Report: Wigan 1 Bristol City 0

first_imgWigan Athletic climbed to third in the Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bristol City at DW Stadium on Friday.Nick Powell headed in the only goal in the 52nd minute to give his team a third win in succession that takes them a point shy of the automatic promotion places.The winner came courtesy of Josh Windass’ classy cross from the right flank in what was a rare moment of quality in front of goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Wigan had earlier been fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men, Joe Garner escaping with a yellow card in the first half after catching Bristol defender Adam Webster with a rash late challenge.But with a full complement on the pitch the hosts were able to comfortably see out the remainder of the match, building on Tuesday’s 2-1 home win over Hull City.The Robins, beaten 4-2 at West Brom in midweek, drop back to sixth with four wins, two draws and three defeats from their nine games.last_img read more

Villas-Boas airs Chelsea regret and Germany plans

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas admits “England was bad for me”, but the former Chelsea and Tottenham manager is planning a return to coaching in Germany.Having followed in the footsteps of mentor Jose Mourinho at Porto to forge a reputation as one of the finest young bosses in world football, the Portuguese took the reins at Stamford Bridge at just 33 years of age.He would last only nine months in that post before taking on another Premier League challenge across London at White Hart Lane. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Villas-Boas fared a little better with Spurs, making it through one full season before being moved on, but left English football aware that he had made several mistakes.He told those in attendance at the WebSummit in Lisbon: “England was bad for me, I was not flexible in my ideas. “I learned to be more flexible when I went from Chelsea to Tottenham. I always thought more in the long run without thinking in the short term. “I was thinking about the future, but the results were irregular.”Villas-Boas has since spent time in the dugout at Zenit St Petersburg and Shanghai SIPG, with the most recent of those spells coming to a close in November 2017.Andre Villas BoasHe has moved into motor sport since then, taking part in the Dakar Rally, but still sees football forming part of his future – potentially in the Bundesliga, with Goal having revealed how he has previously been considered by Borussia Dortmund.“I’m learning German now, it’s a market that pleases me and I need to know the language,” he added.Villas-Boas will be well prepared for any challenge he takes on, but he believes there is still a lot more that football could learn from other sports when it comes to preparing players for elite competition.He said: “It does not happen in the US, the NBA or the NFL. The players spend eight hours in the centres. “It was important to do the same in football – training in the morning, controlling nutrition, analysing opponents, for example.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Motorola working on a 10-inch tablet with productivity mode onboard: Report

first_imgMotorola is working on a new device. No, this time it’s not another Moto phone, but a tablet. Motorola is reportedly working on a new tablet. Not much is known about the tablet as of yet, not even the name, but a report has hinted that it is expected to come with Productivity Mode. The feature was previously seen on the Lenovo Yoga Book that was launched in India last December.The existence of this unnamed Motorola tablet was first reported by Android Police. Along with the report, a screenshot of the software running on the upcoming tablet is also revealed.Also Read: Upcoming Moto C, E phones may ditch stock Android for ZUK user interfaceWell, the leaked screenshot doesn’t reveal much about the specs of the tablet but does show some demo on how the Productivity Mode will work. The image shows the coming of productivity mode on the new Motorola tablet. With this feature onboard, the Motorola’s rumoured upcoming tablet is said to let users multitask, but in a much efficient manner.Productivity mode is an enhanced version of the traditional multi-window mode, which was introduced by the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.The screenshot that you can see below provides a brief description on how a user can multi-task on the tablet. It reads: “Switch between apps by tapping the app icon in the navigation bar.  Long press the app icon and drag it upwards to close the app.” This means that the upcoming Motorola tablet will allow users to use two applications at a time.advertisementPhoto Credit: Android Police Not only that, the Motorola tablet will allow users to switch between home screen and apps in the system navigation bar. The device comes with the ability for the users to close any running application by just dragging the icon of the app from the navigation bar to any other corner of the user interface. It will allow the users to pin apps in the navigation bar.Also Read: After Moto E4, now Moto E4 Plus clears FCC, may come with 5,000 mAh batteryFurthermore, the Productivity Mode shifts all the Android navigation buttons to one side of the tablet screen. This will enable a much easier thumb access for the users. The screenshot also shows a dedicated App Drawer button on the navigation bar. As per the display details, the upcoming Motorola tablet is said to sport a 9 to 10-inch display panel and is further said to have a premium look and feel. However, the company is yet to confirm the making of the tablet.Meanwhile, Lenovo is preparing to announce several mid-ranged smartphones under the Motorola brand, which include the rumoured Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Plus, Z2 Force, Moto E4, E4 Plus, Moto X, also Moto C and C Plus. The company is yet to confirm the existence of these devices for now.last_img read more

Tottenham interested in Maidstone United striker

first_imgTransfers Tottenham among clubs circling for a new Jamie Vardy in non-league football Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Richards Maidstone United Handout Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Queens Park Rangers Crystal Palace Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Championship The teenager has interest from professional clubs as he carves out a career in the highest division in non-league football Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs interested in the ‘new Jamie Vardy’, Jack Richards, who’s mature performances in the National League with Maidstone United have attracted Premier League and Championship scouts. Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Brighton join Spurs in having registered an interest in the 18-year-old and he could be the subject of a dream move from non-league football to the professional game on deadline day. Richards may have to wait for a move until January or next summer, but he is expected to continue to be watched as clubs consider adding him to their youth squads.  Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 18-year-old is a winger who only made his debut for Maidstone United at the end of last season. He scored the winner in a recent match against Wrexham and he could be the next non-league talent to make a big step up. As well as having obvious parallels with Leicester City striker Vardy, Richards would follow a similar path to Chris Smalling, who also played for Maidstone United before moving to Fulham and then Manchester United.last_img read more

Guardiola explains continued ribbon protest

first_imgManchester City ‘Before a manager I’m a human being’ – Guardiola explains continued ribbon protest Sacha Pisani 06:52 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Guardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Premier League The Catalan boss was in a defiant mood after wearing a yellow ribbon during City’s Carabao Cup triumph, despite being charged by the FA Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will continue to wear a yellow ribbon in solidarity with political prisoners in Catalonia after doing so defiantly in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.Guardiola was charged by the Football Association (FA) on Thursday for wearing the ribbon after Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart were placed in custody as part of the crackdown that followed last October’s referendum on Catalan independence – a poll the national government in Madrid deemed to be illegal.The FA deemed it a political message but former Barcelona boss Guardiola was in a defiant mood following City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal – his first piece of silverware since moving to England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I accept if I broke the rules. I accept the fine,” Guardiola, who has until March 5 to appeal the charge, told reporters.”I am a human being and there are four guys in prison plus another guy who is outside Catalonia – if he comes back, he will go to jail.”They’re being accused of rebelling – to be that you have to have weapons and they don’t have weapons, they have just the votes in the ballots.”That’s why I said he’s always with me until the last.Thank you!¡Gracias!Gràcies!@PepTeam pic.twitter.com/hS4NK5HNSi— PepTeam (@PepTeam) February 25, 2018″It’s not about politicians, it’s about democracy. Before I’m a manager I’m a human being.”I think England knows very well what it means. You did Brexit, you let the people have an opinion.”You allowed Scotland to have a referendum if they’re going to stay or not and after the people vote – that’s what they’re asking [in Catalonia] and they are in jail right now.”last_img read more

Willie Cauley-Stein Gets “Team Blake” Tattoo To Honor Late Friend

first_imgAn overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.last_img read more

Iowa Football’s Game vs. Northwestern This Saturday Will Be A “Blackout” Game

first_imgIowa football players walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Iowa lost a heartbreaker to Purdue on Saturday, dropping to 6-3 on the season. This Saturday, they’ll have another tough opponent in Northwestern.Before the season started, Iowa designated this Saturday’s game as the annual “blackout” game. As such, fans will be encouraged to wear black. It’s also meant to serve as the team’s Military Appreciation Game.Here’s more, via the school’s official website:“Iowa’s home contest with Northwestern (Nov. 10) is the Family Weekend Military Appreciation Blackout Game, presented by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (IUCCU).  Fans are encouraged to wear black attire as Iowa recognizes members of the military.”The game will kick off at 3:30 PM ET – and it will be televised on FOX.Saturday’s game versus Northwestern will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on FOX.Tickets are available at https://t.co/pwnpPgKzVS. #Hawkeyes— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) November 4, 2018Back in Black in ?️ days#LiveMasStudentSectionChallenge << we want it! pic.twitter.com/kU23OIaTgc— Iowa Hawks Nest (@iowahawksnest) November 5, 2018Iowa will look to bounce back against Northwestern, which currently leads the Big Ten West. It’s a big game for Iowa’s bowl projections.last_img read more

Jamaica Taking Action Against Invasive Alien Species

first_img Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Oral Khan, says Jamaica is taking action to protect the country’s biodiversity against the threat of invasive alien species. Mr. Khan, who was addressing the opening of a regional workshop at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on September 18, said that among the measures being undertaken are the establishment of a working group on invasive species; development of a national invasive species strategy and action plan; and the launch of an invasive species database. Story Highlightscenter_img Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Oral Khan, says Jamaica is taking action to protect the country’s biodiversity against the threat of invasive alien species.He noted that the island is affected by more than 120 such species. These are invasive non-native plants, animals, pathogens and other organisms that may cause economic or environmental harm or adversely affect human health.In particular, they impact adversely upon biodiversity, including the decline or elimination of native species through competition, predation, or transmission of pathogens, and the disruption of local ecosystems.With the island considered one of the most biodiverse in the Caribbean region, home to 8,000 recorded species of plants and animals and 3,500 marine species, it is important that these are preserved and protected.Mr. Khan, who was addressing the opening of a regional workshop at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on September 18, said that among the measures being undertaken are the establishment of a working group on invasive species; development of a national invasive species strategy and action plan; and the launch of an invasive species database.He noted that the proposed amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act will specifically address invasive alien species.Mr. Khan also cited the implementation of public education campaigns, including the ‘Eat It to Deplete It’ thrust to get Jamaicans to consume the lionfish.The lionfish, which is an invasive species, has destroyed stocks of other fish populations by consuming young native fish. They also cause havoc to reefs and other local ecosystems.The national campaign is achieving its objectives of causing a decline in the lionfish population.“Since its first invasion in 2008, it is now at about 50 per cent of where it once was at its peak,” said marine invasive species expert at the Centre for Marine Sciences at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr. Dayne Buddo, in an interview with JIS News.“This is due mainly to getting fishermen involved and dive operators to the point where they now see it as food fish,” he noted further.“There is no longer a fear towards it. A lot of that is as a result of an invasive species project we did with Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA),” he added.The week-long workshop is focused on building the capacity of Caribbean Small Island Developing States to achieve Aichi Target 9 of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.The target speaks to identifying and prioritising invasive alien species, that priority species are controlled or eradicated, and measures put in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity includes 20 time-bound, measurable targets to be met by the year 2020 (Aichi Biodiversity Targets).It is expected that the workshop will examine a number of issues, including an evaluation of national policies, legislation and capacities required within the Caribbean to achieve Achi Biodiversity Target 9; development of an action plan based on regional priorities, among other things.It is being undertaken through support from the Government of Japan, UN Environment, Government of the United Kingdom, the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International and the Jamaican Government.In his remarks, Head of the Caribbean Subregional Office of the United Nations Environment in Jamaica, Vincent Sweeney, cited the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water as a major step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species.The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Convention, which entered into force in September, aims to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another by establishing standards and procedures for the management and control of ships’ ballast water and sediments.“It addresses aquatic invasive species by requiring all ships to implement a ballast waste management plan, among other actions,” Mr. Sweeny noted.last_img read more

MPC Container Ships to Buy Feeder Fleet for USD 130 Mn

first_imgzoom Oslo-based boxship owner MPC Container Ships entered into a commitment to acquire a fleet of feeder container vessels on November 24.The vessels in question have a total purchase price of USD 130 million.The move was made only a day after the company closed its private placement raising a total of USD 175 million, with plans to use the funds “to pursue future investments in container vessels and general corporate purposes.”The private placement of 30.25 million new shares was announced on November 22 and completed at a subscription price of NOK 47.5 (USD 5.8) per share.MPC Container Ships informed that the completion is subject to approval by an extraordinary general meeting of the company which is expected to be held on or about December 4, 2017, the company said.Established in April 2017, the company manage to quickly collect a fleet of 26 second hand vessels, the latest of which was added in early November.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Receive Environment Awards

first_imgA researcher with a passion for coastal protection and a high school environment club devoted to Piping Plovers and green space have been recognized for their commitment to marine protection. Tim Webster, a research scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group at Nova Scotia Community College in Middleton, and Barrington Municipal High School’s Environment Club each received a 2011 Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council on Marine Environment. “Both award recipients have demonstrated dedication to the environment, and to marine protection in particular,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau, who represents the province on the Gulf of Maine Council. “Their communities, and the province as a whole, are benefitting from their leadership and commitment.” Mr. Webster was recognized for his long-term leadership in developing and applying remote sensing technologies. Mr. Webster’s work has led to a better understanding of the Bay of Fundy’s changing coastlines and watersheds and the implications of climate change on coastal environments and communities. Barrington Municipal High School’s Environment Club was recognized for its efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of watersheds and coastal environments. Club members have engaged students, staff and local residents in protecting and restoring sensitive coastal habitats and have helped to promote environmental stewardship. “The Environment Club is overwhelmed to have received the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award,” said Helen Goreham, the club’s staff advisor. “Our students are being empowered to be ambassadors for the environment at the local community level as well as globally.” Two Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards are given annually in each of five jurisdictions: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The awards recognize innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection by businesses, environmental organizations, or individuals who are making a difference to the health of the Gulf of Maine. The council works to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the gulf and to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations within its five jurisdictions. The departments of Environment and Fisheries and Aquaculture are member agencies, which include representatives from federal and provincial governments, non-government organizations and the private sector.last_img read more

Boston Christmas Tree a Cape Breton First

first_imgFor the first time ever, Nova Scotia’s evergreen Christmas gift to Boston is coming from Cape Breton and the Mi’kmaw community will help celebrate its send-off. The large Christmas tree that is given as part of the annual thank you to Boston for help provided after the 1917 Halifax explosion is coming from provincial Crown land. “This year, the tree is truly the people’s tree,” said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources. “It’s a gift from the people of Nova Scotia, selected from public land, to be given to the people of Boston as a thank you for their help in our time of need all those years ago.” The 47-foot (14 metre) white spruce will be taken from Crown land along Route 395 in Ainslie Glen, Inverness County, close to the Waycobah First Nation. Boston sent medical personnel and supplies when almost 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more left injured and homeless by the historic Halifax explosion, including Mi’kmaw people living near the Dartmouth shore of Halifax Harbour at Turtle Grove. “We, the Mi’kmaq, are proud to be part of the Christmas tree gift to Boston this year,” said Chief Rod Googoo of Waycobah First Nation. “Our ties to the United States go back to a time before the Halifax Explosion, when the United States declared independence and we, the Mi’kmaq, were the first nation to recognize them as an independent country. The Mi’kmaq signed the Watertown Treaty with the United States in 1776 and it is still recognized today.” The Department of Natural Resources will oversee the cutting of the tree during a public ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m. More than a hundred school children from Waycobah First Nation Elementary School and Whycocomagh Education Centre will attend the tree-cutting ceremony with Mr. Hines, Chief Googoo, television meteorologist Cindy Day, and Santa Claus. There will be a performance of traditional Mi’kmaw drumming by We’koqma’qewiskwa, a drum group from the Waycobah First Nation. Cape Breton fiddler and bag piper Kenneth MacKenzie will also perform. After the ceremony the tree will be transported by truck to Halifax with brief stops at Tamarac Elementary School in Port Hawkesbury and at a community event on the grounds of East Antigonish Education Centre in Monastery. There will be a final public farewell at the Grand Parade at Halifax City Hall, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The province will then transport the tree 1,117 kilometres to Boston. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place on the Boston Common, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., at a ceremony expected to attract about 30,000 people in person and be broadcast live to about 240,000 viewers on Boston television station WCVB. The Cape Breton band, The Town Heroes, will perform. “We’re incredibly honoured to be a part of the Boston tree- lighting event,” said Mike Ryan, of the band. “Many Nova Scotians, including me, have relatives in the Boston area. The city has always been a warm, welcoming ally to Nova Scotia and we couldn’t be happier to be a small part in expressing Nova Scotia’s gratitude.” Details on this year’s tree-cutting ceremony are at www.novascotia.ca/treeforboston and people can follow the tree’s travels on Twitter @TreeforBoston and like the tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/treeforboston.last_img read more

No winner for ChasetheAce draw to continue again next week in Newfoundland

first_imgGOULDS, N.L. – The chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended upon a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot.George Chaulk, of Goulds, N.L., had the lucky ticket to draw a card Wednesday night, but he drew the nine of spades.But he will not be leaving empty-handed — the consolation prize is $185,014.His wife, Christa Chaulk, says the ticket was part of a work pool.Once it’s divided among her husband and his 10 colleagues, the couple will have a little over $16,000, which she says will go toward a family vacation.Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each. The winner gets a percentage of the total ticket sales and a bigger jackpot if they pull the ace of spades from a deck of cards that gets smaller with each successive draw.There are now 10 cards left, and the draw is expected to take place again next week at the St. Kevin’s Parish church hall in Goulds, N.L., with an even bigger jackpot.Tens of thousands of people turned out for Wednesday night’s draw despite the soggy weather, with the lineup to buy tickets actually starting on Tuesday night.Carol O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the draw, said there were close to 60 people at any given moment inside the Roman Catholic facility helping sell tickets.St. Kevin’s has been hosting the draw every Wednesday, although it was briefly postponed after duplicate tickets surfaced because of an apparent printing glitch.(VOCM)last_img read more

Mena Suvari Blasts Cruel Down Industry in New PETA Ad

first_imgWith a swirl of bloody feathers encircling her face, vegan American Woman and American Beauty star Mena Suvari puts the down industry on blast in a brand-new ad campaign for PETA that proclaims, “Cruelty to Animals Gets Me Down. Down Production Is Agony for Ducks. Please Don’t Buy It.”In an accompanying video spot, Suvari recalls first learning about the way in which birds suffer for down: “I just remember sitting in my home, and I was watching one of the videos showing these geese who were having their feathers ripped out while they were still alive, and they were screaming,” she says. “And it was really, really horrifying.” She immediately threw her feather-filled comforters and pillows in the trash. “I could not accept myself after watching that video, laying my head down on these pillows and going to sleep that night,” she explains.That’s why Suvari has also sent a letter to Bed Bath & Beyond urging the company to stop selling bedding and other items made with down, and on Friday, she’ll question shareholders on PETA’s behalf during the company’s annual meeting, asking when it plans to ban the cruelly obtained material. Noting that birds used for down are often clamped upside down by workers who violently yank out their feathers by the fistful and hastily sew up their wounds with a needle and thread — and no painkillers — she writes, “Your company already offers significantly more cruelty-free, allergen-free, and down-free options—so ditching down is a feasible and smart next step…. I know Bed Bath & Beyond would be an inspiring model for other businesses if it made this savvy, compassionate change.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear or abuse in any other way” — has documented that down-industry workers in China left sick and injured chicks, geese, and ducks to die slowly. Dead birds were found decaying in crates and ponds or tossed outside like trash.Suvari previously teamed up with PETA to call for a ban on fur farming in Estonia.last_img read more

WFFP concerned over fishermen deaths

In a statement issued from the WFFP Secretariat in Karachi, Shah appealed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, DG, Metrological Department, Sri Lanka S.H. Kariyawasam, Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Disaster Management and the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Pakistan to launch an independent inquiry in to the incident and see if there is any negligence on the part of government officials. “It is a must to ensure an effective disaster risk information scheme with the responsibility of national interest and reactivate the established disaster information towers along the coast for an effective service,” the statement said.The WFP Secretary advised the Sri Lankan government to develop a workable plan with proper consultation of fisher groups and promote a subsidy system so the fishermen may purchase life jackets and other equipment they need on the fishing vessels. The WFFP Secretariat has written separate letters to the government of Srilanka, including to the President, disaster minister and other authorities urging them to compensate not only to the funerals and the final respects of the people, but to the affected vulnerable families, children in the families, for their education and other matters adequately. Secretary of the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), Mohammed Ali Shah has expressed concerns over the death of several fishermen in Sri Lanka.Shah, who is also chairperson of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), on behalf of the communities in Pakistan expressed solidarity with the Sri Lankan fishermen. Shah also said to utilize the learning of tsunami rehabilitation programs to make an effective disaster mitigation program with wider participation of the society to avoid human loss in future.The WFFP official said the whole government should take the responsibility and be accountable, as nature is going to be alarmed due to climate change and fishermen are more vulnerable to face the devastation and pay the price of the government’s negligence, the statement said. read more

Education costs going up start RESP early and maximize the government grants

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Parents looking at the bills rolling in as students head off to university and college may be wishing they had saved more.But if you’re not at that stage yet, financial advisers say, it’s important to start early and put aside as much as possible.Jamie Golombek, managing director at CIBC Wealth Strategies Group, says parents’ biggest mistake is waiting too long before they start saving with a registered education savings plan, or RESP.“You can’t catch up on the tax-deferred compounding. Depending on the rate of return, this can really be significant,” he said.If you can afford it, Golombek advises putting $2,500 a year per child into an RESP to maximize federal government grants.“If you can set aside that money in the year the child is born and start saving every single year to maximize the grants … that really is the best way to accumulate the most amount of money over the long term in an RESP,” he said.Regardless of your family’s income, the basic grants are equal to 20 per cent of contributions, up to $500 per year for each child under age 18 and a lifetime limit of $7,200.These government incentives, called Canada Education Savings Grants, can also be carried forward but $1,000 is the maximum grant parents can receive per child in any one year.Families with net incomes of $90,563 or less in 2016 are entitled to additional CESG. Households with a family net income of $45,282 or less receive an extra 20 per cent on the first $500 of annual RESP contribution, and households with a family net income exceeding $45,282 but not more than $90,563 receive an extra 10 per cent on the first $500 of annual RESP contribution.RESPs can also provide a tax break on investment gains, which become part of the student’s taxable income when the money is withdrawn from the plan — not the contributor’s.David Lee of BlueShore Financial in North Vancouver, B.C., says that there’ll be enough in an RESP to cover tuition if you start early, maximize the government grants and get a conservative rate of return of three per cent.But if your child plans to go away to school and you’re hoping to pay for it all, including the cost of living, Lee said “that is quite a stretch for what we’re seeing.”He estimates that four years of tuition, plus room and board, adds up to a total of about $90,000 right now at the University of British Columbia.Lee says parents need to ask themselves a lot of questions such as: How much of their child’s education do they plan to pay? Will they expect their child to have a part-time job? Will they qualify for scholarships?“Those are some of the other factors a parent needs to kind look at as well … in terms of determining their targets,” Lee said.The location of the school and whether the student lives at home are also factors.The Ontario Securities Commission’s GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca website can help calculate the future costs of education based on how much tuition and room and board cost today.The online calculator allows to you to see how your savings add up to find out if you’re on track. Education costs going up, start RESP early and maximize the government grants read more

Ohio State football to play in at least 3 primetime games in

Junior quarterback, Braxton Miller (5), attempts to run through a tackle by Northwestern defender. OSU won against Northwestern 40-30 Oct. 5.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorGene Smith and Urban Meyer are getting their wish — more primetime football games for Ohio State football.ESPN announced its slate of primetime matchups for the 2014 season, six of which involve teams in the Big Ten. Half of those Big Ten games include the Buckeyes, giving what both Smith and Meyer want for the program — an ability to showcase the team at night.Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29 he pushes for ESPN to pick OSU as often as it can when it irons out its night game schedule.“I’m trying to encourage them to pick us,” Smith said in the interview, adding that he would “probably wait till after the Final Four” before talking with the cable sports juggernaut.The Buckeyes are slated to battle Virginia Tech, Penn State and Illinois on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC this coming season, with all three games slated to kick off at 8 p.m., according to an OSU press release.The Sept. 6 game against the Hokies in Columbus can be seen on ESPN, while ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 will televise both the Oct. 25 game in State College, Pa., and Nov. 1 tilt against the Fighting Illini at home.The game against the Fighting Illini holds something extra as well, as it is set to be the first night game played in November in Ohio Stadium history.The Buckeyes hosted two night games this past season, both resulting in wins — a 31-24 win against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and 63-14 drubbing of Penn State Oct. 26. Meyer said even before the season got started he had looked forward to the prospect of getting those two games at home.“I’m really excited about that, because that’s recruiting, and especially the night games we have,” Meyer said Aug. 26, just days before the season opener against Buffalo. “The earlier games are a hard time, I didn’t really realize that, but they were hard to get guys here because you’re leaving at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. after a Friday night football game. And a lot of times Saturday, the high school coach has a player, they have to come in and get treatments and all that and the kids can’t make the games. Where night games, you shouldn’t have any issue.”OSU could play in more night games this coming season, but that won’t be decided until the Big Ten Network releases its list of primetime games April 22, according to an OSU release.Ohio Stadium is set to add 2,500 more seats prior to the 2014 season, further preparation for hosting big time programs like Oklahoma in 2017 and Texas in 2023 and beyond, Smith said, which very well could be primetime contests.“Those 2,500 seats will be in the south end zone, you can imagine the tunnels, those seats will go over the top of those tunnels,” Smith said. “So now the teams will come underneath, come out of those tunnels.”Even though Meyer and Smith both said they love night games in Ohio Stadium, Smith did acknowledge that doing so worries him, because of safety concerns.“I think early on I wasn’t comfortable. I think our fans have gotten better, I think we’ve gotten better at working with our fans throughout the day,” Smith said. “The risks are still there. You go to the stadium on Sunday morning and find those little airplane bottles (of alcohol) … It is what it is.”The Buckeyes are 39-22 all-time in night games — those starting after 5 p.m. local time — according to the release. Officially, OSU is 29-19 in games either on the road or played at a neutral site at night and 10-3 at home in primetime games at home.Aside from the wins against Wisconsin and Penn State in Columbus last season, OSU was 1-2 in other prime-time matchups, falling to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl, while beating Northwestern on the road.But the odds of Meyer continuing to support the idea of home night games for his team are very high.“I think our atmosphere at night is magical,” Meyer said.2014 OSU Football Schedule (as of Tuesday)Aug. 30 — v. Navy, noon at M&T Bank Stadium in BaltimoreSept. 6 — Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. on ESPNSept. 13 — Kent StateSept. 20 — ByeSept. 27 — CincinnatiOct. 4 — at MarylandOct. 11 — ByeOct. 18 —RutgersOct. 25 — at Penn State, 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2Nov. 1 — Illinois, 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2Nov. 8 — at Michigan StateNov. 15 — at MinnesotaNov. 22 — IndianaNov. 29 — MichiganDec. 6 — Big Ten Championship Game read more

One of worlds largest copper mines Chuquicamata to go underground

first_imgCodelco’s board of directors has approved the development of the Chuquicamata underground mine below the current open pit – one of the largest copper mines in the world which is nearly 100 years old. This project, expected to cost in excess of $4 billion, will provide a block cave mine accessing some 1,7oo Mt of copper ore (with byproduct molybdenum) for an additional 43 years, starting from 2019.Chuquicamata is Codelco’s most important division, accounting for over 40% of the state-owned company’s total production.Codelco is now expected to be the mining company making the highest investments of any around the world during the next five years. It has been said that Codelco’s  current one investment plan is the most ambitious in its whole history, requiring $20 billion until 2020.According to a company document submitted to the Congress in October, the cost of the total structural projects portfolio reaches an updated figure between $26,218 million and $29,718 million, including Underground Chuquicamata, RT Súlfuros, Rajo Inca, Andina 244 and others on the list.So, while other companies defer investment, Codelco is forging ahead. It is a slightly different case in that much of this investment is required to bring into production resources at old operations and because Codelco needs to do this to maintain its position in the copper market. “The thing is that every structural investment came together in the same time range, not allowing us to a required gradualness”, says Francisco Orrego, Freedom and Development Counsellor and ex Sub Secretary of Mining.The Chuquicamata underground project has been the subject of many years of planning and analysis.last_img read more

An airbag slammed into a 17yearolds eye before she had time to

first_imgDOCTORS HAVE PUBLISHED details about an unusual case study involving a teenage girl who got an eyeful from a fast-deploying airbag.The 17-year-old girl had been a passenger in a car which was involved in a minor car crash on a motorway in the US when it rear-ended another vehicle.No-one in the vehicle was injured, but the girl was brought to hospital after she complained of blurred vision. She also told doctors that she had the persistent feeling that there was something stuck in both her eyes. Doctors used a special staining process to try and see what was wrong, and discovered something unexpected.Over her right eye, they could see the imprint of the nylon mesh pattern of the airbag cover on her cornea, while her left eye had a slight tear in the surface. In other words: the airbag had deployed so quickly that she didn’t even have time to close her eyes.The unusual case has been written up in the New England Journal of Medicine, which notes that there was a happy ending: the girl was given an ointment and the abrasions had completely healed within 24 hours.While airbags save thousands of lives every year, they can sometimes also cause eye injuries in the 0.04 seconds it takes for them to deploy.However, most of the eye injuries are minor and temporary.“The thing to keep in mind here is that if you didn’t have the airbag and hit your head, it would be much worse,” said Dr Jonathan Trobe, who carried out the study, told LiveScience.com. “This is almost like an exchange. This is a little bit of a small price to pay”.READ MORE IN SCIENCE: Read: Man headbangs so hard at Motorhead gig his brain bleeds > Read: Study finds old men’s sperm is just as good as young men’s >last_img read more

Become the Dovahkiin with this virtual reality Skyrim mod

first_imgOne of the great things about having The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PC is the abundance of mods available to enhance your game experience or just to add some more fun. Two of my favorites are the Macho Dragon Mod and the Posh Mudcrab mod. There have also been numerous Kinect hacks in the year and a half since its release. Combine the two with a Sony HMZ-T1 and the TrackIR5 and you’ve got yourself the mother of all mods.Chris Zaharia created the mod you can see in the above video, providing a way to fully immerse yourself in the world of Skyrim. The mod uses Kinect for motion tracking and gestures, allowing you to walk on the spot to move your character or swing your arm to use a weapon.The Sony HMZ-T1 is a headset with dual HD 720p OLED panels allowing for stereoscopic 3D viewing and virtual 5.1 surround sound. I can only imagine the awesomeness that comes from playing Skyrim in 3D through this headset. Couple that with the TrackIR5 for advanced head tracking allowing you to cast your eyes in any direction you please, and you’ll soon forget you live on plain old planet Earth.A script is provided for setting up voice commands, but only basic menu commands are provided. You can easily add your own though, possibly assigning a voice command to “Fus Ro Dah” allowing you to really feel like the Dovahkiin.After viewing the video, my impression is that it’s not quite perfect (bloopers at the end) so I wouldn’t rush out and spend all your hard earned cash on any equipment you don’t already own. The walking gestures look like they could become tiresome, but with the FAAST software you could map it to a gesture of your choosing. Another Kinect mod shows a possibly improved way of performing it, with running forward set by simply placing your right foot forward and placing it further forward to activate sprinting.More at Zookcal, via reghardwarelast_img read more

European pilots group calls for Ryanair boss Michael OLeary to resign

first_img A GROUP REPRESENTING Ryanair pilots across Europe has called for the airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary to resign, according to reports.In an article published by Reuters, it says a letter was sent to O’Leary by the European Employee Representative Council (EERC), an unofficial body that seeks to improve conditions for pilots.Ryanair responded by saying that the group had “no legal standing”, echoing comments that it had made previously about the group where it said it wouldn’t engage with an unofficial body.This evening, they issuing the following statement to TheJournal.ie:“The EERC, and their letters, have no legal standing or validity. Ryanair pilots continue to accept pay increases of 20% (so far accepted by over 80% of Ryanair pilots) which shows that Ryanair pilots do not pay any attention to this ‘so called’ EERC either. Feb 26th 2018, 10:32 PM European pilots group calls for Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to resign Ryanair said that the group in question had “no legal standing or validity”. 18,882 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3873855 Share3 Tweet Email1 Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary in August 2017. Image: DPA/PA Imagescenter_img 25 Comments Monday 26 Feb 2018, 10:32 PM Short URL Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary in August 2017. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Last December, Ryanair said it would reverse its three-decade policy and recognise external pilots and cabin crew unions.While the airline managed to reach an agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association, it’s had no luck yet with the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association, accusing it – and other European unions – of wasting time at the negotiation table.The airline has previously urged Irish pilots to bypass the union – which represents Dublin-based Ryanair and Aer Lingus pilots – and accept a 20% pay hike offer.O’Leary warned investors earlier this month that “unions representing competitor airlines will wish to test our commitment to our low-cost, high pay/high productivity model to disrupt our operations”.He assured his backers that Ryanair is prepared to “face down any such disruption”.- with reporting by Fora.ieRead: Aer Lingus passengers will have to pay up to €60 for the return of lost itemsRead: Ryanair’s Q3 profits up by 12%, but O’Leary warns that 2018 will be a ‘bumpy year’ Image: DPA/PA Imageslast_img read more