About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.”
Quique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play forby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”Three years ago, we were never there. The last three years, it was impossible to think about that, but football’s very hard right now. It’s very equal, very even and everything is pure competition, so everything is possible.”We need to go out of this position as soon as possible.”The ambition is the same. This is a club that is very clear about the way they want to grow and so I realise of course they have changed a lot of things, the training ground, the players, the squad.”But [what they want] is exactly the same what they wanted from me three years ago.”Now it’s a little bit different because they’re established in the Premier League, they want to keep going in the same category, so the pressure is the same, but the squad and the objective of the club they are different.”I’m confident we can work together and we can do something special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Scott McTominay says that he is proud of Scotland team-mate Andrew Robertson’s Champions League title with Liverpool, but the Manchester United midfielder admitted the Reds’ win was a “tough watch”.Robertson and Liverpool lifted the Champions League title on Saturday as the Reds topped Tottenham 2-0 in the finale.The Scottish fullback started and went all 90 minutes as an early Mohamed Salah finish from the penalty spot and a late Divock Origi clincher sealed the club’s sixth Champions League title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? McTominay, a Manchester United academy product, says he takes pride in seeing one of his countrymen shine on the biggest stage, but his Scotland team-mate’s achievement was the only positive from Saturday’s result.“I’m a Man United man through and through so I can’t lie it wasn’t easy, it was a tough watch,” McTominay told the Herald. “But it was still good to see a fellow Scotsman on the pitch and beautiful to see what he’s gone through from 2012 to now.”Robertson is set to join up with Scotland in the coming days, having been given a break to recover from Liverpool’s Champions League run.The defender has served as Scotland’s captain, having earned 29 caps for the team since making his debut in 2014.McTominay says his team-mate’s achievement will serve as inspiration for the rest of the team going forward.“It’s amazing for him and we’re relishing getting him back and hopefully kicking on in a Scotland jersey,” said the 22-year-old midfielder, who made 16 Premier League and three Champions League appearances for the Red Devils this campaign.“If that’s not inspiration for the whole team right there I don’t know what is.“He’s done incredibly well and that’s my aim – to be replicating something like that winning big trophies and hopefully playing in major tournaments in the future with Scotland.”Scotland are set to host Cyprus on Saturday in a Euro 2020 qualifier before visiting Belgium on June 11. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location Print Close COSCO, December 4, 2013 zoom The Board of Directors of COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited today announced that one of subsidiaries has entered into an agreement to build two Panamax bulk carriers. Under the deal, COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co. Ltd. will build two 64,000 DWT bulkers for an Asian buyer. The contract is estimated to be worth over $54 million.The two bulk carriers are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The province will add 130 new pre-primary classes this fall, in 87 school communities across Nova Scotia. “The first year of the Pre-primary Program has been a success, with more than 800 four-year-olds and their families benefiting from this early learning opportunity,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We want our children to have a strong foundation for school regardless of where they live or what their socio-economic background. Pre-primary provides just that.” This year, the department will be seeking a partnership with a licensed child care provider to deliver pre-primary as a pilot project in Kings County. “Our intention is to always deliver pre-primary in schools, but when space is an issue, partnering with the community makes sense and will serve families well,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “The demand from families for a program in more communities is high and delivering the program through a licensed child care provider may give more children in Nova Scotia the opportunity, more quickly, to have access to this program.” This fall, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial will deliver the provincial Pre-primary Program through its Grandir en francais program. The expansion of pre-primary will create more opportunities for early childhood educators in Nova Scotia, as the program will be rolled out province wide by September 2020. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is partnering with Nova Scotia Works Employment Services and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to attract and recruit early childhood educators to Nova Scotia. Families who live within a school community that is offering pre-primary and wish to register their child for the program, can contact their local school board to learn more about the registration process. For a full list of the new pre-primary locations and more information about the program, visit www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary .
Rabat – The comprehensive approach adopted by Morocco in countering the proliferation of foreign terrorism was highlighted on Wednesday by the Minister Delegate to the Foreign Minister, Mbarka Bouaida, who is leading the Moroccan delegation in Washington countering violent extremism.In this regard, Bouaida highlighted the pertinence of the international initiative against foreign terrorist fighters launched by Morocco in partnership with the Netherlands during the Global Counterterrorism Forum.This initiative aims to increase the anticipation level in countering the threat posed by international terrorist fighters. Bouaida also recalled the adoption of the Hague-Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the Foreign Terrorist Fighters Phenomenon in September 2014.This Memorandum represents a platform enabling better coordination of efforts at the national, regional and international level, she said.As a founding member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, Morocco is fully committed to the four major headings laid down in the Memorandum to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, Bouaida said.In this respect, Bouaida highlighted the importance of multilateral cooperation, citing Morocco’s cooperation with Spain as an example that is not only limited to the exchange of information and best practices but includes also joint operations on the ground.MWN with MAP
Mobile Operators Building a New Channel for IoT Michael Finneran January 28, 2019 Mobile operators are positioning themselves as the one-stop-shop for “packaged” IoT solutions. Is Your Network Ready for IoT? Gary Audin September 13, 2019 IoT devices come in all shapes and sizes, with varied network requirements. The benefit of Aruba’s approach is that the cloud dataset continuously learns though crowdsourcing. If a device is discovered that isn’t already identified, the Aruba cloud receives, tests, validates, and makes the signature available for all customers. Aruba told me it has identified an estimated 90% of endpoints found in general enterprises and about two-thirds of vertically specific ones. Aruba has a massive customer base, and as Device Insight becomes more widely deployed, the number of identified devices should grow considerably. See All in Internet of Things » Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation Gary Audin September 06, 2019 Without standards, interoperability among vendor products and services can limit IoT’s growth. A connected lighting system serves as a good example. The system would likely send updates to the manufacturer on regular intervals, such as once per day. In the event the device behavior changes and the lighting system starts communicating with the point-of-sale systems, this would indicate a breach and violate the rules being enforced by ClearPass Policy Manager. The endpoint would be removed from the segment, and the remediation process started. The combination of new APs and ClearPass Device Insight can automate that entire process. At Atmosphere, Aruba rolled out access points (APs) and device management capabilities aimed at simplifying IoT’s adoption. Managing and securing IoT is perhaps the most difficult task that network operations has ever faced, given the number of devices being connected without IT having control. There’s too much data being generated for IT to connect the dots between all the data points to understand what’s happening. With these solutions, Aruba is introducing AI into the mix, providing a huge leap forward, with machines able to see things and identify anomalies that people can’t.Tags:News & Viewsmachine learningW-FiAccess PointsIntelligent Device ManagementArubaInternet of ThingsAI & AutomationDigital TransformationEndpointsProduct NewsSecurity Articles You Might Like The tie-in to Aruba’s access control product, ClearPass Policy Manager, further simplifies the process of securing IoT devices. Enterprises can use the policy manager to apply access policies and dynamically segment the network. Aruba’s IntroSpect, which provides user and entity behavior analytics, will set baselines for device behavior, and provide continuous monitoring for anomalous behavior. If it identifies a breach, ClearPass Policy Manager will quarantine a device and turn enforcement over to the 130+ security vendors with which Aruba has partnered. ClearPass Device Insight will ship this month, too. List price is slated to be about $1,300 per 100 devices. Wi-Fi 6 Access Points — Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) portfolio now includes the 530 and 550 Series APs. Like the 510 Series announced last November, the 530 and 550 APs support connectivity over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, and Zigbee. I believe this makes Aruba the first Wi-Fi vendor to integrate Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee into its APs. Without this integration, gateways would be required to bridge these to Wi-Fi, adding complexity, reducing visibility, and leaving management tools blind to some endpoints. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee devices account for about three-quarters of IoT gear today, and I expect that number will grow over time. In addition to simplified connectivity, Wi-Fi 6 offers a number of other features, including improved battery life, a boost in performance, and increased reliability. The 530 and 550 APs will begin shipping this month, for $1,500 and $1,900, respectively.ClearPass Device Insight — With machine learning (ML) capabilities from Niara, which HPE acquired two years ago, ClearPass Device Insight automates the discovery and fingerprinting of IoT and all other connected devices on the Wi-Fi and wired network. I can’t emphasize enough how big a problem device discovery is for companies. In a recent ZK Research survey, a whopping 61% of network engineer respondents said they have low or no confidence that they know how many endpoints are connected to their enterprise networks. Even more shocking is the percentage jumped up from 51% three years ago, meaning many businesses have actually regressed in understanding what’s connected. The big problem is that IT no longer owns what gets connected. Operational technology and lines of business are connecting things to improve customer, patient, student, and guest experiences without IT’s knowledge. ClearPass Device Insight uses ML and crowdsourcing to simplify this process.The combination of the new, high-performance APs and Device Insight creates a closed loop system that connects the device and then applies ML to a combination of data sources to identify the device. While a number of solution providers, such as ForeScout Technologies, have large device databases, these require constant updates and often have huge gaps in device knowledge. Data sources for Device Insight include MAC/vendor information, static information such as DHCP and SNMP, frequency of communication, application communication, port, and protocol to profile the device using deep packet inspection. The metadata is sent to the cloud for analysis and device identification. Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. IoT is now real, and businesses are connecting “things” at a furious rate. This includes everything from MRI machines to security cameras to point-of-sale devices to a whole lot more. While Wi-Fi’s primary role is to connect these IoT endpoints, businesses should also expect its help in managing and securing them, too. This, however, hasn’t been easy. Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company, is holding its annual Atmosphere event this week in Las Vegas. Once mostly for hard-core gearheads (or “Airheads,” as Aruba calls them), the show has grown in scope as Wi-Fi has become increasingly important to digital transformation initiatives, such as in its ability to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices. iot.jpg Log in or register to post comments
Two of hockey’s Original Six are alive and well in the Eastern Conference finals, which began Saturday with the New York Rangers’ 7-2 rout of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1.1The Chicago Blackhawks, another Original Six team, are also leading the Western Conference finals 1-0. The series is an interesting case study in the rebuilding of once-great clubs. No matter which of the two historic franchises prevails, the victor will have made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since it won hockey’s ultimate prize roughly two decades ago.2The Rangers haven’t been back to the Final since winning the Cup in 1994; the Canadiens haven’t been back since winning it in 1993. Their long road back saw 19 different head coaches between them,3A tally that includes Alain Vigneault, who has coached both teams. payrolls both desiccated and bloated, and years of mediocrity that flouted expectations. But their twin decades in the wilderness taught them the value of drafting well and committing to smart spending.North of the border, Les Habitants play the central role in Canada’s ongoing, agonizing Stanley Cup drought. The Canadiens are unaccustomed to going this long without a championship, and that’s putting it mildly. Over the course of the 77 postseasons between 1916 and 1993, Montreal hoisted the Cup once every 3.2 seasons on average. They won 24 titles; to this day, no other NHL team has won more than 13.4The Toronto Maple Leafs own that second-place distinction, despite not having won any Cups themselves since 1967.The 1992-93 Canadiens won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1985-86.5At the time, Montreal fans would have considered that seven-year gap — and the seven-season void before that — an alarming dry spell. That championship team was good — and lucky. According to estimates of score-close Fenwick percentage (a team-possession stat), the 1992-93 Canadiens were the NHL’s eighth-best team at controlling possession, and they finished sixth in save percentage thanks to Patrick Roy, one of the rare goalies who could truly be said to possess consistently elite puck-stopping skills. Their luck often came in overtime, when the Canadiens won the majority of their playoff games; they went an incredible 10-1 in overtime during the 1993 postseason,6Setting the record for most overtime wins in a single playoff year. including victories in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. (Historically, there’s essentially no correlation between how a team does from one overtime playoff game to the next, so Montreal’s overtime record undoubtedly meant the Canadiens were the beneficiary of good fortune during their ‘93 Cup run.)The 1992-93 Canadiens were the fifth-youngest Cup-winners since the dawn of the Original Six era in 1943.7As weighted by the Modified Point Shares of each player on the roster. Modified Point Shares is an offshoot of Hockey-Reference’s Point Shares re-scaled to give forwards 60 percent of the league’s total value, defensemen 30 percent and goalies 10 percent, per research I conducted for analytics guru Tom Tango last summer. Despite carrying over much of the same core of players into subsequent seasons, Montreal declined sharply, soon missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century. Habs GM Serge Savard wasn’t able to wheel and deal his way to a new championship-caliber group,8To the contrary — he dealt away Roy in one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. and aside from the 1987 and 1993 drafts9The latter of which yielded Saku Koivu. the team did not restock well. According to a measurement of picking efficiency similar to one I used to evaluate NFL teams’ performances in the draft,10Using Modified Point Shares. the Canadiens were the league’s fourth-worst drafting team from 1988 to 1995.11And its fifth-worst over the larger 1988-2001 period.Making matters worse, the Canadiens were facing a weak national currency at a time before the salary cap. Because Montreal had to offer more money than U.S. teams did in order to get the same amount of talent, they found themselves at a competitive disadvantage. The Habs fell out of the league’s top 10 in payroll spending for the 1994-95 season,12According to Rodney Fort’s archived NHL payroll data, which spans the 1989-90 through 2011-12 seasons (save for missing data on the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons). dropping to 16th out of 26 teams that season and 17th in each of the next two years. Unable to compete financially (they’d been a top-five payroll team as recently as five years earlier) and having strung together a series of mostly poor drafts, the Canadiens fired Savard in 199513Although they didn’t do much better under Rejean Houle, either. and spent the next decade mired in mediocrity.Meanwhile in Manhattan, the Rangers were suffering much the same fate. Their 1993-94 Stanley Cup championship team had broken the Curse of 1940 and given Rangers fans their long-awaited redemption. The team was an incredible collection of talent, posting the fourth-best record and fifth-best estimated Fenwick close of any pre-2008 Cup winner,14Going back to the 1987-88 season, the first year of Hockey-Reference’s game log data. but also had the fifth-oldest roster in the league15Weighted by the Modified Point Shares of each player on the roster. and was the 23rd-oldest Cup winner since 1943.Instead of seeking out younger players, New York GM Neil Smith put the league’s oldest squad on the ice over the next three seasons (even recruiting a 36-year-old Wayne Gretzky to join a 36-year-old Mark Messier in the summer of 1996). While the Canadiens were struggling to contend with the NHL’s new financial realities, the Rangers had no such issues; their $44 million payroll in 1997-98 was the highest in NHL history at the time. But they were also committed to an old, overpaid roster that wasn’t producing — and, like Montreal, New York had compounded matters by drafting poorly over the previous decade.16The Rangers were the league’s third-worst drafting team from 1992 to 1999.A number of key players on the Rangers’ 1993-94 championship squad had been acquired in the draft during the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Sergei Zubov, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov and Tony Amonte. But the subsequent batch of Rangers drafts produced first-round busts like Jeff Brown (No. 22 overall in 1996), Stefan Cherneski (No. 19 in 1997) and Pavel Brendl and Jamie Lundmark (No. 4 and No. 9, respectively, in 1999).The lack of decent prospects made it difficult for New York to avoid extending its aging stars’ contracts or overpaying for veterans on the free-agent market. From 1997-98 to 2003-04, the Rangers never fell outside the NHL’s top four teams in payroll dollars spent, yet never had a season with a winning record. Smith was fired after a disappointing 1999-2000 campaign that saw New York finish 12 points out of the playoffs, but his successor, Glen Sather, didn’t fare better, missing the postseason himself in each of the next four seasons.Both the Canadiens and Rangers were afterthoughts in the 2000s. But both teams began to turn their fortunes around after a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 schedule and radically shifted the game’s economic landscape.Under the league’s new salary-cap system (and with the loonie gaining strength), Montreal steadily began to spend more on payroll, cracking the top 10 once more in 2006-07, and the top five in 2008-09. And while the Rangers initially spent huge sums of money on their players,17They led the league in payroll during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Sather began reducing the team’s payroll in 2010 — dropping out of the top five for the first time in at least 20 years, followed by a 14th-place payroll ranking in 2011-12 and a 19th-place ranking this year.The Rangers’ sudden, unprecedented reduction in payroll coincided with a newfound commitment to youth. After ranking among the league’s oldest teams each season going back to the early 1990s, New York transitioned to become one of the youngest squads in 2008-09, jettisoning aging stars like Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Martin Straka. This year, the Rangers’ only major contributors over 3018According to Modified Point Shares. are Henrik Lundqvist, 31, and Brad Richards, 33. And the team’s recent draft classes have supplied the Rangers with a host of talented youngsters such as Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto, Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin. (Undrafted free-agent gems like Mats Zuccarello help, too.)In a similar vein, one of the biggest ingredients of Montreal’s turnaround has been a successful series of drafts by general managers Andre Savard, Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier, beginning in 200219Hey, Chris Higgins was a solid No. 14 pick. and cresting with strong hauls in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Under their stewardship, the team made a number of shrewd selections, like P.K. Subban at No. 43, Max Pacioretty at No. 22, Brendan Gallagher at No. 147 and Carey Price at No. 5. (Other 2013-14 Habs key players procured via the draft include Andrei Markov — a relic of the Houle era — and Tomas Plekanec.) All those players’ careers have exceeded what could reasonably have been expected from their draft positions.Those picks may have been plain old luck — the year-to-year correlation for teams’ per-pick draft efficiency is very nearly zero, suggesting drafting skill is largely random in hockey, just as it is in football. Regardless, Montreal and New York still brought themselves back into relevance.None of this guarantees a Stanley Cup this year. The winner of the Eastern Conference finals will face either the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, or the Los Angeles Kings, who are the best possession team in hockey. Neither the Canadiens nor the Rangers has looked especially dominant in the playoffs thus far, aside from the Rangers’ pasting of the Canadiens in Game 1. Both teams needed Game 7s to squeak past their opponents in the conference semifinals, and the Rangers needed that many to top the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, too. During the regular season, the Canadiens were not a strong possession team, still a major leading indicator of future team success.Despite all of those caveats, it’s notable that one of these two teams is guaranteed a place in the final. Each lost its way during the previous decade, but by successfully rebuilding through the draft and not throwing good money after bad, they’ve provided a road map for once-proud franchises to get back on the path to the Stanley Cup.
French team Chambery Savoie extended contract with their TOP scorer Edin Basic. A 36 years-old playmaker will stay in French team for two more seasons until summer 2017. Basic came to France (Chambery) in December 2009 and became a vital part of the team who played for a couple of years in the VELUX EHF Champions League.Bosnian citizen played for 8 years in Swiss teams before he moved to France.Basic is on 14th place of LNH TOP scorer’s list with 80 goals.Chambery is currently on the fourth place in LNH.photo: handnews.fr ← Previous Story ASOBAL: BM Granollers beat La Rioja in EHF CL race! Next Story → FACEBOOK MISTERY: ZRK Vardar deny deal with Kristiansen! Chambery SavoieEdin Basic
JACK MACDONALD, AN elderly man known for cutting out money-saving vouchers and wearing jumpers with holes in them, has left a staggering donation of $188 million (€137m) to three institutions in the United States.The trust, the largest donation made in the state of Washington this year, went to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of Law, and the Salvation Army, according to The Seattle Times.MacDonald maintained an image of a man of little means. He frequently rode the bus and stocked up on bargain-priced food at the supermarket. Only a handful of people knew that he had amassed a fortune investing in the stock market over a 60-year period.“He was amazing,” his stepdaughter, Regen Dennis, said to The Seattle Times. “He didn’t trust a lot of other people to do his research; he directed what he wanted bought, and he really knew what he wanted.”Macdonald, who died in September at the age of 98, donated to many different causes throughout his lifetime, including an anonymous gift of $150,000 to the Canadian town of Elora, where his father immigrated from Scotland.This particular gift, however, is setting state and national records.Forty per cent of the $188 million is going to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, though MacDonald had no children of his own. It is the largest single gift ever made to paediatric research in the US.Another 30 per cent of the trust will go to the University of Washington School of Law, the largest gift to the law school in history, and the largest estate gift to the university as a whole.The remaining 30 per cent will go the Salvation Army, which MacDonald chose because his father, Frederick, worked with many blue-collar workers.“He felt really good about what he was doing with his money,” Dennis said, “and our family feels good about what he’s doing with his money.”- Madeline StoneRead: Cork mother has ten days to raise €35,000 for twins’ surgery > Read: 75 years ago this week, this man saved 669 children from Nazi death camps > WeWork cofounder Rebekah Neumann, cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow, reportedly demanded employees be fired within minutes of meeting them because she disliked their ‘energy’ No, the UFOs or ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ in those grainy Navy videos probably aren’t aliens Pompeo inadvertently admitted the Iran crisis is a ‘direct result’ of Trump’s actions Tesla trolls Porsche with a new Supercharger at the Nürburgring where a modified Model S beat the Porsche Taycan’s lap time by 20 seconds (TSLA)
She insisted that the guards are “very good at a lot of things that make all our lives better” saying: “When we’re good, we’re very, very good.”Of the force generally, O’Sullivan noted that justice minister Frances Fitzgerald has never described the gardaí as broken.“It’s damaged, yes. It’s hurting, yes. It’s in need of change, yes. It’s hungry for change, absolutely,” she said. O’Sullivan says that Ireland has “changed utterly” since the last round of garda reforms in 2005. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 O’Sullivan: “We owe it to our society to be a world class police service and set the trend.” #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 5.55pm ACTING GARDA COMMISSIONER Noirín O’Sullivan has said the force is damaged, hurt and in need of change, but isn’t broken.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties this evening, O’Sullivan outlined her views on reforming An Garda Síochána and said the force has “learned the hard way” about how it must change.O’Sullivan was appointed on an interim basis in March following the resignation of Martin Callinan amid controversies over the handling of whistleblowers and the interception of calls in and out of garda stations for decades.Alluding to the controversy around garda whistleblowers, whose actions were described as ‘disgusting’ by her predecessor, she said: “We now know that if you concentrate too much on the messengers, you may miss the message.”She said that “dissent cannot be seen as disloyalty” and stressed that it is important that whistleblowers be listened to.O’Sullivan welcomed plans to establish an independent policing authority saying it will provide “an additional layer of trust” but she cautioned it is important to take the time to get it right.‘When we’re good… ‘ O’Sullivan says she will not tolerate “bullying, harassment or intimidation of any type” #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 The interim commissioner said that senior management have “been spending a lot of time” listening to staff and “critical friends” in the Garda Ombudsman, the Garda Inspectorate, and the public in recent weeks. ‘Echo chamber’O’Sullivan said that one of the criticisms of the force has been that it has “become an echo chamber”.“Because we’d always done something a certain way, the assumption was that it should always be done that way. Wrong. Wrong, even in terms of our own history,” she said. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter O’Sullivan has said that since she was appointed she has been prepared to discuss the future of the force with anyone who wants to inform her thinking.Of her engagement with stakeholders so far she said it has been “painful, illuinating, exciting and exhilarating”.O’Sullivan said that in her experience of An Garda Síochána development and change had come gradually but right now it is happening “explosively”.The commissioner said that the decision made over the coming weeks and months “will have repercussions for society for decades”.She concluded that the ultimate goal is to build a police service “which is quite simply the best of its kind in the world”.Garda numbersLater in a question and answer session, O’Sullivan said that the force’s current numbers are “challenging” but she defended the closure of over a hundred rural garda stations in recent years.She said that the network of stations had been “archaic” and that the closures allowed for more guards to get out into the community.She said that Garda Ombudsman is a “very important institution” and she is committed to improving working relations with the organisation that has clashed with An Garda Síochána on numerous occasions in recent years.Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the MacGill Summer School in GlentiesRead: Martin who? Callinan isn’t mentioned in opening of annual garda reportMore from MacGill: ‘We are on the cusp of a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael’More: ‘If I was Minister for Finance I would meet Donald Trump – but not on his terms’
Have you ever dreamed of having a robot that could fetch cold drinks as you sat and watched TV in your living room? Better still, what if you were able to have your refrigerator launch you a cold one from the other room at the push of a button on a remote control? Not only did one man have this very dream, he turned his dream into a reality.Calling himself “personalbeerrobot” on YouTube, this genius inventor, along with some awesome friends, created a refrigerator that not only can dispense a selection of beers using a custom created iPhone app, he can also use the iPhone to aim and launch beers across the room to thirsty guests. In addition, the iPhone is capable of controlling the temperature for the fridge and a built-in web cam on the launcher allows the user to control their aim of the canned beverage.AdChoices广告Too bad I did not find out about this robot sooner. I would have asked Santa for two for Christmas. That way I could’ve gone into the backyard and started a beer war with my neighbor. Perhaps domestic versus import?Read more at YouTube, via Geekologie
Gorilles : des critères physiques gages de succès reproducteur ?Publiant récemment leurs travaux dans le Journal of Human Evolution, des chercheurs allemands et américains ont étudié les gorilles de plaine occidentaux au Congo et observé une corrélation sensible entre taille et succès reproducteur chez les mâles adultes de cette espèce. À partir de plateformes équipées situées au dessus de vastes clairières, dans le parc national de Nouabalé-Ndoki (République du Congo), des naturalistes de la Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), une ONG internationale basée à New York, et de l’Institut Max Planck d’anthropologie évolutionnaire (Allemagne) ont observé durant 12 ans les gorilles de plaine de l’ouest. Pour cela, ils se sont notamment intéressés aux caractéristiques physiques des mâles (les ‘dos argentés’) ayant un succès reproducteur important, autrement dit de nombreuses conquêtes et un haut taux de survie des descendants.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En utilisant une méthode non-invasive appelée photogrammétrie numérique, qui consiste à prendre des photos numériques des animaux et à convertir leur taille en pixels en longueur réelle, les chercheurs ont recensé 3 paramètres chez 19 mâles : longueur totale du corps, taille de la crête sagittale (haut de la tête), et taille des muscles fessiers. Ils ont constaté que si les individus les plus grands avaient le plus de femelles, seule l’importance de la crête et des muscles fessiers semblait fortement corrélée au nombre et au taux de survie des petits engendrés, et donc au réel succès global de reproduction.”Nos résultats suggérant une corrélation entre les traits physiques et le succès reproducteur des mâles pourraient être considérés comme l’indice d’un processus de sélection [sexuelle] chez les gorilles, mais n’en est pas encore la preuve”, souligneThomas Breuer, de la WCS, principal auteur de l’étude.Celui-ci ajoute ainsi : “D’autres études seraient nécessaires pour déterminer les liens entre morphologie et santé chez cette espèce (et d’autres) à longue durée de vie”.Le 6 mai 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items:CARICOM, comments, jamaica, jamaican observer, pnp, washington misisck UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – Negative backlash as the comments made by Minister Washington Misick and supported by some House members during a private members motion debate on May 12, is reaping anti-foreigner headlines from at least one CARICOM country; Jamaica. The Jamaica Observer has given headline billing to the comments the Finance Minister made which slammed resident foreigners celebrating their cultures overtly in the Turks and Caicos. At the time, the Minister imagined there would be some fall out, but proceeded with his contribution anyway. “Personally as I say I’m a politician, but at my age, I don’t give a flying pheasant about what people think, (laughter) I am here to do a job, and I gon do that.”The Observer, says Minister Washington Misick veered off of the motion which had to do with a cleaner Turks and Caicos, to lash out at what he called, ‘Haitian Flag Day, Jamaica Day, Bahamas Day…’ saying he does not support the events and believes those who do or want to host them should go back home. The article has so far spawned 70 comments, some in support of the position but most in disagreement with the former Chief Minister who is labeled as xenophobic and insecure among a string of other more harsh characterizations. Some have called on the Premier and Minister of Tourism to speak to the comments by their cabinet colleague. At least one Progressive National Party advocate has written to media about the position expressed by Minister Washington Misick; that letter to the editor denounced the comments and called the PNP Administration invisible and out of touch. Other members from the PNP side were also heard in the House of Assembly audio calling for the events to be blocked and recommending that these Caribbean ex-patriots celebrating or having these events take InterCaribbean Airways home. While there are some TC Islanders not in the House of Assembly who agree with this stance, Minister Misick never made it known which group, if any, he was representing in his controversial remarks. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes
TCL Phone launches typically run on a predictable cycle. A new Samsung Galaxy S phone launches in the first quarter, while new iPhones make their debut in September. But BlackBerry Mobile, run by Chinese consumer electronics giant TCL, is bucking its usual trend this year and won’t be launching a new flagship phone in the summer. Francois Mahieu, general manager of BlackBerry Mobile, said that a new version of its BlackBerry Key franchise won’t appear for at least six months.That means its existing Key2 will be on the market for at least 14 months, an unusually long time for a phone. TCL is keeping the line fresh with minor updates, like the introduction of a new red color and boost in storage on Sunday at the MWC Barcelona trade show. Now playing: Watch this: MWC 2018: Where are they now? 1:16 Mobile World Congress 2019 Mentioned Above BlackBerry Key2 (64GB, black) 19 Photos Comments $994 “If we’re true to the brand and price segment we’re in, we need to find the right driver for the next stage,” Mahieu said. “What will make you upgrade?”Mahieu wouldn’t close the door on a new BlackBerry phone this year, so we could see one in the second half. One key upgrade driver could be 5G, but Mahieu said in a prior interview that there won’t be a BlackBerry running on next-generation wireless technology in 2019. He did keep the possibility alive for a 2020 5G BlackBerry though. BlackBerry embraces color with the Key2 LE See it 2 Review • BlackBerry Key2 will make you crazy if you’re not a keyboard die-hard 5G BlackBerry Alcatel OneTouch Mobile World Congress 2019 Share your voice reading • BlackBerry hits pause on annual phone upgrade trend Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared CNET may get a commission from retail offers. BlackBerry Key2 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone • Tags Phones Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 See All “We don’t want to throw out another BlackBerry for the sake of refreshing it,” Mahieu said in an interview a day before the announcement. BlackBerry Mobile isn’t likely to start a trend — after all, it remains a niche player as one of the few companies offering a phone with a physical keyboard — but its move reflects a slowing market that’s seen declining phone sales and consumers reluctant to upgrade as frequently as they did in the past. Mahieu insists BlackBerry is still growing, but notes that the marketplace is crowded. He also noted that BlackBerry customers — like everyone else — are hanging on to their phones longer. As such, he didn’t feel the need to hit the annual upgrade deadline. News • BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is out in the US and you’ll pay $50 more for it Preview • The BlackBerry Key2 doubles down on literally everything
Tags: Swoop Swoop adds 4th plane, increases schedule to YHM ahead of June 20 launch Share Posted by CALGARY — Swoop hasn’t even gotten off the ground yet and it’s already increasing frequency and adding planes to its fleet.The moves, which come only seven weeks after coming into market, can be seen as a sign of confidence for WestJet’s new low-cost carrier. Taking flight on June 20, 2018, Swoop has announced a fourth Boeing 737-800 aircraft and an increased weekly frequency schedule out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) beginning Aug. 16, 2018.The addition of a fourth aircraft will mean an increase of 13 weekly flights that will almost double the daily frequency between Hamilton-Edmonton and Hamilton-Abbotsford. It will also add one weekly flight to the schedule for Hamilton-Halifax and Hamilton-Winnipeg, which will now be offered daily.“We’re excited to get growing with the addition of our fourth aircraft,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop, who joined the company earlier this month. “The increased frequency schedule allows us to offer travellers even more opportunity and flexibility to explore Canada or visit family and friends during the peak summer season.”More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesCathie Puckering, President & CEO of YHM, said that the addition of 13 weekly flights is good news for the hundreds of thousands of passengers flying out of the airport to key regional destinations. “Last year 599,146 passengers flew to and from Hamilton International and we are excited about the growth we are already seeing in 2018,” she said.The increased service is as follows:Hamilton-Edmonton increases from 7 to 13x weeklyHamilton-Abbotsford increases from 6 to 11x weekly (from Aug. 16-Sept. 5 only, reverting to 6 weekly flights from Sept. 6-Dec. 13, 2018)Hamilton-Halifax increases from 6 to 7x weeklyHamilton-Winnipeg increases from 6 to 7x weeklyOverall, the increase will see Swoop operating 59 weekly flights as of Aug. 16.To celebrate its fourth aircraft and increased frequency schedule, Swoop has released 3,500 seats at special fares if booked by March 27, 2018 for travel between June 20-30 and/or Aug. 16-Dec. 13, 2018. For example, Abbotsford-Edmonton starts from $49 one-way, while Hamilton-Abbotsford starts at $99 one-way. For more details go to FlySwoop.com/deals. Travelweek Group Thursday, March 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Related posts:Underwhelming Costa Rica strike mostly affects health service access Costa Rica’s Solís denies secret agreement with unions on Monday’s strike Costa Rican lawmakers go to battle against President Solís’ reversal of labor reform veto Public employee protest takes over San José’s Second Avenue Fabio Chaves, the leader of a coalition of seven public worker unions from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), threatened reporters Tuesday to “abide by the consequences” of what they report about job perks and benefits received by public employees.Chaves made his remarks at a news conference where he said public workers will stage a nationwide strike in October in order “to defend public employees and the negotiations that granted [our] benefits.”Costa Rican media have published numerous reports in recent weeks about public workers’ salaries, special schedules, bonuses and other perks. Union leaders say these reports are intended to turn the population against them and even “criminalize them,” Chaves said.Leaders of the Costa Rican Oil Refinery union (SITRAPEQUIA) and Atlantic Port Authority union (SINTRAJAP), the National Association of Public and Private Employees and the National Union of Nurses also said they will join the protest.A date for the strike and public demonstration hasn’t been set but union leaders assured that it will take place.“We’ve had it up to here with these disgusting campaigns against public workers. You [the press] will be responsible, as well as all those right-wing leaders, for whatever happens,” a visibly upset Chaves told reporters. He also reiterated his argument that most media are “criminalizing public employees and their fights for their rights.”Following his remarks reporters asked Chaves to further explain his words. “You can interpret them as you want,” he said.Chaves also said the media would be responsible if violent incidents were to occur during the public demonstration. “If we are attacked [by the media] we will respond, legally, but also on the streets,” he said.Following the news conference SINTRAJAP’s Secretary General Ronaldo Blear and SITRAPEQUIA’s leader Manuel Rodríguez said they would not back any kind of aggression against members of the press.Threats to reporters ‘unacceptable’The Institute of Press and Freedom of Expression (IPLEX) condemned Chaves’ threats in a public statement, and said the union leader’s speech represented a clear, and unacceptable, message of intimidation.IPLEX president Alejandro Delgado Faith said any call to violence against those who are doing their job to keep society informed cannot be tolerated.“Anyone who feels our media are exceeding their duties should follow the appropriate procedures as stipulated by our legal system. Any other way is unacceptable and we know the Costa Rican people will not approve of it,” Delgado said.The Costa Rican Journalists’ Association also voiced its disapproval of Chaves’ words. In a public statement, the association’s president Marlon Mora Jiménez said the group didn’t want to imagine a scenario where reporters here feel insecure or afraid to do their job.“We don’t want to witness any attacks on our colleagues by a mob emboldened by the incendiary language of a union leader,” Mora said. Facebook Comments
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter just can’t stop praising each other.The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work.Two days after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup, Putin said “people like Blatter … deserve special recognition.”Blatter had opened the draw ceremony Saturday — held at a palace in St. Petersburg that is an official Putin residence — and warmly congratulated his host. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Thank you, President Putin, you make us happy and comfortable,” said Blatter, who was making his first trip outside his native Switzerland since American and Swiss investigations of corruption in soccer were revealed in May.Besides Blatter, Putin suggested to Swiss state broadcaster RTS that heads of international sports federations and Olympic committees would also be worthy recipients.“Let’s have Nobel Prizes for people like that,” said Putin, who approved lavish spending on the 2014 Sochi Olympics that cost $51 billion to prepare and stage.On Saturday, Blatter told Putin that the Russian people “can be proud” of him and that FIFA says “yes to Russia, we are providing our support.”Russia’s successful bid to host the World Cup is central to the Swiss federal investigation. That case also focuses on the 2022 bidding campaign, won by Qatar.The American case has named three former FIFA vice presidents among 14 soccer and marketing officials indicted in May on widespread racketeering charges. A further four men have made guilty pleas in the widening case that is also expected to target Blatter and the 2018-2022 World Cup bid contests. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Putin said in the Swiss interview, recorded Saturday in St. Petersburg, that he was sure Blatter was not corrupt. He added that, by making allegations against FIFA, the Americans and their allies in Britain were continuing to fight the World Cup bidding contest. Both the United States and Britain bid for the tournaments won by Qatar and Russia.Blatter made a similar comment in his first interview after being re-elected president of FIFA on May 29.Four days after the interview aired on RTS, Blatter announced he would step down within months. The new election is scheduled for Feb. 26.Blatter has long coveted a Nobel Peace Prize for FIFA on behalf of world soccer, but the corruption cases appear finally to have ended that hope.On June 15, the Nobel Peace Center in Norway terminated its cooperation with FIFA in a project called “Handshake for Peace.” FIFA criticized the Nobel organization the next day for lacking fair play and announcing the split via the media.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, adjusts his glasses during a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the preliminary draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2018 9:28 am PDT Last Updated Oct 30, 2018 at 11:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pistol Annies tackle divorce, complicated women with humour In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, Ashley Monroe, from left, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert of the Pistol Annies pose for a photo at Sony Nashville in Nashville, Tenn., to promote their newest album, “Interstate Gospel,” out on Friday. (Photos by Donn Jones/Invision/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Pistol Annies’ sassy new song about reclaiming singlehood called “Got My Name Changed Back” has raised some eyebrows for its lyrics about a husband who cheats while on the road and prompted speculation about who might have inspired it.The trio of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe won’t say, but Presley notes that there are two divorces and two ex-husbands between them.“It was a feel-good divorce song that was needed,” Presley said. “You’re welcome.”“We can say whatever we want together a little more bravely than we ever would alone,” Lambert added. “Our whole catalogue has been about celebrating things that weren’t so positive and putting them in a humorous light.”The women tackle failed marriages, desperate wives, female friendships and complicated women with a lot of wry humour and just the right amount of sadness on their first album in five years called “Interstate Gospel,” out on Friday.They wrote the record together without any outside writers, which has mostly been their pattern. “We haven’t written any songs with other writers,” Lambert said, but then the other two correct her, noting there was one song on their first album that her ex-husband Blake Shelton co-wrote with them.“Oh well, he’s gone,” Lambert said with a laugh.It was another divorce song that prompted them to start writing again after years of each working individually on their solo albums.Lambert came up with a verse and chorus for the regretful tune, “When I Was His Wife,” and sent it to Presley and Monroe in a voice note. Soon after they were hanging out at Lambert’s house churning out songs.“We don’t do per se writing sessions,” Presley said.“We do slumber parties with guitars,” Lambert said.The break between records has been productive for all three singers. Lambert released a critically-acclaimed double album, “The Weight of These Wings,” while Monroe and Presley each released two solo albums over the past five years.“It’s like we have so much life to talk about, we have enough for solo projects and as a band,” Lambert said.The song they will admit is about themselves is “Stop Drop and Roll One,” a country rocker in which they celebrate their differences and similarities. As the song goes, “One’s got the matches, one’s got the lashes, one’s running her mouth again.”“If we all dumped our purses out on the table, it would be ‘Stop Drop and Roll One,’” Presley said.A song like “Best Years of My Life” showcases their ability to craft emotionally complex female characters longing for escape from their monotonous lives through a recreational drug or a trashy TV show. “Masterpiece” acknowledges the public fascination with the glossy image of a perfect relationship, even if it’s not real.“There’s a lot of stuff that you have to go through (as a woman),” said Monroe. “This album touches on a lot of that and there’s some humour and twists in there that make it a little less hard.”The trio isn’t doing a tour to promote the album, just three shows in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, mostly because Presley is pregnant, although they will be performing at the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 14.“This record feels very special and I feel like when we do an intimate couple of shows, it gives people a chance to live with it on tape and live with it in person and go from there,” Lambert said._____Online:https://pistolannies.com/_____Follow Kristin M. Hall at Twitter.com/kmhall
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