France will rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in World Cup 2018 final: Paul Pogba

first_imgFrance take on Croatia in the World Cup 2018 final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday and French mid-fielder is mindful of not carrying rejecting the favourites tag which cost them dearly two years ago.France are now determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final when they take on Croatia for the biggest prize in football, midfielder Paul Pogba said on Thursday.The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title.”We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago. We want to work for it, to give everything we have to take this Cup home,” Pogba told reporters.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I think at the Euro we thought it was already a done deal, the mentality was not the same as now. I cannot lie that when we beat Germany we thought that was the final. I know the taste of losing a final. I don’t want it to happen again.”Against Portugal we thought we had won it before the start of the game. That will not happen again.”READ – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic final: Key statsFrance have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.advertisementCroatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russia in the quarter-finals. They then came from a goal down against England on Wednesday to win 2-1 in extra time.That is not a sign of a struggling team, according to Pogba, but one that has a lot of talent.READ – Paul Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players”The Croats had a very difficult match and they were behind. But they are mentally very strong. There are two teams in the final, a Cup and there are 90 minutes more.”For us, we are not the favourites. We stay as we are from the start of the tournament. We have no doubts, we play together, that’s our strength. We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed.”France, world champions in 1998 after beating Croatia in the semis, are in their third World Cup final. It is unknown territory for Croatia however.READ – France reach 3rd final, Belgium’s unbeaten streak ends: Key stats”For sure the Croats they want the star (for winning the title) they have had a good run. They want to win. But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt. I want mine.”Pogba said while Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was their driving force the French plan would not be limited to stopping the Real Madrid playmaker.”The Croats are not just Modric. They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic,” Pogba said.”Even their defenders are outstanding players. I don’t think there is a plan just for Modric. The plan is to win the match.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Sanjay Manjrekar-Michael Vaughan war-of-words escalates over flawed approach tweet

first_imgA day after Michael Vaughan took a jibe at Sanjay Manjrekar over the former India cricketer’s tweet on England cricket’s flawed approach, Manjrekar has hit back at Vaughan. One of the game’s most respected analysts, Manjrekar questioned England all-rounder Sam Curran’s batting position in the first Test against the West Indies in Bridgetown.Curran, who was impressive in England’s 4-1 Test series win against India at home, batted at No.9 in both innings of the Bridgetown Test and managed only 14 and 17 as England lost by an innings and 381 runs. “Trevor Bayliss said that Sam Curran has endured the first bad game of his career. Curran has 15 wickets in 15 innings. So it’s more his batting Bayliss is talking about…Curran bats at no 8 & 9. Highlights the flawed thinking & approach of England,” Manjrekar had tweeted.Vaughan, a former captain did not take lightly to Manjrekar’s observation. “The same flawed thinking that beat India 4-1 Sanjay,” he tweeted.Sanjay Manjrekar, however, sought to end the debate with this:Trevor Bayliss said that Sam Curran has endured the first bad game of his career. Curran has 15 wickets in 15 innings. So it’s more his batting Bayliss is talking about…Curran bats at no 8 & 9. Highlights the flawed thinking & approach of England.#ENGvWISanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 29, 2019The same flawed thinking that beat India 4-1 Sanjay .. #OnOn Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 29, 2019That you are reacting this way further highlights the flawed mindset. I rest my case. Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 30, 2019Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs from 1987 to 1996, has recently raised several questions on England’s tactics and approach. England, after defeating top-ranked India at home, whitewashed Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka but crashed to a heavy defeat against the West Indies, who are 8th in the ICC’s Test rankings.”Anyone who follows me on social media will know my latest bugbear is English cricket – its planning and decisions, and the discourse around it,” Manjrekar wrote in an article for ESPNcricinfo. “This is basically an outsider looking in at English cricket.”My heart melted the first time I toured England as a player, in 1990, and has done every time since then, watching their fans flock to the grounds to enjoy cricket, especially Test cricket: how they are glued to the action on the field, every ball of the day, applauding every maiden over. I wish you could clone them for Test matches all over the world.”India is the new powerhouse of cricket, but England still remains cricket’s conscience, its soul. And that is why, for long, I have felt that England cricket fans deserve a champion team to support,” he wrote.Also Read | Former India cricketer Jacob Martin out of danger after help from cricket fraternitylast_img read more

Government Offices Closure and Delay Opening Update Jan 30

first_imgProvincial government offices in Victoria and Cape Breton Regional Municipality will remain closed for the remainder of today, Jan. 30. Offices in Inverness, Richmond, Guysborough, Antigonish and Pictou counties will reopen at noon. Provincial government offices in all other areas of the province are open as usual. -30-last_img

UN report points to central role women play in efforts to fight

Climate change strikes it fiercest blow against the poorest, most vulnerable people around the world, according to a United Nations report released today, urging policymakers to heed the role of women – who make up the majority of the poor – in combating climate change. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) report warned that the poor depend more on agriculture for their livelihoods, risking hunger and loss of income when droughts strike, rains become unpredictable and hurricanes move with unprecedented force. The poor also tend to live in marginal areas, vulnerable to floods, rising seas and storms, noted The State of World Population 2009 UNFPA report, stressing that women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change as they make up the majority of the world’s 1.5 billion people living on less than $1 a day. “Poor women in poor countries are among the hardest hit by climate change, even though they contributed the least to it,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “With the possibility of a climate catastrophe on the horizon, we cannot afford to relegate the world’s 3.4 billion women and girls to the role of victim,” said Ms. Obaid. “Wouldn’t it make more sense to have 3.4 billion agents for change?” The report contended that the international community’s fight against climate change would be more successful if policies, programmes and treaties consider the needs, rights and potential of women. It spotlighted studies showing women are more likely than men to die in natural disasters, with the gender mortality gap most pronounced where incomes are low and status differences between men and women are high. The UNFPA report also demonstrated that investment in women and girls – particularly in education and health – boosts economic development, reduces poverty and benefits the environment. It said that girls with more education tend to have smaller and healthier families as adults because access to reproductive health services – including family planning – results in lower fertility rates that contribute to slower growth in greenhouse-gas emissions in the long run. 18 November 2009Climate change strikes it fiercest blow against the poorest, most vulnerable people around the world, according to a United Nations report released today, urging policymakers to heed the role of women – who make up the majority of the poor – in combating climate change. read more

Faizer meets alleged sniper in Maldives prison

#Maldives: Lankan MP Faizer Mustafa, who was in Male for President @ibusolih‘s inaugural ceremony, has met the Sri Lankan detainee -accused of plotting to kill ousted Prez Yameen – in prison. Mustafa hopes to get him released soon, says a top source in Male #Srilanka #lka— Meera Srinivasan (@Meerasrini) November 19, 2018 Recently Amnesty International said that the Sri Lankan driver who has languished in prison in the Maldives for three years accused of involvement in a dramatic plot to assassinate the island’s former President, has been denied a fair trial and subjected to vicious police beatings that may amount to torture.Madhushanka arrived in the Maldives to seek a business opportunity in 2015 and suddenly found himself accused of being a highly trained sniper trying to kill President Abdulla Yameen. Sri Lanka is seeking the release of the detainee saying he had been falsely accused in the assassination plot. Mustapha met Madhushanka while he was in the Maldives for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, over the weekend . His family and lawyer allege he has since been repeatedly denied access to legal representation, and while in custody has been subject to ill-treatment including prolonged solitary confinement and beatings with cables that caused him to temporarily lose hearing in one ear. (Colombo Gazette) Minister Faizer Mustapha has met a Sri Lankan detainee accused of being a sniper who is now in a Maldives prison.Lahiru Madhushanka had been accused of plotting to kill former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen. read more

Judge urges Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt to agree divorce in private

first_imgFormer Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone's father James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone in December 2014 The judge ordered a case management hearing to take place over half a day on August 3 “to see whether there is a way forward”. Mr Bishop replied: “It is more than unfortunate. It is absolutely scandalous.”It is completely obvious this this marriage has irretrievably broken down. What is going on is no more than a charade.”Mr Bishop accused the estranged husband, who runs an international gold bullion firm, of seeking to hijack proceedings “for a wholly improper collateral purpose”. A judge has urged Petra Ecclestone and her estranged husband James Stunt to agree their divorce in private, as he warned of the potential effect on their children of a public hearing.Judge Martin O’Dwyer commented as he set out a timetable for the dispute to be heard at London’s Central Family Court.The judge suggested “the sensible way forward” was for both sides to reach a reasonable compromise without them having to publicly give evidence and be cross-examined. He also ordered that a two-day hearing of the dispute between husband and wife should take place, if it could not be settled, on October 12-13.He said a legal fight in public could have “repercussions for their lives and their children’s lives going forward.”Judge O’Dwyer added: “Contested divorces are very unusual. Most parties are able to come to a resolution without having to come before a court to give evidence and be cross-examined.”He said contested cases were heard in public and it was “a very sad state of affairs” that the question of whether a relationship, which was essentially a private relationship, had broken down or not could not be determined between the parties.Miss Ecclestone and Mr Stunt are expected to fight in the course of their break-up over their £158million mansion in Los Angeles and a Grade II-listed home in London’s Chelsea, worth up to £100million.At a hearing last month the family court was told Mr Stunt signed a prenuptial agreement worth £16million.The couple married six years ago at a multi-million-pound ceremony at Odescalchi Castle, Rome, when they and 350 guests were entertained by an array of pop stars. Petra EcclestoneCredit:Philip Toscanocenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Petra Ecclestone Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone’s fatherCredit:ANDREJ ISAKOVIC Press reports have estimated there is a £5.5billion fortune at stake in the break-up of the marriage.Tim Bishop QC, appearing for Miss Ecclestone, Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter, said she had “struggled to find a consensual approach to the dissolution of the marriage”, but this had been rejected by Mr Stunt.The judge said: “It is very unfortunate that the parents of three young children are going to engage in this particular process.” James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone in December 2014Credit:Keith Hewittlast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img By Paul Hosford 14,587 Views Feb 28th 2017, 8:55 PM INTERNATIONAL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get our daily news round up: White House advisor Kellyanne Conway sparked debate with this picture of her with her feet on an Oval Office couch. Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP#IT’S HIM: Donald Trump claimed that Barack Obama was behind some of the protests against him.#OLGA KORBUT: A legendary Soviet gymnast has sold her Olympic medal collection to “save herself from starvation”.#SHARPSHOOTER: Two people were injured when a French policeman accidentally fired on two people at a speech by President Francois Hollande.PARTING SHOTUS President Donald Trump yesterday said that “nobody” could have predicted how complicated healthcare reform would be. One person who found that proclamation hilarious was senator Bernie Sanders. Watch his reaction as CNN’s Anderson Cooper puts the idea to him. Source: Elizabeth Preza/YouTubecenter_img Share2 Tweet Email No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Copper stills approach Slane Distillery ahead of their installation. Source: Emer O’Reilly I ORPRTwo reports into the Grace abuse case were released, highlighting major deficiencies in her careFormer TD Peter Mathews died aged 65The NTA announced it would plug some gaps in Bus Éireann servicesGardaí were investigating a report that a child had been offered for sale in LimerickA UK judge called the Tunisian response to a terror attack which killed three Irish citizens “shambolic and cowardly”A man accused of being an admin on the Silk Road website was put into custodyThe family of a child left with severe cerebral palsy at birth received an apology from University Hospital Galway Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 8:55 PM Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Grace, Silk Road and Peter Mathews – it’s the Fix. last_img read more

Mort de Steve Jobs les réactions se succèdent

first_imgMort de Steve Jobs, les réactions se succèdentSuite au décès de Steve Jobs, les réactions affluent pour saluer la mémoire d’un homme qui a marqué de son influence le monde technologique.Steve Jobs ne lancera plus de “One more thing…”. Cette fois-ci, le co-fondateur d’Apple s’est éteint et repose à jamais… Dans les clouds. De par le monde, les hommages se succèdent à commencer par ses fans, déposant des gerbes de fleurs au pieds des devantures des Apple Store.Tim Cook, actuel PDG de la firme de Cupertino, fut l’un des premiers a honorer celui qui était l’homme derrière la Pomme : “Steve était connu comme un visionnaire (…) Nous sommes reconnaissants du soutienet de la gentillesse de ceux qui partagent nos sentiments pour Steve(…) Un site web sera mis en place pour ceux qui veulent partager leurs souvenirs et leurs hommages”. Le site est accessible sur cette page.Son plus fidèle collaborateur, Steve Wozniak, co-fondateur d’Apple avec Jobs, présente, lui aussi, ses condoléances : “Nous avions le sensation que [la création d’Apple] était quelque chose d’incroyablement important, mais nous n’aurions jamais pu imaginer que cela prendrait les proportions actuelles (…) Je suis abasourdi par cette annonce (…) C’est un peu comme quand John Lennon est mort, ou JFK, ou peut-être Martin Luther King : on ressent comme un grand vide. ” Bill Gates, le meilleur “ennemi” de Steve Jobs, salue quant à lui, le travail d’un homme dont ” les effets se feront encore sentir pendant plusieurs décennies.” Le patron de Microsoft ayant côtoyé de manière proche l’ex PDG de la firme de Cupertino, ajoute : “Steve et moi nous sommes rencontrés il y a bientôt 30 ans, et nous avons été collègues, concurrents et amis pendant plus la moitié de nos vies”Et cette trentaine d’année d’innovation ont également été des sources d’inspiration pour les jeunes étudiants, aujourd’hui mondialement célèbres comme le fondateur de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, qui salue de ce fait “Un mentor et un ami (…)” et d’ajouter ” Merci d’avoir montré que ce que l’on construit peut changer le monde. Tu me manqueras”.La classe politique réagit également à cette disparition.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?L’ex-gouverneur de Californie (berceau de la firme) Arnold Schwartzenegger écrit ainsi sur le tweet de Steve Jobs qu’il “a vécu tous les jours de sa vie le rêve californien et il a changé le monde et nous a tous inspiré”. Barack Obama, président des Etats-Unis, rend hommage à l’un “des plus plus grand inventeur américains”, soulignant sa vista et son courage. “assez brave pour penser différemment, assez courageux pour croire qu’il pouvait changer le monde et assez talentueux pour le faire”. Découvrez en images les hommages rendus par les fans à travers le monde à Steve Jobs Le 6 octobre 2011 à 10:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime la tablette tactile premium

first_imgAsus Eee Pad Transformer Prime: la tablette tactile premiumL’Eee Pad Transformer à peine sorti qu’Asus dévoile la deuxième version de sa tablette tactile. Elle s’appelle, et cette fois-ci c’est officiel, la Prime.On se demanderait presque si les équipes d’Asus ne sont pas fans inconditionnels de la franchise de Michael Bay Transformers. Car le lancement de son premier modèle Eee Pad Transformer à peine bouclé que le constructeur récidive avec un appareil plus performant. La preuve, son nom s’agrémente d’un Prime (et non d’un 2, comme cela avait pu être évoqué), comme le leader héroïque des robots extraterrestres des films.Les modèles conservent les mêmes caractéristiques, et partagent tout deux leur faculté à se brancher sur un dock clavier pour se transformer en netbook. Le design est légèrement modifié, pour lui donner un cachet un peu plus luxueux avec son dos en aluminium brossé et une finesse améliorée (comptez 8,3 millimètres d’épaisseur contre 13 pour “l’ancien” modèle). Son écran, une dalle Super IPS+, conserve une taille de 10,1 pouces avec une résolution de 1280 x 800 pixels et est recouverte de verre Corning Gorilla Glass, résistant aux rayures et aux traces de doigts, rappelle Engadget. A l’intérieur, ce nouveau modèle, se justifie par un nouveau processeur mobile Tegra 3, annoncé il y a quelques jours par Nvidia. Ce composant est quadri-cœur et surtout très économe en énergie, avec une autonomie promise par Asus de 12 heures. En outre, 1 Go de mémoire vive, 16 ou 32 Go de stockage et un GPS seront de la partie. Le capteur photo à l’avant d’1,2 millions de pixels reste inchangé et le capteur au dos lui passe à 8 megapixels et permet de filmer en 1080p.À lire aussiArchos 97 Titanium HD : une tablette tactile haute résolution dans la gamme ElementsAvec son Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus inaugure également une nouvelle station d’accueil, elle aussi en aluminium brossé, incorporant un clavier, un trackpad et surtout une batterie supplémentaire amenant l’autonomie totale à plus de 18 heures. Le meilleur des deux mondes en mobilité.Le modèle sera lancé au mois de décembre à des prix de 500 et 600 dollars pour les versions 32 et 64 Go (soit 368 et 441 euros, à peu près). Le premier modèle devrait logiquement voir son prix baisser. Dernière information, ces tablettes seront rapidement mises à jour en 2012 vers Android 4.0, lorsque celui-ci sera disponible pour les constructeurs. Le 12 novembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bridge Constructor Portal is Almost a New Valve Game

first_img Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’ If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.For a while I was at peace with the current state of once-great game developer now-turned hat seller Valve. Steam Machines may have been forgotten but the Steam Link, Steam Controller, and HTC Vive proved the company had real contributions to make to gaming hardware. And Half-Life fans finally got some degree of closure with the Episode 3 plot leak. Besides, if I was making Steam and Dota 2 money, I’d probably stop making games, too.But now Bridge Constructor Portal is here to make me mad at Gabe all over again. Or rather, it did until I learned to take solace in the fact that I was playing, on Nintendo Switch no less, the closest thing in a while to a new Valve game.Bridge Constructor Portal is a mashup of ClockStone Software’s Bridge Constructor series and Valve’s Half-Life puzzle-shooter spin-off Portal. It’s developed by Headup Games. The game tasks you with building bridges for different vehicles to travel using physics. Only this time you must consider your ability to bend physics to your will with reality-warping portals. And what good is a series of sterile chaotic test chambers without comically menacing Aperture Laboratories A.I. GLaDOS to egg you on?The merger of styles works remarkably well. Turrets and companion cubes and falling through the ceiling provide creative new challenges for seasoned builders of more “realistic” bridges. The button and/or touch control give you enough flexibility to build bridges with road and scaffolding and suspension cables that work even when gravity doesn’t.Meanwhile, even if you’re mastered how to propel your own body through portals in first, wrapping your head around the physics demands of vehicles in motion is something else entirely. Portals are always fixed in specific locations with simplified color coding, but that doesn’t make the puzzles any easier. Plus, crashing cars in an uncaring factory lab is just a fun, logical extension of the Portal mythos.In a vacuum, it’s all pretty enjoyable actually. Of all of Valve’s franchises, Portal lends itself particularly well to bite-sized, friendlier spin-offs like VR demos or Lego Dimensions sets. The puzzling physics-driven gameplay of both Portal and Bridge Constructor are complementary to sustain 60 puzzles unto themselves. The only thing that’s missing from a “real Portal game is a new Jonathan Coulton song, maybe one about building, and burning, bridges. A level editor would also be nice.But we’re not in a vacuum. We’re in a world where Valve has seemingly abandoned using its considerable talents to make awesome new single-player games. This is like when Nintendo released Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a perfectly fine little game in its own right, during the years-long Metroid drought before Samus Returns and Prime 4 Metroid. I guess Valve spin-offs are better than no Valve games at all, but can’t they spare a little time from letting algorithms moderate their marketplace (or allegedly pursuing potential buyers) to make a dang video game?But Bridge Constructor Portal shouldn’t be forced the bear the burden of Valve’s larger abandonment issues. Not even the strongest bridge could support that. It’s not Valve’s triumphant return to single-player video games, just a cool little mash-up, for science.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

What happened following the 32 WWE RAW in Newark

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Google+ Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Twitter’s Mike Tedesco passed along this live report from New Jersey.After the 3/2 WWE RAW went off the air in Newark on Monday night, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins, Big Show, Kane and Bray Wyatt in a bonus eight man tag team dark match.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Facebook Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Videos Articles Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions WhatsApp Videos Articleslast_img read more

Feds grant 10M to Juneau airport to replace support building with serious

first_imgThe terminal of Juneau International Airport in 2013. Most airports in Alaska are state owned and operated, but the City and Borough of Juneau owns and operates this one. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Juneau International Airport is getting nearly $10 million in federal transportation grant money to replace a sand and chemical storage building. The work is expected to address “serious life safety hazards” that local airport and state officials have flagged in the existing facility. It was built in 1966 as a hangar and later repurposed.Listen nowFederal Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced $205 million in grants on Thursday.“Most importantly, these improvements will not only expand airport capacity, but improve safety, as well,” Chao said. “Which as you all know, is my number one priority.”Chao also touted the grants’ economic impact.According to the airport’s grant application, the money will also replace an obsolete fueling facility.John MacKinnon is the executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. He couldn’t estimate specific economic impacts.“But there’s certainly going to be quite a few jobs created for it,” MacKinnon said. “A lot of building materials are coming from outside, but there’s concrete and a lot of dirt work associated with it and other things. So, you know, anytime you’ve got a $10 million project in a community the size of Juneau, it’s a big help.”Local Airport Manager Patty Wahto and architect Catherine Fritz were in Washington D.C. for the announcement.Juneau’s airport is one of 37 small airports around the country receiving these supplemental airport infrastructure grants. No other Alaska airports were in the mix today.last_img read more

A Path Out Of Poverty Career Training Quality Pre K

first_img Share Logan Faerber/Getty Images/Imagezoo RMWhat makes a high-quality learning program effective not just for the child but the whole family? What else, besides a well-run pre-K, is essential to help families break out of intergenerational poverty?These are some of the key questions that an approach called “two-generation” programs are working to answer. There are many of these “two-gen” programs across the U.S. And while they differ in emphasis and detail, at their core they intentionally focus on ways to help both the child and parent. Usually this happens through targeted education and career training and other vital support such as health services, mentoring, and transportation.NPR Ed has been keeping an eye on one innovative two-gen program in Oklahoma. It’s called Career Advance and is run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa). I’ve reported on it here and here. It gives low-income mothers access to high-quality Head Start for their children, alongside free career training in nursing and other in-demand health care fields as well as life coaching and support.A new study on the first year impact of Tulsa’s Career Advance that’s just been released shows that, so far, Career Advance is working well for both parents and their children. In fact, the study says, CAP Tulsa’s program is working better than similar combined job training and pre-K programs elsewhere in terms of job certification, employment, income and overall well-being for the parent. And, the report shows, the program has boosted attendance and reduced absenteeism among participating children.I reached out to two of study’s co-authors to find out more. Teresa Eckrich Sommer is a research professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Chris King is a senior research scientist and lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.When I went down to report on the program, no one had studied it in-depth. Is this the first big look at this program and its impact? Teresa Ekrich Sommer: This is the first one. We’re [a colleague, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale at Northwestern University, is the first author on this paper] looking at what happens at the end of year one.In terms of their education, we see that participants had much higher rates of certification in the healthcare fields. And then we see that in terms of employment, a greater proportion of the families, at the end of the first year, are employed in the specific career to which they’ve been trained, as compared to those who weren’t in the program. Sixty-one percent compared to 3 percent.Chris King: I would add to that, Eric, that the kinds of impacts we’re seeing, certainly in terms of job certification, the shifts towards healthcare employment are much larger than anything you see in most other similar career pathway programs. I think this speaks to the components of the model: the career coaching, the peer groups and the incentives.[The program offers a $3,000 a year max incentive if certain goals are reached — for example, attendance at monthly partner meetings for skills training, as well as incentives for achieving milestones such as certification.]You’re saying that there’s no secret sauce, that it’s the whole package? The financial incentives, the career counseling, the mentoring, etc., all together?Eckrich Sommer: We can’t conclusively say what single element matters the most. You know, at the base, just having this high-quality early childhood education is an incredible starting point for them.There’s no question that the financial incentives make an enormous difference to them in their lives. Many of them have previous college debt, and are struggling financially. And we have people in the comparison group that are similar in motivation and interest and talk about how big their financial struggles are. So I think that’s a significant piece.Also, I wouldn’t want to leave out the importance of the fact that these are families doing this together. They’re in a small learning group. They go to school together, they have their schedules for school when they start out coordinated with their child’s Head Start schedule, so they can both pick up and drop off their kids and still go to school. And many continue to work, usually in off hours.And also this coach is an essential element to helping families break down big goals, set specific markers along the way and be able to achieve them. Such as becoming a certified nurse assistant or becoming a licensed nurse practitioner, and knowing how to make those steps and decide, ‘Should I take a full course-load? Can I take a half course-load? How do I do this and manage the work and income I need for my family?’ with the education that they’re trying to pursue at the same time.For the children, I also see that attendance was better and fewer were chronically absent. But the absentee rate is still kinda high. Near 50 percent. Do you think there’s more to do to lower that?Eckrich Sommer: I think there is. I know that the eye goes towards the high rate. The bar is pretty low, it’s missing 10 percent or more of the school days. It tends to be a few kids who are absent a lot that drive up those numbers.Your report argues that Career Advance is doing better than comparable career training programs in other cities in America. In your view, what exactly is Career Advance doing better?King: Career Advance fits within the family of other career pathway sector strategies. Employer-driven strategies based in specific growth sectors of the labor market that offer opportunities for career advancement over time in jobs with good wages and benefits, e.g., health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics. It may be that they have more of all these elements feeding together to make the success possible. What we really have, I think, blown away is traditional postsecondary workforce and education training which doesn’t have persistence completion and employment kinds of effects the same size, at all, to what we’re seeing here.Eckrich Sommer: What’s incredibly important is that we’re building on what’s already a positive platform, which is early childhood education. So we know the kids are getting these huge benefits. And then we’re adding to that these incredible benefits to the parents.The question is, what is the overall effect over time? And as we follow the kids we’ll know that in a few years.There’s additional help under the program: gas cards, bus passes, childcare outside of Head Start’s normal hours. Overall, it’s costly. Can it be scaled or replicated easily?King: Easily, probably not. … It’s admittedly a high-cost intervention. So you’re paying for both parents and kids to get leading-edge, high-quality services, very intensive. At the same time, the way the Career Advance model has rolled out, it really hasn’t been a model that relied on the other partners involved to ante up.And I think going forward the way to scale this thing up is to go to the workforce system. To go to the community college system. To go to other providers in the community and say ‘OK, we’re providing the wraparound services, the career coaches, the Head Start services.’ You could then begin to share the cost for training those parents going forward and probably cut those costs to some extent.We know that the return on investment for early childhood is what, [between] 7 [and] 13-to-1. I mean, it’s high. We see similar returns for adult services in career pathway sector models. So the theory that we’re operating under, we don’t have the proof yet, is that when you combine them, you should get at least that, if not more.If someone from another city said ‘We want to replicate this, but it looks expensive.’ What do you tell them?Eckrich Sommer: What’s really interesting and important to think about is these initial investments, I think, have led to some changes in the way the local educational partners do their business. And that kind of systems change is essential.So, for example, by buying classes at the local community college, and working very closely with the instructors there, they’ve thought much harder about how do you serve families well? Parents of young children, who in fact, are a large majority of the population at many community colleges nationally.And so if you change the way things are done in a traditional school system, then you’re making improvements that you can’t even quantify, but you know , are the result of this initial big investment.It’s not cheap, but it is less expensive than the initial intensive model.And we will have more results, unfortunately, in about five years.What are the takeaways here for cities and states that might not be able to afford this kind of a gold-standard program, but still want to try to replicate some of the achievements CAP Tulsa is seeing?King: [Colleges need to] make it easier for all students, but especially parents, to navigate what the offerings are, and focus those offerings on sectors that are growing, that will lead to families sustaining jobs. Project Quest in San Antonio has done a good job. [Other leading examples include programs with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, Per Scholas, and Jewish Vocational Services.]Having governors support [two-gen] strategies and having local workforce entities pursue them is now part of the federal legislation and guidance coming out of the U.S. Department of Labor. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, governors must support implementation of career, private sector strategies statewide and are encouraged to embed career pathway approaches as well.Eckrich Sommer: I think it’s about partnership. And I think community colleges and early childhood education programs and anti-poverty programs can work together, and figure out how they can both serve parents and children.And I think they’re both invested in that, but they tend to focus on their primary population and if they think about investing in the other, and how it’ll improve the gains for each, then everyone’s better off.[The CAP Tulsa study was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Professions Opportunity Grant]Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Researchers find dogs sensitive to small variations in Earths magnetic field

first_img More information: Frontiers in Zoology 2013, 10:80 DOI: 10.1186/1742-9994-10-80 Citation: Researchers find dogs sensitive to small variations in Earth’s magnetic field (2014, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A team of researchers in the Czech Republic has found that dogs can now be added to the list of animals that are able to sense and respond to the Earth’s magnetic field. In their paper published in Frontiers in Zooology, the researchers describe field experiments they conducted that indicated that dogs prefer to defecate while in a North-South stance relative to the Earth’s axis, during times when the magnetic field is calm. Journal information: Frontiers in Zoology © 2014 Explore further Dogs recognize familiar faces from images Intrigued by the growing list of animals that appear to have a magnetic sensitivity, the researchers focused on dogs to see if they too had any such abilities. After some initial observations, the team began to notice a pattern of behavior related to stance during defecation—that was enough to embark on some field studies.The field studies were conducted in an open field so as to ensure that the dogs weren’t being impacted by familiar surroundings—in all 70 dogs (37 breeds) were observed circling and defecating for a total of 1,893 times. The dogs exhibited, the team reports, a very clear inclination to defecate with their bodies aligned in a North-South stance. But, more tellingly, when the magnetic field was not calm, the dogs showed no such preference, suggesting that when there is a clear magnetic field, dogs can feel it, and for unexplained reasons, prefer to align themselves in a certain posture.The team also found that freedom was a factor—dogs on leashes didn’t appear to have as much of an inclination to align themselves in any particular direction as did dogs who were allowed to roam free in a field as they did their business.No one can say for sure why dogs might prefer to align themselves in a particular direction when defecating, of course, though the researchers suggest they might simply feel more comfortable. They note that their study also found that the dogs tended to intentionally avoid crouching in an East-West, alignment, perhaps finding it the most uncomfortable of all. Their study, they say, is the first to conclusively show that dogs have magnetic sensitivity.Other studies have found that other animals, such as cattle, deer, foxes, birds and even some species of fish adjust their actions according to the Earth’s magnetic field, though how they do so is still unclear in most instances. 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

New Browns GM John Dorsey rips previous Moneyball front office for not

first_img It sounds like DePodesta might be getting a pink slip before he print his next spreadsheet. New Browns GM John Dorsey has a lot of work to do for a franchise with one win in the last 2 seasons, and in an interview with Cleveland radio station WKNR 850, he didn’t mince words with his opinion of the previous front office.When asked a question about head coach Hue Jackson, the former Chiefs GM took a direct shot at the players on the current roster and those that acquired them:“You know what? You’ve got to get a guy like that (Hue Jackson) players. And you know what? I’ll come straight out with it. The guys who were here before, that system, they didn’t get real players.”The comments are clearly directed at previous Executive VP Sashi Brown, but probably don’t bode well for “Moneyball” pioneer, and current Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta, who has attempted to bring his baseball analytics approach to the NFL. Advertisementlast_img read more

Biometric Information Privacy Act It is now illegal for Amazon Facebook or

first_imgOn 25th January, the Illinois Supreme Court passed a unanimous ruling which states that, when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. This can be done even without proof of concrete injuries- like identity fraud or physical harm. The law known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act, requires that companies explicitly inform a person about what biometric data they will collect, and also how the data will be stored and utilized by the company. The data includes information like fingerprints, facial scans, iris scans, or other biological information. Next, the company has to obtain prior consent from that person before capturing these details. A point to be noted here is that, while other states only allow attorneys general to sue companies, the Illinois BIPA law gives individuals the right to sue companies. Afterwhich, they can collect damages of $1,000 (the amount increases to $5,000, if the court finds a company deliberately or recklessly flouted the law). Six Flags v Rosenbach According to FastCompany, the decision was taken in a landmark lawsuit against the theme park Six Flags, who recorded the thumbprint of a 14-year-old boy without notice or written consent, while issuing him a season pass in 2014. Six Flags did not notify the boy or his mother, Stacy Rosenbach, about obtaining his fingerprints. She sued Six Flags for violation of the BIPA law and in its defense, Six Flags made the case that because Rosenbach couldn’t demonstrate that taking his fingerprints had done any “harm” to the boy (example: no data breach or security problem), the company wasn’t liable for damages. According to the Electronic Frontier foundation, “EFF, along with ACLU, CDT, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, PIRG, and Lucy Parsons Labs, filed an amicus curiae brief urging the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt a robust interpretation of BIPA. The Illinois Supreme Court agreed with us and soundly rejected the defendants’ argument that BIPA required a person to show an injury beyond loss of statutory privacy rights”.  On Friday the state’s Supreme Court ruled that Six Flags had, indeed, violated the law and would need to pay the boy damages, in spite of no “harm” shown. The ruling comes as an example in Illinois that if a company violates a citizen’s privacy without any prior notice or consent and the citizen sues, the plaintiff doesn’t need to demonstrate an additional harm for the law to protect the user. BIPA sets an example for similar lawsuits The Six Flags ruling builds a stronger case for other ongoing lawsuits, including one against Facebook in which consumers claimed that Facebook violated a state privacy law by using facial recognition technology on their uploaded photographs without their consent. Facebook is fighting back by saying consumers should have to show that the lawbreaking practice caused ‘additional harm’ beyond a mere violation. Google also faced a similar lawsuit on Thursday, where two Illinois residents allege that the company “failed to obtain consent from anyone when it introduced its facial recognition technology.” Just last month, Google won the dismissal of a lawsuit it has been facing since 2016 for allegedly scanning and saving the biometric data of a woman, captured unwillingly in 11 photos taken on Android by a Google Photos user. As per Bloomberg, the lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in Chicago, who found that the plaintiff didn’t suffer “concrete injuries”. Senior staff counsel Rebecca Glenberg of the ACLU of Illinois, said in a statement that  “Your biometric information belongs to you and should not be left to corporate interests who want to collect detailed information about you for advertising and other commercial purposes.” What does this mean to the tech industry? According to, while facial recognition technology and biometric does have the potential to simplify life of citizens, the BIPA may affect technological innovation overall. The litigation may have the potential to drive up costs- on both ends of the spectrum. Businesses like Apple, who have demonstrated the importance of biometric technology, will have to take extra precautions to comply with the BIPA. In case the law is violated, there is the expense of class-action lawyers and litigants. They may simply decide against hiring people in Illinois because of the expense and hassle. It would be interesting to see companies coming up with a kind of framework that would safeguard them against violation of the BIPA as well as put citizens at rest about the way their data is handled/used. You can head over to Electronic Frontier Foundation’s official post for more insights on this news. Read Next ACLU files lawsuit against 11 federal criminal and immigration enforcement agencies for disclosure of information on government hackingThe district of Columbia files a lawsuit against Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandalIBM faces age discrimination lawsuit after laying off thousands of older workers, Bloomberg reportslast_img read more

World Aviation Systems to represent Virgin Atlantic Airways

first_imgWorld Aviation Systems (WAS) has announced that it will represent Virgin Atlantic Airways as the airline’s new general sales agent in Australasia and South East Asia, effective immediately.“Following a comprehensive tender process to identify a regional GSA in Australasia and South East Asia, we are delighted to appoint World Aviation Systems as our representative, which was a natural choice for us due to the company’s extensive experience and forward thinking, can-do culture,” Virgin Atlantic Airways head of Asia Pacific David Rose said.Virgin Atlantic Airways currently operates from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and beyond to the USA and the growth of travel in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow rapidly.“The growth of travel in our region makes this a particularly exciting time for us to work closely together and our industry leading representation model and expertise at World Aviation Systems will enable us to drive sales on behalf of Virgin Atlantic in the region,” World Aviation Systems group general manager James Vaile said.Gia Acitelli has been appointed by World Aviation Systems as regional general manager and brings with her 14 years of experience with Virgin Atlantic Airways as sales and marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand.“Gia is a well-known and respected figure in Australia and New Zealand in the airline and travel industry and she will play an integral role in our ongoing relationship with Virgin Atlantic Airways,” said Mr Vaile.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

Nijhawan Group to represent  iVenture Card International in India

first_imgiVenture Card International has announced the appointment of Nijhawan Group as their local representative in the Indian subcontinent.Commenting over the development, Ryan Rieveley, CEO and President, iVenture Card, said, “Having seen dramatic growth in the number of Indian guests enjoying our products worldwide and their propensity to purchase an iVenture Card as an integral part of their holiday before leaving home, we felt it was imperative to extend our reach in the Indian market and make our products available to more consumers through their preferred travel partner. In doing so, we’re delighted to have the Nijhawan Group represent and assist us in further developing and strengthening our partnerships with the Indian travel trade.”Currently operating in 16 of the world’s leading tourist destinations including London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Madrid, Sydney and more, iVenture Card recognises India as a major upcoming source market. This representation tie up will be executed by iVenture Card Managing Director, Joost Timmer and General Manager– International Business, Joy Ghose overseeing the market from their Regional Head Office in Hong Kong.Announcing this partnership, Priyanka Nijhawan, Director- Representations, Nijhawan Group, said, “We will support the tour operators and travel agents in their sales and marketing efforts to maximise the numbers of Indians experiencing attractions worldwide through iVenture Card attraction pass. With the addition of iVenture Card International to our representation portfolio, we can now offer a new product to our travel partners to further enhance the experience of their clients.”last_img read more

Keillor Radio station fired me without full inves

first_imgKeillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation FILE – In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Garrison Keillor, creator and host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” appears during an interview in St. Paul, Minn. The president of Minnesota Public Radio has told employees the decision to cut business ties with former “A Prairie Home Companion” host Keillor resulted from “multiple allegations” that covered an extended period of time. Jon McTaggart held an off-the-record meeting with employees Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a week after Keillor’s dismissal was announced. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) by Jeff Baenen, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2017 6:03 am PDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img MINNEAPOLIS – Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as “multiple allegations” spanning an extended period against the former “A Prairie Home Companion” host.Jon McTaggart, CEO of MPR’s parent company American Public Media Group, addressed the issue at an employee meeting Wednesday. McTaggart didn’t provide details of the allegations against the 75-year-old veteran broadcaster, saying only that he has shared them with lawyers and board members.MPR News reporters refused to attend the meeting because its contents had been declared off the record, but they compiled a report based on interviews with colleagues who did.In a statement Thursday morning, MPR insisted it conducted a proper review. The statement said two people formerly associated with the show alleged “multiple incidents of inappropriate behaviour” by Keillor, though only one claimed the behaviour was directed at her. The station said it hasn’t made additional details public because the two want privacy.“The allegations were carefully investigated before MPR made the decision to terminate contracts with Mr. Keillor,” the statement said.Keillor announced Nov. 30 that MPR had terminated his contracts after four decades of entertaining public radio listeners with tales of small-town characters. He said he was fired over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” Keillor didn’t provide details to the Associated Press but later told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman’s bare back as he tried to console her.Keillor retired as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2016 but had continued to work for MPR on various projects.McTaggart said Wednesday that no one else in the company knows the content of the “multiple allegations” against Keillor that span an extended period of time.Keillor told the Associated Press in an email later Wednesday that he was not at the meeting hosted by McTaggart, so he couldn’t provide details of what was said. But he expressed disappointment at the company’s response to the allegations.“I expect to deal with MPR soon to try to fix the enormous mistake they have made by not conducting a full and fair investigation,” he said.Keillor’s attorney emailed a statement to AP early Thursday stressing that they know of allegations made by “one individual.”“We trust that Mr. McTaggart will set the record straight in this respect to avoid any misperceptions on that point,” Eric Nilsson said in the statement.Keillor said he wants the matter to be resolved quickly and “with it expects a full restoration of his reputation,” Nilsson said.“A Prairie Home Companion” continues with Keillor’s hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile.___Follow Jeff Baenen on Twitter at . Find more of his work at up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: read more

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