash was eventually removed Tuesday afternoon following a police investigation.KATHLEEN SAYLORS/SENTINEL-REVIEW jpg, WD UPDATE 1 p.m.: OPP Const. Rod LeClair said Tuesday afternoon that two of the four male passengers taken to hospital are now in serious condition. There was no further information at this time, but police expect to issue an update later today. Potters Road remains closed between Middletown line Road and Summerville Line.Two people are dead and police are investigating after two separate crashes in Oxford County overnight and into Tuesday morning. A 52-year-old man who was riding a motorcycle died Monday evening in a crash that also involved a pickup truck. The crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Oxford Road 6 near Road 88 in Zorra Township.Police allege the pickup truck, travelling north, hit a motorcycle that was in the northbound lane.The motorcycle driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are not releasing his identity pending next-of-kin notification.The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured. The road was closed for eight hours while police investigated.On Tuesday morning, Oxford police responded to a single-vehicle rollover in which another man was also killed.The crash occurred at Potters Road in Norwich around 7 a.m. Emergency crews, including air ambulance, were at the scene Tuesday morning.#OxfordOPP investigating fatal single vehicle #collision on Potters Rd. in #Otterville. Driver deceased, 4 passengers with serious injuries. Potters Rd is now re-opened. Silver SUV involved was e/b on Potters Rd just before 7am. Anyone with information is asked to call #OPP ^rl— OPP West (@OPP_WR) July 9, 2019According to a statement, Oxford County OPP say an SUV was travelling east on Potters Road when it veered from the road, rolled and came to rest in a nearby field. One male occupant was pronounced dead at the scene while four other male occupants were taken to hospital with other injuries.The name of the deceased is not being released at this time, pending next-of-kin notification.Police are asking anyone with information on either crash to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122These accidents join a third crash on Monday evening near Dorchester. That multi-vehicle collision left one motorcyclist dead. read more

WATCH Lifeenhancing cubes Facebook for pets and more Web Summit startups

first_imgOVER THE PAST two days, Web Summit 2013 has played host to hundreds of start-up technology companies.From a way to know when to call it at a night when out in the pub, to a way of helping those with Alzheimer’s disease rekindle old memories, there was a mobile app or computer program on offer that could do pretty much anything you wanted.Here are five of these budding companies spoke to at the international conference, and we’ll have more for you tomorrow.LumaFitLumaFit, partly based in Dublin, have created a small device which attaches to your ear and helps you exercise more efficiently.It tracks the progress of work-outs and monitors other elements of your exercise routine such as your heart or breathing rate. It can even help you meditate.CEO Darren Hughes demonstrated the device using some squats:YummyPets.comAs you sit gleefully strolling through Facebook, does your pet ever look up at you with sad, sad eyes, as if to say “Oh I wish I could be social networking like you”? might help. It’s a social network for pets with thousands of users, and founder Matthieu Glayrouse explains below how it has evolved and helped form real-life relationships between humans:CubeSensorsThis small cube is packed full of, as the name suggests, sensors, which monitor the environment around you.If factors such as the temperature or air quality are sub-standard, the smartphone app that comes with the CubeSensor will tell you how you can fix it. One of those behind this from this Slovenia start-up, Alja Isakovic, explained how it works:RemPadThis app is aimed at benefiting those with Alzheimer’s disease.Aided by their carer, the patient can access old songs or video clips, which often triggers older memories that are still intact, using RemPad, something which can prove to be therapeutic. Julia O’Rouke explains:AlcohootThis plug-in device for your smartphone allows you to track your alcohol intake using a breathalyzer. Once a reading is taken over a set-limit, Alcohoot will prompt you to order a taxi or get some food.Co-founder Jonathan Ofir shows how it works below:All videos by Nicky Ryan/ We will be highlighting more start-up companies from the Summit tomorrow.Read: AOL chief issues battle cry at Web Summit >More: Elon Musk’s advice to Enda Kenny on fostering Ireland’s digital economy >last_img read more

How a nice girl ended up working as a phone sex operator

first_imgAnyone who had actually seen me playing solitaire on my computer, sipping coffee and wearing a cotton nightshirt with little duckies all over it when I worked would never have doubted that.We reached out to Cecil Adams, administrator of the site, who gave us permission to share some of the Q&As from her post. We’ve slightly edited questions and answers for clarity.Q: Can I ask how you got hired?A: I read about the job in the Help Wanted ads in the local newspaper. There was a group interview in a hotel conference room. In that interview, we were told about the job and given some tips. Those of us who were still interested at the end of the interview were given applications to fill out, and then we did audition calls. After the audition call, a supervisor called us to tell us whether we’d passed and then, we could begin working.Q: How much did it pay?A: When I started, it was $8.00 an hour plus bonus. Bonus was based on requests from people who specifically asked for you. You have to get more than ten requests per month to get a bonus. Most months I ended up averaging about $15.00 hourly. I also got a 1, 2, or 3 percent raise every six months.Q: Did you receive any kind of benefits?A: The only benefit we got was our birthday off with pay. My husband’s job provided the health insurance.Q: Did you have set hours? A separate phone line?A: Yes, my regular shift was 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., which was timed for the kids being in bed. Because of my hours, no separate phone line was needed, but I did disable the call waiting while working.Q: Were you working off a script, improvising within some specific guidelines or just totally making it up as you went along?A: There was no script. It was all improv. We did have some general idea, though, because the call always went to an operator first, who found out what kind of woman the guy was looking for and if he was interested in anything specific. Then the operator would call me and say something like “I have a guy who wants a blonde with …” Then, when she patches the guy through, I already had an idea of what he was looking for. The rest, I was pretty good at drawing out.Q: How did the phone system work?A: At the start of my shift, I’d call in and let the operators know I was ready. They’d clock me in. When a call came, they’d patch it through to me. When the call was over, I’d call the office and let them know I was free again. Break times worked the same way. When my shift was over, I’d call to clock out.Q: Did your employer ever monitor your calls?A: Calls were randomly monitored for training (we did training calls with a trainer who would give us advice on how to improve our performance) and to make sure we weren’t breaking rules. And you never knew you were monitored until after the fact.Q: What do you usually wear while working?A: Well, the coy answer would be “whatever the client wanted me to be wearing.” The truthful answer would be a cotton nightgown or sleep shirt in the summer, sweats in the winter (my office was in the basement, and it got chilly down there).Q: How much variety was there in the kinds of callers you received?A: There was a pretty good variety. I had guys who would call with their girlfriends; I’d have women who may have been gay, or may have just been investigating aspects of their sexuality; I had guys who were into animals, bodily functions, married women who cheat on their husbands, whatever.Q: Did you ever have a call that didn’t go the way you expected?A: Well, probably the closest would be when the guy doesn’t so much want to talk about sex as he just wants to talk. I was pretty good at that, too.Q: What was the strangest call you ever had?A: There was the one guy who wanted to talk to an overweight, 30-something-year-old housewife. And I thought to myself, ‘Boy is he in luck!’Q: How did you keep from just cracking up laughing?A: Boy, it was tough sometimes. In fact, every once in a blue moon, I’d lose it, and fake a coughing fit.Q: Did you ever actually get into it, or did you always fake your enthusiasm?A: Just like anyone else with a normal, healthy sexual appetite, there are certain things that turn me on, and I did have some regular customers that I developed a good rapport with. About 98 percent of the time, I faked it, but the other 2 percent, I sometimes thought, I should be paying him.Q: Were there things you couldn’t talk about on the phone because it’d be against federal law?A: The number one Federal law concerned child pornography. I could not, at any time, portray someone who was under 18 years of age. I couldn’t talk about a time when I was under 18 and had sex (if a customer asked when I lost my virginity, the answer had to be 18 or over).I also was not required (by the company) to participate in rape or forced sex fantasies. Although that was up to me.Q: How did they keep you from taking your best clients and going independent?A: We signed a contract saying we wouldn’t. But when I told one of my regular clients that I was leaving, he told me he wouldn’t talk to anyone else. I told him there was nothing I could do about that. I did however, offer to send him a photograph (not really of me, of course), and when I sent him the photo, I sent him a number I could be reached at, too.I’m sure the company would have been very angry, and I’m not trying to justify my actions, but I really was going to be leaving anyway, and the fact that he was willing to pay me $100.00 an hour versus paying my former employer $85.00 an hour says something. He also calls me by my real name now, and I’ve seen him on TV.Read the full thread with all the Q&As here. Apple discontinued last year’s Apple Watch Series 4 after announcing its brand-new watch — here’s how to decide between the Series 3 and Series 5 (AAPL) The 737 Max will be the safest plane in the skies once it starts flying again Facebook is launching a $149 camera that sits next to your TV and lets you video chat with your WhatsApp and Messenger friends (FB) center_img IF YOU HAVE the right attitude, working on a phone sex hotline isn’t the worst job in the world – according to someone who has done it.A woman who used to work as a “phone sex actress” hosted a Q&A thread on the Straight Dope Message Board, an adjunct to the popular Straight Dope column that’s published in more than 30 newspapers in the US and Canada.“Tonya” says she’s a “nice girl” who worked in the industry from 1994 to 1997 because “the money was better than anything else I was qualified to do (or at least anything else that was legal).”“Hey, as far as I was concerned, it was an acting job,” she wrote. 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Young man found dead in Donegal after house party

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED the death of a young man in Donegal overnight.The body of the 21-year-old was discovered at a property in St. Johnston at about 4.30am.Gardaí in Carrigans are investigating the circumstances of his death but are treating it as not suspicious.According to local media reports, three other men and a woman who were in the same building were hospitalised.All four had been out celebrating a 21st birthday.BBC News reports a possible drugs link.READ: Gardaí seize ‘Captain America’ LSD after students warned of drug cocktailMore: HSE issues alert as green ecstasy pills kill two people in the last four dayslast_img read more

Le code source dAndroid Jelly Bean révélé

first_imgLe code source d’Android Jelly Bean révéléGoogle a mis à la disposition des développeurs le code source de son dernier système d’exploitation qui prend la succession d’Ice Cream Sandwich.Très attendue, la libération du code source du nouvel OS Android, Jelly Bean, a été réalisée par Google. A partir de ce jour et conformément à ce qui avait été prévu lors de la conférence Google I/O, les développeurs vont pouvoir travailler leurs applications sur le nouveau système d’exploitation, qui fait suite à Ice Cream Sandwich, l’OS équipant quelque 10% des terminaux Android. On peut d’ailleurs noter qu’au contraire de ce qui s’est passé avec Ice Cream Sandwich, Google a bien fait attention à libérer le code source relativement tôt, précise IT Espresso.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce code source est placé sous le régime de la licence Android Open Source Project (AOSP) et sera disponible dans la branche jb-dev, sous l’identificateur android-4.1.1_r1. Avec Jelly Bean, Google espère continuer sur la voie tracée par Ice Cream Sandwich, à savoir l’unification des expériences mobiles, sur smartphones ou tablettes. Les développeurs commenceront par travailler sur les images système de la tablette Nexus 7 et du smartphone Galaxy Nexus, avant de passer au Nexus S.On peut noter que des projets indépendants, comme le CyanogenMod (une ROM alternative voulue universelle), vont pouvoir utiliser ce code source, par exemple afin d’offrir une mise à jour de certains terminaux tournant encore sous Android Gingerbread (2.3) ou Honeycomb (3). Une liberté relative qui contraste avec ce qui se passe chez Apple avec iOS ou Microsoft avec le futur Windows 8, beaucoup plus restrictifs sur ce plan. Android Jelly Bean offrira pas mal de nouveautés par rapport à son prédécesseur, les widgets “intelligents”, des actions automatisées, un système de reconnaissance vocale encore améliorée ou encore le compagnon Google Now. Les utilisateurs verront ainsi leur expérience mobile toujours plus simplifiée par ces différents biais.  Le 14 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Buffon Id have liked to play with Ronaldo

first_imgGianluigi Buffon admits he regrets missing out on the chance of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, but adds that he’s at Paris Saint-Germain to help Neymar win the Ballon d’OrThe veteran goalkeeper ended his 17-year association with Juventus last summer in favour of a free transfer to PSG on July 6.Just four days later, Ronaldo completed his €112m switch from Real Madrid to Juventus in an Italian-record deal.While admitting the prospect of teaming up Ronaldo at Turin would have been tempting, however, Buffon revealed that playing with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at PSG convinced him to prolong his career.“I’ve always liked playing with the best players,” Buffon told Esporte Interativo on Twitter.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I think I’ve played with the best players, although it’s clear that you can’t play with everyone, otherwise you should change team every year.“Of course I’d have liked to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, but I have to say that one of the reasons why I kept playing was that I received a call from Paris Saint-Germain, where Neymar and Mbappe play.“They, along with Messi, are the best players in the world, as well as Griezmann. PSG are aiming high and Neymar and Mbappe, I must say, are two important reasons behind my decision [to sign for PSG].“I’m here in Paris to help Neymar win the Ballon d’Or. He has everything to win at least two. He only needs to convince himself.”Buffon has made 13 appearances for PSG in all competitions since arriving at the French capital last summer.last_img read more