New smart jacket promises to get you past velvet rope lines

first_imgVelvet ropes and bouncers wielding clipboards adorned with lists that only the elite of the elite are privileged enough to be on are common associations with high-brow nightlife. This is especially true in major metropolitan cities like New York. Skipping the line is a privilege held by the few, but there is a new jacket being made that promises to give its wearer almost-magical access to these exclusive events.The Rochambeau Bright BMBR smart jacket is not only a fashion-forward jacket, but a skeleton key to exclusive events that are hard to get into for all but the most well-connected. The jacket itself is adorned with digital tags that enable you access to exclusive events including a personal tour at New Release gallery, tasting menu for two at Toro, and line-skipping access to some of New York’s most exclusive nightclubs.Only 15 of these jackets are expected to be produced in December. The small run, brand appeal, and access they give comes at a price. They’re expected to be available exclusively from The New Stand at a price of $630.The promotional video Rochambeau made promoting the upcoming jacket hints at a world where the wearer can walk into a store and walk out with high-end merchandise after tapping their phone to their sleeve, revealing their secret pass. Need help getting past the velvet ropes? All you need is a Bright BMBR smart jacket and a smartphone and you’re there.Lex Kendall, COO and co-founder of The New Stand, said to Forbes: “The future of [the] IoT is awe-inspiring and fashion is one of the relatable early expressions of how the digital lives of inanimate objects can truly help both consumer and producers alike… The New Stand aims to provide customers with the essentials needed to make their days easier, and with new discoveries to make them better. The Bright BMBR is an interesting mix of these two concepts.”Indeed, we are looking at world that is infinitely more connected. Smart clothing is becoming an increasingly popular avenue for wearable technology. It looks natural, disappears rather than disrupts, and can serve a variety of useful applications.Good technology is functional, great technology is invisible. For owners of the Rochambeau Bright BMBR smart jacket, it is one fashion accessory you wouldn’t want to leave home without. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Tags:#bmbr jacket#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Rochambeau#Smart Jacket#top Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Congress to oppose peace agreement if it changes geography of Manipur: Jairam Ramesh

first_imgSlamming the Centre over alleged lack of transparency in the ongoing Naga peace talks, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the Congress will oppose any agreement, if it changes the geography of Manipur and any other northeastern State. A six-member Congress delegation arrived here on Sunday to take stock of the situation in Manipur arising out of the Naga peace talks and gather the opinions of people and party leaders on the National Register of Citizens (NRC).“There is no transparency regarding Naga peace talks on the part of the central government. The progress in the ongoing Naga peace talks has not been disclosed,” Mr. Ramesh told reporters at the Congress Bhawan here. Any accord which would change the geography of any State of the northeast region, including Manipur, will be opposed by the Congress, he said.“During the tenure of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Centre had signed Assam, Mizoram and Tripura accords “without changing the geography of any state”, the senior Congress leader said. The former Union Minister was accompanied by AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, former union minister of state Jitendra Singh, MP Manickam Tagore, AICC secretary Ranjit Mukherjee and Mohammed Ali Khan. Last week, the Union Home Ministry had said that lot of rumours and misinformation was being spread that the final Naga settlement had been arrived at and would be announced soon.“This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country. It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration. No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information,” the MHA statement had said. Former Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh said that the Centre, according to media reports, has rejected the NSCN-IM demand for separate flag and Constitution during the Naga peace talks.“People in Manipur are confused whether the demand for greater Nagaland has been accepted or not. If it is accepted by the present government, the party will oppose it tooth and nail,” the Congress Legislature Party leader in Manipur said.last_img read more

St. Clare slips past Perpetual

first_imgMOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare clawed its way back from a 12-point hole in the fourth quarter to overcome Perpetual, 78-73, on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Quezon City.The Coffee Lovers overhauled a 61-49 deficit early in the payoff period with a 17-4 run to take a 66-65 lead before silencing the Altas in the clutch.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “We adjusted our defense and played our match-ups well,” said coach Jinino Manansala, as Gamboa-St. Clare raised its mark to 3-2.Aris Dionisio poured in 21 points for Gamboa.In the second game, Wangs Basketball-Letran capitalized on its 18-day rest and pounded Jose Rizal University, 73-55, to halt its two-game losing skid and tie Gamboa. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETGAMBOA-ST. CLARE 78—Dionisio 21, Pare 16, Jackson 11, Bitoon 10, Ambuludto 7, Rebugio 6, Hallare 5, Acuno 2, Alcober 0, Fontanilla 0, Rubio 0.PERPETUAL 73—Peralta 17, Villanueva 13, Charcos 12, Aurin 11, Eze 11, Coronel 6, Pido 3, Mangalino 0, Precillas 0, Tiburcio 0.Quarters: 12-21, 31-41, 49-57, 78-73FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments AFP official booed out of forum Lewton to defend PH Open crown Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Defending a dynasty

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss EAC stuns NU in Filoil hoops; Cardinals cruise past Chiefs Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I couldn’t imagine this kind of success for my team, [for] myself,” Austria said in the postgame press conference. “I never thought that I would become a PBA coach. I never thought I would become a San Miguel coach, [let alone] win a ‘five-peat.’ But God is really good.”San Miguel now has nine Philippine Cup crowns and this latest conquest is the hardest since the team needed to crawl out of a 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series against Alaska.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd the Beermen did this by pivoting to defense.“I wasn’t buying the trend that whenever we are held to under a hundred points, we would lose. We made 72 a winnable score,” Austria said. San Miguel also won Game 6 after scoring only 98 points. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer doubled down on its label as the PBA’s greatest franchise when it dabbed another layer of luster to its pedigree after a 72-71 decision of Magnolia in Game 7 of the Philippine Cup Finals at the Big Dome.Leo Austria and his bevy of stars have helped chisel the Beermen’s legacy on granite with their fifth straight all-Filipino crown—an unprecedented feat.ADVERTISEMENT “I guess this is why coaches say ‘defense wins championships,’” he added. “It happened tonight. We’ve been criticized before that we didn’t have defense. Today, the team showed all the things that makes a champion team.”Veteran Arwind Santos feels the Beermen’s legacy is now safe.“When the time comes when we’re old and being pushed on wheelchairs, when our grandchildren are already the ones playing basketball, we could tell them that we were the only ones able to do that. That’s San Miguel.”And they’re not even done.“It’s harder to play teams with a ‘no-bearing game’ mentality,” he said. “What if we get to compete for another title? We have nothing to lose because we have the ‘five-peat’ already.”ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Fair warning then to the other teams: “If we get the chance, we’re definitely going for a ‘six-peat,’” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

17 days agoFerguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ferguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’by Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Arsene Wenger “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honour.On Monday night, Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Addressing his old adversary via video, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996. last_img read more

College Football Insider Has New Update On Urban Meyer’s Future

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer in an Ohio State windbreaker.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)College football insider Bruce Feldman appeared on FOX Sports 1 this afternoon to discuss some of the major storylines entering the 2018 season. Of course, he talked about Urban Meyer and his future with the Ohio State program.Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. Ohio State is investigating how he handled domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.OSU issued a two-week timetable for its investigation on Sunday, Aug. 5. We are approaching the end of that timeline.Feldman said on FOX Sports 1 today that there’s an “increasing chance” Meyer retains his job as Ohio State’s head coach based on what he’s hearing from those around the situation.Here are his full comments, transcribed by 247Sports:“The deadline that the investigation was set for should be this Sunday,” Feldman said. “It should be anytime within the next 96 hours, and we’re expecting to find out what they have determined from their investigation into whether Urban Meyer did in fact follow the protocols and procedures that he said he did when he issued that statement from his own personal Twitter account about two weeks ago (Aug. 3).“I think, from talking to people around this situation – not anyone that is investigating this – but people around the situation – there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer retains his job.“A lot of people are going to say, ‘Look, did he do the right thing?’ Technically, he did. Now, part of the investigation is to find out what did he know and when did he know about it, and then what did he do about it?“And I think some of this stuff that has been swirling around the Urban Meyer/Ohio State investigation that has been related to Zach Smith, publicity-wise, it didn’t help that the Toledo Blade unearthed a DUI from 2013 involving Zach Smith. It’s just one more thing that I think people will say, if Urban keeps his job or not, but if he keeps his job, ‘What is the reason you kept him on? And then what exactly was it that you determined that’s why you fired him?’“Now, we don’t know a lot of the particulars of that. We don’t know if when they confronted Zach Smith about it, was he untruthful about it? Did they catch him in lies? Is that was changed the night before Big Ten media days (July 23) when this all really blew up (and when Smith was fired)? We don’t know a lot of that.“And hopefully when this investigation is concluded, we will get some measure of transparency and find out, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions.””There’s a lot of people who feel like there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer is going to retain his job.”@BruceFeldmanCFB with the latest on Ohio State’s investigation into Meyer— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 16, 2018Ohio State’s program, meanwhile, is being led by interim coach Ryan Day. The Buckeyes open the season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.[Bucknuts]last_img read more

World Cup 2019: West Indies not feeling pressure to restablish dominance, says Holder

first_img Press Trust of India BristolMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 15:08 IST West Indies’ Jason Holder during the Captain’s Press Conference, in London. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies won first two editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979West Indies kick off their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31Holder believes presence of Chris Gayle will help them in World Cup 2019Hopes are pinned on a born-again West Indies to relive their glory days but skipper Jason Holder says the upcoming World Cup is “a case of creating our own legacy”.Windies have a proud history at the World Cup, winning the first two editions of the tournament and making the final of the third. After struggling for nearly two decades, a few stunning wins against England recently lifted their spirits.”Not personally,” Holder told the ICC when asked if he feels pressurised to re-establish their dominance, adding, “It’s just a case of us creating our own legacy.”We obviously know our history what the past players have done. We will take it stage by stage, step by step, not get too far ahead of ourselves.”The presence of big players such as Andre Russell and Chris Gayle have helped, acknowledged the 27-year-old skipper.”Guys like Andre Russell make it easy for me, they tend to give a lot of support. I can’t thank them enough for the support they have given me, I know they continue to rally behind me.”It’s important for us to continue to build as a group. It’s a relatively young side and we have got one or two experienced heads in the cam it’s a good mix.”He has rated hosts England as the favourites in the showpiece. “England are the number one side in the world for good reason, you now they are playing some very good cricket, lot of hype around them, they have obviously got the home advantage.advertisement”I guess got to give them respect being the number side in the world … All teams are practically equally matched, they are well-balanced sides, sides that can defeat anyone on any particular day.”We have just got to take it game by game, give everyone the respect they deserve and we will have to execute our plans,” Holder said.”It’s a dream,” opener Evin Lewis was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website when asked about the prospect of West Indies lifting the title.”Everyone will be glad to be playing in the World Cup. When we won the T20 World Cup in 2016, it was a great feeling, just looking forward to the fifty-over World Cup this year. Hopefully, we can get over the line.”All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, whose heroics won West Indies the World T20 title in 2016, echoed those sentiments.”Being here with the team, preparing for the World Cup means a lot to me,” he said.”As I always say, putting on the West Indies shirt is always a great feeling and a privilege to do it on the world stage, with the ten best teams fighting it out for the trophy, is something special.Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy hopeful of England posting a 500-run totalAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow west indies World Cup 2019: West Indies not feeling pressure to restablish dominance, says HolderWest Indies skipper Jason Holder has rated hosts England as the favourites in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He also said that his team would like to create their own legacy in the quadrennial event.advertisementlast_img read more

Old school meets new with Pro-Ject’s gorgeous Elemental turntable

first_imgIf you’re a music lover with a penchant for collecting pieces from the past, there’s a good chance that the current resurgence of vinyl has set the stage for your next great obsession. However, while you can hardly go online these days without stumbling on heaps of modern stereo components that look as good as they sound, finding the right turntable can be a more daunting task. If you’re looking for something as sexy as it is affordable, we offer for your consideration the Pro-ject Elemental Phono USB.The beautifully minimalist Elemental boasts quality sound and high design — something you don’t often find at its entry-level price of $200. And when it comes to striking a unique aesthetic, few turntables on the market can match it. As you can see above, the Elemental is a belt-driven turntable — the preferred method of operation by most audiophiles. In fact, the unit wears its belt on the outside so you can see the whole thing go down. And after all, isn’t that half the fun of the vinyl experience?But the sleek little unit puts just as sharp a focus on quality sound as it does design. The unit is decked out in features to help it deliver the most from your precious collection. Those include gold plated RCA contacts and cartridge pins, a motor with DC power designed for silent running, a low mass tonearm that’s pre-adjusted for anti-skating, and even an integrated phono preamp with RIAA equalization to allow you to connect it to any standard amplifier or receiver. In addition, the Elemental’s USB output allows you to transfer those hard to find records into digital form.While this player is sure to turn heads for its looks and sound, it doesn’t pack a whole lot of frills when it comes to operation. It’s a manual turntable, meaning you’ll have to set the arm yourself, and replace it when the record’s done. But if you don’t mind a bit of extra work, the Elemental pays off in sheer cool factor.It takes some extra time to find the turntable online right now, but we expect that to change soon as Pro-Ject adjusts to meet demands. Besides, there’s something satisfying about procuring a piece that takes a bit more effort, isnt’ there? The player is available in red-black, white-black, and silver-black to help it blend in with any decor. For those who’ve recently been bitten by the vinyl bug, this little unit might just be the perfect cure. 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Port of Corpus Christi Okays USD 217 Mn Bond Package

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Port of Corpus Christi approved a bond resolution to issue up to USD 217 million in revenue bonds to help finance capital improvements, including the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. The financing will allow the port to continue developing more terminals, rail, and channel improvements needed to handle the growing oil and gas volumes from the region’s large energy producing fields.At the epicenter of the port’s 10-year capital investment program is the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Currently at a depth of 45 feet, the Ship Channel will be dredged to 54 feet to accommodate Suezmax and larger vessels, and widened to 530 feet to allow for two-way traffic flows.News of the bond approval comes on the back of an announcement made earlier this month when the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) included nearly USD 23 million in its FY18 Work Plan for the Corpus Christi Channel Improvement Project.The USD 335 million project has now received over USD 138 million in Federal and Port contributed funds, with dredging operations scheduled to commence later this year.last_img read more

Ship Finance Fetches USD 400 Mn to Finance Boxship Quartet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International has entered into USD 400 million lease financing agreements to finance four 14,000 TEU container vessels.The boxships, which were acquired in May 2018, are employed under long term time charters to Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corporation until 2024, with options to extend the charters by 18 additional months.Secured with an Asian-based institution, each financing has a term of nearly nine years, with an option to purchase the vessel back after six years, around expiry of the firm period of the charters to Evergreen.A portion of the proceeds from the financings would be used to refinance the USD 320 million unsecured loan facility arranged at the vessels’ delivery in May. Lease financings for three of the vessels have already been finalized, and the last vessel is expected to close within the next two weeks.Ship Finance said that the interest rate of the financings “are very attractive,” and the transactions free up USD 80 million of investment capacity, which is expected to be deployed in new investments.“These financing transactions demonstrate our continued ability to attract highly competitive capital,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, said.last_img read more

Canada Post says protests at facilities in some provinces violates court orders

first_imgThe Canadian Press Canada Post says protesters blocking mail from flowing in and out of one of the country’s busiest postal hubs are violating a court order.The protesters rallying outside of the facility in Mississauga, Ont., are largely members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees acting in solidarity with postal workers who were legislated back to work last week.The back-to-work legislation was passed on Monday following about five weeks of rotating strikes from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.CUPE says 19 protests are scheduled this weekend at facilities across the country, allowing workers to enter, but not letting mail out of the plants.The Ontario branch of that union says the protesters have been served with an injunction, but they still plan to protest in solidarity with the postal workers.The injunctions were granted by courts in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, prohibiting anyone from obstructing or interfering with people or vehicles entering or exiting its facilities.last_img read more

Dirk Gently Season 2 Starts Filming in Vancouver in May

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook BBC America series Dirk Gently season 2 with Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett starts filming in Vancouver on May 8th.Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is based on the popular books written by Douglas Adams, who also wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The series was adapted for BBC America by Max Landis. Max is well known for writing Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein and American Ultra. He also serves as executive producer alongside Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis/Universe). Both are back on board for Dirk Gently season 2. Twitterlast_img

Statistics Canada says median net worth of families in 2016 up 147

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the median net worth of Canadian families totalled $295,100 in 2016, up 14.7 per cent from 2012 the last time the survey was conducted.Housing was both the largest asset and the largest debt for Canadians.The total value of assets held by Canadians in 2016 was $12 trillion, up from $9.9 trillion in 2012. The median value of total assets owned by families amounted to $440,200, up from $391,700 in 2012.Meanwhile, total debt reached $1.76 trillion in 2016, up from $1.41 trillion in 2012. The median value of total debt owed by families was $80,600 in 2016, up from $63,400 in 2012.The report also found that 29.6 per cent of Canadian families were debt-free in 2016.Statistics Canada says the share was highest among senior-led families with 58.0 per cent debt-free.last_img read more

Irish drivers warned to get paperwork for nodeal Brexit

LONDON — Irish drivers have been warned they will need a special insurance document to cross the currently invisible border to Northern Ireland after next month if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a deal.The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland says it has issued insurance firms with 1 million application forms for the internationally recognized “Green Card” document.Britain is due to leave the 28-nation Bloc on March 29 and so far Britain’s Parliament has rejected the government’s divorce deal, raising the chance of a chaotic “no deal” Brexit.Governments in EU countries, as well as in Britain, have warned of potential disruption to trade and travel.If there is a deal, there will be no change for citizens and businesses until at least the end of 2020.The Associated Press read more

Last lectures available online

They’ve called it a career but the parting thoughts of two of Brock’s “teaching titans” are now available for all to see.Professors David DiBattista (psychology) and Lorne Adams (kinesiology), who retired last month, presented their last lectures on May 1 at the annual Spring Perspectives event hosted by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.Videos of their talks, the concept of which is based on the New York Times best-selling book The Last Lecture, are now available online.

EUUK Withdrawal Agreement includes plan to keep Northern Ireland in the customs

first_img By Sean Murray DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Image: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Updated 11.52amTHE EU HAS published the draft text of the EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement which will see the UK leave the European Union.The 118-page agreement sets out the arrangements for Brexit. The European Commission and European Council say they will discuss the document in the coming weeks before entering negotiations on it with the UK.Aspects of the divorce deal relating to Northern Ireland leaked last night, igniting the fury of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).The text was confirmed today with a certain urgency displayed by negotiator Michel Barnier who mentioned a number of times that it is just 13 months until Britain’s leave date.It outlines a plan for keeping Northern Ireland in the customs union if no other solutions to avoid a hard border in Ireland are found.Under Chapter III, Article 3, it says:A common regulatory area comprising the Union and the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland is hereby established. The common regulatory area shall constitute an area without internal borders in which the free movement of goods is ensured and North-South cooperation protected in accordance with this Chapter. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Source: Tony Connelly/Twitter 38,643 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 115 Comments Image: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Feb 28th 2018, 9:34 AM Source: sineadThis is the “default” or “backstop” option where there will be no change to the current border between north and south. Northern Ireland would remain in “full alignment” with the EU’s customs union in order to uphold the Good Friday agreement.It would mean alignment between the north and south for customs, VAT, energy, regulations for the protection of the environment and laws governing agriculture and fisheries. Northern Ireland would also have to adhere to EU rules on State Aid and would be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.This “default” option, however, is unpalatable to the hardline Brexiteers, in particular the DUP.Speaking this morning, the EU’s top negotiator Michel Barnier said that what is contained in this document has already been agreed by the UK and the EU.Denying he was trying to provoke the UK, he said there must be a solution that avoids a hard border and protects the Good Friday Agreement.There are three options available to negotiators in relation to Northern Ireland: Other areas The draft text also deals with EU citizens living in the UK and the financial settlement.EU citizens, regardless of country of origin, who have lived in the UK (up to the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020) will continue to have the right to reside there, under the deal.Problems with the backstopSpeaking about the leaks last night, Jeffrey Donaldson MP says this would “fundamentally breach the understanding reached in December and would undermine the constitutional status of Northern Ireland”, and added “if the EU or Dublin believes the UK government will be signing up to a border in the Irish Sea, they are deluded”. Source: Jeffrey Donaldson/TwitterSpeaking on Sky News, Sammy Wilson MP said that there is already a border in Northern Ireland, and that the EU and Irish government are trying to eliminate it.He said: “Even at present, there are checks which go on goods which cross the Irish border, whether they be veterinary checks or spot checks by revenue controls, and when it comes to transport goods.”And, in a statement, MEP Diane Dodds said that it is “simply unimaginable that there would be any barriers to trade across the Irish Sea”.He added that the rest of the UK is Northern Ireland’s biggest trading partner, and that Ireland is only a part of its trade.This proposed alignment would apply in lieu of the UK offering up solutions on how to create a frictionless border. Despite saying it wants to leave the customs union and single market, the UK government offered a guarantee in December that it would provide these solutions on how to reconcile this.To date, however, these solutions haven’t been expanded upon and, yesterday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was criticised as “ignorant” for comparing the Irish border to travelling through different boroughs of London.Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the UK shouldn’t be able to cherry pick what kind of alignment it wants with the EU after Brexit.“That’s not a serious position,” he said. “All we want is a good deal. Ireland, and our economy, could be impacted worse than the UK’s economy [in a hard Brexit], but it has to be based on realistic principles.”He added that it was important to remember that the DUP does not speak for everyone in Northern Ireland.“Most people voted remain,” he said. “And let’s bear in mind that the majority of people didn’t want to leave the EU.”The Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister formally welcomed the text after its publication today, calling it an important step in the Brexit process.“The draft includes a protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is an integral part of the draft agreement, and gives legal effect to the firm commitments made in December,” Simon Coveney said in a written statement.“We have always been clear that our preference is to avoid a hard border through a wider future relationship agreement between the EU and the UK [Option A], a view we share with the British government. We are also committed to exploring specific solutions to be proposed by the UK. At the same time, there is now the necessary legal provision to implement the backstop of maintaining full alignment in Northern Ireland with the rules of the Single Market and Customs Union necessary to protect North South cooperation and avoid a hard border. This is very much a default and would only apply should it prove necessary. This is about delivering on our shared objectives of protecting the Good Friday Agreement and the gains of the peace process, no less, no more.”It is hoped that a version of this draft will become legal text by October.With reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll Read: All eyes on Irish border as Brexit draft text to be finalised todayRead: Leaked Boris letter to Downing St: It is wrong to see the task as maintaining ‘no border’ A: To deal with the Northern Ireland question through the negotiations about the future relationship between the EU and the UK but this will not be place at the moment of withdrawal, Barnier noted.B: For the UK to bring forward unique proposals to deal with the unique situation. Barnier said he looks forward to seeing these.C: Finally, for this ‘backstop’ to be deployed. Having this in place in this text is the only way the joint agreements from the UK and the EU on Northern Ireland could be upheld, according to Barnier. Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 11:30 AM Barnier says he is also due to meet the political leaders in Northern Ireland, the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill next week.Answering questions from the British press, he denied that the plan amounted to meddling in UK constitutional affairs.He also said that the backstop plan would not amount to a defacto border in the Irish Sea, saying there may be controls in ports and airports, but he wouldn’t refer to it as a border.If options A or B work out, the text allows for this “subsequent agreement”, stating:Should a subsequent agreement between the Union and the United Kingdom which allows addressing the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland, avoiding a hard border and protecting the 1998 Agreement in all its dimensions, become applicable after the entry into force of the Withdrawal Agreement, this Protocol shall not apply or shall cease to apply, as the case may be, in whole or in part, from the date of entry into force of such subsequent agreement and in accordance with that agreement. Share405 Tweet Email EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement includes plan to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union The draft treaty sets out the arrangements for Brexit. Short URL .@MichelBarnier: my responsiblity is that we have a proposal for a functioning agreement. We have done this is a practical, pragmatic, legal fashion.— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) February 28, 2018last_img read more

Konami Lives With Classic Anniversary Collections

first_imgStay on target Is Konami back? Eh, we aren’t so sure. After blowing up its relationship with Hideo Kojima, along with the entire Metal Gear franchise, Konami seemed to exit the major video game scene aside from yearly soccer releases shown off in sad E3 booths. They gotta get that health spa money, baby!But recently Konami has been making modest but appreciated efforts of caring about video games again. Nintendo Switch (and eventually multiplatform) game Super Bomberman R got a shocking amount of updates to turn a mediocre launch title into arguably the current Bomberman game of record. And Castlevania guest stars Simon and Richter Belmont were two of the best additions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Konami’s latest game announcement feels like the company is once again just dipping its toes back into traditional gaming waters, but it is reassuring for those afraid the publisher’s previous lack of interest in new games would also kill its legacy of classic games. Konami is releasing collections of Castlevania games, Contra games, and arcade games for the company’s 50th anniversary.The Arcade Classics collection comes out first, on April 18 for $20, and includes eight vintage hits including Gradius, TwinBee and Life Force. The Castlevania and Contra collections release in early summer and also include eight games each, but their full lineups haven’t been revealed. We know we’re getting Castlevania 1, 2, and 4, as well as Contra, Super C, and The Alien Wars. But there are still plenty more games to choose from like the vertical Contra 4 for DS and the forgotten Game Boy Castlevania games like Aria of Sorrow.Unlike last year’s disappointing Castlevania Requiem collection, these games are coming to all platforms, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. So you can kill Dracula and bring back memories of 1980s Nicaraguan political scandals on the go if you want. For more on retro games make your own desktop arcade cabinet with the Retro Picade Kit. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Ronaldo now 100 Juventus freekick taker – Pjanic

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem PjanicPrior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri.But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the priority going forward.“Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio.“At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it’s 100% him.“He is a tremendous free kick taker.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The last free-kick Ronaldo scored came back in the World Cup when he memorably equalised for Portugal in their opening game against Spain.The 33-year-old hasn’t got off the mark yet for Juventus after attempting 14 shots in his first two competitive matches.Although he did register an assist in Old Lady’s 2-0 win over rivals Lazio last Saturday.Ronaldo will have another chance to break his duck away to Parma this Saturday.last_img read more

White powder found inside Southwest Airlines jet at FLL

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport gave the all clear after a white powder was discovered on board a Southwest Airlines flight, Sunday.Crews discovered the suspicious substance during a routine check after the jetliner touched down at the airport. No passengers were on board at the time when officials came to inspect the substance.Southwest Airlines officials released the following statement after getting the all clear for takeoff: “The crew in command of Flight 2993 from Baltimore Washington International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport followed procedure and alerted local authorities after discovering an unusual substance underneath a seat upon arrival in Fort Lauderdale. Authorities inspected the aircraft, deemed the substance non-hazardous and have cleared it for takeoff.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more