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first_imgThere have been convertible tablet PCs in one form or another for years now, but slate-only versions were never practical due to the plain and simple fact that Windows was never very suitable for touch interaction. This has all changed with the introduction of Windows 8 and now consumers have the opportunity to carry around a full-fledged PC experience in a very similar form factor as their Android or iOS tablets.Dell’s Latitude 10 is one of these new tablets and, being part of the Latitude line, is designed for business users. Inside, it is powered by one of Intel’s latest Atom dual-core processors, giving sufficient performance to handle the full-fledged PC version of Windows 8 and your typical office and web tasks. While Windows RT, Android, or iOS may be suitable for some users, many of us still need the full Windows experience.The 10.1-inch display supports multi-touch and sports HD resolution, with a layer of Gorilla Glass ensuring added durability. It even has a mix of the ports and connectivity you find in both PCs and tablets, including a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, micro-USB for charging, and mini-HDMI video out.One thing we really like about the Latitude 10 over nearly any other mobile device on the market is its removable battery, making it easy to extend run-time and replace a worn out unit. An optional docking station allows you to hook up a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and other peripherals when at your desk.You get all of these features and capabilities in a machine that is only a hair thicker and heavier than an iPad, but starting at a mere $499. Other goodies like more storage (32GB SSD is standard), the docking station, fingerprint reader, and others cost more, but $499 gets you everything we’ve mentioned above and a standard next-business-day on-site warranty.Dell Latitude 10 32GB Windows 8 Tablet for $499 + free shipping (reg. $712.85) Our other top deals:HP Spectre ONE 23-e010se 23.6″ Core i5 Ivy Bridge Slim All-in-one PC w/ Trackpad for $1,149.99 + shipping (reg. $1,299.99)Western Digital 3TB Red 3.5″ SATA Internal HDD (WD30EFRX) for $149.99 + free shipping (reg. $169.99)Krups B100 BeerTender Kegerator for $142.49 + free shipping (reg. $187.49)last_img read more

New politics my foot Mayhem in the Dáil as TDs get heated

first_img 25,027 Views To conclude I want to once again reaffirm what the Taoiseach said earlier – a suitable person was appointed by a lawful process.“The government circumvented the law”In response, Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan dismissed the claim that Cabinet confidentiality prevented the answering of essential questions on the matters.“There have been hundreds of judicial appointments,” he said. “Only two people were appointed having not gone through the proper process. This happened yesterday.The reason the law was changed is because it is known there is political controversy when an attorney general seeks judicial office. The government circumvented the law. It is laughable to suggest they followed the correct procedures.He asked a series of questions on who in Cabinet knew in advance of the decision to appoint Whelan, why did no one else in Cabinet say this was unusual and who decided that Whelan’s name was the only one to be brought forward.“This is a sorry saga, but the fault lies with government,” O’Callaghan concluded.Questions for Fianna FáilSinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, meanwhile, said that Micheál Martin – who wasn’t present for the debate – had serious questions to answer based on a telephone call he had with the Taoiseach on the matter last Sunday. Updated 10.30pm Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieTHE ROW OVER the appointment of Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal persisted in the Dáil this evening, with the government again coming in for strong criticism from the opposition.It was announced last Tuesday that Whelan would leave her post as Attorney General after six years, a day before Leo Varadkar took office as Taoiseach.It was confirmed to Gavan Reilly of Today FM that she had not applied for the position.The Cabinet approved Whelan’s appointment this week, leading to much criticism from the Opposition. However, the government has insisted all correct procedures were followed.The controversy rumbled on this week, with the government promising to quickly bring through new legislation on judicial appointments.This has done little to satisfy the opposition, however, with another series of claims and counter-claims across the benches this evening.“Suitable person… lawful process”The new Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan spoke first.The Minister said that the government appointed the best person for the job in Máire Whelan, as is its prerogative to do.He said that he was surprised that experienced people were “bandying about information that x or y numbers of High Court judges may have expressed interest in the Court of Appeal vacancy”.“Not only is that also covered by Cabinet confidentiality,” he said, “but, in fairness to any such member of the judiciary who had expressed such interest in respect of any such vacancy in the past, we are hardly going to lay out for political and public consumption the names and details of serving judges who have chosen to put themselves forward for more senior posts.”He promised that the new bill was part of the government’s aim of “entirely reforming the judicial appointment system”.Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald also provided a robust defence of the government’s actions later on.She said that she referred the vacancy to the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board but it was “not in a position to recommend any applicant”.Where others expressed interest in the role, she said: “While of course such expressions of interests are always considered, constitutionally the Government cannot be bound by any such expressions of interest in exercising its prerogative to advise the President on an appointment.It is also in accordance with the law and the Constitution for the Government to nominate for appointment an eligible and qualified person who is not already a judge, even if there are existing judges who have expressed interest in the appointment. Jun 21st 2017, 10:50 PM She said: “The manner in which Máire Whelan was appointed bypassed the proper procedures for such appointments and we called on her to stand down in order to allow for a proper appointments procedure to take place.Unfortunately, the Taoiseach had other ideas and he rushed through the trip to the park in order for Ms Whelan to receive the seal of office from the President.“However, the revelation by the Taoiseach today of a phone call between himself and Deputy Martin on Sunday evening, in which Deputy Martin questioned Ms Whelan’s suitability for the position, suggests that the Fianna Fáil leader was trying to influence this appointment,” McDonald said.She questioned whether Martin attempted to use his influence on the government to prevent Whelan being appointed, and asked if he believes the confidence and supply agreement gives him the authority to have a say on who gets appointed to the bench.McDonald says that the appointment “stinks to the highest of heavens” and that Martin is only concerned that it wasn’t “his appointment”.“He doesn’t have the right legally or constitutionally to intervene in that way,” she said.“Unfortunate saga”Before Labour Leader Brendan Howlin spoke, he was interrupted by a Fianna Fáil member criticising the “smear” made against Micheál Martin by McDonald.Howlin said that he had no doubt that Whelan would do an excellent job in her role. “But that does not mean that I think that the events that lead to her appointment to the Court of Appeals were in order,” he said.“The lack of a transparent process was absolutely wrong,” Howlin said.Howlin was similarly critical of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and also the Independent Alliance in his statement.“Frankly, it has become embarrassing to hear Fianna Fáil’s successive claims of outrage,” he said.On the Independent Alliance, he said: “A year on in power, they still have little concept of how Cabinet Government works.They clapped through an appointment that they now oppose.He called for fundamental change to be brought in terms of legislation, and how such issues are approached in future to ensure that “some good will come from this unfortunate saga”.“Not the right person”Clare Daly said she wanted to “put a bit of balance on Howlin’s earlier eulogising” by saying that Whelan was not the best person for the job and criticised the judge for her statements to the Fennelly report.She said that it was a “red herring” to say that the appointment was illegal:This was a political appointment. If it was the correct process, why are ye in such a rush to change it? … How you have the brass neck to defend it is beyond me.Bríd Smith said that, “at worst, it is dishonest to the people of this country”. She suggested that Whelan step aside from her role before giving evidence on garda whistleblowers to the Charleton Tribunal, and then resuming it again.Eamon Ryan heaped on the pressure, adding that “we need answers” and that there “are perfectly valid questions that haven’t been answered yet”.Mattie McGrath joked that Enda Kenny is probably sitting enjoying a drink or a cup of tea having left the new Taoiseach with a “nice mess”.McGrath said he welcomed new legislation coming in, and got very heated on the matter.“What about the ordinary people?” he asked. “Laws for the rich, but none for the poor. They have to take the medicine… These people [homeless] may be as well on death row waiting to get shelter.The public are sick and tired of Fianna Fáil and the government… They haven’t the courage or conviction to cause an election… The truth hurts.This statement caused mayhem to erupt in the Dáil with McGrath warned by the Ceann Comhairle.He replied “New politics, my foot.”Question timeAffairs got heated again when the floor was opened for questions.Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien got into a war of words with Minister Charlie Flanagan, after asking how many others applied for the role.When both looked to the Ceann Comhairle, he said it wasn’t his responsibility if the Minister answered the question or not.Brendan Howlin, similarly, got heated with Frances Fitzgerald.On each occasion, the government ministers refused to say how many people applied to the role.When Fitzgerald was asked who in the government put forth the name of Whelan alone to government, she said that “all applications that were in the system were considered in due process”.When Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy attempted to interject on Fitzgerald’s behalf, he was rebuked by the Ceann Comhairle.The Ceann Comhairle angrily asked Brophy to withdraw the insinuation that he was denying government back benchers speaking time, which Brophy duly did.A common theme from the opposition benches throughout this latter part was that Fitzgerald and Flanagan were refusing to directly answer their questions, who said on numerous occasions that the events at Cabinet were covered by Cabinet constitutional privilege.Read: Máire Whelan officially appointed to the Court of AppealRead: The honeymoon’s over: Leo’s facing loads of challenges on his first working week on the job 90 Comments Share224 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Sean Murray ‘New politics, my foot’: Mayhem in the Dáil as TDs get heated on Máire Whelan row The government again faced fierce criticism for its handling of the appointment this evening. 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Vancouver seeks volunteer for lodging tax committee

first_imgThe city of Vancouver is seeking applications for a midterm position on its Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.The city collects a 4 percent lodging tax on hotel, motel, and bed and breakfast bookings, and the committee makes recommendations to the city council on how that money should be spent. In 2018, the group helped award $753,609 to tourism-boosting projects.Applicants for this position must represent a nonprofit organization that would be eligible to receive lodging tax funds. Committee members serve two-year terms and meet four to six times per year.To apply online, visit To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley at or 360-487-8607.Applications are due 5 p.m. Aug. 9.last_img read more

Ariel Castro pleads guilty in Ohio kidnap case

first_imgCLEVELAND — The Cleveland man who imprisoned three women in his home, subjecting them to a decade of rapes and beatings, pleaded guilty Friday to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty.Ariel Castro told the judge he was addicted pornography, had a “sexual problem” and had been a sexual abuse victim himself long ago.In exchange for his plea, prosecutors recommended Castro be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.Castro, 53, said he understood that he would never get out of prison, saying he expected he was “going to get the book thrown at me.” He later added, “I knew that when I first spoke to the FBI agent when I first got arrested.”Castro, wearing glasses for the first time in court, was far more interactive than in previous court appearances when he mostly kept his head down and eyes closed. He answered the judge’s questions in a clear, intelligible voice, saying he understood the proceedings and that he would never be released from prison.Castro, who was born in Puerto Rico, said he could read and understand English well but had trouble with comprehension.“My addiction to pornography and my sexual problem has really taken a toll on my mind.” He later said he had been a sexual abuse victim as a child, but the judge cut him off.Near the end of the 2 1/2-hour hearing, the judge accepted the pleas and declared Castro guilty. Sentencing was set for Thursday.The deal comes more than a month after a statement issued on behalf of the women said they were “hopeful for a just and prompt resolution” and had “great faith in the prosecutor’s office and the court.”last_img read more

No dissatisfaction at judges rules Association

first_imgKamal Hossain, Mainul Hosein, Hassan AriffBangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA), a platform of lower court judges, accused six renowned lawyers of making ‘an evil attempt’ to politicise the Masdar Hossain case, reports UNB.The case is related to the issue of independence of the judiciary.BJSA leaders, in a statement made the allegation about the senior lawyers on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court accepted the rules concerning the discipline of the lower court judges issued by the government under a gazette notification.On 1 January, the six lawyers including Kamal Hossain, Mainul Hosein and AF Hasan Ariff, issued a statement, expressing grave concern over the disciplinary rules for the lower court judges.In their statement, BJSA president SM Quddus Zaman, also Dhaka district and session’s judge, and acting secretary general Bikash Kumar Saha, a joint secretary at the law ministry, criticised the lawyers.The association decided to revoke the power given to Kamal Hossain and also Amir Ul Islam to conduct the Masdar Hossain case, according to the statement.The association categorically said it has no dissatisfaction over the disciplinary rules for the lower court judges.The BSJA leaders further urged the six lawyers not to make any negative comments over the rules.“As the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court accepted the rules and as the lower court judges have no dissatisfaction over those, the lawyers who gave a statement are urged not to make any negative comments over the matter,” the statement read.The statement said although Dr Kamal Hossain, Barrister Mainul Hosein and AF Hasan Ariff served as law minister and law advisers, they did not take any step to formulate the disciplinary rules for the trial court judges.last_img read more

Free English Classes

first_imgThe Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) will hold English literacy classes at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Avenue, and the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., in the Fall of 2015 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Orientations for the classes will be held on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10 for the library and on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 for the Services Center. The classes are free. For more information, visit literacycouncilmcmd. org/fall-2015-english-classes-flyers/ or call 301-610-0030.last_img read more

10 Geeky Halloween Decorations to Give Your Guests a Fright

first_imgWho says nerds don’t know how to party? Although Halloween stores abound with geek costumes that used to be niche, like sexy Captain America and Attack on Titan plastic swords, those of us with our heart still in the geek game can continue to celebrate Halloween creatively without having to use these out-of-the-box ideas for our decor.Get your spoops on this Halloween in true geek fashion with these party decor, and food tips that will be sure to scare the pants out of whoever can get the reference.Stranger Things Flashing LightsGet out your soldering tools and make sure your guests get the Upside Down message at your Halloween fete. Spell out R-U-N or maybe just G-O-G-E-T-M-O-R-E-B-E-E-R and celebrate this season! Tutorial here.Dementor on a DroneIf you’ve got some spare time on your hands before it gets dark, scare the bejeezus out of your neighbors by tying a dementor onto a drone and fly it around your neighborhood like this creative uncle did! You’ll have neighborhood kids yelling for their patronus in no time!Psycho Shower CurtainSimply use this shower curtain to show your Halloween party guests that they probably shouldn’t stay the night. Creepy and classic, we all love a good Hitchcock reference in our washrooms.Yoda SodaThis simple soda mixed with green food coloring is made one with the force via a cute label. Mad in Crafts came up with this cute and easy idea.Geek PumpkinsWhat would Halloween be without pumpkins? Get ready to level up your pumpkin carving skills this season and show off your fandom. Here are tutorials for how to create these stunning Mega Man, Tinkerbell, and Lord of the Rings pumpkins. Hopefully, the neighborhood kids won’t try to throw your jack o lantern into Mordor.Darth Vader PumpkinIf you want that geek pumpkin style, but don’t have the patience to or talent to carve intricate designs, thank the boos at Target for making this easy to assemble Darth Vader pumpkin kit! Simply purchase the kit and a pumpkin, paint the pumpkin black, stick the plastic pieces in, and shazam! You’ve got yourself a Darth Pumpkin!Game of Thrones Ned Stark PopsNothing says Halloween like decapitated heads! Now that it looks like House Stark is getting their shizz together, it’s a great time to remember the great Ned Stark with these cake pop heads! Adorable, yet creepy, no?Hogwarts’ Great Hall Floating CandlesCelebrate the magical world of Harry Potter with these awesome floating candles! Use your DIY magic and decorate your living room just like the Great Hall to get that hocus pocus flowing on Halloween night.Walking Dead Heads in JarsSure, the arc of the Walking Dead with the Governor was like, back in season 3 (four years ago!!!), but his love of decapitated zombie heads we shall never forget. Make your own creepy collection with this tutorial!Alien FacehuggerHalloween wouldn’t be complete without a proper invasion from the Alien fandom. Get your party started off right as you give your Halloween guests a proper greeting from this lovable dude you can make who just wants a hug. From your face.last_img read more

Opera 45 Telegram inclusion Reborn improvements

first_imgOpera 45: Telegram inclusion, Reborn improvements by Martin Brinkmann on March 23, 2017 in Opera – 13 commentsOpera Software released several updates for Opera 45 Developer recently that brings Telegram integration, and improvements to the Reborn redesign of the browser.Reborn, a new design for the Opera web browser was revealed when Opera Software released Opera 44 Developer to the public. Reborn is not a complete change of the look and feel of the web browser, but a modernization of the interface without changing any of the functionality of the browser.One of the changes that came along with Reborn was support for Facebook Messenger in the browser’s sidebar. The feature used the sidebar’s capability to display web content in it. So, what Opera Software did was integrate the web version of Facebook Messenger in the sidebar.Later on, support for WhatsApp was introduced in a similar fashion.Opera 45: Telegram supportThe most recent Developer version update of the Opera browser added Telegram Messenger support to the mix. The feature works similar to Messenger and WhatsApp: it is not enabled by default, and users need to activate it by clicking on the Telegram icon, and following the process to sign in to a Telegram account using the web-based version of the messenger.Once enabled, Telegram users can interact with their contacts directly from Opera’s sidebar.Opera users can hide any of the messenger icons — and other icons — of the sidebar by right-clicking on the sidebar and removing the checkmarks next to items that they don’t want displayed there.Opera Software should consider changing the display of messenger icons in the sidebar, especially if the company considers adding more to it in future versions. The sidebar could get quite crowded if the company adds more services to the sidebar.One dedicated “chat” icon for all messengers, and the listing of all supported services on activation would probably be a better option.Another change in regards to the supported messenger services is that you can now log out of the service using a menu that Opera Software added to the interface. You had to use the web version of the service previously to do that.Click on the new menu icon (the three dots) when the chat window is open, and select the log out option there. You find options to mute the messenger there as well. The latter option is useful if you don’t want to be disturbed for a period of time.New Bookmark dialogAnother change that Opera Software made to the browser is the new dialog that appears when you add bookmarks to the browser.While the bookmark gets added right away, you may use the popup to change its location in the bookmarks, and get a visual confirmation that it was added to the browser.While you did get a confirmation previously as well, as Opera painted the bookmark icon in red to indicate that the page is bookmarked in the browser, it “gives a clearer way of adding bookmarks for users who missed the confirmation”.A click anywhere else while the bookmark popup is open dismisses it.More video hardware acceleration on WindowsOpera Software notes that the browser will “send even more videos to the GPU for decoding on Windows”.  If it works, it should result in lower battery usage, and higher resolutions and framerates.Opera users may toggle the feature using the chrome://flags/?search=media#media-windows-mf-demuxer flag.Other changesA handful of smaller changes went into Opera 45 Developer as well. Mac users may make the sidebar smaller so that it looks like the one on Windows. This is done via Settings > Browser > Sidebar > Enable Narrow Sidebar.The browser’s built-in advertising blocker was improved as well. If you toggle ad blocking now for instance, you will notice that the active page is reloaded automatically.Another important change affects the lists that Opera uses to block content on the Web. The new feature gives you control over those lists, so that you may enable or disable them.Now You: What’s your take on the changes in Opera Developer?SummaryArticle NameOpera 45: Telegram inclusion, Reborn improvementsDescriptionOpera Software released several updates for Opera 45 Developer recently that brings Telegram integration, and improvements to the Reborn redesign of the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Contikis new Gifter campaign encourages the gift of travel

first_imgContiki’s new ‘Gifter’ campaign encourages the gift of travel Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Share TORONTO — Contiki is encouraging Canadians to give the gift that keeps on giving – travel – through its newly launched ‘Gifter’ campaign, directed at those who purchase trips for their millennial loved ones.Totalling 30% of Contiki’s bookings, ‘gifters’ consist of parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles and guardians of young Canadians. Youth and travel are inextricably linked as a rite of passage, says the company, and nothing quite prepares a young adult for full adulthood than that of travelling abroad solo for the first time.“Travel is something that every young Canadian should have the opportunity to experience,” says Sheralyn Berry, Vice President of Sales for Contiki Canada. “Who doesn’t remember their first time travelling abroad alone for the first time? It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. That’s why we are thrilled to be speaking to our ‘gifters’ and encouraging them to give the gift of travel to their millennial loved ones and leave the planning to us.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe campaign highlights the many reasons why Contiki, the youth travel expert, is the right choice for their loved one’s first time abroad. It runs over 300 trips in 50-plus countries, and has eight different travel styles to choose from, plus a dedicated Contiki team who’s completed 66 days of training, regarded as the most arduous in the travel industry.In addition, the new campaign will look to encourage new graduates to reward themselves with a trip of a lifetime before fully stepping into adulthood. The tradition of being employed right after graduation is being replaced with the realization that travelling the world can help one’s career goals. According to Contiki’s ‘The No Regrets List’ survey, one-third of Generation Z would rather take a gap year before heading to post secondary.These are the top six best-selling itineraries highlighted in the campaign:‘Italian Espresso’: From May 6-Sept. 23, includes Tuscany, Venice and Florence‘Thai Island Hopper East’: From April 15-Sept. 16, includes Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan‘Mediterranean Escape’: From May 13-Sept. 23, includes Rome, Amalfi Coast and Athens‘Ireland’: 54 departures between April 2017 and march 2018, includes Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Galway, Belfast and more‘Greek Island Hopping’: 49 departures between May and September 2017, includes Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Ios‘Australia’s Beaches and Reefs’: 30 departures between May 2017 and September 2018, includes Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Cairns and more Tags: Contikicenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgNo related posts. Looking for a little insight into life? From Jan. 1-Feb. 2, Peter Williams, a renowned Canadian astrologer, will be in town. He’s been practicing for more than 35 years, specializing in relationship analysis, personal health, business/sales forecasting, relocation and personal financial forecasting. The sessions are one to two hours and include follow-up. For more information and appointments, email or visit him at the Diriá condominiums, #104.The Tamarindo Tennis Club is offering hour-long classes for children ages 6-8 every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and for those 9-12 at 4:30 p.m. Limited to six kids per class, the classes cost $40 a month, to be paid at the first class. The teacher is Nick Holt. To register, call 7075-9002.Local Bill Nevins has written a book called “Random Thoughts – A Trek Through the Nubri Valley with Nepal S.E.E.D.S. (Social Educational Environmental Development Services).” This is a complication of notes and photos from the trip he and his wife Margaret took into the Nubri Valley near Tibet in 2010. Pick up the book at Jaime Peligro Bookstore here in town.Check out the new spot Pangas Beach Club, located next to the sand across the street from El Tesoro. It features breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a view and a seafood specialty. And of course, you can relax as part of their beach club during the day. For reservations, call 2653-0024 or 8918-5677.SER Om Shanti Yoga studio is hosting two new workshops with Juan Pablo Barahona at the end of January. On Jan. 19, he will present “Workshop on Detoxification and Cellular Regeneration,” that will be a complete day (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) of detox of mind and body, with juices and various techniques such as auto-massage, breathing, yoga and more. Then on Jan. 20, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., he will offer “Awakening Through Chakras,” a study with yoga, breathing, aromatherapy, visualization and vibration therapy opens energy flow in the body. For more information, call 8346-8005 or email–Ellen Zoe Facebook Commentslast_img read more