Steven Gerrard will only consider leaving Rangers if “Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal” come calling, claims Alex Miller.The ex-England captain is cutting his managerial teeth at Ibrox after accepting a first post in the senior game.He has picked up coaching experience within the academy system at Liverpool, with a return to Merseyside made after hanging up his boots with MLS side the LA Galaxy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gerrard is being tipped to make a positive impact with Rangers and a man who worked with him during his playing days at Liverpool believes a spell in Glasgow will only be broken by an approach from a Premier League giant.Former Anfield assistant manager Miller told BBC Scotland: “Rangers will mount a challenge to Celtic.”And if you make a go of the Rangers job, why would you leave? It would need to be Liverpool, Manchester United, or Arsenal.”Gerrard has guided Rangers into the third qualifying round of the 2018-19 Europa League and is set to open a Scottish Premiership campaign away at Aberdeen on Sunday.A modern-day icon is being backed to deliver success for a club still rebuilding on the back of financial struggles, with 10 additions having been made this summer to a new-look squad expected to push Old Firm rivals Celtic close.Miller added: “Rangers will be some machine if Stevie can get them going.”He felt he had too many of the same type of player when he came in. Too small. Nice footballers, but Rangers needed a bit of height and strength. Now they have a better squad and are better equipped.”They don’t have enough to win the Premiership, but they have more about them than Aberdeen. They will finish ahead of everyone bar Celtic.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has revealed that he decided to sell Juan Bernat after the player’s poor performance in the Champions League quarter-final first leg last season.The left-back made the switch to PSG in the summer after having spent four years with the Bundesliga giants having initially signed for the club from Valencia in 2014.And the reasons behind Bayern making the decision to move the Spaniard on have now been disclosed, with president Hoeness having seen enough in one particular game to convince him to get rid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It all centres around Bernat’s performance in Bayern’s 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League back in April.With the first leg taking place in Spain, Bernat was partly responsible for the hosts’ first goal, as Pablo Sarabia shrugged off a challenge from the defender before smashing home past Sven Ulreich.Bayern did recover courtesy of a Jesus Navas own goal and one from Thiago Alcantara, although Bernat was subsequently hooked at half-time in place of Rafinha.The Bavarians eventually went on to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate after a 0-0 second-leg draw, but Bernat would only play for the club four more times after that, before being sold to PSG in a €15 million (£13m/$17m) deal.And discussing the sale, Hoeness revealed to reporters in an explosive press conference on Friday: “When we played in Seville, he was solely responsible for us almost being eliminated.”That day [the Champions League first leg against Sevilla], we decided that we would sell him because he almost cost us all the success in the Champions League.”In what was a heated exchange with the gathered media, Bayern also backed their manager Niko Kovac despite a run of four matches without a win in all competitions.That form had seen former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger linked with the post, but the club’s chiefs, including Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic have stood by the Croatian.Next up for Bayern is an away trip to Wolfsburg as they look to halt their recent slump, with Kovac’s side, who are currently sixth in the table, looking to close the gap on current leaders Dortmund.
Continue Reading Previous Keysight: parametric test solution with “TRUE” parametric per-pin architectureNext TE Connectivity introduces smallest in class relay Texas Instruments unveiled a new DLP chipset combining full programmability and highest resolution, more than one million addressable pixels per headlight, exceeding the resolution of existing adaptive driving beam (ADB) technologies by more than 10,000 times.Automakers and Tier-1 suppliers can use this new programmable ADB solution to design headlight systems that maximize brightness for drivers on the road while minimizing the glare to oncoming traffic or reflections from retroreflective traffic signs. This new DLP technology works with any light source, including LED and laser illumination, and gives engineers a way to more precisely control light distribution on the road with customizable beam patterns.The flexibility of DLP technology enables automakers and Tier-1 suppliers to create headlight systems that pair with programmable software and smaller optics to increase performance without sacrificing style. System engineers also have the capability to partially or fully dim individual pixels using this solution, paving the way for the creation of headlight systems that allow drivers to keep their high beams on while operating their vehicle in all conditions without impacting other drivers.DLP technology for high-resolution headlight systems also enables automakers and Tier-1 suppliers to transform headlight systems into a new communication channel by projecting relevant information on the road. On-road light projection can enhance communication between drivers, pedestrians and other vehicles and provide customers with a way to address future communication requirements needed for autonomous and self-driving vehicle systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Continue Reading Previous First Sensor: pressure sensors now up to 10 bar and with side pressure connectionsNext Infineon: SECORA Pay W turns fashion wearables into payment devices IAR Embedded Workbench extends support for Arm DesignStart, accelerating high performance SoC design for applications including medical, smart home, gateways and wearablesIAR Systems expands its presence in the Arm DesignStart community with added support for the Arm Cortex-A5 CPU. System on Chip designers now have the option to use the powerful development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for SoC development using DesignStart Cortex-M and Cortex-A processors, making development faster and more reliable.The Arm DesignStart program enables the creation of custom SoCs using the Arm Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3, or Cortex-A5 processors with low cost and fast access, and provides a verified subsystem for a wide range of applications, including IoT, gateways, sensor, control and mixed signal SoCs, as well as design services and support. Developers also gain instant access to IAR Embedded Workbench, incorporating a highly optimizing C/C++ compiler and a powerful debugger. Automatic vectorization compiler support simplifies the use of NEON technology, an advanced SIMD (single instruction multiple data) extension available in Cortex-A and Cortex-R processors, including Arm Cortex-A5. NEON technology improves the multimedia user experience by accelerating audio and video encoding/decoding, and user interfaces. NEON can also accelerate signal processing algorithms and functions to speed up applications such as audio and video processing, voice and facial recognition, computer vision and deep learning.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc on Tuesday displaced England fast bowler Jofra Archer to become the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.Starc entered the Lord’s Cricket Ground with 15 wickets under his belt. The 29-year-old scalped four England wickets – Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, and Adil Rashid – to take his tally to 19 wickets in the tournament so far.Starc returned with the figures of 4-43 against England. The Australia fast bowler was the joint highest wicket-taker in the 2015 edition with New Zealand’s Trent Boult. Both settled with 22 wickets.England’s Jofra Archer (16), Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir (15), New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson (14) and England’s Mark Wood (13) complete the top five wicket-takers’ list.Defending champions Australia have become the first team to enter the semi-finals of the World Cup after it defeated England by 64 runs.The hosts of the tournament need to win their remaining two matches against India and New Zealand, respectively, to enter the knock-out stage. If England manages to win one match from their two fixtures, the fortunes of the team will depend on other results in the tournament.Australia sit in the top position on the World Cup standings with 12 points from seven matches. Australia will next take on New Zealand on June 29 at the Lord’s.Also Read | England vs Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch set new World Cup recordAlso Read | ‘This is our World Cup’: Ben Stokes issues war cry after defeat to AustraliaAlso See
Primera A Colombian forward killed in gun attack Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:26 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Primera A Primera B Cortuluá América de Cali Two footballers were amongst a group who were shot at during a gathering on Friday, with the attack described as a ‘crime of passion’ by local police Twenty-four-year-old forward Alejandro Penaranda has been confirmed dead following a gun attack in Cali, Colombia, while club-mate Heissen Izquierdo was also injured in the attack.The Cortulua player, who was on loan from America de Cali, was reported to have been at the home of former team-mate Cristian Alexis Borja at the time of the shooting.Izquierdo, also of Cortulua, was injured and taken to hospital in an attack which has been described as ‘a crime of passion’ by local police. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “The incident took place at 12:40 local time on Friday morning, there was a party with various footballers,” Metropolitan Police Commander Hugo Casos stated.”A man came to the place asking for a woman and seconds later jumped over the wall and began to shoot the young men, leaving one dead and one injured with gunshot wounds.”We are working on the case with the general police, seeing as it is a challenge for us to locate the motives of this killing.”According to our preliminary investigations, the attack was aimed at Alejandro and Heissen, although the first hypothesis that we have is that a woman is involved who should have been at the party, but wasn’t.”We believe it is a crime of passion.”Penaranda began his career at Atletico Nacional before leaving for America de Cali in 2014, and eventually spending time on loan to Colombian Serie B side Cortulua.
Is the U.S. national team preparing to compete in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup not young enough? That is certainly a sentiment among some U.S. fans who have been left disappointed with what feels like a delaying of a necessary youth movement. Gregg Berhalter doesn’t see it that way, and not because he doesn’t believe in the value of bringing young players along in the USMNT setup.What Berhalter is searching for heading into his first tournament in charge as U.S. coach is the right balance. He has seen first-hand what having the right combination can produce, having been a member of what was arguably the best USMNT World Cup squad ever assembled. Berhalter also knows what having a bad mix of players can cause.”Any successful team needs diversity,” Berhalter told Goal in an exclusive interview during USMNT camp.”Any successful team needs experienced guys, guys in their prime and guys that are developing. Any time you get too heavy in one of those areas I think you’re in trouble.” 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? Berhalter was a defender on the 2002 U.S. World Cup team that reached the World Cup quarterfinals, a run that ended with a 1-0 loss to Germany in a match the Americans played well enough to win. A match remembered for Berhalter having a potential equalizer blocked off the goal line by a Torsten Frings handball that wasn’t called, though almost certainly would have been ruled a penalty in today’s world of VAR.Berhalter insists he never gave much thought to what he missed out on personally by having that potential goal denied, but was more painful because it ended a dream run for a special team, a team that has provided him with a blueprint for the kind of team he hopes to build as USMNT coach.”It gave me an idea of what you need to be successful, because then I compare it to 2006 and we didn’t have all those elements and I don’t think it was a shock we didn’t perform as well,” Berhalter said. “That’s the thing, it’s not just talent, we were a talented team (in 2002), but it was also the cohesion.”Finding the right balance is what has kept Berhalter from doing what many fans would want him to do, which is put together a full squad of youngsters, with the idea being to have them grow up together as a group. Berhalter put that idea to bed in March, when he let some of the program’s top young prospects go to a U-23 camp rather than join the senior team for its March friendlies.That should have been the first sign that Berhalter wasn’t planning to go super young with his Gold Cup team, with the main reason being that Berhalter felt some of the top young prospects were either not playing enough, or simply weren’t ready to bypass established veterans.”I just had honest conversations with guys and said ‘Listen, I think you’re doing great, you have a lot of potential, but you need to be playing’,” Berhaltrer said. “Find a spot where you can play, find a team that’s going to play you because you need to keep developing. There’s one thing to have potential, and there’s one thing to realize your potential, and those are two very different things.”Though he didn’t wind up including players like Josh Sargent, Tim Weah and Cameron Carter-Vickers in his Gold Cup team, he did have several young talents join USMNT camp in the lead-up to the Gold Cup in order to give them some experience in the national team setup. He knows what that experience can do for a young player, having seen it for himself years ago.”I remember when we were playing in D.C. (with the national team), it must have been in 1999, and (Bruce Arena) brought Landon (Donovan) to a training camp, and Landon was like 16, and we were thinking ‘What the hell is this guy doing?”,” Berhalter said. “And three years later he’s scoring in a World Cup and was one of our best performers.”It was important that he came around that time (when he was a teenager) so you could expose him to that.”Berhalter heads into the Gold Cup facing some tough challenges, starting with how to set up a defense that has been hit hard by injuries. When the USMNT played Ecuador in March, and posted a 1-0 victory, the back four that impressed on that day and looked like it would be the Gold Cup starting defense consisted of John Brooks, Aaron Long, Tyler Adams and Tim Ream. Three months later, Brooks and Adams are absent due to injury while Long is working his way back from a hamstring injury.When asked about that turn of events, Berhalter could only laugh and say “Welcome to the national team.””You always have in mind what the best version of our team can be, and when I talk to all these national team coaches, they say ‘Gregg, listen, you may have this idea, but you’re not going to get it all the time’,” Berhalter said. “That’s part of our business, and we have to have the next man up mentality. Injuries happen, suspensions happen, and we need to be ready.”Berhalter has been preparing himself for this moment going back to his playing days, when he thought about coaching early on, and started taking coaching license courses when he was still in his 20s. He has already endured the ups and downs of life as a coach, including being fired from his first job, as manager of Swedish side Hammarby, when he was 39.“When I took over in Sweden I had no idea how to coach,” Berhalter admits. “I had no idea the things you needed to know to effectively coach a team, and I had to learn, so it was a great time for me.”Coaching is difficult It’s not just tactics. There’s a lot of different layers to coaching and all these experiences that i’ve had, particularly in Sweden, really helped me to grow.”That education he received helped him develop, but that didn’t make the experience of being fired any easier for him to deal with, although in the end it helped him become a better coach.”Have you ever been fired? That’s not a good feeling,” Berhalter said. “I doubt you come out more confident, that’s not the case. But I reflected, and I said ‘Okay, what did I do well, what did I do wrong?’ I actually reached out to a lot of the players and said ‘Hey, what do you think?’”I also said ‘Okay, I need to study more’ and that’s what I did. I went around Europe for six months and I learned,” Berhalter said. “I learned about really having clear principles about how you want to play. To me it’s really important that you have a defined way to play, and a defined way to teach it and you need to have a defined way to train it, and those three things need to be closely linked if you really want to transfer the information to the players.”Berhalter rebounded from that experience and enjoyed a successful run with the Columbus Crew, a role that helped put him in position to be hired as the USMNT coach in charge of a reclamation project that was sorely needed after the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.The 2019 Gold Cup will be the first major test for Berhalter and his system, to see how well things are developing through his first year in charge. When he talks about the tournament, Berhalter focuses on the process, and on how his team handles the challenges of tournament play, but he’s also quick to clarify that he isn’t heading into this tournament just for the experience.”We want to win the Gold Cup. What are we talking about here? That’s why we’re doing it,” Berhalter told Goal. “When there’s a trophy out there we want to compete to try to win. That is going to be one of the benchmarks of how we’re measuring our success in this tournament, do we win?””That said, I also have the long term in mind, and the long term is getting to 2022 and then performing well in 2022.”
the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30- Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Sept. 12. Documentary Assholes: A Theory, produced by A Rude Film Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $236,911 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $816,935. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — An art installation at this year’s Bonavista Biennale is shining a light on a dark corner of Newfoundland’s history — slave ships that were built on the island during the 1700s.Camille Turner, a Toronto-based artist and academic, was intrigued when she heard the largely untold story of Newfoundland-built slave ships, and she was surprised to find so many ships documented in a database of expeditions.Her installation laid out in the historic saltbox Mockbeggar Plantation Fish Store in Bonavista, N.L., includes a display of 19 cards, each commemorating a slave ship built in Newfoundland.“I didn’t expect to see this at all,” Turner said of the number of ships. “That was really quite something.”Turner’s travelling Afronautic Research Lab, on display until Sept. 15., functions as a reading room on Canada’s links to slavery, displaying records such as newspaper clippings from Canadian slave owners who were hunting down runaway people.The research lab has visited cities across the country, and Turner said each place adds another element to the narrative. On its second stop in Newfoundland, she decided the ships would be her way into the story.Each ship has a unique tale of its own. One involves free Africans liberating the kidnapped people, another is recorded as sailing with mostly children on board. Turner drew her work from a Harvard University database which compiles records of slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866.Information on the expeditions varies, but crucially missing are identifying details about the trafficked people and their lives.“Sometimes it has how much money they made selling these people, but it doesn’t have any single name of any of the people that were part of this trade,” Turner said in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles. “They weren’t really mentioned as people but as cargo.”Turner’s installation also includes a video, filmed at the venue and in Bonavista’s rugged Dungeon Provincial Park, showing her interact with artifacts. The dimly lit room where the installation is displayed gives visual context to the stories.“I keep it deliberately dark because that’s what it’s like trying to do this work, trying to do this research, and trying to shine light on something that’s being silenced,” Turner said of her exhibit’s aesthetic.Visitors are often surprised by what they discover. Turner said people can spend a long time going through the material and taking notes on the unknown chapters of their local history.The stories Turner showcases would be nearly impossible to research with the province’s own records, she said, as Memorial University’s database does not extend far enough back. Many of the documents came from British shipping records.Turner’s aim is to bring these hidden stories to the forefront and map the global connections of the inhumane practice.In her Bonavista installation, a heavy stone sits in the middle of the floor. The accompanying video shows Turner carrying it into the space. It represents the stone ballasts that ships left behind on the African continent once their weight was replaced with stolen people.“I use the stone as a symbol to talk about the missing people,” Turner said.Stones and ships aren’t the only symbols of Newfoundland’s involvement in the slave economy.Salt fish was exported in large quantities to the British West Indies where plantation owners sought cheap and protein-rich food for slaves. According to the Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador website, annual salt fish exports to the British West Indies between 1817 and 1833 averaged 127,000 quintals (a quintal was the standard measure of 112 pounds of fish.)And elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, research is also pointing to the slave economy’s powerful role in the region’s history and development.A report from Dalhousie University released last week details the racist and pro-slavery sentiments of the university’s founder and a number of past presidents. It also traced the presence of enslaved black people in the region and discussed how taxes on trade with the slave economy supported Nova Scotia’s public funds in the 1800s.For her part, Turner said she hopes her exhibit keeps travelling the country to keep the narrative expanding, revealing hidden truths about familiar places.“Everyone sits in this history, and we sit in it differently. To gain some sort of understanding of where we are in this history is really important, and how this history shaped this place,” she said.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
CALGARY – The National Energy Board is setting up a process to resolve future permitting issues between Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. and provincial and municipal authorities on the Trans Mountain expansion project.The NEB said Thursday that under the process, it will take about three to five weeks to reach a decision on future permitting disputes.The regulator said that it still expects all sides to go through the permitting process in good faith, but the board will step in when necessary on permitting issues that affect NEB conditions on the project.“This generic process will provide a measure of certainty regarding the regulatory tools available to resolve permitting disputes or disagreements in limited circumstances where Trans Mountain and provincial and municipal authorities are unable to do so,” the NEB said in a release.Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) had asked for a way to resolve future disputes after encountering what it called significant delays on securing permits from Burnaby, B.C.B.C. municipalities had made submissions against the proposal, with Chilliwack expressing concern that the company may use it as a pressure mechanism or as leverage against the city. Surrey said the motion is an attempt to unlawfully fetter, circumvent, and undermine the legislative scheme to the detriment of municipalities.Outside supporters of the Trans Mountain project, including the Alberta and federal governments, supported the proposal as a way to address compliance oversight.The NEB said it expects the process to be rarely used, and it would only step in for limited reasons such as when there’s lack of clarity as to whether Trans Mountain has achieved condition compliance.Kinder Morgan Canada had asked that a standing panel be set up to hear the potential disputes, but the NEB said it would decide who would hear issues as they arise. The NEB also gave itself roughly double the time the company had requested for decisions to be made in the process.The company said Wednesday that it estimated the Trans Mountain expansion project was a year behind schedule after encountering regulatory and permitting delays.The project, which would nearly triple oil-shipping capacity from Alberta to the West Coast, faces significant opposition from numerous Indigenous groups, environmentalists and municipalities in British Columbia.
The visit is of particular significance since Sri Lanka acceded to the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention on 13 December 2017 becoming its 163rd State Party, the Foreign Ministry said. The Special Envoy is also expected to meet with the UN Country Team, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss further assistance for mine clearance and mine victims in Sri Lanka. On Tuesday 6 March at 5.30 p.m., the Special Envoy will deliver a lecture at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies on ‘The Ottawa Convention on Anti-Personnel Landmines: Asia’s Opportunities and Challenges’.Since 2004, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein has served as the Chair of Jordan’s National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation. After being appointed in 2009 as the Special Envoy to the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, he has worked extensively with the UN and member countries to promote the banning of anti- personnel mines, worldwide. (Colombo Gazette) During his visit to Sri Lanka, the Special Envoy will call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. He is also scheduled to undertake a field visit to the Northern Province, accompanied by the Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, D.M Swaminathan, where he will witness firsthand the mine clearance activities being carried out and interact with agencies that clear mines as well as landmine victims. The Government says the Special Envoy of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein to Sri Lanka will give Sri Lanka the opportunity demonstrate the work that has been done so far in mine clearance, and plans to make the country mine free by the year 2020.At the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Special Envoy of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan will undertake an official visit from 5 – 7 March 2018. The ‘Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction’, typically referred to as the ‘Ottawa Convention’ or ‘Mine Ban Treaty’, seeks to end the use of anti-personnel landmines (APLs) worldwide. It was opened for signature on December 3, 1997, and it entered into force on March 1, 1999. Currently the convention has 164 state parties.
TURKEY POINT — Ontario Parks is committed to mowing and burning the dead phragmites on the Ordnance Avenue beach by March 31 “provided weather conditions are favourable.”Jeffrey Pickersgill, superintendent of Turkey Point Provincial Park, says officials need up to three days of dry weather when the invasive reeds are cut so they will burn properly.“To be clear, Ontario Parks has confirmed that the mowing equipment will be available when and if necessary,” Pickersgill said in an email.“If we don’t have the necessary favourable conditions to conduct a prescribed burn before March 31, Ontario Parks will cut the sprayed phragmites from the Ordnance Avenue beach area. Adjacent landowners and the municipality will be notified in advance of the burn.”Pickersgill was responding to a deputation at Norfolk council last week that said the necessary equipment may not be available to remove the dead biomass by the March 31 deadline.George Anger and Darlene Vandepoele are members of the Turkey Point Phragmites Action Alliance Committee.Anger and Vandepoele said Turkey Point Provincial Park officials had told them that a Marsh Master harvesting device was about to be relocated to Long Point and might be unavailable for the scheduled Ordnance Avenue cleanup.This was alarming news because the cutting and burning of the dead biomass is the critical final step in a Ministry of the Environment pilot project that could set the tone for phragmites eradication throughout the Great Lakes basin.The herbicide Roundup has been used under a special federal permit to knock back phragmites in the Long Point marsh and more recently in the Turkey Point area. Vandepoele told council that tests suggest the herbicide is effective while leaving next to no residue in the environment.“Tests have indicated that the chemical is working and working safely,” Vandepoele said.The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. Americans have been using Roundup to control phragmites for years.Anger and Vandepoele say cutting and burning the dead reeds is important because it clears the way to determine if areas need secondary treatment.If the dead reeds are left as is, Anger and Vandepoele say the phragmites could bounce back. If that happened, the time, money and effort invested in the pilot program would be wasted.“If they can get a controlled method for eradicating phragmites that has been tested, they’ll be able to go into other areas with a plan,” Anger said. “If you don’t have a plan because you’ve thrown it out the window, the solution is gone.”Phragmites is an aggressive, invasive reed that chokes out competing vegetation. Vandepoele said anyone with phragmites who does nothing is actually helping it spread. The prolific reed produces thousands of seeds which germinate easily and create monoculture stands with roots to a depth of nearly 20 feet.“If Turkey Point Provincial Park doesn’t help get rid of this, they’re not being good neighbours because they’re helping it spread to all of Norfolk County,” Vandepoele said.Vittoria Coun. Chris Van Paassen has served as an executive member of the Norfolk Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Committee. Van Paassen told council he and his colleagues have had a difficult time explaining to provincial officials that phragmites are not native to Ontario and devastate native species and native habitats wherever they grow.At Tuesday’s meeting, council asked Mayor Kristal Chopp to write a letter to the province expressing Norfolk’s interest in assuming jurisdiction over provincial waterfront areas in the county. This is not a new idea. Norfolk council expressed interest in taking over the Ordnance Avenue beach in 2004.This weekend, Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said the idea is unlikely to get much traction. The management plan for Turkey Point Provincial Park, he said, was written in 1989. Since then, the province hasn’t deviated from it despite numerous changes of government.“That’s something we can talk about locally,” Barrett said. “But I don’t know how that would play if it became a headline in the National Post.”Barrett added he is monitoring the situation in Turkey Point and will raise the issue if he has to with colleagues at Queen’s Park.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
The place to be on the night before the big gyration on Mash Day is no other than Demerara Park for its annual J’Ouvert Party. This year, the party is titled ‘Wet Fete Jouvert Party’ and will be played in two zones. Those who wish to get ‘wet’ and those who chose to remain ‘dry’. In the wet zone, there will be water and foam while in the dry zone will see partyholics playing with powder and fog.Deejay MarcusThe event is sponsored by Banks DIH under the GT Genuine Beer and will feature one of the most versatile deejays out of Trinidad and Tobago. This young man is no stranger to Guyana and definitely knows to hype a crowd. Deejay Marcus Williams is ready to make sure patrons have a blast.In addition, Deejay Papa out of Evolution Sound System and Deejay Nico out of Gold Rock will be adding some vibes to a night that is expected to be epic. Apart from the fun and frolic, the first 500 persons at the event will received a bottle of GT Beer and one bottle Glow UV neon paint. There will also be lots of giveaways.Admission to the event is absolutely free. Music will be provided by Power Tech while stage and lighting will be done by Cloud 9 Inc. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDynamic Airways flies Guyanese home for MashFebruary 22, 2015In “Business”GPF promises increase security in GT for Christmas SeasonNovember 19, 2018In “Crime”Glen Washington for Tower Hotel Ball Drop on Old Year’s NightDecember 30, 2016In “Entertainment”,The place to be on the night before the big gyration on Mash Day is no other than Demerara Park for its annual J’Ouvert Party. This year, the party is titled ‘Wet Fete Jouvert Party’ and will be played in two zones. Those who wish to get ‘wet’ and those who chose to remain ‘dry’. In the wet zone, there will be water and foam while in the dry zone will see partyholics playing with powder and fog.Deejay MarcusThe event is sponsored by Banks DIH under the GT Genuine Beer and will feature one of the most versatile deejays out of Trinidad and Tobago. This young man is no stranger to Guyana and definitely knows to hype a crowd. Deejay Marcus Williams is ready to make sure patrons have a blast.In addition, Deejay Papa out of Evolution Sound System and Deejay Nico out of Gold Rock will be adding some vibes to a night that is expected to be epic. Apart from the fun and frolic, the first 500 persons at the event will received a bottle of GT Beer and one bottle Glow UV neon paint. There will also be lots of giveaways.Admission to the event is absolutely free. Music will be provided by Power Tech while stage and lighting will be done by Cloud 9 Inc. (Guyana Times)
RADWIN, a global provider of sub-6 GHz broadband wireless solutions, has had its RADWIN 2000 high-capacity point-to-point solutions chosen and deployed by Semirara Mining Corp – the largest coal mine in the Philippines. The mine is using RADWIN 2000 systems to create a private network to provide voice and data services to offices scattered across the mine site. EBDI, a leading system integrator based in the Philippines, was selected by Semirara Mining and managed the entire installation.George San Pedro, Semirara Mining’s mine site Resident Manager: “This network is extremely important as it provides the basis of our communications in the mining site. Therefore we had to select a networking solution that would provide the utmost capacity, performance and robustness to withstand the harsh conditions in the coal mine and the volatile weather in the Philippines. RADWIN’s equipment was installed in record time, and we are very pleased with the equipment’s performance and durability. Even when typhoon Haiyan hit the area, RADWIN’s systems weathered the super force and continued to provide us with the high-capacity connectivity that we have come to rely on.”RADWIN 2000 point-to-point solutions deliver 250 Mb/s net throughput for long ranges and incorporates advanced technologies such as OFDM, MIMO, a unique air interface to mitigate interference and operate in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios.EBDI Philippines General Manager, Gilbert Paggabao: “When Semirara turned to us to connect dispersed mining offices we knew that only RADWIN’s radios were up to the challenge. RADWIN’s solutions perform exceptionally well, especially considering the harsh environment of the island and the humidity, salt and coal particles that are abundant in the coal mines.”Maurice Illouz, RADWIN’s General Manager APAC: “Our equipment has been a trusted source of communications for mining, utility and federal government agencies as well as humanitarian relief operations that require high-performing, reliable and rapidly deployable systems. We have an extensive track record in serving the mining sector with solutions for both fixed and mobile applications, and we are proud to count the Semirara coal mine amongst our rapidly expanding customer base.”
Mar 22nd 2017, 9:37 AM The model is being followed around the country with an Irish-language club operating in Galway City too, and there’s also talk about clubs being started in Belfast and Cork.“People are looking at what we’re doing here and saying to themselves: ‘Well, there’s a future here for the language”, said De Buitléir, who thinks that the movement of Irish-language clubs is the next step for the preservation of the Irish language.I would be just as happy if rugby clubs were being started, or soccer clubs, or running clubs. It only takes five people to start a basketball club.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 9:37 AM Follow us: the42.ie 10,025 Views 12 Comments WATCH: This Dublin GAA club operates completely through the Irish language We spoke with members of Na Gaeil Óga, who are finding new ways to use their cúpla focal. Share714 Tweet Email By Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh Source: The42.ie/YouTubeIRISH-LANGUAGE SPORTS clubs are hoping to become one of the next big steps in Irish preservation by providing an enjoyable outlet for people to use it.“There are thousands of people coming out of the education system every year, fluent in Irish”, according Daithí de Buitléir, a member of Na Gaeil Óga in Dublin. “The problem is that there’s nowhere for them to speak it.”Na Gaeil Óga are a Dublin GAA club, based in Lucan, that operate solely through Irish, from training sessions to matches to team nights out.The club was started in 2011 to give people a chance to use their Irish in an environment outside the usual classroom setting, and has members from all over Ireland and even further afield. One of their footballers originally hails from Wolverhampton in England. Short URL VIDEO: Michael Quinlivan’s goal of the season contender for Tipperary against OffalyAnalysis: Kerry’s attacks and pressure on kickouts tests Dublin but decision making proves costly http://the42.ie/3299627 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
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Consumers in Anchorage are feeling positive. The city’s Consumer Optimism Index has reached a four-year high — 63 out of 100. The score is based on random phone surveys of at least 350 households. But the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says that doesn’t mean everything is looking up. The three-year outlook for Anchorage shows only slow to moderate economic growth. On the one hand, data compiled by the economic research organization McDowell Group shows personal income is expected to grow nearly five percent each year for the next three years. Tourism is has reached a record high. Passenger volumes at the international airport are up two percent.But on the other hand, airport freight volumes will remain steady. “What’s happening is that the industry — the logistics supply chain industry — is getting more efficient,” AEDC president Bill Popp explained to a luncheon on Wednesday. “They’re getting smarter about ordering further in advance. So they’re making use of surface transportation as an alternative to more expensive air cargo. We’re also seeing another interesting effect. We’re seeing these new generation aircraft that can carry more tonnage. So you don’t need as many planes to carry the same amount of tonnage.”The data does predict a slight increase of 3 percent per year growth at the Anchorage Port, however it’s still much less than it was 10 years ago.The population of the city will only increase by one percent each year from 2015 to 2017. “This is predicated on fruitfulness locally,” Popp said. “More babies. And it is not predicated on people moving to town. We actually have a net outflow of adults.”He said it’s partially because of the city’s lack of housing and high cost of living.As for employment, Anchorage is gaining private sector jobs, but it’s losing almost as many government jobs, primarily from the federal government and from schools. Overall employment is predicted to increase by one percent per year.Popp said the biggest challenges facing the Anchorage economy are declining oil production and prices because of the revenue and jobs the resource brings to the state.
Three people, including two teenage boys, were killed by an explosion in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state on Saturday, a police officer said.Police were investigating if the mine had been laid intentionally or if the victims had accidentally struck unexploded ordnance leftover from a previous conflict, an officer told AFP.“According to our initial information, it was a homemade mine,” the officer said, requesting anonymity.“It exploded around 10:30am this morning in a field,” he said, adding that an elderly man and two boys aged 15 and 17 were killed by the blast.A 13-year-old boy was hospitalised with injuries.The north of Rakhine state is an impoverished area scarred by a brutal army crackdown on its Muslim Rohingya population.The campaign was launched in October in response to deadly raids staged by Rohingya militants, who say they are fighting for political rights for the stateless minority, which Myanmar has been accused of mistreating for years.The army crackdown has displaced more than 92,000 Rohingya.The majority fled across the border to Bangladesh, where many gave harrowing accounts of security officers slaughtering babies, burning people alive and staging gang rapes.The UN has ordered an investigation into the alleged army abuses, saying they may amount to crimes against humanity.But Myanmar has vowed to block visas for the UN fact-finding team, with de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi warning that their probe would inflame tensions in the region.Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner, has faced global censure for not taking a stronger stance on the Rohingya’s plight since coming to power last year.
Voot, Viacom 18’s OTT service in India, has commissioned more than 30 original shows across genres. Titles include legal drama “Law and Honour,” drama “Naaz,” romantic drama “Love All,” thriller “The Raikar Case,” drama “Marzi,” and crime thriller “Asura.”Now three years old, the service claims some 40 million monthly active users, with plans to grow this number to 100 million during the financial year 2019/2020. “The number is set to be achieved through driving scale with content and technology,” Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO and MD, Viacom18, told Variety. “A multitude of initiatives from launching an immersive slate of originals, coupled with technology enablers like interactivity and enhanced distribution will be key drivers.”Voot has announced more than 20 new distribution partnerships across the travel, broadband and mobile spaces, including ones with Ola, Cloudwalker, ShareIt and Act Fibrenet. Currently operating on the AVOD model, Voot will in addition introduce a ‘freemium’ model, as well as separate international and kids platforms. The newly launched Voot Studios initiative will enable advertisers to deliver tailored messages embedded into the narratives of various Voot shows. This will be driven by the company’s in-house audience measurement tool MAVARIC, which charts online and purchase behavior, affinities and interests.Viacom 18 is a joint venture of TV18, the media group controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and U.S. media conglomerate Viacom Inc. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Cyprus must have a more long-term vision, experts sayBy Philippe OrphanidesCyprus needs to up its game and focus less on short-term development outcomes and more on a 20 to 30-year roadmap of where the island wants to be by that time, according to experts, a vision that has been adopted by ruling Disy and partly unveiled this week.The Cyprus2030 vision and development agenda was presented on Thursday at an event in honour of Greece’s main opposition New Democracy’s leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Disy headquarters in Nicosia. The final and full form of the agenda will be disclosed in six months.Nabih MarounThe agenda was prepared for Disy by EPOQ Partners, a private consultancy firm newly established in Cyprus, and provides a roadmap and milestones for the development of each sector of the Cyprus economy. Namely, it puts forward the underutilized capacity of infrastructure and the potential of Cyprus to harness growth with a technology-driven economy.In his introductory speech, Disy leader Averof Neophytou stressed how the ability of a country to remain competitive depends on how it adapts to new realities like virtual banking, technology in agriculture, new and renewable energies as well as smart cities.EPOQ heads up a team of three experienced consulting firms, Farenheit 212, CDS consulting firm and Quantum Communications with experience in investment and business advisory, innovation strategy and strategic communications, respectively.The team of consultants believe that Cyprus can play a pivotal role in medical tourism and specialty centres, but also in research & education, entrepreneurship and innovation. They also identified a lot of potential in medical and financial technology. The consultants came up with and overarching agenda that outlines forty to fifty potential sectoral plays that can actually drive the development of Cyprus, ranging from education to medical tourism.Speaking to the Sunday Mail, founding Partner of EPOQ Adib Basbous explained how it all started: “We came for a first tour in March last year and were introduced via the party (DISY) to different stakeholders and ministers with whom we had a very informed discussion about the future of Cyprus and what it could become. A few months later, we believed there was a merit to conducting a second tour to discuss the possibility of an agenda built around all the learnings collected from our first visit.”It didn’t take long for the chemistry to form between Disy and the polyvalent consultants team of Lebanese origin. “They had us at hello, Cyprus gives you a very personalized service which actually builds on its hospitality. It’s in the genes, they apply it to attracting investments and businesses and everything else that comes with it” explained Nabih Maroun, founding Partner at EPOQ.“Based on the take-aways from our two or three rounds that we’ve done last year with the business community and the ministers, we went back to our respective offices and led an intensive research and analysis exercise looking at Cyprus throughout recent history, periods of prosperity and setbacks.”Through their preliminary work, the consultants identified several tangible and intangible assets such as a young and educated population, the prospects presented by the hydrocarbons discovery and a government that is open for business and that plays an increasingly key role as a trusted partner in the EU and the region.Education and a skilled workforce are one of the priorities in the consultant’s agenda and endorsed in Disy’s vision.Neophytou emphasised the need to provide more relevant skills to the young population: “By 2030, 800 million jobs will be replaced by ones requiring news skills and qualifications, affecting one fifth of today’s global workforce. Any responsible political leadership should not ignore this reality. […] Here, in Cyprus, companies are complaining about the lack of candidates with the modern skills needed to fill hundreds of highly paid positions.”Cyprus is using its assets, generating the steady growth recorded in the past years. But it has much more potential and needs to think further ahead. As Nabih describes “It’s not enough. The conditions around you serve you, you solidify your assets and political positioning, it’s a good starting point. Some good and prudent management got you out of the crisis, but the question is “where do we go?”. Governments spend a lot of time looking at the errors of the past and managing day to day and rarely have time to step back and say, “where do we take this country?”.”“There is no harm in looking for external advice, people have done it before, you need a bouncing board for the constituents of the country to collectively define a vision that would rally everyone around common signposts, a common destination and at the same time make it tangible enough in the right timeframe to achieve it”, he added.The biggest challenge they are facing so far is rallying all the parties and having assurances from the government that it would adopt and stick to the agenda all the way. The ministers and the government executives they have met have proved to be a cohesive, but overwhelmed team.Rony Zibara“The government has a certain difficulty in establishing long term priorities” said Nabih, “it was more like priorities taken top-down by the presidency and then moving on to the next priority. I’m not going to say they are short term, but their priorities are six to nine months ahead, whereas we are talking about twenty years down the road. We have also seen ministries working a lot in silos because of the pressing needs, partly because of firefighting and partly is because they are overwhelmed.”Twenty or thirty-year national visons and strategies and the si ne qua non branding and communication exercise have been adopted by various countries in efforts to give clear directions to their economy and a sense of ownership of the process to their citizens. In the eyes of the consultants’ team, this is what Cyprus needs and the bottom-up component needs strengthening through more consultations with civil society and NGOs.Oil-reliant economies like the UAE have crafted and implemented the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 with the goal of diversifying away from an oil-based economy and achieving sustainable growth, with the last barrel predicted around that time. West African economies which are highly dependent on raw wood and cocoa exports adopted the same approach in the past five years in a drive to develop their industrial and raw material transformation sectors and serve multiple development goals.Similarly, Cyprus will benefit from sparking growth in new sectors that would avoid it being a “hostage of the tourism and services sectors”, said the consultants. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Nicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboola