9 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the world

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the worldby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits David De Gea’s performance earned them the 1-0 win at Tottenham.De Gea made a string of superb saves to make it a sixth consecutive win for Solskjaer since taking charge.The manager said, “[David was] fantastic. Obviously when you make 11 saves that is a top, top performance but then again I thought that one or two were really good saves and then the rest of them you would expect David to save. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world, I have said it many times. It is about positioning and concentration to be in the right position. Maybe one or two of them were uncatchable, but the saves he makes are because he is so in tune with the game. He is following the game, moving all the time. They don’t always look fantastic because he is in the right position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Duggan joins Atletico Madrid

first_imgToni Duggan has joined Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on a free transfer after her contract with Barcelona expired, signing a deal until 2021.The England international spent two seasons with the Catalan club in which she played 72 games and scored 29 goals in all competitions, winning the Copa de la Reina and Copa Catalunya in 2018.Duggan also finished as a Champions League runner-up and twice a Primera Division runner-up, with Atletico winning the title by one point in 2017-18 and by six in the season just gone. 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? She left Barca midway through this summer’s Women’s World Cup, at which injury limited the former Manchester City star to just three appearances as the Lionesses finished fourth in France.Rumours had linked the 28-year-old with a return to her homeland to join newly-promoted Manchester United, who will compete in the FA Women’s Super League this season.However, Duggan will instead remain in Spain and hope to bolster the reigning champions’ bid for a third successive league title.”I am very happy to play at Atlético de Madrid,” Duggan told the club’s official website.”It is a club that is very supportive of the women’s team and the staff it has is very good.”I am a creative player who can bring goals and assists.”I am a winner and I come to the club to help you in everything I can in all competitions.”Last season’s game at the Wanda Metropolitano made me realise how big this club is,” Duggan added, referring to the clash between Atletico and Barcelona which attracted 60,739 fans – a world record crowd for a club match in women’s football.The forward is a welcome addition to an Atletico side who lost last season’s top-scorer, Jennifer Hermoso, to Barcelona earlier this summer.No one in the Primera Division scored more than the Spain international last term, with her bagging 24 goals and also registering seven assists on the way to a league title.Atletico have also lost Esther Gonzalez, who netted 13 times last term, but in Duggan and Charlyn Corral, whose 20 goals for Levante last season were only bettered by Hermoso, the champions have two talented forwards who can replace the goals they have lost.last_img read more

Deal Struck on MyFerryLink Dispute

first_imgzoom Staff representatives of SCOP-SeaFrance, Eurotunnel and DFDS, with the assistance of the French transport minister Alain Vidalies, reached an agreement last night concerning the release of the Channel ferries Rodin and Berlioz thus signaling the end of a wrangle that has dragged on for several months now.Namely, workers of the MyFerryLink, represented by SCOP-SeaFrance, had blocked the French port of Calais protesting job cuts that ensued after their company, owned by Eurotunnel, was sold to Danish shipping company DFDS.As part of the agreement, DFDS committed to employ 202 former SCOP-Seafrance employees in its French organization.Under the deal, DFDS would also pay additional compensation to the employees that were made redundant in January.The two ferries have been seized since July and are expected to be handed over at the beginning of September.“Contingent on the time of delivery from Eurotunnel, the ferries are expected to be deployed during Q4 2015 on Dover-Calais together with Calais Seaways and the route will therefore be operated by three ferries compared to two ferries today. Malo Seaways will be deployed elsewhere in the network,” DFDS said in an announcement.DFDS will thereafter operate a total of six ferries out of Dover to Calais and Dunkirk respectively, with three ferries on each route.last_img read more

Nominations Wanted for Lieutenant Governors Community Spirit Award

first_imgNominations are wanted for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award, a program that celebrates diverse and vibrant communities in the province. The annual award profiles achievements and increases visibility in communities through a formal recognition program. “Across Nova Scotia, people are working together to make their towns and cities happy, healthy and dynamic places to live,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “The Community Spirit Award is a meaningful way to recognize these collective efforts and to celebrate the unique character of each community.” The department of Communities, Culture and Heritage manages the award program that allows for up to four recipients each year. A selection committee reviews and selects the recipients that best fit the award’s criteria. “The diverse nature of our province is one of its greatest strengths,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “By sharing and recognizing community successes, we develop a deeper appreciation of all communities that make up the intricate fabric of Nova Scotia.” Communities selected for the award will be honoured at a community celebration in the spring and summer. Lt.-Gov. Grant will attend and present a handcrafted award that stays in the community. The recipients for 2013 were Wallace, Cumberland Co., Ballantynes Cove/Cape George, Antigonish Co. and Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Antigonish Co. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 31. For award application and information visit http://communityspiritaward.ca.last_img read more

Video Women From Around the World Sing Moroccan Anthem

Rabat – In a video that has been posted on Facebook less than an hour ago, several women from around the world pay tribute to Morocco by singing the Moroccan anthem.The video, which was posted by Moroccan artist Kamil Tazi, shows 11 women from the United States, Nigeria, Denmark, Colombia, Tunisia, Korea, Lebanon, Russia, France, Turkey, and Iran expressing their love for Morocco.

Countries need to take action against tobacco advertising UN health agency says

The call comes ahead of talks among 191 countries in Geneva later this month to negotiate global rules for tobacco control. “Three years ago when we started the process of negotiating the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), I said tobacco addiction is a communicated disease – communicated through advertising, promotion and sponsorship,” said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Director-General of WHO, who is urging countries to remain vigilant and alert about action by tobacco companies. Her word of caution comes as tobacco companies embark on a massive global public relations bid to woo governments away from negotiating strong agreements against the promotion and advertising of tobacco. Specifically, British American Tobacco (BAT) has launched a new global public relations campaign titled “International Tobacco Product Marketing Standards.” Together with rival manufacturers Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco, the companies have agreed to voluntarily adopt measures to prevent marketing activities from being directed at non-smokers, particularly the young. They are calling on governments, UN agencies and the World Bank to put their faith in a “new initiative” that is neither new nor effective, WHO says. “We have seen no evidence that tobacco companies are capable of self-regulation and we need to be alert to any new attempts to persuade us that this new effort will succeed,” Dr. Brundtland said. “We know what works and what doesn’t. Voluntary codes have proved to be a failure. A World Bank/WHO study, on the other hand, found that interventions like comprehensive advertisement bans and price increases have a measurable and sustained impact on decreased tobacco use,” said Joy de Bayer, Tobacco Control Coordinator at the World Bank. Voluntary codes of advertising were first adopted – and found wanting – by the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, according to WHO, which notes that no country has succeeded in designing regulations that eliminate children’s exposure to tobacco advertising while allowing advertising aimed at adult smokers. In 1999, WHO estimated that tobacco killed 4 million people per year. New estimates for the year 2000 put that figure at 4.2 million deaths per year. One billion people will die from tobacco use in this century, about 150 million in the first two decades, with the developing world accounting for seven in ten of those deaths. read more

Canadian economy headed in right direction as exports provide welcome boost

OTTAWA – Canadian exports to foreign markets surged by a surprisingly robust 3.5 per cent in May, narrowing the country’s trade deficit and setting the economy on a more sustainable growth path.For contribution to economic output, the Statistics Canada report was even more encouraging as volumes increased by an even bigger 4.2 per cent, as price drops shaved 0.7 per cent from the value of shipments.The May data on one of Canada’s most important economic indicators was stronger than economists’ consensus forecast, but in line with what analysts had been anticipating would be the next stage of Canada’s economic recovery, with exports and business investment replacing housing as drivers of growth.Imports also rose in May, although by a smaller 1.6 per cent, bringing Canada’s trade deficit to a slim $152 million from an upwardly revised $961 million in April.“The export-driven recovery in the trade balance in May supports our expectation that net trade will provide a lift to growth in the second quarter even after accounting for the unexpectedly large deficit recorded in April,” said Dawn Desjardins, assistant chief economist with the Royal Bank, in a note to clients.“Additionally, the increases in imports were in part due to higher equipment purchases that likely signal a strengthening in investment growth,” she said.With the housing market and construction slowing, the Bank of Canada has been counting on an export recovery to boost business confidence and convince firms they need to invest in new equipment and machinery to expand production capacity.On that front, there was more good news from the U.S. — Canadian exporters’ largest market by far — with the American economy creating 288,000 new jobs in June, and trade and manufacturing reports also posting positive results.“Economists, ourselves included, have been bemoaning the lack of export-led growth in Canada,” said TD Bank economist Leslie Preston.“However, Canada’s trade position has been steadily improving since its post-recession low in mid-2012 (and we) expect Canada’s export sector to continue to accelerate through the second half of the year in line with the U.S. economy.”He noted that Canada’s exports are now 12.7 per cent higher than a year ago, a pace that hasn’t been seen since the end of 2011.The May trade data was strong in the composition as well as the bottom line, with a key contribution from the auto industries (plus 9.8 per cent) as well as the usually reliable energy sector, which rose 3.4 per cent.As well, exports in consumer goods rose 4.4 per cent, and food products rose 10.5 per cent.Overall, export values rose to $44.2 billion in May, while imports increased to $44.3 billion.Exports to the United States rose 2.1 per cent $33.5 billion, while imports slipped 0.2 per cent to $28.7 billion, raising the trade surplus with the U.S. to $4.8 billion from $4 billion in April.Exports to countries other than the United States grew 8.3 per cent to $10.7 billion, while imports from those countries rose 5.1 per cent to $15.6 billion, narrow that trade deficit to $4.9 billion from $5 billion in April. Canadian economy headed in right direction as exports provide welcome boost AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:44 am MDT read more

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon for another year

Determining that the situation in Lebanon continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council today decided to extend the present mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for one year, until 31 August 2016. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body “strongly” called upon all parties to respect the cessation of hostilities, to prevent any violation of the Blue Line and to respect it “in its entirety.” They urged further international support for the Lebanese Armed Forces, in areas where they are most critically in need of support, including counter-terrorism and border protection. Recognizing that UNIFIL deployment, together with the Lebanese Armed Forces, has helped to establish a “new strategic environment” in southern Lebanon, the Security Council calls for further cooperation between them, in particular regarding coordinated and adjacent patrols. The resolution adopted today also urged all parties to abide “scrupulously” by their obligation to respect the safety of UNIFIL and to ensure that the Mission’s freedom of movement is “fully respected and unimpeded.” The Government of Israel is urged to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar “without further delay” in coordination with UNIFIL. In the resolution, the Security Council expresses “deep concern” at all violations in connection with resolution 1701, in particular the “serious disruption” of the cessation of hostilities that took place on 28 January 2015. The incident is still under investigation by UNIFIL. The peacekeeping force, which was first established in 1978, is tasked with ensuring that the area between the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets. It also cooperates with the Lebanese armed forces so they can fulfil their security responsibilities, and continues to monitor and report on ground and air violations. read more

Shannon Scott leads Buckeyes to victory in first career start

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) attempts a free throw during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorShannon Scott had never started a game in his Ohio State career.The junior guard had never scored more than 15 points, taken more than three 3-pointers or made more than two in a single contest.In the No. 10 Buckeyes’ season-opening 89-50 victory against Morgan State, all of that changed. Scott, who only made 11 3-pointers throughout the 2012-13 campaign, nailed three long balls in the first 2:03 of play against the Bears.In his first career start, Scott finished second in the game with a career-high 16 points, sparked largely by his four 3-pointers. He was 4-7 from beyond the arc on the day.Fellow junior, forward LaQuinton Ross, also made his first start for the Scarlet and Gray.Scott said whether starting or coming off the bench, he just tries to stay on his game.“We don’t think about starting or not starting,” he said. “When we get in the game, we just try and make the most of it.”Scott and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. teamed up for eight of OSU’s 11 3-pointers in the game. Smith Jr. said the long balls were a product of Morgan State’s defense more than a set game plan.“We come out here and every game is going to be different. You’ve just got to take what the defense gives you,” he said. “I think our spacing was really good today and our team was able to find open guys.”OSU coach Thad Matta said Scott’s success from long range is the product of hard work during the offseason and something that will likely continue.“Improving shooting was a point of emphasis for him,” Matta said. “We talked about it all offseason, I told him he has to be able to knock down those shots.“We grab him every night after practice and make him get 100 threes up,” Matta added. “With the luxury of eight buckets, we usually have other guys doing it, but his is specific. ‘You’re going to shoot 100 threes.’”Matta mentioned a day during the offseason when Scott told him he took 400 shots in the gym, something that was new to the player.“He told me, ‘I’ve never done that before,’ and I said, ‘Maybe there’s a reason you haven’t shot the ball particularly well,’” Matta recalled with a smile.As a team, the Buckeyes were 11-25 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Sam Thompson was 2-for-3 and Ross hit 1 of 5. Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle missed on his only long-range attempt.“We have players that can knock down open shots at any time,” Ross said. “We struggled with that at times last season, but now everyone has been in the gym during the summer and preseason and it’s become a strength.”While his shooting stood out, Scott filled up the rest of the box score. The junior finished with seven assists, four rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes on the floor, while turning the ball over three times.Aaron Craft received the preseason recognition for the Buckeyes, being named to the All-Big Ten team by CBSSports.com, but Scott outplayed the senior guard throughout the game. Craft finished with six assists, six rebounds and five points.Regardless of Craft’s scoring or his personal success, Scott said he recognized his team’s plethora of weapons on offense.“It really makes it hard for our team to be guarded,” he said. “Teams really can’t focus on one player.”Matta recognized the depth as well, and said it will be a must for his team going forward.“That’s the balance that this team’s going to have to have in terms of how we want to play and how we think we should play,” he said. “The rotations, I thought guys came and really gave us a good boost and that’s something that’s going to be big for this team.”Along with Scott’s handful of personal bests, Ross grabbed 11 rebounds, a career-high. Five Buckeyes scored in double figures to help top Morgan State: Behind Smith Jr.’s 18 and Scott’s 16, Ross and Thompson had 14 each and freshman forward Marc Loving chipped in with 10 points in his OSU debut.Next up, the Buckeyes are scheduled to host Ohio University Tuesday at 8 p.m. read more

Age Played A Bigger Role In The NFL Draft Its About Time

20-21981543.8 From 2000 through 2013, the average draft saw seven selected players who would have been 21 or younger at the start of the regular season. Since 2013, that number of prospects barely old enough to drink on opening day nearly doubled to an average of 13.4. Last year’s 15 was the second-highest this century.What caused such a dramatic change? The rookie wage scale instituted with the 2012 draft, which gives first-round selections a fixed, four-year deal based on where they ended up in the draft, plus a club option for a fifth year. Prior to that, college players projected for the first round but not as the top picks had more of an incentive to stay in college and improve their stock in order to demand a higher initial salary. But with that negotiating power gone, more pro prospects now want to get into the NFL as quickly as possible and set the clock in motion for their second contract, where they can make the most money. Obviously, the younger you are when that rookie contract and option year expire, the more earning potential you have.The number of younger players declaring as underclassmen has increased dramatically ever since. From 2000 to 2011, the last year of the old collective bargaining agreement, an average of 49 underclassmen entered the draft per year. But since the 2012 draft, that average is up to 87. This year, there were a record 106 underclassmen who declared.But younger prospects expected to be first-round picks have regularly left college early — in fact, those who stayed in school have often garnered the bigger headlines. So the increase in top-drafted underclassmen isn’t completely explained by the overall increase in players declaring. Teams also finally appear to be looking at how underclassmen actually performed rather than knocking them down a peg or two for leaving school “before they can refine their skills” or develop “emotional maturity.” Even a quarter of a century after underclassmen eligibility was granted, NFL coaches praised for innovation and an intimate knowledge of the college game were still stating a general preference for seniors.The more interesting question then is not why more young players are being targeted now but rather what teams were doing for all those years. Looking from 2000 to 2013 (the most recent draft year for which no first-round pick could still be on his rookie contract, including an option year), younger first-rounders were most successful. To measure this, we can use Pro-Football-Reference.com’s weighted career approximate value (CarAV), which rewards a player for his contribution to a team’s points scored and prevented as well as overall performance in other key statistics. Younger draftees perform betterFirst-round draft picks’ approximate career value based their ages as of Sept. 1 of the draft year, 2000-13 Average NFL teams leave no stone unturned when it comes to scouting top players for the draft. They scour college tapes, career statistics, physical attributes, intelligence tests, personality traits, social media accounts and school transcripts. By the time draft day arrives, NFL teams know if a player ever stepped out of line in middle school. But there’s one very obvious piece of information that teams seem to be changing their tunes on before choosing the players who can make or break a franchise: their birth certificates.In last week’s NFL draft, teams seemed to be saying “younger is better” when it came to the top picks. Seventeen of the 32 players selected in the first round will be age 21 or younger on Sept. 1 — about when their rookie season will begin. This is the highest number this century.1The league changed the rules on underclassmen in 1990, but rules on free agency and the salary cap further changed the league in the 1990s. And it’s not a one-year fluke based on this draft’s talent pool: It’s the continuation of a trend. 24+271833.6 While the youngest group of players age 20-21 performs only slightly better on average (43.8 average approximate career value) than the second-youngest at age 22 (42.9), the gap quickly widens. The 146 first-round picks who would have been 23 years old on Sept. 1 of their draft year had a 39.5 CarAV. And the 27 who were age 24 and over averaged just 33.6. (The oldest was 28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden, picked by the perennially hapless Cleveland Browns.)While younger players were drafted only slightly higher in this span on average, this variance could be at least partially attributed to selection bias. Players who are good enough to make the NFL at this age are probably just better in general than the older players. But at the same time, each player taken in the first 32 picks of the draft is elite regardless of whether he’s a senior or a junior. So if age is a factor in the success of a draft pick, the Bills’ selection of the first round’s youngest player, Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, seems a lot smarter. Conversely, the Ravens tabbing the round’s oldest player, soon-to-be-25-year-old tight end Hayden Hurst of South Carolina, seems more questionable.But what about age at the game’s most important position, quarterback? This is the one position where the pros and cons of age are arguably most balanced. Older quarterbacks may be ready to slot into an offense right away if that’s what a team needs, while other teams may have the luxury of letting a younger player carry the clipboard for a while — something that can’t always be done at other positions. Using CarAV again, we see the effect of age at quarterback as even more pronounced — albeit with smaller sample sizes. 221741642.9 No 20-year-old quarterbacks were drafted in this span.Source: Pro-football-reference.com For QBs, age is even more importantFirst-round quarterbacks’ approximate career value based on their ages as of Sept. 1 of the draft year, 2000-13 Average AgeNo. DrafteesOverall PickCareer Approximate Value Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com AgeNo. DrafteesOverall PickCareer Approximate Value 216975.2 2210754.5 23181245.9 24+31639.7 231461739.5 The six signal callers age 21 and younger by September of their draft year have by far the greatest average value, at 75. And it’s not just Aaron Rodgers, who has posted a 128 career approximate value. Alex Smith (93 CarAV), Matthew Stafford (85) and the retired Michael Vick (93) were also successful picks at this age. This would be good news for the team that this year took the youngest of the highly drafted passers, the Jets with soon-to-be-21-year-old Sam Darnold. The returns diminish dramatically with the 10 QBs at age 22, even though they were drafted higher on average (seventh versus ninth). And the bust rate (players with a CarAV below 40) increases from 33 percent to 50 percent. Likewise, 11 of the 18 picks (61 percent) at age 23 were busts. This age 23 group houses some of the most notorious draft disasters in this time period: Tim Tebow, Christian Ponder and Jake Locker were all 23 by Sept. 1 of their draft year. Locker, drafted No. 8 overall in 2011, was so tired of football that he walked away from the game at age 26.All of this could be a red flag for the first overall pick and oldest first-round quarterback, new Cleveland Brown Baker Mayfield, who turned 23 last month. Darnold will be entering his third season when he’s the age Mayfield will be this year as a rookie. So while Mayfield may end up being the draft’s most pro-ready passer, Darnold may just end up with the more productive career. read more

GECOM seems to be in stalling mode – PPP Commissioners

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident not obliged to take GECOM’s advice on elections date – Govt commissionerFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news”GECOM a creature of the constitution, must comply with 90 days elections time frame- RamJanuary 30, 2019In “latest news”GECOM “dragging feet” on elections timelines – PPP Chief WhipJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news” …GECOM and Chief Whips to meet todayIt has been 34 days now since the historic no-confidence motion was passed in the National Assembly activating Article 106 of the Constitution which mandates that fresh elections be called within a 90-day period, but the President is still to announce a date for elections and according to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the entity seems to be in stalling mode.GECOM, which successfully ran the Local Government Elections (LGE) in November 2018 less than three months ago, is being blamed by Government for not being ready, but it is the President of Guyana who has to give a date for elections and not GECOM as being touted.Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Head Office located at Kingston, GeorgetownOn Thursday, GECOM’s Commissioners met for the first time to discuss the readiness of the Commission for the March 21, 2019 deadline for mandatory elections as stipulated by the Constitution of Guyana. However, that meeting, which lasted more than five hours did not bear much fruit.Speaking to the media following the meeting, PPP Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Bibi Shadick and Robeson Benn all expressed their disappointment that GECOM seems to be in a stalling mode.According to Gunraj, during the morning session of the meeting, there seemed to be consensus that elections could have been held within the constitutionally mandated time; however, during the afternoon session, there were a number of issues raised and consensus went out of the window.He said when hosting an election, the Commissioners are supposed to be presented with a work plan and they would have requested that at Tuesday’s meeting, but to date have not received any such plan from the CEO. He said that the work plan is populated by tasks and their duration and when juxtaposed with dates a critical path is derived.He said that all they have seen are poorly thought-out proposals which do not indicate the readiness or not of the Elections Commission for the hosting of the constitutionally-mandated elections.Meanwhile, Commissioner Shadick said that while consensus has not been arrived at, it is solely because of the Government’s Commissioners coming up with new issues that are minute with the intention of delaying or avoiding the constitutional requirements.She explained that she would have produced a timeline that would allow for the hosting of elections within 50 days. She expounded on that indicating that since the Commission would have trained over 11,000 persons for the LGE, it would train every day as opposed to just weekends as well as doing other tasks simultaneously.Bibi Shadick. [iNews’ Photo]“I am convinced that the CEO in trying to please all his masters is prepared to go back on the submissions he gave us and is a thoroughly confused person and at this point I said that he is not fit for the job” Shadick said.Commissioner Benn accused GECOM of not playing its part since the passage of the no confidence resolution. Meanwhile, Government Commissioner Vincent Alexander said that the reason GECOM is not ready is because the voters list needs to be fixed.He added that there was no budgetary allocation for the hosting of an election and that it was previously discussed and chronicled in the document of the Commission that at least 180 days are needed to prepared for the hosting of an unscheduled election.The GECOM Commissioners requested that COE Keith Lowenfield provide them with feasible timelines based on the operational and legal timings for the conduct of election.The meeting between GECOM and the Opposition and Government Chief Whips will take place today. read more

North Korea reportedly testfires another ballistic missile

first_img 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Friday 28 Apr 2017, 10:57 PM 14,221 Views By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3365478 Apr 28th 2017, 10:57 PM North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Source: Wong Maye-ENORTH KOREA HAS test-fired a ballistic missile from an area north of its capital Pyongyang, according to a news agency report, as the US pushes for tougher sanctions to curb the country’s nuclear threat.“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning,” South Korean news agency Yonhap reports, quoting a statement issued by South Korea’s military.The report added that Seoul was analysing the type and flight distance of the projectile.The launch comes with tensions high on the Korean peninsula, with this the latest in a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from US President Donald Trump’s administration that it was running out of patience.At UN Security Council today, Washington pushed for tougher sanctions to confront the North Korean threat, piling pressure on China to rein in its ally while warning it was keeping military options “on the table”.© – AFP, 2017 Read: ‘There could be thousands’: Surgeon who carried out ‘unnecessary double mastectomies’ convictedRead: EU President’s letter: Britain must settle ‘people, money and Ireland’ first Short URL North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missile The South Korean military reports the firing of an unidentified missile by its northern neighbour.last_img read more

Minister appoints counsellor board that will deal with rogue psychotherapists and crisis

first_imgMinister appoints counsellor board that will deal with ‘rogue’ psychotherapists and crisis pregnancy agencies The board’s work will take a minimum of two years to complete. 12,516 Views Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 5:50 PM 21 Comments Image: Sam Boal HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has today appointed thirteen members of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board.This new board will seek to protect the public by ensuring high standards of professional conduct, education, training, and competence amongst counsellors and psychotherapists – including counsellors working for “rogue” crisis pregnancy agencies. The role of these agencies operating in Ireland was highlighted again recently when a woman who had a medical abortion was later contacted by someone using a phone number linked to an ‘abortion counselling service’ that the HSE has warned against. The board is tasked with advising the minister on what professional titles should be protected under law.Launching a registerThe members will now begin a “substantial body of work” before it launches its register, said the minister. It is envisaged that this process will take a minimum of two years to complete.Once the board has opened the register, existing and new practitioners will asked to sign up. If a person does not meet the standards necessary, they will not be able to register with the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU).It will be an offence, punishable by a class A fine or imprisonment of up to six months, for a person not registered to use any of the titles protected, such as ‘counsellor’ or ‘psychotherapist’.“It is absolutely vital that users can have confidence in the service they receive. We have seen the impact of rogue operations in undermining faith in the profession.“It is absolutely vital this area is regulated to ensure adequate supervision of the profession and to ensure its users are protected,” said Harris today. Crisis pregnancy counselling Harris has previously stated that the ultimate aim in registering counsellors and psychotherapists, particularly in respect of crisis pregnancy counselling, is that once the register is open and populated, titles protected and qualifications set, other legislation can be amended.The Regulation of Information (Services Outside the State For Termination of Pregnancies) Act 1995, which is being reviewed as part of a wider exercise on the Eighth Amendment, would be amended to ensure that anyone providing such information services must be registered with the Health and Social Care Professionals register. Share200 Tweet Email3 By Christina Finn Image: Sam Boal https://jrnl.ie/4518258 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 28th 2019, 5:50 PM Short URLlast_img read more

The Executive Presidency In Full Gear

first_imgWhen members of the Coalition accepted to negotiate with the incoming President either on an individual or partisan basis to be appointed to Ministerial posts, they may not have fully reflected that they were nurturing the powers of the executive presidency.The removal of the GMC leader, followed by the removal of the then interim leader of the PPP and the leader of the GPDP confirmed that President Barrow had fully assumed the powers of the executive Presidency. Last week the facts became glare when all those Ministers associated with the UDP were also removed. Hence the only party leader in Cabinet is the Minister of Tourism.The President is yet to explain the reasons behind the Cabinet reshuffle. Those removed are yet to give any account of what really happened. Under the 1970 and 1997 Constitutions, the president could appoint and remove Ministers without any explanation. The best practice is to subject all presidential appointments to National Assembly review. Foroyaa will wait and see whether the recommendations for Constitutional reform would move in that direction.last_img read more

Son Heungmin returns to South Korea for Asia Cup

first_imgTottenham have announced that Son Heung-min has been called up to the South Korea squad for next month’s Asian CupThe 26-year-old forward will travel to the United Arab Emirates between January 5 and February 1 for the tournament.But Spurs did add that on the club website that Son will skip two of South Korea’s group games at the Asian Cup and will, therefore, remain available for them.The games Son will miss for South Korea will be against the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in Group C.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.But the former Bayer Leverkusen star will be available for Spurs’ Premier League showdown against Manchester United on January 13.Although doubts remain over Son’s participation in Spurs’ second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later that month.The Korean scored the opening goal for Spurs on Wednesday night in their 2-0 win over rivals Arsenal to book their spot in the last four.Son had captained South Korea to glory at the Asian Games earlier this year, which means he no longer is required to return to his homeland to do national service.last_img read more

Apples HomeKit partners get ready for iOS 13 with new smart home

first_img See All CNET Smart Home Tags reading • Apple’s HomeKit partners get ready for iOS 13 with new smart home tricks Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Post a comment Neato Best Buy Google Logitech Philips Siri Apple Apple HomeKitcenter_img Share your voice • Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected CNET Smart Home Future Publishing/Getty Images HomeKit isn’t the smart home platform with the widest range out there. Even the biggest Apple fans have to admit you’ll have many more options when it comes to choosing products if you go with Google or Amazon. Still, Apple knows it has dedicated fans out there who are in it for the long haul and who’ve bought into the HomeKit experience.While HomeKit isn’t often the topic of conversation in Apple keynotes, we did get a few announcements earlier this year at its World Wide Developer Conference keynote address. The biggest news was the reveal of the new features coming to Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system software, iOS 13, when it debuts later this fall. Today, Apple’s HomeKit device partners are announcing products that will be adopting some of those features. It’s a good sign to see the HomeKit ecosystem expand its capabilities in the smart home. Apple has partnered with familiar enough brands that can do some really interesting things. While Nanoleaf is admittedly a niche smart lighting product, an update that will turn its Nanoleaf Canvas lighted tiles into customizable smart home buttons will add even more novelty and perhaps some real practicality to the product. fl-nanoleaf-canvas-10 Chris Monroe/CNET Imagine pressing one of the tiles to turn all the lights off in your home, or to open all the shades. Using the tiles as a tactile smart home command center is not only unique, it offers multiuser convenience that’s similar to voice commands, but doesn’t have the awkwardness of having to pause your human conversation to shout out an instruction. Then there are the updates that bring good-old fashioned convenience. Neato robot vacuums announced compatibility with Siri Shortcuts, that will go live this fall. You’ll be able to use your voice to start, stop or pause cleaning as well as return the vacuum to its charging base or ask it to clean a specific area. Shortcuts are also coming to the Smarter Coffee Machine, allowing for simple commands like, “Hey Siri, make a small pot of coffee.”neato-d4-d6-5 Chris Monroe/CNET Adding compatibility with more products makes Siri a more powerful assistant, something it’s been lagging behind in for years now. Siri Shortcuts are one way Apple is making Siri more conversational. While it takes some effort on your part (you’ll need to set it up and record your shortcut phrase), it pays off in the long run with a voice assistant that feels more intuitive. Apple’s emphasis on privacy came across strong during its WWDC keynote presentation. Secure Video was the headliner on the smart home side, with Apple outlining aggressive data-storage policies to help ensure you stay in control of any recorded video clips. Another element of Secure Video is that it will standardize 10 days of free cloud video storage from any HomeKit-compatible video camera or video doorbell. One thing we still aren’t sure of is whether Secure Video will come to existing HomeKit cameras, some of which offer paid subscriptions to store your video clips remotely. Logitech will be the first company to adopt Secure Video. It will be added to the existing Logitech Circle 2 home security camera later this year. Secure Video puts an interesting kink in security camera companies’ economics. When revenue is based on not just the MSRP of a camera, but also the monthly subscription for a cloud storage service, Secure Video’s 10 free days of cloud storage seems like a profit killer. cnet-security-015-logitech-circle-2I reached out to Logitech about the choice to integrate Apple’s Secure Video into its product line and what that means for product pricing and the company’s existing 14-day, $4-per-month video subscription. They told me there aren’t any plans to change pricing, availability or storage for Circle Safe subscriptions.Of course, a handful of product announcements came along with these HomeKit updates. Lifx announced a new HomeKit-compatible, $45 candle bulb with Polychrome technology that allows it to emit multiple colors at once for better customization.lifx-candelabra-bulbs Ry Crist/CNET They’re also working on a $70, meter-long light strip called the Z TV Light Strip, designed to go behind your TV, with what the company calls “uniquely addressable LEDs” that will be able to animate and display multiple colors at once. We’ve seen similar products from Dreamscreen and Philips that sync with the colors playing on your TV, but the Lifx Z TV strip won’t do that. You’ll set colors and animations from the Lifx app. Both Lifx products will be available in October. The light strip will be sold only at Best Buy. In a new feature coming Thursday, Moen is adding HomeKit compatibility to its U by Moen Smart Shower system. You’ll be able to start your shower, control the temperature and navigate presets with Siri commands and add it to HomeKit scenes. ubymoensmartshower-12.jpg Chris Monroe/CNET While thousands of smart home products work with Google and Alexa, a large portion of those still lack HomeKit compatibility. Some for competitive reasons, like Google Nest products, others simply because Apple’s Siri voice assistant hasn’t been good enough to be a priority for manufacturers. I’m all for expanding options for the HomeKit smart home. It’s the least Apple can do to stay competitive with Google and Alexa. If it’s going to keep in the conversation, consumers need more choices for their Siri-centered homes. These announcements are a step in the right direction, and this is what Apple has to do if it wants to keep a foot in the smart home space. 0last_img read more

Separate police station for electricity thefts not a good idea

first_imgNew Delhi : The Delhi High Court Tuesday declined to order setting up of a separate police station to deal with electricity theft cases, saying it would not put an end to such crimes or change the mindset of people indulging in such activity. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said that instead of a separate police station, a dedicated investigative unit was required to probe such cases. “Establishment of a separate police station cannot reduce theft of electricity or change the mindset of people indulging in the theft. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us What is required is separate police staff to investigate the cases of power theft,” the court said. The bench noted that according to the Delhi government, separate staff to investigate such crimes can be created within the District Investigation Unit (DIU) of the police. Taking note of the government’s submission, the court disposed of a plea seeking a separate police station to deal with cases of power theft as has been done in several states, including Gujarat and Maharashtra. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The bench however told the government that such experiment in other states “be kept in mind” and if it is found successful, “it can be implemented here as well”. “In view of the facts and circumstances of the case, we see no reason to issue any direction or writ for establishment of a separate police station to deal with power theft. It is a policy decision to be taken by the respondent 1 (Delhi government),” the court said. It also said that neither the government nor the discoms appeared to be lethargic enough to allow such thefts and “their senses are not required to be awakened by court orders”. Advertise With Us With regard to power discom BSES Rajdhani’s submission made last year that it was willing to foot the bill of setting up a dedicated police station, the bench said the company may consider the option in future as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. Apart from seeking a separate police station, the petition by Raman Suri had also sought directions to the police, BSES and the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission to take steps to prevent power theft in the national capital. The petitioner had alleged that discoms shift the burden of electricity thefts to the genuine customers by raising their tariff. The allegation has been denied by the discom BSES Rajdhani.last_img read more

Make Your Presentations Pop With Slideshop

first_img Register Now » 1 min read July 9, 2019 Picture this: your day is humming along, you’re meeting your deadlines, and you’re pumped that you’re having a home-run workday. Then, a colleague knocks on your door and reminds you about the presentation you have to give later that day — the one that completely slipped your mind.This scenario is great if you love breaking out in a cold sweat and panicking as you frantically pull together a lackluster PowerPoint. For the rest of us, a lifetime subscription to Slideshop can save the day.Massive companies like Siemens, Nike, and IBM use Slideshop to create engaging slideshows. The subscription includes access to more than 250 gorgeous templates for PowerPoint, Keynote and Google Slides.Slideshop also categorizes its offerings into sections like business, planning, charts and more. The modern designs and simple editing tools can help you make a stunning project in no time. That way, you can whip up your best presentations yet for internal communications, investor meetings and more.A subscription to Slideshop’s slew of templates costs $2,940. Right now, you can access their entire library for a lifetime at the sale price of $39.99 (98 percent off). Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Traffic Live Accidents on M6 A50 A34 overturned vehicle in Bradeley and

first_imgWe have a number of traffic issues on the roads and railways of Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and surrounding areas this morning. Chell Heath Road in Bradeley Village is closed due to an overturned vehicle – while Back Lane in Congleton is also shut due to an accident. Further north the M6 Southbound has two lanes closed following an accident involving a HGV and a car. To the east one lane of the A50 is closed due to a waste fire just across the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border and, on the railways, dozens of trains have been cancelled or delayed due to overhead wire problems. We’ll bring you the latest information on these, and other travel updates throughout the region on this live feed throughout the rest of the morning11:58Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 11:51Road reopens after car overturned Chell Heath Road has re-opened and has traffic returned to normal after the overturned vehicle was removed from between Moorland View and Crediton Avenue. 11:44Loose horses in CannockPolice are dealing with six loose horses on a road in Cannock.11:44Accident cleared on A34The accident on the A34 has cleared.11:09Broken down lorry removedThe broken down lorry on the A53 has been removed 10:56Accident on M6 clearedThe accident on the M6 has now cleared.10:29Accident on A34Reports of accident on A34 Newcastle Road at Newcastle Lane.Near to Aldi Superstore.10:28Update on accident in CongletonFirefighters freed a motorist after an accident in Congleton this morning. More here.10:10Broken down lorry on A53Reports of broken down lorry on A53 Etruria Road Westbound at B5046 Etruria Vale Road.Affecting traffic between Hanley snd Etruria. Near to the Odeon Cinema.last_img read more

Get Xiaomi WEMAX ONE Ultra Short Throw 7000 ANSI Lumens ALPD 30

first_img Share Tweet Submit The device offers a life of 25,000 hours and the convenience of controlling it through remote or a voice assistant. Here’s the complete specs list as taken from GB:ALPD 3.0 laser light source technology by AppotronicsIn addition to high-quality lasers, the unit also features a top-end speaker system for a true cinema experienceCan project a display up to a maximum of 150 inchesSystem parameter: CPU: T968 Cortex-A53 4-core 1.8GHz / 64bit | RAM: 2GB DDR3 | ROM: 16GB eMMC FlashOffers a maximum of 7000 lumens source brightness and a 3000 : 1 native contrastDisplay: 0.47 inch DMDResolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)Support resolution: 4KLight source: ALPD 3.0Brightness: 7000 lumensLight mode: highlight, movie, normalAuto mode: save power, eye protectBrightness uniformity: JBMA more than 80 percentColor gamut: NTSC 80 – 85 percentCentral contrast: 2500 : 1 – 3500 : 1Color temperature: standard, cold color, warm colorProjection parameter: Throw ratio: 0.233 : 1 | Best project distance: 150 inch | Projection Distance: 0.1 to 3m | Image Size: 12 – 150 inch | Image Scale: 16:9, 4:3WiFi: dual-band 2.4GHz + 5GHzBluetooth: V4.0HDR: supportedkeystone correction: four corners, eight cornersFocus: power focus3D: supportedSound: DOLBYExternal speaker: supportedSpeaker: full frequency speaker x 2 + high frequency speaker x 1Remote control: Bluetooth, voice, touch controlConnection: Ethernet x 1, SPDIF x 2, audio out x 1, AV 3.5 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, ARC x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1Voice: less than 32dB (at 25 Deg.C)Power consume: 250W (max)Functions: 3D, Bluetooth, DVB-T, DVD Player, External Subtitle, Speaker, WiFiPackage Contents: 1 x Projector, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x English User Manual, 1 x Power Cable, 2 x Adapter, 1 x Cleaning ClothYou can now get your hands on this 150-inch short throw laser projector powered by cinema technology for $1929, down from its original price of over $2200. Head over to this link and use code IT-CN01MAX to avail the discount – valid until 15th October, on the first 40 units only.Also on promotion, OnePlus 6 (6+64) for $429 with code GB$MBDPONE Xiaomi continues to take on the world of technology. After giving us quite a few popular phones, notebooks and vacuum cleaners, the tech giant has its eyes on the world of projectors. We have seen some amazing reviews of Xiaomi’s Mi Laser Projector from both the industry experts and end users. Our personal experience with the Mi Laser Projector has also been nothing short of a dream.Short throw, crisp colors that can survive ambient light, the ability to do without a white wall – what else can you ask for? It now appears we are in for an upgrade. Being advertised as the world’s first ALPD (advanced laser display) 3.0 technology equipped ultra short throw projector, the WEMAX ONE 7000 ANSI Lumens laser projector can deliver up to 150-inches of full high-definition images in only 50cms.The price is some $100 up from the original Mi Laser Projector but the specs list has also received a little upgrade. One thing that has thankfully remained the same is the compact, almost Apple-like design. Not to forget the latest version comes in dark tones, which means now you have the option to go white with the previous version or dark with the latest one.Get Xiaomi WEMAX ONE Ultra Short Throw Projector for $1929 with code “IT-CN01MAX”While it took the original Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector some 5 months to be brought down to its current price of $1829, Xiaomi appears to be going generous with the latest version that is already being offered for as low as $1929.last_img read more