a month agoJake Cain pens Liverpool pro terms

first_imgJake Cain pens Liverpool pro termsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJake Cain has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool.The 18-year-old midfielder is part o the U18s and the club’s UEFA Youth League squad.Cain has been lauded for his creative ability and eye for goal, which has seen him bag three goals for this season already.The Wigan native has been with the Reds since the age of nine. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ministry Of Labour and Social Security Promoting Mobile Money Payment Option to Path Beneficiaries

first_img The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to diversify cash disbursement options for beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The Ministry has targeted an initial 3,000 beneficiaries for promotional day activities, which include collaborations with mobile money service providers as a potential option for PATH payments.Mobile Money is an electronic wallet service available in many countries that enables users to deposit, send, receive and use money via their mobile phone. The service allows persons to make purchases, pay bills and transfer money, among other services.Social Marketing Manager for PATH, Marcia Bolt Williams, who spoke with JIS News at the first promotional session for the initiative’s pilot at the Ministry’s North Street office in Kingston on Tuesday (November 14), said should beneficiaries choose the Mobile Money option, it could prove to be more convenient than receiving cheques every other month.“There are some inconveniences to the beneficiaries to collect the cheque. They have to go to the post office and stand in line to collect, (and) they will then need to encash it at a bank or at a retail outlet. Some retailers, however, insist that the beneficiary purchase something or pay a small fee. We are trying to eliminate all of that by offering them this option that is much more flexible,” she said.Beneficiaries in Kingston and St. Andrew who use post offices situated at Cross Roads, Denham Town, Bull Bay and the Central Sorting Office (CSO) are being targeted under the pilot.The programme, which is being spearheaded by the Ministry’s Public Assistance Division, will, thereafter, be assessed with a view to expanding it islandwide.“The pilot will run for three payment periods. So the person who will sign up today will receive their payment by this new method in December, February and April, after which we will do the assessment,” Ms. Bolt Williams explained.Promotional activities were undertaken for beneficiaries at the Cross Roads Post Office on Tuesday (November 14) and at the CSO on Wednesday (November 15).These engagements continue today (November 16) at the Ministry for Denham Town beneficiaries, and for Bull Bay residents at the Bull Bay Community Centre on Friday (November 17).“The providers are (on location to) promote their products, and the beneficiaries who have been invited (will) then (be able to) make a decision as to which option they want to go with or if they prefer to continue receiving payments by cheque,” Ms. Bolt-Williams outlined.The providers partnering with the Ministry in the endeavour are NCB Quisk, GK MPay and Alliance Investment Management Limited. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to diversify cash disbursement options for beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). Story Highlights Social Marketing Manager for PATH, Marcia Bolt Williams, who spoke with JIS News at the first promotional session for the initiative’s pilot at the Ministry’s North Street office in Kingston on Tuesday (November 14), said should beneficiaries choose the Mobile Money option, it could prove to be more convenient than receiving cheques every other month. The Ministry has targeted an initial 3,000 beneficiaries for promotional day activities, which include collaborations with mobile money service providers as a potential option for PATH payments.last_img read more

Better Public Transportation in Bridgewater

first_imgThe community of Bridgewater will have access to better public transportation through a $350,000 investment from the province to purchase a new bus. The new bus comes as a result of a successful 18-month public transportation pilot project that saw ridership grow from zero to 37,000. “This pilot project in Bridgewater is proof of the positive impact that even a small transit system can have on a community and its residents,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine. “Access to public transportation is essential for connecting people to employment and important appointments and maintaining independence.” The pilot began in September 2017 to better understand the demand for affordable, accessible and reliable transportation in Bridgewater. “Bridgewater Transit has become a vital service for so many people in our community. The ridership and the way the service has been embraced by our residents and businesses has exceeded expectations,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “The commitment the province has made today ensures that we will be able to continue to provide reliable transit service to all members of our community well into the future.” “My mom is 88 years old, a senior, and she absolutely loves the bus system in Bridgewater,” said Tom Walker, son of Vallie Walker, Bridgewater Transit user. “She is able to meet 85 per cent of her travel needs via the bus. For her, it’s a way to have transportation freedom and to be able to afford it while at an age when freedom and change don’t come easily.” Improving access to community transportation is a cornerstone of government’s Poverty Reduction Blueprint and is identified as a priority in SHIFT – Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population. The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage recently developed the Community Transportation Action Plan to help improve access to community transportation options within and between communities across the province.last_img read more

StarStudded Animal Lovers

first_imgSome celebrities love the limelight, some eschew it at all costs and some channel it toward the greater good. For celebs that choose the latter, their big hearts and big presence help preserve the lives of innocent animals across the globe.The thrills and frills of the red carpet are nothing compared to the behind the scenes acts of kindness exhibited by Hollywood A-listers and these three star-studded personalities put their notoriety to work as advocates for wildlife and humanity. You don’t have to be celebrity to make a difference; get inspired by these causes and learn how you can help.Marine Life PreservationWhales, dolphins and seals hold a special place in Hayden Panettiere’s heart. An avid advocate for marine life, the “Nashville” star spends her time off the set putting an end to the senseless slaughter of dolphins, whales and seals. The actress joined forces with Jeff Pantukhoff, founder of the Whaleman Foundation, as the international spokesperson for fair treatment of marine life. More than just the face of the cause, the starlet and five other advocates ventured to Japan to boycott the annual six-month dolphin killing spree that takes place in Taiji, Japan. In support of the “Save the Taiji Dolphin Campaign,” the group paddled on surf boards into Taiji’s notorious dolphin killing cove in a peaceful demonstration against the annual massacre which claims more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises each year. The emotional journey was captured in “The Cove,” which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Feature Documentary.In continued support of the cause, the actress also started her own online fundraiser called “Panettiere Closet,” which allows fans and animal lovers to purchase clothing items from the star’s wardrobe with proceeds going toward saving marine life.Wildlife ConservancyKristin Bauer, of HBO hit series True Blood and professional athlete Yao Ming stand up against illegal poaching of Africa’s gentle wildlife giants. Each year, thousands of rhinoceroses and elephants are poached in Africa, causing the animals’ populations to dwindle at an alarming rate. Hunters turn their killings into profits by selling and transporting the tusks and horns to China. From there, the ivory is turned into jewelry, religious figurines and other trinkets. Greed drives illegal poachers to turn ruthless in their quest for tusks and horns. With China’s growing economy, the demand of ivory and rhino horn is booming.In an effort to reduce the demand and stop the killings, the African Wildlife Foundation’s “SAY NO Campaign” aims to open consumers’ eyes to the realities of their buying habits and how the consumer interest in ivory is directly connected to the brutal poaching of Africa’s majestic wildlife. As active supporters, Bauer and Ming work hand in hand with the AWF to spread the word across China and conserve the lives of elephants and rhinos.Humane Farming“Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone clues us in to the horror’s of farm cruelty as the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Compassionate Communities Campaign. The long-time vegetarian and author of “The Kind Diet” advocates for humane treatment of animals by educating the public on the benefits of choosing a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. The campaign, created by Farm Sanctuary, promotes vegetarianism as way to encourage people to go vegan, go vegetarian, or reduce their meat consumption. Silverstone acts as a driving force encouraging animal lovers to take actionable steps including leafleting, distributing vegetarian literature, and sharing the websites informational video, to spare animals a lifetime of unimaginable suffering.last_img read more

Shea Moisture Pulls Controversial Ad After Twitter Backlash We Really F–ked This

first_imgShea Moisture is under fire for its latest campaign after viewers felt the brand was turning its back on its roots in the black community.The ad opens with a black woman who says she was mocked for her natural curls. It later transitions to a blonde woman saying she didn’t “know what to do” with her hair and a redheaded woman complaining about dyeing her locks. The message was for people to “break free from hair hate.”SheaMoisture is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/T4Dru1JgAq— NANA JIBRIL ??️‍? (@girlswithtoys) April 24, 2017 Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The company, which was founded by Richelieu Dennis, who came to the U.S. from Liberia, has always focused on women of color. Some felt Shea Moisture was excluding its core customer base with its latest ad. Twitterlast_img read more

A warrior writes his epitaph I go second by second

first_imgMilton Born With A Tooth is a Blackfoot warrior, First Nations activist and nature defender. (YouTube)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA Blackfoot activist, famous for fighting environmental injustice, is now battling a terminal illness in a Calgary hospice.“I have Stage 4 cancer in the abdomen,” said Milton Born With A Tooth in a telephone interview.“My outlook right now is dire.”Born With A Tooth spent his life advocating for Indigenous rights but rose to prominence in 1990 after trying to divert the Oldman River in southern Alberta back to its natural course.The Blackfoot never consented to a dam on the waterway and Born With A Tooth led the Lonefighter Society to stop it.They were met by dozens of police officers who, at trial, said Born With A Tooth shot at them. He spent 4 ½ years in prison.His niece Nicole Eshkakogan said her uncle, who was released from prison in 1995, penned a statement about the end of his life.“Now that people are starting to find out what’s wrong with me I want to be able to get ahead of the information so they hear it from the horse’s mouth,” he told APTN News from palliative care.“I have a real battle on my hands now.”This statement was written by Milton Born With A Tooth and shared with APTN.While Born With A Tooth was behind bars, his nation secured a judgment in their favour from the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991.The federal and provincial governments paid compensation of $64 million and promised to consult on anything to do with the river in the future.“We have been warning the newcomers since they came that whatever they took from the earth they should put back,” Born With A Tooth said in A Warrior’s Message – a powerful video posted to YouTube in February 2018.“We have watched them put nothing back. So we giggle a little bit that now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Well, climate change and global warming. Now we should be concerned.’”When asked where he got the plan to divert the river, Born With A Tooth told InterContinentalCry: “I got it from the beaver. If he can do it without money and a weapon, then I could do it too.”The activist put his body on the line, but now his body is wearing out.“I did have an effect – my life. I was part of the news one time,” he told APTN. “Now I go second by second.”He said he needs to focus his energy on his health now.“Next week – I can’t think that far,” he added.In the video, Born With A Tooth explained what it means to be a warrior and apply that traditional knowledge to modern environmental debate.“We want to explain what the beaver has been telling us. We want to explain what the bears have been telling us…the eagle, the hawks, the hummingbirds,” he said.“We have observed nature from the beginning. But we don’t want to be just patronized. That’s not what we want. We want the freedom to be able to sit down and be part of the solution.”But, sadly, his part is coming to an end.“Because nature – my boss – is unforgiving to the water, to the beaver, to the birds, and to us,” he said.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Modi lays foundation stone of Kashi Vishwanath corridor

first_imgVaranasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of the ambitious ‘Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundarayakaran Yojana’ (Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan) here that would be rolled out in four phases. He kick-started the proposed project by putting five bricks with the name of the temple inscribed on it in the presence of Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Bharatiya Janata Party chief Mahendra Nath Pandey. The Prime Minister landed in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency, earlier in the day in an Indian Air Force plane at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport where he was received by Naik and Adityanath. Officials told IANS that work will soon begin on the 40,000 square metre corridor.last_img read more

CBS primetime schedule for fall 2019

NEW YORK — CBS’ prime-time schedule for the 2019 fall season:Monday8 p.m. — “The Neighborhood”8:30 p.m. — “Bob Hearts Abishola”9 p.m. — “All Rise”10 p.m. — “Bull”Tuesday8 p.m. — “NCIS”9 p.m. — “FBI”10 p.m. — “NCIS: New Orleans”Wednesday8 p.m. — “Survivor”9 p.m. — “Seal Team”10 p.m. — “S.W.A.T.”Thursday8 p.m. — “Young Sheldon”8:30 p.m. — “The Unicorn”9 p.m. — “Mom”9:30 p.m. — “Carol’s Second Act”10 p.m. — “EVIL”Friday8 p.m. — “Hawaii Five-O”9 p.m. — “Magnum P.I.”10 p.m. — “Blue Bloods”Saturday8 p.m. — “Crimetime Saturday”9 p.m. — “Crimetime Saturday”10 p.m. — “48 Hours”Sunday7 p.m. — “60 Minutes”8 p.m. — “God Friended Me”9 p.m. — “NCIS: Los Angeles”10 p.m. — “Madam Secretary”The Associated Press read more

Fernando gets eightyear ban

The world Football body FIFA today banned former Sri Lanka football chief Manilal Fernando for eight years.A FIFA statement said that the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban FIFA Executive Committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of eight years after he was found guilty of several breaches of the FIFA Code of Ethics. The decision was taken based on the FIFA Code of Ethics, in order to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth with respect to proceedings in the adjudicatory chamber.The proceedings relate to formal ethics charges brought in a final report filed by the chairman of the investigatory chamber with the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber.The report is the result of investigatory proceedings opened in October 2012, FIFA said in the statement. (Colombo Gazette) In early March FIFA provisionally banned Fernando for a period of a maximum of 90 days.A FIFA statement said that at the request of Michael J. Garcia (chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee), Hans-Joachim Eckert (chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee) provisionally banned Fernando from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of a maximum of 90 days. The ban is effective from 11 March 2013, the date on which he was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber, the FIFA statement said. The decision was reached following two days of hearings held on 29 and 30 April at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich. read more

CARICOM remains resilient despite challenges of 2017 SG

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM SG calls for full CSME implementation at COTED meetingMay 16, 2018In “latest news”CARICOM boss pushes Region’s case for building resilience at int’l conference in RomaniaMarch 13, 2019In “latest news”CARICOM, Germany sign €25.7M agreement for marine protectionMarch 14, 2018In “Regional” CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueDespite the challenges faced by the bloc, particularly the ravaging effects of this year’s hurricane season which has cast a long shadow over the Region, the over US$2 billion pledged at the CARICOM-United Nations Conference for long-term recovery for hurricane-affected countries and the establishment of the regional renewable energy centre are among the successes the Caribbean Community (Caricom) recorded for 2017.CARICOM Secretary General (SG) Irwin LaRocque said in his end-of-year message that the Community was ending 2017 with several other noteworthy achievements, including a change in posture by global financial institutions and some development partners with respect to access to concessionary development financing.The SG noted that “six of our Members and several of our Caribbean neighbours experienced the wrath of unprecedented back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria…The heavy toll of lives, property and infrastructure had an effect wider than the affected countries. Our Community has bonded together, as its governments, people and institutions render yeoman support to the stricken countries. The international community has been at our side in the relief undertaking in a highly appreciated show of solidarity.”To that end, he posited that “it is encouraging to note that our relentless advocacy with respect to the lack of access to concessional development financing appears to be bearing fruit. There is some re-thinking on this issue taking place at the level of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and some of our international development partners (IDPs),” the SG stated.Adding that CARICOM will continue to advocate for this change, he said the Region’s vulnerability to external shocks, which the hurricanes laid bare, emphasised the urgent need for the international community to dispense with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita as a primary criterion for access to concessional development financing.Moreover, Ambassador LaRocque noted the “classification of most of our Member States as middle to high income countries denies them access to such funding. The criteria must now take into account our vulnerability as a matter of urgency.”Addressing the climatic events that CARICOM has been enduring as the new normal, Ambassador LaRocque posited that more emphasis will be placed on building resilience to withstand the expected onslaught of more intense and frequent storms powered by the effects of climate change as the recovery and reconstruction phase is underway.He said that “given the magnitude of the damage caused by the hurricanes, the Region cannot rebuild without the support of the international community.” read more

The latest technology and developments from the pump industry – IPUC 2009

first_imgThe International Pump Using Conference (IPUC) 2009, hosted by Harry Rosen of pump engineering software provider, TAS in association with the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, takes place on September 8-11 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a leading pump conference in South Africa and is relevant to all industries where pumps are the vital heart of their operation including mining. This two day conference, titled ‘Towards a Systems Approach – Understanding the effect of pumps on overall system performance’, will have 18 papers of a high standard presented by leading international and local experts. These experts will share their wealth of knowledge and experience on pumping systems and present papers on tried and tested solutions, as well as effective problem solving techniques using the latest technologies. 200 delegates attended IPUC 2007, with this year expecting over 300 attending delegates, drawn from South Africa and the rest of Africa. IPUC 2009 will also have a high international profile due to the calibre of internationally recognised pump institutions who have agreed to endorse IPUC, including the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), EuroPump and the American Hydraulic Institute. Additional events co-located with and following the IPUC conference include: Wisa Conference – September 10 – An exciting addition, this year IPUC is followed by a further conference in association with The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) on the theme ‘Refurbish, regenerate, renew’.Pumping System assessment Training (PSAT) workshop – September 10 – Led by Gunnar Hovstadius, a PSAT qualified specialist, who is respected worldwide for his expertise in pumping systems, energy related issues and life cycle costing. Delegates will receive a free copy of the Pumping System Assessment Tool software, developed by the US Department of Energy.Energy Efficiency Forum – September 11 – How can South Africa learn from the experience of other nations in developing a culture of energy efficiency? Should the carrot or stick approach be used? These issues, and others, will be debated in a one day energy efficiency forum, facilitated by our panel of experts and including relevant stakeholders from Government and from the local pump community, both manufactures and users.Afriwater Exhibition – September 8 – 10 – Afriwater will be co-located with IPUC 2009 and will be open to delegates from both conferences. Since its inception in 1994, this exhibition has provided an important platform for companies involved in the water and waste industry, with a view to offering solutions, products and services to all those endeavouring to preserve Africa’s precious water resource.Papers for this year’s event include:Concentrating on the system makes far more sense – the US approach Gunnar Hovstadius expertise in pumping systems, energy related issues and life cycle costing is respected worldwide. He served as Director of Technology for ITT Fluid Technology and has served on the US DOE’s Motor Challenge/Best Practices Program, UNIDO’s China Motor Systems Program, HI Standards and LCC Committees, and HI/EuroPump working groups. He is one of the main drivers behind HI’s Market Transformation Initiative to change the criteria used for purchasing pumping systems.  The USA is concentrating on pumping systems and incentive programs to achieve energy savings and there has been a great deal of support for this approach in US and Canada.  Specific examples will be given of why system thinking makes more sense than concentrating on components.  US and Canadian incentive programs will be discussed with a view to starting similar initiatives in South Africa.The European approach to pump efficiency Steve Schofield, Technical Director, BPMA is currently responsible for all BPMA’s technical, training, IT, standards, legislative and energy related activities. Together with EuroPump he has been actively involved in many of the European Commission programs and in producing the international guides on pump life cycle costing, variable speed pumping, and energy efficient pump systems. The European Commission is about to introduce mandatory product related legislation on specific pump types in Europe. Which pumps are included and how will this legislation impact on future exports to Europe? It has also been identified that a ‘pump system approach’ could potentially offer large energy savings and possible future business opportunities. Where is the European pump industry on this important subject and is it heading in the same direction as other countries around the world?The Systems Approach – a politician’s viewKen Hall – MD of Calpeda, President EuroPump, which represents 18 European pump manufacturers’ associations, is a long standing member of the BPMA Council and has been at the forefront of the European pump sector’s policy on eco-design, formulating the Ecopump initiative, which is the basis of the European pump industry’s energy and environmental program.Like it or not the participation of politicians in the process of developing and implementing energy strategies will be key to the final outcome. This paper draws on the experience of the European pump sector when negotiating with the European Union over the Energy Using Products (EUP) Directive, and looks at the implications and expectations of the wider political community to an industrial sector’s attempt at reducing its carbon emissions.Energy requirements of pump auxiliary components and the impact on plant wide operational efficiencyRichard Smith, Director AESSEAL – Hydraulic and system issues are the primary energy absorption in pumping equipment, however little consideration is given to the energy absorbed by the auxiliary pump components and systems. This paper proposes alternate solutions that reduce the direct energy absorption by glands and oil seals, and indirect energy absorption by pump cooling systems. Case studies are used to illustrate improvement, inefficiency and in many instances, a spin-off of enhanced pump reliability is enjoyed.Determining the impact of energy efficiency activities on pumping systems through measurement and verificationDr. W.L.R. den Heijer, Prof. L.J. Grobler, North West University. This paper will describe the measurement and verification methodology used to accurately and independently assess and quantify the impact of energy efficiency activities on pumping systems in the industrial sector.  A case study is also provided to illustrate the methodology.For more information on the conference visit www.ipuc.co.zalast_img read more

Pat Rabbitte thinks the Patrick Nulty drunken message scandal is a sad

first_imgCOMMUNICATIONS MINISTER Pat Rabbitte has said that his former Labour colleague Patrick Nulty had no alternative but to resign in the wake of revelations about inappropriate messages he sent to a young girl.Nulty resigned as a TD on Saturday just hours before the Sunday World published details of drunken messages he sent to a 17-year-old girl on Facebook last year.There are indications that more revelations about inappropriate messages will emerge shortly. The Herald reports today that there are accusations of messages being sent to friends of the schoolgirl who received the message that was the subject of a Sunday World expose yesterday.Speaking about the controversy today, Rabbitte said that the Dublin West deputy, who quit Labour last year, had no choice but to resign.“I think it’s a sad affair, but I think he acknowledged his actions were inappropriate and I think it was correct that he decided to resign his seat,” he said.Nulty has declined to comment any further on the controversy which is reportedly now the subject of a garda investigation.Read: Here’s who is in the running for the by-election after Patrick Nulty’s resignationRead: Independent TD Patrick Nulty resigns over drunken message to 17-year-oldlast_img read more

It was not the right thing to do McIlroy regrets quitting Honda

first_imgWORLD NUMBER ONE Rory McIlroy says he regrets withdrawing from the Honda Classic and if he had to do it over again he would have stuck it out — even if it meant shooting an 85.“It was a reactive decision,” McIlroy told Sports Illustrated. “What I should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a five and play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85.“What I did was not good for the tournament, not good for the kids and the fans who were out there watching me — it was not the right thing to do.”McIlroy, who was trying to defend the Florida title, is now sorry he pulled out midway through the second round with a wisdom tooth problem. He was seven-over par at the time.McIlroy took plenty of heat for pulling out of the event and it only made an already rough start to the season worse for him.“I didn’t want to be there,” he said.In his first event in Abu Dhabi, McIlroy missed the cut after rounds of 75-75 and he was ousted in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.He said he expects to have one of his troublesome lower wisdom teeth pulled following the US Open in June.- © AFP, 2013Read McIlroy’s interview with Sports Illustrated in full here >Jack Nicklaus: McIlroy should not have walked off the course on FridayAnalysis: McIlroy another no-show on the weekendlast_img read more

Apprunning fridge gives us a view into a future filled with needy

first_imgAn internet-connected, app-filled refrigerator seems like a great idea, right? It could track your food, display your calender, play music, and alert you to breaking news — seriously, these are all things that the $3500 Samsung RF4289 can do — but the day I see a memory card warning on my refrigerator is the day that I seriously reconsider where and how I am spending my free time.Sure, the memory card issue displayed above was my fault — I was trying to pull images from a memory card that wasn’t present — but it got me thinking about networked washing machines and Twitter-enabled fridges. Are these cool devices? Sure. Do they have some reasonable usable scenarios? Yeah, why not, I could see listening to Pandora while making dinner. But, honestly, how much utility are you getting out of the 8-inch LCD screen? Is it really worth the time that it takes to drop images on it, load your Twitter account, customize your news feed, and sync your calendar?I tend to embrace technology on any and all platforms, but that does not mean we should accept technology for its own sake. Is a refrigerator the right place for my apps? Is it where I should invest time curating my vacation photos? Is the (rather huge) premium I pay for an LCD-equipped smart fridge worth it compared to what a tablet, digital picture frame, or touch-enabled all-in-one might cost me? Each of us will have to answer that for ourselves, but these are questions worth asking.After all, it’s nice to think that these “smart” appliances are pure upside, that their apps will stop us from wasting food and missing meetings, but one could just as easily ask for a moment of peace when they are trying to make some eggs on Sunday morning. Part of integrating technology into our lives is knowing when to disconnect, as opposed to having it hum constantly in the background to the point when we simply can’t take another tweet, alert, or update.So, internet-connected smart appliances: sign of technological democratization and advancement or harbinger of the fall of Western civilization?last_img read more

We were not thinking about selling Castillejo Villarreal managing director

first_imgThe new AC Milan footballer has only played for 10 minutes this season, but he is seen as key for Gennaro Gattuso’s objectivesFootballer Samu Castillejo is playing for the first time away from Spain.The 23-years-old was transferred from a successful Villarreal side to AC Milan during the summer.The Rossoneri signed Castillejo on a €3m loan with a €15m obligation to buy, while Villarreal also got Carlos Bacca in exchange.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….But for managing director at Villareal Fernando Roig Negueroles, these exchange was not even in the minds of the directors.“We did not think of letting him go – admitted the man at the helm of Villareal- or rather it was not our initial plans,” he told AS as echoed by Football Italia.“But then we received an interesting proposal, which allowed us to get Carlos Bacca.”Castillejo started his professional career with Málaga in 2014, and he was transferred the next season to Villarreal, where he played for three years.last_img read more

Gold prices soar to 9month high on strong buying

first_imgGold prices extended gains for the seventh consecutive session on Saturday, reaching a nine-month high of Rs 27,700 per 10 grams at the bullion market.The rally in the yellow metal prices was largely underpinned by strength in the metal’s prices in the overseas market and sustained buying by jewellers to meet the demand in the ongoing wedding season. Silver prices also traded steady on the day, closing at Rs 35,800 per kg.In the overseas markets, gold prices rose 1.5 percent to end at $1,173 an ounce on Friday, supported by an increase in safe-haven demand amid growing concerns over global economy.”Over the year as a whole gold should benefit from a revival of demand for inflation hedges and from strong buying in emerging economies. And in the meantime, gold’s renewed resilience has reminded investors worldwide of its appeal as a safe haven,” said Capital Economic in a note.Besides, the mixed economic data in the US had lent support to the precious metal prices. Investors stepped up buying gold on the expectations that uneven US growth data could delay further interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.”Gold is currently living up to its reputation as a safe haven in uncertain times,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Overall, gold prices have gained by more than 10 percent since the beginning of the year. The uptrend in the metal prices was also partly helped by a sharp volatility in global equity markets.”The price rally in the precious metals sector is being driven by a triad comprising a weaker US dollar, falling US bond yields and weaker stock markets,” Commerzbank added.last_img read more

FreeBSD 120 is now out

first_imgYesterday, the FreeBSD release engineering team announced the availability of FreeBSD 12.0, which marks the first release of the stable/12 branch. This version is available for the amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe, sparc64, armv6, armv7, and aarch64 architectures. FreeBSD is an open source, Unix-like operating system for x86, ARM, AArch64, RISC-V, MIPS, POWER, PowerPC, and Sun UltraSPARC computers. It is based on the 4.4BSD-Lite release from Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California at Berkeley. It comes with features like preemptive multitasking, memory protection, virtual memory, multi-user facilities, and SMP support. Following are some of the updates introduced in FreeBSD 12.0: The bsdinstall installer and zfsboot are updated to allow a UEFI+GELI installation option. GOST is removed, and LDNS now enables DANE-TA. sshd now comes with additional support for capsicum. Also, capsicum is enabled on armv6 and armv7 by default. The VIMAGE kernel configuration option is enabled by default. The NUMA option is enabled by default in the amd64 GENERIC and MINIMAL kernel configurations. The netdump driver is added for transmitting kernel crash dumps to a remote host after a system panic. The vt driver now comes with better performance, drawing text at rates ranging from 2- to 6-times faster. The UFS/FFS filesystem is updated to consolidate TRIM/BIO_DELETE commands, resulting in fewer read/write requests. This is enabled by default in the UFS/FFS filesystem and can be disabled by setting the vfs.ffs.dotrimcons sysctl to 0, or adding vfs.ffs.dotrimcons=0 to sysctl.conf. The pf packet filter can now be used within a jail using vnet. The bhyve utility is updated to add NVMe device emulation and it is now also able to be run within a jail. Various Lua loader improvements such as detecting a list of installed kernels to boot and support for module blacklists. Upgraded components Clang, LLVM, LLD, LLDB, compiler-rt, and libc++ is updated to 6.0.1. OpenSSL is updated to 1.1.1a (LTS). Unbound is updated to 1.8.1 OpenSSH is updated to 7.8p1. The vt(4) Terminus BSD Console font is updated to 4.46. KDE has been updated to version 5.12.5. The NFS version 4.1 server is updated to include pNFS server support. You can install FreeBSD 12.0 from a bootable ISO image or over the network. Some architectures also support installing from a USB memory stick. To read the entire list of update in FreeBSD 12.0, check out its release notes. Read Next LibrePCB 0.1.0 released with major changes in library editor and file format Systems programming with Go in UNIX and Linux AMD ROCm GPUs now support TensorFlow v1.8, a major milestone for AMD’s deep learning planslast_img read more

airberlin targets Polish market

first_imgGermany’s second largest airline, airberlin has set its sights on the Polish tourism market, according to the airline’s senior vice presidnet sales scheduled services Otto Gergye. Responding to growing demand, airberlin this year introduced new non-stop connections between Berlin and Warsaw as well as introduced new flights to Kraków and Gdansk. In a recent interview, Mr Gergye explained Poland was a strategic growth market for the carrier, because of its strong economy and rising demand in flights. “Poland has something to offer for all tastes when it comes to travel.” Mr Gergye explained. “It offers such variety that it is difficult to make a choice.” In total, the airline operates 18 weekly non-stop flights between Berlin and Waraw, three-times weekly flights between Berlin and Kraków as well as two daily non-stop services between Berlin and Gdansk. Poland is a strategic growth market: airberlinlast_img read more

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