NASS to Gather Information on Chemical Use

first_img Facebook Twitter NASS to Gather Information on Chemical Use SHARE Previous articleFAPRI Releases Analysis on RFS WaiverNext articleLook Out for Tax Hikes January 1 Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Oct 7, 2012 Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News NASS to Gather Information on Chemical Use USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will gather data on chemical use from soybean and wheat growers in 26 states as part of the Agricultural Resource Management Survey. NASS Program Administration Branch Chief Chris Messer says the use of fertilizers and pesticides for U.S. crop production is among the most studied topics in agriculture today. He says the survey is conducted to ensure any and all decisions about agricultural chemical use are based on current, unbiased data from the growers themselves. Messer says responding to this survey gives growers a chance to impact product availability for the entire industry. Messer says many industry stakeholders anticipate the results and will use the data as soon as it becomes available on May 15th, 2013.This part of the Agricultural Resource Management Survey is handled through face-to-face interviews only. Hundreds of NASS interviewers will visit selected growers over the next three months to gather information about chemical use on their crops. The producers are asked to report the nutrient or fertilizer use, biocontrol or pesticide applications and pest management and irrigation practices on one randomly selected field to represent data from their farm. NASS notes growers can safely respond to the survey with certainty their responses will remain fully confidential. The data will only be used for statistical purposes – and NASS publishes only aggregate information on state and national levels.The Agricultural Resource Management Survey is conducted jointly with USDA’s Economic Research Service.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail

first_img RSF_en News to go further Reports Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono on September 2, 2020. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP The winner of CNN’s African Journalist of the Year award in 2008, Chin’ono has been held since 3 November of charges of contempt of court and obstructing justice for tweeting that he had been told that the controversial president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, a powerful boss under former President Robert Mugabe, would be granted bail after being arrested during an attempt to smuggle 6 kilos of gold.Chin’ono will himself remain in a high security prison after being denied bail today. His lawyer, Doug Coltart, told RSF that the decision was clearly a “reprisal” and an attempt to silence someone who has been “at the forefront of the fight against corruption in Zimbabwe”. Coltart said he would appeal.“This journalist, who was already held for six weeks a few months ago and who is now having to sleep alongside some of the country’s most dangerous criminals, has absolutely no case to answer and is clearly the victim of an attempt to silence him,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We firmly and unreservedly condemn the judicial harassment to which he is being subjected and we call for his unconditional release. His latest arrest speaks to the legacy of repression typical of the Mugabe era that the new authorities are proving slow to shake off.”Chin’ono spent a month and a half in prison on a charge of inciting an anti-government protest following arrest on 20 July. He was arrested just weeks after helping to expose a case of overbilling for medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in the health minister’s dismissal. He was finally released on bail in that case pending trial on 7 December.Despite the promises of change that accompanied the Mugabe’s fall in 2017, the press freedom situation is still very disturbing in Zimbabwe, which is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Zimbabwean judicial system’s persecution of investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono after a Harare court refused to release him on bail today in connection with the tweet for which he was arrested nine days ago. News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 12, 2020 Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Follow the news on Zimbabwe September 1, 2020 Find out morecenter_img August 5, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell Letter about coronavirus-linked press freedom violations in Zimbabwe Receive email alerts News ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Organisation ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

UB Jacobs factory strike suspended

first_imgThe strike at United Biscuit’s (UB) Jacob’s factory in Liverpool has been suspended to allow time for talks to resolve the dispute around sick pay.Workers union GMB, which represents 800 Jacob’s employees, said that the strike that would have taken place over another four days between now and 14 December had been suspended to allow a fresh start of discussions.Employers took part in two strike days at the Aintree, Liverpool site in November this year after they voted 84% in favour of action. According to UB, the dispute regards the introduction of a modernised absence management system, and changes to a two-week Christmas shut-down, which was agreed in principle with GMB representatives in May of this year.Suart Fegan, GMB national officer for the food manufacturing industry, said: “GMB has agreed to suspend the strike action due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday 3 December, and later this month at United Biscuit’s Jacob’s site in Aintree.“This is to allow fresh start discussions to take place between the GMB and senior management at United Biscuit’s Jacob’s Aintree, which will focus on the long term interests of the site, which are vital, and repairing industrial relations at the site. We will keep our members up to date with the progress of these talks.”The Aintree factory manufactures Jacob’s Cream Crackers and Club chocolate biscuits.UB was bought last month by international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding, after a long stint of rumours involving other possible buyers, and the possibility that the company would instead float on the stock exchange.last_img read more

TVA to consider closing two more coal plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors approved a 1.5% rate hike on Wednesday, along with a $10.5 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but most importantly announced they would review its generation fleet with an eye towards shutting down older coal plants.According to S&P Global, the review will first focus on two older, low-efficiency coal plants: the 950 MW Bull Run unit and 1,150 MW Paradise Unit 3.TVA has six coal plants in operation, with 26 units. Coal makes up about 25% of its generation fleet capacity, down from almost 60% a decade ago.Although the utility is working to close less-efficient plants, coal will remain a significant part of its operations for at least the next decade. Looking out to 2027, based on the 2018 budget, the utility expects coal to still make up more than 20% of its portfolio.More: TVA to raise rates, will consider closing older coal plants TVA to consider closing two more coal plantslast_img read more

Todd Sitrin – EA Competitive Gaming – Our games should be as fun to…

first_imgTodd Sitrin, EATodd Sitrin is the SVP and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division. An advisor to the upcoming Esports BAR (February 12-14 2018), the ‘World’s Esports Business Arena’ in Cannes of which we’re a Key Content Partner, we caught up with him to discuss this, as well as plans for the new seasons for both FIFA 18 and Madden NFL 18. Esports Insider: The format for FIFA esports’ main competition has been changed for this coming season, with the introduction of the FIFA eWorld Cup. What was the thinking behind this?Todd Sitrin: We fostered incredible competition with the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series last year as millions competed in pursuit of the FIFA Interactive World Cup. It was a landmark achievement for a competitive gaming ecosystem in its first year.“Unifying all football competitions under one global series was key to our strategy”Entering year two, it is our top priority to exponentially expand the global competitive ecosystem to reach even more players. Unifying all football competitions under one global series was key to our strategy.  Through our intrinsic partnership with FIFA the organization, the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series will enable millions to join The Road to the eWorld Cup. This global ecosystem is comparable in scale to the top MOBAs in esports and it is the logical next step for moving competitive FIFA into the mainstream. Considering this is a World Cup year, the time to rapidly accelerate is now.  ESI: Can you reveal any more about the ‘league partner’ and qualifying competitions, and the licensed qualifying competitions, or when can we expect to learn more about these?Todd: One outcome of our last year’s competitive series is that we received a tremendous number of requests from football leagues and other 3rd parties to partner on FIFA 18 tournaments this year. Partners want to get in early on the fast-growing FIFA competitive gaming ecosystem and to be part of the world’s most popular sport.  We will be announcing the official league partner competitions as well as 3rd party competitions that feed into the global EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series very soon.ESI: Away from FIFA, and over to Madden. With NBA 2K making a big splash with its inaugural league and reportedly lots of plans for brand activations, how will you be competing with the Madden 18 Championship Series?Todd: Firstly, we’re looking forward to seeing the NBA 2K eLeague. Success across the industry is beneficial for all players.“We received a tremendous number of requests from football leagues and other 3rd parties to partner on FIFA 18 tournaments this year”In August we announced the first-ever Madden NFL 18 Club Championship in close partnership with the NFL. This landmark competitive gaming event is underway now and involves the entire NFL – all 32 team – as millions compete to be the official representative of their favorite club.No traditional North American sports league has ever committed all franchises to competitive gaming in this capacity and if you’re a NFL fan, you now have a new way to root for, support and connect with your favorite team. The Madden NFL 18 Club Championship is poised to quickly grow the community by connecting NFL fans to Madden through this uniquely engaging experience.  After months of competition to locate the official 32 representatives, the Madden NFL Club Championship will pit the players, one per team, against each other at the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando this January. From there, the final four will advance to compete at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis – there, one will lead their favorite NFL team to a championship through Madden NFL.ESI: With the Olympics being mentioned in connection with esports a lot lately, what are your thoughts here? After all sports simulation games are perhaps a more natural fit for the IOC…Todd: The mere fact that we are talking about the Olympics and competitive gaming is a great sign of how far the industry has come.“We’re watching closely and would love to see competitive gaming featured at the Olympics”We’re watching closely and would love to see competitive gaming featured at the Olympics. We are also heavily intrigued by the medal competitions at the 2022 Asian Games and believe global competitions on the world stage moves the industry forward.ESI: Have things changed much at EA Sports since Peter Moore’s departure? What are the objectives for the remainder of 2018?Todd: Our vision has remained since we founded the EA Competitive Gaming Division (CGD) in December 2015. That vision is to ‘Make Stars of All Our Players’ by creating a global ecosystem of competitive gaming accessible to as many players as possible.“For spectators, we are focused on building a more watchable broadcast that more deeply engages viewers. Our games should be as fun to watch as they are to play”In 2018 we accelerate our efforts to deliver on this vision.  We want to further our engagement with both game players and spectators.  This means turning more people into game players and having them play our games longer. For spectators, we are focused on building a more watchable broadcast that more deeply engages viewers.  Our games should be as fun to watch as they are to play.  And we want to get that broadcast in front of as many people as we can via both digital and linear TV distribution deals.  2018 will also be the year we introduce our Battlefield Competitive Gaming, our first non-sports competitive product.ESI: You’re on the board of advisors for the Esports BAR which is stepping it up a gear for its events in 2018. Can you tell us why you’re involved and what you’re looking forward to at the February Cannes edition?Todd: The esports industry is rapidly expanding with new entrants joining every few months.“The Esports BAR is a catalyst to creating these crucial partnerships”Esports will grow faster through partnerships.  The Esports BAR is a catalyst to creating these crucial partnerships.  I joined the board of advisors because I’m committed to helping the industry grow.  In February, I’m most excited to meet new companies and explore ways in which we can partner to bring esports to a mass audience.Disclaimer: Esports Insider is a Key Content Partner of the Esports BAR Canneslast_img read more

Five teams book places at County Finals

first_img Teams from Lincolnshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey have booked places at the final of the England Golf women’s inter-county championship, at East Devon Golf Club from 17-21 September.They each won through their regional county match week and will be joined at County Finals by a sixth team, to be decided at this week’s Midlands South competition at Mentmore Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.Lincolnshire, representing Midlands North, are the defending national champions and this will be their fourth consecutive appearance at County Finals. They secured their place at their regional final at The Nottinghamshire where they won all five of their matches.The team included Holly Clyburn who had travelled straight from Nairn in Scotland, where she had helped GB&I win the Curtis Cup for the first time in 16 years. She was joined by Sophie Beardsall, India Clyburn, Helen Hewlett, Emily Slater, Emilee Taylor, Emma Tipping and Jess Wilcox.Midlands North final placings: Lincolnshire 5pts, Derbyshire 3, Staffordshire 2½, Leicestershire & Rutland 2½, Nottinghamshire 1, Shropshire 1.Essex, representing the East, were unbeaten during their regional match week at Ipswich Golf Club, Suffolk. They conceded just half a point during the series of matches when they were held to a draw by Norfolk. Essex have won the English county championship on two previous occasions, both in the late 1970s.Their team was Phoebe Cipa, Gabriella Cowley, Daisy Dyer, Liz Gibson, Paige Kemp, Sam Lovell, Kelly Martin, Dulcie Sverdloff, Charlotte Thompson, Trish Wilson.East region final placings:  Essex 4½ pts, Suffolk 4, Hertfordshire 3, Cambs & Hunts 2, Norfolk 1½, Bedfordshire 0.Gloucestershire, who have been national runners-up twice in the last six years, won all five of their South West regional matches at Trevose. They secured their clean sweep with a final day 5-4 victory over the hosts, Cornwall, who finished  runners-up.Their team was Hannah Barwood, Corinne Durber, Jemima Gregson, Jo Hodge, Alison Kelly, Lucy Padley, Bethan Popel, Alex Saunders, Shelby Smart and Victoria Wakeley-Jones.South West final placings: Gloucestershire 5, Cornwall 4, Somerset 2, Dorset 2, Devon 1½, Wiltshire ½.Lancashire, (pictured top) the 2009 national champions, were also unbeaten in the North regional week at Ganton, Yorkshire. They conceded just a half-point to Cheshire, whose team included Bronte Law, another member of the winning Curtis Cup side. They confirmed their overall win by beating Yorkshire 6-3 on the final day.The Lancashire team was: Gemma Batty, Emma Clegg, Sarah Cousins, Nikki Foster, Bethany Garton, Gill Nutter, Sophie Powell, Catherine Roberts, Emily Taylor and Brogan Townend.North region final placings: Lancashire 4½pts, Yorkshire 4, Northumberland 3, Cheshire 2½, Cumbria 1, Durham 0.Surrey, representing the South region, won all four of their matches at Princes, Kent. They secured their place at County Finals by beating Sussex by one point on the final day. They began the week in style when Katie Fewster had a hole in one on the first day on the second hole.The Surrey team was: Tana Churchill, Annabel Dimmock, Katie Fewster, Sammy Fuller, Charlotte Griffith, Daisy May Kenny, Lisa McGowan, Inci  Mehmet, Louisa Tarn and Nicola TaylorSouth region final placings: Surrey 4pts, Sussex 3, Hampshire 2, Kent 1, Middlesex 0. 18 Jun 2012 Five teams book places at County Finals last_img read more

Gloucestershire glee after back-to-back Women’s County Finals victories

first_img Tags: Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Yorkshire 19 Sep 2019 Gloucestershire glee after back-to-back Women’s County Finals victories Gloucestershire maintained their grip on the Women’s County Finals when they won this year’s championship at Delamere Forest with a day to spare.The reigning champions beat Norfolk, Surrey and Lincolnshire on the first three days of the annual round robin competition and they went on to retain the title when they defeated nearest challengers Yorkshire 5 ½ – 3 ½ in a tense deciding match.The victory took Gloucestershire’s total to eight points which leaves them with an unassailable four point lead over Yorkshire and Lincolnshire with one round of matches to go. Surrey and Buckinghamshire have three points each while Norfolk have two.Gloucestershire’s victory extends an impressive run that started back in 2016 when they claimed their first ever title at Waterlooville. They lost narrowly to Yorkshire at Felixstowe Ferry in 2017 but then won 12 months ago at Royal North Devon before making it three wins in the last four years in bright sunshine in Cheshire.Yorkshire needed to win against Gloucestershire to have any chance of catching the leaders but their task was made more difficult when they lost the morning foursomes 2 ½ – ½.Ffion Tynan and Issy Hopkins got the ball rolling for Gloucestershire when they beat Nicola Slater and Hannah Holden 4 & 2 and Alex Saunders and Sam Round extended their advantage with a 4&3 victory over Lily Hirst and Evie Cooke before Deb Henery and Melissa Wood gave Yorkshire a lifeline when they came from behind to halve with Claudia Ovens and Ebonie Lewis.The singles also started brightly for Yorkshire when Hirst beat Hopkins 3 & 2 in the top match but consecutive victories for Bethan Popel and Tynan put Gloucestershire in the ascendancy again before Wood and Norton responded for Yorkshire with wins over Lewis and Round. Saunders took the final singles for the champions with a 3 & 2 win over Cooke.A thrilled Gloucestershire captain Su Mallon couldn’t hide her delight after another exciting day of golf and heaped praise on her players. She said: “I’m so, so proud of them all.“They just give it their all – they just love this County Finals week and come together as a team. When one is down they pick each other up.“To win three out of the last four years is incredible – and we’re one of the smallest counties.“We have lost funding but we do our very best to bring through talent. We start from our juniors and once they get a handicap of under 12 we bring them into our training programme and they go through the system into the second team and then progress.“They have been exposed to competition right the way through and they all get the same training and that’s where this incredible bond comes from.“They have all grown up with each other since the age of eight.“We have two of the team who are not yet 18 – they can sniff the champagne in the trophy rather than drink it!“The county is so proud, but this is also for the South West. We don’t just do this for Gloucestershire and I’ve had good luck messages from all over the region asking us to bring it back.“Gloucestershire will be dead chuffed to win it back-to-back and now I have the nice problem of how to get the huge trophy into my car for the trip home!”In the first match on the course Lincolnshire earned a narrow 5-4 win over Norfolk helped in no small measure by the battling Billy-Jo Smith who was four down with four to play against Eve Neild in the singles. However, she escaped with a halved match helped by hitting a three-wood to three-feet at the par-5 final hole.The match was close right from the start with the two teams sharing the foursomes 1 ½ – 1 ½ before Lincolnshire squeezed home with victories from India Clyburn, Tilly Garfoot and Meg Illingworth in the singles. Abigail O’Riordan and Tiffany Mills were the winners for Norfolk.The third match featuring Buckinghamshire and Surrey ended in a 4 ½ – 4 ½ draw after Buckinghamshire’s Daisy Kennedy beat Surrey’s Olivia Horsfield by one hole in the final singles on the course.Surrey claimed a 2-1 lead after the foursomes but Buckinghamshire pegged them back with singles victories from Amelia Curtis, Rosie Bee Kim and Kennedy plus a halve from Grace Rigby-Walden against Nicola Taylor. Lottie Woad and Rafiah Banday were Surrey’s winners in the top two singles.The final day sees champions Gloucestershire take on Buckinghamshire, Yorkshire play Lincolnshire and Surrey are up against Norfolk.Photograph credit: LeaderboardView the full table of results here.last_img read more

Leaf embark on tough six-game road swing

first_imgAfter spending most of the first two months of the season at home, the Nelson Leafs embark on a six-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road swing that takes the Green and White in the Okanagan and East Kootenay.The early season home games, however, has allowed the Leafs to maintain the early lead in Neil Murdoch standings.Currently Nelson is 12-4-0-1 and holds a three-point margin over second-place Beaver Valley.The Leafs have primarily achieved this mark with a 7-3-0-1 record at home. But a little known stat has Nelson 5-1 on the road.Nelson opens its road swing in Creston Friday against the Thunder Cats. The Leafs defeated the Cats 6-5 in the only meeting this season between the two teams.Saturday, the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley to face the high-flying Hawks in Murdoch Division four-pointer. The teams have split the season series at 1-1. However, both games were played in Nelson.The two games pushes Nelson’s total games to 19 in the first two months of the season.No other KIJHL team will have played that many games.The abundance of games has also hurt the Leaf roster injury-wise as no less than five starters were out of the lineup during Sunday’s loss to Summerland.Next home game is November 12 against Grand Forks.ICE CHIPS: Nelson’s Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. Teammate Colton Schell and Nik Newman are eighth and ninth, [email protected]last_img read more

Double award winner Martel now playing for West Kelowna Diamondbacks

first_imgLocal Nelson Little league baseball player Brendan Martel was the winner of the Rollie Lussier Memorial trophy for top Nelson Baseball Association umpire and the Dean Wells Memorial for sportsmanship and dedication to the game for the 2013 season.Martel is now playing Midget AAA baseball for the West Kelowna Diamondbacks in the BC Minor Baseball league.The Lussier and Wells trophies are in memory of these two men that were passionate volunteers and mentors for the local association for many years here in Nelson.last_img read more


first_imgPAMELA ZIEBARTH, OWNER/BREEDER AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “This win really means a lot. Eddie (Delahoussaye) rode Cee’s Tizzy for my mom and she loved him. We were second in this race two years ago and I remember that I ran into Eddie at the (City of Arcadia) Walk of Fame and he told me that he wished we had won.” JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “He warmed up well; was cool, calm and alert. He jumped out of the gate well, I was in a great spot from the word ‘go’ and able to get to the outside smoothly, without losing any ground. I’ve been blessed to ride him a lot and win on him a few times, but I have to say that this is his best race, by far. If I can get him to do that coming down the hill at Breeders’ Cup, that would be awesome.VICTOR ESPINOZA, RICHARD’S BOY, SECOND: “He ran great but he just got a little tired at the end. He should run better next time.”             MARTY JONES, AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “He loves the hill and he trains like it. We know he’s good and he’s a professional. I was a little nervous in the stretch, but Mike had him in a great spot.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

First Milan derby of the season takes center stage as Serie A returns

first_imgCagliari vs GenoaSerdegna Arena, CagliariFriday, 20-09-2019 @9:45pmCagliari are looking for their first home win of the season with Giovanni Simeone hoping to score against his old club Genoa.The hosts picked up their first points last weekend with a comprehensive 3-1 win away to Parma, inspired by centre-half Luca Ceppitelli’s first half brace. Antonino Barillà pulled one back for the for the home side before Giovanni Simeone sealed the victory for the visitors.The Sardi had lost both their opening two fixtures at the Sardegna Arena, a 1-0 defeat to newly promoted Brescia was followed up by a narrow 2-1 loss to a revamped Inter side.Coach Rolando Maran has several injuries to contend with, as goalkeeper Alessio Cragno and striker Leonardo Pavoletti are long-term absentees, while Radja Nainggolan, Paolo Faragò and Luca Pellegrini are also on the treatment table and face late fitness tests ahead of this one.The Grifone, on the other hand, lost their first game of the season at the weekend when Atalanta left Marassi with the three points after a 2-1 victory. Duvan Zapata’s 95th-minute winner was enough to steal the win after it had looked like Domenico Criscito’s debatable 91st-minute penalty had given both sides a share of the spoils.The Ligurian club had played out an exciting 3-3 draw away to Roma on the opening day of the season, before defeating Fiorentina 2-1 at home the following week.Stefano Sturaro is joined on the injury list by Francesco Cassata, but Danish veteran Lasse Schone is already taking control of the midfield following his transfer from Ajax.Expect this game to be a tight enough affair, the Sardi will want to get their first win at home and will be confident after their good win over Parma last weekend. Meanwhile, the away team will hope to bounce back after their first defeat of the season.The Sardinians have lost their last four at home, whereas Genoa are without a win in 10 Serie A away fixtures.Udinese vs BresciaDercia Arena, UdineSaturday, 21-09-2019 @4pmThis already feels like a relegation dogfight, with Udinese and Brescia both coming off two consecutive defeats.Igor Tudor’s side won the opener against Milan, but it’s been all downhill from there, falling 3-1 to Parma and only 1-0 away to Inter, albeit with Rodrigo De Paul sent off. The Argentina international begins a three-match ban for slapping Antonio Candreva in an off-the-ball incident and is a big loss for the Friulani.Ignacio Pussetto is expected to step in as support for Kevin Lasagna, although Stefano Okaka is another option after his deadline day transfer from Watford.Brescia are still without their star man Mario Balotelli, who will be available from the midweek round once his leftover ban from Ligue 1 has expired. Daniele Dessena is also suspended for this trip to Udine, joining injured Ernesto Torregrossa, Giangiacomo Magnani, Bruno Martella and Emanuele Ndoj.There was already talk this week of sacking Coach Eugenio Corini to bring in Stefano Pioli after a 4-3 capitulation to Bologna. It’d be extremely harsh, considering they had been 3-1 up before Dessena’s foolish red card.A victory for Udinese would be a real tonic for their games ahead, as they come up against Hellas Verona and Bologna in their subsequent fixtures. If surviving the drop is the ultimate aim, then Brescia need to churn out consistent performances and upset teams of Udinese’s calibre.Brescia’s 2-1 result in September 2004 was their only Serie A victory away to Udinese, along with four draws and five defeats.Juventus vs Hellas VeronaAllianz Stadium, TorinoSaturday, 14-09-2019 @7pmJuventus fell off the top of the Serie A table after almost two years and host revitalised Hellas Verona after a midweek Atletico Madrid draw.The Bianconeri remain unbeaten this season, but the 0-0 draw at Fiorentina allowed Inter to break away as sole leaders. It was followed by the fumbling of a 2-0 lead in Madrid for the Champions League, as defending on set plays is becoming a real problem.The build-up has also been marred by events off the pitch after the arrest of 12 Juventus Ultras, which has even led to rumours that the game is even at risk of postponement, considering the bad blood that already exists between these fans.Maurizio Sarri may opt to rotate his side, as they continue in a hectic period, where they play their third of seven games in three weeks. Giorgio Chiellini is a long-term absentee, whilst Douglas Costa and Mattia De Sciglio missed the two draws against Atletico and Fiorentina.Players looking to step in include Gigi Buffon, Merih Demiral, Emre Can and Federico Bernardeschi, while Juan Cuadrado could move to right-back.Verona come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Milan, where striker Mariusz Stepinski was sent off. Having defended admirably for 68 minutes, Krzysztof Piatek’s penalty gave Milan the win. They can take heart from their defensive performance that night, and a similar effort will be required against champions Juventus.Verona’s early season form has left them sitting in 11th, with a win away at Lecce and a 1-1 draw at Bologna their other results this season. Goals have been low on the agenda in Verona’s games, scoring twice and conceding twice across the three games, so if Juventus can break through the rigid defence, expect them to struggle to net themselves.Verona will be without Stepinski following his red card last time out, whilst Emmanuel Badu, Daniel Bessa and Salvatore Bocchetti are injured.Hellas Verona have never won away to Juventus in Serie A, managing four draws from 28 attempts.AC Milan vs Inter MilanStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 21-09-2019 @9:45pmThe Derby della Madonnina of the season has Inter looking to continue their perfect Serie A start against their city rivals, whose season is yet to take off.Milan have opened up their 2019-20 campaign with two less-than-convincing wins against newly promoted Verona and Brescia, and a disappointing 1-0 defeat in Udine. Just two goals in three games shows where they are lacking currently, with Krzysztof Piatek only netting his first goal of the season from the penalty spot in the win over 10-man Verona.As for Inter, they have played three, won three and are sitting pretty at the top of the Serie A table. However, they only scraped a late equaliser against Sparta Prague in their first Champions League group stage game, a result that was not in the script, especially after their impressive start domestically.Inter certainly aren’t struggling for goals at this early stage, scoring eight in their four games in all competitions. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez seem to be firing, as well as the sparkling form of Stefano Sensi, who is making a real name for himself.Given their respective starts, Inter certainly have the better form and confidence, but we all know that means very little when it comes to the Derby della Madonnina.Milan are struggling in the final third and they should have conceded at least the one against Verona at the weekend, which will worry Marco Giampaolo. Even more concerning was how Milan failed to break down a team that were down to 10 men and even then, the goal came from the spot.Inter look like a team ready to challenge for the title and they have that bit of steeliness about them, as was shown in the game against Cagliari in Week 2.You would expect Diego Godin to be recalled after being rested midweek, which will only add to their defensive quality. Milan will need to find something they have, as of yet, failed to show – goal-scoring threat.Long-term viewers will know Inter’s tendency to put performances together before a collapse, and in a derby, teams find that extra edge. Milan do have the weapons to hurt Inter and could give Ante Rebic his first start after the Eintracht Frankfurt transfer, though he’s in competition with Lucas Paqueta and Samu Castillejo. Andrea Conti steps in for suspended Davide Calabria at right-back.The record shows that Milan are without a win in six Serie A derbies, so a seventh would represent their worst run since 1999. Derbies are mental battles just as much as physical ones and Milan will have to find their identity quickly.Inter are favourites and a few steps ahead of where Milan are right now, so Conte’s men will be keen to put a few things right after their disappointing result on Tuesday. This could well be a confirmation of how serious Inter are this season and they will be looking to keep the strong run going.There have only been two 0-0 draws in the derby in the last 15 years.Sassuolo vs SPALMAPEI Stadium, Raggio nell’EmiliaSunday, 22-09-2019 @1:30pmSPAL got off the mark with a comeback to beat Lazio, but Sassuolo’s all-attack approach is proving risky.Following last week’s defeat at the hands of Roma, the Neroverdi will put all their hopes on Domenico Berardi, who is leading the Capocannoniere race with five goals. The 25-year-old has been with Sassuolo from the age of 16, and while being heavily linked with Juventus in the past, he decided to remain with them and help the Emilian club’s cause. Huge expectations have been surrounding Berardi ever since his Serie A debut in 2013 and this year could prove decisive.Visitors SPAL are fresh from a 2-1 win against Lazio, thanks to Jasmin Kurtic’s vital goal in stoppage time. Coach Leonardo Semplici was full of praise for his men and will probably look to build upon their second-half performance, where Federico Di Francesco took a more advanced role on the right and proved decisive for the team. Semplici’s tactical lucidity and the healthy competition he created within the Biancazzurri squad will be decisive this year.Both Coaches promote an attack-minded football, representing the young generation of Italian tacticians that distance themselves from the classic defensive approach. Expect a dynamic game with potentially many goals. Roberto De Zerbi will be without 21-year-old Rogerio, while SPAL have lost Mohamed Fares due to injury.SPAL have never won against Sassuolo in Serie A and will certainly look to improve their defensive play, Lazio still having showed in the previous match the many flaws Leonardo Semplici’s team has.Each time Sassuolo and SPAL met at the Mapei Stadium the game ended 1-1.Bologna vs RomaStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaSunday, 21-09-2019 @4pmDetails to follow Lecce vs NapoliStadio Comunale Via del Mare, LecceSunday, 21-09-2019 @4pmNapoli are buzzing after beating Champions League holders Liverpool, while Lecce also caused a stir with their shock victory at Torino.The Partenopei put in a convincing performance to see off Liverpool 2-0 at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday evening, with Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente on target. Just 24 hours before that, Fabio Liverani’s Lecce got their first points of the season in style, taking down a Torino side who until Monday night had a perfect record.Carlo Ancelotti’s men are finding their feet after wins over Fiorentina and Sampdoria, plus only a last-gasp defeat to Juventus once they’d cancelled out a three-goal deficit.Having started the first two games of the season conceding seven goals between Juve and Fiorentina, Napoli looked like a defensive liability, but most recently obtaining two consecutive clean sheets against Sampdoria and Liverpool, they are finally hitting their stride.The squad seems to be healthy and vibrant, aside from some minor problems. Kostas Manolas and Lorenzo Tonelli were training individually and will continue to be monitored, leaving the possibility for Nikola Maskimovic to once again fill in. Dries Mertens put in great work midweek, but could well be rested in favour of Fernando Llorente or Arkadiusz Milik.Lecce had failed to register a goal or point until their shock victory away to joint leaders Torino. Having started the season with back to back losses at the hands of Inter and Hellas Verona, Fabio Liverani’s men are hoping they’ve found their Serie A groove.The Salentini come up against the likes of Roma, Milan and Juventus in the coming month, not to mention Napoli this Sunday. With a home advantage to protect, Lecce will look to pull off the Cinderella story here and give their home fans something to cheer about.Marco Mancosu scored the winner in the last fixture to give the newly promoted side their first three points, but Filippo Falco hit the headlines, because when he runs at defenders, he is extremely difficult to stop.There is no shortage of options, as Diego Farias, Khouma Babacar and Gianluca Lapadula are all battling for the centre-forward spot. Cristian Dell’Orco and Biagio Meccariello are injured in defence.Napoli have scored nine goals in the first three Serie A rounds, having more prolific starts only in 1931-32 (10) and 1953-54 (11).Sampdoria vs TorinoStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSunday, 21-09-2019 @4pmEusebio Di Francesco is already facing threats of the sack after three straight defeats, as Sampdoria host a Torino side fresh from their own huge setback.After three rounds of Serie A, the Blucerchiati are the only side not to have picked up any points so far, and new Coach Di Francesco is already feeling the pressure. On the Granata side of things, after victory in their first two games and the strong likelihood they’d be joint top of the table with Inter, they suffered a shock defeat at home to newly-promoted Lecce. It was the second major disappointment of the campaign after their Europa League play-off failure against Wolves.It is an understatement to say that both teams need something from this clash.The ownership issue continues to rumble on for the 1991 Scudetto winners, as President Massimo Ferrero continues his “public discussions” with former playing legend Gianluca Vialli. Until the situation behind the scenes is resolved, the performance on the field may very well continue to be affected.So far, Samp have switched players and formations, as Di Francesco has tried to find the right balance in a squad that lacks quality, but is still better than their bottom dweller position. There are issues at both ends of the field, as they have scored just once and have allowed nine at the back. Up front, Fabio Quagliarella has been the only forward to start all three games so far, and it will be interesting to see which of Gianluca Caprari, Manolo Gabbiadini, Gaston Ramirez, Emiliano Rigoni etc…will try to supply the veteran.Walter Mazzarri meanwhile mentioned that a number of his players came back late from international duty last week. Having almost a full week’s training with his entire squad, he will need to work out the kinks that allowed such a poor performance against Lecce. The biggest question of his team might be whether to employ Simone Zaza up front to partner the in form Andrea Belotti.Given the pressure that Samp are under and having this match at home, they ought to be seeking a victory, as even a draw does not help their cause. Torino’s best blueprint for success could be their impressive victory over Atalanta earlier in the campaign, when they came back from 1-2 in the second half, to emerge victorious 3-2.Gonzalo Maroni and Jakub Jankto are undergoing treatment, while Torino are without Cristian Ansaldi and winger Vittorio Parigini.Samp have never lost the opening four games of the Serie A season, so could set a new club record.Atalanta vs FiorentinaStadio Enio Tardini, ParmaSunday, 21-09-2019 @7pmDetails to follow   Lazio vs ParmaStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 21-09-2019 @9:45pmFrustration is growing at Lazio after almost identical defeats to SPAL and Cluj, while Parma are also struggling this season.Simone Inzaghi lamented his side’s lack of effort in the second half against SPAL, but they repeated the pattern in the Europa League on Thursday evening, again taking the lead only to lose 2-1 in Romania with CFR Cluj.Ciro Immobile, Stefan Radu and Luis Alberto didn’t even make the trip, while Adam Marusic was suspended for that tournament. Squad rotation therefore suggests those four could start on Sunday.Lazio will be hoping luck comes their way this weekend after hitting the woodwork four times, yet they face a Parma side who endured similar frustrations against Cagliari. The Ducali lost 3-1 at the Stadio Tardini, but had plenty of opportunities, not to mention a goal and potential penalty ruled out by VAR.Juraj Kucka, Matteo Scozzarella and Alberto Grassi are all injury doubts, while Yann Karamoh was punished for failing to turn up to training. The statement from the club confirmed this was not an isolated incident for the winger on loan from Inter.Parma have lost each of their last five Serie A encounters with Lazio, not to mention the most recent six trips to the Olimpico. However, the Aquile are without a league home win in four.Parma could win their opening two away fixtures of a Serie A season, something they achieved only once in 1997-98.Comments Tags: AC MilanInter MilanItalian Serie Alast_img read more

HIV/Aids in the workplace

first_img27 May 2003The government moved a step further in addressing the issue of HIV/Aids in the workplace on Monday with the launch of the HIV/Aids Technical Assistance Guidelines.The Guidelines, proposed by the Commission for Employment Equity and the department of labour, advises employers on how to deal with the issue of HIV/Aids in a manner that will improve productivity and uplift the morale of infected and affected workers.The Guidelines warn against discrimination and stigmatisation, saying these will not help HIV-positive workers to continue to contribute to the country’s economy.The 74-page document recommends that employers establish HIV/Aids workplace committees, the mainstreaming of HIV/Aids and gender issues, as well as the development of policy on prevention of the disease.The guidelines in PDF formatProfessor Mapule Ramashala, chairperson of the Commission for Employment Equity, said the department of labour’s Code of Good Practice on HIV/Aids had guided the development of the new document.The Guidelines will help employers and unions to work together to create a conducive environment in the workplace, Ramashala said. “An environment free of discrimination and stigma is important in the workplace. So, the Guidelines focus on practical management strategies.”The Guidelines also seek to ensure the sustainability of provident funds.International Labour Organisation (ILO) representative Cynthia Yinusa said it was important for workers to contribute to the economy, irrespective of their HIV status.Yinusa said the ILO was working with adult basic education and training and the National African Federation of Chamber of Commerce to address HIV/Aids in the informal sector.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Minecraft Partners With United Nations For Urban Planning

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Tags:#Architecture#design#Digital Humanities#gaming#hack Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img fruzsina eordogh Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Minecraft changed the video game industry by selling millions of downloads of an indie game. Now the free-form building game is inviting players to help redesign real-world locations around the world.Minecraft creator Mojang announced yesterday in a blog post that it is teaming up with United Nations Habitat to upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016.  The project, called Block by Block, enlists local youth to improve their neighborhoods. Block by Block is the international version of a previous Mojang project known as My Blocks (Mina Kvarter in Swedish), organized in conjunction with Swedish Building Services. Mojang managing director Carl Manneh wrote:“It has proven to be a great way to visualize urban planning ideas without necessarily having architectural training. The ideas presented by the citizens lay as a ground for political decisions. Mina Kvarter has been a great success and it’s spreading into more areas in Sweden. It has also been recognized internationally as a new way to do urban development planning. Recently, the UN found out about what we are doing and we got together to talk.”The first Block by Block site, in Nairobi, Kenya, is “already in the planning phase.” Urban planners interested in following the project will have to wait for status updates, as Mojang is still building the Block by Block website.last_img read more

10 months ago​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contenders

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contendersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has reiterated his opinion that Chelsea are not title contenders.While Sarri has done a decent job since replacing Antonio Conte in the summer, his team are in 4th place and 11 points off the league leaders Liverpool.He believes that is too big a gap to make up in half a season, especially as Chelsea have struggled for consistency in recent months.”No,” he said when a reporter asked if they were title contenders in his press conference. “You know very well my opinion. “From the beginning of the season there are two teams above, then there is a little gap. “City will be able to recover the gap, the title is fighting between City and Liverpool.” last_img read more

Power outages all over the BC Peace

first_imgFor details on the other outages in the Peace, visit UPDATE:  For the latest information about power outages in the B.C. Peace, visit ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 800 customers are without power around the BC Peace region due to the wind storm in the area.The largest outage is between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek along the Alaska Highway. Over 400 customers are without power. That outage is under investigation. There is no estimate on when power will be restored.last_img read more

Russias hybrid mission

first_imgRussia has forayed into gene-editing technology with a 111-billion-rouble (more than Rs 12 crore) federal programme that aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties in the next eight years. The programme, announced in April, 2019 will focus on developing 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops — such as barley, sugar beet, wheat and potatoes and animals by 2020; and another 20 by 2027, according to a report in Nature, a science journal. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe programme marks a welcome step for Russian researchers who were exempted from cultivating genetically modified (GM) organisms in the country by a 2016 law. While the 2016 law calls GM organisms as something “that cannot result from natural processes”, the new programme “describes gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR–Cas9 — which do not necessarily insert foreign DNA — as equivalent to conventional breeding methods”. The move would also help researchers get funding from private companies. Also Read – The future is here!Russia lags behind other major powers of the world in genetic research. In 2017, the country spent 1.11 per cent of its gross domestic product on research, compared with 2.13 per cent in China and 2.79 per cent in the United States. The programme is “a significant move” both for Russia and the world, and would encourage China to invest more in gene-editing technologies, and the United States to boost enthusiasm for such technologies, Yi Li, a plant scientist at the University of Connecticut, was quoted in Nature report. “For European countries, this can be a very interesting development in the light of the European court of justice ruling on genome editing,” he added. However, some researchers are sceptical of achieving the ambitious goals in the given deadline, and worry about excessive bureaucracy. “I am sure [the government] will spend the money and call the programme a huge success. I am less confident there will actually be any new varieties by next year — perhaps later,” Nature quoted a scientist, who wished to remain anonymous. The report also states that the projects to develop gene-edited versions of crops have already begun. “Scientists at Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutes in Moscow are developing pathogen-resistant varieties of potatoes and sugar beet. And gene-editing research aiming to make barley and wheat both easier to process and more nutritious is in progress at the Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry in St. Petersburg, and at the RAS Institute of Cytology and Genetics,” the report said.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Jan 11 2017

Oh, and don’t forgetFat Trick achieved We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeGOATsNick Saban’s tenure at Alabama brought the program their fifth college championship this decade on Monday after defeating a well-matched Georgia team in one of the best championship games Alabama’s had to play. Since at least 1988, the 10-year dynasty for Alabama — from 2008 to 2017 — is the best ever college football dynasty based on Elo ratings. [FiveThirtyEight]Atlanta isn’t the sameThe Atlanta Falcons won against the highly regarded Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but they’ve got trouble ahead based on how this team compares to the NFC conference champions of 2017. They’re racking up fewer big plays — yards per game from 20+ yard plays are down 51 yards since 2016 — and their red zone touchdown percentage dropped from 62 percent and 50 percent this year. [FiveThirtyEight]Brady’s having a streakTom Brady’s previous five games were one of the worst five-game stretches of his career based on expected points added. While the Pats were 4-1, his total EPA over the five games was only 22.16 which is the sixth lowest of his career. [FiveThirtyEight]Overwatch League kicks offThe Overwatch League, a competitive gaming esport, had its inaugural day on Wednesday, with games each night through Saturday. The league is backed by money from several NFL owners, and the slick presentation seen Wednesday — and the massive contract they inked with Twitch to carry the games — show they aren’t messing around. On day one, the Seoul Dynasty beat the Dallas Fuel 2-1, the Los Angeles Gladiators defeated Shanghai 4-0, and the Los Angeles Valiant defeated the San Francisco Shock 4-0. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Imagine getting sued by the ArmyThe Army is suing the Las Vegas Golden Knights over their team name, claiming that it infringes on the name of West Point’s teams. This means that for now, both sides appear poised for combat of the legal variety: The hockey team said in a statment “we are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team,” which is A+ chirping. []Draft order set for most of usFor 24 teams in the league, the future is no longer a mystery. The draft ordering is set for two thirds of the league, with Cleveland pulling two picks in the top four and Oakland and San Francisco fighting for the 9th and 10th picks based on a coin flip alone. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL game: Can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions?Big Number$17,157The Cleveland Browns fans had their sad parade last weekend to commemorate the 0-16 season, but they did some serious good in the process, raising $17,157 for the Cleveland Food Banks and likely providing about 70,000 meals resulting from the shamefest. [Hayden Grove]Leaks from Slack, Monday Night: tchow [11:46 PM]This game…walt [11:47 PM]i know who is arie gonna eliminatewait wrong channelTagovailola is so goodi want the giants to draft him like nowtchow [12:01 AM]WowThat throw tho…walt [12:03 AM]I love footballPredictions NFL See more NFL predictions All newsletters See more NBA predictions NBA read more

Ohio State mens soccer set for Big Ten match after 5 days

Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris (6) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternHeading into another matchup with a Big Ten opponent, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will have the benefit of one thing it hasn’t had in weeks — rest.The five days of rest between OSU’s 2-1 loss to then-No. 10 Indiana on Sunday and this weekend’s matchup at Wisconsin (2-8-2, 0-4-0) is the longest break the team has received in almost a month.OSU (4-5-3, 2-2-0) senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said the team appreciates the time off.“I think (the rest) is going to be huge for us,” Sarris said. “I don’t think we’ve had a full week of rest since the beginning of the year. We’ve got some guys injured right now, so hopefully we can get everyone on track and feeling better and be ready for Wisconsin on Saturday.”Sarris said he is dealing with a “banged-up” knee but will use the week to recover in time for the weekend.OSU coach John Bluem also said he was glad to see the break because of his team’s performance after time off this season.“We’ve played well when we’ve had an extended rest and have had more time to prepare,” Bluem said. “Hopefully that will be the case again.”Bluem said he gave the team a full day off on Monday after facing Indiana the day before.The Badgers sit at the bottom of the Big Ten standings with their 0-4 conference record. However, junior defender Kyle Culbertson said he does not believe the Buckeyes can take Wisconsin — or any other Big Ten team — lightly.“I don’t think we can relax,” Culbertson said. “I think there’s been a lot of things to show that our conference is pretty tough, through and through.”Bluem agreed, saying that he expects every game on the Big Ten schedule to be a close battle.“I wish I could say we could relax,” Bluem said. “But I think every team in the conference is capable of winning a game against anyone else. And certainly we’re one of those teams, as well.“We’re going to be in all these games, they’re going to be close games. We just have to find, and do, whatever it takes to get a result.”Preventing goals has been an issue for the Badgers this season. In eight out of 12 games, they have allowed two or more goals. However, OSU is tied for last in the Big Ten with a goal per game average of one.Despite the Badgers’ record, Bluem had high remarks for his team’s upcoming opponent.“Wisconsin looks like a very good team,” Bluem said. “It’s surprising to me that they’re 2-8-2. I know they’re a very, very young team, so hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of that.”Wisconsin only carries three seniors on its roster, compared to 12 true freshmen.Sarris said Wisconsin’s losing record is of no interest to the team.“Our goal is to approach everyone like they’re a top-five opponent,” Sarris said. “Regardless if they’re ranked or not ranked, we’re going to treat them like they’re a top-ranked opponent because we can’t afford to lose any more matches.”Sarris said he has no doubt the team will be unprepared for Wisconsin with that mindset intact.“We will be ready,” he said.After the game at Madison, Wis., OSU is set to begin a three-game home stand against Bowling Green on Wednesday. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Gerrard confident Liverpool can win Champions League

first_imgFormer Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that the club have a great chance of winning the Champions League this seasonJurgen Klopp’s side put in a strong display over their two legs against Manchester City in their quarter-final tie with Liverpool emerging with a convincing 5-1 aggregate win.Despite an early Gabriel Jesus goal for City in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool did not lose their nerve and two goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured an impressive away win over the runaway Premier League leaders.Gerrard, who captained Liverpool to their last Champions League title in 2005, has now backed his former club go all the way this season.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Unbelievable. There’s a feeling amongst the Liverpool supporters. They’re very confident.” Gerrard told BT Sport (via The Sport Review).“They believe in this manager and they think the team’s growing. They believe that they’ve got a chance of going all the way [in the Champions League] – and so do I.“I think Barcelona going out tonight should give them confidence. Over the two legs, beating at top side like City, they should be on a big wave now.”Liverpool will find out their opponents for the semi-finals of the competition on Friday.last_img read more

UEFA announces disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool Roma

first_imgUEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Liverpool and Roma following the commotion at their Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.Commotion started outside Anfield minutes before kick-off in the first leg of the tie on April 24, with Liverpool fan Sean Cox left in a critical condition following the incident.Based on the incidents, Liverpool have been charged with setting off fireworks and throwing objects while both clubs have been charged for crowd disturbancesdivock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Ahead of the second leg, Merseyside Police confirmed that they had not received any reports of disturbances between Liverpool and Roma fans in the Italian capital in the lead up to kick-off according to SkysportsThis case is being handled by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and will be dealt with on May 31. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s side face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League on Saturday in Kyiv after beating Roma 7-6 on aggregate.last_img read more

De Jong unsure of his stay amid Barca City and PSG

first_imgAjax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is uncertain of his club future beyond the 2018/2019 Eredivisie campaign as Barcelona, Manchester City and French Giants Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen on signing him.“It’s difficult to say what will happen,” De Jong told the Guardian via FourFourTwo.“I want to finish this season well with Ajax. Then we will see.“Maybe I’ll stay for another year, maybe I’ll leave. But I am not sure.”On the ongoing speculation, De Jong added: “I don’t pay attention to it.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I hear the stories but I just want to finish this season well.”The Netherlands international did not hide his admiration for City boss Pep Guardiola and his style of football.“I love this style. Get the ball back quickly, then play possession with so many combinations,” De Jong said.“When you watch that, you get the feeling you want to go out on the pitch and play football with your friends and just enjoy yourself. City and Barcelona are great examples.”last_img read more

Man City 31 Everton Jesus double sends hosts top

first_imgManchester City are back at the top of the Premier League after beating Everton 3-1 after a Gabriel Jesus braceAfter suffering their first league defeat of the 2018/19 campaign last weekend at Chelsea, Manchester City have bounced back to reclaim top spot from Liverpool in the standings.Things got off to a slow start at the Etihad Stadium with Richarlison coming closest to opening the scoring for Everton after volleying over Lucas Digne’s cross.The visitors nearly scored an own goal when defender Michael Keane almost put Ilkay Gundogan’s cross past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.However, Everton soon conceded when summer recruit Yerry Mina gave the ball away while attempting a back pass that enabled Leroy Sane to set-up Jesus for City’s opener.The pair teamed up again for City’s second with Sane’s cross enabling Jesus to head the ball past Pickford just five minutes after the break.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.In the 65th-minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton by heading in Digne’s cross.But Raheem Sterling, who was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for November, sealed the win with City’s third of the game just moments after coming on.The victory moves City back into first-place in the Premier League for the time being with Liverpool to play Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.Team Line-UpMan City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Lapotre, Delph, Bernardo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Mahrez (De Bruyne 75′), Sane (Sterling 66′), Jesus.Everton (5-4-1): Pickford, Coleman (Walcott 57′), Keane, Zouma, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson (Davies 81′), Bernard (Lookman 57′), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlisonlast_img read more

Youth Day Message from the Leader of the Opposition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Sept 2014 – A demand for greater investment in our Youth was a part of the Youth Day message from the Official Opposition Leader of the Turks and Caicos, Hon Sharlene Robinson… She said: I am a firm believer that it is to our country’s detriment if we do not invest more monies and time in our youth. I therefore celebrate those corporate citizens and civic groups whose mandate in helping our future is being fulfilled and evidenced through their donations in so many forms.” High grades for companies stepping up over the past few weeks and years to impact the education system. The People’s Democratic Movement leader explained: No entity can do it alone. We are all stakeholders in the future of the TCI. Whether we positively engage and invest in our youth determines what type of leaders we will have.” Premier attends town hall meetings Related Items:national youth day, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaderslast_img read more

Invest Turks and Caicos Launches New Brand

Related Items:#investturksandcaicosnewbrand, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Invest Turks & Caicos, the country’s investment promotion agency, recently launched a new agency brand through the hosting of two stakeholder networking receptions. The ‘Brand Launch & Networking Reception’ events were held in Providenciales and Grand Turk, on March 22nd and April 24th respectively.Now into its second year of operations, the Board and senior management felt it needed a brand which would distinguish it, and the TCI, in the minds of clients, potential investors and the general public alike. In September 2016, the Agency began a recruitment exercise which resulted in the hiring of Jamaican brand specialists, The UnAgency, and the results of their work are now in place.John Rutherford, CEO, said “Invest Turks and Caicos is very proud of the results of its rebranding exercise, which has not only produced an attractive and relevant new logo, but also ensured the Agency’s values and personality are strengthened.  “We will incorporate these values into our day to day activities to ensure a positive and consistent approach to our customers and stakeholders.  We were delighted to launch the brand at our receptions and very happy with the feedback received.  We now look forward to promoting the Turks and Caicos Islands internationally and to local business with a powerful logo and positive communications.”Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, the Hon. Sherlene Cartwright-Robinson, expressed at the Grand Turk reception that she was “proud of the work of the Agency and that it was an important part of the growth and development of the country, especially through its work with the MSME programme”.The receptions hosted Minsters, Parliamentarians, Government officials, business persons and the Agency’s partner and stakeholders. It gave attendees an opportunity to network and discuss matter related to investment and continued economic growth for the islands.The new brand logo and colours incorporate the “Beautiful by Nature” theme of the islands by using Navy Blue to represent the beautiful sky and seas; Orange for the golden sun and sand; and Green to represent our beautiful islands. The Agency’s values are based on three E’s – to always be Energetic, Evolving and Engaging.#MagneticMediaNews#InvestTurksandCaicosNewBrand Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp read more

Parliamentary Commissioner comments on voting suspensions

first_img Related Items:#charlesalburyonvotingsuspension, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn a statement released today, the Parliamentary Commissioner, Charles Albury has commented on the suspension of voting in the Elizabeth and Seabreeze constituencies. The statement reads:“The Parliamentary Commissioner, Mr. Charles Albury, wishes to advise voters in the Elizabeth Constituency that due to some technical problems related to a few ballots, voting had to be suspended to allow for these issues to be resolved.In the Seabreeze Constituency, voting was also suspended to resolve some issues.In both Constituencies, voting has resumed.However, in order to allow all of the registered voters to exercise their rights to vote the Parliamentary Commissioner, in accordance with Sec. 52 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, has extended the voting hours in the Elizabeth Constituency until 6.15 p.m., with the exception of Polling Division 11 which has been extended until 8.15 p.m.In the Seabreeze Constituency voting will be allowed in Polling Division 4 for an additional two hours until 8:00 p.m.The Parliamentary Commissioner wishes to stress that no irregularities were discovered in the electoral process in both of the Constituencies mentioned.”#magneticmedianews#charlesalburyonvotingsuspension Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Heavy Use for New Heavy Weapons Range at Ft Bragg

first_imgAfter the opening of a new multipurpose machine gun range at Fort Bragg was delayed for four years, soldiers have been keeping the training area busy as they attempt to qualify on the service’s biggest weapons.Range 66A — which was built for soldiers to train using the M249 squad automatic weapon, M2 .50-caliber machine gun, MK 19 grenade launcher and M240 machine gun — has been used every day since it opened in September. The range is the first of its kind at the North Carolina post and is booked through the next four months, reported the Fayetteville Observer.With 87 live fire ranges, Fort Bragg has more training ranges than any two other installations put together. But without a range to qualify on heavy weapons, soldiers needed to secure a waiver to count their qualification scores from other ranges.The range was scheduled to open in 2011, but contractor issues pushed back the opening until last fall, according to the story. It was built at a cost estimated between $3 million and $5 million.The range features 150 automated targets and sensors to provide soldiers’ scores in real time. The targets range in distance from 100 yards to almost one mile away, and appear and disappear as part of a synchronized display.Having the ability to program different scenarios allows staff to essentially create a new range.“We have the options,” said Master Sgt. Kris Barnette. “That’s great. They won’t become familiar with one thing.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Pentagon Candidates Offer Commitment to Address Climate Change Contamination Issues

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two nominees for headquarters positions dealing with installation and energy issues — Robert McMahon for assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for sustainment and Alex Beehler for assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment — told the Senate Armed Services Committee during their confirmation hearing Tuesday they would address the impact of climate change on their responsibilities, if confirmed.“Yes, I agree with Secretary Mattis that weather can and does have an adverse effect on our ability to accomplish our mission. Risk mitigation is the preparation to ensure that we are ready for that,” McMahon stated in response to a question from Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking member. McMahon was nominated by President Trump for a newly created post that would combine his current job — ASD for logistics and materiel readiness — with the ASD for energy, installations and environment. The new sustainment office is part of the restructuring prompted by the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics office into two smaller organizations.Beehler similarly pledged to tackle the risks posed by a changing climate. “I will do everything to encourage installations and help direct installations to properly prepare on a case-by-case basis for both adverse weather and effects long term from climate,” he told the panel.Other senators broached two pressing issues related to contamination affecting installations and surrounding communities. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) asked Beehler how he would engage with communities impacted by PFAS contamination in their drinking water supplies and seek to reduce the financial burden on state and local governments. “I would have to work closely with the other services whom I know are dealing with this issue substantially, as well as with the state and local authorities to make sure the matter is resolved wherever the testing reveals there is a problem,” he responded.Beehler told Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) he would consider addressing a recent report describing numerous cases of lead exposure by military children living in on-base housing as a “top priority,” if confirmed. “I want to make sure, as you have said, that military families feel absolutely safe and healthy in military housing,” Beehler said. Kaine pointed out that since the Reuters investigation, which focused on family housing at five Army installations, was published last week, his office has learned about cases of children suffering from lead exposure at the installations of other services.For Beehler and McMahon and three other nominees, the hearing went smoothly, with a notable lack of contentious questions. “It’s a great team. I’m just very proud. I’ve never seen a panel of more qualified people,” Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said at the conclusion of the hearing. A committee vote on the nominees could come next week. Other issues, including the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, and the approaching midterm elections, however, could slow confirmation votes by the chamber, reported Defense News.Air Force photo by Sue Sapplast_img read more

Atomtronic transistor and diode could advance quantum computing

first_img Can alkaline earth metals be used in quantum computing? ( — What if atoms could be used to perform the functions currently the province of electronic devices? The goal of atomtronics is to do just that by creating analogues to the common items found in electronic devices. Ron Pepino, a graduate student at JILA and the University of Colorado, believes that he and his colleagues have found a way to create the atomtronic versions of diode and transistor circuits. The work of Pepino, Cooper, Anderson and Holland is described in Physical Review Letters: “Atomtronic Circuits of Diodes and Transistors.” Citation: Atomtronic transistor and diode could advance quantum computing (2009, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “In our work, we create a one-to-one analogy between conventional electronic circuits and atoms trapped in optical lattices,” Pepino tells “In this analogy, the current carriers — the electrons — are replaced with neutral, ultracold atoms, the semiconductor material that the electrons traverse is replaced with an optical lattice, and the electric potential difference — which induces the flow of electrons around the circuit — is replaced by a chemical potential difference”“The dynamics of atoms in optical lattices, which are basically crystals of light, have been studied both theoretically and experimentally for many years now. We add to this field by theoretically demonstrating that the electronic properties of the diode and transistor can be observed in specifically tailored optical lattices,” Pepino continues.The team at JILA believes that it is possible to emulate the behavior of a semiconductor diode in these atomic systems. “We have predicted that you can take the optical lattice, manipulate its experimentally-tunable parameters in a specific way, and recover diode-like phenomena,” Pepino explains, “Our simulations show that this augmented optical lattice will allow atoms to flow across it from left to right, for example, but forbids the atoms to traverse the lattice going the other way. We have modeled this, and we think it might work.”Pepino and his peers have also modeled an atomtronic transistor. “All modern electronics contain transistors; they are the fundamental building blocks of electronics and computers. Naturally, we want an atomtronic version.” The transistor designed by Pepino and his colleagues exhibits on/off switching behavior, and acts as an amplifier. By configuring the optical lattice in a manner discussed in their article, they show that it is possible to recover the characteristics of the conventional electronic transistor in the atomic world. He points out that atomtronics probably won’t replace electronics. “Atoms are sluggish compared to electrons, and that means that you probably won’t see atomtronics replace current electronic devices. What atomtronics might be useful for is the field of quantum information.” Because electrons lose any possible initial quantum state as they bounce around through the energy dissipating semiconductor or metallic systems, they are ill-equipped for quantum computing. “In quantum computing, you store a quantum state on an object, perform operations on the object and then read out the final state. If the system is not coherent, the initial stored information is lost,” Pepino points out. “Atoms trapped in optical lattices have been considered extensively for specific quantum computing schemes due to their inherent energy conserving characteristics. The dynamics of our atomtronic devices would be coherent and potentially useful in quantum computing.” He also suggests that there is the possibility that atomtronics could be useful in obtaining sensitive measurements. At the very least, he concludes, “atomtronic systems provide a nice test of fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics.”While these ideas have been modeled, they have yet to be built. Pepino says that an effort is under way to set up experiments that could provide a proof of principle for the work being done at JILA and the University of Colorado by experimental collaborator and co-author Dana Anderson.More information: Pepino, et. al. “Atomtronic Circuits of Diodes and Transistors,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online:” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Russian magic once again

Delhiites, it is time to rediscover the romance of Russia that Bollywood once created soon after Independence. So from Russian theatre to ballet, you can catch them all in your city itself. And all this, thanks to a protocol that was signed on Monday between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations [ICCR] and the Ministry of Russian Federation. As a result, a festival that will showcase Russian culture in India will be held later this month and will go on till early November. Not just Delhi, those living in Mumbai and Bangalore will also get a chance to be a part of this cultural extravaganza. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A total of 65 artistes and delegates will travel from Russia for the festival and they will be provided with hospitality by ICCR. A similar cultural programme will take place in Russia next year.In India though, expect performances by soloists of the Bolshoi, Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg Folk ensemble Barynya, the troupe of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre and a photo exhibition.The two-day festival in Delhi will see joint performances by folk dance ensemble Barynya and the State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT]. The next day, there will be a performance of Russian Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBarynya originally is a Russian folk dance accompanied by music. The word barynya was used by simple folk as a form of addressing a woman of a higher class. The Barynya dance is an alternation of chastushkas and frenetic dancing. The dance doesn’t adhere to a choreography and consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squatwork — knee bending. Go for this.DETAILWhat: Barynya and State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT] When: 29 October At: FICCI Auditorium, What: Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres When: 1 NovemberAt: Siri Fort AuditoriumTimings: 7 pm read more

Silent Encounters

first_imgArtist Amit Bharis is all set to take over the Capital with his magical canvases. Bhar belongs to the artistic tradition which is inspired by silent moods and contemplative conditions. His images are easy and uncomplicated, caressed by a mysterious but pleasant feeling. There is no room for strong, emotional outbursts in his works; they are never to be touched by anger, apprehension, anguish, or bitterness. Instead, Bhar’s art takes the course of a pilgrimage or a spiritual sojourn where negative thoughts are systematically filtered and eliminated; and in their place feelings of all-pervasive love, subtlety and gentle playfulness come to rest. Bhar’s works represents a meditative reflection, unburdened ambiance and a nuanced poignancy of an empowered spirit. It is clear that for the artist, creativity is an act of devotion, an act of connection, and a process of sharing. His paintings are acts of revelation, of affection, of softly spoken discourse, of giving as well as receiving. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bhar chooses the realistic mode for his artistic expression – a mode that is at once, penetrative, insightful and striking. The artist sees and perceives all things made by man and nature with all the care and grace they deserve. His paintings are filled with hues that pleases the eye. Bhar’s skill lies  in mixing colours, perfecting the line and forming a texture. He also captures the nuances of a magical moment, a silent chant, a personalized mantra. Light is his biggest source of stimulation; the shadow, a willing and worthy companion.Bhar’s art is about positive energy and joyous associations, be it with the serene Ganga herself with her sensuous waves and ripples; or the Enlightened One himself exuding both tranquillity and expansion at the same time. Don’t miss this one!When: 1st March till 15th March, 2014Where: ART INDUS, 37, Santushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapurilast_img read more

FireEye reports North Korean state sponsored hacking group APT38 is targeting financial

first_imgYesterday, FireEye revealed a new group of hackers named APT38, a financially motivated North Korean regime-backed group responsible for conducting destructive attacks against financial institutions, as well as for some of the world’s largest cyber heists. FireEye Inc. is a cybersecurity firm that provides products and services to protect against advanced persistent threats and spear phishing. Earlier this year, FireEye helped Facebook find suspicious accounts linked to Russia and Iran on its platform and also alerted Google of election influence operations linked to Iranian groups. Now FireEye cybersecurity researchers released a special report titled APT38: Un-usual Suspects, to expose the methods used by the APT38 group. In the report, they said,“Based on observed activity, we judge that APT38’s primary mission is targeting financial institutions and manipulating inter-bank financial systems to raise large sums of money for the North Korean regime.” The researchers also state that the group has attempted to steal more than $1.1 billion and were also responsible for some of the more high-profile attacks on financial institutions in the last few years.  Some of the publicly reported attempted heists attributable to APT38 include: Vietnam TP Bank in December 2015 Bangladesh Bank in February 2016 Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan in October 2017 Bancomext in January 2018 Banco de Chile in May 2018 Sandra Joyce, FireEye’s vice president of global intelligence says, “The hallmark of this group is that it deploys destructive malware after stealing money from an organization, not only to cover its tracks, but [also]  in order to distract defenders, complicate the incident response process, and gain time to get out the door.” Some details of the APT38 targeting Since at least 2014, APT38 has conducted operations in more than 16 organizations in at least 11 countries. The total number of organizations targeted by APT38 may be even higher when considering the probable low incident reporting rate from affected organizations. The group is careful, calculated, and has demonstrated a desire to maintain access to a victim environment for as long as necessary to understand the network layout, required permissions, and system technologies to achieve its goals. On average, they have observed that APT38 remain within a victim network for approximately 155 days, with the longest time within a compromised environment believed to be almost two years. In just the publicly reported heists alone, APT38 has attempted to steal over $1.1 billion dollars from financial institutions. APT38 Attack Lifecycle FireEye researchers believe that APT38’s financial motivation, unique toolset, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) observed during their carefully executed operations are distinct enough to be tracked separately from other North Korean cyber activity. The APT38 group overlaps characteristics with other operations, known as ‘Lazarus’ and the actor they call as TEMP.Hermit. On Tuesday, the U.S. government released details on malware it alleges Pyongyang’s computer operatives have used to fraudulently withdraw money from ATMs in various countries. The unmasking of APT38 comes weeks after the Justice Department announced charges against Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean computer programmer, in connection with the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. According to Jacqueline O’Leary, a senior threat intelligence analyst at FireEye, Park has likely contributed to both APT38 and TEMP.Hermit operations. However, the North Korean government has denied allegations that it sponsors such hacking. Read Next Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Facebook COO, Sandberg’s Senate testimony Google’s Protect your Election programlast_img read more

VISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAM

first_imgVISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAM << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, May 23, 2019 Share Tags: FAM, VISIT FLORIDA By: VISIT FLORIDA Earlier this month, VISIT FLORIDA hosted eight travel agents on the Spring 2019 Canada Travel Trade FAM. Beginning in one of Florida’s largest gateways, the group flew direct from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale and explored the beautiful destination of Greater Fort Lauderdale, which included hotel site visits, airboat rides and riverboat cruises. The group then traveled a short way north to The Treasure Coast. This coastal and easily accessible destination is located on the southeastern coast of Florida and is comprised of three counties: Martin County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County. While in the Treasure Coast, the group enjoyed waterfront dining, hotel site visits and paddle boarding.In the fall, VISIT FLORIDA will host its next Canada Travel Trade FAM. To qualify for this FAM, agents must complete VISIT FLORIDA’s new online learning program, Florida Travel Pro. This e-learning platform is designed to help travel professionals nationwide discover the best the state has to offer and sell Florida like a pro. *NOTE: Once you complete the program, please email Summer Gonzalez ([email protected]) to express your interest in participating in this FAM.Become a Certified Florida Travel Pro at read more