Special Prosecutors being paid $20,000 per hour

first_img…$2M retainer feeIn response to questions put forward by the parliamentary Opposition, Government has come clean on its hiring of Special Prosecutors. Among the information provided are details of the number of prosecutors, cases and payment arrangements.According to the written responses supplied, five Special Prosecutors were hired. These Prosecutors are to be paid a retainer fee of $2 million, applied against the attorney fees and costs incurred by the client – the Attorney General’s Chambers.According to the details presented, the Prosecutors will also be paid $20,000 per hour for their services when prosecuting matters in the court on behalf of the State.Former AG Anil NandlallThe order paper had detailed that questions would be put to Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall. The questions are derived from the fact that estimates show $109 million being allocated to the Attorney General’s Chambers in the 2017 Budget under programme number 523.In addition, Nandlall had contended in his questions that in the 2018 Budget, undisclosed funds were allocated for hiring Special Prosecutors, including foreign lawyers. He was, therefore, seeking answers on this issue.“Could the Honourable Minister provide this House with information on the number of Special Prosecutors that have been hired, their salaries and benefits, travel and hotel costs, etc, incurred and the number of cases they have been handling for the period January 2017 to March 2018?” Nandlall had questioned the State.In an interview with Guyana Times, Nandlall stressed the implications for the State’s involvement in retaining Special Prosecutors on a scale of this magnitude. In the first place, he pointed out that this practice was not supported by the law.“It is absolutely unlawful for (the State) to be paying Special Prosecutors. Since 1966, when we became independent, the prosecutorial functions of the State were taken away from the Attorney General’s Office and given to an agency called the Director of Public Prosecutions.“That agency is an independent agency, and it ought not to be influenced in the discharge of those functions. Government has no role to play in the prosecution ofAttorney General Basil Williamscriminal offences. That is not a function of the Government but the State agency.”The former Attorney General also noted that while serious offences like drug trafficking and murder were being prosecuted by Police Prosecutors, the State shelled out millions to prosecute members of the former Administration and perceived Opposition supporters on charges that were not even in violation of criminal laws.“Millions of dollars are expended to hire Special Prosecutors. And these Special Prosecutors are hired to prosecute us,” Nandlall noted. “They are not hiring Special Prosecutors to prosecute the serious offences being committed every day in this country, like robbery, murder, piracy, drug trafficking. These are the real ills of the society. So the public will judge whether that is the best use of taxpayers’ money.”It had been reported that Cabinet appointed six Attorneys: Michael Somersall, Hewely Griffith, Lawrence Harris, Patrice Henry, Compton Richardson, and Trenton Lake as Special Prosecutors in the event that legal action might ensue from audit reports into the Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme and the 2007 Cricket World Cup, among other areas. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Week six spring league basketball results

first_imgJiffy Lube and Sunlife battled to a 59-59 draw. Conner Loades put in a good effort for Jiffy Lube and Jordan Sandberg played a great game for Sunlife. In Junior Division action black defeated red 49-27. The top player for black was Keanna Wildeman and red’s best player in the game was Aiden Dumas. Yellow got past white 36-32. Raya Heinrichs was the player of the game for yellow, and Mason Miranda had a strong effort for white.Green edged blue by a single point 55-54. Cole Harder was recognized for his efforts for green and blue’s top player was Riley Ferguson.- Advertisement -In the Senior Girls division D. Bauer had their way with Jiffy Lube 42-19. Kalyn Johnston was the player of the game for D. Bauer and Shayla Wheat put forth a solid game for Jiffy Lube.Sunlife defeated Motive 7 42-29. Britney Peters played well for Sunlife and Paige Pearson was solid defensively for Motive 7.Motive 7 had a close call against D. Bauer in Senior Boys play but came out on top in the end with a 63-59 win. Reid Jackson was the player of the game for Motive 7 and getting the same recognition for D. Bauer was Jake Hyrcha.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kings rally to win in shootout

first_imgLOS ANGELES – There should be bright days ahead for both the Kings and Colorado Avalanche, but the present is dim. The Kings, with Anze Kopitar, and the Avalanche, with Paul Stastny, have talented young scorers who give them solid reason for optimism, but this has been a season of frustration for both franchises. Marek Svatos scored three minutes later for a 4-2 lead and Alexander Frolov answered at the nine-minute mark. Colorado regained its two-goal lead with Milan Hejduk’s power-play goal, but Lubomir Visnovsky got the Kings within 5-4 with his own power-play tally. Rob Blake scored with four seconds left to force overtime. The Kings’ future is with thier youth, and before Saturday’s game they dumped a struggling veteran. Oleg Tverdovsky, who had been a healthy scratch in the past nine games, cleared waivers and was assigned to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester. N.H. Tverdovsky, a former All-Star defenseman, had been replaced of late by journeymen Kevin Dallman and Mike Weaver. Both teams entered Saturday outside the Western Conference playoff picture, Colorado in 10th place, the Kings in last place. The Avalanche were trying to keep its playoff hopes alive, but the Kings ended up with a 6-5 shootout victory in front of an announced 18,118 at Staples Center. Colorado rallied from a 2-0 deficit and took the lead 61seconds into the third period when John-Michael Liles scored on the power play. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PSG star’s agent delivers transfer boost to Newcastle United

first_img Salvatore Sirigu 1 Newcastle target Salvatore Sirigu will be too expensive for any of the Italian sides chasing him, according to his agent.The PSG goalkeeper has lost his place in the starting XI due to Kevin Trapp’s recent form between the sticks in France.The 28-year-old has made just one Ligue 1 appearance this season and been an unused sub in 13 others.The former Palermo man has been linked with a return to Serie A in recent weeks, with Lazio said to be lining up a bid for his signature.But Carlo Pallavicino, the shot stopper’s agent, says his client will not be heading back to his homeland for monetary reasons.That could be good news for Newcastle, who have lost Tim Krul to a long-term injury and have been keeping tabs on Sirigu.Pallavicino told Radio Olympia: “Lazio can’t afford him, and that’s the same for most Serie A clubs, even top ones.“Maybe Sirigu is not paid as much as PSG’s main stars, but things are like that for Italy at this time”.Sirigu is under contract until June 2018 and is earning around £3m a year.last_img read more


first_imgThe death of a man in Garda custody at Buncrana Garda station is not believed to be suspicious.The man died at in the early hours of this morning.The man has been named locally as Michael Lynch, who is in his 60s, from Sliabh Sneacht, Buncrana. A post mortem was carried out on Mr Lynch at Letterkenny General Hospital today but results of examination have not yet been released.Gardai say details of how the man died or why he was arrested are not being released.However a source has revealed they do not believe the death is suspicious.A Garda forensics team spent most of today at Buncrana Garda station. A full investigation was launched by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission but it is unclear if this will continue.DEATH OF MAN IN GARDA CUSTODY NOT NOW BELIEVED TO BE SUSPICIOUS was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana Garda stationdeathMichael Lynchlast_img read more

H-DNL football: Fortuna falls 35-20 to Foothill

first_imgLevi Nyberg had a trio of rushing touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies fell 35-20 on homecoming to visiting Foothill—Palo Cedro, Friday night at Husky Field.Nyberg kept the Huskies close in the first half with a pair of gritty touchdown runs.The junior put Fortuna on the board early in the second quarter with a 4-yard run. Kobe Letter punched it in from two yards out on the ensuing 2-point conversion to put the Huskies ahead 8-7. The scoring opportunity was furnished by a blocked …last_img read more

‘Hominids’ Were Gender Binary

first_img(Visited 427 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Political activists will have more trouble arguing for gender fluidity, now that binary sex roles go way back.Nobody ever heard of gender fluidity before LGBT activists decided it was possible to divorce gender from biological sex. Now that scientists at the University of Seville have found evidence of “gender inequality” as far back as the Stone Age (Phys.org), will the activists find themselves fighting evolutionists in their claim that we humans should be different? If evolution made people look and act in two ways based on biological sex, and if people have behaved as such for thousands of years, on what basis can activists introduce a new concept like gender fluidity?None of the following should be misconstrued to support mistreatment of one sex by the other. The thing to look for is whether people have always behaved in a gender binary manner, and thought of themselves only in those terms. People can be equal in value, even if they play different roles in the culture.The Neolithic precedents of gender inequality (University of Seville via Phys.org). Examining ‘bioarchaeology and funerary archaeology,’ the researchers found evidence for gender differences in the Neolithic age (Stone Age), 7,000 years ago. They claim this “meant male domination in later periods of history.” The authors go beyond what the evidence itself suggests.It is precisely this last aspect that is most evident in this study. The arrow wounds on male bodies, the depositing of projectiles in their tombs or the pictorial representations (cave paintings) of men hunting and fighting have no equivalent parallel in women. Therefore, the authors point to the birth of an ideology that connected men with the exercise of force. In this sense, they highlight that the creation of different roles according to gender and other forms of gender inequality played a fundamental role in the growth of social complexity, a factor that has not always been well understood in previous research projects.The conclusions, though, do not follow from the evidence. Arrow wounds, hunting and other signs could be interpreted as indicators of the high value those cultures placed on women. Cultures might have rewarded men who would sacrifice their own safety to provide for and protect their women and children. Certainly (on average) males are endowed with an extra measure of strength to fulfill those roles.Even if that interpretation is doubted, evolutionists would have to admit that whatever is, is right. What are today’s activists going to do—build a time machine and tell the men of that period to stop acting macho? Nowhere in the study is there evidence for a third, fourth, or 72nd gender. Everybody was male or female. Men had roles that were different than those for women, but if that is what evolution produced (according to materialist philosophy), so be it.The editors of Live Science claim that “Inequality Existed Since the Stone Age.” Once again, though, inequality does not necessarily follow from sexual dimorphism, any more (in evolutionary thinking) than it does for peacocks or gorillas. Whatever strategy evolution comes up with to pass on the genes of a population cannot be considered “wrong” by today’s attitudes. Otherwise, LGBT activists will be found fighting against evolutionists. That would be a contest to watch.Other News on Sex and GenderPositive Aspects of Masculinity Helps Improve Boys’ Attitudes Toward Relationship Violence (Rutgers University). This article runs counter to the PC talk about “toxic masculinity” and the need for boys to deny their natures. In a pilot program for middle school boys that affirmed masculinity, researchers found positive results. Contrary to expectations, boys learned to become gentlemen in dating and less violent when they were allowed to be boys, while learning also to question unhealthy assumptions from peers. A workshop was developed by “Maine Boys to Men,” a nonprofit.It includes four, one-hour sessions that explore the normalization, pervasiveness, and harmful nature of gender role assumptions. The boys involved in the program learn about empathy, healthy relationships, gender-based violence and receive bystander intervention training through physical activity, peer-to-peer dialogue, storytelling, role play, multimedia and group discussions.“By focusing on positive expressions of masculinity, such as the ability to be respectful in relationships, this program helps boys find positive ways to prevent violence and to cope with violence to which they may already have been exposed,” Banyard said.By aiming boys to be men (good men, gentlemen, respectful men), they were clearly not saying to the boys, “You can be any gender you want to be, even imaginary ones.”Mustaches are more than just manly, they guard against sun’s rays (Medical Xpress). Well, OK. Take this claim advisedly. The study looked at 200 men for signs of skin cancer and found that a mustache afforded some protection.“Obviously, there are a lot of variables, including the baseline skin type of the individual, how thick and big the mustache is, your genetic make-up and your family history of skin cancer,” Wang said.“But, interestingly, I have previously looked at how good hair is in terms of protecting the scalp,” said Wang, who is also chair of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s photobiology committee. “And it turns out when someone has a lot of hair, it’s a perfect shield. It actually works very well. So when it comes to covering [the] lip, this isn’t too much of a surprise.”The question naturally arises, if a mustache’s role is to prevent skin cancer, why didn’t women evolve them, too? And why did they evolve to give protection just on the upper lip and not all over the face? At best, it might indicate that men are made to spend more time in the sun working and hunting. Perhaps more so, it is another strong symbol that men and women are different, with different endowments of hair to go along with their different roles.Why do women live longer than men? (The Conversation). Melinda Martin-Khan explores this long-noticed difference. In short, there is no clear answer.While women may always live longer than men, by a year or two, men can try to make some lifestyle changes to reduce this gap. That being said, women should work towards these goals for a long and healthy life, too.But if a man wants to transition to a women, it’s probably not going to add years to his life.Attitudes to gender and sexual diversity: changing global trends (The Conversation). In this piece, Michael Sean Pepper, a specialist in molecular medicine from the University of Pretoria tries to separate gender identity from biological sex. He mentions cases of disorders of sexual development, but fails to indicate how rare they are. The UN, as usual, follows PC trends:Identifying as transgender has previously been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “gender identity disorder”. On May 25 of this year, in the most recent International Classification of Diseases manual, the WHO reclassified transgenderism as “gender incongruence” rather than as a mental health disorder. Gender incongruence has now been moved to a new chapter dedicated to sexual health, which it is believed will reduce stigma while ensuring access to healthcare.Bowing to the LGBT agenda, Pepper says, “Embracing human gender and sexual diversity requires acceptance of the fact that alignment between physical sex, gender identity and sexual orientation does not necessarily adhere to heteronormative rules.” But who makes the rules? Pepper fails to acknowledge that all cultures have been binary since the Stone Age! Why should anyone believe that elitists and advocates since 2008 suddenly became enlightened? Stepping outside of science entirely and acting as a self-appointed ethical judge, he says, “Self-expression is a fundamental human right” and indicates that no one has a right to judge or impose their beliefs on others. Does that apply to individuals who refuse to go along with the current pop psych? Does it apply to individuals wishing to debate with Sgt Pepper?Real scientific research ignores LGBT. Scientists, like everyone else, deal with reality, not with politically-correct trends driven by advocacy groups. One exception is psychology, which never finds a PC trend it doesn’t embrace and reward with the crown of science. There’s a long train of mental illnesses that dropped from that category once they became PC: homosexuality, sexual addiction, and now gender dysphoria. Anybody who trusts secular psychologists should get his head examined… by a pastor.last_img read more

Trinity College Dublin – Geocache of the Week

first_imgThere is a Virtual Cache located on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin. The college was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. The college was originally located outside the city walls of Dublin within the buildings of an outlawed priory.Nowadays, Trinity College is located on College Green in the heart of Dublin, opposite the historic Irish Houses of Parliament The college proper encompasses 190,000 m² (47 acres), with most buildings arranged around large quadrangles (known as ‘squares’).The Library of Trinity College is the largest research library in Ireland, home of  close to five million books. Former alumni and staff of Trinity College include illustrious names such as Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Nobel Peace prize winner Mairead Maguire, and Erwin Schrödinger (yes, that Schrödinger).To log the cache, you must find the door shown on the cache page located close to the Campanile, a bell tower dating back to 1853 and one of Trinity’s most iconic landmarks. Then take a picture in front of the door holding something Irish (a pint of Guinness might not be the best idea).Fun fact: most students of the college (undergraduates especially) never walk underneath the Campanile. There is a superstition that should the bell ring whilst they pass under it, they will fail their annual exams. This can only be negated if they touch the foot of the nearby statue of George Salmon within five seconds of the bell ringing.What is your favorite Virtual Cache?Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Virtual CacheGC7B6DRby Fjon Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is a popular travel destination. People from all over the world come to enjoy the beauty of its lush, rolling hills and its world heritage sites Brú na Bóinne, Skellig Michael (you might recognize it as the home of the adorable Porg in The Last Jedi) and the Giant’s Causeway. It is also the home of over ten thousand geocaches, amongst them the oldest geocache in Europe. Equally deserving of the spotlight is our Geocache of the week, which is located in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.center_img Location:Dublin, IrelandN 53° 20.664′ W 006° 15.440′ SharePrint RelatedWhere Bats Dare — Geocache of the WeekMarch 15, 2017In “Community”One for the Little People — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 5, 2018In “Community””Europe’s First” GC43 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 31, 2011January 31, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

A Handy Guide To Google’s Project Loon

first_imgIs This Just A Publicity Stunt?Unlikely. Driverless cars seemed like a publicity stunt, as did Glass. Google has a way of surprising people with both the scope of their vision and its willingness to push it into reality. From the Project Loon announcement: We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. It’s very early days, but we’ve built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster. As a result, we hope balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote, and underserved areas, and for helping with communications after natural disasters.That said, Google also states that “this is still highly experimental technology and we have a long way to go.” What Will Project Loon Be Used For?According to Google, for 2 out of every 3 people on Earth, “a fast, affordable Internet connection is still out of reach.” Project Loon is an early, inspiring attempt to deliver reliable connectivity to those areas where it does not exist or is prohibitively expensive – the Southern Hempishere, in particular.The view from a Project Loon balloonGoogle also mentions the ability to deliver communications using its balloons following natural disasters. Disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, which devastated Haiti last year before striking the U.S. East Coast, can cripple a region’s communications infrastructure for an extended period. Loon could potentially serve as a helpful backup grid.Is This Just A Plot To Sell More Ads?Maybe. But does it matter?Of course, nearly all Google’s revenues come from advertisements posted onto connected screens large and small. The more people connected, the more advertisements. Google wins. This is its bold project, after all.  The Tech Considering the uniqueness of the idea, its use of old technology, and the potential impact it will have should Google succeed, you no doubt have questions. Here is a handy Q&A guide to help you understand Project Loon.Balloons? Really?Yes, really. The balloons are made of polyethylene plastic. They are approximately 15 meters in diameter and the entire apparatus is about 12 meters tall. Each balloon is powered via solar panels. The balloons will float along the winds in the stratosphere, approximately 20km above the surface. At such a distance, they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Each balloon is equipped with transceivers to communicate with nearby balloons and with a regional ground station and the specialized antenna Google developed to receive the signal.  While only 30 test balloons were used at launch, Google expects far more floating in the sky should this project prove viable. Google says the balloons will provide mobile data connectivity equivalent to today’s 3G speeds, or possibly greater. How Does It Work?Each balloon is networked to one another with a radio transceiver as in a mesh, designed to ensure signal reliability. A second transceiver keeps the balloon in contact with a network station on the ground and beams an Internet signal to specialized antennas that can be placed on homes, much like a very small satellite TV receiver.There is also a back-up transceiver and a GPS on each balloon, so Google can monitor a balloon’s location. And each balloon will carry weather instruments, too. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Has This Been Tried in the Real World?Yes. Google ran its first public test last weekend, in New Zealand, sending 30 balloons into the sky and offering 60 lucky volunteers 15 minutes of balloon-based Internet access. Smaller, private tests were conducted in California and possibly elsewhere.The company says that “over time” it intends to set up similar pilots in countries with the same latitude as New Zealand (40th parallel south). It hasn’t provided any timeline for these pilots.How Much Does All This Cost?Launching a Project Loon balloonYou won’t be surprised to learn that Google hasn’t specified what spent on this project, nor how much it intends to spend. Neither has the company offered any cost data for any of the equipment used or any indication of how many of its own employees are Loonies. All this is par for the course for Google.As for (eventual) end users, it seems reasonable to assume that Google plans to deliver Internet connectivity expects its solution to ultimately cost less than satellite-delivered Internet, or be scrapped.Ultimately, the costs may prove worth it. As my ReadWrite colleague Matt Asay noted in April:Google is giving away hugely expensive fiber-based Internet access (in the U.S.), but not because it’s a charity. Google knows that the more people that spend time online, the more likely they will spend money with Google.Will The Balloons Crash?Each balloon is made of rugged polyethylene plastic. They use solar power to help remain aloft. The balloons float in the stratosphere, above rain and commercial aircraft, for example, and far below satellites.Of course they will crash. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Google says each balloon includes a parachute to ensure a more controlled landing – not a crash, per se. The company adds that the balloons are designed to stay aloft for “100+ days.”When a balloon is known to have reached its end of life or needs repair, controllers can arrange an orderly descent. Google has plans for designated Loon balloon collection points. Google has also suggested that the balloons and equipment on board can be re-used and recycled.Google will notify the appropriate authorities, such as air traffic controllers, during both launch and descent. Where Can I Get Updates?Project Loon has its own Google+ page. Wait. Are the Skies Open? Not, especially. There are many rules regarding airspace and who controls it, and also disagreements as to how far (up) such control extends.Floating in the stratosphere means that almost certainly, Google will always be required to seek permission from any government whose airspace the balloons float into. In addition, while this project uses unlicensed spectrum, there’s no guarantee that will always be the case.Luckily for Google, approximately 70,000 weather balloons are launched every year, which may mitigate some, though not all, of the legal and regulatory issues.Can I Get Balloon Powered Internet?If you are reading this, then probably not. This solution is not intended for you. As Google states:There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity—jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month’s income.Given that Google can control the positioning of the balloons, it could – in theory – bring Loon to areas that have suffered connectivity outages following a disaster or conflict, for example.Will This Be Another Failed Last Mile Solution?We’ll see. As Google notes, most people don’t have affordable and reliable 3G-like access. This is obviously a difficult problem to solve.Google has been working on delivering wireless connectivity using “white spaces” – publicly available radio spectrum – since at least 2010. Microsoft has just announced it’s joining a multi-organization effort to bring white spaces connectivity to underserved areas (such as rural communities) in Europe. Typically, such efforts function similar to today’s cellular networks – and most certainly do not use balloons. Many efforts to bring WiMax, a high-speed wireless service for more densely populated areas, were clear failures, despite early hype. Similarly, satellite-delivered Internet, which has succeeded for many, continues to remain relatively expensive and fraught with issues such as line-of-sight, visibility, and cost.Google has said that, at minimum, balloons offer the potential for widespread, affordable Internet access. And that’s clearly a big part of the company’s mission when you consider Project Loon, the company’s other white spaces efforts and its Google FIber business in the U.S. True, it’s also a self-interested mission. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good thing.Images via Google Project Loon Tags:#Google#Internet#wireless brian s hall Google has been tight-lipped regarding exactly how this will all work. Project Loon technology includes, at minimum, the balloons, transceivers, terrestrial control equipment, on-board battery, solar panels and GPS, network monitoring equipment and terrestrial antennas that connect to Project Loon balloons. (These earthbound antennas resemble – you guessed it – red balloons; one is pictured at left – or above if you’re on a mobile device.)The company has suggested that at this early stage, humans will be needed to monitor the system and individual balloons. This is a problem Google hopes to eventually resolve using “complex algorithms and lots of computing power.” Won’t The Balloons Float Away?Yes! Only not much as you might suspect. Google claims to have “figured out” how to control the balloons by moving them up or down into the desired band of wind in the stratosphere, though it didn’t specify how, exactly.The stratospheric winds and temperatures should presumably not present a hazard problem for the balloons or equipment. Should Google really ramp up this project to the point where it involves hundreds or even thousands of balloons, controlling the entire system will pose some pretty complex challenges. Do not be surprised to one day read a story about a Loon balloon landing on some farm in South America, for example.Is This A Google X Project?Yes, and it certainly seems like Google X is about the coolest place to work for in all of tech. The company states that Project Loon is just its latest “moonshot” effort. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces No one can accuse Google of not thinking big. Project Loon, Google’s audacious “moonshot” vision to bring mobile Internet connectivity to the billions without – via balloons – is one of the company’s biggest ideas ever. It’s madness, but it just might work. last_img read more

Division of votes helps BJP, but victory margin falls

first_imgPalghar: The Palghar Lok Sabha constituency turned out to be the only saving grace for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday with its candidate Rajendra Gavit polling 2,72,782 votes against Shiv Sena’s Shrinivas Wanga who received 2,43,210 votes. In the afternoon, the Sena raised some objections over counting in a few rounds and demanded a recount, resulting in some delays. Mr. Gavit was declared winner after the recount.The BJP’s victory is however far from satisfactory as its votes fell from 5,33,201 in 2014 general election to 2,72,782 in 2018 by-poll, which was necessitated following death of BJP MP Chintaman Wanga. The margin this time was 29,572 votes.With Sena fielding Chintaman Wanga’s son Shrinivas, a disappointed BJP put up Rajendra Gavit, a former Congressman. Mr. Gavit, in a conversation with The Hindu, said, “I quit Congress and joined BJP not for power but for development of the region. Now that I am a winner, I assure that I will fulfil each and every promise made to the people.” The decision to quit Congress, he added, was the culmination of many things. “I also wanted to take ahead the developmental works in the region under the leadership of Narendra Modi,” he said.How the votes wentA look at the results indicates how division of votes among anti-BJP parties helped it snatch a victory in Palghar. Local Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) led by MLA Hitendra Thakur got 2,22,838 votes while Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate got 71,887 votes, surpassing Congress’s 47,714 votes.Of the six Assembly constituencies in Palghar, four are Scheduled Tribe (ST) dominated reserved seats. Out of Dahanu, Vikramgad, Palghar and Boisar, BJP emerged as largest party in three except Boisar. While Sena emerged as the largest party in Boisar polling 49,991 votes, the BJP got 49,181, 56,518 and 56,215 votes in first three seats respectively. At the two urban seats of Nalasopara and Vasai however the BVA won by huge margin of 79,134 and 64,478 votes respectively.The only party which has kept its vote bank intact in comparison to 2014 general polls is the CPI (M).Congress emerged as the biggest loser in Palghar with Damu Shingda mustering 47,714 votes, to finish at number five. The Hindu had reported earlier that a fall of 3,25,083 votes from 2014 general election to 2014 Assembly polls could be a cause of worry for the BJP. Thursday’s result shows it has barely been able to bridge the gap and had it not been for division of votes, the BJP would have found it extremely difficult to retain the seat. One of the key BJP leaders who was tasked with the responsibility of the bypoll, party MLA and minister of state Ravindra Chavan, said the party will not celebrate the victory due to the death of Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar. When asked about future of relationship with Sena, Mr. Chavan said the parliamentary board will take a decision on this. “We are ready to contest anywhere we are told. Let the decision come from top, we will obey,” he said.last_img read more