The European Handball Federation has received 25 registrations from clubs for the Women’s EHF Champions League 2016/17.18 national champions and the two runners-up of the top two nations (Hungary and Denmark) have applied for the 24th season based on the EHF ranking list, while further five teams eligible to play in the new Women’s EHF Cup have requested an upgrade for the EHF Champions League.The final list of all participants will be confirmed only at the EHF Executive Committee meeting on Friday 24 June in Vienna.The draw of the qualification will take place on Wednesday 29 June (13:00 hrs) in Vienna, while the group matches draw will be hosted by SELECT, the EHF’s new ball supplier in their headquarters in Glostrup, Denmark on Friday 1 July (13:00 hrs).Teams registered based on the EHF ranking list (20):Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT)HC Gomel (BLR)HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)Team Esbjerg (DEN)FC Midtjylland (DEN)Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP)Metz Handball (FRA)Thüringer HC (GER)Györi AUDI ETO KC (HUN)FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN)Indeco Conversano (ITA)HC Vardar (MKD)WHC Buducnost (MNE)Sercodak Dalfsen (NED)Larvik (NOR)MKS Selgros Lublin (POL)CSM Bucuresti (ROU)Astrakhanochka (RUS)IK Sävehof (SWE)Ankara Yenimahalle Belediyesi SK (TUR)Teams registered based on additional places requests (5):HC Leipzig (GER)Glassverket (NOR)Rostov Don (RUS)RK Krim Mercator (SLO)Iuventa Michalovce (SVK)National champions, who did not submit a registration (6):DHK Banik Most (CZE)Madeira SAD (POR)RK Zagorje (SLO)Izvor Bukavicka Arandjelovac (SRB)Spono Eagles (SUI)Galytchanka Lviv (UKR)Source: EHF ← Previous Story Poles without four stars to fight in Netherlands Next Story → Patrick Cazal to stay at Dunkerque until 2020
A POST-MORTEM examination is scheduled to take place today on the body of a 22-year-old man found unresponsive by walkers at Lady’s Cove in Dunmore East, Co Waterford yesterday evening.He was discovered at around 5pm, and treated at the scene, before being removed by ambulance at around 6.30pm.The post-mortem is taking place at Waterford General Hospital.Gardaí say the death is being treated as an accident, and foul play is not suspected.Read: Search & rescue crew distraught after storm causes ‘tens of thousands’ in damage to centre
Final Fantasy the the most well-know, and arguably, most loved, RPG series across the globe. The series is just as popular in the west as it is in the east, what a shame that Final Fantasy II was never released in the US.Now, you might finally have the opportunity to play FFII in English… if you have a spare $50,000. eBay seller, Fefea, claims to have the one and only English copy of the game in their possession. Even though the NES cartridge says it’s a sample, according to the seller the entire game is playable. The cartridge was originally put together by Square Soft as they intended to show the game at the 1991 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. FFII was set to be released later that year in the US but sadly that never happened as Square decided to focus on other projects.It seems likely that other copies of this game could exist but no other working copies have been found yet. The seller states he’s been holding onto the copy for nine years after purchasing it off a private collector who tried to sell it through forums. At the time that person was unable to sell it because no one believed he had a genuine copy.Why Fefea’s chosen to sell it now is an open questio, but if you are a collector of rare games or simply a huge FF fan, you can put in an offer. Although the buy it now price is $50,000, the seller will consider any serious offer. Over 80 have been made so far. Once someone wins, we should hear back as to whether this copy is legitimate or not.View the eBay listing, via Eurogamer
File photo Image: Defence Forces/Rollingnews.ie Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 7:59 PM ‘Myself and the children are devastated’: Soldiers due to return to Ireland tomorrow face ‘unacceptable’ delay A spokesperson for the Department of Defence said that authorities on the ground haven’t yet been granted approval for transportation. Short URL Apr 3rd 2019, 7:59 PM 31 Comments Share939 Tweet Email1 Image: Defence Forces/Rollingnews.ie By Elaine Keogh File photo 130 MEMBERS OF the Defence Forces are, for the second time in a year, unable to return home to their families tomorrow.The troops are part of the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights and were scheduled to fly out of Beirut and land in Dublin Airport tomorrow morning.Today, it has emerged that they will not be home as scheduled. They have finished a six-month tour of duty and the soldiers to replace them have already arrived.One wife, who did not want her name used, said: “Myself and the children are devastated, we have gone through a long arduous six months without him.”“The kids were so excited about seeing their Dad in the morning and having to break the news to them was heartbreaking. The troops of the Irish Defence Forces are treated with utter disdain by the Irish government once again.”“I know we are in a lucky enough position living close to the airport but some families will have travelled from around the country today to be in Dublin to collect their husbands/dads/sons in the morning.”“I’m also aware of a number of troops who have travel plans this weekend with their families. This is just another example today of the appalling treatment of our troops by the Taoiseach, Minister Kehoe and the pen pushers in the Department of Defence,” she added. PDFORRA confirmed they have been made aware of the issue, and said the delay was totally unacceptable.General Secretary Ger Guinan said, “we are absolutely gutted for their families and we are deeply disappointed this has arisen, especially as it occurred last October too.”Mark Keane, President of PDFORRA said this evening, “Our thoughts and concerns are with the personnel involved and their families. https://jrnl.ie/4575786 46,386 Views These troops were due to depart the Golan today and arrive home to meet with their families tomorrow. For such a hold up to emerge with two successive units is quite remarkable – and all those people affected need an immediate explanation.A spokesperson for the Department of Defence said, “The United Nations is responsible for organising the rotation flights to transport the current UNDOF contingent back to Ireland.” “We have been advised by the UN that the Lebanese Authorities have not yet granted approval of the landing clearance in Beirut for the aircraft scheduled to transport the 58th Infantry Group.” “Defence Forces personnel on the ground are liaising with the local United Nations personnel, who are doing their utmost to resolve this situation.”“At the request of Minister Paul Kehoe, Ireland’s Permanent Mission in New York is engaging directly at the highest levels with the UN in New York, with a view to resolving the situation as quickly as possible.” “Defence Forces personnel remain at their base at Camp Faoar in Syria pending resolution of the situation.” “Families have been informed of this delay by designated Family Liaison Officers, and further updates will continue to be provided as they become available,” the spokesperson added. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Du 9 au 13 mai, c’est la 6ème édition de la Fête de la natureTous les ans au mois de mai, la France entière accueille en grande pompe l’éveil printanier de la nature. Et cette année, les “drôles d’oiseaux” sont à l’honneur à l’occasion des 100 ans en 2012 de la Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux.Créée en 2007 sur l’initiative du Comité Français de l’Union Internationale de Conservation de la Nature et du magazine Terre Sauvage, la Fête de la nature propose des milliers de manifestations organisées par les associations de conservation et d’éducation à la nature, les collectivités locales, les établissements scolaires, les entreprises, les particuliers… L’événement concerne la France, l’Outre-mer, les villes comme les campagnes, mais aussi la Suisse, le Portugal, les Pays-Bas.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?En vous rendant sur le site internet de la Fête de la nature 2012, vous pourrez ainsi découvrir les différentes déclinaisons territoriales de cet évènement en y indiquant le département et la ville de votre choix. A Paris, par exemple, le Museum national d’Histoire naturelle organise ce week-end plus de 40 ateliers et animations entièrement gratuits, proposés aux petits et grands pour en apprendre plus sur Dame Nature. Pour en apprendre plus, c’est par ici : www.mnhn.fr. Créez votre propre nichoir Par ailleurs, un défi est lancé cette année : chacun d’entre vous peut créer son propre nichoir dans l’objectif de voir naitre 10.000 habitats pour nos amis volants. Si vous êtes un peu bricoleur et soucieux du bien être des oiseaux, lancez-vous ! Pour les novices, un mode d’emploi (lien non disponible) est à disposition sur le site de l’événement afin de vous aiguiller dans votre entreprise. Des conseils des ornithologues de la Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, vous seront également proposés pour prendre soin des oiseaux tout en respectant leur mode de vie. Une fois construit et installé, prenez le en photo et envoyez-la sur le site qui recense en temps réel tous les abris installés partout en France. Le 9 mai 2012 à 19:57 • Maxime Lambert
Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister says Alfredo Morelos must respect the team’s dressing room following his red card against Aberdeen.The Scottish club have had issues regarding their discipline on the pitch, having picked up eight red cards so far this season, with three of those for Morelos.“Alfredo has got the respect of the dressing room but he has got to stay on the pitch,” said McAllister, according to Daily Mail.“He is young enough and we are experienced enough, there are enough experienced people on the management team, to help him to get it right.”“The facts are that he is paying the biggest price because he loves scoring goals and when you get red cards you miss games.”Lingman believes Morelos can play for a bigger club than Rangers Manuel R. Medina – July 16, 2019 The former Scottish Premier League midfielder believes the Colombian is one of the competition’s best players.“That is the biggest penalty any striker can receive because he is not on the pitch and able to do what he does best.”Morelos picked up a soft yellow card in the first half against Aberdeen but could have been shown a straight red for lashing out at Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie in the second half.A veteran of the British game, McAllister has played alongside some of British football’s most notorious hard men and seen it all before.“Obviously, I played alongside Vinnie Jones for a short period of time.”“There are players that others will try to provoke. That’s part of the game, it’s a compliment.”
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two bicyclists crashed into an elderly pedestrian during Critical Mass on Miami Beach, Friday night.According to Miami Beach Police, the cyclists were riding west along 71st Street and Bay Drive when the collision occurred.The bicyclists said the man walked into the riding path. “The old man tried to be brave, tried to cut in front of everybody. There were about 40 or 50 bikes,” said Ray, one of the cyclists. “Cause he’s seen it. He was stopped. He was going, he was, like, playing cat and mouse.”The pedestrian was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital due to his age. No cyclists were hurt.The wheel of one bike was damaged in the process.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“This is an avenue for increased dollars in revenue for magazines,” Grey said.Additionally, respondents find the price of digital magazines to be fairly reasonable—about 49 percent said they “agree somewhat” that pricing of digital magazines is fair.When it comes to bundling, 34 percent of respondents “somewhat agree” that they are only interested in a digital subscription if it comes with a free print subscription. The second highest group of respondents—30 percent—“somewhat disagree” when asked if they are only interested in a digital subscription if it comes with a free print subscription. Many respondents (44 percent) say they “somewhat agree” that the automatic downloading of their magazine subscriptions is convenient. About 36 percent “strongly agree.”When it comes to loading times, 59 percent say they “somewhat agree” that the time it takes to download a magazine app is reasonable, with 27 percent saying they “strongly agree.”The all-you-can-eat magazine model of Next Issue Media, said Grey, could become more popular, at least based on this data: 27 percent of respondents “strongly agree” when asked if they like having the ability to pay a flat subscription fee for a large library of magazines. About 46 percent “somewhat agree.”When rating five digital newsstands, respondents thought most highly of Apple, with 90.8 percent saying the Apple Newsstand is excellent or good. When it comes to a browsing experience for new titles, Apple tied with Barnes & Noble’s Nook at 81 percent.More information on digital magazine reader preferences will be released this January by the MPA. NEW YORK—At MPA Digital’s Social Media Summit Thursday, Ethan Grey, vice president of digital with the association, revealed results from its latest study slated to be released in January.The data, which was conducted with Gfk MRI and surveyed 796 adults aged 18-plus who owned a tablet, shows that in general, tablet owners prefer to buy yearly subscriptions to digital magazines. About 56 percent of respondents prefer to purchase a one-year subscription, 31 percent prefer to buy monthly subscriptions, 11 percent normally buy half-year subscriptions and just 2 percent prefer multi-year subscriptions.When asked about the type of digital magazine content they prefer, more than half—55 percent—say they read current and back issues. The remaining 45 percent prefer to only read the most current issues.
Tirupati: South Central Railway (SCR) has been implementing various green initiatives, which are yielding fruitful results. Already they have bagged several awards from Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian Green Building Council (CII-IGBC). After Tirupati station was awarded Gold Rating recently, the latest addition to the list was Guntakal Divisional Railway Office with Platinum rating. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Guntakal Divisional Railway Manager Vijay Prathap Singh, along with his team of officials, laid special focus in achieving the green targets which were well recognised by CII-IGBC and secured “Green-Co Platinum Rating” for its office building which is the final rating. While giving ratings they take into consideration five environmental categories like site and facility management, water efficiency, energy efficiency and health, hygiene and sanitation and smart and green initiatives. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us The green initiatives took off in 2017 by SCR with the active involvement of then General Manager and present Chairman of Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav who drew a blue print to implement every possible avenue. They were being successfully carry forward by the present GM Gajanan Mallya. Guntakal office building was the second in SCR to receive the highest platinum rating certification after Rail Vikas Bhavan, Guntur Division while Rail Nilayam in SCR, Hyderabad divisional office building and Supervisors Training Centre, Secunderabad have settled with gold rating. Advertise With Us Tirupati station along with Kacheguda and Vijayawada secured gold ratings while Secunderabad station got platinum rating. The Carriage Repair Shop, Tirupati was also certified with gold rating while Carriage Workshop at Lallaguda has to settle with silver rating. The zone has bagged some other awards, said the Chief Public Relations Officer of South Central Railway Ch Rakesh. The gold certification memento was presented by the Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal and SCR GM Gajanan Mallya during their recent visit to Tirupati. It may be recalled that Tirupati station secured 71 points out of total 100 which were nine short from getting platinum ranking.
Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes shakes hands with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting at the latter’s office in Jerusalem, following the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Paraguay in Jerusalem, on 21 May 2018. Reuters File PhotoIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Israel’s embassy in Paraguay on Wednesday, hours after the Latin American nation’s new government announced it would move its embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem.Paraguay’s decision was a blow to Israel’s efforts to achieve external recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, which appeared to have gained some traction this year with the United States, Guatemala and Paraguay opening embassies there. Most countries do not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the entire city and say its final status should be set in peace talks.Paraguay’s foreign minister called Israel’s reaction “disproportionate.” Paraguay president Mario Abdo defended his decision as part of an effort to support “broad, lasting and just peace” among Israelis and Palestinians.“Paraguay is a country of principles,” Abdo said on Twitter.Abdo took office last month and belongs to the same conservative party as his predecessor Horacio Cartes, who inaugurated Paraguay’s new embassy in Jerusalem in May.The Palestinians said their foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, met Abdo two weeks ago and hailed Paraguay’s change of mind as “a new Palestinian diplomatic achievement.”“Minister Maliki exerted a big effort during his meeting with the new president who instructed his foreign minister to arrange the issue,” the Palestinian foreign ministry said in a statement.Israel acted swiftly after the news broke and a statement in English from the prime minister’s office said: “Israel views with utmost gravity the extraordinary decision by Paraguay which will cloud bilateral relations.”The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 war, as its capital.But the Palestinians, with broad international backing, want East Jerusalem for the capital of a future state they hope to establish in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Negotiations between the two sides broke down in 2014.In December, US president Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of US policy and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. The United States opened a new embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May. Guatemala and then Paraguay opened embassies there afterward.Netanyahu has attempted to persuade other countries to follow their lead.On Wednesday while meeting Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov, Netanyahu said: “I appreciate your decision to open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem, and I hope, I hope, I hope it’s the first step towards establishing the Bulgarian embassy in Jerusalem.”
Share Renee Klahr/NPRRepublicans currently have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with two independents caucusing with Democrats. With Vice President Pence as the tie-breaker in the Senate, Democrats need to flip a net of two seats in 2018 to win back the majority.Democrats are going into the 2018 elections with the wind at their backs, which could even be enough to flip a Senate map heavily stacked for Republicans come November.In conversations with several top GOP strategists, nearly all conceded that the overwhelming Democratic enthusiasm they’re facing this November is incredibly worrisome. Most still think it’s a better than even chance that they do keep the Senate — albeit narrowly — but it’s no longer out of the realm of possibility that the upper chamber could change hands, especially given the volatility of the GOP’s two-seat majority.“Generally speaking, close races aren’t won by the party with the wind in their face. That’s not the way it works,” said one top GOP Senate race veteran. “If we lose 40 to 50 seats in the House, you can’t pick up three to four Senate seats.”“If we hold the Senate, I think it will be close. It will be closer than it should be when the cycle started,” said another longtime Republican Senate operative. “There’s no question it’s far more in play than it was a year ago.”Moreover, lackluster fundraising as of late from GOP challengers and stronger-than-expected hauls from Democratic incumbents has further stoked worry among Republicans.Many Republicans are already beginning to make the argument in some surprisingly volatile states like Tennessee that the Senate majority is on the line — hoping to woo voters to the polls by hammering home the implication that something as important as another Supreme Court vacancy could be left in the hands of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.Still, Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO Steven Law, who runs the superPAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, recently noted that the last time the House flipped in 2010, Democrats lost the House and still managed to hold on to their Senate majority because those statewide races were more insulated from national trends.“The political train in the Senate is a lot more favorable for Republicans than it is in all these House districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton … I think we’ve got a lot more terrain to play with that makes the task of defending the Senate majority, I wouldn’t say easy, but a task that we think we can undertake and win,” Law said last month on MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily.However, one reason Republicans were unable to flip some of those Senate seats was because of problematic nominees from their own party, and as the Senate primaries begin in earnest, they’re hoping to avoid disasters.Overall though, Republican fortunes in keeping the Senate aren’t as good as they should be, especially given the near-perfect map they were gifted this cycle. Democrats are defending 26 seats — 10 of which are in states that President Trump carried — while Republicans have nine seats on the ballot, and only one (Nevada) in a state that Hillary Clinton carried.Most Republicans believe Sens. Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Claire McCaskill in Missouri are their best chances to win seats currently held by Democrats. In recent weeks, one of the best bits of news for Republicans was when Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that he would challenge Sen. Bill Nelson. The billionaire Scott can give freely to his own campaign, forcing Democrats to perhaps divert resources from other contests.In the next tier are Democratic incumbents in states President Trump won by more than 20 points — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Montana’s Jon Tester. But even Republicans admit all three have strong political identities distinct from the national Democratic Party and that they won’t be as easy to knock off as once thought.In addition, once-competitive states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania have slipped from being realistic opportunities, according to multiple GOP sources, both in part because Republicans have struggled to attract strong candidates. Some Republicans still mention Wisconsin as a possible sleeper race, where Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election.Meanwhile, Republicans are at risk of losing as many as three of their own seats. The most endangered is Sen. Dean Heller’s seat in Nevada, a state won twice by Barack Obama and by Hillary Clinton in 2016. The contest to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona worries many Republicans because a late unsettled primary contest could weaken the party’s nominee in a state that’s changing rapidly. And what should be a safe seat in Tennessee is becoming anything but a sure thing, rocketing up the list of GOP concerns.All in all, everything has to go right for Democrats to flip the two seats they need to win control of the Senate, including hanging on to most of their own endangered incumbents. But Republicans are growing increasingly pessimistic about their chances come November — and as many privately note, the environment is probably going to get worse for them before it gets better.Hoosier and Mountaineer brawlsContests on Tuesday will determine GOP nominees in two critical contests. West Virginia is the biggest test yet as to whether Republicans could forgo a winnable opportunity due to primary squabbles. A nasty three-way race there pits Rep. Evan Jenkins (the establishment favorite), Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (who argues he’s the true conservative candidate in the race) and coal CEO and Don Blankenship (who’s the most Trump-like figure) against each other.Blankenship is giving Republicans the most heartburn with a racially charged campaign that’s focused as much on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as it is on Sen. Joe Manchin. The former CEO of Massey Energy was convicted in 2015 on a misdemeanor count of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards after a 2010 explosion killed 29 miners. He served a year in prison and is still on probation, but has painted himself as the scapegoat of federal prosecutions run amok. If Blankenship wins the nomination, Republicans fear their chances of winning would evaporate.The GOP nomination is also up for grabs in Indiana in another bitter three-way race, this time between Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer and businessman Mike Braun. Braun, who’s funding his own campaign, has styled himself the outsider in the contest, and in a memorable ad even carried around cardboard cutouts of both Rokita and Messer — who dressed similarly for an early debate — to underscore the similarities of the two congressmen.Republicans say they’d be happy with any nominee against Donnelly, who benefited in 2012 from a gaffe-prone GOP nominee. However, in both Indiana and West Virginia, Democrats are ready to repurpose the same attacks the Republicans have been using against each other for their fall campaigns.“Republicans are airing all this dirty laundry for us, and they’ve been doing it pretty rampantly,” said one Democratic operative involved in several Senate races this cycle.Can Republicans overcome Democratic incumbents’ independent brands? Donnelly and McCaskill are regarded as the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents as of now. In Missouri, McCaskill is likely to face state Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has been thrust in the unwelcome position of investigating Gov. Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican, in an increasingly messy sex and campaign finance scandal that could lead to Greitens’ impeachment.While Republicans got a break in North Dakota earlier this year when GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer decided eventually to run for Senate, Heitkamp has made overtures to the Trump White House and still seen as an independent figure in the state. Veterans of past Senate campaigns caution she won’t be as easy as some think to knock off.The same is true for Tester in neighboring Montana, who recently raised multiple allegations of wrongdoing against Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, which ultimately sank his nomination. Trump has fired back against Tester repeatedly over those actions and some Republicans think the Jackson issue could hurt Tester at home. But in a state where nearly 1 in 10 residents are veterans, Tester is betting that the episode won’t have an impact on his race this fall.Republicans find themselves on defenseThe two most vulnerable seats for Republicans are in the Southwest. In Nevada, the White House maneuvered to head off a primary challenge against Dean Heller in Nevada, the most endangered GOP incumbent in the country. But in anticipation of a primary, Heller, who was once critical of Trump, also embraced Trump in a way that could have a lasting impact on his race against likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Jacky Rosen, come this fall. But Republicans counter that Trump’s numbers in Nevada, which he lost to Clinton by 2 points, have rebounded.In neighboring Arizona, Republicans are defending the open seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. There’s a three-way late August primary there, between establishment favorite Rep. Martha McSally, conservative Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a prominent birther who Trump controversially pardoned after he was convicted of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop detaining immigrants without legal status.McSally turned in a strong fundraising haul, even besting likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Republicans believe that McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot, has just the profile needed to hold this seat and she’s widely favored to win the primary. But the question is whether conservatives will launch an all-out assault that will damage her in the general election. And like Heller, McSally has had to embrace Trump after refusing to endorse him in 2016.National Republicans think this race will be lost if anyone other than McSally wins, and question what Trump — who’s been complimentary of Ward and is downright chummy with Arpaio — will do. Vice President Pence’s remarks last week in favor of Arpaio when he visited the border certainly didn’t help the primary situation, either.Volunteer majority maker? Tennessee has emerged as the biggest wildcard that could make or break the Senate majority for both parties. Democrats scored a major coup by convincing former Gov. Phil Bredesen to enter the race after frequent Trump critic and GOP Sen. Bob Corker announced he wouldn’t run for re-election.In recent weeks, Corker has made glowing remarks about Bredesen, whom he worked closely with when the Democrat was governor and Corker was the mayor of Chattanooga, while not even mentioning the name of the Republican, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, other than to note she would be the GOP nominee and he had donated to her campaign.Early polls show Bredesen with a lead, but Republicans argue that he has statewide name recognition, which Blackburn does not and that the race will tighten over time. Republicans are also left hoping that their voters will come out if they know their vote means the difference between a Democratic or a Republican-controlled Senate. Still, this contest has more than a few national strategists worried.Tennessee is more likely to flip than is Texas, despite Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s strong fundraising over GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. The only other wildcard could be the special election in Mississippi to replace Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned last month due to failing health. There’s some conservative skepticism about newly appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a former Democrat.Conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel — who nearly ousted Cochran in a nasty 2012 primary — switched to this race and is challenging Hyde-Smith in an all-party open primary on Nov. 6. If no candidate gets 50 percent on Election Day, the race will go to a Nov. 27 runoff. Meanwhile, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary and ex-congressman Mike Espy is the Democrats’ best-known candidate.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Share Why did Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, approve adding a hotly contested citizenship question to 2020 census forms?Ross has said the driving force is the need for more accurate citizenship data, which he wants to collect during the next once-a-decade headcount of every person in the country as required by the U.S. Constitution.The question was requested this past December by the Justice Department, which says it needs data from the census to better enforce the Voting Rights Act’s provisions against racial discrimination. Since the law was enacted in 1965, the federal government has relied on estimates of the citizen population based on Census Bureau surveys involving a sample of U.S. households.But critics of the new citizenship question — including more than two dozen states and cities who are taking the Trump administration to court to remove it — say they are skeptical of the Justice Department’s reasoning. They’re concerned that a question about citizenship status — a topic that the Census Bureau has not asked all households since 1950 — will discourage noncitizens from participating in the census, especially given the increased immigration enforcement and rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric under President Trump.On Friday, the Commerce Department released 1,320 pages of internal memos, emails and other documents related to Ross’s decision as part of the lawsuits against the citizenship question. They provide some new insight into the behind-the-scenes discussions leading up to the commerce secretary’s controversial announcement in March — one that could have ripple effects on the 2020 census results that will be used to reallocate congressional seats, draw legislative districts and distribute an estimated $800 billion a year in federal funds.Census Bureau officials warned about a “very costly” citizenship questionIn a Jan. 19 internal memo prepared for Ross, the Census Bureau’s chief scientist, John Abowd, wrote that adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census “is very costly, harms the quality of the census count, and would use substantially less accurate citizenship status data than are available” from existing government records at other federal agencies.Ross has said that he believes the cost of this last-minute change to the 2020 census would not be significant and has been factored into updated cost estimates. Still, Abowd projected that it would raise the price tag for the national headcount by at least $27.5 million, which he described as a “conservative estimate” given the possible need for more door-knocking and other follow-up efforts to get noncitizen households to take part in the census.“At the direction of Steve Bannon,” Kris Kobach spoke with Ross about a citizenship questionIn a July 2017 email to Ross’s chief of staff, Wendy Teramoto, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Steve Bannon — the former White House strategist — directed Kobach to speak on the phone with Ross in 2017 during the early months of the Trump administration about the then lack of a citizenship question on the census. Kobach had once helped lead Trump’s now-dissolved voter fraud commission.Neither Kobach nor Bannon have responded to NPR’s requests for comment about this email. A Commerce Department spokesperson would not provide any details about the phone call between Kobach and Ross. “The Kobach email is one out of over 500 pages of stakeholder records produced in the administrative record,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. “The notion that Secretary Ross decided to reinstate the citizenship question in response to a single email is clearly disproved by the robust administrative record.”Kobach told Ross including “aliens” in census numbers for congressional reapportionment is a “problem”In another July 2017 email, Kobach wrote to Ross that he was concerned that “aliens who do not actually ‘reside’ in the United States are still counted” in census numbers used to determine how many congressional seats each state gets.Noncitizens have been included in past population counts used for reapportioning seats in the House of Representatives among states ever since the first census in 1790.Later in his email, Kobach proposed wording for a census citizenship question that would ask noncitizens about their immigration status.The Census Bureau is trying to get access to citizenship information from other federal agenciesBefore Ross decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Census Bureau’s acting director, Ron Jarmin, and other officials tried to convince him to meet the Justice Department’s needs by using existing government records about U.S. citizens.Ross ultimately decided to allow the bureau to request access to federal data sets to supplement the 2020 census responses to the new citizenship question. A draft internal Census Bureau document shows that the statistical agency has been working to get access to naturalization data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, visa and passport data from the State Department, and records from the Social Security Administration.The Census Bureau and the Social Security Administration have not yet responded to requests for comment. Spokespeople for USCIS and the State Department said they could not address NPR’s questions about the bureau’s data requests by publication time. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Microsoft Translator integration in Chromium-based Microsoft Edge by Martin Brinkmann on April 11, 2019 in Internet Explorer – 9 commentsOne of the things that I missed in current versions of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser was native translation support.Microsoft released previews of the Chromium-based browser this week; previews are limited to Windows 10 officially (even though there is an option to install the Windows 10 installer on previous versions of Windows) and the Dev and Canary channels.The upcoming web browser is still in a pre-release development phase. While it works just fine as it is, certain features are missing currently. Microsoft revealed some, e.g. Spellchecking support, when it announced the availability of the first public builds of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser.It was not clear up until recently if the new Microsoft Edge would support native translations or if users would have to install the Microsoft Translator extension instead for that.Note: We file this under rumor for the time being as we cannot verify integration of Microsoft’s translate feature in the browser at the time of writing. We will update the article when that happens.Edge with Microsoft TranslatorReports suggest that Microsoft Edge could get native translation support after all. Some users report on Reddit that they get translation options in the latest Microsoft Edge Canary build; others stated that they did not have the translate option in the latest Canary build. It appears that Microsoft is running A-B tests or rolling out the feature gradually over time to the entire population.The classic Microsoft Edge browser did not support translation natively. Users had to install the Translator for Microsoft Edge extension to integrate translation functionality in the browser.Microsoft did add native translate functionality in the Android version of the Edge browser in 2018 however.Microsoft Edge Canary is the cutting edge version of the browser that gets updated daily according to Microsoft.Microsoft Edge displays a translate icon in the address bar when it detects that a web page is not in the system language (maybe also not in any other installed language on the system).image by https://www.reddit.com/user/Leopeva64-2A click on the icon displays options to translate the page into another language similarly to how Google Chrome handles native translations. It is possible to check the “always translate pages from” box to automate translations from that language whenever pages are loaded that are in that language.The main Edge menu lists a “Translate to” option as well, and the settings feature a new preference to enable or disable the translation feature in the Microsoft Edge browser.Closing WordsMicrosoft needs to get the first public release version of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser right, and that includes integrating popular features natively in the browser and offering features that Google Chrome does not offer.Translation is a useful feature, especially when it is integrated in the browser. While not mentioned by users who can use the feature already in Edge Canary, it is Microsoft’s own translation service that Edge uses for these translations.Now You: What does the Chromium-based Edge need to become more successful than the classic Edge?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Translator integration in Chromium-based Microsoft EdgeDescriptionOne of the things that I missed in current versions of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser was native translation support.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Satellites measure the health of planet Earth by bouncing signals off a patch of ocean, ice sheet, or rainforest and discerning digital vital signs upon their return. But a new cluster of satellites will harness the global positioning system to help predict weather patterns, long-term climate change, and even crippling interference from solar flares.The same GPS signals you rely on to navigate through rush-hour traffic, find a restaurant, or track your kids can also be used to forecast when hurricanes form in tropical waters. At least that’s the hope of researchers who developed a fleet of six small satellites scheduled to blast off on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket next Monday from Cape Canaveral. The mission is also the latest round in an ongoing contest of sorts between government-sponsored and privately operated weather data collection systems, a competition that many observers hope will result in better forecasts that cost less money.Known as the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (or COSMIC-2), the mission takes advantage of a weird property of GPS radio signals: They actually bend and slow down slightly as they travel through the atmosphere. This bending doesn’t affect the accuracy of navigation on the ground; it’s only visible from the side by something else in orbit. It’s a bit like what when you dip a pencil in a half-full glass of water and the image refracts slightly through the denser liquid (physics folks know it as Snell’s Law).UCARThe denser the atmosphere, the more the GPS radio wave bends. Once scientists get this information about density, they can figure out atmospheric moisture, pressure, and temperature at one-kilometer intervals. Getting this kind of granular information about what’s happening up and down the atmosphere is key to making weather prediction models more accurate. More Great WIRED StoriesThe Cold War project that pulled climate science from iceiPadOS isn’t just a name. It’s a new direction for AppleHow to stop robocalls—or at least slow them downEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensHow early-stage VCs decide where to invest🏃🏽♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter “It’s a very elegant technique,” says Bill Schreiner, director of the COSMIC program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, one of the sponsors of the mission along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Air Force, and Taiwan’s National Space Organization. “It’s a precise way to measure the atmosphere, and it’s also repeatable.”Schreiner likens radio occultation, as it’s known, to launching 5,000 additional weather balloons every day—that’s how many more measurements the six COSMIC-2 satellites will be able to gather. The radio occultation system will also collect more information about the equatorial oceans, the spawning ground of the hurricanes and typhoons that batter the world’s coastlines. The other advantage is it can collect information about atmospheric conditions in remote parts of the globe that ships and weather stations can’t reach. The COSMIC-2 satellite also carries a sensor that measures how fast solar particles are traveling, information that will help space weather scientists know when a big solar flare or eruption might be on the way.Compared to other weather satellites, COSMIC-2 is a relative bargain at a cost of $250 million, half of which was paid by Taiwan, according to Schreiner. “It’s an order of magnitude less expensive,” he says. In comparison, NOAA’s four GOES geostationary weather satellites, the first of which launched in 2016, are costing taxpayers $11 billion and have had a few hiccups in space since then. Daryl Kleist, a physical scientist at NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center, says that the new COSMIC-2 satellites will be used to calibrate measurements taken by the GOES system as well as improve long-term climate models. Data from the COSMIC satellites also will help forecasters better track and predict the movement of big atmospheric rivers, the fast-moving air that drives much of the weather in North America.“We anticipate we will have improved forecasts of such events because of the direct benefit from the COSMIC-2 mission,” Kleist said during a conference call.With next week’s launch, radio occultation satellites are essentially moving from pilot program to mature technology. The first set of COSMIC satellites, launched in 2006, helped test it out. The solar-charged batteries on all but one of the initial six satellites have run down, and they are no longer producing measurements. The new COSMIC-2 mission should last a minimum of five years, the researchers say. At the same time, rising costs forced NOAA and its Taiwanese partners to cancel an additional set of radio occultation satellites orbiting the poles that was scheduled to launch in 2021. Instead, NOAA is considering buying more weather data, some of it derived using radio occultation, from commercial satellite firms.The first round of commercial buys in 2017 didn’t go so well, however, and scientists at NOAA and UCAR were not happy with the quality or amount of data produced. Last year, NOAA officials picked two companies for a second-round test, and the agency is still evaluating whether the weather data is good enough to buy, according to UCAR officials. It has’t been used for weather forecasting yet.Compared to the private satellites, COSMIC-2 satellites are bigger (about three cubic feet compared to 2.5 cubic inches) and heavier (618 pounds versus 11 pounds). They last longer (5 years versus 2 years), have larger antennae, and can collect more information about the Earth’s atmosphere. COSMIC-2 also carries an advanced instrument designed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that can collect atmospheric information closer to the Earth’s surface, a layer up to six miles high called the troposphere, where most clouds and water vapor exist. The ability to collect more precise measurements, as well as to see conditions at different levels of the atmosphere, represents a big improvement over earlier weather satellites.Of course the private cubesats are cheaper to build and launch. For now, some NOAA officials appear to want to privatize weather collection data at the same time as they are building up a federally funded radio occultation network. Normally the ultimate decider would be the NOAA administrator, but President Trump’s nomination of Barry Myers, former CEO of the private weather forecast firm AccuWeather, has been blocked by the Senate since 2017.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Hisler is well-known in the community for his large brinjals. He says that, “I plant the seeds, give them lots of water, always fertilize the soil, and they grow!” He says that his brinjals grow within three to four days. They also farm butternut, tomatoes, mealies and green beans, to name just a few. Now 63 years old, Hisler has been a farmer ever since he was a young boy. He explains that his mother and father were farmers in Mpumalanga at Bush Park Ridge, and so farming is in his blood. “I won’t ever stop!” Hisler, Mshiyeni and Shorty are subsistence farmers, but they dream of becoming commercial farmers one day. They just need the support to help them along the way. They sell their produce at low prices on the streets and also to businesses. Hisler Mogane is a local farmer who is doing wonders with what little he has. Together with partners Mshiyeni Khumalo and Yandiswa ‘Shorty’ Marimbela, he has been farming at Matthew’s Farm from 2005 up until present day. There, they have turned a cattle sales yard into lovely vegetable gardens. They are truly adept at cultivating the biggest, juiciest vegetables around. When people ask what their secret is, the usual answer is that, “We have extra green fingers!” Just look at the brinjals (eggplant) they pull out of the ground and you’ll know what a treat you’re in for! Battling a lack of funds and water irrigation woes, the latter being their main problem, they soldier on admirably with seeds, fertilizer and ploughing equipment they get from the municipality.
Slovenia considers the Asia-Pacific region to be extremely important for its tourism industry, since the region accounted for over 10% of all foreign guest arrivals in 2014.Recently, the Slovenian Tourist Board joined the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) as the National Tourism Organisation (NTO) member. The Slovenian Tourist Board, the tourism division under the SPIRIT Slovenia, Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Development, Investment and Tourism, is charged with the development, marketing and promotion of the sale of the Slovenian tourist offer to European and overseas markets through cooperation and partnership with the industry and other stakeholders.Karmen Novarlic, MSc, Head of the Tourism Division, SPIRIT Slovenia said, “Slovenia is enhancing its involvement in international organisations specialised in the field of tourism, and thus reinforcing and building its reputation and the position of Slovenian tourism in professional institutions and associations. The Asia-Pacific region is already an exceptionally important market for the Slovenian tourism industry, accounting for over 10% of all foreign guest arrivals in 2014.”Earlier this year, President Pranab Mukherjee while extending his greetings on Slovenia’s National Day had expressed his belief that deeper Indo-Slovenia ties would be beneficial for both nations. He had said, “Such exchanges have invigorated our cooperation in several fields, including those of science and technology, education, trade and commerce and culture. I am confident that these ties will continue to deepen and diversify further to the mutual benefit of our two peoples.”The Indian Government seemed to reflect the words of the President when the tourism department included Slovenia in the list of countries whose citizens were eligible for e-visas.
National signing day is a crazy time of year dominated by numbers. It’s so crazy in fact, that the Penn State staff dialed the wrong number when trying to get recruit on the phone during the big day.Not surprisingly, James Franklin wasn’t fazed, and rolled with the punches and ended up taking it all in stride and had some fun with it.Luckily, this one worked out well and Franklin and the rest of the staff were able to laugh it off.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Before we dig in, we have to add the caveat that CBS only spoke to “one-fifth of the 129 active coaches leading FBS teams entering the 2018 season,” which is roughly 25 coaches. This means we’re talking about 10 coaches that selected Franklin and Taggart — 40 percent of the poll, but less than 8 percent of the entire FBS head coaching census. Pick a different 25 coaches and you may get different results.But, still, this is the poll we have, and these are its results. And they’re just flat wrong.In his last two seasons at Vanderbilt, Franklin went a combined 18-8 (9-7 SEC), with back-to-back wins over Tennessee and back-to-back AP Top 25 final rankings. The last time before 2012-13 that Vanderbilt won 18 games over a 2-year period? Never. It had never happened before. The last time before 2012-13 that Vanderbilt beat Tennessee two years running? 1925-26.Franklin parlayed his unprecedented success at Vanderbilt into the Penn State job, where he took over a program still emerging from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and won the Big Ten in his third year. For an encore, he went 11-2 with a Fiesta Bowl win in 2017.Who did Franklin beat in Glendale? The most underrated coach in college football: Penn State 35, Washington 28.As for Taggart, this anonymous comment cuts to the heart of it:“I would say Willie Taggart at Florida State. He was only at Oregon for one year, and it’s not like he really transformed that program — and that’s a place that’s won for a long time. Not that he isn’t good — he’s won. But usually when you get a job like Florida State, it’s because you’ve won some championships or done something really amazing.”Taggart’s first job came at Western Kentucky, where in 2010 he inherited an 0-12 team working its way into FBS membership and in Years 2 and 3 produced consecutive 7-5 seasons. That success led him to South Florida, where he inherited a 3-9 Bulls club and had USF at 8-5 by Year 3 and 10-2 in Year 4. USF led him to Oregon, where, after inheriting a 4-8 squad, he went 7-5 in a mixed bag first season (the Ducks were 6-1 with starting quarterback Justin Herbert under center and 1-4 without him).Admittedly, leaving Oregon after one season isn’t a great look, but Florida State had its first job opening in four decades and targeted him, a Florida native and lifelong ‘Noles fan.What coach is passing up his dream job because the timing isn’t perfect?Three coaches — Shaw, Kirk Ferentz and Tom Herman — drew votes as the most underrated and overrated in the game. When combining that with the above, it’s impossible not to notice this unless you’re sticking your head in the sand:Also, James Franklin, Willie Taggart and David Shaw all getting singled out by peers as overrated among their 127 FBS colleagues? File that under “Things That Make You Go Hmmm.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) August 19, 2018Two final thoughts:1. Given the level of vitriol he seems to inspire with every breath the man breathes, it’s genuinely surprising Jim Harbaugh wasn’t among the top four vote getters for Most Overrated Coach.2. If I’m going critique the votes for Most Overrated Coach, it’s only fair that I offer a suggestion as to who should take Franklin and Taggart’s place at the top (or bottom?) of the poll. That’s easy: your favorite coach is easily the most overrated in the game. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But some things are objectively ugly and some opinions are just flat out wrong — like, for instance, the 10 coaches that selected James Franklin or Willie Taggart as the most overrated in college football.CBS Sports published the latest installment of their annual Candid Coaches series on Sunday, asking approximately 25 active FBS head coaches to weigh in on the most overrated and underrated of their peers.David Shaw and Chris Petersen shared the honors as the most underrated coaches (12 percent apiece), followed by Dan Mullen, Pat Fitzgerald and Kyle Whittingham at 8 percent.Here’s how the most flip side of that poll shook out: