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10 months agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: My Alisson wind-up after Man Utd win

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: My Alisson wind-up after Man Utd winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he enjoyed a dig at Alisson after victory over Manchester United.Such is the strength of spirit in the dressing room, Van Dijk felt comfortable jokingly admonishing the Brazil international afterwards.”I said to him “We have no clean sheet because of you!” No, I made a joke out of it. He’s been fantastic for us,” he said.”It happens, everyone makes mistakes. Maybe I didn’t react as well as maybe I could have. It happens sometimes.”It’s how we react and he did brilliantly in the second half. He didn’t get nervous. We had to all bounce back and we did. I said to him, ‘Just keep going, keep your head up and we’ll be fine.'” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Minister Henry Tours JIS Television Dept. New Building

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Lester Michael Henry, who has responsibility for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), toured the building designated for the agency’s Television Department at 5-9 South Odean Avenue, Kingston 10 recently. The project to transition the television department from analogue to fully digital will shortly advance to the relocation phase as the refurbishing aspect is nearing completion. The next stage, which will be tackled in the coming quarter, includes labelling, packaging, procuring and moving the agency’s archives, library material and equipment. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Lester Michael Henry, who has responsibility for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), toured the building designated for the agency’s Television Department at 5-9 South Odean Avenue, Kingston 10 recently.He was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe; Project Leader; and Director of Corporate Services, Errol Gardner; and the management team to assess the progress of the refurbishing work.Mr. Henry, who was meeting with the team for the first time, said he was pleased with the infrastructure and the new technology that the JIS, the Government’s premier public relations agency, has sourced and will be using at the location to enhance the dissemination of government communication.“I think this new facility will have a significant impact on the communication flow, as you are putting in new equipment, moving into the digital age, while creating and getting information to the public at the base,” the Minister said.“I’m very impressed with the new facility…and with the layout, I think the JIS is preparing itself for the tasks ahead. There seems to be an ease in the flow of people and connectivity of the different units of JIS TV, and, therefore, it augurs well for enhancing the communication process,” he added.The Minister gave the team a history of Jamaica’s development and progress in communication in which he participated, particularly as Minister of State for Culture (1983-1989).Mr. Henry stressed the importance of identifying, protecting and managing intellectual property to capitalise on its financial benefits.The project to transition the television department from analogue to digital will shortly advance to the relocation phase as the refurbishing aspect is nearing completion. The next stage, which will be tackled in the coming quarter, includes labelling, packaging, procuring and moving the agency’s archives, library material and equipment.“The new location will definitely boost staff morale as it is more spacious and will be technologically driven.  We will be operating with a seamless work flow that is integrated,” Mrs. Rowe said, while she briefed the Minister. Story Highlights “I think this new facility will have a significant impact on the communication flow, as you are putting in new equipment, moving into the digital age, while creating and getting information to the public at the base,” the Minister said. last_img read more

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Flood management in Murshidabad hit by Centres laxity Suvendu Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation and Waterways minister Suvendu Adhikari in the Assembly on Tuesday said that the Centre’s dilly-dallying approach in disbursement of its share of fund for Kandi master plan has been affecting flood management in Murshidabad.During the question-answer session in the House, the minister lashed out at the Centre for its lackadaisical attitude in the disbursement of funds in the project. Adhikari pointed out when the project was sanctioned the sharing pattern was agreed at 75:25 by Centre and state government. Few years later, the Centre decreased its share to 50 percent for some unknown reasons. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe minister further maintained that Kandi master plan initiated for the flood management programme in Murshidabad involves Rs 438.94 crore and the works have been started. The state government has already spent Rs 209.58 crore and Rs 166.56 core in phases for the implementation of the plan, the minister stated. The Centre has given a meagre Rs 57.45 crore in various phases out of the total cost of the project. It may be mentioned here that the state government has taken up flood management programmes in different districts to check flood incidents during heavy rain. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySteps have been taken to check soil erosion in the districts as well. The Keleghai-Kapaleswari-Baghai project for flood control in West and East Midnapore has been implemented by the Irrigation and Waterways department. As per the sanctioned plan, the share of funds for the entire project of Rs 650.58 crore stands at a 50:50 ratio to be shared by the Centre and state. The state has already spent more than Rs 340.69 crore for the project, while the Centre has allocated Rs 162.62 crore. The state government on earlier occasions raised its protest against the Centre’s apathy in fund allocation which is delaying the completion of the project.last_img read more

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HBO cuts ties with Russell Simmons amid second allegation

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – HBO distanced itself from Russell Simmons and scrubbed his name from a stand-up comedy series he helped produce on the eve of its debut following a second sexual misconduct allegation.HBO said Thursday it will go ahead with Friday’s airing of “All Def Comedy” but will edit out any link to Simmons in the wake of allegations by screenwriter Jenny Lumet who claims that he had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop.“Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward,” read a statement by HBO, which had previously been home to the Simmons’ pioneering “Def Comedy Jam.” ”We have no other projects with Russell Simmons.”HBO has previously proved willing to sever ties with starry names amid allegations of sexual misconduct. After Louis C.K. was accused of harassment, HBO removed the comedian from its “Night of Too Many Stars” special and took down his previous standup specials and series from its on-demand services.The latest allegations facing Simmons comes from Lumet, who co-wrote “The Mummy” in 2017 and “Rachel Getting Married” in 2008, wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday in which she recalled Simmons sexually violating her in 1991, when she was 24.“I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating. I wanted you to feel that I was not going to be difficult. I wanted to stay as contained as I could,” wrote Lumet, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet.Simmons said in a statement released after the essay’s publication that Lumet’s memory of the night is “very different” from his, but it’s clear to him “that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real.” He apologized for being “thoughtless and insensitive” in some of his relationships. He said he would resign from his businesses because, “I don’t want to be a distraction.”Lumet wrote that she never told anyone about that night until last month after allegations lodged against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein unleashed a torrent of stories about sexual misbehaviour in multiple fields.Lumet said she went public after model Keri Claussen Khalighi said Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in his New York apartment in 1991.Simmons, 60, denied those allegations, saying everything that occurred between himself and Khalighi was completely consensual and with her “full participation.” He suggested that Khalighi’s accusation came from feeling shame.“I’m deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri’s assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend,” Simmons said in the statement. He later wrote that he “never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life” or would “never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone.”Hollywood figures including Debra Messing and Ron Perlman praised Lumet for coming forward. Messing on Twitter thanks Lumet for “bravely sharing your harrowing experience” and Perlman said: “Every man or woman having trouble understanding the ripples of this abhorrent behaviour should read Ms. Lumet’s words.”Def Jam Recordings was founded in 1984 by Simmons and Rick Rubin, making stars of such hip-hop artists as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Its roster currently includes Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean, Alessia Cara, Jeremih, Jeezy, Iggy Azalea, Big Sean, Nas and 2 Chainz.Simmons’ empire includes the Argyleculture clothing line, Rush Communications, yoga studio Tantris, the energy drink Celsius and the film and television production company Def Pictures, along with several other philanthropic efforts like the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Diamond Empowerment Fund.He was married to TV personality and designer Kimora Lee Simmons from 1998-2009 and they had two daughters. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.Simmons is the latest figure in the entertainment world to have his career derailed by accusations of misconduct. The accused include Pixar and Disney Animation chief John Lasseter, actors Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor, writer-director James Toback and TV anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.last_img read more

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Laos invites UN Member States to meeting on convention on cluster munitions

Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone told the high-level debate of the General Assembly that the first meeting of State Parties to the Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions, which entered into force on 1 August, will be held in the country’s capital, Vientiane, from 9 to 12 November.“The Oslo Convention… is a result of close cooperation and shared commitment in the international community to put an end to the serious impact and to free people from the danger of cluster bombs,” Mr. Sayasone said.“As the country most affected by the unexploded ordnance (UXO), especially the cluster munitions, it is a great pride for the Lao PDR to play an active part in the Oslo process,” he said.He said the meeting will be an opportunity to chart a clear vision and adopt appropriate mechanism to ensure effective implementation of the convention, which calls for the prohibition on the use and the eradication of cluster munitions.First used in the Second World War, cluster munitions contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of several football fields, but often fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields. The failure rate makes these weapons particularly dangerous for civilians, who continue to be maimed or killed for years after conflicts end. Some 98 per cent of victims are civilians and cluster bombs have claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, 40 per cent of whom are children. The effects are especially acute in Laos, where an estimated 37 per cent the country’s territory remains contaminated three decades after end of war in the South-East Asian nation, and an average of 300 Laotians are killed each year as a result of cluster munitions – half the annual global total. 24 September 2010Laos, one of the countries most affected by cluster munitions, today invited Member States to a meeting later this year on the implementation of the United Nations-backed pact banning the deadly weapons, saying the gathering will be an opportunity to reaffirm opposition to their use. read more

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Development needs of today must not trump prospects for tomorrow – Ban

The world has little time to lose to come up with bold but pragmatic solutions to balance the need to provide an equitable, prosperous life for all with the imperative to save the planet from climate change and runaway over-exploitation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.“Leaders need to make tough choices. We need to provide for the needs of today, while investing in the people, the planet, and the promise of tomorrow,” he told Member States in a briefing on progress made by the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability that he set up a year ago to provide a roadmap for next year’s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil.“The world today faces challenges that make this work even more urgent than it was a year ago. Across the globe, economies are teetering. People are expressing widespread disillusion. We see distrust in institutions, be they public or private, a sense that the playing field is tilted in favour of entrenched interests and elites. At the same time, the global thermostat continues to rise. Extreme weather is now becoming the new normal.“Scientific tipping points could alter life as we know it, affecting our climate, the oceans and the existence of other species,” he told the briefing, which also heard reports from the panel’s co-chairs, President Tarja Halonen of Finland in person and South African President Jacob Zuma by video link.The panel is scheduled to wrap up its work in December and provide its final report in January and Mr. Ban urged it to be “courageous” in providing a blueprint to ensure a viable and equitable future for all, one that will not only speed up progress toward the achieving the poverty-fighting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, but also develop a new generation of sustainable development targets for the years beyond.The MDGs, set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, seek to slash hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases, and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015, but many countries have fallen behind schedule in many or all of the targets.“We have little time to lose,” Mr. Ban said of the overall need to find ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring that development is environmentally friendly. “I asked the panel to look at these issues with a bold but pragmatic eye.”General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser also warned of the need for urgent action.“Dramatic changes are occurring across the globe,” he said. “Food and energy price hikes threaten millions of people with still deeper poverty. Extreme weather and other impacts of climate change continue to jeopardize development gains.“Taken in combination, these factors affect our well-being and feed anxiety about the future – our own, and that of our children.” Mr. Al-Nasser stressed the need for policy-makers to “connect the dots between issues” so that they develop policies that are “coherent, effective and beneficial.”He added it was vital to ensure that the outcome of Rio+20 “is innovative and at the same time practical in its approach to tackling issues of sustainable development and poverty eradication.”Two other panel members – former Mozambican prime minister Luisa Diogo and current Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd – also briefed the meeting. 20 October 2011The world has little time to lose to come up with bold but pragmatic solutions to balance the need to provide an equitable, prosperous life for all with the imperative to save the planet from climate change and runaway over-exploitation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today. read more

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Grain handlers spending big as Canadian crops set to feed more of

By Ian BickisCALGARY — The gatekeepers of Canada’s rich agriculture exports are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade export terminals as they prepare the country to become an ever-growing bread basket to the world.Canadian grain shipments have been steadily rising and hit a record high in the last crop year. And companies in the country are making long-term bets on the growth of crop exports.Statistics for the 2016-17 crop year show Canada continues to improve on the massive logistical hurdle of moving prairie grains to global markets.“It was the best year we’ve ever had in terms of total movement and total amount of grain that was exported,” said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., which monitors grain shipping for the federal government.Rail networkThe numbers show the country’s rail network moved 50.7 million tonnes of grain from Western Canada for a five per cent bump from the year before, with about 39.7 million tonnes of that getting shipped to the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Thunder Bay.To put it into perspective, the amount of grain hauled on trains last season would be the equivalent weight of carrying 430 CN Towers, which lined up end to end would stretch from about Montreal to Quebec City.Farming techniques and climate change are set to make Canada even more productive, says Karl Gerrand, chief executive of grain handler G3 Canada.“Farmers are getting better at growing grain. They’re using drone technology, they’re using GPS technology, genetics continues to improve, we’re growing more grain out of less land.”Shipping terminalThe company, which bought a majority stake in the Canadian Wheat Board’s assets after it lost its monopoly in 2012, is in the midst of spending more than half a billion dollars on a modern grain shipping terminal in Vancouver, the first built from scratch at the port since the late 1960s.Gerrand said climate change will also increase international demand for Canadian agriculture, which has already seen a big jump in shipments to Asia.“From a Canadian perspective, we’re positioned fairly well to manage what appears to be coming at us like a freight train,” said Gerrand.“What you’re going to find over time, and research would indicate, is that geographical areas like Canada, the northern climes, will become more efficient at growing grains, at the expense, unfortunately, of the more southern climes.”G3’s terminal will be a dominant player, with capacity to ship about eight million tonnes a year, but all the major grain handlers have been making investments.Winnipeg-based grain handlers Parrish and Heimbecker Ltd. and Paterson GlobalFoods have a West Coast terminal in the works that will be able to ship about four million tonnes of grains a year.The export terminal, to be built on the Fraser River in Surrey, B.C.’s port lands, is going through a regulatory review with a potential construction start date next year.And further north, Ray-Mont Logistics International opened its new grain terminal in Prince Rupert at the end of August, which can ship about a million tonnes a year.InvestmentsThe recent investments come on top of work wrapped up last year, including Viterra Inc.’s tripling the capacity of its Vancouver terminal to six million tonnes a year, and Richardson International doubling the capacity of its terminal, also to about six million tonnes.The transportation system has in recent years strained under the increased load — including a disastrous 2013 shipping year — leading to major investments to create smoother operations and better co-ordination.Gerrand said G3’s Vancouver terminal is designed to improve the efficiency of the system, allowing two 134-car trains to unload simultaneously while still hooked up to the locomotive and in motion, which he said will reduce cycle times from farmers fields to the port by more than 40 per cent.“Everyone in the industry is concerned about congestion at all of our ports, including Vancouver. We’re bringing the solution,” he said.Hemmes of shipping monitor Quorum Corp. said the capacity and efficiency investments are needed, since farmers have been improving grain production by about 2.5 to three per cent a year for the past five years, with more growth on the way.He said the latest efforts, however, are part of a long-term push to improve grain transportation, with travel times cut in half since he started monitoring the system in the early 2000s.“It used to be 70, sometimes as much as 80 days to get from the farm to the time it got on a vessel at the port. That’s down into the low 40s now. So the system has become far more efficient.” read more

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More layoffs at SNC Lavalin

Another 100 employees are out of work in Calgary.SNC Lavalin handed out the pink slips Tuesday at their local headquarters.In a brief email to 660 NEWS, SNC’s manager of media relations confirmed this round is in addition to the 4,000 cuts announced back in November.That was nine per cent of their workforce.The layoffs this week come from the transmission and distribution business unit. by Mike Tarasko Posted Aug 19, 2015 7:26 am MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 9:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email More layoffs at SNC Lavalin

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UNESCO condemns destruction at Iraqs Nimrud site

“I condemn this mad, destructive act that accentuates the horror of the situation. It confirms that the terrorists are not only destroying representations of figures and bas-reliefs,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, in a in a statement to the press. “With their hammers and explosives they are also obliterating the site itself, clearly determined to wipe out all traces of the history of Iraq’s people,” she added, expressing her solidarity with the people of Iraq. The Director-General recalled UNESCO’s action to protect heritage and coordinate the efforts of the international community in the struggle against illicit traffic of cultural goods. “We will do everything possible to fight against this and document it, to ensure that those responsible are identified and brought to justice,” Ms. Bokova said. “The deliberate destruction of heritage is a war crime.” UNESCO denounced the attack against Nimrud on 6 March. Last weekend’s video shows the total destruction of the north-west part of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, along with stone sculptures from the neo-Assyrian era. Situated 32 kilometres south of Mosul, the Palace was built dated back to 879 B.C., when Nimrud, then known as Kalhu, served as the capital of the Assyrian Empire. “The propaganda and hatred that underlies these acts, and which is circulating via the internet, demands in response messages of peace and knowledge of history. UNESCO supports all those – in Iraq and elsewhere – who are mobilizing to explain the importance of this heritage and why nothing justifies its destruction,” Ms. Bokova said. “This message needs to be heard, and I invite political and religious leaders along with civil society to support the #Unite4Heritage campaign launched recently by UNESCO, and to speak out against these crimes via all possible channels,” she added. UNESCO is currently working closely with the Government of Iraq, neighbouring states and the full range of its other partners, to safeguard this millennial heritage. read more

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In national interest for all Palestinians that elections be held in both

“It is in the national interest of the Palestinian people that when such elections take place, they be organized both in the West Bank and Gaza,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in a statement issued by his office (UNSCO) today. Earlier in August, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process had said that he was encouraged by the preparations for the polls across the occupied West Bank and Gaza – the first such concurrent elections in a decade. The elections were scheduled to take place on 8 October. “Local elections, conducted in line with established international standards, must contribute to advancing Palestinian reconciliation based on PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] principles as well as to ending the occupation and establishing a democratic, unified Palestinian state as part of a negotiated two-state solution,” noted Mr. Mladenov in the statement. He also called on all Palestinians to work together in good faith to overcome internal divisions and uphold democracy. read more

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Mauritanian minister highlights countrys successful efforts to combat terrorism

After heavy fighting in 2010 and 2011, and despite a complex regional situation, Mauritania has faced the threat of terrorism successfully. “We have strengthened our defensive capacities while respecting human rights and putting in place a policy of sustainable development,” he explained. In addition, Mauritania has succeeded in building a constructive dialogue with the opposition and civil society, improving governance and reforming institutions, particularly with regard to women’s rights. Mauritania, he continued, has reformed its legal frameworks on the basis of international agreements, in particular, to better combat terrorism. To this end, he noted the conclusion of agreements with some groups in order to allow their members to reintegrate into society in a productive way. Mauritania, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has eradicated illegal migration from its territory, the Minister continued. “We also set out a roadmap on the fight against terrorism, including through a social assistance program,” he said, adding that repatriation programmes have also been implemented for migrants, in order to enable them to return to the country under favourable conditions. The Minister also spoke about the problems caused by climate change in the Sahel region. In this regard, he encouraged all parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change to honour their commitments in order to limit the impacts of the phenomenon. read more

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Ricky Hatton Calls It Quits After Vyacheslav Senchenko Loss

Ricky Hatton, a former two-weight world champion, has announced his retirement for a second time after his comeback defeat to 35-year-old Vyacheslav Senchenko Saturday night.The 34-year-old Hatton previously announced his retirement in July of 2011, but had not fought since 2009. Hatton wanted to see if he could still compete in the sport that he loved.“I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it – and I haven’t” he said. “I couldn’t have done any better.”Hatton started the fight aggressively, but as the match progressed fatigue began to set in and he began to let his guard down. A body shot delivered by Senchenko to Hatton’s ribs in the ninth-round ended the fight and he knew his career was done.“A fighter knows and I know it isn’t there anymore,” Hatton said. “I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton.”Hatton admitted after the fight that he was in the best shape he could be in, but even if the hit to body would not have occurred, he would have barely been able to finish the fight.“It’s too many hard fights, I’ve burned the candle at both ends, I’ve put my body through the mire in and out of the ring,” he said.This is Hatton’s second disappointing defeat. He was knocked out in his previous fight by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in 2009 and retired following the loss.After the Saturday night defeat, Hatton said he accomplished his goal by seeing if he could mount a comeback without being eliminated in the early rounds.“I have got the answers I needed,” Hatton said. “I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best.”Matthew Macklin, the former European middleweight champion, feels Hatton made the right decision.“It is the right thing to do,” Macklin told BBC Sport. “He was a shadow of his former self on Saturday night.”Hatton’s career has had a lasting impression on Macklin and boxing community. Macklin said that instead of mourning his loss, that his career should be celebrated.“We should talk about how good he was,” Macklin said. “He is one of the greatest British fighters, certainly one of the most exciting, and he is a former two-time world champion.”Hatton ends his career with a lifetime of record of 45-3. read more

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How to Make a Nexus 7 smart cover for less than 10

first_imgAll around the US yesterday the Google Nexus 7 started hitting doorsteps. As is customary with any gadget, it doesn’t take long for those of us with the exploration bug to know their device from top to bottom within hours. In the past we’ve seen amazing things, from hacked on inductive chargers to 128GB SD cards wired into the device for added storage. The Nexus 7 is a sealed device, so it’s going to take a little while longer for any truly clever hardware mods to exist. That hasn’t stopped an eager few from figuring out what it would take to create a smart cover for their device. In fact, it’s been done for less than $10.A smart cover allows the device to wake when you lift the lid on the case, as seen on the last two iPads. As soon as you open the cover, the screen turns on as though you hit the power button, waiting for your instructions. If you’ve removed the lockscreen from the Nexus 7, you could be taken right to whatever it is you were doing last on the tablet. Since the Nexus 7 is brand new, and there’s yet to be an incredibly successful Android tablet, there are no real accessories to speak of — official or third party. If you want a case, for the time being you’ll have to look at cases that have technically been made for other devices.There’s a generic enough case for the Kindle Fire called the YooMee. The only thing special about this tablet case is that it’s available on Amazon Prime for $6. If you’re the impatient sort, you could have it shipped overnight and still be right around $10 for the case. The tablet case fits the Nexus 7, leaving all ports and buttons exposed except for the speaker in the back. As an added bonus the case has a hand strap, allowing the tablet to just hang on your hand while you read. The case has one more feature, accidental though it may be. The hand strap is in the perfect place for you to insert a magnet.All it takes to make this happen is to glue a magnet of your choosing into the hand strap, and when you close the case the screen on the Nexus 7 will turn off. Choosing your magnet is important in this step, if you choose a magnet that is too weak the tablet won’t respond. Additionally, if the magnet is too strong, the screen will turn itself back off when you fold the cover on itself. I found that most fridge magnets do the trick pretty well. Glue your magnet into place, and you’ve got yourself a smart cover!Thanks to Aaron Kasten for the tip and video.last_img read more

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Greek schools do well out of BER

first_imgGreek day schools and private schools are getting better value under the Government’s school stimulus program than many public schools due to their ability to self manage their building projects and tailor them to their needs.Four Greek independent schools Neos Kosmos spoke to reported little or no problems under the Federal Government’s Building Education Revolution (BER).“I don’t believe government schools have had the same input in their applications,” said business manager Manuel Pappos of Alphington Grammar in Oakleigh.His comments come amidst allegations of rorting and wastage under the $16.2 billion scheme.Alphington Grammar was granted $2 million for the building of four primary school classrooms, a common area, and an underground car park. Pappos said that the school had the flexibility to put the funds towards stage two of the project. This comprised of a two storey building with an additional four classrooms and an extra common area. “This meant that the school was able to save a lot of money by doing the project all as one,” he said.Pappos says Alphington Grammar had not experienced any issues and was pleased with the work of their chosen architect, Hayball.Community operations manager of Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College (OGOC), Peter Andrinopoulos, conceded that the ability to influence the BER funding meant that independent schools were able to achieve a better outcome. “As an independent school, we had control over which builder we used…They pre-designed a lot of buildings for public schools whereas with us, it’s an individual design built specifically for our school,” he said. OGOC was granted $2 million for the extension of their early learning centre, and for the refurbishment of the primary school and hall.Still in its infancy, Andrinopoulos added there were little hiccups in the building process thus far, and overall he was pleased the funding had brought forward the school’s long-term infrastructure plans.Saint Spyridon College principal, Nick Papageorgiou said the BER was one of the smartest investments by government in the local community, education and infrastructure in the last 30 years. “There’s a real shortage of places for local groups to meet so the building of a community multipurpose hall has created a real excitement within the local community,” he said.“For $850,000 we are building a multipurpose hall, a library, and four classrooms so we are very happy with the value for money.“In terms of efficiency generally speaking, the independent schools sector is getting much more value out of their dollar as we are managing projects and therefore trying to squeeze every bit of value out of every single dollar.»Papageorgiou said he experienced only minor issues with the process, such as difficulty in obtaining cost competitiveness in prices last year, and a delay in the formal process of certification.Already half way through the construction process, the new infrastructure is expected to be completed in December this year.All Saints Grammar in NSW expects the completion of his school’s $2.5 million BER funded multipurpose hall the following month in January.“Without the BER, there is no way our school would have had the capabilities in the near future to ever construct a facility such as this,” said All Saints Grammar principal Anthony Tsoutsa.Victorian Member for Bulleen, Nicholas Kotsiras, also a member of the BER Victorian parliamentary inquiry said that public schools were disadvantaged under the BER. He underscored that some public schools paid a higher rate than independent schools to build similar infrastructure.“The government had one size fits all, which made it very hard for schools to go out and get the best price,” he said.“The independent schools were free to decide how to use the money, a lot of the public schools were forced because of the time constraints to build buildings they might not require.Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott this week emerged with a plan to enable principals greater management over their building projects and redirect funding directly into schools. Education Minister Simon Crean described the Opposition’s plan as a “hollow promise” that would “risk billions in litigation”, with 97 per cent of all projects started and their design already completed.Angelo Gavrielatos, the President of the Australian Education Union, expressed regret that the Federal Government “missed the opportuinity to better target resources to schools which had a demonstrative need”. He said that all the schools seem to be securing the same ammount of money per capita, regardless of the fact that some schools have lavish facilities and more resources. Mr Gavrielatos, was happy with the overall BER level of investment as it was «the biggest investment the government has made in education in many years» but added more could have been done in its implementation and evaluation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Eriksson agreed Iraq deal

first_imgSven-Goran Eriksson agrees on a deal to join Iraq.The former England boss has agreed on a deal that will see him become the head coach of the Iraqi National team, according to Sports Mole.Eriksson who spent five years as the coach of the English National team is currently out of a job after leaving Chinese outfit Shenzhen FC in June 2017.Reports in the UK papers suggest Eriksson met with the Iraq Football Association last week to discuss terms over becoming their head coach and he’s now on the verge of being appointed as their new boss following positive talks.The Swedish tactician who also managed the likes of Lazio, Manchester City, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Leicester City has spent the last five years in China.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Iraq are currently ranked 89th in the current FIFA world rankings after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.Iraq will begin their Asian Championships campaign on January 8 against Vietnam.Iraq will be hoping Sven-Goran Eriksson can lead them to the next FIFA World Cup which takes in Qatar in 2022.last_img read more

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Human Remains Found on Kenai Trail May Link to Missing Family

first_imgAccording to a release on Sunday, Kenai police were notified by a motorist Saturday evening of human remains and clothing found on a local trail.The remains were found in west Kenai near Borgen Avenue and Alpine Drive.That’s just a few miles from the apartment of a family that’s been missing for 10 months.Thirty-seven-year-old Brandon Jividen, his girlfriend, 22-year-old Rebecca Adams, and her two daughters, 6-year-old Michelle and 3-year-old Jaracca, disappeared in late May 2014. They were reported missing in early June. At the time, their apartment was found locked with no signs of forced entry. The family’s camping gear and two cars were left at the apartment, along with the children’s car seats and many of their clothes and possessions. However, there were some personal effects reported missing.Items found with the human remains over the weekend do appear to match those missing from the apartment.Police, State Troopers, the FBI, Fish and Game and volunteers conducted extensive searches near the apartment last summer, including the Borgen Avenue area. The structured sweeps were called off after several weeks of turning up few leads, though family and friends continued the search through late last year.The remains will be analyzed and the police are investigating. An FBI team from Anchorage has been dispatched to assist.Police are not releasing any additional information until a media briefing midday Monday.last_img read more

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Police cordon off yet another militant den

first_imgPolice cordon off yet another `militant den`Police cordoned off a house in Bamondi area of Gangni upazila in Meherpur on Saturday morning suspecting it a militant hideout, reports news agency UNB.Tipped off, a team of police cordoned off a two-storey building owned by one Meskat adjacent to Bamondi Sugercane Purchasing Centre around 10:30am.Later, police evacuated the ground floor of the building.Police suspected that the militants are staying on the first floor of the building.last_img
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Two students found dead in city hotel

first_imgPolice on Tuesday recovered the bodies of two students from a residential hotel in Farmgate of the capital, reports UNB.The deceased were Aminul Islam Sajal, a student of Dhaka College and Moriam Aktar Jerin, a student of World University.Inspector (investigation) of Tejgaon police station, Sentu Mia said the duo rented a room in Samrat Hotel identifying themselves as married couple on Monday.As they did not come out of the room for a long time the hotel authorities informed the matter to police, he said.Around 3:30pm police broke into the room and found them dead, he added.The bodies were sent to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img

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Statue of Liberty Museum opens to the public

first_imgThe Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island opened to the public following a dedication ceremony presented by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc and the National Park Service. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Chairman of the Board Albert Bellas and President and CEO Stephen Briganti, as well as campaign Chairperson Diane von Furstenberg delivered remarks at the ceremony, which also included performances from Broadway stars and the Manhattan Girls Chorus.“America needs this museum and what it represents now more than ever. Immigration defines us, and New York is the ultimate city of immigrants. The Statue of Liberty represents our core values – we embrace diversity, support our neighbours and believe everyone should have a fair shot to live the American dream,” said Mayor de Blasio.“Today, we share in the American people’s gratitude for this remarkable contribution to the legacy of the Statue of Liberty, and for ensuring her story will continue to be told to this and future generations,” said Superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island John Piltzecker.The 26,000 square foot museum features three gallery spaces, each one meant to inspire visitors and educate them about the Statue of Liberty in interactive and thought-provoking ways. The experience culminates with an up-close view of Liberty’s most iconic symbol, her original torch, held high for nearly 100 years. Rescued from the elements and replaced in 1986, the torch is the most powerful artefact, visitors encounter as they reach the end of the museum experience. The museum merges landscape and building, and the roof is planted with native meadow grasses and offers visitors sweeping, panoramic views of Lady Liberty, lower Manhattan, and all of New York Harbor. Access to the museum is free with the purchase of a Statue Cruises ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands.“While the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognisable icons in the world, few people ever get to climb to its crown or get to see Lady Liberty’s face up close,” said Edwin Schlossberg, Founder and Principal Designer of ESI Design. “Our goal for the design of the museum experience is to immerse visitors in not just the grandeur and sweeping history of the Statue, but also in the very idea of liberty itself so that they leave with a deeper understanding of what it means to them and the active role required upholding it.”last_img read more

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Chase Appoints Rob Robertson as Senior Lending Manager

first_img in Headlines, News, Origination Borrowers Chase Homebuyers Homeownership homes Lending 2018-06-15 Radhika Ojha Chase Appoints Rob Robertson as Senior Lending Manager Chase Home Lending has recruited Rob Robertson to lead its home lending hiring and lending operations in the greater Washington, D.C. region. As a senior lending manager for the region, Robertson will be responsible for building Chase Home Lending’s presence in the area. In a statement, Chase said that Robertson had accumulated extensive mortgage experience over 18 years in the banking and mortgage industry. Prior to joining Chase, he managed a sales team of more than 400 in the D.C. metro market area where his team ranked No.1 in market share growth year over year. “His ability to work with customers with a clear leadership vision has earned him numerous recognition opportunities and awards,” Chase said, about its appointment of the former Baltimore Ravens football player.Chase had recently announced its first major branch expansion in the Greater Washington D.C. region, where it plans to open up 70 new branches, hiring, up to 700 new employees in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. The bank has committed $4.5 billion for regional home and small business lending and affordable rental housing for the region.“We have been doing business in the D.C. region since 1999, and we’re excited to now expand our consumer branch business here,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman, and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. “With this will come more than just new branches. We will lend money for affordable housing, home mortgages and small business growth. We will help customers bank and save and support business clients, large and small. And we will combine the best of our business and philanthropy to help more communities benefit from regional economic growth.”Robertson has been recruited as part of this expansion. According to Chase, “Unlike other markets, the DC area comes with many unique opportunities that require someone with an authentic and genuine love for the community. Rob has a long history with the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia markets. And before his career in banking, he played for the Baltimore Ravens. He has a very close relationship with the D.C. community and will be a great representative for Chase.” Robertson will be on the ground in the city leading homebuyer seminars and helping D.C. residents achieve their goals of homeownership.center_img Share June 15, 2018 661 Views last_img read more

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