Can You Tell the Difference Between a $150 Lens and a $15,000 Lens? Probably Not.

first_imgThink you can spot the differences between cheap and expensive lenses?Unless you work for an extremely high-end production house, chances are you don’t get to regularly shoot on Ultra Prime lenses. Instead, your personal lens arsenal probably consists of lenses worth a few hundred dollars each. If only you could get the super-expensive lens, then your footage would look cinematic, right? Maybe not.In the following video created by RocketJump Film School, Freddie Wong examines the difference between cheap, intermediate, and high-end lenses to test whether you can tell the difference.Odds are, if you’re anything like the team here at PremiumBeat, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Go ahead and play the game by watching the video below. If you’re playing with friends, you can download a free scorecard template below. The highest score in the PremiumBeat office was 6 and the lowest was 2.Download Free Scorecard TemplateTest YourselfIn the following video, Freddie sits down with three professional filmmakers to see if they can tell the difference. Spoiler alert: The best they do is 8 out of 18.Ask the ExpertsThese videos were first shared by RocketJump Film School. Thanks for sharing guys!ConclusionIn light of this information, should you just stick with a cheap kit lens and not upgrade? Probably not. Admittedly, there are some flaws with this test, like the compression that footage goes through on YouTube, the fact that the video files were likely edited to look similar, and that shooting conditions were fixed. Those are valid concerns.However, the fact that even professionals can be fooled by this test says a lot about the shrinking gap between professional quality and the quality that can be achieved by the indie filmmaker. One such brand that comes to mind is Rokinon. Lenses with comparable specs to Rokinon go for thousands of dollars, and yet Rokinon lenses can be purchased for only a few hundred dollars each. Are they as good as the expensive lenses? No. But if your audience and you have a difficult time telling the difference between the two, maybe the money would be better spent somewhere else.How’d you do on the test? What conclusions can be drawn from these results? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Militants offer ‘gun salute’ at comrade’s funeral in Valley

first_imgCivilian injured in J&K militant attack dies In a throwback to the 1990s when militants surfaced at public places, four unmasked armed militants on Sunday appeared at the funeral of militant Fayaz Ahmad alias Setha in south Kashmir and offered a ‘gun salute’ in full public gaze. In Saturday’s attack by militants including Setha, three civilians and a policeman were shot dead on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway near Anantnag.Setha, according to the police, was carrying a cash reward of ₹2 lakh on his head for his involvement in the Udhampur highway attack on a Border Security Force convoy in August 2015, which left two BSF troopers and a militant dead. One foreign militant had been detained from the spot. He is believed to have ferried the militants to Udhampur from south Kashmir and was missing since the attack.Eyewitnesses told The Hindu that Kulgam district’s Qoimoh area saw the four armed militants, led by local boy Junaid, mingling with the funeral crowd which included a large number of women.The four militants fired shots in the air as people pumped their fists and raised pro-freedom slogans. Many women were seen ducking as militants opened fire several times while the coffin was being taken for burial.Also Read  The armed militants wearing army fatigue and pheran (a long woolen gown-type dress worn in winters) were paying tribute to Setha.Police were on a hunt for Setha for more than one year now.On Saturday he was one of those who targeted a police naka party near Mir Bazar area of Anantnag around 10.00 p.m.The police party was clearing the road near Malpora. “Militants opened fire indiscriminately at the traffic. The police party returned fire,” said a police official.Crackdown on TV channelsThe authorities have directed district magistrates to take “urgent and necessary action” against transmission of non-permitted TV channels by cable operators in Kashmir Valley.According to an order issued by the State home department, any such transmission “attracts violation of Cable TV Networks Regulation Rules.”“It has been reported that cable operators in the Valley have been transmitting certain TV channels which are not permitted by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The transmission of these channels has the potential to encourage or incite violence and create law and order disturbances in the Kashmir Valley,” the order reads.The 34 channels listed in the order include non-news channels like PTV Sports, ARY Zindagi, Noor TV and Karbala TV.last_img read more

Maharashtra’s ‘Mi Labharthi’ campaign marred by allegations of manipulated claims

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government’s blitzkrieg of advertisements marking the completion of three years in office, which showcase citizens saying ‘Mi Labharthi’ (I am a beneficiary) of government schemes, has come under the scanner as claims have been raised over their authenticity. The latest among them pertains to Bidal village in Satara’s Man tehsil, which has been advertised as a successful example for the implementation of the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan toward making Maharashtra drought-free by 2019. The title of the video, uploaded on YouTube by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis says, ‘A miracle of the Jalyukt Shivar scheme.’“Bidal village was included in the Jalyukt Shivar scheme in 2017-18, which is this ongoing year. A plan for the implementation of scheme is not yet ready. In such a case, how can the State government claim credit for already completed work?” asked local MLA Jaykumar Gore. In fact, the village won an award fromthe Aamir Khan-led Pani Foundation’s Water Cup competition for its work. On Friday, the issue was raised in a meeting of the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC), following which Minister of State for Irrigation Vijay Shivtare sought detailed information from officials. Another advertisement claims that Harisal in Amaravati’s Melghat region,where malnutrition is known to persist, is India’s first digital village. Anil Shidore, a senior leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) asked, “I have recently visited the village and I do not understand why they are calling it a digital village. Is it because the village has internet? Yes, internet is available but malnutrition and open defecation are still major problems. Does this mean the village has become a digital one?”Before this, questions were also raised about advertisements that showed Shantaram Katke of the Bhivari village in Pune’s Purandar tehsil as a beneficiary whose life was turned around after he received ₹2.3 lakh under the Jalyukt Shivar, and Pune’s Raisa Shaikh, who is said to have similarly benefited by the allotment of a Maha e-Seva Kendra agency — bothhave claimed contrary to what the government ads said. While Mr. Fadnavis did not respond to queries, a senior official from the Maharashtra Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR) said,“Jalyukt Shivar is a wide concept. Farmers in Bidal have initiated works of water conservation with the support of government machinery. The villagers have implemented the scheme with active support from government.”last_img read more

The Domestic BPO Market

first_imgEarlier this year, Genpact, the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) player in India, gave Harpreet Duggal a new role: responsibility for developing and executing the company’s domestic BPO strategy. Duggal is already well into discussions with potential customers, and is finalizing operating locations. He’s moving fast because Genpact isn’t the only Indian company interested in this space. For many reasons, the domestic BPO market is one that no one can afford to ignore anymore.Duggal primarily is targeting two sets of potential customers: existing global customers who are looking to increase their presence in India and require the same systems and processes they have elsewhere; and Indian companies with global aspirations, both by way of moving beyond Indian boundaries and by providing a global experience in the Indian market. These require world-class processes and systems. Says an upbeat Duggal: “We believe that India is a very exciting market to be in.” Having been on the periphery, the domestic BPO business is steadily moving onto everyone’s radar. Companies including IBM Daksh, Firstsource Solutions, MphasiS BPO and Intelenet Global Services are looking to significantly increase their presence. Others, such as Wipro BPO and Infosys BPO, are waiting for the right time to enter the space as part of a total outsourcing solution along with their IT arms. And, firms such as 24/7 Customer have no immediate plans to enter, but are watching the space keenly.What has brought about this growing interest in India’s BPO market? Industry players and analysts cite multiple factors. These include reduced costs of connectivity, the scorching pace of the Indian economy, the phenomenal growth of companies in sectors including telecommunications and financial services, rising customer expectations, Indian firms’ global aspirations, and global firms entering the Indian market. The changing rupee-dollar equation and the slowdown in the U.S. economy, which is forcing players to look at other markets, have added to the momentum.University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School management professor Saikat Chaudhuri says the factors driving that trend are the “tremendous growth” of India’s domestic markets, the slowdown in Western markets, and the dollar’s weakness against the rupee. He notes that a whole new class of medium-sized companies outside of the well-established and large industrial houses like those of Tata, Birla, Ambani or Goenka is looking at farming out noncore activities to increase efficiencies and focus on core competencies. “These companies are becoming customers of Oracle, Cisco, SAP and so forth,” says Chaudhuri.According to Ravi Bapna, assistant professor at the Indian School of Business, “It’s now become profitable to address this market and the industry is set to take off.”A glance at the Indian BPO industry’s growth helps put the dynamics of the domestic market in perspective. At a compound annual growth rate of around 37% over the last few years, BPO exports have been the fastest-growing segment of the Indian IT-BPO sector. They have grown from $3.1 billion in fiscal 2004 to $11 billion in 2008 and currently account for 37% of the global business process offshoring pie. They sustain an employee pool of more than 700,000.Players have tried over the years to add quality and efficiency to their original labor arbitrage sales pitch. They have been moving from low-end, non-core activities to more complex processes. Now, in a move further up the value chain, they are looking at becoming transformational partners to their clients, making an impact on business metrics.A recent study by the National Association of Software and Services Companies of India (Nasscom) and the Everest Group estimates that in a “business as usual” mode, India’s BPO exports will grow to $28 billion to $30 billion over the next four to five years. With proactive measures, the report says, they have the potential to reach $50 billion by 2012, with a maximum addressable opportunity of $220 billion to $280 billion. Traditionally, Indian BPO vendors have relied largely on English-speaking geographies as their markets. North America and the United Kingdom together account for about 87% of their export revenues. North America, primarily the United States, accounts for roughly two-thirds of the market alone. While this dependence on the U.S. market is expected to continue, players have been expanding their footprints in other markets, notably continental Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. With the slowdown in the U.S. economy, rupee-dollar fluctuations, and growth in other markets, this move to tap other geographies not only acts as a natural hedge against currency fluctuations, it’s simply a good business strategy.India’s Growth BeckonsThat’s where the Indian market comes into play. India’s economy is growing too fast for any industry not to want to share in its growth. From less than $100 million in 2002, BPO demand in the domestic market grew to $1.1 billion in 2007. In the last year, it is estimated to have grown to between $1.6 billion and $1.8 billion. The Nasscom-Everest study estimates the potential addressable market at around $15 billion to $20 billion over the next five years. Realizing even half of this potential would be significant.In many ways it would change the nature of the industry. As it stands, close to 80% of the industry comprises captive shared service centers. The rest of the industry is highly fragmented. Estimates suggest that 400 to 500 firms constitute the unorganized sector. As the industry gains in size and stature, a fair bit of consolidation is expected. Third-party service providers, many whose revenues are growing around 100% a year, are expected to increase their market share significantly.Telecommunications and financial services have been key verticals spurring domestic demand, followed by consumer goods and airlines. Going forward, government, travel and hospitality, retail, and media and entertainment are expected to attract significant demand for BPO services in India.Ravi Aron, senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Center for Technological Innovation and an expert on outsourcing trends, points out how BPO firms in India will find the domestic market more challenging than those in developed countries. For starters, he says Indian companies in several services industries including those in the BFSI (banking and financial services industry) segments are wholly owned by the government. BFSI companies have tended to be the biggest opportunity for outsourcing services providers in Western markets, he adds.“Although these companies present the right opportunity for BPO firms, state-owned banks and insurance companies like the State Bank of India and General Insurance Corp. of India are going to be very slow to start outsourcing on a large scale,” says Aron. “That is because of the extraordinary pressure they will face from their unions, who don’t want their jobs to go to the private sector.”The second challenge BPO firms will face in India stems from the fact that any company’s decision to outsource its needs is “heavily embedded in its technological architecture,” says Aron. “Indian services companies in either the public or the private sector are heavily underinvested in technology on a per-capita and per-sale basis compared to those in the U.S. and Europe. Indian services companies are far more labor intensive, and don’t have the technology platforms that will facilitate outsourcing, excluding [financial services companies like] an ICICI or HDFC.”Aron talks of the “3 Ps” of information architecture – platforms, processes and people – “where Indian companies are not streamlined.” He says internal processes at most Indian services companies are “idiosyncratic” and not standardized as in large retail companies like Wal-Mart or U.S. health care companies.Gaurav Gupta, country head of the Everest Group, points out that with the phenomenal growth in these industries, the name of the game for most companies is to gain market share and grow the top line. The competitive landscape is straining companies’ operational models. So companies in these industries are turning to vendors who can help them overcome some of the challenges associated with fast growth, like managing huge volumes and providing a large network that can reach out to different corners of the country rapidly. Says Gupta: “The present systems and processes are nowhere near adequate, either by way of scale or expertise, to sustain the kind of growth that companies are seeing in India. These require tremendous ramping up. Otherwise they will become severe bottlenecks.” Adds Susir Kumar, chief executive officer of Intelenet Global: “At this stage of growth, companies would rather use their capital in building their brands, acquiring customers, and focusing on their core competencies and outsource whatever is possible.”Productivity ArbitrageAron agrees that big opportunities lurk behind those shortcomings at Indian services companies. BPO firms could help standardize and automate processes at Indian companies and achieve “extraordinary productivity gains of up to 35% over 18 to 24 months,” he adds. “That is why doing BPO in India for Indian companies makes a lot of sense. Instead of wage arbitrage, start thinking about productivity arbitrage.”Even as companies busily increase their customer base they realize that, with the Indian economy becoming more globally integrated, customers are ever more demanding. The “new” Indian customer is not satisfied with anything less than world-class levels of product and service quality. Take the Indian telecom industry. It is among the most complex in the world, with new products being introduced practically every day. It is becoming imperative for companies to get it right the first time. Customer service is seen as a key differentiator in the crowded marketplace. Customer service, in fact, accounts for two-thirds of revenue in the domestic BPO market, followed by finance and accounting and human resource outsourcing. As Nasscom vice president Rajdeep Sahrawat says: “There is very little to differentiate companies from the product point of view and therefore offering very high quality, personalized, 24/7 customer service is critical. This requires scale, flexibility and expertise.”Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile services provider, is an often-cited example. Bharti was one of the first and biggest Indian companies to outsource on a large scale. In August 2005, the company signed a mega deal with four global BPO companies – IBM Daksh, MphasiS, TeleTech and Hinduja TMT – to outsource its call centers. Bharti had already outsourced its IT and cellular networking requirements to IBM and Ericsson, respectively. These strategic moves allowed Bharti to focus on its core areas of product innovation, marketing and brand building. Bharti has a mobile subscriber base of around 60 million and is adding around 2 million subscribers a month. It is a beacon for others targeting high growth. Says Ramesh Gudalur, president of MphasiS BPO: “Companies like Bharti who look at outsourcing as an integral part of their business strategy are completely changing the way Indian companies have traditionally run their businesses. This is putting pressure on others, both in their own industries and in other sectors, to follow suit.” Opportunities await BPO firms also in providing specialized services to newly emerging industries like retail, fashion apparel or automobile components, such as customer relationship management (CRM), market research, accounting, and inventory and supply chain management, says Aron. “Many of these specialized services companies have the money, but not the managerial capacity or bandwidth to automate their processes and extract efficiencies,” he adds. He sees a new trend emerging in the next two to three years of “platform-based BPO” that provide niche services in areas like credit card fulfillment, mortgage loan processing and loan refinancing, and property & casualty insurance.Delivering ValueIncreased capability in the supplier community is also encouraging Indian companies to move toward outsourcing. Having grown via the export market, many large suppliers have developed end-to-end capabilities that are large enough to attract the domestic players looking at huge volume growth. More important, the suppliers now have the capability to deliver value by way of technology platforms or process expertise that goes well beyond just cost.This doesn’t mean that the cost advantage that Indian companies enjoy by outsourcing their business processes is insignificant. Cost, as Sandeep Soni, chief executive officer of Spanco BPO, points out, remains an important driver by sheer virtue of the economies of scale that a vendor brings in. However, it is unlike the export market, where labor arbitrage was the key factor in the industry’s early days and continues even today to play a dominant role.Chaudhuri argues that BPO services companies could still play the wage arbitrage card to a significant extent in India’s domestic markets, but differently. “That is because there are many inefficiently run companies in India, and the BPO companies have not just the expertise but also the scale to perform functions across the board at a much lower price,” he says. “While the wage arbitrage in India’s domestic markets may not be as attractive as it is in the west, certainly the volume of activity can make up for it.”Sabyasachi Satyaprasad, senior director at advisory firm NeoIT, says the absence of a strong labor arbitrage in the domestic market will in fact compel vendors to offer a higher-value proposition, such as solving business problems for their domestic clients. This, he says, could well result in the domestic BPO industry leapfrogging some of the growth stages that vendors had to go through in the global market. Industry players agree. Says Pavan Vaish, chief executive officer of IBM Daksh: “When one is operating in a market where there is no arbitrage benefit, you have to innovate and add value to the customer. When we started out in 2005 we had thought that our international business would give us a lot of insights into our India business. But what we are finding is that it is our India business where a number of amazing innovations are happening.”BPO companies that have concentrated on serving Western markets may not feel the need to reorient themselves as they look to serve domestic Indian companies, says Chaudhuri. While these BPO companies developed their “global delivery model” for Fortune 500 companies, he notes, many of them were “born and bred” in India, including Wipro Spectramind and Genpact’s predecessor company. “The outsourcing model has been designed keeping Indian constraints in mind from the very beginning, which allows for very healthy margins when they deal with foreign clients.”The only significant difference BPO companies will encounter In India’s domestic market is the need to offer simplified services, according to Chaudhuri. “The BPO companies targeting the Indian market are not going to sell $300 million or $1 billion contracts for five years,” he says. “They will have a lot more projects that are in the $1 million, $5 million and $10 million range. They are well-positioned for that because they started small themselves.” He says these BPO companies could also replicate the dedicated units they set up with some clients.This presents its own challenges. While their global education is valuable, vendors must create a proposition that is relevant to their domestic clients’ immediate needs. According to Sanjeev Sinha, senior vice president of operations at Firstsource Solutions: “In many cases the India market has requirements that are rather different from the global markets, so vendors need to adapt and customize the solutions to the local situation. A cut and paste of the global solution will not work.”Vendors also need to think ahead of the curve regarding their very business models. With India, an extremely price-sensitive market, pricing models need to be innovative. Vendors must build capabilities that allow them to adapt to the changing expectations of a fast-growing and competitive marketplace. As Anirudha Prabhakaran, chief operating officer of 3i Infotech, points out: “This is a market which not only negotiates very hard on the efficiency front but also constantly raises new demands.”One potential obstacle Aron sees is a “huge divide” that exists between managerial personnel and the clerical staff at Indian companies in the ability to efficiently use technology in processes. While Indian managers are able to use technology to access data, analyze it and create reports, for instance, clerical workers tend not to use computing capabilities to their fullest extent, he notes. “You don’t see that sharp divide in the U.S.,” says Aron.Variation in Margins There are other challenges, too. India, as it is well-known, is not a homogenous market. It has myriad regional languages, varied cultures and remote corners. For players who are looking at scale and who have national ambitions in the domestic BPO market, this means managing a range of complexities. Also, for the economics to be viable, players will have to move from larger cities and set up operations in Tier 2 and Tier 3 locations. It is true that the domestic market does not require that BPO agents be trained by way of voice, accent and culture; therefore it is less expensive and easier for service providers to move into the smaller cities. But the challenges posed by infrastructure and the availability of senior management must still be dealt with.The biggest challenge, however, could be around profitability. Although the costs by way of infrastructure, wages and training are lower for the domestic market, so is the pricing. Pricing in the India BPO market is estimated to be anywhere between 30% and 60% less than in its global counterpart, though more experienced players insist that their domestic BPO margins are comparable to their global business or only marginally lower. With the outsourcing market in India still not mature, the readiness to pay for world-class services remains a challenge. But as Duggal of Genpact points out: “Even in the global markets the variation in margins is phenomenal.” It all depends on how effectively vendors are able to deliver by way of cost structure, people management and value creation.Chaudhuri says BPO companies focused on India’s domestic market could continue to enjoy cost advantages because many of them are extending operations outside of the big cities to cheaper, second-tier cities. They could also use their Indian base to supply markets in other developing countries, he adds. “It’s like the Tata Nano (the Tata group’s newly launched small car), where the first foreign markets are in Africa, Southeast Asia and European countries that have road density problems, and some parts of Latin America,” he says.Chaudhuri sees other, longer term gains for BPO companies in all this. As service providers to India’s new class of business houses that are expanding globally, they “could follow their clients to foreign markets,” says Chaudhuri. “The Japanese banks followed the Japanese conglomerates, and U.S. telecommunications companies like Verizon did the same thing, following their financial services clients overseas.”    Related Itemslast_img read more

Cignal closes in on PVL men’s crown

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cignal HD Spikers. Photo from Spikers’ Turf Facebook account.Cignal leaned on team captain Ysay Marasigan to beat Megabuilders, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, and move on the cusp of a second straight title Wednesday in the men’s division of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Marasigan, the former Ateneo standout, pumped in a game-high 21 points for the HD Spikers, who will shoot for the finals sweep in Game 2 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Edmar Bonono and Peter Torres were also solid for Cignal with 14 and 11 points, respectively.Bryan Bagunas paced the Volley Bolt with 14 points, 12 off attacks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, Philippine Air Force had four players in double-digits with Jeffrey Malabanan leading the way with 19 points.Rodolfo Labrador and Howard Mojica added 14 points points apiece while Edwin Tolentino chipped in 12 in the battle for third place. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Baldwin warns about Lebanon traffic—and looks like Gilas struggling to escape it Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Mexico makes wholesale changes vs. Honduras

first_imgHonduras v Mexico Mexico makes wholesale changes as it looks to close out the Hexagonal undefeated Goal Last updated 2 years ago 07:24 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Mexico Yuri Cortez Honduras v Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Honduras Mexico Only Miguel Layun and Hector Herrera will keep their place after El Tri’s 3-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has made nine changes as his side closes out the Hexagonal at Honduras on Tuesday. Mexico came back to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 on Friday, while Honduras suffered a heartbreaking 1-1 draw at Costa Rica on Saturday, as Kendall Waston netted a dramatic late equalizer to secure Costa Rica’s spot at next summer’s World Cup. El Tri are looking to finishing the Hexagonal undefeated, and a win would mean Mexico sets the record for most points achieved in the Hex since CONCACAF adapted the format for World Cup qualifying in 1998.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Honduras likely needs to better Panama’s result against Costa Rica to qualify for an intercontinental playoff against Australia – unless the U.S. loses at Trinidad & Tobago. The Catrachos could automatically qualify for Russia 2018 with a win, a Panama loss or draw, and a U.S. loss. Mexico is dealing with a number of absences:  Hirving Lozano and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez didn’t travel to Honduras with the team , Lozano because of an injury and Hernandez because of a personal matter. Center back Hector Moreno is suspended because of yellow card accumulation.Mexico XI:  Ochoa; Gallardo, Alanis, Araujo, Ayala, Layun, Jona dos Santos, Herrera, Jimenez, Vela, Peraltalast_img read more

A Benefit Concert For Our Girls Of Nigeria Hosted By Tyrese Gibson

first_imgMore than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in northern Nigeria last month by Boko Haram, an act that drew international condemnation. With the well being of the girls in mind, Fast and the Furious star and recording artist Tyrese Gibson – along with band mates Ginuwine, Tank, Antonique Smith, Clinton Sparks, Steph Sexton, Kenyon Dixon and more will be lending their vocal talents and support in a one night only concert which is aimed to drive awareness and attention to this tragedy.“Having the honor and using this God given stage I have to shed light on human trafficking, and these young girls that were kidnapped because of various local politics I decided that instead of just holding up a #BringBackOurGirls sign I wanted to DO something,” says entertainment maverick Tyrese Gibson. “So here is my hand, here is my heart. Please join me to make a statement that this is wrong and completely unacceptable. On Friday, May 30th, 2014 it is my hope that we can send a message and shed light on an ongoing issue that’s completely unacceptable.”On Friday, May 30, 2014 Tyrese Gibson and Friends will play host of an extraordinary event which will drive home the message of family, unity and safety. The event which will take place at 1 Oak located at 9039 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 and will feature a live performance by Grammy nominated artist TGT (Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese) but will have along with them many surprise guests.Confirmed guests include Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Rowland, Taraji P. Henson, Brandon T. Jackson, Brandy, Marcus Houston, Christina Milian, Lisa Raye-McCall, Matt Barnes, Nneka Ogwumike, Wesly Johnson, Toccara Jones, Rick Foxx, Judge Mathis, Gloria Galvan, and many more.In addition to performances and a live art installation by Solomon Adufah, there will also be an auction comprised of pieces donated by celebrity guests and supporters. The auction will be conducted both on-site, and online via eBay’s with proceeds to directly benefit UNICEF’s programs that help protect children in Nigeria.Event proceeds will be handled by UNICEF who for more than two decades has dedicated to providing children and their families affected by crisis with essential services. Less than 3 decades ago, only 5% of the world’s children were immunized against 6 of the top killer diseases. Thanks to UNICEF’s leadership, that number has been raised to 80%. Only 10 years ago, measles was killing more children than war, famine, and natural disasters combined. But since 2000, measles deaths have dropped by 74%.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

MuttNation Fueled By Miranda Lambert Pet Collection Now Available

first_imgThe exciting, new MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert collection of pet products from Petmate worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, is now available at pet specialty and online retailers.For more information visit much-anticipated collection features a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair, vintage prints and antique hardware that are all inspirations of Miranda Lambert’s signature style. The full line includes bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, accessories, feeding and watering products.Miranda’s love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life. Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started the MuttNation Foundation along with “Cause for the Paws”, a yearly fundraiser now in its 9th year.“I am really excited to see all our hard work and great product now available, I hope y’all love it as much as we do. I know my dogs do!” says Miranda. “I really hope that we can raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet through our MuttNation product line.”In keeping with that goal, the product line is highlighted by the Rescue Mutts, collection of six plush dogs – each toy pup was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog’s adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda’s heart, as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.For Petmate, the partnership with Miranda Lambert is a perfect fit – it has always been at the root of the company’s culture to support rescue and adoption efforts. “It’s really exciting to get the MuttNation collection to retail to give our pet families yet one more way to help support the animal rescue community and the great work that they do,” says Chris Wilson, the company’s executive vice president for product development. “We’re proud to share Miranda’s passion for pets with the introduction of our MuttNation product line. Our products were designed with the dog’s well-being in mind, which is the heart of why Miranda started the foundation.”last_img read more

BC city wants exemption from proposed real estate speculation tax

first_imgVICTORIA – Communities across British Columbia are speaking out against the province’s proposed speculation tax on real estate, saying the levy could damage their economies.The Regional District of Nanaimo joined West Kelowna on Wednesday in asking the NDP government to rethink the tax, introduced in last month’s budget.West Kelowna council voted unanimously to seek an exemption from the proposed tax covering the entire community of 35,000 people in the Okanagan.The Nanaimo Regional District board, representing much of central Vancouver Island, also voted unanimously to “object to the speculation tax in any form, in any region or municipality in B.C.Board members asked for a meeting with Finance Minister Carole James to discuss the tax and they invited the mayors of Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Lantzville to attend.In a statement Wednesday, board chairman Bill Veenhof said there are deep concerns about the potential impact of the tax on people who own vacation properties in the Nanaimo area.“These people are not speculators,” the statement says. “They are important members of our communities. Families who visit year after year, supporting local businesses, paying their fair share of property taxes, and investing in our tourism-based economy.”West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater said his community includes a large population of part-time residents and he fears there could be a real estate crisis if people decide to sell rather than pay the levy.He said there are already signs developers are hitting pause on local projects.“Suddenly, the development market is freezing up,” Findlater said in an interview. “The banks are not loaning and some developers are being caught in this already. I’m aware of that. Other developers who haven’t built are just putting it all on hold and just waiting for the air to clear.”James said she is reviewing the tax, which would cost some homeowners $5 for every $1,000 of their property’s assessed value this year and increase to $20 for every $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.“I want to stay focused on the reason we’re doing this, which is for affordability,” she said. “When you have in Kelowna a 0.2 per cent vacancy rate, that causes all kinds of problems.”The speculation tax would apply to properties owned by people who do not pay income tax in B.C. in a bid to improve housing affordability and moderate the real estate market. But many B.C. residents with vacation properties are saying government policy offering income tax credits to offset potential tax increases does not go far enough.last_img read more

New Law Makes It Harder for Saudi Men to Marry Moroccan

Fez- Saudi men will no longer have the freedom to marry as many women as they please.A new rule introduced in the Saudi legislation makes it harder for Saudi men to marry a Moroccan woman, as they will need to obtain the written approval of their first wife before their second marriage.The Saudi daily Makkah newspaper quoted the director of the Mecca Police, Major General Assaf Qurashi as saying that, in addition of obtaining the approval of his first wife, an applicant who is already married to a Saudi woman must attach a medical report on the status of his wife, confirming that she is sick, disabled, or cannot give birth. The new regulation imposes tough conditions on marrying women outside of the GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council), and goes as far as banning Saudi men from marrying women from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Chad and Burma. read more

General Assembly President holds talks with officials in Liechtenstein

Mr. Kerim met with Prince Alois, Prime Minister Otmar Hasler and Foreign Minister Rita Kieber-Beck in Vaduz, the capital. It was the first visit to the country by a General Assembly President since it became a UN member in 1990.A spokesperson for Mr. Kerim said the discussions also focused on Liechtenstein’s work with the UN and other priority issues for the current Assembly session, including financing for development.The Assembly President praised Liechtenstein for raising its official development assistance (ODA) to 0.6 per cent of its gross domestic product.Liechtenstein is the second leg of a five-country visit by Mr. Kerim that started earlier this week in Switzerland. He heads to Austria tomorrow for a series of meetings with senior officials in Vienna and later travels to Italy and the United Arab Emirates. 25 June 2008United Nations reform, climate change and the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) topped the agenda during talks today between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and senior officials in the tiny European principality of Liechtenstein. read more

TSX close to correction territory global economic worries persist oil plunges

TSX close to correction territory, global economic worries persist, oil plunges AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 7:39 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed in correction territory Tuesday as worries about deteriorating global economic conditions helped further erode year-to-date gains.The S&P/TSX composite index tumbled 190.68 points to an eight-month low of 14,036.68, with the main index down 10 per cent from its record high set in early September and leaving the TSX up just three per cent year to date. The TSX had been up more than 14 per cent in early September.“I think it’s fear myself,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“There’s enough things to be worried about. Fears over Europe slowing, (the Federal Reserve’s) quantitative easing ends at the end of this month, people are talking about U.S. interest rates that could rise sooner than expected, the strong U.S. dollar and Ebola. There are more than enough things to weigh on investor psychology.”The Canadian dollar got caught up in the volatility, falling 0.7 of a cent to 88.45 cents US — its lowest level since July 2009 — as traders avoided risky assets such as commodity-based currencies and bought into the U.S. greenback.New York indexes started off with solid gains after plunging on Monday but markets faded in the final hour and the Dow Jones industrials slipped 5.88 points to 16,315.19 following the previous day’s 233-point slide. The Nasdaq climbed 13.51 points to 4,227.17 while the S&P 500 index was ahead 2.96 points to 1,877.7.The losses added to significant declines on markets over the last month. The sell-off accelerated last week amid a string of disappointing German data and a global economic downgrade by the International Monetary Fund.New York markets were also at or near record highs at the beginning of the current downturn.The slide on Wall Street had been widely anticipated since there hasn’t been a meaningful correction on U.S. markets for about three years.Meanwhile, a strong run-up in the resource sector had pushed the TSX up as much as 14 per cent year to date last month. But these sectors have also taken the brunt of punishment as global economic worries pushed oil to 22-month lows, taking the energy sector down seven per cent last week alone. Base metals, equally vulnerable to a global slowdown, fell almost eight per cent last week.The energy sector led TSX decliners Tuesday, down almost four per cent as oil prices remained under pressure. The November contract in New York was down $3.90 to US$81.84 a barrel, its lowest level since mid-June 2012 after the International Energy Agency slashed its oil-demand growth forecast for this year by more than a fifth because of the faltering global economy.There was further glum data from Europe’s biggest economy as the German government slashed its growth forecast for this year and next, deepening worries that Germany could slip into recession. The German Economy Ministry has cut this year’s growth figure to 1.2 per cent from 1.8 per cent earlier this year and next year’s to 1.3 per cent from two per cent.Financials and telecoms were also major weights on the Toronto market.The gold sector limited TSX losses, up about 3.7 per cent while December bullion gained $4.30 to US$1,233.70 an ounce.The base metals sector was ahead 0.4 per cent while December copper was up five cents to US$3.09 a pound.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) was one of the few bright spots, rising 83 cents to $213.03 after news emerged that the railway made a pitch for U.S. railway CSX. CSX reportedly rebuffed the offer last week and it is unclear whether CP will make another run at the company. Such an acquisition would help CP get North Dakota crude to American East Coast refineries. read more

Day D for semifinals Serbia France or Denmark

← Previous Story Goluža didn’t invite Balić – Ivano to miss first tourmanent after 11 years! Next Story → Polish Cup: Vive Kielce reaches Final Four Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Thursday is the “D” Day for the teams at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia.THURSDAY:Czech Republic – Sweden 16:10Serbia – France 18:10Norway – Denmark 20:10TABLE:Norway 6Serbia 5Denmark 4France 4Sweden 3Czech Republic 0GROUP OF NOVI SAD:Montenegro – Spain 16:15Germany-Romania 18:15Hungary – Russia 20:15TABLE:Montenegro 6Hungary 6Romania 3Spain 3Russia 3Germany 3 read more

Public Accounts Committee to examine penalty points furore

first_imgTHE GARDA COMMISSIONER Martin Callinan is to appear before the Public Accounts Committee next month over the penalty points cancellation row.The PAC announced this evening that Callinan, pictured here, will give evidence on 23 January as the committee attempts to get the bottom of how and why certain motorists’ penalty points were cancelled.Yesterday, the committee met in private and reportedly examined cases of penalty point cancellations contained in a Garda whistleblower file. Commissioner Callinan had asked for access to this file but had been refused.Now PAC chairperson John McGuinness said that the committee would be using information from the whistleblower file on which to base its probe. The committee released a statement that said PAC is “entitled under law to receive and use this information”. It continued:The information received from the whistleblower will, for legal reasons, be anonymised and thereafter analysed in order that the Committee can fully examine the penalty point system.The Committee wants to ensure that the appropriate controls are in place in relation to the cancellation of penalty points as any weaknesses in the system could potentially result in a significant loss of revenue to the State.PAC said it believed that the whistleblower file could be used legally.In June, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the internal Garda report into allegations that gardai had wiped certain people’s penalty points at their personal discretion was not enough.That inquiry – by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney – had found no evidence of corruption in the cancellation of fixed charge notices but disciplinary proceedings against three gardai were launched.last_img read more

Review HP Photosmart eStation the printer with a tablet for a brain

first_imgAndroid seems to be just about everywhere these days. Devices big and small, fat and thin, with a variety of intended uses. At CES this year there was even a microwave running Android. So, when I discovered that HP was planning to make a printer running the mobile OS, I wasn’t so much shocked as curious. After all, thanks to HP’s Android app,  any of HP’s newer printers can be controlled using an app on your phone.So, what functionality does having Android bring to the printing experience? Well, for starters, HP didn’t just make a printer running Android. They made a printer that serves as a dock for an Android tablet that has complete control of the printer even when it is not docked. Curious? So were we!The Photosmart eStation C510a could well just be used as a printer with a gigantic 7-inch screen on it. With its SD card slot you can easily stick a card in from a camera and take a look at your photos on a nice big screen before sending them to print. Since the Printer is connected to the web, you could even go grab that picture from Facebook or your email without ever needing to touch a computer. Maybe you are interested in printing out recipes from your favorite website, or maybe you wanted to print out any of HP’s pre-loaded crafts for kids? All of the above is possible with this printer.What’s more is that if you don’t feel like doing any of this from your office, or wherever you have the printer, you can just pull that 7-inch screen out and walk away with it as a full-fledged Android tablet.SetupTruly using their resources to the fullest potential, the C510a’s setup is unique and incredibly easy. Thanks to the tablet mounted on the front of the printer, you are greeted with a video walkthrough of setting up the printer as soon as you connect the printer to the tablet. A brief but helpful video tutorial explaining how you go about adding ink, connecting the duplicator, and inserting the paper trays is infinitely better than the step-by-step poster that has traditionally come with HP’s printers.Once you have everything connected, the C510a will run a calibration, attempt to connect to the Internet, and is then ready to walk you through connecting to your computer. Wireless connectivity or a USB connection make this very easy, and the setup disk that comes with the device will detect the printer and you are ready to go. In my opinion, HP should strive to make all of their printers this easy to setup, the overall experience was very simple and I was finished in about 15 minutes.HP and Android? The Zeen TabletWebOS might be HP’s baby now, but the Android 2.2 powered Zeen tablet on the C510a was here first. The Zeen does not connect to the Android Market, so despite being Android 2.2 there is no access to Adobe Flash, making the browser somewhat less functional in comparison to existing tablets. However, the tablet does come with a third party app store and the ability to side-load apps, so the sky is the limit as far as how you decide to use your Android Tablet. The Zeem effectively makes the C510a a printer, and ebook reader, a photo editor, and a web browser all in one chunky 7-inch tablet. The Zeen is a heavy tablet compared to standalone devices, but still something you can carry around the house to read on or surf the web with.The real power on this device comes from working with the printer. HP’s software pre-loaded on the tablet allows you to control the printer, scanner, copier, and fax from the tablet, and allows you to control each of these funtions from anywhere, even outside the home with HP’s online services. You could take the Zeem with you, receive a  document via email and either print it out remotely or fax it to its intended recipient from your Tablet. Now, in the home, unless you are running back and forth to put paper in or move paper around, the copy function is somewhat less enjoyable remotely, but still allows you to scan an image or a document, crop and edit the photo, and either print it, post it to Facebook, or anything else you can think of.The Zeen gets roughly 6 hours of constant use if you’re reading or playing a game. Placing it on the dock immediately begins to change the device, a process which takes just about 2 hours to complete, but allowing you to continue to control your printer the whole time. HP’s onboard software is a lot more versatile than the app that HP released for Android and iOS, but there are plenty of ways in which the tablet can be useful besides the printer cooperation. Would I purchase a Zeen to use without a printer? No. As far as comparable devices go, the Zeen is a little sluggish for daily use aside from reading a book or surfing the web, but attached to the printer it becomes a pretty powerful device.Printer quality Oh right, this is also a printer. The C510a was released with a line of printers, including the HP Touchsmart Web which offers many of the same features. The C510a uses individual color ink cartridges like all of HP’s photo printers, but also includes a secondary larger black ink well for printing normal text. There were not functional differences in printer quality between the C510a and the TouchSmart web when color and quality print tests were done, so not only is this a good office device, but a great photo printer as well. The C510a includes a separate adjustable paper tray for a variety of photo sizes, and if you use HP’s photosmart paper the printer heads will automatically adjust based on the size of the paper that is read form the data strip on the back.The C510a also includes ePrint, a service which allows you to send an email with a document or photo straigh to the printer and have it print immediately, making the C510a great for offices full of road warriors or someone who wants to have a reminder waiting for them on the printer when they get home. ePrint combined with the ability to share the printer with any computer on your network makes this printer incredibly diverse for both a home or small business.ConclusionHp has delivered a unique combination of home devices and packed it with enough functionality that anybody could find a use for it, but also made it simple enough to use that anyone can find a use for it. Available from HP direct for $329, this printer would be the closest thing to future-proof you can get in a printer, and everything from the paper trays down to the tablet all feel very sturdy.One question did remain throughout this review, however. If HP decides to make a sequel, will it run WebOS?photosmart_tabletphotosmart_tabletIMAG0075IMAG0073hp_photosmart_01last_img read more

Nonleague sensation who flirted with Liverpool out to kickstart his career in

first_img Carr, in action for Huddersfield, against Hull’s Irish midfielder Stephen Quinn in 2013. Follow us: Friday 23 Feb 2018, 8:00 AM Short URL By Ben Blake 4 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Carr, in action for Huddersfield, against Hull’s Irish midfielder Stephen Quinn in 2013. Image: PA Archive/PA Images A QUICK GLANCE at Daniel Carr’s Wikipedia page, and you might be forgiven for deducing that he is someone who likes to move around a lot and doesn’t tend to settle very well.At the age of 24, Shamrock Rovers have just become the striker’s 12th senior club in six years — although, as the Londoner points out, only half of those were on permanent deals.“I’ve had a lot of clubs but if you look at it, most of them have been loans,” he told The42 yesterday. “It looks like I’ve had many but it’s actually not that much.”For a player who was sought after by some of England’s top sides as a teenager, Carr appears to have lost his way somewhat in recent times.So how did he wind up in the League of Ireland?Raised in Croydon as part of a close-knit family, Daniel was involved in athletics, swimming and gymnastics as a boy but none of them came close to his passion for football.He remembers getting to the age when it’s time to start following one club, and being told to rethink the decision by his mother.“When I was younger, I liked Man United but she said she’d make me leave the house if I didn’t support Arsenal,” he recalls. “She was joking but I didn’t know that at the time.”His older brother Gary would go on to pursue a career in acting and starred as jazz singer Jack Ross in Downton Abbey before being cast in the role of CC, a ruthless pimp in HBO’s hit series The Deuce. Carr’s brother Gary as CC in The Deuce. Source: YouTubeCarr, back then a tricky winger, joined the centre of excellence at Wycombe Wanderers at the age of 14. But that lasted six months and it was at Reading where he worked under the late Eamonn Dolan.Dolan was head of the academy, God rest his soul,” he says of the Royals legend and brother of ex-St Patrick’s Athletic boss Pat. “I learned a lot from Eamonn, [coach] David Dodds too.”After two years, however, Carr found himself in the seventh tier of English football with non-league side Dulwich Hamlet, while making ends meet by working on a building site with his uncle.The manager, Gavin Rose, moved him from out wide into a more central forward role, and something clicked.“I had a great season there,” Carr, who was involved with Trinidad & Tobago at underage level, explains. “I had played on the wing but at that club transformed me into a striker. That’s when I started scoring loads of goals and Dulwich won the league for the first time in years, so it was good to be a part of that.”Despite that fact the he was plying his trade outside the Football League, 25 goals in the 18-year-old’s debut season prompted clubs all over Britain to stand up and take notice. Playing with Fleetwood Town. Source: Dave HowarthThe likes of Chelsea and Liverpool were reported to be interested, and Carr went on trial with Chartlon Athletic but both parties couldn’t agree a fee. He was then offered the chance to impress at the Reds, who were at that time managed by Brendan Rodgers — the man in charge of Reading’s first team during his spell there.Thrown into a reserve game, he lined out alongside the likes of £50 million man Raheem Sterling, AC Milan schemer Suso and Jonjo Shelvey, now of Newcastle United. Although Liverpool didn’t see enough to pursue a deal further, Championship outfit Huddersfield Town put a two-year deal on the table and it felt like a no-brainer.Life with the Terriers began with a hint of promise as he was named on the bench several times and made cameos in the league against Wigan and Birmingham City, before Fleetwood Town took him on loan.But things were to turn sour after a falling out with Huddersfield manager Mark Robins.“In my first season, I played twice in the league, once in the cup and I was on the bench quite a few times,” he says.“In my second season, there were a few things said by the manager that I didn’t appreciate. They were personal things that I won’t mention now. That’s the reason I didn’t continue there and they sent me out on loan again. I knew from then on it would be uphill so I had to find a new club.”By 2015, Carr was signed by Cambridge United but the manager got the sack and, again, loan moves followed — this time to Aldershot Town and Woking. He then returned to the club he has enjoyed most success with a year later, agreeing to a second stint at Dulwich Hamlet.But they farmed him out to Leatherhead, who were managed by one of English football’s most unmistakable characters in former Wigan Athletic, Hull City and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard.“He was the best, I really enjoyed my time there,” Carr says of the Soccer AM presenter. “With Jimmy, people think he’s a joker and that but he is really serious. He knows his football.” Jimmy Bullard. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesLast year, the opportunity arose to go to Sweden to play in their second tier with Karlstad BK, and he accepted.“I loved it there,” he says of the Swedish experience. “It’s a different culture and I met some lovely people. The football wasn’t as high a standard but I learned from the manager.”Rovers boss Stephen Bradley had recently been in the market for a centre forward when a former team-mate got in touch to flag Carr’s availability, and he travelled with the squad on their pre-season trip to Portugal. Bradley has said since that he saw enough on his first day training to convince him to take a punt, and the player is keen to repay that faith shown while attempting to get his own career back on track.The key for me is progression,” he states. “Regardless of how long I’m here for, the main thing is that I get better and I do well for Rovers. This is a big club in Ireland so it was a good opportunity to sign and move my career on.”Carr’s first experience of the League of Ireland was as a second-half substitute in last Friday’s Dublin derby defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount, and he will be hoping to play some part at home to Dundalk this evening.“I’m a bit of an all-rounder,” he replies, when asked what he can bring to the team. “The main thing as a striker is that I need to get goals. If I’m not scoring then I’m not really doing my job.“The minimum is to work hard and every one of us will be doing that.” Carr with Rovers boss Stephen Bradley. Source: Shamrock RoversBradley added: “I think he showed a little glimpse last week when he came on against Bohs. He’s very hard to play against as his feet are really good. He’s different to a lot of players in this country in terms of his feet. He’s really tricky around the box.“It’s about feeding him at the right time. There’s no doubting what he has and what he will bring to us.”Hoops captain Ronan Finn faces a late fitness test for the game after picking up a knock a week ago, while Trevor Clarke is suspended once again. They are also hoping international clearance goes through for latest arrival Sean Kavanagh.“He’s a player of real high quality and I think we’ll see that,” Bradley says of the former Fulham full-back. “You only have to watch him in training and you see the quality that he has.He’s a very clever footballer, very cultured. He’s a good professional, goes about things in the right way and you can see he’s played at a good level. We’ll be hoping to see that this year.”Goalkeeper Kevin Horgan was named in the starting line-up against Bohs ahead of last season’s number one Tomer Chencinski, but his mistake for the home side’s third goal has been roundly-criticised.“They’re both competing,” Bradley says on his two stoppers. “I’ve said that no one is guaranteed a jersey here, I don’t care if they’re 33 or 23. I’ve said from day one that if someone is training harder or better than the other person then he will play and that was the case last week.“I thought Kevin did very well. The third goal, he should have stayed on his line and caught it. The other two, Pico [Roberto Lopes] loses his man from a corner and the other one is a flick on to Paddy Kavanagh and our defence is all over the place.“Kevin can’t affect either of them. If we don’t have that ten-minute meltdown, we walk away with a win and we’re not talking about Kevin. But we shot ourselves in the foot.”For Dundalk, who come into the game on the back of a frustrating 0-0 draw with Bray Wanderers on the opening night, experienced defender Brian Gartland has returned to the squad along with Lithuanian midfielder Karolis Chvedukas, and new signing Marco Tagbajumi is also available.Captain Stephen O’Donnell (calf), Sean Hoare (hamstring) and John Mountney (knee) are all out, however.This weekend’s fixtures:Premier Division First Division The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!center_img Non-league sensation who flirted with Liverpool out to kickstart his career in Ireland Having learned from Jimmy Bullard and the late Eamonn Dolan along the way, striker Daniel Carr is hoping to make an impression at Shamrock Rovers. Share16 Tweet Email Cork striker receives one-match ban after controversial red cardEx-Celtic youngster makes loan move to Sligo Rovers Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 23rd 2018, 7:01 AM 19,384 Views last_img read more

Juillet 2013 le 3ème mois le plus chaud depuis plus dun siècle

first_imgJuillet 2013, le 3ème mois le plus chaud depuis plus d’un siècleJeudi, Météo-France a indiqué que le mois de juillet qui venait de s’écouler était, en France, le 3e plus chaud depuis plus d’un siècle.Si la météo a tardé à se mettre à l’heure d’été, depuis elle s’est bien rattrapé. C’est ce qu’a confirmé jeudi Météo-France en révélant que le mois de juillet 2013 a été l’un des plus chauds depuis plus d’un siècle en France. Il se classe même troisième derrière ceux de 2006 et de 1983. Comme l’a souligné Patrick Galois, prévisionniste à Météo-France, “l’excédent par rapport à la moyenne a été de 2°C, ce qui est important”. À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?Outre la chaleur, le soleil “a été généreux un peu partout”, avec des excédents d’ensoleillement importants en Bretagne et à Paris par exemple. “A Brest, il y a eu 275 heures de soleil, ce qui fait une moyenne de 9 heures par jour, soit 60% de plus que la moyenne”, indique Patrick Galois cité par l’AFP. De même, “à Paris, il y a eu un excédent de 45% avec 306 heures de soleil, soit 10 heures par jour, c’est autant qu’à Perpignan”, relève le prévisionniste. Malgré la concurrence, ce sont toujours les villes de Marseille et Ajaccio qui restent les plus ensoleillées de France. Pour ce qui est des précipitations, la situation est “contrastée”. En effet, certaines villes sont largement excédentaires, en particulier dans le Sud-Est qui a connu de fortes pluies, tandis que d’autres sont déficitaires, principalement dans le Sud-Ouest et le Nord-Est. A titre d’exemple, Auch présente un déficit de 80%, Strasbourg de 70% et Mont-de-Marsan, qui n’a reçu en juillet que 6 à 7 mm d’eau, présente un déficit de 90%. Les villes excédentaires sont celles où, en général, il pleut très peu en été, comme Marseille. “A Marseille, la normale est très faible, environ 9 mm : là on a eu 45 mm sous l’effet d’un orage, ce qui fait 5 fois la normale”, ajoute Patrick Galois.Le 2 août 2013 à 20:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Flu season death toll increases to 7 in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County health officials today reported the death of a San Diego County man due to flu complications, bringing this flu season’s death toll in the region to seven. The 73-year-old man died due to influenza A complications on Dec. 16, according to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.The man’s vaccination status and medical history are still being investigated. The other six county residents who have died this season had additional medical conditions and either weren’t vaccinated or their vaccination status was unknown.“Influenza can be deadly, especially for the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.  “Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent getting sick.”At this time last year, 11 county residents had died due to flu complications. Last flu season was the county’s worst in nearly 20 years of collecting data, with 342 residents succumbing to flu complications. Residents over the age of 65 with underlying medical conditions accounted for much of that death toll, according to the county.According to the county’s weekly flu report for Dec. 16-22, lab-confirmed flu cases rose for the fourth consecutive week, from 290 to 410. That jump is a far cry, however, from the same week last flu season when reported cases spiked to 2,332. To date, 1,339 flu cases have been reported and lab-confirmed this flu season.“While we’re seeing fewer flu cases this season, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated since the flu season could last through April and even May,” Wooten said.In addition to residents 6 months and older, county health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for people with a heightened risk of serious flu complications, like pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes.County residents can get vaccinated at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 2-1-1 or visit the county’s immunization program website,, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. Flu season death toll increases to 7 in San Diego Posted: December 26, 2018 December 26, 2018last_img read more

Crime spree suspect in Clark County Jail

first_imgThe Salmon Creek man who allegedly robbed two local banks and led police on a 90-minute chase in June is back in Clark County.Brent Woodall, 29, a former bodybuilder and fitness trainer was booked in the Clark County Jail on Tuesday, according to the online jail roster.Police officers captured him in north Portland after pinning him between a patrol car and a minivan.Woodall pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery in Multnomah County Circuit Court on July 3.In Clark County, Woodall is accused of robbing Riverview Community Bank in Hazel Dell and the Bank of America on Auto Mall Drive on the afternoon of June 20 — his 29th birthday. He also is accused of several attempted carjackings and a successful one, and a hit-and-run crash while fleeing from police.He is expected to make his first appearance in Clark County Superior Court later this week.last_img read more

Flooding In Seward Prompts Emergency Declaration School Delays

first_imgResidents of Seward and the surrounding area are being asked to avoid flooded areas and use caution around heavy equipment and machinery. Impacted areas from heavy rain, winds, and flooding are: The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced a two hour delay start, on October 17, for Moose Pass School, Seward Elementary, Seward High School, and Seward Middle School. Nelson: “A huge amount of rain fell in a 18-24 hour period which caused the rivers and streams to simply spike. Right now we have a huge amount of water, gravel, and debris that has nowhere to go except on the roads.” The National Weather Service in Anchorage issued a Flood Advisory for the Seward area until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has declared a state of emergency for the Kenai Peninsula Borough due to flooding events affecting the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In a release from the borough, this declaration follows the City of Seward’s declaration of emergency also released yesterday.center_img Photo courtesy of Brenda Ahlberg with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Lowell Creek Bridge & Waterfall – Closed to pedestrian traffic; limit vehicle traffic as crews from the Public Works Department work with local contractors to clear debris and remove gravel using heavy equipment and machinery.Dieckgraeff Road – Gravel portion of road closed to vehicle traffic; water over the road; borough crews are working with local contractors using heavy equipment and machinery.Mile 3.5 Seward Highway & Bikepath – Highway is open; use caution and limit speed; water over road.Mile 5 Seward Highway at Bear Creek Fire Station – Highway is open; use extreme caution and limit speed; deep water over road.Seward Airport – North runway is closed; deep standing water over most of the runway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Seward issued an emergency declaration on Tuesday following heavy rain that caused significant flooding. As of Tuesday, Seward has seen nearly four and a half inches of rain in just over 36 hours, following heavy rain that saturated the area last week, according to Dan Nelson with the KPB Office of Emergency Management.last_img read more