first_imgThe Observer Premiership Read more Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news How London Irish are not playing as if similarly bereft is anyone’s guess. Declan Kidney, supremo of Ireland’s previous grand-slammers, assumed control here for the first time and elicited from his new charges a performance of verve but, alas, futility.The Exiles, who are bottom of the table, were 17-0 up in the first quarter and scored two exhilarating tries in the fourth, only to come away with two bonus points. Their relegation fate was more or less sealed already, and, 10 points adrift with four to play, it seems terminally so now.“There’s plenty of good things there,” said Kidney, “but we came out second. I wouldn’t be inclined to let us settle for that. I’ve seen the structure behind the club. I believe it’s strong enough to be in the Premiership”Gloucester were as mercurial as only they can be. A five-try win keeps them in the hunt for the top four but should not conceal the wild fluctuations in their form during this 80 minutes, let alone the whole season.Irish’s dominance of the opening quarter was so complete as to be almost unheard of in the Premiership, let alone by a side so far adrift at the bottom.They were no doubt helped by Gloucester reminding us they remain Gloucester, so brilliant when they want to be but flaky enough to be unrecognisable when they do not. “Coach legs” did not do justice to the torpor of their opening minutes.That 17-0 lead was the least Irish deserved as they tore into their visitors. Josh McNally, back after heart surgery, driving through the latest unconvincing phalanx of defenders for their first try and the lively Piet van Zyl dummying through the fringes of a maul for the second. The 20-minute mark had yet to be reached. Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. For all the excitement of the crowd, swollen by belated St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the feeling remained that it was too early to consider this a home win, especially when the opposition are as capricious as Gloucester. Sure enough, Irish’s lead was gone in a 10-minute blur before the break.The visitors finally gained a foothold from an Irish overthrow and James Hanson was driven over between the posts. Five minutes later, a penalty to the corner preceded a Tom Marshall try.Three minutes later again, Gloucester hit their highest note yet, Marshall and Willi Heinz dazzling down the left, before Lewis Ludlow crossed on the right. Irish were stunned to find themselves trailing by two points.Their decline continued after the break. Two further Gloucester touchdowns in the third quarter, both scored with a certain swagger, opened up a 16-point chasm.Mark Atkinson had just had a try disallowed for obstruction when he dummied clean through for Gloucester’s fourth and it was his run that set up Marshall for a flamboyant dive into the corner for a 33-17 lead.We should have known better than to think that was the end of it. Irish owned the final quarter, Theo Brophy-Clews finishing smartly off an inside ball from Joe Cokanasiga with 15 minutes to go, before the burly winger crashed through three defenders on his way to the left corner.That touchdown earned Irish the two bonus points. It will not be enough, but on an afternoon like this they look every inch a Premiership asset. Rugby union Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Gloucester Saracens’ problems reflect those of England with Irish shadow looming match reports Read more London Irish Topics Since you’re here… Share via Email The English game is languishing in its own inertia, apparently. Some people should watch it occasionally. This was an extraordinary encounter in a season that has had its fair share, however dispirited the national team may seem. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea Lampard ‘dreams’ of one day managing Chelsea Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Frank Lampard Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Videos The former Blues midfielder says he is desperate to manage the club, though he maintains he is enjoying his media career Frank Lampard admits he dreams of managing former club Chelsea .The 39-year-old spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge as a player, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and two League Cups.A highly decorated midfielder, Lampard was always seen as one of the most trusted lieutenants in the club’s dressing room, along with ex-Blues defender John Terry. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now While Terry is currently chasing promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa, Lampard has transitioned into a media career, working as a pundit for BT Sport and the BBC.He will be a part of the latter broadcaster’s team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and, while Lampard is enjoying providing his insights, he maintains that he still harbours an ambition of managing the Blues.“I have thought about coaching and I have been working at Chelsea with the academy all year, around my media stuff,” Lampard exclusively told Goal during the BBC Media Day.”I am enjoying the media and it’s been great for me to finish, have some different time to work on my coaching, but also have breaks with the family, plus work in the media. That allows me to keep one foot in the game, so I’ve got my eye on both.“Chelsea, of course, is like a dream job that will be there one day. But that is not always the route that it takes, so it might take me to go somewhere else before I can ever do that. We will see, but I certainly have ambitions to do it.“How could I not take it if Chelsea offered me the job? Chelsea are my club and I feel like I have a lot to offer. But that’s obviously for other people to decide, for important people, if and when I am ready to do that.”Lampard has repeatedly been linked with managerial jobs, and has recently been placed in the frame for jobs in the Championship, with Ipswich Town and Derby County.The ex-midfielder, who played at three World Cups and won 106 caps for England, believes that clubs need to be more open-minded regarding appointing young managers, as he insists there is unearthed talent out there.“Young managers need to be given a chance,” he added.”It’s very easy to say ‘why are people taking a chance on an inexperienced manager?’. If you never do that, then how are we going to develop young managers?”Eventually, we want young, fresh managers in this country. Well, give people a chance and you might find out they are actually pretty good.”There is set to be a vacancy at Chelsea in the near future, with Antonio Conte set to depart his role despite ending his second season in charge by winning the FA Cup.Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri remains the front-runner to take his place , with the Serie A outfit having already held talks with Carlo Ancelotti over taking charge in Naples.The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Greg Schiano with his hand on his chin.TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 15: Greg Schiano, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, watches the action during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. San Francisco won the game 33-14. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Tom Herman is the hottest coaching candidate in college football. He’s not the coach Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt would hire, though.Joel Klatt, a college football analyst for Fox Sports, appeared on Colin Cowherd’s The Herd this afternoon. During his appearance, he said he’d hire another current Ohio State assistant over Houston’s Tom Herman.“I’d take (Ohio State defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano over Tom Herman,” Klatt said. “I’d take him over (Notre Dame head coach) Brian Kelly.”Klatt expounded on his reasoning, saying Schiano’s success at Rutgers makes him more of an intriguing candidate than Herman, who’s had success at Houston but not for very long. “He’s had success for like 32 seconds,” Klatt joked.And as far as Schiano > Kelly goes, Klatt said he doesn’t like how the Fighting Irish head coach treats his players. “Brian Kelly blames his players,” Klatt said. “I’m a players guy.” Kelly is believed to be somewhat on the hot seat after Notre Dame’s brutal start.Schiano, 50, went a very respectable 68-67 during his time as Rutgers’ head coach. He’s certainly a decent head coach candidate this offseason. And if Urban Meyer’s history means anything, he’ll probably go on to be very successful in his next gig.But if you’re, say, Texas, would you even consider hiring Schiano over Herman? Highly doubtful.last_img read more

first_imgOut here on the East Coast we’re freezing our bums off wishing we were some place more tropical. Some of us are stuck in the snow, but others — like our own Cator Sparks, who is on a boat in Costa Rica — are off gallivanting around in warmer weather. We envy him. He gets to shed his parka, gloves and scarf for something a little lighter. Grab a lively button-up shirt to get rid of the winter blahs, throw on a pair of shorts, and white sneakers, like the Stan Smith adidas. Most importantly of all, get a pair of ill sunglasses; we suggest the Illesteva Milan II Havanas. Then you’ll be set for beachside walks and strolling through cobblestone streets. Clockwise, L-R: RVCA Alsweiler Shelf Shirt, $56 at; Illesteva Milan II Havana Sunglasses, $300 at; Will Leather Goods Canvas Duffel Bag, $250 at; adidas Stan Smith Shoes, $75 at; RVCA Weekender Shorts, $39.95 at  Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits last_img read more

first_imgzoom Bahri Data, one of the six business units within Bahri, has signed a contract with classification society DNV GL to co-develop and jointly leverage their Big Data capabilities for safety, quality and compliance innovation.As part of the partnership, data scientists from Bahri Data and Veracity, DNV GL industry data platform, will lead efforts to drive innovative industry-wide initiatives to bolster safety, security, quality, and compliance frameworks in the global fleet.The solution would help charterers, regulators, and port authorities see key parameters of a vessel’s safety and quality status and historical background, thus allowing all stakeholders to work together to improve safety and quality goals.The scientists are working on a prototype of a solution to make safety and quality decisions more insightful and easier to perform from the perspective of an owner, a vessel operator, a charterer, a port authority operator, and a regulator.An early prototype targeting owners/operators and charterers in a first instance will be unveiled on November 8 at the Bahri Data Forum in Dubai, Bahri informed.“These collaborations are remarkable enablers of growth for the sector, allowing global players to continuously innovate, stay ahead of industry trends, and implement best practices that will enable us to further improve our services and optimize performance,” Anwar Siddiqui, President of Bahri Data, said.Image Courtesy: BahriIn a separate announcement, the company said that the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has raised the Saudi flag on Rimthan, one of the latest very large crude carriers (VLCCs) delivered to Bahri. With the ceremony, Rimthan became the 40th Saudi VLCC, owned and operated by the company.“The registration of Rimthan under the Saudi flag is an important national achievement that will strengthen the Kingdom’s reputation and standing in the transportation sector worldwide. This also supports our efforts to register all our large and mid-sized carriers under the national flag through the Public Transport Authority by the end of 2017, which will help enhance Bahri’s competitive edge in the market while contributing to an increase in bilateral maritime trade volume between Saudi Arabia and other global economies,” Ali Al-Harbi, Acting CEO, Bahri, said.Al-Harbi concluded by thanking the PTA President and the Authority personnel in the East Coast for their fruitful cooperation in facilitating the raising of the Saudi flag on Rimthan and registering her as a Saudi oil tanker.Rimthan arrived in the Kingdom from her maiden voyage in early October, docking at Port of Ras Tanura, from South Korea, where she was delivered to Bahri in September by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the company that built her. Bahri plans to expand its aggressive Saudi fleet and is set to add one more VLCC to it before the end of the year to reinforce its position as the world’s largest owner and operator of VLCCs.The Saudi Arabian flag is raised on cargo and passenger vessels after they are successfully registered by the Public Transport Authority. They are then inspected and checked regularly in accordance with the standards laid down by international classification authorities accredited by the Kingdom.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Warner Bros. Television’s Riverdale is a hit for British Columbia’s economy (CNW Group/Motion Picture Association – Canada) Advertisement Facebook B.C. production crew and other labour received 75% of the total B.C. expenditure, while the remaining 25% was spent on purchases of B.C. goods and services.British Columbians who tune into Riverdale will see plenty of familiar locations, as the series shot in 31 communities across the province. Vancouver’s Strathcona and New Westminster neighbourhoods provided homes for Archie and Betty, while Lord Byng, Point Grey, and John Oliver Secondary Schools have each played the part of Riverdale High. Nearby Alouette Lake took on the role of Sweetwater River. Outside of Vancouver, production took place in 15 B.C. communities, including Maple Ridge, Mission, Fort Langley, and Burnaby.“Locating Riverdale in Langley has provided access to a host of great untapped locations, which has added to the look of the show,” said producer Connie Dolphin, “we look forward to a season 2 in British Columbia.”“More than 600 of our professional artists and technicians are thrilled to see their work on Riverdale hit the screen,” saidPhil Klapwyk, IATSE 891 Business Representative. “Productions like this prove that great jobs for average British Columbians are a crucial part of the creative economy.”“We’re very proud of the collaboration that delivers Riverdale,” said Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC. “Warner Brothers, our skilled industry workforce and the locations and communities that host the show all contribute to make B.C.’s motion picture economy successful.”“Riverdale is not only an enormous hit with viewers, it is a huge success for the B.C. economy said Wendy Noss, President, Motion Picture Association-Canada. In its first season alone, Riverdale spent over 22 million, engaged 773 vendors from 31 communities across B.C., and has resulted in spin-off tourism benefits for the province as fans flock to iconic locales across the lower mainland.About MPA-Canada:The Motion Picture Association – Canada (MPA-Canada) serves as the voice and advocate of the major international producers and distributors of movies, home entertainment and television programming in Canada and is an affiliate of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA). The motion picture studios we serve include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.About MNP LLP:MNP is the fastest growing chartered accountancy and business advisory firm in Canada. Founded in 1945, MNP has grown to more than 70 offices and nearly 3,000 team members. MNP is a member of Praxity, a global alliance of leading business advisory firms.To read the MNP analysis, click hereFollow us on Twitter Twittercenter_img VANCOUVER, Nov. 29, 2017 – An economic analysis released today highlights the substantial positive impact the production of Riverdale has in communities across British Columbia.“Riverdale’s impact study demonstrates how the motion picture industry provides well paying, family supporting jobs that make life better for British Columbians,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture. “The breadth of economic impact this industry provides supports a strong and sustainable economy.”The report by Canada’s MNP LLP examines the first season of the Archie Comics reboot to assess the economic impact of two seasons of production. The report estimates that the combined spending in B.C. in the first two seasons of Riverdale totals $60.4 million. Riverdale‘s first season alone created 1,041 jobs, with total spending in the province of over $22.4 million. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFilming dates: July 15th to November 13th.Cast: Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell and Ksenia Solo Between 1952 and 1969, the US Air Force investigated over 12,000 reported sightings of UFOs. This top-secret government program was codenamed Project Blue Book.History Channel’s hit UFO series Project Blue Book starts filming season 2 in Vancouver this summer. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Project Blue Book ~Pictured: Aidan Gillen Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img

Four people were killed and two others sustained injuries when a train crashed into a car in Omanthai today.The Police said that the train had crashed into the car at an unprotected level crossing. The Railway Department said the  level crossing was an illegal crossing created by residents in the area.The car had reportedly stalled on the level crossing when the train was near resulting in the tragic accident. Four women were killed in the accident. (Colombo Gazette)

He was arrested in August by the Criminal Investigations Department over the abduction of 11 youth in Colombo in 2008. (Colombo Gazette) Former Navy Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiaracchi aka Navy Sampath, was today ordered to be further remanded till November 21st over the abduction of 11 youth.Hettiaracchi had been in remand till today and was presented in court where the Magistrate ordered that he be further remanded.

“A political process and a political solution are the only way out of the crisis,” the Special Envoy’s spokesperson told a news briefing in Geneva today. “The Special Envoy was determined to carry forward the political track and continues actively to consider options for early action.” The spokesperson highlighted that discussions between Russia and the United States this week are crucial to efforts to restore the cessation of hostilities, and noted that the UN is continuing consultations with representatives of the two countries, as well as the International Syria Support Group’s (ISSG) members, on the way ahead. The United States and Russia are the ISSG’s co-chairs.Regarding Mr. de Mistura’s recent call for a 48-hour pause in fighting in the besieged northern city of Aleppo, Ms. Chahine referred to a recent statement issued by the Special Envoy and noted that discussions are ongoing with all stakeholders.“No-one had rejected the urgency of a humanitarian pause,” she noted, adding that Mr. de Mistura would address the media on 1 September, following the regular humanitarian access task force meeting. According to UN estimates, the five-year old conflict in Syria has driven 4.8 million refugees to neighbouring countries, hundreds of thousands in Europe, and displaced 6.6 million people within the country against a pre-war population of over 20 million. Well over 200,000 people are believed to have died. read more

“President Abbas, you should know better. You wrote a dissertation denying the Holocaust. Your Palestinian Authority imposes death sentences on Palestinians for selling land to Jews. Did you hear that? If a Jew buys an apartment, a piece of land anywhere in the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian who sold him that land is executed. That’s what the law says,” he added, pointing to what he saw as racism on the other side.So there it was – both sides live.The UN has been focused on the Middle East conflict ever since 1947 when the General Assembly voted for the partition of Palestine, then under British mandate, into Jewish and Arab homelands.Seventy-one years and four full-scale wars later, after countless Security Council resolutions, UN speeches, and tit-for-tat condemnations from the two sides, it’s almost as if the conflict is back at square one, at least listening to the two leaders.And yet, again today President Abbas today reaffirmed his commitment to peace and the two-state solution and the path of negotiations to achieve them.And Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel hoped the day would soon arrive when Israel “will be able to expand peace, a formal peace, beyond Egypt and Jordan to other Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians.”Beyond that, a full roster of leaders mounted the Assembly’s podium on the debate’s third day, with calls for multilateralism, action against climate change and momentum to attain the ambitious Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to eliminate a host of social ill, including full access to proper nutrition and health for all, by 2030.As for the Middle East conflict, it barely even figured in the third day’s speeches, even with the rote two-state reference. One of the few to allude to it was President Nicos Anastasiades of Mediterranean island neighbour Cyprus – with as single phrase.“Bearing in mind the ongoing unstable situation and conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, Myanmar, Afghanistan, the Sahel, the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, of course, the still unresolved problem of the forcible division of my country, we should attach particular importance to the peace and security pillar reform,” he said. More common themes, such as multilateralism and climate change, dominated the debate’s first two days, but on Thursday, the very raison d’être of the UN’s founding in 1945 – the prevention of war – played out from the same podium in the same hall before assembled world Heads of State and Government, though neither of the two protagonists attended the other’s speech. Within a couple of hours of each other, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas propounded opposing narratives on indigenous origins, the holy city of Jerusalem and the very nature of a Jewish State, which have divided two peoples claiming the same strip of land as their nation’s homes, putting in high relief the monumental problems that the UN faces here and in other peace mediation efforts across the world.Many leaders who have spoken so far during the debate, which began on Tuesday, have made passing reference to the Middle East conflict, generally declaring their support for the UN-backed two-state solution, with Israel ending its occupation of Palestinian territories and both States living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders.But on Thursday the Assembly witnessed the very heart of the problem, straight from the leaders themselves, in all its detailed complexity, devoid of the generalities that have been the rule so far. President Abbas said of the Palestinians: “We are an indigenous people and our roots are deep across five thousand years.”Mr. Netanyahu declared: “Ever since Abraham and Sarah made their journey to the Promised Land nearly 4,000 years ago, the Land of Israel has been our homeland. It’s the place where Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, Leah and Rachel carried on their eternal covenant with God.”Mr. Abbas took particular umbrage at a recent Israeli law declaring Israel the Nation-State of the Jewish People.“[This is] a racist law that crossed all the red lines,” he said. “This law denies the connection of the Palestinian people to their historic homeland and dismisses their right to self-determination and their history and heritage,” he added, warning that it will inevitably lead to the creation of one racist State, an apartheid state, and nullifies the two-state solution.Mr. Netanyahu, who had the good fortune to be scheduled to speak second, took this up directly. “Moments ago, President Abbas outrageously said that Israel’s Nation State Law proves that Israel is a racist, apartheid state,” he said. read more

first_imgThe official figures on NHS deficits don’t reflect how severe things are for hospitals in EnglandSally Gainsbury, Nuffield Trust The true “eye-watering” scale of overspending in NHS hospitals last year was masked by official accounts, a major new analysis has warned.Despite hailing big progress in bringing down deficits, health chiefs spent almost £3 billion more than they reported, once one-off sales and “paper-based” savings are taken into account, according to The Nuffield Trust.A review by the think tank of costs among NHS hospitals and ambulance trusts in 2016-17 found an underlying overspend of £3.7 billion, far higher than the £791 million declared by regulators. Trusts have a target of a £500 million deficit this yearCredit:PA NHS sign Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The think tank believes that without more cash, hospitals and other facilities will still be £2 billion in the red in 2021.Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, insisted that last year’s figures reflect genuine progress – particularly in areas such as bringing down agency staff costs – but conceded that “the underlying scale of the challenge that trusts face remains unsustainable”.He said the sector’s financial performance depended heavily on the experience this winter.Last winter saw significant spikes in demand which caused managers to spend more in bringing in temporary staff and losing income from operations they had to cancel to make way for emergency patients.This week also saw the first quarter results for the current financial year, from which NHS Improvement, which oversees trusts, predicted trusts will post a combined deficit of £523 million this financial year.But chief executive Jim Mackey warned: “We should be cautious because the pressure the NHS is under – on bed occupancy rates, delayed transfers of care and waiting times – will increase in the coming months. Given a £2.45 billion official overspend the previous year, the new figures had been welcomed as evidence that managers were bringing costs under control.But the new report found the dramatic one-year improvement owed more to un-repeatable accounting maneuvers than real-world restraint.The analysis also predicts NHS managers will be hit with £2.2 billion in unfunded inflation in 2017-18, half a billion higher than was planned.The Nuffield Trust says this alone means trusts will have to cut operating costs this year by 3.6 per cent, equivalent to £3.6 billion, and even then would still require a further £1.8 billion to hit the new deficit target of £500m.Sally Gainsbury, a senior policy analyst at the Nuffield Trust, said: “The official figures on NHS deficits don’t reflect how severe things are for hospitals in England, as the deficits reported include one-off funding boosts or savings that cannot be repeated the following year.“Only by looking at the deficit after these have been stripped out can we see the scale of financial challenge facing the NHS– and it is eye watering.”last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImproved internet, telecommunications services under US$17M GRIF projectFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”ICT Initiatives to transform Guyana in 2017 – HughesDecember 7, 2016In “latest news”Live real-time inter-connectivity coming for all UG campuses says HughesApril 20, 2017In “Technology” Public Telecommunications Minister, Catherine Hughes has disclosed that before the end of 2018, Region One (Barima-Waini), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) are expected to have internet access.According to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) Minister Hughes today said that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hubs were not established in those three regions due to their remoteness, however, she noted that it is the goal of the Ministry to provide communities there with a level of access before the close of the year.Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes“Unfortunately, they are areas that the private sector has not seen it financially viable to provide service in those areas and therefore we’ve committed that the Government will come in and provide more services… For us the agenda was, we wanted to start this process [development of ICT hubs], we want to move rapidly and therefore it was easier to start along the Coastal Plain and other areas where there was a facility and other opportunities to bring the technology to the people,” the Minister explained.She added that taking internet access to these three regions will require a little more planning and more funding, but “we made a commitment that we’re going to get there.”The National Data Management Authority (NDMA) has established approximately 86 ICT Hubs (and counting) in communities and villages in all the other administrative regions, which are equipped with computers donated by Government and provide nearly 200,000 citizens with access to the net.Further, Hughes reiterated Government’s broader objective of bridging the digital divide with ICT hubs as the gateway to this achievement, “We believe that the use of ICT can promote development [and] transparency.”She pointed to the fact that there are pockets of the population who cannot afford to have DSL or even a phone line in their homes and communities. “The ICT hub was a way to get around that, that we can look at a safe space within a community and say look, we want people in this community to be able to access the internet,” Minister Hughes noted.Realising the requirements of agencies such as the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to have students submit their projects and School-Based Assessments (SBAs) presented online, connectivity throughout Guyana became an important mandate of the Administration.Additionally, the Public Telecommunications Ministry in collaboration with the Education Ministry will be installing educational programmes on the computers, with assistance from BrainStreet Learning. read more

first_imgDays of KindnessGreece is a good placeTo look at the moon, isn’t itYou can read by moonlightYou can read on the terraceYou can see a faceAs you saw it when you were youngThere was good light thenOil lamps and candlesAnd those little flamesThat floated on a cork in olive oilWhat I loved in my old lifeI haven’t forgottenIt lives in my spineMarianne and the childThe days of kindnessIt rises in my spineAnd it manifests as tearsI pray that a loving memoryExists for them tooThe precious ones I overthrewFor an education in the world Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hydra, 1985center_img “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” With this brief statement, Leonard Cohen’s official page presented to the songwriter’s fans the news they never wanted to hear. Especially since, for the past few weeks, the news were those of celebration, as Cohen had just released another critically acclaimed album, “You want it darker”. It has been the latest in a series of albums that signalled a triumphant return to form for the legendary poet-turned songwriter, one of the most influentials of the past 50 years. For a significant part of this fruitful career, Cohen was a Greek resident; On September 27, 1960, six days after his twenty-sixth birthday, the poet bought a house in Hydra for $1500, using a bequest from his recently deceased grandmother. “It has a huge terrace with a view of dramatic mountain and shining white houses”, he described it in the letter to his mother. “The rooms are large and cool with deep windows set in thick walls. I suppose it’s about 200 years old and many generations of must have lived here. I will do a little work on it every year and in a few years it will be a mansion… I live on a hill and life has been going on here exactly the same for hundreds of years. All through the day you hear the calls of the street vendors and they are really rather musical… I get up around 7 generally and work till about noon. Early morning is coolest and therefore best, but I love the heat anyhow, especially when the Aegean Sea is 10 minutes from my door”. Hydra, at the time, was a haven for international artists, and Cohen fit in perfectly among them, and got along perfectly with the locals, embracing the Greek way of life and leisurly pace. It was there that he met Marianne Ilhen, starting what is now seen as one of the greatest love stories of its era, immortalized in songs like “So long, Marianne”. It was there that he wrote “Bird on a Wire”. It was there that he kept returning from time to time. It was there that he cemented a loving relationship with Greece and the Greek people, who still consider him as one of their own – and will mourn him as such. last_img read more

first_img Nutrition in Demand benefits from coins at IGA Supermarket Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2015 – A dent is about to be made in unemployment as the country’s largest foodstore chain is gearing up for a job fair next week. Graceway IGA has openings for eight positions – cashiers, cashier supervisors, deli clerks and cleaners; workers are needed in the warehouse, produce department, meat department and stockers. The job fair will be held next Wednesday February 4 at the Gus Lightbourne gym from 9am to 3pm. You can check Magnetic Media on Facebook to see the skills and document requirements. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Four finalists named to WIN THAT CAR at Smart Grocery store TODAY 11th Annual Conch Festival UPDATE Related Items:employment, Graceway IGA, graceway job fairlast_img read more

first_img#Namrata #ThabithaSukumar #MaliniPaidipally @urstrulyMahesh @aryasukku @directorvamshi— Geetha MB. (@geetha_mb) November 9, 2018 Mahesh Babu and Junior at Vamsi Paidipally’s wife Malini birthday partyCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookSuperstar Mahesh Babu was seen bonding big time with young tiger Junior NTR at the birthday party of Maharshi director Vamsi Paidipally’s wife Malini and their pictures have gone viral on the social media.Mahesh Babu and Vamsi Paidipally have joined hands for the upcoming movie Maharshi, which is set for its theatrical release on May 9. The director took a break from the work to celebrate his wife Malini Paidipally’s birthday on Monday. He host a party, which was attended by his close friends from the Telugu film industry. Mahesh and Junior NTR were some of the big wigs present there.Sources present on the occasion say that Mahesh Babu and Junior NTR were accompanied by their wives Namrata Shirodkar and Lakshmi Pranathi. The two were seen having friendly chat and also exchanged the details of each other’s upcoming projects. Along with their wives, they posed for photographs on the occasion.After this birthday party got over, Mahesh Babu’s wife Namrata took to her Instagram account to share a group selfie clicked by director Vamsi Paidipally and wished his wife Malini. The actress captioned the picture with, “Wishing my dear dear friend Malini paidipally a very happy birthday!! Her special big one ♥️♥️#cozyevenings #closefriends #goodtimes ❣️❣️”The photo featuring the celebs at Malini Paidipally’s birthday picked up the fire immediately and went viral on the social media within no time. Many fans of Mahesh Babu and Junior NTR were thrilled to see their bonding on this occasion. They requested the actors to stay together like this always so that it will clear the differences and misunderstanding between their fans.In reply to Namrata Shirodkar’s Instagram post, a fan with the handle – Manu__srh wrote, “MB nd NTR in one frame❤❤❤❤ epud ayina Edharu fans Godavalu padakandi brothers nenu NTR anna fan but naku mahesh anna ante kuda chala eshtam❤ but Kontha mandhi fans godavalu pedthunaru so plzz andharu kalisi undandi”On the other hand, Namrata Shirodkar and Lakshmi Pranathi were seen posing with Malini Paidipally and their photos are also creating a lot of buzz on the social media. Director Sukumar’s wife Thabitha was another celeb’s wife who made it to this birthday party and she was seen with Namrata and Malini.Here are the photos of Malini Paidipally’s birthday:? @urstrulyMahesh #MaliniPaidipally B’day celebrations 🙂 #Namrata #Pranathi— Geetha MB. (@geetha_mb) April 9, 2019 One more pic ❤️ #PranathiTarak with #MaliniPaidipally ?— H A R I K A? (@harika_tarak) April 9, 2019last_img read more

first_img Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Related Content News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Image courtesy of Philips Healthcarecenter_img Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | June 22, 2012 Vital Images Recognized for Service Excellence by J.D. Power and Associates Company achieves certification for third consecutive year June 22, 2012 — Vital Images Inc., a Toshiba Medical Systems Group company, has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for the third consecutive year. The company achieved certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Technology Service and Support Program. This distinction recognizes Vital Images for delivering “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” to its customers in North America.”Providing a high standard of support for our customers is a top priority at Vital Images, so achieving this level of recognition directly based on customer input is exciting,” said Jim Litterer, vice president of operations at Vital Images. “This is a direct reflection of how our customers feel we are delivering on that commitment and allows us to continually raise the bar on what customers should expect from their enterprise solutions.”J.D. Power independently surveyed Vital Images customers on the quality of its service delivery. To achieve certification, the company must score among the top 20 percent of medical device organizations nationwide, based on J.D. Power and Associates’ extensive medical device industry benchmark customer satisfaction research.Jointly developed by J.D. Power and Associates and the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), the program evaluates overall customer satisfaction and helps technology support organizations increase their efficiency and effectiveness in customer service. The certification also helps customers identify those companies that have demonstrated customer service excellence before selecting which technology products to purchase. According to J.D. Power and Associates, by passing rigorous standards of the certification process, Vital Images demonstrates a strong commitment to providing customers with a dependable, positive experience, and the company understands the importance of meeting the needs of its customer base by supporting a successful service and support organization.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read morelast_img read more

first_imgJetstar launched its first flight from Darwin to Manila earlier this week, carrying Darwin’s Filipino community on board. Tourism Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy said the new service greatly contributed to the government’s 2015 goals. “A key priority of the Aviation Futures 2015 strategy is to grow airline services to the Territory and to expand the Darwin aviation hub,” said Ms McCarthy. “The Northern Territory Government has invested  $8 million over five years to support the establishment of Jetstar’s hub in Darwin and this inaugural flight to Manila marks a significant step in the creation of the hub.” Minister McCarthy said the new airline adds an extra 531 international seats every week, increasing Territorians travel options. The Minister said she expects the new service to add onto the 3,000 Filipinos travelling into the Northern Territory each year. The new service will run three times weekly and is Jetstar’s first flight to the Philippines from Australia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_img Arch Mortgage Insurance Homeownership Rate Housing Market Mortgage Rates Originations Ralph Defranco 2016-11-11 Seth Welborn Share Ralph DeFranco is the Chief Economist at Arch Mortgage Insurance. DeFranco leads Arch MI’s forecasting of regional housing prices, overall regional housing market risk, and development of the company’s mortgage claim and pricing models. He also authors the quarterly Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HAMMR) on the state of the nation’s housing sector. DeFranco recently spoke with MReport about some predictions for the housing market for 2017, including origination volumes, mortgage rates, and the homeownership rate.Some in the industry, such as Freddie Mac, are predicting lower origination volumes next year compared to 2016. What is your outlook for mortgage originators?I like the standard conventional wisdom that rates are going to be gradually rising, so that means that we are going to see a steep drop in refinances. At the same time, the purchase market is growing, so it may grow by 10 or 15 percent next year from this year. The MBA is predicting a 20 percent increase in the purchase market. The reasons for that would be higher home prices, but also there is a slightly lower share of loans purchased that are all cash each year, so there will be a few more actual mortgages within the same number of transactions. But then also the homebuilding is ramping up. Between homebuilding, fewer all cash purchases, and higher home prices, you get higher seller volume on the purchase front. All in, we’re still expecting a decline when you add up the purchase and refi. They’ll probably be down slightly, but it’s hard to say. It depends on how fast interest rates move up. These things really should have very wide ranges around them, because the interest rate uncertainty is so large.What role will foreign homebuyers play in the market in 2017?If the dollar weakens, that will increase the number of foreign buyers. The foreign buyers are concentrated in certain areas. Foreign buyers have a small impact on the country as a whole, but they have an impact in certain areas, such as the West Coast—particularly in the upper middle class and higher end neighborhoods. They tend to buy houses that are almost twice as expensive as the median house in their markets, so they tend to be on the upper end of the quality scale.Why is there a higher risk of home price decline in the “energy patch”?Job growth has been falling. There are some areas of the country where there has been job losses. That includes North Dakota, Wyoming, and some smaller cities within other states. Those areas have still seen positive home price growth, but the risk is higher that there will be stagnation or a slight decline. The reasons behind that are the boom in tracking hasn’t fully unwound. There still layoffs and still over-effects from the slowdown in that sector that are still occurring.What do you think is going to be the effect of this new administration on the country’s homeownership rate, which hit a 51-year low in Q2?The trend has been downward, and part of that is because there are still foreclosures. Basically 0.9 percent of all mortgages are still in the foreclosure process, and most of that is left over from the housing crisis. As that finishes getting mopped up at the tail end of the foreclosure process, that is actually probably going to continue. The homeownership rate will likely decrease in the near term. What happens in the longer term will depend on what housing policies Trump puts in place. My sense is that he’s going to help on the demand side of the equation. For example, it will likely ease credit availability. There are good quality borrowers out there that have had difficulty getting a mortgage because of very tight regulations. I expect a lot of that is going to be reversed. An increase in infrastructure spending and tax cuts will be stimulative, and that will help the homeownership rate. Trump has talked about increasing supply, but it’s not clear how he can do that. Most of the restrictions on housing are local, so they won’t be able to have too strong of an effect on that.President-elect Trump has talked about easing regulation on the housing industry. Do you think that will have a positive or negative or negative effect?It will increase demand, but if supply doesn’t increase as well, what you’ll see is home prices will go up even faster than they currently are. They’re up around 5 percent year-over-year, which is faster than incomes have risen, so affordability is getting a little squeezed. If you loosen the underwriting guidelines a little bit, nothing like what we had back in the crisis, but if you open up the credit box some, that would increase demand even more, which would push up home prices even faster.What do you think will happen with mortgage rates in 2017?Our economy is actually standing pretty well. The U.S. has created about 2.5 million jobs over the last year. Interest rates should actually be much higher than they actually are right now. They’ve just been artificially suppressed by weakness overseas and concern over things like Brexit.Where they are headed is a harder question to answer after the election, because there is so much uncertainty about what a Trump Administration is going to do and what policies he is going to pursue. I personally think that they will probably rise faster than previously forecasted, because I expect that with a Republican Congress and president, they’re going to push forward with a large tax cut and large infrastructure spending, both of which will be positive for the economy, which would push interest rates up faster than they would be without those.”Will mortgage rates rise gradually over the next year? Will they get above 4 percent?That is a really tough one to call. We were thinking mortgage rates would average about 4 percent for next year. That was before the election. Now I think there is a much wider range around what could happen, and I expect it will be variable. It probably won’t go in a straight line gradually upward. It may lurch forward or lurch down based on surprises to the market, like trade friction or bellicose language against Iran. Who knows how the markets will react to that sort of thing?If there is increased uncertainty, that typically benefits mortgage rates. It keeps them lower than they normally would be. But a big tax cut and a big infrastructure bill, if those pass or even seem likely to pass, what would push rates up higher. I wouldn’t expect them to skyrocket. I would say rates are probably going to be perhaps a half a percentage point higher next year compared to this year. That’s not the end of the world in terms of affordability, but it does mean that people should move sooner rather than later. A Closer Look at What Lies Aheadcenter_img November 11, 2016 767 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

first_img When the conversation turns to the Arizona Cardinals and their quarterback position, it always comes up that after starter Carson Palmer, there isn’t much.At least, not in terms of a player who could succeed the veteran should he retire following the 2017 season.That’s why there has been plenty of talk about the team’s goal of finding a quarterback of the future, perhaps in this year’s draft. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) walks to the bench after throwing an interception against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While it makes sense that beyond Palmer there would be questions, the truth is the Cardinals do have a reliable option beyond him in backup Drew Stanton. While the idea that the team is looking for a quarterback when he’s already on board could rub him the wrong way, the veteran who has appeared in 12 games over the last two seasons said he understands.“I’m 32-years-old, I understand the business that I’m in,” Stanton told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday morning. “They’re always looking to replace you; everyone’s always looking to be replaced.”Stanton re-signed with the Cardinals last offseason, agreeing to a two-year deal with the understanding that he would back up Palmer. After starting eight games in 2014 he appeared in just seven in 2015, and last year saw action in only five games, starting once.A second-round pick of the Detroit Lions’ in 2007, Stanton has appeared in 33 NFL games, completing 266-of-500 passes for 3,165 yards and 14 touchdowns with 19 interceptions. Seen as a quality backup, it is apparent the Cardinals do not view him as a long-term option in the post-Palmer world, whenever it arrives. “I think being around three No. 1 overall picks as I have, I’m fortunate to learn from these guys that have elite-level talent like Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford and obviously Carson. So you try and draw everything from players around you to make you better as a player.” It’s an interesting role for a player to have, though Stanton is mostly accepting of it because, at this point in his career, he understands teams see him a certain way.“I realize that I’m not a sexy pick and stuff like that, but if you’re going to be content being a backup in this league, because that’s what I found out, you’re not going to be around long,” he said. “You find the balance within all of that and they are going to draft a young kid if he’s available, if he’s the right fit.”Part of the reason why Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has said this would be an ideal time to find a young passer is that with Palmer and Stanton on the roster, a rookie could sit behind a pair of veterans while learning from them.Palmer has openly embraced the idea of being a mentor, and Stanton, who would still like to play, said one of the nice things about being part of this is that everyone has been up front with him about their plans and where he fits.“I’ve been fortunate to be around guys and learn from guys and I feel like I can impart some wisdom, especially for a young guy that was in that role,” Stanton said. “And you come into this league just eyes wide open and you are very unaware of some things, and other things you just kind of have to be around guys and let them make small mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more