first_imgAdvertisement Facebook As the house lights came on and the cocktails came out at the end of the 2018 Media Innovation Awards (MIAs) ceremony, some guests may have considered taking the train home.It helped that the night was capped with Via Rail taking home Best of Show at the gala for its ongoing “Data vs. Car” campaign. The campaign, spearheaded by media agency Touche, targeted travelers before, during and after their journey using a mix of OOH and mobile/digital ads to remind them that taking the train is often more convenient and safer than cars. As he held the company’s award and thanked the jury, Simon Parent, senior manager of marketing and optimization at Via Rail, smiled and encouraged the crowd to take the train more often.In total, 33 gold trophies, 34 silvers and 32 bronzes were awarded across 39 categories. Gold winners are listed below, while the full winners’ list will be available on the MIAs website. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The most Golds (10) went to Touche, which also saw its president Karine Courtemanche take home the Media Agency Leader of the Year trophy. For Gold wins, IPG shop Initiative wasn’t far behind with a total of seven.Another big winner for the night was Jungle Media’s director of planning, Janet, Xi, who was the second winner of Media in Canada and strategy‘s New Establishment: Media award.Products and ServicesEntertainment“The Luckiest Campaign Ever.” Client: Loto-Quebec. Agencies: Sid Lee & Sid Lee MediaPublic Service“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & InitiativeDurable Goods“Our True Colours.” Client: PPG (Sico). Agency: PHD CanadaAutomotive“Common Ground.” Client: Harley-Davidson Canada. Agencies: Zulu Alpha Kilo & Initiative.Consumer Goods“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Retail“Your Everyday Coach.” Client: Sports Experts. Agency: Touche!Best Use of MediaBest in Video“Play Less Nice.” Client: Nike. Agencies: Jungle Media & AnomalyBest in Out-of-Home/Ambient/Place-Based Media – Budget Over $100,000“Our True Colours.” Client: PPG (Sico). Agency: PHD CanadaBest in Out-of-Home/Ambient/Place-Based Media – Budget Under $100,000“Reskinning Queen St. West.” Client: Consonant Skincare. Agencies: Zulu Alpha KiloBest Integrated Campaign – Budget Over $250,000“VS: All In.” Client: SickKids Foundation. Agencies: Cossette & OMD.Best Use of DigitalBest in Websites and Microsites“Exploring Ancient Egypt.” Client: Ubisoft Canada (Assassin’s Creed). Agency: Bleublancrouge.“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & Initiative.Best in Augmented/Virtual Reality“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Best in Social Media“Spout.” Client: Post Consumer Brands (Sugar Crisp). Agencies: Ogilvy & Spark Foundry.Best in Location-Based Marketing“Dats Vs. Car.” Client: Via Rail. Agency: Touche!Best in Mobile“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Best in Data-Driven Marketing“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & Initiative.“Dats Vs. Car.” Client: Via Rail. Agency: Touche!Best in Search“Dynamic Inventory Ads.” Client: Mercedes-Benz Toronto Retail Group. Agency: OMD Canada.Best Use of Technology“Your Everyday Coach.” Client: Sports Experts. Agency: Touche!Best Use of Display/Video“Halloween Banner Curse.” Client: Constellation Brands (Svedka). Agency: Bensimon ByrneBest Use of ContentBest in Consumer Engagement“Spout.” Client: Post Consumer Brands (Sugar Crisp). Agencies: Ogilvy & Spark Foundry.“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Best in Brand Integration“Common Ground.” Client: Harley-Davidson Canada. Agencies: Zulu Alpha Kilo & Initiative.Best Use of Branded Content“Common Ground.” Client: Harley-Davidson Canada. Agencies: Zulu Alpha Kilo & Initiative.Niche MarketingBest in Niche Targeting“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & Initiative.Best in Youth Marketing“Spout.” Client: Post Consumer Brands (Sugar Crisp). Agencies: Ogilvy & Spark Foundry.Best Media InsightsDisruption“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Launch/Relaunch“Your Everyday Coach.” Client: Sports Experts. Agency: ToucheBest New Metrics“Sell MOre Cars with Predictive Modelling.” Client: Honda Canada. Agency: PHD Canadalast_img read more

UN refugee agency voices hope that France extends protection to asylumseekers

Last week, French Minister Eric Besson announced that authorities will close down the camps, known as the ‘jungle,’ in the northern French port of Calais.During his meeting Mr. Besson yesterday in Geneva, High Commissioner António Guterres said that he recognized that irregular migration poses challenges to the region and that the French Government has the right to maintain law and order.“However, he noted that among the irregular migrants in the region there are persons in need of international protection, and noted the protection needs of these individuals, particularly the large number of unaccompanied children,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming.The agency is encouraged by the European nation’s commitment to ensure that each asylum-seeker’s situation is carefully examined.“This should include access to full and fair asylum procedures and the option of assisted voluntary return,” Ms. Fleming noted.Many of the people living in Calais and waiting to move to the UK are from countries wracked by war, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia.During his meeting, Mr. Guterres encouraged France to provide accommodation to all asylum-seekers, including unaccompanied children.The current ‘asylum à la carte’ system, he underscored, must be replaced by one with consistent rules and procedures.In Calais, UNHCR is providing information and counselling to undocumented foreigners about claiming asylum in France and other options, such as returning voluntarily return to their home countries, to allow them to make informed decisions about their futures. Francisco Galindo-Velez, UNHCR representative in France, said during a visit to Calais in June that the settlements – housing some 800 migrants, with one in five being unaccompanied minors – in the city are “grim.”“Most are motivated by economic or family reasons, but a few have fled violence or persecution and their well-being is of direct concern to UNHCR,” said the agency. “Many have no idea about the situation back home, or about what they can expect in the UK.”According to UNHCR, many people pay smugglers large sums of money to bring them to Calais, which is separated from the UK by a narrow strip of sea. Ferries criss-cross the English Channel every day and some migrants try to hide on trucks to make the journey from France undetected. 18 September 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced hope that asylum-seekers and children hoping to cross to the United Kingdom will be protected following the announcement that France will close makeshift settlements housing the undocumented foreigners. read more

Man who tried to rob Regina business injured by witnesses say police

A man who allegedly tried to rob a Regina business got more than he bargained for.According to a Regina Police Service (RPS) news release, the man attempted to rob a business on the 800 block of Argyle Street North, but got into a fight with witnesses and was injured. He was still at the scene when police arrived.A second male suspect was able to flee the scene, and police are still searching for him.According to police, officers responded to the location 1:04 a.m. after getting a report that two men armed with guns were inside the establishment.Police arrived on scene and found one of the suspects, a 64-year-old man who had been injured in the fight. He was taken to hospital by EMS. Police also recovered a pellet gun at the scene.The man was later charged with armed robbery using a firearm, disguise with intent, unauthorized possession of a firearm and breach of undertaking. He appeared before a Justice of the Peace and was remanded on his charges.Police are still searching for the second suspect, who is described as male, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet fall, wearing a dark hoodie with the hood up, light pants, dark shoes, gloves and a mask covering his face.Anyone with information on the second suspect is asked to contact Regina police at 306-777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

Security Council calls on all Ivoirian parties to fully implement peace accord

Unanimously adopting the new resolution, the Council endorsed the Linas-Morcoussis Agreement, noting provisions for the formation of a “government of national reconciliation” and therefore called on all Ivoirian political forces to work with the President and Prime Minister towards the establishment of a balanced and stable regime.The Council also condemned all violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have taken place in Côte d’Ivoire since 19 September 2002 and stressed the need to bring those responsible to justice. The Council urged all the parties, including the Government, to take all necessary steps to prevent further violations of human rights, in particular against civilians, regardless of their origin.The Council also welcomed the deployment of forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and French troops to contribute to a peaceful solution of the crisis and the implementation of the Agreement in Côte d’Ivoire. Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter, the Council authorized Member States participating in ECOWAS forces, together with the French forces supporting them, to guarantee security and freedom of movement of personnel and to ensure protection of civilians immediately threatened with physical violence. After six months, according to the text, the Council will assess the situation on the basis of the periodic reports, which it requested from ECOWAS forces and France on all aspects of the implementation of their respective mandates.The resolution also asked the Secretary-General to submit to the Council his recommendations on how the United Nations could support the implementation of the Agreement, in accordance with the request by the Round Table of Ivoirian political forces and by the Conference of the Heads of State that was held in Paris. The Council declared its readiness to take appropriate measures on the basis of those recommendations and welcomed the Secretary-General’s intention to appoint a Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, based in Abidjan, requesting him to do so as soon as possible. read more

Ricardo has Foresight to develop low emissions engine

Ricardo has begun work to develop a prototype engine which automatically switches between two and four stroke operation. If successful, the project could pave the way to engines with 30 per cent lower emissions and fuel consumption and better on-road performance. News of the prototype’s development follows a study managed under the SMMT Foresight Vehicle programme. Completed last year, computer simulations showed the potential of this type of technology. Now partners including DENSO, Ma 2T4, Brunel and Brighton Universities have won DTI funding to create a working model. Ricardo will base the design on a 2.0-litre V6 block using direct injection gasoline. It will incorporate intake and exhaust ports, as well as changes in fuel injection, ignition and valve timing, to work in two and four stroke modes. As well as lower emissions and class-leading torque, there could be benefits to manufacturers. In production, the engines are expected to be smaller and lighter. They should also comply with the latest emissions standards with production costs equivalent to a normal diesel unit. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Linden man jailed for causing womans death

After a lengthy trial, Keith Hollingsworth, 47, of Linden was found guilty by Magistrate Judy Latchman today (Monday) for causing the death of Samsonisha Batterlamo of Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) by driving dangerously on August 21, 2017.Hollingsworth and another driver, Ron Walker; who was the driver of motor lorry GGG 9877 at the time, were charged jointly for the accident, but the charge was dismissed against Walker after he was found innocent.Magistrate Latchman, who conducted the trial, informed Hollingsworth that the evidence presented by the prosecution was found to be sufficient; and as such, he was found guilty as charged. He was sentenced to four years six months imprisonment.The man had denied the charge which stated that he drove motor car PJJ 8918 in a dangerous manner to the public, thereby causing the woman’s death.In Hollingsworth’s presence on his first court appearance, the court heard that the deceased had just left the Diamond Diagnostic Centre in a taxi when it collided with the two defendants’ vehicles, as they were said to be overtaking the car in which she was travelling. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo charged for causing death of woman at Diamond Public RoadJanuary 19, 2018In “Court”West Bank businessman slapped with causing death chargeAugust 4, 2016In “Crime”Poor investigation causes man to escape causing death by dangerous driving chargeDecember 12, 2013In “Crime” read more

Jews of Thessaloniki lecture

first_imgThe Thessaloniki Association ‘White Tower’ held a lecture last Sunday on the history of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki, delivered by Dean Kalimniou. The lecture was part of the annual events organised by the association in order to commemorate the liberation of the city from the Ottomans and the sisterhood between it and the city of Melbourne. In his lecture Dean Kalimniou presented an overview of the Jewish presence in Thessaloniki, which as he said, draws its origins from Hellenistic Alexandria and said that like present day Melbourne, Thessaloniki has historically served as a mosaic and melting pot of different cultures, while also being a refuge for various persecuted groups. Amongst others he argued that Jewish groups fleeing persecution in Western and Central Europe during Byzantine times settled in Thessaloniki and that it was because of the precedent established by the toleration afforded to them in that city that the Spanish Jews decided to migrate there en masse in 1492 in order to escape persecution. By the end of the nineteenth century, so prominent was the Jewish community of Thessaloniki that it comprised fifty per cent of the total population of the city. The shrinking of the community to its present size was directly as a result of the Nazi occupation of the city. It is worth noting that, as Dean Kalimniou said, some 12,000 members of the Jewish community had fought in the Greek army in order to combat the fascist invaders, while valiant but unsuccessful efforts were made by the populace and the clergy of Thessaloniki to save the community. As a result of the deportations to the concentration camps, only 4 per cent of the pre-war population of the community survived, with most survivors emigrating to Israel. It is worth noting that the members of the Thessaloniki Association have now resolved to institute an annual event commemorating the Jews of Thessaloniki, with the participation of the Jewish community of Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

20 Amazing Images of National Parks From Space

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor In celebration of National Park Week 2019 — April 20 to 28 — national parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events, so there’s no better time to visit and enjoy national parks than right now.The National Park system cover more than 84 million acres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. In addition to 60 more national parks, they include 88 national monuments, 77 historical sites, and 11 national battlefields. Each park is rich in history and beauty best explored first-hand, but our country’s parks are also pretty amazing from space.Click through the slideshow below for a look at some of the country’s amazing national parks — 250 miles above Earth.View as: One Page Slides1/201. Death Valley National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAAt 282 feet below sea level, Death Valley, California, is one of the hottest, driest places on the planet. On average, the area sees only 1.96 inches of rain a year, and summer temperatures routinely soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, temperatures drop considerably, and many animals in Death Valley are nocturnal as a result. Plants and animals living in this punishing environment have had to adapt to extremes of temperature and aridity. This image is compiled from observations by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus sensor on the Landsat 7 satellite on June 11 and July 20, 2000. 2. Zion National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAZion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs, and spanning 229 square miles of semi-arid desert. The image was acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on June 1, 2016.3. North Cascades National ParkPhoto Credit: NASADespite its name, the most heavily glaciated area in the contiguous United States is not Montana’s Glacier National Park. The distinction instead belongs to North Cascades National Park in Washington. The snow- and ice-capped mountains of the North Cascades are visible in this natural-color image acquired on September 13, 2016, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. The image was draped over terrain data from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER).4. Katmai National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAIn 1912, magma flowed beneath Mount Katmai and exploded through the Novarupta volcano. Erupting at a rate of 520 million tons per hour, the material ejected from this Alaskan volcano was 30 times that spewed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Katmai National Monument was established by the U.S. government in 1918 to protect this extreme volcanic landscape. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired a natural-color image of the park on September 23, 2014. 5. Crater Lake National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAAn astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot this photograph of Crater Lake, in the Cascade Mountains of southwest Oregon, on June 26, 2017.6. Biscayne National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAMany national parks in the United States can be experienced by driving scenic roads or hiking on trails. Visit Biscayne National Park in southern Florida, however, and you might want to explore by boat; 95 percent of this park is under water. On February 25, 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired this natural-color image of Biscayne National Park. The park encompasses the northernmost Florida Keys, starting from Miami to just north of Key Largo.7. Apostle Islands National LakeshorePhoto Credit: NASAApostle Islands National Lakeshore includes 21 islands and a strip of mainland at the top of Wisconsin. Management of the islands by the National Park Service (NPS) began in September 1970. More lighthouses stand within this parkland than in any other NPS property. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of the Apostle Islands on August 14, 2015.8. Denali National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAFeaturing North America’s highest mountain, the 20,320-foot-tall Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park includes more than 6 million acres of diverse ecosystems, mountains and glaciers. Originally established as Mt. McKinley National Park February 26, 1917, the park was incorporated into the larger Denali National Park in 1980.9. Bryce National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAOn March 9, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this natural-color image of Bryce Canyon National Park. Unlike canyons sculpted primarily by a river, Bryce Canyon is the result of weather-induced erosion. Over time, weathering has shaped the series of hoodoo-filled amphitheaters that descend from the east side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.10. Olympic National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAIt has to be one of America’s most diverse national park landscapes. If you walked from west to east across Olympic National Park, you would start at the rocky Pacific shoreline, move into rare temperate rainforests and lush river valleys, ascend glaciers and rugged mountain peaks, and then descend into a comparatively dry rain shadow and alpine forest. From the beach to the top of Mount Olympus, you would rise 7,980 feet (2430 meters) above sea level. The park encompasses nearly 923,000 acres of wild lands, including 60 named glaciers, 73 miles of coast, and 3,000 miles of rivers and streams.11. Grand Canyon National ParkPhoto Credit: Space Frontiers/Getty ImagesThe Grand Canyon in Arizona, as seen from the space shuttle Discovery during NASA’s STS-60 mission, February 1994.12. Great Sand Dunes National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAGreat Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado contains more than sand — the 84,670-acre park also includes mountain lakes and tundra, high mountain peaks, pine and spruce forests, stands of aspen, grassland, and wetlands. This natural color image was acquired by the Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (EMT+) on October 14, 1999.13. Shenandoah National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAOn July 3, 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood amidst the crowd in Big Meadows and officially dedicated Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The long, narrow park in the Blue Ridge Mountains spans more than 179,000 acres, with 40 percent of the land protected as wilderness. More than 95 percent of the park is forested, sheltering 1,300 plant species and 267 types of trees and shrubs. The park contains 577 archeological sites, more than 100 cemeteries, and some rocks that date back a billion years. The Thematic Mapper on the Landsat satellite captured this view of the heart of Shenandoah National Park on October 10, 2010.14. Glacier National ParkPhoto Credit: NASATaken by Jeff Williams of NASA from low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station.15. Grand Teton National ParkPhoto Credit: NASANASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured a series of images of Grand Teton National Park, assembled into this composite, during his Expedition 48 mission aboard the International Space Station. 16. Everglades National ParkPhoto Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold shared this photograph of the Everglades taken from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. Arnold commented, “‘…The grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass.’ – Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The flow and human interruption of this river is clearly visible from space.”17. Mount Rainier National ParkPhoto Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this clear view of Mount Rainier National Park as the International Space Station orbited above at about 17,500 miles per hour. ‘Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach, for the lights that shine there illumine all that lies below.’ – John Muir on Mount Rainier.18. White Sands National MonumentPhoto Credit: NASAAt the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert, which stretches from the southwestern United States into northern Mexico, sits a field of gleaming white sands that form otherworldly dunes. The sands sprawl over some 715 square kilometers (275 miles) of south-central New Mexico. About 40 percent of the area falls within the White Sands National Monument, managed by the U.S. National Park Service. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) onboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this photo-like image of part of the White Sands National Monument on June 27, 2009. 19. Yosemite National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAView of Yosemite National Park captured by Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams of NASA.20. Yellowstone National ParkPhoto Credit: NASAOn March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park became the nation’s first national park. This view of view of Yellowstone was acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite on June 9, 2013. More on Stunning Images of Snow and Ice on Earth from Space35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes from Space40 Images of the Surface of Marslast_img read more

Cundy Rooney could have been alongside Ronaldo had he looked after

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy accused Wayne Rooney of failing to reach his true potential by not taking better care his bodyThe 33-year-old striker made one last appearance for England last week against the USA in a friendly with a second-half cameo at Wembley.Rooney leaves the national team with a record 53 goals in 120 games.Aside from that, Rooney is also the Manchester United record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances.But Cundy suggests that the now-DC United star underachieved in comparison to his former United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese forward enjoyed a stellar six years at United, which saw him claim his maiden Ballon d’Or award in 2008 along with three Premier Leagues titles and the Champions League.After leaving Old Trafford in 2009 for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has since gone on to taste further success by winning many more individual and club accolades.Nowadays, Ronaldo continues to star at Juventus – which has left Cundy to ponder what might have been for Rooney.“So we’re talking Wayne Rooney,” Cundy told talkSPORT.“Is he going to go down as a Manchester United living legend, an England living legend as leading goalscorer for club and country?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.“He doesn’t get in my first 11 for Manchester United and he doesn’t get into my greatest England team either.“When I first saw him as a 16-year-old he is still the best English teenager I have ever seen.“But think of this, Cristiano Ronaldo is older than Wayne Rooney. Yet he is still scoring goals in the Champions League, in Europe for his club and his country“Yet Wayne Rooney went out to America to grass. Unfortunately for him, he has not looked after himself, he’s not looked after his body and he has regressed as Cristiano Ronaldo has become the world’s greatest player.“Wayne Rooney could have been alongside him! But he hasn’t been there for a number of years and there are a number of reasons for that.”“Ronaldo is older than Rooney yet he’s at the top, and Rooney is in the USA.”“Rooney could have been alongside Ronaldo but he didn’t look after himself.”@JasonCundy05 has strong views on @WayneRooney’s career 👀— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 15, 2018last_img read more

Sir Geoff Hurst thinks playing at Wembley is now tiresome for

first_imgEngland’s 1966 Word Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst believes the “privilege” of playing at Wembley no longer exists for Tottenham.Due to White Hart Lane being redeveloped, Spurs have hosted all of their home games at Wembley in all competitions since 2017.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have had several delays this season in their attempt to play at their old ground once more, despite the fact that it should have been ready for them to return to at the start of the current campaign.Star playmaker Christian Eriksen has recently made it clear that he cannot wait to get out of Wembley once and for all.And Hurst accepts that the thrill players usually get from playing at Wembley probably no longer exists for the Spurs team.“You could say that playing at Wembley so often has taken away the privilege for Tottenham and their supporters,” Hurst told Football London.“It’s a fantastic stadium, befitting for big occasions such as England matches, cup semi-finals and finals. But playing there every week has become tiresome for the team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Their players have made noises about looking forward to leaving and playing in their own ground, and you can see why as the atmosphere and turnout isn’t what it could and should be for the national stadium.Although the former West Ham striker cannot see why there should be any issues over Spurs playing at the stadium.“Should they have been allowed to have played there? I don’t see why not,” added Hurst.“It’s important that the FA help English teams when they can, and Spurs have been flying the flag for the country when playing in the Champions League, so it made sense to help them while the stadium was being built.”Now 77 years old, Hurst is renown in England for his exploits on the international stage which famously saw him score a hat-trick against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.Overall, Hurst scored 24 times in 49 appearances for the Three Lions and entered the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004.last_img read more

Rio Ferdinand hates Mourinhos constant modifications

first_imgManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, spoke ironically when he realized that Jose Mourinho was lining up a very different starting XI vs Arsenal.One of the biggest complaints coming from people like Rio Ferdinand about Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, is the fact that the Red Devils don’t have a defined style of play or a base line up.For this Wednesday’s crucial match against Arsenal at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho decided to sit down players like Paul Pogba or Romalu Lukaku and didn’t even use them until the second half.The Portuguese manager has been sparring with his players in the last few weeks over different subjects, the manager allegedly has a very bad relationship with several of these professionals and seems to be counting the hours until Manchester United actually gets sacked by Ed Woodward.This Wednesday’s match against Arsenal was crucial for the club’s wishes to stay relevant in the competition, but Jose Mourinho’s initial lineup gave Rio Ferdinand the idea that they didn’t really care for getting the win at Old Trafford against Unai Emery’s Gunners.1⃣3⃣.7⃣6⃣That’s the number of seconds between our kick-off and @JesseLingard’s goal. 👊— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 5, 2018Rio’s initial reaction as the transmission was ongoing for BT Sport, was to gasp on the very moment that he realized how many of the starring players were on the bench for such an important match.“Some bench there, I have to say. They’ve got a great bench with [Romelu] Lukaku, [Juan] Mata, [Paul] Pogba, [Marouane] Fellaini. I mean, phenomenal,” joked Rio Ferdinand as quoted by Goal.“Yeah, he’s made changes, and after seeing the performance on the weekend against Southampton I agree with him, they needed to be some changes within that team, and as drastic as they are, it will remain to be seen if that ’s the right decision.”“Listen, something needs to be done. The common thing that we’ve seen with this team under Mourinho is changes every week – changes, changes, changes.”“That doesn’t bode well for me in terms of for the players and for the team because you need to form relationship within a team and you can’t do that when there’s chopping and changing week in and week out,” he added.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Head to our official app to read Jose’s thoughts on tonight’s dramatic game. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 5, 2018The match itself was quite entertaining, the first half started with a terrible mistake committed by David de Gea in which he failed to stop a shot from a distance and the goal line technology condemned him to give Arsenal the lead.It took the Red Devils only a few minutes to respond through Anthony Martial’s goal, he received a cross from Ander Herrera from the left after Marcos Rojo’s free-kick effort forced the goalkeeper to spit the ball out.These two goals happened during the first half hour of the game, the following 15 minutes were filled with fouls and bookings from both sides as they completely forgot to play football until the second half.When the two clubs returned to the pitch for the second half, Marcos Rojo made a terrible mistake that ended in the Argentine scoring an own goal, he was seen very upset for his error after he was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the second half.But the hero of the night was Jesse Lingard, who managed to score the equalizer with 20 minutes still on the clock.It was a very competitive match, but we also ask ourselves why so many great players were left on the bench by Mourinho.Watch all the goals from a pulsating night at Old Trafford. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 6, 2018Why do you think Mourinho left so many players on the bench tonight at Old Trafford? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

All public seats for gubernatorial debate taken

first_imgTickets for the Aug. 29 debate between gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee were snatched up within 20 minutes of them becoming available to the public Thursday morning on the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s website.Tickets for this month’s debate became available at 8 a.m. Thursday. By 8:20 a.m., all 43 tickets for the public were gone. The tickets were free and available on a first-come, first served basis.Those who signed up for a ticket could only reserve one rather than a group of tickets.The debate will take place 8 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 in the auditorium at Washington State University Vancouver. It will be broadcast live on KATU-TV, and KATU anchor Brian Wood will be the host. It will be rebroadcast on CVTV.The university’s auditorium seats 190 people. About a quarter of those seats were reserved for the public, while the remainder of the seats have been given to the Inslee and McKenna campaigns, Clark County schools, other community groups, and local governments, such as Camas and La Center.last_img read more

Russia OKs Casinos in Crimea Sochi

first_img Suncity to drive 250% increase in Tigre de Cristal VIP volume in 2020: Govertsen The Russian State Duma has approved a bill to legalize casinos in Crimea and Sochi in a bid to boost tourism and attract investment.The Crimea is a special concern as Moscow’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine earlier this year has saddled it with an ailing economy and a cash-strapped government dependent on federal subsidies. Summit Ascent completes HK$297 million fundraising exercise for Russian IR expansion RelatedPosts Load More Summit Ascent undergoes boardroom makeover as Suncity asserts control “The creation of a gambling zone in Crimea will attract additional investment to the region, create jobs and improve the tax base,” said high-ranking Duma member Anatoly Karpov.The zone, most likely in Yalta, will add the equivalent of US$720 million to the economy, according to analysts cited by news agency ITAR-TASS, which reports that “many potential investors” have expressed interest.The Sochi zone, approved in part to recoup massive losses from the 2014 Winter Olympics, most likely will be located in Gornaya Karusel, which is part of an underperforming resort area called Esto-Sadok Krasnaya Polyana.The Duma, at the urging of President Vladimir Putin, closed a flourishing casino industry based in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2009 and exiled the industry to four outlying zones: Kaliningrad in European Russia, the southern Don-Rostov region near the Black Sea, Altai in Central Asia and a region around the country’s main Pacific coast city of Vladivostok in the Far East.None, however, has attracted the resort-scale investment the government sought, although separate plans are in the works by Macau casino mogul Lawrence Ho and Cambodia’s NagaCorp. to develop casinos around Vladivostok catering to the northern China market.last_img read more

Former Chief Minister of AP Nadendla joins BJP

first_imgHyderabad: Former Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh Nadendla Bhaskar Rao, former MPs Rammohan Reddy and Chada Suresh Reddy, former MLA Sasidhar Reddy, film producer Bellam Konda Ramesh, senior retired bureaucrat Chandravadan were among several former MLAs, MPs, bureaucrats, peoples representatives from civic bodies were among those who joined the BJP in the presence of party chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Saturday. Also Read – Patancheru: MLA Gudem participates in Urs Advertise With Us Shah, who arrived in Hyderabad late in the afternoon to kickstart party membership drive, was given a rousing welcome by the party leaders and cadre at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad. He drove down to Ranganayakula Thanda under Mamidipalli village under Pahadesharif mandal to hand over membership card to a tribal woman Soni Nayak, formally launching the party membership drive in Telangana. Also Read – GHMC assures solution to drainage problem Advertise With Us The saffron party chief had lunch with the tribal family and interacted with them. Later, Shah addressed a meeting of the party cadre and leaders, in which, Bhaskar Rao and other prominent former leaders and former MPs from Telugu Desam Party, Deputy Mayor of Ramagundam and others were admitted into the party. The BJP chief handed over membership cards to five members to kickstart the party membership drive as part of the nation-wide party membership enrollment campaign which was launched in the morning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Advertise With Us The BJP chief was accompanied by party national secretary P Muralidhar Rao, State unit president Dr K Laxman and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy. Speaking at the meeting State president Dr K Laxman said the emergence of BJP as a formidable opposition in the State is giving sleepless nights to TRS chief and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha elections. “Cutting across party lines leaders from different parties have been seeing BJP is the only viable alternative to TRS in the State. Also, the growing internal bickering within the TRS is also giving jitters to the TRS,” he said. Not able to reconcile to reality of the emergency of the BJP, the TRS is resorting to politics of violence against the party leaders and cadre to create fear among them. However, BJP is a cadre and ideology based party it cannot be cowed down by such tactics, he added. He said that the party is going ahead with its membership drive with the sole agenda of uniting those who have fought for the separate state cause and democratic forces in Telangana to bring down the dynastic politics of the TRS rule in the State. Terming the ruling party which has been acting hand-in-glove with the AIMIM and suppressing opposition has turned into a “Naya Nizam Rule”, he said adding “TRS will have to pay heavy political prices for the same.”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday March 8

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll continue our series, “Conversations With the Candidates,” as we focus on the GOP. I’ll be joined by political strategist and commentator Catalina Byrd as we question Republican mayoral candidates, Alan Walden, Brian Vaeth and Armand Girard. What is the GOP vision for Baltimore at this pivotal time in the city? We’ll ask the GOP candidates for mayor.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Facebook Updating VideoRanking Algorithms to Put More Weight on Original Content With

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety By “loyalty and intent,” Facebook means videos from creators and publishers that people seek out and return to on a weekly basis. On time spent viewing, Facebook says videos should hold viewer attention for at least 60 seconds. Under the new ranking scheme it will assign a higher priority on videos that provide longer engagement times — especially on videos that are at least 3 minutes long. Related In saying it’s going to prioritize original content, Facebook is indicating it wants to limit distribution of viral videos that originated from another source and has “limited or immaterial added value.” As part that, Miller said the platform will “more strongly limit distribution and monetization” for videos involved in sharing schemes (i.e., Facebook Pages that “methodically and inorganically” share videos).A fourth factor that goes into Facebook’s video-ranking calculations is engagement, by which it means content that “sparks conversations and meaningful interactions between real people.”Under a new policy adopted last year, Facebook already excluded certain types of videos from being eligible for monetization, including repurposed clips and videos comprising static images, minimal movement, or content that just loops.Also Monday, Facebook released a new guide to video best practices for creators and publishers with additional information. Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook Facebook is tweaking algorithms that determine how videos are surfaced on the social platform, angling to reward video producers that deliver repeat viewers and longer watch times — and demote those that trade in repurposed content.According to Facebook, it’s going to put more weight on three factors for video ranking: loyalty and viewing intent; video length and viewing duration; and originality. The changes will affect how videos are distributed across Facebook, including in users’ News Feed, on Facebook Watch and in the platform’s video recommendations. The company said it will roll out the updates to its video-ranking system over the next few months.“These are not new principles, but we will be strengthening their influence among the multiple factors that determine video distribution,” David Miller, Facebook product management director, wrote in a blog post outlining the changes.last_img read more

This Revolutionary SmartScreen Protector Will Magically Give Your iPhone a Back

first_imgThe increased screen size on the iPhone 6 Plus offers quite an amount of screen estate for users to work with. However, it also means that using the smartphone with one hand can be quite tricky. People with smaller hands have a tougher time reaching beyond the halfway mark of the display. Pressing the back button for an app is particularly difficult in such a case, for that matter. Say goodbye to those worries with the all-new, Halo Back.This is a recently released accessory for Apple iPhone which helps users eliminate the need to shimmy their hands up their smartphones. Termed as the world’s first smart screen protector, Halo Back latches onto the iPhone display and provides users with a virtual back button. Users can simply reach the button, placed left of the Home button, with their thumb.You must be curious as to how this is accomplished. Actually, the capacitive touchscreen display of the iPhone registers what the users need to do once it reads where the fingers distort the electrostatic field. The new iPhone smart screen protector makes use of a circuit layer which reroutes the current. This enables the lower left touch to be registered in the upper left corner.Halo Back constitutes high quality tempered glass and is nano coated which means that it provides resistance against oil and fingerprints. It is about 130mm long for the iPhone 6 variant whereas the one for iPhone 6 Plus measures 150mm in length. In addition, it only weighs about 6 to 8 grams which does not add much bulk to the smartphone. In case you are interested, you may get yourself the Halo Back by preordering it on Kickstarter for as low as $12. Seeking its target of $20,000, the project has currently achieved $87,500 with 25 days still to go.last_img read more

Red Hat joins the RISCV foundation as a Silver level member

first_imgLast week, RISC-V announced that Red Hat is the latest major company to join the RISC-V foundation. Red Hat has joined as a Silver level member, which carries US$5,000 due per year, including 5 discounted registrations for RISC-V workshops. RISC-V states in the official blog post that “As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.” RISC-V is a free and open-source hardware instruction set architecture (ISA) which aims to enable extensible software and hardware freedom in computing design and innovation. As a member of the RISC-V foundation, Red Hat now officially agrees to support the use of RISC-V chips. As RISC-V has not released any major software and hardware, per performance, its customer companies will continue using both Arm and RISC-V chips. Read More: RISC-V Foundation officially validates RISC-V base ISA and privileged architecture specifications In January, Raspberry Pi also joined the RISC-V foundation. Though it has not announced if it will be releasing a RISC-V developer board, instead of using Arm-based chips. IBM has been a RISC-V foundation member for many years. In October last year, Red Hat, the major distributor of open-source software and technology was acquired by IBM for $34 Billion, with an aim to deliver next-generation hybrid multi cloud platform. Subsequently, it would want Red Hat to join the RISC-V Foundation as well. Other tech giants like Google, Qualcomm, Samsung, Alibaba, and Samsung are also part of the  RISC-V foundation. Read Next Alibaba’s chipmaker launches open source RISC-V based ‘XuanTie 910 processor’ for 5G, AI, IoT and self-driving applications Debian GNU/Linux port for RISC-V 64-bits: Why it matters and roadmap AdaCore joins the RISC-V Foundation, adds support for C and Ada compilationlast_img read more