9 days agoArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballos

first_imgArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballosby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring forward plans to sign Dani Ceballos.The midfielder is on-loan at Arsenal this season from Real Madrid – without the option to buy.AS says Emery has seen enough and wants to buy Ceballos in January as a priority.The manager sees the Spanish midfielder as the man to replace Mesut Ozil, who he is eager to move on.Arsenal are set to open talks with Real in the coming weeks to discuss a fee for Ceballos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Monday Cheat Sheet: Everything That’s Gone Viral The Past 24 Hours (2/23/15)

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-02-21 at 10.09.04 PMTwitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/lo7oP969qO— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheetlast_img read more

Ohio State Football Coach Appearing In Court After May Arrest

first_imgThe opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith is appearing in court today after a May arrest for criminal trespassing. The school is reportedly aware of the Zach Smith arrest.Smith was taken in by officers back on May 12. The alleged incident occurred in the city of Delaware, Ohio, a bit north of Columbus.Eleven Warriors broke the news about his court appearance this afternoon:Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith is set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon following a May arrest for criminal trespassing, according to a Delaware Municipal Court record.Per case No. 18CRB01399-A, Smith was arrested May 12 by Sgt. Ron Sallows for criminal trespassing and has since pleaded not guilty. His court date is set for Wednesday at 2 p.m.Ohio State did not comment at the time of publication.Further details of the Zach Smith arrest are unknown at this time.Smith is the only assistant coach that remains at Ohio State from Urban Meyer’s first staff. He is the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, who passed away earlier this year.He is known as one of the better recruiters on the staff. Non-Buckeye fans may also recognize the name from his active social media presence.We’ll have more on Smith’s arrest as we learn it.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Tweets Message After Win vs. Michigan

first_imgDwayne Haskins throws a pass for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins had quite the performance against Michigan this afternoon, throwing for more than 300 yards and 5 touchdowns in the blowout win over his rival.The Buckeyes improved to 11-1 on the season with the win. Urban Meyer and Co. will head to the Big Ten Championship Game next weekend, where they’ll take on Northwestern.Haskins is excited.Ohio State’s star quarterback took to Twitter to issue a message following the win over Michigan.“You can sleep if you wanna but not on me baby… #NotDoneYet #Shhh #SeeYouNextWeek,” he wrote.You can sleep if you wanna but not on me baby… ?? #NotDoneYet #Shhh #SeeYouNextWeek pic.twitter.com/dPMAN2TDtG— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) November 24, 2018You’ll certainly be seeing Ohio State next weekend.The Buckeyes and the Wildcats are set to meet in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.If Ohio State wins, it’ll be in serious contention for the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Penn State QB Sean Clifford On Biggest Challenge He Faces As Presumptive Starter

first_imgPenn State quarterback Sean Clifford throws a pass during warm-ups.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions warms up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers on September 30, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Indiana 45-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)With Tommy Stevens heading to Mississippi State as a grad transfer, the Penn State quarterback job likely falls to Sean Clifford. James Franklin hasn’t decided as much just yet, insisting that he remains in a quarterback battle with Will Levis.Clifford is the overwhelming favorite to win that quarterback battle, though. Levis is coming off of a redshirt year as a true freshman, while Clifford got his feet wet a bit, as Stevens missed time due to injury behind star Trace McSorley.As a redshirt freshman in 2018, Clifford appeared in four games. He was 5-for-7 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.Most of that production came in a 63-10 win over Kent State, in which he completed all three of his throws for 117 yards and a touchdown. His other score came on his only throw against Pitt.With Tommy Stevens’ transfer, Sean Clifford recently addressed the biggest issue he faces, should he step into the starting quarterback role at Penn State.From StateCollege.com:Assuming Clifford is, in fact, named the starter, what is the biggest challenge now? The details, all the little things that go from being important on the sideline to crucial in the backfield. Clifford has the physical tools, but in his eyes, it’s sharpening the knowledge to go with it.“The extra step of preparation is probably the biggest [challenge] because obviously you know the past few years, I was prepared as a starter but you know it’s not as pressing when you know you’re not going to go into that game or you’re not going to start the game off,” Clifford said.“So I would say that’s the biggest difference… that I’ve really got to know what they’re going to give me on third-and-3. You can’t be like when it happens and I’m on the sideline and I’m like ‘I think there is going to be in Cover-4 here?’ You have to be way more prepared but I think I’ve gotten better and better over the years.”Coaches will often talk about a quarterback “winning the team” in a position battle. Clifford’s reportedly taken big steps to instill confidence in his teammates since Stevens’ decision, per fellow Nittany Lion stars like Micah Parsons.Time will tell if he successfully lifts the heavy mantle left by McSorley.[StateCollege.com]last_img read more

Portugal clinch UEFA Nations League title after 1-0 win over Netherlands

first_imgPortugal clinch UEFA Nations League title after 1-0 win over NetherlandsGoncalo Guedes scored the lone goal of the match in the 60th minute to fire Portugal to a 1-0 win over Netherlands.advertisement Next Asian News International PortoJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 09:29 IST Portugal had a 1-0 win over Netherlands to claim their UEFA Nations League title (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSGoncalo Guedes scored the winner for Portugal in the 60th minuteIt was Guedes’s fourth goal in 17 matches for PortugalPortugal’s Bernardo Silva was named player of the tournamentPortugal defeated Netherlands by 1-0 to clinch the inaugural UEFA Nations League title here on Monday.The game witnessed no goal in the first half. However, in the 60th minute, Goncalo Guedes handed over Portugal a one-goal lead which helped them earn the title. Netherlands, after a goal from Portugal, made desperate attempts to equalise the score but failed.It was Guedes’s fourth goal in 17 appearances for Portugal and his first competitive international strike.The hosts were labelled as favourites in the final as they had shown scintillating performances in their recent matches which include their 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the semi-finals. During the semi-final match, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick which helped them enter into the final.Portugal’s Bernardo Silva was named as the player of the tournament. Moreover, this was Ronaldo’s 29th career trophy.Also Read | U-20 World Cup: Ecuador, S Korea book semi-final berthAlso Read | Neymar does not need surgery on injured right ankle: PSGAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PortugalFollow NetherlandsFollow UEFA Nations Leaguelast_img read more

VIDEO: Jakarta Container Terminal Construction Update

first_imgzoom The NewPriok Container Terminal 1 in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is gradually taking shape, as this video made by the state-owned port operator Indonesia Port Corporations shows. The NewPriok Project is expected to boost Jakarta’s port capacity through increasing the port’s water depth to 20 meters in order to accommodate larger and newer types of vessels with more than 10,000 TEU capacity, that are currently unable to dock in Indonesia.World Maritime News stafflast_img

Spotted: Ferus Smit Splashes Arklow Cadet

first_imgImage Courtesy: Ferus SmitThe Netherlands-based shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched yesterday a newbuilding Arklow Cadet for a shipping company from Ireland, Arklow Shipping. The vessel was launched at the Westerbroek yard near Groningen.Arklow Cadet is the first vessel in a series of ten that will be delivered to the abovementioned company.With a maximized hold volume of 220,000 cft and a carrying capacity of over 5000 deadweight tons, the vessel has one single hold and an 1A iceclass notation.In addition, it is propelled by a 1,740 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.Until now, Ferus Smith has built six ships for Arklow Shipping – Arklow Beacon, Arklow Beach, Arklow Bay, Arklow Bank, Arklow Breeze and Arklow Brave.On the same day, Ferus Smith delivered MV Ireland, the second LNG-powered cement tanker, to its owner in Norway.Image Courtesy: Ferus Smit; Video Courtesy: ShipSpotting Nederlandlast_img read more

Can Spain Reclaim Gibraltar Without Returning Ceuta and Melilla to Morocco

New York – Immediately after the British voted to leave the European Union, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Garcia-Margallo said in a radio show on Friday that his country is closer than ever to recovering its sovereignty over Gibraltar.The Spanish official said that Brexit offers new possibilities for tabling the proposal of co-sovereignty between Spain and the UK, over Gibraltar. For Spanish officials, this step would pave the way to allowing their country to fully recover its sovereignty over the territory.Moroccan social media users have commented prolifically on the topic, with many accusing Spain of double standards – reclaiming sovereignty of Gibraltar while clinging to sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla, as well as several islands just off the Moroccan mainland. This is not the first time that the Spanish government has urged its British counterpart to open a dialogue on this territorial dispute. Spanish foreign policy has long considered the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht – by virtue of which Spain ceded its sovereignty of Gibraltar – as obsolete. But unlike the government of former Prime Minister Zapatero, Mariano Rajoy intends to open a dialogue with the UK without including the people of the Rock in the negotiations.From a legal point of view, the Spanish position on the question of Gibraltar is stronger than the Moroccan position on Ceuta and Melilla. Gibraltar is considered a “non-self-governing territory” by the United Nations, and thus is subject to decolonization, while Ceuta and Melilla are not included on the list of the United Nations non-self-governing territories. For this reason, Spanish officials have dismissed all attempts by the Moroccan government over the past 50 years to open a dialogue on the future of the two enclaves.To understand why these two Moroccan cities are not included on the list, we must go back to the 1960s, specifically to the so-called “Barajas Spirit”. On July 6 1963, the late King Hassan II and General Franco met in Madrid’s Barajas airport to address their pending territorial disputes. The agreement that came of this meeting is known as the “Espiritu de Barajas”.Under this agreement, Morocco agreed to separate the issue of Ceuta and Melilla from the other territorial disagreements pitting the two countries against each another in the UN Special Political and Decolonization Committee, known as the 4th Committee.This strategy was cleverly exploited by the Spanish leaders and the situation was compounded by the lack of a firm commitment from Morocco in bringing this dispute to the UN at a time when the question of Gibraltar was the order of the day. It deprived Morocco of the historic chance to register Ceuta and Melilla on the list of non-self-governing territories, which the colonial powers were set to decolonize. In addition, Morocco then refrained from bringing forward the dispute over the two enclaves until 1974.In the early 1960s and throughout the 70s, what mattered most to Moroccan diplomacy was its recovery of the Moroccan territories in the south. These included Sidi Ifni, which was reinstated to Morocco’s sovereignty under the Agreement of January 4 1969, and the Western Sahara, recovered following the Green March on November 6 1975.Spain took advantage of this miscalculation of Moroccan diplomacy to prevent both Ceuta and Melilla from being included on the list of the UN 4th Committee. Presently, while the question of Gibraltar is always discussed during the deliberations of the Fourth Committee held in October of each year, the question of Ceuta and Melilla remains a strictly bilateral issue between Morocco and Spain.However, Morocco has always highlighted the parallel between the two issues, arguing that Spain cannot claim to regain its sovereignty over Gibraltar while refusing the legitimate right of Morocco to regain its sovereignty over the two enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.In 1987, after an audience granted to Spanish Minister of the Interior José Barrionuevo, the late King Hassan II handed him a letter addressed to Spanish King Juan Carlos. In the letter, Hassan II proposed the creation a Reflection Task Force (Celulle de Reflexion) to address the future status of Ceuta and Melilla. The Spanish government was quick to respond. On January 24 1987, it issued a statement emphasizing that, “Ceuta and Melilla are two Spanish cities and will remain so, so that the creation of an entity of this kind cannot be justified.”Since that day, and despite Morocco’s attempts to push the Spanish authorities to open a dialogue on the future of the two enclaves, Madrid has dismissed Moroccan claims as unfounded. Moreover, Spanish authorities continue to even deny the existence of a dispute over the cities.But despite the refusal of Spanish authorities to question the character of the two enclaves and open a dialogue with Rabat, Morocco has many arguments to demonstrate the merits of its position and show that the solution of the question of Gibraltar inevitably has implications for resolving the territorial conflict over Ceuta and Melilla.Morocco has many arguments demonstrating the parallels between Ceuta and Melilla and Gibraltar. For instance, both Gibraltar and the Spanish enclaves were primarily military bases. Both issues arose from inequitable treaties imposed by occupying powers. Also, there is no history of attachment of the occupying powers to their respective enclaves.In their books, two former Spanish diplomats Máximo Cajal and Alfonso de la Serna argue that the treaties relied on by the Spanish authorities to justify their sovereignty over both enclaves have no legal or moral value, as they were signed under duress and at a time when Morocco was in a position of weakness.In addition, in both cases the enclaves are in the natural territory of a foreign country, thus constituting an obstacle to continuity and territorial integrity, not to mention that the three territories are economically dependent on their hinterlands.Moreover, many observers are of the opinion that Spain cannot continue to apply a policy of double standards, adding that regardless of the legal status of enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Gibraltar, it is incongruent for Spain to claim its sovereignty over Gibraltar while continuing to occupy the Moroccan cities of Ceuta and Melilla and nearby islands.I do not think the Spanish government will insist on opening their front with the British government in the near future.Spanish politicians know perfectly well that the British will never transfer their sovereignty over the territory without consulting Gibraltar’s 33,000 inhabitants. Spain is also aware that the question of Gibraltar is inherently related to the question of Ceuta and Melilla, and that any potential return of Gibraltar to Spain would mean opening a dialogue with Morocco over the future of these two enclaves.The Spanish Minister’s statement was a mere attempt by his Popular Party to appeal to a segment of chauvinistic Spanish voters in the run up to the legislative elections held on June 26.An earlier version of this article was published on the New ArabSamir Bennis is the co-founder of and editor-in-chief of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis read more

New Zealand cuts benchmark interest rate to new low of 15

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Citing lower global growth, New Zealand’s Reserve Bank has cut the nation’s benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to an all-time low of 1.5%.The cut on Wednesday brings New Zealand’s rate in line with Australia’s rate of 1.5%. It was New Zealand’s first cut since November 2016, when the bank also cut the rate by a quarter point.The bank says demand for New Zealand’s goods and services has slowed since mid-2018 as global economic growth has moderated. It says employment was near the maximum sustainable level but the outlook for employment growth was subdued.The New Zealand dollar fell by about one-third of 1 cent on the news, and was trading at a little under 66 U.S. cents.The Associated Press read more

UN expert says developments in Zimbabwe threaten peace and democracy in Africa

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Param Cumaraswamy, issued his harshly worded statement in Geneva in response to the arrest of retired High Court Judge Blackie, who is charged with alleged corruption and obstruction of justice. The High Court dismissed the judge’s application for habeas corpus in what the expert termed “yet another clear systematic attack on the basic fabric of democracy – the rule of law in Zimbabwe.”Mr. Cumaraswamy said there were reasonable grounds to believe that the Government’s actions against Justice Blackie “are an act of vendetta” because he had convicted and sentenced Zimbabwe’s Minister of Justice, Patrick Chinamasa, for contempt of court. A Supreme Court judge subsequently set aside that ruling.“When judges can be arrested, detained and charged on trumped up facts for exercising their judicial functions then there is no hope for the rule of law in such countries,” said the Special Rapporteur, calling Zimbabwe’s actions “a blatant and wanton breach” of the UN’s Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary. The Special Rapporteur also voiced grave concern over the High Court’s recent refusal to allow the opposition access to the voters’ roll in a pending court action challenging the legality of the recent Presidential elections. “The voters’ roll must necessarily be a crucial and material evidence in the action,” he said. Mr. Cumaraswamy, who has on five previous occasions publicly expressed his grave concerns over the deterioration of the rule of law Zimbabwe, said the country’s Government “obviously is impervious to international concerns and outrage.” He called on the international community to double its efforts to pressure the Government to comply with its obligations under the Constitution and international law.“The prevailing lawlessness in the Government is not only a menace to the people of Zimbabwe but if allowed unabated could threaten peace, democracy and the rule of law in the African region,” he warned. read more

Energy storage a kW saved is a kW earned

first_imgPower for remote mines is a major article in the January issue. Hatch’s Michel Carreau, echoing one of the topics in the article, notes: “Energy storage is about much more than making renewable power available and reliable. This technology is providing solutions that benefit the entire energy-supply chain. It delivers power transmission and distribution systems with power-smoothing and ancillary services. It integrates distributed energy resources, including renewable power, to improve demand-side management. Perhaps most importantly, it is taking on what is rapidly becoming the biggest challenge of all: grid stability and resilience.“Like all major changes, a number of factors are driving this push to implement high-functioning energy storage. First is the cost of electricity, which is increasing and will no doubt continue to increase. Energy storage technology is evolving to become at least part of a solution to mitigate rising prices for consumers. “Second is the role that storage solutions can play, not just to reduce energy costs, but to increase resiliency for big-energy users like processing plants, mines, and ports. This is done largely through demand-side-management techniques, like peak shaving that reduces peak charges and stores off-peak power for use during times when energy is more expensive. Today’s technology can smooth transmission interruptions and inconsistencies, reducing downtime production losses and equipment failures. This is opening up whole new possibilities of innovative project-cost efficiencies.“Next is our aging infrastructure and its struggle to cope with an ever-increasing power load. This is quickly becoming an urgent issue with respect to energy-transmission capacity limits and grid stability. The next great thing will be smaller, decentralized generation facilities that will reduce pressure on long-distance transmission systems. When this happens, in remote locations especially, energy storage may be the only way to integrate various generation sources and ensure the reliability of the supply.“Another driver for the growth of energy storage is the vast improvement in the technology itself. Compared with just a few years ago, the storage footprint is progressively shrinking, allowing us to fit more and more megawatts into fewer containers. Extending the lifetime of energy storage translates to reduced cost.“In mining, incentives for embracing energy storage solutions can be particularly compelling. There are opportunities for demand-peak savings and demand smoothing that these solutions could bring to your operation right now.“Energy storage can offer grid support with respect to frequency and voltage. It provides reactive power and spinning reserves that allow the gensets to operate at optimal points. The stored energy increases grid stability, reduces load shedding or blackouts, and cuts a mine’s production downtime. Moreover, these power-smoothing and peak-shaving qualities can reduce the size and rating of equipment that mines need. It might even be possible to delay capital investment when the transmission load increases, because energy storage smooths the load, allowing existing equipment to operate longer before power limits are reached.“Running in parallel to these drivers is the world’s heightened sensitivity to low-carbon solutions and all things environment-friendly. Following the Paris Agreement of 2015, carbon taxes are being implemented that will push the cost of fossil fuel higher still. Legislation is being enacted and implemented globally to tax the big carbon emitters in favor of low-carbon options.“Not too long ago, the thought of implementing renewable power in remote mining sites was a wild idea. There were virtually no projects with track records for doing so. Today however, with rapid advancement in storage solutions and technologies, energy storage that’s combined with renewable power is becoming a viable option. No mine will develop a remote site using only fossil fuel if it can be done less expensively by combining renewables. Projects will be designed with plans for renewable energy because it can be coupled with energy storage to ensure grid stability and reliability.“After decades of development and refinement, these technology shifts are coming on strong and fast. The examples of success we see are fueling optimism for more. Goldcorp’s Borden Lake operation near Chapleau, Ontario, is Canada’s first totally electric underground mine. It is confirming that smaller-sized, electrically powered equipment can be perfectly serviceable in smaller operations. The lithium batteries they use are not yet ready for big sites with larger trucks and high-volume mining equipment. But it’s only a matter of time.“Mining companies need to holistically review all aspects of their operations, weighing the relative merits of energy alternatives, including energy storage. A careful and responsible determination needs to be made that considers the life-of-mine and the length of time needed to realize reasonable returns on the investment made in renewable generation and storage options.“Ultimately, the most critical change needed for today’s power-storage technology to take hold may be the slowest to affect. The strongest resistance is to the change in ‘mindset’ that’s needed—a new way of thinking and approaching problems that is just now beginning to filter into the mining sector. This transition in the minds of mining leadership is a competitive necessity. To be able to stare down the competition in five years, preparation must begin now. The use cases and proof-of-concept sites are springing up everywhere. Soon, there will be no difficulty finding demonstrable evidence of all the benefits energy-storage technology has to offer.The picture shows the Raglan mine Integrated Wind-Storage-Diesel Energy project in which Hatch was involved. This was covered in previous IM energy for mines articles.last_img read more

Microsoft Exec Launches MoneyScented Perfume Line

first_imgApparently a trip to the ATM machine also inspired McCarthy to get into the liquid smell business. The stink of cash will run you $35 a bottle online. A Microsoft executive is getting into serious Scrooge McDuck territory with this one. Patrick McCarthy, a Chicago-based VP for the software giant, has given the world a new line of perfume and cologne. It apparently smells like money.The new, familiar scents go by the name His Money Cologne and Her Money Eau de Parfum. McCarthy believes that spraying liquid money on your body can really affect your outlook on life.Says the executive-turned-perfumist, I really feel that people who wear this will feel more confident. I got the idea after reading a story about a Japanese study that showed a significant increase in worker productivity when the smell of money was pumped through vents into factories.last_img read more

Nokia Lumia 510 spotted pegged at 150 with Windows Phone 78

first_imgNokia has always enjoyed success in emerging markets, thanks to its budget-friendly phone offerings. That’s not going to change now that the company has decided to partner up with Microsoft, either. A new low-end Nokia has been spotted in the wild: the Lumia 510, which is reportedly due to go on sale in China before the end of the year and in additional markets early next year.The Lumia 510 offers modest hardware, starting with an 800MHz Qualcomm processor. It’ll have just 256MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage — which users will hopefully be able to supplement with a micro SD expansion card. There’s a 5 megapixel camera (without an LED flash) on the rear, while a 4-inch LCD display adorns the cam-free front.Nokia is also loading the Lumia 510 with Windows Phone 7.8 instead of Windows Phone 8, which further underscores its position as an entry-level device. It’s also not as slim as its Lumia cousins, as you can see in the shaky, out-of-focus YouTube video posted by a second leaker.As far as carrier support, the Lumia 510 will work with GSM, CDMA, and HSPA networks. No 4G LTE here, but with a rock-bottom off-contract price of $150 being reported you wouldn’t really expect cutting edge connectivity.Nokia has moved into the lead when it comes to Windows Phone OEMs, and Microsoft’s latest mobile OS is finally starting to gain against competitors like Android and BlackBerry. Having a dirt-cheap handset like the Lumia 510 around is sure to bolster sales in markets where shoppers don’t have a lot of extra cash to plunk down for top-end smartphones. It could even prove popular in other regions with first-time smartphone buyers that aren’t ready to dive in at the deep end.More at GSMArenalast_img read more

TheJournalie Pub Quiz 2017 Round 6

first_img With 77%, which installment of The Fast and The Furious franchise is the highest rated on Rotten Tomatoes? By Paul Hosford Three films are tied for the record for most Oscars won. Which ISN’T one of them? Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 8:30 PM Share your result: On The Waterfront Share your result: Share Shell of a bad try. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TheJournal.ie Pub Quiz 2017: Round 6 This week: film. Clever Cat! Elwood Female Tweet What species is Chewbacca in Star Wars? Toy Story 3 Augs Veknoid What are the genetically engineered robots called in the film Blade Runner? http://jrnl.ie/3328562 What are ewe doing? All of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park are… Share Tweet Email2 Share Wookie Ernie and Bert share names with the taxi driver and policeman in which classic film? What film is this dog from? Tweet Flippin’ good. Short URL Turtle-y awful! Pawsitively brilliant. Top Dog! But I’ll kill him anyway Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Tweet Almost purrfect. Automatons Titanic Avatar Fast Five Fintastic! PHONES AWAY (UNLESS you’re reading on it), funny team names in.Let’s move on to movies.See earlier rounds here. Citizen Kane 41,119 Views I have to finish him Tweet Buster He’s like a piece of iron Replicants 21 Comments Avatar Share your result: 2 Fast 2 Furious Share You scored out of ! Gone With The Wind Ewok Furious 7 He’s a machine Finish the quote from Rocky IV: He’s not human… Share your result: The Fast and The Furious You scored out of ! Brother Zee You scored out of ! You scored out of ! Share Adjusted for inflation, what’s the highest grossing film of all time? Ben Hur You scored out of ! Star Wars Apr 8th 2017, 8:30 PM Titanic Male Singin’ In The Rain Tweet Which Blues Brother did John Belushi play? Fast & Furious 6 Share Besalisk Fast & Furious Wall-E Up Share your result: Answer all the questions to see your result! Baaaaaaaad. Inside Out Cyborgs Jake It’s A Wonderful Life The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Driftlast_img read more

What role does roboadvice play in a financial education strategy

first_imgRobo-advice is fast becoming a popular method of reaching employees in the workplace with information and guidance as part of a financial education programme.Robo-advice has been in existence for a few years but it was the retail distribution review (RDR) that prompted a new era in the financial advice industry. Since 1 January 2013, independent financial advisers (IFAs) and employee benefits brokers and intermediaries have been remunerated on a fees basis rather than commission. Until that point, much of the financial education and advice had been provided by intermediaries’ commission, with some employers and employees unaware of how, and for what, they were paying.Transparency to advice costWhile RDR brought many benefits, it also created a wide chasm between those that could afford advice, and those that were unable and unwilling to pay for it. Jon Bryant, director at Aon Employee Benefits, says: “RDR had many good benefits, transparency being one of them: ensuring clarity around what services are offered and what earnings are going to be had.”However, it removed the necessity for employers to give employees access to advice and assistance, explains Bryant. “Suddenly an employer didn’t have to spend £100,000 to give member surgeries and one-to-ones,” he says. “The industry is changing, three years afterwards, and will continue to change. Part of that change is robo-advice, the principal being mass customisation.”The popularity of robo-advice got a further boost this year when the Financial advice market review (FAMR), published in March 2016 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), found that up to 16 million people could be trapped in that financial advice gap whereby they need advice but cannot afford it. Ezechi Britton, co-founder and chief technology officer at Neyber, says: “Automation is a good thing, having these kinds of services in place reduce the costs and can potentially increase the quality of decisions that are made.”Streamlined processRobo-advice works using algorithms that will interpret data, input by the employer and employee, and create a recommendation based on the individual’s circumstances. David Pugh, managing partner at Lemonade Reward, says: “It uses technology to streamline the process and make it more cost-effective. If [an employer] has a thousand employees going through a certain process, [it has] a brilliant audit trail, and it’s repeatable for the following year in the same process.”The programmes can give advice on many issues and, usually, employees are asking three questions regarding their retirement, explains Phil Blows, account director at Wealth Wizards. These questions are: am I investing enough to hit my retirement objectives?; am I doing this in a tax-efficient manner?; and is it invested in the appropriate mix of funds?“A 64-year-old, a year away from retirement, and a 22-year-old just out of university don’t want to be in the same investments,” says Blows. “We would look at doing a yearly health check with an employee so that they log into the system and get advice yearly.”While a robo-advice system can play an ideal role in providing employees with advice and guidance for pensions investments, it can also play into a wider financial education programme. Britton says: “A lot of the time we’re trying to solve the problem for the [older workers] and their pensions, however, we mustn’t forget the younger demographic as well: people in their early 20s who have no idea what to do with their money.“They are in a position where the right decisions at that point could have huge potential benefits for them as they get older. Historically, it’s been very difficult for people in that group to get access to quality advice because they can’t afford it and they don’t know who to go to.”By providing robo-advice alongside other channels that employees already have access to, it will provide better advice at an earlier critical stage, adds Britton.Human reassurancesFor some employees, robo-advice systems might be just the start of the journey for financial education, while for others it might offer all the recommendations and information they need. However, the consensus is that that technology is not quite at a stage where employees are confident to act on the advice given by the system alone, and many still want some form of human interaction. Dominic Fryer, head of corporate pensions at Aviva, says: “It remains the case that for big financial transactions, a lot of [employees] still want face-to face reassurance that they are doing the right thing. [With] pensions and some of the complexities that are a result of the pension freedoms, the decision on the route that [an employee] might take, for example, at retirement, is quite a complex decision.”While, in time, robo-advice might be at a stage where it can interpret an employee’s situation, the human condition is such that when making a big financial decision, people still like the reassurance of getting a response from a human being. However, any system that can streamline the process, cut costs and bring advice to those that would not necessarily have had any, is only a step in the right direction of closing that gap.Aberdeen Asset Management uses robo-advice to promote awareness of pension changesAberdeen Asset Management introduced a robo-advice platform to help employees fully understand the complex pension changes that came into effect on 6 April 2016, specifically the changes to the annual allowance and lifetime allowance for high earners.The financial services organisation worked with Lemonade Reward to introduce a platform whereby employees could enter their data, such as earnings and pension contributions, and the system worked out what their new allowance and tax bill would be.Brian Thomson, head of reward and operations at Aberdeen Asset Management, says: “It was built around those changes and we felt that, as an employer, we needed to communicate with people, so we sent out emails across the organisation. We’d kept people up to speed in the run-up as well, in terms of ‘these changes are coming’.”The online service was complemented with face-to-face seminars and presentations, and employees were also able to ask individual questions of the Lemonade team.“Even though we are a financial services [organisation], not everybody was fully aware of the changes,” says Thomson. “Some of them are quite complex, especially the annual allowance and the tapering of that. So [employees] were very appreciative of all aspects: the initial communications, the access to the online assessment, and the seminars and face-to-face support.”Of its 1,500 UK employees, around 400 accessed the robo-advice platform; more than were estimated to be at risk of pension tax charges. Thomson explains that the business reasons behind implementing the platform came down to time, consistency and cost. “We needed something that we could re-use because we don’t think this will be a one-off situation, so something that gives us a strong base to build on and repeat, if we need to, next year,” he explains. Viewpoint: Robo-advice is designed to help plug the financial advice gapThe size of the ‘advice gap’, the number of people who do not get financial advice, creates a significant risk that employees will seek to remain employed beyond the point where they are productive, because of inadequate retirement income.Recent moves, such as the so-called retail distribution review (RDR), have raised standards among financial advisers, but also made their services far more expensive; they are now unaffordable to most employees. Emerging automated advice services, sometimes called robo-advice, are designed to help address the advice gap.Most current services focus on helping consumers with savings decisions before retirement. While some may be offered on an entirely self-service basis, many benefits consultants and pension providers are looking to use these as a first-line offering backed up by human support. Although initially many such services have targeted consumers directly, the cost of attracting customers has meant that increasingly these offerings are being provided by traditional corporate advice and benefits firms.Many of the early services are presenting guidance to individuals on taking financial decisions rather than formal advice. While guidance can still be beneficial to employees it lacks the statutory protection provided with formal advice, so, while both can be valuable, it is important to understand the difference.Ian McKenna is director of the Finance and Technology Research Centre Need to know:The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) estimates that there are 16 million people in the ‘advice gap’: those that need financial advice but cannot afford it.While the retail distribution review (RDR) made the advice charging process more transparent, it also made it more expensive by raising standards.Robo-advice is seen as a solution to the gap in that it can offer advice through a streamlined process making it more affordable.last_img read more

POW Metlakatla Schools Awarded Tech Grants

first_imgHydaburg and Annette Island school districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office.Hydaburg School District was awarded $500,000 to purchase video conference equipment for distance learning and training, in cooperation with the University of Alaska Southeast. According to USDA, the equipment will serve schools in the Hydaburg, Southeast Island and Craig districts.The equipment also will be used for staff professional development, virtual field trips, education for all community members and to connect Alaska Native students with other Native American students in the U.S.Annette Island School District was awarded about $400,000 for video conferencing to connect Metlakatla students with other rural Native students.The third recipient was the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, which received about $260,000 for video conferencing equipment to rural clinics. The equipment will allow face-to-face medical consultation.last_img read more

Senator Graham urges Trump to end shutdown temporarily

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks while Chester County, Pennsylvania sheriff Bunny Welsh listens as the president hosts a `roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities` with state, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, US on 11 January. Photo: ReutersA Republican senator close to president Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump’s border security demands.Democrats in Congress rejected Trump’s request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the US border with Mexico. They have refused further negotiations until the government is reopened after being partially shut down since 22 December.Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he urged the president on Sunday to reopen the government for a limited period to try to get talks going again.If no progress is made, he said, then Trump should declare a national emergency as a way to get money to build his wall, a plan not popular with some fellow Republicans.”Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we are almost there, I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug (to) see if we can get a deal,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”He said Trump told him, “Let’s make a deal, then open up the government.”The record shutdown has furloughed 800,000 federal employees and cut government services across the United States. They missed their first paychecks on Friday, heightening concerns about mounting financial pressures on employees, including air traffic controllers and airport security officials who are working without pay.Trump continued to blame Democrats for the impasse. “I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!” Trump said Sunday on Twitter.Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, responded on Twitter that, “Speaker Pelosi has been in DC all weekend working from the Capitol.”In a meeting last month with Pelosi and top senate democrat Chuck Schumer, Trump said he would be “proud” to shut down the government over wall funding. Recent polls show most Americans think the president is to blame.Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believes Trump and Republicans will lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, airport travelers, tourists and others “experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand.””The shutdown is real. The wall is hypothetical. And at some point soon, the Republicans are going to remember that it’s real people in their districts who aren’t getting paid, real people who aren’t able to access government services, and real people who vote,” she said.A concourse at Miami International Airport was shut down for part of the weekend because not enough Transportation Security Administration agents were present to staff all of the airport’s the security checkpoints.The airport said it would reopen the concourse on Monday and “continue to monitor checkpoint staffing levels and make adjustments as necessary.”Working without pay, TSA employees have been calling in sick in increasing numbers since the shutdown began. On Sunday, TSA said it had a 7.7 per cent national rate in unscheduled absences, compared with 5.6 per cent on Saturday and 3.2 per cent a year ago.Democrats hammered away at their demand that Trump reopen the government. Senator Tim Kaine called the wall, which could cost an estimated $23 billion, a “vanity project” that Trump promised Mexico – not US taxpayers – would pay for.”Put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table,” Dick Durbin, the No 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC’s “This Week” show.Trump campaigned against illegal immigration in 2016 and said a wall is necessary to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country.last_img

Microsoft may unveil virtual reality headset at E3

first_imgFacebook acquired one, Sony created one itself, Google made one out of cardboard, and now Microsoft is rumored to be preparing to launch one. What am I talking about? Virtual reality headsets.There is an enormous amount of hype surrounding virtual reality this year, mainly due to the experiences being shown off for use with the Oculus Rift. A lot of them look very promising, and could kickstart a new era of immersive gaming. It has yet to be proven whether virtual reality will become a mass market consumer product, though, but with Facebook now funding Oculus, and Sony’s Project Morpheus looking likely to see a release, Microsoft could be left at a disadvantage in the gaming space if it didn’t join in.With that in mind, Microsoft’s hardware team is thought to be working on its own virtual reality device. The source of the rumor is the supply chain, through which Microsoft would source the required components to make a headset prototype. The big unveiling of this product is expected to be E3 2015 being held in June next year.Microsoft entering the virtual reality market was actually inevitable if you think about it, and the company does have an advantages over its rivals in the form of Kinect. It has become clear that being able to see your own arms (or even your whole body) during a virtual reality experience makes a lot of difference to how immersive (and interactive) it can be. Kinect is perfect for tracking body part movement, so it seems likely any Microsoft VR headset would incorporate Kinect tech as standard.last_img read more

Intel predicts the death of mobile computing as we know it

first_img More information: This prediction is based on the statements of Rama Skukla, the vice president of Intel’s architecture group. During his keynote address at SEMICON West, a conference that takes place regularly in San Francisco, he stated that “tablets are disappearing”, and that the current types of devices we would be using in a decade from now “could not be described”.His remarks went off to say that, “The lines between a netbook, laptop and tablet are disappearing faster than designers today realize. It’s going to be very difficult to see where one device goes and the next one takes off.”Of course, he also has some other ideas about the future of technology. It was strongly implies by his remarks that he thinks that the personal computer will become outdated and that the future of PCs will be more like personal syncing grounds, connecting the users to an individual cloud of information that can be shared at will. While that concept is intriguing it could easily make the more security minded consumers out there nervous, since all data that is on the cloud is data that can be breached by determined hackers. In order to be read for these changes Intel is expecting to make major advances in processors over the next five years, including raising graphics performance by a factor of 12. via V3, Inquirer (PhysOrg.com) — The folks over at Intel have come up with an interesting prediction, one that may make all of you feel a little bit foolish for buying a laptop, and a netbook or a tablet. They are predicting that as time goes on the form factors in the mobile device market will break down and the distinctions between the devices will be largely a moot point. Companies will instead make multi-purpose smart computing devices. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Intel predicts the death of mobile computing as we know it (2011, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-intel-death-mobile.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Computex: Intel Outlines Atom Processor Plans, Productslast_img read more