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first_imgShare via Email Tottenham Hotspur Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics Share on Twitter Lacazette’s late effort for Arsenal finally stops Brentford in their tracks Watfordcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Read more Capoue then saw his spot-kick saved in the shootout by Paulo Gazzaniga, who also denied Domingos Quina, one of two 18-year-old midfielders featuring for Watford. That set the scene for Alli, the Milton Keynes native, to deliver victory and he did not miss his cue, firing low into the net. Home, sweet home for Alli. And the way the others Spurs players and fans celebrated suggested they did not care where this spectacle was taking place.Stadium MK was a little over two‑thirds full and although it felt incongruous at first – with Tottenham branding unable to conceal the giant MK Dons lettering exposed by empty seats – the atmosphere suggested the fans who turned up were keen to embrace the occasion, as well as to celebrate a local boy made good: Alli’s name drew a special cheer when read out before the game.“We could feel the love people here have for him and that was fantastic,” said Pochettino, who was in the mood to spread the love. “I want to say thank you to our fans on behalf of myself, the players, the staff and all the club. They came here to offer their support and made a massive effort. It’s important for us to show our gratitude. We also have to say thank you to Milton Keynes, the club and the town, because they welcomed us in a very good way.” match reports Read more Chelsea’s Eden Hazard fires spectacular winner to knock out Liverpool Carabao Cup “He was inspired by the occasion,” said Mauricio Pochettino. “He was so excited beforehand, his energy was amazing. For him it was an experience that he will remember for all of his life. To be Tottenham captain and score two goals! I gave him the armband because he was so excited about playing in his home town and I wanted to provide him with a very good feeling. I hope he appreciated the gesture.”It took several twists for the tie to reach its remarkable denouement after a start that was misleadingly dull. After a humdrum first half Isaac Success put Tottenham’s mission on course for failure by scoring within 40 seconds of the restart.It was an excellent goal by the Nigerian, whose Watford career has been hampered by injury since he joined them two years ago. There was no sign of that when he collected a pass from Kiko Femenía before showing tremendous strength to shrug off Serge Aurier and wallop a shot into the net from 12 yards.Spurs gradually found intensity and began to apply heavy pressure, Pochettino showing his determination to progress in this tournament by making a trio of substitutions after starting with a lineup that included eight alterations to the side who began against Brighton in the Premier League. Javi Gracia had made even more changes, with Craig Cathcart the only survivor from the lineup that has started all six of Watford’s league games this season. But Watford, too, were eager to advance and Gracia introduced Christian Kabasele from the bench in the 77th minute to help protect their lead.Three minutes later the Belgian was on his way back off again, shown a red card after his challenge led to Alli tumbling to the floor. Alli got up to score from the penalty spot. Gracia was dismayed by the sending off – “I cannot understand this decision,” he said, before indicating that Watford would appeal against it.Tottenham did not enjoy a numerical advantage for long, however, as Aurier limped off with a quadriceps strain and Spurs could not replace him because they had already made three substitutions. That did not seem to matter when Érik Lamela put them 2-1 up in the 84th minute, rounding off a lightning counterattack by poking the ball into the net from the edge of the area as Heurelho Gomes rushed out to confront him.The story was not yet told. A former Spurs midfielder, Étienne Capoue, ratcheted up the suspense another notch in the last minute by scoring from 18 yards, albeit courtesy of a deflection off Ben Davies. Tottenham’s decision to stage this tie in Milton Keynes may not have been universally popular but the makeshift hosts sure delivered drama, complete with an ending that unfolded as if scripted by Dele Alli himself.On his return to his home town, and the ground where he began his career before leaving to become a bright light at Spurs three years ago, Alli wore the captain’s armband and scored twice from the penalty spot, including the decisive strike in the shootout.last_img read more

first_img It is a climate change mitigation programme that incentivises developing countries to reduce or remove forest carbon emissions by awarding them carbon credits. The Forestry Department of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is spearheading the Government’s national programme to become REDD+ ready.Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries was created by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).It is a climate change mitigation programme that incentivises developing countries to reduce or remove forest carbon emissions by awarding them carbon credits.“The UNFCCC and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have results-based payment programmes and carbon markets that you can sell your credits to for the country to be rewarded. It is a very conservative value for the price of carbon, but it is right now US$5 per tonne of carbon that is removed from the atmosphere,” said Senior Research Officer in the Forestry Department, Brahim Diop, in an interview with JIS News.Participating countries are given a cap on allowable emissions, and unused allowances can be traded to the monetary benefit of the selling country.To qualify for REDD+ incentive payments, Jamaica must prove that it has reduced its national greenhouse gas emissions through any of the following activities: reducing emissions from deforestation, reducing emissions from forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.For REDD+ to be measurable and effective, Mr. Diop said certain national elements must be put in place.“These include a national strategy or action plan; the establishment of a national forest (emissions) reference level, which is your basis for accounting for the results of REDD+ activities; a national forest monitoring system through which you are able to monitor your activities to see if they are having a positive or negative impact on the landscape; and establishment of systems to ensure that REDD+ activities safeguard the welfare of those living in and around forested areas,” Mr. Diop noted.Jamaica has received funding assistance for its REDD+ activities from the UNFCCC’s Green Climate Fund.By the final stages of the REDD+ programme, Jamaica will be able to accurately report on local forest carbon emissions and earn from the successful implementation of emission-reduction initiatives.Approximately 460,000 hectares of the island is covered in forests. Though the United Nations’ REDD+ programme, Jamaica will be able to accurately report on local forest carbon emissions and could earn from reducing emissions. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries was created by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Forty per cent of the island (approximately 440,000 hectares) is covered in forests and a quarter of this amount is managed by the Forestry Department. The remaining is privately owned.center_img Story Highlights The Forestry Department of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is spearheading the Government’s national programme to become REDD+ ready.last_img read more

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, July 23———FOOD GUIDE, BUTTS IN PRE-CAMPAIGN FIGHTConservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre took aim at the Liberals Monday morning for bringing back former prime ministerial aide Gerald Butts to work on their election campaign. An hour later, from the same dais in the national press building, Liberal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of spewing untrue statements on Canada’s new food guide. With three months to go before the federal election and public opinion polls indicating the two are in a neck-and-neck fight for power, the Liberals and Conservatives are drawing clear battle lines: Liberals say they’re the party of science and the Tories are the party of pandering. Conservatives say they’re the party of honour while the Liberals are the party of self-interest.———CRIME RATE UP IN 2018: STATCANThe rate and severity of crime both ticked up in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, according to Statistics Canada. The national statistics agency said Monday the overall crime rate was up two per cent over last year, with over two million incidents reported by police in 2018. That works out to a rate of 5,488 incidents per 100,000 people. The severity of crime also rose by two per cent, according to a Statistics Canada calculation called the crime-severity index. But Statistics Canada noted both the rate and severity of crime were still substantially lower than they were a decade ago, both down 17 per cent compared with 2008.———COP DAD SAYS 2 MURDERS DEVASTATING FOR FAMILIESThe father of an Australian man who was gunned down with his girlfriend while travelling on a remote British Columbia highway says the deaths are a tragic end to a love story between the inseparable couple. Chief Insp. Stephen Fowler of the New South Wales Police Force said he spoke with his globe-trotting 23-year-old son Lucas Fowler within hours of his leaving on a road trip from northern B.C. with his 24-year-old American girlfriend Chynna Deese. Fowler said his son was having the time of his life travelling the world. He said he had met a beautiful young lady and they teamed up, were a great pair and they fell in love.———EXPERT WARNS OF HUAWEI MONOPOLY IN FAR NORTHOttawa is creating conditions for the telecom giant Huawei to create a monopoly on high-speed internet in Canada’s Far North, leaving its residents vulnerable to Beijing’s will, says a leading analyst. Michael Byers, an Arctic-affairs expert at the University of British Columbia, said there’s no immediate security threat to Huawei Canada’s Monday announcement that it will partner with a northern telecom company and an Inuit development corporation to extend high-speed 4G wireless services to 70 communities in the Arctic and northern Quebec. That technology is already common in more populous southern Canada, especially in cities.———MORE HELP NEEDED FOR RIGHT WHALES: MINISTERCanada’s fisheries minister says many of the people working to save the dwindling population of North Atlantic right whales are feeling drained by the ongoing ordeal, but he says more needs to be done to protect the critically endangered species. “This work has been labour intensive and … emotionally and physically exhausting for many of those involved,” Jonathan Wilkinson told a news conference Monday at an airport in eastern New Brunswick. Flanked by two red aircraft, Wilkinson said Ottawa recently committed to closing more fisheries, reducing speed limits for ships and increasing aerial surveillance in an attempt to prevent the lumbering whales from being hit by boats or becoming entangled in fishing gear.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde delivers opening remarks at the AFN Annual General Assembly. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is also scheduled to speak.— Justice Minister David Lametti makes a funding announcement on addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.— Young Albertans will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Awards in recognition of their outstanding citizenship and artistic merit.— Shayla Orthner, 27, of North Battleford, has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body; and theft of a motor vehicle in the death of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere. The Edmonton woman went missing in mid-May and her remains were discovered by a police dog in a rural area in mid-July.— The first-degree murder trial before a jury of Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann. He is charged in the November 2017 death of Abbotsford police Const. John Davidson.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgToday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization — announced that U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris will speak and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba will be honored at the 21st annual HRC National Dinner on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center.“Senator Kamala Harris is a champion of equality who is committed to helping us fight back against the Trump-Pence administration’s all-out war against the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Throughout her career in public life, Senator Harris has fought for the equal dignity of the LGBTQ community, and she is a national leader in the resistance against the politics of hate and fear. We look forward to welcoming Senator Harris to this year’s HRC National Dinner.”“Using her incredible talent to help change countless hearts and minds, Uzo Aduba is a powerful and compelling voice for justice, fairness, and equality,” continued Griffin. “Aduba is unwavering in her commitment to helping advance equality for LGBTQ people around the globe. We are proud to honor her with the HRC Ally for Equality Award.”A lifelong public safety and civil rights leader, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was the first African-American and first woman to serve as Attorney General of California. She is also the second African-American woman in history to be elected to the United States Senate. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, Harris was a tireless advocate for voiceless and vulnerable Californians — including those in the LGBTQ community. Harris is a graduate of Howard University, America’s oldest historically black university.HRC will honor Uzo Aduba with the HRC Ally for Equality Award. The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community, committing their time and energy to improve the lives of LGBTQ people and advance equality for all Americans. Known internationally in part for her celebrated role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the groundbreaking series Orange is the New Black, Aduba is an outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community who credits the show with helping educate her — along with the rest of America — about many of the unique challenges LGBTQ people face. While acknowledging the improvements that have been made, Aduba has also taken a public stance in calling for greater diversity in television, including a need for more authentic stories of LGBTQ people. The child of immigrants from Nigeria, Aduba has also spoken out about the marginalization and persecution of the LGBTQ community in Nigeria.The 21st annual HRC National Dinner is expected to draw nearly 3,600 guests. Further announcements on additional speakers and special guests will be forthcoming. Tickets and more information can be found at www.hrcnationaldinner.org.last_img read more

Toronto police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 10 year old girl.Daneesha Phillips was last seen April 1st at 3:15pm in the area of Torresdale Ave and Steeles Ave.She’s described as: black, light complexion, 4’6, 90lbs, long brown hair in a bun. She was last seen wearing a purple winter coat with white and pink stripes, and blue jeans.

With the theme “Fostering Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations through Concrete and Sustained Initiatives,” some 100 experts have gathered in Rabat from Africa, Europe and the United States to prepare an action programme that will make dialogue among cultures a reality, the UN Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said.One workshop will look at reforming school and university curricula, revising textbooks in certain subjects, writing teachers’ guides and prototype programmes and teaching human rights and multicultural education, it said.Another will review the notion of ethics and responsibility in science, the establishment of regional cooperation mechanisms and the promotion of scientific collaboration, UNESCO said.In others, the experts will focus on national museums, arts festivals, training journalists and thinking of ways to fight against harmful stereotypes.A concert, Dialogue among Melodies, “bringing together traditional instruments from different cultures” was to entertain experts on the first evening. The conference is jointly organized by UNESCO, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD) and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures from Alexandria, Egypt. read more

2017Cleveland1321Minnesota15011405-95 2010Denver1401San Francisco14181409-91 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYELODESIGNATED HOMEELOHARMONIC MEAN+/- AVERAGE The NFL will take over London for the 18th time — and the 11th consecutive year — this weekend when the Baltimore Ravens take on veteran overseas travelers the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. The game will be the first of four set in England this season, the most that have been played in a calendar year.For the NFL, the additional game — there have been three in London each of the past three seasons — represents a concerted effort to expand the popularity and global reach of its brand.1The NFL will also return to Mexico City this season. For the British, it’s another chance to watch lousy football.It’s no secret that the teams that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has sent have been overwhelmingly bad — and we aren’t just talking about the Jaguars. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pre-game Elo ratings, the harmonic mean of both teams’ ratings — a balanced measure of matchup quality that can better detect when both teams in a game are either good or bad — has been below average in 13 of the 17 games played in London.2Compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team. On top of that, all four games to be played in London this year will be below average, according to the team’s current Elo ratings. 2007New York Giants13Miami103✓ 2012New England1678St. Louis1393152222 2013San Francisco1642Jacksonville12461417-83 2015Detroit1432Kansas City15141472-28 2015New York Jets1478Miami14491463-37 2016Washington1509Cincinnati1525151717 2007N.Y. Giants1553Miami13581449-51 London NFL games have been consistently below averageThe harmonic mean of the Elo ratings of the teams in each matchup compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team 2010Denver16San Francisco248✓ 2013Pittsburgh27Minnesota347✓ 2014Miami38Oakland1424 2017Arizona1529L.A. Rams14181471-29 2015New York Jets27Miami1413 2011Chicago1543Tampa Bay1527153535 2017New Orleans1460Miami15191489-11 2014Dallas31Jacksonville1714 2013San Francisco42Jacksonville1032 2009New England35Tampa Bay728 2015Buffalo1512Jacksonville13101404-96 2016New York Giants17L.A. Rams107✓ 2014Dallas1557Jacksonville12981416-84 Ten of the 17 games — or 59 percent — have been decided by one score. That might not sound so thrilling, but just 35 percent of all NFL games played since 2007 have been decided by 8 points or fewer. One of last year’s London games was so tightly matched, no one won it. (Fortunately for Cincinnati and Washington, they were playing in the one NFL location where fans are content with a tie.)Low-quality games usually lead to drops in attendance toward the end of the season. Not in London, though. All but two games have attracted a crowd of more than 80,000, with the highest NFL London crowd at 84,488 — for last year’s tie at Wembley. To put that in context, that average draw would have been the second-highest home attendance of any team in the league last season (behind only the Dallas Cowboys).As Goodell continues to push some of his most mediocre teams onto the international scene, it turns out that they’re rewarding fans with some of the league’s most competitive play. All 2017 games are based on Elo ratings before Week 3. 2014Detroit22Atlanta211✓ 2009New England1630Tampa Bay13751492-8 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYPOINTSDESIGNATED HOMEPOINTSPOINT DIFFWON BY ONE SCORE 2008San Diego32New Orleans375✓ Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2017Baltimore1539Jacksonville13961464-36 2013Pittsburgh1448Minnesota14771462-38 2011Chicago24Tampa Bay186✓ 2015Detroit10Kansas City4535 2016Indianapolis27Jacksonville303✓ The Jaguars are a big part of this, of course. Jacksonville has played in London four times, and the Elo rating of each of those four Jaguar teams ranks in the bottom five (among all 34 teams). Joining them in that bottom five are the 2014 Oakland Raiders. And it turns out that the Raiders’ game against the Miami Dolphins that year was the worst London matchup so far based on our Elo ratings. That game was so dreary that those Raiders, who fell to 0-4 after losing to Miami, fired their coach, Dennis Allen, not long after their plane touched down in the U.S. Perhaps by no coincidence, the Dolphins coach that year, Joe Philbin, would be fired the next season after starting 1-3. Philbin’s last game would be a loss to the Jets … in London.But not every game played in London has been between NFL bottom feeders — sometimes a good team makes the trip (and, sure, plays a bottom feeder). The Brits have experienced Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice, as well as the San Francisco 49ers the season after their latest Super Bowl appearance. But if you remove those three teams, the average London team,3Based on the harmonic mean. including this year’s Ravens and Jags, has an Elo rating of 1444. That’s roughly on par with this year’s 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals.NFL fans will generally tune in regardless of who is playing. So perhaps the NFL’s intention was that the consistently poor quality of opponents would be scratched out by competitive, exciting contests. If that’s the case, the plan is generally working. 2016Washington27Cincinnati270✓ 2008San Diego1600New Orleans1470153232 2014Detroit1541Atlanta14051470-30 2014Miami1449Oakland13271385-115 2016Indianapolis1469Jacksonville13501407-93 2016N.Y. Giants1466L.A. Rams14811473-27 2012New England45St. Louis Rams738 Blowout or bustThe point differential for regular-season NFL games played in London 2015Buffalo31Jacksonville343✓ read more

first_img“The foundation of underground mining technologies does have roots from its open-pit neighbours. Technology in the open-pit has been advancing and adopted for quite a significant period of time. There has been a drive to try and push as much technology coming out of other industries into the open-pit with communications such as Wifi and LTE along with production software and asset management programs. Generically, those have been very successful and have added another level of professionalism to the open-pit. Saying that, it has become quite crowded in terms of the technologies that are there. Some big players have taken up major shares of those markets. In the underground mining technologies, however, there was very little,” says Waghorn.In 2016 Newtrax placed its mark in underground mining technologies with the acquisition of the mining division of ISAAC Instruments Inc. From that moment, Newtrax became a world leader in Underground Mobile Equipment Telemetry. Currently, in Australia, the Newtrax Mobile Equipment Telemetry (MET) system is being deployed in mines where fleets include different OEMs in order for the data of these mixed fleets to be collected and analysed in one place. This MET system makes it easier and more cost efficient for mining companies to manage diversified equipment productivity.For example, Waghorn and his Newtrax team are currently conducting a trial of this technology in a large block cave Australian mine. The mine site has a fleet of Sandvik loaders and a fleet of Caterpillar loaders. With the MET data loggers, the operational requirements of these loaders are the same. Now, with Newtrax, the same data can be collected from each fleet, put into a single database, and compared. This can contribute tremendously to operational optimisations, productivity,  detection of defects, and unplanned maintenance mine-wide.Before the deployment of the MET system, the amount of data captured was limited. Operators would call into management and report where the truck was and what it was doing. Now, with the Newtrax Mobile Equipment Telemetry system, the operators are able to locate their vehicles directly on their screens, saving them a lot of time and cutting down tremendous costs.“These are only a few examples of how IoT systems can deliver value to the underground mining sector by increasing productivity and making the work environment safer. Australia seems to be embracing this paradigm shift and is well-positioned to reap the benefits of being an early adopter of technologies that can make underground mines safer, more productive, and more environmentally friendly.” Australia is known to harbour and promote an expansive mining industry. Newtrax states: “Due to its vast remoteness in much of the country and its devotion to working inclusively with aboriginal groups, the country has successfully exploited its mineral resources. Because of this booming industry in Australia, many of the leading open-pit mining software and technology companies are based in the country. Not only is it a safe jurisdiction to mine in, Australia is also known as a business-friendly place for creative disruptors of technology within the industry. Now, with the presence of Newtrax, underground mining in Australia now has specific IoT solutions available to them with a team familiar to the region.”Simon Waghorn came to Newtrax in September of 2017 as the Regional Vice President for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region which includes the former Soviet-Union to the Pacific Islands; Australia and New Zealand. Throughout his 25-year career in mining and industry technology, Simon gained knowledge in Operational Technology based solutions. He was enticed to join the Newtrax team because of the little underground technology available. He found Newtrax technology to be innovative and in high demand. On top of that, he knew the management team was vibrant enough to make technology work in underground mines. He has a focus on Australia, a major mining country, which Newtrax argues is ahead of the curve in technology across the world.“In Australia there is a significant uptake or at least a level of interest of these types of technologies and the value that they can deliver. We are seeing that from the Tier 1 players in the market, as well as the Tier 2 players predominantly in gold and copper. They are typically the leaders of these types of technologies.” says Waghorn.last_img read more

first_img(Members of the public throw water balloons at Jack Wise as the Minister of Silly Ideas in Dublin’ City Centre as he helped launch this years Street Performance World Championship – Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of recommending that the Constitution be changed to allow for civil marriages for same-sex couples, with 79 per cent of people voting yes. A report will now be drafted with the recommendations going to Government.#REACTION: Advocacy groups Marriage Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) have called today’s vote result “an historic step”. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore also welcomed the news, saying that the State should not “pass judgement on who a person falls in love with, or who they want to spend their life with.” Independent Senator Rónán Mullen this afternoon described the debate which led to the decision as a “flawed process”.#SUNSET CLAUSE: A number of Fine Gael TDs have put forward the idea that any abortion legislation should be accompanied by a so-called ‘sunset clause’, which would allow for the legislation to be reviewed after a number of years. Fine Gael TD Michael Creed told Enda Kenny that doing so would provide comfort to those who feared that the floodgates would be opened following X case legislation.#TORNADO WARNING: A tornado warning has been issued for Ireland by the European Storm Forecast Experiment (Estofex). Met Éireann have also put out their own warning, saying to expect strong to gale force south to southwest winds of 50 to 60 km/h, with occasional gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr.#INVESTMENT FUND: Cabinet is set to discuss the setting up of a €6 billion strategic investment fund that would use money from the National Pension Reserve Fund. The Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said that the fund, were it to be set up, would provide funding to the SME sector.THINGS WE LOVEDWith technology evolving all the time, things that used to take an age now take seconds. For some people, however, some things are still too slow. DailyEdge.ie has a list of 12 of them. How many of them still make your blood boil?The wind today was the least of the problems for Minister of Silly Ideas Jack Wise at the launch this years Street Performance World Championship. We really hope he’s sitting somewhere warm with a hot drink right about now. (Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)THINGS WE SHAREDFor those of a certain age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer had it all, namely Buffy, vampires, and slaying. As Sarah Michelle Geller celebrates her 35th birthday, we remember a simpler time, before zombies won out as the best undead TV/film scary thing. Take a trip back in time with the 9 reasons we still love Buffy.(Image: Jean Cummings/EMPICS Entertainment)Gangnam style has been watched a gazillion times at this stage. So just what would Psy do in his attempt to conquer the pop charts once again? Put out another catchy tune with lots of dancing, of course. Uploaded yesterday, it’s already been watched over 27 million times. 27 MILLION TIMES!(PSY/YouTube)last_img read more

first_imgLast week, one of the additions to the Android Market that Google announced during Google I/O was movie rentals for Android devices. They also noted that they wouldn’t rent to rooted Android phones. It looks like Blockbuster has taken a page from Google’s playbook: if you’re using the new version of the Blockbuster Android app on a rooted phone, you’ll get an error message trying to download or play streaming video.If you load up the Blockbuster app on your rooted Android phone, you’ll get a warning that says the app has detected your device is rooted, and you won’t be able to download or play Wildevine encrypted video. Wildevine is DRM software used to encrypt streaming and downloaded video so it can’t be illegally copied and played on devices other than the one where it was authorized for view.AdChoices广告The catch here though is that Google owns Wildevine. This means that Google and Blockbuster (or more likely, their new owners, Dish Network) have come to an agreement to lock down streaming and downloaded video to non-rooted devices.Google’s perspective is that on rooted devices they have no ability at all to control or find out whether or not copyrighted material is being copied ore used in a way that’s inconsistent with their own agreements with content producers. They feel that in order to offer content producers like movie studios and television networks the assurance that Android devices aren’t a pathway to rampant piracy, they need to show that they’re doing something to make sure users have some reasonable restrictions with regard to streaming and downloaded media.The issue sounds worse than it is. Hardcore Android fans are furious about the move, but considering how easy it is to root and then unroot your device (it’s a one-click operation on most devices,) it’s easy enough to sidestep. The real problem is that it’s annoying for power users, and novice users will simply avoid rooting entirely.Read more at Droid-Lifelast_img read more

first_imgGoogle’s got an event lined up for October 11th and they’re going to unveil something — and there’s a darn good chance that something will be Ice Cream Sandwich. The next version of Android is supposed to launch in the next month or two and unify the OS across the varying screen sizes you now find it on, from 3-inch smartphones to 10-inch tablets.Over in Japan, mobile titan Softbank has already gotten official with one of its first phones confirmed to ship with ICS. It’s the Sharp Aquos 104SH, and it’s one heck of a nice looking device. Like a number of tricked-out, recently-announced Android phones, the 104SH utilizes a Texas Instruments OMAP processor instead of a Qualcomm or Nvidia chip. It’s a dual-core unit running at 1.5GHz, and it’s paired with a 4.5 inch, 720×1280 display using Sharp’s Mobile ASV technology (which compares very favorably to the IPS units in the iPhone 4).There’s also a 12.1 megapixel rear facing camera on the 104SH, and it offers 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. Camera bulge notwithstanding, it measures in at just 8.7mm thin. Its weight has yet to be specified, and that may have something to do with its exterior cladding options not being set in stone just yet. Orange/blue, blue, and black are mentioned as color options, but a footnote says that ‘s subject to change.If you’ve got any Sharp hardware in your home theatre, it’s worth knowing that the 104SH plays nice with the company’s Familink interface.Sharp’s thin, sexy phones generally don’t make the trek over to North American shores, but who knows… perhaps the case will be different with the Aquos 104SH next spring. Any of you up for a skinny, 1.5 GHz dual-core ICS phone packing a 12MP camera?More at Slashgear and Softbanklast_img read more

first_img Short URL 25,444 Views Share411 Tweet Email By Michelle Hennessy Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland IN THE MIDDLE of intense pay talks with garda associations, probationer gardaí with more than a year’s service are expecting to be informed that they owe money back to the State after salary increments were apparently paid to them in error.Some of the force’s newest recruits received payslips tonight showing possible deductions of between €220 and €800. After a year of service, members are due a salary increment, and those who joined the force after the recruiting embargo was lifted had been receiving the additional pay for a number of months.However, when the Garda Representative Association (GRA) rejected the Lansdowne Road Agreement, they were subject to a pay freeze from July this year – blocking all increments throughout garda ranks. It appears these payments to probationer gardaí continued despite this and they now understand they are being told to pay it back – though they have not been notified formally.The starting salary for a trainee garda is €23,750 – rising to €25,472 after a year’s service. Anyone who received an increment after the pay freeze in July will now revert back to €23,750.This evening’s revelation came as the central executive committee of the GRA confirmed that four strike days this month would go ahead.The three classes of probationers affected by the apparent error were in shock this evening. Many were furious, as they believed they were being paid the increment as a gesture of goodwill. There was also resentment at the lack of communication from either management or the Department of Justice about the apparent error.It is understood the department had not issued any directives in relation to probationer wages and garda management was unaware of the issue.As they are still in the probationary period of their service, the affected gardai are expected to be available for work on Friday while all other rank-and-file members are on strike.They will carry out duties across stations along with the country’s 200-odd superintendents.- With reporting by Sinead O’Carroll. 55 Comments Probationer gardaí to owe State up to €800 after pay error Payslips received tonight show possible wage deductions after increments were apparently paid in error. Nov 2nd 2016, 11:51 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3059812 Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 11:51 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, July 29, 2018.Sunday, July 29No MeetingsMonday, July 30No MeetingsTuesday, July 31The Wilmington School Committee is meeting at 7:30am in the Wilmington High School’s Principal’s Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Assessors is meeting at 11am in the Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, August 1The Wilmington Conservation Commission is meeting at 7pm in Room 9 of Wilmington Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, August 2No MeetingsFriday, August 3No MeetingsSaturday, August 4No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgThe red line denotes the scope of Sitka’s Community Risk MAP Study, which began in 2013 in partnership with FEMA and the state. The revised maps incorporate new LiDAR data. (Image Alaska DCRA)Sitka has been involved with the National Flood Insurance Program since 1981. That qualifies homeowners for flood insurance, at the discretion of their lender, so long as the city maps out which areas are prone to flooding. With the appeal period for Sitka’s new maps now closed, both the city and a handful of citizens are contesting newly drawn flood lines.Listen nowOver the past five years, FEMA and the state have been updating the Flood Insurance Maps, or FIRMs, along Indian River, Swan Lake, and 32 miles of city-owned coastline. The draft maps – published in January – incorporate LiDAR data collected in 2014. Some buildings that were once in the flood zone are no longer, while others are located in places now considered hazardous.Property owners and lessees were given 90 days to dispute the boundaries of the newly-drawn flood zone. View the preliminary FIRM maps here.On May 23, building inspector Chris Duguay told the Sitka Assembly why taking part in the National Flood Insurance Program is still a good idea for Sitka. Homeowners can access loans for development from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Association, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as federal disaster assistance to repair flood damage.But the maps need some tweaking. Duguay said the city is trying to lower flood lines along Katlian Street and near Swan Lake. They’ve supplied FEMA with information about an outflow culvert there. “It looks like we can possibly get some headway there, in terms of adjusting where a number of other properties have been impacted in that zone — particularly east of Swan Lake,” Duguay said.The city wasn’t as successful, he added, in convincing FEMA to change flood lines along Alice Loop. The new maps raise the base flood elevation – which represents where there’s a 1% annual risk of flooding –  by a foot and a half.Half a dozen Sitkans have also appealed, including Ceri Malein and Matt Donohoe. Their house on Galinkin Island is built above the 15-foot flood zone, but then they got it refinanced in 2013, FEMA said otherwise.“They went with the topography maps rather than the actual visual maps – the photo maps – so they insisted that our house is in the ocean, when it was actually on a rock,” Malein said. “So I had to a hire a surveyor to get a Certificate of Elevation (CoE) and that proved we were on a rock and out of the flood zone.”That certificate qualified them for a Letter of Map Amendment, or a LOMA. They thought they were in the clear. But that all changed with this latest version of the map, which places them back in the flood zone despite the Certificate of Elevation.“So I’m appealing right now,” Malein saidDonohoe is outraged – not just about appealing for as second time, but about the ramifications for Sitka’s tax base. “When you could get put in a flood zone, your property is devalued. Who knows how much?”They’re not the only ones frustrated by the city’s continued participation in the program.The Hames Corporation discovered that a corner of the Searmart was in the flood zone a few years ago. Their private insurance did not meet federal requirements and they went through the appeal process too.In an e-mail to KCAW, CFO/COO Max Rule described FEMA’s determination of flood zones as “highly detrimental to future development.” He added, “Flood insurance can be prohibitively expensive in many cases that prevents reasonable growth and development in these coastal areas.  It should be a concern of  everyone.”As for Malein, she doubts a flood will happen the way FEMA predicts.“Why do people here in Sitka have to pay FEMA flood insurance when everyone knows we’re not going to flood? And if we did get the tsunami – the big one, the scary one – it’s going to [hit] a lot more than the properties that are just in the flood zone,” Malein said.The deadline to appeal officially ends May 27th. After all appeals are submitted, FEMA will process the comments and hold a risk map workshop in the Spring of 2018. At that point, the Assembly will decide whether or not to adopt the flood maps and continue taking part in the National Flood Insurance Program.last_img read more

first_imgHong Kong : Hong Kong protesters removed a Chinese national flag from its pole and flung it into the city’s iconic Victoria Harbour on Saturday after a pro-democracy rally once again continued into the evening despite police warnings to stick to a short, pre-approved route. Tens of thousands of black-clad protesters filled a major road in a usually bustling market district where shop owners had shuttered their storefronts in anticipation of a prolonged demonstration. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us They also blocked a tunnel and surrounded police stations where non-emergency services were suspended. The protest was the latest in a summer-long pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory. While the rallies have been largely peaceful, they have increasingly devolved into skirmishes with police after some protesters refused to disperse at assigned times. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Since the rallies began in early June, protesters have vandalised buildings and thrown bricks, while police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets. In a separate demonstration on Saturday, thousands of people dressed in white gathered at a Hong Kong park to express their support for the police. They held up signs that read “Give Peace a Chance.” Advertise With Us Pro-democracy demonstrators began setting up first aid stations and handing out helmets a few hours into their rally. When one group reached the harbour near a luxury shopping center and high-end hotels, some protesters climbed up a cluster of flag poles and removed the Chinese national flag. After some debate over whether to paint the flag black, they decided to throw it into the water before the police could intervene. Shortly afterward, a 38-year-old protester named Paladin Cheng planted himself beside the poles with his own set of flags, which read “Hong Kong Independence.” “We’re losing our freedom little by little,” said Cheng, who was clad in head-to-toe black with a black visor and face mask. “Those who don’t support Hong Kong independence will have no choice but to become Chinese.” A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under the framework of “one country, two systems,” which promises the city certain freedoms not afforded to mainland residents. In recent years, however, some Hong Kong residents have accused Beijing of chipping away at their autonomy through the arrests of booksellers and activists. Such sentiments have propelled the current mass demonstrations, which were initially triggered by a proposed extradition law that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China to stand trial. While the government has since suspended the legislation, protesters have pressed on with five major demands, including direct elections and an investigation into alleged police brutality. Hong Kong’s leader is chosen by a pro-Beijing committee. Police warned earlier Saturday that those who continued past the pre-approved route would be breaking the law. They called on protesters to stick to designated routes and times after violent clashes marred previous rallies in the summer-long protest movement. Any demonstrations that are not pre-approved will be “cleared out” as unlawful assemblies, police said. Zarine Chau, a 56-year-old security guard, said she rarely used to get involved in politics, but was angered after she saw videos of police officers beating up protesters.last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched JAYAHO book which is penned on the historic Praja Sankalpa Yatra from Idupulapaya to Ichchapuram. The book unveiling event was held at the CM camp office in Tadepalli on Monday. CM YS Jagan and The Print Editor-Chief Padma Bhushan Sekhar Gupta has unveiled the book, which was completed under the guidance of senior journalist K Ramachandra Murthy and published by a leading Emesco company. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us The JAYAHO book describes YS Jagan’s 14-month Praja Sankalpa Yatra across the state, which includes the photographs of 3,648km long walkathon. CM YS Jagan, Sekhar Gupta, Ramachandra Murthy, YSRCP leaders, and other senior journalists have attended the event. Speaking on the occasion, CM YS Jagan said that Praja Sankalpa Yatra is a spirit because doing 3,648 km padayatra is not an ordinary job, and that he completed it with the support of the people. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us The CM recalled that he had met every poor in this 14-month-long journey, and as a result, 50% of the votes came to YSRCP in the elections, which was never seen in the history. YS Jagan has clarified that he has been working for the sake of the public, who have kept hopes on him. He also thanked for writing the book on his padayatra.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Attack on Titan fans in Japan looking forward to a stage play based on the ridiculously popular anime series are dealing with a rather hard blow dealt to the fandom. Unfortunately, the live theater show has been canceled after the death of a crew member has transpired. The live-action adaptation of the anime series is canceled indefinitely, since moving on after the passing of a beloved crew member is understandably hard to take for the rest of the cast.NHK Japan reports that Kazutaka Yoshino the deceased was part of the play in a role that utilized wire suspension devices. He was a 38-year-old acrobat who was suspended up in the air before falling to his death. He was taken straight to the hospital after his fall from Tokyo Disneyland, but he was unfortunately pronounced dead after arriving shortly after.Police investigated the death, and it appeared that Yoshino had fallen about 10 meters off of the stage, and there is research underway at present to see if there were issues with safety that could have prevented Yoshino’s fall and the crew members’ loss. It doesn’t appear at this time that there’s any correlation between the stage play and the incident other than the fact that the crew member was employed there.Unfortunately, and understandably, the show will not be performed as it had previously been planned in Tokyo Disneyland. The staff has explained that there simply isn’t a way to move forward in the process without Yoshino and released a press release apologizing to eager fans for the inconvenience. Our condolences go out to the Attack on Titan live action crew family, and hopefully, we’ll see another stage play in the future going forward, as it would certainly be an interesting twist on the series thus far.last_img read more

first_imgVolition Software will reveal a canceled Saints Row game that was in development for Sony’s PlayStation Portable during a livestream this Thursday.This game was set to be called Saints Row: Undercover. Originally, it was going to be a port of Saints Row 2, but difficulty with bringing the game over to the PSP made the team decide to create a separate entry for the handheld. Though it was near completion, the game was shelved in 2009 because Volition felt the game, which was being developed by an unnamed third party studio, did not meet the series’ standards.Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t know about the existence of Saints Row: Undercover, as most folks at Volition were also unaware of it. The game was discovered by Volition associate video editor Josh Stinson, who happened upon it inside of a PSP dev kit that he found in storage. As he says in the video, if he had not found it, there would be a good chance that the game would have been completely forgotten.Stinson wanted to reveal what he found, but senior Volition staff were hesitant about that since this is an unfinished game running on outdated technology. However, Stinson, along with video producer Alexander Mejia and community manager Mike Watson, convinced their superiors that showing the game off to the world would be a good idea.If you want to see the Saints Row game that never was, you can do so on January 28 at 5PM EST on Twitch. Volition has released the game design document to the public and is encouraging folks to read it over so that they can ask questions during the stream. On top of that, the company has also released a walkthrough of the game.It’s not every day that something like this happens, so this should make for an interesting livestream.last_img read more