Crown Estate enjoys five-year best

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The Lobster Roll: A Worthy Stopover

first_imgWhenever anyone finds out I’ve lived in Montauk, they invariably ask the same question. “Do you watch ‘The Affair’?” The answer, I’m afraid, is no, but I have seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Still, one need not be a Showtime devotee to know a thing or two about The Lobster Roll, the iconic, Napeague stretch restaurant at which Alison Lockhart purportedly works. In summer, anyone driving between Montauk and the rest of the Hamptons would be hard-pressed to miss the restaurant. Nor should they.The history of The Lobster Roll (also referred to as “Lunch,” by locals, because of its massive neon sign that screams the word) reaches back to 1965, when Frederick H. Terry, Sr. and his father, Richard C. Terry, Sr. purchased a roadside clam shack on the spit of land connecting Montauk to Amagansett. In 1978, the duo welcomed a third partner, Andrea Anthony, and then, in 1981, a fourth, Paul DeAngelis. Anthony and DeAngelis continue to own and operate the restaurant, 37 years later.The menu is, naturally, devoted to more than just lobster rolls, including strange Long Island specialties —like clam strips. (An aside: I’m from New England, and I’ve always maintained that the best part of a fried clam is the soft, silky belly, so I have no idea why anyone would want to eat just the rubbery necks, but that’s Long Island for you.) As everywhere else on the East Coast, steamers — a softer shelled clam served steamed in broth and with a healthy serving of drawn butter — are market price.To be clear, the life of your seafood dreams, Hamptons style, won’t come cheap at this iconic haunt, where the average appetizer costs around $10 (but can run as high as $18). Still, you get what you pay for: ambitious portions of fresh seafood; a bustling “Montauk” “diner”; and enough seafaring options to shake a very long fishing rod at. The lobster roll itself is a “Maine-style,” which means it’s made with mayonnaise, as opposed to butter. There’s tarragon in there, and lemon, too, so it’s a reliably gussied-up version of an old classic, but that’s ok. You’ll leave neither disappointed nor hungry.The Lobster Roll has other nostalgic options, too, like an array of fresh fruit pies, served warm (and á la mode, if you request it), all of which are baked in house. For those who prefer their dessert served with a straw, consider the specialty drink menu a throwback to easier times: vanilla milkshakes, chocolate egg creams, cherry Cokes, frozen lemonades, and root beer floats all recall a certain soda jerk ethos, which is, in some sense, the key to The Lobster Roll’s character. This isn’t a fancy joint, and it’s not meant to be, either.What the Lobster Roll is, in all its glory, is a stopover on your way to somewhere else — the gravel driveway pooling into the roads, the cars parked in nooks and crannies and even along the road’s shoulder, the red, white, and blue awning and waving American flag punctuating that seemingly endless lick of highway. You’ll suffer the wait in the languid heat, digging your heels into the gravel, watching the cars speed past toward Hither Hills.You’ll eat a little too quickly, because you can hear and smell the sea, and that ocean is compelling, compelling enough to drive you either east or west, and quickly. And after you’ve balled up your red-and-white checkered lobster roll-holding paper, and wiped the last crumbs from your Formica-topped booth, you’ll wish, as most do, that you’d lingered a little longer. But, hey, the road calls. Sharelast_img read more

Lincare’s specialty pharmacy business acquired by Premier

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CUMTD gets $1.45m grant to buy zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell electric buses

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Hearing to Review Recent Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Reports (USA)

first_imgThe Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), will hold a hearing next week on pending U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Reports and Post Authorization Change Reports (PACRs).This hearing will continue the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s oversight of the Corps as a House and Senate conference committee continues to make progress on final water resources development legislation. One of the Committee’s core principles in its bill, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), is that Congress continues to review proposed submissions from the Administration and the Corps.The hearing will focus on Chief’s reports received since the Committee’s last review of Corps submissions.The hearing, entitled “A Review of Recent United States Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Reports and Post Authorization Change Reports,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on April 29, 2014 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.The Subcommittee will receive testimony from Major General John Peabody, Deputy Commanding General, Civil and Emergency Operations, United States Army Corps of Engineers.[mappress]Press Release, April 25, 2014last_img read more

Not quite a pick-me-up

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Be ashamed (ii)

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IUMI nominates Turner

first_imgCurrent president, Dieter Berg, will end his four-year term at this year’s IUMI annual conference in Cape Town and will formally hand over the position to his successor on September 19, 2018.The IUMI council will consider Turner’s nomination for the position and a formal announcement will be made in September. Turner has a long relationship with IUMI and has previously served on the executive committee between 2011 and 2015. Prior to that he was a member of IUMI’s nominating committee.iumi.comlast_img read more

Society defends solicitors as media firestorm rages over claims against military

first_imgThe Law Society has moved to defend solicitors amid ferocious media attacks on cases brought against the military.The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail carry front-page stories today which further fuel the ongoing controversy over claims and prosecutions brought against service personnel.The Telegraph quotes retired Colonel Tim Collins, who blames ‘parasitic lawyers’ for the allegations against soldiers, with investigators looking into more than 2,200 claims of abuse from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.The Mail calls for an end to what it calls the ‘hounding’ of troops. The paper quotes solicitor Hilary Meredith, who is representing 200 soldiers in a judicial review against the Ministry of Defence, who pleads for more help for those soldiers being prosecuted.The Law Society stressed that it will never condone the pursuit of vexatious claims and will work with the profession to end that practice where it exists. But it stressed citizens must be able to uphold their rights to pursue legitimate claims.‘Military personnel should have the ability to pursue claims for wrongdoing and should also be held to account if their conduct breaches international laws,’ said Society president Robert Bourns. ‘Lawyers are also held to account if their actions violate their professional code of ethics or break the law. Each case must be based on merit, without prejudice.‘Lawyers must not be hindered or intimidated in carrying out their professional duties and acting in the best interests of their clients within the law. They should not be identified with their clients or clients’ cases. This principle is set out in the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.’Bourns stressed that the right of access to justice should remain ‘no matter how the client or case may be perceived by the public, media or government’.Today’s coverage follows a vow earlier this week from prime minister Theresa May to close down the ‘industry of vexatious allegations’ against British troops over claims of abuse.But speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Lt Col Nicholas Mercer, the former chief legal adviser for the army in Iraq, alluded to 326 Iraq Historic Allegations Team allegations settled by the government to date, at a cost of £20m.‘Anyone who has fought the MoD knows they don’t pay out for nothing,’ said Mercer.The two firms most closely associated with claims relating to the war in Iraq, Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day, both face misconduct charges at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.Proceedings surrounding Birmingham-based PIL, which shut down at the end of August, are are currently classed as confidential. Three members of national firm Leigh Day will face a hearing at the SDT next year. Both firms deny wrongdoing.last_img read more

Appeal upholds compliance officer curb on ‘sloppy’ solicitor

first_imgThe High Court has told a solicitor that a tribunal was right to bar him from acting as a compliance officer over the way he handled five conveyancing transactions.Anthony Gale, former partner at Yorkshire firm Maurice Smiths Solicitors, had appealed the restrictions placed on his practising certificate following a hearing last year. Gale did not challenge the £10,000 fine.But Mr Justice Pepperall said the tribunal had acted properly and recognised the potential harm that Gale’s conduct could have caused.The tribunal found Gale had acted on the direction of a third party in property transactions without obtaining or confirming his client’s instructions. His actions amounted to gross neglect and carelessness and a breach of his duties to protect his clients, to act in their best interest, to maintain his independence and to provide a proper standard or work. He also acted without conducting due diligence on his clients or the transaction funds. The tribunal found Gale had been ‘sloppy, lazy and careless’ and, while rule breaches were not planned, they reflected a poor way of working. No harm was caused to clients but the tribunal observed this was ‘fortunate’ and the potential for harm had been high. On appeal, Gale argued that restrictions preventing him from acting as a compliance officer, or from operating as a sole practitioner, were disproportionate and unnecessary. He argued that the alleged misconduct involved a family well known to him, where the risk of loss was minimal. He was no future risk to the profession and had a long and hitherto unblemished career. The SRA argued for the restrictions to remain, saying Gale’s misconduct lasted for eight years, during which time he had been his firm’s compliance officer, and occurred despite his awareness of the regulations. The regulator said Gale should in future apply to the tribunal to remove restrictions. The judge said the tribunal had undertaken a careful assessment of culpability, harm and the aggravating and mitigating features of the case. He did not accept the misconduct was merely a result of Gale’s failure of record keeping. Instead his failings were ‘more fundamental’ in acting for clients without seeking or obtaining direct instructions. The tribunal’s assessment, it was judged, was ‘not plainly wrong’. Pepperall J added: ‘Indeed, I go further. On the facts of this case, I consider that the restrictions imposed were obviously justified and appropriate.’ The court also dismissed Gale’s appeal against the £28,000 costs order made against him, Pepperall J saying it should be ‘particularly slow’ to interfere in a tribunal’s decision on costs.last_img read more

Government promises private tenancy law reform – but does not say when

first_imgA Thatcher-era reform introduced to encourage the then-moribund private rental market is to be reversed under proposals announced by the prime minister today. In a much-trailed announcement, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said today that Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, which allows what it calls ‘no fault’ evictions, will be repealed. The government also promised to strengthen the possession process under Section 8 of the act, to allow owners to regain their home should they wish to sell it or move into it. The announcements follow an eight-week consultation last year into the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector. In a response published today, the ministry emphasises the current importance of private rentals, which now account for 19% of all households in England. Before the 1988 reforms, introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s environment secretary Nicholas Ridley, the figure was lower than 8%.Under Section 21, landlords may evict tenants on fixed-term contracts with as little as two months notice. This leaves tenants feeling insecure and unable to plan for the future or call where they live a home, the announcement states. However the consultation found little support for a three-year mandatory minimum tenancy proposed under the consultation. ‘Tenants favoured different lengths of tenancy depending on their circumstances and landlords preferred the status quo,’ the response states.Rather, today’s plans will create ‘flexible, open ended tenancies and deliver a more robust system’ which works for both landlords and tenants, the response states. Part of the package is the HMCTS courts reform programme. Digitising the court process will make it ‘easier and simpler to use’. However the document avoids setting any timetable for reform. Describing the removal of no-fault evictions as a ‘significant step’, the document states that today’s announcement is ‘the start of a longer process’. This will involve building a consensus ‘to improve security for tenants while providing landlords with the confidence that they have the tools they need’.Meanwhile the government is still considering creating a specialist housing court following a consultation which closed in January. ‘We will consider the responses alongside developing a package of legislative reforms,’ today’s announcement states. Joanne Young, legal director in the property litigation team at national firm Ashfords, said that the proposals could drive private landlords out of the market. ‘No one can argue that there are some very poor practices by some private landlords. But this ignores the excellent private landlords who are providing great quality housing for tenants. Those landlords, landlords I see on a day to day basis, do not use section 21 without good reason; it is used simply because it provides a means of obtaining possession that does not result in long court proceedings.’Unless there are real improvements in the court process, I fear these proposals may be the final straw for many private landlords.’Law Society president Christina Blacklaws described the reform plans as a step in the right direction. ‘Section 21 has become one of the leading causes of family homelessness in the UK. Any new measures must balance the rights of landlords to their property with tenants’ rights to adequate protections. However, housing advice is already limited, and even when people are facing repossession, or disrepair presents major health risks, they may not be able to get the legal advice they need to properly enforce their rights,’ she said. ‘The courts exist to serve both landlords and tenants to effectively settle possession claims. The system must be provided with the appropriate resource if it is to maintain their confidence to do so.’last_img read more

Freight fights back

first_imgALTHOUGH the rail freight sector was hit hardest by Romania’s economic changes, CFR Marfa has now started the long climb back. In 2000 it handled 13·6% more traffic than the low point in 1999. This represented 19·7% of the national freight tonnage lifted and 41% by tonne-km.Director General Vasile Tulbure says profits have been increasing ’to the point where we can also fund our own investment too.’ Whilst he recognises that this reflects growth in the national economy, ’there has been some commercial adaptation so we are more prepared to move all this traffic.’ CFR Marfa operates through a localised structure, with its eight regional branches having a high degree of autonomy. They have their own allocations of locomotives and wagons, and their own commercial teams in touch with local customers. A general traffic office at the Bucuresti headquarters co-ordinates inter-regional business.At present the majority of rail freight is domestic, but international business accounts for 25% of tonne-km and is seen as a potential growth area. Tulbure points out that Romania’s geographical position is well-placed to attract transit traffic between Europe and Central Asia, and he sees the country’s move towards joining the European Union as ’a very constructive step’. As well as offering ’very attractive’ tariffs for international traffic, CFR Marfa is investing in expansion of its intermodal business. New piggyback services and improvements to container handling (above right) have been introduced, with 60 RoLa wagons entering service during 2000. CFR Marfa already operates two train ferries on routes from Constanta to three ports in Turkey and to Poti in Georgia. A new route to Batomi in Georgia is being established under the Traceca programme to improve rail corridors between Europe and Central Asia.As yet Tulbure has no plans for international joint ventures with other operators; ’we have only the usual commercial relationships with our neighbour railways.’ However, a trilateral accord was signed with the railways of Moldova and Georgia in 1999, and CFR Marfa is backing a project to install standard-gauge tracks at Poti to speed up the turnaround of the train ferries.Funding refurbishmentCFR Marfa’s principal investment over the next decade will be focused on rolling stock renewal. With an average age of 26 years for its loco fleet, the company is developing a two-stage programme of refurbishment and replacement. Around 100 electric locos will be refurbished, together with many of the diesel shunters, which should give them a further 17 years of life. Starting in 2005, the company plans to purchase 10 new diesel locos a year. These will be a modern Bo-Bo design with IGBT converters and three-phase drives, rated at 2200hp and suitable for operation at up to 140 km/h. Funding for this will be raised internally as existing international loans are paid off. Total cost for the next 10 years is put at US$20m for refurbishment and US$78m for the new locos.Over the same period, the wagon fleet will be cut from 63800 to 45300, although traffic is forecast to rise by 15 to 20%. Around US$555m will be invested to refurbish or convert 16000 existing vehicles and purchase 2450. In 2000, CFR Marfa invested US$25m on 310 new wagons and a pilot computer-assisted operations management system to be tested in Brasov.last_img read more

China, Kenya collaborate to boost healthcare

first_imgThe Chinese government is collaborating with Kenya’s health ministry to provide Computed Topography (CT) scan units supply and installation programme for 37 hospitals across the country.The project was launched on Saturday with the aim of bettering the provision of healthcare in the East African country.In installing the units, the government placed emphasis on hospitals located along major highways with a view to enhancing fast and accurate diagnostics on victims of emergency cases such as road accidents.The CT scan centres will also aid in early detection of various forms of cancer.Under this initiative, the government has contracted Neusoft Medical Systems, a Chinese medical equipment manufacturing company, and Megascope Healthcare, who are their local partners, under a government-to-government collaboration with China.The collaboration will see 37 radiologists and radiographers travel to China for training on use of the machines.Health minister Sicily Kariuki said the Kenyan government would subsidize the cost of CT scans in line with its agenda to ensure universal health conerage.Kariuki also said her ministry would put up a centre of excellence and a cloud imaging centre at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi.“This means patients accessing these services can actually wait for their results real time since it connects to all county CT scanners for reporting second opinion, teaching and referrals,” she said.last_img read more

Dairy Defined: NMPF provides map for FDA labeling route

first_imgWhy not?advertisementadvertisementThat would be for the FDA to answer. But if the concern is that the FDA’s beginning to enforce its own long-standing rules may create confusion, we have an answer for that: a road map that updates dairy labeling rules, clarifies marketplace practices and ensures fair competition among dairy and plant-based products. Written as a citizen petition responding to comments the FDA solicited, the map is National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) proposed solution to the fake-dairy labeling problem – and it includes a few nuggets that might surprise consumers whose news diets include too much plant-based misinformation. For example:The petition would clarify that milk from animals other than cows, such as sheep, goats and water buffalo, are acceptable for dairy labeling because milk only comes from mammals.It explains why terms like “peanut butter” and “milk of magnesia” are compatible with current FDA rules, while calling an almond-based beverage “milk” isn’t. (Short answer: It has to do with a product’s established use – these products aren’t marketed as substitutes for dairy.)It even reaffirms circumstances under which plant-based products could still use dairy terms, and it clearly does not ban the use of those dairy terms if used in a way that fits with decades-old federal regulations that are consistent with the First Amendment. Words such as “alternative,” “imitation” and “substitute,” properly administered, can give consumers the information they need and maintain nutrition and labeling integrity, while allowing plant-based purveyors the leeway to market their heavily processed, flavored sugar waters largely how they’d like.Finally, the road map contains a detailed analysis of relevant case law to address First Amendment concerns over labeling terms. It surveys the legal landscape to ensure that solutions on disclosure requirements are narrowly tailored to improving labeling transparency and promoting informed consumer choice. It emphatically does not propose a blanket ban on the use of dairy terms by plant-based products.Dairy farmers understand the FDA has a lot on its plate. But after more than 40 years of non-enforcement – and a nearly 2-year-old pledge to act – let’s get real. The path is clear; the road map exists. All that’s left is action – by the FDA, Congress or both – to do what’s right for consumers. We won’t be quiet until it’s done.  —From a National Milk Producers Federation news release More than one year after comments closed on the FDA’s request for information on fake-milk labeling, with health organizations warning against inappropriate consumption of plant-based beverages, with a rising number of lawmakers asking why nothing’s been done, and with a new FDA commissioner who seems to understand the problem, the FDA still hasn’t resolved the public health issue of mislabeled plant-based products using dairy terms that imply nutritional equivalence to consumers.last_img read more

Vaunix to Display Latest Attenuators & Signal Generators at IMS 2017

first_imgVaunix, a developer of innovative test & measurement products will be showcasing their latest attenuators and signal generators at IMS 2017. They will be in the 5G/IoT Pavilion at booth #848 from 6-8 June.The products that they will be showcasing include, the new LDA-602Q – A 4 port programmable attenuator that operates from 200 MHz to 6 GHz, providing up to 120 dB of control range with a 0.1 dB step size. It is capable of bidirectional fixed attenuation and swept attenuation ramps. Each of the 4 RF ports are matched to 50 Ohms and have a VSWR less than 1.3:1. Fast switching speeds of 15 us can be expected. The LDA-602Q unit is compact unit, fitting into a single standard rack unit with well-spaced 50 Ohm SMA female connectors for each RF port. Additionally, the only power and control connection is from a standard USB type-B female. The price of this attenuator is $2,900.The LDA-602EH is a single attenuator that operates from 200 MHz to 6 GHz with an attenuation range of 120 dB and a 0.1 dB step size, allowing for both precision and accuracy during fading tests or device characterization. This attenuator has an insertion loss of less than 9 dB at 6 GHz and can handle upt to 28 dBm of RF input power. It a fast 15 us switching speed. 4-port programmable devices are coming soon.The LMS-183DX  is a compact, 6 to 18 GHz Signal Generator that offers up to 80 dB of power control range. This unit typically operates with a VSWR of 1:4:1 (2.0:1 maximum) and weighs less than one pound. Maximum harmonics are -25 dBc (-38 dBc typically) when the LMS-183DX is set to +10 dBm output power. This signal generator is controlled and powered through a USB port with advanced features such as phase-continuous linear frequency sweeping, internal/external 10 MHz reference, and optional pulse modulation. Here is a video from IMS 2016 that shows you how durable the Lab Brick’s are. Click here to see the complete coverage of IMS 2017.last_img read more

Malaysian Cub Prix 2016: Kasma Daniel wins 2016 title

first_imgKasma Daniel Kasmayuddin writes history after becoming the youngest ever Malaysian Cub Prix CP130 champion. The 2016 Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix national underbone racing championship got underway last weekend for Round 9 in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan. Here’s what transpired in all three main classes.CP130In the premier CP130 category, it was Johore-born youngster Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin that wrote himself into the sport’s history books after he took the 2016 title in spectacular fashion.Though mechanical issues plagued his qualifying run early on, Kasma was able to overcome the problems and went on to finish the race in second place. In doing so, the Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor rider clinched enough points to be crowned as the 2016 CP130 champion.At 16 years, 1 month and 20 days old, Kasma is also the premier class’ youngest ever title winner. The previous record was held by eventual race winner and GIVI Honda Yuzy Racing rider Zaqhwan Zaidi when he won the 2014 title at 18 years old.While he may have lost the record to Kasma, Zaqhwan took a deserving win in Jempol after starting from pole position. Completing the podium was Petronas Yamaha CKJ rider Md Affendi Rosli who finished in third place.In the standings, Kasma sealed his title after collecting 178 points from nine races whilst teammate Ahmad Fazli Sham is second with 136 points, followed by Norizman Ismail in a distant third with 97 points.CP115In the supporting CP115 category, victory in Negeri Sembilan belonged to yet another GIVI Honda Yuzy Racing rider. This time, it was Selangor-born youngster Azroy Anuar.Like Zaqhwan, Azroy commanded the race from pole position and won in great stride. Completing the podium were the Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor duo of Md Akid Aziz in second and Md Haziq Md Fairues in third.In the championship standings, Md Akid Aziz leads the board with 126 points while teammate Md Haziq is tied in second with Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin with 108 points each. With just one race left, it seems Md Akid Aziz may just snatch the CP115 title away if he can keep the other two riders at bay.WIRALast but not least came the thrilling action from the Wira class. Dominating in top fashion here was Helmi Azman from the Yamaha-powered IUGB AFB Tech Racing outfit as he won the race from pole position.Joining Helmi on the podium were Saiful Azhary Muhamad from the idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda racing team in second and Yamaha-powered privateer Md Izam Ikmal in third.Despite his late entry into the season, Helmi may just be able to take the Wira class title away from championship leader Shafiq Ezzariq who settled for a dismal 14th place finish in Jempol.Shafiq still leads the standings with 176 points whilst Helmi isn’t far off in second with 153 points. Rest assure that come the season finale in Taiping, the battle between these two is one many will be watching closely.Round 10 – Taiping, PerakThe 2016 Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix season is nearing its end. The season finale will take place in Taiping, Perak on Nov 19 and 20. With both the CP115 and Wira class titles still up for grabs, we can expect yet another thrilling finale as in previous seasons. –Ads–last_img read more

Listen to CavsLand: Zero Dark 23

first_img Related TopicsCarmelo AnthonyCavsChris PaulCleveland CavaliersDwyane WadeKevin LoveKyrie IrvingLebron JamesMeloNBA Matt Medley and Brandon Larador discuss the NBA playoff picture, LeBron’s latest excursion in the world of social media controversy, and the possibility of LeBron, D Wade, Melo, and CP3 forming a super team equivalent to the Justice League of the NBA. Listen here:https://soundcloud.com/matthew-medley-299166887/cavsland-zero-dark-23 Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.center_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

Berusia 104 Tahun, Baiq Mariah Asal Lombok Jadi Jemaah Haji Tertua di Dunia

first_imgBaiq Mariah, Nenek berusia 104 tahun yang pergi haji tahun 2017 Bila niatan tulus untuk beridah telah terpatri di qolbu, maka soal usia tak lagi bisa menjadi batasan seseorang untuk menjalanakan ibadah Haji yang memerlukan stamina fisik prima. Hal tersebut tercermin pada seorang papuq atau nenek dalam bahasa Lombok dengan usia lebih dari satu abad untuk menunaikan ibadah Haji tahun ini.Mariah Margani Muhammad atau biasa disapa Baiq Mariah telah berusia 104 tahun dan menjadi jemaah haji tertua dari total jemaah haji asal Indonesia. Bahkan Baiq Mariah juga menjadi jemaah tertua di dunia dalam penyelenggaraan Haji 2017.Baca juga: Terdampak Kisruh Diplomatik, Jamaah Asal Qatar Sulit Tunaikan Ibadah Haji KabarPenumpang merangkum dari gulfnews.com (4/9/2017), Baiq Mariah berangkat dari kloter 10 embarkasi Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. Setibanya di Bandara Internasional King Abdul Aziz, Jeddah, Baiq Mariah disambut dengan meriah. Konsul Jenderal RI di Jeddah, Mohammad Hery Saripudin mengatakan, Mariah bisa melaksanakan ibadahnya dalam kondisi sehat dan sanggup melakukan ritual selama enam hari tanpa masalah.Selain itu, pendamping Baiq Mariah yakni Rahmi mengatakan, saat tiba di Jeddah, Mariah tidak mau menggunakan kursi roda. “Baiq Mariah menolak dan bilang mau jalan saja,” ujar Rahmi. Walaupun sudah tua dan usia lebih dari satu abad, Baiq Mariah tidak terlihat renta justru bersemangat menjalankan ibadah hajinya serta tak mau kalah dengan jemaah yang masih muda.“Selama latihan manasik haji sehat, menolak kursi roda dan sangat bersemangat pokoknya,” ujar Rahmi.Namun, sempat ada kekhawatiran karena saat tiba di bandara Jeddah, Baiq Mariah tidak mau terseyum sama sekali dan ingin kembali ke Lombok. Setelah diselidiki, hal tersebut terjadi ia kaget karena mendapat sambutan meriah, lain dari itu, Baiq Mariah masih belum sadar dirinya sudah tiba di Jeddah dan juga bisa dikarenakan sorotan media yang tertuju pada Baiq Mariah.“Orang kampung dan tidak pernah melakukan perjalanan jauh dan mendapatkan peliputan luar biasa pasti kaget lah. Karena mendapatkan apresiasi dan beberapa wawancara dilakukan oleh media sempat membuat nenek ini stress”, kata juru bicara Kementerian Agama Indonesia, Mastuki.Baca juga: Bus Shalawat, Angkutan Gratis Istimewa Untuk Jamaah Haji IndonesiaDiketahui, untuk melakukan haji rata-rata orang Indonesia sendiri harus menunggu selama enam tahun sebelum berangkat ke Mekkah. Haji tahun 2017 ini, dimulai tanggal 30 Agustus lalu dengan mengumpulkan lebih dari dua juta jemaah di kota Mina yang kemudian melakukan pendakian di Gunung Arafah dekat Mekkah pada 31 Agustus. Tanggal 1 September kemudian dilanjutkan dengan perayaan Iduh Adha di seluruh dunia.Pada perayaan ibadah haji kemarin, Pusat Komunikasi Internasional yang menjadi insiatif Kementerian Kebudayaan dan Informasi Arab Saudi memfasilitasi hubungan dengan media global dan memposting segala kegiatan melalui Twitter yang baru dibuat khusus untuk kedatangan Mariah dengan tulisan berbahasa Inggris dan Indonesia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Olsson leads Samford Intercollegiate after two rounds; UWF fourth

first_img Share Olsson fired a career-best-tyhing one-under-par 71 in the second round (photo by Jim Hogue) Olsson leads Samford Intercollegiate after two rounds; UWF fourth center_img    HOOVER, Ala. – After tying her career-best 18-hole score with a one-under-par 71 in the afternoon, West Florida women’s golfer Elin Olsson surged from a three-stroke deficit to take the individual lead at the Samford Intercollegiate Monday. The No. 13 Argonauts are just nine strokes off the team lead in fourth overall.Freshman Olsson (Mantorp, Sweden/Bildningscentrum Facetten) equaled her best career 36-hole score of two-over-par 146 after improving by four strokes from a first round 75. She overtook ULM’s Alison Knowles for the top spot on the leaderboard, who is two strokes back in second with 148 total (72-76) after she led by her own two-stroke cushion after the morning. The Argonauts came back big in the second round, combining for the day’s lowest single-round score of 303 to improve by 20 strokes from a first round 323. Their 626 total is within striking distance of leader and host Samford with 617 while Lamar (620) and Jacksonville State (624) complete the top three. Sophomore Camila Sevillano (Cali, Colombia/La Arboleda) made her own four-stroke comeback in the afternoon to also sit among the top-five individually, shooting 78-74 for a combined 152 to tie for fourth. Daisy-May Kenny (Purley, England/Woodcote HS) and Aimee Paterson (Sherfield on Loddon, England/Queen Mary’s) each improved six strokes between rounds to card 162 and 166, respectively, and tie for 22nd and 31st while Fanny Starzmann (Gothenburg, Sweden/Goteborgs Hogre Samskola) completed UWF tied for 41st with 173 total. The final round of the Samford Intercollegiate takes places tomorrow morning at 8:15 a.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# 1 Samford              308-309 – 617 +41 2 Lamar                316-304 – 620 +44 3 Jacksonville St.     316-308 – 624 +48 4 West Florida         323-303 – 626 +50 5 ULM                  309-318 – 627 +51 6 Tennessee Tech       335-317 – 652 +76 7 UAB                  338-322 – 660 +84 8 Alabama State        334-337 – 671 +95 9 Jackson State        343-334 – 677 +10110 Mobile               359-348 – 707 +13111 New Orleans          376-371 – 747 +171  1 Elin Olsson         75-71 – 146 +2 T4 Camila Sevillano    78-74 – 152 +8T22 Daisy-May Kenny     84-78 – 162 +18T31 Aimee Paterson      86-80 – 166 +22T41 Fanny Starzmann     88-85 – 173 +28 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Goal-machine Suarez on course for another landmarkLuis Suarez

first_imgcould become Barcelona’s highest scoring Uruguayan in Saturday’s La Liga match at Granada, having equaled in only two seasons what compatriot Ramon Alberto Villaverde Vazquez aggregated in his decade-long stint with the club.The 29-year-old’s brace against Espanyol in Barca’s 5-0 triumph last Sunday saw him reach 81 goals for the Catalans to equal the record of Villaverde Vazquez who had joined the club in 1954 and played 10 seasons, scoring 81 goals in 224 games.In only his second season at Barcelona, Suarez has struck 50 goals in all competitions this season to help the team remain in contention for a domestic double, overtaking his previous record of 49 for Ajax in the 2009-2010 campaign.“He is very intelligent,” Barca coach Luis Enrique said on the club website.“Sometimes relying too much on one player can hurt you, but if the team plays its game, Luis — who is lethal in the area — will have plenty of chances to score goals. It’s not just the goals, it’s the way the team plays that lets him score.”More goals are expected from Suarez, who has found the back of the net in four successive league games, netting 11 goals while setting up four more in that spell.last_img read more

Judge FIFA on actions, not speculation, says Infantino

first_imgFIFA’s new president Gianni Infantino appealed Thursday for the public to judge the scandal-plagued world football body on its actions and not on hasty conclusions and speculation.“Given the events of the last few years I can understand that the public view FIFA with scepticism,” Infantino said in an opinion piece published in German daily Neuen Zurcher Zeitung (NZZ).“However, from now on the focus should be on our actions and deeds, rather than on premature conclusions and speculation,” he said, according to the English version of the text provided by FIFA.The text can be seen as Infantino’s response to harsh criticism lobbed at him by the head of the world body’s independent audit committee, Domenico Scala, who quit in protest Saturday at what he called an attack on FIFA’s reforms, and by top reform advocate Mark Pieth, who charged he was using the same authoritarian tactics as those used by his disgraced predecessor Sepp Blatter.Scala quit over a measure that gave the FIFA Council control of the nomination of members of independent oversight bodies such as its ethics committee and audit and compliance committee.The measure was approved at last week’s congress in Mexico City, the first since Infantino replaced Blatter as president.But Infantino insisted Thursday the measure adopted in Mexico was only “short-term”, and “was necessary because in light of the new, advanced eligibility checks ahead of the Congress in Mexico, it was not possible to compile enough qualified candidates.”“Without this emergency measure no changes could have taken place until the next congress in May 2017. That is too long for reform to wait,” Infantino said.Pieth, a Swiss criminal law professor who has led reform drives at FIFA, charged Sunday that under Infantino, FIFA was “falling back to the worst times of Blatterism.”Pieth, who is close to Scala, also indicated that the FIFA boss pushed Scala to resign following a dispute over Infantino’s proposed salary.According to Pieth, who did not disclose his source for the information, Infantino was upset that FIFA’s remuneration committee determined his annual salary at 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) without the prospect of a bonus.“Our focus is on moving FIFA forwards. My salary should not be a central issue in this,” Infantino said.“From the start, I made clear that my salary will be a matter of public record and that it should be lower than the salaries of the previous FIFA president and Secretary General,” he said, vowing to “announce it as soon as it has been confirmed.”“In this instance too, the facts will speak for themselves, not speculation.”last_img read more

Indians set starting rotation for the ALDS; Bauer to start Game 1

first_img Ashley Bastock CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians have set their starting rotation for the ALDS.Trevor Bauer will start Game 1, while Corey Kluber will go in Game 2. Carlos Carrasco will pitch on the road in Game 3 on Sunday, while Josh Tomlin, as of right now, would go in Game 4. If there was a Game 5, the team would go back to Kluber.“We wanted to keep Kluber on his day, so that was the reason the 2, 5. Because it will be on his regular day,” Francona said.“I talked to Kluber about it in fact even a couple of weeks ago. I think on a number of reasons it makes good sense. … the biggest thing was keeping him on his five day. That was really important to Kluber, and that was really the only way to do it. Now again, you don’t want to put the cart ahead of the horse, but if you’re fortunate enough to win in four, you have your ace ready for the next series.”Yesterday, Kluber was named the American League pitcher of the month for the third time this season, after posting a 5-0 record and 0.84 ERA in the month of September. The final month of the regular season likely put the finishing touches on his Cy Young campaign.As for right now, both Tomlin and Bauer could see time in the bullpen as well during the first series.“Now saying that, because we’re a little creative with our roster, Tomlin will be available in the bullpen the first couple of games, so Game 4 could change,” Francona said. “And then Trevor will be available later in the series whether it be a start or bullpen. We’re trying to get as much flexibility as we can.”Francona also said that the chances of any starter other than Kluber going deep into the game are not very good, because the team will want to get to the bullpen regardless of whether or not they are winning or losing. Related Topics2017 ALDSCarlos CarrascoCleveland IndiansCorey KluberJosh TomlinTrevor Bauercenter_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

DEC Food Recalls Confirmed Over the Weekend

first_imgThe Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix has been voluntarily recalled by Continental Mills due to potential E. Coli contamination in the flour used in the mix. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享DEC Food Safety and Sanitation Program has officially stated the confirmation of two distributed products in Alaska. If you suspect a foodborne illness, click here or if you need information on what to look for or how to recall food, click here. To see more food recalls, visit the FDA’s website here. Also confirmed is the Kroger Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream recall. The Kroger Co. did not report on the product that it may contain peanuts.center_img For more information on recalls in Alaska, visit http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/fss/recallsalerts.html. No illnesses have been reported for either recall.last_img read more

Obic, Fujitsu to clash in Japan X Bowl

first_imgMeanwhile, the Frontiers (8-0) have a high-scoring offense led by three running backs: Yusuke Shinshi (54 carries for 481 yards and six TDs), Geno Gordon (46 carries for 448 yards and nine TDs), and Keita Takanohashi (46 carries for 439 yards and nine TDs). They scored 49.1 points per game this season, including the playoffs.The Frontiers have yet to capture the national championship, but they are the only team to beat the Seagulls in four years. Actually the Frontiers did it twice — in 2010 and last May, both in the semifinals of the Pearl Bowl Tournament. The Seagulls, however, defeated the Frontiers four times during that span, including the 2012 Pearl Bowl Final and the Japan X Bowl in 2011.The winner of the game plays the collegiate champion for the overall national championship in the Rice Bowl on Jan. 3 at Tokyo Dome. Nihon University fights Kwansei Gakuin University for the collegiate title in the Koshien Bowl on Sunday. The three-time defending champion Obic Seagulls seek an unprecedented fourth consecutive X League title while the Fujitsu Frontiers look for their first championship as the Japan X Bowl takes place on Monday at Tokyo Dome.The Seagulls, who have won a record seven X League titles, dominated physically on both sides of the ball in the regular season and in the playoffs to remain undefeated. Receiver Noriaki Kinoshita led the Central Division with 34 catches and gained 640 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, defensive end Kevin Jackson provides the speedy pass rush to give quarterbacks constant pressure. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Applying pressure: Obic defensive end Kevin Jackson is a key standout for the X League powerhouse team. | HIROSHI IKEZAWA RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS Fujitsu Frontiers, Obic Seagulls, Japan X Bowl Workhorse: Fujitsu running back Yusuke Shinshi leads the team in carries (54) and rushing yards (481). | HIROSHI IKEZAWA IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Skyler Howard leads Seagulls past Frontiers into Pearl Bowl semifinals

first_imgKAWASAKI – Skyler Howard threw two touchdown passes and set up another score to guide the Obic Seagulls to a 21-6 victory over the reigning national champion Fujitsu Frontiers on Sunday at Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki.The Seagulls finished the Pearl Bowl Tournament group stage with a 2-0 record and advanced to the semifinals, where they will face the Lixil Deers on June 10. Obic quarterback Skyler Howard throws a touchdown pass in the Seagulls’ 21-6 win over the Fujitsu Frontiers on Sunday at Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki. | HIROSHI IKEZAWA KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Howard, a former West Virginia quarterback, hit Taro Mizuno with a 55-yard pass in the third play of the game, setting up a 14-yard scoring run by Taku Ri the following play.Early in the second quarter, Howard connected with Noriaki Kinoshita with a 53-yard perfect touchdown toss.“It was a great route. I told (Kinoshita) just to win in the route,” Howard said. “He is a great wide receiver. He won and scored.”Howard added another scoring pass, a 25-yarder to Takahiro Nozaki, in the second quarter but had none in the second half, which saw no scores from either side.“We were good in the first half, but kind of stalled, slowed down in the second half. We really work on second-half adjustment and make those adjustments next week,” Howard said. “It was the opposite last week. We did better in the second half than the first half in the last game. So if we put a complete game together and we have good first half and second half, we’ll be OK.”The Frontiers, who lost quarterback Colby Cameron and running back Gino Gordon to retirement after last season, struggled offensively and failed to score a touchdown.“We have new players this spring and it is significant for us to take a step forward by beating our rival Fujitsu,” said the Seagulls’ third-year head coach Naoki Kosho. “Our receivers have adjusted to Howard’s passing. We want to show an even better version of the Seagulls against the Deers.”Asked about the Nihon University violent tackle scandal, Kosho said he told the players to win back fans by showing them a good game.“There might be fans who are coming to watch a football game for the first time,” he said. “We want them to love the game. We have a lot of things to say about this issue, but we will let our play speak for itself.”In the other game on Sunday, former Boise State quarterback Jimmy Laughrea threw a 26-yard touchdown pass in his debut in Japan to help the Nojima Sagamihara Rise defeat the Asahi Beer Silver Star 30-10. The Rise take on the IBM BigBlue on June 10 in the other semifinal game. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Fujitsu Frontiers, Pearl Bowl, Obic Seagulls last_img read more

High school basketball: Tuesday night is Jeremiah Williams Night at Bossier

first_imgFormer Bossier High head boys basketball coach Jeremiah Williams will be honored Tuesday on Jeremiah Williams Night during the Bearkats’ game against Northwood.In nine seasons, Williams’ teams won two Class 4A state championships and finished as state runner-up three times. Bossier won state titles in 2011 and 2016. The Bearkats were runners-up in 4A in 2009 and 2010 and in 3A in 2012.Bossier also reached the 3A semifinals in 2013 and 2014.Williams stepped down to become an assistant principal at Elm Grove Middle School.The Bossier-Northwood girls game at E.L. Reding Memorial Gym starts at 6 with the boys following at 7:30.— Staff Reports, newsroom@bossierpress.comPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Healthy turnout for the Chamber Coffee

first_imgSchool Board Member Faye Heatherly (left) visits with Senator Ken Yager (right) at Thursday’s Chamber Coffee.LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – “We need more chairs,” said Tommie Ayers, hostess for Thursday’s December Chamber Coffee sponsored by Senator Ken Yager.It was a very good turnout for the Chamber Coffee Yager annually hosts held at Hack’s Red Barn.   Ayers stepped out on the back porch to bring in more chairs.Faye Heatherly (left) talks with Tommie Ayers (right) at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce “December Coffee.”(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2019-9AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The legendary player is coming up with a strategy to overthrow…

first_imgMadrid: Finally, Barcelona officially sacked coach Quick Setin. They also issued a statement clarifying the matter. Cetian was sent off in the Champions League quarter-finals after suffering a humiliating 8-2 defeat to German champions Bayern Munich. But that has now been officially confirmed. Quique Setién no longer first team coach.The new coach will be announced in the coming days as part of a wide ranging restructuring of the first team.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2020It is almost certain that the current Dutch coach and legendary Barcelona star Ronald Koeman will be the new coach of Barcelona following the departure of Cetian. According to reports, official confirmation is yet to come. Koman has resigned as Holland coach and will return to Nou Camp next week. The report also states that the Common Club will offer a one – year contract.The names of former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino and former legendary midfielder Xavi were also heard along with Coma. But reports from People say that’s just what’s happening.Sources close to Barcelona have revealed that with the arrival of the new coach, there will be changes throughout the club. Fans are also watching to see if Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez will be in the squad.last_img read more

Washington makes cuts to athletic budget

first_img Associated Press Television News Washington is reducing its overall athletic department operating budget by 15% for the 2020-21 fiscal year and all the school’s head coaches have agreed to minimum 5% pay reductions.Athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the moves Friday and said they will save the school around $13 million. She reiterated that the school intends to continue offering all 22 of its athletic programs.“Like most organizations this pandemic has taken a real financial toll on our athletic department. We’ve done everything we could over the last few months to manage the cost-saving efforts as best as possible,” Cohen said. “As we look to the upcoming year we see challenges ahead, and we know that we need to implement additional mitigation strategies. And so these actions we’re taking in salary reductions and operating expense reductions, they’re painful, but they are absolutely necessary for us to have a collective path forward as an athletic department, not just for this year but for years to come.”The overall operating budget reduction will save approximately $8.5 million. The school says an additional $5 million will be saved through cuts to the salaries of head coaches, assistant coaches (minimum 3%) along with two-to-four week furloughs for all professional, classified and union staff members, totaling 156 employees.Cohen is also taking a 5% pay reduction.All current vacant positions in the department will remain open until June 30, 2021, and any mid-year vacancies in noncritical positions will stay open for a minimum of three months.It’s uncertain whether these will be all the cuts needed with the unknowns around the college football season and what kind of revenue losses the Huskies might face if games are played without fans. During a Board of Trustees meeting in May, Cohen said the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on the Huskies’ budget ranges from “kind of manageable to devastating.”Along with the pay cuts, Cohen, head football coach Jimmy Lake and head basketball coach Mike Hopkins have waived all incentives for the upcoming fiscal year.Lake and Hopkins have also committed $100,000 each to the addition of a senior-level diversity and inclusion staff position to be filled by the end of the summer. Cohen has made a $50,000 gift to the department’s Competitive Edge Fund that supports overall development of athletes, including metal health and academic development.(Representative Image) First Published: 27th June, 2020 11:10 IST Last Updated: 27th June, 2020 11:10 IST Washington Makes Cuts To Athletic Budget Washington is reducing its overall athletic department operating budget by 15% for the 2020-21 fiscal year and all the school’s head coaches have agreed to minimum 5% pay reductions. Written By COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

International Friendly Review: Wales, Algeria Secure Big Wins; Bale Breaks Record

first_imgWales and Algeria were the biggest winners on Thursday following the set of international friendly matches played in various centres across the world.Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale inspired his Welsh side to a big win as he scored a hattrick to lead the team to the 6-0 thumping of China thus breaking Ian Rush’s goalscoring record with 29 goals while Carl Medjani was on target for Algeria in a 4-1 win over fellow African side Tanzania.In the pick of the other friendlies, Denmark defeated 10-man Panama 1-0 courtesy a 69th minute strike from Celta Vigo midfielder Pione Sisto.International Friendly Results:Slovakia 2-1 U.A.EThailand 0-0 Gabon (Thailand win 4-2 on penalties)Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Burkina FasoChina 0-6 WalesMacau 0-1 MauritiusDenmark 1-0 PanamaMalta 0-1 LuxembourgFaroe Islands 1-1 LatviaBahrain 0-0 PalestinePhilippines 3-2 FijiMalaysia 2-2 MongoliaRelatedlast_img read more

Prosecutor: No evidence of any foul play in Bourdain death

first_imgPARIS | There’s no evidence of foul play or violence in celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s death in a French hotel room, a French prosecutor said Saturday.The famed cook, writer and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” killed himself Friday in a luxury hotel in the ancient village of Kaysersberg, Christian de Rocquigny, the prosecutor of Colmar in France’s eastern Alsace region, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.Rocquigny said there did not appear to be much planning in the television personality’s suicide. Flowers are left at a make shift memorial for Anthony Bourdain outside the building that once housed Le Halles restaurant on John Street, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead Friday in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. He was 61. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) This handout image taken on Monday June 4, 2018, and released by Jean-David Schroeder on Friday June 8, 2018, shows Julien Schroeder, center, the chef of the Petite Venise restaurant in Colmar, eastern France, posing with his wife Virginie Schroeder, center right, Eric Ripert, 2nd left, and Anthony Bourdain, right. A prosecutor in France says Anthony Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kaysersberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved in the death Friday of the American celebrity chef and food writer. (Jean-David Schroeder via AP) “There is no element that makes us suspect that someone came into the room at any moment,” he said, adding that a medical expert had concluded that there were no signs of violence on Bourdain’s body.Rocquigny said toxicology tests were being carried on Bourdain’s body, including urine tests, to see if the 61-year-old American took any medications or other drugs, in an effort to help his family understand if anything led him to kill himself.Olivier Nasti, the chef and owner of Le Chambard, the luxury hotel in Kaysersberg where Bourdain took his life, paid tribute to his colleague Saturday.“It is with great respect for the leader, the author, the TV entertainer, the visionary Anthony Bourdain that I express all my condolences to his family and to the anonymous people around the world who he made dream so much,” Nasti said in a statement Saturday.“It is the whole family of French gastronomy that joins me, to renew our deep friendship to our bereaved American brothers,” he added. FILE – This Dec. 19, 2001 file photo shows Anthony Bourdain, the owner and chef of Les Halles restaurant, sitting at one of the tables in New York. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper,File) A general view of the Le Chambard hotel where TV chef Anthony Bourdain was found, in Kaysersberg, France, Friday, June 8, 2018. A prosecutor in France says Anthony Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kaysersberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved in the death Friday of the American celebrity chef and food writer. (AP Photo/Jeff Schaeffer)center_img A general view of the Le Chambard hotel where TV chef Anthony Bourdain was found, in Kaysersberg, France, Friday, June 8, 2018. A prosecutor in France says Anthony Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kaysersberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved in the death Friday of the American celebrity chef and food writer. (AP Photo/Jeff Schaeffer) FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, Anthony Bourdain, winner of the award for outstanding informational series or special for “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” poses with his trophy in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 1 of 7 A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a make shift memorial outside the building that once housed Le Halles restaurant on Park Avenue, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead Friday in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. He was 61. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)last_img read more

Galway GAA Results

first_imgOcean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging U12 hurling Group 2Michael Cusacks 3-5 Gort 2-3Portumna 2-14 Ardrahan 1-4 Ocean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging Under 12 Group 1Turloughmore 6-6 Castlegar 3-5 Ocean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging Under 12 Hurling Group 3Tommy Larkins 6-7 Killimordaly 4-1Rahoon-Newcastle 6-6 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-8 Ocean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging Under 12 Hurling Group 4Skehana-Mountbellew/Moylough 12-8 Ballinderreen 0-1Pádraig Pearses 4-9 Ballygar 2-6Bearna-Na Forbacha 5-4 Annaghdown 0-1 Ocean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging Under 12 Hurling Group 7Castlegar 5-5 Turloughmore 4-2 Bon Secours Division 1 Football LeagueMilltown 0-11 Caherlistrane 0-11 Bon Secours Division 2 Football LeagueSt. James 3-15 Moycullen 2-17Cortoon Shamrocks 3-22 Oranmore-Maree 2-15 Bon Secours Division 3 Football LeagueNaomh Anna, Leitir Mór 1-15 Corofin 1-10 Bon Secours Division 4 Football LeagueGlenamaddy 3-17 St Brendan’s 3-10Clifden 5-12 Renvyle 0-7Williamstown 1-17 Mountbellew/Moylough 0-11 Kevin Burke Tyres Division 2 Hurling LeagueBallinderreen 4-21 St Mary’s GAA Athenry 2-23Beagh 0-19 Ardrahan 1-13 Ocean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging U12 Hurling Group 5Killimor 1-12 Abbeyknockmoy 1-2 Wers Waste U-15 Division 1 NorthOranmore-Maree 3-15 Monivea-Abbey 1-10Claregalway 1-13 Corofin 1-8 Wers Waste U-15 Division 2 NDunmore MacHales W/O St. Gabriels – Claregalway 7-8 Annaghdown 1-3 Wers Waste U-15 Division 2 WestOughterard 3-9 St Michael’s 3-6 Wers Waste U-15 Division 3 ASalthill-Knocknacarra 6-8 Mountbellew/Moylough 4-11 Wers Waste U-15 Division 3 BCaltra 7-18 Kilkerrin-Clonberne 5-9 Ocean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging Under 12 Hurling Group 8St Mary’s GAA Athenry 8-5 Oranmore-Maree 0-3 Wers Waste U-12 League Finals(Group 2 B League Final), Claregalway 1-9 Oranmore-Maree 2-4 Division 5 League (North)Caherlistrane 1-16 Kilkerrin-Clonberne 1-5Corofin W/O Milltown – St Mary’s GAA Athenry 2-12 Headford 1-8 Division 7 League (North)Cortoon Shamrocks W/O St Brendan’s –print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Turloughmore 3-20 Sarsfields 0-14St Thomas 3-17 Gort 2-20 KevinBurke Tyres Division 1 Hurling Leaguelast_img read more

FIFA presidency candidate Salman hits out at ‘nasty lies’

first_imgBy Patrick JohnstonFIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has dismissed accusations of human rights abuses during his time as Bahrain Football Association head as nasty lies, in comments to the BBC on Tuesday.Salman, head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), submitted his papers on Monday to stand in FIFA’s February 26 election to decide upon a new leader of the world governing body, engulfed in a corruption crisis.But Salman’s declaration came amid an outcry from human rights groups who say that he, as head of the Bahrain Football Association and member of Bahrain’s royal family, had local football players arrested, detained, abused, tortured and publicly humiliated during democracy protests in February 2011.Bahrain was swept by protests during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in which the Shi’ite majority demanded political reforms from the Sunni Muslim ruling family.Salman faced the same accusations prior to his election as AFC president in 2013. He reiterated his previous position on Tuesday that he was innocent.“These are false, nasty lies that have been repeated again and again in the past and the present,” he told BBC Sport, accusing some people of having an “agenda” in making the allegations.“I cannot deny something that I haven’t done,” he said. “It’s not just damaging me, it’s damaging the people and the country.”The Bahraini, who is closely allied with Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in international sports politics and a key figure in the Olympic movement, is one of eight candidates to head FIFA.The 49-year-old Manchester United supporter initially backed Sepp Blatter before throwing his support behind UEFA President Michel Platini to succeed him as FIFA president. Both were suspended for 90 days this month pending a full investigation by FIFA’s Ethics Committee. Both deny any wrongdoing.Salman, expected to be able to call upon the bulk of support among the 47 members in the Asian confederation, said he was the man to fix FIFA, which has been reeling since May when the United States indicted several FIFA officials for bribery, money laundering and wire fraud.Swiss authorities are also investigating the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.“With the support I’m going to get, we’re going to turn it around very quick,” Salman said.last_img read more

Man fined for threatening to kill mother of his alleged child

first_imgA man who threatened to kill a woman after finding out that the child he thought he fathered with her turned out not to be his, was on Friday brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Augustus Liken admitted to Magistrate Leron Daly that he used threatening language towards Kewana Barker on October 12, 2017 in Georgetown.According to the man, the Virtual Complainant (VC) bore a child who he thought he fathered.However, only recently was the truth revealed to him which caused him to become enraged.As such, he and the VC were involved in a bitter argument and he threatened to kill her. The matter was reported to the Police and the accused was charged.Magistrate Daly fined him ,000 or a default of two weeks imprisonment.last_img read more

Iwobi: I nearly signed for West Ham

first_img0Shares0000Hammer time: Iwobi has revealed he could’ve joined West Ham. PHOTO/MIRRORArsenal forward Alex Iwobi nearly joined Premier League rivals West Ham as a youth, the Nigerian international has revealed.The 20-year-old nephew of former Super Eagles star Jay-Jay Okocha broke into Arsenal’s first team last season and has become a valued member of the squad so far this term. Although Iwobi has been on the books of Arsenal since he was nine years old, during his primary school days he did have the opportunity to sign for the Irons.“There were a lot of good players at my school, like my Arsenal team-mate Chuba Akpom,” Iwobi told Match of the Day magazine.“Everyone loved football at my first primary school.“[But I was scouted] playing for my local Sunday league team, Rippleway.“My dad heard that a scout was there to watch me and Chuba – we were just playing and didn’t think anything of it.“Arsenal and West Ham were interested in me and Chuba [Akpom], so we were training with both clubs for three years, because we were scouted at six and you can’t sign until you ’re nine.“I decided to sign for Arsenal because I supported them back then and I always saw them as the bigger club – no disrespect to West Ham.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Crystal Palace and Leicester go head-to-head for Inter Milan outcast

first_img1 Zdravko Kuzmanovic Leicester and Crystal Palace are both plotting to bring Inter Milan misfit Zdravko Kuzmanovic to the Premier League.According to sources in Italy, the English duo have identified the 26-year-old Serb as a potential recruit and both have made offers for him.Kuzmanovic, who joined Inter from Stuttgart in January 2013, has started just 21 Serie A games in the past 18 months and looks set to leave.It has been reported the 26-year-old midfielder will arrange a meeting with Inter chiefs this week to discuss his future before deciding on his next move.Both Leicester and Palace are expected to remain busy in the transfer market right up until the close of the window.last_img read more

Datebook

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles THURSDAY Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addresses the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization, 7:30 p.m., Pacific Lodge Boys Home, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 346-5842. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TUESDAY Tarzana Neighborhood Council meeting, 7 p.m., Wilbur Avenue School, 5213 Crebs Ave., Tarzana. Call (818) 345-1966. WEDNESDAY Israel Emergency Rally, 7 p.m., Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd. Woodland Hills. last_img read more

LAUSD reform measure likely faces day in court

first_imgRomer also sent a letter Wednesday to LAUSD employees, saying the district will ask the courts to “clarify” the bill’s constitutionality. “Numerous stakeholders have requested that we seek this constitutional clarification immediately,” he wrote. The state legislative counsel, the city’s legislative analyst and LAUSD attorneys all have questioned the constitutionality of the bill, especially whether it’s legal to transfer authority over educational functions currently performed by a school district to the mayor of a charter city. The mayor’s chief legal counsel maintains that the legislation is airtight. LAUSD chief counsel Kevin Reed said he’s already heard from other groups saying they plan to challenge AB 1381, giving the district the option of joining with other plaintiffs. “Organizations in the state independent of L.A. Unified are likely to file litigation,” he said. “If that litigation is going to be filed, we think L.A. Unified needs to be there. It’s not that we’re unwilling to cooperate with the mayor, but these are issues that really have to be resolved.” The California School Boards Association, one of the powerful opponents to the legislation, believes there is little doubt the bill is unconstitutional. “The state constitution is quite clear on the matter of school governance,” said Scott P. Plotkin, executive director of CSBA, “and we anticipate litigation will be forthcoming to prevent this wrong-headed, poorly drafted bill from becoming law.” Reed said they are focusing on violations of the City Charter and the state constitution. But he also questioned whether African-Americans would be underrepresented on the Council of Mayors, which will have the authority to hire and fire the superintendent. Janelle Erickson, spokeswoman for the mayor, called the question “divisive and inflammatory,” saying there will be two African-Americans on the Council of Mayors while there is only one on the school board. “The representation of all communities, including the African-American community, will increase under Mayor Villaraigosa’s reforms,” she said. “It’s disappointing that the district is obstructing reform by using faulty and divisive argum ents. “We need to work together as one city to turn our schools around to give our children the education they deserve.” Former LAUSD Superintendent Ray Cortines, the mayor’s recently appointed education deputy, said he and Villaraigosa hope to meet soon with the school board to begin planning the transition. The mayor and his staff will also begin reviewing models for the three clusters of low-performing schools that the mayor will oversee. The passage of AB 1381 was hard fought, with Villaraigosa and LAUSD officials traveling frequently to Sacramento in their efforts to sway legislators. The bill was passed by the Senate late last week and by the Assembly late Tuesday – both by narrow margins. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised to sign the bill into law. Villaraigosa was in the Capitol for the Assembly vote, but was back early Wednesday for the rally in South Los Angeles, where he pleaded for unity in changing the governance structure of the nation’s second-largest school district. The attempt at collaboration is key especially since the district is in the process of finding a successor for Romer, who has announced he plans to retire this fall. Villaraigosa has warned the school board that he would fire a superintendent who did not share his vision for the school district. While Villaraigosa underscored Wednesday that his efforts are backed by a coalition of supporters from the community, district officials questioned his claim that he had the “will of the people.” And the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, the only business organization to vocally oppose Assembly Bill 1381, continued to express skepticism that the bill will improve the quality of education and efficiency at LAUSD. Its leaders reiterated Wednesday that they support reform, but disagreed with provisions of AB 1381. “We are not opposed to mayoral control; we just don’t think this bill goes far enough and what we may end up with is a more complicated system,” VICA Chairman Bob Scott said. “On the plus side, it should improve the political balance and may allow a handful of schools to be rescued. VICA will continue to push for additional reforms, many of which may complement the mayor’s efforts.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesDistrict officials responded that they’ve always wanted to have a dialogue with the mayor, but have never found him receptive. Superintendent Roy Romer and school board President Marlene Canter both said the board feels duty-bound to file suit to determine whether AB 1381 complies with provisions of the state constitution. “We intend to cooperate in making this bill work, but we have to know if it’s constitutional,” Romer said. “It would be a mistake to go down a path of implementation and halfway down the path realize it’s unconstitutional. “The battle is over in the Legislature. We simply need to know, is it legal or is it not?” The school board has scheduled an executive session for Tuesday to discuss filing suit challenging the measure. As Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated the victory of his legislation to reform the LAUSD and urged the district to work with him, school officials from Los Angeles and around the state vowed Wednesday to challenge the plan in court. With provisions of Assembly Bill 1381 set to take effect Jan. 1, the mayor hopes to prevent any delays as he lays the groundwork for shifting power from the elected school board to the appointed superintendent and carving out a larger role for himself. “I’m asking you to join our Los Angeles partnership,” Villaraigosa said at a morning rally in South L.A. “I’m asking you to reconsider your opposition to change. I’m asking you to come along with us on this historic journey. “Let’s show together what’s possible when an entire community unites on behalf of its children. Let’s join together in the classroom instead of joining battle in the courtroom. Let’s respect the Legislature’s mandate and the will of the people.” last_img read more

Free therapy helps families cope

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsOffering counseling at a place where many are accustomed to visiting for fun or learning seemed natural. “The community has embraced the (center), and it has become more than a place where the kids go,” said Rick Gould, director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. “Community counseling is just another service that helps (them) with issues they may be facing.” People can seek help with depression, alcoholism, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse and anger-management issues. Gonzalez Leal dispenses counseling in 50-minute doses to individuals, couples and families. She schedules clients 15 hours a week Monday through Thursday, but she often works longer. Parents’ biggest complaints revolve around children’s use of drugs – marijuana, alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, inhalants. Some teens affiliated with gangs are looking for a way out. NEWHALL – Some find it hard to seek help for family problems. Hard can get harder when cultural norms frown on seeking aid and a language barrier gets in the way. Discretely tucked amid the boxing gym, Ballet Folklorico and after-school classes in the Newhall Community Center is an office where no-cost therapy is offered to low-income families and individuals in turmoil. “(For) the majority of parents I see, I am their first contact to mental-health services,” said counselor Cynthia Gonzalez Leal, 51. “It’s not like therapeutic services used for developmental growth; they are in crisis, and the (service) is a necessity for them.” About 4,000 men, women and children participate in programs at the $10million complex, which opened in January. The center’s programs include boxing for ages 10 and up, a toy-lending library, teen groups, a dance regimen that teaches regional native dances of Mexico, after-school tutoring, crafts, games and computer time. Sometimes a center staff member sees a youth acting oddly and tips her off. Gonzalez Leal often calls the parents, and adults receiving therapy sometimes refer their children. “These people that come in are very courageous and brave to share their family history and secrets,” she said. She said Latino culture teaches them “you leave it at home, basically it’s a family issue, a family matter, and it’s supposed to stay that way. I’m familiar with the dynamics of my culture.” She’s also with the language. Often, she translates a child’s English into Spanish for parents. Sometimes youths are not fluent in Spanish, and she bridges their language and communication gap with parents. When problems exceed her scope, Gonzalez Leal refers clients to Action, a parent and teen support group; to the Domestic Violence Center; or to the county’s Department of Health Services, for a psychological evaluation and possibly medication. One woman who talked to Gonzalez Leal had contemplated killing herself. The woman was counseled, then referred to the county for help. Gonzalez Leal monitors the woman’s progress and said she is improving. “The sadness, the depression is still present; it just doesn’t debilitate her like it did in the past,” she said. A Canyon Country resident, Gonzalez Leal worked at the Child and Family Center as a case manager and outpatient coordinator for more than eight years while earning a master’s degree in a program tailored to treating Latino families. Gonzalez Leal has logged about one-third of the 3,000 hours needed to obtain her license. Her intern work at the center is supervised by Beth Jenkins, a licensed clinical social worker who is a medical psychiatric social worker at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Palmdale. The two meet weekly for an hour or two, confidentially reviewing the cases. Jenkins said Gonzalez Leal excels at sizing up problems and providing solutions. “She understands that receiving mental-health services is not always comfortable for Latino people,” Jenkins said. “She encourages them to use her services in whatever way allows them to get the most help, while maintaining their sense of privacy for their own and their families’ lives.” Gonzalez Leal said she hopes to continue working at the center after she is licensed. Family experiences fuel her passion. “When my mother would go to the doctor, (she) had a history of depression, and there was no one there – no bilingual professional to help her out,” Gonzalez Leal said. “I saw the need to have someone communicate with your own language.” Seed money for the counseling service, generated by a Valencia Auto Spa fundraiser, has run out. Donations are now footing the bill, city officials said. For further information or to make a contribution, call Community Services administrator Hope Horner at (661) 286-4006. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic makes transfer admission which will excite fans

first_img1 Slaven Bilic: The Croatian boss hopes to make additions to West Ham’s squad soon West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he is ‘pretty close’ to adding to his squad.The Hammers have been linked with a move for England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is out of favour at Manchester City and spent last season on loan with Torino.They are understood to have had a £20million bid for Stoke winger Marko Arnautovic turned down, and have reportedly dropped their interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.Nevertheless Bilic, who has so far brought in full-back Pablo Zabaleta from City, told the club’s official website: “We are pretty close, but I prefer not to talk transfers, I prefer to work transfers.“Make no mistake, we are working hard every day, but it is not easy. Some clubs, like Everton, are signing a lot of players, some are signing a couple of players, and some haven’t signed any.“But that doesn’t mean they are not trying. I’m sure everybody is working, and everybody is trying to sign players.“What we want is to bring in the quality that is going to improve our first XI. We have Pablo Zabaleta and I am really expecting to add a couple more soon.”Bilic is desperate to sign a forward after injuries to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho meant West Ham ended last season with on-loan Jonathan Calleri, who scored one deflected goal in 19 appearances, playing in attack.“Everybody is talking about a striker, but it is very hard to find them,” added Bilic.“We are working on it, but we are not going to get someone that we are not sure about – especially as we are not looking at bringing them in to be just in or around the squad, or expect them to come good in a couple of years.“We want someone to come in, put the jersey on, and play. And we are going to do it. We are working very hard, especially the chairman, but we are going to get someone that we really want.”last_img read more

Giant ice shelf breaks off

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years,” Vincent said. “We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead.” The ice shelf was one of six major shelves remaining in Canada’s Arctic. They are packed with ancient ice that is more than 3,000 years old. They float on the sea but are connected to land. Some scientists say it is the largest event of its kind in Canada in 30 years and that climate change was a major element. “It is consistent with climate change,” Vincent said, adding that the remaining ice shelves are 90 percent smaller than when they were first discovered in 1906. Laurie Weir, who monitors ice conditions for the Canadian Ice Service, was poring over satellite images in 2005 when she noticed that the shelf had split and separated. TORONTO – A giant ice shelf has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a “major” reason for the event. The Ayles Ice Shelf – all 41 square miles of it – broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 500 miles south of the North Pole in the Canadian Arctic. Scientists discovered the event by using satellite imagery. Within one hour of breaking free, the shelf had formed as a new ice island, leaving a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake. Warwick Vincent of Laval University, who studies Arctic conditions, traveled to the newly formed ice island and couldn’t believe what he saw. Weir notified Luke Copland, head of the new global ice lab at the University of Ottawa, who initiated an effort to find out what happened. Using U.S. and Canadian satellite images, as well as seismic data – the event registered on earthquake monitors 155 miles away – Copland discovered that the ice shelf collapsed in the early afternoon of Aug. 13, 2005. Copland said the speed with which climate change has effected the ice shelves has surprised scientists. “Even 10 years ago scientists assumed that when global warming changes occur that it would happen gradually so that perhaps we expected these ice shelves just to melt away quite slowly,” he said. Derek Mueller, a polar researcher with Vincent’s team, said the ice shelves get weaker and weaker as temperatures rise. “Over the next few years this ice island could drift into populated shipping routes,” Weir said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

David Beckham among stars to feature in United’s 1999 treble anniversary game

first_img BEST OF RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED REVEALED 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice MONEY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade They will be joined by former Sweden midfielder Jesper Blomqvist.Sir Alex Ferguson will manage the squad and the announcement of the strikers will be made in the coming weeks.Funds raised from the match will go towards Manchester United Foundation’s work with young people across Greater Manchester. David Beckham and Paul Scholes will be part of the Manchester United squad for their treble reunion match in May.Legends from that 1998/99 treble winning team will take on Bayern Legends exactly 20 years since they won the Champions League at the Nou Camp. Nicky Butt told manutd.com: “We’re all really looking forward to coming back together again and playing this match for the foundation, which is a really good cause.“Hopefully we’ll bring back some really good memories and everyone will really enjoy it.” The defence had already been announced with Gary and Phil Neville being joined by Jaap Stam and Denis Irwin.Peter Schmeichel will once again be back in goal.‘Class of ’92’ midfielders Beckham, Nicky Butt and Scholes will appear in the match on May 26. David Beckham will play in the anniversary match Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Manchester United players after winning the Champions League in 1999 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow last_img read more

Albion Rovers earn Hoops tie after win over Queen of the South

first_imgRovers played at Hamilton’s New Douglas Park when they defeated Premiership Motherwell 1-0 in November 2013. The Scottish champions last faced Rovers in 1976 but haven’t played the Hoops in the Scottish Cup since a 5-0 loss in 1972. Albion Rovers earned a Scottish Cup fourth round tie with Celtic after beating Queen of the South 2-1. Mick Dunlop put the Coatbridge side ahead before Jamie Hamill netted an equaliser for the Scottish Championship outfit. Ryan Wallace was sent off for Darren Young’s men but that didn’t stop them finding a winner through Calum Ferguson. The tie, due to be played on January 21 or 22, could now be moved from Cliftonhill to another ground. last_img read more

WCU Students Participate in Peaceful Protest after recent events in Charlotte

first_imgBy O’Shay MasseyOver 100 students gathered at the center of campus at Western Carolina University Friday afternoon. Students silently protested with hand made signs and tape over their mouths, in honor of the recent death of Keith Scott in Charlotte earlier this week.The protest was organized by students of WCU’s Black Student Union (BSU), an organization on campus that provides an intellectual, cultural, and social environment for students and community members who advocate for black students on and off campus.Tenae Turner, Secretary of BSU, explained why students decided to protest. “There was a lot of talk on twitter, students felt like we should be doing something… students expressed their want and need for a protest or demonstration to show that we care about what’s going on,” Turner said.Students sat at the fountain for over 2 hours in 87-degree weather. “Were going to stay out here for a while, as long as they want to really,” Turner stated while handing out water bottles to students. In order to prevent any heat related health problems, Intercultural Affairs Office donated water for the protestors involved.Protestor Imani Stewart, a junior at WCU, said she thought the protest was very successful. “Our motive was to bring awareness to the recent murder that happened in charlotte and to highlight all the incidents with police and black men that have happened recently,” Stewart stated.“About 200 black people have been killed this year alone. That’s almost the equivalent of the people sitting here at this fountain right now!” Tenae yelled over the protestors as she started the silent protest. “We will sit in silence for them,” she said. Each person who wanted to participate in the silent protest was invited to wear a name tag of an African American person who has been killed by police in the year 2016.Text messages and social media post spread around the university earlier this week instructing student to dress in all black and attend the peaceful silent protest.  WCU administrators and University Police attended the protest as well to insure the safety of all students.Kevin Koett, Dean of Students, posted on Facebook after the protest, “I encourage you to look at the events of today as a model for bringing people together to unite with, support, and/or challenge one another in a productive manner!” During the protest Koett hosted dialogues between students after conversation about ‘black lives matter’ became intense.Students of BSU said the next thing that they will be doing is starting a chapter of the NCAAP at WCU. If people would like to be a part of the chapter they are more than welcome to fill out a membership form in the Intercultural Affairs Office at WCU.last_img read more

Lean In – Love In

first_imgTo see more HR news and blogs on shrm.org, please click here. Over the past several months, it has been my great pleasure to get to know SHRM members and others through a series of conversations around Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. This effort began in March when I posted on SHRM’s LinkedIn page to ask for volunteers to take part in a kind of virtual book club. More than 75 people responded.Sandberg had been slated to keynote the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition next month, but she withdrew in the wake of the recent loss of her husband Dave Goldberg. Now more than ever, I want to share the many perspectives I’ve collected about Lean In as a way of showing how important and inspirational it has been to so many—and to thank Sheryl Sandberg for writing about her personal and professional journey. We’ll also be publishing a roundtable discussion about the book in our June issue, which will be available next week.Here are insights and impressions about the book from 13 individuals in the HR community.Unnati Umarvadia HR Director, MMO Behavioral Health SystemsMy overall impression of the book can be described in one word: inspiring. I have been truly motivated and inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s story and experiences, and I respect the avenue from which she shared this with her readers. Since reading the book, I have recommended it to several of my colleagues, family members and friends. A key takeaway for me: “There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”Kimberly Prescott, SHRM-SCP Executive Director of HR, The Donaldson GroupThe book was very eye-opening. The truths that were highlighted were things I realized I was already subconsciously aware of. My biggest takeaway is that it is OK for me to be me. I don’t have to be what others expect of me. I have had experiences when I was told I was intimidating—not because I was behaving in an intimidating manner, but because I was a confident and competent African-American woman. I was very hurt by the characterizations at first. But my husband helped me to make light of it. He bought me a Dale Earnhardt hat that said “The Intimidator”! I accepted who I am. Now I know that I am not the only one.Nivedita BhagnariHR Professional Some parts of the book connected with me immediately, such as the concept of women needing a “seat at the table.” It is so true. In various cultures, women are not taught to sit at the table. Another takeaway was: “It starts with you.” Lean In is a call for leadership, an invitation to participate in creating a society that values women, mothers, men, fathers, and in which women value and support each other and ourselves.  This book also helped me break the prejudices about women that we usually carry along with us. It helped me build my confidence in accepting authority, leadership, and my life in general.Ashley Leveque, SHRM-CPHR Manager, The Salvation Army The overarching message of the book is a great one: Women should “lean in” to their careers in order to advance to their full capacity. I related to her when she described how women tend to undersell themselves in the workplace while men tend to do just the opposite. There are times where I want to downplay my own accomplishments for fear of being seen as a braggart or worse. Understanding the right time and place for highlighting accomplishments is necessary for success.Larry Kennedy Senior HR Consultant, Carolinas HealthCare SystemI think the book is easy to read and at the same time very thought-provoking. I had a professor in college who said that everyone needs to see a therapist–not because everyone has a certifiable diagnosis but to help everyone recognize their biases and how those biases alter their perspective of the world. Regardless of your gender, profession, or generation, reading this book will challenge you to do more to create equality both personally and professionally. Sandberg was masterful in making the point that we all have to be committed to equality for lasting progress. It is not a book written to point fingers at anyone. While all of us have missed opportunities to improve, that does not give us permission to quit striving for the goal.Rose McClurgAssistant Director of HR, Michigan State UniversityLean In is the platform Sheryl Sandberg uses to encourage women to become confident in their professional abilities, realize their own worth in the workplace, and believe in themselves. These three traits pave the road to career success and maybe even the corner office. Sandberg points out that women hold themselves back by lacking self-confidence, not speaking their minds freely, and lowering their own expectations of what they can achieve. I was struck by the realization that the barriers that I erect for myself internally are the largest impeders of my professional aspirations. The good news is that I can choose how much my negative self-talk affects me, and by being aware of it, I can work to overcome it.Joy MonsmaConsultant, Teneo Consulting Inc.Sandberg has gone where angels fear to tread by telling personal stories and laying bare the underside of women’s experiences in leadership. The stories are not just Sheryl’s; they are those of thousands of other women, including me. They triggered memories of personal experiences that I thought I had made peace with long ago. Lean In offers a welcome opportunity to continue the dialogue so we can together figure out how to dismantle the norms, biases, expectations, and beliefs that prevent women from flourishing in leadership positions. The idea of striving for “authenticity over perfection” was a powerful message that will stay with me long after the book is placed back on the shelf.Jonathan FlickingerHR Manager, Swanson Industries, Inc.Lean In is a call to action. Through recounting her own experiences and sharing meaningful data and research, Sandberg addresses the many layers of a woman’s personal and professional life. In past generations, the ultimate choice boiled down to either a professional career or a personal journey into motherhood. Now, Sandberg believes, a combination of both is very attainable. She encourages young women to “lean in,” assert themselves more, and reach their full potential, delicately balancing life at home and in the workplace. It’s my opinion that Sandberg wrote this book for the Millennial generation and those who will follow after them. As Millennials take over the majority of the workforce, Sandberg’s book offers sound advice, not only for women, but for the evolution of thought in the workplace.Jonathan SegalPartner, Duane Morris LLPI loved Lean In. The book included practical advice not only for women but also for men. It was empowering. Sandberg points out that there is bias in the world that we cannot control—but we can control how we respond to it and navigate around it. I think she energized the discussion around women’s roles and potential like no one since Gloria Steinem. Even those who disagree with her are talking about issues that need to be talked about, openly and respectfully. I disagree completely with those who believe she is blaming women. I wonder if they have read the book.Danielle CraneChief Administrative Officer, GreenPath Inc.My key takeaway was in the “Make Your Partner a Real Partner” chapter. The concept of choosing a partner who is willing to lean in to marriage and child-raising and to support a woman’s career with the same fervor he is willing to apply to his own, really hit home for me. Perhaps even more thought-provoking were Sandberg’s sentiments on how we must take a collaborative approach in our relationships, genuinely encouraging our companions to lean in and treating them as partners who were truly created equal to us.Sarah Babineau, SHRM-CPManaging Consultant, Compass MetricsI liked Lean In. As a diversity and affirmative action consultant, I see how the effects of micro-inequities lead women to count themselves out of the competition before they need to. This is true of most historically marginalized people, including women, people of color, LGBT individuals, military service members and people with disabilities. Sandberg’s message to lean in until the moment you are ready to lean back is important for everyone to hear in today’s hypercompetitive workplace. However, the book did not address that it’s okay for women to take a breath. Women feel pressure to outperform at work and be everything to our families. When women give themselves permission to recharge, our spirits become stronger and we’re able to lean in when it counts most.Nicole Dessain Founder & Principal Consultant, Talent ImperativeLean In is an important book. It has resurfaced the discussion around the dearth of women in leadership roles. It was critical that an influential businesswoman such as Sheryl Sandberg lent her voice to this cause. This empowered others to speak up. As I am re-reading the book, I am amazed by the love and support Sheryl received from her late husband. It turns Lean In into a testimony for the powerful things that can happen when there is true respect and equal partnership between men and women in both our personal and work lives.Liz Sheffield Freelance Writer and former Training ManagerInitially I refused to read Lean In. I feared it was just another missive about how women can do it all. I was certain that a successful executive like Sheryl Sandberg would admonish the choices I’ve made to shift my career in order to focus on my family. So when I finally read the book, I was shocked to find that I was in Sandberg’s camp. I saw myself in her exploration of how women engage in the workplace. I wholeheartedly agreed with her suggestion that a career can (and maybe should) resemble a jungle gym rather than a corporate ladder. I considered how I’ve approached mentors in the past and how I might change those relationships in the future. Sandberg’s messages made sense: build a partnership at home. Speak up and speak your truth at work.  And, keep the conversation going–which is exactly what this convert plans to do.last_img read more

BlogRovr Acquisition by BuzzLogic Calls Data Portability Into Question

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#web The innovative OPML browser plug-in BlogRovr is announcing tonight that it has been acquired by PR monitoring and ad sales startup BuzzLogic. It’s a victory for all the startups who face hostile questions about “how are you going to monetize that?” and answer by pointing to the potential for data mining. For BlogRovr users, who piled up the feed subscription and traffic data that make up much of Blogrovr’s value, it’s a clarion call to engage with the hard questions about data portability and ownership.BlogRovr lets you identify what blogs you read, then notifies you when any URL you visit has been linked to by one of those blogs. That technology will remain free but will now be put to use for PR monitoring and advertising sales by BuzzLogic.Both of these are companies we’ve covered a lot here because they are very interesting. BuzzLogic is interesting because they use sophisticated algorithms to determine blogger influence that are practically unfeasible for most users to replicate through free, public methods. BlogRovr is interesting because, amongst other things, it is a fascinating way to leverage RSS and OPML data. See for example our interview with BuzzLogic co-founder Mitch Ratcliffe in 2006 and our initial review of BlogRovr in 2007.Before you sell my data, even in anonymized aggregate, to a PR and ad sales firm – should I be able to export my clickstream and the subsequent analysis? Is that my data? Is it BlogRovr’s to sell without concern for my access to it? This announcement brings up a number of interesting questions about Data Portability.Below, a screenshot from BuzzLogic’s dashboard.If I Use Your Tool and You Use My Data – Who’s Property is the End Product?Presumably Blogrovr is or is going to track user clickstreams (browsing history). That, combined with the overlap with subscribed blogs, will be useful in determining blogger influence and a price point for rapid ad placement.This certainly isn’t the entirety of what BuzzLogic has acquired – BlogRovr execs are being given extensive responsibility over BuzzLogic technolgies as a whole. The minds behind the browser plug-in may be as valuable as the data it churns out, but the data is important to discuss.On one hand, the company used its proprietary technology to capture this data in a way that users are practically incapable of capturing themselves – at least the overlap with all subscribed blogs. On the other hand, BlogRovr minus their 180k users isn’t good for much of anything.I asked Chris Saad, Chairman of the Data Portability Working Group, what his take on this question was. “If the data was generated for or by your behavior then you co-created it,” he said, “therefore u should have co-ownership of it at least.” What does that mean, practically? As a thought exercise, should BlogRovr split its acquisition price somehow with it’s users? “No,” Saad said, “BlogRovr gets to keep the money and the aggregate derived data – but the user should be able to export their own data as well, and perhaps even request their account to be deleted.”That sounds reasonable to me, but that’s not what’s being made available. Users are allowed to export their OPML file of subscribed feeds – but all other data is unavailable.Is Clickstream Data a User’s Own Responsibility?Pundit Steve Gillmor has been arguing lately on the Gillmor Gang (now hosted by TechCrunch – thanks Mike!) that data portability advocates are wrong to demand that services capturing their clickstream data turn that data over to users. He, and if he’s alone he’s probably all the more right, argues that user clickstream data is a user’s responsibility to capture if it’s so darned important. We don’t need anyone to give it to us – we already have access to it.While that may be technically true of browsing history, it is much less true of the subsequent analysis of history cross referenced with blog subscriptions. In theory though, is that data more difficult to access for a typical user than the clickstream is? Neither is particularly accessible without some technology, but if a company builds that technology do they then own its fruit?Saad again says, “if BlogRovr is capturing it, then they should share it. It’s user generated content.” I’m not sure it’s quite that simple, but it might be.It seems to me that there aren’t clear answers around any of this. Some people and companies are engaging with these questions, but BlogRovr’s Marc A. Meyer admits that his company simply hasn’t been one of them. That’s a refreshingly honest answer, and better than I got from Meyer’s new PR/ad network bosses – but so what? The company was clearly blazing a trail in terms of using users’ data – do they not have a responsibility to explore the other half of the equation – user access to that data?Maybe This Isn’t About User RightsIt’s also possible that Data Portability is best advocated not from a position of right and wrong, of user rights, but instead as a matter of competitive advantage. If BlogRovr had a viable competitor that differentiated itself by offering users access to their data throughout the process – perhaps that competitor could emerge victorious. Would a PR/ad network have bought such a company, though, if it offered to hand over this valuable user data? Would enough users have cared to make such differentiation meaningful as a competitive advantage?There are no end of questions that still need answers in regards to data portability. For now, BlogRovr and BuzzLogic deserve congratulations at least for recognizing the value of user data in the blogosphere. How should the rest of us feel about the news, though? Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Trump: 10 Percent Middle-Income Tax Cut Could be Unveiled This Week

first_imgPresident Donald Trump has said that a 10 percent middle-income tax cut resolution could be unveiled as early as this week. Although the House’s top tax writer has confirmed the tax cut is in the works, substantive details on the measure remain scarce.Middle-Income Tax Cut“So this will be a 10 percent — it’s going to be a resolution, probably introduced this week, the end of the week, or early next week,” Trump told reporters at the White House earlier this week. However, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said on October 23 that Republicans would continue to work with the White House on crafting the tax cut “over the coming weeks.”Net NeutralAdditionally, Trump has predicted that the tax cut will be net neutral. A chief complaint of last year’s tax reform among Democrats is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) estimated $1.4 trillion price tag over a 10-year budget window.“If you speak to Brady and a group of people, we’re putting in a tax reduction of 10 percent, which I think will be a net neutral because we’re doing other things, which I don’t have to explain now,” Trump said. A spokesperson for Brady has reportedly said that cost measures for the tax cut will be addressed once the proposal has been scored.By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

An HPC Breakthrough with Argonne National Laboratory, Intel, and Cray

first_imgRandy Hultgren (Photo Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory)After the press conference, Mark Seager (Intel Fellow, CTO of the Tech Computing Ecosystem) contributed: “We are defining the next era of supercomputing.” While Al Gara (Intel Fellow, Chief Architect of Exascale Systems) took it a step further with: “Intel is not only driving the architecture of the system, but also the new technologies that have emerged (or will be needed) to enable that architecture. We have the expertise to drive silicon, memory, fabric and other technologies forward and bring them together in an advanced system.”The Intel and Cray teams prepping for the Aurora announcementAurora’s disruptive technologies are designed to work together to deliver breakthroughs in performance, energy efficiency, overall system throughput and latency, and cost to power. This signals the convergence of traditional supercomputing and the world of big data and analytics that will drive impact for not only the HPC industry, but also more traditional enterprises.Argonne scientists – who have a deep understanding of how to create software applications that maximize available computing resources – will use Aurora to accelerate discoveries surrounding:Materials science: Design of new classes of materials that will lead to more powerful, efficient and durable batteries and solar panels.Biological science: Gaining the ability to understand the capabilities and vulnerabilities of new organisms that can result in improved biofuels and more effective disease control.Transportation efficiency: Collaborating with industry to improve transportation systems to design enhanced aerodynamics features, as well as enable production of better, more highly-efficient and quieter engines.Renewable energy: Wind turbine design and placement to greatly improve efficiency and reduce noise.Alternative programming models: Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) as a basis for Coarray Fortran and other unified address space programming models.The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale computing will be a key program for training the next generation of code developers – having them ready to drive science from day one when Aurora is made available to research institutions around the world.For more information on the announcement, you can head to our new Aurora webpage or dig deeper into Intel’s HPC scalable system framework.© 2015, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. At a press event on April 9, representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy announced they awarded Intel contracts for two supercomputers totaling (just over) $200 million as part of its CORAL program. Theta, an early production system, will be delivered in 2016 and will scale to 8.5 petaFLOPS and more than 2,500 nodes, while the 180 PetaFLOPS, greater than 50,000 node system called Aurora will be delivered in 2018. This represents a strong collaboration for Argonne National Laboratory, prime contractor Intel, and sub-contractor Cray on a highly scalable and integrated system that will accelerate scientific and engineering breakthroughs.Rendering of AuroraDave Patterson (President of Intel Federal LLC and VP of the Data Center Group), led the Intel team on the ground in Chicago; he was joined on stage by Peter Littlewood (Director of Argonne National Laboratory), Lynn Orr (Undersecretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy), and Barry Bolding (Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Cray). Also joining the press conference were Dan Lipinski (U.S. Representative, Illinois District 3), Bill Foster (U.S. Representative, Illinois District 11), and Randy Hultgren (U.S. Representative, Illinois District 14).Dave Patterson at the Aurora Announcement (Photo Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory)This cavalcade of company representatives disclosed details on the Aurora 180 PetaFLOPS/50,000 node/13 Megawatt system. It utilizes much of the Intel product portfolio via Intel’s HPC scalable system framework, including future Intel Xeon Phi processors (codenamed Knights Hill), second generation Intel Omni-Path Fabric, a new memory hierarchy composed of Intel Lustre, Burst Buffer Storage, and persistent memory through high bandwidth on-package memory. The system will be built using Cray’s next generation Shasta platform.Peter Littlewood kicked off the press conference by welcoming everyone and discussing Argonne National Laboratory – the mid west’s largest federally funded R&D center fostering discoveries in energy, transportation, protecting the nation and more. He handed off to Lynn Orr, who made the announcement of the $200 million contract and the Aurora and Theta supercomputers. He discussed some of the architectural details of Aurora and talked about the need for the U.S. to dedicate funds to build supercomputers to reach the next exascale echelon and how that will fuel scientific discovery, a theme echoed by many of the speakers to come.Dave Patterson took the stage to give background on Intel Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation. In this instance, Intel Federal conducted the contract negotiations for CORAL. Dave touched on the robust collaboration with Argonne and Cray needed to bring Aurora on line in 2018, as well as introducing Intel’s HPC scalable system framework – a flexible blueprint for developing high performance, balanced, power-efficient and reliable systems capable of supporting both compute- and data-intensive workloads.Next up, Barry Bolding from Cray talked about the platform system underpinning Aurora – the next generation Shasta platform. He mentioned that when deployed, Aurora has the potential to be one of the largest/most productive supercomputers in the world.And finally, Dan Lipinski, Bill Foster and Randy Hultgren, all representing Illinois (Argonne’s home base) in the U.S. House of Representatives each gave a few short remarks. They echoed Lynn Orr’s previous thoughts that the United States needs to stay committed to building cutting edge supercomputers to stay competitive in a global environment and tackle the next wave of scientific discoveries. Representative Hultgren expressed very succinctly: “[The U.S.] needs big machines that can handle big jobs.”Dan Lipinski (Photo Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory)Bill Foster (Photo Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory)last_img read more

Europe Downscales Monster Telescope to Save Money

first_img The world’s biggest telescope is getting smaller—but more affordable. The designers of the future European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) have decided to shrink the telescope’s primary mirror from a diameter of 42 meters to 39.3 meters. The resulting 13% decrease in sensitivity is likely to reduce its scientific payoff. But the 18% savings in its overall cost gives the telescope a better chance to remain on schedule for first light in 2022. The decrease in mirror diameter has not yet been officially announced. “But it’s part of the new design study that will be presented to the ESO Council,” says Tim de Zeeuw, director general of the European Southern Observatory. ESO plans to build the telescope at Cerro Armazones, a 3064-meter-high peak close to its existing Very Large Telescope, which consists of four identical 8.2-meter instruments. ESO’s governing council is expected to make a final decision on the project in December. Apart from a smaller primary mirror (which will consist of hundreds of hexagonal segments), the new E-ELT will also sport a significantly smaller secondary mirror (4.2 meters instead of 5.9 meters), and a smaller and more compact overall structure. The new dimensions will make it harder for the E-ELT to accomplish one of its primary goals, to image Earthlike planets orbiting other stars than the sun. “It hurts,” says de Zeeuw, “but we’ve been able to bring the projected costs down from €1275 to €1055 million [US $1.5 billion]. 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The smaller size is disappointing from a scientific point of view, but we need to get on with it now. A further delay would also compromise the science.” ESO is in a race with two other consortia to be the first in the next generation of jumbo telescopes. A U.S.-led international collaboration is preparing the 24.5-meter Giant Magellan Telescope on Cerro Las Campanas in Chile, while an international consortium led by Californian institutions is planning the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Astronomer Richard Ellis of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, who is a member of the Board of Directors for the TMT, says the E-ELT’s smaller mirror size will lead to a “quite significant loss” in its ability to study remote galaxies as well as directly image exoplanets. For observations that use adaptive optics—a complicated but essential technology to compensate for air turbulence—a small change in mirror diameter can have big consequences, he says. “Still, the E-ELT will of course be a huge gain over the Thirty-Meter Telescope,” says Ellis. The E-ELT received a financial boost in December when Brazil decided to become the 15th (and first non-European) member state of ESO. But even with Brazil’s entrance fee of €130 million (spread out over 10 years), de Zeeuw says that construction of the original 42-meter E-ELT would have taken at least 16 years at its previous price. The decision to go with a smaller mirror, he says, represents a “tremendous opportunity” for the E-ELT to see first light before the TMT. Ellis says the TMT could be completed in 2018 if commitments for the entire price tag of just over $1 billion are secured by next year. So far, however, only $300 million plus funds for the completion of a detailed design study have been raised, he says. The TMT consortium is led by the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy. Collaborating national institutes in Japan, China, and India might find it easier to raise money if the U.S. National Science Foundation decides to become a partner in the TMT, says Ellis, at a proposed 20% share. *This item has been updated to add information about the Giant Magellan Telescope. ESO last_img read more

Survey: European Ph.D. Students Underfunded, Unaware of Rights

first_imgMoney is the most pressing concern for European doctoral students, according to the first Europewide survey of working conditions for young researchers, which is set to be released today. The study also found that many Ph.D. students aren’t fully aware of their contractual rights and obligations.The survey, released by the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), shows that funding levels vary widely by country. In the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries, 90% or more of doctoral students receive some form of scholarship or salary for their work. But in several other countries, 20% to 30% don’t receive anything, and in Austria that percentage can rise to 46%. “We did not expect the lack of funding to be so extensive,” says Karoline Holländer, a former president of Eurodoc and a co-author of the report. “Many doctoral candidates have to find other sources of income to live on.”The report is based on a 2008-09 survey of 8900 doctoral candidates and junior researchers in 30 European countries. Then, Eurodoc volunteers spent nearly 2 years cleaning up the data and preparing the report, Holländer says. In the end, responses from just 7600 researchers in 12 countries were included because the remaining data were not considered statistically significant. The report will be presented today at a meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, where Eurodoc hopes to bring attention to young researchers’ plight. “The idea [of the study] was to substantiate our discussions with numbers,” Holländer says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Funding issues also hamper mobility, say survey respondents, most of whom were aged between 26 and 35 years and were drawn from disciplines such as math, physics, and biology. In some cases, young researchers end up drawing unemployment benefits or taking loans from their families to be able to spend part of their Ph.D. studies abroad, Holländer says. “Funds are available all over Europe, but the information about them doesn’t seem easy to find.”Many respondents appear to be unclear about the intellectual property rights to their Ph.D. findings, the report concludes. The authors say that about 25% of Ph.D.s studying in France and Spain were not allowed to make commercial use of data from their theses, compared with 21% in Slovenia, 12% in Belgium, and 10% in Germany. “Patent rights are very important,” Holländer says. “A number of candidates coming from outside Europe have direct contracts with industry and sign away their rights before they start their research. That means they also earn nothing from the end product.”In most countries, the majority of doctoral candidates have some form of binding agreement that defines their supervisors’ role, as Eurodoc recommends. But almost half of the surveyed Ph.D. students in Germany did not, and a “disturbing” number of respondents—more than 20% in some countries—had no idea whether such an agreement even exists, says the report.Surprisingly, more men than women said they were at a disadvantage in academia because of their gender. In Finland, for instance, 78% of men felt that their sex was “very much” a disadvantage, whereas only 37% of women did. “We have no explanation for this,” says Holländer, who adds that the next round of the survey, to be conducted in 3 to 5 years, may ask further questions on the topic.last_img read more

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Saurabh Tiwary booed as his hundred robs MS Dhoni chance to bat

first_imgFans who turned up to watch a MS Dhoni special returned disappointed even as Jharkhand cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Services for their second victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Tuesday.Chasing a stiff 277, Jharkhand did not require services of their captain as Saurabh Tiwary (102 not out off 103 balls; 3×4, 6×6) and Ishank Jaggi (116 not out off 92 balls; 10×4, 4×6) put together an unbroken 214-run partnership to script a fluent chase with 22 balls to spare.He may not have played a role with the bat but Dhoni’s tips during the drinks break played a big role in their win, Jaggi later revealed.”Mahi bhai advised us to play in a calm and composed manner. He told us, ‘If you play with patience runs will come. It’s about staying there and finishing the game’,” Jaggi said.The left-hander Tiwary added: “We played without any pressure well aware of the fact that MS comes next.”Jharkhand had a shaky build-up and were reduced to 65/3 inside 17 overs but poor fielding from Services let the duo build on a firm stand. Yet to open his account, Tiwary was dropped at mid-off by Shakti Malviya off Poonam Poonia, while Jaggi got a reprieve on 25.At 107/3 midway into their innings, the match tilted heavily in favour of Services with required run rate going past six.It was an ideal situation for the ‘finisher’ Dhoni as the crowd kept on shouting his name in anticipation but Tiwary and Jaggi did not take a step wrong and complemented each other in their solid left-right combination.advertisement’SAURABH TIWARY HAI HAI’They kept rotating strikes and got an odd boundary or six in every over providing a calm assurance in the dressing room as the crowd started to become frustrated and shouted ‘Saurabh Tiwary Hai Hai’.Tiwary however took it in a positive spirit and said: “We must understand that they’re emotional as Mahi bhai never played here..Being a professional I did not mind. We were subjected to much more sledging on the field.”Having slowly built their innings, the duo took charge of the show and Jaggi completed his sixth List A century in 82 balls with a boundary in the 42nd over, while Tiwary followed suit reaching his second List A hundred in 100 balls.Having trolled by the crowd in his exquisite knock, Tiwary later acknowledged his hundred to the crowd gesturing that ‘keep shouting’.But Dhoni returned on the field during the customary handshake after the win and walked midway on to the boundary rope near the spectators and waved at them.Thousands gathered outside the venue unable to enter, while a few hundreds managed to get in with passes, while rooftops of the residential buildings and a school surrounding the stadium wore a packed look since 9 am in a never-before atmosphere.But the only action they could have of Dhoni was his two run-outs and a caught-behind dismissal on a flat deck of Bengal Cricket Academy in the small industrial township of Kalyani about 50 kilometres from Kolkata.Earlier Services could not capitalise on a solid 104-run opening partnership between Gaurav Kochar (50) and Nakul Verma (48) to be restricted for 276/9.Fresh from his 124 against Saurashtra here two days ago, Verma missed a half-century narrowly when Vikash Singh gave the first breakthrough of the day in the 20th over.Dhoni produced a spectacular runout to dismiss Abhijit Salvi (31) before his caught behind claimed the skipper Soumya Swain’s wicket for 12 to reduce them to 158/4 in 32nd over. Salvi played on the legside for a single but Dhoni was quick to gather the ball and hit the stumps directly at the opposite end.But it was Shamser Yadav and Rahul Singh who added a quick 84-run for the fifth wicket from 13.2 overs to prop the lower order. But another collapse followed with Dhoni effecting a second run out to restrict the total.SCORESAt Bengal Cricket Academy, Kalyani: Services 276/9; 50 overs (Shamsher Yadav 54 not out, Gaurav Kochar 50, Nakul Verma 48, Rahul Singh 40; Shahbaz Nadeem 3/52) lost to Jharkhand 279/3; 46.2 overs (Ishank Jaggi 116 not out, Saurabh Tiwary 102 not out) by seven wickets.At Eden Gardens: Karnataka 201; 47.1 overs (Mayank Agarwal 89; Kushang Patel 4/36, Chirag Jani 3/40) beat Saurashtra 128; 36.2 overs (Ronit More 4/20, Prasidh Krishna 2/19, Stuart Binny 2/37) by 73 runs.At Jadavpur University second campus, Saltlake: Chhattisgarh 235/9; 50 overs (Abhimanyu Chauhan 90 not out, Amandeep Khare 57; Mohammed Mudhasir 6/33) beat Jammu and Kashmir 231; 48.2 overs (Punit Bisht 68, Parvez Rasool 51; Pankaj Rao 4/35, Sumit Ruikar 2/33) by four runs.last_img read more

Why is getting paid by clients always so difficult?

first_imgPhoto by wsssstI’ve yet to meet a freelancer who was paid on time, every time.But whose fault is it? Is it the people or is it the system? Here are the most common culprits of late payments:1. “The project still needs to be approved by the higher-ups.”Often invoices can’t be paid until the project is approved — and the approvals process can last weeks or more, which puts your invoice on hold. In this case, a late fee clause in your contract can mean the difference between your project wallowing away in the back office and reaching the top of a budget-conscious boss’s desk.2. “I have nothing to do with that. I already submitted to accounting.”The truth is that in difficult financial times, accounting departments are often advised by higher-ups to put freelancers on a ninety-day payment cycle, treating them like any account receivable. But unlike those other large vendors, freelancers don’t have the same cash flow cushion.Finding someone to talk to in the accounting department will be invaluable. If that fails and you don’t want to work with this client again, consider going up the ladder and contacting a few directors or presidents.3. “X person got fired, so things are pretty crazy here.”Again, find someone in accounting or go up the chain of command. Make it clear to your new point-of-contact that it’s not right that their disorder should affect your finances.4. “We only pay contractors once a quarter.”This is sometimes the case with large institutions. You should know this from the start of the contract so that you can prepare in advance. If it’s a smaller organization, you may be able to negotiate on this when drawing up your contract.5. “We went way off budget, so this is going to take some time.”This is the time to suggest a payment plan. The truth is, you’re probably going to get shoved to the bottom of their pile (because you’re small), but if you negotiate to get at least a little at a time, you’re more likely to get paid.So…how do I get paid?Prevent (many but not all) problems before they start:8 Contract provisions every freelancer should knowGet paid what you’re worthUse our free Contract Creator to draw up a contractDo you know your freelance rights?After a problem:What to do when a client doesn’t pay: 10 rules to live byShare how terrible the client was on Client Scorecard so other freelancers don’t have to deal with them.Freelancers, share your tips for getting paid. What works and what doesn’t?last_img read more

India beat Pakistan by 2 wickets to win Blind Cricket World Cup

first_imgIndia beat Pakistan by two wickets to retain title at the Blind Cricket World Cup after playing out a thrilling final at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday.India, who remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, chased down the target of 309 inside 39 overs to win the trophy. Sunil Ramesh (93) and Ajay Reddy (62) top-scored for India.WATCHThe victory on Saturday comes after India’s T20 Blind World Cup victory last year. Even then, India had defeated Pakistan in the final to successfully defend their title.Moments of tear and joy. This is what defines a sportsman!!#worldchampions #TheOtherMenInBlue #INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/d8iCUBeOxr— Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) (@blind_cricket) January 20, 2018Pakistan made 308-8 off 40 overs after India won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first. Badar Munir top scored for Pakistan with 57, while Riasat Khan and Nisar Ali added 48 and 47 runs respectively.India reached the final of the tournament after defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets, while Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 156 runs to book a place in the final.India had already beaten their arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in their group match earlier in the tournament.last_img read more

OnePlus 6 rumours: Everything we know so far about the next OnePlus flagship phone

first_imgOnePlus 5T is a little over three months old now, and despite its relative new-ness, it’s almost time for its cycle to end. With rumours of the next OnePlus picking up, it looks like we’re just a couple of months away from its launch. OnePlus still hasn’t confirmed the existence of the phone or its name, but even money says it could be called the OnePlus 6. The smartphone is expected to bring a new look and pack updated hardware compared to the OnePlus 5T.There have been a few rumours regarding the OnePlus 6 doing the rounds. Most notable of them being that the smartphone could sport a display notch much like the iPhone X and a bunch of other Android smartphones since. Other than that, the OnePlus 6 will pack in some hardware to keep the phone on the same playing field as other flagship smartphones this year. Since we still have a few months to go, some these rumours are still sketchy and should be taken with a pinch of salt. So here’s what we know so far.– The OnePlus 5T sports an 18:9 display, and the OnePlus 6 is expected to push the display wider. With notches unexpectedly becoming the new trend in the Android world, the OnePlus 6 is also expected to sport an iPhone X-like notch as per recent leaked images. This will likely allow for a wider 19:9 aspect ratio.– With Google’s upcoming Android P being redesigned to support the notch, Android OEMs like OnePlus will be keen on introducing the forehead. The biggest hint of the OnePlus 6 getting the notch comes courtesy the Oppo R15, which was recently launched with a notch as well. Since the OnePlus 5 shares design traits similar to the Oppo R11, one assumes the OnePlus 6 will also borrow some of the design cues from the R15 .advertisement– The notch has not been met with widespread acceptance. OnePlus, which is known for listening to its consumers needs, may launch a very divise phone with the OnePlus 6. This is perhaps why the company will look to balance things out by retaining the headphone jack.– OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei last week conducted a poll, asking users to vote whether they like the headphone jack or not. Much like the poll conducted in 2016 and last year, the results were largely in favour of the headphone jack, which suggests that the OnePlus 6 will come with the port.– You can also expect a dual rear camera and a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the upcoming OnePlus 6. Based on the leaked images so far, the rear cameras will be placed vertically on the centre above the fingerprint sensor rather than on the top left corner as seen on the OnePlus 5/5T. But you should take these early leaked images with a pinch of salt.– Not much is known about the camera configuration on the OnePlus 6, but the company will be expected to make some improvements over the dual rear camera setup on the OnePlus 5T. The cameras on the 5T have been lauded for produces good low-light shots, but there have been some issues regarding lack of detail and oil painting effects in some conditions, which OnePlus will look to iron out with the next flagship.– Like most flagship smartphones this year, the OnePlus 6 is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. You can also expect 6GB and 8GB of RAM options much like the OnePlus 5T with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage, respectively.ALSO READ: OnePlus 5T after three months: Android Oreo makes it a better flagship phone– If recent AnTuTu benchmarks are anything to go by, the OnePlus 6 will be a powerhouse performer. The smartphone scored around 2,76,510 in AnTuTu, beating every other Android smartphone currently in the market. Benchmarks don’t reveal the entire picture, but it does give us an idea as to what the SD845 chip will offer.– The upcoming OnePlus smartphone is expected to run close to stock Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. You can also expect Dash Charge and dual-SIM support as well.– Sources close to XDA-Developers last week claimed that the OnePlus 6 will be the first for the company to offer Cat.16 Gigabit LTE connectivity, which means it will be the fastest OnePlus device in terms of data throughput.– OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau confirmed earlier that the next OnePlus flagship will launch in Q2 2018, suggesting that we could see a launch before the end of June.last_img read more

A Look at Freshmen Running Back Production Under Mike Gundy

first_imgKendall Hunter – 20071076966.54101371 RB – YearCarriesYardsAVGTDsReceptionsRec YdsRec TD Jeff Carr – 2015361423.9111242 Herschel Sims – 2011312427.821-1– Michael Roberts – 200815422.80––– With the news that Justice Hill could legitimately start coming out recently, we have been thinking a lot about how this running back situation is going to play out this season. Apparently a lot of you have as well. Reader Jon Jester sent me a terrific email breaking down all the freshman RBs who have played in recent memory. Here’s his email with commentary and a pretty chart.You guys keep the great emails coming!I promise I think about more than just the RB mayhem in Stillwater, but i found some stats on former freshman RBs at OSU in recent years and felt like I would pass them on. I guess our ultimate question is: Where will Justice Hill fit into this a year from now? Corey Bennett – 201212917.61––– Keith Toston – 20061066316.0610922 Caleb Muncrief – 201214574.11–––center_img Rennie Childs – 2013411894.614490 Jeremy Smith – 20091516010.71––– Desmond Roland – 201117955.60––– *Ed. note: Chart has been updated to reflect the fact that Dantrell Savage and Beau Johnson were not freshmen. I have added in Herschel Sims and Caleb Muncrief. Apologies for the mistake earlier. You can check it against all the RBs from the Mike Gundy era here.A few thoughts on this.• Can you imagine a freshman and a juco transfer getting 100+ carries in the same season like what happened in 2006 with Toston and Savage? Holy smokes, OSU has come a long way in just a decade.• I’ve thought following their freshman years, respectively, that Carr and Childs had great years as freshman, and then I look at what Hunter/Toston/Randle did and I get all nostalgic about feeling what that was like to have a freshman have a season like that and know that we have three more years of that dude running the football for us.• Modern day OSU RBs have to wait for their shot behind the older guys which can be a good thing because it shows progression from guys that have been in the system (right?)• Joe Randle with almost equal totals of rushing and receiving yards, but he had 50 less receptions than carries. HB slip screen in its heyday.• Jeff Carr got in the end zone the most as a freshman RB since… Joe Randle.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Joe Aska – 2011362.00––– Julius Crosslin – 200417714.212260 Joseph Randle – 2010824525.52374271last_img read more

Hamid leaving D.C. United after season

first_imgTransfers Bill Hamid leaving D.C. United after season ends Mike Slane 04:13 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Bill Hamid D.C. United MLS Isaiah J. Downing Transfers DC United v New York RB New York RB DC United MLS After spending eight seasons with the MLS side, the goalkeeper will not extend his contract as he reportedly looks for new opportunities in Europe D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will be leaving the club after the 2017 MLS season.Hamid’s contract with D.C. United is set to expire this winter, and it appears all talks regarding a contract extension with the team have ended as he looks for a new opportunity in Europe.“I want to push myself and see how far I can go because I know I have the work ethic and the hunger to take myself very far in this game,” Hamid told the Washington Post. “I know I can make it to the next level.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hamid, who will turn 27 next month, said an announcement on his next club could come within the next two days, with Danish side Midtjylland a likely destination, according to the Washington Post.“I think you are going to find out in the next 48 hours,” he said. “I am extremely excited for what’s next. It’s a big opportunity. It’s a big steppingstone to what can come later on in my career.”Hamid is the longest-serving player on D.C. United’s roster, having joined the club at the academy level and spending eight seasons with the senior side. His final appearance for the team will come this Sunday at RFK Stadium against the New York Red Bulls.A former MLS goalkeeper of the year, Hamid holds the D.C. United record for goalkeeping appearances in the regular season with 184 (all starts) and shutouts (49). He has been called up to the U.S. national team several times, making three appearances, including one start.“I want to see myself continue to grow and continue to get better and be the number one for the national team,” Hamid said.last_img read more

Your Four-Step Plan to Conquer Social Media on #GivingTuesday

first_imgNonprofit Social Media StrategyWhy is there an emphasis on using social media for #GivingTuesday campaigns?  Because social media is immediate and is built for engagement. On a day of giving like #GivingTuesday campaigns, social media will help you:Communicate updates quickly.Create a sense of urgency.Spread your campaign to people inside and outside of your traditional networks.This post is not meant to be the magic key to making your #GivingTuesday campaign go viral. Instead, use these four steps to help set yourself up for social media success on December 1.Step One: Draft your plan.Nail down these three things to get your basic plan in place:1. Focus on your story. The theme or major story that you are communicating through your #GivingTuesday appeal should be an integral element of your social media messaging.For example, Badass Brooklyn Animal Shelter posted social media updates on #GivingTuesday about a group of dogs they were rescued during the first week of December. They featured stories of these pups throughout the day and reiterated that donations saved these dogs’  lives. The images were branded with the #GivingTuesday logo, a call to action to donate, and a short URL that lead directly to Badass’ donation page.For more on multi-channel messaging, check out this blog post from Vanessa Chase.2. Stay consistent with messaging. Map out your social media posts from November to the end of #GivingTuesday. If you draft all your content all at once, it’s easier to see the natural progression of your posts while keeping your campaign’s theme consistent. Line this messaging up with your email campaign, phoneathon, or other mediums you are using to ensure your message is consistent and clear.3. Pace yourself. Don’t stay glued to Facebook the whole day. Pace yourself or give yourself a break. If you’re planning on doing all the social media yourself, please don’t! If you typically have an active social fan base and anticipate needing help, recruit a volunteer or colleague you trust to help you monitor social media or work “shifts” throughout the day.I highly recommend that you schedule the majority of your “donate now!” posts beforehand and create updates on campaign milestones as they are available. In addition to asking for gifts and updating supporters on your campaign’s progress, use social media to thank donors, interact with your ambassadors, and answer questions.Step Two: Recruit some social media ambassadors.To get the most out of your social media efforts, recruit social media ambassadors to help spread your message on #GivingTuesday. Start asking your most loyal social media fans to share and post original content on their pages as a way to drive donations on #GivingTuesday. Better yet, send them pre-made tweets and Facebook posts that they can simply copy paste and post!If you want to take it a step further, ask these ambassadors to launch their own peer fundraising campaign on behalf of your nonprofit.Step Three: Get a tool to automate content posting.You’re going to be quite busy on #GivingTuesday, and you shouldn’t be pausing every hour or so to update your nonprofit’s social media accounts. Luckily, there are many tools out there to help you automate this process so you don’t have to be glued to Twitter and Facebook. Here are a few to look into:BufferSprout SocialHootSuiteTweetDeckSocialOomphThese tools can help you update your Facebook and Twitter accounts with a steady stream of shareable content during the week leading up to and on #GivingTuesday.Step Four: Get some graphics going.Your social media followers respond to images:  with images get two times the engagement and Facebook posts with images have an 87% interaction rate. Images are definitely the way to go!But, keep in mind, not all images get the same rate of attention. Be sure to post images that are relevant to your audience. And, “images” doesn’t necessarily mean “photos.” These images can be calls to action to donate, an infographic highlighting the impact of your work, or be part of your storytelling campaign. Free tools like Canva or PicMonkey are great for creating your own images. Just be sure to use consistent branding throughout your images so it’s obvious that these visuals are supporting the same message and the same campaign on #GivingTuesday.Here are a few social media images created by nonprofits for their #GivingTuesday campaigns:Have questions about leveraging social for #GivingTuesday? Reach out to me on Twitter and let me know how I can help.Need more help with #GivingTuesday in general? Download our essentials guide to plan a successful campaign from start to finish.last_img read more

8 Insights to Malaria in Pregnancy Programming: Moving Towards Scale-up

first_imgPosted on June 12, 2012June 16, 2017By: Elaine Roman, Malaria Team Leader, MCHIPClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, malaria in pregnancy (MIP) programs are at a crossroads. While many countries have made important strides in achieving their broader goals, most countries are still far from achieving the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative or the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) (80% to 85%respectively) for intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), and insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) coverage among pregnant women. Case management, the third prong of malaria in pregnancy programs is often forgotten in the implementation of country MIP programs. As countries continue scale-up of MIP interventions, there are successful practices and lessons learned that should be reviewed and applied to help countries accelerate MIP programming and achieve country scale up.Recognizing that there are critical lessons to bring to light, USAID’s flagship Maternal Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), with funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative, conducted country case studies from 2009-2011 to gain a more detailed understanding of MIP programming in three countries: Malawi, Senegal and Zambia. The case studies were compiled using a desk review of secondary data sources, followed by stakeholder interviews designed to gain insights into successes, remaining challenges and a way forward.The case studies reviewed eight key areas of MIP programming- policy, integration, commodities, capacity development, quality improvement, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation and finance. The case studies revealed key insights to MIP programming including what’s working and what remains to be addressed. For each of the eight program areas, in summary, the case studies revealed:1. Policy- While each of the three countries has malaria policies in place that reflect the World Health Organization guidance, there exists inconsistencies between malaria and reproductive health policies in Malawi, which has resulted in duplicative training efforts.2. Integration- Services are integrated at antenatal care (ANC) in each of the three countries, however, national level planning and coordination between reproductive health and malaria programs is not always regular, which impacts program implementation.3. Commodities- While each country reported availability of both medicines for pregnant women and bed-nets, there were stock-outs of these commodities at antenatal care clinics- across countries.4. Capacity Development- All three countries updated both in-service and pre-service education materials with MIP. This positions each country to focus training on evidence-based updates and maintenance of critical MIP competencies.5. Quality Improvement- In each of the 3 countries routine supervision and performance standards are in place. However, due to lack of funding and competing responsibilities among Ministry of Health staff who are tasked with conducting supervision and assessment, comprehensive QA systems are not currently functioning in any of the 3 countries.6. Community Engagement- All 3 countries are actively supporting community involvement to enhance and engender community education and mobilization. Examples include promoting ANC attendance, IPTp uptake and ITN use. However, this support is not consistent and more strategies are required to adequately not only involve communities but also foster the link between communities and facilities.7. Monitoring and Evaluation- While some level of MIP program data is recorded at the health facility, the data is not always integrated as part of the national health information system.8. Finance- While MIP does receive some level of government funding in all 3 countries- there is still heavy reliance on donors- especially PMI and the Global Fund.The case studies highlighted key cross-cutting recommendations including:Promote integration and coordination of reproductive health, HIV and malaria control programs through MIP working groups;Advocate through MIP working groups and other fora to ensure consistent stocks of SP and ITNs at ANC clinics;Increase support for community initiatives to overcome barriers to care-seeking;Dedicate increased resources to strengthening existing M&E systems and integrate data management and data use for decision-making into pre-service education and in-service training programs;Promote capacity-building strategies, including strengthened pre-service education, on-the-job-training, mentorship and supervision, in addition to group-based in-service training; andStrengthen quality assurance systems.Moving forward, MIP implementation will require strong and consistent leadership from ministries of health in order to coordinate donors and implementing partners and target resources towards key interventions. For other malaria-endemic countries, many of the key findings likely apply and can inform programming. Although many obstacles still remain in eradicating malaria and malaria in pregnancy, lessons learned from both our successes and our challenges thus far demonstrate that they are not insurmountable and that the PMI and RBM goals for MIP are still within reach.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Planning Beyond the 2015 MDG Deadline to Reduce Maternal Mortality

first_imgPosted on January 16, 2014November 7, 2016By: Himanshu Bhushan, Maternal Health Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of IndiaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us!Point 1:India has the largest annual birth cohort of 26 million babies. In 1990 our maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 600 deaths per 100,000 live births which declined to 200 in 2010India achieved 66% decline compared to 47% of global decline.We have wide variations in the states. Uttar Pradesh in 1997-98 had MMR of 606 while Kerala had 150. UP came down to 309, while Kerala came down to 81 in 2007-09.The point decline of UP was 297 while that of Kerala was 69. UP declined by 49% whereas Kerala only 46%.Now the point is: targets for UP and Kerala cannot be same.Point 2:The targets and goals for MDGs were set in the year 2000, but its active monitoring by international and national organizations and countries began only after an initial 5-7 years passed. The countries started monitoring the achievement in the past 5-7 years.While keeping next MDG goals and targets and in view of our experiences with different states/provinces it is suggested that:There should be different goals for countries depending upon their present level of achievement since further reduction after achieving a low/very low MMR will not be easy.Percentage reduction (differential) for different groups of MMR i.e. MMR between 500 to 400 . . ., 100 to 20. . . can be one of the options.Every country can then give a differential target or goal to the States and population within their country.For each such group of MMR, the broad strategies should also be decided as a suggestion for the states so that the states having less than 100 or 50 MMR have a clear vision what additional focus is neededWhile preparing strategies, socioeconomic factors should be taken in account along with clinical causes.Process indicators for every 5 years and its part for every year should be simultaneously decided so that the countries know and concurrently monitor where they stand if they have to achieve a certain level within the defined time period.Finally, we need to discuss what should be our ultimate commitment for maternal mortality, whether it should be limited to reduction or should be a commitment like achieving a zero level, at least for preventable deaths – as in the polio programme.The points raised above are at present not the view policy of the government of India but my thought process based on experiences in the implementation and seeing the ground realities from close.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Inter 4-0 Lecce: Lukaku strikes in debut rout under Conte

first_imgRomelu Lukaku scored on his Inter debut as Antonio Conte’s reign began with an impressive 4-0 victory over Lecce at San Siro.Club-record signing Lukaku started up front on Monday with former captain Mauro Icardi left out of Conte’s squad amid continued uncertainty over his future at the club.Marcelo Brozovic and Stefano Sensi struck excellent goals in the space of four first-half minutes then Lukaku snaffled a rebound for his maiden Inter goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Promoted Lecce’s day went from bad to worse when substitute Diego Farias rightly saw red for a terrible tackle on another new Inter arrival Nicolo Barella, before Antonio Candreva’s 84th-minute stunner from range.Inter, who had to replace Stefan de Vrij with Andrea Ranocchia after the Dutchman’s injury in the warm-up, took time to find their feet but scored the first goal of the Conte era in the 21st minute.Brozovic bent home a beauty from just outside the area and it was soon 2-0 thanks to another excellent strike, as Sensi scored on his first appearance.The midfielder, who joined Inter on loan from Sassuolo in July, advanced into space and arrowed a 20-yard drive into the bottom-left corner.Marco Calderoni thumped a shot just wide as Lecce briefly threatened early in the second half but a long-range Lautaro Martinez shot was spilled by debutant goalkeeper Gabriel and former Manchester United striker Lukaku reacted quickest to slot home the loose ball on the hour mark.Inter were cruising thereafter and Conte replaced Matias Vecino with Barella, who was the victim of an awful lunge that saw Farias dismissed in the 76th minute.Substitute Matteo Politano had a fine goal ruled out for Lukaku being offside, but Candreva added late gloss to the scoreline with a 30-yard thunderbolt that ripped into the top-left corner.What does it mean? Good signs for ConteInter are being widely backed as the most likely contenders to usurp Juventus thanks to the arrival of Conte – a three-time Scudetto-winning coach with the Bianconeri.He used his typical system of three at the back and although Inter initially showed signs of nerves they went on to dominate Fabio Liverani’s side, who almost certainly face a relegation battle after successive promotions.Lukaku finds early formHaving lost his place at Old Trafford last term, there were suggestions an old-school style operator like Lukaku could find himself left behind as elite European teams seek more mobile strikers to lead the line.But Conte has always preferred a strong “reference” point for his attack and Lukaku fits that billing, with the Belgium international impressing when he dropped deep to link the play and showing a poacher’s instinct to open his Nerazzurri account.Gabriel’s dream debut falls flatThere was nothing Gabriel could do about Inter’s first two goals, but any slim hopes of a Lecce fightback died when he pushed Martinez’s effort back into the danger zone. The former AC Milan keeper will not have happy memories of his return to San Siro.What’s next?Inter return to action on Sunday with a trip to Cagliari, who signed Radja Nainggolan on loan during the close season, while Lecce will hope for a fairer test of their top-flight mettle when they host Verona on the same day. read morelast_img read more

His golden pastime

first_img Next Shail Desai New Delhi May 10, 2019 ISSUE DATE: May 20, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 13:47 IST (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)Though Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthQ. You finished 24th at your first World Cup in February. What did you do differently to takeThough Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthQ. You finished 24th at your first World Cup in February. What did you do differently to take top spot in Beijing?A. I realised after my first World Cup that I was having a hard time handling the pressure during the last few shots. So, I worked on maintaining my composure, so that even if I had a few bad shots, I would still be able to execute my plan.Q. You have a degree in engineering and law. Why take up shooting at an age when most people choose to focus on their careers?A. I picked up shooting as a distraction from my law studies while at home in Hisar. I started with a rifle before picking up the pistol in December 2014. It all changed when I won gold at a state-level competition in Haryana in 2015. So when I found the right coach, Omendra Singh, there was no looking back.Q. How different would things have been had you started shooting in your teens?A. I think I took less time to understand the sport, since I started at a later age. I tend to grasp things faster and I think that being mature really helped me progress rapidly.Q. Are you aware of another Abhishek Verma, who is an arms dealer?A. I’m off social media because I prefer to stay in the real world rather than the virtual one. But I know that there is a third Abhishek Verma as well, who’s into archery. These are times when it is possible to even confuse Google!advertisementYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 byShreya Sinha Tags :Follow Abhishek Verma His golden pastimeThough Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthadvertisementlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh set for Global T20 Canada stint, becomes Toronto Nationals marquee player

first_imgYuvraj Singh set for Global T20 Canada stint, becomes Toronto Nationals marquee playerWorld Cup-winning all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who had announced retirement from international cricket in June, will feature for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada, which will be held between July 25 and August 11 in Brampton.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 09:54 IST Yuvraj Singh has been picked up Toronto Nationals as their marquee player (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh will play for Toronto Nationals in the 6-team leagueThe 2nd edition of Global T20 Canada will be played from July 25 and August 11Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult and Kieron Pollard are also set to play for Toronto NationalsFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is all set to play for Toronto Nationals in the 2nd edition of six-team Global T20 Canada to be held in Brampton from July 15. The World Cup-winning all-rounder was picked by Toronto Nationals as its marquee player in Thursday’s player draft.”For all #YuvrajSingh fans! ??#TorontoNationals get @YUVSTRONG12 for #GT2019,” Toronto Nationals said on social media.Yuvraj had announced retirement in June in a bid to ply his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe. Notably, the all-rounder had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking permission to play in overseas T20 tournaments.”He wrote to the board yesterday. I don’t see an issue in him getting the nod to play in overseas leagues now that he has retired from international cricket and IPL,” a BCCI source had told the PTI.Yuvraj had said that he wanted to play some “fun cricket” in the near future when he announced his retirement. “I want to play T20 cricket. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life.”Yuvraj will be joined by some big names from world cricket, including New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Faf du Plessis among others.Yuvraj will share the dressing room with India pacer Manpreet Gony, Brendon McCullum and Kieron Pollard at Toronto Nationals.Global T20 Canada 2019 squads Toronto NationalsYuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Heinrick Klaasen, Manpreet Gony, Chris Green, Sandeep Lamichhane, Callum MacLeod, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabbir, Jasdeep Singh, Jeremy Gordon, Ravinderpal Singh, Salman Nazar, Mark Montford, Rodrigo ThomasadvertisementBrampton Wolves Darren Sammy, Shakib Al Hasan, Colin Munro, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Babar Hayat, George Munsey, Rohan Mustafa, Zahoor Khan, Timil Patel, Nitish Kumar, Abrash Khan, Armaan Kapoor, Faisal Jamkhandi, Nawab SinghWinnipeg HawksChris Lynn, JP Duminy, Dwayne (DJ) Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Umar Akmal, Rayad Emrit, Najibullah Zadran, Paul van Meekeren, Sompal Kami, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Kaleem Sana-ur-Rehim, Umair Ghani, Romesh Eranga, Varun SehdevMontreal TigersGeorge Bailey, Thisara Perera, Sunil Narine, Fawad Ahmad, Isuru Udana, Niroshan Dickwella, Keemo Paul, Muhammed Naveed, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Nizakat Khan, Steven Taylor, Dillon Heylinger, Nikhil Dutta, Bhupinder Singh, Arslan Khan, Yax PatelEdmonton RoyalsKane Williamson, Faf du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Sherfane Rutherford, James Neesham, Safyaan Sharif, Anshuman Rath, Richie Berrington, Ehsan Nawaz, Kyle Fitzroy Phill, Davy Jacobs, Navneet Dhaliwal, Satsimranjit Dhinsa, Akash Gill, Shahzad AhmadzaiVancouver KnightsChris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shoaib Malik, Tim Southee, Rassie van der Dussen, Chadwick Walton, Daniel Sams, Hayden Walsh Jr, JJ Smit, Tobias Visee, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Saad Zafar, Rizwan Cheema, Rayaan Pathan, Harsh Thaker, Matthew Nandu.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Global T20 CanadaFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow Shahid AfridiFollow shakib al hasanFollow Toronto Nationalslast_img read more

Martinez delighted with first hat-trick

first_imgLautaro Martinez was “happy and excited” after scoring a hat-trick for Argentina in an impressive friendly win over Mexico on Tuesday.Martinez struck a first-half hat-trick in Texas as Lionel Scaloni’s men ended Mexico’s unbeaten record under Gerardo Martino with a 4-0 victory.Inter forward Martinez, who impressed at the Copa America earlier this year, dominated, producing three clinical finishes for his first international hat-trick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Martinez, 22, was delighted with his performance as he moved onto nine goals for Argentina in 13 appearances.”I am happy and excited,” Martinez said, via the team’s Twitter account.”There is a lot of sacrifice that one makes to be here and not every day three goals are made with this shirt.” While scoring three times, Martinez also helped Argentina win a penalty that was converted by Leandro Paredes in a ruthless opening 45 minutes.The former Racing Club forward paid tribute to his team-mates after his match-winning hat-trick.”It is very difficult to get here and stay. There are very good players,” he said.”I am very happy and grateful to my team-mates and the coaching staff. We train to give joy to the national team. Hopefully we continue along this path.”Argentina’s crushing win comes a few days after a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Chile and it was a result that will give coach Lionel Scaloni reason for optimism.Speaking prior to the match, Scaloni stressed the country deserved more credit for its performances over the past few years, despite them failing to claim silverware. “From 2014 to 2016 we played three finals. The line is very thin. To say that Argentina failed, it’s complicated,” Scaloni said. “It seems that not leaving as champion is worthless. The line is very thin. I would not throw so much in the trash.”Everyone who comes to the national team shows incredible self-love. They give everything for this shirt.”last_img read more

Solskjaer hopeful of De Gea contract extension

first_imgOle Gunner Solskjaer is hopeful that Manchester United will convince David de Gea to extend his contract with the club.The Premier League side have been in talks with the 28-year-old goalkeeper over a new deal for months before his current one expires at the end of the season.De Gea has faced strong criticism in the early stage of the 2019-20 campaign, with some saying the level of his performances has dropped dramatically in recent months . Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream While ex-Chelsea shot stopper Mark Schwarzer argued that De Gea’s performances have been “average” for the past six months , United legend Edwin van der Sar reminded him that he could easily be replaced by the Red Devils.Although the Spain international started the season with a clean sheet in their 4-0 win over Chelsea, he has been unable to stop them from dropping points against Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton.The former Atletico Madrid star shouldered most of the blame for his side’s disappointing defeat to Palace, as Patrick van Aanholt’s late effort managed to squeeze past him and seal a late and rare win for the Eagles at Old Trafford.Last week he was dropped to the bench for Spain’s 2-1 win over Romania in Euro 2020 qualifying, with Chelsea counterpart Kepa Arrizabalaga taking his place.Despite his dip in form, however, Solskjaer remains convinced he is the world’s No.1 in his position and has pleaded with him to remain at Old Trafford for the time being.”I want David to stay here, he knows that,” the Norwegian coach told reporters.”He is the best goalkeeper in the world and we have seen that over the years.”I hope that I can make sure he’ll finish his career at Man United, at the highest level. There has been loads of discussions and hopefully we can get it done.”De Gea joined United from Atletico in 2011 and has since made 366 appearances in all competitions, winning the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup with the club in that time. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

World Cup winner Rapinoe named The Best FIFA Women’s Player

first_imgUnited States women’s national team and Reign FC star Megan Rapinoe has been named The Best FIFA Women’s Player, beating off competition from Lyon’s Lucy Bronze and Orlando Pride’s Alex Morgan.Rapinoe receives the individual honour after playing a starring role in the United States’ triumph at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.The 34-year-old scooped the Golden Boot after scoring six goals, while she was also lifted the Golden Ball after being judged the best player at the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Even more impressive than the number of goals Rapinoe scored were when she scored them, as the winger fired in the Round of 16 game against Spain, against hosts France in a quarter-final clash of tournament favourites and in the final victory against the Netherlands.All the while, Rapinoe was making waves off the field for her outspoken nature, leading the way in the USWNT’s fight for equal pay while also drawing criticism from the likes of President Donald Trump for her political statements.Her team-mate Morgan, who was named Player of the Year in CONCACAF, also finished with the same number of goals in France, though missed out on the scoring crown by virtue of playing more minutes than her compatriot.The 30-year-old striker – who has surpassed a century of goals in her illustrious international career – was the only one of the trio to previously be nominated, finishing third in 2012.Bronze, meanwhile, was a key member of the England squad that reached the last four, following on from an outstanding season for Lyon that included helping the French club lift the Women’s Champions League for a fourth successive season.The England star also won completed a domestic double, sealing a memorable treble for Lyon.Meanwhile, the coach’s award went to Jill Ellis, who made history at the Women’s World Cup.The USWNT boss became the first coach to win the tournament for a second time, having also led them to glory in the 2015 edition in Canada.Under Ellis, the U.S. scored 26 goals while conceding just three throughout the tournament as she edged out Phil Neville and Sarina Wiegman to this year’s award.Ellis is set to step down from her role as USWNT boss in the coming weeks, ending her run with the team after five-and-a-half years.last_img read more

Non-league football: King’s Way 45, Riverside (Ore.) 0

first_imgNon-league football: King’s Way 45, Riverside (Ore.) 0 The Columbian By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Tags Published: September 22, 2018, 12:24am Share:center_img GO King’s Way Christian Knights Share: Kemper Shrock completed 18 of 19 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns as the Knights won a non-league game in Boardman, Ore.Gage Koenders rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Bryson Metz had nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.“From the start we dominated all three phases of the game, especially on defense,” King’s Way coach Brian Rodriguez said. “It was a great bounceback after last week.”The Knights (2-2) are coming off a 20-14 loss to Bellevue Christian.KING WAY CHRISTIAN 45, RIVERSIDE (Ore.) 0Individual statisticsRUSHING — King’s Way: Gage Koenders 15-118, 2 TDs; Connor Delamarter 6-35, TD; Andrew Voorhies 6-38. PASSING — King’s Way: Kemper Shrock 18-19-248, 3 TDs.RECEIVING — King’s Way: Bryson Metz 9-133, TD; Bryce Dodge 5-57, TD; Mason Packer 4-58.last_img read more

U.S. headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

first_img After her header in the 44th minute gave Canada its opening goal, Sinclair pumped her fist in celebration. She added another header in the 49th minute.“It’s my teammates that keep reminding me of it,” she smiled. “Especially in this tournament, it’s just all about qualifying.”Adriana Leon, who came in as a sub for Sinclair in the 68th minute, also scored a pair of goals.Canada will face the United States in the final. The defending World Cuo champoion Americans beat Jamaica 6-0 in the second semifinal at Toyota Stadium. FRISCO, Texas — Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.Heath’s first came in the first two minutes of the match and she added a second in the 29th. Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Morgan also had first-half goals as the United States built a 5-0 lead.Morgan’s second goal was a penalty kick in the 84th minute.The top-ranked United States is the defending champion of the sport’s premier event, having won the final in the 2015 World Cup against Japan. It was the team’s third World Cup title.Canada, ranked No. 5 in the world, also clinched a spot in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama in the earlier game Sunday at Toyota Stadium. By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press GO 4 Photos U.S. headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica Canada also clinches berth with a victory Published: October 14, 2018, 7:44pm Subscribe Today The United States outshot Jamaica 26-1.Morgan’s goals tied her with Canada’s Adriana Leon for the tournament lead with six.Morgan has 16 goals for the United States this year, and she has 23 goals in her last 23 matches. She has 96 career goals.Heath, who spent much of 2017 and the beginning of this year sidelined by injury, has seven goals in seven starts this year. Her second goal of the night came on a spectacular serve from Portland Thorns’ teammate Lindsay Horan. On the run, Heath smashed it past Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider.The match slowed down in the second half, played in a steady rain. But the thunderstorms that had been forecast never materialized. Jesse Fleming added another goal for Canada in the 48th minute, a short time before Sinclair’s second. Janine Beckie and Rebecca Quinn also scored before Leon’s brace. Leon has six goals in the tournament.Diana Matheson made her 200th appearance for Canada. The midfielder has played for the national team since 2003. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community.center_img Seventeen teams have earned trips to the World Cup. There are seven teams yet to be determined.Canada 7, France 0Christine Sinclair isn’t concerned about chasing records. She’s set her sights on the World Cup.Sinclair scored twice and Canada went on to secure a spot in next year’s World Cup in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama on Sunday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.Sinclair has 177th international goals. She ranks second on the career list — among both men and women — behind former U.S. forward Abby Wambach’s record of 184 goals. The final and third-place match are set for Wednesday night. The top three finishers in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship will represent the region in France, so the winners of both semifinals earn a berth. The fourth-place finisher will face Argentina in a playoff for a spot.Canada, ranked No. 5 in the world, will make its seventh World Cup appearance. The only time Canada has missed out on the game’s premier tournament was in 1991, the event’s first year.“It’s massive for us,” Sinclair said. “It was obviously our goal coming into this tournament. It’s getting more and more difficult qualifying out of CONCACAF, you see different teams making it the semifinals, with Panama and Jamaica making it.”Panama coach Victor Daniel Suarez gave half of his starters from earlier in the tournament the night off, including 17-year-old goalkeeper Yenith Bailey, who turned heads in a 5-0 loss to the United States in the group stage. Carli Lloyd shook the teenager’s hand following a gutsy performance. Panama started Farissa Cordoba instead. Share: Teammates celebrate after United States midfielder Julie Ertz (facing camera) scored a goal during the first half of a CONCACAF women’s World Cup qualifying tournament soccer match in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn) Photo Gallery By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The strategy was apparently to give the starters a break in anticipation that 66th-ranked Panama will play in the third-place game, perhaps against Jamaica, and a win there can still secure a World Cup berth.Suarez said after the match that Bailey had a sore shoulder, so he wanted to keep her fresh for Wednesday’s match.Panama has never been to a World Cup.“There’s a lot of changes happening,” Suarez said through a translator about Panama’s recent rise. “They (he players) want to make history, as they are right now, but it will be step by step.”Canada had the best chances in the first half, including Allysha Chapman’s shot in the 12th minute that was just off target and hit the side of the net, before Sinclair broke through. The top three finishers in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship represent the region in France, so the winners of both semifinals earned a berth before the final. The title match and the third-place game are set for Wednesday in Frisco. The fourth-place finisher will face Argentina in a playoff for a spot in France.Jamaica, ranked No. 64th in the world, was vying to become the first Caribbean nation to go to a World Cup. The Reggae Girlz upset Costa Rica 1-0 in the group stage before routing Cuba 9-0 to finish second to Canada in Group B.The island nation re-started its women’s national team program in 2014 after a six-year hiatus, boosted by the support of Bob Marley’s oldest daughter, Cedella Marley.The United States has dominated the competition in the tournament. The team averaged six goals a game in its group stage, winning all three matches. They took 114 shots, far more than the second-best team in the field, Canada (77). In their final group-stage match, the U.S. women outshot injury-depleted Trinidad and Tobago 59-0. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share:last_img read more

Thanksgiving Turkey With A Side Of Travel Planning

first_imgNovember 20, 2017 – It is time to take advantage of this season’s premium Cyber Sale deals for your next vacation. With the holidays just around the corner, Marriott International is encouraging travelers to book their upcoming itineraries for the holidays and beyond. Starting on Thanksgiving, Marriott International will launch their highly-anticipated Cyber Sale. Spanning five days, this incredible sale will feature nightly rates at select properties as low as $89 on Marriott.com/cyber and member rates from $89 on SPG.com/cyber. Which hotels are included? Over 3,500 individual hotels, across 20 brands throughout the United States, Caribbean, Latin America and Canada are participating. The hotels are offering exclusive rates when booked between November 23-27 for stays between December 7, 2017 and January 15, 2018. According to Kieran Donahue at Marriott International, Vice President, Brand, Marketing & Digital for The Americas, “We are excited to offer travelers an extra helping of savings this season.  With over 3,500 participating hotels, we have hotel deals wherever our guests’ travels may take them. “Here are just a few destinations Marriott recommends for that perfect getaway.” OahuKnown as “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is considered the most popular of Hawaii’s 6 major islands, and it is not hard to understand why. Home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, the island embodies a dazzling fusion of traditional and modern cultures exemplified by its energetic cities and laid-back beach towns. Situated steps from world-famous Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa spans 5 acres of picturesque beauty and splendor. Located just minutes from Diamond Head Crater, the resort offers easy access to Honolulu’s cultural activities and Pearl Harbor. NashvilleKnown far and wide for its vivacious spirit and endless music halls, Nashville is the ultimate destination for music-lovers, foodies and history buffs alike. While Lower Broadway is best known for its neon signs, honky tonks and hot fried chicken, Nashville’s outer neighborhoods are home to sprawling parks, cultural attractions and the picturesque mansions of Belle Meade. The recently-renovated Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown is located steps from the city’s Arts District in downtown Nashville. The hotel boasts amenities like an indoor pool, full fitness center and Library Bar offering over 50 varieties of bourbon. San FranciscoKnown for its foggy mornings, stunning scenery and abundance of world-class culinary establishments, San Francisco is a must-see destination for any travel-lover. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, the city offers a truly eclectic mix of experiences with 40-plus distinct neighborhoods ranging from groovy Haight-Ashbury to Union Square. The Courtyard San Francisco Union Square is nestled within a historic building offering modern amenities and million-dollar views of Downtown San Francisco. Conveniently located near the city’s Cable Car, guests can easily access nearby attractions like Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf, then return for a bite at the hotel’s own Table 761. OrlandoThere’s more to Orlando than cartoons and coasters, and for those seeking to make the most of their trip, a stay in the city’s thriving Downtown, might be just the ticket. Still just minutes from the area’s famous theme parks, Downtown Orlando is bustling with nightlife, art galleries and entertainment venues. Throughout the entire month of December, visitors can enjoy free holiday events centered around the beautifully illuminated six-story Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree. Curated to inspire, the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection has mosaic-tiled ceilings and rich jewel-toned décor that welcome guests to an extraordinary escape complete with an art gallery on-site. The edgy and intriguing Bösendorfer Lounge is also a favorite local hot spot offering Happy Hour and crafted cocktails. NapaWhile Napa Valley’s staggering array of wineries established the city as world-class destination, there is far more to discover in this vibrant city. From fine dining to browsing the artisanal offerings at Oxbow Public Market to hiking scenic trails, Napa is full of engaging happenings. Nestled in the heart of downtown Napa, The Westin Verasa Napa offers travelers the chance to rejuvenate and relax. After a long day spent exploring or wine tasting, retreat to the resort to soak in stunning Napa River views and enjoy luxury amenities like a heated saltwater pool. New YorkNative New Yorkers will tell you that the Big Apple is the best city in the world, and while they may be biased, it’s certainly worth seeing for yourself. The city truly comes alive during the winter months when tourists and locals alike flock to seasonal experiences like The Rink at Bryant Park Winter Village, sledding in Central Park on snowy days and shopping holidays deals on Fifth Avenue. Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, NYC’s first digitally enhanced hotel, is a world of its own in the heart of city at 35th St. & Fashion Ave. Designed to engage the senses, the stylish hotel boasts a prime location, well-appointed rooms and 8,000 square foot deck with retractable roof. MontrealSet on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, the French-influenced city in Canada’s Québec province is a winter wonderland boasting diverse culinary experiences, picturesque cobblestone streets and a unique joie de vivre spirit. Don’t miss the Montréal Museum Of Archaeology And History’s upcoming exhibit, “Passion: Hockey.” On display from Nov 25, 2017 through March 11th, the program highlights the popular roots of hockey and the achievements of legendary players. Located just steps away from the Entertainment District known as the Quartier des Spectacles and Mount Royal, Delta Hotels Montreal embraces a simplified experience with locally-influenced touches perfect for making the most of your visit. Le Cordial, the hotel’s bistro bar offers a Quebec-inspired menu that showcases local products alongside a list of creative cocktails and a microbrewery beer selection. Mexico CityLively, diverse and architecturally intriguing, Mexico City has established itself as a hot destination for travelers in recent years. Zocalo, the city’s historic center, gives way to vibrant neighborhoods dotted with art galleries, nightclubs, and world-class museums. Rising above the timeless Paseo de la Reforma, Le Méridien Mexico City stands at the juxtaposition of culture and business. Mural-adorned palaces and renown museums including the Bellas Artes Theater and Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tamayo Museum, and the Museum of Anthropology are within walking distance of the sophisticated hotel. For access to the Cyber Sale: From November 23-27, 2017, please visit: http://spg.com/cyber http://marriott.com/cyber Terms and Conditions: Offer is only valid at participating Marriott brand and The Ritz-Carlton brand hotels which participate in Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America. Available at participating The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Marriott Hotels®, Renaissance® Hotels, Delta Hotels by Marriott®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Moxy Hotels®, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. Offer not available in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa or Australia. Promotional discount applies to room rate only and is valid for reservations booked November 23, 2017 through 27, 2017. Offer is valid for stays between December 7, 2017 through January 15, 2018. Must reserve using promotional code 444 in order to receive the offer.  Stays are non-refundable, non-cancellable and deposit is required. If cancellation takes place, guests forfeit total room charge plus tax. Offer availability varies by participating hotels & resorts: valid 7 days a week. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Participating locations only. Some hotels may not be available at the rates shown. Taxes may apply.  “Starting from” rate varies by property. Please see individual property terms and conditions for complete offer details. Credit card will be charged at time of booking. Complimentary Wi-Fi provided at participating hotels and resorts for Marriott Rewards members who book via a direct Marriott booking channel. Complimentary breakfast included at Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, sale promotion, or prior purchase/reservation. An eligible stay is defined as minimum number of consecutive nights required paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-in or check-outs that occur. Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Other restrictions apply. Not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change. Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors. Void where prohibited by law. Marriott International reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. Members of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards (“Rewards Members”) will receive an exclusive, preferred rate (Marriott Rewards Member Rate”) on this promotion when they book rooms at participating hotels via a direct booking channels such as Marriott.com, worldwide telephone reservation center, mobile app or directly at a hotel. Member Rates are valid for Rewards Members only; to join visit www.MarriottRewards.com or http://accessritzcarltonrewards.com/.  About Marriott InternationalMarriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,400 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 126 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitterand Instagram.last_img read more

Seadust Cancun Kicks off 2018 with Complete Remodel

first_imgResort finalizes multi-million-dollar renovation of 505 rooms and suites, and introduces Total Play feature as well as added value promotions  Cancun, Mexico (January 19, 2017) – Seadust Cancun Family Resort is pleased to announce the completion of the resort’s complete makeover of its 505 rooms and suites. The property is also introducing a Total Play entertainment feature for guests and various promotions to take advantage of this year. The finalized remodeling of all rooms is part of an ongoing multi-million-dollar project to gradually enhance all parts of the resorts. With the revamp, rooms now feature:New mattress, pillows and comforter.New marble shower, bathroom fixtures and accessories including hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.50” HD Smart TV, complete access to apps and excellent connectivity and entertainment options.Proximity door locks and waterproof bracelets instead of regular room key cards. As part of Seadust Cancun’s renovation program, the property expects to install Total Play by the end of the first quarter of 2018. Total Play access will offer free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort. For guests that want a break to relax with their kids after a long day at the beach, this feature will also give them the opportunity to enjoy HD entertainment in the comfort of their room with the new 50” Smart TV’s, as well as access to more than 60 channels. “We are committed to enhance Seadust Cancun Family Resort in every way to create unforgettable memories for our guests,” said Mr. Pedro Pinhal, Director and CEO of Seadust Cancun Family Resort. “We look forward to reintroduce our guests to an enhanced version of our resort and we are certain this renovation will help us continue to establish ourselves at the forefront of the family travel industry worldwide.” Seadust Cancun is also offering several travel incentives and promotions for visitors to take advantage of in the new year including:Massage Promo: When booking a Sunset Suite (between now and December 17, 2018), guests will receive one complimentary 30-minute back massage. *Applicable for one massage per person/room/stay with a min. stay of four nights.Glass-Bottom Boat Tour Promo: When booking a Superior Room (between now and June 30, 2018), guests will receive 2 adult passes for a 2-hour Subsee Tour with Aquaworld. *Applicable for two passes per room/stay with a min. stay of four nights. Guests must pay a $2 fee per person for National Park use at the Marina. Continuous upgrades to the entire resort will take place throughout the year so that guests can continue experiencing stellar family adventures while enjoying the pristine beach, diverse dining establishments, and amenities for all ages. To reserve your stay at Seadust Cancun Family Resort, please visit www.SeadustCancun.com or call 1-800-233-5162last_img read more

Travel to Europe Up 20 Percent This Holiday Season

first_imgHOLIDAY TRAVEL TO EUROPE UP MORE THAN 20 PERCENT, WITH LISBON EXPERIENCING A 103 PERCENT INCREASE Allianz Global Assistance Compared Number of American Travelers Planning European Vacations During Winter 2018 to Winter 2017  Richmond, VA, November 14, 2018 — Americans continue to view Europe as a preferred holiday travel destination, according to travel destination data collected and analyzed by Allianz Global Assistance. The top 20 European destinations saw airline tickets increase in sales an average of 26 percent from last year, nearly tripling the nine percent increase from 2016 to 2017. Three of those cities experienced impressive growth of more than 50 percent: Barcelona (50.2 percent), Zurich (54.8 percent) and Lisbon (103.2 percent). This upward trend demonstrates the growing interest in Europe as a holiday travel destination. Allianz Global Assistance reviewed Americans’ travel plans* during the peak holiday travel season, Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, and found a 22.5 percent increase in total ticket purchases, compared to the same time period last year. While the top five European holiday travel destinations for Americans – London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Madrid – remain unchanged from 2017, each saw exponential growth in travel plans. Of the top 20 European destinations, Lisbon, Portugal saw the largest increase in travel, with an astounding 103.2 percent jump over last year. Lisbon also experienced the biggest shift in the overall ranking, rising from the 21st to the 12th most popular destination, bringing it within striking distance of the top 10. London maintained its status as the most popular European destination among American travelers, and Heathrow saw a 32 percent increase in tickets compared to 2017. Paris is still the second most sought after European destination for American holiday travelers. Consistent with the general trend, the number of Americans making travel plans for Paris increased 42.7 percent over last year, nearly triple the rate of last year’s annual increase of 16.3 percent. Rome, Amsterdam and Madrid similarly remained the third, fourth, and fifth most popular travel destinations, respectively, with Amsterdam seeing the largest increase in travel (22.5 percent increase from 2017). Last year, Rome had the largest increase among the three cities (56.4 percent increase from 2016). “We’re pleased to see that American interest in European travel has continued to grow over the past year,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “With flights cheaper and more accessible than ever, we expect Europe to continue to gain in popularity as a holiday travel destination among Americans for some time to come. Severe weather, trip cancellations, trip interruptions or trip delays are all possibilities when traveling to a foreign country, but with the right insurance policy, you may be reimbursed for your pre-paid, non-refundable travel expenses. Knowing your trip is protected can help ease your mind during a busy holiday season.” Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS.  Destination (Airport Code)% Change in U.S. Visitors 2017-20182017 Rank2018 RankRank Change 2017-2018London, United Kingdom (LHR)31.6 percent110France, Paris (CDG)42.7 percent220Rome, Italy (FCO)11.9 percent330Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)22.5 percent440Madrid, Spain (MAD)14 percent550Barcelona, Spain (BCN)50.2 percent761Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)9.3 percent67-1Munich, Germany (MUC)19.6 percent880Dublin, Ireland (DUB)15.6 percent990Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH)54.8 percent11101Keflavik, Iceland (KEF)36.6 percent1011-1Lisbon, Portugal (LIS)103.2 percent21129Milan, Italy (MXP)37.4 percent13130Brussels, Belgium (BRU)4.4 percent14140London, United Kingdom (LGW)-5.9 percent1215-3Vienna, Austria (VIE)15.3 percent16160Manchester, United Kingdom (MAN)7.2 percent1517-2Venice, Italy (VCE)34.2 percent21183Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)16.9 percent1819-1Athens, Greece (ATH)-0.5 percent1720-3*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ booking intent to purchase flights to European airports was gathered by analyzing the number of customers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance from June 1 to October 15, 2018 to generate itineraries for travel to Europe from the US during peak Holiday travel season (11/21/2018 – 1/06/2019), compared to the same purchasing in 2017 to peak 2018 Holiday travel dates (11/22/2017 – 1/08/2018).  Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 35 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.last_img read more

How to Make Pulled Pork in 3 Delicious Recipes

first_img Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Cook Steak in the Oven How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know When it comes to pulled meats, pulled pork sits atop the heap. It’s the type of meal that needs no introduction — it’s the friend who always has your back. At times sweet, smoky, tangy, salty, and sometimes spicy, it is the meal that most of us on staff here at The Manual could have every day for every meal.Recipes vary by region and personal preference, but they have one thing in common: Everyone thinks they have the secret to the best pulled pork ever. Do you grill it or stick it in a slow cooker or maybe in the oven? Do you want it crispy and caramelized on the outside or dripping with sauce? Should it be sweet? Spicy? Are you a traitor to barbecue if you slather it in a pre-made sauce? The labyrinthine world of pulled pork can be intimidating.Never fear, though. If you’ve never cooked pulled pork in your life, you can get started right here with three different ways to cook pulled pork. We suggest working your way through all of them and having yourself a pork-a-palooza.First, a quick note.As with all barbecue, the secret to really great pulled pork is time.You might see recipes out there that call for chops or loins. Do not betray the melt-in-your-mouth sensation of a hunk of well-cooked pork butt. There’s a reason pulled pork is made from the butt which, it should be noted, actually comes from the front shoulder of the pig. (Ham, in fact, is from the rear end, in case you were curious.) Why the butt? Because it’s delightfully fatty. A high-quality butt will have some exquisite marbling throughout, and that fat is one of the keys to a successful dish.As with all barbecue, the secret to really great pulled pork is time. Slow cooking will make it taste better, and that’s not just in your head: We’ve got science to back up what our taste buds already knew. So even if you were just going to throw a pork butt into a slow cooker with some water and salt, it would still turn out better than if you tried to rush things by cooking it with high heat or using a faster-cooking (read: leaner) cut. If you need a place to find a good cut of pork, you can always check out these mail-order meat companies.OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business.Classic Pulled PorkGMVozd/Getty Images(Recipe courtesy of Epicurious)Ingredients:1 5-6 pound pork butt, bone-in1 tbsp mild paprika2 tsp light brown sugar1.5 tsp hot paprika.5 tsp celery salt.5 tsp garlic salt.5 tsp dry mustard.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper.5 tsp onion powder.25 tsp salt6 cups hickory chips, soaked for 1 hour in cold water and drainedMethod:Combine the mild paprika, brown sugar, hot paprika, celery salt, garlic salt, dry mustard, pepper, onion powder, and salt and rub all over the butt. If desired, wrap the butt in plastic wrap and put in fridge for anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. (Applying a rub that far ahead of cooking is not necessarily going to help make the pork more flavorful, but barbecue is weird and personal and full of superstitions. So, do whatever you feel is right.) The original recipe says you can skip the rub and salt generously just before grilling, but we did both, and the rub is the clear winner of the two.Prepare the grill for indirect grilling. Place a drip pan in the center, or directly below wherever you’re putting your butt. If using charcoal, adjust the vents so you get a temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the hickory chips on the charcoals when you’re ready to cook. If using a gas grill, put the chips in the smoker box, turn the heat up until it starts smoking, then turn it down to medium-low.Place the butt over the drip pan, fat side up, and cover. Cook until tender, anywhere from 4-6 hours. If your pork is getting too dark, you can always drape it with aluminum foil. For a charcoal grill, you’ll need to add coals and .5 cup of chips to both sides every hour or so. When the pork is done, transfer it to a plate to rest with an aluminum foil tent over top. Remove the bone and fat when done resting. Shred and serve.The original recipe says that, after you remove the bone and fat, you should shred the pork, mix it with about 2 cups of sauce (any vinegar-based barbecue sauce), cover, and keep warm on the grill for an additional half hour. We say, however, that the best part of Carolina barbecue is that the pig speaks for itself, sauce optional. So we say to forego the sauce and let the crispy, juicy butt sing.Slow-Cooked Pulled PorkErik Witsoe/EyeEm/Getty Images1 4-5 pound pork butt, excess fat trimmed2 cups brown sugar2 tsp salt, more to taste2 tsp paprika2 tsp ground mustard1 tsp fresh ground black pepper.5 tsp cayenne pepper.25tsp ground chili pepper.25 tsp ginger.25 tsp fresh ground cumin5 cloves garlic, smashed3 vine-ripened tomatoes, rough chopped.5 large white onion, rough chopped.5 cup red wine vinegar.5 cup water (or chicken stock, if preferred)1 dash Worcestershire sauceMethod:Combine 1.5 cups of the brown sugar, the salt, paprika, mustard, black pepper, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, and ginger in a bowl. Apply the rub to the pork. If desired, wrap the butt in plastic wrap and put in fridge for anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. (Again, the jury is out on whether or not an overnight rub helps, but you do you.)Add the garlic, tomatoes, onion, vinegar, half of the water and Worcestershire sauce to your slow cooker and put it on low heat.Add a tablespoon of either vegetable or coconut oil to a skillet. Brown the pork on all sides then transfer to the slow cooker, which should already be on low heat. Add remaining .25  cup of water to the drippings in the skillet and whisk. Add the drippings to the slow cooker along with the remaining .5 cup of brown sugar. Stir the ingredients until well mixed, then cover and let sit for anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Flip the butt every hour and a half to two hours, as needed.When the pork is done, transfer to a plate to let it rest for 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, transfer the liquid to a saucepan and put on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Let the liquid reduce by about half. If the sauce isn’t thickening to your liking, you may add cornstarch, a pinch at a time, stirring with every addition. If you prefer a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender to get rid of the tomato chunks.Because the pork is essentially stewed, you’ll hardly have to do any work to pull it apart. You can mix the pork back into the sauce, or you can serve separately and let people add their own sauce.Root Beer Slow Cooker Pulled PorkManuela/Getty ImagesIngredients:1 4-5 pound pork butt, excess fat trimmed2 tsp salt1 12-oz can or bottle root beerMethod:Place the pork butt in your slow cooker. Add salt. Pour in root beer. We prefer Sioux City Root Beer because it uses cane sugar, but sodas like A&W, Barq’s or Mug are fine, too. Hell, you could even use Dr. Pepper (as some recipes do), but we prefer root beer because of the subtle earthy, herbaceous flavor it lends. Let sit for six hours, flipping the butt every hour and a half to two hours. 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The Ultimate Guide to Beer Glass Types

first_imgThere was a time when beer was ordered at a bar, it was served in a pint glass  (or maybe you know Cliff and Norm sloshing down some beers in small mugs at Cheers). Until recently, the vessel for beer hasn’t been much to think about for bartenders and drinkers alike, but that’s changing. Now with a wide range of beer styles at pretty much every bar and restaurant across the country, more establishments are carrying a variety of glasses to appropriately match the liquid inside.Those pint glasses we’re all familiar with, well, they don’t do much to accentuate a beer’s character. Many classic styles of beers from Europe have their own serving vessel. Really, the number of potential options is far too many to list, but we’ll take you through a quick guide for some of the best glasses for beer.Pint Glasses So, there are actually quite a few types of pint glasses. The most common pint is the shaker pint, and while it holds 16 ounces, it’s not the greatest for beer. Of course, it gets the job done, but it was originally used to help shake cocktails) — hence the name — and at some point, somebody started serving beer in them.The nonic pint is a touch better for a large array of ales served up in 16-ounce portions and helps encourage a nice head, while the imperial pint will give 20 ounces.A tulip pint is great for dry stouts, you’ve probably seen one with a frothy Guinness.Snifters Shaker pint. The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung Snifters are ideal for big boozy beers like barrel-aged stouts and barleywines as the globular shape helps to concentrate the delicious aromas, while the smaller size helps moderate the amount per serving.Tulip GlassesLike snifters, tulip glasses have a tighter opening to help concentrate the head and with a taller lip helps support a decent head. Tulips are an ideal match for double IPAs, saisons, wild and sour ales, and plenty of tasting Belgian ales.Pilsner GlassBefore the pint glass, there was the pilsner glass. They can be found in pretty much any mid-20th-century beer ad serving up the light macro lagers. There’s a reason, as they are perfect for lighter beers to show off the color and help hold a thick head.Weissbier GlassAnother one of those specifically made glasses, the weizenvase is great for the aromatic German beers as the tall shape with a thin midsection and round top help the sniffer grab a good amount of the beer’s banana and clove aromatics.Spiegelau Craft GlassesSpiegelau is a glass manufacturer that’s taken to creating glassware that enhances the many emerging types of American craft beers. For example, they’ve partnered with Bell’s Brewery, makers of Oberon, to produce a special wheat beer glass. The company then collaborated with Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Ales and Spirits to conjure up a special stout glass. Then for the mighty IPA, Spiegelau summoned Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada to draw up a glass to best accentuate the IPA’s aromas.Beer MugBeer mugs (and steins) are a quintessential beer vessel, even if they might not be ideal for the product. They’re a familiar sight for non-beer drinkers based on their once common presence in bars and ubiquity with Oktoberfest. Now many breweries offer a mug club for regulars at the bar. Beer mugs come in a great range of sizes, but many mug clubs come in around 20 ounces and sometimes carry a discount!Teku GlassBeer drinkers have fallen in love with this gorgeous stemmed glass. The angular, modern design is also crafted to best serve aromatic and flavorful beers, and while that includes most craft beers, certainly some beers do better than others in a Teku. With a shape resembling a wine glass, aromas are contained and funneled toward the nose, while the stem keeps warm hands off the liquid.Can-Shaped GlassLibbey is a glassware manufacturer with a giant line of beer glasses coming in all shapes and sizes, including many of the ones already mentioned in the list today. The company also has a specialty “craft beer glass,” a pint-sized glass with shapes similar to other specially-designed glasses to help capture the nuances of beers, especially aroma.Taster GlassWith thousands upon thousands of beers coming out of taps across the globe, it’s impossible to taste them all. With a taster glass, however, that task becomes a tad easier. These little glasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, often approximately 4 ounces. Depending on the brewery, they can come in a flight of maybe four or five glasses, to allow for a greater sampling of beers. Of course, sometimes it’s a pint you want. These are also likely the vessel of choice for beer festivals.Sam Adams Lager GlassThere’s a good chance this specially-designed lager glass is a familiar sight if you’ve spent time in an airport bar or chain restaurant. Sam Adams founder Jim Koch wanted a special glass for his Boston Lager and helped design one to best accentuate his beer. The bottom of the glass is etched to keep the aroma bubbling, while a thin wall maintains temperatures better. Finally, the tapered body and rounded top help contain and release flavors at the right times. Nonic pint. Elevate 1 of 3 Editors’ Recommendations The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home Next Previous Tulip pint. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Businesslast_img read more

Norways Coolest New Hotel Is the Former Home of a Famous Shipping

first_img Francisco Nogueira While Oslo is definitely on our must-visit list, we’re finding it hard to leave the detailed and warm ambiance of Amerikalinjen. Rooms are defined by breathy high ceilings, paned windows, and views either to the square, internal courtyard, or fjord. (Dibs on fjord.)The bathrooms are separated by a decorative white opaque glass panel; a smoked-glass mirror is affixed behind the bed. These smart notes were imagined and installed by the Helsinki studio, Puroplan, and deepen the dimensions of the room.Every interior cue, down to the furnishings, has been double-checked for its compatibility with the building’s Neo-Baroque past. En-suite chairs and lamps are remakes from mid-century classics like the Venga armchair designed by Torbjørn Bekken in 1960, table lamps by Briger Dahl’s circa 1950, and pendant lamps by Hadeland, an age-old Norwegian glassblowing company that provided the original glassware on the passenger ships. Francisco Nogueira Previous World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Francisco Nogueira Francisco Nogueira Norway’s Manshausen Island Resort is a Minimalist Retreat Founded by a Real-Life Explorer 1 of 6 Onboard yet? Even if you’ve booked another stay for your trip to Norway, stop into onto of the public spaces installed on the ground-floor of Amerikalinjen. Visit bars, restaurants, and a “Heritage Room” that is part library, part social space. Make it out of the room, downstairs for a drink, and keep moving with a quick jaunt to the up-and-coming Bjørvika neighborhood, where the new Munch Museum and the renovated Deichman public library are opening soon.After all, Amerikalinjen was inspired by “people in motion,” says Nordic Hotels and Resorts owner Petter Stordalen. Even for its vintage visitors, it was meant to be a stopping point between new lands.center_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Next Francisco Nogueira Francisco Nogueira You won’t need a boat ticket to check into Oslo’s new boutique hotel, Amerikalinjen, but you did a century ago. The building formerly housed The Norwegian American Line, a 20th-century passenger and cargo shipping company with routes to America, and the space still evokes all the seafaring maritime vibes of this waterfront capital.Francisco NogueiraRenovated by local Oslo design firm Kritt Architects into a slick 122-room hotel, the original building was built in 1919 by prolific Norwegian architects Andreas Bjercke and Georg Eliassen. Note the soaring vaulted ceilings, ornamental moldings, grand staircases, and maritime trimmings that have been kept intact to give the Amerikalinjen a balance between nostalgic and forward-thinking.Amerikalinjen opened in March 2019, joining Nordic Hotels and Resorts’ curated collection of hotels across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The Oslo location in Jernbanetorget Square is primed for visitors to explore Norway’s capital and sits adjacent to the buzzing Central Station downtown. This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passagelast_img read more

Belize Hilariously Offers the Worlds First Overwater Coworking Bungalow

first_imgFree coffee, a distraction-free environment, and super-fast Wi-Fi — all great reasons why coworking spaces are great for actually getting work done. What’s even better is an overwater coworking bungalow on a secluded Belizean island where you can pretend to get lots of work done. Welcome to Belizesure. Belize Tourism Board Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms 1 of 8 Previous 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Belize Tourism Board Belize Tourism Board Belize Tourism Board Belize Tourism Board In a bid to capitalize on the “bleisure” movement (that would be a mix of “business” and “leisure” or, basically, “working on vacation”), Belize has purportedly created the world’s first overwater bungalow coworking space. The ultra-chill space is situated on tiny Tobacco Caye just 10 miles off the coast of mainland Belize. It’s an anti-coworking space of sorts or, more accurately a co-anti-working space. The open-concept layout offers all the amenities of its big-city counterparts including standing desks, a wellness center, and a VIP boardroom. There’s even, in their words, “executive parking” and “pretty OK Wi-Fi.”If you can prove that you’re the ideal coworking candidate, you could score a five-day most-expenses-paid trip for two to Belize that includes exclusive access to the one-of-a-kind space.A bevy of outdoor adventure opportunities — snorkeling with whale sharks, world-class scuba diving, the Belize Barrier Reef (the world’s second largest after the Great Barrier Reef), deep-sea fishing opportunities, and more — is all just a brief boat ride away. Plus, guests who tire of the island’s scenic grandeur can escape to the mainland to explore ancient ruins, hike one of the most biodiverse rainforests on the planet, and chill out on the country’s famed beaches. All of which is, of course, more conducive to a classic “fly and flop” tropical vacation than a week of productive coworking.American employees are among the worst in the world at using their annual vacation time. According to the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off (we swear that’s a real thing), more than half of us leave unused vacation time on the table at the end of each year, and almost two-thirds work while on vacation. Those who responded to the PTO survey cite a fear of being replaced, lack of co-worker coverage while they’re away, and a heavy workload as the most common reasons.The Belize Tourism Board is now accepting applicants who are at least 18 years old and reside in the United States. To enter, just send an email to belizesure@gmail.com with a pitch about why you’re the ideal candidate. The deadline is April 9, 2019, so you’ll need to put a hustle on it.center_img A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 Belize Tourism Board Belize Tourism Board Stay Free on This Private Swedish Island to Work on Your Magnum Opus Next Belize Tourism Board Belize Tourism Board Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

Support National Parks this Summer By Drinking Breckenridge Brewery Pints

first_img Dry Tortugas, Florida Breckenridge Brewery Padre Island National Seashore. Texas Breckenridge Brewery The seven parks are Colorado’s Rocky Mountain, California’s Joshua Tree, Texas’ Padre Island National Seashore, Florida’s Dry Tortugas, Delaware’s Delaware Water Gap, Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley, and Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The glasses will also be featured in local giveaways at the bars.The program launched on April 20, the first day of National Park Week when all park entrance fees are waived. Breckenridge Brewery is making a commitment to the U.S. National Parks — and to all of us who get to enjoy those parks — with its Pints for Parks program.With Pints for Parks, proceeds from every Breckenridge pint sold across the U.S. this summer will be donated to support national parks — which celebrated their centennial in 2016 — through the brewery’s Breck Gives Back program. Breckenridge beers will be sold in nearly 7,500 bars nationwide this summer.“The parks need love more than ever before to stay in pristine condition, so we’re excited to make a difference for the National Parks system and inspire others to join in the effort to celebrate and support the parks, especially as we head into the parks’ busy summer season,” Breckenridge Brewery President and Head Brewer Todd Usry said in a statement. As part of the program, the Colorado brewery partnered with Colorado-based artist Andrew Hoffman to design seven unique pint glasses commemorating different parks across the country. The glasses will be used at bars in the regions near each of the parks featured on the glasses. Next Breckenridge’s commitment to the national parks seems in line with the large portion of craft beer drinkers across the nation who enjoy spending free time outdoors. Breckenridge’s backyard is the expansive Rocky Mountain region, an environment the company’s employees hold close to their hearts.“Coloradans have a deep admiration for the great outdoors, and our brewery is no different,” Usry said. “Breckenridge Brewery is located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, instilling a great appreciation for our National Park system. We are excited to show our support and help preserve everything the national parks have to offer, both in our hometown and beyond.“When brewing our beers, we always hope that they will bring people together to disconnect and simply spend time in good company – a mindset that national parks also inspire in its visitors.” 1. Hallett Peak and Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park 2. Breckenridge Brewery’s Rocky Mountain pint glass The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Joshua Tree, California Breckenridge Brewery Delaware Water, Delaware Breckenridge Brewery Breckenridge Brewery’s Rocky Mountain pint glass Breckenridge Brewery center_img The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Breckenridge Brewery Celebrates Shark Week With Very Jaw-some Beer Previous The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri Breckenridge Brewery Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio Breckenridge Brewery 1 of 7 Editors’ Recommendations Community Cider Programs Make Cider and Benefit Charitylast_img read more

Shamrocker Adventures ranked 1 Multiday Tour in Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Awards

first_imgBoca Raton, FL.– July 18, 2019 – A three-day adventure offered by ShamrockerAdventures, a specialist in authentic Irish tours, has been ranked number one in the ‘Multi-Day Tours – World’ category of the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Experiences. These awards highlight theworld’s top bookable experiences on TripAdvisor, by category and country, based on the quantity and qualityof reviews and ratings by travelers worldwide. The three-day Southern Rocker Tour travels from Dublin to Killarney and on to Galway,providing visitors short on time with the ultimate Irish fix. With a local Irish guide at thehelm and all transport around the Emerald Isle included, travelers can marvel at the Cliffs of Moher, explore the eerie moon-like landscape of the Burren, visit the wild coast of theDingle Peninsula, spend the night in the party town of Killarney and join a traditional musicsession in County Clare, home of Irish music. Priced from £209 per person, the tourincludes two nights’ accommodation, all transport and daily breakfast. Graeme Ward, Managing Director of Radical Travel said of the accolade: “We are absolutely delighted that our 3 Day Tour of Southern Ireland from Dublin has been ranked as number one in the Multi–Day Tours – World category.  It’s a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work and passion our Shamrocker team put into every tour. We feel on top of the world!” “In just the last year, we’ve doubled the number of bookable tours, attractions andexperiences available on TripAdvisor.  The breadth of winners – like a Costa Ricanwaterfall rappelling experience, a Balinese jungle swing, skip-the-line Vatican access, anda tour of Paris by vintage sidecar – reflect the incredible selection this growth affordstravelers,” said Laurel Greatrix, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “With more than 200,000 experiences on our sites, these winners are in an extremely competitive field and represent the best-of-the-best, according to travelers themselves.” To find out more about Shamrocker Adventures’ explorations of Ireland please visitwww.shamrockeradventures.com  About Shamrocker Adventures Since 1999, Shamrocker Adventures’ mission has been to make everyone’s experience of Ireland themost welcoming of their travels. To give travelers an insight into Ireland’s history and culture, to meetlocal characters and understand what it means to be Irish by offering truly authentic experiences. Shamrocker’s 3-7-day trips have it all: follow in the footsteps of giants at The Giant’s Causeway, get the‘gift of the gab’ kissing the Blarney Stone, view the mighty Cliffs of Moher and discover why Guinnessreally does taste better in Ireland. Shamrocker Adventures’ Irish tours are shamelessly good fun or asthey’d say, ‘great craic’. About TripAdvisor TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel platform*, helps 490 million travellers each month** make every triptheir best trip. Travellers across the globe use the TripAdvisor site and app to browse more than 760million reviews and opinions of 8.3 million accommodations, restaurants, experiences, airlines andcruises. Whether planning or on a trip, travellers turn to TripAdvisor to compare low prices on hotels,flights and cruises, book popular tours and attractions, as well as reserve tables at great restaurants.TripAdvisor, the ultimate travel companion, is available in 49 markets and 28 languages.last_img read more

Its Older Than You Think A Beginners Guide to Mexican Wine

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Rafael BarqueroWine has been produced in Mexico since the 16th century. With Spanish rule came mandatory vineyard plantings, wine-loving missions, and a steady flow of vino.Today, the country is responsible for some exciting up-and-coming wines. The Baja region, in particular, is home to more than 125 producers and is beginning to get some serious industry recognition. Beneath the tequila and beach-friendly lagers, there’s quality wine on Mexico’s Pacific coast.“Baja Norte is scratching the surface of potential,” says Erin Ungerman of New France Wine Company in the Twin Cities. She’s been looking into Mexican wines for a couple of years now and has seen firsthand the promise of the Baja region.New France Wine Company launched its own portfolio of Mexican wines last September. Prior, Ungerman worked with California importer La Competencia Imports to bring many of her favorite south-of-the-border labels to Minnesota (and beyond as they presently service many U.S. markets).Buzzing restaurants like Popol Vuh, named a James Beard semifinalist earlier this year, are spreading the Mexican wine gospel in the Midwest too, featuring an eclectic list with plenty of intriguing Baja options. Ungerman worked with restaurant owner Jami Olson to bring the list to life.Wine may have a five-century legacy in Mexico, but this area is just starting to see what it’s capable of.The climate in Baja is grape friendly. Big temperature swings from day to night encourage ripening and the retention of acidity. Ungerman even refers to the Valle de Guadalupe, a booming stretch of land enjoying some great press right now, as the Napa of Baja.But part of the Baja draw is its formative and experimental nature. Wine may have a five-century legacy in Mexico, but this area is just starting to see what it’s capable of. There’s not a lot in the way of formal appellations or wine rules in general as of yet, but that could be coming if the growth and quality continue.“It is very much the wild, wild west,” she says. “The wines are wild, but represent place.” Young imbibers increasingly want to experience terroir and can do so via these offerings. The relative curiosity of this wine region only adds to its intrigue. “For the wine adventurer, this is a perfect region to explore,” she continues. It’s also an easy weekend trek for millions of southern Californians.Ungerman sums up the Baja wine scene as full of food-friendly options and unique blends from predominantly small, family-run estates. The wines tend to show their close proximity to the ocean with some pleasant salinity. “There are some great wines being made now, but with a little more time I think we will see some amazing things coming out of this region,” she says.Below, check out a handful of must-trys from Ungerman.6 Mexican Wines to TryL.A. Cetto Sparkling BrutBubbles are pretty rare in Mexico, but this one made from Chardonnay suggests there’s plenty of potential.Casa Magoni ChardonnayAn unexpected blend incorporating Vermentino, an Italian varietal only recently introduced to the Guadalupe Valley.Santos Brujos Chardonnay A more delicate take on the noble Chardonnay grape.Bodegas Henri Lurton Sauvignon BlancA fresh and focused white that’s perfect with just about every warm-weather dish you can imagine.Casa Magoni Red BlendThis wine is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon and holds on to its fruity nature thanks to a non-wood aging regimen.Bodegas Henri Lurton NebbioloNebbiolo is a famed northern Italian variety that happens to do quite well in the San Vicente Valley of the Baja region. Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay last_img read more

A Closer Look at the Inspiration Behind Backcountrys InHouse Apparel

first_imgBackcountryFact: Any outdoorsy person worth their salt spends roughly 20 minutes cumulatively per day clicking over to Backcountry.com to see what kind of deals and steals might be available. But in the midst of clicking through the online retailer’s exhaustive catalog of your favorite outdoor recreation brands, you may have not have noticed an exciting new development: a brand-spanking-new collection of athletic, travel and casual apparel made by Backcountry itself.At first blush, the line looks pretty fantastic. This isn’t some token collection of hoodies, tees, and trucker caps with a brand label slapped on them. We’re talking Cordura climbing pants, hybrid soft-shell jackets with baffled core insulation, DWR-treated button-downs that migrate from street to stream, along with essential accessories like a daypack with an inset hydration sleeve.Naturally, we had to know more. We got the low-down on Backcountry’s new in-house collection from Andy Fletcher, Head of Owned Brands for the company, along with a tease of what we can expect next.The Manual: Backcountry is known for curating great apparel and gear from other brands. What was the inspiration for creating your own collection?Andy Fletcher: Our Gearheads – our product experts helping to serve customers – were the inspiration. Our Gearheads are experts in a number of outdoor activities (including mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, among many things) and they have a wealth of knowledge from both using the gear we sell and from speaking with customers all day long about what works for them. Backcountry Backcountry Previous Next Editors’ Recommendations Backcountry BackcountryAmong other things, the data showed that there was a gap in the outdoor market for a modern aesthetic and fit, so we set out to address that, building a design and development team that sat with our Gearheads to build the product you see today. We’ve focused our efforts on pursuits and activities that are core to Backcountry’s heritage in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, specifically mountain biking, climbing/bouldering, backcountry ski touring/splitboarding, and hiking/camping.TM: What sets this collection apart from other brands on Backcountry?AF: Our collection for summer 2019 has focused on mountain biking and climbing. What sets apart our product is that it was designed with insights from our Gearheads — what they needed in their own endeavors, what features they wanted in their gear, and what their customers loved or were asking for. Backcountry 1 of 7 Backcountry center_img 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know TM: In your view, what are some of the standout items in the collection?AF: Our mountain bike jerseys and shorts are built to perform for the enduro rider, with great wicking fabrics and anti-odor treatments to keep you cool and fresh while grinding away. We’ve incorporated features like pockets shaped to keep your cell phone firmly against your thigh, laser venting in high temp areas of the shorts, and lens wipes at the hem of the jerseys. Our climb collection was built using Cordura fabrics, which, besides feeling great next to your skin, will stand up to the harsh abrasion against rocks and features when climbing.TM: Do you have any collaborations planned with the other brands Backcountry works with?AF: For fall/winter 2019, we’ll again focus on skiing and splitboarding, which we’ve partnered with Gore-tex on to develop our most technical apparel yet. Backcountry How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts BackcountryNew product collaboration partners this fall include Burton, with whom we’ve developed a splitboard that is exclusive to us. We’re also continuing again this year to collab with DPS on a backcountry touring-specific ski and Black Diamond for touring-specific gloves.TM: So you’re saying that in addition to apparel, we can expect to get fully outfitted in Backcountry-brand gear?AF: I can’t divulge too much but rest assured our Gearheads and design team have tons of great ideas, and we’ll continue to collaborate with our vendor partners to bring innovative products to our customers. Backcountry The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martinilast_img read more

What to Do When Your Friend Comes Out to You

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read We live in a time where people feel safer than ever to come out. A friend choosing to come out to you can be a disorienting experience when your perception of their sexuality or their gender is required to shift. But you should keep in mind that the road to that conversation was far more disorienting for your friend. Learn how to be there for them in this vulnerable time with a few helpful guidelines.Show Gratitude for the Strength of Your FriendshipIf someone is coming out to you for the first time, you are tremendously valuable to them. The friendship you share is something they want to maintain on the road to being their most authentic self.FG Trade/Getty Images“What I appreciated about the positive experiences were that they taught me the difference between a friend and an acquaintance,” said Casey*, 27, about his coming out experience. “I realized everyone who I was not coming out to was a mere acquaintance because they had only kept me around so long as I was living in a way that was acceptable to them or convenient for them.”You’re being trusted with the unfiltered version of someone you care about, so you should take a moment to thank them for their bravery.You’re being trusted with the unfiltered version of someone you care about, so you should take a moment to thank them for their bravery. And if you suspect someone you know is struggling to come out, you can also help them be brave.“I can sense that they’re giving me a cue that I can come out if I want,” said Malcolm Jackson, 28, of his old and new friends pre-outing. “I’m gonna open the door for you a little bit.”That little bit of cushion can help them feel safe, whether it’s showing approval for a queer celebrity or speaking out about LGBTQ rights.Don’t Make It About You or Your BeliefsPersonally, and for virtually all of the queer people I talked to for background, one of the quirkiest responses to disclosing a non-heterosexual identity was an impulse friends had to center themselves. These reactions ranged from worrying that the person coming out had romantic or sexual feelings for them, to being upset that their newly queer friend wasn’t attracted to them.Ljubaphoto/Gety ImagesOn the more conservative side of the spectrum, if you really can’t reconcile someone’s sexuality or gender identity, keep your beliefs to yourself. There are ways to tactfully and respectfully remove yourself from the relationship without putting pressure on them to conform to your concept of normality.“You could see the color go from his face,” said Malcolm regarding a rare, negative coming out experience for him. “And then after that everything just stopped. No more hanging out. No more hitting me up to party. Then, I go on Facebook and I’m deleted as a friend.”Though this person wasn’t the most upfront about ending the friendship, these actions were ultimately less mentally or physically harmful than trying to get Malcolm, a bartender in a progressive city, to change, or engaging him in violence. Eventually, they reconnected and this person was much more accepting. Luckily, Malcolm didn’t have to add his friend’s journey of personal growth to his already emotional coming out process.Maintain Their Confidentiality“No matter how educated or forward-thinking someone might appear, there’s truly no way to read their mind,” said Casey about being more tight-lipped about his sexuality at work. “There’s no way to know that talking about your sexual orientation won’t somehow put you on their ‘bad list’ and they won’t thereafter do everything they can to push you out of the office. People, I find, are like the weather: Hope for the best but plan for the worst.”Be mindful that just because someone has come out to you, it doesn’t mean they’re out to everyone.Be mindful that just because someone has come out to you, it doesn’t mean they’re out to everyone. Coming out in certain situations can disrupt family life, lead to consequences at work, and in the worst case scenario, make someone an open target for hate crimes. More often than not, it can just make the atmosphere uncomfortable, especially in culturally stagnant blind spots.FatCamera/Getty Images“The only time I can see myself performing and acting very differently is when I’m around Black men,” said Malcolm, a man of Black and Asian descent. “I feel their attitudes and their personalities change around me.”Reassure ThemIf you’re more liberal-minded, you should definitely let your friend know that your relationship hasn’t changed. Though it’s easier for people to come out nowadays, many people still lose friends and family during this experience. So talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to nurturing your friendship. Make yourself more available for heartfelt conversations as well as regular hangouts.New Pronouns? No Problem.When a friend comes out as trans, they usually (but not always) will shift how they outwardly express their gender. This physical change can make it easier to remember pronouns, particularly when they rest squarely in the binary. Many people, however, are coming out as genderqueer and non-binary these days, so their gender expression might not change at all, skew towards androgyny, or only shift occasionally.At the end of the day, having someone come out to you is an exercise in empathy. All you have to do is rise to the occasion.They/them pronouns are particularly popular, but some people like Ze/Zir, Ey/Em, or something unique to their experience. Whatever they decide, write it down somewhere and commit it to memory. Trans and non-binary folks will expect you to mess up constantly at first, but the important thing is to show you’re actively trying to get used to the change. Approaching new pronouns with flippancy will likely hurt your friend and potentially make them feel as though their identity is invalid.You should also hold other people accountable when they trip up or intentionally misgender your friend. This last note should be done with your friend’s permission because, as we’ve already noted, they might not want to be out to the person who misgendered them.At the end of the day, having someone come out to you is an exercise in empathy. All you have to do is rise to the occasion.*Pseudonym Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective)last_img read more

Nostalgic Yanaka Sendagi In Tokyo

first_imgNostalgic and Charming Yanaka Sendagi: Ideal for PhotographersYanaka Ginza is a popular Japanese shotengai or shopping street, in the Yanaka Sendagi area, with many visitors coming here with a camera in tow, ready to photograph the town. In this dynamic area you will also find people walking in the streets with snacks, savoring the local cuisine, along with photographers shooting the historical buildings and structures here.We are excited to introduce the many gems to discover in this nostalgia-filled neighborhood.In Yanaka Sendagi, you can feel the flow of time and the personal stories even from these casually-taken photos.The charms of this neighborhood lie in the signs of life and the hardships conveyed through photography. Here we see bicycles loaded up with cleaning supplies.The air is full of sentiment and nostalgia during the cherry blossom and plum blossom seasons as well.These photographs will increase visitors’ appreciation of the ordinary architecture and buildings found in shopping area and business districts.You can sense the antique charm here, from the details like the window frame designs to the colors of the tiles and paint on the buildings. There also are companies that move into these old commercial building and remodel them into nice offices.The black and white and sepia filters compliment the retro atmosphere of Yanaka Sendagi perfectly.InformationNearest station: JR Nippori station, West exit and Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, Sendagi station.last_img read more

Andrea Bocelli Josh Groban Reba McEntire Kristin Chenoweth At Celebrity Fight Night

first_img“Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” returned for its fifth annual event, taking philanthropic donors and special guests to Italy’s most beautiful regions, where they were treated to the very best arts, entertainment, and culture in the region.Josh Groban and Andrea BocelliOver its 24-year history, Celebrity Fight Night has earned the title as one of the largest grossing charity events in the country, sending more than $86 million to charities, most significantly to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.On September 4th, over 100 philanthropists traveled to Italy to participate in the extraordinary philanthropic adventure, which kicked off with a memorable dinner under the stars in the Gherardesca Garden}. The following day guests were taken on a journey to the sea where they cruised along the Tyrrhenian Coast up to the stunning town of Porto Venere for a dinner at the foot of the Church of St. Peter. Guests were enchanted with entertainment from Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Katharine McPhee, and Colin Schachat, directed by 16-time Grammy Award Winner, David Foster.The next evening, Leonardo Ferragamo hosted guests at his family house, Villa le Rose, a beautiful Renaissance villa commissioned in the 15th century. Ferragamo treated guests to a dinner accompanied with outstanding entertainment from award-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, alongside Andrea Bocelli’s son, Matteo Bocelli, Michael W. Smith, and Chris Tucker.On Saturday night, guests traveled to medieval Verona for a dinner at the Gran Guardia Palace, followed by the mesmerizing opera show, ‘La Notte di Andrea Bocelli’, in the 2000-year-old Arena di Verona. Hosted by Italian TV Presenter, Milly Carlucci, alongside celebrity presenters including Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere, and Catherine Deneuve, the show was dedicated to the highest expression of art involving over 400 performers from the world of classical music and dance. World-renowned tenor, Andrea Bocelli was joined on stage by international artists Carla Fracci, Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard, Grammy-Nominated Aida Garifullina, Sergei Polunin, Leo Nucci, and the Italian Operatic Baritone for an unparalleled operatic spectacle. During the concert, ABF promoted the SMS Campaign dedicated to the reconstruction of the pre-school and the primary school in the Municipality of Muccia, the Central Italy Earthquake Intervention.The culmination of the 7-day event featured a fun-filled musical night led by David Foster, as well as various world-renowned artists including Andrea Bocelli, Reba McEntire, Kristin Chenoweth, Katharine McPhee, Pia Toscano, Caroline Campbell, Brian McKnight, and Michael W. Smith. The entertainment was preceded by a gourmet dinner and live auction at the Palazzo Pitti, which was built in 1457 and eventually became the primary residence of the royal Medici family.This experience was sponsored by Stefano Ricci, Antico Setificio Fiorentino, GVM, TaTaTu, Fregoli, Vhernier, Emilio Pucci, Il Palato Italiano, Falconeri, Sanlorenzo, Ca ’del Bosco, and Fratelli Piccini.last_img read more

Top Chef Canada AllStars Turns Up The Heat

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Top Chef Canada is back for its fiercest season yet! Turning up the heat for a brand-new season of Canada’s most prestigious and high stakes culinary competition, Top Chef Canada: All-Stars kicks off its return by introducing an all-star roster of talent to the judges’ table. Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and television personality Eden Grinshpan (Chopped Canada) joins as host alongside Head Judge Chef Mark McEwan. Esteemed Resident Judges rounding out the panel include acclaimed restaurant critic and writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; Mijune Pak, food writer and creator of Follow Me Foodie; and powerhouse restaurateur Janet Zuccarini. For the first time in Top Chef Canada history, chefs from past seasons return to face cutthroat challenges and bold critiques from Canada’s most refined palates as they battle for the title that has eluded them all. Top Chef Canada: All-Stars premieres Sunday, April 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.“It’s a thrill to release a new, heart-stopping season of Top Chef Canada. As the country’s premiere culinary competition it’s one of the network’s long-standing fan-favourite series,” said John MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Women and Lifestyle Content, Corus Entertainment. “We’re excited to have Mark McEwan back as head judge, and welcome new host Eden and resident judges Mijune, Chris and Janet – all top talent in Canada’s elite culinary field, each with their own unique area of expertise.”“We are so excited that Top Chef Canada is back and this time we are bringing the All-Stars!,” said John Brunton, Executive Producer for Insight Productions. “Top Chef Canada was a life changing experience for these chefs the first time around and now we can’t wait to see what they cook up for Chef Mark McEwan and our new panel of experts. Viewers won’t want to miss a single dish.” Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Meet the Top Chef Canada: All-Stars host and judges’ panel:Eden Grinshpan, Host: Graduate of both cuisine and pastry at Le Cordon Bleu, Eden is a judge on Chopped Canada and hosted her own food adventure series Eden Eats on Cooking Channel in the U.S.Mark McEwan, Head Judge: Mark is a revered chef and restaurateur. As a leader in Canada’s food scene, Mark is owner of One Restaurant, Bymark, Fabbrica and McEwan Foods.Chris Nuttall-Smith, Resident Judge: Chris is a critically-acclaimed food writer and restaurant critic, most recently spending 10 years as a columnist for the Globe and Mail.Mijune Pak, Resident Judge: Mijune runs culinary adventure blog Follow Me Foodie, is a published author and regular food contributor for a variety of Canadian news outlets.Janet Zuccarini, Resident Judge: Janet is a well-known Toronto restaurateur, owning Toronto hot spots Café Nervosa, Gusto 101 and PAI Northern Thai Kitchen.This season, returning all-star chefs unpack their knives and come back to fight for a chance to win a $100,000 grand prize courtesy of Interac Flash and a Monogram kitchen valued at over $25,000. Stay tuned for more information on which all-star chefs are slated to compete in this must-see event.To learn more about the series, catch up on past seasons and watch episodes online after they premiere, visit www.foodnetwork.ca.Top Chef Canada is the homegrown version of the hit Emmy Award-winning NBCUniversal Series Top Chef and is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with Food Network Canada. Executive Producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, and Supervising Producer is Eric Abboud.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRFollow Food Network Canada on Twitter @FoodNetworkCA Facebook Food Network Canada and Instagram @FoodNetworkCaFollow Top Chef Canada on Twitter @TopChefCanada and Facebook @TopChefCanada and discuss using #TopChefCanadaWatch full episodes and see exclusive content at foodnetwork.ca/shows/top-chef-canada/Food Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. Big Brother Canada, The Amazing Race Canada, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016, Canada’s Walk of Fame 2015, and How To Change The World were collectively nominated for 29 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, more than any other production company. Past productions include Intervention Canada, Project Runway Canada, Battle of the Blades, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary. Login/Register With:last_img read more

When marketing flops 5 Super Bowl ads that backfired

NEW YORK — Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what the Ram truck company did with a Martin Luther King speech or what Groupon did spoofing promos for charities.Though such messages can get attention, it’s the wrong kind of attention. Groupon got buzz all right, but most of it was negative.Here’s a look at five Super Bowl ads that flopped, despite months of planning and great expense.2018: RAM PROMOTES VOLUNTEERISMLast year, a Ram truck ad showed people doing service-oriented tasks set against audio of King urging people to be “great” by serving the greater good. The ad was supposed to highlight the volunteer program Ram Nation.Instead, viewers and ad experts criticized it for forging too tenuous a connection with the civil rights hero. On Twitter, many people felt that the use of King’s speech was merely exploiting emotions to sell trucks.Fiat Chrysler, which owns Ram, said it worked closely with the King estate on the ad. It has stayed mum on whether it’s advertising during this year’s game.2013: VOLKSWAGEN’S “GET HAPPY”Volkswagen’s ad for Passat depicts a white American so happy with a Passat that he starts speaking in a Jamaican accent, much to the consternation of his co-workers. The company said it was trying to stress the optimistic nature of VW users and chose the Jamaican ad for showcasing that message in a funny, easy-to-understand manner.Volkswagen released the ad ahead of the Super Bowl, only to run into criticism. Some people said it bordered on racism because it portrayed the Jamaican accent as a caricature.The furor was eventually quelled, however, by Jamaicans themselves, and the ad did run during the Super Bowl.2013: GODADDY “PERFECT MATCH”Web hosting service GoDaddy has made a name for itself during the Super Bowl with crass commercials starting in 2005, but its 2013 ad outdid itself in the taste department.The ad showed supermodel Bar Rafaeli making out with a bespectacled nerdy man in a very tight, extended close-up. While the ad succeeded in grabbing attention, some dubbed it “gross.”The company — and Super Bowl advertisers in general — toned down ads after that. For the past several years, GoDaddy hasn’t advertised during the Super Bowl at all.2011: GROUPON’S PSEUDO PSAsDeal site Groupon wanted to make a humorous debut as a Super Bowl advertiser but ended up striking the wrong tone .Groupon ran three ads that made fun of public service announcements. In one, Timothy Hutton says “the people in Tibet are in trouble, their culture is in jeopardy,” as pictures of Tibet are shown on the screen. The punchline? It turns out he was talking about a fish curry deal Groupon was offering. Other ads poked fun at charities for saving the whales and the Brazilian rain forest.Groupon was actually trying to raise money for the charities the ads were spoofing, but the ads didn’t make that clear.The ads sparked widespread negative reaction on Twitter and Facebook. According to research firm Alterian, which produced a “Buzz Bowl” score of online activity, Groupon was among the five most-discussed advertisers online. But the buzz was twice as negative as it was positive.Groupon returned to the Super Bowl last year with an ad starring Tiffany Haddish but is sitting out this year.1999: JUST FOR FEETAn ad from Just For Feet, a now-defunct sportswear retailer, featured mostly white commandos in a Humvee chasing a barefoot African man in a desert. They drug him and force him to wear sneakers, which he tries to shake off.The ad was labeled racist. Just For Feet later sued the agency that created the spot, Saatchi & Saatchi. Later that year, the company filed for bankruptcy and faced accounting fraud changes, unrelated to the ad. It was bought by another company and closed for good in 2004.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Researchers share publishing and timemanagement tips

Brock University has many faculty who are prolific writers and being published several times a year.To most people, publishing five books in one year would be an unattainable goal, overwhelming to say the least.But for linguistics professor Thomas Farrell, it’s all in a day’s work.Well, two decades of a day’s work, to be exact.Thomas Farrell published five books last year.“Every day, I go to my basement at about 7:30 a.m. with my cup of coffee,” says Farrell who, in addition to authoring five books in 2013 alone, is also chair of the Department of Applied Linguistics Studies.“I work until about 11:30 a.m. and then I go for a jog and then I come into Brock, depending on class time and other meetings as well. That includes Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been doing that intensively for about 20 years.“Some days I don’t write that much, some days I do, but I’m always there,” he adds. “That’s what I do. I don’t let anything interfere with it.”Farrell is one of a number of Brock researchers who produce books, journal articles, commentaries, blogs and other works on a frequent basis.Time pressures on researchers can be enormous. In addition to conducting their own research, which in many cases involves long hours in the lab, researchers teach classes, supervise students, attend conferences, write lengthy, complicated grant applications and read extensively to keep up with developments in their field.So how do prolific authors do it?“I’ve been at the right place at the right time with the right skill set and the right energy drives, the right motivation and I’ve been lucky enough to pick and choose the things that really counted,” says epidemiologist Martin Tammemagi.Martin Tammemagi’s work is published in several journals.Since February, 10 of Tammemagi’s papers have been published or accepted for publication in a wide range of journals for 2013, including JAMA Internal Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine.The Community Health Sciences professor explains that much of the groundwork for his papers comes from research he has done in the National Lung Screening Trial and the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial in the U.S. since 1998.“The nice thing about my fit into that was that I enjoy doing analysis, I enjoy number-crunching,” Tammemagi says.He added that the clinicians and radiologists he worked with didn’t have the expertise in those areas. “I love to see the data. They contain so many secrets and mysteries. It’s exciting to reveal them.”From this passion, Tammemagi quickly developed his niche.“I’ve been first author on a number of papers, but also I’ve been second author,” he says. “Somebody else might have initiated the paper, I then carried it through by doing the analyses. It’s been a collaboration of many people but I’ve been fairly instrumental in many of them as well.”Labour expert Kendra Coulter sees her media articles and blogs “as an extension of our responsibility as faculty at publically-funded universities and as public intellectuals.”“In some ways, it’s a different way of teaching,” she says. “It’s a broader conversation, and it’s also a way to enrich public discourse.”Kendra Coulter frequently writes op-eds and other stories for newspapers and online news websites.The labour studies professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences has published nine op-ed pieces and articles since last year in Huffington Post, Hamilton Spectator, Toronto Star, Our Times labour magazine and rabble.ca in addition to journal articles, a book (to be released next year) and book chapters.Coulter is also a frequent guest on many CBC shows and is quoted extensively in mainstream media.“If an issue is in the news and I’d like to broaden or deepen the conversation a little bit, I will be inspired to write an op-ed,” she says.“Alternatively, if something is important but missing from mainstream media coverage, I will try to bring that issue forward to encourage awareness and discussion.”Coulter has some words of advice for those researchers wanting to write opinion pieces, editorial-type articles or blogs in the press, but who may find that type of writing challenging compared to academic prose.“Think of it as akin to teaching a first-year class. The message needs to be concise, clear and organized,” she says. “Ideally, have something very direct to say that can be outlined in 500 words. You can’t explain everything, but you can add some context and broader perspective.”But whatever type and volume of writing researchers undertake, one strategy remains the same.“Never give up,” Farrell says. “You wouldn’t believe how many times I have been rejected. And the same people who rejected me are saying yes now to similar ideas. So never give up.”Other tips to expand one’s repertoire of writing:* Build up your presence in academic journals as a way of establishing a track record for book publishers.* Focus on a particular audience for a book.* Develop your niche. Have a specific focus especially when writing books and media articles.* Meet book publishers at conferences and ask them what they want.* Team up with an established writer especially when starting out as a book author.* Stay true to yourself as a writer.* Continually take courses to brush up on or stay current with your research skills and techniques.* Look for unexpected triggers as a hook for readers of mass media, such as using a character in the popular Big Bang Theory TV show to explain language and accents read more

UN marks World Environment Day with focus on preventing desertification

The United Nations today marked World Environment Day by shining the spotlight on the world’s deserts, from appeals to curb the desertification of dry-lands to a major report on the dramatic impact of climate change to a list of do’s and don’ts for tourists and a children’s painting competition. From Norway’s most northerly city of Tromsø, way above the Arctic Circle, to the burning heat of Algeria, co-home to the world’s largest desert, UN agencies joined in the observation, from the major sponsoring body, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to the UN refugee Agency and even one of the specialized experts on human rights. “Desertification is hard to reverse, but it can be prevented,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a call to all government to rise to the challenge. “Protecting and restoring drylands will not only relieve the growing burden on the world’s urban areas; it will contribute to a more peaceful and secure world.“It will also help to preserve landscapes and cultures that date back to the dawn of civilization and are an essential part of our cultural heritage,” he added. In a landmark report issued today, UNEP notes the threats and opportunities in the world’s 12 desert regions ranging from the Sahara in North Africa, the planet’s largest, to the Atacama in Chile in South America to the Sonora in the United States to the Kizil Kum in Afghanistan to the Gobi in China and the Great Victoria desert in Australia.“The world’s deserts are facing dramatic changes as a result of global climate change, high water demands, tourism, and salt contamination of irrigated soils,” the Agency said in a statement summarizing the report – Global Deserts Outlook.Global and regional instability, leading to more military training grounds, prisons and refugee holding stations, may also be set to modify the desert landscape, the report stresses. “These intrusions import many people into deserts, generate considerable income and help upgrade infrastructure, but have large environmental footprints particularly with respect to water. In an insecure and competitive world, this kind of investment will continue, even grow,” it says. “Better management of water supplies will be the key challenge for the future of deserts but could, if successful, be a beacon of hope and good practice for other water-short parts of the globe,” UNEP notes. “There are many popular and sometimes misplaced views of deserts which this report either confirms or overturns. Far from being barren wastelands, they emerge as biologically, economically and culturally dynamic, while being increasingly subject to the impacts and pressures of the modern world,” UNEP Officer in Charge and Deputy Executive Director Shafqat Kakakhel said. “They also emerge as places of new economic and livelihood possibilities, underlining yet again that the environment is not a luxury but a key element in the fight against poverty,” he added, citing growing interest in deserts as prime locations for aquaculture and the source of novel drugs, herbal medicines and industrial products derived from the plants and animals adapted to arid areas as well as the huge solar-power potential. With the Arctic region like to suffer some of the greatest impact from global warming, UNEP chose Tromsø as one of the host sites for the Day.“The Polar Regions are some of the most hauntingly beautiful places on Earth. They are also nature’s early warning systems where human-induced climate change, the thinning of the ozone layer up to the impacts of persistent chemical pollution continue to be registered first,” Mr. Kakakhel said. Joining in the observance, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that this year’s theme is Desert and Desertification and the slogan is ‘Don’t Desert Drylands!’ But to make the theme more applicable and relevant to most refugee situations, UNHCR has chosen to use the slogan ‘Combat Land Degradation in Refugee-Hosting Areas.’“World Environment Day is an opportunity to draw attention to the dependence of refugees and the internally displaced on natural resources and to urge everyone to be considerate in the use and protection of these resources,” the head of UNHCR’s Division of Operational Services, Arnauld Akodjenou, said. Meanwhile UNEP issued guidelines for the increasing numbers of desert tourists to preserve the environment, from drinking purified, as opposed to mineral water in plastic bottles, taking old batteries back home, and using gas rather than firewood for cooking.“Tourism based around desert nature can, if sensitively managed, deliver new prospects and perspectives for people in some of the poorest parts of the world,” Mr. Kakakhel said.Meanwhile in the Algerian capital of Algiers, host of the main observances, sophisticated images of water and life, desert biodiversity and deforestation dominated this year’s UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment. First prize went to 9-year-old Lau Tsun Ming from China whose painting contained two contrasting scenes of Earth, one desertified, the other keeping natural beauty.And the Special UN Rapporteur on adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights, Okechukwu Ibeanu, called on all countries to take “effective and concrete measures” to end impunity for violators dumping toxic wastes “resulting in unmitigated deterioration of the environment, particularly in the developing countries.” read more

Womens basketball preview Six new players ready to shine on promising OSU

OSU then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoWhen the Ohio State women’s basketball team faces Ashland University in an exhibition game on Sunday, fans will finally get to see the new wave of talent donning the Scarlet and Gray.Gone are guards Cait Craft — who provided both defense and leadership — and Ameryst Alston, who was second on the 2015-16 team in scoring at 18.3 points per game. Forward Kalpana Beach and center Lisa Blair have departed the program as well.But the Buckeyes will debut six new players this season, starting with freshmen guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti, and forward Tori McCoy, who all ranked within the top-31 in their class by ESPN.“I think all three of our freshmen are going to really contribute this year,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “They’ve got a lot of talent. They are going to be really great in our program.”OSU will also welcome the additions of three transfers. Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga (previously at North Carolina) and redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (Duke) will jump right into the Buckeyes’ lineup. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper (Kentucky) will have to wait until the end of OSU’s fall semester before hitting the court.All six players bring plenty of on-the-court talent to the Buckeyes, but Mavunga also believes that she has taken on an important vocal leadership role with the team.“That’s one of the biggest things that drives a team to really be great,” Mavunga said. “If the team is really quiet out there, especially on defense, then you don’t really know what’s going on.”With the additions of Mavunga and McCoy, OSU now boasts more size in the interior, something that hurt last year’s team. In the Buckeyes’ season-ending, 78-62 Sweet-16 loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, Volunteers’ center Mercedes Russell put up a game- and career-high 25 points.“We’ve got a little bit more presence around the basket,” McGuff said. “We need to utilize people and get them the ball.”New faces, new depthWith the talented additions, OSU is looking at one of its deepest rosters in recent memory. Throughout this offseason, Buckeyes’ coaches and players have been harping on the team’s new depth and what it could mean for the program.“I think it put us in a little bit better position here early on, hopefully,” McGuff said.OSU wasn’t in too great of a situation early on last year, dropping its first two regular season contests. The Buckeyes fell 88-80 to No. 2 South Carolina in the season opener on the road and followed it up with a 100-56 loss to No. 1 UConn in the home opener.McGuff believes that the competitive nature of this year’s team, thanks to depth, will help the team get off to a better start this time around.“Ultimately, that’s got to be what really drives this team — the competitive environment we have on a daily basis,” McGuff said.Mitchell expanding her roleAssociated Press preseason first-team All-American junior guard Kelsey Mitchell earns plenty of national praise, but there may be no one who speaks more highly of her than her coach.“She’s, in my opinion, the best player in college basketball,” McGuff said. “She obviously scores a lot of points, but she also makes others around her better.”The praise is warranted. Mitchell has accomplished quite a bit in her two seasons at OSU, including breaking her own single-season scoring record in her sophomore year after breaking the record the year before.She is widely regarded as one of the better players in all of women’s college basketball, but she never lets the spotlight shine too bright.“I just show up every day,” Mitchell said. “I just go to school, play basketball, go to school, play basketball. I don’t try to think ahead; I don’t try to think too far behind.”Mitchell said that she is excited for this year’s Buckeye team and what some of the newcomers can bring to the program.“I think the one thing that separates us from other teams is that we are down to try anything, whatever the team needs,” Mitchell said. “I think our new people will do that.”Sunday’s preseason game against Ashland will tip off at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, preparing OSU for its regular-season opener against Duquesne on Friday, Nov. 11 at St. John Arena. read more

UG launches School of Entrepreneurship Business Innovation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrivate sector engages SEBI to offer practical courses to improve their businessesJuly 17, 2017In “Business”UG to offer a minor in Mandarin Chinese StudiesJuly 13, 2017In “Business”UG partners with Jamaican publishing company to establish pressMarch 20, 2017In “Local News” The University of Guyana has launched its School of Entrepreneur and Business Innovation (SEBI) which seeks to educate and develop entrepreneurial, innovative leaders and managers with the needed skill.SEBI will contribute to the development of an entrepreneurial and innovative culture in Guyana, through its training, lecture series, research and outreach efforts.The school’s programmes will facilitate significant cross-discipline collaboration, allowing students in other areas to participate in studies and projects on agro-processing, healthcare management, creative arts management, and environmental management, just to name a few.SEBI’s student philosophy is built around developing students with high standards of professionalism, academics, character, engagement and services.Speaking at the launch, Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Ivelaw Griffith said the launch of SEBI is a historic event not only for the University but for the nation.The new programme sought to embrace a wider community by providing a place for students of the Caribbean to also study at the facility. read more

What will halt the worldwide decline in mine equipment performance

first_imgThis was the title of a paper from Richard Adsero and Dr Graeme Lumley of GBI Mining Intelligence, which was presented at the recent SME Annual Meeting in Denver. The paper, which coincides with a report by Dr Lumley on the analysis of equipment trends in the 2013 AusIMM Revision of Monograph 19 on Australasian Mining and Metallurgy Operating Practices (AMMOP), raises some disturbing trends in worldwide mine equipment productivity. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), productivity of the whole mining industry is down 34% since 2001.In terms of surface equipment median output, draglines are down 15% since 2003; electric rope shovels down 40% since 2003; hydraulic excavators down 30% since 2008; wheel loaders down 39% since 2007 and trucks down 41% since 2006. During this same period, best practice (average of the top 10%) has declined much less (eg shovels -8%, excavators -19% and wheel loaders -5%). The paper built on the analysis of AMMOP to understand the differences between median and best practice and identifies the factors contributing to the decline in performance. As the industry enters a period of potentially lower prices and reduced margins, pressure will increase to move more with existing equipment. An understanding of where efficiency has been lost is a key to improvement, and the authors believe that the analysis of AMMOP information in papers such as this will be crucial to reversing the decline in equipment performance.last_img read more

WATCH Broadcaster struggles to announce new Pope

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSz_-VU9Lg8YouTube/jimmyt0225WHEN THE SELECTION of Pope Francis – formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – was announced last night, there was a bit of a media scramble to catch up on him.But some found it a little trickier than others.Here’s New York radio host Mike Francesca, relaying the news to his listeners. Sort of.WATCH: Your Thursday morning inspiration>Quiz: How to tell if you are human>last_img

Govt seeks to tackle property tax confusion

first_imgThe government is seeking ways to temper the uproar provoked by a new single property ownership tax (ENFIA), which is being revised after erroneous data initially used to calculate it resulted in disproportionately large levies for thousands of homeowners, and is considering allowing taxpayers to pay the levy in several installments and over a longer period of time.The Finance Ministry has asked the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) whether it can extend the collection of the property tax for this year beyond December, potentially through February. The ministry would only want to proceed with such a move though, Kathimerini understands, if the revenue collected can still be recorded on the budget for 2014 so that Greece’s efforts to meet fiscal targets are not jeopardized.The ministry is keen to allow homeowners to repay the tax, which has fuelled public anger and vehement criticism by the political opposition, in six to eight installments. The first installment of the tax, which had been due for payment at the end of July, has already been postponed until the end of September.The junior coalition partner PASOK has also expressed opposition to the proposed tax – not to technical issues that the ministry has pledged to correct, but to its overall philosophy. A group of PASOK MPs are planning to submit to Parliament a series of proposals for the revision of the tax by early next week. Meanwhile a significant number of deputies from conservative New Democracy, the dominant party in the coalition, are pressing for drastic changes to the law with some even insisting that it be revoked in order to ease public anger.The main leftist opposition SYRIZA yesterday continued its assault on the government over the tax, with party secretary Dimitris Vitsas describing it as “completely unfair and damaging to society” and insisting that the leftists would scrap it.Next week, the ministry’s general secretariat for revenues is due to set out the terms for exemptions from the tax for low-income Greeks.Source: Ekathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SMEs take the blow

first_imgSmall and medium-sized enterprises have proved much more vulnerable in the face of political uncertainty and the capital controls than bigger companies, as in 2015 they saw their sales and exports shrink faster than their larger peers, according to a National Bank of Greece report.Even when the capital controls are finally lifted, smaller enterprises are expected to recover at a slower pace than bigger firms. The difference in companies’ resistance to pressure is not only related to their size but also their sector, as the construction and retail commerce sectors appear to be the weakest links.The NBG survey showed that SMEs recorded a 15 percent decline in sales during the third quarter of 2015, just after the government introduced the capital controls, compared with the same period in 2014. In the second quarter the annual decline had amounted to 4 percent on the prevailing political and economic uncertainty.At the same time, larger companies suffered a much smaller drop in sales volume in the July-September period, amounting to 7.8 percent year-on-year. Now, over 50 percent of them say they will be able to return to normal volumes once the capital controls are lifted.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

2012 a été la pire année jamais connue par les papillons britanniques

first_img2012 a été la pire année jamais connue par les papillons britanniquesLe programme de surveillance des papillons du Centre de recherche britannique sur l’Ecologie et l’Hydrologie (CEH) indique qu’en raison des pluies record de 2012, les papillons ont connu une année “horrible” et que certaines espèces ont enregistré un très fort déclin.”2012 a été la pire année que nous ayons enregistrée pour les papillons”. C’est la triste nouvelle qu’a annoncée dans un communiqué le Centre de recherche britannique sur l’Ecologie et l’Hydrologie (CEH) qui mène depuis plusieurs années un programme de surveillance des lépidoptères. Les spécialistes ont expliqué que 2012 a été une année “horrible” notamment en raison des pluies record qui ont entraîné un très fort déclin de certaines espèces. En effet, lorsqu’il pleut, les papillons ont du mal à trouver de la nourriture ou un abri et les intempéries perturbent aussi leur accouplement. Ainsi, sur les 56 variétés étudiées dans le cadre du programme de surveillance des papillons, 52 ont vu le nombre de leurs représentants baisser l’an dernier. Pour 13 d’entre elles, 2012 a même été la pire année depuis que ce programme d’observation a commencé en 1976. Le Moyen Nacré par exemple, un papillon aux ailes orangées à pois noirs, a vu sa population baisser de 46% par rapport à 2011. L’Argus bleu a diminué de 60%, le Thècle de la ronce de 68%, le Collier de corail de 73%, l’Hespérie sylvaine de 55% et le Thècle du prunier, très rare au Royaume-Uni, est même en recul de 98%. Parmi les 56 espèces, seules quatre ont vu leur population augmenter : le Myrtil a connu une croissance de 21% et le Moiré sylvicole qui prospère dans des conditions humides, a vu sa population croitre de 55%.Une récupération plus difficile que jamais  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A ces chiffres préoccupants, s’ajoute le fait que certaines variétés étaient déjà en déclin avant cette période. “Les papillons ont prouvé auparavant que leur donner des conditions favorables et un habitat approprié pouvaient leur permettre de récupérer”, a indiqué le Dr Tom Brereton qui s’occupe de la sauvegarde des papillons. “Mais avec des chiffres au plus bas pour les trois-quart des espèces britannique, la récupération sera plus difficile que jamais”, a t-il estimé cité par le Telegraph. “Nous craignons désormais que ces espèces menacées ne puissent disparaître dans certaines parties du Royaume-Uni”, a ainsi conclu le CEH qui tire ses informations de 1.500 volontaires passionnés de papillons.Le 30 mars 2013 à 10:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gas prices increase to highest amount since Nov 28

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 28, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today to its highest amount since Nov. 28, increasing 1.9 cents to $3.576.The average price has risen 10 consecutive days and 16 of the past 17, increasing 25.4 cents, including 4.2 cents Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 18.8 cents more than one week ago, 26.9 cents higher than one month ago and 5.7 cents greater than one year ago.The rising prices are the result of a reduction in supply caused by a partial shutdown of the Phillips 66 Carson refinery, planned maintenance at the Torrance Refinery and issues at at least two Northern California refineries, Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California told City News Service. Gas prices increase to highest amount since Nov. 28 KUSI Newsroom March 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Juneau beats Fairbanks to first snowfall for first time in 70 years

first_imgSnow covers Mount Juneau, Sunday, Oct. 16. (Photo by Tripp Crouse/KTOO)National Weather Service meteorologist Edward Liske said this season is the first-time Juneau has seen measurable snowfall before Fairbanks since about 1940.Listen Now The National Weather Service reported Sunday that Juneau is one of the first communities in the state to see measurable snowfall this year.“Fairbanks has not seen any snow yet so far this season, neither has Anchorage. Nome has had zero. Kotzebue has had zero,” Liske said. “The only place that really has had measurable snow this season has been Barrow with a tenth of an inch so far.”Liske said Juneau has seen snow earlier in the past. In 1974 and again in 2000, Juneau saw its earliest snowfalls on Oct. 2.This year, Liske said Juneau saw 2 inches of snow in downtown Sunday, 5 inches near the airport and 8-9 inches at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in the Mendenhall Valley.The precipitation started as a sudden mix of rain and snow that hit Juneau on Saturday, interrupting what Liske called unusually warm conditions.“As we started getting heavier and heavier rain, or heavier and heavier (precipitation), it just made the surface temperatures colder and colder to the point that the rain changed over to snow during Saturday evening,” Liske explained.But, he said the snowy weather was short-lived. It was already reverting to rain Sunday evening.He predicted Juneau will continue to see warmer and rainier weather through the rest of the week, and the snow will most likely melt.Before the early snowfall, Liske said an area of high pressure called a ridge surrounded much of Interior Alaska and the Gulf of Alaska giving Juneau uncharacteristically dry October weather.“That ridge has actually been deflecting a lot of our storm systems that we usually see farther south,” Liske said.“The storms that the Pacific Northwest has been seeing over the last several days (are) basically those storm systems that have been deflected farther south.”He said that ridge has mostly collapsed.Liske also said this entire year has been much warmer than usual for Juneau.That plus this month’s earlier dry weather, and this most recent early-season snowstorm, has led him to conclude: this year has been “odd to say the least.”last_img read more

DU forms another probe body over Gha unit question papers leak

first_imgThe authorities of Dhaka University (DU) on Monday formed another five-member probe committee to investigate the alleged question papers leak of the admission tests  of ‘Gha’ unit under the Social Science faculty.The committee has been formed to investigate the allegation more deeply as well as to identify the actual culprits who are responsible to bring out question papers prior to the tests, DU proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani told UNB.DU pro-VC (academic) Prof Nasreen Ahmad made the convener of the newly formed body while proctor AKM Golam Rabbani made member secretary.Other members are Prof Md Imdadul Hoque, acting dean of biological science faculty, Prof Asim Sarker and the university’s syndicate member, SM Bahalul Mojnun Chunnu.On 13 October, the DU authorities formed a three-member probe body to investigate the issue and asked to submit its report within 48 hours.The DU authorities, however, announced the ‘Gha’ unit admission test results on 16 October amid allegations of question leak.Fourteen images of handwritten question papers of ‘Gha’ unit entrance test were spread out on social media around 9:17am on Friday, 43 minutes prior to the exam begins.After scrutinising the images and the original question paper provided at the exam halls, it was found that 72 MCQ questions (19 in Bengali, 17 in English and 36 in general knowledge section) were matched.last_img read more

Texas State Sen Carlos Uresti Resigns After Felony Convictions

first_imgRobin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, along with his wife Lleana, leaves the federal courthouse in San Antonio after being convicted on 11 charges on Thursday morning, Feb 22, 2018.Finally heeding calls from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, state Sen. Carlos Uresti announced his resignation Monday, four months after he was found guilty of 11 felonies. The news comes just over a week before the San Antonio Democrat is set to be sentenced by a federal judge in San Antonio; experts predict his penalty will be 8 to 12 years of prison time. He’s also scheduled for a trial in October on separate fraud and bribery charges.“As you know, I am in the process of ensuring that justice is served,” Uresti wrote in a statement Monday. “I need to attend to my personal matters and properly care for my family. So, keeping in mind the best interests of my constituents and my family, I believe it to be most prudent that I step down from my elected office to focus on these important issues.”Uresti’s sentencing — set for June 26 — will be based on federal guidelines, but judges have discretion to make sentences harsher or more lenient depending on individual circumstances. Resigning from public office may help the longtime lawmaker win a lighter punishment, and it may also help his case with federal prosecutors in his October trial.His resignation will become effective Thursday.In his announcement Monday, Uresti asked Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special election for the seat on the next uniform election date, which is the general election date in November. Doing so, he said, would save the district’s 17 counties thousands of dollars. The governor’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on timing for the election.Several Democrats have already lined up to replace Uresti. State Rep. Roland Gutierrez announced his bid for the seat less than a month after the conviction; in early April, former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego joined the fray as well.In a fundraising email Monday afternoon, Gutierrez said that “one of the saddest, most embarrassing stories of Texas politics finally comes to an end.”“Texans from San Antonio to Eagle Pass and from Pecos to Del Rio finally have the chance to get leadership and representation they deserve,” he said.And in a Monday afternoon statement, Gallego said that as Uresti’s “legal process continues, my focus remains the people of Texas,” and he called on Abbott to order the special election as soon as possible.Uresti was indicted last year on charges including fraud and money laundering stemming from his involvement with FourWinds Logistics, a now-defunct oilfield services company found to have perpetrated a Ponzi scheme against investors. Uresti worked as general counsel for the company, owned a 1 percent stake and earned a commission for recruiting investors, according to court documents. He was found guilty on all counts in San Antonio federal court on Feb. 22. The San Antonio Democrat said immediately after the verdict that he had no immediate plans to step down and that he would appeal the ruling. Texas law allows him to continue serving in the Legislature until he exhausts the appeals process. But even as he said he planned to stay the course, Republicans and Democrats alike called on him to give up his seat in the Texas Legislature, where he has served for more than two decades. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, stripped him of his committee assignments hours after the ruling.First elected to the Legislature in 1997, Uresti is known for his advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children. Perhaps his greatest legislative achievement was the 2007 creation of a task force to tackle child abuse and neglect. For the last decade-plus, he has represented a district that stretches west from San Antonio all the way to the New Mexico border. In the months since his conviction, Uresti has resigned his law license and his wife of nearly six years has filed for divorce.  Sharelast_img read more

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first_img News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more Oct. 23,2014 — DR Systems adds a new capability to eMix, its HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based medical information exchange platform. Now, patients and physicians can upload medical information – including large diagnostic imaging files – simply and securely with the click of a button that can be placed on any healthcare provider’s website.  The new eMix secure Web link upload capability provides speed and convenience combined with HIPAA-compliant security. Patients click on a clearly marked “Upload it Securely with eMix” button to upload images and other medical records. eMix automatically identifies and transmits all files to the designated recipient. All transmissions are protected by eight layers of security protection.Seattle Children’s Hospital has been an eMix customer since 2010.  Specialists such as orthopedists, neurologists, oncologists, and spine surgeons may see patients from referring providers in multiple care systems. Instead of waiting for film or files on CD or DVD from patients, those specialists can now put the eMix button on their websites so patients can upload medical information and images via the cloud solution. The receiving physician or facility can manage and view the images and files using the included Web-based, zero-download viewer.eMix is designed to be the core image exchange solution for medical facilities and physician practices. The cloud-based platform is currently used by hundreds of medical facilities nationwide to transmit over 15,000 images and related data files per month.For more information: www.drsys.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Technology | October 23, 2014 Easy Patient Uploading of Medical Images and Information Medical information exchange solution adds push-button simplicity enabling quick, HIPAA-compliant image and file transfer to any physician or facility News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read morelast_img read more

UK soldier dies in southern Afghanistan

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility LONDON (AP) – Britain’s defense ministry says a soldier has been killed by enemy fire in southern Afghanistan.The defense ministry says the soldier from the 14 Signals Regiment was shot on patrol Tuesday in the area of Kakaran in Helmand Province and died from his injuries at the scene.The defense ministry did not name the soldier but said his next of kin have been informed.The death brings to 445 the number of British personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001, and it is the seventh death this year. Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/224ad/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Virgin Group has taken a knife to its profit guidance dropping downwards from its earlier figures of $80-$110 million down to a range between $20-$40 million citing recent “rapid deterioration” and increased volatility both domestically and internationally.This is dramatic shift from the airline’s mid-year profits, which reached $62.5 million in profits for the period of July to December 2009.  At the time Brett Godfrey said that Virgin Blue was ready to take advantage of the improving market.It appears this is no longer the case, with the new profit guidance indicative of a massive loss for the second half of the financial year.“We have continued to see rapid deterioration and increased volatility in the operating environment, particularly in respect of the leisure segment both domestically and internationally,” says Virgin Blue.“This is consistent with the weakening trend seen recently in the broader retail market as well as an unexpected and sudden decline in consumer confidence in the last month.”Virgin Blue says it is expecting that average fares will decrease by over 10%.Long-haul arm dragging down its businessFrom the recent statement it appears as if it is Virgin Group’s long-haul arm V Australia which is pulling down its financial results, as Virgin Group makes a point of saying that its short-haul business is still expected to make a net profit before tax of $100 million.It makes no note of the operations of its long-haul arms, but during the half year report it was revealed that V Australia delivered a loss before tax of $39 million on revenues of $117 million.Passengers still growing in AprilPassenger traffic for Virgin Blue continues to grow for Virgin Group, who has just reported a 3% increase in passengers for April, and much of this growth is coming from its international services.While domestic services edged up 0.5% in terms of passengers carried, international routes saw a much larger 18.7% jump in April when compared to a year earlier, reports Virgin Group.Domestic revenue passenger kilometers increased by 1.3%, while available seat kilometers lifted by 3.1% which saw loads drop by 1.4% for Virgin Blue.  International RPKs lifted by 60.4%, while ASK lifted by 41.9%, resulting in a load factor increase of 8.5% up to 75%.last_img read more

Sustainable tourism key to empowering women Planeterra

first_imgTravelers and the tourism community can change the lives of women across the world by calling for and adopting sustainable tourism practices, says Planeterra’s Megan Epler Wood pre-International Women’s Day celebrations.Tourism is one of the best industries to positively impact the world’s poorest, two thirds of which are women, Ms Epler Wood told e-Travel Blackboard.“Tourism is becoming one of the most important economic sectors in poor countries,” Ms Epler Wood said.“No other sector spreads wealth and jobs across poor countries in the same way.”According to Ms Epler Wood, due to this reach and impact, those earning less than $2 a day “have a greater chance of benefiting from the tourism economy than almost any other type of work”.What can you do to promote sustainable tourism? Ms Epler Wood says:Travelers can request their vendors to seek to meet either Fair Trade standards of employment, or ask if their travel vendors have employment policies that give women and minorities opportunities, training, and chances for promotion.The travel industry can get in on the action too and seek to contract locally, using services that meet high standards that employ local women or use women-owned business services.  Emerging destinations can invest in ensuring their destinations have appropriate infrastructure that is environmentally friendly; social services that ensure all tourism workers get the education and health services they need; and that there is a plan for smart growth which ensures that as tourism grows there is a plan in place to protect fragile natural areas, cultural values, and helps local people to benefit via assistance to local micro, small and medium enterprises seeking to service the industry.On 8 March take a moment to commemorate some of the many women involved in sustainable tourism: Martha Honey is the co-Director at the Center for Responsible tourism in Washington, D.C. and a well respected author on ecotourism who has fought hard for equity and fairness in how tourism development benefits local people, particularly women.Trisha Barnett, Director of Tourism Concern in the UK, has worked tirelessly to make certain local tourism workers get a square deal.Jennifer Seif who is the head of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa leads one of the world’s most active organizations to ensure local tourism workers and women receive appropriate wages and that tourism companies meet fair trade.Megan Epler Wood is the founder of The International Ecotourism Society which is the oldest and longest running organization in the world dedicated to making tourism a tool to conserve the environment and assist local people with greater benefits from tourism. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Second airport or 25000 new homes

first_imgFederal government plans that identify the Wilton area as Sydney’s second airport have caused tension with the State government and its proposal of building 25,000 homes in the same area.Confirmation of the state government’s plans for claiming 2000 hectares for housing was revealed a day after the federal government initiated the process of establishing a second airport, The SMH reported.Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese commissioned a report which identified Wilton as a preferred location while the federal Transport Department has approached Sydney Airport Corporation initiated the process for approval.Meanwhile, Wollondilly Shire Council deputy general manager Luke Johnson said the areas would be negatively affected by an airport however the full effect would not be known until the runways were disclosed.”In general terms, there’s proposals for housing where the airport is proposed,” Mr Johnson said. ”The ones we are talking about are for 6000 sites in west Wilton, 10,000 in total in Wilton, and 10,000 in the area between Appin and Wilton, so the bulk of the dwellings would be in that area.”Despite the support the Wollondilly Shire Council has showed toward the proposed rezoning it remains apprehensive about who will provide the infrastructure.”The proposals put to us are contemplating housing estates where they have a range of lot sizes from 450 to 600 square metres,” Mr Johnson said. ”We did a calculation if they all went forward and we came up with a figure of 25,000 houses. That’s 60 or 75 thousand people.” Transport Minister Anthony Albanese identifed Wilton as a preferred locationImage source: Illawarramercury.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Geithner We Will Fight Financial Reform Forces

first_img Share in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing December 1, 2011 420 Views Treasury Secretary “”Timothy Geithner””:http://www.treasury.gov/about/Pages/Secretary.aspx criticized opponents Thursday for their efforts to weaken and ultimately repeal large chunks of financial reform by the Obama administration.[IMAGE]Without naming critics, he veiled any references to political and legislative maneuvers in recent years to delay and rid the U.S. legal code of financial reform enacted by the Obama administration in the wake of the recession.””The forces working against reform are trying a range of different strategies… to slow the pace of implementation in the hopes of watering it down,”” he told reporters.Geithner included blocks in the way of appointees, slashed funds, policy riders tucked into appropriations bills, and attempts to repeal laws in the form of new legislation.””If these efforts to weaken reform are successful, then consumers will be more vulnerable to future abuse, businesses will be more vulnerable to future contractions [COLUMN_BREAK]in credit availability caused by financial mistakes, and the economy will be more vulnerable to devastating crises,”” he added.Talk of repeal continues to mount for the Dodd-Frank Act, the only signature law written and passed by the administration three years after the financial crisis.Sources speaking with _MReport_ for a past story said that a recent announcement by “”Rep. Barney Frank””:http://frank.house.gov/ (D-Massachusetts) that he plans to retire only fuels interest among Republicans and trade groups with a desire to strike Dodd-Frank from the record.More Republican presidential candidates hold fast to their pledges at repeal of Dodd-Frank, often associating the law with onerous regulation unhelpful to struggling businesses and markets, such as the housing sector.Richard Cordray, director-nominee to lead the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/, remains notably locked in a confirmation process hampered by opposition from 44 Republican senators.Geithner said that the Obama administration means to fight any attempts to weaken and otherwise repeal important overhaul measures.””This challenge is about a fundamental obligation of government… to provide and enforce the system of incentives and constraints necessary to create a financial system that helps people save for retirement, borrow to buy a house or a car or pay for college, allows businesses to finance productive investments, protects people from predation and abuse, and does not leave the taxpayer responsible for paying for the mistakes of banks,”” he said.center_img Geithner: We Will Fight Financial Reform ‘Forces’ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-01 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Edinburgh Scotland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgEdinburgh, Scotland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineGleneagles and The Balmoral, two award-winning properties with cuisine of Michelin excellence, have joined together to offer a package foodies are sure to love. The Taste of Scotland package includes stays at both of these legendary hotels, one in the heart of Edinburgh and the other an hour’s drive away, nestled in lush Scottish countryside.Begin your stay at The Balmoral in the colorful and historic city of Edinburgh where you can tour castles and other attractions, shop, and enjoy a thriving cultural scene. After a few days, head to Gleneagles, a sprawling 850-acre estate in the Perthshire Hills of Scotland for a variety of leisure activities including golf, tennis, swimming, falconry, driving off-road, and much more.The five-day Taste of Scotland package includes:-À la carte dinner at two-Michelin-star Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles (wines not included); this restaurant remains the only two-Michelin-star establishment in Scotland -A tasting menu at Michelin-rated Number One at The Balmoral (wines not included) -Full Scottish breakfast daily -Accommodations for two nights at The Balmoral (with an upgrade to an Executive Room and a bottle of Bollinger on ice upon arrival at the hotel) -Accommodations for two nights with an upgrade to an Estate Room at Gleneagles -Whisky tasting for two at GleneaglesThis package is priced from £675 (now through April 30, 2011) and £725 (May 1 – September 30, 2011).www.gleneagles.com www.thebalmoralhotel.comlast_img read more

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first_img Tanya Tagaq poses on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Inuit throat singer and author Tanya Tagaq was among the winners at the second annual Indigenous Voices Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power VANCOUVER — Inuit throat singer and author Tanya Tagaq was among the winners at the second annual Indigenous Voices Awards.The IVAs handed out a total of $16,000 in honours to eight emerging Indigenous writers at a Vancouver gala on Tuesday.The prizes, each worth $2,000, recognize published and unpublished works in a range of languages, genres and media.Tagaq won the award for prose published in English for her debut novel “Split Tooth” (Viking Canada).Smokii Sumac, a two-spirit member of the Ktunaxa nation, earned the accolade for English-language published poetry with “You are Enough: Love Poems for the End of the World” (Kegedonce Press).The two finalists for works published in French were both named as winners: Josephine Bacon’s “Uiesh, Quelque Part” (Memoire d’encrier) and Pierrot Ross-Tremblay’s “Nipimanitu – L’esprit de l’eau.”Francine Merasty’s “Iskotew Iskwew,” the sole contender for the prize for works in an Indigenous language, was also honoured.The award for works in an alternative format went to the graphic novel “Surviving the City”  (HighWater Press) by Tasha Spillett, with illustrations by Natasha Donovan.For English-language unpublished works, Francine Cunningham prevailed in the prose category with a selection from “Teenage Asylums,” and Elaine McArthur was the poetry winner for “Brush of a Bustle.”This year’s 17 finalists were selected by jurors Jordan Abel, Jeannette Armstrong, Joanne Arnott, Warren Cariou, Margery Fee, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Francis Langevin and Jean Sioui.The IVAs were founded in 2017 to celebrate Indigenous literary talent and create opportunities for up-and-coming writers.The initiative began as a $140,000 fundraising campaign launched in response to online controversy over a proposal to establish a prize for cultural appropriation in Canadian literature.The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 2:08 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tanya Tagaq and seven other writers take home prizes at Indigenous Voices Awardslast_img read more

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