No elite sport in England until at least June 1, says govt

first_imgElite sport in England cannot return until at least June 1 and will have to take place without spectators present, a government document containing guidelines on easing lockdown restrictions said on Monday.Most professional sport in England has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.English Premier League clubs are meeting on Monday to discuss Project Restart, which aims for top-flight football to resume next month. Cricket and rugby authorities in England have said their sports will not resume until July.The news however, is a blow to British horse racing, which had hoped to resume behind closed doors later this month.The government guidance concerning the easing of restrictions on elite sport is laid out in “step two” of the document, and will be made no earlier than June 1.Step two includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” the guidelines say.The resumption of elite sport is contingent on the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus and the June 1 date will be delayed if certain conditions are not met.Reopening venues such as sports grounds “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections”, the document adds.last_img read more

Be comforted that sacrifices bring success

first_img– PPP in Eid messageThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wishes to extend to the Muslim communities in Guyana and the Diaspora Eid Mubarak on the auspicious occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.The PPP, in a statement, said this joyous observance marks the end of the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, refraining from many natural human urges.“Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it was during the month of Ramadan that the Holy Quran was revealed, and charity is urged. As this significant occasion is being observed, it allows an opportune moment for reflection on its pertinent message, which has relevance for all mankind. It embodies the virtues of sacrifices, generosity and charity, and brings peace and unity,” the party stated.As Ramadan culminates with the feast of Eid-Ul-Fitr, deprivation through fasting brings sympathy and appreciation of the sufferings of others, while charity teaches to give, rather than expect.According to the PPP, these values of humanity are of extreme importance in helping to build a better country and world all desire.The PPP said it wishes to draw from the rich virtues of this occasion to reiterate that sacrifices bring success and that hope is alive and must never be lost.Once again, the Party extends greetings to all, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, on this happy occasion.Eid Mubarak!last_img read more

We know what you want for Valentine’s Day

first_imgValentine’s Day – 24 hours set aside for love … … and cards, flowers, candy and, yes, sex. We know this because months before Feb. 14, the e-mails, the calls, the ads implore us to buy love-related products, throwing in nifty little facts such as: The average American ate 24.6 pounds of candy in 2003. (No wonder this nation is obese.) That’s from the U.S. Census Bureau. Yes, even the government’s is in on it. Sometimes the pre-Valentine’s Day onslaught is just overwhelming. Where’s Jack Bauer’s “24” counterterrorism team when you need it? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant But before you jump on – or off – the bandwagon, here are a few facts and figures we gleaned related to Valentine’s Day. SEX I: According to a LifeStyles Condoms Valentine’s Day survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, U.S. women are more likely to want to have sex this Valentine’s Day (52 percent) than to receive the traditional cards (45 percent), flowers (41 percent), chocolates (30 percent), jewelry (27 percent) or lingerie (10 percent). Interestingly, only 16 percent of women surveyed wanted sexual satisfaction for Valentine’s Day. (So for those 16 percent, flowers might be a safer choice.) SEX II: Not everybody’s lovey-dovey. A so-called expert promoting her book warns that “Valentine’s Day is the best time to catch a cheating mate.” And the expert is on to something. A recent Wall Street Journal story noted that Valentine’s Day is “a major crisis day for anyone having an affair,” which is why it’s a big day for private investigators. (Lunch with your paramour, dinner with your spouse.) The P.I. agencies the paper talked to were already booked up for this holiday and doing double the normal business. Meanwhile, a Web site for one agency not only offers to catch the cheaters, but points to a Chicago Sun-Times online readers survey as a danger sign. The poll found that more than half of the respondents admitted to cheating on a partner (one-third on their current partner), while only 15 percent thought that they had been cheated on. You do the math. YOUNG AND LOOKING FOR LOVE: For every 118 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s, there are 100 single women of the same ages (U.S. Census). No wonder video games are big. Meanwhile, the proportion of women 20 to 24 years old who had never married more than doubled between 1970 and 2003 – from 36 percent to 75 percent. Changes were also dramatic for men – the corresponding rate for men in this age group increased from 55 percent to 86 percent. KISSING: tells us kissing for 30 minutes burns 30 calories. They said nothing about numb lips. SO YOU PROPOSE AND GET MARRIED: There will be an estimated 50,000 proposals on Valentine’s Day. The current issue of Best Life magazine says it costs men over a 50-year marriage some $590,400, or $12,788 per year, which includes $700 yearly for “expensive dinners to apologize.” Of course, Best Life is a magazine for men (so you get the basis). Hey, love hurts a bit too much for some men. By the way, 2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day (U.S. Census). The estimated U.S. median ages at first marriage for women and men were 25.8 and 27.4, respectively, in 2004. The age for women rose 4.7 years in the past three decades. The age for men at first marriage is up 4.3 years (U.S. Census). BLOOMING FACTS: 180 million roses were produced for Valentine’s Day in 2005, making it the No. 1 holiday for florists. (From the Society of American Florists.) IT’S IN THE CARDS: 192 million Valentine’s Day cards are given annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most-popular greeting-card-giving occasion, but nearly 60 percent of those cards are bought in the six days prior to the holiday. (Hallmark, who else?) Do you know where your card is? By the by, the first true Valentine’s card was sent in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London at the time. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” (History Channel). SEVEN: The number of mobsters machine-gunned to death in the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE: The average consumer in 2006 will spend $100.89 on Valentine’s Day, up from $97.27 last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2006 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Almost 61 percent of consumers plan to celebrate the holiday, and the NRF is forecasting total 2006 Valentine’s Day retail sales to reach $13.70 billion, up from $13.19 billion last year. The average male plans to spend $135.67. The average female plans to spend $68.64. A CUTTING-EDGE GIFT?: Apparently not wanting to miss out on a cut of that $13.70 billion, the P.R. folks for Dr. Anthony Griffin, “a pioneer of cosmetic surgery and star of ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover,”‘ said the good doctor was available for interviews to discuss new trends in cosmetic surgery, such as Thread Face Lift, Gummy Bear Implants, the Brazilian Butt Lift and the Six Pack Tummy Tuck. So, where do you get a Valentine’s Card that reads: “I love you, but I’d love you more in a D-cup”? LOVE AT THE OFFICE: 37 percent of workers polled in Yahoo! HotJobs’ 2006 “Love in the Workplace” survey have kissed a co-worker. Only 34 percent of respondents said they would be willing to take it to the next level and date a colleague. Fifty-four percent of employers said their offices no longer discourage dating among employees. THE DARK SIDE: More than 36 million heart-shape boxes of chocolate will be given as presents this Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation. (See previous obesity comment.) THE DARKER SIDE: If all this talk of Valentine’s Day is bringing you down, you’re not alone. According to a Market & Opinion Research International survey, “almost one in 10 people under 25 years old feels depressed, insecure, inadequate or unwanted on Valentine’s Day,” and “four times as many men as women feel pressurized by their partner into giving a card or gift” for the holiday. Makes you want to eat chocolate. Rob Lowman, (818) 713-3687 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mane and Lallana to return from injury in three weeks, says Liverpool boss Klopp

first_img1 Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he expects injured duo Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana to return from injury in around three weeks.England international Lallana has not featured for the Reds so far this season due to a thigh injury, while Mane has missed three games with a hamstring problem he suffered on international duty.Klopp provided an update on the pair’s progress during Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield.And the boss said he hopes the players will return to first-team action after the next international break in November.Asked about their injuries, Klopp said: “Very good, but no option for tomorrow, no option for Wednesday and no option for West Ham.“After the international break, I think Adam and Sadio are back. It will be close, so hopefully they can train during the international break and be part of the normal training.“Adam was this week, for the first time, part of the warming up. His face showed how happy he was about this!“I saw in the last hour them both with the fitness coaches on the pitch doing technical things and stuff like this, so it all looks good.“In the end they all need to be at 100 per cent and they aren’t at the moment, so that’s it – but they’re on a good way.”last_img read more

bmi regional’s NEW City of Derry Airport to London Stansted flights on sale now

first_imgbmi regional have just launched their new service from City of Derry Airport, (CoDA), to London Stansted, with flights on sale at an introductory price of only £29 one way.The double daily service to London Stansted, (exception Saturday when there is one service) is expected to prove very popular with business and leisure travellers throughout the North West as it offers customers a convenient, all-inclusive service where 23kg bags fly for free and passengers can enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks on board. Tickets go on sale today, with the service commencing on 02 May 2017.Commercial and Marketing Manager, Charlene Shongo outlined that “To celebrate the launch of the new City of Derry Airport to London Stansted service, bmi regional are releasing seats for sale from just £29 one way for travel between 02 May 2017 and 31 August 2017. The new route is on sale today, 09 March 2017, with fares starting from £29 one way. “All bmi regional fares include 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks. Since these amazing all-inclusive fares will be snapped up very quickly, and must be booked by 17th March, customers should visit and book their flight to avoid missing out”.Mr Roy Devine, Chairman of CoDA Operations Ltd stated: “We are absolutely delighted with the appointment of bmi regional to operate a double daily service from City of Derry Airport to London Stansted – it is a very welcome boost for both the Airport and the wider North West region. A direct air link with a London airport is imperative for this region – and its business community”.Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer of bmi regional, commented, “The North West region of Ireland is undergoing a sustained period of economic growth, and has received significant investment in new jobs and growth projects over the past 12 months.“It is important for businesses that the region is well connected to the UK capital and bmi regional is proud to be bringing its quality, premium product to this route. “Whereas previously business travelers between Derry and London have had to stay overnight in the city, with our new double daily flights they will now be able to commute there and back in a day, saving both money and time, and hopefully resulting in continued economic growth for the Derry region.”Regional & City Airport’s Contracts Director, and representative of the management company at the Airport, Mr Clive Coleman, outlined that the new London service will safeguard 124 jobs at the airport and deliver approximately 66,000 customers per annum to CoDA. Clive emphasised that the new double daily service will enable travellers within the local area to depart CoDA early morning and return the same evening as well as acting as a catalyst for in-bound tourism to the region.Mr Coleman concluded by stating that CoDA has become the airport of choice for the North West of Ireland, offering both convenience and excellent customer service and that he would encourage all travellers within the local catchment to think about flight options from their local airport when making future travel arrangements, asking air passengers to “Think Local and Choose CoDA” whenever they can.“We have fantastic facilities on our doorstep and it is essential that everyone takes advantage of their local airport for their travel plans when possible”.Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by bmi regional of its new flight from London Stansted to City of Derry Airport. The flight, which commences on 2 May, will certainly help boost tourism from the all-important GB market, offering more choice to prospective visitors travelling from London. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for tourism to Northern Ireland, and the North West in particular, for 2017. We look forward to working with BMI Regional, to maximise the promotion of this new service from London.“As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with BMI Regional and all our airline partners, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for flights to Northern Ireland.”bmi regional’s NEW City of Derry Airport to London Stansted flights on sale now was last modified: March 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:airportbmi regionalCity of DerryFlightsLondonTravellast_img read more

What you need to know about security procedures at Orlando’s theme parks

first_imgShare This!Orlando’s theme parks have enjoyed a decades long reputation for providing a clean and safe environment for all guests. Over the years the theme parks’ security procedures have evolved, adding layers and new processes. In the past few months we’ve seen a significant change to all the major theme parks’ procedures. In hopes of helping you prepare for your visit, I’ve laid out some of the security measures you can expect to encounter.Keep in mind, there are multiple layers of security at all the parks. There are efforts that go unseen and procedures we don’t know about. Additionally, out of respect for the theme parks, their staff members, and their security, I won’t go beyond what is already shared with the public and easily seen when visiting the parks.Walt Disney World – Four Main Theme ParksThe Most Magical Place on Earth can’t hold such a title without having some solid security procedures in place. At the beginning of the year it was standard that all of Orlando’s theme parks conduct a bag check on any guest who had any bag of any kind, including strollers. Then a few months ago all three of Orlando’s major theme park destinations installed metal detectors at the security checkpoint. The rollout process and ramp up period varied for each destination.Walt Disney World has proceeded with using their metal detectors for random checks. Although every single guest will go through a more-thorough-than-ever bag screening process, not every guest is asked to go through a metal detector. After the bag screening guests are selected at random to go through the detectors.The metal detectors are off to the side and are manned by a group of Security Cast Members. I have been selected multiple times. Each time the Cast Members have been very courteous and it has only added a minute or two to my ability to get to the park entrance. You may also notice law enforcement personnel at a few posts throughout the front entrance area, as well.Disney’s official park rules can be found here. Some of the highlights include statements that all persons, bags, parcels, and clothing are subject to screening, as well as stating that they reserve the right to not allow any item they deem inappropriate into the premises.Guest that do not have bags have a separate area they can go through to bypass the bag screening area, but they are still subject to random metal detector screenings.Of all the theme parks, you will most likely find that Walt Disney World’s screen process takes the least amount of time. Still if you arrive to the parks right around their opening time, be prepared for an extensive line at the checkpoints. It’s one of the reasons that we recommend arriving 30-60 minutes before any park’s opening time.Disney Water Parks and Disney SpringsCurrently, there are no metal detectors at Disney’s two water parks nor Disney Springs. At the water parks there is a bag screening, though not very extensive. There is no screening at Disney Springs, though there is a strong security and law enforcement presence.Universal OrlandoHere you will find the most extensive screening process–and perhaps the most talked about process. Every guest will go through metal detector and all bags go through an x-ray machine. When you first approach the security checkpoint it really does resemble being at the airport. This security checkpoint is for all guests regardless of if you are visiting the theme parks or just CityWalk.I have a slight concern with the location of this checkpoint, though it is difficult to think of an alternative location. During peak time, especially first thing in the morning, this domed area is extremely crowded. It can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience and when that feels like a bad bottle neck situation. The line for security bag check @SeaWorld is backed up to just before the parking lot— TouringPlans (@TouringPlans) July 31, 2016Tips for all guestsHave all bags, parcels, etc unzipped, opened, and off your body before you reach the Security staff memberMake sure all kids are out of any strollers so that the Security staff members can more easily check your strollerAny item that can possibly be considered a weapon is subject to removal, including pocket knives – even if they are smaller than the cuttlery found inside many on property restaurantsSelfie sticks are not allowed inside Walt Disney World’s theme parks and will be confiscated and returned to guests via Guest RelationsRemove all items from your pockets before going through the metal detectorsKeep your eye on your items as you go through the metal detector so you can retrieve these items quicklyOnce through the detector keep moving forward so the person behind you can quickly pass throughIf you need a few moments to reconfigure your belongings, or your family, please step aside so other guests can proceed aheadIt should also be noted that many security personal have metal detecting wands and you may be subject to being “wanded.” This can be done at random in lieu of going through the metal detector or in addition to the regular detector if deemed necessary. Furthermore, some security personnel are sensitive to photographs being taken in the security checkpoint area. Many guests have expressed concern with lack of signage and unclear official policy with regard to photography in the area.The most important tip of all, something that I as an Orlando resident and frequent theme park visitor ask of you, is to be observant. If you see anything at all that concerns you, say something. Sure, you should alert security or any staff member, but more importantly call this number: 1-855-FLA-SAFE (1-855-352-7233). Please save this number in your phone.Be alert and observant, and by reading this information I hope I have helped you feel more prepared. You’re visiting the most exciting, most fun vacation destination on the planet. Relax and enjoy your time in the parks! Universal Team Members who park in the main parking structure must also go through the same screening area, though they have a dedicated separate lane. A few friends of mine that go through this process on a daily basis have expressed concerns with some of the interactions they’ve encountered with Security personnel, as well as encounters they’ve observed with guests.  I have had mostly good experiences, though there have been some rare occasion to the contrary.If you head to CityWalk and the theme parks by walking along the garden walks from Hard Rock Hotel / Portofino Bay or Cabana Bay / Sapphire Falls / Royal Pacific you will come to a bag check and metal detector before entering the CityWalk area. Universal Orlando has also recently filed permits to install metal detectors at the resort boat docks as well. We can anticipate these metal detectors to be in place very soon.SeaWorldThe procedure here is somewhat a hybrid of what takes place at Walt Disney World and at Universal Orlando. While Universal uses metal detectors and x-ray machines for all guests and their belongings, SeaWorld used a manned bag check with Security Crew Members before sending each guest through a metal detector.center_img Screening every guest presents a challenge for SeaWorld because of how the front entrance is designed. In essence it is not big enough to handle all the extra activity. Anytime I have visited before 12:30 PM I have waited about 10-15 minutes to go through the bag check and metal detector. Thankfully once inside SeaWorld you will find a relaxed and lovely park.Guest that do not have bags have a separate lane they can go through to bypass the bag screening area, but they are still subject to metal detector screenings.last_img read more

Cruxlux Reveals Related Web Content

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… At this point, you can feel free to browse the information. We found lots of new related news sources and interesting byways to follow as we explored, but we must admit to a bit of confusion at times. The Cruxlux window is fairly busy and clicking certain items (like the topical slides the run along the top) cause different actions to happen.  Also, once we clicked on a topic button, we weren’t sure how to return to the original set of results.This is a relatively new app that is still in active development and we see a lot of potential with the way Cruxlux works. We are looking forward to how it evolves and grows in to its full potential. At SXSW Interactive yesterday, I met Curtis Spencer (@cruxlux) in the hall between panels. We sat down and spoke for a few minutes and he told me about an application he was developing called Cruxlux. The name describes what the application attempts to do: Lux for light and Crux for the decisive point. In essence, the goal of Cruxlux is to analyze the web page you are visiting, and scour other web sources for related stuff, then present that information to you, summarized, and without actually leaving the current page. Although technically in beta, it is available to use without registration.Here’s how Cruxlux works. It can either be launched from a bookmarklet from within the browser, or if the web page is set up correctly, from a link on the page itself. When invoked, it opens a window over the current page, and contextual links and information start being populated. The more types of information on the page, the more links and stories are mentioned in this popup. However, the links within Cruxlux are not simple redirects to outside web pages. In fact, clicking on most links will actually give you more information right inside the popup, which means you won’t be accidentally redirected away from the page you started on. And returning to that page is as easy as closing the Cruxlux window. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web phil glockner Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

COBOL: Still the Heart of Today’s Business Process Systems

first_imgEvolution. Despite it’s age, COBOL has evolved and supports integration points with all modern code technologies, like Java, C#, Docker, .NET, JVM, as well as cloud technologies like Azure and AWS. It is used in Web Services like REST, SOA, SOAP, JSON, and XML. How has COBOL survived? Readability. COBOL was designed to be readable, English-like, and easily understandable. It is easy to learn and to maintain. Portability. COBOL beat Java to the “write once, run anywhere” paradigm. COBOL apps are able to run across many different platforms.center_img COBOL, the Common Business-Oriented Language, turned 60 years old this year. Despite it’s age, it is still used today by more than 70 percent of business processing systems. Derek Britton, Micro Focus’s (the maintainer of COBOL) global director of product marketing, said that “while market sizing is difficult to specify with any accuracy, we do know the number of organizations running COBOL systems today is in the tens of thousands. It is impossible to estimate the tens of millions of end users who interface with COBOL-based applications on a daily basis, but the language’s reliance is clearly seen with its use in 70 percent of global transaction processing systems.”last_img read more