PSG stun giants Barcelona in five-goal Champions League thriller

first_imgPSG players celebrate after scoring a goal against Barcelona in the Champions League tieParis Saint-Germain overcame goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar to inflict Barcelona’s first loss of the season on Tuesday.PSG, which has endured a subdued start to its French title defence, took control of Group F with the 3-2 victory over the Spanish league leaders in the Champions League.”You are made to pay for errors at this level and we made a few mistakes at the beginning,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “Later we saw some strategic moves which they execute with great strength and they hurt us.”It meant there was nothing for Xavi Hernandez to celebrate as the Barca midfielder overtook Raul Gonzalez by making a record 143rd Champions League appearance.It was also a record-breaking night for 38-year-old Francesco Totti, who became the oldest scorer in the competition’s 22-year history to give Roma a 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Bayern Munich leads Group E after winning 1-0 at CSKA Moscow, whose stadium was empty as a punishment for racist abuse.David Beckham, Jay Z and Beyonce watch PSG take on Barcelona from the standsChelsea also beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 to lead Group G, with Schalke held to a 1-1 draw by Maribor.FC Porto leads Group H after a 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk that was played in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv due to the conflict in the east. BATE climbed to second place by beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1.advertisementIt was a star-studded occasion in the French capital – even in the stands, with celebrity couple Jay-Z and Beyonce watching with former PSG midfielder David Beckham.And it was the perfect start for the hosts, with David Luiz becoming the first player to score against Barcelona this season in the 10th minute after connecting with Javier Pastore’s free kick.But Messi leveled inside two minutes, slotting into the bottom corner of the net for his 402nd career goal and 68th Champions League goal – putting him three behind all-time leading scorer Raul.Slack defending by Barcelona allowed Verratti – one of the smallest players on the pitch – to drift in unmarked and head in his first PSG goal on his 62nd appearance in the 26th minute. PSG’s lead was extended at the start of the second half when Van der Wiel’s firmly struck cross was met by Blaise Matuidi at the back post.Marco Verratti celebrates after scoring his goal for PSG against BarcelonaAlthough PSG’s defensive vulnerability was exposed by Neymar knocking the ball into the net off the post, the hosts held on to collect three points.In the other game in Group F, Lucas Andersen put Ajax in front but Gustavo Manduca scored from the penalty spot to give APOEL Nicosia a 1-1 draw.That was the same outcome in Manchester where Sergio Aguero put English champion City in front from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after being dragged down by Maicon.But after a quick Roma break, Radja Nainggolan slipped a pass through a hole in City’s defense and Totti raced onto the ball, clipping a delicate shot over goalkeeper Joe Hart and into the corner. By scoring at 38, Totti broke the record held by Manchester United great Ryan Giggs, who was 37 years and 9 months when he scored in 2011.City has just one point after being beaten in the last round by Bayern, which earned another 1-0 win at CSKA. Thomas Mueller scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the first half after Mario Goetze was fouled by Mario Fernandes.In Lisbon, the victory margin belied Chelsea’s dominance but reflected its profligacy, with the only goal coming when Nemanja Matic sent a looping header into the net from Cesc Fabregas’ free kick.Both Schalke and Maribor drew their opening Group G matches at Chelsea and Sporting respectively, and had to settle for a point again. Damjan Bohar put the Slovenian visitors in front in the first half before Klaas Jan Huntelaar leveled for Schalke after the break.In Group H, Shakhtar Donetsk threw away a 2-0 lead after goals from Brazilian duo Alex Teixeira and Luiz Adriano. Porto’s Jackson Martinez netted twice late on – the first from the penalty spot in the 89th and the second in the fourth minute of stoppage time.BATE’s win over Athletic Bilbao was secured by goals from Denis Polyakov and Aleksandr Karnitski.last_img read more

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Coaches ‘did not like Jess Varnish questioning training’

first_imgCycling Share on Pinterest Reuse this content news British Cycling coaches had “absolute control” over cyclists and disapproved of them questioning their training regimes, according to a doctor’s evidence at the employment tribunal of the Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish.Varnish has accused British Cycling of exercising “extreme control” over her and other athletes in her long-running legal attempt to sue the organisation for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.The employment tribunal in Manchester was due to hear from the former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman – a key witness who could help Varnish’s case. However, he was unable to attend owing to an investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC), so Judge Ross accepted a written statement instead. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn British Cycling Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Topics British Cycling coaches ‘jealous’ of athletes’ success, says BMX champion The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage In his statement Freeman supported the view of the former European and World Cup team sprint champion that riders did as they were told at British Cycling.“The control by the coaches over the athletes was complete,” he wrote. “Non-compliance was not acceptable because the coaches were involved in the decisions about who to select for competitions and whether an athlete could stay on the Olympic Podium Programme.”Freeman was allowed to resign from British Cycling in October instead of facing a disciplinary process over a failure to keep medical records. Allegations in relation to a mystery delivery of testosterone to the National Cycling Centre in 2011 will be examined in a GMC tribunal in February.He has also denied any wrongdoing over a medical package given to Sir Bradley Wiggins after a race in 2011.Varnish’s camp, however, believes Freeman’s GMC situation has nothing to do with his ability to give evidence on the nature of athletes’ status within the Great Britain cycling team.In his statement to the tribunal, he claimed riders would have to stay on the “right side” of their coaches in order to be selected for competitions.“Such matters were supposedly decided by reference to the selection criteria but these were so vague as to be like ‘scotch mist’ … The coaches held such power over an athlete’s selection for competitions that they assumed – rightly in the vast majority of cases – that what they said went – in all circumstances, always.” Support The Guardian Jess Varnish Freeman, who saw Varnish every day for seven years, wrote that he “tried to protect her from the excesses of the coaches”, a reference to the risk of over-training. He described Varnish as “a little bit more assertive than other female cyclists”.“She asked questions and wanted to understand about the training that was imposed on her. This was seen as challenging behaviour and, in a world where the coaches exercised complete control over all aspects of athletes’ lives, it was unusual and caused disapproval,” he wrote.Freeman went on to describe the riders as the “most compliant” athletes. However, at times the relationship between the coaches and cyclists would become strained, with the athletes having to “beg for time off for personal stuff”. These requests were routinely denied, according to Freeman.However, he did acknowledge that athletes’ needs, including travel and healthcare, were taken care of by British Cycling and that they were “completely looked after by the system”.Varnish, who was dropped from the Olympic programme in March 2016, has to convince Ross that she was in effect employed by British Cycling and the funding agency UK Sport before she can sue British Cycling for wrongful dismissal, sex discrimination and detriment to a whistleblower.British Cycling’s head coach, Iain Dyer, and its programme director, Andy Harrison, as well as the UK Sport chief executive, Liz Nicholl, have also given evidence during the tribunal.Dyer and Harrison were challenged on several points related to the level of control British Cycling had over athletes in terms of when they trained, what they did in their free time, what they wore and what personal sponsorship deals they made.Final submissions in the case, which could transform how British athletes are funded, were made on Friday.Varnish was accused of telling “half-truths” and having “gravely misrepresented” her coaches at British Cycling.In his final submission, Thomas Linden QC, representing British Cycling, said Varnish put self-interest before the public interest.“This is a case of the highest public interest and extremely important to athletes, sport and the funding bodies, so it is vital a true and fair picture is presented,” he said. “What we have witnessed here is the difference between self-interest and the public interest.“For good or ill we have presented the facts. I am not sure I am able to say the same of the claimant.”Linden disputed Varnish’s evidence about the amount of control British Cycling coaches had over riders. Varnish had alleged coaches punished riders for minor transgressions, and told them what to wear, eat and say in public.The case will hinge on whether Ross believes that the agreements signed by funded athletes with their respective governing bodies and UK Sport are “contracts of employment” or not.In explanation, Linden said these agreements were “highly restrictive but not contracts of employment”. He argued they were tax-free, means-tested grants and the terms and conditions were in the small print.The case has now been adjourned and a judgment is expected in January. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read morelast_img read more

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City less potent and more fragile but Pep stands firm

first_imgxG map for Manchester City – Evertonso… uh… city aren’t back just quite yet maybe pic.twitter.com/5JOKnfnCyW — Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) December 15, 2018 In City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, they actually had better chances than the Londoners, 1.0 to 0.6, showing that it works both ways and that City, even in their rough patch, have generally managed to create more chances than their opposition.Yet the 3-1 victory against Everton comes out as a 1.5 – 2.0 loss, chances-wise, suggesting Everton had more and better quality opportunities than City. If that is allowed to happen on a regular basis, then defeats are inevitable.In terms of good, old-fashioned shots on target, City’s lowest tallies have come against Liverpool (2), Chelsea (4), Leicester (4), Crystal Palace (5), Everton (5) and Manchester United (5). Barring the Liverpool game, all of those have been since the West Ham clash that Guardiola has used as a yard-stick.Injuries to key players have, of course, had a bearing on these figures and City’s results, especially in the past fortnight, but Guardiola has signalled in recent weeks that he knows his team have been offering up too many chances, and not scoring as many as they should do.With Liverpool visiting on Thursday, that will be a major concern for Guardiola. Not that he admitted to it in his press conference on Wednesday.“We concede few. That is the feeling I have,” he insisted. “The boxes are the most important thing. The last games we concede more goals than usual but the chances we concede they are not too much.”He has a point, too, given there was an element of smash-and-grab about Crystal Palace and Leicester’s victories, even if City were well below their best.Yet he must know, deep down, that the overall trend is that his side have been more open than usual – after all, he admitted as much as recently as Saturday.And Ilkay Gundogan’s recent interview suggests it is a hot topic behind closed doors.“Sometimes we made it too easy for our opponents to go through and we left them too many open spaces,” he told SID this week.City quoteThere were signs of that even before City lost at Chelsea.An analysis by Football Whispers highlights that between September and November, City’s opponents were enjoying more moves of five or more passes per game, more passing moves reaching the final third and more moves starting in the defensive third to reach five or more passes, compared to data from January to September.It is also highlighted that Fernandinho averaged five tackles and interceptions per game compared to just 1.8 per game over the same periods.At least when Fernandinho is fit City have somebody who can put out the fires (which helps explain their issues when he was missing over Christmas).But he does have more work to do for a reason, and the data suggests that City are either not pressing as much as they did last season, that they are not as effective as they were, or that opposition teams have learned how to cope with it slightly better.City quoteIt should be pointed out that that approach is still more than good enough to challenge for the title, perhaps even to win it, even if City are not quite as formidable as last season.After all, City were top of the Premier League, despite their relative struggles, before injuries to Fernandinho and David Silva combined with Kevin De Bruyne’s lack of fitness over Christmas.The biggest problem for City is Liverpool, in that the Reds have punished their recent slip-ups and appear best-placed to do so in a one-off match. If the Blues were facing almost any other Premier League team on Thursday they could be confident of getting back on track in the title race, even if they are sloppy in front of goal and slightly more open in defence.But not against Jurgen Klopp’s side.Guardiola has acknowledged as much but he is never one to go into detail regarding his side’s pitfalls in public. And this week he came out fighting.“It is Liverpool, but we can beat them,” he insisted. “I know today nobody trusts us, nobody makes one coin for us, but it is what it is.“We are going to focus on what we have to do to win the game. Everyone is talking about if we lose, but what happens if we win?”City fans will hope their manager has something up his sleeve. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Both before and after Manchester City’s must-win game at Southampton on Sunday, Pep Guardiola made reference to a seemingly routine 4-0 victory at West Ham back in November.“We didn’t dominate,” he said on Sunday. “They had three or four chances one-on-one.” On Saturday he said: “They created more chances than us. We were not perfect. After the international break, this can happen, but this month was not so full as it was at the beginning of the season.”By “so full”, Guardiola presumably means City have not been as solid, as structured, as they were in the early months of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They have gone from a stage when City had only conceded five league goals and Guardiola was highlighting how opposition were barely having a shot on target, to no clean sheets in 10 games in all competitions.Guardiola said on Tuesday in defence of his side that “always there is a consequence of the chances we create and the chances we lose”, yet both have worsened in the past month or so, using the ‘expected goals’ (xG) metric.These statistics, which rate the quality of chances, show that City’s recent matches have been closer battles than usual. re who should be favs #LFC #MCFC . If you’re just going on 2018/19, there’s been a gradual coming together followed by a flip flop. 6 game rolling #xG goal difference trends. Something to fix & something to hang onto? pic.twitter.com/bdKBiiGCzh — mark taylor (@MarkTaylor0) December 26, 2018  last_img read more

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Successful Trade Mission to Dominican Republic

first_img One of the companies identified a distributor for its products in the Dominican Republic. Story Highlights They met with a number of retail giants, including two of the largest supermarket chains in the Dominican Republic. The local private sector are hailing the positive impact of a trade mission to the Dominican Republic. Representatives of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the local private sector are hailing the positive impact of a trade mission to the Dominican Republic earlier this month.President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, said the trip had a 100 per cent satisfaction rate among the participants.Ms. Edwards was providing an update on early outcomes of the JAMPRO mission to the Dominican Republic between September 10 and 14, at the agency’s head office on September 23.She reported that there were 15 participating companies from Jamaica, which included a mix of small, medium and large entities. They met with a number of retail giants, including Grupo Ramos and Super Bravo, two of the largest supermarket chains in the Dominican Republic.The JAMPRO President said that resulting from the tripone company won a trial order to a large supermarket chain; while another reported securing a joint venture partnership deal with an industrialist for a manufacturing plant in the Dominican Republic, thereby sealing a deal for negotiations that began before the trip.She also pointed out that one of the companies identified a distributor for its products in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and potentially Haiti.Ms. Edwards reported further that a number of companies left product samples, and would be following up with the entities.She noted that JAMPRO was breaking new ground in the Dominican Republic and the ultimate aim is to make big inroads in reducing the significant trade deficit between that country and Jamaica.Ms. Edwards informed that in 2012, Jamaica imported US$48 million worth of goods from the Dominican Republic, while exporting approximately US$500,000, “so we need to do more to build the trade between the two countries.”In the meantime, Deputy President, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Metry Seaga, who was one of the co-leaders on the mission, said it was the start of something big.“A lot of us didn’t know what we were going for. We thought it was a fact finding mission, but it turned out to be much more,” Mr. Seaga said.He pointed out that while there are some obstacles, the Dominican Republic represents a market of 10 million people and its neighbour Haiti, another 10 million for the Jamaican manufacturer.“That is 20 million people at our doorsteps. We are looking at the United States of America and we are looking at Europe and other markets, but don’t need to go that far. Shipping is very inexpensive, and we need to get into that market. If we can increase the size of our markets by six times, we need to do so. I encourage everyone to keep fighting, it is not going to be easy, but it is very doable,” Mr. Seaga said.The trip marks the first time that JAMPRO was leading a trade mission to the Dominican Republic. A key objective of the mission was to increase trade links between the two countries as well as foster a business conducive platform between companies in both countries.last_img read more

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Students Encouraged to Start 100 Businesses in 100 Days

first_imgA café with fresh baked goods, gourmet coffee and plenty of comfy couches is just the kind of place Rachael Plamondon thinks Pictou needs, and she wants to be the one to start that business. “I see people coming there to meet up with friends, or maybe see a local artist perform on a Sunday afternoon,” says Ms. Plamondon. “It’s a business I’ve been thinking about starting for a while now, and I really think it could be successful.” Ms. Plamondon is taking the next step toward realizing her vision by participating in The Startup 100. The project’s goal is to help 100 students create 100 new businesses in 100 days. It is being led by the Sobey School Business Development Centre at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and officially starts today, Feb. 20. “The Startup 100 is launching at the right time because we’re having more discussions than ever before about how to increase entrepreneurship and encourage our youth to remain here and build local economies,” said Sobey School Business Development Centre manager Michael Sanderson. “We’re thrilled to be able to support programming that addresses some of the most critical issues faced by Nova Scotia communities.” The Startup 100 provides youth throughout the province with skills to build businesses, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities. Government is providing $22,520 in support for the project, and students may be eligible for a $5,000 interest-free loan through the Students in Business program. Nova Scotia is also providing $25,000 for the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference at Saint Mary’s University. “Rachael’s café sounds like a place I’d want to visit on my way to and from Cape Breton,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “I hope many more of our young entrepreneurs will pursue their ideas by taking on this challenge, and when they do we’ll be ready to do our part by offering support and creating the right conditions for success.” If everything goes according to plan, Ms. Plamondon could start her business this summer, after she graduates from the business administration program at the Stellarton Nova Scotia Community College in June. “With a little mentorship and advice, I really think this could be the push I need to get my business plan together and get started,” said Ms. Plamondon. For more information on The Startup 100, visit www.smu.ca/startup100 .last_img read more

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Investing in Opera in Vancouver

first_img Facebook Endowment Incentives component Advertisement VANCOUVER – Investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities, allowing our economy to grow, creating good jobs for the middle class, and giving more Canadians the opportunity to experience the performing arts.The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced a matching grant of $1,077,694 to the Vancouver Opera Foundation, in support of Vancouver Opera.Continued investments in arts and culture ensure that Canadians enjoy access to the opera, and that performers can showcase their talent. Vancouver Opera Canada Cultural Investment Fund http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455736439233 https://www.vancouveropera.ca http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455743049866 The Government of Canada is providing this funding to the Vancouver Opera Foundation as part of a matching program to complement existing fundraising efforts of Vancouver Opera. Matching programs like the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund encourage Canadians across the country to donate to professional arts organizations, so that future generations can be exposed to a variety of artistic and cultural performances.Quotes“The Government of Canada is proud to support Vancouver Opera through the Vancouver Opera Foundation. Our government is pleased to make investments in our country’s cultural sector, which helps create good jobs for the middle class, strengthens our economy and makes the arts more accessible for all Canadians.”– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“I am delighted to see support for this program. Our Government’s matching of funds from local partners and businesses to the Vancouver Opera Foundation’s endowment fund will allow Vancouver Opera to continue to offer wonderful performances for residents and visitors here at the Vancouver Playhouse, and at venues across the city.”– The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Centre)“This funding plays an invaluable role in bolstering the Foundation’s ability to make grants to key programs and initiatives on offer by Vancouver Opera. This investment from the Government of Canada comes at an opportune time for Vancouver Opera, as this season marks the launch of the company’s inaugural Spring Festival, with an exciting roster of traditional and contemporary presentations planned. Support of this nature will play a key role in the Festival’s continued growth and success.”– Lis Welch, Chair, Vancouver Opera FoundationQuick FactsThe Vancouver Opera Foundation administers and distributes funds that support Vancouver Opera’s work on the mainstage and in the community. Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada. It is renowned worldwide for its fine mainstage productions and for its country-leading education programs. Vancouver Opera engages more than 75,000 audience members each year.This latest investment brings the total received by Vancouver Opera Foundation through the Endowment Incentives component to more than $5 million since 2001.Since 2001, the Endowment Incentives component has provided more than $231 million to the endowment funds of 217 arts organizations in Canada, while the private sector has provided $298 million, for a total of more than $529 million.In 2016-17, the Government of Canada was able to match close to 90 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector through the Endowment Incentives component.Associated Links Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Downbeat RCB to ring in changes vs KKR

first_imgBengaluru: On a losing streak in the last four matches, Royal Challengers Bengalore are expected to ring in changes and experiment in search of their first win when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match here on Friday. RCB’s performance this IPL has been disappointing, both with the bat and ball, and a dejected captain Virat Kohli has conceded that his struggling team is yet to get the right balance but will continue experimenting with its combinations. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThey lost their last game by seven wickets against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur and now they will be up against a balanced KKR side, who have won two matches out of three they have played so far. Last time, the RCB beat KKR was in May 2016 at Eden Gardens and they have suffered defeats in their last three encounters against the Kolkata-based side at Chinnaswamy Stadium here. Batting collapse is the biggest worrying factor for RCB and to made matters worse captain Kohli’s form has not been up to the mark by his high standards. He has managed a below 20 average in four games. Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers are the only batsmen who have above 20 average. In their first match against Chennai Super Kings, RCB were bowled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after their top-order crumbled before the bowling of Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAgainst Sunrisers Hyderabad, the RCB bowlers allowed SRH to post a mammoth 232 with centuries from Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. RCB then collapsed to an embarrassing 35 for 6 in the eighth over, with Kohli and de Villiers contributing just four runs between them. In the end, they were skittled out for 113 to lose the match by a massive 118 runs. Against Rajasthan Royals too, RCB top order failed, except Parthiv who scored a half century. The RCB think-tank would be hoping that their top order batsmen come out with flying colours on Friday against KKR. Despite their struggling form, Kohli and de Villiers are nearing personal milestones. Kohli is 17 runs away from becoming the second Indian cricketer after Suresh Raina to complete 8,000 T20 runs and de Villiers 15 runs short of becoming the second highest T20 run-scorer for RCB. He has 3,406 runs under his belt. The bowling department has also been disappointing. Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal, all the other RCB bowlers have not been among wickets and have conceded far too many runs in death overs.last_img read more

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ThinkGeek 8Bitty Bluetooth game controller gets FCC approval

first_imgYou can always leave it to ThinkGeek to figure out what its target demographic secretly wants. First it was the Tauntaun sleeping bag, then the full-size iCade iPad game cabinet, and now the iCade 8-Bitty controller. This is a Bluetooth game controller that is designed to work with the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. After months of promises, the 8-Bitty has been approved by the FCC, making it a real product.The controller adopts the familiar look of a classic NES controller, but there is more going on here. There are more buttons than you need for some retro titles, but this makes the 8-Bitty a more versatile controller. There are four standard buttons on the face, as well as select and start. The classic D-pad is present, and there are two shoulder buttons to round things out.The device is designed to support the Atari Greatest Hits collection, which has 100 old school games for $15. This app is available on Android devices and the iPad Best Price at Amazon . Since the 8-Bitty is an open iCade device, app developers are free to implement its control with no prior authorization.The 8-Bitty is the mobile companion of the iCade Arcade Cabinet for iPad that ThinkGeek previously developed. Anything that supports the full iCade, will works here. That means there are already a number of iPad games outside the Atari collection that are compatible. Android support is starting from a disadvantage, but classic console emulators are sure to adopt this controller.Now that the FCC has signed off on the device’s wireless components ThinkGeek is free to sell it. The product page still shows the expected availability as ‘later this year,’ but it can’t be long now. The 8-Bitty will sell for $29.99.ThinkGeek, via Liliputinglast_img read more

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A female engineer Its important that we respect the natural differences between

first_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM A female engineer: ‘It’s important that we respect the natural differences between men and women’ We can encourage more and more bright young women into engineering, writes Professor Laoise McNamara. Mar 11th 2017, 8:00 PM My daughter is naturally interested in feeding dolls and wearing princess dresses. Source: Shutterstock/Yuganov KonstantinRespect and nurture these natural differences I believe it is important that we respect and nurture these natural differences between men and women. The influence of children’s toys on career choices is topical. One argument that is often raised is the influence of children’s toys on career choices, a particular example being the “pink” Lego friends.Possibly because I am a female engineer, this really doesn’t bother me. I have a four-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, and my husband is a computer engineer.Like most new parents, we thought our daughter was destined to be the next Leonardo da Vinci (yes he was an engineer) when she showed an interest in the lever mechanism of her bouncer at six months.We gave her wooden cars and trains, which she plays with sometimes, but since the age of around two she has been naturally interested in feeding dolls and wearing princess dresses. I don’t worry that this will negatively influence her future choices, because it didn’t influence mine.My son walks around with two trucks in his hand at all times, even though the house he was born into had already between hit with a pink stick. So  I believe that pink Lego is better than no Lego and I think that the most important aspect to focus on is giving children the knowledge and confidence to pursue their interests.Natural differences and interests of women and menI believe the natural differences and interests of women and men is a key factor in why women are embracing Biomedical Engineering worldwide. The close links to medicine mean that Biomedical Engineering taps into women’s natural desire to help others.I have had many supportive male mentors and colleagues. Fortunately I have never felt any significant barriers due to my gender, but I have had many knocks, and it’s been very hard work, particularly once my children arrived. I was elated when I was promoted to professor last year, the recognition was so very important to me.The two principles of success in Engineering was nicely put by a male CEO of a medical device company this week as “We can do it” and “We are all in this together”.If we work on fostering these attitudes in young women, and men, I have no doubt that we will encourage more and more bright young women to choose this fantastic career.Professor Laoise McNamara is a professor in Biomedical Engineering at NUIG.What Irish women want: ‘We must demand what is right and challenge what is frightening’>Column: ‘If Ethiopia started to develop its coffee industry, it could trade its way out of poverty’> 1,751 Views Short URL By Professor Laoise McNamara 30 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3277477 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email10 EARLIER THIS WEEK I attended a debate about equality and diversity in Engineering, in honour of the first female to graduate from Engineering in Ireland and the UK. This gave me some time to reflect on how and why I am a professor of Biomedical Engineering.I come from a family of engineers and scientists, which greatly influenced me, mostly because I was never given the impression that I couldn’t do something. In Leaving Cert I wanted to be a physiotherapist, because I liked sport and the CAO points were high.However my uncle, my father and brother (all engineers) and my career guidance counsellor, each convinced me that my favourite subjects, Maths and Physics, were well matched to studying Mechanical Engineering.I’ve never looked backI had never been interested in machines and, having attended an all-girls school, had never studied Applied Maths or Engineering drawing, subjects that are typically offered in boys schools.But I took their advice, and since the first week of university I have never looked back. I obtained a 1st class honours undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from NUI Galway and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.Through the past twelve years of my career I have taught hundreds of undergraduate and masters students of Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway.This have given me a unique perspective about the differences between female and male engineers.Female students tend to be super conscientiousBiomedical Engineering has the highest proportion of female students of any Engineering discipline, which is typically around 50%. The female students tend to be extremely conscientious, rarely miss lectures or deadlines, are excellent at written reports and presentations.On the other hand they are overly cautious and don’t put themselves forward unless they are certain they are fully competent.Many male students arrive with a strong technical foundation and have the confidence to take on challenging tasks and innovate. However their report writing, presentation and overall diligence often needs to be developed. These differences however do not influence their chances of success, our female students often top the class.Interestingly, by the end of the four years of the influence of each mindset permeates, the courage to innovate develops in the females and the males foster attention to detail and meet deadlines. Professor Laoise McNamara last_img read more

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Man dressed in womens clothes asked directions to pigeon club before murdering

first_img Jun 22nd 2017, 2:31 PM Share9 Tweet Email Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in 2015. Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3458159 By eoin Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 2:31 PMcenter_img 16,355 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man dressed in women’s clothes asked directions to pigeon club before murdering man, court hears It is alleged that Christopher McDonald shot Keith Walker dead. A MAN DRESSED in women’s clothes asked two teenage boys for directions to a pigeon club where a man was shot 18 times with a sub-machine gun, a court has heard.The teens gave evidence in the trial of Christopher McDonald (34) from the East Wall area of Dublin. McDonald has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 36-year-old Keith Walker at Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club on Shelerin Road in Clonsilla on 12 June, 2015. He is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.It is the State’s case that the man dressed as a woman was the accused on his way to the Pigeon Club where Keith Walker was shot.The first witness said he was at the junction of Whitestown Gardens and Whitestown Avenue on the evening of 12 June 2015 when he met a man wearing women’s gym clothes and makeup and carrying a designer handbag.He thought the man was aged in his late 30s or 40s, was about five feet ten inches in height and had a cut over his right eye.The witness told prosecuting counsel Denis Vaughan Buckley SC that the man calmly asked him where the Pigeon Club was, but the teen did not know.He added: “As he was going off he acted like he was in a hurry. He was walking really quick.”The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.Read: Minister admits the July deadline for getting homeless families out of hotels will not be met >Read: As doctors continue to emigrate, Ireland is becoming more reliant on foreign-trained staff > Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in 2015. No Comments last_img read more

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Le braconnage déléphants se poursuit au Kenya

first_imgLe braconnage d’éléphants se poursuit au KenyaLa population des éléphants est en faible hausse depuis quelques années au Kenya. Les protecteurs des animaux s’inquiètent et dénoncent le braconnage qui persiste.Le parc national kenyan de Tsavo abrite un grand nombre d’éléphants. Un recensement vient d’être effectué et il révèle que leur taux de croissance a baissé de 2 à 4%. On dénombre actuellement 12.572 éléphants dans le parc, des “nouveaux chiffres [qui] peuvent illustrer la demande croissante d’ivoire et la montée en conséquence du braconnage”, indique le directeur du parc Julius Kipng’etich. En effet, en 1976, 35.000 éléphants vivaient dans ce parc.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosSciences et Avenir rapporte qu’au cours des dernières années, plusieurs dizaines d’éléphants ont été victimes de braconniers qui cherchent à récupérer leur ivoire. Même si cette recrudescence n’est pas “spectaculaire” le directeur s’inquiète. Le fondateur de “Save the Elephants”, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, ajoute que l’augmentation du braconnage est, selon lui, “liée à un facteur plus fondamental, à savoir la demande accrue en Chine et dans d’autres pays d’extrême orient, et les moyens grandissants de ces pays de payer pour cet ivoire”.Les autorités kenyanes ont en effet procédé à plusieurs arrestations de trafiquants d’ivoire qui avaient pour destination finale l’Asie. Dans ces pays, l’ivoire est utilisé pour des préparations médicinale ou à des fins décoratives.A cela s’ajoutent les changements climatiques. La sécheresse de 2009, par exemple, a tué beaucoup de ces pachydermes ainsi que de nombreux animaux sauvages. Enfin, la population augmentant (un million d’habitants de plus chaque année), les terres sont de plus en plus exploitées, y compris dans les parcs nationaux, même si cela est illégal.Le 14 février 2011 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La fin du mystère des sondes Pioneer

first_imgLa fin du mystère des sondes PioneerLa vitesse des sondes Pionner diminuait ces derniers temps et les astronomes et les physiciens s’interrogeaient depuis plusieurs décennies sur ce phénomène. Le mystère s’est enfin éclairci et finalement, l’explication serait bien plus simple qu’il ne le paraissait jusqu’alors.Pas de quoi révolutionner les lois de la physique… Si les sondes Pioneer adoptent une trajectoire inattendue et perdent de la vitesse, ce ne serait dû qu’à la chaleur émise par les sondes elles-mêmes. Et d’après les résultats obtenus par Slava Turyshev (JPL, Nasa), Viktor Toth et leurs collègues, sur les ondes Pioneer 10 et 11, ces anomalies ne sont donc pas du tout surprenantes.Lancées respectivement en 1972 et 1973, les sondes Pioneer ont commencé par remplir leur mission d’exploration de la ceinture principale d’astéroïdes, de Jupiter et de Saturne avant de poursuivre leur voyage interstellaire. Ainsi, Pioneer 10 a dépassé l’orbite de Pluton en 1983 et les sondes se trouvent aujourd’hui deux fois plus loin du Soleil que Pluton elle-même. Sur Terre, les signaux envoyés par les sondes ont été enregistrés pendant plus de 20 ans pour Pioneer 11 et pendant près de 30 ans pour Pioneer 10, indique Sciences et Avenir.C’est dans les années 80 qu’un chercheur américain, John Anderson, a découvert que la vitesse de déplacement prévue et la vitesse réelle enregistrée divergaient. Mais il faudra attendre 1998 pour que d’autres chercheurs, dont Slkava Turyshev, auteur de la nouvelle étude, publient un article traitant de cette anomalie. A partir de là, toutes sortes d’hypothèses ont vu le jour, certaines remettant en cause les lois de la gravité ou imaginant de nouvelles forces.Une hypothèse écartée puis récupérée À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn 2002, un nouvel article cosigné par S. Turyshev écartait l’explication thermique pour une raison simple. Bien que les sondes soient équipées d’un générateur fonctionnant au plutonium qui transforme une partie de la chaleur en électricité, elles sont conçues pour laisser les résidus caloriques s’échapper de leur carcasse. Il suffit en revanche qu’une partie de cette chaleur se répande de façon irrégulière pour exercer une force sur la sonde et la faire ralentir. Par ailleurs, sachant que la chaleur émise par le plutonium décroit au fil du temps, l’anomalie aurait dû en faire autant, ce qui n’était pas le cas, les calculs montrant qu’elle était constante. C’est l’une des raisons qui avait permis aux chercheurs d’écarter cette hypothèse en 2002. Et pourtant, la voilà qui revient en force aujourd’hui.Sans s’avouer vaincus, S. Turyshev et J. Toth ont étudié dans le détail cette question thermique. Le premier obstacle à surmonter fut d’ordre logistique car les archives des sondes Pioneer étaient stockées sur des formats informatiques obsolètes (allant jusqu’aux cartes perforées !). Le traitement des archives a donc demandé de longues années de travail. Deuxième problème, il a fallu se procurer les carnets de notes conservés par des retraités du centre de recherches Ames de la Nasa. Enfin, pour affiner au maximum leurs calculs, les chercheurs ont même dû vérifier l’évolution de la position des antennes de réception des signaux sous l’effet des séismes.Une anomalie minime qui décroitCe n’est donc qu’après plus de six ans de travail, que la conclusion est claire pour les chercheurs : l’anomalie des sondes Pioneer est de 20 picomètres (10 puissance -12 mètres) par seconde au carré par an, mais n’est pas constante puisqu’elle décroit légèrement. De plus, Slava Turyshev et Viktor Toth remettent en cause le fait que cette décélération soit orientée vers le Soleil plutôt que vers la Terre. L’explication thermique serait ainsi la bonne, tout compte fait.Le 23 août 2011 à 17:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Video Looking at Matt Riddles TakeOver debut Early days training for pro

first_img Episode 2 of WWE’s “Arrival” series (above) is now online.The second episode continues to profile Matt Riddle and his move to Florida, including his on-camera debut at NXT TakeOver in Brooklyn this past August.The episode also looks at Riddle’s transition to wrestling by training at the Monster Factory in New Jersey with Danny Cage and former ECW and WWE star The Blue Meanie. Google+ Facebook Twitter NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Senate backs effort to restore net neutrality rules

first_imgWASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday intended to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems insurmountable.Republicans on the short end of the 52-47 vote described the effort to reinstate “net neutrality” rules as “political theater” because the GOP-controlled House is not expected to take up the issue and the Senate’s margin could not overcome a presidential veto.Democrats, however, were undeterred, saying their push would energize young voters who are tech savvy and value unfettered access to the internet. “This is a defining vote. The most important vote we’re going to have in this generation on the internet,” said Democratic Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, who sponsored the measure.At issue are rules that the Federal Communications Commission repealed in December that prevented providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. Critics, including the Trump administration, said overregulation was stifling innovation, and they backed the FCC’s move, which is still set to take effect next month.Markey said net neutrality has worked for the smallest voices and the largest, but he said internet service providers are trying to change the rules to benefit their interests.last_img read more

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Manuel Pellegrini insists Anderson can get better

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Felipe Anderson will only get better after his brace against Southampton.The Brazilian joined the Hammers this summer from Lazio for a club record fee in the region of £35million, but took a while to settle into English football.Pellegrini demanded more from the 25-year-old at the start of this campaign, but with seven goals to his name, Anderson looks to be repaying the faith showed in him by West Ham.Pellegrini places a lot of responsibility on technical players and his faith in those players are starting to reap dividends, with the Hammers winning three of their last four games.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…The former Manchester City manager, however, insists he will continue to demand more from Anderson.“Of course he is a different player, a player that in every game makes important things,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“I think he will continue improving. He still loses too many balls, maybe because he must understand the Premier League is difficult if you keep the ball in your feet.”“In every game he makes important plays and that’s the most great thing that he has.”last_img read more

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Just Do It Publishers Tackle the Painful Transition to HTTPS

first_imgJason Snively, a developer at AppleInsider — a site that provides news and discussion forums for Mac users — is in the midst of converting the 20-year-old site to HTTPS, beginning with the discussion forums and aiming to complete the full rollout by early 2018.Snively cites numerous reasons for making the switch, including requests from users on the discussion forums, Google favoring HTTPS-compliant sites in search rankings, browsers pushing HTTPS, and simple security — “we don’t want one of our editors getting their password swiped just because they logged into the publisher from a coffee shop.”“Moreover and personally, it’s just something that everyone should do,” he says. “The more quickly we can get to an all-encrypted web, the better, especially with the proliferation of wireless communications. People shouldn’t be able to just pull what you’re doing out of the air.”A Painstaking ProcessFor Wired, Tollman says the process was far from simple. Every asset on Wired‘s site, from images and video to JavaScript or CSS files, needed to be served over HTTPS, a “painstaking” process that required going through the site code and redirecting references to non-HTTPS toward ones that were HTTPS.“Ultimately, we wore out our ‘S’ keys updating ‘http’ to ‘https’ in countless places.”Tollman says the entire process took about five months.“We decided to roll out small amounts of content at a time in order to evaluate the success of the change before implementing it site-wide,” he says. “This necessarily slowed down the process and we wanted to be extra careful that this change didn’t cause any unforeseen consequences.”Internal trepidation about a potential SEO hit turned out to be well-founded, and Tollman says it was a bigger challenge than was anticipated. Ultimately, the strategy of implementing HTTPS in stages allowed the team to correct the SEO issues and avoid them when rolling out other sections.ALM’s approach involved grouping content based on how old it was and evaluating the best course of action from there.“Realistically, you don’t have to do something with every piece of content,” Bishop says. “There’s value propositions against all of it. So we looked back at it and evaluated which content we thought was most likely to be called. If it’s a fifteen-year-old article, and you get the text up, it’s a good job. You don’t necessarily have to worry about things like images on those pieces of content. So there are a few different ways you can look at it.”Just as Wired did, ALM rolled things out in stages, first making HTTPS optional, then redirecting non-HTTPS pages to HTTPS ones, and before eventually feeling that enough content was converted to turn HTTPS on site-wide.“It’s still ongoing. Lawyers are research-intensive. And there will be inevitably portions of our content that maybe we didn’t capture, but I don’t think it’s going to be a lot of it. We’ll look at it and go back and see if there’s anything on the original list that we need to move or re-code or re-templatize somehow in order to make sure that we’re delivering it properly.”For Snively, the process was more labor-intensive than anticipated, in part because AppleInsider is 20 years old, filled with legacy tech, and also because the site is run by a small team — the entire transition was handled by just two staffers.“Our plan was simple: get certs, update any gaps in the site’s codebase that didn’t support HTTPS, and then slowly roll it out. We’re not a monolithic entity, so there really wasn’t any need for an overly detailed plan.”An immediate obstacle presented itself early in the process; because certificate authorities consider “apple” a red flag in a site’s title, it took months to simply receive a valid certification. Given the speed at which things change, there’s also little guarantee that one certification will even still be valid after the next policy change is implemented — even from a seemingly reputable and well established provider like Symantec, which has issued millions of certificates over the past several years.“For some icing on the cake, major browser vendors have added our current cert to their future blacklist,” Snively says. “It is set to be completely distrusted in September 2018. The certificate authority has made assurances to us that we should have no problems generating a new certificate when the time comes, but time will tell. It is a concern going forward.”The Safest Course of ActionFor all of the pain involved in the process, Tollman, Bishop, and Snively are unified in that they have no regrets about making the switch, and would advise other publishers to do the same.“Because we took our time and we had somebody who was focused on it, the cost was really the investment of our time on what we had to do to our content and our templates, and not really a third-party charge, outside of the certificates,” says Bishop.To help more sites make the switch to HTTPS, Josh Aas founded the non-profit Internet Security Research Group, the non-profit behind free certificate provider Let’s Encrypt, which launched last year.“The web is complex and even loading pages that seem relatively simple usually involves sending a large amount of personal information or meta-data,” Aas tells Folio:. “Large amounts of seemingly inconsequential information can be put together to create accurate profiles about people. Just knowing which news articles a person reads on a site can tell you a lot about them. The only safe course of action on today’s complex web is to encrypt everything.”While Aas acknowledges that the process, especially for large sites with a lot of historical content, can be long and difficult, he says there are enough resources and strategies available to organizations, that anyone can switch to HTTPS if they make it a priority.“Every single website needs HTTPS,” he says. “No exceptions.”So why haven’t more publishers made the move?“I don’t think anybody likes to be told what to do,” says Bishop. “When you have a company like Google or Microsoft or Mozilla who are putting out these browsers and are adding tools like ad blockers, it seems like the world around publishers is getting more constricted. In the reality of it, we can’t dismiss the user experience. If the genuine good nature of all of this is that it is making the user experience safer, then you have to climb on board with it.”Aas speculates that security may have a branding problem, without as clear a business case as other site features execs could direct their developers to work on.“They see it as a ‘nice to have’ feature instead of something critical for protecting themselves and their users,” he says. “There are a couple of ways to combat this. One the one hand we can educate and warn about the dangers of plain HTTP. Browsers are doing a great job of this by showing stronger warnings, and sites don’t want their visitors to see those warnings. On the other hand we can make deploying HTTPS easier so that it’s less costly in terms of fees and staff time.”Recognizing that not many publishers were on HTTPS at the time that Wired decided to encrypt itself, Tollman took the added step of documenting the process in detail.“Without many previous experiences to guide our migration, we saw it as our duty tell others about our successes and failures,” he says. “The whole internet benefits from more sites being on HTTPS and we believed that being transparent about our process would help other publishers as they began their work on migrating to HTTPS.”Asked their advice for publishers considering making the switch, Tollman, Snively, and Aas agree: “Just do it.”“Don’t waffle on the question of whether it needs to be done — it does,” says Aas. “Get advice from people who’ve already done it, make a plan and execute.” As added motivation, Tollman points to a September 2016 announcement from Google that Chrome would begin marking non-HTTPS pages that contain password input fields as “Not Secure” in the URL bar.“It was clear that browsers were eventually going to require websites to use HTTPS to gain access to features, and we are starting to see this come to fruition. We wanted to be ahead of the curve.”Gene Bishop, VP of Technology at B2B media firm ALM, cited similar reasons for adding HTTPS as one of the elements of the newly rolled out Law.com, which went live in October.“There’s pressure from the big tech companies, and I don’t think anybody wants their users to get one of those gnarly messages,” Bishop says. “When you see that message, it’s scary. It’s one of those freak-out things that we certainly wanted to avoid.”Bishop notes that ALM’s readership is mostly lawyers, which likely means heightened sensitivity to issues like web security, and given that ALM was centralizing numerous brand sites under one central domain anyway, the time was right to think about adding HTTPS. We’ve all seen it. You open your web browser, head to your favorite site, and instead are met with an ominous message: “Your connection to this site is not secure,” followed by a warning that any information you enter could be stolen by unnamed attackers.How could your favorite site betray you like this?Despite rising awareness around the importance of HTTPS, an adaptation of the traditional HTTP protocol that provides an added layer of security through encrypting communications between a client and server, as much as half of all web traffic — including several of the internet’s 100 most popular sites — remains unencrypted, according to most estimates.Heeding the call last year, Zack Tollman, who at the time was engineering lead at Wired, led the charge to move that site to HTTPS.“HTTPS is a basic security feature that our visitors deserve,” Tollman, who now serves as application architect for parent company Condé Nast’s Co/Lab innovation team, tells Folio:. “HTTPS protects visitors from eavesdroppers and helps preserve the integrity of Wired‘s content.”last_img read more

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Deltaarea dairy owners decide to stay in business but worker shortage persists

first_imgThe Northern Lights Dairy’s owners have decided to keep the facility operating while they look for workers to help operate it.(Alaska Farm Bureau)The Northern Lights Dairy in Delta Junction will stay open – at least, for now. The owners say they’ve reconsidered a decision earlier this month to close. The dairy’s future hinges on finding people to work hard for low pay, a nationwide agricultural problem, experts say is even more challenging in Alaska.Listen nowIt takes a lot of work to run a dairy. And at the Northern Lights Dairy in Delta Junction, Lois Lintleman, along with her husband Don, own and operate the dairy. For decades, the Lintlemans have pretty much been doing it all. It’s one of two in the state and the only one still operating in the Interior.“We’ve done everything from milking the cow to packaging it to delivering it to the consumer,” Lois said.But the Lintlemans are getting on in years, and all but one of their sons have left to find work elsewhere. And the co-owners are having a hard time finding workers to take their place. So Lois and Don decided a few weeks ago to shut down the dairy. Then, last week, they reconsidered and decided to keep it open – for now.“We’re hoping things will maybe turn around,” Lois said in an interview. “I mean, we’ll have animals that will calve and come fresh in September-October. And we’re hoping things might change.”Lintleman said they’ll try again to find good workers to operate the dairy. She said that’s been getting harder in recent years, mainly because they must compete against Delta’s biggest employer: Fort Greely and its missile-defense base contractors.“Everybody thinks that they need to be getting wages like they do out at the military base,” Lois said, “And a farmer can’t pay $25, $30 to $40 an hour. We’ve advertised Outside, and we even sent a fellow a plane ticket. And he never came.”University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agent Phil Kaspari said most Alaskan farmers struggle to find good employees.“It’s more challenging here, I would say, because of the military base and the wages,” Kaspari said. “It’s difficult for the farmers to be competitive.”Kaspari said dairy workers are especially hard to come by, because they have or learn a wide skill set that includes farming – growing and harvesting feed – to animal husbandry, to operating a processing plant.“This time of the year,” Kaspari said, “I will get calls from local farmers asking if I know of any good workers, y’know, any young folks graduating that have an interest in agriculture.”Alaska Farm Bureau President Bryce Wrigley agreed, adding “It’s a challenge for America in general, really.”Delta farmer and Alaska Farm Bureau President Bryce Wrigley says the shortage of farm workers is a local and nationwide problem.(Tim Ellis/KUAC)Wrigley took a break from spring planting at his barley farm in Delta Monday to explain the worker-shortage problem that farmers nationwide face. Wrigley, whose day job is managing the Delta and Salcha-area Soil and Conservation District, spends much of the rest of his time out in the fields or helping operate a mill where he processes the barley. So he knows what it takes to run an agricultural operation.“You’re milking cows, you’re grinding grain, you’re making flour, you’re raising beef, checking the hogs,” Wrigley said. “This stuff happens around the clock.”Wrigley says it takes a special breed of person to commit their life to producing food.“They see that as a mission, or as a thing that they want to do,” Wrigley said. “And they’re willing to forego the high-dollar salaries and stuff like that.”Wrigley said there aren’t many people out there these days who would choose such demanding work – work that he said is essential to Alaska’s food security. He said the state must grow its agricultural workforce by helping young people understand the importance of producing food through education and activities like 4-H and FFA, or Future Farmers of America, so they’ll be ready to take over when this generation of farmers is ready to retire.last_img read more

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TMC will strongly oppose bill to bifurcate JK West Bengal CM

first_imgKOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister on Tuesday said her party, the Trinamool Congress, will strongly oppose the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill that proposes to bifurcate the state into two union territories. Banerjee also said the Centre should have consulted all political parties before coming to a decision to scrap Constitutional provisions that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The chief minister was talking to reporters at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport here before heading to Chennai, to unveil a statue of DMK leader and former chief minister M Karunanidhi. “The government could have taken the decision after consulting all the political parties and Kashmiris. There was no vote or discussion on the Kashmir issue. This is not democratic. We will oppose it tooth and nail,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Home Minister Amit Shah had on Monday moved a resolution in the Lok Sabha for bringing a bill to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The government also revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Although the Rajya Sabha TMC MPs in the Rajya Sabha staged a walk-out during voting on the bill, Banerjee said it did not mean that the party facilitated the passage of the bill. “Staging a walk-out from the Rajya Sabha during voting does not mean we are supporting the bill,” she added.last_img read more

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Shrek getting Monopolized Toymaker Hasbro in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation

first_imgHasbro Inc, the toymaker that has games like “Monopoly” to its credit, is in early talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation, the Hollywood studio that produced “Shrek” and “Madagascar” among others, according to people familiar with the matter.DreamWorks Animation and Hasbro are discussing a potential acquisition deal. Deadline reports that the Hasbro board recently visited DWA’s campus and a potential deal could be just a couple of months away.While there is no official word on the deal, Financial Times reports that the price could exceed $30 a share – a 35 percent premium on DWA’s Wednesday’s closing price. DWA has a market capitalization of $1.9 billion.If the deal is finalized, the company will be called DreamWorks-Hasbro and DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is slated to lead the combined firm. The deal would combine two market leaders in their own genres and help both companies diversify from their core businesses.Through the transaction, DreamWorks can access Hasbro’s huge stock of consumer products and intellectual property while Hasbro will be able to use DWA’s Hollywood production assets and movies.But there is no official confirmation of the deal yet. Spokespersons for both companies declined comment saying, “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”News of the acquisition talks come just six weeks after it was reported that DreamWorks Animation was trying to forge a deal with SoftBank, the Japanese conglomerate which recently caught headlines for its investment in Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal.com. But soon after, the talks were abandoned for reasons yet undisclosed, according to The Business Insider.DreamWorks Animation is busy planning a separate deal with The Hearst Corporation to form a joint venture to run its AwesomenessTV unit, which operates a network of YouTube channels, reports Deadline. DWA acquired AwesomenessTV last year for more than $100 million.last_img read more

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