New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Sanya Richards-Ross, the fastest American woman in the history of 400m, arrived here on Thursday as the ambassador of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM).The 33-year-old spoke on a variety of topics, ranging from the start of her career to being an ambassador of the half marathon. “I have been a part of a couple of half marathons before, once was in Argentina. I believe that most of the participants are actual athletes and there is a different feel to the whole surroundings of a raceday. The whole city is also involved, and I really admire the energy and passion that the runners show at the starting line,” said Richards-Ross.The American is considered by many to be one of the most graceful sprinters in recent history and is known as the fastest woman in the history of 400m from USA with her time of 48.70 set at the 2006 IAAF World Cup. The legendary sprinter says that she is keen on getting involved with more marathons in the coming future, starting with this year’s edition of the ADHM.The winner of three consecutive 4x400m gold medals, also commented on the changing running culture in India. “India has always produced some good runners and I believe that running has now become a part of the culture here. There are positive changes in the culture as lots of young people are wanting to get involved in track and field events, which is always a good indication of the status of the sport. I am proud to see how running has changes in India and I look forward to seeing more young Indian runners.”advertisementThe American also had good things to say about her first visit to India. “This is the first time that I am visiting the country and the hospitality from everyone has been fantastic. Everyone I have met has been so warm, and I was actually surprised to see that people recognized me at the airport. I get a lot of lovely mails from Indian fans which have motivated me through my career,” she said.Sanya Richards-Ross will be involved with the 14th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 as the Ambassador as the race day takes place on 21st October, 2018 in New Delhi. The race takes place on Sunday. PTI BSBS
The Pakistan blind cricket team, which is on a tour of Sri Lanka, has been stranded in the island nation due to the closure of Lahore airport in the wake of escalating tension with India.”They have been forced to stay longer and also have to pay additional expenditure,” Chaminda Pushpakumara, the manager of the local blind cricket team said.”They had already incurred personal expenditure to travel to Sri Lanka,” Pushpakumara added.The official has sought the Sri Lankan government’s intervention to provide the Pakistani team with assistance.After border tensions broke out between India and Pakistan last week, the Sri Lankan Airlines cancelled all its flights to Lahore.The Pakistan government then closed its airspace for domestic and international flights because of the situation, which forced the 24-member Pakistan team to postpone its departure.The Pakistan blind cricket team white washed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the ODI series.
Story Highlights Minister Bartlett said the sector has grown consistently over the last 36 years. “It is indeed the only sector that has grown consistently. This year’s growth, so far, has outstripped all other periods of growth that Jamaica has had in tourism,” he said while commending all the players who have contributed to the development. He noted that the island continues to have record-breaking arrivals, welcoming 3.3 million visitors during the first nine months of the year, which represents an overall increase of 9.5 per cent. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting gross foreign exchange earnings of US$2.34 billion for the first 10 months of the year, representing a 10.8 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2016. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting gross foreign exchange earnings of US$2.34 billion for the first 10 months of the year, representing a 10.8 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2016.The figure puts the country in good position to reach the US$3-million mark for the year.“So, we have two full months to go, and last year, the earnings for the entire year were US$2.56 billion. So… it is just possible, with a little more effort, in the month of December in particular, for us to make US$3 billion in earnings,” Minister Bartlett said.“That would be something very special, because we would break a new threshold,” he added.He was speaking at the media launch of the 2017 Tourism Service Excellence Awards Programme at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on November 14.The Tourism Minister informed that the country is on course to reach four million visitors for the “first time in our history (in) the first week of December”.He noted that the island continues to have record-breaking arrivals, welcoming 3.3 million visitors during the first nine months of the year, which represents an overall increase of 9.5 per cent.Minister Bartlett said the sector has grown consistently over the last 36 years. “It is indeed the only sector that has grown consistently. This year’s growth, so far, has outstripped all other periods of growth that Jamaica has had in tourism,” he said while commending all the players who have contributed to the development.He explained that several factors have led to the growth, citing the warmth of the Jamaican people, additional room capacity, and increased airlift.“If you have air access, you can get to the destination, and that’s what we did. We went out there with a very ambitious plan. We have restructured the Jamaica Vacations Company, and we have created an opportunity for (it) to be able to reach more airlines and to work with tour operators and to bring more flights into the destination,” he noted.He further cited the role of attractions, noting that “the number and quality of our attractions are ahead. In fact, we have, combined, more attractions than all of the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean”.In the meantime, he expressed confidence that Jamaica will become the number-one Caribbean destination for the British market.“As a matter of fact, we are leading at the moment, and I don’t see anything that will change that between now and the end of the year,” he said.The Tourism Service Excellence Awards Programme is open to organisations and individuals that are exemplars in the field.Nominees are drawn from all subsectors of the industry, including accommodations, craft, airport, tour and ground transport operators, rafting, and attractions or places of interest, and must display best practices and offer excellent customer service as well as environmental stewardship.Nominations close on December 22 at 4:00 p.m. Further details about the awards and guidelines regarding nomination may be accessed on the Ministry’s website at www.mot.gov.jm.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday officially inducted the 23rd batch of sub-inspector cadets into the agency at the CBI Academy in Ghaziabad in the presence of Director Rishi Kumar Shukla.13 cadets, including one woman, had joined the academy in October last year as sub-inspector probationers after being selected through the Staff Selection Committee’s Combined Graduate Level Examination and the departmental examination. In what Director Shukla called the most demanding test of intellectual and physical abilities, all the probationers were put through 32 weeks of rigorously hard and diligent training at the academy that also inculcated the highest standards of professional integrity a nd rectitude, respect for human rights, and a strong sense of discipline. The cadets were trained in laws and investigation skills, including investigation of anti-corruption cases, drug-related offences, human-trafficking, wildlife crimes, cybercrime, bank frauds, securities frauds, and different ways to collect intelligence and evidence in specific types of cases. Congratulating the newest batch of CBI sub-inspectors, Shukla said the cadets will now have to bear the tremendous responsibility that comes with being a part of the nation’s premier investigative agency. He said that members of the public have time and again placed immense trust in the agency to be impartial and have integrity in their investigations and that the cadets’ “positive attitude and perseverance will play an important role in taking the glory of the organisation to new heights”. Shukla also handed out the Director’s Trophy for Best Probationer and Runner-up to Shashank Singh Rathour and Harish Shukla. Joint Director for Training, Sharad Agarwal was also at the occasion, presenting the course report and duly thanked senior CBI officials, and heads of all departments for the presence. The CBI also released updated versions of two handbooks on the Standard Operating Procedure for Investigation of Bank Frauds and the Handbook on Laws and Procedure of Banking, in the face of the increasing sophistication of economic crimes and criminals.
New Delhi: Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram will be subjected to further custodial interrogation for four days by the CBI in the INX Media case as a Delhi Court Monday sent him to the agency’s custody till August 30. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar accepted the CBI demand CBI that Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation was required. He was produced in the court on expiry of his four-day CBI custody which was granted to the agency on August 22.
Legislation to build an aerial tram to take paying visitors to a riverside boardwalk in the Grand Canyon has been voted down by the Navajo Nation Council.Members of the council voted 16-2 against the bill during a special session Tuesday in Window Rock, Arizona. It was the first time the full council had taken up the measure since it was introduced last year.The proposal had gotten a cold reception from lawmakers from the nation’s largest American Indian reservation even before Tuesday’s lengthy debate.Some lawmakers raised concerns about the development resulting in more public safety demands, while others questioned a requirement for the tribe to invest $65 million for roads, water and power lines, and communications at the 420-acre site that borders Grand Canyon National Park on the reservation.Council delegates amended the legislation to change the operating license from non-revocable to revocable, to delete language to prevent other development within a 15-mile radius and along access roads, and to strike a non-taxation provision before voting on the bill. The amendments didn’t convince them the project should move forward.Developers had said the tram and accompanying retail and hotel sites at the East Rim could be running by May 2021 had everything gone as planned. They did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment after the vote.Critics showed up to urge lawmakers to oppose the project as the debate finally got under way late Tuesday afternoon. Those included families who hold grazing permits and leases to build homes in the area.They have said the area is sacred and the proposed development would mar the landscape where the Colorado River meets the blue-green waters of the Little Colorado River.Declaring victory over what they termed a “monster,” they praised the council’s vote on social media and let out loud cheers outside the council chambers.“They heard us,” activist Renae Yellowhorse said of the council members. “We needed to be a presence there to let them know we’re not going to go away. We’re going to always be here to defend our Mother, to defend our sacred sites.”Environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts also decried the measure. Actor Robert Redford released a video last December voicing opposition, and an online petition against the proposal has collected thousands of signatures.The vote came ahead of a tribal election year and as the tribe prepares for the loss of hundreds of jobs with the expected shutdown of a coal-fired power plant and its supply mine in 2019.Lamar Whitmer, part of the Scottsdale-based Confluence Partners development group, previously said the East Rim project could employ up to 3,500 people on a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed.The management team includes former Navajo President Albert Hale and others who have helped develop resorts and theme parks.Under the legislation, the Navajo Nation’s share of revenue was based on the number of visitors. The tribe would have been guaranteed a minimum 8 per cent of gross revenue, developers say.___Associated Press writer Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, contributed to this report
BERLIN — The German government has slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast for the country for the second time this year and is now predicting growth of only 0.5%.Wednesday’s forecast halves the 1% estimate the government presented in late January, when it cut its forecast from 1.8%. It follows a string of downgrades by economists and other groups.Economy Minister Peter Altmaier predicted growth of 1.5% in 2020.Prospects for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, have been weighed down by weaker growth elsewhere and by the after-effects of its own weak performance at the end of last year, when it was dragged down largely by one-time factors related to new car emissions standards.Last year, gross domestic product expanded by 1.4%.The Associated Press
The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,669.40, up 92.12 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 26 cents, or 2.61 per cent, to $10.24 on 10.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up 11 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $2.84 on 9 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Unchanged at $5.89 on 8.4 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up eight cents, or 2.68 per cent, to $3.07 on 7.5 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 15 cents, or 1.22 per cent, to $12.17 on 6.1 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 77 cents, or 1.54 per cent, to $50.61 on 6 million shares.Companies reporting:Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Up 21 cents to $33.01. Teck Resources says it is less exposed to uncertainties on Chinese coal imports after shifting more sales to India. The reduced reliance decreases the likelihood of import disruptions currently happening with Australian shipments to China. The cause of the increased scrutiny and import delays — which contributed to a 25 per cent reduction in coal imports from Australia in February — is unclear, but some have speculated on political motives as tensions increase between the two countries.BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO). Up $1.47 or 3.5 per cent to $43.08. The chairman of recreational products maker BRP Inc. is stepping down, ceding the head spot to longtime president and chief executive Jose Boisjoli. Laurent Beaudoin’s retirement follows his departure last year from Bombardier Inc., which BRP was spun off from in 2003. His son Pierre is nominated as a director for the first time. Meanwhile, Boisjoli’s total compensation increased 12 per cent last year to around $8.8 million.
“We have ongoing human rights concerns about Sri Lanka, including on freedom of opinion and expression, and judicial independence. Our up to date assessment is available online as a ‘Country Update’ to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights Report for 2012,” she said in a response to a question raised on Sri Lanka.She said that Britain has been clear with the Sri Lankan government that they expect to see concrete progress on human rights, reconciliation, free, fair and peaceful Northern Provincial Council elections in September and that media and civil society have access and freedom of movement to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). (Colombo Gazette) British Prime Minister David Cameron will press UK concerns on Sri Lanka in line Britain’s own assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka when he visits the country in November.Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Sayeeda Warsi told the House of Lords that Cameron and UK foreign secretary, William Hague will raise their concerns when they attend the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in November. Baroness Warsi said the British Government regularly raise concerns about lack of progress on post-conflict reconciliation, accountability and the current human rights situation with the Government of Sri Lanka. Britain believes the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka will either highlight Sri Lanka’s progress and respect for Commonwealth values, or draw attention to the absence of such progress.
Malaysian Immigration Department Director General Datuk Sakib Kusmi said they were arrested on different charges like not having identification documents, overstaying and holding unrecognised cards of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Malaysian authorities have nabbed 971 foreigners including Sri Lankans in a nationwide crackdown that began on Friday midnight.A total of 2,182 foreign nationals were screened in the 12-hour operation, the agency quoted an official at Malaysian Immigration Department. Migrant workers from Nepal, Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and China were arrested during the raid. It is learnt that the detainees will be placed at immigration detention centres for investigation and would be deported to their respective countries. Until Thursday this year, 8,058 illegal migrants were deported to their countries, reports say.The Malaysian authority conducted raid in Cyberjaya, Kuala Terengganu, Bukit Mertajam, Ipoh and Seremban from January 1 to February 19. The move comes hours after the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced suspension of recruitment of foreigners and deportation of illegal workers, the Kathmandu Post reported. Malaysia that is home to around 2.1 million migrant workers is expected to have as many illegal migrant workers.In 2011, the Malaysian government had introduced amnesty and opportunity to legalise the illegal status of migrant workers. It had come down heavily upon the migrant workers then also. (Colombo Gazette)
Conferences are weird. And not just because some of their names don’t make any sense. (The Big Ten has 14 members?! The Big 12 has 10?!) Although most college football conferences hold championship games, others are prohibited from holding them (and get screwed because of it). They feature rapacious money grubbing and encourage teams to destroy rivalry games. No wonder independent Notre Dame disdains conference membership altogether.More importantly, for our selfish interests, conferences cloud interpretations of FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictions — which you can find here. The weird structures and dynamics of conferences sow lots of confusion. Since we launched our College Football Playoff model last week, we’ve received lots of reader questions, and many of them boil down to one of two “conference conundrums.” Elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver has explained some tweaks to our model that should make the numbers more sensible. But in case you’re still scratching your head, let’s run through the two big reasons conferences can befuddle:1. The Two-Team Conundrum: How can [Ohio State/Alabama/LSU/TCU] have higher odds of making the playoff than winning its conference?Because some conferences have enough good teams that they could send two squads into the playoff. Alternatively, other considerations in the selection process might outweigh a good team’s loss in a conference championship.For example: Our model gives No. 21All the rankings I’m using in this article are the committee’s. Alabama a 43 percent chance of being selected into the playoff but a 35 percent chance of winning the SEC. In a simulation that my colleague Jay Boice ran, a two-loss Alabama team that doesn’t get to play in the SEC championship game still makes the playoff 25.3 percent of the time (probably alongside a one-loss SEC champion). Similarly, No. 3 Ohio State has a 56 percent chance of making the postseason but a 44 percent chance of winning the Big Ten. If both Ohio State and Iowa remain undefeated heading into the Big Ten championship, there’s a good chance that both will make it in, regardless of the outcome.Other cases are more complicated. What if an undefeated Ohio State team fell to a one-loss Iowa team in the Big Ten championship?2Iowa can afford to take a loss, maybe even two, since the Hawkeyes are a game ahead of Wisconsin and also have the tiebreaker over the Badgers. It’s feasible to imagine almost any outcome in that case: The committee could go with Iowa, Ohio State, both teams or neither team.In the conference previews below, I explain more about how those scenarios might play out. But know that there isn’t necessarily a one-to-one correspondence between conference championships and slots in the playoff; things could get messy. It’s the job of the model to sort all of that out — though, admittedly, we don’t know much (or anything, really) about how the committee weights conference championships, as it didn’t have to deal with any upsets in those title games during its inaugural season last year.2. The Division Conundrum: For two teams in the same conference, how can one team have a better chance of winning the conference but another team a better shot at making the playoff?We received lots of these questions, and the culprit is arbitrary conference divisions. Take Florida and Alabama, for example. The SEC has two divisions: East and West. The Gators have a 38 percent chance of winning the SEC, according to our model. That’s higher than Alabama’s odds! But Florida is given only a 17 percent chance of making the playoff, to the Tide’s 43 percent. That’s because the Gators play in (and have clinched) the SEC East, and ’Bama faces a tougher task in the other division, the SEC West (where LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State play). Florida, which has one loss, has an 80 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out. But if Florida takes a second loss (say, at South Carolina on Saturday) but still wins the SEC championship, it might not. (That’s a nightmare scenario for the SEC, in which it might be denied representation in the playoff entirely.)What-ifs of the weekOur College Football Playoff predictions have been updated with the rankings released Tuesday night, and we project Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama to make it, in agreement with the committee’s latest rankings. But we expect Baylor to have a better path than Notre Dame and to be the fourth team included.But that’s what’s current. We’re already thinking about what’s next. Take a look at our “what-if table” below, which shows how our projected playoff odds would likely change if a team wins or loses its upcoming game. Also included is how likely we think it is that a team will win all its remaining games, and its chance to make the playoff if that happens. North Carolina46<1946 Notre Dame303123874 Memphis<1<1<1121 Ohio State56623227>99 SCHOOLMAKE PLAYOFFMAKE PLAYOFF GIVEN WEEK 11 WINMAKE PLAYOFF GIVEN WEEK 11 LOSSWIN OUTMAKE PLAYOFF GIVEN WINNING OUT Iowa222551396 Florida State<11<1282 Navy<1<1<1112 Mississippi<1——21<1 Houston22<1227 LSU1216<12155 TCU1011<12149 UCLA33<1645 Stanford2834101996 Michigan St.101111087 Oklahoma173831887 Northwestern<1<1<112<1 USC12<1314 Mississippi St.36<11125 Alabama43612125>99 Oklahoma St.232671698 Utah111711473 Wisconsin<1——50<1 Florida172331880 Oregon<1<1<181 Temple<1<1<1181 CHANCE A TEAM WILL … Michigan79<11742 Baylor3145111699 Clemson67%70%37%49%>99% Let’s use Iowa as our guinea pig. We currently give the Hawkeyes a 22 percent chance of making the playoff. But if they beat Minnesota on Saturday, those odds tick up to 25 percent; if they lose, they shrink to 5 percent. Although the rest of the Hawkeyes’ regular-season schedule isn’t that challenging, if they win out, they’ll face a tough matchup in the Big Ten title game. We give them a 13 percent chance to run the table. But if they do, they’re almost certainly in the playoff (96 percent).What to watch for this weekBig 12Game of the week: Baylor vs. OklahomaCollege football statheads: This is your game! While Oklahoma is No. 12 and Baylor is No. 6 according to the latest committee rankings, they are the No.1 and No. 2 squads according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), a computer-generated measure of team strength. Oklahoma is the best team in the country according to FPI, despite losing to lowly Texas. Baylor, on the other hand, is unsurprisingly high-rated by FPI because of its high-powered offense, which easily leads the nation at 57 points per game. Despite being No. 2 in FPI, the Bears are a 58 percent favorite to beat the Sooners because the game is at home in Waco, Texas. The game has big implications: If Oklahoma wins, its odds of making the playoff will rise to 38 percent from 17 percent; if Baylor does, the Bears will rocket from 31 percent to 45 percent likely to make the playoff.ACCGame of the week: Clemson vs. SyracuseThe ACC story hasn’t changed: Undefeated No. 1 Clemson is in the playoff if they win out, but it looks bleak for all other ACC teams (and for Clemson, should they lose). After last week’s victory over Florida State — in what was likely their last truly tough game — Clemson saw its playoff odds rise to the highest of any team (67 percent). But should the Tigers stumble, the ACC’s hopes fall off a cliff. Although one-loss North Carolina has almost wrapped up the ACC Coastal division, and has a 30 percent chance of winning the conference, its chance of making the playoff is a measly 4 percent — but if UNC wins out (and beats Clemson in the ACC title game), its chances rise to nearly 50/50.Big TenGame of the week: Ohio State vs. IllinoisEven if the Buckeyes stumble, they won’t necessarily be out. Their odds are strongly affected by the conference conundrums I outlined earlier. A one-loss Ohio State team might not even get to play for the Big Ten title. This is why the undefeated Buckeyes have a 56 percent chance of making the playoff despite only a 44 percent chance of winning the Big Ten. A one-loss reigning national champion excluded for its conference championship game may still rate highly according to the committee.SECGame of the week: Alabama vs. Mississippi StateAlabama crushed my beloved LSU Tigers, ending their hopes for an undefeated season. And, as a result, the Tide are now the No. 2 team in the latest College Football Rankings. ’Bama is not totally out should they lose again — either to Mississippi State on Saturday, or in the Iron Bowl against Auburn. In that scenario, a one-loss SEC champion could get into the playoff alongside the Tide, or the Tide could win the conference with two losses and still get in. But it’s not likely: In Jay Boice’s simulations, a two-loss Alabama team excluded from the SEC title game would be expected to make the playoff 25.3 percent of the time, and a two-loss Alabama that wins the championship game would make the playoff 34.3 percent of the time.Pac-12Game of the week: Stanford vs. OregonOne-loss Stanford is the best Pac-12 bet to make the playoff, at 28 percent. The Cardinal are almost a sure thing if they win out (96 percent likely, according to the what-if table). But the threat to Stanford is that they’re the odd man out in a scenario with a one-loss SEC champion, an undefeated Clemson and an undefeated Big Ten or Big 12 champion.Beyond The Power FiveGame of the week: Memphis vs. HoustonNotre Dame is looking good. On the heels of LSU’s loss to Alabama, the Irish have moved up to the No. 4 spot in the committee’s playoff rankings. But our model gives Baylor an ever-so-slight advantage over Notre Dame to make the playoff (31 percent vs. 30 percent).But the real game to watch is Memphis vs. Houston. With Memphis’s crushing loss to Navy last week, its dream to be the mid-major that crashes the playoff party has ended. Houston, however, is still undefeated, and the two squads meet in the premier conference game of the season among non-Power Fives. To have any shot at the playoff, Houston will have to win out. But even if they do, their odds of making it are only 7 percent, by our estimation. So the Cougars need to keep praying for carnage among the elites.CORRECTION (Nov. 11, 4:40 p.m.): An earlier version of the table in this article listed incorrect numbers for Wisconsin’s and Mississippi’s chances of winning out. Those odds are 50 percent and 21 percent, respectively. The table has been updated.
← Previous Story Last second win for PICK Szeged – Čupič’s show in Russia, Metalurg beat Gorenje! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 7): Two points remain in Magdeburg, Melsungen defeated SG FlensburgTHW Kiel In the last matches of VELUX EHF CL Round 2, THW Kiel and SG Flensburg showed great scoring performance. Ademar Leon took points in Montpellier, while BSV Silkeborg beat Chambery.THW KIEL – SAVEHOF 43:34 (Vujin 9 – Bliznac 8)PARTIZAN – SG FLENSBURG 31:37 (Radivojevic 8 – Eggert 13)MONTPELLIER – ADEMAR LEON 27:29BSV SILKEBORG – CHAMBERY 25:23
WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Twitter blunder of the week (Image: Chris Ison/PA)There was outrage among Twitter users when the social media site snuck in changes to its block function overnight. This meant a person you blocked would be unaware and would still be able to follow you, and see and interact with your tweets – you just wouldn’t be able to see what they say about you anymore. Well, needless to say, this didn’t go down too well and Twitter’s Vice President of Product Michael Sippey quickly rolled it back on Friday, DailyEdge.ie reported.Learning languages app of the weekThis project, which throws traditional language-learning practices out the window, funded in less than three days on Kickstarter. Software, based on some solid research, will first teach you the pronunciation of a language – often the most difficult part – in just two weeks. Then, in theory, it should be much easier for you to learn the rest.Typo solution of the weekIf there’s one thing you miss about those old brick-sized phones you used to carry around, it’s probably the physical keyboard. No one types better on a touch screen and one company, backed by Ryan Seacrest funnily enough, has decided to bring buttons back, with a keyboard similar to that on a Blackberry, which clicks onto the bottom of an iPhone. They’re currently working on rolling them out for every type of smartphone, The Daily Mail reports.(Video: Alok Tiwari/YouTube)Facebook feature of the weekWe’ve all felt the uncertainty while pressing the ‘like’ button on a status about someone’s cat dying or their terrible night spent in the Emergency Department because they fell off their bike. Unless they’re one of your foes (or you’re just a bit sadistic), you don’t actually like that those things happened to them. So with this in mind, Facebook is developing a “sympathise” button, though there are no immediate plans to launch it. (Image: Shutterstock)
The CRC became embroiled in a scandal over top-ups to senior staff members before Christmas, when it was revealed that the clinic had access to funds of the registered charity ‘Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic’.Conlan resigned from his role as CEO following the controversy over fundraising money being used to pay salary top-ups of senior staff. He did not receive any salary top-ups, but revelations were made public that Kiely got a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €106,000.SalaryNicholas Jermyn, current Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) will also appear before the committee. Just before Christmas the hospital released details of how much it was paying its executives, which showed Jermyn is being paid an additional €136,591 on top of his HSE salary of €136,282. Jermyn also received a privately-funded allowance of almost €20,000 for a car.In relation to St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, the PAC stated yesterday the issues TDs will asking Jermyn about are: Why he initially refused to provide the HSE and the PAC with details of the top-ups paid to senior staff members? Why did he then decide to release the relevant information only hours before Christmas Eve? Why did the information initially provided to the HSE state that three senior managers were in receipt of privately funded top-ups when in fact it would appear to be seven senior managers?A statement added:We would also like to know why Mr Jermyn insists that all payments are in keeping with HSE policy when the HSE insists that they are not and if he can inform the Committee as to the legal advice received by the Board which led it to believe that it was compliant with current public pay policy, who provided that advice, when it was sought and when it was received.Read: Former CRC chief’s retirement package may be more than previously disclosedRead: Former CRC boss agrees to appear before Dáil committee>Read: St Vincent’s bosses meet with HSE over pay – but won’t say what happened> FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the Central Remedial Clinic Brian Conlan and the Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, Nicholas Jermyn are to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today.Conlan agreed to meet with the PAC in December after the committee had been planning to try and compel the former CEO of the Clontarf clinic to attend a hearing.Today’s hearing comes after it emerged last night that Conlan’s predecessor, Paul Kiely, may have been in receipt of a retirement package greater than had preciously been disclosed.The committee chair John McGuinness told TheJournal.ie that they had secured an agreement from Conlan that he would appear after it was decided “one last attempt” would be made to contact him.Top-upsMcGuinness said the committee would like to get Conlan’s “insight” into the operation of the Board of the CRC, in particular his knowledge of the salary top-ups which were in payment during his time on the Board. He said: We would like to ascertain how often senior staff remuneration was reviewed and sanctioned by the Board and if any Board members ever expressed concern over certain salary packages or the fact that some were not within HSE sanctioned pay rates.Mr Conlan’s recruitment to the role of CEO of the CRC, his salary package and his resignation are also likely to feature at the meeting.
EVERETT — Police in Everett say they have searched a portion of a Boeing aircraft plant after two employees reported seeing what appeared to be an armed man, but officers found nothing to substantiate the reports.More than two hours after the 7 p.m. reports of a man possibly carrying a rifle, police spokesman Aaron Snell said Thursday night that the search was over. He said police feel confident “there is no threat to employees here at Boeing.”Snell says officers interviewed both people who called 911. He says Everett police and officers from several area departments searched.He says the callers saw something suspicious and “did the right thing by calling 911.”A number of Boeing workers were evacuated during the search.Boeing tweeted that both police and company security completed their search and “are confident there is no threat.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – A man accused of vandalizing a North Miami Beach monastery says he is innocent.Appearing in court, Monday, Jorge Ariza-Mendoza pleaded not guilty for incidents that occurred last month during three visits to the St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church.Police, however, said Ariza-Mendoza destroyed signs and an 800-year-old statue at the monastery, and on June 19, he threatened to kill everyone attending a prayer service there. “He approached me at the altar,” said Father Gregory Mansfield, a priest at the monastery, “and said, ‘I’m going to shoot the priest and kill everybody who stays. I want everybody out now.’”Man arrested for vandalizing North Miami Beach monastery, harassing congregationAriza-Mendoza faces charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Developer Danger Close Games has confirmed Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be on two discs for the Xbox 360 version when it ships at the end of this month.Much like the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 last year, the two discs will separate the multiplayer from the story mode so at least players won’t have to swap discs mid-game. It’s not unusual for games on Xbox 360 to come on two disks as DVDs cannot hold the same amount of data as a Blu-ray. As the texture quality and size of games grow during this generation of consoles, two or more DVDs becomes a necessity for 360 owners.In another similar move to Battlefield 3, there might also be an optional texture install for the Xbox 360, although this has not been confirmed yet. A texture install allows players to apply HD textures to make the graphics in-game look much better, and it’s probably going to be well worth the time it takes to transfer.Danger Close Games has been spending a great amount of time making improvements to the Frostbite 2 engine to make sure the game looks fantastic on all formats. It seems they’ve been working on the console versions of the game first rather than the PC, and testing on both Xbox 360 and PS3 formats. Senior designer Ben Jones said he was particularly happy with the PS3 version of the game. The team has focused on fine tuning the lighting to make sure Medal of Honor: Warfighter ports over well to the PC from consoles.If the news of two disced MoH is disappointing, Xbox Live Gold owners are able to play the multiplayer beta now so it’s not all bad news. You can pick up the full game on October 23.via VideoGamer
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Share Tweet Submit It’s the perfect time to upgrade to a new smartphone if you haven’t already. The tech has advanced – reached a new height and it will stay for a while until your next big upgrade. There’s power in processors that’s future-proof, there are breakthrough features making its way to the devices and the next big thing is a while away. Today’s smartphones on discount revolve around all those devices which you can buy and rest with ease.Smartphones on Discount: OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mo 9, Asus Zenfone 6, moreBefore we head over to the list of smartphones on discount, take notice that the price drop is only available for a limited time. There’s no better day to upgrade right now for prices are slashed. If you fail to place an order, the prices would revert back to their original model. So hurry up and order your share from the links provided. Now, let’s get down to the list.Asus Zenfone 6The ultimate smartphone with a brand new take to achieve the all-screen design. The Asus Zenfone 6 features a flip camera mechanism so the rear camera is also your selfie camera which will boost your selfie game for sure. It features the latest Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.If you’re up for it, the Asus Zenfone 6 is available at a good 15 percent off as part of our list of smartphones on discount. The device can be yours for just $599.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 6TWhile its launch surprised the market and marked a new milestone last year, the device holds up incredibly this year as well. Since it features the same design as its latest flagship, you’re good in this department. It features the powerful Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity.The OnePlus 6T is available at a massive 22 percent off as part of our list of smartphones on discount. If you’re up for it, you can get your hands on the device for just $419.99. Head over to this link to get it.XIaomi Mi 9Xiaomi Mi 9 is my personal favorite due to its design aesthetics and a stellar display. Moreover, the fact that it’s available on discount just makes it an even better deal. It is powered by the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and features 128GB of storage capacity.If you’re enticed to own the Mi 9, it is available at a stunning 27 percent off for a limited time from our list of smartphones on discount. It will be available to you for just $404.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 7The latest in line from the company – OnePlus 7 has a lot more to offer. It packs killer performance, with the addition of the mighty Snapdragon 855 processor, a killer display, 8GB of RAM and a massive 256GB of storage capacity. The software is better than ever, packing features that are exclusive to the OnePlus brand of smartphones.If you’re interested in getting your hands on the OnePlus 7, it is available at a hefty 20 percent off, which makes the price come down to just $489.99. Head over to this link to get itOnePlus 7 ProThe king in terms of not one but several categories is the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s probably one of the most favorite and high-end devices on the market right now. It features a stunning 90 Hertz 6.67-inch display that features greater resolution than its younger sibling. In addition, it features Snapdragon 855, 8GB of RAM and a good 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage – the best in the industry right now and no other smartphone has it.If you’re excited to own it, we know we are, then it is available on a good 24 percent off as part our smartphones on discount. It will be available to you at a discounted price of $699.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of discount on smartphones, for now, folks. However, there will be more coming in real soon so do stay tuned on for that. As a reminder, we would like to note that the discount is only valid for a limited time. So hurry up and order away. Also, check out our list of discount on smartwatches to with your latest purchase.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the matter? Would you get the OnePlus 7 Pro or the Asus Zenfone 6 out of the list? Let us know down below.
What does the phrase “a manager” really mean anyway? This phrase means different things to different people and is often overused for the position which nearly matches an analyst-level profile! This term, although common, is worth defining what it really means, especially in the context of software development. This article is an excerpt from the book The Successful Software Manager written by an internationally experienced IT manager, Herman Fung. This book is a comprehensive and practical guide to managing software developers, software customers, and explores the process of deciding what software needs to be built, not how to build it. In this article, we’ll look into aspects you must be aware of before making the move to become a manager in the software industry. A simple distinction I once used to illustrate the difference between an analyst and a manager is that while an analyst identifies, collects, and analyzes information, a manager uses this analysis and makes decisions, or more accurately, is responsible and accountable for the decisions they make. The structure of software companies is now enormously diverse and varies a lot from one to another, which has an obvious impact on how the manager’s role and their responsibilities are defined, which will be unique to each company. Even within the same company, it’s subject to change from time to time, as the company itself changes. Broadly speaking, a manager within software development can be classified into three categories, as we will now discuss: Team Leader/Manager This role is often a lead developer who also doubles up as the team spokesperson and single point of contact. They’ll typically be the most senior and knowledgeable member of a small group of developers, who work on the same project, product, and technology. There is often a direct link between each developer in the team and their code, which means the team manager has a direct responsibility to ensure the product as a whole works. Usually, the team manager is also asked to fulfill the people management duties, such as performance reviews and appraisals, and day-to-day HR responsibilities. Development/Delivery Manager This person could be either a techie or a non-techie. They will have a good understanding of the requirements, design, code, and end product. They will manage running workshops and huddles to facilitate better overall team working and delivery. This role may include setting up visual aids, such as team/project charts or boards. In a matrix management model, where developers and other experts are temporarily asked to work in project teams, the development manager will not be responsible for HR and people management duties. Project Manager This person is most probably a non-techie, but there are exceptions, and this could be a distinct advantage on certain projects. Most importantly, a project manager will be process-focused and output-driven and will focus on distributing tasks to individuals. They are not expected to jump in to solve technical problems, but they are responsible for ensuring that the proper resources are available, while managing expectations. Specifically, they take part in managing the project budget, timeline, and risks. They should also be aware of the political landscape and management agenda within the organization to be able to navigate through them. The project manager ensures the project follows the required methodology or process framework mandated by the Project Management Office (PMO). They will not have people-management responsibilities for project team members. Agile practitioner As with all roles in today’s world of tech, these categories will vary and overlap. They can even be held by the same person, which is becoming an increasingly common trait. They are also constantly evolving, which exemplifies the need to learn and grow continually, regardless of your role or position. If you are a true Agile practitioner, you may have issues in choosing these generalized categories, (Team Leader, Development Manager and Project Manager) and you’d be right to do so! These categories are most applicable to an organization that practises the traditional Waterfall model. Without diving into the everlasting Waterfall vs Agile debate, let’s just say that these are the categories that transcend any methodologies. Even if they’re not referred to by these names, they are the roles that need to be performed, to varying degrees, at various times. For completeness, it is worth noting one role specific to Agile, that is being a scrum master. Scrum master A scrum master is a role often compared – rightly or wrongly – with that of the project manager. The key difference is that their focus is on facilitation and coaching, instead of organizing and control. This difference is as much of a mindset as it is a strict practice, and is often referred to as being attributes of Servant Leadership. I believe a good scrum master will show traits of a good project manager at various times, and vice versa. This is especially true in ensuring that there is clear communication at all times and the team stays focused on delivering together. Yet, as we look back at all these roles, it’s worth remembering that with the advent of new disciplines such as big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, there are new categories and opportunities to move from a developer role into a management position, for example, as an algorithm manager or data manager. Transitioning, growing, progressing, or simply changing from a developer to a manager is a wonderfully rewarding journey that is unique to everyone. After clarifying what being a “modern manager” really means, and the broad categories applicable in software development (Team / Development / Project / Agile), the overarching and often key consideration for developers is whether it means they will be managing people and writing less code. In this article, we looked into different leadership roles that are available for developers for their career progression plan. 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