Inmate charge in Randolph County escape and chase

first_imgRandolph County prosecutors have charged Sadonna Marie Staton for escaping custody of a Chariton County deputy Wednesday and stealing his truck.The deputy was taking Staton back to the Keytesville jail after medical appointments in Moberly on Wednesday afternoon. She allegedly tried to escape on Highway 24 near Huntsville. Authorities say some shots were fired, then Staton got away in the deputy’s unmarked pickup.The truck crashed in the Clifton Hill area west of Moberly near Highways 24 and 3. Investigators say Staton tried to run but was caught about 30 minutes later.That deputy has minor injuries, but no one was hurt by the gunshots.Staton faces at least seven felony charges including assault, armed criminal action, and escaping from custody with a deadly weapon.She is in the Randolph County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.(This story was last updated at 6:29 a.m. Friday.)last_img read more

SITA Standardizes on Intel® Xeon® for a Flexible Cloud Computing Environment

first_imgAirline communications and IT provider SITA wanted to enhance business flexibility by building a cloud computing infrastructure with the scalability to meet growing demands and the flexibility to accommodate the fast-changing air transport industry. It also wanted to define a  reference architecture for running mission-critical solutions that could deliver the performance to process complex transactions with low latency. Finally, it needed to make sure its infrastructure was efficient enough to reduce operating expenses and keep transaction costs low.The solution was IBM BladeCenter* servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, which SITA chose as the reference architecture for its cloud computing environment and its grid-based international fares pricing solution.“Using IBM BladeCenter servers with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series enables us to provide a tremendous amount of processing performance in a highly compressed footprint,” explained Chris Lofton, head of technology planning for SITA. “We are delivering better performance for mission-critical applications while substantially reducing our infrastructure.”For details, read our new SITA business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Slew of concept cars unveiled at 11th Auto Expo

first_imgThe first day of the auto expo witnessed a host of launches and concept cars from major automakers in the world’s second fastest growing auto market.The 11th Auto Expo, which began with Maruti Suzuki India unveiling its XA Alpha concept SUV and the Hyundai showcasing the new Sonata and its concept multi-purpose vehicle Hexa Space.German automobile giant Volkswagen on Thursday launched new versions of its sports utility vehicle (SUV) Touareg and its small car Beetle. It also unveiled its concept hybrid car XL 1.”The new Touareg will have a more efficient engine and the body is lighter and more aerodynamic. It is the first in its class to have an eightspeed automatic gearbox,” Volkswagen board member Ulrich Hackenberg said at the 11th Auto Expo here.Maruti’s SUV XA (Alpha)Japanese auto major Nissan Motor Company on Thursday unveiled a seven-seater car, the Evalia. Besides, the company also showcased the zero-emission electric car Leaf, the Nissan GTR and the Compact Sports Concept.Tata Group chief Ratan Tata made an appearance at the expo together with his successor Cyrus P. Mistry, who remained the centre of attraction at the Tata Motors’ pavilion. Tata Motors displayed four concept cars equipped with alternate fuel technology under the brands Tata Nano CNG, Indigo Manza diesel-electric hybrid, Tata Starbus Fuel Cell and Tata Indica Magic Iris CNG.US car maker Ford Motor displayed its compact EcoSport SUV in India for the first time.Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) unveiled an SUV, the Rexton, from the stables of its Korean subsidiary SsangYong.advertisementAmong automobile brands, BMW group’s iconic Mini brand was the highlight of the day as the company announced the India launch of the model, which is priced up to Rs 31.99 lakh.Rival German auto maker Mercedes Benz too, unveiled its AClass concept car.Hyundai’s HexaSpaceWhile only a few auto-makers launched new cars and twowheelers, many showcased new concepts and yet-to-belaunched models.Premium car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz launched its luxury M-Class SUV, priced at Rs 58-60 lakh, along with a powerful open-top vehicle, SLS AMG Roadster, with a price tag of about Rs 3 crore.It also showcased the future of automobiles with its A-Class concept and fuel cell technologies.In the two-wheeler space Suzuki Motorcycles and Yamaha India unveiled new products.Japanese auto major Suzuki launched a 110cc motorcycle Hayate and a 125cc scooter Swish, targeted at the youth while Yamaha unveiled its scootie targeted at young women. Royal Enfield unveiled its 500cc bike Thunderbird 500, which will hit the Indian roads later this year.American motorcycle giant Harley Davidson too, launched two locally assembled models of FXDB Street Bob and FXDC Super Glide Custom at a slashed price saying it was expanding its completely knocked down (CKD) production in India.last_img read more

Start Playing Badminton For This New Year

first_imgAdvertisement                                                              Source.Every new year, we all want to do something different and something for the better. Not only for the better of one’s around us, but better for ourselves and to see it have a positive impact on life.Generally, people list out few resolutions for themselves which they may stick to or may not.Sometimes people make resolutions which only last for small periods of time because either they go back to their old habits, or they lose interest or they are just not capable of abiding by it.                                                              Source.Almost every new year, people vow to themselves that they need to stay fit and join the gym. Some are successful in keeping this vow, some just give up.Having said, do something new this year. Start playing Badminton. This game will not only help you stay fit, but it will also challenge you. If you are a competitive person by nature and have the never say never attitude, then this sport is right up your alley.Badminton is a game that is not only physically exhausting but is quite challenging too. It makes you think all the time, it keeps your brain active and minds fresh too. After playing a bit of Badminton in a day, it is almost certain that you will feel this new energy within you.The benefits and awareness of Badminton are on the rise these days. Not only youngsters but even adults are starting to play Badminton or are going to a professional to learn Badminton. This is because playing Badminton makes you feel focused, alert and even fierce.                                                                Source.Once you start playing Badminton regularly, you will start living a more disciplined life, which is what most people want to achieve every new year. You will tend to watch what you are eating and even make sure that you give a certain amount of time in a given day or two days just for Badminton and not anything else.Once you get your handset in Badminton and you get the hang of out it, there is no going back. And this is meant in every good way possible. Once you find you are able to play correctly and move to the shuttle and return it well, you will absolutely love the game and will never want to stop.This is in a sense is you not giving up what you set out to do in the beginning.Badminton is a lot of fun not just to watch but to play too. It is also a great place to socialise with people from your local area and even to meet new people who are like minded.Badminton is not the easiest sport to play at first, but if you try and pick it up, you will be determined to be successful. There is this indescribable satisfaction you will achieve at the end of a good session of play.In the new year, if you want to do something different, something more fun rather than things that tend to put pressure on you, you should learn to play Badminton. Who knows, you may even have the potential of being very good at it.Watch this video to see how Badminton is just the perfect sport for a new beginning:Conclusion:If you like to push yourself and are always up to a great challenge, take up Badminton; it never disappoints.Original article source – blog playoAdvertisementlast_img read more

“Ravichandran Ashwin Is Still India’s Number One Spinner” – Chief Selector MSK Prasad

first_imgBCCI chief selector MSK Prasad addressing a press conference at BCCI headquarter on Friday. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, 06th January 2016, Mumbai *** Local Caption *** BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad addressing a press conference at BCCI headquarter on Friday. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, 06th January 2016, MumbaiAdvertisementChief selector of the Indian cricket team, MSK Prasad has contradicted Ravi Shastri’s statement of Kuldeep Yadav being the number one overseas bowler for Team India by saying that Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best spinners in the world and India’s No. 1 spin option. Earlier, Shastri had said that Kuldeep is Men in Blue’s frontline overseas spinner as the Indian head coach revealed how he managed to impress him in the Sydney Test against Australia. However, contradicting to Shastri’s statement Prasad stated that Ashwin is their premier spinner.MSK Prasad feels Ravi Ashwin is India’s No.1 Test spinner.Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh also agreed with Shastri by saying that Ashwin has lost the race against Kuldeep due to his inconsistency in the Test series against England. Prasad, while lauding Ashwin, further stated that the 32-year-old has so much to offer to Indian cricket and has a lot of cricket left in him.“Undoubtedly. There are no two ways about it. Ashwin is our No. 1 spinner and he is one of the best spinners in the world. In fact, every country we play, they always plan against Ashwin first compared to other spinners. He is our premier spinner,” Prasad was quoted as saying by Sportstar.“If we are talking about Ashwin, we are talking about a legendary spinner. We have to accept that first and the number of victories that he has given to us is phenomenal. I am sure as a professional he knows what’s the fitness level that’s expected of him. Injuries are part and parcel of the game of every player. I don’t exactly question as to what happened (with his fitness in England and Australia),” the chief selector added.“Someone who is exerting is only prone to injuries. Someone who isn’t exerting will not get injured. So, I have no doubt about his commitment. It’s unfortunate but he will come back strong. He has so much cricket left in him and he has so much to offer for Indian cricket,” Prasad stated.After the New Zealand tour, India will host Australia for two T20Is and five ODIs as the Men in Blue prepare themselves for the upcoming 2019 World Cup.Advertisementlast_img read more

Champions League: Impossible to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, says Luka Modric

first_imgReal Madrid’s veteran midfielder Luka Modric yesterday warned that the club shouldn’t be written off after a poor season despite two defeats to Barcelona in four days at home. After being knocked out of the Copa del Rey and effectively deemed irrelevant in the title race, a third loss in as many games could see Madrid’s season wiped out in a week.Related News Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Last hopeSantiago Solari’s team face Ajax at the Bernabeu in the Champions League tonight, a competition Real have won the last three years and is the club’s only hope of a trophy this season. Ajax deserved more from the 2-1 loss in Amsterdam that, in theory, puts their opponents firmly in charge ahead of the second leg. But three consecutive defeats at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time in 15 years means Madrid will be feeling the heat. “In 2015 we won nothing. People said Real were dead, but you know what happened next. We started winning again. We have to trust ourselves.” Modric said. ‘Key match'”It’s a key match for us this season,” he said. “We want to be in the quarter-finals. Our problem this season is lack of continuity and a lack of goals,” the Ballon d’Or winner added. He acknowledged that the club was missing Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is a player any team would miss and finding a replacement for Cristiano is almost impossible,” he said. “Cristiano scored 50 goals and you cannot find someone today who will score so many.” Modric said he had hoped “two or three players would score 15, 20 or 10 goals and that has not happened and I think it’s our biggest problem this year,” Modric remarked. The club, Modric said, “has put faith in other players like Gareth [Bale], [Marco] Asensio and Karim [Benzema].” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Wales recall unfit Gareth Bale for crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praises record Rodrygo!last_img read more

No Innovation = No Value = No Job

first_imgIt is well known that corporate America is looking to reduce costs to stay competitive in the global market. This cost focus will result in an even larger number of jobs being offshored and automated, including high-end white collar and technical jobs. It is an economic certainty. The days of having your job be the means to an end… well, they mean to end.But before you despair, you need to know that there is some good news. The old economic model trapped many of us in dead-end jobs, hoping that our boss would be in a good mood when reviews came around. That is no way to live. That is economic bondage. That is zombie-central.The good news is that at the same time companies are looking to reduce cost, they are also looking to increase value. Every company has competitors (whether they know it or not). The only way to beat competitors in today’s market is to deliver more value for the money. Companies are starting to realize that they can’t add value by cutting costs.You hear the pundits talk about the “kinds of jobs that are a sure bet in the future.” The prognosticators talk about engineering, education and finance jobs all being sure things. Or at least they did before the meltdown disrupted each of those job markets. But they have it all wrong. It won’t be about job categories staying here versus going somewhere else. It will be about value propositions.You can ship IT jobs offshore all day long, but you can’t outsource the person who comes up with the next great software service. Manufacturing jobs will stop moving offshore when it isn’t about low cost mass production. Textiles will stop moving offshore when it isn’t about competing on price. You can name any industry, any segment and there are examples of companies that are creating jobs rather than shipping all their operations overseas.The companies that are hiring here are competing on value. Companies who compete on value can only survive when they have people who are engaged, energized and inspired. Simply put, people who are zombies can’t innovate. Zombies just repeat tasks and follow directions. That’s not innovating. That’s work that can be done cheaper in China.No innovation, no value. No value, no job. Sorry, but we can’t compete on price.Innovation takes creative spark, passion and fire. That takes you being completely absorbed, proud of the value you create and energized by the challenges you face. As we talked about last week, that takes you having fun.Now you know why it is so critical for you to stop being a zombie in your job and in your job search. You have to sell your ability to create value. And you know that creating value means that you have to be inspired.And, next week we will talk about how we can find your sense of purpose and connect that to your value proposition.last_img read more

Are you Arsenal in disguise?! Déjà vu for Alexis

first_imgTransfers Are you Arsenal in disguise?! Sanchez left looking lost again as Man Utd submit to Spurs Kris Voakes Manchester United Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:10 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(41) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Manchester United A. Sánchez Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Opinion Alexis Sanchez made his league debut for Manchester United, but it was a familiar tale for the Chilean as his new outfit rolled over It was a different red shirt Alexis Sanchez was wearing but an all-too familiar feeling for the new Manchester United signing on Wednesday.He may have waved goodbye to Arsenal’s inconsistencies, but the Red Devils’ 2-0 defeat at Tottenham was riven with all the problems the Chilean must have he had left behind at Emirates Stadium.On Sanchez’s Premier League debut for the club, United were abject. From the first whistle to the last they were second best, save for a short period in the first half when the new signing was at his most influential. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United, just like Arsenal so often during his three-and-a-half year spell in north London, left countless gaps for their opponents to exploit and turned in a calamitous defensive showing punctuated by individual error upon individual error.United’s approach was certainly not helped by the concession of a goal inside 10-and-a-half seconds. From the kick-off, Phil Jones failed to win a long ball in the air and, with Chris Smalling failing to react, Christian Eriksen was allowed to ghost into the box untracked by Ashley Young before firing crisply beyond David de Gea.For the 10 minutes or so which followed, it appeared more than possible that United would work their way back into the game. With Sanchez prevalent and Romelu Lukaku looking hungry, they had Spurs back-pedalling regularly in a bid to immediately peg back the deficit. Yet that initial surge died a very speedy death and for the remainder of the game it was really just a question of how many goals Spurs would win by.United’s night was summed up perfectly by the second goal, with Kieran Trippier whipping a cross in towards the near post which somehow caught Phil Jones off balance. The England centre-back went at the ball with his wrong foot and sent it flying past De Gea.For Sanchez, it was a 90-minute struggle. Having started on the left he was unable to do enough to justify the redeployment of Anthony Martial to the right-hand side.But even after a half-time switch which saw Sanchez moved to the centre and the Frenchman reverted back to his favoured left, United just couldn’t give their forward line the quality of possession they craved.Too often, Spurs had extra numbers in the United half, and the visitors were always chasing the game as a result.Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedThe second-half madness which saw Paul Pogba replaced in a tactical switch for the first time in a Manchester United shirt only for his replacement, Marouane Fellaini, to be then hauled off within eight minutes in favour of Ander Herrera only served to underline just how badly the night had gone for Jose Mourinho and his side.Spurs looked better prepared, more confident, and more in tune with each other as a team than United did at any point in the game. It is an assessment we have so often seen of Arsenal in the last three-and-a-half years, but this was not the way Sanchez was hoping to be made to feel at home.United will doubtless have better days with Sanchez in their side, and his transfer does not become a bad one on the back of one result alone. But this was a reminder that the transformation of Manchester United is still some way from completion.last_img read more

Author John U. Bacon Says 3 NFL Head Coaches Expressed Interest In the Michigan Job

first_imgMichigan players run out under the GO Blue banner.IG/umathleticsAuthor and Michigan alum John U. Bacon’s latest book entitled “Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football” chronicles the tenure of former Michigan AD Dave Brandon and head coach Brady Hoke and looks ahead to the Wolverine program under Jim Harbaugh. Bacon is doing an AMA on Reddit today and dropped a very interesting piece of info on the coaching search that produced Harbaugh. According to Bacon, Harbaugh was always the choice but that three NFL coaches expressed interest in the position. It’s unclear if Harbaugh is one of the three or if there were three others besides him.Per @Johnubacon, 3 NFL head coaches expressed interest in the Michigan job; join the AMA: https://t.co/SsPSlKW6Mk pic.twitter.com/9uFztjukbg— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 30, 2015Bacon also dropped some other tasty tidbits in his AMA, saying he thinks it will take three or four years for Harbaugh to have Michigan in the conversation for a CFP berth and further confirming that Lloyd Carr isn’t a fan of Les Miles. The whole thread is interesting and can be found here.last_img read more

Jiangsu Hantong Names Conti’s Newbuild

first_imgzoom Chinese shipbuilder Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co. hosted a ship naming ceremony for a  64,000 DWT bulk carrier owned by German shipping company Conti.The yard said that the bulk carrier in question bears the hull number HT 64-157, but did not disclose the new name of the ship. The newbuilding is classed by Lloyd’s Register and has just completed sea trials.Conti Reederei ordered four 63,800dwt bulkers with options for eight more with Jiangsu Hantong in March 2014.The newbuildings feature eco-friendly Dolphin 64 design, developed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design Institute (Sdari) in collaboration with Wärtsilä and Det Norske Veritas (DNV).Earlier this month, CONTI-Group returned to Jiangsu Hantong for three LR1 74,000 DWT tankers, the shipbuilder said.The tankers, also designed by SDARI are slated for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2017.CONTI-Group is one of the world’s biggest managing owners of ships with a clear focus on container vessels.Conti’s present fleet comprises 75 carriers in service, including 34 post-panmax container vessels, of which 17 vessels fall in the 7,500 TEU + size category. The company also manages and owns tankers, bulk carriers and cruise vessels.The shipyard said in a separate release that it has started construction of two self-unloaders ordered by Vulica Shipping Company, Ltd. in April this year. The 67,150 DWT Panamax bulkers will feature Deltamarin’s B.Delta68 SUL design.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Collaboration and Innovation Expected from Municipalities

first_img While each project – like each municipality – is uniquely defined and distinct in its own right, there is a great deal in common. Like all levels of government, municipalities all face difficult decisions and competing interests. We all have to do more with less, stretch our dollars and find creative solutions to the challenges facing our communities. With a new year ahead comes a new beginning. While a lot is being done, there is still a lot to do. All of the pressures facing us must receive attention and be addressed. Narrowly-focused viewpoints have the potential to overlook the possibilities. So now, more than ever, we all must build on what we’ve started; be creative, collaborative and innovative as the success of one leads to the success of many. -30- As 2011 comes to a close, I would like to highlight some of the innovative projects and partnerships we’ve had the privilege of taking part in with our municipal partners. Projects that are making life better for Nova Scotians. This is an important time in the life cycle of municipalities. We are at a turning point that calls for us to make a decision – continue as we are or change direction for the better. I am aware of the challenges facing many Nova Scotia towns including aging infrastructure, population shifts and shrinking tax bases, and I am encouraged by new ideas and regional approaches between communities where it makes sense. One such example is the Towns Task Force, chaired by Kentville Mayor David Corkum, and made up of municipal elected officials, and staff from Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM), Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The task force is working hard to come up with recommendations that will help us maintain our communities as great places to live, work and raise families. The province has committed $100,000 to assist with the work of the task force. It will bring recommendations forward to the UNSM and the province on measures to address the long term sustainability of communities. Another important collaborative project is the fiscal review, which is looking at all the provincial funding programs in collaboration with the UNSM, Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia, and municipalities. This review will include a steering committee of municipal and provincial representatives, which will be formed in the New Year.It has been 10 years since we engaged in a collaborative review of programs. It is important that, together, we review funding programs and services for municipalities to ensure they are meeting the needs of communities and consider the context of the province’s current fiscal reality. Both the Towns Task Force and fiscal review involve all municipalities, however many municipalities are entering into innovative collaborations at the regional level as well. In the Strait area, the province collaborated with nine municipalities to form a partnership to purchase new financial software. This initiative is saving these communities thousands of dollars that can be moved into other municipal priorities. The Kings County 2050 project is another example of collaboration among municipalities and the province. This comprehensive land use planning exercise is being conducted by Kings County Municipality with the co-operation of the towns of Kentville, Wolfville, and Berwick. Working together to solve cross jurisdictional issues, this is a true example of a regional municipal planning strategy. Other successful projects include: the province is assisting the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater and the Town of Mahone Bay with a study that will explore opportunities for shared services and governance options the province is supporting Canso in its transition to become part of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough the province’s commitment of $300,000 to assist with the establishment of a Municipal Auditor General’s Office will bring more transparency and accountability to municipal operations with leadership from the province, residents and council in Bridgetown have come together to pass a budget, set a new tax rate, and are moving toward a more positive and sustainable future. last_img read more

Education for Iraqi children key to their countrys future UN official says

20 July 2007A senior United Nations official traveling in Damascus has called for Iraqi refugee parents to send their children to public schools in Syria, pointing out that these young people hold the key to Iraq’s future. A senior United Nations official traveling in Damascus has called for Iraqi refugee parents to send their children to public schools in Syria, pointing out that these young people hold the key to Iraq’s future.Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees L. Craig Johnstone made his comments on Thursday as he continued his first visit to the Middle East for UNHCR.“The Syrian government allows your children to register in public schools. Make the most of this opportunity; send your children to school,” Mr. Johnstone told a gathering of more than 400 Iraqi refugees at the UNHCR Registration Centre in Damascus.”The education of your children will secure the future of Iraq and the future of your families. Spread the word – we want all Iraqi families in Syria to know that they have the right to send their children to school,” added Mr. Johnstone, who arrived from Jordan on the second leg of his first visit to the region since joining UNHCR in June.His visit to main host countries Syria and Jordan coincides with the launch of a joint campaign by the UN refugee agency and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to increase the number of Iraqi children in schools in Syria from the current 33,000 to 100,000 by the end of the 2007-08 school year.An appeal last week for extra funds for UNHCR’s Iraq-linked programmes noted that most Iraqi children were not attending school. Outside Iraq, the agency plans to focus on education, health, food, social and legal counseling and shelter for the refugees. A recent survey in Damascus indicated that a significant number of children were not yet enrolled in school.Mr. Johnstone voiced UNHCR’s gratitude to the Damascus Government for offering refuge to the estimated 1.4 million Iraqi refugees living in Syria. The UN refugee agency has been appealing for increased international support for the Governments of both Syria and Jordan as they struggle to cope with the influx of refugees. In last week’s appeal, UNHCR issued a revised budget of $123 million for its programmes, up from US$60 million in January.“UNHCR has already registered more than 150,000 Iraqis in the region and many of them have special needs, including help in getting their children in school and serious medical problems. The needs are enormous and these governments should not have to cope alone,” said Mr. Johnstone.Meanwhile, the displacement of Iraqis in the face of extreme violence continues unabated, with a significant impact on the surrounding region. To date, over 4 million Iraqis have been uprooted, according to UNHCR. The more than 2 million refugees in surrounding countries include some who fled their country during the pre-2003 regime of Saddam Hussein. The outflow has escalated in the past eighteen months.The displacement continues at a rate of about 100,000 a month, the UN estimates. read more

Lowes undertakes hiring blitz

The Simcoe RONA store is looking to hire 20 new workers as part of a hiring blitz by Lowe’s Canada network of stores.The home improvement retailer is looking to fill more than 6,350 open positions nationwide this spring.“Whether you’re looking for a summer job, a career in home improvement, or an opportunity to share your home improvement knowledge in your retirement, now is the ideal time to join the Lowe’s Canada family,” Marc Macdonald, senior vice president of human resources, said in a media release. “Come meet our store teams-we’d like to know more about you.”Full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs will be available.A National Hiring Day will be held on Feb. 23 at stores across the country. Candidates interested in working at RONA in Simcoe can visit the location at 10 Davis Street East, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. The management team will be on site to accept applications and meet with candidates.Across the country, there are positions available for department managers, customer service associates, cashiers, stockers, boom truck drivers, and sales specialists. To accommodate student candidates, most seasonal jobs will begin in April.To learn more about available positions or to apply online at any time, log onto lowescanada.ca/en/careers. read more

Dallas jury rules NFL breached 2011 Super Bowl tickets contract but no

Dallas jury rules NFL breached 2011 Super Bowl tickets contract, but no fraud against fans Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addresses the media outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse after testifying in the 2011 Super Bowl seating trial, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Smiley N. Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES DALLAS – A federal jury on Thursday ordered the NFL to pay nearly $76,000 to fans affected by the 2011 Super Bowl seating mess in Texas, wrapping up a trial that included testimony from Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.The eight-member jury in Dallas concluded that the NFL breached its contracts with seven holders of tickets to the game at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington. However, the jury concluded the league did not defraud the fans.The NFL must pay the money to the seven fans. Five said they ended up with no seats and two said they had obstructed views at the $1.2 billion stadium for the game in which Green Bay won the championship over Pittsburgh. The jury ordered compensation ranging from $5,670 to $22,000.About 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe hours before kickoff. That forced about 850 ticket holders to move to new seats and 400 others to standing-room areas. The NFL has said it fully compensated displaced fans.Plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Avenatti asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn to withhold her final judgment until he can take a sworn statement from Scott Suprina, the contractor hired to install the 1,200 temporary seats. Lynn said she would alert Avenatti in advance of any judgment finalizing the jury verdict.Avenatti had filed an emergency motion on Wednesday, claiming the NFL had influenced Suprina’s testimony in its favour during a video deposition played for the jury. Suprina told The Dallas Morning News he testified truthfully and crafted his statements in the league’s favour only in public statements.Despite the split verdict, Avenatti hailed the jury’s decision.“One of the most powerful, wealthiest organizations in the world was found by a jury here in Dallas to have cheated its fans and to have not kept its end of the bargain,” he told reporters afterward.However, NFL defence attorney Thad Behrens said the jury verdict achieves what the league had been willing to do all along.“The NFL has always accepted responsibility for the problems that were experienced by some of its fans at Super Bowl XLV and has attempted from the beginning to compensate them for their genuinely received losses and inconvenience,” Behrens said. Reading from a prepared statement, Behrens told reporters that the league was gratified that jurors agreed that it had not defrauded those fans.In videotaped testimony, Goodell said the league was responsible for the problems.“I’m not blaming others. I’m blaming ourselves. I’m accepting responsibility,” Goodell said in the deposition, which was recorded in 2013. “It is our event. It is our responsibility to produce it in a positive way and make sure we deliver on our promise.”During his testimony, Jones denied suggestions the seating problems might have stemmed from his desire to set a Super Bowl attendance record. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2015 4:01 pm MDT read more

Technoinfused opera about Steve Jobs gets new backers

Techno-infused opera about Steve Jobs gets new backers Construction workers put final touches on parking lot renovations at the Santa Fe Opera on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Santa Fe, N.M. The opera house is preparing for a July world premiere of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” at its open-air summer stage in the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The techno-infused opera about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has earned the financial backing of opera companies in San Francisco and Seattle. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee) by Morgan Lee, The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2017 11:10 am MDT Last Updated May 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SANTA FE, N.M. – A techno-infused opera about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has earned the financial backing of opera companies in San Francisco and Seattle, ensuring the musical meditation on the iconic entrepreneur will travel to America’s high-tech enclave.The partnerships were announced Tuesday as the Santa Fe Opera prepared for its July world premiere of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” at its open-air summer stage in the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.The Seattle Opera and the San Francisco Opera are underwriting both the already completed artistic creation of the opera, led by composer and electronica DJ Mason Bates, and its physical stage production. As co-producers, the companies guarantee their right to performances beyond Santa Fe in California and Washington. The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University also has signed on as a co-producer.Job’s life story, as the relentless technology pioneer who embraced Buddhism and simple vegetarian family dinners, has been the subject of documentaries, books, a feature film and a graphic novel since his death from cancer in 2011.Sponsors of the Jobs opera are counting on Bates and librettist Mark Campbell to deliver a “deeply layered, moving portrayal of a man grappling with the complex priorities of life, family and work,” in the words of San Francisco opera General Manager Matthew Shilvock.“He was also a real person and a member of our community,” Shilvock said of Jobs in a written announcement.Charles MacKay, general director of the Santa Fe Opera, said Jobs provides the “sort of heroic, tragic figure” that operas have explored for centuries — who also may lure new and younger audiences to metropolitan opera houses.“The proof is in the pudding and in how the audience responds,” MacKay told the Associated Press. “This is not an opera about technology, although it will be the highest technology production that we’ve ever done. It is an opera about relationships, and it is an opera about human frailties. … He could be a very difficult man.”Accompaniments include a live orchestra, guitar, natural sounds and expressive electronics — sounds tailored to the man who first won fame and fortune during the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 80s with partner Steve Wozniak as they introduced the pivotal Apple II and Macintosh computers.Fired by Apple in 1984, Jobs went into the visual effects industry at Pixar before his return to Apple as CEO to preside over the heyday of the early iPhone and related gadgets — also becoming a music and media mogul.MacKay cautioned that “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” could take a few years to reach the Bay Area and beyond — normal delays in the painstaking opera planning cycle.Investments as a co-producer can pay financial dividends if the opera sells tickets and eventually travels the country, or world. The Santa Fe Opera brokered a collaborative hit with other companies with the 2015 opera premiere of “Cold Mountain,” adapted from the 1997 novel and popular film.Seed money for the Jobs opera was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.From Santa Fe, MacKay has been outspoken in pushing back against President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of the endowment from the federal budget, with funding recently extended through the end of the current fiscal year in September. read more

Richard Hammonds car crash will affect The Grand Tour says Jeremy Clarkson

first_imgJeremy Clarkson has said that that new series of The Grand Tour will be affected by the injury on Saturday to fellow presenter Richard Hammond, who was seconds from death after the electric supercar he was driving crashed and burst into flames in Switzerland. Writing on DriveTribe, a digital platform for car enthusiasts, Clarkson, 57, said: “Many of you have been asking if Hammond’s broken knee will affect the filming for season two of the Grand Tour.”And the short answer is: yes.”As I write, James May is sitting in the hell hole that is Gatwick Airport waiting for a budget airline to take him to a shoot that Hammond should have been doing.”Meanwhile, I’ve been up since dawn, rewriting all of the scripts and ideas we had to accommodate the fact that Hammond can’t drive for the next few months.”Meanwhile, he is lying in a bed in the Swiss Alps, while pretty nurses attend to give his every need, and give him drugs.” It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017 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. He said Hammond was referred to as a “body” following the incident and that he did not want to see him, “not after a crash that big”. “I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn’t see Hammond. I didn’t want to see him. Not after a crash that big.”Clarkson said they were then told Hammond was fine by their security man, and that he is sure his co-host will share further details “when the lucky sod feels up to it”. Clarkson wrote on Drive Tribe: “I don’t know what went wrong. Hopefully, when he comes out of surgery and is feeling up to it, he will be able to tell us.”What I do know is that I genuinely thought he was dead.” The 47-year-old climbed out of the car before the fire and suffered no serious injury, although he will need surgery to fix a broken leg.Yesterday, Clarkson told of the “coldness” he felt when he realised the crash had happened to his co-host, adding that his knees turned to “jelly”. Clarkson said he had finished filming for the day and was waiting for Hammond and fellow presenter James May to complete a hill climb when he learned that a test driver had had an “off” in one of the cars. He mistakenly thought it was a Lamborghini Aventador that had crashed and not the Rimac Concept One that Hammond had been driving. the car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland Initially angered, Clarkson said it quickly became obvious that something serious had happened.He wrote: “And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white. Hammond’s Rimac had been white.”And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed.”I was joined at this point by James who’d arrived on the scene just before me in his Honda NSX. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. ‘Hammond’s in there,’ he was screaming.” Richard Hammond  Hammond has apologised to his wife and children and joked that he is “not dead” in a video filmed from his hospital bed.A spokesman for The Grand Tour thanked paramedics for their “swift response” after the accident, adding that the cause is being investigated. Richard Hammond was referred to as a ‘body’ following the incident, Jeremy Clarkson saidCredit:Eric Gaillard/Reuters Clarkson added: “Then came news from a nearby marshal that he wasn’t. That he’d got out before the fire started. And that ‘his body’ – that’s what they said – was behind a screen at the bottom of the hill. Car crashing into a fence on the side of the road where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury This video still shows Hammond’s car veering off a hillside bendCredit:Nature Pictures/YouTube The remains of the car Richard Hammond was drivingCredit: Freuds/PAlast_img read more

Tiger Woods rolls back the years to claim stunning Masters victory

first_imgTiger Woods rolls back the years to claim stunning Masters victory The 43-year-old started the day two shots off the lead but battled hard to see off Francesco Molinari, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele. Apr 14th 2019, 7:28 PM Tiger Woods wins The Masters. Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 7:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tiger hugs his family after today’s victory. Source: Matt SlocumWoods, one shy of matching Nicklaus for the most career Masters wins (6), won his 81st career US PGA victory, one shy of the all-time record held by Sam Snead.He also set a record for the longest gap between Masters triumphs, the 14-year spread one year longer than the old mark set by South African Gary Player from 1961 to 1974.It completes a fairytale comeback to the pinnacle of golf for Woods, whose career imploded after a 2009 sex scandal before unravelling amid injuries and personal problems.After battling to overhaul 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari of Italy, Woods birdied the par-5 13th to join a lead pack of five at 12-under.Woods, Molinari, Schauffele, Kopeka and Johnson — with Australian Jason Day in the clubhouse on 11-under and Patrick Cantlay, who also hit 12-under, foiled by bogeys at 16 and 17.Woods and Molinari, in the last trio, each birdied the par-5 13th to reach 12-under while Johnson reeled off three consecutive birdies, the last on an 11-foot putt at 17, to make 12-under.Schauffele got there on birdies at 14 and 15 and Koepka by answering a double bogey at the par-3 12th with an eagle at 13 and birdie at 15.None could go lower except Woods, with Molinari undone at the par-5 15th when his approach struck a tree limb and his chip barely clung to the side of a damp slope on the way to a double-bogey disaster.Augusta National moved the final round to Sunday morning due to storms expected to arrive in the afternoon, when leaders would typically be battling for the title.The Masters, which has not had a Monday conclusion since 1983, decided to cancel its green jacket ceremony at the 18th green in order to hurry spectators to the exits faster.With reporting from AFP.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 80 Comments Share461 Tweet Email Tiger Woods wins The Masters. Image: David J. Phillipcenter_img By Cian Roche Short URL https://the42.ie/4591849 TIGER WOODS COMPLETED one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sport as his battling performance saw him become the 2019 Masters champion.The 43-year-old, who has undergone multiple surgeries on career-threatening back injuries and who has overcome setbacks in his personal life in recent years, started the day two shots behind overnight leader, Francesco Molinari.The American claimed victory at Augusta National for a fifth time on a score of 13-under par, finishing one shot clear of compatriots Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.Woods’ latest Green Jacket brings his tally of Major titles to 15, but none have been more celebrated than today’s victory in Georgia.The success caps a tremendous seven months which saw him also capture the Tour Championship last September. The 2019 Masters champion. Source: David J. PhillipHis win on Sunday ended a major drought stretching back to 2008 and Woods celebrates his first Masters victory since 2005.The tension ratcheted up as the tournament neared its conclusion, with five players sharing the lead at 12-under par before Woods birdied the 15th to pull clear.The triumph was the first major victory for Woods when he did not lead after 54 holes, having started the day adrift of reigning British Open champion Molinari.Racing to finish before an oncoming thunderstorm, players created their own electric atmosphere, spectators roaring repeatedly for sensational shotmaking on one of golf’s iconic stages at Augusta National, where Woods won his first major title in 1997.Fans chant Tiger’s nameWoods drove the green in two at the par-5 15th and tapped in for birdie to seize the lead alone at 13-under par then sank a four-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th to stretch his advantage to two shots with two holes remaining.Woods parred 17 and walked up to the 18th green to crowds 20-people deep applauding with delight, but he kept a stoic visage until the job was complete, a tap-in for bogey followed by a fist pump and a scream of joy in celebration of a fairytale fightback like few others in sporting history.Just off the 18th green, Woods hugged his mother as he had his late father Earl in 1997 and held his children, his back more than up to the task as the crowd chanted his name, a rare tribute, and rivals congratulated him as he entered the clubhouse. Subscribe Image: David J. Phillip 41,880 Views last_img read more

NUGAS AGM in Perth

first_imgIt is that time of the year again for the NUGAS National Annual General Meeting. At this meeting, a new committee will be elected and in true NUGAS spirit they are making a weekend out of it. Each year this event is held in a different state and for the first time in 12 year’s the NUGAS AGM will go to the West Coast of Australia to Perth. The conference will be held during the first weekend in August from Friday 5 August to Monday 8 August and it’s recommended to book flights early to make sure you get the best price. The itinerary for this conference includes: Friday 5 August: registration at Apartments/Hotel (Location TBA, will be central) from 2.00 pm onwards, Welcome Cocktail Night at one of Perth’s newest venues, XO Lounge from 8.30 pm. Saturday 6 August: Scenic River Cruise from Perth to Fremantle at 11.00 am, free time to explore Fremantle and have lunch at one of its many restaurants. Return to the hotel for pre-drinks, following a night out at some of Perth’s best nightclubs. Sunday 7 August: NUGAS AGM, 12.00 pm at the Hellenic Community. For anyone not attending the meeting, you are given free time to explore Perth and visit attractions such as Kings Park, Hillary’s Boat Harbour or the suburb of Subiaco. Dinner at Ouzo Greek Restaurant including live entertainment and plate smashing later that night. Monday 8 August: 10.30 am is check out with an option for a late breakfast. Package price is $300.00 and includes the above activities plus three nights accommodation (check in Friday 2.00 pm and check out Monday 10.00 am). Please note this does not include flights. For further information please contact nugaswa@nugas.org.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Taxi industry heavyweights to launch booking app

first_imgThree Greek Australian taxi industry heavyweights have bought the rights to the Greek taxi booking app ‘Taxiplon’ and plan to launch it in the next month. Harry Katsiabanis of TaxiLink, John Vlassopoulos of Ambassador Taxis, and Chris Sikavitsas of Cabways, who own more than 500 taxi licences combined are hoping to use the new booking app to create another source of income without resorting to 13Cabs and Silver Top. “It just provides another opportunity for a driver to create some income,” Harry Katsiabanis told Neos Kosmos. The app will provide customers with a way to directly book a taxi and private cars, effectively linking them to the drivers and owners on a one-on-one basis. It doubles as a taxi fleet management system and books taxis linked to the system accessible from smart phones and tablets. The trio wants to trial it in Victoria first then launch it nationally, effectively bringing a new competitor to the big two. The Victorian Taxi Association has cautioned any new booking service must abide by the same security and customer service standards as 13Cabs and Silver Top. Mr Katsiabanis has assured drivers will be certified and trained by their depot and would be suspended from the system if anything went wrong. Expected release is in early July. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

FIV une nouvelle méthode pour réduire les naissances multiples

first_imgFIV: une nouvelle méthode pour réduire les naissances multiplesLundi, lors du congrès de l’European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE), des médecins suédois ont présenté une nouvelle méthode susceptible de réduire le risque de naissances multiples lors d’une fécondation in vitro (FIV) et ce, tout en maintenant d’excellentes chances de procréer.C’est un pas en avant dans l’amélioration des techniques de fécondation in-vitro (FIV). Hier, des médecins suédois ont présenté au congrès de l’European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE) à Stockholm, une nouvelle méthode de FIV qui permettrait de réduire les risques qu’elle comporte, et en particulier celui de grossesse multiple.Aujourd’hui, la procréation assistée par FIV consiste à implanter plusieurs embryons dans l’utérus de la mère, dans le but qu’il y en ait au moins un de viable. Parfois, plusieurs embryons parviennent à s’accrocher à la paroi de l’utérus et conduisent à une grossesse multiple qui présente des risques à la fois pour la mère et pour les nouveaux-nés. Néanmoins, le docteur Jan Holte et son équipe de la clinique Carl Von Linne située à Uppsala en Suède, semble avoir trouvé une solution au problème. Moins de jumeaux Pour cela, ils ont mis au point une équation mathématique combinant les quatre critères suivants: âge de la mère, nombre d’ovules et stimulation ovarienne, tentatives passées de FIV et qualité des embryons. Grâce à cette méthode, les chercheurs ont alors réussi à diviser par 13 le nombre de naissances multiples. Sur 3.410 embryons, le taux de grossesse multiple est ainsi passé de 26% à seulement 1,9% entre 2004 et 2007. Cité par l’AFP, le docteur Jan Holte explique : “Quand le temps est venu de transférer les embryons, si nous voyons que le risque de jumeaux est trop élevé, nous ne transférons qu’un embryon et nous congelons les autres”.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Plus intéressant encore, cette nouvelle technique présente un taux de succès comparable à celui habituellement observé, passant seulement de 29,1% à 24,6%. De même, avec les embryons congelés, dont le taux baisse de 31,1% à 30,7%. Aujourd’hui, la méthode est d’ors et déjà utilisée par quatre cliniques en Suède et une autre en Italie.   Le 5 juillet 2011 à 18:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more