Mamata to attend united Opposition rally in Andhra

first_imgTrinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will campaign for Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu as a part of the united Opposition’s plan to counter the BJP. She will reach Visakhapatnam on March 31 to meet Mr. Naidu and other leaders of the united Opposition. The show of strength will see participation from former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar. On April 5, Ms. Banerjee is scheduled to fly to Assam for campaigning. She will then return to Bengal to commence the campaigning for her party candidates in the first phase of the seven-phase election. Ms. Banerjee’s support for her Andhra counterpart is being interpreted as a reciprocal gesture for the former during her three-day dharna after the Central Bureau of Investigation officials tried to raid the house of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in February. Mr. Naidu was also a prime presence in the TMC mega rally at the Brigade Parade grounds in Kolkata on January 19. Mr. Naidu had previously called Ms. Banerjee the “main pillar of the Opposition”.TMC manifesto However, before embarking on her election campaign in the southern and the eastern States, Ms. Banerjee will release her party’s manifesto on Wednesday.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Greece

first_imgGiorgos Karagounis and Kyriakos Papadopoulos will be key to Greece’s success at the World CupWith few famous players, Greece will rely heavily on a handful of team members who had a decisive role in qualifying for the World Cup.The captain and team motivator is 37-year-old Giorgos Karagounis, one of the few surviving members of the squad that won the 2004 European Championship.One of the best of the younger players is Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a Schalke defender who was a key player in the national team’s run to the quarterfinals at Euro 2012.Here are five players to watch:GIORGOS KARAGOUNISWith 132 national team appearances, Giorgos Karagounis has the most caps in Greek history and remains a presence that can still turn a game.Karagounis can score from distance and serve up the set pieces that are key to many of his team’s low-score victories.In 2012, Karagounis took his inexhaustible energy to struggling Premier League club Fulham, and says he’s delighted to take his career past his mid-thirties and give Greeks joy as they struggle through financial crisis.”People wanted this (World Cup qualification) so badly,” Karagounis said. “Some may not recognize it, but our team has talent, and going to Brazil is a dream for every player and every fan. As a player, I feel blessed.”KOSTAS MITROGLOUThe camera-shy but physically powerful Kostas Mitroglou has had a difficult time since joining Giorgos Karagounis at Fulham this season. But the 26-year-old striker was instrumental in maintaining Olympiakos’ domestic dominance before his departure, scoring 14 goals.advertisementMitroglou also scored three times in the 4-2 aggregate win over Romania in the World Cup playoffs.The German-born forward, nicknamed the “Gunslinger” in the Greek media, gives coach Fernando Santos better options in attack, as other young strikers have failed to make an impact and goal-scoring standbys Dimitris Salpingidis, 32, and Fanis Gekas, 33, could lose pace.KYRIAKOS PAPADOPOULOSGreece coach Fernando Santos has frequently gambled on young players, but most have failed to live up to their promise in the national team. The big exception is Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the defender who was a standout for Greek team at Euro 2012.The 22-year-old Schalke player attracted Liverpool’s attention before a knee injury kept him on the sidelines for 13 months. Still a fitness worry, his partnership with dependable center back Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be a major relief for Greece as they take on faster World Cup opponents in Japan, Colombia and Ivory Coast.”I’m not the kind of person who gives up easily,” Papadopoulos said. “I have to work hard to get back, and that’s what I’m doing.”GIANNIS FETFATZIDISIn Greece’s last warm-up match on home soil, the team slumped to a 2-0 loss against South Korea, with players looking like they lacked motivation to prepare for the World Cup.It was a performance that ironically revived the fortunes of attacking midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis, whose presence as a late substitute reinvigorated the home side, confirmed his reputation for being fast and flexible, and made him a likely choice for the World Cup squad.The 23-year-old Fetfatzidis’ recent goal against Lazio for Serie A club Genoa didn’t hurt him either.Greece’s big clubs spotted and fought for the player before he was in his teens, and he was eventually signed by Olympiakos before moving to Italy.ORESTIS KARNEZISGreece is famous for its defenders, but also has no shortage of reliable goalkeepers – enough to trouble coach Fernando Santos for his choice for three on the squad.Despite his move from Panathinaikos, 28-year-old Orestis Karnezis started in all 10 of Greece’s qualifiers – conceding only four goals – and was also picked for the two playoff matches.On loan to Granada from Udinese, Karnezis’ lack of game time remains a worry, but he is looking forward to playing in Brazil.”The dream of a lifetime,” Karnezis said. “We had a target and we reached it. We have a full squad and we deserve to be there.”last_img read more

Microchip: pre-provisioned solutions provides secure key for deployments of any size

first_img Continue Reading Previous Interfacing with modern sensors: Interface designNext Teledyne LeCroy’s MDA 8000HD MDA increases channel counts, memory, bandwidth Microchip Technology introduced the industry’s first pre-provisioned solution that provides secure key storage for low-, mid- and high-volume device deployments using the ATECC608A secure element. Microchip’s Trust Platform for its CryptoAuthentication family enables companies of all sizes to easily implement secure authentication.Microchip’s Trust Platform consists of a three-tier offering, providing out-of-the-box pre-provisioned, pre-configured or fully customizable secure elements, allowing developers to choose the platform best suited for their individual design. As the first solution to provide ready-to-go secure authentication for the mass market, the first tier – Trust&GO – provides zero-touch pre-provisioned secure elements with a Minimum Orderable Quantity (MOQ) as low as 10 units. Device credentials are pre-programmed, shipped and locked inside the ATECC608A for automated cloud or LoRaWAN authentication onboarding. In parallel, corresponding certificates and public keys are delivered in a “manifest” file, which is downloadable via Microchip’s purchasing e-commerce store and select distribution partners.In addition to saving up to several months of development time, the solution significantly simplifies provisioning logistics, making it easy for mass market customers to secure and manage edge devices without the overhead cost of third-party provisioning services or certificate authorities. With the ability to authenticate to any public or private cloud infrastructure, Microchip’s Trust Platform is also flexible and customizable. For customers who want more customization, the program includes the TrustFLEX and TrustCUSTOM platforms.The second tier in the program, TrustFLEX, offers the flexibility to use the customer’s certificate authority of choice while still benefiting from pre-configured use cases. These use cases include baseline security measures such as Transport Layer Security (TLS) hardened authentication for connecting to any IP-based network using any certificate chain, LoRaWAN authentication, secure boot, Over-the-Air updates, IP protection, user data protection and key rotation. This reduces the time and complexity involved in customizing the device without requiring customized part numbers. For customers who would like to entirely customize their designs, the third tier in the program – TrustCUSTOM – provides customer-specific configuration capabilities and custom credential provisioning.Microchip worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable a straightforward and simplified onboarding process into AWS IoT services for products designed with all variants of the Microchip Trust Platform. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Umpire who gave Nick Kyrgios pep talk will continue to officiate at US Open

first_imgSwedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani created a stir by leaving his chair, walking up to Australian Nick Kyrgios during his US Open match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert and giving him a pep talk.Up until Lahyani’s pep talk, Kyrgios was one set down and trailing 3-0 in the second set. Thereafter, the fortunes turned out and Kyrgios went on to win the match and set up a third round clash against world No.2 Roger Federer.Lahyani has been heavily slammed for his behaviour and the US Open organisers reprimanded the umpire for going “beyond protocol” during his exchange with Kyrgios. However, the Swedish umpire will continue to officiate.Lahyani is a well-experienced umpire on men’s ATP Tour and Grand Slam circuit and escaped any sanction after being allowed to continue officiating at Flushing Meadows because of his “exemplary track record as an international tennis official”, a United States Tennis Association spokesman said.The 52-year-old Lahyani, who until Thursday was perhaps best known for umpiring the 11-hour marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010, was roundly criticised by players, pundits and fans alike for taking the extraordinary decision to try and rouse Kyrgios when the Australian was trailing Herbert by a set and 3-0 in the match.The bizarre scene went viral on social media as Lahyani addressed the 30th seed for nearly a minute and at one point was heard saying, “I’m trying to help you.””Lahyani’s conduct during Thursday’s second-round match involving Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went beyond protocol,” the US Open said in a statement.advertisementWhile he will continue to umpire at this year’s final major, he has also been “advised to adhere to proper protocols in all matches that he officiates moving forward.”A defiant Kyrgios, who has been fined for tanking games in the past, denied that the umpire’s remarks were out of line or made any difference to his mindset.”He wasn’t coaching me at all… Of course he wasn’t coaching me. I got some salt from the physio because it was hot and I wasn’t feeling great,” a bemused Kyrgios, who took the salt tablets in the next changeover, told reporters.On Thursday, tournament referee Brian Earley also denied suggestions that Lahyani was trying to gee up Kyrgios.”(Lahyani) came out of the chair because of the noise level in the stadium during the changeover, to make sure he could communicate effectively with Kyrgios. (He) was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention,” Earley said.”Lahyani told Kyrgios that, if he was feeling ill, the tournament could provide medical help. He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, as the chair umpire, he would need to take action.”Herbert, however, said Lahyani had “over-passed his job or what he was supposed to do” and he was upset with Earley’s statement.”Nick from his side is not to blame as he did not ask for anything. But his behaviour and motivation on court changed from this moment and then dominated the match,” fumed Herbert.”I am even more upset against (Earley’s) statement that is clearly taking us for fools when we players are making mistakes on court we are sanctioned.”Kyrgios won the match 4-6 7-6(6) 6-3 6-0 to earn a third-round showdown with Roger Federer.The Swiss was among those who thought Lahyani had crossed the line.”It’s not the umpire’s role to go down from the chair,” said Federer, the winner of 20 majors.”I get what he was trying to do. But you don’t go and speak like that. He was there for too long. It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Wenger: Sanchez chasing best form

first_imgArsenal Wenger: Sanchez is still chasing his best form Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 07:09 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Europa League ADRIAN DENNIS Arsenal A. Sánchez Arsenal v Köln Köln UEFA Europa League Arsène Wenger The Arsenal manager said his star attacker is not yet at his best, even after scoring a stunner in a Europa League win Arsene Wenger said want-away star Alexis Sanchez is still yet to recapture his best form after an interrupted start to the season, despite leading Arsenal past Cologne in their Europa League opener.Sanchez produced a moment of brilliance to put Arsenal ahead and guide them to a 3-1 Group H win over visiting Cologne on Thursday, after kick-off was delayed by an hour due to crowd congestion at the Emirates Stadium.Alexis 7/4 to score on Sunday Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The soon-to-be free agent, who missed the start of the campaign through injury, has cut a frustrated figure this season – having seen his reported move to Premier League rivals Manchester City fall through before the transfer window closed – but he issued a reminder of his undoubted quality in London.”We had a slow start and there was accidental goal. After that, it was important not to concede and panic and put more pace into our game. From then. we controlled the game and won convincingly in the end,” Wenger told BT Sport .”I think Sanchez is still running after his best form. He is a fantastic football player but physically he has just come back. But he has it in his locker to do something special, which he did.”We want to do well in all the best competitions and I had an experienced team today, even though I made nine changes. They are all top-class players. There is no hierarchy in the squad.”It was not an ideal start for Arsenal after a reported 20,000 Cologne fans descended on London despite only 3,000 tickets being available.When the match finally got underway, Arsenal found themselves trailing early following Jhon Cordoba’s stunning 40-yard strike in the ninth minute.Substitute Sead Kolasinac breathed life back into Arsenal with his 49th-minute equaliser before Sanchez gave the hosts the lead 18 minutes later.Full-back Hector Bellerin put the result beyond doubt nine minutes from the end and the Spain international added: “It is a new competition for us so we had to set the tone. We think we are one of the best teams in the competition so we have to show that on the pitch.”I am very happy with the victory. We were ready to play at 20:05 BST but these things happen. We started a bit with cold feet but after that it just worked.”last_img read more

Luis Suárez all set for another shot at redemption for Uruguay

first_imgTopics Previews and predictions for the World Cup quarter-finals Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email World Cup 2018 Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Sounding drained by the whole subject of Cavani’s fitness, Tabárez said: “He is very sad because he is suffering an injury during a World Cup. He’s a very important player for us and he was playing really well. So as soon as he got injured, he started working hard to recover. He’s concentrating on his dreams and his hopes. But I’m not going to say anything else about Cavani and I don’t want to get into any games. In less than 24 hours you will know. Some people are saying we are trying to pretend. We’re not. We don’t want to create any doubts.”Suárez never got a mention as Tabárez, an eloquent and erudite man, turned his attention to life at the other end of the pitch, where Uruguay, who have conceded only once in this tournament, will surely make life a lot more difficult for France’s attack than Argentina did. “What I can tell you, is that we really count on our defence,” Tabárez said.At the same time, Tabárez knows that Uruguay, with or without Cavani, will need a huge performance from their No 9. For Suárez, who will be 35 by the time the next World Cup comes around, there will be no shortage of motivation as he seeks to bury the memories of all the chaos and controversy that has gone before. Share via Email Suárez is not the sort of player to stay in the shadows for long, especially when it comes to representing his country. Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer has a habit of serving up memorable storylines when he pulls on the sky blue shirt, in particular at World Cup finals, and his country could do with another, only this time with a much happier ending.Controversy stalks Suárez but, love him or loathe him, his scoring record is phenomenal. With 53 goals in 103 internationals, he averages better than one every other game for his country. At club level the figures are staggering. In the last five seasons, which comprise one campaign at Liverpool and four with Barcelona, Suárez has scored 141 league goals. To put that return into perspective, the only players to have scored more in Europe’s top five divisions are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Next on the list after Suárez comes Robert Lewandowski, followed by Cavani, which gives an idea of how just blessed Uruguay are when it comes to their forward line.Yet the frustration for Uruguay is that they have never been able to field that formidable partnership at a World Cup when it really matters. Suárez missed the 2010 World Cup semi-final defeat against the Netherlands through suspension after stopping Dominic Adiyiah’s goalbound header for Ghana, in the last minute of extra time, with his hands. “The hand of Suárez” is the title of that particular chapter in his autobiography. “The hand of the Devil” read a headline in a South African newspaper the next day, after Uruguay went on to win on penalties. features Share on Messenger Read more Uruguay World Cup Share on Facebook Four years later, in Brazil, Suárez was sent home in disgrace after that extraordinary Chiellini incident, leaving Uruguay to face – and lose to – Colombia in the last 16 without him. Watching from his house in Montevideo, where tears rolled down his face as he listened to Óscar Tabárez, the Uruguay manager, defend him on the eve of the Colombia tie, Suárez knew what the outcome would be 24 hours later. “You could see that emotionally the team had died,” he wrote in his book, Crossing the Line.Russia had promised to be different, especially when Cavani scored his second against Portugal after linking beautifully with Suárez for the first, but once again Uruguay are facing the prospect of going into a defining game without their front duo. Cavani, who limped off against Portugal with a calf injury, is a major doubt for Friday’s quarter-final against France.The Paris Saint-Germain forward trained in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday but those words read much more positively than the picture Tabárez painted at his press conference. Tabárez was extremely coy about whether Cavani will be able to play any part against the country where the forward has lived for the last five years, so much so it was hard to escape the feeling at the end of the manager’s answer that the best Uruguay can hope for is the 31-year-old is named among the substitutes. Read more Luis Suárez Who will win the World Cup quarter-finals? Eight fans have their say A deliberate handball on the line to stop Ghana going through to the World Cup semi-finals in 2010. A bite of Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in 2014. Four years and as many World Cup appearances later and we are still waiting to discover what Luis Suárez’s legacy will be in Russia, where Uruguay’s talisman has another – and possibly a last – shot at redemption on football’s greatest stage.By Suárez’s World Cup standards – and what standards they are – the striker has been relatively quiet. Poor in the opening game against Egypt, he went on to score against Saudi Arabia and Russia and also provided that terrific cross for the first of Edinson Cavani’s two goals against Portugal in the last 16 last Saturday. Yet it is his strike partner, born a few weeks after him, who has stolen the show. Cavani has scored more, shot more and run more than Suárez in Russia, despite spending less time on the pitch. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

13 days agoMoreno: Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard not good enough for Spain

first_imgMoreno: Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard not good enough for Spainby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Roberto Moreno insists Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard wouldn’t be good enough for his squad.Odegaard is ready to play for Norway against Spain on Saturday night.Asked if he would make it into the Spain team, Moreno was clear.”I’m sorry, but no,” Moreno said. “Our players are better. I don’t want to disrespect anyone. I think we have a great team.”Now he [Odegaard] is playing in midfield at Real Sociedad and is reaching a high level. He is doing amazingly well.”At the end of the day Norway are a good team and we will have to be effective to get the win.”He is doing well, but there won’t be a plan to stop a specific player. I wouldn’t make a specific plan to stop him or anyone else.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Major Update On Clemson Player Suspended For CFP

first_img According to Matt Connolly of The State, Zach Giella is no longer a member of Clemson’s football team.Giella isn’t on Clemson’s online roster, but Galloway remains on it. The sophomore tight end still has time to enjoy his collegiate career.Zach Giella’s career at Clemson is officially over.The former Tigers offensive lineman, who was one of three players suspended for PEDs prior to the 2018 Cotton Bowl, is no longer listed on Clemson’s roster, and a school official confirmed Saturday afternoon that Giella is no longer a member of Clemson’s team.According to the report, the team is still awaiting word on whether Galloway could be available for bowl season 2019.Clemson has more than enough firepower to overcome these two losses for next season, especially with Trevor Lawrence leading the way. However, it must be heartbreaking for Dabo Swinney and his teammates to watch Giella’s career at Clemson end this way.[The State] Clemson Tigers huddle before the national championship.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks with his team prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson put together a performance for the ages in last season’s College Football Playoff, dominating Notre Dame and Alabama en route to the national title. Unfortunately, the program’s success on the gridiron was somewhat marred by multiple failed drug tests ahead of the Playoff.Prior to the 2018 Cotton Bowl, the Tigers found out that three players would miss the game due to suspension. All three suspensions were related to the NCAA’s drug policy.Zach Giella, Braden Galloway and Dexter Lawrence tested positive for ostarine. The punishment from the NCAA doesn’t affect Lawrence for next season because he entered the NFL Draft.While the suspension certainly hurts Galloway and Giella, it affects the latter more since he was entering his senior season. Unfortunately, the experienced offensive lineman won’t be with the Tigers anymore.last_img read more

DSME SHI and HHI to Build HMMs New Mammoths

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: HMM South Korean shipping major Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has selected three compatriot shipbuilders to build its 20 new eco-friendly mega containerships.The company said that seven 23,000 TEU giants will be constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and another five will be built by Samsung Heavy Industries.HMM added that the contract for the construction of eight 14,000 TEU boxships was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries.Scheduled to join their owner in the second quarters of 2020 and 2021, respectively, the units are a part of the company’s ‘Capacity of 1 Million TEU’ strategy.Since it sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) to shipbuilding companies on April 10, HMM has considered all the conditions for newbuilding including delivery date and price of new ships suggested by shipbuilders, and finally selected the three shipbuilders to sign Letters of Intent (LOI) for 20 new vessels.HMM formed a ‘newbuilding examination committee’ in order to thoroughly review all the conditions and selected shipbuilders followed by fair procedures.After signing a Letter of Intent with shipbuilders, HMM said it would negotiate further details of new shipbuilding including prices and conclude the final agreement.last_img read more

Hunter Joins New Scrubber Pool for VLCCs

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hunter Tankers, a part of Hunter Group ASA, has selected Tankers International Ltd as commercial manager for its fleet of very large crude carriers (VLCCs).The company said that Tankers International would establish “the world’s first scrubber-fitted VLCC pool.”In addition to the Hunter vessels the pool will consist of vessels from Hartree Maritime Partners, International Seaways, Oak Maritime (HK) and Ridgebury Tankers.Hunter said that the pool would consist exclusively of modern scrubber-fitted VLCCs operated and maintained to the highest standards and will, combined with TI’s existing VLCC pools, represent the largest VLCC fleet in the world with more than 70 VLCCs on a fully delivered basis.“The creation of the Scrubber Pool will maximize the company’s earnings potential through access to a large scale operation with a strong independent management team, while simultaneously retaining 100% of expected scrubber fuel savings.”last_img read more

Provincial Strategy for Gaelic Launched

first_img A strategy to preserve and advance Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritagewas released today, May 31, at Rankin Memorial High School inIona. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald joinedthe Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia, representatives from theprovince’s Gaelic community and the Scottish organization, Bòrdna Gàidhlig, to officially release Leasachadh agus Gléidheadh naGàidhlig an Albainn Nuaidh (Developing and Preserving Gaelic inNova Scotia: A Strategy for Community Based Initiatives). “This strategy is a 20-year vision for Gaelic in Nova Scotia,”said Mr. MacDonald. “It is a statement of how the Gaelic languageand culture has survived in Nova Scotia. It is a plan to ensurethe survival and growth of Gaelic in this province.” Mr. MacDonald also announced today that the Department ofTourism, Culture and Heritage will contribute $100,000 over thenext year to enhance economic growth within the Gaelic communityand to develop a five-year business and implementation plan forthe Gaelic strategy. The Gaelic strategy is the result of three years of co-operativedevelopment by the Gaelic Development Steering Committee and theDepartment of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. It reflectswidespread community input, mostly gathered at forums heldthroughout the province in November 2002. The strategy is a detailed plan that acknowledges the valuablecontribution that Gaelic language and culture makes to NovaScotian society, as well as its economic impact. The strategysummarizes the current situation, sets a framework foradvancement and identifies the role of the provincial governmentas a critical partner in the process of revitalizing the Gaeliclanguage and culture and expanding the Gaelic economy. “It is no secret that the language is in a perilous state, but itis much more than just words that are being lost,” said HectorMacNeil, chair of the Gaelic Development Steering Committee.”Linguistic research shows there is a tendency for economicdecline in areas that undergo language repression and loss. It isour intention that, with the realization of the objectivesoutlined in this strategy document, we will see a revitalizedGaelic community. In this way, all Nova Scotians will continue tobenefit from the Gaelic presence in this province.” The Gaelic strategy identifies six key areas of development:leadership and empowerment; language education; arts and culture;community initiatives; media and promotion; government and legalstatus. The Gaelic Council, with the continued co-operation ofcommunity and government, will build a series of five-year actionplans around each of these topics. The first drafts of theseplans will be presented at community forums in November 2004. Rankin Memorial High School student Emily Redden thanked theGaelic Development Steering Committee members for theirinitiative and perseverance, as well as the Department ofTourism, Culture and Heritage, and asked that the work begin withCape Breton’s youth in mind. “Gaelic is the language of our heritage, tradition, family andcommunity history,” said Ms. Redden. “If Gaelic is lost to futuregenerations, so will the continuity of knowledge that informs uson who we are and where we’ve been. We will become culturalorphans.” International language issues expert Rob Dunbar arrived fromScotland to attend the event. Mr. Dunbar, who is widely publishedand is a senior non-resident research associate of the EuropeanCentre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, representedBòrd na Gàidhlig — a non-departmental public body established bythe Scottish Executive to oversee Gaelic development in Scotland.He conveyed the organization’s congratulations and noted thatNova Scotia’s Gaelic culture is a unique, precious andirreplaceable resource that, in addition to its role at home, hasgreat importance to Scottish Gaels and to Scotland in general. Leasachadh agus Gléidheadh na Gàidhlig an Albainn Nuaidh(Developing and Preserving Gaelic in Nova Scotia: A Strategy forCommunity Based Initiatives) is available on the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_gaelic.asp . For moreinformation, contact the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia, P.O. Box51011, RPO Rockingham Ridge, Halifax, N.S., B3M 4R8. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Provincial Strategy for GaelicLaunchedlast_img read more

Minister Moves to Take Control of Halifax Regional School Board

first_imgMinister of Education Karen Casey has acted to restore stability to the Halifax Regional School Board today, Dec. 19, after its elected members failed to comply with the performance standards set out by the minister earlier this year. “I am disappointed it has come to this, but it has become necessary to exercise my authority under Section 68 of the Education Act,” said Ms. Casey. “This board has failed to follow the directives to act in a professional manner.” Effective immediately, the elected board is stripped of its authority under the Act. “The public expects its elected officials to act professionally,” said Ms. Casey. “Board members have a duty to the people who elected them and to the taxpayers of Nova Scotia, but most importantly they have a duty to the students they were elected to serve.” Howard Windsor, a former deputy minister, has been appointed by the minister to carry out all responsibilities and have the authority of the board. “Mr. Windsor brings many years of experience to this position,” said Ms. Casey. “I am pleased that he has agreed to accept this challenge.” Halifax Regional School Board, which is entrusted with the educational welfare of 55,000 students and control of a budget of $350 million, has been wracked by internal division for more than a year. Earlier this year, meetings were ground to a halt after disgruntled board members walked out, leaving important agenda items undecided. There was also a confrontation over seating arrangements. One board member was found to be in a breach of trust and another voted off the board for missing three consecutive meetings, a violation of the Education Act. Last February, Jamie Muir, the education minister at the time, issued directives to board members in an effort to have them behave in a professional, competent manner. Board members were also directed to re-affirm and observe the board’s code of ethics, which requires members to show respect for others and respect for decisions made by a majority of board members. Ms. Casey’s decision to transfer control of board operations comes following a recent committee meeting when a shouting match between a number of board members erupted inside the board members’ lounge. This most recent incident comes a week after one board member moved that two other board members be investigated for conflict of interest. “I am disturbed by the board’s continued inability to respect one another and I am frustrated that they seem unable to get back to the business of educating students,” she said. Ms. Casey said the move will ensure that students and education will be a priority in Halifax Regional Municipality. Although authority for board operations will lie with an appointed board, the day-to-day operations of the organization will not be noticeably affected. The new board will continue until the next board election in October 2008. This is not the first time a minister has used the Education Act to restructure a sitting school board. The last time was in 2002 when a financial scandal forced the minister to appoint Ken Meech to manage the Strait Regional School Board.last_img read more

Walmart launches 1hour grocery delivery in GTA with Instacart partnership

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Walmart Canada says it is starting to roll out one-hour grocery delivery today for customers in parts of the Greater Toronto Area.The discount grocer says it’s partnered with Instacart, a California-based company, to provide the service.Shoppers use the Instacart website or app to place their order, which is then picked out and delivered by Instacart employees.The one-hour delivery offering will expand to Winnipeg on Sept. 27, and possibly to other markets later.Walmart Canada already offers next-day delivery, as well as the option to order online and pick up in-store, in parts of the GTA.Many Canadian grocers have recently started to grow their e-commerce offerings as they face increased pressure after tech titan Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market.Loblaw Companies Ltd. also partnered with Instacart to offer home delivery and plans to “blanket the country” with online grocery services this year.Sobeys Inc., on the other hand, signed a partnership deal with British company Ocado Group to build a customer fulfillment centre that will store food and automate the food selection process. Its service will launch in the GTA in about two years.Companies in this story: (TSX:L)last_img read more

Duncan Lamb each score 19 as Vermont holds off George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. — Ernie Duncan and Anthony Lamb scored 19 points apiece to help Vermont hold off George Mason for a 72-67 win Monday night.Stef Smith added 10 points for Vermont, including two free throws that capped the scoring with six seconds left.Duncan hit a 3-pointer that capped a 9-2 opening run and Lamb’s 3 with 9:04 left in the first half pushed the lead into double figures at 18-8. The Catamounts (6-3) led by as many as 14 points in the second half and Duncan’s foul shot with 2:56 to play made it 61-49 but Justin Kier scored 14 points from there, including a layup with seven seconds remaining, to pull George Mason within three before Smith’s free throws sealed it.Kier finished with a career-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting and Ian Boyd scored 12 for the Patriots (4-6).Vermont shot 65 per cent (15 of 23) from the field in the second half.The Associated Press read more

How Often Do College Football Teams Finish No 1 Then Start At

In January, Florida State beat Auburn in the last-ever BCS National Championship Game, capping an undefeated season that earned it the No. 1 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. Seven months later, the Seminoles are atop the college football world, ranked No. 1 in the AP’s preseason top 25 poll. How rare is it for the defending champs to return to No. 1 the following preseason? And how has that rate changed over time?Since 1950, defending No. 1s have begun the following season atop the polls 23 times, or once every 2.8 years. Four of the last six preseason No. 1s were defending champions — although before that, it only happened three times in 12 years, and seven times in 33 years. On average, the top team in the AP’s preseason poll checked in at No. 3.1 in the final poll taken after the previous season.Top preseason teams have gone on to win the championship 10 times in the 65 seasons since 1950, or 15 percent of the time. The last preseason No. 1 to finish the season No. 1 was Southern California in 2004. read more

Egypte Zahi Hawass de retour au poste de ministre des Antiquités

first_imgEgypte : Zahi Hawass de retour au poste de ministre des AntiquitésMercredi dernier en Egypte, Zahi Hawass a retrouvé son poste de ministre des Antiquités, nous apprend Sciences et Avenir.   Le célèbre archéologue égyptien Zahi Hawass avait été nommé grand chef des Antiquités quelques semaines avant la révolution égyptienne, mais celui-ci avait décidé de démissionner en raison de ses liens avec l’ex président Hosni Moubarak. Aujourd’hui, moins d’un mois après avoir été écarté, il est de retour au même poste. C’est l’actuel premier ministre égyptien, Essam Sharaf, qui l’a de nouveau nommé ministre mercredi dernier. À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitL’archéologue expliquait sur son blog qu’il avait choisi de quitter son poste car les sites archéologiques n’étaient plus protégés. Il avait tout de suite été remplacé par Alaa Shahin, ex doyen de la faculté d’archéologie de l’Université du Caire. En reprenant son poste, Zahi Hawass a déclaré “Je ne peux pas vivre sans les antiquités et les antiquités ne peuvent pas vivre sans moi” comme le rapporte le New York Times.Le 5 avril 2011 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pedestrian struck by car remains in critical condition

first_imgThe Vancouver woman struck by a car Wednesday afternoon in Orchards remains hospitalized in critical condition.Sharina Luper, 39, was struck by a Volkswagen Passat while trying to cross Northeast Covington Road near Northeast 100th Avenue. She stepped into the path of the vehicle, which was heading south on Covington Road, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Luper was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She remained hospitalized in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman.The Volkswagen’s driver, Nufar Tedorov, 78, stayed at the scene and cooperated with deputies, according to the sheriff’s office. Parts of Covington Road were temporarily closed.last_img read more

Cengiz Under fired up for Juve encounter

first_imgCengiz Under wants Roma to step up their game against Juventus in the bid to end their bad spell in the League.Cengiz who is currently under the radar of Arsenal and Bayern Munich, is fired up for the clash against runaway leaders Juve.“It has been a very difficult period for us and we need to win,” he told the Roma Match Programme cited on Football Italia.“Fortunately, we managed to get the victory against Genoa and it’s very important that we continue to improve. That win created more positivity around not just the team, but also everyone around us and the fans.“It was a show of character, as we were trailing twice, but were able to get back into it and in the end also win the game. The most important thing is to prove Roma are still here.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Juventus are the best side in Serie A, so we need to prepare well. It’ll also be difficult as they are on home turf, so we hope to put in a good performance. We’ve got to ‘battle’ Juve as a united group, showing strong team spirit.”Cengiz Under scored a couple of screamers in recent weeks, yet has also missed open goals and tap-ins.“I seem to find it easier to score difficult goals than easy ones! Evidently, it is something I need to work on. I also have to work on my Italian language skills and want to learn English too.“I feel more important for this team, in good form individually and with more confidence. If we compare the first six months of last year and this year, I am up by five goals and five assists.“I think with help from my teammates, I’ll be able to improve and do even better.”last_img read more

Doubledeal Monday A computer desk for 40 and ergonomic chair for 93

first_img 20 Share your voice Amazon The Cheapskate Comments Computer Accessories This nice-looking desk is on sale for $40. Aingoo Need a place to work? How about a place to sit while you do that work? Let’s talk furniture.Just by random chance, a desk deal and office-chair deal crossed my radar this morning, so it seemed logical to mash ’em up. I’ll start with the former.For a limited time, and while supplies last, AGDirect (via Amazon) has the Aingoo 47-inch computer workstation in black for $39.90 when you apply promo code Shelf001 at checkout. Regular price: $66.50. See it at AmazonI like the simple, modern design of this desk, which features criss-crossing legs, a raised rear edge and rounded corners. It has no drawers, obviously, so if you need storage, keep shopping.modway-chairThis super-versatile office chair is priced hundreds less than similar ones. Modway Now for where to park your keister. Also for a limited time, and also while supplies last, the Modway Articulate Ergonomic Office Chair (black mesh) is $93.45, no code required. It normally runs $136, which is what you’d currently pay for the gray-mesh version. See it at AmazonAs someone who sits for a large chunk of the day, I’m a firm believer in buying a good chair. The cushion should be comfortable. The back should have a lumbar-friendly shape. The armrests should adjust up and down. And, of course, the whole thing should be height- and tilt-adustable.This ticks all those boxes, yet doesn’t cost $200-300. (Don’t even get me started on $600 Herman Miller chairs.)That said, the 800-plus user reviews here average out to just 3.8 stars, which does give me a bit of pause. Having looked at some of the more negative ratings, I’ll simply note that this may not be the ideal chair for those with larger frames.I’ll also add that I bought an off-brand chair myself years back, one that looks a lot like this, and it’s been great. That’s in no way to suggest this is equally great, merely that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to get a good-quality office chair.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: I am constantly reminding my kids how spoiled (and lucky!) they are when it comes to music. Thanks to services like Spotify, they have instant access to all the music of the world — on a device that fits in their pocket.If you’ve never experienced this utter joy for yourself, here’s your chance: For a limited time, Groupon is offering a 3-month Pandora Premium subscription for free. It would normally cost you $10 per month.See it at GrouponUnsurprisingly, this is for new Pandora subscribers only. Surprisingly, you also have the option of getting a family subscription, which can be shared by up to six users. That’s a value of $15 per month, so $45 total.Whatever option you choose, you’ll have to put a credit card on file. So be sure to cancel after those three months are up, otherwise you’ll start getting billed at the regular rate. Or, you know, keep the subscription and continue to enjoy instant access to all the music of the world on a device that fits in your pocket. Because miracle!Bonus deal No. 2: Speaking of subscriptions, want to check out Showtime? How about Starz? Amazon is running a rare discount on 3-month subscriptions to both: $6.59 per month for the first three months of Showtime, then $10.99 per month; and $5.39 per month for the first three months of Starz, then $8.99. (Note that Showtime, like CNET, is a division of CBS.)To get either deal, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber. And you’ve got only until Jan. 17 to sign up.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.last_img read more

DEAL ALERT Samsung Galaxy S9 for Just 779 – Official Price 840

first_imgIf you are looking for a fully unlocked, brand new Samsung Galaxy S9+ smartphone at a discounted price then today’s the day you’ve been waiting for.Fully Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9+ Smartphone Down to Just $779 from its Official Price of $840Though the Galaxy S9+ is an amazing smartphone, but its high price might put off a few people from buying it. Thankfully, there’s a quick sale happening over at eBay right now that lets you pick up the aforementioned smartphone for a price of just $779. You save $60 over the official price of $840, which is not bad at all. You can use the saved money towards some great accessories, or just, you know, save money.The Galaxy S9+ is packed with a ton of new features including a variable aperture lens. It has 6GB of RAM onboard and comes with 64GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD. If that doesn’t whet your appetite then you will pleased to learn that this model on sale is fully unlocked and will work on any GSM carrier out there. Of course, there are other features onboard too such as the brand new Exynos 9810 processor, dual cameras at the back and a gorgeous 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display packing a resolution of 2560×1440. This and more can be yours for a price of just $779.So, what are you waiting for? Just head over to the link below and grab your epic new smartphone today!Buy Samsung Galaxy S9+ Factory Unlocked [eBay link]If you are interested in buying some accessories as well, then you might want to check out our extensive lists of the best accessories below:Best Galaxy S9 / S9+ Compatible Fast Wireless Chargers [List]Top Best Galaxy S9 / S9+ Screen Protectors You Can Buy [List]Top Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Fast Chargers Available to Buy [List]Best Third-Party USB Type-C Charging Cables for Galaxy S9 & S9+ [List]Top Galaxy S9 Fast Car Chargers Available Right Now [List]Best Samsung Galaxy S9 Cases You Can Buy [List] Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more