Log in to Reply MarkSindone says: January 28, 2019 at 3:31 am My house is Alexa-enhanced, with Amazon Echos , Echo Dots , and an Echo Tap scattered throughout. When I saw the second-generation Echo redesign for the first time, I was pretty underwhelmed by its comparative appearance; I guess I’m more of a “metal” (vs “fabric”) kind of guy. So, I decided to pick up a few first-generation spares, while they were still available, to put into archive storage for whenever the in-service units might die. In doing so, I stumbled across the Echo Plus , a product variant I hadn’t heard of before. It looked just like the Echo, albeit with a slightly different sound signature that folks either marginally preferred or demurred. But here’s the key; in exchange for a slightly higher price tag, it included a built-in Zigbee device controller (subject to 10-100 meter range, although the protocol is mesh-based for repeater-enabled network range extension). As such, it claims to replace (for example) the standalone Bridge device normally required to link a conventional Echo to Philips’ Hue Zigbee-based LED lights (albeit with more limited functionality … according to reviews I’ve seen, the Echo Plus only supports elementary on/off functionality, not dimming, color-changing, or other Hue feature set enhancements handled by the Bridge). What better way, I thought, to not only pick up a spare Echo but also do some hands-on Zigbee testing for the first time? Initially, I snagged a refurbished Echo Plus on sale (at the time) for $80.99 , supplementing it with a standalone Zigbee-supportive 60W-equivalent LED light bulb for an additional $9.99. Shortly thereafter, brand new units went on sale for $99.99 (a close-out special, I accurately surmised at the time … the fabric-swathed second-generation Echo Plus is now the only option available for sale brand new), complete with a free Philips Hue bulb, so I got one of these, too. With a spare LED light bulb now in my possession, a teardown became a feasible option. Specifically, what I’ll be dissecting today is Sengled’s model E11-G13 , the Element Classic A19 “smart” bulb with 2700K soft white color temperature, currently sold on Amazon for $9.99 . I’ll start out with some exterior packaging shots: Inside you’ll find the bulb itself, accompanied by two internal support pieces of cardboard and a single business card-sized piece of documentation … that’s it: Here’s the backside of that sliver of literature and a close-up of the bulb itself: I fired up my heat gun to see if it might be able to cleanly separate the bulb’s translucent plastic globe from the more robust base … no dice, all it did was deform the globe: A hacksaw, however, did the trick: What’s this I see? 1 thought on “Tearing into a Zigbee-based LED light” “Usually it is the set of specs that concerns us the most because as we can see, physically they all look the same. It would be such an exhaustive process should we as consumers need to carefully sieve out the features that we do not need, while looking at Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Continue Reading Previous SECO: solutions with AMD ‘’Zen’’ CPU & ‘’Vega’’ GPU in a single SoCNext ST to highlight semiconductor solutions for smart industry and smart driving at electronica Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Ferrar driver champion Sebastian Vettel has put the blame on Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for their collision during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Sunday.The four-time champion was trying to pass Verstappen, who still had to serve a five-second penalty, for third place at the fast left-handed sweep of Suzuka’s Spoon corner when they made contact, with Vettel spinning around.Stewards reviewed the incident and decided to take no further action but Vettel made clear where he felt the blame rested.”I was obviously pushing to get past but I wasn’t desperate to get past,” said Vettel, who now trails Lewis Hamilton by 67 points.”As soon as he saw me obviously he defended but I had the inside. And as soon as he realises somebody is close or next to him he tries to, in my opinion, push when you shouldn’t push any more.”For me the gap was there otherwise I don’t do it… I think you need to always leave a space and in that case I couldn’t go anywhere and then we touched.”Japanese GP: Lewis Hamilton opens up 67-point championship lead with Suzuka winVettel started eighth after a failed tyre gamble in qualifying, dropped to 19th after the incident before fighting back to sixth.Verstappen, who finished third, had been handed the penalty for forcing Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen off the track earlier in the race and would have dropped behind Vettel anyway at the pitstops.Asked whether he might think twice in future when alongside Verstappen in future, Vettel bridled at the suggestion.advertisement”Do you ask him whether he should think twice when he defends?” he said.”In the end we are all racing so this is part of racing, don’t get me wrong. I don’t regret the move. Obviously with that outcome you would do different because with hindsight it’s always easy.”Verstappen saw it differently, naturally.”In that corner you can’t overtake. I even gave him space but he understeered into my car,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)
CMA CGM Severs Ties with HanjinFrench shipping major CMA CGM has sent a notice of termination to South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping related to each of the company’s services with immediate effect… Read More Hanjin Files for Court Receivership, HMM to Buy Its AssetsThe financially troubled Hanjin Shipping has succumbed to the prolonged depression in the shipping market as the South Korean carrier decided to file for court receivership… Read More Drewry: Container Shipping Rates See Signs of ReversalVolatility in container shipping freight rates is expected to remain very high as long as over-capacity and carrier industry instability continue… Read More World Maritime News Staff Interview: More Boxships Set to Join Scrap Markets in 4QAs the shipping industry saw an abundance of vessels leading to overcapacity in the shipping industry, accompanied with depressed freight rates, a number of shipowners opted to dispose of their vessels selling them for scrap… Read More Containership on Fire at Port of HamburgThe 2015-built containership CCNI Arauco has ignited at the German port of Hamburg on Thursday, according to data provided by the local fire department… Read More
Shahjahanpur (UP): Sixteen people were killed and five others seriously injured in an accident involving three vehicles on National Highway 24 on Tuesday morning, police said. The accident took place on Jamka crossing when a speeding truck hit a tempo and another van and then overturned, SP (City) Dinesh Tripathi said. All those killed were riding in the van which fell into a roadside ditch after being hit by the truck, the SP said, adding the truck later overturned over the van. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Sixteen people, including a woman and three children, died on the spot. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital, the SP said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials concerned to ensure proper care and treatment of the injured persons. A senior government official said the CM has expressed condolences over the death of passengers and has directed that appropriate compensation be provided.
OTTAWA — Canada’s parole officers say the country’s correctional system is at a breaking point due to workloads that are “insurmountable” — a situation they say poses real risks to public safety.A survey of parole officers conducted by the Union of Safety and Justice Employees suggested more than two-thirds of parole workers are worried they’re not able to properly protect the public because they do not have time to adequately assess, supervise and prepare offenders for release.The union, which represents the officers, says this means many offenders fall through the cracks — offenders who, in some cases, may re-offend and harm the public or themselves.David Neufeld, a national vice-president for the union, says the problems stem from funding cuts under the former Conservative government, which saw staffing reduced and workloads increased.Since then, moves by the Trudeau government to offer more programming for Indigenous offenders and those with mental illnesses have meant more work, Neufeld says.The union is calling for more staff and for increased resources within the correctional system to ensure offenders are getting properly assessed for risk as they move toward being released.The Canadian Press
Rabat – A state of the art body scanning technology has been introduced in airports across Morocco.According to news website Media 24, Morocco is the first country in the African continent to be equipped with Millimeter wave scanners, a whole-imaging device that are used for detecting hidden objects using a form of electromagnetic radiation.Quoting sources from the Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA), Media 24 said seven Moroccan airports will be equipped with the high-performance body scanners. The scanners are based on “millimeter wave imaging”, a technology used in hundreds of scanners in airports around the world. They are typically used at government buildings and airport security checkpoints.The millimeter wave in the scanner is transmitted from two antennas at the same time as they rotate around the body. Energy waves reflected from the body being inspected are used to construct a three-dimensional imagery.Despite their efficiency in detecting metallic and non-metallic objects concealed underneath a person’s clothing, the scanners are said to have caused protests in airports around the world as they revealed intimate body details of people being scanned.Studies have also found that millimeter waves can be harmful to the health and might cause possible cell and tissue damage after exposure to millimeter wavelength radiation.According to the same source, Morocco has purchased 15 Millimeter wave scanners that are expected to be used in seven airports throughout the country.
Rabat – Following her announcement that she was leaving Morocco for a new experience abroad, prominent Moroccan feminist Asma Lamrabet has provided more details about her new adventure.Some news reports and critics voiced speculations that her departure was motivated by a string of obstacles tied to her political and intellectual orientations.Lamrabet rejected the speculations, saying her decision was “voluntary” and based on her desire to experience a new culture. Taking to Facebook yesterday, the Moroccan scholar wrote, “My last post has generated many questions and even some speculations in the media. This is why I am providing some precisions today.”Lamarabet explained that she had requested an early retirement from the Ministry of Health. She said she requested relief of her remaining years of duty as a practicing medical doctor in order to “join my husband who is serving as a diplomat in South Africa.”Lamarabet continued, “I did not want to provide details about my destination or my reason for leaving Morocco simply because I have always striven to preserve my personal and family life, but also out of respect for the official [diplomatic] duties of my husband.”Lamrabet said she hopes to have more time for her intellectual pursuits. As well as the opportunity for a new cultural experience, the post suggested Lamrabet is working on some projects and needed a new environment to stimulate her thinking.“My departure is therefore voluntary and it will allow me, at least I hope so, to have more time for my work and writings, as well as for discovering the amazing country that South Africa is.”As for those who reached out to her, worrying that her departure may have been motivated by forces she had not mentioned in her post, she thanked them for the warmth and the love they showed her in their supportive words. “I hope this short message will reassure them, and I sincerely apologize if my previous post was a bit confusing.”Lamrabet ended her post with a touch of national nostalgia. “Having said all this, I insist that Morocco is in my heart and I miss it already.”
The signatories of the petition said they fear that any extension of time will embolden and encourage Sri Lankan Government to commit human rights abuses against Tamils without any fear and Tamils safety will be in danger. Tens of thousands Sri Lankan Security forces who committed mass killings and sexual violence are still stationed in Tamil areas and live among the victims. There are numerous reports of current abuses against Tamils, including a recent report by UN Special Rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Mr. Juan Mendez. “Sri Lanka voluntarily co-sponsored this Resolution and committed to fully implement the requirements of the Resolution by March 2017. Extensions and grace periods have been given already, but no progress has been made on any front. The only way to protect us and give us justice and safety is for the UN Human Rights Council to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly, along with a recommendation to the UN Security Council that Sri Lanka be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or that an ad-hoc International Criminal Tribunal be created on Sri Lanka, similar to the procedure followed to assure accountability for North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity,” the petition said. Several members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have signed a petition appealing to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) not to give Sri Lanka more time to address the human rights issue.The petition calls on the Council not to give any extension of time to the Sri Lankan Government to fulfill its commitment to the unanimously adopted UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on accountability beyond its March 2017 deadline. Creating an international mechanism to prosecute war crimes has been the fervent wish and aspiration of the Tamils ever since the war ended in 2009.The petition was signed by TNA MPs S. Sritharan, Selvam Adaikalanathan, Dharmalingam Sitharthan, S. Yogeswaran, Sivasakthi Ananthan, G. Srinesan, Charles Nirmalanathan, Mrs. Shanthi Srish Kantharaja, Dr. Siva Mohan, S. Viyalanderan and K. Kodeeswaran. (Colombo Gazette)
Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2013 5:46 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,746.55 up 13.95 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 53 cents, or 8.76 per cent, at $6.58 on 9.34 million shares. The gold sector led all advancers on the TSX, rising 4.99 per cent to 205.64 points.Atna Resources Ltd. (TSX:ATN). Miner. Down 18.5 cents, or 43.53 per cent, at 24 cents on 7.78 million shares. The Colorado-based company said Wednesday that it will reduce operations at its Pinson gold mine in Nevada due to the weakness in gold prices.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 18 cents, or 1.48 per cent, at $12.35 on 6.92 million shares.Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Gold miner. Up 12 cents, or 6.22 per cent, at $2.05 on 6.73 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 17 cents, or 7.02 per cent, at $2.59 on 6.08 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (960.74 up 7.04 points):Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSXV:SOG). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 15.32 per cent, at 94 cents on 8.74 million shares. The Calgary-based company booked a first-quarter loss of $3.37 million or two cents per share, reversing a year-earlier profit of $611,000 or nil per share.Functional Technologies Corp. (TSXV:FEB). Biotechnology. Up half a cent, or 50 per cent, at 1.5 cents on 3.05 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CIBC (TSX:CM). Bank. Down $1.21, or 1.5 per cent, at $79.22 on 3.71 million shares. CIBC is seeking alternative options in case it drops its Aeroplan credit card agreement with Aimia set to expire at the end of the year. The bank also announced that it will raise its dividend by two per cent after booking an eight per cent jump on its second-quarter profit. Revenue totalled $3.13 billion from $3.08 billion in the same quarter a year ago.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down $1.14, or 1.78 per cent, at $62.84 on 3.70 million shares. Canada’s biggest bank will look to the U.S. capital market business to offset the impacts of recession in Europe. The bank made the announcement after posting second-quarter profit of $1.9 billion, up 26 per cent from a year earlier. Revenue jumped to $7.77 billion from $6.92 billion.
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2017 10:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal jury in Kansas has awarded nearly $218 million to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety.Friday’s verdict after a three-week trial in Kansas City, Kansas, involves four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 farmers in the state. Another trial involving about 60,000 cases begins next month in Minnesota.The lawsuits allege Syngenta introduced the seed variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports, wrecking an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn and causing price drops.The Kansas trial was the first test case. It and the Minnesota trial will provide guidance for how the complex web of litigation in state and federal courts could be resolved. Kansas jury awards $218M to Kansas farmers in Syngenta suit
UN Photo/Manuel EliasUrsula Mueller, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Somalia.“However, current humanitarian indicators across the country are showing a deterioration,” said Ms. Mueller, spotlighting three areas of concern: the severe drought conditions that have spread from northern and central areas throughout the country following two failed rainy seasons; the situation of internally displaced persons; and protection concerns. “We must act now to avert a major humanitarian crisis. Humanitarian partners stand ready to deliver aid to those most in need and are capable of rapidly scaling up response, as was proven during famine prevention efforts in 2017,” said, but cautioned that significant funding shortfalls are constraining response and leading to a reduction in assistance in critical areas, including health, nutrition, food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene. “I believe I was invited to brief you today to draw attention to the elevated risk of a major humanitarian crisis unfolding on the horizon. The immediate scale up of humanitarian response is essential to mitigate the impact of the drought and to prevent further breaking up of communities that continue to be fragile from the drought in 2017,” she said. She encouraged the international community to urgently increase support for life-saving drought response efforts and to protect gains made in 2018, and added that it was here hope that immediate resources will be received to help us prevent a dramatic crisis from escalating. Briefing the Council, Raisedon Zenenga, Deputy Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), reported that the country had made significant progress on its economic and security sector reforms. There had also been progress on the inclusive politics agenda as well, including the constitutional review process and preparations for universal suffrage elections. “The Federal Government has decided to apply the same rigorous approach to bring accountability and transparency to the security sector,” he said, noting, among other recent steps, the completion in March of biometric registration of all Somali National Army soldiers. All 16,000 soldiers registered were now receiving their salaries directly into their bank accounts. “This has cut out middle men, reduced corruption, and ensures regular payment of salaries to military personnel. It also paves the way for rightsizing the National Army,” said Mr. Zenenga. In parallel with these security sector reforms, the Federal Governments had launched military operations in Lower Shabelle region to advance the Transition Plan, degrade Al Shabaab in strongholds that are contiguous to Mogadishu and thereby halt the recent increase in Al Shabaab attacks in the capital. #Somalia has remained on a positive trajectory despite a challenging security environment and recurrent political crises, Deputy SRSG Raisedon Zenenga told the @UN Security Council today. pic.twitter.com/FNxyGtmmZ7— UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (@UNDPPA) May 22, 2019 Yet, Somalia continued to grapple with significant challenges, he said, explaining that the Federal Government’s reform efforts have encountered “inevitable” resistance. The economic reforms and security sector reforms entail dismantling a war economy that had flourished for decades. “There are many vested interests which pose obstacles to increased accountability. Taking on these vested interests requires not only the determination, which the Federal Government has shown, but an inclusive approach of building relationships with all stakeholders to demonstrate that the reforms will yield benefits for the whole nation,” Mr. Zenenga stressed. He also noted that the dialogue between Somalia and Somaliland, which also has implications for the completion of the constitutional review process, remains stalled. “We are, however, encouraged by ‘Somaliland’ President Muse Bihi’s remarks on 18 May expressing his readiness to promote peace with Puntland, including through the exchange of prisoners, and to cooperate with Somalia on issues related to security, trade and education.” Recalling that UNSOM began the new year facing a security crisis as a result of the mortar attack on the UN compound on 1 January, and a political crisis as a result of the expulsion of the Special representative of the Secretary-General Nicholas Haysom on the same day, Mr. Zenenga said the two incidents had severely disrupted the Mission’s engagement with the Federal Government of Somalia and had also elevated the security risk level for UN personnel and left our staff deeply demoralized. While the Mission had immediately prioritized the safety and security of its staff while concentrating political efforts on mending relations with the Federal Government, Mr. Zenenga underscored that a lasting solution to the continuing security threat “will come from denying Al Shabaab the space and opportunities to prepare and launch attacks.” Despite such challenges, he said Somalia has “immense opportunities” to make further progress in the coming months. He set out the following prescription for making headway: The federal and sub-federal levels must agree to work together in a spirit of consensus.Parliament must focus on passing priority legislation in a timely manner; All national stakeholders need to collaborate effectively in responding to the imminent drought and avert a famine; and Key relationships, including with national stakeholders, international partners and regional powers, both in the Horn of Africa and in the Gulf should be nurtured. “The trajectory is upward, and we can all work together to energize Somalia’s population and their international partners towards reform and progress,” he concluded. Somalia’s humanitarian situation ‘among the most protracted in the world’ Also briefing the Council, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller, said that ongoing armed conflict and violence, as well as recurrent climatic shocks continue to drive humanitarian needs in Somalia. Governance challenges and underdevelopment compound fragility and make it difficult for communities to develop robust coping mechanisms. She said that the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan, launched in January, identified 4.2 million Somalis – one third of the population – in need of life-saving assistance and protection. This shows a decline in needs from 2017, when famine was averted, raising hope that resilience activities led by the Government and development partners could make further gains.
OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov winds up to kick the ball during a game against Akron Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 3-1Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternIn the span of six days, the Ohio State men’s soccer team went from being undefeated to holding a losing record.The Buckeyes’ (2-3-3, 1-1-0) loss to Dayton (4-3-1) on Saturday was their third in a row. OSU was unable to muster much of an offensive threat throughout the contest, falling 1-0.The two teams were each held scoreless for much of the afternoon.It was not until late in the 83rd minute that the Flyers broke through with a goal. Junior forward Amass Amankona dribbled through the box and passed it to his left to redshirt-junior forward Ryan Peterson. Peterson then put it past OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov for his second goal of the year.OSU only managed two shots on goal in the game, one in each half. Dayton managed six shots on goal, with Ivanov saving five of them.OSU did manage to outshoot the Flyers 11-10 overall, despite failing to put nine of them on target.OSU’s best opportunity came during the 15th minute when sophomore forward Danny Jensen got the first half’s lone shot on goal for OSU. However, he was unable to put it home and the game remained scoreless.On top of dropping their last three games, things could only become more difficult over the next two weeks for the Buckeyes.Three of their next four games are scheduled to come against schools ranked in the top 20. Their next two games are against No. 9 Louisville and No. 16 Michigan State, before getting a potential breather against winless Oakland.The Buckeyes are set to look to end the losing streak at Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. That game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. OSU’s matchup with the Spartans is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
(Jamaica Observer) The Portmore police said yesterday that robbery was the motive for the slaying of a mother and daughter in Phoenix Park, St Catherine.According to the police, 52-year-old shopkeeper Janett Moore and her 19-year-old daughter, Tajona Rhoden, were at their shop when two gunmen showed up and demanded money. One of the men was reportedly wearing a mask.A woman, who was inside the shop at the time of the incident, gave the robbers $1,000 but they were apparently not satisfied. The police say the robbers proceeded inside the shop and took an undetermined sum of money.The men reportedly escaped on foot, but while they were leaving the shop they opened fire hitting Moore and Rhoden. Two children who were inside the shop at the time of the robbery and the woman who had given them money were not hurt.Yesterday, Operation Officer for South St Catherine Superintendent Layton Grey told the Jamaica Observer that the police had been on patrol in the Dunbeholden area when they heard explosions and visited the neighbouring community. The superintendent said when the police arrived at the scene, they saw two wounded women.When the Observer visited Phoenix Park yesterday, the relatives of the deceased had already left the community.“It is a quiet community; we never had that type of crime in the community. After the police went there, on the ground, nobody actually came out,” Grey said, adding that they had to call to residents for them to come outside.The policeman made an appeal to the residents to remain calm and assist the police as they carry out their investigations.He also urged the residents to be on the lookout for criminals from neighbouring communities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica: Cops kill twin brothers – mother claims they were shot while asleepJune 11, 2016In “Crime”Jamaica: 4 cops held for $17M jewellery heistFebruary 25, 2019In “latest news”2-yr-old boy killed ‘execution style’ downtown KingstonAugust 25, 2016In “Crime”
Lino CervarRK PPD Zagreb ← Previous Story Xavi Sabate is new Orlen Wisla Plock head-coach Next Story → Veselin Vujovic to lead RK Zeleznicar Nis Lino Cervar is new RK PPD Zagreb coach.The 68-years old Croatian coach will have dual function in the future, as he is also a head-coach of the national team.The Croatian champions will play in Group A/B of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019.
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PHIL Hogan has outlined what he claims is the most radical reform of local government in over a century.Publishing the Local Government Bill today, the Minister said the system of local authorities is being “changed to one that is relevant for modern Ireland”.“With this bill we intend to build a better, stronger, more efficient, more responsive and more accountable system of local government,” Hogan said today.Under the main measures of the bill, which were previously announced, a total of 80 town councils will be abolished with the overall number of councils operating in Ireland going from 114 to 31.Around 137 municipal districts will be introduced for the same number of local electoral areas with elected councillors “working directly for the interests of their communities” according to Hogan.Four city and county councils in Limerick and Waterford and councils in North and South Tipperary will merge. The number of councillors in the country will drop from 1,627 to 949 but Dublin is one area where the numbers will go up by 53.The changes will allow for savings between €40 and 45 million, Hogan said, in addition to over €500 million which he claimed has been saved through local government efficiencies in recent years.The bill allows for the creation of the post of chief executive to replace a county or city manager. This person, who will have a seven year term with the option of an extra three years, will be accountable to elected councillors and will require the approval of councillors before taking up the post.There will be a devolving powers to local authorities including discretion to vary the local property tax by January 2015 by plus or minus 15 per cent.Over 20 additional reserve functions are being assigned to the new councils including “a role in local economic development” according to Hogan who also said that councillors will for the first time have a clear outline of what powers they have.He said: “This bill spells out for the first time in detail all of the functions that are reserved by law to the elected members.”A National Oversight and Audit Commission will monitor and assess local authority performance.The bill also contains a provision to hold a referendum for an elected mayor which is currently the subject of a consultation process by the four local authorities in Dublin.It is anticipated that the bill will be passed by the Oireachtas before the end of the year with the changes coming into effect after next May’s local elections.Hogan: No point having elected mayor for Dublin unless position is meaningful Read: Dublin’s 53 extra councillors will cost €1.5 million every year
THE MAYOR OF South Dublin County Council has resigned from the Labour party, becoming the 27th councillor to leave the junior coalition partner in three years.Dermot Looney, a 31-year-old teacher who represents the Tallaght Central area of Dublin, had already been selected to run again for the party in May’s local elections.He said the decision to leave the party he had been involved in for more than a decade had been difficult but he believed it was the right thing to do.“My time in the Labour party came to a natural end. I’d no distance left to run,” he told TheJournal.ie this evening.“I made the decision about a month ago but the reason I didn’t go then is that there was a budget [for South Dublin County Council] to get through, where I managed to make some gains for people in the area, and it was the right thing to do to stay until that was done”.Looney was strongly criticial of Labour, saying the party had abandoned its principles while in government with Fine Gael.Looney said there was no one policy on which he was making a stand, but that there had been dozens over the lifetime of the Government with which he fundamentally disagreed. He said Labour had ‘kowtowed’ to Fine Gael’s economic agenda to the detriment of the poorest people in society.“I stand diametrically opposed to government policy – and by extension, that of the Labour Party – in areas as diverse as healthcare, local democracy, housing, state assets and taxation,” he said.He also criticised the running of the party. “The party is run very strongly from the centre, and councillors like me are having less and less of an impact,” he said. He cited the recent party conference as an example, where, he said, around 20 motions from members weren’t allowed to be brought to the conference floor.Looney said the reaction so far to his resignation had been “overwhelmingly positive”. He told the Labour councillors on South Dublin County Council and local party members of his decision before it was made public tonight.Looney will remain on as mayor and councillor ahead of May’s elections.He ruled out running for any other party and said he would be standing as an Independent in the local elections.“I’m definitely not running for another party,” he said. “I’ll see what I can do both nationally and locally as an independent, possibly working with other groups from the left”.Looney had been a member of the party for more than a decade after joining while studying social science in UCD. He was first elected to South Dublin County Council in June 2009 and became the youngest ever mayor of the local authority when he took over the office last year.Looney made the news last year when he donated €7,000 of his €45,000 allowance as mayor to local community groups.Read: ‘A nice bonus at Christmas time’: Dublin mayor’s pay-cut benefits 50 community groups > Read: The 26 councillors who have left the Labour Party over its role in government >
While it hasn’t quite grown to antennagate proportions, there has been plenty of talk about battery issues on the iPhone 4S and/or iOS 5. It appears that Apple has made some progress on that front, as they have today issued a statement acknowledging the battery bug, and are promising an update within the next few weeks.In the statement, Apple stated that “a small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices.” They noted that a software would would be landing some time in the next “few weeks.”The company didn’t comment beyond that, but it may be worth noting that they attributed the issue to “iOS 5 devices,” and not the iPhone 4S specifically. This is consistent with testing that PC Mag did, as well as our hands-on time with Apple’s latest.One of the most discussed potential fixes for the issue relates to an out-of-control time zone setting in the firmware. The theory is that a bug with the phone’s time settings is causing it to constantly search for its location, which leads to a hit on uptime. Some users with battery problems have found that their battery life improved after turning off the automatic time zone setting (see here for details).An early version of the iOS update has already been released to developers, in the form of iOS 5.0.1 beta. In addition to handling the battery life bugs, the beta also promises fixes for Documents in the Cloud bugs, adds multitasking gestures to the iPad 1, and improves Siri’s speech recognition for those with Australian accents.Will this be the fix that those struggling with poor battery life have been waiting for? That remains to be seen, but you can bet that Apple doesn’t want this story to blow up any more than it already has. An Apple support forum devoted to the issue has over 186 pages of complaints, and the issue has been discussed at length on blogs and social networks during the last week.Even if it is only affecting “a small number of customers,” as Apple says, this certainly isn’t the kind of press that a company that prides themselves on their user-friendliness wants.via AllThingsD
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is not coming to Australia this year. This was confirmed by the Greek Embassy in Canberra, which stated that President Pavlopoulos’ heavy schedule would not allow for a visit to occur in September.The President of the Hellenic Republic informed the Australian Embassy in Athens that Mr Pavlopoulos would wish to make a trip to the Antipodes, sometime within 2019, although it is unclear how this would be possible, given that 2019 is an election year for both Australia and Greece (which is facing a double election process, along with the one for the European Parliament).News for an impending visit by the Greek President had caused an uproar within the Greek Australian community, with the Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria (PMAMV) drafting a letter of complaint, stating that Mr Pavlopoulos is ‘persona non gratta’: “Mr Pavlopoulos you are unwanted; if you visit Melbourne, we the Greek diaspora officials will not welcome you,” was the message sent by the PMAMV, after the Greece-FYROM agreement on the latter’s constitutional name.
Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar RoofFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car Stay on target Environmentally friendly Germans can now determine the solar potential of their rooftops.Nearly two years after launching Project Sunroof in the US, Google is expanding its program to Europe—starting in the Land der Dichter und Denker.Using high-resolution aerial mapping, Google can help consumers “make accurate decisions about solar power for their homes,” Project Sunroof product manager Joel Conkling wrote in a blog announcement.Some 7 million buildings are covered, including those in urban areas like Munich, Berlin, Rhine-Main, and Ruhr, where homeowners can calculate their estimated rooftop solar potential by simply entering their address online.The smart technology—an amalgamation of Google Earth, Google Maps, 3D models, and machine learning—factors in roof orientation, nearby tree and building shade, and local weather patterns. It also considers typical electric bill rates for customized results.My parents’ house in Mount Pleasant, S.C., for example, collects 1,615 hours of usable sunlight per year (based on daily weather patterns). Combined with the 1,251 square feet available for solar panels (based on 3D modeling and nearby tree coverage), they could save $15,000 over 20 years.To refine the results, tap “fine-tune estimate.” If you’re already convinced, click through to see solar providers in your area. German users can purchase a suitable system of photovoltaic modules, energy storage, and system management software directly from Project Sunroof partner E.ON.“With Sunroof, we are able to digitize sales of solar systems more intensively and thereby increase the appeal of photovoltaics,” E.ON COO Karsten Wildberger said in a statement. “It clearly demonstrates the potential benefits of digitalization for the ongoing shift in energy production.”Initially tested in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, and Boston, the program, which utilizes the same technology in use by Google Earth, has expanded nationwide, and currently covers about 40 percent of German homes.There is no word on a timeline for future growth within the the country or the rest of the globe.“Google has been using renewable energy sources within our own infrastructure and beyond for many years,” Conkling wrote, highlighting the company’s commitment for 100 percent renewable energy across worldwide operations in 2017.“With Project Sunroof, we want to help people become even more aware of the solar potential that’s just above the rafters,” he continued. “The future is bright.”
Daultabad: Kodangal MLA Patnam Narender Reddy, on Sunday, visited the students of Kasturba School, who fell sick after having their food in their hostel. As many as 20 students of Kasturba School at Balampet fell sick when they consumed rice-flakes. This is the second time that such an incident took place. Learning about the incidents through the media, the MLA visited them and inquired about their condition. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He inspected the rice-flakes served to the students and got angry when worms are found in them. He pulled up the special officer Asha Latha. DEO Renuka Devi explained to him that a food committee consisting of eight members has to look after the quality of the food. The MLA told them to return the groceries which were of inferior quality. He demoted the SO and promoted senior teacher Basamma. He warned of stringent action if such incidents are repeated. ZPTC Kotla Mahipal, Madhusudan Yadav and others were present on the occasion.