ISIS plotting attacks across Europe Report

first_imgLondon: The Islamic State terror group is plotting deadly attacks across Europe along the lines of the one carried out on a concert hall in Paris in which 130 people were killed four years ago, a leading British newspaper has reported. The November 2015 Paris attacks were a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris and the city’s northern suburb of Saint-Denis. In the attacks, three suicide bombers struck outside the Stade de France stadium during a football match, followed by several mass shootings and a suicide bombing at restaurants. A total of 130 people were killed at the Bataclan concert hall. Documents seen by The Sunday Times reveal detailed plans of terrorist attacks in Europe and the Middle East, funded and controlled by ISIS leaders who are “actively planning” to recreate the Paris-style attack of November 2015. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The operations in Europe are only a fraction of the plans outlined in the documents, which were found on a hard drive dropped by members of an ISIS cell in a firefight near the militants’ final stronghold in Syria earlier this year,” it noted. The documents provide details of how, even with its so-called caliphate destroyed in Syria, the ISIS terror group continues to run sophisticated international networks, move fighters over borders, fund operations and plan bank robberies, vehicle rammings, assassinations and computer hacking. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn a letter signed by six ISIS leaders and addressed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the group’s “caliph” – and his deputy, the authors break down ISIS strategy abroad into two parts: operations and borders. Operations abroad, they write, will be directed by an ISIS member called Abu Khabab al-Muhajir. The document says he controls three cells: one in Russia and two in Germany. Another group will be based in northeastern Syria under separate command. The first aim of the cells would be to steal money to fund the caliphate. “Killing infidel venture capitalists, hacking banks through bank accounts, bank robberies or robberies of places that are pre-studied,” the letter said, adding that “after any operation of this kind, we will send the money as we procure it”. The cells will also commit attacks including vehicle-ramming operations, it said. Most importantly they will plan “special operations” with a “determined goal and outcome that are picked carefully”. The authors list the Paris massacre of 2015 and the “Manhattan attack” of 2017, in which a terrorist-driven truck mowed down eight people to death, as “inspiration”. According to the newspaper, the picture that emerges from the documents is one of the ISIS supporters in Europe and other areas outside the so-called caliphate being intimately linked with the group’s leadership in Syria and Iraq and actively plotting attacks.last_img read more

Tennessee Titans owner KS Bud Adams Jr dies at age 90

Adams further irritated Houstonians in 1987 when he first began complaining about the Astrodome and toured the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville to scout a possible move. Harris County relented and added the 10,000 extra seats Adams demanded. His Oilers slumped badly in the years following the 1970 merger between the AFL and the NFL, only to rise to prominence in the late 1970s when Adams convinced Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse to trade him the rights to Heisman Trophy-winning running back Earl Campbell in 1978. The team announced Monday that Adams had died, saying he “passed away peacefully from natural causes.” Adams moved the team to Tennessee after the 1996 season when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston. The franchise, renamed the Titans, in 2000 reached the Super Bowl Adams had spent more than three decades pursuing. Teacher suspended for Confederate flag message Trump order denies visas to immigrants who can’t pay for health care 5 elephants die in waterfall plunge to save calf New “Star Trek: Picard” trailer released at Comic Con 4 homeless men killed while sleeping in New York City The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and used it to found the Houston Oilers in the upstart American Football League. His franchise enjoyed another on-field renaissance after moving to Nashville and reached the Super Bowl after the 1999 season, only to lose to the Rams 23-16 when Kevin Dyson was tackled at the St. Louis 1-yard line as time expired. The Titans have made it to the playoffs six times, most recently in 2008 with a second AFC championship game appearance after the 2002 season. Adams was one of only four current NFL owners to have at least 350 wins in his career. Adams and his wife Nancy, who died in 2009, were also known for their philanthropy in both Texas and Tennessee. “As a founding owner of the American Football League that began play in 1960, Bud saw the potential of pro football and brought the game to new cities and new heights of popularity, first in Houston and then in Nashville,” Goodell said in a statement. “He was a brilliant entrepreneur with a terrific sense of humor that helped lighten many a tense meeting.” Adams was inducted in 2006 into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and, along with the other original founders of the AFL, received the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football by the Committee of 101, recognizing visionary leadership. The sports world was where he had his highest profile, however. “It was a big step for us,” Adams said. Trending News His business interests also took him to farming and ranching interests in Texas and California, cattle feeding, real estate and automobile sales. He also was a major collector of western art and Indian artifacts and maintained a private gallery at his corporate headquarters. The Oilers, named for his successful amateur teams, won the first two AFL titles and reached the championship game four times during the 1960s. In 1968, the Oilers became the first indoor football team when they moved into the 3-year-old Astrodome. The Oilers had their longest run of success in the late 1980s and early 1990s but became best known for blowing a record 32-point lead in a playoff game at Buffalo on Jan. 3, 1993 – Adams’ 70th birthday. His 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner. He won his 400th career win in the 2011 season finale when his Titans defeated the team that replaced his Oilers in Houston, the Texans. His franchise made 21 playoff appearances in 53 seasons, eighth among NFL teams since 1960. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Adams a pioneer and innovator and extended the league’s sympathies to Adams’ family. Adams, who had unsuccessfully tried to bring the NFL’s Cardinals to Houston, founded one of the new league’s charter franchises. The NFL immediately retaliated by placing the Cowboys in Dallas and tried to get into Houston, but Adams held the lease to the one available stadium. Kenneth Stanley Adams Jr. was born in Bartlesville, Okla., to the future chief executive of Phillips Petroleum Co., K.S. “Boots” Adams. Adams, an avid sports fan who sponsored amateur basketball and softball teams, made football history with Dallas oilman Lamar Hunt on Aug. 3, 1959, when the two held a news conference in Houston to announce the AFL would begin competing with the NFL the following year. “We feel like we were the catalyst for three new stadiums,” said Adams, who also caused construction of a stadium in Nashville for the Oilers/Titans. Adams again began railing about the aging Astrodome shortly afterward, and this time Houston politicians called his bluff. Adams went ahead with his team’s threatened move to Tennessee, though he continued to live and work in Houston. Faced with losing the Astros soon after, Houston voters approved use of tax money to finance a new ballpark and – once the NFL granted Houston the expansion Texans – a football stadium. He is survived by daughters Susie Smith and Amy Strunk, and seven grandchildren. Another son, Kenneth Stanley Adams III, died in 1987 at age 29. Meanwhile, Adams quietly became one of the nation’s wealthiest oilmen as his ADA Oil Co. evolved into the publicly traded Adams Resources & Energy Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Houston. The Campbell-led teams reached two straight AFC title games, only to lose to eventual Super Bowl winner Pittsburgh each time. The Oilers flamed out of the playoffs early in 1980 and Adams reacted by firing popular coach Bum Phillips, a move that permanently alienated him from many fans of the team’s “Luv Ya Blue” era. Phillips died Friday, also at the age of 90. “I wanted to be the only pro team,” Adams said in a 2002 interview with The Associated Press. NASHVILLE, Tenn. Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. has died in his Houston home. He was 90. Adams’ wife, Nancy, died in 2009. He won a major off-field battle with the NFL in June 1960, shortly before the AFL’s debut, when a judge ruled Louisiana State Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon – who signed with the Oilers underneath the goalposts after the Sugar Bowl that year – was their property despite having later signed with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. read more

UN refugee agency calls on Kenya to halt forcible return of Somalis

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Kenya to allow Somalis “at risk” to enter its territory following reports that Kenyan authorities were forcibly returning people fleeing the recent fighting in their homeland.“We fully appreciate that the situation in neighbouring Somalia is a serious concern to the Kenyan authorities and that governments have a responsibility to ensure border security in such situations,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said. “But Kenya also has a humanitarian obligation to allow civilians at risk to seek asylum on its territory. Most of those [at a UNHCR-supported border reception centre] in Liboi are women and children and they should not be sent back to a very uncertain situation. “To do so would be a transgression of the principle of non-refoulement as defined under the 1951 Refugee Convention,” under which no refugees or asylum seekers whose cases have not yet been properly assessed can be forcibly returned to a country where their life or liberty could be in danger, he added, noting that UNHCR had already offered Kenya immediate expertise and support in dealing with new arrivals. Several trucks carrying Somalis who had sought refuge in Liboi were seen heading back towards Somalia this morning, UNHCR said. The reception centre had been holding some 400 Somali asylum seekers, primarily women and children, who arrived over the past week. About half the 400 Somalis had already been screened and registered by Kenyan authorities in a procedure previously agreed with UNHCR. Once they have been registered at the border reception centre, UNHCR normally transfers them to the Dadaab camps, which are already hosting more than 160,000 mainly Somali refugees. But Kenyan authorities, citing security concerns, this week halted the transfers and announced the border had been closed. Meanwhile the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that its operations to feed up to half a million flood victims in Somalia have started to return to normal after being disrupted over the last two weeks by the fighting between the Ethiopian-backed transitional government and Islamic groups. The UN is trying to estimate the levels of civilian displacement caused by the fighting. Most displacement within Somalia appears to have been fairly localized and people moved back home after security was re-established. UN passenger and cargo flights, which are managed by WFP, resumed on Friday from Nairobi to Somalia after a two-day suspension although flights to Mogadishu, the capital, cannot start until an assessment by the UN Department of Safety and Security. National staff were flown yesterday to WFP’s logistics base in the southern Somali town of Wajid after the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) allowed humanitarian flights to resume. Food distributions to flood-affected people in Afmadow district of southern Somalia resumed on Monday. In flood-affected areas, water levels are lower and WFP is exploring the possibility of resuming helicopter operations to reach locations that are still inaccessible by land. WFP is also investigating the viability of resuming food delivery by boat. It is doubtful that airdrops from the Kenyan port of Mombasa will resume in Somalia given the improved road access and the relative expense of airdrops. read more

Ohio State mens basketball tops Grambling State 8255 moves to 20

OSU freshman guard Austin Grandstaff (3) looks to pass during a game against Grambling St. on Nov. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 82-55. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerFor Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta and his team, the voyage into the 2015-16 season has just begun, but so far, its ship is sailing in the right direction.The young Buckeyes notched their second win in as many tries on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center in convincing fashion over Grambling State, 82-55.Leading the way for OSU was redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Coming off the bench, Williams provided key energy and multiple highlight plays, including a thunderous dunk in the second half and three 3-pointers. He also added five rebounds and four steals.It was the effort on the other side of the floor that sparked his key offensive output, Williams said.“I want to attribute that to my defense,” he said. “I was active, locked in. I was using my athleticism on defense and that got me going offensively … I just want my defense to come first because I feel like I can really impact the game that way.”Along with Williams, junior forward Marc Loving chipped in 14 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop joined him in double-figures with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting.Pacing overmatched Grambling State were freshman guard Nigel Ribeiro and junior guard Remond Brown with a dozen points each.The Tigers, who finished last season 2-27 and lost their top scorer to graduation, weren’t expected to be anything beyond just an early-season tune-up for the Scarlet and Gray.From the opening tip to the final buzzer, that proved true.Using the same starting lineup as it did against Mount St. Mary’s in the season opener, OSU scored the game’s first points after an and-1 by Bates-Diop.It took just 41 seconds for the Buckeyes to grab the lead, and they would not relinquish it from there.Trying to make up for its lack of talent with energy, Grambling State was very active early on, but all that led to was excessive whistles. In the first four minutes, the Tigers committed six fouls. For the game, they finished with 23.The abundance of fouls caused much of the game to take place in the halfcourt. But fortunately for Matta’s crew, the Buckeyes came ready to knock down shots.OSU connected on 58.8 percent of its field-goal attempts, up from the 50 percent it shot in the opener.The Buckeyes got off to a hot start, netting seven of their first 10 field goals, including a two-minute stretch that featured three different players hitting from beyond the arc.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate hit a 3-pointer at the 15:44 mark to match his season-total of three from a year before in just two games. Bates-Diop and Loving found the bottom of the net over the next few possessions to give OSU a 17-9 lead.After a short dry spell, Grambling State’s sophomore center Ugur Hortum hit a mid-range jumper to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to six at 17-11.But from there, the Scarlet and Gray peeled off a 14-0 run to essentially clinch the game.Bates-Diop started things off with a pair of three throws and a jumper, then Williams took his turn, forcing two steals to add a layup and 3-pointer. The baton was then passed to freshman point guard A.J. Harris who chipped in five straight points to make things 31-11.OSU redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams hangs on the rim after a put-back dunk in the second half of a game against Grambling State. OSU won, 82-55. Credit: Guistino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerIt was this type of balance, along with Grambling State’s 15 fouls and 13 turnovers, that defined the Buckeyes’ first half.Seven different players scored, including three — Bates-Diop (12), Loving (10) and Williams (10) — in double-figures, to give OSU a 44-20 lead entering the locker room.Highly touted freshman guard JaQuan Lyle was quiet for much of the first half after picking up two quick fouls. He finished with just two points, but he did have seven assists, five of which came in the second half.“I thought JaQuan was not as into it as he probably needed to be tonight,” Matta said.The coach said he talked to his star freshman at halftime, telling him that even if he isn’t finding the bottom of the net, he can still make his presence felt on the floor by facilitating the offense.Against Mount St. Mary’s in the season opener, the Buckeyes got a little complacent early in the second half after having a 21-point lead.OSU seemed to have learned from its prior mistake, as no early second-half slump took place.The Scarlet and Gray kept the foot on the gas pedal, swelling its lead to 56-25 in the frame’s opening five minutes behind redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson’s personal 8-0 run.Matta said he was happy to see Thompson making plays in the paint, which is exactly what the young Buckeyes need.“We were saying, ‘We need to throw the ball inside,’” Matta said. “(Thompson) did a great job sealing off and finishing. We’ve got to get that balance of the inside-out. It’s a great way to play.”Building off what Matta said about being able to play inside-out, OSU did knock down outside shots.Freshman guard Austin Grandstaff, who was recruited for his shooting ability, showed why midway through the second half by netting a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave OSU a 72-35 lead.“He’s got a role on this basketball team and we need him to do it and do it well,” Matta said. “We know that he shoot the basketball … I was excited to see the ball go in for him.”In the season opener, Grandstaff saw action early but picked up two quick fouls, forcing Matta to send him back to the bench. On Tuesday, the Texas native had just one foul.“He’s still learning a lot on the defensive end, but not fouling tonight was a step in the right direction for him,” Matta said.A minor push from the Tigers after Matta cleared the bench cut into the lead, but the Buckeyes prevailed for the 27-point victory.Ten of the 11 players who saw the floor for OSU scored, including freshman center David Bell, who registered in the scoring column for the first time in his career with three points.Turnovers again were an issue for the Buckeyes, as they had 17. Matta said he will continue to harp on his young guys, trying to get them under control. All things considered, he was pleased with what he saw Tuesday night, but he said he knows they have room to improve.“I thought we were better tonight than we were on Sunday, especially in the second half,” Matta said. “I’m not asking the guys to play perfect but we have to be a little more sound in terms of what we are doing there.”OSU has a couple of days off before it is scheduled to hit the hardwood again on Friday against Texas-Arlington in Columbus. Tipoff is penciled in for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

OBITUARY Scott Michael Gilbert 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Scott Michael Gilbert, age 23, of Wilmington and Billerica, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2018, at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.Scott was born on March 2, 1995, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of Michael S. and Sharleen P. (Wentzell) Gilbert. Scott was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2013. Scott was a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Billerica Youth and Wilmington High School wrestling teams; he along with his father and brothers are avid wrestlers and wrestling fans.Scott will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends; especially his daughter Brooklyn who was the light of his life. He had and incredible smile and was loved by all who knew him. Scott will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.Scott was the devoted “Daddy” of Brooklyn Gilbert, loving companion of Kristina Smith, cherished son of Michael and Sharleen Gilbert, dear brother of Bradley, Cameron and Thomas Gilbert all of Pepperell, formerly of Wilmington and Billerica, beloved grandson of Diane and Clayton Wentzell and Theresa and Robert Gilbert all of Wilmington. Scott is further survived by his godparents as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 12th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St.Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.Scott Michael Gilbert(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joseph “Joe” J. Parrella, 66In “Obituaries”last_img read more

TRAFFIC ADVISORY Salem Street Rail Crossing Work On July 2728 Will Cause

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Keolis, the entity that owns and operates the MBTA’s commuter rail system, is planning to reconstruct the Haverhill line rail crossing in the vicinity of 209 Salem Street this coming Friday night July 27th. As such, Salem Street will be closed at the crossing to through traffic starting at 9pm on Friday, July 27th. The closure is expected to last into Saturday afternoon.As they have done in the past, Keolis will be setting up detour signage and road closed signage during the work. Through traffic during this short time frame will be detoured around Salem Street using Cunningham Street. Please obey the directives of police details and warning signs during the operation.If you have questions regarding the work, please contact the Wilmington DPW at 978-658-4481 or Keolis at 617-222-3628.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington DPW.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 StreetsIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”MBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Buds sold out with Galaxy S10 S10 Plus preorders

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Now playing: Watch this: If you were hoping to score a free pair of Samsung’s totally wireless Galaxy Buds with the preorder of a Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, you’re out of luck. Sort of. The ordering page on Samsung’s site says that due to high interest, Samsung sold out of the its supply of Galaxy Buds dedicated to the promotion. However, your preorder will now get you a $130 certificate that will cover the cost of the wireless ear buds that can be charged simply by setting them on the back of the S10.  More from Samsung TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review See it $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Cheapskate 1 $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 7 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Mobile Accessories Phones Samsung Galaxy Buds charge right off the back of the… I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Comment Read Google Home Hub review Apple iPhone XS The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo $999center_img Boost Mobile Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The one potential downside is they seemingly can’t be ordered until they start shipping on March 8, which means you’ll likely have to wait a bit to get them after you receive your S10. The promotion details also say the certificate can be redeemed for other select products on Samsung.com or the Shop Samsung app, so you can always use the credit toward something else.  An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo See at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy Amazon Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 13 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $999 $59 at eBay See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1:27 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags See It New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 Comments Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500.last_img read more

3 to die for murder in city

first_img-A Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced three people to death for killing an employee of a shoe factory in Siddikbazar area of Gulistan in the city.The court fined the convicts – Hasan alias Kalu, Md Joni, and Md Monir Hossain – Tk 10,000 each.Among the convicts, Hasan was present on the dock while Joni and Monir are on the run.On 13 August 2009, the trio swooped on Alamgir Hossain while he was returning home from his workplace around on Shyampur High School road for snatching his valuables.As Alamgir tried to resist them they cut his throat with a knife, leaving him dead on the spot.Victim’s wife Layla Aktar filed a case with Kadamtali Police Station the next day.After examining the records and witnesses, special sessions judge Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury handed down the verdict.last_img read more

Longterm study suggests sorghum yields may decline due to global warming

first_img Sorghum is a flowering plant in the grass family and is cultivated as a cereal crop—it is eaten by approximately a half-billion people and is considered to be the fifth most important cereal crop in the world today. It is native to Africa, but has made its way to many other parts of the world, including the U.S. The state of Kansas, known for its massive wheat production, is also home to large fields of sorghum. In this new effort, the researchers gathered data from the Kansas Weather Library, which gave them average high and low temperatures for designated sorghum growing areas along with precipitation levels over the past half-century. They also collected data from the Kansas Grain Sorghum Performance Tests for the years 1985 to 2014, which lists crop yields throughout the state.The researchers then combined the data from the two sources to learn more about sorghum yields in hotter than normal temperatures. Using statistical analysis, they found that at 33C°, sorghum yields began to decline—each degree of warming showed a certain amount of decline, which the team plotted on a graph. The team was then able to offer an estimate of yield loss for a given amount of warming—if the average temperature during the growing season was 2°C warmer than the critical point, for example, crop yields would drop by 17 percent.The researchers suggest that their findings indicate that plant scientists will need to start looking at ways to make sorghum more resistant to temperature increases to prevent yield losses, or begin advising farmers to start planting farther north. Sorghum field. Credit: Ramasamy Perumal, Sorghum Breeder, Agricultural Research Center, Hays, Kansas. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers at Kansas State University has found that sorghum yields begin to drop once a certain average high temperature is reached and continue to drop as temperatures increase. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jesse Tack, Jane Lingenfelser and S. V. Krishna Jagadish described their study of weather patterns and sorghum yields over the past 30 years and what they found. They also offer some ideas on ways to prevent reductions in crop yields as the planet continues to warm. Explore further Study uncovers new approaches for sorghum breederscenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sorghum. Credit: Ramasamy Perumal, Sorghum Breeder, Agricultural Research Center, Hays, Kansas. Citation: Long-term study suggests sorghum yields may decline due to global warming (2017, August 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-long-term-sorghum-yields-decline-due.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

PROUD Experiences returns to New York City

first_imgGuam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoMalta Tourism Authority a sponsor of Proud Experiences ConferenceFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018More articles on eTurboNews click here eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This year’s event grew by 60% from its first edition in London in June 2018; and organisers predict this number is set to rise again for the third edition in 2020. Event Director Simon Mayle commented:“If the LGBTQ+ travel market was a country, it would be the fourth biggest economy in the world, and with an increase of people identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum – from 8% of Baby Boomers to 31% of Centennials – along with the coming of age of Millennials, this next decade is set for strong growth again. We are looking forward to returning to New York City from 22 to 24 June 2020 and are delighted to once again be working alongside NYC & Company and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge to deliver another fantastic event next year.”“We have been honored to collaborate with Reed Travel Exhibitions to host PROUD Experiences 2019 in New York City during such a monumental year for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are honored to again be the Host City for PROUD Experiences in 2020, and look forward to cultivating this extraordinary partnership.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… PROUD Experiences will return to New York City for the second consecutive year in 2020. The announcement was made at today’s Opening Gathering of PROUD Experiences 2019 – taking place this week 18 – 20 June at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which will again host next year’s edition.Reed Travel Exhibitions’ groundbreaking b2b travel and lifestyle event for premium and luxury travel suppliers and buyers – targeting the LGBTQ+ global community – sold out its exhibition space for this second edition more than 3 months ago. Over 90 international exhibiting companies and 90 buyers from 31 countries are currently attending PROUD Experiences 2019, celebrating an industry valued at US$218 billion in 2018 alone – according to consultancy firm Out Now. This year’s event takes place during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in NYC.last_img read more

Soon Your Cracked Smartphone Screen Will Self Repair

first_imgResearchers based in the UK are busy working on a new kind of material that is capable of repairing itself. They believe that the new material would be able to integrate into things ranging from nail varnish to smartphone displays in half a decade. Interestingly, this material was initially proposed for airplane wings. Now it is capable of benefitting a number of different industries. For instance, it can move within the minutest of cracks and harden itself inside.Constituting a mix of various chemicals that are based on carbon, this fresh material manufactures a sheet of many millions of hollow microscopic spheres. A liquid forms and moves into a new gap once the crack breaks the millions of microspheres. What follows is a chemical reaction that accounts for the hardening of this particular liquid which leads to the liquid sticking to the edges of cracks that exist on the surface.This new technology has been the result of efforts by a team of researchers at University of Bristol which was led by Mr. Duncan Wass. The researchers have reported to have even achieved a hundred percent recovery on multiple occasions. They originally took their cue from the human body. The human body is not immune to unlimited damage but it does go into the process of healing upon any damage inflicted. The team claims that it simply put that self-healing phenomenon in a synthetic material.News is that L’Oreal is ready to put this idea to test and develop some sort of nail varnish that possesses self-healing properties. Imagine the unlimited prospects as a result of the success of something that can heal itself; self-healing wind turbines, self-healing car windshields, self-healing car paint and so much more.For now, the team is determined to work on smartphone displays that will not crack upon impact. In addition, there is focus on smartphones that can charge to a hundred percent within a minute by utilizing energy from the air. Remember the time when we could actually exist without mobile phones? We could soon be living in times when we would wonder how primitive these tiny devices were.last_img read more

New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_img*Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.”center_img Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014.last_img read more

Irish parents are more cautious then the UK in allowing their children

first_imgBy Russell DaviesA new study has revealed that Irish parents are the most cautious of allowing their children access to technology such as mobile phones and social media.The study, conducted by kids’ beds specialists Cuckooland, asked parents to state the age at which they felt it appropriate for children to reach various milestones including getting their own mobile phone and posting on social channels.On average, parents in Ireland would make their children wait until the age of 12.2 to get their own mobile phone – almost two years after Scottish children would have one (with Scottish parents citing an appropriate age of 10.8).Irish parents said 15 was the most appropriate age for children to post on their own social media accounts, which is almost two years older than kids in Yorkshire and a year older than the UK national average of 14 – in spite of many social media channels now allowing registration from age 11.With that said, Irish parents were far less cautious about allowing their children to consume online media; on average, parents in Ireland said they would allow consumption of online media (such as YouTube videos) at age 10.3 (a year younger than the UK national average) and 15 rated content at age 12.2 (two years younger than the UK national average).What makes us cautious of technology?According to data from Ofcom, children as young as 11 are now signing up for and using social media channels – in spite of many of those channels having a 13+ policy. Concerns around security and safety are prevalent amongst parents, who fear that their children could be accessing information which is at best inappropriate and, at worst, harmful to them in some way.At the same time, initiatives such as the recent UK porn restriction that went live earlier this month are being showcased as solutions to making the web safer – meaning parents should, in theory, feel better about allowing their kids to go online.In spite of regulations and policies intended to keep our children safe online, many of us still prefer to limit such access in order to maintain control over what our children see and do on the internet.But it’s not just safety concerns that make us cautious; there have been concerns over the effects of early use of technology such as mobile phones and laptops for some time, with many parents of the opinion that such early exposure can stunt learning and development – though experts have recently negated such claims.Can technology be a positive influence on children?While Irish parents in particular have shown caution toward technology, there are positive effects of allowing children access to tech as they grow.Prepare for a technologically driven societyWe can all agree that technology plays a huge role in our adult lives, so it makes sense to introduce this to your children as early as you consider appropriate, and to educate them accordingly.Get creativeTechnology can often facilitate creativity, especially if we’re talking about using it to create something new or to find inspiration from others. Our children can grow up with an additional channel for their creativity thanks to technology such as tablets, laptops and phones.Encourage entrepreneurial thinkingWith access to technology comes access to information. By allowing children to utilise tech such as laptops and phones, we enable them to access more information than we ever could at the same age, and therefore to broaden their horizons to new possibilities.Monitoring technology use in children: what’s best?With so much advice around for parents – much of which seeming to conflict – how do you know what’s ‘right’ and how much your children should be allowed to access technology?The reality is that there’s not yet enough concrete evidence for experts to advise either way. But what we can do is, as parents, consider the implications of that technology by asking ourselves the following questions:Is technology impacting on the quality time I would otherwise spend with my children?Have I noticed a change in my child’s personality or attention span since allowing them access to technology?Is the technology my child is accessing having a positive influence on them?It’s important to consider not only ‘expert advice’ but also the individual impact of technology on your own child – all children are different so, to an extent, it’s up to you to decide what’s best.Russell Davies is the Director at Cuckooland. As specialists in kids’ beds and quirky household furniture, Cuckooland regularly shares insights with parents. Find out more at https://www.cuckooland.com/ More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Thousands of Syrians flee into Turkey amid intense fighting

first_imgIn this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, a masked gunman, believed to be an Islamic State militant runs, as he gives orders to Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border in order to cross, to return back to the city of Tal Abyad, Syria, Saturday, June 13, 2015. Several militants pushed the refugees back towards the city but later the refugees massed again near the border fence in hope to flee intense fighting between Syrian Kurds and militants from the Islamic State group in nearby towns and villages. The mass displacement of Syrians came as Kurdish fighters announced they are making headway toward Tal Abyad, the stronghold of the extremist group near the Turkish border. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The Observatory reported later that Kurdish fighters captured more villages near Tal Abyad on Sunday adding that jihadis blew up to bridges southeast and southwest of the town to prevent them from pushing forward.“It’s only a matter of time before this area is liberated,” Naasan told The Associated Press by telephone from northern Syria, saying the Kurds surround Tal Abyad from the east, west and south. The Turkish border — and the soldiers there — now hem the extremists in from the north.However, Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Observatory, said Islamic State fighters still control the road linking the Turkish border with Raqqa.Brett McGurk, the U.S. deputy special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program on Sunday that Kurdish fighters and other units in Syria are scoring major territorial gains against the Islamic state group. Using an alternative acronym for the group, McGurk said the Kurdish fighters are “really giving a beating to ISIS and they’re very close to cutting off the main supply route that ISIS has into its capital of Raqqa.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Since the beginning of May, members of the main Syrian Kurdish force, the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, have taken more than 200 small Kurdish and Christian towns in northeastern Syria, as well as strategic mountains seized earlier by the Islamic State group.They have pushed into Raqqa province, a stronghold of the Islamic State group. Along the way, they have picked up ammunition, weapons and vehicles left behind by the jihadis, almost mirroring the way the extremists overran Iraqi positions last year in their sweep across a third of that country.The Islamic State group has declared areas of Syria and Iraq it holds as part of its self-declared caliphate, demanding the loyalty of the world’s Muslims. Their gruesome propaganda videos of mass killings have drawn in foreign fighters, many coming in over the border from Turkey.Even if the Kurds cut off Tal Abyad from Raqqa, the Islamic State group could bring in fighters across the border in Syria’s Aleppo province, where they still hold ground. However, that would be an indirect route that could expose them to other fighting amid the long Syrian civil war against President Bashar Assad.In Syria, a country now split mostly between Islamic militants and forces loyal to Assad, the U.S. has found a reliable partner in the YPG, the country’s strongest Kurdish militia. They are moderate, mostly secular fighters, driven by revolutionary fervor and a desire to eventually have a nation of their own carved out in the region. Taking Tal Abyad, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, would deprive the militant group of a direct route to bring in new foreign militants or supplies. The Kurdish advance, coming under the cover of intense U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in the area, would also link their two fronts and put even more pressure on Raqqa.In this Turkish border village, the refugees took by surprise the Turkish troops stationed there, who were overwhelmed by the large number of people crowding the crossing. Thousands of people had been gathering for more than a day on the Syrian side of the Akcakale border crossing before they broke through Sunday afternoon.People threw their belongings over the fence while others passed infants into Turkey over barbed wires before following through a several-meter wide opening in the border fence.Turkish troops later brought in reinforcements and gathered up the refugees on the Turkish side of the border, preventing them from going deeper into Turkey.Earlier Sunday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus speaking on the refugee situation at the crossing between in Tal Abyad and Akcakale, claimed that those refugees were not fleeing fighting between Kurds and the Islamic State group, but were rather trying to escape to Turkey in case their villages are hit by U.S.-led coalition bombings. Top Stories AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed over into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and jihadis.The flow of refugees came as Syrian Kurdish fighters closed in on the outskirts of a strategic Islamic State-held town on the Turkish border, Kurdish officials and an activist group said, potentially cutting off a key supply line for the extremists’ nearby de facto capital. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober U.S. airstrikes continued Sunday in the area, as an Associated Press journalist on the Turkish side of the border from Tal Abyad saw one strike east of the town.Nasser Haj Mansour, a defense official in Syria’s Kurdish region, said YPG officials are coordinating with the U.S.-led coalition regarding a possible attack on Tal Abyad. He added that the aerial coverage prevented the Islamic State group from bringing reinforcements to the area.___Mroue reported from Beirut. Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. He said Turkey was providing humanitarian aid to them on the other side of the border while taking in anyone who is sick or injured. Kurtulmus said Turkey has taken in more than 2 million refugees since 2011.“We are of the opinion that there isn’t a humanitarian tragedy there,” Kurtulmus told CNN-Turk television in an interview. “Our priority is for them to remain within their border. We will continue to provide humanitarian aid to them”Hours after Kurtulmus spoke, Turkey reversed its decision and opened the border to allow more of the refugees in, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. It said however that this time, Islamic State group militants at the border prevented them from crossing into Turkey.It put the number of people who were waiting to cross at around 2,500. Around 13,400 Syrians have fled to Turkey since June 1, the agency said.On Sunday, Kurdish official Idriss Naasan said that Islamic State fighters have fled from Suluk, a few kilometers (miles) southwest of Tal Abyad, and that Kurds now hold the town. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said Islamic State fighters had withdrawn. The Observatory said the Kurds are about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Tal Abyad. Check your body, save your life Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Rain could lift restrictions

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Every time it rains, people start wondering if it will be enough to have the water restrictions lifted. We spoke to Mr Glen Singh from uThukela and this is what he had to say…Sufficient rain could see water restrictions being lifted if there is enough to flush the Klip River out completely. If the river surges quickly enough to flush it out, then water can be extracted again.Yesterday (Wednesday), the river was still too dry and slow for this to happen.Therefore, it looks like water restrictions will be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future.  In the meantime, everyone can keep their fingers crossed and hope for more rain.last_img read more

1046 left in second quarter Review shows Dray lo

first_img10:46 left in second quarterReview shows Dray lost the ball just before crossing the goal line. Clear recovery by the Rams gives them the ball at the 20, but the personal foul pushes them back to the 10.Either way, big mistake by Dray, who just cost the Cardinals some points. 1:55 left in fourth quarterAndre Ellington punches it in from six yards out, and the Cardinals go up 30-10. This one is over, folks. Game overThis one is in the books. Cards win 30-10, earning their 7th non-losing season since moving to Arizona and their first NFC West win since Week 1 of last year. Time to head downstairs. Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes on eight targets, tallying 71 yards and a score. The Cardinals have also out-gained the Rams 236-169, and have allowed St. Louis RB Zac Stacy just 11 yards on seven attempts. 9:01 left in third quarterTyrann Mathieu is hurt on the ensuing kickoff and the Honey Badger is carted off the field after returning the ball. Hope he’s alright, but the cart is never a good sign. 1:06 left in third quarterAndre Roberts drops a third-down pass then Jay Feely pushes a 50-yard field goal attempt wide right. Fans below the press box thought it was good, though, and were cheering the kick. Oops. Rams take over at their own 40. 5:47 left in third quarterInjury update: Tyrann Mathieu has a left knee injury and will not return.Cardinals punted the ball away, and a penalty puts the Rams at their own 5. HalftimeSome stats to chew on:Cardinals have combined to gain 67 yards on 13 carries, which is good for an average of 5.2 ypc. Carson Palmer has completed 16-of-17 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown. He should have two touchdowns. 14:42 left in third quarterCalais Campbell hits Clemens just as he’s throwing the ball, Karlos Dansby intercepts the ball and takes it back for the score. It’s Dansby’s second pick-six in as many home games, and the Cards are up 21-6. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 4:31 left in second quarterCards give up a first down (by way of a pass to a TE) but holds from there. Punt sails into the end zone and the offense will head back onto the field. Palmer has not thrown a bad ball yet, but the Cards should be up more than just 7-3. Gotta bounce back from the turnover, especially with the Rams getting the ball to start the second half. Points would be nice here, but certainly can’t afford a three-and-out or another turnover. By the way, where’s Michael Floyd? 6:12 left in first quarterRams answer with a pretty decent drive of their own, mixing in some short passes from Kellen Clemens to a bevy of receivers (and tight ends, of course). Defense holds the Rams to a 44-yard field goal from Legatron, and the score is now 7-3. Like all scoring plays, the touchdown is under review. End of second quarterRams get into Cards territory but time expires on the half. Cards head into the break with a 14-3 lead that, quite frankly, should be better.It was arguably Carson Palmer’s best half of football for the team, as he was decisive and accurate, and Larry Fitzgerald looked like the Fitz of yore. You almost get the feeling that the Cards are a stop/score away from burying the Rams, as they’re not exactly a team that is best suited to play from behind. 0 Comments   Share   8:45 left in fourth quarterKarlos Dansby crushes Clemens on third down and the sack leads to another punt. Peterson’s return is a whole lot of meh, and the Cards take over at their own 40. Still 10:44 left in fourth quarterRams challenge and the call is overturned. Ball heads to the 20. End of first quarterThe first frame ends with the Rams driving but the Cards leading. It was an OK quarter for Arizona, as the first drive was great but nothing too exciting after that. Defense hasn’t been sharp, though. 13:01 left in first quarterEnd-around to Patrick Peterson picks up 12 yards, and Cards get another 15 thanks to a T.J. McDonald personal foul. McDonald is a dirty, dirty player by the way. Did I mention McDonald is dirty? 2:00 left in second quarterPalmer sees his perfect streak come to an end on a deep ball to Housler, though it was actually a good throw — Housler just slipped. A one-yard pass to Fitz makes it 3rd and 9 at the St. Louis 40. 10:44 left in fourth quarterCards move the ball but ultimately have to kick it away, and Bryan McCann miraculously keeps the ball out of the end zone. Refs say the ball is on the St. Louis 1-yard line, which would be a HUGE spot. It was close, and a challenge could very well lead to this ball being placed at the 20. :39 left in third quarterTavon Austin takes the first play (an end-around) a long, long way. The rookie uses outstanding speed and moves to take the ball 56 yards, but winds up hurt on the play. A personal foul on Daryl Washington adds another two yards to the play, and the Rams have it at the Cards’ 2. 14:57 left in fourth quarterStacy punches it into the end zone, and the Rams score for the first time since the first quarter. 23-10, Cards on top. Arizona is still in control of this game, but it’s only two scores. Need to put together a drive on their next series to restore a little order in this one.center_img 14:46 left in second quarterJared Cook beats Daryl Washington down the seam, but the throw is a touch underthrown and falls incomplete. Rams punt it into the end zone, so the Cards will take over at their 20. The offense moved well on drive one and stalled on drive two. We have yet to see Michael Floyd get involved, and the feeling here is that is going to need to change. 3:58 left in fourth quarterAnd Rashad “9.5 fingers” Johnson picks off a Clemens pass, and that should just about do it. The safety made a great play on the ball to come up with the pick. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires End of third quarterThe third quarter ends with the Rams facing a 2nd and goal from the Arizona 2. 4:27 left in fourth quarterCardinals do everything right on their drive but finish. A nice pass from Palmer to Jaron Brown set the Cards up, but a couple of incomplete passes and a missed field goal by Jay Feely mean the score remains 23-10. Rams take over at their own 20 and have a little bit of life left in them. :50 left in second quarterWhat. A. Drive. By. Carson. Palmer. And. Larry. Fitzgerald. The QB/WR duo is virtually unstoppable, with outstanding throws and great catches. Cards go 80 yards in 10 plays, and score on a 7-yard strike from Palmer to Fitz. No fumble there.14-3 Cardinals. No real surprises or big names on the Cards’ inactive list, as QB Carson Palmer is in the lineup and will start. It will be interesting to see if his elbow injury affects his play today. Anyway, the Cards are in their all red uniforms again, the stadium’s roof is open (take that East Coast!) and there is a sundae bar for the media. Today, my friends, is a good day. 2:46 left in first quarterA 21-yard draw play to Andre Ellington (welcome back, kid) was the highlight a drive that came a couple yards short of a first down. It was the type of run that you expect from the rookie, with some good jukes and a quick burst. Palmer also showed solid mobility on third down, escaping the rush to get a good pass off.Punt has the Rams on their 15. 3:00 before kickoffAlright, let’s get this party started.The Cardinals are being introduced to what is being called a sellout crowd but looks more like the Sun Devil Stadium days. 10:33 left in third quarterCards go nowhere and punt it away, and Zastudil’s beauty is downed at the 1-yard line. This could get ugly for a Rams team that is now struggling to keep the Cardinals away from Clemens. 10:46 left in second quarterHave a day, Carson Palmer. The QB directs another outstanding drive, showing outstanding poise and accuracy. The final play is a 17-yard toss to TE Jim Dray, who may have fumbled just after crossing the goal line. On the run back (that may not have been necessary), Palmer is targeted by a Ram, meaning the personal foul penalty will cost St. Louis 15 yards on the kickoff. 13:25 left in first quarterFollowing a touchback, the Cardinals have run three plays and gained 30 yards. The first was a pass from Palmer to Fitz, and his arm looked fine there. For what it’s worth. 1:00 before kickoffCardinals won the coin toss and elected to receive the football, so we’ll get an early look at Palmer and the offense. The yards were there last week but so were the turnovers, and everyone in red is hoping that is a one-game fluke. Last time these teams played in this stadium St. Louis’ Janoris Jenkins had a pair of pick-sixes. 9:10 left in third quarterAbraham makes me look smart as he crashes through the line unblocked and sacks Clemens in the end zone for a safety. It’s Abraham’s 10th sack of the season, making him the first Cardinal to reach that mark since Bertrand Berry in 2004. The Cardinals are also up 23-3. 4:06 left in third quarterNo safety, but Cards do force a three-and-out. Peterson returns the punt nine yards and Arizona takes over at the St. Louis 47. 10:32 left in first quarterA catch by Dray was followed by off-setting personal fouls. Palmer then hits Fitz, who gets to the two, which is followed by Mendenhall punching it in. As far as drives go, that was a doozy for the Cardinals. Good start, 7-0 lead. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As for the Cardinals, they’ll take over at the 22. 12:30 left in third quarterCardinals nearly get another turnover as John Abraham strip-sacks Clemens, though the Rams fall on it and end up punting away. Cards will have the ball on their own 34. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter LATTE chats with Rache

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLATTE chats with Rachel Botsman, entrepreneur and author of ‘What’s Mine Is Yours’, about the effects of the collaborative economy on the travel industry and what it means for the future of the travel trade.1. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, can you explain what the collaborative economy is?The collaborative economy is an economic system that unlocks the value of underused assets through platforms that match ‘haves’ with ‘wants’ in ways that enable greater efficiency and access. The asset could be a spare room, it could be a seat in the car or it could be a skill people have. Most people are familiar with the likes of Uber and Airbnb but there are examples of the collaborative economy across many different areas of our lives.An important part of the collaborative economy is how technology creates both the efficiency and trust to match providers and customers directly.2. In what ways do you think the travel industry has been disrupted or transformed by the collaborative economy?Travel marketplaces from Couchsurfing to Airbnb to onefinestay to Love Home Swap have provided people with a different way to travel both in terms of the physical space but also the experience. Given that Airbnb now has approximately 60 million total guests staying in rooms booked via the platform and is estimated to be the most valuable hospitality brand in the world right now valued at $25.5 billion, it is clear that this type of travel is tapping into unmet needs and latent demand.It opens up travel options for people – from treehouses to igloos to islands – we now have a marketplace for all kinds of spaces and experiences that never had a market before.Travel platforms do not just service the lower end of the market but also the business segment with a myriad of support services popping up, from key exchanges to room cleaners and butlers. Soon you will be able to get the service of hotel, in someone’s home. As someone who travels a lot, sometimes I want to be in a hotel but many times I just dread walking into the same old room and feeling like a total stranger in yet another city. I’d like a different environment and have a more personalised guest experience.I think it is also interesting in how it changes the way we think about travel brands – what are travellers trusting?Finally, I think it will make many hospitality players significantly improve their mobile experience because players such as Airbnb are so far ahead of the field. It was born in the age of the mobile so it’s embedded into the entire experience versus with hotels who for the most part are still just at search and booking.3. Any predictions for how this will evolve in the future?Rooms are just at the tip of the iceberg for assets that can be unlocked through technology. We can now share our boats, planes, local knowledge, cars, dinner tables, office spaces in ways that will collectively come together to create a new ecosystem of how we think and experience travel.4. What do you think this will mean for companies that trade within this arena in more traditional ways?I don’t think it will be called the ‘collaborative economy’ or will even need a label because these businesses will become the norm.People will not regard these behaviours as quirky or cheap ‘alternatives’ that they can access through cool apps, but just a better way to bank, travel or consume. They will traverse sectors without even thinking whether they are part of the collaborative economy or not.5. In what way can established businesses in the travel trade industry profit from the sharing economy and what changes do they need to make to keep up with this socioeconomic shift? Are they embracing this shift or rejecting it?A few years ago, leaders in many industries including travel considered collaborative economy businesses as mere trends. Some thought they were just a reaction to the recession; people wanting cheap places to stay. The sentiment has definitely changed. There is now a widespread realisation (and fear) that not only are these companies here to stay but that they are tapping into new behaviours they need to embrace.Some business leaders had the foresight to partner with collaborative start-ups. Examples are: Marriott and LiquidSpace; Wyndham and Love Home Swap; Accor acquiring onefinestay; W and Deskspace. It’s still early days.A common mistake I see incumbents making is trying to co-opt the technology without understanding the bigger behavioural changes that have happened. They think a better booking system on the website or mobile app is all that is needed to compete with these start-ups. Or say, offering personalised Netflix and Spotify streaming in rooms. The number of leading hotel brands who are trying to reinvent their version of ‘boutique’ such as Aloft by Starwood or MGallery by Sofitel by Accor is telling.It’s a definitely a move in the right direction but the shift is deeper. Customers want to access something without owning it, they want to have choices, they want on-demand control, they care more about the experience and less about the brand, and they are more open to peer trust versus traditional brand trust.Imagine when you have a generation that the norm is not owning a house or ‘travelling’ but a combination of the two. This is happening. Roam and WeLive are examples of how people will pay a subscription to live in say Sydney for three months, New York for three, London for one and who knows the rest of the year. I think the travel industry is in reactive mode but they need to think bigger picture and longer term around behavioural changes.6. In the conversation about the collaborative economy there are names that are recurring, such as Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit. Have you encountered any exciting start-ups in the travel sector recently?Yes! Guests staying at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas can rent a high-end evening dress and a matching purse from Rent the Runway, a high-end clothing rental service.Sailing enthusiasts can rent a boat from Boatbound without worrying about the cost of owning and maintaining a boat.People looking to rent luxury apartments in nice neighbourhoods can do so with onefinestay.I am a fan of Love Home Swap.I also think the ecosystem of supporting services are interesting such as DogVacay that solve other problems such as where to leave your pet when you travel.No company has really cracked the local travel guide market. The likes of Vayable and Trip4real have tried but I think this is a big and up-and-coming space.7. If collaborative consumption is gaining breadth in the economic spectrum, what does this mean for the future of luxury?Luxury is a massive growing category for collaborative platforms. The one per cent can participate in the collaborative economy; they can access different kinds of professional talent (like lawyers on UpCounsel and consultants from HourlyNerd) and can gain access to different kinds of luxury assets such as villas, watches, boats, evening bags, cocktail dresses and planes.I think there’s a misperception that these ideas are thrifty or cheap. For many people they provide more choice. Handmade hospitality for the one per cent is a growing segment for the future of travel. If I can book Francis Ford Coppola’s home in Italy or Richard Branson’s Necker Island on Luxury Retreats that’s a unique, personalised experience that I may not have had access to. It’s definitely a different price point and higher touch curated service but the principles are exactly the same.8. Virtual behaviour, reputation and identity for a person and/or business are key to the idea of collaborative consumption. What do you think this means for businesses in the future? Do we overstress or undervalue the importance of digital presence and reach?Yes, trust is the social glue that makes the collaborative economy work. But trust is intangible; it needs a measure, namely ‘reputation capital’. Our reputation will be our currency in the 21st century and it will transform how we gain access to different opportunities in our lives.I think we undervalue our reputation because there is a misconception that it is only contained in our Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts. Our interactions on social networks are just our digital footprint, but reputation is the sum value of our online and offline behaviours across communities and marketplaces. For example, the information of how I behave in the offline world, say, in an Uber car or in an Airbnb accommodation, is now available online for other people to see through my Uber rating and my Airbnb reviews. My ratings and reviews will not just affect my ability to rent a room or book a ride in the future but many other things such as my bank loans, insurance policies and even job applications. Yes, there are many exciting upsides to this idea, but there are also big downsides that we will have to navigate such as fake ratings and constantly being rated. We all have bad days!The future will stretch, pull and transform how people perceive ‘trust’. The idea of trusting ‘peers’ over a traditional ‘institution’ or brand is becoming increasingly normal and this will create shifts around the way we engage and interact with the ‘wider’ world in ways we can’t yet even imagine.9. How have the effects of the collaborative economy enhanced your own travel experiences?This year, I spent about two months teaching a term at Oxford. I did a house swap through Love Home Swap with a professor who was coming to Australia; he stayed in my home in Coogee and I stayed in his house. It made all the difference to settle into a real home for two months because I have two young kids; they need the space. I also got to borrow the professor’s car and he got to borrow mine. We exchanged tips throughout the trip; I gave him tips for where to eat the best Thai food and he gave me ideas where to eat the best Indian food. I didn’t have to take a toy, book, plastic cup or high chair with me!I was really satisfied with the experience because it made the family comfortable, and it was convenient and cost effective. The previous year, I got a lease for a house and a car from traditional providers, and the experience was not as pleasant. The bills were absurdly high and the house and the car felt like ‘rentals’— people who managed the assets did not care for them like an owner would.Aside from the practical benefits, there was a social reward. We both genuinely felt like we were helping each other. It was very different from renting my home or being a guest on Airbnb. The personal relationship was deeper.10. Finally, our LATTE signature question: What’s the best coffee you’ve ever had?Mmm. It would have to in a tiny café in Florence in Italy. It was run by a quintessential Italian family. The nonna made the coffee and the biscotti. I think it was less the coffee and more the experience.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

New leadership role for Seiffert at CWT

first_imgOlderOman Air launches new connection to Athens, Greece CWT has appointed Deanna Seiffert as to the role of vice president in Europe, Middle East and Africa for demand marketing. In this role, she is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the company’s marketing strategy in the regions. “Deanna’s expertise will allow us to deliver meaningful content to the EMEA markets and expand our brand’s reach,” said Simon Nowroz, CWT chief marketing officer. “Her customer-centric approach and her knack for solving problems will be tremendous assets for the team. I am thrilled to have her on board.”Seiffert will report to Adam Austin, CWT, vice president, global demand marketing, and will sit on the EMEA strategy and commerce leadership team. ADVERTISEMENTShe will be based in London.Prior to joining CWT, Seiffert held various marketing and communications leadership positions in the travel industry, including global marketing director, providers and NDC at Travelport.CWT is a business-to-business-for-employees travel management platform. The company was last year recognised as World’s Leading Business Travel Agency by voters at the World Travel Awards. NewerRed Sea Development Company launches brine desalination challengelast_img read more

November 24 2003 It has been a busy year for the

first_imgNovember 24, 2003It has been a busy year for the Soleri Archives at Arcosanti and much has been accomplished with the help of interns and volunteers. Claudia Lange from Germany spent her workshop in the archives. Architecture student Boris Pizzeghello attended Soleri’s silt workshop in Venice, Italy. He continued his studies of Soleri’s work with a workshop and spent two weeks in the archives. [Photo & text: Sue Anaya] Archive volunteers Mirelle Packer and Siobhan Watts clean the model in the Arcosanti Visitors Center, one of many activities of the department. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Sue Anaya] Archive coordinator Sue Anaya shows one of Soleri’s sketchbooks to a visiting group of students. The archive staff thanks student volunteers and interns for their good work. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & text: Sue Anaya]last_img read more

Tourism revenue rises in October 42 to €277m Cystat says

first_imgRevenue from tourism rose in October an annual 4.2 per cent to €277.1m, against an increase in arrivals of 14 per cent, the statistical service said on Friday.In January to October, revenue from tourism rose 15 per cent to €2.5bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website. In the same period, total arrivals rose 14 per cent.The lower rate of increase in revenue compared to the increase in arrivals was mainly on a 8.6 per cent annual reduction in holiday budgets to €681.05, accompanied by an increase in the length of stay by 0.1 days to 9.3 days, Cystat said.Tourists from the UK reduced their budgets 11 per cent in October compared to October 2016 to €737.08 and reduced their average length of stay by 0.1 days to 10.1 days, Cystat said. Russian tourists also reduced their expenditure by 8 per cent to €673.26 during their stay which they extended by 1.1 days to 10.The UK is Cyprus’s largest source of incoming tourism, while Russia is the second largest.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more